Must Reads For The Week 11/3/18

Posted November 4, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Demotivational Thursday, by theburningplatform.com. This is really good. Here are a few examples of what is in this post from theburningplatform:

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Social Justice begets Poetic Justice – Be Careful What You Wish For. by Mark Shupe, at centerforindividualism.org. Excerpt from the article: “Poetic justice is the consequence of reality. It rewards rational behavior and long-term thinking, ethics being a primary building block for civilization.”

“Social justice is the opposite. Virtue is sacrifice, reality is different for everyone, and none of it is spontaneous…..social justice is irrational meaning it is a dishonest insinuation that one ought to agree to a demand of some special interest which can give no real reason for it. Instead of self-determination the governing elites believe it is in their power to design and determine future outcomes.”

“Social justice is top down, forced, and contrived for the benefit of identity groups. Poetic justice is bottom up, organic, and derived. Like English common law, poetic justice is an emergent phenomenon, and about the individual.”

“The most prolific social justice warrior of 21st century America is President Barack Obama; and in an extraordinary example of poetic justice, he handed the keys to the White House over to President Donald Trump.

“But President Trump is not a poetic justice warrior, he’s a pragmatist. So who is? Or as Nassim Taleb might ask, who has skin in the game? In Trump’s case, it’s the average citizen who voted for him. People who were tired of being patsies for the political, media, banking, and education elites. People who take care of their families, their customers, and their communities. They think long-term and generally don’t get involved in the activism of politics unless reality beckons. For them, poetic justice is not immediate, only inevitable.

While bureaucracies separate unaccountable decision makers from the consequences of their mediocrity and hubris, decentralization and networks keep risks and rewards where they belong.

Western Media Make One Death A Tragedy, Millions A Statistic, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media picks to cover what is “important” and what “is not important”. Since the MSM has decided the death of Jamal Khashoggi is important, they think all of us should think it is important. But I have some “news” for the MSM. Since time is a scarce resource and value is subjective, I (and probably many other people, although I can’t speak for others) don’t have enough time to spend on something that is near the bottom of (or not on) my value scale. But wait a minute? I did spend a little time writing about this, so did I value this over something else I could have done with this time? Or could it be that writing this weekly post is what I value over something else I could be doing with my time? And this particular article has no value outside of writing this post? Hmmmmmmm……?

How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing, by Auguste Meyrat, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “While indoctrination involves pushing a certain opinion, it is also much more. It is the comprehensive effort of passively disseminating a particular viewpoint. The passive aspect is key. People who are indoctrinated with a certain narrative or ideology do not arrive at the intended conclusions through their own thinking, but hear the same thing repeated in a million different ways until they finally take it as unquestionable truth.

Because indoctrination happens in the absence of thinking, many teachers who engage in indoctrination do so unconsciously. They themselves take what they’re given and pass it along without thinking.

“Thoughtlessness is essential. As the fictional demon Screwtape, from C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters,” states in his letters to Wormwood, “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” A person who really thinks will eventually reason himself out of the things he heard at school.”

The only real solution to indoctrination, then, is good teachers. Good teachers (which include parents, mentors, and other knowledgeable adults) train students in methods of thought while supplying the stuff of thought. They teach a person to evaluate an argument properly, find actual solutions to problems, and determine what is true and what is false.”

Paul Volcker’s New Memoir: A Broadside Against His Successors?, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. The individuals who get their hands on the Feds printed money first receive the benefit, while the rest of us pay for that benefit in higher prices down the road. People who don’t have access to the counterfeit money are having their wealth redistributed to the first receivers of the Feds counterfeit money.

Here is an excerpt from Volcker’s new book: “More recently, a remarkable consensus has developed among central bankers that there’s a new “red line” for policy: A 2% rate of increase in some carefully designed consumer price index is acceptable, even desirable, and at the same time provides a limit.”

“I puzzle about the rational. a 2% target, or limit, was not in my textbooks years ago. I know of no theoretical justification. It’s difficult to be both a target and a limit at the same time. And a 2% inflation rate, successfully maintained, would mean the price level doubles in little more than a generation.”

Exposing The Fed’s Mandate To Pick Your Pocket – The Real Price Of Inflation, at zerohedge.com. Here is a great article related to the one above. It explains, in more detail, who pays for the cost of the Feds inflationary counterfeit money printing policies.

