Black Swans and Currencies

In “The Black Swan” by Nassim Nicolas Taleb he talks of Black Swans, a term that encompasses things which are unseen, unpredictable, and have huge impacts.  The book covers a wide array of fallacies we humans get tricked into by our brain that simply can’t handle complex systems and it is forced to simplify.

The name Black Swan originates from a old belief (before Western discovery and habitation of Australia) that all swans are white.  You can say this as much as you would like, reinforce your observation with thousands of observations of only white swans and firmly believe it is a sound conclusion.  The problem is all it takes is a single observation to prove it wrong.  It turns out there are black swans and they live in Australia.  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Taleb later describes Black Swan events as ones that have a disproportionate impact.  You can make 1000 iterations of a phone each one more meaningless than the next, but slap a touch screen on it with an intuitive interface and you’ve created something entirely different.  Something that changes society and has an infinitely bigger impact than the previous 1000 iterations of phones.  Unfortunately, it is a folly to trying predicting black swans.  There is a reason their impact is so significant and that is partly because nobody sees them coming.

What filter can you apply to look forward in time?  There isn’t one, but you can test things for fragility to see if they are durable or not, to see if they will persist in the future.

A topic of “Anti-fragile”, does the object in question gain from volatility and stress or does it suffer harm from it?  A porcelain cup for example, we place it on the desk and apply enough small stresses to it then it will eventually break, it has no ability to recover and it is incapable of sealing up it’s cracks stronger than they were before.  Compare this to the human body, have a male pick up 40kg of weigh one week, then 45kg the next week and continue this until he is picking up 120kg.  In this case applying stress makes the man stronger, his bone density increases, his muscle mass increases, his hormones increase and he feels better as a result.  If somethings gains from volatility then it is likely to improve and survive.  If it suffers harm from volatility then it is certain to collapse on longer enough timescales.

Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the export of oil products to finance it’s government, I believe 85%+ of their exports are this category.  Currently the Kingdom is on hard times due to the decreased demand in oil and a fall in the price to a third of what it once was.  As automobiles get more efficient and drilling technologies unlock ever more quantities of oil, what happens to Saudi Arabia if the demand for oil drops 5%?  Civil unrest?  Defaults?  War? The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is very fragile.

Next lets look at the education system in the US.  Massive student loans backed by government taxpayers that yield degrees that are questionable in their value.  What makes this system fragile?  Primo, the lenders are not exposed to the risk of defaults, the taxpayer is.  Remember the last time bankers were not exposed to their own risk, 2007-08?  Whenever downside risk is shifted to a 3rd party it is dangerous and unethical. Imagine the default rate spikes up, bailouts here we come.

Worse, imagine the value of a US education spikes down which it is currently doing.   This is much more dangerous because as you have fewer people paying into the system universities are forced to downsize.  You can see at University of Missouri after a series of Black Lives Matter protests, how buildings get shuttered, staff gets laid off and enrollment shrinks.  What follows that?  Likely further drops in enrollment, a feedback loop that results in the collapse of a school.  As universities become more and more politicized by banning speakers, racially segregating the campus, and hosting riots they run an increasing risk of destroying their university.  Administration can stop this and they likely will in most cases but the damage will be done and enrollment will fall.

Another place I see fragility is with currency.  We’ve used many forms of currency and trading before.  We’ve used it as a store of value, as a way to settle debts, pay for brides, compensation for injury, and to buy and sell things.  We’ve used shells, beads, ignots of metal, sacks of grain, vials of olive oil, coins, gold, gold backed paper, real estate backed paper, and most recently as of 50 years ago, simply paper.  We don’t buy groceries with shells anymore so that fact right there should give you a hint that maybe paper currency won’t last forever either.  So why is paper currency fragile?

