Is a $15-an-hour minimum wage a problem?

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour is an idea that is a main-topic of discussion in the news right now.  Here in Alberta, where we have just been blessed by the voters with a socialist government, the leader of the NDP, Rachel Notley, picking up on popular sentiments, announced that the NDP will work to bring about and implement a $15-an-hour minimum wage.  We made some experiences with minimum wages that I will describe here.

My wife and I farmed not too far from where we now live. Our main crop was hay, most of which we fed to the sheep we raised. The growing season is short and the harvesting season is very short, while we have to be ready to feed animals for about 210 or more days of the year.

We had a bale wagon that had to be loaded by hand but could be unloaded with hydraulics. We needed help with loading the wagon, for about 10 minutes of work out of 45 minutes of picking up bales and unloading them. For that I tried to get some local kids to help. At a bit more than the minimum wage, with wages beginning when I picked up the helpers and until I dropped them of off at home again, I thought, it should not be too difficult to find help. But I was wrong.

Hay needs to be picked up and put into stacks as soon as it has been baled, or else bales that are worth thousands of dollars can be lost in just one rainfall. My way out of the dilemma was to find a used bale wagon with a mechanized bale pick-up. That solved the problem for me. That bale wagon paid for itself within a couple of years, by preventing me from having to pay wages to helpers that it took me a lot of effort to find, pick up, feed, and bring back home. I would have rather done the work with people than with a machine, but I had no choice. The machine never told me that it didn’t want to come when I needed it. It was always available and only once had a breakdown that it took me ten minutes to fix (even though I also had to make some repairs and modifications to fine-tune the bale wagon in off-hours).

Not only did the bale wagon save us a lot of money in wages, I had no trouble selling it (after we stopped for good making hay) for just as much I had paid when I had bought it. Mechanization in that case won hands-down for us.

You may have noticed more and more self-serve check-outs at supermarkets, and another aspect of mechanization that is in the making to do away with overly-expensive minimum-wage jobs is to have customers in some fast-food joints place orders on computer terminals. Just a few weeks ago I saw a video of a machine that makes hamburgers to order. I suppose that thing will work better for large-volume restaurants, but it will without a doubt eventually be refined to be a good and economical alternative to minimum-wage workers at smaller restaurants as well.

The more demands there are for higher wages, the faster many high-wage jobs will be priced out of the market. The saying “You too can be replaced with a button,” is not just a joke. Mechanization kills jobs, but it needs incentives, and higher minimum wages are a very good incentive for mechanization.

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The outcome of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage

The outcome of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage was a big surprise for many people, but there are good reasons why it happened.

Irish voters back gay marriage in ‘social revolution’

DUBLIN (Reuters, 2015 05 23) – The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalized homosexuality two decades ago.

After one of the largest turnouts in a referendum there, 62 percent of voters said ‘Yes’, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

More on the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage
h/t David R. Usher

In commenting about what may have caused the outcome of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage, David Usher mentioned at his FB status that, “This is most likely motivated by a rejection of the Catholic church, which did a lot of ugly things for decades,” and

The strange thing I noticed when I was there [in 1973]: a pattern of people doing things they shouldn’t do and then using confessional to dump it. Listowel, Ireland had 1500 residents and 50 pubs, and one heck of a lot of hard core drunks with little kids playing amidst the insanity. There was a long line to get holy water outside the church. It was not pretty. It did seem that younger folks rejected all that and were becoming quite sexually liberated in defiance of their parents.

It would be difficult to blame the “liberating” influence of the Internet and of smartphones for what was happening in Ireland in 1973, but that, rather than the rejection of the confessionals, is more likely the reason for the way the vote went now.  A lot of same-sex propaganda comes that way today, and much more of it by way of television programs that were unthinkable in 1973.

