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1st of July 2016


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Arizona Schools: Why We’re Failing as a Country

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com


Throwing more money at a failed system. Proposition 123 barely passed this last election. What is Prop 123? It’s a poorly conceived idea by our Republican governor to offset the probable consequences of litigation that has been pending for some time whereby our legislature has, purportedly, underfunded our public schools system. To offset this legislative failure, Governor Ducey pushed Proposition 123 to (eventually) empty out the state’s trust fund - something that many argue ought not to happen. As a result on June 30, $191 million will be paid out to our schools.


What will happen with the money? According to all sources it will be used to pay bonuses and raises to existing staff. In Kingman (Kingman Unified School District #20, or KUSD) that will likely be the case, as well.


Bonuses? Typically a bonus is something used in private sector to reward achieved results that are above a stated goal. It’s usually not something doled out to those who perform to a less than poor level. In Education we might imagine that a bonus, as incongruous as it seems in this context, might be tied to the academic performance of our children who attend public schools.


AZMerit testing results are in for Arizona’s schools. They paint a less than bleak picture of academics in Kingman and throughout the state, for that matter. This testing system replaced the earlier, much loathed AIMS tests. It was supposed to be more relational. That is, AZMerit would tell us more accurately how well our students were doing compared to the rest of the state, and thus the nation.


Under the prior testing scheme KUSD always ranked at or below the statewide average, and well-below the national average. The results for AZMerit are reflective of the same poorly focused educational system.


As an example, Lee Williams High School’s most recent results for Math showed a 23% Pass rate. In other words, 77% of students Failed the test. In English Language Arts, 30% Passed, while 70% Failed.


Could it get any worse than that? Yes it can: For Kingman High School, just 13% Passed the Math component while only 16% Passed English Language Arts. The Arizona Republic, like many other resources following the test results release, has a searchable database here.


It begs the question: Why would either or both raises and bonuses be paid to a school district’s staff and administration where not even a simple majority of the district’s children can pass the statewide accepted measure for academic success?


And it’s nothing new, as we mentioned above. During 2009 this same school district received a total of $7,578,563 in Economic Stimulus payments, in addition to their regularly-received State support, Federal Special Programs and Grants payments. In that same year they reduced teaching staff by 20 full time teachers. In 2012 another 17 teachers lost their jobs. There may have been more job losses, but back then when we made inquiry, we did not receive a response from the district’s administrator, Roger Jacks, regarding current levels in both teaching and administrative positions. (You’ll note that no reductions apparently were made to administrative staff, only classroom teachers, resulting in a consolidation of students and the resultant ratio of student-to-teacher of 36-to-1.) The school district’s graduation rate ranges between 50% to 67% and during that period continually scored below average on all tests, such as Stanford 10 and Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards or AIMS, now the AZMerit.


Mathematically, in the case of Kingman High School, test scores would have been higher had the students been instructed to not read the questions and arbitrarily pick a multiple choice answer. Is it time for KUSD’s Roger Jacks and staff to be replaced? It certainly isn’t time to pay a bonus...


It’s the same story across the USA: We have learned to tolerate mediocrity and accepted our fate as a Third World nation, economically and educationally. According to the most recent Pew research, we rank 14th of the the top 40, and we’re falling further every year. We’re 44th in Health Care Efficiency. And, of greatest significance, per IPSOS Mori, we’re the Second Most Ignorant Country, just behind Italy, regarding our own Social conditions. In other words, we don’t see the writing on the wall. Perhaps, owing to our educational failings, it’s because we can’t read them.




Brexit Redux: The Second Brexit Referendum

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com


A second petition is moving swiftly on the way with more than two million signatures at this moment in time. Why? No issue facing the European Union is more immediately significant to the continuation of the EU than Brexit, yet “only” 72.8% of Britons went to the polls to cast their vote Friday. (Here in the USA the comparable expected turnout would approach 38%, but no matter.)


I imagine that Brexit Redux will result in a victory for the Remain element, since many more younger people will be compelled to emotionally enroll in the process rather than sit idly by while the older generations shape the UK’s future.


I also imagine that following the next affirming vote Parliament will ask John Cleese and Eric Idle to make a a very Python-esque formal apology to Angela Merkel. You know, “Soooorrry...sorry.”


And everything will be wonderful in Europe again, and in the Middle East: Israel and Iran will begin a 40-year relationship of free trade; Turkey will acknowledge the Armenian genocide and offer compensation to all surviving family members; Islamic State will announce that it was “just kidding” and free all hostages (including those whom we thought had been beheaded but was accomplished through Special Effects provided by George Lucas); Donald Trump will admit that his only motivation is to insure Hillary’s election to the White House; the people who produced the OJ Simpson documentary will be deported; Vicente Fox will apologize for saying the “F” word regarding the Wall; and China will insist that we take all of our jobs back.




The Great Transgender Debate of 2016:

Education, Obamacare, and How Much Does a Good Vagina Cost, Anyway?

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com


Transgender: A word bringing immense pain to millions of Americans, and I’m not referring to those Transgenders advocating for specific accommodation so that they may pee in peace. Rather, I’m speaking of those who must administer, implement, oversee, supervise, and sometimes litigate the Great Tranny Debate of 2016.


At present, if you Google “Transgender” you’ll be barraged with more than 72 million hits in the English language. That is, 72 million different references, plus or minus, in English on the subject of Transgender individuals, probably more than 50 million of which were posted this year as a result of the emerging debate and attempt to assuage the feelings and concerns of Transgender people; and on the other side, those who have decided to play with what God had dealt.


How many Transgenders are there in America? According to the New York Times, about (maybe, something like) 140,000 former men or women who are now women or men, apparently exclusive of school-age children.


How much have we spent to better accommodate this small legion of those who have undertaken to change what nature had previously ordained?


Now that’s a tough one, but let’s try to put some numbers to it.


School Districts (through Secondary)


The federal government has released several publications directed to school administrators across the country directed to assisting America’s schools in the better administration of emerging Transgender policy. One refers to experiences and practices gathered from school administrators which they deem as accommodating. It is about 15 pages in length. Staff wrote it. Staff published it. Staff distributed it to our nation’s schools.


It includes such handy tips as, “When possible, the requested name shall be included in the District’s electronic database in addition to the student’s legal name, in order to inform faculty and staff of the name and pronoun to use when addressing the student.” This is from Washoe County, Nevada: Cowboy Country.


Here, in Arizona as an example, administration and staff reviewed this publication, held meetings and discussed how best to adapt or discard examples provided, conferred with others to seek advice, and expected further guidance, which they received in the form of a 25 page manifesto from the federal government, which basically ends with, “...do it or lose funding...”


Roger Jacks, who administers the Kingman Unified School District (a district already strapped for cash) issued the following statement in May of this year:


Sunday there was an article in the Kingman Daily Miner on the Transgender Issue that has become a national hot topic. The headlines said "Jacks: KUSD will toe line on transgenders" "Superintendent says district won't risk federal funds over who is using which restroom" That is a  headline that needs  more  clarification.  First, the  KUSD School Board must approve any policy we have on Transgenders students resulting from the federal government's  guidelines announcement. Second, we must meet the needs and rights of all students. Third, I believe that we can find alternatives that will resolve issues as they arise. Fourth, currently  we are successfully meeting the individual needs of our students and we will continue to do so.


We are having a KUSD principals meeting on Thursday to discuss the 25 page federal guidelines on "Supporting Transgender Students."


So, there you have it: Reading, highlighting, notating, discussing, meeting, studying, planning, implementing, and finally, reporting back to the federal government on the relative success or failure of the Tranny issue in this little part of America.


Time spent? A probable total of perhaps 2000 hours for all staff for this fiscal year is easily estimable for the initial report and the following guidelines. A loaded per-hour cost of $60, as an average, equates to an expenditure of more than $100,000 in costs to meet and respond to this federal requirement. That’s for a district with a little more than 6,000 students. That’s a cost per student of $20 each, and only some (I have to think very) small percentage in addition to the nation’s comparable 140,000 adult Transgenders are of school age.


According to the federal government there are more than 50 million children in school in America. Presuming other districts spend like resources in understanding and implementing this federal policy (And why would they not?) we can suppose that the cost nationally might easily exceed one billion dollars, exclusive, of course, of the cost associated with arguing, debating, conferring and meeting to initially devise the plan on a federal level, and one may only imagine that total cost.


Just the initial sum equates to a cost nationally of about $740 per adult Tranny (man-woman, woman-man) exclusive of the costs associated with converting Transgender people to either male or female from their prior assignment borne by the American public directly, or negatively impacting our Health Care resources, including physical and psychological care during and after the transition.


Obamacare


If you smoke you are heavily penalized should you seek to be covered under Obamacare. However, if you should elect to have a penis attached to your body where none had previously existed, they’ve likely got you covered. (Or, for that matter should you elect to otherwise acquire a vagina.)


Here’s Obamacare’s stated position:


“The ACA helps transgender Americans due to its many patient protections such as:


“Mandating that insurers must accept preexisting conditions like "gender identity disorder", which was often considered a preexisting condition before the law, or expanding coverage options to low and middle income Americans.


