Optimistic Or Pessimistic?

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about 2015?

If you’ve been reading the many forecasts for 2015, you can’t help but wonder why so many prognosticators are pessimistic — real estate is going to collapse; the stock market will bomb; gold, silver and commodities will plummet! How is it that in our lifetime and our parents’ we see nothing but improvements behind us, and nothing good ahead of us?

Today’s pessimists point to the terrorist attacks in Paris, our national debt out of control, income inequality, immigrants overtaking the country, and global warming destroying the Earth. Moreover, if you think this universe is bad, you should see some of the others.

A couple worried that their 5-year-old twins were developing extreme personalities — one a congenital pessimist, the other an incurable optimist — took the boys to a psychiatrist. Trying to assuage the pessimist, the psychiatrist showed him a room piled high with new toys. Instead of jumping for joy, he cried, saying if he played with the toys, he would only break them. Next, the psychiatrist tried dampening the optimist by showing him a room filled with horse manure. Instead of groaning in disgust, the little boy jumped into the middle of the pile, flaying about and digging. “What are you doing?’ asked the psychiatrist. “You can’t fool me with all this manure,” the child replied excitedly. “There must be a pony here somewhere.”

In 1980, the extreme pessimist Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University professor and author of “The Population Bomb,” was willing to wager that England will not exist in the year 2000, and hundreds of millions of people will die as the world runs out of food and commodities. Economist Julian Simon, an optimist, said that’s stupid and countered with a $1,000 bet that the cost of raw materials will not rise in the next 10 years. Pick five commodities, he said, and all will be cheaper and more plentiful in 10 years. After the time passed, Simon won the bet, but pessimists at the time said it was like the man who jumped off the Empire State Building and on passing the 10th floor exclaimed, “Everything OK so far.”

The fact is more people are living better, healthier and longer with most things cheaper all across the planet. This explains how the world population has grown from 1 billion in 1804 to nearly 7.3 billion today.

If people were not living healthier and longer with infant mortality plummeting, it would be impossible. The United Nations notes that poverty has declined more in the last 50 years than in the previous 500.

So if everything is getting better for our kids and us, why are there so many pessimists? Why the negativity?

For the simple reason we are inundated daily with bad news, “If it bleeds, it leads.” The 100,000 airplane flights that land safely each day are not news — but one crash is. As you might imagine, optimists build airplanes and pessimists the parachutes.

My mother once told me she thought the world was coming to an end with all the reports of earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes, seemingly every day. I told her with modern technology a lot of similar bad news is just compressed into one news cycle and is no worse than before.  For instance, when Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo in 1815, it took months for the news to reach across America by ship and stage coach. Later, the news traveled in days or hours by transatlantic cable and telegraph when Krakatoa erupted in 1883; explaining the ash blackened sky all around the entire globe. With recent eruptions, we were able to see volcanologists killed by pyroclastic blasts as they happened.

When we are constantly bombarded during a 24-hour news cycle about murders, fires and terrorists, we deceive ourselves into believing such rare tragedies are on the rise. Particularly when we hear about them not as rare once-a-year events in one city, but compressed into our TV sets from hundreds of cities, it gives the impression of pervasive catastrophes and epidemics. The Ebola scare, for example, ran for weeks with only three victims and one death in the United States.

The fact is, things in general have never been better. Most people alive today have the highest standard of living in history. Housing, food, clothing, health care, sanitation, leisure time, are of higher quality and often cheaper than just a generation ago.

While the rich may be getting richer, so is everyone else. Think about air travel, like my first trip to Las Vegas in 1960 in a propeller plane versus a jet today, or your iPhone with over 1 million apps versus the rotary phone of my parents or the hand crank phone of my grandparents.

Think of the automobile you drive. Automobiles are the safest and most dependable ever, with over 17 million sold annually in the United States alone, with record sales in January, cheaper relative to income than ever before.

Think positive, be optimistic! Over the next 10 years you will be astounded by real estate prices doubling, stock market record highs, gold and silver prices exploding, and all of you will be living in million-dollar homes without ever having to move.
Schnaubelt, president of Citizens for Private Property Right

Los Angeles weighs cash incentive in bid to boost voter turnout

FYI:  Do You Know?

