February 20, 2020

Size Doesn't Matter: Brexit Led to Boom

Timothy Birdnow

Despite claims Brexit would crash the British economy, the Kingdom is experiencing boom times.

Britain is Booming - Despite Brexit

Removing all the shackles imposed by the E.U. was guaranteed to lead to a robust economy for Britain. The E.U. was never a net positive for many of her members because it was always a mob rule type of system. Britain, of course, had the entire Commonwealth to trade with, as well as was quite capable of trading with the E.U.'s partners. It was a stupid argument. It was essentially "bigger is better". Why would anyone suppose that was true?

From the article:

Almost four years on, it’s safe to say that most of the economic doom-mongering was nonsense. This week’s figures on jobs and earnings show that, since the referendum, employment is up by one million — and it is rising still. Unemployment in the UK is at its lowest since 1974. Unemployment in Wales is at its lowest since records began. Leaked internal reports from Nissan have revealed that, if the current round of Brexit talks fail, it could move production of Micras from France to Sunderland, aiming to capture a bigger share of the UK market.

This week’s figures also explain why Jeremy Corbyn failed to gain any traction with his idea of an exploited ‘zero hours Britain’ suffering at the bottom of a ‘widening gap between rich and poor’. It simply isn’t true that low-paid workers have fared worse than others. At the lower end of the income scale, earnings are growing faster than average — pushing income inequality towards a 30-year low. Welfare reform has helped move more people into work.


A sharp rise in the National Living Wage, which will soon be one of the highest in the world, has helped this along. The bottom third of full-time employees received an above-average pay rise of 4 per cent. The bottom 5 per cent of part-time workers did even better, with an annual pay increase of 11 per cent. Employment figures, meanwhile, show how wrong William Hague’s Conservatives (and the CBI) were to oppose Tony Blair’s introduction of the minimum wage — and how right the Conservatives have been in recent years to embrace it. Far from the minimum wage destroying jobs, employment is at a record high. Work is paying more — and thanks to a steep rise in the personal tax allowance, it’s a lot more.

Prosperity is not a function of the size of your market, but of the balance sheet; if you are producing more, producing better other countries will buy from you. If you are taking more in than you are sending out you have a good economy. Does anyone consider India's economy to be a powerhouse?  Why not? It is large and labor is cheap. But we are more interested in buying stuff from Japan, at a fraction of the size. Why?

Size really doesn't matter!

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What's a Few Trillion Among Friends

This from Dr. Roy Spencer:

I read this to make sure it really says what the headline proclaims, and that it wasn't satire. How exactly this would be accomplished seems to be buried in the new CEO's magic words, "...trillions of dollars will need to be invested in replumbing and rewiring the world’s energy system. It will require nothing short of reimagining energy as we know it". So, the secret to removing carbon from fossil fuels is replumbing, rewiring, and reimagining. I'm sure some chemists out there can work out the details.

Oil Giant BP says it wants to have Net Zero Emissions by 2050

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February 19, 2020

Fake News Kidnapping

Timothy Birdnow

Hew boy! It's been proven that Alex Haley made the whole thing up. Maybe someone should kidnap HIM and make him watch Birth of a Nation?

From our old friend Warner Todd Huston:

Black Man Kidnaps Woman, Forces her to Watch Roots Because She's Racist

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Kid Veal

Timothy Birdnow

In response to my post American Kids too Weak to Stay in Desks Joseph Bast has this to say:

This is amazing and disturbing. Kids need a lot more outdoor activity to develop a sense of balance as well as muscle and self-confidence

. I’m reminded of research in China of a myopia (near sightedness) epidemic caused by kids spending too much time indoors. Eyes don’t develop properly unless used to see objects in the distance and in natural light.

From Tim:

Does this make anyone else think of veal?

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Minnesota, Aid, and Immigrants

Timothy Birdnow

More Somalis are coming to Minnesota (sorry about that Dana.)

