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Must Reads For The Week 4/25/20

April 27, 2020

F. A. Hayek stated: “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.”

If we put this into a form of a question it would read something like this:

How will men’s activities be coordinated? Through the decision making of individuals? Or through the decision making of elite central planners?

The Covid 19 panic and corresponding political power grab has shined the light on this question. And how this question is answered has shaped the history of the world since the beginning. It is the fight between Liberty and Tyranny.

Our countries founding was the closest we will ever come to individual liberty. As time has passes we have incrementally moved away from individual liberty and toward tyranny of central planners.

Put another way. Should individuals make decisions for themselves and take on the responsibility and risks of those decisions. Or should “experts” make decisions for all individuals, never having to accept the risk and responsibility when the consequences of their decisions do harm to individuals.

Thomas Sowell poses the question this way: “The question is not, what decision to make? The question is;  Who is to make the decision? Under what incentives and constraints? With what feedback mechanisms?

Let’s look at some articles that illustrate the age old fight between who should make decisions. Individuals or central planning “experts”.

 

TYRANNY BY POLITICIANS AND EXPERTS

Police Are Using Drones To Enforce Social Distancing In America’s Backyards, by Chrissy Clark, at thefederalist.com.     Connecticut Tests ‘Pandemic Drone’ To Ensure People Are Social DIstancing Properly, by Sarah Taylor, at theblaze.com.    Here are two articles showing the use of drones to spy on citizens. Here is an excerpt from the first article:

“Drone invasions on private property clearly violate the 4th Amendment, and no new laws exist to govern the use of surveillance technology by police departments. Police departments across the nation are taking drone usage upon themselves to violate American liberties in the name of social distancing guidelines, even on private property.”

AI Social-Distancing Enforcement Tool. “You Will Be TRACKED”, at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.    Watch the short video showing how this technology works. It is scary.

Documents Reveal Feds Are Excited To Create A Mass Surveillance Network, at zerohedge.com.    It is scary to think how technology is being used in the surveillance of citizens.

Undercover Cops Arrest 2 Women For Operating Home Beauty Businesses In Violation Of Coronavirus Lockdown Order, by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com.   Social distancing “rules” are broken when cops arrest people. And even more so when these people are put in jail. I guess the thinking is; I will put you at risk of getting coronavirus to stop you from putting yourself at risk of getting or spreading coronavirus. But I think this is a show of force to try to intimidate others from breaking the arbitrary decrees of Government.

More From The “New Normal”, (In 50 ‘Darker’Headlines), at zerohedge.com.   Here are a list of examples of government.

We Didn’t Flatten The Curve, We Flattened The U. S. Health Care System, by John Daniel Davidson, at thefederalist.com.    We were told the lockdown was to prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. The system hasn’t been. So lets stop the lockdown.

Business Owners Understand Why The Economy Can’t Just Be “Reopened“, by Christopher E. Baecker, at mises.org.   Excerpt from the article:

“Certainly “economies can be rebuilt,” but assuming it’ll just happen reflects a level of flippant naiveté similar to that which supposes that entrepreneurs should factor government-shutdown-by-fiat into their risk calculation.”

The Destructive Effects Of The Coronavirus Relief Package, By Thorston Polliet, at mises.org.     Government spending and money printing don’t solve economic problems. In fact they cause the economic problems they are trying to solve.

Here Are The Publicly Traded Companies That Quietly Got A ‘Small Business’ Bailout, at zerohedge.com.    There is no shortage of people getting in line to get their hands on government (taxpayer) money.

Illinois Senate Democrats Seek Massive Federal Bailout For State, Going Far Beyond Coronavirus Impact, at zerohedge.com.    States are trying to use the coronavirus to get out of their massive debt problems. Of course at taxpayers expense.

American Farms Cull Millions Of Chickens Amid Virus-Related Staff Shortages At Processing Plants, at zerohedge.com.   At Least 10 Meat Packing Plants Closed In Weeks Across America Stocking Food Shortage Fears, at zerohedge.com.     I wonder if the “experts” thought of this situation when they decided to shut down the economy. This could have drastic consequences.

Top Elections Lawyer: Vote-By Mail Is “The Most Massive Fraud Scheme In American History, at zerohedge.com.     No comment necessary.

The Unseen Death Toll Of Covid-19 Measures, at mcclintock.house.gov.   I guess the deaths caused by Governments response to Covid-19 aren’t important. We don’t understand trade offs.

Anthony Fauci: When Politics Trumps Science, by William L. Anderson, at mises.org.              How did Dr. Fauci become THE Oracle when it comes to this disease? Is he the only immunologist in the country?

Excerpt from the article:

“To understand Anthony Fauci, one must understand progressive ideology, and in order to best understand progressive ideology, one needs to read Ludwig von Mises’s book Bureaucracy. The book itself is not about progressivism—indeed, Mises doesn’t mention such a philosophy in his book—but it does explain the decision-making processes that dominate bureaucracies and guide bureaucrats like Fauci. And Fauci is nothing but the consummate bureaucrat, albeit one that can speak in front of a television camera.”

