TUESDAY



1. Mitt will say anything to get elected. Newt will say everything to get elected.

2. Mitt owns Florida. This is because he bought it.

3. It is said that Heidi Klum fell for Seal after seeing his gigantic dick in a pair of bicycle shorts. True love.

4. I wish I had my own Super PAC. I would have a lot of fun with that.

5. The Cinnamon Challenge:



6. My state wants Amazon shoppers to pay their fucking sales taxes on purchases. They can suck on it.

7. No, I am not going to take the Cinnamon Challenge. Don't ask again.

8. I'm not into making fun of a candidate's looks or the looks of his wife. I make an exception for Callista Gingrich.



9. That hair is oddly familiar.



10. I wonder if Callista fell for Newt after seeing him in a pair of bicycle shorts. I'm trying to get that image out of my mind. I think I'll go take the Cinnamon Challenge now.

Q & A

Q: Do people have free will?

A:
This is one of those deep philosophical questions I don't spend much time thinking about anymore. It is also one of those questions that have made me reject a rationalist epistemology in favor of skeptical empiricism. Whenever you have a dispute like this that has gone for eons unresolved, you are going to find that science succeeds where philosophy fails.

Everything you choose to do in life is the consequence of neurons and chemicals firing in your brain. We like to think that some part of us exists outside of this chain of material cause and effect. This is not the case. A brain injury or disease can change your entire personality. In this respect, determinism reigns.

On the flip side, physics and math demonstrate to us that there is a high degree of variability in spontaneous systems. This would be the study of stochastic processes. This is also why so many things in life made up of small and predictable events can be wildly unpredictable in the aggregate. This unpredictability and apparent randomness is where we get the concept of free will.

As I go along, I find this paradox again and again. It isn't just free will and determinism. Quantum physics throws similar paradoxes at us. What you think is so just ain't so. Or as another wise person put it, the universe is not only stranger than you imagine but also stranger than you can imagine.

The reality is that human beings are animals determined by their biology and programmed to do wildly unpredictable things. There is no conflict in nature but merely a conflict in our understanding of nature. Free will and determinism are rendered meaningless. This is why I don't waste time thinking about them anymore. Neither tells the full story.

The Minimalists on Comments

During the interview Seth talked about a part of his brain that distracted him from his writings when his blog had comments. This voice would constantly tell him that his writings weren’t going to be appreciated by his readers. So Seth would argue with himself about a sentence here, or he’d add an extra sentence there to justify his point of view and avoid offending his readers. Seth said, “I realized I had a choice: I could have a blog with comments and no posts, or a blog with posts and no comments.”

That was our lightbulb moment. We felt the same way: we could have a website with comments and no essays or a website with essays and no comments. So we killed the comments.

In short, we had to kill the comments before they killed us. Kill or be killed. We turned off comments because we didn’t want them shaping our writing into something inauthentic. If that happened, we’d be doing you a disservice. Plus we were spending 20 to 25 hours a week moderating and responding to hundreds of comments, which wasn’t adding as much value to our lives as it was taking. The comments were meant to engage readers, but let’s face it: less than one percent of the people who came to our website actually left a comment. There are better ways to stay engaged.


Comments Killed the Internet Star: Why The Minimalists Killed Comments on Their Site

I am always mystified as to why anyone would publish a blog on the internet and turn off comments. Seth Godin gives his reasons for turning off comments. The Minimalists give an amen to this strategy. But Godin's reasons strike me as post hoc rationalization for being thin skinned. No one wants to admit to this, so they proffer other high minded reasons for turning off comments.

The reality is that comments sting like a bitch. Well, they don't with me, but I could see where other people aren't like me. The beauty of a blog is that it is interactive. People get to respond to what was written. You can't do this with a book or a magazine. The result is that a blog post is more of a conversation starter than anything else. Even if you don't want that conversation, it will be had on Facebook or other blogs like this one.

I find comments to be valuable. Commenters on this blog have literally changed my thinking and my life by the things they have written here. Granted, you get some fucknuts who take a heaping shit on the convo, but these are opportunities for comedy. I see them as a challenge to come up with something witty as a comeback. Hell, a large part of my Facebook popularity comes from those witty retorts.

The downside of commenting is the spam. That can be a pain. I am quite fine with people voicing their opinions or spewing bile and hate. I'm not too fond of people using my blog to link to crap or scams they are trying to sell. I do delete that shit. But for the most part, I find comments to be a valuable part of my blogging experience, and I don't censor.

The upside of commenting is that I judge the success of a post by the amount of comments it generates. Pageviews are worthless. When people care enough to write a reply to what you wrote, you have done something special.

Some people can't handle it. I understand. But I cut my teeth in internet messageboards and other places, so I'm used to it. It is like what I am learning in martial arts. You learn how to fight by getting your ass kicked repeatedly in sparring sessions. The same applies to blogging. If you can't handle the battle, don't step into the arena.

MONDAY



1. Ron Paul got the ultimate endorsement. Snoop Dogg says to vote for Ron Paul. Pure fucking awesome. Toke up!

2. Jack White goes solo with new work. A good thing.

3. First song is here.

4. I wish to Christ that Greece would hurry up and fucking implode. This is what happens when a country does not having a living will. Put them out of their fucking misery.

5. Apparently, donkey semen is a little too much for NBC. Hey, it's just a fluid. What is the big deal?

6. Alec Baldwin is pre-diabetic. So, he lost some weight to try and become pre-undiabetic.

7. I think the cure for type 2 diabetes is the elimination of all sugary soda drinks and running 100 miles per week. I'm halfway there. I switched to diet.

8. Liam Neeson is the Clint Eastwood of our times.

9. I wonder if donkey semen can cure diabetes.

10. They should reboot Dirty Harry with Liam Neeson. It would be fucking awesome.

Sublimation



For the record, I think Sigmund Freud was a fucknut. My opinion of the entire psychiatric establishment is incredibly low, and Dr. Freud is definitely on my villains list. As a doctor and a mindfucker, he was truly a piece of shit. But as a philosopher, he had some interesting ideas. One of those ideas was the idea of sublimation.

Sublimation is where you take impulses that could be negative and turn them into a positive. For instance, a person prone to violence might redirect that energy into martial arts. A person prone to alcohol abuse might turn that into a love for running. It is a useful strategy because it keeps you from doing bad things and suffering negative consequences like going to jail.

