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DK Analytics, Blog #8: Assaulted property rights (and thus liberty); fiat money focus, installment #1

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VxWu_PUaCU&feature=youtu.be

Excerpt: Why are we seeing unnaturally stable bond yields and prices despite the spike in dumping of US Treasuries by the world’s central banks? Have the rules of supply and demand been rendered obsolete?


http://freakonomics.com/2015/12/03/ben-bernanke-gives-himself-a-grade-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

Podcast interview excerpts: DUBNER: “Anyone who spends time on YouTube and on, particularly Libertarian or right-wing quadrants of YouTube, will find statements, videos of you, compilations of conversations you had, whether in the media or elsewhere, that as modulated as they may have been in retrospect appear, kind of monstrously wrong. What do you think? What do you say when you hear that statement of yours from 2005?”BERNANKE: “Well, it was partly the result of the fact that I was representing the administration. And you don’t really want to go out and say, ‘Run for the hills,’ right?”


http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/private-banks-quotation

Excerpt: “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, …”


Excerpt: The popular explanation — originating with then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and promoted relentlessly by the media — for why the $700 billion TARP bailout had to be passed is destroyed with an 8-minute film.


Summary: Who is really to blame for market inefficiencies and distortions? The current BoE boss, Mark Carney, who has been in favor of banning cash and is now considering stepping up central bank management of markets, says “the markets themselves!” Enough to make you think twice, since central bankers talk with each other and often lean toward group think.
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DK Analytics, Blog #7: A long train of administrative state abuses continues; what to do?

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The IRS Scandal, Day 1333:  Republicans Weasel Out Of Impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen by Paul L. Caron

Excerpts: “Conservatives had pushed for impeaching Mr. Koskinen, saying he cannot be allowed to get away with having misled Congress on the investigation into the IRS’s tea party targeting.  But GOP leaders, eager to clean up business and shut down for the year, ahead of a busy 2017, led the push to shunt the impeachment aside. Joined by Democrats, the House voted 342-72 to send the debate back to the Judiciary Committee.”


Excerpts: President Obama’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation is arguably the most radical, transformative, and potentially controversial initiative that his administration has undertaken to date. Maybe that’s why the mainstream press barely covers it. Now, the Obama administration’s AFFH policy has morphed from “mere” massive regulatory overreach into a bald attempt to quash the freedom of speech of its political opponents. This is truly Orwellian stuff, a frightening demonstration of how the expansionist regulatory state ultimately chokes off political speech itself.

Excerpts: Transgenderism is ultimately about central planning and centralized government, not about protecting the transgender individuals it is currently exploiting for that purpose. Transgenderism is the perfect vehicle to enhance and grow the power of the state.

Excerpts: “The Obama administration’s Housing & Urban Development department is embarking on a social engineering experiment that wipes out one of the fundamental functions of local government – making neighborhood zoning decisions… Specifically, Mr. Obama’s AFFH rule seeks to radically reinvent local zoning laws in the United States – reengineering America neighborhoods based on racial and ethnic quotas… If this sounds Constitutionally-suspect, it should.”

Excerpts: “President Obama proposed 2,224 new regulations just before Thanksgiving, 144 of which are each expected to cost Americans $100 million or more. The regulations span the full scope of American life, ranging from labeling requirements for pet food, new test procedures for battery chargers, mandated paid sick leave for contractors, and automatic speed limiters for trucks to a dozen new rules limiting energy use (and increasing the price) of everything from furnaces and dishwashers to dehumidifiers.”

Excerpts: “The number and cost of government regulations continued to climb in 2014, intensifying Washington’s control over the economy and Americans’ lives. The addition of 27 new major rules pushed the tally for the Obama Administration’s first six years to 184, with scores of other rules in the pipeline. The cost of just these 184 rules is estimated by regulators to be nearly $80 billion annually, although the actual cost of this massive expansion of the administrative state is obscured by the large number of rules for which costs have not been fully quantified. Absent substantial reform, economic growth and individual freedom will continue to suffer. This ninth installment in the ongoing series of “Red Tape Rising” reports measuring trends in rulemaking activity details the enormous regulatory costs under the Obama Administration.”

Excerpts: “The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is expected to dramatically affect how Americans get their power. This sort of sweeping policy change should occur through the legislative process, during which amendments to proposed laws are tracked and debated.”