“Your Pet Will Be Confiscated!” : A Shocking Glimpse Inside China’s New Social Credit System, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen in America? Could It? Oh yes it can. And probably is to some extent. It is bad enough that we trust Google with information about us. What happens when these companies voluntarily get into bed with individuals in Government, or individuals in Government force these companies to get into bed with them?

On an unrelated topic:  CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. The things that are happening in China are already happening here. Only on a smaller scale. I hope!

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Don Lemon: “I Apologize If Any Evil White People Were Offended By My Remarks’,at thebabylonbee.com. This is actually supposed to be satire. But it turns out it is real. To find out Read here.

Opinion: How Do These Elections, Which Pit Us Against Each Other In Win/Lose Scenarios, Keep Leading To Division? at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Cheerily Greets Trick-Or-Treaters Before Stealing Their Candy For Redistribution, at babylonbee.com.

Data Suggests Democrats’ Rhetoric May Be Inciting Violence Against The Unborn, at babylonbee.com.

Media Congratulates Meghan Markle On Meaningless Blob Of Tissue Developing In Her Womb, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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Must Reads For The Week 10/27/18

Posted October 30, 2018 by austrianaddict
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How The Media Encourages (And Sustains) Political Warfare, at zerohedge.com. Since bias is unavoidable. And everything is political. Most of us should realize that main stream media news reports have inherent and varying degrees of political bias. This article gives great insight into what to look for so you don’t get duped by media bias.

UN Climate Change Report: A Choice Between “Mad Max and Hunger Games, at zerohedge.com.  Weather and climate has become politicized. The article above about media bias also pertains to climate change politics.   Warning! Civilization At Risk, Crisis By 2040, And Other Nonsensical Climate BS, at zerohedge.com.

The Next Generation Of Ridesharing Is Giving Uber A Run For Its Money, by Brittany Hunter, at centerforindividualism.org. People are amazing. Arcade City is a ridesharing app that differs from Uber and Lyft. The creators of Arcade City have figured out a way to get around the regulations that cities passed to outlaw Uber and Lyft. Almost like a black market in ridesharing.

Amazon Prime Killed Sears And Consumers Should Be Grateful, by Brittany Hunter, at centerforindividualism.org. Sears started out as a mail order warehouse. It was essentially a slower version of Amazon. Once suburban malls became popular, Sears became anchor stores for these malls, while getting out of the mail order business. When the market changed, as it always does, Sears was too slow to realize its original roots. The fact that Sears is going bankrupt shows us the creative destruction of the free market. Losses are just as important as profits in a market economy. Profits tell us what activities should be continued, while losses tell us what activities are wasting scarce resources and should be liquidated.

The Public-Sector Pension Crisis, by John Stossel, at reason.com. Cities and states across the country have underfunded public pensions for decades. At some point someone will have to give something up. Whether it the pension recipients giving up benefits, or taxpayers being forced to pay for the a government created problem.

More Than Half Of America Gets More IN Welfare Than It Pays In Taxes, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The CBO report reminds us that a great many voters receive government welfare checks of various types, and the perception is that any true cuts in spending will bring a high cost to those who have become accustomed to their taxpayer-funded benefits. Ultimately, the effects on voting patterns and public policy will be very real.

Understanding America’s Enormous 19.5 Trillion Dollar Economy By Comparing US Metro Area GDPs To Entire Countries, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Even with the amount of government intervention as we have in our economy we are still blowing other countries. Free people producing and exchanging in free markets works best for creating the highest standard of living for the most people.

In Defense Of Payday Lending, by Tom Lehman, at mises.org. Payday lenders do not force anyone to use their services. They are not exploiting people. Consumer advocates want Payday lenders regulated by government, even we all know that government regulation is the sure-fire way to screw up the process of exchange  between individuals. Excerpt from the article: “In a twisted irony that only a collectivist could love, payday lending firms have cropped up, as a response to government regulations that have distorted conventional consumer lending markets, and are now under attack from the very same political class that pressed for these regulations”

Science Wins – Trump Administration Proposes Transgender Policy Based On Biology, at zerohedge.com. Finally someone realizes that gender and sex are two different things. Gender is a function of grammar. There are three genders in the English language (he, she, it). There are two sexes in biology. Females have an XX chromosome and a male has an XY chromosome. Nothing can change the XX or XY chromosome that exists in every cell of your body. So are people who think a person can change their sex a “science denier”.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela, at babylonbee.com.

