Must Reads For The Week 6/15/19

Posted June 17, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

A Quiet Revolution Is Brewing, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “As I noted In recent blog posts, politics as practiced in a bygone era of stability no longer offers any solutions to these profound disruptions. Middle ground has vanished because there is no middle ground, and ideologies have become quasi-religious because they no longer offer any practical guidance to the economy that is still being transformed by the 4th Industrial Revolution”

“A quiet revolution is brewing as old social, political and economic structures fail. The politics of compromise is giving way to the politics of borrowing whatever sums are needed to placate every elite and every constituency. This is the pathway to financial debauchery as the currency will be destroyed by the politics of expediency.

Antifa Organizer Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Over ‘Unreasonable, Frivolous’ Lawsuit, at zerohedge.com. People are finally fighting back against the progressive left.

Texas Pipeline Protesters May Face Up To 10 Years In Prison, at zerohedge.com. Another example of people being fed up of the lefts insanity and fighting back.

Oberlin Pays For Smearing The Town Grocer, at wsj.com. Another example of people fighting back.

Workers Turn Down Bid To Unionize Tennessee Volkswagen Plant: at npr.org. Workers have figured that the only people who benefit from union membership are the union leaders, not the members. But this won’t stop union leaders from seeking another vote on unionization.

Trump Wants Major Cuts At Federal Advisory Committees, at huffpost.com. This is a small step. But when was the last time a President actually took a step to cut the size of government? It was George Washington. He cut the size of the British empire!

Ex-CIA Officer: Trump In “Historic Battle” With “Treasonous” Deep State, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Some call this the ‘Deep State,’ and that includes the CIA, the FBI and the NSA. President Trump is the first President to stand up against this Shadow Government. They have been spying on Trump since he was a presidential candidate. So, this is huge, it’s historic and nothing like this has ever occurred in any western government…”

“Trump has called this “treason,” and when he says this, the mainstream media is silent and won’t report it….They know it, and they are trying their level best to support these Shadow Government/Deep State players because the media was complicit in this false Russia collusion. There is no way they are going to report on information that will expose their role in it…They shot and misses, and it was a bad miss because they tipped their hand.

AG Barr Battles Intel Community And FBI, Illegal Surveillance Had Been Going On For Years, by Sara Carter, at saraacarter.com. Everyone, including people who hate Trump, should be upset about the years of illegal surveillance by the US Intel community. Excerpt from the article:

“Despite the president’s order giving Barr authority over the declassification of the documents related to the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, it won’t be met without a fight. And there’s a reason why.”

“This isn’t just about Trump. It’s about nearly a decade of abuse inside the intelligence community and bureau regarding foreign-intelligence-collection authority. Why? Because it was carried out to monitor communications of Americans inside the United States and the procedures meant to protect Americans either swept up in those calls or targeted were not followed. The Fourth Amendment was under attack and abused for political purposes, say several retired intelligence sources.”

Just When You Thought Surveillance Tech Couldn’t Get Any More Orwellian….at zerohedge.com. Getting this kind of surveillance technology in the hands of tyrants with power is a scary thing. Excerpt from the article:

“China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to taken action against those observed.”

Watch: Scientists Create “Deepfake” Software Allowing Anyone to Edit Anything Anyone Says On Video, at zerohedge.com. At some point we may not be able to tell what is real and what has been doctored.

Macron’s Security Service Threatens French Journalists With Prison And Fines, at zerohedge.com. As much as I dislike the mains stream media. I never want politicians and bureaucrats using government power to crack down on “journalists”. That would be worse than the biased reporting by journalists.

John Cleese Refuses To Back Down: “Prefers Cultures That Don’t Tolerate Female Genital Mutilation”, at zerohedge.com. Cleese is not backing down. He is doubling down. Good for him.

School’s Purpose Is Indoctrination, by Sofia Carbonc, at humanevents.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Indoctrination is no longer dependent upon the political beliefs of teachers. We are now past that. Course material is blatant political propaganda. Not just the course material for gender studies and similar. The core curricula of grade school through college.”

“Juveniles typically don’t care about politics, and definitely not policy. But since 2016, more young people are being sucked into the political realm. The social issues in the United States, such as feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, have become so extreme and unbearable. Kids are tired of being told to apologize for the race or gender they were born as, and being told what they can and cannot say despite having a God-given right to speak freely.

“Unless you are involved with politics to a degree, it can be easy to miss politically motivated material. The lack of political education in combination with the demand that students trust their textbooks as reliable sources allows the left to silently indoctrinate students.”

“Prime examples of progressive course material are in economics and psychology courses. Both are extremely important and beneficial courses, at least when taught objectively.

“The left is genius when you think about it.”

“Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.”

“The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Nation Spends Day Acknowledging Existence Of Completely Unnecessary Parent, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Vow To Close Dangerous Gun-Buying Loophole Known As ‘The Second Amendment’, at babylonbee.com.

Chick-Fil-A Celebrates Pride Month By Serving Delicious Chicken Sandwiches To Everyone Just Like All The Other Months, at babylonbee.com.