Most obviously it is made from fragile materials, it can’t be duplicated, backed up or preserved.  It’s also fragile because it is centralized, only one group of people can create more of it.  That same group of people benefit from printing currency so we have conflict of interest too.  Other problems we have is our current form of currency is not convenient, banks are open when people work, they close when people finish work.  Wires and transfers can take up to 5 business days, and it costs time and money to process those transfers.  The supply of money can vary and can be inflated or deflated at will, that might sound like a good thing because you can achieve price stability, but nature doesn’t care much for stability.  Money can be tracked by banks and thus by government.  Traveling with large sums of money leaves you vulnerable to robbery, confiscation, and subject to customs and import limits.

Now we have hundreds possible thousands of forms of alternative online currencies popping up online.  Each one with different features, specialties and abilities.  Some promise anonymity, others a fixed amount of coins, some can be “mined” like gold, but all seem to share that they are easily and freely transferable.  I think these could have the potential to bring about a new shift in currency.  Let me repeat, these could BRING ABOUT a shift in currency.  I don’t think these are the new currency, but I think they will open new features that people never had access to with the money.  Free instant transfers, banking without the hassle of a bank, anonymity are all features absent from our money currently.  Like most things in life you don’t know what you’re missing until you have it.  The current iterations of online currency are not user friendly and will fail for that reason as well.

So why aren’t these new inventions of internet money the way of the future.  Because of the rules of a Black Swan, you don’t see them coming.  If you see it coming it is not a Black Swan.  Online currencies have a market cap 112 billion, thousands of companies are jumping into this space and so are regular people.  These are not the characteristics of a Black Swan, but of a bubble that is about to inflate.

My prediction going forward, online currencies get huge this year. If they survive until the end of the year their growth will force governments to intervene, demand tax information, hunt down revenue (that supports terrorist or other lame excuses).  We’ll see a small collapse in online currencies, and a lot of people will lose a lot of money.  But this is going to be akin to bit torrent where there is so many currencies that governments can’t possibly nail them all down and they’ll be forced to legitimize some, either directly or though lax enforcement.

It is possible that private industry could be the ones to legitimize the online currencies, but certainly not in the US where industry fears government so much.  The first places to legitimize will be somewhere in Asia almost certainly and they are likely to profit handsomely from doing so.

 

 

Blackberries!

Over the past week my wife and I have been picking out blackberries from a patch of briers along our neighbors fence line.  We got a bunch and made two black berry cobblers to give to our neighbors and then froze a bunch to use in cereal and yogurt.  We used all those frozen ones and more fresh ones recently to make blackberry jam.

Blackberry jam is not hard to make, however it does require a big time commitment but it is worth it.  Gathering the berries alone takes a while and it will leave you with scraps from briers up and down your arms.  Over the past week we gathered around 24 cups of berries, which may seem like a lot, but after you smash them and remove seeds 18 cups of berries becomes about 8 cups of blackberry juice.  That 8 cups when combined with sugar and pectin yielded us about 6 jars of jam, and it is lovely.  We all agree the blackberry jam is our favorite by a long shot.  We’ve tried strawberry jam, carrot jam, and blackberry jam.

When picking the berries it is important to avoid ones that aren’t completely black, shiny, and swollen.  If you pick those they will be too sour to eat raw, but it’s nothing a bowl full of sugary cereal or cane sugar can’t fix.  The ones that are fully black, shiny, and swollen are absolutely delectable.  They are also difficult to find because once the berries reach this point they will fall off the plant with the slightest touch and the berries will remain lost under the briers forever.

Foraging for food is a topic that interests me, I think it’s a valuable skill that we (humanity) don’t want to lose.  If you ever want to get an idea of the disconnect from nature and food that is coming to the rest of the world look toward the US.  People are disconnected from their food and have no idea where it comes from.  It seems like it’s the result of a developed society that over time we neglect our bare necessities and forget how to satisfy them.  There is a lot of grandmother knowledge that risks being victims to modernity, the internet and the unlimited access of information (much of it dubious, unlike your grandmother’s 70 year old habits).

The Trifecta

Read one hour daily.

Write one hour daily.

Train one hour daily.