“Progressives share the belief that markets, although they are good at producing useless goods, such as the too many deodorants that Bernie Sanders denounced on the campaign trail, simply cannot lead a great nation, are cumbersome, and have no mechanism by which to meet the real needs of people in society. Experts are needed to guide people in what they should have, from food to clothing to transportation to medical care, and then to lay out the plan for how people should obtain these things.”

“Mises writes that bureaucracies exist to carry out the directives of those in political power and not to engage in policymaking themselves. However, after more than a century of progressive rule the bureaucracies themselves have become the chief instruments of government power, as men like Fauci, with their anticapitalist mentalities and their single-minded approaches to life, are calling the shots. Although most people instinctively understand risks and tradeoffs, public health bureaucrats like Fauci tend to believe that the only thing that matters is the eradication of whatever is coming, no matter what the cost.”

The Real Reason Why A Harvard Professor Thinks Homeschooling Should Be Banned, at zerohedge.com.   Children are being taught at home because schools are shutdown. This scares progressives like Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet. Progressives want to indoctrinate your kids under the guise of teaching democratic values and social justice.

Excerpt from the article:

“Ironically, the real problem Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet has with homeschooling is this:  “Many homeschool because they wan to isolate their children from ideas and values central to our democracy.”

“Let me rephrase that. Homeschooled children can’t be indoctrinated five days a week, eight hours a day, by an education system that emphasizes political agendas. (And incidentally, our form of government is a constitutional republic. Shouldn’t someone from Harvard who is worried I might not have the knowledge to educate my child know something as elementary as that?)”

“Bartholet defames homeschoolers for wanting to encourage their children toward a particular belief system while touting the belief system that the school system wants to instill. So it’s okay for the public school system to do it, just not for the parents to do it.”

“While Bartholet scorns parents who indoctrinate their kids, she praises the school system for doing so. The American education system is wholly responsible for raising a generation of perpetually offended people who think they’re open-minded but who actually are only accepting of those with the same beliefs.”

“They’re creating a generation of worker bees, of dependent people who’d never dream of revolting against the status quo shown as ideal by Hollywood and the mainstream media. They’re creating adults who don’t know how to handle conflict, who don’t know how to deal with defeat, and who are regularly fearful of imaginary threats. People who are afraid of a tripod or a pop-tart chewed into the shape of a gun certainly aren’t going to be leading the next revolution.”

AOC Deletes Gleeful Tweet On Oil Industry’s Coronavirus Collapse, ‘You Absolutely Love To See It, by Douglas Ernst, at washingtimes.com.     She said:   “…..this is the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our Planet.”

So lets think about this. At a time when the price of oil is the lowest it has been in decades. She wants to invest in green energy that is more expensive than what oil was at $60 dollars a barrel let alone what it is right now. So did she really major in economics?

AOC Says People Should Refuse To Work After The Economy Reopens, Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     No comment needed.

Cuomo To Struggling Unemployed: ‘You Want To Go To Work? Go Take A Job As An Essential Worker‘, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     In other words: “Your job isn’t essential you loser. I decide what is essential.”  What an arrogant ass.

California Mayor Says Death May Await Shutdown Protesters Who Violate ‘Social Distancing’ Laws, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.    Speaking of arrogant asses. Here is what the Mayor said:

“Make no mistake people who deliberately violate the social distancing laws, and the laws requiring that we all wear a mask will be identified, arrested, and prosecuted.”

“Do not mess with us. You will not endanger the lives of our hardworking fdmilies because of some misguided civil liberties argument.”

“The quote is: Give me Liberty or Give me Death. Being arrested and locked up in an over crowded jail just might result in granting you your wish.”

Dems Plan To Censure Michigan Lawmaker Who Said Trump’s Boosting Of Hydroxychloroqine ‘Saved My Life‘, by Andrew O’Reilly, at foxnews.com.   You must tow the party line or else.

These are examples of big tech controlling the narrative. Why do these tech guys hate the free market economic system that allowed them to start small and ultimately become the captains of the tech industry?

Twitter Suspends Account Of Biotech Company Testing UV Light To Treat Coronavirus, at zerohedge.com.

Facebook Bans Civil Disobedience, Removes Posts Organizing Anti-Lockdown Protests, at zerohedge.com.

Twitter CEO Unveils Feature To “Editorialize” Trump’s Tweets As Election Looms, at zerohedge.com.

Did Mark Zucherberg Just Expose Bit-Tech’s Real Endgame? Ousting Trump, at zerohedge.com.

Bill Gates Continues To Push ‘Immunity Passports’ And Tech-Enabled Surveillance State To Combat COVIC-19, at zerohedge.com.

 

FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY

Wisconsinites Storm The Capital In Protest: We’re Done Staying Home, by Kylee Zempel, at thefederalist.com.

Two Hair Solon Owners In Auburn Ca. Defy Stay-At Home Orders, Both Reopen To Pay Bills, by Bridgette Bjorlo, at fox40.com.

Michigan Legislature Bucks Gov. Whitmer, Votes To Repeal Emergency Powers, by Tim Pearce, a dailywire.com.

