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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations; Switzerland thus has one of the highest militia gun ownership rates in the world.[1] In recent times a minority of political opposition has expressed a desire for tighter gun regulations.[2] A referendum in February 2011 rejected stricter gun control.[3]

TX Student Plans to Hand Out Free Shotguns to Citizens in Gun Experiment | Fox News Insider

TX Student Plans to Hand Out Free Shotguns to Citizens in Gun Experiment | Fox News Insider: A Texas graduate student’s plan to give away shotguns to measure the impact of firearms when put in the hands of law-abiding citizens in high-crime areas is garnering criticism. Some are even calling it a ‘sick social experiment.’

The experiment is run by the Armed Citizens Project, and its director says that it’s not unique to Texas. In fact, the concept became so popular that it expanded to other cities, including New York, Detroit, Dallas, Tucson, Indianapolis, and Chicago.

Thomas Jefferson is born — History.com This Day in History — 4/13/1743

Thomas Jefferson is born — History.com This Day in History — 4/13/1743: Future President Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the nation's preeminent political theorist, is born on this day in 1743.

The 1969 Science Fiction Novel Which Eerily Predicted Today - disinformation

The 1969 Science Fiction Novel Which Eerily Predicted Today - disinformation

zanzibar

John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar, written more than forty years ago but set in an imagined year 2010 in which ever more power is concentrated in the hands of a few global corporations, is eerily accurate about so much current reality. Via the The Millions, Ted Gioia writes:
Brunner’s vision of the year 2010 even includes a popular leader named President Obomi. Let me list some of the other correct predictions in Brunner’s book:
Random acts of violence by crazy individuals, often taking place at schools, plague society in Stand on Zanzibar.
The other major source of instability and violence comes from terrorists, who are now a major threat to U.S. interests, and even manage to attack buildings within the United States.
Prices have increased sixfold between 1960 and 2010 because of inflation. (The actual increase in U.S. prices during that period was sevenfold, but Brunner was close.)
The most powerful U.S. rival is no longer the Soviet Union, but China. However, much of the competition between the U.S. and Asia is played out in economics, trade, and technology instead of overt warfare.
Europeans have formed a union of nations to improve their economic prospects and influence on world affairs. In international issues, Britain tends to side with the U.S., but other countries in Europe are often critical of U.S. initiatives.
Africa still trails far behind the rest of the world in economic development, and Israel remains the epicenter of tensions in the Middle East.
Although some people still get married, many in the younger generation now prefer short-term hookups without long-term commitment.
Gay and bisexual lifestyles have gone mainstream, and pharmaceuticals to improve sexual performance are widely used (and even advertised in the media).
Many decades of affirmative action have brought blacks into positions of power, but racial tensions still simmer throughout society.
Motor vehicles increasingly run on electric fuel cells. Honda (primarily known as a motorcycle manufacturers when Brunner wrote his book) is a major supplier, along with General Motors.
Yet Detroit has not prospered, and is almost a ghost town because of all the shuttered factories. However. a new kind of music — with an uncanny resemblance to the actual Detroit techno movement of the 1990s — has sprung up in the city.
TV news channels have now gone global via satellite.
TiVo-type systems allow people to view TV programs according to their own schedule.
Inflight entertainment systems on planes now include video programs and news accessible on individual screens at each seat.
People rely on avatars to represent themselves on video screens — Brunner calls these images, which either can look like you or take on another appearance you select — “Mr. and Mrs. Everywhere.”
Computer documents are generated with laser printers.
(17) A social and political backlash has marginalized tobacco, but marijuana has been decriminalized.

Glow-Stick Waterfalls And Other Amazing Images From This Week | Popular Science

Glow-Stick Waterfalls And Other Amazing Images From This Week | Popular Science



ZOMBIE AUTOPILOT LYRICS - UNEARTH

ZOMBIE AUTOPILOT LYRICS - UNEARTH:

it was last night on the midnight train back home.
I ran into this one yet unfamiliar tone.
I knew i should have known.
it was last night.
i knew i should have known.
Chaos.
Our busy minds asleep.
We drudge across the land
Is this the coming end of our monarchy
harmless.
we meet increased demands.
is this the life we all had in our dreams.
our eternal nightmare
all of us are blind to others.
hide behind our plans to nothing.
cage us.
we weep in self defeat.
all humanity is lost in this eternal nightmare.
all days are lost to conditioned zones.
all days are lost to what we know
free us.
a piece of mind.
gone are dreamers who strive to know.
all of us are blind

Subterranean Homesick Blues Lyrics - Bob Dylan

Subterranean Homesick Blues Lyrics - Bob Dylan:

Johny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skip cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten.


