Cuba from A Cuban Perspective

I’m working on my voter guide. It’s taking a long time because this ballot is much longer than usual.  While researching candidates, I found that one of them translates articles from Cuban authors.  These are very interesting to me, and perhaps they will be to you as well.

Have a look:

Your Grandkids Won’t Own Cars.

They’ll call up an autonomous transporter to pick them up at their Point A, drop them at Point B, and pay a small fare. Whether this is a governmental or private service depends on how stupid is your local government. Prices will be lower and services better where this is a private service.

The future has arrived. It is currently in testing phases.

Environmental “Science”

Because it’s all about the science and not about politics AT ALL just pure science and we all agree* – and because it’s costing money to fight back against people who disagree, plus making our sweet, sweet grant money for Science research look in doubt…

Dear President Climate Believer,

Please prosecute these people making our financial future look in doubt under organized crime laws, because their science disagrees with the science all the Right Sorts of People agree with.


A whole bunch of Climate Religionists

*you remember when we all agreed the Earth was the center of the solar system? They persecuted the skeptics of THAT theory also. But who was right- the Consensus or Copernicus?**

**orignally, I had put “the consensus or the people still asking questions” but this flows much better 🙂

The Problem With Socialism

…is that, eventually, you run out of other peoples’ money.  All along the way to abject poverty being spread across the general populace of a Socialist nation, we have the same thing:  Fellow-travellers and Communist/Socialist sympathizers in places that are not (yet!) Socialist keep going on about how great the Socialism is, and how if only we would do what they do our place would be better, like their place is.

And then they refuse to give cancer patients their medicine.  I long ago grew tired of hearing advocates for single-payer healthcare saying how well it works where it’s been tried.  Next time, I’ll remember to ask them if this is what they mean by “it works.”

h/t: instapundit

Bernie Sanders, Nazi?

I don’t usually quote other bloggers, which goes a long way toward explaining the scarcity of recent new posts here.  I figure if you want to read someone else’s take on a subject, you will go to their blog vs. mine.  But this one is solid gold.

On the tail end of a lengthy quote from (socialist) Bernie Sanders:

“I think from a moral responsibility we’ve got to work with the rest of the industrialized world to address the problems of international poverty, but you don’t do that by making people in this country even poorer.” -Bernie Sanders

Glenn Reynolds quips about the logic employed by Sanders: “So it’s okay to have socialism, but it can’t be international socialism, it has to be socialism in one nation. A sort of national socialism, I guess.”

h/t: Instapundit

If you went to a public school in the last few years, the reference is to this.


What Would He Do Differently?

… or, “With Friends Like These…?”

So we have signed a deal with Iran that has the same effect as an international treaty.  It guarantees Iran will be able to have nuclear weapons.  It guarantees we will not inspect their research sites.  It guarantees we will defend Iranian nuclear sites against attack – including the most likely aggressor nation Israel, our best friend in the entire region.  Oh, and our Secretary of State never actually read the whole bargain, and never even KNEW about the side-deals that make it even worse.

And now we have word that to make the Jews feel better, the Obama offered them a bunch of ballistic missiles.

Um, derp hello?  If this President were TRYING to start World War Three, this is the sort of lamebrained shit he might pull.  And he still has a year and a half to go.

I Thought We Were Done With Slavery?

The big deal with Greece is they are broke.  German banks have lent them a pile of money so  they can pay off their creditors which are primarily German banks.  The question is how much money Greece will borrow from Germany to pay Germans.  The answer is, as much as Germans are willing to lose.

Because as stated before, Greece is broke.  They couldn’t pay back 46 billion Euro, and they sure as [deleted] can’t pay back 400 billion Euro.  So the German banks are going to lose in the end.  They are trying to get as much interest money from Greece as they can before it leaves the Euro zone.  Which it will.  The only question is, who will be blamed.

QOTD 02/25/2015

Mish brings the smart!  This really blew my hair back, and explains a lot.  They say the truth has a certain ring to it – and this rings very LOUD and clear.

“It would be difficult to find a central banker on the planet that is truly competent. By definition, no one competent could even take the job because they would not believe in central bank planning in the first place.” -Michael Shedlock, 2/25/15


Keystone XL Pipe: Not A BFD!

I am sick and tired of people talking about the Keystone XL pipeline as if it were a new thing that hasn’t ever been built before.  This is a failure of the press and our political “leader”ship to to properly educate the populace.  The President is (supposedly) about to veto a bill to authorize completing the planned pipeline, so I’ll say all I’ve got to say about this thing:

It’s fine.  It’s as safe as can be.  It’s approximately environmentally neutral.  It will add a few jobs to the economy.  It will help USAmerican oil producers. It will be useful for the future energy markets in the world.  It should be built.

. . . and it has been built, except for the section that would allow yet more oil to be refined in the USA.

 Here is the proposed route for the new section of “XL” pipe (green line) and the existing Keystone pipe already taking Canadian oil to the Gulf Coast:

 Wait, what? Existing?  But I thought…

 That’s right baby, the pipeline is already built.  It is currently shipping up to 700,000 barrels per day (BPD) of oil down here RIGHT NOW!  The controversy is a watermelon protest over a section of pipe that essentially duplicates existing pipe.  Here is the existing infrastructure of all the pielines in the two countries involved with this project:

 This is hardly the first pipeline in the country.  It’s not even the first pipeline to come through the country from Canada.  This one is only going to increase the capacity of pipes that will bring Canadian oil to American refineries.  The alternative is to let the oil be produced anyway because they bygod are not going to stop producing oil for want of this one single pipe.

As the cartoonist says:  there is one problem with this pipe:

Is there an hypothetical risk to water tables and wildlife on the proposed route?  Sure, of course.  If you want CLEAN energy you need NUCLEAR energy.  The problem with that of course is that watermelons don’t want clean energy, they want NO energy.  They are anti-human, against the very idea that people should advance their quality of life at the expense of the least bit of hypothetical risk to the mother earth.  Yes it sounds crazy, but the hard core opposition to this sort of project comes in two stripes: communist/socialists who don’t want capitalism to advance at all,ever, and literally-insane crazy people who have lost all sense of perspective and ignore the advances made in safety and technology over the last 50 years.

Done right, modern oil-based energy is clean and safe.  Yes, people still have to run things.  This pipe not being built doesn’t mean no accidents will happen.  It means the accidents will happen somewhere ELSE.  There is a third kind of opposition to projects like this: NIMBY.  Go be icky somewhere else.

Would you like an oil pipeline in your backyard then?

No, but I’d not shy away from a nuclear reactor several miles out of my city.  This pipe is planned for flyover country where basically no-one has a backyard.  The objections are to low-risk environmental stuff.  They even moved the proposed route to avoid an especially environmentally-sensitive area.  State says this pipe won’t affect carbon dioxide ‘pollution’ because they are going to develop those sand fields with or without this pipe, but they’re going to move it to market a different way.  President Obama should let them build it already.


It should be noted: the President has made it harder to produce oil on Federally-owned lands, and during his term in office production on these lands has fallen.  But it’s harder to tell people what to do on private land – and production on these lands has gone up “through the roof” despite his efforts to make it more expensive.  Leaving aside his boasting that during his administration oil production here has increased, and how hypocritical that is, there is one more point.  The XL pipeline will also allow easier access to market for some oil from the Bakken field in the USA that is along the proposed route.  Some people might say that his opposition to this pipe is because it makes USAmerican oil cheaper and easier.  But those people will have to write their own blog posts about the suspected reasons for President Obama not to want us to be independent of the Middle East for our oil needs . . .