Freedom of expression is doing fine in America

Apparently so. Relatively speaking, that is.

At least, according to this survey by the renowned Pew Research Center (see also the image below).

(We have been alerted to it by Dr. Puszkarz’s retweet – just to give the credit where it’s due. He’s one of our Twitter followers and a smart guy all around whose Twitter feeds are among the best, in our opinion.)

Note that the US is number one in this image: USA, USA, USA! That’s certainly nice.

Note also that Poland is not far behind, followed closely by Spain. We should probably not be be surprised by Poland’s relatively high position since the just mentioned Waldemar Puszkarz, born and raised in Poland, is one of our supporters and this blog of ours is very committed to freedom of speech, as you may have noticed.

Or, to put it only slightly less modestly, great minds think alike. We are not entirely serious here, but there is no denying that people who appreciate freedom of speech are more likely to support those who appreciate it too than the people hostile to it and to liberal values in general. And, not to continue bragging but to state a fact, we have among our Twitter followers more than one Ph.D. – at least four to the best of our knowledge.

We are also not surprised by Germany’s very low position – lower even than Tanzania! WFT, Germany, still missing Uncle Hitler!??

We have mentioned in our previous posts a rather large German representation on the most blatantly criminal trading forum we know of. This forum also stands out by suppressing freedom of expression in favor of some vaguely defined “niceness” or just because it can or because its owner has the mentality of an insecure Nazi schmuck. Whatever the reasons for that might be, it does so to a much greater extent than any other trading forum out there.

Yes, it’s futures.io (formerly the Big Mike Trading forum) that we are talking about, of course.

This survey explains quite well, we believe, why Germans feel so comfortably on that forum. The less appreciation for freedom of expression you have, the more comfortable you will feel there.

As you can see from the next screenshot of the survey article, there are quite pronounced differences in how this issue is approached in various strata of the American society. The differences are generational, but also along racial and political lines.

We are not surprised that Millennials, who invented safe spaces and trigger warnings and who feel offended even by comedians, are the generation most likely to object to offensive speech. It’s probably correct to say that both Michael Boulter (Big Mike) and his most dedicated troops belong to this generation. And, as we have argued in our recent article, Big Bozo is as commie as they get, hence likely to vote Democrat too.

Let us be clear: we have no problem with those voting Democrat (or in any other manner). But this blog and its authors are committed to classical liberal values, and social and economic freedoms are paramount among them.

The futures.io culture definitely strikes us as the culture of snowflakes too insecure to take shit from their fellow 400 pound fatso (to borrow from Donald J. Trump) yet fancying themselves putting on 100-lot positions and not shitting in their pants at the same time.

Many members of futures.io (judging from their posts on EliteTrader.com, for instance) have no problem with Big Mike acting like a mad strongman (and may even find it admirable) and banning people for the slightest of “offenses” such as being “openly” Jewish, according to some complaints. Yep, we said it before that he we was a closet Nazi scumbag!

Of course, being German, even criminally offensive, is totally fine there, as exemplified by the case of one particularly perfidious German douchebag, Harald Steinhaus.

No, we are not suggesting that Germans should boycott the hate site where Jews are not particularly welcome. Not at all. In fact, this very suggestion, we are sure, would cause poor Germans way too much anguish. And it’s totally inhuman to even suggest that without a proper trigger warning or two, isn’t it?

Addendum: We wrote this post in the second half of 2016, or about a year ago. Things in the US are now a bit different due to the Trump victory and his not so well hidden an ambition to become a benevolent dictator. Things have changed in Poland too, but at least Poles seem to be fighting for their freedoms protesting on the streets against a populist government and they may actually be winning. They are known to be fierce freedom fighters, so that’s no surprise. Americans, on the other hand, apparently believe that Twitter and Facebook will solve everything for them. Good luck with that! Counter protests when white supremacists are in full force in the streets may as well serve as evidence that liberal America has surrendered its initiative. Killing honest discussions with people who refuse to toe the PC line is another reason why Trump and his most aggressive troops are on the offensive and seems to be winning. Yes, James Damore, whose affair we may address at greater length in another piece, should not have been fired just like many of those who have been banned from the Big Mike (futures.io) trading forum should not have been banned either. That’s basically the same issue.

