The only hope we have now is the that in the coming months gun ownership will increase to a level that it will be almost impossible to enforce any sort of effective gun ban.
I am trying to calculate how a gun ban would play out and the sort of compliance that the government could expect:
Healthcare can never, never be affordable unless there is some spending cap or limit on how much medical treatment a person can get. There will always be some new experimental procedure or drug that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and has a low rate of success that will drain any insurance pool.
How much money do you put into a car before you decide to junk it? At some point it makes financial sense to stop fixing a car. Problem is that you can not easily make that logical decision about people. So at what point do you stop treating someone who will die any way? Who wants to make that decision???
Human beings are reliant on daily interpersonal communication. In order to buy the things we want, express our feelings and thoughts to others, or simply to let someone know we are trying to get around them we use some form of communication. Among the most obvious and common are speech and writing, there are also more subtle ways to get info across such as non-verbal communication like body language (Non-verbal communication). Regardless of the method, without communicating society would shut down. On a grand scale you could picture a breakdown in diplomacy between two bitter nations, or on a smaller scale you could imagine trying to buy something from a vendor without pointing, using words, or writing something for him to read. Everything would grind to a halt. So if communication is what we do to get across ideas, motives, thought etc, would not prices fall into this category?
Following the Greek Parliament’s emergency decision to approve a second round of austerity measures in the country, gold prices, the Australian dollar, Asian shares, the value of the euro, and instances of rioting and violent crimes have increased dramatically.
The Parliament’s move was made in response to European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) demands that the Greek government display a “clear commitment” to enforcing the repayment of its debts. Should any doubts of such motivations linger in the minds of these international lenders, they have threatened to withhold the bailout money from Greece altogether. Without receiving the massive loans being proposed, which amount to a grand total of roughly $170 billion, Greece will inevitably cross the threshold of debt into default status and be rendered unable to make good on repayments of the money it has borrowed.
It took me a while to come to see things in their true light with regard to the Drug War. For too long I believed what I was told by the popular media. We have come to accept that most Illegal Drug activity is financially motivated…. what we fail to grasp is… so is Law Enforcement activity. Dependency on a “Police State” for protection from ourselves is no worse then being addicted to drugs. The drugs, the drug addicts and even drug violence is not a threat to our liberty… the existence of a “Police State” is a threat to liberty.
It baffles my mind that politicians are trying to sell to the public that “they” are the ones that will solve all the economic problems. It is generally acknowledged that the Dot-Com Boom of 1999-2000 was artificial in nature. It is also generally acknowledged that the Housing Boom between 2002 and 2008 was also a bad thing fueled by loose credit and inflationary money, resulting in an over supply of houses. The politicians in effect are all trying to sell us the “snake oil” that will ignite the next economic boom. Do we really want another roller coaster ride?
Children are taught today that racism is a thing of the past. A disease which we have overcome and destroyed. Something that was rampant throughout much of history, and with the courageous leaders during the Civil Rights Movement, it was ended. However, shown in several polls is the opinion that racism is still very much a problem in the United States. In a CNN article, a poll showed that “Most Americans see lingering racism”. In a New York Times Blog, The Caucus, a poll showed that Americans today believe racism is a bigger problem than sexism.