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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Recent Reading - The Lies We Are Spun & a Few Truths

  BBC article about how the poor "renewable" subsidy junkies will "risk job losses". if their subsidy is cut from 43p (actually 43.3p) to 21p a unit. Censored is any mention that the actual commercial cost of producing such power is 2.2p (by nuclear) and that various reports have confirmed the obvious fact that subsidising subsidy dependent "industries" with money raised from real wealth producers causes the loss of as many as 3.7 jobs for every one "created". By censorship the BBC have thus, presumably deliberately, said the exact and precise opposite of the truth to promote the parasitism of government's cronies. A particularly obvious example of their fascistic corruption.
Greenpeace triumphalism about the report which appeared to say global warming was real. In fact it avoided saying nothing about damaging warming and the co-author. Judith Curry, has denounced the presentation saying the claim to have proven warming did not peak in 1998 is a lie.

Interesting for the fact that my comment was censored. Consider this part of my search for ANY alarmist site anywhere in the world that does no t censor factual debate and can therefore be assumed not to believe their warming scare to be a fraud unable to withstand factual discussion
"the British-empire (that is, Britain and the quarter of the globe it governed in the 1920s) operated on a budget the size of the projected fiscal revenue for Best Buy stores in 2012 (in inflation-adjusted dollars). The British Sudanese civil service, which governed a country of 9 million people, was 140-men strong (smaller than the combined active rosters of the Rams, the Packers and the Cowboys of the NFL), and governed - perhaps needless to say - with a far lighter and fairer hand than the regime now in Khartoum. In India, 100,000 British soldiers and civil servants ruled more than 300 million people. To put that in perspective, in 2009 California, a state with a population of about 37 million, had 206,000 full-time state employees - that’s not even counting city, county or federal workers. Oh, and incidentally, it’s a little remarked fact that the British ended up taxing the Indians at a far lower rate than the Moghuls had taxed their subjects before the British arrived." - Washington Post

On the other hand we now employ 200,000 "health and safety" inspectors in Britain.
The "Nobel Prize in Economics" isn't a real Nobel Prize. It was invented much later, using his name after he was dead, by the Swedish government bank. The "Peace" Prize is barely more honest being awarded by a committee of Norwegian politicians.
Steve Sailer on how the Republicans could win elections by opposing immigration. If one thinks about it this is obvious but neither the Republican "leadership" nor the Conservatives in Britain see it.
"The idea of sending someone to prison for expressing their personal hatreds seems bizarre in a society that claims to allow freedom of speech. But in the frenzied atmosphere being whipped up around the new laws, a judge sitting in a Scottish courtroom felt emboldened to deprive a person of his liberty by criminalising his words."

Spiked article on the destruction of free speech by the Scottish government.

"the Democratic Party’s sorta interest in turning the anger of a few into a left-wing Tea-Party-like movement of many."

A very good assessment of what America's political class have done to the country.

Britain's nomenklatura, who have been worse, are equally supportive of the "Occupy" movement  for the same reason..
Britain's nomenklatura, who have been worse, are equally supportive of the "Occupy" movement for the same reason..

Spiked report on how Britain's media nomenklatura embrace "Occupy"'s lack of any coherent vision as a useful blank slate.
"’Do you think you know what the Occupy movement wants?’ That was the question posed by Kevin Marsh, director of OffspinMedia, at a debate last night hosted by the Frontline Club in London. About half of the audience members put their hands up. ‘Irrespective of whether you think you know or not, how many of you support what Occupy is doing?’ Marsh, who chaired the discussion, then asked. The majority of hands went up.
"my father taught me one of my oldest—and long most futile—good habits. As we walked down the street in suburban Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, we’d occasionally come upon a parked car whose headlights had been left on. To spare the driver a dead battery, we’d open the car door and flick the lights off.
My dad’s acts of disinterested neighborliness were feasible because, implausible as it now seems, few people bothered to lock their cars back then. Indeed, it was still common in 1965 for motorists to store their keys conveniently in the ignition switch. One of the earliest magazine articles I can recall reading advised drivers that due to the sudden growth in car thefts, they should start taking their keys with them.
As the 1960s went on, my father and I increasingly found that parked cars with burning headlights were locked, so there was nothing we could do. The last time we successfully turned off anybody’s lights was 1972.
The blight of car theft spread overseas. At a business lunch in the leafy suburbs of Oxford in 1994, a half dozen English colleagues regaled me for 45 minutes with stories of their cars being stolen.
Slowly the forces of order responded. Manufacturers armored the ignition system so that thieves could no longer hotwire cars. In the 1980s, obnoxious alarms became common. The Club came along, a big red steel contraption that sent the message, “It will take too long to steal my car. Steal my neighbor’s car instead.”
In response to all this target-hardening, criminals switched to stealing cars directly from motorists: carjacking. In Los Angeles, the most publicized enormity came in 1993, when a carjacker brutalized a young woman for her BMW in placid Sherman Oaks, killing her unborn child. After the public outcry, the LAPD took carjacking seriously, and this most horrifying version of car theft declined.
Indeed, stealing cars isn’t the career it used to be. According to FBI statistics, despite the recession, motor vehicle theft declined 40 percent from 2006 to 2010. The howling of accidentally triggered car alarms seems to have become less frequent as the need for the devices has fallen.
While reading the galleys of Professor Pinker’s immense book, I paused to take a walk. I passed a car with its lights on. Out of ancient habit, I tried the door. For the first time in 39 years, I succeeded in turning off a neighbor’s headlights."  Steve Sailer again.

America has 2.09 million people in prison. That is an extraordinarily high price to pay for beating crime but it clearly works.
Prescription painkillers outpace heroin, cocaine in OD deaths
LA Times. HT Mark Wadsworth

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