Video: "Black Lives Matter Kills People"--Bill Whittle
- Tainter's thesis appears to be correct; i.e., that it is over-complexity that kills a nation or civilization: "These are the signs of an economic collapse"--New York Post. From the article:
Do you see grocery stores closing? Do you see other retailers, like clothing stores and department stores, going out of business?
Are there shuttered storefronts along your Main Street shopping district, where you bought a tool from the hardware store or dropped off your dry cleaning or bought fruits and vegetables?
Are you making as much money annually as you did 10 years ago?
Do you see homes in neighborhoods becoming run down as the residents either were foreclosed upon, or the owner lost his or her job so he or she can’t afford to cut the grass or paint the house?
Did that same house where the Joneses once lived now become a rental property, where new people come to live every few months?
Do you know one or two people who are looking for work? Maybe professionals, who you thought were safe in their jobs? Friday’s anemic jobs numbers tell that tale.
Did your high school buddy take a job at the local convenience store because he could not find work in sales?
Is the pothole on your street getting larger instead of getting repaired? Is there more than one street light out in your town?
Is the town pool closed this summer much more than usual?
Have you seen a situation — any situation — and said, “Jeez, it wouldn’t take much money to fix that” — but it hasn’t been fixed?
- Related: "The Average American Family Pays More Money in Regulations Than in Taxes"--PJ Media.
- Related: "Obama Finalized $100 BILLION Worth Of New Regulations This Year"--Daily Caller. And this tid-bit: "Independent estimates put the total regulatory burden in the U.S. at $1.9 trillion in 2015, with much of this burden falling on small business."
- Related: "Why U.S. GDP Growth Stays in the Cellar"--Inside Sources. The author tries to put a positive spin on it, but, in his opinion, it comes down with complying with government regulations as to discrimination, the environment, safety, health care, etc.
- Related: "WHY IT MATTERS: The Role of Government"--The Associated Press. The author observes: "Government also takes our money — lots of it. For the 2016 budget year that ends Sept. 30, the federal government is expected to take in $3.3 trillion in revenues while spending $3.8 trillion, according to a recent White House report. That means the government will rack up roughly $600 billion in debt, adding to the more than $19 trillion burden already saddling taxpayers of the future."
- Related: "The Economic Stimulus Perplex: Could Regulation Be the Problem?"--Reason. The author suggests that "regulatory drag has made the U.S. economy $4 trillion smaller than it would otherwise have been."
- Related: "Obama Kept His Promise, 83,000 Coal Jobs Lost And 400 Mines Shuttered"--Daily Caller.
- Tainter indicated in his book that as the marginal utility of an increase in complexity nears zero or becomes negative, governments must invest more time and effort into propping up the legitimacy of the government: "Leaked Law Enforcement Supply Catalog Shows Souped-Up Cell Tower Spoofers, Tons Of Pervasive Surveillance Options"--Tech Dirt.
- Related: "Germany Has An Intel Problem"--Anonymous Conservative. According to the AC, the problem is that it has too much intelligence, and too large of an intelligence apparatus. The result?
Soon you are breaking so many rules, and the machine is so huge, that nobody can ever find out, so now you have to do whatever you have to do to keep the secret. Now it becomes procedure to turn the machine on anyone who is in the way. Then the leftist government in power catches wind of it and begins infiltrating their people to gain control of it, because they can use it to keep the upstarts in the political debate, who could become problematic, occupied.
- A couple from Bayou Renaissance Man:
- "Hanjin's bankruptcy may affect all of us very severely . . ." Hanjin is South Korea's largest shipping company, one of the top ten largest in the world, and accounts for 7 percent of Far East-North America container trade. It's impending bankruptcy has caused significant problems, not the least of which is that its freighters have been turned away from some ports, and seized in some instances, resulting in the freight on-board getting caught up in a legal limbo. The shipper is seeking bankruptcy protection, and orders staying seizures of ships, in 43 countries, including Canada, Germany and Britain. The South Korean government has offered $91 million to assist the Company. Peter Grant notes that the shipper's failure could result in goods manufactured in the Orient not reaching the United States just as the Christmas shopping season begins; he suggests that if you want something from China or the Far East, to get it ordered now.
- "The economy: If you're not worried yet, you should be!" Grant observes:
At least half the US electorate is a net recipient of money from, rather than a net contributor of money (i.e. taxes) to, the federal government. That money is coming from taxes paid by the part of the electorate that is productive and earning a living . . . and that part is decreasing by the year. How long can it be until more of the productive decide they've had enough? How long before they deliberately stop producing (and earning) so they, too, can go suck on the government teat? And who's going to pay the increased burden then?
- "'More will come' ISIS warns HUNDREDS of jihadis have SNUCK into Schengen to attack Europe"--The Express. Europe may be full of sleeper cells.
- "The left (still) is not our friend"--Dennis Prager at Jewish Journal. The author argues that the antisemitism of the BLM movement is cause enough for Jews to not support the movement. The author adds:
No country in history has treated its Jewish citizens as well as the United States has, yet left-wing Jews have supported almost every left-wing group that depicts America as an oppressor (and as war-mongering, imperialist, systemically racist, etc.).
But this love for the left has never been reciprocated. The left (not traditional liberals, it must be noted) has been Jew-hating (and later, Israel-hating) throughout its history.
- "Jews are not white people, or why Jews support the Left (a response to Dennis Prager)"-- Tom Teicholz at Jewish Journal. The author writes:
As Jews we are commanded each year at the Passover to feel as if we were in Egypt as slaves. As slaves who were part of a liberation movement, we identify and support the cause of the oppressed. We identify with the cause of African-Americans in this country because they were slaves in this country.
- The science is unsettled: "Fixing Science for the 21st Century and Beyond"--Silicon Graybeard. Key point: "The science world has been buffeted for nearly a decade by growing revelations that major bodies of scientific knowledge, published in peer-reviewed papers, may simply be wrong."
- "Now you can turn your phone into a ballistic HUD with Desert Tech’s TRASOL"--The Firearms Blog. The author reports: "Desert Tech’s ballistics app, TRASOL has been updated with a new capability: A HUD appearing on your smartphone screen that can 'track moving targets and provide lead solutions' using the sensors incorporated in one’s device."
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "The Impossible Propulsion Drive Is Heading to Space"--Popular Mechanics. Guido Fetta, one of the scientists that believes that the EmDrive does produce a reactionless thrust, has said its time to lay the arguments to rest and try it out in space:
On August 17, Cannae announced plans to launch its thruster on a 6U cubesat. Each unit is a 10-centimeter cube, so a 6U satellite is the size of a small shoebox. Approximately one quarter of this will be taken up by the drive. Fetta intends the satellite to stay on station for at least six months, rather than the six weeks that would be typical for a satellite this size at a altitude of 150 miles. The longer it stays in orbit, the more the satellite will show that it must be producing thrust without propellant.