Thursday, April 24, 2014

Politics

Blaming James Madison, via the Constitution, for US oligarchy. That's a mistake. Is Madison responsible for Britain's oligarchy? Russia's? China's? Oligarchy is coercive government's natural form. All exist to empower the rich and powerful to legally steal money from everybody else.

Misc

Nonsense paper accepted for publication.
"A reporter for the Ottawa Citizen wrote a plagiarized, completely incoherent paper about soils, cancer treatment, and Mars.
And eight scientific journals want to publish it."
This is what government control of science has done to science.

Economy

Tech giants including Microsoft, Google, Intel and Cisco fund open source infrastructure program.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

War on Drugs

LA deputies charged with planting guns at medical marijuana dispensary.

Regulation

FCC proposes internet bandwidth rules that allow for different speeds based on payment. It's no surprise that's exactly what Comcast, which owns the Democrat party, is doing with Netflix right now. This is a turnabout from their original push for net neutrality, but the internet doesn't need an FCC rules. The FCC is playing catch-up to try and control the interent.

Global Warming and Energy

Bowing to environmentalists, government is destroying our power grid.

61 percent support Keystone pipeline.

Just last night I was thinking about the abominable greens and that a modern remake of Soylent Green would turn people into energy, not food. That would have to be a documentary now. Aborted babies from Canada burned for energy in Oregon.

Education

Lack of skilled manual laborers hurting economy.

Misc

The study showing asteroids reach the earth more frequently than thought but explode high in the atmosphere shows that the threat from asteroids is less than thought, not higher. That's because electrical discharges destroy them before they impact the surface of the earth. If these asteroids were deadly, we would already know about them.

War

David Stockman on Seymour Hersh's expose of the false flag gas attacks in Syria.
"Seymour Hersh explains in chapter and verse, based on a DIA secret report among other high level sources, how this abomination unfolded, and became the horrific gas attack in Ghouta on August 21, 2013. But the gravamen of the piece is his description of how the Obama White House came within two days of launching a Bush style war on Syria after it had already been warned that the proof of Assad’s complicity was lacking; and that a weapons testing lab in England had already concluded that a sarin sample obtained on the scene was of a homemade variety and not of the military grade known to be in the Assad arsenal.
Despite all this, the White House apparatus pushed an increasingly resistant Joint Chiefs of Staff through more than 35 iterations of an attack plan that had nothing to do with spanking Assad for his alleged barbarity or surgically disabling his chemical weapons capacity. The attack was to involve an armada of British, French and American air strikes along with sea-based barrage of Tomahawk missiles to take out Assad’s entire military capacity."
Obama busted for multiple lies.
"At the eleventh hour Obama backed down when General Dempsey said flat out no—and then lied that he had changed his mind after a walk around the White House with his clueless chief of staff. The foolish incumbent in the White House and his clownish Secretary of State, the man with the big head of hair and self-evidently not much underneath, then had to suffer the indignity of being rescued from their disastrous schemes and misadventures by Vladimir Putin."
Thank goodness.

US soldiers on their way to Poland to antagonize Russia.

Russian bombers approach Netherlands, prompting NATO jets to scramble.

British planes chase Russian spy planes. Welcome to the new Cold War.

If the US hasn't armed al Qaeda, the Benghazi attacks wouldn't have happened. No kidding.

Economy

Gross output is a new, more accurate measure of the economy.

March home sales plunge 14.5 percent.

Federal Reserve

Fed-induced bubbles make the rich richer, not capitalism.

Politics

If you're critical of the Israeli government, you're anti-semite just like if you're critical of Obama's government, you're racist.

Socialism

GM tries to use 2009 bankruptcy to absolve itself of liability for faulty ignitions before then.

Police State

New facial recognition algorithm beats humans.

The oversized border protection police state.
"Our borders have, conveniently enough, long been Constitution-free zones where more or less anything goes, including warrantless searches of various sorts. In the twenty-first century, however, the border itself, north as well as south, has not only been increasingly up-armored, but redefined as a 100-mile-wide strip around the United States (and Alaska). In other words – check that map again – our “borders” now cover an expanse in which nearly 200 million Americans, or two-thirds of the U.S. population, live. Included are nine of the 10 largest metropolitan areas. If you live in Florida, Maine, or Michigan, for example, no matter how far inland you may be, you are “on the border.”
Imagine that. And then imagine what it means. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as Todd Miller points out today, is not only the largest law enforcement agency in the country you know next to nothing about, but the largest, flat and simple. Now, its agents can act as if the Constitution has been put to bed up to 100 miles inland anywhere. This, in turn, means – as the ACLU has written – that at new checkpoints and elsewhere in areas no American would once have considered borderlands, you can be stopped, interrogated, and searched “on an everyday basis with absolutely no suspicion of wrongdoing.”"
This is crazy.

