DYSPEPSIA GENERATION

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Pathway to Codswallop

30th July 2015

Steyn on illegal immigration.

Every sentient Republican voter knows that “comprehensive immigration reform” is Beltway-speak for legalizing 30 million law-breakers while incentivizing 30 million more.

On their public statements, it is difficult to know what these guys really believe on immigration from one week to the next. Which in itself is rather strange: after all, among what Hillary Clinton calls “everyday Americans”, most people who want an end to illegal immigration have held that view consistently for some time; they were not, a year ago, gung ho for amnesty, in-state tuition discounts, no-questions-asked drivers’ licenses, pathways to citizenship, and another 30 million unskilled Latin-American peasants to start the comprehensive tango anew. But half their presidential candidates were. Odd. Yet, if you had to plump for one side or the other, if you had to toss a coin, wouldn’t the safer bet be that, with all the above, it’s their amnesty phase (which oddly enough tends to occur in the presidential off-season) that represents their genuine position?

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Britain to Spend £7M on Calais Security After 2,000 Migrants Storm Eurotunnel

29th July 2015

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A spokesman for Eurotunnel said: “This is an issue that is a really for the Government to sort out. We need them to stop the migrant flow from Calais. It was the freight terminal and there was some damage to our fences – which we’ll have to repair – as they tried to board shuttles. Fortunately, there wasn’t any damage to shuttles. Unfortunately, a number of people were injured.” He added: “It is an almost nightly occurrence – we’re trying to run a travel business here.”

Good luck with that.

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The Laser Revolution: This Time It May Be Real

29th July 2015

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The Navy’s 30-kilowatt weapon is currently the only operational laser in the US military that can blow things up. (Targeting lasers and non-lethal “dazzlers” are commonplace). But other weapons are in the works.

Air Force Special Operations Command wants to put a high-powered laser into a future version of its AC-130 gunship. “Block 60 with the laser, that’s not 10 years out; Block 60 is a couple years out,” said AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold.

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The First Rule of White Club

29th July 2015

Steve Sailer looks at the New James Baldwin.

America’s foremost public intellectual, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has published a new best-selling minibook, Between the World and Me, that’s interesting for what it reveals about a forbidden subject: the psychological damage done by pervasive black violence to soft, sensitive, bookish souls such as Coates. The Atlantic writer’s black radical parents forced the frightened child to grow up in Baltimore’s black community, where he lived in constant terror of the other boys. Any white person who wrote as intensely about how blacks scared him would be career-crucified out of his job, so it’s striking to read Coates recounting at length how horrible it is to live around poor blacks if you are a timid, retiring sort.

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Sometimes It’s Easier to Care About Dead Lions Than Dead People

29th July 2015

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And, look, I like lions well enough. I wouldn’t invite one over for dinner, probably, but I’m cool with them. Still, a dead lion just simply isn’t headline news. A dead lion should not be the most talked about thing in the world. ESPECIALLY on a day when another Planned Parenthood video was released, showing the literal dissection of human children.

But what better illustration of our culture than this? Some dentist goes to Africa and accidentally kills an off-limits lion, and this becomes a national outrage, meanwhile, on the same day, video of the butchery and sale of children goes completely ignored.

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Canadian Converts to Islam Planned to Kill Jewish Children

29th July 2015

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John Nuttall told an undercover officer that his wife, Amanda Korody, believed that “grown-up Jews” go to “eternal hell” and that she would be doing Jewish children a favor by killing them and reaching paradise, police records revealed in British Columbia’s Supreme Court show.

“I asked Nuttall how he thinks he will have access to Jewish kids and he said [he and his wife] were both white and could pass for Jewish…They will be regulars in the synagogue. They will gain the trust of everybody. And once they have everything they will get enough guns and ammo to go ahead with their mission,” read the March 2013 record from an undercover RCMP officer.

Just think of it as REALLY late-term abortions.

