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Poem: Silence

November 5, 2013 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster



Silence
The specter haunting my door
Hovers o’er my shoulder as
Vultures to the wanderer or
Death to the ill

Silence
The absence of speaking
Lingers in my head as
Dust on an old path
Deep shadows at twilight

Shadows
A sentry waits for word which
Will not come this snowy eve
It never does…
It only ever brings
Deep silence

Damn silence
Sweet words fall to the soul as
Drops of honey on tongue’s tip
But silence causes yearning
And in starving the yearning soul
Causes

Hunger
Hunger for words
Hunger for knowledge
Hunger for wisdom
No hunger for games
Raw hunger

Not to be alone.
Would that I knew
When up became down
Down became up
Right and wrong changed
Places

Empty places
Do I brave another night
In the cold, waiting for
Word whose messenger may
Split the silence and
Break my

Solitude?
Or will I take again my
Sword and armor
Pen and paper
Cut my losses and
Move on?

Silence
So cruelly imposes
Longing, though in doing so
Builds strength, and in
Strength may I find
Clarity



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Silence poem by Zach Foster. Snowy night in Athens photo courtesy of “Badseed” via CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Image obtained from Wikimedia Commons.

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Economic Forecasters, Take Heart . . .

November 5, 2013 in Economics

By Joseph Salerno

. . .  climate change forecasting models are even worse than your own models.  A paper published in the peer-reviewed Climate Dynamics ”amounts to a stunning challenge to climate science orthodoxy.”   Researchers Professor Judith Curry and Dr. Marcia Wyatt find that a natural cycle is responsible for the 17-year pause in climate change–as well as the previous period of warming–during which there has been no statistically significant rise in the earth’s temperature since 1997.  As it stands today, the earth’s temperature is below almost all the predictions made by the 138 computer models relied upon by the enforcers of climate change orthodoxy, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The natural “stadium wave” cycle of climate change discovered by Curry and Wyatt predicts that the pause in climate change will extend into the 2030s, in sharp contrast to the 0.3 to 0.7 C  warming forecast by the IPCC earlier this year.

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Source: MISES INSTITUTE

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Bylund to the ‘Journal of Management Studies’

November 5, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

Congratulations to Associated Scholar Per Bylund who writes:

I have just accepted an offer to serve on the Journal of Management Studies’ editorial board. It is a highly regarded outlet for research in management and business, and the journal was ranked (ISI) 6/116 in Business and 12/174 in Management in 2012.

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Source: MISES INSTITUTE

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Central Banks Make Liquidity Swap Agreements Permanent

November 5, 2013 in Economics

By Thorsten Polleit

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On 31 October, basically all major central banks have made their already outstanding “liquidity swap agreements”permanent.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

FRANKFURT–Six of the world’s most important central banks have agreed to standing currency swap arrangements until further notice, the European Central Bank said Thursday.

The ECB, Federal Reserve, Bank of Canada, Bank of England, the Bank of Japan and Swiss National Bank announced “their existing temporary bilateral liquidity swap arrangements are being converted to standing arrangements,” the ECB said in a statement. Those arrangements would remain in place until further notice.

The deal comes after the ECB struck a three-year currency swap deal with the People’s Bank of China earlier this month. That swap arrangement will guarantee euro zone access to as much as 350 billion yuan ($57.1 billion). The PBOC will be able to tap EUR45 billion from the euro-zone’s central bank.

Swap lines enable central banks to deliver specific currency funding to banks, businesses and other institutions in their jurisdiction during times of market stress.

Under liquidity swap agreements central banks effectively lend each other their national currencies (in unlimited quantities) if needed.

In fact, liquidity swap agreements help commercial and investment banks to obtain foreign currency financing at most favorable terms.

In other words: It is an instrument to subsidize the banking apparatus, and an attempt to make banks churning out ever greater amounts of credit and fiat money.

Central banks are turning up the heat toward an outright inflation policy.

