A Bronx Fail

In case you missed it (and I don’t know how you could if you’re a News Hound like your beloved ThoughtMarauder)

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but in June of last month, a 28 year old bartender named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (no relation to Hernan Cortez, explorer and destroyer of the Aztec civilization – or is she..hmmm)

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narrowly defeated incumbent Joe Crowley to win the Democratic Party Primary nomination in New York’s 14th Congressional District – primarily representing the Bronx. She will be running against Republican Alex Pappas in November, although most expect that election to be a Dog and Pony Show

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given the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans 6 to 1. Mr. Pappas’ candidacy appears to be in theory only, since he has not yet filed any paperwork with the Federal Election Committee which would allow him to raise funds. Nor has he created a campaign website or associated social media pages.

Comrade Ocasio-Cortez’ election in November seems assured.

Oh, I’m sorry  🙁  Did I neglect to mention she is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America? Shame on me.

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Ms. Ocasio-Cortez endorses the following policies:

Abolish ICE (Open Borders)

Assault Weapons Ban (Repeal of the 2nd Amendment / Gun Confiscation)

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Universal Government Employment (Nationalize Industry, destroy Capitalism and re-distribute Wealth)

A $15 an hour Minimum Wage (The laws of labor supply and demand dictate wages –         not Big Government fiat)

Medicare for All (Everyone hates Medicare – especially those already on it. Universal        Medical Misery for all)

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The Bronx district she is poised to represent has experienced radical demographic changes since career politician Joe Crowley was first elected there 20 years ago – it used to be a predominantly White district ( think Archie Bunker) – now it’s over 46% Hispanic, many of whom are not even legal US citizens ( think Chico and the Man).

These are some of the poor and downtrodden she hopes to elevate via her above-mentioned policies:

and who can forget these fine young citizens of New York’s 14th Congressional District:

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The Bernie Bro’s and the Mainstream Media are casting her upset victory as the future trajectory of American politics, neglecting to mention that she beat incumbent Joe Crowley by slightly more than 4,000 votes. The total voter turnout in the Primary was 27,658 – she collected 15,897 votes to his 11,761 votes. There are 691,715 residents in New York’s 14th Congressional District. The total voter turnout represents less than 5% of the residents of that district.

This is hardly a mandate for fundamentally transforming a Free Nation of over 320 million people into a Democratic Socialist / Communist paradise. What her election represents is a girl on the ball who saw a political weakness in her opponent and exploited it.

Nothing more.

How did she do it?

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By touching people, that’s how. She knocked on doors, chatted people up on the street, went to local events and shook hands with the voters. Incumbent Joe Crowley was so assured of victory that he neglected to even visit his own district during the run-up to the Primary vote. In fact, he sent a surrogate to represent him in a debate with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez because he was too “busy” in Washington to speak with his own constituents.

The ThoughtMarauder abhors her politics, but admires her drive. She proved once again that “all politics is local.”

So what happens now?

Well, it turns out that although Mr. Crowley lost the Democratic Primary, he’ll still appear on the ballot in November as the representative of the Working Families Party – a group not ideologically far removed from the Democratic Socialists of America. New York has a byzantine Primary process that I won’t even attempt to explain, but you can read about it here if you’re a political junkie like the ThoughtMarauder. (I know it’s a CNN article, but they only report Fake News when it applies to their political opposition). Anyway, it’s entirely possible that the constituents of the 14th District – who are accustomed to voting for Mr. Crowley – will show up on Election Day and cast their vote for him, rather than Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, feeling they were as blind-sided by her Primary win as Mr. Crowley was. It will be very interesting to see if the voters of the 14th District elect a change-agent like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, or opt for the comfort of Mr. Crowley’s continued representation.

If Ms. Ocasio-Cortez wins, expect the Media to hoist her upon their shoulders and parade her around as the “future of American Politics” despite the fact she’s dumber than a box of rocks. She graduated with a BA in Economics and International Relations from Boston College, although you wouldn’t know it by watching this interview (no, not this parody video) and listening to her 10th grade level understanding of Economics, International Policy and basic human nature. If the Democratic Party, or the Democratic Socialist Party think their barely disguised Communist Manifesto is gonna fly in Flyover Country, they’ve got another thing comin’

However, if Mr. Crowley wins the Primary as the candidate of the Working Families Party (where he’ll undoubtedly caucus with the Democrats) expect a total Progressive Civil War for the philosophical soul of the Party, the likes of which haven’t been seen since..

