Posted tagged ‘EPA’

Must Reads For The Week 8/15/15

August 14, 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Fed Finally Figures Out Soaring Student Debt Is Reason For Exploding College Costs, at zerohedge.com. The Fed has figured out that when money, from debt and money printing, is injected into a particular area of the economy, it raises the price (creates a bubble). Does this revelation hold true for all of the Feds printed money that has gone into the stock market?

The Doctor Won’t See You Now, at Forbes.com.  The laws of economics will be strictly obeyed.  The money quote from the article, “Many exchange policies limit patients’ choices of doctors and hospitals in order to keep premiums down in the face of Obamacare’s intrusive regulations and costly mandates.”  Who could have predicted that?

Navajo Nation Vows To Hold EPA Accountable, at zerohedge.com.  The EPA is responsible for releasing 1 Million, 3 Million gallons of toxic waste water into Colorado’s Animus River.  Like all Government agencies they are currently blaming the contractor for the accident.  Tough luck for New Mexico and Utah who are downstream from the toxic release.  I haven’t heard a peep from the media or environmental groups about this.  I guess it’s neither illegal nor a big deal if the government does it.  I wish the Navajo nation good luck in any lawsuit.  It’s great to be the tyrant, king!

Did EPA Intentionally Poison Animus River To Secure SuperFund Money?, at zerohedge.com.  It appears that a retired geologist predicted that the EPA would foul the Animus River a week before it actually occurred.  The implications of his accusations are chilling.  Never let a good crisis go to waste?

The Battle Intensifies: Police Raid Uber’s Hong Kong Office, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Car Wars! Return of the Jitneys continues.  At this point, a rational government would realize they can’t put the genie back in the bottle.  Protecting special interests always trumps rationality but it can’t defeat the basic laws of economics.

Going Breadless in Venezuela, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Socialism and price controls rear their ugly head again as bread shortages are the new norm in Venezuela.  Weren’t there food riots last week?  Don’t they have a toilet paper shortage as well?  Hey, let them eat cake!  Sorry, that’s reserved for the rulers.

Minimum Wage Effect?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  January to June job losses for Seattle area restaurants reaches 1300.  While there are many reasons for declining employment, artificially raising the price of labor means you will have less of it.  Businesses must make adjustments to increased costs.  My guess is that one unintended consequence will be less tipping for servers.

China’s Currency Policy: Devastating Manipulation or a Form of Generous Foreign Aid to Americans?, at Carpe Diem Blog.  This is a very different take on China’s recent efforts to devalue their currency.  Government intervention in currency whether it is printing counterfeit money, zero point interest rates, fractional reserve banking, or devaluing will always have unforeseen and negative consequences.  As for devaluing currency, how do you jump off a cliff halfway?

The Disturbing Messages In Police Recruiting Videos, at The Washington Post.  You don’t have to watch all the videos to get the point.  Why would you stress violent confrontation in your recruiting videos?  Even the Marine Corps doesn’t do that and they have the best military recruiting videos bar none.  If it is part of the recruiting tactics then it is likely the emphasis of their training.  When the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Make sure you check out the last recruiting video by the Decatur Alabama police.  Quite the difference!

Serfdom USA!, at economicpolicyjournal.com.  Let’s end the week with some laughs.  This is for all of the true Austrian Economics Addicts out there.

 

“Must Read” Leftovers From Last Week

January 13, 2015

 

Price And Currency Controls Result In Venezuela’s McDonald’s Running Out Of French Fries, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Free market prices coordinate supply of, and demand for scarce resources. Venezuela is once again proving that Government price controls lead to shortages. Economic forces always win.

Oh Boy Argentina Faces Tampon Shortages, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Another example of Government restrictions and price controls leading to shortages. Scarce resources can either be rationed by prices in a free market, by Government in a socialist system, or by fighting over them. Do Government bureaucrats have enough knowledge to ration tampons?

Why Recording The Police Is Important, I saw this video at libertypenblog.blogspot.com. Both the police and the public will treat each other with more respect if their contacts with each other are being taped. Watch the video below.

Detained For 19 Days: Immigration Check Refusal Gone Wrong, by Zach Weissmueller, at reason.com. Here is why these contacts need to be filmed. Greg Rosenberg is a naturalized American who immigrated from Armenia 10 years ago. Knowing and exercising his rights at an immigration check point inside the US border, caused the officers to become upset that he challenged them, which led to him being jailed for 19 days for resisting arrest. He wasn’t allowed to see his lawyer for two weeks after requesting a lawyer. After 19 days, the Government dropped its case and dismissed all charges because there was no case to be made against Mr. Rosenberg. This was an obvious case of Government officials abusing their power.

Ethanol Policy Reform – The Rare Case Where Environmentalists And Energy Advocates Agree, by Marita Noon, at cfact.ort. The EPA can’t even tell refiners how much ethanol to put in gasoline supplies as mandated by it’s own Renewable Fuel Standards statute. This is another example of central planning by Government officials being trumped by reality. Central planners utopian visions can’t exist in the real world of scarcity.

Psychiatrists Now Say Non-Conformity Is A Mental Illness: Only The Sheeple Are “Sane”, by Jonathan Benson, at naturalnews.com. This is an attempt to diagnose people who reasonably question Government policies with a mental illness. Characterizing non-conformity as a mental illness is the hallmark of totalitarian government. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Psychiatric incarceration of mentally healthy people is uniformly understood to be a particularly pernicious form of repression, because it uses the powerful modalities of medicine as tools of punishment, and it compounds a deep affront to human rights with deception and fraud,” explains a 2002 analysis and commentary on the abuse of psychiatry in both the Soviet Union and China that was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law”. The State doesn’t like to be challenged. Unfortunately for them you can’t put that Genie back into the bottle.

Some Humor To Take The Edge Off

July 9, 2013

Here are some cartoons I found on The Burning Platform, click for more.

134245 600 Obama and the Constitution cartoons

THE DAILY SHOW JOHN OLIVER HAS SOME FUN WITH THE NSA SCANDAL, AT THE PRESIDENTS EXPENSE.

Unelected EPA Driving up The Cost of Food and Energy

October 12, 2012
The administrative regions of the United State...

The administrative regions of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t be mad at evil greedy businesses for the rise in the price of food and energy. Lets focus on the agency that makes the rules which force businesses to operate under new incentives and constraints. That agency is the EPA, an unelected group of bureaucrats who have more power than the House the Senate (more…)