Thousands Of Californians Flock To Open Beaches Despite Gov. Newsom’s Pleas Fo Them To Stay Home, by Lauren Fruen, at dailymail.co.uk.

Constitutionalist Sheriffs’ Won’t Enforce Coronavirus Restrictions, by Zoe Nemerever, at greenwichtime.com.

Coronavirus Crisis: Bill Of Rights Protects Our Freedom, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“In this current crisis, the longest if not the first complete shutdown in U.S. history, the freedoms of American democracy are being tested in ways we scarcely ever imagined. Out of nowhere little Napoleonic governors arise to enact decrees prohibiting gardening or strolling on an empty beach — decrees that seem to have little purpose other than to reflect that they can do so. Snitches volunteer to out felonious social deviants who are seen cooking in the backyard with a neighbor. A little horned-devil virus seems to be trying to do what those Russkies never could.”

“Experts with all sorts of Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and J.D.s after their names lecture from authority about what we must right now do — or else! — on the principle that they have a scientific or technocratic prerogative to impress critics of their modeling or their demand that we shut down a $22-trillion economy for “18 months,” if need be.”

“A supposedly disinterested media — found by media watchdogs to be 93 percent negative in its presidential reportage before the virus crisis — envision their coverage of the Trump demon as an endless zero-sum game in which any morsel of good news for him is instantly bad for them.”

“How fortunate, then, that in this current crisis, when one questions the logic of using a misleading denominator to ascertain viral lethality, and thus the logic of basing existential public policies on resulting case-to-fatality rates that admittedly cannot be true, one can (at least for now) keep raising skepticism without being sent to a Chinese-like reeducation camp.”

“We are witnessing the fading moments of Baby Boomer–generation authority. As it vaporizes, it still cannot fundamentally change America with sermons that we “will never go back to normal,” a synonym for “we don’t like lots of things in that bothersome Constitution.” America is currently engaged in a free-fall of angry, unfettered discussion about everything from the wearing of masks to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. Tempers rise; false knowledge replicates. Smack-down arguments from authority grow shrill. And, thank God, it all remains legal. Out of the mess, the acrimony can lead to light rather than endless heat.

“Warn an American that he poses a public threat by illegally and solitarily launching his tiny boat on a nearby empty pond to fish, and he’s likely to do just that — and thereby reveal the absurdity of the functionary who issued such a tyrannical order.”

“Tell a pastor he can’t preach from his car to other car-bound parishioner and, by God, he will do just that — and will be praised by most for his measured civil disobedience.”

“Let criminals out of jail, and what’s a paranoid American city-dweller to do? Obviously head down to the gun store and get in a line for something that shoots something, now for the first time in his life bitching in extremis that gun laws he once found wonderful are far stricter than they should be.

“Authoritarians and petty fascists, eager to issue endless edicts, molt their exoskeletons, as if under their chrysalis suits they were always caudillos, waiting to be reborn with sunglasses and epaulettes. But a free and empowered people, even in times of mortal danger, long nursed on a Bill of Rights, is hard to subjugate or shut up, even after over a month spent locked up in their homes. Thank God, we have a Constitution quite different from those of European nations, which are themselves far superior to other alternatives.”

“In these strange times, American individualism and the Bill of Rights that birthed it are still proving, for a while longer, too strong for the natural forces of fascism masquerading as “we had to destroy freedom to save it.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Trump Says To Drink Lots Of Water, Media Reports He Told Everyone To Drown Themselves, at babylonbee.com.

Majority Of Americans Would Rather Risk COVID Death Than Endure Any More Skype Lectures From Celebrities, at babylonbee.com.

AOC Drops By Unemployment Office To Tell People How Lucky They Are Not To Have Oppressive Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Says Driving SUV Is An Unpardonable Sin, at babylonbee.com.

Former Clinton Adviser Calls On Biden To Withdraw Over Assault Allegations, at daviddrekesplace.blogspot.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/18/20

April 20, 2020

 

POWER IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS. IT ATTRACTS THE WORST AND CORRUPTS THE BEST – Edward Abbey.

Here are some articles showing tyranny at the state and local levels. Fortunately our country was founded on the sovereignty of the individual over the State. People are beginning to push back. Even after decades of our education system not teaching our founding principles, there is still enough left of our culture of freedom to spark this push back.

 

TYRANNY

The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country, by John Davidson, at thefederalist.com.   Excerpt from the article:    “There’s nothing like a crisis to bring clarity. The response of some mayors and governors to the coronavirus pandemic in recent days has made it clear they think they have unlimited and arbitrary power over their fellow citizens, that they can order them to do or not do just about anything under the guise of protecting public health.”

“Thankfully, the Department of Justice has taken notice of this fledgling authoritarian streak among the country’s mayors and governors.”

“That these officials need to be reminded of that, and in some cases restrained by federal judges, bodes very ill for America. Now more than ever, we need leaders who don’t just care about protecting us from the pandemic, but also care about preserving liberty in a time of crisis.”

