Thursday, January 17, 2013

Disposable Future

No. Seriously. NASA just unveiled an inflatable space station. Cost effective.
A little too much emphasis on cost effectiveness? Or a future of giant islands if plastic, like we have in the oceans, at Lagrange points all over the solar system? The kind of distopia Philip K Dick only dreamed of.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

NRA Please.

Would someone please start discussing gun control rationally? Why do all the spokes people look like televangelists and sound like crazy uneducated hicks?
Try this: People keep up Japan as a nation of no guns and no gun violence. Why has no one pointed out that they have one of the highest suicide rates in the world? Suicides need to be removed from discussions of gun death statistics, guns go away, for example in Australia, but suicides haven't changed, so including suicides in gun death statistics causes inaccuracies in thought. Good rhetoric, distorted facts. As Martin Bashir and Reverend Al Sharpton are fond of quoting: "You're allowed to have your own opinions but not your own facts."
Similarly, saying gun deaths and injuries due to accidents need to be removed from the numbers discussion. You have a table saw in your house, you're more likely to be cut off your own fingers than if you don't. So of course accidents happen with people who own guns than with people who don't.
Gun control will not stop criminals who bought guns illegally from getting guns. It will drive up the costs. It will open a new black market, like drugs, like alcohol, and the likely hood of guns used in violent confrontations over guns will increase but it won't stop violence.
And who cares how much ammunition you can buy? So the Aurora shooter bought 6000 rounds of ammunition over the Internet? Did he shoot 6000 rounds? If we're going by possibilities, the labs he had access to before dropping out of school could have been used to produce mustard gas any number of other chemical weapons. What would the death toll have been then? Just while we're pointing out things that didn't happen but could have done?
So...we need better spokesmen. We need better arguments over rational statistics. We need a realistic view of the world and its changing structure. I don't remember any school shootings when I was in school. So perhaps we should also look at the rise in school shootings for an explanation. Guns have always been available. It's the violence that's changed.
Until we answer that, the rest is silly posturing over sadness and guilt. Social media outrage in a world brought into focus through the same constant socializing and anonymity that degrades the empathy and reason of any mob.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Annoyed again, naturally

In the last 4 years, the actual deficit, the actual amount over tax revenue the government is spending per year, has gone down. The debt has increased, but that is not the same as the deficit. So actual government spending, even with the stimulus (whether you believe it was effective or not) was reduced.
At this stage, tax reform, as a practice in reduction of institutionalized corruption (people getting tax breaks because someone gave money to, or voted for, a politician or party) needs to be instituted.
And usury laws. That's the biggest drain on savings. Unchecked, unregulated credit charges, and the legal remedies there to, that can be changed in the fine print of the billing paperwork.
Think of it as corporate taxation with corporate representation.
Think of Black Friday and the consumer culture it promotes as corporate America's denationalization and secularization of America.
Credit cards and home loans are basically the company store of the 21st century. Throw in reverse mortgages, are causing the elderly to lose their one tangible asset, and the housing bubble as the corporate world getting bitten on its bottom for trying to provide company housing by foreclosure and purchase by rental companies leading to a future of serfdom where in they, the land holders, who own the loans the rental companies use to finance their rental properties-- landlords for the landlords ...
Okay. That's a little far, but you'll notice that the companies that provided the credit authorizations for the subprime loans are not only still in business, but still providing credit ratings, and still authorizing loans for their banking partners, while the home owners who got loans they couldn't afford, only because they were approved by those banking institutions, are still being foreclosed on and vilified as deadbeats by the common man.
That's good advertising. Madoff needed to hire that PR team instead of lawyers. Then, like the banks and fellow travelers, he would have been given a pass by the States Attorneys Generals and congress would have given him matching funds.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The magic of America

Days after Sandy, not weeks or months which is understandable, but days after Sandy we had people out shouting about how power should be back because "this is America, not (insert name of seemingly randomly selected nation here)." As if living in this particular geographical location makes us immune to the laws of physics.
Add to this that the majority of images are on Fox News, one of the main decriers of FEMAs existence, and, well, all you can do is laugh.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sandy Jersey Shore

How long will it take before some preacher decides the storm was the result of the hedonistic voyeurisms of the reality TV show. Or "reality" TV in general.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

TV and religion. Still.

Okay, so I have decided it would be a good idea to spend an extraordinary amount money on "No Evil Oil" From Danny Davis ( the TV preacher who's tag line is "go with god and god will go with you"). I figure I am getting to that age where magic oil that not only protects me from witchcraft and helps with that pesky prostrate (better to start early than wait for it to be a problem) but also saves one from the evils of poverty is a good investment.
Plus, you know, oil...and there's always time for lubricant.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The dumbest thing Michael Dukakis thing ever did was hesitate.

The first political add I remember was the Willie Horton attack add against Michael Dukakis. Then, during the debate, when asked if he would (paraphrased) want to kill someone who attached his family, the answer should have been an unqualified yes. Spoken loud.
Not because it's right. Because its the nature of the beast. One of the basest, but likely a survival mechanism for genetic information. Think the Price equation.
But he should have asked "but, should I be making that decision? Should I be allowed to make that decision in a society of laws?".
Don't get me wrong. I am very pro death penalty. Not because it's right, but because it's cheaper and nicer than sixty years of imprisonment in an American SuperMax facility. Even more so than in some over crowded third world hell hole or Russian gulag.
But that doesn't make it right.