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Classic Monopoly game is about to get a ‘woke’ upgrade: Community Chest cards to be updated with ‘feel-good moments’

For nearly 100 years, American children and adults have enjoyed the classic Monopoly board game. One of the features of the game is the Community Chest, where players draw a card that results in financial rewards or penalties, sends a player to jail, or gets a jailbird out of the clink.

Now, in today’s “woke” society, Hasbro has decided that the cards no longer match what they perceive as their customers’ cultural priorities.

The company launched a new
website to allow people to vote on how best to “update the Community Chest cards to include feel-good moments that reflect the best things about being part of a community.”

In a
post on the Hasbro site Thursday, the company declared, “Goodbye Second Place in A Beauty Contest, Hello Shopping Local! Monopoly Is (Finally) Updating the Community Chest Cards – and You Get to Decide How.”

“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever,” Eric Nyman, Hasbro’s chief consumer officer,
said in a news release. “We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards. We’re really excited to see what new cards get voted in!”

What do the proposed new cards say?

No longer will the 16 cards focus on the “school tax” or “bank errors” or “beauty contests.” Just simply going to “directly to jail” is out. And you can apparently forget about that whole advance-to-GO-just-for-the-heck-of-it thing.

The new cards are all about sending a message about the importance of being a “woke” member of your community.

These cards will lecture you on the importance of volunteering, community involvement, not upsetting your neighbors, giving blood, rescuing puppies, shopping local, recycling — and even naming bugs.

Visitors to
MonopolyCommunityChest.com can cast 16 votes, picking their favorite cards as pairs of potential woke messages vie for the honor of replacing the traditional stack of Monopoly moves.

Below are the 32 voting options available on the Hasbro site.
(Editor’s note: The game no longer uses dollar signs but instead uses Monopoly’s own money symbol. For the sake of simplicity, we’re using the “$” here.)

“You volunteer your art skills and point a mural at the local school! COLLECT $50”
vs.

“You organize a group to clean up your town’s walking path. COLLECT $50


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You organize a bake sale for your local school. COLLECT $25”
vs.

“You weed the community garden and discover a new bug! Name it something fun! THEN COLLECT $25”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“Blasting music late at night? Your neighbors do not approve. GO TO JAIL. GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200”
vs.

You find a wallet on the sidewalk and decide not to return it! GO TO JAIL. GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL. DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT $200″


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You volunteer to run the social media accounts for a non-profit art center, and you meet some pretty talented people! COLLECT $100”
vs.

“You set aside time every week to hang out with your elderly neighbor — you’ve heard some amazing stories! COLLECT $100”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You volunteer as a homework helper, and you learn some stuff, too! COLLECT $100”
vs.

“You spend the day playing games with kids at a local children’s hospital. COLLECT $100”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You donate your birthday money to a community center. Keep a little for yourself. COLLECT $10”
vs.

“You donate blood. There were free cookies! COLLECT $10”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“Your friends video chat you after a tough day. GET OUT OF JAIL FREE.”
vs.

“You rescue a puppy — and you feel rescued, too! GET OUT OF JAIL FREE.”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“Just when you think you can’t go another step, you finish that foot race — and raise money for your local hospital! ADVANCE TO GO. COLLECT $200”
vs.

“You shopped local ALL week! ADVANCE TO GO. COLLECT $200”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You organize a block party so people on your street can get to know each other. COLLECT $10 FROM EACH PLAYER.”
vs.

“You pass out umbrellas to people standing at a bus stop on a rainy Monday morning. COLLECT $10 FROM EACH PLAYER.”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“Meow! You knit cozy sweaters for the hairless cats at your local animal shelter. COLLECT $20”
vs.

“You help your neighbor bring in her groceries. She makes you lunch to say thanks! COLLECT $20”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You go to the local school’s car wash fundraiser — but you forget to close your windows! PAY $100”
vs.

