Oxfam staff in Chad held 'sex parties attended by prostitutes'
Notice how many of the men accused of sexual harassment, rape and abuse are Boomers? The Boomers came of age in a libertine "spiritual" awakening. The new epoch will be moral and propper. These men will have significant trouble in this new legal environment. To make matters worse, justice will be much quicker and rougher, and more draconian than over the past 40+ years.
Wary Hollywood studios set to add 'morality' clauses into contracts
A return to the Hays Code? This is interesting, and not unexpected. Morality will become more important in American life than it has been since 1967.
Trump gives with one hand, takes with other: Paid family leave would force parents to delay retirement
As we move deeper into this Crisis period, we will see all of our institutions come under scrutiny including our most cherished like Social Security and Medicare.
I suspect at first the changes will be wrapped up in policy changes like this SS change, which offers paid family leave in exchange for delayed SS benefits. In the end, I suspect these changes will grow to allow the voluntary transfer of long-delayed SS benefit start for partial SS personal accounts today. By this I mean, people will be able to own a portion of their SS account outright and place it in an investment account in exchange for a long delay in the potential for SS benefits start. I would expect the SS benefits might be delayed a decade or more to 77 or even later (I would suggest tagging it to the average American longevity). I would double down and require high-income earners match the amount of SS they invest with an equal amount of personal investment into the account. This would all but ensure that nearly every one of these people would have adequate funds to keep them off of SS. I would also add a means testing rubric for the people who avail themselves of this benefit. Again, this would likely mean these people would never take SS benefits, but they would continue to pay into the system, making SS more secure and reliable.
You're fired: Trump to rid 'worst' federal workers, automatic raises, fat bennies
"President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the “worst,” rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, “You’re fired!”
In his budget, set for release Monday, his administration is planning the biggest reform to the federal workforce in decades, using models from Amazon, Google, and a handful of well-operating agencies.
Officials said the overall goal is to bring the 1950s-styled Civil Service into the digital age, introduce automation, reward “the best” with bonuses, make it easier to hire and fire, and provide “flexibility” by moving employees where they are needed and even rehiring skilled retirees.
Gone would be the automatic reward of pay “step” increases of 3 percent to 5 percent which 99.7 percent of workers get, regardless of their performance. Also targeted, said the officials, are annual reviews that now give “everybody” a grade of four or five on a scale of five. And benefits, now 47 percent higher than in the private workforce, according to a congressional report, will be trimmed.
“This is a subject that essentially people have ignored,” said a top Trump budget official at a background briefing. “The American people elected a president that promised dramatic change.'"
Fourth Turning: On relieving the Culture Wars pressure between growing authoritarianism and declining individual liberty
I Should Know: Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu
"Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship -- and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians.
They say that history repeats itself. If you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing a re-enactment with your own eyes.
Forty years ago, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania. I had publicly revealed that Ceausescu's highly praised independence from Moscow was in fact an undercover intelligence dictatorship, designed to transform Romania into a monument to him by annihilating his critics and enemies. "I'll give you a name, and you'll build a criminal record for him," Ceausescu used to tell the head of the Securitate -- his Marxist version of the FBI. For him, lying was the first step toward stealing and killing."
Women, Progress, and Automobiles in Space
"A progressive woman laments how Elon Musk is, in her view, wasting his money launching automobiles into space. Instead, she tells us, he should spend his billions on Flint, a Democrat-run shithole (thanks, Mr. President, I’m using that term a lot more from now on) that can’t even deliver clean water to its residents.
As tired as my newborn has made me in recent days, this is worse. Progressive arguments like this are legion. Instead of using your money for anything else, you should dedicate it all to notions of wealth distribution. Forget your personal desires, your dreams, your aspirations for the very future of mankind itself… instead give everything to politicians.
Dear readers, enough is enough. I’m usually at least somewhat polite on this blog, so take it to heart when I say this. Grasp my full meaning: fuck them all. Toss them out of helicopters, or into woodchippers, or just air drop them into Somalia. I don’t even care anymore. But this is the last straw, folks."
That sums up the problem nicely! We are in the Fourth Turning, the culture wars will soon end. I am not sure I have the patience to wait.
Woodchipper them all!!!
Fourth Turning: John Bolton does an excellent job of summing up where we are in the generational turnings!
America’s Unimportant, Unserious Wars | Small Wars Journal
He concludes, presciently:
"Consumed with internal faction and fighting culture wars, America needs to get serious—and quickly. Difficult choices lie ahead. We cannot continue doing what we have, excusing failure because we did not drop enough bombs or spend enough money. After a pause for reflection, we must strike a balance between the poles of isolating nationalism and neo-liberal nation building. We must disabuse ourselves of a nationalism that serves our adversaries’ agenda at the expense of our own. Americans have hyperbolic expectations of permanent primacy and world leadership as their birthright. Nothing is guaranteed, particularly world power. Our founders were wiser, reminding us “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.'"
We are at the point where all of these issues are becoming clear, and the responsible Boomers of a profoundly irresponsible generation will begin preaching the need for change. These men like Bolton, Jordan Peterson, and many others feel the need to to take up the mantle of Prophet and speak truth to the young, and the young are responding.
Great change lurks just around the corner, now is the time to prepare.
The Fourth Turning: This article nicely echoes what I've been saying that our historical cycles repeat
"Blame Men" - Toxic Masculinity, 1920s-Style
We just concluded the past cycle of the Culture Wars/the unraveling. The last period of Culture Wars/unraveling occurred from 1909 - 1929. It included WWI, Prohibition, Women's Suffrage and the first modern emancipation of women, a surge in violent criminality, and many other events and actions like the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank, an Amendment to the Constitution authorizing the direct election of Senators, and an Amendment of the Constitution allowing the federal government to directly raise an income tax from the people.
Scarborough Admits 'Several Factual Errors' in Mockery of Trump's Parade
Joe used to be a man but he has transitioned into Mika's self-ambulatory vagina hat.
Trump is shifting the playing field away from the Cultural Warriors and back towards the patriots of middle America. I expect this period to become frenetic and the chance of secessionist and anti-American militant movements becoming successful is quite high. Terrorism and leftist progressive movements will increasingly seek to destroy the social order.
We are ending the Cultural Wars historical unraveling. After the Boomer spiritual revival from 1964-1984, we entered a period of civic decline, the unraveling. We ended the unraveling in 2008 when we entered the Great Recession. We are now faced with a regeneracy of civic life which will either mean the reduction and elimination of the Culture War excesses, or we will double down by moving forward to make the excesses of the Culture Wars the new world order. The former would be positive, the latter will likely result in the end game for Western Civilization and the return to a new Dark Ages with 1000 years of societal collapse and all that entails.