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Must Reads For The Week 11/24/18

November 25, 2018

 

LET’S LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOREST FIRES

Humans are in a constant battle for survival against the planet aka the forces of nature. In this instance the planet has won. Unfortunately bad policies by humans have made the planet’s victory more devastating than it should have been. Let’s take a look.

Who Or What Is Really Responsible For The Huge Forest Fires In California, by Bruce Bialosky, at townhallcom. Excerpt from the article: “Let us start with this simple aspect. Forest fires are a normal thing. Often caused by lightning or other natural causes, they are God’s way of clearing forests. In those natural forest clearances, the wildlife that exists in them are threatened or their habitat is destroyed. What has changed is mankind’s intervention in the natural process.

If you believe that global warming is making life more challenging for forest management, then you should support proper forest clearance. Otherwise we will be left with even more intense fires.”

“….what is needed is more active forest clearance and clearance of the underbrush. More controlled fires when the risks are minimized. Budget restraints are why Forest Service is not doing these things now…..The Forest Service was spending 85% of the budget on forest maintenance and 15% on fire suppression. Over the recent years …..they began to spend more money on fire suppression and less on clearance causing a vicious cycle of less money on clearance.”

“While doing the clearance the Forest Service is controlled by a myriad off federal laws which limit their actions. These laws include The Clean Air Ace, Natural Forest Management Act, Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act to name a few. The Forest Service must put information out to the public before they do their clearance work. They are not always questioned but quite often interest groups jump in armed withe legal briefs to stop the planned work.”

“Just a thought: If you have concern about destroying the natural habitat and thus limit the proper clearance of the areas in question, what do you say about what happens to the improperly cleared forest during a major fire when the habitat is destroyed and the animals’ lives are put at risk?

California Wildfires Destroy Homes And Lives. Why Do Regulators Encourage Building In Fire Zones?, by Christian Britscghi, at reason.com. The true cost of insuring against risky activities is revealed when the price of insurance is allowed to rise in accordance with risk assessment. When individuals in government pass laws, or voters pass ballot initiatives, that suppress the true cost of risk, it incentivizes the risky behaviour. Putting more people at risk.

Blaming Climate – Ignoring Incompetence, by Paul Dreissen, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article: “Do the bureaucrats (and environmental groups) make any attempt to factor in the horrendous air pollution and utter destruction from the monstrous fires their decrees cause by delaying or blocking brush clearing or controlled burns? Let no one forget that these pressure groups and government employees share the blame...”

Green Policies Fanned California’s Raging Wildfires, by Bonner Cohen, at cfact.org. Private land owners have to navigate the maze of the state’s bureaucracy to obtain permission to use fire prevention measures on their land. Should these individuals really be considered the property owners if government restricts what they are allowed to do or not do with their land? And should individuals in government be responsible when a persons property is damaged?

26 Photo Proofs That Nature Will Take Over Anyway, at brightside.me. Check out the pictures in this post. They show how dynamic the planet is. Here are a few examples.

 

GOVERNMENT IS IN ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCAM

Government policies are a quest for power, money and control disguised as environmental do-goodism.

The Economic Fall And Political Rise Of Renewable Energy, by Robert Bradley Jr, at masterresource.org. Excerpt from the article: “The modern history of wind power and on-grid solar power can be summarized in four words: economically incorrect, politically correct. U.S. companies invested heavily in renewable energy technologies in the 1970s/80s only to suffer losses and, in most cases, to exit. Only massive taxpayer and consumer subsidies in the 1990s reversed these market verdicts, leading to today’s government dependence.”

Exposing The ‘Regulatory Groupthink’ Of California’s Rooftop Solar Mandate, at zerohedge.com. Why would you mandate using higher cost energy instead of lower cost energy? This reminds me of a statement by Robert Bradley Jr. ““When Government tries to pick winners and losers, it typically picks losers. Why? Because the free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.”

Government Motors’ Proposed 50-State Standard, (Once Federally Saved, GM Seeks More Aid), by Donn Dears, at masterresource.org. In a free market, GM can’t force consumers to purchase electric vehicles. So instead of trying to create a better mouse trap that consumers will buy, they are going to get government to that force taxpayers to subsidize the purchase of EVs. This will bring down the price, but not the cost, of these vehicles that are proven market losers. Once again government intervention in the market props up a non productive activity, by shifting the cost to taxpayers.

