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It is the last day of February 2011. It feels weird that a month should be over so soon. Spring is in the air here in South Carolina which means pollen and allergies. I have spent the previous evening researching the paleo diet, the Atkins diet, Dean Ornish, etc. Basically, the conclusions that I reached in my article "Why You Are Fat" hold firm. Both the vegetarians and the carnivores lose weight on their respective diets, but no one cares to do them. Vegetarians are hungry all the time while the carnivores want to put a potato with their steak. The answer I have found is to blend the two by going low fat and slow carb. This means a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun. And if carbs are a killer, the Japanese should be dead because 90% of what they eat is white rice.

The thing I am finding endemic in the American culture is a tendency to go extreme. We binge on burgers, fries, soft drinks, and processed foods. Then, we purge by eliminating entire food groups. There is no middle ground. And don't even get me started on supplements. There are two things every diet quack offers. The first is a book. The second is a bottle of pills. Yet, the biggest and best results are had with modest changes.



This contrast between going extreme and going simple is best exemplified by the differing approaches of Tony Robbins and Leo Babauta. Tony is the typical American with his cheerleading and motivational books and seminars. For Robbins, the answer is to have passion. Then, he whips his acolytes into a froth. They all decide to unleash that giant within. So, they go out and join a gym, make resolutions to change, and blah blah blah. Within a month or two, that giant is back to being a midget.

Leo is the mirror opposite. He tells you to go small and modest. Simplify your life. Focus on one or two goals. Take small steps. Ironically, his Zen approach beats the extreme approach of Tony Robbins because you end up making real changes in your life that last. The whole self-help motivation industry is a colossal joke, but Leo cuts through all that with his simple approach to things.

People believe that in order to change they have to defy their limits. They must expend tremendous energy to accomplish great things. But this is so much bullshit. People think the road to wealth is to get a bigger and better paying job when they could more easily accomplish the same goal with thrift. They go from the couch to training for a marathon when all they need is to go for a walk each day. They buy all these time management systems when all they need is to turn off the TV and the internet.

This extremism is the product of maximalism, and Americans are fundamentally maximalists. We do everything bigger and bolder here in the USA. The result is ambition, exhaustion, and failure. There is a better way, and this way is to go simple. Quit wasting resources on a hundred different things. Acknowledge that your failures are not the result of a lack of ambition but a lack of follow through.

I thought about this as I was editing the feeds on my Google Reader. I have 724 subscriptions, and this was after a purge. I am fixing to purge again. If I were to actually read every article that comes in on a single day, it would take me a year. Basically, I spend 95% of my time scrolling through shit I'm never going to read. What a waste. This is information gluttony. The first purge was easy. This second purge is way more difficult.

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The Weakness of Karen De Coster



Karen De Coster is a bad ass. She is a libertarian, an accountant, a writer, an activist, and a devotee of the paleo diet and exercise regimen. Plus, she looks hot holding a firearm. She is also very opinionated and does not hesitate to say exactly what she thinks. You can get a taste of that here.

There is much to like and admire about Karen. She is awesome in so many ways. She was on my heroes list. Then, she did something very unheroic. She disgraced herself by being mean to someone weak. This is a no-no with me. I'm cool with people bashing on me. I'm not so cool with people bashing on the defenseless. Karen isn't a proud individualist. She is simply a gun toting bitch with a fragile ego.

This weakness of hers was put on display on Facebook when she started a thread bashing on some fat chick she saw at Walmart wearing Under Armour. Now, I admit this is poor fashion especially if you are overweight. But Karen took some special delight in denigrating this person to hell and back. When I suggested to her that maybe this was being less than magnanimous in the Aristotelian sense, she proceeded to call me a pussy, question my manhood, call me a fat ass, or what have you. Her surrogates joined in as well. Now, I like this kind of thing. I love mean people because I love hurting them. This is because meanness is a form of weakness, but it is the best kind of weakness. You get to hurt them back and feel no guilt.

Karen was bashing on this fat chick because she is a fragile person. Like the bully who eventually gets his ass cut on the playground, Karen preys on weaker people because she is weak herself. This is what one Facebooker said about her, "She is incredibly high-strung. And you're right, she glories in a sort of macho bitchiness, but goes berserk when challenged."

Someone like Karen is a fat ripe target for someone like me. I can't help myself. I often wonder if I'm just like her, but I have a high tolerance for people bashing on me. In fact, I get a little thrill from it, and I like to turn all insults directed at me into self-deprecating humor. I have learned that strength comes from self-acceptance and humility. Karen has not learned this. I tried to tell her about this, but this is when I got called a pussy. Oh, well, so much for diplomacy.

This is the sort of hypocrisy you can expect from KDC:

My style is a direct result of how I think. I make no effort to be of any particular temperament, or otherwise. It just is what it is. My writing is me, my passion, and my desire for the truth, no matter what the consequences. I could easily kiss ass (like many of my libertarian colleagues) and moderate my ideas, and the result would be that I would get more “mainstream” libertarian jobs. And you all know some of these folks who have sold out to soft-peddling in order to make the appropriate friends and alliances. But I can’t sell out like they do.


Karen portrays herself as a shit kicker. She isn't "soft." Yet, she has a meltdown finally on Facebook and defriended me because I wrote, "A non-date date is when a chick does not put out, and they split the check." Granted, there was some lead up to this. I failed to kiss her ass on numerous prior occasions. But I never insulted her though she never failed to insult me. I was merely blunt in the same way that she is. But I think this comment I put on her post sums up my thinking about her:

Truth is a two way street. If you can dish it out, you need to also be willing to take it. Unfortunately, many of the “heavy hitters” are this way because they have a glass jaw. Their aggressive style is camouflage for weakness. They can be merciless to others, but they have a deep well of insecurity. They can give the hits, but they can’t take them. When you can take your own medicine, you are truly fearless.


Karen can't take her own medicine. The fact that she defriended me shows this. My initial impression of her proved accurate. She is brittle and breaks easily. She never understood what I was trying to show her. When you do great things, this makes you a great person. When you shit on other people to make yourself even greater, it only disgraces you. You don't get stronger by being mean to the weak.

The quality we must all strive to attain is what Aristotle called magnanimity or the "greatness of soul." The magnanimous person knows his or her own greatness. The great souled person is neither vain nor self-loathing. The great souled person refrains from pettiness and being mean spirited. The magananimous person bears all insults and criticism with a lightness of being. Or as Aristotle put it, "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."

I can be as critical and as mean as Karen is, but I try to have a point with the meanness. I sharpen my arrows for the arrogant and the vicious. This is what I mean when I say these people are "ripe." Christ knows I have been ripe on a few occasions. But I take solace in the proverb that says, "Faithful are the blows of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy." Karen will probably never see it this way, but I am trying to be her friend. I see her as someone who wants to be strong, and I am simply showing her what true strength is. As it stands, she has a glass jaw. It is up to her to fix this.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. ROUGH WEEK AT THE C-BLOG

I've had a heck of a week at work, and I have been tired lately. I have not had the energy to post my usual slew of shit here at the C-blog. The ideas are there, but I find it difficult to sit at the keyboard and express them. This comes from a decision on my part to catch another gear on the job. I had a friend many years ago who I lifted with who taught me that your job can be turned into your cardio workout. We both were in college and worked at the same pizza place. Basically, we ran harder and worked harder. We would lift, skip the exercise bike, eat, and go into work which we turned into an aerobic stimulus. It was a time management thing considering we were full time students. Needless to say, it works. I thought I was going to blow some chunks Wednesday.

2. CHARLIE SHEEN MELTDOWN

Apparently, Charlie Sheen has been fired. This may change, but this shows the hazards of trying to work with an addict. I know what Chuck Lorre is dealing with from personal experience. This was also the problem Gene Simmons had working with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Those two guys will call Gene an asshole, but Gene is right. People who like to drink, do coke, and party all the time have a shitty work ethic. This is why I eschew alcohol. I like living on the straight edge, and I'm not ever going back. Besides, I am a wild motherfucker without the substances. I don't need chemical pollution to have a good time.

