–The end of your own free will. How technology can limit your world. Monday, Dec 22 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
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You have your own free will, and technology will give you more choice than ever.

The Internet takes you all over the world, even all over the universe. You see and speak to people in foreign lands. You learn new things, and this knowledge allows you to make decisions you never could have made.

And you will make those decisions via your own free will.

Oh, really?

Consider a supermarket, one of the ultimate expressions of free will. The typical supermarket offers somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 items, from which you may choose perhaps a dozen on any one visit.

Yes, you are influenced by advertising, packaging, pricing and display, but within those general conditions, which apply to everyone entering the store, you make your own, individual decisions.

The store doesn’t know you from any other customer, doesn’t speak individually to you, and doesn’t change uniquely to influence you.

Now imagine the future. You walk up to the door, which uses face, weight and body type recognition to identify you preliminarily (just as you do when you priliminarily recognize a friend from 100 yards away.)

As you pass through the door, the door senses the millions of unique molecules that flake off your body every second, measures your height and stride length to verify your identity, and says, “Good morning, Mr. Jones.”

As you enter the store, the shelves you pass automatically and continuously re-arrange to place your favorite items at your eye level. Additionally, some high-profit items you like are placed in prominent locations.

Riding down the first aisle in your automated shopping cart, you hear a voice reminding you of the items you should want. It even may give a short sales pitch.

The shelves might advance preferred items toward you, as though beckoning you to pick them up, or even place the items at the checkout counter, waiting for you.

Your shopping cart might brake slightly, in front of higher profit items, you “really should buy.”

All this is done exclusively for you; the next shopper is greeted by different shelves, with different items, and different audio reminders, specific to them.

All of the above is within current technological abilities, relying on existing data about you and your life. It’s all out there.

Not only would the items be arranged for you, but the prices you pay would be different for you and each other customer.

What? Different prices for each customer? Isn’t that a step too far? Perhaps not:

SCIENCENEWS Magazine
E-commerce sites personalize search results to maximize profits
Websites alter results depending on whether consumers use smartphones or particular web browsers
BY RACHEL EHRENBERG OCTOBER 23, 2014

Researchers have uncovered multiple instances of travel and retail websites steering customers toward more expensive prices depending on factors such as whether customers are on a mobile phone, use a particular browser or have purchased particular items in the past.

Nine of 16 travel and retail websites, including Home Depot, Sears, Orbitz, Priceline and Expedia, personalize search results. Seven of these sites show customers only a subset of prices, researchers report.

“It’s a concrete example of why you should care about companies tracking your behavior online,” says computer scientist Christo Wilson of Northeastern University in Boston, who led the study. “It affects your pocketbook.”

There’s a difference between deciding most people will pay $1 for a Snickers bar versus setting a price because of being able to figure out that a consumer is really hungry because they’re breast-feeding, or high or just ran 10 miles.

Researchers found that users who searched Home Depot from their desktops received products with an average price of $120, while those who searched from their smartphones were steered toward products with an average price of $230.

Browsing Travelocity with the browser Safari on an iPhone, for instance, led to slightly different hotels, and in a much different order, than did browsing with Chrome on an Android. For iPhone users, prices were $15 cheaper on about 5 percent of hotels.

Your smart phone and your car GPS “know” where you are, and whether you are walking or driving. Other “out there” data tells where you live, your income, your job, the kind of car you drive, your age, your health, what you read, what you buy, what you wear, your family composition, the coupons you use, and on and on.

Now visualize a world in which, for economy of scale, all vendors share these data. When you walk into any supermarket, the store “knows” you never have bought PepsiCola; you only buy Sprite, so the store doesn’t even show you Pepsi Cola — nor does any other supermarket.

Nor does the advertising on your TV include Pepsi Cola commercials (because why waste money advertising to a non-user?) Nor do the electronic billboards include Pepsi ads (the ads are directed to your eyes).

For you, Pepsi Cola barely exists, if at all. And the same would be true for thousands of other products. They all barely exist in your world.