This Election Mattered, by Eric Peters, at straightlinelogic.com. Excerpt from the article: “If you don’t think elections matter, wait about five years. Then go shopping for a new car. The government is doing to force us into its vehicles of choice whether we like it or not, and with the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, there’s not much we can do about it.”

France Suffers Anti-Carbon Tax Revolt: Massive Road Blocks Against Macron’s Diesel Tax, at zerohedge.com. Finally the French people think government is too intrusive and are willing to fight back.

 

OTHER STUFF

Never Snow In Texas? Experts Warn Decreased Solar Activity Will Shatter All Global Climate Models, at zerohedge.com. There are many variables involved in climate and weather. Man can’t possibly know everything needed to take on the task of controlling the climate of the planet. Let alone implement changes if he did know. Sun spot activity is one of the variables affecting weather and climate. And it is in a cyclical decline. Less solar activity means cooler temperatures. So in order to counter act the lower temperatures associated with lower solar activity should we pump more CO2 into the atmosphere by letting our cars run all the time. This would warm up the planet according to the “experts”. Would it work? Lets hope the sun gets more active so we don’t experience a ‘mini ice age’ like we did in the 17th century. A colder planet is worse for man than a warmer planet. Gentlemen start your engines!

Politicians & Police Set Tyranny’s Perfect Example: Gun Confiscation, at zerohedge.com. Although these new “red flag” laws were passed to protect people from themselves, they are going to get some of these people killed at the hands of the police.

As Brexit Options Dwindle, New Momentum For A 2nd Referendum, by Stepen Castle, at mytimes.com. Theresa May as well as other EU type bureaucrats don’t want Brexit to take place. They are lying about the need for an agreement to get out of the EU. They want to stall taking action long enough to get another vote on Brexit in hopes that will go down this time. Here is my simple Brexit agreement. The laws that existed before the formation of the EU are back in existence. Here is my trade agreement with the EU: Individuals in Great Britain can trade with individuals in the EU without government interference through taxes, subsidies and regulations. That’s it.

Lawmakers Leak Plan For $3 Billion Pension-Fund Bailout, at zerohedge.com. Who do you think bails out all of these ponzi scheme pension plans? We the tax payers will pay for this bailout. I have said that at some point someone will have to pay for this retirement debt. Either the retirees will pay in lower benefits, or tas payers will pay in higher taxes.

New York’s Subway Riders Are Going Galt, by Monica Showalter, at americanthinker.com. When the quality of a product declines as the price of that product rises, there comes a point when consumers look for a substitute. The subway thinks it has a monopoly just as the taxi cartel did. But as alternatives to the subway become available (think Uber), subway ridership is declining. But we’ve seen this movie before. Tax payers will subsidize any loss in revenue, just as our tax dollars subsidize Amtrak and the post office.

ESPN Loses 2 more Million Subscribers In 2018, at zerohedge.com. Here is an example of “the creative destruction of the market”. This is happening to all cable channels, not just ESPN. Internet TV alternatives like Hulu, Sling, PlayStation and Netflix etal, are taking market share. Cable will adjust. This adjustment is a market reality and a good thing for the economy as a whole.

Clinton Foundation Donations Plummet 90%, at zerohedge.com. As the Clintons lost their power to pass out favors via Federal government largess (tax payer money), donations to their money laundering scheme dried up. Who is shocked by this?

White House Press Pass Has Nothing To Do With The First Amendment, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “….the very premise that a White House press pass is a critical component of a free press is questionable at best. After all, the press room, the communications staff, and the entire White House media apparatus exists to make the president look good…..not to divulge any information the White House doesn’t want released.

The Difference Between An Obama Judge And A Trump Judge, at zerohedge.com. John Roberts made a statement saying there is neither Obama judges or Trump judges or Bush judges or Clinton judges. We have an independent judiciary. If this is true why do leftist try to bring their cases before the 9th Circuit? The Supreme Court overturns the 9th Circuit court 80% of the time. If there is no difference, why are leftists trying so aggressively to stop Trump from appointing conservative judges? Remember the Brett Kavanaugh circus?

 

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

For These Gifts We Are Truly Thankful, by Kevin Williamson, at nationalreview.com. Let us be thankful for property rights and free markets. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Charity is honorable and necessary. We all – but especially those of us who have been blessed with so much – have a positive moral obligation to help the poor. But when we speak of the distribution and consumption of goods, we ignore the more fundamental question of how those goods get produced in the first place. God may have given us the Earth as a gift, but He does not plant potatoes or raise pigs or build the refrigerated trucks that keep people far from the farms and ranches from starving to death. He leaves that to us, one of many ways in which we share in His creative work.”