I’ve begun reading again, and it’s something I really enjoy.  Being able to self-learn and teach yourself seems to be the most valuable skill set one can possess.  I’ve read many of Nassim Taleb’s books on randomness, probability, and fragility and they’ve really opened my eyes to how the world works.  Even though I learn a great deal from these books it is incredibility difficult to add these tools, and ways of thinking into my daily life.  While the techniques might be difficult to apply the books have sparked an interest in classical knowledge.

Epigrams, axioms, aphorisms are able to convey valuable knowledge in a compact and brief format especially have piqued my interest as of late.  I keep a copy of Taleb’s Procrustean Bed in my bathroom and make a habit of reading a few everyday, often something will stick with me and I’ll mull it over for a few weeks.  Each one bringing a new realization with it.

The English have Mediterranean weather at random times; but they go to Spain because their free hours are deterministic & rigid

Don’t sound like great system, does it?

There are several aphorisms that hint at the dangers of efficiency as a primary objective.  The quest for more efficiency saps the fun out of hobbies and activities.  In business it often sacrifices redundancy and stability causing things to blow up.  (Remember that next time you are delayed at the airport for hours over a computer glitch) .

Another aphorism I’d like to apply to my life is that, if no heuristic, or a rule of thumb, exist on a topic, then don’t do it.  Basically, follow rules of thumb, grandmother’s advice, knowledge from the classics and other forms of knowledge that have already been tested by time to ensure that they do not cause harm.

I found the Trifecta listed at the beginning of this blog on Twitter, and I thought, “there we go, that is an easy heuristic I can apply.”  I’ve done physical training, but stopped and plan to start up again soon.  I’ve written blog posts, but also stopped with little intention of starting again, and I currently spend free time reading books/web.  Why not try all three at once?

So here I am, attempting to write my first hour and satisfy the requirements of my recently adopted Trifecta.  I’m not certain it will yield any benefits, but the harm in trying is insignificant.  I plan to keep writing and focus on topics that interest me.

Humans are Irrational

All of them including me.  Listening to a Scott Adams interview was a little uncomfortable but I keep saving links, and trying to make appeals to reason and fight the ideological fight with rationality.  But it’s pointless.  Humans aren’t rational.  The more evidence you show someone they are wrong the more they dig in behind their opinion.  It’s amazing how completely irrational we all are.  Including myself.  Like Adams says, if you think you are the only rational one and you are in a world filled with irrational people you’ll go crazy.

It’s an overwhelming.  I think I’m going to stop digging up reasons Hillary is a liar, or corrupt, or disabled.  It’s pointless.  Everyone has a little movie in their head on how they see the world, and trying to change their perspective with rational thought is just hitting your head against the wall.  My whole life I’ve spent trying to be rational and make appeals to reason, completely ignoring the emotional appeals which are actually much stronger and less well know/utilized.

I just now came to this after finishing a Adam’s interview and closing out of ~50 tabs of Chrome with either, blatant confirmed lies from the media, confirmed and suspected wrong doing of Clinton and her foundation, etc.  There is no use, after I read these articles I can still evaluate them, and take something away for myself, but I think it silly to archive them and attempt to make rational arguments with them. I feel better already.


Adams also talks about using systems and not goals.  I think he put into words what my Mom already does in practice.  It’s an excellent attitude, and I’m going to give it a try.  It’s basically brain washing and tricking yourself.


Started reading the Thomas Jefferson biography, what a character he is.  Despite owning over 600 slaves at one time, he did believe in emancipation of the slaves, and tried to get it in the declaration and other laws.  He foresaw it was an practice that would have to end eventually, however one thing he didn’t foresee was that white and black could live together after all.  His vision of emancipation put Slaves back on boats to Africa.  It’s an interesting concept to envision.

Whispers in the Air of Reunification

I’ve been here for over 4 years now and I’ve never really had an inkling of much happening up North.  The NK land mine that wounded a South Korean soldier last year which escalated to artillery and speakers barrages was the tensest it’s been, but even that was well under control.  Nothing outside of the ordinary.