“ObamaCare does a lot to help equality of all genders and income levels, but there is no specific anti-discrimination law that protects transgender Americans. Check out the list of insurers below and make sure to understand the insurers rules for transgender health coverage. You will then need to pair up the insurer with a plan offered in your region.”


So, wether (pun) you’re seeking to move from male to female, or the other way, you’ll likely find solace in the arms of our federal government with the kind assistance of the taxpaying American public.


Here’s Aetna Insurance’s position on Transgender Surgery:


“Aetna considers gender reassignment surgery medically necessary when all of the following criteria are met:


“Requirements for mastectomy for female-to-male patients:

Single letter of referral from a qualified mental health professional (see Appendix); and

Persistent, well-documented gender dysphoria (see Appendix); and

Capacity to make a fully informed decision and to consent for treatment; and

Age of majority (18 years of age or older); and

If significant medical or mental health concerns are present, they must be reasonably well controlled.

Note that a trial of hormone therapy is not a pre-requisite to qualifying for a mastectomy.


“Requirements for gonadectomy (hysterectomy and oophorectomy in female-to-male and orchiectomy in male-to-female)...”


The requirements are the same, including for the adaptation of either a Tab A or Slot B except, ironically, Aetna requires two letters for a gonadectomy: Presumably one for the right and one for the left.


The Human Rights Campaign lists several private and government-funded insurance methods for achieving a Transgender’s desired end (well, not their “end:” that won’t change). They also provide encouraging rhetoric to employers to help stimulate Transgender support into their employee benefit packages.


So, how much does a good Vagina cost?


Take it from me: While I’ve never owned one, I have had use of various vaginas many times in my life for hours-days-weeks-months-years (Who am I trying to kid? Minutes, really) and they are very expensive.  Most fellow older American males would agree but our experiences are not based on Transgender Reassignment Surgery.


To help tie the Transgenderization of America in with the overall costs to taxpayers, let’s identify specific costs readily available through the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery where a menu of services and associated outlay are identified. (For the not faint of heart there are some interesting “Before and After” images one may peruse, as well, although they are not recommended IMHO.)


Described as not all-inclusive, the simple addition of a penis (phalloplasty) exceeds $20,000. Along with this procedure one would necessarily have to seek additional services since it would present a bit of a visual juxtaposition to appear nude in public with substantial breasts and a penis. In total, the costs of conversion exceeds about $50,000 plus the added post-surgical costs in the form of post-operative follow-up and psychological counseling. A reasonable total? Maybe $75,000 or more, presuming that obtaining an Hydraulic Penis (Superhero?) is not requested.


To acquire a vagina, however, is more expensive, and is likely to exceed $100,000 in total with the addition of breasts, facial reconstruction (to avoid looking obviously like a 1960s Tranny on a San Francisco street corner somewhere in the Mission district), and other Cosmetic menu options.


As an aside, and yet interestingly, our daughter is having her Tranny replaced in her 2012 Jeep at a cost of $4,000, cheaper by far than the cost of becoming either a man or a woman: One Tranny versus another.


How many Transgender surgeries are performed every year in the US?


Professor Lynn Conway of the Gender Centre (Australia) argues that the frequency of Transgender surgery occurs more often in the US than most “experts” would have us believe. He/She believes that 1 of 2500 adults seek surgery each year, which would put the number of surgeries at about 13,000 annually. Others believe the frequency much less, at a total annual surgery count of about 300 to 3,000 every year. Like the Tesla, though, once your neighbor gets one, you’ll probably want one, too.


So let’s use 5,000 per year as the likely number. At $85,000 per surgery, on average, that equates to a cost of about one-half billion dollars per year to the Health Care industry, which may or not be a lot of money from your perspective.


Other Costs?


Innumerable, but to list a few: While I estimated the cost to Elementary and Secondary education above, I didn’t include Post-Secondary and Graduate level accommodation and related expenses associated with discussion, adaptation, etc., etc..


Then, too, we can imagine that Undergraduate and Graduate level programs and degrees in the field of Transgender Studies will necessarily follow. What’s wrong with that? you ask. As someone who possesses an equally useless degree in Sociology, nothing, I suppose. It just appears on the surface to be a further distraction from what ought to be our primary focus in America. (More on the that below.)


The World of Litigation has already gained a substantial foothold in the field of Transgender law. Every year, everywhere in America someone is anxious to sue someone or something for deprivation of rights under some color of legal interpretation, swelling our judicial calendars with more and more incidental action while delaying decisions for those who, in my opinion, deserve to have their arguments heard for the very valid reasons of Race or Creed. Added court costs and absurd compensation is sure to follow.


Loss of productive time, of global competitiveness, of focus, of cohesion: Liquidating and eroding what little there is left of America that continues to some minuscule extent, bind us together. How does one put a price on that? One cannot.


Yet, in total, each year in America from this point forward we will spend many billions of dollars assuaging the feelings of the Transgender as we do for other special interests whose voices are shrill enough to alarm the subtle sleep of Washington’s bureaucracy.


Here’s the rub: We don’t have the extra billions of dollars to spend. At the moment, our National Debt is approaching (rapidly, I might add) $20 Trillion. It has surpassed our contrived GDP (which reflects increased costs of Health Care that effectively overshadows our lost economic status in the world today). At $20 Trillion in debt, our children’s children’s future is on the razor’s edge, whether their penises are or not.



Shouldn’t people who advocate on one side or another of the Firearms Issue at least have a basic understanding of what they’re talking about?

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



I apologize for the “wordy” title but I can’t think of another way to approach the issue. Time and again it seems that those arguing for and against Gun Control measures seem to miss the point entirely, owing to their lack of experience and clarity of thought.


Foremost, it really doesn’t have anything to do with the type of weapon, whether capable of firing 15, 30 or ten rounds: they’re all deadly weapons, and in the hands of an experienced and practiced user are capable of reaping as much carnage regardless of whether it has a black plastic stock, or a conventionally fashioned wooden stock.


(A note about magazines: Sometimes erroneously called, “clips.” The frequency of a jammed feed to a firearm is greater when higher-capacity magazines are used. It’s a matter of physics: Too much weight being pushed up in the magazine each time the weapon fires and cycles. Very expensive “mags” employ better springs and can reduce the number of jammed rounds, but most people tend to opt for less expensive magazines, allowing them to “invest” more heavily in ammunition. -GL Hill)


It doesn’t matter if it is auto-loader or bolt. There is no difference if it is a six shot cylinder or ten round mag, when a speed loader is involved. The leap we made 200 years ago is the most significant: our advance from muzzle-load to cartridge. Muzzle-loading is what our forefathers had in mind when they spoke of the right to “...keep and bear arms.” Having shot muzzleloading weapons, I can tell you that I’d prefer a baseball bat.


Today, though, ne’er-do-well advocates for Gun Control imagine that banning Assault weapons will curb the need of the few to commit atrocious acts in the name of their cause or belief or delusion. Here’s an article we published in 2012. Read and think, for God’s sake:


Obama Affirms Feinstein’s Federal Hunting Limit on Children

Joseph Warren, Greta Hill, Publishers

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com


“...to continue killing more than ten (10) children, as an example, (he) must change out (his) magazine...” - Barak Obama and Diane Feinstein


This week President Barak Obama approved Senator Feinstein’s proposal to limit the number of “Kills per Weapon” to not more than ten (10) children without requiring a shooter to change out a magazine or revert to a second or subsequent weapon, failing once again to understand that it has nothing to do with the firearm.


The proposal advanced by Senator Diane Feinstein, California, and Manchin, West Virginia (both supporters of the Iraq War), is very reminiscent of the long-expired Assault Weapons Ban, a law which did nothing to curb violence in America.


Under the provisions of this legislation, weapons (or the magazines that feed them) may not have a capacity in excess of 10 rounds. Ipso facto, if any given shooter is a qualified marksman he will thus be limited to not more than 10 kills per magazine or weapon. Thereafter to continue killing children, “the shooter must change out the magazine and replace it with a fully charged magazine...”


As an alternative, the law will clearly imply that he may, “...at the shooter’s own discretion, carry a separate, 10-round weapon hence obviating the need to re-charge the firearm previously so depleted...” (“Optionally, the shooter may avail himself of as many additional weapons as needed of said capacity.”)


In this way, Feinstein and our other Congressional members may avoid having to confront the issues of violence in our society: Please read, Connecticut, Why Are You Shocked, elsewhere in this issue. Likewise, no single Senator will be required to generate any original thoughts that might raise the ire of our friends at the National Rifle Association, the NRA.


As well, and foremost, to admit that our societal ills lay (at least in large part) at the feet of a government that promotes and condones violence on a global basis is tantamount to having pulled the trigger on the children of Connecticut. Thus both Feinstein and Manchin, who dually supported the 2002 resolution to invade Iraq are manifestly culpable in the murders of those 20 children.


...Reagan decided that providing help to the mentally ill was an unnecessary expense...