Here is a truth that almost never is spoken: All of the money that ever has been saved and invested in profit-seeking productive business enterprises has done incalculably more for the poor – more by many orders of magnitude – than has all of the money that ever has been put to charitable users, formal or informal, mainly by preventing them from ever being poor in the first place. That Saving and investment, and the innovation and labor that have gone along with them, are the only thing in the history of this little blue planet that has make its inhabitants less poor. Of course we invite the hungry to our table. A hell of a lot of good it would do if we didn’t have anything to put on their plates other than nice intentions or sanctimonious sentiments.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Which headline is real?

Eastern University University Will No Longer Show “The Vagina Monologues,” Because Not All Women Have Vaginas, at mlive.com.

Compassionate: This Democratic Rep. Is So Opposed To Gun Violence That He’s Willing To Nuke The Entire Country To Stop It, at babylonbee.com.

California Legislature Unveils Plan To Raise Taxes On Wildfires Until They Move Out Of State, at babylonbee.com.

Thanksgiving Day Officially Changed To “Check Your Privilege Day” at babylonbee.com.

Citing Tough Competition From Amazon, Santa Claus Declares Bankruptcy, at babylonbee.com.

The Vagina Monologue headline is true.

The Democrat Rep who wants to implement a mandatory gun buy back program is kind of true (read here).

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/17/18

November 18, 2018

 

THE ANOINTED FORCE THEIR WORLD VIEW ON THE MASSES

Airbnb Made D.C. Affordable For Tourists. the City Council Just Voted To Rein It In, by Mark McDaniel, at reason.com. Here is an example of local government interfering into the voluntary exchanges made by individuals.

Kansas City Health Department Pours Bleach On Food Meant For Homeless People, at fox32chicago .com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The Health Department said the group did not have a permit and was putting people at risk. “E. coli or salmonella or listeria can grow in the food,” department director Rex Archer said. “And then you give that to homeless people who are more vulnerable, they will end up in the ER and even die from that exposure.”

In the words of John McEnroe, “You Can NOT Be serious.”

So let me get this straight. There is a lower risk of death and disease from lack of food, than the risk of eating food prepared by individuals who eat the food they prepare for themselves everyday?

Bureaucrats Consider Shutting Down Informal Play School For 2-Year-Olds Because It’s Too Safe, by Lenore Skenazy, at reason.com. Bureaucrats stick their nose into every aspect of our life.

The Postal Service Lost $3.9 Billion Last Year, by Eric Boehm, at reason.com. Bureaucrats keep propping up a failing business model because they are not funding it with their own money. They are using tax payer dollars. This is what “investment” by government looks like.

School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. To protect a transgender female dressing in the male locker room this school “ordered a male P.E. teacher to supervise the potentially undressed girl in the locker room“. Understanding our new world of #MeToo, he refused. Administrators want to put him on administrative leave. This seems insane to people outside of a bureaucracy. But it makes perfect sense to bureaucrats.

NYC Councilman Wants To Spy On Bar Patrons In Order To Stop Sexual Harassment, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown, at reason.com. These insane bureaucrats want to centrally plan every aspect of our lives. Excerpts from the article: “Intent on leaving no space unmoderated by peeping bureaucrats, New York city councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr. is advocating for sophisticated surveillance cameras in all nightlife establishments, mandatory sexual-harassment intervention training for their staff, and fines for establishments that don’t display signs telling patrons that they’re in a “harassment free zone” and “consent is mandatory”.

Chicago Expelled A Male Student 4 Days Before Graduation Because His Ex Made A Dubious Sexual Violence Claim, by Robby Soave, at reason.com. When are college bureaucrats going to realize it is above their pay grade to investigate these matters. These matters should be turned over to police investigators and the legal system. But bureaucrats have enough hubris to think they are smart enough to do a job that requires specialized knowledge. And their hubris comes at a high cost when they get sued for their ignorance.

Progressives Zero-In On Exit-Tax On Illinois Wealth, at zerohedge.com. Bureaucrats want to build what would essentially be a wall around Illinois to keep people from escaping their State.

San Francisco Forces Large Corporations To Pay “Homeless Tax”, at zerohedge.com. The people voted this in! This is like playing Russian roulette with 6 bullets in the revolver.

