RANT: “Death Panel” thinking



Forget Glee Club and Football – This High School Has a Death Panel!
By Kimberly Paxton
The Daily Sheeple
October 12, 2013

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Critics of the public school system will be pleased to know that St. Joseph-Ogden High School in Illinois is preparing kids for the future by teaching them practical skills.

That’s right – 15 and 16 year olds just had an assignment on how to distribute limited medical resources amongst a small sampling of the population. They got to pick who deserves to live and who deserves to die.

The lesson involves 10 people who are in desperate need of kidney dialysis.

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“The assignment you are referring to is not a “Death Panel” assignment.  The assignment is one in the sociology unit of our Introduction To Social Studies class.  The purpose of the assignment is to educate students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race, gender, etc.  The teacher’s goal is to educate students in the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed.  The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved to participate in the classroom discussion, and to open their minds to the fact that they themselves have their own social biases.  The assignment has nothing to do with a “Death Panel.”

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Sure, surem sure.

Doesn’t look that way to me.

Implicit in the exercise is that the “student” has a moral imperative to make such decisions.

Or that, in fact, such decisions are made in our society.

Having known an older person undergoing dialysis, the free market, that wonder engine of chaotic order, has no such 6/10 shortage. 

It’s a limitation that doesn’t exist in the real world.

A while ago, more than a decade, I saw a brand new HUGE dialysis center by the airport. Far larger than would be needed by the small number of relatively healthy natives. I was curious so I called them talked to the Director. (Astonishingly he answer his own phone that was publicly listed.) He told me that it was built by the community with support from the hotels FOR TOURISTS who needed dialysis while they were on vacation. They accepted Medicare, all insurances, and cash. The “cash rate” was about a third of what my relative paid in NYC. And the fellow was very apologetic that the “cash price” was so high but all the critical supplies had to be airlifted in due to expiration dates.

I was floored.

So, let’s put “WalMart” in charge of everything. (WalMart is my metaphor for a truly free market.)


So hospital with only capacity for 6 could put on a second shift for capacity of 12. Now we just have to figure out how to pay for it. How about a “Bake Sale”? Wanna bet if our society can sell naming rights of stadiums, our second shift’s name can be sold. 

I think “Reinke’s Ranters” has a nice ring to it.

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“Why do you allow these men who are in power to rob you step by step, openly and in secret, of one domain of your rights after another, until one day nothing, nothing at all will be left but a mechanised state system presided over by criminals and drunks?” –  Die Weisse Rose (The White Rose), Resistance Leaflet 3, 1942

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RANT: Senator Harkin introduces a bill which would require the president to develop a centrally planned manufacturing strategy.

Senator Harkin introduces a bill which would require the president to develop a centrally planned manufacturing strategy.: “

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One can track the bill HERE

The contempt for the market and the freedom of the average individual seems to have no bounds for some of our politicians. They have absolutely no understanding of the natural order of things, or efficiency, or innovation, or creativity. They always want to manage. They want to get into everyone’s business. They want control.


And that’s what it really is all about folks- control. Many people in Washington DC do not consider you capable of making your own decisions. You are little more than chattel, serfs, drones (the non-flying kind) to be shuffled and prodded to do the will of those who know what is best for society.

A free individual? Don’t be so naive. You are not free. Frankly you should give up such quaint notions and capitulate. You’ll be much happier as a cog. You’ll see.

Let’s plan everything in this country. And let’s let Tom Harkin and the President do it. I am sure it will all work out great.

(From The Business Insider)

In effect, Senator Harkin wants the President to centrally plan the economy. Never mind that the President has zero experience in business or manufacturing. But hey, this worked out so well for Stalinist Russia, it’s no wonder Mr. Harkin wants to copy that model.

Click here for the article.

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Can you imagine a worse idea?

I can’t. We already have too much interference in the free market. Or, the facsimile we have of one!

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MONEY: It’s “too big to fail” is “to big to exist”?


The Coming Derivatives Panic That Will Destroy Global Financial Markets

December 4th, 2012

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It would have been really nice if we had not allowed these banks to get so large and if we had not allowed them to make trillions of dollars of reckless bets.  But we stood aside and let it happen.  Now these banks are so important to our economic system that their destruction would also destroy the U.S. economy.  It is kind of like when cancer becomes so advanced that killing the cancer would also kill the patient.  That is essentially the situation that we are facing with these banks.

It would be hard to overstate the recklessness of these banks.  The numbers that you are about to see are absolutely jaw-dropping.  According to the Comptroller of the Currency, four of the largest U.S. banks are walking a tightrope of risk,

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The bottom line is that Big Gooferment likes Big Anything.

More contributions.

More crony faux capitalism. Get money by playing the game; NOT satisfying customers.

Simple solution. Artificially constrain the size by limiting balance sheets. Require excess to be spun back to the owners.

Ever hear of “anti-trust” or “restraint of trade”?

Not going to happen, because they are all in bed with one another.