Friday, October 24, 2014

The Black Man's Guide Out of Poverty

I was interviewed by Kerry Lutz recently and made the announcement and title of my next book official.  I'm going to aim to have it done by Christmas selling season, but that's about to start in a week.  Regardless, should be ready before Christmas.

Podcast Episode #68

Cappy exposes the NO CURSING CONSPIRACY!
Review of "Fury"
Explaining the difference between "all" and "some"
Why Wyoming sucks
I'm too damn tired to care about accusations of racism and sexism.
"I'm 67% dead!"
A 17 Year Old Girl "Troll of the Weak"

and MORE

in this episode of The Clarey Podcast.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

California Institute of the Arts

I had an agent send this to me.  He attended the California Institute of the Arts (where these fliers were from) and I think any young man considering this college should rethink given its politically hostile environment towards men and how "rape" is now defined as "regret."

This isn't bullshit boys.  You need to be VERY WELL AWARE AND WARNED just how much of a risk it is attending colleges like these, especially in California, where they are so far deluded, so far gone, that mere "regret" is grounds for a rape accusation.

Choose schools wisely boys.  You landing in jail or having your tuition confiscated while you're expelled because you had sex with a drunk girl is just not worth it.

Thursday Night Linkage

Stay frosty, boys.  Stay the freak frosty.

Sandman does a GREAT economic analysis of the international prostitution market and what will happen to prices based on whether it is legal in a country or not.

When sports and education mix.

"If they are not loyal to you, then you should not be loyal to them!"

Is the Canadian Parliament a gun free zone?

This, more than any other reason, is why I have given up caring about the future of the US.  And I disproportionately blame young and female voters for constantly and consistently voting more power to the state for it. When you let people who aren't citizen vote, you do not have a country.  You have a resource for the world's parasites to plunder.

The Truth About Executive Compensation

A common whine complaint from unions and the left is about executive compensation.  That these evil, fat cat, mean, rich executives make too much money and if that money were instead to be paid out to the "real" workers in corporations, then all would be well and every child would have a pet unicorn. 

Like many, if not all, arguments of the left it is based in idealism and not reality.  What people want, versus what the labor market can possibly mathematically deliver.  Hope and not reality.

Because of this, their arguments are founded on weak clay foundations, and it doesn't take much research or empiricism to prove them wrong.  So after (literally) 5 minutes of research I was able to pull some quick statistics and facts, do a little bit of 3rd grade math and debunk this leftist pipe-dream of an argument that has been around for decades.

Once again, I'm going to go with the most


corporation that ever existed - Exxon Mobil.

Executive compensation, which is now required to be filed in the 10K/annual report to the SEC, can more easily be found on Morningstar which does a nice job of presenting it annually.

As you note, those evil, mean (and no doubt) 100% white male corporate executives at Exxon Mobil make on average $85 million annually in compensation.

Now, what if we were to take all of it and spread it fairly across all the "real" employees at Exxon Mobil?  How much would it help those poor, disadvantaged near-slaves that are being taken advantage of by these evil executives?

Well a little google searching will find that Exxon Mobil employs 75,000 employees.  You do a little 3rd grade math and you come to find out that if we stuck it to those evil, greedy (and don't forget White Male) capitalist pigs, each and EVERY employee would get a raise of  (drum roll please!!!!)....


Giggity freaking giggity.

Now, let's do something I like to do to save time and advance the conversation along - predict the knee-jerk counterarguments from the left.

Did you include stock options? - Yes, the SEC considers stock options, grants, and other forms of non-cash compensation in it's calculations.

Well, that's just Exxon Mobil.  It's probably worse at other companies! - Then you do something for the first time and research something rather than blather.

Still!  That's better than nothing!!!! - Oh shut up.

The whole point is that this myth of if we "just took executive compensation and spread it across the employees, then everybody would have higher standards of living" is precisely that - a myth.  The MATHEMATICAL REALITY IS that there just aren't enough executives out there.  Yes, they make a lot of money, but given the ratio of employees to executives, it's too high to make this dream reality. Worse still for the left, this says nothing about their ultimate goal - taking executive compensation and giving it to EVERYBODY - employees, poor people welfare recipient, students, single mothers, etc. etc.  If you included the millions of dependent parasitic classes, confiscating ALL of Exxon Mobil's executives' compensation would result in an increase of just PENNIES to the average democrat voter.

The truth is that relying on other people and pursuing a life of parasitism will NEVER get you to the standards of living you want.  And wasting your life lobbying, debating, and arguing for other people's money is precious time that could be otherwise spent improving yourself, your skills and your own lot in life, much more so than waiting for the democrat party to eek out an added tax "on the rich."

