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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 8/11/18

August 12, 2018

US Spending On Interest Hits All Time High As Budget Deficit Soars To $684 Billion, at zerohedge.com. Government spending and debt go up no matter which party is in control. The government confiscates over $4 trillion a year from the real economy. You would think that would be enough money to run are government, but you would be wrong. The problem is government spends too much. Government’s ability to borrow and print money allows it to fund its growth above what it can confiscate from its citizens in taxes. Our debt will never get paid off unless government spending is cut. What are the chances of that?

Scientist Blast Media “Misinformation” Linking Wildfires To Global Warming, at zerohedge.com. Environmentalists and their accomplices in the media blame global warming for everything. In this case it is wildfires. If you dig a little deeper into the issue you will find other factors could be possible causes of these fires. Global warming has all the trappings of science without all the rigor. Here is another article about the wildfires. You decide. Destructive Forest Fires Are Do To – What? by Paul Driessen at townhall.com.

New York City Approves Cap On The Number of Uber And Other App Based Companies, at zerohedge.com. Does the NY Taxi and Limousine commission ever consider the fact that their previous restrictions on the number of taxi medallions (licenses), was the reason for the artificial rise in the price of one medallion to over $1 million. This artificially high price created the conditions for Uber and other ride-sharing apps to enter the market. The bubble price of over $1million for a medallion has collapsed to under $200 thousand. Why?  Because the ride sharing apps could provide cheaper and better service. The market eventually corrected the artificial bubble price for taxi services, by allowing unforseen competitors to compete for market share. Simple supply and demand tells us that restricting the number of Uber, and other ride sharing drivers, will increase the price consumer will have to pay for rides. When you restrict supply the price moves higher. Read about the history of NY taxi monopoly in this article, ‘CAR WARS’ Return Of The Jitneys, at austrianaddict.com.

Visualizing The Print-pocalypse Of American Newspapers, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. The internet has changed the way we get information. Do you think news papers like the NY Times will ask for a government bailout on the basis that they are protected by the first amendment?

Worlds Biggest Toilet-Building Spree Is Under Way In India, by P.R. Sanjai, at bloomberg.com. We take the flush toilet for granted. While San Francisco is literally turning into a $#!t hole (read here), India is making a push to install more toilets. Excerpt from the article: “India accounts for more than half of the world’s 1.1 billion people who practice open defecation. Open defecation contaminates food and drinking water, and spreads diarrheal diseases that cause chronic malnutrition and childhood stunting. India’s push for more toilets is the biggest, most successful behavior-changing campaign in the world,” Many U.S cities, like S.F., are allowing open defecation. What are city leaders thinking?

Mob Targets Portland ICE Workers, Police Ignore Calls For Help – Under The mayor’s Orders, at theblaze.com. This is an example of the break down of the rule of law. The mayor allowed this siege to go on for 38 days. The mayor’s fidelity to his job was overridden by his politics. It is hard to believe this went on in the US. Or is it?

Angry White Atifa Mob Attacks Black Social Activist, Shouts, F^*+ White Supremacy!, at theblaze.com. They are shouting F^*+ your white supremacy to Candice Owens! Can anyone relate to the actions of the people in this mob? Let them keep doing things like this. It does nothing to help their cause. Whatever that cause is.

Federal Judge Rules That Albuquerque’s Asset Forfeiture Created An Unconstitutional Profit Incentive, at reason.com. Is anyone shocked that police would react this way to the incentives created by asset forfeiture laws?

Colleges Offer To Take Percentage Of Future Income As Alternative To Student Loans, at zerohedge.com. Students who got hooked into student loan debt now have a choice. Heads they win, tails I lose.

“Free, Independent” Boston Paper Urges Collusive National Media ‘War’ Against Trump, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Marjorie Pritchard, who oversees the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said the decision to seek the coordinated response from newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. “I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,” she said. “We are a free and independent press, it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.”

Does a free and independent news paper collude with other free and independent news papers? The press wraps themselves in the First Amendment. I bet most journalists have probably never read the first amendment.

