Thursday, March 31, 2016

Drug War Defeats Taxpayers | Cato @ Liberty

Drug War Defeats Taxpayers | Cato @ Liberty: "The federal government spends about $30 billion a year on the war on drugs. Much of the spending is wasteful and counterproductive. This week, for example, an auditor’s report revealed how the drug bureaucracy flushed $86 million down the drain on an anti-drug aircraft that was never used.

The ineptitude of government agencies is unbounded.

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Setting the Record Straight: North Carolina Law Protects Everyone's Bodily Privacy

Setting the Record Straight: North Carolina Law Protects Everyone's Bodily Privacy: "Recognizing the inherent dangers created by Charlotte’s ordinance, the North Carolina General Assembly and Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, acted swiftly and appropriately to pass the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (“Privacy Act”) to rectify Charlotte’s failure to protect its citizens. The Privacy Act restored fundamental privacy norms to bathrooms in government and public school facilities. It also protects against future attempts to erode the fundamental right to privacy in other venues throughout the state.


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Competition in Obamacare Exchanges Declined in 2016

Competition in Obamacare Exchanges Declined in 2016: "On Oct. 1, 2013 President Barack Obama lauded the opening of the Affordable Care Act’s new health insurance exchanges and claimed, “You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices.”

In his latest paper tracking choice and insure competition in the exchanges, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ed Haislmaier reports that fewer insurers are offering exchange coverage in 2016 compared to 2015. His paper examined insurer competition using three different measures."
Typically, when competition declines the prices are not pushed lower and the consumer does not get as good a price.  But, hey, he promised all kinds of things, didn't he?

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Obama Effort to Eliminate Red Tape Adds $16 Billion in Costs

Obama Effort to Eliminate Red Tape Adds $16 Billion in Costs: "The Obama administration’s effort to eliminate red tape added $16 billion in regulatory costs, according to a new report by the American Action Forum obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“President Obama signed executive orders (13,563 and 13,610) as part of an effort to ‘eliminate red tape.’ Federal agencies were told to ‘modify, streamline expand, or repeal’ existing regulations,” according to the report released by AAF, a center-right nonprofit led by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

The American Action Forum has found the reviews consist mostly of recycled regulations by federal agencies that have actually increased regulatory costs.

“The recent ‘retrospective reports’ from the administration reveal that executive agencies have added more than $16 billion in regulatory costs, up from $14.7 billion in the previous update, and 6.5 million paperwork hours,” the report said.


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“Deeply Troubled” DHS System Blows Millions, Feds Want Extra $1 Bil - Judicial Watch

“Deeply Troubled” DHS System Blows Millions, Feds Want Extra $1 Bil - Judicial Watch: "Years after the U.S. launched an automated Homeland Security system essential to keeping the nation safe, it’s a malfunctioning flop that’s so far swallowed a mind-boggling $1.7 billion and needs an additional billion and several more years to perhaps get it to work. That’s not even the best part. A number of federal audits have documented the serious problems with this costly failure in the last few years and officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have simply ignored the government investigators’ findings and recommendations"

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The Iran nuclear agreement is national security fraud

Center for Security Policy | The Iran nuclear agreement is national security fraud: "As the Obama administration celebrates what it claims is a great victory for its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, many Americans are scratching their heads and wondering how we got to this point given the many examples of Iranian bad faith and belligerent behavior since the nuclear deal was announced last July."

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Neutralize Nuclear Terrorists, not the U.S. Deterrent

Neutralize Nuclear Terrorists, not the U.S. Deterrent:
Fifty nations’ leaders in Washington will focus today on the suddenly urgent prospect of terrorists getting their hands on so-called “dirty bombs.”
Their nuclear summit was planned before last week’s jihadist attacks in Brussels and the revelation that the perpetrators may have planned to gain access to, and disperse, deadly radioactive materials.
The fact that they could have done so in a number of ways – perhaps by kidnapping a nuclear scientist, getting inside medical facilities or nuclear reactors – means we’re dealing with literally ticking time-bombs.
We can only hope that President Obama and the other summiteers will focus their efforts on trying to devise realistic and effective measures for countering such threats – and dispense with a fool’s errand that has long topped their agenda: ridding the world of nuclear weapons, starting with ours.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

From Democracy To Pathocracy: The Rise Of The Political Psychopath | Zero Hedge

From the article: 
Resistance will require a citizenry willing to be active at the local level.
If you wait to act until the SWAT team is crashing through your door, until your name is placed on a terror watch list, until you are reported for such outlawed activities as collecting rainwater or letting your children play outside unsupervised, then it will be too late.
This much I know: we are not faceless numbers. We are not cogs in the machine. We are not slaves.
We are human beings, and for the moment, we have the opportunity to remain free—that is, if we tirelessly advocate for our rights and resist at every turn attempts by the government to place us in chains.
The Founders understood that our freedoms do not flow from the government. They were not given to us only to be taken away by the will of the State. They are inherently ours. In the same way, the government's appointed purpose is not to threaten or undermine our freedoms, but to safeguard them.
Until we can get back to this way of thinking, until we can remind our fellow Americans what it really means to be a free American, and until we can learn to stand our ground in the face of threats to those freedoms and encourage our fellow citizens to stop being cogs in the machine, we will continue to be treated like slaves in thrall to a bureaucratic police state run by political psychopaths.

UN Names Israel World's Worst Human Rights Violator

UN Names Israel World's Worst Human Rights Violator: Hat tip Ted
For any of you holdouts in Never Neverland who still think the the UN  has any shred of credibility left, take a look at this.
Can we get out of this useless, Jew-hating organization now?