Freud pointed out that sublimation worked very well on the impulse of libido. One can sublimate the desire to fuck by creating art instead. In Freud's day, indiscriminate fucking could get your ass in big trouble. Plus, doing cocaine on top of it doesn't help either. Freud had some issues. But the guy is correct. Not being in a single minded pursuit of ass frees you up to pursue other things such as inventing the quackery known as psychotherapy. It is said that Freud upon hitting middle age told his tender wife to finger her own pussy because he had work to do. He never hit that snatch again. That story is apocryphal, and I am taking some liberties in my telling of the tale. But it fits Freud's strategy of sublimation.

Sublimation is an experiment that I have been trying myself over the past year. I have taken steps to avoid finding myself in another relationship knowing that it is a fruitless pursuit that eats up resources. The result of the experiment so far is this. I have more money in the bank. My physical fitness has improved. I have been learning martial arts. I am writing more. My mood is better.

Let's face facts. Sex consumes a lot of our time, money, and energy. Freud knew this. Considering how it all ends up in a fruitless waste of those resources, doing without sex is a very productive thing. This explains the virtues of monastic existence in a nutshell. Being without a significant other and eschewing dating is liberating in many ways.

I see the emotion of love as being the worst aspect of sex. I consider love to be a kind of pollution along the lines of being drunk or high on coke. I am a straight edge guy, and I believe that a drug and alcohol free existence is the best strategy. Love is just another drug. Avoiding love is a good strategy, too. Why subject yourself to the emotional devastation?

Casual sex offers the pleasures of the flesh without the corresponding emotional fallout that comes with a relationship. It is merely enhanced masturbation with the possibility of acquiring an STD and/or eighteen years of child support obligation. Sex outside of a monogamous relationship is a risky affair in terms of the consequences to your health. So, there has sprung up the myth of celibate perversion to spur people to stay at the roulette table. If you aren't getting laid on a regular basis, you will go insane. I don't see any evidence for this. People incapable of sex like the physically handicapped do just fine. Is Stephen Hawking insane because he is confined to a wheelchair and can't plow some sweet ass like in his youth?

I think the idea that celibacy leads to mania is up there with the myth that masturbation leads to hairy palms and blindness. Granted, having regular access to a warm and shapely body is sweet, but it comes with such a heavy price that it becomes easier to let those desires go in favor of more fruitful endeavors. Even regular visits to a sex worker is better than being in a relationship.

I don't think the sex act is what eats up the resources so much as the relationship part. When your thoughts and activities are consumed with another person. It is difficult to get on with the other things like work. I can personally attest to the strain created from being attached to some nagging bitch. In time, the sex ends, and you just have the nagging.

I have seen positive results with this sublimation strategy, so I can tell you it works. The only downside is navigating the minefield of available opportunities that pop up at you. Women become more direct when they are ignored. You don't want to hurt their feelings especially when they are kinda hot. But you are trying not to start something you know you will regret finishing. It can be awkward.

I once shared a house with a guy back in the 90's who was a really good looking dude. He had no problem in the getting laid department. Women literally begged him to be his maintenance girl. The conventional wisdom was that he was gay or something. Wanting to settle the issue for myself, I snuck into his room and found a voluminous stack of Playboys and Penthouses he kept in a closet. Finally, I had a frank conversation with him about the fact that he didn't date. He told me that he didn't want the bother of it all. He had too much shit to do.

I had a great uncle who was the same way. He was in a thirteen year relationship with a chick that he dumped, so he could live alone until the day he died. She loved him from what I hear, but he was clearly tired of her shit. He had other things to do, and he did them.

Ralph Nader is also in this club. That guy has never married. When asked about marriage, Nader is reported to have said that he had to choose between a wife and a career because he couldn't have both. The guy lives on $25K a year, owns no car, is a millionaire, a workaholic, and what have you. My own lifestyle is becoming like this except I am keeping my car.

Women are anchors. This is a bonus if you are a drunk prone to self-destruction. It is a negative if you are a productive type of man wanting to do something other than being a worker drone for some worthless bitch. To do great things, you need all your resources and the freedom to deploy those resources. Women are merely shitheaded consumers of a man's energy and freedom. Freud and others argued that it is sublimation that has lead to the many great achievements in human history. This is debatable. The world might be a better place if Freud had kept fucking his wife. But what is not disputed is that sublimation helps you get more shit done. I already know that between ass and work that you are better off with work.

[SOC]

I just woke up from a nightmare. I have many nightmares. This particular nightmare was the prison nightmare. Most of the other nightmares are variations on the theme of human cruelty. I just have a lot of them for some reason.

The cause of my nightmares is obviously living alone. I remember only one nightmare in my life before my current living situation. I didn't have nightmares while in my various relationships. I just have nightmares now as a product of solitude.

People who spend a lot of time alone become paranoid. This paranoia feeds the need to be alone. It becomes a downward spiral. In time, you are that crazy guy with the beard and the shotgun living in a cabin up in the mountains. The irony is that sort of lifestyle is starting to appeal to me now.

Nightmares are a small price to pay for not being in a living nightmare. You just have to suck it up. My mantra is to do it alone. I don't ever want to rely on other people ever again. That is the one lesson I have learned in my life. Don't ever sacrifice yourself for the sake of other people. When they are done with you, they will toss you like a sack of wet garbage.

Living alone requires extreme self-reliance. Because humans are social, they derive comfort from living in social arrangements. It makes them feel secure even if that security is a lie. For instance, in prison, people in protective custody are safer than those in the general population. But they are also isolated which makes their minds do tricks on them. The human animal desires the pack even if that pack might turn and render him to pieces.

I know better. The people you love always hurt you. It is their nature. This is what I find so sad about life. Life is short. When you die, it is over with. There is nothing else but this life. We are cast into an uncaring and indifferent universe. Ultimately, all we have are each other. In light of this reality, you figure people would be kinder to one another. But they aren't. They have to shit on you as much as they can before they die.

This is sad shit. I can't change it. I can't make people be smart or caring or considerate. This is not in my power. The only rational response to this reality is the one I do now. I live alone. If I ever forget, I merely have to read Facebook status updates to bring me back to reality. People pour out their grief there. One chick was going on about her cheating husband. Guess what. They got back together. What a stupid woman. I have to shake my head at this. This is how desperate people are to not be alone.