New School Program Raises Awareness Of Things Kids Didn’t Know They Were Supposed To Be Offended About, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Mom Proudly Declares Son To Be Transgender After He Walks Through Barbie Aisle, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

More from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

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Must Reads For The Week 6/9/19

Posted June 10, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It), by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com. Excerpt from the article:

“…..a lot of Democrat politicians are promising “free college,” but what they really mean is “free for you.” Someone has to pay, and that someone is me, and I need to level with you.”

I am not interested in paying for your college.

“Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.”

“I understand that your priorities for my money may differ from mine, but it being my money, my priorities should take precedence.”

“……Creating a debtor class of over-educated, under-smart serfs with gender studies degrees is another Cloward-Piven-seque ploy to undermine our society in the pursuit of the socialist Utopia our garbage ruling class seeks to command. Of course, this would be a Utopia built of envy, incompetence and lies.”

NYU Cancels Course On ‘Far-Right’ Taught By Disgraced Media Matters “Fact Checker”, at zerohedge.com. There is hope! Only 2 students signed up for this class.

End School Compulsory-Attendance Laws, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“….there is no difference in principle between religious liberty and educational liberty. Just as people shouldn’t be forced to send their children to church, they shouldn’t be forced to send their children to a state-approved organization for secular education and training. Families have the natural, God-given right to make educational decisions for their children without state interference or meddling, just as they do with respect to religious decisions.”

“People obviously make vastly different decisions when it comes to raising their children, not only on religious matters but also on countless other issues. People often disagree with how other people are raising their children. But Americans have developed a high degree of tolerance with respect to how people raise their children. We simply have to have that same degree of tolerance when it comes to education.”

“No one should be forced to attend church. By the same token, no one should be force to submit to a state-approved education. For that matter, no one should be forced to fund a state-approved school any more than he should be forced to fund a state-approved church. The state has no more business in education than it does in religion.”

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton To Launch Feminist Production Company, at zerohedge.com. Can’t wait to watch some of the shows these two come up with. I bet their shows will win some awards.

Transgender Woman (Who Competed As A Man Last Year) Wins NCAA Track Championship, at zerohedge.com. This has to be a ‘Satirical Headline’, Doesn’t it?

Transgender Powerlifter, Stripped Of World-Record Titles, Says Competing In Special Transgender Category Would Be ‘Discrimination’, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The power lifting federation took a stand against the insanity that other institutions have given in to.

Trans Activists Silence The Science So They Can Claim It’s On Their Side, by Nathanael Blake, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“What these researchers do share is caution and scientific skepticism regarding the foundational belief of today’s transgender movement, which is that gender identity is innate and unchangeable, and that gender change is always the best treatment for expressions of gender dysphoria.”

“The research of the scholars noted…..that there are diverse causes and forms of gender dysphoria, rather than every case arising from an innate, immutable sense of gender identity…….many childhood cases of gender dysphoria will resolve over time without transition, so he did not rush children into transition……..gender dysphoria may sometimes be socially contagious.”

“These researchers are being targeted because their moderation threatens an increasingly radical trans agenda. In the few years since transgender issues went mainstream, the public debate has shifted from how to respond when Bruce Jenner wants to become Caitlyn to how to respond to a five-year-old boy who wants to be a princess or a 14-year-old girl who, encouraged by social media, suddenly self-identifies as a man and wants to take testosterone and amputate her breasts.”

“Prepubescent children are being prescribed dangerous chemicals that suppress their natural physical development, followed by potentially harmful hormonal treatments that sterilize them. Gender clinics expedite the administration of cross-sex hormones, even prescribing them on the first visit, and minors are undergoing irreversible surgeries. California has decided to teach children about gender identity and transsexualism in kindergarten and parents will not be allowed to opt their children out. Efforts to help children (or even consenting adults) reconcile to their natural bodies are being mislabeled as “conversion therapy” and outlawed”

Facebook Bans CrossFit Group For Advocating Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets, at zerohedge.com. Social media platforms are owned by leftists. If you don’t tow the leftist narrative, you will get banned. But if they are deciding content, should they be considered a platform? Or are they just another web site like mine.

Drivers Are Turning To Sex Dolls And Mannequins To Use HOV Lanes, at zerohedge.com. America was founded by individuals who didn’t obey onerous laws. The spirit of the American Revolution still exists in some of us.

Department Of Transportation Launches Investigation Into Chick-Fil-A Bans, by Molly Prince, at dailycaller.com. There is no more middle ground to concede. The left has pushed too far and people are fighting back. This is what Brexit and the election of Trump was about.

Democrats Want The Post Office To Handle All Your Banking Needs, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Imagine a bank with all the bureaucracy of the United States Post Office AND all the financial savviness of the U.S. government. If you like that idea, you’ll just love Democrats proposal to bank at your local post office.

Sanctions Are A Bitch – US Refiners Importing Russian Oil Like Mad, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me. Excerpt from the article:

“The market needs to be fed. And refiners will buy whoever has the best cargo at the best price. It is only politicians who don’t understand that you can’t dictate to the markets.

“Now refiners in the U.S. have been under pressure with rising oil prices but Russian oil isn’t brought in to supply the tight gasoline market. Russian Urals grade is considered heavy-sour which is better for refining into diesel and other heavier grades. And it is being sent right to the refineries that normally process Venezuela’s very heavy crude (PADD 3 – Gulf Coast).”

