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Must Reads For The Week 10/26/19

October 29, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

ECONOMICS

What’s Holding Up The Market? by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“…..the primary prop under stock valuations are corporate buybacks, which total in the trillions of dollars since the 08-09 Global Financial Meltdown and the Fed’s “rescue of the rich,” which continues to this day.”

“Rather than risk capital in productive investments, U.S. corporations have borrowed trillions of dollars and used the cash to buy back their own shares. The Fed’s suppression of interest rates has incentivized stock buybacks…..”

“When it’s cheap to borrow billions, the biggest bang for the buck is to use the borrowed bucks to buy back shares, which creates an illusion of growth as per-share sales and earnings both rise as shares are withdrawn from the public market.”

“….the company appears to be more profitable, and so its valuation based on its price-to-earnings ratio (P-E) adjusts higher, even tough revenues and earnings have remained stagnant.”

“Fed policies effectively replace capitalism (investing capital productively and accepting risk) with creditism, a debt-dependent speculative system that transfers risk to the Fed and the taxpayers (i.e. profits are private, losses are socialized).

“Fed policies effectively replace capitalism (investing capital productively and accepting risk) with creditism, a debt-dependent speculative system that transfers risk to the Fed and the taxpayers (i.e. profits are private, losses are socialized).”

Our Time/Labor Is Finite, But Money Is Infinite, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“….creating new fiat currency and injecting it into a closed system (our financial system) controls and restrains the value of our time and labor, past, present and future.”

“The near-infinite creation of new currency devalues past labor by destroying the value of pensions and savings, devalues the value of today’s labor and of labor’s future earnings.”

“….. the purchasing power of labor’s earnings are steadily devalued, and much of the remaining earnings are devoted to servicing debt that was taken on to stay afloat financially.”

“Meanwhile, those receiving the central banks’ free money for financiers can use this new currency (i.e. low-cost credit) to buy up income-producing assets and leverage speculations that reap enormous capital gains, as assets are never allowed to drop in value because “the Fed has our backs.”

“And why does “the Fed has our backs”? Because the system implodes once debt and currency creation stop expanding.”

Adverse Consequences of California’s Class-Warfare Tax Policy, by Daniel J. Mitchell, at danieljmitchell.wordpress.com.     The laws of economics eventually win out over the plans  of central planners. High income earners are fleeing California’s high taxes and moving to no income tax states like Nevada, Texas and Florida. This was totally predictable to everyone except the central planning politicians who run California.

The NBA’s China Problem Due To Political Control Over Markets, by Richard Ebeling, at aier.org.        Excerpt from the article:

“The dilemma that the NBA and its affiliates find themselves in with the Chinese government is the latest example of why a free society is not sustainable without a functioning free market that is widely free and independent from the power of those in political authority

 

POLITICS

The Conspiracies Are Broad And Deep, at theburningplatform.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“No matter where one stands today in regards to American politics, one thing is very clear: We are in the midst of a narrative war.”

Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, And Ingratitude, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“What do widely diverse crises such as declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common?”

“In a word, 21st-century higher education.”

“A pernicious cycle begins even before a student enrolls. A typical college-admission application is loaded with questions to the high-school applicant about gender, equality, and bias rather than about math, language, or science achievements. How have you suffered rather than what you know and wish to learn seems more important for admission. The therapeutic mindset preps the student to consider himself a victim of cosmic forces, past and present, despite belonging to the richest, most leisured, and most technologically advanced generation in history. Without a shred of gratitude, the young student learns to blame his ancestors for what he is told is wrong in his life, without noticing how the dead made sure that almost everything around him would be an improvement over 2,500 years of Western history.”

Make The Truth Irrelevant, by Robert Gore, at straightlinelogic.com.          The Main Stream Media no longer is interested in what is true but what advances their narrative. So where do people go to find out the truth if they are fortunate enough to understand that the MSM is not seeking the truth? As busy as most people are do they have the time to seek the truth?

Why Do They Hate Him So? by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“….. why the unadulterated hatred? For the small number of NeverTrumpers, of course, Trump’s crudity in speech and crassness in manner nullify his accomplishments: the unattractive messenger has fouled an otherwise tolerable message.”

“Far more importantly, why do the media, academia, the entertainment and professional sports industries, the progressive Left, the administrative state, and most Democratic officeholders despise him so?”

“His brashness bothers them of course. His quirky tweets and name-calling certainly. His loud rallies, his public put-downs, and his feuding are certainly not matched by those of past presidents.”

“But the real source of their antipathy is his agenda.”

“Had Donald Trump in his first month as president declared that he was a centrist Republican ….. and promoted cap-and-trade and solar and wind federal subsidies, tabled pipeline construction and abated federal leasing for gas and oil production, stayed in the Iran nuclear deal and Paris Climate Accord, appointed judges in the tradition of John Paul Stevens and David Souter, praised the “responsible” Palestinian leaders, pursued “comprehensive immigration reform” as a euphemism for blanket amnesties, then Trump would be treated largely as a George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush: hated, of course, but not obsessively so.”

“Had Trump kept within the media and cultural sidelines by giving interviews to “60 Minutes,” speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bringing in a few old Republican hands to run the staff or handle media relations like a David Gergen or Andrew Card, Trump would have been written off as a nice enough dunce.”

“But Trump did none of that. So, the hatred of the media, the Left, the swamp, and the celebrity industry is predicated more on the successful Trump agenda. He is systematically undoing what Barack Obama wrought,”

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Brexit Parliament Tethers Britain To A Failing Experiment, at zerohedge.com.     The EU is failing because the central planning of economic decisions leads to an eventual collapse. The history of the world is littered with failed experiments of central planning.

Merkel Admits German Multiculturalism Has “Utterly Failed”, at zerohedge.com.     She should have known this before the fact.

State Department Probe Of Clinton Emails Finds No Deliberate Mishandling Of Classified Information, by Greg Miller, at washingtonpost.com.       Excerpt from the article:

Overall, investigators said, “there was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” The report cited “instances of classified information being inappropriately” transmitted, but noted that the vast majority of those scrutinized “were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them.

The law states that Gross Negligence and not deliberate intent is the standard for breaking this particular rule. If you are interested you can read the statute here (Laws Don’t Constrain Our Ruling Aristocracy)

Will The Democrat Party Exist After 2020 Election? at zerohedge.com. Good Question!

Will The Clintons Destroy The Democrat Party? by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Better Question?

Polar Bear Expert Purged, by Craig Rucker, at cfact.org.      Excerpt from the article:

“The truth is the polar bear population is increasing.”

“It appears that telling the truth about polar bears made Dr. Susan Crockford, a respected, published Canadian zoologist, the victim of an ideological purge.  First she was removed from the University of Victoria’s speakers bureau, and then not renewed to her position as an adjunct professor.”

Quotations Of The Day On Climate Alarmism, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    Here are a few.

– “Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life.” (MP: Of course, you also control people.)

– “When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research.”

Texas Father Blocked From Stopping Gender Transition Of Son James 7, To Girl Called Luna, by Ellie Bufkin, at washingtonexaminer.com.         This is child abuse. A seven year old can’t possibly understand gender transition. Let a kid make this decision after he reaches the age of consent, not before.

