“Porta dos Fundos” is itself a play on words worthy of the Firesign Theater. Indeed, Fire Exit works as one of the myriad translations for the name of Brazil’s premier comedy troupe. In a country plagued by Richard Nixon’s campaign subsidy laws–where folks are forced to vote for some 16 fascist and another 16 communist parties–all of them campaigning at the pleasure of a politically-appointed panel of legal geezers–comedy becomes a dangerous profession. Continue reading
Another example of the Bowdlerization of American English is the way Yankee tourists have replaced the plant leaf products imported into Florida. This was about the time F. Scott Fitzgerald was replaced by Mod Squad informers and Miami Vice narcs in the American language. The above headline gives the flavor of “settled science” 100 years before Global Warming became America’s new favorite hobgoblin. Brenda Dean, gorgeous English lady with an occasionally powdered nose, turned up in news stories about how “drug parties” threatened civilization long before they were replaced by the more recent pseudoscience of Ozone Hole and Global Warming scaremongering.
If half the stories were true, there would be hardly a person alive in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia or Bolivia. All those countries are crushed into poverty and caudillo corruption by the sheer weight of exported American prohibition, pseudoscience, and violent laws. It brings to mind the saying that you may esteem a man of many words–and many lies–pretty much alike.
Now observe that the Mexican and Brazilian Constitutions each include pretty close to 70,000 words. The US Constitution is more like 5000–7500 with all the Amendments. People vote with their feet to escape countries with lengthy, convoluted and Byzantine constitutions. If those places were democracies, they could simply remove 65,000 words from their belief-encrusted looter constitutions and abolish a truckload of rights-violating laws. So why do they instead try to sneak into the USA?
This brings us to the entrenchment of looter parties. The GOP and Dems, both subsidized by the Nixon anti-Libertarian law of 1971, publish platforms that between them add up to about 70,000 words. The Libertarian Party platform is only 2700 words and takes maybe a bus ride to read from cover to cover. The Nixon scheme for using tax laws to subsidize entrenched cleptocracy campaigns, exported to South America, provided Juntas a mechanism for keeping cartels alive by throttling all possibility of libertarian spoiler vote pressure repealing bad laws. The Nixon law, like a “souvenier” left on the porch by a stray dog, leaves them no democratic alternative.
Speaking of reading during commutes, Prohibition and The Crash contains a wealth of evidence that government bungling and pseudoscience caused the Crash and Depression. The book is live on Amazon Kindle (a free app) for the cost of a mug of craft beer.
Lots of time, money and effort have gone into fabricating a version of American purged of many historical associations with the Prohibition Era. Everyday expressions clearly understood at the time have been skillfully elided, their replacements having nothing to do with economic aspects of Altruism’s Noble Experiment.
Entire books have been written since 1929, whose main discernible purpose is to obliterate expressions that might lead a reader to doubt official Depression dogma. Any catechism so flimsily thrown together from circular arguments and Newspeak contrivances needs all the shoring-up it can get. Beer-shooting is one of many examples of how the American language has been rectified by the Inner Party Records Department.
To a typical tipsy oaf, beer-shooting is a process of puncturing the bottom of a beer can, sucking on the puncture, then popping the top so that air shoots in and beer jets down into slobbering jaws. But to America’s most famously admired and despised former federal prosecutor, Mabel Walker Willebrandt, beer shooting was an economic process.
Al Capone was a typical organizer of beer shooting. Eliot Ness described how the Capone brothers would rent a brewery, fill its vats with “the magic wort” from another, then add yeast and corn sugar. The resulting real beer was then packaged and the barrels and bottles “shot”–that is, quickly distributed to scattered hiding-places pending delivery to speakeasies and pool halls. Do not confuse shot beer with needled beer–alcohol-free beer with Everclear, and sometimes ether, added to make it potable.
Willebrandt described the process in her August 12, 1929 installment of The Inside of Prohibition syndicated in 22 U.S. Newspapers. Fly-by-night operations “fostered by politicians” made real beer and according to a Philadelphia “beer racketeer” the product was “shot” out to “drops” located about the community. Philadelphia’s “fastest beer shooter” would be amazed to see teevee-addled drunks sucking on cans described “beer shooters.”
Interestingly enough, this installment, titled The Beer Leak, hit the stands 21 days before the slopes of stock market charts changed from increasing to decreasing. Revealed Depression Dogma struggles mightily to efface and evade all mention of possible connections between Willebrandt’s syndicated column, the Crash, and The Great Depression which investors could already discern on the horizon as of September 2, 1929.
For a complete and exhaustive explanation of the facts of everyday reality that caused the Stock Market Crash and Depression, download Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929. The book is live on Amazon Kindle for the price of a righteous pint, and easily readable on ordinary smartphones.
