SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: September 8, 2019 Edition

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Opinion Column by John Semmens
CNN Climate Debate Publicizes Democrats’ Dictatorial Impulses

The 7-hour marathon Democrat town hall on climate change broadcast by CNN gave free rein to the worst impulses of the presidential contenders who participated. Even those who couldn’t participate chimed in later with their own coercive schemes designed to radically transform and impoverish everyone in order to save the planet from a vividly imagined doom that lies just over the horizon.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass) vowed to ban all fossil fuels by the year 2035. She characterized her plan as “more practical and merciful than Sen. Sanders’ plan to nationalize all the power companies. On the one hand, we all know that government-owned businesses are terribly inefficient. Poorly motivated employees hog-tied by oppressive bureaucratic red tape are a recipe for failure. My approach would mercifully kill off the fossil fuel industry and free up those currently employed to pursue more environmentally-friendl
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Wonderful Skewering of Google

Read more on this subject: Propaganda
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger is spot on below about the Google culture and its corporate insanity of encouraging political message boards and political debates at work.  The company is a perfect reflection of the mass brainwashing of hip but intellectually-hollow millennials.  It has a workforce that is above average in IQ and way below average in wisdom and common sense. Yet, as has always been the case in business, other companies, seeing the success of a company like Google, try to replicate its management style and culture, not realizing that it attained near-monopoly status and huge profits from the brilliance and luck of its launch (and a creepy advertising model) and not from cockamamie notions of managing that were bound to become dysfunctional in a now-humongous enterprise.

Cheers,

Mencken’s Ghost

The Google Syndrome

The company should become a generic term for today’s acute political mania.

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Daniel Henn
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Kids as Guinea Pigs of Google

Read more on this subject: Education: Government Schools
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Dear Thinker:

How many more times will children be used as guinea pigs by cruel and stupid school districts?  Below is an infuriating article about districts going all-tech, resulting in lousy outcomes, angry parents, and huge amounts of money going to the tech industry.
 

Lo and behold, Google has 60% of the school device market.

One risks being seen as a Luddite by saying the truth that tech can aid learning in some areas but not in others.  My son, who is an engineer with both a bachelor’s and master’s in engineering, wouldn’t have overcome the mediocre STEM genes he inherited from his parents if it were not for paper and pencil.

You see, my wife and I enrolled him in Kumon Math from the age of four to the age of eleven.  That’s the Japanese method of learning math by doing a set of math problems every day, 365 days a year, by pencil, on paper.  My wife or I would score each daily lesson, and the lessons for the week
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France Teaches the U.S. about Free Markets

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Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
The following commentary might make your brain short-circuit.  It claims that France has more market competition than the U.S., due to less consolidation of industry, which in turn is due in part to the EU being more aggressive about stopping market concentration.  It speaks of two industries, telecom and airlines, where consumer prices are considerably lower than in the US.

It doesn’t mention that airlines in France have competition from state-subsidized rail systems, which may be a factor in keeping airline prices lower.  Of course, France also has a significantly lower GDP per capita, an exodus of talented youth, and a looming cultural clash resulting from immigrants with non-Western values.

On the other hand, it has a national healthcare system that, unlike Medicare for All proposed by Democrats, retains a lot of market competition and requires citizens to pay half of their medical costs—which, if healthcare is going to be socialized, is a better
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Trump Regime Training Paramilitaries to Attack Venezuela?

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Opinion Column by Stephen Lendman
Trump Regime Training Paramilitaries to Attack Venezuela?

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

Republicans and undemocratic Dems want Bolivarian Venezuela transformed into a US vassal state — to eliminate its social democracy and gain control over its vast oil reserves, the world’s largest.

On Wednesday, the Trump regime earmarked over $120 million for Colombia.

Masquerading as “humanitarian assistance” for Venezuelans in the country, what’s planned may be something similar to US Central American paramilitary wars in the 1980s.

Edward Herman once explained that if US imperial aims go unchallenged, its ruling authorities will “continue to escalate violence (against targeted nations) to preserve military mafia/oligarch control” — state terrorism on a global scale.

If the Trump regime intends waging cross-border paramilitary war on Venezuela, the toll could be horrendous.

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"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Your House Is Left Unto You Desolate"

Read more on this subject: Religion: Believers
Opinion Column by Chuck Baldwin
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On the eve of His crucifixion at the belligerent behest of the Pharisees and Jews, the Lord Jesus Christ pronounced this prophecy upon the city of Jerusalem: 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. (Matthew 23:37, 38 KJV)

Our Lord then spent the next chapter of Matthew’s Gospel (chapter 24) giving His disciples many of the details relating to Jerusalem’s impending destruction—which took place 37 years later exactly as He had predicted. 

This Sunday, September 8, marks the anniversary of the conclusion of that great and final destruction prophesied by Jesus and fulfilled in 70 AD. 

The destruction of Jerusalem is one of the most significant events in world hi
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Tax Nepotism to Close the Wealth Gap

Read more on this subject: Politics: Democratic Campaigns
Opinion Column by Menckens Ghost
Democrat presidential candidates and others on the left are proposing a wealth tax as a way of closing the wealth gap in America—a gap that is a serious problem, as this writer has documented many times.

One of the lame ideas for closing the gap is to tax the unrealized “paper” gains on stocks, bonds and other investments that are held at the end of the tax year, instead of the current tax law of taxing the gains when they are realized; that is, when the investments are sold. 

Another lame idea is to tax heirs for the accumulated appreciation of investments bequeathed to them, as if the investments had been owned all along by the heirs. 

Such taxes would create a disincentive to save and invest, would tax people for the inflation caused by government, would tax unrealized gains that might later turn into realized losses, would shift capital to tax-avoidance schemes, would make estate attorneys rich, and wouldn’t address other causes of the wealth
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SEMI-NEWS/SEMI-SATIRE: September 1, 2019 Edition

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Opinion Column by John Semmens
Kerry Announces Potential Deal with Iran

This week, former Secretary of State for the Obama Administration John Kerry announced that he has negotiated a deal to reduce tensions between Iran and the United States.

“It was tough going,” Kerry admitted. “The unrelenting hostility of the Trump Administration toward Iran made that country’s leaders very skeptical of the possibility of ever getting to a satisfactory relationship with America. Nevertheless, after weeks of heart-to-heart talks, I was finally able to hammer out a plan to reestablish a path to restore the amicable relationship we had when I was Secretary of State.”

“The terms are simple and easily attainable,” Kerry said. “All the United States Government has to do to get back on Iran’s good side is revoke the sanctions imposed by President Trump, sincerely repent this act of aggression, and bow down to the Iranian Government. This is a small price to pay for the eternal peace
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Messrs. Falwell, Graham And Jeffress, Cat Got Your Tongue?

Read more on this subject: Trump AdministrationOpinion Column by Chuck BaldwinDownload free computerized mp3 audio file of this column

Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress are constantly in the news promoting, defending, excusing, pr… Continue reading