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 Why Is Wage Growth So Slow?
by Brian Mark Weber
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 Hurricane Irma and the Dubious Climate Change Link 
by Jordan Candler:  This weekend, Floridians will be bracing for another tropical impact just weeks after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a Category 4 storm. This week, Hurricane Irma solidified itself as the strongest hurricane to develop in the Atlantic (important note: this excludes the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean). At one point, the storm exhibited 185 m.p.h. sustained winds — easily Category 5 strength — and provided stunning satellite imagery of a structure more reminiscent of a Pacific super typhoon (ironically, the typically busy Pacific is currently without a single named storm). As of this writing, south Florida appears to be the virtually certain landfall destination, but several states over the South will feel its effects.
          To be clear, this is a dangerous weather pattern right now, and it demands the appropriate media coverage and preparation. Which is to say: If you’re in the path, leave. Sadly, though, this also means more climate hyperbole and sensationalism. Those under the impression that this late summer’s hurricane frenzy is unimaginable should think again. One reason it may seem so is because the U.S. has become accustomed to a fairly remarkable lull in strong landfalling hurricanes. Moreover, it’s September — the peak of the hurricane season. If strong hurricanes are going to develop in rapid succession, this is naturally when you would most expect to see them.
          Let’s juxtapose the current time period with the mid 1900s. Patriot Post contributor and meteorologist Joe Bastardi — who, by the way, worries that Irma hasn’t yet achieved its maximum intensity — addressed the question in a May column, “Is This Really the Worst Time Ever?” In the 1930s, eight major hurricanes (major is defined as Category 3 or higher) hit the U.S. From the 1940s up until 1960, a whopping 19 additional major storms made landfall over the U.S. Tally it all up, and over the span of just 28 years, 27 major hurricanes struck the U.S. Some of those storms went on to make multiple landfalls as a major hurricane. For example, Donna, in 1960, hit the U.S. three times as a Category 3 or higher. Florida was the predominant target in the ‘40s. Consider how a repeat of the 1930s-1950s would be interpreted today.
          We already have a clue: Irma — because of its strength — is being blamed on climate change. For example, Bloomberg, under the headline “Hurricane Irma Made Worse by Climate Change, Scientists Say,” claims: “Climate change didn’t cause Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to form in the open Atlantic Ocean, but did make it much stronger, scientists in Germany and the U.K. said.” And climate blowhard Bill “The Science Lie” Nye added, “It’s the strength that is almost certainly associated with global warming.”
          Perhaps then he’d like to explain why the U.S. went 12 years between major hurricane strikes? Was that also the result of climate change, or is it more accurately described as a cyclical outcome? As the Cato Institute’s Ross McKitrick writes in the Washington Examiner, the climate-link rhetoric unscrupulously allows scientists to have their cake and eat it too. “The climate alarmists offer a vague prediction: Hurricanes may or may not happen in any particular year, but when they do, they will be more intense than they would have been if GHG [greenhouse gas] levels were lower,” McKitrick notes. “This is a convenient prediction to make because we can never test it. It requires observing the behaviour of imaginary storms in an unobservable world. Good luck collecting the data.”
          Importantly, McKitrick adds, “Science needs to be concerned not only with conspicuous things that happened, but with things that conspicuously didn’t happen. Like the famous dog in the Sherlock Holmes story, the bark that doesn’t happen can be the most important of all.” In the days ahead, there will be heart-wrenching stories as Irma traverses the lower East Coast. But keep in mind, “You’re also talking about 2 of the most flood-prone cities in the U.S. — Miami & Charleston,” observes meteorologist Eric Fisher. “Both flood during full moons let alone storms.” Hurricanes, like any other weather event, require context.
          Climate records show not just similarly major hurricanes but an onslaught of them. The world is also much different today: bigger buildings and populations, as well as better technology and communication. And for the most part that’s a good thing. As Danish statistician and author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg writes, “Because we’re much richer and better protected, death rates from hurricanes in the US have declined dramatically. Even the 1800+ terrible deaths from Katrina in 2005 constitute more of an average hurricane risk in the early part of last century.”
          Unfortunately, these tools also give climate extortionists the perfect storm to spread climate rhetoric that erroneously links man-made emissions to tropical systems. Even most scientific establishments that adhere to man-made global warmism are hesitant to make that leap. Keep this in mind as you pray for and aid our beleaguered fellow Americans over the coming days. ~The Patriot Post
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What is Fake News
{truthrevolt.org} ~ What is fake news? Is Donald Trump correct when he says CNN, The New York Times, and other mainstream outlets report fake news? Commentator and bestselling author Andrew Klavan explains... You’ve probably heard a lot of people recently screaming and yelling about Fake News. Charges fly from all points on the political spectrum: this story is mistaken — it’s Fake News; that statement is incorrect — it’s Fake News...  http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/prager-u-what-fake-news
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 VIDEOS
 
PLEASE Watch This Irma Damage Video Before You Decide To Disregard Calls To Evacuate
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Steve Bannon 0n 60 Minutes: Slams Neo-Nazis, KKK and Defends Trump Message on Monuments
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liar-nObama Com. Director Psaki: Dems Still Aren’t Listening To The People
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Judge Napolitano: Lawsuit Against Pres. DACA Policy Is ‘Frivolous’
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Mark Cuban: Trump’s Deal With Democrats Was Really Smart
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Israeli Embassy Sends Aid To Hurricane Harvey Victims
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Defectors Tell Horrifying Tales About North Korea
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Does Condemning Islamic State
Jihadis Constitute "Hate Speech"?