The Obama Golf Counter - I will not rest until...

The Obama Golf Counter - I will not rest until...

Friday, April 12, 2013

Indoctrination by crayon

Indoctrination by crayon: Needless to say, this is the polar opposite of the American concept of rights. They're not bargaining chips to be pumped into the State's vending machine of goodies. A properly run government secures your safety without demanding rights in return. And those rights are not subject to theft by people who decide our "safety and security" need a little upgrade, and it would be a lot easier to install if we stopped running around and exercising our liberties so much.

Senate votes to shield top officials' financial disclosures - Washington Times

Senate votes to shield top officials' financial disclosures - Washington Times: The Senate voted late Thursday to free thousands of federal government employees from having to disclose their financial dealings online, in a move that’s proving to be controversial.

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) says posting all of that information online poses a national security risk. But the open-government group Sunlight Foundation says releasing staffers from online disclosure mandates eviscerates part of last year’s Stock Act, designed to stop insider trading by federal officials.

Light Up Cloud Lamps

Light Up Cloud Lamps

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Offensive Business Cards

Offensive Business Cards: Tell people how you really feel while keeping things professional with these clever offensive business cards. With everything from telling people they suck at parking, to their body odor, and even their poor choice of tattoos, there’s an offensive business card for any occasion.

Drops of Crimson Book Review - Mercury's War

Drops of Crimson Book Review - Mercury's War: Mercury's War by Lora Leigh came out September of 08. It is chronologically book 16 in her popular Breed series. Mercury’s War is the fourth book published by Berkley. The books before that were published in e-book format by Ellora's Cave and had more of an erotica bend. The books do NOT need to be read in order. I have only read the four books published by Berkley and none of the e-books (yet). The recent Berkley books are more paranormal romance or urban fantasy with a strong romance element to it.

Oscar-Winner Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg's "Nanny State" | RealClearPolitics

Oscar-Winner Jeremy Irons Slams Bloomberg's "Nanny State" | RealClearPolitics

On HuffPost Live today, actor Jeremy Irons (Reversal Of Fortune, Die Hard With A Vengeance) blasted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over the proposed restrictions on soda, along with the smoking ban, describing himself as a "complete libertarian" and likening Bloomberg's policies to a "nanny state."


JEREMY IRONS: I'm a complete libertarian. I think it's very, very dangerous. I really mean that. I think the smoking ban is a tip of an iceberg of society -- the leaders of society telling us how to be. I think it's not their business. I think it is their business to tell us to care for and respect each other and each others happiness and each others health, and we are responsible enough to do that.

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IRONS: I think it's terrible, it's the tip of the iceberg, because it's an attitude, it's an attitude where the governors think 'we know what's best for people, and they're so stupid that they would only not do it if we ban it.' And personally, I think about smoking tobacco -- it suits some people, it doesn't suit other people. A lot of people who are bored and unhappy smoke cigarettes. Of course if you're bored and unhappy, you'll die early. So that's why those two things add up.

I have a grandmother of a friend of mine in Greece, grew tobacco all her life, that's what they did, in northern Greece, they grew tobacco. She died at 103, she smoked from the age of 13. So it suits some people, it doesn't suit others. But I think, when governors tell us how we can behave and how we can't, I don't believe it's the way to go.

College Republican National Committee - Obama’s Proposed IRA Cap Is A Step Down the Road to Serfdom - College Republican National Committee

College Republican National Committee - Obama’s Proposed IRA Cap Is A Step Down the Road to Serfdom - College Republican National Committee

From the Cheap Seats: Snowstorm Buries Global Warming Presser | The Colorado Observer

From the Cheap Seats: Snowstorm Buries Global Warming Presser | The Colorado Observer: The press conference was canceled and the map is to be unveiled via a telephone conference because of, wait for it … oh yes, you did indeed see this coming:

No press conference because of a blizzard.

