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Must Reads For The Week 1/12/19

January 14, 2019

Starbucks Plans To Install Needle-Disposal Boxes In Certain Locations, by Dalvin Brown, at usatoday.com. The old bathroom policy at Starbucks stated that unless you were a paying customer you were not allowed to use their bathrooms. But that policy changed after national outrage was sparked when two African American males were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after being told they couldn’t use the bathrooms because they were not paying customers. Because of the outrage, Starbucks changed the policy by allowing anyone entering a store to use their bathrooms. Because of the new policy, their bathrooms are now being used by drug users which leaves blood and syringes in their bathrooms. So instead of getting rid of the new policy that caused the unhealthy situation in the first place, Starbucks is going to train their employees to safely clean up these hazardous conditions. Starbucks is essentially going to try to cure the symptom of the problem they originally created by their new bathroom policy.

Grandfather Of Oklahoma Teen Killed By Homeowner In Burgalary Says AR-15 Made For ‘Unfair’ Fight, by Chris Enloe, at theblaze.com. Here is a quote from the Grandfather: “What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?

So, should the homeowner have put down his firearm, put on a pair of brass knuckles and fought the three young men? Just to make it fair!

Mother Of Armed Robber Shot Dead By Man Defending His Children: ‘Why Did He Shoot Him Five Times?, by David Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The father pulled his gun and shot only after the perp pointed his gun at the father’s two kids. The father eliminated the threat without shooting anyone else. Pretty impressive.

Indiana Police Officer Gets Shot By Fellow Officer Who Was Shooting At An Aggressive Dog, by Trevor Peters, at wthitv.com. Is this a pattern? I posted this article (Read and Watch Here) a month ago about an officer killing a women as he attempted to shoot an aggressive dog. These are examples of ‘trained’ officers firing shots without knowing where the bullets will end up. Should the training related to aggressive dogs be changed? I’ve had aggressive dogs attack me when I used to go jogging. When they did, I would face the attacking dog and kick them in the mouth as hard as I could. That always worked.

‘Hate Speech’ Convictions Soar Tenfold As Sweden Cracks Down On Migration Critics, at zerohedge.com. If we don’t protect free speech rights in America, this will happen here. What happened to the adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?” Political correctness and identity politics happened.

Court Says Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Can Sue Colorado Civil Rights Commission For Its Hostility Toward Religion, by Leon Wolf, at theblaze.com. Jack Phillips won his case in the supreme court but the Colorado civil rights commission won’t leave him alone. “You will comply with the politically correct way of thinking or the full force of government will be brought down on you.

 

BIAS EXISTS IN ALL MEDIA.

Human beings are far from perfect. Varying degrees of bias exists in all human endeavors. Since politics is polarizing, politics by nature is biased. No matter how much you hate politics, no one is apolitical. I don’t buy into the big government Republican / Democrat political paradigm that exists today. I don’t like big government and it’s politics that exists today. There are probably no democrat politicians I agree with and a handful of republican politicians I agree with. But that doesn’t mean I am unbiased. I am biased toward shrinking the size and scope of government and increasing individual freedom. Is that a political position? I don’t know but at least I admit that I’m biased. The media won’t even admit they are biased. No matter how obvious the bias is.

 

Seattle TV Station Caught Doctoring Trump’s Face During National Address, at zerohedge.com. How did the editors not catch this? Bias?

Strange Times – Don Lemon, at economicnoise.com. Don Lemon’s comment, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, ad we have to start doing something about them.” gets a response from a former Navy Seal Ephraim Mattos: “…do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality.”

Media’s Angry Response To Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The media responded to the straw men they created.

A Neocon-Backed Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media, at zerohedge.com. Fact checking sites need to be fact checked.

Co-Founder Of LinkedIn Acknowledges Funding Russian-Style Disinformation Effort During The Alabama Special Election, by Aaron Mak, at slate.com. No comment necessary.

