The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (No. 57)
May 30, 2023
A MEMORIAL DAY POEM FROM THE REDNECK INTELLECTUAL IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO NEVER CAME HOME:
Off to war they went,
young men with hopes and dreams.
Today we remember them for what they did,
but let us not forget what they never had.
Look at their photographs and remember them well,
and imagine for just a moment what they might have been.
We live the future they never had,
so let us not forget: they too were young.
BUCKET LIST: The Incredible ‘Underwater Waterfall’ of Mauritius
I WISH BEN FRANKLIN WERE ALIVE TO SEE THIS: Striking Discovery: Unique Image Reveals How Lightning Rods Work.
I LOVE STORIES LIKE THIS: Ancient necropolis from 2,000 years ago unearthed next to Paris train station
THE HISTORY OF HUMAN MIGRATION IN 40 SECONDS (Note: Twitter and Substack are still having their feud, so Substack only permits Twitter URLs and not the video thumbnail to appear. The link is good, though): https://twitter.com/TansuYegen/status/1650004742167314432
I’M NOT EASILY IMPRESSED, BUT I GOTTA SAY, THIS IMPRESSES ME:
TO QUOTE BOB DYLAN: “THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’: Poland will be wealthier than Britain by 2030 – it’s time we took notice.
GOOD ADVICE. Worked for me: ‘Get married and start a family’: Georgia Tech grad speaker.
SHE GOT IT RIGHT 66 YEARS AGO. The rest of us are catching up: America’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Moment Has Already Arrived, New IRS Data Show.
New IRS data, however, show the speed with which blue states are losing taxpayers—and their adjusted gross income (AGI)—is increasing. A recent Wall Street Journal analysis found that more than 100,000 people left Illinois in 2021, taking with them some $11 billion in AGI, nearly double its 2019 total. For New York it was $24.5 billion, an increase of more than 150 percent from 2019. California, meanwhile, saw its AGI loss ($29 billion) more than triple since 2019.
That people are migrating from these states is important. But who is migrating is equally important, and the data paint a bleak picture for these states. Taxpayers giving up on the Prairie State and the Empire State made about $35,000 more per year than new arrivals. For Florida, the data are even more stark. The average income for a new arrival to the Sunshine State was roughly $150,000—more than double those leaving.
“In other words, the geese with the golden eggs are flying away,” writes economist Daniel Mitchell, referring to the IRS data.
THUS SAYETH TYLER COWEN: There is no turning back on AI.
NOW WE’RE TALKIN’: Radical Idea Could Make Future Space Missions 100 Times More Powerful.
KARMA: Go woke, go broke: Toronto 'anti-capitalist' anarchist café where customers 'pay what you can' shutters after a year after failing to make enough money. Owner slammed cops as 'pigs' and late Queen as a 'parasite'
YA LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY. I did not know that Bronze Age Man was driving SUVs in the Arctic Circle 12,000 years ago: Scientists discover past climate change to blame for Antarctica’s giant underwater landslides.
WITH RESPECT. He was in a different league of better. May the G.O.A.T . . . R.I.P: All-time great running back Jim Brown dies at 87.
IF IT’S LEGITIMATE FOR GOVERNMENT TO BAN THE SALE OF CIGARETTES AND PORNOGRAPHY TO CHILDREN, I’M PRETTY SURE IT’S OK TO BAN PUTTING THEM ON BODY/LIFE-ALTERING DRUGS AND TO OUTLAW SURGICALLY MUTILATING CHILDREN. Approved. DeSantis Signs Bill Outlawing ‘Mutilation’ Of Minors Through Transgender Surgeries
I GUESS THIS IS A GOOD THING, BUT THAT IT SHOULD BE NECESSARY IS A PROBLEM: Parental Rights Bills Sweeping the United States
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