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

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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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

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn

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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Must Reads For The Week 5/4/19

Posted May 6, 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

 

Freedom Or Government Control – There Is No True “Third Way“, by Bradley Thomas, at mises.org.  The above quote by Hayek begs the question; Which direction are our politicians attempting to force us? On the one side you have the new socialists in the Democrat party who aren’t afraid to tell us the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Democrat party who won’t admit the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Republican party who tell us they want to go in the direction of freedom, but whose policies take us in the opposite direction. Along with citizens who work for the administrative state and citizens who receive the largess of the administrative state. On the other side are citizens and some politicians who want to shrink the size and scope of government which would take us in the direction of freedom and plenty.

The middle of the road third way is chaotic. As we are witnessing in the America today.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The defining difference between socialism and capitalism, as described by Ludwig von Mises is “the substitution of public control of the means of production for private control.” More properly understood, socialism would eliminate the private ownership of the means of production by capitalists.”

“So efforts to impose “more aggressive regulation of markets” – which typically amount to more confiscatory taxes and stricter government regulations – may fall short of actual socialism, but erode the defining characteristic of capitalism, namely private ownership over the means of production.”

“It is important here to note that ownership implies the right to utilize, trade or otherwise dispose of property as the owner sees fit, as long as his actions don’t infringe on the rights of others.”

“Any restrictions on the owner’s use, therefore, represents an erosion of private property rights over the means of production, and a step in the direction of centralized, or public, control over those means.

The First Taste Of Freedom, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Excerpt from the article:

“A bicycle was once upon-a-time a kid’s first taste of real freedom. This appetizer tended to instill a hankering for more. An expectation. An awakening.”

“Those who grew up before the era of helicopter parenting commenced in the ’90s will remember it because they lived it. Saturday morning came and as soon as you were finished with breakfast, you bolted outside, got on your bike – without putting on a helmet-  and took off.”

“Cycling is mostly an adult activity now. It’ rare to see kids out riding their bicycles – especially by themselves.”

Venezuelan Socialism Victims Send Message To American Socialists, by Cabot Phillipps, at campusreform.org. Video of people from Venezuela telling what the socialist paradise is really like.

Why Social Democracy Is Failing Europe, by Alastair Macleod, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“The point missed by most analysts is that social democracy is failing because of the contradiction between personal freedom and state control.”

“As a form of mild socialism, it fails for the same reason as did communism. It all plays into the hands of the communists, for whom the failure of social democracy is an opportunity. They encourage the rank and file to blame capitalism. The collapse of capitalism is inevitable, as Marx wrote. And its collapse hastens full-blooded communism. Communism is a broken philosophy, as has been clearly demonstrated. But ruthless leaders still see it as the means of obtaining power over their fellow humans.

Postmaster Warning: The United States Postal Service Is In A “Death Spiral“, at zerohedge.com. Even with a monopoly position and tax payer funding, Government bureaucrats can’t make the postal system pay for itself. Does this surprise anyone?

Pope Joins Soros In Funding Immigrant Caravan Invasion Of US Southern Border, at zerohedge.com. This shouldn’t surprise anyone either. The Pope is a Marxist (read my post here).

Endgame: Starting In 2014, All US Debt Issuance Will Be Used To Pay Interest On Debt, at zerohedge.com. Is this sustainable?

 

YOU MUST AGREE. OR ELSE!

China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked: Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression, at zerohedge.com. The technology exists. Why wouldn’t we think that petty tyrants (politicians and bureaucrats) in the US wouldn’t use this?

US Searches Of Phones, Laptops At Airports Rising, Suit Says, by Deb Reichmann, at apnews.com. Wait a minute! Are government bureaucrats already abusing their power and crushing our fourth and fifth amendment rights?

Coming To America: The Complete De-Platforming Of All Non-Establishment Voices, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Free Speech is a myth. Technically we’re allowed to say what we want and won’t get arrested for it, but we constantly have to self-censor our speech, including our political opinions, for many reasons. You’re allowed to express some opinions, son long as they’re the right opinions.”

Google Dumps Black, Female Leader For Believing Men Can’t Be Women, by Natasha Chart, at thefederalist.com. Black female sacrificed on the alter of identity politics. No more guessing. Transgenders are now on a higher rung of the identity politics ladder than black females.

