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The Eagle Has Landed, Don't Put Stock in it, Pop Goes the Weasel 
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on June 9, 2016 - reprinted with permission

    Save the planet!  Kill the birds!
  An article in the Las Vegas Review Journal on May 5,2016 read "Plan boosts allowable eagle deaths in turbines" "Federal rule proposes limit of 4,200 a year" That number is almost four times what is now allowed.

    According to Dan Ashe, Fish and Wildlife Service Director the proposal will "provide a path forward" for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution free energy source that is intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Obama's energy plan.

    According to the article there are about 143,000 bald eagles in the US along with 40,000 golden eagles. Didn't we just spend half a century or longer trying to rebuild eagle numbers from a near extinction level? Now we're going to knock them off at a rate of 4,000 a year?

    Note the program seeks to "maintain eagle populations." Maintain? After all this time we've only got 183,000 of these birds and the best Fish and Wildlife can do is "maintain" these puny numbers in order to serve the interests of another crony capitalist green industry?

    In this case it's the birds taking it in the neck but the mass of people, not just in the US but around the world are falling victim to this climate change/ecoterrorism. The real disgrace is that while the general population's economic well being stagnates or declines the eco-terrorists themselves are doing very well. Life is good. Their income is up. Their prestige – up. Their power and influence – up.

    As an outsized example Mr. Elon Musk, the King of the Greenie/Crony Capitalists whose four businesses- cars, batteries, rooftop solar and Space-X couldn't survive six months in a free market capitalist economy must have decided he needed some pocket change so he sold a few shares of his Tesla Motor stock. On May 28, 2016 the “Wall Street Journal” reported Mr. Musk sold 2,783,000 shares at $213.22 for a total of $593,321,000.

    Don't forget, we can take pride in the fact that the billion dollars we (ok, our "leadership") handed to Mr. Musk has contributed, in a small way to Mr. Musk's "pocket change" sale. Can't we?


    I came across a blurb from Bankrate Money Pulse* that says less than half (48%) of American adults have money in stocks. My first reaction was that it couldn't be accurate. They must not be counting 401(k)s, IRA's, Mutual Funds, ETFs etc. But they were. That's bad news on so many fronts. I know I rant often about capital vs labor and the stock market but it's crony capitalism I despise. Real free market capitalism is the greatest economic system ever devised and it has produced so much for so many it can't even begin to be quantified. With more than half of Americans not participating that's far too many people, particularly the young, who are losing the opportunity to reap the benefits, beyond the paycheck, of their labor and productivity.

    Believe me, there is no more sure-fire bet than to wager on the American worker. It's a real shame that so many of the workers themselves don't know or believe it.

*http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/money-pulse-0415.aspx


    Got a kick out of the LVRJ article May 1,2016 "Atom smasher shut down by wandering weasel."

    Seems a weasel got into the 4.4 billion dollar Large Hadron Collider, managed to blow a transformer and brought the whole machine to a halt. A spokesman said "the weasel died and little remains of it."

A moment of silence please for all the adventurous creatures among us.

Contact Vice-President Knight Allen

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