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Must Read “Leftovers”

March 8, 2018

DOJ Inspector General Returns Former CBS Reporter’s Computer After Switching Out The Hard Drive, by Sharyl Attkisson, at thehill.com. I would say this story is unbelievable, but it is absolutely believable. Years ago people would think that you were a tin foil hat wearer if you thought the Government was spying on you. But in today’s world it is hard not to believe it could happen. Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was hacked in 2013. She had an independent forensics test done on her computer which proved her computer was hacked by “remote intruders using software proprietary to a federal Intel agency“.  She turned over her computer to the Inspector General so they could examine it. They eventually returned it after they switched out the hard drive. The fact that this isn’t a bigger story shows the main stream media is in bed with progressive central planners in government. This is a complete abuse of power by government. Read the article and see for yourself if the IG is using typical stall tactics to cover their @$$. Click here sharylattkisson.com, to see a video of Sharyl updating us on her lawsuit.

Remember Filegate? Where The Clinton’s Promised Everyone That They Had Only Accidentally Been Looking Through FBI Files On Republicans?, at johnrlott,blogspot.com. Excerpt from the article: “Now we supposedly have 4 sources of information used by FBI to launch spying on Trump during the election. The Hill newspaper’s John Solomon claims: “All 4 Dossiers Used to Launch the FBI Investigation Against Trump Will Trace Back to the Clintons.

The Paradoxes Of The Mueller Investigation, by Victor Davis Hanson, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “Mueller is under enormous pressure to find collusion between the Trump team and Russia, or to find that the Trump team obstructed justice by trying to hide such collusion. But neither likely happened. Mueller was appointed at a time of national hysteria, brought on by partisan journalism based on a leaked dossier – itself a product of a discredited British agent working with Russian sources while being paid by the Clinton campaign.”

“Mueller’s existential problem has been with him from the start. Due to the shenanigans of his discredited friend Comey and a rabid media, he was appointed to investigate crimes that did not exist. But if they did exist, collusion and obstruction were committed by those associated with the Clinton campaign and even by members of the Obama administration.”

“Investigating any possible crimes committed by members of the Clinton campaign or the Obama administration apparently is taboo, given the exalted status of both. But every time Mueller seeks to find incidental wrongdoing by those around Trump, he only makes the case stronger that behavior by those involved in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration should be investigated.

If such matters are not treated in an unbiased manner, we are not a nation of equality under the law, but a banana republic masquerading as a democracy.”

ICE Raids: Oakland Mayor Doesn’t ‘Regret’ Tipping Off Immigrants, at usatoday.com. Would it be illegal if someone in the police department tipped of fchop shops about the dates of upcoming police raids? Want to bet there will be no legal actions taken against the mayor of Oakland for her actions? Laws don’t apply to government officials who are leftists.

Chicago ID Card Would Be Valid Voter Identification, at chicagotribune.com. Illegal immigrants (non-citizens) are not allowed to vote. Rahm Emanuel is going to make it easier for them to vote illegally.  Is he an accessory to this future law breaking?

YouTube Goes ON Rampage Against Conservative Accounts; Blames “Newer Members” Of Mod Team, at zerohedge.com. YouTube, a division of Google, is censoring Conservative sites. Don’t be surprised. Platforms like Google and Facebook are owned by liberals and have every right to get rid of content they Don’t like. This is not a free speech violation. Only Government can abridge the freedom of speech.  Conservatives will eventually find a way to get their message out. They will eventually come up with their own platform similar to Google and YouTube.

Google Sued By Ex-Recruiter Alleging Anti-White, Asian Bias, by Mark Bergen, at bloomberg.com. Google was hiring individuals based on merit for years. It produced a workforce that was primarily white and Asian. Google got to the top with this workforce. If they start to hire people based on whether they are women or racial minorities and not on merit, will they eventually slide from the top spot?

The Gas Tax Hike Is The Wrong Way To Fund Highways, by Robert P. Murphy, at Mises.org. American fracking has increased the supply of oil to the world market. At the same time world demand for oil has slowed or decreased. The result is the price of oil has stayed around $60 a barrel. Since gas prices have been under $3 per gallon for a few years, politicians and bureaucrats think it is a good time to raise the tax on gasoline, under the guise of funding highways.