Imagine you wish to buy a Chevy. You go online or you drive to a dealership. The online site and the dealership both know all about you, so they adjust the price, model, color and extras accordingly.

Your price may be higher or lower than my price. You may not see a red convertible, with heated seats and power mirrors — not in the store, not online, not in advertising.

Free will requires the ability to choose. But if choice is limited and directed, how much free will do you have?

In that world of the future, you may believe you have free will, but you might be a prisoner of the technology that is supposed to free you. Like a prisoner, your free will is limited by your jailer.

Thus can technology limit — not expand — your world and your free will.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–20 reasons why I vote Republican Saturday, Dec 20 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================

I’m a Republican. I vote right. I believe:

1. People should be able to spend as much as they wish, to control elections and to influence politicians.

2. Climate change is a fake. People are not causing the earth to warm. And anyway, a warmer earth would be a good thing.

3. This is a Christian country. Christianity should be taught in public schools, and Christian symbols should be allowed in all government buildings. Christian invocations should begin all government proceedings to guarantee patriotism.

4. All abortion should be illegal, whether or not the mother was raped or is too physically sick to deliver or too mentally sick to care for a child.

5. Gay people are an abomination and should not be allowed to marry.

6. Everyone should carry a handgun or military style rifle, to protect us from criminals and ISIS.

7. Torturing prisoners works and is not immoral, although waterboarding, standing for days on broken feet, sleep deprivation and being confined naked in cold darkness are not torture.

8. We have normal relations with China and Russia, but we should not have normal relations with Cuba. This policy has worked for 50+ years, so should be continued.

9. Businesses are people and should have the same religious rights as people. If your employer doesn’t like your religious beliefs, it should be able to prevent you from exercising them.

10. The poor are naturally lazy. Aid to the needy fosters laziness. Unemployment compensation should be reduced, because it encourages unemployment. Food stamps and other poverty aids, encourage indolence. People should be self-sufficient and not expect help from the government.

11. Undocumented immigrants, including children, are criminals who should be deported back to misery or death. They take our jobs. We can’t afford having more hard-working consumers in America.

12. Though evidence says otherwise, I believe we suffer from rampant voter fraud. Poor people should be required to purchase picture IDs to prove they haven’t voted twice. Also, short voting hours and long lines at polling places provide a good test of patriotism.

13. The government is too big, so Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid should be cut, as should spending on science, R&D, infrastructure, food & drug inspections; auto safety inspections, and any anything else that costs money, even if it may benefit Americans.

14. Gerrymandering doesn’t exist, and anyway, it’s good, except when the other guys do it. One benefit: Gerrymandering gives us consistency in the House of Representatives. Incumbents don’t lose.

15. I believe what FOX News says, especially Hannity, O’Reilly and Beck. I absolutely trust Limbaugh.

16. Obamacare should be eliminated. Everyone should pay for their own health care, and not expect the government to do it for them.

17. Black people, who look like criminals, should be dealt with harshly.

18. People should be jailed for using marijuana, even medical marijuana, because prohibition works.

19. The right-wing of the Supreme Court has been right about: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (more political spending by rich people), Bush v. Gore (eliminate states’ voting rights), Shelby County v. Holder (diminish the Voting Rights Act).

20. Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy speak for me.

Yes, I vote right, and here are two more reasons: I hate Obama, and the Republican party does a lot for me.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–Why morality is an economics issue Wednesday, Dec 17 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================
We’ve published much relating to morality. (See: “Strange science: How does one brain justify both cruelty and charity?” and many others.)

We even have been chastised for wandering outside our sphere of expertise, i.e. economics.

But, economics has an overriding social component, and what we consider to be immoral, often is justified on economic grounds. (i.e. torture “works.”)

The difficulty economists have in making prediction, stems from that social component. Cause and effect become blurred when changing and unmeasurable human beliefs, attitudes and emotions have such great importance.