However now something interesting is happening.  I’m seeing more news stories about Korean defections and news reports about their overseas workers.  This is strange because it is something that has be ignored for awhile now, so the question is why suddenly all these stories?  The number of defections to SK has been in decline for a few years now, but suddenly we get a news story of an entire overseas North Korean restaurant and it’s 13 employees defecting.  There is also reports that army rations are cut and NK soldiers are bullying the population to make up the gap.

While the biggest news is of the North Korean diplomat in London who defected before emptying out one of the slush funds worth ~400 million dollars, which is a sizable amount of money for them.  This has pushed Kim Jong Un to call back overseas workers and diplomats, or their family’s, the goal here is to create an incentive [by keeping family hostage] not to defect.  Then we get news stories that many of these diplomats are actually very poor, drawing government aid from the countries they work in, seeking out charity and donations.  Reports that these embassies had their funding cut, and are expected to fundraise and find ways to pay for their own operation.

I’m a little confused as to why this is all happening now, and why a diplomat who has such trust from Kim Jong Un, to live and work in London with his entire family would defect in the first place.  What made him defect?  He said he wants a better life for his kids, but while that may be true, would that really be the prime mover?  I suspect he may have been offered something.

Why would he not seek refuge in the UK where he lived and worked.  Why would he leave the UK and apply for refuge in South Korea?  Which he was granted btw.  I suspect he was promised something in South Korea for his defection, possibly a position to guide reunification?  Watch this guy and see where his future takes him.

There are also rumors of the North Korean elite preparing their children for the South Korean university entrance exam.  This is just speculation, but I’ve heard it suggested that unification may be a real possibility and the elite and simply preparing their students for it. On the other hand, my brain says it’s simply practicality, SK has designed the test already, just reuse it again because it’s a good test.

Anyway I’ve always felt like reunification was an impossibility during my stay here, but perhaps that isn’t true.  I think for this theory of reunification to get some legs we’ll have to see more propaganda in the South of the benefits of reunification.  A lot of people I suspect will be against it, as it won’t be cheap to rebuild the North, and the brotherly love of shared ethnicity seems to have evaporated with time.

Comey before Congress

Let’s start with where the news started.  FBI director Comey said in his judgement he does not recommend prosecution.  Hillary was called grossly negligent, careless, and other things by Comey.  There is pretty much no question that what she did was illegal, but let’s breakdown why prosecution simply can’t work here.  Number 1, she is a presidential candidate.  She gets indicted on a felony, she can’t run for president, the FBI would essentially be denying American’s the right to vote in a sense.  [I don’t really agree with this because I think Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are stronger and better candidates anyway.]  But regardless of how I see it, others will see this as the FBI stealing the election, and being used for political means.  Number 2, government always protects itself first, no different from any organism it seeks survival above all things.  Number 3, people who go against the Clinton’s have a strange habit of dying early.  Lastly, a trial would take forever and then appeals.

The Anonymous FBI leaker is proving to be very legitimate.  He correctly identified that there would be no indictment, that Hillary had access to, and contained on her server special access programs (SAP) which were mentioned by Comey [basically above top secret clearance programs], and that Michael Flynn was likely to be Trump’s VP pick.  FBI Anon’s post was made before any of those three topics were in the mainstream news.  FBI Anon’s suggestion to the public at large was to dig into the Clinton Foundation, that is where the money laundering, and treason are evident.  When Comey testified before Congress he refused to answer if the Clinton Foundation was currently being investigated.

After Comey gave his recommendation, and the Justice Dept. decided to drop the case against Hillary.  Comey was then called before Congress to be interviewed.  Trey Gowdy and Chaffez put up a great line of questioning and the entire GOP raised some excellent questions, meanwhile the Dems just sort of praised Comey and didn’t ask a single relevant question about the investigation.  Here is what I got out of the testimony.