From the article:

Somali refugees are leaving Arizona for Minnesota in huge numbers. Why?
Bilad Yusuf and her seven kids are on their way to Minnesota, less than two months after they arrived in Phoenix from Somalia:
"We didn't know how to get jobs in Phoenix, and even if we did, we didn't know how we'd get to them," she explained through an interpreter who translated from Somali to English. Does this sound like a well-planned out Federal resettlement immigration program to you?
In Phoenix, without a car, they found themselves lost: Where were they supposed to get groceries? How did they go about setting up long-overdue doctor's appointments under free Medicaid? How would they find work if they had no skills and didn't speak English or Spanish? How would they get around without a car? How would they pay rent after their initial stipend from the U.S. government ran out?
The Somali Association of Arizona stepped in, providing groceries and setting up doctor's appointments for the family. But they couldn't do anything about the fact that the fact that with limited English and no training, they weren't qualified for any jobs. Worried that her rent would be cut off soon, Yusuf decided they should move to Minnesota, where the benefits are excellent and where she, like virtually all Somalis, have family. Mukhtar Sheikh, the program coordinator for the Somali Association of Arizona, says that Yusuf's story is a common one. As many as half the Somali refugees resettled in Arizona end up leaving for Minnesota.
The biggest challenge for Somalis is finding a job. Even jobs cleaning hotel rooms or washing dishes in a restaurant come with a requirement that applicants speak English — or, unofficially, Spanish. They speak neither.

So how did Minnesota become a hub for Somali refugees?
Most credit the strength of Minnesota's "voluntary agencies" - called VOLAGS - groups like Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities who are paid big money with our tax dollars to resettle refugees. These quasi-governmental agencies welcomed the first wave of Somali refugees to Minnesota in the early 1990s, and others soon followed. It should be noted that none of the VOLAGS are actually associated with the church, they just hijack the name for political expediency. The U.S. State Department decides where new refugees should end up and it often depends on how many voluntary agencies are in the area to expedite the process.

See how that works?  If you build it, they will come!  Anyone who has ever had a picnic knows that the ants go for the food.

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GMO Seeds as a Weapon of War?

Timothy Birdnow

I've been warning against the supremacy of genetically modified seeds for a long time. One of the disturbing aspects of these is the suicide gene; you generally cannot reproduce the plants once you have grown them. This means farmers have to go back to the companies that produce the seeds every year, thus making them dependent. But what happens if a real emergency occurs and the seeds are not available?

Government could force a famine on us if they chose; it is one of the aces up their sleeve if there should be a second revolution.

This takes this argument further, claiming the U.S. invented this biotech as a weapon of war.

From the article:

GM seed was conceived, promoted, researched and funded by the US Department of Defense – the American War Department. GM seed was never meant as a way to feed the hungry, but was instead conceived and developed as a weapon or, more precisely, as a weapons-delivery system. Genetically-Modified seed was never intended to support human life, but to eliminate it.

GM seed is neither more productive nor healthier than traditional heritage crops, and is far more expensive and destructive, but it presents almost irresistible military advantages against any nation that becomes dependent on this source of food grains. One is that the US can use it as a political weapon, refusing to supply seed to a disfavored nation, perhaps causing widespread famine and dislocation. The other is more sinister, in that many groups have experimented with gene-splicing technology, inserting unrelated DNA into various seeds.

Perhaps, perhaps not. This may be becoming paranoid. BUT the end result is the same; someone can starve us all if they stop selling these sterile plants.

I think the recombinant DNA revolution is a terrible danger. We've been mixing human DNA with animal, for instance, and THAT is terrifying to me because it opens the possibility of diseases jumping species. Every species on Earth has certain microbial predators unique to themselves. But if we mix up the DNA we incentivize these micro-organisms to branch out. How long before we create something we really, really don't want?

Author Richard Preston (the man who wrote The Hot Zone) penned a novel based on his research over the years. Called The Cobra Event it was the story of a bio-terrorist creating a deadly human pathogen from a butterfly disease. He was trying, of course, but who is to say such a disease would not jump naturally into the human genome from all this genetic mix and match?

And certainly sterile seeds are cause for concern if a disaster should strike. What are we going to feed people if there is an EMP event? Farms already are going to be unable to produce much, but at least with "heirloom" seeds a farmer may get some semblance of a crop in the next year. But if he can't get his plants to go to seed he won't have anything to plant.

We're playing some dangerous games these days. And yet so many young people worry about the chimera of Global Warming.

BTW, I have no worries about the health dangers of GMO food insofar as so many fear it. That isn't the problem. The problem is in some ways more frightening.

