Todays News 8/11/16

  • Tensions increase between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia troops exchange gunfire and a 2 Russian troops died. Ukraine is putting more troops on its border with Russia. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • The Saudi war crimes against Yemen continue. In 24 hours, Saudi bombers have killed 103 civilians. [Link]. This includes, 15 people, 3 of the children, who died when a Saudi bomb struck a food factory. [Link] Warning Graphic Image. The Saudis also targeted a rice warehouse [Link] and Yemeni roads and bridges. [Link]. US and Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • 6 weeks after killing an unarmed man, LA Country Sheriff’s Department finally admits the man was innocent. The man was sleeping in his front yard when police approached in a tank and shot him with rubber bullets and flash bang grenades. When he got up he charged the police tank and was killed. The man suffered from mental illness. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Al-Nusra has gained ground in Syria since the February cease fire. The US has consistently complained of the Russians targeting Nusra during that time, as many US trained “moderate rebels” are mixed in with the jihadist Nusra fighters. Nusra’s territorial gains in Aleppo will cause problems as the city’s civilian population continues to be in the middle of a war. [Link] Syria Fyle

Todays News 8/10/16

  • The UN is pushing countries to increase the tax on meat. The goal of the UN is to tax meat so highly that people stop eating meat. [Link] UN Fyle
  • The FDA just put absurd regulations on the e-cigarette industry that will likely kill most of the e-cigarette companies. The new regulations, that were pushed by big tobacco, were not passed by congress or any elected officials. The regulations are also questionable as they are extensions of regulations placed on tobacco productions and e-cigarettes contain no tobacco. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • This graph show trouble ahead for the US Economy. When the Federal Reserve Bank prints a lot of money, it creates high stock prices. Those high prices outpace productivity and must eventually come back down to the level of productivity. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • ISIS captures US Special Forces weapons in Afghanistan. The weapons were abandoned after US fighters came under fire from militants. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Turkey and Russia agree to a reset after the Turkish shoot down of a Russian jet. [Link]. New UK Prime Minister and Russian President Putin agree to work to improve relations between the two nations. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • The Saudi’s have committed numerous war crimes in Yemen, including targeting civilians and killing over 500 children. The White House has approved a deal that would sell Saudi Arabia another $1.15 Billion in military weapons. The Saudi’s also have a record of supporting jihadism and are the most oppressive country to women on the planet. Senator Rand Paul is heroically standing up the the White House and the Saudis by trying to stop the weapon sale. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle

Todays News 8/9/16

  • The US continues to increase its support for Saudi Arabia in the war against Yemen. Jason Ditz explains,  “US-sold bombs dropped by US-sold planes refueled by the US Air Force have been at the center of some of the most glaring war crimes in Yemen so far.” The US has increased the number of air-refueling to support the Saudi bombers by 60% in the past 6 months. [Link] US and Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  •  On Sunday, one of those Saudi bombers killed 9 civilians. [Link]. Yemeni journalist, Nassar Arrabyee, reports that 30 Yemeni civilians, including women and children, were killed by Saudi airstrikes. [Link] Warning graphic images. US and Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • A 16 year old boy stole a backpack and was sent to Rikers Prison in NY for three years. Two of those years he was forced to spend in solitary confinement and was mistreated by the prison staff. The boy, Kalief Browder, was never convicted or stood trial, the charges were dismissed. Kalief was not the same after he came home from the prison and took his own life. [Link] Police Fyle
  • Chicago police officer shoots an unarmed teen. When the officer realizes he shot the teen he says, “Fuck man, Im going to be on desk for 30 goddamn days now.” [Link] Warning graphic video Police Fyle
  • The Obama administration changes the definition of gun manufacture to include gunsmiths who only repair guns. This will put a new $2,250 yearly fee for gunsmiths to operate their businesses. Many gunsmiths are small business and the new law could put some out of business. [Link] 2nd Amendment Fyle
  • The Philippines’ bloody drug war rages on. The President does not care about human rights and will continue to allow innocent people to die. [Link]

How Not to Make American Great Again

I came across this on popular Democratic Party FaceBook group. I wanted to give some analysis on how destructive these policies will be. Im traveling today, so no todays news.

left1) This was posted by someone who thinks that making unions stronger means passing more laws to give them leverage against business owners. This will only increase the monopoly the unions have over the negotiations between workers and their employers. Like all monopolies, Unions will provide crappier services for more cost as their legally-backed monopoly grows. To give real strength to Unions you must repeal all laws that give them special privileges and pass right to work. Union bosses and democratic party politicians dislike right to work laws because more of the workers union due has to go to providing services to the workers, leaving less money for them to line their pockets with. When the worker has a choice on joining the union or freely negotiating with the employer, it give the union competition, and causes the unions to actually support workers rights and not just funnel money from workers paycheck to their pockets and the pockets of those on the political left. This is why unions see membership increase in states after RTW passes.

