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If there is one victory we can claim here on the internet, it is that we have forever removed the ability of government to lie to their people with impunity. Absent that, there will be fewer wars.
Already we see the elites trying to roll the world back to pre-internet days, much as the elites in Gutenberg's time tried to roll back his making books affordable to the middle classes. But like that previous effort, the attempt to reverse progress is doomed to fail. The elites will have to adjust to the new reality of a public aware and on the lookout for their lies, or they will stop being the elites." -- Michael Rivero
Eighty percent of all chocolate is consumed by 20 percent of consumers. Eighty percent of all booze is consumed by the top 20 percent of consumers. Eighty percent of all auto accidents are caused by 20 percent of the drivers. It’s just the way it works.
So if you want to have the maximum impact with the least effort, you focus on those 20 percent.
One area where this concept falls apart is crime, especially violent crime. If violent crime followed the same pattern, 20 percent of the criminals would commit 80 percent of the crimes.
But it is far more skewed than that. It’s more like five percent of criminals committing 95 percent of the violent crimes. From a crime fighting perspective this is actually good news. By focusing on this five percent—and taking them off the streets—a huge reduction in violent crime is possible. It’s really quite simple.
You would weep—then spit and curse—when realizing how small a slice of the population commit the vast majority of all rapes. All these women’s lifelong pain, anguish, and fear can be traced to a miniscule percentage of criminals.
By almost any significant metric, this is not America’s finest hour. We do not appear to be respected or feared economically, militarily, or in any other way by rival nations. Americans do not feel confident about the future, and we are seemingly more polarized along partisan lines than ever before.
Adding to our collective sense of dread is the sight of our nation’s geographic integrity slipping away. Almost daily we see untold numbers of foreign nationals trampling what used to be our southern border, demanding rights and privileges that previously were reserved for citizens and legal residents.
Rather than protect our nation’s sovereignty, the temporary caretakers of the executive branch are actively encouraging its decline. At this point, a credible case can be made that this is not a well-intentioned asylum program spun out of control, but every bit the invasion the images and data tell us it is.
Saying the “I-word” today seems to trigger those who barely follow the news as well as dogmatic anti-borders activists. “It’s not an armed force, so it can’t be an invasion!” is the most common retort.
A full guarantee of all bank deposits would spell the end of moral hazard and mark the final chapter of the dollar’s multi-decade debasement.
It’s said the cover-up is worse than the crime. With the latest banking crisis in the US, it’s the clean-up that could end up doing far more lasting damage. The failure of SVB et al prompted the FDIC to guarantee that all depositors will be made whole, whether insured or not.
The precedent is being set, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen commenting on Tuesday that the US could repeat its actions if other banks became imperiled. She was referring to smaller lenders, and denied the next day that insurance would be “blanket”, but given the regulatory direction of travel over the last forty years, this will inevitability apply to any lender when push comes to shove.
This marks the end of moral hazard and, ultimately, the final desecration of the Fed’s balance sheet.
We never thought we’d write that headline. But on Sunday the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced that New York Community Bancorp’s Flagstar Bank will assume all of Signature Bank’s cash deposits except for those of crypto companies. This confirms Mr. Frank’s suspicions—and ours—that Signature’s seizure was motivated by regulators’ hostility toward crypto.
Mr. Frank alleged last week that regulators seized Signature, whose board he served on, “to send a message to get people away from crypto.”
CoinDesk reported last week that crypto firms were looking for bank accounts off-shore such as at FV Bank in Puerto Rico, Jewel Bank in Bermuda, and Tether and FTX-tied Deltec in the Bahamas. Moving dollar deposits of U.S. crypto companies and their customers offshore will make them less safe and potentially more vulnerable to money laundering.
An MSNBC panel has told viewers that criticizing radical billionaire George Soros is a “dog whistle that is dangerous.”
During MSNBC’s “The Reid Out,” host Joy Reid and her three guests were discussing Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s politically-motivated efforts to indict President Donald Trump.
Like many of the top prosecutors in America’s most crime-infested cities, Bragg was installed in the DA’s office by Soros.
