Thursday, August 31, 2017

My Tax Plan

INTRODUCING THE GRADUATED FLAT TAX

50% on all income beyond the first $15,000 per year. 

(NO separate rate for "Capital Gains." There is no justification for that.)

Someone making $15K would pay zero.

$20K - $15K = $5000 divided by 2 = $2500 = 12.5%.

$25K - $15K = $10K / 2 = $5000 = 20%.

$65K - $15K = $50K / 2 = $25K = 38%.

$115K - $15K = $100K / 2 = $50K = 43%.

$915K - $15K = $900K / 2 = $450K = 49%.

$1 Million & 15K - $15 = $1M / 2 = $500K = 49.9%.

Now, some will say this is "punishing success." No, it's punishing greed, while being easy on the poor and fair to the middle class. Justice!

CHILD TAX CREDIT

$4K per year for the first child, $3K / year for the 2nd kid, $2K / year for the 3rd, and $1K for the 4th.

If you can afford more kids, go for it. If you can't .. don't have them! We must not reward irresponsibility.

WHAT ABOUT THE HOUSE DEDUCTION?

A clear majority of Americans can no longer afford a medium size house in good repair in a safe quiet neighborhood not more than an hour's drive from employment and shopping. (Isn't that part of what "middle class" used to mean, before it got redefined down over and over again?)

Partly that's because of the decimation of the middle class's income by inflation, but it's also partly because of the simultaneous explosion in house prices. And that explosion in prices was partly because of the giant house deduction (which helped the most ruthless monkeys a lot more than "regular Americans".) We need to rethink that.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Some Perspective On The Healthcare Reform SCAM

More than half of the improvement in health from 150 years ago 'til now is just from public sanitation (clean fresh water into homes & businesses, the sewer system, and garbage collection service).

Most of the rest is just from hygiene (doctors washing hands between patients is an application of preventing cross-contamination, same as we all routinely do in food preparation).

Those two together are responsible for more than 76% of the total improvement. The remaining less than 24% is split roughly equally between:


  • Police & Fire departments
  • Improvements in civil engineering (buildings & bridges don't collapse; compare to many recent news stories from 3rd world countries)
  • Laws & regulations that intervene in the marketplace to reduce the freedom of some people to maximize their profits by poisoning us all with pollution.
  • Alleviation of rank malnutrition (somewhat walked back over the past few decades by the anti-science Cult of the Low Fat Diet).
  • The Medical Sector of the economy, which markets itself as "healthcare".


So, healthcare accounts for less than 10%, and probably closer to 5% of the total improvement in health from 150 years ago til now. But wait, it's even worse than that! Virtually 100% of healthcare's contribution is just from the ER. You get shot or stabbed, or suffer from smoke inhalation during a house fire, or something like that; all through human history until recently, that would have ended your life. Now they can prevent your death until you have time to heal, and you might live for decades more.

In other words, the effect of everything else that healthcare does - vaccines, cholesterol-lowering drugs, anti-depression medications, the cut/poison/burn business model of cancer treatment (surgery/chemo/radiation), etc. - does not rise to statistical significance.

BOTTOM LINE: We, the USA, get literally NOTHING in return for MOST of the money we as a nation spend on "healthcare" every year.

The Dreaded "Socialized Medicine"

Yes, we should have a single-payer national healthcare system - but ONLY for the ER. This would save our country bigly money, and improve the lives of millions of people. (ONLY for citizens, of course.)

For long-term health creation and maintenance, the medical sector of the economy, as currently constituted, is actively harmful.

Fortunately, there are things you as an individual can do to take care of your own health & fitness:

How to sync diet with exercise

Most cancer can be prevented with nutrition

An easy AND FREE way to reduce and maybe even eliminate back pain

Drug-free ways to raise your testosterone

Signaling: the science of nutrigenomics - no DNA test required!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Diminishing Returns, Pareto's Principle, and Zeno's (Xeno's) Paradox

The Law of Diminishing Returns: The rate at which the increase in cost decreases is lower than the rate at which the increase in benefit decreases.

As teh interwebz says, "Few understand this."

An Example

One is a certain amount. Two is twice as much as one. Three is only 50% more than two. Four is only 25% more than three. Five is only 20% more than four.

Are you starting to notice a pattern? This can help you get the "most bang for your buck."

The 80/20 Rule 

A few centuries ago, an Italian accountant noticed that 20% of the population owned 80% of the wealth. Scrutinizing that 20% further, he saw that 20% of the 20% had 80% of the 80%.

This has since been found to hold true in many areas of life.

You can apply this to exercise; lifting one day a week should give you about 80% of the benefit of lifting 5 days a week. That can free up your schedule tremendously.

But Wait, There's More!

