We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt."
I am not big on government bans but I am pretty discouraged by the difficulty I experience looking for pure lard that does not contain added partially hydrogenated fats. Read the labels and see if I am not right.
I demand natural fats: lard for deep frying, butter for most everything else and cold pressed vegetables oils for everything else.
I agree with the general tenor of the video but I would put more the blame for the destructive treatment of boys on the rising influence of progressive feminism.
But there were a couple of things with which I would disagree. One idea floated was that boys don't fit the "Austrian model where you have to sit down, shut up, and do as you're told". There may be better ways to teach boys than that, but that has been the model for schools for hundreds of years and it worked pretty well till the left hijacked the education establishment. I don't think that is really part of the problem.
Another idea that was discussed was that there are few male role models in schools today. That was the norm when I was growing up and probably has been the norm for generations. It's not that there were few male teachers, but rather that the female teachers changed due to the progressive, feminist influence. Time was when women knew that boys were supposed to be boys. Now, apparently, they must be something else.
Nobody on the video mentioned (yet) the ridiculous education schools in our universities - when I was in college, they were a joke. Kids are now taught by teachers with a masters in education, but they don't learn any better - in fact they don't learn as well - as well as kids used to. Teachers need to be able to impart knowledge (hopefully in multiple and interesting ways) and keep order. Experience from the past forty or fifty years has shown you don't need a degree in education for that.
[b] City Municipal Bonds--how corrupt are they?[b]
Would the learned folks at MF please provide insight to municipal bonds? I know of at least one example where a bond was put forward (Cincinnati) which the city folks new full well was a fraud--they knew when they created the bond. I would like to have more insight as to the machinations of municipal bonds--any understanding of any angle! How does the mob use them, how corrupt are they--any reasoned and informed thoughts are welcome.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Don't often stick up for the Feds but the attack on farmers piece may be a bit over blown. If they really are just trying to clarify the current regulations then that is sorely needed. The current laws are an incoherent mess.
Thanks Donny, that site will be very helpful for me and a good place to start. Now, what can you tell me about gaming the bonds? How does this benefit a corrupt group or individual. How can we monitor the budgets for the projects being built with these funds? Is there any oversight besides the same locals who got the bond passed? It seems pretty holey to me. Get a bond passed, then manage the projects covered by the bond--I dunno smells fishy somehow ;-)
if you want to game the system, offer unregistered securities (and pay attention to what makes a security registered) and use unaudited financial statements.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Try reading a few months back issues of the local paper to see how the various players (council, bond attorneys, bankers/underwriters, bond agents, contractors, retirement boards) all intersect and dine at the same table. Watches are also something to look for in photos of these folks, many tireless servants of the public like Rolex and designer suits.
this is easy. if you don't like munis, don't buy them. if you don't like what you see in the preliminary official statements and official statements or post issue statements, don't buy them. if you can't do your own due diligence, don't buy them. if you don't like the SEC or your own state's blue sky laws, don't buy them. if you think everything is a conspiracy, time to retreat to the bunker.