Anarcho-Sinkhole?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Posted in category Detroit

When the government left these Detroit residents a road sinkhole and refused to own up to fixing that sinkhole, the residents turned it into an aquarium. While the hole remained for years, and filling with water, residents cleaned the hole of algae and stocked it with fish. This mini-pond encased in asphalt had become a home for many carp, catfish, and blue gill.

No government department has wanted to own up to the hole, of course, until it became a focus of national news. Residents claim that the Detroit Water & Sewage Department tore up the road, but that government department has pointed a finger at a utility company – DTE Energy – as having created the mess. So while the various monopolists fight over who gets to claim the whole hole, the city came out to empty the hole and relocate the fish, because, as one worker said, they suspected ulterior motives in order to draw public criticism to the city and get the hole repaired. Well, it worked.

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FEE Promotes FrankenAnimals as a “Revolution.”

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Posted in category Food Politics

So now FEE is promoting gene-editing and genetically-engineered animals as a free-market alternative for farming while making the case that to do so will foil the rotten FDA, essentially trying to string up this position as a libertarian, free-market position. Besides being some of the worst writing I have ever seen on FEE, this writer doesn’t have a clue about farming, and in fact, two-thirds the article is quoted from others. Why is FEE promoting this shoddy trash? To quote the writer:

Of course, nothing in this world is simple. The technology itself is safe, straightforward, and well-understood, but like all progress, there’s nothing so cool and so beneficial that the government can’t screw it up.

The government has never approved a genetically engineered animal, and for small companies, the regulations and hurdles for GMO foods are nearly insurmountable.

I have no idea what this is meant to convey, but the writer, Daniel Bier, attempts to interject some anemic libertarian dogma by producing many of the so-called key words and phrases: FDA regulations bad (yes, we know that); animal cruelty can be ended (yes, we agree); and lastly, he includes the really big phrase-of-the-day in his title: “anti-GMO activists.” I’ve got news for Mr. Bier – the crazed, libertarian case for Frankenfoods as a free-market concept went away, for the most part, years ago, because most libertarians came to realize that the Big Food-Big Agra Machine that kept this “progressive” technology afloat was rooted in massive government subsidies; rent-seeking manipulations; political cronyism; and economic oligarchy. Mr. Bier is about ten years behind the headlines. I pity him.

Historically, libertarians and libertarian organizations have been very pro-GMO and biotech, in particular. Once upon a time, all the think tanks – and Reason Magazine – wrote vehemently in favor of this sort of thing, citing it as human progress. And anyone who opposed it was anti-tech, anti-progress, anti-free market, and a fool. Many bad articles that assumed the pro-Frankenfoods position were published by libertarians and libertarian organizations.

Lew Rockwell pointed out to me, and others, about a dozen years ago, that I was the very first libertarian to bring this issue any substantial visibility, with the approach that Frankenfoods were not a “free market” gizmo, and I was able to make the case as to *why* by using sound economic principles and historical facts, as well as understanding the mechanics of the CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Organization) as an antithesis to the free market. Lew said I turned his own position on this issue, which is quite the honor. Bier, because he is uneducated in these matters, keeps the CAFO (subsidized-industrialized system) subject hush-hush in his article while advocating for technology that aims to keep the current system intact with so-called “humane” genetic modifications to bypass the worst horrors of the industrial CAFO system.

Maybe Mr. Bier should go to Joel Salatin’s 550-acre farm for a half -a-day to understand polyculture, and what animals – real, humanely-treated animals – actually contribute to conservation and the eco-agricultural system in a sustainable farming system that rejects both the politicized status quo and corporate-state, politicized, genetic tomfoolery.

How to Keep Up With the Stock Market Crash

Monday, August 24, 2015
Posted in category Financial Markets

For best efficiency, put your browser on WSJ.com and hit the refresh button every 60 seconds.

Ban Everything

Sunday, August 23, 2015
Posted in category Paternal State

This is how our parents wheeled the brood around in the 60s. Before there were Safety Nazis and an omnipotent Nanny State. Now, such a thing would warrant a visit from Child (un)Protective Services.

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Unenforceable Laws Work So Well

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Again, government policy to “ban” behavior only shifts the burden to another form of the same behavior. And the results are even worse. Folks now hold their phones down low instead of upward, as they drive, causing them to take their eyes off the road entirely, causing more crashes.

It’s illegal to text while driving in most U.S. states. Yet a new study by researchers at the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) finds no reductions in crashes after laws take effect that ban texting by all drivers. In fact, such bans are associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes. This finding is based on comparisons of claims in 4 states before and after texting ban, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.

Fed, Yellen, Interest Rates, Capital Markets – Roll Your Dice

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Posted in category Economics

To quote the mediameisters: “U.S. economic conditions are getting close to warranting America’s first interest rate hike since 2006. Or at least that’s what officials at the Federal Reserve thought in July…”

How many times have you seen that scaremongering tactic over the last two years? I peruse the news daily, looking for headlines such as, “The Federal Reserve faces a potential cliffhanger,” or “Fed may have just gotten a red light for rate hike” or “U.S. Economy ‘Approaching’ Interest Rate Liftoff” or “Yellen still thinks Fed will raise rates this year” or “she strongly hinted that rates will go up sooner rather than later” or …. you get the picture. It’s utter central planning, nightmare-ish madness intended to keep all of you in your begging chains and to keep the capital markets in a willy nilly state of absolute uncertainty so that economic actors have to throw darts at a board in their cubicle in order to make economic-financial decisions.

And the folks who *think* they comprehend the ultimate game plan because they can pick up a copy of The Wall Street Urinal, and read it, are the worst kind of tools for the Banksters, Central Planners, and other assorted fascists and hooligans who run this nation’s assorted monetary schemes and promise factories. Ask yourselves: how can the markets possibly function with the present being predictably unhinged and the future completely unpredictable?

Then there’s the propaganda assuring you all that the Bankster cartel is acting based on protecting your interests. So keep piling your dollars into your shoddy 401k catch-all, folks, and keep thinking that it’s an “investment” for which you are rightly entitled to, and for which nothing can go wrong. Somebody beam Janet Yellen up, please. And for all of you who have conveniently forgotten 2007-2008, somebody beam y’all up, too. Because you ain’t seen nothing yet. When all of this recklessness blows up, as it will again, the unsustainable that became the government-guaranteed unshakeable will become the unpronounceable.

Whooping Cough Vaccination Fail

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Posted in category Big Pharma

For all of the “herd immunity” evangelists who believe that everyone should be shamed into or forced to become revenue streams for the medical-pharmaceutical-government-criminal complex. To quote the article:

The Reno County Health Department tells us a majority of the total cases have been vaccinated.

Same thing is going on in Wichita County, Texas. And the same thing in Massachusetts. So the solution, according to the herd, is to get more people vaccinated.

All the children among these cases were all immunized and their immunizations were all up to date.

..Health officials say the best way to protect your child is to get them immunized as well as the whole family including parents and grandparents.

Because even if they still get the disease, they will most likely get a much milder case of it.

These final two statements are completely illogical and unscientific. But I thought the Vaccination Nation argument was entirely sound, and all else was anti-science? This may be a partial explanation for what is actually transpiring here. Additionally, the National Vaccine Information Center reports:

The Hutchinson News reports that, although “scientists say people are protected from the disease if vaccinated” (an inaccurate statement, given the children infected children in Hutchinson school district), people vaccinated against pertussis can spread the disease to others.

And this is precisely the point to bear in mind as you read about pertussis outbreaks. The outbreaks are not necessarily occurring because of the lack of so-called “herd immunity”—not enough people being vaccinated. They may well be occurring because of the vaccinated population itself.

Desperation Move for the Empty Calorie Complex

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Posted in category Food Politics

The “Global Balance Energy Network.” No, this is not a commie-style, climate change coalition, though the name has that kind of ring to it. This is a new organization funded by Coca-Cola that intends to counter the current backlash against the beverage giants by redirecting the focus of consumers from the quality of their food and toward their apparent lack of exercise. The food and beverage you consume is not the problem, and they intend to produce the “science” to prove it.

The video is marketed perfectly: upbeat, pleasant, jazzy music, and a scientist selling the story that there is “no compelling evidence” that one’s poor-quality food choices cause one’s weight and health issues. The man in the video is Steven Blair, PED, FACSM, a Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. That he’s a mouthpiece for “public health” sends a clear message that he is a paid-for shill for the Industrial Food Machine. And then, am I not supposed to notice, or say, that this Professor of “exercise science” is obese?

Sales of sugar-laden sodas have been declining steadily for years and the beverage giants are scrambling to reinvent their products and dodge the blame for health risks associated with those products. PepsiCo just announced that it is killing off aspartame in its diet sodas, as consumers, better educated by way of online access and social media, are starting to avoid the industrial food machine’s aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. To that, a PepsiCo Senior Vice-President says that “consumer demand is evolving.”

From the New York Times article, to quote:

The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media.

This Global Balance Energy Network organization is a coalition of corporate-state beverage giants, scientists, and media organs that is planning to collect data on “energy balance” and sell their accumulated lies and sham science to defend their fake food empires. Blair says, ”we have to get the right information out there…” and ”we’ll be reaching out to media…” And I’m sure they will, using all of the wealth, power, and position of the government-business alliance that props up their industrial food empire.

See Confederate, Dial 911

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Posted in category political correctness

This very story:

A “concerned” resident called police on a man walking “very deliberately” down an Arlington, Virginia sidewalk with a hybrid Confederate flag over his shoulder.

The flag had the Gadsden “Don’t Tread On Me” snake in the middle.

The subversive man also committed the crime of “walking with a purpose,” and also, he “was walking with pride in his step.” That is scary stuff. Stories are actually referring to him as the “Arlington Confederate flag walker.”

Another story tells us of another person – some sissified nitwit – who spotted confederate and Nazi merchandise at a flea market and dialed 911. The local news station made a huge ordeal out of it. He told reporters that when he saw the merchandise he “was shaking and almost vomiting.” I do not make this stuff up.

Tom DiLorenzo is right – we live in a time and place where people have become zombies. Perpetually-offended pansies who cannot think for themselves let alone have the strength to completely ignore that which ruffles their sissified, little comfort zone. Even Orwell, were he alive today, could not possibly be Orwellian enough to describe it all.

Detroit’s Guerilla Road Repair

Saturday, August 8, 2015
Posted in category Detroit

In the little enclave that is Hamtramck, Michigan, they call it Hamtramck Guerilla Road Repair. The county and city can’t get anything done, and the state consistently threatens residents that the roads cannot be fixed without extracting more and more of our money. Consequently, the roads have become awfully bad.

Hamtramck’s potholes are notorious for being some of the worst in the region. In March, a single block of Charest Street was found to have 33 potholes — including one the Free Press described as an “ovalish monster” stretching 5 feet in length.

These Hamtramck residents took it upon themselves to raise the cash and perform the labor. The intention to fill one street boomed into a community effort to raise funds on GoFundMe and fixed more streets. While these residents claim they are “inspired” and “doing right” with the larger community effort, my takeaway is that folks like this are comprehending that government is parasitic and inept, only they are not able to define it as such. So they are learning to improve their own community in spite of, and not because of, government.