6 Crazy School Responses To Parents Mad About LBGT Indoctrination, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com.       Indoctrination is the right word.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Motorcyclist Who Identifies As Bicyclist Sets Cycling World Record, at babylonbee.com.

Moloch Announced Forcing Your Kids To Become Transgender Is Acceptable Form Of Sacrifice, at babylonbee.com.

Pete Buttigieg Tries Appealing To Moderate Boomers By Announcing He Doesn’t Agree With His Choice To Be Gay But Respects His Decision, at the onion.com.

Groundbreaking Pew  Research Study Finds Pews Are Uncomfortable, at babylonbee.com.

Congress Claims Situation In Syria Is Bad But Not Bad Enough For Them To Actually Declare War, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.

 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Al Goodwyn

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 10/5/19

October 8, 2019

 

THE OUTSIDER vs. THE INSIDERS

Trump is using the insiders tactics, outlined in ‘Rules for Radicals’, against them and they don’t know what to do. {Insiders being defined as democrat establishment, republican establishment, mainstream media, administrative state bureaucrats, and the education and hollywood establishment}

Usual Anti-Trump Intel Officials Publish Open Letter Supporting Whistleblowers, by Sara A. Carter, at saracarter.com.      If this group is against you, you are doing something right. Trump is like a bird dog. He flushes the insiders out of their cover. And we get to see exactly who they are.

Impeachment Coup Analytics, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“…..recently Representative Al Green (D-Texas) reminded us why the Democrats are trying to impeach the president rather than just defeat him in the 2020 general election.”

“To defeat him at the polls would do history a disservice, would do our nation a disservice,” Green said. “I’m concerned that if we don’t impeach the president, he will get re-elected.”

“Translated, that means Green accepts either that Trump’s record is too formidable or that the agendas of his own party’s presidential candidates are too frightening for the American people to elect one of them. And that possibility is simply not permissible. Thus, impeachment is the only mechanism left to abort an eight-year Trump presidency—on a purely partisan vote to preclude an election, and thus contrary to the outlines of impeachment as set out by the Constitution.”

“If Trump were to be reelected, not a shred of Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation” would be left, and the strict constructionist Supreme Court would haunt progressives for a quarter-century.”

“The Democrats have exhausted every other mechanism for destroying Trump—and they are running out of time before November 2020 election.”

“Think of what we have witnessed since the 2016 election. Do we even remember charges that voting machines in the 2016 election were rigged, and the efforts to subvert Electoral College voting, or to invoke the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, and the 25th Amendment?”

“The “collusion” and “obstruction” fantasies of the Mueller investigation now seem like ancient history. So do the James Comey leaks, the palace coup of Andrew McCabe, the Trump tax records, the celebrity rhetoric about blowing up, shooting, stabbing, burning and variously killing off the president of the United States—along with the satellite frenzies of Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, Charlottesville, Jussie Smollett, the Covington Kids, and the Kavanaugh hearings.”

“What is left but to try the new “Ukraine collusion”

“Be prepared for a half-dozen Christine Blasey Ford-type witnesses to pop up, and 20 or so unhinged Cory Booker-esque “I am Spartacus” performance acts, along with a whole slew of new Steele dossiers—all interspersed with breathless CNN bulletins announcing new fake news developments with “the walls are closing in” and “the end is near” prognostications. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is already reading fantasies to the House Intelligence Committee and passing them off as the text of Trump’s phone call to Ukraine’s new president. Only after he was called on such absurdities did he describe his performance as a parody.”

“The Left is hellbent on impeachment and the absence of a case won’t matter. They do not care if they will sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.”

Are These The Five Tweets That Change The World? by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.      We know whatever Trump does will be blasted by the Democrats and the mainstream media. But getting out of Syria will flush Republican insiders out into the open.

Trump can do this because the Middle East isn’t as important to the US as it used to be. Why? The one word answer is “OIL”. The American Fracking industry is supplying so much oil to the world market it has changed the geo-politics of the region.

Remember when Iran blew up thee Saudi oil facility a month ago? We were told that oil could go to $100 dollars a barrel and we had to retaliate against Iran. Neither happened because American fracking has made America the largest oil producer in the world. The loss of part of Saudi oil production was just a paper cut to the world supply.

The price went up about nine dollars a barrel immediately after the September 14th attack . But after two weeks the price went back down below the price it was before the attack. (click on chart here)

The geo-political change, not just in the Middle East but around the world, is an unintended consequence of American fracking.

Ukraine ‘Anti-Corruption’ Director Bragged About Helping Hillary Clinton In 2016: Leaked Audio, at zerohedge.com.       The real Ukrainian corruption issue is with The Democrats. And they know it.

 

ECON STUFF

The Difference Between Regulated Markets And Free Markets, by Per Bylund, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“A free market, one in which participants voluntarily trade and exchange the way they themselves see fit, unrestricted by third parties (those who are not directly involved in the exchange), necessarily must be without arbitrary restrictions and regulations.”

“To say that the ‘black’ market is a free market is an error because even if the exchanges are voluntary they are heavily impacted by regulations (here: prohibitions). To say that airlines are actors in ‘the free market’ is equally wrong–there’s hardly anything free about this market, which suffers from the burden of a mammoth body of regulations.”

“Whether you buy a plane ticket, these companies’ hiring and investment decisions, etc. are still voluntary exchanges. But they’re restricted exchanges; they do not take place on a free but (highly) regulated market.”

“So why do proponents of markets claim that the accomplishments of the airline industry are due to the ‘free market’? They are certainly results of a market, but a heavily regulated one — one in which market actors have not been allowed to have a say, that is, they have not been allowed to engage in the exchanges they would have chosen.”

“To say that this is a free market is at best a mistake, but more like a lie.”

“Markets work, they always do. But their results differ. And regulations place restrictions on how markets may work. There’s only one kind of free market, and it is one that does not suffer from restrictions–because restrictions placed on it make it unfree.”

Markets Rely On Accurate and Honest Information – But Governments Want The Opposite, by Gary Galles, at mises.org.      This is really good. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“A great deal of social coordination is only achievable when based on the truth. But many of the relevant truths behind people’s opportunity costs and values are only known to the individuals involved. That is why voluntary arrangements in markets, in which you tell the truth about the relevant relative scarcities both when you buy and when you sell, are indispensable to all participants’ well-being.”

“In contrast, when governments displace voluntary arrangements with coercive impositions, lies displace truth in two ways. Not only is the competition to get political power based largely on misrepresentations, but government’s coercive impositions also replace the truth revealed in voluntary market behavior with lies. What is the effect on society? It isn’t pretty. And even though it is an essential aspect of government intrusion into citizens’ affairs, not a single moral or ethical system endorses lying. Lies will not set you free. Not only does the truth set us free, but freedom in our cooperative endeavors reveals truths we have no other way of knowing.”

Central Bank “Stimulus” Is Really A Huge Redistribution Scheme, by Alasdair Macleod, at mises.org.           Central bank counterfeiting comes with unintended consequences that are hidden in government statistics. My question is how can decreasing the purchasing power of the dollar, via money printing, be beneficial for the ‘middle class’?