As Elon Musk has pointed out, Soros, the Democrats’ largest donor, has discovered that investing in smaller local election campaigns gives a much greater return on investment than pumping cash into national candidates.
The EU is sending one million artillery shells to Ukraine at the eye-watering price of two billion Euros, meanwhile the United Kingdom has confirmed it would be sending depleted uranium anti-tank rounds along with the main battle tanks it is donating to the country.
A long-anticipated arms procurement deal by EU members-plus-Norway through the European Defence Agency to procure and send one million 155mm artillery rounds [pictured, above] to Ukraine has been agreed, ending months of discussion.
The €2 billion ($2.15 billion) price tag will be divided in two tranches, the EU said, with the first billion used to compensate European Union nations for releasing shells from their own military stocks, with an aim to send these within two months. The second round of funding will be paid to armaments factories in European nations to make new shells for shipment.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today warned the UK 'will see a fearful response' that will be a 'lesson for the whole planet' if it sends depleted uranium tank munitions to Ukraine.
The dictator, a loyal ally to Vladimir Putin, said Russia would retaliate against Britain's decision to supply Ukrainian forces with ammunition containing depleted uranium by sending Belarus weapons containing 'real uranium' - used in nuclear weapons - in a sombre threat.
'We need to step back from this madness. As soon as this ammunition explodes on Russian troops' positions, you will see a fearful response, it will be a lesson for the whole planet,' Lukashenko, who allowed Russian forces to use Belarus as a launch pad for their attack on Ukraine, said.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Newsmax on Tuesday that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has a history of playing favorites in his prosecutorial role.
While appearing on "Eric Bolling The Balance," Giuliani, Donald Trump's one-time attorney, highlighted Bragg's controversial tenure in the backdrop of a potential looming indictment against the former president.
As mayor, Giuliani said there were five district attorneys in New York City, and "some were a little more liberal than others. But they all were within the bounds of lawful district attorneys who followed the law."
On the contrary, Giuliani noted that soon after being sworn in as Manhattan district attorney, Bragg signaled "he wasn’t going to enforce half the laws in New York, including armed robbery, resisting arrest."
Giuliani continued: "Even with some of the modifications that [Bragg has] made, he's downgraded 52% of the felonies that police bring in. And now, he wasn't to take a sort of made-up misdemeanor and upgrade it to a felony for a case that the federal government turned down.
Alina Habba, attorney to former President Donald Trump, told Newsmax that if the Manhattan District Attorney's Office indicts Trump on Wednesday, he will take it head on and move forward.
At the same time, when speaking to "Eric Bolling The Balance" on Tuesday, Habba said "a couple of things are gonna happen" if an arrest occurs in New York.
"Number one, I know my client. He's not afraid. [Trump] hasn't been afraid since 2015 ... He'll face the music, and he'll go through this the way anybody else would that has done nothing wrong," said Habba.
After that, Habba predicted that Trump "will get his team, go to trial, and be vindicated. And then [Manhattan DA] Alvin Bragg will be known as the DA that put politics above his office.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., doesn't believe that words like "chaos" or "disaster" do enough justice, when describing the Biden administration's lax attitude toward patrolling the United States-Mexico border.
"It's not just a disaster down there, it's a crisis. Day by day, and I've been down there several times. It's embarrassing what this country is going through right now because of this administration," Tuberville told Newsmax Tuesday evening, while appearing on "Eric Bolling: The Balance."
Tuberville and other congressional Republicans have introduced the Border Security and Safety Act, which, in a nutshell, gives Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas full responsibility to secure the southern border.
At the same time, as Tuberville notes, this bill also puts full accountability onto Mayorkas' office.
Crowds of Donald Trump's strongest supporters assembled outside the former president's Mar-a-Lago residence Tuesday ahead of his possible indictment.
Palm Beach, Florida, issued notices regarding increased traffic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time as cowboy hats, American flag suits, and signs reading "Drain the Swamp Vote Trump 2024" could be seen.
"They don't want him to run," a Trump supporter told NBC's WTVJ 6. "They're scared of what he's going to do, which is going to get our country back the way he had it before."
It comes after Trump predicted over the weekend that he would be arrested Tuesday, as a New York grand jury probes his connection to a hush-money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.