The Fed has actually produced a an education (read: propaganda) film on why liquidity swaps are “in the US national interest”: http://www.newyorkfed.org/education/liqswap.html

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Source: MISES INSTITUTE

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VIDEO: Peter Klein Explains the Basics of Government-regulated Healthcare

November 5, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

Peter G. Klein explains how “Healthcare” would work, if it functioned in a free market.

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Socialized Costs, Privatized Profits

November 5, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

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Crony capitalists know how to make the taxpayers pay for their costs to ensure subsidized profit forever.

Robert Batemarco explains in today’s Mises Daily: 

In trying to make sense of our recent financial difficulties, a key point that most commentators miss, is that capitalism is not merely a profit system, but a profit and loss system. As unpleasant as the losses may be, they serve a therapeutic function of utmost consequence. By withdrawing that therapy, such policies as TARP, ZIRP (zero-interest rate policy), quantitative easing, and too-big-to-fail, socialize the losses of — you guessed it — the cronies of those who wield power.

As bad as crony capitalism is in its own right, it does further damage by sullying the name of free-market capitalism, the most productive economic arrangement known to man. This adds “injury to insult,” since if free-market capitalism is the cause of our problems, then the solution must be greater regulation, which generally provides even more scope for the favoritism and corruption that characterize crony capitalism.

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Source: MISES INSTITUTE

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Police Subject Man to 8 Anal Searches After Minor Traffic Violation

November 5, 2013 in Blogs

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

A lawsuit alleges that David Eckert was forced to go through invasive and repeated searches of his anus by police and doctors.


A New Mexico man has filed a federal lawsuit over a traffic stop gone horribly wrong. The New Mexico-based news outlet KOB 4 investigates the story of David Eckert, who was forced to go through invasive and repeated searches of his anus by police and doctors, despite the fact that he had no drugs on him.

The nightmare began on January 2, 2013. New Mexico resident Eckert was driving out of a WalMart parking lot when he didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign, and was pulled over. Law enforcement thought he was “clenching his buttocks,” and obtained a search warrant from a judge to search his anus for narcotics.

But Eckert’s lawyer is raising concerns about the validity of the search warrant, saying that it was broad and lacked probable cause. In addition, the medical room where Eckert was taken was outside the jurisdiction of the search warrant, making the searches performed on him illegally.

Police from Deming, New Mexico took Eckert to an emergency room to undergo the anal cavity search, but a doctor refused to perform it because it was “unethical,” according to the lawsuit.  But a few hours later, doctors agreed to perform the search.

It wasn’t only one search. An x-ray of Eckert found no narcotics. Doctors performed a search of his anus with their fingers. Again, nothing was found. On three separate occasions, doctors inserted an “enema”–a device used to induce bowel movements–into Eckert, and he was forced to defecate. They x-rayed him again. Nothing was ever found.

Finally, and without the consent of Eckert, he was sedated and a colonoscopy was performed on him. No drugs were ever found throughout the invasive procedures.

“If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they're standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Sens. McConnell, Paul Offer Common Sense Right to Work Plan

November 5, 2013 in Politics & Elections

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today regarding the McConnell-Paul Right to Work amendment:
‘Almost a year ago now, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed historic Right to Work legislation into law.
‘At the time, he said he viewed it ‘as an opportunity to stand up for Michigan’s workers, to be pro-worker.’
‘The Union Bosses, the entrenched special interests, and the Professional Left may have stood in united, militant disagreement, but Michigan’s soft-spoken Governor was right. And the more venom Big Labor directed at him … the more it seemed to confirm the suspicions of many of the middle-class workers Snyder was trying to help: he was on their side.
‘The truth is, over the years, Big Labor had come to care more about its own perks and power than the workers it was charged with protecting. Snyder knew that. And he knew it was time to tip the scales back in favor of workers. Well, he’s not alone.
‘Here in the Senate, Senator Paul and I share Governor Snyder’s commitment to helping restore worker rights. And that’s why, yesterday, we filed an amendment that would enact similar, forward-looking reforms at the federal level.
‘Our Right to Work amendment is simple enough.
‘It merely calls for repealing the discriminatory clauses in federal law that allow, as a condition of employment, forcing workers to join a union or forcing workers to pay union dues.
‘In practical terms, here’s what that would mean for middle-class folks in Kentucky and across America: If you want to join a union, you can. And if you don’t want to join a union, you don’t have to.
‘That’s it.
‘Look: This is just common sense. It’s basic fairness. According to one survey, about 80% of unionized workers agree that employees should be able to decide whether or not joining a union is for them. But this amendment isn’t just about ending institutional discrimination against workers; it’s also about job creation, economic growth, and making America more competitive in the 21st Century.
‘Consider the fact that manufacturing employment is one-third higher in states with right to work laws. Or that, according to a recent study, states with Right to Work saw improvements in real personal income and average annual employment compared to what they would have seen without such laws. Or that many of our nation’s labor laws were passed in an earlier era …read more

