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Must Reads For The Week 11/10/18

November 11, 2018

DEMOCRAT INTERFERENCE IN FLORIDA ELECTION VOTE COUNT

JOSEPH STALIN – “IT’S NOT THE PEOPLE WHO VOTE THAT COUNT, IT’S THE PEOPLE WHO COUNT THE VOTES.”

Russian influence vs. Democrat Party corruption. What is happening in Florida is not an attempt to “influence” how people will vote. It is interference after the votes have been cast. Politicians, main stream media, political action committees, you and me try to influence people’s votes. It is part of the political process. Tampering with votes after the fact is illegal.

Trump Warns: Dems Are Sending “Their Best election-Stealing Lawyer” To Florida, at zerohedge.com. Haven’t we seen this movie before? It’s Broward and Palm Beach counties attempted fraud in Bush v Gore all over again.

Broward County Is An Embarrassment, And The Potential For A Stolen Florida Election Is Real, by Ben Demenech, at thefederalist.com. Bureaucratic incompetence? Or bureaucratic corruption?

In Palm Beach County, Democrats Argue To Count Votes Case By Non-Citizens, by D.D. McAllister, at thefederalist.com. If you follow the rule of law, this is simple. Someone who is not a citizen, is not allowed to vote. If they do vote, their vote doesn’t count.

Florida Vote Scandal Coverage Shows Media-Democrat Complicity, Again, by Mollie Hemmingway, at thefederalist.com. Shocker! The main stream media has picked sides on this issue.

OTHER ELECTION THOUGHTS

The Midterm Election Showed Why We Need More States, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “….there is one election night conclusion we can be certain about: America needs more states……While the idea may seem racical, smaller political units are the best way of addressing some of the growing cultural divides that thee media loves to talk about.”

“Of course none of these structural changes will help solve the issues America faces without an ideological change in favor of free markets and individual liberty. Still….it is worthwhile to question the physical size of political units in the US.

Three Reasons Why Elections Don’t Matter, at theburningplatform.com. This is a great summation of what happened in the mid-term election. The three reasons listed why elections don’t matter are: 1) The swamp will never be drained. 2) The inflating debt bubble. 3) Technocracy rises: Big brother cometh.  Although I agree the three reasons are difficult obstacles to overcome, elections do matter. But as the article above states: “Nothing will help solve the issues America faces without an ideological change in favor of free markets and individual liberty.” It takes time to change individuals minds about how the world really works. Especially when the the education system, the main stream media, and our cultural and Hollywood elites have been pushing socialist central planning and political correctness for decades. Change will come one of two ways. Ballots or bullets. Change by ballots has a much lower cost but it takes time. Remember where we were in 2009? Nobody thought then that we would be where we are today. And it has been just 10 years later. Change happens one step at a time.

OTHER STUFF

White House Pulls CNN’s Jim Acosta’s Media Credentials, at zerohedge.com. Jim Acosta acts like the little kid in the store that won’t mind his mother. The little kid needs a swift kick in the rear end.

Three Reasons Parents Shouldn’t Force Kids To Share Their Toys, by Emma Elliot Freire, at fee.org. This is an interesting article. Here is an excerpt: “Giving your child a sibling is the best way to teach them about sharing. Your kid learns quickly that the world does not revolve around them, and it requires no extra pedagogical effort on your part.

Seven Top Takeaways From Grassley’s Report On Brett Kavanaugh’s Accusers, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com. This was all politics. Meaning none of it was true.

Mother Of Three Fires Her Gun After Crook Kicks Down Her Door: “I Would’ve Killed Him If I Had To”, at theblaze.com. A defensive use of a firearm by a mother protecting her three kids.

Colorado Man Receives Major Settlement After Police Beat, Pepper Spray, and Repeatedly Tase Him, at theblaze.com. The cops thought he was drunk. But he was having a diabetic seizure.

Major Math Error Puts Widely Cited Global Warming Study On Ice, at zerohedge.com. Was it a accidental math error that wasn’t caught before the study was published? Or was the math error purposeful to make the study show what researchers wanted?

Nine Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, indoctrination Up, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. The sad thing about this is that it will take a lot of effort by parents to get rid of Common Core. Why? Because teaching our kids is purely political and has been for over 50 years.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Florida Recount Finally Wraps Up, Al Gore Declared President, at babylonbee.com.

Nation Torn Apart By Routine Election Starting To Wonder If Government May Be Too Powerful, at babylonbee.com.