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Crossing BHO: Dems Enraged Trump Commutes Blago's Sentence

Warner Todd Huston:

Trump Commutes Dem. Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence, Illinois Republicans Furious

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George Zimmerman Suing Buttigieg, Cherokee Lizzy

Timothy Birdnow

George Zimmerman - you remember HIM - has filed lawsuits against Cherokee Lizzy Warren and Mayor Pete "Bootycall" Buttigieg for big bucks. His suit claims both defamed him.

This from El Zoro News:

George Zimmerman, the onetime neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, is suing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg for $265 million, claiming both2020 Democratic presidential candidates defamed him in an attempt to "garner votes in the black community."

 
 

The lawsuit filed in Polk County, Fla., Tuesday argues Warren and Buttigieg’s two separate tweets on Feb. 5, which would have been Martin’s 25th birthday, usedthe killing "as a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.”

Remember, police were not going to charge Zimmerman with any crime because he acted in self-defense when he shot Martin, who was on top of him and beating his head against the pavement at the time. They relented under pressure from Obama's DOJ and from "protesters" brought in by a group funded by the Obama Justice Department.

Zimmerman, the so-called "White Hispanic" (because obviously a minority couldn't do such a thing! only a white racist...) was acquitted on all charges. BUT he has been harassed by left wing prosecutors ever since and used as a bogeyman to scare minority voters.

The article continues:

"Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear? #BlackLivesMatter,” Buttigieg tweeted to his 1.6 million followers. The message garnered 42,000 likes, 13,300 replies and 6,600 retweets in just three days, the lawsuit states.

 

"My heart goes out to @SybrinaFulton and Trayvon's family and friends. He should still be with us today. We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children—especially young Black boys—can grow up safe and free,” Warren tweeted to her 3.6 million followers on the same day, sharing four photos of Trayvon Martin as a small child, between the ages of 4 and10. The message received 7,300 likes and 1,000 retweets in three days, in addition to national media coverage, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit argued Warren and Buttigieg falsely tied Martin’s death to "gun violence,” a term that more appropriatelydescribes the "reckless and indiscriminate use of illegally owned firearms." It also claims the tweets defamed Zimmerman by implying he acted out of racism or white supremacy when he shot Martin.

It should be remembered when this story first broke all of the mainstream media were displaying a photo of Trayvon Martin when he was a child. In fact he was a large, thuggish man who wrote gangsta rap and had been suspended from school three times, once for possession of stolen jewelry. He tested positive for marijuana in his sytem at the autopsy. This was no choir boy. And text messages retrieved from his phone show a violent and thuggish person.

But none of that matters. This was a narrative, a fake news claim of some sort of white racist attack on an innocent young black male.

Zimmerman is also suing the mother of Trayvon Martin.

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Bloomberg's Mockery of Farmers

Mark Musser

With regard to Mayor Bloomberg's recent discussion about how easy it is to be a farmer, I can pretty much guarantee that even on our small farm, he would not last a day, and pretty much the same could be said of all the 'gray matter techies' and oligarchs he was referring to.

Solomon, who was very wealthy and even richer than Bloomberg, but also very wise, points out in Proverbs 28:11,

"The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the poor who has understanding sees through him."

This 'dialectic' if you want to call it that, pretty much sums up the wide gulf between middle America and elitists who live on the coasts where everything is milder and softer.

Bloomberg said in 2016 at Oxford to a group of tech people that farming is a brainless, simple proposition:

"It's a process. You dig a hole, put a seed in, put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn,"

A WORD FROM TIM:

Apparently he doesn't remember that the Pilgrims almost starved because they couldn't figure out how to grow corn; they had to be taught. They had to use fertilizer (fish) on the seeds, had to know how to tend them etc.

Farming requires brains; you have to be an accountant, a lawyer, a chemist, a botanist, a meteorologist, a mechanic, etc. And it requires backbreaking labor for long hours. Bloomberg clearly has no idea whatsoever what farmers do. He's the ultimate fool and snob..



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U.N.'s Delusions

This from Donna LaFrambois:

The UN had a huge presence in Haiti before the 2010 earthquake struck, but failed spectacularly at helping that country recover. Worse, its peacekeepers brought cholera there 9 months later. The UN denied & stonewalled. 10,000 people have since died. One of the world’s poorest populations has suffered a decade of sickness.