Homeschooling Produces Better-Educated, More-Tolerant Kids, Politicians Hate That, at reason.com. No comment needed.

Open Air Absurdistan, at theburningplatform.com. Politicians are taking positions that are insane Absurd.

Child Abuse, at theburningplatform.com. This video is ……. I don’t know if there is a word that describes what this is. But ultimately this is child abuse.

Planned Parenthood Supporters Dance On ‘Graves’ Of Aborted Babies, at lowderwithcrowder.com. Watch this short video and ask yourself: Can anyone relate to these protesters?

Preferred Pronouns Or Prison,

Do you have a right to choose the words you use? Or do people have a right to force you to use the words they choose for you?

 

 

MEDIA NARRATIVES

How Media Narratives Become More Important Than Facts, Sharyl Attkisson, at theepochtimes.com. Excerpt from the article: “I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news – the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts – and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.”

“It’s not that I’m smarter than my peers …. but my particular brand of off-narrative reporting happened to draw the intense attention of the smear operators and propagandists, so I began to study it.”

Attkisson v. DOJ And FBI For The Government Computer Intrusions, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. Here is what happened to Sharyl Attkisson when she started to look into Fast and Furious.

Son, It Was Obama We Journalists Had To Fear, by Jack Cashill, at americanthinker.com.  You will remember these incidents during the Obama administration. Excerpt from the article: “…President Trump is at least open in his hostility toward the press. The First Amendment gives him the same rights as it gives us. It was President Obama’s dirty, covert war on the media that had me worried.”

You Think You Have It Tough?  at theburningplatform.com. When you are against the political establishment (deep state if you will), you have no rights.

Lara Logan Cheers Ted Koppel’s Comments On Media Bias: Finally, I’m Not Alone

 

MUELLER / RUSSIA POST GAME REPORT

About The Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr, at zerohedge.com. The media only showed the part of the letter that fit their narrative.

Grassley Truth Bomb, at theburningplatform.com. No comment needed.

NYT Confirms Obama Admin Used Multiple Spies Against Trump In 2016, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The New York Times ran this story. So it should be Gospel to the left.

And The Winner Of The Robert Mueller Sweepstakes Is – Putin, by John Solomon, at thehill.com. As usual here is great analysis by John Solomon.

Checkmate, by Will Chamberlin, at humanevents.com. This is interesting analysis about the left losing the chess match against Bill Barr.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Dem Candidates Promising Relief To Americans Sick And Tired Of Working All These Plentiful Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Parents Devastated After Son Comes Out As Straight, at babylonbee.com.

Man’s Baptism Overturned Afterr Instant Replay Reveals He Was Not Flly Submerged, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Call Upon Nation To Unify Against Other Half Of Nation, at babylonbee.com.

Women Wearing MAGA Hat Makes It Home From Store Alive, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Promise To Do A Better Job Of Hiding Their Support For Infanticide In The Future, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.

Equality Act

Biden Obama Baggage

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/27/19

Posted April 29, 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

 

The World’s Hypocritical Silence As China Imprisons Its ethnic Muslims, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “...The global Muslim community, and indeed, the entire global community, is strangely silent as China pursues a high-tech suppression of its ethnic Muslims. This silence might be the one thing Tehran, Moscow and Washington have in common: a complete and utter disregard for China’s Muslim-only gulags”

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan To Lecture At Notre Dame, at dailyjournal.net. Paul Ryan is not the only big government central planner who is going to be a guest lecturer at ND. Dem. Joe Donnelly and for Obama White House Aide Denis McDonough are also going to lecture there. R or D doesn’t matter. All three are big government central planners. College students are paying to be propagandized.

Electric Car Owners Shocked: New Study confirms EVs Considerably Worse For Climate Than Diesel Cars, at zerohedge.com. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The green movement is leading us toward a lower standard of living.

Government’s Counterproductive War Against Smoking, by Lee Friday, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The efficacy of RIP (reduced ignition propensity) regulations on materials used to produce cigarettes is very much in doubt, with evidence suggesting they may even be counterproductive. Furthermore, aside from smoking-related-fires, the manner in which RIP cigarettes are manufactured and smoked may actually pose greater risks to the health of smokers as compared to non-RIP cigarettes.”