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (1931), was ostensibly a satire written to criticize social trends recognizable then already (although homosexuality of any sort was not mentioned in it), but it seems that it was more likely a prescription for an attitude restructuring program to be implemented by governments, written by a prominent member of the elite that was then already actively involved in promoting such things and putting them into motion. After all, Aldous Huxley’s assertion of it being a satire did not come until its second edition — after the second world war — made that claim in the foreword.

The role of long-term planning of social engineering in the way the vote in Ireland went should not be underestimated.  Moreover, no one should have any illusions that the forces that make such things happen operate only on national levels.  Not only that, but it seems that even the Catholic Church has become an open source of information and instructions aimed at bringing such sexual attitude restructuring about.  It is obvious that it is not just about diddling with young boys anymore.  It is not just that people are rejecting the Church because they became angry about that having come into the open.  It can be argued, and increasing numbers of people do (e. g., wrt the Catholic Church, Fr. Malachi Martin SJ), that the Churches (not just the Catholic Church) are actively involved in creating the moral corruption that is bringing about their demise.

Whether one wishes to blame the Catholic Church for being a primary or secondary cause of the active promotion and acceptance of what once were thought to be unacceptable behavioral aberrations hardly matters.  It matters much more that someone like Antonio Gramsci (22 January 1891 – 27 April 1937) had long ago called for exactly that sort of invasion of, and subversion from within, all social institutions (including the Churches and the families) to systematically dismantle what years of bloody revolutions and conquest by military force had not managed to achieve: the abrogation of the deeply rooted Christian cultural hegemony, to remove the apparently insurmountable obstacles that had managed to stall the spread of communism by force.
See also: Cultural Hegemony for a very concise summary of Antonio Gramsci’s views.

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Why does female violence not receive social recognition?

The Daily Mail published an article in December 2013 that focused on what it sees as a new phenomenon:

Why are so many MEN becoming victims of domestic violence? It’s one of Britain’s last remaining taboos, but abuse against men in the home is on the rise

  • More married men suffer abuse from their spouse than married women
  • These days, women move more in men’s worlds
  • They earn and compete with as much aggression as their male colleagues
  • Women are also fast catching up with men in the alcohol stakes

By Antonia Hoyle for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 23:49 GMT, 4 December 2013 | Updated: 23:49 GMT, 4 December 2013

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Centuries of propaganda that promoted the myth of female innocence will not that easily be undone, not with just one newspaper article. Yet, what the article reports on has been known with certainty and academic fairness for many decades. Not all women are by nature violent, and neither are all men, but women are as violent as men and even slightly more so.

The feminists have done much during the past few decades to divert attention away from the reality of the true extent of women’s violence, so much so that the term “domestic violence” has come to designate violence by men against women. We all know what happens when lies are being presented time and again, all-pervasively. The lies gain credibility and will eventually be accepted as being true. That is a principle of effective propaganda and an established scientific fact.

Unfortunately, the all-pervasive propaganda campaign promoting the myth of female innocence has had sad consequences. Not only has the denial of female violence resulted in the virtually complete denial of the recognition of, and help to, millions of male adult victims of female violence, it has resulted in that children who are the victims of female violence do not receive the recognition, compassion and protection by society that they deserve. Children comprise the largest sector of domestic violence victims that results almost exclusively from female violence in families.

The indicated Daily Mail article is a prime example of that phenomenon. It would have done a far better service if the question in its headline would have been, “Why does female violence not receive social recognition?” It is not sufficient to provide gender balance in discussing intimate partner violence. It is necessary to discuss that violence is part of human nature, that it targets not merely men and women alike, and that it first and foremost is female violence against children in families that makes those children the largest sector of victims of domestic violence.

Domestic violence is an equal opportunity employer. The problem of domestic violence must be addressed, but it cannot be solved by addressing and vilifying only men who hurt women. We will not break the cycle of violence unless we change our focus of attention from women as victims of male violence to providing help to all victims of domestic violence — boys, girls, men, women, and the elderly — who all are victims of violence by violent humans, men and women.
More on domestic violence

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Prof fears rise of ‘home-brew’ heroin

The 2015 05 21 print edition of the Edmonton Journal carries a front-page story promoting fear about home-made, breaking-bad style heroin production.

