Saturday, April 13, 2024

New laws aren't ethical solution

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 10, 2024)




"There ought to be a law." I am disappointed every time I hear that sad phrase. It's an admission of failure-- both intellectual and ethical.

If the only solution someone can see is to call for more government violence-- through legislation-- either they aren't thinking clearly, or their ethical core is broken. Either way, it's a problem.

Many times when I hear someone say this phrase, there is no real crisis, only something they don't like. This is a problem, not with the world, but within the person calling for yet another law.

Every law is another crank of the ratchet against human flourishing. Laws transfer power from you, where it belongs, to the state. Government has shown, throughout its long, bloody history, that it can not be trusted with power. It's the least trustworthy institution ever created. It is the last gang you want to entrust with your life, liberty, or property.

It's not a problem with government corruption. Governments aren't corrupt, they are doing what they are designed to do. When you like it, you praise it. When you don't like it, you call it "corruption". No one calls the mafia corrupt when it does things the mafia is designed to do, so why change the rule when it applies the same way to government?

Government is designed to steal your liberty, to violate your rights, to take your property, and to use you and your children for fuel to power its growth. Everything you might call corruption is built in-- you just don't notice it when it doesn't bother you, or is moving in a direction you like. It's still an evil thing.

Why would you send this great evil after your family, friends, and neighbors-- now and into the distant future?

This is what you are doing if you ask government to make up and enforce yet another law against your fellow humans. It's antisocial, selfish, and short-sighted.

Every real problem has an ethical solution. A solution which involves respecting life, liberty, and property. A solution which never involves sending government after someone. If a solution requires violating someone's natural human rights, the problem is probably imaginary. If it's real, this solution is worse than the problem.

Never fall into the trap of saying "There ought to be a law". It's a tar pit. Who will pull you out after you've sent "the law" to get them all?

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“If you could have only one gun…”


I would keep more than one gun, anyway.

What does “could have” mean? 

Does it mean the Rulers say it’s not allowed? They aren’t going to stop at limiting you to one. Next, they'll say the allowed number is zero. Ignore and defy them.

Does it mean I’m nomadic and too weak to carry two guns? Then I’m too weak to carry ammo so I’m doomed anyway. I’ll keep multiple guns and dig in.

Does it mean I had to trade all the other guns for water? Why not trade game meat instead? Or trade security services? 

Does it mean I migrated to Mars and the weight limit for the trip kept me from carrying more than one? Keep two lighter-weight guns. Again, ammo is going to be the real problem here.

I think "if you could have only one gun" is meaningless except as a way to decide which gun is your favorite. If it's your favorite you'll find a way to justify keeping that one.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Another example of Uncanny Valley


I recently read an article and something about it felt “off”. At the end of the article was a disclaimer that AI was used to help write it. 

That’s when I realized "uncanny valley" isn’t just a visual phenomenon; it can exist in any realm. If something seems almost, but not quite, "human"-- whether in looks, movement, or writing style-- uncanny valley will be triggered. I expect to see other examples in additional realms, too.

I do think AI will eventually climb out of the valley with writing. What I'm not sure of is whether this will be a good thing. If AI is able to eventually sound completely human and reasonable, while telling convenient (for the rulers) lies its programmers want it to tell, it could do a lot of damage. Probably more than simple human liars could do.

I suppose we're about to find out for sure.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Things no one needs


You don't "need" secure elections if you stop pretending that others can have a "right" to v*te on your rights, or to select a political criminal to rule you. Almost nothing should ever be up for a v*te, and certainly not your natural rights.

You don't "need" so-called "red flag laws" if you haven't made it hard and "legally" dangerous for potential victims to defend themselves from credible threats.

You don't "need" locked down "borders" and authoritarian "immigration" control if you haven't criminalized defense of person and property and the proper tools with which to carry it out. And if you haven't established a theft-funded welfare state.

You wouldn't "need" welfare if government hadn't decided to replace charity with handouts funded by stealing money from the population. And if everyone weren't forced to involuntarily fund an expensive and useless institution called "government", which works to make everything more expensive.

You don't "need" a government military to protect you from foreign enemies if there isn't a government military creating enemies all over the planet.

You don't "need" police if there are no counterfeit "laws" to impose on the population, and if you don't train the population to be passive sheep in the face of archation.

You don't "need" taxes [sic] if you let people voluntarily fund those things they want badly enough to fund, and let the other things die.

You don't "need" government to have a monetary policy unless you allow government to counterfeit "money", inflate away your money, and spend money it doesn't have, thus creating a "national debt" that government employees alone owe, but that they'll pretend is your debt to repay.

You don't "need" a government "job".

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Eclipse trip report

The eclipse trip was a success!

