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The argument " poison was developed in Russia " looks extremely weak. A lot of killing in the USA are done using its numerous copycats produced in many countries. And a revolver was developed in the USA. But nobody in his sound mind blames Russia for any killing in which Kalashnikov was used, or the USA for any killing using the revolver. In the case of "Novichok", as strange tool for killing somebody as it represents, monopoly of production does not exists and distribution can be very wide as they can be synthesized in tiny one man laboratories.

It supposedly kills instantly. This against strengthen version the BS was used and Novichok was injected in the sample later to implicate Russia. The classic Roman jurisprudence question "Who benefits" is an important, though not a defining principle. People sometimes do bad things without any explicit profit for them. People prone to impulsive, aimless antics can hardly gain political power and hold it. Here we instantly see tremendous benefits for the May's government of Skripal case. Even neoliberal press recognizes that this is the case although they try their best to swipe this question under the carpet.

Russia is trying to lift or ease EU sanctions, is preparing for the world Cup, is negotiating on hydrocarbon supplies to Europe and — if you believe the Western press — is making huge lobbying efforts to destroy the anti-Russian front created by Obama administration. Why they stage an even which will obviously cause a sharp aggravation of relations and will give a trump card in the hands of the supporters of the "more sanctions" policy towards Moscow -- the US neocons.

This is like the situation with Bashar al-Assad, who supposedly if we believe Western governments and MSM undertook a chemical attack at a time when military luck was firmly on his side and his opponents had a desperate need for Western intervention. So what May government is trying to do is to persuade us that Putin not just tried to kill Skripal and for some reason his daughter, although she is 91 Russian citizen and 2 she is innocent , a person long ago released and who was swapped for Russian spies so his killing can make further swaps more difficult.

Yet this talented politician according to neoliberal MSM ordered to do it the most scandalous, dirty and extremely dangerous for public way possible. Pure coincidence. So there was no attempt to try to discover if Skripal, for example, tried to commit suicide, or some his business partners or former victim decided to extract revenge on him, or somebody wanted to silence him because of the information he got in great Britain and could communicate to Russian government via his daughter for example, about Steele dossier.

That is, Russia is blamed for the fact that it is simultaneously trying to move politicians and Western public opinion to its side through propaganda, lobbying and support of certain political forces in Europe — and in parallel to these efforts commits a reckless assassination attempt, which, of course, should set Europe against it.

When the enemies of the globalist elite commit some sort of art crime at exactly the moment when it is least profitable for them, one probably can guess who it the puppeteer. All unresolved. If opponents of globalization combine some inhuman rationality, incredible sophistication, and supernatural ability to control events -- attributed to them by Western MSM and at the same time with sudden bouts of stupidity.

More often than not, people and countries act in their own interests. Therefore, although the principle of "who benefits" does not give us absolute confidence, it is a significant extra weight on one cup of the scales. When, for example, I read on Twitter from Michael McFaul that the poisoning of the Skripals should lead to the strengthening of sanctions and to avoid them, the Russian business should condemn the activities of its government, first of all, Russia's actions in Syria, I understand that he is just salivating from this opportunity "to overthrow Putin".

When I read the headline in The Guardian in which they claim that this incident will "Unite Europe" despite GB Brexit I instantly realize that for some highly influential political forces like May government or Us neocons poisoning of Skripals was indeed very, very useful. So if we raise the question about who had the motives — the political elite of Britain and the United States at least, neocon part of it definitely has huge.

Of course, this is not a strict proof. But it points in a certain direction. The British intelligence community not so long ago in falsified the report about chemical weapons of Saddam Hussein to provide a pretext for war with Iraq. David Kelly, who told reporters about the fact of falsification, was found in the woods and died from acute blood loss. Officially, it's considered suicide. Falsification of data in order to unleash war is a real, proven practice of the government of this democratic country.

As well as silencing whistleblowers. While hundreds of Britons have lost their lives in the Iraq war, no one has been held responsible for the forgery — and we can be sure he will never. And Kelly's death will still be suicide. And of course, British politicians had then, have now and will always exhort radiant self-righteousness.

In the British political context, launching a bloody war under a falsified pretext is much less wrong than, say, writing a way too playful text message to a colleague. The second will absolutely destroy career and reputation of the person as, for example, happened to Kevin Hopkins , the first — will allow to remain the influential and respected politician look at Tony Blair. All this, strictly speaking, does not prove that the poisoning was organized directly by the British authorities.

But they had the opportunity, had strong motives, and had as they do now reason to believe that this will not entail any unpleasant consequences for them. So scales tips here quite strongly. Will the investigation will lead to the truth? Well, sometimes unlikely things happen. But usually in such cases this is highly unlikely. As investigations from the very beginning highly politicized. On March 7 it already has an objective, clearly defined by the political leadership. That means that from the outset, without any reservations, it was established who is guilty.

Kelly has found himself. We can't know exactly what happened. But we know that normally people and governments act in their self-interest. As both Skripal and his daughter carry a cell phone probably expensive, as Skripal drove BMW and Yulia came from Moscow and worked for foreign companies were an upscale smartphone is a viewed as a norm ;- all movements of this couple probably could be traced with absolute accuracy via GPS data from the phones and you bet that such data were collected for both by appropriate British agencies.

This is not the case. Looks like nothing substantial was published or I was unable to find it. Available timelines suggest that initial poisoning took around half an hour to incapacitate them if we assume that they were poisoned at the Zizzi restaurant, which is not typical for a nerve gas. Also nobody else in the restaurant was affected so the only way such a fit can be dome is via food or drink which is strange method of application of poisoness gas which is designed to be dispersed and act via air or skin contact. But MSM do not ask such questions.

They just propagate official talking points. Which also change with time. Typical time from poisoning to death for VX type gas is a minute or two. That does not look plausible, even if we accept that some idiot decided to bring such a dangerous substance into what is a national security state with immense number of cameras and use it against the person who lost any significance other that a scapegoat for some provocation. No it was from a handbag No it was his front door The Keystone Cops?

Where is the nationwide manhunt for the real perpetrators? Where is the obligatory CCTV in the most surveilled state on earth? Meanwhile, a doctor who was one of the first people at the scene has described how she found Ms Skripal slumped unconscious on a bench, vomiting and fitting. She had also lost control of her bodily functions. The woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC she moved Ms Skripal into the recovery position and opened her airway, as others tended to her father.

Salisbury MP John Glen interjected to say he had heard initial reports the incident was drug-related. DS Bailey, who was among the first to attend to Mr. Skripal and his daughter Yulia, before possibly examining their red BMW, where it is thought the nerve agent Novichok may have been placed, was initially discharged from hospital after a check up. This information makes it very hard to believe that Nick Bailey was contaminated with a lethal nerve agent on the 4th March.

By the next morning, he was being identified as Nick Bailey, and interestingly, he was already being reported as recovering; i. Mrs May met members of the emergency services and military at Salisbury's Guildhall, including Pc Way and Pc Collins, two Wiltshire Police officers who were first to respond to the emergency call. PC Collins told the Prime Minister they had believed the incident was "a routine call". Mrs May said: "You had no idea what you were dealing with. Thank you - what you did was what police do day in and day out.

Speculation grew that Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey may have carried traces of the nerve agent Novichok home with him after attempting to resuscitate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Christine Blanshard, the medical director for Salisbury District Hospital, said in a statement. Sergei Karaganov, a political analyst considered close to the Kremlin, told The Independent that Russia would use any instrument to defend its sovereignty.

If we assume that they were poisoned at Zizzi with fentanyl or something similar they survived for more then an hour, which is not atypical in cases of narcotics overdose. That does not explain why the daughter was also affected, though. I found this sequence of events timing from somewhere else - can't remember.. Fancy assassination methods are used when access to the target is very hard or impossible as was the case with Ibn al-Khattab , whose assassination the Russians were more than happy to take credit for; this might also have been the case with the death of Yasser Arafat.

But the best way of murdering somebody is to simply make the body disappear, making any subsequent investigation almost impossible. No question about it. We do not know much about this assassination if there was an assassination, which also is not given; can be completely staged event , but those tiny bits of information that we have suggest the MSM are deceiving us and treat us as idiots, who are incapable of independent thinking.

Theresa May accusations implies that the British authorities have both a control sample to determine if the quantities found would be lethal and samples from a few different labs to confirm that the fingerprint was from lab A not lab B for example. How did they got those? But the whole hypotheses that a nerve gas was used is very weak even within the framework that is known from published information. There are several questions that need to answered:.

Of course we will never know preside answers on most of those question, but the list itself suggests that "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. From a very scant information available the most plausible hypothesis is that it was a false flag operation which probably proceeded in two steps with the first step not necessary accomplished by those who run the second step; it can be two different groups. Yulia recently lost a lot of weight which can suggest that she is on drags too. The initial reports put this hypothesis.

The two were urgently taken to hospital and in critical condition. They are supposed to have had contact with an unknown poisonous substance. According to unconfirmed information it is fentanyl.

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Two police officers were also hospitalized after they went to the scene of the incident. First responders can be affected by fentanyl too: Norwalk Reflector Norwalk officer rushed to ER after fentanyl poisoning. A Norwalk police officers recently was rushed to the emergency room after experiencing what is believed to have been narcotic poisoning following an arrest at Wal-Mart.

One of the scariest situation for first-responders is the possibility of drug poisoning from lethal substances such as fentanyl or carfentanil. Both drugs can be absorbed through the skin on contact, making them dangerous for medical and law enforcement responders to care for the increasing number of overdose patients. For non-drug users, coming into contact with even the smallest amount of either could be deadly since fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and carfentanil is considered to be 10, times more potent than morphine. The officer was rushed to the Fisher-Titus Medical Center emergency room.