My waking moments are not lonely or fucked up. The only thing I notice are those damn dreams. I think the secret to ending those dreams is to sleep with the television on.

SUNDAY



1. I have changed the settings on the C-blog to only show 10 posts on the regular page. Prior to this, I had seven days on the page, but it takes forever to load because of my current output. Originally, it would be 7 posts on the page as my quota was one post per day. Now, I post three to four times a day upping that total to 28 or more.

2. I post a lot of nature pics for the simple reason that I find them stunning and gorgeous. I have also made it a commitment to spend more time outside. I blame it all on this guy.

3. Palin endorses Newt. I would call them Dumb and Dumber, but it is more like Dumb and Completely Fucking Nuts.

4. The bookstore is toast. Everyone will be reading their Kindles in Starbucks. I have foreseen it.

5. They ask if Newt is the next Reagan, but I don't remember Ronnie being a colossal asshole.

6. Celibacy is considered perverse. Promiscuity is seen as normal.



7. Retarded people are funny.



8. Yes, I am going to burn in Hell for that one.

9. It is easy to be celibate when you get free handjobs from the TSA.

10. Link love.

Quotable Quotes

The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so they will not become the legalized version of the first.
THOMAS JEFFERSON

Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.
EZRA POUND

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
LUDWIG VON MISES

Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI

Do not consider Collectivists as "sincere but deluded idealists". The proposal to enslave some men for the sake of others is not an ideal; brutality is not "idealistic," no matter what its purpose. Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.
AYN RAND

Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
FREDERIC BASTIAT

You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal. Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have.
P.J. O'ROURKE

The tax-gatherer is the very man I have to deal with—for it is, after all, with men and not with parchment that I quarrel—and he has voluntarily chosen to be an agent of the government.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU

No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention. Well, get used to that feeling. That’s how your whole life will feel some day. This is all practice.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK

[U.] Immigrant Song



u-fans!! u ready for the HAMMER OF THE GODS?!! u-daddy is swinging it in his hands. get ready for a straight k blow to them motherfucking BRAINS. this unknown blogger reveals ALL. it's all here. illuminati. new world order. VACCINES. plus, your president is from KENYA. don't be FOOLED. barry obama is feeding you some SHIT. so, open them legs and your MIND and get ready to learn some SHIT.

alex jones talks to a smart dude about FREEDOM:



truther girl on megaupload BULLSHIT:



costa concordia was an ILLUMINATI hit job:



barbarian rebellion on THE END:



truther girl with some truth on GARDASIL:



KILLUMINATI:



tenebroust with heavy negativity on OBAMA:



barry obama in CONTEMPT OF COURT:



alex jones with a special BONUS from home:



randy gage with some special CHEESE:



oh yeah. u-man HITS IT AND QUITS IT. hope u learned something. the u-balls is DRAINED but not in VAIN. time to jet. SHIT ON THE HATERS. peace to the posse. u-man is out this motherfucker till next week. peace out.



SATURDAY



1. In an effort to make coffee convenient, I started using Folgers Single Packs. Here's a tip. Don't waste your fucking money. Half the time, the teabag coffee splits open sending coffee grounds into your coffee. If you try and drink this crap, it will leave gritty grounds in your teeth and down your throat. Folgers sucks.



2. I endeavor to write and maintain the sort of blog I would want to read. This should explain the pics of sweet ass.

3. It is said that the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. This is bad news. We already know Washington has smoked the Constitution.

4. Ron Paul ain't dropping out. Why should he? With two words, he can decide the next president of the United States. Those two words are THIRD PARTY.

5. Every so often, someone tells me to censor comments here. Fuck that. That is just fucking stupid. Besides, the thread of hate on my triathlon post is a beauty to behold.

6. Sometimes, I debate whether to put a joke here or post it as a Facebook status update. My life would be a lot less complicated with a single platform.

7. There is one good thing I can say about Rachel Maddow. She always wears sensible shoes.



8. Erin Brockovich should look into the fact that most of the pols in Washington are full of shit. It has to be something in the water.

9. Workers spend $1000 yearly on coffee. I go through a can a week of the cheap stuff from Walmart. This would be 7 bucks or about $364 a year. But this doesn't count what I drink at work. This would be another can bringing it up to $728. Then, there is the cup I buy daily from Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, Krispy Kreme, etc. This would be another $2 daily adding $730 to the $728 total. $1458. Damn. I'm going to have to become a java dealer to support my habit.

10. The creator of the Liberty Dollar got twenty years for creating real money. Meanwhile, the Fed keeps pumping out the fake money. The world is fucked.

11. I left out the Diet Mountain Dew, Sugar Free Red Bull, and Diet Coke I also drink. Yeah, I have a problem. Not going to fix it either.

12. Link love.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. GOP PRIMARIES

I don't really have much to add on this topic. The dream candidate for the GOP would be someone who is a Tea Party conservative, a born again Christian, and a hawk on national defense. Unfortunately for them, the two people who met all those qualifications--Perry and Bachmann--dropped out. This leaves the Mormon, the lunatic, the libertarian, and the closet homosexual. So, they are going to try and draft Mitch Daniels to jump. Daniels doesn't want to run because his wife left him for another man, and he took her back. Yeah, I don't understand that shit either.

I'm not making predictions anymore. The real question I am facing is why I bother voting anymore. My anarchist friends are winning that debate.

2. RAND VS. THE TSA

This story made a lot of headlines this week as Senator Rand Paul was detained in the airport by the TSA thugs. Naturally, I am on the side of Rand Paul and anyone else who dares to defy these unconstitutional searches. Apologists for the TSA will defend the agency by pointing out that the searches keep us safe. I don't think they do. If people in prison can fashion weapons inside or get them smuggled to them, it takes no stretch of the imagination to see that a terrorist would have little problem getting a weapon on board of an airplane. Search for "zip guns" on YouTube and be amazed at the inventiveness of people. One of these weapons disassembled would pass very easily through inspection inside someone's carry on luggage. All the searches do is close a few doors and windows into a house with an infinite number of doors and windows.

