Friday, November 25, 2011


"What can we do to get more women out here?"

European Union leadership is fighting hard to protect its subjects, this time from fraudulent claims. It turns out that bottled water companies were claiming - get this - that water hydrates you. Can you believe it? Water! Adding water to your body! I mean, really! Claiming that your water actually provides water to anyone who drinks it is punishable by a 2 year prison sentence. Related: this story about dangerous limes. This is what you get when you put hard left academics in charge of a huge, unaccountable bureaucracy. The EU finished a three-year investigation claiming there is "no evidence" that drinking water hydrates humans. No word about how much the French wine business was involved.

Every so often you get a news story that's more honest and reasonable when it comes to certain topics. For example, the New York Times and NPR compiled on a story about the debt. Despite what you'll hear from the Occupy movement and most leftists, we can't fix the debt with tax increases on the rich.
It's tempting to look to our millionaires and demand they pay more in taxes, but the same inconvenient truth applies. When you add up all the money made by all the people who earn more than $1 million a year, it amounts to around $700 billion. But since the millionaires already pay close to $200 billion in taxes, the government would have to increase rates to nearly 100 percent — which is about the worst idea ever — for it to have any real impact.
Unfortunately, here's where they go off the rails. The only possible way to conceivably deal with the debt, they claim, is to raise taxes on more people:
To solve our debt problems, we have to go to where the money is — the middle class.
Cutting? not even on the table, they don't even bring it up. No cuts, ever. Just tax more!

Meanwhile, the Occupy movement has a benefit album coming out. On it will be DJ Logic, Ladytron, Warren Haynes, Toots and the Maytals, Mike Limbaud, Aeroplane Pageant, Yo La Teng, Jackson Browne, Third Eye Blind, Crosby & Nash, Devo, Lucinda Williams and those obnoxious Zucotti Park drummers. Yeah I've not even heard of most of those guys. Previous benefit albums have raised a lot of cash, according to the AP:
There's a long history of benefit albums, from George Harrison's "Concert for Bangla Desh" that raised millions for flood victims through Unicef in 1971, and the "We Are the World" single in the 1980s, which raised more than $60 million for famine relief in Africa.
Bangladesh is one word really, but aside from that... what are they raising money for? What's the benefit, what's the charity?

Belgium, famous for having no chance against the Germans in WW2 as they cruised around the idiotic Manginot Line, has another cause for infamy. Arutz Sheva reports:
Five Muslim Moroccan girls in Belgium beat a 13-year-old classmate, called her a "dirty Jew” and told her to "return to your country.” read that right, the Moroccan immigrants told a Belgian Jew to return to her country. Which they want wiped off the map anyway.

Elsewhere in America, Sara Schulman, a professor at CUNY, wrote in the New York Times recently all about how clever and deceptive the Joo is by being nice to homosexuals because that makes the palestinians look bad. Pinkwashing, she calls it. Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection points out how the palestinians treat homosexuals, which is just proof of the pernicious Jew to this professor.

Tanner Latham at WFAE Charlotte wrote about the occupy movement there, and there's this bit that just made me laugh out loud:
St. Aubin-Bridgewood says people don't realize Occupy Charlotte is more than just 48 tents: There are people all over town "occupying from home."

"They get on the internet, they put up different articles, they try and stay involved, they try and keep the conversation going, they try and educate their friends and family and neighbors as to what the movement's about," explains St. Augin-Bridgewood. "That's basically what I call Occupying from your Home."
I'm occupying Michael Shumacher's island mansion from home.

Thus far, the occupy movement has cost cities across America close to $20 million dollars they do not have according to a recent study. These cities, already staggering under massive debt, are being forced to spend millions more to control these protesters.

Journolist's Ezra Klein was one of the reporters that went to a closed-door session of Democrat congressional staffers. Usually congress briefs reporters, but not this time. Fishbowl DC has the details:
Klein spoke to a group of Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff last Friday about the Supercommittee, just days before the Committee announced its failing. “It was kind of weird,” said a longtime Senate Democratic aide, explaining that while people “enjoyed it” and gave it “positive reviews” this sort of thing is far from typical.
Klein’s speech to high-level Democratic aides was in the Capitol, closed door and off the record. It lasted 30 minutes. “I think they thought it was very helpful,” said the aide. “I think it’s unusual. What’s more common is to get someone like Paul Begala or a White House staffer.
I'm sure it was terribly objective and balanced.

Students are demanding they have their college loans waived, bailed out by the federal government. President Obama, desperate to stave off a primary challenge and shore up his base is proposing that happen. The total debt in student loans in America is huge, over a trillion bucks but as Nick Gillespie & Meredith Bragg write at Reason, the individual loan averages $25,000 per student. They offer two other reasons why we ought not bail out student loans but they leave off the most critical: because they owe that money for services rendered. Its an important lesson for the "participation trophy" generation to learn: you have to pay for what you get.

Possibly you've heard this story: a man caught a huge, 881 pound tuna. He called up the Bluefin Tuna Hotline to report his catch, hoping to sell it while it was still fresh. The feds showed up and seized it because he caught it by accident in a net intended for bottom feeders. The fisherman didn't have a tuna permit and individual fishermen can only catch the fish with rod and reel. The NOAA has a good reason for sweeping in to take the fish: the last big tuna to sell netted more than $300,000 and the feds do not share any of that money with people they seize it from.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, more recent and accurate estimates suggest that at most 700,000 jobs were protected by the "Stimulus" package and ended up crowding out private investment, ultimately harming the economy. If only someone had warned the Democrats before they spent a trillion dollars that this would happen. Oh yeah, we did.

