Good Cops Shouldn’t Tolerate Bad Cops

Posted September 15, 2017 by austrianaddict
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When a video like the one below surfaces the tendency is to say all cops are like this. Even though this video blows my mind at how stupid this cop is, I will not paint all cops with the broad brush this bad cop has placed in my hand. Not all cops are like this.

When you watch this video you will notice the other police officers, not the security guards, seem a little uncomfortable with the action this cop has taken. I think the cop whose body camera filmed this video is trying to figure out how to get out of the mess that the out of control cop has created. So why do regular cops seem to stick up for bad cops? Don’t they know that their silence about the bad cop is seen as support by default? Their inaction is in fact an action.

If you drag this video to 11:00 you will see an officer, who I think is of higher rank than the arresting officer, try to smooth over the situation. The higher ranking officer is using verbal gymnastics and a calm voice to try to confuse the nurse. He is trying to convince her that his fellow officer is in the right and the nurse is wrong. But the Nurse is right. The cops need a warrant or the person’s consent to draw blood.

When you watch the video. Try to put yourself in the nurses shoes. Try to put yourself in the arresting officers shoes, if you can. But try to put yourself in the shoes of the cop who is filming this. What would you have done if a colleague of yours acted like this?

GROUP IDENTITY

I don’t understand the mentality of sticking up for a person in your “identity group” who is not just being an ass, but is not following the rule of law. I am a white male but I have no problem saying that another white male is dead wrong. The difference is I don’t think of myself as a member of a group consisting of white males. I think of myself as an individual. For some reason people find their identity from being a member of a particular group. When you identify yourself as a member of a group and not as an individual, you have to look at criticism of another member of the group as being an attack on the whole group, and therefore an attack on you.

Each of us is a member of many groups at once. We are members of the particular family we were born into. We are male or female. We are a particular race. We have a particular religion or no religion. We work in a particular profession. We have particular hobbies. We are American or from another country. We are a Democrat, a Republican or neither. There are many groups we can choose to identify with. And that’s when the problem starts. We paint ourselves into corners that are hard to escape if our identity comes from a group. You can identify as an individual even though you are a member of many different groups. You don’t have to defend the bad people in ‘the’ group if you think of yourself as an individual first.

Watch the video. Put yourself in the nurses shoes. Put yourself in the arresting cops shoes, if that’s possible. But try to put yourself in the shoes of the cop who is filming this. What would you have done if a colleague acted like this?

 

Sheriff Forced To Pay After Ordering Raid On Blogger Who Criticized Him, at reason.com. This Sheriff should have been fired. Because of his position as sheriff, he had to know he was breaking the law. Since he is in a position of power, he should only get one strike and he’s out. It is not about him as much as it is about constraining other’s in positions of power who want to wield it against citizens.

Police Devise New Revenue Scam By Citing People Who Forget To Press Crosswalk Button, at thefreethoughtproject.com. These are the kind of petty rules that make people dislike cops. City councils should get rid of laws like this.

Forget The Violent Campus Protests – This College Cop Is Gunning For Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendors, at reason.com. Another example of a law that should not be on the books. Cops should be policing real crimes.

Police Serve Warrant To Wrong Address, Kill Man Who Lives There, at reason.com. I know that men are not perfect. We all make mistakes. But can you be sure you are at the right address! Put yourself in the shoes of the person whose door was broken down. Should the cops rules of engagement be like the military’s rules of engagement? Don’t fire until fired upon. Would a different type of person be attracted to the job if this was the rule of engagement?

The Drug Whisperer’: Drivers Arrested While Stoned Cold Sober, at wltx.com. The cop is smarter than the ‘science’ of a blood test? This has to be a violation of a persons fourth and fifth amendment rights.

What Can Happen When You Try To File A Complaint Against Police Officers

There are millions of contacts between citizens and police each day. The vast majority turn out just fine. The bad situations are not the norm. But just because the bad situations are not the norm doesn’t mean they should to be swept under the rug by the people who are supposed to investigate them.