The British government is milking the incident to push Russophobia and to divert from its failure in the Brexit negotiations and all its other problems. But the diversion will only succeed so long. The NHS doctor as well as court testimony by scientists from Proton Down contradict the claims made by the British government. Let's hope that the British opposition picks up on that. Poisoning of "opponent of the regime" provides ideal conditions for a false flag operation as the cloud of secrecy can be used to subvert the investigation and pursue the agenda with the complete impunity.

The government can essentially decree the "truth" in such cases. It also provides tremendous propaganda effect. And British are not shy from experimenting on humans with poison gases either. It took 50 years for Porton Down chemical research centre to come clean on poisoning a British soldier with Sarin telling him it was a flu test. Poor fella. The fact that Skripal has such an expensive car suggests that he was participating in some business dealings, probably as a part of some London-based exiles group.

UK government is not know for extreme generosity toward such people as Skripal. The question arise why the UK government went this path. It well might be the USA pressure like in case of Iraq invasion or internal considerations that such step will be beneficial to the May government survival. Or both. My impression is that his is just a first and somewhat clumsy executed step in multi step gambit in which Scripals were just sacrificial lamps. Pawns is a bigger game. Curious that they have been spirited away from anyone who might assess their condition.

And the notoriously deadly nerve agent apparently did not do it's job on them. Because there was no nerve agent involved. Now after a long lapse of time some concocted nerve agent may be produced to back up the whole scam. Meanwhile Skripal and daughter will be held away from prying eyes in "protective custody".

Why such a strange and dangerous method of killing was chosen and why anybody wants to eliminate old, used man who does not have any valuable information or contacts. There is plenty of common crime in the UK and to get somebody to rob and stab Skripal would have probably been the easiest version. Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany.

That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. It works the same in any country.

In this sense it reminds Litvinenko case which brought huge propaganda benefits to the UK and the hysteria lasted several months, if memory does not fail me. One thing I can't understand in "Operation Skripal" is how such an assassination if we assume that this is an assassination was accomplished. The gas if it really exists, which is yet another question supposedly is really deadly. Moreover in case of the gas the difficulties look insurmountable -- to get it to the victim you need to mix components and shortly after spray it from a short distance, hoping the you mixed them correctly.

The place where Skripals were found unconscious is a really bad place for such an exercise as there probably several cameras which record the events on the bench. Unless it was the daughter who did this in this case authorities have definitely all the necessary evidence of the crime committed chances of an attacker to survive such an attack are slim, and changes not being recorded on one or more camera are virtually non existent. Antidote might help to survive, but how effective it is depends on the dose you can get.

If some robotic disperser was used, then it will be found as unlike in case of an explosive device the activation does no destroy it. Also unclear why target the daughter, unless we are dealing with some botched amateur false flag operation in best traditions of ISIS Syria false flag operations. Moreover, Skripals spent around an hour on a bench in a comatose state and were helped by a doctor who was not affected in any way. See timeline at. So IMHO it looks like assassination without an assassin.

There are some absurd statements that the poison was spiked in their drinks either in the pub or at the restaurant:. Later their collapse was used to stage a false flag operation, when in fact there was no any gas involved, and at this point, a grandiose propaganda show with the decontamination of the area started. There are a lot of issues around the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and rather odd.

There may well be good and innocent explanations for some or even all of them. Then again there may not. This is why it is crucial for questions to be asked where, as yet, there are either no answers or deeply unsatisfactory ones. Some people will assume that this is conspiracy theory territory. It is not that, for the simple reason that I have no credible theory -- conspiracy or otherwise -- to explain all the details of the incident in Salisbury from start to finish, and I am not attempting to forward one.

I have no idea who was behind this incident, and I continue to keep an open mind to a good many possible explanations. However, there are a number of oddities in the official narrative, which do demand answers and clarifications. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist or a defender of the Russian state to see this. You just need a healthy skepticism, "of a type developed by all inquiring minds! Below are 30 of the most important questions regarding the case and the British Government's response, which are currently either wholly unanswered, or which require clarification.

Why have there been no updates on the condition of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the public domain since the first week of the investigation? His claim that " no patients have experienced nerve agent poisoning in Salisbury" is remarkably odd, as it appears to flatly contradict the official narrative. Was this a slip of the pen, or was it his intention to communicate precisely this -- that no patients have been poisoned by a nerve agent in Salisbury?

It has been said that the Skripals and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey were poisoned by "a military grade nerve agent". According to some claims, the type referred to could be anywhere between five and eight times more toxic than VX nerve agent. Given that just 10mg of VX is reckoned to be the median lethal dose , it seems likely that the particular type mentioned in the Skripal case should have killed them instantly.

Is there an explanation as to how or why this did not happen? Although reports suggested the involvement of some sort of nerve agent fairly soon after the incident, it was almost a week before Public Health England issued advice to those who had visited The Mill pub or the Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury on the day that the Skripals fell ill. Why the delay and did this pose a danger to the public?

In their advice, Public Health England stated that people who had visited those places, where traces of a military grade nerve agent had apparently been found, should wash their clothes and:. Are baby wipes acknowledged to be an effective and safe method of dealing with objects that may potentially have been contaminated with "military grade nerve agent", especially of a type times more deadly than VX?

Initial reports suggested that Detective Sergeant Bailey became ill after coming into contact with the substance after attending the Skripals on the bench they were seated on in The Maltings in Salisbury. Reports since then have been highly ambiguous about what should be an easily verifiable fact. Which is the correct account?

The government have claimed that the poison used was "a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia ". The phrase "of a type developed by Russia" says nothing whatsoever about whether the substance used in the Salisbury case was produced or manufactured in Russia. Can the government confirm that its scientists at Porton Down have established that the substance that poisoned the Skripals and DS Bailey was actually produced or manufactured in Russia?

The former ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, has claimed that sources within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office FCO have told him that scientists at Porton Down would not agree to a statement about the place of origin of the substance , because they were not able to establish this. According to Mr. Murray, only under much pressure from the Government did they end up agreeing to the compromise wording, "of a type developed by Russia", which has subsequently been used in all official statements on the matter.

Murray's claims that pressure was put on Porton Down scientists to agree to a form of words and that in the end a much-diluted version was agreed? On the occasion that the FCO did attempt to refute Mr. Murray's claims , the wording they used included a straightforward repetition of the same phrase — "of a type developed by Russia".

Is the FCO willing and able to go beyond this and confirm that the substance was not only "of a type developed by Russia", but that it was "produced" or "manufactured" in Russia? Why did the British Government issue a hour ultimatum to the Russian Government to come up with an explanation, but then refuse their request to share the evidence that allegedly pointed to their culpability there could have been no danger of their tampering with it, since Porton Down would have retained their own sample?

How is it possible for a state or indeed any person or entity that has been accused of something, to defend themselves against an accusation if they are refused access to evidence that apparently points to their guilt? Given that the investigation, which has been described by the man leading it as being "an extremely challenging investigation" and as having "a number of unique and complex issues", and given that many of the facts of the case are not yet known, such as when, where and how the substance was administered, how is it possible for the British Government to point the finger of blame with such certainty?

Furthermore, by doing so, haven't they both politicized and prejudiced the investigation? Why did the British Government feel the need to come forward with an accusation little more than a week into the investigation, rather than waiting for its completion? Chizhov's point about Russian stockpiles of chemical weapons.

We actually had evidence within the last ten years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but it has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok. If this intelligence was known before 27 th September — the date that the OPCW issued a statement declaring the completion of the destruction of all 39, metric tons of chemical weapons possessed by the Russian Federation — why did Britain not inform the OPCW of its own intelligence which apparently contradicts this claim, which they would have had a legal obligation to do?

If this intelligence was known after 27 th September , why did Britain not inform the OPCW of this "new" information, which it was legally obliged to do, since it allegedly shows that Russia had been lying to the OPCW and had been carrying out a clandestine chemical weapons programme? Also on the Andrew Marr show, Mr. Johnson made the following claim after a question of whether he was "absolutely sure" that the substance used to poison the Skripals was a "Novichok":. Is the phrase "to the best of our knowledge" an adequate response to Mr.

Marr's request of him being "absolutely sure"? Is this a good enough legal basis from which to accuse another state and to impose punitive measures on it, or is more certainty needed before such an accusation can be made? After hedging his words with the phrase, "to the best of our knowledge", Mr. Johnson then went beyond previous Government claims that the substance was "of a type developed in Russia", saying that it was "Russian-made".

Have the scientists at Porton Down been able to establish that it was indeed "Russian-made", or was this a case of Mr. Johnson straying off-message? He also went beyond the previous claim that the substance was "of a type developed in Russia" by saying that the substance involved in the Skripal case "falls within the category Novichok made only by Russia "?

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Firstly, is Mr. Johnson able to provide evidence that this category of chemical weapons was ever successfully synthesized in Russia, especially in the light of the OPCW's Scientific Advisory Board stating as recently as , that it has "insufficient information to comment on the existence or properties of 'Novichoks ' "? As Craig Murray has again pointed out , since its statement, the OPCW has worked legally with Iranian scientists who have successfully synthesized these chemical weapons.

Was Mr. Johnson aware that the category of "Novichok" chemical weapons had been synthesized elsewhere when he stated that this category of chemical weapons is "made only by Russia"? Does the fact that Iranian scientists were able to synthesize this class of chemical weapons suggest that other states have the capabilities to do likewise? Is the British Government aware that the main plant involved in attempts to synthesize Novichoks in the s and s was based not in Russia, but in Nukus in Uzbekistan?

Does the fact that the US Department of Defense decontaminated and dismantled the Nukus site, under an agreement with the Government of Uzbekistan , make it at least theoretically possible that substances or secrets held within that plant could have been carried out of the country and even back to the United States? The connection between Sergei Skripal's MI6 recruiter, Pablo Miller , who also happens to live in Salisbury, and Christopher Steele, the author of the so-called "Trump Dossier", has been well established , as has the fact that Mr.