Greenhouses Unable To Sell In Michigan Under Extended Order, Banking On May Business, at wwmt.com.    Probably the biggest tyrant is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Her stay at home order lists non-essential goods. Plants were on the list. Greenhouses and stores with garden centers closed because of her arbitrary order. Who decides what is essential or not? Each individual decides what he values as essential. Governor Whitmer making these orders shows her arrogance. It also shows her disdain for the individuals in her state.

Government To Decide What Items Are Essential Purchases And What Things You’re Not Allowed To Buy, at zerohedge.com.    It is not just Michigan. Vermont is also flexing its tyrannical power. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Bernie Sanders is a Senator from Vermont.

Former Police Officer Arrested In Park For Throwing Ball With Daughtere Dur To Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules, at abcnews.go.com.    I bet Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor would have handled this differently.

California City Fills Skatepark With 37 Tons Of Sand After People Ignore ‘No Trespassing’ Signs, by Shanna McCarriston, at cbssports.com.    Tyrants shut down skatepark. Skate borders disobey shut down. Tyrants don’t like their edicts disobeyed. They think outside the box and fill skate park with sand. Certainly this escalation of power will deter the liberty loving borders?

Plastic Is Back: San Francisco Bans Reusable Grocery Bags, 13 Years After Being First City To Prohibit Plastic Ones, by Joseph Wilkinson, at nydailynews.com.    The Reusable Bags can become Corona contaminated. So San Francisco is banning them and bringing back the previously banned single use plastic bags. Environmental activists are not happy. They are not willing to make the trade off between a human life and “possible”damage to the planet. They value the planet more than human life.

World’s Largest Pork Producer Shutters Key US Factory After COVID-19 Outbreak, Warns Of Shortages, at zerohedge.com.    We can’t consume what is not first produced. Handing out Government checks and printing money via the Fed doesn’t produce goods or services. This money is essentially consumption with no production backing it up. The fact that we are shutting down production because of the virus makes this situation worse. We are consuming more than we are producing. That can’t be a good thing.

Coronavirus XIV:  The Good News Is Still There But Not Reported By Mainstream Media, at drbrownstein.com.   The main stream media has an agenda. Anything that doesn’t fit the agenda gets ignored. Sins of omission?

Why Central Planning By Medical Experts Will Lead To Disaster, by Gary Galles, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“…..some of the medical experts with media megaphones have put forward potentially catastrophic scenarios and drastic plans to deal with them, reinforced by assertions that the rest of us should “listen to the experts,” because only they know enough to determine policy. Unfortunately, those experts don’t know enough to determine appropriate policies.”

“More important, however, may be that in making recommendations to address COVID-19, those with detailed knowledge of the disease (the experts we have been told to obey) do not have sufficient knowledge of the consequences of their “solutions” for the economy and society to know what the costs will be. That means that they don’t know enough to accurately compare the benefits to the costs. In particular, because of their relative unawareness of the many margins at which effects will be felt, the medical experts we are being told to follow will likely underestimate those costs. When combined with their natural desire to solve the medical problem, however severe it might get, this can lead to overly draconian proposals.”

“……. there is substantial literature documenting the adverse health effects of worsening economic conditions. For just one example, an analysis of the 2008 economic meltdown in The Lancet estimated that it “was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD alone, between 2008–2010.” That is a massive “detail” to ignore in forming policy.”

“In other words, the tradeoff is not just a matter of lives lost versus money, as it is often portrayed as being (e.g., New York governor Cuomo’s assertion that “we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life”). It is a tradeoff between lives lost due to COVID and lives that will be lost due to the policies adopted to reduce COVID deaths.”

“Panic has seldom improved the rationality of decision-making (beyond the “fight or flight” reaction to facing a “man-eater,” when to stop and think means certain death). However, much of media coverage has fed panic. But the illogical and intemperate media attacks against those questioning the rationality of draconian “solutions” drown out, rather than enable, objective discussion of real tradeoffs. And if “Democracy dies in darkness,” as the Washington Post proclaims, we should remember that it does not require total darkness. The same conclusion follows when people are kept in the dark about major aspects of the reality they face.”

‘Let Them Eat Ice Cream’: Multi-Millionaire Pelosi Shows Off Freezer Full Of Gourmet Ice Cream As Thousands Line Up At Food Banks, by Joseph Curl, at dailywire.com.     She is unaware of how this looks to regular people. And thank god for that unawareness. Most of us don’t have one Sub-Zero refrigerators let alone two. And we certainly don’t stock our refrigerators with ice cream at $13 dollars a pint (that’s $52 dollars a half gallon). She thinks of herself as our anointed better and we are the rabble. .

 

STANDING AGAINST TYRANNY

Lockdown-Backlash Begins: Angry Crowd Surrounds Capitol, Demands Michigan Governor Reopen Economy, at zerohedge.com.   We have had enough just about enough of these arbitrary edicts by petty tyrants.

‘Social Shredding’: Defiant Residents Grab Shovels, Dirt Bikes After Cali Authorities Dump Tons Of Sand In Skateparks For ‘Social Distancing’, by Amanda Prestigiacomo, at dailywire.com.     The people are calling the tyrants bluff. Will the next tyrannical step by government be to arrest or shoot those who disobey. Good luck with that.

