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The Great Devourer

The most valuable thought of the week came from a spam from JLF board member Dr. Carl Mumpower. He criticized pressures to make men perceive themselves as consumers instead of producers.

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Unraised Private Wages Should Subsidize Public Increase

The once lovely Town of Laurel Park spent $6500 to find out if it needed to pay its eighteen employees more. The studiers took stock of how much public-sector employees were collecting in neighboring over-paying jurisdictions. They concluded the town should expand its payroll by $73,583 to $91,163. Laurel Park employees last received a cost-of-living raise in July.

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Evaporation

People aren’t buying enough booze. The Tryon ABC store was shut down for an audit in September:

. . . and remains closed while the ABC board works out a plan of how to reopen.

At one point, the store owed approximately $30,000. The landlord gave the store a break on rent, and the town gave it a $10,000 subsidy. $17,000 in inventory was sold to the City of Asheville, so the store only owes about $8000 now. The audit determined about $3000 of liquor was missing.

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Educate Your Legislators

The folks at Freedom Works are of the opinion that if enough states do not set up Obamacare exchanges, the transfer of the insurance and healthcare industries to the US government may be stoppable. I had been of a different opinion, and even if I were to waste brain cells reading the documents, I don’t have enough government in me to interpret them. Giving FW the benefit of a doubt, I sent one of their letters. You may wish to do so also.

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Count Truth among the Homeless

Freedom Works also made the astute observation that the government is firing scientists for attempting to advance the truth. That is a big reason why my scientific brain is on vacation. It didn’t go Galt, because I can’t find Atlantis. The only place people are interested in facts is in electronics. How many people are working as consultants, administrators, coordinators, leaders, leadership trainers, etc.? How many are regulators? How many are accountants and lawyers who support hyper-regulatory government? How many scientists are using their talents to measure irrelevant quantities to make reports look technical and flaunt certification? How many old engineers disobey government-generated blueprints sporting geometrical impossibilities just to make things work? How many philosophy courses teach students to evaluate reality rather than memorizing who-said-what sound bites? I could say that those who love and wish to practice truth must go underground like the alchemists, but a true alchemist would not admit it, would he?

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