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2018-03-09 18:00 by Karl Denninger
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Here we go again...

CDC’s latest Vital Signs report found that in just over a year, emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 30 percent in all parts of the U.S. The most dramatic increase was in the Midwest, which saw a 70 percent jump in opioid overdoses.

First, you allowed drug companies to sell billions of product of questionable (at best) efficacy with known severe, life-threatening side effects.  Then you promoted a drug war along with the rest of the Federal Government that destroyed the ability of people who were addicted to get product of known quality and potency, making overdoses inevitable.  And finally, you and the rest whine about not only the deaths that were utterly expected given your actions and the violence that has been brought by same and claim you know "what to do next."

Well, you created the problem.  I hope you're happy with it.  Tens of thousands of dead Americans -- from the drugs alone, never mind all the homicides from the drug dealers shooting at each other (and they suck as marksmen too which means they hit innocents all the time by accident) is a body count that you're directly responsible for.

Oh, I know, you'll say it's not you because you're "just" the CDC.  Well, last time I checked the CDC was part of the Feral Government, so you can go join Jeff Sessions, the DEA and the rest of the evil bastards that have run this crap over the last 30+ years, never mind the pharma lobby.

Death, after all, sells big government and a jackbooted response.  Just like it did with Parkland, where a minuscule fraction of 1% (about 0.0033% in fact) abuse rate for a legal, common device has led to calls for banning same never mind that the Constitution says you can't.  That hasn't bothered anyone before and won't this time, right up until some group of Americans decide they've had enough and then things are going to get really nasty.

When will that day come?  Who knows.  Maybe never.  Maybe the American public will march right into the "showers" and let the door be bolted...... 

It's happened before, you know....

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2018-03-07 17:00 by Karl Denninger
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Seems that going to visit this kid in the hospital didn't work, did it Mr. Jackass Sheriff.....

Anthony Borges, 15, who courageously used his body as a human shield to protect other students when the shooter targeted them, getting hit with five bullets and winding up with injuries so severe that he cannot walk, has joined his family to file suit against the Broward County sheriff's office, the school resource officer, the Broward County school system and the principal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Borges was hit by bullets twice in his right leg, once in his left leg and twice in his torso.


If you recall the Sheriff took "special care" to visit this kid in the hospital.  At the time he was fully aware that he, and the rest of the authorities, had willfully and intentionally ignored multiple criminal acts by the shooter that, had he acted, would have led him to be either incarcerated or put under psychiatric hold -- either of which would have prevented the shooting.

Good for this kid and his family.  May he ram a big one up both the Sheriff's butthole and that of the school district.

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2018-03-06 18:49 by Karl Denninger
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Not ready?

Didn't stockpile anything?

Tough ****.  May you freeze to death.


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2018-03-05 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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I can't tell you the sort of visceral, outraged reactions I have gotten from people when I've pointed out that Uber, Lyft and similar "services" are not good for anyone.  Oh sure, they look good for you as a consumer right now, and those who drive for them say they "make some money" as well.

I have repeatedly pointed out that these "companies" are shams.  They not only intend to gang***** all of their drivers by putting them out of work permanently they also intend to screw everyone who uses them.

And the best part of it is that the public, from the drivers to the riders, lap it up like good little dogs drinking anti-freeze.

Well, here it is.

The mobility of people and not vehicles shall be in the center of transportation planning and decision-making. Cities shall prioritize walking, cycling, public transport and other efficient shared mobility, as well as their interconnectivity. Cities shall discourage the use of cars, single-passenger taxis, and other oversized vehicles transporting one person.

Got it?  Cities shall "discourage" the use of personally-owned vehicles.  And how would they do this?  By taxing the hell out of them, for openers.  Chicago and other cities already do this sort of thing by forcing you to buy a "city sticker" under pain of large, daily fines.  Jacking up that price to exorbitant levels will make privately-owned vehicles basically impossible for anyone who is not ridiculously wealthy to afford.

Residents, workers, businesses, and other stakeholders may feel direct impacts on their lives, their investments and their economic livelihoods by the unfolding transition to shared, zero-emission, and ultimately autonomous vehicles. We commit to actively engage these groups in the decision-making process and support them as we move through this transition.

In other words you'll get raped and we shall, through the force of government, demand you do so and wind up with all control (and the money) from transportation within cities.  Want to go somewhere we don't?  Tough crap.

Due to the transformational potential of autonomous vehicle technology, it is critical that all AVs are part of shared fleets, well-regulated, and zero emission. Shared fleets can provide more affordable access to all, maximize public safety and emissions benefits, ensure that maintenance and software upgrades are managed by professionals, and actualize the promise of reductions in vehicles, parking, and congestion, in line with broader policy trends to reduce the use of personal cars in dense urban areas.

And of course here's the punchline: You won't be able to legally buy and own a driverless car.

