Letter to ATA director Maier

The American Translators Association Board of unpaid Directors is meeting in Denver today and tomorrow. Jane Meier is a former president and current boardmember.

Hola Jane,
The others can heave a sigh of relief that I won’t be in Denver. But I do have some concerns I will share with you, as suggested on the HITA maillist.

By now it should be clear that letting the ASAE take over the ATA was a mistake. I recommend getting rid of their lawyers and all staff that are ASAE members, and to hire only half as many people to replace them. It should then be a simple matter to return our direct voting ballots—like all other NY non-profit corporations.

Inviting self-righteous impostors and infiltrators in as voting members was as big a mistake. I suggest voting a deadline for their taking and passing an exam to earn entitlement to continue to meddle in policy (). I also favor getting rid of all the Continuing Extortion racketeering.

The ATA website is practically useless. Portuguese is needlessly split 80/20 unlike any other language. Google Search “find a translator” and Abrates.org shows up in the first couple of pages, along with several local associations—even proz, Linked-in and whatnot—but not ATAnet. This is objective proof of GROSS dereliction or subtle sabotage—it doesn’t matter which. The goofy questionnaires, endlessly-looping gotcha capture challenges and screwy searches are befuddling to professionals who have been members for years. They amount to a Keep Out sign to potential clients searching to directly hire someone (someone verifiably holding credentials–rather than agency middlemen).

Now repeat that search with: “Find a translation company” and SHAZAM! The ATAnet website is front and center on the very first page peddling agency URLs. Ask yourself if this looks like a level playing field. Clearly, when Ben Teague and Patricia Newman were in the saddle, with 17% annual growth this was an association of, by and for tested translators. (ATA Chronicle, December 1981)

Oh yes, I still keep all that stuff posted at www.freelanceparty.org

The search engine results objectively demonstrate that today’s ATA is an association of, by and for the American Society of Association Executives and the agencies those worthies perceived as the key to their success in continue… symbiosis of sorts. I am asking you to champion as many of these changes as seem right to you and I’ll listen to your reasons for the ones that don’t.

I am pleased to note that ALMOST all of the boardmembers are certified in at least one language pair. But that has in the past not been a reliable defense against the inveiglements of highly-trained and experienced professional predators. Those folks are nice, agreeable and persuasive, but we were better off without them before and I’ll bet we will be better off without them once they’re working some other neighborhood.

There you have it. I’ll be posting this online just to make it difficult for the others to laugh off or ignore.
Cheerfully yours,
Hank Phillips

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Freedom, Democracy and Investment

Ask anyone what they voted for, and the conceptually-challenged invariably respond with some grinning politician. Even folks who expect to benefit along with the grinning politician–by increased transfer payments, diminished taxes, or the oppression of some hated minority–will never admit to a personal stake in the outcome. Voting for someone else is altruism. Voting for one’s own interests is selfishness.

But just ask anyone what they invested in, and the answer is completely different. Nobody invests in George Soros, Charles Schwab or Bernie Madoff, but rather, uranium futures, mortgage debt, emerging markets or something else they expect will gain value faster than governments print money.  Your valuable money is clearly something you invest, so why not invest your valuable vote in something that will eventually change the laws to your own benefit?

Amoral yet technically sophisticated voters voted for the largest political party not intent on banning reliable electricity. That party’s candidate won. A comparison of the Dem and GOP platforms shows that energy policy was the only clear difference between the two.  Democratic promises to repeal the Second Amendment and enact  Kristallnacht gun laws, like Republican bragadoccio vowing to repeal the Fourteenth Amendment and restore coathanger abortions, can safely be ignored. Both parties want the cops to continue shooting kids in the back over herbs and potions. Both want to bomb and deport foreigners, invade and spy on everyone. The electrical power ban based on pseudoscience–a plank generated by the CPUSA and Green Party prior to the Y2k election–was the only real platform difference.

A ban CO2 plank imported from tiny splinter parties sufficed first to weaken (in 2012), then to topple the ruling Democratic party. This is all the more impressive since the GOP had in 2007 clearly crashed the US economy and weakened the rest of the world’s economy. This they had already accomplished in 1929 and 1987  by enacting and exporting superstitious prohibition policies lifted from the likes of the Prohibition, Tea and Ku-klux Consta2shun parties. The lesson is that rent-seeking “major” parties seek to neutralize adverse spoiler votes by co-opting the planks of small parties. You did not read all 70 thousand words of the Dem and GO-Pee platforms? Lobbyists, government employee union goons, Congressmen and Senators read every page carefully.