The alarmist nature of the Edmonton Journal article by Sheila Pratt motivated me to look for more credible sources of less alarmist news on home-brewed heroin production.  I am glad that I did. The journalistic integrity of the Edmonton Journal most definitely appears to have taken a hit since the days Lorne Gunter was a member of its editorial board.

It turns out that clues and motivation for that article were apparently obtained from an earlier article on the same topic that had appeared in the  British tabloid ‘The Daily Mirrror’.

Fortunately, there is a much more sedate source of realistic information on home-brewed heroin production than can be found at either newspaper, the Daily Mirror or the Edmonton Journal.  That is the National Health Service in the UK, who published yesterday a good summary of the history and origins of the media-fueled alarmism about home-brewed heroin production.

The NHS article,”Bioengineeering advances raise fears of ‘home-brew heroin’,” does an excellent job of reporting on the progress with making the idea reality of using yeast to mimic some of the processing steps in the opium poppy for heroin or other opioids production.  It makes it clear as well that the bioengineering (genetic modification) of yeast to be able to do the mimicking still needs to be done and is a long way off.

However, the NHS search into the origins of the home-brew-heroin alarmism made something else clear that is perhaps a lot worse than the sort of alarmism spread by the Daily Mirror and the Edmonton Journal.  That is that the study of the possibility of using yeast for heroin production done by researchers from the University of California and Concordia University in Canada,

…was funded by the US Department of Energy, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and a Canada Research Chair.

The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nature Chemical Biology. It is open access, meaning it can be read online for free.

The last paragraph in that quote contains three link that you can look up in the NHS report.

It is odd that the Edmonton Journal’s Sheila Pratt neglected to report on what the NHS found and published.  It is not an omission that a seasoned journalist worthy of making the front page should be permitted to make.

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Why do men exist?

“Why do men exist?” asks an article by Aamna Mohdin: Why do men exist? that opens with the statement, “The existence of men has long puzzled scientists.”

It seems that any ‘scientists’ who are puzzled by that question are not very smart.  They seem not even smart enough to ask the right question.  The question that would help to solve what puzzles them should be, “What has the existence of men brought about?”

In trying to answer the latter question, objectively and exhaustively, the scientists puzzled by the question of why men exist would soon discover that without the existence of men humanity would not ever have experienced the emergence and existence of a thriving civilization.

Camille Paglia, who once – perhaps rightfully – asserted that she is the smartest feminist who ever lived, came to a conclusion that puts all ‘scientists’ puzzled by the existence of men into their place and the answer to Aamna Mohdin’s question into a nutshell: “If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.” (in ‘Sexual Personae’)

More: Men deserve gratitude, not vilification.
Note: Aamna Mohdin’s article falls short, on several levels, of being a piece of journalism that satisfactorily addresses the principle of the five Ws.  One must wonder about the lack of the journalistic integrity of the editors at IFLScience.  Then again, given that Aamna Mohdin’s article is flagged as being in the Environmental section of the IFLScience website, it is not surprising that it contains so much propaganda and preciously little science.

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“Why should I believe you?”

We think that journalism and the news are about the truth.  Most people, by far, get their news from TV, and increasingly so now from the Internet.  That is so although most people know that the news that affect them are largely lies and that, even more, so is most of everything else that they take in (advertising is a large part of it and uses the same media, which tends to make it credible) in the way of information.

Wishful thinking leads many people to assume that whatever reaches them in the way of information is the truth, but how do they decide what is the truth and what is not?  A common reaction by people who hear something that is the truth but goes contrary to what they believe the truth to be is: “Why should I believe you?” That is what they say, but what they really mean when they say that is, “I don’t believe you!”