We are like the rattle snake on the Don’t Tread On Me flag. The snakes rattle is a warning to not come any closer or I will strike.

Barter Is Back – Locked-Down Americans Are Swapping Malbec For Masks, at zerohedge.com.    Maybe Government can shut down businesses. But it can not shut down commerce. Barter and black markets will arise because of government control. Our country was founded by smugglers and black marketeers.

What Would Rothbard Say About The COVID-19 Panic?  by Philipp Bagus, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“Governments all over the world are advancing on the road to serfdom, controlling their populations and increasing their power relative to the private sector via increased public spending and new regulations. According to the “ratchet effect,” defined by Robert Higgs, government power usually increases in crisis times. However, when the crisis recedes, government power is not reduced to its initial position. Thus, the long-term victim of the government intrusion may be liberty. More socialist regimes may be instituted. And in these regimes life expectancy is shorter. The greater the power of government, the lower will be the quantity and quality of life ceteris paribus. For instance, the capitalist West Germans had a life expectancy that was about three years longer than that of their East German counterparts.

 

NON CORONAVIRUS STUFF

IG Horowitz: ‘We Do Not Have Confidence That The FBI Has Executed Its Woods Procedures’, at saracarter.com.     The FBI not only abused power it broke the law. But this is what happens when you give government power during a crisis. After 9/11 we passed the Patriot act. We traded freedom for security. But we got tyranny instead. Don’t let the Corona panic allow government to usurp anymore of our remaining freedoms.

DOJ, FBI Knew Trump Surveillance Was Based On Russian Disinformation, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.    Most of us have known this for at least three years.

Greater Idaho Movement Is The Latest Indicator Of A Shift Toward Decentralization, by Jose Nino, at mises.org.    This is another example push back against big government. People don’t like to be told what to do.

Pope Says Coronavirus Could Be A Reaction To Climate Change, by Vincent Barone, at nypost.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“The pope said he wanted a response from world leaders that focuses more on humans and the environment than the economy.”

“I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world,” he said. “We need to reconnect with our real surroundings. This is the opportunity for conversion.”

I’ve read this whole interview. He never mentions Christ one time. The above quote makes me think he wants us to worship the earth. Isn’t the Pope supposed to bring people to Christ?

10 Interviews Later, Media Still Has Not Asked Biden About Sexual Assault Allegations, by Daniel Payne, at disrn.com.    This doesn’t surprise anyone does it?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

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Skydiving Accident Ruled Death By Coronavirus, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Rush To Defend Kavanaugh After He Puts On Joe Biden Mask, at babylonbee.com.

More Government Officials Calling For Common-Sense Religion Control, at babylonbee.com.

China Impressed By Michigan Governor’s Totalitarian Policies, at babylonbee.com.

Medical Experts Confirm Democrats Have Developed Herd Immunity To Sexual Assault Allegations, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Erupt In Protests After Planned Parenthood Begins Offering Puppy Abortions, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 12/1/18

December 2, 2018

IMMIGRATION

NBC News Reporter Admits Migrant Caravan Predominantly Men, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media has tried to make us believe that these ‘asylum’ seekers were women and children. This reporter let the cat out of the bag. This is what happened with immigration in Europe. Now they are paying the price. We should learn from their mistakes.

On Immigration, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry Discover Their Inner Trump, by Larry Elder, at realclearpolitics.com. Politicians know what audience they are speaking to. Clinton was interviewed by the Guardian. And Kerry was speaking in London. Immigration is a bigger political issue over their than over here.

GOVERNMENT ABUSES OF POWER

‘Minority Report’ Comes To Life: UK Police Will Use AI To Prevent Crime, at zerohedge.com. This can’t happen in the US? We have constitutional rights against Government doing things like this. It is already happening (read here).

Hundreds Of Google Employees Call On Google To Not Be ‘Complicit In Oppression’ In China, by Soo Youn, at abcnews.go.com. Amnesty International and Google employees are standing up against helping Big Brother. Project Dragonfly is designed by Google as a surveillance program to help the Government of China monitor their citizens. It will help China not only censor individuals, it will help ferret out individuals who are ‘enemies’ of the state and assign them to be ‘reeducated’.

How Social Media Is Becoming An Arm Of The State, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. This article asks a great question: “How separate from the State are these social media giants in the first place?” If social media companies bow to government threats of regulation unless they do what government wants, from a censorship standpoint, are they really free market entities?

FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton Foundation  and Uranium One, by Richard Pollock, at dailycaller.com. If you go against government insiders, the full weight of Government will be brought down upon you. They want you to think that resistance is futile.

The Guardian Faceplants As Manafort’s Passports Stamps Don’t Match “Fabricate” Assange Story, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media is part of the Government insiders club. The MSM job is similar to how ‘cleaners’ are used by the Mafia to get rid of dead bodies and clean a crime scene of all evidence. The MSM covers up for big government abuses of power not only by false reporting, but by not reporting on facts that don’t fit the big government narrative.

OTHER STUFF

Supreme Court Limits Habitats Protected Under The Endangered Species Act, by David Savage, at latimes.com. This US Fish and Wild Life Service’s decision on wildlife habitat, was so bad that it was overturned by SCOTUS in an 8-0 decision. This decision reigned in the power of unelected bureaucrats in Government regulatory agencies. Why are their not more 8-0 Supreme Court decisions?