“Vaping products are a much healthier alternative for smokers and far less likely to be the source of unintended fires, as compared to RIP and non-RIP cigarettes. However, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canaca’s Minister of Health, said, “We’re .. placing restrictions on the promotion of vaping products while allowing adults to legally access them as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes …” So, having acknowledged that cigarettes are more harmful to our health than vaping, the government somehow feels it is prudent to prevent vendors of vaping products from persuading cigarette smokers to kick the habit.”

“Politicians and bureaucrats appear to be more dangerous to our health than smoking.

Seattle’s Revolt Of The Elites, at zerohedge.com. The homeless problem is getting out of control in cities across the country that are run by progressive democrats. City leaders are using a PR campaign (propaganda) to assure people that everything is fine. The propaganda probably won’t work. Because ultimately the reality of how big the problem is will over ride the propaganda.

The Modern Opium Den: Starbucks Installs Needle-Disposal Boxes Across US Locations, at zerohedge.com. Starbucks has enabled drug use on their property. Now they are going to treat the symptom rather than taking of the problem that created the symptom in the first place.

San Francisco Needle Exchange Leaves Streets Littered With Toxic Syringes, at zerohedge.com. Another example of a city run by progressive democrats literally going down the toilet.

Chicago’s Pension Funds Looking More Like A Collapsing Ponzi Scheme, at zerohedge.com. Yet another example of a city run by progressive democrats going down the drain.

Here’s What Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets Wrong About ‘Black Hawk Down’, Kyle Lamb, at thefederalist.com. This is an article by Kyle Lamb who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu. Ilhan Omar didn’t grow up in a culture of freedom. She and her family escaped Somalia and she is now a US citizen and member of congress. She didn’t grow up in a culture of freedom. Lamb grew up in a culture of freedom in the US. The difference between how Ilhan Omar and Kyle Lamb look at the Black Hawk Down incident is interesting predictable.

Churches Have Become The #1 target For Hate Attacks” An Average Of 105 Every Single Month, at zerohedge.com. The persecution of Christians is increasing all over the world.

Climate Change: The Maldives Mystery And Revealed Preferences, at economicpolityjournal.com.  Human Action reveals what individuals believe to be true.

 

RUSSIAN COLLUSION AFTERMATH

Here are some informative articles about the Russian Collusion mess.

Top 51 Fake News Russiangate ‘Bomshells’ Spread By The MSM, at zerohedge.com.

7 Glaring Omissions In The Mueller Report That Kill Its Credibility, by Ben Weingartner, at thefederalist.com.

Don Jr. And The Trump Tower Meeting – What Happens When Fake News Collides With Zero Intent, by Joe DiGenova, at foxnews.com.

Johnson: Special Counsel Mueller – Disingenuous And Dishonest, at zerohedge.com.

Obama Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Paid Fusion GPS, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com.

Shipp: Coup Against Trump Is “Biggest Violation Of Constitution In History”, at zerohedge.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Amid Criticism That He’s Too White, Biden Insists He Has A Black Friend ‘Obama’, at babylonbee.com

Biden Vows To Return Nation To Era When Press Didn’t Bother Reporting ON President’s Scandals, at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Vows To Round Up Remaining ISIS Members, Allow Them To Vote, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/20/19

Posted April 22, 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

EARTH DAY

I have posted this video before. Haven’t found one that’s better.

 

On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels! at austrianaddict.com.

Earth Day 2016, at austrianaddict.com.

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

The Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy, at austrianaddict.com. Excerpt from the article: “Government politicians and bureaucrats have been pushing Green Energy for years. The reason these central planners are pushing this is because as Robert Bradley Jr. has stated, “When Government tries to pick winners and losers, it typically picks losers. Why? Because the free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.”

“Even with all the Government regulations on the fossil fuel industry, and with all the subsidies and breaks the green energy sector has received, what’s left of the free market has chosen fossil fuels. Fossil fuels produce the most efficient energy at the lowest cost, which is why the market has chosen them to power our world.”

Renewable Electricity Promos Are ‘Greenwashing’ Scams, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article: “Michael Gillenwater, a Princeton researcher who co-developed the EPA’s carbon emissions tracking system saying that RECs (renewable energy credits) are mostly donating to a cause. “What you are doing is subsidizing the market for renewable energy.”

