Saturday, December 16, 2017

Study finds uninsured don’t use emergency rooms more than other patients

The Forgotten Man. On Murray Rothbard, philosophical harbinger of Trump and the alt-right.

The Baffler reports:
True, Trump may not be a man of ideas, but his presidency and political style were imagined by one man: the libertarian economist and philosopher Murray N. Rothbard, who died in 1995.
Here's a long article on the late Murray Rothbard which concludes with this:
Today, Rothbard’s ideas aren’t merely encroaching; they’re on the march.
Imagine that.

Chris Matthews busted for sexual harassment!

NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

The Daily Caller reports:
An MSNBC spokesman confirmed Saturday the company made a separation-related payment to one of Chris Matthews employees after the woman complained about sexual harassment.

Two sources familiar with the situation told The Daily Caller that Matthews paid $40,000 to settle with an assistant producer on his show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” in 1999 after she accused him of harassment. An MSNBC spokesperson contested that claim to the Caller, saying the company instead paid significantly less as part of a severance package.

The woman complained to CNBC executives about Matthews making inappropriate comments and jokes about her while in the company of others.

The MSNBC spokesman said that they thoroughly reviewed the situation at the time and that Matthews received a formal reprimand. Based on people who were involved in matter, the network concluded that the comments were inappropriate and juvenile but were not intended to be taken as propositions.
Imagine that.

New JFK files show FBI misplaced Oswald's fingerprints, and CIA opened his mail

Trump officials decline to extend ObamaCare sign-up deadline

The Hill

Gary North: A Century of Change

Gary North reports:
The biggest difference between the world we live in today and the world of 1917 is in the cost of information. That cost has been driven down to levels inconceivable in 1917. The change had begun in 1844 with the invention of the telegraph. There has never been a technological change in history that was comparable in social impact to the changes that the telegraph brought. I like to use this illustration. In the time of Jesus, high-speed communications in the Roman Empire averaged about one mile per hour. In 1800, it averaged about 1.25 miles per hour. The development of the railroads in the 1830's began to speed up the transmission of information. Then came the telegraph. The first message was sent from Washington D.C. to Baltimore. The speed of information transmission went to 186,000 miles per second, minus the time it took for the telegrapher to tap out the message, and for the person at the other end of the line to write it down. The first message was appropriate: "what hath God wrought" -- without a character for a question mark. I can think of no other event since approximately A.D. 31 to which that phrase better applies. The telegraph, within a decade, became universal in what today would be called the developed world. The transatlantic cable was completed in 1858.

Yet even in the case of the telegraph, the full economic implications were not well understood. Three shortsighted investors started the Pony Express in 1859. It lasted 18 months before going bankrupt.

In my mother's youth, she listened to commercial radio. The first commercial radio broadcast was in the presidential election of 1920. Radio station KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcasted the results of the election. Within five years, radio stations were all over the nation. Radio in 1925 was becoming the universal entertainment medium in the United States, except on farms. Most farms did not yet have electricity.
An article, well worth your time.

Splendour Among Shadows ~ Bill Bruford - If Summer Had Its Ghosts

More taxi medallions going on the block .Aspire Federal Credit Union will start the bidding at $150,000.

Crain's New York reports:
At long last, New York's taxi industry may be about to find out how much a taxi medallion is worth in the Uber age.

Aspire Federal Credit Union will auction off 14 medallions from its loan portfolio Jan. 16. One or more of the assets will have an opening price of $150,000, according to Aspire President Thomas O'Shea, who is hoping the low price will draw the attention of bidders and drum up interest in the sale.

It has been difficult to determine the market price for medallions because there have been few outright sales. The last auction that had competitive bidding was for a package of 46 bought by a hedge fund as part of a bankruptcy settlement; they went for $186,000 apiece, but individual sales might have pushed the price higher. Medallions have also recently changed hands in what are believed to be cash transactions for as little as $150,000 and as much as $400,000, according to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The struggles of the rent-seeking society.

Larry Elder: The " War on Poverty " was launched with the best of intentions. But we've incentivized women into marrying the government and allowed men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility.

Jodie Foster Reprises ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Role to Help Take Down Trump (Video)

Big Hollywood

UW-Madison quietly shelves controversial masculinity program http://

Top Contributors, federal election data for Hillary Clinton, 2016 cycle

Open Secrets

Trey Gowdy hints Andrew McCabe may not be FBI deputy director for long

73% of DACA recipients surveyed live in low-income household. 21% dropped out of high school. 51% were employed before DACA

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s Rollback of Obamacare’s HHS Contraceptive Mandate

Big Government

What you must know about rheumatoid arthritis

This Map Shows Where Millennials Are Buying Houses (And For How Much)

"Giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens who are covered and eligible for the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would cost American taxpayers a total of $26 billion."

Joe Biden: Obama Admin Without ‘A Hint Of A Scandal’

CA Dems Proposing Spending $1 Billion Giving Health Care To Illegal Immigrants

The Daily Wire

Rahm Emanuel pitches new Chicago motto: ‘The city Trump will never sleep in’

The Hill

Taking Care of Vinyl Records

Gary North

The Search Engine Manipulation Effect: A Psychologist Looks at Google

Why 41 percent of white millennials voted for Trump

The Washington Post

After Disney-Fox Acquisition, Should Movie Business Be Wary of What Happened to the Music Industry?


FBI Director Wray Demotes Embattled Andrew McCabe; Internal Investigation Dubbed “Train Wreck”

CFR Establishment : Our reviewers pick the year's best books

CNN’s yearlong investigation into a Chicago teen’s death leads to more questions than answers. What really happened the day he died?

Paul Ryan: The conference committee took the best ideas from the House and Senate plans and made an even better bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now only two votes and a signature away from becoming the law of the land.

A new technology promises to make bitcoin useful to pay for things, and not to hoard

The Trump administration will reverse course from previous Obama administration policy, eliminating climate change from a list of national security threats.

Muslim Mayor Cancels Christmas In Nazareth, Blames Trump

Illness Sidelines McCain, Cochran As Tax Vote Nears

New York woman uses bitcoin to launder money for ISIS

Cato's Pro-Immigration Push: Libertarians should support open borders, w/ possible exceptions for convicted criminals & people carrying disease.

'Free-for-all' at U.S. border reveals disturbing trend . Agents 'shocked' by high numbers of illegal crossers from 2 specific countries .


Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom nukes Trump-hater Peter Strzok: "He belongs in Leavenworth. He belongs behind bars."

What is net neutrality and why is it important?

.@jasoninthehouse: "I think it's time for [Jeff Sessions] to go."

“I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We'll see what happens.”

“California reached a deal on legislation to raise the state minimum wage across all businesses to $15 per hour by 2023, a move that could cost the state hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

The use of Twitter, but not that of Facebook, is associated with greater political understanding.

In what order should kids watch Star Wars

6000 foreign criminals are allowed to remain in the UK because of 'human rights' laws & 200 of them have cost the taxpayer millions of pounds in compensation. Killers & rapists gave up their 'rights' when they committed their horrific crimes.

Dem's DREAMer Amnesty + Chain Migration Would Exceed Four Years of U.S. Births

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer debate the Constitution

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