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Donald Trump gets an 'F' in economics

Not that any other candidate for President, in either of the major parties, is any better.  Most of the others also get an 'F', and only Rand Paul gets anything above a 'D'.

Club for Growth is one of the Good Guys.

#economics  

Added later:  I've heard that Carly Fiorina also understands economics, but I haven't verified it.  A quick read through the first pagefull of Google hits shows only the standard Republican talking points -- and gives no clues on where she stands in the areas of economics where Republicans are wrong (e.g., immigration, tariffs, trade, etc.).
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NOTE:  The People's Cube is a satire site.
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Combatting Climate Fraud

Excellent piece today by Tim Ball, who was one of the scientists that originally debunked Michael Mann's infamous "hockey stick."

A few takeaways, which are nearly identical to what I've been saying for decades.  But no one ever listens to me:

*  "Climate Change" is a political issue, not a scientific one, and always has been.

*  It's not about saving the environment:  it's about destroying Capitalism.

*  We are seeing a resurgence of "climate change" propaganda in an effort to ramp up support for some kind of agreement at the upcoming COP-21 in Paris next December.  It is probably the Warmist's last, best hope of destroying national sovereignty in favor of an all-encompassing world-wide government.

People need to be aware that the entire "global warming" (as it used to be called before they realized that the planet has stopped warming) aka "climate change" (which is the Current Truth™) agenda is a case of massive scientific fraud.  And we need to let our politicians know that we're on to the scheme, and encourage them to fight against it.

#globalwarming   #climatechange   #fraud  
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I've been (for the most part) silent about the immigration issue, partly because no one is going to listen to me anyway (all three political parties are dead wrong on the issue) and partly because I'm still gathering facts.

In only one area of the controversy am I confident that I am right:  the economics of the issue -- and of the three aforementioned political parties, only the Libertarians get the economics right (they still get some other important stuff wrong).

Along comes Donald Trump, who is just as clueless about economics as everyone else (save Rand Paul).  Still, he has done the country a great service by pushing this issue to the front and center of what gets talked about in America.

That said, this article (a long read, but do stick with it) is the most intelligent thing I've read on the immigration issue, ever.  It says what I've been trying to put together to say for the last year or two.

#economics   #immigration  

P.S.  Comments that try to hijack this thread into a discussion about Donald Trump will be deleted.  Hate is not acceptable in my threads.
 
Best article on immigration policy i've ever seen, bringing much-needed historical perspective.
The Donald's popularity is the result of thirty years of immigration policy failure. If that's not fixed soon, history suggests the public may demand drastic action.
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I must say I agree with Mr. Trump. Illegal immigrants are here illegally and that is a crime. Wake up and stand for what it means to be a citizen.
They should not be here. Having a child here does not make the child legal.

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Seeing this article just now...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198450/Scotland-s-winter-snow-hasn-t-melted-Incredible-network-tunnels-caves-clings-mountains-cold-summer.html

... reminded me of having seen the exact same thing here in Colorado yesterday.

Global warming ended twenty years ago.  As the earth continues its global cooling phase over the next thirty to fifty years, these will likely become somewhat of a common sight.

This is the Uncompahgre River, at the 10,000 foot level.

#climatechange   #globalcooling  
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Heh heh.  Fox "news" just got their comeuppance.

I've been saying for some time that Fox is too far to the Left for me, and last Thursday's "debate" (aka attempted Trump crucifixion) seems to have opened lots of people's eyes to that:  a network that was "totally in the can" (as the saying goes) for Romney three years ago, and is totally in the can for Jeb Bush this time around -- both of whom are Democrats masquerading as "conservatives."

As I said:  too far to the Left for me.

Good to see them getting their wings clipped.  I think Trump is the only one who could have pulled this off.  Not that it will effect any kind of permanent, long-term course correction, but still good to see.

#donaldtrump   #foxnews     #media  
Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, called Donald Trump personally on Monday to make peace over last week's presidential debate.
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I'll send a private message, +Lynn Sadler.
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Tony Heller and others have been predicting that once again, this year will be touted as "the hottest year on record."

But with a big conference coming up in December, this year we just can't wait for actual facts.

Yep, it's already been declared the Hottest Year On Record.  Until 2016 rolls around, of course...

This is NOT what actual science looks like, folks.

#fraud   #globalwarming  
I predicted two years ago that mainstream climate criminals would stop making any effort to be honest, and would simply start lying about record temperatures – and that is exactly what has happened. 2015 is nowhere near the warmest year, and there has been no warming for 18 years.
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In which I make a small correction
to something I've been saying for years, to wit:

"Global Warming / Climate Change is a religion."

This article has convinced me that it is not a religion.

It is a cult.