GM & GE Were Both Victimized By The Same Ponzi Scheme, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “...GE and Gm have blown more than 53 billion dollars on stock buybacks, and now both companies are in huge trouble. The executives who gutted the finances of both firms by engaging in these sorts of Ponzi tactics should be fired and never be hired by anyone else….”

“For years, big corporations have been borrowing massive amounts of money to fund reckless stock buybacks, and that has helped to fuel an amazing bull market run. But now the game is imploding, and the unraveling of this massive Ponzi scheme is not going to be pretty.

Do you think taxpayers will get stuck paying off this debt in some sort of “Government” bailout?

Christine Blasey Ford Thanks America For $650,000 Payday, Hopes Life “Will Return To Normal”, at zerohedge.com. Are GoFundMe pages a clandestine way to pay off individuals for services rendered for the resistance? She has to pay taxes on this money doesn’t she? Maybe not, since the IRS is also a part of the deep state bureaucracy.

Sun-Dimming Aerosols Could Curb Global Warming, by Matthew Robinson, at cnn.com. At first I thought this article should go into Satirical Headlines below but this is true. Scientists want to reduce global warming by using a technique called stratospheric aerosol injection to spray sulfate particles into the Earth’s lower stratosphere in order to dim the sun.

Wait! I’m confused! I thought greenhouse gasses, like sulfate, caused global warming? Now scientists think the sun causes global warming and needs to be dimmed by the very greenhouse gasses they said cause global warming? As a kid ,with no science degree, I figured out that the sun is what warmed the earth.

Question please? How do ‘scientists’ know what the temperature of the Earth is supposed to be at any given place or at any given time?

Why Do Leftists Settle For Only $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage? at zerohedge.com. Why not a minimum wage higher than $15? If $15 is good $100 would be better wouldn’t it? Here is an excerpt from the article: “I think most everyone, including even liberals, can understand why a $100-an-hour minimum wage would be bad for people…..Because the labor of many, if not most, workers is not valued by employers at $100 and hour…..this would cause business to lose money and force them out of business.”

“If employers value someone’s labor at $90, $80, $50, $15, or $5 an hour, that worker isn’t going to get hired under a system that has a $100-per-hour minimum wage.”

“I think most progressives would get that. For some reason, however, their reasoning ability abandons them and turns to mush when they think of a minimum wage that is set at a much lower rate, say $15. They are unable to see that the same principle applies. Every worker whose labor is valued at less than $15 an hour is not going to get hired.

Michigan College Is “Arming” Students Against Mass Shooters….With Hockey Pucks, at zerohedge.com. At least they are finally admitting that students need to be armed with a weapon to fight back against in an active shooter situation. But, have these people ever heard the saying, “You never bring a hockey puck to a gun fight.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Obama Boasts That Obamacare Has Reduced Health Care Costs By Lowering Life Expectancy: ‘Thank Me For That” at babylonbee.com.

Pathetic conservative Hasn’t Even Been Banned From Twitter Yet, at babylonbee.com.

Obama Blasts Trump’s Use Of Tear Gas On Foreigners: ‘Frankly, I Would Have Used A Drone Strike‘, at babylonbee.com.

Global Warming Pinned ON Kid Who Keeps Leaving The Fromt Door Wide Open While The Heater Is On, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/3/18

November 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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 9/8/18

September 11, 2018

NYT Flashback: “If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama”, at zerohedge.com. Just as Obama set the stage for the executive actions by the next President. He also set a precedent for how to treat the press. The press didn’t worry about the use of executive power by Obama because they shared his world view. The press doesn’t like Trumps use of executive power because his world view doesn’t align with theirs. Here is an example of DOJ abuse of power under Obama.  Sharyl Attkisson computer hacked by DOJ . 

An Uber-Like Service Might Help escape Britain’s Socialist Health System, by George Pickering, at mises.org. The long wait times by patients in the British government healthcare system has produced a situation that allows new technologies to be used to see doctors sooner. In a socialist economic system, waiting lines are how scarce resources are rationed. But the passage of time allowed something new to come into existence that shortens the waiting (rationing) lines.

Criminalizing Childhood: School Safety Measures Aren’t Making Students Any Safer, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “From the moment a child enters public schools to the moment he or she graduates, they will be exposed to a steady diet of draconian zero tolerance policies that criminalize childish behavior, overreaching anti-bullying statutes that criminalize speech, school resource officers (police) tasked with disciplining and/or arresting so-called “disorderly” students, standardized testing that emphasizes rote answers over critical thinking, politically correct mindsets that teach young people to censor themselves and those around them, and extensive biometric and surveillance systems that, coupled with the rest, acclimate young people to a world in which they have no freedom of thought, speech or movement.”