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Gideon’s Servants and the Criminalization of Poverty

29th July 2015

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In ways that slip beneath the doctrinal radar, public defenders often behave like social workers. They find drug treatment and jobs for their clients, and intervene with landlords and employers. Conversely — and ironically — many civil welfare service providers act increasingly like law enforcement officials. Teachers call the police on their students, while welfare case workers often refer their clients for prosecution. This role-switching — by criminal lawyers and civil servants alike — is a function of the tight connection between criminalization and poverty: poor people tend to get swept up in the criminal system and such encounters tend to make people poor. This nexus is particularly powerful in the world of minor offenses and urban policing in which crime, unemployment, racial segregation, and lack of social infrastructure swirl around in one large, nearly inextricable mass. As a result, criminal justice actors are heavily preoccupied with defendants’ social welfare even as the welfare state routinely treats its clients as presumptive criminals. These hydraulic forces affect every official actor — from police officers to prosecutors to emergency room nurses and public school teachers. But public defenders play a special role. Their multi-faceted service commitments to both criminal and welfarist outcomes reveal deep features of the criminal system itself and its conflicted governance relationship to its most vulnerable constituents.

 

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‘He should be hanged': DEATH THREATS for Killer of Cecil the Lion as Worldwide Fury Grows

29th July 2015

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But I’ll bet you serious money that not one of these people has a spare moment to worry about Planned UnParenthood selling aborted baby parts.

The gene pool appears to need some weeding.

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Gang of Calais Migrants ‘Reached Britain Through Channel Tunnel’

29th July 2015

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A GROUP of Calais migrants reached Britain by storming the French port and sneaking through the Channel Tunnel during this week’s incursions, the Home Secretary has revealed.

Guess the Channel Tunnel is not looking like such a great idea.

Speaking after a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee, Theresa May said an undisclosed number of migrants had stormed the French port before illegally entering the UK through the 30 mile tunnel.

 

You would think that there would be some responsibility on the part of the French government to make sure that this sort of thing doesn’t happen, but apparently not.

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Queer Theory Meets African Studies

29th July 2015

Steyn on Obama.

President Obama has wrapped up his tour of Africa. It was notable, insofar as that word can be applied to the trip, for his somewhat condescending and neo-colonial lecture to his hosts on the need to ease up on the old homophobia.

Certainly, Africa is not terribly gay-friendly. But nor are other parts of the planet. In his ardent wooing of Iran, for example, he doesn’t seem to have been perturbed in the least by his new best friends’ executions of homosexuals, anymore than he is by the brutalization of gays elsewhere in the Muslim world. You might deduce in his highly selective criticism a certain cowardice. I’ll bet the mullahs do.

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Think Globally, Disrupt Locally

29th July 2015

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Historically, coastal cities have sought to maximize port traffic as a way to boost their local economies. Today, however, as urban economies have become increasingly postindustrial, coastal cities, often under the control of the far Left, have lost interest in traditional blue-collar employment and good union jobs. Instead, local activists see control of ports and local permitting as a means of advancing green-policy preferences. Unlike other locally focused urban environmental policies—such as plastic-bag bans—targeting ports and permits has the potential for nationwide, even global, impact.

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Man Dressed as Woman Sexually Assaults Man at City College

29th July 2015

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A man dressed in a crop top, miniskirt and blonde wig sexually assaulted another man on the campus of San Diego City College over the weekend, officials told NBC 7 Monday.

According to the college police’s account, the suspect was bold. They say he came onto campus at about 7:15 Sunday morning and attacked a man on the patio in front of the administration building, forcing the victim to perform a sex act. The location is roughly the center of campus.

Saw that coming.

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New Dissolving Ring Delivers Drugs Through Your Stomach For Seven Days

29th July 2015

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If, of course, that’s what you want to do.

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Genes Influence Academic Ability Across All Subjects, Latest Study Shows

29th July 2015

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An amazing admission by Voice of the Crust The Guardian. Some editor was asleep at the Narrative switch.

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On the Farm, Algae May Be the New Corn

28th July 2015

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Apart from human uses, corn makes up the majority of feed for livestock. At one point, over 95% of the feed grains grown in the United States were based on corn. It’s no surprise then that in 2015 alone, some 89.2 million acres will be grown in the United States. This represents around 40% of all the corn grown worldwide.

But corn has seen a decline due to a number of factors. Crops have been hard hit by climate change. Higher temperatures have led to decreased yields and less overall abundance. As a result, the value of corn has dropped since 2012. This has put additional pressure on farmers, suggesting they may have to forego corn and look to other crops to maintain viability. This could harm corn stocks and hinder food security.