“Don’t think for a second that this is some kind of Trumpian quid pro quo or anything. That he promised Putin a few ducats to look the other way in Venezuela. I know stupid libs of the Young Turk variety will think this. So will the Q-tards in the MAGA crowd.”

“But, no. This is simply normal market action that a bunch of clueless morons in D.C. can’t control. Refiners need feedstock to refine or they go out of business. Russian Urals regularly trades at a discount to Brent crude because there is no good benchmark for it. Remember, both West Texas Intermediate and Brent are light-sweet grades.”

Socialists vs. Civil Society, by Richard M. Ebeling, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Once the antisocial agenda of socialism is in power and implemented, it can, at the end of the day, be nothing but despotic and totalitarian because it is either individuals making their own plans and coordinating their plans with those of others through the voluntary agreements of the market and those institutions of civil society, or it is the plans of some imposed on others through the use or threat of political compulsion. It comes down to freedom or tyranny, whether or not that tyranny has come to power through the use of bullets or votes dropped into a ballot box.”

This is just a different way of stating the quote by F.A. Hayek at the top of this post.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

From The Babylon Bee

Left Vows To Topple Patriarchy By Allowing Biological Males To Dominate Women’s Sports, at babylonbee.com.

12 Obsolete Manly Activities And What You Can Replace Them With, at babylonbee.com. Check out these 12 manly things. They are funny and also sad but true at the same time.

Bernie Sanders Vows To Fight For $15 Maximum Wage, at babylonbee.com.

Daily Beast Reporter Tracks Down 11-Year-Old Who Told Joke About Pelosi At School, at babylonbee.com.

Sad: The Nation’s Women Were Going To Go Out To Dinner To Celebrate 100 Years Of Suffrage But They Couldn’t Decide What They Wanted To Eat, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com. (more here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Do you remember when President Obama gave the Queen an Ipod containing his speeches as a gift?

 

D-Day 75th Anniversary

Posted June 5, 2019 by austrianaddict
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This was my D-Day post from 2014 which was the 70th anniversary of the invasion.

I saw a show on the History Channel this past weekend and it got me thinking about the men who were involved in the Normandy invasion code-named Operation Overlord, especially my uncle Bill. Staff Sergeant William Sackenheim, was a paratrooper in Company E  508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped into Normandy approximately 1:30 am on June 6 1944 with the mission to take the town of Ste.-Mere-Eglise.

Image result for map of d-day invasion of normandy

 

When I was growing up I knew my Uncle Bill as a man who seemed larger than life, was really funny, and lit up the room he was in. I was always laughing within seconds of seeing him. My mom told me he was a paratrooper in WWII and was awarded a purple heart, but I didn’t know much more than that until I was much older. About the time of  the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 94, my brother and I were talking to my uncle at a funeral, and a man named Earl came up and they started talking. My uncle said ” Earl remember where the hell we were 50 years ago.” And Earl smiled and said “yes”. So I asked if he was a paratrooper like my uncle, and he said “no”. My uncle said “Earl was in one of those ships he flew over crossing the channel to make his jump.” I said you landed on one of the beaches on D-Day and he said “yes, Omaha”. My uncle said Earl was captured by the Germans, and I asked “what happened”, thinking he had maybe been a prisoner the whole war, and Earl said “oh, I escaped, I had to get the hell out of there”. I’m thinking you just don’t leave, there has to be a great story here. But I didn’t get to ask any more questions because Earl had already started talking to other people.

So my brother and I talked to my uncle a little more about D-Day and then asked if we could come over to his house in a couple of days, and he could tell us about D-Day and the war. Two days later we talked with my Uncle Bill for four hours about the war. One theme that always came up was how soldiers next to him got killed. He would always say “why was it him and not me”. I finally understood why my uncle seemed larger than life, it’s because he actually was larger than life.

Not only did my Uncle Bill jump on D-Day, he jumped in Operation Market Garden in Holland, and was in the Battle of the Bulge in The Ardennes in Belgium. He also saw the atrocities at Buchenwald. My uncle Bill passed away a few years ago. Soon these living monuments who are the WWII generation will all be gone. We will only be able to read their stories. My brother and I were lucky that we got to listen and see our Uncle Bill tell us about  his experiences.

TIME LAPSE MAP OF WWII IN EUROPE

AIRBORNE ASSAULT D-DAY

When I see historical footage like this I always think, my uncle did this.

 

CBS REPORTS (1964): “D-DAY PLUS 20 YEARS – EISENHOWER RETURNS TO NORMANDY” (view here).

This is real history as told by Eisenhower.

 

PHOTOS: SCENES FROM D-DAY. (click here) From The Roanoke Times.

 

Kodi Lee Sings, ‘A Song For You’, AGT Audition

Posted June 3, 2019 by austrianaddict
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Taste in music is subjective, not objective. Many things can influence what we like and don’t like. I love the song this young man is singing. So will I biased to like him automatically, or will I judge him more harshly because I have listened to so many covers of this song and my expectations are high?

