Saturday, December 17, 2011

Paleo Rodeo #19

The Paleo Rodeo #19 is up at Modern Paleo where you can discover a coconut egg nog recipe or read a post on what causes anorexia or read as Mark tells how he improved his cholesterol results on a low carb high fat diet or learn how Tim improved his blood glucose control or simply enjoy many tasty recipes.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Here is a link to some very good articles on the junk science that is global warming. The statists and witch doctor wannabes are meeting in Durbin this week trying to keep the hoax alive.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Objectivist roundup Oct 27th 2011

This week's Objectivist roundup is at "Parenting is..." Where you can read posts like Ed Cline's on the Occupy Wall Street protests or one that takes a look at a 1960 hospital bill, or in defense of income inequality and much more. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 08, 2011

The Objectivist Roundup #221 is at the blog of John J McVey where you can read posts on topics like naps at preschool, Elizabeth Warren's Assault on Justice, good getting things done habits by John Drake, a post on the importance of primacy of existence premise, why Gideon supports Gary Johnson for president, and much more. Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Good Science on meat vs vegies only

Here is a good fisking of the new documentary "Forks over Knives" by Denise Minger. It's long but worth it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Here is an LTE I sent to the Detroit Free Press whcih they haven't printed. They still might but it grows less likely the further away we get from 9/11. "In the Freep's Sunday 9/11 edition editorial page editor Stephan Henderson came oh so close to naming the why behind the evil of the 9/11 attacks. I laud Mr. Henderson for identifying it as evil but he is less precise in his identifications of why. Calling such attacks 'madness' or 'lunacy' makes the same mistake as calling Hitler 'insane' or 'crazy.' Hitler was, like the hijackers, acting on a set of principles in which they had total faith. But why faith? Mr. Henderson says "There are some acts that are just unhinged, unmoored from the emotional or intellectual infrastructure that most people use to guide their daily lives." Mr. Henderson, that 'intellectual infrastructure' is called reason. When men abandon reason they have nothing to guide their actions but their feelings. Since feelings are the result of values their empty minds can be filled with any irrational values the life destroying nature of which they will be oblivious. America was born on the benevolent universe premise which holds that man's happiness and values can be achieved in this life and that disaster and suffering are the exception not the rule. A set of irrational principles often leads to the malevolent universe premise which says misery and suffering is the norm and happiness can only be had in the next life. If believed avidly as Jihadists do, then any strong evidence of the benevolent universe premise like America the West and even Isreal will be seen as proof that the malevolent premise is wrong. This will be intolerable. Thus to maintain their irrational illusion, the West, Isreal and the great Satan America must be destroyed. The hatred of the West is not caused by 'madness' but by a set of irrational principles adopted on faith. "They do not want to own your fortune, they want you to lose it; they do not want to succeed, they want you to fail; they do not want to live, they want you to die..." Ayn Rand. Return of the Primative" Michael Neibel 27335 Lawnwood Roseville Mi. 48066

Monday, September 12, 2011

9/11, a time for activism.

This was a successful week end as far as pro-capitalist activism goes. I went to a tea party in a northern Detroit suburb on Saturday 9/10/11. There I set up my little table on which I placed about 10 baskets each with copies of essays on free market subjects. I didn't hand out anything really. I just stood there and declared to passersby that ideas matter and to help themselves to some free knowledge and ideas. There were only about 110 people there but that was good enough. They helped themselves to the following: 15 copies of the essay Message to Republicans from the Ayn Rand Center of Individual Rights, 7 copies of Seperation of State and Economy, (I ran out) 24 copies of Unlocking the Jobs Dilemma, 12 copies of To Stimulate the Economy, Liberate it. 12 copies of Significance of Atlas Shrugged, 29 copies of an essay on Pre-existing Conditions, 6 copies of Doctors are not Slaves with an ad for Lucidicus Project on the back, 25 copies of Stop Blaming Capitalism for Government failures, (ran out of these too) 14 copies called Two Thoughts which included a paragraph from Amy Ridenour on rationed medicine and 4 paras by me on the danger of socialized medicine to patients, 13 copies of a Free Books for Teachers flyer I made from the ARI website. 16 copies of the Feb 2011 Undercurrent, 11 copies of the spring 2010 Undercurrent, (ran out) and finally, 29 copies of the Ayn Rand Sampler. I got the impression that people were looking for more info on the nature of capitalism and how free market ideas would work in an actual free market. All in all I think it was a good day. But since this was the weekend of the 9/11 anniversary I decided one day was not enough. So today Monday 9/12 I took flyers for the Free Books for Teachers program and the Student Essay Contest and placed 10 copies of each at eight public libraries. I got permission from the librarians over a year ago. It's easy, all they want to know is if ARI is a 501C3 educational charity. Later this week I'll be checking my supply of the Undercurrent at two community college campuses. Despite all this, my activism is strictly a part time adventure.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

It's Coming True!

I posted this over at the New Clarion a few minutes ago. Now I post it here.


In Ayn Rand's 1957 classic Atlas Shrugged, one of the bureaucrats, in response to the nation's economic collapse, provides his reasons for Directive No. 10-289.

"The picture now is this, said Wesley Mouch. "The economic condition of the country was better the year before last than it was last year, and last year it was better than it is at present. It's obvious that we would not be able to survive another year of the same progression. Therefore, our sole objective must be to hold the line. To stand still in order to catch our stride. To achieve total stability. Freedom has been given a chance and has failed. Therefore, more stringent controls are necessary. Since men are unable and unwilling to solve their problems voluntarily, they must be forced to do it." He paused,picked up the sheet of paper, then added in a less formal tone of voice, "Hell,what it comes down to is that we can manage to exist as and where we are, but we can't afford to move. So we've got to stand still. We've got to stand still. We've got to make those bastards stand still."
(Page536 in the large edition, 491 in the small paperback)

I was reminded of this quote when I read this article at Digital Trends. (Hat tip to OActivists) The first paragraph:
"The Federal Communications Commission just handed down new regulation designed to protect small, independent networks, and cable providers are getting seriously riled up. The FCC’s “standstill order” states that cable providers can’t pull networks off the air during contract disputes."
This demonstrates how government regulations create the need for more regulations, and what happens when the powers that be cannot properly adjudicate property rights which said regulations work to thwart. This incident should tell Republicans of the need to replace government regulations with market regulations. Sadly, I don't think there are but a few Republicans who even know what market regulations are or how they work. That is why the 2012 election is so important. The events in Atlas Shrugged are materializing faster now than in previous decades.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Objectivist Round up June 23.

This weeks Objectivist roundup is at "Parenting is..." where you'll find articles on economics, politics, parenting, culture and much more.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Objectivist roundup June 19th.

This week's Objectivist Roundup is at Noodle Food where you can read articles of the GOP's attempt to combine Jesus and Ayn Rand, parenting, economics and much more. Enjoy!

Friday, June 03, 2011

Paleo Rodeo # 63

The latest Paleo Rodeo is up at Modern Paleo where you can read about exercise, parenting with paleo, learn new recipes, and much more.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Objectivist Roundup April 28th

The Objectivist Roundup April 28th is at J. J. Mcvey's site. Great articles on things like induction and the arbitrary. Also posts on reforming health care, integrative abstract reading and much more.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Objectivist Roundup April 21

This week's Objectivist Roundup is at Reepicheep's Coracle. There are good essays on politics and culture and movie reviews including the Atlas Shrugged movie.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Paleo Rodeo # 057

This week's Paleo Rodeo is up at Modern Paleo where you can read about some good recipes and articles of fitness, supplements and paleo from a variety of perspectives. I liked toe one on raising HDL.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday, April 08, 2011

Paleo Roundup April 8th

This week's Paleo Rodeo is up at Modern Paleo. There, you can get some good low carb or Paleo recipes plus some good posts on things like snacks, cheap eats, magnesium, protein bars and much more.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Paleo Roundup April 1st.

The paleo rodeo is now up at Modern Paleo. You can find info on supplements, recipes, exercise, and much more. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 24 Objectivist roundup

The March 24th Objectivist Roundup is at Rational Jenn. There are a few good essays on rational parenting, on economics, a paleo recipe and much more. Enjoy!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10th Objectivist Roundup

The March 10th Objectivist Roundup is at The Little things where you can read great articles such as Dr. Paul Hsieh's 'socialized medicine, theory and practice' and Alex Hrin's post of solar energy, is it a path to prosperity? Plus many others. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Objectivist Roundup March 3rd

This week's Objectivist Roundup is at Reepicheep's Coracle where you can read great post on parentin, economics, politics, and even some good recipes.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Feb 10th Objectivist Roundup

The Feb 10th Objectivist Roundup is at Erosophia where you can read posts on retirement plans by David c. Lewis at The Revolution in Retirement Planning, and John Drake posts at Try Reason on being conscious of your actions in all contexts including with your children.

Friday, February 04, 2011

Objectivist Roundup Feb 3rd 2011

This week's Objectivist Roundup is at Rant from the Rock. It's where you can read an inflation primer by C.W. or The Perils of a Siege Mentality by Ed Cline and much more.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Objectivist Roundup Jan 27th. 2011

This week's Objectivist Roundup is at Three Ring Binder where you can read articles such as Rachel Miner's recommendation of two new sites that deal with autistic learning. Then Zip reports on the Canadian Farce of Rights and Freedoms Pt1 and Pt2 plus much more. Enjoy!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Woe is Michigan

I published this post at The New Clarion a few days ago. I repost it here to let my readers know why I don't think Gov. Rick Snyder will have the solutions to Michigan's problems.

After reading news articles on Michigan's new Republican Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address I'm disappointed. He ran on a platform of making the state government smaller, more efficient and called for a return to free market principles. But it looks to me like Mr. Snyder is not going to be the solution to Michigan's woeful economic problems.

His slogan "reinvent Michigan" is one telltale sign. Michigan doesn't need to be 'reinvented.' It needs to be freed from the job killing regulations and taxes that have chased businesses out of the state.

