Think College is Expensive Now – Wait Until its Free

By The Common Constitutionalist – Re-Blogged From iPatriot

There is a well known saying which most of us have heard. It goes: “You think it’s expensive now. Wait until it’s free.”

We heard it from those darned conservatives and fiscal hawks prior to the passage of ObamaCare, and the left claimed we were crying wolf. We said: “you think health insurance is expensive now – wait until it’s free.” And the left laughed and called us fearmongers.

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Standing in the Flames of a Prescribed Burn

By Seeker – Re-Blogged From

To prevent mega-wildfires from spiraling out of control, technicians set landscapes ablaze on purpose.

Wildfires have become increasingly intense and dangerous, burning millions of acres annually and costing billions to control nationwide. Wildfire severity has been on the rise thanks to a decades long policy of fire suppression; essentially putting out any and all natural fires, no exceptions. This stance has resulted in a surprisingly unintended effect.  Landscapes are now choked with trees, grass, and shrubs, essentially fuel for a mega fire.

Freeman Dyson on ‘Heretical’ Thoughts About Global Warming

By Freeman Dyson – Re-Blogged From

My first heresy says that all the fuss about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of climate model experts and the crowd of deluded citizens who believe the numbers predicted by the computer models. Of course, they say, I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak.

But I have studied the climate models and I know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in.

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Business is Lousy When Your Feet Hurt

[I found this review of sneakers for plantar fasciitis sufferers. Hope it’s helpful. -Bob]

Re-Blogged From Authorized Boots

If you have plantar fasciitis, you know the pain being stuck in unsupportive footwear! Shoes without legitimate curve support and padding can bother your side effects and draw out the condition. To battle this, many individuals with plantar fasciitis decide on shoes as a one-stop arrangement! A decent combine of tennis shoes can ease manifestations by giving gravely required padding, support, and soundness.

Here is a list of the Best Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis 2017

Not all tennis shoes are made equivalent, however, and there are parcels to browse. You’ll have to ensure you discover shoes with sufficient help for your feet, and enough pad to diminish your side effects. It can be difficult to tell which ones are justified regardless of the cash! We’ve done a portion of the work for you, and have concocted a rundown of best options for the best tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis 2017 that will give you alleviation and support in simply the correct spots!

What to Look About Before You Purchase:

Great, thick heel section.

The perfect combine of shoes ought to have no less than a 10mm heel-toe drop. This implies in a decent match plantar fasciitis shoes your heel ought to sit no less than 10mm higher off the ground than your toes or “forefoot”. This additional stature decreases dorsiflexion (your toes bowing up towards your shin) while running and strolling.

A firm midsection.

A firm waist with padded curve bolster is basic in everything from shoes or dress shoes to running shoes for plantar fasciitis. A decent curve bolster lessens push and retains stun on the curves of your feet. This thus will decrease aggravation and tearing in the plantar belt muscle.

Firm toe section.

A firm toe segment is another critical quality to search for in great shoes. Having a firm, steady forefoot range likewise decreases dorsiflexion and assuage weight on your plantar sash.

Top 5 Best Sneakers for Plantar Fasciitis

 1.  Nike Zoom Pegasus 33

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Accessible in Men’s and Women’s forms, these are the most recent variant of one of Nike’s most prominent styles. We adore them since they’re sufficiently lightweight for throughout the day wear, however have the cushioning and support of a fit dashing shoe. They’re a decent decision for people who advantage from a touch of skip in their progression to mitigate P.F. side effects.


There are parcel of alternatives for shading blends (10 for men, and 10 for ladies). That is significantly more than most tennis shoes, and a lot of decisions for you to locate the one that suits your own particular style.

The work external material gives a sock-like fit. This is vital, in light of the fact that if the curve bolster shifts excessively amid the day, you’ll exasperate your P.F. The sock-liner keeps all the strong components arranged appropriately.

Past purchasers said the Pegasus strikes the correct harmony amongst padded and steady. They felt a substantial difference in how their feet and knees felt, particularly after longer runs and races.