Andrew Sullivan: In Today’s Fight Between Science And The Social-Justice Movement, Science Has Little Chance, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. When reality doesn’t fit your vision of the world shouldn’t you change your vision to fit reality instead of attempting to change reality to fit your vision? The cost of changing reality to fit a vision is high. Especially the psychic cost.

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Must Read “Leftovers”

August 2, 2017

The Danger Of “Public” Education, by Murray N. Rothbard, at mises.org. From Rothbard: “The key issue in the entire discussion is simply this: shall the parent or the State be the overseer of the child? An essential feature of human life is that, for many years, the child is relatively helpless, that his powers of providing for himself mature late……Until these powers are fully developed…..He must be under tutelage……The question is, Under whose guidance, and virtual “ownership” the child should be: his parents’ or the State’s?…..The parents are interested in the child as an individual…… subjection to the hands of the State leaves no regard for his individual personality……it is inevitable that the State would impose uniformity on the teaching of charges……. uniformity is more congenial to the bureaucratic temper and easier to enforce…..Instead of spontaneity, diversity, and independent men, there would emerge a race of passive, sheep-like followers of the State. Since they would be only incompletely developed, they would be only half-alive….since the State began to control education, its evident tendency …has been for compulsion, for enforced equality at the lowest level, for the watering down of the subject and even the abandonment of all formal teaching, for the inculcation of obedience to the State and to the “group” rather than the development of self-independence, for the deprecation of intellectual subjects.”

3 Examples That Show How Common Core Is Destroying Math Education In America, at zerohedge.com. Common Core is an example of what Rothbard talks about in the previous article. Try to understand how these math problems are solved using Common Core math. Then look at the test from 1912 given to 8th graders. This dumbing down has to be on purpose, doesn’t it?

Why Diversity Programs Fail, at hbr.com. Excerpt from the article: “Firms have long relied on diversity training to reduce bias on the job, hiring tests and performance ratings to limit it in recruitment and promotions, and grievance systems to give employees a way to challenge managers. Those tools are designed to preempt lawsuits by policing managers’ thoughts and actions. Yet laboratory studies show that this kind of force-feeding can activate bias rather than stamp it out. As social scientists have found, people often rebel against rules to assert their autonomy. Try to coerce me to do X, Y, or Z,  and I’ll do the opposite just to prove that I’m my own person.”  This is why the attempted indoctrination in schools hasn’t completely worked. Kids don’t want to be told what to do by someone they think doesn’t love them. The indoctrination will never be complete because there will always be strong individuals who won’t go along. Let’s hope they are strong enough to lead other kids.

Illegal Math: State Board In Oregon Is Punishing People For Talking About Traffic Lights And Any Other ‘Engineering’ Topics, at ij.org. Do not cross state bureaucrats or you will pay the price. This guy was fined for the ‘unlicensed practicing of engineering’ when he questioned the time traffic lights stayed yellow after his wife received a red-light camera ticket.

Nothing To Smile About: Dentists Lobby Against Competition, at ij.org. Is your dentist a crony capitalist. Your dentist bill may be high because, like true crony capitalists, some dentists lobby government to keep competitors from entering the market. Is this happening in your state?

China’s Ghost Recovery, at zerohedge.com.”If you build it they will come?” Or not. Only if there is demand for what is being produced. Printed money brings activities and degrees of activities into existence that wouldn’t exist under normal market conditions. Production needs to incrementally outpace consumption so there is little waste as possible. But this is an example of increased production at light speed. How much  capital, labor, resources and time have been wasted in this unsustainable building binge brought about by printed money?

The Myth Of Infrastructure Spending, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Indeed, the tactics of the infrastructure-spending enthusiasts are very similar to that of the global-warming zealots. they put forward massive government spending plans, while ignoring the opportunity cost of the spending or the economic realities involved. But who needs to consider costs when the benefits of the spending in the minds of supporters are 100% completely and obviously good?“…”we should question whether proposed infrastructure spending is actually an “investment in our future” or just another bureaucratic boondoggle designed to enrich crony-cartels and justify rising bureaucratic budgets.”

