POLITICALLY CORRECTNESS”, KOREANS, & THE AD HOMINEM FALLACY

Progressives LOVE to point out how you’re being “hostile,” “impolite,” and “antagonistic,” when you disagree with their beliefs using rational statements in an attempt to discredit the substance of your argument. This “character assassination” is a common logical fallacy called the “Ad Hominem” fallacy.

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_hominem

Sometimes, it’s linked to “Willful Ignorance,” in that Progressives will espouse “Ad Hominem” attacks to justify why they will ignore other evidence, or use Circular Reasoning (“I cannot agree with that source because it is untrustworthy because it disagrees with me”.)

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Willful_ignorance

This is not isolated to just Progressives, and also applies to many “on the right” (ie. Drug War, Foreign Entanglements, etc.).

I see this quite a bit with my own family members as well (for which I will now learn to abstain from discussing matters of substance), and unfortunately, I see this behavior very commonly on Facebook when I attempt to discuss Anti-Statist perspectives.

For me, a rational discussion is the only way by which we can peacefully come to an understanding between two, diametrically opposed views. This is very difficult when the other side continually thwarts productive discussion by throwing in logical fallacies such as, Ad Hominem attacks, Circular Reasoning, and Willful Ignorance.

Let’s look at some definitions of words I used above:

HOSTILE – opposed; unfriendly; antagonistic
IMPOLITE – not having or showing good manners; rude
ANTAGONISTIC – showing or feeling active opposition toward someone or something

By definition, merely “disagreeing” with someone on Facebook has automatically labeled you “impolite” or “hostile.” In Korean circles (and probably many other Asian cultures), disagreeing with your Elders, even with rationale, is considered sacrilegious. Perhaps this comes from the Confucius roots, but damned be “the Truth.” The greater good is “harmony” within the community and not what is actually “True.” By disagreeing with an opinion, and voicing that disagreement, therefore is morally abhorrent and discredits any statements you make.

I’ll make a video that fleshes out these concepts as I’ve seen them in real life both in Korean churches, my personal life, and discussions in politics.

Justice for All Minorities?

http://spectator.org/articles/62729/justice-all-minorities

You got to love ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ for disregarding the true victims of inner-city rioting. ‪#‎AsianLivesMatter‬

Stop lumping in Asians for the crimes of the white-man. If you feel it’s morally justified, expropriate from the actual “people group” who are responsible for the inequalities of the country, and exempt the Asian Immigrants from your crusade to “balance the scales.”

Asians end up getting screwed along with the white-man in the black/white narrative. Can someone show me the ‪#‎AsianPrivilege‬ so I can claim my check?

Progressives Against Minority & Immigrant Owned Restaurants

This article, called “Survey: Half of Food Workers Go to Work Sick Because They Have To“, is an example of “good intentions” that ultimately hurt the minority small business owners and consolidate power to the crony-capitalists. Immigrants & minorities just can’t catch a break from this constant anti-business attack from Progressives. Combined with $15/hour minimum wage, this constant pounding away at coerced employee benefits will keep increasing the 60% failure rate within the first three years of a restaurant opening.

In 7 of 10 restaurants, entrepreneurs work alongside the rest of their staff. At least in Southern California, there are countless minority owned businesses where the owners themselves have limited English speaking ability. In fact, when I shop at Restaurant Depot for hotel breakfast supplies, the vast majority are minorities shopping for their mom-and-pop restaurants. This hardly fits the typical crony-capitalist corporations Progressives love to target as the “bad guys.” I thought Progressives were in support for minority rights?

Progressives care nothing about making it easier for minorities to start their own businesses and exit poverty. Through their zeal to ultimately crush any forms of employer-employee volunteerism, they blindingly shrink opportunities for minorities to be stuck working hourly wages in large corporations that will end up gaining market share. Of all industries, restaurants DEFINE upward mobility for minorities:

♦ Nine in 10: Restaurant managers who started at entry level.
♦ Eight in 10: Restaurant owners who started their industry careers in entry-level positions.

For further discussion on this “fringe benefit” push: http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-471-whats-wrong-with-bernie-sanders-demand-for-more-fringe-benefits-for-workers/

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

The main issue of concern is the norovirus.

If you spend an average $2,668 per year at restaurants, your current chance of getting norovirus is roughly 5.27% per year. This statistically comes to one incident every 19 years. So does the frequency match the magnitude to target the rights of minorities for this “public health” concern?

[Horrible Butchering of Stats: $709.2 billion in annual dining sales, 20 million norovirus cases, 70% from food workers. For now, we’re not going to question how the CDC got the 20 million figure despite the fact that only 56,000 actually are hospitalized. Someone smarter than me can explain how the estimates are made.]

