The weekly word is back! Once a week I will define and/or explore a new word in the search for more precise meaning in the English language.
Everyone is telling me that I’m too angry lately. Frankly, I think they’re not angry enough. Well, their lack of anger is really the result of a lack of understanding. So, I shouldn’t be angry with them, right? After all, they just don’t understand. Yes, but they should understand. Their
I recently met a man who told me that the state of Afghanistan was proof that a society would not spontaneously order itself towards capitalism. Now, I don’t know where he got the idea that it would, but it seems likely to me that this is a common misconception. So
You might wonder why I called the previous post Gun-Law A Priori. If you are new to the blog and you’ve never heard of this term before, a priori just means that you can come to a conclusion with logic alone – i.e., no statistics are needed. If you’ve ever taken
Recently, I had a discussion with a friend who told me that Philadelphia was a dangerous city with a high crime rate and he thought this was because it allowed the concealed carry of firearms. At almost the same time, another friend sent me this video. As the old bumper sticker
Yesterday’s post was some railing against greedy artists who imagine that the copyright law gives them some right to force others to pay them undue tribute. I admit, this stuff pisses me off. I do realize, however, that many people are simply ignorant of the principles behind copyright and patent
After yesterday’s internet black out, I realized that more clarification is needed about the “copyright” part of the so-called “intellectual property.” Why the quotes? Well, because the concepts are faulty and I frankly don’t want to give them any respect. I recently explained my views on patents in my open
This is an election year and there are plenty of people who at this point realize that the US President is largely a figurehead, as are pretty much all the others, and who will tell you that it really doesn’t matter who is elected, the outcome, essentially speaking, is largely
As a timely follow up to my recent post Against Patents, I thought it might be appropriate to show an example of how the little sister of patent monopoly, copyright, is abused. One of the worst copyrighting ideas is the idea of licensing where you as an individual pay for
A few years ago I wrote a letter to the editor of Bioscience Hypotheses, a journal in which, shortly before, I had published an article speculating on the cause of Bee Colony Collapse. One of the reasons I chose that forum for my editorial was that it seemed to me
2012 has begun. You may be prepared for disaster, but are you prepared for good fortune?
I thought this very well done video from the Corbett Report would make a good follow up to yesterday’s post The Marketing of Establishment Propaganda. James Corbett is an excellent reporter and I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen his work to check out his website and podcasts. He lists transcripts
Okay, so the title of this post isn’t exactly correct. I’m not going to discuss the marketing of establishment propaganda per se. I am going to discuss one of the methods used to maintain it, however. Recently, a friend of mine, knowing that I run with an “alternative” crowd sent
I love this one from Infowars: She makes a great point, actually…. buuuuut… science by definition must be falsifiable – i.e., you have to be able to disprove it. So what exactly WOULD disprove “Global Warming”? Well… NOTHING WOULD! And that’s why, Rachel, “Global Warming” is NOT science!
The concepts of rights is confusing to a lot of people. You can’t see them, you can’t feel them, and they are very often violated. As far as most people are concerned they simply don’t exist. Or, if they do, they are only something that the government “grants” and as