Today’s Thug Scrum video

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Watch as thug cops shoot “non lethal” rounds at women and kids – and sic their dogs on women holding kids:!


    • Dear Mike,

      Clover has been assuring us that “99.9999999999% of the time we have nothing to fear from the cops.”

      This must have been the 0.0000000001% of the time.

      • Indeed, Bevin. I grieve for the country that once was mine but has become an unrecognizable monstrosity. Unrecognizable until you look at other totalitarian regimes throughout history.

        The upside is that my older daughter is moving to Shanghai this spring (she is fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, as well as Korean and Japanese), my younger daughter is researching where she wants to expatriate to after college, and my soon-to-be wife and I are making our preparations to get out of here as soon as we discharge certain obligations holding us here for now. I only hope we will all get out in time.

        • Dear Mike,

          Who knew?

          I’m old enough to remember when there was no irony in this passage from The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus, and had anyone mocked the sentiments then, would have gotten an earful from me.

          “Give me your tired, your poor,
          Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
          The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
          Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
          I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

          Now another poem about another statue comes to mind:

          “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
          Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
          Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
          Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
          The lone and level sands stretch far away”

          I never thought I would see the day.

        • Also, your daughter is in good company.

          Maverick free market oriented investment gurus such as Jim Rogers and Marc Faber have all moved to East Asia as well.

          Four languages/dialects. Impressive!

        • That china play seems good on the surface, Mike in Spotsy. It’s fits in with the Ex-Pat thing, I get it. I like it.

          On the other hand; in light of the view The Daily Bell takes, the leadership in china (everywhere?) is walking hand in hand with the Power Elite of the world, how is ‘there’ all that much different from here?

          The grasp of the Power Elite extends.

          Is it’s grip no less firm there?

          A relaxed grip can be the same as a firm grip.

          A lot of People say china is more free in terms of red tape than the unitedstate, but at the same time, isn’t it a matter of having a hand around your throat vs. one around your jewels?

          As it is everywhere?

          It’s always a trade off?

          The history of how the Power Elite manipulate things from both sides, to their advantage, seems like one cannot easily dismiss that things are really the same the world over in terms of who is in charge and who is running things and how firm their grasp is.

          – Insert image of hornet’s nest being stirred by a stick. –

          I know that when I’m in a Big City I feel much less free than if I were way out in the countryside.

          It just occurred to me that, pre-internet, I used to feel the opposite in a way. I suppose to it depends upon where and in what city, but in the Big’er city here, that’s how it is.

          Anyway, is being out in the countryside the same as being in another country?
          Unless you’re looking at the Big Picture it might not seem that way. ?

          How widespread is the mass-hypnotic spread of TV news? I was thinking it’s equally worldwide and sports was the seed floating in the wind to suck them all in. Once in, they’re in. A motel or a Pod? Same thing, football or soccar, they are in the trance.
          What’s the percentage and concentration per of the population? – china might look good there but radio and newspapers count too.

          – Insert image of Ireland’s poor, gone looking for work as a servant or sold into slavery, ah-hem I mean, bondage. Here –

          “The house slaves have Much better conditions than the other slaves.” – something I remembered learning about pre-1860’s america.

          “…it’s actually the most difficult time in the world to invest…” – Kyle Bass

          A coin flips in the air, two sides the same, one better than another.
          For a time?

          Thunder in December.

          • Hi, IAM. Yes, it certainly is a tradeoff to go to a country such as China. The heavy hand of government can crush you there as easily as here, and probably with fewer possible protections. In the short to medium term, though, everyday life offers far less oppression from the government there than here, and China has much more economic freedom.

            I can only trust her to make good decisions, now and later. For the moment, I think she is deciding wisely that China is a better place for her than the United State. Hoping she will move on in time if that becomes a dangerous place for her.


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