Note these things today:
- After making it one of his most promising campaign promises to have repealed, Obama extends the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act. Hope for a better future (of a nation changed into a police state). Meanwhile, the same administration was caught recently gathering bank, travel, credit card, and phone records of journalist citizens. Next step? Outlawing those means of communication such as Skype unless tapping the lines is made easier for the benefit of our overlords. Finally, the Obama Administration, following the dereliction of duty of the Wisconsin congress, does not abide by the rule of law on which our society rests (I do think that DOMA is unconstitutional, but the means of striking it down is not by the executive branch, and doing so is superseding the law). Simply because you do not think of it as tyranny does not mean it isn’t…
- Citizens? How about how the government treats non-citizens? Hint: poorly.
- An old article from 2008 highlights legislation that could have major implications for our freedom someday, reporting on the border-defying policy of allowing Canadian troops here in case of a crisis, and vice versa.
- See the narrow scope of disagreement expressed in your government by voting record here.
- The mainstream media is statist, and at least the NYT admits it.
- I would love to know how a hate group is defined in a study that has found hundreds in the United States.
Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing . . . Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.
The rise in the government’s monitor of citizens seems to be directly linked to the loose definitions we use to classify rogue thinkers…
- Could the NeoCons be preparing more pretexts for war over oil? Because that worked so well in Iraq… Related: why is it that the U.S. is declining in studies attempting to quantify freedom and democracy? Add this to the idea that we believe fully in the myth of American governmental exceptionalism, and nothing will change:
- This child would have been aborted by a normal American couple after a few ultrasounds determined he had no brain stem. Yet there he is, defying science, hope, and the coldness of hearts that see humanity only in fully-functioning human beings.
- In response to the article about manboys in the last aggregate of links, National Catholic Register had a great column, summed up by the following:
I’ve seen debates like this before, and they usually degenerate into chicken-and-egg arguments about which gender’s bad behavior sparked the bad behavior of the other. Each side has some valid points, but I think that the entire debate is centered on the wrong question. I suspect that it was not the behavior of one gender that ignited this current animosity between the sexes; rather, I think it started when we, together as a society, started redefining marriage and sexual morality.
When sex meant marriage, people got married earlier. When sex and marriage meant children, young men worked harder at younger ages to prepare to provide for a family. If a young man wasted his early 20s on inane pursuits, there were real consequences: he’d be viewed as irresponsible and a bad provider, and thus his opportunities for marriage (and therefore intimacy with a woman) would be drastically limited. Young women held men to higher standards. For them, a boyfriend wasn’t just someone to “hook up” with (to use Klausner’s parlance), but the potential future father of their children — and they expected him to act accordingly. And young women were motivated to shape up their behavior as well: a woman who didn’t show any interest in the self-sacrifice and maturity required for marriage would have a hard time getting dates.
- Change is coming, but it isn’t the good kind. Oil is rising rapidly in price, with both the effects of inflation and the unrest in the MidEast. A useful chart shows you how it will effect our GDP. The government and media STILL maintain that inflation is not here, while all of the symptoms speak in clear tones. Here is an interview with a hedge fund manager who has his finger on the pulse of the economy. Austrian Economics predicted the housing bubble, how much more will it take for you to trust the theory?
- Mainstream economics will destroy our economy in favor of half-witted bailouts and stimuli. How the ghost of Keynes remains alive is beyond me.
- Gallium is an amazing element: