Self-Determination

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

An article at mises.org.

The Streets of Fyve-Io

Posted in For God, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

Or, possibly Fyve-lo.

But probably Fyve-Io

Science Denial 101

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

This is derived from something I wrote on Twitter. It includes ideas that I have discussed on this blog before.

It doesn’t matter if the leftist-progressives are hypocrites when it comes to “man-made climate change”, if climate change is true. Their hypocrisy, however, shows that they do not actually believe in “man-made climate change”.

It’s no good shouting “Science Denier!”, when by your actions you also deny “Climate Change”. There are people who are true believers in the idea that man’s activities are causing drastic changes in the earth’s climate, and which outweigh such natural phenomena as the Sun, but there are many, many people who only promote the “Climate Change” theory for personal gain.

Included in this latter group are extremely wealthy people who like to lecture others about “Carbon footprints” and “renewable energy”, but who are not themselves willing to forgo even a little of their luxurious comforts to “save the environment”. I am describing people like Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Hillary Clinton (these people are usually leftist-progressives, for some reason). They live in extravagantly large homes, have multiple automobiles, fly in private jets around the world AND I AM HAPPY FOR THEM!!! “The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.” ~McCauley Conner, from The Philadelphia Story.

I would like to be wealthy, too, and enjoy such luxury; I made other choices. But I digress.

The problem with people like Al Gore, DiCaprio, and their ilk is that they cannot be content with being wealthy. They suffer from a strange form of narcissism, which prevents them from enjoying their “privileges” if they think that too many other people have access to said privileges. It’s not enough to enjoy a big bowl of ice cream if the guy at the next table is also enjoying a bowl of ice cream. As an aside, the agitation that some in the media showed at President Trump getting “two scoops of ice cream” when everyone else only got one scoop is strange when considering their disinterest in the size of Al Gore’s house. Anyway, these wealthy narcissists seem to have a primal need to be seen as a “Very Important Person”. It is life and breath to them. One of the marks of the VIP is that he enjoys stuff that most people can’t–the luxury hotel room, the SUV limousine, the private jet–even though using these things create an outsized “carbon footprint”. THEY get to enjoy these things because they’re Important People. Again, I do not begrudge them their lifestyle; I wish (sometimes) that I moved in the same strata. I would not, however, work to keep other people out.

This need for being perceived as aristocracy explains, I think, their opposition to Free Market Capitalism. Capitalism does a tremendous job in raising people from poverty, and further, satisfying wants as well as needs. Capitalism commodifies luxuries, and the Wealthy Narcissist VIPs hate that. So, they try to circumvent the benefits of the Free Market through government regulation–with this “Paris Climate Agreement” being a fine example.

The U.S. doesn’t need an international treaty to lower its “Carbon Emissions” or CO2, or whatever it’s supposed to do to “save the environment”. The nation can, and has, lowered it’s pollution levels dramatically over the past few decades. Treaties, such as the Paris one, are there, not to do anything about man-made climate change, but to rig the system against those who might benefit from Capitalism. The treaty is there to provide cover to the Wealthy Narcissists who want to make themselves seem important by destroying people’s livelihoods and the ability to acquire a modicum of economic comfort.

“No, no; you can’t enjoy the things I enjoy. It’s the law! Now shut up, and eat your beans. After you watch me eat this steak.”

Stuff Going On — 06/03/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

President Trump won’t block Comey’s testimony before Congress. This is being reported by the New York Times, based on reports from anonymous sources, for what it’s worth. There was some discussion that Trump might invoke Executive Privilege to prevent Comey’s testimony, in order to protect himself from investigations into his ties to Russia, which has so far produced no evidence. I think most leftist-progressive opponents of Trump (is there a leftist-progressive who doesn’t oppose him? Hmmm….) are more angry about his “denial of science” than about his ties to Russia, they just think they have a better chance of getting rid of him by harping on the “Russia Story”.

♣ Speaking of bad government science, research is now showing that the “low fat/high carb” diet that the U.S. FedGov has promoted since 1980 is killing us, literally (and I don’t mean “Sean Hannity literally”). To be honest, I never liked the idea of “low fat” anything. I would always buy whole milk and regular sour cream, among other items. It wasn’t because I thought it was more healthy (it isn’t too much healthier, to be honest; getting your fats from a bag of walnuts is much, much better than eating cheese, if not quite as tasty), but because I imagined that I preferred the flavor of things with the fat content intact.