The government already knows this information. Government types are pretty stupid, but they aren't that stupid. When it comes to terrorism aboard an airline, it is merely a matter of when it will occur not if it will occur. The reason the TSA and Homeland Security go to such extreme measures is twofold. The first is to make themselves blameless when the next incident occurs, and it will occur. They simply have to point to the pornoscanner and hernia exam at the airport to show they have done all they can short of a strip search and body cavity invasion to keep you safe.

The second reason is more sinister. The government clearly wants to remind you that they run this motherfucker. That is the part I despise. Those searches at the airport are merely the first phase in searches nationwide in other venues from sporting events to bus terminals. Those searches will test your submission to the state apparatus. This is what they really want. Doubt this? Look at how Rand Paul was treated. The guy is a UNITED STATES SENATOR. Do you really think Rand Paul is a terrorist? The only thing Rand Paul did was show some spine. That will get you detained. In time, it will also get you locked up and detained indefinitely without trial. Your crime will not be terrorism or possessing a weapon but having the delusion of being a free person.

3. DEMI MOORE MELTDOWN

Watching Demi Moore self-destruct is sad. It is clear she is taking her break up with Ashton Kutcher pretty damn hard. I've said many times in the past that love is bullshit. I don't think I have pointed out how destructive love is. Love is like a nasty drug with severe withdrawal pains. Clearly, Demi still loves Kutcher very much, and he basically tore her heart out and took a massive shit in the bloody hole he left. As someone who has gone through the same pain a few times myself, I can tell you that it isn't worth it especially if the odds indicate you are very likely to be a loser in this sick game.

There comes a point in time when people stop looking for love and simply aim not to feel it anymore. I call this autoremission. Abusers of alcohol, drugs, gambling, or what have you will reach a point where the pain and consequences are worse than any pleasure they receive from the drug or behavior. Without treatment, AA, or anything else, they stop. They clean up their lives and move on. It is often a miraculous transformation.

Love is a drug just like any other. It lies because it tells us that this person in our lives is worth a damn when they really aren't. At some point, people realize that love is bullshit. The only rational response isn't to try and make it work. This is like someone saying they can make cocaine work. No, they can't. You flush that shit down the toilet and move on with life. Love is no different than cocaine. People burned in love learn this, and a few like myself make the decision to not fall for it ever again. This is autoremission. You go from wanting to find love to not wanting to feel that hurt ever again.

Demi Moore wants to stop hurting. In time, she will. She has my sympathy in this regard, and her life shows that love has no mercy on the rich and beautiful either. There is no happiness in love. There is only delusion.

4. STATE OF THE UNION

What can I say? Obama is a clueless fucking idiot. The saddest part was his prescription for dealing with the higher ed bubble. What a fucking joke. I am realizing that politics isn't about telling the truth and changing hearts and minds. Politicians merely assume that people already have made up their minds, so they cater to their mass ignorance and attempt to pull off some sort of progress through triangulation and spin. The answer to the higher ed bubble is to end federal student loans. This is politically unpalatable, so other solutions which aren't solutions at all are proffered.

Leftards and Obamabots make the claim that Obama does the best he can, but "they" won't let him do anything else. I always ask for the identity of "they." But "they" is us. It reminds me of that classic line from Pogo. "We have met the enemy, and he is us."

I am going to agree with the leftards on this. The truth is that an honest politician doesn't stand a chance. Look at what is happening to Ron Paul. Against popular will, the President has very little power whatsoever. A person like a pundit or a journalist who can sway public opinion exerts as much or more power and influence than any elected representative. The illusion is that government is our master when it is really our servant.

I am coming to grips with this problem like never before. The issue of voting and the rest is also reflected in this. It has to do with the consent of the governed. I will have to work up a blog post on the topic to explore it further.


If thy enemy be hungry, give him to eat: if he thirst, give him water to drink.

Proverbs 25:21


MALNIC

THURSDAY



1. The strongest solar storm since 2005 is hitting the earth. I think this may explain the slow playback of the doom/stoner metal on YouTube.

2. I bought a new cellphone today. It is the Casio Ravine 2 from Verizon. This is what it looks like:



A description of the phone from an online review:

This rugged phone is designed for workers in hazardous environments such as transportation, construction, the military, and law enforcement. This handset meets military standards 810G certification to resist water, immersion, shock and dust resistance, humidity, altitude, vibration, solar radiation, low and high temperatures.

It is virtually the same as my last phone in terms of features which I kept for damn near five years before it started cracking up. They had a smartphone from the same maker, but I don't see how a phone can withstand abuse when one entire side of it is made of uncovered glass. This is why I like flip phones. Basically, I bought the phone that contractors, plumbers, and electricians would own. It isn't sleek. It feels and weighs like a brick.

I have resisted the smartphone temptation. Owning an iPod touch which I barely use has taught me that the smartphone is merely another way to charge you for the internet. I just want a phone to be a phone not a computer, camcorder, or anything else.

3. An entertaining video of the original Ravine:



4. Verizon should pay me for all this free advertising.

5. Here's the smartphone review:



I don't see anyone doing that with an iPhone.

6. Matthew Broderick is reprising Ferris Bueller for a SuperBowl commercial. I see a sequel coming. Bueller in middle age would be interesting. But he'd have to be a Fortune 500 CEO or something. I can't imagine Ferris going on to being a schlub like the rest of us.

7. I just used my cellphone to hammer a nail in the wall and kill a home invader.

8. I'm going to admit it. Seeing Mitt as the next president fills me with disappointment. Seeing Newt as the next president fills me with dread and loathing. I suppose I'm pulling for Mitt over Newt.

9. I've said this before. I am saying it again. Anyone who votes for someone other than Ron Paul is a flipping idiot and a retard.

10. Pulling for Mitt over Newt is like pulling for diarrhea over constipation. At least diarrhea doesn't split your asshole wide open on the way out.

11. Link love.

Utopian Misconceptions


This picture is circulating around the internets. I have seen many like it. Most of them are some variation on Somalia. Libertarians look at a picture like this and laugh at so many levels at the sheer ignorance behind the picture. The person who made this is being clever, but they end up sounding like a retard quoting Shakespeare. I merely have to point out that LASIK eye surgery will cost me about $2K while a routine appendectomy without insurance will put me in debt for the next decade. The difference? LASIK is not covered by insurance. Appendectomies are covered by insurance. Additionally, most ambulance services are privately owned. I might add that if you want your property protected, you are better off with private security than your locally tax feeding pig who can't help you except to write you a speeding ticket or lock you in the government rape room for smoking weed.