Red Flag Gun Laws: Yet Another Government Weapon For Compliance and Control, by John Whitehead, at zerohedge.com. Anyone can bring ‘concerns’, made up or not, to authorities and they will be glad to take guns away from individuals without due process. This is incremental gun confiscation.

Dem Congressman Wants To Force Gun Owners To Get Rid Of ‘Assault’ Weapons, by David Grey, at nbcnews.com. Most bureaucrats have tried to hide gun confiscation under the guise of ‘common sense gun legislation”. But it looks like they are taking their masks off.

The UK’s “Knife Crime Epidemic” Is Proof Bans Don’t Ever Work, at zerohedge.com. UK’s knife crime epidemic proves the point that guns and knives don’t commit crimes. People commit crimes.

Climate Scientists Admit To Major Math Error After Global Warming Study Debunked, at zerohedge.com. Even the scientific community can be taken over by bureaucrats. Was this an honest mistake? Their track record says no.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Citing Need To ‘Believe All Women,’ Avenatti Immediately Pleads Guilty To Domestic Violence Charges, at babylonbee.com.

Outrageous: Thousands Of Russian Trolls Are Taking Jobs Away From Hard-Working American Trolls, at babylonbee.com.

Press Uneasy As Trump Asks Them to Stand On Giant Target Painted On Floor, at babylonbee.com.

Nancy Pelosi Planning To Reenergize House By Injecting Self With Blood Of Young Representatives, at theonion.com

Embarrassed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Can Only Afford American Flag Pin With 19 Stars, at theonion.com.

Hillary Launches Campaign To Raise $100 Million Or Else She’ll Run For President, at theonion.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/3/18

November 4, 2018

Demotivational Thursday, by theburningplatform.com. This is really good. Here are a few examples of what is in this post from theburningplatform:

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Social Justice begets Poetic Justice – Be Careful What You Wish For. by Mark Shupe, at centerforindividualism.org. Excerpt from the article: “Poetic justice is the consequence of reality. It rewards rational behavior and long-term thinking, ethics being a primary building block for civilization.”

“Social justice is the opposite. Virtue is sacrifice, reality is different for everyone, and none of it is spontaneous…..social justice is irrational meaning it is a dishonest insinuation that one ought to agree to a demand of some special interest which can give no real reason for it. Instead of self-determination the governing elites believe it is in their power to design and determine future outcomes.”

“Social justice is top down, forced, and contrived for the benefit of identity groups. Poetic justice is bottom up, organic, and derived. Like English common law, poetic justice is an emergent phenomenon, and about the individual.”

“The most prolific social justice warrior of 21st century America is President Barack Obama; and in an extraordinary example of poetic justice, he handed the keys to the White House over to President Donald Trump.

“But President Trump is not a poetic justice warrior, he’s a pragmatist. So who is? Or as Nassim Taleb might ask, who has skin in the game? In Trump’s case, it’s the average citizen who voted for him. People who were tired of being patsies for the political, media, banking, and education elites. People who take care of their families, their customers, and their communities. They think long-term and generally don’t get involved in the activism of politics unless reality beckons. For them, poetic justice is not immediate, only inevitable.

While bureaucracies separate unaccountable decision makers from the consequences of their mediocrity and hubris, decentralization and networks keep risks and rewards where they belong.

Western Media Make One Death A Tragedy, Millions A Statistic, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media picks to cover what is “important” and what “is not important”. Since the MSM has decided the death of Jamal Khashoggi is important, they think all of us should think it is important. But I have some “news” for the MSM. Since time is a scarce resource and value is subjective, I (and probably many other people, although I can’t speak for others) don’t have enough time to spend on something that is near the bottom of (or not on) my value scale. But wait a minute? I did spend a little time writing about this, so did I value this over something else I could have done with this time? Or could it be that writing this weekly post is what I value over something else I could be doing with my time? And this particular article has no value outside of writing this post? Hmmmmmmm……?

How Public Schools Indoctrinate Kids Without Almost Anyone Noticing, by Auguste Meyrat, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “While indoctrination involves pushing a certain opinion, it is also much more. It is the comprehensive effort of passively disseminating a particular viewpoint. The passive aspect is key. People who are indoctrinated with a certain narrative or ideology do not arrive at the intended conclusions through their own thinking, but hear the same thing repeated in a million different ways until they finally take it as unquestionable truth.

