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European Union to put speed limiters on all cars?

Posted by: Phineas on September 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm » 3 Comments

The world’s biggest nanny-state has decided that too many people are dying on Europe’s highways. Rather than leave that problem up to the member nations, the Euro-mandarins in Brussels have proposed to put speed-limiters, some of them satellite-controlled, on all cars. Go too fast, and Nanny puts on the brakes: Under the proposals new cars would be […]


(Video) Canaries in the Coal Mine

Posted by: Phineas on March 27, 2013 at 4:47 pm » 3 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Call this a follow up to my worries that Cyprus is a warning and this morning’s post about America being in danger of becoming Europe. In this latest “Afterburner,” Bill Whittle warns us that, with the European Union lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, and with the US headed by an […]


(Video) Is America Becoming Europe?

Posted by: Phineas on March 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas A philosophical question for you from Encounter Books and narrated by, I think, Bill Whittle: My short answer is “No, and I’d  rather not live in Europe, thanks.” (Even though I live in one of the states closest to “might as well just join the EU and get it over with.”) If […]


Eurozone Chief: Cyprus was just the start

Posted by: Phineas on March 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Hoo, boy. I just had a feeling that, once the the EUrocracy learned it could take depositors’ money at will without a total meltdown, the temptation to do it again (and again and again and again…) would be too great to  resist. Thus we read in the Telegraph: Cyprus bail-out: savers will […]


Greek soccer player banned for Nazi salute

Posted by: Phineas on March 17, 2013 at 2:58 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas His excuse? “I’m too ignorant to know what I’m doing!” Greek soccer player Giorgos Katidis has been banned from his national team for life after giving a Nazi salute while celebrating a goal in the topflight league. Greece’s soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that the AEK Athens midfielder’s gesture “is a deep […]


European Union or EUSSR? Brussels demands power to regulate press, fire journalists

Posted by: Phineas on January 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm » 9 Comments

**Posted by Phineas If anyone had any notion that the European Union was anything but a bureaucratic dictatorship, this should open their eyes: A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national media supervisors with new powers to enforce fines or the sacking of journalists. […]


California’s high-speed train wreck potentially not a metaphor. Update: about those profitable EU rails

Posted by: Phineas on December 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm » 5 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Or, “Science kills another liberal dream.” California voters were sold a worthless bill of goods when the voted for Prop 1A, authorizing the construction of a high-speed rail to run (eventually) from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The project is already far above projected costs: the initial 65-mile stretch from Madera to Corcoran (1) […]


In the EU, you may not say water fights dehydration

Posted by: Phineas on December 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm » 11 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Yes, you read that right: Drinking water does not ease dehydration, the European Union has ruled – and anyone who disagrees faces two years in prison. The decision – after three years of discussions – results from an attempt by two German academics to test EU advertising rules which set down when companies […]


Guest Post: a view of the election from an Austrian conservative

Posted by: Phineas on November 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm » 16 Comments

**Posted by Phineas (A friend of mine in Vienna is of a rare breed: a limited-government conservative living in the heart of the EU social democracy. Several of us were writing back and forth today about the election, and someone suggested her letter was worth making into a guest-post. I agreed, and she kindly gave […]


More European Union signs of Doom

Posted by: Phineas on May 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm » 2 Comments

**Posted by Phineas We all know that Greece is a mess… No, wait. Scratch that. We all know that Greece is a hot, steaming, radioactive mess that threatens to mutate into a blob that eats the EU alive. Everyone knows that. But it’s even worse than you think when the tax system literally is run […]