The Big Mike Trading Forum mentioned or discussed here is now futuresio or futures.io. But it is still the same sham as before for the reasons mentioned here and in other posts on this blog. Read more about it in the first article dedicated specifically to Michael Boulter’s latest fraudulent reinvention.

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We are back and how you can use Trump to avoid trading scam artists

We are back to blogging after a longer break of several months.

2016 was our six year of blogging about trading loonies, though we originally started on another blogging platform and migrated to WordPress two years later. Because of that we thought we deserved some break. It’s not exactly like we are being paid for doing what we are doing here. Nor do we intend to turn this blog into a commercial venture.

Also, and quite sadly too, Trump’s election as the President of these (still) United States of America did not exactly provide an inspiration to continue our blogging. At least, not right away after that historic if not tragic a moment last November.

He was an awful choice even compared to Hillary Clinton, who was a bad choice as well. Trump is a con man, and that’s worse than being a dubious quality politician. He is the very first obvious con man ever elected to this office if our knowledge of the history of the United States serves us well.

He is a very transparent BS artist, not even particularly good by the standards of the “profession,” but owing to the masses of dipshits that populate the US and much of the world, he and his ilk can be very successful. He is a worse choice for this country, its image and standing in the world, and its security not just compared to Hillary, but to virtually any of his Republican rivals in the election campaign. Ted Cruz, whose father, if you were to believe Trump, was somehow involved in the assassination of JFK, sounds like a wise statesman in comparison. And how the hell could the guy who spouts this kind of BS ever get elected to this office!!? That’s truly unbelievable, but it did happen and this guy is now the most powerful man in the world, or more precisely, the biggest laughing stock of the office he formally represents.

We were not hiding our opinion about him on this blog or on Twitter. We took some time to talk here about the last US presidential election (see here and here), while mixing it with other things more in line with the blog main interests, because it was a classic case of blatant mass manipulation, the sort of manipulation that often takes place in the “business” this blog focuses on, the business of dubious trading experts, either deranged or purposefully dishonest. Both sides were engaged in it, but it was Trump’s side that pulled out all the stops and refused to take any prisoners. Still, we were rather relaxed about it since we really did not believe he would win.

One thing, perhaps rather predictable, that we have noticed when checking out Twitter in recent twelve months or so is what kind of trading vendors (advisors or educators) support Trump. Not surprisingly, the less trustworthy a vendor, the more likely he is to be in love with Donald Trump. We may write more about it in a separate article, using one very good case study that illustrates our point very well.

Perhaps then, Donald Trump is not so totally useless.

You can use him to identify most likely scam artists in the trading world, as they tend to gravitate towards him and his business philosophy – remember the Trump University, an obvious scam settled to avoid a civil trial? Trump was forced to pay 25 million dollars for it, all the time insisting that he never settles lawsuits, which simply amounts to yet another lie of this serial BS artist, now also the President of the United States.

To make it clear where we are coming from: we are not liberals.

We are independent and just like many traders and entrepreneurs we are very much aligned with libertarian or classical liberal values. We find both the far left and the far right quite dangerous and rather alike. In particular, notice how both extreme Jill Stein or Bernie Sanders bros seem to like Putin or Putin’s Russia. Same with the alt right types, who were instrumental in Trump’s victory. And when it comes to Russia and its well-confirmed meddling in the last election, Trump has long been acting as if he had something to hide, which is disturbing, to say the least.

We have a few articles in the pipeline that we wrote last year. They are very much finished, but since they are related, they may still need some coordination. We plan to post them this year, perhaps along with some new ones as well.

We are definitely not finished yet. In some ways, we may only be warming up to what may be a longer campaign that we have mentioned here last year too: the campaign of exposing Big Mike’s (or futures.io’s) dubious business partners (anointed vendors).

Big Mike (Michael Boulter) and Donald Trump have a lot in common: both are pathological liars and both tend to attract questionable operators as their business partners or dedicated fans. They also seems to depend on them, perhaps not surprisingly at all: it is hard to imagine honest, ethical people being inclined to do business with individuals of this repute.

The Big Mike Trading Forum mentioned or discussed here is now futuresio or futures.io. But it is still the same sham as before for the reasons mentioned here and in other posts on this blog. Read more about it in the first article dedicated specifically to Michael Boulter’s latest fraudulent reinvention.