3. OIL

With all the unrest in Libya and the Middle East, nobody is noticing the uptick in gasoline prices. I predict gas prices going up significantly this summer.

4. CNN

Cable news really sucks. I despise Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann. Fox News is so laughably propagandistic that I have to switch the channel. MSNBC is the same on the other end of the spectrum. This leaves CNN except I have to deal with that shitbag Eliot Spitzer at 8 and the narcissist Piers Morgan at 9 who does absolutely shitty interviews. CNN's only redemption is Anderson Cooper at 10 o'clock.

CNN sees themselves competing with MSNBC and Fox, but I don't see why. Those other networks are not journalism but commentary. But as CNN has learned with the recent events with the Middle East, when people want straight news, they turn to CNN. The network needs to run with that. Fire Spitzer and Morgan. Get some real journalism on the air and market it that way. Substance matters.

5. KADAFFI

Qadaffy needs to die. KKKadafi needs his body dragged through the streets of Tripoli. Qkuadaffy needs to swing from a noose and have his balls shredded. I want to see this fucker DEAD.

6. UNIONS

In right to work states, unions are unpopular among working class people. That should tell you something. Meanwhile, in places like Michigan and New York, unions have killed private businesses. But public employee unions have taxpayers by the balls. Union fucks can show their asses, but the taxpayers are with the union busters.

7. ASSANGE

At this point, Wikileaks is done. They are so crippled by the efforts against it that they can no longer function. But it doesn't matter. Other sites are rapidly popping up to fill the void. It is a new world, and government should be afraid. As for Assange, he will go through a lot of shit, but I predict that he will win even if he gets extradited to the US. The US government can only succeed in making him a martyr. They should drop their case and go on with adjusting to the new world of leaks.

The Folly of Status



I own a Timex Ironman watch. I have lost count of the number of these watches I have owned, but I have been getting this particular model for between $30 and $40 at Walmart for the last 20 years. It tells time, has an alarm function, a stop watch, and stores split times if you like to run. It is a great watch. It is so great that if I were to win the lottery, invest in the next Google, sign a lucrative publishing deal, and inherit the fortune of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, and George Soros combined, I would still buy and wear those Timex watches. I will never buy and wear a Rolex. Why? Because it is a dumb watch. Most of them don't have the same functionality nor precision of the Timex. Plus, the shit costs more than I take home in a year currently. The only reason shitheads buy Rolex watches is to impress people. I find this incredibly stupid.

People spend a lot of money on status. They buy fancy shit to impress people they don't like. This is wasteful but no big deal to me. I would never buy a Rolex, but I would never hesitate to sell one either. The customer is always right. It is their money, and they can do as they please with it. But the material waste pales in comparison to the psychological waste of the purchase. It is the mental aspect as opposed to the material aspect that I want to focus on.

Materially, we live in wonderful times. Today, the poor in the USA and much of the Western world enjoy a lifestyle and luxuries that royalty could only dream about a century ago. Cellphones were once considered a toy of the rich, and they really sucked back when they first come out. Now, you can go to a third world shithole and see a guy shitting on a bucket while yammering on his cellphone. Even the difference between a working class person and a CEO is purely quantitative today. The working class guy works fewer hours and goes home to enjoy many of the same activities the rich CEO does--watching TV, drinking a beer, or playing golf on the weekends. Hell, the CEO probably has less time to enjoy these things and spends most of his free time tapping on his Blackberry. No matter how you slice it, material comparisons in today's world of affluence and abundance are ludicrous. In order to show off one's material worth, you have to go out and buy ridiculous shit like the Rolex watch.

Status in these times is almost purely a mental game. People pay extra for lifestyle brands which are little more than the same consumer item that the masses enjoy but with a different nameplate. Expensive cosmetics are nothing more than generic cosmetics with better marketing. These products often come from the same exact factory. Luxury automobiles like the Lexus are really just fancy Toyotas. Often, the brand name products are inferior to the products the masses wear. I've never seen a designer jean that was better than a pair of Levi's. I've never seen many that were worse. And if you pay for jeans that already have the holes in them, this is just fucking stupid. How can anyone live solely to affect the impressions in other people's minds?

As Alain de Botton put it, "We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us." So many people expend vast amounts of labor, money, and time to acquire things that aren't that great purely for the sake of impressing other people. This obsession is a sickness. This status consciousness drives people to do things that are fundamentally irrational. This is the reason so many college students rack up student loan debts they can't pay off. They want the status that piece of paper affords. Leftards lament the inequality in today's society, but it isn't a material inequality as I've already shown. It is purely a social inequality. It isn't about elevating the poor so much as punishing the rich. On all sides whether it is snobbery or envy, the whole affair is one colossal fucking joke. You have people flaunting their status. You have others slaving to get status. Then, you have others who hate the status holders because they have the status they covet.

I have the remedies for this status sickness. Here they are:

1. There is always someone better than you.

I was having a convo with my brother, and I asked him what the best school in the state was. He said his own alma mater which made me laugh. I don't think either of us went to the best school. For the sake of argument, I chose Clemson since I think it is better than any school in the state for left brain stuff like engineering and comp sci. Imagine a valedictorian high school graduate with a perfect SAT score who gets a full scholarship to Clemson. He graduates with a 4.0 in a field like electrical engineering. The Clemson grad feels pretty proud of himself and gets a great job somewhere. Then, he runs into a guy at a cocktail party making twice what he makes who attended MIT. Hearing that he attended Clemson, the MIT grad sneers at the Clemson grad for not going to a "real school." Now, I think this kind of snobbery is ridiculous. But I would also think it is ridiculous if our Clemson grad looked back on his life and considered himself a failure because he chose to attend Clemson. But the fact is that we encounter these scenarios all the time. Our MIT grad probably gets blasted because he graduated fifth in his class instead of first. The fact is that there is always someone out there better than you. Even then, this is relative to your area of expertise and genetic gifts. Our MIT grad probably has a small penis and can't do a single push up.

2. Nobody else really gives a shit.

The other thing you will find is that when you gain supremacy in a particular area, everyone else immediately quits caring. If you beat a rival, he or she might care a bit. But no one else gives it another thought. I can tell you that I never lie awake at night lamenting that I never got a Super Bowl ring. I might feel differently if I played football, but I didn't. Most of the time, status is between peers. This could be between siblings, coworkers, fathers and sons, friends, classmates, and the like. People measure themselves against others they consider in the same category. Beyond that, none of us cares. The easiest way to overcome feelings of envy or inferiority is to stop having friends. When you stop caring about other people, you also stop caring what other people think about you. Of course, being a hermit sucks, so the next best alternative is to be an iconoclastic renegade. This way you can be your own person but also have people in your life.



3. You can never go wrong with being humble.

Walmart founder Sam Walton was the richest man in the world before he died. Yet, he continued to drive his 1979 Ford F-150 pick up truck. Now, some yuppie driving a beamer might have sneered at Walton thinking he was just some old redneck at the wheel of that truck. But what Walton drove didn't matter. He was who he was. Being humble did not detract from who he was. When you are humble, people are pleasantly surprised to find out the things about you. Contrast this with people who spend lavishly on luxury brands they can't afford. The fact is that great people become greater because of their humility. Not-so-great people are seen as vain and foolish for trying to bullshit people. Humble people are not into status. They don't care. They do neither snobbery nor envy.



The ultimate antidote to the status sickness is individualism. I have a lot of heroes who I write about on my blog. Some are rich like Gene Simmons. Others are dirt poor like Anton Krupicka. But they all have one thing in common. All my heroes are individualists. They do not stand above or below. They stand apart. They go down their own path. They do their own thing. They feel neither superior nor inferior to anyone else. They do what makes them happy. A true individualist revels in his or her experiences and personal achievements without looking down on others or feeling envious of those who do well. Status is the disease of the collective. It is wanting to be the alpha of the herd. I'm sorry, but I think we are better than cattle.