The video below shows cops attempting to stop complaints against their fellow officers from even being filed. These cops use straw man arguments, intimidation, lying, verbal sleight of hand, and force to stop people from filing complaints. By letting the bad cops go unpunished the bad behaviour is incentivized.

This video shows how people act when they identify themselves as members of a group and not as an individual.

If cops want to identify themselves as a group, people are going to gladly give them their wish. People will begin to identify all cops by the lowest common denominator of the group.

Cops have to purge themselves of their bad apples. Or their credibility will continue to erode.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/9/17

Posted September 9, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Venezuelan Crisis ‘Truly Desperate,’ Bishops Tell Pope, at voanews.com. Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino says; “The country was mired in a truly desperate situation. There are people who eat garbage and there are people who die because there is no medicine….We want to remind the Pope of this again….because the government is doing everything possible to establish a state system, totalitarian and Marxist.” I find this humorous. Why? Because the Pope is a Marxist. Venezuela is a laboratory for Marxist socialism, and the experiment is failing. The Pope probably thinks the reason for the failure is because the Marxist socialism in Venezuela isn’t being implemented by the right people. He doesn’t understand that central planning leads to “serfdom and poverty”.

Pension Ponzi Exposed: Minnesota Underfunding Triples After Tweaking This One Small Assumption, at zerohedge.com. Most of these pension plans are underfunded because they are calculating using sleight of hand math. There is not enough funding to pay for future liabilities so assets are used for current claims. At some point some one is going to have to give something up.

Kentucky Firefighters, Police Pensions Under Contention, at wlwt.com. These ‘public servants’ can retire after working 25 years. Question: Is it possible to save enough production in 25 years to fund your next 30 years of consumption during which you are not producing anything? I don’t have much respect for these people when they complain about the sweet gig they have. Excerpt from the article: “They’re seeing a direct attack on their retirement security,” Professional Fire Fighters Local A-16 President Joe Baer said. For Covington firefighter and father of four Tyler Cherry, it could set his retirement back nine years. “So when you look at planning out your life, for your wife, your children, for your wife, your retirement, all of a sudden you’re looking at eight years to 17 years is a huge difference,” Cherry, a captain in the Covington department, said. Some say the toll the job takes on the men and women who serve would make additional years of service difficult. “That can be a huge emotional drain on an individual by the time they reach that,” Alexandria Fire District Lt. Glenn Kilby said. “My family’s grown and had their own families. It’s just me and my wife. I still want to be assured that I have that income to sustain our life,” Kilby said.”

People who aren’t ‘public servants’ can’t relate to any of the comments by these ‘public servants’. Our taxes pay for your salary. Our taxes pay for your benefits. Our taxes pay for your pension. And yes our taxes pay your taxes. Shouldn’t public servants be more appreciative of what they receive? They don’t understand that the people who fund them don’t have the salaries, benefits, and pensions these ingrates have. ‘Public servants’ have no idea how their whining about salaries and benefits pisses people off.

Sacramento City council Approves ‘Advance Peace’ Program, at fox40.com. City council approves program that offers cash payments to gang members in the hope they will remain peaceful. No this is not from the ‘Onion’. Thecity council calls it an ‘Advanced Peace’ program. It is more like preemptive surrender to the criminals. What’s worse is it passed on a 9-0 vote. I know it reveals the intelligence of the council members, but does this also reveal the intelligence of the voters?

The Four Wheeled Patriot Act, at theburningplatform.com. I’ve never liked the idea of self driving cars. They are supposed to reduce the risk of human error. Since the self driving cars are made by human beings, they are prone to human error. Excerpt from the article: “…the SELF DRIVE Act will exempt automated cars from the necessity – under laws that apply to autonomous cars – of having things like steering wheels and brake pedals and other controls by which a human might intervene to save himself in the event the automated car makes a mistake. It is presumed automated cars will never make a mistake, that their systems and technology are immune to defects, wear and tear and so forth……It’s worth noting that no one is suggesting commercial airliners – which already have the ability to fly themselves, including take-off and landing – do so without human pilots standing by to step in just in case. Much less have cockpit controls removed and the now ex-pilots told to go watch a movie back in Coach….Why is it acceptable to do exactly that with machines that are more dangerous, en masse, than airliners simply by dint of numbers? There are only a few thousand airliners flying on any given day. How many millions of cars are out there?”

