Links for January 10, 2011: Government Spending Could Destroy The World; The New Mexican War; No Privacy in Cell Phones; others….January 9, 2011
I don’t know if this is off-base, but has anyone in the government considered spending less money? The debt ceiling is a joke. An absolute joke. These conversations are such a drag. It is time for Congress to repeal the debt ceiling entirely and abandon the transparent pretense of actually caring an iota about our mounting national debt. Just spend the damn money already. We all know you’re going to.
When they say “War On Drugs”, they’re not kidding.
The Constitution is, after all, just a goddamn piece of paper.
Christopher Beam offers one of the weakest, least empathetic, and least imaginative criticisms of libertarianism I’ve read in a while. As Oscar Wilde said: “There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.” See my annotations:
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The case for private road management is not that difficult to follow.
For now, though, Harper’s verdict remains in place: $750 for each of the 37 songs at issue, or $27,750.
Good reporting from Mother Jones today, this one from its facebook wall: Fiji’s government junta destroys one of the counrty’s most popular exports through taxation.
Bainimarama said if no resolution is forthcoming, he “will call for international tenders from credible and reputable private sector companies to extract this valuable resource.”
We’ll see about that….
White truffles [were on display last Sunday] during the traditional annual truffle auction in Alba, northern Italy, where a 900-gram white truffle was auctioned for €105 million ($143.58 million) to a Hong Kong buyer.” (Global Times, 18 November)
Willing seller, willing buyer. The poor, huddled masses will have to settle for green giant mushrooms, sliced and canned.
Granted the auction proceeds were for charity, but what other food can bring in so much money and attention? What is it exactly that makes the white truffle so special?
Links for October 25, 2010: Interview with Marakay Rogers, Libertarian Candidate for Pennsylvania Governor; More “Quantitative Easing” to Come; others….October 24, 2010
- World Socialist Party (US) | Making Bread
Daryl Larson, who farms 1,500 acres in Kansas sold nearly half of his wheat crop but will keep the rest in the silo in the expectation that the prices will at least climb further. Most analysts would concur with Mr Larson’s strategy of holding on to some grain for added profit. The [Socialist Party of Great Britain] only asks: why do some in this world face destitution and hunger, while others hoard food to obtain higher profits?
Farm subsidies complicate the issue, but the simple answer is: Daryl Larson, the producer of the food, has the perfect right to do anything he pleases with it. He was under no obligation to make the food. Similarly, he is under no obligation to distribute the food. If Mr. Larson were forced to sell his grain at prices he did find agreeable, he probably not stay in the wheat business for very long.
If we added farm subsidies into the mix, then, depending on why the subsidies were paid in the first place, there could be a basis upon which to demand that Mr. Larson make some concessions to taxpayers….
- AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | Public to Lawmakers: Tax the Rich1) Aren’t you glad that the public has no authority to confiscate and redistribute your private property?? 2)Never trust anyone who classifies tax cuts as ‘spending’. 3) This article quotes labor secretary Robert Reich who believes that the ‘fundamental cause’ of the financial crisis is wealth disparity. If not for wealth disparity, the argument goes, Americans would not have needed to borrow so much. I’ve never heard this one before… Read the rest of this entry »