The Political Class goes Nuts! Charging you on your Savings Deposits and paying people to vote to get a smidgen of legitimacy.
European banks charging customers interest on their deposits.  ·  Europe’s Central Bank Now Charging Banks To Hold Deposits   http://www.ibtimes.com / europes-central-bank-now… - Jun 5, 2014 … The European Central Bank is now charging its customers, the world’s biggest banks, to hold their money rather than paying them interest,
Coming soon!  ·  Economist: U.S. Banks Preparing to Charge Customers For Deposits …  http://www.infowars.com / economist-u-s-banks-prep / - Jun 6, 2014 … In the week that the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate for … They may try to do so not by explicitly charging a negative interest rate, but …

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21578697-would-charging-banks-leave-funds-central-bank-help-or-hurt   Banks have too much money, to many people saving for their future

Los Angeles weighs cash incentive in bid to boost voter turnout
Published August 17, 2014
The Wall Street Journal  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/08/17/los-angeles-weighs-cash-incentive-in-bid-to-boost-voter-turnout/

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Los Angeles, California.AP

Near-perfect weather and an abundance of “I voted” stickers haven’t been enough to lure Los Angeles residents to the polls. Now some city officials are floating another idea: cash.

In a bid to boost turnout, Los Angeles’s Ethics Commission has voted to recommend that the city consider offering cash, which might include a prize as high as $50,000, after fewer than a quarter of registered voters showed up for recent municipal elections.

The three-person panel unanimously voted Thursday to have a committee overseen by City Council President Herb Wesson consider offering the financial incentives.

A mere 23 percent of registered voters showed up for the 2012 mayoral election, down from the 37 percent that turned out in 2001. Even fewer voted in the city-attorney and -controller elections, and turnout was a low as 15 percent for district elections, city officials said.

“I would say our turnout is abysmal, and it’s embarrassing,” Mr. Wesson said.

The idea to boost voter participation involves a “lottery-type structure where there could be prize winners of some sort,” said Mr. Wesson. The lottery would only be allowable in elections that don’t include candidates for federal offices or federal measures.  The proposal is still in its earliest stages, and it was unclear if it might come to fruition or even how the lottery system would be structured.

Photo of District 1 Councilmember Sherri Lightner11/6/12 31,585 (54.96%) votes of Registered (10/31/12)  115,950 or 27% (Before Redist.?)

District 1, Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner, Email: sherrilightner@sandiego.gov

Photo of District 6 Councilmember Lorie Zapf6/3/14  13,600  (53.02%)votes of Registered (7/1/14) 82,356 or 16.5%

District 2, Councilmember Lorie Zapf, Email: loriezapf@sandiego.gov

Photo of District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria6/5/12 24,475 (100%) votes of Registered (10/31/12) 80,742 or 30.3% (Unopposed)

District 3, Council President Todd Gloria, Email: toddgloria@sandiego.gov

Photo of Myrtle Cole6/3/14 6,921 (57%) votes of Registered (7/1/14) 88,581 or 7.8%

District 4, Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Email: myrtlecole@sandiego.gov

Graphic of District 56/5/12 24,869 (100%) votes of Registered (10/31/12) 90,435 or 27.4% (Unopposed)

District 5, Councilmember Mark Kersey, Email: markkersey@sandiego.gov

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District 6,  Cate v. Kim Primary 10,270 v 6,880 of about 71,296 or 14.4% and 9.6%

 

Photo of District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman6/5/12 15,575  ( 50.17) votes of Registered (10/31/14) 77,839 or 20%

District 7, Councilmember Scott Sherman, Email: scottsherman@sandiego.gov

Photo of District 6 Councilmember David Alvarez6/3/14  6,720 (87.92) votes of Registered (10/31/14) 54,601 or 12.3%

District 8, Councilmember David Alvarez. Email: davidalvarez@sandiego.gov

Photo of District 9 Councilmember Marti Emerald6/5/12 10,107 (72.14%) votes of Registered (10/31/12) 57,104 or 17.6%

District 9, Councilmember Marti Emerald, Email: martiemerald@sandiego.gov

Photo of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer2/11/14 153,491 (52.89%) votes of Registered about 662,172 or 23% (Citywide)
Mayor Kevin Faulconer kevinfaulconer@sandiego.gov
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Coming soon!  ·  Economist: U.S. Banks Preparing to Charge Customers For Deposits …  http://www.infowars.com / economist-u-s-banks-prep / - Jun 6, 2014 … In the week that the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate for … They may try to do so not by explicitly charging a negative interest rate, but …

A nation, or an individual, cannot function unless the truth is available.