The Populist party got the communist income tax into federal statutes in 1894 with a lousy 9% of the 1892 vote. Democratic Party adoption of that same plank–copied from the People’s Party–enacted the Income Tax Amendment in less than a decade. The Socialist party got its entire 1928 platform written into law by steadfast voting. A decade earlier, the Prohibition party turned These United States into an unemployed penal institution by using its 1.4% of the vote to amend the Constitution and make beer a felony. Freedom was eroded and crippled through leveraged voting by a tiny minority.

So why not eliminate the insincere middlemen and vote for your own freedom, just as you invest in your own financial future? Your libertarian vote will immediately gain 6 to 36 times as much vote-changing impact as a vote thrown away on the kleptocracy. Think about it. THAT’s leverage no panhandling pressure group can offer, and it costs you less than your spare change.

If there are laws, court decisions or political issues in Spanish or Portuguese that you would like to see or hear in English–or vice versa–why not visit my political, legal and engineering translation service?

Vichy Canadian Collaborators

Religious conservative collectivism

Read the original article

The groundwork for a National Socialist takeover and Occupation of France was prepared in Canada in March of 1850. Shocking as it sounds, there is no denying the parallels. The pre-Bastiat appeal is primarily to unproductive hands (politicians, clergy) and other dim bulbs (cognoscenti, intelligentzia, workers). 

When Hitler’s armies conquered France in June of 1940, they changed the French national flag, motto and money. Liberté, Fraternité, Egalité became Travail, Famille, Patrie (Work, Family, Nation)–as befits a racial collectivist workers’ party (arbeiterparty). The 1850 Quebecois version above dinned Religion, Family, Property into its listeners’ ears. Quebec was 36% of Canada back then, and the country dominated by Catholics and Protestants–much like Germany when voters put the NSDAP in charge in 1933.

Interestingly, Canada’s religious conservatives pushed through an anti-abortion law in 1968. Granted, this was less restrictive than earlier laws also prohibiting sale, distribution and advertising of contraceptives, but it was a shocking step back toward the Dark Ages at a time the US was electing Richard Nixon. A Canadian physician was arrested and charged, but the forming of the Libertarian Party–with a pro-choice woman on the ticket that earned an honest electoral vote–occurred in 1971-2.

In 1973 a Quebec jury acquitted Dr Morgentaler and the US Supreme Court decided in favor of individual rights for women. Fanatics appealed, jailed the good doctor, made additional charges and intimidated Parliament with a petition to ban abortion. This backfired in 1976 and by 1982 Canadian legislation protected the rights of individuals, male and female. All medieval religious laws (except prohibition laws) were abolished in 1988, but mystical zealots resorted to murder and firebombing. The people remembered who had threatened and coerced them, and have since left the houses of organized mysticism in droves.

Huge decrease in brainwashing

Reduced dependence on mysticism

The good news is that there are 600% more nonmystical freethinkers in Canada than when Nixon Republicans were causing refugees to again pour into Canada.  The bad news is that renewed attacks on individual rights have attracted other medieval mystical cults famous for mutilating women. Germany has suffered a similar reaction to its past behavior. National Socialists in East Germany were simply replaced with Soviet Socialists in the “denazification” program there.

Here’s hoping Canada’s Libertarian Party Platform Committee drafts a suitable response to reassert freedom and rights before they’re gone with the wind.

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Republican National Socialism

Truman denazified Germany

Truman and Trump stand at opposite ends of the approval spectrum

The most popular president ever at the 100-day mark was Harry Truman, who continued Roosevelt’s policy of keeping beer safe and legal.

Truman also presided the denazification of National Socialist Germany, a State Herbert Hoover had nurtured as Food Czar in 1919, and strengthened militarily with his Moratorium on Brains stopping collection of war reparations in 1931. Truman was sworn in on April 12, 1945. Two years later, while National Socialists were still being tried and hanged in Nuremberg, Ayn Rand wrote the Non-Aggression Principle whereby people should:

“…agree that no man or number of men have the right to initiate the use of force against any human being (and that includes the forcible seizure of his property)”

 But according to Scott Adams over at Dilbert, Trump is under-appreciated. According to Scott, the major accomplishment was:

“Trump erased the “Trump is Hitler” hallucination that the Clinton side spray-painted onto him during the election.”

