Must Reads For The Week 8/18/18

Posted August 19, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of soul, passed away this week. What a UNIQUE talent. No one could or can do Aretha except Aretha. I spent some time on youtube this week listening to some of her performances. WOW. Enjoy these songs from the queen of soul. Especially the last three!

I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER

DAY DREAMING

UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME

GOOD TO ME AS I AM TO YOU

SOUL SERENADE

ANGEL

I don’t feel like posting any of the articles I normally post after listing to Aretha sing. Some times you have to escape the BS. that goes on in the world. For me, listening to this is an eraser on the blackboard of life. Go to youtube and start listening to some of Aretha’s music. Your heart and soul will get to a better place if you do.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 8/11/18

Posted August 12, 2018 by austrianaddict
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US Spending On Interest Hits All Time High As Budget Deficit Soars To $684 Billion, at zerohedge.com. Government spending and debt go up no matter which party is in control. The government confiscates over $4 trillion a year from the real economy. You would think that would be enough money to run are government, but you would be wrong. The problem is government spends too much. Government’s ability to borrow and print money allows it to fund its growth above what it can confiscate from its citizens in taxes. Our debt will never get paid off unless government spending is cut. What are the chances of that?

Scientist Blast Media “Misinformation” Linking Wildfires To Global Warming, at zerohedge.com. Environmentalists and their accomplices in the media blame global warming for everything. In this case it is wildfires. If you dig a little deeper into the issue you will find other factors could be possible causes of these fires. Global warming has all the trappings of science without all the rigor. Here is another article about the wildfires. You decide. Destructive Forest Fires Are Do To – What? by Paul Driessen at townhall.com.

New York City Approves Cap On The Number of Uber And Other App Based Companies, at zerohedge.com. Does the NY Taxi and Limousine commission ever consider the fact that their previous restrictions on the number of taxi medallions (licenses), was the reason for the artificial rise in the price of one medallion to over $1 million. This artificially high price created the conditions for Uber and other ride-sharing apps to enter the market. The bubble price of over $1million for a medallion has collapsed to under $200 thousand. Why?  Because the ride sharing apps could provide cheaper and better service. The market eventually corrected the artificial bubble price for taxi services, by allowing unforseen competitors to compete for market share. Simple supply and demand tells us that restricting the number of Uber, and other ride sharing drivers, will increase the price consumer will have to pay for rides. When you restrict supply the price moves higher. Read about the history of NY taxi monopoly in this article, ‘CAR WARS’ Return Of The Jitneys, at austrianaddict.com.

Visualizing The Print-pocalypse Of American Newspapers, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. The internet has changed the way we get information. Do you think news papers like the NY Times will ask for a government bailout on the basis that they are protected by the first amendment?

Worlds Biggest Toilet-Building Spree Is Under Way In India, by P.R. Sanjai, at bloomberg.com. We take the flush toilet for granted. While San Francisco is literally turning into a $#!t hole (read here), India is making a push to install more toilets. Excerpt from the article: “India accounts for more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion people who practice open defecation. Open defecation contaminates food and drinking water, and spreads diarrheal diseases that cause chronic malnutrition and childhood stunting. India’s push for more toilets is the biggest, most successful behavior-changing campaign in the world,” Many U.S cities, like S.F., are allowing open defecation. What are city leaders thinking?

Mob Targets Portland ICE Workers, Police Ignore Calls For Help – Under The mayor’s Orders, at theblaze.com. This is an example of the break down of the rule of law. The mayor allowed this siege to go on for 38 days. The mayor’s fidelity to his job was overridden by his politics. It is hard to believe this went on in the US. Or is it?

Angry White Atifa Mob Attacks Black Social Activist, Shouts, F^*+ White Supremacy!, at theblaze.com. They are shouting F^*+ your white supremacy to Candice Owens! Can anyone relate to the actions of the people in this mob? Let them keep doing things like this. It does nothing to help their cause. Whatever that cause is.

Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque’s Asset Forfeiture Created An Unconstitutional Profit Incentive, at reason.com. Is anyone shocked that police would react this way to the incentives created by asset forfeiture laws?

Colleges Offer To Take Percentage Of Future Income As Alternative To Student Loans, at zerohedge.com. Students who got hooked into student loan debt now have a choice. Heads they win, tails I lose.