Nike Zoom Pegasus 33 Video Review


They don’t have excessively profound padding. The refreshed Air Zoom material is lighter, which is favorable position for speed, however a few analysts thought that it was less cushy than the old models. It’s to a greater degree a spring than a pad. Obviously, we’re prescribing these as regular shoes more than as an arrangement of running kicks, so you shouldn’t have any issues approaching your day.

 2.  Asics Gel Kayano 22

Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Asics has idealized the agreeable shoe for individuals with terrible feet. Their styles are profoundly cushioned, and feel like each foot is riding in an ergonomic rocker! The Gel Kayano is one of their top rated shoes, and is suited to anybody with foot issues like plantar fasciitis. You can discover them in models made for men and ladies. We believe they’re the most secure wagered for individuals who require bunches of pad above all else. These will get you during your time without you feeling any effect or irritating your P. F.


This refreshed model is the lightest yet. The Kayano 20/21’s are still exceptionally well known decisions, and analysts concurred that the Kayano 22 is far better. It figures out how to keep up the padding of the old model while dropping weight. That tends to one of the main drawbacks of the old Kayanos.

They’re ideal for plantar fasciitis. There’s solid curve support, and a lot of cushioning. Past purchasers said that the mix made an exceptionally careful showing with regards to of calming their side effects.

Asics Gel Kayano 22 Video Review


A few commentators found the padding as well “squishy” for their taste. These are vigorously padded shoes, so they don’t give a great deal of street/surface sensation as you run or walk. They’re more cushy than bouncy–the inverse of the Nike’s.

They are more costly than some of our different choices. Asics by and large summon an excellent sticker price, and these are no special case.

 3.  Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5

Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

These Mizuno running shoes work with a Wave padding framework to appropriate effect far from weight focuses in the foot. They’re smooth, smooth, and come in bunches of cool shading choices. We think they give a pleasant midpoint between the Nike’s reasonable street feel and the Asics soundness highlights. The fifth release of the Wave conveys back somewhat more padding to offset the streamlining and basic components that made the third and fourth versions such blended sacks for our commentators.


They utilize an extraordinary anatomical binding, which slips on without being tied. As indicated by Mizuno, a skin-like material makes up the upper fit all the more intently without choking the foot’s regular movement. We found that past purchasers said there’s no slippage, however the shoes don’t feel tight or prohibitive.

The full-length “Wave” padding is intended to offer help from heel to toe. It’s a firm yet shrewdly built bit of plastic which ingests affect along a spring-like length. It’s exceptionally lightweight, and remains strong longer than numerous materials.

Mizuno Wave Prophecy 5 Video Review


The fifth release of this shoe is our most loved yet, however it fits somewhat different, particularly in the toe. This current one’s a bit smaller than past forms.

A few commentators grumbled that the Mizuno is to some degree overwhelming. That is the one drawback of the plastic wave highlight, which is truly strong (in any event more so than froth).

 4.  Streams Glycerin 14

Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

The refreshed model of one of Brooks’ most famous running shoes offers versatile padding, an adjusted heel and effect dispersement innovation for an agreeable and strong ride. It’s accessible in models for men and women.We cherish the portioned sole, which gives you more ground contact and a more practical street sensation without sacrificing pad!


The versatile padding is our most loved element for P.F., since everybody’s manifestations and requirements are somewhat different. These shoes will give you precisely the help you require!

There’s a work upper to keep you cool. It utilizes Brooks’ 3D Fit Print innovation to make a cozy yet adaptable fit around the entire foot.


They’re really costly. More established variants of the Glycerin are accessible at a lower cost, yet the padding isn’t exactly as responsive, and some more seasoned models don’t have the key fortifications.

 5.  Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 9

Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

These movement control shoes from Adidas counter pronation and give solid curve support and soundness through the sole. There are models accessible for men and ladies. They’re the most organized shoe here, and are the best decision for individuals who have P.F. what’s more, loads of pronation and wobble around the lower leg.

The ninth version includes the new Adidas Fit Band, which is intended to have a delicate however cozy sock search your foot. It’s one of the slightest prohibitive feeling soundness shoes available right now, which is the reason we cherish it for extreme pronators.