“A cause of many of our mistakes and problems is ignorance—an overwhelming national ignorance of the facts about the rest of the world. A nation, or an individual, cannot function unless the truth is available and understood; no amount of good on the part of the leaders or the media will offset ignorance and apathy in the common citizen.”  Admiral H. G. Rickover, Rotary, San Diego, California February 10, 1977

 

What’s happening in Iraq in a nutshell

 

By Fred Schnaubelt, (& Col. Chris Schnaubelt, Ret.), Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

Iraq is in turmoil, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) insurgents are on the march toward Bagdad with reports of mass killings — 1,700 in one incident — and videos showing beheadings, including one claiming the head of a police captain was their World Cup soccer ball. Yes, you can see the video on the Internet.

 

Some of you may recall the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl’s beheading on TV. It is incomprehensible to me how someone can behead another human being. To win headlines, terrorists formerly hijacked airliners, then went for car bombings, perfected suicide bombings and now beheadings as their a form of “shock and awe.”

 

Confused by the reports, I asked for the opinions of two Iraqi neighbors and my son, retired Col. Chris Schnaubelt, who served two tours in Iraq alongside Gen. David Petraeus, and was awarded a Bronze Star. He also served in Afghanistan as an adviser to Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

 

My next-door neighbor Nihad, a Chaldean from Baghdad, says the insurgents are not Iraqis but mercenaries from neighboring countries who speak a different dialect.

 

He prays Iraq will hold together, but it is essentially already three different countries, with the Kurdish part almost autonomous. Except in Baghdad, the Sunnis and Shiites live pretty much apart. However, in cosmopolitan Baghdad it’s hard to tell them apart.

 

Under the former dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, who ruled with an iron fist, there was far less strife. Nihad told me of a female carpenter whose tool belt scratched a wall poster of Saddam Hussein. Two men reported it and an hour later, the woman disappeared. Anyone who asked about her also disappeared.

 

Another Iraqi neighbor, Wallid, said his cousin was playing cards in a card room and casually mentioned when you’ve seen one dictator you seen them all, referring to Hussein. A couple hours later, he was arrested and his uncle found him nearly beaten to death in an alley. The family hid him in a hospital for two months until he recovered.

 

Speaking truth to power under Sunnis: Hussein, a Sunni, would wipe out entire families because of one outspoken dissident, and was known to have his enemies publicly decapitated. He was responsible for gassing 30,000 Kurds in 60 villages after he came to power. This is one way to maintain order in a dysfunctional society. Hussein was executed seven years ago for war crimes.

 

Speaking truth to power under Shiites: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, was democratically elected by the majority Shiite population. Of 13 countries in the region, only Iran, Bahrain and Iraq have Shiite majority populations: 89 percent, 70 percent and 65 percent respectively.

 

My son points out, that after President Barack Obama pulled out our troops, perhaps as a response to years of minority Sunni rule, al-Maliki removed many competent Sunni military officers, police and bureaucrats from the previous Sunni regime. He has divided the country rather than uniting the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions.

Al-Maliki crippled the Iraqi Security Forces by appointing senior officers on the basis of sectarian and political cronyism rather than competence, thereby losing the support of many who would have fought for love of country against the ISIL invaders. He has been unable to build a majority coalition since his election.

 

With Sunnis funded by Saudi Arabia and Shiites by Iran, it would be surprising if Baghdad were to fall as al-Maliki has been creating an Iranian client state in Iraq. Baghdad is not Tikrit.

 

Chris believes the recent deployment of the Aircraft Carrier George H. Bush to the Persian Gulf most likely is to evacuate Americans if the $1 billion U.S. Embassy, the largest in the world, is overrun.

Petraeus commented last week that America can’t serve as an air force for a Shiite militia, which in effect would inadvertently be supporting Iran.

