The Joys Of Automated Checkouts At The Supermarket

From Our Man in Swindon:

But this week, things have got out of hand. The human-operated tills are now very much in the minority, reduced to a short row at the far end of the store, like museum pieces. In has come a huge bank of machines. The days of human contact as I shop appear to be over. It will be reduced to me shouting for help when I’m asked for verification of my age upon buying alcohol-free beer.

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Everest Congestion Proves That Competition Really Does Kill

It’s a standard assertion of those who would plan our lives for us that the chaos of simple market competition kills people. That’s why we can’t have competition in the NHS, or electricity, or, in fact, anywhere the planners would like to claim personal power. The thing is, they’re right too, as this story about congestion on the summit of Everest shows.

Hundreds of climbers hoping to make it to the summit of the world’s tallest mountain were forced to queue for hours in freezing temperatures at high altitude this week as congestion built up on Mount Everest.

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Of Course Ocasio Cortez Is Shocked – Payment For Line Holding Is Rationing By Price

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is shocked, she says, that lobbyists pay homeless people to wait in line for Congressional hearings. Well, of course AOC is shocked. This is voluntary exchange, this is how markets work – it’s also rationing by that most efficient method, price. Given that she’s either unaware of or disagrees with each of these parts of reality she’s shocked that this is how people operate.

Note that this is just what people do – this isn’t to say that this is operators manipulating or anything, this is just part of the operations manual for a collection of humans.…

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