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The ThoughtMarauder will address what he thinks will happen next in the Great Progressive schism in a future Post..

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Shitty by the Bay

The problem with governing by “Feelings” is that “Feelings” never End.

The consequences of “Feel Good” legislation are inevitable.

For example:

“It’s mean and cruel to hunt animals” so all Hunting is banned. The “Feels Good” people are happy. High Fives!

Consequences:

Animal populations inevitably explode. Animals cruelly starve to death because so many of them are competing for limited food resources. Animals invade human habitats in search of food. Pets are killed. Citizens are attacked.

Something must be done.

Hunting is re-instated and the Natural Order of Things is restored.

For example:

“The Police are cruel Fascist Nazis who murder the innocent and put the innocent in jail” so Police departments are dis-banded. Prisons are emptied. Laws are unnecessary because now everyone’s equal and full of Love for their Fellow Man! Kumbaya My Lord, Kumbaya! Utopia ensues!

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Consequences:

(Just kidding). Anarchy ensues. Murder, Rape, Theft, Chaos. The Law of the Jungle reigns. Survival of the Fittest is the new unwritten law.

Something must be done.

Policing is re-instated and the Natural Order of Things is restored.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The “Feels Good” people should not be entrusted to run anything because A) they refuse to understand the Nature of Some People or B) they are incapable of understanding The Nature of Some People and C) faced with the failure of their own policies they are incapable of exercising the Will required to rectify the problem they caused.

When you offer a life of drug-using, food vouchering, tent-living street-leisure to Some People, you can bet that Some People will show up to take advantage of your offer. You can also bet they’re gonna tell their friends who are gonna tell their friends who are gonna tell their friends etc..etc..etc..

For example, this..

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Can you say Third World country? Talk about a Shithole!

Such a (once) beautiful town. It was immortalized in a song 40 years ago by a little band called Journey. It’s called Lights..

 

The ThoughtMarauder tinkered, er, uh, stinkered, with the lyrics a little bit to give it more of a modern feel..Please sing along!

When their pants go down in the City

And their poop stinks up the Bay

Pee Ew, The Mayor don’t care ‘bout my City

Pee Ew, Pee Ew, Pee Ew ew  ew

 

So you think it’s smelly

Hell, I’ve got some on my shoe

I want to get out of this Shithole by the Bay

Pee Ew,  Pee Ew,  Pee Ew ew ew

 

It’s bad, so gross, there are piles everywhere around me

It smells like a farm

Oh the flies, flies, flies, flies

Pee Ew, Pee Ew, Pee Ew ew ew

 

What a sad sad song..SMH

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The Death of Shame

Like you, there’s nothing the ThoughtMarauder enjoys more than a good laugh.

Remember the time we watched that show where a bunch of comedians told those hysterical jokes about the Holocaust ovens, the 9/11 attacks and the physically and mentally handicapped.

Woohoo!

Good Times!

We didn’t think it was possible to find a topic even funnier than those, did we?

We were wrong 🙁

My sincerest thanks to Ms. Wolf for reminding us that there’s nothing funnier than Abortion comedy.

 

You will find no greater champion of Free Speech than me. It truly is one of the virtues that makes us the Greatest Nation on Earth – bar none.

And, because I, you, we, support this right, it means we must allow fellow Americans to express their views in whatever  form they choose.

Ms. Wolf has chosen “comedy”? to express her views on abortion.

She is free to do so.

And I am free to think – and say – that this may be the most vile and repugnant thing it’s ever been my displeasure to watch.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Abortion is a terrible, tragic thing. I’m not going to dive into the politics or morality of it now, because that’s not the purpose of this post.

What I do want to address is the giant empty space in this woman’s body where a soul should be.

How does someone sit down and start brainstorming abortion jokes? Has she not seen the trashbags full of fetuses in various stages of development before they are tossed into the hazardous waste bin at her local abortion clinic (can you say Kermit Gosnell?)? Has she not spoken to any of the women who years after their abortions live lives of guilt and regret? Has she not spoken to any of the men who discovered after the fact that the child they helped create was aborted without their knowledge?