A step away from fossil fuels? Scientists breakdown plant material without chemicals for the first time | Daily Mail Online

Scientists have taken a major step towards reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, which could eventually save cash.
For the first time, researchers managed to break down raw biomass - plant material - without using chemicals.
It produced record amounts of clean liquid hydrocarbon fuel, and is an important development in a shift towards renewable energy, the scientists said.

Pretty interesting stuff here.  This could have vast economic and strategic implications.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Terminal Depression | PJ Media

Terminal Depression | PJ Media: "One of strongest contenders for the prize for the most ironic headline this Easter week is Deutsche Welle's "Brussels 'March Against Fear' cancelled over security concerns."  In close second is the Süddeutsche Zeitung's announcement of women's only German trains as an answer to the perceived rape epidemic in Europe.

Europe has a religion problem, and it's not necessarily Islam.  The most important religious question in the West today is "what in is still worth dying for?"  For many, the answer is "nothing".  Despite the constant use of the word "coward" to describe suicide attackers it is abundantly is that many Muslims are willing to sacrifice their lives for strongly held beliefs while Belgium's March Against Fear cannot proceed due to fear. By contrast some Europeans think huddling in single gender trains and other safe spaces is preferable to being politically incorrect.


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Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer

Climate Change: The Greatest-Ever Conspiracy Against The Taxpayer:

Climate change is the biggest scam in the history of the world – a $1.5 trillion-a-year conspiracy against the taxpayer, every cent, penny and centime of which ends in the pockets of the wrong kind of people, none of which goes towards a cause remotely worth funding, all of it a complete and utter waste. Here is an edited version of a speech on this subject I gave last week to the World Taxpayers’ Associations in Berlin. Good evening ladies and gentlemen; Guten Abend meine Damen und Herren. May I say how grateful I am to Staffan Wennberg and the World Taxpayers Associations for inviting me to speak in Berlin. This is my first time here since 1978. I was a schoolboy then. I learned my first German: “Was trinken wir? Schultheiss Bier.” Now I’m grown up and married with children even older than I was then. Yesterday I went on a tour and I couldn’t help noticing there seem to have been one or two changes. When I last came I have to confess that the Wall was the highlight of my trip. So echt Cold War. So Spy Who Came In From The Cold! I remember taking the U-bahn underneath

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Leading Group of Doctors Has Made a Stunning Claim About the Effects of Transgenderism on Kids

The American College of Pediatricians issued a temporary statement earlier this week urging its national members to consider the concept of gender reclassification, or transgenderism, as child abuse.

Powerful speech at PEGIDA Dresden by Tatjana Festerling

Powerful speech at PEGIDA Dresden by Tatjana Festerling:
Among other topics approached bravely and urgently, is a proper and well deserved attack on George Soros. The probable force behind much of Europe's misery today and for some time now.

Sweden: Anatomy of a National Suicide

Sweden: Anatomy of a National Suicide: Hat tip Gates of Vienna

A week ago, Swedish journalist and activist Ingrid Carlqvist spoke before a gathering in Helsinki. In this speech (in English) she describes how Swedish politicians destroyed the country and turned it over to hostile Muslim immigrants. The speech is 22 minutes long and very well worth listening to.
Carlqvist is one of the few European leaders who puts it all on the line to speak the truth. Unfortunately for Sweden, it may already be too late.

This Is Why America’s Military Is in Bad Shape

This Is Why America’s Military Is in Bad Shape:
John Sullivan, Justin T. JohnsonSecuirty,
Problem: For the last 15 years, the U.S. military has not prepared for conflict with a near peer competitor like Russia or China.

America’s military is dangerously weak and unprepared today, and it’s not getting better. At least that’s what top military leaders told Congress recently. Unfortunately, the testimony of these top generals and admirals did not get the attention it deserved.
For the last 15 years, the United States military has not prepared for conflict with a near peer competitor like Russia or China. General Mark Milley, chief of staff of the Army, shared his worries with Congress, explaining that the Army would be able to handle a serious conflict but “not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people would expect to defend them.”
In other words, because soldiers are not adequately prepared, the U.S. Army would either be late to arrive to a conflict (due to more time for training) or they would send soldiers into harm’s way unprepared.
These are not issues isolated to the Army. The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Robert Neller, when commenting on the ability to meet requirements in a major conflict, said the Marine Corps “would be able to do that but probably not within a timeframe that current plans call for [them] to arrive to participate in that conflict.”
The chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, also admitted that there is “a readiness debt that we have had difficulty pulling out of or even making progress on as the funding levels are what they are and the security environment continues to put demands on the force.”
Almost two decades of conflict and years of budget constraints have taken their toll on the military, both in terms of deferred modernization and insufficient readiness.
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The Real U.S.-China Challenge: A Showdown in Cyberspace?

The Real U.S.-China Challenge: A Showdown in Cyberspace?:
Adam SegalSecuirty,
"Washington appears intent on trying to strengthen deterrence in cyberspace—to convince potential adversaries that the United States can over time attribute attacks..."

