Sunday, November 29, 2015

What's the difference? Government regulates food ingredients or the Pope regulates ingredients

I've talked about this before, and since it's the Christmas Holidays I thought I would bring it up again.

The whole idea of discussing this is to ask the following question:  If the Pope decided today to force all of the world to follow certain dietary rules, would we follow him?  If not, why are we allowing the government to tell us what food we can and can not buy or use? The transfat stupidity is a good example of this. 

Stollen is a favorite holiday cake in Germany mainly during Christmas.  I would call it a "poor man's fruit cake" since the only fruit in it are raisins (there are variations, though). Its roots go back several hundred years when the Catholic Church governed over the affairs of men.

Here is the Wikipedia article on the salient details:
Early Stollen was different, the ingredients were very different - flour, oats and water.[6]

As a Christmas bread stollen was baked for the first time at the Council of Trent in 1545,[7] and was made with flour, yeast, oil and water.

The Advent season was a time of fasting, and bakers were not allowed to use butter, only oil, and the cake was tasteless and hard.[4]

In the 15th century, in medieval Saxony (in central Germany, north of Bavaria and south of Brandenburg), the Prince Elector Ernst (1441–1486) and his brother Duke Albrecht (1443–1500) decided to remedy this by writing to the Pope in Rome. The Saxon bakers needed to use butter, as oil in Saxony was expensive, hard to come by, and had to be made from turnips.

Pope Nicholas V (1397–1455), in 1450[citation needed]denied the first appeal. Five popes died before finally, Pope Innocent VIII, (1432–1492)[7] in 1490 sent a letter to the Prince, known as the "Butter-Letter" which granted the use of butter (without having to pay a fine), but only for the Prince-Elector and his family and household.

Others were also permitted to use butter, but on the condition of having to pay annually 1/20th of a gold Gulden to support the building of the Freiberg Minster. The ban on butter was removed when Saxony became Protestant.

Over the centuries, the bread changed from being a simple, fairly tasteless "bread" to a sweeter bread with richer ingredients, such as marzipan, although traditional Stollen is not as sweet, light and airy as the copies made around the world.
At the Dresden Hauptbahnhof, they have a small walk-through history of the Stollen,  I have a photo of a portion of the display that gives a rather shortened version of the same story.  But it does mention the "Butter Letter" that just absolved the elite and wealthy from having to refrain from using butter.  Doesn't this sound like the Federal Government and the "too big to fail" banks and bankers?

So fast forward to today.  Can you imagine a WHOLE COUNTRY, such as the USA following the edicts of a holy man - or unholy man, whatever the case may be?  and bowing down to this holy man and only eating what he allows us to eat and when we can eat it?

If your answer is no, then please tell me why we allow the Federal  Government to tell us what foods we can and can not eat?  Shouldn't we be just as incensed at the Feds telling us what to do as we would be if the Pope told us all what to do?  I see no difference.

And you should see no difference, too, and be just as upset about it as I am.  And tell the Feds to stick it up their asses.


I was bemused when I first read this.  But the implications are actually very frightening.  It proves that we have not learned from the past and we are certainly doomed to repeat it.

Fascism, and the rise of Hitler have been linked to warming temperatures.  Thus says an article written in 1941.  O.M.G.
Increasing warmer temperatures throughout the world may produce a trend toward dictatorial governments in the opinion of Dr Clarence A Mills, professor of experimental medicine at the University of Cincinnati. In fact, Dr Mills believes that the rise to power of Adolf Hitler in Germany and Benito Mussolini in Italy may be due in part to the gradual warming temperature of the world. --The Mason City Globe-Gazette, 27 March 1941

Wake judge rules against teen facing off against NC on climate change

Hah!  I misread this at first.  I should have known better.  I just woke up and just had my first cup of coffee.

This is a deluded kid.  Thank God my kids know better.  My 14 year old child knows more about the fallicies of climate change than most kids her age.

Hallie Turner is a product of brain washing.  Pure and simple.  She might as well have been taught how to blow Jews up and how to chop off their heads.  Same thing.

“It’s an issue that I’m always going to continue trying to make a difference in,” Hallie said during a phone interview. “There’s lots of next steps that can be taken.”

Hallie, an eighth-grader at Ligon Middle School who has been marching and rallying against global warming since the 4th grade, is one of a number of teens taking their states and politicians to court over climate change.
Wake up!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE GONE WILD: US cops seized more property than criminals stole in 2014 – FBI



This Will Bust San Francisco’s Insane Home Price Bubble

Just insane!  I can't think of a worse time to try to buy a house in SF!!  Median condo price of $1.1 million??
About 59,000 housing units are under construction or in the planning stages, based on the SF Planning Department’s new Q3 report. They’ll come on the market over the next five to six years to increase the city’s housing stock of 382,000 units by over 15%. About 3,500 units already came on the market in 2014. This year, even more units are coming on the market. In 2016, the floodgates will open. And mostly expensive units.

