Observation

"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again..."

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Monday, March 23, 2009

One Million Dead Babies Later...

A noteworthy development in the War on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the finding that the SIDS death rate decreases BY 72% when infants sleep in a room with a turned-on fan (not to be confused with a Britney Spears supporter). Allegedly the fan serves to reduce a baby's exposure to carbon dioxide by dispersing it with the generated moving air. Unfortunately for the SIDS cult, this latest information fits neatly with the politically incorrect explanation that babies can die when particular mattress and bedding chemicals convert to their gaseous state (gases which are potentially lethal) in the presence of fungus (babies occasionally get fungal infections, right?) and heat (babies occasionally spike temperatures, yes?). Multiple articles on this reasonable explanation are linked here. Of special interest is the fact the chances for dying of SIDS increases for a mother's second birth, even more for a mother's third child, and yet even greater for a mother's 4th child. This obliterates the "carbon dioxide" theory.

Well over 100,000 babies have slept on mattresses covered to protect them from noxious gas exposure without one reported SIDS death. If you follow just the advice of the SIDS cultists your babies are at much higher risk of exposure to these potentially lethal gases. Waiting for an official government entity-approved study to "validate" the theory is akin to a belief that the nationalization of banks is in your best interest.

(Disclaimer-- I have no vested intrest in any mattress cover company or any bedding company. I post these links as information sources only. I have no knowledge of the reputation ,with respect to the business end of things, of the companies selling mattress covers. If I needed one I would just buy it on-line and hoped it arrived in the mail-- smp).

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fighting Allergies

One overlooked herb that has marvelous healing properties is wild oregano. If you have a runny nose, hay fever or stuffy sinuses this pollen season then Oregamax and Oreganol P73 essential oil may be worth a shot. Wild oregano has been used for all sorts of ailments and it's not an item that will rot in your pantry or medicine chest. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties without problems with resistance. It's not the same as the oregano in the local grocery store. That's another subspecies. If you don't have an aversion to laymans' information on the subject then The The Cure in the Cupboard by Dr. Cass Ingram would be a handy reference as it has exhaustive information on treating all sorts of ailments with wild oregano. Ingram addresses using wild oregano to treat colds, candidiasis, ear aches, psoriasis, cold sores, asthma, flu and much more. There's even a section on treating ebola virus. Hopefully you'll not contract that virus.

The first link in this post contains information regarding possible use in children and during pregnancy.

Of course, this post is for information purposes only. It is not intended to treat, cure, manage or diagnose disease. Consult your personal physician for any medical concern or condition.

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Should Bernard Madoff be Stoned?

The amount of venom being spewed forth at Bernard Madoff for ripping off billions from investors in his Ponzi scheme is voluminous. He certainly committed a horrific evil. It's interesting that media coverage documenting all the outrage at Madoff for running a Ponzi scheme suddenly disappears when Ponzi schemes known as the Social Security system and the Federal Reserve Board are addressed. It would be nice to have equal opportunity dogma applied to all schemes Ponzi, not just Madoff's.

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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Here We Go Again

Staunch Austrian economist Thomas E. Woods, Jr. includes a chapter (#4) on economic boom-bust cycles pre- and post-Federal Reserve Board (1913) in his new book Meltdown. The common denominator to all these boom-bust episodes was inflationary spending and subsequent misallocation of resources due to government meddling in the free market.

The Panic of 1819 was the result of excessive issuance of paper money by the banks apart from it's corrolation with gold reserves. The Bust of 1830 was a result of artificial bank credit. The Panic of 1857? Again, credit expansion by the banks (i.e. flinging of paper money). The Panic of 1873 was precipitated by credit expansion, land grants and low interest loans. So there's four examples of pre-Federal Reserve Board (FRB) crises that fit the pattern desrcibed by the Austrian economists (dating back to Carl Menger's days in the mid-19th century. There actually was a central bank-like atmosphere though established in 1863-64 with the passing of the National Bank Acts.

The bust in 1920-21 is tied to the FRB inflating the money supply during and after World War I (1914-1918). The Great Depression (1929-early 40's) was preceded by a 55% increase in the money supply starting in July of '21 through July of '29 (which is about 1/5 of the increase President Obama has foisted on we alive and kicking Americans. Not 5X the increase, but 1/5, in just a handful of months. Yikes!)


Ultimately, Austrian economics will only take you so far as it is closely associated with libertarianism in general and makes no claim to belief in the importance of the Christian God's sovereign role in the affairs of men and nations. Having said that, they believe in savings and capital accumulation. That's good.

Our Thoughts and Prayers Go Out to...

We are a nation of sincere thinking and praying, or are we? For several years now we've heard the catch phrase "our thoughts and prayers go out to" ... whomever. While Christian prayers make it to God's throne room the thoughts of most people do little, if that, for the subject being thought about. You can think about some one but can't telepathically send those thoughts.

At some point the phrase "Our thoughts and prayers go out to" was born and now in the face of heartbreaking news many people are afraid of the public relations blowback if they don't utter it in certain forums. God warned against idle talk and it's prudent to understand what one is saying if they offer "thoughts and prayers." For the Christian is best to keep it to "our prayers go out to..." and then actually offer up the prayer(s) later. Or pray right then and forget the declaration to do so altogether.

As evidence the phrase is mostly lip service google "Our thoughts and prayers go out to" (with the quote marks). As of today you'll get 187,000 hits. Now reverse "thoughts" and "prayers" and google "Our prayers and thoughts go out to" (again, with the quote marks). This latter expression returns an astounding 989 hits. This wide disparity is, you know, indicative that this is, you know, for the vast majority of people a rote expression , you know, picked up by repetitive exposure, you know.

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Friday, March 06, 2009

The Next Bubble

The dot.com bubble burst, the housing bubble burst, so what's next? Assuming the economy recovers, all the money the fed is printing (see graph) and dumping into it will eventually lead to some nifty inflation. (Infaltion is truly money printing and distribution. The subsequent increase in prices and wages is the result of the inflation). The herd mentality that led to the previous bubbles will likely lead to yet another bubble, and bubbles do one thing after floating for a bit--pop--just like weasel.

The health care industry is one candidate for bubblization. It already has some characteristics of a bubble industry in that it gets a lot of easy third party money. When money is had easily there's a tendency on the part of workers to lose the competetive fire that typically drives entrepreneurs in their small business universe. As witnessed by high prices, health care industries understand they're propped up, unlike most small businesses which operate much like a high-wire act in comparison.

If Obama slaps the free market upside the head again, like Chris Brown did to Rihanna, and dumps billions or trillions of dollars into health care entities specifically it will certainly attract investors into ancillary businesses until the industry at-large shows too many signs of being completely socialized. Once that happens the bubble will burst. And if and when the health care bubble bursts that means its product becomes somewhat similar to today's banking institutions.

As kids we all loved the big bubbles. When one blew bubbles it wasn't long until he or she only tried to blow the huge ones. That's our nature. Bigger is better. And we all knew the big bubbles (3-12" in diameter) were short-lived and more precarious. Shorter-lived and less stable than the ones that were 1/2" in diameter. The feds' policy of fiat currency, interest rate manipulation and market tinkering is a veritable bubble bath.

Bubblery eventually gives way to slavery because its anti-private property rights to the core. It's a shame neither major political party nor the peasants with pitchforks have the willingness to challenge its politicans about the feds' very existence. Be wary the bubbles.

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Redefining Unsafe

The Cialis commercial for its product that treats E.D. (think Viagra) warns to not take nitrates (i.e. nitroglycerin, Imdur, Isordil, etc.) while on Cialis because it may cause an "unsafe drop in blood pressure." This is dangerously misleading as the Cialis/Viagra/Levitra/Revatio family of medicines can cause "refractory hypotension." "Refractory" meaning that even in the presence of intravenous medications to increase your blood pressure (e.g. dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, vasopressin) your circulatory system may not be able to overcome the drug-drug interaction.

So if you ever go to an emergency room and are diagnosed with a myocardial infarction (i.e. heart attack), and you took a pill for E.D. within 24-48 hours, let your physican and nurses know so they don't hang a bottle of IV nitroglycerin.

This post is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Consult your personal physician for all health-related matters.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Peter Schiff Embarrasses the Keynesian Camp

Peter Schiff (Euro Pacific Capital) leaned heavily on Austrian economic principles (see mises.org) in the face of much laughter and ridicule in '06 and '07 in his accurate prediction of the falling apart of the subprime market, the housing market, the stock market (especially financials) and a recession. This compelling video is a montage of clips from various financial shows in '06 and '07 where Peter is pitted against multiple economic "experts" such as Peter Laffer, Ben Stein and others, all who staked out the all-is-well-and-looking-better position. As we know Peter was spot on while the others were embarrassed to no end.

Austrian economic principles see the need for savings and capital accumulation, and smell problems when debt-based consumption rises secondary to inordinately low interest rates set by a central bank. Schiff didn't need fancy formulas to be right.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

At Least He Meant Well

This short youtube video will make you either laugh or cry depending on your disposition. The Vitamin D reference (i.e. sunlight) has some validity to it but the rest of it... Well...

Notice how Obama made these campaign promises with his straight teleprompter face. When the "era of hostile private property take over" is redefined as the "era of responsibility" one has to train themselves in understanding the new lexicon. What is "pork" to the new president? Did he change his mind about these things or does lying come that easy to him?

You're known by the company you keep. Obama's past associations were a clear indicator he would not be trustworthy. He is consistent about that. Many Americans wanted to latch on to hope however when it comes to redefining hope, like pork, ...yes he can. Yes he did. Yes he will.

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