You will only be able to rent rides in one owned by Uber, Lyft and similar.

In other words here's a nice so-called "NGO" that is "partnering" with those nice folks like Rahm and his cadre of guns that all involved, including Uber, Lyft and others, intend to shove up your nose and force you to use their services in order to get around.  The personal ownership and use of such vehicles for those living in cities shall be prohibited under the law.

This is what you support if you allow Uber and Lyft to continue to operate either as a driver or a customer as this is what both they, and many other organizations, have directly signed onto and are advancing as public policy.

Your current car is likely to be the last one you're legally able to own and operate.  The ability go to when you want, where you want, and how you want is about to disappear all because you enabled and cheered on these firms.

Congratulations fools; you're all stupid beyond words and may you get exactly what you deserve and what I predicted -- long and hard.

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2018-03-01 13:36 by Karl Denninger
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Why did Parkland happen?

Because the law is not enforced; the shooter had been reported multiple times for acts that were plenty to arrest him, have him declared mentally incompetent or both.  He could not have shot up anything if in prison or a mental institution.

Why does medical care cost ten times what it does in other nations?

Because the law is not enforced; it is a felony to attempt to restrain trade, create or maintain monopolies, and price-fix.  The health care industry does all three on a daily basis.  You would not need "health insurance" for anything other than catastrophic events, Medicare and Medicaid would not be bankrupting the government and state and local pensions wouldn't be either if the law was enforced and those engaged in same were rotting in prison cells.

Why do we have an opiod epidemic?

Because the law is not enforced; it is a crime to knowingly divert or ship these drugs for other than legitimate uses, and when you ship enough pills into a town of 1,000 to give every single person there multiple doses a day it is clear they are not being used legitimately.  Yet not one pill manufacturing executive has faced indictment for what is clearly criminal behavior.

Why did an illegal invader shoot a young woman in California?

Because the law is not enforced.  He had been deported before, we let him come back in and California in particular gave him sanctuary.  In fact every single illegal invader here committed a criminal act as their first act on our soil.  Were the law to be enforced none of these crimes would have occurred.  There is an existing system to stop 90%+ of illegal invader employment, E-Verify.  Our government has refused to demand that all employers use it, under penalty of imprisonment.

Why did a man shoot 26 people in a Church in Texas?

Because the law is not enforced.  He had been court-martialed for assaulting his wife and child in New Mexico and served a 12 month sentence for same, plus a "bad conduct" discharge.  Under the Lautenberg Amendment this disqualified him from buying or owning firearms and yet nobody in the military went to prison for failing to enter his conviction into the system.

There is no law you can pass that will address any sort of violence nor any other sort of criminal conduct if it is not enforced.

There are over 50,000 gun laws alone on the books between federal, state and local legislation.  Nearly all of them, other than those directly dealing with the interstate trade in firearms, are blatantly unconstitutional.  Yet not only do we keep wanting to pass more laws we won't enforce the ones we already have, specifically when it comes to violent individuals that have been repeatedly reported or even those who have served criminal sentences.

At the same time you're robbed out of more than three trillion a year by the medical system for the exact same reason.  Laws that have existed for more than 100 years are routinely ignored by these companies because there is no risk to them in doing so.  At no time does anyone ever go to prison for outrageous violations of these laws.

A number of years ago a drug company was criminally prosecuted for off-label marketing of certain drugs to teens and children, for which there was no evidence of safety or efficacy.  It was later shown that they actually tampered with a scientific study to try to cover that up.  The scientific facts are that these drugs not only don't work in young people they actually make the risk of suicide go up instead of down and there is a small but non-zero risk of them causing homicidal rage attacks.  These drugs are implicated in many school and other "rage style" attacks, most of which are perpetrated by young people and in fact there is a warning in the prescribing information on these drugs related to this risk.  Yet not one person has gone to prison for the activities of those drug companies or for prescribing them to kids which arguably has resulted in virtually all mass-shootings of this type and what's worse is that we still allow doctors to hand these damn pills out like ****ing candy to children, adolescents and young adults despite knowing they are both ineffective and unsafe.

Who's responsible for all this?

You are.  We all are.  Instead of taking the pop-up spokesman of the day out behind the woodshed when some tragedy happens and refusing to play along with that political game we fawn over them while "supporting" politicians and other "important" people who speechify and demand new laws and "action."

We never demand that the people responsible for their negligent or intentional inaction, or even worse, their complicit and blatantly illegal conduct before the fact that allows these events to occur or even potentiates them go straight to prison.

We also fail to demand that those who rob us out of more than $3 trillion dollars a year collectively, or about one dollar in six that is spent in the economy, go to prison.

Instead, we all play pity party when bad things happen and then mewl out the by-now standard: Please sir, just the tip this time and may I have a stick for my teeth first?

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