So argue all you want.
Protest all you want.
Whine all you want.
Stammer your feet and pout.

Even if you got everything you wanted, your life would still suck because (and here's the sad truth) you suck.

So stop sucking at life and do something with it instead of sticking your hand out.

THIS IS What Feminism Looks Like

For all you young naive girls who think feminism is "just the equal treatment of women" its time for you to wake up.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Social Security and Medicare Simplified

From our resident artist Jorge (who intends on drawing several more political cartoons)

Why Big Oil Should 86 Their CSR Departments

"and replace them with me."

Language warning:

Looking for Writers

Howdy All,

Alex is looking to hire more writers as the fall semester gets into mid-terms and ultimately finals season.  If you're interested in picking up a little extra cash and would like a job without a commute, contact him below:

Aleksey Bashtavenko
Academic Composition
Owner & Principal Writer
(540) 300-1253
Thank you,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Deflationary Spiral is a Lie

Rick Newman at Yahoo *COUGH COUGH WHEEZE WHEEZE* "News" wrote a piece recently about the horrors and catastrophes of "deflation."

Yes, this economic scourge is so dangerous, so devastating that people unfortunate enough to experience it suffer:

Higher standards of living
An increase in the value of their money
Increased purchasing power
a stable currency

Sarcasm aside, you don't need to be an economist to figure out that the "deflationary spiral" is a Keynesian canard because the WHOLE POINT OF ECONOMICS AND SOCIETAL ADVANCEMENT IS TO MAKE THINGS CHEAPER!  It's the SOLE PURPOSE of economics.  Increasing standards of living through efficiency.  So already you know when somebody warns about the "horrors" of "deflation," you know they're either

1.  An ignorant journalist who doesn't know jack about economics or
2.  A politician or political operative trying to dupe you

(Mr. Newman is the first, despite his degree in economics, which was no doubt dripping with Keynesianism)

However, this simple logic to find out if believers in the Deflationary Spiral are devils or dupes, does not expressly explain or disprove their claims.  That claim being that deflation lowers demand by delaying purchases as people "know" prices are going down and simply postpone those purchases indefinitely into the future.  And while it may seem logical on the face of it, that's all it is - logical.  Not empirical.

First, in order to believe the Deflationary Spiral exists you have to believe that Americans are financially conscious and savvy enough to know about prices, inflation, etc.


The average American doesn't even know who's in congress or where Canada is, let alone what the CPI is doing!!!!  They are so stupid and so doped up on bread and circus BS that the last thing they're doing is reading Federal Reserve minutes.  They are the most economically ignorant population in the history of humanity (but they're experts in the Kardashians and ESPN post game shows).

Second, since the average American is clueless about finances and economics, they spend money like...well...Americans.  They save practically nothing,

 and (despite enormous debt forgiveness during the financial crisis) have managed to rack up cumulative household debt back above 100% GDP.

Third, Americans lack the capacity for delayed gratification.  In the now now now me me me mine mine mine society, nobody is conscious, let alone psychologically capable of budgeting, conserving or postponing purchases.

And finally, women.  (Yes, sorry, we're going there, because it's germane and true).  Depending on what statistics you want to use, women account for anywhere between 55-80% of all household purchases.  And most of them are on worthless and unneeded trinkets and crap.  I have NEVER, EVER heard a woman utter "deflationary spiral" because it has never occurred to a newly wed wife to postpone purchases of curtains for her new home, a power tripping NYC marketing executive to postpone purchases of her Pravda shoes, or a naive and clueless college student to postpone the purchase of her $200,000 "Masters in Latina Transgendered Anthropologic Poetry Unicorn Studies."

But the ultimate argument against the Deflationary Spiral is simply one of empircism.

It does not exist.

While I know economists, journalists, politicians, and everyday sheeple just like to repeat things they heard in college or the news, it doesn't make them true.  And if you look at spending versus inflation, THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP.

This chart shows the velocity of money (the rate at which a dollar is spent and re-spent, indicating demand).  It is juxtaposed against inflation.  To the untrained eye you might be tempted to detect a pattern or relationship between the two, and according to the Deflationary Spiral believers as prices go down you should see a decrease in the velocity of money.

However, THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO.  When correlated against one another the correlation coefficient is -.04, meaning no relationship at all.

