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To ensure every child ‘wins’, Ontario athletic association removes ball from soccer

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To ensure every child ‘wins’, Ontario athletic association removes ball from soccer

I can’t make this stuff up.

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Scumbag Congress

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Scumbag Congress

America is growing frustrated with representative government.

Peacekeeper Smartphone App Empowers The Community To Police Itself

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Peacekeeper

Really cool idea: A smartphone app that lets you create your own first-responder network in your own neighborhood. You can add anyone you trust as an emergency contact and have instant, real-time communication with them in the event of a home invasion, fire, or medical emergency (as long as you have a cell phone signal). These people can likely respond much faster than any police force. Like they say: “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

You can contribute to the Indiegogo campaign if you want to help get the app to market.

Weiner and Boehner Do America

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Weiner and Boehner Do America

Two of my favorite congressional clowns at the Washington Monument

Bread and Circuses

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Bread and Circuses

Everyone is so upset about Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke. Meanwhile, US, France and UK plan to attack Syria.

People Are Bad, So We Need a Government Made Up Of… People…

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It seems to me that many of the common objections to the idea of a stateless civilization stem from a fallacy. It’s what I call the “people are inherently self-destructive” fallacy. This fallacy posits that if we don’t grant a centralized authority violent power over the citizens to enforce cultural norms (drug use/marriage/education), those citizens will devolve into stoned, slovenly, uncaring, violent, criminal, and unproductive louts and the civilization will crumble. I have three objections to this. The first is logical, the other two are empirical:

  1. The circular logic of government

    The circular logic of government

    The view of human kind as inherently self-destructive and in dire need of authoritarian guidance must apply to humans categorically in order to be an axiom and a basis for social policy affecting the entire society. If this is true of all humans, there are no humans who could effectively manage the affairs of other humans and central government is a farce. If this is not true of all humans, and some humans are in fact rational and capable of governing the affairs of the world properly (by way of centralization like representative government/voting/democracy/totalitarianism), you have violated the axiom. Also, this is called “elitism”.

  2. If the decision to do something is based solely on the current status of its legality according to the government, you can say goodbye to the Rosa Parks and Boston Tea Partiers of history because there will be no more. A great deal of human progress has been made by disregarding unjust laws.
  3. This is because government and law are TRAILING indicators of culture. Only after the CULTURE evolves to be more open-minded/less racist/less violent/more altruistic does any government policy then reflect the new sensibility. Using the guns of government to enforce behavior is trying to get the tail to wag the dog and ends up in things like our useless “drug war”.

The idea that people need to be watched over by Big Brother makes me think that big-government advocates have a dismal opinion of humanity to start with. This is a real shame because we are each free, beautiful, independent human beings who want to do great things for each other and with each other.

“Meet the 12-year-old Egyptian boy who wonderfully explains his country’s crisis”

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“Meet the 12-year-old Egyptian boy who wonderfully explains his country’s crisis”

From the Washington Post: This young man is so intelligent it arms me heart. It makes me immensely glad to know that there are kids like this around the world trying to keep their societies on course. When children have access to self-education via information technology, they can see through the regional and sectarian rhetoric and get at the real truth for themselves. Ultimately, children like this will save civilization- but we must ensure that their access to information remains unchallenged.

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