But that’s just the near-ish term. There are three additional mega-construction projects in the pipeline that will take a little longer: Park Merced (5,700 units), Hunters Point which includes the contaminated Navy shipyards (10,300 units), and Treasure Island, also a former Navy site with radioactive contamination, a scandal I wrote about in 2012 (7,800 units). With these projects, the housing supply in the pipeline jumps to over 82,000 units.
I don't see this ending well at all!

This happened in Florida during the last market collapse.  That was horrible.

Rule of law? FORGET IT!

This is exactly why businesses are leaving this nation.  If there is no rule of law, what do you have?  Despotism and a dictatorship.  A banana republic.
In 2012, having spent $180,000 defending himself against three separate state actions, Frost sued the attorney general, the state Banking Department and several state employees of both departments, claiming the state retroactively applied a new law, lied in court, conducted an illegal search and overlooked the reasons for the initial complaint that triggered the investigation.

Frost also claimed violation of his Constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure, and brought negligent supervision claims against several state officials and agencies.

All of those claims were dismissed in Superior Court under the doctrine of “official immunity,” which placed a heavy burden of proof on Frost.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld that ruling, quoting a precedent which stated, “This exacting standard gives government officials breathing room to make reasonable but mistaken judgments by protecting all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law.”
Reasonable?  There was NOTHING reasonable about what occurred to this man.

The partial good news is the legislature is pushing a law through to reimburse Mr. Frost the money due him.  What really needs to happen is make the agency bosses responsible for what happened.

Parody Video hits the mark on pathetic Leftist Controlled Speech

And the really sad part?  It's all true.

Stockton threatened with lawsuit over prayer rally

No one is hurt by this.  What is to object to?

"As long as there is crime and homicides in Stockton, I'm going to continue to lead the city in prayer," said Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva.

Silva said he does not believe he did anything wrong when he held a 12-hour prayer rally in Stockton last week.

"I don't think I did anything wrong. My city had its 40th homicide. So we are in desperate need of immediate action. Residents want something done and want to feel safe, and if I have to give them hope and prayer, that is what I will do," said Silva.

The group Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers said prayer rallies are unconstitutional.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit ‘Irrational’ – ‘Based On Nonsense’ – ‘Leading us down a false path’

The war on carbon dioxide is so stunningly stupid, you have to sometimes wonder what is the real reason for waging it?

Lindzen singled out Secretary of State John Kerry for his ‘ignorance’ on science.

“John Kerry stands alone,” Lindzen said. “Kerry expresses his ignorance of what science is,” he added.

Lindzen also criticized EPA Chief Gina McCarthy’s education: “I don’t want to be snobbish, but U Mass Boston is not a very good school,” he said to laughter.

Lindzen concluded his talk by saying: “Learn how to identify claims that have no alarming implications and free to say ‘So what?’”

Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer, who has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, called policies to reduce CO2 “based on nonsense.”

“Policies to slow CO2 emissions are really based on nonsense. They are all based on computer models that do not work. We are being led down a false path.

“Our breath is not that different from a power plant,” he continued.

“To call carbon dioxide a pollutant is really Orwellian. You are calling something a pollutant that we all produce. Where does that lead us eventually?” he asked.

“Coal, formed from ancient CO2, is a benefit to the world. Coal is CO2 from ancient atmospheres. We are simply returning CO2 to the atmosphere from which it came when you burn coal. And it’s a good thing since it is at very low levels in the atmosphere. We are in a CO2 famine. It is very, very low,” Happer explained.
Yes!  Someone who agrees with me!!

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 - #ManOnTheMoon

John Lewis also has some good ones.

And then there is this spoof:

Sainsbury’s OFFICIAL Christmas Advert 2015 – Mog’s Christmas Calamity

Well, it's getting close enough to Christmas that I thought I would share this Sainsbury advertisement.  Otherwise, I'd forget.

They always have good ones.

Lockheed Martin's hybrid airships get the green light

I love this stuff!
The LMH1, prototypes of which have been in development for two decades, will have room for a crew of two, and up to 19 passengers.

But it won't come cheap. Current estimates suggests the price of the hybrid airship will be between £25 million to £30 million, or approximately $40 million.

Lockheed and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have worked together for more than a decade to define the criteria to certify hybrid airships for transport.

Here's a youtube video on the news.

Fusion: Are We There Yet?

