Unintended consequences – the Cobra Effect

I was amused to read this article at the Foundation for Economic Education’s web site. In colonial India, Delhi suffered a proliferation of cobras, which was a problem very clearly in need of a solution given the sorts of things that cobras bring, like death. To cut the number of cobras slithering through the city, the local government placed a bounty on them. This seemed like a perfectly reasonable solution. The bounty was generous enough that many people took up cobra hunting, which led exactly to the desired outcome: The cobra population decreased. And that’s where things get interesting. As the cobra

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Good question, Chicago!

Chicago politicians have consistently blamed the “flood” of guns coming in from outside for the incredibly high figures for gun crime in that city.  That’s nonsense, of course, but they continue to parrot the same old excuse.  Just days ago, Mayor Lightfoot got into a Twitter spat with Senator Ted Cruz on the subject. I think the problem is nicely summed up in this meme, that I found over at Chief Nose Wetter‘s place. Good question, Ms. Mayor!  Let’s hear your answer! Peter

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Refugees as an instrument of international blackmail

Having mismanaged its relationship with Turkey for decades, including paying a “subsidy” of billions of Euros to that country to persuade it to stop allowing Syrian and other “refugees” to flood into Europe, that continent is once again learning (the hard way) the lesson taught so well by Rudyard Kipling:  “If once you have paid him the Dane-geld, you never get rid of the Dane“. Reuters reports: Over a dozen migrant boats landed on Greece’s Lesbos island within minutes of each other on Thursday in the first such mass arrival from neighboring Turkey in three years, officials said, prompting Greece to summon Turkey’s ambassador.

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When the drug wars turn hot, who do you call?

Why, John Cronin, of course, the protagonist in Jim Curtis’ “Grey Man” series of novels.  The latest in the series, a novella titled “The Grey Man – Down South“, has just been published. Jim’s a good friend in meatspace and cyberspace, so I had the privilege of beta-reading this novella for him.  It’s fast-paced and interesting.  What’s more, those who’ve “been there and done that” tell me that his descriptions of the seamier aspects of the war on drugs in South America are right on the money. The blurb reads: After too much action, too much peace gets on a man’s

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Bureaucrats and temperatures

There’s been a certain amount of hilarity hereabouts – not to mention anger – at the latest bureaucratic advice on how to deal with hot weather. The coolest temperature Americans should keep their thermostats set to is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Energy Star, a federal program aimed at energy efficiency and cost savings for consumers. But many on social media do not agree with that recommendation. And social media users were even more vocal in objecting to Energy Star’s recommendation for nighttime thermostat settings. . . . Energy Star, a joint federal program run by the Department of Energy (DOE)

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Joe Biden defines both political extremes at once

Joe Biden yesterday defined much of current American politics in the simplest possible way. “We choose truth over facts”.  Sounds utterly daft, because by definition, truth is fact, whereas “facts” that are not true aren’t facts, but fiction.  Nevertheless, it fits the extremist mindset perfectly.  What is “true” is what conforms to how they think the world should be – whether or not the world really is that way.  If it’s not the way they want the world to be then, even if it’s factually true, it’s not “the truth” – which, of course, only they possess. You can see that right now in the clamor for more gun

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Not approved by special snowflakes

A bear killed a deer, because it was hungry.  Normal behavior, of course;  that’s what bears do.  The difference, in this case, is that it did so in someone’s back yard – right in the middle of Colorado Springs suburbia. WARNING:  The video is VERY graphic, both visually and audibly.  Don’t play this near small kids or those who are squeamish. What’s astonished me about that video is not the fact that it happened so close to human habitation – it’s the response from the special snowflake brigade.  I’ve seen comments in some quarters about how cruel the bear was,

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Vegans tackle cowboys – and lose

It seems cowboys, or gauchos as they’re known there, are still common in parts of Argentina, and they enjoy a rodeo as much as their American counterparts.  Therefore, when vegan protesters tried to shut down a rodeo in that country, the gauchos were not amused – and showed it with whips and spurs! The next time moonbat protesters try to shut down a freeway or an Interstate highway in this country, I think we should hire those gauchos to deal with them – preferably broadcasting it live on TV for (almost) everyone’s viewing pleasure! Peter

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Heh

I empathize.  (Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web site.) After walking and squats at the gym this morning, I’m tempted to try Pig’s recipe! Peter

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Quote of the day – Chicago pensions edition

Last Saturday I pointed out that my earlier predictions about Illinois and Chicago’s pension crisis were proving to be precisely as I’d forecast.  The city is seeking a state bailout of its untenable position.  If it succeeds, I’ll bet the state will seek a federal government bailout of its suddenly expanded pension obligations (which it already can’t afford). John Ruberry sums up the pensions plight of Chicago and Illinois in a single sentence: That’s like having Puerto Rico transferring its financial problems to Venezuela. Kinda puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? Peter

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