Targeting the Middle Class and Our Political Circus

    enSeptember 21, 2023

    Podcast Summary

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    • IRS Focuses on Examining Middle Class TaxesThe IRS, with new examiners, targets middle class taxpayers, particularly independent contractors, small business owners, cash dealers, and those in the black market, due to their lack of skilled representation. Entitlement programs' funding comes from these groups.

      The IRS, with the addition of 88,000 new tax examiners, is likely to focus on examining the taxes of the middle class, particularly those who are independent contractors and small business owners, as well as those who deal in cash and the black market. These individuals often lack access to skilled accountants and lawyers, making them an attractive target for the IRS. The speaker argues that the left, which drives large deficits through entitlement programs, will ultimately have to pay for these programs by targeting these groups. Additionally, the speaker notes that tip income, which is often not reported, will also be a focus for the IRS. The speaker expresses ambiguity about the situation, acknowledging that while they don't like the IRS targeting these groups, many of them are part of the spending machine that requires funding.

    • Improper planning and resources for large immigrant populationsLack of strategic planning and resources for large immigrant populations can lead to political and social tensions, causing resentment from locals and potential consequences including political instability and resource depletion.

      The influx of large numbers of immigrants into cities like New York, without proper planning and resources, can lead to political and social tensions. The discussion highlighted the situation where 8 million immigrants, mostly without skills or resources, were brought into the city, leading to a strain on resources and causing resentment from locals. The lack of a strategic plan from the authorities to manage this situation was criticized, with some suggesting that the new US border is effectively the border of Texas, and illegal immigrants cannot come north. The potential consequences of such a situation include political instability and the depletion of resources in cities. It's important for authorities to have a well-thought-out plan to manage immigration, including background checks and resources for newcomers, to prevent potential issues.

    • Personal experiences of dealing with illegal activities and immigration in a rural areaLiving in a rural area exposes one to complex issues like illegal activities and immigration, with challenges in dealing with undocumented immigrants, lack of support from law enforcement and insurance companies, and potential consequences for all communities.

      The speaker shares his personal experiences of living in a rural area where illegal activities, including an orchard operating as a brothel, were prevalent. He also discusses the challenges of dealing with undocumented immigrants, including accidents and abandoned property, and the lack of support from law enforcement and insurance companies. The speaker expresses frustration with the perceived indifference of those who advocate for open borders and sanctuary cities, and warns that the consequences of such policies may soon affect more communities. He believes that the Biden administration's plan is to let in more immigrants but not provide adequate resources or support for them in urban areas. Overall, the speaker's perspective highlights the complexities and challenges of dealing with illegal activities and immigration in rural areas.

    • Societal divide between wealthy and labor force in Silicon ValleyThe disconnect between wealthy residents and the labor force, mostly composed of undocumented immigrants, leads to societal tensions and a lack of concern for their well-being and integration into the community.

      The disparity between wealthy communities in the Silicon Valley and the labor force, mostly composed of undocumented immigrants, leads to a disconnected societal divide. The wealthy residents are insulated from the daily struggles and societal issues faced by the labor force, and as a result, they don't fully understand or empathize with their situation. This disconnect can lead to a lack of concern for the well-being and integration of the undocumented immigrants into the community. The speaker's personal experiences with issues such as crime, lack of education, and cultural differences highlight the challenges faced by the undocumented labor force and the consequences of ignoring these issues. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 can be seen as a response to these societal tensions and the feeling of being overlooked by the political establishment.

    • Democratic Party's approach to voter groups may be alienating themThe Democratic Party's focus on courting the rich and romanticizing poverty could lead to significant losses in key voting blocs, particularly Hispanic and working-class Americans.

      The Democratic Party's approach to certain voter groups, particularly Hispanic and working-class Americans, may be alienating them and potentially losing their support in future elections. The speaker expresses concern that the party's leadership has become disconnected from the experiences and concerns of these communities, and instead focuses on romanticizing the poor and courting the rich. He believes that this attitude could lead to significant losses in key voting blocs, making it difficult for the Democratic Party to win elections even with vote harvesting and other tactics. The speaker also criticizes figures like AOC and some Democratic politicians for their lack of understanding of the realities faced by people in certain communities, and warns that the party risks losing their support if it continues to dismiss their concerns.

    • Actions of public figures reveal importance of transparency and consistencyPublic figures, regardless of personal beliefs or norms, must maintain transparency and consistency to build trust with the public.

