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From: TimF12/7/2021 9:28:09 PM
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Tax Policy
by Steve Landsburg
on October 25, 2021
in Bad Reasoning and Current Events

I thought the whole rationale for taxing capital gains in the first place was that we want to discourage inefficiently frequent trading.

If you buy that rationale, then the last thing you want to do is tax unrealized gains. If you don’t buy that rationale, then why tax any gains?

Unless, of course, you’re more into thuggery than rationales….

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From: isopatch12/7/2021 11:47:00 PM
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More good news. <Comrade Down: Saule Omarova Withdraws Nomination for Comptroller of the Currency

By Cristina Laila

Published December 7, 2021 at 3:39pm

A couple weeks ago it was reported five Senate Democrats told the White House they will not support Saule Omarova, the Communist chosen by Biden to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Without support from these five Democrats, Omarova’s nomination is DOA – Comrade down.

On Tuesday, Saule Omarova withdrew from consideration for the position of comptroller of the currency.

Joe Biden accepted her request to withdraw.>

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From: Joachim K12/8/2021 1:04:00 AM
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Václav Klaus: I Propose a “Covid Blue Book”

December 7, 2021

As usual, Former Czech President Václav Klaus is steadfast in his support for human rights and individual liberty: he has come out publicly on the side of “vaccine hesitants”.

Many thanks to Xanthippa for translating this op-ed by Mr. Klaus from the popular Czech news site

Commentary: Let’s establish blue Covid books — Vaclav Klaus

by Václav Klaus

I know that by using the word experiment, I will anger a lot of people, but today’s battle against the virus SARS-CoV-2 with the help of inadequately tested vaccines is an experiment. This is — and it is not being denied by so-called experts — a fact. These vaccines were, as a knee-jerk reaction to the evolution of the spread of Covid, approved for preliminary and “experimental” use. Last year, that was the official position.

We are dealing with serious things, and the debate about them ought to be rational and fair. Our country (just as other countries in the West) is split in half. Some people let themselves be vaccinated without any resistance, perhaps because they truly are afraid and believe the huge propaganda — incomparable to anything in the past — regarding this particular vaccine. They aren’t even bothered by things all of a sudden being different than what they had been promised. And now it has been shown that:

that a single shot is not enough (and it is becoming clear that we will be dealing with repeated vaccinations, just as with the normal flue);that the length of the vaccines’ effectiveness is shorter than was originally declared;that the vaccines do not protect against becoming ill with Covid, but, perhaps prevent its worse course;that even a vaccinated person can spread the virus, etc., etc.Other people had no great illusions about the vaccines, but got vaccinated so they would have ‘their paper’, so they could enjoy the privileges of the vaccinated. The proportion of those who truly believed, and those who merely accept it, cannot be exactly known, but it definitely is not 10:1. More likely, it is 5:5. That is not what those who blindly defend the vaccines want to hear.

On the other side are equally rational-minded people. They are fighting against the vaccine because they don’t believe it, because they fear the side effects, because they see the falsehood in the eyes of renowned promoters of the vaccines who are in business and in medicine. However, some of them are rejecting the forced vaccinations on principle, due to its limiting human rights and freedoms. We do not know exactly the proportion of these, either. I belong to this last group. I am demonizing the vaccines less (even though I do not believe in them). I am protesting more against someone forcing me to be vaccinated, but mainly I have a different level of aversion to risk (which is a well-defined economic concept). I am willing to risk more.

There is no solution. These two groups of people are, in many respects, clearly delineated and separated. More (and less stupid) propaganda about the vaccines will not change this. To let oneself be vaccinated or not be vaccinated, that is problematic dilemma, for which it is typical to have arguments for and against (even though Mr. Kubek might not realize this). It could be true that vaccinations help in the aggregate (the economist in me calls it macro-view), but is no less unarguably true that vaccines do not help everyone. For some it is unsuitable and dangerous.

That is something that the authoritarian defenders of the vaccinations do not accept. To the point of numbness, they tell us the advantages of the vaccines and lately, they are even moving towards considerations of mandatory vaccinations. But that is a blanket argument, which is missing ‘micro’ considerations.

Let’s try it from the other side. I propose we tackle it from the opposite direction — not to convince about the advantages of the benefits of the vaccines, but to clearly define for whom and under what circumstances the vaccines are inappropriate. This a non-zero number of people. Let me help my point with an analogy — a law mandated basic military service, but alongside it there also existed a blue book. Messrs. Vojtechs, Kubkas, Smejkals: stop talking about mandatory vaccinations and instead start a serious debate about “Covid Blue Book”. There we can register all the warnings, all alternative concepts and hypotheses, all the risks and concerns. Those risks, and serious ones at that, are really not just a few. It is easy to talk about the benefits; to define specific risks is much more difficult. It is not sufficient just to look at the overview, from the ‘macro-view’, that the vaccines help (even though just partially).

Before any attempt at political approval for mandatory vaccinations, let’s define the conditions of this singular “blue book”. Should a citizen not strongly demand this of our politicians and their medical experts? If I were to organize demonstrations, it would be with this focus.