I am someone who has had an interesting relationship with status. Being a loner and a outcast in high school made me think differently and see things from an outsider viewpoint. I think I was the only kid in my school who took both college prep courses and industrial welding. I had money to spend, but it came from helping my old man clean out septic tanks. I remember being at a classmate's house who lived in a better neighborhood than me and listening to his parents bicker about making the house payment that month. They ended up borrowing money from their kids to do it. My old man may have been a septic tank cleaner, but he never hit me up for a loan. I learned that these people were what my dad called "dollar millionaires." They struggled to maintain a status they could not afford.

I consider that high school experience to be a blessing to me. I wouldn't change it for anything. Because of that time, I learned the real value of status which was zero. I learned to think and to live for myself. I have found living a frugal lifestyle very easy to bear since I don't care about status. I tend to admire people for their skills and their work ethic than for their brand of jeans or their address. And I am a very poor ass kisser. I don't care about titles, degrees, or any of that shit. I also toss out certificates of achievement and never accept compliments or gratitude. The only time I feel pride is when I set a goal for myself and achieve it. This lasts about five minutes. I am the only critic that counts to me. The only other criticism I value is the negative comments I get from others. If they sting, it spurs me to do better. If I know I've done my best, I am off the hook. We all have our limitations. In the end, I am a nobody and a loser. This acceptance brings me freedom and strength. A good guy can strive and hold high his trophy. A great man strives, earns the trophy, and promptly tosses it in the garbage. The reward is in the striving.

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NOTES

1. Rolex Versus Timex

2. Status Anxiety

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

I usually post RTOVS on Saturday, but I wasn't feeling the stoke yesterday. Here it is today.--C.

1. THE HUFFINGTON POST

Arianna made news when she sold out to AOL for multimillions. No big deal except the bulk of the people writing for HuffPo were writing for free. Basically, they slaved while she got paid. This would also not be a big deal except Arianna paints herself as some kind of progressive. The reality is that she is an opportunist who switches her "convictions" whenever it suits her. All I can say is that going forward, nobody writing for the Huffington Post should do it without getting paid to do it.

2. THE UNKNOWN BLOGGER

The U-Man has sparked some hate mail. One writer said that this blog had "jumped the shark" with his addition here. I didn't realize we had anywhere to fall from at the C-blog. Without a doubt, the guy is a unique voice. I can't fire my one guest blogger. I think this would dampen the enthusiasm others might have in wanting to be contributors here. Plus, he might decide to go over to the Huffington Post where he would fit right in with the homeopathic quackery. The U-man's strangeness (and stupidity) is a rare treasure.

3. MIDDLE EAST REVOLUTION

We have uprisings in Bahrain, Libya, and Iran. I am of a pessimistic mindset on this shit. The fact is that revolutions usually result in a new flavor of the same old tyranny. The French revolted against Louis XVI and ended up with Napoleon. The Russians overthrew the czar and got Lenin and Stalin. The Cubans got rid of Batista and ended up with Castro. I don't see why the Middle East shithole will be any different. I see a lot of guys with mustaches and military fatigues running shit in the near future. And every damn one of them will end up on the US payroll.

4. WISCONSIN

I don't even know what to say about this that hasn't already been said. It is hard to scrape off the leeches. Government employees are parasites, and I have to laugh when people try to defend their salaries and benefits which are superior to what the rest of Wisconsinites have in the private sector. In the future, the haves are those who work for the government while the have-nots will be those unfortunate enough not to get a government job. Naturally, the Left is all for this arrangement. This country is fucked.

5. RON PAUL

It is clear to me that Ron Paul is running for President again. He has my vote. This hurts Gary Johnson who I think should have run for some other office like Senator from New Mexico. But neither one of them ever stood a chance. What this does is elevate the conversation and brings up the issues again. I expect the Ron Paul folks to double in size this time around. Running for President is a huge platform for liberty even if you don't win.

6. APPLE

Steve Jobs is dead in six weeks according to the National Enquirer. The other news is that they are fucking over Amazon and others who want to sell shit on Apple's platform. That is heavy handed and amazing. Will it work? Must we face the reality that Apple is evil?

Quotable Quotes

It's not only the high quality of drugs I had that I attribute my survival to. I was very meticulous about how much I took. I'd never put more in to get a little higher. That's where most people fuck up on drugs.
KEITH RICHARDS

Slash sat me down at his house and said, You've got to clean up your act. You know you've gone too far when Slash is saying, Look, you've got to get into rehab.
CHARLIE SHEEN

I want to be remembered for the work that I've done, rather than the car accidents that I've gotten into. . .
LINDSAY LOHAN

I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself?
JOHN BELUSHI

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.
HUNTER S. THOMPSON

[U.] The Unknown Blogger Responds to all the HATERS. Plus, the TRUTH about VACCINES!!



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Ramblings From a Mildly Sleep Deprived Individual



It is after 8 pm. I have been up since 2 am. I have slept 2.5 hrs (I think) in the last 24. I am mildly sleep deprived relative to past experiences that involved hallucinations. The fact that I can still write this shit shows I am not completely out of it. I am just a little bit out of it. I am sleep deprived but still lucid.

It is hard to think. People say words, and I hear the words. I just can't figure out what they mean. I had a rambling convo with my brother, and I don't know what we talked about. This is cognitive impairment.

The other thing I notice is a bit of paranoia. When you are not functioning mentally, you feel vulnerable. I feel like everyone is conspiring against me. This is crap, but it is what it is. I suspect this is why drug users get like this. It is all that partying and sleep deprivation that makes them this way.

I am fighting to stay awake, but it is getting really hard to keep these eyelids open. I will try and update when I am rested again.

UPDATE: I am rested now. I know I got 8 hrs straight last night. Now, I have that morning caffeine withdrawal headache. I remember my brother telling me that my cognitive impairment was not because of lack of sleep but because I was a "stupid bitch." I once toyed with the idea of telling him he was adopted but considered that too cruel of a joke. I decided not to run with the joke. I regret that now.

Going without sleep fucks with your brain. I have been in worse shape than I was last night. I have gone up to three days with just two hours of sleep each night before. That is hell there. I don't recommend it to anyone. You see things that aren't there. This is when you are virtually in a waking REM state. No amount of coffee can counteract this level of sleep deprivation. It is said that the hallucinations crystal meth users experience don't come from the drug itself but from being awake for days.

This begs the question. Charlie, why do you do this to yourself? Part of it is work related but only part. The truth is that I burn the candle at both ends. A 12 to 14 hour workday is no big deal. It is when you toss in another four or five hours of reading and writing that pushes you over the red line. The answer is balance, but who ever does that? For all my talk of moderation and the Golden Mean, I have never done that shit. I am a hypocrite on that. I go to extremes. It isn't wise to go over 20 hours each day in wakeful activity. But I do, and I enjoy every minute of it. Time for coffee and another day.

The Sexual Assault of Lara Logan



People who follow the news undoubtedly have heard about CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan being raped and beaten in Egypt. When I read the story, it upset me greatly. We hear of these types of assaults all the time, but they seem distant to us because we can't put a face to it. But I have watched Logan on TV many times for various stories, and the assault on her hit me very hard. I don't know her, ever met her, or anything. I just watched her on TV. But I had trouble sleeping that night after hearing the story and came in to work the next day in a very foul mood.

I am someone who abhors violence towards women. I suppose it was my upbringing in the code of the Southern Gentleman that you don't ever beat a woman, force yourself on a woman, or otherwise treat women as inferior. When a man mistreats a woman, I want to find him and hurt him very badly. In the case of this Egyptian mob, I wish I could take each one of them and castrate them, eviscerate them, and set them on fire. I would like to take a sledgehammer and bash their brains in and watch their skulls explode like ripe melons. There is no punishment that I can think of that would be too extreme for their crimes. My only regret would be they would lose consciousness or die too quickly before suffering the maximum amount of punishment they deserve.