In a free society these are the things we must allow others to say – as it should be. But by speaking in such cavalier terms about something as precious as Life, she reveals a callousness about herself (and those that support her view) that leads down the troubled path of Eugenics, Euthanasia and Death Panels – because if it’s okay to extinguish Life at the beginning, why not end it in the middle or sometime near the end?

Where does it end?

Holocaust indeed..

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I don’t know anything about Ms. Wolfs’ personal life. I don’t know if she has children of her own, or nieces and nephews – but I wonder how she feels when she holds an infant in her arms. Does she think they should be thrown away as conveniently – and with as little regard – as the trash from her Egg McMuffin?

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Exit question: What is more disturbing? The person who creates and delivers this “comedy” or the people in the audience who laugh with her?

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The Fall of the House of Bilderberg

As loyal readers will recall I hitched a ride to the Bilderberg Conference with Bill Gates and Hank Kissinger because my former personal assistant Armando

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neglected to order Beluga Caviar for the Rocinante – my private jet.

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What?

Yes. I know. The resemblance IS amazing.

Anyway, I intended to return to the United States the same way I arrived, but events and actions (my own) at the conference put the kibosh on those plans.

Bill snubbed me and suggested I find another way home. Hank was kinder. Before they climbed aboard Bill’s jet, Hank shook my hand, slapped my shoulder a couple of times and said in the best Country & Western accent he could summon “Atta boy Cowboy. I’m proud of ya. You did good.”

I was touched.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The conference started well enough for the majority of attendees. They were pleased to see the cool reception President Trump received at the G7 meeting in Canada. After all, to them, he is the greatest obstacle to One World Government they’ve encountered since the reign of Ronaldus Maximus.

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Nothing throws a wrench into the machine of the New World Order more than a man who embraces the power of the Individual over the power of the Collective. It’s understood by most attendees (excluding your beloved ThoughtMarauder of course) that empowering the Middle Class is a yuuuuge no-no if you’re intent on World Domination.

I did a lot of hand-shaking and gossiping the first two days of the conference (you’d be scandalized if I told you what Ursula (that’s Ursula von der Leyen, the German Minister of Defense) told me about Mutti Merkel.

Can you say Mommy Dearest?

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Ouch.

It wasn’t until Saturday (Day 3 of the conference) that the party got fun for me. I was invited to participate in a discussion regarding Populism in Europe. One of the few things I like about the Bilderberg Conference (besides the Maid service ;-7)

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is their adherence to what’s known as the Chatham House Rule:

“When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

In other words, attendees may speak freely, confident that anything they say will remain within the confines of the room.

I listened attentively while

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the Secretary of State of Vatican City – the second most powerful man in the Catholic Church behind only Pope Francis – decried the turning away at sea of over 600 “refugees” from Libya. He carried on about the “dignity of all human beings” and our “moral obligation” to assist those in need. The Cardinal was joined in his lamentations by a former Kenyan-American politician (whose name you won’t find on the “official” list of attendees) who chimed in about the “outrageous” expulsion order given to 60 imams and their families, and the closing of seven mosques by the Austrian Government.” Others around the table chimed in with their support. I heard the terms “islamophobes, racists” and “xenophobes” being kicked around by a room full of obscenely rich white people (excluding the Kenyan) whose only exposure to the Glory of Diversity is when they walk across their Turkish Rug

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on the way to their desk in their estates far removed from the Diversity they publicly claim to support.

Diversity for thee

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But not for me

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I smiled and listened quietly while they bemoaned setback after setback of their plan to rid the World of national borders and eliminate the Middle Class.

When the room finally quieted down, Mark Carney, Governor of The Bank of England

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cheered the room up by reminding them of the successful apprehension, silencing and imprisonment of Tommy Robinson – the Middle Class Englishman who has been leading a crusade (heh) against muslim rape gangs and their campaign of terror against thousands of young English girls – some as young as 8 and 9.

Despite their collective desire to enjoy my silence, they were compelled by Bilderberg rules – which dictate that everyone in attendance offer their opinions or find themselves unofficially uninvited to future soiree’s – to hear me speak.

I looked around the room and offered a fact – “there are a lot of really smart people sitting here, but not one of them has a lick of common sense.”

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization) the Leader of our roundtable, spoke up immediately and chastised me for insulting the other members in attendance and demanded an apology.

