Prognosis Negative

Sen. John McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor and apparently has about a 4% chance of survival. McCain is 80 years old.

Under Obamacare, the Death Panels probably wouldn’t let Senator McCain seek treatment due to his age and prognosis. Good thing for him Congress exempted themselves. The rest of us, apparently, are screwed.

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Union Hunger Strikes

Apparently when unions go on hunger strikes, they demand meal breaks.

According to a pamphlet posted on Twitter by a former Yale student, the hunger strike is “symbolic” and protesters can leave and get food when they can no longer go on

I guess it’s the thought that counts.

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Appeal to Authority?

There was a fire at the Bellagio last night. Firefighters arrived in about 5 minutes and thanks to a quick and overwhelming response, they had it quelled within 20 minutes. Then there’s this indictment of today’s society:

At the fire’s start, [Adrea] Sloniker [from Seattle] said she was confused. She was looking for authorities to direct people what to do or where to go, but she said there were none.

I get it that she is from the Pacific northwest, but how can you be so reliant on “authorities” that you have no clue what to do when you see a fire?

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CNN’s hard left turn

CNN has always leaned left. But lately, they’ve taken a hard left turn.

I’ve been thinking lately that CNN is tired of getting beat by MSNBC, who went batshit lefty years ago. Thus they’re going batshit lefty to try to get some of their marketshare of batshit leftists back.

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When cash is banned…

Then only criminals will have cash. Apparently in Europe and, if you believe the pundits, even some US states, governments are banning cash transactions above a certain threshold. It’s all for the good of the people, mind you. According to the powers that be, only drug dealers and criminals use large amounts of cash.

Call me old school, but I’ve always liked cash. I never travel out of town without it. Cash is king. It is accepted nearly everywhere. Cash opens doors. Cash bolsters your bargaining position. Whipping out a wad of cash lets people know you’re serious about buying something, much more so than pulling out even the blackest of credit cards. Plus it’s a great deal for the seller, who doesn’t have to worry about getting paid. Credit cards are, after all, simply a promise by a third party (VISA, MC, AMEX, etc.) that you’ll pay. And of course it comes with all sorts of strings attached like charge-backs, 3% or higher fees, not to mention the additional restrictions that the credit card companies impose.

Nothing beats cash (other than maybe gold or silver), and I would encourage people to going back to using it.

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Red Alert: One income for all: far fetched or communism?

Here we go again with utopian dreams that are not rooted in reality. The AFP posits a future society that will no longer be centered around work and instead everyone will be given a guaranteed stipend (entitlement) by the state.

Enter the concept of a “universal basic income”, a flat sum paid to all regardless of your existing wealth or ability to work. It is one of the rare ideas that has support from both the libertarian right — which favours tearing up the welfare state — and the left wing.

Someone who supports this idea andclaims to be libertarian right, obviously doesn’t know what libertarian means. The state cannot provide something material without first taking it from someone else.

At the least, advocates argue, a basic income could replace the thicket of unemployment benefits currently on offer in many advanced economies. Those can, perversely, discourage people from retraining in new fields or taking on lower paid work that society needs, such as care for the elderly.

What’s the difference? A guaranteed basic income would also discourage people from working lower paid jobs. Why scrub toilets 10 hours a day when I can sit on my ass and do nothing?

At its most ambitious, the proponents say, it would give everyone a safety net and encourage new modes of thinking: work might no longer define our lives and instead we might find productive existences in volunteering for the greater good, or in the creative arts.

[…]

“As new technologies replace work, the question for the future is how best to provide economic security for all,” economist and former US labor secretary Robert Reich wrote in a blog post.

“A universal basic income will almost certainly be part of the answer.”

And there lies the fundamental misunderstanding of what exactly money is and what it represents. Money is work, and work has always been part of life, since the dawn of time.

In prehistoric times, when you needed shelter, you built one. And when you needed food, you hunted or gathered. Intelligent animals like man quickly figured out something called specialization and cooperation. That means we’ll work together and I’ll build the shelter while you go find food and water. (For those of you who are milleniums, it’s sort of like on those survival reality shows.) One man can concentrate on building and another man on finding food. Add in a third man, and he might provide something else of value like security from outside threats (animals, Huns, etc.).

Through specialization and cooperation and trading skills, each man is better off. Rather than each man individually having to master every skill, they can work together and collectively do things faster and with less effort. This left over time and effort is called profit, and it frees up man to do other things of value. This bartering of goods and services creates a better lifestyle for everyone involved.

Now, since not everything is equal in value, nor is it consumed at the same rate and at the same time, it becomes quite convenient to have a placeholder for goods and services. In modern society, this placeholder is called money or currency. Thus currency is not severable from work and nor the value that work provides to other members of society. Severing that link will make money worthless. And this is why simply printing more money has never worked and creates hyperinflation.

The only way for socialist governments to hand out money without completely devaluing it, is to seize it from someone who actually did work for it. And you have to do that without destroying that person’s will to do future work. This is essentially what taxation is.

While new technologies may replace some specific jobs, but they will never replace the concept of work. After all, someone has to create and maintain those new technologies. And by taxing that work that is beneficial for everyone in society, what you’re really doing is stealing from the productive and giving it to the unproductive. And that is bad for everybody, including the unproductive.

