Friday, October 24, 2014

How Does $15/Hour Minimum Wage Help the Unemployed?

Robert Reich makes a case in this video for $15/hour minimum wage legislation.   

Reich, a current government employee and former government bureaucrat focuses on current low-paid employees and employers.  The major problem with framing the argument this way is that he totally omits the people most in need of income, the unemployed.

Question for Professor Reich:
How are the people unable to procure a job in today's $7.25 minimum wage environment going to find work at the much higher $15 level?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Humpday Dark Humor: Bill Clinton's Spin on Terrorism

Way back in 1998 Bill Clinton said they hate us because "we act to advance peace and democracy".

By Mr. Clinton's logic if the U.S. were to begin a war or two "the terrorists" will no longer hate us because we aren't peaceful anymore.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Take The Power Back

"Government attracts the worst elements of society to it.
Take away from them the power to tax our incomes... snoop into our bank accounts and monitor our emails."
-Harry Browne

Watch this 2 minute clip from the 2000 presidential debate for Mr. Browne's dire warning.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New York City's Slow Turning Wheels of Justice

Kalief Browder sent to Rikers Island at age 17

In 2010 a young man from the Bronx was alleged to have stolen a book-bag containing $700, an iPod and camera.  He was officially charged with second degree robbery.

People calling themselves "City of New York" decided to warehouse the accused teenager at Rikers Island Prison.  The inside of which looks like this...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Should Using Your Visa Card Bring Suspicion Upon You?

Do you want your identity tied to all of your financial transactions?  

Andreas Antonopoulos turns the question around to ask if someone else's transaction should be tied to you?...

Clipped from Andreas M. Antonopoulos educates Senate of Canada about Bitcoin

Saturday, October 11, 2014

No Knock Raids Decrease Officer Safety

Charles Dinwiddie,
killed during no knock, SWAT raid 

A police officer's job is dangerous enough as it is.  Arbitrarily decreasing "officer safety" is foolish.

Safe situation: two people sleeping soundly in their home

Dangerous situation: two people being awakened from a deep sleep by multiple armed men who broke into their home under the cover of darkness

A safe environment was altered to a dangerous one because of an arbitrary edict issued by a politician.  In this scenario the slumbering residents are bound to react to the home intruder situation they face.  Unfortunately this means that some people are going to reach for their firearms and discharge them if they feel an imminent threat to their family's safety.

See this tragic example which unfolded in Killeen, Texas:

Police Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, 47, and Officer Odis Denton, 37, were shot as they and other officers served the narcotics search warrant just after 5:30 a.m. Friday at 1104 Circle M Dr. Apt. 3 in Killeen.