Reynolds had a blog post on various fusion reactors that are in the works.  My favorite, for no apparent reason is the Polywell Fusion Reactor.  I think I like it because it's been sort of the underdog.

This is a good article that talks about the state of their reactor:

EMC2 has been conducting U.S. Navy-supported research for two decades on a reactor called the polywell, which combines two fusion technologies: electron beams to heat plasma to 100 million degrees and a magnetic bottle to confine the hot plasma. According to a Navy review, the company’s scientists have validated these ideas, and next they must demonstrate that the technologies can support a fusion reaction—the last step before possible commercialization in the form of an electricity-producing reactor.

EMC2 is seeking private investment for a three-year, $30 million commercial research program to prove the polywell can work as a nuclear fusion power generator. “We have had a 20-year involvement by the Navy, and it has been a very productive relationship,” says Park. “We were able to address a lot of basic scientific questions.” He understands that at this point, the company has to give up its government subsidy and seek private funding. “The Navy’s view is that they will provide transitional funds, but it’s time for us to go out on our own,” he says. “In their view, we’re becoming an adult.”

Park hopes to appeal to deep-pocket individual investors, as well as family offices and foundations that are committed to solving the energy problem—“people who look at this as their responsibility and their destiny,” he says. “It’s our generation’s job to solve the energy problem. Whenever we created energy in the past, we created pollution and created problems about sustainability, and we’ve done that for more than 200 years.”

Thursday, November 19, 2015

California high tech company to relocate to DeWitt

A company named Soraa:
Parker says, "When you go to put on your clothes in the morning or if you go by furniture you don't have to go to the window to see what it looks like, light should be full spectrum and should look like sunlight and should be healthy and that's what Soraa brings to the market."

The State has also kicked in $90 million in incentives the Governor says will leverage over a billion dollars in private sector investment the next ten years.

“Soraa is a $1.3 billion enterprise, 420 jobs and that's what this is all about my friend. It’s about creating jobs for the future," Governor Andrew Cuomo says.

The shell of the facility should be finished by the end of the year. Production is slated for the second half of 2016.

CA 7th graders sing Islam ‘fight song’ penned by teacher

How could a teacher think that a song like this would be appropriate?
The lyrics were set to “This is our fight song!” and read: 
Like a sandstorm
On the desert
Sending camels
Into motion

Like how a single faith
Can make a heart open
They might only have one god
but they can make an explosion


And all those things they have to say
Islam … Allah’s on the way
They will preach them loud tonight
Can you hear their voices this time?

This is their fight song,
Spread Islam now song,
Prove that they’re right song,

Their power’s turned on,
Starting right now they’ll be strong
They’ll play their fight song,

And they don’t really care,
If no Jews or C’s believe,
Cause they still have
A lot of others to reach

Umayyads, and Abbasids
Seljuk turks and ottomans,
Spread the faith,
Say Spread the faith

The Moguls rule in India,
Spreading Islam from their bones,
Still believe,
Yeah they still believe


Like a sandstorm
On the desert
Sending camels
Into motion

Italian Prosecutors Investigate Olive Oil Makers for Fraud. Pick CA Olive OIls

I mentioned this several years ago.  And amazingly, it's still being talked about.  And finally, officials are getting involved to put a stop to it. I hope, anyway.
Prosecutors in the northern city of Turin announced the investigation Tuesday after customs officials independently confirmed the findings by the magazine "Il Test," which published a cover story last spring revealing that nine out of 20 bottles it tested were not extra-virgin as labeled.

The good news is that here in the USA, California olive oil producers generally believe in truth in advertising.  Also, there is a good website that recommends virgin olive oils that it deems to be true olive oils.  In fact, the guy who runs the blog, Tom Mueller, has written a book about it all.

Here's a link to his recos on supremarket olive oils.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Better red than fed: California school's communist Che Cafe needs handout

You have to wonder about a people who worship such a cold hearted murderer.  And then they have the audacity to ask the taxpayers to pay for work to bring it up to code.
“The venue has been operating for 34 years and it’s the longest-running volunteer space in Southern California, if not in all of California,” café volunteer Rene Vera told last year. “And our building is covered in murals that document a lot of that history.”

But there are critics on campus who believe a failing cafe that celebrates a murderous revolutionary does not deserve public funds. But Amanda Fitzmorris, chairwoman of the College Republicans at UCSD, told The College Fix that the space "celebrates a dictator who enforced a murderous totalitarian police state that clamped down on free expression." Her group spray-painted one of Guevara's most infamous quotes, “To execute a man we don’t need proof of his guilt,” on a mural in a campus free speech zone to raise awareness to Guevara's legacy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Shale Oil Boom Is Alive And Well In West Texas

Well, this was sort of a surprise.
Production in the Permian Basin is expected to rise another 0.6 percent in December, totaling 2.02 million barrels a day. Other shale plays aren’t fairing so well. The Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays are down 12 percent and 25 percent respectively, leading Exxon Mobile and other oil companies to focus efforts on the Permian for its competitive energy opportunities.

