Must Read “Leftovers”

Posted May 4, 2015 by austrianaddict
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The Last Of The Typewriter Men, at medium.com. A few months ago I went to a Notary to get an affidavit. I was taken back to my youth when the lady used an electric typewriter to fill out the paper work. Many people my age learned to type in high school on a typewriter. Kids today don’t know what a typewriter is. This article shows how  advances in technology have made previous technological advances obsolete. Although there is still a need for some of the knowledge

The Other Clinton Foundation Scandal, at investors.com. Only ten to fifteen cents of every dollar donated to the Clinton foundations went for charitable work. By comparison 90 cents of every dollar donated to Doctors Without Borders went for charitable work. The Clinton’s either have no understanding what this looks like to regular people, or they don’t care what it looks like.

Over Half Of The People Who Received Subsidies To Purchase Obamacare, Payed It Back To The IRS, by John Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. The subsidy was a way to get people to buy insurance instead of paying the fine/tax for not having insurance. The fine/tax probably would have been cheaper for most people. Government will get your money by hook or by crook.

The Politics Of Police Brutality And Race

Watch the video below and get a different perspective on matters of police brutality and race. Politicians and the media can’t be trusted when they talk about these matters.

 

GOVERNMENTS WAR ON CASH

Government either wants you to spend your cash to help their Keynesian stimulus fantasy. Or you must keep it on deposit at a bank so the supply of money can be expanded, via our fractional reserve banking system, to help their Keynesian fantasy. Spending counterfeit money is a consumption activity that is not backed by any production. It makes us poorer. Production creates wealth, consumption destroys wealth.

The Bankster War On Cash: JP Morgan Chase To Prohibit The Storage Of Cash In Safety Deposit Boxes, at economicpolicyjournal.com. In selected markets around the country, Chase restricts the use of cash for payments on credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, and equity lines. I think it says, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private“, on all Federal Reserve Notes. Look at your cash and see if it says this.

Citi Groups Top Bankster Economist Issues Report Advising The Abolishment Of Cash, by Robert Wenzel, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Since interest rates are zero, people will hold cash instead of putting it in the bank where it can be used to increase the money supply further.

The War On Cash Migrates To Switzerland, at zerohedge.com. Negative interest rates create the incentive for pension funds to withdraw cash and hold it in a secure vault. Banks are refusing to allow withdrawals in these large amounts.

Cash Banned In Louisiana at Garage Sales, Flea Markets Etc. at economicpolicyjournal.com. The House in Louisiana passed a bill that banned the use of cash for secondhand goods. Pawn Brokers must have some political connections because they are exempt from the law, Goodwill isn’t. Government is over reaching at every level.

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/2/15

Posted May 2, 2015 by austrianaddict
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Toya Graham Interview, youtube. Follow up on our post this week about Baltimore mom Toya Graham who got the attention of her son who was part of the riot.

Reporter, “Do you think strong mothers can keep this thing from happening?” Toya Graham,  “I think so, I think it wouldn’t have been as bad as it was, but once again we don’t know where those mothers were at....”. I tip my hat to Toya Graham. She has not abdicated her responsibility as a mother, even though as a single parent it would have been easy to do.

Mom Shamed For Packing Oreo Cookies In Daughter’s Lunch, by Keith Farrell, at thefederalistpapers.org. Why do parents put up with idiocy like this. Parents should deal with these central planning administrators like Toya Graham dealt with her son. Without slapping them silly.

Video: Tammy Bruce On Fox Friends Discussing Gay Gestapo, at tammybruce.com. The bakery that was fined $135K for not baking a wedding cake for gay couple, was getting help with the fine from crowd funding site,Go-Fund-Me, until gay Gestapo pressures Go-Fund-Me to take it down. Tammy Bruce’s background makes her uniquely qualified to speak on this issue.

U.S. Encouraging Cuba To Shift Toward Democratic System Of Corruption, at theonion.com. And I thought Obama went to Cuba to meet with Castro to get pointers on how to implement higher levels of totalitarianism.