Right.  People don’t have to believe anything or anyone.  However, whether the truth is being involved or being promoted or not does not matter much, and people do not have much of a choice as to what they are being made to believe.  Constant repetition of what they hear or read, over and over, whether it is true or not, does make people believe almost anything.  That is a fact that everyone who ever made a living and perhaps even a fortune from promoting propaganda is well aware of.  Constant repetition turns even a large, outrageous lie into a generally accepted truth.  Constant repetition is what makes propaganda work.  That truth has been know ever since Rockefeller funded a large research effort in the 1930s to determine what makes advertising effective.

That research project – involving the participation of several universities (Princeton, Chicago, Columbia), and being led by members of the Frankfurt School, a communist think tank – explored and examined every imaginable principle of advertising and public relations.  That research project, nicknamed “the Radio Project”, determined what makes effective propaganda work well.  It turned the design, production and application of propaganda from an art into a science.

The aspects of effective propaganda are of course a bit more complex, but repetition is at the heart of it all.  For instance, it was found that even atrocious and objectionable pop songs can be brought to the top of the charts if only a large number of people each got to hear them at least ten times each day for a period of about ten days or so.  The key is not only repetition but also saturation of the target audience with the object message.

How can the average Joe defend himself against being brainwashed through applied propaganda tactics?  It is tough, and it requires some effort, but the prime essential is that to resist effectively against effective propaganda is to think, and to apply logic. Practice makes perfect.  Start with the five Ws.

According to the principle of the Five Ws, a report can only be considered complete if it answers these questions starting with an interrogative word:[3]

Who did that?
What happened?
Where did it take place?
When did it take place?
Why did that happen?

Wikipedia article on the five Ws

Good and diligent news agencies will have editorial staff that demand from their journalists and reporters that in every news report and every article they produce for publishing the five Ws be addressed, rigorously.  The reality of that is that even well-known newspapers and news agencies (e. g.: NY Times, Huffington Post, BBC, CBC) routinely fail to apply that principle.

You can never assume that any information that you come across or that is brought to your attention is the truth, so, don’t!  You need to determine whether the news items, articles or whatever other information comes to your attention are the truth, any time and every time.  This is one time when you must live by the belief that your resistance is *not* futile, that you owe it to yourself and to your children to resist, and that – unfortunately –  the more you resist, they more the forces that use propaganda to attempt to brainwash you and your children will intensify their efforts to succeed in doing that.

The Princeton Radio Project was, after all, just at the beginning of the process of transitioning the art of propaganda into a polished science.

Further reading:
1.) The New Dark Age: The Frankfurt School and ‘Political Correctness,’ by Michael Minnicino
2.) Paul Lazarsfeld
3.) Rockefeller Foundation, by: Andrew Gavin Marshall
4.) Pavlov, socialism and propaganda, by Walter H. Schneider

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The World War II Bombing of the German Cities

On June 1945, not quite a month after World War II had come to an end, I had my ninth birthday, but my parents had nothing to celebrate it with.  Food was almost impossible to get, Germany was in ruins and ashes, about 82 percent of my hometown (Duesseldorf) had been destroyed (as opposed to about 84 percent of Duesseldorf’s traditional rival city, Cologne, just 36km upriver by rail and 42km by road), and what food we could get was often far less than what our food-ration cards permitted us to purchase.

A maintenance food ration for an adult should be 2,400 calories a day, and our ration cards permitted us no more than half of that per day, but most of the time we could not get even that much food.

Natural gas (actually gas made by gasifying coal) that was the most popular fuel for cooking in many households, was not available, because the gas distribution lines had been damaged by the bombing, and besides, not enough coal could be supplied for the city’s cokeries to provide for the demand.  Electricity was being made available only for two hours each day, one at noon and one at six in the evening.  There was not enough coal to keep electricity generation going; only a small fraction of the demand could be satisfied.  Coal for heating or for cooking stoves could not or only rarely be obtained.  In the two winters that followed, we often could not heat our home, except for when my three older brothers managed to steal some coal out of sunken barges at the Rhine River or at the local RWE power generation station.