“Free, Independent” Boston Paper Urges Collusive National Media ‘War’ Against Trump, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Marjorie Pritchard, who oversees the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said the decision to seek the coordinated response from newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. “I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,” she said. “We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.”

Does a free and independent news paper collude with other free and independent news papers? The press wraps themselves in the First Amendment. I bet most journalists have probably never read the first amendment.

Here is the First Amendment: “CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

One quick question. Does freedom of the press rank behind freedom of religion and freedom of speech in importance because it is listed third in the First Amendment?

This amendment doesn’t protect the press from criticism. Every citizen, including the President, has the right of free speech. Every citizen, including the President, can criticize the press. Most citizens don’t have a big enough platform for the press to even worry about when criticized. But the President has a big platform if he so chooses to use it. The press has their panties in a wad because they have always been able to bully Republican Presidents. Trump doesn’t play that game, and the press doesn’t know how to deal with someone who stands up to their bullying. Although the press thinks that Trump is the bully and they are standing up to him. It will be interesting to see how this street fight turns out. Because Trump shows no signs of backing down from this fight and the press doesn’t seem to know how to handle it.

West Hollywood Passed Resolution To Remove Trump’s Star On Walk Of Fame, at zerohedge.com. Did they vote to get rid of Bill Cosby’s star?

500+ Renowned Scientists Jointly Share Why They Reject Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, by Arjun Walia, at lewrockwell.com. Darwin’s theory is not standing the test of the passage of time.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES.

Che Guevara Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame, at thebabaylonbee.com. Mass murderer Che is lionized by the left.

Liberals Remind Nation Satire Only OK When Mocking Conservatives, at thebabaylonbee.com. This is how the rules of the political game used to be. No more.

World Health Organization Warns Against Eating Fish and Keeping Active Following Death Of World’s Oldest Woman, at theonion.com. Correlation is not causation.

Millennial Drops Support For Socialism After Learning How Hard It Is To Ge Avocado Toast In Venezuela, at thebabaylonbee.com. Socialism is only cool when it hurts someone else.

CNN To Launch Real News Spinoff Site, at thebabaylonbee.com. No comment necessary.

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Observations From The Margin

Posted August 1, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Observation Tower

-Could a transgender girl (a male who feels he is female) winning a girls high school sporting event be considered “gender appropriation”?

-If the progressive left is against “cultural appropriation”. Should they support “gender appropriation?

-Does the fact that environmentalists are trying to get rid of plastic straws tell us that there are no real environmental problems left for them to fight?

-Anyone who acts surprised that Russia attempted to meddle in the 2016 election is either ignorant about what went on between the U.S. and the USSR during the cold war era, or is faking their bewilderment. Trying to influence the politics of the other side was standard operating procedure for the CIA and the KGB.

-Steve Kerr colluded with his players and coaches to beat the Cavs in the NBA finals. Jessie James colluded with his gang to rob banks. So, is collusion a crime?

-Is the Russian collusion investigation actually a Russian Show Trial?

-I define the “Deep State” as bureaucrats in government agencies (CIA ,FBI, DOJ, NSA, IRS, State Department, DOE, etc) who do not answer to the electorate or elected officials. Deep State bureaucrats are always trying to grow their power. They also defend their power from those who wish to decrease it. Deep State bureaucrats are capable and willing to either destroy their enemies or protect their allies. So, should Trump revoke the security clearances of these former members of the Deep State; John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Michael Hayden and Susan Rice? Would you if you were President? Just as there is no such thing as a former Marine, is there such a thing as a former member of the Deep State? Remember what Sandy Berger did for Bill Clinton after he was out of office?

-The size and power of government has increased under the control of the “big government” D’s or the “small government” R’s. It only varies in degree. The reason government grows is because insiders in both parties accumulate wealth and power as the size of government increases. The establishment of each party has tried to convince us that their D and R game is real. This is similar to promoters of a game between the Harlem Globe Trotters and the Washington Generals trying to convince us that it is a real competition and not a show. The difference is, it is difficult to see that the D and R game is not a real competition between bigger and smaller government.

-We are seeing the establishment D’s and R’s being challenged for control of their parties. True socialist central planners like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are challenging the establishment D’s in an attempt to move them toward total government control over economic activity (free healthcare, free education and free housing). While President Trump and the House freedom caucus are challenging the establishment R’s to move them toward less control over economic activity (shrinking bureaucracies, deregulation and lowering taxes). This movement will give citizens a real choice between government centrally planning and a free market economy, instead of having to choose between varying degrees of government central planning.

