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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
  • The government has finally gone too far! (Says Jim Bovard, a man who’s fond of a good cheap cigar.)
  • Why time seems to speed up as we get older and some creative ways to slow it down.
  • I hope Tesla’s recent bold move of open-sourcing its patents pays off. History and a good guess says it’s likely to greatly benefit the electric vehicle industry as a whole, but not Tesla, specifically.
  • Off-grid goes upscale. Especially offshore.
  • The naked self-interest of the managerial state. No surprises, but telling, nevertheless.
  • 50 photos from the past that’ll get you thinking.

21 Responses to “Monday links”

  1. Bear Says:

    Part of that “premium cigar” definition is to make damned sure they get rid of products like Cheyenne “small cigars (machine made filter-tip cigars the size of — and packaged identically to — cigarettes. Those became popular in response to cigarette taxes that exempted cigars. A cartoon of Cheyenne (regular or menthol) runs about $30 in NH, while name brand cigarettes can go as high as $70/cartoon.

    When you get down it, it’s just another “twinkie tax” variant, taxing the heck out of people for their “own good”.

    (And off on a slight tangent: One of the overlooked but but important aspects of Obamacare is to counter the argument that, “I’m paying for own care, so I’ll choose for myself if I want to engage in allegedly risky acts that don’t affect anyone else.” With mandated universal coverage — increasingly officially at taxvictims’ expense — you aren’t paying for it (and being forced into the actuarial pool means your choices do affect others in the carefully redefined pool) so your choices do affect others… therefore mommy/daddy .gov must tell you what to do.)

  2. Laird Says:

    Great old photos; thanks. I could probably use one of those “Isolators”, but even eye-slits and soundproofing probably wouldn’t keep me from wasting time on the internet.

    Somewhat O/T, Hugo Gernsback (named in the Isolator photo, and apparently its inventor) is the “father” of pulp science fiction. He was the founder and publisher of the first SF magazine, “Amazing Stories” . The annual SF award the “Hugo” is named after him.

  3. LarryA Says:

    (And off on a slight tangent: One of the overlooked but but important aspects of Obamacare is to counter the argument that, “I’m paying for own care, so I’ll choose for myself if I want to engage in allegedly risky acts that don’t affect anyone else.” With mandated universal coverage — increasingly officially at taxvictims’ expense — you aren’t paying for it (and being forced into the actuarial pool means your choices do affect others in the carefully redefined pool) so your choices do affect others… therefore mommy/daddy .gov must tell you what to do.)

    And of course the above is BS. People who smoke and make other unwise health choices tend to die earlier, use less health care, and cost the system less.

    The really expensive person is the healthy one that lives to 105, and therefore spends 40 years on Medicare and probably ten years on Medicaid in a long-term care facility.

    [it took seven years to obtain permission from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to build a 1.3-mile access road to their property across federal land. Environmental and archaeological studies plus construction added up to $550,000 just for the road alone]

    As long as they’ve filled out all the required paperwork. I’m sure they can trust the government not to renege on the deal.

  4. Pat Says:

    Those photographs were both interesting and reminiscent. Both of my older brothers were pinsetters during the 1940s when my dad managed a bowling alley. And I remember seeing some of those photos in Life or Look magazines during the 50s and 60s.
    ~~~

    While time does seem to speed up as we get older, I find myself perceiving time in another way as well: while I have less time, or an indeterminate amount of time, overall in which to accomplish anything, I tend to slow down and think, “What’s the rush?” I want to enjoy what I’m doing rather then striving so hard. I think I’ve (finally) learned how to appreciate the journey more, and let the destination fall where it may.

  5. Bear Says:

    LarryA: “The really expensive person is the healthy one that lives to 105…”

    That’s what Zeke Emanuel’s “Reaper Curve” is for.* You don’t want to waste valuable resources on old proles when they could be used to maintain the semblance of life in pols like Harry Reid.

    =====
    *And you save money on death panels! No need for panels of over-paid bureaucrats when you can program your HealthCare.gov computer to look up applicants on the chart. If a few people get glitched and cut off… Hey! More savings!

  6. Curt Says:

    When you control a country’s money you control the country. When you control a county’s food you control the people. When you control the people’s health you control their lives. IF, things do not change…..people will be nothing more than automatons. Period!

  7. MamaLiberty Says:

    Curt… Don’t use the controller’s money, or depend on their food. Take care of your own health as much as you can… and most people can do a lot more of all this than they think. It’s a matter of being willing to work hard at it, and refusing to be controlled. Being an automaton is optional. Those who opt for that will probably not survive.

  8. MamaLiberty Says:

    Sorry, forgot the finish to that last…

    I don’t know what kind of change you are looking for, Curt, but we make the only change that is possible by what we choose. And each person can only choose for themselves and, sometimes, their families.

  9. Karen Says:

    “A cartoon of Cheyenne (regular or menthol) runs about $30 in NH,”
    They’re about half that, with shipping, online. Just cigarettes wrapped in brown paper actually.

