- All that’s needed: “a critical mass of John Galts and Walter Whites.”
- Just when you think you’ve heard all there is to hear (or all you can bear to hear) about the Holocaust, you learn things like this. (H/T CB)
- The latest case of the ATF playing its game of when-is-something-an-NFA-device and when-is-it-not. Ah, the Land of the Free! And the home of the arbitrary diktat.
- Thanks so very much, Mr. Trump. My house renovations just got a whole lot more expensive. And who benefited? Who on earth, other than a few crony capitalists, is going to benefit from you starting a trade war with Canada? And my little troubles are just one drop in the big bucket. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
- Down goes the Canadian dollar.
- A flying car in 2017 after how many decades of promises-turned-jokes? Really? But not everybody’s buying it.
- Well. So much for your lovely sunset drone flight. That is, so much for photographing and filming your unwilling neighbors.
- The adventures of Hitler’s weird nephew Bill. Srsly? I think this calls for a little more research. Update: Wikipedia agrees with Cracked.
Good for the BATFE to rescind their arbitrary and oppressive ruling. AR-15 pistols have been becoming more popular and a camera at the wrong time could have sent an innocent person to the pen.
Walter Williams has written very persuasively about the unseen costs of tariffs. https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/02/22/theres-nothing-free-n2288264
And another article of his. https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/01/18/international-trade-thuggery-n2272206
“Only the dishonorable are rewarded”
Parts of that article rang true for me. I tried to move into a social/economic slot above my station, and eventually reeled away feeling as though I’d been deliberately slapped for my pretensions. Didn’t really get into the sexual warfare part of it – or rather I did, and was too clueless to notice I was even in a war. And like Charlie Brown with his football I kept naively hoping that the next soulless employer would give enough of a damn to reward all that effort and intestinal bleeding on his behalf.
Finally, when I was basically roadkill in a cubicle doing work I gave not one single damn about for the paycheck, I found myself having lunch with a smart, sincere, hard-charging young woman who was my immediate supervisor and already on her way to working herself to ruin and telling her, “Do not give yourself to these people. They will take everything you offer, giving only empty promises in return, until they use you up. And when you can’t hack it anymore they’ll toss you aside and get another who looks just like you. Don’t end up like me, you’re way too good for that.” And she didn’t listen, just as I wouldn’t have listened in her position.
I’ve been out of that world for over ten years now, and every time I reflect on that fact I sigh happily. Turns out I still have the shreds of a soul, and I have knitted them together as best I can and expect to actually enjoy my last years – just to spite the bastards.
Snews story last 10 p.m. about a study. “Lotsa people don’t like what Trump’s doing; lotsa people would still have voted for him” followed by talking head-scratching.
The msm still hasn’t figured out that “lotsa” people voted against Clinton, and despite Trump still think she would have done worse.
“Only the dishonorable are rewarded” article could be said about a lot more than just the USA. It rings true for a lot of countries..
I dropped out of the organized 8-5 world in 1979. Since I’ve never been “all eat up with the I-wants”, low overhead was easy. Having beaucoup blue-collar skills also made life easy. And I came to worship the license to steal provided by IRS’ Schedule C. Found a version of Galt’s Gulch, started a needed business and watched the world go by.
During several years of total independence, some sweet young thing would ask, “What do you do?” “Whatever I want.” A drinking-buddy gal-friend told me that that answer scared the bejeezus out of most of those gals: No way to control somebody who was living free.
Then I reunited with an old flame and was happy to see her as an equal. 🙂
A couple of years back I read that the lumber businesses here in the US were hurting because of regulations, taxes and other costs of overhead. Probably labor costs in there.
Not knowing anything about Canadian taxation or subsidy in various industries there, I’ll refrain from opinionating on that.
“During several years of total independence, some sweet young thing would ask, “What do you do?” “Whatever I want.” A drinking-buddy gal-friend told me that that answer scared the bejeezus out of most of those gals: No way to control somebody who was living free.”
That answer would scare the bejeezus out of me too, because it sounds like “I’m not going to listen when you tell me to stop.”
I hope there was some greater context that I’m missing.