Because indoctrination happens in the absence of thinking, many teachers who engage in indoctrination do so unconsciously. They themselves take what they’re given and pass it along without thinking.

“Thoughtlessness is essential. As the fictional demon Screwtape, from C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters,” states in his letters to Wormwood, “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” A person who really thinks will eventually reason himself out of the things he heard at school.”

The only real solution to indoctrination, then, is good teachers. Good teachers (which include parents, mentors, and other knowledgeable adults) train students in methods of thought while supplying the stuff of thought. They teach a person to evaluate an argument properly, find actual solutions to problems, and determine what is true and what is false.”

Paul Volcker’s New Memoir: A Broadside Against His Successors?, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. The individuals who get their hands on the Feds printed money first receive the benefit, while the rest of us pay for that benefit in higher prices down the road. People who don’t have access to the counterfeit money are having their wealth redistributed to the first receivers of the Feds counterfeit money.

Here is an excerpt from Volcker’s new book: “More recently, a remarkable consensus has developed among central bankers that there’s a new “red line” for policy: A 2% rate of increase in some carefully designed consumer price index is acceptable, even desirable, and at the same time provides a limit.”

“I puzzle about the rational. a 2% target, or limit, was not in my textbooks years ago. I know of no theoretical justification. It’s difficult to be both a target and a limit at the same time. And a 2% inflation rate, successfully maintained, would mean the price level doubles in little more than a generation.”

Exposing The Fed’s Mandate To Pick Your Pocket – The Real Price Of Inflation, at zerohedge.com. Here is a great article related to the one above. It explains, in more detail, who pays for the cost of the Feds inflationary counterfeit money printing policies.

“Your Pet Will Be Confiscated!” : A Shocking Glimpse Inside China’s New Social Credit System, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen in America? Could It? Oh yes it can. And probably is to some extent. It is bad enough that we trust Google with information about us. What happens when these companies voluntarily get into bed with individuals in Government, or individuals in Government force these companies to get into bed with them?

On an unrelated topic:  CIA Secretly Intercepted Congressional Communications About Whistleblowers, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. The things that are happening in China are already happening here. Only on a smaller scale. I hope!

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Don Lemon: “I Apologize If Any Evil White People Were Offended By My Remarks’,at thebabylonbee.com. This is actually supposed to be satire. But it turns out it is real. To find out Read here.

Opinion: How Do These Elections, Which Pit Us Against Each Other In Win/Lose Scenarios, Keep Leading To Division? at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Cheerily Greets Trick-Or-Treaters Before Stealing Their Candy For Redistribution, at babylonbee.com.

Data Suggests Democrats’ Rhetoric May Be Inciting Violence Against The Unborn, at babylonbee.com.

Media Congratulates Meghan Markle On Meaningless Blob Of Tissue Developing In Her Womb, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 10/27/18

October 30, 2018

How The Media Encourages (And Sustains) Political Warfare, at zerohedge.com. Since bias is unavoidable. And everything is political. Most of us should realize that main stream media news reports have inherent and varying degrees of political bias. This article gives great insight into what to look for so you don’t get duped by media bias.

UN Climate Change Report: A Choice Between “Mad Max and Hunger Games, at zerohedge.com.  Weather and climate has become politicized. The article above about media bias also pertains to climate change politics.   Warning! Civilization At Risk, Crisis By 2040, And Other Nonsensical Climate BS, at zerohedge.com.

The Next Generation Of Ridesharing Is Giving Uber A Run For Its Money, by Brittany Hunter, at centerforindividualism.org. People are amazing. Arcade City is a ridesharing app that differs from Uber and Lyft. The creators of Arcade City have figured out a way to get around the regulations that cities passed to outlaw Uber and Lyft. Almost like a black market in ridesharing.

Amazon Prime Killed Sears And Consumers Should Be Grateful, by Brittany Hunter, at centerforindividualism.org. Sears started out as a mail order warehouse. It was essentially a slower version of Amazon. Once suburban malls became popular, Sears became anchor stores for these malls, while getting out of the mail order business. When the market changed, as it always does, Sears was too slow to realize its original roots. The fact that Sears is going bankrupt shows us the creative destruction of the free market. Losses are just as important as profits in a market economy. Profits tell us what activities should be continued, while losses tell us what activities are wasting scarce resources and should be liquidated.