At one time a stack of railroad ties mysteriously appeared in the back of our little barn, behind the house, so that it could not be seen from the road.  I remember the many hours I spent helping to cut them to stove size, and even that one of my uncles showed me how to sharpen the saw and to set it’s teeth, as it got dull from the sand and dirt that clung to those railroad ties.  Still, those railroad ties helped us to be able to cook and kept us from freezing in our home.  We would burn them in the kitchen stove and keep at least the kitchen warm for a good portion of the day.  It made for a cozy family life.

Those memories were triggered by a video that someone had pointed out on Facebook, a video that shows archived colour footage of what the bombed-out city of Berlin looked like two months after the war.


Unique historic color video shows Berlin just 2 months after World War II.






The end of that war was 70 years ago, but most of the suffering that the Germans had to go through had really begun in earnest in about 1943, intensified after May 1945 and continued until July of 1948, when the Morgenthau Plan was replaced with the Marshall Plan.  Over night, money was worth something again, the stores no longer were empty but full to bursting with goods, some of which we had not even dreamed about because we did not know them. There no longer was any rationing of food and other consumer goods.  People began to wear new clothing again.  We no longer had to walk barefooted, and re-construction started with a speed that was soon called the German Economic Miracle.  Most importantly, people again had enough food and began to eat.  Food became an all-consuming passion in which many freely indulged, and a lot of people found out what it is like to be fat or at least overweight — well, to put it more politely and with due respect to the demands of political correctness, many people transformed from being thin lines in the landscape to having a formidable physical presence that could not be overlooked.

Now a few  photos that will illustrate that Berlin was far from being the only German city that got turned into rubble and ashes.  The photos that follow here are from various cities and ranged in size from about a 100,000 to over a million people.  Some of the names may be familiar to readers, others may not.  More information on all of them can be found on the Internet.  The amazing thing about that is that most people I try to ask about air raids on German cities know virtually nothing about them, Even though the Internet puts information on that into reach at a moment’s notice.

Still, I was nine when the war came to an end.  The memories of the war and especially of its aftermath are lasting and will last me until I am six-feet under, but I am proud to have helped with the re-emergence of Germany and its economy, out of ruins, rubble and ashes, and here is what the cities looked like before that re-emergence happened.




Darmstadt – Luisenplatz


City Centre of Dresden — Official estimates of the death toll in Dresdenare in the order of about 135,000 dead, but accurate estimates could not be made, as there were about 500,000 refugees and soldiers from the eastern front moving through. The bombing of Dresden took place in the last days of the war, February 9 to 15, 1945


Dresden, collecting the dead prior to incinerating them (there were too many to bury them).

Dresden_bombing_burning corpses

Dresden – incinerating the dead











Luftaufnahme nach den britischen Luftangriffen (Operation "Gomorrha")

Hamburg, inner city. My mother grew up in Hamburg. In about 1950, a cousin of mine and I made a bicycle tour to northern Germany and visited our relatives in Hamburg. They took us to a mass grave in which 51,000 dead of the Hamburg air raid and firestorm had been buried.








Downtown Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle

Koeln_bombing_ 1942-05-30

Cologne — downtown with the cathedral, showing the railroad bridge going across the Rhine River, no more.


Another look at the rail road bridge in Cologne. By the end of the war there was hardly a bridge – be it small or large – left intact in Germany. There was not a single bridge intact of those that used to cross the Rhine River between Switzerland and the border to the Netherlands. Well, there was one that the American Forces used to cross the Rhine at Remagen, but that one collapsed a day or so after the Americans had established a bridgehead on the east side of the Rhine. By that time they had a pontoon bridge going at that location and soon another one at Cologne.


Mannheim, view across the Rhine River, towards the palace.


Munich carpet bombing. The St. Peters Church is in the foreground.


Schweinfurt, a city that was the centre of the production of ball bearings in Germany.