I suppose it goes without saying that likewise are Obama, Bush, and a host of other ne'er-do-wells, or as we theorize in an article appearing elsewhere in this journal, “Kill ‘Em All,” Lunatics.


Historically, culpability extends to the late 1960’s when then-Governor of California, Reagan decided that providing help to the mentally ill was an unnecessary expense, releasing people who otherwise would have benefitted greatly from mental health treatment: Fortunately, and seemingly, most have found their way into the US Congress and the White House.


We cannot legislate good behavior. We cannot legislate civility. We can only teach our children that violence is not an end in itself, and then, practice what we preach.



The  Hypocrisy of the Orlando Gay Bar Shooter

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



To my knowledge no one has mentioned the age-old practice of Bacha Bazi prevalent in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East with regard to this week’s tragedy. Omar Mateen - the shooter - was a US citizen of Afghani derivation from immigrant parents (Aren’t we all, including American Indians?). Had he remained in Afghanistan and been recruited into Islamic State (or not), he would have likely been having sex with young - very young - boys. That’s the practice of Bacha Bazi: Defiling children for sexual gratification.


Of course, this would have followed his own experiences as a child concubine of someone more powerful.


Like Islamic State, it is a sick, perverse, disregard for the dignity of life. But, what would one expect from mindless vermin such as these self-professed adherents of Muhammed (pbuh) who have twisted and bastardized the Quran to fit their own prescribed perversions?


Why did Omar Mateen target a Gay Bar? My guess is that because in his mind what happens between two consenting adults was his business, and because the Quran specifically forbids homosexuality, notwithstanding the prevalence of the practice in the Middle East.


In other words, Do as I say; not as I do.


Islamic State is a sickness in the world. I’d like to think that it’s one we may quickly cure once we commit to the idea, and once the world’s Muslim population, as well, share that commitment. Right now, save for a few, it doesn’t appear that the balance of the followers of Islam are prepared to sufficiently take up resistance against the continued existence of IS. And, in that inaction lies the seed of our (growing) hate in America.


Somewhere, some how, we have to set aside our ideological differences and find a cure for this malignancy.



One More Time: Trump is not running for the presidency

He is running to make certain Hillary is elected

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Throughout this journal we have professed that Donald Trump has no designs on the White House. His only goal is, having coordinated this cluster fiasco with Hillary and Bill, to facilitate Hillary’s election to the White House. It’s Hillary’s last chance. It’s her life-long ambition. She is a megalomaniac, just like Trump and her husband.


After both conventions have concluded the dismal business at hand and sometime (my guess, very) shortly before November elections, Trump will do or say something far beyond the pale of reasonableness. The result? Only those who ought to be on some kind of medication will actually pull his lever, in a manner of speaking. Hillary is President; Bill and Hillary and Donald have a good laugh (their friendship extends back decades); America loses again.


Remember: One-half of America is below average. And the average has skewed downward for years now: That’s what made this possible.


*


Iran Update: (BBC) “In a televised address, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the US of reneging on the West's nuclear deal with Iran and said trusting them was a "mistake".


“The ‘Great Satan’ [US] and ‘evil’ Britain were using ‘pretexts’ like human rights abuses and terrorism to avoid fulfilling their commitments.”


No: Trusting Iran’s leadership was a mistake. Potentially, a very grave one. Now, how to undo what we’ve done. You do understand that in this interim period Iran has amassed substantial weaponry from Russia and elsewhere, don’t you?


Read, McCain, Iran, and a Near Miss, below.


McCain, Iran, and a Near Miss

(But you can’t say he didn’t try...)

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Today, Ash Carter, our Secretary of Defense, notified the American public that Cmdr. Eric Rasch has been “fired” from his job as Squadron Commander of the 10 sailors “captured” by Iran for having failed to perform his duty: He is a scapegoat who will soon find himself in a very comfortable DoD position where, along with subsequent promotions, he will live out his career to retirement.


To be quite blunt, the Iran deal stinks...it’s one of the few statements by my Senator, John McCain, with which I surprisingly find myself in agreement. But as an American I detest contrived events intended to provoke the American public into war. We’ve had enough, and that’s what we here at TheIndependentDaily.com believe McCain did when he orchestrated the Iranian detention of these 10 US sailors on January 12 of this year. It’s like Iraq all over again, only the spark he sent into the kindling did not catch. No conflagration. Not even a puff of smoke.

Why would he do that?


John McCain’s position on Iran is well established. He sees the country as part of America’s problem today and in the future, both in the funding of Terrorism and the exportation of Terrorists. He believes, and rightly so, that the resurrection of Iran in the global political arena will make it increasingly difficult in the next few years to contain and control Iran in its efforts to develop longer range nuclear weapons - weapons that not only could threaten America’s long-term ally Saudi Arabia, but Israel as well. Maybe even the United States.


(In the event that you missed it, Iran continues to develop ballistic missile capabilities notwithstanding the international agreement prohibiting such development. Iran has even offered the world photographic evidence of their advancing technology. They’re not ashamed: quite the contrary. Iran’s theocratic leadership sees their actions as divinely inspired.)


For our readers who haven’t happened across my CV, among a few other pastimes during my long life, I am a retired US Merchant Marine Master grade mariner - a Ship’s Captain - achieving that rank in the “Old Days” before GPS was popularly available except to DoD. To this day, no seaman - Merchant or otherwise - may command or stand the helm of a vessel without possessing the skills to navigate safely (and with certainty) without advanced technology. Celestial Navigation is still taught - still practiced, still tested. Dead Reckoning, the most fundamental of skills (nearly monkey-like in its simplicity) allows for some course variation, depending on how attentive the monkey is, and is a safe and sure method for directing a vessel’s track.


Present DoD GPS accuracy is pinpoint. It is projected on a computer-generated chart and overseen by command immediately on the vessel and elsewhere. US Navy vessels are tracked comprehensively and there is never a question as to immediate, realtime coordinates and position relative to other vessels and whatever geography may lie off the horizon. That’s why it is with a great deal of incredulousness that I read the official US Navy version of the events on January 12.


So, it is impossible in today’s world (or for the last 50 years or more) for these vessels to have “strayed” into Iranian waters without full knowledge shipboard, at command, and elsewhere. Second, the Riverine vessels are twin screwed - they have two engines - and let’s suppose in some strange way that these US Sailors were no more skilled than a weekend yachtsman returning to Newport Beach Harbor from Avalon after a long weekend of debauchery. Even he, the yachtsman, could easily bring his vessel safely at least to the harbor entrance without incident, without tracking very far off course, with only a compass mounted in the boat’s binnacle, and with only a port or starboard “screw”. It is a basic function of seamanship. Very basic.


Remember the Maine!


John McCain hates Iran. John McCain is, for all purposes, the Senate’s Armed Services Committee. And, in case you missed hearing about it from Trump, McCain was a Navy pilot who was shot down and imprisoned during the Vietnam war. (Surprised, I know...) McCain’s relationship with the Fifth Fleet - Command to the Riverine vessels seized by Iran, goes back about...well, a very long time. McCain’s grandfather, Admiral John McCain, whose service to our country is the stuff of true heroes during both of the “Big Wars” and elsewhere, served in the Fifth Fleet way back when.


Within one day of Obama’s decision to pursue diplomatic actions to gain the release of our sailors, McCain began his tirade effusing on Fox News, “It’s now made the United States of America be the subject of absolute humiliation.” This statement, as it turns out, was to be the mildest of his criticisms in an OMG attempt to rally the American public to, at the very least, sever our newly created bond with Iran, or, in his heart I’m sure, invade Iran and for all time eliminate the threat to America today, and tomorrow. And, we know how well that’s worked for us in Afghanistan and Iraq.


I’m guessing that McCain’s thoughts went something like, “What the f... does it take to get people off their asses?” We’ll never know, Senator. And, if the election in November goes the way I desperately hope it will, neither will you.


The Nonsense of the Trump Wall

Isn’t it time to Invade Mexico?

GL Hill and Joseph Warren, Co-Publishers

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Foreign Workers comprise a healthy percentage of those “Illegally” here in America, and each specific industry tends to hire and fill their lower-end positions - in Manufacturing and Distribution - with either Mexican labor, when “labor” is the required activity; or Asian, for fine assembly work - monotonous, delicate, tedious, ponderous, and neither are the types of work most Americans consider worthy of their efforts: We’re too important for that.


White Americans are not going to work the fields, so there will be no produce. White Americans will not sit at an Assembly station configuring and wrapping wiring harnesses for the few electronic products still manufactured in the US. White Americans loathe cleaning bathrooms, so expect your favorite restaurant’s toilets to be befouled by urine and feces. White Americans consider most labor fundamental to construction to be “below their station in life,” so you may anticipate a lack of growth in the Housing sector. White Americans...


This (and greed) is why so many businesses have relocated to other countries: Americans do not want to work.


We depend on foreign workers to do the work that keeps the foundation of America strong. (Well, as meager as it is today, anyway.)