Big Green Inc. : The Money Fueling The Environmental Left, at institutefor enerrgyresearch.org. The only way green energy can become a viable energy source is through government mandated tax payer subsidies, and making government regulations so burdensome they force the fossil fuel industry to go out of business.  Excerpt from the article: “There are three important takeaways from the information presented in Big Green, Inc. First, environmental groups have crafted a narrative that depicts their efforts as a “David vs. Goliath” battle against those who would like to see U.S. energy policy move in a free market direction. This narrative is false. Environmental groups outpace conservative and free market groups both in terms of funding and organizational capacity. Second, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates the sweeping influence of environmental activism and provides insight into how groups target the gatekeeping institutions of our society. As the database illuminates, environmental funding has been directed toward policymakers, journalists, academic institutions, the offices of elected officials, government organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as international institutions such as the World Bank. Finally, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates how this complicated system of financial transfers muddles efforts to reveal the sources of this funding, which has been linked to individuals who stand to benefit financially from the adoption of various environmental policies as well as foreign actors trying to influence energy policy within the U.S.”

OTHER STUFF

Act II Of The Most Important Political Event Of The 21st Century Begins In May, by Tom Luongo, at moneyand markets.com. The masses are rising up to overthrow the political establishment. Theresa May and the rest of the insiders have worked to betray and run out the clock on Brexit in order to get another national vote on the matter. She has thumbed her nose at the people, and they are not happy. Read Farage And The Charge Of The Brexit Brigade, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.

US Government’s Net Worth Is Now Negative $75 Trillion, by Simon Black, at thedailybell.com. It doesn’t matter which party is in control of congress or the presidency. The debt increases every year. Politicians and bureaucrats are spending $1 trillion more than they confiscate from the private sector via taxation. This will have to be dealt with at some point. Although I think that point has passed long ago. Raising taxes, printing money or defaulting are their only three options. That’s three bad choices.

Republicans’ Love Of Healthcare Socialism, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Why do Republicans, who are supposed to be for free markets, not want to overturn Obamacare? They fear the political back lash if they repeal it. After Medicare and Medicade, Obama care is just the next incremental step towards a government run single payer system, aka socialized medicine.

Socialism: Armed Robbery And Murder Based On Delusion And Profound Ignorance, by Gorege Reisman, at mises.org. No comment needed.

Paul Hollander Explained Why Smart People Support Totalitarianism, by Alexander Riley, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “How is it that cultural elites—people whose livelihood depends on a high level of intellectual performance—can so easily and so frequently fall into a form of political identity that involves championing ideas and regimes that produce massive human suffering?”

“His conclusion was that it is typically the combination of utopian idealism, an unrealistic view of human nature, and a deep resentment at the relative deprivation these radical intellectuals tend to suffer vis-à-vis other elites with less educational (but more economic capital) that explains the phenomenon.”

Nancy Pelosi Declares A ‘New Era’ Of Internet Regulation; E.U. Threatens Same, Nick Gillespie, at reason.com. Tyrants want to control information. The internet has been a thorn in the side of the leftist agenda. So the left is incrementally trying to stifle free speech on the internet.

China’s Social Credit System – It’s Coming To The United States, Marin Katusa, at internationalman.com. Tyrants have to control the masses. China has figured out how. Are we next?

How Empires Fall: Moral Decay, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “When a socio-economic system institutionalizes the extralegal privileges of wealth and power, that is moral decay. When government only responds in ways that first serve the interests of entrenched insiders, that is moral decay. When the financial system is rigged to sluice income and wealth to the top of the wealth-power pyramid while stripmining the productive class below via inflation and taxes, that’s moral decay.”

System D: 2.5 Billion People Can’t Be Wrong, at zerohedge.com. The black market, or System D, accounts for 20% of the worlds economic activity. Goverrnments can’t control black markets which is why they don’t like them. This is why governments around the world want to go to a cashless society. In an unrelated article, Canada’s Illegal Marijuana Market  Thrives Despite Legalization, by Jana Pruet, at theblaze.com. Is anyone shocked that people don’t want to pay a higher price for legal pot when they can get it cheaper on the black market?

