Myths About Hurricanes

John Stossel says a lot of what the media and politicians tell us about hurricanes is just wrong.

As in the case with Hurricane Ian, which destroyed parts of Florida last week, we are always told that only FEMA can provide relief, that storms are worse because of climate change, that price gouging is evil and that federal flood insurance is necessary, and helps poor people. Stossel reports that little of that is true and until we learn the myths about storms, we’ll make the same costly mistakes again and again. Here’s more.




Adam Carolla: No Apologies

“If AOC were fat and in her 60s, no one would listen to her,” says Adam Carolla.

Comments like that cause controversy. But Corolla won’t apologize.

“Apologizing just leads to more apologizing,” he tells me. Here, Carolla speaks with John Stossel.




Go Green, Go Hungry!

While hardcore environmental activists continue to push for a chemical-free world, countries around the world are experiencing mass starvation.

John Stossel reports that many governments have embraced the idea that pure nature is best, such as in Sri Lanka, where chemical fertilizer was banned, resulting in less food production and an 80 percent rise in prices. The move resulted in riots throughout the country, as Sri Lanka slipped into extreme poverty. “It’s out of control,” says environmentalist Michael Shellenberger. He joins Stossel to explain the green dogma.




Forbidden Parenting

John Stossel reports that the government sometimes arrests parents for giving kids responsibility. In South Carolina, Deborah Harrell was jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in a park for the day.

Stossel says local media outlets breathlessly reported that Harrell left her daughter at the park “for hours at a time,” and that she “confessed” to that. A police interrogator lectured Harrell: “You can’t leave a child who is nine years old in the park by herself. What would you do if some sex offender came by?” Yet, despite media scare stories, kidnappings are extremely rare and are way down. Stossel explains further.




Where’s The Beef?

John Stossel reports that government meat safety rules can do more harm than good. They block you from healthy meat, help cause shortages and hurt farmers.

During the worst of Covid, many of us noticed beef shortages. Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie tells Stossel, “You’d go to Wendy’s to buy a hamburger and they were out of hamburger. Yet you could see cattle from the drive-thru.” Stupid government rules, like “poke and sniff,” are to blame,” Stossel says. Here’s more.




Dictator Envy

World leaders talk about their admiration for dictatorships, but historian Johan Norberg says it’s a  utopian dream. “They think: “if someone at the top could point us in a certain direction, everything would go well.”

Norberg tells John Stossel that government, in fact, is big enough to give you anything and also big enough to take everything away from you. Here’s more.




Change The Constitution?

During this time of year, we celebrate America’s independence and the documents that made America different, like the Constitution. But is our Constitution good enough today? The people who wrote it made it possible to amend it.

John Stossel asked people, some with legal and political expertise, whether there were things in the Constitution they would change? Surprisingly, some of the best responses came from strangers on the street. 




Armed Teachers

After the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, politicians predictably demanded gun control. But might trained, armed teachers be a better solution? Or how about not arming all teachers, but just those who volunteer? John Stossel discusses the solutions and features one school district in Texas that does, in fact, arms its teachers.




Expect Major Pilot Shortage

Summer travelers are warned to expect an increase in flight delays and cancellations due to a pilot shortage. John Stossel reports the airline industry is experiencing a shortage of more than 12,000 pilots, all because of a stupid new government rule. He bring the details and explains why the unions like the restrictions.




Real Reason For High Gas Prices

Putin, price gouging, excess profit! Politicians blame the wrong things for record gas prices. Says John Stossel, “Politicians say higher prices are caused by corporate greed. Nonsense. Greed is a constant. Companies are always greedy.” He welcomes Ben Lieberman, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to discuss the issue.