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I told her she could expect one immediately after I – and millions and millions of others like me – received an apology from her and the others at this table for attempting to destroy the cultural heritage of America and Western Europe by flooding them with uneducated, uncivilizable Third World people.

The Cardinal slammed his fist on the table, “this is an outrage! I won’t listen to this!”

“Suit yourself,” I said and carried on. “There’s not a person in this room, or this building, who personally gives a shit about any of the Abdul Hussein Mohammeds or Humumba Bugabes or Carlos Roberto Sanchez’s of the world. They only have agency to you as pawns to over-run your own countries to bring about the One World Government you’re all so keen on.

“How dare you!? ” said the Kenyan-American. He stood up and acted as though he were going to come around to my side of the table and get Red with me.

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I strode confidently around the table and was prepared to meet him with fisticuffs.

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Fortunately for him, my friend Hank Kissinger intervened. We deferred to his powers of persuasion and returned to our respective sides of the table.

I began again.

“The condescension you apply to the very people you claim to support is stunning. If the people of Africa, Central and South America and the Middle East are so desirable, how is it they have failed to organically create anything resembling a modern society without the aid – financial, technological, political and otherwise – of the nations represented in this room. Do you think the Civilization Fairy is gonna wave a magic wand and these people are going to magically become productive members of your New World Order? They can’t even dig a fucking Well without Western assistance. And you think they’re going to take the jobs of  the White Middle Class you seek to destroy?”

I stopped to take a breath, then carried on again.

“If they were inherently capable of organically creating high-functioning governments, technological advancements and civil society, there would be no reason for the Bilderberg organization to exist.

But they’re not.

Audrey, tell me how many UNESCO groups do you send each year to Canada? or the U.S.? or the UK? or the Netherlands?”

I didn’t wait for her to reply.

“None. That’s how many.

Why?

Because our countries are all high-functioning nations, that’s why!  We don’t need the people of other nations to take care of us.”

I stopped and looked around the room. Only Hank seemed to have the glimmer of understanding in his eyes. I wasn’t surprised. He’s been around long enough to know that wishing all people were equal in Intellect and Civility – and that they all wanted the exact same things we do – was a fools game only played by children – and politician’s.

I could’ve gone on for hours with real-world examples of their folly but it would’ve been pointless.

So I ended with this –

“At this very moment, while I’m speaking, 80,000 mostly military-age men from Syria, Turkey etcetera etcera are marching through Eastern Europe

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on their way to your country, Thomas (he is the CEO of Airbus SE headquartered in Germany), and your country, Charles (Prime Minister of Belgium). To all of your nations,” I said and pointed to all of them. “500 years ago your ancestors, the ones who built this continent with their blood, sweat and brains, would have recognized this as an invasion and acted accordingly. They would have taken up arms to protect their nation, their wives, their children, their culture and their way of life.

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But you “men” here, you roll out the Welcome Mat. I can’t even imagine the depths of self-loathing and civilizational masochism that makes you believe that cultural suicide is in anyway acceptable.

For God’s sake! Why won’t you stand up like Men and defend what is yours!

All of you are working toward a One World Government with the purpose of ending all wars and suffering, but what you’re doing is creating an environment where war is inevitable. People are Tribal – not racist.

Always have been – always will be.

The fire is starting and the War is coming. And it’s gonna be an ugly war. There will be fighting in the streets with sticks and knives. And after they’ve expelled the people you’ve welcomed in, they’re gonna come for all of you. Mark my words. They are gonna come for each of you for making this happen.

Every last one of you is gonna swing – or kneel.”

Can you say Viva la Revolution?

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Bastille Day isn’t just a great song

– it’s your future.”

I was tired. I thanked everyone for allowing me to speak and then quietly left the room.

Niroki gave me a wonderful massage

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after I returned to my simple room

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to help me relax after the stress of the day.

I was looking forward to participating in the Current Events roundtable on Sunday Morning but when I arrived at the conference room I was informed by the security guard manning the entrance that I was no longer on the Attendee’s List.

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It crossed my mind, just for a moment, to ask why I’d been uninvited, but I knew why. Once again the ThoughtMarauder stepped on too many toes. About 10 of them by my count.

I shook the young man’s hand and turned to head back to my room.

“Sir,” I heard him say.

“Yes?”

He offered me his hand.

I took it.

“Thank you. On behalf of all the guards and staff here. Thank you. We heard what you said yesterday. And you’re right. We’ve all had enough.”

