There is a beer shortage in Cuba.

Effing Commies.

Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices.

A sharp fall in production at the island’s main brewery, Bucanero, at the beginning of the year has trickled its way down the supply chain at the worst possible time: the third-hottest summer since 1951.


Bucanero makes four brands of beer: Bucanero, Cristal, Cacique and Mayabe. The company has a virtual monopoly in Cuba, though some imported beers are also available, albeit at a large mark-up.

You know, civilized and functional economic systems can keep the beer flowing.  Note, by the way, that it’s the regular Cuban who will take it in the neck; the elites will have their beer.  Their foreign beer.

Via Fark.

Moe Lane

AEI reminds us: Communism *kills* people. Just ask the Chinese.

I want to really drill down on something in this graph via AEI (I’m assuming that the numbers are correct, of course):


You see that first dip in the Chinese GDP line?  Yeah, that represents something called the Taiping Rebellion, which killed roughly twenty million people. Notice that the Chinese ‘recovered’ from that relatively quickly, once the rebellion was finally suppressed: they didn’t really improve, but they recovered to at least their previous levels.  Contrast to the collapse starting with the Japanese invasion of China, and following up with the Communist takeover.  That GDP disaster lasted about three to four times as long, and did not actually ‘end’ until the Chinese regime figured out how to get around their own ideology, and actually implement some badly-needed free market reforms. Continue reading AEI reminds us: Communism *kills* people. Just ask the Chinese.

Helpful reminder: Communism kills, capitalism saves.

Remember, in the 20th century:

Sorry to repeat the point, but it never hurts to remind folks that there was a right side, and a wrong side, and the Commies were on the wrong side.

Moe Lane

*Please note, by the way, that Norman Borlaug quite rightly felt that GMO opponents were, well, idiots with no historical awareness. This is largely because Norman Borlaug was a product of his time and culture, which was largely intolerant towards idiots with no historical awareness.

#rsrh …”The Little Blue Book?” This title isn’t just a framing FAIL, George Lakoff.

This is a framing critical fumble with double zeros on the Critical Fumble Results chart.  Zombie rips apart this book with his(?) usual aplomb, but let me be more minimalist about it: if I was going to mock a book written by George Lakoff (who is, of course, the head gold-Rolls-Royce-owner of the progressive ‘framing’ cult) then I would have snottily suggested to him that “The Little Blue Book” – with all of its resonance with Chairman Mao* – would have been a much better and accurate title than whatever Lakoff had come up with.  And yet… he picked it.   Reality defeats me, yet again.

And these people wonder why framing doesn’t work.

Moe Lane

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#rsrh QotD, Well, Look At Her Parents edition.

Mila Kunis*, demonstrating that she is actually in fact the child of refugees from Eastern Europe:

GQ: Your new movie is called Friends with Benefits. Ever been in one of those relationships?

Mila Kunis: Oy. I haven’t, but I can give you my stance on it: It’s like communism—good in theory, in execution it fails.

Smart woman, except that Communism isn’t particularly good in theory, either.  Still, there are times when you have to be diplomatic about the strange and frankly distasteful religious sensibilities of the locals, and God knows Hollywood is full of people who don’t like being told that Marxism is intellectualism for stupid people… Continue reading #rsrh QotD, Well, Look At Her Parents edition.