“We’re already seeing a lot of people that are targeting the Permian,” Allen Gilmer, CEO of Drilling Info Inc told Bloomberg. “If you were to look for the most stable area today to go do anything, it’s got to be there. Today you might even argue it’s more stable than Saudi Arabia.”
And this quote is....astounding!
The oil rich Permian Basin is becoming a beacon to the rest of the industry which is mired in the lingering effects of OPEC’s long term low price strategy. It’s easy to see why the region is such a lure for energy investors, as just one layer of the Permian Basin contains 75 billion barrels of oil, which would last the world two years, according to Bloomberg.

“It’s the last oil basin standing,” said CEO of Concho Resources Will Giraud. “It’s the last place you can drill in this environment and make money. It’s the last place where there’s still a tremendous amount of resources to be discovered.”

String of Felons Worked With Nonprofit Cofounded by Bill Clinton

A person is known by the company he keeps.
The Hampshire Hotels president was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $500,000 fine, according to his attorney. He is still listed as a New York trustee on the AIF website.

Chatwal’s son, Manhattan socialite Vikram Chatwal, has also been an AIF trustee. He was charged with felony drug trafficking in 2013 after police say he tried to board a plane carrying heroin, cocaine and illegal prescription pills. The charges were dismissed after he completed a yearlong rehab program.
And that's not all.

Iowa City Council Members Vote to Remove Cross Memorial, City Votes to Remove Council Members

This is the way it's supposed to be done.  Why isn't there more of this?
”We warned them multiple times if they let our town down they would be voted out,” Allison Schmitz of Stop the Insanity posted online this week. “They didn’t listen, and look, the people have spoken!”

Sunday, November 15, 2015

John Tyler: The Obamacare cost explosion

What?  Obamacare is way expensive?  Since when???\

Just joking.
In Minnesota, small-group prices skyrocketed by up to 94 percent in 2014. Individual plans are up by an average 31 percent, and up to 60 percent in 2016, according to the Commerce Department. Minnesota insurance companies providing individual policies have already lost over $394 million since the implementation of Obamacare. They have no choice but to increase premiums to cover increased costs of care.
This paragraph in nothing but shocking.  It shows the absolute stupidity of politicians.
The politicians were crafty. Through 2015, thinking they could soften the price hikes, Obamacare promised a huge $20 billion fund to cover insurers' losses. It ended up covering just 13 percent of those losses to date. In 2016 it's gone entirely, and the full extent of Obamacare's cost increases is no longer masked by federal (deficit) spending. People have to pay. So we are having premium increases that really hurt real people. This is likely just the beginning, as Obamacare's rising costs result in a vicious cycle of shrinking risk pools of increasingly sicker people causing costs to rise again.
I think...I think the states should step in and reform the system.  Dump Obamacare and pass laws to return sanity to the healthcare system.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win

Boy!  I can't belive my prediction is coming true!  On October 16 I said:
How about this as a really "out there" prediction:

Trump, Cruz or Carson wins the GOP nomination. The PTB in the GOP are utterly astonished. They immediately repudiate the Nominee and throw their support behind the Democratic Party Nominee completely abandoning Trump/Cruz/Carson.
Like I said, the prediction is really "way out there", but hey, I'm closer than a lot of other people who have been trying to predict the future.  And if they DON'T back the Dem candidate?  They probably won't DIRECTLY support the Democratic candidate, but they might just try to SABOTAGE a Trump/Carson/Cruz candidate.

I think Trump should have had the Republican PTB sign a contract in reciprocity.  This contract would have said "If I, Trump, win the nomination, the GOP will fully support me."  But, alas,  the GOP would sign it....and that would be the end of the support.

From the Washington Post:
The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the pack of governors and senators running, and there is disagreement about how to prosecute the case against them. Recent focus groups of Trump supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire commissioned by rival campaigns revealed no silver bullet.
I just can't believe we are watching the end of the GOP.  What a pathetic., hapless group of visionless losers.

I think we are watching the rise of the Libertarian party.

World Deflation is here. Farmers in dire straits.