Obama’s “Green Energy” Scams Costing Tax Payers Billions, by Russ Helper, at thefederalistpapers.org. When is giving out a pile of money there will be scam artists that are more than willing to take it. We’ve talked about this before in these posts, Green Energy Proving Venture Capitalists Are Smarter Than Government Bureaucrats, and The Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy.

Electric Vehicles Lose Buzz, by Michael Wayland, at detroitnews.com. Car companies, with the help of government subsidies, can’t even give these things away. “The market picks winners, and leaves the losers for government“, at a high cost to tax payers in particular and the economy in general.

This Drivable Car Was 3D Printed In 44 Hours, at entrepreneur.com. From the article; “In the near future, it could cost only about $7,000 to manufacture, perhaps the start of what will become a niche market for customized cars.” In the near future there could be many more car companies competing for market share, which would drive down the cost of cars. Consumers would get more choices at a lower cost.

Video: Ohio Police Officer Refuses To Shoot Man Attempting Suicide By Cop, by Barry Donagen, at benswann.com. This cop had every right to shoot this guy. He trusted his gut and didn’t shoot, which probably went against how he was trained.

CLINTON SLUSH FUND, AND/OR, MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME

Clinton Non-Profit Admits Organization Is Just A “Pass-Through”, by Seth Davis, at thefederalist.com.

Is The Clinton Foundation Just An International Money Laundering Scheme?, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com.

15 cents of every dollar was actually used for charitable work. Part of that 15 cents went to the Clinton Presidential Library. I don’t think that is a charity; is it?

Excerpts from the article, “The entire operation was constructed in order to provide a facade of plausible deniability for Hillary Clinton. Conceal the cash. Hide the donors. Delete the e-mails.

Is America Still On F. A. Hayek’s “Road To Serfdom“, by Richard Ebeling, at epictimes.com. This is our heavy lifting for the week.

 

Bottom Up, or Top Down. Where Does Lasting Change Come From?

Posted April 29, 2015 by austrianaddict
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Here is a video of a mother taking umbrage at her son’s participation in the Baltimore Riots.

Here are comments by the mayor of Baltimore on how they tried to handle the protesters and rioters.

Click Here to read a clarification and the context of her remarks. I don’t know if this clarification hurts or helps her. Here is the last sentence that was cut from the video. “And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate and that’s what you saw this evening.

SOME OBSERVATIONS

1) Unlike the Mayor, the mom was not in a de-escalating mood. She went right to level 10, and I think she got her son’s attention.

2) Watch all the guys in the video. They don’t butt in, they don’t laugh, they kind of back away. Like me, they had all been in that kids shoes for one reason or another, and they knew mom was right.

3) Did the son call the child abuse hotline to report his mother?

4) Will  some prosecutor use this tape to charge the mother with child abuse?

5) It seems like her son’s self-esteem wasn’t  high on her list of priorities?

BOTTOM UP CHANGE

The way real change happens is not from the top down, it’s from the bottom up. If every male had a mother who let him know in no uncertain terms when their behavior is unacceptable, situations like these wouldn’t happen. The Mayor’s speech didn’t stop anyone from rioting, and it may have actually escalated the rioting.  We know the mother’s tactics stopped at least one person from rioting, and from the looks of some of the guys in the video, it quite possibly could have helped others rethink what they were doing.

Thomas Sowell has stated, “Each generation born is an invasion on society of little barbarians who must be civilized before it is too late.

The family is the institution through which each generation is civilized. Government undermines the family every step of the way. Once undermined, Government can’t step in and do the job, because they are in the appeasement business.

We now live in a world where no individual is responsible for his own actions, but we are all responsible for each individuals actions. A society like that can’t last.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/25/15

Posted April 25, 2015 by austrianaddict
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The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

People Are Voting With There Feet, at washingtimes.com. In the last 10 years the population in over regulated states is decreasing and the population in states with more freedom is increasing.