Here is the First Amendment: “CONGRESS shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

One quick question. Does freedom of the press rank behind freedom of religion and freedom of speech in importance because it is listed third in the First Amendment?

This amendment doesn’t protect the press from criticism. Every citizen, including the President, has the right of free speech. Every citizen, including the President, can criticize the press. Most citizens don’t have a big enough platform for the press to even worry about when criticized. But the President has a big platform if he so chooses to use it. The press has their panties in a wad because they have always been able to bully Republican Presidents. Trump doesn’t play that game, and the press doesn’t know how to deal with someone who stands up to their bullying. Although the press thinks that Trump is the bully and they are standing up to him. It will be interesting to see how this street fight turns out. Because Trump shows no signs of backing down from this fight and the press doesn’t seem to know how to handle it.

West Hollywood Passed Resolution To Remove Trump’s Star On Walk Of Fame, at zerohedge.com. Did they vote to get rid of Bill Cosby’s star?

500+ Renowned Scientists Jointly Share Why They Reject Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, by Arjun Walia, at lewrockwell.com. Darwin’s theory is not standing the test of the passage of time.

SATIRICAL HEADLINES.

Che Guevara Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame, at thebabaylonbee.com. Mass murderer Che is lionized by the left.

Liberals Remind Nation Satire Only OK When Mocking Conservatives, at thebabaylonbee.com. This is how the rules of the political game used to be. No more.

World Health Organization Warns Against Eating Fish and Keeping Active Following Death Of World’s Oldest Woman, at theonion.com. Correlation is not causation.

Millennial Drops Support For Socialism After Learning How Hard It Is To Ge Avocado Toast In Venezuela, at thebabaylonbee.com. Socialism is only cool when it hurts someone else.

CNN To Launch Real News Spinoff Site, at thebabaylonbee.com. No comment necessary.

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Must Reads For The Week 7/21/18

July 22, 2018

Broke Chicago Considering “Testing” Guaranteed Basic Income Program, at economicpolicyjournal.com. If an individual spends more than he is taking in. And his spending includes the debt he has incurred (house, car, college loans, credit cards etc). Should he add more debt by spending more? No.

The idea of a universal basic income is no different from the welfare programs that are already in place. It is just dressed up with a different name.

This is like taking water from the deep end of the pool and dumping it into the shallow end. The new spending doesn’t increase economic activity. Because you are taking what someone has produced and giving it to someone to spend on consumption. No part of this transfer will be spent increasing the capital structure in the process of production. In fact there will be a loss in economic activity because of this transfer.

In order for an individual to consume a good that he desires he must either: 1) produce it himself 2) produce a good that someone else wants and exchange it for the good he wants 3) take what he wants by force (theft) 4) receive the good as a gift from its owner. Over the years individuals using government power have tricked us into believing that they are performing an act of giving (#4), when in fact they are performing an act of theft (#3). The only person who can perform an act of charity is the owner of the property that is gifted. Since government owns nothing that it hasn’t first taken by force, than government giving is not an act of charity.

Obama Floats Support For Universal Basic Income, at freebeacon.com. Here is what President Obama said: “It’s not just money that a job provides. It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our workweek, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level.

Lets look at what is highlighted. Mr. President, what happens if you give an individual a universal basic income? On the one hand you are giving him the money, and you are taking away his dignity, structure and a sense of place and purpose with the other hand.

When he uses the term “we”, he means the “anointed” individuals in government will come up with the ideas that the “benighted masses” must follow.

He also added: “We’re going to have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track,

The President has no knowledge of economics. He ignored the laws of economics for his 8 years as President. He thought he could wish away the laws of economics with his utopian decrees backed by the force of government. It didn’t work. He doesn’t understand that people producing and exchanging in a free market, and not government decrees, create the “workweek”, and “training for young people” and “entrepreneurship”. In fact his Government intervention created the results he doesn’t like and wants to change. Having said that, he wouldn’t have liked the results of what a free market would have produced either.

He is like 90% of politicians and bureaucrats. They get into positions of power so they can implement their utopian idea of what the world should look like. Of course they have to use government power to force their idea on individuals who don’t share the utopian ides.

