This is modern Europe, Britain save yourself, Vote Brexit – This is acceptable behavior now in Calais France? (Video)

I was just speaking to an engineer who is originally from Trinidad who expressed hope that Britain will come to its senses and will vote for Brexit. He has family in the UK and knows well the incompetence of the bureaucrats in Brussels.

How can the Europeans allow this to happen to them? Is the welfare state so worth preserving (good luck with that) that you guys are willing to flush what you have down the toilet?

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For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds

Well, some people want the US to be more like Europe. So congrats. In Italy for instance it’s perfectly natural for 30 year old Giuseppe to live off of his parents. That’s the expectation in many cases and it is a reflection not only of a culture but of a poorer society and a less dynamic middle class.

That our president has promoted the below kind of post adolescent adolescence isn’t helpful either.

(From Pew Research)

In addition,

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Rep. Mulvaney weighs in on the Pentagon’s massive overseas slush fund

Why are we writing the Pentagon a nearly blank check? It’s just not very smart.

“Conservatives,” open ended military spending is not very conservative at all.

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The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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A collection of VA scandals over the past few years (Too many to list in one post)

This is not exhaustive but in light of the recent statement by the Veterans Affairs chief comparing waiting for treatment at VA hospitals to waiting in line at Disney World we figured we’d post some of the other VA stories we’ve done relatively recently. The level of dysfunction at the agency is remarkable. This is what “single payer” healthcare looks like, slow, red tape, top heavy crony administration, people dying waiting for treatment.

 

307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care,

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58 Percent of Voters Willing To Go With Someone Other Than Trump or Clinton

Winds of change are blowing.

That feels about right. And it should be remembered that the state as we know it is very much a product of the 20th Century. Just as highly centralized, highly hierarchical corporations are. Corporations have been forced to adjust to the new less centralized world (though this is ongoing), governments are just beginning to feel the winds of change.

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Chicago’s Pension-Fund Woes Just Became $11.5 Billion Bigger

The folks in Washington are trying to bail out Puerto Rico with taxpayer money. Watch, as Illinois and other states and cities with massive government sectors and high taxes continue to crumble they will start agitating for their own bailouts. Again I say it’s time to consider carving out the big cities. They seem to hold the rest of the country in contempt anyway. I say let the big government islands bail themselves out if they fail to come to terms with fiscal reality.

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What the hell is wrong with Google? Today it honors an apologist for Bin Laden and Mao

“I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire.” – Yuri Kochiyama in The Objector

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‘Stunning’: EPA had to pay $55K to get child molester to retire

One of the things which drives many of us in the private sector, the productive sector, nuts is the degree to which at least some in the “public” sector are protected even in the face of gross incompetence and even occasional outright criminal behavior. How are we supposed to feel confident about our government when we know that the bureaucracy looks out for itself first and considers serving the citizenry secondary. (If we are lucky.) How can we feel confident about our civil system,

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Are climate change skeptics criminals? Should holding contrary opinions draw the attention of the Attorney General in the “Land of the Free”? (VIDEO)

Free speech. Free speech. A thousand times, free speech!

This video isn’t really about climate change. It’s about free speech.

One may not like the opinion of another but in this country one is allowed to express unpopular opinions. Even if you think someone’s opinion or group is backward, hurtful, bigoted, uninformed, whatever, that person or group has the right to express that opinion. Unpopular speech is what the 1st Amendment is all about after all. One would think that Mr.

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America: A Nation of Idiots (?)

I added the question mark to the headline.

I have to say that we do some pretty stupid things. We vote for people who take away our rights, who lie straight faced to us. We continue to prop a banking system which plays us for, well, idiots. We continue to let a political class act as it wishes even as it gives the rest of America the finger. We allow wars to be waged in distant places at great cost to life,

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