Late last Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that Su Bin, a Chinese national living in Canada, had plead guilty to “participating in a years-long conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of major U.S. defense contractors, steal sensitive military and export-controlled data and send the stolen data to China.” Over several years, under Su’s direction, two hackers stole some 630,000 files from Boeing related to the C-17 military transport aircraft as well as data from the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets. The information included detailed drawings; measurements of the wings, fuselage, and other parts; outlines of the pipeline and electric wiring systems; and flight test data.
Su’s conspirators remain unidentified and at large. The 2014 indictment refers to the co-conspirators as “affiliated with multiple organizations and entities.” The plea announcement refers to them as “two persons in China” and says nothing more about them. But in documents submitted as part of Su’s extradition hearing, the U.S. government identified them as People’s Liberation Army (PLA) hackers. The documents included intercepted emails with digital images attached that showed military IDs with name, rank, military unit, and date of birth.
Still unknown is whether Su and the hackers operated on their own or were directed by Chinese government officials. Were they motivated by profit, patriotism, or some combination of the two? Much of the correspondence makes the hackers sound like PLA freelancers. Marketing themselves, they tell Su they were involved in previous attacks on defense industries as well as Tibetan and pro-democracy activists—targets with no commercial value but of interest to the government. In some emails, the hackers assure Su that the stolen files will not only give his aviation company, Lode Technologies, a competitive edge, but also help Beijing achieve its military modernization goals. Later Su warns the hackers about the size of the payout for their services, telling them that aviation companies are stingy.
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Samizdata quote of the day

Samizdata quote of the day:
It is manifestly clear that the idea that the EU equals security and Brexit equals isolation (splendid or otherwise) for Britain is complete bunkum. It should be perfectly possible for the major players to cooperate against ISIS as national governments, within or outwith the European Union, and to work together closely, without the need for an ever-expanding and self-serving EU superstructure.Iain Martin

PSYCHOLOGY> @SenSanders continued success at polls increases chance that @HillaryClinton will be indicted.Location: Los Angeles, CA

PSYCHOLOGY> @SenSanders continued success at polls increases chance that @HillaryClinton will be indicted.Location: Los Angeles, CA:


Roger Simon


PSYCHOLOGY> @SenSanders continued success at polls increases chance that @HillaryClinton will be indicted.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Andrew Bostom retweeted: Why is it even controversial for an American political leader to say this? Shouldn't this be taken for granted?

Andrew Bostom retweeted:

Why is it even controversial for an American political leader to say this? Shouldn't this be taken for granted?


Virginia Dare


Andrew Bostom retweeted:

Why is it even controversial for an American political leader to say this? Shouldn't this be taken for granted?


.@RealBenCarson speaks out against #CAIR & the #MuslimBrotherhood @marklevinshow

.@RealBenCarson speaks out against #CAIR & the #MuslimBrotherhood @marklevinshow:


Frank Gaffney


.@RealBenCarson speaks out against #CAIR & the #MuslimBrotherhood @marklevinshow


Grow Up, or Live Under Tyranny

Grow Up, or Live Under Tyranny: "As I see it, we have a choice. We can either see to it these babies grow up — and by that, I mean assume a mature and responsible social attitude — or we can prepare to live under tyranny, with no freedom to pursue life, liberty or happiness.


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John Locke and Today's Christian

John Locke and Today's Christian: "Reason and religious principle are not mutually exclusive. Rather they are vital, co-dependent variables essential in ensuring a fair, equitable, citizen-centered form of government.


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The Study of Words and Taking Back the Narrative that Defines Us - Freedom Outpost

The Study of Words and Taking Back the Narrative that Defines Us - Freedom Outpost: "By failing to understand the importance of a word's definition, historical context, and impact on society, we have allowed the liberal left to take control of the narrative and redefine the way we think and see the issues affecting us all. We have been placed in a box where the issues we care about are defined for us, and we are forced to argue points that only serve the goal of further redefining society in the left's image. If one were to consider the information presented in this article, one may just come to the revelation that it is those on the political right that are the true “liberals,” and it is those on the political left that are the dogmatic conservatives fighting to maintain current political conditions.


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Ted Cruz & Muslim Surveillance: He Gets It Right

Ted Cruz & Muslim Surveillance: He Gets It Right: "As I’ve discussed before, Obama-style national security — “Countering Violent Extremism” — denies the Islamic ideological component of terrorism. Because it indulges a counter-reality in which there is only a single, resolutely peaceful Islam, it denies that jihadists have a support system of ideological sympathizers in Muslim communities. Terrorists, instead, are imagined as non-Islamic (indeed, anti-Islamic) “violent extremists” who kill because . . . uh . . . well . . . don’t ask us why — all we know is that it has nothing to do with Islam, and don’t go quoting the Koran at us, you haters!
This week we continued to watch Europe disintegrate precisely because its swelling fifth column of non-assimilable fundamentalist Muslim communities are abetting the jihadist war against the West. Ted Cruz seized on the moment to urge that we not follow Europe down the Obama path, that we return to the intelligence-driven counterterrorism strategy that targets surveillance at communities where fundamentalist ideology is prevalent — under circumstances where we know, from hard experience, that our enemies intentionally use mosques and Islamic community centers as their operations base.

If that makes him an Islamophobe, we should all be Islamophobes."

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Brussels attacks raids uncover "alarming" evidence of Europe-wide jihadist cell - CBS News

Brussels attacks raids uncover "alarming" evidence of Europe-wide jihadist cell - CBS News: "In the wake of the bombings in Belgium this week -- and increasing criticism of officials for their inability to thwart those attacks -- police in the last 24 hours have made at least four arrests in a series of raids in Belgium and four other countries across Europe.

Advanced plans for other terror attacks stopped
New evidence shows disturbing evidence of just how big the terror network is across Europe."

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FOUSESQUAWK: Poland: At Least One European County Has Sense

FOUSESQUAWK: Poland: At Least One European County Has Sense: "If Europe manages to survive the Muslim invasion, maybe the former communist nation of Poland will be the leader of the continent. Poland's prime minister says in light of the Brussels attack, Poland cannot accept any more more refugees/migrants.