I hate people who prey on the weak. This is why I have a special hatred for people who hurt women and children. Chivalry is nothing more than treating with respect those who are too weak to demand respect. People who know me will tell you that I will challenge any man, but a woman can walk all over me without me lifting a finger against her.

What happened to Lara Logan upsets me because it goes against everything I am about. I hate the people who did this to her, and I want them to suffer. And my heart breaks for her. I wish this horrible thing had never happened to her. All I can say is that any man who does such a thing to a woman is not a real man but a slime covered piece of shit. My fondest dream is that I could lay my hands on these rapists and make them suffer the most exquisite agonies.

[U.] The Unknown Blogger Responds to the C-man and his BULLSHIT

charley has pissed me off with that libertard HORSESHIT he published yesterday. he is the retard drinking that tap water that has destroyed his BRAINS. he says he wants evidence. i got EVIDENCE. watch this shit and learn fuckers:


poisioned tap water





brain eating vaccines



the scientific tyrants are slowly killing us and making us DUM. iq scores are down. i used to find it hard to THINk. so i stopped drinking water and switched to kool-ade. i am SMART now. that's all the evidence you need. but they figured this trick out which is why they put poision in the drinks and FOOD. i will have more on these conspiracies in future posts. don't believe the c-man. go with the U-MAN.

The Difference Between Libertarians and Libertards



The first libertarian I ever met in my life was a guy diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. I was a teenager, and this guy left an impression on me that I would spend the next decade shaking. The impression was that all libertarians were nuts. I now know that my schizoid lover of liberty was what I would now call a "libertard." "What's the difference?" my smirking leftard and fasctard critics will ask. Here's the difference.

Despite his paranoia and delusions, my schizophrenic libertarian friend was correct that many of the things that government does is unjust. He had been involuntarily committed on numerous occasions by his family just because he annoyed the fuck out of them. He wasn't dangerous. He kept a job. He minded his own business. But he told me how they would him down and force injections in his ass that messed with his head. When I consider how many religious people there are who are encouraged in their delusions, I have to feel bad for a guy who merely believed that the FBI was tapping his phone line.

There are a lot of people like Mr. Paranoia in libertarian circles. They even gain a following like Alex Jones and Jesse Ventura. They believe weird things such as massive government conspiracies and the like. This is where libertarians and libertards part company. Both libertarians and libertards oppose the government. The difference is that libertarians believe the government is stupid and inept while libertards believe the government is hyperintelligent but evil.

Now, I believe there are government conspiracies. But these conspiracies have evidence. I believe the government under Nixon lied about Watergate. I believe the government lied us into Vietnam and Iraq. I think the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iranian nuclear facilities was a government creation. These are real conspiracies which the press uncovers.

False conspiracies have little or no evidence. Libertards make bold conjectures and piece together facts to weave a tapestry of utter bullshit. They believe things like the JFK assassination was not the product of a lone gunman, or the moon landing was a hoax used to gain PR against the USSR, or that 9/11 was an inside job. The problem with such colossal conspiracies is that no credible person has come forward as a whistleblower on any of this shit. How is this possible? Nixon's guys couldn't hold their lie together for very long, yet we are supposed to believe that the supposed architects behind the 9/11 inside job have been able to keep their secret for a decade and not one person had a crisis of conscience. This is simply unbelievable.

The reality is that the government is very bad at keeping its secrets. All of the controversy sparked by Wikileaks shows this. The government is secretive but because of its sheer size there is simply no way to keep water in that massive leaky bucket. This is why the real secrets they keep end up getting exposed. This is how you get the absurdity of the US Air Force forbidding its members from reading the New York Times.

The people in government are idiots. They aren't evil so much as stupid. The idea that a conspiracy involving the Bilderberg Group to kill off 6 billion people through poisoning our food, water, and medicine is simply ludicrous. I might be wrong, but what are the Bilderbergs supposed to eat and drink? Or could it be that the real conspiracy is that libertard types want us to buy their herbal remedies and whole foods?

If you go over to a site like Infowars, you will see all sorts of advertisements for water filtration, organic food, and homeopathic quackery along with buying gold. Conspiracy mongering is big business. The people who push this tripe are little more than con artists along the lines of infomercial hucksters and televangelists. The fact is that fools are big business, and an entire industry exists to serve this foolishness.

Duping people is fairly easy. Splice together a few real facts with some sinister theorizing and play some ominous music in the background. People conditioned by movies and television journalism follow these cues in much the same way a rat will press a lever for a food pellet. This conditioning dupes them into believing the bullshit. Yet, anyone with a capacity for critical thinking and access to Google can poke holes through this crap.

This insanity is not limited to the libertarian section of the political spectrum. On the Right, we have groups like the John Birch Society, militia groups, racists, and what have you. On the Left, we have Al Gore. But virtually all the people on the Left and Right are idiots anyway because they already ignore evidence such as the failure of the drug war, foreign intervention, and the welfare state. What is the remedy for all this madness?

The remedy is an empirical approach to politics. There is a reason so many students of economics become libertarian. As they study the facts, they come to see what is true. This is why hard nosed skeptics like Michael Shermer and Matt Ridley also identify as libertarians. This is also why my own arguments are so devastating on places like Facebook. I eschew word games and roll with facts. I defend free markets by pointing to our material abundance relative to past eras and communist regimes. I oppose the drug war and refute it by pointing to the fact that they do drugs in prison. And I blast foreign intervention by giving a list of people who used to be on the US payroll--Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, and Hosni Mubarak. These facts which are verifiable demand that you either change your viewpoints, or you choose to look like a complete idiot.

The problem with libertards is that they give the government idiots way too much credit. They don't have the brains to pull off such conspiracies. The other irony is that the libertards ignore the real conspiracies which we have evidence for. The things that go on in the foreign policy area are simply mind blowing. But this is ignored in favor of speculations about Area 51.

Few libertarians want to call out these kooks because they at least oppose government even if it is for ludicrous reasons. From a political viewpoint, you never argue with your supporters even if they are idiots. But you begin to look like an idiot the more you humor these people. This is a big reason that libertarians find it so hard to get elected. They get smeared with the guilt by association. But I don't run for political office, and I think real change happens in the culture and not at the ballot box. These people are idiots, and I am calling them out.

[SOC]

It is Saturday morning as I write this. I fell asleep early last night and was dead to the world. The Sleep Demons had beaten me. But I was awake again at 2 am. I think I got 5 hours of sleep.

I hate having to sleep. This is a common refrain here at the C-blog as well as in person. But sleep is necessary. I wonder what life would be like if we didn't have to sleep. I have imagined a superhero I call Energy Man who has no super abilities whatsoever except one--he never has to sleep. With that advantage, he is able to outwork his enemies. Yes, it is a really dumb idea. It is more for my amusement than anyone else's.

This is wish fulfillment on my part. I accept that I am stuck with a 19 to 20 hour day. The cost is that I doze off at weird times and in strange places. I am chronically sleep deprived, and when I do get adequate rest, it is an amazing sensation. I can think and function again.

Quotable Quotes--Alain de Botton Edition



We may seek a fortune for no greater reason than to secure the respect and attention of people who would otherwise look straight through us.

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I passionately believe that's it's not just what you say that counts, it's also how you say it - that the success of your argument critically depends on your manner of presenting it.

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I am in general a very pessimistic person with an optimistic, day-to-day take on things. The bare facts of life are utterly terrifying. And yet, one can laugh. Indeed, one has to laugh precisely because of the darkness: the nervous laughter of the trenches.

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We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important - just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety.

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We are all more intelligent than we are capable, and awareness of the insanity of love has never saved anyone from the disease.

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In Britain, because I live here, I can also run into problems of envy and competition. But all this is just in a day's work for a writer. You can't put stuff out there without someone calling you a complete fool. Oh, well.

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It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.

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Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.

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Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you'll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities - and we should take care.

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What is fascinating about marriage is why anyone wants to get married.