In the real world, the UN is a bloated bureaucracy. It has diplomatic immunity, and is therefore unaccountable for it’s mistakes. Yet we imagine humanity won’t survive without a UN climate plan.

Read my blog post today & weep:

The U.N.'s Planet-Saving Delusion

A WORD FROM TIM:

The E.U. and U.N. have so much in common I don't understand why America doesn't kick them out and they can move to Brussels. Frankly, I'd like to see the U.N. move to Spitzbergen or Thule or some such; after all, they are the ones telling us how hot the Earth is getting and they could wind up with prime real estate! Strange they wouldn't consider such a move...

U.N. is an abbreviation for U Nit

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Bezos to Potlatch

Timothy Birdnow

Recently, Jeff Bezos announced he was donating ten billion to fight "climate change".

A friend on Facebook made the following observation:

Something happens to great men at some point after they achieve tremendous successes. They decide to basically destroy part of their wealth, wasting it on things that are worth less than nothing.

That brought to mind a memory from history.

It is sometimes called Potlatch and the term is often associated with giving away wealth in order to affirm your social status, but the practice was not just about helping poor people. Sometimes the wealthy would pile up expensive goods and burn them to show he was so rich he could violently waste his wealth. It is frequently associated with Native Americans, but it has a long and venerable history, going back into the mists of time.

In many ways we see that among our wealthy today with so much of the foolishness they indulge to waste money.

Clearly, Bezos is preparing to burn his wealth on a funeral pyre of carbon dioxide.

How many billions have the uber-wealthy wasted on left-wing causes over the years? Quixotic political campaigns, Global Warming, campaigns to promote social justice, etc. They know this money is simply lost but they sacrifice it anyway. It is, I believe, as much to show they can as anything.

If Jeff Bezos was doing this for the public good he would donate this money to feed the poor in the Third World, or to provide electricity for them, or clean water. That he has chosen so useless a cause speaks volumes. He's potlatching.

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Anniversary of Iwo Jima

Warner Todd Huston reminds us:

Today is the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. Starting on Feb. 19, the U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of the tiny Japanese-occupi ed island and started one of the most brutal battles of WWII.

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Obama Desperate to Beat Trump

Warner Todd Huston sends this our way:

I've been saying this for weeks... Bloomie and Obama did NOT have a good relationship. Yet Bloomie is using Obama in his ads. Why hasn't Obama spoken up? Is Obama that hard up to defeat Sanders?

Bloomberg Ad Touting Relationship with Obama "Jarring" Former White House Aid Says

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February 18, 2020

Sen. Tom Cotton stands by startling theory on coronavirus origins

Dana Mathewson

In case you've noticed, Coronavirus hasn't gone away. In fact, more and more cases have been reported, more fuss is being made about planes being used to transport suspected cases to quarantine, etc., etc.

Some time ago our Senior Editor Timothy Birdnow suggested that perhaps this virus was, in fact, created by the Chi-Coms deliberately. Nobody else picked up on the idea at the time, but now respected Senator Tom Cotton has chimed in on the idea, and Sen. Cotton is not a conspiracy freak! Instead, he's a careful man, and I don't mind telling you I wish he were my senator.



'We need to be open to all possibilities'


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. stood by his earlier suggestion that the deadly coronavirus may have originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, China, telling "The Story" Tuesday that we "need to be open to all possibilities" in exploring the origins of the outbreak that has sickened more than 75,000 people around the world.

When host Martha MacCallum pressed the Senator on his startling and unverified claim, Cotton cited a study published by Chinese scientists in The Lancet, which he called a "respected international science journal."

"I'm suggesting we need to be open to all possibilities and we need to demand that China open up and be transparent so a team of international experts can figure out exactly where this virus originated," Cotton said.

He also brought up the "questions" surrounding the biosafety level 4 "super laboratory" in Wuhan, the city where the virus is believed to have originated.

"We know it didn't originate in the Wuhan food market based on the study of Chinese scientists...I'm not saying where it started, I don't know. We don't know because the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) won't open up to international experts," Cotton said. "That's what we need to do so they can get to the bottom of where the virus originated and hopefully can effect a diagnostic test and vaccine for it."

Cotton also pushed back against critics, specifically Rutgers University chemical biology professor Richard Ebright, who said he found no indication in the genome sequence of the virus to indicate it was engineered.

