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Politics & Religion / Re: Cori Bush joins the Squad
« on: Today at 04:04:00 AM »
 “If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger,”   Tlaib crowed.

   - Ilhan Omar has a fight as well.  Aug 11.

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My favorite posts happen when others express clearly and succinctly what I struggle to explain.

Brad Polumbo, Hat tip Alan Reynolds:

Let's discuss government intervention into the economy to promote equality. First, what do we mean by equality? Well, from your first note, I gather that you are concerned, at least to some extent, with equality of outcome. The type of economic inequality measured by the Gini Coefficient. For example; Sarah has twice the income of Paul.

I do not inherently care about equality of outcome, and I would argue that you should not either. Much more important are the processes by which the outcome is reached, equality of opportunity, and absolute/objective measures of poverty and material wealth.

I know you do not advocate for complete, perfect equality — few do — so please do not take this as a straw-manning of your position. But it's worth challenging the notion, which most of us intuitively assume, that more economic equality (separate this conceptually from legal equality, civil rights, etc.) is generally and inherently a good thing.

It is not. Very simply, we are not all equal in our ability, work ethic, and potential. We do not all deserve the same outcome, and if treated perfectly fairly and all given equal opportunity, we would not all reach equal outcomes.

Indeed, it is this very inequality of outcome that drives people to be better, work harder, and do more. It is the very engine of free-market capitalism that has created so much wealth and profoundly reduced absolute poverty both in the U.S. and globally.

So when examining economic inequality in the United States we cannot assume that simply because large-scale inequality exists, therefore this is a problem in need of government correction. Some of that inequality may, indeed, be a problem, if it was acquired through crony capitalism or rent seeking; i.e., Amazon getting a sweetheart tax deal or giant subsidies for professional sports stadiums.

But the rest? I don't think it's a problem at all.

First, you cite important statistics, and I certainly agree that one of if not the single most important objective for policymakers should be improving the standard of living for the worst-off among us. Where I break from you is twofold:

that inequality is a useful metric in this pursuit
that progressive policy solutions would actually achieve said improvements in living standards
Inequality tells us little, if anything, about the actual standard of living poor people face. For example, according to the Gini Coefficient (for readers, this is an international index of economic inequality) Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and India are more "equal" than the United States. Yet I'm sure you would agree with me that the poor in America are miles better off than in these countries by any reasonable assessment or metric.

My point is that poverty isn't best viewed as a relative metric. If you have a nice comfortable life and your neighbor's net worth doubles, you are not truly materially better or worse off.

So, yes, I want to increase educational outcomes, reduce child poverty, fix the housing crisis and more. From occupational licensing reform to school choice to zoning deregulation, I have many ideas for how to get there. But the "inequality" of it all is secondary, if at all relevant. (Other than, yet again, inequality via cronyism, which I share your opposition to. I would happily abolish the tariffs, subsidies, etc. that enable it).

I also think the moral indignation over the prevalence of billionaires misses the point. Yes, it is glaring that we have some individuals with so much wealth while others struggle. But it is economic fallacy to think that — except for aforementioned crony abuses — these billionaires took this wealth from other people.

Economics is not zero-sum in a capitalist society. Many billionaires and millionaires created wealth for themselves by creating wealth for others. Consider Apple CEO Steve Jobs, for example. He died with a net worth of $10 billion.

Surely it's obscene and unjust that anyone have that much money while others starve!

But if you think about it, through direct and indirect effects Steve Jobs must have created hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs, and increased the standard of living for millions of people. If we had, say, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has suggested, a top marginal income tax rate of 70% kicking in after a certain threshold in the millions, Jobs would have stood to gain almost nothing financially from the years of sweat and toil he put into Apple after his first few millions were made. And we'd all be worse off for it — even if we might be more "equal" in the Gini measurements.

Jobs isn't some isolated example. Economist Deirdre McCloskey has estimated the innovators, on average, see just roughly 2% of the wealth they create for society.

This brings me to perhaps my most important conclusion: The progressive "solutions" for income inequality often aren't solutions at all. 

Artificially inflating the minimum wage will end up decreasing workers net earnings (as hours are slashed) and causing unemployment. As you seem to concede, "rent control" laws backfire and limit the supply of housing, eventually leading to higher rents. Student loan subsidies meant to promote educational opportunity end up further inflating the cost of college and putting it out of reach for even more Americans. Tariffs meant to "protect" workers jobs kill more jobs than they create. The list goes on and on.

So, should the government intervene in the economy to reduce inequality? If what we truly hope to do is improve the standard of living for all, the answer is a resounding no.

