George Smith exposes the glibertarian con of the “entrepreneurial society” and those who insidiously spread it using your “member” contributions.
To answer the question at the end of his post, in glibertarian world, a “parasite” is anyone who can’t afford to buy his own politician.
They run the show.
Via Down with Tyranny, which has the full interview.
Politeness is essential to family relationships.
A two-year-old boy was in critical condition after an accidental shooting Friday evening in Wellsville.
Police and medical crews responded at 6:40 p.m. and found the boy had a single gunshot wound in the abdomen from a .22 caliber rifle. Initial evidence suggests the boy was shot by his three-year-old sister, according to Cache County Sheriff Deputy Brad Slater.
This, my friends, is the Gun Nut Garden of Eden.
What Noz said.
Every time I think I have seen the biggest nothing, a bigger nothing comes along.
Words fail me.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has brought forth an article by Sean Sposito extolling Bitcoins.
Here’s a bit from the bitbait:
It’s a system based on transparency rather than trust. And even if you’re not about to rush out and buy into the digital currency, the Bitcoin protocol could potentially change the way you — and all of us — do business in some pretty fundamental ways.
To prep for the changes to come, read the full story . . . .
That transparency depends on your having super-brawny computers (“bitcoin mining rigs“), database administration and encryption skills, and the ability to pay electric bills out the ying-yang to pay for the power for your mining rigs. How much more transparent can something be?
That “full story” is behind a paywall, and, as George Smith noticed, you can’t pay with bitcoins.
No, I didn’t byte.
Writing at Japan Times, Andrey Borodaevskiy sees a disturbing undercurrent to the Russian people’s support for Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian policy: cult of Putin personality.
I don’t know enough to agree or disagree, but I think it is worth a read, not only for what he has to say, but also because our own media has a disturbing case of parochial tunnel vision as regards events in the rest of the world.
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev could not have hoped for this kind of uniformity of public opinion and ardent loyalty that we observe in Russia now. Why? Because there was no personality cult of “Mr. General Secretary” on the scale the modern boss has built up for himself through the clever combination of stimuli and intimidation.
Personality cult does not come from the grass roots. It is cultivated from above, more often than not inspired by the person who is the object of the cult, as was the case with Josef Stalin — the biggest “seducer of the masses” of all (except perhaps for Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who also was an Oriental-style ruler, not a product of Western civilization).
In a nutshell, personality cult is a euphemism for dictatorship.
So much for that “no religious tests” for office malarkey, at least in the Palmetto State.
Facebook creates yet another reason to keep the GPS on your cell phone turned off.
Facebook is introducing a mobile feature called Nearby Friends that taps into that steady stream of location information so friends can track each other in real time.
The idea is to make it easy for people to meet up in real life, so they can have conversations in person instead of comment threads, temporarily replacing Likes and LOLs with eye contact and actual laughter. A live meet-up is also an excellent opportunity to grab a selfie with your pal and upload it to the Facebook owned Instagram.
And I thought the idea behind social networking was to avoid having to deal with people face-to-face.
Whatcha wanna bet that the persons using this the most will keep right on bitching about the NSA, even as they run naked through their Facebook “friends”?
Pap and Robert Kennedy, Jr., discuss Mili(tant) the Moocher.
Part 1: The history.
Part 2: The Moocher.
Pap makes an error of fact in Part Two. It was the Philadelphia Police, not the Feds, that tried to bomb the MOVE house. I lived in the Philadelphia suburbs at the time and could see the smoke from my bedroom window. Also, MOVE was a quite an oddball outfit, more apocalyptic cult than anything else,* and extremely annoying to their neighbors, who wanted them to go away.
The Gloomy Historian offers an additional perspective; there’s an excerpt below the fold:
What police are calling a hunting accident led to two men being airlifted from Clay County early Thursday morning.
Three men were hunting in a group when two of them were shot by an unknown man, according to Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson.
No doubt someone got confused over the difference between wild pig and long pig.