Sunday, August 27, 2006

Brookes News Update

American economy and purchasing power v. Keynesianism: The lesson of history is that yesterday's economic wisdom is indeed correct in warning us of the dangers of pumping up consumption to escape recession. Unfortunately Keynesianism has so corrupted economic thought that this fundamental truth is openly sneered at
Why the world won't run out of oil: Tim Colebatch is an appalling economics commentator. His knowledge of how market operate is truly woeful. He evidently has now idea the world's oil reserves are expanding. In fact there are over 21 trillion barrels of oil that we know of
Islamic terrorists are taking my mascara - this means WAR!: For years I have been writing that there is a whole evil culture out there called 'Islam' which wants to kill everybody who is not them. Like a mantra, I've repeated over and over that Israel is the canary in the mine and these crazed maniacs don't give a diddly-squat about 'Land for Peace'
It is Islam, dummy: The life manual of Islam, the Quran, is a document of exclusion, hatred and violence that shapes the Muslims' thinking and behaving. This stone-age document is optimally suited for people of stunted development
Historians have absolved Fidel Castro: Castro's record is one of torture and mass murder. Under him Cuba's health care badly deteriorated: a nation with a formerly massive influx of European immigrants needs machine guns, water cannons and sharks to keep its people from fleeing, while half-starved Haitians a short 60 miles away turn up their noses at any thought of moving to Cuba
The plight of Lebanese Christians and Islamic terrorism: A Christian Lebanese speaks up for Israel and tells of the horrors of Islamofascism. Isn't it interesting how our media manage to ignore Lebanese Christians?
The Wall Street Journal's immigration fallacies and US wage rates: When it comes to the economics of immigration the Wall Street Journal can be remarkably obtuse in its drive for open borders. Not only is the Journal's economics shonky on this matter it also ignores what is happening in Dearborn. For most Americans one Dearborn is one too many



There's a YouTube comedy video here about how you can help Al Gore save the planet. The video is the work of blogger The Poor B*stard.

Chris Brand has just done a big new lot of posts -- with his usual devotion to telling it like it is and damn the consequences

There is a big article in The Guardian (of all places) about how a British Leftist became disillusioned by the realities of the new black-ruled South Africa. He relates a lot of very unpleasant stories from first-hand experience of living for a few years in South Africa. Reality even gets through to Leftists sometimes.

The genetics for intelligence have been evolving rapidly: "The fastest evolving gene in the human genome is one linked to brain development, researchers say. A study of differences between the human and chimp genomes has identified a gene associated with neural growth in the cerebral cortex - the part of the brain involved in processing thoughts and learning - as having undergone "accelerated evolutionary change". Katherine Pollard and colleagues at the University of California Santa Cruz, US, suggest that the fast-changing gene may help explain the dramatic expansion of this part of the brain during the evolution of humans. They identified the rapidly evolving region of DNA - called human accelerated region 1 (HAR1) - after carrying out an extensive computational comparison between the genomes of humans, chimpanzees and other vertebrates."

Focus needed: "Unless we learn to see our enemies for who they are, we cannot hope to win this war. We've got to stop treating our own government as the enemy. We have to quit worrying about whether the rest of the world will love us when we take actions to protect ourselves. We have to give up the illusion that if we just retreat from the world or abandon Israel the Islamist fanatics will leave us alone."

The government is the one squeezing consumers: "Once again, a self-serving politician, in a shameless attempt to curry favor with potential voters, launched a deceitful attack on 'greedy oil companies' for increased gasoline prices. In her press release issued last month, Senator Hillary Clinton said: 'Consumers are getting squeezed at the same time that the oil companies are recording the largest profits in corporate history.' No Senator Clinton, you have it wrong -- government is the one squeezing consumers."

An amazing Argentine import: "This is a story about a barbecue. In the South Florida back yard of a friend who had invited me over for dinner, I saw a most unusual barbecue, but what I learned about it from its owner informed me about a lot more than barbecues. It hinted at the incredible power of freedom -- the freedom of people to trade with each other, over distances and across borders. A freedom that has always throughout my life and the life of everyone else alive today been throttled, bled, and interfered with by government, for government."

Tax cut revenue: "Many in the Washington establishment were shocked Aug. 17, when the Congressional Budget Office reported a surge of 'unanticipated tax receipts' that will sharply push down this year's deficit. Those who had been proclaiming the Bush tax rate cuts would result in a big reduction in tax revenues tried to hide their disappointment. It was tough being proved wrong again after having said the same thing when Ronald Reagan cut tax rates in the early 1980s."

The living Constitution's double standard: "You do see the irony here, don't you? A coalition of pressure groups -- Greenpeace, the ACLU, and a bunch of left-wing professors -- are arguing that the Constitution must be immutably inflexible, adamantine in the face of changing times. The fact that al Qaeda is using new technologies the Founders could never have imagined is irrelevant, say the absolutists. If the government can listen in on bin Laden's phone calls without a warrant, what's to keep them from listening to a phone call between me and my aunt Sally? Isn't this just a bit hard to take with a straight face from the ACLU, which finds powers not created by the Constitution every day and periodically declares such inanities as the idea that the Constitution forbids teachers from reading The Chronicles of Narnia in class lest the tykes' young minds be corrupted by hidden messages about Christianity?"

For more postings, see TONGUE-TIED, EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, FOOD & HEALTH SKEPTIC and AUSTRALIAN POLITICS. (Mirror sites here, here, here, here, here, here and here). Other backups here


"All the worth which the human being possesses, all spiritual reality, he possesses only through the State." -- 19th century German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel is the most influential philosopher of the Left -- inspiring Karl Marx, the American "Progressives" of the early 20th century and university socialists to this day.

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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