   - Brad Polumbo
https://letter.wiki/conversation/853#letter_2702

https://fee.org/people/brad-polumbo/

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Politics & Religion / Housing/Real Estate, out of state LLCs
« on: August 05, 2020, 07:46:06 AM »
https://youtu.be/aFvf66HHIYA

It keeps getting more complicated the more I try to simplify.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Obama's life insurance policy: Joe Biden
« on: August 05, 2020, 06:56:15 AM »
Drum beat continue for Basement Joe Biden's biggest decision ever, who he thinks should be the next President of the United States after him.  Soon we will be told what a great choice this is.  But if he is so certain of that next week, why is he so undecided now.

Getting the hopes up of all these contenders and identity groups was a big mistake.  All but one go home the loser.

Since we know it HAS to be s black woman, we also know she (xe?) was chosen because she is a black woman - by the party that wants to abolish gender.

Reach to the middle Joe:
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/08/04/condoleezza_rice_a_problem_of_the_left_is_they_think_they_know_what_black_people_should_think.html

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Martial Arts Topics / Re: That car sure looked like a motorcycle , , ,
« on: August 05, 2020, 04:33:16 AM »
https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/aurora-police-detain-black-family-after-mistaking-their-vehicle-as-stolen

"I totally understand that anger, and don’t want to diminish that anger, but I will say it wasn’t a profiling incident. It was a hit that came through the system"

The problem IMHO is presumed guilty police tactics.  Police should, in my view, shoot the plate scanner or the radar gun AFTER they observe the vehicle do something wrong, not shoot every car just for being there.

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Politics & Religion / Trump Administration, Barr
« on: August 04, 2020, 06:09:43 AM »
https://thefederalist.com/2020/08/03/8-democrat-myths-william-barr-debunked-between-deliberate-interruptions/

8 Democrat Myths William Barr Debunked Between Deliberate Interruptions
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Barr's calm demeanor  of argument is something I could learn from in my own personal encounters with Leftward thinking:

"“I think your characterization of Portland (peaceful protests, etc.) is completely false,” Barr responded, and then laid out the facts..."

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Science, Culture, & Humanities / Economics: Thomas Sowell, City Journal
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:12:53 PM »
city-journal.org/thomas-sowell-race-poverty-culture

Amazing man.  Great article.  Starts with his childhood.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Biden: Read my lips, lotsa new taxes
« on: August 03, 2020, 09:03:03 AM »
Tax only the rich and the burden falls 25% on the working class.  Not counting the burden of  lost opportunities and economic collapse.

"Don’t tax you. Don’t tax me. Tax the guy behind the tree."
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/04/04/tax-tree/

Joke being that it doesn't work.  You don't tax capital without hurting labor.  You don't tax employers without hurting employees.  You don't raise taxes on the economy, without hurting all its participants. 

A mere 1+% percent in the GDP growth rate changed the economy from stuck in stagnation to having the lowest BLACK unemployment rate on record.  How do you repeal all that and say "Black Lives Matter"?  Only with dishonesty.

Fact is, the already rich will still be rich with or without a new yacht, home or tesla.  The burden of excess taxation and excess government falls on all the people who want to succeed in the land of destroyed opportunities, stagnation, decline, collapse.
cf. Jimmy Carternomics, Hugo Chavezuela  Who did worse under these regimes?  Every working person for sure.

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Who knew?

https://reason.com/2020/08/01/the-global-environmental-apocalypse-has-been-canceled/
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According to these activists and politicians, humanity is beset on all sides by catastrophes that could kill off civilization, and maybe even our species. Are they right?

Absolutely not, answers the longtime environmental activist Michael Shellenberger in an engaging new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. "Much of what people are being told about the environment, including the climate, is wrong, and we desperately need to get it right," he writes. "I decided to write Apocalypse Never after getting fed up with the exaggeration, alarmism, and extremism that are the enemy of positive, humanistic, and rational environmentalism." While fully acknowledging that significant global environmental problems exist, Shellenberger argues that they do not constitute inexorable existential threats. Economic growth and technological progress, he says, can ameliorate them.