      While some political figures and candidates may not align with traditional values or norms, it's important to consider their actions and how they present themselves to the public. For instance, AOC, despite her stance against the status quo, was found to have misrepresented her marital status when filing ethics forms. Another candidate, Susanna Gibson, engaged in a side hustle involving adult content and then became angry when her privacy was violated during her campaign. These instances highlight the need for transparency and consistency in public figures, even if their personal lives may not align with societal norms. It's also important to note that the line between privacy and public scrutiny can be blurry, and individuals in the public eye must be prepared for criticism.

    • Double standard in political scrutinyPoliticians from marginalized backgrounds face less backlash for actions that would be heavily criticized if committed by someone from a different background. Recognizing and challenging these double standards promotes fairness and equality in politics.

      There seems to be a double standard when it comes to scrutiny and criticism of political figures, particularly those from marginalized backgrounds. The speaker in this conversation brought up examples of politicians, specifically women of color, who have faced less backlash for actions that would have been heavily criticized if committed by someone from a different background. The conversation also touched upon the idea that some politicians believe they are entitled to certain privileges and exemptions in order to effectively fight for social justice causes. However, when these exemptions are exposed, there can be significant public reaction. It's important to recognize and challenge these double standards in order to promote fairness and equality in politics.

    • Political donations as insurance policiesSuccessful individuals buy 'insurance policies' through political donations to protect against potential retaliation, drawing comparisons to mafia tactics. Power dynamics shift as politicians face backlash, raising questions about loyalty and potential party departures.

      Successful individuals are buying "insurance policies" by donating to politicians as a means of protection against potential retaliation from the administrative state, particularly under the Biden administration. This is seen as a powerful inducement, and some compare it to the mafia's shakedown tactics. Joe Manchin, a Democratic senator from West Virginia, is an example of a politician who once held power due to the 50-50 Senate but now faces backlash from his constituents for forgetting his working-class roots. The Democratic Party's shift away from supporting traditional industries and workers has led many to question Manchin's loyalty and consider his potential departure as an independent or even a Republican. Ultimately, these political dynamics highlight the complex power dynamics at play in American politics and the lengths some individuals go to protect their interests.

    • Respecting Skills and Contributions During Resource ScarcityDuring resource scarcity, it's crucial to value all people's skills and contributions instead of belittling them. Joe Manchin's political transformation and the Biden administration's Iran deal illustrate this concept.

      During a time of resource scarcity and rapid development in other countries, it's crucial to respect and value the skills and contributions of all people instead of belittling them. The example of Joe Manchin's political transformation highlights this idea. Meanwhile, the Biden administration's decision to pay $1,000,000,000 to Iran, as discussed in a recent editorial from National Review, demonstrates the importance of standing firm against potentially detrimental foreign deals. Additionally, the various ways to engage with Victor Davis Hanson's work, such as his website, newsletter, and social media, offer opportunities for further exploration and learning.

    • Ransom prices for hostages increasing significantly over timeGovernments should consider alternative methods for securing hostages' release beyond paying large ransoms, as the long-term consequences could be detrimental due to potential misuse of funds and encouragement of further hostage-taking and terrorism.

      The history of paying ransom money to secure the release of hostages has shown a concerning trend of prices increasing significantly over time. This was exemplified in the case of Iran, where the price went from $100 million to potentially $6-7 billion. This trend is problematic as there is a risk that the money could be used for nefarious activities, such as funding terrorism or nuclear weapons development. The ransom payments are also a source of political controversy, with some arguing that they encourage further hostage-taking and terrorism. Despite assurances that the money will be used for humanitarian purposes, there is a risk that it will be used for other purposes, as demonstrated by Iran's past actions. It is important for governments to consider alternative methods for securing the release of hostages that do not involve paying large sums of money, as the long-term consequences of these payments could be detrimental.

    • Perception of American Leaders by IranIranians respect strong and capable American leaders, while showing contempt towards those perceived as weak or appeasers. Authenticity and consistency in leadership are key to building trust in international relations.

      International relations involve complex power dynamics and diplomatic maneuvering. The speaker in this discussion highlights the example of dealing with Iran and how they perceive American leaders. They argue that Iranians respect and even admire or fear leaders who are perceived as strong and capable, while they have contempt for those they see as weak or appeasers. The speaker also criticizes President Joe Biden for perceived inconsistencies in his self-identified background and questions his authenticity. The discussion also touches on historical examples of international relations and the impact of perceived weakness on the actions of other nations. Overall, the speaker's perspective emphasizes the importance of projecting strength and honesty in international diplomacy.