If this is such a huge “public health” concern that is of ACTUAL concern of customers getting sick left and right, you’d see businesses advertising that they offer “paid sick leave” for their employees in order to obtain a competitive advantage. But since we don’t see this, perhaps one could believe that this is not real a concern to most people and this is MANUFACTURED fear in order to support an underlying agenda.

I suspect the frequency is of low enough amount that people consider “food poisoning” an accepted risk as it currently stands. This can hardly be considered an urgent “public health” issue requiring stripping rights away from minorities.

Obviously, it’s a very difficult task to link the source of illness and obtain the frequency of which customers are contracting diseases from contagious employees who come into work due to lack of “paid sick leave.” But without acknowledging this fact, the author attempts to make the implied link anyway.

EFFECTIVENESS OF LEGISLATION

Let’s put aside the real life magnitude of this problem and see if we can figure out a solution. Now the norovirus is a nasty little bugger since it remains contagious not only while symptoms exist, but “also during the first few days after you recover from norovirus illness.” So some questions:

QUESTION 1: How many food workers still come into work while having severe diarrhea and vomiting?
QUESTION 2: How many food workers wait more than “a few days after” recovery while still contagious?

“Being sick” as asked in the survey does not answer question #1. I’d imagine that while the symptoms exist it’s most contagious? Would it even be possible to hide the symptoms? From my experience with “food illness,” I’m not seeing the frequent possibility that an employee could have the energy or motivation to work essentially being glued to the toilet and laying prostate in between bouts of fluid expulsion. Also, it would seem that as a supervisor / employer, if one sees an employee symptomatic (AKA running to the bathroom frequently to both vomit and diarrhea, shivering, and pale skin) would probably send the employee immediately home. Heck, if I was employed and saw a co-worker symptomatic, I would report it to my supervisor. I wouldn’t want to get sick either!

So if we deduce that it’s not while the symptoms are strongest in which employees are coming to work while infected with norovirus, then it must be by some other means, which relates to question #2.

If norovirus is still contagious for a few days after recovery, it would seem to make sense that this is where the predominant spreading occurs. If an employee correctly determines they were extremely sick, they will go to work as soon as their symptoms become manageable to perform the duties of their job. This is where I believe the norovirus starts spreading, and at which point I’m not sure if even any major sick leave program could be effective.

In the State of California, due to the “Sick Leave Law” penalizing any sort of reprisal, the law essentially acts as mandated “paid time off.” As employers, we don’t want to risk the liability of demanding a doctor’s note and later getting in trouble from the State Agency. So we essentially consider the sick time on the “honor” system which will ultimately turn into “paid time off” in practice.

So in order to cover the 1 to 3 days of the illness getting better, we’ll need to tack on about 2 more days to avoid any contagion. So we’re essentially needing to mandate at least 5 days per year. We can assume there will be some “fudging” for employees to use “sick” days as “paid time off”, and that other kinds of sickness may occur throughout the year. It can be determined that any pre-measured sick time will be used up only for days in which the sickness is symptomatic. In other words, if you set sick time at 5 days per year, then if an employee uses 2 days for another sickness, then even with 3 days off with the norovirus, they still have 2 days of being contagious. This doesn’t solve the problem.

At what point is too much “sick”time offered? Perhaps two weeks? But if it ends up being on the “honor” system, essentially we’re requiring employers to provide paid vacation time. Certainly, we can expect a certain amount of “padding” of paid sick time if provided enough. And if employees “maximize” the padding for whatever “sickness” they feel, then in the interest of maximizing their “sick time” employees will attempt to come to work as soon as symptoms subside, which, if done in the case of norovirus, will not solve the contagious problem.

So then, we must now mandate that all employees, after being sick with diarrhea and vomiting, must wait at least two days after ending the symptoms to stay in self-quarantine until the contagious period is safely over. But, by what enforcement mechanism can we enforce this? Are the Employers now to become a the Police attempting to discover every symptom of an employee? Will personal medical records now become privy to the eyes of the Employer; privacy be damned? Will the State now punish Employers for allowing their employees to come back to work sooner than two days of which the Employee declares their symptoms to be over? Yet at the same time punishing employers for alleged reprisals of these very same employees restricted from coming back to work while allegedly contagious for which symptoms may or may not be disclosed?

Oh my. Laws, beget laws, beget laws, into continuum. All upon the backs of the minority entrepreneurs that already have a difficult time keeping their businesses profitable in today’s already complicated regulatory environment.

Never mind the small magnitude of the norovirus, the non-effectiveness of paid-sick time in actually preventing the spread of the norovirus, or the endless laws burdening the minority business owner in the guise of stopping this “public health” menace; the State works for the betterment of all at the expense of the few!