“You held a neighborhood party — but you didn’t recycle your trash! PAY $100”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You didn’t shop local! PAY $50”
vs.

“You buy a few bags of cookies from that school bake sale. Yum! PAY $50”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You volunteer at your local literacy center and learn some fun phrases in a new language! COLLECT $100”
vs.

“You help build a new school playground — then you get to test the slide! COLLECT $100”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“Your fuzzy friends at the animal shelter will be thankful for your donation. PAY $50”
vs.

“Your cousin forgot their wallet! You happily pay for dinner. PAY $50.”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You organize a family reunion! COLLECT $200”
vs.

“You help your neighbors clean up their yards after a big storm. COLLECT $200”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

“You graciously host a group of international students. They appreciate the home cooking! FOR EACH HOUSE YOU OWN, PAY $40. FOR EACH HOTEL YOU OWN, PAY $115.”
vs.

“You should have volunteered for that home improvement project — you would have learned valuable skills! FOR EACH HOUSE YOU OWN, PAY $40. FOR EACH HOTEL YOU OWN, PAY $115.”


Image source: MonopolyCommunityChest.com screen shot

(H/T:
New York Post)

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Horowitz: Parler lawsuit: The courts discover free enterprise at the exact wrong moment

Imagine if every venue providing wedding services — from rental places and caterers to bakers and florists — were controlled by Christian conservatives. They worked together with all their distributors to ensure that nobody could perform a gay wedding anywhere in the country. Well, that is exactly what is occurring today in reverse on free speech. But there is no constitutional right to a gay marriage, while there is a right to free speech.

Last Thursday, Judge Barbara J. Rothstein of the Western District of Washington denied Parler’s motion to force Amazon to restore Parler’s social media platform on Amazon’s server. Suddenly, the liberal legal community believes in the right of a private company to serve whomever they choose. The double standard is unmistakable.

I’d love to go back to 1789 when private businesses could do whatever they wanted. And indeed, had that been the prevailing law of the land over the past few generations, conservatives would have a lot more power and leverage in the economy and culture than they do today. But that is far from the case. In fact, the legal system has essentially controlled every aspect of what private businesses can do – up to and including the current lockdown policies that downright deny businesses the ability to serve anyone.

Just consider the case of a baker being forced to personally make a cake for a ceremony that violates his religious beliefs. Although the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop when Colorado fined the shop for declining to bake a cake for a gay couple, the majority opinion hinted at the fact that, generally speaking, cake shops cannot decline to bake cakes. It’s just in that particular case, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission did not enforce its mandate in a “neutral” manner.

Pursuant to this implied ruling, several courts have ruled that private business owners cannot decline to contract for gay events that violate their conscience. In 2018, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that, pursuant to a Phoenix municipal ordinance, a Christian boutique artwork shop could not decline to contract for gay weddings. Brush & Nib Studio had a sign outside its shop stating that it would not create any artwork that violates the artists’ beliefs, which includes “artwork that demeans others, endorses racism, incites violence, contradicts our Christian faith, or promotes any marriage except marriage between one man and one woman.” Although there were numerous other places for gay couples to patronize, Brush & Nib was forced to engage in involuntary servitude for something the proprietors believe to be sinful.

Now, keep in mind that we are discussing tiny single proprietorships where the owners personally create with their hands sentimental products. Also, there are endless venues for individuals who want to make a gay ceremony to patronize. In fact, I’m sure they can actually find greater bargains and better service for their championed endeavors than the rest of us. Yet, somehow, Big Tech can collude to box out any conservative from accessing any way of effectively communicating, obtaining e-commerce, or even getting a job in the economy, in contravention to foundational antitrust laws and principles. So, if three companies buy up all the roads, they could block conservatives from traveling anywhere, but mom-and-pop shops must personally make products for events and speech that they find offensive!

