Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Once more into the breach!

It is time to return to the blog. I've been so busy that I've neglected it. Not that you are reading this, but in case you are, mahvelous!

It almost came to blows the other evening. I gave a neighbor a ride from Santa Fe to her house in Madrid, NM. She'd recently read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" and proceeded to tell me how evil Milton Friedman was, how capitalism is destroying the Earth, enslaving poor Chinese, etc etc etc.....

There was no reasoning with her that Klein, a journalist with a deep ideological bent, has zero idea what Milton Friedman actually stood for and how many billions of people have been lifted out of crushing poverty by the freedoms he advocated.

In any event I really don't have time to expound on this at the present, but I may well yet do so....

Friday, August 7, 2009

This was requested

By commenter on Reason's blog so I took the 5 minutes to make it and send it to him.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

If I had a zilllion dollars

I would run this on television as an ad during the Super Bowl and American Idol....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Economic Crisis Reaction: Liberal vs Conservative.

I live in a remote-ish mountain region in New Mexico. It is a relatively poor town – lots of people relying on the local food bank, free-cycling, odd jobs, etc. There are liberals and conservatives (I use the Common American Usage here), anarchists and libertarians, communists, socialists, hippies etc etc. In other words: people of all stripes. One thing I have noticed is the gap between liberals and conservatives in reaction to the economic crisis:

“Get a gun, stockpile canned goods and gold. Generator. Create defensive perimeter. Stockpile fuel. Self-sufficiency and self-defence”

“Community garden. Food bank. Clothing drive. New Free Box. Share firewood, water, living space. Fundraiser. Festival.”

As much as the latter group annoys with their earnestness, believe in nonsense, lack of basic economics understanding and generally poorer work ethic, conviction that “the man” is out to get them, they really do have a better attitude.

It’s amazing: the people who cannot plan, cannot organize, and generally do not exhibit the greatest skill-set are the ones who try while the planners, organizers and generally more skilled retreat into their own. If there was some way to blend the two, that would be formidable. Of course, such has been the power of the free market when times are good and the economy is growing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Where have I been, you ask

Working in a coal mine, going downtown. Working in a coal mine, going down town.

Lord I am so tired, how long can this go on?

Seriously. Work and life has made me a bad blogger. With any luck I will get back to posting.

For now we have a picture....