The stock market forecasters known as chartists, who are right half the time and wrong the other half, ignore the human aspect. Their predictions rely on historical numbers repeating in some predictable pattern.

It’s silly, but chartists are paid for that nonsense, so who could blame them?

Are there any economists who successfully have weighed the human variables into equations?

A leader of Modern Monetary Theory, Professor Randy Wray, has a “Center for Full Employment and Price Stability.” It suggests a Jobs Guarantee (JG) plan, which in my opinion, considers humans to be mere cogs in the economic machine. Work; get money; spend. Then work more.

But, just jobs are not what people want. Look in the newspapers and online, and you will see thousands — perhaps millions — of jobs. There is no shortage of jobs. Never has been. Just not the right jobs.

JG assumes, if you are unemployed, you will take a job, no matter the circumstances (any location, any conditions, any pay), and if you don’t select among the jobs offered via a government functionary, you must be a slacker.

Professor Wray already has said the JG guaranteed jobs will pay less than minimum wage, so as not to compete with private industry!! Yikes!

Who needs the “government-as-slave-employer, or government-as-employment-agency”?

People go months, even years, looking for a job and not finding one — because people are not cogs. They have the above-mentioned beliefs, attitudes and emotions.

Professor Wray should change the name to a “Center for Economic Growth and Income Equality” and forget about the JG. But, he won’t, because he is committed to JG, and is a human with his own beliefs, attitudes and emotions.

For him, JG is a sacred foundation for his economic beliefs. We all have sacred foundations, and that’s his.

All of the above is a prelude to a discussion of the following article that appeared in the November 29, 2014 edition of NewScientist Magazine:

Most violence arises from morality, not the lack of it

WHY would anyone hurt you? Why would you hurt or kill someone else?

Contrary to popular perception, people are rarely violent simply because they lose control and fail to think about right and wrong. They rarely commit violence because they lack empathy and fail to see their victims as fully human.

And almost no one is violent because they draw sadistic pleasure from the suffering of others.

Across cultures and history, there is generally one motive for hurting or killing: people are violent because it feels like the right thing to do. They feel morally obliged to do it.

In the comment section of the previous post, you can see an example of this:

How Terrorists Justify Killing 132 Children

The Pakistan Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in revenge for a ferocious army offensive – named Zarb-e-Azb – that has been underway in tribal areas since June.

“We selected the army’s school for the attack because the government is targeting our families and females,” said Taliban spokesman Muhammad Umar Khorasani. “We want them to feel the pain.”

You kill our children, so we kill yours, more or less.

Violence is not a breakdown of morality – it is motivated by moral emotions and judgments.

If your parents spanked you when you were a child, it was probably because they thought it was good for you. They may have hated to do it, but they did it because they felt they had to, to bring you up correctly. Their parents may have spanked or whipped them in order to raise them as God-fearing, virtuous adults.

Some violent acts are punitive – the execution of a murderer for example, or the bombing of those who bomb us. That’s justice as the perpetrator perceives it.

The foundation of Western legal systems is that people are found guilty and punished for intentionally doing what they know to be wrong. But what happens when people know that what they did was right, according to their internal moral compass?

You may feel (as I do) that past President Bush and his Vice President Cheney are as guilty of crimes against humanity as were the death-camp guards from WWII, but I suspect they all felt the torture and murder of prisoners was the “right thing to do.” As may have the CIA.

Cheney repeatedly says so, though it’s difficult to say whether he really means it.

When non-violent African American protesters were hosed and beaten during the civil rights movement, it did not evoke guilt in the majority of white American southerners, but it did elicit the sympathy of the northern states and the international community, and as a result the American South was shamed and pressured into tolerating integration.

But what happens when an entire religion supports the torture and murder of “heretics,” as has happened many times in history? Who is to cast shame?

What happens when an entire political party, the new majority party of the U.S. Congress, countenances the torture of prisoners? From where will come the pressure to change?

We have a long way to go, but we have the power to stop violence by making it immoral.