European Court Orders EU Countries To Take Migrants, at zerohedge.com. This is why Brexit happened. The EU has become the central planning of the sovereign European countries. Looking at the EU is like looking into the mirror and seeing what our Federal government is doing to our 50 sovereign States. The power consolidated in big government always leads to the usurpation (illegal seizure) of the rights and freedoms of individuals in the sovereign States.

In an unrelated story. Coming To A Town Near You: Expert Warns That No-Go Zones Are Growing In America, at zerohedge.com. I wish Bill Belichick was in charge of immigration policy. Any player who wants to be a part of the New England Patriots has to conform to the teams culture or he will be cut. Players know this before they become a member of the Patriots. So they do have a choice.

What Country Is This? Forced Blood Draws, Cavity Searches, And Colonoscopies, at zerohedge.com. Speaking of individual rights! Is the fourth amendment a threat to the power of the government?

Fearful Cop Mistakes Reporter’s Camera For A Gun – Opens Fire, Shoots The Innocent Man, at thefreethoughtprogect.com. Or try this headline. Ohio Police Officer Accused Of Shooting News Photographer, at huffingtonpost.com. Should you be trusted with a gun after you make a decision that is this bad? A concealed carry holder knows not to do this. Is this an example of a person who can’t perform the job properly? Or is this an example of how some police are trained? What are the ‘rules of engagement’? If you can claim after the fact that you ‘feared for your life’, isn’t that literally a get out of jail free card?

Did Imran Awan Turn On Wasserman Schultz? New Report Suggests He Led Police To Her Laptop, at zerohedge.com. In the words of Andy Griffith; “Oh what a twisted web we weave when first we practice to deceive”. Unfortunately nothing will happen to her. The rule of law doesn’t exist in our country. The ruling elites have a different set of rules than you or I do. Ask Hillary Clinton.

How Welfare States Encourage Bad Economic Thinking, at mises.org. I have gone back and forth over the years as to whether the free market can stay ahead of the growth of government regulations. I am optimistic it can. This writer is not. Excerpt from the article: “Thus, it becomes clear that the welfare state is not something that can be grudgingly tolerated as merely a parasitic nuisance. It is overoptimistic to assume that the remaining vestiges of free-market entrepreneurialism will always be able to outpace its insatiable drive toward capital consumption. Nor is it prudent to believe that the hard institutions of private property rights and market prices will be able to survive, let alone do their job effectively, with their underlying cultural foundations eroded to the core. And it is evident that welfare statism strikes at the latter at least as hard, if not more so, than it does at the former.

 

Must Reads For The Week 9/2/17

Posted September 2, 2017 by austrianaddict
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HURRICANE HARVEY OBSERVATIONS

“Price Gouging” = Political Rhetoric and/or Economic Ignorance!

Every time a disaster happens the term ‘price gouging’ is used to describe what happens to the pricing system when normal supply and demand is disrupted. The first rule of economics is scarcity. Man’s desires are unlimited while resources needed to satisfy these desires are scarce. This constraint of scarcity exists for any economic system, be it free market or any of the other centrally planned economic systems (socialist, communist, fascist, democratic socialist). The question we must ask is; which system best deals with this inherent constraint? In a free market, prices ration scarce resources to their most valued uses according to the subjective valuations of consumers. In a centrally planned economy, bureaucrats make the decisions on what is valuable and how scarce resources are to be rationed .

A natural disaster quickly shows how a free flow of prices conveys knowledge about where resources are needed most. Prices rising in the affected area constrains consumer demand for these scarce resources on the one hand and incentivize suppliers to bring scarce resources to the affected area on thee other. Prices coordinate supply and demand, and at the same time the coordination of supply and demand is revealed through changing prices. Price rise or fall incrementally during normal market conditions. But during disasters there are wide swings in prices.

