Acton’s Poverty Inc. in the WSJ

This is a fantastic film that should be shown to every charity and church group worldwide. “Poverty Inc.,” which won the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award last year, criticizes aid brigades but not for bad motives. The trouble is their assumption, too often, that poverty is caused by a lack of money or resources. This produces […]

MIT: Tesla’s Next Broken Promise

Very interesting article which includes information on general automobile manufacturing, as well. From MIT Tech Review: Tesla Motors and its chief executive, Elon Musk, have made an indelible mark on the global automotive industry with their celebrated battery-powered cars, purchased by consumers whose passion for Tesla appears boundless. If that feat just a few years […]

The Pope and the Environment

Acton delivers again: Nature notes that from 1993-2009, “while the human population has increased by 23% and the world economy has grown 153%, the human footprint has increased by just 9%.” Economic growth is compatible with care for creation. Indeed, they add, “It appears as though the global human economy is increasing its efficiency in the […]

Giant Chinese Aluminum Stockpile in Mexico

Our country is being gamed again. Russian control of much of our uranium, China our industry. Iran….. “By the end of 2016, only five aluminum smelters will be operating in the U.S., down from 23 in 2000. China’s booming industrial production has reordered global markets, few more dramatically than aluminum. Fueled by access to inexpensive […]

Google’s Waze Starts a New Ride-Share Service

It would be a good idea to short Uber and Lyft but they are privately held. Their IPOs may be damaged. By the way, WAZE is a great app. From the WSJ: Google is moving onto Uber Technologies Inc.’s turf with its own ride-sharing service in San Francisco that would help commuters carpool at far […]

Biofuels ‘worse than petrol’ for the environment

The crony capitalists and enviro-nazis buy bio-fuel as indulgences for the sins of burning cheap coal. It is causing forests in Indonesia and Malaysia to be cut for palm oil; in the Amazon for sugar cane, in the USA swampland for wood chips. It also drives up the cost of all food in the world. Even […]

Target Adds Private Bathrooms in Response to Boycott

Good news, overall. “the American Family Association, says more than 1.3 million people have signed an online petition to boycott Target stores to protest the issue. The petition said Target’s policy was “a danger to wives and daughters” and called on Target to offer single-occupancy bathrooms.” From the WSJ: Target Corp. said it will spend […]

Native Americans and Property Rights

Very interesting article. Reservations are like rural versions of housing projects. Socialist, initiative killing government overreach. “Almost no one on the reservation can afford to build a home, because no one can get a mortgage. And no one can get a mortgage because the property on the reservation is held in trust by the federal […]

Scant Oversight of Self-Driving Technology 

Should the NHTSA allow this use of human guinea pigs on the roads? From the WSJ: Last October, Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk heralded the arrival of the company’s autonomous-driving technology, inviting owners of its electric cars to download software that let the autos operate themselves under certain conditions. His message to owners on […]

Can Business Save Your Soul?

The very impressive Andreas Widmer is Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at The Catholic University of America and President of The Carpenter’s Fund. He is the author of The Pope & The CEO: John Paul’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard . From First Things:  There is a simple truth about business: individuals, not “the […]