Camile Paglia On The Indispensability Of Men, Who Do The Dangerous, Dirty Work That Makes Our Economy Possible, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Here is an excerpt from Camile Paglia’s article titled: It’s a Man’s World, and It Always Will Be” (subtitled: The modern economy is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role — but women were not its author):”

“Men are absolutely indispensable right now, invisible as it is to most feminists, who seem blind to the infrastructure that makes their own work lives possible. It is overwhelmingly men who do the dirty, dangerous work………Every day along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, one can watch the passage of vast oil tankers and towering cargo ships arriving from all over the world. These stately colossi are loaded, steered and off-loaded by men. The modern economy, with its vast production and distribution network, is a male epic, in which women have found a productive role – but women were not its author. Surely, modern women are strong enough now to give credit where credit is due!”

Milking Taxpayers, by Dan Mitchell, at danieljmitchell.wordpress.com. Consumers and taxpayers are the ones who pay the cost of Government subsidies for the dairy industry.

Richard Epstein On The Intellectual Poverty And Intellectual Self-Denial Of The ‘New Socialists’ by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Excerpt from the article by Richard Epstein: “The New Socialists try of course to distance themselves from the glaring failures of the Old Socialists, who suffered from two incurable vices. First, they ran the economies of such places as Cuba, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and virtually all of Eastern Europe into the ground. Second they turned these states into one-party dictatorships governed by police brutality, forced imprisonment for political offenses, and other human rights abuses………The New Socialists in the United States live in a world of intellectual self-denial. They think that they can control the distribution of all the good things in life without undermining the economic and social institutions needed for the creation of that wealth in the first place.

Stealing By Government, by Dan Mitchell, at danieljmitchell.wordpress.com. Civil asset forfeiture is theft of private property by the state without due process.

FEDERAL RESERVE MISCHIEF

Central Banks Enrich A Select Few At The Expense Of Many, by Thorsten Polleit, at mises.org. Central Banks were created for the purpose of growing Government. Governments can only tax so much out of the private economy before people revolt. Printing money is a stealthier way for governments to procure funds for expansion.

The Fed’s QE Unwind Hits $250 Billion, at zerohedge.com. This slow unwind is hiding the theft that took place by the previous inflation of the money supply.

Can Deflation Fix The Damage Done By Inflation?, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. This is a must read of the must reads. When the Fed lowers interest rates, below what they would be in a free market, and increases the money supply (counterfeits money), it starts the economy down the road of wasting scarce resources. Here is an excerpt from the article: “It is argued that because we do not exactly know the state of the economy at any point in time, it is quite possible that the central bank’s loose stance could be excessively loose which may result in a so-called overheating. This means that the loose policy will push the economy strongly above the trajectory of a stable non-inflationary growth.”

“Conversely, a tighter stance could be excessively tight thereby risking to plunge the economy below the trajectory of stable non-inflationary economic growth — a severe economic slump.”

“The view that the economy could be seen as a space ship is a misleading metaphor, since the economy is about human beings that use their means to achieve various goals. Given that economy is about human beings, no central authority can replace the free unhampered market that enables individuals achieving their goals in their best possible way.”

SATIRE OR REAL?

Which of these really happened?

Kavanaugh Accused Of Being ‘Too Judgemental’ To Be Effective Judge, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Demand Kavanaugh Submit To DNA Test To Prove He’s Not Actually Hitler, at babylonbee.com.

PETA Finally Frees Animal Crackers From Their Cages, at barstoolsports.com.

It’s the PETA article. There must not be much real animal abuse going on if PETA put time into freeing these cookie animals from their cages. I was worried that the poor Zebra was going to get eaten by the Lion because a cage no longer separates them. Until I remembered that, cage or no cage, all these animals are going to get eaten by me.

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Must Reads For The Week 8/25/18

August 27, 2018

GOVERNMENT CENTRAL PLANNERS KNOW WHAT’S BEST

Chicago Hopes To “Solve” Record Pension Deficit With Creative Solution: More Debt, at zerohedge.com. Is it a good idea to use a new credit card to pay off your maxed out credit card? Paying off debt with more debt doesn’t work in the real world. Oh by the way, decisions by these same big government central planners are what caused the pension problem in the first place.

Walk Softly – Big Brother Wields A Big Stick, at theburnigplatform.com. Financially sinking State governments are making it difficult for residents to move out of their States. They are trying to escape these high taxes. Central planners must think you and I are permanent residents of their State.

DO THESE ARTICLES HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON? Dem Congressional Candidate Has Spent Decades Pushing For Population Control, by Paul Bois, at dailywire.com. This central planner doesn’t understand that in order for the leftist ideology to survive you need a growing population to prop up the Ponzi scheme that is the our socialist welfare system. This idea couldn’t possibly lead to a different problem in the future, could it? Read this article. Uproar Over “Wacky” Plan To Start Baby Boom In China By Taxing Adults Under 40, at scmp.org. China had a one-child policy for four decades. It ended three years ago. This one-child policy has produced an aging population and a shrinking workforce. China needs more people to produce enough to prop up their communist Ponzi scheme. They are trying to incentivize individuals to have more children. They are doing this by subsidizing families who have more than one child with money taxed away from people under forty years old. Communist central planning created the problem they are now trying to solve.