Is this true? Shortly before anti-dog-eat-dog religious conservative Hoover was drummed out of office, religious conservative Adolf Hitler took office in Germany. Here are some of Adolf Hitler’s 25 National Socialist planks:

7. We demand that the state pledge itself to assure the productivity and livelihood of citizens above all others.  If it is not possible to support the entire population, members of foreign nations (non citizens) are to be expelled.

8. Any further immigration of non-Germans Americans is to be prevented.  We demand that all non-Germans… be forced to leave the Reich immediately.

We see immediately that tough nativist deportation policies are a big draw for both the NSDAP and GOP. The Dems and GOP also declared War on Drugs that cannot surrender, and have thrice wrecked the economy via prohibitionist asset forfeiture policies:

12. … personal enrichment because of war has to be seen as a crime against the people.  We therefore demand complete confiscation of all war profits.

And the current Republican president swears that eminent domain coercion is necessary and good for our country. Compare:

17. We demand land reform suited to our national needs, creation of a law providing for expropriation without compensation of land for common purposes, abolition of taxes on land and prevention of all speculation.

Trump’s Attorney-General, like Republican president Bush and Republican Newt Gingrich, called for the death sentence for marijuana dealers. Germany outlawed marijuana in 1929, when Hoover was president and the NSDAP was a rising political force “over there.” Compare:

18. We demand a ruthless fight against those whose activities harm the common good.  Traitors, usurers, profiteers, and so forth, are to be punished with death, regardless of church and race.

Republicans, like National Socialists, worry about fake news…

23. We demand legal measures against the conscious political lie and its propagation through the press.

And the Republican Party is outraged at things at which many religious extremists take umbrage, favors a coercive Christian Nation, and, like the NSDAP, endorses altruism writ large. Check this out:

24. We demand freedom for all religious denominations within the state as long as they do not endanger the state or violate the ethical and moral feelings of the Germanic race.
The party as such subscribes to a positive Christianity without binding itself to a specific denomination. It opposes the Jewish materialistic spirit within and around us and is convinced that a lasting recovery can only come about from within based on the principle: THE COMMON GOOD BEFORE THE INDIVIDUAL GOOD.

All of these things, basically a nazification of These United States, are being pushed by Republican members of the House and Senate. The president is simply pushing the unpopular GOP platform. Republicans were elected by default because of the Democratic Party’s platform plank aimed at crippling the US economy for econazi carbon-tax pseudoscience. The plank banning reliable power generation was the only deliverable difference among the 71,000 words the two major parties published as their nearly indistinguishable platforms. Americans simply voted to keep electricity safe and legal. The oppression of fertile women, anti-semitic religious warfare entanglements, and jailing and shooting of youths over plant cultivars were package deals added to the GOP platform by mystical bigots.

Four million voters, equal to the voting population of Virginia, voted libertarian, causing the Republican candidate to lose in the popular vote count. The Libertarian platform offered to finish the work of repeal begun by the Democrats in 1932, and release millions of victims of victimless crime enactments–and keep electricity safe and legal.

If you understood this interpretation, it might be because I interpret for engineers, courts and attorneys.

 

Federal Postal Monopoly v. Alaska

Those uppity Alaskans dared to imagine–like New Yorkers in 1923–that they could repeal their prohibition laws and still collect excise taxes? Think again!

God’s Own Prohibitionists have appointed another Harry “Sessions” Anslinger to bring the death sentence to pot peddlers as promised by George Bush in 1989! The Juneau Empire now reports that legal hemptrepreneurs eager to pay the government’s hemp tax were turned away by Post Office Gestapo. Those asset-forfeiture experts would have nothing to do with the proceeds of dope peddlers–unless maybe an opportunity for civil asset forfeiture were to present itself. God’s Own Prohibitionists aren’t about to let the grass grow under their feet. Harrumpf!

It remains to be seen which Alaska judge will sign a bench warrant for the arrest of federal meddlers interfering with State tax collection.