First I want you to listen to him sing without the back story. Drag this timeline to 2:30 and stop at 4:15. Do you think he is good? Do you like the song? Did that move you? Then watch the video from the beginning. Did you have a different reaction?

A Song For You’ by Kodi Lee (view here)

 

When I get a chance I watch some of these shows because I like to be surprised by some of the talented people who audition. I also like to see who the judges and the voters think is good and who I think is good. I’m not a fan of the back stories because I think these should be judged on talent alone and not tainted by a sympathy vote.

Without the back story, Kodi Lee is really good. This is one of the best covers of this song I’ve heard. The best part is he didn’t over sing it. This song stands on its own. It is bigger than the singer. When the singer tries to be bigger than this song they usually fail.

 

Listen to some other artists sing this song. Some are live versions and some are studio versions. Which do you like if any? Do you even like the song?

Leon Russell wrote this song. (view here).

This is OK.

Donny Hathaway (view here)

A lot of people think this is the best version of this song.

Ray Charles (view here)

I think Ray Charles sings this song the best.

Karen Carpenter (view here)

This is a great version of this song. Karen Carpenter has a great voice and she doesn’t over sing it.

Christina Aguilera Feat. Herbie Hancock (view here)

I think Christina Aguilera has an incredible voice. And I’m a huge fan of Herbie Hancock. But I don’t like this version because she over sings it and he over plays it.

Always remember value and taste are subjective.

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/25/19

Posted May 27, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

ECON STUFF

So Many dollars And So Much Time Has Been Wasted On Politics, Let’s Turn Our Efforts 100% Towards Economics, by Hunter Hastings, at centerforindividualism.org. Excerpt from the article:

“So much money and energy have been poured into politics in the last years and decades. What has it achieved? Dysfunction, debt, deficits, disrespect for America and its institutions, disdain for its politicians, and division between Americans.”

“Politics is poison. It is corrosive acid persistently poured onto the faces of a prostrate and powerless citizenry. It is evil, and it corrupts all the people who practice it.”

“Our proposal is for an end to politics and a replacement with the thought processes and science of economics. We’d prefer everyone to stop thinking in political terms and start thinking in economic terms. Here are five principles to begin with.”

1)Economics is about creating value for others. Politics is the destruction of value.

2)Economics operates on empathy. Politics operates on disagreement and antagonism.

3)Economics succeeds through the natural collaboration of people. Politics succeeds by exercising power over people.

4)Production is the economic measure of success. Politics is consumption without production.

5)Prices and profits are the information signals of the free market. Politicians suppress both.

Only 52 US Companies Have Been On The fortune 500 since 1955, Thanks To The Creative Destruction That Fuels Economic Prosperity, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This shows that if companies don’t satisfy the desires of consumers with quality and price, they will either go out of business or lose market share to competitors. And this is a good thing. Which of these fortune 500 companies, Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Home Depot, Microsoft, Google, Netflix, Office Depot and Target will not be in the top 500 in 55 years?

The Subsistence Fund Is The Heart Of Economic Growth, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. A subsistence fund is savings. Savings is what you produce above what you consume. It doesn’t matter if you save the actual good, or sell it and save the money. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“What characterizes the modern economy is its complex structure of production that seemingly generates an endless amount, and an endless variety, of goods. It seems that the production structure has, as it were, a self-generating mechanism. Careful examination, however, shows that without a key ingredient, the entire infrastructure could not have emerged. The ingredient that makes it all possible is the subsistence fund.

Envy, Inc. by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. I am going to quote the great Thomas Sowell concerning this article: “Envy used to be considered one of the seven deadly sins, before it became one of the most admired qualities under it’s new name “Social Justice.

The Balance Of Payments Myth, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“In a market economy, each individual sells goods and services for money and uses money to buy desired goods and services. The goods and services sold by an individual could be termed “export,” while the goods and services bought could be termed “import.” The record of such monetary exchanges for any period could be labeled as the trade account balance.”

“In a free market economy, individuals’ decisions regarding the selling and the buying of goods and services i.e. export and import is made voluntarily, otherwise it would not be undertaken. The emergence of an exchange between individuals implies that they expect to benefit.”

“Whenever an individual plans to import more than he exports, the shortfall will be balanced either by running down existing savings or by borrowing. The creditor who supplies the required funds does so because he expects to profit from that.”

“The current practice of lumping individual’s trade account balances into a national trade account balance is of little relevance to businesses.”

What Is The Proper Way To Study Man? by Murray N. Rothbard, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“If the proper study of mankind is man, the question immediately arises: what is the proper way to study man? In recent generations, the enormous prestige gained by physics in advancing our knowledge of the material world has led to the uncritical transfer of the methods appropriate in the natural sciences to the study of actions of men………… the differences between the nature of human action and the behavior of unmotivated physical objects require different methodologies of scientific study.