There may be an answer to the corn dilemma, but to find it, one has to look not in the prairies but the sea. Within the salty brine are algae. These microorganisms, once believed to be primordial plant species, are nutrient-making machines. They are known to produce high levels of antioxidants and also a variety of essential fatty acids. Some companies have even seen their algal-derived products make it to market.

Hmm. Kelp-fed beef just doesn’t have the same ring, somehow.

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Taxachusetts

28th July 2015

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George Simolaris is a member of the Board of Selectmen (the town council) in Billerica, Massachusetts. According to him, some of the crosswalks around town have become unsafe because the paint has faded, and it’s been taking forever to get the town manager and/or Board to repaint them. After more than six months of waiting, he says, he decided to help, so he went out last week and painted several of the crosswalks himself, at no cost to the city. He even used his own paint. Then they looked nice and were easy to see.

For this, he will be prosecuted.

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Order, Please, Not Utopia

28th July 2015

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Listen, Mayor: the first job of government is to keep the people safe in their homes and in the streets. If you can’t do that as a municipal chief executive, you are a flop. Equality is not the job of government, unless you are a Communist, in which case equality usually comes at the barrel of a gun or the end of a noose. And voters of New York, please learn this lesson too, despite your attachment to FDR and the New Deal or your seductive professor of race-class-and-gender studies at Brown or Wesleyan. New York needs a realistic mayor. We don’t have one.

Unfortunately, stupid voters usually get the politicians they deserve.

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Watch the Moment When a Bronze Goat-Headed Satanic Statue Is Unveiled in Detroit

28th July 2015

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Tell the truth: Where would it be more appropriate? Yeah, well, maybe Washington….

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Thought for the Day

28th July 2015

One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation.

— Eric Hoffer, Before the Sabbath

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More Gridlock Than Ever

28th July 2015

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As the Antiplanner noted a couple of weeks ago, the source of the gridlock is Congress’ decision ten years ago to change the Highway Trust Fund from a pay-as-you-go system to one reliant on deficit spending. This led to three factions: one, mostly liberal Democrats, wants to end deficits by raising the gas tax; a second, mostly conservative Republicans, wants to end deficits by reducing spending; and the third, which includes people from both sides of the aisle, wants to keep spending without raising gas taxes.

This third group is no doubt the largest because it is politically the easiest position to take, and it is responsible for the Senate bill. Gas taxes and other federal highway user fees bring in about $40 billion a year, while Congress is currently spending about $52 billion a year and wants to increase it by at least the rate of inflation. To make up the difference, the Senate bill includes a hodge-podge of ideas such as increasing customs fees and selling oil from the strategic petroleum reserve. As the Post noted, the one thing these sources of funds all have in common is that “none is related to surface transportation.”

According to the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis, these funding schemes will only be enough to last through 2018, after which Congress will have to find another $51 billion to keep the spending going for another three years. That shortfall alone is probably what killed the bill in the House, though it would be nice to think that House members were also wary of a 1,000-plus-page bill sprung on them at the last minute (scroll down to “SA 2266? or search for “DRIVE Act”).

 

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Why Bugs Bunny Is the Greatest Cartoon Character Ever

27th July 2015

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Can’t say they’re wrong.

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Thinking Strategically

27th July 2015

Scott Adams.

The other day a smart, attractive, 27-year old, white woman told me it was hard to get a job in California because she is a woman.

That’s a victim.

Yup.

A few months ago I had a minor leg injury that looked like it would keep me from doing cardio for a few weeks. My first thought was that it was an opportunity to do more weight training on my upper body, which I wanted to do anyway.

That’s strategic thinking.  Every problem creates an opportunity.

Wisdom. Attend.

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Windows 10 Will Share Your WiFi Passwords With Your Friends By Default

27th July 2015

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Well, let’s just think about that one for a bit….

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Colleges Face Growing Costs From ‘Reluctant Retirees’

27th July 2015

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I wouldn’t mind having a job as a professor.

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Mexico Search for 43 Missing Students in Iguala Has Turned Up 60 Mass Graves With 129 Bodies

27th July 2015

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Sure, let’s just declare amnesty and open the border! What could possibly go wrong?

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White Police Officer Pepper-Sprays Crowd at First Ever Black Lives Matter Rally in Cleveland

27th July 2015

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Saw that coming.

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Man Who Jumped Zoo Fence to Pet Cougars Admits ‘It Was a Bad Decision’

27th July 2015

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“I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and [I] just jumped over and petted them,” a regretful Josh Newell, 35, told the NBC affiliated WCMH news channel.