"Let's take the professor," Cotton said. "He was ...in fact today cited in the Asia Times saying that it was quite possible that it was a laboratory incident."

"That's not saying this is a bio weapon," Cotton clarified, "but we do know they were investigating and researching coronavirus in that laboratory. It could've been an accidental breach, it could've been a worker that was infected."

 

There's a lot of information in this article, and I heartily recommend you read it all. It's here: https://www.foxnews.com/media/sen-tom-cotton-coronavirus-origins

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Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Rumors of Being Bloomberg’s Running Mate

Dana Mathewson

Those of you who are Shakespeare buffs will remember the scene in "Julius Caesar" where the conspirators were describing Caesar's being offered the Imperial Crown three times at the Lupercal festival (I believe it was -- you can check me on this), and how he put it aside with what they described as "increasing reluctance" each time. If Hillary is saying, as she does here, that there's "No way" she'll partner with Mini-Mike, it means she truly believes he has zero chance. I think it also means she may change her mind tomorrow.

Clinton said at a Clinton Global Initiative event held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday:

Oh, no. I’m just waiting and watching as this plays out. I will support whoever the nominee is because I think, for all the reasons you can imagine, and here in Puerto Rico there are many, we need to have a new president for our country.

Clinton also added that she wants to "see Puerto Rican American citizens be able to vote for president.”

Clinton’s remarks were made after she was questioned about a report from Matt Drudge that claimed Bloomberg was considering asking Clinton to join his presidential ticket.

The rest is here: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/18/hillary-clinton-shuts-down-rumors-of-being-bloombergs-running-mate-oh-no/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+breitbart+%28Breitbart+News%29&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner Of course, in politics, things change at the drop of a hat.

I find her great interest in enfranchising Puerto Ricans interesting. I wasn't aware that was one of her interests. Could this be an example of squirrel politics?

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Hamas goes on fishing expedition, gets caught

Dana Mathewson

Not all the fighting in the Middle East is with guns, it seems. Hamas, the Palestinian terror group, has been upping its technological skills lately. But they haven't prevailed against the Israelis.

Hamas hackers have targeted Israeli soldiers’ phones with fake social media profiles, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

On Sunday, the IDF tweeted that the Palestinian terror group created fake profiles, which included photos of women, in an attempt to hack the phones of Israeli soldiers. "What Hamas didn’t know was that Israeli intelligence caught onto their plot, tracked the malware & downed Hamas’ hacking system,” it added, with the hashtag #CatfishCaught.

"Catfishing” is the creation of fake identities on social media to deceive people.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus told Fox News that the attack was"more advanced” than previous "catfish"-style hacking attempts by Hamas. The fake women, he explained, reached out to young male soldiers via Facebook, Instagram and, for the first time, the Telegram messaging app. At one point the soldiers were then asked to download a different app via direct link.Once downloaded, the soldiers' phones were infected, and the women "disappeared," according to Conricus.

The app, which is described as similar to Snapchat, used the phones' camera, locations and gave Hamas almost complete access to the soldiers' phones.

The hacking attempt by Hamas displayed a new level of sophistication. "They are learning and upping their game,”Conricus said. The fake profiles described the young women as new immigrants to Israel, and their messages contained spelling mistakes and Hebrew slang.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip, also attempted to disguise the photos used, so that they wouldn't be found using a reverse search on Google. Conricus said that thanks to the awareness of the soldiers targeted, the attack was carefully monitored by the Israeli military before being thwarted.

There's more. Go here https://www.foxnews.com/tech/hamas-hackers-attempted-to-catfish-israeli-soldiers to read it.

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American Kids too Weak to Stay in Desks

Timothy Birdnow

Here's one that should open a few eyes; American school children are becoming so feeble they are actually falling out of their desks during class.

You read that correctly. 

From the article:

Suddenly, a crash. The kids immediately crane to see what caused the commotion. There, lying confused on the ground, is a child who inexplicably fell out of their chair. They sheepishly climb back into their seat, and the lesson resumes. A couple hours later, it happens again—albeit with a different child. Then again. Then again.

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it's the reality in many modern classrooms. Children accidentally falling from their seats is now a daily occurrence.