…..the laws of human action (economics and, more widely, “praxeology”) cannot be “tested” by reference to statistical or historical “data.” In the behavior of physical objects, science begins by empirical observation of constant relations, and then frames tentative hypotheses of explanatory laws, these hypotheses being always subject to testing and revision by referring their deduced consequents to controlled experiments, where all but the relevant, isolated factors are held constant. This is the “scientific method” of physics. But in the study of human action, as Mises shows, the reverse is true; here, we begin by knowing the causal laws: by knowing the fact of human consciousness, of free will, of motivated, purposeful action of human beings in using given means for the attainment of desired ends. On the other hand, the facts of human history are not, as in physics, controllable and subject to testing; they are the complex and changing resultants of the interplay of human motives and actions, impinging on the natural environment and on each other. The laws of economic science, therefore, can only be constructed by starting with apodictically known axioms and deducing from them a body of necessarily true laws.

Hazlitt Predicted Economics In Two Lessons, by Jorge Besada, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“Mr. Quiggin’s recent book, Economics in Two Lessons, is the latest intellectual salvo fired by a member of the mainstream economics establishment towards the legendary unabashed defenders of capitalism like Ludwig von Mises, 1974 Nobel Laureate in Economics F.A. Hayek, and of course, Henry Hazlitt himself, who von Mises once referred to as “our leader…the economic conscience of our country and of our nation.” Yet in this book he simply reveals himself to be exactly as Hazlitt predicted, as part of the usual crop of “men regarded today as brilliant economists, who deprecate saving and recommend squandering on a national scale as a way of economic salvation” and whose “ ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF

There Are A Record 1,7 Million More Job Openings Than Unemployed Workers, at zerohedge.com. My favorite stat is that job openings decreased in the federal government (-15,000).   Excerpt from the article:  “According to the BLS, the number of job openings increased for total private (+363,000) and was little changed for government. Job openings increased in a number of industries, with the largest increases in transportation, warehousing, and utilities (+87,000), construction (+73,000), and real estate and rental and leasing (+57,000). Job openings decreased in federal government (-15,000).”

Mike ‘Dirty Jobs’ Rowe Routs America’s School System: “We’re Obsessed With Credentialing, Not Education, at zerohedge.com. The great Thomas Sowell considers many college degrees to be nothing more than, “Credentialed Ignorance.”

“Dystopian Approach”: SEC Blesses  Master Card’s Idea Of Cutting Off Customers With Right-Wing Views, at zerohedge.com.  Excerpt from the article:

“Mastercard is not the only holder of purse-strings that is mulling the selective banning of individuals from their services ad funds.”

“Patreon and PayPal have previously barred individuals from receiving payments using their platforms, due to their extreme views.”

“But unlike crowdfunding platforms, being cut off from one of the leading American multinational financial services corporations will, most likely, have a much greater impact on the financial stability of an individual of a group, especially after the US Securities and Exchange Commission reportedly blessed MasterCard’s undertaking.”

“By doing this, Swann believes the government granted “big corporations the ability to control what voices are heard.”

“The issue with such an approach, the investigative journalist argues, would lead to a wider crackdown on financial payments to anyone who the government would see as unfavorable.”

California Mulls Tax Breaks For Movie Studios That Leave Strict Pro-Life States, at zerohedge.com. The Roe decision in 1973 was a solution in search of a problem. Back then their wasn’t conflict because each state had it’s own abortion law, and if you didn’t like it, you could try to change the law inside that particular state or you could vote with you feet and move. The only thing the one size fits all Roe decision has done is create more conflict where it didn’t exist.

Socialists Set To Take-Over California Democratic Party, at targetliberty.com. The incremental movement toward socialist central planning in California is almost complete. Lets not let this disease spread any farther in our country than it already has.

Body Cam Video They Don’t Want You To See: Arizona Cop Takes Down Knife-Wielding Jihadist, at zerohedge.com. Have you seen this one in the main stream media? I didn’t think so. It doesn’t fit the media narrative.

Children At Philadelphia Muslim Society Say They Will: Chop Off Heads” For Allah, at zerohedge.com. Have you seen this one in the MSM? If it doesn’t fit, you must ignore it.

 

GUN CONTROL?

With Gun Ban Not Working, Politicians In Britain Want To Ban Knives Nationwide, at zerohedge.com. Maybe they should pass a law banning murder! Oh! They already have that law.

Underwear-Clad Florida Man Tries To Break Into Elderly Woman’s Car, then Meets Her Baseball Bat: by Nate Madden, at theblaze.com. The perpetrator wants assault bats banned.

Operation Choke-Point 2.0? Gun Control Advocates Urge Banks To Refuse Service To Gun Companies, at zerohedge.com. Gun grabbers will use every angle to undermine the Second Amendment.

Armed Women Calls 911, Locks Herself In Closet After Intruder Kicks Down Back Door. He Shouldn’t have Taken Another Step, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. She did everything possible to not have to shoot this guy.

FEEL GOOD VIDEO OF THE DAY: Crazy Man Attempts To Attack A Lady But She Happened To Have A Gun And Shot Him, at theburningplatform.com. The guy thought he had an easy mark. OOPS

Armed Man Kicks Down Front Door Of House In Broad Daylight. Armed Homeowner Makes Intruder Pay Ultimate Price. by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. Actions have consequences.

Meanwhile In Chicago: Armed Man Pulls Out His Handgun To Ward Off Two Younger Men Who Appear To Attack Him, at theburningplatform.com. He didn’t shoot either of these attackers. Do you think a cop would have shot both of them?

