DARPA’s mirror-killing membrane could change astronomy, allow total global surveillance -
DARPA’s new thin membrane could make big, heavy mirrors obsolete in space telescopes — a move that could open doors for amazing science and omniscient surveillance.
(Source: eltigrechico, via laliberty)
Sowell's Visions -
Different views of man and nature tend to explain a lot about why certain beliefs cluster together. Understanding a person’s underlying view of the world, then, can produce more understanding and more meaningful discussion.
Is War Inevitable? Debate Rages : DNews -
Does warfare reside in our brains, or is it a response to more recent developments?
The Police-Industrial-Entertainment Complex -
In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly with the onset of reality(ish) shows like A&E’s Dallas SWAT or Spike TV’s DEA. Over at the blog Gun Culture 2.0, sociologist David Yamane looks at a bizarre new reality competition on the Outdoor Channel called Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T., which features SWAT teams from across the country competing in a number of SWAT-like competitions for a $100,000 prize.
The Difficult Baby: Part One | Evolutionary Parenting
Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don’t “protect our freedoms!”
After watching a couple of people I know argue about whether “economic freedom” or “social freedom” was more important, I had the typical libertarian reaction: That’s a meaningless question, they’re the same thing. All transactions are “economic” in an important sense, and all relationships between people are “social.” To violently repress any non-invasive action is to limit someone’s economic opportunities, and doing that tends to put people in a socially subordinate position.
— Some Thoughts on the Distinction Between “Economic Freedom” and “Social Freedom”
Your shopping guide to stores that won’t ruin their workers’ Thanksgivings.
Not everybody celebrates Thanksgiving.
Not everybody cares about Thanksgiving.
Not everybody has family. Some people get depressed around the holidays and like to work to keep themselves busy.
Some people like to pick up a shift so that they can make some extra money and still celebrate before or after (because, surprise surprise, minimum wage retail workers don’t work 24 hour shifts)
Some people want or need the money they make on Thanksgiving, and that is why they choose to work. Alternately, some people want or need the extremely great price cuts which those stores offer on ‘black friday’ and now, (thank god) on thanksgiving as well.
Besides, why the selective outrage just at retailers? Are not other institutions open (And thus asking employees to work) on Thanksgiving? My brother works in a hospital. Guess what, he has work today. When my dad worked at a gas station, he had work on Thanksgiving. When my other brother worked at a grocery store, he had work on Thanksgiving. And if I still had my job at Target, I would gladly take the extra pay a thanksgiving shift would give me, just as I gladly accepted their offer to work on black friday in years past.
Many people take in a movie before dinner with their families. Are the movie theaters evil for providing these services on ‘Thanksgiving’? Should we boycott them? Or only retailers? It seems as though the selective outrage has nothing to do with the invented idea of ‘ruining people’s thanksgivings’ by allowing them to work, but more with just a general dislike of big box stores, and a clamoring for any non-issue that can be drummed up against them.
What about charities? What about non-profits? Should they be closed today? What about the plight of the poor volunteers working in soup kitchens and homeless shelters today? Are they not having their thanksgiving ‘ruined’ because they are essentially at work and thus not at ‘home’ with their ‘family’ (which is apparently a sacred and universal good)? And they aren’t even getting paid to boot! Should we shutter the soup kitchens for Thanksgiving?
Where does this nonsense end?
Must every business and institution which requires human effort be boarded up for 24 hours just so the rich, self-righteous turds of the world can feel good that nobody anywhere isn’t with their ‘family’ on this ‘holiday’?
Not everybody has a cushy job at some bullshit left-wing propaganda ‘think’ tank, and not everybody has the luxury of sitting around all day doing nothing on Thanksgiving. Besides, not everybody wants to. Get off your fucking high horse you ignorant, elitist fucks.
Inflation propaganda infomercial MGM - 1933 -
An awesome vintage piece of propaganda from FDR’s presidency.
If you always do as you’re told, you will always be told what to do. — Anonymous