Not only have the courts applied anti-discrimination law to denial of service, but in a case originating in this same federal district in Washington as the Amazon lawsuit, the courts established a rule that a pharmacy must actively stock products that it disapproves. In 2015, in the Stormans case, the Ninth Circuit ruled that a Washington state pharmacy must provide essentially every type of contraception under the sun, even though 30 other vendors sold all the products within five miles. SCOTUS refused to grant an appeal to the owners of the pharmacy, over a sharp dissent from Justice Alito.

Additionally, numerous courts have ruled that the Trump administration must continue enforcing the Obama-era contraception mandate, forcing employers to directly or indirectly provide contraception as part of their mandated insurance benefits for their employees.

Thus, when conservatives are the consumer, they can be denied service through monopolistic collusion to the point that it boxes out their existence from the public market, but when they are the provider, they must actively provide everything that violates their conscience, even when they are the only ones declining to contract and the product or service is widely available.

Moreover, in the religious liberty cases, unlike with Big Tech discrimination, the store owners or companies are explicitly protected by the First Amendment.

In 2016, Christian Mingle, a Christian dating website, was forced to offer gay dating options thanks to a California lawsuit. Worse, just last year, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Baltimore was sued for not performing a hysterectomy on a woman’s totally healthy uterus because she believes she really is a man. Most legal observers think the plaintiff will likely win thanks to Justice Gorsuch’s ruling in Bostock codifying transgenderism into anti-discrimination law.

In other words, a single Catholic hospital is now forced to offer a “service” that is tantamount to mutilation of the body and violates the Hippocratic oath under the color of anti-discrimination and never denying service, but the entire Big Tech and corporate world can collude to deny all conservatives all forms of communication and commerce.

We no longer live in a constitutional republic. We live in a sadistic two-tiered justice system wherein conservatives are subject to hedonistic communism, but leftists can live in accordance with 1789 laissez-faire regulations built on a monopoly handed to them by government so that they can collude and banish conservatives from society.

Do you still want to know why 74 million people are mad?

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The Most Essential Danger

Anybody spending any time in the south knows all about Kudzu. The vine covers pretty much everything along some stretches of roadway in Georgia, Alabama and other southeastern states.

Trees.

Telephone poles.

Abandoned cars.

Originally introduced to the U.S. during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the fast-growing vine quickly became popular. Japanese exhibitors planted a garden of Kudzu during the expo, and Americans were drawn to the large green leaves and fragrant blooms.

During the Great Depression, the Soil Conservation Service promoted Kudzu for soil erosion control. Soon, Civilian Conservation Corps workers spread out across the southeast planting Kudzu. In the early 1940s, the government offered up to $8 an acre to farmers as an incentive to plant the vines in their fields. The hot humid climate proved ideal for the plant’s growth, and Kudzu began a march across the south like Sherman’s army.

Turns out, it was a little too much of a “good” thing.

Kudzu grows as much as a foot a day. Soon it began to overgrow everything, squeezing out native plants and damaging the environment it was meant to protect.

Kind of like the federal government.

Sometimes, bigger isn’t better.  It’s badder.

Ironically, Americans instinctively distrust concentrated, centralized power. Doubt it? Go out on a busy sidewalk in any city and ask 10 people how they feel about business monopolies. Nine out of ten, if not all ten of them, will invariably condemn giant conglomerates. They’ll rail about unfair market control by monopolists. They’ll express fear that monopolistic businesses will take advantage of consumers and charge exorbitant prices. And will approve of government action to prevent or break up monopolistic activity. Most Americans even harbor some level of distrust toward generally respected companies like Microsoft – a business driving amazing technological advances in computing with astounding productivity benefits. When it comes to monopoly, Americans may enjoy the board game, but they almost all condemn the real thing.

Until it comes to government.

Americans love monopoly government.

Many of the same people who bemoan corporate monopoly don’t bat an eye at monopolistic power vested in the U.S. federal government. In fact, they encourage governopoly, calling for more and more agencies, performing more and more functions once left to state and local governments, or private organizations.

