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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 — 05/29/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2017 by cavalier973

The Manchester bomber’s own mosque contacted British authorities, warning about his possible involvement in terrorism. The British will arrest you if you speak out about homosexuality, though–if you’re doing it from a Christian perspective, that is.

Another Congressional Democrat-hired IT worker flees to Pakistan. She made over six figures as an employee of her husband, who for some reason was hired to handle the Information Technology services for several Democrat congresspersons. There is an investigation into whether the IT services company mishandled data and information.

The earth has seen a significant increase in vegetation, most likely due to an increase in plant food. This stunning finding has scientists baffled. “More plant food means more plants?” ~ a famous scientist. Crazy, crazy times that we live in.

This is a discussion about the effect CO2 on the growth of plants, focusing on “food plants.” It is extremely interesting. It points out the possibility that increased Carbon Dioxide plus higher temperatures means much higher amounts of food can be grown.

Trump thinks that throwing government money at health care will alleviate the problems. Thinking like this is why I did not vote for him.

On a related note, some guy on Twitter was spouting nonsense that a Single Payer System (i.e., Government pays for all medical services) would reduce the national spending on “health care” (medical services). As if the government ever spent sensibly when making a purchase. Think “$500 hammers”.