James Bond is coming next year, in a movie called "Skyfall." According to IMDB and various news sources, Q will be back played by Ben Whishaw. If You're like me you just said "who?" Apparently he was in Layer Cake with Daniel Craig, and is rumored to be just as light in the loafers.

Some stories about wind power:
  • England shuts down its wind turbines at night because they make too much noise
  • The Dutch have figured out that massive subsidies to make wind power work is not worth it.
  • 14,000. That's how many wind turbines have been abandoned in the US in the last 30 years.
Federal Prosecutors are turning out to be some of the sloppiest, laziest, and most willing to bend the rules in the legal business. Congressman Stevens (R-AK) was corrupt, but they blew the case so badly that he walked away scott free and even has tried to get his old job back. He died in a plane crash not long after. Turns out the prosecutors hid evidence from the defense team, particularly evidence that would help Stevens fight the charges.

Funny enough, it turns out the occupy movement is almost all male (and white, for that matter). The Tea Party rallies were about 55% female, but the OWS guys can't get girls to join them. It turns out that girls don't like stinky, uncomfortable, unsafe, parasite-ridden, cold, and miserable events. They'll drop by a few hours for the cameras, but don't tend to stay.

Official economic numbers, carefully shaped by years of governments finding the most sunny way to produce them, have once more come in well under previous estimates. 2.0% is what they're saying officially now, but since every single growth estimate from the Obama administration has been later adjusted down, sometimes by more than 1%, expect that to drop. I wonder what the numbers would look like if they used the same method as during the depression?

Saudi oil producers were worried about American energy independence. Canada is able to produce oil from their tar sands, and America has massive oil reserves in shale deposits. They needn't have worried, though. President Obama made sure neither one gets taken advantage of by the United States, at the cost of a good million jobs or more.

Conservatory's Joy McCann points out something painfully obvious about the Obama administration:
When there is a conflict between jobs and public employee unions, or a conflict between jobs and the environmentalist lobby, jobs lose every time under this Administration. . . . How this President can claim that he’s interested in job-creation, or even job-maintenance, is simply beyond me.
But he has a jobs bill that's actually just Stimulus II that neither party wants to even get close to!

Victor Davis Hanson has a piece up about the decline of university education, remarking on a change at a certain point:
I noticed about 1990 that some students in my classes at CSU were both clearly illiterate and yet beneficiaries of lots of federal cash, loans, and university support to ensure their graduation. And when one had to flunk them, an entire apparatus was in place at the university to see that they in fact did not flunk. Just as coaches steered jocks to the right courses, so too counselors did the same with those poorly prepared but on fat federal grants and loans. By the millennium, faculty were conscious that the university was a sort of farm and the students the paying crop that had to be cultivated if it were to make it all the way to harvest and sale — and thus pay for the farmers’ livelihood.
Education and truth has been exchanged for political indoctrination and leftist ideology. And the profs are often the last ones to be aware of how much has been lost, swimming in the seas of academia. After generations of professors are brought up through this system and replace the older ones, fewer are even capable of recognizing the change.

Pepper-sprayed students are the focus of the occupy movement at the moment, with the media finding a narrative that makes them seem if not sympathetic, at least pathetic and the underdog. The problem is, the students agreed to being peppersprayed, saying “You're shooting us specifically? No that’s fine, that’s fine.” Video of the event is at Gateway Pundit. They can't get the Kent State moment they want so bad, but this is being treated as if it is. Gerard Vanderleun mocks these students and refers to when protests were real and dangerous from the late 60s and early 70s. Back then they faced shotguns, water cannons, and dogs. Today they throw a fit when their wi-fi has fewer bars.

Warren Buffett keeps going on about how rich people should be taxed more. He claims he wants to pay more taxes (and can, if he really wants to, there's a mechanism in the IRS). Meanwhile his company is 5 years in arrears on taxes, and recently sued the IRS for illegal taxation so they don't have to pay. Well, fair's fair, GE paid no taxes at all two years in a row.

Alarmists are admitting that there will not be any world accord on lowering emissions before 2016 at the earliest, and even if they somehow came to an accord, it wouldn't take effect before 2020. And, as Andrew Bolt points out... that will be too late to save the world, according to several alarmist hysterics. Meanwhile, the world stubbornly refuses to warm, even as CO2 levels are said to be rising.

NASA's data-manipulating James Hanson, who claimed he was being suppressed and silenced by the Bush administration even as he gave thousands of interviews, is being investigated for fraud and corruption. It turns out he made more than a million dollars of unreported income last year that violates his work contract. Funny how the loudest voices for alarmist climate change are the richest too, almost as if they're so loud because they get paid to.

And that's the Word Around the Net for November 25, 2011.

1 comment:

Phil K said...

You note that the fisherman who caught the tuna didn't have a tuna permit. Odd thing is that he did have several permits for his boats in the event that a tuna was caught in the nets. He was apparently unaware that you were not allowed to take them in a net. A somewhat smaller tuna (about 750 pounds) brought over 300,000 dollars at auction earlier in the year.