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Friday • July 1 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXVI

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Updated: 16 min 36 sec ago

Is Our Nashua Police Commission Insufficiently Diverse?

Fri, 2021-08-13 13:28 +0000

A petition is in circulation in Nashua that proposes a referendum question for the November ballot that would expand the Nashua Police Commission and allow local officials to choose its members.  Currently, the commission's three members are nominated by the governor and approved by the Executive Council.  Apparently, a lack of diversity on the Commission is the driving force for the proposed changes.

Two former police chiefs and other retired officers, Nashua business leaders, including operators of three automotive dealerships, realtors, and former Nashua Mayor Bernie Streeter are among many who oppose the change and have sent a letter calling on the Nashua Board of Aldermen to withdraw the petition. 

One issue raised by the letter signers was past issues with investigations and illegal activities at city hall that resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of prior aldermen — something that might not have occurred with aldermen who had control of the police commission members and the decisions they make when it comes to hiring and firing. Other issues like hiring decisions, response times, the city's police budget, and the impact public safety decisions might have on the tax base, real estate values, and other issues should be considered, they said.

Nashua Police Chief Michael Carignan also opposes the changes, posted a letter to the citizens of Nashua on the Nashua PD website. 

To the Citizens of Nashua,

    Recently, a resolution was presented to reconfigure and restructure the Nashua Police Commission. I oppose this resolution. This resolution is shortsighted and lacks the appropriate public discussion for such a significant change. The professionalism of the Nashua Police Department is a substantial reason why the City of Nashua is regarded as one of the safest cities in the country. Changing the leadership structure for an entity responsible for ensuring your safety should not be done hastily or haphazardly. Please do not sign the petition for Resolution R-21-143 until you are fully informed of the implications for this change.

The majority of the City's Alderwomen and Aldermen are in agreement with me in wanting to have a broader conversation relative to this issue. Recognizing the gravity of this decision, and the unintended consequences that come from rushed legislation, the Board of Aldermen Personnel Committee tabled the current legislation to form a study group on the matter. Yet the Mayor, a few Aldermen, and a citizen group, have ignored this process and are seeking a petition to get this matter on the ballot for November.

When I moved to Nashua in 1998, a banner across Main Street boasted Money Magazine's designation of Nashua as the number one place to live in the United States.  Nashua has routinely made it into the magazine's top 100 places to live.  One of the reasons is public safety.

NASHUA, NH — Nashua is the safest city in America. That is according to WalletHub, a personal finance service which on Monday released its "2017 Safest Cities in America" survey. Nashua was one of five New England cities to make the top 10. The survey was based on crime, road quality and unemployment, among other factors. Manchester was ranked No. 28.

"No one can avoid all danger, however, and we take on a certain level of risk based on where we choose to live," WalletHub wrote. "Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm... People encounter hazards every day, some serious, others rare and innocuous. But we fear certain kinds more than others. According to Gallup, four in 10 Americans 'fear being a victim of a mass shooting,' while 30 percent of U.S. adults are concerned about terrorism. Many also worry about falling victim to hate crimes or sexual assault."

It seems Mayor Donchess and a minority on the Board of Aldermen would ask Nashua citizens to throw all that away in the interests of diversity.  Doing things for the sake of diversity is all the rage these days, but will this improve public safety?  Is there an urgent problem that needs attention?  Chief Carignan argues persuasively that there is not.

The manner in which the Nashua Police Commissioners are selected provides a sense of leadership stability. This consistency has led to the Nashua Police Department receiving the highest reviews from CALEA, the national accrediting body for police agencies. Nashua Police is among 5% of all police agencies to receive, or attempt to receive accreditation. Within that small number of selective agencies, NPD has received the honor of being recognized as the best of the best.

NPD hires and promotes based on merit. This seems intuitive, but it is often not the case for many government departments. NPD's exceptional service comes from individuals who earned the privilege of being hired and promoted. Political influences in these decisions, which happens routinely in many systems similar to that proposed in the Resolution, will degrade the quality of personnel hired or promoted within the Department. This leads to offering a diluted service to the citizens.

I ask this question to the Nashua business community. If your business is highly profitable, responsibly managed, and recognized as an industry leader, would you change your organizational structure on a whim? You would not do that, because it does not make sense. The Mayor has referenced lack of diversity on the Commission as being a driving force for this change, yet he has never contacted the Governor to effect any change or request candidates. The Mayor has also said a change in the Commission structure would provide greater budget control. This is not accurate. The Department's budget is controlled by the Board of Aldermen. In fact, NPD is authorized to have 187 officers, yet in working within the budgetary boundaries established by the Board of Aldermen, the Department will not hire above 179 officers.