-In a real competition between socialist central planning and free market capitalism, free market capitalism wins. The problem starts after it wins. It produces such a high standard of living, that individuals forget how the standard of living was produced in the first place. Individuals begin to think that there is a better system of distributing the wealth that has been produced. Socialism is the ideology that economically ignorant individuals gravitate toward. As socialist policies are implemented they begin to upset the economic process that produced the original high standard of living. A downward spiral starts.

-Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek can put more insight into fewer words than I can. So I will let them take center stage.

Ludwig von Mises“Men must choose between the market economy and socialism….some agency must determine what should be produced. If it is not the consumer by means of demand and supply on the market, it must be the Government by compulsion.”

F. A. Hayek – “It has already been suggested that it is not necessary, for the working of this free market capitalist system, that anybody should understand it. But people are not likely to let it work if they do not understand it.”

Ludwig von Mises“Anti capitalistic policies sabotage the operation of the capitalist system of the market economy. The failure of interventionism does not demonstrate the necessity of adopting socialism. It merely exposes the futility of interventionism. All those evils which the self-styled “progressives” interpret as evidence of the failure off capitalism are the outcome of their allegedly beneficial interference with the market.”

F. A. Hayek“While it may not be difficult to destroy the spontaneous formations which are the indispensable bases of a free civilization. It may be beyond our power deliberately to reconstruct such a civilization once these foundations are destroyed.”

Ludwig von Mises“Modern civilization is a product of the philosophy of laissez faire, it cannot be preserved under the ideology of Government omnipotence.

 

Must Reads For The Week 7/21/18

Posted July 22, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Broke Chicago Considering “Testing” Guaranteed Basic Income Program, at economicpolicyjournal.com. If an individual spends more than he is taking in. And his spending includes the debt he has incurred (house, car, college loans, credit cards etc). Should he add more debt by spending more? No.

The idea of a universal basic income is no different from the welfare programs that are already in place. It is just dressed up with a different name.

This is like taking water from the deep end of the pool and dumping it into the shallow end. The new spending doesn’t increase economic activity. Because you are taking what someone has produced and giving it to someone to spend on consumption. No part of this transfer will be spent increasing the capital structure in the process of production. In fact there will be a loss in economic activity because of this transfer.

In order for an individual to consume a good that he desires he must either: 1) produce it himself 2) produce a good that someone else wants and exchange it for the good he wants 3) take what he wants by force (theft) 4) receive the good as a gift from its owner. Over the years individuals using government power have tricked us into believing that they are performing an act of giving (#4), when in fact they are performing an act of theft (#3). The only person who can perform an act of charity is the owner of the property that is gifted. Since government owns nothing that it hasn’t first taken by force, than government giving is not an act of charity.

Obama Floats Support For Universal Basic Income, at freebeacon.com. Here is what President Obama said: “It’s not just money that a job provides. It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level.

Lets look at what is highlighted. Mr. President, what happens if you give an individual a universal basic income? On the one hand you are giving him the money, and you are taking away his dignity, structure and a sense of place and purpose with the other hand.

When he uses the term “we”, he means the “anointed” individuals in government will come up with the ideas that the “benighted masses” must follow.

He also added: “We’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track,

The President has no knowledge of economics. He ignored the laws of economics for his 8 years as President. He thought he could wish away the laws of economics with his utopian decrees backed by the force of government. It didn’t work. He doesn’t understand that people producing and exchanging in a free market, and not government decrees, create the “workweek”, and “training for young people” and “entrepreneurship”. In fact his Government intervention created the results he doesn’t like and wants to change. Having said that, he wouldn’t have liked the results of what a free market would have produced either.

He is like 90% of politicians and bureaucrats. They get into positions of power so they can implement their utopian idea of what the world should look like. Of course they have to use government power to force their idea on individuals who don’t share the utopian ides.

On the extreme end of government power, tyrants like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot and others used the force of government to bring about their utopian ideas of how the world should work. At the cost of millions of individuals who didn’t want to comply. Most politicians and bureaucrats are mini tyrants. But tyrants non the less.

George Washington said: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”

Washington was in a unique position to understand and be fearful of the power government possesses. Most people today are not in that position.

