GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The FDA kills people with its costs and delays

How the FDA helped kill my Dad
A case study in government harm
by Jim Babka

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a noble purpose — to protect you from dubious drug claims and toxicity. Most government programs are created for high-minded or compassionate reasons.

But the FDA probably kills more people than it saves.

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I wouldn’t say “probably”.

I wonder personally how, if the FDA had it’s head out of its collective <synonym for donkey>, then perhaps a drug or treatment might have been available to save her.

I have no details. No specifics. But, just a lingering nagging doubt that if the politicians and bureaucrats were not “helping” or “protecting” me and mine.

Just imagine all the good that could be done if all the expense of unnecessary overhead was wrung out of the process and put to better use.

Imagine “Consumers’ Reports” for medicine?

I’d subscribe!

And, what about all these “charities” that seek to cure stuff but never go out of business. The March of Dimes cured polio and then shifted on to “birth defects”. And United Way pays their CEO millions; how much does the Salvation Army pay its troops?

Sorry, but we could be better served by “simplifying” the Gooferment out of all these processes.


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MONEY: Gold standard; can’t get there until after the crash!

Dreams of the Gold Standard by Linda Brady Traynham

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Chances are we’ll do better solving that problem than wriggling out of the financial messes caused by corruption, vote-buying, deliberate waste, and pretty fairy tales that everyone can lead a nice, safe middle class life like the Cunninghams on “Happy Days.”

What we really want is a stable currency along with a stable interest rate, traditionally 4%. What are developing are panics, lengthy recessions, stagflation, and growing fright and anger. I pledged to think of something “nice” that could happen, and I can only think of two. First, I could be wrong. Who am I to think I know better than the self-proclaimed “best and brightest?” Well…to be brutally blunt, I think I’m a very nice lady who has had a long, pretty priveleged life who is concerned about the future and usually calls a pig a pig, although I do know how to concoct sentences such as, “As always, it is not the case that stochastic analysis can compensate for human variability.” Meaning that in a world of random chance and individuals anything could happen.

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How does one get back to a “gold standard”?

First, if you’re going to save, you have to save in metals; not dollars.

Second, you’re going to change your thinking. Buying stocks and bonds; price it in gold. IRA or 401k, evaluate it in ounces of something.

Third, you’re going to have to go back to basics. No debt. Pay “cash”. Stock up what you need for the hyper-inflation.

Fourth, think like our depression era forefathers, the Amaish, or the Mormans. Batten down the hatches, we’re in for a rough ride.

Fifth, try your hand at barter, your own business, or anything that you can think to earn wealth.

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HARDWARE: Free up tour guides to do other wealth building activities?

Vatican hopes iPod can bring silence to Rome’s churches

By David Kerr

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Rome, Italy, Jun 24, 2011 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has introduced a new way of keeping silence in their churches while also informing tourists – the iPod.

Today is the first full day of a trial which sees pilgrims to the basilica of St. John Lateran given the audio-guide with a special app explaining the 1,700-year history of the church, which serves as the Pope’s cathedral.

“I can easily say that in Italy there are no examples of experiences like this in religious contexts, probably not even those in museums,” Jelena Jovanovic said to CNA. Her company, Antenna International, created the handheld device.

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Think about the poor guides out of work.

Technology marches on.

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SERVICE: Text message delayed as needed

schedule text messages

Text messages queued up with will be delivered at the date & time specified, unless you specify “now”, which will send the message instantly.

creative uses

Remind anyone about an event at a specific day & time queue up birthday reminders for the next several months have your to–do items sent to you throughout the day.

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TECHNOLOGY: “Driverless” in compared to the Gooferment’s “High Speed Rail”

Driverless Nevada
Posted by Randal O’Toole

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The introduction of true driverless cars will significantly expand personal mobility because anyone—not just people over 16 who can pass a driver’s test—will be able to use them. Driverless cars will reduce congestion and improve safety. The new mobility will significantly change the way we live. And the cars will render obsolete any and all rail transit and moderate-speed rail lines now being planned or under construction long before taxpayers finish paying the heavy debts incurred to build such lines.

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Having just driven recently for 8 hours from NJ to NH and a week later the reverse, I’d love to have had one!