Study: 100% Of Events That Contradict Your Narrative Are False Flag Conspiracies, at babylonbee.com.

Anti-Science Trump Administration To Revert Definition Of Gender To Objective, Scientific Standard, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Makes ‘Get Out The Vote’ Tour Stop In Tijuana, at babylonbee.com.

Democrat Leaders Announce Brief Moratorium On Calling For Political Violence, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

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Must Reads For The Week 10/13/18

Posted October 15, 2018 by austrianaddict
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New FCC Ruling Gives The Government Control Over 5G Internet Rollout, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact….This push towards ‘Smart’ Surveillance cities has the FCC approving a new rule limiting the power of local authorities.” This means the Federal Government has the ability to use 5G for its own purposes.

Google’s Secret Scheme To Censor The Internet, at lewrockwell.com. Who decides what are abhorrent or radical views? My mom told me sticks and stones may break by bones but names will never hurt me.

Facebook Stifles Ads For Film On Abortion Monster Kermit Gosnell, by Rich Cromwell, at thefederalist.com. There has to be push back from the left against anything that tells or shows the truth about abortion. They know they aren’t holding the winning hand. Here is another article.  ‘Gosnell’ Censors Don’t Want You To See A Crime Drama About Abortion, by Holly Scheer, at thefederalist.com.

Google Employees Quit Over Controversial China Search Engine Project, Report Says, by Chris Ciaccia, at foxnews.com. Google would never do anything like this in the US…Would they?  Google is helping China develop the search engine app called Dragonfly. It will help the Chinese government not only censor people, It will help ferret out individuals who are “enemies” of the state. China has a way of taking care of people who speak out against the communist regime.   Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship Project According To Leaked Transcript, at zerohedge.com.

A $240 Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing, by Michael Bastasch, at dailycaller.com. CO2 is not a pollutant. You don’t have to be a “scientist” to know this fact. Global warming is being used by politicians and tyrants (is there a difference) to control individuals, increase the amount of money taken by government and make certain people wealthy. It has nothing to do with saving the planet.

WTI Slumps To 2-Week Lows After Biggest Crude Build In 20 Months, at zerohedge.com. When I see an article lamenting the falling price of oil. I have to ask: Why is a lower price for oil a bad thing? The price is neither bad or good in and of itself. Of course producers want to be able to sell oil at as high a price as possible. And Consumers want to purchase oil at as low a price as possible. Prices send signals through the oil market to producers and consumers. A high price incentivizes producers to supply more oil while at the same time it creates an incentive for consumers to consume less. Lower prices do just the opposite. Prices are how scarce resources are rationed in a free market. No Government central planning board could  possibly do this job as efficiently as prices accomplish this task in a market.

$15 Minimum Wage Disrupts NYC’s Car Wash Industry Leading To closings, Automation, Job Losses And Black Market Lawbreakers, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Minimum wage laws are price controls on labor. Free market prices  ration the scarce resource of labor to it’s most productive use. Interference in the pricing system distorts labor markets. Business closings, job losses, automation and black markets are the unintended consequences of interfering in the price of labor.

Yes Inequality Is A Problem – When Caused By The Government, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Government regulation as a means of increasing inequality has a long history. Historically, favoring some groups over others via government regulation has been called mercantilism, corporatism, crony capitalism, and other names. These regulations included government restrictions on trade, government corporations founded to exercise monopolies, private firms receiving subsidies, government restrictions on private businesses, and money printing. The effect of all of these policies has always been to increase the wealth and privilege of some groups at the expense of others.

80% Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem, by Joy Pullmann, at the federalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Contrary to a common cultural narrative, the poll finds large majorities of Americans of all ages, income levels, and racial backgrounds oppose political correctness, even while 82 percent also think “hate speech” is a problem. This may suggest Americans believe thought and speech censorship is not the best way to address rude and discriminatory behavior.”

UK University Bans Clapping At Performances To Avoid Triggering Students With Anxiety, at zerohedge.com. Should I have put this in the Satirical Headlines section?

Watch: “Street Anarchy” As Antifa Attacks Portland Drivers That Don’t Obey, at zerohedge.com. Resorting to intimidation and violence is how the left eventually gets its way after they fail in elections and through the courts.

Snowflake Denied, at theburningplatform.com. This is great. A punch thrown by an Antifa protester is literally caught by a counter protester.