The Public-Sector Pension Crisis, by John Stossel, at reason.com. Cities and states across the country have underfunded public pensions for decades. At some point someone will have to give something up. Whether it the pension recipients giving up benefits, or taxpayers being forced to pay for the a government created problem.

More Than Half Of America Gets More IN Welfare Than It Pays In Taxes, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The CBO report reminds us that a great many voters receive government welfare checks of various types, and the perception is that any true cuts in spending will bring a high cost to those who have become accustomed to their taxpayer-funded benefits. Ultimately, the effects on voting patterns and public policy will be very real.

Understanding America’s Enormous 19.5 Trillion Dollar Economy By Comparing US Metro Area GDPs To Entire Countries, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Even with the amount of government intervention as we have in our economy we are still blowing other countries. Free people producing and exchanging in free markets works best for creating the highest standard of living for the most people.

In Defense Of Payday Lending, by Tom Lehman, at mises.org. Payday lenders do not force anyone to use their services. They are not exploiting people. Consumer advocates want Payday lenders regulated by government, even we all know that government regulation is the sure-fire way to screw up the process of exchange  between individuals. Excerpt from the article: “In a twisted irony that only a collectivist could love, payday lending firms have cropped up, as a response to government regulations that have distorted conventional consumer lending markets, and are now under attack from the very same political class that pressed for these regulations”

Science Wins – Trump Administration Proposes Transgender Policy Based On Biology, at zerohedge.com. Finally someone realizes that gender and sex are two different things. Gender is a function of grammar. There are three genders in the English language (he, she, it). There are two sexes in biology. Females have an XX chromosome and a male has an XY chromosome. Nothing can change the XX or XY chromosome that exists in every cell of your body. So are people who think a person can change their sex a “science denier”.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela, at babylonbee.com.

Study: 100% Of Events That Contradict Your Narrative Are False Flag Conspiracies, at babylonbee.com.

Anti-Science Trump Administration To Revert Definition Of Gender To Objective, Scientific Standard, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Makes ‘Get Out The Vote’ Tour Stop In Tijuana, at babylonbee.com.

Democrat Leaders Announce Brief Moratorium On Calling For Political Violence, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 10/13/18

October 15, 2018

 

New FCC Ruling Gives The Government Control Over 5G Internet Rollout, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact….This push towards ‘Smart’ Surveillance cities has the FCC approving a new rule limiting the power of local authorities.” This means the Federal Government has the ability to use 5G for its own purposes.

Google’s Secret Scheme To Censor The Internet, at lewrockwell.com. Who decides what are abhorrent or radical views? My mom told me sticks and stones may break by bones but names will never hurt me.

Facebook Stifles Ads For Film On Abortion Monster Kermit Gosnell, by Rich Cromwell, at thefederalist.com. There has to be push back from the left against anything that tells or shows the truth about abortion. They know they aren’t holding the winning hand. Here is another article.  ‘Gosnell’ Censors Don’t Want You To See A Crime Drama About Abortion, by Holly Scheer, at thefederalist.com.

Google Employees Quit Over Controversial China Search Engine Project, Report Says, by Chris Ciaccia, at foxnews.com. Google would never do anything like this in the US…Would they?  Google is helping China develop the search engine app called Dragonfly. It will help the Chinese government not only censor people, It will help ferret out individuals who are “enemies” of the state. China has a way of taking care of people who speak out against the communist regime.   Google Lied About “Dragonfly” China Censorship Project According To Leaked Transcript, at zerohedge.com.

A $240 Gallon Gas Tax To Fight Global Warming? New UN Report Suggests Carbon Pricing, by Michael Bastasch, at dailycaller.com. CO2 is not a pollutant. You don’t have to be a “scientist” to know this fact. Global warming is being used by politicians and tyrants (is there a difference) to control individuals, increase the amount of money taken by government and make certain people wealthy. It has nothing to do with saving the planet.

WTI Slumps To 2-Week Lows After Biggest Crude Build In 20 Months, at zerohedge.com. When I see an article lamenting the falling price of oil. I have to ask: Why is a lower price for oil a bad thing? The price is neither bad or good in and of itself. Of course producers want to be able to sell oil at as high a price as possible. And Consumers want to purchase oil at as low a price as possible. Prices send signals through the oil market to producers and consumers. A high price incentivizes producers to supply more oil while at the same time it creates an incentive for consumers to consume less. Lower prices do just the opposite. Prices are how scarce resources are rationed in a free market. No Government central planning board could  possibly do this job as efficiently as prices accomplish this task in a market.