I sort of even hate to say this.  I, for one, expected inflation.  Apparently, there is something I missed.  However, having said that I know for a fact some inflation has hit.  But I trust John Williams of Shadowstats. And if his charts say inflation is low, then I believe it.  And low inflation doesn't mean low inflation across the board.  Since we have a diverse economy, somethings are inflating in price while other things are deflating in price.

And so we have many signals that commodity prices almost across the board are tanking.  First, we have the DDP ETN that is an inverse fund that when it increases, it means wheat, gold and oil are decreasing (among a few other commodities that I don't remember).

Farm income fell sharply in the third quarter, according to respondents of the Tenth District Survey of Agricultural Credit Conditions. Although the Tenth District survey measure of farm income has declined for several consecutive quarters, the drop in the third quarter was especially severe. In fact, 68 percent of bankers reported lower farm incomes relative to a year ago (Chart 1). The downbeat expectations for farm income in the District were consistent with recent national forecasts. According to third-quarter revisions, the USDA expected farm income to drop 36 percent this year compared to last year.

Although the ebb in capital spending was similar to that of farm income, fewer bankers reported a decline in household spending. Compared to the same period last year, 65 percent of survey respondents reported lower capital spending in the third quarter. However, only 35 percent indicated household spending decreased from a year ago. Prior to 2013, household spending had tracked relatively closely with farm income and capital spending. Since 2013, however, household spending generally has been slower to come down, following multiple years of extraordinary profits. A majority of surveyed bankers expected farm incomes to continue to fall, but some also noted that further reductions in household spending may be needed to maintain adequate working capital and cash flow.

Reductions in farm income have continued to raise concerns about the liquidity of some District farm borrowers. In 2015, 81 percent of bankers reported a significant or modest deterioration in the overall level of working capital for crop producers, up from 65 percent in 2014 (Chart 2). Expectations of further slumps in District farm income have caused agricultural lenders to continue to stress the importance of maintaining adequate levels of working capital, especially for highly leveraged producers.

California Dreamin’—of Lower Prices at the Pump

What else is new?  You're poor?  Why, to make your life better, we'll raise the price of gasoline.  Oh?  You mean the poor little elected officials won't pass the law to do it.  Oh, that's ok.  We'll do it anyway.  That makes you poorer?  But look how pretty it is here!!

Get out.  Get out now.

On Sept. 11, lawmakers passed the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act, accelerating mandates first established in 2002 and requiring that half the state’s electricity come from renewables by 2030.

Yet before passing the act, in a victory for common sense, lawmakers dropped a provision mandating that half of all transportation fuels also come from renewables by 2030—a move that would have sent the state’s fuel prices to new heights.

Cue the California Air Resources Board, which, as an unelected regulatory body, needn’t heed common sense or public opinion. On Sept. 25, CARB voted to “re-adopt” the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, which requires a 10% reduction by 2020 in the “carbon intensity” of transportation fuels. It also resets the carbon-intensity baseline so that the 10% reduction is from current intensity levels. That means the carbon intensity of the state’s fuel will need to drop by 2% a year over the next five years.
Hey, I love biosdiesel.  But don't pass laws mandating it.  People get it.  You buy stuff originating from the USA, collectively you can put a dent in oil imports.  That's why I would occassionally go to a small outlet and buy 100% biodiesel.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Young, idealistic farmers help keep land in production

This is the coolest thing I've ever seen.
But there is broad anecdotal evidence that young farmers with an interest in growing healthy, local food are helping keep farmland in production.

"They tend to be very interested in local, they tend to be very interested in organic as the future path they want to travel on," said Kathleen Merrigan, who traveled extensively when she was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "They tend to be college graduates, and from a whole lot of different disciplines."

Thirsty? California lawmakers place needs of 12 fish ahead of people

Did that pass by you?  It did me.  12 fish.  TWELVE FISH!
In the brief uprising, in April, the Oakdale Irrigation District east of Modesto held its public meeting to discuss government demands to release “pulse flows” from Lake Tulloch – a small, district-controlled reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Those pulse flows, large water releases, were designed to help about a dozen fish – not 12 species, but 12 individual fish – swim from the lake through the Stanislaus River and out to the Delta and then to the Pacific Ocean.

Here's more insanity:
This wasn’t the only instance of strange water priorities. A Modesto Bee article focused on a proposed project to help 500 to 1,000 salmon a year swim around the Don Pedro Reservoir near Turlock. Depending on the ultimate cost of the project (estimated at between $70 million and $150 million), the per-fish figure would range between a whopping $70,000 and $300,000 per salmon. That’s a lot of money for a fish that consumers can buy in the grocery store for $6 a pound.
And this is the best one:
The smelt are big swimmers compared to plankton, tiny organisms that do not swim at all. But the California Coastal Commission is holding up a Huntington Beach desalination plant because of its potential impact on plankton.

