• Why This Governor Opposes a Bipartisan Bill to Subsidize Solar Energy

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage is fighting a bipartisan proposal designed to boost solar power development in the state by a factor of 12, arguing that it… Read More The post Why This Governor Opposes a Bipartisan Bill to Subsidize Solar Energy appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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  • Marin Katusa: The Most Powerful Weapon Ever – Gold, Uranium, Pen?

    We have the power and the weaponry to change every community, every state and the entire nation without ever firing a single bullet. How is this possible?

    Whenever a person, anywhere in the world, exchanges their fiat currency for gold or silver coins or bars, they are “firing a shot” at that currency. Gold is “the money of Kings” and silver is “the money of Gentlemen.” Gold and silver have been money for thousands of years, and no amount of market rigging, made up rules, or government intervention will change this law of man. People around the world still conduct business using gold and silver as a medium of exchange. Simply because gold, in particular, is not used on a large scale and we are continually told that gold is a “pet rock” or held by Central Banks as a “tradition,” this is not the case. Gold and silver have value and worth. To acquire them from the source builds into them a certain amount of value. The labor, the time, and the various resources used to acquire these precious metals goes into every ounce pulled out of the ground. If gold is a “pet rock” or a “tradition,” then why is there so much secrecy surrounding gold held at Central Banks? Why does the Federal Reserve, in conjunction with the U.S. Treasury, refuse to conduct an audit of OUR gold? The gold held at Fort Knox and the New York Federal Reserve, that is assigned to the Federal Reserve System, belongs to the people of the United States. If gold is nothing more than a tradition, audits are also a tradition that every responsible person does on a regular basis. Who among us doesn’t audit (balance) their checking account regularly? Who among us doesn’t audit their personal belongs of every type? Ever go through your closet, clean it out and donate the clothes, shoes, whatever to charity? Isn’t that an audit? READ MORE...

  • Forget the Gender Pay Gap, Look at the Gender Labor Force Participation Gap

    Nearly seven years after the end of the Great Recession, there are still two areas of concern in the labor  market. The first is the low labor force participation rate, and the second is the slack in the labor market, as evidenced by the elevated levels of involuntary part-time work. According to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the decline in labor force participation is attributable to a combination of cyclical and structural factors. To the extent that the decline is cyclical, perhaps, as the economy continues to recover, we will see an increase in participation rates of prime-age workers in the labor market, the current pool of discouraged workers will re-enter to look for work, and involuntary part-time workers will find full-time jobs. However, there is an area where we could potentially improve participation rates, particularly for prime age workers, through the adoption of the right types of policies.  This has to do with women’s labor force participation. READ MORE...

  • Donald Trump, Social Justice Warrior?

    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt breaks down an important 2014 study indicating that the Social Justice Warrior phenomenon on campus is not a trend, but instead marks a deep cultural shift. The paper is not by Haidt, but it’s long, so he summarizes it for his readers. Excerpts (all boldface in Haidt’s original):

    I just read the most extraordinary paper by two sociologists — Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning — explaining why concerns about microaggressions have erupted on many American college campuses in just the past few years. In brief: We’re beginning a second transition of moral cultures. The first major transition happened in the 18th and 19th centuries when most Western societies moved away from cultures of honor (where people must earn honor and must therefore avenge insults on their own) to cultures of dignity in which people are assumed to have dignity and don’t need to earn it. They foreswear violence, turn to courts or administrative bodies to respond to major transgressions, and for minor transgressions they either ignore them or attempt to resolve them by social means. There’s no more dueling. READ MORE...

  • American Voters Are Waiting to See How Colorado's Pot Experiment Turns Out

    The Supreme Court has handed the marijuana-legalization movement an important victory.

    Two states — Nebraska and Oklahoma — sought to invalidate the landmark Colorado measure known as Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana in that state. But the challenge fell flat when the Court announced last week that it wouldn’t hear their case.

    That means the Colorado law will remain in effect — and more states can opt to legalize also.

    Like it or not, more and more Americans regard adult marijuana use as something akin to gambling on the NCAA tournament — it may be illegal, but it shouldn’t be. READ MORE...

  • North Carolina officer released from hospital after shooting

  • Officials ID body in car that fell from Ohio River bridge