Hate Crime Hoax: Ohio University Student Charged After Claiming She Received Death Threats. She Sent Them To Herself, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. People will do crazy things for their vision of the world.

Most Of America Is NOT Participating In The Hysterical Rage You See On The News, at zerohedge.com. Because of the news coverage we might think that the country is going crazy. It isn’t. Most people can’t relate to people acting this way.

Kavanaugh Casualties: The Left, Never Trumpers, #MeToo, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. There are consequences of the attack on Kavanaugh are far reaching. Another great article by VDH. Excerpts from the article: “The new progressives recently have come to believe that they gain traction by the theater of disrupting senate hearings, cornering senators in elevators, stalking them on the way to work, doxing their opponents on the Internet, ane during the hearings throwing out the concept of due process. Any means is deemed permissible to enact visions of social justice, given legislative and executive power is lost for not – and as if proverbially ordinary Americans who watched the televised circus might applaud the performers………And if here was any stereotypical lesson to be had, it was that many on the senatorial panel and the legions of advisers and lawyers on the Ford Team, as well as Ford herself, by their class, education, and comportment, increasingly seem quite different, quite more privileged, and quite more well-absorbed than most average Americans of all backgrounds who have little sympathy for the psychodramas of a pampered and professional class.”

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? by Antony Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Another name for the neo-Marxism of increasing popularity in the United States is cultural Marxism. This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution in no the proletariat – but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers’ movement, Marxist theory flourishes today in cultural institutions, in the academic world, and in the mass media……the Marxist concept of the “proletariat” as a revolutionary force was an illusion. At the example of the Soviet Union, one could also see that socialism could not function without a dictatorship. These considerations brought the leading Marxist thinkers to the conclusion that a different strategy would be required to establish socialism. Communist authors spread the insight that the socialist dictatorship must come in disguise. Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change. Control of the culture must precede political control.”

“Because of the character of this movement as a promoter of group conflict, neo-Marxism is ineffectual to serve as an instrument of gaining coherent political power as it were necessary for a dictatorship. Yet this does not mean the the neo-Marxist movement has o impact. On the contrary: because of its inherent contradictions, the ideology of cultural Marxism is the main source of the profound confusion that has grabbed almost every segment of the modern Western societies and which is about to swell into even more dangerous proportions.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Death Toll From Kavanaugh’s First Week On Supreme Court Tops 330 Million, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We Need to Study Harder Than Republicans For These Upcoming Midterms‘, at babylonbee.com.

To Make Up For Extra Difficult Confirmation Process, Kavanaugh Awarded Two Votes On Supreme Court, at babylonbee.com.

New Polls Increases Fears That Midterm Elections Will Be won By Wave Of Politicians, at theonion.com.

NFL Urges Pass Rushers To Try Reaching Peaceful Resolution with Quarterbacks Before Resorting To Tackling, at theonion.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 10/7/18

Posted October 7, 2018 by austrianaddict
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ECONOMICS

Fed Chair Powell Hints He May Soon Crash The Market, at zerohedge.com. The Fed created the housing bubble with its printed money and below market interest rates. When their bubble crashed, their cure was the same medicine that caused the problem in the first place (pump more money into the system and zero percent interest rates).  The cure for a crash is to allow interest rates to be set by the market and quit printing money. Let the correction (recession) take place. Their policies didn’t allow the liquidation of the bubble activities to take place. Now they are attempting to slowly get rid of the accumulated bubble activities through incremental interest rate increases. They are walking a high wire and their safety net is to blame Trump for any crash. Read here: The Fed’s QE Unwind Reaches $285 Billion, at zerohedge.com.

US Gross National Debt Soars $1.27 Trillion In Fiscal 2018 hits $21.5 Trillion, at zerohedge.com. It doesn’t matter if the D’s or the R’s have control of the purse strings. The debt keeps going up. But the Federal Government couldn’t accumulate this amount of debt unless The Federal Reserve printed money to purchase US bonds. How can this possibly be paid back?

Mall Vacancies Hit 7 Year High As Rents Plunge, at zerohedge.com. Using printed money and low-interest rates caused too many Malls to be built. This is an example of a bubble activity. The laws of economics are trying to liquidate the malls which are not profitable. Will the Fed allow it to happen?

Austrians vs. Market Monetarists On The Housing Bubble, by Robert Murphy, at mises.org. Great article explaining how monetary pumping through artificially low-interest rates creates unsustainable bubbles that ultimately crash.

