“Land of the Free” Sightings

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.Read More

What in the holy effing hell?

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. Cobra vs. Baby to decide who is kingRead More

The Clever Japanese

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?Read More

Isn’t it the truth?

"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 innovatorRead More

“Smart” Money “Logic”

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…Read More

Yes, Finally

Maybe I haven't been paying enough attention, but this is the very first time I've seen fully honesty injected into this situation, other than by me. Radley Balko, on To Catch a Predator. I also think there’s an important distinction between men who arrange for with sex post-pubescent girls below the age of consent, and men who prey on young girls and boys who haven’t yet reached sexual maturity. The former is a natural, hard-wired…Read More

Please, Indeed

Lew says "oh please," but this for me would constitute my largest problem with Paul (follow the links, if you like). I don't mind that he has faith in a deity, for it's not really a scientific proposition, and so much of it is wrapped in family tradition anyway -- I love Christmas time, even though I consider literal belief absurd. But denying the scientific fact of evolution and natural selection -- especially using that…Read More

“Good Cause” or “Social Contract?”

Well, which is it, because people keep telling me it's not theft. From today's New York Times, page B1: "Laurel Touby, 44, an entrepreneur based in New York City, [sold] mediabistro.com, a Web site for job-seeking media and creative professionals that she had founded in 1996. She sold it for $23 million -- leaving $9 million ... in her bank account after taxes." "Edward Bartlett, a 41-year-old accountant in Westminster, Maryland, won $84 million in…Read More

The Just War for Southern Indpendence

Just War, by Murray Rothbard, is essential reading. It's probably a 30-60 minute read, depending on how fast you go though it or ponder it. As with almost all things, I don't accept many of the implicit premises. However, I do agree that Rothbard's political and legal logic within the confines of the premises is pretty consistent. The main idea advanced by this essay is that America has only fought been involved in two just…Read More

Virtue Nugget

Most of my online time today (well, yesterday at this point) was spent brushing up on Lincoln stuff. Lots of it. It so happens that Lincoln is my whole touchstone for what I am today in the libertarian sense. It was essentially discovery of the Lincoln myth in 1990 or so that got things rolling for me. Everything followed from there. Without that, I'd be watching Fox News every day, preening after talking-head liars like…Read More

Abraham Lincoln the Monster

I've got so much stuff to post on this, but for now, here's this via Rockwell: Judge Andrew Napolitano on Lincoln the monster. With any luck, the ignorant "that's not what I learned in 2nd grade" attacks on Ron Paul will continue. It's high time that Lincoln's credentials as deity come under serious and open public scrutiny. Already, thousands of people are for the first time in their lives learning that "Honest Abe" may not…Read More

Benazir Bhutto

I never for a single second thought that it was anything but insane for her to go back to Pakistan, and figured that either she must be delusional, those advising her are delusional, or there's a whole lot of delusion going around. I heard her give an interview on NPR shortly before her return. I just couldn't get the sense she was thinking straight -- as politics go, of course. This was all confirmed within,…Read More

Your Local Supermarket…

...From a bird's eye perspective. Radley linked that. ...Oh, and The Beast 50 Most Loathsome People in America, 2007 is worth a look. I particularly liked this one: 26. William Kristol Charges: Bears the burlesque Cheshire grin of a sophist born with a large silver spoon jammed sideways in his mouth. A second generation neocon raised in the tradition of Straussian perception management and myth creation, Kristol is basically lying about everything -- always --…Read More

The Fed

Rockwell alerts to the fact that currently, the Mises Institute documentary on the Fed is at number seven on a Google search for Federal Reserve. Essential viewing, even if, like me, you find nothing principally wrong with a credit-backed currency, such as we have. It's the state fiat, monopoly element of it that's the problem, not the fundamental nature of it.Read More

Good Samaritans

Well, this was supposed to be a wrap up of some of the familial Christmas festivities with photos, and I was going to do it up real good which required a replenishment of smokes. But it's freezing outside, it snowed a couple of inches today, and it turns out the roads are pure ice. And I'm about 500 feet up the side of the hills from the ville. I can handle snow and ice. I…Read More

Intermittent Fasting

I don't think I've written about this, but I've been looking into something called Intermittent Fasting (IF) as a companion to Evolutionary Fitness (EV). What Art discusses in that first link is using IF as a normal part of fitness in order to achieve a more randomized energy intake and consumption pattern; not weight or fat loss, which is my primary interest for the time being. I've still got somewhere between 20 to 30 lbs.…Read More

Almost Just in Time

No doubt many of you could have better used Mark Sisson's Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar, and Type 2 Diabetes a day or two ago. But it's still not to late to educate yourself and be guided accordingly for the future (or render help to a loved one). It's really a wonderfully comprehensive overview of the whole deal that's also very accessible and easy to understand. Of course, since I'm linking it, it's written…Read More

Prediction

Well, screw Congress for banning incandescent lighting and my first thought was that I'll need to come up with a way to estimate "lifetime supply" of 40s, 60s, and 100s by 2012. Here's what I think is going to happen, however: LED lighting is going to render the whole stupid exercise moot.Read More

“War is the Health of the State” (even at Christmas)

That was the title to a Randolph Bourne essay found uncompleted after his death in 1918. It arose out of WWI, and Mendy McElroy penned a 1999 essay on the core meaning of the phrase. Essential reading; essential link in your collection. The thrust of Bourne's essays is to attack the sanctity of war by showing how it leads to the moral collapse of society by kicking out the props (the principles) of peaceful interaction…Read More