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Must Reads For The Week 2/4/17

February 5, 2017

 

CRA: The “Regulatory Game Changer” That Could Wipe Out 8 Years Of Obama Regs In An Hour, at zerohedge.com. The Congressional Review Act could be used to repeal much of the burdensome regulations of the last 8 years. But why stop at the last 8 years?

Trump Taps Net Neutrality Critic To Lead FCC, at economicpolicyjournal.com. ‘Net Neutrality’ is a back door, or maybe a front door, into government regulation of the internet. This appointment will help neutralize this push against a free internet.

A Tale Of Two Cities…..Paris & Washington, at zerohedge.com. As Paris is ramping up environmental regulations, Washington is in the process of getting rid of burdensome environmental regulations. These regulations are a cost to businesses and ultimately the consumer. Paris is putting a ‘tariff’ on itself, while Washington is reducing the amount of the self imposed ‘tariff’. Trump should learn a few things about the results of trade restrictions, subsidies and tariffs from this. If he understands that environmental regulations are costs on businesses and consumers, he should be able to understand that trade regulations are costs on businesses and consumers.

Obama Issued A Massive Ammunition Ban Just One Day Before He Left Office, at zerohedge.com. There is no better way to get rid of guns than to make the one activity that introduces younger people into the use of firearms more expensive. Hunting is how many people are taught the safe use of firearms. People who have never been around firearms are generally fearful of firearms and can be manipulated into thinking people don’t need firearms.

Trump Regulatory Freeze Halts $180 Billion Of Proposed Obama Rules, New Study Shows, at zerohedge.com. If just putting a stop on pending regulations will save $180 billion; what happens if existing regulations are cut?

Construction Equipment Rental, at equipmentshare.com. The sharing economy makes us more productive. HT/ Carpe Diem Blog.

Iron Roughnecks Are Taking Over Oil Rigs, at bloomberg.com. Producing more with less. Fewer people are needed to man oil rigs thanks to automation. This is a good thing if you understand economics. But a bad thing if you don’t. HT/ Carge Diem Blog (click here).

Exposing The Cronyist Argument For Carbon Taxes, at freedomandprosperity.com. You know Government has too much power when big business agrees with something like this. This tax imposes costs on the competitors of these big businesses. These smaller competitors can’t afford the tax, like the big businesses can. The smaller competitors are eventually driven out. The consumer pays for this through higher prices.

Destroying The “Wind & Solar Will Save Us” Delusion, at zerohedge.com. Another example of too much Government power. Politicians use the power of government in an attempt to bring things forward in time, before it’s their time to be in the present. High cost energy from wind and solar can’t compete with lower cost energy from fossil fuels. Trying to use regulation and tax payer backed subsidies and loans to move green energy forward before its time is a waste of scarce resources that could, and should, be used in more productive activities. Unfortunately for the green energy zealots, but fortunately for us,  fossil fuels are going to be our main source of energy for a long time. But this fact won’t stop politicians and bureaucrats from using tax payer money for these green boondoggles.

Identity Politics At It’s Best Worst

As Democrat Representative Andre Carson introduces himself at a rally, you can hear Nancy Pelosi reminding him to “Tell them you’re a Muslim”.

My article this week, “Fake Headlines” , talks about identity politics.

Cartoons from The Burning Platform (More Here)

 

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Must Reads For The Week 5/23/15

May 23, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

LETS START WITH TECH

Electroloom Is a 3D Fabric Printer In The Making, by Natasha Lomas, at techcrunch.com. This is mind-blowing. Even when I watched the video of the 3D printer in action, I thought, what am I watching? The one question I had when I watched the video was; Why did they go to China to make Electroloom into a more usable product? Why couldn’t they do what they wanted to do here? Was Government regulations a reason they couldn’t finish there work here? I’m just asking, I don’t know why.

BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells, by Natasha Lomas, at techcrunch.com. BioBots can “build 3D living tissues and miniature human organs for research and pre-clinical screening, such as drug testing as a replacement for animal testing“. You can test on more complex human cells instead of less complex animal cells. A step forward to the possibility of 3D printing usable human organs.

Bocusini Will 3D Print Your Food Like A Fine Robotic Pastry Chef, by John Biggs, at techcrunch.com. The 3D printer uses small cartridges of chocolate, fudge, sugar, and marzipan, to create tasty small objects. I the day coming when you can fill the cartridges with some type of eatable food product that can be transformed to taste like your favorite meal.

GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION

Warning: Put Away All Sharp Objects!

Illinois, Chicago Run Out Of Options, Christine Williamson, pionline.com. Years of kicking the pension can down the road has finally caught up with politicians and bureaucrats.

Where Greeks Are Stashing Their Cash—German Cars, Not Mattresses, at davidstockmanscontracorner.com. When a currency is perceived to be loosing its value, people will not hold it. They will exchange it for goods. The Greeks are getting German cars, and the Germans are getting printed depreciating currency. It’s a something for nothing exchange.

School Cafeteria Food Fight: FLOTUS vs. Students, at tammybruce.com. Students are posting photos of their paltry lunches on social media. The US Department of Agriculture has decided to post photos to counter act the students photos. All I know is, you are not going to win a social media food fight with young people if you make it an, us against them scenario.

The Governments Message For Heavily Indebted Students: Don’t Pay Us Back, at zerohedge.com. The Federal Government takes over student loans. Than it hooks students into huge debt. Now it is taking the first steps to forgive the loan balances. Is this the start of Universal College Education, like Universal Health Care. Watch out tax payers.

Regulations Holding Back U.S. Energy Infrastructure Investment, by Mark J. Perry, at investors.com. In New England, a pipeline shortage caused by unpredictable Government regulations, has led to significantly higher costs of electricity and natural gas. We’re shooting ourselves in the foot with over regulation.

Net Neutrality: Obama’s FCC Puts Internet, American Innovation At Risk, by George Gilder, at discovery.org. George Gilder knows about the economics of technology. This is ‘the’ must read of todays must reads.

DEA Strikes Again: Seize Mans Life Savings Under Civil Asset Forfeiture Without Charges, at zerohedge.com. This is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment. How can this go on in America. This is the kind of thing that happened behind the iron curtain back in the day.

Why Minimum Wage Laws Are ‘Phased In’, (Hint: It’s An Attempt To Hide The Terrible Consequences). by Bryan Caplan, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Obamacare was and is being phased in like this. When consequences happen gradually, people don’t notice as much. Even though the end result is still the same: fewer jobs at the higher price.

JUST LAUGH OR YOU’LL LOOSE YOUR MIND

Al Sharpton’s Daughter Suing NYC For $5 Million Over Ankle She Sprained On Soho Sidewalk, at dailymail.co.uk. She said the sprain left her in “permanent pain and mental anguish”. Who says kids don’t learn from their parents?

Must Reads For The Week 2/28/15

February 28, 2015
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

A BAD WEEK FOR LIBERTY

FCC Votes In Favor Of Net Neutrality Has The Slippery Slope Of Web Censorship Begun? at zerohedge.com. The FCC passed 317 pages of net neutrality regulations that no one outside of the FCC commissioners have read, (“you have to pass it to find out what’s in it”). FCC commissioner and dissenting voter, Ajit Pai, described what happened with the passage of net neutrality regulations, “…imposes intrusive government regulations that won’t work to solve a problem that doesn’t exist using legal authority that FCC doesn’t have.

The Net Neutrality Scam, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. A great article explaining what net neutrality is and what will happen when it is implemented. He asks a great question: “Who Will Control The FCC? It will all come down to what they can get away with politically, because we certainly don’t live under the rule of law.

Mark Cuban’s Surgical Take Down Of Net Neutrality, by Erica Ritz, attheblaze.com. Here is an excerpt from the article. “Cuban said the uncertainty and legal challenges of having the government regulate the Internet will be enormous, and predicted that it will slow down innovation. He also said there are many unexpected issues that will arise from such an enormous change.

Verizon Answers Net Neutrality Vote In Morse Code, by Christina Sterbenz, at businessinsider.com. Verizon uses Morse code to respond to 1930’s style regulations.

Chicago Has CIA Type Black Sites, at targetliberty.com. Cops in Chicago are violating individuals constitutional rights when they try to get them to talk at these black sites. This can’t happen here!

Obama To Ban Bullets By Executive Order, Threatens Top Selling AR-15 Rifle, by Paul Becard, at washingtonexaminer.com. Politicians and bureaucrats can mandate that you buy health insurance, on the one hand, and ban you from buying bullets on the other. Can we all agree that Government has grown too big and powerful?

Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This, by John Whitehead, at targetliberty.com. What ever happened to the fourth amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall be issued, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

President Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline, at economist.com. The President vetoes a source for energy that will be built with private capital, but has spent billions of tax payers dollars “investing” in green energy companies that have since gone bankrupt. Read Government Investment Or Government Waste, to see a list of green companies the have gone bankrupt.

Sliding Into Totalitarianism, at economicnoise.com. The movement into totalitarianism is not a categorical change, it is an incremental change. The change is slow and difficult to perceive because we are living inside the incremental change. It is like looking at yourself in the mirror everyday for 30 years. You don’t realize how you’ve aged until you see a picture of yourself from 30 years ago.

SOME CARTOONS

Net Neutrality?

February 26, 2015

Here is a video of The President talking about net neutrality.

Sounds like he really wants to protect us, the little guys, from big corporations doesn’t it. Why should we believe the man who pushed a bill titled, “The Affordable Care Act”? Obamacare has made individuals less free to choose how they want to pay for their healthcare. Insurance companies were for this law because they thought they would benefit from its passage. With the stroke of the pen, the law created 30 million more costumers for insurance companies. The fact that it expanded Governments power over the individual makes politicians and bureaucrats happy. But who among us wouldn’t want our power expanded? Is the term “Net Neutrality” any different from “The Affordable Care Act”.

You can bet your life that Net Neutrality regulations will make the internet less neutral, less free, and more expensive.

Net neutrality laws will help the already established tech companies and hurt the upstart competitors who, under normal market conditions, would normally be a check on the big providers. The threat of competitors trying to get market share keeps them in line. This is what Uber is doing to the taxi cartel. Big tech companies will be for this, or at least be tepid in their resistance to it. Once Government regulates the internet, these tech companies will be the protected cartel.

Politicians and bureaucrats will not only be able to tax the internet more easily, they will be able to make rules about content, access, and will probably make you get a license to have a website. Think of what bureaucrats (Lois Lerner) in the IRS did to stifle liberty minded groups from getting their message out. Politicians and bureaucrats are only in favor of free speech if they agree with what is said, they are never neutral when it comes to losing power.

Politicians and bureaucrats have been trying for years to figure out how to intervene into the internet. The internet is what has allowed our economy to grow in spite of the interventions by the Government and the Fed. Now, for some reason, the President and bureaucrats want to intervene into an area of the economy that has had exponential expansion without the “help” of Government regulations.

IS THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERNET COMING SOON?

DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED TYRANTS

Tyrants want to control information because truth is never on their side. Even democratically elected tyrants want to have the ability to control and/or propagandize their message. The internet is a marketplace where truth can be discovered, and lies can be uncovered, because of the volume of information that can be brought to bear almost immediately.

The President, the FCC, most democrats, and some republicans are showing their true tyrannical colors by supporting these regulations, but the internet Jeannie is out of the bottle. The marketplace will find ways to deliver this highly demanded economic good outside of these Government regulations. The tighter they squeeze, the more we will slip through their hands.

Related ArticleBeck Breaks Down What He Thinks Is The Real Goal Of Net Neutrality, at theblaze.com.

Related ArticleInternet Fast Lanes Would Be Banned Under Planned FCC Proposal, at entrepreneur.com.

 

Obama Wants “Net Neutrality” Regulations. That’s Why We Should Oppose Them.

November 19, 2014

Here is a video of The President talking about net neutrality.

Sounds like he really wants to protect us, the little guys, from big corporations doesn’t it. Why should we believe the man who pushed a bill titled, “The Affordable Care Act”, which made healthcare less affordable. Is the term “Net Neutrality” any different from “The Affordable Care Act”. You can bet your life that Net Neutrality regulations will make the internet less neutral, less free, and more expensive.

This video is an example of the truth about Obamacare aka The Affordable Care Act. The administrations favorite economist when it came to Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber, is proud of the lies that were told in order to sell Obamacare to the public. When you watch this guy, you are actually watching what the President, his administration, and the Congressmen and Senators who voted for this, think about you.

Obamacare has made individuals less free to choose how they want to pay for their healthcare. Insurance companies were for this law because they thought they would benefit by its passage. With the stroke of the pen, the law created 30 million more costumers for insurance companies. The fact that it expanded Governments power over the individual makes politicians and bureaucrats happy. But who among us wouldn’t want our power expanded?

Net neutrality laws will help the already established tech companies and hurt the upstart competitors who, under normal market conditions, would normally be a check on the big providers. The threat of competitors trying to get market share keeps them in line. This is what Uber is doing to the taxi cartel. Big tech companies will be for this, or at least be tepid in their resistance to it. Once Government regulates the internet, these tech companies will be the protected cartel.

Politicians and bureaucrats will not only be able to tax the internet more easily, they will be able to make rules about content and access. Think of what bureaucrats (Lois Lerner) in the IRS did to stifle liberty minded groups from getting their message out. Politicians and bureaucrats are only in favor of free speech if they agree with what is said, they are never neutral when it comes to losing power.

Politicians and bureaucrats have been trying for years to figure out how to intervene into the internet. The internet is what has allowed our economy to grow in spite of the interventions by the Government and the Fed. Now, for some reason, the President and bureaucrats want to intervene into an area of the economy that has had exponential expansion without the “help” of Government regulations.

Tyrants want to control information because truth is never on their side. Since the internet is the marketplace for truth, even democratically elected tyrants want to have the ability to control and/or propagandize their message.

Even if the President and the FCC succeed in getting regulations, the internet Jeannie is out of the bottle. They will show their true tyrannical colors with these regulations, but the marketplace will find ways to deliver a highly demanded market good outside of these Government regulations. The tighter they squeeze, the more will slip from their hands.