Monday, August 29, 2016

Debunked! Myth of Nordic socialist utopia crumbles

Swedish researcher: 'Culture of success predates the welfare state'

Liberal American politicians often cite Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden and Denmark as proof that big government or socialist policies can lead to vibrant, prosperous nations, but a leading economic scholar says those countries are successful despite more government and are actually proof that such policies are a failure.

Dr. Nima Sanandaji is author of “Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism.” He told WND and Radio America liberals and socialists in America and beyond frequently extol the Nordic countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland for one simple reason.
“If you remove the Nordic countries, the left doesn’t have any role models left,” he said. “The left doesn’t say, ‘Look at California. They have big government. It works.’ They don’t say that. They don’t say, ‘Look at Italy. They have social democratic policies. That works.’ They only point to the Nordic countries.”

But even that example is badly misleading. Sanandaji said while there are some socialist policies in place, those are not socialist countries, and they don’t see themselves that way.........Liberals in the U.S. and beyond point to Nordic life expectancy exceeding that of the U.S., including Denmark, which has a life expectancy one-and-a-half years higher than that of Americans. Sanandaji said that’s true, but government-run health care is not the reason.

“True. They do live longer, but I look at history,” he said. “In 1960, Denmark had lower taxes than the U.S. had. At that time, before the welfare state, Danes lived 2.4 years longer than Americans. The difference has actually shrunk when Denmark is moving toward the highest tax on the planet.”......

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Ron Arnold: Tracking Green

Center for Climate Strategies
1899 L Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
 http://www.climatestrategies.us/
Phone: 703-691-3064

Questionable status:

IRS Publication 78 "Cumulative List of Organizations" shows no listing for Center for Climate Strategies as an exempt organization as of 02/16/2009.

The Pennsylvania Department of State Business Entity Filing History shows Center for Climate Strategies as "Current Name" for the filing of Enterprising Environmental Solutions, Inc., which shows as "Prior Name" in Harrisburg, PA, as of 01/16/2009.

Enterprising Environmental Solutions, Inc was incorporated by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) in 1999 and appears to remain under total control of PEC even after the name change to Center for Climate Strategies.

However, this linkage may be in process of change, as the website of EESI has been taken offline and the Internet Archive record for the group states: "Access to http://www.eesi21.org has been blocked by the site owner via robots.txt." PEC appears eager to decouple itself from CCS.

Founded: 2004

Self-Description: The Center for Climate Strategies was formed in 2004 to support states and other entities in the creation and management of climate change mitigation plans and policies, along with related energy, economic and environmental policies. The CCS team works closely with clients and their stakeholders as an expert and objective assistance provider. We excel at policy analysis, program design, consensus building and capacity building. CCS typically works with cross cutting groups of public officials, stakeholders and technical experts to jointly plan and implement lasting solutions. Our services include:

  • Strategic and long range planning
  • Project formation and process design
  • Startup planning and capacity building
  • Process facilitation
  • Issue coordination
  • Technical analysis, including:
  • -Greenhouse gas emissions inventories and forecasts
    -Design of sector specific and cross cutting policies and programs
    -Environmental and economic performance analysis (including advanced modeling)
    -Feasibility and co-benefits assessment
    -Development of mitigation action plans and goals
    -Design of implementing rules and programs  
CCS is a policy center within Enterprising Environmental Solutions, Inc. (EESI). Founded in 1999, EESI is a nonprofit incubator for economic, social and environmental entrepreneurship. EESI developed as a partnership of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the 21st Century Environment Commission. EESI seeks to find solutions that respect the necessary balance between environmental, community, and economic interests. EESI is committed to using market-based solutions, partnerships, demonstration projects, and policy innovation to achieve lasting environmental benefits and promote long-term economic opportunity.

The following entry from Pennsylvania Secretary of State Corporate Filings shows that the sudden disappearance of EESI's webpage and the robot-blockage of its Internet Archive web history has the earmarks of an attempt to hide the fact that the Center for Climate Strategies had ever been linked to PEC. What seems to have happened was that EESI merely changed its corporate name to Center for Climate Strategies, retaining EESI's federal EIN (Employer Identification Number) and its IRS 501(c)(3) exempt status. Until the principals of this organization clarify their intent, The Librarian reserves judgment on whether this involved intent to deceive......To Read More....

A White Teacher Speaks Out

Christopher Jackson

I recall a bad joke that explains, in crude terms, the relationship between blacks and whites in America today:
“What do you call a white man surrounded by 20 blacks?”
“Coach.”
“What do you call a white man surrounded by 1,000 blacks?”
“Warden.”
I might add another line to this joke: “What do you call a white man surrounded by 30 blacks?”
“Teacher.”
Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state. I took the job because I wasn’t knowledgeable about race at the time, and black schools aren’t picky. The school offered me a job and suddenly I was in darkest Africa. Except, I wasn’t in Africa; I was in America......To Read More....

John Stossel: Today’s Democrats are INSANE

By Onan Coca

The brilliant John Stossel recently tore apart the “insanity” that is today’s Democrat Party. Stossel is a Libertarian, not a Republican, and he quite often takes both parties to task for their differing anti-liberty ideas. So Stossel is no partisan hack; he’s an equal opportunity offender when it comes to pointing out problems with their platforms. However, he save particular scorn for the current and incredible disconnect between the Democrat Party and economic reality.

He uses one issue in particular to prove his thesis – the Democrat obsession with destroying any successful economic activity that they don’t own.......To Read More...

My Take - Please make sure to watch the video.

Liberal Union Group Fighting for $12 Minimum Wage but Pays their Employees Less than $12!

Hypocrites, right? 

By Jeff

If there’s one thing consistent about Liberals it’s their hypocrisy. Like when President Obama lied about the difference in salaries for the same work between a man and a woman, (he forgot to account for the difference in hours worked) and then said Republicans hate women because they aren’t passing legislation to fix the gap—then we found out that men who work for the president get paid more than women for the same job (and hours). Or when the unions who fought so hard, helping to shove Obamacare down our throats were the first to get exemptions.

The latest example is Colorado Families for a Fair Wage, a group trying to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12/hr. They hired people to get petition signatures so a $12 minimum wage referendum can get on the ballot. Funny thing though, twenty four of the people working to get the petition signatures are making LESS than $12/hour.

As reported by the Washington Times:.....To Read More....

Where Law & Justice Lose: Meet the Prejudicial Twin Falls Leaders Continuing to Protect Child Molesters, Not Their Disabled Female Prey

By Bethany Blankley

The Idaho government has recently publicized its policy of institutionalized protection of child molesters who prey on and teach others to abuse Down Syndrome (DS) children. Apparently, DS children and their parents aren’t believable. DS children make things up. They exaggerate. They don’t even understand what they are saying, and can’t talk like “normal people.”