Lots of folks are whining that Tweeter, Farcebuke and ilk are “censoring” their communications. I just had Amazon refuse to post this review of their Gift Cards:
Worked 2 mos ago, failed just now
I sent one to another country and it worked fine. But when I tried to send to a friend in Texas, the interface kept blocking the purchase and demanding more input after–by my lights–all the fields were filled in. I finally gave up trying.
Amazon replied with this:
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So there it is. I tried to send a gift card to someone I’ve known for years. The interface refused to work and did nothing in the way of pointing out anything I had failed to notice. On the off chance they had failed to notice their interface was being unhelpful and refusing to accept money, I replied with my honest impression, and blam. My guess is they figure I was disappointed by the interface, not the product, and, well, there are organizations that consider their interfaces infallible, hence, above all caviling.
I’m not particularly upset and still plan to send my friend some other present from Amazon. There is probably a failure to communicate here. I may have overlooked something, and Amazon could just as easily program their algos to point to what it was and maybe even scold me for being so blind. I do not imagine there is some sinister conspiracy to shut me up. Quite possibly their algos flipped my flippant remark into a pidgeonhole for hostile cranks.
I do not doubt anything as successful as Amazon gets its share of hostile cranks. Even my own pitiful website has been hacked. I even got a fake ransom demand message pfrom a phake phishing pfor phools near Pflugerville (as if I were rich and famous).
It is possible that social media algos also do “judgment” calls of the sort. Something called Akismet searches my blog comments and accurately identifies spam–and algos are not famous for being smart. I wish I had half as good an algo looking over my gift card purchase attempts. Next time I try to send a gift card I am going to have a witness watching to spot what I might have missed.
Amazon did let me publish Prohibition and The Crash, a searching investigation into the causes of the 1929 Crash and Great Depression, on Kindle format. Buy it for the price of a chilly pint of craft beer.
Word clouds are popular in the sound-byte blogosphere. After all, nobody who hasn’t read all 70,000-odd words of both looter kleptocracy platforms has a clue what those parties want. On the telescreen one sees only blurbs. The difference is like comparing a commercial selling a health insurance policy and the actual text of that same written policy. Here’s the Libertarian platform word cloud.
The Libertarian Party platform is typically seven pages long and takes a half-hour to read or listen to. That’s twice the size of the Declaration of Independence. Still, apathy runs deep, so word clouds can provide the injudicious more info about two parties than, say, political cartoons. At least word clouds are based on what the parties actually propose in writing. Free–as opposed to coerced–is visible, and there is clearly concern for freedom, liberty, individual rights. Peace is also there, as you’d expect from a party that is against aggression and seeks to legalize non-violence.
For comparison here is the word cloud for the lengthy platform published by Richard Nixon’s party.
The Republican platform is of course wordier and repeats must, will and state a lot. Public, by which they mean government, is there, along with support, which to them usually involves men with service pistols. Women are there, but mainly as targets for the service pistols. Amendment is something the Republicans have asked for ever since the Supreme Court used the first Libertarian platform as a draft for freeing women from forced labor. But I do not see it. The Amendment they want would reimpose the forced labor and put doctors in jail along with hippies, latinos, blacks and as many foreigners as can be arrested.
Here is the cloud for Bernie Sanders’ Democratic party. For some reason it came out bluish–in the Yellow Submarine sense of the word. This is my first time to use this software so I have no explanation.
The Dems are clearly into making you believe stuff, but I detect no global warming or carbon dioxide. They make it clear you MUST work to support their health-insurance-at-gunpoint policies. Women are also here–as a pressure group for handouts rather than as free individuals or moving targets. At any rate, here you may compare image blurbs of platforms for the three leading parties–two old and shriveling and one young and growing.
Here’s hoping you will vote for your own freedom rather than to destroy someone else’s. By voting for freedom you are casting a leveraged lure that will cause looter politicians to repeal bad laws–kind of like the Invisible Hand that makes nations wealthy, and different from the Unproductive Hands that weaken and impoverish nations like so many parasites, weeds or bacteria.
If ever in need of translations of platforms, promises or other flim-flams, look us up.
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My book explaining the Crash and Depression is out in two languages too…
Denazification of Christian National Socialists was a major problem for the Truman administration after Germany surrendered in May of 1945.
Those Christian socialists dismissed everything occupation forces said as a foreign or communist plot. Communist socialists just as balefully suspected Yanks were in league with plutocrats. Germany in 1945 was divided–pretty much like These American States in 2016–between Christian socialists and socialists less impressed by the Sermon on the Mount than by the equally apocryphal “Give unto Caesar“.
Religious conservatives want more censorship and laws outlawing sex, choice, herbs, cacti, mushrooms, having cash, crossing borders and speaking one’s mind. Conservatives want more mind control, fewer individual rights, but prefer prohibitionist asset-forfeiture looting to outright nationalization.