    • Blurred lines between journalism and political campaigningBe cautious when dealing with journalists who may not have genuine journalistic intentions, some act as political operatives seeking to manipulate or defame conservatives

      The line between journalism and political campaigning has become increasingly blurred, with some media outlets acting more like extensions of political campaigns than unbiased sources of information. The speaker shared personal experiences of being approached by journalists who asked for quotes with the intention of criticizing conservatives, and warned against giving interviews to such individuals. The speaker also cited examples of journalists collaborating with political campaigns, as evidenced by John Podesta's emails. The speaker emphasized that this is not a new phenomenon but a trend that has become more prevalent in recent times. The speaker's advice to everyone is to be cautious and not fall for the appeal to vanity from journalists who may not have genuine journalistic intentions. Instead, it is essential to recognize that these individuals are not journalists but rather political operatives seeking to manipulate or defame conservatives.

    • Navigating the stormy waters caused by the leftFocus on shared goals and actions to reach traditional America, despite left's attempts to swamp the boat

      In today's polarized climate, engaging with those who hold opposing views, particularly those aligned with the Democratic party's new left wing, can be detrimental. These individuals are not neutral journalists but operatives out to destroy. Instead, it's essential to focus on the shared goals and actions that can help navigate the stormy waters caused by the left. Victor Davis Hanson uses the analogy of being in the same boat, trying to reach the shore of traditional America, with the left wielding the elements to swamp them. The positive feedback and high ratings for Hanson's podcast demonstrate that many people resonate with this perspective.

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      Victor Davis Hanson expresses his gratitude to his audience for subscribing to his free weekly email newsletter, Civil Thoughts. The newsletter, which includes over a dozen recommended readings from the previous week, is sponsored by the Association of Mature American Citizens. Hanson thanks AMAC for their support and looks forward to returning with another episode of his show soon. He encourages everyone to sign up for Civil Thoughts at civilthoughts.com. Hanson values the support and engagement of his listeners and appreciates their continued interest in his work.

