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We see the results of our oikophobic chief executive’s “shared dream” as Hollande has France circling the drain. Of course it may be the point, after all you need almost (if not total) dictatorial power in order to force people to submit in order to survive. N’est ce pas?

From RT, the Russian 24/7 English Language News Channel (They know a thing or two about collectivism)

As if the French President didn’t have enough on his mind this week over his alleged affair with an actress. There are domestic problems of a more official nature he’s got to answer for, if he’s to keep his new year’s resolution to revive the country’s debt-heavy, sluggish economy.

via Too Little Too Late? Hollande U-turns as France pays heavy price for sky-high taxes – YouTube.

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Bill Whittle weaves together monetary policy, aeronautics, and the European Union on this edition of Afterburner. Whittle thinks the Euro is heading for catastrophic failure, just like the tragic Airbus A330 that crashed into the Atlantic. How does this affect you? Find out.

The first edition of the Innovation Convention took place one year after the adoption of the Innovation Union flagship initiative, the EU’s roadmap to turn Europe into a more innovation-friendly and competitive continent.

Research and innovation are the main motors for sustainable job creation and the only way to achieve a sustainable exit from the current economic crisis. This conference brought together world leading experts in research and innovation to share their views on building a global innovation economy.

Speakers included Don Tapscott, Chairman of Moxie Insight (Canada), and co-author of ‘Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World’, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google (USA), Claudie Haigneré, former astronaut and President of Universcience (FR), Professor Henry Chesbrough, Centre for Open Innovation (USA), Sam Pitroda, entrepreneur and advisor to the Prime Minister of India on innovation, Richard Dawkins, evolutionary biologist, former Professor of the Public Understanding of Science and author of several books, including ‘ The God Delusion’ (UK), Silvia Venturini Fendi, fashion designer (IT) and Michael O’Leary, CEO, Ryanair (IE)

I couldn’t say it better, so read the whole thing here:

A Sample:

For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power. Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes. Dan Rather forged a document to try to derail Bush’s re-election. Twice Democrats stole U.S. senators from the Republicans. After voting to support the war to get by the 2002 election, many Democrats quickly soured on the war. The profane protests were cheered by liberals who misattributed “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”to Thomas Jefferson; the words belong to the late historian Howard Zinn.

Once in power, liberals were the opposite of gracious.

For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.

Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.

Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Bite me.

The left wants to play games of semantics.

Bite me.

The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.

Bite me.

What did central bankers have to know and then be empowered to do in order to have avoided the housing bubble and economic fallout? Adam Posen is an External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee for the Bank of England, and a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He spoke at the Cato Institute’s Monetary Conference held in November 2010.

The problem with his analysis is that he doesn’t differentiate between periods of healthy growth vs. periods of inflation (or other government policy) driven growth. That’s why he says not all booms are followed by busts. But it’s fairly easy to spot inflation-driven growth, so it’s also fairly easy to spot bubbles, despite what he thinks.

See my previous post on Monetary Policy, Housing and Other Bubbles and get the free book shown there.

Adam Posen Discusses Asset Bubbles, posted with vodpod

 

The Constitution cannot be understood because it’s so old?

The canard that the Constitution cannot be understood is a favorite of those who wish to find things that aren’t there and deny things that are. The 1803 Marbury vs. Madison case, in which the Supreme Court set itself up as the arbiter of the Constitution, and the following cases where the Court ignored the letter of the Constitution in order to find new provisions and dismiss existing ones has led directly to this.

The six pages of the constitution are simple enough that a high school student that couldn’t figure it out should not graduate. Is the language a bit archaic? Yes, I’ll grant that, if you’ll grant that the failure of the public schools to teach English. It’s certainly easier to understand than the deliberately obtuse 2500 page bills passed in the dead of night designed to restrict the liberties protected by the Constitution, in order to elevate “pubic servants” to the new aristocracy.

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Found on agaric2’s Channel on YouTube

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