In reality, there’s no sense blaming plankton, smelt, trout or salmon. The problem is state and federal officials more concerned about bureaucratic and environmental priorities than people.
So you think government is there to protect YOU? Hah!!  It's clear CA's priorities have "help the people" at the BOTTOM.


Well, I like to say the workers are just extraordinarily inept and incompetent.
GAO investigators reported that they tested application and enrollment controls for obtaining subsidized health plans available through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) (for New Jersey and North Dakota) and two selected state marketplaces (California and Kentucky). Although 8 of these 10 fictitious applications failed the initial identity-checking process, all 10 were subsequently approved by the federal Marketplace or the selected state marketplaces.
Yes.  It's that bad.

Obamacare Health Plans In California Gives Patients Fewer Medical Options: Report

That means fewer HEALTH options.  And yet again we see Obamacare costing more to do less.
California has the nation's fourth-highest rate of so-called narrow health plans through the Affordable Care Act, a new study says. Californians with those plans have access to 25 percent or less of the doctors and physicians in their rating area, the study says.

About 75 percent of the health plans available in California through the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, are narrow plans, placing California behind just three other states: Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma, the Los Angeles Times reported. About 41 percent of plans nationwide qualify as narrow plans, and 12 states have no narrow network plans, the study says.

Insurance providers created the narrow plans in order to keep healthcare costs down. The plans limit the number of physicians from whom individuals with the less-expensive plans can seek care. The problem, however, is that when signing up for a plan, it isn't always clear which plans are narrow and which plans aren't.
Well, that's really amazing.  You look up OBGYN on google in your area.  There maybe 100 doctors, but your Obamacare plan only includes 25 of them in their network.  Wow!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

These Are The 20 Worst Cities In The US - Spot The Common Theme

I guess...I'm not surprised.
To find the best small cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities across four key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health and 4) Quality of Life. For our sample, we chose cities with a population size between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. "City" refers to city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas. Next, it compiled 22 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.

To obtain the final rankings, a score between 0 and 100 was attributed to each metric. The weighted sum of the scores was then calculated and used the overall result to rank the cities. Together, the points attributed to the four major dimensions add up to 100 points.
They looked at the various aspects of living that you would expect: Affordability, economic health and quality of life (a rather subjective subject in my opinion).

But, there the worst 20 list:

All CA cities.

Get out.  Get

Friday, November 6, 2015

Businesses Continue to Leave California: A Seven - Year Review

This is the damning report that J. Vranich put together.  It's clear he isn't a bad guy.  He's a good guy trying to wake CA up to the fact they are going down Shit Creek fast and better do something about it.
The reason this report is timely and important is outlined in the Preface. For about 40 years California has been viewed as a state in which it is difficult to do business. Gov. Jerry Brown's Administration's less-than-candid approach regarding the business climate has misled the Legislature, the news media and the public about the flight of capital, facilities and jobs to other states and nations.

It is time to set the record straight by providing details about the manner in which companies have disinvested in Californiain recent years (in this case between 2008 through 2014), with supporting details in every instance. 
 And this priceless quote:
“Here’s the bitter reality for business in much of California: there’s no cavalry riding to rescue you from the state’s regulatory and tax vise. The voters in California have spoken, and with a definitive, distinctive twist, turned against any suggestion of reform and confirmed the continued domination of the state by public employee unions, environmental activists and their crony capitalist allies. In short, you are on your own.”
And this devastating quote:
The tables in the report show conclusively that in the 2008-2014 period, a total of 1,510 California disinvestment events became public knowledge. However, experts in site selection generally agree that at least five events fail to become public knowledge forevery one that does. Thus it is reasonable to conclude that about 9,000 disinvestment events occurred during that period.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

California’s Anti-Business Climate Inspires More Company Departures

Just incredible.  A state government that is not just tone deaf.  They are COMPLETELY DEAF to business concerns.

The study found that the Top Ten states to which businesses migrated puts Texas in the No. 1 spot, followed by (2) Nevada, (3) Arizona, (4) Colorado, (5) Washington, (6) Oregon, (7) North Carolina, (8) Florida tied with Georgia, (9) Virginia and (10) Utah. Texas was the top destination for California companies each year during the study period.

The Top Fifteen California counties with the highest number of disinvestment events put Los Angeles with the most losses at No. 1, followed by (2) Orange, (3) Santa Clara, (4) San Francisco, (5) San Diego, (6) Alameda, (7) San Mateo, (8) Ventura tied with Sacramento, (9) Riverside, (10) San Bernardino, (11) Contra Costa tied with Santa Barbara, (12) San Joaquin, (13) Stanislaus, (14) Sonoma and (15) Santa Cruz.
I'll quote from the study in the next post.

