California’s skyrocketing housing costs, taxes prompt exodus of residents

If it weren’t for the clueless government and traffic why would anyone leave?

The only reasons many people have stuck around as long as they have is because the weather in much of California is fantastic and because one can drive from orange groves to world class or close to world class skiing in 2 hours. (In theory.) One can put up with a lot when it’s 75 degrees, sunny, with low humidity. I know I could.

But there are limits.

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Penn Jillette shares why he’s a libertarian (VIDEO)

We have no affiliation with Libertarianism.org but we do occasionally feature their stuff. I just liked this simple video from Penn Jillette and I thought I’d post for our readers.

Really, why not just live and let live? People are different. Let people be different without the state coming down on their heads. Kind of the point of this country (the USA) really.

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Logical end to socialism in Venezuela – You Won’t Believe What We Saw In Socialist Venezuela!! (VIDEO)

And…Fail.

Another great report out of Caracas. I have to say that these guys have got to be at least a little nuts. Though we are thankful for the light they are shining on the situation in Venezuela.

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(Are you ready?) Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

 

I’ve been following digital implants and under the skin RFID chips for over a decade. Interestingly the first responses to my posts were incredulous mixed with off the wall conspiracy rants. Then as the reality of such devices has increasingly rushed toward us people have begun to think seriously about what it means to have a tracking chip embedded in their person. What does it mean that the device which holds your financial information also houses you medical information?

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UK Politics, EU Referendum: Massive swing to Brexit – with just 12 days to go

This is excellent news. And what may appear as a purely European and British issue is not. It is vitally important for those of us in the States also. A rejection of the EU by the UK is a rejection of the deeply crony political system which has metastasized in Brussels. If the Brits choose to leave the EU it will be a rebuke of the bureaucratic technocratic culture which has emerged on both sides of the Atlantic since the end of the Cold War.

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Allies of Rand Paul, Koch take aim at hawks (Call them the “defense owls”)

I refer to people like Rand Paul as defense “owls.” They aren’t doves. They aren’t hawks. They are smart and staid. They are “owls.”

The creation of this think tank is encouraging. Indeed it is vital that the neocons, the big government hawks which defined the Bush era (the Clinton era?) be countered and shown for the advocates of massive government that they are. Conservatives historically have not been for waging war across the globe, and particularly without the sanction of Congress and by extension the American people.

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Who Has Donated The Most Money To Bernie Sanders? – The Unemployed

This story is not entirely an indictment of Sanders. Better the unemployed fund the guy’s campaign than Goldman Sachs or Monsanto. (Seriously.) Still it isn’t exactly a good sign either. Many of the folks sending money are receiving that money first via government, taxpayer funded programs. They presumably give with the hope that Bernie will expand government, taxpayer funded programs. That’s not really progress. Though regular welfare is slightly better than corporate welfare, which more than rivals regular welfare in cost to taxpayers,

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Tale of Trump and partner in Azerbaijan real estate project

It has been my experience that real estate guys are generally of a kind. They like to leverage up and often think they are smarter than they actually are. They’ll ride a rising tide and then crash on the rocks when the economy deteriorates. (But this is certainly not always the case.)

Real estate can also be an extremely crony business. Who gets what permit? Do the union construction guys show up on a particular day? What of the homes (and sometimes lives) demolished to make way for a new development?

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How much of US corporate profits comes from cronyism? Maybe a lot and growing

This is a big problem people. Businesses are increasingly getting addicted to the government extracted money which comes from you and me. (And from our children and their children’s children.) Good to see even the folks at Harvard getting hip to this. Now if we could just reduce the key to crony capitalism, the thing which insulates these businesses from competition and which costs consumers billions, crony government. (And really there is no other kind.)

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