Sexual abuse really isn’t sexual abuse because a DS child can’t prove she was assaulted, even when a perpetrator’s video recording does. Abuse isn’t abuse in Idaho especially when it’s a disabled female child or woman. (Sign the petition and help support her family.)

What happened on June 2 and August 8, 2016, evidence multiple crimes of varying levels of injustice.......To Read More....

Julian Assange tells America “There’s More Clinton Dirt” Coming!

By Onan Coca

The erstwhile founder of WikiLeaks is still locked behind closed doors, living in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy in an effort to avoid a prison cell in Britain. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not hard at work trying to unmask all of our government’s (and other governments’) dirty secrets. Of late, the WikiLeaks team has been singularly focused on Hillary Clinton’s evil deeds, and on Wednesday he made sure to let America know that they weren’t done with Clinton yet.

Mrs. Clinton has spent years attempting to hide all of her sins and erase any evidence of her misdeeds, but the folks at WikiLeaks, thanks to some technical savvy and hard work, have found many of the sordid tidbits and are now releasing some of the juiciest bit for the world to see......To Read More.....

How a “Professional” Wipes their Computer Clean

By A.F. Branco

BleachB-600-CI

Hillary and the Soros Agenda

By Rachel Ehrenfeld

These days, George Soros’ connections are getting quite a bit more attention than they did in the 1990s. But by the end of Bill Clinton’s reign Soros had already obtained a very influential position with the Clintons, especially with Hillary.

In her excellent profile of Soros in The, on January  23, 1995, Connie Bruck relates how Strobe Talbott, Bill Clinton’s friend, who served as Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser on the New Independent States to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, saw Soros. According to Talbott, Soros was “a national resource – indeed, a national treasure.” He described the billionaire as a sort of shadow arm of the State Department. “I would say that it [Soros’ foreign policy] is not identical to the foreign policy of the U.S. government, but it’s compatible with it, “he told The New Yorker. “It’s like working with a friendly, allied, independent entity, if not a government. We try to synchronize our approach to the former Communist countries with Germany, France, Great Britain, and with George Soros.”......

Soros, whose motto is: "If I spend enough, I will make it right," has been spending lavishly to do away with the U.S. constitutional republic and its capitalistic system (what's left of it). Both he and Hillary seem to stop at nothing to corrupt and influence the outcome of the 2016 elections. Would the American voter be able to stop them?..........To Read More.....

Remember When: Hillary Clinton Knocked Obama for Ties to Pay-for-Play Scandal!

By Philip Hodges

Back in 2008 – when Obama and Hillary were both running for President – Hillary criticized Obama’s dubious connections to a convicted money-launderer and fraudster Tony Resko who had his own political pay-to-play scheme. But Hillary and her campaign think that it’s totally ridiculous to even suggest that the Clinton Foundation has been anything other than a “life-saving” charitable organization run by the most self-sacrificing public servants in the world. To imply that somehow the foundation was being used as some sort of pay-to-play scheme is unconscionable.

The Associated Press reported recently that over half of all of then-Secretary Clinton’s meetings with private (non-government) individuals were Clinton Foundation donors. This revelation – at the very least – gives the impression that Hillary was granting access to herself and her political connections in exchange for sizable donations to her family’s foundation. But in response, Hillary simply emphasized the foundation’s supposed work in ending HIV and AIDS, and said that there’s “a lot of smoke” but “no fire.”......To Read More.....
Hillary Clintons Parking Meter

Shocking! The New York Times says Hillary Clinton Must Answer Pay-to-Play Charges!

By Onan Coca

Surprise, surprise! Could the New York Times and CNN actually be attempting to hold Hillary Clinton responsible for some of her failings? On Thursday morning’s episode of CNN’s New Day, host Poppy Harlow asked New York Times veteran reporter Maggie Haberman about a recent interview that Hillary Clinton gave to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. During the interview Clinton utterly failed to offer any explanation to her Foundation’s twisted ties to the State Department or for her decision to continue operating the Foundation in the same manner she always has… even as so many problems are being uncovered. Haberman explains that Clinton is in trouble and that the Foundation may yet be what brings down the Clinton campaign for the White House.

CNN: No one is questioning the good work of the foundation, that they’re just not. But when she says, OK, the rules will need to change if I’m president, but they didn’t need to change when I was secretary of state. And then when Anderson pressed her on that, she said basically, well, I went above and beyond in 2009......To Read More...

Why the Military-Industrial Complex Loves Hillary

She rather enjoys having blood on her hands.

Jeremy Lott

Military contractors are overwhelmingly favoring Hillary Clinton for president with their political contributions this year. Though Republicans normally enjoy a slight fundraising advantage here, she currently leads Donald Trump 5-to-1 among donations from employees of the top 25 firms in this extremely lucrative, highly government dependent industry.

US: Clinton calendars won't be released until after election

By Ted Bridis

Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to begin releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, the government told The Associated Press it won't finish the job before Election Day.

The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP's lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around Dec. 30, weeks before the next president is inaugurated.

The AP's lawyers late Friday formally asked the State Department to hasten that effort so that the department could provide all Clinton's minute-by-minute schedules by Oct. 15. The agency did not immediately respond......To Read More....

The Clinton Two-Step: How Hillary deflects attention away from personal scandal

By Brian Darling

Children will go hungry if you question the Clinton Foundation! And you are a racist.  This is an actual argument from the Left that is being deployed to distract from Corrupt Hillary’s latest scandal.
The Left is yelling as loud as it can to drown out the story that paints the Clinton Foundation as a pay-to-play organization that traded cash for access and favors. If proven to be true, this allegation would end most candidacies — but probably not Hillary’s.........Read More.....

Claims of Racism Are The Last Refuge Of A Shrill Harridan

Kurt Schlichter
 
This week we found out that 40% of Americans are irredeemably racist – isn’t that the takeaway from Hillary’s ad and her speech about how anyone voting for Trump is one step away from pulling a hood out of the hamper and firing up a cross? Then we found out that a bunch of bitter virgins sitting at keyboards who occasionally take a break from viewing My Little Pony-themed porn to tweet about their Nordic heritage are the major driver behind Donald Trump. Has anyone actually met a member of the Alt Right in real life? I haven’t, but then I don’t cruise Doritos-strewn basements......To Read More....

An Internet Giveaway to the U.N.

If the U.S. abdicates internet stewardship, the United Nations might take control.

By L. Gordon Crovitz

When the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration’s naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S. gives up internet stewardship as planned at midnight on Sept. 30.......To Read More.....

Half of Germans against Merkel serving fourth term: poll

Reuters


German Chancellor Angela Merkel's domestic popularity has declined, a poll showed on Sunday, with 50 percent of Germans against her serving a fourth term in office after a federal election next year.  Support for Merkel has weakened after a string of violent attacks on civilians in July, three of which were carried out by asylum seekers. Of those, two were claimed by Islamic State.  This has raised opposition to Merkel's open-door migrant policy, which allowed hundreds of thousands from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere into Germany last year.  Half of the 501 people questioned in the Emnid poll for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper were against Merkel staying in office beyond the 2017 election, with 42 percent wanting her to remain.......To Read More....

