A friend sent me a link to the Locallectual web site, along with a suggestion (or was that a hint?) that I blog about it. I’ll admit that upon seeing the term, I wasn’t very inclined to agree with my friend, but after poking around the site for a bit ... well, here I am.
I’m going to squeeze some catchup out here ...
That’s the claim of a recent Economist article, titled The Ungovernable State. While I agree with the author(s) somewhat (not knowing the details of California’s constitution nor governance systems, I’m trusting that the information in the article is at least nominally accurate), at a fundamental level California is not alone.
My weirdnesses are many; and today I reveal another one. Over the years I have spent a fair amount of time and brain-cycles mulling over proverbs, clichés, and sayings, trying both to understand them and to put them into an optimal context for myself. Sometimes that is much easier said than done ... and that’s certainly the case with this one. It’s bothered me probably from the first time I heard it.
In all honesty, I don’t know why I remember this date every year ... being all of eight years old when the Ohio National Guard opened fire on Kent State student protestors, killing four and wounding nine, I certainly can’t claim to have understood the event and its repercussions at the time. And yet ... when I was considering Ohio universities to apply to, only two were off the table for me: Antioch, because my mother forbade me from it (for reasons that she carried to her grave); and Kent State. More than likely hearing the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song Ohio with the refrain “Four dead in Ohio” seared the event in my mind more than the news of the day did.
However it happened, seared I was ... and while I usually just make mental note of the date, this year I’ve been thinking about the incident and its aftermath, in the context of today’s police state activities.
This is a very interesting article. I would say that instead of "meaningless," the more accurate word would be highly variable. We do come to agreement on the meaning of words, and often on our observation of reality. That doesn't mean that agreement is perfect, of course, but far from meaningless.
I think it’s official: my computer is wanting to bow out. Intermittent display problems continue to plague it; and I discovered that GPG did something very weird with the last text I attempted to encrypt. I think I have a fairly recent backup of my home directory on an external device, and most of what I’d lose if I need to use it to recover are bookmarks.
I’ll get it later is the photographer’s worst enemy. We ended up returning via a different route, and I wasn’t able to get the photo I wanted. My first lesson learned: never ever think “I’ll get it later”.
This comes from an article on photographing disaster scenes. In this case he (Neil Creek) was shooting the devastation of the recent fires in Australia, but no matter...
Several days back, Peter Saint-Andre made an excellent point in response to much of the rising concern people have regarding the state of this country and the global economy. In Where Are the Scenarios?, he observes:
... I rather doubt that a new Dark Ages is right around the corner. Sure, it’s possible, but what are the probabilities, based on current evidence, historical extrapolation, and scientific reasoning? Pointers are welcome. :)
At first I was all ready to fire back, emphasizing that even though a worst-case scenario may not happen, it is still a good idea to prepare for some hardship ahead ... but I didn’t. That would have been an aside to his point, and would have suggested I did not grok his point. I do. Survivalism seems to have become a popular angle for the fear-mongers in the media of late; and I have no interest in feeding the trend.
Yesterday's perusal of ideas of the present, in combination with the sum total of all other collected ideas from prior yesterdays, sparked a mind storm of synthesis for me. I've yet to make anything coherent from it in the way of transferable ideation, but rather than let it go to waste I want to share the bits in case they might similarly inspire others, which is the entire idea.
Have fun! (I can suggest that each of these links is well worth pursuing.)
There’s all kinds of good advice available on how to weather economic crises, including variants depending upon one’s circumstances (e.g., urban or rural). I realized yesterday, while conversing with someone regarding stockpiling supplies for oneself as well as possible barter, that I am not only flouting one very good bit of that advice, but I will continue to cheerfully do so for as long as I can.
In reading an article in the March '08 Edition of Liberty Magazine which reviews a book on the life of von Mises, "Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism," by Jorg Guido Hulsmann, I was caught by this quote of Mises, which mirrors my own thoughts exactly.
Political ideas which have dominated the public mind for decades cannot be refuted by rational arguments. They must run their course in life and cannot collapse otherwise than in great catastrophes.
And so I quote a great buffoon: "Bring it ON!"
The arrogance we humans have regarding our position as "holders of the light" of intelligence, morality, and general top-of-the-heap stuff quite amazes me at times. This article just blew me away. Read it. It'll tickle you if nothing else.
The female California two-spotted octopus swam to the top of her tank, disassembled a valve with her powerful arm, and released at least 200 gallons (757 liters) of seawater into nearby exhibits and offices.
Even though this material is a bit dated, I found the article most interesting. It gives quite a bit of ammunition for those times when one is confronted by "compassionate" liberals who are so convinced that the poor would starve without government programs.
Not that anyone here doubts it, but as much as I've read about this (not to mention living much of it), I was surprised at some of the statistics. We don't always know what we think we know, do we? :)