Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Random Thoughts and Links

Live Free or Die

"You can live as free men, but, if you choose not to, your society will die."

Seems the Feds cherry picked data and misrepresented a research to 'prove' man-made global warming, and the scientist whose research was cited is not happy about it.

Speaking of hot air...

Cause of the Day

The Hot Air Tour comes to the northern plains opposing Global Warming alarmism, lost jobs, higher taxes and less freedom. The Tour will be here in South Dakota tomorrow following a long string of rallies around the nation. Sign up to get updates on future events! Free food and free hot air balloon rides. Should be fun.

The tour is a project of Americans for Prosperity, a limited government and free market group.

Chuckle of the Day

"There's not really any question that zombie movies reflect left-leaning politics."

The author might have a point here. Romero's Dawn of the Dead had as its central theme the shopping mall, which Romero portrayed as banal suburban materialism where mindless people wasted their lives and after death they continued their mindless mall existance as zombies.

Anti-materialist contempt for malls is really quite non-sensical. Humans have always liked to hang out in trade centers, socializing, eating, chatting and entertaining themselves. The modern shopping mall is not much different than the town trade square or bazaar. As for the materialism of mass produced goods, well... that stuff is better. Mass production provides high quality goods for a low price. Handmade goods in the past were not necessarily of better quality, handmade could be made with ten thumbs. Now, we use mass produced goods of consistant quality for the majority of our needs and if you can afford it, buy custom made stuff from a craftsman. Its a win all around. Real craftsmen get paid well, the wealthy can distinguish themselves with quality custom goods, and everyone else can enjoy a high standard of living with inexpensive goods.

Video of the Day

The Dowd Conundrum: Why Vulcans and Other Intellectuals Don't Belong in the Big Chair

This is a pretty neat video. You need to sit through an advertisement and the setup is a little long, but it gets going when Whittle talks about the characteristics of leadership.