The 80/20 rule is a specific application; the Law of Diminishing Returns may manifest differently in other situations.

Let's say doing something six times gives you the maximum benefit you could get from doing that thing.

Doing it once might get you 25% of doing it 6 times. Twice might get you up to 50% of 6 times. Three times = 70%, four times = 85%, five times = 95%.

In that case, doing it 6 times would give 100%, no? Actually, no. Six times is 96%, 7 times is 97%, 8 times is 98%, 9 times is 99%.

So, 10 times is 100% of doing it six times?! Still wrong! Ten times is 99.1%

Bake Your Noodle

Eleven times is 99.11%. Gosh, this is starting to seem like Xeno's Paradox.

The closer you get to perfection, the more inefficient the effort becomes. Appreciating the Law of Diminishing Returns can save you wasted resources in real life.

Mmmm, Pie

Of course, if you sit down to eat a pie, the first two bites won't reduce the pie by half; if you eat 100% of the pie, you've eaten 100% of the pie.

The Law of Diminishing Returns and Xeno's Paradox don't apply to absolutely everything!

Monday, September 12, 2016

What Do Women Find Attractive In Men?

We men have long used a 1-10 scale to rank women on their hotness / desirability. Women (and men) have lacked a comparable scale for men, because what women find attractive in men is a bit more complicated. Well, I figured it out for you, and here it is:


The Score for Men

  • Height
  • Intelligence
  • Shoulders
  • Waist
  • Some Muscle
  • Middle-Class Money or above
  • Social Proof / Fame
  • High-Status Job
  • Good Looks
  • Personal Behavior / Game


Each is worth one point out of ten. So what’s your score?

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

When Did This Happen?

Did many years of "history".. never happen?!

There has been a stable and persistent cycle of 200 years warming and 200 years cooling for at least the past 1,800 years. Unusual events like comet dust or a major volcanic eruption are not needed to explain the wave-like behavior of civilization over time. (Such things happen, but are incidental and/or have the same - cosmic - cause.)

Official History has been at pains - and gone through some absurd contortions - to obscure this.

[Note: Events of 375 - 500 actually took place from 375 - 400, and Dark Ages was 400 not 500 years. In other words, it's been closer to 1,800 years than 2,016 years since year one of the Current Era (CE/"AD").]

1 - 200: Warming

The Roman Empire is doing well, expanding and stable.

200 - 400: Cooling

Food production declines, Roman Empire spread too thin, fractures into East & West. By 375, growing season gets too short in Northern part of temperate zone to sustain tribes, Volkerwanderung/"wandering of peoples" (deliberately misleading), hundreds of thousands of (hungry) people all descending on Roman Empire en masse from N. Europe & N. Central Asia (Huns).

By 400, W. Roman Empire ceases to exist qua Roman Empire.

400 - 600: Warming (corresponds to 500 - 700 of Official History)

First half of "Dark Ages." Warming period could have enabled increased food production leading to increase in population in Europe (as happened later), but recent collapse of civilization meant they could not take advantage of it.

The Muslims took advantage of it by expanding rapidly throughout the Middle East, across N. Africa, and up into Spain.

600 - 800: Cooling (corresponds to 700 - early 900's of Official history)

In the first half of this cooling period, Charles Martel stopped the Islamic expansion into France, and his grandson Charlemagne followed on from this by conquering France, Germany, and N. Italy. As the cooling continued, however, Charlemagne's progeny were not able to hold his empire together.

By the end of the first century of this cooling period, the Vikings had begun their raiding, driven south by lack of food. The progressing cold in their homelands pushed them farther and farther South and East (to Constantinople) throughout the 2nd century of the period; many Vikings switched from raiding to settling down, esp. in the British Isles & N. France.

800 - 1000: Warming (corresponds to mid 900's - 1200 of Official History)

The vaunted Medieval Warm Period (MWP). Charlemagne's conquering had Christianized most of W. Europe, restoring some stability relative to the immediate post-collapse era. Thus, they were able to make use of the warming this time, greatly increasing food supply & more than doubling the population.

By the end of this warming period, the Vikings had settled Greenland (h/t Razib Khan for this link, via @hbdchick), and reached N. America.

1000 - 1200: Cooling (corresponds to 1200 - 1400 of Official History)

For nearly the first half of this cooling period, Europeans (esp. Western) rode the momentum of the Medieval Warm Period. By the "1290's" (of the Official Chronology), that had run out, and the situation went bad fast.

The 2nd half of this cooling period ("the 1300's"/actually 1100's) is described by modern historians as "disastrous", "horrific", and a time of "crisis" & "catastrophe". I suspect some significant minority of the deaths attributed to the Black Death were directly and/or indirectly from the drastic drop in food supply, itself directly caused by the cooling, which was quite severe by 3/4's the way through this 200 year  period.

