Thursday, March 23, 2017

Early Genesis: The Revealed Cosmology

If anybody has wondered why my blogging pace has slowed down, it is because my book-writing pace was picking up! The result is the most important book I have ever written, or could ever hope to write. The two books on localism as a political philosophy only have the potential to change the world. Genesis, the Revealed Cosmology has the potential to change people's view of God.

Print Version.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Kal El Finds "Superman" at Crater of Diamonds

Nine year old from Centerton finds large diamond.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

HB1222 and Doing Well by Doing Good

I don't have time to connect the dots, but the dots themselves are very interesting. The Arkansas Legislature is debating whether or not they should pass a bill which would allow corporations (like Wal-Mart for example) to get a tax credit for up to 65% of what they give to "non-profit" organizations which will administer a scholarship program with the money. It starts with a small total possible contribution level at first, but the sky is the limit in coming years. Combine the tax credit with tax deductions possible on the federal level and basically the company would re-direct almost all of their state tax dollars into the scholarship program or potential federal tax breaks.

So far no real injustice done. Sure the public schools will grouse about losing the money, but if they are not educating the children, if the children are in a private school funded with this scholarship money, then why should the public school get the money for that child? That said, I would rather rebuild strong public schools which were really locally controlled than have vouchers where as a practical matter the "choices" offered were not locally controlled. Does your "choice" of health insurance company do you any good in an environment where central government micromanages your "choices"? Well it won't be any better when they do it in education.

I think kids and parents are better off when they are not just consumers of a limited array of products but rather participants and stakeholders with real say in what their children's education looks like.  But I digress, let me show you something else...

That is a org chart put together by some folks in Colorado who noted uncomfortable ties between Wal-Mart heir James Walton and some proposed charter schools. It seems like they were mixing profit and non-profit schools in the same facility- leading to a situation where the non-profit could be expending funds in a way that could bolster the profit side, and they proposed to have a landlord which turned out to not be a non-profit at all but rather an LLC run by a board with connections to the school board. IOW, all the profits could be hidden as rent payments.

Taxpayers spend an enormous amount of money on schools. Some of them are doing well, but others are not. I think that corporate America has been looking for places where there is money to take and they noticed schools had a lot of money. I see a situation here where Wal-Mart gets tax credits for its donations to a "non-profit" which is funded by the Walton Foundation  who then steers scholarship recipients into schools which are owned by other Walton interests. I.E. Wal-Mart's tax dollars don't go into the general treasury, they get "donated" to a fund which then largely spends it on schools owned by some of Wal-Mart's biggest stockholders. It would be like you being able to direct most of your tax money into a fund to buy things from your own business! I wish I had time to fill in more of the blanks. Any full time journalists out there want to take this one on?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Certificate of Need Laws - In Health Care Government Is the Problem

As our political leaders stand in front of us and build up one interventionist health care idea after another let's remind ourselves that government intervention in health care helped produce our high-costs. IOW, their prior intervention has caused problems that they now propose to fix with even more intervention. Here is a study from the Mercatus Center and George Mason University about certificate of need laws and their huge negative effects on health care in Arkansas.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Vaccine - Autism Link Explained

Short version, if you are pregnant, don't get vaccinated. Don't give the MMR, or Chickenpox virus to your child before the age of three. Many details from solid studies are put together in this article.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Rappert Gets Two Dangerous Feel Goods Out of Senate

Don't underestimate Senator Jason Rappert. He just got two resolutions which petition Congress to call an article V convention out of the senate. One was calling for a convention to pass an amendment defining marriage and the other was to do the same with the subject being defend unborn life.

They have not passed the house yet, but I would not be surprised if they did. Rappert very cunningly positioned himself as a champion of a traditional marriage and the unborn in a way that puts his colleagues on the spot. Much in the same way leftists are unable to distinguish between objections based on propriety on things like health care and education, many on the right are unable or unwilling to make any distinctions on these issues.

That is, just because someone is against Obamacare does not mean that they want poor people to die early. Just because someone opposes giving the state the power to take children from a home based on an anonymous tip does not mean that they don't care about abused children. An increasingly numbed-down electorate (numbed-down to the potential of abuse of power because of how regularly government power is abused) only cheers win its side wins one by any means possible and wails when the other side wins one by any means possible. Only a few of us also consider the legitimacy of the means, and that needs to change.