Excerpt:

Climate change alarmism has a surprising number of attributes of a medieval or even ancient religion. Nevertheless, real religions have some pre-requisites, like a tradition spanning at least few generations. So the proper name for climate alarmism is a cult. And these are the telltale attributes :

#globalwarming   #climatechange   #religion  
Guest essay by Ari.H. Global warming has become a religion. This is the opinion of Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever , Prof. Richard Lindzen, and many others. Climate change alarmism h...
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On the satire/social media site The People's Cube, my avatar is a caricature of a certain well-known Global Warming alarmist whose work bears a distinct resemblance to that the notorious Soviet scientist Trofim Lysenko.

In my posts there, I frequently refer to "Pope Albert I" or sometimes just "Pope Algore."

Good political humor always contains a kernel of truth, and that kernel is this:

Al Gore has NO scientific credentials.  In fact, he did very poorly in his science classes as an undergrad.

Where he apparently did do well, though, was in Vanderbilt University's post-grad Divinity School.

So the politician most responsible for the Global Warming (now Climate Change) hoax isn't a scientist.  He's trained in promoting religious quackery.
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More climate fraud

The hottest July ever recorded?  Not even close.

#globalwarming   #fraud   #lysenkoism  
Two years ago, I realized that the criminals at NOAA and NASA were no longer making any attempt to generate honest temperatures, and I predicted that they were ramping up to engage in whatever fraud was necessary to declare every month to be the hottest ever. My prediction was correct, ...
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Thanks for explaining, +Chris Nandor.
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Oh my!

You mean that Seattle's minimum-wage increase has resulted in fewer jobs for low-income workers, instead of higher pay?

Who (besides pretty much every economist out there) could have seen that coming?

#economics   #minimumwage  
Early indications suggest that Seattle's $15 minimum wage may already be taking a toll on the city's restaurant industry - employment is down by 1,300 jobs since the first of the year.
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Forgive me for sharing something so blatantly political to Public.

There are people, not in my circles, who need to see this.

If this article's author really wants to unite the Republican Party, he's going to have to leave the evangelical Christians out of the formula.

I have already been there, done that with everything his article says.  I became a precinct committeeman in the 1990's and rose from there to a County chair.

I, too, sought to build a coalition (using the Left's very successful blueprint) of the disparate subgroups within the GOP.  And I considered the Religious Right as an important ally therein.

I was wrong.  I quickly found out that they are unwilling to help anyone who does not totally toe their line.  Their "my way or the highway" attitude sunk my efforts at coalition-building:  if you're not rabidly anti-abortion, if you're not completely on board with forcing public schools to teach Creationist mythology in science classes, you'll be cast out.

It was the Creationism nonsense that finally caused me to leave in disgust.  I did not, and still do not, want to be politically associated with certifiable nutjobs who will place ancient superstition and myth over science.

They went on to take control of the GOP, which resulted in the power struggle that led to the current stranglehold the "moderates" (read:  RINOs) have on the Party.

The GOP absolutely needs to get rid of the RINOs, but bringing these assclowns back into any share of the power would be a disastrous mistake.

#gop   #republicans   #religion  
the BEST other political party to defeat the Democrats is . . . wait for it . . . the GOP.
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Always good to hear an opposing viewpoint from someone who can articulate it as clearly as you did, +Chris Nandor.
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Fine-art photographer, Linux sysadmin
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  • Semi-retired
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    Linux SysAdmin, 2012 - 2012
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    Linux SysAdmin, 2010 - 2011
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Libertarian who doesn't go "full Rothbard;" Objectivist who doesn't go full Peikoff
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Books that changed my life (in order):

