No Tolerance: “Ebola Hospital” Is a Ghost Town

Written by Gary North on October 18, 2014

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The Presbyterian hospital in Dallas is empty. The ER room is empty. There is no waiting time. They might as well shut it down. It’s over. The free market is relentless. It is unforgiving. It asks: “What have you done for me lately?” It also asks: “What will you do to me today?” No one […]

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Ebola and the CDC: The Onion Got It Pretty Close in 2010

Written by Gary North on October 18, 2014

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CDC Officials Announce Free Ice Cream For Everyone, Delicious Tasty Ice Cream, And Also There Is An Ebola Outbreak (June 15, 2010) ATLANTA—In a sudden, unscheduled announcement Tuesday, officials from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that they were giving away free ice cream, had enough of the frozen dessert for everyone, and that, by […]

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Stock Markets Need to Check into the Betty Ford Center

Posted on October 18, 2014

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From The Financial Times: The interventions of the central bankers “smells of a co-ordinated attack to help boost declining sentiment”, said Adrian Miller, director of fixed-income strategy at GMP Securities. “Markets need to check into the Betty Ford Center and go into rehab, to wean themselves off this addiction to central bank support. If that […]

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Walmart: “The Doctor Is In!” For $40.

Written by Gary North on October 18, 2014

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Price competition has just taken a giant step forward in medical care. Walmart is getting into the clinic business. This will be mass production.  Most people are within a short drive of a Walmart. Medicare people can get in. Walmart will not be taking other medical insurance except for its in-house program. This means reduced […]

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Betting on Gridlock: A Sure Thing

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2014

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The Iowa Electronic Markets lets people place small bets on certain events. Because the bets cannot go over $500, the government allows this. The site is run by the University of Iowa. I trust the judgment of the law of large numbers. So, I think this site beats the public opinion polls. The participants have […]

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Bagpipes and Liberty

Written by Gary North on October 17, 2014

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Some of you will scoff. “North has gone round the bend this time.” On the contrary: the United States government has gone round the bend . . . again. I begin with North’s law of bureaucracy: “Some bureaucrat will inevitably enforce an official rule to the point of utter imbecility.” There are no known exceptions […]

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Houston Subpoenas High-Profile Pastors: Sermon Monitoring

Written by Robert Murphy on October 17, 2014

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I saw several people denouncing this on social media, and I assumed they were exaggerating. But no, the city of Houston has been subpoenaing local pastors for written copies of their sermons. As the Houston Chronicle explains: Houston’s embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in […]

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In the Welfare State, Beggars Learn to Be Choosers — Very Picky Choosers

Written by Gary North on October 16, 2014

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The welfare state mentality is close to universal today. Half of Americans are on the dole to one degree or another. The outlook of this society is one of entitlements. They are deliberately called entitlements by their defenders because “charity” sounds voluntaristic. These handouts are not voluntary, as both the legislators and the recipients know. […]

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