Links for November 28, 2011: Cheap Chinese Labor; Money; Unfortunate Baby Names; others….

November 26, 2011
  1. This image accompanied the article at Phawker. What emotion toward Chinese workers is this image calculated to instill?

    I first caught this article re-posted at Phawker.com under the title, How Steve Jobs F*cked Over The American Worker. Steve Jobs could have sat at home and played his Atari all day. He chose instead to revolutionize the way we communicate. This is the thanks he gets.

    But in 1996, the moneymen on Wall Street decided Apple was not living up to their expectations. Earnings had sagged. To raise cash and bolster the bottom line, the company was forced to unload assets. The Fountain plant was sold, just four years after it had opened. The plant was profitable and well-run, but Wall Street’s relentless focus on short-term earnings demanded results.

    It’s called efficiency. Those who see jobs as ends in themselves don’t seem to care a lick about it. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for Monday, June 20: China’s Economic Stimulus; Ludicrous RIAA Damages; What about NPR?; others…

April 17, 2011
  1. Stories about how China’s economy will soon surpass that of the U.S. should not be taken at face value. This is China’s economic stimulus project. This is what a government stimulus project is. A government stimulus project is when the government takes money and resources from the private sector and uses it to make and build things for which there is no genuine demand. Our American stimulus is of the same essential character. Ours is just a little more modest in scale.

  2. Here is a nice article from Niall Ferguson about the choice the American Government will make on our behalf in the near future: Raise taxes and/or cut government. Thomas E. Woods has argued that raising taxes will not solve the problem. There will have to be copious cutting.

  3. With juries like these, who needs dictators? Read the rest of this entry »


Links for November 16, 2010: Some Psychological Stuff, Some Fallacious Stuff, others….

November 14, 2010
  1. Another fascinating diatribe from Stefan Molyneux. My question is: does this not apply equally well to libertarians and anarchists? Is libertarianism not just another ideology?

  2. Large organizations, including government, which is of course the largest organization of all, have actually become completely disconnected with what actually matters to people. … What behavioral economics shows, time after time, is in human behavior and behavioral change there is a very strong disproportionality at work: that actually what changes our behavior and what changes our attitudes toward things is not actually proportional to the degree of expense entailed or to the degree of force that is applied.

  3. After invalidating more than 30,000 Nader-Camejo signatures on dubious and highly technical grounds – for example, because signers used informal names such as “Bill” instead of “William,” or because their current and registered addresses did not match – Commonwealth Court removed the candidates from the ballot. Then it ordered them to pay their challengers more than $80,000 in litigation costs.

  4. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for July 6, 2010: Kagan on Corporate Speech, an Easter Egg in the Health Care Bill, Knocking “Deficit Hawks”, others….

July 4, 2010
  1. Elena Kagan: How hard will she fight corporate free speech? (Photo: Doc Searls)

    An attorney’s job is to be a zealous advocate for her client. I becomes a sort of theater of the absurd. It does not necessarily follow that she will retain this mentality on the bench. On the other hand, perhaps it is not so wise to turn someone who has built a career arguing on behalf of the government into a Supreme Court Justice. Habits are sometimes hard to break. Contrast with Ralph Nader’s 36 Questions for Elena Kagan, wherein the author’s first ten questions attempt to gauge Kagan’s support for free corporate speech, seemingly unawares of her very office’s zealous efforts to limit it.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if this were one of many Easter eggs hidden in this bill that the American people did not bargain for. That’s generally how sprawling legislation works, is it not?

  3. The FAA has granted the company an extra 110 pounds to the LSA limit of 1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight. Terrafugia says this will allow the extra safety equipment and a still allow the airplane to compete with other LSA aircraft in terms of range and the amount of payload it can carry.

    Kudos to the FAA for getting out of the way of progress. Read the rest of this entry »


Links for June 21, 2010: Police Shoot Expenctant Father Dead Over Marijuana, The Economics of the Minimum Wage, others….

June 20, 2010
  1. The victims.

    “One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people. Marijuana does not suppress medical research. Marijuana does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.” ~ Richard Cowan

    … and Marijuana never shoots expectant fathers in the face for making “furtive movements”. If you are not speaking out against these tragedies, then you are telling our lawmakers that you tacitly approve of them. Spread the word, to your legislators and across your social networks, that you do not approve.

  2. It lays out the basic argument. Progressives might revile at the suggestion that the minimum wage is more that a worker “is worth”, but I think this ignores economic reality.  Read the rest of this entry »


Links for May 17, 2010: The Real Drug War, Fiscal Irresponsibility, Fun with Gold, others….

May 16, 2010
  1. But despite all the anger the raid has inspired, the only thing unusual thing here is that the raid was captured on video, and that the video was subsequently released to the press. Everything else was routine. … Raids just like the one captured in the video happen 100-150 times every day in America.

    According to Montgomery, when the couple’s neighbors inquired about the raid, they were told that the SWAT team had merely conducted a drill, and no shots were fired. When neighbors learned from the family that this was a lie, they began writing to the department and the Daily Tribune to demand answers. When the couple discovered the police had videotaped the raid, they requested a copy of the video. Montgomery said in her email that the copy they were initially given had no audio, and the incriminating (to the police) portions of the video had been removed.

    On February 23, the Daily Tribune published its first story on the raid. The paper made its own request for the SWAT video, which the police department initially denied. On April 20, Jonathan Whitworth pleaded guilty to a single charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He wasn’t even charged for the minor amount of marijuana in his home (marijuana for personal use has been decriminalized in Columbia). He was issued a $300 fine. On April 27, the Daily Tribune made a formal request for the video, which it received on April 30, with full audio and with no visuals removed.

    This is the war on drugs: Blatant terrorism, shameless deception, and desperate cover-ups. It happens in cities across the nation every day. I’m ready to end this madness whenever you are.   Read the rest of this entry »


Links for May 10, 2010: Orwellian tax amnesty ad, National debt up a cool tril since last fall, Lynne Abraham pooh-poohs new Philly marijuana arrest policy, others….

May 9, 2010
  1. Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue has already shed the pretense that its residents do not live in an Orwellian State.  The voice should have gone on to say: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse, Tom. You know you have a civic duty to understand and abide by Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax Code. We’ve even put it online for you.”

  2. Former Philly DA Lynne Abraham: "Welcome to Philadelphia, Light Up a Joint."

    The national debt is pushing $13,000,000,000,000. Since the beginning of last November, the federal government spent has $1,000,000,000,000 more dollars that it did not have. I tell you, this health care bill had better take a huge-ass chunk off of the deficit, and fast.

  3. Hey, that’s great, Lynne. Just let us know when we can expect to receive your annual $3,000,000 donation to pay for the adjudication of these small-time dope smokers. Read the rest of this entry »


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