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Friday, August 12. 2016
Greenland Sharks Live 400 Years or More, Making Them the Longest-Lived Vertebrates
Under-65s don't view sexuality as binary
It is obviously not, but do we have to keep talking about it?
A New Study Finds That Men Are Weaker Today Than They Were 30 Years Ago
Umm, no. Grievance-collectors and paranoids can always find something. Same as cops and public prosecutors can.
‘Debate’ over student First Amendment rights continues at University of Houston
A good line of department stores. Does not deserve to go the way of Sear's.
The ABA sets forth a de facto speech code for lawyers
Insane. Stop lawyers from talking?
Criminalizing Entrepreneurs - The regulatory state is also a prison state.
The DOJ’s Baltimore Police Report Contributes to a Hostile Environment for Law Enforcement
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Both Want to Restore Detroit's Glory Days with Failed Economic Policies (New at Reason) - The Motor City of today shouldn't yearn for a horse-and-buggy of tomorrow.
A dead city. Like a gold rush town, when the gold is gone. Let it die.
An easy-to-find $15 piece of hardware is all it takes to hack a voting machine
The girl raped by Hillary's client speaks out
Hillary laughed about it. Nice.
They call that news
Compromised: Justice Dept. Refused FBI Probe of Clinton Foundation
Inside Donald Trump’s Meltdown
The Associated Press Campaigns For Hillary
Sadder but Wiser, Merkel´s Germany Is Turning into a Police State
Why Aren’t Liberals Flogging Rotherham Pakistanis Over Their Rape Culture? Apparently
Let refugees into your homes' France pleads with citizens to help ease migrant crisis
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"You are responsible for what other people hear."
This from the guy who oversaw the NSA's illegal surveillance of Americans. And order, I might add, that he never got around to refusing.
I mishear stuff. I then realize what I thought I heard and ask what was said, if I can. Others, of course, deliberately mishear and/or misconstrue what they heard.
Yeah, I had no idea what he thought he was supposed to be saying either.
"A good line of department stores. Does not deserve to go the way of Sear's."
They were doing all right till they got nasty when they broke with Trump last summer. So they chose their fate.
"Criminalizing Entrepreneurs - The regulatory state is also a prison state."
The Dictatorial, Anti-Democratic and Socialist Character of Interventionism
Many advocates of interventionism are bewildered when one tells them that in recommending interventionism they themselves are fostering anti-democratic and dictatorial tendencies and the establishment of totalitarian socialism. They protest that they are sincere believers and opposed to tyranny and socialism. What they aim at is only the improvement of the conditions of the poor. They say that they are driven by considerations of social justice, and favour a fairer distribution of income precisely because they are intent upon preserving capitalism and its political corollary or superstructure, viz., democratic government.
What these people fail to realize is that the various measures they suggest are not capable of bringing about the beneficial results aimed at. On the contrary they produce a state of affairs which from the point of view of their advocates is worse than the previous state which they were designed to alter. If the government, faced with this failure of its first intervention, is not prepared to undo its interference with the market and to return to a free economy, it must add to its first measure more and more regulations and restrictions. Proceeding step by step on this way it finally reaches a point in which all economic freedom of individuals has disappeared. Then socialism of the German pattern, the Zwangswirtschaft of the Nazis, emerges.
von Mises, Ludwig (1947). Planned Chaos
We've had small reprieves when things got bad, like Reagan's push back on the 1970s, but Mises was correct
[quote]the German pattern of Zwangswirtschaft, towards the complete adoption of which the Anglo-Saxon countries are manifestly tending; [/qupte]
Toward "compulsory economy" we have been manifestly tending. This election, with so many "intellectuals" feeling superior to Trump, is such an election, where either we push it back by electing someone, however crass, who loves America or we elect a Democrat.
Or as Robert Heinlein so succinctly put it:
“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
That's the ultimate result of over regulation. The creative and innovative are driven from productive work and we all become poorer as a result. Meanwhile the parasite class scratches their butts and wonders why the economy tanks.
A dead city. Like a gold rush town, when the gold is gone. Let it die.
This could be said of lots of cities. Or the concept of a city at all. It made sense in earlier times when the city was built where you needed a fortress or where there was a good harbor to load and unload ships to have everything in one spot, but what purpose does it serve in the modern world when you have railroads and highways and the internet to move people and products and knowledge from one place to another?
As far as I can tell, having a high population density - with more people per mile of water and sewer lines, electric and phone lines, lane mile of highway, per store or business - a city should operate more efficiently and therefore more cheaply than a similar group of people spread out over hundreds of square miles of countryside. And yet the cost of living is higher in the city than in the country, empirical evidence that urban living is less efficient than rural living.
But cities have things the countryside doesn't - museums and zoos and opera houses and symphony orchestras and professional sports stadia. All the taxpayer funded luxuries that are "affordable" because of the money you're saving on more efficient living, except that every nickel you save on efficiency is met by a dime worth of spending on something else. Like "save $5000 by buying a new car today!" - show me the $5000. If I can really save $5000 on a new car, I'll buy a thousand of 'em.
Jerryskids: It made sense in earlier times when the city was built where you needed a fortress or where there was a good harbor to load and unload ships to have everything in one spot, but what purpose does it serve in the modern world when you have railroads and highways and the internet to move people and products and knowledge from one place to another?
It's because so many goods move across railroads, highways, airways, rivers, and sea lanes, that transportation hubs still have great value.
Jerryskids: And yet the cost of living is higher in the city than in the country, empirical evidence that urban living is less efficient than rural living.
It's empirical evidence that people want to live in cities, primarily because GDP per capita is typically 3-4 times as high as in rural areas. High concentrations of people create synergies that do not exist in dispersed populations.
"And yet the cost of living is higher in the city than in the country, empirical evidence that urban living is less efficient than rural living."
Er, no. Just empirical evidence that urban living is more expensive than rural living.
re: "And yet the cost of living is higher in the city than in the country, empirical evidence that urban living is less efficient than rural living."
The cost of living is higher in cities because cities have a high density of politicians and their cronies. Decisions by city (and other local) governments are primarily made on the basis of how much money, power and advantage will accrue to the politicians' supporters and friends, rather than on any rational basis. Of course, it is difficult to find any other rational basis, apart from self-interest, these days simply because government now controls or pretends to control nearly everything in life. Enjoy! You voted for them or refused to oppose them now you suffer the consequences along with all of the rest of us who did the same.
The cost of living is higher in cities because that's where most everyone either wants to be or has to be to make a decent income.
"everyone either wants to be or has to be to make a decent income."
That is an obsolete concept. Orange County CA has shown that light industrial development provides plenty of jobs. The cities provided low skill jobs in garment districts (now all in Indonesia) or manufacturing (Now in China) but the suburban mixed use communities are prosperous and the cities are filled with welfare clients. There are a few exceptions, probably New York City, but not many.
The link for "The girl raped by Hillary's client speaks out" goes to the wrong story.
Vanita Gupta was hand picked for the DOJ because of her anti-Western, anti-American, anti-white views. So what did we expect?
I shop at Sears far more frequently than at Macys. Not just hardware, but clothing and appliances and housewares are a better value at Sears.
Detroit is re-equilibrating based on its internal energy. Efforts to change that will only be wasted.
The surrounding area about Detroit is fairly populous and affluent. That's good enough.
"Under-65s don't view sexuality as binary
It is obviously not, but do we have to keep talking about it?"
As long as there are many people actively denying things like transgender and homosexual people exist, yes.
And sadly many people still deny that, especially conservatives (and not just in the US).
Now, the left has turned the whole discussion into a mockery of itself, like they have a tendency to do with everything they touch, which makes it appear as if homosexuals and transgender people are weirdos and freaks who should rightfully be locked up in an insane asylum and given high doses of phychotropic drugs in order to "cure them". But that doesn't mean we should brush their existence under the rug because there are people who're uncomfortable living in a world where not everything is black and white as listed in the bible.