Archive for July, 2008

Rights don’t need limiting by the State

Friday, July 25th, 2008

For the life of me I can't find the blag post where I read this, but I'm pretty sure it was a post that Bob Murphy at Crash Landing linked to. Anyway, it was some Statist economics blag, and a commenter gave what he thought was a perfect example of ...

What libertarianism isn’t 2

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In summary: It isn't democracy, with good reason. In my last post I quoted an anti-libertarian commenter on some Statist blag who thought that libertarians wanted to do whatever they wanted to whomever they wanted whenever they wanted, and that no law or police force should stop them. I'll remind you ...

What libertarianism isn’t

Monday, July 21st, 2008

David Z. at ...No Third Solution wrote a post that I really liked called The truth about what anarchists want. In response to some immature, lazy, and ignorant blaggers who really don't know what libertarianism is, or at least don't know what libertarians envision that libertarianism is ("They want to ...

Paul Craig Roberts on the “terrorist watch list”

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

Paul Craig Roberts violates Godwin's Rule but still manages to make excellent points in a good column about the ludicrous terrorist watch list and no-fly list maintained by the Department of Homeland Security. That's real talent. Money quote: The ACLU says that "putting a million names on a watch list is ...

African nature preserves and the tragedy of the commons

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

In the July 4, 2008 issue of Science, there was a news & views article about over-hunting and poaching of animals on nature preserves in Africa, due to the large increase in human populations surrounding the preserves. It seems the establishment of nature preserves attracts people to settle around them, ...

Artificial intelligence is dangerous in State, not private, hands

Monday, July 7th, 2008

I was reading about the Three Laws of Robotics at Wikipedia, and for anyone who hasn't read any Isaac Asimov, I highly encourage you to start with I, Robot and go all the way through Foundation and Earth. That's 12 books altogether: five robot novels and seven Foundation novels, which ...

Female bishops

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

From ifeminists.net I saw a link to this column advocating the ordainment of female bishops in the Church of England and, in principle, the Roman Catholic Church too. Well, I don't know, I think allowing women to become bishops won't help them move forward, only diagonally.

DWI arrest at BAC 0%

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

Radley Balko blags about an Arizona designated driver who was arrested for DWI with a blood-alcohol content of 0%. Balko and the newspaper columnist he cites both thought the arresting officer might have been getting back at the designated driver's husband, a lawyer who defeated the officer in a DWI ...

Kill switches and remote control

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Bruce Schneier, the computer-security guru whom Brad at WendyMcElroy.com often links to, wrote a pretty chilling post on kill switches and remote control. This type of technology is an example of why government is not your only enemy, but its creation of the national-security state enables private companies and individuals ...

Lynch mobs, stones, and glass houses

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I urge you to read this column published at Wendy McElroy's website ifeminists.net, written by one WolfmanMac, about the increasing criminalization of being male: Lynch mobs, stones, and glass houses. The nuanced insight and analysis of one man's child-porn charges in particular and society's attitude about sexual predators in general ...

America! Fuck yeah!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The Onion's AV Club has a funny list of the most hilariously hyperbolic pro-America songs. Of course, the most hilariously hyperbolic pro-America song of all time is "America! (Fuck Yeah!)" from the movie Team America: World Police, but, then, it was trying to be hyperbolic. I love the list of ...

Moderate voters tough for both McCain and Obama to win

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

The AP reports that self-described "moderate" voters will be hard for both McCain and Obama to win in this presidential election. It reminds me of the line from Brian on "Family Guy": "Undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet."