Obamacare Healthcare: Breakeven for Insurers!

The Federalist has released a statement that Obamacare insurers are ‘finally’ going to make a profit… because they can ‘finally’ charge premiums that sustain their expenditures. WOW!   Poor babies…

So who are these ‘poor babies’?

Anthem President Gail Boudreaux made $2.2 million, including stock awards, after working 2 months in 2017 (November and December).   The previous CEO stayed on through May and only made $26.4 million in ‘realized pay’.

Molina Healthcare’s new CEO, Zubretsky, who also started in November faired quite a bit better making $19.7 million which included a ‘sign-on bonus’.

Cigna CEO took home $43.9 million including stock gains. Humana CEO had realized pay of $34.2 million.   United has yet to release the data, but figures have fluctuated to as high as $124.8 million.   Kaiser and Blue cross are up for grabs…

As a nonprofit, Kaiser reported Net Income of $3.1 billion in 2016.   United Healthcare reported Net Income $10.82 billion in 2017. And Anthem Blue Cross came in at $2.47 billion Net Income for 2016.

So what the hey?   How is it that these companies are supposedly ‘just now’ making a profit, because that’s a lot of non-profit profit and compensation flying around!

In a world where all healthcare premiums are equal, these CEO’s should be paying monthly premiums of roughly $212,500 to $1,768,000 – conservatively.   Maybe then, they would feel the ‘Burn’…   Because, I don’t think they have a freakin’ clue.

Apparently, this Federalist author didn’t do the math because when I research the Net Income of United Healthcare, it has increased 137% since 2008.   And the CEO’s are living large on 25% increases, 46% increases, and 60% increases in total payout.   So tell me again how the ‘insurers’ are just now breaking even under Obamacare?

Poor babies.

As a comparison, physician salaries and compensation ranges between about $200,000 and $500,000 depending on the specialty – and can obviously be far greater if the physician has spiffs, patents, etc…   But it is still a very far cry from the CEO compensation of ‘Health Insurers’.   Poor babies.

In fact, the equalized monthly healthcare premiums of the CEO’s outstrips the total wage base of physicians! So how is it that these corporations are just now making a profit when in fact they have always made exceptional profits while boasting exceptional wages for the CEO’s and Executives?

It’s a magic act, something like the Wizard of Oz wherein the smoke and blubbering of the media exalts a story that has absolutely no basis in fact.   Unless, we are exalting the “New Math” wherein 2+2 = 1… or 6… or 3, because there is no ‘correct’ answer, because then someone might cry because they were wrong – and opinion over-rules fact, and…

So if Warren Buffet has reported adjusted gross income of $63 million, and we adjust for his offshore accounts let’s bump that to $200 million, then his health insurance liability should be $2,833,333 per Month!   His Income Tax liability should then be 37% or $6,166,666 – per month!   Sounds fair – right? 

Do you think the ‘health insurer’ would lower its monthly premium if it was income based?   I think there would be a LOT of pressure, and a massive change.   Imagine!   

UK Sanctions Russia – Russia Assassinating Spies? Or Russian Mafia?

Once again the complete denouncement of basic law is being manipulated in the UK, with France, Germany and the US jumping onboard. Guilty – until proven innocent.

Imagine if this became the new common justice system for all crimes, all criminals?   It is reminiscent of Sharia Law in which a woman who is raped is considered the criminal and not the victim and is thus punished according to their judicial system – caning, torture, jail, and possibly death.   In circumventing law, the UK is adopting this modicum and Parliament jeers anything less. A lynch mob reminiscent of public hangings or – beheadings.

A double agent and his daughter are subjected to a nerve gas poisoning in Salisbury England and because this particular form of nerve gas was first manufactured in the Soviet Union 30 years ago, circumstantial evidence is the final verdict without a trial, without a court.   To date, the UK has refused to send samples of the poison to Russia for analysis, which would also appear to be odd, unless they didn’t have such a sample.

But apparently, even that isn’t the real story. The nerve agent isn’t the pure Novochok manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1980’s, in fact it is a hybrid, less potent, and somewhat altered, if not in a manner that was considered, sloppy. Hardly the finesse of a Russian government, more of the botched concoction of a third party…

After the Soviet Union collapsed, Jewish immigrants and former soviet FSB agents banned together to form the Russian Mafia. They grew massively planting seeds in Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia and other eastern bloc countries. Ultimately they also infested Israel where they are a formidable presence today.   The mafia in these countries have since infiltrated the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia and much of South America. Large and in charge – they had obtained control of the assets that were once property of the USSR – including chemical weapons.

But the complete formula for making Novochok could never be completely duplicated and thus hybrids were created – by eastern Blocs and purportedly the US.

When Alexander Litvinenko was murdered, he was investigating a connection between Spanish links and the Russian Mafia. As a former FSB agent himself, he had accused the Soviet regime of massive corruption and ties to the Russia Mafia under Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin was forced to resign under pressure from civilian protests for his corrupt regime. By then the Russian Mafia was firmly entrenched.

Both Putin’s government and the US FBI have collaborated to eradicate the hold the mafia has had over Russia. Multiple arrests of Mafia bosses have helped to purge it’s rein somewhat, but it remains the largest, deadliest enemy the world has today controlling human trafficking, drug smuggling, corporate theft, fraud, etc…

They are also the main perpetrator in global assassinations.

What is going on? Why is the UK targeting Russia? It seems reminiscent in arming the rebel factions of Al-Nusra in Syria…

The only other case that the media is frequenting in their ‘factoid’ is that of Alexandre Litvenenko, a double agent who was poisoned using radioactive polonium in 2006. At the time of his poisoning he was investigating a link between Spaniards and the Russian Mafia.   So why would the UK assume Putin was to blame when the Russian Mafia and Spanish were the main target of Litvinenko’s inquest?

Perhaps Theresa May’s pressure is not coming so much from MP’s as from the Russian Mafia itself as they have setup shop in the UK and most likely have quite a bit of ‘garbage’ on politicians.

Still, a number of media outlets have raised the ante of agents killed in the UK by “the Russian Government”, claiming upwards of thirteen:

Georgi Markov – he was actually a Bulgarian dissident murdered by a pellet fired from an umbrella (sounds like The Avengers to me). The suspect was Francesco Guillino, a Dane of Italian heritage who was a petty thief before being indoctrinated as a secret agent of the “West”. Guillino maintains a life in the EU.

Brerezovsky – he capitalized on the chaos of privatization of property after the fall of the USSR and during the rise and flourish of the Russian Mafia.   He was in the inner circle of the corruption of the Yeltsin empire (Russian Mafia?) and is said to be worth over $5 billion.   Given the time frame, it would be logical that Brerezovosky was also heavily involved with the Russian Mafia. He was instrumental in Yeltsin’s ousting of Alexander Korzhakov who claimed that he and his Communist operatives from the former USSR were the true governors of Russia and Yeltsin was a pawn.   Seeking asylum in the UK, he was backed by M-16. After a lost trial in which he sought remuneration of $3 billion, he was found hung.

Scott Young – connected to Brerezovsky who was connected to Litvinenko, was also targeted by the Russian mafia.   Interestingly, he was also a client of Mossack Fonseca, aka, The Panama Paper Caper, in which he hid over $400 million in funds from his divorcing wife. As a result of this hidden asset fraud he was sentenced to jail, became somewhat sociopathic, and was pushed off the balcony of his flat shortly after his release.   The assumption was that because he was connected to Brerezovsky, he was a victim of Putin.

There are now over 13 Mafia groups across the globe including Israel, Canada, US, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, Romania and Turkey.

With Theresa May leading the pack of sanctions, the logic of targeting Russia and Putin becomes highly questionable.   Russians own quite a bit or real estate in the UK.   Estimates indicate that Russian ownership accounts for roughly 7-8% of all property. The exact number is impossible to calculate because most ownership of property in the UK is done through opaque offshore accounts in which the real owner of record is virtually impossible to locate.

If Theresa May sanctions Russia further and attempts to freeze assets, a mass exodus could tank London real estate… unless of course, the Saudis are waiting in the wings, cash in hand…

Given Theresa Mays recent dealing with the Saudis for more weapons, could London real estate be the blackmail/othersideofthecoin?   Tit for tat?

Jeremy Corbyn has attempted to make these points, only to be met with jeers and admonitions from both Boris Johnson and Theresa May.   And it would appear that Boris Johnson is leading the pack of wolves/MP’s in their bid to derail Russia once again.

Given that May has refused to release samples of the nerve toxin, refused to share the evidence that she is using to base her claims upon, and has moved so radically so quickly, it appears that an agenda is manipulating the truth quite massively. The speed with which this is being done would indicate there is something else that will be dropped on the global citizens quite soon. Something rather formidable, I would venture…

Macron Trade Deal Bust?

Macron is trying to eek out a new trade relationship with India claiming that the exodus of the UK means France will be the winner of the EU. But apparently he forgot to ask Merkel, because behind the UK at $8.6 billion, Germany ranks second at $7.2 billion in 2016 for the EU.   In addition, the UK provides a huge surplus of trade to India which I imagine they will not want to put at risk.   By contrast, China represents their biggest deficit at $51.6 billion.   The largest export items from China to India include: electronic equipment, machinery, furniture, and apparel.  

Problem? Is France even competitive?

India has been ramping up its nuclear program recently, including a push to build 10 new reactors with its inked partner – Russia. Macron is beeming after a handshake to expedite the construction of one nuclear facility in Jaitpur, which is situated on a seismic zone… Oops!  Villagers are not too happy about being forced to hand over their land to the Indian government for this project especially after the catastrophic meltdown at the Japanese facility in 2011.

France has also asked India to support them militarily given India currently has the largest military manpower in the world, and France is more than happy to continue to provide more fighter jets to counter the threat from China in the Indian Ocean. At the center of the India/China dispute is an area that borders Bhouton, India and China, Doklam. China and Bhouton each claim the area belongs to them and historically, like everything else, it is complicated and unclear/muddy. India claims they are acting on behalf of Bhouton in fighting China. And Bhouton recently declared they no longer were giving India the right to negotiate on their behalf.

But India isn’t quite willing to let it go.

Doklam is a notable trade route that was exploited by the British when they occupied parts of India in the 19th century.

France is gearing itself up for a trade war, but can it compete with China? Easy answer – No.   Instead, what they are doing is ramping up tensions between the two with a military antagonist.

January, Macron was in China wooing president Jinping with promises of ramping up trade between the two and putting on the table French wine, cheese, meats, and the Airbus for which sales have been less than robust.

Economists have conjectured that Macron’s China visit was about deriding Trump and the US as benign and lost trading partners for which he, Macron, was ready, willing and able to fill. But Macron was always a big fan of Xi Jinping, in fact last August, he was adamantly anti-China trade due to the significant deficit France incurred.

The EU trade deficit with China was $200 billion last year. The power that China wields in trade is the weapon of choice.   In 2016, China’s military spending was roughly $146 billion.   Despite increases in spending since 1980, the budget as a percentage of GNP has declined sharply to a mere 1% or about 1/3 of the US although China’s has significantly larger active personnel.

While the US has plundered its funds for the purpose of warring other countries, China has behaved liked a tortoise slowly enriching itself via trade.

If Macron was serious before, or serious now, it is unknown.   Given the derision between the EU and the US, the EU and Russia, and the EU and China, they are left to pick.   And for now, the pickings seem to be slim.

As for the US: The fastest growing import is pharmaceuticals. The main suppliers include: Ireland, India, Germany and France.   But the top $$$ import is electronic equipment from: China, Mexico, Japan, and South Korea leading the market. If our trading ‘allies’ really wanted to inch out China, they would be offering discounts to curb those deficits.   If the US really wanted to hit China, they would put tariffs on Electronic Equipment and Machinery.

FYI:   The value of Mexico’s imports of electronic equipment and machinery to the US is roughly half of that of China – yet Mexico remains rife in poverty…

US Trade Deficits: A Tariff Equalizer

While the EU is blistering as they attempt to retaliate against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, they are now attempting to target peanut butter and orange juice.   But the trade war isn’t simply the US vs the EU, it is also the EU against the UK!   However, the commodities their economic experts target is rather odd; Brazil accounts for 50% of all global orange juice. US production is in a downward spiral, has been for years, exasperated recently by Florida crops destroyed by Hurricane Irma and – exports are “flat”.   Which means the tariff on orange juice is worth $0.00.  

US peanut butter export partners include Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan. The European consumers are concentrated in The Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Spain.   Unlike other European countries, The Netherlands top export partners include the UK and the US with Germany being the number one destination.   In 2016, Spain’s highest trade surplus partner was the UK at $8.2 billion, an increase of 3,014%.

The EU has already initiated a trade war with the UK using BREXIT as blackmail.   However, in their tit-for-tat plundering, it would appear they haven’t considered the consequences to countries in the EU other than Germany and France. Given they are the fundamental leaders of the EU decision making schematic, they don’t appear to be making wise choices.

Currently, the UK’s largest trading partner is the EU, with the US coming in a close second. If the EU cuts off the UK and imposes tariffs, the US is calmly waiting in the shadows ready to pick up any slack.   While the EU already slaps a 10% tariff on the import of US automobiles, by contrast, German automobiles are charged an import duty of just 2.5%. The hypocrisy of the German government and by default the EU Commission is beyond comprehension.

It would seem that the EU and Germany are playing a game of chicken without realizing their engine is out of gas.

In 2016, 54% of UK imports came from within EU countries.   If the EU hardlines trade, the UK will slowly shift partners. Currently the largest trade partners include: Germany, Spain and The Netherlands (the same countries that like all the US peanut butter…weird).

While the EU has been considered an ‘emerging superpower’ over the last decade, its share of the global economy has been steadily declining. Add to the fray the growing welfare as a result of refugee and immigration policies, the demand that the EU fund their own military, and Economic policy decisions now seem to be playing a game of chicken without a car…

And the media is at the wheel.

The EU Commission has grown into a Fat Walrus with a budget closing in on $160 billion Euro’s and most assuredly rising. Taxing, penalizing, overseeing, demanding, and fining seem to be their role.   Air pollution is a problem in the EU and despite targets being established in 2005 and 2010, 23 of 28 countries don’t meet the goals.   It’s a joke.

Sanctions on member states not meeting ‘refugee quotas’ was another EU brainchild that has backfired.

And yet, we continue to forget the sage fairy tale that recounts the race between the tortoise and the hare.   While the EU Commission has stated that a) this has been in the air for some time, and b) they will retaliate, and c) they will take this to the WTO, retaliation is not a defense recognized by most courts…  

The US trade deficit in goods is $811 billion, with the largest categories being commercial aircraft, automobiles, and food. The largest deficits were earned with China, Japan, Mexico and Germany.  Germany imports autos, aircraft and pharmaceuticals, while it exports autos, industrial machinery and medicine.   China charges a 25% tariff on US imports of automobiles.

For the Democrats and the GOP to gasp at the horror of equalizing tariffs, they would seem to have ulterior motives that don’t include the prosperity of the US.   Most recently, Trump announced that his goal was to create just that – a direct constant equalizing of all tariffs – thereby eliminating ‘inequality’ – the same catch-all phrase employed by Democrats about – everything Democrat…

But after all the hrumphing and blubbering and demanding, it looks as though the EU, Japan and Australia are begging for their own exemptions.   Bottom line? Trump is looking to close the trade deficits – China, Japan and Germany – it is now your call.

Italy Election – The New One Party System?

Angela Merkel has now served as Chancellor of Germany since 2005, having been re-elected September 2017 for an additional four year term.   That would mean she is now serving her ‘fourth’ term!   Despite being elected in September, six months later she has still failed to appoint a new Cabinet.   Her initial debut was based on ideologies that seem to have been reshuffled over the years, specifically in 2010 when her power and influence over the EU began to be noticed and corralled by the Rothschild/Soros cabal.

The CDU Party to which Merkel belongs was initially formed as an amalgamation of Nazi collaborators, liberal elitists, Socialist Marxists and nationalist parties within the state.   It was created after WWII with the oversight of the UK and the US deciding its structure and leaders. The concept was to integrate all views into one driving force of power given each had an equal and viable political appeal.

But Merkel has been at a stalemate to elect a new coalition government given her ratings have tanked and her power has been rebranded.   As a result she has decided to embrace the Social Democrat Party, a party defined as Socialist, Liberal, Progressive and Marxist.  

The shift is quite reflective of where Germany’s future branding is leading. Most notably, utilizing the power and previous notoriety of Merkel to create a new Europe similar to the power evoked during WWI and WWII wherein Germany was central within a Marxist protectorate.

Today as Merkel scrambles to reorganize the EU so to reaffirm her power, Italy is on the verge of becoming a ‘far-right’ state in early elections – that is, according to the MSM. The main causal factor in the Italy shift is the migration stance established by Germany and the EU. In addition, BREXIT has contributed to the exodus of the Liberal Socialists as the EU pressures Italy to increase contributions to the EU budget, and Italy balks.

With the UK representing 13.5% of the EU budget, addressing the lost revenue means anteing from every member state. With the push toward making the Balkans member states, more revenue would be necessary in order to bring them to a net positive before they can create a positive EU cash flow.

Italy’s election results are not over, but the two leaders include Lega Nord and 5-Star, both ‘supposedly’ Nationalist and right leaning.   But because neither party won an outright majority, a coalition must be resolved which could take days or months to create.

Italy has undergone some of the complexities plaguing Spain with a high concentration of wealth associated with one particular area supporting the remaining portions of the country.   And while wine continues to be Italy’s largest world share market, it ranks fifth in the world as a tourist destination. Immigrants and crime could dramatically impact that industry and Italians rather enjoy sustaining what they have. With a vibrant, lush history of art, architecture, and antiquity, Italy is keen on preserving its heritage.

Although the Lega Party represents itself as much more of a Nationalist, anti-immigrant, pro-Trump party, the 5-Star Party is much more of a hybrid espousing radical Socialist views and ideals.   They view politics as a non-entity that should never rule outside of the people. Their views have been compared to aligning with the ‘Californian Ideology’ which closely follows the philosophy of Stewart Brand and Ayn Rand.

While Rand is noted for her various novels rooted in ‘objectivisim’, Brand is the initiator of The Whole Earth Catalog and the Now Long Foundation whose projects included building the 10,000 year clock recently completed by Amazon’s, Bezos, who spent $42 million on the project…

The Lega Party claims to be more nationalist in its Euro views, immigrant views, and it’s Pandania Movement which supports the seccession of Northern Italy. The party has evolved considerably since it’s creation having followed Democrat views, an alliance with Burloscusi who followed closely with Merkel’s liberalism, and much in-fighting. Emerging with Matteo Salvini as it’s leader in 2013, the Party has become progressively more right leaning although it too defines itself as a ‘catch-all’ party.

As such, both of these parties advocated by the media as right-wing, are actually relatively moderate with the aim of embracing a ‘one party coalition’, which sounds dangerously similar to Merkel’s recent change of attitude in embracing the German Socialist Party. These pretexts were used to elect Macron as well as he advocated being a middle of the road candidate when in fact he is rather a nonentity who has done nothing at all.

If these one-party/combined-party ideologies were to spread to the US, it would mean the GOP and Democrats aligned together to form the GOPcrats…. Oh wait, that has already happened in their attacks on Trump!   Imagine that.

Germany: Imports and Exports with US

Germany and France have jointly stated that they will alter their own corporate tax rates in defiance of Trump lowering the US rate to 21%.   Currently, Germany’s average rate is about 38-39%, and roughly 33% in France. Turkey, Russia, the UK, and Switzerland all fall below the new US rate. So why would Germany and France really care?   Spain, Italy, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, China, South Korea and Indonesia are already below the rates imposed by France and Germany. So what’s the big deal about the US lowering it’s rate?

Its a false perception.  Its news.  Its media bias.  And it creates divisiveness.

The EU, albeit Germany and France, are also screaming bloody bull because Trump has stated he is imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. But the US only imports 3% of it’s steel from Germany, most imported steel comes from Canada, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Japan.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, “surging steel imports put up to half a million US jobs at risk.” With Trump promoting infrastructure spending, there needed to be in place some barriers that would force companies to buy American. During the Obama administration steel imports doubled.   Since 2000, US aluminum production has dropped 77%, and the world market share has dropped from 16% to less than 2%.   During the Obama administration imports rose roughly 80%.   By contrast, China’s production has gone from 11% to 53% and they represent the largest world producer.

Making America ‘competitive’ seems to go against the European model.

Opinions from Germany’s DW suggest that Trump is simply being ‘unfair’.   How dare Trump put the American people before Europeans!   Ranting on, the columnist declares that Trump is ‘anti-globalist’ and only cares about the US…   He then attacks the American steelmakers for not switching their focus to more specialized high-value steel. Again, why would Germany be so bent out of shape over a commodity that only represents 3% of all imported steel to the US?

Germany’s ‘slowest growing export is steel’ according to WETx.

The retaliation proposed by Merkel is set to include tariffs on blue jeans, bourbon and Harley motorcycles.   The EU is claiming that by Trump imposing these tariff measures on two items, steel and aluminum, he will be responsible for all EU countries retaliating…   Interesting. So, retaliation is not their fault?   If I steal your motorcycle and then you steal my car – are you not responsible for anything? It is a strange ethic to denounce the US and Trump because we are focusing on ourselves instead of them.

Germany represents only 7.9% of US exports and only 5.5% of the US imports.   The European Union accounts for 54-58% respectively of Germany’s trade.   Trade with the US is not substantial. Trump’s tariffs did not target the biggest exports of the EU, they targeted China. Had Trump wanted to hit Germany, he would have imposed tariffs on Germany’s largest exports: automobiles and machinery. He didn’t.

The largest importer of US Bourbon is Canada. The world’s largest exporter of jeans is China.   The largest exporter of motorcycles is China, followed by Japan, Germany, India, and Italy.   Harley Davidson has already been largely impacted by Japanese manufacturing. Their biggest market remains in the US, with the international market representing roughly 38% of sales including; China, India, Africa, Middle East, EU, and South America. They have been aggressively pursuing smaller bikes to accommodate a changing demographic, however the main motorcycle markets in the EU remain to be Vespa, Honda, Ride, Derby and KTM. The ‘total’ US market share of all motorcycles in the EU was 2.9% in 2011.

So why would Germany target these particular markets?

Maybe because Merkel felt obliged to give the appearance she was going to respond to the big meany Trump so as to continue the media promotion that he’s a big, bad meany guy who only cares about Americans and not Germans…  

Or maybe all the rhetoric coming out of the EU is simply BLATHER.

FACEBOOK Censorship – Just The Beginning

During the 2016 election campaign it was routinely charged that Facebook and Google were manipulating public opinion in favor of Hillary. Zuckerberg was a kid in a candy shop offering to push agendas when he met with Podesta. He wanted to be taught the ropes… He wanted Hillary to win. And he wanted to be a part of that history making.

December Soros sold a tremendous portion of his shares of Facebook and Google.

In January, Soros gave numerous press feeds that Facebook and Google were evil monopoly IT giants manipulating public thought, and they needed to be highly regulated like – tobacco.

In January Zuckerberg announced plans to alter the algorythms of Facebook news feeds so as to give priority to family and friends.   What does that mean?   According to Zuckerberg this change will be ‘good for people’s well-being’.   So Zuckerberg will now determine which businesses, which brands, and which media is ‘good for our well being’.