I can go on and on with the examples. You have private airlines vs. government funded AMTRAK. There is UPS and FedEx versus the US Postal Service. In fact, the only government service the government excels at is stealing as they have filched more of my cash than any burglar or thief I have encountered. Yet, the person who created this picture is under the delusion that something like emergency medical care would not exist if it wasn't for the government. This shows his utter stupidity.

To be a libertarian is not unlike one of those zombie movies where you have a remnant of a few uninfected individuals versus a horde of slow moving undead whose cerebral functions have ceased, but they still move mindlessly with no greater urge than to devour the few remaining normal people. The reason libertarian ideas sound utopian is because people are never going to accept them. They lack the necessary intelligence to grasp that the free market gives them greater prosperity, health, and flourishing than anything the government provides. It's like a person who rejects a fountain of living water because there is a small fee to drink from it in preference for slurping from a busted sewer pipe because shit is free.

Is everything perfect in a free market? Fuck no. I routinely experience dissatisfaction with various products and services. Some of them are complete crap. Others are worth their weight in gold but still affordable. The difference between the free market and government services is that I have a choice in the free market. If I don't like something, I can fire that provider and pick another one. I can buy a competitor's product. I can get my money back. This is not an option with the government. With the government, you can take it or leave it, but you still have to pay for it.

The real utopians are the statists who believe that by ceding control over to the government that everything will be absolutely wonderful. It never is. When you call out the statist on this, he or she will endeavor to point out how we merely need the right people in charge, and everything will be perfect as promised. Once again, this never happens. Every election is one epic fail after another. This is because government is always one-size-fits-all sort of like the bed of Procrustes.

The great mystery to me is why people are such lovers of the government. The best answer I can come up with is that people perceive greater value in things they get for free as opposed to things requiring payment. This is why parents continue to send their kids to public school instead of homeschooling or sending them to private school. This is why people will take a crappy public road as opposed to a private toll road. For a person to switch from the free model to the paid model, the paid model must offer substantially more value.

No government service is ever free. We all pay for it with our taxes. People who receive or expect to receive more than what they paid love government. Those who pay more and end up with less despise government. But because there is a disconnect between the payment and the services rendered, people are under the delusion that these things are free. But they aren't free, and the actual price tag is much higher with less value rendered. The empirical evidence for this is staggering. Yet, people happily keep supporting their government. Then, when the gravy train comes to a screeching halt, they revolt.

The real enemies are not the lying politicians, but the people who elect and support them. No government exists without the consent of the governed. My anarchist friends believe that people are basically good but have been duped and coerced by the state into adhering to the government system. But this isn't the case. Government is a spontaneous creation of the natural order of human relations and actions. From biology, we see that life comes from spontaneous order. But that same spontaneous order also gives us predators and disease. In the political realm, government is the disease. It grows out of people's ultimate desire to get something for nothing. This is the cornerstone of utopianism.

This is why I subscribe to the consequentialist viewpoint and support agorism. When people see things from an empirical basis, they are rapidly convinced. Even the most unpleasant truths will be faced and accepted when people see that they are indeed true. This is why the creator of the picture above has done his damnedest to portray libertarianism as some utopian lie. It is like the person drinking from the busted sewer pipe telling everyone else that someone has pissed in the fountain. We can argue that this isn't true. Or, we can simply drink from that fountain.

The truth is revealed as government fails and the free market succeeds. Unfortunately, it takes government failure for this to happen. People cling to their delusions for as long as they can remain deluded. Why are people like this? I don't know. What I do know is that not all people are like this. Some of us know better and challenge people's delusions. If libertarians have any delusions, it would be the hope that people might wise up. It is the hope that there will be a mass outbreak of common sense among a horde of imbeciles.

TUESDAY



1. Demi Moore to rehab. I wonder if it was cocaine or scrips. Now we know why she is so skinny.

2. I'm not posting any Demi pics. Her ass was played out for me long ago.

3. Pelosi has dirt on Newt. Obama wishes she would shut up until he gets the nomination.

4. Listening to the state of the union as I write this. Same shit. I will be hearing it again next year no matter who wins.

5. Soros says the Occupy Movement will turn violent. I never thought I would ever agree with that guy on anything. Never say never.

6. I keep making predictions about the primaries, and I am batting a fat zero. No more predictions. I have no clue what will happen. Remember, I'm the same guy who thought it would be Hillary vs. Giuliani.

7. Obama just said that corporations need to hold still for their rape instead of going overseas with their profits.

8. Julian Assange is launching a talk show. I don't think it will be on Oprah's network.

9. Seal is keeping it classy in his split from Heidi pulling a page from the Bruce Willis playbook. Of course, the rumors are that Willis was cheating on Demi. It is easy to be classy when you are the cad.

10. I think Demi started doing drugs to make up for another broken heart. Apparently, she hasn't learned her lesson. LOVE IS BULLSHIT.

Charity is Shared Misery



It is a well established fact that government welfare programs don't work at eliminating poverty. In fact, they actually help to increase poverty as a consequence of moral hazard. Conservatives and libertarians make the argument that charity is better when done through private means as opposed to government means. There is some truth to that. But let's face facts, folks. Even private charity is a failure. This is because charity is shared misery.

Before I begin, it is important that I make a distinction between charity and patronage. Patronage is where you donate money, time, and the rest to some project that is not aimed for private profit and usually results in a public good. This could be a rich billionaire who makes an endowment to a university for a school of arts or business. This could be a museum or public library. It even includes your donations to cancer research, public broadcasting, or independent journalism. Patronage is not charity.

Aid is not charity either. Aid is where you give money and resources for relief from some calamity or disease. These would be donations to the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, etc. The calamities could be earthquakes, floods, cholera, political unrest, etc. The calamity is not poverty.

Charity is the contribution of money and resources to the relief from and elimination of poverty. This would be soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Habitat for Humanity, and the like. The track record of all these endeavors is piss poor. Even on a private level, giving money to some homeless guy is not going to change his poverty. Sometimes, they aren't even poor. I have met homeless guys who weren't homeless at all but discovered that begging is actually quite lucrative.