In this case, the legislators don't want people to think that they are opposed to traditional marriage or in favor of the ghoulish practice of abortion, so they will vote for it. Not that they expect it to do any actual good besides polishing their bona-fides on a couple of issues that most voters support but their out of control and non-representative government will refuse to let them do. They figure that if 38 states don't pass petitions with identical language then Congress will never call a convention for it anyway, and the odds of that happening are close to zero.

It is a common belief that states passing identical language initiates some mandatory trigger, and it may be true, but it is also true that there is nothing preventing Congress from calling such a convention based on differing language from the 38 states. That is, article V does not require the language to be identical, but does specifically say that the convention called would be for the purpose of proposing "amendments", note the plural. That is to say, there is no legal way to limit the subject matter of the convention to a single issue, as Rappert's resolution imply. Hence article V is a poor tool for any one issue concern. Those one issues though, are excellent tools to manipulate people into supporting a convention which turns out to be mostly or totally about other things they may not have considered.

This is an appeal for a concern about the legitimacy of the process which is every bit as great as our concern for the policy to be put in place by the process. No people who fail to do this can sustain, nor deserve to sustain, self-government. It will be stolen from them by demagogues who use policies they favor to implement processes which are in the present environment a threat to freedom.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What Should "Replace" Obamacare?

Click and see if you don't agree that "The Pea Ridge Option" makes more sense than anything coming out of DC.

Monday, February 27, 2017

My musings on Fundamental Forces

I am putting this out here so that when someone who actually has the background to develop it finds it.......they can split the Noble Prize for Science money with me. Here are my musings about gravity, the force driving the expansion of the universe, and dark matter. These musings unify gravity and dark energy with the electromagnetism. So here it is in the form of pithy sayings (like Newton's "Laws"). If you don't know much about physics, please disregard this post...

In a universe containing only two monopole particles of opposite charge, the force of gravity and the EM force are one and the same.

When an EM wave of high enough frequency to be resonant with the spin of a particle, the particle’s motion is altered so as to maximize the EM force of attraction and minimize the EM force of repulsion during the interaction. I call this EM Wave-Particle Optimization.

During EM Wave-Particle Optimization the particle moves so that attractive forces increase while repulsive forces decrease. This results in a net attractive force for the event, which we call gravity.

Particles generate tiny EM waves as they spin, and the waves they generate are most ideal in form to maximize EM wave-particle optimization, unlike waves of longer wavelength, such as visible light.  Scientists should be looking at incredibly high frequencies for gravity waves, not super low ones.

In macro-scale objects, the gravity waves of their constituent atoms can resonate with one another to produce waves of increased (but still low) average amplitude (still at incredibly high frequency).

When a photon strikes a particle it produces a repulsive force. If the wavelength associated with   the photon is too large for EM wave-particle optimization to work efficiently then the repulsive force of light pressure is stronger than gravity within that EM-wave/photon system. This is known as radiation pressure.

Virtual matter pops in and out of existence, sometimes send gravity waves out into the cosmos before they disappear. This helps makes some regions seem "heavier" than their regular matter can account for and makes up a component of "dark matter".

What is driving the expansion of the universe, sometimes called "dark energy"?

Ironically, dark energy is light, and other forms of EM radiation. The universe is full of stars which convert matter (with gravity), into light (with radiation pressure). As the universe converts matter into em-radiation the universe has less gravity and more radiation pressure. This drives expansion. Black holes take gravity from the cosmos in another way. They don't let the gravity waves from the matter they swallow up out of the hole in a form usable as gravity. This sources of gravity are constantly being subtracted from the universe, while pressure which expands it is constantly being added.

The density of both matter and radiation decrease per unit of space when the universe expands.The radiation is additionally weakened in density by its waves being stretched into a longer (thus weaker) wavelengths by the expansion of space. At first glance it might seem that this would balance out, ending the expansion. That effect is more than compensated for by the uneven effect such stretching has on gravity-scale em waves versus larger em-waves. Once gravity-scale waves are stretched the ceiling for EM-wave particle optimization is lower. Thus the force of gravity weakens over very great distances of expanding space at a greater rate than longer wave-length em waves lose radiation pressure.

Monday, February 20, 2017

What Should "Replace" Obamacare?

Mark and Paul talk about "The Pea Ridge Option", a better plan for health care than anything coming out of DC or Little Rock!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

House Republican Plan Would Crush "Arkansas Works"/"Private Option"

State Republicans and Democrats joined together in the grossly immoral practice of generational looting when they expanded Medicaid to cover able-bodied adults. The plan was deceptively called the "Private Option" even though it was a Medicaid program that just had a facade built on the front end to give it the look and feel of private insurance as a part of that deception. Then they changed the name to "Arkansas Works" because too many people had caught on to the fact the "Private Option" was a farce.

"Arkansas Works" is also a farce, both because it is not fundamentally different from what it claimed to do away with and because non-workers and those barely working will continue to harvest benefits to be paid for later by your grandchildren. The new tweak just asks Medicaid for permission to have applicants "seek work". The Obama administration was not keen on granting that permission. The Trump Administration will likely reverse that, but if you had anything to do with hiring when unemployment benefits were stretched to 99 weeks you know what a sham that "seek work" requirement can be. But the establishment in Arkansas, Republicans and Democrats, saw that Washington was handing out the next generation's money and they united in determining that they were going to do everything they could to grab as much of it as they could- including committing welfare fraud on a massive and systemic scale.

Now the Republicans in Congress have rolled out their plan to "replace" Obamacare. If they pass a plan that looks anything like their roll out, the wheels are going to come off of "Arkansas Works", a program State Senator Bryan King called "a scam." The state was happy to sign up everyone they could (including those who were not eligible) when FEDGOV was paying 100% of the costs. But that was just a trick by Obama to suck states into expanding Medicaid during the first three years. Now the state must pay an increasing share of the costs.

Supposedly, the state's share was to max out at 10%. The state's share of traditional Medicaid spending is around a 33% share so adding new people to Arkansas Works costs the state less (but taxpayers the same) as adding a traditional Medicaid recipient.  But when you add hundreds of thousands of new beneficiaries and don't have your own printing press, even 10% of the cost can overwhelm the state budget. If they could have found sneaky ways to shift beneficiaries of traditional Medicaid onto the rolls of the new Medicaid program "Arkansas Works" then they might have found a way to break even.

Not only is that not going to happen, but House Republicans seem fully aware of some of the system-gaming going on in states like Arkansas. Here is a quote from the roll out of the house plan......
"This is unfair because the federal government is paying a greater portion of the cost of coverage for able-bodied adults, than for the disabled, elderly, and most vulnerable patients. This disparity also creates a perverse incentive for States when they have budget shortfalls and need to trim their Medicaid program. That’s because it creates an incentive for States to reduce services or provider payments related to the most vulnerable patients, rather than able-bodied adults."
Exactly right. Many of us have expressed concern that when it comes to crunch time the legislature will cut benefits to children and the disabled first because they have to match 33% of the dollars spent in that program but only 10% of the dollars spend on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion of able-bodied adults. They were betting people's lives that Obamacare would be successful. Or maybe they were not even thinking that far ahead. They just saw a chance to take "free" money from Washington and they took it.

The House  Republicans propose to fix this disparity by making the Fed's share for Obamacare Medicaid expansion the same as any other Medicaid......
"Under our proposal, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion for able-bodied adults enrollees would be repealed in its current form. There would be a period of stability to ensure we are not pulling the rug out from underneath States or patients. States that chose to expand their Medicaid programs under Obamacare could continue to receive enhanced federal payments for currently enrolled beneficiaries for a limited period of time. However, after a date certain, if states choose to keep their Medicaid programs open to new enrollees in the expansion population, states would be reimbursed at their traditional match rates for these beneficiaries."
The Republicrat Establishment in Arkansas expanded Medicaid under the politics of fiscal delusion. The money to pay for this program does not exist. It never existed. The state never had a realistic way to pay the bills once they had to match 10% of the dollars in 2020. Its going to be tough to match the smaller percentages from now until then. They entered a program that offered three years of "free" money" with no real plan because it was tomorrow's problem. Now not only is it tomorrow but the feds are about to change the deal to make it even more painful.

The original "Private Option" bill had provisions stating that it "is terminated" if the feds ever reneged on their percentages- a possibility that many of us tried to warn them about. It also had language declaring that this program was "not a right". Some of us, even Forbes, tried to warn them that extracting themselves from the program after getting people hooked on it and altering our health care infrastructure to accommodate it may not be possible. The new language in the successor bill (SB 1) seems to recognize these difficulties. It does not say participation in Medicaid Expansion"is terminated" if the Feds reduce the matching funds. It just says DHS shall present "a plan to terminate" those services to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMMS has to approve these plan changes so whether we can leave or not is no longer in our hands! The feds have to approve the plan. At that point, it is going to be a disaster whether they do or they don't. And SB1 makes no mention of the part in the original "Private Option" saying that this program is "not a right". Even if CMMS let's us out of the deal, the judges might not.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Violating Separation of Powers for a Good Cause

It always starts for such practical reasons. I am talking about going around the constitution in the name of "expediency" and for a good cause. That is always how it starts and almost never how it ends up.

In this case I am talking about the activities of the "Violence Reduction Network". Why who in the world would have a problem with reducing violence? Me, if it means doing violence to the intent of the Constitution and violating the "separation of powers" as intended by our founders. In this case, the city prosecutors have started taking every crime involving guns to federal authorities and then "collaborating" on decisions about whether to pursue state or federal charges. Little Rock and West Memphis are two of the only five cities who have joined this program nationally, at least as of a year or so ago. Arkansas public officials really seem to take the lead in embracing heavy-handed centralization of power.

Yes, the people they are locking up are, for now, very bad people. Yes, two sets of government officials can take credit for locking up bad guys whereas before only one set could on each case. Yes, it shifts some dollars for prisons from the state budget to the federal budget. But it doesn't make us any safer- it makes us less safe. The ordinary criminals will be locked up either way, but the government criminals will be empowered by this measure.

Not every gun case should be a federal case. Indeed, none of them should because the 2nd amendment specifically forbids CONGRESS from making any law infringing on our right to "keep and bear arms". The Constitution does not authorize Congress to pass laws making a bunch of things crimes. Ordinary crime is supposed to be left to the states. Now the feds are injecting themselves into what was once the purview of the states alone.  What happens when a local prosecutor develops too cozy a relationship with the feds? It sets the stage for the eventual politicization of law enforcement on a national basis.

Federal Prosecutor Chris Thyer wondered "why have we not been doing this all along?" I think it is because in past generations we were more sensitive to the corrosive effects of all political and government power being drawn to Washington D.C. We wanted power decentralized. There were drawbacks to that, but they understood the advantages to local people managing their own affairs outweighed the costs. Since only five cities had joined up I think a lot of cities still understand the reason we have not been "doing this all along". I only wish that Little Rock and West Memphis did.

Look for what happens on a voluntary basis with Washington today to be tied to funding from Washington tomorrow, and mandatory regardless sometime after.  Every case is going to be "a federal case" if the feds want it to be. Combine that with the flawed thinking that there should only be one set of rules over the whole nation made by the elites in DC and everything they don't like should be outlawed and every idea they like should be mandatory and you have a recipe for an increasingly unfree society.

Politicians Take Credit for Voting Down Internet Sales Tax After Amazon Agrees to Collect it Anyway

I just can't stand all the lies, spin and deception coming out of Little Rock these days. Now we see people cheering that a legislative committee killed the bill to tax internet sales. It was voted down on a b-partisan basis. The reality: They only did it AFTER the giant online retailer Amazon agreed to start collecting the tax on us anyway. In other words, the state gets to take more of our money without the politicians having to accept any responsibility for a vote to implement those collections.

Under the threat of the state forcing them to collect the tax, Amazon agreed to collect the tax "voluntarily". Amazon announced that on Friday. The following Tuesday a bi-partisan legislative committee voted down the bill (SB 140, Senator Jake Files (R), Fort Smith) to tax internet sales in Arkansas. I wonder what kind of deal was made with Amazon to get them to do this without the politicians having to take the heat for it? Look for taxpayer money to be shoveled Amazon's way for agreeing to do this "voluntarily". Regardless, we should be very reluctant to pass out any credit for voting against increased taxes collections when they knew that those collections were going to be increased anyway.