Those most affected are commentary articles, opinion articles, and political articles that aren’t feel-good. In other words, it is massive Censorship! And Soros basically engineered the entire coup. Why? Because it will suppress political knowledge and create a listless feed of Entertainment Hollywood style to fill our minds with emptiness. Merkel was already using Zuckerberg to censor anti-Muslim views, with which he complied.

This was all engineered by Soros so as to create a fake stance of repudiation because a considerable conservative media existed on Facebook blogs.

YTD, the price of Facebook shares have tipped $192 and dropped to $172.

There are alternative platforms that are getting off the street, albeit slowly; Diaspora, Ello, EyeEm, and Path.   Of these Path has the most registered users at 30 million, Ello has roughly 4 million, and Diaspora is struggling with about 60,000.

Problem:   EyeEm is based in Germany and as such follows the strict censorship rules implemented by Merkel.   Path is not really a competitor given it was founded by a former Facebook executive to be used in conjunction with Facebook. Diaspora doesn’t have the audience. Ello is thus the only alternative.  Ello is a public forum with no blocking features, nor privacy features and no censorship.  For now.

Twitter has admitted to censorship for a number of years using a technique called shadow banning in which your post is blocked and you are not made aware and so can’t complain, or simply blocking your account through a suspension.   Also called censorship.

Government owned news media thrive despite the contention that such a thing is Communist.   BBC is owned by the government, and all content is approved before publication.   Two stations in Australia are government owned; ABC and SBS. In Canada there is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canada Post.   New Zealand has a television station and the New Zealand Post. Most African nations have their government owned media.   The US has been accused of media manipulation for decades beginning with The Washington Post in Operation Mockingbird.

Typically, state owned media is considered a Communist ideology.

But Hillary was no slouch in utilizing social media in her campaign to lure voters; Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Quora, PinInterest, Instagram, YouTube. Clinton was everywhere, dominating the scroll – and still didn’t muster a win.   She had panels of writers whose job was to create messages.

Recently, Trump has gained more favorable ratings. Mostly as a result of his social media campaign in which he has the opportunity to reveal what he’s accomplished instead of what the MSM continually portrays. How best to manipulate the thoughts and opinions? Eliminate all availability through algorithm alterations and fill the empty space with ‘good for people’s well-being’ cherry plucked information.

Unless there is a fast track alternative, conservative news will ultimately die out, quashed and beaten, it won’t have a readership because of – an algorithm.

Guns and Homicides – World Statistics

Gun ownership around the world is not exactly what has been presented by the media and Facebook memes. For example, I recently was spirited a meme that talked about how Canada and Australia are gunfree, guns are illegal, the US should follow their lead because they don’t have mass shootings… But that simply isn’t the case.

  1. 30.8% of Canadians own a gun
  2. 24.1% of Australians own a gun

While that ratio in the US is 100%, the argument fails because there is no correlation that ‘more guns’ = ‘more shootings’, the correlation is much more complicated.   For example; Mexico’s gun rate is 15% – but their murder rate is 6.34 per 100,000 population or nearly double that of the US.   In Serbia nearly 38% of the population own guns, yet their homicide rate is .61, or 10% of Mexico’s. Iceland has a gun rate over 30% and no homicides by guns.

So what are these countries doing that is right and wrong?   What other factors give rise to the problem? If we truly wanted a ‘solution’ wouldn’t it make sense to analyze their strategies instead of making a false correlation that has an obvious ‘agenda’?

In Iceland the recent introduction of foreign gangs has been the predominant driver of crime. As a result, the police and government routinely follow guidelines which include immediate deportation and the exclusion of visiting support elements such as friends and family members. But Iceland also has a relatively low to non-existent drug use problem, that is until more gangs began moving into town bringing with them prostitution and human trafficking as well. As such, the crime rate schematic has changed to reflect the growing menace of gang warfare.

With over 1.5 million gang members in the US, representing 33,000 different gangs, we have 32,990 more gangs than Iceland.   In March 2017, Mexico had 2020 homicides – all gang/cartel related. Serbia has a history of Mafia gang connections involved in protection rackets, smuggling, drugs, burglaries and arms trafficking. But they don’t have ‘rival’ gangs.

When making statistical comparisons, it is important for the reporting country to be ‘honest’.   In 2011, the German government claimed the murder rate was .8 per 100,000 when in fact the police department claimed it was 2.7.   Germany routinely would seem to ‘manipulate statistics to provide a view that is a false narrative’.   FYI: a recent poll purportedly shows Merkel’s advanced favoritism over Trump – when in fact her ratings are lower than Trump’s ever were in the US – below 30%!

