POLITICAL: Cuomo creates a catch 22?

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Alec March interviews Sunetra Gupta . A slice: ‘It’s quite curious how much has been invested in this performance of social distancing and mask wearing,’ she volunteers. ‘A culture has been created of virtue signalling and shaming and this culture is adopted by the academics, clearly.

Source: Some Covid Links

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The governor, a self-declared foe of government incompetence, also presented medical providers with the vaccine edition of Sophie’s Choice. Earlier this month, he announced that hospitals that failed to use all of their vaccines would face up to a $100,000 fine; those thatvaccinated anyone out of the state-approved order of operations would face up to a $1 million fine. The kicker: Cuomo created a rigorous hierarchy of who was allowed to receive the vaccine at what point, meaning hospitals had no choice but to throw away expiring doses instead of finding willing vaccine recipients. Better to lose $100,000 than $1 million, I guess.

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Seems like Cuomo is a villanous politicians!

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TINFOILHAT: CDC Scientist: ‘We scheduled meeting to destroy vaccine-autism study documents’ | Sharyl Attkisson

Despite this whistleblower testimony, which Dr. Thompson provided to Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, there is little chance of a meaningful hearing or investigation. In an untainted news environment, the allegations would make headlines in most legitimate publications and would trigger federal inquiries. However, the interests of the powerful pharmaceutical industry reach deeply into Congress and the news media through lobbyists, propaganda and advertising dollars. “The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.” –CDC Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson

CDC Scientist: ‘We scheduled meeting to destroy vaccine-autism study documents’ | Sharyl Attkisson

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Clearly, from a reliable source, and the Gooferment revealing expose, there is a legitimate concern.

An ‘increased risk’ to minority males should be explored and explained.

It certainly gives credence to the skeptics who have been ridiculed as cranks!

Why should we believe ANYTHING the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats claim is safe? Seems reasonable to assume the opposite.

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URGENT: Toddler bleeds to death after swallowing button battery that burned through organs in North Carolina | Daily Mail Online

The couple are sharing Johnathan’s story so that no other family goes through what they have. Jackie said: ‘I just want to make every parent aware of the dangers and make people realise just how many devices have these batteries all over your home. ‘In this case, the back of the remote slides right off, it wasn’t screwed down. ‘After this happened we started doing research into it, something as simple as putting duct tape over the back of the remote could have stopped this. ‘Duct tape is hard for adults to get off, a two-year-old is not going to be able to open it. ‘I can’t bring back Johnathan, but if there is anything I can do to make more parents search through their homes, then that’s something.’

Toddler bleeds to death after swallowing button battery that burned through organs in North Carolina | Daily Mail Online

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As much as those little screws over battery covers are a giant PIA, I’ll be duct taping any battery cover without one.

And, I’ll be notifying the manufacturer also.

I figure that duct taping over a ziplock bag is another approach.

As is, using my vacuum sealer, to keep those batteries “in”!

I realize that the AA and AAA are less risk than the “button batteries”, but better safe than sorry.

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ECONOMICS: Thought Experiments About the Minimum Wage

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Here’s a letter to a high-school senior in Wisconsin who (I boast) reads Café Hayek: Mr. S___: Thanks for your e-mail. I share your negative opinion of Pres. Biden’s proposal to more than double the national minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Source: Thought Experiments About the Minimum Wage

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I’m sure that many of your classmates earn income by doing odd-jobs such as babysitting, mowing lawns, and shoveling snow. So ask them what they think would happen if government forced them to double the amounts that they charge to do these jobs. Do your classmates think that parents with young children will continue to hire as many hours of babysitting at (say) $30 per hour as they hire at $15 per hour? Will homeowners’ willingness to hire neighborhood kids to mow lawns be unchanged if the price of getting a lawn mown is forced up from (say) $25 to $50? Will neighbors be just as willing to pay (say) $40 to have snow shoveled off of their driveways as they are when they must pay only $20?

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Here’s another thought experiment.