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Indeed, the official purpose of the expansion of money and credit is to somehow persuade economic actors that things are better than they really are, and to stimulate those animal spirits. You’d think that with this policy now being continually in operation that people would have become aware of the dilution fraud. But as Keynes, the architect of it all said, not one man in a million understands money, and in this he has been proved right.”

“Central banks pretend all these benefits come at no cost to anyone. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a perpetual motion of money creation, and someone ultimately pays the price. But who pays for it all? Why, it is the wage-earner and saver and anyone else with deposits at the bank. They are also robbed of the compounding interest their pension funds would otherwise receive. These are the very people who, in a bizarre twist of macroeconomic logic, we are told benefit from having the prices of their everyday purchases continually increased.”

“Attempts to measure the supposed benefits of inflation on the general public are in turn dishonest, with the true rise in prices concealed in official calculations of price inflation. Suppressed evidence of rising prices is then applied to estimates of GDP to make them “real”. For the purpose of measuring the true condition of an economy these official statistics are taken as gospel by both the commentariat and investors.”

“We cannot know the accumulating economic cost of cycles of progressively greater monetary inflation, because all government statistics are based on the lie that money is a constant, when in fact it has become the greatest variable in everyone’s life. The transfer of wealth from all consumers through monetary debasement is an act of impoverishment, and to the extent it is not offset in other ways the economy as a whole suffers.”

NY Fed Announces Extension Of Overnight Repos Until Nov 4, Will Offer 8 More Term Repos, at zerohedge.com.    We talked about this when it started a few weeks ago. The Fed is going to gradually pump another $200 billion (by my calculation) into the financial system by Nov 4th via the over night Repo market. Who wants to bet they will continue this after Nov 4th? The article is right:  “QE4 is quietly launched to no fanfare.” Read the above article to understand why this is not good for anyone, except the insiders who have first access to the Feds new electronically printed counterfeit money.

Sound Familiar? Banks Are Saddling Fannie & Freddie With Risky Mortgages, Study Finds, at zerohedge.com.     Doing the same thing that helped start the ’08’ financial crisis…..? Not a good idea. This and the above article show why it is difficult to get people to understand what the insiders are doing. Getting this information not only isn’t easy, it isn’t a priority for regular people to find out. Plus, if people want to understand this (and above), they have to do some serious studying. Most people don’t have the time to spend doing the research, even if they wanted to understand it.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Federal Judge Slams University Of Iowa For Religious Discrimination, by Vanessa Miller, at thegazette.com.     This is typical of educational insiders. They will not tolerate anyone who doesn’t agree with the leftist orthodoxy.

FBI – Expanded Homicide Data Table, at ucr.fbi.gov.

Hey Beto “We’re coming for your AR15s and AK47s” O’Rourke. Only 297 people were killed by assault rifles in 2018. Compared to 1,515 killed with knives, 443 killed by blunt objects, and 672 killed by an individuals fists, feet or hands.

So logically we should take peoples hands away from them so they can’t use guns, knives, blunt objects or their hands to kill people?

Even if it saves just one life, isn’t it worth it? NO, don’t be silly!

There are millions of defensive uses of firearms per year (read here) compared to 10,265 homicides (2018) by firearms. Do the math.

You Can Be Fined $250,000 For Saying This Phrase In New York City, at zerohedge.com.          These are not satirical headlines. This article has a list of six absurd things that actually happened.

1) New York City Declares Using The Term ‘Illegal Alien’ Can Result in $250,000 Fine.

2) Nurse Takes New Born Baby Away After Parents Refuse Vitaman K Shot.

3) German Regions Pass Law To Ban Insulting EU Flag.

4) Chinese Flag Raised At Boston City Hall To Mark Thee 70th Anniversary Of China’s Communist Regine.

5) Democrat Sends Police In Tactical Gear To Man’s House Over Gun Meme.

6) This Utah Woman Was Charged For Being Topless In Her Own Home.

Rockets GM ‘Stands With Hong Kong – Until China Pulls Endorsements, at zerohedge.com.     Why would you apologize to a Communist dictatorship that has millions of political dissidents in prison. Didn’t the NBA players put their hands up in solidarity for the false “hands up don’t shoot” controversy? They should take a stand for the oppressed in China instead of caving in to the Chinese government. Or are they caving in to their own self interest……”their own salaries”?

By the way didn’t Google help the Chinese government set up the ‘Social Credit System’ (read here) which stifles peoples freedom? Google should apologize to all the Chinese people they have helped the Chinese government punish because of their low social credit score.

I know this social credit thing can’t happen here in the US can it?…….Wait a minute….Google already has the ability and the information to do this?……So they already have their own social credit system?….. Google wouldn’t  team up with the government would they???????????   Repeat after me……. “it can’t happen here…….it can’t happen here……..it can’t happen here………”  Ok Ok….. I feel much better now.

Hillaryland, by Daniel Greenfield, at sultanknish.blogspot.com.    This is a riot.   Excerpt from the article:

“Hillaryland is the sad successor to Clintonworld networks like the Clinton Foundation which connected world leaders, foreign criminals and a prospective president. The alumni network is now a joke. The Clintons will never hold public office again. Hillaryland isn’t an alumni network, it’s a political leper colony run by “volunteers” too dumb to realize that the S.S. Slick Willy will never rise again.”

“This just means another Hillary Clinton book tour that nobody asked for and nobody actually wants.”

“Nevertheless, Hillary’s desperation tour will still be coming to such world-renowned locations as the Women’s Club of Ridgewood, NJ (no books will be signed), the United Methodist Church in Denver, CO, and the San Ramon Valley High School gym. Next stop, a random Appleby’s in Great Forks.”

“What’s the point of all this?”

“Jeffrey Epstein is dead, Ed Buck is in jail, and Harvey Weinstein is tapped out. The money has to come from somewhere. Even if it means sitting dead-eyed and drunk in a high school gym while Chelsea launches into an enthusiastic explanation of how Rachel Carson made the world safe for malaria.”

“But it’s not as if the Clintons really need the money. Their greed is as compulsive as all their vices.”

“Hillary Clinton loathes other people, but is incapable of existing without them. She can’t do what every other contender did and go away because she has nowhere to go. There’s a mansion in New York, but it has too many mirrors. And at night, she might start wandering and muttering, “Out, damned spot.”

“And she won’t be talking about the neighbor’s dog who committed suicide in a local park.”

“Desperate and malicious, Hillary’s restless spirt wanders the nation and the world, haunting random supermarkets, gyms and colleges. To paraphrase her inspiration, Karl, a specter is wandering D.C. That’s where Hillary showed up to George Washington U to claim that she only lost Wisconsin because of Republican voter suppression. It had nothing to do with her failure to campaign in Wisconsin.

 

I THOUGHT THE SCIENCE WAS SETTLED?

New study about red meat consumption is interesting. Here are three articles that you should read before you decide to either stop or start eating red meat.

Here’s The Real Truth About That Confusing Red Meat Study, by Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, This is an analysis of the new study.

Is Red Meat Bad For You, Or Good? An Objective Look, by Kris Gunnars, at healthline.com This is an article that came out a year before the new study. It is very informative.

Another Narrative Collapses: Eating Red Meat Is Not Ritualistic Suicide, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.     Excerpt from the article:        “Because the demonization of red meat cuts to the heart of the political con job that is modern cultural Marxism and its supposed moral high ground.”

