Monday, December 06, 2010

Back in the day, you could sue a railroad for soiling the laundry you hung out to dry. This extension of property rights was cut short, though, by the advent of something called Industrial Policy that we had to have to compete with France and Britain.

We need to back out of that. Trying to centrally manage the optimal tax strategy is never going to be as environmentally responsive as extending private property rights into our rivers, oceans, and air. Imagine being able to sue the farmers for their phosphate and pesticide pollution of your mile of river. Imagine being able to sue oil companies for polluting your cubic mile of ocean, while protecting it from "drive by" fishing. Imagine evil corporations having to buy easements from you in order to dump their pollution into your air or water or food.

Creating laws always creates unintended consequences and groups with a special interests in maintaining them. Look at how entrenched ethanol subsidies are, even though we now know what havoc they reek on the environment and economy. Naturally extending property rights into the Commons will marshal all kinds of motives, not just the noble ones, towards the goal of greater stewardship of the environment.


Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Statistics Competition: Chess ratings - can we do better than Elo?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Chinese report documents human rights disaster in the United States : Indybay

The United States is the only country in the world that claims to be superior in every aspect, especially in human rights, and that lie is again exposed, this time by a report from China on the United States, all from US sources. The US is in fact a backward cesspool, the most backward country in the industrialized world.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Cultural and Spiritual Legacy of Fiat Inflation - Jörg Guido Hülsmann - Mises Institute

These effects are 'especially strong among the youth. They learn to live in the present and scorn those who try to teach them ‘old-fashioned morality and thrift.’ Inflation thereby encourages a mentality of immediate gratification that is plainly at variance with the discipline and eternal perspective required to exercise principles of biblical stewardship—such as long-term investment for the benefit of future generations.'

Saturday, March 27, 2010

High fructose corn syrup worse than sugar? | The Money Times

High fructose corn syrup causes more fatness than table sugar, says a new study from Princeton University.

Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury -

Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

JSConf.US 2010 -- Swashbucklin' JavaScript!

JSCONF is currently sold out. We are working with sponsors and speaker proposals to attempt to make more seats available. For more details please read, The Soon-To-Be Awkward Moment in our blog.

Please do not panic, there will be plenty of time to panic after speakers and parties have been announced..

Great... I'm in the DC area, in the April 17 & 18 time frame, I need to get up to speed on JavaScript, AND IT'S SOLD OUT!!!! :-(

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Critical Issues Commentary: Colossian Heresy Part 1

Bondage to the stoicheia comes in forms that are cleverly disguised as religious means of freeing oneself from their influence. Those who are caught up in contemporary “spiritual warfare” teachings should take notice. The forces of darkness are all too willing to have themselves be the object of such battles — they may even inspire the means and techniques. They evidently like all the attention in as much as it keeps our attention off of Christ and what He has done, once for all.