The wild swing in prices allows political demagogues to prey on the economically ignorant. This free flow of market prices is called “Price Gouging”. Politicians win when they demagogue rising prices, and the people affected most by the disaster are hurt. Even though the people hurt most don’t realize it.

Here are some videos that explain the role of prices in a market economy.

Walter E. Williams.

John Stossel

Stossel vs. O’Reilly

This video proves Bill O’Reilly’s ignorance about economics. When he is losing the argument he cuts Stossel off and tries to play on emotion instead of logic. He then resorts to calling Stossel a ‘fascist’. These are the tactics of leftists.

People who are being charitable with their own time and money don’t need to be incentivized to “do the right thing” (supplying goods and services to the affected area). Rising prices incentivize, non charitable people (if that’s what you want to call them ), to supply much-needed goods and services to the affected area.

Gas Prices To Rise Even Faster As Tropical Storm Harvey Floods Texas, at usa.com. I heard a gentleman call into a talk show complaining about the rise in gas prices in his part of the country. He didn’t think the prices should go up since his area wasn’t affected by Harvey. This shows the economic ignorance of a vast majority of people in the country. At least 12% of the countries refining capacity is being disrupted by Harvey. Gasoline distribution infrastructure is also being disrupted. Economic law states when supply decreases against a fixed demand the price will increase. This increased price works to coordinate demand to the new reality of the decreased supply. This works to ration the scarce resource to its most valued use until supply can be brought back on-line. Allowing prices to rise allows the coordination of supply and demand to happen much faster than if prices were fixed by government.

Private Sector vs. Public Sector

Private Sector To The Rescue In Texas: Never Underestimate The Power Of The Private Sector To Rise Up To An Challenge, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediamblog. First responders are individuals on the scene at the moment something happens. Second responders are police, firemen or FEMA. In New Orleans people relied on Government to help them. In Texas people are relying on themselves to help each other. Big difference! Many people think order can only come from central planning from Government. They can’t conceive of order happening spontaneously by individuals voluntarily cooperating.

EPA Approves Emergency Fuel Waiver For Texas, at epa.gov. The best way government can help is to get out of the way. Since refineries are down, Texas will now be allowed to purchase gasoline that is banned for use in Texas by EPA regulations. But don’t worry the lifting of the ban will expire on September 15th. Why do we need such regulations in the first place?

Thanks To Markets, Houston’s Disaster Isn’t As Bad As It Might Have Been, by Christopher Westley, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “At the time of this writing, 26 Harvey-related deaths have been confirmed in the United States….. imagine what the death toll would have been if a similar storm slammed into comparable population centers in the Pacific Rim, Venezuela, or other outposts of the Third World. No doubt: They would be in the thousands…… What makes Houston different has to do with property rights institutions taking root and developing there over decades, making it a center for capital investment, because capital always flows to those areas where it is most secure. The continued increase in the quantity and quality of capital over time increases wealth, allowing its owners to afford better infrastructure and safety, relative to more benighted areas that attract less capital over time. To get an idea about the effects of decades of capital formation on Houston in 2017, consider the devastation that befell Galveston in 1900, when another Category 4 hurricane swept the Texas coast and claimed about 8,000 lives.

Why Houston Doesn’t Need Federal Flood Relief, – In Four Charts, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Let’s not promise federal tax dollars to be assigned for rebuilding Texas. The funds will be subject to crony political distribution. And where ever there is a pile of Federal dollars there will be no shortage of people, who don’t need the money, trying to appropriate it. Excerpt from the article: “This isn’t to say real sharing and kindness are a bad thing. It’s excellent that private charities have already been hard at work helping with the cleanup in Houston. If one wants to insist that governments be involved, there’s nothing stopping other states from handing over funds to Texas directly. The federal government need not be involved at all

The Broken Window Fallacy Hasn’t Been Brought Up…. Yet!