Look: I don’t want four years of Hillary, either. She is a lying, deceitful, Washington insider whose interests lie not with the betterment of America, but with those global capitalists who support her. Expect much more of the same if she is elected as we’ve seen under Obama. But this Wall thing...


In an earlier article, ¡Quid Pro Quo Mexico!Mexico: The 51st State, we had opined that we had lost our earlier opportunity to invade Mexico and make it a part of the United States through some fabrication linking Mexico to the 9-11 disaster, as GWB was wont to do anyway regarding Iraq. Here’s an excerpt of that article:


“First, given Mexico’s present state – overall and in every way imaginable – we cannot suppose why any law-abiding, hard-working Mexican (particularly those with a family) would want to live there any longer. Over our many decades of life, the aforementioned description applies to the vast majority of Mexican nationals we have known.


“Second, considering this no BS assessment, why would we Arizonans enact a law that would retard the progress of the good people of Mexico who wish to emigrate to the United States to avoid what by any standards is a hostile existence fraught with dangers, death, and persecution?


“Third, and most importantly, if our goal during Bush’s administration was to truly liberate a country in order to advantage from the Oil and Mineral wealth therein, which it was, why did we not invade and liberate the Mexican people? We would have destroyed the Narcotics industry, substantially reducing crime and incarceration in America (we’re Number 1 in the world); We could have availed ourselves of additional Oil reserves; Mexico’s proximity to us would have facilitated invasion, conquest, and nation-building at only a small fraction of the trillions of US Dollars spent in Iraq; Our troops would not have been absent from their homes and families for years on end; We would have – truly – stabilized an important region in our hemisphere, and lent greater intransigence to the rest of Central and South America.


“Fourth, the citizens and government of Arizona, including Joe Arpaio, would be more inclined to treat those illegally-entering our State with greater kindness and less as a quid pro quo for the abominable treatment received by Americans across the border, often resulting in torture, extreme abuse, and death. So, rather than eyeing Iran, Somalia or other nether regions of the world as prospective next targets, why don’t we concern ourselves with our immediate and most pressing situation?


“Or, is doing away with Narcotics detrimental to the economics of our Law Enforcement, Judicial, and Prison industries?


“About 17% of the 318 million of us are Hispanic. We’re distributed, according to the Census Department, throughout the US.


“There is no good argument against Mexico becoming a single, or multiple, state to the US, thus allowing for a higher level of self-governance, greater safety for (current) Mexican citizens, a reduction (or potential elimination) of Narcotics and Human trafficking, more equitable border demarcations and processes for passing between regions, increased market opportunities for America’s manufacturers and retailers, and improved economic conditions overall.


“The United States is not in the same position it was thirty years ago when the wage difference for the average worker between countries was so extreme: we have nearly reached the point of stasis. The symbiotic benefits of this solution are too great to ignore.


“Tens-of-thousands of innocents are being murdered in Mexico every year from either being caught in the cross-fire of Cartels and Gang Warfare, or as targets of opportunity: The violence will find its way here to our doorstep soon enough if we continue to ignore it.”


So, do away with the concept of the Wall: It won’t work. Invade Mexico. All problems solved. Todos los problemas resueltos.


Don’t Smoke in California

(But you can drink yourself (and others) to death)

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Hermosa Beach, California has recently enacted, and begun enforcing a Smoking Ban on the streets and beaches of the city, joining a wider-sweeping effort by a few Californians to impose a state-wide ban on tobacco. The effort is fueled, to a large extent, by Tom Steyer, Billionaire, who sees himself (IMHO) as either the First or Second coming of Christ. As an environmentalist, which he professes to be, there appears to be far-reaching evidence of questionable practices by this Hedge Fund manipulator, on the surface, at least.


No matter. Like Obamacare imposing Health Care restrictions on tobacco users, the real issue is why no one wants to take on the most costly, devastating, crippling and murderous drug in our society: Alcohol.


Every year alcohol-related automobile accidents kill 25,000 Americans. 700,000 are injured requiring medical attention, from cursory to life saving.


The total annual cost for healthcare in alcohol-linked medical care is more than 170 Billion US Dollars for the alcohol abuser, only.


This does not include billions of dollars in medical expenses for the victims of drunk drivers and victims of violence, domestic and otherwise.


It does not include the cost of law enforcement time and equipment in response to alcohol-related incidents: traffic, domestic violence and otherwise.


It does not include the cost of adjudicating drunk drivers and those who commit domestic violence.


It does not include the cost of incarceration, probation and parole for violators.


Nor does it include the billions of dollars in lost productivity and opportunity in America’s factories and offices, and very importantly,


The untraceable cost and the irrevocable harm done to America’s families.


For smoking the total cost is about 120 Billion US Dollars. While not pocket change, on a comparative basis it pales to near-translucence when held next to the sum of costs for alcohol abuse today: By most estimates, far in excess of two trillion dollars.


Well how can this be? Given these irrefutable facts, why would Obamacare not place a greater emphasis on those who abuse alcohol?


Political Action Committees (PACs) are those organizations that "contribute" money to Congressional Representatives. During the period 2011-2012 the top PAC contributors in Alcohol-related industries were (in US Dollars):


National Beer Wholesalers Organization, 2,884,750


National Restaurant Association, 3,595,097


Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Inc. (a distiller of alcoholic beverages), 3,518,684


Anheuser-Busch Co. (a beer and beverage maker), 2,473,220


Brown-Forman Corp. (a diversified alcoholic beverage maker), 1,433,980


Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, 1,182,500


Harrah's Entertainment Inc., 982,741


Outback Steakhouse Inc., 951,350


Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 834,378


Chili's Grill and Bar, 725,400


Et cetera, et cetera...That’s how.


So, you can still drink in Hermosa Beach. You can still get into your car following and run over pedestrians. You can still run red lights and broad-side school children. You can still have a few drinks, return home and beat the crap out of your wife because she doesn’t really understand you. But, you better not be smoking when you do it.


What a truncation of logic...


Trolls for Clinton and China

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Say something bad, I dare you about either Communist China or Hillary Clinton on social media and you will be barraged by comments critical of your criticism: They’re like fake product reviews where every Chinese-made piece of crap being sold online is rated with five stars on Amazon, Wal-Mart or wherever. Reading the review you think, This looks like a safe buy, only to discover on its receipt that it is suspiciously not like the quality described (and praised) at the online site.


Trolling is the online label for the activity. The government of China employs a legion of Trolls to combat the outpouring of disgust in America over the collapse of our economy at the hands of the Chinese, failing to recognize that there are many, many Made in the US alternative products.


Hillary Clinton is now employing her own army of Trolls through the efforts of a SuperPac, Correct the Record, which ought to be more appropriately called, Distort the Record. Notwithstanding, their goal is to attack those naysayers of social media who make critical comments regarding their candidate of choice, Hillary.


Who is Correct the Record? Find out for yourself: They are a collection of those who wish to steer America further into the abyss. This is the nature of politics today, just as it is for merchandising at Wal-Mart: Fraud and Deceit.


So, while you spend countless hours paging through (and contributing to) the massive volume of digital trash on Facebook and happen across a pro-Clinton comment as a counter attack to a critical post, consider it nothing more  than a paid advertisement by the Clinton campaign, and worth the zeros and ones on which it is written.



The Greatest Show on Earth: The Trump-Clinton Conspiracy

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Trump has long been an ally to the Clintons having donated much in the way of financial support to their earlier successful efforts. He is no stranger to Left-leaning politics. Now, suppose that Hillary’s lifelong ambition to wield the hammer of power in America were hampered in what would be the last possible time in which she might secure the presidency, by a vast field of potential candidates, such as Cruz, Kasich and others, who are more closely aligned to the frustrated majority of Americans who see our country heading down the wrong path.


Trump sways the growing ignorant masses of Right-leaning voters who feel disenfranchised, accumulating enough support to win the nomination for the Republican party. Then, post-nomination, he either withdraws or, better theatrics still, increases his rhetorical blatherings to the point where he alienates all but the most Trump-crazed lunatics eligible to vote (i.e. Those not in prison or under federal indictment), assuring Hillary of victory.


I believe that this is more than a theory. I believe that Trump has made this Faustian deal, and that he’s laughing up his sleeve at what will become the greatest political show of modern history.


As someone who is devoutly Independent, I have no party privileges, so the consequences to the Republican party, other than as they affect our country, are not my concern.


If you are a Republican, your vesting in the next few weeks ought to be quite high; and while it’s true that none of the other candidates, except for Kasich, Carson, and a few others offered anything other than business-as-usual, you may not find another Clinton presidency as benign.


Waste Management Outsources Jobs to India

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



In an effort to achieve the highest level of Greed, WM has elected to outsource 120 of its Arizona Billing jobs to India where the cost of labor is a fraction of that here in the United States. WM’s CEO David Steiner, who is compensated to the tune of $5 Million per year, came up with this idea all by his lonesome! That’s why he makes the big bucks: Intuitive, unique, out-of-the-box thinking - the hallmark of leadership in America today. Just ask Donald Trump.