“You can see this in the response to the landmark study just completed that concluded there is no perceivable risk from eating red meat as opposed to anything else. It immediately provoked apoplexy akin to doctors prescribing hemlock to treat eczema.”

There Is No Climate Emergency, Say 500 Experts I Letter To The United Nations, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    I thought “scientists” agree on climate science?

Global Warming Fraud Exposed In Pictures, at zerohedge.com.    Check out these charts.     Excerpt from the article:

Climate change alarmists have convinced the public something must be done now. The reports are easily debunked as fraud…”

Quotation Of The Day On Why You Should Not Listen To Laughable Greta Thunberg, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    Quote from Rich Lowery:

“There’s a reason that we don’t look to teenagers for guidance on fraught issues of public policy. With very rare exceptions kid have nothing interesting to say to us. They just repeat back what they’ve been told by adults, with less nuance and maturity”

“Much of the climate advocacy of  young people boils down to the plaint that all parents know well: “I want it, and I want it now.” As one headline on National Geographic story put it, “Kids world climate strikes demand that warming stop, fast.””

“Behind the foot-stomping is the idea that a long-running global phenomenon could be quickly stopped, if only adults cared as much as the kids did. This fails to account for such recalcitrant factors as costs ans complexity, but when do children ever think of those” (And who can blame them? They’re children.)”

“Instead, the youthful climate activists claim they’ve been sold out by their elders. Greta Thunberg put it with her usual accusatory starkness at the UN: “You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”

“This is laughable. By no global measure of social and economic well-being have we failed kids. According to HumanProgress.org, the global poverty rate fell from 28percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2013. Life expectancy increased from 63.2 years to 71.9 years from 1981 to 2015. The completion rate for primar school increased from 80 percent in 1981 to 90 percent in 2015. The same benign trends hold for hunger, child labor, literacy, and son on.”

“If climate change proves a significant challenge, today’s youth will have more resources and technology to grapple with it than any other generation in the history of mankind.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

from thebabylonbee.com.

Unable To Compete With Reality, Babylon Bee Founder Starts Real News Site, at babylonbee.com.

All Democrats Drop Out Of Presidential Race Since The World Is Ending From Climate Change And There’s No Point, at babylonbee.com.

Nobel Peace Prize Committee Informs Trump He Has Not Launched Enough Drone Strikes To Qualify, at babylonbee.com.

Anti-Fun Democrats Seek To End Most Fun Presidency Of All Time, at babylonbee.com.

Homeless Man Rejects Charity After Searching Through Giver’s Tweet History, at babylonbee.com.

Study Finds Avoiding Red Meat May Lead To Longer, More Miserable Life, at babylonbee.com.

 

 

CARTOONS

from theburningplatform.com

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Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Must Reads For The Week 9/21/19

September 23, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

ECON STUFF

Negative Interest Rates Are Price We Pay For De-Civilization, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org.   Excerpt from the article:

“Negative interest rates are just the latest front in the post-2008 era of “extraordinary” monetary policy. They represent a Hail Mary pass from central bankers to stimulate more borrowing and more debt, though there is far more global debt today than in 2007. Stimulus is the assumed goal of all economic policy, both fiscal and monetary. Demand-side stimulus is the mania bequeathed to us by Keynes, or more accurately by his followers. It is the absurd idea, that an economy prospers by consuming and borrowing instead of producing and saving. Negative interest rates turn everything we know about economics upside down.

More Money Pumping Won’t Make Us Richer, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.  Excerpt from the article:

“Neither loose monetary policy, nor big-spending fiscal policy can grow an economy. All that these policies can do is to redistribute a given pool of real savings from wealth generators towards non-wealth generating activities. Hence, we can conclude that both loose monetary and fiscal policies cannot set in motion an economic boom but rather an economic impoverishment.”

NY Fed To Conduct Third Consecutive Repo Operation On Thursday At 8:15, at zerohedge.com. This happened last week and is something to worry about. Repo operation is hard to understand so lets see what a Reserve Repurchase Agreement, at investopedia.com, is. Got It? What we have to ask is why didn’t the banks who are holding $1.4 Trillion of the Fed’s reserves loan it out in the Repo market? This article tries to explain: These Are The Banks Where The Fed’s $1.4 Trillion In Reserves Are Parked, at zerohedge.com.

Walmart’s Healthcare Experiment Has Begun, It May Be A Game Changer, by Gary North, at mises.org.  As healthcare prices continue to rise, it will create opportunities for entrepreneurs to figure out lower cost ways to supply healthcare.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

San Diego State University Normalizes Pedophilia As A “Sexual Orientation“, at zerohedge.com. I said years ago that the crazy left will attempt to mainstream pedophilia. Using schools as indoctrination camps is the lefts tried ant true method for getting their agenda mainstreamed. At this point in time, can we all agree that pedophilia is evil? Will we all still agree after 5 to 10 years of being hit over the head on this subject by the left?

7 Things I’ve Learned Since My Child Identified As Transgender, at thefederalist.com. Parents, you are alone in fighting this battle. The Schools and the medical field are not going to be on your side. In fact they will promote this behavior.

Johns Hopkins Professor On Child Transgender Trend: ‘Many Will Regret This’, by Maris Lencki, at thecollegefix.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“A psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University has slammed the medical and psychiatric industries for what he says is reckless and irresponsible treatment of patients who claim to be transgender.”

“Paul McHugh, a renowned psychiatrist from Johns Hopkins University, told The College Fix he believes transgender people are being experimented on because the doctors treating transgender patients with hormones “don’t have evidence that (the treatment) will be the right one.” He also criticized the manner of treatment given to many children who claim to be transgender.”

“Many people are doing what amounts to an experiment on these young people without telling them it’s an experiment,” he told The Fix via phone.

“You need evidence for that and this is a very serious treatment. It is comparable to doing frontal lobotomies.

Trans Lobbying Group Pushes ‘Puberty-Blockers’ On Children As Young As 12, at zerohedge.com.  The Trans lobby groups will say or do anything to increase the number of people in their identity group.

How Oregon Built A Transgender Medical Complex On Junk Science, by Katherine Kirkpatrick, at thefederalist.com. How do we let these people get away with this nonsense.    Excerpt from the article:

“Oregon now allows adverse gender surgery outcomes to go largely untracked, restricts health workers’ right to advise patients about the risks, and strips custody from parents who object to transgender experimentation on their children.

Fetus-Collecting Abortionist Connected To New Facility In Buttigieg’s Town, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.    Have you heard about this abortion doctor in the main stream media?

‘SOLD OUT’: Arizona Gun Store Offers ‘Beto Specials’ On AR15s And AK47s, by Craig Bannister, at cnsnews.com.    I wonder if Beto purchased stock in gun manufacturing companies before he said he would confiscate our AR15’s and AK47’s? Because ever since he let out the secret, gun sales have risen.

On Campus Of 30,000 Students, Less Than 10 Attend University’s White Privilege Workshop, at zerohedge.com.   This gives me hope that young people aren’t falling for the nonsense of the left.

Mish Blasts NYT Kavanaugh Smear: “Editorial Mistake My Ass”, at zerohedge.com. This wasn’t an editing accident. This was purposeful. The Left wants to let anyone who would think of becoming a judicial appointee know that they will destroy you..