ISIS atrocities
by Denis MacEoin
{gatestoneinstitute.org} ~ On September 6, Robbie's face appeared across the British media, from the conservative Times to the leftist Independent, to the populist tabloids, the Express, the Mirror, the Daily Mail, and the Sun... Travers had been accused of hate speech and was being investigated by the university, who could well sanction him. What sort of "hate speech" was that? Well, in a nutshell, he had referred to the jihadist fighters of Islamic State (ISIS) -- who variously burns or drowns people alive in cages, and sometimes in acid, or kills 250 children in dough-kneaders -- as "barbarians." You did not read that wrongly. It is now "racist" and "Islamophobic" to insult or ridicule the world's most unspeakable terror gang, who, among other atrocities, behead innocent men, women and children, rape innocent women, and sell harmless women as sex slaves to grunting murderers and pedophiles...  https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10977/does-condemning-islamic-state-jihadis-constitute
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Steve Bannon: McConnell and Ryan
are trying to “nullify” the 2016 election
by Allahpundit
{hotair.com} ~ Well, yes, although when you peel the flashy overstatement from what Bannon says, all he’s doing is acknowledging the familiar ideological split within the GOP... You have a populist base represented by a mostly conservative caucus in Congress and a president whose instincts trend strongly nationalist on some matters (e.g., trade) but not so strongly on others. That’s a recipe for a lot of unhappiness on all fronts. What Bannon’s getting at here with the “nullify” language is a party conundrum: Should Ryan and McConnell dutifully carry out Trump’s agenda or should they press their own and seek accommodation somehow with the White House?...  https://hotair.com/archives/2017/09/08/steve-bannon-mcconnell-ryan-trying-nullify-2016-election/
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Judge advances 'Muslim Mafia's'
case against U.S. terror-watch list
by Art Moore
{wnd.com} ~ The Council on American-Islamic Relations, founded in Washington, D.C., by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, said Friday it defeated a motion filed by the federal government to dismiss the organization’s lawsuit... on behalf of 25 American Muslims challenging their placement on a terror watch list. The Muslims, mostly from Michigan, claim they were put on the Terror Screening Database of “known or suspected terrorists” without due process. Among CAIR’s complaints in the lawsuit are “invasive additional screening and prolonged detentions,” “the inability to conduct wire transfers,” “being treated as armed and dangerous by local law enforcement during routine traffic stops” and “the inability to obtain employment positions at airports.”...  http://www.wnd.com/2017/09/judge-advances-muslim-mafias-case-against-u-s-terror-watch-list/
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 Why Is Wage Growth So Slow? 
by Brian Mark Weber:  The stock market is booming, unemployment is low, and consumer confidence is on the rise. In fact, a Bloomberg poll conducted over the summer revealed that workers “claimed their careers and financial dreams were improving — a number that tied for the record high in the poll’s four-year history — while a majority believed the stock market would continue its meteoric rise for the rest of the year.” Seems like the perfect environment for workers to put a little more money in their wallets, right?
          Unfortunately, wages aren’t increasing, and most workers are wondering why they still can’t make ends meet when all the economic indicators are moving in the right direction and President Donald Trump keeps touting the economy’s strength.
          Pinpointing the culprit for low wages isn’t easy. “Explanations for the falloff abound,” Robert VerBruggen writes in National Review. “Some say it’s a statistical artifact of one kind or another. Maybe the numbers are failing to capture the benefits of major technological gains that don’t cost a thing to the user (and thus produce no measurable ‘output’), such as Internet search engines. Maybe the data are thrown off by the increasing tendency of companies to stash profits overseas, removing them from the measured output of American workers. Maybe people are spending more time goofing off in the workplace, and their productivity during the time they actually work has gone up.”
          That is perhaps more guesswork than economic theory. To be fair, there’s no single factor resulting in stagnant wages. Of course, there are politicians who claim to know the cure, but most of them favor bigger government programs, higher taxes on the rich, and a higher minimum wage. But none of these solutions is going to produce real wage increases over the long-term. Taking money from one group of Americans and giving to another sounds appealing to the masses, but it’s not a proven way to boost wages across the board.
          VerBruggen continues, “Some economists point to the automation of routine tasks (which is to say, the substitution of capital for labor). Others point out that in developed countries, globalization typically takes the form of offshoring the most labor-intensive tasks. Further possibilities include massive accumulation of capital by the wealthy (the view of lefty superstar economist Thomas Piketty); a fall in investment prices, making capital more attractive relative to labor; and the declining bargaining power of workers thanks to the demise of unions and the consolidation of major industries.”
          Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw has some interesting theories as well. Shaw suggests that when prospective employees “go in for the interview and the prospective employer offers you $16 dollars per hour instead of the $25 you were expecting, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll take it because it’s still a lot better than unemployment checks.” In fact, he argues, “If you try to push them too hard for more money there are others out there who will likely take it.” Possibly, but decades of relatively stagnant wages surely can’t be the result of interviewees being too shy to ask for big bucks.
          Another possible cause of wage sluggishness relates to the impact of social networks. Sure, making business connections is important, but today’s young workers are more likely to network than in previous generations, so it’s hard to believe that workers have suddenly abandoned the importance of making connections with prospective employers. And while having connections is a good way to land a job, it doesn’t guarantee a high salary.
         All these explanations are interesting and worth exploring, and they probably play some role, but there has to be more than social theory to explain what’s happening. What’s interesting is that few experts mention the tremendous growth in the size and scope of the federal government in the past 50 years. Certainly, the proliferation of policies, codes and mandates is costly to businesses both large and small. Maybe full- and part-time workers would enjoy higher wages if their employers didn’t have to hand over so much money to Uncle Sam before cutting their employees’ checks.
          Clearly, solving this problem will require the type of political will and unity that we haven’t seen from Congress. Fortunately, we’re enjoying a strong economy in the first year of the Trump administration, so maybe the businessman-turned-president’s policies can help boost wages for American workers. 
~The Patriot Post

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LIGHTER SIDE

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(TeaParty.org)The Democrats have slandered and degraded the legacy of America’s combat veterans by hijacking this country’s moral values for the sake of their totally anti-American agenda.

In a letter penned by thirteen Democrat-affiliated national security officials and sent to the highest four Congressional leaders, they begged them to quickly pass the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty. At the end of that letter, the Democrats urged Congress to extend the military’s policy of “leave noone behind” to the 3.6 million illegal immigrants and 690,000 DACA beneficiaries in a demand for unconditional amnesty, Breitbart reports.

The original transcript of the letter:

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With every day that passes, these Dreamers are getting closer to the reality of deportation. We urge you to pass the Dream Act of 2017 as quickly as possible to provide permanent protection for Dreamers and relieve this deserving group of the uncertainty created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA. We should leave no man or women behind. Let that be our guiding principle.
The Democrats have finally revealed their true intent for the United States of America. The rhetoric weaponized in this letter reveals how liberals actually view illegal aliens – as foot soldiers meant to conquer American territory and overthrow the Constitution.

Immediately after this letter was made available to the public, the actual veterans of America’s wars threw up an outrage.

The phrase “Leave No One Behind” is one of the most important values of military culture, signifying the unwavering brotherhood of soldiers in the face of impossible odds, and their commitment to one another for victory even after death.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has called this letter a moral hijacking of America’s values. “It is an insult to the people who have gone out there and earned their moral authority by doing something for the country … those people earned it by self-sacrifice and the illegal-aliens want amnesty for their self-interest… that does not entitle them to amnesty.”

A quick look at the Center for Immigration Studies’ findings on the Dreamers, however, shows that the reality of these people contradicts what the Democrats would have us believe about them:

73 percent of DACA recipients he surveyed live in a low-income household (defined as qualifying for free lunch in high school);
22 percent have earned a degree from a four-year college or university;
20 percent have dropped out of high school;*
20 percent have no education beyond high school and no plans to attend college;
59 percent obtained a new job with a DACA work permit, but only 45 percent increased their overall earnings; and
36 percent have a parent who holds a bachelor’s degree.

These sad statistics prove that the vast majority of these DACA “kids,” who are actually full-grown men in their 20s and 30s, are parasitic lowlifes who want nothing to do with our way of life or even our language. Nothing even remotely like the men and women in America’s Armed Forces who sacrifice their well-being and lives to keep other countries from taking over and occupying us.

But if the Democrats succeed, and Congress grants this barbarian horde the right to amnesty, then everything the true American veterans fought for will be lost – we will be de facto occupied by foreign invaders, and they will carve up our land and government for themselves, just like the Aztecs, Mongols, and Muslims of old.

The pure fact that liberals think they can compare the men and women who fought, killed, were wounded, and died to keep our nation and freedom safe … to hordes of foreigners who have done virtually nothing for our country, who will most likely squat on our territory and feed off of taxpayer-provided cradle-to-grave services, is such an outrageous and insulting comparison, any Democrat who utters such sentiment should be instantly punished for treason and have their positions revoked.

Immigrants – legal and illegal – overwhelmingly uses the Democrats’ social services and vote for them. No doubt in their minds that liberals see them as a constant flow of reinforcements in their battle against law-abiding, natural American citizens. They are the Democrats’ soldiers for dismantling Western values, Christianity, secularism, capitalism, and freedom. Without these foreigners pouring into the United States from third world, socialist hellholes, the Democrats would never have survived this long.

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