What wasn’t reported though, is that the Board of Directors for WM has elected to outsource Steiner’s job, too, since any idiot could have devised the outsourcing scheme. Mr. Steiner will soon be replaced by Ronji, pictured below as he is lifted from a sewer line he had hitherto been cleaning, and given the good news by his co-workers.


Ronji says his first official act as CEO will be to buy a shirt for himself and a bra for his wife. WM’s stock is expected to rise significantly with no adverse consequences in leadership or strategic thinking.





Communists, Control, Cinema, and Boulder City, Nevada

GL Hill, Co-Publisher

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



Warren-Hill Productions, the people who publish this journal, are not unaware of the rights we possess to write, shoot, edit and release sometimes humorous, sometimes informative, sometimes politically-controversial films under the genre of “Independent” and we do not take those rights lightly. In an August 2015 article, Beijing Cowardice: Yet Another Reason to Avoid Walmart, we reported on how the Beijing Independent Film Festival had been shutdown by the Communist government for fear that one or more of those films slated for screening might foment unrest and civil disobedience.


Why would the Chinese government take such a Draconian step to protect the delicate balance between their oppressionist Communist underpinnings and Globalized Capitalism? Because there are few experiences in life more powerful than film: We are drawn into them. We become one with the characters. We experience what the actors experience. We empathize. We share. We cry. We are...them. So, any film that presents a critical overt or subliminal plot is likely to be seen by the Communist government - the government you support by shopping at Walmart et al. - as societally lethal.


So, celebrate being an American: Support freedom of speech in its purest form and attend any of this year’s regional Film Festivals. If you’re in or around Boulder City, Nevada, February 8 through 11, next year - 2017 - take in the Dam Short Film Festival for three days of Short Films sure to tantalize. True, you won’t see, The Abduction and Trial of George Bush at this festival, but you can watch it in full length online here for free, just as tens of thousands of others have around the world, including, ironically,  many thousands of Chinese. Maybe the “28 Pages” will renew interest in the subject.



(Incidentally, if you’re a filmmaker, and you were dissuaded by the technical requirements for entering the “Dam Shorts”

check the Withoutabox update for the site.)


Little Ahmed says, Thanks George Bush For Making Us Safe

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


13 years following the liberation of Iraq, the legacy of GWB lives on. Having won their hearts and minds, as was GWB’s stated goal, we also liberated their landfills and their children from schools so that they may strip food, recyclables, and miscellaneous garbage from the dumps of what is now a Third World country. Read the full story here at Al Jazeera and learn more about our American legacy.



Little Ahmed “Working the Dump”


Terror and Terrorists: Some things just don’t change

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



In 2011 we completed a short video montage called, Who are the Real Terrorists? It’s resided on our other sites for years being viewed frequently by readers from the US, Russia, China, and, well, really everywhere. Earlier today I watched it for the first time in a long time and thought, Some things just don’t change...Easily, one could substitute Obama, Trump, and a host of other ne’er-do-wells into the roles of those included in this aged film: the results would be the same. It’s still about Fear, and always will be.


Fear and Hate seem to be in vogue again - although it has never fallen out of favor with many Americans and America’s government. As Eisenhower pointed out, and to paraphrase, We just need War and Fear and Hate and Violence to make our economy work. Such a sad state of being. Here’s the short film: Click to view.






Iran Deal: The Biggest Mistake of the 21st Century

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com



North Korea are chumps compared to the havoc and devastation likely to be produced by Iran’s acquisition of higher grade military hardware. Iranians are predominantly Shi’a Muslim and do not find, notwithstanding their apparently shared religious roots with all Muslims, much in the way of common ground with the Sunni Muslims distributed throughout the Middle East and elsewhere. And, as to the Jews? Well, that’s obvious. That leaves Israel in something more than a precarious position.


If you’re like me you’re pretty ambivalent about Israel: Their treatment of the Palestinians has been abhorrent, and if it weren’t for Israel being Israel, War Crimes trials would have been well underway. Still, I would not not want to see the country and people wiped from the map by Iranian warheads provided primarily by Russia and through our eagerness to open Iranian Oil Fields to the world market.


Yet, that’s what is likely to happen: Russia is now providing Iran with the overall means to deliver lethality throughout the region. I mean, it’s not like the world is balanced on the edge of a razor already, right? Why not stoke the fire...


We need to reverse the Iran deal - to abandon Obama’s “unilateral” decision to permit Iran back into the World of War, as soon as possible following our November election. But, I fear, it may be too late.




Housing: The Good Ol’ Days are Gone Forever

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Everybody keeps waiting for the rebound. There is no rebound, nor is there a likelihood of ever seeing a return to anything like the Housing market leading up to 2007, except in small anomolic geographies where aberrant human emotions have outrun commonsense, such as San Francisco or Manhattan. Here’s why:


Women in the Workforce


What to some extent drove the tremendous price escalations - across the board in nearly every housing market across the US - was the addition of a second household income: Women entering the job market and contributing to what was before, a single income household. In 1960 married women accounted for about 30% of the labor force. The other 70% remained at home caring for the children and the home. By 2010 the percentage of married women working increased to nearly 75%. During that interim 50 year period the average home price, according to Trulia.com, jumped from $12,700 to more than $220,000. Mortgage qualifying, prior to the Meltdown anyway, became far more lenient and creative and more fully encumbered the double income family unit.


Wages and Purchasing Power


According to Pew Research, and as most of us intuit, there has been no substantial change in Purchasing Power in the last several decades. We have more Junk but only because the junk we prefer to buy nowadays is made overseas - likely China - and thus has generated a greater accumulation of things that have a very diminished life expectancy, including most or all of the technology surrounding our daily lives.


Here’s the Pew graph:





Manufacturing Employment


Manufacturing jobs support the creation of Service employment and enhanced earnings in Service sector jobs. In the absence of a substantial Manufacturing base, there is no financial foundation on which Service employment may sustain itself. To more fully appreciate where we are today in Manufacturing, read, The Most Important Thing... and What’s Really Wrong with the US Economy. Between these two pieces you will come to understand that to fully “Rebound” we must return to a sound economic base, and that must include a resumption in Manufacturing activity.


Until these complex economic issues are addressed and until you take responsibility for the economy by becoming a wise consumer and supporting Manufacturing growth in the United States, rather than overseas through spending your money at Walmart, your home that had a market value of $220,000 in 2006, but today will fetch only $140,000 will never return to its 2006 value. It’s just an economic reality, and neither Obama nor Boehner nor Cruz nor Paul nor any other candidate for any office, can do anything about it until such time that this one intractable, critical economic issue is addressed. Any widget ought to be able to understand this basic economic principle. Sadly, most Americans do not.



The Most Important Thing You Have to Think About Between Now and November

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com




We have no defined course to the future in America supported by the majority of Americans because we have no defined American any longer. Plainly, we have become a country of diversity – hailed for its many benefits but, to our extreme detriment, unrecognized for Diversity‘s degenerative effects.


As an example, across our country children are enrolled in classes that are, generally, no longer White in majority. Nor are the majority of the students, notwithstanding their ethnicity, from the strata within the formerly defined Middle Class. Nor do they predominantly share a common religion. Nor do they embrace common societal traditions. Shared interests are generally mindless technological pastimes – Facebook, Twitter, and the like. They are a reflection of our changing America. Read the full article here.


Super Jews! Fighting Evil and Funding Hillary Clinton

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Super PAC! Just a great moniker, isn’t it? Some time ago Eliza Carney coined the term for the mega-Political Action Committees who receive major contributions in the million or more (or less) category and spend them in support of candidates for office, thereby avoiding the legislated spending limits associated with campaign donations. Read the full article here.


Old Age, Politics  & Suicide

Joseph Warren - Greta L. Hill, Editors

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Fortunately, nearly everyone I meet is in the same boat: They’re Americans too, so apologies are not needed, although I feel the urge on occasion notwithstanding.


But our readership is broad and extends through much of Europe and through many areas of “The Other Europe:” that is, people who are not otherwise precluded from reading Western publications. (Russia is frequently absent as of late owing to various information embargoes imposed by Putin as he attempts to shore up the loose ends of his government, fearing external influences.)


And for those readers in other countries who perceive that America is a mess, let me assure you, it is. In fact, dismally so. So much so that on occasions like today I think, “There’s far too much ignorance and insanity to endure any longer.” No wonder our suicide rate is so high. And it is:


Annually nearly 43,000 Americans elect to take their own lives rather than face another day (http://afsp.org). That’s a sad commentary and sobering statistic. Suicide in America is twice that of Britain and thrice (recently taken the SAT? To clarify, “thrice” means “three times”) that of Liberia, Indonesia, Mexico, and just a whole bunch of countries where one might think that waking up in the morning to face yet another day of emptying cauldrons of outhouse muck and milking yaks would be the ultimate chore. Apparently, it isn’t. Read the full article here.


A Good American Doesn’t Die

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Ever wonder why the government wants to keep you around longer, well beyond your Sell-By date, when in reality many of those who love us most would rather see us die, for our own good and theirs?