This makes no sense.

Government power presents a far greater threat to liberty and our way of life than an economic monopolist. After all, governments have guns. Walmart may screw you out of a few dollars on some made in China trinket, but the feds can throw you in prison if you defy their authority, and they hold the power to confiscate your money with the stroke of a pen.

The founders warned against this concentration of power in the federal government. They called it “consolidation.” Richard Henry Lee sounded the alarm on consolidation in a letter to Patrick Henry.

“The most essential danger from the present System arises, {in my} opinion, from its tendency to a Consolidated government, instead of a Union of Confederated States-The history of the world and reason concurs in proving that so extensive a Territory {as the} U. States comprehend never was, or can be governed in freed{om} under the former idea”

Thomas Jefferson made a similar point, writing that the United State was too large to be ruled by a single monopoly government.

“Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance, be unable to administer and overlook all the details necessary for the good government of the citizens; and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite public agents to corruption, plunder and waste.”

Sadly, Americans failed to heed the warning.

Washington D.C. has choked the life out of state governments. It’s choked the life out of private organizations. And it’s choked the life out of the average citizen. The federal government today is a giant, ubiquitous kudzu plant, overgrowing everything, strangling the life out of all it covers. A green, mindless unkillable ghost, with tendrils of power spreading from sea to shining sea, wrapping itself around virtually everything. Today, scarcely any part of life in the U.S. remains untouched by the federal government.

The behemoth in D.C. will continue to grow until people begin to reject the notion of monopoly government. The first step – quit calling the 202 area code. Pretend D.C. doesn’t exist. Concentrate your effort on state and local action. And work to nullify the feds into oblivion.

This article was based on an excerpt from Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty.

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No Wonder the Super-Rich Love Inflation

This article was originally published by Charles Hugh Smith at Of Two Minds Blog.

Asset inflation benefits the super-rich more than anyone else because they own the vast majority of these assets.

With the reflation euphoria running full blast, maybe central banks will finally get all that inflation they’ve been pining for. So let’s ask cui bono–who will benefit from inflation?

The Super-Rich love inflation and the money-printing that generates it. Longtime correspondent Michael M. explains the dynamic behind billionaires’ adoration of inflation:

“Why does a game of Monopoly work? Because there is a zero-boundary for every player’s net worth.

If you were given endless credit (so negative net worth is allowed without limit), the game becomes pointless.

Is there also an upper bound at Monopoly?

Well, the bank at Monopoly can run out of money, I had that happen a few times while playing. But we didn’t treat it as an upper boundary, but wrote the richest player an IOU and took that amount of cash bills from him and put them back in the bank to continue.

Rolling it around in my head, how else could you solve that problem? Confiscate the same amount from every (remaining) player and put it back in the bank instead? That would be pointless if most wealth is with one player and you want the game to continue.

Another option is to go Keynesian [in its true practical implementation] and confiscate 10% of each player’s net worth to “re-liquidate” the bank. This is very similar to “printing money,” just more explicit. Now we’re getting somewhere.

But that’s linear (a fixed percentage), so why not go with progressive confiscation rates, and take a higher percentage of the wealthier players’ net worth?

Wait a second, did I just stumble over the reason why the filthy rich love Keynesian economics? Because printing money only “taxes” everybody linearly, which is much better for the rich than progressive taxation, which is the global standard in income tax policies.”

Let’s explore this profound insight a bit more. Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) holds that central banks/states can print as much money as they want without any adverse effects. From this, it’s a small step to sending every household a monthly stipend (Universal Basic Income–UBI) paid by freshly issued currency.

Given the unfairness of the income tax system, as the super-rich buy tax breaks, tax shelters, and subsidies via lobbying and political contributions, it’s just one more tiny step to eliminating income taxes entirely and printing all the money the state needs.

