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Month: August 2017

No, The Communist Soviet Union Wasn’t Anti-Fascist

WII photo of tank and driver likely in Poland.
It's odd to me that we need to have a discussion on how Communism, Fascism, Socialism, and Nazism are the same. Though there are differences between them they are as related as a schnauzer is to a shepherd. They may be different dogs, but they are dogs. They are all collectivist and totalitarian. You can spend time arguing the subtle things that make them unique from each other but in the end they...
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Foundation & Robot Series by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov
Most people have heard of I,Robot either the movie or the book. The movie isn't bad but the book covers more ground, of course. It is philosophical in nature. I, Robot When it comes to the Robot apocalypse Asimov invented the rules. Literally, the rules of robotics. The book then goes through various ways that robots can break those laws while technically keeping them. Foundation Series An...
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Get a Job and Stop Begging on the Roadway

Get a Job
Personally I don't run around telling people to get jobs. Even though I wish they would. I sometimes marvel at the fact that someone will be standing on a corner with a sign for eight hours begging for cash among a hundred businesses. I wonder to myself if they have applied to all of them, to some of them, or to none of them. I've been tempted to gather up applications from the area and hand them ...
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Google’s Anti-Bullying AI Mistakes Civility for Decency – Motherboard

Victorian reclining with a laptop
The article linked to below actually argues against civil discourse. It laments that the idea of civil discourse is, to the author, simply a mask. A mask for YOUR hatred. You see, this is how it works: at first, you get to say whatever you want, however, you want. Then they don't like what you say, but you have the right to say it, so they say you should at least not shout about it, can we all ...
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Firemen Save Sausage Fodder from Blaze

Pink Pigs
Humans eat meat. For most they aren't even aware of the fact that this is because evolution has given them a digestive system that manages meat and a metabolism that requires it, nor are they aware of the fact that they are apex predators, arguably the most successful the planet has ever known. No, for most people meat just tastes great. Even we platypus are pleased to scarf up the living things t...
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Stop Calling them “Dreamers” and Let them Stay Already

Immigration Protesters
First off, before I get into the meat of this, let me say I despise the term "Dreamers". It's political propaganda designed to make people feel bad for trying to examine the actual issue. It's an emotional plea that seeks to make that emotion the only requirement we look at. I'm against such things. This is a real issue, with real people, and it deserves more than a catch phrase or trademarked tit...
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Democrats Mad That Trump Hasn’t Built the Wall

I am in favor of borders. I don't think a nation is a nation without them. I also don't think a culture can survive without them. Borders need to be protected. Due to the unique organization of the United States we cannot protect them with an army. That is the obvious thing to do for most nations. Canada, for example, recently deployed troops to their border to keep illegal immigrants from enterin...
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Your Skin Color Does NOT Make You Special

Man with Confederate Flag
Your race, whatever it is, is nothing to be proud of. That's because you didn't do anything to become a part of it. It takes no skill, talent, work, or special effort on your part. It's unearned as it were. It simply happens to you. It's collectivist nonsense. Ayn Rand put it well when she wrote, "Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. It is a barnyard or stock-farm version of collectivism...
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter

Monuments Men Book Cover
During WWII Adolf Hitler had the treasures of the earth scooped up to become the property of his glorious Reichstag. Someone had to save the history, the paintings, the sculpture, the work of the masters. It was decided that a special unit would be created. We know them now as the Monuments men. "The “Monuments Men”, were a group of approximately 345 men and women from thirteen nations who comp...
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Is it time to stop paying farmers for doing nothing?

I'm a platypus that understands the incredible importance of farming and ranching to our nation. Unlike some who don't know where their food comes from and don't know an udder from a, well, you know, I have a healthy knowledge and respect for farmers and just what they mean to us. Cheap food (and cheap fuel) have been the driving forces (aside from liberty) of the American experiment. We need them...
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Schrodinger’s Cat and Abortion

All Humans are Feral
Sometimes I hear things that make my head hurt. This is one. In the video below the woman's argument in favor of abortion is - well - I call it the "Schrödinger's Cat" argument for abortion. She says, "But, what I think is actually among early fetuses there are two very different kinds of beings. So, James, when you were an early fetus, and Eliot, when you were an early fetus, all of us I thi...
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The key to better policing: less powerful cops

Body Cam Footage
A couple of things. First, I don't believe that the officers in the case were recreating the scene. I honestly don't think that excuse is all that believable. To me that's as believable as a three-year old with chocolate on his face swearing he didn't eat the cake. Secondly, the statement from the chief should have gone without saying. “In light of recent events, you are reminded to activate y...
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Global Warming Faithful Remain Faithful

Bright orange sun
This headline, and the premise it espouses is pretty stunning to me really. We don't know how much the planet is going to warm over the next 100 years, but we still need to do something about that. If we don't know how much it will warm, then how can we possibly plan? First off, I love how they start the article with, "It’s a well-worn fact that our round Earth is warming, and that human carbon...
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