Silicon Valley Socialism, by Peter Klein, at mises.org.  Excerpt from the article: “Libertarians oppose regulation, but also oppose censorship and politically correct culling of opinion. Silicon Valley used to be a hotbed of libertarian thought, a place where innovation mattered more than government. Today, companies like Twitter and Facebook serve as de facto editors, banning users like Alex Jones for “wrong-think.” Google dominates search, but may steer search results. And Amazon serves nefarious clients like the NSA with its cloud infrastructure. And all of them employ plenty of lobbyists to avoid the kind of government anti-trust suit Microsoft faced nearly 20 years ago.

Surge In New York City Taxi Driver Suicides Has The City Talking, at zerohedge.com. Taxi driver suicides are up because the drivers purchase price of their taxi medallions has collapsed. Uber and Lyft are getting blamed for driving down the value of these medallions. But the reason the price of the medallions were so high in the first place is because NYC government put a limit on the number of medallions. Limiting the supply drove up the price of these medallions. The Government created a medallion bubble. If the free market would have been allowed to coordinate the supply of cabs with the demand of the riders there would be no suicide problem for taxi drivers. There would be no such thing as taxi medallions in the first place. Now Government wants to step in and help. How do you think that will work out?

Economics Everywhere, Politics Nowhere: Switzerland’s Six Pointers Towards Hope For Western Civilization, by Hunter Hastings, at centerforindividualism.org. Maybe we should look at Switzerland’s success as an example of what individual freedom, decentralized government, and free markets produce. Instead of looking at countries like Venezuela to see what socialism produces.

LEGAL &  POLITICAL STUFF

Democratic Staffer For Shelia Jackson Lee Arrested In GOP Doxing, zerohedge.com. An intern for Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee was arrested for releasing private and identifying information, including home addresses and phone numbers, of several Republican Senators on Wikipedia. He wanted them to be harassed for supporting Justice Kavanaugh appointment.

Blasey Ford’s FBI “Polygraph” Buddy Pressured Women From Mystery Groping Party To Change Story, at zerohedge.com. Was she trying to suborn perjury to get someone to corroborate Blasey Fords story?

Hordes Of Bussed-In Protesters Prepare For DC Disruption Ahead Of Kavanaugh Confirmation, at zerohedge.com. They don’t like being called a “rent a mob’. But if the shoe fits.

Make Them Scared’ Website Posts Uncorroborated Sexual Assault Claims Against Male Students, by Daniel Payne, at thecollegefix.com. People will do anything to advance their vision.

Writer From Colbert Show Reveals Left Wing Truth, at theburningplatform.com. Writer from Colbert show tweets: “Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.”

Creating A Suspect Society: The Scary Side Of The Technological Police State, by John Whitehead, at rutherford.org. The government has access to massive amounts of information on it’s citizens. We should all be concerned about this. Government bureaucrats can and will use this against you if it is necessary to advance their vision.

How A 1965 Supreme Court Ruling Explains The Partisan Battle Over Kavanaugh’s Confirmation, by Ira Stoll, at reason.com. Excerpt from the article: “One way to look at the situation of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee awaiting a Senate vote, is as only the latest episode in the long story of Griswold v. Connecticut.”

HUMOR

Democrats Shudder At Idea Of Having To Legislate Through Congress Should Supreme Court Lean Right, at babylonbee.com.

Kamala Harris; “We Would Apply The Same Fair Standards To Any SCOTUS Nominee Whose Life We Were Trying To Destroy“, at babylonbee.com.

Senate On Lockdown After Receiving Credible Threat From Known Killers, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 9/29/18

Posted September 30, 2018 by austrianaddict
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10 Red Flags About Sexual Assault claims, From An Employment Lawyer, by Adam Mill, at thefederalist.com. For those following the Kavanaugh circus. Weigh what you’ve seen against the 10 points in this article. What do you think?

Feminists Rage Over Latest Injustice: Sexist iPhones, at zerohedge.com. Feminist think that apple is sexist because it created an iphone that is too big for a woman’s hand. It can also cause “repetitive strain injury”. And feminists have told us there is no difference between men and women? Maybe they need to rethink their premise?

Historic GOP Win In State Senate Race Dampens Democratic Hopes For A ‘Blue wave’ In Texas, at dallasnews.com. Dems in Texas lose a State Senate seat they had held for 139 years. Hmmm.

