Issue CCXIX

November 22-25, 2009

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Culture
Give Thanks for Energy:
Marita Noon
November 23, 2009
Marita Noon discusses all of the various sources of energy needed create the "old-fashioned" Thanksgiving that so many of us picture when we think of the nationwide holiday. There is a lot to be thankful for in the realm of human technologies that enable us to inexpensively and efficiently harness this energy.

Economics
Dispelling Popular Great Depression Myths: Robert Murphy's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal:
G. Stolyarov II
November 25, 2009
Robert P. Murphy's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal debunks the myth of the Great Depression being caused by laissez-faire capitalism - and being solved by either the New Deal, World War II, or both. Mr. Stolyarov reviews this insightful work, which has the potential of coveying accurate understandings of economics and history to large segments of the general public.

DeLong's Stimulus Accounting: A Deconstruction:
Robert P. Murphy
November 25, 2009
UC Berkeley Keynesian economist Brad DeLong recently defended the stimulus plan and actually one-upped the Obama official who was defending the numbers. Yet as Dr. Robert Murphy shows, DeLong himself pulls figures out of the air to justify the program. The whole affair serves to remind the public that conventional macroeconomics is an art, not a science — and a heavily politicized art to boot.

History
The Great Depression of the 14th Century (1995):
Murray N. Rothbard
November 23, 2009
Focus on the devastation caused by outbreaks of the Black Death in the mid-14th century is partially correct, but superficial, writes Murray Rothbard, for these outbreaks were themselves partly caused by an economic breakdown and fall in living standards which began earlier in the century. The causes of the great depression of western Europe can be summed up in one stark phrase: the newly imposed domination of the State. This essay by Rothbard reveals how burdensome taxes and wars triggered economic decline that lasted for a century and a half during the Late Middle Ages.

Music
The Run, Op. 64:
G. Stolyarov II
November 23, 2009
This composition for two harpsichords is quite modern in its structure and harmonies, but manages to remain free of unresolved dissonance and maintain a melodic dynamism. The piece conveys rapid motion – as in a fast run – as well as a sense of exertion and onward momentum. It intensifies toward the end and reaches a sudden, rapid conclusion – as a runner might do upon completing a predetermined distance. All the notes of this piece are either sixteenth notes or thirty-second notes, making it quite difficult for a human musician to perform. As such, it is another example of Mr. Stolyarov’s genre of superclassical music – composed using traditional harmonies but in tempos and instrumental arrangements that only a computer is likely to be able to execute. Length: 2:03.

Politics
The Global Carbon Footprint Scam:
Alan Caruba
November 22, 2009
Alan Caruba never ceases to marvel at the environmental alarmists who create one “crisis” after another using wretchedly bad “science” to support their scams. On Tuesday, November 24, the Global Footprint Network is going to “release new data on the Ecological Footprint of 100 nations and humanity as a whole, and the current ledgers are sobering.” Mr. Caruba believes that the “carbon footprint”, along with “global warming”, should be consigned to the dustbin of failed and false economic and schemes known as socialism and communism. They are synonymous with suffering and death.

Audit the Fed Attached as an Amendment:
Ron Paul
November 23, 2009
Rep. Ron Paul was pleased last week when he and his supporters won a vote in the Financial Services Committee to include language from the Audit the Fed bill HR 1207 in the upcoming financial regulatory reform bill.  As it stands now, if HR 3996 passes, because of this action, the Federal Reserve’s entire balance sheet will be opened up to a GAO audit.  We will at last have a chance to find out what happened to the trillions of dollars the Fed has been giving out.

Science
Climategate! The Global Warming Meltdown:
Alan Caruba
November 23, 2009
Around November 20, some enterprising individual hacked into the computers of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU), making off with thousands of emails and documents that demonstrate the level of collusion and deception being practiced by its scientists. Alan Caruba writes that the result was a climate hoax expose that some are calling the revelations a “little blue dress,” while others are comparing it to the Pentagon Papers. It has also been dubbed “Climategate.”


Horava Gravity Theory Overturns Einsteinian Spacetime and Vindicates Aspects of A Rational Cosmology:
G. Stolyarov II
November 24, 2009
Mainstream physics is in the midst of a welcome development, as a new theory by Petr Hořava has posed a serious challenge to Einstein’s general relativity model. Einstein posited an equivalence in kind between time and space and rejected the Newtonian view of time as absolute. In A Rational Cosmology, particularly in Chapter IV, Mr. Stolyarov showed that this view is logically impossible and that the absolutism of time is required for the concept of time to be meaningful. Hořava's quantum gravity theory vindicates many of Mr. Stolyarov's insights, which were derived from ubiquitous observation and logical reasoning.

Videos
Operation Health Freedom - Video:
Ron Paul
November 22, 2009
In this final installment of the Campaign for Liberty’s Operation Health Freedom video series, Congressman Ron Paul talks about the need for less government in health care and mentions reforming the tax code to give us back more of our hard-earned dollars so we can pursue a much wider variety of health care options.

"It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man." 
~ Benjamin Franklin