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ICYMI: Mizzou Facing A Huge Budget Shortfall After Political Correctness Fiasco - Matt Vespa

ICYMI: Mizzou Facing A Huge Budget Shortfall After Political Correctness Fiasco - Matt Vespa: "As you can see, political correctness, besides being mind-numbingly stupid and authoritarianism masked under the guise of diversity, is also incredibly expensive. Has Mizzou learned from this public relations disaster? Nope. They’re requiring “diversity intensive” courses as a perquisite for graduation."

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End of your arm: How the United Kingdom Funds Terrorism

End of your arm: How the United Kingdom Funds Terrorism: "This is so disgusting, but of course-not surprising. 

This is the same as pulling the trigger, the same as setting off the bombs. 

And it's not just the UK, it's all the Western dhimmi nations who send jizyah to these barbaric jihadi shitholes."

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Illegals Get Free Healthcare Despite “Prohibitions” | VDARE - premier news outlet for patriotic immigration reform

When it comes to freebies for grifter illegal aliens, the taxpayer's hard-earned cash is never safe from liberal pickpocket politicians, who serve illegals first, not citizens. Remember, any tax money spent on illegals is cash taken from Americans who may need it, particularly when it's healthcare dollars.
When Obamacare was rolled out, the Democrats swore up and down that illegals wouldn't get it. Now we learn that many do, even though the money is strained through county governments. And just this week, candidate Hillary Clinton said that illegals should get government healthcare, suggesting that her administration would supply it.

Why Israeli airport security is so effective |

The most important thing that we can learn from this effective security is that safety is possible. There are ways to protect life effectively, even in the chaotic times we live in. There is no way to doubt track record of these policies. Even if you do not think that profiling is morally right, there is no way to posit that it is not actively defeating terrorism. Because, although Israel may be a small nation, it is most certainly a target by the very same groups that are carrying out plane and airport attacks around the world. The morality of the practice must be balanced not only with your moral teachings but also weighed against the suspended liberties we have all endured. Being treated like a criminal without provocation, all in the name of security that does not protect us is a high and unnecessary price. Israel's airport security embodies the humanity and personal attention that such complex issues need. There is no need for hate. There is not even a call for war. Security is possible with a reinvestment in education and training for the world's transportation agencies. Have faith that peace can come without the loss of life or liberty.

Parents Start Shoving Match During Easter Egg Hunt at Pez Headquarters - Breitbart

Belgian Soldiers Deployed to Fight Terrorists had no Bullets in Rifles |

Of course it's just for show. Anything else would be too much. Western governments don't want to actually stop Islamic terrorism. They want to look like they're trying.
It's not just Obama. It's the whole system.
After every terror attack, there's security theater. Empty reassurances that the guys running everything are really taking it seriously. But there's no there, there. Instead they'll keep on bringing huge numbers of Muslims, creating the next wave of terror, even while they put on a show of being serious about the latest attack.
Being serious about Islamic terrorism means ending Muslim migration. Any government that doesn't want to do that is also not going to do much to fight Islamic terrorism except go through the motions.

Europe Has 'Battered Spouse Syndrome' When It Comes To Islam ⋆ Doug Giles ⋆ #ClashDaily

Vox Popoli: Stupidity vs psychopathy

In any event, this will provide a useful rhetorical weapon for the theists. The next time an atheist tells you that you are less intelligent because you believe in God, the obvious response is that you are also, unlike the atheist, not a psychopath.

Very interesting discussion.

Alabama: Life Begins at Conception Bill Introduced - Freedom Outpost

It has long been the front line of the abortion fight. Most Pro-Choice supporters of the murder of the innocent have given up the argument and instead focused on the mother rather than the child. They know that if they lose this issue, there is no way Americans will allow the practice of abortion to continue.
This all important issue is the life of the child. When does life begin? If life begins when a child is conceived, then abortion is murder. This is what the Alabama legislature is setting out to define in a new bill that has been introduced.

Green - the Status Symbol the Affluent Can Afford That Costs the Poor

Despite claims of "green prosperity" that implies such policies can "fight poverty and raise living standards," the opposite is true. Everyone pays more—even those who can least afford it—so the elites, seeking green status symbols, can feel good and appear to be community leaders.

Is this true?  Is "green" really a scam?

Austrian minister calls for tighter border controls for EU citizens - One America News Network

Austria's interior minister has called for tougher measures to protect the European Union's borders from returning jihadi fighters, Austrian newspaper Oesterreich reported on Sunday.
"We know that more than 5,000 people traveled to Syria and Iraq to be trained or even to fight," Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told the paper.
"So it's more pressing than ever that EU citizens be systematically controlled at the outside borders in the future," she said.

Enough with Teddy Bears and Tears: It's Time to Take Our Civilization Back :: Middle East Forum

Teddy bears, tears, candles, cartoons, murals, mosaics, flowers, flags, projections, hashtags, balloons, wreaths, lights, vigils, scarves, and more. These are the best solutions the Western world seems to come up with every few months when we are slammed by another Islamist terrorist attack. We are our own sickness.
Since the world learned of the dozens dead, hundreds injured, and hundreds of thousands affected by Monday's attack on the NATO and European Union capital, we have seen an outpouring of what is commonly known as "solidarity."

