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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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Must Reads For The Week 7/7/18

July 7, 2018

“20lbs Of Human Waste” – Major Medical Convention Abandons San Francisco Citing Street Safety, at zerohedge.com. Has the increase in homeless camps, crime, drug use in public and human waste on the street reached its tipping point in San Francisco? Will the financial loss of companies taking their conventions to other cities be enough to make the cities progressive left government change course? Don’t bet on it. These central planners will probably continue, or double down, on the same policies that created these problems in the first place.

When The EPA Was Really Corrupt, by Julie Kelly, at amgreatness.com. Scott Pruitt has resigned as director of the EPA because of allegations of corruption. The corruption by EPA director Gina McCarthy during the Obama administration was worse. My point of bringing up the corruption under the previous director is to show that corruption exists under ‘your good guys’ or ‘our bad guys’, or under ‘our good guys’ or ‘your bad guys’. Both D’s and R’s are susceptible to corruption. And there is a greater chance for corruption to occur as the size and power of government increases. Who the lead and supporting actors are doesn’t matter. Corruption exists because of the nature of man.  So constraining “bad” behavior and incentivizing “good” behavior is the best we can hope for. The real question is; who decides what is ‘bad” and “good” behavior? The rule of law should decide these matters. The real problem arises when one EPA director’s corruption is good, and the others is bad, depending on whether you are waving the R or D flag. Corruption by individuals in power, no matter the party, should be dealt with legally not politically. The rule of law breaks down when the law doesn’t apply to everyone. No matter what their political status is at the moment.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Sides With Conservative Professor In Landmark Free-Speech Case, at zerohedge.com. The rule of law is upheld. The fact that the professor was conservative in this case is meaningless. Marquette University violated its contract with this professor which guaranteed him academic freedom.

Imran Awan Gets Sweetheart Plea Deal; DOJ Won’t Prosecute Alleged Spy Ring Cybercrimes, at zerohedge.com. How much evidence does the DOJ need to start the prosecution of an individual? Do individuals in the DOJ look at “who” is being charged, or do they just look at the evidence? Was the DOJ created to protect government insiders? It looks like the job of the DOJ is to protect the power of government from being questioned.

Hey, Democrats, The System Doesn’t Need To Be ‘Fixed’ Every Time You Lose An Election, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “If you’re under the impression that the system exists merely to facilitate your partisan agenda, it’s not surprising the you also believe it’s “broken” every time things don’t go your way. This is why so many Democrats argue that we should “fix” the Electoral College when they lose a presidential election and “fix” the filibuster when they run the Senate and not “fix” the Supreme Court when they don’t run the Senate.

Graduating “With Honors” Becomes Meaningless As Colleges Hand Them Out Like Candy, at zerohedge.com. Increasing numbers of students are graduating with honors. If everyone is exceptional, everyone is average. Are college courses being dumbed down?  In this article titled Educational Fraud Continues, by Walter E. Williams, he talks about the educational fraud that exists in high schools. But here is an excerpt about college education: “Some of the greatest fraud occurs at the higher educational levels – colleges and universities. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of white high school graduates in 2016 enrolled in college, and 58% of black high school graduates enrolled in college. Here is my questions to you: If only 37% of white high school graduates test as college-ready, how come colleges are admitting 70% of them? And if roughly 17% of black high school graduates test as college-ready, how come colleges are admitting 58% of them? The bottom line is that colleges are admitting youngsters who have not mastered what used to be considered a ninth-grade level of proficiency in reading, writing and arithmetic. Very often, when they graduate from college, they still can’t master even a 12th-grade level of academic proficiency.”

How The United Kingdom Became A Police State, by Neema Parvini, at mises.org. Is this a look into our future? As mountains of laws and regulations keep increasing, anyone can be found to have broken some rule by the police state. Here is an excerpt from the article: It is clear that with less personal freedom and a bigger and more invasive state comes less personal responsibility and greater lawlessness. It is also clear that as he British state has become more tip-down in orientation than in its common-law past, it has levied increased coercive legislative power against the British people it supposedly serves. The state is now behaving in an openly Orwellian manner with near-explicit contempt for the public.”

Knives Are Too Sharp And Filing Them Down Is Solution To Soaring Violent Crime, Judge Says, at telegraph.co.uk. I thought this was an article from the Onion. This is an article from late May. I haven’t found anything to show this is a set up. Tell me if this judge’s rhetoric doesn’t sound like the same template that is used by the anti-gun left.

The Judge states, “A few of the blades carried by youths are so called ‘Rambo knives’ or samurai swords.”

“…it is very easy for any youth who wants to obtain a knife to take it from the kitchen drawer in his home or in the home of one of his friends.”