Skripal and Mr. Miller regularly met together in the City. Is this connection of any interest to the investigation into the incident in Salisbury? If there are any journalists with integrity and inquisitive minds still living in this country, I would be grateful if they could begin doing their job and research the answers to these sorts of questions by asking the appropriate people and authorities. Such omissions are so glaring as to constitute defrauding a federal court.

And each and every participant to those omissions needs to be brought to justice. Pilgrims, the seditious conspiracy to depose the elected president of the United States for conspiracy to commit treason with the Government of the Russian Federation has been defeated. The bent cops at the FBI and the madmen like Brennan, Clapper and Comey, who treacherously used the government's forces against the Constitution, must be punished so severely as to make an example that will dissuade other midgets on horseback from making similar attempts to overturn the results of elections.

At the bottom of the cauldron overflowing with political misdeeds shines the face of Hillary Clinton and the army of clever people who ran her campaign. They devised the clever, clever idea of creating the Steele Dossier in cahoots with Washington co-conspirators and the even more clever idea of marketing it back into the US political bloodstream through British intelligence channels by feeding it to the erratic and spiteful senator from Arizona whose staff peddled it all over Washington and New York.

There must be retribution for this. The leftist press is already discounting the results of Mueller's investigation while gloating over how long the Democratic held House of Representatives can continue to search through Trump's life trying to find criminality. AG Barr should stand Mueller up next to him at a press conference to make clear the results of his report and to answer questions about it.

After that the prosecutions should begin. David Habakkuk , 14 hours ago. It also seems reasonably clear that he was not acting in isolation, and that there is a strong 'prima facie' case that senior figures in the British 'intelligence community' — notably Robert Hannigan and probably Sir Richard Dearlove — were involved, in which case the complicity is likely to have gone very much further. The argument that declassification of relevant documentation would harm the intelligence relationship between the U. In fact, it is pure bollocks.

A serious investigation on your side, which could lead to the kind of clean-out which should have happened when the scale of the corruption of intelligence in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq became clear, might pave the way for us to reconstruct reasonably functional intelligence services.

Doing this on both sides of the Atlantic might pave the way for a reconstruction of an intelligence relationship which was actually beneficial to both countries, as in recent years it patently has not been. Whether there is a realistic prospect of people on your side opening the cans of worms on ours, as well as your own, of course remains a moot point. What about the UK end? We're fussing over some little local difficulties in the UK at the moment and at our end the questions still remain - Who in the UK authorised it and how high did it go?

The only ones in US law that I am aware of stipulate that the plotting must be by means of violence, "by force". All this appears to me to be only the propagation of rumors. Think back to that election campaign, and to the period before the inauguration. Both sides were furiously engaged in throwing mud at each other. Situation normal. Then an odd thing happens. A particularly foolish piece of mud comes along.

All that Golden Showers nonsense. Regard that as normal if we please. I expect worse comes along sometimes. Then it turns out that that piece of mud comes from an Intelligence source. Situation no longer normal. With respect it is not propagating rumours to ask how that happened. As for my own interest in the affair, it is not propagating rumours to ask how a senior UK ex-Intelligence Officer comes to be mixed up in it all.

I suppose I started to look on it as rather more than a prank or a few cogs slipping when that senior UK ex-Intelligence Officer got whisked away to a safe house. We're a penny pinching lot over here and we don't run to that sort of thing for nothing. The problem, as I see it, is sorting out the malignant from the merely incompetent.

As I've argued many times, the dossier should have been dismissed from the outset as a pile of garbage, empty of actionable content, because the ultimate sources could not be vetted: the information could not be said to be either credible or reliable. The information was acted on by screening it behind the reliabilty and credibility, so called, of Steele. So it would be necessary to show that Steele knew that the information, point by point, was false. This could be difficult. Steele's first line of defense would be that he threw everything that he heard from anyone at all into the mix in the expectation that the "professionals" would figure it out.

Yes, they were all partisan, Steele, his sources, his bosses, the so called professionals, and their partisanship would be easy to prove; and yes, almost assuredly their partisanship contributed, perhaps even explained, their defective judgement as to how to handle the scurrilous information, especially on the part of the so called professionals, but proving they actually knew the materials to be false would be difficult.

They couldn't know that it was false because they had no ability to run down the sources. The professionals would defend themselves by saying they had no ability to vet the sources but the information represented such a serious security threat that they had no alternative but to try to vet the information by launching the investigation against the targets.

This puts the cart before the horse, represents an astonishing lack of judgement, especially considering the "exalted" positions in the Intel Community the people exercising the bad judgement occupied, but there it is - "we thought we were doing the right thing. Perhaps this defense could be overcome by demonstrating that people at such high and important heights of government could not possible be so stupid And of course we have the orchestrated leaks to various media, the orchestrated unmaskings, all of which kept the media frenzy fired up.

All in all, it was the greatest political dirty trick ever attempted in American Politics, and did devastating damage to both domestic tranquility and national security. Trump survived, but the damage done is incalculable. So It pains me greatly to think that the reckoning will likely have to be political rather than criminal because the malice that can be demonstrated is so admixed and even overshadowed by incompetence and judgement flaws; and even a political reckoning given the state of the country is so uncertain.

I hope that I am wrong and that some kind of prosecution can be fashioned because of the sheer enormity of violence that was done to our electoral system, surpassing by far the chickenshit case Mueller brought against the Russian troll farm; but I fear that I am right. It hurts to think that so much damage can be caused by scheming little political weasels and that they all may well walk away scot free; and even be lionized by their political confreres as having tried to do the right thing.

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This is the state of American politics today!!! They look like they are jumping off a final sake fueled banzai charge. Maybe they think the best defense is a good offense re; the prosecutions that should happen. On 13 July , when announcing the indictment of 12 Russian military officers by the Mueller group for "conspiring to interfere" in the presidential election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein admitted that no "interference" actually happened.

In this video of his announcement, starting at 5 minutes, 52 seconds into it and ending at the 6 minute, 5 second mark, he says There is no allegation that the conspiracy changed the vote count or affected any election result. Lang is absolutely correct that those involved in attempting to reverse the results of the election, de-legitimize an elected president, and remove him should be thoroughly pursued through all avenues and procedures of the civil and criminal law.

However, I am concerned that the new attorney general, William Barr, will not do so based on his past associations and work. I hope I am wrong about that, but I am not optimistic. More housing supply denialism--debunked It appears that we have been a bit premature in calling the housing supply debate over. Last week's urbanist Internet was all a flutter with the latest claim of an academic study A sharp divide by race in urban residence for young adults Well-educated young whites are increasingly living in central cities, while well-educated young African-Americans are shifting increasingly to the suburbs Fo In the pr And when it comes to gentrification, which is loosely def Using a data driven approach to understanding the health of the public realm We know that the civic commons, everything from parks and libraries, to city centers, the streetscape and other public spaces, play vital role Portland is weighing whether to spend half a billion dollars widening a mile-long stretch of the I-5 freeway at the Rose Quarter near downtown.

We've dug deeply into this idea at City Observatory, and we've published 25 co We have always been at war with Eastasia. Concealing and lying about key facts regarding the proposed Rose Quarter Freeway widening process is a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and a betrayal of publi Failing to advance pricing as an alternative in the environmental Long regarded as a national leader in transportation policy, Portland is being called out by some of the best and brightest for a wrong-headed decision to spend half a billion dollars widening freeways.

The damage done is Naomi currently lives in Beaverton, Oregon. The proposed I-5 Rose Quarter freeway widening project creates a bike- and pedestrian-hostile environment The Oregon Department of Transportation has crafted distorted images that exaggerate pedestrian use by a factor o ODOT is really building an 8-lane mega-freeway at the Rose Quarter You can tell from the tortured rhetoric about "auxiliary" lanes that the Oregon Department of Transportation is falling all over itself to make the free But in practice, that isn't always how it What pretends to be an environmental assessment is actually a thinly-veiled marketing brochure In theory, an environmental impact statement is supposed to be a disclosure document.

The idea behind the National Environme Portland's Albina neighborhood was devastated by the I-5 freeway; Widening it repeats that mistake Freeways and the traffic they generate are toxic to vibrant urban spaces. The great lesson of the urban freeway building There's a huge demographic divide between those who use freeways and neighbors who bear their costs When it comes time to evaluate the equity of freeway widening investments, it's important to understand that there are The myth of a freight dependent economy: debunked by a thriving reality Imagine a port city, whose port went away.

It's economy would surely wither and die, right? That's what you might expect if you believed decades Streetsblogger extraordinaire Angie Schmidt is not happy with Uber and Lyft. They're not really the ones to blame. Are Uber and Lyft to blame for growing urban transportation problems? Streetsblog's Angie Schmit makes a Spending half a billion dollars to widen a mile of I-5 will have exactly zero effect on daily congestion. The biggest transportation project moving forward in downtown Portland isn't something related to transit, or cyc More driving and our car-oriented transportation system killed 50, pedestrians in the past decade Each year, Smart Growth America produces its annual report Dangerous by Design looking at pedestrian deaths and injuri Low house prices signify problems, not affordability There's a presumption that low housing prices are a sign of affordability, and a related belief that if housing prices rise, that its "a bad thing" because it must me Here's a provocative proposal for getting more affordable housing, especially in rapidly changing, opportunity neighborhoods In part I of this series we laid out a key challenge to housing affordability described by Was Coping with the nation's shortage of cities is a key factor in the Portland housing market in On January 9, I was invited to talk to the annual housing outlook seminar convened by HFO Oregon.

A video of my remark How can affordable housing help minimize, rather than perpetuate, income segregation? At City Observatory, we've long focused on the challenge of concentrated poverty, starting with our first report Lost in Place, in A New DIY toolkit helps neighborhoods and cities measure the state of their civic commons At City Observatory, we're all about metrics, and especially keen on metrics that help us better understand the function of citie It's a long road to redressing inequality A half-century ago, Dr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Data shows Portland's scooter experiment worked. Maybe it's time to critically appraise the failed year experiment with cars. Starting in July, Portland, Oregon began allowing fleets of e-scooters, as an experiment, Don't decry congestion pricing as inequitable until after you fix, or at least acknowledge, these ten other things that are even more inequitable about the way we pay for transportation.

