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Paul Krugman would like to see space aliens attack Earth so that we’ll have to initiate a massive, economy-stimulating military build-up:
But wait– the Guardian doesn’t want that at all. And you’ll never guess what contentious environmental issue may be attracting the ire of superior intelligent life:
It may not rank as the most compelling reason to curb greenhouse gases, but reducing our emissions might just save humanity from a pre-emptive alien attack, scientists claim.
Watching from afar, extraterrestrial beings might view changes in Earth’s atmosphere as symptomatic of a civilisation growing out of control â€“ and take drastic action to keep us from becoming a more serious threat, the researchers explain.
UPDATE: Allahpundit is funny.
From The Hill:
You can’t just make money on SUVs and trucks, Obama said during a town hall forum in Cannon Falls, Minn. There is a place for SUVs and trucks, but as gas prices keep on going up, you have got to understand the market. People are going to try to save money.
What in the world would American businesses do without Obama telling them what their customers want?
This was a very clever way to make certain that all of our favorite gauzy platitudes from Obama’s campaign and inauguration make it into each of his speeches.
A Wall Street Journal reporter’s Q & A with the White House press secretary (excerpt):
Q I guess what I’m saying is the President has been talking about this, as you said, since he came into office and the results haven’t been what you guys have wanted them to be — or what Americans have wanted —
MR. CARNEY: Which is why we have to keep working.
Q And so — and he is going on this bus tour. Like, what can he — why should people believe him, that he is going to be able to do what he hasn’t been able to do for the last — since he took office?
MR. CARNEY: Well, he will continue to make the case that we need to take the measures necessary as a country, working together with Congress, to — that will spur greater economic growth and create more jobs. And he will make the case that we need to do that in ways that — economic plans we’ve seen from others basically include sustaining or expanding tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, sustaining or expanding subsidies for industries making record profits, slashing spending in programs that assist middle-class Americans, and eliminating or ending programs like Medicare as we know it.
We do not believe that that is a jobs agenda or anything close to it. So what we have to do is reduce our deficit in a balanced way that ensures that we do not actually harm our economic growth prospects or our job creation prospects. And we have to take the measures, the kinds of which I’ve just been discussing, that will further enhance job creation and economic growth.
Q Why hasn’t the President been able to improve the economy at all?
CARNEY We’re working on it.
Q Why should people believe anything he says?
CARNEY He’s going to talk more about how we need a good plan to fix the economy, and our plan is……..the other guys’ plan sucks! They like rich people, and hate the middle class and elderly.
At least electing Obama got rid of all of America’s racial tensions and put the dark days of racism behind us.
Except for marauding gangs of “dozens to hundreds” of black kids randomly beating up white people.
At a Wisconsin state fair…
It’s a sensitive subject.Â Easier for the media to report on celebrity hairstyles and the royal wedding.Â Unfortunately,Â this type of violent, racially motivated mob action is far fromÂ an isolated incident –
And of course “Beat Whitey Night” in Des Moines, Iowa
The cycle of senseless, racially motivated violence is perpetuated.Â We seem to be descending into a level of racial violence not seen since the 1960s.Â With the economy and unemployment stagnant at best, the situation is only to get worse as people become more desperate.
UPDATE [moogrogue]: RACIST!
UPDATE [whattapundit]: YOU, SIR, ARE A RACIST!
UPDATE [moogrogue]: www.beatwhiteynight.com. Heh.
England’s National Health Service is going to begin rationingÂ surgeries such as hip and knee replacements (fat people must lose weight before they may receive one) and tonsillectomies (children must have had tonsillitis 7 times in the past year to have their tonsils removed).Â Somewhat shocking.
However, rationing is entirely necessary.
Any scarce resource must be rationed.Â Health care is such a resource.Â The correct question is, do we want government to ration our health care?Â Or do we want to use the most efficient, intuitive, automatic, low cost rationing system ever devised by man?
I am speaking of course of the free market –Â and no, the current health care system in the United States is not an example of a free market failure.Â The government is already intimately involved in price fixing within the health care system via Medicare and Medicaid.Â It is not the free market that is broken.
The concept that every scarce resource must go through a process of rationing is an extremely important one.Â If there were an infinite number of Porsche 911’s, their price would be zero and I would own one.Â Or two, or ten, or as many as I could find parking spots for.
However the materials and engineering required to build a Porsche are most definitely scarce resources.Â Therefore it must go through some process of rationing, and guess what?Â It does!Â We just don’t notice that our Porsches (or steak dinners, iPhones, etc) are being rationed, because the free market system of rationing through price is so efficient!
I can’t afford to buy a Porsche, therefore I don’t get one.Â What if the government decides that I deserve a Porsche, as much as say, a child deserves life-saving surgery?Â Does it really matter?Â Can they realistically provide a Porsche for me?Â And if they do, isn’t it at the expense of someone else?
Why should the government be making that decision?Â They make a lot of terrible decisions.Â Some in the government will say everyone deserves Porsches, some will say we can only afford Toyotas, and some will be dressing in tiger suits, sexually assaulting underage girls.Â Seriously, why trustÂ government with anything at all?