$15 Minimum Wage Disrupts NYC’s Car Wash Industry Leading To closings, Automation, Job Losses And Black Market Lawbreakers, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Minimum wage laws are price controls on labor. Free market prices  ration the scarce resource of labor to it’s most productive use. Interference in the pricing system distorts labor markets. Business closings, job losses, automation and black markets are the unintended consequences of interfering in the price of labor.

Yes Inequality Is A Problem – When Caused By The Government, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Government regulation as a means of increasing inequality has a long history. Historically, favoring some groups over others via government regulation has been called mercantilism, corporatism, crony capitalism, and other names. These regulations included government restrictions on trade, government corporations founded to exercise monopolies, private firms receiving subsidies, government restrictions on private businesses, and money printing. The effect of all of these policies has always been to increase the wealth and privilege of some groups at the expense of others.

80% Of Americans Think Political Correctness Is A National Problem, by Joy Pullmann, at the federalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Contrary to a common cultural narrative, the poll finds large majorities of Americans of all ages, income levels, and racial backgrounds oppose political correctness, even while 82 percent also think “hate speech” is a problem. This may suggest Americans believe thought and speech censorship is not the best way to address rude and discriminatory behavior.”

UK University Bans Clapping At Performances To Avoid Triggering Students With Anxiety, at zerohedge.com. Should I have put this in the Satirical Headlines section?

Watch: “Street Anarchy” As Antifa Attacks Portland Drivers That Don’t Obey, at zerohedge.com. Resorting to intimidation and violence is how the left eventually gets its way after they fail in elections and through the courts.

Snowflake Denied, at theburningplatform.com. This is great. A punch thrown by an Antifa protester is literally caught by a counter protester.

Hate Crime Hoax: Ohio University Student Charged After Claiming She Received Death Threats. She Sent Them To Herself, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. People will do crazy things for their vision of the world.

Most Of America Is NOT Participating In The Hysterical Rage You See On The News, at zerohedge.com. Because of the news coverage we might think that the country is going crazy. It isn’t. Most people can’t relate to people acting this way.

Kavanaugh Casualties: The Left, Never Trumpers, #MeToo, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. There are consequences of the attack on Kavanaugh are far reaching. Another great article by VDH. Excerpts from the article: “The new progressives recently have come to believe that they gain traction by the theater of disrupting senate hearings, cornering senators in elevators, stalking them on the way to work, doxing their opponents on the Internet, ane during the hearings throwing out the concept of due process. Any means is deemed permissible to enact visions of social justice, given legislative and executive power is lost for not – and as if proverbially ordinary Americans who watched the televised circus might applaud the performers………And if here was any stereotypical lesson to be had, it was that many on the senatorial panel and the legions of advisers and lawyers on the Ford Team, as well as Ford herself, by their class, education, and comportment, increasingly seem quite different, quite more privileged, and quite more well-absorbed than most average Americans of all backgrounds who have little sympathy for the psychodramas of a pampered and professional class.”

Is Cultural Marxism America’s New Mainline Ideology? by Antony Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Another name for the neo-Marxism of increasing popularity in the United States is cultural Marxism. This theory says that the driving force behind the socialist revolution in no the proletariat – but the intellectuals. While Marxism has largely disappeared from the workers’ movement, Marxist theory flourishes today in cultural institutions, in the academic world, and in the mass media……the Marxist concept of the “proletariat” as a revolutionary force was an illusion. At the example of the Soviet Union, one could also see that socialism could not function without a dictatorship. These considerations brought the leading Marxist thinkers to the conclusion that a different strategy would be required to establish socialism. Communist authors spread the insight that the socialist dictatorship must come in disguise. Before socialism can succeed, the existing culture must change. Control of the culture must precede political control.”

“Because of the character of this movement as a promoter of group conflict, neo-Marxism is ineffectual to serve as an instrument of gaining coherent political power as it were necessary for a dictatorship. Yet this does not mean the the neo-Marxist movement has o impact. On the contrary: because of its inherent contradictions, the ideology of cultural Marxism is the main source of the profound confusion that has grabbed almost every segment of the modern Western societies and which is about to swell into even more dangerous proportions.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Death Toll From Kavanaugh’s First Week On Supreme Court Tops 330 Million, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez: ‘We Need to Study Harder Than Republicans For These Upcoming Midterms‘, at babylonbee.com.