“As a result the most common knife a youth will take out is eight to ten inches, long and pointed, from his mother’s cutlery tray.”

He asked: “But why do we need eight-inch or ten-inch kitchen knives with points?”

“Butchers and fish mongers do, but how often, if at all, does a domestic chef use the point of an eight-inch or ten-inch knife? Rarely, if at all.”

“I would urge all those with any role in relation to knives….to consider preventing the sale of long pointed knives, except in rare, defined, circumstances, and replacing such knives with rounded ends.”

“It might even be that the police could organize a program whereby the owners of kitchen knives, which have been properly and lawfully bought for culinary purposes, could be taken somewhere to be modified, with the points being ground down into rounded ends.”

Wow! Sounds like the anti-gun left. The anti-knife left replaced the word gun with knife.

The State of New Jersey Just Signed Its Own Death Warrant, at zerohedge.com. New Jersey has lost tax revenue since it chased away high tax paying citizens after it increased the income tax several years ago. These people have moved to zero or low tax states. So what is their solution to the short fall? Increase taxes again. New York, Illinois and California are experiencing the same problem. People are voting on progressive left policies with their feet.

Watch: Neighbors Protest ICE As It Breaks Up Child Sex Trafficking Ring, by Juliana Knot, at thefederalist.com. The people on the coasts live in a media bubble and have no idea what the middle of the country thinks. These protesters don’t realize how ignorant they sound to the average person. Insiders on the coast think that the middle of the country lives in its own alternative media bubble. But they are mistaken. Why? Because the middle of the country is bombarded with the left spin via news papers, main stream media outlets, TV shows, hollywood and radio news at the top and bottom of every hour. We can’t escape the lefts narrative.

7 Months After Fake Flynn Story “Epic Mistake”, ABC Quietly Lets Brian Ross Go, at zerohedge.com. Brian Ross and all journalists level of credibility is directly related to the truthfulness of their reporting. The consumer of the news decides if a particular journalist is credible. In an unrelated article: Reporter Who Falsely Claimed Annapolis Shooter Wore MAGA Hat Resigns, by Andrew Kerr, at dailycaller.com. I don’t want these guys to “resign” (get asked to leave or else). Please stay and try to get your credibility back.  Here is the money quote from the article: “We need to be more vigilant than ever to be fair and accurate in a climate in which we are scrutinized and criticized,” said Wayne Phaneuf, the executive editor of the newspaper, in a statement.”

Let me translate this for you. “We used to get away with things like this all the time.  But the internet and alternative news sights have allowed critics to have a voice. Back in the good old days when we had our monopoly. This criticism was like a tree falling in the forest with no one there to hear it. It didn’t make a noise. In order to push our partisan agenda, we are going to have to find a more clandestine approach so we don’t get caught.”

OPEC’s Dilemma, by Daniel Lacalle, at mises.org. American Frackers have diminished the power of OPEC.

Visualizing The World’s Watersheds, at zerohedge.com. This is interesting. As Thomas Sowell has said before: “Nature discriminates wholesale.”

 

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Must Reads For The Week 6/30/18

June 30, 2018

San Francisco Restaurants Can’t Afford Waiters. So They’re Putting diners To Work, by Emily Badger, at cnbc.com. This is similar to full service gas stations changing to self-service stations back in the day (young people probably don’t remember when all gas stations were full service). The cost of artificially raising the minimum wage above what it would be under normal market conditions has to be paid by someone. Restaurant workers pay the cost by having their hours cut back or by losing their jobs to automation. The owner has to figure out how to absorb the cost that he can’t push onto his customers in higher prices. Ultimately he may go out of business because his business can’t profitable under the new regulations. The consumer pays in the higher prices charged by the restaurant for the food and service. Now the owners are trying to separate the food from the service (like gas stations did).

Are costumers willing to absorb the cost of physically performing the labor that they previously paid the waiter to do? Fast food restaurants have made this work. But the quality and the price of the food has to out weigh the cost of the labor the customer has to perform or else the consumer will go somewhere else. This weighing of the cost is subjective to each individual customer who walks in the door of the restaurant. The next question is; How much are individuals willing to pay for the ‘dining experience’? In the case of this restaurant not enough people valued it more than the price that was being charged. The market ultimately wins. Government intervention never produces what the planners planned.

Military Seizes Control Of Water Supplies As Venezuelan Infrastructure Collapses, at zerohedge.com. Socialist central planning of the economy produces a lower standard of living. Venezuela standard of living has been in a steady decline for years since Government central planners have taken over increasing numbers of decisions that used to be made by individuals in the market. Central planners utopian plans must always obey the reality of economic laws. No one should be surprised by this outcome.