VIETNAM REVISITED: Obama pushes military frustration to highest level in decades

Oh, I love this.  This epitomizes all that is wrong with Democrats:

“There’s a level of dissatisfaction among the uniformed military that I’ve never seen in my time here,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain in an interview. “For some of us who are a little older, let’s go back and read the Pentagon Papers — what the administration is doing is the kind of incrementalism that defined much of the Vietnam conflict.”
They can't lead.  They can't fight wars.  What a waste.

IT BEGINS! THE DEATH OF CAPITALISM! Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies

I am beginning to this the end of living in the USA?  It certainly is a milestone in Death of Capitalism.  And is so much like the Galileo and his trials.

As I told a friend of mine the other day, I can only control what is within my immediate surroundings.  With that thought, I must take care of my family.

I just don't know how this will all end.  A bang, a whimper.  How knows?

The New York attorney general has begun a sweeping investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business.

According to people with knowledge of the investigation, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a subpoena Wednesday evening to Exxon Mobil, demanding extensive financial records, emails and other documents.

Kraft Heinz to Close 7 Plants, Lay Off 2,600 Workers

Well, I guess this was coming.  It always follows a merger.  I really don't like this.  A plant in CA is closing, too.
Kraft Heinz announced today it will close seven manufacturing plants in the United States and Canad, lay off about 2,600 workers and move its Oscar Mayer meats business to Chicago from Madison, Wisc.

The plants that will close in the next 12 to 24 months include facilities in Madison; Fullerton, Calif.; San Leandro, Calif.; Federalsburg, Md.; St. Marys, Ontario; Campbell, N.Y.; and Allentown, Pa. Production will shift to other North American locations, Kraft Heinz said.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

'Rumblings' of Super Bowl Boycott After Houston Equal Rights Measure Rejected

Oh, let them boycott.  The people have spoken.

I love this sentence:
Parker and Houston's city council may now pursue a range of options from "issuing a clear public rhetorical statement about inclusion and accessibility in the city" [CASS: which means we're going to drive a stake into the moral high ground and do it anyway] to "pushing through another ordinance designed similar to HERO," according to Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. [CASS: which means we'll just ignore the will of the people]
The damn people had spoken.  What part of YOU LOST don't you understand?

Houston needs to not just vote them all out, they need to be RUN OUT OF TOWN.

Target closing 13 stores nationwide citing falling profits

I don't think this is good at all.  First Wal-mart, now Target?

The Minneapolis-based retailer plans to close the stores on Jan. 30. The 13 are among Target's nearly 1,800 stores in the U.S.

Target was hurt by a massive credit-card breach before Christmas 2013 that sent shoppers temporarily fleeing. The company also pulled the plug on a major expansion into Canada earlier this year.
Target officials say this isn't a company-wide problem.  Well, that's good to know.  Let's hope it stays that way.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Venezuela Is Selling Off Gold Reserves as Bond Payments Loom

First before we start talking about, let's jump into our way-back machine to 1999. We see this headline:

Yes!  In 1999 The UK sold off a significant portion of their gold:
The UK government's intention to sell gold and reinvest the proceeds in foreign currency deposits, including euros, was announced on 7 May 1999, when the price of gold stood at US$282.40 per ounce[8] (cf. the price in 1980: $850/oz [9]) The official stated reason for this sale was to diversify the assets of the UK's reserves away from gold, which was deemed to be too volatile. The gold sales funded a like-for-like purchase of financial instruments in different currencies. Studies performed by HM Treasury had shown that the overall volatility of the UK's reserves could be reduced by 20% from the sale.

The advance notice of the substantial sales drove the price of gold down by 10% by the time of the first auction on 6 July 1999.[1] With many gold traders shorting, gold reached a low point of US$252.80 on 20 July.[8] The UK eventually sold about 395 tons of gold over 17 auctions from July 1999 to March 2002, at an average price of about US$275 per ounce, raising approximately US$3.5 billion.[8]
Now, let's jump back into the Way-Back Machine and go back to the future with Venezuela:
With $3.5 billion of bond payments due this week and next, the cash-strapped country’s international reserves are hovering near a 12-year low of $15.2 billion, including gold holdings that totaled $11.8 billion at the end of May. Notes from Venezuela, which relies on crude for 95 percent of export revenue, are trading at distressed levels with swaps contracts pricing in a 96 percent chance of default over the next five years., let's do the math and compare the UK sale to the Venezuelan sale.  The article mentions that the Venezuelan gold holdings are about $12 billion.  As of the article date,gold sold at 1178 per troy ounce.

