First thing: Thank you for all the good words and scary stories after Friday’s out-of-the-blue tree fall. MamaLiberty’s tale of random mystery destruction definitely takes the prize, though Karen’s lightning-from-nowhere story also reminds me of Mother Nature’s notorious temper.
One reader, C, even made an extra little contribution to the roof fund. Its timing was lovely (“Take that, damned tree!”), and the fact that it came from somebody I know has very little to spare made it even more appreciated.
I’m now looking at November 1 as the most likely date to commence a serious year of hermitude.
The following review of AS-III + commentary on our own times is by faithful reader (and even more faithful Outlaw) Mac the Knife:
I went and saw Atlas Shrugged – Who Is John Galt today. Thought you might like a few observations about the movie.
I thought it was probably the best of the three. While they stray from the book in places they capture the essence of what Ayn Rand was saying. Kristoffer Polaha plays John Galt and he does a very good job. Probably not the image most people would expect John Galt to look like, but he actually did a very good job. I also liked Laura Regan as Dagny. As expected they could not put everything from the book into the movie, but they really did not leave too much that was important out. The scenes in Galt’s Gulch were very good. The best part of the movie in my opinion. From Dagny returning to the end of the movie it seemed a little bit rushed to me. But they had a lot to convey in a short time. The speech was short; only a few minutes long but it held the essence of the 90 page or so speech in the book. Basically he asked do you want to live as a sacrificial lamb to the state or live life free and keep all the fruits of your labor.
When President Thompson was interrupted at the start of his speech by John Galt a woman sitting behind me told whoever she was with that she wished that would happen to Obama.
Two people that should not have been in the movie at all were Sean Hannity and Glen Beck in cameo appearances after Galt’s speech saying this will be the downfall of President Thompson. They are both statist to the core and I cannot stand to listen to them. Ron Paul also made a cameo appearance in support of the speech.
While they portrayed the crumbling infrastructure in the movie most of the characters were using modern cell phones and there were large screen TVs and computer monitors throughout the movie.
The audience was small, maybe 20 or 30 people in all, and mostly elderly. Not very many young people at all. But then this is not their type of movie to watch. With the education system in place today not very many young people would understand what they were watching anyway. And this is sad, because they are the ones that need to be woken up to what is happening and what their future will be like if present trends continue.
Since Ayn Rand wrote the book when there was still a semblance of a gold standard in the country she wrote about the physical destruction of the infrastructure being the result of the men and women of the mind being on strike. While you do see a lot of that happening today in stores being closed for over five or more years with no one reopening them, it has progressed no where near far enough to cause a collapse of the system as a whole. What I think will bring down the system world wide is the complete collapse of the financial system since every central bank in the world is in a race to see who can print the most money. 10 or 15 years ago I did not think I would live to see the financial system collapse, but now I think I will, and I will be 70 in Dec. I do not think the fantastic increases in wealth and gadgets in the electronics industries will be enough to stem the tide of the physical and financial collapse.
Personally I do not think the financial collapse can be stopped. The world is drowning in debt and there are only two outcomes. Complete dictatorship or a complete collapse with total chaos. Not a very bright picture is it. I would love to be proved wrong but somehow I do not think I will.
There is only one scenario that might get us through all this. A complete collapse of the financial system and the people realize that it was all brought on by governments and central banks. If they can be gotten rid of soon enough after the collapse and never allowed to make their reappearance, the world may have a chanche.
Sorry to be so down on everything, but the facts cannot be changed. But it is just great just to be alive and I enjoy and love every single minute of it.
End guest commentary. I’ll be waiting for the DVDs myself, since none of the AS movies ever play at theaters within 100 miles of me. And I may be less pessimistic than Mac about the state of the economy and freedom. But it’s another beautiful summer day and I’m going to enjoy it.
But on the good side of that subject … Wally Conger reviews my How to Kill the Job Culture despite the fact that it’s been out of print for several years. Hm. If I can find those old files or get somebody to OCR the book for me, maybe a Kindle edition is in order?
Ken at Popehat says yes, there is more to that incident of the teacher arrested over his SF novels. Ken also opens with the best description of media-cop relations I’ve ever read. (H/T jed in comments)
Making the rounds today: Video of a polite young man shutting down cops who demand to search his home.
Same old story, same old song. Once again everybody’s a “terrorist” except of course the actual terrorists. (per Shel in comments)
Economics as explained by The Simpsons. I’m not sure whether it’s a bad thing or a good thing that somebody proposes to teach economic principles this way in college.
Not being urban, I hadn’t heard of the phenomenon of turning HOV lanes into toll lanes for those prosperous enough to pay for better “highway service.” Figures that Robert Poole (who loves all things “privatization” even when they’re really just all things crony capitalist) would be for it and agin’ the activists opposing it.
Honesty is the best policy will screw up your life. When what you’re being honest about is firearms. Powerfully sad article from Nicki Kenyon at JPFO.
The above is also an example of what can happen when you entrust government with your rights. So is this. Activist, denied “shall-issue” carry permit, needs help fighting back. (H/T MWD)
Target security officer spots shoplifter. Takes standard action. Turns out shoplifter is a cop. Guess who gets fired?
Carjacker forces way into vehicle with gun. Intended victim grabs it and shoots him. (This is also a case of another carjacker flummoxed by a stick shift. Gadzooks, you’d think if you’re going to steal vehicles you’d at least learn to drive them.) (H/T New Jovian Thunderbolt)
The curious case of passive voice in reports of police shootings. Radley Balko says what has long needed saying.
Former cop confirms what the Living Freedom Collective said in Rats!, the anti-snitch book.
Heck, if they were going to ban the poster, it should have been for stupid gun handling, not the shadow of a nipple. (Mildly NSFW.)
Suit says V.A. cops stomped on an old vet’s head because he was tired of waiting for treatment. Well, that’s one way to get rid of pesky, resource-consuming patients. You don’t even have to take the time for “death panels.”
Of course the growing cybermilitary will never be used against thee and me. Never. How could you even think such a thing? But now that you have thought such a thing, you can be sure that the NSA, the Pentagon, and a whole bunch of rich government contractors know what to do about it. (H/T H)
This is both fun and educational: How Secure is My Password? Just in case, I suggest you not enter any real passwords, but something entirely different that just has the same general mix of numbers, letters, and symbols as any password you might use. And of course, how long it takes a PC to crack your password and how long it takes some creepazoid with the full power of government behind him are two very different things.
Why we should all watch Groundhog Day. (Contains spoilers; but then, is there anybody who hasn’t already seen or doesn’t already know how that great movie unfolds?)
Mack. Smack that man. He had to have known — had to from all his years of experience — that this stupid and apparently completely untrue blat would not only be picked up by every enemy of freedom, but that it would be remembered, and exaggerated, for the next 20 years. (“Oh yeah, the Bundy Ranch militia people. They were the ones who used women and babies as human shields …”)
Photos show a normal, though elderly, little house. But Annie Dodds quickly discovered why she was able to lease the place sight-unseen for just $500 per year. It had no electrical service, no plumbing (not even an outhouse), rats in the attic, a tree staving in one wall, and a host of other cold, hot, wet, dry, dirty, inconvenient problems.
It was the kind of place where, on a bad day, you might open your sock drawer, briefly think, “I don’t have any socks that color,” then realize you were looking at a rattlesnake coiled atop your footwear.
But Annie loved it.
A Widow’s Walk tells the story of how she — recently widowed, emotionally devastated, dead broke, middle-aged, and equipped only with her own resourcefulness — followed her Backwoods Home-inspired dream of living independently and off-grid.