  • The FBI does not record interrogations and interviews.  They do not make transcripts.  [This is somehow standard practice.]  Thus it is impossible for Congress to request any information from Hillary’s interviews.
  • Comey himself did not take part in the interview, and did not debrief the agents were a part of the interview of Clinton.
  • The FBI can not say for certain that Hillary’s email servers haven’t been hacked by foreign actors.
  • Gmail has a 24/7 security team, Hillary’s email server did not.
  • 110 emails contained classified information at the time they were sent.
  • Hillary did not hand over all her emails that were work-related.  Several thousand were missing.
  • Hillary gave her lawyers access to her emails to determine which to delete and which to turn over to the State Dept.  These lawyers did not have a security clearance, the emails contained classified information.
  • She used numerous devices to access her email.  She used them when she was overseas which is a security concern due to foreign interception.
  • Hostile actors gained access to email accounts of people Hillary was in frequent contract with.
  • Before Congress Hillary lied (perjury) in her previous testimony under oath in Congress.  But the FBI did not include that in their investigation.  Congressman Chaffez has promised a Congressional referral to start that investigation.
  • The Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was asked what office had classified the material on Hillary’s server.  ODNI revealed that he could not tell even Congress about it.  It was above top-secret.  These are likely the Special Access Programs (SAP).  Whoever makes the program and runs it decides who is able to see it.  This is Borne Identity stuff going on.
  • Comey’s excuse not to indict was lack of intent, Clinton simply careless and negligent.

Other stuff I got out of this while looking into the email thing.  It appears that with Benghazi the State Dept. sat around with Obama trying to come up with the best fake story to justify the deaths of 4 American’s.  A viral video is what they went with.  There were two video’s and they couldn’t decide on which one to use.  Remember this happened in September of 2012, just before a presidential election against Romney.  They were apparently more concerned with how the situation appeared, than the actually facts.

There is an email where Hillary’s aides are requesting a document to be sent.  The document was classified but they were having problems sending it over the classified network so they are instructed to send it non-classified.

12 officers were shot in Dallas, 3 officers in other cities were shot too.  That’s coming on the next post.

Corruption is Rife…

…and there is really not much we can do about it.  The Founders made a grave mistake when they placed the Attorney General under the executive branch instead of opting for independent prosecutors with short term limits.

We see this problem play out everywhere.  Police officers around the country can find immense legal protection from District Attorney’s that simply refuse to prosecute, because prosecution of the police department risks their career, safety, and because police work ultimately determines how successful a prosecutor they can be due to evidence collection, etc.

We have entered this weird zone where we have amassed so many frivolous laws that someone is always guilty of breaking one of them.  Now that we have reached that point, the digression granted to police and prosectuors has become entirely too powerful and they have been easily corrupted.  Put simply the little people get prosecuted and the big people walk free.  Martin Armstrong was held in contempt of court and jailed for not handing over material a Judge insisted he had, for 7 years, without being charged for a crime.  That illegal, but it was done.

Many of our rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights have been eroded away, we are only promised those things on paper but not in reality.  In reality a police SWAT team breaks into your home at 2am with a no knock warrant because of hearsay of a crackhead, the SWAT team throws a flashbang in your baby’s crib nearly killing him and no one is indicted or charged.

Of course, the most notably and recent is the decision not to indict Hillary.  There exists no doubt that people have been indicted for less, there exists no doubt that having a private (uncertified) server in your private residence breaks not only Department Rules, but it is a violation of a multiple parts of US Federal Law, these are just some.

18 U.S.C Sec. 793(f) of the federal code make it unlawful to send of store classified information on personal email.

Section 1236.22 of the 2009 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Hillary telling people to send classified material over unsecure methods.

The scary part of this is that foreign government may have access her server and had access to the highest top secret material in all of government.  There is also a good chance that these foreign governments would have enough material to blackmail her, should she be elected.  This creates some very dangerous situations for us as citizens, as our leader may be acting out of their own self interest and not the countries.

We know there are violations of US legal code because we have batches of the emails released by WikiLeaks.  So your next question is likely, “Why wasn’t she indicted?”

The first witness she could call to defend herself would be the president of the US possibly.

