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Must Reads For The Week 9/20/14

September 20, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

Radical Math, at radicalmath.org. You would think math would be a subject that could not be propagandized by the left. But you would be wrong. Here is a quote from the Radical Math website: “Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community members from around the country for a 3-day conference to explore the connections between math education and social justice. We will explore many questions, challenges, and opportunities to work toward social justice through math education.” We can never rest in our quest to keep what’s left of our freedom and regain the freedoms we’ve lost, because the progressive left will never rest.

Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Startup FlightCar Raises Another 13.5 Million, by Ryan Lawler, at techcrunch.com. Here is another example of the market benefiting the consumer, and not the status quo crony’s. FlightCar has lots near airports around the country. Travelers can park for free for the duration of their trip. Their cars are then used by visitors to the airport, at a discounted rate, instead of paying higher rates charged by traditional rental car companies. Both parties benefit. One party doesn’t have to pay for long-term parking, and the other party pays a discount for a rental car.

The Simple Economics Of Adjunct Abuse, at mungowitzend.blogspot.com. Why is the pay and benefits for College adjuncts so low? The supply of adjuncts is high, and the demand for adjuncts if low. Universities recruit students for their MA and PhD programs. The students aren’t told the demand for these advanced degrees is marginal at best. Producing more than the market demands lowers the price of the good or service. Economic forces are always at work.

Global Un-Warming? Antarctic Sea-Ice Reaches Record High Levels, at zerohedge.com. Another example of reality going against the conventional wisdom of the global warming cult. Here is a quote form the article, “CEO of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC, Tony Worby, said the warming atmosphere is leading to greater sea ice coverage by changing wind patterns.” It must be nice to be able to use global warming as a universal excuse for every weather scenario.

Paul Krugman Explained, at zerohedge.com. Keynesian economist Paul Krugman is like the global warming cultists, he doesn’t have to be intellectually consistent.

Obama Met Privately With Top Journalists Before ISIS War Speech, by Michael Calderone, at economicpolicyjournal.com. I wonder if the journalists were given tips on how to propagandize the ISIS speech? Memorize the list of these unbiased journalists for future reference.

Castro Valley Winery Fined $155,000 For Using Volunteers, by Rebecca Parr, at mercurynews.com. Westover Winery is out of business after being fined $155,000 for using labor that volunteered. Here is an excerpt from the article, “The volunteers, some of them learning to make wine while helping out, were illegally unpaid laborers, and Westover Winery should have been paying them and paying worker taxes, the state Department of Industrial Relations said.” Why would people voluntarily work for no pay? Answer: Because they thought what they were getting out of working at this vineyard was more valuable than the labor they expended and also more valuable than the next best use of their time. Then government steps in and uses it’s coercive power to imposes they’re special wisdom on the people who voluntarily made this arrangement. I saw this at Carpe Diem Blog.

8 Subliminal Messages Hidden In Corporate Logos, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Individuals are really clever.

The World’s Largest Urban Zipline, at youtube.com. These people are insane.

The Economics Of American Pickers, by Joel Poindexter, at mises.org. There is a lot of depth in this short article that explains the economic principles in play on the History Channel Show, American Pickers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 8/2/14

August 2, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

Happy 102nd Birthday Milton Friedman, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. Although not a favorite of Austrian economists, reading his book Free to Choose started me on the correct road. This article has many great quotes, like this one: President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”… Neither half of that statement expresses a relation between the citizen and his government that is worthy of the ideals of free men in a free society. “What your country can do for you” implies that the government is the patron, the citizen the ward. “What you can do for your country” assumes that the government is the master, the citizen the servant.

The Invisible Hand Of Government, at libertypenblog.blogspot.com. More Milton Friedman. Short video about incentives that exist in the market vs. incentives that exist in politics. It is our fault government has taken away so much individual freedom. We are the only ones who can restore this freedom, it can only happen from the bottom up.

More Evidence That Competition Breeds Competence, by Mark J. Perry At aei-ideas.org. Because Uber and Lyft are providing quality service to customers, Taxi companies are losing business. As a result cab drivers are taking a Hospitality Management program at South Seattle College. Consumers win in a free market, businesses win in a crony capitalist system.

DC’s Gun Restrictions Takes One Between The Eyes, by Ross Kaminsky, at spectator.org. Gun grabbers will be going crazy over this ruling.

The Worst Comment On Economics That You’ll Read All Day, by Chris Rossini, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Washington Post Columnist E. J. Dionne said, “..curtailing SNAP would be devastating…. food stamps also offer an immediate economic stimulus at moments when the economy is losing purchasing power“. Money that is taken {stolen} from me and given to another person doesn’t stimulate the economy, it merely transfers purchasing power. As Chris Rossini says, “Does theft now provide “economic stimulus”? What an interesting point of view. Remember that if you’re ever confronted by a mugger on a city street. His stealing of your money provides an “immediate economic stimulus”! He should be praised, and not cast as some sort of villain! You’re the villain should you seek to curtail him.”

What’s Wrong With Global Warming, by Greg Morin, at economicpolicyjournal.com. The “settled” science on global warming is becoming a bit unsettling for the true believers, because reality isn’t cooperating with what their scientific models have been predicting.

DHS Seizes Land Rover Over EPA Regulations, at foxnews.com. The lady in this video is in disbelief that something like this actually happened. She sums it up saying,  “I’m surprised that someone can come in and take your property“. Read article here. Can we all agree that this an example of Government being to big. They stole her vehicle, under the protective umbrella of EPA regulations. Things like this can’t happen to you; can they?

Cartoon Explaining Israeli-Arab Conflict, I saw this at tammybruce.com. This is a good, for a more in depth explanation read previous post, Define Winning and Losing In The Israeli-Arab Conflict.

Six Current Economic Myths And Realities, by Patrick Barron, at patrickbarron.blogspot.com. Austrian economist Patrick Barron lists six economic myths that the main stream media reports as truth.