Nashua has won numerous awards for livability. Public safety is a key component for such a rating. Will a change to the Police Commission make Nashua a SAFER city? No, it will not. Will it result in hiring and retaining better officers? No, it will not.

I am opposed to this Resolution. The current system has served the City of Nashua exceptionally well for over 120 years. It is a contributing factor for Nashua being one of the best cities to live and work. NPD's commitment to creating a safe and secure community is why many of you have decided to live here. I want to engage in a conversation with citizens to see if and where improvements can be made. However, people should not sign the petition for Resolution R-21-143 until they have had an opportunity to hear both sides of the issue.

Read the rest of Chief Carignan's letter here.

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Baby It's Cold Outside

Fri, 2021-08-13 11:00 +0000

Global Warming Climate Change

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Scott Rasmussen: The Majority Favor Voter ID

Thu, 2021-08-12 19:29 +0000

Voters prefer a Congressional candidate who believes that all voters should show a photo ID before casting a ballot.

The candidate supporting photo ID requirements is preferred by 70% of White voters, 68% of Hispanic voters, and 56% of Black voters.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans prefer the candidate supporting photo IDs. Independents, by a 62% to 10% margin, agree. Among Democrats, 50% prefer the candidate supporting photo ID while 32% take the opposite view.

This could be a significant challenge for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. The “For the People Act” effectively banned the use of photo ID requirements for elections. Virtually all Democrats in Congress have voted for that legislation.

Advocates of the  “For the People Act,” argue that the bill would not technically ban photo ID requirements. In their view, the legislation simply provides a workaround for people who don’t have photo IDs. Anybody would be allowed to vote by providing a sworn, written statement to an election official stating that they are eligible to vote. However, only 19% of voters consider that an acceptable substitute. Seventy-three percent (73%) are opposed.

Read the rest here.

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Still Doesn't Get It

Thu, 2021-08-12 13:51 +0000

Scott Brown has decided on a return to the political arena.  Good luck with that.

Former Sen. Scott Brown announced on Wednesday he is resigning as head of New England Law Boston and plans to "re-engage in the political arena."

Why it matters: There are a few potentially attractive opportunities for the former Massachusetts Republican — who has strong name recognition and is an ally of former President Trump — in his new home state of New Hampshire.

  • Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has long been courted by the GOP to run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan. If Sununu ultimately chooses to do so, Brown would have an opening to possibly replace him as governor.
  • Brown could potentially try to get in the race against Hassan in 2022, although some GOP strategists told Axios his closeness to Trump could hurt his chances.
  • More of a long-shot: running for president in 2024 boosted by his residency in the first primary state, connection to Trump and recent experience in foreign affairs.

The backdrop: Brown served as Trump's U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa from 2017 until December 2020.

All that Brown has going for him is his decision to hitch his wagon to the Trump campaign back in 2016, an opportunistic move at best.  Unfortunately, Brown is not Trump. 

Brown's rise to the national spotlight came as ObamaCare made its way through Congress in early 2010. At that moment, Massachusetts voters faced a rare opportunity in the special election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had died of cancer.  By rejecting Democrat and heir apparent Martha Coakley, who would have been the decisive 60th Senate vote in favor, Massachusetts voters might defeat ObamaCare.  Brown promised to vote against ObamaCare, and in a shocking upset, defeated Coakley.

But Brown hadn't come to his anti-ObamaCare strategy right away, initially billing himself as someone who could help break the gridlock in Washington.  I suspect that even now Brown doesn't realize that the voters who put him in office for his brief Senate career were voting for gridlock.  In any case, Brown never got his chance to vote against ObamaCare (or break his promise and vote in favor of it — a real possibility).  Employing something called "deem and pass," the House voted to accept the Senate's version of the ObamaCare bill as its own, thus eliminating the need for a Senate vote on the reconciliation of two competing versions.

Shortly afterward, Brown went back to talking about breaking gridlock and reaching across the aisle.  He hasn't won an election since.  And what does he say now?

Brown added he is looking forward “to re-engaging in the political arena in support of candidates and causes who share my vision of re-building the Republican Party and moving our country beyond the partisan gridlock — goals that were incompatible with my role as the leader of a non-partisan academic institution.”

Great.  With the 2020 election having been stolen, our voices censored by a big tech/government coalition, and our constitutional rights under attack as never before, Brown wants to reach across the aisle.  Nice to know that Brown would like to make the death of America a bipartisan effort.

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Seth Keshel at the Cyber Symposium

Thu, 2021-08-12 12:48 +0000

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IPCC Sea Level Projections

Thu, 2021-08-12 12:41 +0000

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2010 Census Used to Inflate the 2020 Vote

Wed, 2021-08-11 19:48 +0000

Dr. Douglas G Frank

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Senator Rand Paul on YouTube Censorship

Wed, 2021-08-11 17:18 +0000

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In This Day and Age?

