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Weekend miscellany

  • Just when you think a killer cop might actually get something more than a slap on the wrist …
  • There are Nepalese soldiers? In Haiti??? This has nothing to do with the earthquake. But possibly everything to do with the cholera outbreak that’s sickened thousands and killed hundreds. The world. It’s a very strange place. Nepalese “peacekeepers.” In Haiti.
  • But the world can be a strangely moving place. What sweet people.
  • Hm. You don’t really suppose execs at MSNBC thought Keith Olbermann was unbiased, do you?
  • This is the way some libertarians think the Internet should operate. Uh uh. Not me. No thanks. (But LOL, the pirating editor in question not only misspells the name of one of her own publications (shouldn’t that be Housatonic, not Housitonic?), but the “corrections” she made to the article she stole were apparently total bloopers.)
  • C^2 sends along this insider’s article on the late, unlamented census. And you wonder why people think fedgov representatives are arrogant, untrustworthy, and to be avoided by all sane & sensible people?
  • I don’t suppose there are really any big revelations in the new study on libertarian morality. (The biggest surprise is that somebody actually did such a study.) Still … interesting and sometimes uncomfortably familiar.
  • Blog-reader Mark has gone out and made one of the world’s only non-boring Facebook pages. Boycott Flying. Filled with links about the TSA’s porno-scanners and hands-on sexual molestation. Great example of how little grains of sand begin to pile up — and can eventually bury an empire. One person’s idea sparks another, which sparks another, which leads to action, which … well, you know. Here’s another example — found via Mark’s excellent new page.


  1. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal November 5, 2010 10:39 pm

    I’m so proud to be a part of the “hard resistant core of census dodgers”. 😉

    And that study on libertarian morality pegged me pretty well, too. I do think I love others, but maybe not as much as some of the more needy people I know do.

  2. Pat
    Pat November 6, 2010 4:24 am

    And maybe libertarians choose the ones they love for different reasons than do liberals and conservatives. Their criteria for judging the object of their love may not be the traditional evaluation that liberals and conservatives put on love.

    I get the feeling the results of this study were inevitable — not necessarily because of what libertarians believe, but because they were chosen in the first place. Why not compare all “Independents”, or, say, the Green Party? Or the Socialist Party — that would make an interesting comparison between liberals ans conservatives — they might not find much difference. For that matter, when are the authors going to do a study between the morality of Christians, Jews, and Muslims?

    Granted there’s much overlapping in morality and the politics one chooses — nevertheless, I kind of resent them lumping the two together. I guess what I’m saying is I don’t consider libertarianism to be a _political_ position at all; if one believes in ZAP (the Zero Aggression Principle ), that pretty much eliminates all political persuasion from morality.

  3. Claire
    Claire November 6, 2010 7:04 am

    Kent, I thought hard about that part of the study, too. I have loved people very deeply in my life, but seemingly in a different way than many others do. “Love” for so many people means hanging in there long after relationships have gone bad, staying through abuse or contempt or neglect, staying out of neediness (as you note). I always feel I’d rather be on my own than be in a bad relationship, whether with family or friend or lover. So I find it … well, not exactly easy to leave. But practical and sensible to do so in situations where others might doggedly stay.

  4. Capt Gooch
    Capt Gooch November 6, 2010 7:04 pm

    That last sentence in the Morality Paper is worth its weight in …
    hmmm … Apricots ?

    “Liberals and conservatives may love people more than do libertarians, but love of liberty is what leads to true moral and economic progress.”

    And the sentence before that one was a pretty good explanatory statement as well.
    Thanks for the links Claire.

    capt gooch

  5. Mark
    Mark November 7, 2010 7:25 am

    Thanks for the mention of my “Boycott Flying” Facebook page, Claire! We’re slowly but surely gathering up some kindred souls. And I’m sure there are going to be a LOT more to come, once more people discover what’s in store for them at the airport.

  6. naturegirl
    naturegirl November 7, 2010 10:10 pm

    Oh dear, if they did a study on it does that mean it’s a new fad?


  7. Scott
    Scott November 8, 2010 10:22 am

    On the pornoscanners-a coworker recently went on a flight,and I asked if he got the scanner. He did. According to him, people were randomly selected(mental image-random selection looks like tryouts for Girls Gone Wild),and, all told, it sounds like the scanners used in The Fifth Element(“put you hands and feet in the circles”-the image I have for this is the pornoscanner operators looking like the cops in that movie). His comments about the process wouldn’t be considered a compliment,let’s put it that way.
    Several coworkers(about a third of the people where I work) claim they never filled out the census-with absolutely no consequence(so far). No one came pounding on the door,or anything. Some lived in town, most were rural. Are certain states targeted? Kinda makes you wonder..

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