The belief is that poverty and homelessness is simply a calamity, and sometimes, it is. A teenager kicked out of the house at age 18 probably wasn't asking to be poor and homeless. But there it is. Similarly, someone who loses everything in a fire is in similar dire straits. We shouldn't look down on these people because shit happens. As someone who once had to sleep in his car, I can tell you that events can very easily put you in a place you never thought you would be.

Poverty happens when someone either can't work or won't work. People who have been injured or facing illness or excruciating pain are in this category. A quadriplegic is also in this category except his or her condition makes them permanently incapable of working except in purely intellectual terms. Unless you are Stephen Hawking, it is doubtful that you will be able to turn enough cash with just your mind to cover the cost of your constant care. But people like this are in the minority. Often, they are very old, very sick, or the victim of some accident. When you see the amazing things paraplegics and the blind do, it kills a lot of your sympathy for people who whine that they can't work or make a living.

The other argument is that there is something fundamentally flawed in the capitalist system that makes people poor. I agree. There is. The fundamental flaw in the capitalist system is that you have to get off your ass and work. There is always work. People complain that these jobs are in fast food or other demeaning and humble occupations. But the fact that these jobs still go unfilled even in a recession should tell you all you need to know. Poverty is the inevitable result of laziness. Charity is the subsidy for that laziness. It doesn't matter if it is government charity or private charity.

Giving money to people without some quid pro quo results in moral hazard. Charity creates poverty. It does not cure it. A society based on charity as witnessed in communist and socialist countries collapses as a result of this moral hazard. We all know this. Even leftards know this. The reward for subsidizing bad behavior is the production of more bad behavior. So, if charity and welfare don't work, why do we still support these things?

Charity is fundamentally the sharing of misery. Its aim is not to help the poor as much as to punish the rich and virtuous. The poor have a surplus of misery while the rich have a surplus of happiness. This is why leftards always talk about equality because they aim to equalize this happiness/misery thing. The misery thing never gets fixed. What does get fixed is the happiness thing. Charity and welfare succeed wonderfully in causing grief, pain, and frustration for the rich. The more it fails the better it "succeeds." Not only must the rich person part with his wealth, but he is also denied the satisfaction that it did some good. His productive effort has been utterly wasted. This pleases the leftard immensely.

If this nauseates you, welcome to the wonderful world of envy. In the leftard world, envy is a virtue. Hating the successful is socially acceptable. Being successful yourself is tolerated so long as you pay the proper penance. This means voting for Democrats and recycling your garbage. Otherwise, you get to keep your earnings.

Any comparison of the wealth of the capitalist world to the communist world shows that there is greater material abundance in capitalist countries. Even the poor are better off materially as a consequence of capitalism as even the laziest pieces of shit still manage to own cars, TV sets, and smartphones. This doesn't matter to the leftard. Capitalism is a failure because the rich are materially better off than the poor. Fundamentally, the rich are better off than the envious leftards. That is the real crime.

Libertarians and conservatives are averse to telling it like it is for fear of being smacked down as elitist or something. But there it is. Charity is punishment for being successful. Leftards could give a shit about the poor especially considering their own low levels of giving. All that matters is that some rich fucker pay for the crime of being rich. Some rich people fall for this line of crap like Bill Gates. Others don't like Steve Jobs.

The best way to help the poor is to become successful. Become rich not because you can give to charity or pay more taxes but because you create jobs, products, and innovations. If you feel lucky and want to help those less fortunate, give to organizations that provide aid not charity. Want to share the wealth? Be a patron of the arts and sciences. Build museums, libraries, and universities. Support scientific and medical research. But don't waste your money trying to make poor people stop being poor. You are only making the problem worse not better. You are just sharing the misery. Share some happiness instead.

Q&A

Q: Should the private lives (and failings) of presidential candidates and politicians be fodder for the media? Does it matter?

A:
I can only speak for myself, but as long as the activity isn't criminal, I don't care. In fact, if some of the activity is criminal such as drug use or tax evasion, I don't care. It makes for great headlines in the newspaper, but it matters little when it comes to public policy.

People love gossip. When I was growing up, rags like The National Enquirer were garbage journalism. Nowadays, the only difference between the tabloids and the news is that the news at least makes sure the gossip is accurate before publication or broadcast. Other than that, it is the same thing. People love dirt.

I admit that I love the dirt. I'm not going to lie. I'm no different than those housewives who buy those rags in the grocery store. I consume a lot of news especially the hard news. This gossip makes for great jokes and lightens the mood for me. But when it comes to democracy, none of it matters. The upside is that anyone who lives in the public eye has a tremendously thick skin as a consequence. In fact, the best strategy for dealing with the gossip media is to be a shameless scoundrel. Libertarians have an easier time with this.

The thing that bothers me is how people can get in an uproar over some politician's cheating on his spouse or smoking a joint, but they totally overlook the real scandal which would be that politician's voting record, stance on issues, and the rest. Gossip and character assassination serve as useful distractions.

The time is coming when the personal lives of journalists will become fodder for public consumption. I see things heading that way with dirt coming out on folks like Keith Olbermann, Bill O'Reilly, Piers Morgan, and Erin Burnett. Most of that is small potatoes, but journalists are celebrities now. They will certainly catch the same shit they smear on others. Perhaps then, we can get back to hard news and real scandals like the ones Wikileaks uncovers.

MONDAY



1. Rand Paul would not let the TSA fondle his balls after finding something strange in the pornoscanner. They detained him. Bastards.

2. If you buy a Chevy Volt, you are a fucking idiot.

3. Two guys try and rob a Waffle House in Spartanburg, SC. One of the customers has a concealed weapon and makes someone's day. Sweet.

4. Taleb endorses Ron Paul for President. And people wonder why I like that guy so much.

5. SCOTUS slaps down the cops over GPS tracking devices. I think I see a pig peeling one of them off my car now.

6. Brad Warthen is a douchebag.

7. PSYCHOANALYSIS OF THE GOP RACE: Newt is the id. Mitt is the ego. Ron Paul is the super ego. Santorum is repressed homosexual desire.