My Take - Why does it seem it's always 42%, and  who are those people?  What kind of light bulb do they live in?  The western world has lost it's mind! 
 

Gun Control Lessons for Morons

August 28, 2016 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty

While I’m depressed about the election and America’s economic future, the news isn’t completely grim. Advocates of personal freedom are winning on the issue of guns.


Gun ownership has become more pervasive and legal protections for the Second Amendment have expanded, all of which is very good news for those of us who want a more law-abiding society.

And we also get lots of clever humor on the issue. Though I must confess that I’ve been negligent about collecting and sharing examples of anti-gun control humor in recent months. I did have an amusing comparison of how Texans and Europeans fight terrorism last month, but otherwise you have to go back to 2015 (see here, here, here, here, and here) and earlier.

So it’s time to atone for this oversight with some new humor targeting the pro-gun control crowd.
We’ll start with a visit to the University of Texas, which has been the scene of protests because a handful of students are upset that the law has been reformed to allow concealed carry on campus.
David French of National Review looks at this issue with an appropriately sarcastic piece that mocks the left-wing students for their silly tactics.
On January 16, 2002, a former student at Appalachian Law School walked into the office of the school’s dean and opened fire. His rampage ultimately took the lives of the dean, a professor, and a student. As the shots rang out, most bystanders ran for their lives, but not all. Three students approached the shooter. One, a Marine veteran, was unarmed. The other two had raced to their personal vehicles the instant they heard shots fired and returned with their dildos. Wait. No. That’s not what happened. Sorry. They returned with their guns. As two students held the shooter at gunpoint, the Marine tackled him, ending the threat. The cost was still high: Three people died, and three more lay wounded. But at the end of the day, a bad guy with a gun was stopped by good guys with guns. I thought of this story while reading the fawning media coverage of Texas students protesting a new state law permitting license-holders to carry concealed firearms on campus. Students are out in force, waving . . . sex toys. The inevitable hashtag? #CocksNotGlocks.
Yes, you read correctly.

The protesting students think that brandishing dildos will somehow persuade the general population that law-abiding students should be denied the right to bear arms.

Mr. French points out the silliness of their anti-gun position.
…if University of Texas protesters, teachers, and officials believe that until classes started yesterday UT was, in fact, a gun-free campus, they’ve lost their minds. Before this new law, there were two types of people who had guns on campus: criminals and the handful of law-enforcement officers scattered across a vast university. Every single other responsible, law-abiding citizen was disarmed — utterly dependent on officers who could be minutes away. …if one a person thinks that a licensed concealed-carry holder makes the UT’s campus more dangerous, they’ve lost their minds. Let’s make this concrete. Imagine you’re teaching a class, and you know that Amy, a student in the front row, has a concealed-carry permit. Sitting next to her is Roxanne, who does not. You have no idea if either one of them is actually armed. Who’s more likely to shoot the teacher? Roxanne, and it’s not even close. Who’s more likely to save your life? Amy, and it’s not even close. …If you are in a classroom, and a criminal opens fire, would you rather have a dildo on your desk or a revolver in your backpack?
Gee, that’s a tough question. Maybe a really skilled student could use a dildo like a Jedi light saber and deflect bullets, right?

By the way, if you’re wondering why Mr. French is so bold in his claim that Amy is likely to save lives with her concealed-carry weapon, that’s because John Lot of the Crime Prevention Research Center has crunched the numbers and determined that people with concealed-carry permits are about the most law-abiding group of people in the nation.

Here are some excerpts from a story in The National Interest.
Concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most law-abiding demographic of Americans, a new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center says… “Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding,” says the report, titled “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016.”
So what group in the nation is better about obeying the law?

The article doesn’t say, though my guess is nuns.

If you guessed police officers, you’d be wrong.
The study compared permit holders to police, who committed 703 crimes from 2005 to 2007, and 113 of those were firearm violations. “With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” the report reads. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 per hundred thousand people.” …“We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers,” the report says. “Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”
In other words, the folks in Texas (like the hypothetical Amy in David French’s article) are statistically the one most likely to obey the law and protect against crime.

So the protesters at the University of Texas should be thankful the law has been changed and their campus is no longer a “gun-free zone,” which means that only law-abiding people are disarmed.

Rather than carrying dildos as a form of protest, they should therefore use their sex toys for other purposes (particularly if they have Pajama Boy-type partners).

Speaking of gun-free zones, here’s a very clever video exposing why signs don’t keep people safe.



I’ll have to add this to my collection of humorous anti-gun control videos.

Let’s close by addressing the leftist argument that the Second Amendment only applies to the weapons that existed in the late 1700s.

I addressed that issue earlier this year in a tweet, but this poster does it far more effectively.


Amen.

P.S. The best evidence that we’re winning on the issue of gun control is that more and more and more leftists are now admitting that private gun ownership is a good idea.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Tom DiLorenzo: What Socialism Really Is

Thomas J. DiLorenzo

Dr. Tom DiLorenzo has a fantastic new book out entitled The Problem with Socialism, and his talk summarizing it was a great hit recently at Mises University. This is Tom at his best: witty and provocative, but always bravely revisionist when it comes to skewering sacred cows like welfare, minimum wage, and progressive income taxes. His book—and this talk—are a must for anyone who wants a concise and easy refutation of the enduring myths surrounding socialism.....Listen Here.....

‘CREATES Act’ would only create more lawsuits

By: Dan Schneider and Larry Hart

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., ACU Lifetime Rating: 5%) is leading the effort in the Senate to diminish the property rights of inventors. His legislation would fundamentally weaken the patent protection system for innovators whose ideas and efforts fuel our economy. It should come as no surprise that he is the sponsor of a bill that undermines the patents of drug manufacturers which have produced numerous innovative treatments which have saved countless lives.

Like the flawed PATENT Act, the CREATES Act (S. 3056) sets out to tackle a specific problem and, in the end, makes the situation worse. With the PATENT Act, the problem is so-called “patent trolls” that harass small businesses over alleged patent infringement, but the bill’s “solution” would mainly benefit large tech firms which want to make products using patented technology owned by others without paying for it............Originally posted in The Hill

Why Do Americans Have Such High Incomes and So Little Savings?



Americans have more disposable income than nearly every other country on earth. The few exceptions include a handful of northern Western European states and some small city states like Monaco.  Even when accounting for government benefits and taxes, Americans still have more income available to spend than almost anyone else.

As this measure from the OECD shows, the US has a median disposable income at $29,100, behind Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland. It's well ahead of of large European states like Germany and France, which show a median disposable income levels of $24,200 and $23,300, respectively.......

