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Re: “The Biggest Little Farm inspires and instills hope for a sustainable future

It's hard not to love the idealism reflected in this film. One wonders though at the economics actually involved. Farming is, ultimately, a cost competitive business, and much of the film's presentation seems to present a fairly unlikely economic model. As for the creation of a beautiful environment, it would be difficult to do better.

Reading between the lines, it's not clear that the "investors," who funded the development, earned a significant return on their investment. Unfortunately, "economics' is not a separate discipline, but one which infects every aspect of our lives. The concepts of individual incentives, price competition in free markets, and the hard work associated with earning a living, are not an artificial creation of government. As some wag has said, capitalism doesn't guarantee you'll be rich, but that many goods will be offered for the best price available. The alternatives to "capitalism" are generally far worse.

Posted by clovis dad on 06/13/2019 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Vote for the planet

This is remarkable. We have had four ice ages in the last 100,000 years. Between 900 and 1200 AD, in both northern China and the North Atlantic, archeologists have found enormous evidence of agricultural societies flourishing where it is too cold today for an agrarian community to survive. 15,000 years ago the seas were 300' below where they are today, and Boston Harbor was under 2 miles of ice.

There is not a current "crisis" in climate. Mr. Gore's prediction that the summer ice cap would be gone by 2014, that the seas would rise 10' by 2020, that the Gulf Stream was rapidly slowing and doomed N. Europe, and that the polar bears would soon be extinct; are all wrong...visibly wrong. The ice cap remains, the seas are rising less than 1/8th of an inch per year, the Gulf Stream (and the Japanese Current) are still flowing at the same rate (which is a consequence of coriolis effect and the "Westerly" and "Trade" winds, and there are more polar bears today than when his prediction was made..

The planet has more pollution, and that's a threat to the quality of life, which we should vigorously attack (and are doing so). But there is not a "crisis," and one of the greatest threats to our society is now the expanded government bureaucracies and waste generated by this silliness.

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Posted by clovis dad on 06/06/2019 at 7:06 AM

Re: “So many questions about Russia and Trump

Respecting the questions concerning Trump and Russia; I remain confused. The prior administration sold the Russians 20% of our yellowcake (uranium) supply, and the arranging bank paid Mr. Clinton $500,000 for a speech in Moscow contemporaneously. In some fashion, the then Secretary of State's "charitable foundation" received $140 MILLION from sources who were also related to this transaction. We don't actually know whether there was collusion then, but the facts are truly suspicious.

There has been no outrage. Mr. Mueller was then head of our FBI.

Mr. Trump appears the most dangerous president to Russian interests we have had among the last 5 presidents. He's a hawk on defense and is forcing our European allies to increase their armaments budgets.

I do not know more than this; but little which I have heard in the press seems more than speculation. I understand the political rhetoric, but that falls more into the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick kind of press inaccuracy problem which requires us to have a certain level of divorced objectivity.

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Posted by clovis dad on 02/14/2019 at 7:48 AM

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