Shellenberger's analysis relies on largely uncontroversial mainstream science, including reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization. And as a longstanding activist, Shellenberger is in a good position to parse the motives behind the purveyors of doom.   ...
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Read it all.
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"On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years," he wrote in an essay to promote his new book. "Climate change is happening. It's just not the end of the world. It's not even our most serious environmental problem."
...
"(1) human being are not causing a "sixth mass extinction," (2) the Amazon rainforests are not the "lungs of the world," (3) climate change is not making natural disasters worse, and (4) fires have declined 25 percent around the world since 2003."
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"no strong trends in floods, tropical cyclones, or tornadoes have been identified."
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"the number of people who die in natural disasters annually has dropped by 99 percent since the 20th century peak in 1931. World population has nearly quadrupled over that period of time."
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"a 2018 study in Earth's Future points out that the "area burning in recent years is a small fraction of what burned prior to the 1920s." Even in 1930 and 1931, more than 50 million acres of wildlands burned, compared to the recent high of 10 million acres burned in 2015."
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"while the amount of land devoted to agriculture has increased 8 percent since 1961, the amount of food produced in that space has increased 300 percent. Meanwhile, the amount of land devoted to raising the livestock we use for meat has "declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska." "
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"the acreage devoted to power transmission—coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants, plus mines, wells, and waste storage currently occupy just over 3,000 square kilometers (just under 1,200 square miles) of U.S. land"
"the wind and solar components of the proposed infrastructure would occupy more than 600,000 square kilometers (about 232,000 square miles). That is just a bit smaller than Texas."
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"Solve poverty, Shellenberger says, and problems like species extinction, rainforest deforestation, natural disaster risks, wildfires, rising sea levels, and food insecurity become tractable."
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"he founded Environmental Progress, which campaigns for, among other things, the deployment of clean modern nuclear power."
[Good idea!]

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Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: still doable
« on: August 03, 2020, 08:10:43 AM »
" If she fades/dies before the election/next term-- how long do we need to put someone through?"

was wondering same thing.
quick google:
*According to the Congressional Research Service, the average number of days from nomination to final Senate vote since 1975 is 67 days (2.2 months), while the median is 71 days (or 2.3 months). Some believe this is because Congress sees Justices as playing a more political role than in the past.*

It's been a month since the end of the Supreme Court term and no one resigned.  RBG has been hiding her cancer recurrence.  Her survival is the central focus of modern liberal medicine, and somehow they have succeeded.  Good for her.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/31/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-discharged/index.html

She isn't going to resign; no liberal is going to resign at this time.  Nor did Clarence Thomas leave to make room for someone younger.  They are off until early October.  [Nice gig.]

Only a death (very soon) would create a vacancy Republicans of this term could fill.  August is recess month, September and October are campaign months, not a time Senators want to stuck in Washington.

Whoever wants to choose the next Justice(s) is going to have to win one more election cycle, White House and Senate.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Biden VP pick comments
« on: August 03, 2020, 06:13:31 AM »
https://www.newsmax.com/patriceleeonwuka/black-gender-gig-independent/2020/07/31/id/980031/

From the article:
"The focus on his running mate distracts from the more critical question: What would Biden do as president to increase opportunity for black women, all women, and all Americans?"  [Answer: nothing]

"The Black unemployment rate fell to its lowest recorded rate last fall and the women’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in over 65 years.  Women filled nearly three out of four (71%) of all new jobs created in 2019 and minority women drove this surge in employment."  [That is the record candidate Biden and his rookie Left extremist running mate are up against.]


I read one of the analyses of his latest choices, pro and con.  If you read just through the negatives, there isn't a one he should pick.  If he panders to one group, he offends another.  Also, he CAN'T back off of his promise to choose a woman.  Might as well say the same for the promise to give a black woman a fair shake.  That means choose a black woman.  How else do they get a fair shake?

All these women are marginally qualified to be President in the context that Biden is already unfit to serve as President, so the need to be ready is very likely immediate..
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Why He Dithers
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-vice-president-pick-dithering-liz-peek
"The contenders on Biden's short list all have ... serious shortcomings"

[Frontrunner] "Kamala Harris is controversial as well. She, too, was a former prosecutor, and was attacked by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard during the debates for having “put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana.” That doesn’t play well with today’s Democrats."
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I would add, her vetting was the 2020 race where she scored 0% in Iowa and 0% in New Hampshire.  South Carolina, 0.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Iowa_Democratic_presidential_caucuses
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-primary-elections/new-hampshire-results
To be fair, she exercised her best example of good Presidential judgment by dropping out before votes were cast to save face for this contest.

Yes, Kamala was vetted by the voters to be President of the United States.  Verdict:  No.  She couldn't manage the fiscal challenge of a campaign and couldn't attract a vote.  Her best example of good Presidential judgment was to dropout before votes were cast to save face for this contest.

Pete Buttigieg should identify female before Joe's dithering comes to its unexciting end.  He can continue his talk about success updating his utility billing software, enough to win the Iowa caucuses.  One more accomplishment than Kamala Harris.

Unprecendentedly weak field.
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Update:  While I post, why he dithers, the selection has been put back one week.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/03/biden-vice-president-search-390853

Same guy that couldn't 'pull the trigger' on killing or capturing Osama bin Laden.  Presidential?  In one week, he will faced with the same weak choices.

He should instead announce who his real decision makers are and processes they will use to make his decisions.  Least transparent major candidate ever?