Perhaps, if the car execs didn’t have their heads so far up the Gooferment’s <synonym for donkey>, then yhey could see that they are not in the “car biz”. They are in “satisfying people’s need to move” biz!


I haven’t gotten around to a Segway yet. Looked on the website and you can’t even tell how much they cost.

Do people really try and do anything to make stuff easy for commerce?


You’d think these people would be falling over people to sell ANYTHING that a buyer wants.

Sigh! If marketing is a conversation, then these folk have their listening ears closed.

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JOBSEARCH: Fake jobs from supposedly “reputable” firms

There is a new comment on the post “The Skinny on Fake Job Postings”.

Author: American Express fake jobs


American Express is repeatedly posting the same positions month after month. It then says they choose not to fill the position via email.  

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Just about the worst press possible for an employer. Certainly ignore anything from them. Their loss; my time.

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MONEY: Were financial markets EVER “fair”?


Are Financial Markets Still Fair?

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As exchanges let high-speed traders move in, what it means to the little guy.

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What makes anyone think that they have been getting a “fair shake”?

Front running, commissions, fees, hidden incentives to anyone in the money stream, and out and out fraud.

Bullion coins make sense if the “casino” is rigged!

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HARDWARE: Apple’s perfidy continues

Time Capsule torn asunder, no “server grade” hard drive inside
by Victor Agreda, Jr.Jun 25th 2011 at 4:00PM

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Headline says it all. Caveat emptor.

Must be time to move to Linux.

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Jasper Louis S. [MC1957] Petrone mentions Reinke’s blood drive globally

My Life in Key West
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

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I am a Manhattan College graduate. Manhattan men are known as Jaspers. After the founder of the College, Brother Jasper.

Jasper lives some where in New Jersey. He is a bit younger than me, but not my much I suspect.

So a blood drive in Evelyn’s honor has been planned for July 1. It will be at the Micro Waste facility , 5 Industrial Drive, New Brunswick, NJ. From noon to six in the evening.

Telephone 732-565-5880 to sign up. If you give elsewhere, remember to say it is honor of Evelyn Reinke.

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Petrone, Louis S. [MC1957]

[JR: It’s nice that “Key West Lew” used his global blog to mention Frau Reinke. She’d be so embarrassed by any “fuss”. In the grand scale of things, all we can do is try. Just put one foot in front of the other. That she’d insist on. Thanks to my fellow Jasper, Key West Lou.]

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TECHNOLOGY: Diwheel – gravity-defying?

June 14th, 2011 at 11:30 am

The Diwheel – gravity-defying electric vehicle

in: Alternative Transportation, Crazy Stuff, New Inventions, Science & Technology News

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The gravity-defying vehicle has two large wheels that are axially aligned with an inner frame. This holds the driver who is strapped in with a racing harness. A joystick is used to turn it on the spot and drive it forwards at up to 25mph. The bright yellow electric motor is affectionately known as Edward, which is short for Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping.

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I don’t understand “gravity-defying”.

If you do, can you explain it to me?

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FLASH: two American troops killed in Iraq

June 26, 2011 5:23 PM

Two U.S. troops die in Iraq; 11 total this month

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(AP) BAGHDAD — The U.S. military says two American troops have been killed in northern Iraq while conducting operations.

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INTERESTING: I stood up for what I think is right!

Background: To satisfy some idea that maybe I’d like to join the Free State Project (FSP) and move to NH, I went to the FSP’s big event — PORCFEST 2011 (Porcupine Festival — The porcupine is the FSP “mascot”. More like an icon. Inoffensive, but don’t mess with it.). On Friday, at one of the IDOL RANT auditions, I heard the last ranter of the session say some stuff that I found offensive. It was imho a threat to rape an unpopular woman politician. Everyone laughed. Everyone except me and the two folks I was with. The crowd was all much younger than us. Later, when I expressed my concern to my companions, they confirmed my feelings. So … never let it be said that little Johnie Reinke can keep his mouth shut … I decided to RANT about that. Here’s that rant.

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Rant about …

… the FSP / PorcFest / and yday’s rants

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yesterday, my companions said if I do this rant, that I should be able to predict the news tomorrow. “Poor porkfester beaten by enraged ‘non aggression’ festival participants.” But like most Libertarians, I’m used tilting at windmills so here goes.