Sebelius Tries To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures - Investors.com

Sebelius Tries To Blame GOP For Coming ObamaCare Failures - Investors.com: So let's see if we get this. Democrats shoved an unpopular, expensive, ill-conceived and poorly written law down the country's throat with no Republican support, and without bothering to see whether states would want to take on the thankless and costly task of helping the feds implement it.

And now that many of these states are rebelling, it's the Republicans' fault?

Rand Paul goes where few Republicans have gone: Howard University | Crystal Wright

Rand Paul goes where few Republicans have gone: Howard University | Crystal Wright: "Maybe it's about time we all reassess blind allegiance to ideas that are failing our children," said Paul. While the senator was referencing America's education system and the benefits of school choice, I think that was the theme of his speech. "As Toni Morrison said, 'write your own story. Challenge mainstream thought,'" concluded Paul.

By just showing up, Paul challenged blacks to give the Republican party a chance. While the RNC keeps pouring over plans and navel gazing about how to win minority votes in 2016, people like Rand Paul are showing up. It's really that simple.

Protestor against 'white supremecy' sets tone for Rand Paul's gutsy speech to majority black audience at Howard University | Mail Online

Protestor against 'white supremecy' sets tone for Rand Paul's gutsy speech to majority black audience at Howard University | Mail Online

CISPA, stripped of privacy protections, heads for House vote — RT USA

CISPA, stripped of privacy protections, heads for House vote — RT USA

Blind activist appeals to US over China's human rights abuses :: EWTN News

Blind activist appeals to US over China's human rights abuses :: EWTN News: Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Obama 2014 budget analysis: Numbers based on imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike | Mail Online

Obama 2014 budget analysis: Numbers based on imagined spending cuts and a middle-class tax hike | Mail Online: White House promises $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, although similar previous claims have been debunked
New method of measuring cost-of-living increases will lower benefit payouts and push middle-class earners into higher tax brackets
Speaker Boehner's spokesperson: 'Any deficit reduction will come exclusively from tax hikes'
Administration's formula depends on cost savings from Obamacare, which may be more costly to implement than previously thought

Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gun politics in Switzerland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations; Switzerland thus has one of the highest militia gun ownership rates in the world.[1] In recent times a minority of political opposition has expressed a desire for tighter gun regulations.[2] A referendum in February 2011 rejected stricter gun control.

The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America

The Tunnel People That Live Under The Streets Of America

Did you know that there are thousands upon thousands of homeless people that are living underground beneath the streets of major U.S. cities?  It is happening in Las Vegas, it is happening in New York City and it is even happening in Kansas City.  As the economy crumbles, poverty in the United States is absolutely exploding and so is homelessness.  In addition to the thousands of "tunnel people" living under the streets of America, there are also thousands that are living in tent cities, there are tens of thousands that are living in their vehicles and there are more than a million public school children that do not have a home to go back to at night.  The federal government tells us that the recession "is over" and that "things are getting better", and yet poverty and homelessness in this country continue to rise with no end in sight.  So what in the world are things going to look like when the next economic crisis hits? 


The monstrous abortion trial the media don’t want you to know about | Fox News

The monstrous abortion trial the media don’t want you to know about | Fox News: It’s a news story that reads more like a Hollywood torture plot – “Saw” or “Hostel” or some other movie so foul that it makes you want to take a shower just having viewed it.

Game of Thrones Cast Lists 10 Unknown Facts [PHOTOS] - Entertainment & Stars

Game of Thrones Cast Lists 10 Unknown Facts [PHOTOS] - Entertainment & Stars: 3. Lena Headey who plays as Cersei Lannister is good friends with Anna Torv and Piper Perabo, the same Piper whom she made out with in the movie "Imagine Me and You."

How China Became Capitalist — The American Magazine

How China Became Capitalist — The American Magazine: Nobel Prize–winning economist Ronald Coase and Professor Ning Wang on the transformation of the Chinese economy.

Spengler » The Global Failure of Keynesianism

Spengler » The Global Failure of Keynesianism: The central banks have been working straight from the playbook that John Maynard Keynes devised in the 1930s, and it has been a dismal failure. They are competing for a stagnant volume of world trade. Quantitative easing has shifted the pain around the world, but it hasn’t restored growth. Once again, the world has to learn the hard way that Keynesian economics fails. It’s disheartening that no major political party anywhere in the world has articulated a clear alternative.

Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion budget that trims Social Security, raises taxes | Deseret News

Obama sends Congress $3.8 trillion budget that trims Social Security, raises taxes | Deseret News: The president's budget projects deficit reductions of $1.8 trillion over the next decade, achieved with higher taxes, reductions in payments to Medicare providers and cutbacks in the cost-of-living adjustments paid to millions of recipients in Social Security and other government programs.

Joplin Independent:Death tax repeal succumbs to Democratic knife

Joplin Independent:Death tax repeal succumbs to Democratic knife: Updated: 2013-03-25 20:48:45
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the ongoing Senate “vote-a-rama” debate recently, Democrats blocked an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) and co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) to eliminate the devastating estate tax on family farms, ranches, and small businesses.

Obama Budget Caps Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings in IRAs at $3 Million | TIME.com

Obama Budget Caps Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings in IRAs at $3 Million | TIME.com: The cap proposal is a clear play to unlock some of the $10 trillion sitting in IRA and 401(k) accounts, which have become the primary retirement savings vehicles in America. Congress pried this door open a few months ago by toying with a law forcing heirs to liquidate an IRA within five years—almost certainly triggering otherwise avoidable income-tax payments. We may see that yet.

Obama Budget Caps Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings in IRAs at $3 Million | TIME.com

Obama Budget Caps Tax-Advantaged Retirement Savings in IRAs at $3 Million | TIME.com: The proposal is being spun as a way to prevent wealthy private-equity executives from amassing huge IRAs—like Mitt Romney’s, once estimated to be worth as much as $100 million. But it would also curb the savings ability of self-employed professionals like doctors and lawyers. As these business owners reach the cap, and there’s nothing left in it for them, they might shut down or reduce plans that benefit their employees.

Technological singularity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Technological singularity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means.[1] Since the capabilities of such intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events cannot be predicted.

Proponents of the singularity typically postulate an "intelligence explosion",[2][3] where superintelligences design successive generations of increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any human.



Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have... - Friedrich Nietzsche at BrainyQuote

Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have... - Friedrich Nietzsche at BrainyQuote: Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Lorelei (name) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lorelei (name) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Lorelei is feminine given name taken from the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. Legends say that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures fishermen to their death with her song.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Walden - Chapter 11

Walden - Chapter 11

Safe from Sequester: $704,198 for Gardening at NATO Ambassador’s Home | CNS News

Safe from Sequester: $704,198 for Gardening at NATO Ambassador’s Home | CNS News: Just over a week after sequestration took effect, the State Department allotted more than $700,000 for gardening at a U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Brussels, Belgium.

Twitter / Sarcasmo718: "Closed for Wrestlemania" -Kentucky

Twitter / Sarcasmo718: "Closed for Wrestlemania" -Kentucky

Static-X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Static-X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: They recorded a DVD titled Where the Hell Are We and What Day Is It... This Is Static-X, but it was never released due to a threatened lawsuit by Sharon Osbourne over tracks recorded at Ozzfest.

Confirmed: The SEIU 'Dues Skim' Finally Ends [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

Confirmed: The SEIU 'Dues Skim' Finally Ends [Michigan Capitol Confidential]: It's official: Michigan's home health care "dues skim" has ended.

For the first time since 2006, the Service Employees International Union is not deducting money from the Medicaid checks of the state's 59,000 home-based caregivers.

James Haveman, director of the Michigan Department of Community Health, confirmed that the money no longer is being taken from the checks.

BBC News - Leaf-like material 'traps bedbugs', say researchers

BBC News - Leaf-like material 'traps bedbugs', say researchers: A material designed to mimic the hooked hairs found on leaves could help trap and control bedbugs, the Journal of the Royal Society Interface reports.

In Mali, The Revolution Consumes Its Own -- Literally « LewRockwell.com Blog

In Mali, The Revolution Consumes Its Own -- Literally « LewRockwell.com Blog: The allegorical mining strikes far too rich a vein even for irony in Mali, where the (illegal) French intervention to prop up an anti-democratic regime installed by coup d'etat has produced a revolutionary atmosphere under whose weight even Marat or Robespierre would shrink.

AAUP: Don't Cut Adjunct Hours To Avoid Obamacare Requirements

AAUP: Don't Cut Adjunct Hours To Avoid Obamacare Requirements

» New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

» New York Police Confiscating Firearms from People Taking Anti-anxiety Medication Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!