There are cultural reasons behind working more, of course, but one reason that Americans work more and longer is that Americans really like to spend money. And lots of it.  As a result, Americans don't accumulate as much in terms of measurable wealth. They have high incomes, but that's not the same thing as accumulating wealth.....To Read More...

Discredited Silent Spring is Still Being Taught in College Classrooms

Andrew Follett

Rachel Carson’s discredited “Silent Spring” is being taught in more college classrooms than the “Harry Potter” series or “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Carson is the 27th most commonly assigned female author in college, according to an analysis of  1.1 million college syllabi published by Time magazine Thursday. Her work is widely considered to have inspired the modern environmental movement.

The book led to a nationwide ban on the pesticide DDT for agricultural uses, even though the science behind “Silent Spring” has been thoroughly debunked.

“‘Silent Spring'” had huge cultural and political impacts, so it’s understandable why people read  the book, but students should read it with a critical eye. Not only was Carson rebuked in Science magazine when her book was first published, her anti-pesticide alarmism—particularly related to DDT–continues to have deadly consequences,” Dr. Angela Logomasini, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation........Read more

One year later, Congress still needs to reverse NLRB joint employer standard

Trey Kovacs

With economic recovery and job creation still hurting, Congress should make it a priority this September, when they are back in session, to take action against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer standard, which upends long-established business relationships nationwide.

Specifically, Congress should add a provision to the spending bill for federal labor agencies that defunds enforcement of the NLRB ruling. Otherwise, the ruling will go far in deterring new job creation and beneficial business relationships.

Just a year ago, in August 2015, the NLRB decided to expand the instances when one employer is held liable for another employer’s labor violations and responsible for their bargaining responsibilities. In the Browning-Ferris decision, the NLRB overturned 30 years of precedent that determined when two companies are considered joint employers......To Read More...

My Take - Another good reason to eliminate the NLRB.....along with the Labor Department.

CEI Wins Fight Against Worthless Settlement Deal in Walgreen-Boots Merger

 
Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness won its challenge to a class action settlement deal related to the merger between Walgreens and Boots pharmacies (Hays v. Walgreen).

"This is a tremendous victory for shareholders and against rent-seeking,” said Ted Frank, Director of CEI’s Center for Class Action Fairness. “Strike suits affect over 97 percent of mergers, costing businesses millions. We hope other courts follow Delaware and the Seventh Circuit in taking steps to shut down this racket."

In merger litigation, a “strike suit” is a challenge to a proposed merger that is brought for the purpose of quickly obtaining fees for plaintiffs’ lawyers, rather than producing any benefit for shareholders.
In the Walgreens case, plaintiffs said Walgreens omitted certain disclosures to shareholders prior to the December 2014 merger vote. As a result of the subsequent settlement, shareholders were on the hook to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees for new merger-related information that was either already disclosed or completely insignificant. CEI and plaintiff John Berlau objected to the settlement, which had slated $370,000 in fees to plaintiffs’ lawyers while the shareholder class members got nothing but insignificant supplemental disclosures.

Today’s ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a November, 2015 lower court decision approving the settlement. The ruling also returns the case to the lower court to either appoint new class counsel or else dismiss the case entirely.

“The only concrete interest suggested by this litigation is an interest in attorneys’ fees, which of course accrue solely to class counsel and not to any class members,” the court explained.
See more information on this case, including today’s ruling here.

Background:

Court Cracks Down On Attorneys Lining Their Pockets Under the Guise of Protecting the Little Guy

Ron Arnold: Tracking Green

Center for Biological Diversity, Inc
formerly Southwest Center for Biological Diversity

PO Box 710
Tucson, AZ 85702
TEL: (520) 623-5252
FAX: (520) 623-9797
E-Mail: ksuckling@biologicaldiversity.org
Website: www.biologicaldiversity.org
EIN: 85-0420285
Exempt since August 1994

Self-description: As the country's leading endangered species advocates, the Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

Actual: Anti-industry legal attack group uses the Endangered Species Act and media scare tactics as a weapon to destroy America's industrial strength and resource production by bringing lawsuits against a wide spectrum of resource use companies, private property owners and against government to stop resource use. The Center for Biological Diversity lost a 2005 defamation lawsuit to fifth-generation rancher Jim Chilton of Arivaca, Arizona, when a jury awarded him $600,000, including $500,000 in punitive damages for falsely accusing him of damaging the range. The Center appealed the decision to the Arizona State Supreme Court and lost again in 2007.

Revenue and Expenses, 2007 ............To Read More....

Dem Rep: Zika Threat May Help Rid Abortion Stigma

Cortney O'Brien

The Zika virus, which broke out in South America and eventually made its way to Miami, Florida and elsewhere in the United States, is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant, as it can cause children to be born with a disorder called microcephaly. Yet, one Democrat has insensitively suggested that the virus may help erase the stigma of late-term abortion.
“Maybe the Zika epidemic and its implications for pregnant women will help us shine a light on the exactly tragic situation in which you have these abortions,” said Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Choice Caucus.
When asked if they support abortions after 20 weeks, most Americans say no. Yet, with the threat of Zika, some wonder whether the polls are likely to change.
Some of Degette’s colleagues are to blame for the stonewalling of important anti-Zika funding earlier this summer. Senate Democrats blocked the GOP-led bill that would have provided $1.1 billion to the cause because it prevented access to contraception for women who may have been affected by the virus...........To Read More....









The Entire ‘LGBT’ Narrative Just Crumbled

 Matt Barber

If your daughter, sister, mother or friend “identified” as a fat person trapped in a perilously emaciated body – if she truly believed she was obese, but, in reality, suffered from anorexia – would you affirm her “fatness” and get her liposuction, or would you go to the ends of the earth to help her bring her subjective (and mistaken) identity into alignment with objective reality? When someone is engaged in demonstrably self-destructive behavior, it is not loving, but hateful, to encourage persistence......To Read More.....

An Anglican ‘Narrative’

Even Chamberlain never spoke in terms of “interfaith relations.”

Hal G.P. Colebatch

Celebrated British columnist Michael Wharton (“Peter Simple”of the Daily Telegraph) once wrote to the effect that the Anglican Church seemed determined to drag itself down to a level so far beneath contempt that there was no expression to adequately describe it.   Readers may contemplate the following story — I mean “narrative” — and decide for themselves whether or not he was exaggerating.

In Sheikhupur, Pakistan in June, 2009, a poor Christian woman, Assiya Noreen, mother of five children, who were the only Christian family in her village, was harvesting berries in a field with a group of Moslem women. She was asked to fetch water for the others. She did so, but stopped to take a drink from an old metal cup she had found lying next to the well. It turned out this was a Muslim cup and her fellow workers attacked her for this. She was said to have declared “I believe in my religion and Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind?”

She and her children were beaten by an enraged mob. The police who attended arrested her for blasphemy. She was held in prison for more than a year before being formally charged. And was sentenced to death. The Lahore High Court rejected an appeal. She is still in prison while further appeals are heard. Consider the ghastliness not only of her situation, but that of her husband and children, peniless, without support, resources or protection, in a fanatically hostile community........To Read More....