It seemed the Universe was pulling out all the stops to prevent the trip from happening. From a probably dishonest AirBnB-er who suddenly "discovered" the property was "double-booked" two months ago so the rental was no longer available (even though we had booked it a year ago!) and couldn't be bothered to actually CONTACT us about the problem, to sudden problems surrounding the cat-sitting arrangements. 

I have my suspicions about what really happened with the rental property owner, especially because of the treatment we got when we simply tried to call the number provided. Booking.com came through and found us another place on short notice (a 2-star motel!), and covered the additional expense (or, at least, they assured us it would be covered, but it hasn't been reimbursed yet).

The cat-sitting was taken care of, even though the cat-sitter had some work scheduling problems to work around.

On our way to Waco-- which I chose because it was in the path of totality, it was the closest that path came to where I live now, and because I lived in Waco long ago-- I drove by the house I lived in during second grade (about halfway to Waco). I'm sure my daughter was so impressed.


Farther down the road I saw my first Cybertruck in the wild, parked at a post office. Many people wouldn't find this very exciting, but I did. 

 


I then stopped by and took a look at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility near McGregor. They had "We don't care if you die!" signs and a guard shack, which worked to keep me away. I wish I could have waited around to see an engine test.


We then got to Waco and stopped by to see the Waco Suspension Bridge. This was an annual field trip for my class when I was in elementary school in Waco. It's still kinda cool.




Then, before going to the motel, we went to see the Branch Davidian compound. That was interesting. They were closed to visitors that day (but lots of people were walking in the open gate anyway).




We went by my old house in Waco, went to some of my old stomping grounds, and then went out to the lake for a little while. I even got in a small hike (and didn't get chiggers!).


The 2-star motel was fine. Not the greatest, but better than sleeping in an alley. Looking out the window there was an LED billboard.


The next morning it had updated.


That morning we left Waco to get closer to the center line of the path of totality. I chose Gatesville- partly because they were having an eclipse festival, and it would put us 30 miles closer to home when we left.

Lots of happy people with cameras, telescopes, and eclipse glasses. We had to wait about 45 minutes before they'd let us in because they had pre-sold tickets online and those people got in first. Gave me a chance to rest and relax before the main attraction.

There are no words to describe how awesome the eclipse was. I thought I knew what to expect from photos and videos I've seen over the years, but there's no substitute for seeing it-- for experiencing it in person. I've experienced several partial eclipses, but the moment the warm Sun is replaced by a cold, white ring around a jet-black disc in the sky is something I'll never forget. 


There were tiny orange sparks visible around the black disc, too. I believe they were solar prominences poking above the surface of the Sun. So incredible to see!


Even my too-cool-to-be-impressed teenage daughter was in awe (which is an amazing thing to have witnessed). A total eclipse isn't the same as a partial eclipse, no matter how close it gets.

The video at the top of the post gives a false impression that it was lighter than it was during totality- the phone camera is too good at taking video in just about any light. Stars were visible in the sky and crickets started chirping. It got suddenly cooler and it was just like nighttime for four and a half minutes right in the middle of the day- just minutes after solar noon.

It would have been nice if my vision were better than it has been since my retina surgery, but I still had one eye to see things through, and that was enough. I'm going to need to get that fixed.

We made it all the way home in one day. Through hail storms that I thought were going to take out the windshield a time or two. Traffic wasn't as bad as I had feared, except one spot where there was construction going on and, maybe, a wreck. Got home at 11pm to some cats who were very happy to see us.

It was a successful trip. I'm so glad I went. I'm very happy to be home.

Thanks so much to those who helped make this trip possible!

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Monday, April 08, 2024

"Vigilante" isn't a bad word


Some people believe vigilanteism is on the rise. That people who've had enough are choosing to "take matters into their own hands" against criminals government won't touch. Or, criminals government works to support and protect to the detriment of society.

I don't know if this is true. But it wouldn't be terrible. As long as archators are the target. This is probably what you should be doing. This is right-- calling “authorities” to do what you should be doing on your own is not. 

Yes, those "authorities" will punish you for making their uselessness obvious. When they do, it's confirmation that they are bad guys. No different than the freelance criminals the vigilantes are forced to address.

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Sunday, April 07, 2024

Don't fall for government provocation

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for April 7, 2024)




If, by doing provocative things, government can trigger you into acting, your actions become an excuse to crack down harder- which will trigger more people to act. Like a feedback loop.

It's part of the reason for anti-gun legislation. It's part of the reason the two main factions of authoritarians love the fight over the issue of "immigration". It's why the real solution to crime is criminalized...read the rest...
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Saturday, April 06, 2024

Government will collapse under weight

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 3, 2024)




What's a liberty lover to do? Authoritarian government seems to be gaining by leaps and bounds. Again. Did humanity learn nothing over the past hundred years?