Wed, 2021-08-11 17:05 +0000
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Who Stole the Election?

Wed, 2021-08-11 16:15 +0000

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How Many Others?

Wed, 2021-08-11 15:41 +0000

How Many Other Andrew Cuomos Are Elites Covering For?  It's always Democrats or big dollar Democrat donors who get the cover, and it's been going on for quite a long time.

Covering for elite misconduct is a perpetual problem in the media; it didn’t start with Cuomo. As Federalist Political Editor John Daniel Davidson wrote on Tuesday, the media did the same with Harvey Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein, and Theodore McCarrick. Don’t forget Bill Clinton or Roman Polanski, either.

“Everyone knew. No one cared. No one said anything until forced to. Then the feigned shock and outrage, the concern about the treatment of women, the hand-wringing and Me Too-ing, the performances on social media,” Davidson wrote. “As long as sexual harassment, assault, abuse, even the sex trafficking of underage girls stays quiet, then [the media] stay quiet, too.”

The media provided the same cover in the ’80s and ’90s for Ted Kennedy. Allegedly drunkenly rubbing his genitals against an unwitting waitress in the private room of a restaurant in the infamous “waitress sandwich” episode wasn’t enough to get the media’s attention. Nor was plummeting his car off a bridge and leaving a woman for dead in the passenger seat as it sank to the bottom of a pond.

The media framed the “accident” as something Kennedy’s political opponents would use against him in campaigns — your stereotypical “Republicans pounce” spin. “His big heart, sharp mind, and boundless energy were gifts he gave to make our democracy a more perfect union,” Bill Clinton would later say, with Barack Obama adding that Kennedy was “the greatest United States senator of our time.”

Read the rest here.

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UN Routinely Warns Us

Wed, 2021-08-11 13:19 +0000

Thread:

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Lost?

Wed, 2021-08-11 05:20 +0000

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Some People Have All the Luck

Wed, 2021-08-11 05:15 +0000

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Their Proud History

Wed, 2021-08-11 05:01 +0000

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You Are Here —>

Tue, 2021-08-10 11:38 +0000

Doomed seems a bit pessimistic.  I'll hold out for hope until the results of the 2022 midterms are in.

 

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Will This Video Go Viral?

Mon, 2021-08-09 20:57 +0000

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Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Part of Green New Deal, Jacks Up Debt

Mon, 2021-08-09 17:58 +0000

The following article was provided by Mike Gleason, a Director with Money Metals Exchange

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Will we see an orderly -- or disorderly -- decline in the value of the dollar?

As the U.S. Senate moves closer to passing a trillion-dollar spending bill that includes some infrastructure priorities, critics are warning that the public is being taken for a ride.

President Joe Biden and his allies in Congress have actually claimed that the new spending won’t add to the national debt or increase pressures on inflation. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pitched the package as an investment in the economy.

It’s certainly true that much of the nation’s infrastructure is badly in need of upgrades. Roads, bridges, pipes, and airports across the country are in poor shape.

But the proposed spending includes lots of things that have nothing to do with actual, physical infrastructure improvements. The Wall Street Journal slammed it as a step toward a Green New Deal.

And it’s not all paid for through budgetary gimmicks, either. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported on Thursday that the infrastructure bill in its current form would increase federal budget deficits by $256 billion over 10 years.

So as with other forms of government spending, it will be paid for by creating new debt and inflating the currency supply.

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah blasted the bill’s fake “pay for” provisions and predicted higher inflation rates ahead.

Sen. Mike Lee: And there are lots of good things in this bill that will help a lot of good people, that are well-deserving. Sometimes when you get so wrapped up in that, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the pay-fors are fake. But if we weren't going to provide real pay-fors, then we should have just seen from them an admission from the outset. We're not going to pay for it. And instead they said, "It's going to be paid for." And then they released it and said, "It is paid for," only there are some asterisks next to that, some footnotes that reveal that according to a lot of research that's been done on it, as much as half of the pay-fors are just fake. Rising deficits and the mounting debt that we've accumulated is not just a future problem, it's a present problem. We're seeing inflation, the likes of which we haven't seen in decades. And I strongly predict, by the time the latest inflation numbers come out just a week or two from now, we're going to see that it's even worse.

Inflation this year has been much higher than the Biden administration and the Federal Reserve had predicted. But in recent weeks a massive disconnect has emerged in the bond market, where yields are falling rather than rising.

The 10-year Treasury yield dipped below 1.2% this week. Perhaps bond buyers are convinced that inflation pressures are transitory and that consumer prices will barely budge over the next decade.

Or perhaps the bond market is reflecting some other reality. Expectations that the Fed will continue to be the largest buyer of Treasuries may be overriding any concerns about inflation and negative real yields.