MUELLER REPORT

If you are interested in this fiasco, here are some good articles.

Behind The Obama Administration’s Shady Plan To Spy On The Trump Campaign, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

Robert Mueller Completely Dropped The Ball With Obstruction Punt, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

CNN Op-Ed Admits “Mueller’s Report Looks Bad Fro Obama“, at zerohedge.com.

BuzzFeed Corrects Trump-Cohen Conspiracy Article After Mueller Report Rips It To Shreds, at zerohedge.com.

How Rachel  Maddow Turned Into Infowars, by Peter Van Vuren, at theamericanconservative.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Teen Driver Glances Up At Road, Nearly Misses Something Cool On Instagram, at babylonbee.com.

Justice Department Sends Trump Amazon Alexa Device As Peace Offering For Spying, at babylonbee.co,.

CNN: ‘God Allowed The Mueller Report To Test Our Unshakable Faith In Collusion‘ at babylonbee.com.

Unforgivable Sin Now Thought To Be Whiteness, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Francis Mourns Excess Carbon Emissions Given Off By Notre dame Fire, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/13/19

Posted April 15, 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

 

Strange Paradoxes Of Our Age, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article:    “From Race, to environmentalism, to wealth, the gulf between ideological rhetoric and reality has rarely been wider.”

“Modern prophets often say one thing and do another. Worse, they often advocate in the abstract as a way of justifying their doing the opposite in the concrete.”

“The result is that contemporary culture abounds with the inexplicable – mostly because modern progressivism makes all sorts of race, class, and gender exceptions for politically correct felonies, an appeasement that ensures an absence of deterrence and thus even more transgressions.”

The Joys Of Socialism: Venezuelans Are Looting Corpses For Jewelry And Bones, at zerohedge.com. More examples of how moving down the road toward government central planning (socialism) produces misery.

Diocletian In Venezuela, at the burningplatform.com. What is happening in Venezuela is nothing new. The Roman empire’s decline was kicked into high gear by the implementation  of big government central planning policies under emperor Diocletian. The Socialist central planning ideas embraced by Democrats, and some Republicans, are no different from the policies implemented by the Roman Empire two centuries ago or Venezuela today. Going down this road leads to the same place. Brexit and the election of Trump are examples of ‘the people’ saying “we need to take the next exit, turn around, and go back the other way.

The Betrayal Of Brexit Is A Mix Of Social Engineering And Mock Elections, at zerohedge.com. Brexit has turned into a battle of wills between our elected betters, and the “benighted masses”. Elected bureaucrats will lie, threaten, use government force and ultimately kill to keep their power. The benighted masses will win as long as they don’t give up.

The Truth About Brexit In 135 Words, at zerohedge.com. This cab driver, a member of the benighted masses, cuts through the anointed’s propaganda, and sums up Brexit for us. “They’re all liars mate. May was a Remainer. How were we going to get a good or deal when our negotiators don’t want to leave? They’ll stall until they can say it’s not what the people want no more……happened in every country that ever wanted a referendum or held one…

Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law, at zerohedge.com. People don’t need an economics degree to understand the economic principle of supply and demand. We live the principle everyday. When the price of an economic good is increased, we buy less. The fact that we are talking about increasing the cost of labor, doesn’t change this common sense principle. Fewer employees will be employed.

Housing Starved San Francisco Shoots Down New Apartment Project Because It Would Cast Shadow On Nearby Park. Again. by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com. Increasing the cost of building apartments, via regulation, fees or delays, means less housing will be supplied. The same principle applies to housing as it does to labor in the above post.

What Went Wrong With Pensions…And Why The Whole World Should Be Worried, at zerohedge.com. Politicians have underfunded these pensions for years. There is not enough principle in these pensions, to accrue enough interest, in order to cover the  benefits promised by politicians. At some point someone is going to have to give something up. It will either be the tax payers through higher taxes or retirees through decreased benefits. Politicians who try to fix this problem will be savaged by the unions and the media. While the politicians who created the problem will never be held responsible.

