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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: The “minimum wage” as “social justice”


Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute’s Economics21 discusses the economics of the fast-food protests and the minimum wage, as well as who was really behind all the demonstrations.

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Readers here know I rant often about the “minimum wage”. Talk about “social justice” and “minority unemployment” is a bunch of astro-turf “barbara streisand”! (That’s my polite ways of saying <synonym for excrement from a large male cow>!!!)


Take about 30 minutes and listen to Tom Woods — a little L libertarian economist — and this lady absolutely destroy the $15 dollar an hour crowd.

Maybe this is a hot button with me because I know victim of the Federal Gooferment’s first foray into the minimum wage. She now lives what I’d call “lonely poverty” on Social Security, a tiny pension, and handouts from her relatives. It’s sad. 

She’s not smart. She didn’t in the late 60’s have other than a High School education. And the higher minimum wage made automation of low skill jobs cost effective.

Minority youth unemployment is absurd.

All to benefit the Big Labor, politicians, and bureaucrats. Argh!

This lady makes an excellent point that the Gooferment Skrules graduate functional illiterates.

As a society, even low skill folks have a “right” to the American Dream and a job is how they get it. Where to they start? On the bottom rung, the minimum wage job.


Seems so obvious to me.

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ENDNOTE: Holding politicians and bureaucrats to account!


School removes portrait of candidate for governor
By Erika Niedowski
Associated Press September 27, 2014

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Roman Catholic preparatory school that Treasurer Gina Raimondo attended has removed a portrait of her following comments she made at Planned Parenthood that aren’t in line with the school’s teachings, a school spokesman said Friday.

La Salle Academy President Thomas Gerrow decided to have the picture taken down from a wall in the school’s main building that displays other notable alumni, according to spokesman Drew Lagace. It was taken down Thursday, the day the Democratic gubernatorial nominee spoke in support of abortion rights and “reproductive freedom.”

“Her comments kind of go against our teachings here at La Salle,” Lagace said. He declined to elaborate and said he did not know if the picture’s removal was permanent.

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Sorry, but “Catholic In Name Only” must be called on their positions.


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ENDNOTE: FAA forgot About Drones


FAA’s New $5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

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Designers of the Federal Aviation Administration’s futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $5 billion NextGen system. And it’s definitely too late to start over.

This isn’t good. It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that drones aren’t just going to become a presence in America’s skies; they’re going to become a fixture. The FAA itself just gave Hollywood permission to use drones for filming TV shows and movies, and there’s a long line of other folks, like Amazon and Google, that can hardly wait for commercial drones to go mainstream. And that’s not even taking the hobbyists or the military into account.

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And the taxpayers pay for the mistake?

What politicians and bureaucrats are going get fired? Or who’s not going to get a “bonus”!


The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

This is just another example of it.

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ENDNOTE: Death Panels in the “Culture of Death”


A Nation of Children
By Doug French
Casey Research
September 27, 2014

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Imagine, as Christopher Buckley (son of William F.) did in his clever book, Boomsday, a plan to make the government solvent by offering incentives for people to kill themselves at age 70 and younger. Instead of calling it suicide, it would euphemistically be known as “Voluntary Transitioning.”

Now we have Ezekiel Emanuel, Ari and Rahm’s brother, making quite a splash with his article “Why I Hope to Die at 75” in the Atlantic. While he doesn’t plan on suicide, he will stop receiving medical treatment. He says people deteriorate, and are less productive and creative. So why stay around so long?

The former White House aid’s article makes Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet’s piece on Casey Research last December all the more interesting. She pointed out that Mr. Emanuel has written plenty about “The Complete Lives System” which:

makes crystal clear that physicians must not focus on the individual patient. Instead, medical care should be allocated based on the patient’s usefulness to the “collective good.” If you’re too old, or too young, or your ailment is too complicated, society is better off letting you die rather than paying a doctor to heal you.

One tenet of the Complete Lives system is that medical care for people under age 15 and over age 45 should be attenuated. “Attenuate” means to ration. Emanuel believes that the very young and the elderly are less valuable to society than those in the middle of the age curve.

Mr. Emanuel is likely trying to start a trend and maybe even plant the idea for legislation to stop caring for people at 75—all for the good of the country, of course.

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Anyone still laughing at Sarah Palin’s “death panels” remarks?

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Some of the issues that are included in the Catholic Church’s description of the culture of life include:

Opposition to abortion

Opposition to human sterilization

Opposition to human cloning

Opposition to contraception

Opposition to human embryonic stem cell and fetal research, coupled with support for adult stem cell research

Opposition to euthanasia

Opposition to murder and suicide

Opposition to capital punishment

Opposition to unjust war

Promotion of agape love and charity

Promotion of matrimony, maternity, fatherhood, life, chastity, fidelity, and virtue

Promotion of organ donation

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I hope all Jaspers are on the “Culture of Life”  team.


