Politics

Feedback on the Farm Bill? How about this?

The Agriculture Department is looking for feedback on next year’s farm bill; and they are closing the doors on the subject tonight. I guess they aren’t too anxious to hear our feedback. I left them some of mine anyway. Stop the NAIS, the National Animal Identification System. If we start chipping the animals to keep …

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Holiday Politics

Dec. 25th, the end of the Soviet Union

Following the election of Mikhail Gorbachev, and the introduction of his reform policies in 1986, the Soviet Union began it’s slow breakup. The Berlin wall came down on November 9th, 1989; and the USSR officially ceased existence as a political entity on December 25th, 1991, with the resignation of it’s last president, the same Mikhail …

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Holiday Politics

The Principles of ’98

Something else to celebrate this season. On December 24th, 1798, the Virginia resolution was passed. Most of the people who have the standard, sub-standard government school education will not know the significance of The Principles of ’98 or why they should be something we celebrate today. The short reason is, because the principles of ’98 …

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Fandom

Carl Sagan Remembered

Theres a Blog-a-thon for Carl Sagan today. I don’t have an entry of my own, but John Scalzi covers my sentiments pretty well with this: What I do know is that I like his ideas. I like his love of science. I like his faith in humanity. I like how he saw us reaching for …

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Philosophy Politics

DRM: One More Time

I’ve been arguing DRM issues with several people of late. It’s a hot button for me. Several people have taken me to task for daring to disregard an agreement; I maintain it isn’t an agreement if I’m not given negotiating power, it’s a concession. The average user concedes that he is subject to corporate legal …

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Libertarian Politics

Why I am a Libertarian

I’m rehashing an old subject, trying to update it for publishing in the Austin Liberator. As I pointed out in the recent blog post The Vote, I pulled the lever next to “L” again this year, just as I have for the last 10 plus years. I do this because I vote my conscience, rather …

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Humor Philosophy Politics

Hu’s On First

Perhaps it’s just the fact that I’m someone who has polluted memories of the Abbot and Costello routine Who’s on First, but I found this new riff on the old theme Laugh Out Loud funny. I especially like this version on YouTube, which includes credits for the players so as to inform the politically clueless.

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Politics

Loose Change: the Other Side of the Story

And speaking of conspiracy theories…. I’m regretting ever mentioning Loose Change in a previous blog post. I should have realized that there was no evidence for 9/11’s of the claims made in the film. If you refer to one of the many sites that address the holes in the theories (Loose Change Guide, for example) …

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Who Killed the Electric Car?

Got into yet another discussion about alternative energy the other day, specifically concerning the movie Who Killed the Electric Car? (which I haven’t seen, but wouldn’t avoid seeing if I had the chance) It wandered off that subject and onto the subject of Stan Meyer and water power. The discussion jogged some of the old …

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