Predation Never Justifies Predation, by Don Boudreaux, at cafehayek.com. This is about government intervention into free trade. Here is the money quote from the article:

“Beijing’s tariffs and subsidies, in effect, seize the property of some Chinese citizens in order to transfer it to other Chinese citizens. But because these Beijing-engineered seizures take from no American anything to which an American has a property right, what ethical justification is there for Uncle Sam to create identical tensions in the U.S. by seizing the property of some Americans in order to transfer it to other Americans?”

“In what moral universe does A’s forcible transfer of B’s property to C justify X’s forcible transfer of Y’s property to Z? How is justice served if, in response to A’s wrongful creation of tensions between B and C, X creates like tensions between Y and Z?”

6 Reasons Why Trade War With the Chinese Is Pointless, by Patrick Barron, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “So, let’s use logic to consider the effects of China’s economic interventions on itself and its trading partners who do nothing to retaliate against China in any way.”

1) China uses its capital in an inefficient way.”

2) Monetary expansion to fund an industry causes overall higher prices and malinvestment.”

3) China’s overall economy will be less developed, weakening the impact of subsidies to targeted industries.”

4) American products get cheaper and gain market share.”

5) American industries benefit from the general expansion of all levels of production.”

6) Chinese subsidies actually become subsidies to Americans’ standard of living.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Unemployment Is Low “Because Everyone Has Two Jobs,” Which is not How Unemployment Rates Work, at reason.com. Unemployment is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by the number of people in the labor force. And by the way only 5% of workers have more than one job.

Can The State Reduce Poverty? by Henry Hazlitt, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “All schemes for redistributing or equalizing incomes or wealth must undermine or destroy incentives at both ends of the economic scale. They must reduce or abolish the incentives of the unskilled or shiftless to improve their condition by their own efforts; and even the able and industrious will see little point in earning anything beyond what they are allowed to keep. These redistribution schemes must inevitably reduce the size of the pie to be redistributed. They can only level down. Their long-run effect must be to reduce production and lead toward national impoverishment.

PC And The Bureaucratization Of The Economy, by William Anderson, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “In the former U.S.S.R. and other communist countries, one’s political status has been one of the main determiners of someone’s employment and standard of living. One cannot argue that such a state of affairs made life better for consumers and workers in these states and one certainly cannot argue that imposition of such political directives will do anything but harm our own economy.”

“The larger point here is once companies abandon or limit their entrepreneurial focus and seek political or some other kind of conformity, they succumb to the sclerosis of bureaucracy.

SATIRE: HEADLINES SAY IT ALL

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Encased In Carbonite Until Next Court Session, at babylonbee.com. She has to hang in for a few more years. The left can’t lose this seat.

Socialist Professor Refuses Salary, Frees Himself From Bonds Of Capitalism, at babylonbee.com. This guy is practicing what he preaches.

Does World Cup Enforce The False Construct Of Borders Imposed On Us By The Ruling Elite, at theonion.com. Do Borders matter?

Liberals Argues Rules Of Basketball Are Flawed After Losing Pickup Game, at babylonbee.com. I guess it isn’t fair that the rules of basketball are biased toward people who have an ability to make shots.

Woodpecker Having Difficulty Remembering Tree Where He Got The Really Good Bugs That One Time, at theonion.com. Concussion protocol anyone. Does the woodpecker have standing to sue God.

PAUL BUNYAN vs THE CHAINSAW.

How much human labor does this machine save?

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Plastic Straws! Seriously?

Posted July 19, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Close Up Of Hand Holding Plastic Straws Polluting Beach

I never use a plastic straw at home. And I rarely use one at a restaurant. But from this moment forward I will always use a straw at a restaurant. Why? It is my way of protesting against the insane hysteria by activists about straws polluting the oceans.

Think about it. Do the straws you use make it to the ocean? No! They end up in the local dump site. These people are just a bunch of busybodies trying to control a part of your life.

Hardcore environmentalists are essentially socialist central planners. They use “shame” to subtly nudge people into adopting actions that are “good for the planet”. It’s similar to politicians using the term “for the children” to try to nudge people into adopting a big government solution to a perceived problem.

The celebrities, in these public service messages, who say they are not going to “suck” anymore, are being used as useful idiots for the advancement of the central planners plans.