Maybe we have won the war against ‘The Broken Window Fallacy‘. Usually after disasters like this we start to hear ‘experts’ talk about how the disaster will help the economy because of all the jobs created to replace and rebuild the things that were destroyed. I guess that sounds logical on its face, but if we remember our lessons from Frederic Bastiat we should look at what is seen, we should look at what is not seen. You will see the people employed in the rebuilding process. What you don’t see is what could have been done with all the resources, capital, time and labor used for the rebuild. The economy as a whole has less wealth because of a disaster. Everything that was destroyed has to be replaced just to get back to even par. If your car is destroyed. Not only do you not have a car, you won’t have what you could have purchased with the money used to replace your car. The economy as a whole, and you, are poorer by 1 car. The car was a useful good and was destroyed long before its normal replacement time. The broken window fallacy is simply the idea that consumption creates wealth. Production creates wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth.

Media / Politics

Fake News About Hurricane Harvey Is Why Americans Hate The Media, at thefederalist.com. This is just one example why the mainstream media has lost credibility.

Trump To Donate $1 Million To Texas Recovery, at cnn.com. I’m not a fan of people being public about their giving. Here is an excerpt from article: “President Donald Trump will donate $1 million of his fortune to recovery efforts in Texas……”

Hillary Clinton To Tell Audiences Her ‘Personal, Raw, Detailed and Surprisingly Funny Story’ In Nationwide Tour With Tickets Selling For Up To $1,200, at dailymail.co.uk. I wonder if Hillary is going to donate these proceeds to the recovery efforts in Texas? Or is she going to give some of he money donated to the Clinton Global Initiative for relief efforts in Texas? Oh! I forgot. Donations to the Clinton Global Initiative have dried up since Hillary lost the Election! Maybe Hillary and Bill will just have to give some of their fortune to the relief effort?

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Must Reads For The Week 8/26/17

Posted August 26, 2017 by austrianaddict
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Sears Death Spiral Accelerates: Vendors Halt Shipments As Cost Of Default Insurance Soars, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of a company not keeping up with a changing market. What is interesting is Sears started as a mail order warehouse business similar to Amazon today. As population changed from rural and cities to suburbs Sears began to open brick and mortar stores. It became the largest retailer in the US until 1989. It is amazing that Sears doesn’t remember it’s mail order roots, as internet sales is similar to what their original mail order business was. The company which started as a mail order company is about to go under because of the competition from on-line businesses. No company owns a share of the market at any time as long as others are allowed to compete. Sears would have been better off lobbying Government to make selling on the internet illegal. That is what a true crony business would do.

Tesla Is The World’s 4th Largest Automaker (Despite Only Selling 76,000 Cars In 2016) at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Tesla is producing less than 1% as many cars as GM, but is worth more in market value.” Tesla’s value is based on expectations of future sales. The fact that Tesla is being subsidized by tax dollars creates a distortion about the reality of its future sales. This is crony capitalism at its best or worst.

Are Central Banks Nationalizing The Economy, by Daniel Lacalle, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “ The government is not issuing “productive money” just a promise of higher revenues from higher taxes, higher prices or confiscation of wealth in the future. Money supply growth is a loan that government borrows but we, citizens, pay. The payment comes with the destruction of purchasing power and confiscation of wealth via devaluation and inflation. The “wealth effect” of stocks and bonds rising is inexistent for the vast majority of citizens, as more than 90% of average household wealth is in deposits. In fact, massive monetization of debt is just a way of perpetuating and strengthening the crowding-out effect of the public sector over the private sector. It is a de facto nationalization. Because the central bank does not go “bankrupt,” it just transfers its financial imbalances to private banks, businesses, and families.

The Relationship Between Saving And Money, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. This article explains the difference between real savings and money. Excerpt from the article: “Saving as such has nothing to do with money. It is the amount of final consumer goods produced in excess of present consumption……It is not money that funds economic activity but the saved pool of final consumer goods. The existence of money only facilitates the flow of the real savings.

Grab A Beer In Philadelphia, The Soda Is Too Damn Expensive, at zerohedge.com. When a soda tax makes soda more expensive than beer, we shouldn’t be surprised when more people choose to buy beer. Will the government be held liable if we start to see an increase in drunken driving accidents?

