Odds of dying in a terrorist attack since 9/11: One in 90 million

Since 9/11/2001, the U.S. government has diverted well over A TRILLION DOLLARS from the productivity of America into government programs supposedly aimed at protecting Americans from “terrorism.” (To put this in perspective, the total output of the country–public and private sectors combined–is around $16 trillion.) Yet terrorism is a miniscule threat. An American has about […]

More shocking revelations from Wisconsin’s political police state

The public is largely oblivious to one of the biggest scandals in recent American political history. A tale that includes midnight raids by SWAT teams, machine guns brandished in the middle of the night, secret wiretaps of internet traffic, gag orders and secret evidence–aimed at suppressing inconvenient political movements. See here. And here. As many […]

The higher the status of an academic journal, the more likely it is that the journal publishes false “science”

More on the “fake, but peer-reviewed” front: in 2013, the “prestigious” journal, Psychological Science, published a paper supposedly finding that climate skeptics tend to have “conspiracist ideation” (whatever that means). The journal suggested that people who disbelieve the moon landing are more likely to doubt government climate claims. The “study,” by Lewandowsky, Oberauer and Gignac, […]

Non-government health care gets cheaper and better; while government health care gets steadily more expensive

Government subsidies of health care–often enacted with claims that they “help the poor”–increase demand without increasing supply, causing prices to rise. Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, and the VA system have all INCREASED the basic costs of medical care for poor people. But there are areas of medicine that are ‘elective,’ meaning that people make choices for […]

Watch out! Employees of government transport companies double as dope snitches!

There was a time, long ago, when “mass transit” was mostly provided by private companies. Passenger train, bus and jitney transportation was highly profitable. Fares were low. Trusters of government decried the outrageous profits of the “railroad barons” and demanded more regulations. The regulations made the industry less profitable, and train and bus fares increased. […]

Chicago officials paid $5 million in hush money to keep police murder tape from leaking to the public; Payment was timed to save reelection campaigns

More darkness, evil and corruption out of the failed socialist city-state of Chicago. Information has surfaced that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and City lawyers conspired to pay $5 million in hush money to the family of murdered pedestrian Laquan McDonald. See here. You couldn’t make this stuff up if you were writing a horror script […]

Unintended Consequences: Government passes Rule to punish airlines that keep passengers too long on tarmacs; produces a sharp increase in flight cancelations

In the summer of 2007, there were news reports that commercial jets were occasionally stuck for hours waiting to depart. Government responded heroically. The Obama Administration decreed that if passengers on a plane are stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours, the carrier is liable for a fine of $27,500 per passenger. Now, […]