On the extreme end of government power, tyrants like Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot and others used the force of government to bring about their utopian ideas of how the world should work. At the cost of millions of individuals who didn’t want to comply. Most politicians and bureaucrats are mini tyrants. But tyrants non the less.

George Washington said: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire it is a dangerous servant, and a fearful master.”

Washington was in a unique position to understand and be fearful of the power government possesses. Most people today are not in that position.

Predation Never Justifies Predation, by Don Boudreaux, at cafehayek.com. This is about government intervention into free trade. Here is the money quote from the article:

“Beijing’s tariffs and subsidies, in effect, seize the property of some Chinese citizens in order to transfer it to other Chinese citizens. But because these Beijing-engineered seizures take from no American anything to which an American has a property right, what ethical justification is there for Uncle Sam to create identical tensions in the U.S. by seizing the property of some Americans in order to transfer it to other Americans?”

“In what moral universe does A’s forcible transfer of B’s property to C justify X’s forcible transfer of Y’s property to Z? How is justice served if, in response to A’s wrongful creation of tensions between B and C, X creates like tensions between Y and Z?”

6 Reasons Why Trade War With the Chinese Is Pointless, by Patrick Barron, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “So, let’s use logic to consider the effects of China’s economic interventions on itself and its trading partners who do nothing to retaliate against China in any way.”

1) China uses its capital in an inefficient way.”

2) Monetary expansion to fund an industry causes overall higher prices and malinvestment.”

3) China’s overall economy will be less developed, weakening the impact of subsidies to targeted industries.”

4) American products get cheaper and gain market share.”

5) American industries benefit from the general expansion of all levels of production.”

6) Chinese subsidies actually become subsidies to Americans’ standard of living.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Unemployment Is Low “Because Everyone Has Two Jobs,” Which is not How Unemployment Rates Work, at reason.com. Unemployment is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed people by the number of people in the labor force. And by the way only 5% of workers have more than one job.

Can The State Reduce Poverty? by Henry Hazlitt, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “All schemes for redistributing or equalizing incomes or wealth must undermine or destroy incentives at both ends of the economic scale. They must reduce or abolish the incentives of the unskilled or shiftless to improve their condition by their own efforts; and even the able and industrious will see little point in earning anything beyond what they are allowed to keep. These redistribution schemes must inevitably reduce the size of the pie to be redistributed. They can only level down. Their long-run effect must be to reduce production and lead toward national impoverishment.

PC And The Bureaucratization Of The Economy, by William Anderson, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “In the former U.S.S.R. and other communist countries, one’s political status has been one of the main determiners of someone’s employment and standard of living. One cannot argue that such a state of affairs made life better for consumers and workers in these states and one certainly cannot argue that imposition of such political directives will do anything but harm our own economy.”

“The larger point here is once companies abandon or limit their entrepreneurial focus and seek political or some other kind of conformity, they succumb to the sclerosis of bureaucracy.

SATIRE: HEADLINES SAY IT ALL

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Encased In Carbonite Until Next Court Session, at babylonbee.com. She has to hang in for a few more years. The left can’t lose this seat.

Socialist Professor Refuses Salary, Frees Himself From Bonds Of Capitalism, at babylonbee.com. This guy is practicing what he preaches.

Does World Cup Enforce The False Construct Of Borders Imposed On Us By The Ruling Elite, at theonion.com. Do Borders matter?

Liberals Argues Rules Of Basketball Are Flawed After Losing Pickup Game, at babylonbee.com. I guess it isn’t fair that the rules of basketball are biased toward people who have an ability to make shots.

Woodpecker Having Difficulty Remembering Tree Where He Got The Really Good Bugs That One Time, at theonion.com. Concussion protocol anyone. Does the woodpecker have standing to sue God.

PAUL BUNYAN vs THE CHAINSAW.

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‘The Onion’ Can’t Compete With The ‘Real’ News.

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How can the ‘fake’ news ‘Onion’ stay in business when it can’t compete with the humor provided by the ‘real’ news?