“You’re welcome,” I said and peeked at the name on his badge, “George. I call ’em like I see ’em.”

“I’m protecting these people today, but a year from now,” he said and shrugged his shoulders, “who knows? I’m part of the #Resistance,” he said with a stern smile.

I winked at him.

“#MeToo, George, #MeToo.”

I retired to my room. I discharged Niroki and Nadia so I could relax alone.

What swell girls they were.

I flipped on the TV and watched the Reds game. When everything else fails, there’s always Baseball.

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It’s the calm eye of the perpetual hurricane that never stops swirling around us.

We won 6 to 3 over the hated Cardinals – but we’re still in last place.

There’s always next year – isn’t there???

 

#FreeTommy

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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My Bilderberg Diary..Genesis

For those of you unaware of the genesis of the Bilderberg Group let me give you a brief history –

The meetings were first held at the Bilderberg Hotel in the Netherlands in 1954 (hence the name)

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with the intent to counter increasingly anti-American sentiment amongst some leaders of Western Europe by promoting shared Democratic goals.

The original plan was to invite one “Liberal” and one “Conservative” member from each Western European nation drawn from a pool of “elite” individuals representing different segments of society – Academia, the Media, Industry and Finance. The goal was to find common ground on political, economic and defense issues.

It didn’t take long for conspiracists to come to their own conclusions regarding the “real purpose” of the Bilderberg Group – world domination and the creation of a New World Order.

Who could blame them? When 120 to 150 of the wealthiest and most influential people on Earth gather for a secret pow-wow lasting four days once a year and not one note is taken or interview given, people are bound to think what they will.

And they’re not wrong!

The stated goal of many attendees over the years confirms the conspiracy theorists assertions.

From Bilderberg attendee David Rockefeller –

“For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”

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and from Denis Healey, an original Steering Committee Member –

“To say we were striving for a one-world government is exaggerated, but not wholly unfair. Those of us in Bilderberg felt we couldn’t go on forever fighting one another for nothing and killing people and rendering millions homeless. So we felt that a single community throughout the world would be a good thing.”

On the surface, One World Government doesn’t seem so bad does it – one set of agreed upon Laws applied equally to all, an end to all wars caused by ethnic nationalism, religion and natural resources. Jobs and housing and healthcare for all.

Can you say Utopia..or Shangri-La..or Heaven on Earth!

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Sure you can………Comrade.

You CAN have it all..All you have to give up is your freedom, your voice and your vote.

Your elite betters know what’s best for you so just sit back and let them do what’s necessary to bring this perfect society to fruition.

How will they achieve it?

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Open your eyes, it’s happening all around you.

Destruction of the Middle Class is the highest priority because they are the hardest to control.

Why?

Because the Poor can be bought and the Rich benefit from the decline.

How do you destroy the Middle Class?

  1. Introduce drugs into their midst. Normalize drug use. Legalize Marijuana. Allow the Government to authorize the creation and prescription of Opioid-based painkillers they know are highly addictive.

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Cutoff the prescriptions leaving the users addicted with no alternative but Heroin to satisfy their need. Their deaths are eventual. In 2015 over 62,000 Americans, primarily Middle Class, died of Heroin overdoses.

2) Eliminate national borders. America and Europe are being flooded with Third World people.

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As American and European birthrates decline, due to apathy and selfishness, Third World “immigrants” have an average of six children per couple. In fifty years America and Europe will be ethnically and demographically non-existent

3) Take away their jobs. Millions of manufacturing jobs have left the United States for other countries – Textiles, Automobiles, Steel etc..and what jobs are left are low-skilled/no-skilled low-paying jobs happily taken by the Third World “migrants”.

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4) Make them doubt their own morality. Attack God and Christianity. Promote un-natural behavior as the norm

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https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/06/transgender-freshman-sprinter-born-a-male-wins-two-girls-state-championships

5) Promote moral decay through Video Games –

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Music –

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Is it a coincidence that Suicide, Drug Overdoses and Alzheimer’s Disease – from poor diet – another part of the plan) are the only 3 increasing causes of Death in the United States since the turn of the Century?

When the World stops making sense, some people just check out. Sad..

Members of the Bilderberg Group are patient. They know it will take several generations for their efforts to pay off – but they believe it’s in the best interests of the planet (and more importantly themselves and their offspring) so they will wait until the Middle Class becomes extinct. Once they are gone – our Elite betters will have the Earth to themselves.