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DK Analytics, Post #6: $4.5trn in assets, $58bn in equity; the contortionist, political Fed

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DK Analytics, Post #5: How to consider investing today

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Excerpts: “Did you know that 11 trillion dollars in global stock market wealth was wiped out during the third quarter of 2015?
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DK Analytics, Blog #4: State level “nullification” of unconstitutional federal edicts only ASAP recourse

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http://nypost.com/2016/02/07/obama-bullied-bank-to-pay-racial-settlement-without-proof-report/
Excerpts: Newly uncovered internal memos reveal the Obama administration knowingly exaggerated charges of racial discrimination in probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business as part of a “racial justice” campaign that’s looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation… A confidential 23-page internal report detailing CFPB’s strategy for going after lenders shows why these companies are forking over millions of dollars in restitution and fines to the government despite denying any wrongdoing.

http://nypost.com/2016/02/02/obamas-diversity-diktat-is-a-giant-gift-to-lawyers/.
Excerpts: Claiming women aren’t getting paid enough, President Obama wants to make it easier to accuse employers of gender discrimination and hit them with class-action lawsuits. A new regulation proposed on Friday will require all employers with 100 or more workers to report how much their workforce is paid, broken down by race and gender. The rule, slated to go into effect in September 2017, will cause headaches for employers and anyone — man or woman — who works hard and expects to get ahead based on merit. The winners are federal bean counters, class-action lawyers and the Democratic Party, which is playing up the gender “wage gap” as usual during this election year. Never mind that the gap is largely fiction. Or that Uncle Sam’s social engineers are foisting their cookie-cutter vision of a politically correct workplace on employers, denying them the freedom to hire and promote based on merit.

http://ij.org/press-release/nc-forfeiture-victim-wins-final-vindication-in-fight-against-irs/
Excerpts: Lyndon’s case came to the nation’s attention after the IRS seized his entire bank account in July 2014 using civil forfeiture for the innocent act of depositing his hard-earned money in the bank in amounts under $10,000. The Institute for Justice took Lyndon’s case to clear his name and get back his property, and in June 2015, the government finally returned Lyndon’s money. In returning Lyndon’s money, however, the government sought to avoid its obligation under federal law to pay Lyndon’s attorneys’ fees, costs, and interest.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/1/2/why-does-obama-hate-law-abiding-american-gun-owners
Excerpts: As the Emperor Hussein II prepares more executive orders with which to torment the American people, and gradually strip them of their right to defend themselves, their families, and their property from an increasingly hostile world, …

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/12/high-stakes-in-the-coming-trump-cruz-clash.php
Excerpts: [I]f we don’t want the November election to be between two post-constitutionalists, where we vote simply on which Duce will rule over us for the next four years, we need to persuade first GOP primary voters, then the broader electorate, why the preservation of our republican norms is vital to America’s liberty, independence, and prosperity. We can’t do that simply by pointing out what a nitwit Trump is.This coming year will help clarify whether the American people actually still want a republic – whether we are still fit for self-government. Or whether things have changed so much that a critical mass of our countrymen will respond as Britannicus did in I, Claudius, when his father laid out his plan to restore the Roman Republic: “I don’t believe in the Republic. No one believes in the Republic anymore. No one does except you. You’re old, Father, and out of touch.”

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/donald-trump-constitution-opinion-213458#ixzz3vF0mSTjz
Excerpts: No one will ever mistake Donald Trump for a student of James Madison.The real-estate mogul has demonstrated about as much familiarity with the U.S. Constitution as with the Bible, which is to say, none. Trump has captivated a share of the tea party with a style of politics utterly alien to the Constitution. In the year of Trump, the right is experiencing a post-constitutional moment. Trump exists in a plane where there isn’t a Congress or a Constitution. There are no trade-offs or limits. There is only his will and his team of experts who will figure out how to do whatever he wants to do, no matter how seemingly impossible.You can be forgiven for thinking that in Trump’s world, constitutional niceties—indeed any constraints whatsoever—are for losers. It’s only strength that matters. It shouldn’t be a surprise that he expresses admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a “powerful leader” who is “highly respected within his own country and beyond.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/10/do_hillarys_lies_matter.html

Excerpts: “We learned that Lois Lerner, the Stasi-like figure in the IRS who deliberately targeted Obama’s opponents in the last election, will go scott free of criminal prosecution. This is the act of a lawless Administration. Considering all we’ve already seen on their watch, from the Fast and Furious murders to Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s abuse of top secret emails — the FBI’s closing of their investigation is par for course in the Obama Administration, where criminals walk free and honest Americans fear their government.”

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=2591&c=10771&f=4899903

Excerpts: “We’re not a constitutional republic, federal republic, or representative republic anymore. We are in a post constitutional republic spinning out of control.”(Mark Levin, Mark Levin Show, October 2, 2015)

http://capitalismmagazine.com/2015/10/death-of-a-patriot
Excerpts: “His crusade to force the (US) government to obey the law earned him three prison sentences, the final one being a fourteen-year sentence that he began serving ten years ago, at the age of 77. He passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015 at the age of 87, a political prisoner, legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in intensive care.”

 

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DK Analytics, Post #3: Gold Standards: True and False, by Joseph T. Salerno

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