Community disorganizers literally destroying our veterans

By Joanna Rosamond

Barack Obama used to introduce himself as a "community organizer." Armed with presidential power, he has undoubtedly and aggressively promoted his favored groups, but his "transformational" endeavors were aimed at his cultural and societal pet hates.

On domestic grounds, veterans become the targeted population from the git-go.

Operation PTSD kicked in, stipulating that combat makes everyone somewhat impaired to justify yanking weapons from the most deserving hands of "potentially deranged" potential dissidents.

We barely had time to say "Whiskey, Tango, Feinstein" before Barack Hood and the Merry Men started "sharing the wealth" of our homeless veterans, overturning the decisions of the court and making sure that the rich and the powerful enjoy property inherited exclusively by our shelterless and wounded heroes......Read more

Hillary Clinton: From Glass Ceiling to Crass Dealing

Ken Blackwell

The world has seen a number of women as top political leaders. Theresa May is the second female prime minister in Great Britain, after Maggie Thatcher. Angela Merkel is the long-serving chancellor of Germany. Years ago, there was Indira Gandhi of India. Now Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of being elected U.S. president, the biggest political prize in the world. Despite America's disquiet with family dynasties in a republic, there is much to celebrate in America's willingness to elect anyone, irrespective of background, as president. Unfortunately, Clinton is a poor choice to be a path-breaker. The image that best fits her time in politics is not breaking the glass ceiling, but engaging in crass dealing. From the emergence of the Clintons in Arkansas politics to now, everything has been about them in the worst way.........  More

Hillary Gets (More Than) a Little Help from Her Media Friends

Clarice Feldman

Ruth Marcus is easily exposed as a partisan spinster in a quick check of  a comparison of her treatment of Hillary Clinton and former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. More


Pre-Empting the Liberal Media

Steve Feinstein

Liberal mainstream media bias for Hillary Clinton is the single biggest factor so far in this election season contributing to her lead in the polls. The nightly news on NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, the NY Times, Washington Post, the morning and late-night TV shows, CNN, MSNBC, and all the websites associated with these sources are strongly and openly behind Hillary and her “first woman” status. Many so-called journalists have dropped any pretense of objectivity and are quite unashamedly and openly supportive of Clinton, while they derisively dismiss Trump as an unserious nonentity.

Ostensibly, it is Trump’s presence in this year’s race that has caused liberal bias to be so prominent, but no rational observer could possibly think that the media would show any less favoritism towards First-Woman Hillary if her Republican opponent were Cruz, Rubio, or Kasich.

Hillary has many well-known vulnerabilities and character flaws: her role in Benghazi debacle and the subsequent rewriting of history in order to avoid accountability and blame, her nonaccomplishments in every major foreign affairs arena where she played a role as Secretary of State, her private e-mail server and her continual distortions and parsing in an attempt to deflect scrutiny and shift responsibility (“Colin Powell told me to do it!”), and of course, the widening-by-the-day Clinton Foundation corruption controversy.............Read more

4th Incident in the Last Week: Is the Iranian Navy Pushing for War with the USA?

By Jeff Dunetz

On Wednesday for the second day in a row, and fourth time this week, there was an incident between the U.S. Navy and an Iranian Boat.  Wednesday’s incident seemed to be an increase in tensions between the hapless Obama administration and the terrorist Iranian regime our President has been making concessions to for the past four years. This time after an Iranian boat threatened a US Navy patrol craft, our naval heroes fired three warning shots. Any ramp up of aggression would include shooting at and sinking the Iranian boat.

The incident occurred at the northern end of the Persian Gulf when two American patrol crafts and a Kuwaiti Navy ship were also harassed by the Revolutionary Guard boat.

When the Iranian boat came within 200 yards of the USS Squall, the American craft fired flares and had a radio conversation with the Iranian Crew. Then following standard maritime procedures, the Navy fired the three shots into the water to ensure the Iranians understood they needed to leave the immediate area......To Read More...

My Take - If you want to be the big kid on the block - you have to smack someone once in a while. 

CNN JUST CANCELED Dr. Drew’s Show 8 Days After Commenting on Hillary’s “Backwards” Healthcare

By Bethany Blankley

“Drew Pinsky’s six-year-old HLN show, ‘Dr. Drew On Call,’ has been canceled by CNN, effective Sept. 22,” The Washington Post reports. His 9-year-long show was cancelled only eight days after he publicly expressed grave concern for Hillary’s health, and more specifically the “backwards” healthcare she is receiving, which he said resembles 1950’s medicine.

During an August 17th radio interview (which the station has since removed) Dr. Drew discussed his review of Hillary Clinton’s medical records, and what he and a colleague were shocked to learn was her treatment.

Dr. Drew Pinsky is an American board-certified internist, addiction medicine specialist, and believes Hillary’s “bizarre” healthcare treatment could explain the “weird side-effects” she’s exhibited: chronic coughing, seizure-type episodes, trouble climbing stairs, facial ticks, not to mention confusion, not being able to stand on her own, and “freezing gait.”........#HillarysHealth problems are of national importance, and should be made available to the public, along with an explanation from her about her bizarre behavior and why her handlers carry with them a diazepam injection pen.
(Diazepam is a benzodiazepine used primarily as an anti-anxiety agent, and also used as a skeletal muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, anti-tremor agent, anti-panic agent, among other uses.”)......To Read More....

ASTOUNDING: Sweden’s Crushing Debt Pays for Nearly Half of All ‘Unaccompanied Minors’ Entering Europe

By Bethany Blankley

Sweden has received nearly half of all “unaccompanied minors” in Europe, which has pummeled its country into massive debt.  writes for the Swedish newspaper, NyaTider, that Sweden has taken in 40 percent of every asylum seeker entering Europe. It has the largest number of “unaccompanied minors” who are young men from Afghanistan between the ages of 15 and 17-years-old.

In 2015, Sweden imported roughly 35,000 “unaccompanied minors” who are young men from Afghanistan and claim who claimed they are orphans........To Read more.....

Why is Germany Building Homes for Migrants & Leaving its 380,000 Homeless Citizens Out in the Cold?

By Bethany Blankley


How is it that the German government continues to ignore its 380,000 homeless citizens while it literally built new apartments in a trendy area for single male migrants?

Migrants moving in this month are living in the heart of the Oberhausen shopping district on the corner of Peace Square. How is this possible when in 2013 the government stated it couldn’t even provide emergency shelters for its homeless?.......the migrants moving in are “mostly single men from other refugee sites.”   The corner of Peace Square is picturesque, with a park surrounded by neoclassical buildings, an ornamental lake with a fountain, trees and flower beds.

