Thought for the day

"But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence . . . only illusion is sacred, truth has become profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness." -- Ludwig Feuerbach, (1804-1872), Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." -- Plato

Treasury Secretary Yellen has been out on the campaign trail, calling for higher taxes on individuals and US companies. The Secretary thinks the government needs to collect more taxes, even though her own Department just reported that federal tax collections are at record high levels.

“It is the function of mass agitation to exploit all the grievances, hopes, aspirations, prejudices, fears, and ideals of all the special groups that make up our society, social, religious, economic, racial, political. Stir them up. Set one against the other. Divide and conquer. That’s the way to soften up a democracy.

- J. Edgar Hoover, Masters of Deceit

The U.S. government has become a master of deceit.

It’s all documented, too.

Switzerland has decided to stop sharing tax information with Russia, the Swiss government announced on Friday.

The Federal Council decided to suspend the exchange of information on tax issues with Russia, the statement said.

Earlier on Friday, Switzerland, following the example of the European Union, announced that it had decided to suspend an agreement with Russia on simplifying the visa regime.

Now that the mindless lemmings in the mainstream media have finished gushing over the idea that Patagonia's founder, Yvon Chouinard, was giving up all of his company's profits for benefit of fighting climate change, the reality of the situation can finally start to make its way out.