Here is a video that rationally looks at the plastic straw “controversy”.

 

Article: Stossel: Plastic Straw Myths, at reason.com. Excerpts from the article:

“The claim that Americans use 500 million plastic straws daily is based on a nine-year-old’s school project.”

“Banning plastic Straws will accomplish probably nothing at all. It might make some people in hollywood feel good. It might make some politicians feel good like they’re doing something. It might sound good at parties but it’s not going to solve any problems.”

“Plastic straws aren’t environmentally friendly. But neither are their paper replacements. Paper products take more energy and more effort to produce. You’re going to have a net negative environmental impact. You’re replacing a superior product with an inferior one and asking people to pay more. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

“So what they’re trying to do is take away my freedom for nothing in return.”

“As the environment has become cleaner. Its become a speciality of the environmental movement to spend your money on feel good policies that make no real difference.”

 

Related Article: Climate Change: Religion? Economics? Science? at austrianaddict.com.

Related Article: Earth Day 2016, at austrianaddict.com.

Must Reads For The Week 7/7/18

Posted July 7, 2018 by austrianaddict
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“20lbs Of Human Waste” – Major Medical Convention Abandons San Francisco Citing Street Safety, at zerohedge.com. Has the increase in homeless camps, crime, drug use in public and human waste on the street reached its tipping point in San Francisco? Will the financial loss of companies taking their conventions to other cities be enough to make the cities progressive left government change course? Don’t bet on it. These central planners will probably continue, or double down, on the same policies that created these problems in the first place.

When The EPA Was Really Corrupt, by Julie Kelly, at amgreatness.com. Scott Pruitt has resigned as director of the EPA because of allegations of corruption. The corruption by EPA director Gina McCarthy during the Obama administration was worse. My point of bringing up the corruption under the previous director is to show that corruption exists under ‘your good guys’ or ‘our bad guys’, or under ‘our good guys’ or ‘your bad guys’. Both D’s and R’s are susceptible to corruption. And there is a greater chance for corruption to occur as the size and power of government increases. Who the lead and supporting actors are doesn’t matter. Corruption exists because of the nature of man.  So constraining “bad” behavior and incentivizing “good” behavior is the best we can hope for. The real question is; who decides what is ‘bad” and “good” behavior? The rule of law should decide these matters. The real problem arises when one EPA director’s corruption is good, and the others is bad, depending on whether you are waving the R or D flag. Corruption by individuals in power, no matter the party, should be dealt with legally not politically. The rule of law breaks down when the law doesn’t apply to everyone. No matter what their political status is at the moment.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With Conservative Professor In Landmark Free-Speech Case, at zerohedge.com. The rule of law is upheld. The fact that the professor was conservative in this case is meaningless. Marquette University violated its contract with this professor which guaranteed him academic freedom.

Imran Awan Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal; DOJ Won’t Prosecute Alleged Spy Ring Cybercrimes, at zerohedge.com. How much evidence does the DOJ need to start the prosecution of an individual? Do individuals in the DOJ look at “who” is being charged, or do they just look at the evidence? Was the DOJ created to protect government insiders? It looks like the job of the DOJ is to protect the power of government from being questioned.

Hey, Democrats, The System Doesn’t Need To Be ‘Fixed’ Every Time You Lose An Election, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “If you’re under the impression that the system exists merely to facilitate your partisan agenda, it’s not surprising the you also believe it’s “broken” every time things don’t go your way. This is why so many Democrats argue that we should “fix” the Electoral College when they lose a presidential election and “fix” the filibuster when they run the Senate and not “fix” the Supreme Court when they don’t run the Senate.

Graduating “With Honors” Becomes Meaningless As Colleges Hand Them Out Like Candy, at zerohedge.com. Increasing numbers of students are graduating with honors. If everyone is exceptional, everyone is average. Are college courses being dumbed down?  In this article titled Educational Fraud Continues, by Walter E. Williams, he talks about the educational fraud that exists in high schools. But here is an excerpt about college education: “Some of the greatest fraud occurs at the higher educational levels – colleges and universities. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of white high school graduates in 2016 enrolled in college, and 58% of black high school graduates enrolled in college. Here is my questions to you: If only 37% of white high school graduates test as college-ready, how come colleges are admitting 70% of them? And if roughly 17% of black high school graduates test as college-ready, how come colleges are admitting 58% of them? The bottom line is that colleges are admitting youngsters who have not mastered what used to be considered a ninth-grade level of proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic. Very often, when they graduate from college, they still can’t master even a 12th-grade level of academic proficiency.”