It was also the time when the "Hundred Years War" started; the Official History will only admit to social and economic causes, usually downplaying or ignoring the cold weather.

1200 - 1400: Warming (corresponds to 1400 - 1600 of Official History)

The first half of this warming period saw the Renaissance, starting in Italy.

In the 2nd half of this warming period, the Europeans began sailing all over the earth.

1400 - 1600: Cooling (corresponds to 1600 - 1800 of Official History)

Again, like with the first century of cooling after the MWP, the European peoples were enjoying the momentum from the previous warming period as the planet began cooling. And again, throughout the 2nd half of the cooling, as cold weather decreased food production, social & economic pressures continued to build up on the governments of the day. This led to the American and French revolutions. (Think of the famous painting of George Washington standing in the boat, with boulder-sized chunks of ice floating in the river.)

The use of the term "Little Ice Age" is (again, deliberately) misleading, as it implies an unusual - or at least very rare - occurrence. In fact, as you've just seen, it is quite usual. There is this 200 year cooling period every 400 years - if not always as severe as the most recent one.

1600 - 1800: Warming (corresponds to 1800 - 2000 of official History)

The warming of the first half of this 200 year period gave us the Industrial Revolution, with the 2nd half corresponding to what we've all been taught to call "the 20th century."

The Global Warming hysteria/hoax has been a psychological warfare operation by the "Elites" to mis-direct our attention from exactly what this article is about.

1800 - 2000: Cooling (corresponds to 2000 - 2200 of Official Timeline)

We have only just begun a 200 year cooling period..

Paintings, etc.

Have you ever noticed that almost all the paintings, drawings, carvings, etc. - every kind of visual representation - from the Dark Ages until about 300 years ago depicting historical events is allegedly anywhere from decades to centuries after the fact?

Go ahead, look!

BC / BCE

If this cycle of 200 years of warming/200 years of cooling has been stable for 2000 years, then the transition of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire would have been final 1/4th  of a 200 year cooling period.

If the cycle has been stable for over 3000 years, the collapse of the Bronze Age civilization would have been right at the end of a 200 year cooling period. As the Arctic circle descended upon N. Europe, that would have pushed people living there down into S. Europe, which would have in turn pushed (at least some of) the people living in S. Europe at the time into the Mediterranean - to become the Sea Peoples.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Object of Empires

Whoever has The Object is the most successful culture on the planet while they have It - but It can be taken by force.

Ancient Egypt

Obviously the Egyptians had It "first" (I don't know who made It or where It came from. The Ancient Egyptians apparently didn't know how to make one; witness them tearing out across the desert, desperate to get It back. And thereafter, their culture/civilization declined. But I'm getting ahead of myself.)

The culture of Ancient Egypt lasted for thousands of years, with accomplishments in art & architecture that still affect the world to this day.

Moses

The whole reason he went back was to get The Object. He was willing to risk his own life, and that of his children (or a fate worse than death). He had the highest level of insider knowledge, but he had to hide his identity. He wore a veil, and had someone else speak for him, because someone in the Egyptian royal court would have recognized his face and/or voice. (I'm here treating the OT account as "mythicized history", rather than completely made up as some have alleged.)

"Let my people go!" was a retcon. The rulers of our world have been committed to keeping this knowledge from the masses.

The Old Testament of the Christian bible clearly describes the dangers of this Object, and the several people who were killed simply by not following the instructions on the proper handling of It. [The OT reference to The Object as an "Ark" & - physically - a box is not necessarily Its only form/manifestation; the Templars (see below) were said to have a "head" that they used to communicate with.. something.]

Apparently, not everyone can make as good use of possession of The Object; there is no evidence of great artistic, scientific, or philosophical accomplishment by the Jews or Hebrews during the centuries they had It. (One could argue that their religion - i.e., their unique synthesis of Egyptian & Middle Eastern religions of the time - has had outsized influence on world history, but that's complicated by social control agendas of more recent authorities.)

Classical Greece

Although Athens was the place where the Greeks made their advances in everything but warfare, it was the military strength of Sparta that enabled the Athenians to explore concepts freely.

As the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem in 597 BC, and as there is no evidence to indicate the Babylonians or Persians ever had It, I deduce that It made Its way over to Greece before then. Sparta rapidly militarized sometime between 700 & 600 BC, so that fits. (How exactly the Jews or Hebrews lost It to the Greeks I haven't discovered yet.)

Sparta maintained its political independence until all of Greece was subsumed into the Roman sphere of influence, after which The Object was in Rome.