A surprising lack of inflation fear is also being reflected in the precious metals markets – at least in this summer’s trading.

Gold prices have been trading close to the $1,800 level over the past month. They need to climb above $1,840 an ounce to get some upside momentum going.

The metals complex is taking it on the chin unfortunately today. As of this Friday morning recording, gold trades at $1,769 an ounce and is down 2.8% since last Friday’s close. The silver market shows a weekly loss of 4.7% to bring spot prices to $24.36 per ounce. Platinum is off 6.4% this week to come in at $994. And finally, palladium is putting in a slight weekly loss of 0.7% to trade at $2,672 per ounce.

Precious metals investors will need to keep a long-term perspective through these choppy market conditions. Markets are inherently unpredictable from day to day. But if the goal in acquiring physical bullion is to beat inflation and maintain or grow purchasing power over time, then there are trillions of reasons to keep accumulating.

The government officially owes $28.6 trillion on the heels of a record $3.4 trillion budget deficit.

Treasury Secretary Yellen announced Wednesday she would be pursuing emergency measures to raise $126 billion and avoid breaching the Congressionally imposed debt ceiling.

The Treasury’s accounting maneuvers will, for now, avert a disastrous debt default. And, like so many times before, Congress will eventually raise the debt ceiling to enable more Biden administration borrowing

To expect politicians to ever impose meaningful fiscal discipline on themselves is to ignore all recent history. Regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans happen to be in charge at any given time, the spending never stops and the debt always expands.

That doesn’t mean Washington can continue running up red ink in perpetuity without serious consequences. The ultimate consequence may be a currency crisis as the Fed’s own ongoing extraordinary measures of buying up government bonds trigger a slide in confidence in the U.S. dollar itself.

Since Federal Reserve Notes are no longer backed by gold or silver or anything tangible, maintaining their value is literally a confidence game. Of course, having the world’s largest economy and military with global trade conducted mostly in dollars, combined with the IRS’s power to tax in dollars, goes a long way toward bolstering confidence that lots of people will continue to need dollars.

Thanks to its privileged position on the world stage, the U.S. has been able to forestall a currency crisis for longer than many sound money advocates would have thought possible. But as the country’s debt rises faster than its GDP and interest rates remain artificially depressed below the inflation rate, the value of the currency has nowhere to go but down.

No emergency accounting gimmicks by bureaucrats or fake “pay fors” by politicians will be able to bail the system out from what’s coming. All they can do is try to keep kicking the can down the road. But the end of the road may be approaching.

Investors need to be prepared for what happens next.

A sharp rise in inflation has already occurred over the past year as a result of expansionary fiscal and monetary policies. While Fed Chairman Jerome Powell assures the recent inflation spike is just “transitory,” the government’s borrowing binge is more aptly described as intractable.

There is no political will to stop the deficit spending or pay down the national debt. And there is no way for officials to maintain their growing debt load other than by inflating the currency supply.

The only question is whether they will be successful in engineering a gradual, orderly decline in the value of the dollar…or whether they will one day lose control as the currency collapses.

In either scenario, gold and silver markets can be expected to perform relatively well. But in the event that the dollar’s decline becomes disorderly, precious metals may be the only asset class that holds up well.

Well, that will do it for this week. Be sure to check back next Friday for our next Weekly Market Wrap Podcast. Until then this has been Mike Gleason with Money Metals Exchange, thanks for listening and have a weekend everybody.

   

Mike Gleason is a Director with Money Metals Exchange, a precious metals dealer recently named "Best in the USA" by an independent global ratings group. Gleason is a hard money advocate and a strong proponent of personal liberty, limited government and the Austrian School of Economics. A graduate of the University of Florida, Gleason has extensive experience in management, sales and logistics as well as precious metals investing. He also puts his longtime broadcasting background to good use, hosting a weekly precious metals podcast since 2011, a program listened to by tens of thousands each week.

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Yesterday, during the height of summer, Greenland GAINED Enough Mass to Bury Central Park Under 2,200+ Feet of Ice

Mon, 2021-08-09 11:37 +0000

SMB refers to the Greenland ice sheet's Surface Mass Balance.  It's not melting away, and it's not going to start any time soon.

That’s right, despite the MSM’s wild reporting and hyperbole re the 2 days of anomalous summer melt in late-July, the Greenland ice sheet is currently in great health — a state it has been in all season, and one it’s been in for the past five seasons (see below).

LiveScience were among the first to post the obfuscating nonsense: “Massive melting event strikes Greenland after record heat wave,” reads a headline dated August 2–after the publication had been silent ALL year during the sheet’s record growth.

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The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).

Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.

Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.

 

Read the rest here.

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