The Eclipse: How Markets Could Have Prevented The “Traffic Nightmare“, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. After the eclipse there were more cars trying to travel on the highways than there was room on the highways. It was a situation of overcapacity. More demand than supply. Short supply can be rationed by increasing prices or by waiting in line. Since there was no way to make people pay, long lines were the default position.

How Welfare States Make Us Less Civilized, by Per Bylund, at mises.org. In a market people have to cooperate to get what they want. The freer the market the more civilized we become. Welfare doesn’t promote cooperation. The welfare state forcibly takes goods from producers and gives a portion of the stolen goods to non producers while keeping a portion of the stolen goods for the state. The people who are having their production stolen don’t have warm fuzzy feelings for the other two groups. The people receiving the stolen money feel entitled. And the politicians feel the increase of their power.

Overall The NFL Gets A Letter Grade Of A+ For Players” Race, But an F- For Kickers And Punters, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Sports is great because it rewards value. Why does it reward value? Because coaches are being paid to win. And winning or getting fired incentivizes coaches to keep players because of the value they consistently produce.

Mizzou Pays A Price For Appeasing The Left, at theburningplatform.com. College administrations don’t have to give in to the leftist radicals causing problems on campuses. The fact that they do tells us they either agree with the radicals, or they are surrendering because they are cowards. The only way to change the behaviour of the administration is to make them fear losing revenue more than they either fear the radicals or agree with the radicals.

Europe Is Committing Demographic Suicide, at zerohedge.com. The Muslims are playing the long game. Excerpt from the article: “Europe is committing demographic suicide, systematically depopulating itself in what British historian Niall Ferguson has called “the greatest sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death in the fourteenth century…..Europe’s Muslims appear to be dreaming of filling this vacuum……Muslim believers know very well that their fertility is such today, that they call it…the Great Replacement. They tell you in a very calm, very positive way: ‘One day all this, all this will be ours’ ….

Police Report: Crazed Kennedy Behavior That Got Them Arrested, at targetliberty.com. It’s not surprising that politically connected families think they are above the law.

Former U.S. Attorney On Awan Indictment: “There Is Something Very Strange Going On Here”, at zerohedge.com. This story is a perfect example of why the mainstream media is being called fake news. This story is not fake which is why the mainstream media is not covering it. They advance their ideology not just by deciding which stories we should know, but also deciding which stories they think we don’t need to know. This is fake news by omission.

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Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

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‘The Onion’ Can’t Compete With The ‘Real’ News.

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How can the ‘fake’ news ‘Onion’ stay in business when it can’t compete with the humor provided by the ‘real’ news?

‘The ONION’ couldn’t make up these two (real) stories:

ESPN Removes Robert Lee From Calling U-Va Game In Charlottesville Because Of His Name, – The Washington Post.

Traveler, USC Mascot, Comes Under Scrutiny For Having A Name Similar To Robert E. Lee’s Horse, – The LA Times.

Here is a story The ONION came up with: Six Flags Removes Confederate Flag.

Which is better?

How absurd have the squeaky wheels and the media become when a ‘Real Fake News Paper’, which is trying to be funny, can’t come close to being as funny as the ‘real’ news stories which are supposedly serious.

The good news is a majority of people can’t relate to this absurdity. And as the media continues to cover the behaviour of the people on the fringe, more people will see it for what it is and stand against it.

 

THE SILLIEST GENERATION

Victor Davis Hanson’s recent article titled: The Silliest Generation,  gives great insight into the world in which we live. It makes you think, which is always a good thing. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Every generation, in its modesty, used to think the prior one was far better. Tom Brokaw coined “The Greatest Generation” to remind Americans of what our fathers endured during the Depression and World War II—with the implicit message that we might not have been able to do what they did.””

Yet what is strange about the present age is that our current generation uniquely believes just the opposite. Apparently, we believe that most cadres before us were not up to our standards. Indeed, we are having to clean up their messes of racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, as well as environmental desecration and global warming.”

“Apparently, proof our generation’s genius is that no one in the past had a clue how to build an iPhone or do a Google search—or even make a good Starbucks Teavana shaken pineapple black tea infusion. Yet given our own present lack of humility and meager accomplishments, we have combined arrogance with ignorance to become the smuggest generation in memory. What good is the high-tech acceleration in delivering information if there is now precious little learning to be accelerated? Google is an impressive pump, but if there is no real water, what is the point of delivering nothing faster?”