ON PRINCIPAL

Above was the pragmatic reasons why “paid sick time” to combat norovirus is nonsense. On a principled stance, I see this as being a little more difficult to determine. Certainly, deliberately coughing into someone’s face while contagious should be considered initiation of aggression. But what about going to work while contagious?

It would seem that a customer who does get sick of norovirus from eating at a restaurant would have a very difficult time of tracing its origins. And even if traced without reasonable doubt, it seems to be irrational that a customer would then be able to morally justify recompense for lost wages of missed productive time.

I consider the numerous times I received a cold or flu while in school. It would seem inhumane for me to subsequently hold a gun to each sick student and tell them to evacuate the premises, “for my safety.” Or even if it were at work, I do not have the right to coerce co-workers to go home. Only the Employer can do so.

The magnitude of the risk, contagious factor, and severity of the contagion in question I believe makes this more of a pragmatic, rather than a principled question.

For more discussion: https://mises.ca/posts/blog/the-ethics-of-disease-control/

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RESTAURANT STATISTICS: http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/Research/Facts-at-a-Glance
NOROVIRUS HEALTH FACTS: http://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/symptoms.html

What Would You Do with $44,000 Extra Dollars EVERY YEAR?

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/3248723000000-federal-taxes-set-record-fy-2015-21833-worker-feds-0

What would you do with $44,000 extra dollars EVERY YEAR in your pocket (assuming you’re a dual income family)?

Do you think you could’ve spent it wiser than the government could?

Oh wait, I forgot the answer to combating big government, fraud, waste & abuse is to make the government bigger! It’s our “moral duty” to make the government larger, and larger, right?

Climate Change Debate Never Over

Ughhh. . . just when I thought I could ease the cognitive dissonance on Catastrophic Mankind Induced Warming, I’m reminded about how politically charged this whole debate has become and it becomes impossible to trust either side.

We get a glimpse of the true bias of the Sierra Club President when he says, “our planet is cooking up and heating and warming.” Eminent catastrophe. Eminent doom. And in order to combat this global terror, we need the increase the tyranny of government and individual livelihoods to be hurt. And then he keeps repeating “97 percent” like a mantra as though that’s enough reasoning behind his case (which you can research on your own is a highly misleading figure).

Yes, the majority of scientists agree that mankind has influence over the Earth’s climate (duh, I don’t think anyone’s seriously arguing that). Then the next questions:

To what degree are humans responsible and what is a natural Earth cycle?
How severe of warming and in what time frame?
What will the effects be?
How should we respond? (Political question)

You can’t jump from “humans have some influence on the environment” to “emergency level government controls” without going through the thought process in the middle (ie. Roy Spencer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aou-mBhoeuE). This mantra of blindly following the “majority” of experts without considering the original data or bias of those Scientists using your own reasoning is intellectually lazy. Don’t worry, we’re all prone to it. Grant money is highly politicized by whichever government party is in power, and of course, who can TRULY take the oil companies’ studies seriously?

To think that you need to be an “expert” to properly interpret raw data is understandable to a point, except when the raw data is so flawed even the “experts” need to make an “educated guess” on “adjusting” the data (AKA “Computer modeling”). I call it the “margin of error.”

The gist of it is that temperature gathering is much harder than it seems. So even the satellite data gets “adjusted” by different scientists. Land temperature gets biased. Sea temperature by buoys are flawed, etc. So, in other words, one huge cluster fuck privy to whichever scientists (with whichever funding source) decides to “interpret” the raw data.

Let’s list some items that historically the “government” or the “experts” commonly agreed upon which is now understood to be objectively false:

Only the Catholic Church is qualified to interpret the Bible & Science
Fat is bad, Carbs are good.
Slavery is good!
Some races are superior to others
There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq by Saddam
The government isn’t spying on you!

So basically, when it comes to just about EVERYTHING, you’re in a world where you have to critically think about every issue, the biases behind different opinions, review the raw data, review opposing views, and you can’t simply rely on “group think” (and ESPECIALLY the government) to help you find the truth. Yeah, it’s a bitch, but it’s the reality.

15.3% Combined Employer / Employee Payroll Taxes

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/#24ae6d6c3078

As an employer, I just finished processing my quarterly payroll taxes, reminding me that the government confiscates 15.3% (combined Employer and Employee expropriations) for Social Security and Medicare alone. This doesn’t include Federal Income, State Income, Sales, & Property taxes.

Imagine the good you and entrepreneurs could do with 15.3% more money to spend & save.

15.3% more is equivalent to one more job for every 6.5 employed individuals.

The best way to create more jobs is to stop punishing the job creators (AKA Small Business Owners), siphoning their profits for wasteful government programs, and allowing them to reinvest their savings into creating more jobs.