Thousand Of Elderly Patients Go Blind In Britain Due To Eye Surgery Rationing, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. Healthcare is an economic good. Economic goods are scarce and have to be rationed through some process. Economic goods are rationed by prices in a free market, while they are rationed by bureaucrats in a centrally planned system. More healthcare is supplied in a free market than is supplied in a centrally planned system. Since the U.K. has a nationalized healthcare system, the supply of healthcare will not be enough to keep up with demand. Waiting in line is how scarce resources are rationed in a centrally planned economy.

London’s Uber, Cab Drivers Catch Yellow Vests’ Bug, Rail Against Fossil Fuel Taxes, at zerohedge.com. The climate change hoax will be paid for by the middle class. These are the people who can ill afford to pay for it. The wealthy will be ok and the poor will either be exempted from paying or will be subsidised by tax payers.

Central Banks Are Propping Up Stock Prices, by Thorsten Poleit, at mises.org. Printed money, via artificially low-interest rates, is being pumped into the stock market. This pushes stock prices higher and props them up after they have increased. Money going in to the stock market increases stock prices while money leaving the stock market decreases stock prices. It is simple supply and demand.

Outraged Jews And Supporters Stage Sit-In At Nancy Pelosi’s Office, by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, at saracarter.com. This is what happens when you push identity politics. Eventually protected groups are pitted against each other. I have never understood why Jewish people support the Democrat party since Democrat policies are anti-Israel. The failure of Democrat party leaders to criticize the anti-Semitic comments of Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar is causing many Jews to rethink their support for the Party. This exit from the Democrat party is being called Jexodus. Like Candace Owens’ Blexit movement.

Cory Booker Admits Releasing Migrants In Sanctuary Cities Would “Make Us Less Safe“, at zerohedge.com. In an unrelated story, “I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy, at zerohedge.com. These two are agreeing with Trump even though they probably don’t realize it. Trump doubled down on the lefts criticism of him stating that he was going to release migrants to sanctuary cities. After the criticism he said: “…The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” He was offering to give them what they wanted.

These leftists remind me of Wile E. Coyote. He always got smashed by the anvil he attempted to drop on the Road Runner. He has been doing this to the Democrats and the media for two plus years. And they haven’t figured it out yet. (watch here)

NY Democrats Block College Tuition Aid For Gold Star Families – But Approve $27 Million In Aid For Illegal Immigrants, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. Since human beings act purposefully, their actions reveal what they value. Who do these democrat politicians value. Excerpt from the article: “Democrats in the new York Assembly blocked a college tuition bill that would expand aid to children in Gold Star families. The move took place Tuesday, just a week after he Assembly’s Higher Education Committee approved $27 million allocated from NY State’s tax budget to assist illegal immigrants in receiving higher education.”

School Lets You Pay Tuition By Selling 17% Of Your Future Income, at zerohedge.com. This is a free market solution to the government created problem of the high cost of a college education.

College (As We Know It) Is Broken In The USA, at zerohedge.com. The high cost of a college education is sowing the seeds of its own destruction. This high cost is providing lower cost alternatives with the ability to compete in the education market for customers. Here is the list of some possible alternatives. 1) The way students and parents pay for college is changing. 2) The methods and the places students learn are changing (and have been for a while think internet and trade schools). 3) Our culture is changing to finally accept that “traditional’ 4-year college isn’t the answer for everyone. 4) Businesses are starting to figure out that a college degree isn’t needed to be successful in their particular field. They would rather provide training for potential workers, instead of relying on a college degree.

Frankenstein Designer Kids: What You Don’t Know About Gender – Transitioning Will Blow Your Mind, at zerohedge.com. I stated this last week: What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. Young kids and teens don’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means. Why do you think there are statutory rape laws and laws against pedophilia? To protect young people from predators. Are  doctors now predators?

Pew Research Center’s Science Knowledge Quiz, at carpediemblog. The average score is 61%. Take this quiz if you want to build your self-esteem, because you will probably get all the answers correct. But, does being able to answer easy questions correctly build self-esteem? They should have a more difficult quiz for the people who answered all the questions correctly. Then we could find out if we deserve to feel good about our scientific bona fides.

