So while US-China trade talks are crucial for a revival in global manufacturing, another set of trade talks, that between the US-EU on car tariffs, are also important. And we shouldn’t forget the impact of Brexit on the European auto sector – both in terms of production and consumption. If that wasn’t enough, we also have the ongoing switch from diesel/petrol to electric/hybrid cars. Such an industry transformation has likely impacted the global auto sector, helped in part by governments at the national and local levels (especially in Europe) discouraging the purchase of diesel cars.
So just what would happen if the car began to disappear from the road? Not much in my part of Amerika. Not much at first. The United States still has a lower population density than most of the rest of the developed world. Excepting about six of our largest cities, we are more like Australia or Canada than do we resemble Japan, Germany or even Great Britain. The closer people get together, the less you need a car and the more pain you may experience from the negative externalities.
If you hate traffic, ozone burns your eyes, or if you just hate seeing nothing but pavement, then cars are the root of at least those sets of evil. Places start making auto ownership harder. Gas taxes, congestion taxes, environmental impact fees and making all limited access freeways toll roads are all ways that government entities restrict car populations on their roads.
So what does this change? It changes real estate. It changes manufacturing. It changes the energy industry. Real estate will become more polarized. Being near the town core is more vital if you can’t afford to frequently operate a car in your region. Townhouses and condos located where you need to be are artificially inflated in price. More of the US housing market would be like San Francisco, Honolulu, or Northern Virginia.
Manufacturing becomes counter-intuitively more prone towards causing ecocide. Petroleum gets cheap. It all gets made out of plastic. Plastic pollution and contamination of all organic life becomes the next generation’s acid rain or ozone depletion crisis. The next environmental challenge to Amerika is how to make effective materials that are affordable, but do not involve hydro-carbons and/or polymers.
Bears may hibernate, but they never go extinct. Economic bears actually aestevate. They keep telling us that Winter is Coming…
On a long enough time scale, they are correct. I could say the same about predictions that the Sun will malfunction and eat the Earth. Just cryogenically freeze yourself about 1.5 Billion Years and then wake up in time to pop a cold one and tell everyone that will listen. “I told you so!”
Richard Martin is a debt bear. This particular species of bear argues that nations that go too deeply into debt lose the ability to continue spending. He is interesting because his doomsday predictions are directly apositional to what we hear from MMT advocates. I imagine the man having a vault full of specie somewhere hidden underground. He doesn’t implicitly say so, but I am convinced that he has a diametrically opposite view of what renders a national currency valuable from most of the people that actually make run one. Like most doomsday theorists, it sure would get ugly if he were accurate…
What is the true purpose of The Left? My facile answer is that there is none. It sure hasn’t helped the North of 100 million people that dumbass leftists had dragged forth and executed from The French Revolution to the Rise of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Its leading notch-collectors, Stalin and Mao, were unspeakably sick puppies that grew into viscious and carnivorous dogs of war and slaughter. The stink of the charnel house is the common denominator of any nation fallen completely under the sway of The Left.
And yet this pernicious malice continues and drives forward despite manifold enemies and repeated social and economic failures in most of the places it is ever in charge of. What drives anything forward that obviously laden by friction? There has to be a fundamental and powerful drive. Here is one theory.
One of the principal aims of the left has always been to destroy the true source of morality which is religion. It has done this because the powers behind the left want to remake humanity in a form severed from the supernatural. In this way, the possibility of spiritual redemption is removed and we become easy victims of these powers. We hand our souls over to them, convinced that this is the path of righteousness even though, on some level, there is an awareness that we are submitting to evil.
A drive as old as Lucifer. ‘Tis better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven. Of course it hits Christianity foremost. Other religions aren’t as influential and Islam has a way of “discouraging” the sharpest critics.
Leftism ultimately has to come for all higher order spiritual thought. Materialism, by definition and design, is not philosophically equipped to debate the immaterial or the supernatural. It banishes all thought patterns that lead to any belief in what it doesn’t want to have exist in the world. The ultimate purpose of Leftism is the ultimate purpose of Mordor. Leftism exists to exterminate all higher order good. It is the metaphysical manifestation of thermodynamic entropy.
Vegas may be a pernicious den of mobbed-up lefties. But they still are not stupid or conceited enough to back themselves on a wager.
Although there are now twelve (twelve!) already-declared candidates opposing Donald Trump in 2020, the nation’s gambling gurus are still heavily favoring him for the win in the next election. In fact, as the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday, the entry of Bernie Sanders as #12 in the race didn’t even budge the numbers. In the latest batch of odds, released just after Bernie’s announcement, Trump is the overwhelming 3-2 favorite for reelection, writes the Examiner’s Washington Secrets columnist Paul Bedard, who spoke with the sportsbook manager at BetOnline.ag, Dave Mason.
Some of this MAGA enthusiasm is a market play. Media outlets have distorted everything by reporting negatively on Trump 90% of the time. The low information set considers him dead without having to read an autopsy. There is always monetary action for a bet that most of the rest of us don’t have a clue what we are talking about. I’ll be happy if this is another case where the cynics are dead-on accurate.
Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller’s confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans.
The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation.
The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.
Dog and Pony Shows are a lot more effective if the dog will actually hunt. Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation is about to put this particular dog down for a merciful dirt nap. No word as to whether anyone will actually get the pony….
There are still spin-off indictments, process crimes, and other aspects to serve as a Never-Trump Economic Stimulus Plan while the perpetually aggrieved go out grievance shopping. However, it looks increasingly risible that a US President who is successfully encouraging domestic energy producers to strangle Russia’s economy in a manner reminiscent of Ronald Reagan at the tail end of The Cold War owes his elected position to Russian Espionage.