Previously to PORKfest, I was told that the difference between an anarchist and a libertarian is that the former believes that property is theft, while the latter believes that everything is property. Now, I’m beginning believe, that like the D’s and R’s, there’s no such thing as “libertarian”.

Now technically, this is more an admonishment more than a rant. In the US military, the Mennonite Church, the Quaker & Amish communities, there is the concept of admonishment. I’d call it something between negative applause and complete ostracism.

Yesterday, I attended “Idol Rant” expecting to hear “good stuff”. What I heard somewhat shocked me. I heard some one say more than once that he wanted to forcibly butt fuck Sarah Palin. And, the chair and the audience laffed and applauded this rant. A rant which might even be regarded as a felony. Threatening the violent rape of an ex VP candidate.

I would assert that was IMMORAL. Libertarians are supposed to observe the Zero Aggression Principal. The Big L Libertarian Party left me when they abandoned being the “Party of Principle” and nominated Bob Barr. Yesterday, it was immoral for any Libertarian not to say: “Excuse me, shame shame, we’ll not have any of that here.”

I, as EVERY Libertarian, should defend with my life your right to speak. Even if I disagree with what you are saying with every fiber of my being. Also, we should not condone aggression in thought, word or deed. It’s our principle.

I would further assert that it is BAD Strategy to not treat our philosophical opponents with the respect and courtesy that we would like to receive. FSPers should be aware that yday at least three prospective FSPers were very turned off by the aggression demonstrated by people who supposedly avow their dedication to the Non Aggression Principal.

I would finally assert that it is BAD tactics to talk about a particular woman in a way that we wouldn’t permit someone to say about a woman in our lives. The best way to get in a fight in a bar or on your home street is to insult or threaten your wife, your mother, your girl friend, or your daughter. If I said about your mother what that person said about Sarah, I’d expect to get an admonishment right in the kisser. Smack.

Now, I am no particular fan of Sarah. I don’t like her foreign policy. I’m not sure what her domestic policies are. But I would point out that she, until challenged by the statist media, wore the Alaska flag indicating her support of the Alaska separatist movement and specifically states’ rights. She had Libertarian leanings before running for governor.

She might be approachable and listen to our ideas. Maybe even incorporate them into action. Flies and honey are better than piss and vinegar.

She’s a woman, someone’s wife, someone’s Mom.

• She’s accomplished a lot. She’s overcome a lot. She’s better than most; worse than some.

• She has rights. Among those to be secure in her person. From aggression.

To close, I urge you to consider that maybe we need to do better actioning our beliefs and marketing FSP and little L libertarianism.

And I hope that we can all Agree To Disagree Agreeably. And make the FSP, Porcfest, and Libertarianism live up to the ideals it sets for us.

And to the atheists, Donna Nobis Pacem. But that’s a different rant.

Thanks for listening;

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The “leader” told me I was wrong. That this was “political satire”. That it’s free speech. That “words aren’t aggression”.

Yeah, right.

She used the following example: “if I said to this guy here here, I was going to put a cap in his leg. That’s aggression.” Sounds like words to me.

I must have hit a nerve, because one very young lady, a companion or friend in the group of the fellow who made the comment, got up and ranted that “that wasn’t what was intended and apologized for it”. And, as she left the stage, she offered and shook my hand very gently. Her eyes downcast. Like a reprimanded child. Classy. Maybe there is hope for the younger generation.

Needless to say I didn’t advance from the “auditions” to the “finals”. I never saw any criteria for or a list who did. That decision was the sole decision of the “leader”. I suspect that she would not want a larger audience to know how un-Libertarian they were that day. Maybe the bad funny guy advanced.

Either way, it made up my mind.

I’m no Pastor Martin Niemöller or Franz Jägerstätter. But I am pleased that I stood up for what I think is right.

FSP will surely not miss one fat old white guy injineer. But I wonder how many people this “leader” turns away.


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INSPIRATIONAL: Would you trade me for a xxxxxxxxx who would live longer?”.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
Would You Trade Me?

