Archive for May, 2009
One of my favorite writers on the planet, Alan Stang, has produced another smashing piece, “Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Fuel, and Big Fascism.” Especially see his comments on the monster Monsanto, as well as his comments on Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. and Dr. John McDougall, two dissenters who have gone up against the [...]
In response to my post, “Goodbye Two-ThousandaireMobiles,” a reader, Bryan Morton, sent me some interesting comments: I’ve been getting razzed and chastised for about ten years now for stating the fact that the US has been partying hard and living it up on “daddy’s” credit card, and that the time was coming when someone would [...]
A story on the Dallas-Fort Worth Police State and its use of “multifaceted public-safety equipment.” But some criminal-justice experts are troubled by law enforcement agencies’ growing use of military-style equipment. Rather than employ such equipment only in extreme situations, the critics say, their use is becoming commonplace, leading police to use unnecessary force and intimidating [...]
The day that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared a national emergency due to a few swine flu outbreaks almost seems like a front-page story from The Onion. Since this “national emergency” lost traction and the swine flu hysteria became nothing more than pesky chattiness, the agents of hysteria have been frustrated at the result [...]
Concerning the latest bankruptcy filings in the auto industry, I have always thought about the auto bubble bust and the social fallout that would result. The unsustainable boom period brought about unprecedented car buying. An automobile bubble. People were buying cars like I buy toothpaste. Easy credit made car buying a snap decision whereas, once [...]
Two large suppliers, Visteon and Metaldyne, filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Visteon once had 3,000 workers milling about nine buildings at Visteon Village. Now there are 1,600 and more than a third of the building space is vacant. In Plymouth Township, Metaldyne once had three buildings but now is consolidating into one, said Township Supervisor Richard [...]
All because they want to keep you secure. As part of the DMV’s effort to develop super-secure driver’s licenses and foolproof identification cards, the agency has issued a smile ban, directing customers to adopt a “neutral expression” in their portraits, thereby extinguishing whatever happiness comes with finally hearing one’s number called. …DMV officials say the [...]
Two bullies dressed like cops attacked an EMT because he did something they didn’t like. A misstep on the road caused two creeps to pull over an ambulance and beat up on an EMT while the patient was delayed getting to the hospital. Watch the video — the EMT is a big boy, but the [...]
Paul Mulshine on the yahoos who came up with this poster.
The economist said the Fed will need to maintain this stance in part because its current interest rate policy is not easy enough, having been constrained by an inability to go below zero. More ‘Economists in Wonderland’ stuff. Oh those constraints!