Uh, yeah.

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New Study Into Lack of Women in Tech: It’s NOT the Men’s Fault

27th July 2015

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Shucks, I could have told you that.

A new study into causes of the scarcity of women in technical and scientific fields says that it is not discrimination by men in the field keeping the ladies away. Nor is it a repugnance felt by women for possibly dishevelled or unhygienic male nerds.

No, the reason that young women don’t train in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) areas – and thus, don’t find themselves with jobs at tech companies, in IT etc – is quite simply that they mostly don’t know enough maths to do those courses.

“It is all about the mathematical content of the field. Girls not taking math coursework early on in middle school and high school are set on a different college trajectory than boys,” says economics prof Donna Ginther.

Ginther and a colleague, Shulamit Kahn, examined statistics on young women’s maths qualifications and mathematical requirements for college courses in America. Put simply, they found that absence of women studying a given course can be accounted for simply by the fact that most young women don’t know much maths.

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Milestone for Disability Studies

26th July 2015

Read it. Feel free to laugh.

The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

This will eventually be subsumed into the Department of Fashionable Victimology. At some point there will come a Studies Studies major.

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End of the Car Age: How Cities Are Outgrowing the Automobile

26th July 2015

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Yet another fantasy sequence from Voice of the Crust The Guardian.

Gilles Vesco calls it the “new mobility”. It’s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. He anticipates a revolution which will transform not just transport but the cities themselves. “The goal is to rebalance the public space and create a city for people,” he says. “There will be less pollution, less noise, less stress; it will be a more walkable city.”

Just like in 1900, where all truly regressive ‘progressives’ want to wind up. Any resemblance to Disneyland is purely coincidental.

Walt would have loved these guys.

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Lockheed Martin’s New Compact Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

26th July 2015

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Or maybe not.

A compact fusion reactor presented by Skunk Works, the stealth experimental technology section of Lockheed Martin. It’s about the size of a jet engine and it can power airplanes, most likely spaceships, and cities.

“We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years, and we’ve already shown we can do that in the lab. So it wouldn’t be at full power, like a working concept reactor, but basically just showing that all the physics works.”

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NASA May Have Invented a Warp Drive

26th July 2015

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The EmDrive, an experimental propulsion device, may be producing a warp field.

According to posts on the NASA Space Flight forum, when lasers were fired into the EmDrive resonance chamber, it was found that some of the beams were travelling faster than the speed of light.

But, being a government agency, they will find some way to screw it up while making it impossible for anybody else to do anything with it.

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HAPPY DANCE SUNDAY

26th July 2015

Ring of Fire

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The Simulated City vs the Urban Downtown

26th July 2015

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The simulated city carries none of urbanity’s institutional hardware: no visible governmental facilities, religious institutions, schools or civic centers clutter the street wall. The simulated city eschews manufacturing and offices, instead making itself the chief enterprise: a mecca of retail, dining, and entertainment. It has cherry-picked the good stuff from the old urban form, presenting a cosmetically perfect face without blemish or quirk, redolent in its synthetic beauty.

Unlike the shadow-world of Florida’s urban downtowns, riverwalks, boardwalks, and Main Streets, throngs of people crowd these places every day and every night. For all the hoopla about the reinvigorated city, Florida’s urban scene fails to deliver even a fraction of the sidewalk life that these places have. The simulated city is the powerhouse of the future.

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Just One All-Nighter Can Alter Your Genes, Possibly for Years to Come

25th July 2015

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It made me the man I am today.

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How Dumb Is Donald Trump?

25th July 2015

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‘Touch my plate and feel my fork.’ In an Age of Sharing, Diners Who Don’t.

25th July 2015

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The only person with which I share food is my wife — Texas is a community property state, and she’s entitled to half.

All of this is a little hard on people who, darn it, just want a bit of alone time with the food they actually ordered. For years, reluctant sharers only had to fend off the occasional fry filcher, or the girlfriend who virtuously passes on dessert — and then plants her fork in her companion’s crème brûlée. Now, whole menus are devoted to socialist portions.

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Grillax, Bro

25th July 2015

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Is this a satire? Or straight? We report, you decide.

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Revenge of the Radical Middle

25th July 2015

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Well, here we are again, at the beginning of a presidential campaign in which the Republican Party, having lost its hold on the radical middle, is terrified of the electoral consequences. The supporters of Reagan and Perot, of Gingrich and Pat Buchanan, have found another aging billionaire in whom to place their fears and anxieties, their nostalgia and love of country, their disgust with the political and cultural elite, their trepidation at what our nation is becoming.

It is immigration—its universally celebrated benefits and its barely acknowledged costs—that is the third rail of U.S. politics, with repercussions from the border to Eric Cantor’s district in 2014 to courtrooms and the Republican debate stage today. Trump didn’t step on the third rail; he embraced it, he won’t let go of it, and in so doing he’s become electric. Republicans, Democrats, journalists, corporations all want to define themselves against him, and their flaunting of their moral superiority only feeds the media monster, only makes Trump more attractive to the dispossessed, alienated, radical middle.

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Progressives as Regressives

25th July 2015

Don Boudreaux, a Real Economist, nails it.

As Thomas Sowell points out (I believe in Intellectuals and Society, where he notes that the 1920s was one of the most economically progressive decades in American history), “Progressives” often oppose genuine progress – such as the lower distribution costs, lower product prices, higher product quality, greater product selection, and better employment opportunities opened up by innovations in retailing.  The only sort of change that “Progressives” consistently celebrate as “progress” is a progressive increase in the role of government – specifically, an increase in the scope and depth of government’s intervention into the economic affairs of ordinary people.  Such an increase in government power is considered by “Progressives” to be “progressive” even if (as is often the case) the goals and the effects of the use of such government power are to resist the forces of creative destruction or to otherwise stymie economic progress that is not directed or controlled by the state.

Note another feature of “Progressives’” frequent opposition to innovations in retailing: it is opposition to what in accuracy should be called “shared prosperity.”  When the likes of Wal-Mart devises innovative means of creating and taking advantage of economies of scale in distribution, or Home Depot imports for resale in the U.S. more lower-cost goods assembled abroad, the benefits of these lower costs (and, also typically, of higher qualities) are shared with millions of consumers throughout America (and wherever else these firms have stores) in the form of lower prices and wider product selection.  Such a widespread sharing of prosperity was certainly a consequence of the spread of mail-order innovators, such as Sears, in the late nineteenth century and of supermarkets, such as A&P, in the twentieth century – all despite the hysteria at those times over the demise of local merchants and over the alleged permanent loss of jobs that such retailing innovations were said to cause.

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What Makes ‘progressives’ Happy

25th July 2015

Sonic Harm has a few thoughts on the subject.

Whether it ‘works’ or not, it ‘should make many progressives happy’. Why? Because it will ‘raise some money from the wealthy’.

This is exactly right and a good description of what it means to be ‘progressive': who cares about the actual real practical effects, what they want to do – all they want to do – is to tax the weatlhy, to ‘raise some money from’ them. If a policy does that, and nothing else, it ‘makes progressives happy’.

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USEFUL STUFF SATURDAY

25th July 2015

Cubrick cabinet.

Tactical Baby Carrier.

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Restaurants Warn NY Push for $15 Wage Could Close Hundreds of Businesses

25th July 2015

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There appears to be an informal requirement that an ignorance of basic economics is necessary for public office.

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Thought for the Day

24th July 2015

PP Guns copy

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What the ‘Cadillac Tax’ Accomplishes–and What Could Be Lost in Repeal

24th July 2015

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To limit the growth of health-care spending, and to help subsidize insurance for low-income Americans, the Affordable Care Act took a step toward limiting this tax break. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the law levies a hefty excise tax on health insurance plans worth more than $27,500 per family or $10,200 per individual (with some adjustments to thresholds to be made for hazardous jobs such as those in law enforcement or construction and other factors). This has been dubbed the “Cadillac tax.” (For details, see this Cigna summary or this Health Affairs policy brief.)

Once again, a Voice of the Crust shakes a finger at those who are spending money on things that the Crust would prefer it not be spent on.

Consider the concept of employer-paid-for health care, which the author admits was a market response to a Typical Government Stupidity, wage and price controls during WWII. (Funny how many of today’s ‘crises’ are the result of Typical Government Stupidity in times past. Don’t get me started on the Fourteenth Amendment.) Whenever one finds a separation between who pays for the service and who receives the service, you get the following: People grabbing all the service that they can (after all, they’re not paying for it); service providers thinking up ever more new and original ways of providing services that they can hoodwink the recipients and the payers into consuming; and tedious acres of articles by simple-minded pundits about how something, SOMETHING must be done.