This time authoritarian government is using captured corporations to crack down on liberty in ways it can't usually get away with, at least in America, due to that pesky Constitution.

Authoritarianism also uses the lies of "safety" and "national security". A variety of tools, all leading to one miserable place.

There is little pushback from the public. I see at least three reasons for this.

First, those who push back are often punished like the January 6th political prisoners. This discourages people from speaking up. They don't want their lives destroyed.

Second, many people are scared of liberty. They want to be guided, coddled, and protected from scary things by a surrogate parent. Government offers to be this parent to those broken individuals. All they have to give up in return is the freedom to do things they have a right to do. Even things their conscience tells them they should be doing. Mommy and Daddy Government say "no".

Third, most people are against too much government, until it gives them money or something else they want. Suddenly they are flexible about how much government is too much; how much they are willing to tolerate. The bribe purchases their silent obedience. Fortunately, this doesn't always work as well as government hopes. Some people are willing to take the enemy's money or privileges, and then bite the hand that feeds them.

I had a high school physics teacher like this. He had a government job, but harbored no illusions about government.

As long as the majority of your neighbors are willing to sell their own liberty out of fear of punishment, fear of other scary things, or for some handouts, your liberty is at risk. Many of these neighbors will be happy to sell you out if you're living life a little too freely, even if you're only doing things you have a natural human right to do. Either because they like to be ruled, or because they are scared you aren't ruled enough. Either way, authoritarian government gets another boost.

At least until it collapses under its own weight-- which it will. There will be interesting times on the path to a free society, but there will eventually be a free society because authoritarianism is a failed system.

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That last tiny bit makes ALL the difference


Complete liberty is as different from partial liberty as a total eclipse is from a partial eclipse. There is, quite literally-- with no hyperbole-- no comparison

That last 0.1% difference puts the experience into another realm of reality that is absolutely unlike the previous condition. It all falls into place at that point, in a way you can't understand before it happens. Even a tiny spark of political government ruins the entire experience, if liberty is your goal.

I understand this fact instinctively. It seems few people do.

It's why I have struggled so hard to experience a total eclipse (I'll let you know how that went, and fill you in on all the disasters I've encountered along the way, after the event). It's why you should experience a total eclipse even if you've been through a dozen 99.9% coverage partial eclipses.

And it's why I strive so hard to help people understand why total liberty is so incredibly essential to human flourishing. You simply can't compare a life of "mostly free" with actual liberty.

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Friday, April 05, 2024

Beware the new Boogeyman


For a certain segment of the population, independent migrants have become boogeymen. 

They don’t call them “migrants” or even “illegal immigrants” now. Just “illegals”. "Illegal" has become a noun. And they assign all sorts of magical qualities to this sort of non-person.

If any crime happens, "It was probably an illegal".
If there's a knock on the door, "Be careful- it might be an illegal".
You have to check under the bed and watch around every corner for "illegals".
If any Hispanic people are seen, they're automatically "illegals". 

All seasonal farm workers are called "illegals" as a matter of fact. If I ask how the speaker can be certain they don't have government permission to be here, working, I'm told they are "probably illegals".

I guess no one should ever leave the neighborhood they were born in, so as not to worry others.

Reality doesn't figure in. They've become the focus of all hatred and fear. They might as well be goblins.

And then, this person would complain that these new residents might v*te for the opposition political party if they get the chance. Wow... I wonder why...

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Thursday, April 04, 2024

No, they aren't good


Gun owners who support police and the military are like concentration camp prisoners who act as though the prison camp guards and executioners are mostly good people, other than a few bad apples. It's not just those who give the orders who are to blame. Those who carry out the orders are even worse.

The monsters "in charge" are powerless without people willing to commit evil on their behalf. Supporting those willing tools doesn't do anything good.

And it's not just gun owners, but anyone who understands and values liberty. Stop supporting those working to destroy you.

You won't reach liberty by celebrating and supporting sworn enemies who work day and night to enslave you.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Breaking News! Freedom pamphlet sweeps the world!


Well, maybe not yet. But you can help make my headline true.

There's a new booklet you need to download. Freedom and How To Find It. It was written by frequent commenter to this blog, and all-around good liberty-loving guy, Jim Davies. 

And when you do download a copy, please send a dollar to Jim, and then send copies to people you know might be receptive to the message.

I've been sending out copies myself.

The more liberty there is, the better off all of us will be. Only the bad guys will be hurt by it, and I can't bring myself to care much about their plight. 

I know what liberty looks and feels like, and I want it all. Not bits and pieces-- ALL of it. Maybe this could help reach the goal.