Fatal Courtroom Act Ruins Michael ‘Hockey Stick’ Mann, at principia-scientific.org. Michael Mann was the go to ‘scientist’ who came up with the hockey stick graph that shows a rise in CO2 levels causing the rise in global temperatures. The hockey stick graph has been used by the UN’s IPCC and governments as evidence for man made global warming. When he was challenged, he decided to sue to shut up the ‘deniers’. When he was ordered to release his data for open court examination he failed to meet the Feb. 20th 2017 deadline. Why did he fail to release the data? Was his data fake science? The data from hockey stick graph shows CO2 actually follows a rise in temperature. Which means it is not the cause.

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

May 3, 2017

Here are some articles I’ve had in the archives for a while.

WE SHOULDN’T TRUST INDIVIDUALS POSSESSING GOVERNMENT POWER

IRS TARGETING AND LOIS LERNER

Court Rejects IRS’s Plea To “Just Trust Us”, Permits Discovery Into IRS Targeting, at aclj.org.     Another Victory Over The Abusive IRS Targeting Of Conservatives, at aclj.org. When the IRS can slow down the legal process for four of more years, there is no justice. Government agencies have unlimited finances to drag out every case. The plaintiff doesn’t.

Lois Lerner Wants Her Deposition In Tea Party Case To Be Sealed: She’s Afraid People Will Want To Kill Her, at tammybruce.com. Lois Lerner doesn’t really believe her life is in danger. She just wants to protect her @$$. The people she targeted haven’t threatened her up to this point. Even though they know she targeted them. She has been collecting her pension ever since she retired, before she could be fired. Can you get a sweet gig like that?

Most of these bureaucrats are not elected. But they are politically biased toward protecting their fiefdoms.

YOU DECIDE IF OBAMA ADMINISTRATION SURVEILLED TRUMP

Obama Officials Made List Of Russia Probe Documents To Keep Them Safe, at nbcnews.com. Or was the purpose to share it so widely so it could eventually be leaked?

Did President Obama’s Own Defense Deputy Admit Obama White House Spied On Candidate/President-Elect Trump? at the burningplatform.com. What do you think?

Confirmed: Susan Rice “Unmasked” Trump Team, at zerohedge.com. Leaking who was unmasked is the problem. She is not denying back door surveillance happened.

Susan Rice Responds To Trump Unmasking Allegations: “I Leaked Nothing To Nobody” at zerohedge.com. I am not much of a grammarian but I think her quote is a double negative. Which means she leaked something to somebody. What does “incidental surveillance” mean?

Representative Schiff Has Seen Devin Nunes’ Evidence For Obama Surveillance – Here’s What He Said, theblaze.com. Democrat Schiff sang a different tune after he saw what Nunes saw.

FBI Got Court Order To Monitor Ex-Trump Adviser In Russia Probe: at reuters.com. More evidence of surveillance?

Obama, Comey Relied On Discredited Dossier To Obtain FISA Warrant On Trump Campaign, at zerohedge.com. Fake Dossier + Real Surveillance = Fake News.

You decide. Did surveillance happen?

TRADE INTERVENTION BY GOVERNMENT

Here’s What’s Behind The US-Canada Dairy Battle That Has Chuck Schumer Agreeing With Trump, at businessinsider.com. You know it is a bad policy when Schumer and Trump agree on trade. The answer is to let individuals in America trade with individuals in Canada. Agriculture in both countries is subsidized. That is where the problems starts.

Trump Slaps First Tariffs On Canadian Lumber, at money.cnn.com. Canadian lumber is cheaper. It is subsidized by Canadian taxpayers. So Canadian taxpayers are literally paying us to buy Canadian lumber at a lower price. Why shouldn’t we take advantage of their stupidity? Our answer is to raise our level of stupidity above theirs. We are going to raise the price of Canadian lumber higher by putting a tax (tariff) on it. What will be the next move on this checker board of stupidity?

How can Trump think on the one hand that lowering federal taxes will benefit the economy, and on the other hand think that increasing a tax on lumber will benefit the economy?

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

December 22, 2016

New York Times Will Vacate 8 Floors Of It’s HQ To Generate “Significant Rental Revenue“, at zerohedge.com. A memo from “fake” news executives Arther Sulzberger and Mark Thompson states,”The current way we have configured our office makes us slower and less collaborative. It is also, frankly, too expensive to occupy this many floors when we don’t truly need them.” Which one of these sentences it fake news and which one is real news.