To Make Up For Extra Difficult Confirmation Process, Kavanaugh Awarded Two Votes On Supreme Court, at babylonbee.com.

New Polls Increases Fears That Midterm Elections Will Be won By Wave Of Politicians, at theonion.com.

NFL Urges Pass Rushers To Try Reaching Peaceful Resolution with Quarterbacks Before Resorting To Tackling, at theonion.com.

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Must Reads For The Week 9/22/18

September 22, 2018

Landmark Victory For Institute For Justice, Which deserves Nobel Peace Prize For Its Ongoing Legal Efforts Advancing Human Rights, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is a victory for the individual in his fight against Government’s illegal use of force. Civil asset forfeiture laws are violations of our individual rights as spelled out in Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The Institute for Justice does great work helping individuals fight against the tyranny of government. We should all celebrate this victory because it is not just a victory for this particular individual. It is a victory for all individuals.

Gov. Brown Signs Law To Limit Plastic Straws In Full-Service Restaurants, at sacramento.cbslocal.com. Starting next year it will be illegal for full service restaurants to give a customer a plastic straw unless the customer asks for one. Do you think if crazy environmentalists thought that the use of straws would be good for the environment, that California would probably have a law making it illegal to drink in a restaurant without a straw?

Private Jet Traffic Increased 30 Percent During California Climate Conference, at targetliberty.com. Do as I say. Not as I do. How much CO2 (aka plant food) are these virtue signalling phonies pumping into the atmosphere by flying private jets instead of flying United with the “rabble”.

The eTron Con, at ericpetersautos.com. Car companies worship at the altar of electric vehicles. Will these companies ultimately be sacrificed on this EV altar? Great article about the EV scam and its cost.

Fraternity Holds Charity Fundraiser, Gets Accused Of ‘Cultural Appropriation’, by Grace Gottshling, at campusreform.org. Phi Gamma Delta fraternity wore grass skirts during a charitable fund-raiser. The Interfraternity Community, released a statement saying Phi Gamma Delta was guilty of cultural appropriation. Here is the statement: “Their actions represent clear examples of cultural appropriation which does not align with the values of the Interfraternity Community, or Washington State University……The Interfraternity Council condemns these and all acts of cultural appropriation regardless of the intention behind them.”  So anyone who drinks beer can be accused of appropriating German culture? Why do we listen to such nonsense?

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Govt Rules For Spying On US Journalists, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media doesn’t cover the fact that the FBI used The FISA court to surveil Trump because they want to get rid of him by any means necessary. What they don’t understand is the means used by government insiders to get Trump can also be used against them. Don’t these all knowing journalists know that Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder spelled out to the FBI in a memo that the AG will sign off on FISA applications to surveil “known media entities or known members of the media.” The MSM doesn’t understand that their ‘freedom of the press’, guaranteed in the constitution, only exists if Government allows it to exist. By not covering FBI and DOJ corruption related to Trump they are allowing the hangman to use a noose that could eventually be put around their neck.

40% Of Venezuela Stores Go Bust After 3,000% Minimum Wage Hike, at zerohedge.com. Government mandates don’t happen in a vacuum. Incentives created by these policies have consequences. It doesn’t matter if the mandated minimum wage is $1000 dollars an hour if no businesses exist.

Backfire Economics: Trump’s Trade War Inflicts More ‘Collateral Damage’ and ‘Friendly Fire’ On US Firms, Consumers And Hurricane Victims, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Here are examples of some of the consequences of Trumps trade policies and tariffs. Economic laws are always in play no matter what the intentions are of a particular Government policy.

Socialism Isn’t Even Suited For Dogs, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Because of the printing press, 2.2 pounds of dog food costs roughly three weeks salary at minimum-wage. Since people in Venezuela can’t afford to feed their dogs, they are releasing their pets (under the possibility the dogs could be caught and eaten by starving Venezuelans).

Visualizing How America Uses Its Land In 13 Illustrations, at zerohedge.com. Of the roughly 1.918 billion acres of land in the U.S.. Only 69+ million acres are urban. We are not running out of land.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

CNN Retracts Completely Factual Story, Admits It Did Not Reflect Their Editorial Standards, at babylonbee.com.

Socialist Leaders Clarify: “We Only Want Socialism For Everyone Else‘, at babylonbee.com.

World History Professor Opens Class With Trigger Warning For Socialists Students, at babylonbee.com.

Is Football Bad For The NFL? at theonion.com.

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