It’s a great (in theory, not in practice) plan – with only one flaw. Suppose someone comes along who champions the Middle Class and fights for them and their jobs and their nation and their national character.

Can you say President Donald J. Trump!

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He may not be the Hero the Middle Class expected, but he’s the Hero they need..

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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My Bilderberg Diary..

Good Gravy! Am I tired!

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last time I was in Europe.

This time I’m here on more important business. I decided to accept the invitation extended to me by the Steering Committee for this year’s Bilderberg Conference in the Italian Alpine city of Turin.

I had planned on taking my Embraer Kyoto Airship

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(I call it Rocinante) but my (former) personal concierge, Armando, neglected to order the Belluga Caviar so I had to secure another flight.

Good help is truly hard to find..smh

Fortunately, my friend Bill (Gates, not Clinton) was in the neighborhood so he landed in town long enough to pick me up before heading to Washington D.C. where it turns out he’d offered to give our mutual friend Henry a lift.

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Old Hank –

Here’s a little known fact: As a young boy in Germany he always wanted to be a real Wild West Cowboy called Hank, but ended up as a premier Diplomat and Intellect called Henry, because his mother wouldn’t allow him to drop out of high school and  join a Dude Ranch. He only let’s close friends (like the ThoughtMarauder) call him Hank-

So, as always, Hank was the life of the flight. He regaled Bill and I with funny anecdotes about Dick Nixon and told so many dirty jokes that Bill almost peed his pants. Hank Kissinger is a total laugh riot!

Anyways, after many hours of Transatlantic flight we finally landed in Turin this morning.

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All of us climbed into a bullet-proof, grenade-proof, rocket launcher-proof black Escalade with black windows and cruised through lovely downtown Turin on our way to the Grande Palazzo just outside of the city limits where the Bilderberg Conference is to be held beginning tomorrow. We toyed with the notion of stopping at one of the small cafes that dot the city for a morning aperitif (Turin is renowned for them) but passed on the notion – “too many rabble-rousers and communist sympathizers in town to protest our meeting” Dr. Kissinger wisely noted in that distinctive voice of his that has more gravel in it than my friend’s driveway in the country.

We parted ways in the magnificent Grande Foyer

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and followed our respective servants

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upstairs to our modest accommodations

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FYI: Dr. Kissinger was assigned a room on the first floor owing to his age and frail health.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Upon my arrival I was pleased (but not surprised) to find a masseuse (flown in especially from somewhere in the Orient) to “ease” my jet-lag

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and a French “Maid” to clean up the mess.

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Now that I’m totally relaxed I can focus on the topics of discussion for the weekend:

  • Populism in Europe
  • The inequality challenge
  • The future of work
  • Artificial intelligence
  • The US before midterms
  • Free trade
  • US world leadership
  • Quantum computing
  • Saudi Arabia and Iran
  • The “post-truth” world
  • Current events
  • Russia

I’ll create another post tomorrow to keep you in-the-loop.

If you’re curious how you’re favorite Working-Class Nero secured an invitation to the Bilderberg Conference where our Globalist/Elitist betters decide how to divvy up the world’s wealth, it’s because…………….I’m one of them.

Yeah, I know. You’re shocked!

I quietly own over 75% of the world’s Media sources..you might say I’m the Rothschild of News..You won’t even see my name on the guest list printed in the newspapers because…I AM THE NEWSPAPERS..sometimes the way we control events isn’t so much by what we print as it is by what we DON’T print..

The ThoughtMarauder started out from humble beginnings and retains the same MidWestern American values he learned from his mother and father, perhaps that’s why he’s fighting the war against Globalism/Elitism from the inside…and the outside..stay tuned.

I want to take a nap, but I’m starting to feel a little crick in my neck..I think another massage may be in order ;-7

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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The Space In-Between

Every now and then your favorite Working-Class Nero attempts to wrap his pea-sized brain around complex, super-scientific concepts in an effort to exercise the muscle between his ears.

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Usually without much success 🙁

Case in point – In the Post-Einsteinian world of Physics, Particle scientists have been operating under what’s known as the Standard Model of Subatomic Particles for many years. This Model, confirmed again and again through many years of SuperGeek level experiments, dictates the behavior of sub-atomic particles and explains how various particles – ghost neutrino’s, Higgs boson and others – attain their Mass.