We know that few heads of households (I believe less that 1%) earn on the minimum wage.

Soooooo.

Cui bono.

It’s a well known fact that when you increase the bottom of the pay scale all the level on top of that pay grade have to go up too.

So it’s union workers, politicians, and bureaucrats that make out the best.  Obviously, the taxpayers are much worse off, as well as a consumers, as price increases ripple thru the economy.

Argh!

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25 Top Accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump | Sharyl Attkisson

25 Top accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump Executive order enacted Jan. 1, 2021 requiring hospitals to provide medical prices to patients upfront so they can shop around. 2. Reversing the ascent of the Islamic extremist terrorist group ISIS. 3. “Most Favored Nation” executive order so that the U.S. (through Medicare) would pay no more for a drug than what’s offered to foreign countries, saving the U.S. an estimated “$85 billion in savings over seven years and $30 billion in out-of-pocket costs.” 4. Moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to the capital of Jerusalem. 5. Building more than 450 miles of new and replacement border wall. 6. Leading U.S. to a level of energy independence (exporting more oil than importing for the first time in 70 years), allowing international policy decisions to be made with less regard to how an oil nation we once relied on would respond. 7. No new wars. 8. Drastic reduction in regulations, opening the door for entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed, expand, and hire more people. According to the Trump administration, they promised to eliminate two regulations for every new one, but actually wound up eliminating 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted, equating into an extra $3,100 a year for the average American household. 9. Expanding Republican reach among African Americans and other constituents who traditionally lean Democrat.   10. Cutting taxes in an initiative that benefitted every tax bracket. 11. Doubled the child tax credit. 12. Operation Warp Speed: accelerated development of coronavirus vaccines. 13. Eliminated the Obamacare penalty. 14. A series of trade agreements and changes seen as beneficial to Americans, including replacing NAFTA with USMCA. 15. Instead of 2-for-1, we eliminated 8 old regulations for every 1 new regulation adopted. 16. Provided the average American household an extra $3,100 every year. 17. Started the Space Force. 18. Instituted “Right to Try,” allowing terminally ill patients to use potentially lifesaving, unproven treatments. 19. Prioritized and made permanent funding for historically black colleges. 20. Brokered peace deals or normalization agreements between Israel and five Muslim and Arab-Muslim countries. 21. Banned the teaching of “Critical Race Theory” in the federal government. 22. Withdrew from Iran nuclear deal. 23. Withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord. 24. Instituted a Buy American policy within federal agencies. 25. Achieved a $400 billion increase in contributions by NATO allies by 2024 with the number of members meeting their minimum obligations doubling.

25 Top Accomplishments of President Donald J. Trump | Sharyl Attkisson

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Some good accomplishments.

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Fort Worth Regulators Target Community Fridges Providing Free Food for People in Need – Reason.com

That city’s community fridge project was started by Kendra Richardson, a local high school teacher and activist, Eater’s Brittanie Shey reported in September. Richardson’s successful Funky Town Fridge project soon added two more community fridges. But, as Shey reported last week, the Funky Town Fridge project is in jeopardy now thanks to a perfect storm of inane (and inanely applied) state and local laws. After allowing her to operate for months, Fort Worth officials informed Richardson that the community fridges violate what Shey rightly terms “an obscure, archaic law, passed in 1964, that is meant to prevent children from becoming stuck in airtight appliances.”

Fort Worth Regulators Target Community Fridges Providing Free Food for People in Need – Reason.com

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While I can see how this MIGHT become an “attractive nuisance”, perhaps it’s embarrassing to the politicians and bureaucrats!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: After bitter election, GOP newcomer to focus on election integrity in first term | Just The News

Freshman Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the youngest representative in the House in over five decades, says he will be focusing in part on nationwide election integrity in the wake of the bitter and divisive 2020 election season.  Cawthorn, who represents North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, told Just the News that he wants to expand Congress’s investigations into election security beyond the ongoing allegations of voter irregularities that have circulated around the 2020 vote.  “We’re going to be making the law very clear on what you can do when you contest an election, and how you can do it,” he said, adding that he will also support inquiries into early voting practices, which have formed an increasingly larger share of the vote in recent years. Over 100 million Americans cast early votes in the 2020 election, with about 2/3 of those coming via mail-in ballots. 

