We’re being held at gunpoint by a government of soldiers—a standing army. While Americans are being made to jump through an increasing number of hoops in order to exercise their Second Amendment right to own a gun, the government is arming its own civilian employees to the hilt with guns, ammunition and military-style equipment, authorizing them to make arrests, and training them in military tactics. Among the agencies being supplied with night-vision equipment, body armor, hollow-point bullets, shotguns, drones, assault rifles and LP gas cannons are the Smithsonian, U.S. Mint, Health and Human Services, IRS, FDA, Small Business Administration, Social Security Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Education Department, Energy Department, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and an assortment of public universities.
Terrorism fatalities in the most dangerous countries in the world are falling. But deaths in North America and Western Europe, still rare, are up.
As a consequence of persistently, banks are now looking to more old-fashioned methods of storing their money. Some financial institutions have already started experimenting with keeping physical cash, with Munich Re, the German insurer storing as much as €10 million in vaults.
It’s an experience that is both rarely discussed and frighteningly quotidian; as one author wrote in May about her own very American experience with poverty, “It’s scary being poor, worrying that one parking ticket would mean I couldn’t buy groceries, or deciding whether I should see a dentist about a toothache or pay my trailer park fee. … How many times have we been told to get a job, or that if we just worked harder we could improve our situation? Work harder. Work harder. Work harder. American society has made it perfectly clear: If you are poor, it’s your own damn fault.”
Falling Taxes Doom the U.S. Economy (Tiffany D.)
Not only are falling corporate income taxes leading to a recession, but they are also leaving the Fed with no choice but to keep rates at these extremely low levels — an environment that is set to remain for an increasingly long time.
But Tieton wasn’t always that way. We met Speed Hugil at Tieton’s only bar, Bootlegger’s Cove. At 5 p.m. on a Saturday, the tables were nearly full, and the counter was packed. In the kitchen, the owners were cooking up a pot roast.
Hugil, 65, has spent his whole life here. And he remembers the town’s golden days.
It turns out “impact investing” is less like mutual funds and more intended to complement traditional philanthropy: why just endow an organization when you can make money off your support, too? Unfortunately, that’s where these fund portfolios fall short: it’s hard to be both bleeding-heart and business-savvy. In the US, many impact investments are restricted by their volatility — it’s too risky to put money in the hands of non-profits, and financial advisors are often legally obligated to make you money.
When you hear about the possible insufficiency, unreliability, or lack of resiliency of the U.S. power grid, your mind might naturally move toward the extreme, perhaps National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers. Talks about what a U.S. power grid failure could really mean are also often likened to survivalist blogs that speak of building faraday cages and hoarding food, or possibly some riveting blockbuster movie about a well-intentioned government-sponsored genetically altered mosquito that leads to some zombie apocalypse.
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