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Must Reads For The Week 5/19/18

May 20, 2018

Dixon High School Shooting: Officer Saves Lives, Shoots, Wounds Ex-Student, at Time.com. Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with gun. There wasn’t much coverage about this attempted school shooting. It doesn’t fit the main stream media narrative about guns.

The Media Coverage Of The Israeli-Palestinian Clash Is Built On Myths, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “No matter how often Hamas tells us that rioters on the Israel-Gaza border are armed, most of the media keeps referring to them as “protesters” and “demonstrators.” No matter how often Hamas acknowledges that rioters are part of a broader “war,” the media simply won’t report it as such. And no matter how often those rioters tell reporters they want to “kill” and “burn” Jews inside Israel, left-wing journalists and pundits still frame Israel as the aggressor.

Global Warming: Media Ignore Sharp Drop In Global Temperatures Over Past Two Years, at investors.com. What the main stream media doesn’t cover is just as telling, if not more telling, as what they do cover. This doesn’t fit their vision of the world.

Media Hate Trump So Much, They’re Willing To Defend MS-13, by Joey Wulfsohn, at thefederalist.com. Just another example of the main stream media at work.

The “Fake News” Story Is Fake, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media has lost its monopoly on the information people have access to. The internet has allowed people more access to information than was ever thought possible. The internet busted their monopoly. So the MSM’s answer to the loss of their monopoly is to just paint themselves deeper into their leftist corner.

Kayne And Dems, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “West’s support for Trump, along with his criticism of the “plantation” mentality of the Democratic Party, has been met with vicious backlash from the left. The bottom-line sin that West has committed is questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans. The backlash has been so bad that West had to hire personal security to protect him against threats made against his life.”

“Kanye West is not saying anything different from what Dr. Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Jason Riley, I and other black libertarians/conservatives have been saying or decades. In fact, West has tweeted quotations from Sowell, such as “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it” and “The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.” Tweeting those Sowell  quotations represents the highest order of blasphemy in the eyes of leftist.

Millennial Candidates Embrace Socialism, While Venezuela Chokes On It, by Doug French, at mises.org. Socialism is not a new idea. It goes back centuries and has been a proven failure. So why do millennials think it is such a good idea? Because our education system promotes socialist central planning and discredits free markets.

Broke Illinois Pension System Leaves Every Resident With $11,000 Debt, at zerohedge.com. Individuals in State government have created this crisis because they have underfunded these pensions. Why? The incentives of the political system is to cave in to government unions.

Yes, Carbon And Other Taxes Make Gas Ridiculously Expensive, by Robert P. Murphy, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: Excerpt from the article:  “Americans should be very suspicious when intellectuals tell them that a carbon tax won’t be very painful or disruptive to the economy. Besides the obvious lessons from history—when has a government ever been modest with raising revenues through a new tax?—we can also point out that the point of a carbon tax is to alter people’s behavior, by making their current lifestyle so expensive that they have no choice but to change it.”

California Kids’ Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. The Federal Government pushed Common Core. Now look at the results. Bur they will never admit their mistake. They will probably double down.

Stop Calling The GOP The Party Of Small Government, by Veronique de Rugy, at reason.com. Government has grown under GOP control. The only way to shrink government is to primary out every big government republican in the House and Senate. And replace them with candidates who think like Freedom Caucus members.

More On My Efforts To Advance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion And End Gender Discrimination In Michigan, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is catching the leftest in their own Title IX trap. The University of Michigan is currently reviewing possible violations of Title IX nondiscrimination policies. But this discrimination is against men and gender nonconforming students.

Campus Kangaroo Courts Finally Used Against Women, by Ashe Schow, at thefederalist.com. A male student has accused a female student of sexual assault. Apparently he was to drunk to ‘consent’ to sexual activity. Just like male students who are wrongly accused, she is suing the University of Cincinnati for violating her 14th amendment right to due process. How absurd is all this getting?

Why Trump Is A President Like No Other, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. Victor Davis Hanson reviews Conrad Black’s book about Donald Trump. It gives great insight into why Trump does what he does. I’ve said before that Trump is playing  a different game than the game political, bureaucratic and media insiders have always played. After two years they still don’t understand what game he is playing. It’s as if he is playing hockey on their golf course.

Donald Trump’s Critics Face Blowback, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. The “Deep State” is getting caught in the traps that they tried to spring on Trump.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/21/18

April 22, 2018

GOVERNMENT CENTRAL PLANNING DESTROYS COMPLEX SYSTEMS

Why Systems Fail, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.    Excerpt from the article: 1) “Systems are accretions of structures and modifications laid down over time. Each layer adds complexity which is viewed at the time as a solution.”

“This benefits insiders, as their job security arises from the need to manage the added complexity. The new layer may also benefit an outside constituency that quickly becomes dependent on the new layer for income.”

“In short order, insiders and outsiders alike habituate to the higher complexity…….. Few people can visualize alternatives, and any alternative that reduces the budget, payroll or power…..is rejected as “unworkable.”

