Want to Reduce the Price of EpiPens? Approve Some Competition!

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Yet another example of the state getting involved in medicine and the state making it possible for protected monopolies to cash in.  It’s not the market that pushed up prices on epipens. It’s the lack of market forces.

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Still Hating Breitbart: Clinton camp says Breitbart has no “right to exist”?

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This is one of the reasons why we asked our readers whether they felt the 1st Amendment was under attack. Breitbart doesn’t have a right to exist? What kind of bs is that?

As the attached article points out this is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook. Thing is the Clinton camp picking a fight with a seasoned scrapper in Breitbart. Bannon and company are unlikely to be as gentile as the Kochs.

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Why can’t Brazil get it together? Crony Capitalism

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For all the cronyism we have in the United States, and we have plenty and it is growing, Brazil is far beyond us. It is truly a crony capitalist state through and through. It has probably always been but the country’s recent socialist leaders haven’t helped things.

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4,000 Native Americans in Bundy Ranch-Style Protest as DHS Cuts Water Supply — Media Blackout

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Where I live Dominion Power is trying to use eminent domain to force through a pipeline from West Virginia to the Atlantic. Thanks to lower gas prices and a concerted effort from relatively well off land owners the pipeline, for the moment, has been held at bay. Things are a little more advanced out in Sioux country apparently. We are shocked that the Army Corps of Engineers, you know the federal government that has been so good to Native Americans over the years,

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The big defense contractors are lining up behind Hillary Clinton

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I am currently editing a collection of past essays and last night I was editing the “neocon” chapter. I noticed that we argued multiple times in 2014-2015 that with the rise of Rand Paul the neocons, the pro-war crowd in the GOP and with them the weapons manufacturers, might defect to Hillary Clinton.

But as it turned out it wasn’t Rand who sent the big government GOP war advocates to Hillary, it was Trump.

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45 Years Without Gold (Standard)

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Of course even when Nixon completely detached the dollar from gold we had a very very modified gold standard. But at least there was some tie to reality.

Now we live in an almost completely fiat system, though it can be argued – well – that oil is the de facto backer of US currency these days, the so called petrodollar. (Though some do not buy this argument.) Regardless we live in a highly financialized world with lots and lots of cheap money floating around.

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Los Angeles VA Hospital Lost 30 Cars, Then Fired Worker Who Reported It

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The more I read about the corruption in the Veterans Affairs system the more I am convinced that the whole thing should be scrapped. I mean how many scandals are we supposed to endure? Every 3 months there’s another example of blatant mismanagement and crony capitalism. How does one “lose” 30 cars?

Now, most of the problem lay with the massive bureaucracy of the system but the attached story reminds me of a joke I just heard.

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The Coming Free Speech Apocalypse

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There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.

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Idiocracy Director: It’s Kind of Scary How Quickly the Movie Became a Documentary

We had a friend over recently and conversation quickly turned to our Idiocracy-like state of affairs.

(From The Anti Media)

Judge, the creative mind behind Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, and HBO’s Silicon Valley, told the Daily Beast “it’s a tad bit scary” how closely the film and real world now parallel each other.

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Venezuela’s Latest Response to Food Shortages: Ban Lines Outside Bakeries

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If there is one thing that is ubiquitous in socialist countries it is lines. Lines for food. Lines for health care. Lines for transportation. Lots of lines. But the Maduro government in Venezuela, embarrassed by all the photos and videos of people queuing up to fill their stomachs has figured out a solution.

Just ban lines.

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