Fear And Hate

Fear is often touted as the ultimate political tool. “Fear will keep the star systems in line.” Yes it will. Up to a point. But control through fear brings resistance. And it is expensive. You need armies of enforcers. What works better is hate. That gains enthusiastic cooperation. Much cheaper. Who IS Emmanuel Goldstein? Ever […]

A nation of rapists!

When I was younger, it was very clear what rape was. Sexual intercourse accomplished by the use of force against a non-consenting victim. Things were pretty clear then. Now some people want to make it “rape” if a person lies in order to get laid. A New Jersey lawmaker has a plan that would make […]

St. Reagan – The Devil In Disguise

In Another Black Market In Medicine commenter Randy and I were discussing the evil the American Government has perpetrated on the world in order to accomplish Drug Prohibition. I got some things wrong in my comment so I thought I’d set the record straight. What I got wrong was who tried to destroy the records […]

Another Black Market In Medicine

This one is in Chile and the disease is epilepsy. Bobadilla’s desperation to ease her daughter’s condition is an emotion familiar to other Chilean parents who say medical marijuana can help their children and who, rather than wait for Congress to act, have taken matters into their own hands. Despite the risk of jail time, […]

Google Engineers Say Renewable Energy ‘Simply won’t work’

A report on an IEEE Spectrum article at Watts Up With That. I’m not going to discuss the article. It speaks for itself. What I am going to do is to reprise a comment that I think is critical for understanding energy in all its forms. TYoke November 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm “losing $ […]

How The Medical Industry Works

Yeah. We have a medical industrial complex. The girl in the video is kind of annoying. But the clips between her rants are informative. Now compare that with this video by Dr. Donald Abrams who champions nutrition and cannabis for cancer. The video is long but you can get the gist of it in the […]

Cannabis And Cancer Of The Brain

Eric brought to my attention this news. Marijuana kills brain cancer, new study confirms. The active molecules in cannabis kill brain cancer — another study has revealed. Scientists using an extract of whole-plant marijuana rich in pot’s main psychoactive ingredient THC as well as cannabidiol (CBD) showed “dramatic reductions in tumor volumes” of a type […]

Skirt burning and other “jokes”

If you didn’t know what was going on, you might find this headline puzzling: Teen given 7-year sentence for skirt-burning on Oakland bus Huh? How could burning a skirt lead to to anyone receiving a 7 year sentence? Because the perp didn’t just burn a skirt — any more than someone who sets fire to […]

Big Money Here

Cannabinoid medicine if fully exploited could ultimately save the US $1 trillion a year. We should all be saying this. I’ll give you two diseases to start: Cancer at $85 bn a year. About 2/3rds of diabetes at $115 bn a year. I’m sure I could find another $800 bn if I went through the […]

Oregon Doesn’t Like Illegal Immigrants

Oregon doesn’t like illegal immigrants by 2 to 1. Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama. Looks like Obama is going to have trouble with his base on this one.

How retarded we’ve become in our evolution

While this only kind of touches unintentionally on the squareness of hip, I kind of think this song is a nice all-around illustration of the concept. From a 1977 concert, here’s DEVO’s “Mongoloid.”   They weren’t terribly worried about political correctness in those days, were they? (Alas freedom. You never know it when you have […]

Rape is unwanted sexual contact, right?

I was recently reminded of a hilarious film, “Colour Me Kubrick,” in which John Malkovich plays a Stanley Kubrick impostor who used his nonexistent “power” as a way of getting laid. Here’s the trailer: And a scene of him scoring in a gay bar: Because they thought he was really Kubrick, they did whatever he […]

New Names And Other Dangers

Over at WUWT, commenters attempt to answer the Great Question of global warming. No, it’s not what sea levels will be in 2100, how to model water vapor and other feedbacks, or why the 18-year pause — no, this question is far more important: given their failure to model anything on Earth, what should we […]

Finding the square root of hip

A hipster I am not, and never have been. I might have been philosophically a hippie and a punk back in the day, and for years I was a Deadhead, but I always found myself annoyed by the trappings of people who want to be “in” and who worry that they might not be, because […]

I think I’d prefer the smell of napalm in the morning…

WARNING: It has been pointed out that this post is Not Safe For Work. I am the last person in need of a reminder that human tastes vary widely, but a woman named Kim Kardashian seems to prove the point. Some love her, some hate her. I never would have even heard of the woman, […]

Al Capone Times 50

The “Al Capone” remark comes about 50 seconds in.

Obamacare’s Huge Political Advantage

It was based on lies.

Happy Veterans Day!

Today is Veterans Day, and while it has a long history, the important thing is to remember and honor those who served. My dad was a World War II veteran, as were many of his friends, but unfortunately there are fewer and fewer of them around to thank. My co-blogger is a veteran, however, and […]

Thou shalt not covet

Another day, another favorite Youtube video taken down (as usual, for “copyright” infringement). Patent royalty claims are invading the 3d printing community. I cannot shop online without later being spammed to death by Google ads offering me what I already bought, or decided NOT to buy. Under the guise of protecting the environment, cities are conning rural […]

Where The Sun Don’t Shine

This is going to hurt: World’s largest solar plant applying for federal grant to pay off federal loan. After already receiving a controversial $1.6 billion construction loan from U.S. taxpayers, the wealthy investors of a California solar power plant now want a $539 million federal grant to pay off their federal loan. [snip] Ivanpah is […]