There's a growing interest in us The Oregon Constitution exempts refunds and debt repayment from the limits on how revenue from taxing cars and fuel is spent Note: What follows is a hypothesis and a question. What's presented here is not a legal opinio Harnessing the value of public assets to support the civic commons It's widely recognized that public assets, like parks, libraries and community centers, generate important and tangible benefits for their neighborhoods Cities are critical to expanding the circle of "us" and generating the new ideas that propel progress In October, Paul Romer was awarded the Nobel Prize in the Economic Sciences for his work on technology and economic g Threaten a Road pricing is inherently fairer to the poor because it speeds up buses As economists, we're keen on the idea of road pricing.

The reason we have congestion and delay is because we charge a price for peak hour road use We can't have empathy for those we can't encounter due to the way our cities are built Editor's Note: Last month, our friend Carol Coletta spoke to the Kinder Institute in Houston about the critical role that place play Adjusted for inflation, US home prices are still lower than in For most US households, the home they own is their biggest financial asset.

Wide variations in regional home price patterns tell us a lot about housing markets and cities Yesterday, we looked at the path of inflation-adjusted home prices in the US. While much attention has been paid to the fa The Equality of Opportunity Project shows local factors matter, but even more for black kids We now have a rich understanding of how where you grow up influences your life prospects. As we reported last week, the new Op We have the data: Let's do a real test of whether Uber and Lyft lead to more crashes Last year, we asked some hard questions about a study from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business that made the provocat A new study claiming ride-hailing increases crashes and deaths leaves some questions unanswered.

A new study from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business makes the provocative claim that the advent of ride Part of the disparity in intergenerational economic mobility may stem from a willingness to leave home Raj Chetty, Nate Hendren and their colleagues at the Equality of Opportunity Project have crafted a rich picture of America's economy is increasingly driven by the concentration of talent in cities The Economic Innovation Group aka EIG, a DC-based think tank has been compiling some interesting data on the relative economic performa Whether at the neighborhood or metropolitan level, more job growth doesn't seem to improve economic mobility There's a seemingly un-questioned and unquestionable truth among economic development practitioners that mor Building a city so its residents don't have to drive so much powers economic growth A decade ago, we coined the term "green dividend.

Once healthy, middle-class Conspicuous non-consumption is really faux environmentalism; climate change is a social problem, not a personal one We're in the midst of the holiday shopping season, a potent reminder of how consumerism dominates so mu The Opportunity Atlas: Stunning neighborhood maps of economic opportunity Some of the most important research findings of the past decade have come from the work of Raj Chetty and his colleagues at the Equality of Oppor A careful study of evictions in San Francisco says "No.

We-and most economists are highly skeptical of that Part 5. Are the nation's richest suburbs really its most economically inclusive cities? A statistical methodology that repeatedly flags high income suburbs as "inclusive" probably isn't actually measuring inclusiveness Part 4. Part 3. Do annexations and mergers constitute economic growth? Not adjusting city job growth estimates for changes in city boundaries produces misleading estimates, especially when used for comparing and ranking cities Part 2. Are city boundaries the right way to measure inclusion?

Municipal boundaries produce a myopic and distorted view of inclusion; the boundaries themselves were often drawn to create exclusion Editor's note: Th A recent report from the Urban Institute shows some of the pitfalls: looking just within city boundaries ignores metropoli Why a recent Fed study tells us very little about supply and affordability The takeaway: A recent Federal Reserve study which seems to show that building more housing won't improve affordability has little rel The more you limit housing, the more you increase displacement In city after city, we see the same refrain: a neighborhood is starting to attract new residents and new investment, current residents are starting to worry Gentrification Debates Without Gentrification?

Capping or taxing ride-hailing services isn't going to solve NYC's congestion problem New York's City Council is moving ahead with a package of measures designed to cap the number of ride-hailed vehicles, like Uber and Rural and small town America faces some tough odds In an article entitled: "How to save the Troubled American Heartland," Bloomberg's very smart Noah Smith shares his thoughts on how to revive the smaller towns of rural Whenever a distressed neighborhood gets new market rate housing, someone's bound to cry "Gentrification".

Here's why that's wrong. If charging scooters to use city streets makes sense, let's charge cars proportionately A little bit late to the party, but today the first electric scooters appeared on the streets of Portland. Bird announced that, wit A few knowledge workers decamp to rural America as they age, but cities are the key It's an oft-told tale: talented professionals grow weary of the stress and high cost of city-living, and decamp with their spouses, chi Zillows data shows Portland rents have dropped 3.

Their b Contrary to what you think you may have read in last week's Washington Post, rental housing markets at all levels still conform to the laws of supply and demand Monday's Washington Post ran a provocative headline: "In e It's a solid vindication of the standard predict Before you head out to the beach or mountains or wherever your summertime plans ta Why congestion pricing makes sense for Portland by Chris Hagerbaumer Today, City Observatory is pleased to offer a guest commentary from Chris Hagerbaumer on value pricing. Chris is the deputy director of the Oregon Philly's University City: The urban challenge in a nutshell The knowledge economy.

Amazon's HQ2. People and social interaction, not technology, is the key to the future of cities Smart city afficianado's are agog at the prospects that the Internet of Things will create vast new markets for technology that will disr What aspects of the built environment give rise to greater social trust? We're pleased to offer a guest commentary today from Em Friedenberg. Em is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, who's studied urban desi One of the places where socioeconomic mixing is highest Despite deep concerns that America is increasingly divided along racial, ethnic and economic lines, there are some neighborhoods that have a diverse array of resid Our new CityReport dives deep in data; but what does a diverse, mixed income neighborhood look like?

Portland's City Council reversed its denial of one tall apartment building; we commend them Back in March, we were critical of a decision by the Portland City Council to deny approval of a story apartment building in The simple-minded comparison on city and suburb population growth rates is misleading and incomplete Every year, in the late Spring, the Census Bureau releases its latest population estimates for the nation's municipali Prime working age adults are increasingly clustering in the center of the nation's largest metro area City Observatory has long been following the movement of people and jobs back to cities.

Our inaugural study on the How slow growth and industrial decline perpetuate racial segregation As regular readers of City Observatory know, we think that the continuing racial and economic segregation of the nation's metropolitan areas is at the Eds and Meds. To ballparks, convention centers and starchitect museums, add urban aquariums. To some boosters, your city is only one world-class visitor attraction away from economic prosperity.

That pitch has been used to sell and e Being cheaper may not be an advantage at all in a dynamic, knowledge based economy It's axiomatic in the world of local economic development that the sure-fire way to stimulate growth is to make it as cheap and easy as A powerful federal agency can override local laws limiting access to TV. But housing? Local control. It's the bedrock principle of land use planning.

Cities and neighborhoods should have absolute control over the Tax changes cut the Mortgage Interest Deduction sharply—but not for the rich The 1. The interview focused on recent developments in Portland's housing market, and explored the reasons behind the growth in rents in the middl The "body count" view of suburban population misses the value people attach to cities Lately, we've seen a barrage of comments suggesting that the era of the city is over, and that Americans, including young adults, are Is the "dream" of homeownership really just a massive, intergenerational wealth transfer?

Recently, that's just how it has worked out. The takeaways: Homeownership is a gerontopoly. Most housing wealth is held by Here's a summary of his remarks. The housing crisis in Califor What does Fruitvale tell us about gentrification and displacement? Gentrification solved, or at least prevented. The choices they make about how to prioritize public space for those who walk and This page contains maps showing the nation's most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods, and those with the highest levels of income mixing.

These we We're pleased to publish another contribution from City Observatory friend and colleague Alex Baca. Alex has written about cities while living in Washington, D. He previously served as the P Our planning processes and land use decisions have a huge impact on housing affordability. Portland is the You won't know that your inclusionary zoning program is wrecking the housing market until it's too late to fix. How lags and game theory monkey wrench inclusionary zoning. One of the toughest problems in economics an Actions speak louder than words; blocking new housing will drive up rents Nominally, at least, the Portland City Council is all about housing affordability.

They've declared a housing emergency. In the last general el Attention freeway builders! Want to make up for dividing the community and destroying neighborhoods? How about replacing the homes you demolished? Our friend and colleague Carol Coletta delivered the keynote address to the annual meeting of Downtown Dallas, Inc. While her remarks are focused on Dallas Journalists: Stop repeating phony congestion cost estimates.

They're just weak arguments disguised with big numbers. Using data from grocery store scanner records, Hunt All The problem isn't the ride-hailed vehicles, it's the under-priced street It really looks like we're on the cusp of a major change in transportation finance. Cities around the country are actively studying real time road Gentrification is producing more diverse schools and growing enrollment In Washington DC, gentrification is producing higher levels of integration and increasing the total number of kids—black and white—attending sc Ride-hailing is growing: We distill a new report into 5 key factors that explain its growth A good reporter is always supposed to ask five questions: "who, what, when, where and why?

Lower income households are happier in higher income neighborhoods How does your neighbor's income affect your happiness? Do you feel worse off if you have less income than most of your neighbors? The "Keeping up with t Big data should be used for problem solving, not propaganda and promotion Cue the extreme telephoto shots of freeways!

Wallow in the pity of commuters stuck in traffic because of all those other people! Wail that co Politics and the President's wheeler-dealer background suggest the infrastructure plan is a mirage If there's been one shred of hope for bi-partisan progress in this politically polarized time, its been the idea that so Overselling localism is becoming an excuse to shed and shred federal responsibility Our friend, and director of the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, Amy Liu, weighs in with a timely commentary on the We believe they're the right frame for tackling many of o City Observatory has long challenged the popular narrative about the nature and effects of gentrification.