Sore losers call SWAT teams on winners.

Obama's cops want parents to snitch on children. And vice-versa, I'm sure.

All of New England is smaller than federal land in Nevada.

Of course militia groups, especially those at Bundy Ranch, have been infiltrated by the feds.

Health Care

CAFOs breed superbugs.

Tamiflu is not effective at fighting flu.

After breeding and infecting patients with superbugs, hospitals are sending them home.
"According to a report released by the CDC last September, more than 2 million Americans get drug-resistant infections each year. And about 23,000 die from these diseases that are increasingly resistant to the strongest antibiotics that doctors use to fight the infections."
Thanks, government.

Foreign Policy

John Kerry misses the gold old days of the Cold War.
"Having an implacable enemy of unrivaled evil supposedly bent on our destruction has its advantages – yes, a US Secretary of State actually does seem to believe this. Having nuclear-armed enemies is a Good Thing – because it makes the job of US officials so much easier. Should we support a South American dictator who murders his own people for looking at him cross-eyed – but of course we should, because he hates the Russkies! Do we really need to build more nuclear weapons than it would take to incinerate the world one-hundred times over? The answer – back then – was an obvious yes, at least to our wise rulers (who never considered how dangerous our arsenal would become once it started to age….). And how about getting involved in a war in Southeast Asia that would take tens of thousands of American lives – and easily a million non-Americans – a war this same John Kerry would refer to with unmitigated contempt as he threw his war medals right back at the Pentagon?
Ah, yes – the beauty of simplicity! No hard decisions. No moral conundrums."
It was much easier for rulers to convince Americans to give them whatever they wanted.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Misc

The explosive asteroids that are supposed to be so scary explode far above the earth, so they don't do any damage.

Police State

Thirty-four cops attack a wedding party in Galveston. One officer wore a DEA shirt.

BLM planning to seize 90,000 acres from Texas land owners.
"“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”"
They must not be made at all.

TSA pats down infants even though it claims it doesn't.

DHS to purchase $25 million shotgun rounds.

Regulation

The phony wage gap argument.
"According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian men and women have median earnings higher than white men and women. Female cafeteria attendants earn more than their male counterparts. Females who are younger than 30 and have never been married earn salaries 8 percent higher than males of the same description. Among women who graduated from college during 1992-93, by 2003 more than one-fifth were no longer in the workforce, and another 17 percent were working part time. That’s to be compared with only 2 percent of men in either category. Hymowitz cites several studies showing significant career choice and lifestyle differences between men and women that result in differences in income."
Exploded.

Tax and Spend

Disciplined IRS employees got bonuses including IRS employees who owed back taxes.
"The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.
More than 2,800 workers got bonuses despite facing a disciplinary action in the previous year, including 1,150 who owed back taxes, said a report by J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The bonuses were awarded from October 2010 through December 2012."
"In the 2011 budget year, more than 70,000 IRS workers got cash bonuses totaling $92 million, the report said. In the 2012 budget year, nearly 68,000 workers got cash bonuses totaling $86 million."
It's nice to be the king.

More on Ryan's bogus budget.

Economy

Freeing prices is the key to fixing the economy.

Global Warming and Energy

Environmentalism is the cloak worn by new socialists.

$20 million global warming propaganda extravaganza to earth day fails to break top 100 cable shows this week. Was beaten by Bob's Burgers rerun.

Just say no to weather control lasers.

Fraud omits part of quote that would negate his argument in oped.

EPA jets around country all week to publicize earth day. EPA chief flies home to Boston every week.
"According to PEER, air travel can emit 2 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person on cross-country flights. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that McCarthy travels home to Boston nearly every week to see her family, mostly via air travel.
“Hasn’t EPA heard of Skype?” Ruch said.
A rough calculation of the carbon dioxide emissions of her nearly weekly flights shows she emits between 7.5 tons of carbon dioxide per year to 9.4 tons per year — nearly equivalent to the yearly carbon emissions of the average American.
“Yes, Administrator McCarthy flies home regularly to see her family. And yes she is a leader in fighting to protect our environment and improve public health,” the EPA said in response to TheDCNF’s article on McCarthy’s airline emissions. “While head of the Office of Air and Radiation, she led EPA’s efforts to create mercury and air toxics standards, the fuel economy standards and national air quality standards for particle pollution.”"
I wonder if hypocrisy warms the planet. Rulers don't have to live like serfs.

