Thursday, November 27, 2014


10.8%
Narendra Modi

9.2%
Ferguson Protestors

5.6%
Joshua Wong

5.2%
Vladimir Putin

5.2%
Malala Yousafzai

4.3%
Ebola Doctors and Nurses

4.2%
Laverne Cox

3.6%
Joko Widodo

2.7%
Chibok Girls

2.5%
Pope Francis

2.3%
Barack Obama

2.3%
Beyoncé

2%
Jennifer Lawrence

1.9%
Taylor Swift

1.9%
Elon Musk

1.8%
Angela Merkel

1.6%
Pete Frates and Pat Quinn

1.6%
John Kerry

1.6%
Tim Cook

1.5%
John Oliver

1.4%
Shonda Rhimes

1.4%
Elizabeth Warren

1.4%
Xi Jinping

1.4%
Hillary Clinton

1.3%
Bashar al-Assad

1.3%
Dilma Rousseff

1.2%
Tom Frieden

1.2%
Jack Ma

1.2%
Reed Hastings

1.1%
Kanye West

1.1%
Christopher Nolan

1.1%
Jeff Bezos

1.1%
Kim Kardashian

1%
Hassan Rouhani

1%
Janet Yellen

1%
Rand Paul

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Price-to-Rent Ratio

A mathematical calculation that compares the totals costs of home ownership with the total cost of renting a similar property. The total costs of homeownership considered by the ratio include:

Mortgage principal and interest 

Property taxes 

Insurance 

Closing costs 

HOA dues where appropriate 

Mortgage insurance where appropriate
Tax advantages for owning (such as the mortgage interest deduction) and the total costs of renting, including the actual rent and renter's insurance, are also considered in the total cost of renting. 

(via Investopedia)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Rand Paul's War Resolution

Whereas Article I, section 8, of the United States Constitution provides, ‘‘The Congress shall have the Power to . . . declare war’’;

Whereas President George Washington, who presided over the Constitutional Convention, lectured: ‘‘The Constitution vests the power of declaring war with Congress. Therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject, and authorized such a measure.’’;

Whereas James Madison, father of the Constitution, elaborated in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: ‘‘The constitution supposes, what the History of all Governments demonstrates, that the Executive is the branch of power most interested in war, and most prone to it. It has accordingly with studied care vested the question of war in the Legislature.’’;

Whereas James Madison wrote in his Letters of Helvidius: ‘‘In this case, the constitution has decided what shall not be deemed an executive authority; though it may not have clearly decided in every case what shall be so deemed. The declaring of war is expressly made a legislative function.’’;

Whereas the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State has declared war on the United States and its allies; And

Whereas the Islamic State presents a clear and present danger to United States diplomatic facilities in the region, including our embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and

Whereas the Islamic State presents a clear and present danger to United States diplomatic facilities in the region, including our embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and consulate in Erbil, Iraq:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This joint resolution may be cited as the ‘‘Declaration of War against the Organization known as the Islamic State’’.

SEC. 2. DECLARATION OF A STATE OF WAR BETWEEN THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE ORGANIZATION KNOWN AS THE ISLAMIC STATE.
(a) DECLARATION.—The state of war between the United States and the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has been thrust upon the United States, is hereby formally declared pursuant to Article I, section 8, clause 11, of the United States Constitution.
(b) AUTHORIZATION.—The President is hereby authorized and directed to use the Armed Forces of the United States to protect the people and facilities of the United States in Iraq and Syria against the threats posed thereto by the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
(c) RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.—
(1) SCOPE OF AUTHORITY.—Nothing in this section shall be construed as declaring war or authorizing force against any organization—
(A) other than the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); or
(B) based on affiliation with the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
(2) LIMITATION ON USE OF GROUND COMBAT FORCES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing the use of ground combat forces except—
(A) as necessary for the protection or rescue of members of the United States Armed Forces or United States citizens from imminent danger posed by the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS);
(B) for limited operations against high value targets; or
(C) as necessary for advisory and intelligence gathering operations.
(d) WAR POWER RESOLUTION REQUIREMENTS.—
(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION.—
Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1547(a)(1)), Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(b)).
(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS.—Nothing in this resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1541 et seq.).

SEC. 3. REPEAL OF PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES AGAINST IRAQ.
The authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107–243; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) is hereby repealed.

SEC. 4. NO EXISTING AUTHORITY.
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) does not provide any authority for the use of military force against the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, and shall not be construed as providing such authority.

SEC. 5. SUNSET OF 2001 AUTHORIZATION FOR THE USE OF MILITARY FORCE.
The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (Public Law 107–40; 50 U.S.C. 1541 note) shall terminate on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution.

SEC. 6. EXPIRATION.
The declaration and authorization in this joint resolution shall expire on the date that is one year after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Econorat

An economist who misguidedly views his role as being one of a technocrat who providessmicromanagement advice to governments on how to centrally plan parts of an economy.

This perspective flies in the face of theories developed by such economists as Ludwig von Mises and Firedrich Hayek, who explained why micromanagement of economies will always fail.

SEE:

Planned Chaos by Ludwig von Mises

Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich Hayek

Friday, November 14, 2014

How to Become a Professional Libertarian Blogger and Make Between $30,000 and $250,000 a Year

The broadcast for this course  will start at 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, November 15.

Return to this page at that time to get the link to the broadcast.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Difference in Profit Selling Direct Rather Than Elsewhere

  • Set Your Price
    Minimum List Price: $5.92
    What's this?
    Discount: 20% off
  • Your Revenue (per sale)
    • Lulu
      $5.19
      Pricing Details
      List Price$11.50
      20% Discount-$2.30
      Discounted Price$9.20
      Base Price:-$2.71
      what's this?
      Net Profit$6.49
      Lulu Share-$1.30
      what's this?
      You Make$5.19















Everywhere Else  
$2.23
Pricing Details
Price$11.50 
Base Price:-$2.96
what's this?
Net Profit$8.54 
Retailer Share:-$5.75
what's this?
Lulu Share-$0.56
what's this?
You Make$2.23

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