2) Increasing the minimum wage will result in less jobs for low skilled workers. Many will be deprived of the chance to gain skills and important experience in the work force, as they will not be able to compete with automation. Many fastfood chains are looking to cut their workforce and automate. You can look to Puerto Rico as an example. They have been subject to US law of 7.25 an hour, but because the value of a dollar is so much more in Puerto Rico it’s like a 15$ min wage on the mainland. The Puerto Rico economy is trouble and the government may soon default.

3) I agree with this point, welfare needs to end. All welfare is a wealth redistribution, robbing some to give to others. Taking money from some people it and giving it to other is not a action a government should take. In fact, the purpose of government is to prevent this from occurring.
4) How!? You cannot force companies to move their plants back to America. The only thing we could do is create the economic incentives that would lead business to see it as a smart finical decision to move jobs in America. Someone on the left would typically suggest that we penalize companies that leave and increase tariffs. We have seen that protectionism does not work. Just look at the results of Smoot Hawley in the great depression. To actually bring more companies to America we should decrease regulations, eliminate the minimum wage, and reduce taxes. These policies create positive economic incentives for companies to bring more production back to the US.

5) Penalizing companies will only encourage corporate inversions that move companies over seas, taking many jobs and capital with them. Eliminating any penalties that already exist will encourage companies to move capital back into the US an invest, creating more jobs. Money flows to where it is most welcome. Government penalties will starve the economy of capital.

6) See 1

7) Good luck with that. So long as politicians get to distribute trillions of dollars people will bribe politicians to get that money. The solution is to get government out of regulation business and handing out money. If there is no economic windfall from bribing a politician, then people will stop bribing them. Trying to regulate this will not work and infringe on the 1st amendment. For an example look at the Clinton Foundation that is nothing more than a Clinton slush fund filled with money gotten by political favors.

Todays News 8/4/16

  • A young mentally ill man was arrested on terror charges. Mahin Kahn, who is now 18, was put into contact with an FBI informant. The informant got Kahn to agree to provide support to terrorism. Kahn has been describbed as having the mental state of a 6 year old and he was contacted by the FBI informant who got Kahn to agree to provide support to the terrorist. [Link] FBI Fyle
  • After the US launches airstrikes in Libya, the Libyan army is “resting” and have no plans to take more ground. The US also has no timetable on the Libyan intervention. It appears progress in Libya will be slow. [Link] Lybia War 2016
  • ISIS oil revenues have dried up. ISIS is now lost about 90% of its oil revenue. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Donald Trump proposes to double Hillary’s promise to spend $275 Billion on infrastructure. Government works projects are often full of waste and avoid fixing real problems with American infrastructure. [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • After 15 years of failures, America’s Pentagon Leaders have no plans to change Americans stardgiety in offensive wars. They now look to change Africa with the same plan they used to change The Middle east. [Link] Africa Fyle

Todays News 8/3/16

  • Aetna is reporting it is losing $300 million each year on Obamacare insurance plans. Aetna operates Obamacare plans in 15 states and is now thinking of backing out of providing Obamacare plans. UnitedHealth, the country’s largest health insurer, made similar statements earlier this year. [Link] Us Economy Fyle
  • Over the weekend, Trump said he supported that secession of Crimea. Crimea was once apart of Ukraine, but joined Russia after a landslide vote to leave. Hillary Clinton has been anti-Russia and a strong supporter of the US giving more support to Ukrainian Western Government. [Link] 2016 Fyle
  • Yemen’s Houthi army is moving closer to taking the key city of Taiz. The Hothi continue to come closer to uniting the country after war broke out in 2014. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • 2 chemical weapons attacks occurred in Syria. The first occurred on a rebel held providence and 33 people were gassed. No one died in this attack, media is speculating that Russia or Syrian President Assad is responsible for the attack. In the city of Aleppo rebels launched rockets armed with chemical weapons into government held areas. 5 people died in this attack. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • German leader Angela Merkel has allowed an unlimited number of refugees into Germany, but does not even allow German citizens limited access to self-defences. In Germany, request for permits to carry non-lethal small arms, blank pistols and flare guns, are at all time highs. Fights are occurring in stores over pepper spray. This is in responce increase in terror attacks and sexual assault style crimes follow the start of the refugee program in Germany. [Link] German Fyle

 

