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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.

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Stuff Going On — 06/01/2017

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

Will he, or won’t he? President Trump made a campaign promise to abandon the Paris Accords/Treaty/Agreement. Something I did not know is that this “treaty” was signed just a few days before Trump was elected! Anyway, destroying national economies as a sin offering to Gaia is not environmentalism, and that’s all these accords will do. Climate “science” is actually pseudoscientific flapdoodle–the same as Darwinism and Transgenderism–covered with a veneer of respectability provided by government endorsement.

CNN has a story about how Pres. Trump is making some sort of concessions when he abandons the deal, for his daughter’s conscience’s sake. This story is relayed in a video, which I did not watch, and so will not link.

Here is Jeffrey Tucker on the “Incredible Arrogance of the Paris Agreement/Accords/”Treaty”.

The real crime in the whole “Trump colluding with Russia” investigation may be that President Obama’s officials illegally unmasked Michael Flynn. An interesting detail revealed by “sources” in the Wall Street Journal (I think I have made my position clear concerning the reliability of unnamed sources) is that Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the U.N., got her own subpoena. It would be hilarious if, after Democrats and leftist-progressives pushed so hard for investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, the result is that President Obama and his lackeys are sent to prison.

Theoretical physicists make the claim that cosmic inflation can never be falsified, so the “Big Bang Theory” is pseudoscience. Well, I’m overstating a bit, I suppose…

An excerpt:

“Inflation theory was proposed by physicist Alan Guth to solve a number of serious problems in early versions of the Big Bang model. Supposedly, the universe underwent an extremely short period of accelerated expansion right after the Big Bang.

However, physicists later realized this version of inflation theory was too simplistic. Newer versions of inflationary models have inflation stopping at different times in different places, leading to the idea of a multiverse consisting of infinitely many ‘pocket’ universes.2″

As with all things proposed by the MatNats and the Darwinoids, no amount of actual science can falsify the Narrative of a Godless, self-creating universe in which information can arise spontaneously without an Intelligent Source.

 

Employers added 253,000 people to their payrolls in the Month of May, which beat estimates of 170,000 newly employed persons.

I blame Trump.