[U.] Why the C-man Has It Wrong on House of Numbers. Plus, THE OBAMA DECEPTION!!!

yesterday, chuck the fuck posted a revue of house of numbers that was just BULLSHIT. is charlie a doctor? nope. is he a phd fucking scientist? nope. he is just some fucker talking out his ASS. here's some straight shit on the aids conspiracy:








aids is some shit that scientists made up to get more cash from UNKLE SUGAR. that shit is bogus. don't believe the hype.

speaking of hype, i dropped the dope on the bliderberg group. you probably don't know this but they handpicked OBAMA and put him in office. that fucker wasn't born in america. he is a kenyan. the bilderbergs needed a black face on their conspiracy. alex jones drops the TRUTH here.



there is a reason all the presidents are the same. it is because they don't run SHIT. they are puppets for the bilderbergs. they are going to WIPE US ALL OUT!!!! learn the facts. buy more canned goods. get that ammo. THE END IS NEAR.

SATURDAY

1. Algeria decides to shut down Facebook, Twitter, and the internet. I wonder how that will turn out.

2. Trump says Ron Paul can't win. But Ron Paul can win CPAC and did.

3. Trump needs to fire his barber. Or maybe he should hire one.



4. I wonder if any couples have divorced because one partner couldn't stop playing Angry Birds.

5. Donald Trump is also considering a run as the new president of Egypt. He says he can restore those pyramids and maybe put a casino in there.

6. Publicly, all the politicians love the revolution in Egypt. Privately, they are going "FUCK FUCK FUCK!!!!"

7. Arianna Huffington sells out to AOL. First, she was a conservative. Then, she became a progressive. Then, she challenged the MSM. Then, she joined them. Then, she spread her legs. . .

8. Republicans in Congress have zeroed out funding for public broadcasting in the budget. Will it stick? Or will Big Bird have to get a real job for a change?

9. Personally, I like Discovery Channel better than PBS.

10. Brad should have stuck with his woman instead of shacking up with that lesbian psycho.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. MUBARAK RESIGNS

What a wonderful and historic event. I love a revolution. This one shows that leaders only govern by consent of the governed, and tyranny can end at any time. All it takes is for people to wake up and shake off their chains.

I don't know what's next for Egypt. They might get another dictator. It might get taken over by Muslim radicals. But Egyptians know what it takes to change things. This all began in Tunisia and other dictators should fear the coming revolution. This is up there with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Obama is spinning this just as any politician would. Nevermind that Mubarak was a US puppet. As for Israel, they love dictators as neighbors. With democracy in Egypt, it is a virtual certainty that they will beef up security and rhetoric. Palestinians celebrated in Gaza. Don't be surprised if the Palestinians don't decide to have their own revolution.

2. THE FAILURE OF MULTICULTURALISM

First, David Cameron dropped the bomb. Then, Sarkozy did the same thing in France. Now, the echoes are in Germany and the rest of Europe. The declaration is that multiculturalism has failed to integrate Muslims into the respective European societies. Of course, there is the fact that many of these immigrants are skilled workers who cause resentment from natives who don't want the foreign competition.

This is xenophobia going mainstream. European countries will now close their borders. The USA is not far behind.

3. APPLE

I expect Steve Jobs to croak at anytime. It is not something I want, but his death looms very large now. He isn't talking about his health, but I suspect he has cancer which is metastasizing now. My advice to Jobs is to sit down and write. He needs to get it on paper what he believes and what he has to say to the world because those last words will echo for decades after he is gone. For the sake of Apple and tech, Jobs needs to put his philosophy into words. Movements outlive their founders, and Jobs has sparked a real movement. The time has come to give that movement words to live by.

4. CPAC

Ron Paul is the star. Donal Trump who will run says he likes Ron Paul, but he has zero chance of being elected. I won't put his chances at zero. They used to say a black man had zero chance of being president. Strange things happen. But it is telling that a guy like Ron Paul who is right on so many issues and been vindicated on those positions in recent years has no chance of being the GOP nominee. I was looking to Gary Johnson this time around because he is younger and has executive experience. I could see Ron Paul and Gary Johnson running on a ticket together. But the reality is that America is not ready nor will it ever be ready for a libertarian revolution. Americans are stupid, and they get the government they ask for. Stupid people can't be free. They don't want freedom.

5. RAHM AND REPARATIONS

This is the most unbelievable pandering and chicanery I have ever witnessed. Rahm Emanuel in an effort to get Chicago's black vote declares that he believes in reparations for slavery. Unfuckingbelievable.

6. OLBERMANN ON CURRENT TV

It looks like KO will have a new gig with Al Gore's unwatched Current TV. He should have tried to hook up with Dan Rather over at HDNet. This guy is headed to media oblivion. But he could easily do an online venture and really shake things up. He won't. The problem with Keith Olbermann with all his bombast and fervor is that he is still a mainstream media whore. He needs the establishment media to do his schtick.

7. FORD ON IMMIGRANTS

SC State Sen. Robert Ford got in trouble this week for saying that blacks and whites in America don't work as hard as Mexican immigrants. This is generally true. I have worked with Mexicans, and they have a tremendous work ethic. Naturally, Ford who is black was called a racist for praising the immigrants while being critical of members of his own race. Am I the only one who sees the irony in all of this?

8. ASSANGE FUTILITY

The USA has no case against Assange. Try as they may, they can't make a link between Manning and Assange, and precedent is against them even if Holder and Co. can make the case. Give it up, fucknuts. Freedom wins. Do a better job at keeping your own secrets.

VIDEO-House of Numbers



If you didn't know anything going in to House of Numbers, you would leave shocked, horrified, and extremely angry over the fiasco of HIV and wondering how the whole world could be duped into believing a lie. But then, you go to Google, and you leave angry that the people behind House of Numbers can be such liars. HIV/AIDS is a scientific fact. If you doubt this, consider the fact that Christine Maggiore, an AIDS denialist, allowed her daughter to die from the disease and later Maggiore would die from the disease herself. Christine Maggiore is in the film denying AIDS.

House of Numbers is in the conspiracy theory vein of documentaries along with 9/11 conspiracy and a whole bunch of other shit that has dubious empirical support. Like all conspiracy theories, HIV/AIDS denial rests on stirring up doubts. Weave these doubts together, and you have a conspiracy. Unfortunately, if you think you're going to go out and have wild unprotected sex with whores galore with no consequences, reality is going to smack you right in the face. AIDS is real.

Don't fall for this bullshit.

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NOTES

1. Wikipedia on HON

2. Inside House of Numbers

Pride, Humility, and Ayn Rand



Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.
AYN RAND

Anyone who knows me will recognize the influence that Ayn Rand has had on my thinking. But I am not an Objectivist. From the beginning, I found a lot to like in Rand's thought, but I always felt that there was something nutty in it as well. Like medicine, the dosage is what matters, and Rand is an antidote to a lot of bad things and thinking in our society. But if you overdose on it as many of her followers do, then you end up with a new set of errors to contend with. I think the source of these errors comes from pride in one's epistemology. I will now elaborate.

Secular individualism is empirical. We know what we know from the senses. But we can be fooled by our own senses. The only antidote to this is to submit to peer review. This takes humility. You must always be open to the possibility that you have it wrong. We all have cognitive biases working against us and distorting what we observe. We fit the evidence to our conclusions instead of drawing conclusions from the evidence. Everyone does it, so you don't need to feel ashamed about it.

It is said that Rand could never make the switch from Newton to Einstein. I don't know if this is true or not, but it makes sense considering her dogmatism. This is what makes Objectivists so foolish. They have a system of thought based on reason. Then, they extrapolate from that to conclusions that are just plain nuts. Within Rand's circle, if you failed to come to the same conclusions as she did, you were banished. Basically, a fellow like Einstein or even Newton with his love for religion or alchemy could never be in the fellowship of Ayn Rand. The result is that Objectivism has developed a cult like reputation. This is unwarranted since cults love to recruit not banish people. Objectivism seems more like the Spanish Inquisition without the torture and atrocities.