♥ Speaking of delicious fatty foods, here is Hollis Johnson’s critical review of Whataburger. I’ve tried Whataburger a few times; meh. It’s not bad, but, honestly, I have enjoyed a Wendy’s burger more. The best fast food burger, in my opinion, is Hardee’s–and this does NOT include Carl’s Jr., which I tried and found lacking. After Hardee’s, I guess I would rate Culver’s next, then Back Yard Burgers (although their “Hawaiin Chicken Sandwich is better than their burgers, which are delicious), then Sonic’s burgers, then Wendy’s. McDonald’s and Burger King are about the same to me in terms of enjoyment, even though the burgers are different. Steak-n-Shake is good (especially their Frisco Melt), but they can be slow, and they’re more of a sit-down restaurant. I’ve not tried “In-and-Out”. I did not like Jack In the Box, and I DEFINITELY do not like Krystal’s (which means I would probably not like White Castle, though I’ve not tried it).

I like Five Guys, and Moo-Ya’s is really good. In fact, at Moo-Ya’s I can get my favorite toppings (which I first enjoyed at a Hardee’s, with their discontinued “Steak House Burger”): Blue Cheese, crispy onion straws, pickles (I have to ask for these), Swiss cheese, and copious amounts of A-1 steak sauce.

Trump appoints a guy to the Federal Reserve who wants the dollars in your pocket to change value on a day-to-day basis. I mean, the FedRes sort of does this, already, and I’m not sure of all the implications, but it sounds like, if you’re paying with cash, that dollar in your pocket may not be enough to purchase a candy bar with a $1 price tag. Understand, that, though schemes like this are presented as “well, the dollar’s value could go up or down, depending on the circumstances”, in reality, the value of the dollar will only go down. This is the next step in eliminating paper currency altogether. If the government can control your digital money, then it can control you. Dollars in your wallet, up to now, has promised some sort of protection against that. This appointee is trying to make an end-run around this protection.

See also: mises.org for more information on how the Federal Reserve destroys purchasing power.

Stuff Going On — 06/02/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by cavalier973

One down, two to go. The opinion piece discusses three actions taken by President Obama that just oozes authoritarianism: The Paris Accords/Agreement/Treaty, Illegal Surveillance of American Citizens, and the “Iran deal”. President Trump has now relegated the first item to File 13. However, as Allahpundit noted on Twitter, Trump is as likely to change his mind and throw his support to the Paris Agreement as he is to stay firm in righteous action. He’s already talking about “renegotiating” the deal. Not necessary, at all.

California lawmakers have taken a huge step toward creating a state “single payer” system. This means that, in California, anyone going to the doctor or hospital will have their visit paid for by the government. This is different from a “public option”, where the government provides alternatives to traditional private health insurance. The single payer system is proposed to cost $400 billion, which is more than the California government can afford, at present. Governor Jerry Brown is reportedly “cool” to the idea.

I hope they get it passed. It would be interesting to see how quickly the state goes bankrupt, the access to, and quality of, medical services deteriorates, and the population of California fluctuates. I imagine that a lot of people will initially immigrate to California to get their “free health care”, only to abandon the poor husk of a state after all the doctors have retired or left, the hospitals are boarded up, and people have to travel to neighboring states to get routine procedures done. because medical services in California are rationed.

♥ So, Lansing Michigan elevates people’s feelings over other people’s right to own and use property.

I get it; the Supreme Court has ruled that people don’t have property rights, anymore. Well, they’re wrong. Anyone who opens a business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. This includes hotels, gas stations, grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and other businesses offering services “to the public”. If a restaurant’s owner does not want to serve Christians, he has every right to ban them from his privately owned business, while at the same time serving everyone else of whatever creed. Forcing this restaurant owner to use his property to serve Christians when he prefers not to is a form of theft, which God forbids.

Honestly, though, it’s not like the farmer who is being banned from the farmer’s market for his absolutely correct stance on “same-sex marriage” has an actual right to participate in the farmer’s market. If he wishes, he should purchase some land and start his own farmer’s market. It would probably be superior in every way to the public market.