How The United Kingdom Became A Police State, by Neema Parvini, at mises.org. Is this a look into our future? As mountains of laws and regulations keep increasing, anyone can be found to have broken some rule by the police state. Here is an excerpt from the article: It is clear that with less personal freedom and a bigger and more invasive state comes less personal responsibility and greater lawlessness. It is also clear that as he British state has become more tip-down in orientation than in its common-law past, it has levied increased coercive legislative power against the British people it supposedly serves. The state is now behaving in an openly Orwellian manner with near-explicit contempt for the public.”

Knives Are Too Sharp And Filing Them Down Is Solution To Soaring Violent Crime, Judge Says, at telegraph.co.uk. I thought this was an article from the Onion. This is an article from late May. I haven’t found anything to show this is a set up. Tell me if this judge’s rhetoric doesn’t sound like the same template that is used by the anti-gun left.

The Judge states, “A few of the blades carried by youths are so called ‘Rambo knives’ or samurai swords.”

“…it is very easy for any youth who wants to obtain a knife to take it from the kitchen drawer in his home or in the home of one of his friends.”

“As a result the most common knife a youth will take out is eight to ten inches, long and pointed, from his mother’s cutlery tray.”

He asked: “But why do we need eight-inch or ten-inch kitchen knives with points?”

“Butchers and fish mongers do, but how often, if at all, does a domestic chef use the point of an eight-inch or ten-inch knife? Rarely, if at all.”

“I would urge all those with any role in relation to knives….to consider preventing the sale of long pointed knives, except in rare, defined, circumstances, and replacing such knives with rounded ends.”

“It might even be that the police could organize a program whereby the owners of kitchen knives, which have been properly and lawfully bought for culinary purposes, could be taken somewhere to be modified, with the points being ground down into rounded ends.”

Wow! Sounds like the anti-gun left. The anti-knife left replaced the word gun with knife.

The State of New Jersey Just Signed Its Own Death Warrant, at zerohedge.com. New Jersey has lost tax revenue since it chased away high tax paying citizens after it increased the income tax several years ago. These people have moved to zero or low tax states. So what is their solution to the short fall? Increase taxes again. New York, Illinois and California are experiencing the same problem. People are voting on progressive left policies with their feet.

Watch: Neighbors Protest ICE As It Breaks Up Child Sex Trafficking Ring, by Juliana Knot, at thefederalist.com. The people on the coasts live in a media bubble and have no idea what the middle of the country thinks. These protesters don’t realize how ignorant they sound to the average person. Insiders on the coast think that the middle of the country lives in its own alternative media bubble. But they are mistaken. Why? Because the middle of the country is bombarded with the left spin via news papers, main stream media outlets, TV shows, hollywood and radio news at the top and bottom of every hour. We can’t escape the lefts narrative.

7 Months After Fake Flynn Story “Epic Mistake”, ABC Quietly Lets Brian Ross Go, at zerohedge.com. Brian Ross and all journalists level of credibility is directly related to the truthfulness of their reporting. The consumer of the news decides if a particular journalist is credible. In an unrelated article: Reporter Who Falsely Claimed Annapolis Shooter Wore MAGA Hat Resigns, by Andrew Kerr, at dailycaller.com. I don’t want these guys to “resign” (get asked to leave or else). Please stay and try to get your credibility back.  Here is the money quote from the article: “We need to be more vigilant than ever to be fair and accurate in a climate in which we are scrutinized and criticized,” said Wayne Phaneuf, the executive editor of the newspaper, in a statement.”

Let me translate this for you. “We used to get away with things like this all the time.  But the internet and alternative news sights have allowed critics to have a voice. Back in the good old days when we had our monopoly. This criticism was like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. It didn’t make a noise. In order to push our partisan agenda, we are going to have to find a more clandestine approach so we don’t get caught.”

OPEC’s Dilemma, by Daniel Lacalle, at mises.org. American Frackers have diminished the power of OPEC.

Visualizing The World’s Watersheds, at zerohedge.com. This is interesting. As Thomas Sowell has said before: “Nature discriminates wholesale.”

 

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