As if this wasn’t enough, two other apartment complexes were developed, and Councillor Schmidt asked Oberhausen homeowners to free up their own properties for migrants!........Compare this to what the city has done for its homeless.......To Read More.....

Are Germans Getting Fed Up With Immigrants?

By Michael Ware

The clash of culture can be trying on all involved. Even those who would support the move to accept asylum seekers would have to admit that the transition has been a bumpy one. The reason is that Muslims and Humanists do not see things the same way. So, in Germany, the German people are faced with a situation that can be dangerous.

The people living with and around the migrants are finding that they are facing the brunt of the difficulty. It is their wives and daughters that face the fear of attack. They and not the politicians are the ones that face the daily danger of terror attacks. So, one group is seeking to voice their frustration......To Read More...

Nordic Nations Show How Welfare and Redistribution Weaken the Human Spirit

August 27, 2016 by Dan Mitchell @ International liberty

Statists occasionally get very angry about some of my views.

My support for “tax havens” periodically seems to touch a raw nerve, for instance, though I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since some people are so crazy that they have even urged military action against these low-tax jurisdictions.

I also get some angry responses when I praise Ronald Reagan’s achievements. I’ve even had a few leftists get all agitated simply because I occasionally share a hypothetical poll from 2013 showing that Reagan would beat Obama in a landslide.

But what really gets these folks angry is when I argue that recipients of welfare and redistribution should feel shame and embarrassment. As far as they’re concerned, I’m being a heartless jerk who wants to inflict emotional pain on vulnerable people.

Though, to be fair, their anger usually dissipates when I explain that my real goal is to protect people from long-term dependency on government. And it’s also hard for them to stay agitated when I point out that I’m basically making the same argument as Franklin Roosevelt, who famously warned about welfare being “a narcotic” and “a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.”

In other words, I don’t like the welfare state because I care about both the best interests of taxpayers and also about the best interests of poor people. And this is why I repeatedly share data showing how American was making impressive progress against poverty before there was a welfare state. But once the federal government declared a “War on Poverty,” the poverty rate stopped falling.

But that’s only part of my argument. I also think there are very worrisome implications for overall society when people start thinking that they have a “right” to welfare and redistribution. At the risk of sounding like a cranky libertarian, I fear that any nation will face a very grim future once too many people lose the ethic of self-reliance and think it’s morally and ethically acceptable to be moochers.
Indeed, my theory of “Goldfish Government” is based in part on what happens when a sufficient number of voters think it’s okay to steal from their neighbors, using government as a middleman. Short-sighted politicians play a big role in this self-destructive process, of course, along with unfavorable demographic changes.

And when people want examples, I just point to nations such as Greece, Italy, and France. Or states such as California and Illinois.

At this stage, a clever leftist will usually interject and argue I’m being unfair. They’ll say that Nordic nations such as Denmark and Sweden are proof that a big welfare state is compatible with a prosperous and stable society.

Au contraire, as our French friends might say. Yes, the Nordic nations may be relatively successful big-government countries, but there are three very important things to understand.
  1. The Nordic nations became comparatively rich in the 1800s and early 1900s when economic policy was dominated by free markets and small government.
  2. The adoption of high taxes and big welfare states (particularly an explosion in the burden of government spending starting in the 1960s) weakened economic performance.
  3. In recent years, Nordic nations have sought to undo the damage of big government with pro-market reforms and limits on the fiscal burden of government.
But let’s specifically focus today on whether the Nordic nations are somehow an exception to the rule that welfare and redistribution have a pernicious impact on a society. In other words, does welfare in nations such as Denmark and Sweden undermine “social capital”? Is there a negative impact on the work ethic and spirit of self-reliance?

Fortunately, we have some very good data from a new, must-read book by Nima Sanandaji, who grew up in Sweden. Entitled Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism, Nima’s book is a comprehensive analysis of public policy in that part of the world, both what’s good and what needs improvement.

One of his 11 chapters is about “The Generous Welfare Trap” and it’s filled with very valuable information about the human and societal cost of the welfare state.

Though I can’t resist pointing out that he starts his analysis by citing President Roosevelt.
Franklin D. Roosevelt…was concerned that the institution he was fostering…might destroy the spirit of self-reliance. Two years into his presidency, he held a speech to Congress…the president warned that…”continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” …In today’s political climate, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s view on public benefits would seem quite harsh.
Nima then looks at whether the Nordic nations somehow might be proof that FDR was wrong.
Yet there has been a persistent conviction among the modern proponents of welfare states that it is indeed-somehow-possible to create stable systems with generous benefits and high taxes. The main line of reasoning is based on the Nordics. The welfare states in this part of the world seem to, at least at first glance, succeed in providing extensive services and generous cash benefits without eroding personal responsibility. If generous welfare works in Sweden and Denmark, why not also in the rest of the world?
The problem, as Nima points out, is that these policies don’t work in his part of the world.
And not just because of the fiscal burden. His main point is that the welfare state is weakening people’s integrity.
…the World Values Survey shows that erosion of norms is very much a thing in the Nordics. In the beginning of the 1980s, 82 percent of Swedes and 80 percent of Norwegians agreed with the statement “Claiming government benefits to which you are not entitled is never justifiable.” …However, as the population adjusted their behavior to new economic policies, benefit morale dropped steadily. In the survey conducted between 2005 and 2008, only 56 percent of Norwegians and 61 percent of Swedes believed  that it was never right to claim benefits to which they were not entitled. The survey conducted between 2010 and 2015 only included Sweden out of the Nordic countries. It found that benefit morale had continued to fall, as merely 55 percent of Swedes answered that it was never right to overuse benefits. …Over time even the Nordic people have changed their attitudes as social democratic policies have made it less rewarding to work hard and more rewarding to live off the government.
By the way, at the risk of nit-picking, I would have advised Nima to use the term “benefit morality” rather than “benefit morale.” Though I assume almost all readers will understand the point he’s making.

Returning to our topic, Nima also cites some scholarly research that basically echoes my “Theorem of Societal Collapse.”
Martin Halla, Mario Lackner, and Friedrich G. Schneider performed an empirical analysis of the dynamics of the welfare state. They explained that…”the disincentive effects may materialize only with considerable time lags.” ..However, after some time the expansion of welfare programs leads to a deterioration of benefit morale. The three researchers concluded that “the welfare state destroys its own (economic) foundation and we have to approve the hypothesis of the self-destructive welfare state.”
The bottom line, he explains, is that the Nordic nations have been the best possible example of how a welfare state can operate.

But even in these nations, the narcotic of government dependency has slowly but surely done its damage.
Although Nordic welfare states seemed initially able to avoid this moral hazard, today we know beyond doubt that this was not the case. Even the northern European welfare states-founded in societies with exceptionally strong working ethics and emphasis on individual responsibility-have with time caught up to Roosevelt’s harsh predictions.
The good news is that Nordic nations are trying to undo the damage of the welfare state. Many governments in the region are scaling back the generosity of handouts and trying to restore the work ethic.

