With all the hoopla over the students protesting for political correctness and free college, I found something that truly warrants protest. I wonder if this person can balance a checkbook or cook a meal. Algebra was fun and a challenge. But if these other issues seem absurd, I’m open to an explanation of the indispensable nature of algebra for the average student.

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Letter to Iowa Farmer today on dead birds

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Dearest Editor,

The signs of the season photo feature in the December 19 IFT was a nice departure from everyday news features. Thanks. But I’d like to add a caption to the picture of the eagles on the soybean field. Let’s call it: “Survivors.”

The eagles stand with wind turbines in the background. Wind turbines kill 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors such as eagles) and 888,000 bats per year in the United States.

Promoters of wind energy boast of about 25% of our electricity coming from wind. With 40% being forecast in 2020 that means 40% of our electrical energy will be overpriced for Iowans in less than four years.

You don’t think it is over priced? Take these quotes and think for yourself:

“I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate. For example, on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.” – Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway’s 2014 annual meeting. Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy has $5.6 billion invested in windmills.

Harold Prior, executive director of the Iowa Wind Energy Association in 2013 said if congress kills the wind-tax credit, “they’re getting into the business of picking winners and losers, which is what they say they don’t want to do.” See the irony?

I’ve called and left messages to these people asking them what petroleum subsidies they speak of that justify wind power subsidies. Repeated tries brought no response, so I looked into it myself. One obvious oil subsidy is military protection. The cost of this intrusion in the market has been horrific, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost and trillions of taxpayer dollars squandered. With such devastating consequences from these policies, why wouldn’t alternative energy advocates lobby to stop the carnage instead of piling on more handouts?

The unseen cost of petroleum subsidies is the delay of alternate source development because of taxpayer protection of a business that should have had that cost reflected in consumer prices. Shifting costs of petroleum products from the market to taxpayers keeps oil artificially low, reducing incentive to seek new energy sources.

A friend reminded me of the other subsidy, the Oil Depletion Allowance. This long term scam saddles taxpayers with the cost of oil as a dwindling resource. The oil industry brought out the tired old national security and energy independence story to put this over on us; just like alternative energy scammers do today.

Every time we turn around these windmills are deified, even at super extravagant, overpriced rest areas. It is a shame Iowans are so easily conned. It is just one more chapter in a long running story of trade associations lining their member’s pockets at the expense of (I hate the term, but) working families.

Love, Fritz

The most outragious Trump quote of all:

On Sunday last, Donald Trump put the matter plain, telling Fox News interviewer Chris Wallace that Clinton “killed hundreds of thousands of people with her stupidity.”

Trump added, “If you look at what she did with Libya, what she did with Syria. Look at Egypt, what happened with Egypt, a total mess. She was truly – if not the – one of the worst secretaries of state in the history of the country.”

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How could this happen?

In China a mountain of refuse has collapsed on several buildings, trapping 81 people in the mud. The question that should come to mind is, “how, with such strict government control, such as both political parties in the US condone, could this happen?”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2015/12/21/overlooked-safety-risks-added-landslide-china-reports-say/SAZnmfyg4jyd070i6XUfKP/story.html

Well let’s see. The war on drugs has not eliminated drug abuse. The war on poverty has not eliminated poverty. Terrorist incidents have increased in direct proportion to the war on terror.

Here is a suggestion. Hey government, protect individual liberty and the private property that is a product of that liberty. Private property as a basis for a clean and safe environment can’t be beat.

BUT… What struck me about this story is how the movie, Idiocracy, has come to pass.

Economics Illiteracy

Here is a letter from me to the WSJ:

Dearest Editor,

Mark Richardson’s letter (Dec, 15 Journal) regarding “How Wind Farms Blow Away Rights on Real Farms” illustrates the perverted nature of economic thinking today. He calls use of eminent domain “good old-fashioned capitalism,” when it is exactly the opposite.

Capitalism, as coined by Karl Marx, involves private ownership. Eminent domain circumvents private ownership by stealing our property. Capitalism is not theft.

Love, Fritz

Here is Mark’s letter:

Unfortunately Mr. Hurst drags the politics of climate change into his argument against a proposal to build an interstate high-voltage transmission line crossing his state. Mr. Hurst should know climate change isn’t the reason for the $2 billion line because it’s actually investors, some of whom made their money in oil and who are looking to make a buck by moving low-cost wind energy to the East where prices are higher.

Thus it’s good old-fashioned capitalism that is pushing for the power line in a manner not dissimilar to interstate natural-gas pipeline firms which, by the way, have been taking away “rights on real farms” since 1942 when the federal government granted them the right to eminent domain.

Mark Richardson

Hutchinson, Kan.

Unionize Uber Drivers

Congratulations Uber your short sighted workers are going to destroy a great idea. In that paradise of “workers rights,” a law is needed to allow drivers to unionize? What a joke. How about a law that allows us to pick our noses or tie our shoes? Uber, like AirBnB, was a great idea. A way to reduce cost and increase efficiency. But the law is no longer for protecting real rights, it is now for taking rights away in the name of granting favors. I doubt there is any way to stop law from being misused in this way. Too bad.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/seattle-becomes-first-u-s-city-let-uber-drivers-unionize-n480041

Hey you people who think you are superior

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Here is a picture of some knifes made with Damascus steel, sandwiched very fine sheets of  steel. They are said to take an extremely sharp edge. Is it really that important to destroy another amazing human achievement? We have no right to complain about The Taliban blowing up a bunch of religious symbols when we find it necessary to create chaos in Syria. Knives are actually useful. For the most part, religious symbols are a tool to justify deadly force.