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Capitalist Oppression Versus Socialist Incompetence
Chile's Capitalist Oppression Versus Venezuela's Socialist Incompetence: Toilet Paper Edition
A little story popped up today which I have to admit had me howling with laughter. After, of course, I had considered very thoroughly the evil of capitalists conspiring to rip off the people. Something which is bad, something which shouldn’t be encouraged and which should be punished when it is found. Conspiratorial cartels are really not a feature of an economy that we desire to have. However, the laughter, the glee in fact, came from the fact that we’ve now two examples of Latin American countries being subjected to two different kinds of oppression over exactly the same goods, that highly desirable component of a civilised life, plenty of soft and comfy toilet paper.

For in Chile we’ve just found out that the two major paper companies, who between them have the vast majority of the market, have been conspiring with each other for a decade and a half to rig prices. And as happens with such capitalist conspiracies, conspiring to rip off the consumer by not competing with each other on price. Price fixing in effect. Very bad, very naughty and it’s right that they should be punished for doing this:

What Venezuela did, of course, was decide that the price of toilet paper was too high. Therefore they fixed the price of said bathroom accessory below the market clearing price. The result of which is that there isn’t any bathroom tissue in the country, near enough. Because that’s what happens when you fix the price below that market clearing price: the good disappears.

Now as above it’s obviously wrong for the capitalists to collude in fixing prices so as to increase their profits. But do consider the end result of the two systems of oppression. Under that capitalist oppression it might be necessary to economise a little on the amount used, given the expense. Under the socialist oppression there simply isn’t anything to economise upon. The capitalist rogues might well overcharge you but you are still able to wipe your fundament, the socialists leave you desperately hunting for those newspapers they’re also so keen on banning.

Yet another "woe is me the world is mean because I'm black" story

Another incident blown way out of proportion by some loony liberal academic. The police stop a woman walking in the street to caution her to walk facing oncoming traffic for her own safety. Then the woman turns it into some racist thing and complains about racism by writing a column in the newspaper to show how put upon she is for being black in America.

More complete BS.... like 99% of the stories in the news.

The woman, Dorothy M. Bland is the dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. This is a prime example of how the liberal media misrepresents nearly everything and cannot be trusted.
Dorothy Bland: I was caught ‘walking while black.’
I often walk about 3 miles near daybreak as part of my daily exercise. However, on Oct. 24, I delayed my walk until late morning as I waited for the rain to stop. I was dressed in a gray hooded “Boston” sweatshirt, black leggings, white socks, plus black-and-white Nike running shoes. Like most African-Americans, I am familiar with the phrase “driving while black,” but was I really being stopped for walking on the street in my own neighborhood?

Yes. In the words of Sal Ruibal, “Walking while black is a crime in many jurisdictions. May God have mercy on our nation.”

Knowing that the police officers are typically armed with guns and are a lot bigger than my 5 feet, 4 inches, I had no interest in my life’s story playing out like Trayvon Martin’s death. I stopped and asked the two officers if there was a problem; I don’t remember getting a decent answer before one of the officers asked me where I lived and for identification.

I guess I was simply a brown face in an affluent neighborhood. I told the police I didn’t like to walk in the rain, and one of them told me, “My dog doesn’t like to walk in the rain.” Ouch!

Watch the police dash cam video and judge for yourself if there was anything racial about the stop.

Agriculture is 'capitalist, racialized patriarchy'

More PC lunacy from our left wing friends in academia. How does human flotsam and jetsam like this have a teaching job?
Ithaca College prof.: agriculture is 'capitalist, racialized patriarchy'
Zillah Eisenstein, a professor politics at Ithaca College, declared in a lecture last Friday that agriculture is "capitalist, racialized patriarchy."

The lecture was titled "Thinking about Hetero-Racist Misogyny in 'Agriculture'" and took place at nearby Cornell University as part of a seminar series on gender issues in the practice of agriculture. Eisenstein also declared that if war and climate change are extinguished, then there will be "room for revolutionary agriculture.” Though an author of 12 books with titles such as Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism and her memoir Manmade Breast Cancers, Eisenstein has never worked in or studied agriculture. The professor explained that she was speaking as part of a seminar series on women in agriculture by stating, “y point here is you’re thinking agriculture and I’m thinking capitalist racialized patriarchy.”

Eisenstein also declared that if war and climate change are extinguished, then there will be "room for revolutionary agriculture.”

Zillah Eisenstein
Emerita Professor, Department of Politics
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Honors Program
Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
Faculty, Latin American Studies

Specialty: politics of class, sex, and race; political theory; feminist theories; gender construction

Amish man sues to buy firearm without photo ID
Amish man sues to buy firearm without photo ID in gun rights, religious freedom lawsuit
Lately, Americans have argued both about their right to bear arms and whether the free exercise of religion allows businesses and state officials to claim exemptions from requirements that conflict with their religious beliefs. It’s not everyday, however, that the two issues, guns and religion, wind up together in a single case.