This is the second installment of a three-part commentary by our friend and colleague Alex Baca. You can read parts Today, we are pleased to offer the final installment of a three-part commentary by our friend and colleague Alex Ba This is the first installment of a three-part commentary by our friend and colleague Alex Baca. Parts two and three A picture of metropolitan growth: Sprawl then, stagnation now. We're in awe of Issi Romem's prodigious data skills.

Romem is the economist and big data guru BuildZoom, the web-based marketplace for construction profes What kind of company is Amazon, and how many locations does it want? We're now into round 2 of the great Amazon HQ2 extravaganza, and as with the initial announcement much digital ink has been spilled to analyze the mea Growing supply is producing growing vacancies and easing rents There's been a lot of skepticism expressed as to whether supply and demand are actually at work in the housing market. We've been strong believers that the We're driving more, and more of us are dying on the roads.

Four days before Christmas, on a Wednesday morning just after dawn, Elizabeth Meyers was crossing Sandy Boulevard in Portland, near 78th Avenue, just about a bl When gas prices stopped diving, Americans again began to drive less The most fundamental point in economics is that people respond to incentives. Make something cheaper to buy, and people will buy more of it. Make somet The young and restless are continuing to move to the nation's large cities One trend that highlights the growing demand for city living is the increasing tendency of well-educated young adults to live in the close-in ur Affordable housing and sensible transportation were our most-read features 7 - Urban myth busting: How building more high income housing helps affordability.

One of the predictable lamentations about the housing mark A key design element of the supposedly pedestrian friendly Rose Quarter freeway cover is a pedestrian hostile diverging diamond interchange One of the main selling points of the plan to spend nearly half a billion dolla We're pleased to publish this guest post from Akron's Jason Segedy.

It originally appeared on his blog Notes from the Underground. Drawing on his practical experience in a rust-belt city, he offers a compelling new insig The so-called "peak millennial" conjecture. Is it right? What does it mean? Should I care? After a long, slow recovery, wages are finally rising for the lowest-paid workers, but we're no where close to rectifying our inequality problem; in fact, it's going to get worse.

The very smart Jed Kolko, who now write Concrete covers are just a thinly-veiled gimmick for selling wider freeways As you've read at City Observatory, and elsewhere CityLab, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week , Portland is in the midst of a great freeway war Widening I-5 actually increased crashes, instead of reducing them, and an even wider freeway won't be less congested if crashes don't decline.

We're going to dig deep into Portland's proposed freeway-widening controvers A proposed freeway widening project will tear out one of Portland's most used bike routes At City Observatory, were putting a local Portland-area proposed freeway widening project under a microscope, in part because we Churn means that lots of businesses, even large ones, aren't around forever Many of our discussions of the economy are based on simple, and often largely static mental models of the economy.

In a good year, a local econ Congestion pricing is a win-win strategy and the only way to truly reduce traffic congestion The urban transportation problem is a hardy perennial: no matter how many lanes we add to urban freeways, traffic congestion i Will two firms produce enough effective competition to benefit consumers? The use ride-hailing services continues to grow in the US, and while there are a range competitors in some markets, like New York, in most places What to make of the high credit scores of new renters in some markets: alarm bell or success signal?

RentCafe—one arm of Yardi Matrix, a real estate data and services firm—has a very interesting new data series on t Building more market rate housing sets off a chain reaction supply increase that reaches low income neighborhoods Households moving into new market rate units move out of other, lower cost housing, making it available t Slowly, the rhetorical battle is being won, as affordable housing advocates acknowledge more supply matters There's been a war of words about what kind of housing policies are needed to address the nation's affordabilit The premium that households pay to live in cities relative to suburbs and rural areas continues to increase Three years ago, we introduced the term "Dow of cities.

A new study of San Francisco's rent control shows it raises rents for some Rent control is a perennially contentious issue. Many housing activists see it as a logical and direct way to make housing more affordable. There are a lot of details to be worked out to integrate autonomous vehicles into cities. Federal preemption could foreclose the opportunity of states and cities to help figure out the best ways forward.

It's a touchsto Unemployment rates are down in cities, especially for those with less education One of the trends we've been following at City Observatory has been the increasing shift of the driving forces of the nation's economy to l Flat per vehicle registration fees charge lower rates to wealthier households with more road damaging vehicles The prospect of shifting from using a combination of vehicle registration fees, fuel taxes and general reven Developers stampeded to get grandfathered before new requirements took hold, will the pipeline run dry?

In December, Portland's City Council adopted one of the nation's most sweeping inclusionary zoning requirements. Peak hour car commuters have incomes almost double those who travel by transit, bike and foot The Oregon Legislature has directed the state's department of transportation to come up with a value pricing system for inter Average household income in cities is increasing twice as fast as in their suburbs Earlier this week, the Census Bureau released its latest estimates of national income based on the annual Current Population Survey.

When we strongly incentivize anti-social behavior by big corporations, we get more of it Everyone in the urban space is busy handicapping the Amazon horserace, to see which city will land Amazon's HQ2, which promises to Submitted for your approval: Two recent news items from our nation's capital. In the first, Washington DC proudly announc Coffee and ice cream and jam or traffic jams Just once, we are going to sugar-coat our commentary. Rising inequality in the US isn't new; Declining inequality globally is.

Scratch just beneath the surface of many daily problems, and you'll find income inequality is a contributing factor, if not the chief culprit. Portland is a bellwether for transportation policy; is it going to take a giant step backward? A central piece of this legislation is Uber's lifting the veil--just a little--to provide data on urban transportation performance Uber's new Movement tool provides valuable new source of data about travel times in urban environments. We've gotten an early l Portland is thinking about widening freeways; other cities show that doesn't work Once upon a time, Portland held itself out as a national example of how to build cities that didn't revolve so much around the private Another model energy-saving project ignores density and location The National Institute of Standards and Technology has built what it calls a model "net-zero" energy home on its Gaithersburg, Maryland campus.

The hous The public wealth of cities is substantial, but under-pricing public assets is rampant There's an old saw among economists. Two economists are walking along, and one of them says, "Look, there's a hundred dollar bill Congestion is increasing in Portland: But not, apparently, because traffic volumes are increasing Traffic congestion reports are just as formulaic as bodice-ripping romance novels. They have a predictable narrative form Build expensive new "luxury" apartments, and wait a few decades One of the most common refrains the the affordable housing discussion is "developers are targeting the high end of the market" and new apartments are just How tax policy subsidizes homeownership, mostly for the wealthiest Americans OK.

Imagine that someone offers you this investment deal. Mike is a passivhaus de Is Stadt Wien the model for US urban housing policy? Mike is a passivhaus designer with Patano Studio who is interested in baugruppen, mass tim Why does the National Renewable Energy Lab give its employees free parking? The researchers at the National Renewable Energy Lab are hard at work on a lot of cool ideas for reducing pollution and promoting greater energ Despite what you may have heard, poverty rates in suburbs are on average half what they are in urban centers There's a growing chorus about the so-called suburbanization of poverty.

A couple of years ago, Alan Ehrenhalt Politico's survey of experts leaves out the most important challenges, in our humble opinion.

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A couple of weeks back, Politco, the wonky-insider beltway news source queried a dozen of the nation's urban thought leaders Let's put a price on using the atmosphere as a garbage dump for carbon Earlier this week, Yale economist William Nordhaus was announced as this year's co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics along with Paul Romer, Let's put a price on using the atmosphere as a garbage dump for carbon For almost six months, Chicago has been charging shoppers a 7 cent fee for using disposable plastic grocery bags.

Rather than banning the bags outri About 2 percent of all car commuters travel 90 minutes to work, same as a decade ago. We've always been clear about our views on mega commuters, those traveling an hour and a half or more to work daily. As we said last Pricing parking drives demand for ride hailing services Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft have been highly reluctant to share data about their services with cities.

In California, the state Public Utilities Comm Why traffic engineers really aren't interested in reducing traffic congestion We now know with a certainty that investments in additional highway capacity in dense urban environments simply trigger additional travel, wh The "commonly accepted" 30 percent standard for judging housing affordability leaves out transportation and location At City Observatory, we've long been dissatisfied with commonly used measures of describing housing af Over the past year, rent inflation has declined in 48 of the top 50 markets For the past several years, rising rents have been at the center of the nation's housing affordability debate.

A combination of former homeowne Since , the number of people living in extremely poor neighborhoods has doubled; neighborhoods of concentrated poverty are still disproportionately in the densest urban places. Last week, the Joint Center on Housing The fallacy of composition leads people to get the connection between density and affordability backwards Our good friend at Strong Towns, Chuck Marohn is utterly right about a great many things.

But he's committed a cl Like many cities, Portland is considering what poli There's a growing recognition that local land use controls that preclude increased density in cities are helping contribute to the shortage of affordable housing. When you build a city that enables people to drive less, they spend less on cars and gas and have more to spend on other things. If it weren't for cultural appropriation, would America have any culture at all? In the wake of Pres. Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, many mayors and governors have stepped up their rhetoric on climate change.

Will their actions match their words? On June 1, President Trump announ New data shows the diffusion of ride-sharing among US metro areas: Parking prices matter. We know from casual observation and the occasional leaded corporate document that ridesharing which is more accurately but clums The more education you have, the bigger the payoff to living in a city It's a well-understood fact that education is a critical determinant of earnings.

On average, the more education you've attained, the higher your le The more education you have, the bigger the payoff to living in a city A recent Wall Street Journal article painted the nation's rural areas as its new inner cities, with high rates of poverty, limited economic opportun So-called smart cities have an achilles heel: data is biased by the status quo Streetsblog recently highlighted a new report from Houston's Kinder Institute, evaluating bike and pedestrian road safety based on user-repo Reducing segregation does seem to result in much more social interaction, as intermarriage patterns demonstrate Change doesn't happen fast, but it happens more frequently and more quickly when we have integrated communi Reducing segregation does seem to result in much more social interaction, as intermarriage patterns demonstrate Yesterday, we took a close and critical look at Derek Hyra's claim that mixed-income, mixed-race communitie Integrated neighborhoods produce more mixing, but don't automatically generate universal social interaction.

