New Jersey’s Continuing Fiscal Decay

International Liberty

When companies want to boost sales, they sometimes tinker with products and then advertise them as “new and improved.”

In the case of governments, though, I suspect “new” is not “improved.”

The British territory of Jersey, for instance, has a very good tax system. It has a low-rate flat tax and it overtly brags about how its system is much better than the one imposed by London.

In the United States, by contrast, the state of New Jersey has a well-deserved reputation for bad fiscal policy. To be blunt, it’s not a good place to live and it’s even a bad place to die.

And it’s about to get worse. A column in the Wall Street Journal warns that New Jersey is poised to take a big step in the wrong direction. The authors start by observing that the state is already in bad shape.

…painless solutions…

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Feds tell Supreme Court that mug shots should stay secret

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FUNNY MUGSHOTS HAVE BECOME A STAPLE OF INTERNET ENTERTAINMENT.

Here’s an issue you may not have thought of before: Should mugshots be made freely available to the public, such as online?

People indicted on federal charges have their mugshots kept under wraps. For other crimes at the state and local level, you’ve seen the mugshots lined up row and row on the mugshot sites. You’ve also seen them here.

Mugshots provide useful information to the public. For example, suppose a Dan Smith is arrested. Is that the Dan Smith that lives down the street or some other Dan Smith? If the public has a mugshot to look at, then people know the answer. They also get to learn the race of the arrested person, although that’s sometimes clear from the name.

USA Today

The Justice Department won’t budge from its position that federal mug shots of criminals should be kept…

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Claim: Genocide in War-torn Cesspits is Because of Climate Change

Watts Up With That?

Global climate change is shifting the odds in favor of trees in contrast to grasses, with the consequence that large parts of Africa’s savannas may well be forests by 2100. Copyright: Steve Higgins, used with permission

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Despite decades of militia atrocities, religious lunacy, terrorism, kidnapping of aid workers, attacking schools, kidnap and murder of educated people, and export of terror attacks against the West, Salon thinks the current food crisis in dangerous parts of Africa and Arabia is our fault because climate.

Climate change as genocide: But the international response is essentially a shrug of indifference

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk of disease and starvation than at this very moment

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Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th…

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Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus’

The GOLDEN RULE

Makes a lot of sense.

When we see public marches supporting some scientific issue, it suggests a degree of desperation. One wonders what could possibly be wrong with the “science” if it does not stand proudly on its own merits?

Too many people are able to see when science is being adulterated and used for a  political agenda and it is apparently hoped that public marches will counter their influence.

Science has its logical basis and departures from logic cannot be ignored.

From ‘The Stream

Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd.

This week’s March for Science is odd. Marches are usually held to defend something that’s in peril. Does anyone really think big science is in danger? The mere fact that the March was scheduled for Earth Day betrays what…

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Ronald Bailey: Do Researchers Risk Becoming Just Another Leftwing Interest Group?

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“We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely,” warns the march’s mission statement. “Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.”

From whom do the marchers hope to defend science? Certainly not the…

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Black Girl Wears Black Lives Matter Dress to Prom.

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We all know what would happen in Black Run America (BRA) if a white student wore a message to his/her prom that indicated that “White Lives Matter.”

That student would be banned from the prom, while being stalked and demonized on social media.

But black privilege led to a different outcome for a Negress in a Black Lives Matter prom dress.

WCVB

PALM BEACH, Fla. —
It’s a prom dress with a message, and it is a message that is going viral on social media.

Milan Bolden-Morris wore a customized dress to her prom honoring the Black Lives Matter movement, featuring black and white images of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice and others.

Morris shared the photo on her Instagram page with the caption: “Yes I’m black. Yes I’m 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that is bigger than me.”

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