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Ash Carter: ISIS on the Run in Syria; No. 2 Killed in US Raid

Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it likely killed several senior leaders of the militant group this week including its top finance officer.
The double blow to the hardline Islamist group in its self-declared caliphate, which covers huge areas of Syria and Iraq, came three days after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 31 people in Brussels, the worst such attack in Belgian history.

Belgian Police PLEADED For Help From Muslims to Find Jihadis, Were IGNORED | Pamela Geller

This should be instructive to our own police and intel authorities. They should stop conducting "outreach" to Muslim communities and realize that they aren't going to get any help from them against jihad terrorists.

From Marxism to the Market | Capitalism Magazine

How and why had I changed from a young leftist to someone with my present views, which are essentially in favor of free markets and traditional values? In a sense, it was not so much a change in underlying philosophy, as in my vision of how human beings operate.

From Marxist To Markets: Why Robber Barons Are "Safer Foes" Than Meddling Bureaucrats | Zero Hedge

"Of all tyrannies," C.S. Lewis once wrote, "a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
"It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
"The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

Sense of Events: What causes Muslim extremism?

"The problem of Islamic extremism is caused – astonishingly enough – by Islamic extremism."

We must stop blaming ourselves for Islamist terrorism - Telegraph
After November's terror attacks in Paris, Scotland's First Minister led the now traditional sympathy delegation to the local mosque. Given that politicians like Ms Sturgeon insist that Islamist terror has nothing to do with Islam, isn't it strange that their first port of call after any Islamist attack is always the local mosque? 
Funny, that.

Next Big Future: DARPA wants machine learning embedded into devices to collaboratively share wireless spectrum

From the article: 
The primary goal of SC2 is to imbue radios with advanced machine-learning capabilities so they can collectively develop strategies that optimize use of the wireless spectrum in ways not possible with today's intrinsically inefficient approach of pre-allocating exclusive access to designated frequencies. The challenge is expected to both take advantage of recent significant progress in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning and also spur new developments in those research domains, with potential applications in other fields where collaborative decision-making is critical.

Stunning new technologies unfolding.

If You Want to Understand What Happened in Brussels, Read the Koran | Gates of Vienna

In the following video, George Igler discusses the nature of the information war that is currently being waged against the West by Islam. The "kinetic" war — the military campaigns of the Islamic State plus mass terrorist attacks, the most recent of which happened last Tuesday in Brussels — is only a small part of the total war. The information war is arguably the most important front in the conflict.

WATCH Benghazi Hero SLAM D.C. Politicians For Turning Their Backs On Them | Daily Wire

America's Ceausescu Moment: Will Election 2016 Boil Over?

From the article: 
What is a Ceausescu moment? Politically aware people above a certain age know immediately what I mean. They can remember the shock on the face of the Romanian dictator when a horde of workers broke from decades of placid obeisance and interrupted his year-end 1989 speech with jeers...
The Ceausescu regime had lost all legitimacy in the eyes of the Romanian people, who soon showed they were ready to risk confrontation with heavily armed secret police forces to carry out a revolution. Something akin to this moment is playing out before the world's eyes in the US presidential election. Whatever the outcome may be, its consequences will stretch across the globe.

Will the silent majority break from its decades of obeisance?

Scientists Just Removed HIV from Human Immune Cells Using CRISPR Gene-Editing

From the article: 
Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method, scientists have demonstrated how they can edit HIV out of human immune cell DNA, and in doing so, can prevent the reinfection of unedited cells too.
If you haven't heard of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique before, get ready to hear a whole lot more about it in 2016, because it's set to revolutionise how we investigate and treat the root causes of genetic disease. It allows scientists to narrow in on a specific gene, and cut-and-paste parts of the DNA to change its function.

Gene editing.  Soon to become a blessing and a curse.  Kinda like lots of other things in life.  There are no easy answers.

22 Veterans Take Their Life Every Day. What One Just Did Outside of a VA Clinic is Incredibly Sad

From the article: 
At 22 deaths per day, the suicide rate among veterans is staggering.

This seems like a lot.  How does it compare to the national average?  Is it true.  Anybody know much about this?

Friday, March 25, 2016

51-Year Old Veteran Sets Himself on Fire Outside a NJ VA Clinic |

From the article: 
There is a tragic irony in where he died, so close to help. The reason why he chose this death and this lonely spot has died with him.

Not casting any blame here.  Much too little information.  Just noting that this is the first self immolation from a vet that I know of.  

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pat Condell on Feminism: “Censorious Small-Minded Safe-Space Harpies” | Gates of Vienna

From the article: 
Below is a brief chat by Pat Condell about the surrender of progressive feminists in the face of Muslim misogyny. It was released the day before Islamic terrorists massacred more than thirty people in Brussels:

This is Pat Condell.  Curmudgeon extraordinaire.  He has been making these videos for years now and challenges the denial about Islam that was surfaced in an earlier article.  Here he talks about how the Progressive feminists deny Muslim misogyny.  

MAGGOTS set to make a comeback in medicine | Daily Mail Online

From the article: 
Modern medicine may be upgrading centuries-old techniques to repair wounds that just won't heal.
Researchers from North Carolina State University and Massey University in New Zealand have found that genetically engineered maggots can clean non-healing wounds and promote cell growth.
This is done using a human growth factor, which the maggots secrete while removing dead tissue.

Now for something entirely different.  Did Maggots grab your attention?  Interesting to see how we can combine old methods with new science.

Thoughts on Brussels | Gingrich Productions

From the article: 
Again and again, we are attacked by people who have warned us of exactly what they intend to do, who have explained exactly what motivates them, and who have proved beyond doubt that they are sincere. Again and again, we respond to the violence with shock, psychoanalysis, and a brief surge of force before going back to life–and business, and security–as usual.