2 Million Americans Quit Food Stamps In Trump’s First Year, by Ivan Pentchoukov, at theepochtimes.com. Improvement in the job market and the economy is the reason for this. Businesses are more productive even when the weight of government is lifted a little bit. Or when businesses don’t believe there is a threat of government intervention for the foreseeable future.

Disability Applications Plunge As The Economy Strengthens, by Nelson Schwartz, at wral.co. This and the food stamp article show incremental movement in the right direction. Lets hope Trumps tariff gambit doesn’t destroy this trend. Although we know there will be economic consequences for his actions. Why? Because economic laws will always win out against government intervention in the market.

Trump’s Trade War Causing Harley-Davidson To Move Some Production Out Of The United States, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Government intervention into the market produces consequences that were not planned by the planners. This is an example of economic laws winning out over government intervention. Economic reality cannot be wished away by government decree.

Dear High School Graduates: The Status Quo “Solutions” Enrich The Few At Your Expense, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. The cost of college, housing and healthcare are rising because of government intervention. Not direct intervention mind you, but interventions into the financial system. Government tried to make these industries “affordable” by making money easy to borrow. When money (real or printed) pours into any industry, the price (not the cost) of the good or service is driven higher. This rising price is caused because the money supply has been inflated. This allows individuals to borrow in order to purchase these goods or services. It is a debt created bubble. If the money supply had not been inflated, the interest rate would have been higher. Why? Because there would have been fewer dollars for competing borrowers. Simple supply and demand. The higher interest rates would have directed these funds to their most valued use according to the subjective valuations of each individual. But the artificial increased of the money supply brought about artificially low interest rates. This allowed a level of activity to occur in these industries, a level which would have never come about if interest rates were higher. Of course if there was no inflation of the money supply, the interest rates would have increased to a level reflecting the true amount of funds able to be borrowed. And the inflated prices in these industries would have been kept in check because of these higher interest rates.

Excerpt from the article: “The status quo is pressuring you to accept its “solutions”: borrow mega-bucks to attend college, then buy a decaying bungalow or a hastily constructed stucco box for $800,000 in a “desirable” city, pay sky-high income and property taxes on your earnings, and when the stress of all these crushing financial burdens ruins your health, well, we’ve got meds to “help” you – lots of meds at insane price points paid for by insurance – if you have “real” insurance without high deductibles, of course.”

“Student loan debt only makes your life harder, not easier, as the claimed “value” of a college degree is based on the distant past, not the present. The economy is changing fast and the conventional “solutions” no longer match the new realities.”

“The high cost of housing isn’t “solved” by buying in at the top of an unprecedented bubble. Buying into bubbles only makes the problem worse, for all bubbles pop.”

“The “solution” to crushing levels of debt is not to borrow more just to prop up a rotten, corrupt, dysfunctional and self-serving status quo….the young generations are being groomed to be the hosts for the parasitic classes that feed on young taxpayers, student loan debt-serfs, young buyers of bubble prices housing, unaffordable sickcare “insurance” and all the rest of the status quo “solutions”.

If Hillary And Democrats Laundered $84 Million, They Should Face Justice, by Dan Becker, at thefederalist.com. Hillary and Bill have been laundering millions through the Clinton global Initiative for years. So it is not hard to believe that Hillary laundered millions of campaign dollars.

More Than 685 Million Call Records Deleted By The NSA, at chicago.suntimes.com. We have given the State too much power.

The Police State Takes A Giant Step Towards Pre-Crime, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “If you think we still have privacy rights or a 4th Amendment, you are living in the past. Technology has moved past our individual rights and technology is now determining what day and time a crime will be committed in your meighborhood and produce a list of suspects that need to be “questioned” prior to a crime being committed.

The Four Dissenting Votes In The Travel Ban Ruling Are A Dangerous Sign, by Kyle Sammin, at thefederalist.com. This case should have never gotten this far. The question was simple. Does the presidency have the power to make this ruling. The judges, up to and including the 4 dissenting Supreme Court justices were trying to be Kreskin like mind readers of the President motive. The order was legal according to the law. But these judges were trying to strike down a lawful order because of political differences with the President. It became a political decision. These Judges are tasked to make legal decisions not political decisions. Making political decisions through the judicial process creates a mess. Just look at the mess created by Roe vs. Wade.

What Is The Religion Of Mass Public Shooters? by John Lott, at thedailycaller.com. Is it politically correct to even ask this question? No but it has to be asked.