Political Turmoil Truths: Media Bias & Trump’s Presidency, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Great analysis of Trump and the resistance. Excerpt from the article:  “First, those in power had never imagined that Donald Trump either could or should win the 2016 election.”

“That reality emboldened federal employees to take risks and step over the line in efforts to ensure that Trump would be humiliated at the polls. Officials assumed that incoming President Hillary Clinton would either overlook or reward their zealotry.

“……” both the Democratic and Republican establishments, as well as the proverbial “deep state” bureaucracy, agreed that President Trump was so crude and uncouth that he must not continue in office.

“….if Trump could not be removed by impeachment, a lawsuit citing the emoluments clause of the Constitution, application of the 25th Amendment, indictment or forced resignation, then the only remaining mechanisms of aborting his presidency were either through the courts or by winning the midterm elections to facilitate impeachment and a trial in the Senate in 2019.”

“Democrats had assumed that Republicans were on the defensive against boilerplate charges of sexism, racism, homophobia, and nativism. Republican functionaries in Congress and within the Washington bureaucracy and punditocracy had grown apologetic and complacent.”

“Republican politicos had more or less accepted the fact that, while successful at the local and state level, Republicans couldn’t win back the presidency — and that they should live with it and indeed find ways to thrive nobly as the “out” party.”

“In contrast, Trump’s raison d’être is to fight tooth and nail against a biased media, Democratic opponents, Never Trump Republicans, and the proverbial deep state. Had he just taken their blows, remained stoic, and not thrashed back, the national scene would now be mostly quiet.

“The day’s blaring headlines, of course, differ in details. But the common themes behind the headlines are that Trump should never have been president, that he is an inexplicably successful ogre, and that he won’t shut up – and therefore he must be forced to go away by any means necessary.”

The Latest On Socialism In Action: 5 Million Fleeing, No Toilet Paper, and 1,000,000% Hyperinflation, at economicpolicyjournal.com. No comment necessary.

Socialism Worked In Venezuela, by Richard M. Salsman, aier.org. Maybe socialism  works exactly as it’s proponents have intended it to work. Excerpt from the article:

“Conservatives seem to blithely presume that socialists intend to deliver liberty, prosperity, and peace. But where’s the evidence for that claim, beyond mere self-serving socialist rhetoric and demagoguery? Why assume that socialists seek progress when their many “experiments” over the past century make clear, to anyone aware of the history, that socialist systems repeatedly, ineluctably, and inherently inflict human harm?

Greeks Owe A Stunning 180 Billion Euros In Tax Arrears To The State, at zerohedge.com. Tax avoidance and a black market economy always immerge when Government intervention into the economy gets too oppressive.

Europeanize America? Not On Your Life, at zerohedge.com. We shouldn’t look to Europe for solutions to our economic and political problems. Excerpt from the article: “Europeans lived for centuries under kings and emperors. They came to believe that power flowed from the top down.”

America came to exist after centuries of being free from top down rules from Kings. The individual was free to succeed or fail on his own. We have a culture of individual freedom and it is different from the culture of Europe.

The Brexit Breakdown, by Thomas Luongo, at lewrockwell.com. The EU is an example of what the above article clearly explains.

In A Blow To Media Gun Narrative, Homicides Down In 2017, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. No comment needed.

 “Peak Oil“, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Excerpt from the article: “Weren’t we supposed to be running out of oil?”

“They – the government and the mainstream press – have been saying just that since the early ’70s and their saying so served as the justification for velocity rationing (the infamous Drive 55 national maximum speed limit law, which abused motorists for 20 years before it was finally repealed in the mid-’90s) and for CAFE – the federal law which imposes fuel rationing on the car industry. It is compelled – by regulatory fiat – to find ways to reduce fuel consumption because the government says we’re about to run out of fuel.”

“Except that hasn’t happened. The opposite has happened.”

Individuals in government won’t give up the power they usurped during crisis situations (oil crisis). Even when the premises for their usurpation is dead wrong.

Wind Growth After PTC Expiration, by Lisa Linowes, at masterresource.org. Wind energy is costing tax payers billions of dollars. Even tax payer subsidies can’t make wind viable.