Newt Gingrich, a former presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House asks, "When will the Western world decide to be serious about confronting this threat? After there is a biological or chemical attack in one of these cities–or worse?"

Denial?  Some of global psychological disorder that does not allow us to face the truth?  WTF?

Who’s Afraid of Donald Trump? | Scott Adams Blog

From the article: 
But if you think the government is broken, and you want to send a wrecking ball to Washington D.C., Trump offers that possibility. We just don't know what else he offers because we can't see the future.

This is Scott Adams, the guy who writes Dilbert.

Interesting ways to view The Donald.

It Cometh from the Pit:And Hath a Knout | Fred On Everything

From the article: 
Once upon a time there was a fairy kingdom that lived inside a place called The Beltway, and was surrounded on all four sides by a land called America. The Beltway was aligned with another kingdom called Manhattan, inhabited by disembodied heads that spoke from the walls of bars, and with with yet another closed kingdom called Hollywood, the abode of  half-educated narcissists. These kingdoms were in eternal political syzygy, and spoke not with the people of the surrounding lands, of whom they knew nothing. The following is a chronicle of what befell them, and why.

Fred, the curmudgeon, speaketh a tale.  Listen and heed.  

While I don't support everything Trump says and does, I will choose him over the Three Kingdoms.  I would prefer Cruz but it seems that Trump is likely to prevail, however, it's not over yet.

Now, if the Three Kingdoms overrun the GOP Convention and disregard the will of people of the surrounding lands once again, the people of the surrounding lands should rise up appropriately.  Trump has alluded to this and been massively and intentionally mis-characterised by the media of the Three Kingdoms.  He is not advocating violence but he is saying that the people have a right to object when their rights are being infringed upon.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Hmmm...........  That sounds familiar.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Health Insurance Premiums Rising Faster Than Wages

From the article: 
Health insurance premiums have increased faster than wages and inflation in recent years, rising an average of 28 percent from 2009 to 2014 despite the enactment of Obamacare, according to a report from Freedom Partners.

True?  Not true?  Am I to be skeptical of this?  What does Tom Mannle know about this?

Markets Are Our Best Hope for Peaceful Cooperation | Mises Daily

From the article: 
No, the government destroys a sense of community and pits groups of people against each other. Human societies organize naturally through voluntary means, just as libertarians have predicted. And furthermore, a market economy based on mutually beneficial trade is the only way yet found for multiple groups of disparate and overlapping "tribes" or groups of "Dunbar's numbers" to live peacefully and prosperously in a large, interconnected, and complex modern society.

Some excellent discussion about the pros and cons of Democracy.  The article is a bit long.  Read at your leisure.

Winston Churchill said "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." 

Free choice bounded by the rule of law, property rights, individual freedom are some of the ideas that seem to underpin long term prosperity.  Kinda like the Magna Carta or maybe even the US Constitution?

Increase, Don't Decrease, Marine Lethality

From the article: 
Changing that to "a band of co-eds" forever softens the ferocity. The notion that we are asexual creatures is risible; intimate scandals have upset the team balance in most co-ed units and across all ranks. Once you introduce sex, affection, favoritism, protectiveness, jealousy, anxiety and all the other co-ed dynamics to an infantry platoon, you degrade the focus of infantry combat: killing.

One of the better articles on the subject of men and women in the military.  Bing West is a warrior.  Introducing women into combat units will "degrade the focus of infantry combat: killing".  A scathing attack on Ray Mabus, Navy Secretary.

Read the whole thing.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gen. Joseph Dunford|Defense Budget|Military Readiness|

From the article: 
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers Tuesday that the United States military currently is not prepared or capable across all the service branches of addressing the threats facing the country.

This article emphasizes the question of readiness.  Gen Dunford says we are not ready.  In addition to readiness, we have had downsizing during this administration.  So, not only are we smaller, but the smaller part is less ready.  Yeah that will work!!

On seizures of US personnel by foreign powers: Codevilla – Asia Times

From the article: 
Disproportion between commitments and the capacity — indeed the willingness — to back them up has been the defining characteristic of the US government's international relations for a quarter century. The US formula is to place token forces in situations in which they are over matched, expecting that hostile powers will not do their worst for fear of "tripping a wire" that would bring on an overwhelming American response.
Thus, US officials have habituated themselves to substituting "trip wire" forces and promises that they don't intend to keep. This, in place of the moral resolve and military power that would be required to carry out successful policy in the face of opposition. Decades during which American military power has decreased while the US government has short shrifted commitments — solemn, implied, or inherent, like those to one's own military or diplomats — have shopworn that formula. US officials and the "community" of academics, think tanks, and media around them seem unaware that their credibility has declined even as the rest of the world's capacity and willingness to press their agendas has increased.
Iran's and President Obama's cooperation in America's latest humiliation will shape the outcome of crises that loom in our relations with Russia and China.

A pretty devastating article about US foreign policy - or lack thereof.  

A Better Approach to Terrorism | Mises Wire

From the article: 
Free markets aren't perfect, because they merely reflect the imperfect actions of human beings. Free markets can't create utopia, or a world free of risk and violence. But airport and transportation security can be vastly improved, with a better bottom line: more people making it home safely. When we offer an alternative to grossly incompetent and sclerotic state bureaucracies in providing security to high-crime areas, conditions improve. And that's the real goal of libertarian "ideology": a better world, not a perfect one.

Very interesting read about applying free market ideas to security.