An unnamed, anonymous source claiming to be a high level FBI Agent has recently come out and given his take on it.  Like many have suspected he was claiming an indictment would not happen.  There is simply too many people involved and too much at stake.  Clinton used this email server exclusively, she emailed the president, everyone in her Department and the White House.  These people responded to her emails and they KNEW it wasn’t a government email address.  A prosecution of Hillary demands that others are prosecuted as well, and Hillary is likely black mailing them and the “mutually assured destruction” to keep herself safe.

I’ve mentioned here before the corrupt Justice Department was preparing to open closed court files regarding HSBC, where FBI director was formerly a board member.  He has likely been bullied into compliance as well.

It comes as no surprise that there will be no indictment.  Obama announced his endorsement for her over a week ago, and they are currently campaigning together.  Obama is the one who appointed the FBI director and the Attorney General, the two people who can recommend an indictment.  He wouldn’t endorse someone if he knew an indictment was a possibility.  It is just move proof these guys are talking behind the current and are a part of one big club, and we ain’t in it.

The FBI source also pointed out that the email is nothing, it’s small potatoes and in the big picture meaningless.  The real danger and the real crime Hillary has committed is with The Clinton Foundation (TCF).  The source urged people to start digging there and finding stuff.  Old news stories already exist and some have been dug up.  I even blogged about one before.  The State Department under Hillary secured a deal for a Russian uranium miner giving them mining rights over ~20% of America’s uranium supply.  Hillary then flew to Russia and gave a private speech worth several hundred thousand dollars.  The foundation has accepted massive amounts of money from some of the worst, human rights abusing, backwards countries in the world.  What did those countries get out of it?  We can’t be sure, but we do know Libya is decimated, Syria is decimated, and Saudi Arabia somehow is humming along just fine.

The Foundation is set up as a non-profit charity.  Yet it doesn’t carry out independent audits.  Roughly 10% of the money goes into actually charity work.  The rest is distributed in a very complex web of shell companies.

Huma Abedin has said that Hillary’s old calendars have likely been burned.  They were requested because of a discrepancy between the calender’s given to a Freedom of Information Act request, and the meetings we know happened.

A former UN official mysterious died over the weekend as his neck was crushed by a barbell.  It was ruled an accident.  He was set to testify the very next day about funneling money into the DNC during the Clinton Administration.  How convenient for Hillary.

Hillary Clinton has committed treason and yet still seeks the highest office in the land.  The establishment protect her, because if she falls, they fall with her.  The DNC falls, the President, the AG, etc. and everything they’ve done comes into question.  Which leads me to the final point, confidence.

Governments around the world hinge on confidence.  People grant them power, the authority to tax, the authority to prosecute/jail, the authority to go to war and draft young men and now women into military service.  If a population loses confidence in their government what happens?  Nothing good is the short answer.

Confidence has been waning for some time now and approval ratings are really scrapping the bottom of the barrel around the world.  I believe the French PM is under 10% approval.  Our Congress is under 10% approval.  The electoral apathy and disenfranchisement within our population is a short term phase I believe.  We will wait around and see if things improve, and if they don’t…well, people will take action.  We are fast approaching the point at which people take action.  You already see it with the rise of outsider politicians, globally.

What happens to confidence when a presidential candidate/politician, skirts out of charges many people think she is guilty of?  What happens when banks fail to suffer any prosecution over the 2007 housing crisis?  What happens when we get dragged into never ending armed conflicts all over the world, we are told it is in our best interest when it feels like it isn’t?  What happens when government promises to keep you safe but terrorists blow up the WTC or gun down people in a nightclub?  What happens when the robust economy you put the government in charge of slows to a crawl as the labor force declines, and food stamp recipients go up?

Confidence in government falls. It’s been falling for awhile now.  We can’t be sure what the outcome might be.

I think our markets will do great for the near year or two as people around the world look to the US for safety.  But I can absolutely see us getting pushed into war with Russia or China should Hillary win.  And regardless of who wins there is so much institutional corruption that it may not even matter.  Additionally, both leaders would be wildly unpopular, so civil unrest is more than likely, it’s practically guaranteed.