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I was a teenager when my mother fought cancer. As she lay dying I was understandably upset. She squeezed my hand and pulled me close. She whispered in my ear. “Would you trade me?”. I did not understand the question, so she asked, “Would you trade me for a mother who would live longer?”.

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If you cannot change a bad situation, do not let it define you.

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As Perry Mason would say “Objection. The question assumes facts not yet in evidence.”

Nor would there ever be any evidence.

Can’t rewind the VCR. No redos like Groundhog Day. No way to know.

I can empathize with the question.

The answer is “Of course not”. Because even if you wanted to, you can’t. So why waste your time, attention, and effort to make yourself even more unhappy.

My advice is: “Make a decision and hang on for the ride.”

Mine was a hell of a ride. Too short. But there are no guarantees when you buy your ticket to ride.


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FUN: The Pinocchio Test

The Pinocchio Test

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Where possible, we will adopt the following standard in fact-checking the claims of a politician, political candidate, diplomat or interest group.

One Pinocchio

Some shading of the facts. Selective telling of the truth. Some omissions and exaggerations, but no outright falsehoods.

Two Pinocchios

Significant omissions and/or exaggerations. Some factual error may be involved but not necessarily. A politician can create a false, misleading impression by playing with words and using legalistic language that means little to ordinary people.

Three Pinocchios

Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.

Four Pinocchios


The Geppetto Checkmark

Statements and claims that contain “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” will be recognized with our prized Geppetto checkmark.

Withholding Judgment

There will be many occasions when it is impossible to render a snap judgment because the issue is very complex or there are good arguments on both sides. In this case, we will withhold our judgment until we can gather more facts. We will use this website to shed as much light as possible on factual controversies that are not easily resolved.

All judgments are subject to debate and criticism from our readers and interested parties, and can be revised if fresh evidence emerges. We invite you to join the discussion on these pages and contact the Fact Checker directly with tips, suggestions, and complaints. If you feel that we are being too harsh on one candidate and too soft on another, there is a simple remedy: let us know about misstatements and factual errors we may have overlooked.

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What a great idea!

Wish all the news broadcasts and print media would adopt this methodology.

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Categories FUN

TECHNOLOGY: New top level domains?

ICANN New Open Domain Policy

Posted by: Michael on Mon, Jun 20th, 2011

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Today ICANN voted to change the way we visit websites, they have pretty much allowed for any word to be a generic top-level domain (gTLD) starting in 2012. What is a g? You may know them as .com, .net, .org and .edu. There are currently 22 top level g’s.

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I don’t see a lot of value. Other than TLD<xxx> for porn.

I’m not sure that DNS provides a lot of value for the problems it has and point of failure it introduces.

And, it keeps us from “solving” the identity crisis. How do I find folks on the net and how do I know it the right one? Think Lilly Tomlin as the Telephone Lady: “Is this the party to whom I am speaking?”. Makes as much sense. It’s much worse on Twitter and little better on Facebook.


Why can’t we have phone numbers as a TLD. I thought that was proposed a while ago. Require Google validation of the identity and then you have “identity” solved.

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RANT: Don’t increase the debt ceiling

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Subject: Cap The Debt!

Do NOT raise the debt ceiling.

The simplest way to address the problem is to pressure the 535 to cut spending to where no increase is needed. All other attempts to financial discipline Congress have failed. Don’t raise the ceiling. Period! Magically, I bet the 535 will figure out a solution. If not, you ALL should resign, come home, and let someone else try. Bet everyone who wants to be reelected can figure that out!

Mr. ferdinand reinke

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. Your comments are very important to me, and I wanted to confirm with you that I have received your message. All communications I receive are registered and sorted by my office, and I will try to respond to you as quickly as possible.

If you have contacted me about an individual issue that you are having with a federal or state agency that requires immediate assistance please contact my Newark, NJ office directly at 973-645-3030.


Senator Robert Menendez

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Thank you for your email message. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know your views and concerns about issues facing America. You will be receiving an answer from me soon.

Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you would like to e-mail me again, go to my web site at


Member of Congress

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for contacting me. Your comments are important to me and I wanted to confirm with you that I have received your message.

Please feel free to contact me again should you have additional concerns or if there is any way in which I can be of assistance.