What CFACT Saw At The NYC Climate March, by Craig Rucker, at cfact.org.  Letting kids out of school to attend the climate march is indoctrination pure and simple. The lefts agenda can’t survive in the market place of ideas. Indoctrination is the only way it can survive.

 

CANDACE OWENS

No words exist that can describe the essence of Candace Owens. But after watching her in a number of videos over the years, I have figured out what words describe her. Those two words are….. ‘Candace Owens”.

Candace Owens At Congressional Hearing On Confronting White Supremacy, (see here if video has been deleted)

 

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Hypocrisy: Right-Wingers Who Love It When The Babylon Bee Makes Stuff Up Suddenly Get Mad When The NYT Does It, at babylonbee.com.

Government That Wants You To Take Climate Change Seriously Invites Foreign High School Kid To Testify Before Congress, at babylonbee.com.

Nation’s Murderous Psychopath’s Undecided On Whether They’ll Follow New Gun Laws, at babylonbee.com.

SNL Fires Comedian Accused Of Telling Funny Jokes, at babylonbee.com.

All The Other States Beg California To Add Them To Travel Ban, at babylonbee.com.

Dog Identifies As Genderfluid To Avoid Getting Neutered, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

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Must Reads For The Week 8/18/19

August 21, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

THE GUN ISSUE

The Dangerous Urge To Do Something, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, at townhall.com.        Wanting the government to “do something” after a tragic situation, almost always leads to a “ready, fire, aim” government solution.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The government’s job is to preserve personal liberty. Does it do its job when it weakens personal liberty instead? Stated differently, how does confiscating weapons from the law-abiding conceivably reduce their access to madmen? When did madmen begin obeying gun laws?”

“The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.

The Republican proposal lowers the standard of proof to a preponderance of the evidence — “a more likely than not” standard. That was done because it is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an event might happen. This is exactly why the might happen standard is unconstitutional and alien to our jurisprudence.

Red Flag Laws & Mass Shootings: Wrong Solution, by Thomas Massie and John Lott, nationalreview.com.       Remember the false accusations brought against Brett Kavanaugh? What about the false Trump Russia collusion accusations? When an issue becomes politicized, the rule of law goes out the window and the only rule is, win by any means necessary.

Since nothing is more politicized than your Second Amendment right to own arms in order to protect yourself against tyrannical government (not your right to hunt); Do you want the give anyone on the anti-gun left the power to take away your arms on a knowingly false accusation? A false accusation they pay no consequence for bringing?

Individuals in government are attempting to take away your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As well as your Fifth Amendment rights of due process, the presumption of innocence, as well as taking property without compensation.

Does the fact that individuals in government are attempting to violate your rights, constitute tyrannical actions? Our Constitution is what protects the individual from the tyrannical actions that individuals wielding government power wish to place on us. This is the reason for the Second Amendment in the first place. Our founders understood that government will become tyrannical unless its power was constrained. And arming the people is a constraint on tyrants.

Excerpt from the article:

“While Trump emphasized mental health in last week’s speech about the Texas and Ohio shootings, red-flag laws are not specifically about mental illness. Indeed, only one state law even mentions the term. It’s about figuring out who is going to commit a crime (or suicide). This is the realm of science fiction, and is the theme of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. At least the Future Crime division in the movie had the help of psychics.”

“Everyone wants to stop mass public shooters. But we haven’t previously punished people on the basis of little more than a hunch, without any specific guidelines in place. Stopping “future crimes” didn’t work in the movies, and it doesn’t work in real life.

Armed Firefighter Stops Gunman At Missouri Walmart, at firefighternation.com.     Did you see this covered by the main stream media? Neither did I. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. When the $#!+ hits the fan, you are the first responder. Cops are second responders. The quicker a good guy with a gun can respond to an active shooter situation, fewer people will get killed or injured. Read (New FBI Data On Active Shooters Shows The Importance Of Armed Citizens, by David French at nationalreview.com.)

SCOTUS Is Considering Hearing This 2A Case…. Dem Senators Aren’t Happy, by Beth Baumann, at townhall.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“The Senators who signed alongside New York City include Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mazi Hirono (HI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).”

“According to the group, the Supreme Court should not take up this case because the plaintiffs – gun rights advocates – are looking to “thwart gun safety legislation” and have the desire to “expand the Second Amendment.” The other argument they make: the Second Amendment and gun control is a political issue and the Supreme Court is supposed to be impartial, not a legislative body.”

“Democrats can argue that the Court shouldn’t get involved in political issues, but it’s the dumbest argument they can make. Pretty much every single case the Supreme Court hears is a political issue of some sort. There’s a question of Constitutionality that needs to be addressed. If there wasn’t, the Court wouldn’t get involved.”

“Gun control proponents, like these Senators, are backtracking because they’ve realized they put their foot in their mouth. They’ve realized this case is a big loser for them and it can actually harm their cause.”

 

ECON STUFF

The Rise Of Capitalism, by Ludwig von Mises, at mises.org.   Lets let the great von Mises explain. Here is an expert from the aricle:

“The precapitalistic system of production was restrictive. Its historical basis was military conquest. The victorious kings had given the land to their paladins. These aristocrats were lords in the literal meaning of the word, as they did not depend on the patronage of consumers buying or abstaining from buying on a market.”

“On the other hand, they themselves were the main customers of the processing industries, which, under the guild system, were organized on a corporative scheme. This scheme was opposed to innovation. It forbade deviation from the traditional methods of production. The number of people for whom there were jobs even in agriculture or in the arts and crafts was limited.”

“Under capitalism private property of the factors of production is a social function. The entrepreneurs, capitalists, and land owners are mandataries, as it were, of the consumers, and their mandate is revocable. In order to be rich, it is not sufficient to have once saved and accumulated capital. It is necessary to invest it again and again in those lines in which it best fills the wants of the consumers. The market process is a daily repeated plebiscite, and it ejects inevitably from the ranks of profitable people those who do not employ their property according to the orders given by the public. But business, the target of fanatical hatred on the part of all contemporary governments and self-styled intellectuals, acquires and preserves bigness only because it works for the masses. The plants that cater to the luxuries of the few never attain big size.”

“The shortcoming of 19th-century historians and politicians was that they failed to realize that the workers were the main consumers of the products of industry. In their view, the wage earner was a man toiling for the sole benefit of a parasitic leisure class. They labored under the delusion that the factories had impaired the lot of the manual workers. If they had paid any attention to statistics they would easily have discovered the fallaciousness of their opinion. Infant mortality dropped, the average length of life was prolonged, the population multiplied, and the average common man enjoyed amenities of which even the well-to-do of earlier ages did not dream.”

“However, this unprecedented enrichment of the masses was merely a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. Its main achievement was the transfer of economic supremacy from the owners of land to the totality of the population. The common man was no longer a drudge who had to be satisfied with the crumbs that fell from the tables of the rich.”

“There is a second important difference. In the political sphere, there is no means for an individual or a small group of individuals to disobey the will of the majority. But in the intellectual field private property makes rebellion possible.

