And their inspiring ode to high school bullies is pretty funny:
It just gets weirder and weirder (or perhaps more and more blatant):
Prison guards watching Jeffrey Epstein reportedly fell asleep and failed to check on him for 3 hours the night he died.
JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEATH LIKELY NOT CAPTURED BY CAMERAS.
Epstein Autopsy Reportedly Shows Broken Neck Bones More Consistent With Homicide Than Suicide.
Jeffrey Epstein’s body claimed by mystery ‘associate.’
It started ridiculously suspicious and has only become more so. It all adds up to things that make you go...
So obviously we've seen some horrifying mass shootings lately, like the one in El Paso and the one in Dayton. And of course, there is an ever-growing hysteria over "white supremacist terrorism." And of course, this is a problem as the El Paso shooter was clearly a white nationalist.. But looking at the Mother Jones Database of mass shootings (counted by those with at least three fatalities that were not for criminal reasons), there have only been two from my count in the United States since Trump was elected; El Paso and Pittsburgh. That amounts to 34 deaths. 34 too many for sure, but we do need some perspective here.
It should also be remembered that the Dayton shooter was an Antifa-supporting leftwing terrorist. (Which would not be the first of his kind.)
Indeed, going off the Mothers Jones database, there have been 114 mass shootings from 1982 to 2019 with 934 fatalities, or about 25 a year. This number has been ticking up, but that still only amounts to about one sixth the number of Americans who die each year from peanuts.
OurWorldInData.org has a great chart that illustrates the difference in media coverage and actual risk from various causes of death. I should note that "mass shootings" doesn't even make the list while "homicide" can barely be seen.
And as far as the "white men do mass shootings" meme goes, that is just false and based on what appears the be stupefying inability to know what "per capita" means.
From first appearances, it would seem whites are overrepresented in mass shootings in the United States. Here is Statista.com's breakdown of Mother Jones' database:
But again, what does "per capita" mean?
If we drop the four mass shootings where the race is unknown, 64 of the 110 shootings have been by whites. 64 divided by 110 equals 58.2 percent. According to the Census Bureau, non-Hispanic whites make up 60.7 percent of the population. So whites are slightly under-represented. (And even more so since the country was more white back in 1982 when the database started.)
Finally, if you just count all mass shootings (counted as three or more injuries for any reason), whites made up only 29 percent of the 72 mass shootings so far in 2019. So yeah, white men do not do all mass shootings or even close.
But regardless, while mass shootings are a definite problem that we need to work on solutions for, please calm down everyone.
For the second year in a row, Stewardship Investments, LLC has been named to the Inc. 5000 list. This time coming in just behind last year at a very respectable 3349th.
You can check out our company profile on Inc.com here as well as our company website here and our KC rental website here.
So I've spoken and written on the BRRRR Method of real estate investing a lot (The Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance and Repeat) method, but only with regards to investing in houses. In this presentation for the Kansas City Multifamily Investing Group I discuss BRRRR investing for apartments. It's very similar to investing in houses, but there are definitely some major differences. Check it out.
So Jeffrey Epstein "committed suicide."
For any of you who enjoy this classic worship song, here is my acoustic cover of it. Enjoy!
Here is another article I wrote for SwiftEconomics on some very stupid housing decisions by the city government of Kansas City. It's old news, the Hyde Park area as improved dramatically, but it is an interesting insight into some bad urban policies that still do happen today.
Lying in between Kansas City’s downtown and its famous plaza is Hyde Park. Hyde Park is an upper end neighborhood with beautiful old homes. But now lies a couple of eye sores you can see from the Google Earth view:
Lots of houses with a few really big buildings… hmmm, what are those? Well, those are what I like to refer to as Skyrise Deathtraps.
Way back when the government put up a bunch of beautiful buildings to serve as public housing complexes along Armour Blvd in what was a very good neighborhood. These projects subsequently went south as these things typically do. As Howard Husock puts it regarding large public housing complexes:
Public housing spawns neighborhood social problems because it concentrates together welfare-dependent, single-parent families, whose fatherless children disproportionately turn out to be school dropouts, drug users, nonworkers and criminals.” (America’s Trillion-Dollar Housing Mistake, pg. 30-31)
They didn’t quite go the way of Cabrini-Green (the infamous 15,000 unit, Chicago public housing complex that was so crime-ridden that the police had to block it off several blocks away during 4th of July because of all the reckless gun shots). Instead, these buildings were worn down and about half vacant in 2006. Then a couple, large out-of-state firms bought them and filled them quickly with a bunch of at-risk people and section-8 tenants. And they apparently did this without even doing background checks.
Immediately these places exploded in crime and it spread out through Hyde Park. According to The Pitch:
At the Kenwood, 619 East Armour, police reports for 2008 and 2009 show one rape, two aggravated assaults, one armed robbery, five burglaries, six nonaggravated assaults, six cases of possessing drugs with intent to sell or distribute, five reports of property damage, one case of resisting an officer, three incidents of stolen auto parts, four cases of trespassing and one car theft.
Here’s the crime map for the last year, according to KansasCity.com. The red dots are shootings, see if you notice a trend along Armour Blvd (35th st.):
Well done government planners.
Yes, throwing a bunch of at-risk people, many of whom don’t work, in a small place is a recipe for disaster. Especially when there’s no mixed income housing and no mixed use in those buildings (as Jane Jacobs showed, it’s important for businesses to be around so that there’s foot traffic, especially at night). These buildings all lack that.
And no, it’s not just bad for the affluent neighbors, it’s bad for the tenants who are even more affected by the crime. As the one review of The Bainbridge on Yellowpages.com puts it:
There is only one thing not quite cricket. Inside are over 150 children, who can see and hear the parties going on and who are forming role models among the partyers, because the partyers are around all day and much of the night. Indeed, some of them prawl the streets around the apartments, playing with firecrackers (?) and other noisy (some are scary) toys. Actually 2 of the boys are dead, though no one knows exactly why. And best of all: some of the neighboring residents are scared stiff!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aint that a hoot? So come on down, sign up for an apartment, join the fun, party around the clock, and stop worrying about your health!
Now the government is planning a $62 million dollar renewal along Armour again. Hopefully it works this time.
Just like last year, Stewardship Investments has made the Ingram Corporate Report 100 for the fastest growing private companies in Kansas City. This year we hit 58th on the list (last year we were a bit better at 40th)
Not too shabby...
For any Pink Floyd fans out there who like amateur acoustic covers, here is my rendition of Is There Anybody Out There. Hope you enjoy:
"Every day is a new life to the wise man."
The Righteous Mind
Star Slate Codex
Consulting by RPM