Another telltale sign is his decision to go with a government owned second bridge--Detroit River International Crossing, DRIC--over the Detroit river connecting Detroit to Windsor Canada. I had hoped Snyder would have at least opened up the bidding to private enterprise, especially since Matty Marroun, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit to Windsor has offered to build the second bridge and pay for it himself. (Yes, the Ambassador is the only privately owned international bridge in the nation)

Snyder, a businessman and former CEO of Gateway, knows that private enterprise is much more efficient than government sponsored enterprises yet he chose the public option anyway. Why? He was lured by the promise of federal Transportation Dept. loot. From a 1/21/11 Detroit News article by Tom Greenwood:
"Snyder, a businessman-turned politician, told The Detroit News that it was the "old accountant" in him that made him ask the federal government whether a $550 million loan from Canada to cover Michigan's share of the roads for the bridge project could be used to leverage matching federal dollars for other roadwork in Michigan.
"That's part of the value-added we brought to the table," Snyder said."
Unfortunately, for several years, the Michigan toll receipts will be handed over to Canada to repay the loan.

This is pure pragmatism on the part of Gov. Snyder. Pragmatism of course is a range of the moment expediency sans concern for long range consequences i.e. unprincipled. It is this kind of thinking that brought Michigan's economy to ruin in the first place.

Now, Snyder want's to replace the oppressive Michigan Business Tax--credited with chasing many small businesses out of the state--with a 6% tax on corporate profits. This despite the fact that he knows wealth creation and therefore a rising standard of living come from only one place--profits. So it seems then that he wants to sacrifice the profits of big business to small business. Neither this nor the public bridge option are free market principles. Then again, pragmatists disdain principles.

All is not lost yet though. Gov. Snyder does want to repeal the item pricing law that forces retailers to price mark every item they sell. In another News article by Jaclyn Trop we learn:
"The law mostly affects retailers that sell many different items, such as grocers and hardware stores, costing them more than $2 billion annually in labor and materials, according to a report by the Anderson Economic Group that Snyder cited"
It is on things like this that the new governor needs to be concentrating. Reduce crippling regulations and he wouldn't need to replace the Michigan Business Tax. He could just repeal it.

But that is just one of the regulations Snyder considers 'needless' implying that others are needed. He does not understand that all government regulations are 'needless.' I know this was just Mr. Snyder's first major speech and I shouldn't be too pessimistic yet. But it's hard to be optimistic when I see business groups applauding his speech. Back to the Greenwood article:
"Business leaders 'thrilled'
Members of the Detroit Regional Chamber also applauded the governor's endorsement.
"We were thrilled that the governor said he was all in for the DRIC," Detroit Regional Chamber chief executive Sandy Baruah said. "I love the fact that he found a very inventive way to tie the interests of the DRIC to every legislator in the state of Michigan by tying those transportation dollars to the DRIC project. I thought that was brilliant. I think it will be the key that gets the DRIC done."
The editor of the Detroit News also hailed the Governor's pragmatism in a 1/23/11 editorial in which editor Nolan Finley says:
"Rick Snyder's first substantive speech as governor left a lot of folks scratching their heads, trying to figure out which political slot he fits into.
The answer is, he doesn't.
He's not a politician. He's a businessman. If that wasn't clear during the gubernatorial campaign, it should be now that Snyder's opening State of the State address is out of the way.
It will be pragmatism rather than partisan ideology that guides his administration."
And:
"That was best demonstrated during the speech by his embrace of the Detroit River International Crossing. Conservatives chafe at government involvement in building a new bridge, since a private investor claims to be willing to build one with his own money.
But for Snyder, it was just a big real estate deal, and one he feels he got the best of by convincing the Obama administration to permit the leveraging of a $550 million loan from Canada to repair Michigan's highways.
He wasn't about to let a debate over the free market system get in the way of a windfall."(MY emphasis)
To be fair the editorial did go on to extol Snyder's pledge for accountability for all money spent and to get rid of growth inhibiting regulations. All nice sounding words until one reads this:
"Likewise, liberals will find unexpected opportunities to applaud the governor, as they did his view that the state must nurture education from the womb through adulthood, and that government has a stake in the waistlines of its citizens."
AARRRG!! Michigan is joining California in committing economic and educational suicide with the blessings of media and business.

When I look at Michigan and the new governor I feel like that adult who has explained to an adolescent that doing X will result in failure and misery for him but who still insists on doing x anyway suffering the adult to a future of having to watch the calamity unfold. Sigh.

Maybe some of the newer State Republicans will guide him in a better direction. Not holding my breath though.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Objectivist Roundup Jan 20th. 2011

This week's Objectivist roundup is at Reepicheep's Coracle. You can read posts on such subjects as

The scarecrow of violent Language by Ed Cline
or
Robert Sarrionandia's views on the value of debating.
and
Ritter's "New Energy Economy" Based on old fallacies by Ari Armstrong

Enjoy!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jan 14 Objectivist Roundup

The Jan 14th Objectivist roundup is at Jenn Casey's site here.
Many great essays this time on subjects like the spread of mysticism or the Road to Hell at the New Clarion and more. Enjoy!