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Oct 7, 2019

John Stossel- Big Tech, Live Free at Sea, Lessons from Africa, Life is Getting Better, Dennis Prager- Meat is OK Now.

 

John Stossel-

  • Glenn Beck vs Big Tech
  • Live Free at Sea
  • Life is Getting Better
  • Let Charter Schools Teach
  • Lessons from Africa
  • Dennis Prager -Another nutrition myth exploded.

 

Glenn Beck vs Big Tech

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John Stossel

Glenn Beck says social media outlets are biased against conservatives

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Social media companies like Facebook don't show you all your friends’ posts. You may think they do, but they don’t.  Instead, an algorithm picks which ones to show you -- and which  not to show you. How do they decide? The companies won't reveal the details. Glenn Beck, publisher of the major conservative outlet The Blaze, (add link https://www.theblaze.com) tells John Stossl social media companies are biased against conservatives. Beck says Facebook reduces his posts' reach. And he notes that when a video made fun of Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi by slowing down her voice, Facebook put a warning on the post and reduced its reach. In contrast, Beck notes, while the companies censor right-wing sites that might advocate violence, similar left-wing groups still have Twitter accounts. In Portland, Oregon, Antifa thugs attacked journalist Andy Ngo because he had criticized Antifa’s violence. They kicked him and punched him in the head. The attack left Ngo with brain damage.   But the account of the local Antifa group, Rose City Antifa, is still on Twitter . The group justifies the attack on Ngo on their website : "If you rally the far-right to attack our city and profit by their violence, you are one of them. And the community will stop you, however it can." Other Antifa accounts are still up--despite supporting violence, Beck points out. "In Austin they were actually calling for the next phase to have people  be a paramilitary operation. That was up forever,” he tells Stossel.  The Austin Antifa group's Facebook page is still up , linking to a manifesto calling for Antifa's opponents to be “beaten bloody … annihilated.” Beck says a double standard exists because social media companies are based in left-wing San Francisco.  Also, they mostly hire Democrats. An Spinquark analysis found dozens of former Democratic staffers working at social media companies. Stossel pushes back at Beck: "they must hire some Republicans, too." "They do, but it's about 20% and they're not from top level positions," Beck replies. In the case of the Pelosi video that was shown to few people, Beck says: "The person who was in charge happened to be ... one of the leaders in Nancy Pelosi's office, who had just left Nancy Pelosi's office to go to work [at Facebook]." But Beck doesn’t want hiring quotas.  He says he opposes affirmative action for conservatives in social media. "It bothers me that there are so many conservatives want more regulation," Beck says.  Stossel suggests Beck is not consistent about that. After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed immigrants were "being told by [border patrol] officers to drink out of the toilet,” Beck, demanded that she be punished. "I would prosecute anyone making outrageous charges like this," he said on Blaze TV. When Stossel asks about that, Beck laughed and backed off the idea. "I speak five hours off script everyday. There's a lot of stuff that I vomit out!" he replies. "So, you're not eager to prosecute Cortez?" Stossel asks. "No. No. No," Beck replies. Stossel says he's glad Beck walked that back. “Truth comes out through argument--open debate. The more social media companies censor, the less we learn." Stossel notes that social media companies have a right to censor -- but that, on at least some social media platforms, if not all, ALL speech should be free. Beck agrees, “we can handle it. Stop treating us like children."

 

 

Live Free at Sea

https://youtu.be/vDYO4_845Is

John Stossel

Maybe the ocean is a place where we can experiment with new ways of living.

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How can we live free? Governments impose rules and control all land on earth. "We need a new place to experiment with new rules,” says Joe Quirk of the Seasteading Institute. Quirk says that if people move 12 miles off the coast, they can build their own cities, or even countries, and make their own rules. Seasteaders dream of building huge platforms in the ocean, places where free people can live and work and practice free association. A few have already tried to make this dream a reality. Chad and Nadia Elwartowski built a small seastead 12 miles off the coast of Thailand.  But it didn't go so well. The Thai navy cracked down and charged Chad and Nadia with breaking the law. The couple are now on the run. Despite this setback, Quirk is optimistic about the future of living at sea. How might it work? Quirk points out that a form of seasteads already exist: cruise ships.“Most cruise ships fly the flag of say, Panama or Liberia and they're sort of de facto self-governing … So a captain is a de facto dictator. Why doesn't he become a tyrant? And the answer is because people can choose another cruise line.” On land, some governments have done something a bit similar to seasteading, Quirk notes. They're created "special economic zones". After seeing the success of Hong Kong, even communist China set up such zones so cities could experiment with fewer rules. Those zones have thrived. There should be more of them. Of course, lots of people are nervous about getting rid of rules. Stossel tells Quirk that some would say: "Without American rules some will be shooting up heroin or abusing children!"   Quirk replies: "We have that in our country right now ... But if I ... move 12 miles off shore ... I'm going to be so incentivized to set a better example ... Because the world's eyes are going to be on me. I got to convince investors to invest in it. I got to convince people to move there," he says. Quirk adds: “Seasteaders don't have a problem with regulations per se. Humans need rules to interact. We have a problem with the monopoly over the provision and enforcement of regulations ... we don't need politicians. They're not smart enough to make decisions for us!” Quirk tells Stossel that he wants people to govern themselves. “It's irresponsible not to improve society by setting better examples," he says.