In addition, the gangs in Germany are also predominantly Mafia related including; the Arab Mafia, composed of 7-9 Arab Families, the Albanian Mafia, which controls billions in banks and real estate, the Russian Mafia, which is mostly composed of Aussiedlers, ethnic Germans that were born in the Soviet Union, as well as Turkish organized crime, Middle Eastern Clans and a spattering of motorcycle gangs.

Many of these gangs are fairly new to Germany, specifically the rise of Turkish and Afghanistan populations dominant in Berlin, Hamburg and Bremen. According to Die Welt, Arab Families control most of the organized crime and solve disputes internally. As such the statistics of these Mafia’s are not includable in the government statistical accounting.   Currently, most of these Mafioso gangs have established territories and disputes are not common, however, mass immigration is triggering a shift and bloody battles

According to Transparency International, political parties and businesses are the most corrupt institutions in Germany with 11% of respondents admitting to have been asked to pay bribes.  So is Germany a false narrative of goodness?

Despite these numbers, in 2014 the German police identified only 9155 suspected gang members…   or 1,490,845 less than we have in the US.

So while ‘gun related deaths’ is somehow the topic of choice, statistics reveal that in the US roughly 67% of gun related deaths are suicide, 72% of gun deaths were committed with a handgun, mass shooting in the US tripled during the Obama administration, and 60% of mass shooters identified in the US since 1900 were carried out by people diagnosed with a mental illness or who demonstrated significant mental illness prior to the shooting.

Is it a gun problem? Or is it a gang problem? Or is it a drug problem, a mental problem, a PTSD problem, a corruption problem, who killed Seth Rich problem… What we do know is that suicide tops the list, handguns are the weapon of choice, and a conflaguration of ailments contribute to the Fall.

So. Are we looking to find a solution?   Because it would seem that the overwhelming evidence for homicide growth is always targeting – Gangs. Here, in Europe, in Iceland, in Australia, in Canada. What creates gangs? The desire for money with an absolute vacancy of ethic or morality.   What creates a vacancy of ethic and morality? Values. Who should instill values? Parents. Who is instilling values? The state. The media. Hollywood.  

Syria: Who are The Rebels?

War torn Syria remains a front for control. While the media coverage abounds with attention drawn to ‘the government forces’ and ‘Assad’, the opposition forces are rarely identified.   The opposition, rebels, are made up of four prominent groups:

Army of Islam – backed and funded by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, it is an organization operating in the Gaza Strip and closely affiliated with Hamas. They have been accused of carrying out attacks in Egypt including the bombing of a Coptic church in 2011. With a heavy presence in Ghouta, their intent is to create an Islamic state under Sharia. They have operated in conjunction with al-Nusra, an affiliate of al-Qaeda, and merged with Ahrar al-Shem in their design to eliminate Shiites and Alawites from Syria.

Targeting Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine, they have engaged in most battles for control of Syria including Aleppo, Raqqa, Idlib, and now Ghouta. Making the war more complicated is the fact that they are not only opposed to Assad, but ISIL as well.

They have been shown using civilians in Ghouta as human shields, putting them in cages, and kidnapping and enslaving them. They have admitted to using chemical weapons, chlorine gas and other agents, against Kurdish forces and civilians. Infighting between rebel groups as also contributed to the chaos as power struggles wreak havoc.


Failaq al-Rahman – backed and funded by Qatar and Turkey, is a smaller organization that fights – everyone, including; ISIL, Assad, al-Nusra, and sometimes the Army of Islam.   They were originally organized by a Syrian Army captain who defected in 2012, and were considered a pet project of McCain and Obama under the auspice of the Free Syrian Army, or FSA before rebranding as Failaq al-Rahman. As such, their funding and support came from NATO and the US.

Their main stronghold was in Jobar where they were able to survive via an ancient cave system that runs beneath the city.  In the caves, they were safe from bombs, and could hide weapons and food.

In 2012, they were accused of hording supplies, food, and medicine in Aleppo from civilians in their effort to keep them docile and easily manipulated.   The MSM chose to instead report that there was no food or medicine in Aleppo in order to create a false message, ignoring the fact that the FSA was the stronghold at the time.

The eastern side of Jobar was home to mostly Christians before al-Rahman engaged in its terrorism within this city.

The two smaller rebel factions in Ghouta include the Levant Liberation Committee, and Ahrar al Sham. These groups have worked with ISIL and al-Nusra at various times and are also funded by the Saudis. Their size has greatly diminished due to in fighting and disagreements regarding fatwa, ceasefires, mergers and operations. Their goal is to rule Syria and they have offered those services in peace talks as an alternative to Assad or ISIL.

The UN continues to issue statements regarding the escalation of violence in Ghouta, and the humanitarian crisis that continues to be launched. Oddly, they never address Saudi Arabia, Turkey or Qatar in containing their rebel factions.   In calling for a ceasefire, they only identify ISIL, al-Nusra, and al-Qaeda as hostile.