The Triumph Of Socialism, by Lew Rockwell, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“A new BBC poll [reported November 2009] finds that only 11 percent of people questioned around the world — and 29,000 people were asked their opinions — think that free-market capitalism is a good thing. The rest believe in more government regulation.”

“That news must lift the heart of every would-be despot the world over. And it comes as something of a shock twenty years after the collapse of socialism in Russia and Eastern Europe revealed what this system had created: backward societies with citizens who lived short and miserable lives. Then there is the China case, a country rescued from bloody barbarism under communism and transformed into a modern and prosperous country by capitalism.”

“What can we learn? Far from not having learned anything, people have largely forgotten the experience and have developed a love for the ancient fairy tale that all things can be fixed through collectivism and central planning.”

“….. as Rothbard has forcefully argued, free-market capitalism serves no more than a symbolic purpose for the Republican Party and for conservatives. Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats.”

“Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.”

“All of which leaves true capitalism — a product of the voluntary society and the sum total of all the exchanges and cooperative acts of people all over the world — with few actual intellectual defenders.”

AOC’s Top Aide Admits Green New Deal About The Economy, Not Climate, by Adam Shaw, at foxnews.com.    This is an admission of what we have known for decades. Socialist central planners have been using the environmental movement to push their collectivist ideas on the masses. They are green on the outside and red on the inside.

What Student Loans And Health Care Have In Common, by Nicholas C. Anderson, at mises.org.   When a third party pays there is no true price discovery.

Money Printing Can’t Replace Saving And Production As The Real Engine Of Economic Growth, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.    Money printing is supposed to stimulate demand which in turn will lead to economic growth. But consumption doesn’t come before production. A specific something has to be produced before that specific something can be consumed. Production is the increase of wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth. Money facilitates the exchange of goods. Excerpt from the article: “money is not the means of payment but just the medium of the exchange. Payment is always done by means of goods and services.”

 

OTHER STUFF

You Should Totally Trust Our Elite Institutions …. Not, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“Basically, the best-case scenario here is that our government is unbelievably incompetent, not a particularly soothing thought. But the alternative is that it is corrupt and criminal in ways we can barely imagine. There’s an even less soothing thought. I can’t wait until these Einsteins take over my health care and are no longer restrained by the citizen veto of the guns we bitter normal people have, so far, wisely clung to.

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Virtue-Signaling, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Virtue-signaling goes hand in hand with the only “solution” that’s politically correct: throw a borrowed trillion dollars at the “problem”, dance the humba-humba around the bonfire at midnight and hope that magic will resolve the underlying issues.”

Hence the calls for Medicare for all, Universal Basic Income, and free college for all, all paid with borrowed money, despite the virtuous bleatings that “taxes on the rich/robots” will magically pay for trillions of additional dollars to be squandered on corrupt, self-serving cartels.”

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million “Discredited Entities” Buying Plane Tickets, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen here, could it?

(VIDEO) Hong Kong Protesters Sing US Anthem, With US Flags, Against Chinese Tyranny During Airport Occupation, at americanmilitaryews.com.   America is still the beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

The Dream Team Loses To The Nobodies, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“… the comical effort to destroy President Trump was a bad replay of the cultural cluelessness of a haughty Hillary Clinton in the last days of the 2016 campaign—the Ivy League prima donna, ensuring her “landslide” to come by futilely campaigning in Georgia and Arizona, fueled by the “analytics” of her whiz kids, while the orange, combed over, and uncouth Trump at her rear played the fox in her blue-wall henhouse. Was it Ivy League smarts to label roughly one-quarter of the country “deplorables” or to go to West Virginia to tell the impoverished they would have no more coal jobs?”

“There is always a civilizational elite of sorts, one based on merit, and it is often divorced from its counterfeit counterpart predicated on aristocracy, credentials, titles, and privilege. Real elites from all walks of life are rewarded for their singular achievement not for their empty reputations and media hype.”

“The last three years have been a painful relearning of that most obvious but forgotten truth that it is what we do rather than who we say we are that truly matters. That the lesson was lost on self-described egalitarians and social justice warriors is the most ironic lesson of all.

Cruz Unloads On The New York Times After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned To Push Trump-Racism Narrative, by Madison Dibble, at ijr.com.    More proof of main stream media bias. But we’ve known this for years.

Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Locked up in their largely child-free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.

UK PC Police “Draw The Line” – Ban Cream-Cheese & Car Ads Over ‘Gender Stereotypes‘, at zerohedge.com.   This could never happen here, could it?

El-Erian Admits The Era Of “De-Globalization” Is Here, at zerohedge.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“The U.S. economy is strong; however, the multinationals on Wall Street – invested overseas – are exposed. Thus there’s a disconnect and accompanying market volatility.”

“There is nothing that China and the EU can do to stop the de-globalization process: and efforts to stimulate their economy, more quantitative easing (pumping money) while the global supply chains are being shifted, are futile.”

President Trump has purposefully stalled the process of globalization, and is resetting global supply chains. This is bringing massive amounts of wealth back into the United States.”

Don’t Be Fooled, Omar and Tlaib Maliciously Set Up Israel Ban, by Katie Pavlich, at townhall.com.    These two are always in search of mischief. Especially when it comes to Israel.

Rep. Tlaib Rejects Israel’s New Offer To Visit West Bank, at zerohedge.com. She said she wanted to visit her grandmother. Israel called her bluff. She folded her cards. Israel raked in the chips.

How Important Is Today’s Racial Discrimination, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com.   Walter Williams dealt with real discrimination when he grew up. Read what he has to say about the subject.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Facial Recognition Software Mistook 1 in 5 California Lawmakers For Criminald, Says ACLU. So, They’re Saying It Works, Then? at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.

Bernie Sanders Arrives In Hong Kong To Lecture Protesters On How Good They Have It Under Communism, at babylonbee.com.

Report: King George Really Regretted Not Imposing Red Flag Laws On Deranged American Colonists, at babylonbee.com.

America Offers To Trade All Of Its Communists For Democratic Protesters In Hong Kong, at babylonbee.com.

God Demands America Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Currency, at babylonbee.com.

Women Who Don’t Believe Israel Has Right To Exist Not Sure Why They Got Banned From Israel, at babylonbee.com.

Bill Clinton: Epstein’s Cause Of Death Depends On What Your Definition Of ‘Suicide’ Is, at babylonbee.com.

Shooter Walks Free As Police Tackle, Arrest AR-15, at babylonbee.com.

Biden Clarifies: ‘ I Like All Races, Even The Bad Ones’ , at babylonbee.com.

California Mandates Conversion Therapy For Straight Kids, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok 

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/29/19

July 1, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

U.S. Oil, Gas Output Surges The Most Ever For A Single Country, by Matthew Carr and Jeremy Hodges, at bloomberg.com. The American shale revolution has made this possible. Fracking has brought the price of oil down from a high of $150 a barrel to a trading range of between $40 and $70 a barrel.

Products Made From Petroleum, a ranken-energy.com. Look at the long list of products made from oil. So what do you think the real cost would be if we got rid of fossil fuels?

With Venezuela In Collapse, Towns Slip Into Primitive Isolation, by Corina Pons, at reuters.com. Since their currency has no value, because of money printing by government, people are resorting to a barter system.