Jim Acosta Late For Press conference Again After Staring At Self In Mirror For Three Hours, at babylonbee.com.

Nazis Clarify They’re Only Calling For ‘Democratic Nazism’, at babylonbee.com

 

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Must Reads For The Week 9/22/18

September 22, 2018

Landmark Victory For Institute For Justice, Which deserves Nobel Peace Prize For Its Ongoing Legal Efforts Advancing Human Rights, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is a victory for the individual in his fight against Government’s illegal use of force. Civil asset forfeiture laws are violations of our individual rights as spelled out in Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The Institute for Justice does great work helping individuals fight against the tyranny of government. We should all celebrate this victory because it is not just a victory for this particular individual. It is a victory for all individuals.

Gov. Brown Signs Law To Limit Plastic Straws In Full-Service Restaurants, at sacramento.cbslocal.com. Starting next year it will be illegal for full service restaurants to give a customer a plastic straw unless the customer asks for one. Do you think if crazy environmentalists thought that the use of straws would be good for the environment, that California would probably have a law making it illegal to drink in a restaurant without a straw?

Private Jet Traffic Increased 30 Percent During California Climate Conference, at targetliberty.com. Do as I say. Not as I do. How much CO2 (aka plant food) are these virtue signalling phonies pumping into the atmosphere by flying private jets instead of flying United with the “rabble”.

The eTron Con, at ericpetersautos.com. Car companies worship at the altar of electric vehicles. Will these companies ultimately be sacrificed on this EV altar? Great article about the EV scam and its cost.

Fraternity Holds Charity Fundraiser, Gets Accused Of ‘Cultural Appropriation’, by Grace Gottshling, at campusreform.org. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity wore grass skirts during a charitable fund-raiser. The Interfraternity Community, released a statement saying Phi Gamma Delta was guilty of cultural appropriation. Here is the statement: “Their actions represent clear examples of cultural appropriation which does not align with the values of the Interfraternity Community, or Washington State University……The Interfraternity Council condemns these and all acts of cultural appropriation regardless of the intention behind them.”  So anyone who drinks beer can be accused of appropriating German culture? Why do we listen to such nonsense?

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Govt Rules For Spying On US Journalists, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media doesn’t cover the fact that the FBI used The FISA court to surveil Trump because they want to get rid of him by any means necessary. What they don’t understand is the means used by government insiders to get Trump can also be used against them. Don’t these all knowing journalists know that Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder spelled out to the FBI in a memo that the AG will sign off on FISA applications to surveil “known media entities or known members of the media.” The MSM doesn’t understand that their ‘freedom of the press’, guaranteed in the constitution, only exists if Government allows it to exist. By not covering FBI and DOJ corruption related to Trump they are allowing the hangman to use a noose that could eventually be put around their neck.

40% Of Venezuela Stores Go Bust After 3,000% Minimum Wage Hike, at zerohedge.com. Government mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Incentives created by these policies have consequences. It doesn’t matter if the mandated minimum wage is $1000 dollars an hour if no businesses exist.

Backfire Economics: Trump’s Trade War Inflicts More ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ On US Firms, Consumers And Hurricane Victims, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Here are examples of some of the consequences of Trumps trade policies and tariffs. Economic laws are always in play no matter what the intentions are of a particular Government policy.

Socialism Isn’t Even Suited For Dogs, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Because of the printing press, 2.2 pounds of dog food costs roughly three weeks salary at minimum-wage. Since people in Venezuela can’t afford to feed their dogs, they are releasing their pets (under the possibility the dogs could be caught and eaten by starving Venezuelans).

Visualizing How America Uses Its Land In 13 Illustrations, at zerohedge.com. Of the roughly 1.918 billion acres of land in the U.S.. Only 69+ million acres are urban. We are not running out of land.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

CNN Retracts Completely Factual Story, Admits It Did Not Reflect Their Editorial Standards, at babylonbee.com.

Socialist Leaders Clarify: “We Only Want Socialism For Everyone Else‘, at babylonbee.com.

World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialists Students, at babylonbee.com.

Is Football Bad For The NFL? at theonion.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/1/18

September 3, 2018

THE COLLEGE SCAM

What You Really Pay For In College: Credentials, Not Education, by Doug French at mises.org. Traditionally, getting a high priced piece of paper, aka a college degree, was important to employers. It showed “that students have the discipline to suffer through the boredom to conform to what society expects and what employers want.” The changing economy and the high cost of college education is changing this traditional way of looking at employees.