The Military is From Mars, Civilians are From Venus: Avoiding Planetary Collisions in the Conference Room

Interesting.  I've been out of the Military for a long time now and I still feel like this sometimes.

Center for Security Policy | Coordinated Bombings Rock Brussels

From the article: 
The situation in Europe continues to intensify, thanks in part to the flow of refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Arab and Muslim world. Islamic State has publicly declared that it has operatives moving among the refugee flow, possibly utilizing legitimate Syrian passports the jihadist organized has acquired. Additionally refugees are at risk of being targeted for indoctrination and recruitment by pro-jihad clerics and Islamist organizations operating in Europe, as noted by German intelligence in September of last year. Even prior to the Paris attack French intelligence was reportedly preparing plans for what amounted to a counterinsurgency campaign to reestablish government control over so-called "Sensitive Urban Areas."
Despite aggressive counterterrorism operations by European law enforcement since the Paris attacks, the security situation is likely to continue to deteriorate, as a result of long standing policies that have encouraged wide-spread Islamic immigration to Europe, coupled with permitting widespread jihadist indoctrination by European-based Islamists. Unfortunately the same can be said of the United States, where U.S. intelligence has admitted it considers the threat of terrorists among the refugee flow as serious, and the FBI has said the capacity does not exist to properly vet potential refugees.

So, how is this "policing" approach working out?  

Monday, March 21, 2016

ObamaCare Turns 6 — $55 Billion In Waste, So Far | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD

From the article: 
Add it all up and it comes out to $55 billion. And that's being generous to ObamaCare. This figure doesn't count what families forced off health plans they liked had to pay in to buy ObamaCare's overpriced insurance. Or the adverse impact ObamaCare has had on the labor market. Nor does it count the vast amounts of waste and fraud in Medicaid before ObamaCare vastly expanded eligibility.
Yes, it is true that ObamaCare has expanded insurance coverage. But when you consider the vast amount of waste and inefficiency it has added to health care, to say nothing of the enormous costs of its Rube Goldberg subsidy scheme, there is no question that the country could have achieved those gains at far less expense.

Trying not to be partisan here.  Anybody know if this is true?  Exaggerated?  Not true?  I really don't know much about the Healthcare industry in any detail but it seems that much of Obamacare has not worked the way it was sold/promised to the public.  This is a lot of money.

The Crater Ridden Cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, Normandy | Amusing Planet

Don't know why this article popped up in one of my news feeds.  D Day is a bit away, coming 4 Jun.  Yet, I am always deeply moved by this story and the courage shown by those men on that day.  Also, the best pics I have seen of the site.

For those of us who are part of the profession of arms, this is our DNA.  

Rangers lead the way.

Mike Roark

Next Big Future: A full sized beating bioengineered human heart has been made with hearts recellularized with stem cells

From the article: 
"Regenerating a whole heart is most certainly a long-term goal that is several years away, so we are currently working on engineering a functional myocardial patch that could replace cardiac tissue damaged due a heart attack or heart failure," says Guyette. "Among the next steps that we are pursuing are improving methods to generate even more cardiac cells – recellularizing a whole heart would take tens of billions – optimizing bioreactor-based culture techniques to improve the maturation and function of engineered cardiac tissue, and electronically integrating regenerated tissue to function within the recipient's heart."

Brave new world.  As Glenn Reynolds the "Instapundit" would say on his blog, "Faster Please".

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Used Solar Plant For Sale, Cheap! | Stately McDaniel Manor

From the article: 
One of the fields of human endeavor that provides the most humorous and outrageous examples of the Law of Unintended Consequences is "green" energy, which is green primarily because of all the money blissfully thrown into its bottomless money pit. Nowhere is this law so in evidence than at the Ivanpah solar plant in the Mojave Desert.

These guys rival the Military procurement system?  Almost $2B down the drain and not a good solution in sight.  That's taxpayer money by the way.  Seems like the old saying I used in the prior article about Mother Nature applies here as well.  

The guy who runs the Department of Energy is Ernest Moniz.  He guided this abomination and also was a key negotiator and the energy guru for Kerry during the Iran nuclear negotiations.  Doesn't that just make you feel warm and fuzzy?

More Military Brass Being Prosecuted for 'Sex Crimes' | PJ Media

From the article: 
Let's be clear: sex crimes by anybody ought to be prosecuted and punished. But human beings are weak creatures, and when you throw men and women together in close proximity in a high-stress-level occupation, nature often will out in undesirable ways. Perhaps the only social-justice solution would be to sexually segregate the armed forces once more, and keep everyone from temptation and weakness. But we can't have that, can we?

Interesting.  Isn't there an old saying?  Something like.  "It isn't nice to fool with Mother Nature".

Next Big Future: Virtual reality dome for military simulations

From the article: 
The dome will immerse warfighters in a virtual environment that not only tests their skills, but allows Army researchers to assess soldier cognitive abilities.

This looks pretty interesting.  Could it really provide almost real life like environments for training?  I wonder what it costs?

I know we've struggled with training for years.  Remember the old days when we had those damn red adapters for blanks and we played like cowboys and indians and made believe who got killed or not?  I always felt that was kinda useless.  

I know there were some systems developed where the soldier would wear a harness of sensors and the shooters had laser devices for their weapons.  I guess that was a bit better but it never really caught on.  I actually worked as a software engineer for a project to build a similar kind of system for vehicles.  We installed it at Ft Erwin.  I worked in the box at Ft Erwin as a contractor.  It worked, but it was problematic and it also, never caught on.