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Tuesday, April 02, 2024

Do they realize they are on the side of evil?


Do those who work for government believe they are doing the right thing? That they are doing good?

Probably. At least, most of them probably do.

It's easy to show they aren't. It's easy to show that they are doing evil.

Are they harming the life, liberty, or property of anyone by doing their "job"? Yes. Demonstrably so. Even if they claim it's necessary, this is committing evil

Working for government isn't ever the right thing to do. They all need to quit.

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Monday, April 01, 2024

Fred Reed: Enlisting in the Military: A Very, Very Bad Idea


(I'm doing something I don't do. I'm reposting, in its entirety, a post by someone else. Cusswords and all. He said anyone could. The original is found here.)

If you are a young man wondering what to do with your life, you may consider enlisting in the military. Don’t. Yes, the military has its appeal, or seems to. You may need a job. The uniform looks good. There can be adventure. You might get laid by Asian lovelies in foreign countries. These things have their appeal. They did for me as a young Marine. But they aren’t worth being mutilated, blinded, or spending the rest of your years in a wheel chair. This can happen. It does happen. And Washington doesn’t give a damn.

Recruiters won’t tell you of this. They are liars. They lied to me. They will lie to you. At the very least, they will talk only about good things that might happen, about college money and job training you might get but probably won’t. They will make you feel welcome. You are joining a team of brothers, they will say. You are a patriot. You are defending your country.

Don’t believe it. The US military does not defend America. The last time it did this was in 1945, at the end of World War Two. Since then, American soldiers were sent for twenty years to Afghanistan. Is Afghanistan America? No. Was it, is it, important to America? No. Then Iraq, Syria, Iraq again,and Serbia, bombing helpless cities. Iraq isn’t America. In my day–I’m an old guy–it was Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, where 63,000 Americans died, and killed huge numbers of peasants who did nothing wrong–for no reason. Washington is now getting ready to start a war with China. China is on the other side of the world.

Let me tell you what the military does to young men, what Washington does. Long ago I was driving a truck near the Marine base in Danang, Vietnam. A bullet came through the windshield. The glass spatter went into my eyes, filling them with blood and blinding me for, as it turned out, several months. I lay for maybe an hour beside the road until a chopper finally came to take me to the Naval Support Activity hospital. For a couple of weeks a Viet nurse gave me a large injection of penicillin every few hours because if the blood got infected, that would be it for my vision.

Across the corridor from me were two Marines whose tank had been hit by an RPG, rocket-propelled grenade. It ruptured the hydraulic lines and the hydraulic fluid had exploded into flames. The two crewmen across from me had gotten out somehow, though horribly burned. I was told they were covered with a plastic sheet that dripped with evaporation from their burns, but I don’t know. The other too had cooked alive, burning, burning, in agony, skin sloughing off, unable to breathe in the flames, desperately trying to find the hatch. The two across from me said they could hear them screaming. It is what the military did to them. It is what the military will do to you.

A recruiter might tell you that I am an old guy, and things have changed. No. They have not. The military still uses tanks, rifles, land mines, bombs, flamethrowers, artillery. Aircraft carriers, important for the upcoming war with China, still carry large quantities of jet fuel and explosives. They are barbecues waiting to be lighted. You can have your bowels blown out, or burn alive, as easily now as then.

Did Vietnam have anything to do with America? No. It’s on the other side of the freaking world. Likewise Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq. So why does the military, why does our government do it?

Answer: So the arms industry can make money. And so Washington can try to control the world. Are you willing to die, to spend your life in a wheel chair, to wear a colostomy bag full of your own shit and never have a date because you were gut-shot–so Lockheed-Martin’s stock shares will go up? Don’t do it. Don’t let the bastards use you.

The wars never stop because the money is sweet, the profits enormous. Washington just finished twenty years of killing in Afghanistan , meaning twenty years of juicy contracts. How did this defend America? Now we have Ukraine, so far costing taxpayers over a hundred billion dollars. Is Ukraine America? The United States is falling apart as anyone can see and Washington sends money to Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians, Russians and Ukrainians, have died there, for nothing. But of course most of that money going to Ukraine is used to buy weapons from the arms companies. Follow the dollar.

For Washington, for the arms industry–they are almost the same thing–long wars in distant places are desirable because companies like Lockheed-Martin and Raytheon can keep selling the Pentagon missiles, tanks, helicopters and simple things like gasoline at jacked-up prices. War is about money. Washington cares about money. It does not care about you.

Don’t let them use you.

