Promote Draw Mohammed Day May 20th

28 04 2010

Just found out about this. 

Read this Washington Post article for more details.

Also, see the Facebook group address.


Should the moral character of PM Kevin Rudd be brought into question?

27 04 2010

H/T Andrew Bolt blog. 

I am wondering why Australia’s PM has now put the ETS (carbon emissions trading scheme) on the back burner until 2013. 

Krudd the dud Rudd approximately two years ago stated:

“The biggest challenge the world faces in the decades ahead is climate change. It is the great moral and economic challenge of our time.”

Now the media is reporting, “Labor shelves emissions scheme

I’ve always disliked K. Rudd although admittedly I dislike virtually all politicians these days believing them to be generally deluded, ignorant and sometimes even deliberately immoral and power lusting (the worst kind).  K. Rudd’s forays into economic legislation have been appalling.  While the guy looks like a geek, I certainly doubt Rudd’s wisdom, he’s clearly ignorant of good economic theory at least and in addition he’s a classic pragmatist IMO.  eg/ John Humphries’ article “Ruddomics: the crisis“, or my thoughts on Rudd’s address to the CIS (Centre for Independent studies) from Aug 2008.  Brookesnews is also undoubtedly an excellent source of data and commentary on Rudd’s economic ignorance. 

Various sources in the MSM have been insinuating the PM is arrogant due to his record of temper tantrums.  The first one I remember was back in April 09 – his abuse of an RAAF air hostess who provided a meal not in line with his special dietary requirements.  This article sums up Rudd’s record of tantrums well. 

But now, I’m wondering does the abandonment of the ETS indicate that the PM lacks moral principles generally?  Or is this move just a political strategy?  Or does Rudd have such an extreme 🙂 pragmatist epistemology that he now no longer believes in this “great moral challenge”?  Does Rudd value his job and popularity as being more important than “great moral challenges”?  It’s a difficult assessment and to be honest, I don’t care enough to look into to it deeply because I’ve got better things to do with my life than spending too much time thinking about KRudd (unfortunately political issues which include character assessments of elected leaders do affect us all and demand some attention). 

Maybe I’m being too harsh but I cannot think why I should give this PM, who IMO has been demonstrably destructive to the lives of ordinary Australias, the benefit of the doubt.

Article recommendation: “Big Fat Lies”

27 04 2010

Over at the Paleo blog “Raisin Hell” is an excellent article, “Big Fat Lies” discussing the colossal failure of Australia’s NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Centre) – an agency I believe should properly be abolished for both moral and practical reasons. 

The first paragraph is classic:

“What do you do when a strategy you’ve been executing for almost 30 years is plainly not working? If you’re the nutrition hierarchy in Australia, apparently the answer is you just keep doing what you’ve always done.”

You can apply this statement to many many government departments and regulatory schemes. 

A cynical person would be forgiven for noting that the higher the rates of obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders in this country, the more secure the jobs of those employed by or receiving grants from the NHMRC. 

Additionally, I’d like to plug Gary Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories

The US EPA wants you to make government propaganda for them.

22 04 2010

This is the state of the USA these days.  Well and truly no longer the land of the free, and the current US government is making sure of that more and more every day. 

Obama has already engaged in immoral propaganda by politicizing the National Endowment for the Arts.  See article here  

Now the US EPA is holding this competition as reported by CNS News. 

“President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging the public to create video advertisements that explain why federal regulations are “important to everyone.”
The contest, which ends May 17, will award $2,500 to the makers of the video that best explains why federal regulations are good and how ordinary citizens can become more involved in making regulations.”

Truly disgusting to think that tax payer money is being spent in this manner.  But I suppose for years now in Australia our various Labor and Liberal governments have spent millions upon millions of dollars promoting themselves using our money.  How is this, in principle, different to Nazi or Soviet propaganda?  Because when I am subjected to annoying government TV commercials I don’t see the difference. 

This is the world in which we live.  Next time someone tells you our economic and social problems are due to “extreme capitalism”, or too much “deregulation” they should take a look at the reality, it’s right there in front of you.  The unfortunate reality is that business regulation is considered vital and important by most people in our society.  How else could the EPA get away with this type of crap. 

There are many people in our society that are hostile to freedom and individualism.  That’s a real pity and this has to change before political and economic improvements can be enacted.

The alarming reaction to the tea party protests.

20 04 2010

It’s quite alarming to think that there are so many people amongst us who feel threatened by or dislike the peaceful anti-statist tea party protests.  Sure there is an annoying Christian and Republican element, but that is to be expected in a society that is predominantly Christian.  What concerns me is why do some people have a problem with peaceful protests against creeping socialism?!  Have people forgotten the importance of freedom?  Do people understand and respect the many men who in the past refused to submit to the state and give up their rights, those brave men who rightly demanded to be treated like human beings and not dogs.   “Give me liberty or give me death”! 

I can only assume there are a lot of ignorant, authority addicted or malevolent people amongst us.  

Check out this video of some typical anti-tea party protestors here at the Lucidicus project:

These anti-freedom protestors claim that the Tea Party movement is sexist, racist and “equals the KKK”.  And they do it with a straight face too!  They also clearly think they have the “right” to use force to take other people’s property.  Normally, this gets called stealing. 

If you’re like me and find that video a little depressing, this article is the remedy:

The article contains a collection of quotes from the USA’s founding fathers and makes for a really fantastic little article, which begins:

“There is a concerted effort afoot on the part of big-state socialists to paint the Tea Party as a bunch of dangerous, hate-filled radicals with a bunch of crazy new ideas that go far beyond the pale of the traditional American political mainstream.”

“Let’s ask some reasonable men – because the Founding Fathers were surely the largest collection of reasonable men ever gathered in one place at one time in history – what they thought about the issues raised by the Tea Party movement.”

For instance, what did they think of a powerful central government?

One of my favourite quotes was this one from Samuel Adams:

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

Update 21/4/10:

Harry Binswanger has written a short piece “Will Religious Conservatives Hijack the Tea Party Movement?”

Update 23/4/10:

Filthy Neutrals

16 04 2010

Zapp Brannigan was one of the best Futurama characters.  The arrogant, idiotic, ineffectual space captain who suffers from the sexy learning disability “sexlexia” and has an obsession with velour:

One of my favourite Zapp moments are his thoughts on “neutrals”:

“What makes a good man go neutral? Lust for gold? Power? Or were you just born with a heart full of neutrality?”

“I hate these filthy neutrals, Kif! With enemies, you know where they stand, but with neutrals – who knows. It sickens me.”

While the writers are actually being satirical, Zapp is actually right on the money if you ask me. 

I think you should when faced with an important decision, think and determine your position and then have the courage to assert this position if necessary.  Don’t be a “filthy netural”!

Stimulating my package (stimulus package) humour

16 04 2010

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence in Yarralumla. One is from Canberra , another from Melbourne , and the third one is from Sydney.  All three go with a government official to examine the fence.

 The Canberra contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works out some figures with a pencil. “Well”, he says, “I figure the job will run to about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me”.

The Melbourne contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me” 

The Sydney contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the government official and whispers “$2,700”.

The government official, incredulous, says “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?’

The Sydney contractor whispers back “$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the bloke from Melbourne to fix the fence”. “Done!” replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.