Like everything else in America it comes down to Economics: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons); the Gray Panthers, a less-than-audacious “advocacy” group for older folks notwithstanding the use of “Panther” in the name; and the multitude of other organizations all professing to advance the well-being of we Old People, won’t talk about it because they, like our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), are reliant on sustaining our miserable selves into the future as long as possible to maintain membership. (Imagine perpetuating an organization that depends on the enrollment of people who have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel: a daunting task!)


We’ve written about this before in an article entitled, Cold Storage, which you can read here. In that article we speak to GDP growth as being heavily reliant on Health Care in America, and suggest that Obamacare’s repeal will not likely happen unless and until other facets of our GDP are shored up and can replace the loss that will certainly occur if Health Care’s participation is reduced as a result of the repealment of Obamacare.


Here’s some new information: The Department of Health and Human Services has released figures that show Health Care now accounts for more than 17% of GDP. In other words, of all industries in the United States, nearly one in five dollars generated through Services, Manufacturing, and Government are attributable to Health Care – providing Health services to our citizens and non-citizens alike, young and older.


What does this mean?


It means that if it weren’t for Health Care we would have experienced far more negative growth periods of GDP. Likely, we would still find ourselves mired in an officially recognized Recession (Depression). But, of course, anyone who’s not employed in the field of Health Care already knows this…or should.


Was this an Obama sleight of hand to jettison America out of the Great Recession while providing the added benefit of vastly enhanced corporate earnings for the industry, including Health Insurance? Or simply a well-intentioned effort to bring Health Care to millions of Americans who otherwise would have been without?


I suppose it depends on which side of the fence one finds one’s self. Either way, your body, no matter how seemingly addled or worthless it has become, remains an important component in our economy. If you die, you impede the mission of the Health Care Industry and risk throwing us back into recession or worse.


And, while you’re at it, read, Thinking About Getting an MRI? Think Again, here.



“Bown fur Coleg”

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Yesterday's graduates went off and founded today's companies; it's becoming clear that tomorrow's graduates may not be qualified even to apply for jobs with them.”  - Eric Rosten, Bloomberg


Which reminds me: SAT Scores are in. We’re doomed. Reading Comprehension - for the benefit of those having recently taken the SAT test, that means, “Reading something and getting whut it meens” - is the lowest since 1972; 495 out of 800, to be exact. Writing has fallen off considerably, too: 484 out of 800, or the lowest...ever. Math in America? Well it doesn’t take a genius to know that 2+2 = whatever. Math is way down as well.


Where does that leave us as a nation? So much talk about the growing Wealth Gap. So little about the ever-increasing Ignorance Gap: In America we continue to pump out some very bright young men and women from our institutions of higher learning, yet, simultaneously (that means, “At the same time”) we are disproportionately creating an actual proletariat to a very frightening magnitude.


“Ignorant Rabble” cannot participate in government to the extent needed to insure that the views of a democratic society are reflected in the actions of its elected officials. Society becomes ever-more guided by the instincts and needs of the Elite. That in turn leads to its eventual collapse. When? It’s like Global Warming, I think: Maybe hundreds of years from today, or...maybe next week. Perhaps a good Nuclear Winter is the cure for all of our ills: The Chinese appear up to the challenge.



Killing Bernie

Joseph Warren, Editor

Editor@TheIndependentDaily.com


From the LA Times: Hillary Clinton’s campaign has made clear it is moving into a new phase of the race, where it will take a far more aggressive posture toward Bernie Sanders...


So, what do Ron Brown, Vince Foster, Admiral Boorda and about 88 other people have in common? In all instances there’s a reason to believe that the Clintons were, to some extent, involved in their deaths - murders shellacked as accidents and suicides, and all far too coincidental in timing.


There’s a plethora of information available to the curiously minded on the web - some lacking journalistic legitimacy - some not - for you to parse. Read the full article here.



NextEV, Tesla, Faraday Future (and other companies that Miss the Mark)

and our 14 year-old Honda Insight

Greta Hill, Co-Publisher

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Funded to the tune of billions of dollars, NextEV and Faraday Future (and Rimac and Xiaomi and...) propose to build competitive cars to that of Elon Musk’s Tesla. Next year, NextEV will be launching a 1000+ horsepower supercar that proposes to “run circles” around Musk. Rimac’s doing the same. Everyone wants to build an electric Supercar...


The questions is, How many electric supercars can the world digest when the point of auto making is to make a car that has utility and affordability for the masses?


Our Honda Insight - a 2002 model with manual transmission - runs faultlessly at about 60 miles per gallon. They’re available everywhere, really, at from $3,000 to $6,000. The little car doesn’t pollute, is extremely comfortable, has air conditioning, and feels as though one is driving an automobile rather than a motorcycle (see Arcimoto below). Read the full article here.



The Muslim Question: A Final Solution

“Read the movie”

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Three years ago we (Warren-Hill Productions) wrapped up a Shooting Script for a short film entitled, Then and Again. It was a poignant look at America at some point in what we believed was the United States sometime in the future.


In this short film, a woman and her child are protected - hidden - from local organized rabble who are rounding up the town’s ethnic population. It is set in an undefined time and place (and shot in Black and White) leading one to conclude that it is a rehash, as it were, of some small tale from Berlin in the 1930s. Half-way through the film it is revealed that the setting is the United States, and rather than Jews being corralled and branded with yellow Stars of David for identification, and subsequently imprisoned, it is a pogrom directed at America’s Muslims, now required to wear yellow crescents on their garments for ease of identification and containment.


At the conclusion the woman and child are arrested by militia, and the gentile sequestering them faces an undescribed, but assuredly not pleasant end. We’ve cast the film twice from fairly local talent but have never been able to raise a budget to bring it to production.


Why I am sharing this with you now? Frankly, I had thought this was a picture of America 20, 30, or more years in the future. Today, following San Bernardino and the attacks in Paris, it appears that, in Texas at least and perhaps in other unreported areas of our country, the wait is over: Bigotry and the willingness of the human mind to pass blame for one’s failings at the feet of others, as Sartre would have concluded, seemingly exceeds Einstein’s prescribed Universal Invariant of the Speed of Light.


Two years ago I approached various Muslim leaders seeking their support in the production of this short film, to no avail. They were not interested in supporting a production that might bring Muslims to the forefront of some part of America’s focus. It is the same reason many identified as that for not wanting to align themselves with the film we completed years ago, The Abduction and Trial of George Bush, which you may watch online here.


Such is the way of most Muslims: They are like you and I. They are reluctant to be held under a spotlight and examined as something unusual or different in a world where sameness is seen as safety. They are our physicians and clerks and mechanics and neighbors and they are as much a part of our humanity as the bigots and hate-mongers in Texas and elsewhere who are desperately seeking an excuse for who they are.


Hate is not a solution, even when uttered by a billionaire like Trump.


Read the movie for free here in pdf, and perhaps come away with a more enlightened view.



The Insanity of Shipping Container Homes

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


The Arizona Republic has gleefully reported that the first of many proposed Shipping Container apartments will soon be available to rent, somewhere in the neighborhood of $1000 per month. “Affordable” housing...


Why do we need affordable housing? Because wages are stagnant and poverty has increased in Arizona, as it has in the rest of the country. Latest Census data shows that more than 18% of Arizonans live below the official US Poverty Level (more than 20% in California) - about $24,000 per year for a family of four - and up considerably from the time before the “Great Recession.”


Why do we have so many Shipping Containers? Because we continue to export jobs - meaningful employment in Manufacturing - to China, and now, with the onset of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement, expanding our job exportation to more fully include Vietnam and elsewhere where Slave Conditions advance the cost-effectiveness of durable and non-durable goods manufacturing, more and more Shipping Containers find their way to our shores and inland.


Why do Arizonans (and Americans in general) not see the relationship between empty Shipping Containers and Job Loss and Increased Poverty? Because critical thinking is a thing of the past in America. Americans tend to accept what they hear on television as reality, and television speaks for those who push Chinese-made products on American society, like Wal-Mart and others, and perpetuate the loss of jobs, the lowering of wages and the need for more and more affordable housing.


Shipping Containers are a popular form of housing in the slums of Columbia and elsewhere...and now they’re coming soon to Phoenix.






Vietnam War: A Day of Mourning

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Come “Celebrate” the Vietnam War this Veteran’s Day! Celebrate is the word that most frequently appears in each of the articles and notices I’ve read the past few months regarding this year’s Veteran’s Day activities around the US.


A reminder: We did not win the Vietnam War. We lost more than 58,000 American men and women. More than 160,000 were wounded. We increased our national debt massively. We alienated ourselves from much of the world and from ourselves as division over the war served as ice in a crack of concrete, expanding and fracturing the cohesion of America-then. Read the full article, here.



Tony Blair Says, “I’m sorry...”

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Tony Blair on a to-be-televised BBC interview says that he’s sorry about the way things have worked out in Iraq. He speculates though that had Hussein not been toppled from power that Iraq may have degenerated into civil war much like Syria today, failing to understand that Syria is today embroiled in a civil war owing to the destabilization of the region when Hussein was taken out of power.