Thank you,


   Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

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Dear Mr. Reinke:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding the federal government’s debt limit. I appreciate hearing from you on this critical issue and having the opportunity to respond.

The statutory debt limit was reached on May 16, 2011. Since then, the Department of the Treasury has been implementing extraordinary measures to temporarily extend its ability to borrow within the limit and postpone a default on the legal obligations of the United States. These extraordinary measures include redeeming existing Treasury securities held as investments in the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund and suspending state and local government treasury securities which are used by these entities to manage their outstanding debt expenses.

The national debt is the total amount of money borrowed in order to fulfill the requirements imposed by current and past Congresses and Presidents, during periods when both Republicans and Democrats were in control of different branches of government. These are legal obligations, and the responsibility for meeting the Nation’s obligations must be shared by both parties.

Increasing the debt limit would not authorize a single penny of new spending, nor would refusing to increase it reduce the obligations that our Nation has already incurred. Failing to raise the debt limit would force the Treasury to default on the legal obligations of the United States and case far more damage to the economy than the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009.

Treasury Secretary Geithner has said the consequences of a default include a substantial tax increase on all Americans, the devaluation of the U.S. dollar, an increase in borrowing costs, a decline in home values, and the potential loss of American jobs, retirement savings and economic security. Additionally, if the debt limit is not increased, payments on a broad range of benefits and U.S. obligations such as military salaries and veterans, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and retirement benefits would be discontinued, limited or adversely affected.

I share your desire to see our country headed down a more sustainable fiscal path, and I am committed to making the tough choices that will reduce the gap between our commitments and our resources. I believe that reducing our deficit will require a balanced approach to spending cuts; reforming tax policies, such as closing corporate tax breaks that allow oil companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes; and controlling health care costs. As your federal representative, I take very seriously my responsibility to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to enact sound fiscal policy that that invests in our future and protects the economic security our nation’s children.

Again, thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts on this important matter. Rest assured that I will keep your views in mind. I invite you to visit my website ( to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.

/s Menendez s/

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Excuse me.

“Failing to raise the debt limit would force the Treasury to default …”

“barbara streisand”!

Pay the debt service. Then, the troops. Then, the seniors. Figure out a list of priorities, pay those until the money runs out. Then, oh well. Too bad. Soo sad.


Fiscal discipline the hard way.

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(To be updated when I hear from the other two bozos.)

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POLITICAL: The auto industry bailout

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2011
President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout
By Glenn Kessler

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It will be up to historians to decide what the best solution would have been for taxpayers and the auto industry. We can understand why the president wants to portray himself as making a lonely and tough decision. But the debate was not either/or, bur rather what was the best policy to bring the automakers back to financial health.

The Pinocchio Test

The president is straining too hard. If the auto industry bailout is really a success, there should be no need to resort to trumped-up rhetoric and phony accounting to make your case. Let the facts speak for themselves.

Three Pinocchios

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Robbing the bondholders to enrich the labor unions.

Hard to see how this was a “best solution”?

Every politician and bureaucrat, who had a hand in it, should be in jail!

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POLITICAL: End the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” now

Call Off the Global Drug War
Published: June 16, 2011

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Drug policies here are more punitive and counterproductive than in other democracies, and have brought about an explosion in prison populations. At the end of 1980, just before I left office, 500,000 people were incarcerated in America; at the end of 2009 the number was nearly 2.3 million. There are 743 people in prison for every 100,000 Americans, a higher portion than in any other country and seven times as great as in Europe. Some 7.2 million people are either in prison or on probation or parole — more than 3 percent of all American adults!

Some of this increase has been caused by mandatory minimum sentencing and “three strikes you’re out” laws. But about three-quarters of new admissions to state prisons are for nonviolent crimes. And the single greatest cause of prison population growth has been the war on drugs, with the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses increasing more than twelvefold since 1980.

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Let’s start ending all these dumb supposed “wars”!

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TECHNOLOGY: Roadblock to the maturation of the information economy; it’s Gooferment

TOPIC: History
TUESDAY, JUN 14, 2011 07:01 ET
We need a New Deal for information technology

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America’s attention is focused on the faltering recovery from the Great Recession. But we cannot neglect another question: Where are we in the long-term technology cycle?