Texas Legalizes Lemonade Stands Run By Children, by Billy Binion, at reason.com. Talk about big brother. A permit was required for a kid to set up a lemonade stand. But the Texas legislature has repealed the requirement. The lesson the kids should learn from this, is that government tramples on individual liberty.

California Ammo Sales Spike As Background Checks Start Monday, at zerohedge.com. Who would have thought that there would be a run on ammo sales before the background check law was put in place? Incentives and constraints matter in decision making.

Title IX Update OCR Opens Investigations Against Michigan State, Grand Valley State And Saginaw Valley State, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is using the Title IX Law against the people who love it most.

Inflation: The Soviet Tool For Destroying Money, by Chris Calton, Money printing is the definition of inflation. Excerpt from the article: “Regardless of the policy’s purpose, inflation serves only to distort economic signals and, ultimately, destroy the currency and whatever economy the currency is attached to.

Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over An Empty Parking Lot, at zerohedge.com. The Main stream media is the propaganda wing of the Democrat party. And they are not ashamed of it.

Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison,  at zerohedge.com. When politicians and bureaucrats get what they deserve we should be glad.

Blatant Election Rigging: Twitter Wants To Make Sure We Never Have Another President Like Trump, at zerohedge.com. These platforms are editing content. Which means they should not have the legal protection that a platform receives for being a platform.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan To Prevent “Trump Situation” in 2020, On Hidden Camera, at projectveritas.com. These people are admitting that they are trying to silence the ideology they don’t agree with. They have the freedom to do what they’re doing because they are protected legally when they claim they are a platform. But the second they start to edit content, they are no longer considered a platform. Just take their legal protection as a platform away from them.

Happy 89th Birthday (June 30th) To Thomas Sowell, One of the Greatest Living Economists, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is my favorite author. Thomas Sowell’s writings have influenced me more than any other author. He is amazing at explaining complex concepts to regular people like me. I love this man.

Thomas Sowell – The Origins Of Economic Disparities (watch here)

Still the best at 89 years old. Long live Thomas Sowell.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

California School System To Feature mandatory 2nd Grade Field Trips To Gay Bars, at thebabylonbee.com.

Experts Agree Loser Of First Dem Debate Was America, at babylonbee.com.

In Emergency Bill, House Dems Vote To Send More Fake Tears To Address Border Crisis, at babylonbee.com.

Democratic Candidates Announce Plan To Dangle Stacks Of Cash In Front Of Potential Voters, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From The Burning Platform

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/15/19

June 17, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

A Quiet Revolution Is Brewing, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “As I noted In recent blog posts, politics as practiced in a bygone era of stability no longer offers any solutions to these profound disruptions. Middle ground has vanished because there is no middle ground, and ideologies have become quasi-religious because they no longer offer any practical guidance to the economy that is still being transformed by the 4th Industrial Revolution”

“A quiet revolution is brewing as old social, political and economic structures fail. The politics of compromise is giving way to the politics of borrowing whatever sums are needed to placate every elite and every constituency. This is the pathway to financial debauchery as the currency will be destroyed by the politics of expediency.

Antifa Organizer Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Over ‘Unreasonable, Frivolous’ Lawsuit, at zerohedge.com. People are finally fighting back against the progressive left.

Texas Pipeline Protesters May Face Up To 10 Years In Prison, at zerohedge.com. Another example of people being fed up of the lefts insanity and fighting back.

Oberlin Pays For Smearing The Town Grocer, at wsj.com. Another example of people fighting back.

Workers Turn Down Bid To Unionize Tennessee Volkswagen Plant: at npr.org. Workers have figured that the only people who benefit from union membership are the union leaders, not the members. But this won’t stop union leaders from seeking another vote on unionization.

Trump Wants Major Cuts At Federal Advisory Committees, at huffpost.com. This is a small step. But when was the last time a President actually took a step to cut the size of government? It was George Washington. He cut the size of the British empire!

Ex-CIA Officer: Trump In “Historic Battle” With “Treasonous” Deep State, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Some call this the ‘Deep State,’ and that includes the CIA, the FBI and the NSA. President Trump is the first President to stand up against this Shadow Government. They have been spying on Trump since he was a presidential candidate. So, this is huge, it’s historic and nothing like this has ever occurred in any western government…”

“Trump has called this “treason,” and when he says this, the mainstream media is silent and won’t report it….They know it, and they are trying their level best to support these Shadow Government/Deep State players because the media was complicit in this false Russia collusion. There is no way they are going to report on information that will expose their role in it…They shot and misses, and it was a bad miss because they tipped their hand.

AG Barr Battles Intel Community And FBI, Illegal Surveillance Had Been Going On For Years, by Sara Carter, at saraacarter.com. Everyone, including people who hate Trump, should be upset about the years of illegal surveillance by the US Intel community. Excerpt from the article:

“Despite the president’s order giving Barr authority over the declassification of the documents related to the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, it won’t be met without a fight. And there’s a reason why.”

“This isn’t just about Trump. It’s about nearly a decade of abuse inside the intelligence community and bureau regarding foreign-intelligence-collection authority. Why? Because it was carried out to monitor communications of Americans inside the United States and the procedures meant to protect Americans either swept up in those calls or targeted were not followed. The Fourth Amendment was under attack and abused for political purposes, say several retired intelligence sources.”

Just When You Thought Surveillance Tech Couldn’t Get Any More Orwellian….at zerohedge.com. Getting this kind of surveillance technology in the hands of tyrants with power is a scary thing. Excerpt from the article:

“China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to taken action against those observed.”

Watch: Scientists Create “Deepfake” Software Allowing Anyone to Edit Anything Anyone Says On Video, at zerohedge.com. At some point we may not be able to tell what is real and what has been doctored.

Macron’s Security Service Threatens French Journalists With Prison And Fines, at zerohedge.com. As much as I dislike the mains stream media. I never want politicians and bureaucrats using government power to crack down on “journalists”. That would be worse than the biased reporting by journalists.

John Cleese Refuses To Back Down: “Prefers Cultures That Don’t Tolerate Female Genital Mutilation”, at zerohedge.com. Cleese is not backing down. He is doubling down. Good for him.

School’s Purpose Is Indoctrination, by Sofia Carbonc, at humanevents.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Indoctrination is no longer dependent upon the political beliefs of teachers. We are now past that. Course material is blatant political propaganda. Not just the course material for gender studies and similar. The core curricula of grade school through college.”

“Juveniles typically don’t care about politics, and definitely not policy. But since 2016, more young people are being sucked into the political realm. The social issues in the United States, such as feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, have become so extreme and unbearable. Kids are tired of being told to apologize for the race or gender they were born as, and being told what they can and cannot say despite having a God-given right to speak freely.

“Unless you are involved with politics to a degree, it can be easy to miss politically motivated material. The lack of political education in combination with the demand that students trust their textbooks as reliable sources allows the left to silently indoctrinate students.”

“Prime examples of progressive course material are in economics and psychology courses. Both are extremely important and beneficial courses, at least when taught objectively.

“The left is genius when you think about it.”

“Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.”

“The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Nation Spends Day Acknowledging Existence Of Completely Unnecessary Parent, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Vow To Close Dangerous Gun-Buying Loophole Known As ‘The Second Amendment’, at babylonbee.com.