In addition, while the UN praises neighboring countries that are housing all the Syrian refugees, they simultaneously chastise these same countries because the refugees are living in utter poverty without basic necessities including education and healthcare.  Jordan appears to be the UN target.  With roughly 11 million refugees or displaced Syrians, Jordan is currently housing about 630,000.  Turkey and Lebanon are housing over 5.6 million…

In the meantime, the US media is focusing on Kurdish forces in Syria fighting ISIS, when ISIS doesn’t appear to be in Ghouta, or their presence is enormously limited. Trump has stated that the goal of eliminating ISIS in Syria has been accomplished for the most part already. Regime change is not a goal. And the remaining factions that the government and Russia are fighting are these rebel groups backed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar.   It would appear that Trump sees any intervention outside of ISIS as none of anyone’s business – let the Middle East destroy each other from within, it’s their battle.

China Election – A Dictatorship?

Oh dear, The Washington Post thinks that Xi Jinping is setting up Dictatorship rule in China because he wants to extend term limits for the Presidency.   It would appear that the esteemed WAPO is unaware that in Canada, the post of Prime Minister is not only an unelected post, but it’s term is fixed forever, or until the person holding the post decides they don’t want to be a PM any more… As of 2007, a caveat was created whereby a PM whose party fails the next election may be dismissed by the opposition party.   Of course it is the Governor General who appoints the Prime Minister to office, and the Governor General is appointed by the Queen at the advice of the Prime Minister… One Big Happy Family!

The previous Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, served for nine years.   Jean Chretien who was the 20th Prime Minister, was in office 10 years and went through 3 Governor Generals.   The only female Prime Minister was Kim Campbell who served for just 4 months.    But Canada doesn’t count, right?

Of course, all these term rules apply to all British Commonwealth nations under Queen Elizabeth, including;  Australia, Barbados, Jamaica, Belize, Bahamas, Antigua, Barbados, and Grenada.

In the US, the longest serving terms go to: John Dingle, Democrat who served 59 years; Robert Byrd, Democrat who served 57 years; Carl Hayden, Democrat who served 56 years; Jammie Whitten, Democrat who served 53 years.   The shortest tenure listed for the longest service was 36 years.  I guess these ‘terms’ don’t count…

But according to WAPO, that would make them Dictators…like China’s Xi Jinping…

Oddly, Japan follows similar rules as adopted by the UK Monarchy, with the Prime Minister appointment rather than election, and unlimited terms. So I guess Japan is a Dictatorship too…oops.

Apparently, the various mainstream news agencies are not aware that China is merely following in the footsteps of what numerous other countries around the world have been doing for centuries.   In China, all higher up officials are appointed by the National Peoples Congress who are directly elected by votes.   While in theory China considers itself a multi-party nation, in reality the Communist Party is the only one that holds power.

Does this make their system right and just?  No.  It simply highlights the hypocrisy.

There is speculation that the US is fundamentally a one party system ruled by Big Business and that Democrats and Republicans are simply pawns that essentially uphold that power as an illusion.   As Trump began to unravel The Swamp, the parties he trashed unveiled this fundamental illusion given that both Democrats and Republicans were implicated. Crossing lines, McCain, Graham, Rubio, and a host of others were quickly unveiled for their Democrat ties and leanings.

Adding to the push toward a one party system in the US is the ongoing redistricting, or gerrymandering, that is hurriedly being imposed by the joint efforts of Obama and Holder as they attempt to redefine political lines so as to create a majority party electoral.   Despite reports claiming this is an initiative being waged by both parties, Missouri, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Dakota, etc…, upwards of 18 states have begun redistricting proposals.   Unions are one of the larger funders, but George Soros has decidedly entered the fray as the Democrat position is ‘mandered’. Basically, this is an attempt to create a one party electoral/district majority.  One step away from a single party and two steps away from Communism.

In addition, states are moving to allow illegal immigrants voting rights which will most certainly sway the platforms considerably.

While there are those that would vilify Trump as the creator in house of the one party system in the US, that would be a rather difficult feat given that this concept has been in the making for decades as the US attempts to move closer to Communism through the illusion of Socialism. Often it takes having a conversation with those that escaped Communism in order to understand more clearly how it is implemented.

Martial Law, suppression of religion, regulation and absolute control are all pre-factors leading to ultimate oppression and Communism.   Trump advocates against all of these. Europe is currently endangered. The US gained a breather with Trump, but we are still undergoing an assault. The Dictatorship within the US still rules from the sidelines as Senators and House Reps comfortably numb snore through their sixth decade without ‘term limits’.

So is the China syndrome mean much of anything?  Not really, it just sounds good when vilifying another – as in the modicum of ‘not building bridges’ – a Liberal outcry that oft forgets to look in the metaphorical mirror.