This is equivalent to  about 10,187,000 toy ounces of gold.

I also read that the UK also sold half its gold in 1970-71.  Another disastrous decision.

In Venezuela's defense, what other options do they have?

If nothing, this could signal the bottom for gold.

ObamaCare’s death spiral, stage one: Denial

Boy, this was easy to predict.  I just didn't see how.

For the press, the debate over ObamaCare is over. There may be a few proverbial Japanese soldiers wandering on isolated islands yammering on about the failure of ObamaCare, but word will eventually filter down to them, too.

This assumption is so deeply embedded that it is impervious to new evidence that ObamaCare is an unwieldy contraption that is sputtering badly. Yes, ObamaCare has covered more people and has especially benefited those with pre-existing conditions (to be credible, Republican replacement plans have to do these things, as well), but the program is so poorly designed that, surely, even a new Democratic president will want to revisit it to try to make it more workable.
What's clear from this is that Obamacare is just becoming another welfare plan like Medicaid.

I think it's over.

Monday, November 2, 2015

So “the Sky is Falling” on California Manufacturing(?!)

I always hate this when I read it.  Since I am in an industry that serves the manufacturing industry, I understand how important a strong manufacturing base really is.

I just wish others saw it this way, too.

Back then, they were lamenting that the Inland Empire PMI had dropped below 50 for the second month in a row (below 50 = contraction), hitting 44.1 in September, after having already hit 46.6 in August. But the sky wasn’t falling “yet,” the report pointed out, because, given how volatile the index is, “it takes three months of figures below 50 before a new trend (in this case a trend of contraction rather than growth) is established.”

Alas, on Monday, the IAR released the Inland Empire PMI for October, and it was sharply below 50 for the third month in a row, this time at 45.9.
So, when it hits zero, can we truly say the sky is falling?

The Manufacturing Base isn’t just about companies who manufacture things. The domino effect slams all the companies and people who service those manufacturers; suppliers of parts and equipment, engineering companies, maintenance contractors, inspectors. You name it. The “Falling Sky” penumbra extends far beyond just the manufacturer.

Polish Football Fans Unfurl 50-Foot ‘Stand And Defend Christianity’ Banner

In September of 2006, I sat in the beautiful cathedral in Krakow or Warsaw, Poland and listened quietly as a group of teenagers prayed together.  I witnessed several weddings on one Saturday.  I have no idea if Saturday is the official day of marriage or not, but it sure looked that way.  Since I am a Christian, it wasn't just what I saw, it was what I sensed.

All of this convinced me that Poland would be the Last Bastion of Christianity after all of the rest of Europe had fallen to Islam.

So, when I saw this Breitbart article, it was as if I were a Prophet of God.
Defending Europe while clutching a sword and a shield showing the crest of the Silesian Wrocław football club, a St. George’s cross-wearing crusader stands ready to fight the migrants, below writing which reads “While Europe Is Flooded With An Islamic Plague”.

Underneath, another 100 foot wide banner hangs from the stalls behind the goal and reads, in a traditional Polish script: “Let Us Stand In Defence Of Christianity”.]
On the flip side we see this occurring in Germany, (Breitbart article run on Gateway Pundit) home of the radical Martin Luthor:
A German evangelical priest has offered his parish church up to become migrant housing, but will be stripping out most of the fittings to ensure their comfort – including all symbols of Christianity.

Father Joachim Deterding, parish priest of the evangelical Königshardt-Schmachtendorf church in Oberhausen, western Germany offered his church to the city authorities this week, a suggestion they accepted “gladly”, reports der Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

It is the first time in Germany a still consecrated, serving church has been turned over to migrant accommodation, but it is entirely in keeping with the philosophy of the priest and his mission. The church website advertises services given in English for the majority of refugees who speak no or little German, proudly proclaims “Refugees welcome… we are all citizens with the saints and members of the household of God."
I think we are witnessing the beginnings of the "Final Conflict".

Sunday, November 1, 2015

US On Road To Third World — Paul Craig Roberts

How did we get here?  Where do we start?  This is from Robert's website.
In a recently released report, the Social Security Administration provides annual income data on an individual basis. Are you ready for this?

In 2014 38% of all American workers made less than $20,000; 51% made less than $30,000; 63% made less than $40,000; and 72% made less than $50,000.

The scarcity of jobs and the low pay are direct consequences of jobs offshoring. Under pressure from “shareholder advocates” (Wall Street) and large retailers, US manufacturing companies moved their manufacturing abroad to countries where the rock bottom price of labor results in a rise in corporate profits, executive “performance bonuses,” and stock prices.