Update:  Black [woman] running mate could help  Biden win Wisconsin by turning out the black vote in Milwaukee.
https://www.cbs58.com/news/how-bidens-vp-pick-could-tip-the-scales-in-wisconsin
Aren't black women already the strongest constituency in the Democratic party?

Wisconsin is 6% black.  Milwaukee is the city where Biden's handlers cancelled his $200 million convention.  Tough luck.
https://www.wpr.org/milwaukee-2020-host-committee-anticipates-dnc-have-significant-economic-impact

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Politics & Religion / Re: never trumper noonan speaks the choice
« on: August 02, 2020, 03:21:06 PM »
vote for Trump and the conservative national interest or vote against him and see the Rep. Party get crushed along with the future of the country:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/burn-the-republican-party-down-11596149482?mod=djemalertNEWS

Thanks ccp.  She doesn't write with the clarity she once had writing for Pres. Reagan.  By the end I wondered, what exactly is she saying, to whom?

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Politics & Religion / Re: G M's guide to surviving CW2
« on: August 02, 2020, 03:10:36 PM »
"Real estate was my idea.  People will pay a portion of their income for it no matter how much or how little a dollar is worth.  When you rent it, you receive payment and still own it (Can't do that with ammo).  Worthless of course when law and order and property rights break down."

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rent-moratorium-expires-landlord-tenant-battles-begin

Breaking down.

Reminds me of the oil industry in  Venezuela.  If we the government steal the oil industry , everything else will stay the same only we can keep the profits.  Now of course there are no oil industry profits, no oil, and a country bankrupt in ruin. The people of Venezuela believed "it [economic collapse] can't happen here, we are the richest country in Latin America".

Minneapolis is a majority tenant city:
https://www.minnpost.com/metro/2019/03/a-majority-of-minneapolis-households-now-rent-their-homes/#:~:text=Between%202008%20and%202015%2C%20Minneapolis,of%20households%20in%20the%20city.
If you can't enforce rental agreements, the whole system collapses.  One might think, but the houses will still be there.  The government could keep them, eliminate the landlord profit.  Right (sarc.).  Everybody knows the government can't run housing.  The term, 'government run housing' refers to failure.  "Grew up in the projects" means surrounded by failure. "We have a Section 8 house next to us" means trouble.

My argument is that we can't destroy the private housing market without destroying the city.  That argument apparently doesn't worry them.

"It can't happen here."
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Related:  "Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet".  - Mpls Police
https://kstp.com/news/you-do-whatever-you-can-to-survive-99-year-old-woman-fought-off-an-intruder-in-south-minneapolis-home-july-28-2020/5809813/

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Politics & Religion / Re: Got cryptocurrency? Got silver/gold? Got ammo?
« on: August 01, 2020, 08:38:11 PM »
Your post gets me thinking. What is the copper or commodity of demand and scarcity of the next 20-30 years.  Maybe it is copper.  Maybe lithium, rare earth element or seeds to grow super foods.

With copper, water piping is being replaced with other materials, but overall, worldwide demand keeps growing.  Price up 12% this year.  Lithium is down 40% this year.  Maybe that's not it:
https://tradingeconomics.com/commodities

At $3 per pound, maybe copper isn't valuable enough to stockpile.  Helium doesn't seem easy to store.  Same for Uranium, plutonium.
https://www.kitco.com/news/2020-07-02/These-two-commodities-will-dominate-2020-and-they-re-not-gold-and-silver.html#:~:text=The%20high%20tech%20revolution%20and,ideal%20for%20the%20contrarian%20investor.

What is most useful when regular order collapses?  Food, housing, energy, security.  Water?  What is most easily stored for its value, dividable into workable amounts, hedged against obsolescence?

The search continues...

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Politics & Religion / Re: Political Rants & interesting thought pieces
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:17:47 PM »
Where is our 'ray of hope' thread?

"HOCKEY: There’s no kneeling in the NHL: No less than 6 teams link arms, stand together during national anthem to show unity."
https://www.theblaze.com/news/theres-no-kneeling-in-the-nhl-no-less-than-4-teams-link-arms-stand-together-during-national-anthem-to-show-unity
Hat tip Glenn Reynolds.

A real sport.

Or this.  The P.A. system fails and an Edmonton arena full of Canadian hockey fans sing the American national anthem, April 2017:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf2jb51HzTs

Real sports fans.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Political Humor
« on: August 01, 2020, 04:07:27 PM »
Doctor, when do you think Covid19 will be over?

Doctor:  I don't know.  I'n not much into politics.
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I just realized that "Don't Stand so Close to me" could be this year's theme song,
if it hadn't been recorded by The Police.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/08/the-week-in-pictures-barr-none-edition.php

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Politics & Religion / Re: Drone swarm over AZ nuke plant
« on: August 01, 2020, 03:23:10 PM »
https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidhambling/2020/07/30/drone-swarm-invaded-palo-verde-nuclear-power-plant/

The nuclear plant may not be the most vulnerable target for a drone but the need to deal with drones everywhere in the hands of the enemy, foreign and domestic, is a certainty.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Got cryptocurrency? Got silver/gold? Got ammo?
« on: August 01, 2020, 03:13:32 PM »
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/dark-side-cashless-society

I am researching cryptocurrencies and means to use them. Any advice?

Ammo, especially the most popular calibers will be "ballistic wampum".

Yes, beware the government banning cash and everything being even more trackable and controllable, not just for the reasons given but those are good examples.

I would add, beware of crytocurrencies.  There is so much we don't know.  Very interested in finding out what you learn.  I like the underlying technology of block chain but don't know, therefore don't trust the future value of the currency.  13k per coin currently(?) seems steep to get in.  I tried to learn about bitcoin as an alternative to currency, but if the value is controlled by speculation, it is not controlled at all.

Ammo, yes, if you find people with goods or money at exactly the time you need them, and if you have exactly what they need and are willing to part with what made you secure.  Food?  Yes but it either spoils or isn't very good in the first place?  In a real emergency where you would give it away to save someone, it has a different type of value than investment or store of value.  If you sell it or give it away when it is in severe scarcity, you have less left for your own security, financial and physical.  Gold?  Not performing better than stocks.  People would still have to have money or goods to buy it from you when money might be worthless and the goods they have aren't what you need.  Doesn't increment well.  Real estate was my idea.  People will pay a portion of their income for it no matter how much or how little a dollar is worth.  When you rent it, you receive payment and still own it (Can't do that with ammo).  Worthless of course when law and order and property rights break down.

To be continued...

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Politics & Religion / Re: WSJ: Biden's Taxes
« on: August 01, 2020, 02:47:19 PM »
VERY interesting point that the economic burden of the corporate tax, they so much want to raise, falls disproportionately on the poor and working people who at the lower levels get off easy on personal income taxes.

In other words, Biden's Left drivel won't hold up to scrutiny or to a 90 minute debate with the man who doubled the growth rate of the world's largest economy.

Prosperity through greater taxation?  Prosperity through greater re-distribution?  Prosperity through shutting down private businesses or nationalizing industries?  It is pure denial of 'settled' science.

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Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Scott Grannis
« on: August 01, 2020, 02:34:02 PM »
https://scottgrannis.blogspot.com/2020/07/highly-recommended-reading.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FtMBeq+%28Calafia+Beach+Pundit%29

Interesting stuff including troll comments.  I don't think comparing ourselves to Sweden or comparing Sweden to two neighbors is the key, but all the trends give us things to ponder.

What if we did the initial 14-15 day lockdown, really.  Wouldn't that isolate every known case?  far better yet, what if we did a real 14 day lockdown every time a facilities capacity crisis hit in each locality.  Interrupt the spread.  What if we did a lockdown of the vulnerable, voluntarily.  What if Trump's predecessor hadn't used up the masks or at least told his successor in transition to order those before it's too late.  What if the Chinese hadn't lied, if the WHO wasn't a criminal enterprise, if the FDA didn't work constantly against the best interests of the people?  What if we had tried to cure the common cold instead of going to the moon or whatever, and been better, earlier with virus treatments?  What if we at least had hand sanitizers plentiful, everywhere.  What if we hadn't exploded the deficit and devalued the country?
 What if we said that if you shut down revenues to the Treasury we will shut down disbursements?  What if we had listened to Sen Bill Frist 15 years ago??
https://americanmind.org/essays/a-storm-for-which-we-were-unprepared/

What are the death numbers if you take away state-run long term care facilities?

Shutting down the economy in places and times that were essentially at zero risk yielded essentially zero gain with enormous cost.



This is 2018.  What is it now?

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/images/nvss/KeyStats2018_Table-002.png

United States - Historical Death Rate Data  Pre-Covid
Year     Death Rate     Growth Rate
2019     8.782     1.120%
2018     8.685     1.220%
2017     8.580     1.240%

'Experts say' death rate (overall) has grown under coronavirus more than is attributable to coronavirus.  But no one will say lockdowns kill?

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Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:43:57 PM »
Exactly.  They don't recognize him as President and would not have treated his attendance Presidentially.

This turned out to be a political rally of the hard Left.  Too bad.  Lewis could have been a great uniter.  He chose to join in with the dividers and division of the country is what they gathered to celebrate.  Odd turn for a bunch of  anti-segregationist.

Meanwhile Herman Cain achieved the entire American Dream without the appearance of needing race preference or help from the government.  All he ever asked of the government was to be less of a hindrance.  Great man?  Doesn't matter.  He is of no use to them.

He rose the hard, slow way to become head of more than one major corporation, Chairman of a Federal Reserve Bank, was front runner for the Presidency at one point.  Against all that discrimination in this racially unfair country.

Which one did more to break ground for blacks that would follow?  I don't know.  Let's say both did, but one gets the full treatment and one is ignored and forgotten.

Political Narratives Matter.

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Pres. Trump did not go to rep Lewis' service, I am told and told and told.  Then they used it as a political rally, as expected.

Will Obama, Biden attend Herman Cain's funeral?  Any Democrats other than personal friends of his?  Honor a black man who achieved it all in a meritocracy?  Ha!

His death is unnoticed and unmentioned in most circles - except to blame Trump for having a rally.

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"I thought she came across as unnecessarily partisan and abrasive in the impeachment hearings."

I can't think of a Democrat that does not .

I know what you mean, but some are smooth and seem harmless and sound centrist and some come across as angry radicals.

My Congressman, west suburbs of Minneapolis, is a businessman. family man, neighbor, friend of a friend, cousin of Scott Johnson at Powerline, supposedly pro-business, pro-America etc.  The contrast might be Maxine Waters and the squad, want to  tell us how this country sucks and burn down the system.  They get elected in different districts but vote the same.

Val Demings sounded angry partisan radical in tone to me as I listening to impeachment hearings on radio.  I thought it was Maxine Waters, hadn't heard of her.  They used to call the middle of the electorate the soccer moms, those who determine the outcome, white suburban centrist women who just want what's best for their children and families.  Do they see her, listen to her, and say she's one of us?

There isn't a pick that's right for Joe in the party identity politics.  He needs one for each type, young liberal women, angry black women, white suburban woman, gays, Jews, Muslims.  And what about men?  He needs their vote too!

If you accept the premise that sexism and racism is the rule in America, the pool Joe has to choose from lacks the experience he needs from a nominee because they have been so unfairly excluded.  He already ruled out all men with national and foreign policy experience and all(?) women were denied these opportunities, therefore lack that experience.

He should be able to pick from Pres. Obama's Secretaries of State, Kerry and Hillary.  Dead end there.  Clinton's female Secretary of State, Madeline Albright?  Not eligible, now past her time.  How about the most powerful woman in the world, Nancy Pelosi?  Too bad they didn't pick their best and brightest for leadership of the House they control, ready to step up now.   Nobody there.

Too bad he won't pick my pick, perhaps the most qualified woman in the country, centrist, smart, experienced, black, with great personal history to reach out to all undecideds, Condi Rice.

Shortly we will know his pick.  Or is it his handler's pick?

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Politics & Religion / Re: 2020 Presidential election, Val Demings VP?
« on: July 31, 2020, 05:28:18 PM »
Hugh Hewitt surprised me this morning by saying Val Demings is the VP nominee he fears most.  Some think she comes across as a regular person, she was a police officer who came up to the drivers' window a thousand times.

I thought she came across as unnecessarily partisan and abrasive in the impeachment hearings.  She has had very little time in Washington, almost none in national politics..  I wonder if she will be stumped on issues or if she is fully ready for this moment.  She has been in the House only since 2017. 

If she can deliver Florida, then she is worth it to Biden.  I can't imagine what Trump's path looks like without Florida.  Orlando is the center of the state.What state would Kamala deliver?  California?  Susan Rice?  Washington DC?  Tammy Baldwin?  She's not even black!

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Biden paints Biden soft on China:
https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/07/biden-got-it-wrong.php

Perhaps the most important issue in the election.

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https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/twitter-iran-leader-tweets-defense

Twitter defends not blocking Iran leader's tweets after blocking Trump's
Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's tweets call for 'elimination' of Israel

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Strangely, the dollar has fallen dramatically over the time that Biden opened a lead over Trump,while Democrats lead in House and Senate expectations too.  The reason for the dollar plunge is said to be "political uncertainty".

Why don't they say the truth, the dollar falls, the value of the nations income and wealth falls when Marxism is immanent.  Will voters really vote against their nation's economic interest?  We have just a few months to find out.

"The US dollar has tumbled the most in a decade this month, propelling sterling and the euro sharply higher, on questions over the recovery of the world’s biggest economy and growing political uncertainty. The greenback weakened 0.4 percent against a basket of its trading peers by mid-morning on Friday in Europe. The greenback has shed 4.9 percent in July, its worst monthly sell-off since September 2010. Other currencies made gains as the dollar slipped. The euro rose 0.3 percent against the US currency to $1.1886, its highest level in two years, while the pound gained by the same amount to trade above $1.31. Japan’s yen rose 0.3 percent to ¥104.43 a dollar, a more than four-month high. “The dollar sell-off remains relentless,” said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG." - Financial Times today

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As we predicted  :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x :x

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/06/minnesota-state-rep-antifa-and-muslim-groups-plan-robert-spencer/

Well, as long as Doug is willing to say the shahada, he might actually get some actual protection for himself and his properties.

"Plan to 'Police Minneapolis Under Muslim Rule"

That's crazy, like saying the city council would vote to de-fund the police.

There are so many cognitive dissonance issues to work out with Left-rule and Sharia law.  Not funny but looking into their world, would they be able to stone Ilhan Omar to death for adultery quickly enough to get her replaced on the ballot?

Will the new ISIS respect the rights of the Native Americans after the white Left deeds the ill-gotten land back to them? 

Minnesota's most Jewish area, hometown of Al Franken and Thomas Friedman, NYT, is in Ilhan's Muslim-run district.   Is Sharia Law Kosher?

Minneapolis is one the the leading open gay cities in the world.  How do they fare under Sharia?

As G M suggests, my business of providing housing for the economically challenged doesn't hold up in a land of third world laws that does not recognize property rights.

I won't need a gun in this scenario.  I will need a new pair of Nikes to outrun the mob.

Seriously, Minneapolis Democrats have a contested primary (Aug 11?) to discuss the future of being represented a feminist, black, Marxist Muslim.  The main challenger is male, darker than Ilhan in skin tone,  and hates just Trump in the campaign instead of all of America.  No one speaks ill of Ilhan in the white lefty neighborhoods but I see a lot of people have yard signs supporting Antoine hyphon-last-name, the challenger.

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A Hong Kong property tycoon wants to build a city in Ireland to host 50,000 emigrants from the semi-autonomous city. Ivan Ko, the founder of the Victoria Harbour Group (VHG), an international charter city investment company, hopes to find a 50 square kilometer site between Dublin and Belfast to create a new city, named Nextpolis, from scratch. Ko has pitched the plan, which would include schools that teach in Cantonese, to Irish officials, arguing it would fit the government’s stated desire to develop regions outside the capital. (via The Guardian)

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Politics & Religion / Re: Q2 down 35%!!!
« on: July 28, 2020, 03:13:04 PM »
Those are frightening numbers.  On the flip side with such a low benchmark, the percentages will look strong coming back.

This is not the virus.  This is a measure of our reaction to the virus.

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Politics & Religion / Re: China vs. the World; Zambia
« on: July 28, 2020, 10:45:44 AM »

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Politics & Religion / Re: The Way Forward for the American Creed
« on: July 28, 2020, 10:25:08 AM »
Working on bumper stickers for the election season:

Federal Government Racist?
De-fund it.

More?

Cancel the constitution?
Fugetabout your right to abort.

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School closures ‘a mistake’ as no teachers infected in classroom
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/school-closures-a-mistake-as-no-teachers-infected-in-classroom-gpppq8r7k

The Times ^ | July 22 2020 | Mark McLaughlin,

Scientists are yet to find a single confirmed case of a teacher catching coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, a leading epidemiologist has said. Mark Woolhouse, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Edinburgh University, offered reassurance to staff preparing for the full reopening of schools next month. Professor Woolhouse, a member of the UK government’s scientific advisory group, Sage, said that in hindsight closing schools in March was probably a mistake, but the limited role children play in spreading the virus only became clear further along the infection curve.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/school-closures-a-mistake-as-no-teachers-infected-in-classroom-gpppq8r7k

Shut 'em down.  But don't say it was because of the virus.

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Politics & Religion / Or Susan Rice?
« on: July 28, 2020, 07:23:43 AM »
When you're tired of the dishonesty of Donald Trump, turn to Susan Rice?

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/27/susan-rice-top-biden-vice-president-383026

“There is a level and depth to her experience which would be a real asset.”
   - Valerie Jarrett on Rice.

That is, if she isn't indicted in the 'unmask' scandal.

"She’s one of the most effective bureaucratic operators I’ve ever seen in government.”

   - Said like it was a positive quality.

The book on a Biden-Rice partnership, how well do they learn from all their foreign policy errors?

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Yesterday I was going to note tht she's been quiet lately.  Then look who steps forward:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/27/covid-economy-trump-incompetent-weak-dishonest-kamala-harris-column/5514701002/

My trick, read liberals until their first lie, which is usually in the first sentence:

People are out of work, hungry, suffering and dying. [Not Trump's fault] The United States has more than 4.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 147,000 people have been killed. [Oops, not true] The situation is dire and is getting worse..."  [Patently false.]
...
"Over 17 million people are still out of work." [Democrats want that number to be higher.]

Perfectly predictable opposition drivel.  She's ready to run.  Already using Biden's writers.

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"Populations of migratory river fish around the world have plunged by a “catastrophic” 76% since 1970, an analysis has found. The fall was even greater in Europe at 93%, and for some groups of fish, with sturgeon and eel populations both down by more than 90%. Species such as salmon, trout and giant catfish are vital not just to the rivers and lakes in which they breed or feed but to entire ecosystems. By swimming upstream, they transport nutrients from the oceans and provide food for many land animals, including bears, wolves and birds of prey. The migratory fish are also critical for the food security and livelihoods of millions of people around the world, while recreational fishing is worth billions of dollars a year. The causes of the decline are the hundreds of thousands of dams around the world, overfishing, the climate crisis and water pollution."
(via The Guardian today)

Of course the obligatory climate change, liberal source, but dams were listed first, hundreds of thousands of dams.   Water pollution has not been getting worse for 50 years.  We are back to dams and over-fishing. 

Not mentioned, some of the 'migratory' fish we want stopped, jumping Asian carp for example.

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fourth

https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/24/there-are-no-peaceful-protesters-in-portland/

https://mobile.twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1287688790400614400

Interesting to see their marching orders.  These things don't come together by chance. They plan down to what they wear.

It's not their first rodeo and having a far-left President doesn't satisfy them: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2012/03/obama-g8-summit-chicago-camp-david.html

Too bad no one is in airports to see them on CNN and no one hardly watches evening news.  No one sees Portland as a battlegound for how the country will turn.   Just a place where the left can fight the left without interference from anyone else.  The federal government is their symbol for the right?  That's odd.  They are attacking what 85% support. Funded police, buildings, employers, right of passage on streets, law and order, courts, prisons, property rights, family, safe neighborhoods.

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[Geoge Gilder]
"betting against the US and on China"   

Hard to say their technology is behind us anymore when they have all of ours - and are developing beyond that on their own.  The Huawei 5G stuff is an example of this.  The competitors seem to be Ericsson (Sweden) and Nokia? (Finland).  Qualcomm doesn't seem to making the infrastructure backbone of 5G. Or else they are late.

"Still bullish on Qualcomm"

Good!  They dominate with the chip in the smartphone (teleputer).  All of what he predicted on that came true.  Maybe Qualcomm is going to make the rest of the network, catch up with Huawei or go by them.  I hope so.

For a freedom nut with high moral religious beliefs, Gilder doesn't seem to caught up in the China-bad diagnosis that the rest of us see.  The old theory was that technology and prosperity would run past the control of the regime and enable the toppling.  Instead, new technology has made dissent or challenge to the regime impossible,strengthening the control of the regime.

Bias note: These Chinese tech companies are under control of the Chinese regime.  Gilder gains more access when he writes favorably or forgivingly of the regime,.  He loses his access if he speaks out against them.

I wrote a post on the Gilder forum 20 years ago, "The Great Fall of China", predicting what Gordon Chang predicts in "The Coming Collapse of China".  Wrong, so far.


"I forgot to mention GG also predicts China will become a Christian nation."

??  I can't even predict the US will become one.

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Are you kidding?  (Cognitive dissonance of the Left)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-are-allowing-trump-to-frame-the-debate-on-china/ar-BB17cW4I?li=BBnbcA1

Just want to post the other side since we seem to have agreement here on the evil of the regime of China.  This piece notes thst evil but stresses "cooperation".

They are right on one point, Democrats are losing on this issue where Ttump was way out front on it.

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Science, Culture, & Humanities / Covid cases down 25% in Florida
« on: July 27, 2020, 06:11:58 AM »
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/new-cases-50-states

Johns Hopkins finds recent new cases are falling in Iowa and Utah and falling faster and longer in FLORIDA, ARIZONA AND SOUTH CAROLINA.

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I hope that wasn't their last editorial.

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Politics & Religion / Re: Second American Civil War
« on: July 24, 2020, 03:03:11 PM »
do we know demographics of these white kids?

college?

female/male?

democrats?

geeks?

high school losers?

druggies?

You missed prematurely graying white ladies. Regarding the protests, it's all ages and all shades of mostly female white.  See the Macalastar college (St. Paul) rally where Elizabeth Warren 'broke out',. Scan the crowd:
https://www.twincities.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/jea-1426-Warren.jpg

The arsonists who hide in the shadows need to be studied like mass murderers, a related syndrome?  But first they need to be caught and held to account for what they've done.  Where were all the young people and all their cameras and all the street cameras when the fires were being lit?  Is there even an investigation?  Strange I've never heard the mayor or governor mention catching them as a priority or asking the public for help.  Maybe they are on the same team.

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