Sunday, November 27, 2005


Horrible story: "A Sydney doctor has been ordered to stand trial on charges of manslaughter and performing an illegal abortion, and faces up to 35 years' jail if convicted. Suman Sood has become the first NSW doctor since 1971 to be tried over an abortion. The prosecution alleges Sood, then owner of the Fairfield clinic Australian Women's Health, had failed to counsel a 20-year-old who wanted a late-term abortion. The woman had said Sood gave her some tablets and sent her home, where she gave birth on the toilet to a baby boy, who lived for four hours. Sood's lawyers had argued the young woman's evidence was unreliable because she could not remember all details of the consultation with Sood, in May 2002. However, the magistrate, Anthony Marsden, found yesterday that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was a "straightforward and uncomplicated young woman" who showed no ill will or bias to the doctor and never denied she had wanted the abortion. After Sood was committed to stand trial yesterday, the Crown prosecutor, David Muddle, asked the court to order the 56-year-old Indian-born doctor to surrender her passport".

Globalization cuts taxes: "Only Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, but the rest of the world should pause for a moment and give thanks to tax competition. Thanks to globalization, it is increasingly easy for labor and capital to cross national borders in order to avoid punitive taxes. This process is forcing governments around the globe to lower tax rates and reform oppressive tax systems. In recent days, Spain's socialist government has announced a cut in its corporate tax rate, Ireland's government has announced that it intends to preserve its low 12.5 percent corporate tax, Colombia has announced that it will lower its corporate tax rate by more than 8 percentage points, and Russia has announced it will continue its tax-cutting crusade by reducing a number of levies - including a possible reduction of the corporate tax rate to 20 percent so that it is closer to the 13 percent flat tax that exists for individuals"

Privatization in Switzerland: "Swiss authorities announced overnight that they want to sell their majority stake in Swisscom, the country's largest telecommunications operator, as swiftly as possible. Switzerland's finance ministry and telecommunications department said in a joint statement that the aim was to give Swisscom more room for manoeuvre in the fast developing and competitive communications market. Swisscom, which was spun off from the former national postal and telecommunications monopoly PTT in 1998, is still 66 per cent state owned. The government believes this could "restrict Swisscom's strategic freedom of action," the statement said".

There is an article about socialist stupidity in Zanzibar here which is unremarkable except that it is a rare case of the L.A. Times pointing to a failure of socialism.

GM's woes are homeade, not imported: "If General Motors itself were one big car, its 'check engine' light would be flashing. The world's largest car maker announced this week that it plans to shed 30,000 workers by 2008 as its market share and stock price continue to slide against a backdrop of unsustainable labor costs. In the past 25 years, GM has seen its share of domestic automobile and light truck sales fall from half to a quarter. In the last quarter alone, it lost more than $1 billion and its corporate bonds were recently downgraded to junk status. The recent job cuts follow years of declining employment at the company. Like the mysterious dash-board signal, the reasons behind GM's woes are open for debate. The United Auto Workers union blames management for not developing and promoting more appealing cars. Management blames the relatively high cost of its union labor, including generous pension and health-care expenditures. And lurking in the background is that old bugaboo of allegedly unfair foreign competition."

Australian minimum wage earners not poor: "Workers on low incomes do not necessarily live in poverty, according to the findings of a national study that challenges the link between wages and prosperity. The study shows that a quarter of the workforce earning the minimum wage or less are not confined to the poorest households but are found in households all the way up the income scale. The 3.3 million workers earning close to or less than the minimum wage of $12.30 an hour or less include a disproportionate number of young people and women, many of whom live in well-off households which may include other wage earners. Less than a fifth of low-income earners are in the poorest 20 per cent of households where weekly income is $226 or less. The great majority of these households have nobody in the workforce and include retirees".

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. On Social Security see Dick McDonald and for purely Australian news see Australian Politics (mirrored here).


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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