‘Will Computers Replace Teachers?’ — Editor of Reason Magazine Says ‘Dear God I Hope So’ | Video | TheBlaze.com

‘Will Computers Replace Teachers?’ — Editor of Reason Magazine Says ‘Dear God I Hope So’ | Video | TheBlaze.com: Katherine Mangu-Ward, the managing editor of Reason magazine, spoke at Reason Weekend 2013 about one of the most pressing topics facing parents today: what is the best way to educate the next generation?

Alderman Pushes Plan to Allow Private Organizations to Sponsor Police Protection | NBC Chicago

Alderman Pushes Plan to Allow Private Organizations to Sponsor Police Protection | NBC Chicago

Chicago Proposal Would Allow Private Sponsorship of Police | NBC Bay Area

Chicago Proposal Would Allow Private Sponsorship of Police | NBC Bay Area

Ohio State Student Destroys Pro-Life Signs During Racist Rant | LifeNews.com

Ohio State Student Destroys Pro-Life Signs During Racist Rant | LifeNews.com: The left claims to be the “tolerant” ones, we all know, but only when you agree with them and a student at Ohio State proved this to be a truism once again by destroying a pro-life student group’s signs right on the school’s campus and on video, yet. Worse, this student employed what the left calls “racist code words” to denounce the pro-lifers.

1 Kings 9:2-3 KJV - That the LORD appeared to Solomon the - Bible Gateway

1 Kings 9:2-3 KJV - That the LORD appeared to Solomon the - Bible Gateway: 1 Kings 9:2-3

King James Version (KJV)

2 That the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon.

3 And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

Monday, April 8, 2013

'Accidental Racist' Is a Real, Horrible Song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J

'Accidental Racist' Is a Real, Horrible Song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J

Under any welfare system, some deserving people lose and some undeserving people win – Telegraph Blogs

Under any welfare system, some deserving people lose and some undeserving people win – Telegraph Blogs

Let's start with an obvious, though rarely admitted, truth. Under any welfare system as large as ours, there will be hard cases, unintended consequences, anomalies at both ends of the scale. There will be deserving people who lose out; there will be undeserving people who benefit. It could hardly be otherwise in our imperfect, sublunary world.

Inevitably, though, both sides snatch at extreme examples to sustain their arguments. Over the next few weeks, opponents of the welfare reforms will point to cases that make us all uncomfortable: disabled people living on a pittance, children unable to afford what most people regard as basic necessities and so on. Equally, we can expect plenty of converse instances, such as this disturbing story of the man who treated his 17 children as cash cows, earning him £60,000 a year in benefits, and who ended up killing six of them in a fire that was intended to win a custody case and secure a larger council house.
The last thing we should do is to turn such cases, from either end of the scale, into political weapons. The people involved are suffering quite enough, and extreme examples make for bad policy. To repeat, under any system, there will be heart-breaking cases of poverty involving widows, orphans and people with disabilities; under any system, there will be enormities like the arson case. To say, as the Daily Mail does, that the killer 'embodies everything that is wrong with the welfare state' is true – he is about as wrong as it gets – but doesn't get us very far, since no one is claiming that he is typical.

The argument for the welfare reforms is altogether more prosaic. We have been spending more and more money without any noticeable impact on either poverty or inequality. Under the last Labour government, the welfare budget rose by an almost unbelievable 60 per cent during an economic boom. Yet the gap between rich and poor widened. Why? Partly because the benefits system deterred some people from getting onto the first rung of the employment ladder. Throughout the Blair and Brown years, 900,000 working-age Britons were permanently economically inactive while 200,000 foreigners a year walked gratefully into jobs as waiters, receptionists, cab drivers, farm workers and cleaners.
The reforms now coming into effect won't solve this problem; but they will ameliorate it. They won't halt the rise in welfare spending; but they will slow it. They won't prevent evil men burning their children to death, though they might make such cases fractionally less likely.
This isn't about idlers and scroungers, still less about cruelty and heartlessness; it is about belatedly fixing a system that had grown beyond our control. In the medium term, some people might be rescued from the squalor of dependency; in the short term, Britain will be less likely to go bankrupt. But, ten years from now, you can be certain that there will still be heart-breaking cases of people slipping through the system; and you can be equally certain that there will be wicked people abusing the rules. That's human nature.

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