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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Frivolacious Squidigation!

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:22 AM (08:22)

H/T Mark Quon


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. https://youtu.be/YZ0PUp-47wM / https://youtu.be/jiuVxLO_IMs / https://youtu.be/CaVKs-O3kXA

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Darth Mike – Facebook / WordPress.com

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Random Shots for Sunday, 23 July 2017

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Beached octopus thanks rescuer
  2. ReasonHit & Run: “We’d even gone to see if I could legally adopt him so he didn’t have to stress being an illegal alien”: Humans of FreedomFest 5 by Sarah Rose Siskind
  3. The Washington PostIn former coal country, the working poor show open contempt for neighbors who seek handouts by Terrence McCoy
  4. American Girls with Guns [AGG] — 13 social justice warrior fails that completely lost touch with reality
  5. Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte — #320 “Roomba”
  6. Overkill — White Devil Armory
  7. Javelin Press — Molôn Labé! by “Boston T. Party”
  8. Spike — Bar Rescue
  9. ReasonTVStar Trek: The Libertarian Edition

Notes from Life, Etc.

  1. Time to clean up or revamp my Facebook presence
    1. FIRST: Send invites to all “friends” to “like” my personal FB page
    2. SECOND:
      1. Either unfriend anyone who I haven’t communicated privately with or met in realspace, or isn’t following my profile
      2. OR

      3. Set up new account using another email address (Tutanota, Protonmail, etc.). Add that new account to my pages and groups as an admin. Add keeper friends to new account, shut down the old account (really, keep the old account in reserve).
    3. THIRD: Use my personal FB page for public postings whenever possible.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 20 July 2017

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 4:07 AM (04:07)

It is my contention that this concept of spontaneous order is the central idea of the enlightenment, brought to a pinnacle nine years later by Adam Smith with his invisible hand and applied to life itself by Charles Darwin some decades later. If the English language can get along without a government, why do we so quickly assume that English society cannot organise itself?

To labour the point, today in London roughly 10 million people ate lunch. Working out just how much of each type of food to have available in the right places at the right time to ensure that this happened was a problem of mind-boggling complexity, made all the harder by the fact people made up their mind what to eat mostly at the last minute.

Who was in charge of this astonishing feat? Who is London’s lunch commissioner and why does he get so little credit? Why is this system not subsidised? How can it be so lightly regulated?

The protesters who gather to criticise free enterprise from time to time use Facebook and iPhones to arrange their protest, drink Starbucks and eat Pret, wear shirts and shoes, in some cases even use toothpaste and shampoo before setting out. They swim where they wish to in a sea of possibilities provided by free enterprise.

— Matt Ridley, Free Markets are Revolutionary, Liberating, and Democratic (Foundation for Economic Education [FEE])


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Trump and Jefferson Tag-Team the Lamestream Snoozemedia

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:59 AM (06:59)

Much has been made lately from a 38-second YouTube clip in which Donald Trump knocks “CNN” to the floor at WrestleMania 23.

In particular, the CNN staff seem to view this as an existential threat.

If the talking heads and executives at CNN took a look back to history, they would find that The Donald isn’t the first First Executive to disparage their profession. For example, the following quote —

“To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, ‘by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.’ Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits, than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. . . . I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

— Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Norvell (11 June 1807)


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ixquick search — Thomas Jefferson newspaper
  2. Intellectual Takeout: Thomas Jefferson Had Some Issues with Newspapers by Daniel Lattier
  3. The Washington PostThe Fix: Memo to Donald Trump: Thomas Jefferson invented hating the media by Lindsey Bever

NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 930, Sunday, 9 July 2017
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Absurdist Discordian Party of New Mexico Facebook page
    3. Egg McMuffin for President Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page

Friday, 7 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Friday, 7 July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 8:48 PM (20:48)

“You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause is improperly administered.”

— Lyndon Baines Johnson


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