The answer, of course, is simple: People pay for their own health care. That allows the market to do what it does best, i.e. set prices and clear the market for a particular service. But the Crust doesn’t like simplicity, because it doesn’t serve their agenda.

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ISLAMOCOPIA FRIDAY: What’s New in the Religion of Peace

24th July 2015

ISIS netted up to $1B in cash after taking over Mosul, US official says

Turkey agrees to allow US to use air base for strikes against ISIS

Iran executions: ‘Unprecedented spike’ in the number of Iranians put to death sees Tehran face renewed calls to address human rights abuses

13 Britons amongst 457 ‘foreign terror’ suspects held by Turkish authorities at Syrian border

Islamic State threat: ISIS plotting to use drones to bomb crowds at major British events

Moderate imam reveals how radicals won battle for soul of Boston mosques

Seattle officials join push for Sharia-compliant mortgages, loans

ISIS fighters ‘blown up by their own landmine’ in Iraq, Kurdish fighters claim

US airstrike kills senior Khorasan Group leader

African coalition nearly ready to take on Boko Haram, Nigerian leader says

Computer-obsessed man ‘ordered enough deadly poison ricin to kill 1,400 people’

ISIS in EUROPE: Terror group ‘has built jihadi base in isolated village’

ISIS targets civilians with chemical weapon attack in Iraq and Syria

Suruc bombing: Suspected ISIS suicide blast leaves 28 dead in Turkish city

Sick ISIS group are now using ‘suicide CHICKENS’ to bomb enemies as weapons stash runs low

ISIS blamed for Gaza City bomb attacks

ISIS forces Yazidi children to behead dolls as part of their ‘re-education’ training

Mali: Islamic Terrorists Driven South

‘They beat us everywhere': Inside ISIS training camps for terror’s next generation

Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held

ISIS uses poisonous gas on Kurdish forces, says monitoring group  Hey, it’s traditional.

Anger in Iraq after suicide attack on marketplace kills 115

Summer camp, Islamist-style: Getaway for Palestinian children of martyrs teaches hate, violence, say critics

Tennessee gunman first radicalized, now idolized by Internet jihadists

ISIS car bomb kills at least 100 including children in Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad

Forced marriage: One British woman’s story shows how much it matters to step up the fight

ISIS video shows young boy beheading Syrian soldier near ancient city of Palmyra

Muslim Brotherhood: Six supporters ‘killed in Cairo clashes with police’ after Eid-ul-Fitr prayers celebrating end of Ramadan

Eid Nigeria bombing: ’10-year-old girl’ kills 12 in suicide attack

 

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Thought for the Day, Black Lives Matter Edition

24th July 2015

They ought to have a high-school course on not talking back to a man with a gun. It might save more lives than driving lessons.

— Matt Helm, The Shadowers

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Malaria Vaccine Gets ‘Green Light’

24th July 2015

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The world’s first malaria vaccine has cleared one of the final hurdles prior to being approved for use in Africa.

The European Medicines Agency gave a positive scientific opinion after assessing its safety and effectiveness.

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Parents Should Be Banned From Smacking Children, UN Tells Britain

24th July 2015

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In a wide-ranging report, the UN Human Rights Committee called for Britain to implement a number of measures in order to comply with international treaties, including the holding of independent investigations into murders and other human rights abuses during Northern Ireland’s Troubles and improvements to the way human rights abuses by the Armed Forces overseas are dealt with.

It also said the age of criminal responsibility – which is 10 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight in Scotland although children there can only be prosecuted when they reach 12 – was “not in accordance with international standards” and should be raised.

Who hires these people? And why?

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We’ll See You in Paris

24th July 2015

Read it. And watch the video.

The Islamic State has released yet another grotesquely violent execution video. This one is directed at a French-speaking audience, and after he shoots his captive, the executioner promises that there will be corpses in the streets of Paris if the French do not submit to Islam.

I’m certain that he’s correct; there will be corpses in the streets of Paris. The question is: Whose? It is, after all, not that many generations since the French proved themselves adept at creating corpses with great efficiency…

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