Counter-Terrorism: Jordan Builds More Barriers

From the article: 
Jordan is joining a growing number of Middle Eastern nations (like Saudi Arabia) and following the example of Israel by building high-tech security fences along their borders to keep out Islamic terrorists, illegal migrants, criminals and smugglers. With the United States covering most of the half billion dollar cost Jordan will put up this barrier along its 442 kilometers of borders with Syria and Iraq.

Jordan other ME countries are building fences to control the influx of immigrants and terrorists.  We are paying for their fence yet we don't build our own?  Some of the EU countries are also building fences as they begin to realize they are being economically, socially and culturally overwhelmed by the immigrants and the associated probability of terrorist.  Hmmmmm ..............

Friday, March 18, 2016

President Obama Is a Political Narcissist

From the article: 
Confidence is one thing. But Obama is more than confident. He's narcissistic. He looks at the world and sees nothing but his reflection: rational, cool, unmoved, and always right. When reality surprises him, it's not because he's in error. It's because Putin or Assad or the mullahs have failed to live up to the standards he's set for them. Forget about them being true to themselves. They're not being true to Barack Obama. And Barack Obama, lest we forget, is all that matters.

I suspect this is largely true.  I have wondered about his behavior for a long time.  However, he is not all that different from lots of Generals and CEOs and Politicians and all kinds of folks who seek to be in charge.  

This is a great paradox for us as humans.  It requires strong egos to accomplish great goals but the egos can also be problematic.  Read the definition of sociopath and look at the traits of powerful people and ask yourself, where do we draw the line?  I find this comparison very interesting.

So, how do powerful people remain powerful without stepping across the line into abuse of power or personality disorders?  Much of the history of Man has been influenced by Religion.  Is Religion helpful in finding a balance here?  I think it is.  Are there other ways to limit the ego so that it is useful but not destructive?


Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Plan for the Pentagon to Experiment Faster and Smaller | The National Interest Blog

From the article: 
Thornberry's bill is a start, but it won't exactly change the American way of war. Some higher spending authorities would make for a better start.

Looks like this could be helpful. Lord knows the Pentagon procurement system needs overhaul.  At least someone is thinking about new ways to get at it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Deep Mind – Chaos Manor – Jerry Pournelle

This from Jerry Pournelle - the great scifi writer and all-around smart guy: 
Deep Mind, the Google computer and programs that have won at Go, learned to do so by playing thousands of games against a copy of itself, and analyzing the results. I see no reason why such a program cannot be used to teach Deep Mind how to pose as a human and thus pass the Turing test, and given the surprisingly short time it took to beat an international grandmaster at Go, I would expect it to be able to pass for a human with most interviewers by 2018, if it takes that long. The technique would be to have two or more such machines try to fool each other… millions of times, learning from each attempt. How long would that take?

A new dawn may be upon us.

You're welcome to follow the link but there is no more discussion there about Deep Mind.  Some of you will find some of his other discussion interesting, some of you not so much.

Skittish About ‘Capitalism’ – But Who Is Really Rigging the Game? | Competitive Enterprise Institute

Hey Tom Payne.  Here is a another recommendation for you.  Get the government out of the way and let the market work.

From the article: 
But the biggest part of that problem – and the part we as citizens can do the most about – is the government's disastrous interference into the process of wealth creation. When a government agency gives out loans and other financial favors to politically favored businesses, that's a waste of taxpayer dollars and an insult to hardworking people everywhere. And when a company has to cut payroll or move workers to part-time shifts because of the burden of federal mandates, that's also a lost opportunity to create prosperity for American's families.
We can do better, and the first step is for government to move out of the way and let America get back to work.


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Monday, March 7, 2016

Record 61 million immigrants in U.S., 15.7 million illegally | Washington Examiner

From the article: 
"These numbers raise profound questions that are seldom even asked: What number of immigrants can be assimilated? What is the absorption capacity of our schools, health care system, infrastructure, and labor market? What is the effect on the environment and quality of life from significantly increasing the nation's population density?" wrote Steven Camarota, the Center's director of Research.

Profound questions seldom asked?  You mean there might be a problem here?  Overwhelming immigration might not be a good idea?  Sometimes, people who have tried to ask these questions have been called racist and bigoted and haters.  All not true, but that is the sad state of our ability to have meaningful discussion about difficult problems.

The Most Grotesquely Comical Academic Paper Ever Published | PJ Media

From the article: 
The following is not an example of academic hijinks, but a serious academic attempt to feminize glaciers.
I bet you didn't know that glaciers were sexist. Well, maybe they're not. But they definitely lack the feminist touch as it relates to "epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge." Or...whatever.
Yes, it's gender theory meets climate change in a clash of two of the titanic irrelevancies of the age. And the results are as banal as you would expect them to be. The paper was vomited forth by a group of University of Oregon historians - obviously the perfect candidates to write a paper on climate change. And they spared no liberal shibboleth in the making of this mish mash of hash.

I think we have hit the tipping point.  Pun intended.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Next Big Future: Biosupercomputer could be 100 times more energy efficient than regular transistor computers

From the article: 
They've published an article on the subject this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), in which they describe a model of a biological computer that they have created that is able to process information very quickly and accurately using parallel networks in the same way that massive electronic super computers do.

A living computer?  

Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board - One America News Network

From the article: 
Eric Schmidt, the former chief executive officer of Google, will head a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing Silicon Valley innovation and best practices to the U.S. military, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.
Carter unveiled the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board with Schmidt during the annual RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco, saying it would give the Pentagon access to "the brightest technical minds focused on innovation."

This is encouraging.  Some "out of the box" thinking.