“For the silliest generation, human nature should somehow be seen as perfectible as a smartphone app. So no wonder we allow no glitches in the way people talk or think, if we sense they dare to deviate from our programmed correctness.”

“Rhetoric trumps muscle. The majority of Americans no longer work with their hands, grow food, make or build things, and they are paid quite handsomely to avoid such drudgery. But the result on society at large is that abstraction rules over practicality, and nature remains theoretical and deified rather than concrete and thus sometimes feared.”

“Those who sit at desks all day believe nature is mastered as easily as the temperature control in their offices—without much acknowledgement that different sorts of people are pumping natural gas to heat turbines to make electricity to send it into high-rises—and it isn’t always easy or clean. Techies love four-wheel drive cars, hiking boots, and parkas, as if by being prepared to go anywhere they can feel good about going nowhere.”

“The more technologically sophisticated we become, the more like a Mycenaean top-heavy palace we grow vulnerable. If the grid goes down, will those in Menlo Park learn that food is not grown at Whole Foods or that there is no such thing as a raisin plant?”

“This present generation’s impulse to play judge, jury, and executioner of the culpable of our past takes for granted that it does so as the moral superior of our forefathers. But that premise is an unfounded assumption.”

 

Related Article – If you liked that article, you might want to read another recent article by Victor Davis Hanson titled: Our War Against Memory.

 

Must Reads For The Week 8/19/17

Posted August 19, 2017 by austrianaddict
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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Speculates That Barcelona Attack May Be “Copycat” Of Charlottesville, at zerohedge.com. He really didn’t say that did he? Running into crowds of pedestrians with vehicles (preferably trucks) has been the new modus operandi of the terrorists for quite some time now (read here).

Before “Fake News”, America Invented “Pseudo Events”, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Rather than attempt to supply a detailed look at who was at the event, what was done, and what the participants – from both sides – have to say about it, we are instead exposed primarily to what people in Washington DC, and the political class in general, think about the events in which they were not directly involved. This focus illustrates …. a bias toward focus on the national intellectual class rather than on events that take place outside the halls of official power. Note, however, that those quoted rarely have any special knowledge about the events themselves. Their opinions are covered not because they are knowledgeable, but because their quotations fit easily into a narrative that the media wishes to perpetuate.

Why Isn’t Communism As Hated As Nazism? by Dennis Prager, at Prager University.

Privatize The Public Monuments, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. “Public” ownership via tax payer dollars means there will always be bickering because agreement on what should be erected is impossible. Private ownership means one person has the right to decide.

America’s Right To Self-Government Is Under Attack, at theburningplatform.com. The intellectual elite has always thought they can run our lives better than we can. The election of the outsider Trump has put them in a position they won’t accept. They have no real positions of power in the federal government but what they are really afraid of is they are about to lose political power. Political power is all about verbal sleight of hand. It is an illusion, a narrative if you will, created by propaganda and lies. Most people are figuring out that the media narrative is fake. Without the illusion, it is easy to see though the political game. I would say Trump is Toto pulling back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, but Trump isn’t that subtle. He is more like a pit bull creating such a ruckus ripping the curtain down, we have no choice but to look.

Why Do The Super Rich Promote Socialism, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Socialism (government intervention into the economy) does not redistribute wealth more evenly. Socialism allows wealth to be controlled by individuals at the top. There is no middle class. Only the haves and the have-nots.

“The Maduro Diet” – Venezuelans Suffer Drastic Weight Loss As Hunger Crisis Strikes, at zerohedge.com. This is where socialism (government planning of an economy) leads to. Why isn’t this a bigger story…….? Because it doesn’t fit the narrative of the media when it comes to socialist central planning.

We Have A  Single-Payer System, And It’s Killing Veterans Like Me, by Jonathan LaForce, at thefederalist.com. When Obamacare collapses and politicians talk about implementing a single payer healthcare system. Tell them the VA is a single payer system, that has failed. Why would we want to try the same failure on a much bigger scale?