Wesel — 97 percent of Wesel was destroyed and obliterated in wave after wave of carpet bombing, February 1945.




Wuppertal bomb damage may seem slight, but that is deceiving. Virtually all of the buildings in the photo that still appear to be standing are burned-out shells. No one lived or worked in them at the time, which is why the streets look soempty. The air raids, generally by up to and close to one thousand, four-engined bombers at a time, were designed to burn down as many buildings as possible. Steel does not burn easily (although in the 9/11 “attack on the World Trade Center it is claimed that it did, whereby nature was defied). At any rate, that is the reason why a portion of the Wuppertal monorail transit line is visible in the lower right-hand corner of the photo. The system was in operation again very shortly after the war, but it did take some time to repair and restore the running stock.

Lastly, I noticed that Facebook popped up a link to a video called “Hellstorm – Exposing The Real Genocide of Nazi Germany.”  The link showed up in connection with a commentary I had posted in the discussion thread following the announcement of the 1945 Berlin footage mentioned in the beginning of this article.  I think that Facebook must have made an error with that link, because it is without a doubt to a video that is politically incorrect.  It has propagandistic overtones but provides a far more thorough summary of the last part of the war and its aftermath in Germany than I did in this article.

The video is propagandistic because it is one-sided.  It mentions and documents almost exclusively only the suffering of the German population in the final days of the war and afterwards.  Well, perhaps that is not so wrong, except that there were other people in Europe who suffered as extremely hard as the Germans did.  One might argue that those people should receive empathy and compassion, too.  Yes, they should, and they did, for seventy years.  Now perhaps is the time to let the Germans tell a bit of their side as well.

That is the truth, and I could not really find anything extraordinarily wrong with anything in the video.  Germans, as I well know, did starve for three long years after the war was over, and that was the result of a deliberate consensus by the Allied Forces to starve the Germans out of existence.  That plan was succeeding, whether anyone wishes to consider that claim to be propaganda or not.  Fortunately, there were elections, especially in the U.S., and saner minds prevailed.  Someone with good-old American business sense had the insight that dead Europeans would not constitute a good market for American products.  So they put about $15 per head into circulation in Europe and turned the Europeans into good and dedicated consumers of American products and ideology.  That is good marketing, and you know what?  Good marketing does not work without effective public relations, which, applied to promoting goods, services and ideology, is nothing other than good, old-fashioned propaganda.

Aside from that, if some of the Germans think that they must blow off a little steam, why not let them tell their side of the story?  They can’t do it at home!  The German authorities lock’m up in jail if they do.   They were not the victors of that war.  The history that has been and will be taught in the schools is the one being written by the victors, not the losers, and Germany was the loser and is still an occupied country up until now, with no end in sight for that state of affairs.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, eh?  What better way to keep an enemy-country close than to keep it occupied for seventy years and for as long as possible after.  Mind you, some of the countries that are still being occupied now are not now and were not then enemy countries.  They were allies and are occupied just as much and as hard as Germany is!  What is it with that?


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May 5th is election day in Alberta

For those who will vote in the Alberta elections on May 5, keep in mind that the real political power rests with the non-elected government bureaucracy.  The government bureaucrats will continue with their agenda regardless of which party (or coalition of parties) gets to pretend that it calls the shots.

The elected politicians are not entirely to be blamed for what has happened and will be happening.  They have to be quite careful about what happens in their constituency offices and what they do or say there.  Their office staff is comprised of employees who are in the pay of government services.

Will any of the politicians have the power to make good on their promises to cut government spending and thereby to lower taxes?

Will anyone be able to get the firm control they promise to have on the Alberta Heritage Savings and Trust Fund that has been promised for the past fifty years?

Alaska’s Permanent fund was set up in the same year, in 1976. It is worth about $65 billion now (compared to Alberta’s Savings and Trust Fund being worth about $15 billion, even though both plans produced comparable amounts of annual revenues).  However, the Alaska Permanent Fund has been paying out dividends every year since it began doing that in 1982, $38,000 in total to every Alaska resident.  That’s not bad, eh?