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 4th Ranking House Democrat Joe Crowley In NY Primary, by Ray Downs, at upi.com. The Democrat party is moving towards the ideology of socialism. Let me try this again. The Democrats have always been socialist central planners. They have just always tried to hide what they truly are. They now have more and more people in power who are not afraid to say it.

I’m going to go way out on a limb but here is a prediction in regards to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She is going to be fast tracked to run for president just like Barack Obama was. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born October 13 1989 which would make her age eligible (35) to run for president in 2024. You can check mark all the boxes with her. She is a female minority. She is intelligent and speaks well in front of audiences. She is young and attractive which means she is photogenic. And she is a big government socialist central planner. I bet she will give one of the prime time speeches at the 2020 Democrat convention. This will be her official introduction to the country. The main stream media will take the baton from there and run with it. The propaganda campaign will be on full display. 18 months after the convention she will start her run for the 2024 presidency. Bernie Sanders will run again in 2020 in an attempt to mainstream “socialism”.  They hope the stigma of the word “socialist” won’t be as bad for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she runs in 2024. What do you think?

 

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Must Reads For The Week 6/2/18

June 3, 2018

Remember Filegate? Where The Clinton’s Promised Everyone That They Had Only Accidentally Been Looking Through FBI Files On Republicans? by John  Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Where these raw FBI files uses to blackmail people?

Atlanta Suburb Brags About Fines For Chipped Paint And Incorrectly Stacked Wood, at reason.com. It is not just the Federal Government that is tyrannical. Doraville Ga. is trying to balance its budget through fines and intimidation. Some residents are suing the city for violating their due process rights under the 14th amendment.

Trump Signs Orders Targeting Federal Workers, Union Activities, by Jonathan Allen, at nbcnews.com. Finally a politician with the balls to push back against out of control  federal employee unions. Public employee unions are helping bankrupt government at all levels.

How The Feds Use Transportation Funds To Spy On You, by Mike Maharrey, at mises.org. Is the Dept. of Homeland Security and the TSA building a nationwide surveillance network?

NAACP President In SC Says He Was Racially Profiled; Body Cam Video Shows Otherwise, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com. I’ve posted many times about what I think are abuses of power by police. Here is an example of false accusations against the police.  And this follow-up. NAACP Now Investigating If Two Officers Took Part In Traffic Stop Of NAACP Leader, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com.

BLM-Cheerleader Accuses Police Officer Of Sexual Assault, Body Cam Footage Proves Otherwise, at zerohedge.com. Another example of false accusations against police. Body cameras are a good idea. Just like citizens using their phones to film stops, is a good idea.

Caged Migrant Children Photo Goes Viral As Left Rages At Trump; Except It Happened Under Obama, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the biased main stream media running with a story because it fits their narrative. The good thing about the internet is these fake news stories can be easily debunked. the MSM doesn’t have a monopoly on information anymore.

You Won’t Believe What McDonald’s Is Being Sued For Now.... at zerohdege.com. There are too many slip and fall lawyers looking for a payday.

The Marketplace – America’s Other Democracy, by Brian Balfour, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Note the contrast between this “other” democracy versus the political democracy, which is rife with patronage peddling, pork barrel spending, taxes, corruption and waste. In the democracy of the marketplace, individuals strive to serve the needs of others in order to foster their own success. Compare that to political democracy, which tends “to give way to the tyranny of the status quo that gets to exploit the exploitable — you and your fellow citizens,

Free To Be A Socialist, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “….young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither they nor many of their teachers and professors know what free market capitalism is.”

“Free market capitalism is disfavored by many Americans – and threatened – not because of its failure but, ironically, because of its success. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind – such as disease, pestilence, hunger and gross poverty – that all other human problems appear both unbearable and inexcusable. The desire by many Americans to eliminate these so-called unbearable and inexcusable problems has led to the call for socialism”
“….socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great……It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.”

John Oliver Is Wrong About Venezuela – It’s A Socialist Country, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Venezuela is an example of the failure of socialism.

Drain The Swamp; Remove The Cancer, at economicnoise.com. Excerpt from the article: Much of he country still does not believe how corrupt their government is. To many, Trump is merely a baboon, not intelligent enough to properly manage government and not proper or politically correct enough to represent them.”

To the hoard of thieves inside the beltway, he is the million-to-one shot that could never happen. As such he is now a threat that cannot be tolerated. His tenure has already highlighted and uncovered inefficiencies and illegalities. And he is just getting started and beginning to focus on the really criminals stuff. Drain the swamp was a catchy campaign phrase but it was inaccurate in the sense that swamps do not metastasize. They can become more dangerous over time, but generally not become bigger. Washington is more like a cancer which does grow in size”

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