Wasserman Schultz IT Staffer Indicted By Grand Jury On 4 counts, at zerohedge.com. Hmmmm!

FBI Reopens’ FOIA Case On Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting After Getting Caught In Lie, at zerohedge.com. Hmmmm!

‘Inconvenient’ Fact: Morgan Stanley Says Electric Cars Create more CO2 than They Save, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The carbon emissions generated by the electricity required for electric vehicles are greater than those saved by cutting out direct vehicle emissions.”

Trans Juggernaut Wants Your Kids. Public Schools are Just The Beginning, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “….”Nature…tends to strike back, with the likely victims in this case being vulnerable and impressionable youngsters who, as confused adults, will pay the price for their elders’ fashionable fantasies.” This is likely why the transgender movement is targeting the young: They are vulnerable and impressionable, prepuberty pose better as either sex and therefore look less terrifying than adult transgenders, and once locked into the trans body morph will never truly be able to escape. devastated people are prime candidates for exploitation by their pretend advocates. Also, locking in trans-policies now is a way to preclude debate before more extensive data and personal experience can fuel the inevitable backlash. Of course this is bad for kids, but it’s not about kids. they’re just pawns, as usual. It’s about politics.

Why Did The Democratic South Become Republican? By Prof. Carol Swain, at Prager University.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-17/wasserman-schultz-it-staffer-indicted-4-counts

 

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Observations From The Margin

Posted August 17, 2017 by austrianaddict
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DO I DARE WADE INTO CHARLOTTESVILLE?

-What percent of the population is Neo Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK, anti fascists and communists? Not even 1%. These groups have no real power. They are repulsive to the other 99% or the population. The only way they can gain a platform is through the R and D political lens. A lens, through which, we have allowed both parties, and the media, to force us to see everything. Everything is spun politically. The parties and the media show the crazy fringe elements and try to attach these groups to the opposition party. When the parties place these fringe groups on the side of the other party they are playing a dangerous game because they are allowing these fringe groups to gain a measure of political relevance, negative relevance, but relevance non the less.

-If a tree falls in a forest and no one is their to hear it, does it make a sound? If no one would have shown up to protest against the protesters; or if the media wouldn’t have covered the protest, it would have been like no protest ever took place. No one would have known about it and no political relevance would have been gained by these groups.

-If you are an innocent protester, and the Neo Nazis you are marching against have helmets, sticks and shields, what would that tell you? Maybe you should get the heck out of there!

-If the Neo Nazis on the one side and the Antifa on the other side both have helmets, sticks and shields, what would that tell you? Maybe both sides were both looking for a fight. This is not how differences are addressed in America. This kind of stuff happens in third world countries.

-Neo Nazis, white supremacists, the KKK, anti fascists, communists, and socialists are all branches on the same ideological tree. They all want to use government force to implement their ideas. These groups are not for individual liberty and/or limited constitutional government.

-Why were the police not there to keep these two groups away from each other? All you had to do was look at each group to figure out they were going to fight.

-Do you think the media loved this or not? It fit their narrative that the D’s are good and R’s are racist. If you don’t think the media is biased I have a question. What was the narrative when Steve Scalise was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter who specifically targeted Republicans practicing for a baseball game? Did the media paint the D’s as being the same as the shooter? Did the media call for Bernie Sanders to renounce the shooter? What would the narrative have been if a Trump supporter had targeted the Democrats practicing for a baseball game?

-No matter what Trump would have said, the D’s and the media would have called him a racist. If former President Obama had written Trumps comments, the D’s and the media would have still called him a racist. It is all politics.

-The reason everything is political is because politics is how petty tyrants get access to the government power needed to implement their vision. Identity politics is one of the main tools used in the political game. This only allows for government solutions to any perceived or real problem. The only way to get rid of battling factions is to make politics less important. And the only way to make politics less important is to shrink the size, scope and power of government. We have a lot of work to do because this will take time. 

 

“DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY?

WHO WERE THE RACISTS?

 

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