Saturday, October 29, 2005


US economy and the China trade deficit: There is no doubt that the US trade deficit with China is causing a lot of confusion as well as anguish
Australian economy and recession factors: The Australian economy is not looking too good, regardless of what the Treasurer Mr Costello thinks
Workplace reform: unions lie about minimum wages and unemployment: There is a situation where increases in the minimum will not add to unemployment. Therefore, so long as the minimum wage does not exceed the market rate it will not cause unemployment
US troops slaughter civilians: The Americans came in killing like mad men
Tariff nonsense and ALP stupidity: The economic illiterates who are running Victoria have been demanding that the Federal assume direction of industry
More compulsory voting nonsense: It is utter nonsense to assert that citizens would be disenfranchised if compulsory voting were scrapped
Move to middle leaves conservatives looking for new home: Things began to unravel in the 1970s, when the national Democrat Party began to embrace a liberal social agenda
The Grinch who stole my Halloween: Spooks, pirates, goblins, and ghouls are upon us once more. It is time for deciding tricks or treats and to curl up on our sofas to watch, 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown'



Blair gets it right: "Tony Blair gave warning last night that the West might have to take military action against Iran after worldwide condemnation of its President’s call for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. Ending a one-day European Union summit, the Prime Minister called the explosive declaration by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday a disgrace. Promising discussions with Washington and other allies over how to react, Mr Blair said that he had often been urged not to take action against Iran. But he added: “If they carry on like this the question people will be asking us is - when are you going to do something about Iran? Can you imagine a State like that with an attitude like that having nuclear weapons?”

Amazing. Economic responsibility from Congress: "House Republicans voted to cut student loan subsidies, child support enforcement and aid to firms hurt by unfair trade practices as various committees scrambled to piece together $50 billion in budget cuts. More politically difficult votes -- to cut Medicaid, food stamps and farm subsidies -- are on tap Thursday as more panels weigh in on the bill. It was originally intended to cut $35 billion in spending over five years, but after pressure from conservatives, GOP leaders directed committees to cut another $15 billion to help pay the cost of hurricane recovery."

GM pays the price for its gutlessness with its unions: "Japanese car giant Toyota is expected to surpass US-based General Motors to become the world's leading car manufacturer in terms of output in 2006. To do so, it will raise its production to more than 9.2 million units, a Japanese business daily reported today. Toyota decided to increase its global production volume by 12 per cent next year compared with the 8.3 million units projected for this year, a 900,000-unit increase... Daihatsu and Hino Motors of the Toyota group have not completed their plans for next year, but they expect to raise their total production from the 2005 projection by about 900,000 cars amid strong domestic sales. General Motors is expected to fall short of its global production of a projected 9.12 million units for 2005 due to a drop in sales and factory closures, the newspaper said".

The "New Puritans": "Ick, just waded through a screed at The Observer about these so-called New Puritans, the trendy new church of young socialists. In a nutshell they are young control freaks just as bad as those churches who decide every aspect of members lives. It is dressed up with a very thin veneer of concern about over-consumption, environment, social responsibility blah blah blah. They encompass the anti-capitalist who snidely derides the employer while tallying up your purchase, the brave souls who deflate SUV tyres at night and the disparaging tossers who look down on fat people. But ironically in the week of the death of Rosa Parks we have a group very similar to that which ruled over the American South in her time, the paternalist Dixiecrats using their religion and morals to oppress the others they didn't care for"

Calvin vindicated "Attending religious services may enrich the soul, but it also fattens the wallet, according to research released on Tuesday. "Doubling the frequency of attendance leads to a 9.1 percent increase in household income, or a rise of 5.5 percent as a fraction of the poverty scale," Jonathan Gruber of the economics department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in his study. "Those with more faith may be less 'stressed out' about daily problems that impede success in the labor market and the marriage market, and therefore are more successful," Gruber wrote in the study, which was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research".

Government lies about terrorist threats: "Journalist Annie Jacobsen gained a certain degree of fame last year as the woman who wrote about the strange and frightening behavior of a group of Syrian "musicians" aboard a Northwest Airlines flight. She has now written a riveting book, Terror in the Skies: Why 9-11 Could Happen Again about what happened that day and in the months that followed. Jacobsen put her investigative skills to work, and discovered that the harrowing events that took place on her flight were far from an isolated occurrence. She ends her book with a warning: If our security system does not improve, another 9/11 is almost inevitable".

More negligent bureaucrats should get the same: "The gaunt figure of Vitali Kaloyev confessed yesterday to the fatal stabbing of an air traffic controller who had been in charge on the night that Kayolev's family and 68 other victims plunged to their death in a mid-air collision. For the 48-year-old Russian engineer it was the last act in a tragedy that began on a clear night over Lake Constance on the Swiss-German border just over three years ago.... Mr Kaloyev's world collapsed in July 2002 when a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev 154 crashed into a Boeing cargo aircraft operated by the DHL courier service. Forty-five children died in the crash..... Prosecutors in Germany and Switzerland are still conducting investigations against members of the Skyguid staff to establish whether they could be charged for negligent killing. For all the Russian families this investigation has been proceeding too slowly. When Mr Kaloyev attended a memorial service in Ueberlingen in 2003 he exploded with anger that Skyguid was accepting only partial responsibility for the crash".

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. And on Social Security see Dick McDonald


Practically all policies advocated by the Left create poverty. Leftists get the government to waste vast slabs of the country's labour-force on bureaucracy and paperwork and so load the burden of providing most useful goods and services onto fewer and fewer people. So fewer useful goods and services are produced to go around. That is no accident. The Left love the poor. The Left need the poor so that they can feel good by patronizing and "helping" them. So they do their best to create as many poor people as possible.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch)

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