If We Can No Longer Tell The Truth, We’ve Failed, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Everything is so politicized that we can’t even agree on what is true.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

With Government Shut Down, Citizens Forced To Interfere In Their Own Lives, at babylonbee.com.

Mobs Of Women Protest Nation’s Logging Companies For Equal Work, at babylonbee.com.

Church Greeters Stationed At Southern Border To Deter Immigrants, at babylonbee.com.

Colorado Civil Rights Commission Updates Mission Statement To Simply Read ‘Destroy Jack Phillips‘ at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 12/15/18

December 17, 2018

Egypt Restricts The Sale Of Yellow Vests Suspecting That Egyptians Might Copy The French, at egyptianstreets.com.  This could be a satirical headline. But it’s true. These geniuses can’t possibly believe that the vests are causing the protests, can they? Just remember these are the same people who think guns cause murder.

Shocking Data Show 40% Of American College Students Never Graduate, at zerohedge.com. 80% of those who don’t finish college have student loan debt. Why do we push college on individuals who have no business going in the first place. College is a racket. All it does is create debt serfs.

Elon Musk’s Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train, by Allan C. Brownfeld, at mises.org. Elon Musk is a multi million dollar welfare recipient. His businesses wouldn’t survive unless they were subsidized by taxpayer dollars.

House Passes $867 Billion Farm Bill Which Rejects Curbs On Food Stamps, at zerohedge.com. I’m surprised Elon Musk hasn’t figured out a way to get his hands on some of this money. The Government is confiscating the production of some people and redistributing it to others people who haven’t earned it. What is sad is that the supposed party of small government (Republicans) voted for this big government bill.

McKenzie Adams, Alabama 9-Year-Old Who Hung Herself, Faced Racist Bullying, Her Family Says, by Issac Stanley-Becker, at washingtonpost.com. This story is an example of the main stream media shaping the news by what they don’t report. I read the first page of articles of this stories google search. Not one article mentioned that the bullies were black kids. If you read the headlines you would think white kids bullied her. Ask yourself this, if it was white kids doing the bullying, would it have been front page news.

How Government Bureaucrats And The New York Times Are Misleading The Public About Climate Change, by Robert P. Murphy, at mises.org. The government and the media are teaming up to feed us propaganda about global warming.

We Need Unilateral Free Trade With Post-Brexit Britain, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The EU and pro EU bureaucrats in Great Britain are trying to over turn the vote of the British people who decided to get out of the EU. Bureaucrats say they can’t come up with a Brexit deal they can agree on. Why do you need a new “deal” to get out of the old deal. How about you just state that the EU rules no longer apply. That’s one sentence. These bureaucrats are fighting the Brexit straw man they created in order to run out the clock and force another Brexit vote in the hope it turns out different this time.

“Peak TV”: Streaming Originals Overtake Basic Cable, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Streaming came into the market and has provided a lower price product that individuals like.

What Is Economic Growth? (And What Is It Not?), by Per Bylund, at mises.org. Increasing productivity is economic growth. In other words producing more output with less imput. Here is an except from the article: “….increased productivity really increases the purchasing power of all money, including (and most importantly) low wages, thus making it much more ‘affordable’ to satisfy one’s needs and wants. But note that the distribution of such prosperity cannot be equal or instantaneous: any new innovation, new good, new service, etc will be created somewhere, by someone– it cannot be created for seven billion plus people instantaneously. So anything new, including new jobs and new productive abilities, has to spread–as ripples–across the economy.

The Myth Of The Neutral Interest Rate, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. It is impossible for Federal Reserve policy makers to know what the neutral interest rate should be at any particular time. Excerpt from the article: “Now, even if the Fed were to know the level of the neutral rate it could not achieve economic stability. The reason being that the Fed would have to pursue active monetary policies to maintain the neutral rate target”

“This act however, will lead to boom-bust cycles and economic instability. Hence, there cannot be such thing as the neutral interest rate policy, which will result in economic and price stability.”