Rand also elevated her aesthetic choices to a dogma even resorting to banishing people for not appreciating or sharing the same taste in music and encouraging smoking as a rational activity. The woman became almost cartoonish in her lifestyle and opinions. Her followers continue this absurdity. This is hubris.

I have learned that we often get it wrong. Or, in the case of aesthetics, some things just don't matter. As a secular individualist, I take the humble approach. Unlike Rand, I choose to be self-deprecating. I surround myself with people who explicitly disagree with me on a variety of issues. I listen to a wide range of thought and opinion. And I change my mind on things as I learn and reflect. I try not to take myself too seriously or scare people into not saying what they think. The result is that others tell me that I tend to be humble, and I have a real disdain for narcissists, elitists, and snobs. This is generally true.

This humility stems from my epistemology, but the epistemology that makes me humble also makes me bold in regards to others. I will not hesitate to take others down a notch. I am all about the truth, and I thrive in the light that makes others wither and shrivel up. I simply dispense the medicine that I take daily.

The reason people don't want the truth is because their egos are bound up in whatever error they have embraced. To admit error is to admit a flaw. People don't want to face their flaws. Some even turn those flaws into virtues. This is how you get someone like Sarah Palin who is proud of being stupid.

The antidote to this is to acknowledge two things. The first is that you are not better than anyone else. You might be a little smarter, more talented, or whatnot in a particular area. But overall, you are flawed. Everyone makes mistakes, and even the greatest admit that they made mistakes all along their path to success. The second thing to acknowledge is that no else is better than you. They might have superiority in certain areas, but they are as prone to error as anyone else.

I don't feel inferior or superior to anyone else. I am a smart guy, but my learning only shows to me how much I don't know. I also find that people I disagree with on one area I find agreement with on another area. I also pay no mind to credentials or status but focus on the arguments and the evidence.

Ayn Rand has had an influence on me, but as I pointed out to a leftard who called me a "Randroid," I would have been kicked out of her circle in a short period of time. Besides, I don't smoke. I'd have to wear a gas mask to tolerate the atmosphere. But Rand would always be welcome in my circle though she would have to smoke outside. This is the difference between an Objectivist and a Secular Individualist. And I have always beaten Objectivists in debates by merely pointing to Rand's flaws. She had the right idea but took it in the wrong direction.

This post is more of a conversation starter than an endpoint. Hopefully, others will chime in on the comments and express their thoughts. Plus, I might get some Randroid shellacking as well. But I try to live by my values, and I think humility is a value and a virtue.

Q & A

Q: Are you a hypocrite?

A: Absolutely.

The world is full of hypocrites. Basically, a hypocrite is someone who doesn't practice what he preaches. People love to point out the hypocrisy such as Al Gore being an energy hog, or Bono being a tax dodger. Actually, I am one of those people. But hypocrite or not, you must consider what they say on its own merits. To do anything else is to fall into the ad hominem fallacy.

The best advice I ever got in my life came from a hypocrite. My old man is a lifelong smoker. But when I was a kid, he told me to never ever pick up a cigarette. He told me this as he lit one up. He said he had a lot of regret over starting, and he wanted to spare me having the same regret. Though my dad was a smoker, I chose not to be a smoker. It was good advice even if it came from a hypocrite. I am grateful for his wisdom.

For me, I don't like to preach. I think you should live your life any way you please as long as it doesn't hurt others. I call this benign indifference. There are certain ways that I think yield better results. Not smoking is one of those things. But I preach less than give the facts. People can make their own choices.

The big issue with hypocrisy comes from the fact that we know what to do but don't do it. We struggle with bad habits. This is when we become hypocrites. This is the problem my old man had with those cigarettes. His advice was much bigger than not smoking. His point was that habits are difficult things, and it is easier to not start a bad habit than to try and correct it later. The result is that I eschew all drugs and alcohol and gambling. Habit wise, my only real addiction is to crap Southern food loaded with fat. Plus, I am a slob when it comes to housekeeping because I immerse myself in reading and writing.

A habit is like a large stone. It is difficult to move, but once you move it, it tends to stay where you left it. Reading Leo Babauta, you learn this reality. If you focus on one habit at a time, you can change them, and they will stay that way. You can change your life. The problem is trying to change everything at once. The result is good intentions leading to nowhere.

For me, I have the same four habit changes. The first is to eat healthy. The second is to get daily exercise. The third is to be neat, clean, and organized in all my affairs. The fourth is to work seven days a week. I am a hypocrite because my progress in these areas is not where I want it to be. But I never preach to others about it. People don't need knowledge or motivation. They need the humility it takes to focus on one thing at a time instead of trying to change it all at once. Read Babauta on this. That cat knows what he is talking about.

Alain de Botton on the Nanny State

In a society that took seriously our laziness about being nice, an occasional paternalistic reminder would not necessarily constitute an infringement of our "liberty" as that term should be properly understood. Being free should not invariably entail being left totally to one's own devices, it should also be compatible with being admonished and harnessed. Complete freedom can be a prison all of its own.

A Point of View: In defence of the nanny state

I usually enjoy de Botton's writings, but he is pretty damn stupid in his defense of the nanny state. The first thing he gets wrong is the idea that freedom is our supreme public virtue. I fail to see that. Libertarians comprise a minority of both societies in the USA and the UK. If the thinks we live in a current society of absolute freedom, he needs to wake the fuck up.

In the USA, we have laws about wearing seatbelts and where we can smoke. Workplaces must conform to OSHA rules. You can't get on an airplane without having your privates X-rayed or groped. Politicians introduce various pieces of legislation trying to police everything from abortion to how much salt you put in your food. This is the "libertarian" society de Botton talks about.

De Botton goes on to praise religious societies for all their rules governing behavior. First of all, do we really need to become a virtual theocratic state? And secondly, are theocratic societies any better than others? Do all those rules actually make people better?

Alain makes a very weak argument for trying to "nudge" people into proper behavior. I don't have a problem with public service announcements that are privately bought. But the government "nudges" people by passing a law and putting a gun to their heads. On this basis, I should go into the nearest McDonald's with a Smith & Wesson and order everyone to eat the salad. This is fucking absurd.

Someone should take Alain de Botton and punch him in the face repeatedly in order to "nudge" his stupid ass into common sense. Enlightened people choose rational activities because they make sense. This means appealing to reason. For de Botton, his urge to help masks nothing less than his urge to rule other people. Here's something de Botton should consider that would have been of much greater benefit to humanity than any nanny state proposals he makes--MIND YOUR OWN GODDAMN FUCKING BUSINESS.

What a stupid fucker.

UPDATE: Alain has taken the time to send me an email, so I share it here.

Dear Charlie,

I enjoy your stuff and a bit of rough and tumble is to expected, but is it really important to your argument to write 'Wake the fuck up...' 'Fucking absurd', 'punch him in the face', 'mind your own goddamn fucking business...'
If it isn't, that would be great, as it's my firm belief that 2 people can disagree with each other without wishing to get into a fist fight. Whatever our differences on our need for moral guidance, let's at least not start punching.

Alain


This was my reply:

Alain,

Government is violence. That is the point you neglected to deal with in your piece. This is what makes libertarians howl. Whenever a statist makes some point, libertarians don't see the "wisdom" in the proposal. They see the government gun aimed at them to enforce the proposal.

Statism is a call for violence. I am not a violent person, but you really pissed me off with that piece because you have called for violence. You probably don't see it that way, but I do. By being a statist, you are being a violent person.

You have had more influence on me and many others in a moral direction than any government ever has or ever will. Your words and your reason have done more for my moral improvement than any idea combined with a gun. It seems that every philosopher wants to be king and make everything right. Why? What idea ever got better by the use of force?

You need to rethink your position on this. Your "nudge" is the punch in the face. If you believe that I don't need it for my arguments, then you certainly don't need it for yours. You don't teach reason with violence, and you have contemplated violence as a means to an end. That piece is the dumbest thing you have ever written.

C.


