Not In Nova Scotia This Year

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The Intolerance Of Intolerance

I’m intolerant of intolerance and I will not tolerate any one who is intolerant.

I’d ban myself for intolerance but that would be intolerance. Which I will not tolerate.

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Getting Old Is Hard To Do

Music makes it easier.

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When The Argument Is Lost Slander Becomes The Tool Of The Loser


(About 35 minutes)

 
 
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” Socrates

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Paint It Black – Witches Dance

H/T Chief IO at Tired of Joyless, Crabby, Bitch-Slapping, Cranky, PissWater Leftists? Then Dance!

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The American Taliban

I had been thinking about writing a bit on this for a day or two. Breitbart beat me to it. American Left Adopts Taliban Tactics in Destruction of Historical Icons.

As the American left targets historical icons for removal and/or destruction, one is reminded of the way the Taliban destroyed centuries-old Buddhist statues and the Islamic State’s ongoing violence against Christian churches and landmarks.

In short, the American left, the Taliban, and the Islamic State (ISIS) hold two things in common. First, an inability to appreciate the whole of history as it happened, which includes good times and bad. And secondly, a tendency to express this lack of appreciation via violence and destruction.

History is an ugly thing. All the more reason to keep it. As a reminder.

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Live Dead – St. Stephen


(About 13 minutes)

St, Stephen refers to Stephen Gaskin who was a friend of mine about 50 years ago. I helped him set up his gig in Carbondale, Illinois back in the day (28 May 1973). I was chief engineer at WTAO-FM at the time.

I should add that “the Dead” deny it is about Gaskin.

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Just Like In The Movies


(About 1 minute)

From the comments section at Illinois Legislators Urge Cops to Designate Neo-Nazis as Terrorists. They Should Be More Concerned With White Supremacists in Police Ranks.

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Bring Forth

Bring forth

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Intolerance

Intolerance

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Current Events – History Repeats Itself

You can listen to the whole album at Quicksilver Messenger Service

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Free Fools

Voltaire fools

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The New Counter Culture


(About 13 ans 1/2 minutes)

Censorship in the Social Media Age covers similar territory. Near the beginning it has this quote.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

? C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

When you get past a few basic laws: violence, theft, and fraud, isn’t that what politics is always about? I suppose I should add in profit for those who can afford to buy government.

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Lines Of Communication

Evidently our Islamic friends have finally gotten around to reading The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence. It is an account of how Lawrence raised an army of Arabs to attack Turkish communications. “Communications” being Turkish railways.

And the reason for my “optimism” ?

“Inspire,” the Al Qaeda propaganda magazine, will dedicate its next issue to America’s passenger and commuter trains. The focus on rail transportation comes at a time of great anxiety over the scarcity of resources devoted to repairing America’s vulnerable trains, which is advantageous to a group aiming to reestablish maximum relevance.

Lawrence was helped considerably by the stupidity of the Turkish Officers. I wonder if Americans will prove as easy a target?

Here is a short video biography of Lawrence. I wonder if our new Islamic “friends” will learn to fit into the culture as he did.


( About 2 and 1/2 minutes)

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Civilization

Bas-relief at the Temple of Hatshepsut.

Bas-relief at the Temple of Hatshepsut.

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I Wonder If These Are All Connected?

North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer (Making It A Prime Target For The CIA)
 
 
Pentagon Unveils Plan For “Pre-Emptive Strike” On North Korea
 
 
Underground labs in China are devising potent new opiates faster than authorities can respond
 
 
President Trump To Declare Opioid Crisis A “National Emergency” As Deaths Skyrocket
 
 
The Trillion Dollar A Year Drug War Scam
 
 
The Moral Reality of The War On Drugs – Stefan Molyneux
 
 

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Happy?

When I was 5

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Too Complex To Survive

Joseph A. Tainter says the reasons civilizations fail is an excess of complexity.

Tainter has written or edited many articles and monographs. His arguably best-known work, The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988), examines the collapse of Maya and Chacoan civilizations,[2] and of the Western Roman Empire, in terms of network theory, energy economics and complexity theory. Tainter argues that sustainability or collapse of societies follow from the success or failure of problem-solving institutions[3] and that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity and their “energy subsidies” reach a point of diminishing marginal returns. He recognizes collapse when a society involuntarily sheds a significant portion of its complexity.

Trump has the right idea. First reduce the number of Federal employees. Second – if he can accomplish it (with this Congress) – reduce the size of the Federal code.

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Bottoming Out

We are half way through the bottom of a Kondratieff cycle. Each part of the cycle lasts about 20 years.

1. The rise – new technology lowers costs
2. The plateau – enjoying the fruits – nothing big on the horizon
3. The fall – the gains decline or get eaten
4. The bottom – the INs are holding back the OUTS (who have the next solution for a rise)

We are about 1/2 way through the current bottom phase. The cause of the next rise IMO? Cannabis medicine will augment current medical practices greatly lowering the cost of medical care. And of course robots. Something we can see but is so far not big enough to have a significant economic effect.

The biggest drag on the economy currently – police trying to fix a medical problem and leaving real crimes mostly unsolved. Look at crime clearance rates over the years. And with so many police, judges, etc – we now have big pension problems. Dallas is being written about. There are many others.

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The Brain Is Small – The Universe Is Big

The universe responds to everything. The human mind to only what it can encompass.

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