“Rather than targeting the money market interest rate towards the unknown neutral rate by means of monetary tampering, which leads to more instability, a better alternative is to leave the economy alone, In a free market economy without a central bane, no one would be conducting any kind of monetary policies.”

“In the absence of central bank monetary policies, which enrich some individuals at the expense of other individuals, interest rates that emerge will be truly neutral.”

“In a free market, no one then would be required to establish whether the interest rate is above or below some kind of imaginary equilibrium.”

 

THE BREAK DOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

DEEP STATE INSIDERS ABUSES OF POWER

Google CEO Exposes Shocking “Full Extent” Of Russian Meddling In 2016, at zerohedge.com. There is very little Russian meddling compared to how much is portrayed by the main stream media.

Despite Comey’s Struggle With Amnesia, Ex-FBI Director Confirms Dossier Totally Unverified, at zerohedge.com. “I Don’t Recall.” This is the phrase that will get you out of a perjury trap. I learned this from the Clintons back in the day. Comey and all insiders know the importance of this phrase. They use it all the time when being questioned. But let me give you better advice. Don’t talk to law enforcement. Assert your fifth amendment rights.

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com. They set a perjury trap for Flynn. He pleaded guilty to a crime he didn’t commit because he didn’t have the resources to fight an all-powerful government.

Former FBI SSA Exposes McCabe & Mueller’s “Unethical, Target & Destroy Coercion” Tactics, Defends Flynn, at zerohedge.com. If you are ever questioned by law enforcement always remember this little fact before you decide to talk or not talk. They can lie to you, but if you lie to them you can be charged with perjury.

DOJ Destroyed Missing Strzok/Page Texts Before IG Reviewed Them, by Bre Payton, at thefederalist.org.  –  Also –  Mueller Destroyed Messages From Peter Strzok’s iPhone, OIG Recovers 19.000 New “FBI Lovebird” Tests, at zerohedge.com. Hillary did this and got away with it. She destroyed Emails after they were subpoenaed. You or I could never get away with this. Only Insiders can get away with this.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Clintons Outnumber Crowd At Latest Speaking Engagement, at babylonbee.com.

Ninth Circuit Court Rules Border Wall Must Be ‘Short’ Enough That A Pregnant Woman Carrying A Child In Each Arm Could Be Expected To Scale It Without Difficulty’, at babylonbee.com.

Steph Curry Questions Whetherr Michael Jordan Actually Went To Space To Help Bugs Bunny Win A Basketball Game, at babylonbee.com.

Hollywood Working ON Official List Of Comedians It’s OK To Laugh At, at babylonbee.com.

Heisman Winner Proves If You Work Hard And Believe In Yourself, You Can Gave Journalists Try To Ruin Your Life By Combing Through Your Old Tweets, at babylonbee.com.

CNN Opens Up 24-Hour Anonymous Tip Line For Anyone With Synonyms For ‘Meller Closing In’, at theonion.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 10/27/18

October 30, 2018

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 10/7/18

October 7, 2018

 

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 1/13/18

January 14, 2018

House Passes Legislation Renewing Controversial NSA Surveillance Program, at zerohedge.com. Why do we allow the government to use warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens? The US Congress has essentially repealed our fourth amendment rights against illegal searches and seizures.

How The Government Hides Secret Surveillance Programs, by Aaron Sprecher, at wired.com. Local governments are breaking the law when they use Stingray surveillance devices. They are violating the fourth and fifth amendments of the Constitution.

No, We Don’t Need A Federal “Solution” To Infrastructure Problems, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Cities and states not only have enough wealth to build infrastructure, they have the knowledge of what should be built. The Federal government has no business redistributing tax dollars from one state to fund another state’s infrastructure projects. Federal infrastructure spending leads to waste. Remember the bridge to nowhere in Alaska. What about Obama saying, ‘I guess all those shovel ready jobs weren’t so shovel ready”.

