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The Dollar Funeral Train: The Track to Thralldom

When the dollar finally realizes its destiny, the Socialist States of America will be prepared to ostracize those who planned accordingly. Politicians and their jealous followers will denounce the holders of real assets, namely precious metals, as greedy hoarders of wealth who’ve collectively sabotaged the common currency. 

As of this writing, the US dollar Index (DXY) is roughly 4 percent lower than it was before the Federal Reserve launched QE Infinity, pledging unlimited asset purchases to "keep credit flowing" and "keep the market functioning." For the first time in the history of the Federal Reserve, the central bank will purchase corporate bonds, through purchases of securities in primary and secondary markets and through exchange-traded funds.

According to the Fed, the central bank will "purchase Treasury securities and agency mortgage-backed securities in the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary polic…
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Double Whammy: Recession and COVID-19

In this article, we will endeavor to evaluate one of the single most important graphics I will ever create to illustrate the profound psychological and generational effects of social myopia and herd mentality. 

The contents of this article are as relevant today as ever, and their piercing insights into the pattern of social fallibility and shortsightedness expose the limits of human understanding and the implications of historical illiteracy. Beyond the guidance afforded the reader, this article outlines the risks of failing to learn from history, which is littered everywhere with cautionary tales about human nature and the immeasurable costs of naiveté. 

In most cases of learning, the modern student mistakenly stows away information as academic trivia worthy only of classroom consideration. In the study of history, the student erroneously assumes, whether knowingly or unknowingly, that contemporary society and its boundless technologies have distanced our species from the reported foll…

The Earned vs The Unearned: An IRS Fiction

Much confusion surrounds the subjects of earned and unearned income in the United States. 

Of course, this confusion was deliberately manufactured by the men behind the curtain to conceal the true intentions of all involved: to justify the fleecing of more people by still more means. 

For the purposes of income taxes in the United States, the federal government distinguishes between forms of income that are “earned” and others that are “unearned.” 

“Earned” income includes wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation, which are subject to deductions and, in most cases, a lower tax rate. 

“Unearned” income, on the other hand, includes interest from savings accounts, bond interest, alimony, and dividends from stock, which are typically subject to one’s marginal tax rate. 

The primary distinction drawn between “earned” and “unearned” income is a manufactured one between forms just as easily classified as “active” and “passive”, respectively. 

In their attempt to discredit the…

INEOS 1:59 Challenge: A Life Lesson

In their coverage of the 1:59 Challenge, INEOS captures marathoner Eliud Kipchoge's preparation for the event. 

In the final stages leading up to the event, we find Kipchoge paying tribute to society: weathermen, the people who design the route, the media, etc. 

However, we don't find Kipchoge paying tribute to his wife who has assumed complete responsibility for their children and household affairs. 

Over the course of this event, we've gathered that Kipchoge deliberately married a woman who doesn't talk much. 

Ironically, in Western civilization, a man who seeks a woman who simply "keeps her mouth shut" is characterized as a misogynist, yet Kipchoge is popularly lauded as a humble man preferring a simple life. 

In summation, I'm personally struck by Kipchoge's lack of praise for his wife, who shouldered the weight of their family for months at a time while her beloved husband relentlessly pursued his mighty athletic aspirations. 

It's their family, so…

No, Mary Cain Is Not A Hero

No, Mary Cain is not a hero. 

She's just another frustrated former athlete eager to cast blame for her personal failings and her misjudgments of a high-profile program and myopic coach. 

In news this week, former Nike distance runner Mary Cain has lambasted her former coach and program by attributing her personal traumas to a “system” abusive toward women. 

In her scathing exposé of Nike’s Oregon Project, Cain points to coaches who encouraged her to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner” in order to compete with the world’s best. 

In her diatribe against Salazar, Cain claims that he “created an arbitrary number of 114 pounds” as a target weight for the 5’ 7” athlete. 

To get a better idea as to why Salazar might encourage his athletes to cut weight, we might benefit from an assessment of the body mass index (BMI) readings for the top female middle-distance athletes at that time. 

To simplify the data, we’ll take a look at the BMIs for each female athlete who competed in the 2012 Olympi…

Open Letter to Jerry Jones and Fellow Cowboys Fans

I'm probably the biggest Cowboys fan on the planet, as I was baptized into fandom. 

I'm here to spare my fellow Cowboys fans of a lifetime of grief: so long as Jerry Jones owns the Dallas Cowboys, they will never return to the Super Bowl. 

This has nothing to do with the makeup of their roster, which they have nearly perfected this season, because it has everything to do with management and culture. 

Teams win with effective leaders and purposeful players, and dynasties are made from the cultures they create. 

The winning tradition of Cowboys football was resuscitated by Jimmy Johnson in 1989, but it was prematurely sacrificed in 1994 for the benefit of Jerry Jones' ego as Jones pressured Johnson out of Dallas before winning their final Super Bowl with Johnson's unit in 1996. 

Since then, the Cowboys have endured a twenty-three-year drought, without a single NFC Championship appearance over that stretch, posting a regular-season record of 186-172 (.519). 

For comparison, Tom…

Kipchoge's Marathon: Inspiring or Not?

This past Saturday, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge journeyed even further into uncharted running territory by dipping under the two-hour mark in a tailor-made marathon in Vienna. 

The event, appropriately named the 1:59 Challenge, spurred just as much bewilderment as excitement, especially in the running community, where competitive athletes and recreational runners alike entered into fierce debate on the subject.

In the aftermath of the event, I was personally struck with a range of emotions and curiosities as a result of what I had just observed, in particular what it implies about the direction of the sport of distance running.

Over the course of my life, I have found inspiration in cases where people had triumphed in the face of adversity and unideal circumstances; in particular, the most profound inspiration has taken the form of triumph amidst relatable conditions, which allows us to begin to imagine the significance of any achievement.

Mankind is unque…