Apr 282016
 

That’s not how any of this works.

Athol man sues state employee citing “Law of Moses”

Because Mosaic Law says nothing about needing a drivers license or license plates, this feller believes he doesn’t need ’em and that US/Idaho laws are a “fiction.” And so he has decided to sue for $5.6 million the Idaho Transportation Department employee who sent him the letter explaining that since he didn’t have a license he didn’t have the right to drive a car on public roads. It seems, though, he’s suing in a state court, so figure *that* out.

So… sure thing, dude.

Now, I’m all in favor of people who don’t want to live under the laws of the land being allowed to do so. You don’t like it here, go live somewhere else… the universe is vast and appears to be almost entirely empty. Or use the system in place to change the laws you don’t like. But like the “Sovereign Citizen” movements (there are two… a “rural, white” version, and an “urban, black” version), just deciding that the laws don’t apply to you because you’ve got some crackpot paperwork you worked up yourself? Not gonna work.

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 Posted by at 10:42 am
Apr 262016
 

Just when you think that the war between Socialism and Capitalism, or collectivism and individualism, has covered every battlefield, you find out about one you hadn’t considered:

Why is it illegal to walk freely in most of the US?

In short:

“Oh boo hoo, in the US there’s this terrible concept called ‘property rights,’ and landowners are allowed to keep out trespassers.”

The argument is made in the article that if you want to cross someone elses property you should be allowed to because, you know, because. The writer of the article uses European precedent as an excuse.

If you can convince  a nation that private property is available for public use, then you have successfully eroded the basic *idea* of “private property.” And to many people, that would be a good thing.

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Apr 252016
 

China plans fleet of floating nuclear power plants to provide energy to South China Sea islands

On the face of it, this is an idea I approve of: not only more nuclear reactors, but mobile, floating nuclear reactors. Something I would love to see the US do, and something at on a certain level I approve of China or virtually anybody else doing.

The problem I foresee is that I expect that the Chinese  contractors will half-ass this like they seem to do everything. Components that are supposed to be made of cadmium will instead be made out of cat food. Emergency coolant systems fabricated from papier mache. Nuclear engineers replaced with slave laborers.

The end result I’m afraid of is one or more of these floating reactors blowing its top, melting down, or getting zapped by an Exocet, trashing a substantial region. The usal pack of baying anti-nuclear zealots will then dutifully take this as an example of why nukes are Teh Ebil, and the American/Western nuclear programs will take another hit. While at the same time the Chinese will probably just shrug, write off the lost reactor, nonchalantly shoot a couple dozen stooges, and crank out a bagrillion more reactors and coal burning powerplants.

 

I have a potential solution. So long as we allow political correctness on federally funded universities, including  blocking certain otherwise protected political speech, then I propose that if the Chinese manage to make themselves a crappy reactor and cause trouble, anyone who proposes to use that incident to tar the *American* nuclear program will be deported to China. America is thus a “safe space” for honest discussion of nuclear power, and blaming American nukes for the dumbass decisions of Russian or Chinese collectivist stooges, or Japanese dumbasses who thought it would be a neato-keen idea to locate a reactor in a tsunami zone is hereby banned.

 Posted by at 2:30 pm
Apr 232016
 

From Sweden:

‘Green Party may have been infiltrated by Islamists’

It seems the Swedish Greens have been having themselves a few problems recently:

  • One Green politician refused to shake a female journalists hand. not because she was a journalist (you never know where one of *those* might have been) but because she was, y’know, a woman. And women carry Haram Cooties, I guess.
  • A Green Party housing minister was filmed comparing the Israelis to Nazis, because not letting the Palestinians into Israel is *exactly* like the Nazis incinerating millions of people. He also showed support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • A Green Party Deputy Prime Minister called the events of 9/11 “accidents” and had previously compared the recent “immigration crisis” to Auschwitz, because people drowning after sinking overloaded boats that they willingly boarded for the purpose of invading and colonizing another land and overturning their culture is *exactly* like people who got rounded up at gunpoint, loaded into boxcars and gassed.

The Green Party was a tool of the Soviets back in the day, aimed at overturning the west from within. The masters may have changed, but the core essence of the Green Party seems to remain.

 

 Posted by at 11:50 pm
Apr 212016
 

Russia bolsters its submarine fleet, and tensions with U.S. rise

It seems Russian attack subs are greatly increasing their patrols near Scandinavia and Scotland.