Army Finds $830 Million In “Missing” Helicopters As First Ever Audit Begins, at zerohedge.com. The fact that the audit of the Department of Defense is taking place is a good thing. A huge amount of waste will be found. This should not surprise anyone. Because where ever there is a pile of tax payer money to be given out there will be no shortage of corruption that will take place in the procurement of these funds. Making government more efficient is a good start. But if you are truly interested in cutting the size of government, you have to cut the amount of tax payer dollars that the government takes from the economy. Very few politicians are interested in cutting the size and scope of government. We the people have to get this done. By the way; How much waste do yo think there is in all the other government agencies?

Dem-Ordered Study To Expose Illegal Online Gun Sales Backfires, by Brooke Singman, at foxnews.com. The Government Accountability Office was tasked to try to purchase guns from online private dealers to show how easy it was to purchase guns illegally. After two and a half years, Their 72 attempts to purchase a gun illegally were unsuccessful. Have you heard about this from the main stream media aka fake news? Bias anyone!

Google’s Fact-Check Targets Conservative Sites, at zerohedge.com. No one is unbiased. Especially individuals who are in positions as keepers of the truth. These people are not supposed to be questioned about their bias. They are supposed to be trusted because in their minds they have the ability to leave their bias on the sidelines.

Project Veritas Exposes Twitter “Shadow Banning”, Blocking Opposing Views, at zerohedge.com. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “Well, there you go again”. Twitter shows its political bias by what it blocks.

On Duty Police Deaths Were Near A 50 Year Low In 2017, at mises.org. I am all about the truth. You have probably been lead to believe that police deaths are at all time highs. But that is not the truth. Perception isn’t reality.

Seattle Soda Tax Prompts Price Increases, Small Business Pain, at reason.com. Nanny state soda tax proponents claim the tax will not hurt business. They say it will change consumer’s preferences. This is an example of Progressives trying to force what they think is good on to other people who disagree. In this case progressives are using increased prices through taxation to curb the use of a product they don’t want people to have. They understand the law of supply and demand: Less is demanded at a higher price than a lower price. This will create a black market for soda, just like the NYC cigarette tax has created a black market for cigarettes.

Pink Pussyhats Of The Anti-Trump Women’s March Are Falling Out Of Favor. The Reason Is Quite Ironic, at the blaze.com. This could be a story from The Onion. Did you know there were other subdivisions inside the broad category labeled “women”? I get a smile on my face when I see the proponents of ‘identity politics’ have it blow up in their faces. We have allowed politicians to gain power over us by dividing us into different groups and pitting us against each other. The fact is there are only two groups. Group 1) Individuals inside government who wield state sanctioned power. Group 2) Individuals outside of government who have state sanctioned power used against them. The battle has always been the same. The State vs. The Individual. When individuals accept their placement into one of these identity groups, they become ignorant about the real battle taking place.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 12/30/17

January 1, 2018

Christmas Tree Protectionism, by Scott McPherson, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:”Chinese companies dominate thee domestic market, and their fake trees are “driving” Christmas tree-growers in Oregon out of business. The number of fake trees sold in the U.S. “more than doubled” from 2010 to 2016….while the number of Christmas trees cut and sold dropped by twenty-six percent.

Is this good or bad? Looking through the lens of economics it is neither good nor bad. It is just how the free market works. Looking at it from the perspective of the fake or real tree suppliers it is a different story. Each wants the biggest share of the market as it can get. Even if it means going outside of the market and getting Government to torpedo your competition. Unfortunately for suppliers, the subjective value of consumers is what ultimately decides if their business will survive. For the economy as a whole getting rid of non profitable activities stops scarce resources from being wasted, and allows these scarce resources to be channeled toward more productive uses according to consumer’s subjective valuations.