Mind you, Norway is the country that truly was serious about putting its money where its mouth is.  It has a comparable savings fund that is now worth about $854 billion.

So, looking past their rhetoric, what practical plans do the prospective ostensible leaders of Alberta have?  Privatization – to bring cash into the kitty – has not been mentioned by anyone this time around.  A lot of the government assets that the taxpayers once owned have already been sold off.

It seems to me that anyone who totally ignores what truly matters to private industry and commerce in determining how well things are going cannot truly be serious about understanding how well the government is doing that he alleges he will lead well.  I have never yet seen any Alberta politician produce a statement of government assets and liabilities, let alone make projections that indicate how profitable the Alberta Government will become in the near future. It would be foolish to think that a politicians expressing concerns about balancing the budget knows enough about government to be trusted with running it.  Balancing the budget is comparable to deciding how much money to take along when going grocery shopping.  Balancing the budget does not prevent a government from going broke.

Keep in mind that anyone trying to get a loan to finance a business for any reason will get laughed out of the bank if he cannot produce a statement of assets and liabilities and a cash-flow projection.  Considering how vital our votes are to our future, it is astonishing that so many people who cast them (or not) are not as careful with them as the banks are with handing out loans.

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” — H. L. Mencken

More quotes by H. L. Mencken on politics and democracy

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Mother Earth is a concept of the stone age

Today someone asserted:

All is evolution….. for good and bad. We can either accept what is (there is only now) and continue our journey to self knowledge and healing in order to affect change both within and without and/or we can make an attempt to make some difference in the way we behave in the world, in society and within our family of origin. The first and most important journey has to be within. What will be will be…. we have come too far now in terms of destruction of mother earth to save it, whether in 20 years or 200….. or 2000….

Mother Earth is a pagan concept, a religious idea that grew out of ignorance about what the universe is and how it functions.  It was the first thought that came to people’s minds when they realized their lack of comprehension about the environment and felt forced to have to rationalize that something they could not explain had to be, or had to have been created by, something supernatural.

Today we know that Earth is a planet, that there are other planets that orbit around our sun, that there are other stars that have planets, and we can project with some confidence that most stars in the Universe have one or more planets orbiting around them.

Our environment is doing fine. The water and the air are on average cleaner than they have been since the beginning of the industrial revolution (with some local deviations that are in the process of being addressed).  We are not running out of resources and could easily and affordably feed 500 billion people or more.

As to us having caused the “destruction of mother earth” or us being able “to save it, whether in 20 years or 200….. or 2000,” that is a bit of a conceited assertion.  In the long term, we have little of the power required to cause destruction to the Earth and very little accurate knowledge of how to go about doing so if we did have the power.  The Earth is doing fine with or without us, and the best thing to do when one does not properly understand something is to leave it alone and do nothing.

You don’t have to take my word for any of that, but the evidence does support what I stated here.  There are other people who think the same way as I do, and some of them are considerably better qualified than most of us.  Here are just two of them, George Carlin,   and, even better, Julian Simon, who very convincingly argues and demonstrates that human ingenuity is “The Ultimate Resource” whose ever-increasing power and creativeness has made it powerful, creative and productive enough to solve most and practically every apparently deadly obstacle to progress that “Mother Earth” managed to put into our way throughout human existence: “CAN THE SUPPLY OF NATURAL RESOURCES – ESPECIALLY ENERGY – REALLY BE INFINITE?  YES!

Human ingenuity has proven itself to be the driver of constant innovation, but not only when necessary, as in “necessity is the mother of inventions.”  After all, the stone age did not come to an end because we ran out of rocks.