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    fiveofthebest.podomatic.com new episode 12 th march still traveling and having little trouble,  will try to add pics tomorrow     Satelittes           Satellites operate in extreme temperatures from −150 °C (−238 °F) to 150 °C (300 °F) and may be subject to radiation in space. Satellite components that can be exposed to radiation are shielded with aluminium and other radiation-resistant material     Communication satellites range from microsatellites weighing less than 1 kg (2.2 pounds) to large satellites weighing over 6,500 kg (14,000 pounds). Advances in miniaturization and digitalization have substantially increased the capacity of satellites over the years. Early Bird had just one transponder capable of sending just one TV channel. The Boeing 702 series of satellites, in contrast, can have more than 100 transponders, and with the use of digital compression technology each transponder can have up to 16 channels, providing more than 1,600 TV channels through one satellite.     A signal that is bounced off a GEO satellite takes approximately 0.22 second to travel at the speed of light from Earth to the satellite and back. This delay poses some problems for applications such as voice services and mobile telephony. Therefore, most mobile and voice services usually use LEO   Satellites face competition from other media such as fibre optics, cable, and other land-based delivery systems such as microwaves and even power lines. The main advantage of satellites is that they can distribute signals from one point to many locations. As such, satellite technology is ideal for “point-to-multipoint” communications such as broadcasting. Satellite communication does not require massive investments on the ground   The Intelsat spans theToday there are approximately 150 communication satellites in orbit with over 100 in geosynchronous orbit. globe, and domestic satellites such as the USSR's Molniya satellites. Western Union's Westar, and Canada's Anik - serve individual countries. The Intelsat V is the latest in its space-craft series, it can handle 12,000 telephone circuits and two color television transmission simultaneously.     Which of the following whirls around the Earth at 5 miles per second? Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope is named after Edwin Hubble (1889-1953). Hubble's Law (also named after Edwin Hubble) is a theory that suggests that there is a constantly expanding universe.     Weather Satellites     The first weather satellite was launched on February 17, 1959. What was the name of this satellite? Vanguard 2. Vanguard 2 was designed to measure cloud cover, however, this satellite was poor in collecting data as a poor axis and rotation kept it from collecting meaningful information. TIROS-1 which was launched by NASA in 1960, was the first successful weather satellite and operated for 78 days.   THE MOON     The prevailing hypothesis today is that the Earth–Moon system formed as a result of agiant impact, where a Mars-sized body (named Theia) collided with the newly formed proto-Earth, blasting material into orbit around it that accreted to form the Moon.[20] This hypothesis perhaps best explains the evidence, although not perfectly.   The Moon is drifting away from the Earth:The Moon is moving approximately 3.8 cm away from our planet every year. It is estimated that it will continue to do so for around 50 billion years. By the time that happens, the Moon will be taking around 47 days to orbit the Earth instead of the current 27.3 days.   Evolution of moon  7 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuHasBN-U1c 4 min good video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSV98i0jzro   STRANGE SATELLITES   Lapetus moon   Iapetus was discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini, an Italian–French astronomer, in October 1671  Cassini correctly surmised that Iapetus has a bright hemisphere and a dark hemisphere, and that it is tidally locked, always keeping the same face towards Saturn. This means that the bright hemisphere is visible from Earth when Iapetus is on the western side of Saturn, and that the dark hemisphere is visible when Iapetus is on the eastern side. The dark hemisphere was later named Cassini Regio in his honour.     A further mystery of Iapetus is the equatorial ridge that runs along the center of Cassini Regio, about 1,300 km long, 20 km wide, 13 km high. It was discovered when the Cassini spacecraft imaged Iapetus on December 31, 2004. Peaks in the ridge rise more than 20 km above the surrounding plains, making them some of the tallest mountains in the Solar System. The ridge forms a complex system including isolated peaks, segments of more than 200 km and sections with three near parallel ridges.[27           MIMAS Mimas is a moon of Saturn which was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel.[8] It is named after Mimas, a son of Gaia in Greek mythology, and is also designated Saturn I. With a diameter of 396 kilometres (246 mi) it is the twentieth-largest moon in the Solar System and is the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.     The surface area of Mimas is slightly less than the land area of Spain. The low density of Mimas, 1.15 g/cm³, indicates that it is composed mostly of water ice with only a small amount of rock.   TRITON Triton is unique among all large moons in the Solar System for its retrograde orbit around its planet (i.e., it orbits in a direction opposite to the planet's rotation). Most of the outer irregular moons of Jupiter and Saturn also have retrograde orbits, as do some ofUranus's outer moons. However, these moons are all much more distant from their primaries, and are small in comparison; the largest of them (Phoebe)[f] has only 8% of the diameter (and 0.03% of the mass) of Triton.       HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE       Launch: April 24, 1990 from space shuttle Discovery (STS-31) Deployment: April 25, 1990 Mission Duration: Up to 20 years Servicing Mission 1: December 1993 Servicing Mission 2: February 1997 Servicing Mission 3A: December 1999 Servicing Mission 3B: February 2002 Servicing Mission 4: May 2009 Size Length: 43.5 ft (13.2 m)Weight: 24,500 lb (11,110 kg) Maximum Diameter: 14 ft (4.2 m) Cost at Launch $1.5 billion Spaceflight Statistics Orbit: At an altitude of 307 nautical miles (569 km, or 353 miles), inclined 28.5 degrees to the equator (low-Earth orbit)Time to Complete One Orbit: 97 minutes Speed: 17,500 mph (28,000 kph) Optical Capabilities Hubble Can't Observe: The Sun or Mercury, which is too close to the Sun Sensitivity to Light: Ultraviolet through infrared (115—2500 nanometers) First Image: May 20, 1990: Star Cluster NGC 3532 Data Statistics Hubble transmits about 120 gigabytes of science data every week. That's equal to about 3,600 feet (1,097 meters) of books on a shelf. The rapidly growing collection of pictures and data is stored on magneto-optical         disks. Power Needs Energy Source: The Sun Mechanism: Two 25-foot solar panels Power usage: 2,800 watts Pointing Accuracy In order to take images of distant, faint objects, Hubble must be extremely steady and accurate. The telescope is able to lock onto a target without deviating more than 7/1000th of an arcsecond, or about the width of a human hair seen at a distance of 1 mile. Hubble's Mirrors Primary Mirror Diameter: 94.5 in (2.4 m) Primary Mirror Weight: 1,825 lb (828 kg) Secondary Mirror Diameter: 12 in (0.3 m) Secondary Mirror Weight: 27.4 lb (12.3 kg) Power Storage Batteries: 6 nickel-hydrogen (NiH) Storage Capacity: equal to 20 car batteries         International space station   It’s the most expensive object ever built At an estimated cost of $100bn dollars, the ISS is the most expensive single object ever built by mankind. Roughly half of the total price was contributed by the USA, the rest by other nations including Europe, Japan and Russia.   Tracy Caldwell in cupola module