Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From OpenMarket.org - Free Markets & Limited Government

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012 09:10 AM PDT
While Camden New Jersey is being devastated by budget cuts, homicides are accumulating at record pace and unemployment is skyrocketing. Despite the city’s plight, the Mayor Dana Redd is unable to even order two police union bosses, whose salaries are paid for by taxpayers, to fulfill their duties to serve the Camden community.
Cross-posted on Newwallofsepartation.org

Posted: 27 Aug 2012 09:00 AM PDT
Just another week in the world of regulation: - For more data, go to TenThousandCommandments.com.

Posted: 27 Aug 2012 08:17 AM PDT
Over the weekend I read Barbarians to Angels by Peter Wells, which is a mostly successful attempt to rehabilitate the Dark Ages’ dismal reputation. The written sources are mostly from the Roman perspective, so one understands their rampant pessimism. Wells, an archaeologist, prefers a different historiographical method: archaeology. There is more to history than mere texts. Roman inventions such as concrete were lost, and though literacy did not disappear, it wasn’t anywhere near where it was in Roman times; there was decline. But civilization did not die. International trade stayed alive, and with it the swirling exchange of ideas, customs, religions, and inventions that accompany commerce. Artifacts from as far away as India, Sri Lanka, and China have been found in Dark Age sites in Sweden and Ireland…..We truly live in amazing times.

This next post will take some time. RK

Solyndra In Space?
Posted: 27 Aug 2012 07:15 AM PDT
Here we go again.
It’s unfortunate that so many supposed conservatives are opposed to competitive markets in spaceflight, to the point that they embarrass themselves with ignorant rants against the Obama space policy, one of the very few things that the administration has gotten sort of right. This time, it’s at Big Government, by someone named George Landrith, and it would be an embarrassment to the late and justifiably revered Andrew Breitbart, who started that web site. To address all of the ill-informed nonsense unfortunately requires a good old-fashioned fisking (warning: long post to follow):  Despite the news and pictures from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, America’s once great space program is on life support because we no longer have a serious manned space exploration program. ……Look, no one likes anti-Obama rants more than I do (I’ve certainly done my own share), but when they’re so ill-informed, and so illogical as this one, it just buttresses the notion that some people just reflexively hate whatever the president does, just because the president did it. And when they’re used to ignorantly bash one of the few good policies the administration has come up with, it makes one despair of either sane politics, or ever getting off the planet.

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