 

CANDACE OWENS Opening Statement In Front Of House Judiciary Hearing Concerning On “Hate Crimes And The Rise Of White Nationalism”. (click here)

Candace Owens Slaps Down Democrats Smear Attempts At Judiciary Hearing. (click here)

After Mr. Lieu played some audio of a previous statement made by Candace Owens, he doesn’t ask her to comment. He asked two people on the panel to comment about her comments. Then a Republican congressman said he would yield his allotted time to Miss Owens if she wanted to respond. She then proceeds to hammer Mr. Lieu. As she starts, the chairman of the committee tries to accuse her of ‘referring disparagingly’ to a member of the committee. This is a ploy used by politicians in these hearings to limit the amount of time a witness can talk. But this back fires because she proceeds to hammer him.

Watch the condescending attitude shown by the facial expressions of the committee chairman. The optics of this are amazing. Lets reverse the situation. If a white Republican congress chair acted like this toward a black women who was testifying, the Dems and the press would be screaming racism.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Comey: ‘We Did Spy—We Just Observed And Reported Secretly Without The Subjct’s Knowledge Or Consent’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Appears On ‘The Price Is Right,’ Guesses Everything Is Free, at babylonbee.com.

Scientists Recommend Reducing The Number Of Democratic Presidential Candidates To Help Fight Climate Change, at babylonbee.com.

Progressives Officially Redefine ‘Hate Speech’ As ‘Speech We Do Not Like’, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Sends 30,000 Emails On Mission To Investigate Black Hole, at babyonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

from burningplatform.com

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/6/19

Posted April 9, 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 (aka) Self-Ownership Is The Only Moral Economic System, by Gary Galles, at mises.org. Private property rights and voluntary exchange are the foundation of free market capitalism. Property rights means you own what you produce. Voluntary exchange means each individual can exchange what he produces for what another individual produces under the terms which they mutually agree, with no intervention from third parties  Excerpt from the article:

“As Ludwig von Mises explained it, private property is the basis for “joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner’s success as a means for the attainment of his own,” in sharp contrast to any “us versus them” zero- or negative-sum view of social interaction which treats someone’s gains as others’ losses. In capitalism (which is actually inconsistent with the government created or enabled crony capitalism we see all around us), even those who would be tyrants, if given the opportunity, must focus their efforts on providing willing service to others to induce their voluntary cooperation. In contrast, the drive for power that animates these Democrat Presidential hopefuls who condemn a capitalism they plainly don’t comprehend would increasingly turn others into their unwilling servants.

The Socialist Fantasy, by John Stossel, at townhall.com. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. But what do you call a system where government, although allowing property rights, controls what you can do with what you produce through rules, regulations and confiscation via taxation? Crony capitalism or crony socialism. We do not have free market capitalism in the US right now. We have a hampered market. But Government central planners don’t have to own the means of production to wreck an economy. All they have to do is increase their interference, and eventually a country’s standard of living starts to decrease. Even though government intervention isn’t the definition of socialism, government intervention is the road which leads to”serfdom and poverty”.

How Countries Fall Into The Welfare Trap, by Antony P. Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“People like the welfare state because they suppose that it comes at no costs and provides many benefits. If people knew how much the present consumption of social benefits entails less prosperity in the future, the population would have a critical attitude towards the welfare state and politicians would have a harder time selling their fraud. Just as a society that ranks security over liberty loses both, a society that attributes a higher value to social benefits than to wealth creation ends up with neither wealth nor benefits.”

Liberalism’s Last Stand – Brexit, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.    Brexit is a modern-day version of the American Revolution. Only this time it is the British people who don’t want to take orders from the bureaucrats in the European Union. Adding another layer of bureaucratic intervention on top of what exists already in the British government was a bridge too far. The people have spoken. But the bureaucrats in Brussels don’t want to give up their power. Just like King George didn’t want to give up his power over the colonies. Excerpt from the article:

“Now with the European Union facing a populist uprising across the continent they have reached the turning point with Brexit. And the conundrum is enormous.”

“Brexit is the single most important political event of this century……So, paying close attention to it is important. That’s why it has so divided people. It represents an existential threat to the inevitability of modern liberalism. The European Union is the symbol of that inevitability. Because once that inevitability is breached the EU will begin to unravel before our eyes.”