What should we make of that? Gentrifying neighborhoods produce more mixing, but don't automatically generate universal social interaction. In one idealized view of the world, economically integrated neighborhoods would Trump's infrastructure package would let states pursue road pricing A trillion dollars for infrastructure. That's been the headline talking point for months about the Trump Administration's policy agenda, but the detail What the ranch house teaches us about house prices and filtering. Back in the heyday of the post-war housing boom, back when the baby boomers were babies, America was building ranch houses—millions of them.

In its pri Why we're very skeptical about urban farming. At City Observatory, we don't tend to have a lot of content about agriculture. Farming is not an urban activity. But every so often, we read techno-optimistic stories about It's no longer fashionable to get an unrealistically flattering portrait painted, but you can get an economist to do it with numbers. You've no doubt heard the term "hagiography" an unduly flattering biography or other Inclusionary zoning programs are too small to make a dent in housing affordability Two of the most respected names in housing research are Lance Freeman and Jenny Schuetz.

Freeman is professor urban planning at Columb If you're serious about dealing with climate change, the last thing you should do is spend billions widening freeways. April 22 is Earth Day, and to celebrate, Oregon is moving forward with plans to drop more than a bil Four decades after the city earned national recognition for tearing out a downtown freeway, it gets ready to build more April 22 is Earth Day, and to celebrate, Oregon's Legislature is on the verge of considering a tran Volunteering is one of the hallmarks of community; here are the cities with the highest rates of volunteerism The decline of the civic commons, the extent to which American's engage with one another in the public realm, Statistically, we can e We first published this post in , but its as timely today as it Block that metaphor!

There's nothing "natural" about "naturally occurring affordable housing. Is the urban renaissance over? County data can't tell us much about thriving urban neighborhoods New county-level census population estimates became available last week, and Jed Kolko produced an interesting analysis published by FiveThirtyEight conc More evidence that supply and demand are at work in housing markets In early , Portland experienced some of the highest levels of rent inflation of any market in the US.

According to Zillow's rental price estimate The real disruptive technology for transportation is road-pricing. There's been a surge of interest in road pricing in the past few weeks. You can't leave out births and deaths when you examine population trends The release of the latest census population estimates has produced a number of quick takes that say that cities are declining.

The latest is Derek Migration, especially by young adults, is increasing racial and ethnic diversity in US counties As we related last week, a new report from the Urban Institute quantifies the stark economic costs of racial and income seg They'll be lined up around the block because the price is too low—just like every day on urban roads You can learn everything you need to know about transportation economics today, just by helping yourself to a free i What one day of free ice cream teaches us about traffic congestion Today's that day, folks.

Ben and Jerry are giving away free ice cream to everyone who comes by their stores. Whether you're hankering for Cherry Garcia They'll be lined up around the block because the price is too low—just like every day on urban roads Today's that day, folks. Why predicted gridlock almost never happens and what this teaches us about travel demand Seattle has finally closed its aging Alaskan Way viaduct, a six-lane double-decker freeway that since the s has been a concret A new report from the Urban Institute shows the stark costs of economic and racial segregation Long-form white paper policy research reports are our stock in trade at City Observatory.

We see dozens of them every month, There's a lot of speculation about whether their effe New York Times columnist Russ Douthat got a lot of attention a few days ago for his Johnathan Swiftian column—"Break up the liberal city"—suggesting that we could solve the problems of lagging economic growth in rural Homes with better transit access command higher prices, especially in cities with good transit.

Our friends at Redfin, the real estate data and analytics company, have an interesting new report exploring the connection But is go Speed doesn't seem to be at all correlated to how happy we our with our local transportation systems. They have that habit you know.

Yes, I do believe the US is superior to them. It has the historical political depth that these other countries do not have and never had. Yes, much of that has been throughly corrupted almost from day by the Vatican, but the US Declaration of Independence is something every person on earth has good reason to envy. Guess what the welfare tenants paid in rent after they were done paying for all their other expenses?

I guess it was close to ZERO. Here is a short sample list compiled from public documents :. If Commie and Islamo despotism or Vatican corruption is your thing, then by all means, huff and puff over Israeli US dual citizens while remaining absolutely silent about the many others. Good one! Excellent article, Ozone. Chuck Baldwin is a Pastor of his own church in Montana. I had no idea Chuck was so Jew wise!

Please note it was P. That most likely means that the initiative comes not from the White House, but from still anti-Russian State Department through some workings of the Deep State. And now we have Emmet Sullivan threatening to hold Jeff Sessions in contempt. He orders the plane carrying the asylum seekers to turn around. Asylum seekers defended by the ACLU. War with Russia? Sanctions were imposed only to cover the broad, exposed, blubbery buttocks of this bashibazouk after Helsinki.

The game goes on. War you say? These white nationalists have to stop carrying those Nazi flags which turn so many people off. Cost a US marine dearly. Could be one reason their rallies are often outnumbered. And an effort has to be made to counter and eradicate the neo — Nazi designation. White nationalists need better leadership, a sensible flag, and much Larger Turnouts. They must be viewed as such. Few have any knowledge base regarding history.

Clueless about Nazis or any other belief system. They wallow in their ignorance. They embrace stupidity as an art form. I like these man on the street interviews where people are asked about the Constitution and what rights it enumerates. It is frightening. Yes, Nazi flags are not, I repeat are not, the symbols to use for American values, culture, nationhood, and certainly not for white nationalism.

Is it supposed to scare people? Well, it scares away support. Anglin has disavowed Cville 2 as have many others. And he agree with you about the Nazi stuff. We need an American National Socialism. The Nazis would have been horrified at these shaven headed monkeys or over-weight doofuses in black. They were normal guys. And National Socialist and Fascist theory agree as well: Each Nation will have its own National Socialism, one based on its own traditions, needs, and values.

Obviously an inner core will still believe in Hitler. To disavow that would be to disavow our roots. Janos, An excellent observation. But yes, we can repackage it in American form. Nazi Germany took much from America on this subject to begin with. In other words, anti-intellectual idiots. We must meet our people on their own ground before we can transform them into what they were meant to be. Janos, it is enough not to disavow race, and, yes, there is truth in genetic profiles. It is enough only to not mention those inconvenient truths, as a discussion of Black Culture is damning on so many points, that arguments are futile.

The outrages are a given, and are not to be denied…cannot be denied. Try speaking some actual truth for a change and people will literally suck the words out of your mouth by whatever means possible. All informed men disagree and Fascism and National Socialism make this a chief among their tenets.

Our Founders did as well, giving the Franchise only to the few. Jackson, hoping to defeat the growing power of the merchants and bankers, opened it up to all White Men — a disaster from which we have never recovered. His followers trashed the White House upon election, a preview of things to come. Somewhere I fear underneath the Deep State headquarters there is a basement room with several old sofas, a glass topped coffee table, a VCR, and a wide screen tv.

Scott strut about. Those who wander in toward the end of the movie always wait for the moment when Georgie goes on a rant about turning on the Soviets and annihilating them. If General Patton had tried to carry out his threats in , then Paris would have been the capital of the FSSR, and he himself would be hanged on the Eiffel Tower by his own soldiers before surrendering to the Red Army.

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  • The scope and degree of how cocaine changed the trajectory of history at the end of the age will only be told in scattered anecdotes…. And somewhere in the jungle wastelands of the Equatorial region, warlord societies will rise and fall, all organized around the magical white powder. The incognito of the informant was uncovered only in Strange they are — these Americans, to me till it seemed that such pseudonym could earn only a woman, most likely a prostitute or the actress of porn films.

    And to give such a pseudonym to the friendly deputy chief of the FBI …?!! In it, the architect of US foreign policy talks about how in the late s they learned to intercept the diplomatic mail of the USSR apparently they recruited some cryptographers and its analysis led them to conclude that Gromyko USSR Foreign Minister at the time was simply a programmable diplomatic robot. In fact, this robot was programmed by a person who was an informal architect of USSR foreign policy and, in this capacity, constantly out-plays both the department of Mr.

    Kissinger and himself personally. After analyzing the texts, they compiled a psychological and linguistic portrait of this person, whom they conditionally called the Nerd but I suspect that they actually called him the Smart Ass. They all nearly went mad, trying to figure out this clever man among the advisers of Gromyko and the Central Committee, but could not find a single plausible candidate. I must say that this was the time when the United States was losing the Cold War started by Truman with a bang and the globe was turning red just before our eyes.

    And after the Cuban Angolans got done with the army of South Africa, it smelled like the end of the Cold War, which must always be kept in mind when the war begins. It was at this moment when US President Richard Nixon was to arrive in the capital of the victorious power and sign the recognition that the Cold War was a mistake, Leonid Brezhnev invited Henry Kissinger to a hunt. And there, in Zavidovo, Kissinger, despite that that he most likely did not understand Russian, heard with his own ears how Leonid Brezhnev, in response to a whisper in the ear by his assistant, used an idiomatic expression, which Kissinger knew was the favorite expression of the Nerd.

    Soon, the United States, hastily freeing their hands in Vietnam, throws out of the White House the defeatist Nixon, who shortly before signed the treaty on limiting ABM. This treaty has since become an unchanging touchstone of Russian-American relations. But then the US, having signed it, hastily begins to prepare for a new cold war, having thrown out plans to fill the detente with real cooperation. Soon a Trilateral Commission is created, and, after the overthrow of the Salvador Allende government, Project Cybersyn is being blocked.

    At the same time, the first catastrophe is taking place in Asia and the Islamic Ummah and a bloody porridge is being cooked in Afghanistan, which mankind can not finish even now — topple Zahir Shah, a great friend of the USSR and Leonid Brezhnev personally. And after it becomes known about the stroke and the subsequent clinical death of Brezhnev, the History, biting the horse tack, starts its own gallop from one geopolitical catastrophe to another, which is still unknown how it will end. It probably seems paradoxical and hypocritical to some, but I support the flying of the Confederate flag.