In a suit that brings together the Second Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), an Amish man filed a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania last week because he wants to buy a gun without the required photo ID — and because getting that photo ID would violate his religious beliefs.

But Hertzler’s humility caused a problem when, in June, he tried to buy a gun from a Pennsylvania dealer “using a non-photo, state-issued identification.” This wasn’t enough, according to the dealer — Hertzler was told he needed a picture ID. So Hertzler took it up with his senator. Alas, though Sen. Pat Toomey (R) forwarded Hertzler’s response to the ATF, he could not help his constituent. “As the enclosed response states, Federal firearm laws require photo identification when purchasing a firearm,” Toomey wrote. “There are no exceptions to this federal requirement.”

Gun homicides have dropped 30% since 1993

while simultaneously the number of guns, gun owners, and concealed carry has expanded exponentially.
Gun homicides steady after decline in ’90s; suicide rate edges up
Between 1993 and 2000, the gun homicide rate dropped by nearly half, from 7.0 homicides to 3.8 homicides per 100,000 people. Since then, the gun homicide rate has remained relatively flat. From 2010 to 2013, the most recent year data are available, the number of gun homicides has hovered between 11,000 and 12,000 per year.

The nation’s overall gun death rate has declined 30% since 1993. This total includes homicides and suicides, in addition to a smaller number of fatal police shootings, accidental shooting deaths and those of undetermined intent. For example, in 2013 there were 467 fatal police shootings, up from 333 in 2009. (Government data on fatal police shootings are also collected and reported by the FBI, though the agency acknowledges there are discrepancies between federal and local law enforcement counts.)

The rate of nonfatal gun victimizations declined in a similar way to the gun death rate, with a large drop in the 1990s – 63% between 1993 and 2000. The decline since then has been more uneven. In 2014, there were 174.8 nonfatal violent gun victimizations per 100,000 people ages 12 and older.

Report 99.51% of top liberal arts prof. contributions go to Dems

This is an excellent reason why there should be zero federal government funding or subsidies for universities, colleges, and students.
REPORT: 99.51% of top liberal arts prof. contributions go to Dems
According to FEC third quarter reports released October 16, 47 professors at the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, have given to presidential campaigns. Of those 47 professors, Hamilton College History Professor Robert Paquette was the sole donor to a Republican candidate, giving $150 to Carly Fiorina’s campaign.

The remaining 99.51 percent went to Democrat candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The 46 other professors collectively donated $20,875 to Hillary Clinton and $8,417 to Bernie Sanders. Professors donating to Clinton have given an average of $1,043.75. Those giving to Sanders donated an average of $323.73.

"I do believe these numbers give an accurate representation of the political leanings of faculty on most college campuses," Paquette wrote in an e-mail to Campus Reform, "especially allegedly elite liberal arts colleges like Hamilton College," where he claims to be the "only out-of-closet conservative in a faculty of 200."

After 35 years of experience in higher education, Paquette believes that the business "has become a racket monopolized by the academic left."

the PC nazis are finally eating themselves
UWM says 'politically correct' is no longer politically correct
The phrase 'politically correct' is now a microaggression according to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Merriam-Webster defines “politically correct” as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.” The university, however, claims that calling something “politically correct” “has become a way to deflect, that people are being too ‘sensitive’ and police language.” “Politically correct,” moreover, is just one of a whole host of words and phrases the university has denounced as microaggressions.

Interestingly enough, while the university’s Inclusive Excellence Center has labeled several common-use adjectives harmful, the man running the campaign, Warren Scherer, the director of the university’s Inclusive Excellence Center, has taken to Twitter to express his displeasure with Republican presidential candidates in a non-inclusive manner. Scherer tweeted “fuck every fiber of your being” to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and also accused him of “pandering to Republican Jews.” Scherer, who identifies himself as an UWM employee on his twitter profile, also accused presidential candidate Rand Paul of courting “rich Jews.”

You just gotta love the logic, open mindedness, and good spirited nature of the liberal mind.

NRA is more popular than either Hillary or Bernie

58% in the U.S. have a favorable opinion of the NRA. Compare this with Hillary Clinton's favorable rating of 52% and Bernie Sanders at 12%. To be fair I'll point out the same poll shows the NRA has a higher favorable rating than the Republican candidates too.

I think that gun confiscation theme based on the Australian or UK model is a real winner for Hillary. She should promote that more.

MSNBC: using the phrase “hard worker” is somehow offensive to African Americans.

I wish the PC nazis would just publish list of all the words and phrases we can no longer use. I wonder if MHP ever has a moment in which she isn't obsessed with race?
MSNBC Host: When Republicans Say The Phrase ‘Hard Worker’ They’re Being Racist
While discussing the efficacy of a hypothetical Speaker Paul Ryan, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry cautioned guest Alfonso Aguilar against using the phrase “hard worker,” implying that it is somehow offensive to African Americans.

“I just want to pause on one thing because I don’t disagree with you that I actually think Mr. Ryan is a great choice for this role, but I want us to be super careful when we use the language ‘hard worker,'” she told Aguilar.

“I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like.

Best final Jeopardy answer

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