Ethane Rising: Another Fossil Fuel Advances, by Robert Bradley Jr, at masterresource.org Thank God for fracking! Excerpt from the article: “The impact of ethane is perhaps the most remarkable development in the remarkable story of the shale revolution. Less than three years ago, ethane was a largely unwanted byproduct of oil and gas drilling … but today, ethane is feedstock for nearly half of U.S. plastics production and a valuable export to chemical companies around the world.

SATIRICLE HEADLINES

Socialist Leaders Clarify: ‘We Only Want Socialism For Everyone Else’, at thebabylonbee.com.

Local Kid Employs Series Of Delay Tactics To Indefinitely Postpone Bedtime, at thebabylonbee.com.

Must Reads For The Week 9/22/18

Posted September 22, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Landmark Victory For Institute For Justice, Which deserves Nobel Peace Prize For Its Ongoing Legal Efforts Advancing Human Rights, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is a victory for the individual in his fight against Government’s illegal use of force. Civil asset forfeiture laws are violations of our individual rights as spelled out in Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The Institute for Justice does great work helping individuals fight against the tyranny of government. We should all celebrate this victory because it is not just a victory for this particular individual. It is a victory for all individuals.

Gov. Brown Signs Law To Limit Plastic Straws In Full-Service Restaurants, at sacramento.cbslocal.com. Starting next year it will be illegal for full service restaurants to give a customer a plastic straw unless the customer asks for one. Do you think if crazy environmentalists thought that the use of straws would be good for the environment, that California would probably have a law making it illegal to drink in a restaurant without a straw?

Private Jet Traffic Increased 30 Percent During California Climate Conference, at targetliberty.com. Do as I say. Not as I do. How much CO2 (aka plant food) are these virtue signalling phonies pumping into the atmosphere by flying private jets instead of flying United with the “rabble”.

The eTron Con, at ericpetersautos.com. Car companies worship at the altar of electric vehicles. Will these companies ultimately be sacrificed on this EV altar? Great article about the EV scam and its cost.

Fraternity Holds Charity Fundraiser, Gets Accused Of ‘Cultural Appropriation’, by Grace Gottshling, at campusreform.org. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity wore grass skirts during a charitable fund-raiser. The Interfraternity Community, released a statement saying Phi Gamma Delta was guilty of cultural appropriation. Here is the statement: “Their actions represent clear examples of cultural appropriation which does not align with the values of the Interfraternity Community, or Washington State University……The Interfraternity Council condemns these and all acts of cultural appropriation regardless of the intention behind them.”  So anyone who drinks beer can be accused of appropriating German culture? Why do we listen to such nonsense?

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Govt Rules For Spying On US Journalists, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media doesn’t cover the fact that the FBI used The FISA court to surveil Trump because they want to get rid of him by any means necessary. What they don’t understand is the means used by government insiders to get Trump can also be used against them. Don’t these all knowing journalists know that Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder spelled out to the FBI in a memo that the AG will sign off on FISA applications to surveil “known media entities or known members of the media.” The MSM doesn’t understand that their ‘freedom of the press’, guaranteed in the constitution, only exists if Government allows it to exist. By not covering FBI and DOJ corruption related to Trump they are allowing the hangman to use a noose that could eventually be put around their neck.

40% Of Venezuela Stores Go Bust After 3,000% Minimum Wage Hike, at zerohedge.com. Government mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Incentives created by these policies have consequences. It doesn’t matter if the mandated minimum wage is $1000 dollars an hour if no businesses exist.

Backfire Economics: Trump’s Trade War Inflicts More ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ On US Firms, Consumers And Hurricane Victims, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Here are examples of some of the consequences of Trumps trade policies and tariffs. Economic laws are always in play no matter what the intentions are of a particular Government policy.

Socialism Isn’t Even Suited For Dogs, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Because of the printing press, 2.2 pounds of dog food costs roughly three weeks salary at minimum-wage. Since people in Venezuela can’t afford to feed their dogs, they are releasing their pets (under the possibility the dogs could be caught and eaten by starving Venezuelans).

Visualizing How America Uses Its Land In 13 Illustrations, at zerohedge.com. Of the roughly 1.918 billion acres of land in the U.S.. Only 69+ million acres are urban. We are not running out of land.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

CNN Retracts Completely Factual Story, Admits It Did Not Reflect Their Editorial Standards, at babylonbee.com.

Socialist Leaders Clarify: “We Only Want Socialism For Everyone Else‘, at babylonbee.com.

World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialists Students, at babylonbee.com.

Is Football Bad For The NFL? at theonion.com.

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