Store Clerk Fired After Pulling Gun In Self-Defense Against Hatchet-Wielding Robber, by Caleb Howe, at theblaze.com. This is not a satirical story from the Onion of The Babylon Bee. The clerk got fired for having a weapon.

Here is what the president of Plaid Pantry In Oak Grove said: “…the stores have “a zero tolerance for weapons and the clerk is no longer employed there. He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury.”

I’m not kidding. He really said that. Did the president’s statement unknowingly increase the incentive for criminals to rob Plaid Pantries? What kind of individuals will now be incentivized to work for the Plaid Pantry in the future?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Long-Running Political Lecture Show ‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Shift To Comedy Next Season, at thebabylonbee.com.

Trump Announces More Aid For Farmers Hurt By Tariffs Passed To Raise Money For Aid Used For Farmers Hurt By Previous Tariffs, at thebabylonbee.com.

Gay Man Miraculously Turned Straight By Single Bite Of Chick-Fil-A, at thebabylonbee.com.

Evangelical Mistaken For Mormon After Treating Everyone With Kindness And Respect, at thebabylonbee.com.

Elizabeth Warren Surprises Grads By Announcing She Will Sharply Increase Their Taxes To Pay For Their Student Loans, at babylonbee.com.

In Move To Ban Charter Schools, Bernie Sanders Introduces ‘No Child Left Ahead Act’, at thebabylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

 

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Must Reads For The Week 5/18/19

Posted May 21, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

MEDIA

Journalism Is Dead – Long Live The Media! by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. Excerpt from the article:   “….over the last 20 years, marquee journalists saw themselves as wannabe celebrities who were to make news, not to report it, to massage stories in such a fashion to serve their social justice agendas, and to virtue signal their superior morality, as many revolved in and out of government.”

“What have they become instead? People with enormous self-regard, but with little experience with the public whom they were supposed to serve.”

“They espouse opinions on nearly everything while knowing almost nothing. They believe Washington and New York are the centers of the universe, while the universe is making both more irrelevant. As their ethics dissipated, their vocabularies shrank. Their poor communication skills grew ever poorer, and they displayed little knowledge of the history and culture of the people they reported on.”

“Cultural Schizophrenia”: US Media No Longer Reports Facts, But Appeals To Emotions, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The mainstream media in the United States has made a shift in the past few decades.  Now, they appeal to emotions as opposed to reporting the facts. This “cultural schizophrenia” is tearing the U.S. apart at the seams.”

Tulsi Gabbard: James Clapper Lied On Mass Surveillance….Yet Landed A Job On CNN, by Jennie Taer, at saracarter.com. No comment necessary.

 

EDUCATION SYSTEM

Higher Education In America, by Walter Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “The extraordinary high college cost not only saddles students with debt, it causes them to defer activities such as getting married and starting a family, buying a home and saving for retirement. Research done by the New York Federal Reserve Banks and the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that each dollar of federal aid to college leads to a tuition increase of 60 cents.

Asian American Push Back Against Identity Politics In Washington State, by Helen Raleigh, at thefederalist.com. Even though Americans of Asian decent are on the top rung of the intellectual ladder, they are on the bottom rung of the identity politics ladder. Why should we expect equal outcomes when there are different inputs?

Title IX Updates: OCR Opens Investigations Against Brown, Rutgers And Clemson, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Universities are getting snared in the Title IX traps they set years ago.

The Growing Phenomenon Of Racially Exclusive Grad Ceremonies, by Daniel Payne, at thecollegefix.com. Excerpt from the article:  “The great American political movements of the 19th and 20th century were about bridging the profound and often brutal chasm that has divided the races in this country since its earliest beginnings. Many campuses are now helping to widen that chasm rather than close it further. It’s a terrible thing to witness.”

 

CULTURAL CRAZINESS

Actions Have Consequences, at the burningplatform.com. Watch these two short videos of Pro Abortion students attacking Pro Life protesters. Ask yourself if it would be possible to have a rational discussion with either of these two individuals? By the way the cop in the first video shows how to deescalate a situation with an emotional individual.

‘Gender-Inclusive Puberty’ Is The Latest Myth Peddled By Trans-Activists, by Mary Rice Hasson, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article” “Gender-inclusive puberty education” is an invented term that conceals ideological hokum under language vaguely suggestive of fairness and science. It’s an activist-driven maneuver to embed the gender-identity construct into the minds of impressionable children—all children—under the guise of health education. The real goal is to normalize transgender and non-binary identities and the drastic medical and surgical interventions that “affirm” them.

Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise Of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings, at theburningplatform.com. These antidepressant drugs come with a warning that the user may have suicidal thoughts. How much of a difference is there between suicidal and homicidal thoughts?

The Fight Over Abortions Is Now Total War, by David Marcus, at thefederalsit.com. Roe v Wade was the Government forcing a one size fits all decision on every State. Alabama’s recently passed restrictive abortion law, and New York’s recently passed permissive abortion law is exactly where we were in 1973 when abortion activists butted in and the the Supreme Court made the Roe decision. We have had 45 years of unnecessary conflict. The court should have allowed the States to continue to enforce the abortion laws each had on the books in 1973. It would have worked out better.