Can You Solve This Moral Dilemma From A Real Job Interview, by Jason Stevens, at thefederalistpapers.org. One guy comes up with a creative solution. See if you’re this clever.

Two TSA Agents Fired For Pre-Planned Groping, at targetliberty.com. A couple of points. 1) I thought people turned in their pitch forks and horns for a halo when they became public servants? 2) Their union must not be very good because I’ve heard of union members jobs being protected for doing worse. 3) Whats the real difference between a, by the book pat down, and what these two did? Don’t you feel violated either way?

What Happened To Book Sales In Israel After A Year Of Price Controls And Minimum Payment Mandates To Authors, by Sharona Schwartz, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Anyone want to take a guess what happens with these price controls? Why do politicians and bureaucrats think that this time it will be different?

Stunned Greeks React To Initial Capital Controls And The Decree To Confiscate Reserves, And They Are Not Happy, at zerohedge.com. The Government mandated that any idle reserves be transferred to the Greek Central Bank for investment in short term state debt, (Isn’t that theft?). Something like this couldn’t happen here, could it?

DISGUSTING Republicans Vote To Hide Congress’s Obamacare Exemption, at targetliberty.com. The Senate Small Business Committee voted to not subpoena secret documents that show how the House and Senate members got an exemption from joining Obamacare exchanges. They think of themselves as the ruling aristocracy that doesn’t have to abide by the very rules they’ve forced us to obey.

Heal Wants To Be The “Uber” For Doctors Making House Calls, at targetliberty.com. This app brings doctors and patients together without any third party interference. Just as I’ve said before, Obamacare will create a free market for healthcare. Unfortunately the tax payer will have to fund both the free market system and Obamacare.

Regardless Of Obama Care, ‘Self Pay’ Primary Care Models Will Thrive, at selfpaypatient.com. This article explains that getting rid of third party pays is the way to go to fix healthcare. If Obamacare hadn’t passed, market realities would have started to fix the high cost of healthcare. Now we’re stuck with a huge Government program that tax payers will have to fund forever because Republicans don’t have the stones to get rid of it.

Get Ready For The ‘Achocolypse': The World Is Running Out Of Chocolate, by Kate Taylor, at entrepreneur.com. A fungal disease and dry weather have cut the worlds coca supply by a third, at the same time world demand for chocolate is increasing. If prices are allowed to rise to ration this scarce resource, there won’t be a shortage, like the shortage of water that California is experiencing during this drought because of fixed prices. Read Prices Will Solve California’s Water Crisis.

Lets Laugh! Cartoons From theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

 

Abuses Of Power By Individuals In Government

Posted April 23, 2015 by austrianaddict
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“GOVERNMENT IS NOT REASON, IT IS NOT ELOQUENCE, IT IS FORCE, LIKE FIRE IT IS A DANGEROUS SERVANT, AND A FEARFUL MASTER.” George Washington

This quote is from George Washington, who was uniquely qualified to state the truth about what Government truly is at its core. He fought for the British in the French and Indian War. He signed the Declaration of Independence which spelled out abuses of power that the founders were declaring their independence from. He was the commander of the Colonial army during the Revolutionary War. He was at the Constitutional Convention that set up our Constitutional Republic which the founders thought would give individuals, freedom from government force. He was the first President of the United States, a position he could have held for life. But he walked away from power after two terms, setting a precedent followed by all Presidents, until FDR thought he was more important than “the indispensable man”.

The wisdom of our founders in general, and George Washington in particular, when it came to understanding what government was and what it could and would become unless individuals remained “eternally vigilant”, can’t be questioned. There life experiences gave them a deeper understanding about this subject than any individual could glean from reading and studying their writings. As great as their writing skills were, they probably couldn’t completely communicate in writing their total understanding on the subject of government force.

“FEW MEN HAVE VIRTUE TO WITHSTAND THE HIGHEST BIDDER.” – George Washington.