I’ll tell you another story. I spent about a year on the eye ward, 4B, at Bethesda Naval Hospital as it was then called, just outside of Washington. In hospital wards you see what the military really does to people. There was a guy blind because a defective rifle grenade detonated on the end of his rifle. Another fellow had taken an AK round through the jaw, shattering the bone. The fragments had to be removed, leaving the flesh where his jaw had been hanging down in a formless blob like a wet sock. He ate through a nasogastric tube going through his nose. We called him Jawless.

Military wards are full of such. The one I most remember was a young Marine from Tennessee, maybe nineteen. One side of his face was grotesque hamburger. He was stone blind. I was nearby when his high school sweetheart, maybe seventeen, came to visit him.

“Johnny…Johnny…Oh, Johnny.”

So much for the marriage, I figured. What young high school senior wants to tie herself for life to a blind horror that she will have to lead around?

The war in Vietnam was lost, of course, but it wasn’t in vain. It made unimaginable profits for the arms industry. Why do you think American wars last so long? If America wins the war, the money stops flowing. If it loses the war, the money stops. Keep the war going, and the money flows.

This is the military the recruiters don’t tell you about. It is the real military.

-want to know the lousy medical care the Pentagon gives the wounded? An incompetent military eye surgeon managed to destroy my remaining good eye years later. To see the kind of thing that happens, read this at the Unz Review. It will show you what you can expect.

Think what, if you enlist, you will really be doing. Let’s say that you are ordered to fire artillery at some city or village. In your impact zone, a little girl of seven, hit by shell fragments, looks down in surprise as her intestines fall from her stomach, and begins crying, then screaming. This happens, frequently. What do you think hot jagged shrapnel does to a soft young belly. She holds out her arms to mommy for help, this being instinct with the very young, before collapsing from profuse bleeding. Large blood vessels are found in the abdomen. Her mother goes stark bugfuck crazy, desperate to save her daughter but watching her die. It is how we defend America, see.

This is what the military is, what it does. It is what you will be used to do, directly or indirectly.

Those in Washington who will send you to kill people you have never met, and to be mutilated, do not themselves go to war. Rich young men do not enlist. Students at Harvard and Yale do not enlist. The military preys on, takes advantage of, ordinary kids, usually high-school grads, often from the South.

If you are twenty years old, what I am about to say will be ancient history, but I ask you to think about it. The same thing is going on today.

The following men were all of military age during Vietnam, and they now rule the country or did: President George Bush II, Bill Clinton, John Bolton (of whom you have probably never heard, but a major warhawk), Biden, Trump All avoided military service. All now want to send you to wars. To express it clearly, they see you as suckers. Think about it.

I tell you, as one who has been there, who has seen it, don’t let them use you.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Blind loyalty not a trait I admire

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 31, 2024)




People admire different qualities in others. The traits each of us admires are shaped by our own values and experiences. What some see as a virtue, others see as a vice. Or worse.

It seems most people admire obedience-- they voice admiration for those who follow orders without hesitation. This isn't something I admire. Too much depends on who is giving the orders and what those orders are. This can include bad parents as well as people wearing uniforms or holding a political office. I can't excuse anyone for obeying when the orders are clearly evil...read the rest...
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Saturday, March 30, 2024

US has its own political prisoners

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 25, 2024)




Much of the American public is understandably stirred up over the suspicious prison death of Putin's critic, Alexei Navalny. Yet America's anti-American prison industry is also filled with political prisoners. More than anywhere else in the world, by a wide margin. Including political prisoners like Ross Ulbricht.

This doesn't even count heroes like Julian Assange, held by other governments to appease the US government. Or those heroes living under asylum in other countries, like Edward Snowden, to avoid sure imprisonment, and probable suspicious death, in America. Heroes who are more American, by their dedication to truth and liberty, than the political criminals in the US government who want to cage and punish them.

You might say heroes like this are too rare to inflate America's political prisoner numbers by much. You're right, if these are the only people you count.

Everyone held in a government cage because of convictions for drugs, guns, acts of consensual trade, or taxes (just to name a few "offenses" used to cage people) is a political prisoner. You might complain that these prisoners probably did other things-- actual crimes with an individual victim who was objectively harmed-- but it was just easier to get a conviction or a plea bargain on the charges they were ultimately imprisoned under. In this case government should have focused on the real crime, not the paperwork violation of arbitrary legislation. Legislation which would never be tolerated in a free country.

Looked at another way, everyone in any place ruled by a political government is a political prisoner. We just don't realize it as long as the jailers let us have entertainment and say we are free. Even though there's no human activity untouched by a number of nonsensical rules, the violation of any of which can result in us being sent to a physical prison. Or death at the hands of legislation enforcers.

Every political prisoner in American jails and prisons should be immediately released if only to void the crooked decision by government prosecutors to prosecute illegitimate, victimless "crimes". It would be a way to force the prosecutors to clean up their act and do better from now on.