This is a fairly simple syllogism to follow, yet Mr. Blair’s inadequate intellect precludes his following the equation. Mr. Bush, on the other hand, caught in the quagmire of his own confused and idiotic thoughts - indicative of the Bush family - has yet to understand that he did anything wrong.


Look: Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The war was (and is) a contrivance intended to benefit those who acquired the subsequent leases to the Majnoon and West Qurna Oil Fields - Exxon-Mobil, et al. - two of the largest Oil deposits in the world. We’ve talked about this since 2003, prior to our invasion of Iraq.


Watch, The Abduction and Trial of George Bush, here. Perhaps someday both Bush and Blair will stand trial for their criminal misdeeds...



Co-Conspirators Bush and Blair during “Happier” times



Trans-Pacific Free Trade: Freely Trading American Jobs for Chinese Crap

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


“Vietnam to be among the biggest winners...”

What? Again? - Ed.


Designed to benefit large corporations the above agreement has been signed by Obama and is pending ratification by other involved countries. We here, and many others have warned that this is not a step in the right direction, and will likely result in the liquidation of jobs, on a wholesale basis, in America resulting in the further erosion of employment in meaningful economic activity - Manufacturing.


Currently less than 62% of our qualified workforce are employed, the remainder being on some form of disability, unemployment, or part of the vastly growing underground economy trying to eek out a living pursuing some form of Third World activity. In the last Jobs report we experienced a jobs gain of about 150,000. That, in itself is too low in a country that must add millions of jobs in order to restore Housing and Service employment to a sustainable level. Read the full article, here.



Refugees or Migrants: Hate in the “Next Europe”

Joseph Warren

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Europe is struggling. Economics, overall, and “Globalized Indifference” (Pope Francis’ term) have all steadily eroded the commonality that once was the impetus behind the Union: The same thinking that brought us together here in the US nearing 250 years ago. Now, add the consequent damage likely to occur as a result of the incredible influx of Migrants (or Refugees, if you prefer) and the simmering strife becomes far more perceivable and real.


To address the changing world in which Europe exists, academicians and others have been invited to participate in a gathering of ideas termed, Next Europe. Read the full article, here.



The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

Companion Read to our editorial on Nagorno Karabakh (below)


By, Bruce Janigian, Special to: http://TheIndependentDaily.com


(Distinguished international attorney, Bruce Janigian, who led a US team of presidential election monitors in the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, found the election standards and rigor to exceed anything he observed in the USA, which, by the way, also has its elections monitored by the OECD.  Janigian offered his comments to this journal. -Ed.)

 

“Interestingly, what our State Department has to say regarding Nagorno Karabakh is yet another unjust intervention and incitement in the region: ‘The U.S. remains actively engaged in advancing a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Cooperation among the U.S., Russian, and French mediators is excellent. The United States does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent country, and its leadership is not recognized internationally or by the United States. The United States supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan…’


“This could actually be characterized as inciting a war! The region has been calm after this little nation freed itself against the onslaught of far superior Azeri forces over twenty years ago. Now as the little children grow in this new and free republic, free because of all the brave farmers who fought to protect their homeland and their faith, the mighty United States gives ammunition to Azerbaijan. Both figuratively and literally.  Israel is busy selling arms there, including advanced US weapons.  Read the full article, here.



A Novel Novel: Persona Non Grata - End of the Great Game

A novel by Avery Mann (Bruce Janigian), 2015 Paperback


Reviewed by, Joseph Warren, Editor

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Searching the many back pages of this journal will yield three – maybe – book reviews intentionally framed to bring our readership some insight into a useful, enjoyable reading experience. Most of our “Reviews” aren’t reviews at all but bibliographic notes leading to a specific resource wherein one might find greater insight into the subject being discussed.


This is one of the former. Why? Because when I’m not immersed in the sciences or history or politics I just love a good mystery. Who doesn’t? It’s the stuff of diversion, and God only knows we could use a little of that as we watch the rollout for the upcoming elections. Read the full article, here.



Notwithstanding everything else, Trump’s right on the markets

Staff: AE

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


No matter how you slice it and as we’ve been saying for years now, we are far too intertwined with China, and now the rest of emerging Asia. Generally, from 60% to 70% of our economy is tied to what you buy. Where that product is made is the key: You may either support American Manufacturing jobs - those that support a sound economic base - by seeking out and acquiring American made product, or you may continue to buy Chinese junk - product destined to break, wear-out quickly, tear, rip, snap, or otherwise require replacement soon after purchasing. Read All About China, here.


If you are an alleged Environmentalist and buy Chinese products, you are violating the basic premise of Environmentalism. If you profess to be a Patriot, you are falling far short of your ideals. As Trump says, “Wise-up.”


Our next President will preside over a Second Place country

Or:

我很喜欢毛主席

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


China’s indisputable growth is unavoidable: Even their slow years exceeds 300% of our growth. The Global Fortune 500 results are in and China is a close second to the United States. Most economists tend to think that by 2020 - the end of the first term of whomever we elect next November - China will have surpassed the United States in industrial might and, thus, in her standing internationally. That will vastly change the balance of things - severely disrupting the stasis we’ve grown over the decades to accept as irrefutable. Not so in very few years.


The Leader of the Free world, as the president has been called, will then become, the Leader of the Second String. Not an enviable reality but one we face if we do nothing else: If we don’t change how we shop, how we run our government, how the “proletariat” as the Communist Chinese would call the rabble comprising most of the United States, function within society. Read the full article, here.



The Economics of Starbucks

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Still paying five or six bucks for a cup of Starbucks? $26,695 is the current median wage in America. That equates to about $12.80 per hour, gross. Net? Somewhere around $10. So the median American worker will work for 30 to 40 minutes of every workday to buy a cup of Starbucks. (And we complain about working for the first few months to pay our taxes for the year!) Even Starbucks employees would have to work about half-an-hour if they worked elsewhere. Read the full article, here.



US Supreme Court Ruling? We told you so:

Cold Storage: Our Dependence on Healthcare to Grow our GDP

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


Old Age. A sound economic reason to live longer thrives in our nation’s GDP - Gross Domestic Product. We have literally sickened our way out of the Great Recession, to some nebulous level, by insisting that the addled and lame - real or imagined - old and young, continue to “hold on” for as long as possible, dumping them into cold storage at one of the ever-growing number of faceless, tritely-named care facilities where they live out the rest of their lives largely ignored stewing in a (sometimes figurative, sometimes not) stewpot of their own shite and urine, or at one of the many thriving local hospitals specializing in MRI-based destruction of their “patients” on a Quantum level. Read, Thinking About Getting an MRI? Maybe, think again... Read the full article, here.



“Inside every Gook is an American trying to get out...”

                                                                                                                         - Full Metal Jacket

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


And they’re getting out with Billions of US Dollars in hand.  No one remembers the war with Vietnam, least of all the 58,000 of our dead brothers and sisters in uniform. Not to mention the 2 million or so Vietnamese who died while we - America - were involved in the conflict after the French. Many of us knew it was a bad idea to begin with. Curiously silent these days are those who struggled to convince us that Vietnam was a “Good” idea, and winnable, much like our current president, and his equally ignorant predecessor have built and sustained our involvement in the Middle East. Read the full article, here.



Same-Sex Marriage: The opportunity for every American to be inextricably bound in a soul-crushing monogamous relationship

Editors/Staff

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


What Were You Thinking, Queer People? Thanks to the collective intellect of the US Supreme Court, you no longer have, “Yes, I love you, and I would marry you, but of course it isn’t legally binding, so why bother?” as a fall-back. You, like the rest of us, must now decide at the risk of losing your mate, to marry or not: that is the question.


For the life of me, I don’t know why you had to push the envelope on this one. You had it all: Lifestyle, a Thriving Subculture, a Sense of Design and Color, Abundant Multiple Partners, Tastefully Detailed Wardrobe, Your Own Day to Celebrate Your Sexual Orientation...You were different and that was good.


It’s all meaningless now: Look forward to decades of sameness and drudgery. Envision endless trips to see relatives about whom you care little. Expect to discuss in wrenching detail what the two of you will be doing together tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. See yourself shopping for groceries in sweat pants that haven’t been washed in a month of Sundays below a t-shirt with yellowed-pits, dragging a brat or two behind you who prod relentlessly for junk cereal while texting their classmates about “...what an asshole...” you are. Five-day beard (man or woman)? No problem. Do the dishes. Do the laundry. Take out garbage. Wash car - can’t go to the carwash any longer - too expensive and you have a mortgage to pay.


As soon as Decision-Making is elevated to more than one person (particularly in a mate-driven relationship), confusion, hatred, anger, and violence will follow. It’s Human Nature.


If I were you I’d start making large, anonymous donations to the Right-Wing lunatics pursuing reversal of the Supreme Court’s decision. And, if it is reversed, weep openly and appropriately. Then, really celebrate.