This is another quote from George Washington which reveals a keen insight into the nature of man. This insight goes hand in hand with his knowledge of what Government truly is. Few if any man can be trusted with the reigns of power. And many times the highest bidder is not an outsider, but the person himself.

“THE TWO ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE ARE CRIMINALS AND GOVERNMENT, SO LET US TIE THE SECOND DOWN WITH THE CHAINS OF THE CONSTITUTION SO THE SECOND WILL NOT BECOME THE LEGALIZED VERSION OF THE FIRST.” – Thomas Jefferson.

Our founders not only understood that virtuous men would be tempted by the highest bidder, they knew that the worst could and would get to the top. This is why they wanted a limit on the power of government so that there would be a limit on the damage government “criminals” could do to individuals while in a position of power.

“ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTYAttributed to Thomas Jefferson.

We are responsible for our present state of big abusive Government. We haven’t been eternally vigilant in keeping the chains of the constitution firmly tied around its neck. Trying to get the chain back around the neck of government is going to take a lot of time and effort. Are we willing to do this now, or are most of us still to comfortable and ignorant to act. The longer we put this off the more costly it will be.

 

 WISCONSIN D.A. USES LAW TO PUNISH OPPONENTS

YOU MUST READ this article titled, Wisconsin’s Shame: “I Thought It Was A Home Invasion”, at nationalreview.com. It is about the abuse of power by Milwaukee County district attorney John Chisholm. He used what are called John Doe investigations, in a clear abuse of power, to harass people who were supporters of Governor Scott Walker. Chisholm was on the side of the unions and government employees. His wife was a teachers union shop steward and wasn’t happy about the union reforms passed under Walker. Chisholm felt it “was his duty to stop them”. He illegally used the power of Government to fight political fights. Here is an excerpt from the article.

“For dozens of conservatives, the years since Scott Walker’s first election as governor of Wisconsin transformed the state – known for pro-football championships, good cheese, and a population with a reputation for being unfailingly polite – into a place where conservatives have faced early morning raids, multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping. Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” – the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform – was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents and ruin lives.

IRS TARGETS OPPONENTS OF BIG GOVERNMENT

This is what the IRS targeting to tea party and liberty minded groups was all about. Using the force of Government to intimidate political opposition into ceding ground. Going through the legal process when falsely charged, or going through the process of complying with government regulations, is too high of a price for most people. The entrenched government status quo will use all their power, legally or illegally, to win. And we reach a point where the process itself becomes a punishment for getting involved.

ANOTHER EXAMPLE

Power is being abused at every level of government. We have shown many videos on this sight showing this abuse. Watch the video from this article, Caught On Tape: Cop Grabs, Smashes, Phone Of Women Recording Him, at zerohedge.com. You are allowed to film the police when they are on the job with this stipulation, you can’t interfere with their work. Some cops try to intimidate people from recording their activity by stating , “you are interfering with our work”, but they can’t take away your phone or delete your recording. I know it doesn’t say anything about smashing the phone, but isn’t that a violent attempt to delete the recording, or is it the destruction of property, or both.

This short video from Learn Liberty, gives us a humorous insight into how a persons thought process changes when he gets a chance to wield power.

CONCLUSION

In one of my recent articles titles, As The Number Of Laws Increase, Individual Freedom Decreases, we talk about how the increase in the amount of laws gives Government officials the ability to prosecute literally anyone for violating some obscure law. The process of defending yourself is your punishment, but the government official usually pays no cost for abusing his power. We have to roll back big abusive government because, as I’ve written previously, Individual Liberty Is The Least Contentious Way Of Settling Differences.

 

Related ArticleThe Break Down Of The Rule Of Law, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleThe Result Of The Break Down Of The Rule Of Law, at austrianaddict.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels!

Posted April 22, 2015 by austrianaddict
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Alex Epstein gives us a different perspective on fossil fuels in this video from Prager University.

 

The video below is Alex Epstein wading through the People’s Climate March in NYC last September.