This was Alain's reply to me:

Dear Charlie,

You start out with a premise with which I can't agree; government is violence.
I grew up in Switzerland and now live in the UK. I don't see either government being violent to me. These governments have their limitations, they are not violent against the citizen except in certain circumstances (law breaking etc).
I would never want to impose my philosophy through force - nor even recruit government to do it necessarily. But influence beyond books, yes, why not.
Why should a nudge be a punch in the face? A punch is a punch and a nudge a nudge: why the conflation?
As for this being 'the dumbest thing I've written,' I've written plenty of stuff that would drive you mad.

Alain


This was my reply to Alain:

They are not violent against the citizen except in certain circumstances.

I want you to think about that statement. Then, I want you to consider our current drug war in the USA. Some kid smokes dope, so for his own good, the government locks him up to be exposed to battery, sexual assault, and even murder. When I point out that the punishment is more detrimental than the crime, drug war proponents justify this disparity to keep other people from smoking dope. To save people from their vices, we kidnap them, incarcerate them, and leave them at the mercy of real criminals. But this is an extreme example.

A mild example would be NYC's proposed ban on salt in food. This is Mayor Bloomberg's favorite "nudge." Naturally, Bloomberg is noted as someone who heavily salts his own food. It always mystifies me when people with personal problems try to amend them by making everyone else do what they are unable to do. Under the proposal, a restaurant would be fined $1000 or face closure. This is theft of a business.

Now, we have you. You have some good ideas about how people should behave. You might write more books. You might go on television and speak. You might volunteer for some ad campaign urging people to consider what you say. I have no issue with this. Yet, what will the government do that you are unable to do? What does the government have that you don't? Clearly, political leaders have bully pulpits, and I see nothing wrong with expressing opinions and exhortations. But what does government bring to the equation? The threat of violence. You will do as you are told or face the consequences.

The "nudge" philosophy such as that proposed by Cass Sunstein is simply a way to try and rehabilitate statism. It is the epitome of passive aggression. It reminds me of Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. The best example of this nudge philosophy is the individual mandate requiring people to buy health insurance here in the USA. Basically, you buy health insurance, or you get fined. This fine will most likely be levied by the IRS. Buy a product or have your money taken from you. This is what the nudge looks like. It is simply a choice between two unpalatable alternatives. Since it is a choice, it gets called "freedom."

Here's an idea. Why don't we appeal to people's reason? Of course, the problem with that is that people often choose things we find unreasonable. But who are you to decide what is best for others? What makes you or anyone else so special and enlightened as to have the right to nudge others or simply force them into behavior patterns?

What is so hard about minding your own damn business? Why can't you and your ilk just let people be? Why do your choices have to be my choices?

C.


I decided awhile back when some statist made his usual proposals to fuck with the lives of other people that I was going to start treating it for what it really is--a threat to my wellbeing and respond to them in the same manner as someone who enters a room and starts threatening people.

Statists believe in violence. If they didn't, they would be libertarians like myself. They would follow the Principle of Non-Aggression. "Nudge" theories are simply passive aggression. Since overt aggression leads to so much backlash, the nudgers opt for manipulation. I really despise manipulators. The one good thing I can say about an unapologetic tyrant is they at least have the balls to be who they are and not pretend to be something else. The most sickening aspect of 1984 was that Big Brother demanded not only obedience but also your love.

From a purely consequentialist standpoint, this nudging is what gave us the housing bubble as politicians and bureaucrats attempted to get everyone into a home. That was a disaster. We now see the same thing happening in higher ed as people are pushed to go to college only to graduate with debt and slim employment opportunities. No one was forced to do these things. They were simply incentivized to do these things through the availability of easy credit supplied by Uncle Sam and the Fed. The result is that taxpayers are soaked to correct the damage. Once again, it would be better if the government had left people alone. This is the law of unintended consequences.

Alain may have more to share or decide that I am just a fucknut. But I believe that cussing these people out and treating them as threatening people is a good strategy. You should respond to them in the same way as someone who invades your home, looks through your belongings, steals what he likes, and dictates to you how you should live. This is because this is what these people do. They just use the government instead of doing it themselves.

UPDATE 2: This is the conclusion of our email exchange.

I think we can agree that the state (as in the government) shouldn't try to advise anyone to do anything, BUT all kinds of actors in civil society should.
That's really the essence of my point - and I hope you agree with that too.
Let's keep government out, but let's not have a silent public space either...
Alain


My reply:

I'm totally in agreement with that.

I have read some of your work (Consolations), and all your books are on my reading list (near the top no less.) I suspect that you feel frustrated that your thoughts and ideas don't have a greater impact. But they do have an impact. This is because they have impacted me. I watched your special on Nietzsche twice, and I found it very inspiring. You do the world a great service.

Here in the USA, we have the First Amendment which gives us freedom of expression. When someone like Mel Gibson utters racist remarks, he breaks no law. But the social approbation he has received shows that society does give its nudges. People decry what he said. They lampoon him. Gibson tries to appear contrite. He does what he can to weather the hailstorm of criticism. But the damage to his reputation is immense. Mel exercised his freedom of expression, and now, he endures what others express to him. Just because there is freedom does not mean there is no consequence. If you look, all of society from art to movies to philosophy to sports is one great moral discourse. Appeals to religious dogma and government force represent an end to this discourse. History shows us what happens when the discourse ends. This is when the atrocities begin.

Anyway, I wish you well in your projects. Thanks for "roughing" it up with me.

Take care,
C.

Kilgore and Kurtz



The horror. . .

Apocalypse Now is the existentialist war film. It is flawed, deep, and ambivalent. It reflects the nature of war and reality. It puts in our faces the absurdity of it all. We are left to draw our own conclusions and to find our own way.

I have watched this movie many times. There are many memorable scenes in this movie and interesting characters. The two most interesting characters to me are Kilgore and Kurtz. They are two men in the same situation, but they come to radically different ways of dealing with it all.

Kilgore is an Air Cav colonel. He is nutty as hell with a love for surfing. He does not care one whit for Capt. Willard's mission to go kill Kurtz. But Willard needs his boat put in upriver, and Kilgore is the man who has to take him. In order to do this, Kilgore and his men elect to take a point held by the Viet Cong for no greater reason than because it has an excellent surf break. His men caution Kilgore, but he rebuts these cautions with his famous line, "Charlie don't surf!"

Kilgore is crazy but in a good way. He is faced with the absurdity of war. He knows it is nuts, but he accepts it. Confronted with the madness, he makes his own agenda and pursues his own way. His robustness and individualism are admirable.

Kurtz is a different story. A Green Beret, Kurtz decides to win an unwinnable war, and he elects for the way he thinks wars are won which is through atrocity. The results are a lot of bodies and the occasional severed head. Unlike Kilgore, Kurtz has gone down a dark path. He has lost his humanity. He is not happy but utterly fucking insane.

Kilgore and Kurtz represent the two responses to the madness. Other people in the movie try and find their paths. But the only guy I see who has made any sense of it is Kilgore. He doesn't sign up to their agenda but chooses to make his own. In life, you have to do the same thing. This is the importance of individualism. Every person needs to set their own agenda, find their own path, and do their own thing. There are no transcendant sign posts. There is what you are and what you do. You are your choices.

Kurtz can't make his own choices. He is trying to make good on the choices given to him. He follows them to their logical conclusions. He becomes a monster. Over and over, you see Kurtz agonizing and trying to make sense and follow the logic. But it escapes him. He came to fight the darkness and instead has become the heart of darkness.

There is no darkness in Kilgore. He is lighthearted, happy, and humorous. Yes, he is a bit nutty, but he has compassion on a man holding his guts in with a pot lid. He can see humanity in his enemy. Kilgore is just in a situation he did not create. He just makes the most of it. Does he have a death wish? This is what makes people think Kilgore is nuts. He is fearless. He doesn't give a fuck. But that's the reality. You can eat it at any moment. Shit happens. Kilgore knows this in a way that no one else does. Willard says that Kilgore acted as if he knew he was going to come through this war without a scratch on him. I doubt this was the case. Kilgore strikes me as a guy who has seen it all and come to terms with mortality. Death is unavoidable and inevitable. What matters is living, and Kilgore lives life to the full. In a film full of crazy people, Kilgore strikes me as the most sane.

