Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Military Brass in D.C. Go Full on Paranoid

Chuck Hagel and fellow conspiracy theorist John Kirby have made U.S. troop deployments into Eastern Europe official.  The U.S. is moving 600 troops from Italy to Poland tomorrow.  They will further be split in quarters with 150 each going to Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  

John Kirby, Conspiracy Theorist
Why are these poor Army gals & guys being carted around Europe?  The troop movements are in response to a crazy conspiracy theory that the military brass in D.C. have hatched.  

Kirby and Hagel seem to believe that the Russian government is conspiring against the government of the U.S., in Europe.  Will these 600 Army troops buy into the paranoia and go along with the plan?  

Hopefully not.      

Marijuana, Texas and Law

A new survey from Progress Texas shows that nine out of ten people in Texas support decriminalization of marijuana.  

It's pretty clear at this point the people have simply decided what the law is in regards to the marijuana plant.  The scribbles of dead politicians are no longer relevant.  

Remember that statues are not law.  Law exists before statutes are written.

Law is sometimes codified in statutes but politicians words written on paper are not necessary in order to have law.

A $25 Minimum Wage?

The Swiss people will vote next month on a measure to increase the minimum wage in Switzerland to 22 francs/hour (~$25 US).  Of course the trade unions are chief lobbyists for the higher minimum wage.  These legal statutes backed by threat of violence ensures that cheaper labor is literally unemployable leaving current job holders with less competition.

As the overall pool of employable labor decreases total human production also falls.  This leaves everyone with fewer choices of goods and services (essentially creating more poor people).  Taken to the extreme if the minimum wage was 100 francs per hour would total production of goods in Switzerland increase or decrease?  

In response to the proposal George Sheldon, professor of economics at the University of Basel said:
“Unemployment among the unskilled is increasing,”...“The solution to their problem can’t be to make them more expensive.” 
Sheldon is inquiring about the plight of the currently unemployed.  These folks are simply ignored by the supporters of minimum wage statutes.

More of the story at Bloomberg.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Conspiracy Theorists at the Pentagon

Chuck Hagel, Conspiracy Theorist

In response to a conspiracy theory hatched by a few people at the U.S. Pentagon, the Army is planning to expand it's presence into Eastern Europe.  It appears that the military brass in D.C. are paranoid that Russia is secretly planning to get them.

Never-minding Chuck Hagel's wayward plans, the more important question is would these soldiers prefer to be home with their families or risking their safety in Poland and Estonia?

From the AP.

Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Workers in the U.S. can now spend the next eight months working for themselves.  Up until today all their previous income for 2014 will be used to pay taxes for the full year.    

Thanks to the Tax Foundation for calculating the people's total tax bill.  In these United States nearly one-third of total income is siphoned by the state.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Guitars for Prisoners

With 2,312,000 people locked behind bars in the U.S. there are plenty of resources needed for inmates.  Wayne Kramer the former guitarist for the MC5 founded Jail Guitar Doors in order to supply guitars for prisoners.

Here is his story...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Global Warming, a Century Long Debate?

You are likely familiar with The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The book was first published in 1925 which, I thought, was well before the debate over global warming began.

Based on this passage from the book I was wrong:
"I read somewhere that the sun's getting hotter every year," said Tom genially.  "It seems that pretty soon the earth's going to fall into the sun-or wait a minute-it's just the opposite-the sun's getting colder every year."