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From: i-node12/8/2021 1:29:11 AM
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To: Thomas M. who wrote (753695)12/8/2021 9:15:16 AM
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Sounds like the defendant in question tried to make his behavior “legitimate” because President Trump “authorized” it. (This person carried a baseball bat and a pepper spray and had altercations with the police).

Of course, a President cannot “authorize” actions that are against the law. If the defendant thought he could, he was wrong. What’s shocking is that his lawyers either didn’t know that either, or denied their client proper advice. Very strange.

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From: TimF12/8/2021 9:24:38 AM
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Brickbats: Soviet Edition Scott Shackford and Peter Bagge | From the December 2021 issue
(Illustrations: Peter Bagge)

Soviet culture officials in the late 1940s attempted to downplay the accomplishments of Europe and America by renaming imported foods to make them seem Russian and by claiming credit for various innovations. Camembert was renamed zakusochnyi ("snack cheese") to disguise its French origins. A newspaper declared that the Palace of Versailles was a knockoff of palaces built by Peter the Great. Soviet encyclopedias incorrectly attributed the first successful airplane flight not to the Wright brothers but to Russian inventor Alexander Mozhaysky.
Illustrations: Peter Bagge

Following World War II, Josef Stalin approved the expansion of car production for individual purchase. But with only 6,000 produced in 1946 and 10,000 produced in 1947, there weren't enough to go around. Trade unions organized waiting lists that stretched as long as 6 years.

In 1970, a Soviet criminologist determined that—due to widespread scarcity of housing, consumer goods, and materials needed for manufacturing—corrupt economic practices like bribery and embezzlement accounted for one-quarter of all crimes in the Soviet Union.

To deal with agricultural shortcomings, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev promoted the expansion of corn as a crop well-suited to feeding both people and livestock. From 1954 to 1955, the amount of corn the country grew boomed from 4.3 million to 18 million hectares. It reached 37 million hectares by 1962. But while the country focused on increasing the amount of corn it grew, it did not emphasize efficient or sustainable farming or give much consideration to appropriate growing conditions. In 1962, a cool, rainy spring and summer killed off 70–80 percent of the plantings.

Illustrations: Peter Bagge

In 1966, the Soviet Union mandated that all companies begin spending 1 percent of their revenue on advertising, despite the absence of market competition or even goods to promote. From 1967 to 1991, the country's only advertising agency produced ads for minced chicken, hot air showers, cars, and more than 6,000 other products, many of which did not actually exist, would never be produced, and Russian citizens could not buy.

Humorous game show KVN, which featured teams of competing college students, launched on Soviet television in 1961. Part quiz show, part improvisational comedy, it quickly became a national craze. But as the Soviet political climate grew more repressive in the late 1960s and early 1970s, censors grew hostile to the show's humor. It was canceled in 1972 despite its popularity. It returned to the airwaves in 1986 and is still on today.

Illustrations: Peter Bagge

Under Khrushchev, a "thaw" allowed state-funded Soviet artists to experiment in styles other than the utopian propaganda of Socialist Realism. But at an art exhibition in Moscow in 1962, Khrushchev condemned and insulted the experimental and abstract artwork that his policies had led to. He suggested that several of the artists were "pederasts" and "parasites" and threatened them with imprisonment. Though he didn't follow through on his threats, the thaw faded and adherence to Socialist Realism was once again enforced.

In 1985, not long after taking charge of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev began a campaign to try to reduce alcoholism. He prohibited alcohol sales before 2 p.m. and shut down distilleries and vineyards in republics such as Moldavia (now Moldova) and Georgia. Like America's attempts at prohibition, the efforts resulted in spikes in organized crime and black markets. The state also lost revenue, enough to cause budget deficits, and Gorbachev abandoned the campaign in 1987.

Sources: "Seventeen Moments in Soviet History" archive, Michigan State University; "Soviet Spiel: Why the U.S.S.R. Produced Ads for Non-existing Products," Rakesh Krishnan Simha, Russia Beyond; "Political Corruption in the U.S.S.R," J.M. Cramer, Western Political Quarterly, Volume 30, Issue

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From: PineValley12/8/2021 9:57:40 AM
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I think the NYTimes does this on purpose, just to piss off conservatives.

Their headline:

Fox News Christmas Tree Catches Fire in Manhattan

On it's own!

Everybody else's:

The Fox News Christmas tree was set on fire in New York. A man is now in custody

Fire set to giant Christmas tree at Fox News headquarters

Man accused of setting Fox News Christmas tree on fire in New York

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From: skinowski12/8/2021 10:18:18 AM
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Have to show it. Very nice.

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To: PineValley who wrote (753702)12/8/2021 11:15:26 AM
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A Christmas tree fire probably strikes close to home to someone called PineValley.

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To: skinowski who wrote (753703)12/8/2021 11:17:13 AM
From: DMaA
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Someone spread the rumor that there was free lutefisk.

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