The enormous expense of government regulations

The Washington Times has a very interesting article on the immense cost of government regulations.  Here’s an excerpt. When President Obama and Mitt Romney are jousting about taxes during their Wednesday night debate, one or both candidates might correctly point out that the Constitution explicitly forbids taxation without representation. They would do well to also point out that it guarantees against regulation without representation. Article I, Section 1 states, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress.” In practice, however, that protection has significantly eroded over the years. Both candidates could win many voters to their side

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Creepy – and slimy too!

I’ve never been a fan of slugs, ever since as a young child I ran barefoot into the garden and stepped on what felt like a nesting swarm of the darn things.  They squished and popped underfoot, leaving me feeling very yucky indeed! You’ll understand, therefore, that news of an invasion of giant slugs in England makes me less willing to visit the place – to put it mildly!  The Telegraph reports: “Monster slugs” from the Iberian peninsula are swarming across Britain, fuelled by the rain, which has provided ideal conditions for the creatures to grow. Slug experts report a

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“Pound Cake” redux?

Courtesy of a link by Robb Allen, I came across an interesting article about a recent speech by Louis Farrakhan in New York. When working as a prison chaplain, I had a fair amount of contact with members of the Nation of Islam (NOI), a syncretic religious movement in the USA (not regarded as Muslim by ‘mainstream’ Islam, although the NOI disputes this).  These members were typically fairly smartly dressed, taking the trouble to shine their shoes and iron their prison-issue uniforms.  Their religious services were formal and well-disciplined (although some of their members were less so at other times). 

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Societal collapse – A DEADLY SERIOUS WARNING

Friends, looking at the current state of affairs in four nations around the world, I’m seeing signs that worry me very much.  They’re caused by different problems, but the end result in every case is very similar – a breakdown in the basic structures of society, to a greater or lesser extent.  If it’s developing this fast in these four nations, what are the odds that it can spread to other nations – and regions – just as quickly?  To my mind, the odds are very good indeed.  I think we might be in for a very unpleasant last quarter

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Performance art with a twist

I’m honestly not sure what to think about this performance, described as “Some excerpts from a 10 minute live piece combining projection mapping with dance and acrobatics“.  It’s certainly different, and strangely attractive, even though I’m not sure what point (if any) the performer is trying to make.  See what you think.  (I recommend watching the video in full-screen mode.) The artist is on Facebook, and has more videos on his Vimeo channel and/or his YouTube channel.  I encourage readers to send him feedback if you found this video interesting.  I think such originality in artistic expression is worth encouraging,

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More economic news

There were a number of very interesting and thought-provoking articles out there today.  Here’s a brief selection. 1.  The New York Sun has an excellent editorial commenting on the relationship between the Federal Reserve and Congress.  Here’s a brief excerpt. Our own view is that everyone — the Congress, the Federal Reserve, and the American people — would be better served were this issue opened up on every front. This is a moment for our leadership to acknowledge, nay, to declare that the topic of monetary reform needs to be put on the table and debated. Value was seeping out

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Doofus Of The Day #645

Today’s award goes to a contractor in Townsville, Australia.  A tip o’ the hat to reader Snoggeramus for telling me about it. A Townsville City Council contract crew have been forced to rethink how they clean artificial grass after they became the butt of jokes for using a lawnmower. The crew were photographed this week by motorists mowing the fake grass on the median strip outside Supercheap Auto on Charters Towers Rd, Hermit Park. They created a social media sensation, with residents claiming it was proof of the council wasting taxpayers’ money. A council spokeswoman, however, confirmed the contractors were

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“World’s Most Wired”

That’s the title of an ongoing series of articles in Wired online magazine.  They profile individuals who are leaders in their field, often very little known to or by the general public, but who are making a major difference in some part of modern life.  At the time of writing there are eight articles in the series, with more to come.  To whet your appetite, here are excerpts from a couple of them. First, in the ‘Steam Punk’ category, Danielle Fong. Danielle Fong is the chief scientist and co-founder of a company called LightSail Energy. Based in Berkeley, California, this

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Murphy’s Law has lost his father

I’m sorry to report that fellow blogger Murphy’s Law has lost his father.  He was able to fly to Michigan to be with him at the end, which is a mercy. Please say a prayer for the departed, and for the family he leaves behind as they struggle to adjust to the hole left in their lives.  If you’d like to leave condolences, I’m sure they’d be appreciated. Peter

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