‘The ONION’ couldn’t make up these two (real) stories:

ESPN Removes Robert Lee From Calling U-Va Game In Charlottesville Because Of His Name, – The Washington Post.

Traveler, USC Mascot, Comes Under Scrutiny For Having A Name Similar To Robert E. Lee’s Horse, – The LA Times.

Here is a story The ONION came up with: Six Flags Removes Confederate Flag.

Which is better?

How absurd have the squeaky wheels and the media become when a ‘Real Fake News Paper’, which is trying to be funny, can’t come close to being as funny as the ‘real’ news stories which are supposedly serious.

The good news is a majority of people can’t relate to this absurdity. And as the media continues to cover the behaviour of the people on the fringe, more people will see it for what it is and stand against it.

 

THE SILLIEST GENERATION

Victor Davis Hanson’s recent article titled: The Silliest Generation,  gives great insight into the world in which we live. It makes you think, which is always a good thing. Here are some excerpts from the article:

“Every generation, in its modesty, used to think the prior one was far better. Tom Brokaw coined “The Greatest Generation” to remind Americans of what our fathers endured during the Depression and World War II—with the implicit message that we might not have been able to do what they did.””

Yet what is strange about the present age is that our current generation uniquely believes just the opposite. Apparently, we believe that most cadres before us were not up to our standards. Indeed, we are having to clean up their messes of racism, sexism, homophobia, nativism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia, as well as environmental desecration and global warming.”

“Apparently, proof our generation’s genius is that no one in the past had a clue how to build an iPhone or do a Google search—or even make a good Starbucks Teavana shaken pineapple black tea infusion. Yet given our own present lack of humility and meager accomplishments, we have combined arrogance with ignorance to become the smuggest generation in memory. What good is the high-tech acceleration in delivering information if there is now precious little learning to be accelerated? Google is an impressive pump, but if there is no real water, what is the point of delivering nothing faster?”

“For the silliest generation, human nature should somehow be seen as perfectible as a smartphone app. So no wonder we allow no glitches in the way people talk or think, if we sense they dare to deviate from our programmed correctness.”

“Rhetoric trumps muscle. The majority of Americans no longer work with their hands, grow food, make or build things, and they are paid quite handsomely to avoid such drudgery. But the result on society at large is that abstraction rules over practicality, and nature remains theoretical and deified rather than concrete and thus sometimes feared.”

“Those who sit at desks all day believe nature is mastered as easily as the temperature control in their offices—without much acknowledgement that different sorts of people are pumping natural gas to heat turbines to make electricity to send it into high-rises—and it isn’t always easy or clean. Techies love four-wheel drive cars, hiking boots, and parkas, as if by being prepared to go anywhere they can feel good about going nowhere.”

“The more technologically sophisticated we become, the more like a Mycenaean top-heavy palace we grow vulnerable. If the grid goes down, will those in Menlo Park learn that food is not grown at Whole Foods or that there is no such thing as a raisin plant?”

“This present generation’s impulse to play judge, jury, and executioner of the culpable of our past takes for granted that it does so as the moral superior of our forefathers. But that premise is an unfounded assumption.”

 

Related Article – If you liked that article, you might want to read another recent article by Victor Davis Hanson titled: Our War Against Memory.

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/2/15

May 2, 2015

Toya Graham Interview, youtube. Follow up on our post this week about Baltimore mom Toya Graham who got the attention of her son who was part of the riot.

Reporter, “Do you think strong mothers can keep this thing from happening?” Toya Graham,  “I think so, I think it wouldn’t have been as bad as it was, but once again we don’t know where those mothers were at....”. I tip my hat to Toya Graham. She has not abdicated her responsibility as a mother, even though as a single parent it would have been easy to do.

Mom Shamed For Packing Oreo Cookies In Daughter’s Lunch, by Keith Farrell, at thefederalistpapers.org. Why do parents put up with idiocy like this. Parents should deal with these central planning administrators like Toya Graham dealt with her son. Without slapping them silly.