Gaian ecological nationalsocialists and yellow-dog communists pine in unison for the complete abolition of economic freedom. This false dichotomy within a universe of discourse restricted to variants of socialism was precisely the situation that allowed National Socialist ideology to completely tailor Germany while cursing “liberal” ideas as narcissistically selfish and irresponsible. Actual American Liberals, before 1932, sought voluntary solutions–especially the repeal of Blue Laws and Prohibition–not the mystically-motivated initiation of force.
People without the slightest notion of the definition of energy or the dimensions of its units are passionately committed to the banning of most electrical power plants. Others just as ignorant of physics, chemistry and economics want men with guns to arrest Planned Parenthood doctors and shoot teenagers who smell like the munchies. To fanatics of both camps the only alternative to sending men with guns to kick in doors is “to do nothing” and simply “let” the End of the World happen any minute now…
The spell cast by years of altruist propaganda from teevee sets, pulpits, yellow journals and journalistic hack books has taken its toll on those susceptible to altruist seduction–mystical right-wingers and lefties alike. After the 1945 surrender, German nationalsocialists were conditioned en masse into the serried ranks of Soviet international socialists. Anyone with experience in running a slave pen or death camp could certainly find work in East Germany or Soviet Russia.
Just so in the post-Soviet USA fifth-column technocrats formerly advocating nuclear disarmament and surrender to peaceful Soviet altruism are today welcomed into the loving arms of new, improved, Ecological National Socialism. New improved nationalsocialism tolerates the existence of selfish jews and imposes prohibitionist jail sentences as a Christianizing influence to improve people of color–in 2016 as in 1857.
But what about the rest of us? What about people who understand enough physics to realize that no energy means no work, and no work means no voluntarily-acquired income? Four million voters voted pro-choice, pro-electricity, anti-prohibition and against attacking people on the other side of the planet. Libertarians voted against the initiation of harmful and deadly force as a political tool. We did it in numbers large enough to shift the tallying of 124 electoral vote outcomes in 11 states.
The people of Germany had no libertarian choice in 1932, but they do today. France also has a functioning Parti Libertarien dutifully ignored by that kleptocracy’s media. All those countries’ voters lack is the courage, understanding and ethical values it takes to act on that choice. Come to think of it… these are exactly the same things that are in desperately short supply in These United States.
Are you interested in replacing coercive violence with a peace, prosperity and freedom?
Find out the juicy details behind the mother of all economic collapses. Prohibition and The Crash–Cause and Effect in 1929 is available in two languages on Amazon Kindle, each at the cost of a pint of craft beer.
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Liliana Ayalde is probably still a complete unknown to Brazilian voters baffled by media showdowns between their twice-elected president and the lynch mob of televangelist politicians that assembled screaming for her impeachment following her reelection.
Indeed, the same sort of thing happened in Paraguay after that same American official had served as US ambassador there, shortly after her expulsion from Bolivia. From Paraguay, Ms. Ayalde went to the Caribbean to work for USAID, an American agency concerned primarily with sending prohibitionists with guns to exacerbate the frightening levels of “drug-fueled” crime and associated violence. These are things that never existed in the Caribbean before fanatical American Christians began shooting up the place. In January of 1931, Puerto Rico was demanding an end to American prohibition. The Supreme Court there refused to prosecute rum smugglers, and Republican President Herbert Hoover elected to personally travel to the island to bully justices into enforcing that alien law causing alcohol-fueled crime to skyrocket as the island economy collapsed. This, under the First Amendment, is the “free exercise” of religious intolerance and the violence of law.
The recent 800% increase in Caribbean homicide rates accompanying stepped-up U.S.-imposed prohibition enforcement and civil asset forfeiture is as completely surprising to our representative for CICAD, GAFISUD, OPDAT, MERLDAT, INL, FinCEN and GMPL mentors as their attendant financial panics and depressions are to government agencies and their gun-toting agents. Nevertheless, she was promptly named US ambassador to Brazil as financial collapse and Occupy Wall Street protesters dominated the headlines in These States.
By truly amazing coincidence, unconvincing nationwide protests followed her arrival in Brazil, as Brazil’s President, other politicians and many industrialists discovered, to their horror, that the NSA had been tapping their telephones, and that many were suddenly under indictment on charges filed by local Federal Police. Brazilian evangelical politicians who support all United States efforts to have prohibitionist enlightenment raise drug prices for the childish-minded inhabitants of the banana republics were delighted to change the subject.
Where headlines once blared news of their own private airfields and helicopter-loads of cocaine, impeachment proceedings against the second-term president and boodling politicos and contractors from all 32 subsidized parties became the hot news items. That the prez is herself a former activist against the US-backed dictatorship and not at all popular among religious right-wing extremists is another one of those baffling coincidences so endemic to asset-forfeiture politics in the Western Hemisphere.
So, Mr. Newton Silva’s cartoon translates pretty directly from the Brazilian situation back to the American situation, as it stood before that particular prohibition-enforcement crisis was exported to the rest of the world. Grateful thanks.
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