Dear Fellow Unbelievers: We’re Not Any Smarter Than People Of Faith, by Chason Gordon, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“In college, I voraciously ingested all the great anti-theist scribes, from Christopher Hitchens to Richard Dawkins to Sam Harris, as if preparing for that one hypothetical argument with a religious person over dinner while everyone else awkwardly ate their meatloaf. It enabled me to roll my eyes at anything religious with the best of them. Little is more fun than smugly looking down on a group of people and saying cruel things about them with a feeling of righteous superiority.”

“Still, this unrelenting disdainful stance gets tired after a while and doesn’t stand up when dealing with actual human beings who can talk back. My once-rabid atheism evolved not into belief, but into a calm acceptance of the more faithful people I met, as I gradually came to understand what many non-believers fail to: You’re not smarter or stronger than religious people, and you don’t know something that they fail to grasp.”

“There’s probably a person of equal intelligence to you, who enjoys the same bands and movies and salad dressing, and maybe even looks a little like you, except he or she has faith. All of that person’s skepticism and doubt is simply pointed in the other direction.”

 

IMMIGRATION

Spain Sees Surge In Migrant Crime “Because Of Political Cowardice“, at zerohedge.com. Europe is farther down the road with the immigration issue than the US. It is proving to be a disaster for these countries. But that can’t happen here? Can it?    In an unrelated article   Hundreds Of Migrants Occupying French Airport Terminal, by Tamar Lapin, at nypost.com.

 

VOLUNTARY COOPERATION vs. CENTRAL PLANNING

A Peck On The Neck, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Individuals with government power are forcing their utopian agenda on us. The reason they are doing this is because consumers in the free market are not choosing their world view. Man made global warming was and still is one of the biggest scams ever!

Excerpt from the article:

“A vampire’s continued existence depends on the continuous flow of the blood of the living. The same principle animates Tesla and other purveyors of electric cars – who are about to receive another $2 billion-plus from FiatChrysler (FCA) over the course of the next three years.”

“This ought to stave off bankruptcy long enough to bankrupt legitimate car companies like FCA (which choose not to purvey electric cars, because people aren’t buying them).”

“After which, the vampire will feast on the blood of us – directly, this time.”

“The cash infusion is performed via what is styled the “purchase” of carbon credits. These are purchases in the manner of our “contributions” to Social Security – i.e., they are extorted payments made under duress for something the victim would never freely pay for if he had the option to say no.”

“The “credits” being “purchased” are for electric cars not built by FCA. Instead, FCA pays Elon, et al, to build them and gets the “credit” for the supposed reduction in C02 “emissions” (it takes many italics and  air quotes to parse government-speak) achieved thereby.”

Whole Foods Now Accepts Cryptocurrency, at zerohedge.com. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are becoming legit currencies. This is going to challenge Central Bankers money printing monopoly. They can’t allow this.

If You Think Capitalism Is Dying Because Two Companies ‘Control 90 Percent Of The Beer Americans Drink,’ Go Home, You’re Drunk, by Nick Gillespie, at reason.com. The demise of free market capitalism has been greatly exaggerated. Economic forces are always in play no matter how much government central planning exists in any economic system (socialism, communism, crony capitalism, crony socialism).

Billionaire Promises To Pay Off Student Loan Debt Of Morehouse College Graduating Class, at cnn.com. Free market capitalism is why this guy can afford to pay off these students college debts. These kids were going to be debt serfs to the government for years. This evil capitalist bailed them out. And all he want’s is for them to pay it forward. What a greedy SOB.

Nigel Farage ‘Milkshaked’ As Brexit Party Extends Double-Digit Polling Lead, at zerohedge.com. The Status quo doesn’t want Brexit to take place. They want to keep their power. The people have been ignored for three years since they voted to leave the EU. They have had enough of the May’s BS. They don’t want bureaucrats in Brussels making decisions for them. It is bad enough that their own bureaucrats are making laws they have to follow.

Immunize Your Kids Against Intrusive Government, by J.D. Tuccille, at reason.com. Our founders didn’t trust individuals who were in a position to wield the power of government. Our children should be taught the individual is sovereign over the government.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Caravan Of Unborn Babies Heads Toward Alabama To Apply For Asylum, at babylonbee.com.

In Order To Stop White Men From Legislating Women’s Bodies, Democrats Fight To Overturn Roe v. Wade, at babylonbee.com. The Roe decision was made by a Supreme Court made up of mostly white men.

Bernie Sanders Criticizes Billionaire For Giving Money To Students Instead Of The Needy Federal Government, at babylonbee.com.

Facebook claims Party Celebrating Candace Owens’s Suspension Was ‘An Honest Mistake‘, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com. (more here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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Must Reads For The Week 5/11/19

Posted May 14, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Capitalism Will Save Us – If Only We Let It, by Steve Forbes, at forbes.com. The Unites States has a crony capitalist system with a huge welfare state. Government intervention into our free market capitalist system is the cause of any economic problems. The fact that what is left of the free market has kept us this prosperous shows how powerful free market forces are. Trump took a little weight out of the bureaucratic wagon the free market has been pulling and look at what happened. What would happen if we reduced the size of government by just ten percent? What about twenty five percent?