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High powered .22s redux

Remember the WaPo story last week that claimed .22LR was a “high powered” rifle. I figured at the time the reporter inadvertently pulled it from his stylebook, not realizing the .22 round is a small step above a high powered air rifle.

Well, apparently the author is doubling down by pointing out the round is used by the Israeli military.

…rather than admit error and issue a correction, Mike Rosenwald doubled down. And he doubled down in the most absurd way possible: by mocking anyone who corrected him, and then by refusing to provide any source or data to back up his absurd claim… Had Rosenwald followed his own advice to use Google to verify simple facts, he would’ve learned that IDF sometimes issues .22 LR rifles in extremely limited circumstances not for combat purposes, but to kill small animals and injure violent protesters.

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High powered .22s

The Trump administration may make a play to deregulate firearm suppressors, and the libtards are having none of that. The anti-gunners watch (and believe) too many movies where “silencers” make guns sound like mouse farts. They’re claiming that sound suppressors are about killing discretely rather than hearing protection, as if gang-bangers doing a drive-by are worried about keeping a low profile.

Then there’s this:

But gun-control activists say silencers are getting quieter, particularly in combination with subsonic ammunition, which is less lethal but still damaging. They point to videos on YouTube in which silencers make high-powered rifles have “no more sound than a pellet gun,” according to one demonstrator showing off a silenced semiautomatic .22LR.

Yes, “high powered” .22LR rifles can be silenced down to sound like air rifles. Nevermind that a .22 rifle already sort of sounds like an air rifle, calling it “high powered” is a like comparing a Fiat to a Ferrari.

UPDATE: The author is apparently doubling down on the .22LR being high powered by pointing out the round is used by the Israeli military.

…rather than admit error and issue a correction, Mike Rosenwald doubled down. And he doubled down in the most absurd way possible: by mocking anyone who corrected him, and then by refusing to provide any source or data to back up his absurd claim… Had Rosenwald followed his own advice to use Google to verify simple facts, he would’ve learned that IDF sometimes issues .22 LR rifles in extremely limited circumstances not for combat purposes, but to kill small animals and injure violent protesters.

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Hollywood Felons and Guns

For years I’ve wondered how felons like Marky Mark get away with handling and shooting guns in movies when they’re prohibited persons. I never bothered to do any research on the topic, but today (via Drudge) this awful Hollywood Reporter article about guns fell into my lap.

To serve Hollywood’s marquee felons like Mark Wahlberg (currently brandishing a Glock 17 as a cop in Patriots Day) and Danny Trejo (most recently armed with an M1911A1 pistol in 2013’s Machete Kills) — who aren’t allowed by law to bear arms — ISS has a roster of realistic electronic guns (also known as e-guns or non-guns) that can stand in for everything from Smith & Wessons to Uzis. “They get a lot of use on hip-hop music video shoots,” says one weapons specialist. Producers working with ex-cons or shooting outside in neighborhoods with noise restrictions rely on them since they discharge at a much quieter level. They also are used in close-fire situations like a point-blank execution scene, where real weapons firing blanks are deemed unsafe (e-guns don’t eject shell casings).

That’s about the best thing I got from the article. That and California “conservatives” will always be liberals. For example there’s this:

Elsewhere at ISS, in a large office, owner Bilson — a self-described moderate “weapons enthusiast, not a weapons nut” who believes “there needs to be additional commonsense legislation” such as a national database “and a lot of other things that the NRA is against” — remains in the political cross fire. When he’s not ducking the NRA’s LaPierre’s verbal salvos about Hollywood violence (“We felt like we were thrown under the bus”), he’s navigating byzantine local, state, national and international gun laws (California legislation is the country’s strictest). ISS regularly is audited by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the state Department of Justice and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Yes, audits for everyone!

As president of the American Entertainment Armories Association, Bilson is in close contact with the MPAA to carve out exemptions, such as a far shortened waiting period to get ahold of a handgun. “[Armorers] can’t wait 10 days — they need it that day or the very next day on set due to the speed of production,” he says, noting more generally, “There aren’t really rules governing what it is we do. So [legislators] have kind of fit a square peg in a round hole, and we have adapted to it as best as we can.”

So you can’t wait 10 days because you’re on a deadline, but a woman whose boyfriend is stalking her and threatening her life should be made to?

And I don’t believe this dubious claim for a second. They claim to have invented gang bangers acting like idiots by holding their gun sideways:

Sometimes armorers find that their onscreen handiwork worms its way back into real life. John Patteson, a Florida-based armorer (Cape Fear and Bad Boys II), recalls an experience on a 1980s TV show that he will not name in which a director wanted two guys with semiautomatic handguns to fire while standing next to each other. Patteson pointed out that the ejected rounds from one gun would hit the second man, at best creating an annoyance and at worst a potential safety hazard. “The director says, ‘How about we ask the left guy to tilt his gun sideways, so brass goes up and arcs away?’ ” Patteson adjusted the scene accordingly, but “next thing you know, I’m seeing guys in 7-Eleven videos holding the guns sideways.”

I’m a natural skeptic, but that smells like bullshit to me.

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Then you’re an idiot

“I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia.” — Morrissey, Musician

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