To paraphrase Former President Barack Obama. “The Twenties just called and they want their Palmer Raids back.”
NASA has warned SpaceX and Boeing Co of design and safety concerns for their competing astronaut launch systems, according to industry sources and a new government report, threatening the U.S. bid to revive its human spaceflight program later this year.
NASA is paying SpaceX $2.6 billion and Boeing $4.2 billion to build rocket and capsule launch systems to return astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil for the first time since America’s Space Shuttle program went dark in 2011.
Oswald Spengler lies like Cthulhu. He is probably contented in eternal sleep. Perhaps he chortles in his dreams. He doesn’t swim left. He’d rather just smoke his pipe and remind us. “I told you so.”
Art, science, technology and mathematics all evolve downstream from culture. Let your culture devolve and debase and your art becomes CardiB. Your mathematics becomes Piper Harron. Your science becomes the dreck cranked out by the IPCC and nobody ever has to sweat Whitey On The Moon anymore.
Perhaps Larry Niven read Spengler before writing his short story “The Locusts.” Perhaps all forward societal progress goes away as Crowdism grows more rampant. Without affirmative culture to drive us forward, resentment, jealousy, and petty despite prevents Whitey or anyone else from spending much quality time on the moon. Boeing and Space-X could be doomed to failure because they are Amerikan.
It sucks when you are no longer the magic minority. Ben Shapiro seemed to be surprisingly uncucked by Jussie Smollett and his prevaricative progress. It seems real, genuine, hate-hate, hate crimes were occurring while Smollett became a DNC talking point. This hatred was aimed at people who have something in common with (((Ben Shapiro))).
That same night, a Jewish man in New York was beaten by three thugs. Nothing was stolen. The attack was caught on video…
A Jew brutally beaten last night in Brooklyn. Nothing stolen. Antisemitism is alive and well in NYC. Time for a hard look at who is doing it and its cause. This has been going on in NY long before Charlottesville or 2016 just ask anyone visibly Jewish. pic.twitter.com/z86dz32YBL
— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) January 30, 2019
Heavens to Gefilte Fish! Any word on the race or ethnicity of these three thugs? What say you Ben? Would you say 1/10th of the bad and evil things that you’ve said about those who wear MAGA Hats?
Kamala Harris has never once missed a good hustle when it’s sitting there on a silver platter. When one of her opponents fumbles the ball, she scoops and tries to score. Robert Francis “Nacho Senator” O’Rourke just found this out the hard way. She got rapidly to his right on immigration as if she were flying a Pinochet Helicopter. The only thing missing was a MAGA Hat.
“…We can’t have open borders, we need to have border security, all nations do,” she continued. “All nations define their borders, but we should not have a policy and perspective that is grounded in keeping people out for the sake of this nationalistic kind of thing this president is trying to push.”
Can you just imagine how Senator Harris and her fellow Democratic Party Senators would react if Amerika already had President who flew all over the country saying things like that?
Let me put this another way: Is the 2020 Democratic platform going to reference “Aztlan”?
It sure as heck won’t be referencing geography or Euclidean Geometry. Point A is here. Point B is several miles South of point A. A wall resides between Point A and Point B. The guys at Point B are not indigenous to Point A. QED. Yeesh!
The latest news comes out of Australia, via the website of Joanne Nova. Nova’s February 17 post is titled “History keeps getting colder — ACORN2 raises Australia’s warming rate by over 20%.” “ACORN2” is a newly revised and updated temperature series for Australia, with temperatures going back to 1910 based on records from 112 weather stations on the continent, some 57 of which have records that go back all the way to the 1910 start date…. The ACORN2 data compilation is so called to distinguish it from ACORN1, which was only released some 7 years ago in 2012. Once again we find that the oldest thermometers were apparently reading artificially high, even though many were newish in 1910 and placed in approved Stevenson screens. This is also despite the additional urban warming effect of a population that grew 400% since then. What are the odds?! … The new ACORN version has nearly doubled the rate of warming in the minima of the longest running stations.
Democracy. It makes it impossible to execute politics and science at the same time, in the same location. And it then demands politics 24/365. Democracy therefore increases the level of anthropogenic stupidity emissions. The planet is in danger if you don’t act now.
When is last time you told anyone “Kek?” Enquiring minds want to know. It could mean something….
Folsom Lake College notified the local police after finding a poster of a cartoon frog, stating that “hate has no home on our campus.” An FLC faculty member found the sheet featuring Pepe the frog on their office door earlier in February. The school informed the Los Rios, California Police Department about the incident so it would “be on heightened alert for any signs that this may be part of a larger trend or pattern,” according to an email sent to the school community and obtained by Campus Reform. The picture of the smirking frog appeared alongside other posters pertaining to “fascist dog whistles,” Democratic Socialists of America, and a week of social justice events.
Did I say inquiring minds? I misspoke. It was a professor at Folsom Lake College. They apparently don’t dig Pepe The Frog much over in The Kudzu League. I’ve had a fool-proof method of avoiding Fascist Dog Whistles. I properly train and indoctrinate all fifty of my pet Rottweilers. They’ve never bitten any children – at least not for Benito Mussolini.
I guess I’m supposed to write about the philosophical implications of this. Just what does it portend? It doesn’t. It should portend the end of this idiot professor’s academic career. It won’t. ANTIFA is way easier than actually making sense.
The world, yea verily, is a vampire. What is there to do? What would Warren Zevon do?