Walden Henry David Thoreau

The Gospel According to John  New Testament

Women Who Love Too Much  Robin Norwood

Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand
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Wrote the first open-source-related legislation to be introduced in the US. HB 2392, Oregon, 2003 session
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    Necronomicon, 2013
I have been waiting a year to write this review. It has taken me that long to get proof of who was right. I took my Jeep in a year ago to get a critical front-suspension bolt replaced that had gone missing, and a front-end alignment. Afterward, the Jeep had an annoying pull to the right. I took it back in. They wouldn't even look at it. "Oh, no, the alignment is perfect," they told me. "It has to be your tires." Disgusted, I walked out, determined to give them a bad review here after I had proved them wrong. Thousands of dollars later, spent with quacks and charlatans who sold me all kinds of parts I didn't need and insisted I needed to spend more, the issue was resolved when a mechanic I drove hundreds of miles to see (because I knew he was honest) switched some tires around. So these guys were right all along. But they only get three stars because of their lousy service: they COULD have offered to switch the tires around that day, solve my problem, and prove that they were right. That would have saved me a lot of grief. But they didn't. Instead, they copped an attitude.
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Severely lacking in expertise It has taken me over a year to write this review. Until recently, I couldn't figure out WHO was right... These guys are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Neither do they have the best diagnostic equipment. And they like to sell you stuff that you don't need. I took my newly-purchased Jeep to them because they were the shop that had been working on it for the previous owner. I wanted everything checked out, and to find the cause of the Check Engine light coming on. So they told me that the gearlube in one of my axles was getting old. They had installed lockers in that axle less than a year before. I said, "WHAT? You put the old lube back in when you installed the lockers?" There was a lot of hemming and hawing. Their diagnostic computer is apparently the same one that auto parts houses will loan you for free, because it never found more than the "#2 cylinder misfire" that I already knew about. They make diagnostic computers costing thousands of dollars for PROFESSIONAL mechanics that will tell you a whole lot more. But that's all they had to go on, so they proceeded to talk me into a compression test. Said it would be $75. I consented. The compression test found nothing, and they charged me $95. A few weeks later a retired auto mechanic working part-time at the O'Reilly's in Moab gave me a clue. He said it would be one of three things (I forget the details), one of which was the injector. He is also the one who told me about the pro-grade tools that mechanics are supposed to have. It turned out to be the injector. A can of injector cleaner in the tank, and cleaning up the dirty electrical contacts on the injector solved the problem. These guys are barely above the level of backyard mechanics.
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Knowledgeable, friendly, clean. I went in to buy a small part and broke down in his parking lot. His shop schedule didn't have time to look at it, but he eventually made time. I had to go next door (Pep Boys) and buy a belt, which his men then installed. There's another national chain in town whose name starts with "4." They are dishonest. This shop will treat you right. If I ever come back to New Mexico, this shop will get all of my business while I'm there.
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The most incompetent office staff I have ever seen. Or dishonest crooks, I'm not sure which. They billed my insurance company for services the doctor didn't perform, and my insurance company denied the claim because I'm not covered for those services. I have asked them several times to correct the faulty claim so that the bill can get paid. Instead, they've sent me to a collection agency. I don't know whether this is mere incompetence, or if they're running a scam by sending padded claims to the insurance companies, but either way going here could end up costing you a lot of money.
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This is not your typical 4WD store & shop. These people are "old school." Not a fancy showroom, only a few fast-moving parts in stock. But they're HONEST. They won't try to sell you something you don't need. Last month, I took a week off of work to drive to Denver to have these folks look at my Jeep. It had been to a certain national chain whose name begins with "4," and it was clear that the latter were trying to sell me thousands of dollars' worth of parts & work that I didn't need. These guys found the actual problem, and I saved so much money going to Four To Go that it paid for the trip. They also saved me money on a set of new wheels that I'd been wanting, but no one else had the time to actually LOOK for in their suppliers' catalogs. These people took the time. Even if you're 500 miles away, it's worth the trip to get (1) an honest mechanic, and (2) the work done right the first time.
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This guy knows his stuff. Do not argue with him; he's forgotten more than you'll ever know. He's blunt to the point of being offensive, and has no patience with fools. And in my years of dealing with him, he has never, ever been wrong. Or dishonest. This is not a discount shop: you will pay top dollar for what you're buying. Maybe even more than you would pay somewhere else. But he'll sell you what you actually need, not what you think you need, or what someone else told you you need, or what he wants to push onto you. And he'll probably have it: this man has EVERYTHING, going all the way back to the 1940's models. There have been a number of times that he's told me things about my Jeep that I just couldn't believe. Every other shop in town told me something else. In the end, Mike was right. Despite his prices, his knowledge and brutal honesty have saved me money, several times. If you can't deal with his personality, it's your loss.
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Ripoffs. NEVER take your Jeep there. They will tell you that you have to spend thousands of dollars on stuff that you don't need. Mine is a long story that started at another 4 Wheel Parts store in a different city. Short version: I went in to see if a collision shop had properly aligned the rear axle after an unfortunate incident on my way to New Mexico. They told me: * I needed new ball joints * My suspension bushings were shot, and * I would have to buy new, adjustable control arms, because * The bushings on the stock control arms in my Jeep can't be replaced without burning out the old ones. * My lift kit was a piece of crap (skyjacker, I might actually agree with that!), they don't make any parts for it anymore, and I really should rip out the whole thing and put in all-new (THEIR brand, of course...) * My Jeep will never drive straight (it was pulling to the right) until all this is done. The ball joints had been replaced three months prior. By another 4 Wheel Parts shop. I think it's their "thing," you know? I took a week off work to take the Jeep to Denver to a mechanic I trust. Here's the truth: * There was ONE worn bushing. Because the grease nipple had plugged and it wasn't getting lubed. * The control arms are Skyjacker, not OEM. * After replacing the bushings (I had him go ahead and do the whole kit), front end alignment was within spec. In other words, I don't need adjustable control arms. * The mechanic swapped a few tires around and the Jeep started driving straight. I don't know if 4 Wheel Parts, Albuquerque is incompetent or dishonest, but either way you don't want them working on your Jeep.
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