 

 

Life is Getting Better

https://youtu.be/UBeY6RJxafc

John Stossel

Reason Magazine shows how our lives are healthier, richer, and safer, while most media make people think life gets worse.

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News reports often give the impression that humans have wrecked the earth, the middle class is disappearing, and the world is getting more dangerous. "We are destroying the planet," Michael Moore says on CNN. MSNBC says that "t he middle class is disappearing.”  All media warn us about things like a "d eadly Ebola outbreak."   This negativity comes from the way humans are wired by evolution, says Reason Magazine Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward. She tells John Stossel: " If you are a caveman who hears a little rustling in the weeds, and you say, 'oh, it's probably fine,' the other guy who says, 'It's probably a tiger,' that's the guy who lives. That guy was our ancestors."   But our instincts are wrong, she says. We needn't be so scared. The cover of her magazine features a glass that is not just half full, but  completely full. Reason Magazine points out that today there is less war and more food. We’re healthier, and working safer and more fulfilling jobs.   She points out that today, we have medical breakthroughs that would’ve once been called miracles. Deaf children receive cochlear implants that allow them to hear for the first time. Artificial limbs “allow the lame to walk.” “These are things that, in another era, would have caused the founding of an entire religion!” says Ward. Stossel pushes back: “What about this constant complaint from the media? ... The middle class is shrinking.” "Mostly it’s because people are getting richer,” Mangu-Ward responds. She's right.  A graph in Reason Magazine shows that about 50 years ago, 53% of people were middle-income, making between $35,000 and $100,000 per year. That fell to 42%. But it fell because people mostly moved into upper income brackets. The share making more than $100,000 rose from 8% to almost  28%. (All the numbers are inflation-adjusted.)    Another Reason article is titled " Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are All on the Decline”.   “You wouldn’t know that watching news programs,” Stossel said.   “That’s right, and yet it’s absolutely true,” Added Mangu-Ward. Even with the rise in terrorism, she notes, "there are fewer wars and fewer people die in those wars than has ever been true in the past."   Stossel pushes back again: “Lately, life expectancy dropped a bit.”    “Overall, that is the tiniest blip," Mangu-Ward replies. The long-term trend is still up.   In an article titled " Work Got Good",  Reason Magazine says people are more fulfilled in modern jobs.   “A couple hundred years ago, work was dangerous," Mangu-Ward  adds. "It was very easy to die at work… work was extremely boring, even for people that had good jobs. Jobs are pretty interesting now, and they mostly don't kill you, and we should be grateful for that.”   But there are problems, and Reason magazine understands that.  The back half of the magazine is filled with the bad news:  Misery in Venezuela, threats to an open internet,young people liking socialism.  “Everything that’s bad is politics, everything that’s good is the market.” Mangu-Ward  argues.  “Life gets better. We have the opportunity to look  to a future where those trends will continue-- if we can just manage to keep politicians from screwing it up.”