After bitter election, GOP newcomer to focus on election integrity in first term | Just The News

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Sounds like a great idea, EXCEPT I doubt the established politicians and bureaucrats will let it happen.

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Massive Bengal tiger tries to rip bumper off Indian safari Jeep | Daily Mail Online

Easy tiger! Moment massive Bengal big cat tries to rip the bumper off Indian safari Jeep and even drags the 1.8 tonne vehicle backwards

Massive Bengal tiger tries to rip bumper off Indian safari Jeep | Daily Mail Online

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And new underwear for all!

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The Reason for Ron Paul’s Suspension from Facebook Is Revealed, and It’s Frightening

Those who continue to argue that the social media companies are purely private ventures acting independent of US government interests are ignoring reality. The corporatist merger of “private” US social media companies with US government foreign policy goals has a long history and is deeply steeped in the hyper-interventionism of the Obama/Biden era. “Big Tech” long ago partnered with the Obama/Biden/Clinton State Department to lend their tools to US “soft power” goals overseas. Whether it was ongoing regime change attempts against Iran, the 2009 coup in Honduras, the disastrous US-led coup in Ukraine, “Arab Spring,” the destruction of Syria and Libya, and so many more, the big US tech firms were happy to partner up with the State Department and US intelligence to provide the tools to empower those the US wanted to seize power and to silence those out of favor. In short, US government elites have been partnering with “Big Tech” overseas for years to decide who has the right to speak and who must be silenced. What has changed now is that this deployment of “soft power” in the service of Washington’s hard power has come home to roost.

The Reason for Ron Paul’s Suspension from Facebook Is Revealed, and It’s Frightening

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Free Ron Paul from from Facebook “jail”!

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INTERESTING: Do your own demonstration

Think masks are a good policy?

I was standing outside the daycare the other morning. It was cold. I was wearing my mask as they require. Standing close to the door to let them know we were there, I notice the door fogging up from my breath.

So if Covid spreads by your breath’s droplets, then masks don’t stop anything.

As @tomwoods says, masks are a religion.

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TINFOILHAT: Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag – LewRockwell

Wednesday night Capitol Hill violence was likely orchestrated to elevate Biden/Harris to power by ending the Trump-led GOP challenge. It had earmarks of a well-planned false flag by US dark forces. It appears that hostile-to-Trump elements infiltrated largely nonviolent Trump protesters. They got access to Capitol Hill after police and federal law enforcers opened barricades surrounding it, letting them storm the building to commit violence.  Wrongfully blaming Trump for what happened got him to pledge a smooth transition to Biden/Harris on January 20 — ending his hope for a second term. It also intimidated most Republicans to go along with what came off with military precision by a superior force against an easily overwhelmed weak one. Inside Capitol Hill, guards led hostile-to-Trump elements to designated areas. Instead of preventing violence, Capitol Hill security facilitated it in what appears to have been the climax to a homeland color revolution to end Trump’s election challenge by violently quashing it.

Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag – LewRockwell

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Was the incident in DC a false flag?

Certainly possible.

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Snakes climb poles using terrifying, newly found ‘lasso’ technique – CNET

“Initially, the baffle did work, for the most part,”  Tom Seibert, a Colorado State University emeritus wildlife biology professor, said in a statement. “Then all of a sudden, we saw this snake form what looked like a lasso around the cylinder and wiggle its body up. We watched that part of the video about 15 times. It was a shocker. Nothing I’d ever seen compares to it.”

Snakes climb poles using terrifying, newly found ‘lasso’ technique – CNET

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“Nature” is amazing!

