June 23rd, 2008
Yes, there is a short-term solution to the oil crisis. In the short term the world oil supply is being reduced by violence in oil producing regions, most recently in Nigeria and Iraq.
We need to use our military (navy) to protect oil production in Nigeria and other hot-spots affected by bandits and Communist guerillas.
In Iraq the oil fields and distribution systems should be fortified and oil production should be ramped up in these fields.
This is the Can-Do spirit for which American used to be fameous. We’re blamed for imperialism anyway, so why not enjoy some of the benefits? We might even gain some respect from others starved for oil.
June 23rd, 2008
The drug war can be won quickly and efficiently. It’s essentially done by cornerning the market for illegal drugs.
Step One is for the government to offer top dollar for any and all illegal drugs from any source, no questions asked. Why should the producers sell to anyone else? The cost of this is liable to be less than the vast cost of anti-drug law enforcement as it currently exists.
Step Two is for the government to offer any quantity of drugs free of charge to anyone who wants them, no questions asked. The addicts will have no more need for their pushers. Why pay for what you can get free of charge.
By doing this the government becomes the only buyer, it corners the market. There is no other demand for illegal drugs. Why pay for what you can get for free?
Step Three is for the government’s offering price to be stepped downward while warehousing enough to supply drug users’ demand for the next few years. The price would still be top-dollar no matter how low the price goes. Nobody else will buy these drugs, since the addicts get theirs free of charge.
Eventually the producers will find it unprofitable to produce. The addicts will either quit or die. The drug war is won. It shouldn’t take much more than 2 years to complete this mission.
June 21st, 2008
What little liberty and privacy you thought you still had left is about to be swept away by a stealthy provision in Senator Chris Dodd’s new Housing bill. This provision requires reporting to the Federal Government of all electronic financial transactions of any kind, including credit card, eBay and PayPal transactions. And by 2011 it requieres backup withholding!
See: FreedomWorks article here.
What’s next, the KGB? More on this later.
June 19th, 2008
Well, I’d planned to do a piece on oil, pointing out a few facts to make the case that only wimps run out of oil. It’s out there to be gotten. But if you don’t explore, you don’t find. But the buzz has gotten ahead of me (as usual) so all I can do is reiterate a few things:
1) The world contains a lot of undiscovered oil.
2) Much of the undiscovered oil is undoubtedly in the good old USA. Until recently, the U.S. was the world’s second largest oil producer. The reason is that the U.S. is the most explored country in the world. The vast majority of all the wells ever drilled on earth have been drilled in the U.S. If the rest of the world were to be explored as extensively as the U.S. has been, no doubt a lot more oil would be found. And given that a vast abundance of oil has been found onshore in the U.S., what makes anyone think that that bounty is limited by the shoreline. So, yes, there’s a huge amount of oil offshore — how much is anyone’s guess — but you have to explore it to find it.
3) Oil is not evil. Oil companies are not evil. Use of oil by civilized countries helps them to be civilized.
So why is gasoline at $4.00 a gallon? Well, because, among other things, we’ve become wimps about oil. We won’t explore our own resources and we stand aside as oil producers like Nigeria and Venezuela are overrun by bandits and thugs. But oil exists. A recent discovery off the coast of Brazil is absolutely huge. They looked. We won’t.
Where is that American CAN-DO sprit we were once fameous for?
If the map doesn’t tell you the tale, nothing else will.
You can review the more readable source at: Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Web Site I rest my case.)
Hint, drilling and exploration are prohibited by the U.S. Congress in the yellow parts of the map and not leased in the white blocks.
June 4th, 2008
For those of you who think that any government is a good provider of services and security, just look at the Chinese in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake.
Parents of children killed when their shoddily built school buildings collapesed on them mounted a protest outside of a courthouse near Juyuan. Quoting an AP release:
“Journalists were then dragged up the courthouse steps by police — ‘For your safety!’ they shouted. The journalists including an Associated Press reporter and two photographers who were held inside and questioned for a half-hour before being let go, after the protesters had been moved away.
“The parents were forced along the sidewalk and out of sight. Surrounded by police at a side entrance to the courthouse, they tried to present what some described as a lawsuit.
“The papers were refused, the parents said. Calls to local police were not answered.
“‘This was not a riot!’ Zao Ming, an official from the foregn affairs office of the local government, said after the protest. ‘These people were just disrupting society …. The government will solve their problems.'”
Oh, no. Their childeren are dead forever. Their government deserves the same.
The only good communist is a dead communist.