 

 

Let Charter Schools Teach

John Stossel

Governments limit charter schools, even though charters often do better than government-run schools

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Many parents try to escape government-run schools for less-regulated "charter schools". Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells tells John Stossel that she wanted to get her boys into a charter because her local government-run school in inner-city Philadelphia was “horrible ... there were fights after school every day." Her kids spent years losing lotteries that they hoped would get them into a charter. "It's heartbreaking," Wells says. In Philadelphia, thanks to government limits, only 7,000 kids get into charters. 29,000 apply. But eventually, Wells got her kids into a new charter school: Boys' Latin, founded by David Hardy. Boys' Latin does many unusual things: all kids learn Latin, wear uniforms, stay longer hours, and it's all-boys. "The rules are there to set the stage for the students," Hardy tells Stossel. "If the teacher can tell you to tuck in your shirt, they can tell you to be quiet in class ... tell you to do your homework." Wells says that worked for her kids. "Before Boys Latin I would come home and say, 'okay, I need you to read for an hour -- read a book.' And their response would be 'why? What did we do?' Like reading was a punishment! [After] Boys' Latin... I would find books in the bathroom on the floor!" Wells said. Her son, Ibrahim, added, "It came to the point where the teacher would tell our mom that I'd taken too many books." The school was better at hiring teachers who tried hard. Wells recalls being shocked to find her sons talking to teachers at night: "He's in his room and I hear him talking on the phone and it was 10 o'clock at night. I'm like 'who are you on the phone with?' and he was like, 'well, Mr. Bumbulsky told me to call him if I needed help with homework.'" Stossel pushed back at some of David Hardy’s ideas, like making every student take four years of Latin. "It's ridiculous. Nobody speaks Latin," Stossel suggests to founder David Hardy. "Well we picked Latin because it was hard," Hardy replies. "What's the point of that?" Stossel asks. "Because LIFE is hard -- to be prepared you have to work hard. We wanted to get that into the psyche of our students," Hardy says. Overall, Boys' Latin gets somewhat better test scores than surrounding schools in most subjects. "We deliver," Hardy says. "Since the very first class we've sent more black boys to college than any high school in Pennsylvania." Despite that, government officials rejected his proposal to open a "Girls' Latin" school. They've rejected a bunch of schools. Charter opponents complain that charters "drain scarce resources" from government-run schools. "You can’t tell me that," Wells responds. "Every parent pays taxes... if I choose for my child to go to a charter school, then that's where my taxes should go!" In fact, Philadelphia and other cities don’t give charters the same amount of money they give to schools they control. Philadelphia gives them only 70% of that. So per student, Stossel notes, the government schools make money whenever a kid leaves for a charter. Over 13 years of schooling, Philadelphia saves 70k per kid. Stossel asks Wells: what if those savings were passed onto the child? “Absolutely! Give them the rest of the money!" Wells laughed. But it won't happen because, as Hardy notes, "it would also mean that there would be a whole lot less union jobs. The unions are not going to be for that."

 

 

Lessons from Africa

https://youtu.be/qwIYgZZhehA

John Stossel

Why is Africa poor?

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More than half of the world's poorest people live in sub-Saharan Africa. Why? Why is that region so poor? There are lots of theories -- some blame a "colonial history." Others blame the weather or discrimination. But Magatte Wade, an African entrepreneur, tells John Stossel that she knows the biggest reason from her own first-hand experience: it’s crushing government regulation. "Once you hire someone, good luck getting rid of them for any reason," she says. Her home country, Senegal, requires government permission to fire an employee. That makes it hard to run a business. It also makes entrepreneurs reluctant to hire. Then there's the complicated tax code. "Some people say it's worth at least two or three truckloads of paper," she says. Hiring an accountant to wade through that is expensive for new businesses. Magatte started a business anyway -- she makes lip balm. She has to import several ingredients that are not made in Senegal. "Some of them have a 70 percent import tariff on them!" Wade complains. High taxes and complex rules often lead to corruption, because people pay bribes to get around the rules. Wade says corruption "a natural consequence of stupid senseless idiot laws... the only way to fix corruption is to simplify." Wade's business survives without corruption, she says. One reason is that she was fortunate to find a bureaucrat who helped her find a way around the ruinous tariffs. "We found a clause in one of the binders saying actually if you're exporting at least 80 percent of your products and if you've been in business for two years then you can ask for an exemption," she said. Well-meaning westerners often try to help Africa with aid. Tom's Shoes gives a pair of shoes to someone in the developing world for every pair customers buy. But Wade points out that such donations destroy local African shoe makers. Instead of aid, she says, demand that rules be cut. That would create jobs. "If I have a job then, guess what?" Wade asks. "My malnutrition problem goes poof! My uneven access to clean water goes poof. It’s just poof, poof, poof!" “Create greater economic freedom... in all countries," Wade concludes. "So that all people everywhere get a chance to experience free enterprise."

 

 

Dennis Prager -Another nutrition myth exploded. A new study says there are no negative side effects to eating meat. This reverses decades of “settled science.” The vegans and environmentalists want this science suppressed. Oct 3, 2019

 

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