Dudley Dough, Boston ‘Fair Wage’ Pizza Shop, to Close After Two Years, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtontimes.com. You can’t pay labor more than what it produces for very long. The forces of economics always win. This is good for the economy as a whole. Resources will no longer be wasted on an activity that isn’t profitable.

US Slashes United Nations’ Budget $285 Million Following “Stunning” Jerusalem Rebuke,  at zerohedge.com. The insiders haven’t figured out that Trump isn’t an insider. He isn’t like our four US Presidents. He is not playing the same game. It is as if insiders and the UN are playing baseball and Trump is playing hockey.

“$1MM Per Minute In Salaries, $22 BN Per Year In Vacation Pay” and Other Fun Facts About The Federal Workforce, at zerohedge.com. High pay and benefits for non productive work is what Government is all about. These salaries, benefits and pensions are paid for by your tax dollars. Which means there is no incentive to keep these costs down.

The FCC Needs To Abolish A Lot More Than Net Neutrality, by Sam Estep, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “….”so-called net neutrality” isn’t simply a regulation, it is a total reclassification of the Internet from an “information service” to a “telecommunication service.” This may seem like simple semantics, but the latter classification has been around far longer, and has, consequently, accumulated a bevy of regulations and restrictions confining it……..Declassification of common carriers and public utilities, repeal of charters, as well as other government constructed barriers, would allow more regional providers to compete with national ones. Such a deregulation would force companies that have exceeded their ability to function effectively due to their size, but are still being protected fro competition by regulations to fail.”

Why Republicans Need to Self-Deport From Washington DC, by Brad Todd, at thefederalist.com. The ideology of big government central planning is pervasive inside Washington D.C. In D.C. both parties have a incestuous intellectual relationship with other. Government intervention is the answer to every problem. The idea of shrinking government and allowing individuals make decisions is foreign to the insiders. Outside of D.C., Republican party voters want government to get out of their lives. The battle for individual freedom is taking place inside the Republican party, because the Democrat party has become the home of big government socialism. Small government outsiders are trying to take over the Republican party and the D.C. party insiders are trying to stop this from happening.

Weapons Went From The CIA To ISIS In Less Than Two Months, at zerohedge.com. Is what the media called a ‘conspiracy theory’ in 2013 now being reported as fact?

Time To Get Them Off Our Gravy Train, by Greg Walcher, at cfact.org. Environmental organizations are using ‘sue and settle’ tactics against the EPA to get their hands on millions of our tax dollars. This is what happens when government grows to the size it is today. It is easier to hide waste, fraud and corruption inside the bureaucratic maze. EPA director Scott Pruitt is trying to stop this gravy train.

Global Warming: Fake News From The Start, by Tim Ball and Tom Harris, at cfact.org. Is man made global warming climate change ‘crisis’ a scam to get money and power? These two scientists say yes.

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Must Reads For The Week 7/15/17

July 15, 2017

 

Love Your Heart? Eat Chocolate, by Joseph Mercola, at lewrockwell.com. Lets start with something that not only makes me happy, it also satisfies my confirmation bias. Chocolate is good for me! Excerpt from the article: “According to a recent study in Denmark, people who consume cocoa one to three times a month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with AFib, compared to people who ate chocolate less than once a month.”  By my calculation if I consume cocoa 30 times a month I will be 100 percent less likely to be diagnosed with AFib.

How Dumb Is The Fed? at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “….the boom of 09-17 was wrought by the Fed and paid for with fake money. It is a classic credit bubble, in other words – not genuine prosperity…..All the bubbly action… is in the financial markets, not the real main street economy. And as the Austrian School economists tell us, every boom not financed on real savings must end in a bust…..Nothing comes from nothing. Fake money produces fake prosperity. Take away the fake money… and the fake prosperity goes “poof,” too. Which is why the Fed will never, voluntarily, stop manipulating prices. It can’t let the markets return to “normal” price discovery…..All of this debt now hangs on the feeble reed of more ultra-low interest rate policies. The Fed says it is going to return its interest rate policy back to normal……No chance. It’s not that dumb.

