Balko takes an extensive look at a few of the worst prosecutors in the country. And shame on any member of any jury in any of these cases who aided and abetted the prosecutors and the state in their criminal enterprise.
Archives for December 2007
Well, clearly the cobra must have its mouth sewn shut, is de-fanged, or otherwise rendered inert, but this is one disturbing video. Human beings have evolved fear of snakes for a good reason, and those ancient ancestors who didn’t possess a healthy degree of fear never got a chance to propagate their genes.
Living there for five years, I never ceased to be impressed with their ability to utilize space in very efficient ways, and it’s something that pretty much permeates everything they do.
They hadn’t invented cubic watermelons yet, however. In retrospect, seems kinda obvious, eh?
"Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats."
— Howard Aiken, computing pioneer and innovator
Now hear this. The income tax is a blessing.
The more money you make, the more income tax you are required to pay.
A blessing? Yes, in a round-about way. If you had to pay more income
tax last year, it means you also earned more in spendable income.
All together, now, kids: parable of the broken window (broken window fallacy). Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas. Setting aside the moral principle that all taxation is always theft (though legitimized through law, like slavery used to be), she is taking account of ce qu’elle viot, but not of ce qu’elle ne voit pas. She’s looking only at the increase in funds not stolen, not the increase in funds stolen, or what you or any individual might have been able to do with them. The dollars you earn ultimately represent your time, either time you spend at labor, thinking, producing, or future time at leisure. This is gone from you for good, and it’s being spent or squandered by some other individual or several individuals other than you. Take account of that. Your tax money is not being spent by "the government" or "society." It is being spent by one or more individuals, and they are spending your money on their values instead of yours.
Far from being a blessing; it’s a curse.