Don’t blame me! I’ve was suckered by both looter parties back when I was young and stupid. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

 

Vichy Amerika Collaborators

How Gary Johnson’s party alienated women voters:

Judges should be appointed who will interpret the Constitution according to its original meaning. Any court decision that does not follow this original meaning of the Constitution should be revisited. That is particularly true of decisions such as Roe vs. Wade, which have expanded the reach of the Federal government into areas of society never envisioned in the Constitution. With the overturning of Roe vs Wade, laws regarding abortion would be decided by the individual states. (Gary Johnson campaign, 2012)

Of the three Libertarian candidates left standing at the convention, one was a recycled Republican indifferent to the individual rights of women (Johnson). Another was an antichoice Republican infiltrator bent on making the initiation of force to violate rights a Libertarian policy (Petersen). The third (McAfee) was a pro-choice newcomer in his first half-year of membership who enjoyed the persona of a loose cannon.

The 2016 candidate spread is evidence of gradual infiltration by surplus mystical bigots of the sort now populating the Tea and Consta2shun parties–spoiler vote holdouts for another religious autocracy in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The result has been a crippled semi-Libertarian party, fully 2/3 male earning 3% of the vote–but with way more than half the potentially sympathetic electorate mostly alienated.

Never forget that the Italian Fascist and German National Socialist parties were deeply religious organizations. But Jewish voters were a tiny minority in Germany, Austria and Italy in 1933. Non-geriatric women voters in These United States amount to well over half the electorate.

Italian fascism decrees school prayer

religious instruction in state schools particularly desired by the Vatican will be carried out to the letter… See 1929 original

The Libertarian Party was the first viable party to feature a woman vice-presidential candidate. Tonie Nathan, a founding LP member who defends individual rights (choice) for women. The Libertarian Party won a rational electoral vote on December 19, and the Supreme Court smartly decided in Roe v. Wade that women were in fact individuals with the right to make their own choices–even if pregnant–on January 22, 1973. Time elapsed between the vote and the Supreme Court decision was 31 days.

The 1972 Libertarian Party plank on women’s rights read as follows: 

We further support the repeal of all laws restricting voluntary birth control or voluntary termination of pregnancies during their first hundred days.

Yes it is true that post isn’t exactly propter. “All men are mortal” was once an untested hypothesis. But by logical induction understood by all but the most superstitious of mystics the generalization became a factual premise upon which valid conclusions may be rigorously drawn. But election campaigns are statistical affairs. Both of the looter parties seeking to install their tools and puppets on the government payroll with a hand in the till understood that infringing the individual rights of all female voters would be a really stupid thing to do. Even Germany and Italy learned the hard way that mystical demagoguery doesn’t pay.

A Supreme Court decision to keep American women at the mercy of state legislatures dictated to by Klavern Christianity was one option facing the Court. But that choice made as much sense in 1973 as the 1932 Republican decision to keep light beer and wine a federal felony with a 5-year prison sentence and $10,000 (gold) fine.

As a result of the Republican party selling out the voters, backing instead the Wizened Christian Temperance Union, Anti-Saloon League and Methodist White Terror, Democrats were elected to the top offices in 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948. There was the stark result of that one episode of pandering to the demagogues of the coercive imposition of the mandates of mystical beliefs.

The pre-urinalysis GOP was still smarting in 1973, having in the previous 40 years been defeated in 71% of all presidential campaigns since siding with the Klan and its dry cohort against “The Demon Rum.” New York repealed its liquor prohibition law in 1923, and “Whiskey” Al Smith–the NY Governor who had signed the bill into law–became the Democratic Party’s 1928 candidate. In 1970 New York–flanked by Hawaii and DC–repealed the most onerous of its antichoice legislation.  Nine male political appointees saw the handwriting on the wall, and on Roe v. Wade sided with Constitutional freedom rather than the coercive imposition of religious practices.

The Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, organized six months later, successfully pressed for repeal of ALL antiabortion laws there. More women than men have annually emigrated to Canada since its government began enforcing the individual rights of all women.  While consistent with the published platform of the Libertarian Party, Canada’s total repeal went to the logical conclusion  that follows from our Fourteenth Amendment’s introductory premise that NO State may enforce laws infringing the rights of

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof…

That is the line in the sand the Libertarian Party must again draw by deleting all of the “good faith” Vichy Planks written as dictated by the shrinking remnants of dogmatized Prohibitionist infiltrators. The current “Vichy” plank is a cowardly reproach and stands as a monument to betrayal of the individual rights of fully half the population of These United States of America.