As soon as Americans force local and federal governments to release American political prisoners, we can focus, without hypocrisy, on those held by other governments. Free every political prisoner! No more political prisoners. Not in Russia, and not in America.

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Fixing the unfixable


Trying to fix government is a waste of time and effort. Trying to end government corruption, attempting to make elections fair (or legitimate), or getting government to "follow the Constitution" isn't going to work. 

At best, they give false hope and a reason to keep following the cult.

This isn't as defeatist as you might believe. It means you can do useful things instead of frustrating things that waste your time.

Don't waste time suggesting legislative "solutions", or fawning over government's hired goons.

Do things to increase your own liberty. Encourage others to do the same. Even if no one listens, this isn't as wasteful of time and effort as trying to fix something that is working exactly as it was designed to work. Something no one with any control has any interest in allowing anyone to fix.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

The "reason" is a lie


If crime didn’t exist, or if criminals never used guns, the anti-gun bigots would still want to take away your guns. They’d find some other excuse. 

Because government and its fawning allies can’t do everything they want to do when the people are sufficiently armed.

This is why, in places where guns are banned for everyone except criminals (including police, military, and other government thugs), the authoriturds have to ban knives. Then sticks. Then the very notion of defense.

It's not about making you safer; it's about making them safer while they violate you. It's about ensuring their power won't be resisted in any meaningful way. It's about government supremacy.

Refuse to comply. Resist. Fight back.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

Forced association


One of the worst things government does is force people to be around, and deal with, those they'd rather not associate with.

It doesn't matter if their reasons are often stupid.

One of the most fundamental human rights is the right of association. If you don't want to be around certain people, for any reason, no one should force you to.

Apparently, many people don't want to be around others based on some accident of birth-- skin color, language spoken, or whether that person is Jewish. Other people-- smart people-- only discriminate based on what someone chooses to do.

I don't want to have any interactions with cops, tax collectors, government bureaucrats, or other career criminals. I don't care about any random factor about people that no one had any choice about. I shouldn't be forced to interact with those who choose archation, yet it's "illegal" for me to refuse their advances.

That's evil. Government did that.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

That's the nature of the Beast


It astounds me how many people are clueless as to what government, by its very nature, is.

They'll often believe that a government that violates your rights, imports migrants, encourages crime, punishes defense, and steals your property is somehow doing something backward. Scott Adams was referring to this as "reverse government".

What a buffoon!

Anyone who can think rationally will see that government acts this way because that's its nature. It's how it is designed to function.

Only if you've been brainwashed otherwise could you possibly believe these are signs a government is operating in reverse. In which case, there may be no hope for you.

Or, maybe it will gradually dawn on you, one atrocity at a time. Political government is evil.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Government or "the" government


Usually, when I say or write the word "government", there is no "the" preceding it. That's because normally, I am referring to the entire cult-- the general mindset that leads to governing other people. 

Only if I'm referring to one specific example do I say "the government".

It amazes me how many people don't get the distinction.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

A tale of two murders


Last week a NM state police officer in this area was shot and killed after stopping to help a guy with a flat tire. It was a clear case of murder. 

However, the bootlickers are out in force over it in such a way that my sympathies have been negated.

It's not as bad, to me, when a cop is murdered "in the line of duty" as it is when a regular person is murdered while minding his own business. Yet, we are trained and encouraged to treat this as worse than when a regular person is murdered. That's upside down.

Good people wouldn't accept a "job" requiring them to place themselves in contact with people who have good reason to believe this contact might be a credible threat to their life, liberty, and property-- even if that's not the cop's intention at the moment.

That is what a cop's illegitimate "job" revolves around. Because of the nature of their "job", encountering people who feel justifiably threatened by their approach is something they either need to accept, or they need to quit and find an honest job.

I'm much more bothered by the innocent man brutally murdered in Little Rock, Arkansas by local cops and BATFEces thugs for doing things he had a natural human right to do, in spite of government's illegal "rules" regulating it. That's where my sympathy lies, not with a state employee who, even though he probably didn't do anything in the moment to deserve to be shot, was still part of the problem.

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Politics opposite of what I try to do

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 24, 2024)




About the most hurtful thing anyone can say about me is to describe my writing as "political". It wounds me more deeply than almost any other words can...read the rest...
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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Can't live someone's life for them

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 18, 2024)




People don't always do what you want.

I'm not even talking about those who decide to rob others at knifepoint, which I'm sure you don't want them to do. I'm talking about when someone chooses to do their own thing based on different values, preferences, and information. When they make a choice you wouldn't have made. A choice you might think is a mistake, based on your values, preferences, and information.

How we handle these situations says a lot about who we are.

