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There isn't much that really pisses me off any more.  I'm getting too old, and have become too cynical, to be angry any more over the systematic destruction of Capitalism, freedom, and Enlightenment ideals by the Postmodernist Marxist (but I repeat myself) Left.

But this still does it for me.  There has never been a shred of evidence that Big Oil has ever funded a Global Warming Climate Change skeptic, yet the drumbeat of lies and accusations continues unabated.

As if who funded the research makes any difference to the actual science.

That only galls me a little bit.  What really lights my fuse is the hypocrisy of a bunch of "scientists," who have been paid (with our money!) to believe in and promote this scam, having the hubris to falsely accuse the other side of what they are doing themselves .

h/t +Cyrus Manz 
Do conflict-of-interest disclosure rules only apply to climate skeptic researchers?
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I came across this quote just now.  'Tis been years since I read that book.  Time to read it again.

"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

#Obamacare   #ACA  
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MY PREDICTION

1.  There will not be angry mobs of white people rioting, burning and looting in Hattiesburg, Mississippi over this incident.

2.  There will not be endless stories in the mainstream Press about an "epidemic" of black thugs killing police officers.

3.  Nobody from Washington, DC will be attending the funeral(s).
On Saturday night, two Hattiesburg, Mississippi, police officers were shot and killed. Law enforcement officials believe the suspect may have stolen a police car afterward, then abandoned it. The names of the officers have not been released.
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The latest from my friend Paul Nathan:  why the Yuan becoming a reserve currency is no threat to the Dollar or the American people.

Lots of sound #economics  in this one.  I frequently disagree with him, but not this time.
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I don't normally post about #geology  from this profile; those who follow both of my profiles normally see all of that on my +Fine Art Photography by Ken Barber page (I'm always taking pictures of interesting Geology Stuff).

However, with no photo of my own to share, this one gets posted here.

The Himalayas are really high up because they are the result of two crustal plates crashing into each other. As the plates continue moving toward each other, there is no place for the rocks to go but UP.

And that's why there was a big earthquake in Nepal this week.

Here's an interesting article about a scientist and his theory that all of this is about another Pangea forming -- this time without any dinosaurs.  What a shame:  what good is a supercontinent without any dinosaurs?
The weekend earthquake in Nepal reminds that planet Earth is in the process of forming one monumental supercontinent, not unlike the ancient one known as Rodinia.
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Don't worry, we've got enough politicians. They can double for the dinosaurs.
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So just to make sure I’m up to speed:

being a “conservative” means you are for allowing goods to cross borders but not people and being a “liberal” means you are for allowing people to cross borders but not goods?

-- Todd Zywicki, GMU School of Law

h/t Don Boudreaux, Cafe Hayek

#economics  
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Well!

On MY bookshelf, I have...

several books by Ayn Rand, and one by Ann Coulter.  And Rose Wilder Lane is on my reading list.

I read everything by +shikha dalmia, Cathy Young, +Veronique de Rugy and +Pamela Geller that I come across.

I would vote for +Sarah Palin in a heartbeat.

Somehow, I still don't think +Jessica Valenti  is going to fuck me.

Because we all know that in her twisted little world of Postmodernist/SJW/Feminist hatred, those womyn don't matter.

Because we all know that some womyn are "more equal" than the others.
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Okay, fair enough.  Regarding your second comment above:

Remember that she's a Postmodernist.  We are dealing here with people whose core principle is that there is no such thing as objective reality.  When you start with that premise, as they all do, it doesn't really matter (to them) whether any of them knows what they are talking about.

And so Reality becomes a "construct" that gets created by one's choice of words; and by one's race, class and gender.

Don't laugh.  This is what these people actually believe.
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I never paid any attention to the "news" about Baltimore.  Because I knew that no matter who was reporting it, it would be full of lies.

Finally, here's someone with street cred whose story sounds legit.

Guess what?  It's not the Democrats' fault ( a la Limbaugh) and it's not the Republicans' fault ( a la Obama).

It's BOTH of them.

No surprise there.
Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”
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#economics  

Yes, it's a satire site.  That doesn't change the underlying lesson in economics.  Just enjoy the humor, if you can.  It's pretty dark...
PHNOM PEN, CAMBODIA-- As hard as it is to believe, there are still those who support sweatshops by purchasing products made by capitalist corporations who ...
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Not sure why Google thinks I would be interested in this group...

...but it's comforting to know that, apparently, they don't really know all that much about me.  

And here we thought they knew everything about us!
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My guess is because of my infrequent re-posts of something from The People's Cube.  Perhaps Google isn't aware that it's a satire site?
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TO THE SLIMY BASTARD THAT STOLE MY WALLET
about two hours ago:

I know what you look like.  They got a pretty good picture of you on the security camera footage.

And you'd better hope the cops find you before I do.

That's all I have to say.
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The cops shrewdly made a deal with me:  I get my wallet back for some information.

So I called the issuers of the two credit cards that he used and got the info the cops want:  a timeline of everywhere he used (or tried to use) the cards and how much he got (or was trying to get).

He went on quite the little odyssey last night.  Now we know exactly where he was, and at what time.

It's interesting to see his trail.  He started at a gas station almost across the street from the scene of the crime.   Then you can see him go on down the main drag to the end of town and then back up again.

All the cops have to do now is go to those places and ask to see the surveillance videos.
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Yes, some people really are THIS stupid

And to think this guy gets paid to write this stuff...

#economics   #stupidity  
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You're a good deal more energetic than I am, +Foo Quuxman!  Had I thought of your idea, I would have just beamed in the first chapter of That Which Is Seen, And That Which Is Not Seen (Bastiat).

I guess I'm just lazy that way.
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Fine-art photographer, Linux sysadmin
Employment
  • Semi-retired
    Photographer, 2012 - present
  • Cricket Communications
    Linux Sysadmin, 2012 - 2012
  • DirecTV
    Linux SysAdmin, 2012 - 2012
  • IBM
    Linux SysAdmin, 2010 - 2011
  • Broadcast Music Incorporated
    Linux SysAdmin, 2007 - 2009
  • IBM
    Linux SysAdmin, 2006 - 2006
  • Intel Corporation
    Phone support tech, 2005 - 2006
  • Northwest Christian College
    Network Administrator, 1999 - 2002
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Libertarian who doesn't go "full Rothbard;" Objectivist who doesn't go full Peikoff
Introduction
Books that changed my life (in order):

Walden Henry David Thoreau

The Gospel According to John  New Testament

Women Who Love Too Much  Robin Norwood

Atlas Shrugged  Ayn Rand
Bragging rights
Wrote the first open-source-related legislation to be introduced in the US. HB 2392, Oregon, 2003 session
Education
  • Miskatonic University
    Necronomicon, 2013