Is anyone else chuckling at this self-glorifying book title? It’s like a serial arsonist writing a book: The Courage to Yell “Fire.” My fiancé (I can’t take the Photoshop credit) came up with an alternative version since Ben’s beard deserves much more admiration than his courage.
Government Motors continues to produce debris disguised as quality products while political flapjaws derail Volkswagen for giving its customers performance and quality.
General Motors Co. said Tuesday it is recalling 1.41 million cars worldwide for fire risks linked to drops of oil on the exhaust manifold — the fourth time since 2008 the automaker has recalled vehicles for the issue.
This story, at first, seemed like another one of those ignorable media blitzes that distorted some research, drew causation from correlation, and sensationalized the results. The consumption of red meat has been noted to cause cancer, and since the World Health Organization says so, this thing has some traction. Red meat and processed meat has been determined to be “carcinogenic to humans” based on “sufficient evidence.”
I heard this story on local and national media multiple times all day, and each time the topic was introduced with direct statements such as “meat causes cancer.” Very pointed comments about meat causing cancer were followed by man-on-the-street interviews whereby folks were shocked that it was suddenly all so clear to them. Reporters were carelessly telling interviewees that red meat was found “to be as dangerous as cigarettes,” and even one derelict doctor from Detroit Henry Ford Hospital chimed in that people need to stop eating meat. After listening to these interviews, it’s abundantly clear that the serfs obediently wait around for the next great revelation (no questions asked), followed by their new marching orders.
Robert Shiller, a Nobel Prize-winning economist, has co-published a scary piece - perfect for Halloween – in the Washington Post, with George A. Akerlof, blaming free markets for personal vice, lack of individual discipline, and non-coercive marketing that seizes upon human desire and weakness. They start out the piece:
It is now not uncommon for 11-year-olds to be diabetic. I see one reason for it every time I check out at my local Safeway in Washington. The candy is right there at the cash register, waiting to be eaten.
Really? It’s not the steady, overall diet of processed-industrial foods, fast foods, and convenience foods, along with a sedentary lifestyle, that wreaks metabolic damage? It’s as simple as the occasional candy at the check-out line? I did not know Shiller was a notable health & medical expert or researcher. Then they go off on tangents about Humpty Dumpty, tobacco, and lack of personal savings, yet somehow, there’s a very unclear and undefined connection to the free market being the source of all evil. To quote:
As long as there is a profit to be made, they will also deceive us, manipulate us and prey on our weaknesses, tempting us into purchases that are bad for us.
Now if you change the last part of that sentence to “forcing us into purchases that are bad for us,” then I think that sentence perfectly describes government, and especially Obamacare. I do not know who “they” refers to, and how marketing tactics become the eternal damnation of the “free market,” especially since free-market advertising has no power of force behind it – only persuasion. Then finally, the half-Nobel Prize authors make the final flub:
Free markets may lead to prosperity, but they also deliver more than the unalloyed benefits ascribed to them. This unwillingness to acknowledge their dark side undergirds the basic fundamental thinking of economists and leads to bad government policies.
So governments make “bad policies” because they are misled by the fatalistic evilness of “free markets”? That is the reason why, the authors say, we have social engineering and government intervention – to have brilliant bureaucrats “filter out” the bad aspects of the free market and let the few approved benefits trickle on down to the masses. This is why I insist these people cannot be tagged with economic ignorance. Let’s properly divert the “ignorance” blitz toward what’s really at issue: continually and intentionally raping this country’s wealthy doers in order to redistribute to the mind-muddled, equalitarian masses via the very large and visible hand of government.
Following car sales can provide insight into the high time preferences of the car-buying masses. Compact car sales vs truck & SUV sales go in lockstep with gas prices with a focus only on today, never tomorrow. Low gas prices, along with almost-zero (or zero) interest rates, is driving this crazed auto bubble. Another one that will pop, and everyone will act surprised. Again.
But inventories continue to creep higher as sales of both cars stay cold. As of Oct. 1, there was a 116-day supply of Sonics on dealership lots or en route to stores, up from 98 days a month earlier, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Verano stocks were at 100 days, up from 81.
Chevy sold 50,535 Sonics this year through September in the U.S., a 35 percent drop from a year earlier.
I’m really tired of the amount of fake news that has sprung up across the internet. In the past satire site’s like The Onion did a good job of being obvious they were fake. Unfortunately there is a new breed of satire sites out there that attempt to mimic real sites and twist real news stories in such a way to draw people into clicking them and ultimately many people spread these false claims across their social media. The worse thing is that many people believe the content on these fake news sites because they never read the disclaimer link in the bottom of the pages that say it’s a satire site or worse, they don’t understand what it means when a site describes itself as an “open source” or “speculative” news site that allows anyone to share their stories.
Ilana Mercer writes on the new mammogram guidelines from the Health Autocrats. She correctly notes we were both “fired” from our Docs for not abiding by the conventional wisdom on this matter, as well as other matters. Here is a quote (below) she pulls from the recommendations:
The Task Force’s 2009 recommendations to reduce the frequency and delay the start of mammogram screening were based on studies suggesting the benefits of detecting cancers earlier did not outweigh the risk of false positive results, which needlessly expose women to additional testing, including a possible biopsy…
The studies have consistently show this, but finally, the health insurance industry was forced to put the squeeze on this costly nonsense because under Obamacare there exists no out-of-pocket cost on the part of the insured members for “essential” preventative care. Preventative care definitions can get tricky, but generally, it includes the medical establishment’s favorite cancer screenings such as mammogram and colonoscopy, as well as depression screening and government-pushed immunizations. The stated goal of government has been to increase the percentage of the population that is sucked into the conventional medical wisdom that assures lifetime human profit centers for the medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex.
Joe Biden has announced he will “dedicate” himself to “fighting cancer,” yet no one in the media dares to ask for this action to be strictly defined. Journalists take happy notes, write it up, trust all is well and honest, and send it on down the publishing hole.
“I’m going to spend the next 15 months in this office pushing as hard as I can to accomplish this,” the vice president said from the White House Rose Garden, flanked by his wife Jill and President Barack Obama.. “Because I know there are Democrats and Republicans on the Hill who share our passion, our passion to silence this deadly disease.”
“If I could have been anything, I would have wanted to be the president that ended cancer,” Biden added. “Because it’s possible.”
The Obama regime has proposed another $1 billion – yes, billion – per year to throw at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) for “fighting cancer.” Biden is conveniently using his son’s death from cancer as a sympathy card. The NIH already throws about $5.5 billion per year at cancer, if you care to look at these astounding numbers. Over 40 years ago Nixon declared his war on cancer, gave this war a federal stamp, and Big Cancer was officially commenced. Cancer is the profit margin darling of the medical establishment and cancer centers are turning patients into profit centers by treating the symptoms, not curing the disease. The medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex, along with its cancer industry, is entirely a creation of the state.
In the video below, Dr. Walter Bortz, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford, who has written 130+ peer-reviewed journal articles, freely admits that “Nobody’s out there trying to prevent cancer, they’re all so busy treating it because you get paid for it.” He takes to quoting Dr. Jerome Kassirer’s book when he says “the entire medical system is corrupt.” Kassirer is no small potato – he is the former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. I highly recommend Kassirer’s book: On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity With Big Business Can Endanger Your Health. A used copy is one cent + shipping. One thing missing from the book is an economist’s explanation of the fact that it is *not* big business, but rather, a government-corporate alliance that subverts free markets and enables and institutionalizes rent-seeking and corruption in the Cancer Industry.
It looks like the Republicrats may finally get one of their guys elected President after our 8-year Obama sentence is over next year. That’s because the Demopublicans will have nothing to offer beyond an occasional 2 hours of entertainment orchestrated by Entertainment Director Anderson Cooper. While Jim Webb is the only Demopublican with any speck of sense or know-what, they wouldn’t even let him speak let alone allow him to make a run to lead the monkey farm. People keep saying America isn’t ready for a socialist President, so Sanders is out. On the contrary, Americans have elected a socialist-Democrat President for back-to-back terms, so one can say that Americans have likely evolved from electing a stealth socialist to perhaps being willing to elect an overt socialist. However, the fact is that Bernie Sanders sits to the ideological right of Herr Obama on multiple issues, including gun control.
Sanders is actually the smartest guy in that Demopublican room, so look at the last 8 years and realize that you are not ‘safe’ from Americans electing socialist BERNIE. The real fear, however, is that Billary could gain momentum enough to win the nomination. At that point, I’d roll the dice that any Republicrat nominated would lay waste to her because Billary’s constituency does not include enough of the male gender outside of left-wing, special-interest factions; entitlement-oriented minorities; Prius-driving conservative haters; and emasculated middle-and-upper-class white males.
A megalomanic Billary regime will exceed the trauma to liberty of the Bush *and* Obama years, turning the clock back 30+ years on freedom.