Must Reads For The Week 9/12/15
Is There Really A ‘War On Cops’? Data Shows 2015 Will Likely Be One Of The Safest Years In History For Police, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. These facts show how media coverage can drive perception about reality. If I said at the present rate there will be 35 police officers killed by fire arms this year what would you think? Your first thought should be that 35 is a number without a context. 35 is one of the lowest numbers of police deaths by fire arms from a peak of over a hundred in the early 70’s. The lesson is don’t be swept along by the media current, and always put every number in context.
Over The Last 20 Years, Annual Fires In U.S. Have Decreased By About 50% While Career Firefighters Has Increased More Than 50%, by Mark J. Perry at carpediemblog. You might think that the decrease in fires is caused by the increase in firefighters. But there is no causation because firefighters put out fires after they are started not before they are started. Local firefighter unions have been able to grown the number of their members as the number of fires has decreased. Public sector unions see public tax payer dollars as easier to extort than what they can extort from the private sector.
Happy “$15 Dollar Minimum Wage” Labor Day From McDonalds, at zerohedge.com. Do the central planning do-gooders who raised the minimum wage care enough to look at the consequences of their benevolence and lack of knowledge about economics? You can’t raise the cost of labor above what it produces.
Canada Enters Recession, at zerohedge.com. Is this isolated? Or does it mean more if you also look at what is happening in China, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico?
Paul Krugman Is “Really Worried” That He Might Have Screwed Up Japan, at zerohedge.com. Does Krugman have any memory of what he has said in the past. Or like an Alzheimer’s patient is every day a new beginning.
Common Core Or “Communist Core“, at zerohedge.com. Lily Tang Williams, a mother of three who grew up in communist China, says common core reminds her of the oppressive statist nature of her childhood education.
Tax, Tax, Tax: Is Rhamaland About To Get The Largest Property Tax In Modern Chicago History? (And that’s just for starters). at economicpolicyjournal.com. Government officials all over the country, not just in Chicago, have promised more than what their tax
slaves payers can produce. At some point there is going to have to be a restructuring or a default on public pensions.
New App For Politically Correcting Your Language, at reason.com. This app alerts you about possible microagression on your emails, texts, blog posts, and articles before you send them out. I don’t think I’m going to download this app. No one has a right to not be offended.
uBeams Wireless Technology Aims To Kill The Power Cord, at entrepreneur.com. From the article, “uBeam has developed technology that transmits ultrasonic waves…that are translated by devices as a microscopic quiver; this vibration is converted back into an electrical charge to power anything with a battery, no wires or wall plugs required.”
Kerry Picks Clinton Donor To Be State Department’s “Email Czar“, at zerohedge.com. You can’t make this stuff up! When I saw the headline I thought it was an article from The Onion.
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