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NY Post: Big Tech’s assault on Parler proves it’s gone full cartel

History shows that cartels do not survive without protection from governments. (From The New York Post) This is looking more like a cabal supporting each other — at the least, uniting to enforce a common political orthodoxy. A similar argument goes: If you don’t like how Facebook or Twitter enforces its rules, go build your own alternative.

Source: NY Post: Big Tech’s assault on Parler proves it’s gone full cartel

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Let see what the new administration does?

(Any sucker money bets on “nothing”?)

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SECURITY: ESS voting machine company sends threats

Well, let me explain it for you. The ExpressVote XL, if hacked, can add, delete, or change votes on individual ballots — and no voting machine is immune from hacking. That’s why optical-scan voting machines are the way to go, because they can’t change what’s printed on the ballot. And let me explain some more: The ExpressVote XL, if adopted, will deteriorate our security and our ability to have confidence in our elections, and indeed it is a bad voting machine. And expensive, too!

ESS voting machine company sends threats

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Seems very simple to me that we need more checks and balances. It’s not a “Conspiracy Theory”, but a realization that the “methods & procedures” REQUIRE one system to mark and different system to count.

Argh!

(IMHO both parties want an insecure system so they can cheat.)

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Negative consequences of this unchecked spending

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet George Will rightly condemns Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for playing leading roles in unleashing Wednesday’s mob on Capitol Hill . A slice: The Trump-Hawley-Cruz insurrection against constitutional government will be an indelible stain on the nation.

Source: Some Non-Covid Links

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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy has some wishes for the New Year. A slice:

The negative consequences of this unchecked spending will be huge. The Congressional Budget Office, for instance, warned that an extension of unemployment bonuses and benefits creates disincentives to work and a slowdown of the economy. This extra spending also produces an ungodly level of debt, which academic research shows will ultimately slow economic growth. This means that future generations will both live in a slower-growth environment and face higher taxes to pay for today’s obscene spending. And this doesn’t even address the cultural distortions created by programs designed to pay people not to work.

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So get ready for more disincentives, higher taxes, and higher inflation.

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INSPIRATIONAL: One man competes with sex traffickers

https://whowhatwhy.org/2021/01/09/ex-monk-takes-on-the-thai-sex-mafia/

JANUARY 9, 2021 | EDWARD GIRARDET
EX-MONK TAKES ON THE THAI SEX MAFIA

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We have selected Hartanto Gunawan as one of our Global Genevans. These are inspired individuals whose work or legacies represent key issues ranging from human rights and humanitarian concern to health and climate change as embodied by the worldwide “international Geneva” community. Photo credit: Global Geneva

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Hartanto now lives and works out of Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, an early 19th century Buddhist enclave from the reign of Rama II, which is located in the Thong Buri district of Bangkok. Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this is where in 2007 Hartanto established the Wat Arun Rajvararam Community Learning Centre (CLC) to train teenage high school graduates as nurse assistants. The one-year course is aimed at susceptible girls from poor families, but also orphans, who are the ones most likely to be taken by the traffickers.

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Hope he becomes even more successful in his mission.

Wish there was a way to contribute to his efforts.

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LIBERTARIAN: For those looking for a new political party to call home … …

https://my.lp.org/contribute/join/

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As Libertarians, we often talk about the need to break up the system and fix what is broken in government, but never would we say the way to do that is to support a bombastic megalomaniac who refuses to accept that he lost an election. What good are principles of peace, self-government, non-aggression, and mutual respect if we attempt to institute them through anger, violence, and an authoritarian autocrat? 

We are against the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals, which is what Trump incited that mob to try to do Wednesday. There are real grievances out there to engage, that Trump and others have obviously exploited for their own benefit.