“We are not quite back in a Cold War,” said James G. Stavridis, a retired admiral and the former supreme allied commander of NATO, who is now dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. “But I sure can see one from where we are standing.”

Hmmm…

 Posted by at 10:01 am
Apr 202016
 

Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

A lot of people will be annoyed by this. Me… meh. One thing I do appreciate is that a politician is being replaced by a non-politician.

In my view, the faces on our money should be chosen from two groups:

1: The Founding Fathers

2: American citizens who have made important and valuable and historic contributions. *Actual* contributions. This  would almost by default exclude politicians, celebrities and the like.

So, who might be in group 2? A whole lot of people. The Wright brothers. Einstein. Von Braun. Robert Goddard. Mark Twain. Norman Borlaug. Edison. Ford. Kelly Johnson. Patton. John Moses Browning. Crew of Apollo 11. Martin Luther King. Alexander Graham Bell. George Washington Carver. Ted Taylor. William Sherman. Eugene Stoner. Poe. Oppenheimer. Tesla. Noah Webster. Asimov. Heinlein. Milton Friedman. Carl Sagan.

Possibly noticeable here is a dearth of women. It’s not “discrimination” in the negative sense, but the fact that there do not seem to have been as many famous women contributors as men. Apply what excuse you will for that… anything from “women have been socially suppressed when most of the Big Important Stuff was happening” to whatever you like. But the fact remains that there just don’t seem to be as many famous women to rank next to Edison or Einstein. Still, a list of women might include:

Sally Ride, Stephanie Kwolek, McNulty/Jennings/Snyder/Wescoff/Bilas/Lichterman, Grace Hopper, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Annie Oakley, Clara Barton, Nelly Bly.

 

Go ahead and make yer own suggestions.

 Posted by at 10:57 am
Apr 192016
 

Behold: wherein a 5’9″ college age white guy does some vox pops interviews with college students and finds that at least some of them would be willing to go along with the belief that he’s actually a seven-year-old 6’5″ Chinese woman. Say or think what you will about the beginning subject matter – that of bathroom usage for people of unconventional gender – but when people are so beaten down by political correctness that they won’t tell you you’re clearly wrong on such simple matters of fact as the difference between 5’9″ and 6’5″, their future ability to make reasonable decisions on financial or STEM matters seems in serious doubt.

It would of course be interesting to see the full unedited vids. How many students told him he was nuts right off the bat? Or just refused to be interviewed n the first place?

 Posted by at 11:21 am
Apr 172016
 

After a decade and a half, there’s finally some meager progress towards pointing official fingers towards Saudi Arabia (formerly: Arabia; eventually: Eastern Greater Israel) in the form of a bill in front of Congress that would allow US citizens to sue for damages from 9-11. The Saudis are responding with a threat that doesn’t seem that threatening:

Saudi Arabia Warns of Economic Fallout if Congress Passes 9/11 Bill

Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts.

Hmmm. OK, they have a bunch of American goodies. If they are open to being sued, the US government might seize these goodies and hold them sort of as collateral in the event the Saudis lose the suits. If the Saudis sell the goodies first to other people/nations, the US might not be able to seize them.

But…

If the Saudis put, I dunno, a New York skyscraper up for sale and there was a risk that the Feds were going to seize it, you can bet that the selling price is gonna be pretty low. If there was no risk of seizure, the skyscraper might sell for a bucket of money, but I don’t see how that in and of itself hurts the US. If the Saudis feel they need to sell off stuff *fast* to beat the bill, then they’ll be selling at low prices, which will be good for the buyers (likely US interests in many cases), while screwing themselves pretty substantially.

If the Saudis manage to sell off all their US holdings and are thus safe from seizure, I’m pretty sure the US can still stick it to ’em. Nail ’em in the international banking arena. Entertaining thought: President Gary Johnson signs letters of marque and reprisal allowing American owned vessels to seize Saudi oil tankers. Imagine Blackwater not only seizing oil tankers and the oil within, but then either converting them to the first privately owned aircraft carriers, or selling them to SpaceX as mobile landing platforms.

Realistically, the bill ain’t gonna pass, as Obama has promised to veto.

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Infographic: approximate location of Saudi Arabia.

 Posted by at 12:04 pm