I don’t want to give away too much information. You need to buy his book to learn more. And the other 10 chapters are just as enlightening.

I’ll close by simply observing that Calvin Coolidge (as quoted by Ronald Reagan) understood today’s topic way back in the 1920s.

P.S. I’ve also cited Nima’s great work on how people of Nordic descent in America are much more productive than their cousins who remained in Scandinavia, as well as his work showing that Nordic nations originally became rich because of Hong Kong-style economic policy. And I’ve also shared some of his fascinating research on the policies that generate super-entrepreneurs.

Police Officer Prays with Flood Victims, Red Cross tells Him to Stop!

By Onan Coca

Apparently, that whole First Amendment, Freedom of Religion thing is kind of passé for some people at the Red Cross down in Lafayette, Louisiana. I mean, how else could you explain their decision to condemn a police officer for having the audacity to pray with flood victims in need of help?

This past week police officer Clay Higgins stopped by the local Red Cross shelter after work to see how he could be of service to the hurting people of his community. Higgins was still in uniform and carrying a Bible as he spoke and prayed with local residents. After a few minutes on scene he was approached by a Red Cross volunteer who told him that the Red Cross had taken issue with what he was doing and wanted him to leave.

“He said the Red Cross had an issue with me being there. So I asked him what the problem was. He looked down at my Bible and he gestured and said, ‘They have a problem with that.’”.....To Read More.....

My Take - Okay, it's their property and can decide what's done or not done, but I wonder if they would have been willing to stop a Muslim?  What's interesting is the red cross symbol is based on the Swiss flag.  Placing a cross on their flag was granted to them by the German Emporer pleased with their service, and it clearly was intended as a Christian symbol.   Things do change.

Not Worried about Voter Fraud? Watch as a Clinton Campaign Manager Teaches Democrats How to Cheat…

By Tim Brown August 27, 2016

2015, James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas revealed undercover footage of a Democrat attorney and Hillary For President’s campaign manager talking about voter registration laws and told volunteers in Nevada, “Whatever you can get away with, just do it. Until you get kicked out, like totally.”
Christina Gupana, a Las Vegas attorney and Clinton campaign manager spoke to volunteers and uttered those words implying that they were to do whatever they could get away with, not what was necessarily lawful.

Here’s the video:

Don’t bee-lieve the latest bee-pocalypse scare

Now wild bee junk science and scare stories drive demands for anti-pesticide regulations

By Paul Driessen

As stubborn facts ruin their narrative that neonicotinoid pesticides are causing a honeybee-pocalypse, environmental pressure groups are shifting to new scares to justify their demands for “neonic” bans.

Honeybee populations and colony numbers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and elsewhere are growing. It is also becoming increasingly clear that the actual cause of bee die-offs and “colony collapse disorders” is not neonics, but a toxic mix of predatory mites, stomach fungi, other microscopic pests, and assorted chemicals employed by beekeepers trying to control the beehive infestations.

Naturally, anti-pesticide activists have seized on a recent study purporting to show that wild bee deaths in Britain have been correlated with neonic use in oil seed rape fields (canola is a type of OSR). In a saga that has become all too common in the environmental arena, their claims were amplified by news media outlets that share many activist beliefs and biases – and want to sell more subscriptions and advertising.

(Honeybees represent a small number of species that humans have domesticated and keep in hives, to produce honey and pollinate crops. Many are repeatedly trucked long distances, to pollinate almond and other crops as they flower. By contrast, thousands of species of native or wild bees also flourish across the continents, pollinating plants with no human assistance.)

The recent Center for Ecology and Hydrology study examined wild bee population trends over an 18-year period that ended in 2011. It concluded that there was a strong correlation between population and distribution numbers for multiple species of British wild bees and what study authors called their “measure of neonic dose” resulting from the pesticide, which is used as a seed coating for canola crops.

The study is deeply flawed, at every stage – making its analysis and conclusions meaningless. For example, bee data were collected by amateur volunteers, few of whom were likely able to distinguish among some 250 species of UK wild bees. But if even one bee of any species was identified in a 1-by-1 kilometer area during at least two of the study period’s 18 years, the area was included in the CEH study.

This patchy, inconsistent approach means the database that formed the very foundation for the entire study was neither systematic nor reliable, nor scientific. Some species may have dwindled or disappeared in certain areas due to natural causes, or volunteers may simply have missed them. We can never know.

There is no evidence that the CEH authors ever actually measured neonic levels on bees or in pollen collected from OSR fields that the British wild bees could theoretically have visited. Equally relevant, by the time neonics on seeds are absorbed into growing plant tissue, and finally expressed on flecks of pollen, the levels are extremely low: 1.3–3.0 parts per billion, the equivalent of 1–3 seconds in 33 years.

(Coating seeds ensures that pesticides are incorporated directly into plant tissue – and target only harmful pests that feed on the crops. It reduces or eliminates the need to spray crops, which can kill birds, bats and beneficial insects that are in the fields or impacted by accidental “over-sprays.” Indeed, numerous field studies on two continents have found no adverse effects from neonics on honeybees at the hive level.)

A preliminary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency risk assessment for one common neonic sets the safe level for residues on pollen at 25 ppb. Any observable effects on honeybee colonies are unlikely below that. Perhaps wild bees are more susceptible. However, at least two wild bee species (alfalfa leaf cutters and miner bees) are thriving in areas where OSR/canola fields are widespread, and the CEH study found reduced numbers of certain wild bees that do not collect pollen from oil seed rape.

Perhaps most important, the CEH authors appear to have assumed that any declines in wild bee numbers were due to neonicotinoid pesticides in OSR fields, even at very low doses. They discounted or ignored other factors, such as bee diseases, weather and land use changes.

For instance, scientists now know that parasitic Varroa destructor mites and phorid flies severely affect honeybees; so do the Nosema ceranae gut fungus, tobacco ringspot virus and deformed wing virus. Under certain circumstances, those diseases are known to spread to bumblebees and other wild bees.

Significant land development and habitat losses occurred in many parts of Britain from 1930 to 1990, causing wild bee populations to decline dramatically. Thankfully, they have since rebounded – during the same period that neonic use was rising rapidly, replacing older insecticides that clearly are toxic to bees! The CEH team also failed to address those facts.

To compensate for these shortcomings (or perhaps to mask them), the CEH researchers created a sophisticated computer model that supposedly describes and explains the 18 years of wild bee data.

However, as any statistician or modeler knows, models and output are only as good as the assumptions behind them and data fed into them. Garbage in/Garbage out (GIGO) remains the fundamental rule. Greater sophistication simply means more refined refuse, and faster computers simply generate faulty, misleading results more rapidly. They also enable emotional fear-mongering to trump real science.

The CEH models are essentially “black boxes.” Key components of their analytical methodologies and algorithms have not been made public and thus cannot be verified by independent reviewers.