“In this set of incentives, the “solution” is always: we need more money. But increasing the budget can’t fix what’s broken….. As a result, new layers rarely replaces previous layers; the system becomes more and more inefficient and costly as every new layer must find workarounds and kludgy fixes to function with the legacy layers.

2) “The organization is incapable of instituting deep reforms due to organizational sclerosis…… The structure itself has lost the feedback loops and accountability needed to radically restructure a failing organization.”

These dynamics can manifest in both private-sector corporations and public-sector agencies….All of this contrasts with self-organizing networks which lack the hierarchy necessary for sclerosis, self-serving insiders and fatally blinded management. Since “this is the way the system works,” we have a hard time imagining how public agencies and corporations might be obsoleted by self-organizing, opt-in transparent rules-based networks.”

“Since failing systems are incapable of structural reform, collapse is the only way forward. Unfortunately collapse doesn’t guarantee success; if the rot is deep enough, the wherewithal to assemble a new more sustainable system may be lacking.”

EXAMPLES

Kentucky Teachers Want A Taxpayer Bailout, by Troy Vincent, at mises.org. Teachers unions and Government bureaucracies are examples of what is talked about above. Teachers unions are incentivized to get as much money for its constituency group as possible. That constituency is not the students it is the teachers. Politicians and bureaucrats cave in to these demands because the future fiscal problems that will arise, because of their decision, will be the problems for future politicians. And even if they are still in office, no one will remember that the previous decisions were responsible for the current fiscal problem. In this case the  feedback loop for politicians comes from the voters. But if voters are not informed enough to know what caused the problem, they can’t exercise their power. Ultimately voters will bear the fiscal burden of the decisions made by teachers unions and politicians. But voters have only themselves to blame for the problem because they were economically ignorant voters in the first place.

The War Between Public Pensioners And Tax Donkeys Is Heating Up, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Many State public pension systems are underfunded. Raising taxes is the only solution because we know the teachers unions will never give up anything. And politicians will always cave to the unions. Unfortunately someone will have to give something up. And that means tax payers will have to give up more of what they have produced. At some point this will come to an end. Because if you continue to consume more than you produce, at some point there will be nothing left.

US Budget Deficit Hits $600 Billion In 6 Months, As Spending On Interest Explodes, at zerohedge.com. And this: US Deficit To Soar Over 40% In 2019, Exceed $1 Trillion By 2020, at zerohedge.com. This debt is unsustainable. There will come a point where this debt can’t be paid off. We may have already passed the point of no return. Politicians and bureaucrats will never shrink the size of their fiefdoms, so collapse may be the only solution.

Californians Flee The State In Droves Over Taxation And Housing Costs, at zerohedge.com. Politicians have caused this problem. The solution is going to be forced on States like California when enough people leave. Where will the revenue come from when enough people leave. The scale will be tipped in the wrong direction. You can’t confiscate money from people who don’t exist.

Illegal Immigrants Shielded From University of California Out-Of-State Tuition Hike, by Keil Huber, at thecollegefix.com. If they are lucky they will spend more so the collapse can happen sooner.

LA Is Painting Some Of Its Streets White And The Reasons Why Are Pretty Cool, at cbsnews.com. Do the environmental crazies think there is no cost to their policies. $40,000 a mile adds up quickly. I hope this happens so California has to face economic reality sooner rather than later. It will be less costly.

Revealed: Mueller’s FBI Repeatedly Abused Prosecutorial Discretion, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The legal system is important if a country is to function properly. But the rule of law has been in the process of breaking down for decades. When the rules don’t apply equally, and prosecutors are above the law, you no longer have a legal system.

What Attorney-Client Privilege?, by Andrew Napolitano, at lewrockwell.com. You may think this is OK because it is happening to Trump. But what is going to stop  prosecutors from doing this to you. Or rights are being trampled on. This is another example of the erosion of our the legal system.

More Hilarious Facts About Tesla From A Hedge Fund Shorting The Stock, at zerohedge.com. Government has been subsidizing the purchase of electric cars. This allows the waste of scarce resources to continue long after this waste would have been stopped under normal market conditions. Losses are just as important as profits in transmitting information to producers. Producers need to know what, and how much, to produce. When Government tries to pick winners, they usually fail miserable. And once again taxpayers get caught without a chair when the music stops.

WHERE SOLUTIONS COME FROM

Solutions Only Arise Outside The Status Quo, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “…Institutions are fundamentally incapable of responding effectively or reforming themselves. The universal solution of failing institutions and hierarchies is throw more money at the failings in the doomed hope that doing more of what’s failed will magically solve the systemic problems. We see this dynamic in all the major public-private structures or our economy/society: Higher education (solution: make students borrow even more trillions, or have the government borrow more trillions); Healthcare (government needs to borrow more trillions), and national defense/security (government needs to borrow more trillions).”

“As a result, solutions are only possible outside these ossified, self-serving centralized hierarchies.”

“When faced with fiscal crises, central states/banks inevitably succumb to the temptation to print/borrow currency in whatever sums are needed to fill the shortfall of the moment. This….seems to be magic at first…..but eventually gravity takes hold and the currency’s purchasing power declines, as the real economy the production of goods and services) grows at rates far below the expansion of currency. Even the greatest empires in human history have been unable to resist the “easy” solution of devaluing currency…….

“Existing systems optimized for bygone eras and maximizing the security and wealth of insiders are doomed to fail…… Solutions will only arise outside the control and boundaries of existing systems, as all structural solutions threaten to obsolete or replace existing structures, displacing all the incumbents and insiders who benefit from the continuing failure of the institutions they manage and control.

Institutions like markets, money and law were created by spontaneous order. Government central planning did not create them. Since people don’t understand that these came about spontaneously, they also don’t understand that Government central planning has created all the problems with these institutions. Allowing solutions to come from the spontaneous order created by individuals making decisions, is the only way these problems can be solved. Government central planning can’t solve the problems it created, because it has no incentive to do so. Taking decision making power away from centralized Government, and returning it to individuals, is the only way this ends well.

Observations From The Margin

November 20, 2015

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-Did the Democrats schedule their recent debate on a Saturday evening so no one would watch it?

-I never thought I’d see the day when an avowed socialist would run for the Democratic presidential nomination. Their candidates have always tried keep that hidden.

-Does anyone other than the President believe that global warming is the biggest threat to the world?

-Here is my solution to the “illegal immigration” problem. 1) Enforce the existing laws pertaining to immigration and the border. 2) As illegal immigrants come in contact with our government systems ( legal system, welfare system, and educational systems), deport them. 3) Make it less costly and time-consuming to become a legal immigrant to the U.S. If you change the incentives, you will change behavior.

-After the attacks in Paris, I thought President Obama would suggest that the French pass stricter gun laws. You never let a serious crisis go to waste.

-A lesson from the attacks in Paris: The first responders are the people involved in the incident. The police and firemen are the second responders. So each of us should be aware of our surroundings, and be prepared to take the proper action (fight or flight) if a situation arises. And everyone who has a concealed carry permit, should carry.

-The unrest on college campuses over the last few weeks is an example of colleges reaping what they have sown. Political correctness,  multiculturalism, and diversity have produced ignorant unrealistic kids.

-I drove my truck to the auto repair shop last week without any brakes because a brake line ruptured. I found out the only reason you can go fast is because of brakes?

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

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Ted Cruz And Sierra Club President Spar Over The “Settled Science” Of Global Warming

October 9, 2015

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair looks like someone caught in quick sand as he struggles to avoid answering Ted Cruz’s questions about global warming. He repeats over and over again that “97% of the ‘worlds scientists’ concur that global warming is a fact.” I guess he is trying to convince himself because nobody would be convinced by this performance. (I wonder what constitutes “worlds scientists”?). If this was a prize fight they would have stopped it in the second round.

 

Watch this short video from my post titled, What They Haven’t Told You About Climate Change, in which the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, blows the whistle on the global warming hoax.

Related ArticleGlobal Warming? at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleReligion? Economics? Science? at austrianaddict.com.

The Model For Obama And The Pope? North Korea

October 2, 2015

The Burning Platform (click here) shows us that the Pope and President Obama would consider North Korea a perfect model for every nation to follow if we want to stop global warming. Electrical usage in North Korea has decreased since 1980, while South Korea’s electrical usage since 1980 is 14 times greater. We all know that electric power is produced by carbon based fuels, which emit CO2, which is used by plants along with water and sun light to make sugar for the plants and oxygen for us. Wait a second! Does using electricity produce oxygen?

 

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO

I have a question for the Pope and the President. If everyone followed your examples and spent their days pontificating or bloviating about poverty; Who would produce all the stuff that you want us to give to the down trodden? It’s hard to give something away that doesn’t exist. Production comes before consumption. The Pope should know this from reading Genesis 4:19 “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread.” And President Obama should know this from reading Karl Marx, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs“.

The people who rail against capitalism, do it under all the comforts that capitalism has produced. They are ignorant of the processes that allows them to do what they do, because they’re born in the middle of the story.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Here is a great article by Mark J. Perry at Carpe Diem Blog titled What Four Previous Popes Had To Say About Socialism. Needless to say they didn’t give socialism glowing reviews.

Related ArticleWhat Comes First Production Or Consumption, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleWe’re All Born In The Middle Of The Story, at austrianaddict.com.

Global Warming?

February 20, 2015

The temperature is going to get down to -14 degrees (or 247 degrees Kelvin) tonight here in Ohio,  so I thought I would post a video about global warming that I saw on economicpolicyjournal.com. In the video below Dr. Pierre Latour uses physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, economics, history and ethics to show the futility of attempting to designing a thermostat to control Earth’s temperature by adjusting CO2 levels. It’s long but very interesting when you get into the meat of the talk.

 

IS DR. LATOUR RELATED TO GEORGE CARLIN?

Dr. Latours voice and delivery reminds me of George Carlin. If you get board watching the above video, watch the George Carlin video below. It is a shorter and funner version of Dr Latour’s talk.

 

 Related ArticleThomas Sowell: Stormy Weather And Politics, at austrianaddict.com.