Saturday, November 4, 2017

Clinton Adviser, Nobel Prize Winning Economist Endorsed Venezuelan Socialism

Clinton Adviser, Nobel Prize Winning Economist Endorsed Venezuelan Socialism

Venezuela is in a state of complete crisis. The country has been forced to face the horrors of hyperinflation, food shortages, and devastating depression. In spite of having the world’s largest oil reserves, the country has had to resort to rationing electricity. A horrifying article by the New York Times depicts the state of Venezuelan hospitals, with children dying by the day due to a lack of medicine and basic supplies.  
This is the terrifying reality of socialism, the inevitable consequence of the economic policies of the late Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicol├ís Maduro.  Since 1999, the two socialist administrations championed price controls, nationalization of industries, and wealth redistribution.
While it is not surprising to see these policies supported by Marxist politicians, what is deeply troubling is the amount of support the Venezuelan model has received from prominent economists over the years. During a visit in 2007, Joseph Stiglitz, who received the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics, praised what he called “positive policies” of the Chavez administration:  
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez appears to have had success in bringing health and education to the people in the poor neighborhoods of Caracas. ... It is not only important to have sustainable growth, but to ensure the best distribution of economic growth, for the benefit of all citizens.
What should alarm Americans is that Stiglitz, who has been described as an “influential advisor to Hillary Clinton,” appears determined to bring similar policies here.
Last year, as chief economist for the Roosevelt Institute, Stiglitz called for “rewriting the rules of the American economy” in a crusade against income inequality. His policy recommendations include higher taxes, more “smarter” regulation, and having the Federal Reserve focus more on unemployment than keeping inflation low — a call for an even more activist Fed than we’ve had since 2008.
It is ironic that Stiglitz has chosen to brand his policy recommendations as some new innovative concept for the country, when it is simply doubling down on the interventionist policies that the nation has suffered from for over 100 years.
Unfortunately, hearing such drivel come from a Nobel Prize winner isn’t surprising. Karl-Friedrich Israel has recently noted how the Nobel Prize has a history of being used as an endorsement of central planning. Socialist governments have long been able to count on American economists to serve as apologists for their schemes. In the 1960s, Paul Samuelson’s widely read economics textbook infamously described the socialist economy of the Soviet Union as growing faster than America’s.
This explains how Bernie Sanders has been able to receive the endorsement of 170 self-proclaimed “economists and financial experts” during his campaign.
Ludwig von Mises once wrote, "No one can escape the influence of a prevailing ideology.” The images coming from Venezuela should serve as a potent reminder of how dangerous the ideas of men like Joseph Stiglitz are.
Statism and economic interventionism must be rejected, in order for humanity to thrive. 

I Want it All Now! Documentary on Marin County (1978)

From deep in NBC's archives, a funky '70s documentary which brought Marin County, California to national attention, from its deadbeat parents to its misguided fascination with mystical oriental ooga-booga horseshit. If you ever wondered why people associate peacock feathers and suicide with Marin, this is why. Strangely, Tupac Shakur does not make a cameo

Friday, November 3, 2017

Super Hacker George Hotz: I Can Make Your Car Drive Itself for Under $1,000

Famous or being the first hacker to jailbreak the iPhone at 17, George Hotz is taking on Waymo, Tesla, and Uber in the race to build the first fully operational self-driving car.

Irish Astronauts

Spike Milligan is the Godfather of British alternative comedy. He pioneered revolutionary radio comedy with the creation of The Goon Show and went on to be a major influence on Monty Python's Flying Circus with his innovative "Q" series.

Oh this is so politically incorrect by today's standards.  I don't mind telling you that I have some Irish blood. The "country fool" is a popular folk idiom that has many ethnic identities over the years.  It is fun to see this dated jab at Irishmen.  It reminds us all of our common humble beginnings. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Will Kevin Morrison Stand up for Novato?

Believe it or not, the 57 year old Kevin Morrison published this nude selfie on his personal blog since 2014 until just a few weeks ago when the Marin IJ asked him about it on October 3, 2017 during his political campaign.  He has attacked incumbents with negative ads yet offers no solutions.  

If you are a Novato  resident, vote wisely.

Man With Down Syndrome Silences Entire Congress With 5 Sobering Words(VIDEO)!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

"Who's on First in Novato, Kevin Morrison?"

Kevin Morrison, candidate for Novato city council is clueless about his identity. Is he an artist, a blonde movie villain, a nude model, a writer, a hip hop impresario, a marketing guru or a politician?  His extensive posts on his personal blogs give clue to his identity.  If elected, which "Kevin" will serve office?

Novato Activist rants against neighbors who disagree with her politics

On July 23, 2013,  Marin Grassroots held a rally at Marin Civic Center to call for "more public civility" and to ask Governor Jerry Brown to intervene on behalf of its residents.  Novato Activist, Lynne Wasley rants about neighbors who differ with her point of view. Off screen, Dave Coury , a physically intimidating man with a loud, bellicose voice pushed close and is heard telling me that I was a bully.  I was nervous that I would be physically attacked.

Housing advocates gathered to protest against what they perceive as a growing threat and intimidation by their opposition.  A few audience members confront me before and after the event.

See the related video for the complete meeting

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thriller Parody

Stossel: Fear vs. Risk (Why We Worry About the Wrong Things)

Life in America is safer than ever. Don’t let the media, and politicians, wreck your Halloween!

Novato Politics gets the Dirty Politics award.

This commercial for Kevin Morrison for Novato City Council was posted on Facebook on October 27, 2017 a mere 24 hours after his Aunt's funeral. The full ad can be seen on his Facebook page.   I have never seen any politician so willing to grovel in the mud for votes.

See article in the Marin IJ HERE

HUGE bike GRAVEYARDS a symbol of China's EXCESS

Bikeshare in China

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Remembering The Larkspur Rebellion May 22, 2014

Hundreds of Citizens take to the streets to protest the Larkspur Station Area Plan
that will be the "Crown Jewel" in the plan to urbanize Marin.  An estimated 700 people gathered at the Civic Center to March to the Hall Middle School to hear a presentation by the Larkspur City Council and the Planning Commission on a "Smart Growth" Plan to add a high density development of hotels, apartments, commercial and retail plan around the Larkspur Station and Ferry Terminal.

Blues for Sunday morning

Kevin Morrison's experience to lead Novato. Vote wisely.

Kevin Morrison's experience to lead Novato. Vote wisely.

Kevin Morrison, Novato city council hopeful has used his efforts to attack the 23 experience of Pat Eklund. What has he done over the last 23 years? Here is his linken-in profile to give us a clue. The Marin IJ refused to endorse him citing lack of experience and community service. If you are a Novato voter, choose wisely and vote! Your future depends on it.