However, the flawed data gathering, unjustified assumptions about neonic impacts, and failure to consider the likely effects of multiple bee diseases and parasites make it clear that the CEH model and conclusions are essentially worthless – and should not be used to drive or justify pesticide policies and regulations.

As Prime Minister Jim Hacker quipped in the theatrical version of the British comedy series Yes, Prime Minister: “Computer models are no different from fashion models. They’re seductive, unreliable, easily corrupted, and they lead sensible people to make fools of themselves.”

And yet studies like this constantly make headlines. That’s hardly surprising. Anti-pesticide campaigners have enormous funding and marvelous PR instincts. Researchers know their influence and next grant can depend on issuing studies that garner alarmist headlines and reflect prevailing news themes and imminent government actions. The news media want to sell ads and papers, and help drive public policy-making.

The bottom line is fundamental: correlation does not equal causation. Traffic lights are present at many intersections where accidents occur; but that does not mean the lights caused most or all of the accidents. The CEH authors simply do not demonstrate that a neonic-wild bee cause-effect relationship exists.

The price to society includes not just the countless dollars invested in useless research, but tens of billions in costs inflicted by laws and regulations based on or justified by that research. Above all, it can lead to “cures” that are worse than the alleged diseases: in this case, neonic bans would cause major crop losses and force growers to resort to older pesticides that clearly are harmful to bees.

There is yet another reason why anti-pesticide forces are focusing now on wild bees. In sharp contrast to the situation with honeybees, where we have extensive data and centuries of beekeeper experience, we know very little about the thousands of wild bee species: where they live and forage, what risks they face, even how many there really are. That makes them a perfect poster child for anti-neonic activists.

They can present all kinds of apocalyptic scenarios, knowing even far-fetched claims cannot be disproven easily, certainly not in time to address new public unease amid discussions about a regulatory proposal.

The Center for Ecology and Hydrology study involved seriously defective data gathering and analytical methodologies. More troubling, it appears to have been released in a time and manner calculated to influence a European Union decision on whether to continue or rescind a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.

Sloppy or junk science is bad enough in and of itself. To use it deliberately, to pressure lawmakers or regulators to issue cures that may be worse than alleged diseases, is an intolerable travesty.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and other books on the environment.

What happens when we ignore red flags?

Patrice Lewis urges readers to be 'at least as wise as a barnyard chicken'

One morning last summer, I went outside to release the chickens from their coop. Normally they rushed to the compost pile or the barn or some other usual haunt; but this time they all stood stock-still under the awning by their coop, utterly silent. Their heads were cocked upward. I scanned the skies for a predator but didn’t see anything.

But I was wrong, and the chickens were right. Perched way atop a dead tree was a great blue heron. A heron is a carnivore, but its usual prey is fish, frogs, etc. It would certainly never attack a chicken – not so much because it wouldn’t mind a nice juicy little chick, but because its body is not suitable to a swoop-and-catch like a hawk or eagle. But the hens, responding to a deep-seated instinct, knew it paid to be wary........Nikita Khrushchev famously said, “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”....

The fact is, very little happens that doesn’t give some sort of advanced warning. All it takes is vigilance and a determination not to depend wholly on the mainstream media, which tend to filter world and national events to support their own agenda...........Folks, it’s time to recapture that internal instinct and pay attention to red flags. And then prepare yourself physically, financially and spiritually. Learn how to safeguard your home and family; learn how to safeguard your money; and learn how to safeguard your soul. Above all, keep your eyes peeled for predators. Surely we can all be at least as wise as a barnyard chicken.......... Read more

 
 

China targets another U.S. industry for extinction

Curtis Ellis on how Beijing harmed rural America's aluminum smelters

Curtis Ellis

For another American industry, it’s a wrap.   American aluminum producers are the latest casualties in our trade war with China – a war the United States is losing.  The tactics China is using to foil the aluminum industry are familiar.   Beijing’s communist government provides its domestic aluminum producers with subsidies, including low-cost electricity and tax breaks.   For example, raw aluminum ingots are called “manufactured goods” so they can benefit from a 15 percent export tax rebate and undersell American producers.............With China grabbing more market share, only one U.S. foil producer is left standing.

We’ve seen this movie before.

Whether it’s automotive parts, electronics, textiles, appliances, paper, agricultural products or processed foods, China targets a sector for global domination and then subsidizes its domestic champions to drive foreign competitors into bankruptcy.   Underneath the aluminum foil, the turkeys you see are U.S. policymakers who fail to recognize that what China is practicing is neither free trade nor free market capitalism.

The Washington establishment is paid not to see that......... Read more

Mugabe orders arrest of entire Zimbabwean Olympic team

No medals – 'We have wasted the country’s money on these rats we call athletes'
Nigerian Bulletin

President Robert Mugabe has ordered the arrest of the entire Zimbabwean Olympic team for failing to win a medal at the just concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, a report from NTA says. .....He added that, the money invested in the team to represent the country could have been used to provide amenities and build schools........Read more

My Take - Mugabe complaining about money being wasted is the pot calling the kettle black. He and his corrupt coterie have raped the nation, impoverished and brutalized the population and destroyed the economy. 

As one Zimbabwean citizen stated:

“When the country changed from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, we were very excited,” one man, Kizita, told me in a village of mud-walled huts near this town in western Zimbabwe. “But we didn’t realize the ones we chased away were better and the ones we put in power would oppress us.”
“It would have been better if whites had continued to rule because the money would have continued to come,” added a neighbor, a 58-year-old farmer named Isaac. “It was better under Rhodesia. Then we could get jobs. Things were cheaper in stores. Now we have no money, no food.”

And these Olympians are arrested.  The world is insane!

Postcard From Zimbabwe



Here’s a measure of how President Robert Mugabe is destroying this once lush nation of Zimbabwe:
In a week of surreptitious reporting here (committing journalism can be a criminal offense in Zimbabwe), ordinary people said time and again that life had been better under the old, racist, white regime of what was then called Rhodesia.  “When the country changed from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, we were very excited,” one man, Kizita, told me in a village of mud-walled huts near this town in western Zimbabwe. “But we didn’t realize the ones we chased away were better and the ones we put in power would oppress us.”........The tragedy that has unfolded here can be reversed if Mr. Mugabe is obliged by international pressure, particularly from South Africa, to hold free elections. Worldwide pressure forced the oppressive Rhodesian regime to give up power three decades ago. Now we need similar pressure, from African countries as well as Western powers, to pry Mr. Mugabe’s fingers from his chokehold on a lovely country.......To Read More....
 
My Take - As usual these leftist writers are clueless.  There will be no international pressure to force Mugabe to do anything.  He's black, and he's a leftist.  What makes him a leftist? He's the center of the universe in his nation.  All is central planning - in this case central theft.  He's tyrannical, he cares not for his people, he's murderous, he's corrupt and he's president for life.  He's a leftist.