Yes, a long way to go. How many Americans believe that making someone angry, or committing a burglary, are reasonable justifications for killing someone?

‘Stand your ground’ laws: Two cases may suggest limits to their protections
By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer MAY 1, 2014

Two recent cases in Montana and Minnesota where homeowners appeared to set traps before fatally shooting teenage intruders suggest that US society may be drawing some limits on the controversial “stand your ground” defense at the heart of major recent court cases, including the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

A jury convicted Byron Smith of Minnesota on Tuesday for premeditating the 2012 murders of two teenage cousins who broke into his home.

And Markus Kaarma of Montana is now facing homicide charges after he allegedly fired a shotgun four times through his garage door on Sunday, when a German exchange student tripped an alarm. The student, named Diren Dede, was killed.

No U.S. court would command the death penalty for burglary, but do you believe the teenage cousins and Diren Dede “had it coming“? Do you believe the death penalty is the appropriate response, if you simply feel threatened?

Is the protection of property more important than human life?

Nations think so. That is the basis for most wars — the protection of property — and wars kill people.

Wars also are the single most important historical cause in the cause-and-effect paradigm of economics.

Yes, morality is an issue for economists, and unless morality is part of the “science,” it’s not a science at all.

While we each have a different take on “morality,” I suggest that giving the populace more reason and more opportunity for hurting people, is immoral.

By that definition, “Stand Your Ground” is immoral. Guns are immoral. Mass deportations are immoral. Bullying minorities is immoral. The death penalty is immoral. Torture is immoral. Slavery is immoral. Causing starvation is immoral. The growing Gap between the rich and the rest is immoral.

And if you look back in history, you will find that immorality is self-destructive, both for individuals and for nations. It’s the “what-goes-around,-comes around” syndrome.

You can’t study economics without studying morality, and you can’t pontificate realistically on economics without exploring morality.

Everything in economics devolves to morality, which devolves to motive, the starting point for economics.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

#MONETARYSOVEREIGNTY

–Strange science: How does one brain justify both cruelty and charity? Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 

Twitter: @rodgermitchell; Search #monetarysovereignty
Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

Mitchell’s laws:
●Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics.
●The more federal budgets are cut and taxes increased, the weaker an economy becomes. .
Liberals think the purpose of government is to protect the poor and powerless from the rich and powerful. Conservatives think the purpose of government is to protect the rich and powerful from the poor and powerless.
●Austerity is the government’s method for widening
the gap between rich and poor.
●Until the 99% understand the need for federal deficits, the upper 1% will rule.
To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments.
●Everything in economics devolves to motive,
and the motive is the Gap.
==================================================================================================================================================================

Recently, we published: Is the descent into brutality our new American normal? Friday, Dec 12 2014

It included this description of the horrors we inflicted on prisoners:

Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death.

The CIA also forced some detainees who had broken feet or legs to stand in stress-inducing positions, despite having earlier pledged that they wouldn’t subject those wounded individuals to treatment that might exacerbate their injuries.

Contrary to CIA’s description to the Department of Justice, the Senate report says that the waterboarding was physically harmful, leading to convulsions and vomiting.

Imagine a criminal trial, in which it was revealed that the police had done that to a witness. Any judge would have thrown out the testimony as being both unreliable and unconstitutional.

Yet:

Majority in U.S. say CIA interrogation methods were justified

Just over half of Americans say they believe the interrogation methods the CIA used against terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were justified, polling data released by the Pew Research Center, Monday showed.

Most Republican elected officials have defended the CIA’s actions.

And, the majority of Americans agree it’s fine to make prisoners stand for days on broken legs, be deprived of sleep, be subject to hypothermia resulting in death, and be waterboarded into convulsions and vomiting — even though evidence shows these harsh methods don’t work, and victims will say anything, true or false, to stop the pain.

Because some members of the enemy (whoever they may be) does bad things, are we given leave to do horrifying things to some members of the enemy (whoever else they may be)? Is that our justification for torture, in violation of international law, our own Constitution and evidence of uselessness?