In the mid-20th cenIn the mid-20th century, the economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that technological innovation is not a continuous process, but tends to be concentrated in bursts of economy-transforming change. Within the industrial epoch that began in Britain in the 18th century and continues today, historians have discerned three or four or five successive industrial revolutions, driven by “general purpose technologies” like the steam engine, electricity, automobiles and airplanes, and information technology.

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The evolution of a transformative technology can be retarded or accelerated by public policy. In particular, government policy can remove roadblocks on the path to the new technology’s implementation. These can take two forms: infrastructural roadblocks and social roadblocks.

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Today’s universities and hospitals are the equivalents of neighborhoods hosting numerous individual blacksmiths working independently. They need to be replaced by higher education factories and health (not sickness) factories. Tasks done today by a few highly paid, credentialed elite professionals and an army of low-paid lecturers and health aides should be broken down, analyzed and reassigned to the moderately paid, middle-class Ed workers and Med workers of tomorrow. This may require a combination of capital deepening (the use of new technology) and deskilling (a moderately educated, moderately paid nurse with high-tech equipment may be a better diagnostician than today’s highly educated, richly remunerated M.D.)

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Finally, we can promote “universal capitalism” by increasing ownership of income-generating assets, like shares in growing corporations, although the disastrous experience with 401K’s shows that any such programs must limit risk. Some combination of these reforms will probably be necessary to remove low wages as a social roadblock to the maturation of the information economy.

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Michael Lind is Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation and is the author of “The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution.” More: Michael Lind

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The last thing we need is more Gooferment.

Part of the reason for the mess that “we” are in is the continued interference by Gooferment into the “free market”.

And, he wants the Gooferment to lead us into the “Promised Land”.

My personal connection with the Gooferment and “technology” is my cousin, who was a happy elevator operator, and me at AT&T. The elevator operator was thrown out of work by the minimum wage law. I was a casualty, along with Bell Labs and a lot of good folks, by Judge Green and divestiture.

Without Gooferment, people would just lead their lives. Instead, the “plantation masters” use Gooferment force to channel us like the cows in the stockyards.


No thanks.

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Our Girl took special delight in telling the tale of “the dolls”. When she was growing up, she shared a bedroom with her much (much, her words, not mine) older sister. During the winter, she liked the window open for fresh air. (I can vouch for that. There was only one time when the window had to be closed. You can guess when that was. Noise might travel.)

Her sister liked to arrange her doll on the windowsill. When Our Girl wanted the window open, she’d open it. Gravity might take over. And the dolls would be in the alley. Jack would retrieve them and Peg would administer ‘discipline’. When Our Girl was particularly POed, she’d just hide the dolls, open the window, and let the fun begin. Jack would search … unfruitfully. Peg would ‘discipline’ doubly. And, Our Girl enjoyed every minute of it.

I swear she got a bigger kick out of telling that story than doing the ‘evil deed’.

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FUN: No, it’s not an adventure, it’s a mistake!

Memorable quotes for “How I Met Your Mother” Milk (2006)

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Ted: No, it’s not an adventure, it’s a mistake!

Lily: OK, yes it’s a mistake. I know it’s a mistake, but there are certain things in life where you know it’s a mistake but you don’t really know it’s a mistake because the only way to really know it’s a mistake is to make the mistake and look back and say ‘yep, that was a mistake.’ So really, the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake, because then you’d go your whole life not knowing if something is a mistake or not. And dammit, I’ve made no mistakes! I’ve done all of this; my life, my relationship, my career, mistake-free. Does any of this make sense to you?

Ted: I dunno, you said mistake a lot.

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When you wake up from a four decade dream, you ask: “Was it a mistake?”.

Did I steal a life time of joy and stuff all 8 decades of joy into 4?

No mistake.

A mistake is putting ketchup on your hot dog or mustard on your hamburger. (There are some acts that are just unnatural!)

Unfortunately, life has no VCR. Can’t rewind it and do it over. Like the movie Groundhog Day, with Bull Murray figuring out how to win the girl’s heart.

Sometimes the Universe sets it up for you. Sometimes you have to make it rain?