 

You may have heard that Iraqi soldiers are stripping their uniforms and running away. If Iraqis won’t fight against foreign insurgents, to save their country, why should we?

Fred Schnaubelt, president of Citizens for Private Property Rights, has been a commercial real estate broker for 45 years and was a San Diego city councilman from 1977 to 1981.

Alveda King has “long argued” that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.

Republican Reflections on why Martin Luther King was a Republican.

 

Not widely appreciated Reverend Martin Luther King, more than any other person, was responsible for the conversion of by the Democrat Party and its adoption of more fully Christian values after its nearly 200 years of racism, slavery, separation, and segregation.

 

MLK knew the history of the Democrat Party and its terrorist arm the Ku Klux Klan which had lynched Blacks up until the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  No wonder he was a Republican, 3,445 Blacks had been lynched (by Democrats) since 1882, according to the Tuskegee Institute. http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingyear.html

 

Democrats dispute MLK was a Republican and like the Memory Hole in the book NINETEEN-EIGHTY-FOUR,  they keep erasing and rewriting history. I report, but you decide.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_hole

 

Alveda King  an American Christian ministerconservativepro-life activist, and author, is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. William King, Sr. and his wife Naomi Barber King.  Alveda King has “long argued” that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican.

 

http://cache.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/NationalBlackRepublicanAssociation2009/NBRA%20Civil%20Rights%20Newsletter%2018June2012.pdf
http://www.humanevents.com/2006/08/16/why-martin-luther-king-was-republican/

Condoleezza Rice pointed out at Vanderbilt University that growing up in the South Democrats refused to register her father to vote, but Republicans did.

Senator John F. Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Right Act, however,  it was Republican President Dwight Eisenhower signing it into law. http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=17550                   

To help you decide for yourself if MLK was a Republican consider the likelihood considering during the 1960′s many Democrats, including Senators Al Gore Sr., Robert Byrd and Sam Erwin fought indefatigably to filibuster the 1964 Civil Rights Act (which passed only because more Republicans voted for it than Democrats).  Democrat Senator Richard Russell addressed the Senate stating, “We will resist to the bitter end any measure which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races…” With 18 Democrat Senators, he organized the longest filibuster (56 days) in U.S. Senate history.

While Democrats would prefer it suppressed, it was Democratic Attorney General, Robert Kennedy working for his brother the President, who approved secret wire taps and hidden microphones under Dr. Martin Luther King’s bed. The tapes were sent to King’s wife. Given the historical record of Republicans and Democrats then is it any wonder that Dr. King, like his life-long- Republican father, would be a Republican.

Today, after exclusively giving the Democrats their votes for the past 25 years, former Democrat Rev. Wayne Perryman in UNFOUNDED LOYALTY says “the average African-American cannot point to one piece of civil rights legislation sponsored solely by the Democratic Party that was specifically designed to eradicate the unique problems that African-Americans face today. The Congressional record shows that all legislation (since 1964) has had strong bi-partisan support.”  Perryman filed a class action suit against the Democrat Party for nearly 200 years of oppression. Perryman writes, “History reveals that every piece of racist legislation that was ever passed and every racist terrorist attack that was ever inflicted on African-Americans was initiated by the members of the Democratic Party, from the formation of the Democratic Party in 1792 to the Civil Rights movement of 1960′s. Congressional records show the Democrat Party passed no specific laws to help Blacks and every law that they introduced into Congress was designed to hurt Blacks.”  Knowing this why do so many people still choose to join the Democrat Party?

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California Becomes A Basket Case Like Greece Is today?

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Thomas Elias, Democrat Party spokesman, writes STATE GOP CONGRESSIONAL RECOVERY NOT LIKELY .

 

Elias fails to mention that with California Gerrymandering voters no longer determine their representatives – the representatives determine their voters. Sooner or later arrogant Democrat legislators will discover they can extract and redistribute decades of accumulated wealth and capital only so often before California becomes a basket case like Greece is today. Democrats can only fool the public so long before unemployed young people and the 1.4% earning the “learning” minimum wage (in California according to U.S. Labor Statistics) figure out they are being sacrificed for unions and union political contributions. Well-paid union members get wage increases every time the minimum wage goes up, and they are the primary beneficiaries.http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012tbls.htm

 

Fred Schnaubelt

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