8. Newt once called for the death penalty for pot smokers. Gary Johnson, a pot smoker, was not amused.

9. The death penalty for adultery might make Newt shut the fuck up. Actually, it wouldn't.

10. I think Brad Warthen has some repressed homosexual desires. He indulges them with a TSA patdown at the airport.

[SOC]

Right now, I am just trying to get my brain going. The coffee is done. I ate two fruit and grain bars. I eat a lot of those damn things. One of the secrets of the brain on fire is the necessity of glycogen for the mental process. The brain runs on glucose, so when you drink coffee, you want to toss in some carbohydrate as well. I also recommend two lemon filled glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme.

I've been listening to LRN lately through iTunes. So much of my media consumption is audio. I think I have pointed out before that audio sources are like vegetables in your diet. Vegetables fill you up, give you essential nutrients and vitamins, taste awesome, and won't make you fat. Similarly, audio fills your brain as you do other things. It could be driving, housework, or mindlessly grinding away on a dreadmill at the gym. I'm a big fan of the iPod shuffle for its convenience in this regard as you can take it with you almost anywhere without it being a burden. I load mine with brainy podcasts like EconTalk. This is how I get smart while getting other shit done. I will have to do a blog post on my favorite podcasts.

I'm trying to ignite my brain as hard as I can right now. It is raining hard now which really sucks. Going outside for some forward movement helps to ignite the brain. I don't recommend carrying the iPod on walks and runs. One part is just safety as people have a nasty habit of getting hit by airplanes (seriously) because they are wearing headphones and don't hear danger coming. The most famous story was the airplane that needed to make a crash landing on a beach, and this guy was out there on the beach taking a run while wearing headphones. FUCKER GETS WIPED OUT. He never heard that shit coming. That sort of thing is kinda rare but getting creamed by some blue hair in a Buick is more common.

Stefan Molyneux is on LRN right now. For a guy that I don't always agree with, I listen to him often. I don't share his anarchism. I don't think rearing children in a non-aggressive household will make one bit of difference. A fundamental belief amongst anarcho-capitalists is that people are inherently good, and they are somehow corrupted from the outside by government, bad parenting, etc. If we remove these things, a non-aggressive society will magically appear. This sounds naive to people which is why libertarianism has a certain utopian ring to it.

Liberals have a certain belief in the inherently good nature of people. Conservatives are darker believing that human nature is self-seeking but can be disciplined. This is why they have their respective philosophies of government. For liberals, human nature gets corrupted by the greed of capitalism which is why they are always going on and on about all those evil corporations. Corporate influence is what corrupts the otherwise benign nature of human beings with the profit motive.

Conservatives believe that human nature is inherently selfish and evil. They see the free market and capitalism as being just fine because it channels these selfish impulses into benign channels. The profit motive is what makes the grocer and the computer maker provide me with the things I need to live. Since I have to purchase these things, this motivates me to get off my ass and go work which benefits other people. Government is necessary to spur people to other forms of virtuous behavior such as refraining from rape, theft, assault, and murder. But it also gets into areas such as keeping you from smoking pot, looking at porn, or fornicating.

Libertarians blend the economic conservative principles with the liberal social principles. But this still does not address a fundamental question. Are humans inherently good or evil? That is a difficult question to answer. We have both examples of atrocity and altruism that we can choose from to make our case.

My own belief is that human beings are inherently selfish. This is the constant. The variable is what they perceive to be in their self-interest. For one person, their self-interest will motivate them to work and care for the poor and unfortunate. For another person, their self-interest will motivate them to try and purify the white race from the pollution of the Jews and the darker races. When you mix all of this up, you end up with a vegetarian like Hitler who was kind to animals but exterminated millions of people. Self-interest can cause atrocity, but it also makes people want to be moral and feel good about themselves.

The variability of human behavior is tied to people's worldview. You are never going to eliminate people's selfish aims. This is why the leftard project is utterly doomed. This is also why anarchy doesn't work. The argument from anarchists is that government always leads to tyranny. The problem is that they isolate evil in the abstract. In this case, it is government which is aggression. But government is people. This gets forgotten. The argument is that limited government leads to bigger government. But this does not mean that no government does not lead to government. Anarchists make great pains to paint government as a sort of mafia. What they overlook is the real mafia. It should be apparent from real world example that in a state of anarchy that enterprising individuals will get together and pursue aggression. This is what happens in Somalia with the piracy. This is what happens in Mexico with the drug cartels.

In the intellectual dispute between liberals and conservatives, the evidence is clearly on the side of conservatism. This does not mean that there are not serious flaws in conservative thinking. But the Burkean notion of statecraft as soulcraft holds true. Steven Pinker's work in this area also lends credence to this idea. Government works best when it curbs the aggression of others. It oversteps when it goes beyond that mandate to go after non-aggression. This is why government has shown some results in reducing murder but fails miserably with something like Prohibition.

There is nothing inherent in government that makes it good. I think I can also add that there is nothing inherent in government that makes it evil either. In short, government reflects the same variability we see in human nature. Both the capitalist and the thief are motivated by greed. The difference is that the capitalist opts to trade while the thief opts to steal. Similarly, we despise government when it collects taxes or prosecutes the drug war, but we see it in a more benign light when a judge throws out some frivolous lawsuit or affirms the rights of some accused criminal.

These are all Enlightenment concerns. These are the things that the Founders debated before signing the Declaration of Independence. This is also what happened leading up to the drafting of the Constitution. In the history of the world, what makes our current era so remarkable is simply ideas. That is the only difference between our times and society and what existed during the Roman Empire. What has changed is thought. Ideas have consequences. The government we have is a direct reflection of the ideas that the population has regarding freedom, prosperity, flourishing, etc. If this is in doubt, look at the revolutions that hit Eastern Europe during the fall of communism or the Arab Spring. The real power is not in the gun or the tank but in the realm of ideas.

My personal belief is that what has lead to change and progress is the rise of empirical thought. When people see it for themselves, they respond to it. People become cold to rational arguments. This is because people know from their experience that you can establish rational arguments for almost any point of view. But truth is not the consequence of a perfect chain of logic. Truth is what actually exists. When ideas are demonstrated and shown to be true, they take hold immediately. This requires work, but it always pays off.

This is deep stuff to ponder, and I have plans to put it in a volume that I have planned called Libertopia and Leviathan that I will write at some point. I'd get a book written if I don't blog so damn much. But I think the real answer to my productivity issues is more coffee.