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Categories FUN

RANT: Education ROI

Sending Your Kid Off to College?
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2011
Calculate the return on your investment before picking a school

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If your daughter wants to major in education at Brown University, she needs to know that the mid-career median pay for people with a degree in education is $54,900, according to — just $2,570 more than one year of tuition, fees, and room and board at Brown. With a starting salary of $35,100, she’ll have to work more than six years just to make back the $220,000 she’s likely to spend on that education, not to mention the income she lost while pursuing her education.

Compare that with a major in chemical engineering at Brown. The starting salary is $64,800 and the midcareer median pay is $108,000. It will take about 3.5 years of work to equal the cost of tuition. By comparison, Penn State’s degree costs $160,000 and thus takes fewer than 2.5 years of work. When you do the math with your child, you both may avoid overspending on a degree.

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ROI on college has to be shopped for. My alma mater, Manhattan College ( is in the top 100 on any list I’ve seen. Never seen it higher than #13. As with most stats, the devil is in the details. The children are going to have hard lives. imho. And, also imho, the Gooferment Skrules are not giving them the dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom) or the sppe (i.e., skills, policies, procedures, experiences) to succeed in the future. I bet that most parents have bigger problems on their minds. Unfortunately, if the parents don’t “enrich” their children’s education, then they won’t be happy with the outcome.

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MONEY: THE gold standard; the only standard

What the Gold Standard Is
courtesy The Lehrman Institute

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The classical gold standard is simple and it works.

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The classical gold standard does not mean that we will be carting around gold pieces in a purse like the nobles of Merrie Old England. We will still carry around currency, use bank accounts, checks, and credit cards. The classical gold standard simply means that you can, for any reason or no reason at all, cause your paper dollars and bank deposits to be exchanged for an equal value of gold dollars. That legal option keeps the currency honest, and valuable, causing no long term inflation or deflation, not least because the government is bound by the same law of convertability.

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The classical gold standard works.

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I don’t know might be kinda have gold coins like our great grandparents used.

The key thing that the “gold standard” IS is a restraint on the number of “dollars”, francs, yen, or rubles that the Gooferments can print.

Then, every piece of paper has value. Not as intrinsic as a gold coin, but by what it can be exchanged for.


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POLITICAL: Marriage; Gooferment MYOB

Privatize Marriage Now
Reviewed by Ryan McMaken

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The state hates it when property changes hands without being taxed and regulated, so the state set its sights on marriage centuries ago. Over time civil governments inserted themselves more and more into the religious institutions of marriage. This was helped along by the Reformation and by defenders of government-controlled marriage like King Henry VIII of England. As nation-states consolidated their monopolies on all law and over all institutions in society, the state finally displaced religious institutions as the final arbiter on marriage.

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What they should be arguing for is the removal of civil governments from the marriage bond altogether. Couples who wish to marry should approach their religious authorities about it. Then, if they wish they can join into some kind of civil union, which is just a contract. People who wish to have a civil union but no marriage may enter into that arrangement, and those who wish for a marriage with no civil union should be able to do that as well. Marriage, properly understood, should be considered off limits from government meddling. People are welcome to contract, but if the “defenders” of marriage had done their jobs right, there would be no confusion today about what is marriage and what is a government-approved contractual union.

Unfortunately, though, when Conservatives and Christian Right types bemoan the loss of so-called “traditional” marriage yet agitate for more government control of the institution, they really have only themselves to blame since they’re therefore accepting the proposition that government has the legitimate authority to regulate and control marriage. The power to regulate marriage is the power to destroy it.

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How could we let Gooferment take over and run our lives?

And, by pushing the Church out of marriage, we weaken the one institution that can make marriages stronger. Just as true charity requires a personal involvement, so to any marriage would be bolstered by a Church community.


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At the heart of it all, predictably, is the urge to control the lives of others. White people might marry black people! Horror of horrors. Therefore, the state must get involved. No doubt these arguments in favor of more government meddling were made with an overlying patina of “freedom.” Just as the modern anti-immigration crowd today argues that we must destroy freedom in order to save it, the old racist proponents of government marriage likely argued that we must abolish freedom in marriage or the “Negro agitatuhs” and their dusky-skinned allies will destroy freedom. Conservative “logic” at its best.

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