Why would this enrich the super-rich and impoverish the rest of us? Printing money in excess of the goods and services being generated creates inflation, which is a “tax” on all cash and wages, both of which have been losing ground for decades.

Inflation is best defined as a loss of purchasing power. With 10% inflation, $1 only buys 90 cents of real-world goods and services. Thus it’s the exact equivalent of a 10% tax not just on wages but on all cash.

The super-rich don’t rely on wages or cash savings; they own productive assets whose yields rise with inflation. The super-rich own apartments, so they can jack rents up 10%, matching inflation. They own assets which tend to retain their purchasing power even as inflation reduces the purchasing power of cash and wages.

Markets place a premium on any assets that keep pace or outpace inflation, so the value of the assets owned by the super-rich soar, further enriching the few who own these assets.

Asset inflation benefits the super-rich more than anyone else because they own the vast majority of these assets. So money-printing and the inflation it generates is a win-win for the rich. The “tax” rate of inflation / money-printing barely touches their incomes or wealth, both of which are tied to assets that rise along with inflation. All that money-printing pushes the value of their assets higher, making them even richer, which the inflation “tax” impoverishes everyone who depends on wages and cash.

No wonder the super-rich love MMT, money-printing and Keynesian giveaways of freshly printed currency–inflation makes them richer while it makes everyone else poorer. Going back to Michael’s analogy of a Monopoly game: inflation takes 10% of every player’s cash, but doesn’t touch their property holdings. So the wealthiest players’ net worth is barely dinted while players with fewer assets will find it difficult to survive as their cash is “taxed” away by inflation.

 

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ELECTION JITTERS: FULL-BLOWN MELTDOWN!

This article was contributed by Future Money Trends.

Yesterday, markets absolutely crashed hard.

What’s causing this unbelievable volatility? In one word, it’s the election. This November 3rd, the world’s leading economy, the one that holds the reserve currency status, could erupt into chaos.

The markets were sure that Biden will win due to the polls, which they couldn’t believe would be wrong again, but the reality is proving much more complicated.

For one, Hunter Biden’s scandal is getting suppressed at 20x the force that the bullion banks depressed silver at the turn of the decade. If Trump’s son was in the same shoes, there would have been no COVID-19 coverage anymore – his recordings would be playing 24/7 and spreading like fire on all social media platforms.

The United States media has lost all credibility and any sense of fairness or dignity.

Courtesy: U.S. Global Investors

October is notoriously the most volatile month of the calendar year, and the NASDAQ 100 is very close to another flash correction (-10%).

What we’re hearing from Jeff Gundlach, David Einhorn, and Stanley Druckenmiller is distressing and alarming. Gundlach is predicting a revolution this decade. Einhorn has called the top of the tech bubble (as of September 2nd). Druckenmiller is on edge.

Going back more than 120 years, the data shows that October is a unique month; for some reason, the biggest market crashes occur within this calendar month.

Courtesy: SeekingAlpha.com

As you can see, the tech bubble of today is only half as expensive as the one in the 2000s, so before we start predicting a great depression 2.0, know that we personally don’t treat this volatility as the telltale signs of a huge meltdown.

We acknowledge the fact that stocks are expensive, but we also know that times are different.

Therefore, keep “living” what’s going on instead of looking to build fantasy scripts in your mind like the ones I read about every day that forecast -80% drops as if those occur every Monday morning.

The worst black swan event in a century only managed to move markets down by -35% in March, so think of what -80% really entails…

Courtesy: Zerohedge.com

We live in a world of expensive assets and zero-percent interest rates. At some point in the coming years, the whole thing will have to be reversed, neutralized, or reset – IT’S MADNESS.

On the other side of this chaos, I expect the motherlode of all stimulus packages – wait for fireworks, even if they take a couple of months to kick in.

Governments are under severe threat of existential legitimacy and people want money. They will GET IT, and that is a clear catalyst for commodities.

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