Constantine

The City had long since become deeply and thoroughly corrupt by the time Constantine became emperor of the whole Roman Empire in 306*. He knew The Object needed a safer, more stable place to rest; Byzantium could be rebuilt into something much more defensible. He renamed it after himself - Constantinople - and that's where It remained .. until the 4th crusade.

*of the official chronology. The rewriting of history, pertaining to when things happened, is a whole-nother article.

The Fourth Crusade

The Templars were digging in the temple in Jerusalem to find certain documents about The Object; maybe they theorized It existed but weren't sure, or just needed to learn how to control It. Once they found this information, they returned to France to drum up the money & papal support (they needed a good excuse to sell to the masses why a Christian army was waging a crusade against a Christian city) necessary to forcibly take It from the Eastern Roman Empire.

Either the king of France & the Pope let the Templars keep It, or didn't know they had It; either way, a later king of France decided to take It from them. Again, a story had to be told, to explain to the masses why a Christian order of knights was being attacked by the king. The king of France accused them of financial misdeeds, and the Pope (recently elected, from France, stayed there instead of moving to Rome as usual, Templars suddenly re-branded as "bad, all bad" & destroyed soon after - hmmm) piled on with allegations of heresy.

The reports of Templars being tortured "into confessing" was probably the king trying to find out where It was and/or how to use It.

The High Middle Ages and Renaissance

The history of wars raging throughout Europe from the time of the betrayal of the Templars up through the 20th century is the history of people trying to muster the military might to take The Object from whoever had It at a given time.

The Sun King

Louis XIV, king of France, had It for his reign; however, he expanded his country's reach too fast, which, combined with his own corruption, left France unable to keep it.

The Industrial Revolution

The UK got It from France at the end of the Seven Years War (aka "the French & Indian War"), and kept it until World War 2.

USA

Apparently, England gave It peacefully to the United States during or, most likely, immediately after the second world war. Perhaps they were afraid that communist China or the USSR might be able to take It from them.

This is why the US Government has been obsessed with having a military so big and powerful that the whole rest of the world combined could not conquer them.

Unfortunately, having this Thing (whatever It is/does), the USA has been able to remain very successful even as it took on more & more societal dysfunction over the past several decades. This appears to have now finally reached a breaking point.

The Future

So long as It exists on this planet and is operational, there will be war(s). The best thing to do would be to "kill" It, so that no one would have It; however, everyone who has taken It by force has apparently thought It was well-nigh indestructible.

Atlas

For those who are skeptical (but not terminally so), take a look at an historical atlas.

Kudos

I have to thank Tom of Montalk (esp. http://montalk.net/gnosis/231/4-ark-of-the-covenant-abridged; and David Wilcock, whose recent Cargo Cult article really sparked me to flash on this; and of course Graham Hancock, for his great work on the Ark & many other things.



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Obama's SOTU "Cure for Cancer" Lie

The concept of "a cure for cancer" is popular, betraying that most people have no idea what cancer is. The cells replicate at a certain rate, according to certain environmental cues, and commit suicide ("apoptosis") when appropriate.

"Cancer" is when this system goes awry, and the cells in a tissue replicate faster than is healthy, and/or fail to die when they should.

Why does this happen? WE ALREADY KNOW WHY. We don't need billions more dollars to feed the Medical Sector.

Pollution and malnutrition are the two main causes of "cancer".

We can prevent and cure most cases of cancer with what we know right now, without any products or services of the Medical Biz (tradename: "healthcare").

A few examples:

Vitamin D3

Higher Vitamin D Intake Needed To Reduce Cancer Risk
http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/archive/newsrel/health/02-22VitamanD.asp

Of course, the American Cancer Society opposes it:

New research shows vitamin D slashes risk of cancers by 77 percent; cancer industry refuses to support cancer prevention

http://www.naturalnews.com/021892_vitamin_D_American_Cancer_Society.html#ixzz3xATJhlmR


Vitamin C

The Vitamin C Foundation
https://www.vitamincfoundation.org/wiki/doku.php?id=cancer

Abram Hoffer via Doctor Yourself
http://www.doctoryourself.com/hoffer_cancer_2.html

Speaking of low-carb

Is there a role for carbohydrate restriction in the treatment and prevention of cancer?


Selenium

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
https://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/nutrition/how-selenium-helps-protect-against-cancer

Fasting

Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-cancer/#axzz3xAX7QRaO

also,
"The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” that prompts stem cells to create white blood cells, essentially restoring the immune system."
http://news.nationalpost.com/health/fasting-for-three-days-renews-entire-immune-system-protects-cancer-patients-remarkable-new-study-find

Pollution

Air Pollution's Impact on Cancer Is "Grossly Underestimated"
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/air-pollution-s-impact-on-cancer-is-grossly-underestimated/

UPDATE March 5 2016

Five Important Facts About Cancer That Nobody Ever Talks About