Environmentalism is anti-human.
"In both instances the underlying agenda is the same: humans are an unwelcome parasite and land must be left undeveloped and undisturbed. This agenda is actively pushed by the greens both inside the government agencies and  without, who are unwilling to actually purchase the land and keep it “pristine”, preferring instead to use the power of the government to advance their goals."
Socialism is anti-human too, except not for the greens and socialists, who are the same people.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tax and Spend

Obama's budget calls for the highest sustained taxes in US history. No surprise there.

Police State

Surveillance company that Dayton police wanted to contract recorded all of Compton for six hours. Notice how they picked Compton, not Hollywood.

The BLM just seizes land.

Ron Paul says Nevada standoff is a symptom of increasing authoritarianism.

Chicago police accused of falsifying crime statistics.

Police state at Boston Marathon.
"Reporting from a city under siege.  Train stations closed, streets shut down, military helicopters flying overhead, and state & local police armed with rifles and shotguns every ten feet checking IDs and performing illegal searches and seizures.  I was nearly arrested this morning heading into the office and had my briefcase searched – twice – within a distance of fifty feet.  Police don’t like it when you remind them of the necessity for probable cause or articulable individualized suspicion."
No recourse.

War

Court orders Obama to release legal justification for assassinating Americans with drones.

Massive drone strikes against al Qaeda in Yemen.

PTSD and violence come home with troops.

Police State

Good for Ralph Nader for reminding people how government domestic military turned Boston into Baghdad last year.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Socialism

This criticism of Portland's government for dumping upteen million gallons of water because one idiot peed in it misses the point. Government is never about science or safety. It can only be about politics.

You can't blame SpaceX for a late launch.
"Space Exploration, known as SpaceX, had planned to launch its Dragon cargo ship in March, but was delayed by technical problems, including a two-week hold to replace a damaged U.S. Air Force radar tracking system."
Blame Air Force radar.

Regulation

Leftist regulation plans, like the minimum wage and rent controls, to help poor people are contradictory.
"If higher mandated wages increase willingness to offer labor services, the reverse must also be true. Lower wages must reduce workers willingness to offer labor services. But if that is so, rent controls must also reduce landlords’ willingness to provide housing, and rent control will restrict rather than expand tenants’ housing options.
Similarly, if legislated lower rents increase willingness to rent housing, the reverse must also be true. Higher rents would reduce families’ willingness to rent housing. But if that is so, higher minimum wages must also reduce employers’ willingness to hire low-skill workers, and the minimum wage will restrict rather than expand low-skill workers’ labor market options. That backers of both policies use not only faulty, but logically contradictory, arguments reveals how flawed their cases are."
These policies are not about economics. They're about politics.

How minimum wage laws increase poverty.
"The unemployment directly and indirectly caused by raising the minimum wage will require additional government welfare spending and thus higher taxes and/or greater budget deficits to finance it. "
Democrats know this. This is what they want.

Economy

Skyscraper records in Europe, US and China and planned record-breakers in Saudi Arabia and China signal a world-wide economic collapse.

Education

The new, easier SAT test revealed. Among other things, it no longer penalizes for wrong answers. They made the SAT test easier in the 1990s too. Government schools just keep making kids dumber.

War

Ukrainian troops refuse to shoot their own people, abandon their weapons and go home.

Americans no longer see a moral reason to fight overseas wars, and maybe fiscal sanity is a factor too.

Four-star General who developed Stuxnet virus and unleashed it on Iranian nuclear facilities
"In fact, Gen. James Cartwright has not gone to jail and the above paragraph remains – as yet – a grim Washington fairy tale. There is indeed a Justice Department investigation open against the president’s "favorite general" (as Washington scribe to the stars Bob Woodward once labeled him) for the possible leaking of information on that virus to the New York Times, but that’s all. He remains quite active in private life, holding the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, as a consultant to ABC News, and on the board of Raytheon, among other things. He has suffered but a single penalty so far: he was stripped of his security clearance."
Should have gone to jail.

Global Warming and Energy

Big tech companies lobby against Keystone Pipeline, and Obama complied.

Climate frauds unabashed about cherry-picking data.
"Cherry-picking data in climate science gained notoriety during the joint Committee Hearing chaired by Representative Barton on the “hockey stick.” Steve McIntyre reported, DArrigo put up a slide about “cherry picking” and then she explained to the panel that thats what you have to do if you want to make cherry pie. There’s another form of cherry-picking central in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) science that involves finding people to produce the science you want. They bring the cherry-picked data with them."
Scientists don't do this.

