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The US Constitution is not based on Socialism
Friday, June 02nd, 2017 | Author:

If you understand anything about global politics, you realize that this ‘climate change’ clap trap is a convenient ruse to redistribute money from hard working people while centralizing government control over everything.  This Paris Agreement was an Obama farce and our US constitution does not allow for entering into treaties without the consent of Congress…  Thank goodness that Trump had the foresight to pull the USA out of this calamity.

From the Foundation for Economic Education:

This rhetorical trick reveals all you need to know about the desperate manipulation the climate planners are willing to engage in to realize their plot regardless of popular and justified skepticism concerning their regulatory and redistributionist policies.

And what are the specifics of that agenda? The Paris Agreement is a “voluntary” agreement because its architects knew it would never pass the US Senate as a treaty. Why? Because the idea of the agreement is that the US government’s regulatory agencies would impose extreme mandates on its energy sector: how it should work, what kinds of emissions it should produce, the best ways to power our lives (read: not fossil fuels), and hand over to developing world regimes billions and even trillions of dollars in aid, a direct and ongoing forcible transfer of wealth from American taxpayers to regimes all over the world, at the expense of American freedom and prosperity.

And you wonder why many people have doubts about it.

And now the money-quote:

The Paris Agreement is no different in its epistemological conceit than Obamacare, the war on drugs, nation-building, universal schooling, or socialism itself. They are all attempts to subvert the capacity of society to manage itself on behalf of the deluded dreams of a few people with power and their lust for controlling social and economic outcomes.

3D Printing Conference in Pittsburgh
Monday, May 15th, 2017 | Author:

I recently had the opportunity to talk about additive manufacturing at the RAPID conference in Pittsburgh…  A couple of photos of the downtown looking towards the baseball stadium along with a view of the conference exhibit hall.

 

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Do Google and Yahoo Provide ‘News’?
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 | Author:

It’s amazing the drivel that covers the pages of the so called meaningful ‘news’ at the sites for Google News and Yahoo News.  Google is all about the mainstream media.  As you can see from the first screenshot below, they feature the usual suspects with articles from the Washington Post, New York Times, Huffington Post, etc.

Meanwhile, the Yahoo news site is fairly useless.  It reminds me of the magazines lining the checkout aisle at you local grocery store.  A little of National Star and People magazine.  As you can see in the second screenshot, they feature inane articles about the Kardashians and the cast from an old movie.  To make it even worse, Yahoo intersperses stealth ads that intentionally appear to be news articles.

Thank goodness for Feedly and the multitude of other information sites on the web.

Google News Extract

 

Yahoo News Extract

More Young Americans Live With Parents Than With Spouse
Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 | Author:

Interesting change in culture:

According to a new study by the U.S. Census Bureau.“There are now more young people living with their parents than in any other arrangement.”

In 1975, 31.9 million Americans in the 18-to-34 age bracket were married and lived with their spouse… In 2016, only 19.9 million were married and lived with a spouse—while 22.9 million lived in their parents’ home.

Source: More Americans 18-to-34 Now Live With Parents Than With Spouse

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Long-Held Views on Socialism
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Say what you will, but political and economic systems perform better when based on the reality of human nature, rather than the fallacies of how we’d like to believe that people behave. A great quote from more than 70 years ago:

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

Sears Moving Towards Bankruptcy?
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 | Author:

Update

More on the downfall:

Sears Holdings Corp. suffered its worst stock decline in more than two years after acknowledging “substantial doubt” about its future, raising fresh concerns about the survival of a company that was once the world’s largest retailer.

Source: Sears Plummets After Filing Sparks Concern That End Is Near

 

January 4, 2017

It appears that Sears/K-Mart is on a downward spiral.

Hedge-fund manager Edward Lampert has pumped an additional $1 billion into his years-long effort to revive Sears, but the CEO’s latest financing likely is just another short-term fix for the struggling retailer.

Source: CEO Lampert Pumps Additional $1 Billion Into His Sears Bet

 

December 8, 2016

The venerable Sears retail stores, a mainstay of America for more than 100 years, is running into major financial problems:

It has lost more nearly $10 billion since 2010 and the retailer has sought to plug that with the sale of countless assets like some of its best stores, its stakes in Sears Canada and Lands’ End. It is currently trying to find buyers, investors or partners, for its remaining crown jewels, its Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard brands.

Source: Sears Says It’s Likely to Close Many More Stores

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More Government Control of Your Life
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 | Author:

It’s not a crazy proposition of what’s likely to happen:

The time will come when you won’t be able to buy a cup of coffee without being traced, warns investment guru Jim Rogers. To control people, governments will increasingly seek to hunt down cash spending, he adds.

When it’s done, the governments are going to be very, very happy they are going to say they’re doing it for our own good, this is not them, this is for our good. That they’re doing this, but it’s coming, and it’s going to be a whole different world in which we live. Probably we are not going to have as many freedoms as we have now even though we are already losing our freedoms at a significant pace…

Source: Big Brother is watching you: Jim Rogers prophesizes death of cash & total govt control of spending

Is Science Now More Political Than Ever?
Monday, January 09th, 2017 | Author:

A tenured professor of climate science at Georgia Tech University decided to call it quits:

“A deciding factor was that I no longer know what to say to students and postdocs regarding how to navigate the CRAZINESS in the field of climate science.  Research and other professional activities are professionally rewarded only if they are channeled in certain directions approved by a politicized academic establishment — funding, ease of getting your papers published, getting hired in prestigious positions, appointments to prestigious committees and boards, professional recognition, etc.  How young scientists are to navigate all this is beyond me, and it often becomes a battle of scientific integrity versus career suicide.”

Source: Knives sticking out of my back

Vacation in Aruba
Sunday, January 01st, 2017 | Author:

We recently returned from our regular pilgrimage to the tropical island of Aruba.  It’s hard to beat the routine 80 degree and sunny days, along with the fine dining in the evenings.  Below are a few photos from our visit, including the view from the hotel balcony and a view towards the beach.

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Unsustainable Government Pensions
Thursday, December 01st, 2016 | Author:

Frankly, I don’t know if there is ever a ‘Day of Reckoning’ for government-related ‘mis-economics’, particularly when it is related to employee pensions.  However, there is a pertinent court case emerging in California:

The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Northern California “pension spiking” case that has major implications for pension financing and reform efforts throughout the state, setting up a showdown over whether pensions may be reduced for existing government employees.

Source: Public pensions facing day of reckoning?

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