Friday, May 22, 2015

"If You Think Health Care is Expensive Now, Wait Until You See What It Costs When It's Free."

Those immortal words from the great libertarian humorist P.J. O'Rourke are being proven by Obama's health insurance scheme:
Florida’s largest Obamacare exchange health insurer is boosting its premiums by 17.6 percent....
The cost of health care premiums in California also skyrocketed from 22-88%. Finally, "[m]ore than a year after the federal government issued an emergency contract and deadline to fix, the back-end of the website is still not finished." Meanwhile in Britain, land of the National Health Disservice (NHD), more and more bladder and prostate cancer patients have to wait 2 months to start treatment. The woman who played a nurse in Britain's propaganda bonanza a.k.a. 2012 London Olympics is now suing the NHS because her ectopic pregnancy was misdiagnosed, nearly killing her.

The Louder Liberals Shout for Peace, the More Violent They Truly are

Liberal nut charged with "setting fire to a Berkeley convenience store...."

The True Cost of Wind Power

From 2008-2013 electricity prices rose an average of 20.7 percent in the top 10 wind power states, which is seven-fold higher than the national electricity price increase of merely 2.8 percent.
Wind farms also need 700 times more land than a hydraulic fracturing site to generate the same amount of power. A wind power project in Canada's Prince Edward Island was shut down after its experienced technical failures and the residents were compensated with $280,000. Finally, offshore wind power projects in the US are dying off.

Don't be Too Eager to Murder

14-year-old girl who was in a coma was taken off life support. But she regained consciousness hours later.

The Judiciary on the 2nd Amendment

I am pleased to report that the DC Circuit Court terminated a blatant effort by liberals to abuse environmental regulations to achieve gun control. Meanwhile, the 6th Circuit Court ruled that people who were previously committed to psychiatric hospitals can challenge the ban that bars them from owning firearms. A federal district court in Texas struck down part of the 1968 Gun Control Act that banned interstate transfers of handguns. The 3rd Circuit Court ruled that "Wal-Mart investors don’t have a right to try to stop the company from selling rifles or any other product those shareholders may think is socially destructive." An Oklahoma district court ruled that a locality and the operators of a festival cannot ban the carry of firearms at the "outdoor portion of the festival." A Washington DC federal district court struck down the city's "good reason" requirement for carrying firearms.

Chinese Armaments, and Responses

China's DF-41 MIRV ICBM has a range of around 6,835-7,456 mi. and may carry up to 10 warheads. Meanwhile, China's neighbors are also arming themselves. Taiwan purchased 4 Perry-class frigates from the US. Since 2008, US sold arms worth $18.3 billion, "including the F-16 A/B upgrades, 30 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 12 P-3C Orion antisubmarine and maritime surveillance aircraft" to Taiwan. Vietnam purchased submarine-launched ground-attack Klub missiles from Russia.

Kemp's Ridley Turtles

These rare turtles normally reside around the Gulf of Mexico but 2 were washed up in Britain.

Research May Cure Memory Loss

Long-term memory may not be stored in synapses.

$260 Chocolate

The To'ak bar is just 1.5 oz.

How Rich is Mr. Darcy?

A timeless question.

The Migration of Talent

Some fascinating animated maps.

Michelangelo's Bronze Sculptures?

If the attribution is correct, the works will be the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.