The Economic Impact Of Trump’s Trade War? Higher Prices And Reduced Income For The USA, by Mark J. Perry, at carpedieblog. Tariffs are taxes. Taxes raise prices.  Consumers will have to pay a higher prices on goods. But we know that less will be consumed at the higher price. Which means less will be produced. Which means jobs will be lost.

The Breakdown of The Rule Of Law, by Samantha Biggers, at lewrockwell.com. Excerpt from the article:  “There is a disturbing trend in the cities of America. This trend is the complete disregard of the law and a persistent ignoring of very serious problems that affect the health, safety, and wellbeing of all that live, work, or do business in them and the surrounding suburbs. This cannot go on without some very serious consequences. When people are forced to take the law into their own hands, the situation can get out of hand quickly.

Why College Profs, Admins Are A Greater Threat Than Crazy Students, by Sumantra Maitra, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:  “…the real threat is activist and academic departments, the children of the 1960s revolution who are now in charge, who have realized since the 1990s that the hope for an actual social revolution within the West lies through the long march through the institutions. Churning out activist students to act as pawns and flooding media and academia with them is a much smarter way to change society from within.

Yuma, Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency Over Influx Of Migrants, by Catherine Schoichet, at cnn.com. For purely political reasons the left has been telling us for three years there is no crisis on the border. But ultimately reality can’t be ignored. Here is another article related to the border crisis. Rep. Gabbard: We Have A Crisis At Our Border, by Sara A. Carter, at saracarter.com.

Don’t Scrap The Test Help Black Kids Ace It…by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Excerpt from the article: “…The journalistic establishment seems to assume that fixing the problem will require a massive social shift. The New York Times tartly summed up that either “1) the test is flawed and not accurately capturing the best and brightest students, or 2) the test is fair, and the schools that are preparing these children are bad.”

“Either ax the test or overhaul the schools, in other words. But what about the more local and pragmatic solution of helping black kids do better on the test? This position isn’t non-existent, but it’s considered contrarian, unexpected, or even plutocratic and backwards.

Civil War In Sports: Identity Politics vs. Science? by Onar Am, at libertynation.com. If males are not allowed to compete in women’s sports, why would it make sense to allow males, who identify as females, to complete in women’s sports? It only makes sense in the world of identity politics and transgendered rights (which means it doesn’t make sense in the real world). All we know is transgendered males are on a higher rung on the ladder of identity politics than women.

Colorado Students Walk Out Of School Shooting Vigil After It Turns Political, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. Is anyone shocked that politicians would try to promote their gun control agenda at a memorial service? Remember the Paul Wellstone memorial?

FBI Uncovers Terror Training Camp In Alabama, by Tom Ozimek, at theepochtimes.com. The guy who ran the terrorist training camp that was discovered in New Mexico last year is the same guy who established this terrorist camp in Alabama.

Progressive Anti-Semitism Surges: Why Now? by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “The far Left is intertwined with Islamist activists. Both share a hatred of the U.S. and see the Middle East as a postcolonial victim of Western imperialism. Students and urban youth bond with radical Islamists in their shared dislike of the Western countries (such as Israel) in general and the United States in particular.”

“Radical Muslims and the Left disguise their hatred of Jews by claiming that they are only championing downtrodden Palestinians. Few bother to ask them why a tiny democracy in a sea of autocracy is always singled out any time global attention turns to the question of refugees, disputed territories, or treatment of supposed religious minorities. In other words, the hater of Jews always says, “I have no problem with the Jewish people, but I do not like the imperialist and colonial policies of the Jewish state of Israel.”

“If the youth of today are anxious about the treatment of religious minorities, why not at least confess that 1 million Arab speakers in Israel cherish freedoms found nowhere else in the Middle East? They also are certainly freer and more secure than Muslim minorities in either India or China. So there is no reason to fixate on a tiny constitutional society — except that it is a Jewish state.

Progressives Face A Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgeatness.com. Excerpt from the article: “Progressives, who for 22 months had insisted that Trump was a Russian asset, were stunned. But only for a few hours. Almost immediately, they redirected their fury toward Barr’s summation of the Mueller report. Yet few rational people contested Barr’s synopses about collusion and obstruction.”

“Both the Mueller report and Barr’s summation can be found on the internet. Anyone can read them to see whether Barr misrepresented Mueller’s conclusions.”

“Again, there have been few criticisms that Barr was wrong on his interpretation that there was no collusion and not enough evidence to indict on obstruction of justice.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Twitter Bans Official AOC Account After Mistaking It For Satire, at babylonbee.com.

Rashida Tlaib Relaxes After Long Day By Watching Heartwarming Concentration Camp Scenes From ‘Sindler’s List’, at babylonbee.com.

Ilhan Omar Blasts Israel For Refusing Palestine’s Generous Gift Of Rockets, at babylonbee.com.

More Americans Call For Breakup Of Dangerous, Powerful Monopoly: The Government, at babylonbee.com.

Jesus Criticized For Lack Of Diversity Among Apostles, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

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Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

 

RIP TIM CONWAY at theburningplatform.com.  Here are some videos of Tim Conway at his best.

 

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