Video: Tammy Bruce On Fox Friends Discussing Gay Gestapo, at tammybruce.com. The bakery that was fined $135K for not baking a wedding cake for gay couple, was getting help with the fine from crowd funding site,Go-Fund-Me, until gay Gestapo pressures Go-Fund-Me to take it down. Tammy Bruce’s background makes her uniquely qualified to speak on this issue.

U.S. Encouraging Cuba To Shift Toward Democratic System Of Corruption, at theonion.com. And I thought Obama went to Cuba to meet with Castro to get pointers on how to implement higher levels of totalitarianism.

Obama’s “Green Energy” Scams Costing Tax Payers Billions, by Russ Helper, at thefederalistpapers.org. When is giving out a pile of money there will be scam artists that are more than willing to take it. We’ve talked about this before in these posts, Green Energy Proving Venture Capitalists Are Smarter Than Government Bureaucrats, and The Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy.

Electric Vehicles Lose Buzz, by Michael Wayland, at detroitnews.com. Car companies, with the help of government subsidies, can’t even give these things away. “The market picks winners, and leaves the losers for government“, at a high cost to tax payers in particular and the economy in general.

This Drivable Car Was 3D Printed In 44 Hours, at entrepreneur.com. From the article; “In the near future, it could cost only about $7,000 to manufacture, perhaps the start of what will become a niche market for customized cars.” In the near future there could be many more car companies competing for market share, which would drive down the cost of cars. Consumers would get more choices at a lower cost.

Video: Ohio Police Officer Refuses To Shoot Man Attempting Suicide By Cop, by Barry Donagen, at benswann.com. This cop had every right to shoot this guy. He trusted his gut and didn’t shoot, which probably went against how he was trained.

CLINTON SLUSH FUND, AND/OR, MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME

Clinton Non-Profit Admits Organization Is Just A “Pass-Through”, by Seth Davis, at thefederalist.com.

Is The Clinton Foundation Just An International Money Laundering Scheme?, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com.

15 cents of every dollar was actually used for charitable work. Part of that 15 cents went to the Clinton Presidential Library. I don’t think that is a charity; is it?

Excerpts from the article, “The entire operation was constructed in order to provide a facade of plausible deniability for Hillary Clinton. Conceal the cash. Hide the donors. Delete the e-mails.

Is America Still On F. A. Hayek’s “Road To Serfdom“, by Richard Ebeling, at epictimes.com. This is our heavy lifting for the week.

 

Must Reads For The Week 9/7/13

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Watched Cops Are Polite Cops, by Ronald Bailey, at reason.com. Knowing you are being watched usually constrains the devil in us.

The Three Types Of Austerity, by Frank Hollenbeck, at mises.org. Economic growth can only come from the private sector. The public sector, Government, consumes what the private sector produces.

Matt Drudge Breaks With Republicans, Joins Libertarians, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Drudge says that “there is no real difference between Democrats and Republicans, the only two real political parties are Authoritarians and Libertarians.”  This is the reality on the ground, but many people are still caught up in the D vs. R magic show.

California Family Raisin Farmers Protest Against Government Confiscation Of His Crops, by Mark J. Perry, at aei-ideas.org. The Raisin Administrative Committee fined raisin farmer Laura Horne $650,000 for not handing over any of their grapes to the Government over the last 10 years. Talk about being a serf on a feudal farm.

10- Year Treasury Yield Hits 3%, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Interest rates are creeping up. The Fed is in a heads you win tails we lose situation.

Poland Confiscates Half Of Private Pension Funds To Cut Sovereign Debt Load, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This can’t happen here can it?

Labor Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels, at zerohedge.com.  Fewer people working means less is produced. We are consuming more than we are producing, which leads to a declining standard of living.

Poll: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria, at theonion.com. I agree when the article says, “we have to do this sooner rather than later, this war isn’t going to last forever.

EPA Deploys SWATT To Check For Clean Water Violation, at alaskadispatch.com. This raid may have been a case of overkill, literally. Escalating amounts of force by police, may inevitably bring about responding in kind by citizens.