I know; it may be the kids are doing it for attention, or to break the monotony. We used to do stuff like that when I was a lad; kids would start barking like a dog or whatnot just to stay awake. But I don't recall anyone falling out of their desks. But then again, we never ate Tide Pods or did vodka enemas. Of course there were always the kids who got into the tubs of commercial glue...

The article continues:

Our vestibular system is stimulated and developed by moving through space in a variety of directions—particularly at high speeds. Thirty or 40 years ago, kids were getting all the stimulation they needed by participating in several hours of daily unstructured outdoor play. Not anymore. According to the Child Mind Institute, the average American kid now spends an average of just 4-7 minutes per day on unstructured outdoor play. Hanscom recommends, at minimum, threehoursper day.Meanwhile, the average American kid spends about nine hours a day sitting down—whether that be at their desk or plopped down on their couch at home.

"They're not moving in all different directions," Hanscom says. "We're actually supposed to be moving in rapid directions on a regular basis. Kids should be rolling down hills, going upside down." Kids are naturally driven to move in all sorts of ways during unstructured outdoor play. They climb things, they chase one another, they jump from high places, they spin until they get dizzy. That wide array of movement helps develop a well-functioning vestibular system, along with countless other important physical and mental skills. Now that unstructured outdoor play has become an afterthought in the lives of children, that natural development has gone missing.

In other words, our kids are fat and uncoordinated. They don't get enough exercise.

And definitely not enough play. Time was we couldn't wait to get outside to play. The worst thing ever was when it rained and recess was canceled; we'd have "indoor play" which was agony for us kids back then. But now kids want to stay in and play on their electronic gods.

Heliocopter parents and overzealous teachers make the kids play time so uninteresting they would rather have a virtual recess.

And here is something I've long noticed; playground equipment has become ridiculously unchallenging and unrewarding. You never see swings, for instance in new playgrounds (except little ones for little kids) and the old fun stuff - teeter totters, monkey bars, merry-go-rounds, are just gone. Why? I suspect they are considered legal liabilities. You can get hurt. I remember as a boy kids did get hurt, falling off the monkey bars or dropping too hard from the teeter totter or whatnot.

This article addresses that too:

Modern playgrounds and overprotective adults don't help matters, either. In the early-to-mid 20th century, playgrounds featured towering slides, challenging climbs and fast-spinning steel merry-go-rounds. That all changed in the mid-1980s, as schools and local governments became increasingly fearful that litigious parents could have them fired or sued should a child suffer injury on their playground. Thus playgrounds began getting more and more watered down. Today, most American playgrounds are too short, too slow and too easy. Thus, fewer opportunities for diverse, challenging and vigorous movement.

"A lot of kids from an early age will master the playground equipment really quickly. My son, who is 3, can do the playground. My older girls, who are 11 and 14, they mastered it at 5 or 6. So it doesn't offer that challenge it was originally designed to be. It's just basic physics that if you shorten swings, you shorten slides, you're going to get less sensory input. The merry-go-round is a really powerful vestibular input (that's gone away)," Hanscom says. In addition to the neutered equipment now available to kids; teachers, parents and school officials have also become overzealous in their rule-making.

"Ironically, we tend to tell kids, 'Don't spin, you're going to get dizzy.' Or, 'Get down from that rock, you're gonna get hurt.' But as therapists, we purposefully have swings in our clinics and will spin (kids) in all different directions so that they have a really good sense of body awareness," Hanscom says.

"(Schools) are taking swings away, or if they have swings, the kids have to stay upright now. They're not allowed to go on their bellies, they're not allowed to spin on their swings anymore…We've created unrealistic rules and restricted their movement. They can't sit on the monkey bars. They can't go upside down. And in therapy, we literally try to get them in an inverted position so they have better body awareness. We're going against each other."

And what is the end result?

The reduction in movement isn't just leaving kids with underdeveloped vestibular and proprioceptive systems, but it's also making them physically weaker. In 2012, Hanscom conducted a pilot study on American fifth-grade students to see how their balance and core strength compared to an average American fifth-grader from 1984. She found that only one in every 12 children could meet the 1984 standard in both measures.

If you wanted to conquer a people this would be the way to do it; make them weak and cowering.

Do we believe this generation will be able to stand up to the Iranians or Chinese if a war should break out? They can't even stand up!