Chick-Fil-A Celebrates Pride Month By Serving Delicious Chicken Sandwiches To Everyone Just Like All The Other Months, at babylonbee.com.

New School Program Raises Awareness Of Things Kids Didn’t Know They Were Supposed To Be Offended About, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Mom Proudly Declares Son To Be Transgender After He Walks Through Barbie Aisle, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 6/9/19

June 10, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It), by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com. Excerpt from the article:

“…..a lot of Democrat politicians are promising “free college,” but what they really mean is “free for you.” Someone has to pay, and that someone is me, and I need to level with you.”

I am not interested in paying for your college.

“Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.”

“I understand that your priorities for my money may differ from mine, but it being my money, my priorities should take precedence.”

“……Creating a debtor class of over-educated, under-smart serfs with gender studies degrees is another Cloward-Piven-seque ploy to undermine our society in the pursuit of the socialist Utopia our garbage ruling class seeks to command. Of course, this would be a Utopia built of envy, incompetence and lies.”

NYU Cancels Course On ‘Far-Right’ Taught By Disgraced Media Matters “Fact Checker”, at zerohedge.com. There is hope! Only 2 students signed up for this class.

End School Compulsory-Attendance Laws, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“….there is no difference in principle between religious liberty and educational liberty. Just as people shouldn’t be forced to send their children to church, they shouldn’t be forced to send their children to a state-approved organization for secular education and training. Families have the natural, God-given right to make educational decisions for their children without state interference or meddling, just as they do with respect to religious decisions.”

“People obviously make vastly different decisions when it comes to raising their children, not only on religious matters but also on countless other issues. People often disagree with how other people are raising their children. But Americans have developed a high degree of tolerance with respect to how people raise their children. We simply have to have that same degree of tolerance when it comes to education.”

“No one should be forced to attend church. By the same token, no one should be force to submit to a state-approved education. For that matter, no one should be forced to fund a state-approved school any more than he should be forced to fund a state-approved church. The state has no more business in education than it does in religion.”

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton To Launch Feminist Production Company, at zerohedge.com. Can’t wait to watch some of the shows these two come up with. I bet their shows will win some awards.

Transgender Woman (Who Competed As A Man Last Year) Wins NCAA Track Championship, at zerohedge.com. This has to be a ‘Satirical Headline’, Doesn’t it?

Transgender Powerlifter, Stripped Of World-Record Titles, Says Competing In Special Transgender Category Would Be ‘Discrimination’, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The power lifting federation took a stand against the insanity that other institutions have given in to.

Trans Activists Silence The Science So They Can Claim It’s On Their Side, by Nathanael Blake, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“What these researchers do share is caution and scientific skepticism regarding the foundational belief of today’s transgender movement, which is that gender identity is innate and unchangeable, and that gender change is always the best treatment for expressions of gender dysphoria.”

“The research of the scholars noted…..that there are diverse causes and forms of gender dysphoria, rather than every case arising from an innate, immutable sense of gender identity…….many childhood cases of gender dysphoria will resolve over time without transition, so he did not rush children into transition……..gender dysphoria may sometimes be socially contagious.”

“These researchers are being targeted because their moderation threatens an increasingly radical trans agenda. In the few years since transgender issues went mainstream, the public debate has shifted from how to respond when Bruce Jenner wants to become Caitlyn to how to respond to a five-year-old boy who wants to be a princess or a 14-year-old girl who, encouraged by social media, suddenly self-identifies as a man and wants to take testosterone and amputate her breasts.”

“Prepubescent children are being prescribed dangerous chemicals that suppress their natural physical development, followed by potentially harmful hormonal treatments that sterilize them. Gender clinics expedite the administration of cross-sex hormones, even prescribing them on the first visit, and minors are undergoing irreversible surgeries. California has decided to teach children about gender identity and transsexualism in kindergarten and parents will not be allowed to opt their children out. Efforts to help children (or even consenting adults) reconcile to their natural bodies are being mislabeled as “conversion therapy” and outlawed”

Facebook Bans CrossFit Group For Advocating Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets, at zerohedge.com. Social media platforms are owned by leftists. If you don’t tow the leftist narrative, you will get banned. But if they are deciding content, should they be considered a platform? Or are they just another web site like mine.

Drivers Are Turning To Sex Dolls And Mannequins To Use HOV Lanes, at zerohedge.com. America was founded by individuals who didn’t obey onerous laws. The spirit of the American Revolution still exists in some of us.

Department Of Transportation Launches Investigation Into Chick-Fil-A Bans, by Molly Prince, at dailycaller.com. There is no more middle ground to concede. The left has pushed too far and people are fighting back. This is what Brexit and the election of Trump was about.

Democrats Want The Post Office To Handle All Your Banking Needs, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Imagine a bank with all the bureaucracy of the United States Post Office AND all the financial savviness of the U.S. government. If you like that idea, you’ll just love Democrats proposal to bank at your local post office.

Sanctions Are A Bitch – US Refiners Importing Russian Oil Like Mad, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me. Excerpt from the article:

“The market needs to be fed. And refiners will buy whoever has the best cargo at the best price. It is only politicians who don’t understand that you can’t dictate to the markets.

“Now refiners in the U.S. have been under pressure with rising oil prices but Russian oil isn’t brought in to supply the tight gasoline market. Russian Urals grade is considered heavy-sour which is better for refining into diesel and other heavier grades. And it is being sent right to the refineries that normally process Venezuela’s very heavy crude (PADD 3 – Gulf Coast).”

“Don’t think for a second that this is some kind of Trumpian quid pro quo or anything. That he promised Putin a few ducats to look the other way in Venezuela. I know stupid libs of the Young Turk variety will think this. So will the Q-tards in the MAGA crowd.”

“But, no. This is simply normal market action that a bunch of clueless morons in D.C. can’t control. Refiners need feedstock to refine or they go out of business. Russian Urals regularly trades at a discount to Brent crude because there is no good benchmark for it. Remember, both West Texas Intermediate and Brent are light-sweet grades.”

Socialists vs. Civil Society, by Richard M. Ebeling, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Once the antisocial agenda of socialism is in power and implemented, it can, at the end of the day, be nothing but despotic and totalitarian because it is either individuals making their own plans and coordinating their plans with those of others through the voluntary agreements of the market and those institutions of civil society, or it is the plans of some imposed on others through the use or threat of political compulsion. It comes down to freedom or tyranny, whether or not that tyranny has come to power through the use of bullets or votes dropped into a ballot box.”

This is just a different way of stating the quote by F.A. Hayek at the top of this post.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

From The Babylon Bee

Left Vows To Topple Patriarchy By Allowing Biological Males To Dominate Women’s Sports, at babylonbee.com.

12 Obsolete Manly Activities And What You Can Replace Them With, at babylonbee.com. Check out these 12 manly things. They are funny and also sad but true at the same time.

Bernie Sanders Vows To Fight For $15 Maximum Wage, at babylonbee.com.

Daily Beast Reporter Tracks Down 11-Year-Old Who Told Joke About Pelosi At School, at babylonbee.com.

Sad: The Nation’s Women Were Going To Go Out To Dinner To Celebrate 100 Years Of Suffrage But They Couldn’t Decide What They Wanted To Eat, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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