When you watch the video you literally see how you are swimming against the current of public opinion when you don’t agree with their environmental ignorance.

 

In this article by Alex Epstein titled, Making The World A Better Place By Using More Fossil Fuels, he says, “Without exception, anyone who lives a modern life is directly or indirectly is using large amounts of fossil fuel energy – it is that ubiquitous.

Most people don’t understand that 87% of the energy they use comes from fossil fuels. They also don’t understand that plastics, ink, dyes, resins, tires, tar, lubricants, cloths, lipstick, and much more (see list here), are made from oil.

People who don’t like the use of fossil fuels probably haven’t really thought about a world without fossil fuels, because they Were Born In The Middle Of The Story.

 

Related ArticleThe Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleClimate Change Religion? Economics? Science?, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 4/18/15

Posted April 18, 2015 by austrianaddict
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The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

GOVERNMENT IN SEARCH OF REVENUE. BECAUSE SPENDING IS OUT OF CONTROL.

Latest $269 Million DOE Loan Causes Controversy, at zerohedge.com. This DOE recently approved a loan that covers the cost of new factory capacity at ALCOA’s Tennessee plant. The high strength low weight aluminum will be used to make vehicles lighter which translates to more fuel efficiency. But ALCOA was two years into the plant expansion and was going to complete it without the DOE loan. Maybe the DOE was trying to pick a winner after it was clear the plant was going to be completed. There are multiple examples of Government agencies picking losers before the fact. Green energy is one example. Read “Green Energy Proving Venture Capitalists Are Smarter Than Government Bureaucrats“. Get rid of these government programs.

Average Fine For Noncompliance With Obamacare Is $1130, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The fine (tax?) “necessarily sky rockets” next year, unless you can get an exemption because of your political connections.

Nearly 6,00 Retired Illinois Teachers Made Six-Figure Pensions In 2014, by Ted Ballantine, at illinoisreview.typepad.com. Your tax dollars pay the teacher’s salary, pension, healthcare, and even their taxes. And most of those “greedy” *&#@&$^s think they deserve more.

Chef Ticketed, Facing $2,000 For Feeding Homeless In San Antonio, by Gilbert Garcia, at mysanantonio.com. There are so many laws on the books you can’t help but break one. Read, “As The Number Of Laws Increase, Individual Freedom Decreases“.

Cop Sues NYPD Over Quotes, Slams The Racketeering Culture, at zerohedge.com. This is called policing for profit. Here is a quote from the article, “In the NYPD, it’s clear that the police are protecting and serving themselves at your expense….The boys in blue are indistinguishable from the Crips or any other street gang in their extortion activities.”

PEOPLE ARE CREATIVE

Father-Son Team Raises $10 Million For Their Beekeeping Invention On Indiegogo, by Catherine Clifford, at entrepreneur.com. Harvesting honey used to be risky and take a lot of time. Not any more. A father and son from Australia invented a quick and safe way of accomplishing the task. Watch the video for the Flow Hive. It is amazing yet simple. The fact that they raised $10 million through the crowd funding service Indiegogo, tells me this is probably going to be a successful venture.

How 3D Printing Startups Are Shaping The Future, by John Patrick Pullen, at entrepreneur.com. 3D printing is mind-blowing, and we are just scratching the surface. The videos in this article are great.

Cow Milk Without The Cow Is Coming To Change Food Forever, by Marcus Wohlsen, at wired.com. “Researchers are trying to make cows milk cheese without the cow. Using mail-order DNA, they’re tricking yeast cells into producing a substance that’s molecularly identical to milk. And if successful, they’ll turn this milk into cheese.”

MISCELLANEOUS

RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $50, at mrctv.  Dan Joseph asks George Mason College students to sign a petition raising the minimum wage to $50. As clueless as most of these young adults are, there are actually some, who have a clue on what happens when wages are set above what the job produces. Also, Dan Joseph is sarcastic, which I appreciate.

 


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