My head hurts already but I’m gonna press on –

Now, according to the article above, scientists at the FermiLab in Chicago

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have confirmed the existence of Sterile Neutrino’s – sometimes called Ghost Neutrino’s. These particles pass through Matter without impacting it in any way. Hence the name.

So how do you confirm the existence of something that doesn’t exist?

Great question!

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You fire streams of various Neutrino’s at a sensitive Neutrino detector through an inhibitor – such as oil or water – to block radiation that may affect the results and then count the number of Neutrino’s that impact the detector.

DUH!

So how do you know how many Neutrino’s you should expect to count?

Another great question! Keep it up and you’ll earn an Honorary Doctorate from ThoughtMarauder University.

The Standard Model of Physics tells you how many, that’s how.

Now, what happens when you end up detecting way more Neutrino’s than Settled Science dictates you should count?

You end up potentially upending over 50 years of Settled Science!

Physicists speculate that currently identifiable Neutrino’s (of which there are 3 – electron, muon and tau) are “oscillating” into a heretofore unknown invisible (or Ghost) state and then returning again to a detectable state. This invisible Neutrinoistic state is the discovery – essentially proof that something can be something – and nothing – at the same time.

Kind of like my bank account –

If this discovery holds up (some scientists are questioning the methodology while others have been unable to duplicate the results) The Standard Model of Physics will be consigned to the dustbin of scientific history right next to the The Standard Model of Newtonian Physics.

Such is progress.

**FYI: In the time it’s taken you to read this article trillions of Neutrino’s have streamed past the space in between your eyes and the screen on which you’re reading it.

Go ahead – reach out and grab a handful.

Sometimes nothing is something..yet nothing AND something while still being –

Oh forget it..I need an aspirin..Paging Dr. Dolby..Paging Dr. Dolby

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Big Gas

Ah..Memorial Day Weekend at last! The ThoughtMarauder welcomes the return of all the great Summer traditions –

Barbecues and Baseball games

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Flying kites and Fireflies

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Suntans and Swimming Pools

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But, sadly, another Summer tradition has returned, as it does every year. No, not Mosquitoes and Sunburns. Something even more painful –

High Gas prices

As sure as the Summer Solstice rising in the East? gas prices have started going up again as they do every year around this time.

Like most of you I’ve always attributed this to oil company price gouging. The assumption is that more people travel during the summer so BIG OIL raises the prices to line their pockets and please their shareholders.

It seems likely enough.

But our assumption is wrong.

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The Look of the Dead Fish: A Nick Alwaes Detective Novel by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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Here are a few reasons why –

  1. Although U.S. oil and natural gas production are at all-time highs, our ability to process the oil has not kept up with the increased output. So what we have is more oil waiting to be processed into gasoline than we have the ability to refine.

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2. Many States (and even certain cities within a State) have different air quality requirements that are mandated by law. The refineries must process these specific blends and then store them – in a limited amount of fuel silos –

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until they are loaded onto fuel trucks and delivered to their respective cities and states.

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3. As you can imagine, processing crude oil into fuel-grade gasoline is a potentially volatile business. Although you don’t hear much about it in the news, refinery fires and explosions happen with unfortunate regularity

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further limiting the available supply of gasoline.

The next logical question is “Why don’t we just build more refineries?” The answer is more complicated than you might think.

  1. The cost of building a new refinery can run into the hundreds of millions of dollars – perhaps into the billions of dollars depending on it’s expected processing capacity. The oil companies have no shortage of cash, but with the encroachment of electric cars and their expected diminution of fossil fuel market share

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2. As stated, transporting, processing and storing oil and gasoline is dangerous business. Leaks and spills can have a devastating impact on the people and natural habitats surrounding these facilities

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so getting the necessary Environmental Impact studies done and meeting all EPA requirements is a long and costly endeavor that, given the aforementioned reason above, may not seem worth it.

The ThoughtMarauder hopes he’s added a little clarity to the current increase in gas prices (about $2.94 a gallon in my Midwestern city) and he also hopes you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

ps: put on some sunscreen will ya’…

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The Ghost of Albert Henkelstam by [Fountain, Jamie N]

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AI & The Robot Revolution

No No No, that’s not the name of some new EDM band – although it’s not a bad choice.