A Good Chart to Consider When Buying Chinese-Made Products:



One-Fifth of Americans on ADHD Drugs

Joseph Warren, Editor

http://TheIndependentDaily.com


And that is why things are the way they are in America today. Critical Thinking cannot take place in a mind muddled by incomplete thoughts and bits of data - especially that garnered through the television and related media: 63 million Americans, 53% of which are “adult” age. No wonder we’re a mindless collective of misdirected cretins bent on self-destruction. Racial Hatred, Violence - both Foreign and Domestic, Ignorance Regarding Basic Economic Principles, and the list is endless.


We don’t read. We don’t think. We’re spoon-fed our information in digestible bits of not more than five seconds or a few words. Twitter, as an example, limits its users to the perfect level of communication for a critical thought in today’s world. Genius, really, when you think about it: any more misspelled words and abbreviations would be wasted on the majority of Americans - those who try through pharmaceuticals to improve their thinking capacity, and those who probably should. Read the full article, here.



Speaking of Overthrowing the Government...

Editor/Staff


To those of you who actually believe that the NSA will just unplug their computers, switch off the coffee maker, tidy up their workstations, and shut-off the lights on the way out the door now that the Patriot Act provisions for the un-Constitutional accumulation of phone and personal information has expired, 40 years ago I would have loved to smoke whatever it is that you’re smoking. Like any government program, it’s not that simple.


What will happen, and has happened already, is that under the umbrella of National Security, the process will become less visible; immersed instead in the shadowy machinations of clandestine operational procedures, always allowing for plausible deniability on the part of those who run the NSA and our government leadership. Data will continue to be collected as it was before, even back to the time of J. Edgar Hoover whose infamous FBI dossier building practices on suspicious Americans was as well-known as his flirtations with strapless evening gowns and spiked-heel shoes.


So, if you’re thinking about picking up the phone and announcing to your good friend Earl, “I’m planning on blowing up a power station this weekend, then having a little get-together afterwards at my house...” forget it: Big Brother will know about your plans one-millisecond after you’ve made your intentions known.


If they don’t act, it will be to manipulate the circumstances to their advantage to leverage the reinstatement of the full Patriot Act provisions. The only way the government can do what it does is by controlling your Fear level. Expect that within six months from today a major Terror event will occur - one touted by the NSA in the aftermath as having been preventable had they had full access, as before.


The government is like a seven year-old: you can’t just take something away that they want without consequences to you.



The Cowboy, the Lesbian, and Bernie Sanders

Joseph Warren, Editor


An immortal joke about a cowboy who happens to sit next to a pretty Lipstick lesbian at a bar and strikes up a conversation with her: The discourse turns to sexual appetite. The Lesbian offers her opinion that, more than anything, she loves to eat...she describes in detail her enthusiasm, and the satisfaction she derives from this intimate act, sharing a deep physical love with another woman through oral contact. She asks the cowboy, “So, given the way you’re dressed I’d guess you’re a cowboy. Is that right?”


The cowboy responds, “Well, I thought I was, but now I’m pretty sure I’m a Lesbian.” Click here for the article



The Sins of the Brother (or the Husband)

Joseph Warren, Editor


At present, our country remains divided on the issue of Iraq and our ousting of what has proven to be, as the Editor had prophesied in March 2003, a stabilizing element in an otherwise violent tribal culture where banditry, warlords, and violence under the guise of one variant of Islam or another serve as the foci of justification. Today, ex-Hussein and a dozen years later, Iraq continues to be immersed in violence and barbarity that leaves most of us in the Western world shaking our heads in dismay and bewilderment. Yet, it was Jeb Bush, brother to the former president who coincidentally now seeks that same office, who made it all possible. Click here for the article



Good News on the Energy Front

Editor/Staff


And it has nothing to do with a Shale Rebound. For the years this journal has been published it has occurred primarily in an off-grid office: Solar and Wind provide all the power one could possibly want to accommodate today’s advanced technology while sustaining other basic functions; Refrigeration, lighting, cooling, and so on, all via clean, “free” resources.


Solar isn’t exactly free since it does require an initial investment, as well as on-going costs to insure operation. But, in two key areas that has been rapidly changing, mostly due to a growing industry of competitive products, and owing to visionaries like Elon Musk. (Yes, I called him a “Visionary.” He’s either that or crazy given Space X, Solar City, Tesla and the varied and myriad other interests he’s championed.) Read the full article, here.


Trade Deficit, Jobs Report, and It’s Your Fault

Editor


The latest Trade Deficit with China shows that we have accrued a Deficit through February 2015, for the year of 2015, of more than $50 billion. To China we shovel off only about $9 billion per month in goods while they send to us - to Walmart and the other peddlers of Chinese products - more than $40 billion.


This has been going on for some time, and we, like many other publications have striven to remind you that as a Consumer this is not a balanced relationship: in fact it is one that has led and will lead to our eventual demise as an economy.


The Jobs report just released clearly shows the relationship between your spending habits and the resultant outcome: We’ve written about this many times, but we’ll try it again, so please pay attention.


If you buy Chinese made durable and non-durable goods you are continuing to put Americans out of work. Service and Government employment cannot sustain itself without the addition of Manufacturing.


Recognizing that half of America by mathematical necessity is below average, and that the average is dropping substantially, let me put this more concisely: You’re the one screwing things up. Stop buying products made in China. Start shopping online and at your local non-chain stores for American made products. You are responsible for the way things are today. You are the reason 48% of our qualified Labor force is not gainfully employed. You are the reason we’re squabbling over minimum wage levels rather than more salient issues.


You are the trouble with America.



How the West was Lost

Joseph Warren, Editor

March 18, 2015

http://TheIndependentDaily.com



“October 1, 2019 will mark the 70th anniversary of the revolution in China. On that day the Chinese troops staged at critical points throughout the United States at clandestine locations will begin execution of the most significant event in modern history: the toppling of the United States of America.”


We (and others) have forewarned repeatedly that war with China is a certainty: It’s really only a matter of when.


Why? Although it’s difficult for the average American to recall, China was and is a Communist country guided by those principles at the base of which lies the culmination of world dominance through international revolution - Internationalism. In other words, Communism may only reach its true state of political bliss, if you will, after having successfully enveloped the world. To that end, Mao, in his introduction of Communism to the Chinese people, massacred, some estimate, as many as 70 million of China’s citizens.


Mao, like his successors, including Xi Jiang today, had a committed vision for tomorrow. Collectively it is their version of our Manifest Destiny, but on a larger scale. It is foolish to discount that reality or to think that China’s leadership has abandoned their founding ideology in favor of rampant fun-loving Capitalism and Free Enterprise. Read Article.



State of the Misinformation

Editors/Staff


The Shadow knows... We are officially beyond the pale of economic crisis, as per Obama. Why? Because he has said so, that’s why. What does the data show? Well something else, but data is so messy and confusing and really hard to understand to most Americans. It’s just a lot easier to have our leadership tell us in what state we currently toil. But, for those who can take the time and divert themselves from their Twitter and Facebook postings, a little data can go a long way. Read article...



Residual Quantum Field Effect

Joseph Warren

(with GL Hill)



For some of you, what you are about to read and consider could be life changing giving you a much different perspective on Life and Afterlife. For others, perhaps not. Ironically, we believe that the truth - the historic foundation of religions - lies herein. I know: That’s a pretty grand statement, but read on.


Most often people require some form of commitment to validate the legitimacy of a way of thinking: To suffer somehow, or give of one’s self to a cause, to pay tithing, and plainly here that’s not the case. All that’s required is that you consider, to the best of your experience, what you’ll read below. If it’s valid from your perspective – if you can understand what we’re saying and see its application to you – that’s wonderful. If not, that’s fine too.


People don’t read and think as much as they once did. We’ve become too accustomed to being told what is true, what is real, by our religious leaders, by our governments, by those around us who “know better” and who coincidentally subscribe to a specific way of thinking for the benefit of some organization or entity, government or private, and by television. We have no organization or television series to promote.


We believe that the Residual Quantum Field hypothesis belongs to everyone because through it we may better appreciate that we are all born from the same quantum fabric and share that common basis with all of humanity.


Through this thinking we may experience less existential angst, regret, sense of failure, hate, controversy; and through it we may live a more peaceful life, less fearful of death and what may have been for you, the unknown, or simply nothingness. Read article...


Charlie Hebdo: “Je Suis un Idiot”

Editors/Staff


“When the (French) bombs rained down, the people of Konna rushed to hide. Some flung themselves into the river. Many did not survive – including three children who drowned in the river as they struggled to escape…” – Geoffrey York, Globe and Mail


What occurred at the office of Charlie Hebdo the other day is symptomatic of France’s present societal condition, and one that has been in the making for two years since the French invasion of Mali…and before.  Hebdo merely became the target of opportunity for the seething hate brewing in those who shared the same fundamentalist beliefs as those seeking to control regions in Africa today. And with each act of violence by one side - fundamentalist or government military - the other becomes more committed to violence as a solution, just as with us in America. It’s a never-ending cycle of revenge. Read article...




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