Chatham island is an island in the South Pacific that was inhabited by Polynesian peoples. It was as close to paradise as you will get, and the aboriginal inhabitants got fat and lazy, living off the immesurable bounty of the land. When Europeans came they brought some Moari from New Zealand with them. The Moari scouts reported back to their own people how weak and lazy the Chatham people were, and the Moari planned an invasion. It succeeded, and the Chatham Moriary were wiped out by the more industrious invaders. Please note it was not the Europeans who did the wiping, but the New Zealand Moari. They were able to do this because their enemy was so weak and helpless after decades of peace and plenty.

If American kids can't stay balanced in their desks, what chance have we of stopping an enemy?

Our decadence makes late Romans look hearty by comparison.

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BSA Files for Bankruptcy

Timothy Birdnow

I'm not at all surprised; they have systematically wrecked the BSA, They allowed openly gay scouts and gay scoutmasters and then were surprised by all the acts of pedophilia. Then recently they decided to let girls in - to an organization whose main purpose is to teach young boys how to be men. Good grief! It was just a matter of time before the whole thing crumbled.

The Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) today announced that the national organization has filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come. The BSA intends to use the Chapter 11 process to create a Victims Compensation Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims.

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The BSA has an important duty to keep children safe, supported and protected while preparing them for their futures, and the organization has every intention of continuing to fulfill these important responsibilities.

Tragically, there have been times when individuals took advantage of the BSA’s programs to harm children. The BSA firmly believes that a proposed Victims Compensation Trust structure is the best means of compensating victims in a way that is equitable and protects their identities. The BSA encourages victims to come forward to file a claim as the bankruptcy process moves forward and will provide clear and comprehensive notices about how to do so.

Gee, whoda seen that coming?

I wrote about what has been happening in the Xhe Scouts here, and here.

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Impeacher Ethics Violations

This from Warner Todd Huston:

Three Democrats Responsible for Impeachment Hit with Serious Ethics Complaints

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Death, Taxes, and Socialism

Timothy Birdnow

In a discussion on socialism I was having on Facebook an interesting thread developed. I chided a socialist and an old acquaintance of mine, a guy I grew up with, answered me. He's not a bad fellow and is polite - unusal for a Union type Democrat, which is what he is (I grew up in a union blue collar neighborhood.)

At any rate, I answered the socialist thusly:

Eventually we will run out of other peoples money. Socialism only has the slimmest chance of success when there is a system flush with cash. It rings the economy dry. You can talk about programs all you like and say we are doing it now, anyway, but that is exactly the problem and those chickens are going to come home to roost. Marty linked up that Snopes article which illustrates that very point; the Republicans supported different things back in the '50's precisely because we were flush with cash and could afford to do it. We can't anymore but continue to borrow money from China and to print money to fund these programs which have long since passed from safety net to hammock. A day of reckoning is coming. Oh, and you complain about the system benefiting corporations over "people" but fail to realize that at least corporations are producing things and providing services, and the people are the ones who pay for those goods and services. If you cut corporate tax rates you help the people who buy their goods and services. If you raise them you raise taxes on the public. You may not like that because some get rich from corporations (although more probably get rich from government service as they go in with modest incomes and come out millionaires) but at least the rising tide helps both the corporation AND the general public. Welfare does little but discourage work and diligence.

My friend Marty replied:

Socialism as a form of government is not a good thing. Scott's statement there is no room for capitalism in a socialistic government is a true statement. I would say there is room for socialistic programs in a capitalistic economic system. As we and all countries that have capitalism as their economic system have had for a very long time. Ed  I am not sure why having public education for K through 12 grade is not socialism but providing collage level education is, I think it really is what you believe to be important for the advancement of society and weather people buy into it or not. To me healthcare is important. Somehow 30 of the most advanced countries in the world provide some form of healthcare for all of their citizens. I believe this is a realistic goal for our nation to achieve. Education is important to me. I believe ignorance breads poverty and poverty breads ignorance. It is a vicious cycle. Somehow we as a nation need to do better. Timothy Birdnow as far as the system being flush with cash in the 50's that is when we had the highest tax rates in our countries history and as a whole our nation did quite well. I do believe that the wealthiest people should pay more in taxes and those with little should pay less. I am one of few people who believes he receives quite a bit for what I pay in taxes. If I had to build a road from my house to where I work everyday instead of the government providing it I would not come out ahead. Is there waste in our government of course there is, as there is in any large organization, corporation or government. Can we do better? I most certainly hope so.