Some choose to use violence to stop others from doing things they'd rather they not do. This violence can be in person, but it's more often in the form of encouraging government violence through legislation and enforcement. If you're talking about those who choose to rob people, violence is justified, although using government is never the best way to do anything.

When you're talking about using violence against someone who is simply choosing a peaceful path you wouldn't have chosen, using violence to stop them is always the wrong thing to do. It makes you the problem; the one who needs to be stopped.

Other people reject violence, but will try to convince the person to change their mind; to act in a way they believe is better. Sometimes this may even work. Usually, it doesn't. What then?

A common response is to start nagging. Never let it go. Constantly remind the other person of what we wish they'd do instead. Become an annoyance. This might work but it's more likely to make them resent you and dread seeing your face. It may make them dig in their heels and continue doing something they've come to realize-- without your input-- doesn't work for them. They can't change now since it would look like letting you win. By nagging, you've guaranteed more of what you don't want. Good job!

I suppose we are all guilty of doing this, though. It's a hard thing to avoid, since you're certain if they just understood how you saw it they would change their mind and do what you think they should do.

A better way is to let them know why you'd like to see them do something different, and then accept their decision. You've done your part. You may even be right, but you can't live someone else's life for them. People learn from mistakes. You and I did, and so will they.


"Tread on me harder, Master!"


Whenever I see a Trump supporter or a copsucker flying a Gadsden flag, I almost feel I can read the disclaimer along the bottom edge. 

And, I see it a lot. It's vile.

They just don't understand the message.

The only thing more stupid and offensive would be if Biden supporters started flying the Gadsden. But that's not going to happen in this simulation.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

The next anti-gun lie just dropped


Anti-gun bigots with political power have made up a new lie to sell to the gullible cowards: "Zombie guns". 

From what I understand, this doesn't refer to zombie-themed decorated guns or guns used to kill zombies, but refers to gun parts (and the guns they go into?) that were salvaged from gun "buybacks" [sic]. The guns were destroyed, but the anti-gun bigots are upset that every bit wasn't melted down, I guess. Because they are idiots.

I suppose I have several "zombie guns" since I have used parts I bought from a well-known parts supplier to repair old guns. I don't know where those parts originated. They might be infected with "gun violence" from their dark past! Oh no!

Will these anti-gun bigot idiots ever stop? Nope. That's why we need to laugh them back into the fetid crevices from whence they spawned.

The only guns that are a problem are those carried by government employees, and this problem is solved as soon as those guns are returned to the people whose stolen money paid for them. Government is the problem, not a solution.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

People choosing to be part of the problem


Over and over I see evidence that the biggest problem most people have with human rights is that they don't stop at "borders". And they really want them to!

Humans all share the exact same rights. It doesn't matter if you call the person "illegal"-- which is an absurd thing to do anyway.

The feral US government is prohibited from violating human rights-- it doesn't matter whose rights it is scheming to violate. Yes, the feral government ignores this prohibition every chance it gets, but that's because it is a criminal gang, not because it has a "right" to violate rights.

But a lot of people get hung up on that fact. They want rights to stop at "borders". They want government to violate the rights of people they don't like. And they'll call you names for pointing out that they are advocating evil. This is my biggest problem with most "pro-gun" people.

Until normal people understand rights it will keep getting easier and easier for criminals to violate those rights. Real criminals, like politicians and legislation enforcers, not fake "criminals" like people who simply walked somewhere without asking a criminal gang for permission.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

X


Yes, the rumors are true. I'm on TwiXXer, or "The X Platform" as it is commonly known these days. I've been on it for a while now, not terribly active but present.

But... and this is the tricky part... I'm probably not supposed to be there. So. I'm trying to be fairly quiet, beyond posting my blogs. 

I'm not planning to engage any anti-gun bigots, copsuckers, or political criminals like I did before. Sometimes, the temptation may get the better of me, though.

I went back into my original account that had been locked down because some pre-Musk pinhead said I was doing a hate speech or something (I forget what, and I don't really care). I haven't tried getting into the account I was using when some early Musk-era pinhead banned me "for life" for saying people have a right to defend themselves from people who are blocking their path to emergency medical care. By running over them with their car if that's what it takes. I won't apologize for speaking the truth, even if w0kesters don't like it. 

Yes, I'm so unreasonably violent!

I don't think the ban would have survived personal scrutiny by Musk, had I been a big enough account to get his attention, but I could be wrong. I'm just going by what I see Elon himself posting. I think he would personally agree with everything I wrote in that tweet.

X isn't some bastion of free speech. It's undoubtedly better now than when the US feral gooberment was telling the pinheads in charge of banning whom to ban. It's probably still the best one out there-- although Gab lets users post the most disgusting racist crap I've ever seen online. (But, hey, I appreciate knowing who the bigots are, so I'm all for letting them speak!)