♦ Fox News reported the other day that over 250,000 jobs were created in May. I don’t know where they got their numbers. The most recent news is that a mere 138,000 jobs were created in May, versus an estimate of 185,000. Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in 16 years, to a rate of 4.3%.

President Trump may want to claim credit for this; some small part of the drop in unemployment may be attributed to him, but the economy today is a function of the policies that President Obama had been pursuing for eight years–primarily the policy of “easy money” by the Federal Reserve. We are in the “Boom” phase of the “Boom-Bust” cycle, where all the nonsense occurs that must be corrected in the next “Bust” phase.

Speaking of jobs, and the Paris Agreement that Trump thankfully withdrew from, I’ve been seeing tweets on Twitter that say something along the lines of: “You can’t say that Trump saved jobs by pulling the US from the Paris Agreement; the coal industry only employs 50,000 people, while the renewable energy firms employ several times that number of people.”

This is correct; coal, which once employed over 800,000 Americans, only employs around 50,000 people these days (70,000, if you include ancillary businesses). The renewable energy companies employ several times that number of people. Looking at the amount of energy each subindustry produces, however, shows that coal–by itself–produces around twice the amount of energy that every renewable energy company (solar, wind, etc.) produces.

Relying on Renewable Energy for our energy needs is suboptimal. Paying more to produce less is wasteful, and inefficient. And that’s assuming that the Renewable Energy industry is economically viable. Most renewable energy companies rely heavily on government subsidies to stay afloat. Traditional “fossil fuel” companies also receive subsidies that are exponentially greater than those doled out to the Renewable Energy Firms. These subsidies should be eliminated, but the “fossil fuel companies” would probably be profitable without the subsidies, just not as much. Renewable Energy companies would go bankrupt without government assistance.

A U.S. agency is being investigated for providing loans to solar companies that were on the verge of bankruptcy.

President Trump pulls the plug

Posted in For Free Trade with tags , , on June 1, 2017 by cavalier973

President Trump announced a few minutes ago that he is pulling the U.S.A. out of the Paris Climate Treaty/Accords/Agreement. I don’t know, or care, about his reasoning for doing so. He reportedly is saying that he wants to work out “a better deal”. Good luck with that, Mr. President. You’re golden if you just leave things the way they are, now that you’ve exited the US from this miserable “treaty”, in which global governments are charged with the task of DENYING FOOD TO PLANTS. Seriously, that’s what CO2 is: plant food. More food for plants means more plants, which means more food for plant-eating organisms.

Of course, the purpose of the Paris Treat/Agreement/Accords has nothing to do with protecting the environment, and everything to do with increasing the power of governments. As I have said before, the people in power, like former President Obama and his $8 million home, cannot enjoy wealth unless they know that other people cannot. That delicious ice cream cone turns to ash in their mouths as soon as they see one of the “hoi polloi” enjoying one, too. They’re sociopathic like that.

There’s a lot of talk on Twitter about how America has now abandoned it’s “leadership role” in the world. Nonsense. Staying in the Paris Treaty would not have demonstrated U.S. leadership; the treaty is designed to bend the U.S. over and give every other nation in the world the opportunity to give it a spanking.

This is a good thing that President Trump has done, and, while I still don’t consider myself a Trump supporter, and will oppose him where he is wrong (Free Trade), I am happy to have him make good decisions like this.

The Book of Revelation and the Alt-Right

Posted in For God, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 1, 2017 by cavalier973

It seems that the Alt-Right fears most of all being subsumed into some sort of “global culture” resulting from the free movement of peoples (immigrants and emigrants) into and out of different countries. People I listen to who claim to be part of the Alt-Right declaim “globalism”, asserting that it results in elimination of nations.

They do not believe the Bible, then:

Revelation 7:9-17
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So, there will still be nations, tribes, and peoples (i.e. different world cultures) even during the End Times. If a goal of globalism is to have a world-wide government and culture, it will not succeed. There is no need for the Alt-Rightist to worry. Now, they may claim that the Bible is wrong, but they will learn differently, as eventually do all who claim that the Bible is wrong.