Cuddly Polar Bears

Filed under:Culture War,Science — posted by 3wire on 2/28/2010 @ 7:16 pm

More fun facts about those lovable Coke-sharing Ursus of the north. This from the Discovery show Survivorman.

Pond Inlet, on the northern reaches of Baffin Island, is one of the most challenging landscapes on the planet. More than 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it’s surrounded by grinding, ever-shifting flows of sea ice where polar bears roam in search of meat. It’s mid-May and the polar bear threat is extreme, so Les is forbidden from venturing out onto the ice without a rifle for protection.

Why can’t he just arm himself with a Sierra Club membership card and a case of delicious soda.

Keith Olbermann Proven Wrong

Filed under:Culture War,Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 2/22/2010 @ 6:43 pm

I don’t think Keith Olbermann knows how to use a computer or the internet because if he did he would have found videos like this one:

Party Crashers or Just Undocumented Guests

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War — posted by 3wire on 2/17/2010 @ 4:39 pm

The Road to Serfdom

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Culture War,Our Money — posted by 3wire on @ 11:09 am

From: John Stossel

Government is taking us a long way down the Road to Serfdom. That doesn’t just mean that more of us must work for the government. It means that we are changing from independent, self-responsible people into a submissive flock. The welfare state kills the creative spirit. F.A. Hayek, an Austrian economist living in Britain, wrote ‘The Road to Serfdom’ in 1944 as a warning that central economic planning would extinguish freedom. … Hayek meant that governments can’t plan economies without planning people’s lives. After all, an economy is just individuals engaging in exchanges. The scientific-sounding language of President Obama’s economic planning hides the fact that people must shelve their own plans in favor of government’s single plan. At the beginning of ‘The Road to Serfdom,’ Hayek acknowledges that mere material wealth is not all that’s at stake when the government controls our lives: ‘The most important change … is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.’ This shouldn’t be controversial. If government relieves us of the responsibility of living by bailing us out, character will atrophy. The welfare state, however good its intentions of creating material equality, can’t help but make us dependent. That changes the psychology of society. According to the Tax Foundation, 60 percent of the population now gets more in government benefits than it pays in taxes. What does it say about a society in which more than half the people live at the expense of the rest?

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POTUS Doublethink

Filed under:General — posted by Q Ball on 2/5/2010 @ 10:07 pm

Remix of the State of the Union address by reason.com



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace