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Must Reads For The Week 3/2/19

March 3, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Give Socialism A Bad Name? by Don Boudreaux, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Socialism produces poverty and tyrannical government. It has a bad name no matter who it’s advocate is.

Mainstream Media Blacks Out The Democrats’ Infanticide Vote, by David Harsinyi, at thefederalist.com. The mainstream media covers or doesn’t cover stories based on whether the story A) fits their narrative or B) they think it furthers their leftist vision of the world.

Tesla Slams Into Tree In Florida, Bursting Into Flames And Killing Driver Before Reigniting In Tow Yard, at zerohedge.com. Teslas are showing a pattern of catching fire (Click here Teslas catching fire.) Is the Tesla becoming the new Ford Pinto (read here)? Will the Media go after Tesla like they did the Pinto. Or is an electric-powered car off-limits to criticism because it fits the MSM’s leftist agenda?

The California Dream Is In Nevada: Golden State Expats Flock To Las Vegas Suburb, at zerohedge.com. Californians are fleeing their mini socialist State for greener ($) pastures. I hope they understand it was their leftist political ideology that brought about the economic conditions they are fleeing. If not, they will vote in the same disastrous policies which produced the economic conditions they fled in the first place.

Hate Crime Hoaxes: The Bad And The Good, by Walter Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Her are the words of Dr. Williams: “This type of hoax is part and parcel of the let’s broad agenda of victimology, fraudulence and gimmickry, plus gross media gullibility, incompetence and political attention seeking. What’s so troublesome is the fact that despite considerable evidence that the incident was a hoax, no apologies have been issued to either he public or the targets of their malfeasance – President Trump and the Americans who voted for him.”

Racial hoaxes have been a major part of the leftist agenda going back decades. In 1987, the Rev. Al Sharpton created  the Tawana Brawley hoax, wherein four white men were falsely accused of rape. For perpetrating the hoax, Sharpton was rewarded by receiving national recognition, millions of dollars and a career as a television/radio talk show host, and he ran for president in 2004. He also received 82 invitations to advise Barack Obama’s White House on matters of race.”

Police: Michigan Gay-Rights Activist Set Fire To Own Home In Fabricated Hate Crime, at insurancenewsnet.com. Nikki Joly is a transgendered activist who is being charged with setting fire to his house in an attempt to fake a hate crime. He had to make up a hate crime against the transgendered because there weren’t enough happening in reality. Here is what I found out about hate crimes from statistics compiled by the FBI (click here). In 2017, out of 8,828 hate crimes there were 160 reported (.02%) against the mentally and physically disabled compared to 132 against the transgendered. Since there isn’t much national media coverage about hate crimes against the disabled we can assume the disabled are lower on the social justice ladder than the transgendered.

Nearly Half Of US Female Scientists Leave Full-Time Science After First Child, at nature.com. Many women are deciding they don’t have enough time to be a great parent and a great scientist. So they choose being a great parent. Choice reveals what each individual values more. Quoting the article: “this explains the persistent under-representation of women in jobs that involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics“. For years we have been made to believe that the under-representation of women in the fields of science is something that has to be corrected. Since every individual makes choices based on what they value. Statistical distribution of different groups of people in various occupations is determined by the talent of each individual and how each individual decides to use that talent. Aggregated group statistics compiled after the fact are meaningless (Except for their political use). Why? Because the group doesn’t decide. Each individual decides.

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals “Routine Suppression” Of Conservative Content, at zerohedge.com. No one is shocked by this. When everything becomes political this happens. Remember Lois Lerner (IRS) using her power to suppress the opposing political vision.

Cord Cutting Smashes Another Record With Horrible News For Big Cable, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Individual decisions by consumers rule in a free market.

Your Phone And TV Are Tracking You, And Political Campaigns Are Listening In, By Evan Halper, at latimes.com. Politicians are colluding with their tech savy staffers to influence elections. They are using technology to high jack your smart phone in order to get their message out. Do we need an independent special council to investigate this collusion?

Colorado Moves To Bypass Electoral College To Stop Trump: Will Assign Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner, at zerohedge.com. When you don’t get your way, I guess your only option is to change the rules instead of figuring out how win within those rules.

Biological Male Is Top-Ranked NCAA Women’s Track Star, at theburningplatform.com. The country has given in to insanity. Common sense is being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.

Dianne Feinstein Snaps At Group Of Environmental Activist Children, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of children being used to advance a political cause. Why would we listen to children about issues when they only know what they are taught in indoctrination camps known as our education system. I like how Dianne Feinstein handled this.

Why Capitalism Is The Answer To Environmental Concerns About “Overpopulation”, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “As the world’s population grows, markets respond to increased demand for necessities, like food and energy, by changing prices and incentivizing producers to either produce more of that demanded good or explore new and innovative ways to extract resources, leading to greater and more efficient overall production. Contrary to the predictions of the doomsayers, food prices have dropped enormously in the last century. In India alone, food production has nearly quadrupled since the 1960s. Other resources, like energy, metals and timber, have also enjoyed massive boosts in production, all enabled by global economic growth.”

Massachusetts And New York Settle For Expensive Offshore Wind, by instituteforenergyresearch.com. These two mini socialist states are going to force the  exchange of higher cost “green”energy for low cost carbon based energy. The result of this politically correct decision will be higher prices on electricity and everything else, since electricity is used to produce everything. Less efficient production methods means a gradual lowering of the standard of living.

Climate Scare Never About Honest Science Reporting, by Larry Bell, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article:

“Virtually all contrived climate hysteria and human CO2 shaming is based upon consistently failed alarmist theoretical model predictions. As Kevin Trenberth lead author of 2001 and 2007 IPCC report chapters candidly admitted in a 2007 journal Nature.com “Predictions of Climate” article,” None of the models used by the IPCC are initialized to the observed state and none of the climate states in the models correspond even remotely to the current observed state.”

“Some climate modeling data is bogusly biased. As Peter Thorne of the U.K. Met Office wrote in emails released in the Climategate scandal, “Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest.”

“Thorne also prudently observed, “I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.

Why My Wife And I Decided To Abort Our Unborn Gay Son, by Stephan Levedas, at thefederalist.com. Stephan Levedas is taking the Pro-Choice arguments to their logical conclusion in this article.

Pope Francis’ Summit On Clerical Sexual Abuse Was A Charade, by John D. Davidson, at thefederalist.com. When any institution becomes a top heavy bureaucracy, the bureaucracy has to be defended against all attacks. No matter the cost.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

‘My Healthcare Is None Of Your Business,’ Says Woman Who Demands That You Pay For Her Healthcare, at babylonbee.com.

Dems: The Only Thing More Precious Than A Newborn Baby Is The Right To Kill It, at babylonbee.com,

Cohen: ‘Trump Kept Instructing Me To Execute Something Called ‘Order 66’, at babylonbee.com.

Everyone Who’s Never Read A History Book Shocked As Socialist Turns Into Authoritarian At First Whiff Of Power, at babylonbee.com.

Senate Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Trying To Pin Them Down On Complex Issue Of Infanticide, at babylonbee. com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 8/25/18

August 27, 2018

GOVERNMENT CENTRAL PLANNERS KNOW WHAT’S BEST

Chicago Hopes To “Solve” Record Pension Deficit With Creative Solution: More Debt, at zerohedge.com. Is it a good idea to use a new credit card to pay off your maxed out credit card? Paying off debt with more debt doesn’t work in the real world. Oh by the way, decisions by these same big government central planners are what caused the pension problem in the first place.

Walk Softly – Big Brother Wields A Big Stick, at theburnigplatform.com. Financially sinking State governments are making it difficult for residents to move out of their States. They are trying to escape these high taxes. Central planners must think you and I are permanent residents of their State.

DO THESE ARTICLES HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON? Dem Congressional Candidate Has Spent Decades Pushing For Population Control, by Paul Bois, at dailywire.com. This central planner doesn’t understand that in order for the leftist ideology to survive you need a growing population to prop up the Ponzi scheme that is the our socialist welfare system. This idea couldn’t possibly lead to a different problem in the future, could it? Read this article. Uproar Over “Wacky” Plan To Start Baby Boom In China By Taxing Adults Under 40, at scmp.org. China had a one-child policy for four decades. It ended three years ago. This one-child policy has produced an aging population and a shrinking workforce. China needs more people to produce enough to prop up their communist Ponzi scheme. They are trying to incentivize individuals to have more children. They are doing this by subsidizing families who have more than one child with money taxed away from people under forty years old. Communist central planning created the problem they are now trying to solve.

San Francisco “Poop Patrollers” Make $185,000, at zerohedge.com. San Francisco’s central planners created the $#!++y mess they now have to clean up. Unfortunately they are cleaning up the symptom their previous economic policies produced. Economic central planning comes at a high cost that central planners ignore. Until they no longer can.

Ocasio-Cortez Claims Solidarity With Cab Drivers – While Campaign Buys Rides From Uber, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Please read Alexandria’s statements in this article. Now ask yourself; “Do I want this self avowed socialist central planner making policies about economic activity”? She doesn’t understand the basic law of supply and demand. And she graduated from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelors degree in economics and international relations. I bet her economic ignorance says more about this college than it does about her.

CENTRAL PLANNING PRODUCING THESE PROBLEMS

South Africa’s Land Confiscation: Socialism By Another Name, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Property rights not being protected leads to dire economic consequences. Allowing land to be confiscated and given away creates a couple of problems. 1) Three things needed for economic growth; investment, capital and entrepreneurship will decline if property right are not protected. A lower standard of living will follow. 2) The knowledge (human capital) the previous farmers had accumulated can’t be transferred to the new squatters. Agriculture production will decline. But once again government central planners know best.

“What A Disaster”: Chaos Returns To Venezuela One day After Massive Devaluation, at zerohedge.com. Decades of socialist central planning has put Venezuela in a position from which it can’t escape. Hyperinflation is being tried as a last resort. It won’t work. The economic situation in Venezuela is where government central planning of an economy eventually leads to if it is not stopped.

Destroying the Venezuelan economy has lead to migration problems for neighboring countries. Ecuador, Peru Tighten Entry Requirements For Venezuelans As Influx Swells, by Alexandera Valencia, at usnews.com. And this article.Brazil Deploys Troops To Venezuela Border After Migrant Chaos – “This Is Going To Turn Into War!” at zerohedge.com.

OTHER STUFF

The Big Self-Driving Car Problems: Artificial Intelligence Can’t Deal With Pedestrians, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When I told a friend of mine about a news article that was wondering why a self-driving car got into a wrecked. He said: “Seriously! Maybe it wrecked because no one was driving”. I have asked this question before; what do self-driving cars do when a deer runs across a four lane highway? This article brings up the same point about the unpredictable elements a self-driving car can’t be programmed to deal with. This is an example of why it is hard to centrally plan anything that involves human action. A self driving cars isn’t like a chemistry experiment where every element always act the same way. Also, what happens when the technology, which is created by flawed human beings, malfunctions. A driver has some options when his brakes fail. A self driving car has no options when the technology has a hiccup.

Instructor Tries To Quarantine Gun Owners In Back Of Class, by Frances Floresca, at campusreform.org. The good news is the university overruled the teaching assistant.

Some Inconvenient Gun Stats For Libs, at theburningplatform.com. The US is third in murders throughout the world. If you remove, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C, St Louis, and New Orleans the US is then 189th out of 193 countries in the entire world. What do these five cities have in common? Strict gun control laws.

Antifa Violently Attacks Man Holding Flag – Except He’s A Bernie Supporter, at zerohedge.com. No comment needed.

If Paul Manafort Is Going To Prison, Tony Podesta Should Be Joining Him, at zerohedge.com. Lady Justice has pulled off her blindfold. Now the only thing that matters is what side are you on. Are you part of the status quo or are trying to dismantle the status quo. In America today, does the rule of law exist?

Standards Go Out The Window As Employers Struggle To Fill Jobs, at zerohedge.com. There are more jobs than willing workers. Employers are overlooking previous requirements such as college degrees and work experience. At this moment anyone who is not employed probably isn’t a motivated worker. Most people today complain about receiving poor service from businesses. This makes my point because bad service usually means full employment.

Does A Fall In Unemployment Lead To Stronger Economic Growth? by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. More people being employed doesn’t lead to economic growth. Stronger economic growth leads to more employment. A job has to be a productive job for the economy to create wealth.  A job created by Government spending or a job created by Federal Reserve money printing destroys wealth.

REACTIONS TO TRUMPS TRADE POLICIES

I have been against Trumps tariffs because their cost is paid by your own citizens. Economic laws also tell us they hurt economic growth. I understand that Trump is trying to get countries to lower tariffs and trade restrictions by threatening them with corresponding tariffs and trade restrictions. This is a dangerous gambit.

Here is how I think Trump sees this situation. He thinks the U.S can take, lets say, thirty punches before it feels the pain. He also thinks that the EU, Mexico, Canada and China et al, can only take ten or fifteen punches before they feel the pain. He thinks these other countries also know this. He believes they will make concessions before real harm is done.

It is like a game of poker except he doesn’t bluff. I think these countries are beginning to understand Trump isn’t bluffing. A month ago the EU renegotiated some tariffs and trade restrictions. If you look at that along with these two articles: (China To Send Delegation For US Talks To Avert Trade War, at theguardian.com. and Trump Announces US-Mexico Trade Agreement As He Terminates NAFTA; Canada Left Out, at zerohedge.com.) He may be moving these countries off of their stances on tariffs and trade restrictions. I tip my hat if he pulls this off before the negative economic consequences take root.

CARTOONS from therightreasons.net.

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