  10. naturgirl Says:

    I’m not a male but I doubt there’s any anti-prohibitionists that are kissable in that (old time) picture, LOL. That GPS looks about as reliable as modern day products, heh.

    Time. It’s scary how fast it flies after a certain age, and just when you’d like it to slow down some…..And nothing seems to stop it either……

  11. Claire Says:

    “I’m not a male but I doubt there’s any anti-prohibitionists that are kissable in that (old time) picture, LOL.”

    Actually, I think that’s the point. The anti-prohibs created the picture to mock prohibs.

    But that guy in the “world’s first selfie” was pretty hot in a bad boy sort of way, don’t you think?

  12. naturegirl Says:

    LOL, had to go back and take another look at him. Now that you mention it, he is pretty hot and he does have that mischievous air about him :) I wonder what would happen if I googled that name LOL……he’s probably some mass murder/scoundrel of some kind !

  13. naturegirl Says:

    Ok, this is to funny, he’s pretty smart http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Cornelius

  14. Ellendra Says:

    I couldn’t get any of those 50 photos to load. Now I’m curious about the hot guy.

  15. naturegirl Says:

    Ellendra, the photo on the top right side of the Wiki page is the same photo used in the 50 photos :)

  16. Paul Bonneau Says:

    [And of course the above is BS. People who smoke and make other unwise health choices tend to die earlier, use less health care, and cost the system less.]

    Well, the point is moot, isn’t it? People do what they do, and are not responsible for the tyrannies imposed on them.* The healthy guy is no more to blame than the smoker. Where they go wrong is in accepting stolen money from the government (socialist security, medicare, etc.).

    * …beyond the fact that they keep obeying tyrants.

    re: upscale offgrid
    I’ve noticed some wineries around here with enormous solar arrays. My old neighbor who was a tree farmer tended to sneer at rich doctors with their wineries who looked down their noses at the logging industry while creating an environment in their land much less amenable to wildlife than the forests are.

    Well at least these guys have supported a market for cheap solar panels, which is a good thing…

    re: bureaucrats
    I remember one time I had installed a driveway on some land I owned and later when I was in the county buildings getting a permit for a home there that fact came out, and the bureaucrat said, “Oh, that driveway was unpermitted.” I wasn’t even aware they wanted a permit for stuff like that. She told me to just pay the fee and everything would be cool!

    Bureaucrats only have the power over us that we let them have (I realize this is somewhat a collectivist statement). Just like saying “no”, we need to exercise our “ignoring” muscles once in a while. Ignore the bastards. Do what you want without asking permission.

  17. Paul Bonneau Says:

    Oh, one more thing about that article on bureaucrats:
    [Every day it seems there’s another story about teachers’ unions using their stranglehold on public schools to reward themselves at the expense of children. School-choice programs and even public charter schools are under vicious attack...]

    I have to roll my eyes… “School choice” is just another government program, more welfare and socialism. So are charters. School choice advocates are no different than government school advocates, except that they want their stolen loot without accountability.

  18. Curt S Says:

    This is in reply to Mama Liberty. sorry it took me this long. I was not looking for a change, at least in what I wrote. My point was with this obamacare thing one cannot elect to simply do without some kind of coverage, that would get one arrested. With that kind of consequence the matter of choice does not exixt. Also, let’s face it…imho it isn’t about health care at all. It is simply another means of govrernment control plain and simple. Not only that…take smoking for example. Today there are plenty of smoke free areas. Restaurants and the like. IF one wished to engage in some form of activity that is perhaps chancy I figure that is their business, no one elses. If there is one thing I absolutely cannot stomach is some damm anti, of whatever flavor. All this talk about “others” sharing the cost of treatment. Really? Hmm….what about those people that are a few hundred pounds overweight? What about those people that engage is other sports…. People have been known to keel over on golf courses with a heart attack. Ditto with driving…lessee guy has a heart attack and killed some other person while he drove into them. Does that mean we should outlaw cars? Or…oh you have a heart condition…we have to pull your licence. Bunch of grade “AAA” BS if you ask me.

  19. Ellendra Says:

    Ah, thank you Naturegirl!

  20. Paul Bonneau Says:

    [My point was with this obamacare thing one cannot elect to simply do without some kind of coverage, that would get one arrested. With that kind of consequence the matter of choice does not exixt.]

    There is always a choice. The ruling class could not rule without the cooperation of its peons; self-enforcement is 99% of their method.

    And, I’d guess that it is not even very risky to not comply in this case, since the law is so unpopular. Think about those folks in New York not complying with the “SAFE” act, risking felony convictions.

    At some point, people need to start thinking about disobedience.

  21. Rick Says:

    I have a theory about time passing faster as you get older….when you are very young, a week seems like a long time. You haven’t lived many weeks yet, so a single week is a larger fraction of your life than it is when you get older. A 64 year old, for example–a week is only 1/8 the fraction of their life than it is for an 8 year old, so it almost seems like nothing….just my theory.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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