Libertarians know better than most how pervasive corruption is in the system. Of course our elections are a sham — the intensely polarized ruling class our forefathers warned us about has created a corrupt establishment that keeps all but the most connected, most wealthy, and generally the most extreme candidates from gaining traction. However, none of those extremist Trump supporters, fueled by his dangerous rhetoric over the last four years, are up in arms that the Libertarian presidential nominee was forbidden from the debate stage (despite winning ballot access in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam). They are mad instead that their candidate lost — and they sought to use destruction of property and violence to get their way.

Members of the Libertarian Party sign an oath not to initiate the use of violence or force to enact our political or social will on others. We understand that we must fight the system strategically and not brutally. Just as we opposed the destruction caused by rioters around the country last summer in the name of virtuous causes, we adamantly oppose this use of force to usurp an election of the people, by the people, and for the people. 

Over the last few days, many members of the Republican Party have reached out to inquire about a new political home — their numbers will no doubt continue to grow in the coming days and weeks.

The Libertarian Party is here.

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Welcome to all who want peace.

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Twelve Benefits to New Hampshire Independence

Originally published on The Liberty Block , the following is a guest post by Alu Axleman, which represents the personal opinions of the author, and not necessarily that of the Foundation. If New Hampshire were to leave the union and no longer be one of the ‘ Divided States ‘ of America, would our state be better off?

Source: Twelve Benefits to New Hampshire Independence

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This is a nice list of the benefits of secession!

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TINFOILHAT: Voter irregularities, mathematical improbabilities, questionable extensions of ballot deadlines and unsolicited ballots needs to be addressed

https://buff.ly/39dkNdd

Right-Wing Conspiracy ‘Insane’ — Left-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Not So Much

“So many Americans know nothing about the legal challenges that raise questions about voter irregularities, mathematical improbabilities, questionable extensions of ballot deadlines and unsolicited ballots apparently illegally sent in Michigan, among other factual and legal issues raised.” — Larry Elder

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One can only hope, that like the JFK/Nixon steal, eventually the truth will come out.

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‘It’s Easy Money’: Nigerian Scammer Laughs about Huge Sums Stolen from COVID Welfare Programs in Bombshell Interview – Foundation for Economic Education

Government bureaucrats were caught flat-footed, and the flood of money being rushed out the door in the name of emergency meant more vulnerabilities than ever. It took many states more than six months to add verification requirements and partially stem the flow. Just to use one state as an example, Washington state usually identifies a few dozen fraudsters in a year—now, it has identified more than 122,000 since March.

‘It’s Easy Money’: Nigerian Scammer Laughs about Huge Sums Stolen from COVID Welfare Programs in Bombshell Interview – Foundation for Economic Education

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So besides it being a “bad” policy (i.e., sets up a counter productive incentive), it was “wasteful” (i.e., more went to fraud then went to real people).

Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

So this result shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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POLITICAL: Here’s the opening of the floodgates!

https://www.newsmax.com/politics/pelosi-house-rules-republicans/2021/01/06/id/1004462/

Pelosi Changes House Rules to Squelch Republicans

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
By Brian Freeman    |   Wednesday, 06 January 2021 09:38 AM

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That change was not the only damage done by the Democrats, according to the Review-Journal, as Democrats also essentially eliminated a requirement that legislation which boosts the deficit be offset with cuts elsewhere.

Although the previous rule was clearly not working, since the deficit was booming regardless of which party was in control of the House, “the symbolism here is obvious and will allow Democrats to offer budget-busting legislation on a wide array of dangerous progressive priorities without concern for the long-term fiscal ramifications,” the editorial stated.

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INNOVATION: Negative Leap Seconds?

https://nypost.com/2021/01/05/atomic-clock-scientists-suggest-subtracting-a-second-from-minute/

Atomic clock scientists suggest shortening minute to 59 seconds
By Hannah Sparks
January 5, 2021

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Nevertheless, Earth slows down for no one. In fact, according to global time officials, it’s speeding up, prompting suggestions to shorten the minute by a second, the Telegraph reported.

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Who would think that “time” is not a physical constant like Ππ Pi, ΕεEpsilon, or any of the many other ‘constants’?

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