    However, in the context of demonstrations for white nationalism, it may have more negative influence than positive to grow the base. Powerful symbols, powerful stirrings. Especially when used purely as a symbol of purely nationalism. Go to Daily Stormer. Anglin wrote a beautiful tribute to the fallen Sky King, the young White hero who stole a plane for reasons he knew not why. Trump continues to perplex. At first he seems to be at war with the deep state, and then in the next instant he seems to be totally on board with their stupid shit.

    Lie down with Zionist money lenders and all that shit…. You know nothing about Zionism, even though you think you do. Ignorance triumphs again. I thought you were a better person than you really are. Shame on me for misjudging you. Emphasis on Zionist, Bill, but Jewish is the label they hide behind. Not sure about the number, but whatever number it is of these rich Zionist pigs that hide out behind their wall of inscrutability, it is. I wear it proudly these days, so bring it on. No shame necessary.

    Well, Scratch, good that you found someone to fight against. And a good choice there with Zionists. Because fighting actual villains like commies muzzies or nazis will get you killed. What a fscking loser coward you are. Why put out all that negative energy? What a loser coward you are. You will do anything to rationalize your cowardice including rationalizing commies muzzies and nazis as no worse than your own compatriots and government. For your cowardly and despicable self deception god has awarded you with a depression filled hopeless and empty existence.

    How could Scratch hope to live up to your lofty moral standards, Beanbrain? I know, I know — the devil made you do it. You are so pathetically predictable it is actually quite amusing. Just plugging Judaism into the equation where White is usually put. Changing the value of the variable in other words.

    They are protecting us, defending our nation, using their skills to avert catastrophes. They are civil servants. Perhaps that is why you have trouble appreciating them and can only say blah, blah, blah. May they hang! If possible, you should get your hands on the Sunday edition. I think its going to receive a Pulitzer prize. Anyway, I appreciate having the privilege of subsidizing this blog over many years now.

    Initially, what looked to be the First Horse was peak oil. World oil production looked like it was hitting an asymptote. Since then, and convincingly, this has not happened. The ability of man to find ever more clever ways of finding and extracting the stuff have succeeded in bringing about more supply and driven energy prices down. The ability of man to find ever more clever ways of creating the capital have succeeded in bringing about more supply and driven the price of capital down. The New York Times Magazine feature, by Nathaniel Rich, is a complete document of how we got to the point of no return… which is going to get exponentially more serious.

    Its not just poorer prospects of people knowing what is true, but knowing how to figure out what is true. Against that backdrop, and elegantly described in the story, is the story total failure to act, or respond at the governmental level. Without knowledge, they really are happier than you can imagine. Its a strange thing, maybe the biggest mystery of life. Sadly I think that JHK is absolutely right, people do things because they seem like a good idea at the time.

    All around me this principle is manifest.. Life is a death sentence. Humans have an evolved propensity toward enduring misery. If only we were so lucky. I do love the snow. Making little angels, catching snowflakes on the tongue. No, I think eventually the atmosphere will boil away and the surface sterilized with charged particles. So last Sunday, Trump also brought into battle a fairly important reserve, although in part — he tweeted the press could provoke a war, and judging by the reaction of the American press, he hit it with a sickle in the most sensitive and painful place.

    He behaved simply ugly when he interviewed Vladimir Putin, especially by circumventing the rules of diplomacy, to hand over to him the accusations of GRU agents that Putin refused to take from him, as if it were something dirty. And despite the abundance of events last week, all the American broadcasters of the Sunday broadcasts could only talk about the charges that Trump had brought against them on Twitter and at a rally in Ohio.

    And the rally in Ohio was very remarkable. Trump came there personally to support Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate in the early elections in the 12th Congressional District, after the congressman from that district resigned. And Balderson won, even with a very small margin. And the victory of the candidate recommended by Trump, after he was swamped in so many charges by the intelligentsia community and the press, also means that the Clinton propaganda machine has ceased to function, and for propaganda this is a death sentence.

    He said this at a private meeting to raise funds for the Republican Party, which was infiltrated by a democratic spy who recorded the speech of Devin Nunes. Meanwhile, the simplest analysis suggests that the spy was admitted to this meeting on purpose and the Clintonoids fell into a trap, since the other part of this record is absolutely deadly for them, in which Nunes explains that the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein was not impeached, since this procedure can create obstacles to the election of Brett M.

    And then it turns out that this is only a respite for the election of Bret Kavanaugh, who in the early s was the chief investigator of the very mysterious deaths of the multiple witnesses of the financial crimes of Hillary Clinton and was rumored to have confronted her manner of getting rid of any interference in her political career.

    And the time factor, in full accordance with the revelations of Nunes, really plays a decisive role, so preliminary inquiries of congressmen and senators showed that until November the success of the vote on the impeachment of Rosenstein is highly doubtful, but for Brett Kavanaugh, the majority will almost certainly vote. So MSNBC inadvertently fucked Hillary over and the big question is how such a devilishly clever as Barack Obama says woman like Hillary Clinton allowed such stupidity of her supporters. This is as recognizable as the handwriting of the Bastinda the Great and Terrible, the so obvious style of the Commander-in-Chief of ISIS in the expression of presidential candidate Donald Trump that there is no doubt in the authorship of this somewhat unexpected turn in US politics.

    The Witch is undoubtedly still with us and her supporters who have been on a standby for the last two years have already been put into action to promote this idea. And since Trump has already made a deal with Hillary Clinton a couple of times, it seems to me that he is unlikely to believe that this time she will fulfill the concluded agreement for the first time in her life and the idiot who believes her will not pay for his credulity with his life and the life of his loved ones.

    I hear they do this great entertainment trick where they shape shift into reptilians and swallow large rodents whole. Stone has argued that the messages he sent to Guccifer 2. Yeah, since when did it become illegal to collude with foreign intelligence officers trying to undermine American democracy? Like the Commandant of Auschwitz, who went to church on Sundays and had all the trappings and accouterments of a fine, upstanding member of society. And, in a way, he was, unless you looked more deeply.

    Laura Ingraham is called racist, xenophobic, etc. Damn, we stupid! Not that he was bad, on board with them 90 or 95 percent. But why settle for anything less than perfection? At times, he had a reputation for being a loose cannon. They had the resources, so they outbid him. My father was an immigrant from Russia in , so my default feeling for immigrants is sympathy. But unfortunately we have allowed bad decisions to be made resulting in misallocating funds for our war machine, medical industry and others.

    The simple fact is we cannot afford to take in immigrants now. Yeah, we could always print more money, but the faster we print, the harder we fall. We need to alter the way we conduct ourselves in order to change the corrupt system. This will eventually happen whether we do it ourselves or some other happenstance does it for us. What profundity, Beanpaste! Give us a break; take a nap. I do not want to repeat it anymore now. I have no desire to engage in Green Alba — Janos Skorzeny back and forth sniping.

    Yes, that is just what you have done, Beanie boy. I was fine with you as long as you kept your bland platitudes focused on your own observations revolving around the unsalted oatmeal of your typical analysis of current events. But then, even you got bored with your own claptrap, and decided to criticize some of us on this site for our colorful language, unorthodox views and general spicy descriptions of how we interpreted life.

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    Ordinarily, I do not lose any sleep over someone critical of my views, but your sanctimonious preaching is something I cannot stomach. It is even worse than the insipidity of your normal expression. His use of the language when reporting on current events keeps your interest. When I read your typical comment, it is like waking up with a hangover and being sentenced to drinking a tall glass of warm butter.

    You pride yourself on your controlled behavior, except of course, on those rare occasions where your real character peers through the folds briefly, and for which you feel obligated to apologize. You hypocrite! Change your moniker to Jumping Bean Willie, or something like that, get fired up about anything at all, or put up your keyboard and pray to avoid the temptation to get really involved in life. Not my fight.

    You are engaged by definition. You love it. There were no black people in the room. I wonder what blacks and hispanics think of this theater being put on by Trump, Putin and the Deep State. Perhaps Janos could elucidate. There are more. Maybe so, but we can be sure there would be lots of consequences that we would also not like very much.

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    The law is whatever they say it is. The Democrats say that Constitution is a living and breathing document. So if the Constitution can be made to jump through semantic hoops, why not the law in general? What does the law about treason say? So the law about treason or collusion and sedition or any other topic can be made to twist and turn with whatever suits Democrat political purposes. Is this a recipe for chaos? You bet it is, because if Democrats can play this game, then anyone, with any agenda, can play the same game. My wife sez that people here have lost the ability to discern both their immediate and longer term self-interest and that when that happens a society is doomed as a going-concern.

    This this example with the law is just one where people, in this case Democrats and progressives, appear to have taken leave of their senses. It is everybody. Heaven forbid! Speaking of bastards, of all the people in the world what percentage would you guess were conceived out of wedlock? Is a person a bastard if they are conceived out of wedlock but the parents marry before that person is born?

    Check out Puritan marriage records in Old Massachusetts: many births five and six months into marriage. Maybe male sterility because of disease was a big issue back then. A Courtship gone wrong could be lived down, but not a divorce. We long for the Good Men in the Tri-Corner hats. Last fall it was grimly impressive to see Boston without bluecoats, and to watch the musket-bearing State Guardsmen patrolling the streets as though military occupation were in force. There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.

    Men of strength and honour fashioned that Street; good, valiant men of our blood who had come from the Blessed Isles across the sea. At first it was but a path trodden by bearers of water from the woodland spring to the cluster of houses by the beach. Then, as more men came to the growing cluster of houses and looked about for places to dwell, they built cabins along the north side; cabins of stout oaken logs with masonry on the side toward the forest, for many Indians lurked there with fire-arrows.

    And in a few years more, men built cabins on the south side of The Street. Up and down The Street walked grave men in conical hats, who most of the time carried muskets or fowling pieces. And there were also their bonneted wives and sober children. In the evening these men with their wives and children would sit about gigantic hearths and read and speak.