Adidas Supernova Sequence Boost 9 Video Review


Past purchasers composed that these shoes rectified their overpronation and settled numerous other foot and knee issues they were encountering. Indeed, even a slight pronation can prompt heaps of worry up the leg and into the back, so it’s essential to address any wobble at your lower leg before it causes inconvenience somewhere else.


These aren’t for rough terrain utilize. While the soles are non-slip, commentators said that these shoes are unquestionably not suited to unpaved surfaces.


We trust our list was useful in you finding the ideal shoe or shoes to treat your PF. We invested a broad measure of energy inquiring about and testing these shoes and at last established that they for sure among the best shoes for plantar fasciitis.


In Defense of the Electric Car – part2

[Full disclosure: I own an electric car, and I think they are useful for city transportation. However, having owned one for a decade, I can say that it hasn’t been practical or cost-effective. John Hardy believes they are the future, I’ll let you, the reader, decide. – Anthony Watts]

The demise of the Western auto industry: Part 2 – the problem

By John Hardy – Re-Blogged From

Part 1 of this series here, expressed the view that regardless of “the environment”, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are poised to inflict a massive disruption on the automotive industry, and outlined the strengths of the technology and some of the reasons that it is happening now.

In Part 2, I outline what I see as the main issues for Western automakers. They need to wake up and smell the coffee: the history of technology is strewn with examples of once-great companies that failed to adapt to a technology advance and went to the wall. Traditional Western automakers may just do the same. They appear to have failed to realise that gearing up for EVs is not just business as usual with a different drivetrain. In particular they have until very recently shown no sign of thinking about fast charge, sourcing the cells that go into batteries, the dealer network or maintenance.

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Next-Generation Crazy: The Fed Plans For The Coming Recession

By John Rubino – Re-Blogged From Dollar Collapse

nsanity, like criminality, usually starts small and expands with time. In the Fed’s case, the process began in the 1990s with a series of (in retrospect) relatively minor problems running from Mexico’s currency crisis thorough Russia’s bond default, the Asian Contagion financial crisis, the Long Term Capital Management collapse and finally the Y2K computer bug.

With the exception of Y2K – which turned out to be a total non-event – these mini-crises were threats primarily to the big banks that had unwisely lent money to entities that then flushed it away. But instead of recognizing that this kind of non-fatal failure is crucial to the proper functioning of a market economy, providing as it does a set of object lessons for everyone else on what not to do, the Fed chose to protect the big banks from the consequences of their mistakes. It cut interest rates dramatically and/or acquiesced in federal bailouts that converted well-deserved big-bank losses into major profits.

The banks concluded from this that any level of risk is okay because they’ll keep the proceeds without having to worry about the associated risks.

At this point – let’s say late 1999 — the Fed is corrupt rather than crazy. But the world created by its corruption was about to push it into full-on delusion.

The amount of credit flowing into the system in the late 1990s converted the tech stock bull market of 1996 into the dot-com bubble of 1999, which burst spectacularly in 2000, causing a deep, chaotic recession.

Instead of letting this (also well-deserved) crisis run its course, the Fed again protected Wall Street by cutting interest rates to unprecedentedly-low levels, something that rational observers warned would cause another bubble of some kind. Sure enough, the resulting housing bubble expanded to epic proportions before popping in 2007, with results that most readers remember clearly.

The Fed then completely lost it, setting short-term interest rates at literally zero and buying trillions of dollars of bonds to push long-term rates down to record low levels. This lit a rocket under asset prices, enriching the banks and their wealthy clients while saddling the rest of society with debilitating student loan, car, house and credit card debt. Again – to observers outside the Keynesian bubble delusion – this was not sane behavior. But in the context of an overriding compulsion to save Wall Street at any cost, it was sold – and bought – as somehow heroic rather than pathological.

Which brings us to today, 9 years into the latest bubble-driven recovery with debts everywhere at record levels, stocks and bonds priced for perfection, and interest rates still at historically low levels. Now the Fed is making plans for the next, inevitable recession. And not surprisingly, given the past three decades’ trajectory, those plans are even crazier than their predecessors:

Fed’s Williams calls for global rethink of monetary policy

(Reuters) – Global central bankers should take this moment of “relative economic calm” to rethink their approach to monetary policy, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said Thursday, warning that to fight the next recession, as with the last, they would need to do more than just cut interest rates.

Other Fed officials, including Chicago Fed Bank President Charles Evans, have in recent days urged a strategy review at the Fed, but Williams’ call for a worldwide review is considerably more ambitious.

With many major economies facing slower growth and thus lower interest rates even when unemployment is low, central banks will need to find ways to stimulate their economies that work even when many other countries are also trying to boost their growth.

“We will all be better able to contain the next economic recession if we develop approaches that succeed even when many countries are simultaneously constrained by the lower bound,” Williams said at the opening of a two-day conference on Asian economic policies at the San Francisco Fed. “And that means taking into account the nature of monetary policy spillovers.”

Strategies that central banks should consider including not only the bond-buying and forward guidance used widely in the last recession, but also negative interest rates that was used in some non-U.S. countries, as well as untried tools including so-called price-level targeting or nominal-income targeting. Central banks may also want to consider setting a higher inflation target, he said.


Fed should convince markets it would tolerate inflation at 2.5%, Evans says

(MarketWatch) – Inflation has been too low for too long and the U.S. central bank has to alter its communications with the markets to convince investors the central bank is willing to let it run hotter than the 2% target, said Charles Evans, the president of the Chicago Fed, on Wednesday. In a speech in London, Evans said the Fed must alter its statement to make clear that its inflation target of 2% is not a ceiling. “Our communications should be much clearer about our willingness to deliver on a symmetric inflation outcome, acknowledging a greater chance of inflation at 2.5% in the future than what has been communicated in the past,” Evans said. Many economists and Fed officials think the low inflation seen this year is due to transitory factors. But Evans said “it gets harder and harder for me to feel comfortable” with the transitory explanation “with each low monthly reading.”

Some Thoughts

Think of the Fed – and the other major central banks – as a person who does a stupid but not necessarily criminal or pathological thing, and then starts committing ever-more serious crimes to cover up the original act. Each new atrocity is justifiable in the moment, since it keeps the perpetrator out of jail, but the later stages of the process seem criminally-insane to rational bystanders. Here’s some of what the Fed is planning and why it’s bad:

  • Negative interest rates are a distortion of markets that imply a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of markets, which is to efficiently allocate capital. When savings generates a negative return, as they do when bonds and bank accounts charge rather than pay interest, capital shrinks rather than grows. There is no possibility of “efficient allocation” when returns are negative.
  • Evans said the Fed must alter its statement to make clear that its inflation target of 2% is not a ceiling.” One of the hallmarks of obsession is a fixation on one thing to the exclusion of everything else. The Fed official quoted here is living in a world where real estate, bond and stock prices are at record levels, and consumer, corporate and government debt is soaring. And where a painting, wristwatch, and piece of paper with a single line of text recently sold, respectively, for $450 million, $17 million, and $1.8 million. And he sees unacceptably-low inflation.
  • Strategies that central banks should consider including not only the bond-buying and forward guidance used widely in the last recession, but also negative interest rates that was used in some non-U.S. countries, as well as untried tools including so-called price-level targeting or nominal-income targeting, he said.” Price-level targeting, since it focuses on the wrong prices, will simply blow up even bigger asset bubbles (thus illustrating another definition of insanity: repeating the same activity while expecting a different outcome).And nominal-income targeting? Here again, it’s easy to raise the average income by enriching the 1%, but using negative interest rates (which lower the incomes of small savers) and asset purchases (which bypass small savers who lack big stock and bond portfolios) to help society as a whole is worse than pointless. Which is another sign that the Fed literally doesn’t see the biggest part of the economy — financial asset prices — because those prices aren’t accounted for in its “aggregate demand” economic models.

Anyhow, the list of delusions and other pathologies could go on for a while. Suffice it to say that when the next recession hits – which, based on the action in junk bonds, subprime mortgages and the yield curve, may be fairly soon – some truly crazy ideas will be dumped on a still (amazingly) unsuspecting public.