Biofuels from corn create more greenhouse gases than gasoline.

Local

Moraine pushes temporary, 0.5 percent income tax increase that will become permanent if passed. Don't fall for it.

Health Care

New fake disorder designed to hook more children, especially boys, on brain damaging drugs.

Brazil releases genetically engineered mosquitoes to kill other mosquitoes.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Socialism

Documents show GM delayed another recall for years.

Misc

Nuclear weapon detectors show asteroids entering our atmosphere occur 3 to 10 times more frequently than projected, but none of them hit land because electricity blows them up.

Foreign Policy

Researchers believe Israel stole nuclear bomb material from US to make nuclear bombs. Stole might not be the right word.

Global Warming and Energy

Russia writes off North Korea debt so it can build gas pipeline and railroad through North Korea to South Korea. The US will threaten war over that too.

Climate frauds planned to avoid FOIA's by hiding behind intellectual property, which Mann successfully did.

Health Care

The high cost of cheap food.

FDA may ban sale of beer by-products for feed, causing beer prices to jump.

Obamacare isn't buying votes like previous entitlements.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Health Care

Eight college students vaccinated against mumps contracts mumps.
"The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine."
So much for that vaccine.

Media

Kimmel beats Fallon in ratings which tied Letterman's repeat. I bet  They're going to miss Leno.

Tax and Spend

IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships.
"Overall, the IRS audited fewer than 1 percent of returns by individuals last year, though the chances of getting audited increased with income, according to IRS statistics."
Except for the ultra-rich plutocrats.

So far, the search for Flight 370 has cost $100 million.

Politics

Google is sucking up to governments around the world.
"It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor. In Britain, its executives meet with ministers more than almost any other corporation.
Google can’t be blamed for this: one of its jobs is to lobby for laws that benefit its shareholders, but it is up to governments to push back. As things stand, Google – and to a lesser extent, Facebook – are in danger of becoming the architects of the law."
This is nothing new.

Hillary's poll numbers are falling as more information about her comes out.
"Look at the polls. This week’s Fox News poll has Clinton’s favorable rating at its lowest point in six years. She is at 49 percent favorable, 45 percent unfavorable—similar to her 47 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable rating when she ended her last presidential campaign.
More important than the individual results, however, is the trend. Since leaving office as secretary of state, Clinton’s favorable rating has been on a downward trajectory. And this is before the rigors of a campaign, before a Biden or a Warren or an O’Malley or a Cuomo or a Schweitzer or a Sanders throws a punch or two, before Christie, Bush, Rubio, Walker, Jindal, Paul, Kasich, Ryan, Perry, and Pence go for the Cobra Clutch Bulldog."
That won't stop her from running.

Clinton's media enemies documentation released, sort of.
"The most important of the documents, “The Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce,” originally some 331 pages, was reduced to only 28 pages in the sanitized and heavily redacted version posted by the presidential library."
That redaction is a scandal in itself.

Clinton crony pleads guilty to campaign finance scam.

Republican poll numbers skyrocket.
"The more surprising part of the Fox poll, though, might be how people view the Republican Party. It shows Americans are now evenly split -- 45 percent to 45 percent -- on the GOP. As recently as October, the same poll showed just 30 percent of Americans viewed the GOP favorably, compared to 63 percent unfavorable."
They can thank Obamacare.

Police State

Robot surveillance cop.

Harry Reid calls Bundy supporters "domestic terrorists".

Even the National Review acknowledges police aggression and militarization are out of control.

War

US to send troops to Poland to threaten Russia.

Global Warming and Energy

Floating nuclear power plants would be immune from tsunamis, earthquakes and most other hazards.

Local

After Montgomery County sheriffs recovered a woman's stolen van, they didn't tell her. It sat in their lot for two years.

Economy

Ohio jobless rate lowest since April 2008.
"But the pace of job growth in Ohio remains sluggish, and much of the decline in last month’s unemployment rate can be attributed to a dramatic decline in labor force participation, or the number of Ohioans working or actively seeking work."
This is bad news, not good news.

War on Drugs

Heroin deaths rising  in Ohio.

Criminals use drones to locate and steal hidden marijuana crops.

Sports

The problem with the NCAA isn't that it has dumb rules; it's that it exists and has any rules.

Misc

Claim of discovery of gravity waves from inflation after the Big Bang in cosmic background radiation refuted.

Federal Reserve

All the alarmism we are told about deflation is a lie.