GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Managing a Disaster, by Walter E.Williams

in a disaster, we want people to economize their use of goods and services and we want suppliers of these goods and services to produce more. Rising prices encourage these actions. Anti-price gouging laws stymy those incentives and create the pretense that a disaster does not exist.

Source: Managing a Disaster, by Walter E.Williams | Creators Syndicate

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Once again, the various levels of Gooferment can’t “manage a disaster” by eliminating “price gouging”!

The higher prices force economical acquisition and encourage increase supply.  The more the “gouging” the greater the incentives.

I was at the grocery store today and there was no paper towels available at the $1.79 price as tagged on the shelf.  Now if the store had raised its price to $17.99, then I’d bet there would have been “plenty” there.

I read somewhere that Walmart was selling canned corn on a special sale for 50¢ per can and couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.  When they went back to the “normal” price of 79¢ per can, there was no problem.  Such was the price sensitivity. A 60% rise eliminated “hoarding”!

When will the politicians and bureaucrats ever learn?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Trump Gave 100 Million Virtual Care Access with Telehealth

Clint Phillips, the CEO of telehealth company Medici, told Breitbart News Saturday that President Donald Trump’s telehealth reform has given 100 million Americans access to virtual care.

The Trump administration expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a broader range of healthcare services from their doctors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a waiver that temporarily pays clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries. Medicaid recipients could receive access to the plan if a state government would approve the reform.

Source: Phillips: Trump Gave 100 Million Virtual Care Access with Telehealth

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It would seem that this change will never be rolled back.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Lavallette Closes Beaches and Boardwalk, Bans Rentals Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak | Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

Additionally, the order prohibits the rental of “homes, apartments, condominiums, studios or other residential units” through Airbnb and other online rental marketplaces.

Source: Lavallette Closes Beaches and Boardwalk, Bans Rentals Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak | Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

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Who’s property is it?  The property owner’s or the municipal Gooferment’s!

What gives them the right to do this?

Isn’t this a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment?


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Pentagon Warns They Aren't Set Up to Fight Coronavirus – News From

With many politicians long seeing the military as an all-purpose problem solver with a bottomless budget, it is unsurprising that the outbreak of coronavirus has many, particularly high-ranking Democrats, angling for a declaration of war and an outright militarization of the domestic issue.

“I would call out the military now,” Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said on Sunday. He said it’s an emergency and the US needs to treat it like a war. He suggested that the military could provide a “surge” for US hospitals, building more beds and tents that are secure. “We’re at war with the virus,” Biden added.

– By  Jason Ditz

Source: Pentagon Warns They Aren’t Set Up to Fight Coronavirus – News From

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It seems to be ludicrous to expect the military (mission = kill people and destroy things) to be able to do humanitarian tasks.

They maybe able to do some tasks (i.e., deploy a MASH unit; bury bodies in a mass grave; physically secure a perimeter — people may get shot), but that is NOT their area of expertise or operation.  Not that they wouldn’t want to help.  They are just not trained for that.

It seems that politicians and bureaucrats are delusional to thing that you can “drive screws with a hammer or pound nails with a screwdriver”.  But that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
— Theodore Roosevelt

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why, Oh Why, Is Daylight Savings Time Still a Thing? | The Mary Sue

Marco Rubio of all people has proposed a bill to make DST permanent and “lock the clock,” but as with most things in Congress, it’s stalled.But it shouldn’t be. Making DST permanent might be one of the few things both sides of the aisle can agree on, so here’s hoping that the bill gets more attention and movement as we go back to daylight savings time this weekend. Hopefully, we won’t have to fall back again.

Source: Why, Oh Why, Is Daylight Savings Time Still a Thing? | The Mary Sue

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I don’t understand why we don’t just use GMT all the time everywhere.  It would simplify everything everywhere.

Now there will be some “adaption” to different labels (i.e., “9 to 5” may become “14 to 20”) but who cares.

The military has been using ZULU for forever.

Separate the Gooferment from the Clock.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: New FAA drone rule is a giant middle finger to aviation hobbyists | Ars Technica

In many cases, it may not even be possible for people to upgrade their existing aircraft to the new standard. The FAA rule states that a compliant drone needs to have a serial number that was issued by the device’s manufacturer in compliance with the new rules. Yet many RC aircraft are built by small companies who never intended to get into the commercial drone business. They might not have the technical resources to comply with the new standards or the legal resources to get FAA approval.

Source: New FAA drone rule is a giant middle finger to aviation hobbyists | Ars Technica

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Sorry, but Gooferment is stupid too.

And, intrusive and overreaching.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers’ Fortresses

When Apple’s App Store launched in 2008, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in computing, a “curated experience” that would transform the chaos of locating and assessing software and replace it with a reliable one-stop-shop where every app would come pre-tested and with a trusted seal of approval.

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Legislation to stem the tide of Big Tech companies’ abuses, and laws—such as a national consumer privacy bill, an interoperability bill, or a bill making firms liable for data-breaches—would go a long way toward improving the lives of the Internet users held hostage inside the companies’ walled gardens.

But far more important than fixing Big Tech is fixing the Internet: restoring the kind of dynamism that made tech firms responsive to their users for fear of losing them, restoring the dynamic that let tinkerers, co-ops, and nonprofits give every person the power of technological self-determination.

Source: Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers’ Fortresses

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Since the Gooferment has stuck its “camel like” nose into the tent, it screwed up the emerging internet with invisible legal lines.

Until the politicians and bureaucrats fix their “mistake”, innovation will be controlled by Big Tech.


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