Source: RAND PAUL

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Family Sues New Jersey for Right to Put Their Child in Gay Conversion Therapy

November 5, 2013 in Blogs

By Katie McDonough, Salon

A New Jersey couple is fighting to put their child in a discredited therapy to “cure” him of his sexual identity.


 

 

A New Jersey couple is suing their state over a law banning so-called gay conversion therapy, which they say is a violation of their free speech rights, freedom of religion and ability to parent their child “free from unconstitutional government interference,” which in this case means putting a 15-year-old high school student through a medically discredited pseudotherapy intended to “cure” him of his sexual and gender identity.

According to the complaint, the couple’s teenage son began “experiencing gender identity disorder when he was around nine years old,” at which point he started to see a social worker who “helped him tremendously” with his gender identity and “unwanted same-sex attraction.”

At the recommendation of this social worker, the family then contacted Ronald Newman, a member of the anti-gay Christian counseling group National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality, but the state ban on the discredited practice prevented them from going forward with the counseling.

“John Doe has a sincerely held religious belief and conviction that homosexuality is wrong and immoral, and he wanted to address that value conflict because his unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion are contrary to the fundamental religious values that he holds,” according to the complaint.

The suit contends that the teenager has also struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts in the past, a sad and frightening fact since he doesn’t seem like he has the support necessary to seek the genuine help — including legitimate and medically credible therapy — that he needs anytime soon.

Beyond Ex-Gay, a community of survivors of “sexual orientation change efforts” who abandoned the practice and the anti-gay, anti-trans worldview that comes with it, surveyed its members to find the top ten reasons they entered ex-gay therapy in the first place, all of which, sadly, seem to be echoed in this case:

  • To be a better Christian.
  • I believed it was what God wanted me to do.
  • I feared I would be condemned by God.
  • The desire to fit in with everyone, to feel “normal.”
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    Source: ALTERNET

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The Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory That May Have Driven the LAX Shooter

November 5, 2013 in Blogs

By Alex Kane, AlterNet

Federal officials are looking into whether Paul Ciancia, accused of killing a TSA agent last week, is a right-wing conspiracy theorist.


Was the man who killed a federal agent at the Los Angeles airport last week a New World Order conspiracy theorist? That’s the question Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are now looking into, according to an Associated Press report.

FBI officials got a warrant on Monday to search the cellphone of Paul Ciancia, the 23-year-old suspected shooter who killed a Transportation Security Agency (TSA) guard last week at LAX. The FBI is searchingfor material on Ciancia’s “views on the legitimacy or activities of the United States Government, including the existence of a plot to impose a New World Order.”

On November 1, Ciancia walked into LAX and tried to shoot TSA agents. He killed Gerardo I. Hernandez, a TSA screener. Two other people were injured.

A note that Ciancia carried with him ranted against the TSA, stating that the searches the agency carried out were in violation of the Constitution. He also railed against Janet Napolitano, the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the TSA. The note also mentioned the “NWO,” the moniker for New World Order. That conspiracy theory, popular on the fringes of the right, claims “that global elites are plotting to form a socialistic ‘one-world government’ that would crush American freedoms,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Despite the fact that Ciancia had clear political beliefs and violently acted on them in a way that fits the government definition of “terrorism,” that word has been absent from discourse on his actions.Ciancia has not been charged with terrorism.

 

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Source: ALTERNET