Naturally, I don't expect my little blog here, let alone this little post to correct the thousands of erroneous pages in economic textbooks.  I don't expect this FACT to change politicians' or journalists' thinking (or incentives).  And I doubt that anybody at the Federal Reserve will remove their lips from Keynes' dead ass long enough to consider this data.  But I do expect my readers and anybody who really cares about politics and economics to know the Deflationary Spiral just doesn't exist.  And that the next time you hear somebody trying to "scare-tactic" you using the "Deflationary Spiral" to know it's a calculated political move to allow for more government debt and printing of money.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Job for Some of Youse Guys

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The Clarey Podcast #67

Aaron is bribed again not to curse this podcast...and sort of succeeds
The joys of working security
How to deal with older co-workers and supervisors, career advice from Cappy
Who the Captain wants to run for president
Fan mail from a man who headed up a Special Ed department for 15 years
A mom busted for dealing heroin is considered "A great mom" by her sister
Um NO, the Republicans and Democrats are not "all the same."
And the Troll of the Weak who thinks it's "hard" majoring in English!

And MORE in this episode of The Clarey Podcast.

Direct MP3 download located here.

If you'd like to help the show make your Amazon purchases here!

Making Money Off of Stupid People

This was quite predictable.

Another Book Babe

A southern belle sent in a pic. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lazy Sunday Linkage

The most depressing podcast ever from The Black Brigade.

1950's grade distribution at Princeton.

Obama's crony czar won't start the made up position for his crony job for 5-6 months.

Parents can pay for their childrens' college, but can't find out about their grades.

Daddy, what's a Social Justice Warrior?  Well...they're scum, son.  Just verminous scum.

The 1950's were better because of the people, not that they needed only one income.

Oh noesies!!!  Eliteist book publishers are being destroyed by Amazon.  Oh noesssss!!!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"I'm On Birth Control" *WINK*

Stay frosty, boys.

Stay the freak frosty.

Gotta Love Large Liberal Cities

Another reason not to live in Chicago.

However, given traffic, it's nearly impossible to speed, let alone go the speed limit in the town.

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Ebola Tells Us About Obama

Wake the fuck up people.


What Batman Teaches Us About Agency, Morality, and Life

I was paid to do a movie review of "The Dark Knight Returns 1&2."  Ended up being a much deeper and philosophical movie than I thought it would be (given it's animation).  Regardless, some of the lessons pulled from it may be of benefit or use to you lieutenants, economists, and Cappy Cappites.  It's a longer video and yes, some minor cursing.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today's Self Employed Office Brought to You In Part By

Taleo Brass Ring - Yes, we know you gave us your resume.  Yes, we know we have parsing technology.  But we want to see if you'll jump through these hoops like a good little monkey so we know we can take advantage of you later.  Taleo Brass Ring, making life hell for job seekers.

and by

Diversity Training - Do you do your job well?  Do you work hard and produce?  Do you go that extra mile?  Well fuck you, you're still a racist sexist!  And we're going to remind you every year.  Diversity training, treating adults like children because socialists need to brainwash you.

and by

Meetings - Yes, you have important work to do, but we need you to sit in a room while middle aged incompetents blather and act like they're leaders.  Sit there, be quiet and listen to things that have nothing to do with your job, all while wasting precious time that could be used to expedite your job.  By the way, you need to come in on the weekend to make up for this lost labor.  "Meetings" - it's how idiots manage!

Anyway, just wanted to show you guys my office view today:

Oh, and for any of my ex bosses, please feel free to post what the view looks like from your office!  I love pictures of cubicles and parking lots!

Please Stop Begging for Higher Rates of Return

A common question I get in my "alternative" financial life style is

"How can I get a higher rate of return on my investments?"

People are sick of the barely existent interest rates on their checking or savings accounts.  People don't like the rates on T-Bills or government bonds.  And people are also tired of the whopping 3-5% on high quality corporate bonds.

Isn't there ANYWHERE I can get a better return?  Why, I need my 401k to magically constantly forever unabattedly perpetually infinitely grow at 10% in order to retire at 62!

The charlatans come in and say "stocks."

But let me beat this dead horse one more time in case you didn't get it the first 40 times.

What is the REAL rate of return of stocks?  And when I say REAL I mean what kind of income do stocks generate?  I know everybody has formed a circle jerk around capital gains and believe that magically constantly forever unabattedly perpetually infinitely increasing stock prices will solve everybody's problem, but what drives those capital gains?  What gives stocks their value?

The answer is -dividends.

It's not "earnings" because ultimately a life long share holder never SEES all the earnings.  They are ONLY paid dividends (and a final cash out should the company be acquired or their shares be purchased), but even that final cash out is dependent upon the future dividends those acquired assets will generate.

So what "rate of return" are stocks truly providing?  What is the real "interest rate" you are earning on stocks?

Well my fine 401k Zombie Lemmings, here it is:

I strongly recommend you plan on working till you're 75.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014