X lost most of my respect (and trust) when I got banned. I still find it useful for giving me ideas to write about. And, I may inevitably test the waters and see what happens.

If you're on X and don't follow this account, please do. If you only follow the banned account, keep following it-- I may use it as a backup when/if I get banned again sometime in the future. Although that might not work next time.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Panic at the Eclipse


I recently found out that there are people who think the upcoming total solar eclipse will cause some sort of collapse. Technological or societal? Or first one, then the other? I'm not sure, and I haven't gotten a sane answer.* 

Specifically, I've seen warnings that credit/debit cards might not work during or after the eclipse, so have cash on hand.

My first thought was that they were confusing an eclipse with a solar storm or a solar coronal mass ejection. I don't think that's the case anymore.

I now think they heard that some places along the path of totality are declaring states of emergency in anticipation of overwhelming crowds stressing the infrastructure, and mistook this for something else.

I'm planning to be part of those crowds, if I can manage it, and if The Universe doesn't jinx me.

In which case, I'll be as prepared as I always am-- as prepared as I can be under the circumstances. It doesn't thrill me that if something does happen, I'll be away from home. But, I'll not stay a prisoner of my fears or unknowns.

An eclipse can't cause anything other than short-lived darkness. Superstition, fear, and ignorance can cause a lot of trouble, though. And it doesn't take an eclipse to trigger it-- just look at elections!


*If you've heard something I'm missing, please let the rest of us know in the comments.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Special kind of stupid, or clever troll?


What?

I keep saying that anti-gun bigots are stupid, but according to this meme I found on X, they apparently keep trying to show that they are even more stupid than I had believed possible.

The premise is a lie- there's no such thing as "gun violence".
The grammar is pitiful and nearly incomprehensible.
Their math/physics is impossibly ignorant.
The "solution" they seem to be promoting would make things worse by empowering people who already don't mind murdering innocent people.

If that's their "voice" they should be humiliated that it was made public!

Unless this is a trick by trolls to make anti-gun bigots look even more stupid than they are. If so, Bravo! (And I can't help suspecting this is the case, because I have a hard time comprehending that this level of stupidity isn't immediately fatal.)

If this is "for real", this is pathetic. They are simply too stupid to be listened to by anyone with an IQ above that of a politician.

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Sunday, March 17, 2024

Politicians just don't get Bill of Rights

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for March 17, 2024)




Politicians tend to get every answer wrong. They also ask the wrong questions because they view everything through the warped lens of government supremacy. 

Texas representative Dan Crenshaw is a prime example. Politicians are squaring off for or against TikTok, an addictive digital drug from China. Some, including Crenshaw, are looking to ban TikTok in America or force it to become an American company. Like the other digital drug, Facebook...read the rest...
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Saturday, March 16, 2024

Some contests not safe to ignore

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 11, 2024)




I'm not watching television today. It's impossible for me to care less about a sporting event-- a game-- than I do

A good thing about sports contests: it's safe to not care. The outcome doesn't grant the winning team power to threaten my life, steal my property, or violate my liberty. The winners will not inherit an army of career rights violators who imagine their job is to control how the rest of us live. I can ignore the event without danger.

I wish all silly contests were as safe to ignore.

Unfortunately, this November the winning team in Stupid Bowl LX (that's "60" for non-Romans)-- you might call it the presidential election of 2024-- will get such power.

In this case, I care a little. By "care" I mean I actively dislike the teams and I'm not thrilled with the fans. The outcome is guaranteed to be harmful to life, liberty, and property. The best argument for either side is that a victory by their side will be less harmful than a win by the opposing team. Both are probably lying.

I'd like to cancel the contest and disband the league. For all his faults. Joe Biden has done one magnificent thing. His presidency proves presidents are mere figureheads.

At the bare minimum, I would like to make it safe to ignore their games. The way to do this is to make sure they can't threaten life, can't steal property, and can't violate liberty without facing the same consequences as any other criminal.

Since they are allowed to write the rules, this won't happen.

Those who would be out of a job want you to believe they are necessary for the functioning of society. They may even try to convince you they are society rather than the worms feeding on it. What a strange notion.

Over the years there have been many worthy suggestions for fixing things, but little interest in pursuing the solutions. It's hard to get anyone interested when the information is suppressed. It's even harder because these solutions must be written in legalese for the best shot at squeezing out all wiggle room.

The simplest solution remains to make everything in the Bill of Rights, after the first five words, redundant: "Congress shall make no law". This would also need to be retroactive. It would once again be safe to ignore the political games and stop worrying about the outcome of Stupid Bowl LX.


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