11 Rage-Inducing Facts About America’s Wildly Out-Of Control Student Loan Debt Bubble, at zerohedge.co. Here are three important points from the article.

#1 The student loan debt bubble has now grown to 1.4 trillion dollars.

#2 In 2007, the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. was just 545 billion dollars.

#9 From 2007 through 2017. “college tuition costs jumped 63 percent, school housing surged 51 percent and the price of textbooks by 88 percent.”

The increase of borrowed money being used for college education is the reason the costs of college education has increased so much. It is a bubble.

No College, No Problem: Silicon Valley’s Student Loan Solution, at zerohedge.com. Many companies are beginning to rethink the importance of a college education as a requirement for employment. This is a good trend.

OTHER STUFF

Boy Punished For Calling His Teacher Ma’am’And A Mother Was Investigated For Letting Her 8 Year-Old Walk The Dog, by Micheal Snyder, at lewrockwell.com. This is not satire from The Onion. It is just two examples of public school education insanity.

Crushing The “Blame Climate Change From Wildfires” Narrative In 1 Simple Chart, at zerohedge.com. More acreage was burned in the early 20th century than today and it is not even close.

Immigrants and Disease, at theburnigplatform.com. By law immigrants and refugees are mandated to go through medical screening. If they don’t pass, they are not allowed to enter. But it is impossible to medically screen illegal immigrants.

The Looming Threat of Video Game Regulation, by Matthew McCaffrey, at mises.org.  Here are the two reasons from the article that regulation of all industries takes place. “1) Politicians and regulators trying to control and manage the emerging industry. 2) Industry leaders using regulation to their own advantage and to the detriment of competitors.”

Facebook Engineer’s Stunning admission” “We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters”, at zerohedge.com. This is an admission of what we already knew. This is not an infringement on free speech because these are private companies. Free speech shall not be infringed by Congress as stated in the First Amendment. The answer is for an entrepreneur to supply a Facebook like platform that is truly uncensored.

The Energy Race Is On (Improving Fossil Fuels vs. Political Favorites), by Greg Rhemke at masterresource.org. This is really good. It is a must read for a reason.

Chart Of The Day: Oil Output In Texas vs. Venezuela, 1994-2018, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is really a contrast between socialism and capitalism.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Socialists Gather On Labor Day To Protest Concept Of Labor, at babylonbee.com.

Liberal Activist Explains Notion Of Tolerance To Man She Just Called A “Worthless [Expletive]’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Praises Venezuela For Making Everyone A Millionaire Through Hyperinflation, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Severely Burned After Accidentally Touching Book On Basic Economics, at babylonbee.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 2/17/18

February 19, 2018

OPEC Future In Doubt As US Production, Fig Count Surge, at zerohedge.com. America’s shale revolution has changed the world oil market. OPEC wants to cut production to “balance the market”. What “balancing the market” means to OPEC is increased prices. Unfortunately for OPEC American shale is balancing the market. When the price of oil rises, because of OPEC’s production cuts, it now becomes profitable for frackers to produce more oil which ultimately lowers the price.

Inconvenient Energy Fact Of The Day, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Solar and wind are going to provide a small percentage of of the worlds energy for the foreseeable future. So why are we wasting tax dollars to subsidize these non productive energy sources? It makes no sense outside of the political arena.

The Boston Globe Editorial Board Unloads On The ‘Pipeline Absolutism’ Of Environmentalists, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.com. Once again environmentalists activities are increasing the cost of energy. Excerpt from the article: “Why is LNG coming 4,500 miles for Boston from the Russian Arctic when the US is the world’s No.1 natural gas producer? The simple answer to the question is a lack of natural gas pipelines in New England due to the “pipeline absolutism” of anti-fossil fuel environmentalists who have blocked all new pipeline expansions…

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Updates Mars Colonization Plans, by Jason Davis, at planetary.org. I’m going to throw a wrench in the spokes of Elon’s plan. How will this colony be supplied with food, water, oxygen, and other supplies to sustain life on Mars? Since there are no Walmarts on Mars, these life sustaining supplies will have to be continually transported from Earth to Mars. Is this logistical nightmare even possible? And what would the cost be (probably to tax payers) if it was possible?

Why Don’t Schools Use The Most Effective Teaching Methods? By Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. The simple answer is because our educational system is essentially a monopoly. Excerpt from the article: “ …and monopolies create very powerful special interests whose sole purpose is to protect those interests. And they undermine the public’s interests using the public’s money. In short, to get U.S. public schools to actively care about better instruction, what we need is some massive trust-busting.”

Loan Shark Nation: Forcing Our Kids To Choose Between Student Loans and Everything Else, at zerohedge.com. The result of Government taking over the student loan business is the cost of college has increased dramatically. Forcing our kids into debt serfdom.

How To Kill 300,000 Americans With Opioids, by Trey Goff, at mises.org. This is a great article explaining the unintended consequences of government intervention.

FBI Admits “Protocols Were Not Followed” Before Florida Massacre, at zerohedge.com. This isn’t the first time the FBI missed the warning signs of mass shooters and terrorists. But here are few points. 1) It is easier to connect the dots after the fact than it is before the fact. 2) I didn’t think we are allowed to profile, are we? 3) I think we all agree it is a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental problems.

CIA Argues The Public Can’t See Classified Information It Has Already Leaked To Favored Reporters, at zerohedge.com. Our “public servants” are really self servants.

The Media Stopped Reporting The Russia Collusion Story Because They Helped Create It, by Lee Smith, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “But the first vehicles of the Russiagate campaign were not bloggers or recent J-school grads lacking wisdom or guidance to wave off a piece of patent nonsense. They were journalists at the top of their profession—editors-in-chief, columnists, specialists in precisely the subjects that the dossier alleges to treat: foreign policy and national security. They didn’t get fooled. They volunteered their reputations to perpetrate a hoax on the American public.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 12/16/17

December 17, 2017

Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions, at zerohedge.com. Trying to make government agencies more efficient is a fool’s errand. Government agencies have no incentives to be efficient. If you want to cut spending by making bureaucracies more efficient you have put the cart before the horse. The only way to constrain spending is to cut their budget. Cutting their budget by say 25% would reveal what is and is not important to the Pentagon. They will cut spending on what is least important. If you cut their budget another 10%, the next wasteful marginal activities will be revealed. The Pentagon can’t spend what it doesn’t have.

Net Neutrality And The Problem With “Experts“, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The term “Net Neutrality” sounds just as good as “The Affordable Care Act”. No one could be against these policies could they? Progressives are great at making up clever names for their regulations. Unfortunately the results of these regulations are the direct opposite of their names. Net Neutrality is about individuals in government (the deep state) wanting to control the internet. The insiders knew they couldn’t get their regulation passed legislatively, so they used the FCC to implement the policies. If you are for “Net Neutrality” I have one question for you. If the internet, with all its complexity, came to exist today without government regulations, will it continue its growth under government regulations?

Here is a quote from George Gilder: “Socialist and totalitarian Governments are doomed to support the past. Because creativity is unpredictable, it is also uncontrollable. If the politicians want to have central planning and command, they cannot have dynamism and life. A managed economy is almost by definition a barren one.

Harvard Business School Professor: Half Of US Colleges Will Be Bankrupt In 10 to 15 years, by Abigail Hess, at cnbc.com. I have said for years that we can cut the cost of educating high school and college students through online education. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Colleges will try to protect their monopoly position by lobbying government to decertify online education and use taxpayer money to prop up their failing business model. Will the market (decisions made by individuals) win, or will individuals in government intervene?

Germany Ends Tesla Model S Subsidies In Massive Blow To Company’s Government Funded Business Plan, at zerohedge.com. Elon Musk is a scam artist. He has become wealthy by convincing individuals in government to give his company tax payer dollars directly and through subsidies for buyers of his product. Under normal market conditions consumers wouldn’t be as ‘charitable’ with their own money. Electric cars may be the cars of the future. That future could come to exist incrementally as the unsubsidized cost of electric cars becomes less than the cost of gas-powered cars. But the cost isn’t the only factor. The electric car must also be a better product according to the desires of consumers. And each consumers desires are subjective, with cost being just one factor.

Ban The Bike! How Cities Made A Huge Mistake In Promoting Cycling, by Lawrence Solomon, at businessfinancialpost.com. Here is another example of government central planning creating economic inefficiency. Using scarce resources for non productive activities is what government does best. Free markets (what results when people are allowed to produce, exchange, consume and save what they want according to they subjectively value) channel scarce resources to their most productive uses. This is why bike advocacy groups spend their time and money lobbying government to get what they want, because markets would constrain their plans.

