April 2005

Tax Day quotes:

April 15, 2005

The Militant Libertarian has a good set of quotes to read about taxes and our great tax country. The second Thomas Paine quote says it best:

“If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute.” -Thomas Paine

Taxation is not a form of social justice. We should not view taxation as a way to get even with rich people, Only as a way of funding the govt. Once you get past the class envy way of thinking then you can talk about a rational and limited system funding the operations of government. The graduated income tax which is in place does more harm than any good which ever could have come out of it.

More on Peak Oil

Boing Boing: Peak oil article in Rolling Stone

BoingBoing has a slew of articles on the whole Peak Oil debate, touched off by the Rolling Stone article. There are a whole lot of links, too many to relay. Just browse through and start clickin’ 🙂

If Russia’s oil is mainly abiotic in origin then it would go a long way to explaining why Putin has maintained an opposition stance to US interests. The friction and turmoil in the world helps keep the price of oil high and Americas’ depency on oil is a good thing for Russia. Russia was once thought to have virtually no oil, but is now the no. 2 oil producing country in the world. Turns out that the abiotic origins for oil are an accepted fact in the scientific community in Russia and the Ukraine.

Stalin and Abiotic Oil

This is an awesome essay on the abiotic theories and why it is being ignored and ridiculed in the West. The fossil fuel origins of oil mean it is finite. Scarcity means higher prices as you decrease the available supply. If oil really comes from something other than dead dinosaurs then why is the price going up, money is to be made here. Hmmm, food for thought …

Lovely commentary on mass culture:

The Long Tail

I have raved about Chris Anderson’s Long Tail blog before. He has an excellent summation on how the rise of modern media has fragmented the mass culture of America. How the rise of cable television and lately the internet has broken the homogenous culture into many separate little tribes huddled around their virtual office watercoolers… excellent piece.

Funny Creative Commons gear:

a crank’s progress » your wish is my command

The logo is from Creative Commonists, people who use the Creative Commons copyright (copyleft) to give their work to the public domain to remix and freely redistribute at will. Kewl! 🙂

“Your failed business model is not my problem.”

Bwahahahahaha 🙂

From the Doom and Gloom dept.:

Peak Oil: Life After the Oil Crash

finally took a moment to look up the reference to Peak Oil meme that I have encountered on the web recently. Read this for your doom and gloom quotient for the week. Some parts of it can be funny such as when they quote their own research in the “how much oil are we discovering?” section. Read it with a grain of salt…

Then for a counter-point look at the Abiotic Theory of Oil Formation and the related theories of Thomas Gold, Deep Hot Biosphere. The abiotic theories are much more in line with what we have observed in deep speleunking and exploratory drilling where there should be no oil.


storTroopers – make yourself!

The once popular stortroopers site is back up again! This time you can create little dressed up avatars of yourself to email to friends using the Creative Commons license. It is actually fun, albeit only for a short time…

Genny says to check it out, they have pet you can use with your avatars… 🙂

Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy review:

Long film review part 1

Douglas Adams’ biographer MJ Simpson has put up a long (4 pages!) and scathing review of the forthcoming Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie from Disney and Buena Vista. They have apparently cut out most of the dialogue with its wit and humor; the bit with Prosser and Dent about the demolition plans got cut from 8 lines of wonderfully sidesplitting jokes to a two lines that make you just shrug. I am a huge fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide books, they are a touchstone for me in the way that the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie is for other gamers. I will be very disappointed if this movie bombs and turns another generation of fans off to Adams’ novel and other works.

The Militant Libertarian Blog

The Militant Libertarian Blog notes some people who got tossed from one of the carefully choreographed “non-partisan” town meetings pushing the president’s social security reform plans. In Fargo it started circulating that there was a list that banned certain critics from the meetings. So much for a “represenative democracy” where the opinions of all are weighed and considered. I understand that certain people seem to have nothing better to do with their time than disrupt other people’s lives and deserve to be barred from certain gatherings. But using NGO personnel as enforcers to throw people out of a meeting for which they had tickets simply because they had a bumper sticker saying “No More Blood for Oil” is a little extreme.

This almost as bad as the totally staged, fake visit to the Social Security Trust Fund. Those IOU’s were not even convincing replicas. Gotta try harder next time, Prez…

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