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UN warned Trump that ObamaCare repeal could violate international law

Frankly the U.N. has no power or authority to interfere in the internal affairs of any nation, member or not.

Trump Directs DeVos to Enforce Local Control of Education

Education should be under local control. It should be answerable to parents.

Al Gore’s New Group Demands $15 Trillion To Fight Global Warming

Four or five years ago, climate change alarmists were telling me that the movement WAS NOT about money and power.

Cops Detain Entire School, Illegally Search/Grope 900 Kids — Find NOTHING, Parents Furious

Libertarians have been comparing public schools to prisons for years.

Patients with Drug-Resistant Malaria Cured by Plant Therapy Developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

“Tablets made from dried leaves of the Artemisia annua plant cured 18 critically ill patients in a Congo clinic.“ Incredibly amazing news.

Massachusetts Legalizes Cannabis, Cops Keep Arresting People

Yeah, about that… Cops are breaking the law, although I am sure they don't see it that way.

John Deere just told the copyright office that only corporations can own property, humans can only license it

The company is telling farmers that they can't fix their own tractors and they can't access the data. This is going to be a big one. It reminds me of a few years back when Monsanto told farmers they couldn't use the seeds their crops produced without company permission.

The Credit Unions and Small Banks That Solved the Cannabis Cash Crisis

Given a fraction of a chance, the free market can do amazing things.

That Time a Professional Football Team Fact-Checked The New York Times

Another reason why people don't believe the mainstream media.

Department of Defense Approves Heathen Belief Codes

It is with great joy we announce that Heathen, Asatru, Druid, and several others are now official Belief codes.” Religious freedom means everyone's beliefs.

Former FEC Chairwoman Calls for ‘Regulations’ of Political Speech on the Internet

Never mind violating the First Amendment.


Arizona Arbor Day

Last Friday in April, state tree is paloverde.

National Arbor Day

Last Friday in April.

Nevada Arbor Day

Last Friday in April, state trees are single leaf pinon and bristlecone pine.

Utah Arbor Day

Last Friday in April, state tree is blue spruce.

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Green doesn't work

Solar and wind power are not practical. The sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow. On a large scale that alone means there has to be at least as much generating capacity in standby as the sun and the wind provide. That means the "backup" has to be ready 24 7 to pick up if the solar or wind power dies down. The cost of the backup isn't included in the reported costs of solar and wind power.

In addition, solar and wind power can't be "ramped up" as demand increases. And if the peak demand times aren't when the sun is up (like in Las Vegas), solar doesn't work.

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“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

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Government shutdown

And this would be a bad thing how?

I know what CNN is saying.

But realistically, why would a government shutdown be bad?

We know what Milton Friedman said.
Pretty much everything else could be done better by the states or the private sector.

If your local grocery store closed because they forgot to order, you'd go somewhere else. If the plumber you called couldn't come because his truck got repossessed, you'd call another. If your favorite coffee place had no one to work and was closed, well, there are other options.

But with government services, there aren't options.

Government doesn't like competition.

Every year, statists tell you How Important Government Is and how the "other party" is about to screw up your life.

It's political theater.

There isn't even a budget.

The last time there was officially a budget was 2009. But it was pretty much a budget in name only. Even if there was a budget, it would be several thousand pages long, incredibly detailed on some things and disturbingly vague on others. It's meant to be abused. I don't want to examine the Federal budget process here but I will tell you that even if Congress makes no changes, each agency gets the same amount it had the previous year plus an automatic increase. This is the so-called discretionary spending.

That's right. It takes an act of Congress to keep spending at the same level it was in the previous year.

The default setting is more government and more spending.

Then there is the mandatory spending which isn't part of the budget process. Congress may revisit the rules every few years on mandatory spending qualifications, but it usually rolls along on it's own. Mandatory spending is about two-thirds of the budget, Social Security alone is about one-third.

And I haven't even gotten to earmarks.

Government doesn't like competition so it locks private interests out of the services it provides. It manipulates you into blaming the other party so it can tax and spend more of your money. And it expects thanks for it's hard work.

Government shutdown.

This would be a bad thing how?


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Silence

The Bad Manners of the Campus Left

What the hooligans last Thursday at my lecture in Colorado were objecting to was a very different kind of invasion—a peaceful, voluntary offering of ideas they were unaware of, didn’t want to hear, and thought it was their right to prevent others from hearing. Their intent was to intimidate, to harass, to silence, to dominate. This is not conduct that a citadel of education should tolerate for an instant.

Interesting, isn’t it, that what some go to college for, others find “offensive.” As I watched the incident occur, I thought to myself, “I’m standing in a taxpayer-funded institution of supposedly ‘higher’ education, not a Khmer Rouge re-education camp, for crying out loud!”
     — Lawrence W. Reed

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“Why They Attack Us & Why We Let Them” by Roaming Millennial

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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Newspeak

propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings
     — Merriam-Webster
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NeoNotes - “Adding CO2 to the atmosphere is bad” - updated

We know that most climate models use a “carbon cascade effect" that has never been measured or even observed.

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Official Solution®

Once there is an Official Solution® even if it's a really really bad one, government will resist any attempt to make it better.
     — NeoWayland
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What a liberal university used to mean

“In defense of the offensive“ & “A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college”

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“American Indians Are Still Getting a Raw Deal”

“American Indians are the poorest of all of America's ethnic groups. Why?”

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NeoNotes - Best intentions - updated

The problem is that the best intentions can lead to the worst results.

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