SUNDAY



1. Nassim Taleb has a new book coming out. Unfortunately, it will be 9 months in coming.

2. All his books are the same sort of like the songs of AC/DC. But they fucking rock!

3. Link love.

4. Joe Pa is gone. Sad end to a great coach.

5. I live here, so I'm entitled to talk shit. Ron Paul was dead last in SC primary voting. This is because the state of South Carolina is full of stupid motherfuckers.

6. Anonymous continues to lay waste to its enemies. I hope I never piss those guys off.

7. I can attest that you can piss off leftards and triathletes with little ill effect.

8. TIP FOR BLACKBERRY: Make an Android smartphone.

9. In Newt vs. Obama, I'd rather have Obama. Newt is like Mentos in Diet Coke.

10. Romney lost in SC because he got an endorsement from Governor Nikki Haley. Seriously.

Quotable Quotes

Men in authority...will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.
HENRY STEELE COMMAGER

Mystical references to “society” and its programs to “help” may warm the hearts of the gullible, but what it really means is putting more power in the hands of bureaucrats.
THOMAS SOWELL

An inevitable consequence of socialism is the division of society into two groups: those who are consuming government “services” and those who are paying for them.
LEE ROBINSON

We are living in a sick society filled with people who would not directly steal from their neighbor but who are willing to demand that the government do it for them.
WILLIAM L. COMER

No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore our belief in our own guidance.
HENRY MILLER

Experience [has] shown that, even under the best forms [of government], those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
THOMAS JEFFERSON

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grand-children are once more slaves.
D.H. LAWRENCE

The fact that all citizens have an interest in the common provision of some services is no justification for anyone's claiming as a right a share in all the benefits. It may set the standard for what some ought to be willing to give, but not for what anyone can demand.
F.A. HAYEK

But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
JOHN STUART MILL

I have no respect for the passion for equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy.
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.

When freedom prevails, the ingenuity and inventiveness of people creates incredible wealth. This is the source of the natural improvement of the human condition.
BRIAN S. WESBURY

The chances of your being harmed by terrorists are mathematically minute. The chance of your being robbed by your own government? That’s easy: 100 per cent.
JOSEPH SOBRAN

If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force.
AUBERON HERBERT

The usual road to slavery is that first they take away your guns, then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it.
JAMES A. DONALD

[U.] Riders on the Storm



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SATURDAY




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2. I voted for Ron Paul in the SCGOP primary. It was kinda sad because I knew it would be the last time I would see his name on a ballot. Most people in SC are too stupid to vote for Ron Paul.

3. Seal and Heidi Klum are getting a divorce. Another couple who bought the lie.

4. You knew I wasn't going to let you down on this. A shot of the delicious Heidi Klum:



5. It is said that Seal is a well endowed male. Clearly, Heidi wasn't with him for his looks.

6. I bet Seal was sharing his endowment. Heidi was one of the selfish types. I wonder if she shared some of her endowments.

7. Julian Assange has spent the last year fighting extradition to Sweden. The irony is that if he wins he won't ever be able to leave the UK again as he will face that extradition again wherever he goes. The US can then extradite him straight from the UK. He will see the inside of an American courtroom. It will be the trial of the decade.

8. HuffPo has 11 Health Habits to help you live to be 100. I have a twelfth one. This would be not dying.

9. As I write this, Gingrich is the predicted winner here in SC. Kinda sickening. Apparently, adultery is preferable to Mormonism or non-interventionist foreign policy.

10. I bet Governor Nikki Haley regrets that hasty decision to endorse Romney. It sucks to lick the wrong ass.

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects

1. SC GOP PRIMARY

The race is getting whittled down as Rick Perry threw in the towel and endorsed Newt Gingrich. We know Mitt is in it to win it, so I have to consider who will drop out next. I think Santorum may give it up next. Meanwhile, Newt is surging. Neither one can make it over the long haul. Then, there is Ron Paul who is simply not going to win. If he were a hawk, he would be sailing high. The reality is that neocon foreign policy is the conventional wisdom across the land, and it is virtually unshakable in the minds of the electorate. When Ron Paul was booed at the debate for suggesting a foreign policy golden rule, that pretty much clinched it in my mind that he will not win. This nation wants war. It will want war until it becomes nauseating and abhorrent once more. This is the legacy of 9/11. The secret and unspoken wish of the American people is to see all Muslims dead.

2. ANDROID

I am really fascinated with the Android vs iOS battle going on. Both are similar but also represent different strategies. Plus, Woz says he likes the Android and finds it does some things better than iOS. What is going on here is Open vs. Closed. I haven't drawn any firm conclusions on this stuff, but they are definitely different ways to go. Which is better? At this point, I can't say. I will come out and say that Linux sucks, MacOS rocks, Android rocks, and Google Chrome is pretty sweet for speed and simplicity. In short, in this debate, there are no clear winners. The debate is important to me because it influences how I pursue my own projects. I will see if I can work up an essay on this.

3. SOPA/PIPA

I'm glad this shit was halted in its tracks. I have to wonder why NDAA didn't spark the same reactions, but people care more about YouTube than civil rights for accused terrorists. I don't believe in IP, so I automatically oppose any law protecting IP. Stephan Kinsella deserves credit for changing my mind on this subject. IP stifles innovation. If you doubt this, consider that SOPA/PIPA would essentially destroy the intellectual property of New Media to protect the intellectual property of Old Media. Basically, it would outlaw lightbulbs for the benefit of candlemakers. Ironically, some pro-IP libertarians think I am a socialist for being anti-IP. When I point out how IP stifles creativity and innovation, they say there is simply a problem in enforcement, but they can't tell us how IP should be enforced.

There is no such thing as IP. Property rights only apply to scarce goods. Ideas are not scarce goods. IP is essentially taking away your rights to property and ceding them to others. If it is firmly within the same realm as mercantilist protectionism, unions, licensing, permitting, regulation, and the like. IP is anti-free market. IP is intellectual theft and aggression.

FRIDAY



1. Newt Gingrich is the only guy in the world who can turn adultery and open marriage into a winning hand. Even I am amazed.

2. I have learned one thing in life. Never ever fuck with Anonymous. Multiple sites are down as the cybervigilantes exact revenge for SOPA/PIPA.

3. Embarrassment is a chill wind in a nudist colony.

4. I just clicked on an empty chamber. Out of ammo. Off to bed.