Archive for July, 2011

Retrodicting climate

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Warmist climate models do a fine job of retrodicting the climate, yet a woefully bad job at predicting the climate.

Their prediction tends to be doom in the next few years, while their modeling of the past is perfectly spot on.  Thus their predictions grow old fast. (more…)

Solving the immigration problem

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Roissy complains that Libertarians are in favor of open borders and that open borders are having disastrous consequences.

But what is having disastrous consequences is not open borders by themselves, but open borders combined with democracy and the welfare state.

Even if the government had the will to stop the flood of low IQ migrants, the effect would be limited.  Does not stop drugs. (more…)

“The Barbarian Invasions”

Monday, July 4th, 2011

I watched an old 2003 movie, “The Barbarian Invasions” which the right love, because it depicts the ruling progressive left elite as decadent, corrupt, hypocritical, incompetent and destroying the civilization that they rule, and the ruling progressive elite love, perhaps because it is about their favorite topic, themselves.

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Taxing beyond the laffer maximum

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Why do governments tax beyond the Laffer maxium?

You have probably read about the California’s Amazon tax. Amazon said it would flee the tax, promptly did so, and so, predictably, instead of gaining two hundred million, the state lost taxes on something like one hundred and fifty million of income.
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Defund the left

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The reason the battle in Wisconsin is so bitter is that the Wisconsin Republicans are doing what Reagan attempted to do and failed to do: Defund the left.

Previously schools were required to buy health insurance through the teachers union. Being free to shop around for health insurance appears to save over half a million dollars per school The dissenting opinion, The Stratasphere, Public School Spending

That is over a half a million dollars a year of taxpayer funded left wing activism in every school district, some of which appears to have been spent on rentamobs.

Poorer, dirtier and shabbier

Friday, July 1st, 2011

In the comments, some have disagreed with my proposition that BLS statistics are unbelievable because the US is becoming dirtier and shabbier. Dirtier and shabbier is rather subjective, so reasonable people can disagree.
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