John Cochrane On Surge Pricing, Economic Freedom And The Sad Paradox Of Free Markets…. by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Raising the price of tolls during rush hour is a free market solution (trade-off) to traffic congestion during rush hour. Toll road I-66, in the Virginia suburb of D.C., has increased tolls during rush hour to relieve congestion. Of course everyone is complaining. Which means politicians are trying to step in and get these ‘unfair’ prices reduced. People don’t understand how markets work. But they seem to believe that politicians using government power can conger up a solution to an economic ‘problem’. The laws of economics are still in play even though government tries to wish them out of existence. The reality is there is more demand for road space during rush hour than what exist to handle this demand. During normal times of the day there is less demand for this same road space. We could call it an over-supply of road space. One ‘solution’ would be to supply enough road space to handle rush hour demand. But at what cost? The new supply of road space would be a waste of scarce resources at all other times except rush hour. Raising tolls during rush hour is not a solution as much as it is a trade-off. The scarce resource of road space can be rationed through price increases. The increased price of the toll allows individuals to make the trade-off between purchasing higher priced road space now, or lower priced road space at some other time.

Here is an excerpt from the article: “It does not occur to anyone that you’re really not paying tolls to the government. You are paying your fellow drivers to stay home, carpool, come later, so that they will get out of your way and let you sail to work.”

“The reaction to Uber surge pricing is a similar test. Economists love it. You mean rather than sit in the rain and wait, I can pay more, compensate someone else for waiting, encourage a driver to skip dinner, and take me where I want to go, now? I’m in. Or, I can save some money and to later. Everyone else hates it. and gets cities to ban it. And we to back to waiting.”

“The fundamental reason so many markets are not free, and so dysfunctional, is that the voters of our democracy don’t really want freedom. Freedom will come when we want it, when we insist on it, when the average voter sees a free market solution rather than endless controls as the answer to real world problems. The sad paradox of free markets is that free markets don’t need people to understand them to work. But democracy does require voters to understand how things work.

Is The Oil Glut Set To Return? at zerohedge.com. Simple supply and demand. The American fracking industry is what is keeping the price of oil from increasing. OPEC’s attempt to increase oil prices by constricting what they will supply won’t work. As soon as the price increases, because of their production cuts, it becomes profitable for American fracking to increase production. This in turn drives the price back down. The only reason oil is staying around $50 a barrel is because the price rose to an average of $100 a barrel from 2008 to 2014. This price made it profitable to start fracking. During this time period the fracking industry found more cost efficient ways to extract the oil. Today they can pump oil profitably at prices above $40. Free market prices work.

Chicken Wing Spot Prices Collapse 30% As NFL Protests Take Their Toll, at zerohedge.com. Not only are fewer people going to NFL games. Fewer people are going to wing restaurants to watch NFL games. Politicizing the NFL has economic consequences.

Is Free Trade A Problem If Some People Use Their Greater Freedom To Eat More Than Intellectuals Think Wise? by Don Boudreaux, at cafehayek.com. Free trade increases the number of choices for consumers. This is a good thing, unless you are a central planner. Central planners don’t like free trade if the choices people make don’t coincide with what the planners think is wise.

NRA-Republican Backed Bill Makes It Easier For Feds To Disarm Citizens, by Tho Bishop, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “While Republicans and supporters of the NRA may not fear the Trump Administration coming after their guns, it is obviously reckless to grant additional power and resources to future administrative states that may be quite hostile to the right to gun ownership. To put it simply, there is never a good reason to give Federal agencies the power the revoke an individual’s ability to lawfully purchase a weapon without due process.”

Can We Be Honest About Women? by D.C. McAllister, at thefederalist.com. With all the allegations of sexual harassment, maybe we need to step back and take a look at the reality of human nature.

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Must Reads For The Week 11/25/17

November 25, 2017

The Public Are All Alone: Understanding How The Enemy Of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend, at zerohedge.com. Big government insiders in both parties, along with the mainstream media, the Hollywood elite, and the education establishment are the enemies of individual liberty. These people are no longer hiding the fact that they want to use the force of big government to centrally plan your life and my life. The election of Trump was a push back against the establishment. Even though Trump is not a small government guy, he is not a part of the establishment. The insiders in the establishment don’t want an outsider in their club. Being an outsider he doesn’t know that Republicans are supposed to surrender their position after any criticism by insiders (even his own parties insiders). This is why Trump is driving the establishment out of their minds. He doesn’t play the role like establishment Republicans. He doesn’t concede an inch when attacked by the establishment. He doubles down. He gives them a taste of their own medicine. Trumps presidency will be a success if all it does is open all of the outsiders eyes to the reality of the insiders game. I think outsiders are beginning to see this because of how insane the insiders react to everything Trump says or does. Defeating the establishment, aka draining the swamp, takes someone who doesn’t care what the establishment thinks. Insiders always care. Trump doesn’t!

Trumps Constructive Chaos, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “Polls, to the extent they retain any credibility, are ambiguous about Trump’s chaotic leadership style. They show that the public is in agreement with Trump on most of these hot button issues, while not being especially fond of Trump himself—perhaps in the manner that patients may fear their oncologists but ultimately appreciate their treatments for metastasizing cancers.”

“So is Trump creating chaos, or simply cleaning up the political and cultural messes of the past decade—or both? The answer is complex. To achieve perceived noble ends, the Obama administration often used dubious means, mostly through executive orders and by deceiving the public about Obamacare, illegal immigration, and the Iran deal. Now, Trump is using Obama’s own tools to reverse what Obama wrought.”

“The Obama presidency was atypical in many ways—even when compared to other Democratic administrations, such as Bill Clinton’s. Obama tried to move the country hard to the left and, in the process, radicalized and then eroded the Democratic Party at the local, state, and federal levels. And with the loss of a once solidly Democratic Congress, Obama was reduced to running the government by fiat and edict rather than through legislative compromise and cooperation.”

“The national debt doubled to $20 trillion. The economy stagnated. Labor non-participation rates soared. Near zero interest rates wiped out the purchasing power of middle-class savers. Scandals at the IRS, the GSA, and the VA abounded; the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Justice Department were all politicized. The country divided further along racial and ethnic lines.”

“……To address these challenges, Trump could have tried carefully to patch things up in a makeshift and incremental fashion. Or he could have found such ad hoc mending largely a waste of time, and instead found a better solution in slashing and burning the mess that was left, in order to create new policies from scratch. Trump chose the latter option—and predictably, as the old order declined chaos has followed ever since.”

The Demise Of Dissent: Why The Web Is Becoming Homogenized, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “We’ve all heard that the problem with the web is fake news, i.e. unsubstantiated or erroneous content that’s designed to mislead or sow confusion. The problem isn’t just fake news – it’s the homogenization of the web, that is, the elimination of marginalization of independent voices of skepticism and dissent…..In other words, we’ll be left with officially generated and sanctioned fake news and “approved” dissent.

This Obamacare Enrollment Assistance Group Got $200,000 In Federal Funds, Enrolled 1 Person, at zerohedge.com. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Thomas Sowell: “The first rule of economics is scarcity. There is not enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.” Politicians and bureaucrats forget the simple fact that healthcare is an economic good. It is controlled by the laws of economics, not the wishes of utopian central planners.

30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here’s Why….. at zerohedge.com. The American College of Cardiology has changed the definition of what constitutes high blood pressure. This will make big Pharma happy. More hypertension medication will be sold. Which begs the question; Which members of the American College of Cardiology invested in pharmaceutical companies before they changed the definition?

Always Ready, Always There, by Maggie Koerth Baker, at fivethirtyeight.com. This is a in-depth analysis of suicides in the military. Excerpt from the article: “When service members die by suicide, their deaths look a lot like civilian suicides – the same people, the same risk predictors, and the same means.

Are Electric Cars As Clean As They Seem?, at zerohedge.com. Here are the list of environmental problems related to electric cars that are usually over looked. Excerpt from the article: “…pollution issues from the extraction of rare earth minerals, the disposal of lithium-ion batteries, and the sourcing of the energy that powers charging stations….plague the future of the green argument for electric vehicles.”

Germany’s “Green Energy” Dream Is Falling Apart, at cfact.org. The economic realities of mandating high cost green energy and phasing out less expensive carbon based energy has political consequences. Just ask Angela Merkel.

Are You Paying For A Colossal Fraud? by Joseph Mercola, at lewrockwell.com. Is bottled water cleaner than tap water? What about the cost of tap water compared to bottled water? Excerpt from the article: “Water sold in a bottlee may be labeled distilled, spring, mineral, artesian or sparkling to name a few. More than 17 Million barrels of oil are used in the manufacture of bottled water and 50 billion water bottles are used and discarded every year. The cost of bottled water may be as much as 2,000 times more than tap water; eight glasses of water each day from your tap costs approximately 49 cents per year while the same amount in bottled water costs $1,400.”

 

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