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Men who don’t want to have sex

Men’s Lives

Not Tonight, Honey, I Have a Penis

The sitcom stereotype goes like this: Guy is always horny, guy tries to have sex with girl, girl shoots him down. But as Siobhan Rosen tells it, the script’s been flipped. And now there’s an awful lot of young, perfectly sex-capable dudes who won’t get off their asses to, well, get some

March 2013

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Well, you didn’t know that would happen? It is not exactly new. The phenomenon was identified some years ago, in a slightly different context and in a different country, in 2006, in Japan. The Japanese call it “herbivore men (草食(系)男子 Sōshoku(-kei) danshi?) or grasseaters, a social phenomenon of men who shun marriage or gaining a girlfriend.”

Let there be no mistake about it, the phenomenon involves not just men in heterosexual relationships that refuse to have sex with women. Grasseaters don’t want to have relationships with women (or with men, for that matter). Not only that, but grasseaters want nothing to do with being categorized, classified or assigned to the traditional roles of providers, protectors and being all-around gophers and sacrificial pariahs of corporate society.

The claim is (the obsession with maintaining the myth of female innocence most certainly is a factor in making it) that women have an even greater disinterest in having sex with the other sex or anyone else than men do. Of course, as to opting out of being the prime movers of society, there, too, women are way ahead of men, although they are apt to blame men, naturally, for being the cause of that. Much has been written about the grasseaters phenomenon, but none of the pundits writing about it in the media spectrum ranging from The Wall Street Journal to the Huffington Post mentioned much about the deeper root-causes of it, that women have priced themselves out of the market and are being seen as far too much of a risk to health and the quality of life of men to be worth making a commitment, let alone having sex with.

Without a doubt, the driving force for it all is the all-out effort to abolish marriage and to reduce the size of the world population, and what better way to achieve that than to make marriage, even sexual relations, unpalatable. Daniel Amneus had a pretty good handle on the fundamental cause of the phenomenon, when he wrote “The Garbage Generation” (Nov 1990):

To achieve that in China took coercion through the full force of the government, but all it took in the developed nations was to promote self-interest or, if you wish, greed. The results are the same. They can be measured and expressed very accurately through the TFR (total fertility rate – the number of children born to the average woman of fertile age). Depending on average life expectancy in a nation, it takes a TFR of 2.1 to 2.2 children to maintain a nation’s population level. A TFR smaller than that will cause the population of a country to die out in more or less short order. The deaths of nations will not be pretty.

Here are TFRs (2014 est.) of a few countries of interest:

Singapore 0.80
Taiwan 1.11
Hong Kong 1.17
South Korea 1.25
Lithuania 1.29
Ukraine 1.30
Poland 1.33
Japan 1.40
Greece 1.41
Hungary 1.42
Italy 1.42
Germany 1.43
Czech Republic 1.43
Austria 1.43
Spain 1.48
Switzerland 1.54
China 1.55
Canada 1.59
Russia 1.61
Denmark 1.73
Australia 1.77
Netherlands 1.78

(Full list)


Who wants to plow, sow, harvest, build, manufacture, work in the mines — unless the work, unsatisfying and unfulfilling in itself, is made meaningful by a man’s knowledge that it must be done if he is to provide for his family?

The Garbage Generation, by Daniel Amneus, pp. 64-66

The ratio of funding for and against families is 1:1000

The US Senate would do well to note what is being said in the Heritage Foundation report by Patrick Fagan and Robert Rector The Effects of Divorce on America, a report that identifies beyond any doubt that the epidemic of divorce is destroying society.

Each year, over 1 million American children suffer the divorce of their parents; moreover, half of the children born this year to parents who are married will see their parents divorce before they turn 18. Mounting evidence in social science journals demonstrates that the devastating physical, emotional, and financial effects that divorce is having on these children will last well into adulthood and affect future generations.

Fiscal conservatives should realize that federal and state governments spend $150 billion per year to subsidize and sustain single-parent families. By contrast, only $150 million is spent to strengthen marriage.

Thus, for every $1,000 spent to deal with the effects of family disintegration, only $1 is spent to prevent that disintegration.

—Source: The Effects of Divorce on America (June 2, 2000)

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