Doctors Are Fighting To Treat Charlie Gard. Will The UK Let Them? by Arina Grossu, at thefederalist.com. This is what government-run healthcare looks like. The UK supreme court won’t allow the parents of this child to seek  treatment in the US, even though the UK won’t be on the hook for the cost of any treatments. The problem with government-run healthcare is, who makes decisions about your care? You or the government? Trust me it’s not going to be you. In totally government-run healthcare system, you are owned by the State.

Rand Paul: The Senate GOP Is Going To Keep Obamacare, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Is anyone surprised by this? No! Because the leadership of the GOP is biased toward the status quo of big government. The only way to get rid of Obamacare is to get rid of the leadership of the Republican party. Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan should be replaced by Rand Paul and Thomas Massie.

Illinois “Budget Deal” Is Likely The Death Knell For The State’s $130 Billion Underfunded Pensions, at zerohedge.com. Bernie Madoff went to jail for his Ponzi scheme. These bureaucrats and politicians won’t spend a day in jail for doing the same thing Bernie Madoff did. Excerpt from the article: “…One of the ways Illinois managed to “fix” its budget crisis was to kick the can down the road on their future pension funding requirements….pensions which are only funded 35% as it is. How did they do it? …they simply decided to continue modeling future returns at a much higher rate than they’ll ever be able to reasonably achieve……In short they tweaked one simple number and, like magic, your whole funding crisis “disappears”.” Manipulating data? That’s what the global warming pretenders have been doing for decades.

Real Climate Science Shows Trump Was Right To Exit Paris, at whatsupwiththat.com. Excerpt from the article: “In actual intent and practice, the Paris Agreement is a political tool for suppressing growth, instituting global governance over energy use and economic growth, and redistributing wealth.”

Maureen Dowd: Economic Illiterate, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The reason I posted this is to get you to understand that you don’t have to take a back seat to the likes of Maureen Dowd, or any other supposed intelligent progressives in positions of “authority”, when it comes to understanding economics. Reading my site allows you to understand basic economics at a higher level than people with credentialed ignorance, like Maureen Dowd.

Mizzou Says 35% Decline In Enrollment Due To 2015 Protests, at tammybruce.com. This shows people are paying attention to the actions of the crazy leftists, and these actions have consequences. Regular people couldn’t relate to the craziness of these protesters, and many are deciding Mizzou isn’t the place for them.

Majoring In Unemployment: Ohio Wesleyan To Launch “Social Justice Major” at tammybruce.com. Why would anyone go into debt to get a Social Justice degree? If you can get a job with this degree, will the job you get allow you to pay back the debt and have a high standard of living? At some point economic reality will destroy these kinds of degrees.

Delta Doesn’t Like Competition From Subsidized Gulf Carriers But US Consumers Should Be Thankful for The Foreign Aid, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.com. Delta is a crony capitalist business. It doesn’t like competition. It wants the government to protect it from competition.

The Other Side Of “Safety“, at ericpetersautos.com. Is the technology produced by imperfect human beings perfect? Excerpt from the article: “Technology never makes mistakes – unlike the humans who design it. Who never fail to anticipate the unanticipated. Sarcasm, in case you didn’t pick up on it. This 190 prof moonshine – distilled by arrogant technocrats like Elon Musk – is going to get people hurt as automated-driving technology comes online.” Is new safety aid technology in newer cars really safe?

NYT Laments Sharp Decline In Illegal Immigration Under Trump, at tammybruce.com. Who would have thought that stating you are going to enforce the laws, and then actually enforcing the laws, would be a deterrent? I heard someone say it isn’t Trump who is the deterrent, it is the media’s constant portrayal of him as an evil SOB, that is making illegals afraid to come here.

The Real First Responders, at lewrockwell.com. Always remember that in every situation, you are the first responder. Observing what’s going on around you (situational awareness) is the key to being a good first responder.

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