Small wonder women voters looked elsewhere in 2012 and 2016. But they discovered that the Democratic party was about pseudoscience and the banning of electrical power generation, rather than the competent defense of individual rights. It is a safe bet that educated women voters will not repeat that mistake. We must by then offer them a clear alternative–a party eager to turn their spoiler votes into political clout that will admit of no spurious interpretation–by November of 2020.

The libertarian party needs pro-choice female candidates to help rid us of the invasion of “former” religious bigots.

Climate Change & Nonaggression Pact

National Socialist–Soviet Socialist Pact, (August 23, 1939)–Paris “Agreement” November 4, 2016… a comparison

The National Socialist–Soviet Socialist pact is also called the Hitler-Stalin Pact, the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Nazi–Soviet Pact and the German–Soviet Non-aggression Pact and Russo-German Pact.** In much the way Global Cooling morphed into Anthropomorphic Global Warming, then (to cover all bases) Climate Change (which was everywhere long before mankind).  All of this is old hat. Externally, the socialist “non-aggression” treaty was short and flowery, with phrases like:

In any event both Governments will resolve this (Poland) question by means of a friendly agreement.”

and

“Should disputes or conflicts arise between the High Contracting Parties over problems of one kind or another, both parties shall settle these disputes or conflicts exclusively through friendly exchange of opinion or, if necessary, through the establishment of arbitration commissions.”

The treaty closed with a nondisclosure agreement that masked the existence of additional deals, but the thing was outwardly cute and fuzzy, as one might expect from neighboring altruistic People’s States. The fact remained that the preceding war had been largely a dispute over heroin markets in which to sell Papaver somniferum products grown in the Balkan States. Those markets and competition still existed in 1939.  The secret additional deals amounted to a divvying-up of the opium-producing Balkan States.

When the Democratic Party gained power after the George Waffen Bush asset-forfeiture crash and depression, it preserved existing domestic prohibition, high-taxes, asset forfeiture looting and other victimless “crime” legislation. However, stung by the Y2K election results in which the Green Party weighed in with enough spoiler votes to block Democrats from jobs, boodle and pelf, the Democratic platform committee hewed as close to the Republican line as possible–except for the part about trying to ban reliable power generation.

Bans on reliable power generation have been enacted in the People’s State of Australia (which replaced voluntary democracy with mandatory voting), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Germany. In both cases, utility bills skyrocketed and rolling blackouts and brownouts became familiar features of the environment. These provide pretexts for additional regulatory meddling. The result of curtailment of power generation anywhere is a net increase in the mortality rate in those places–in other words, a health hazard.

This latest Paris pact aimed at lowering life expectancy is couched in the most florid prose imaginable:

(c) Making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development

Translation: (c) Robbing taxpayers and monopoly victims to subsidize unreliable energy experiments

Propaganda expert George Orwell commented on totalitarian persuasion:

It is important to notice that the cult of power tends to be mixed up with a love of cruelty and wickedness FOR THEIR OWN SAKES. A tyrant is all the more admired if he happens to be a bloodstained crook as well, and ‘the end justifies the means’ often becomes, in effect, ‘the means justify themselves provided they are dirty enough’. This idea colours the outlook of all sympathizers with totalitarianism, and accounts, for instance, for the positive delight with which many English intellectuals greeted the Nazi-Soviet pact. (George Orwell)

Russo-German Pact of 1939. [Note 1, below] And when news of the Pact broke, the most wildly divergent explanations were of it were given, and predictions were made which were falsified almost immediately, being based in nearly every case not on a study of probabilities but on a desire to make the U.S.S.R. seem good or bad, strong or weak. (Orwell)

-issues like Poland, the Spanish civil war, the Russo-German pact, and so forth, are debarred from serious discussion, and that if you possess information that conflicts with the prevailing orthodoxy you are expected to either distort it or keep quiet about it–(Orwell)

If this sounds like 2017, welcome to the world of alternative facts.

** [Note 1: An example is the Russo-German Pact, which is being effaced as quickly as possible from public memory. A Russian correspondent informs me that mention of the Pact is already being omitted from Russian year-books which table recent political events. (George Orwell)]

There is a genuine non-aggression principle that socialists struggle to evade:

“I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals.”

This is the pledge required to join or donate to the Libertarian Party.