I answered:

Marty you say "as far as the system being flush with cash in the 50's that is when we had the highest tax rates in our countries history" but that's not true. In 1918 tax rates topped at 77 percent. At it's peak the fifties tax rate hit 55%. The high tax rates after the First World War led to a depression deeper than the Great Depression in 1921, but the Harding Administration and his successor Calvin Coolige cut the tax rates by an average of 13 percent. These tax cuts ignited economic growth, ended the depression, and started the Roaring Twenties boom (which ended thanks to the Federal Reserve contracting the money supply at the same time the idiot Republican Congerss raised taxes.) During the fifties the tax rates were high as a way to pay off the war debt, but the American economy was booming and it could take higher taxes for a time. But in the end John F. Kennedy himself promoted tax cuts because the tax rates were strangling economic growth by the early sixties. BTW Franklyn Roosevelt had a top tax rate of 88 percent (and this triggered what was known as the Depression within a Depression.) While the wealthy absolutely should pay their fair share, it must be kept in mind that they can find ways to shelter their money and that in the end you wind up taxing the Middle Class and not the rich guys. And you cannot tax businesses at all; the consumers pay it. BTW the poor pay NO taxes except sales taxes.

Marty replied:

Timothy Birdnow actually in 1944 &45 "the most progressive tax years in U.S. history" the 94% rate applied to any income above $200,000 (2.4 million in 2009 dollars given inflation) The WW two tax law revision increased the number of "those paying some income taxes" from 7% (1940) to 64% by 1944. As far as not being able to tax corporations, the consumer pays it that is only true if the people and government allows it. The tax code after WW two was very high but gave incentives to reinvest in themselves. When CEO's make 200 two 300 times what their employees make to me is morally wrong!

I answered:

Marty, you say you make a good point but in the end it is still true that corporations don't pay taxes. If you "don't let them" they shelter their money. I agree it is morally wrong for CEO's to make the kind of loot those guys make. On the other hand, it has been tried by a number of Progressives to have the CEO make normal wages and failed - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream is an example of that. They wound up hiring a CEO and customary (ridiculously high) wages in the end. I'm not saying it's a good thing, but until someone finds a way to disincentivize the practice it will continue. A big part of it is the international nature of corporations these days. BTW, I would ask the question of anyone; why do people - especially a lot of union people - hate corporations more than they do the government? Government is the BIGGEST corporation in the country and you cannot boycott it or choose not to do business with it. I've never had a private company take my money against my will, but I HAVE had government do that to me. And if I don't pay up they will send men with guns to arresst me, and if I refuse to go quitly they will kill me. Burger King never did that to me. (They might kill me in the end but at least I made my bed.) But a lot of people are eager to empower government over private business. (What we really need is what G.K. Chesterton referred to as "Distributism" which is small private businesses, not these huge megacorporations and not socialist government run economies.)

Oh, by the way Marty you say; " from 7% (1940) to 64% by 1944" the Victory Tax was passed during the war years (which is always an outlier) and in fact it rather proves my point insofar as it was actually repealed in 1944, https://www.constitution.org/tax/us-ic/hist/victorytax.htm In other words, there was a tax cut. It must be remembered that the U.S. economic boom of the fifties was largely a function of America being the only undamaged industrial nation on Earth at the time and so we had a captive market for a long time as Europe and Japan rebuilt. Also, massive deficit spending helped the economy boom during the fifties.We were able to keep taxes relatively high to help pay for the War, which was good for American business, and at the same time not have a post-war depression (which is something that usually happens, or used to at any rate.) Had there been a tax cut the American economy would have been surreal. (It should also be pointed out that we never went off a war footing in that the Cold War followed on the heels of WWII almost immediately, and this kept a large swath of the military employed.) Also, women left the workforce when their GI husbands returned, and thus they were not unemployed as such and immigration was WAY down so we had little competition for jobs after the end of the War. Oh, going back to the Victory Tax, it was on everybody, including the poor. Prior to that the poor didn't pay taxes (as now). But how much do you get out of taxing the poor? Overall the number of tax PAYERS rose but the overall revenue did not. People find ways around paying taxes.

This is it for now. If the conversation continues (and I suspect it will, old Marty seems inclined to not let this go) I'll post it.

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