Scott Adams has said this election, like all the ones before them, facts don’t matter.  It’s all about emotion and persuasion.  Hillary has labeled Trump a crazy racist and it really is hurting his poll numbers.  Despite him being a champion for unsegregated Southern country clubs, hiring black people, and women into position that had never been held by them before.  The term racist somehow sticks, like Adams said, facts don’t matter.

Still in the big picture primary election votes numbers are down 21% for DNC, and up 62% for the GOP.  That is terrifying for Hillary.  She received fewer votes in 2016 than when she ran against Obama in 2008.

Depressing News

I heard about this story roughly a week ago and it’s finally got some traction on a bigger website, be it a very right leaning website.  I feel comfortable putting it on here only because no one else is talking about it and it deserves to be seen.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436915/twin-falls-idaho-mideast-refugees-sexually-assault-five-year-old

I suggest reading it.  We are likely going to see even more stories like this so we better prepare ourselves.   It involves three boys; 7,10, and 14 raping and urinating on a mental disabled 5 yr old girl.  The boys come from two refuge families from Sudan and Iraq that have been in the country for less than 2 years.  The police have sealed the case because it involves minors, and likely, because it would be pretty damaging to Obama and Hillary’s policies. Not to mention it would put Trump in the White House if this ever made national news.

Let’s visit Euroland and see how their policies are going.  Sweden has become the refugee capital of Europe second only to Germany in terms of numbers, but as far as refugees per capita, Sweden has accepted the most by a long shot.  It should come as little surprise that reported rapes have skyrocketed in Sweden in the past decade, and they have become the rape capital of Europe.  See chart below, from 2012 66.5 rapes per 100,000.  In 2014 it was 69 per 100,000.

As is typical of governments, where do they place the blame?  It’s Sweden’s alcohol culture and the refugees can’t adapt to it, so they lose control of themselves when they drink.  Or it’s because of cultural differences between Western and Muslim majority nations, and the Western women are not acting with enough modesty.  Or it’s the clothes women wear, or the neighborhoods they walk in.  It’s anyone fault but the government for allowing these people into the country in the first place.  They skip this whole step in the blame game for some reason, government is incapable of accepting it has done something wrong.

Obama and Hillary would like to do the same thing here in the US, well in fact they already have.  I wrote about it on a previous post where refuges were being brought into the US under the orders of the State Department and they were being placed directly with charity groups and given (taxpayer) money.  The individual states these people were placed in were not notified at all.  Governor Christi even talks about how the State department refused to even tell him (the governor) where these people were in his state.  He said he had to locate the charities and back track though them to find the location of the actual refugees and how many has been brought in.

Meanwhile Loretta Lynch has admitted that the Feds have lost track of the Orlando shooters wife.  Well isn’t this fantastic.  The level of incompetence in our system is outstanding.  They’ve also refused to release Hillary’s emails regarding the Trans-Pacific Trade deal until after the election.  It doesn’t surprise me that the state department has become criminal, it seems everything the Clinton’s touch turn corrupt.  Even their charity is criminal.

In the UK they hold their vote on if they want to sink with the Euro or try to go it alone.  Odd that all the UK broadcasters have stated they won’t do exit polling.  Very strange indeed, why would you not want exit polls for one of the biggest votes in your countries history?  Well exit polls happen to pick up margins of error and detect rigging of the votes fairly easily.  Exit poll inconsistency was one of the main reasons Bernie’s followers were suggesting foul play in the DNC primary process.  Anyway, the rig is in for the UK.  We don’t know the results yet, but my money would be on Remain in the EU, unfortunately.

So the UK is going to have to deal with insane laws like this one…

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-robotics-lawmaking-idUSKCN0Z72AY

In the EU robots will be be classified as “electronic persons”.  The robot owners would have to pay social security for their robots.  This is only a draft plan, but it shows the idiocy that is afoot in Brussels.  Nothing would slow down the technology/robotics industry more than legislation like this.