Students Fed Up With Politically Biased Professors Are Hitting Back With A New Weapon: “Professor Watch List“. at ijr.com. Students are fighting back against the “fake” educations they are receiving. Just as citizens have fought back against the “fake” news the main stream media had been feeding them for years. The monopoly on information by the education establishment and the main stream media is over.

Teen Made Up Story About Anti-Muslim Attack On Subway, at targetliberty.com. NYPD had been on a week-long manhunt for these attackers. But the Muslim girl finally admitted she had made up the story when confronted with surveillance video. She had been out late drinking with her friends and was afraid of her father……..

The Bureaucracy Is Not More Powerful Than Congress, by Gary Galles, at, mises.org. Congress has given up it’s constitutional power gradually over the years. Which means it will be a real fight to rein in the bureaucratic monster it created. I don’t know if they are up to the task.

How Much Power Does The President Really Have? by Mark Nestmann, at lewrockwell.com. The last two Presidents expanded the power of the presidency far beyond what the Constitution allows. The presidency has the most power it has ever had and Trump sits in this seat. Do you think he will usurp more power like the previous two occupants did? Or will the power of the position be pulled back by the loyal opposition and the party in power?

Assessing The Obama Legacy – Against His Own Mileposts, at victorhanson.com. Read what Obama’s stated priorities were and what the reality of these are now. You won’t remember a lot of these. Is Gitmo closed?

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

September 14, 2016

ARE CENTRAL BANK SCHEMES COMING TO AN END?

Investors Are Thwarting The Bank Of England’s Latest QE Scheme, by George Pickering, at mises.org. What is the next step for central planners when people won’t go along with their original plans?

The Bank Of Japan Has Nationalized The Japanese Stock Market, at zerohedge.com. The Bank of Japan is using printed money to prop up the Japanese Stock market. Nothing is real.

Bullard’s Bubble Warning: “I could See This Getting Away From Us”, at zerogedge.com. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the unintended consequences of Fed policy could be asset bubbles. I contend that asset bubbles are the intended consequences of Fed money printing and low-interest rates.

Fed Vice-Chairman Admits Fed Sponsors Wealth Inequality, at zerohedge.com. Stanley Fisher admits that negative interest rates hurt savers although negative rates seem to work in today’s world. Hey Stan, negative interest rates seem to work, in the world you created. That’s because they are the nest step after a decade of zero interest rates. The Fed’s  ZIRP policy helps banks and the equity markets at the expense of the rest of us.

The Importance Of Interest Rates, by Emile Woolf, at misesca. Interest rates reveal the time preference of individuals. This means people are consuming less now and saving more for future consumption, or they are consuming more now and saving less for future consumption. This “less” that individuals are willing to save or consume are real resources. Real resources are scarce. They have to be rationed between present consumption and future consumption. Interest rates coordinate what will be produced now for present consumption and what will be saved now for the production of future consumption. Any attempt by the Fed to artificially set interest rates sends false signals through the production process about the availability or unavailability of scarce resources. Present and future production is no longer coordinated according to the reality of individuals time preferences. It is miscoordinated by edicts of the Fed. Can the members of the fed possibly know the subjective and ever-changing time preferences of hundreds of millions of individuals in the market? Free market interest rates are the only way this time preference knowledge can be sent through the market to work its magic of coordination. The hubris of Fed members isn’t a replacement for this knowledge.

The Fed Launches New Facebook Page, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Now that people are starting to realize the Feds policies aren’t working, the Fed is going to spout propaganda on their new Facebook page. Although this experiment in social media may be backfiring looking at some of the comments about their posts. Here is an example from the article: “Can you guys please help me get some of the QE? I’m trying to buy 16 cars, 4 houses, 2 jets and a yacht,” one commenter wrote. “I swear it will stimulate the economy. I’ll spend it all and cycle it back. I know velocity needs to pick up so I’ll  make sure to pay lots of models to live in my houses and travel with me. Thanks Fed! You are such a moral and upstanding institution!” They’ve made a living working in secrecy, they should stick to it.