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What I’m referring to is nothing less than a complete re-imagining of the “future.”

As loyal readers will recall from this post: Goodbye EVERY Brick Road.. I talked about the self-driving car revolution and it’s impact on car ownership, personal transportation and the sacrifice of Freedom associated with it.

This article:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/…/artificial-intelligence-self-…

takes the issue further and talks about the next – and most critical – part of the AI revolution – joblessness.

The ThoughtMarauder speculates that the “Government” will make private automobile ownership illegal (read the above tagged post to find out why) and take over the entire ground transportation industry. They will deem transportation a Public Utility (and a Universal Right) and provide vehicles for everyone.

This Daily Star article states that approximately 1/3 of the population works in some form of transportation-related industry and they will find themselves out of work once AI-driven vehicles take over.

The question is what to do with all of the people whose jobs are eliminated. There will still be a need for mechanics, and some people can be re-trained to manage the hardware/software needs of the industry. But that still leaves potentially millions of other people without work. If you add this group of people to those who will lose their jobs in the Fast Food industry, the Logistics industry etc..etc..because of Automation, pretty soon you’re looking at tens of millions of Americans out of work.

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This is where it either gets ugly – or awesome.

The ThoughtMarauder offers 2 scenarios:

1) GUI – What’s GUI you ask? Never heard of it? GUI is Guaranteed Universal Income. The Government knows, like you do, that “Idle Hands are the Devils Workshop.” People without jobs, hope or money often take to the streets to rectify their situation. GUI is the answer. The Government will pass a law that requires each employer who replaces a “Human” employee with an “Electronic” one to continue to contribute payroll taxes that will be collected by the Government and distributed to non-working citizens. Each month you’ll receive a Government Stipend – $1500, $2000 maybe $2500 month- directly deposited onto your card with no strings attached. You can pay your rent, buy groceries – whatever – and it will go a lot further because you won’t have a car payment, or car insurance or fuel costs etc..etc..because the government owns all of the cars. You ride for “free” because it’s a utility (and a Right). Bingo! Now you get to live a life of luxury without having to work. Life is Good!

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2) Despite our collective bitching about what a pain in the ass it is to have to go to work every day, we know that after a couple of weeks of idleness we get restless to do something productive. Faced with a lifetime of doing nothing, people revolt against the Machines – they smash all of the robot cars, burn down the robot restaurants and warehouses and declare an end to all AI that replaces human employment. The Country returns to a place where AI is a small, helpful part of everyday life, but never again will they be allowed to displace humans in areas of employment.

Remember, you heard it hear first..as always

 
Here’s a fun Robot song brought to you by Styx:

 

**Originally Posted on 23 Jan 2018**

The Amazonification of Food and the “Soviet Safeway”

Grocery Industry Analysts (what kind of job is that?) were surprised last year when Amazon owner Jeff Bezos purchased health-food giant Whole Foods last year.

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The ThoughtMarauder wasn’t surprised.

With no apparent interest in Washington for applying Anti-Monopoly statutes to Amazon, they are on pace to controlling everything you buy. Think about it – movies, music, phone accessories, chainsaws, shoes, books, shampoo and conditioner – you can buy all of these products and millions more on Amazon and have them delivered to you in 24 to 48 hours.

So why not groceries too. It just makes sense.

Jeff Bezos didn’t spend 13.8 Billion dollars to acquire Whole Foods to let it die. This is part of the plan to downsize – or completely eliminate – brick and mortar stores. Why should he bother paying rent, utilities, payroll etc..when he can apply the same successful Warehouse Order Fulfillment processes to the food industry? And given the purchasing power of his organization and built-in efficiencies of his operation there’s no doubt he can follow through on his stated goal of bringing the price of “health foods” down to the level of pricing people expect to find at their nearest traditional grocery store (Kroger, Giant Eagle, Safeway etc…)

He knows that once he can get “healthy food” costs down and have them delivered promptly to buyers doorsteps he will OWN the 582 Billion dollar a year Grocery Industry.

PS: Amazon has been granted approval from the State Pharmaceutical Boards of 12 states (so far) to deliver medications directly to customers homes.

Pretty soon you’ll be able to get your Arugala and Viagra delivered right to your doorstep. Ain’t progress great!

**Originally Posted on  19 Jan 2018**