Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Survivors

I just finished watching the British TV series Survivors. I had it recorded for several months and had not got around to watching it. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the series and am sad that it has been canceled. If it is available through netflix or something and you lean libertarian then I would say get this series.
The premise is one where a deadly virus has wiped out 99% of the population. The remaining survivors have to fend for themselves in all ways. I felt that the show leaned a bit too hard on the idea that people would gravitate towards dog eat dog extremism instead of cooperation a bit too much, but then again if people cooperated without excessive conflict, then the show would lose most of its drama. The best parts were when the group that show followed had encounters with another group led by a former bureaucrat who was desperate to create a new government and in the creation of her new government she had to fully expose the violence that is all governments.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tis the season for crappy political ads

This is the season for horrid political ads. One thing I noticed is that the democrats are putting out commercials that say things like “my republican opponent wants to take away your birth control options”. Is this the best they have? The republicans of course are attacking the policies that Obama pushed through, so at least they are a bit more timely, but when GWB was president they were as worthless claiming their opponents were "big spenders" and not mentioning how much the government grew under GW.

Also have I ever told you how much I hate political signs? Yeah I hate them, not because they are political in nature, but even signs for Libertarian candidates don't tell you anything about the candidates themselves. I would prefer a bumper sticker slogan, then a candidates name something like “immigrants will cross the border over my cold dead body – Tom Tancredo” or “If its good enough for Obama, its good enough for me – Michael Bennett”, “I miss George Bush – Ken Buck” (okay I am in Colorado and so all of these are Colorado politicians, but I am sure you could just replace the names for politicians in your area).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Biggest Loser continues to worship the state

I generally like the show “The Biggest Loser”, but so often anymore I get disgusted by its constant statist propaganda. I watched last nights show and they were basically in the process of doing tryouts for the show so they had went to various cities across the US to find candidates. In the episode however they kept saying things like “obesity will cost the state of Michigan 12 billion dollars in x amount of time”. How does obesity cost “the state”? It doesn't unless the politicians chose to let it cost taxpayers. If the politicians redirect tax money to pay for obesity related illness than that is their problem and not the fat persons. It also implies that somehow taxpayers should be, and are, responsible to pay for other peoples poor decisions. If you dislike the idea of tax money paying to treat fat people, don't blame the fat people, blame the politicians.

Next week is sure to be a statist filled episode as well, because the preview showed the contestants being trained by the marine corps. I am sure there will be a lot of bullshit about “their sacrifice for our freedoms”. If this were true then we should be getting ever freer as we have virtually been in a non-stop war somewhere in the world for at least the last 60 years. In cases where some level of additional freedoms have been achieved like civil rights for minorities and gays, it is hard to see how the constant military actions around the world have had any impact in helping gain these rights.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!

Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!
Fuck Dr. Ann de Wees Allen and her silly attempts to copyright her fucking name!

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100915/00102711022.shtml

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TLS picks up my blog post "Hoarders"

The Libertarian Standard Picked up my Hoarders post! It is great to see my little read blog got the attention of such a great site. In case you haven't read TLS before it seems to be a cross between Reason's hit and run and the Mises blog.

To see only my post go to:
http://www.libertarianstandard.com/2010/09/13/a-reprieve-from-bureaucrats/

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hoarders

The other day a friend on facebook commented on the show “Hoarders”. In this show they have a psychologist and a junk clean up crew come into a house and clean it up. She was upset because she did not feel as if the crew helped the people they cleaned up because they only spend about a week at the house and she didn't feel like this was enough time to address the deep psychological issues these people have.

While I agree that these people probably have mental issues that are not being addressed by the show, if you watch the show you will notice that almost all of the people who ask to go on the show have a legal issue surrounding the hoarding. These people are being pursued by code enforcement officers, by child protective services, by fire marshals, etc. They may not be getting the psychological help they need, but they are getting a reprieve from the evil government officials who would kick these people out of their homes, or steal their children away from them, etc. It may only be temporary, but if it gives them another year of peace from the bureaucrats then the show is doing a good service to these people.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Uncle Sam Cracks me up



It's funny because its true.