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ENDNOTE: Ethanol is a Big Gooferment boondoggle


Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe
by eric • September 18, 2014

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Ethanol is a con, a boondoggle, a flim-flam. A con. A gyp.

The one ethanol upside – that it is an octane enhancer and so allows modern cars to run higher compression ratios, which allows more powerful as well as efficient engine designs – is arguably negated by the numerous negatives, including across-the-board reductions in fuel economy due to the lower energy content of a gallon of 10 percent ethanol “gas.” Studies have also been done that strongly indicate it takes more energy to make ethanol than you end up with. And that diverting the raw materials (corn stock) has contributed to the rising cost of food.

The bottom line is, if enough of us complain about it, the market – if not politicians – ought to hear us. And respond. Anecdotally, the ethanol-free pump in my neck of the Woods is always busy.

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Cui Bono!

Not the car owner. Not the poor. Not anyone who has to eat.


Crony Capitalism at it’s best.

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ENDNOTE: Separation of “education” and state


The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools
By Laurence M. Vance
September 9, 2014

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Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident.

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If there are to be any public schools; that is, government schools, they should be limited to state-government schools, fully supported and supervised by state governments. This is because while every state has provisions in its constitution for the operation of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, the federal government has been given no such authority by its Constitution.

This means that the federal government should not be involved in any way, shape, or form with the education of anyone. No Pell Grants, student loans, federal regulations, research grants, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher-education requirements, Department of Education, teacher-certification standards, school accreditation, Title IX mandates, educational vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act, school breakfast or lunch programs, Head Start funding, bilingual-education mandates, busing to achieve racial desegregation, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, diversity mandates, Common Core, presidential visits to schools, standardized-testing requirements, special-education mandates, math and science initiatives, Race to the Top funds, or Higher Education Act.

Since conservatives regularly support most of these things, there is a world of difference between their criticisms of public schools and the consistent and principled criticisms offered by libertarians.

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Gooferment Skrules, as “free”, have pushed out “Catholic Schools” from the marketplace.

As a little L libertarian, I don’t think we want the Gooferment propagandizing future voters.

Over and above the fact that the Prussian school model was designed to create: (1) cannon fodder; (2) good factory workers; and (3) a “lead-able” population of “voters”. IMHO it’s suceeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Gooferment Skrules are inherently anti-Catholic. Or, anti-religious, since they teach worship of the Gooferment. All under the guise of being non-denominational.

It’s a long battle to get back “religious freedom”, but the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Taxes are stolen from “Catholics” to pay for these Gooferment Skrules and, “Catholics” want their children to receive a “Catholic Education” they have to pay for that as well. And, they have to pay for it in after-tax money at that. A triple whammy.

I would hope that this little “endnote” would help roll the snowball of Gooferment Skrules back up the hill.


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ENDNOTE: Don’t put your naughty bits on your iPhone


No! Your data is not safe!
Hackers Used Government Spyware to Data-rob iCloud
Thu, 09/04/2014 – 03:14
by:  Alfredo Lopez

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One sensationally reported incident this week exposes a dual threat: your data isn’t safe on a corporate-controlled “cloud” and spying software made for police and government agencies makes it completely accessible.

The leaking of celebrities’ photos, most compromising and some nude, from Apple’s iCloud storage system shows how silly we can be about nudity and celebrity and what our media thinks is important in the world. These were self-shot photos nude people and nudity is something we can all see in the mirror!

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The safest and most secure place for your data is on your own computer’s hard drive. The safest place for your office network’s data is on a computer that is part of that network. Your data should never be stored on a device you cannot trust.

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Now, the nude photos were the “flash fire” over the inet. 

If you missed them, (as well you should for a variety of ethical and moral reasons; not the least of which there are some Commandments about these activities), do NOT peek now. Within a day the malware producers had loaded the pic with “crud”. Look now and your computer will get a “social disease”.

Over and above that, now is the time to think about your own computer habits.

Like: “Perhaps the best way to avoid hacked photos of your naughty bits being distributed on the internet would be for you to not put your naughty bits on your iPhone.” Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted this suggestion.

Like: Think before you put stuff in “the cloud”.

Like: Use unique passwords at all sites. Complex ones. Use a manager like LASTPASS.

Like: Use two factor authentication wherever it’s offered.

Now I disagree slightly with the article. Your local hard drive is NOT the safest place for your data. Hard drives die. Murphy’s Law predicts the failure will occur when you can least afford it.

If your office has a network, then you should have a backup and recovery strategy. (I recommend you try and use it regularly to see if you can recover. I lost 2 years worth of work because the corporate IT system was broken and no one checked. After that, now, I keep my own backups.)

If you have two “home locations” or a good friend with a high speed connection to the inet, you can have off-site storage of your data. POGOPLUG or any one of a number of cheap products will work.

In my case, for high-risk stuff, (no I don’t have any “naughty bits”), like my writings, I store encrypted copies in the cloud.


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