8/2/16 Todays News

  • After Obama changed the rules of engagement in Afghanistan, US airstrikes in the country have hit new highs for the past three years. The Taliban continues to gain ground and it appears the airstrikes are having no positive effects. With airwar, there is always the risk of blowing up innocent people and creating more terrorist than existed before. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Thousands flee as US backed rebels approach their home city. In Manbji, Syria civilians are fleeing prior to Kurdish forces taking the city. The are running for US coalition airstrikes that continue to kill civilians. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Last week, The Nusra Front changed it name and renounced its allegiance to Al-Qaeda. Many believe this is to help the US pressure Russia into not attacking the terror group. This week, Nusra killed 28 civilians, proving they are just as murderous as ever. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Kerry demands that Syrian President Assad stop all offensive military operations Syria. Kerry also insists Russia stop helping Assad. Kerry does not mention the US backed offensive that is currently taking the city of Manbji. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • A Russia helicopter was shot down in Syria yesterday. The helicopter was delivering humanitarian aid. Its believed that Syrian rebels opposing Syrian President Assad are responsible. [Link] Russia Fyle
  • In an interview on The Scott Horton Show, journalist, Patrick Cockburn reports that the average Turkman believes that the US is behind the coup. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle
  • Obama starts a new war in Libya. The President is claiming that he has the authority to start this war under the Authorization of Use of Military Force 2001. The AUMF 2001 was the congressional act that allowed the US to target The Taliban and Al-Qaeda. It is very unclear how Obama can stretch the meaning of the 2001 AUMF to such lengths, but the media is unwilling to pressure him on this. [Link] Africa Fyle 

Todays News 8/1/16

  • Police go to wrong home, do not identify themselves, and shoot a 76 year old man. [Link] Police Fyle
  • A 12 year old boy was bullied by police into confessing to murdering his sister. The boy was interrogated alone and denied killing his sister 36 times before confessing. Police told the young boy he would likely get the death penalty id he did not confess. [Link] Police Fyle
  • With China asserting its claim in the South China Sea, Obama is asserting US world dominance by moving B-1 bombers into Guam. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • Syria can be added to the list with Yemen and Lybia as states that failed under President Obama. The CIA Chief does not think it’s likely Syria will ever be one again. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • Peace talks in Kuwait will be extended one week after Yemen announced unity government. The Saudi government and Yemeni dictator in exile are demanding the surrender of the Houthi, part of the unity government, for a cease fire. [Link] US/Saudi War on Yemen Fyle

 

 

Todays News 7/30/16

  • In Syria, the terror group al-Nusra Front is cutting its offical ties with Al-Qaeda. Nusra has been acting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in Syria throughout the Syrian Civil War. Nusra has embedded itself with several group the US provides arms and training to. The official break of allegiance was suggested months ago by the leader of Al-Qaeda. The Al-Qaeda leader believed that the name change could help Nusra get more support from the US and avoid some Russian air strikes. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • If Hillary Clinton becomes President, then we know some new details on what her Syria policy will be. It appears that Hillary will make Syria President Assad a target over ISIS/Al-Qaeda. This will no doubt create a larger power vacuum than the one that allowed ISIS to gain so much ground in the first place. It will also create a huge problem with Russia, who joined the fight to assist the Syria Government. Assad is ISIS/Al-Qaeda’s number one enemy in Syria. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • German leader Angel Merkel says that Germany will continues its open door policy for refugees. Several of the terror attacks in Europe have come from terrorist who enter Europe through the refugee program. Merkel said, “we are at war with ISIS,” but she gave indication that she will push to end the Western interventions that create so many terrorists and refugees. [Link] Germany Fyle
  • Almost Perfect Book Store is one of the first casualties of California’s minimum wage law. Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a law that will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The current minimum wage in CA is $10. Almost Perfect owner, Kelly Ulmer, said, “There’s literately no place to absorb the cost.” The employees would like to keep working at Almost Prefect, but are not legally allowed  to agree to work for a wage that will allow the store to remain open. [Link] US Economy Fyle
  • The Cherry Industry Administration, is a bureaucratic organization written into the federal code. The Cherry Industry Administration forces cherry farmers to waste tens of thousands of pounds of cherries each year. The farmers have to just throw the cherries on the ground to rot, the cannot even be donated. [Link] US Economy Fyle

 

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Todays News 7/29/16

  • After years of war in Yemen, a deal has been struck between ex Yemeni President Saleh and the Houthi to create a ruling government in Yemen. The 10-member council will have 5 people from each group. The UN has condemned this move, likely because it is not the outcome the Americans and Saudis want. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • China and Russia have announced they will hold joint military drills in the South China Sea. The Sea is currently being contested in court, so the military drills will likely create concern and tension with The West. [Link] China Fyle Russia Fyle
  • Chelsea Manning continues to serve her 35 year jail sentence for blowing the whistle on US war crimes. She recently attempted to commit suicide, as she was not receiving proper treatment for gender dysphoria. For attempting suicide, Chelsea faces the punishment of indefinite solidarity confinement or less politically known as torture. [Link] Whistle Blower Fyle
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan is looking to take control of the military. After the coup, Erdogan has taken more and more power over the Turkish government. Historically in Turkey, the military has provided a check on presidential power. [Link] Turkey Coup Fyle
  • David Stockman believes the price of crude oil is going to drop. He uses several graphs to show how much more oil is being produce than in years past. He also shows that there is more oil in US markets than in recent years. [Link] US Economy Fyle

 

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