    Very simple were the things of which they read and spoke, yet things which gave them courage and goodness and helped them by day to subdue the forest and till the fields. And the children would listen, and learn of the laws and deeds of old, and of that dear England which they had never seen, or could not remember.

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    There was war, and thereafter no more Indians troubled The Street. The men, busy with labour, waxed prosperous and as happy as they knew how to be. And the children grew up comfortably, and more families came from the Mother Land to dwell on The Street. The town was now a city, and one by one the cabins gave place to houses; simple, beautiful houses of brick and wood, with stone steps and iron railings and fanlights over the doors. No flimsy creations were these houses, for they were made to serve many a generation. Within there were carven mantels and graceful stairs, and sensible, pleasing furniture, china, and silver, brought from the Mother Land.

    So The Street drank in the dreams of a young people, and rejoiced as its dwellers became more graceful and happy. Where once had been only strength and honour, taste and learning now abode as well. Books and paintings and music came to the houses, and the young men went to the university which rose above the plain to the north. In the place of conical hats and muskets there were three-cornered hats and small-swords, and lace and snowy periwigs.

    And there were cobblestones over which clattered many a blooded horse and rumbled many a gilded coach; and brick sidewalks with horse blocks and hitching-posts. There were in that Street many trees; elms and oaks and maples of dignity; so that in the summer the scene was all soft verdure and twittering bird-song.

    And behind the houses were walled rose-gardens with hedged paths and sundials, where at evening the moon and stars would shine bewitchingly while fragrant blossoms glistened with dew. So The Street dreamed on, past wars, calamities, and changes. Once most of the young men went away, and some never came back.

    But though men talked of great changes, The Street felt them not; for its folk were still the same, speaking of the old familiar things in the old familiar accents. And the trees still sheltered singing birds, and at evening the moon and stars looked down upon dewy blossoms in the walled rose-gardens. In time there were no more swords, three-cornered hats, or periwigs in The Street. How strange seemed the denizens with their walking-sticks, tall beavers, and cropped heads!

    New sounds came from the distance—first strange puffings and shrieks from the river a mile away, and then, many years later, strange puffings and shrieks and rumblings from other directions. The air was not quite so pure as before, but the spirit of the place had not changed. The blood and soul of the people were as the blood and soul of their ancestors who had fashioned The Street.

    Nor did the spirit change when they tore open the earth to lay down strange pipes, or when they set up tall posts bearing weird wires. There was so much ancient lore in that Street, that the past could not easily be forgotten. Then came days of evil, when many who had known The Street of old knew it no more; and many knew it, who had not known it before. And those who came were never as those who went away; for their accents were coarse and strident, and their mien and faces unpleasing.

    Their thoughts, too, fought with the wise, just spirit of The Street, so that The street pined silently as its houses fell into decay, and its trees died one by one, and its rose-gardens grew rank with weeds and waste. But it felt a stir of pride one day when again marched forth young men, some of whom never came back. These young men were clad in blue. With the years worse fortune came to The Street. Its trees were all gone now, and its rose-gardens were displaced by the backs of cheap, ugly new buildings on parallel streets. Yet the houses remained, despite the ravages of the years and the storms and worms, for they had been made to serve many a generation.

    New kinds of faces appeared in The Street; swarthy, sinister faces with furtive eyes and odd features, whose owners spoke unfamiliar words and placed signs in known and unknown characters upon most of the musty houses. Push-carts crowded the gutters. A sordid, undefinable stench settled over the place, and the ancient spirit slept.

    Great excitement once came to The Street. War and revolution were raging across the seas; a dynasty had collapsed, and its degenerate subjects were flocking with dubious intent to the Western Land. Many of these took lodgings in the battered houses that had once known the songs of birds and the scent of roses. Then the Western Land itself awoke, and joined the Mother Land in her titanic struggle for civilisation.

    Over the cities once more floated the Old Flag, companioned by the New Flag and by a plainer yet glorious Tri-colour. But not many flags floated over The Street, for therein brooded only fear and hatred and ignorance. Again young men went forth, but not quite as did the young men of those other days. Something was lacking. And the sons of those young men of other days, who did indeed go forth in olive-drab with the true spirit of their ancestors, went from distant places and knew not The Street and its ancient spirit.

    Over the seas there was a great victory, and in triumph most of the young men returned. Those who had lacked something lacked it no longer, yet did fear and hatred and ignorance still brood over The Street; for many had stayed behind, and many strangers had come from distant places to the ancient houses. And the young men who had returned dwelt there no longer. Swarthy and sinister were most of the strangers, yet among them one might find a few faces like those who fashioned The Street and moulded its spirit.

    Like and yet unlike, for there was in the eyes of all a weird, unhealthy glitter as of greed, ambition, vindictiveness, or misguided zeal. Unrest and treason were abroad amongst an evil few who plotted to strike the Western Land its death-blow, that they might mount to power over its ruins; even as assassins had mounted in that unhappy, frozen land from whence most of them had come. And the heart of that plotting was in The Street, whose crumbling houses teemed with alien makers of discord and echoed with the plans and speeches of those who yearned for the appointed day of blood, flame, and crime.

    Of the various odd assemblages in The Street, the law said much but could prove little. There congregated sinister men in great numbers, yet always was their speech guarded or in a foreign tongue. And still the old houses stood, with their forgotten lore of nobler, departed centuries; of sturdy colonial tenants and dewy rose-gardens in the moonlight. Sometimes a lone poet or traveller would come to view them, and would try to picture them in their vanished glory; yet of such travellers and poets there were not many. The rumour now spread widely that these houses contained the leaders of a vast band of terrorists, who on a designated day were to launch an orgy of slaughter for the extermination of America and of all the fine old traditions which The Street had loved.

    Handbills and papers fluttered about filthy gutters; handbills and papers printed in many tongues and in many characters, yet all bearing messages of crime and rebellion. In these writings the people were urged to tear down the laws and virtues that our fathers had exalted; to stamp out the soul of the old America—the soul that was bequeathed through a thousand and a half years of Anglo-Saxon freedom, justice, and moderation.

    It was said that the swart men who dwelt in The Street and congregated in its rotting edifices were the brains of a hideous revolution; that at their word of command many millions of brainless, besotted beasts would stretch forth their noisome talons from the slums of a thousand cities, burning, slaying, and destroying till the land of our fathers should be no more.

    All this was said and repeated, and many looked forward in dread to the fourth day of July, about which the strange writings hinted much; yet could nothing be found to place the guilt. None could tell just whose arrest might cut off the damnable plotting at its source.

    Many times came bands of blue-coated police to search the shaky houses, though at last they ceased to come; for they too had grown tired of law and order, and had abandoned all the city to its fate. Then men in olive-drab came, bearing muskets; till it seemed as if in its sad sleep The Street must have some haunting dreams of those other days, when musket-bearing men in conical hats walked along it from the woodland spring to the cluster of houses by the beach.

    Yet could no act be performed to check the impending cataclysm; for the swart, sinister men were old in cunning. Over hidden wires strange messages travelled, and much was said of still stranger messages yet to travel; but most of this was not guessed till afterward,when the Western Land was safe from the peril.

    The men in olive-drab could not tell what was happening, or what they ought to do; for the swart, sinister men were skilled in subtlety and concealment. And yet the men in olive-drab will always remember that night, and will speak of The Street as they tell of it to their grandchildren; for many of them were sent there toward morning on a mission unlike that which they had expected. It was known that this nest of anarchy was old, and that the houses were tottering from the ravages of the years and the storms and the worms; yet was the happening of that summer night a surprise because of its very queer uniformity.

    It was, indeed, an exceedingly singular happening; though after all a simple one. For without warning, in one of the small hours beyond midnight, all the ravages of the years and the storms and the worms came to a tremendous climax; and after the crash there was nothing left standing in The Street save two ancient chimneys and part of a stout brick wall. Nor did anything that had been alive come alive from the ruins.

    A poet and a traveller, who came with the mighty crowd that sought the scene, tell odd stories. The poet says that all through the hours before dawn he beheld sordid ruins but indistinctly in the glare of the arc-lights; that there loomed above the wreckage another picture wherein he could descry moonlight and fair houses and elms and oaks and maples of dignity. But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false? There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I have told you of The Street.

    Based on what evidence? We have been printing fiat money for 48 years now. Just the opposite is happening. We print more and more money and we have low inflation, and the lowest unemployment rate in decades! Wages are going up. Employers cannot find qualified Americans to do the work and need immigrants badly. The stock market is booming. CFN can say the economy is a house of cards, that it will crash any day now… but CFN commenters have been saying that since I ask again: where is the evidence that printing all the money we want is a bad thing? Pretend and extend works. Quantitative easing works.

    Fiat money works. Otherwise, we would know it is not working. We are rich compared to other countries. We are blessed. Long live fiat money, deficit spending, and debt. They have been good to us. So, I guess it was just politics, a way to bitch about Obama and try to end his presidency. God bless Mr.

    May he receive everything he deserves. Money ultimately is based on labor, be it fiat, gold, bitcoin, etc. Printing money. Eventually the value of labor becomes infinitely cheap and the money supply has to be discarded and replaced. That tells me we are getting closer to the end. Trump is as strongly disliked as President Richard Nixon was when he resigned the presidency 44 years ago this week.

    It would not surprise me if Trump resigns before getting his Trump contracts lined up to make money off the Space Force. It would not surprise me if Trump resigns… even before getting his Trump contracts lined up to make money off the Space Force. She it? Anyway, this is how an effective troll operates, no?

    If it was all truth, no troll. If all lies, again, no troll. A troll requires engagement. Is that inaccurate? I would say not. Call it a draw. But look what happened in The key number is the participation rate not the unemployment rate; that would still be subpar, I believe. Wages are a mixed bag. The boom in the stock market is a chimera.