Or is it because the right wing, which loves to quote the Constitution when speaking of gun ownership or immigration, suddenly acquires Constitutional amnesia, when it comes to basic humanity?

Not only are we told to forget these evil acts, but we don’t even want to know in the first place:

According to the poll, Americans were evenly divided over whether the intelligence panel was right to release its report, with 42% saying it was and 43% saying no.

Are we Americans, who were outraged when we learned about the NSA’s secret breaking of our Constitutional right to privacy, now perfectly happy to remain in ignorance about our government’s war crimes. Is this the Sgt. Schultz, “I hear nothing; I know nothing; I see nothing” syndrome.

Or has the religious right so brainwashed us to accept their rationales for cruelty, that we simply have no human feelings about anyone outside our social circle?

Washington Times

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These “illegal immigrants” are people: men, women and children, with the same needs and desires we have. The vast majority are not bad people; most are poor people, trying to improve their lives — just like us.

The merciful alternative to deportation and “enforcing the current laws on the books,” would be absorption and changing the laws on the books, to make these humans legal.

Instead, we justify their torture (i.e. deportation and family separation) by saying it is in our own interest.

We are Americans. We are charitable. We care about people, even strangers.

We Americans justify dropping money into the bell-ringers kettle. We Americans justify writing checks to thousands of charities. We Americans justify rescuing a drowning stranger, or catching a baby tossed from a burning window. Unlike other nationalities, we Americans want wife beaters and child beaters sent to jail.

But strangely, torture is O.K. The physical and mental torture of foreign prisoners (as opposed to torturing domestic criminals) is just fine. The physical and mental torture of foreign children, by sending them back to a life of misery and death — that’s fine, too.

How do we do that, I wonder? How are we horrified by one, yet justify the other?

How does one brain simultaneously justify both cruelty and charity?

And feel so comfortable doing it?

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty

===================================================================================
Ten Steps to Prosperity:
1. Eliminate FICA (Click here)
2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D plus long term nursing care — for everyone (Click here)
3. Provide an Economic Bonus to every man, woman and child in America, and/or every state a per capita Economic Bonus. (Click here) Or institute a reverse income tax.
4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone. Click here
5. Salary for attending school (Click here)
6. Eliminate corporate taxes (Click here)
7. Increase the standard income tax deduction annually. (Refer to this.)
8. Tax the very rich (.1%) more, with higher, progressive tax rates on all forms of income. (Click here)
9. Federal ownership of all banks (Click here and here)

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99% (Click here)

The Ten Steps will add dollars to the economy, stimulate the economy, and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
——————————————————————————————————————————————

10 Steps to Economic Misery: (Click here:)
1. Maintain or increase the FICA tax..
2. Spread the myth Social Security, Medicare and the U.S. government are insolvent.
3. Cut federal employment in the military, post office, other federal agencies.
4. Broaden the income tax base so more lower income people will pay.
5. Cut financial assistance to the states.
6. Spread the myth federal taxes pay for federal spending.
7. Allow banks to trade for their own accounts; save them when their investments go sour.
8. Never prosecute any banker for criminal activity.
9. Nominate arch conservatives to the Supreme Court.
10. Reduce the federal deficit and debt

No nation can tax itself into prosperity, nor grow without money growth. Monetary Sovereignty: Cutting federal deficits to grow the economy is like applying leeches to cure anemia.
1. A growing economy requires a growing supply of dollars (GDP=Federal Spending + Non-federal Spending + Net Exports)
2. All deficit spending grows the supply of dollars
3. The limit to federal deficit spending is an inflation that cannot be cured with interest rate control.
4. The limit to non-federal deficit spending is the ability to borrow.

THE RECESSION CLOCK
Monetary Sovereignty

Monetary Sovereignty

Vertical gray bars mark recessions.

As the federal deficit growth lines drop, we approach recession, which will be cured only when the growth lines rise. Increasing federal deficit growth (aka “stimulus”) is necessary for long-term economic growth.

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