Must Read “Leftovers”

April 28, 2016

“Affordable” Care Collapses: Top Crony Healthcare Firm Starts To Pull Out Of Some States, at econmicpolicyjournal.com. This is no surprise. A single payer government healthcare system was the original goal of our progressive central planners. Obamacare was the first step on the road to a single payer system.

Minimum Wages Were First Designed To Keep Women And Minorities Out Of Jobs, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Excerpt from the article:  “When California legislators voted to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, labor activists cheered. Discounting fears that a $15 minimum might cost some low-wage workers their jobs, activists and their political allies celebrated a victory for fairness and economic justice.  Progressive labor activists took a very different view 100 years ago, when 15 states established America’s first minimum wages. Labor reformers then believed that a legal minimum would hand a raise to deserving white Anglo-Saxon men, and a pink slip to their undeserving competitors: “racially undesirable” immigrants, the mentally and physically disabled, and women.”

U.S. Judge Rules Sandy Hook Victims Can Sue “Military Style” Gun Maker, at zerohedge.com. If this is true, I guess GM and Ford can be sued when an individual uses the car they produced and kills someone in an accident. I thought the person who committed the crime is the responsible party. This judge should be impeached.

From Ironic To Asinine: Global Gun Control Developments, by Dan Mitchell, at freedomandprosperity.org. Evidence is showing that law-abiding people are safer in well-armed societies.

How Central Planners Crippled Japan’s Economy, by Yonsthan Amselem, at mises.org. State regulation along with money printing by Japans central bank have created this mess. Freedom is the cure.

China Launched Yuan Gold Fix To Exert More Control Over Price Of Gold, at zerohedge.com. While we are caught up in the question of who should be on the $20 bill, China moves closer to adopting Gold as its currency.

Fundamentally Transforming America, at zerohedge.com. This cartoon is sad but true. Before Obama became  President said, “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming America.” No one asked the question, “transform it into what.”

The Progressive “Consensus” Is Dictatorship For Rest Of Us, by George Will, at jewishworldreview.com. Progressives know what is best for us, and we will not be allowed to question what they’ve chosen. This isn’t micro-aggression, this is macro-aggression.

Must Read “Leftovers”

April 13, 2016

Smartphone App Allows Citizens To Rely On Each Other For Emergency Services Instead Of Police, at truthvoice.com. Instead of calling 911 when you need help, you can call the app CELL 411 and alert you friends and neighbors when you need help. This is the Uber world. Great idea.

Democrat Fiscal Mess Forces Connecticut To Spurn Needy, by Mark Fitch, at thefederalist.com. Tax revenue decreased in Connecticut after to large tax increases by the Democratic legislature. Companies and retirees are fleeing to lower tax states. Young people are leaving because they can’t find jobs. When companies leave, jobs leave. You can’t tax your way to prosperity. Economic forces always prevail.

First Denmark, Now Belgium Is Paying People To Take Out A Mortgage, at zerohedge.com. How bad must it be if people are getting paid to borrow money? If loaning electronically printed counterfeit money at low-interest rates to people who couldn’t pay it back created our housing boom and bust in 08, how do you think this will turn out? Negative interest rates can’t be logically defended. Can they?

EPA Putting Red Light On Amateur Car Racing, by Kenric Ward, at reason.com. Here is an example of a tyrannical government agency. When congress creates these agencies, it abdicates its power to a bunch of petty tyrants unelected bureaucrats. Just another example of government being too big.

California Department Of Justice Raids David Daleiden’s House, at thefederalist.com. David Daleiden made the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood Selling Fetal (Baby) Parts Under “Highest Ethical And Legal Standards!“. A Grand Jury Indited David Dalieden for Organ Trafficking because he purchased baby body parts while undercover. They issued no charges against Planned Parenthood. Daleiden said, “….buying fetal tissue requires a seller as well.” Unfortunately Mr. Daleiden is on the wrong side of this issue, and Planned Parenthood is on the right side. This is an example of absolute power corrupting absolutely.

VA Strips 250,000 Vets Of 2nd Amendment Rights, at thehill.com. And people have tried to assure me that the administration doesn’t want to take our guns away. Veterans who are having trouble with their finances are being put on a gun ban list. Tyrants are good at incremental tyranny.