[U.] The Truth About the Bilderberg Group and Their Plans for Depopulation and World Domination

the bilderberg group is a secret group that meets in secret to secretly plot the death and destruction of 99% of the human race. they run the world and they plan to KILL us all with poisons in our food and medicines. STOP DRINKING DIET COKE. that shit is poison. it makes your nuts shrivel and women miscarry.

the bilderberg group got together in 1954 to plot world domination. i stole this from their website:

Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period.

The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other.

Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still - even increasingly - critical.


this is the NEW WORLD ORDER. these elites run the world and they do it in SECRET. so what are they planning? jesse ventura (former governor, navy seal, PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER) uncovers the truth about this bunch of skeming motherfuckers:

part 1


part 2


part 3


part 4


we need more people like ventura and alex jones who have the balls to take on the bilderbergs. this shit is serious. stop drinking diet soda. stop drinking flouridated water. STOP VACCINATING YOUR CHILDREN. they are going to kill us all.

[SOC]

It is difficult to write these things because purely random thoughts are becoming hard to come by. This is because I spend most of my time thinking about the things I have planned to write on concrete subjects. I find it hard to let the wheel go and let my mind flow to whatever comes in there.

I am hungry on a Sunday morning. This shit won't be published until Monday morning. I haven't eaten breakfast. I want some coffee. And I was thinking about rock bands. This is probably because The White Stripes are calling it quits. Jack has plenty of other creative outlets while I suspect Meg wants to go home and drink all day. Jack should just consider doing a solo gig.

It would be really cool if he did a collabo with Slash. That would be a juggernaut act there. I don't know if those two styles of guitar playing could mesh. But it would be really interesting to see.

I feel a certain kinship with Jack because he strikes me as an endlessly creative type. I am the same way. I get restless and have to write. The difference between Jack and myself is that I don't do well as a collaborator. I wish I could do that, but I find that I end up doing all the work. I call this Simon and Garfunkel Syndrome.

I am willing to put myself in a support role for someone else. I am willing to share credit. I'm not into the ego thing. I think Jack White is the same way. He strikes me as a humble sort of guy. He sees in others things to like and appreciate. I do the same thing.

I believe that new ideas come from the combination of previous ideas. You take all your influences and put something new into them. This is why collaboration can be so effective because you are pooling two or more sets of influences. Of course, leadership can become an issue. One person may want to go in one direction while someone else wants to go in another direction. This is how you get bands that have famous clashes.

I think it helps to have individual projects and to have collaborations. This way you have an outlet for your personal wishes but can also make some contribution to something else. One of the things I have been wanting to do is make guest posts on other blogs. I need to expand my circle of creativity.

It is time for breakfast and coffee.

[U.] Introducing the Unknown Blogger

I put out a notice awhile back for guest bloggers, and no one responded to the notice except this guy. He is a bit of a fucknut, but he swears he has important things to share with us that are totally true and are not covered fairly or accurately in the mainstream media. Due to the nature of his revelations, he has requested that his identity remain a secret so as to avoid surveillance and assassination attempts. He has also asked me to refrain from any editing of content including for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Without further ado, I give you the Unknown Blogger.--C.



hello everybody. i wish i could tell you who i am but i want to live. i haven't seen the black helicopters for awhile, so i think i lost them. i stay on the move a lot. i am writing this from a flying j truck stop in topeka. fuck i shouldn't have wrote that. they'll come get my ass.

charlie writes a lot of kick ass shit, but he is a lightweight pantywaist. he only gives half the truth. he doesn't give the WHOLE truth like i do. we both hate government so he is ok in my book. but he doesn't tell you that 9/11 was an inside job or the cia had a sharpshooter on the GRASSY KNOLL. the moon landing was a total hoax. there are concentration camps out here that they are preparing for us. i can go on and on.

i will lay it out for you. i will tell you the TRUTH. i will also give you tips on how to SURVIVE. buy some gold. get some ammo. buy more canned goods. it will get dark before it gets light. the future is mad max and beyond thunderdome fuckers. fucked up SHIT is coming.

our GOVERNMENT has nefariouss plots and skemes in store for us. they know shit is coming down in 2012. they know this because of the secrets out at roswell and AREA 51.

i am a big fan of coast to coast am and alex jones and loose change 9/11. i am also big on homeopathik medicine. don't let the big pharma boys fool you. you can cure cancer with magnets and carots. they just want to keep making money off our ignorance.

then i will tell you about the illuminati and the bliderberg group. there is so much SHIT you people don't have a clue about. but i do. and i will make this cblog the ublog as i tackle the UNKNOWN. the truth is out there motherfuckers.


Quotable Quotes

The diversity of mankind is a basic postulate of our knowledge of human beings. But if mankind is diverse and individuated, then how can anyone propose equality as an ideal? Every year, scholars hold Conferences on Equality and call for greater equality, and no one challenges the basic tenet. But what justification can equality find in the nature of man? If each individual is unique, how else can he be made 'equal' to others than by destroying most of what is human in him and reducing human society to the mindless uniformity of the ant heap?
MURRAY ROTHBARD

Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state. That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals.
LEW ROCKWELL

It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.
THOMAS SOWELL

There are people in need of help. Charity is one of the nobler human motivations. The act of reaching into one's own pockets to help a fellow man in need is praiseworthy and laudable. Reaching into someone else's pocket is despicable and worthy of condemnation.
WALTER E. WILLIAMS

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
DAVE BARRY

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. AYN RAND ON WELFARE

The leftard blogosphere is abuzz with the news that Ayn Rand collected Social Security and Medicare. This would make her a hypocrite. But this is the same variation of an argument I have heard my entire life. In order to not be hypocrites, libertarians would have to refrain from driving on public highways or eating food inspected by the USDA or even refrain from saving and spending US currency. In short, because there is virtually no sphere of one's life left untouched by government tomfuckery, we should be grateful for that tomfuckery and shut the fuck up.

Rand may have been a hypocrite from an Objectivist standpoint but certainly not from a libertarian standpoint. I never turn down free money. If I can get back some of my stolen cash from Uncle Sam, I am going to do it. In addition, I will not hesitate to continue to use the postal service or attend public institutions of higher learning. The only welfare I turn down is one that reinforces bad choices such as unemployment compensation or collecting food stamps. As long as I don't have to give up something or change anything, this is free money, and I will sign up. Besides, I'm a taxpayer. I pay for that shit. Ayn Rand paid, too.

2. NYT VS. ASSANGE

The New York Times used the hell out of Julian Assange and Wikileaks calling him not a partner but a "source." But unlike other sources, the NYT then turned around and trashed the living shit out of Assange trying to paint him as some unshowered nutcase. Now you know why Assange was not eager to cut deals with the duplicitous legacy media.

The Times is the past. Wikileaks is the future. Without Wikileaks, where would the Times be? William Keller is a slimebag piece of shit.

3. EGYPT

I don't know what else I can say about this except that it shows the folly of US interventionist foreign policy. Obama and his ilk sound dumber by the day. At some point, they will toss Mubarak under the bus and try to get all friendly with the new regime. But the Egyptians won't forget the meddling. Why can't the government just mind its own business?

4. TIP FOR RSS FEEDS

For you info junkies out there, the best tip I can give you on dealing with the volume overload is to subscribe to all the Google News RSS feeds while cutting almost everything else out. You won't miss any of the good stuff while cutting way down on the overload.

5. CNN

I've been watching the Egyptian coverage on CNN instead of Fox or MSNBC. CNN is experiencing higher ratings which shows that there is a market for hard news and objective reporting especially during a time of breaking news. I think the network should leave the showbiz to the other news channels and go hard with the news and do it better than anyone else.