San Francisco “Poop Patrollers” Make $185,000, at zerohedge.com. San Francisco’s central planners created the $#!++y mess they now have to clean up. Unfortunately they are cleaning up the symptom their previous economic policies produced. Economic central planning comes at a high cost that central planners ignore. Until they no longer can.

Ocasio-Cortez Claims Solidarity With Cab Drivers – While Campaign Buys Rides From Uber, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Please read Alexandria’s statements in this article. Now ask yourself; “Do I want this self avowed socialist central planner making policies about economic activity”? She doesn’t understand the basic law of supply and demand. And she graduated from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelors degree in economics and international relations. I bet her economic ignorance says more about this college than it does about her.

CENTRAL PLANNING PRODUCING THESE PROBLEMS

South Africa’s Land Confiscation: Socialism By Another Name, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Property rights not being protected leads to dire economic consequences. Allowing land to be confiscated and given away creates a couple of problems. 1) Three things needed for economic growth; investment, capital and entrepreneurship will decline if property right are not protected. A lower standard of living will follow. 2) The knowledge (human capital) the previous farmers had accumulated can’t be transferred to the new squatters. Agriculture production will decline. But once again government central planners know best.

“What A Disaster”: Chaos Returns To Venezuela One day After Massive Devaluation, at zerohedge.com. Decades of socialist central planning has put Venezuela in a position from which it can’t escape. Hyperinflation is being tried as a last resort. It won’t work. The economic situation in Venezuela is where government central planning of an economy eventually leads to if it is not stopped.

Destroying the Venezuelan economy has lead to migration problems for neighboring countries. Ecuador, Peru Tighten Entry Requirements For Venezuelans As Influx Swells, by Alexandera Valencia, at usnews.com. And this article.Brazil Deploys Troops To Venezuela Border After Migrant Chaos – “This Is Going To Turn Into War!” at zerohedge.com.

OTHER STUFF

The Big Self-Driving Car Problems: Artificial Intelligence Can’t Deal With Pedestrians, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When I told a friend of mine about a news article that was wondering why a self-driving car got into a wrecked. He said: “Seriously! Maybe it wrecked because no one was driving”. I have asked this question before; what do self-driving cars do when a deer runs across a four lane highway? This article brings up the same point about the unpredictable elements a self-driving car can’t be programmed to deal with. This is an example of why it is hard to centrally plan anything that involves human action. A self driving cars isn’t like a chemistry experiment where every element always act the same way. Also, what happens when the technology, which is created by flawed human beings, malfunctions. A driver has some options when his brakes fail. A self driving car has no options when the technology has a hiccup.

Instructor Tries To Quarantine Gun Owners In Back Of Class, by Frances Floresca, at campusreform.org. The good news is the university overruled the teaching assistant.

Some Inconvenient Gun Stats For Libs, at theburningplatform.com. The US is third in murders throughout the world. If you remove, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C, St Louis, and New Orleans the US is then 189th out of 193 countries in the entire world. What do these five cities have in common? Strict gun control laws.

Antifa Violently Attacks Man Holding Flag – Except He’s A Bernie Supporter, at zerohedge.com. No comment needed.

If Paul Manafort Is Going To Prison, Tony Podesta Should Be Joining Him, at zerohedge.com. Lady Justice has pulled off her blindfold. Now the only thing that matters is what side are you on. Are you part of the status quo or are trying to dismantle the status quo. In America today, does the rule of law exist?

Standards Go Out The Window As Employers Struggle To Fill Jobs, at zerohedge.com. There are more jobs than willing workers. Employers are overlooking previous requirements such as college degrees and work experience. At this moment anyone who is not employed probably isn’t a motivated worker. Most people today complain about receiving poor service from businesses. This makes my point because bad service usually means full employment.

Does A Fall In Unemployment Lead To Stronger Economic Growth? by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. More people being employed doesn’t lead to economic growth. Stronger economic growth leads to more employment. A job has to be a productive job for the economy to create wealth.  A job created by Government spending or a job created by Federal Reserve money printing destroys wealth.

REACTIONS TO TRUMPS TRADE POLICIES

I have been against Trumps tariffs because their cost is paid by your own citizens. Economic laws also tell us they hurt economic growth. I understand that Trump is trying to get countries to lower tariffs and trade restrictions by threatening them with corresponding tariffs and trade restrictions. This is a dangerous gambit.

Here is how I think Trump sees this situation. He thinks the U.S can take, lets say, thirty punches before it feels the pain. He also thinks that the EU, Mexico, Canada and China et al, can only take ten or fifteen punches before they feel the pain. He thinks these other countries also know this. He believes they will make concessions before real harm is done.

It is like a game of poker except he doesn’t bluff. I think these countries are beginning to understand Trump isn’t bluffing. A month ago the EU renegotiated some tariffs and trade restrictions. If you look at that along with these two articles: (China To Send Delegation For US Talks To Avert Trade War, at theguardian.com. and Trump Announces US-Mexico Trade Agreement As He Terminates NAFTA; Canada Left Out, at zerohedge.com.) He may be moving these countries off of their stances on tariffs and trade restrictions. I tip my hat if he pulls this off before the negative economic consequences take root.

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