Electoral College: Why We Must Decentralize Democracy, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The articles above show us why we need the Electoral College. Power needs to be taken away from government and dispersed to the individual. Politicians and bureaucrats always want more power. The history of the 20th century shows what happens when power is centralized. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro! Oh that’s right….it can’t happen here. The left is afraid of Trump abusing power just as the right was afraid of Obama abusing power. Shouldn’t both sides agree that the government has too much power if an abuse of power by the person holding the seat could harm them.

The Recycling Movement Fails, by Michael Shedlock, at lewrockwell.com.  After decades of being guilt tripped into recycling, we are finding out that it is too costly.

Goodbye To The Internet: Interference By Governments Is Already Here, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there. And once the freedom to share information without restraint is gone it will never return. On balance, free speech is intrinsically far more important than any satisfaction that might come from government intrusion to make the internet less an enabler of violence. If history teaches us anything, it is that the diminishing of one basic right will rapidly lead to the loss of others and there is no freedom more fundamental than the ability to say or write whatever one chooses, wherever and whenever one seeks to do so.

3 Reasons Why Facebook’s Zuckerberg Wants More Government Regulation, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The three reasons are 1) Regulations will give Facebook more monopoly power. 2) Zuckerberg and Facebook will help write the new rules. 3) Regulations will limit Facebook’s legal exposure. Big business wants government regulation because regulations make it more difficult for start-up companies to succeed. When a business gets big, it no longer supports competition. It seeks monopoly power. Which can only be granted by Big Government.

The Air Bag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Government central planners work for their own self interest. Excerpt from the article:

“There are hundreds of thousands of cars in circulation with air bags Uncle knows are defective; knows have killed and so – great leap of logic – are probably going to kill again.”

“Yet Uncle does not hurl a fatwa granting permission for the people who were forced by Uncle to buy these air bags to even temporarily disable them until they can be replaced with new air bags that may also kill them, but which at least aren’t known to be defective.”

“But remember when VW was forced to park vast fleets of perfectly safe – and clean – diesel-powered cars (the entire 2016 model year run) on account of “cheating” on EPA emissions certification tests. These cars never hurt anyone – or even the environment – but Uncle went ballistic. Because he’d been hurt.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Changes To Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Standards, by Jana J. Pruet, at theblaze.com. Why didn’t they sue when Michelle Obama interfered with school lunch standards in the first place?

The Latest Scheme To Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals, at zerohedge.com. The gun grabbers never give up.

Resisting Born-Alive Bill, Democrats Are Desperate To Hide Truth About Abortion, by Georgi Boorman, at thefederalist.com. If a blob of tissue is born alive, is it still considered a blob of tissue or is it a baby? Here is the best line from the article. “Legal abortion is fundamentally a mother’s entitlement to kill her child….They actually believe that abortion is the right to a dead baby.”

Doctors Are Now Giving Hormone Treatments To Children As young As 8 Who ‘Identify’ As Transgender, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. An 8 year old doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means.

Ex-Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft Of Personal Data, at seattletimes.com. Petty tyrants use intimidation to get what they want.

Jury Rejects Harry Reid’s Lawsuit Against Fitness Band Maker He Blamed For Injuries, at cbsnews.com. Is anyone surprised that Harry Reid would sue for damages?

Actual Putin Puppets: Moscow Pitting Climate Activists Against American Energy Industry, at zerohedge.com. The USSR backed the peace movement during the cold war. Putin is a former KGB agent. Therefore the Russian government backed the anti-fracking movement. I’m shocked! Russian collusion?

Mueller’s Record Of Framing Innocent People To Protect The Guilty, at zerohedge.com. This article tells of the abuses of power by unelected bureaucrats (deep state). This is an eye opening article.

With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgretness.com. Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Mueller investigation. Great read.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Venezuela Praised For Achieving World’s First Zero-Hour Work Week, at babylonbee.com.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Economics Degree Recalled, at babylonbee.com.

Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans, at babylonbee.com.

Unsure What ‘Heartbeat’ Is, Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Heartbeat Bill Just To Be Safe, at babylonbee.com.

Man Arrested While Attempting To Smuggle Dhick-Fil-A Sandwich Into San Antonio Airport, at babylonbee.com.

Moved By Sight Of Homeless Man Asking For Food, Local Christian Prays Light Would Turn Green, at babylonbee.com.

Trump: ‘Any Shooting Actually Inspired By Me would Have Left Thousands Dead, at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform (more classics here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross