December 19, 2017

NY Times Story on Starvation in Venezuela Barely Acknowledges Its Socialist Government

Any list of the year’s most ignored news stories has to include Venezuela’s frightening deterioration. This once reasonably prosperous South American nation is now in the grips of a brutal socialist de facto dictatorship which is moving inexorably to consolidate its control, accompanied by an utterly wrecked economy. Families cannot feed their children, and many are dying. The New York Times broke through the near-blackout on Sunday, but failed to mention the root cause of the nation’s humanitarian catastrophe — socialism — until the third-last of over 100 paragraphs.

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New Homebuilding News: A Move Back to Single-Family Homes

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:20 am

The Census Bureau’s November report is here.

The big news for 2017 is that there has been a big move towards construction of single-family homes and a smaller move away from multi-unit dwellings.

The stats for total housing starts have risen to about 80-85 percent of a genuinely healthy level. I don’t think we’ll see them get back to the levels of 2002-2006, which is okay, because those levels were caused by the Democratic Party’s systematic corruption of the mortgage-lending industry at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Chick-fil-A comes to the rescue during Atlanta airport’s power outage

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Atlanta:

Updated: Dec 18, 2017 – 9:54 AM

It could be a first for Atlanta’s favorite fried chicken sandwich restaurant — Chick-fil-A opened up their hearts and their fryers to help the stranded travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Chick-fil-A is traditionally closed on Sundays but because of the massive power outage at the airport, they restaurant came to the rescue for thousands of stranded — and hungry — travelers.

The Atlanta airport tweeted around 1:15 a.m. photos of Chick-fil-A workers handing out sandwiches and water.

Travelers stranded at the Georgia International Convention Center were also treated with the meals.

In all, 2,000 meals were provided to travelers.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thanked Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy for his support.

Here is the full statement from Chick-fil-A:

“The mayor called about 10pm and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center). City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage. It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need. We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship. …”

Go here for the rest of the story.