The most useless machine ever is a remake of something I had about 40 or so years ago. It was a cheap plastic box, similar to the wooden one shown here. But when you flipped the switch, a slime-green hand very slowly came up out of the other side and pushed the switch off, quickly retreating thereafter. I liked that one better. (Is this a sign of old-fartism?)
I’ve often thought there out to be a quota on the size of a state’s entire statutory code. Something on the order of 10-20 million characters. This would include not only the laws, but any rule or regulation created by any state agency (often published in something called an Administrative Code).
Those laws and rules would only get to be so large, and then, before anything new was added, they’d have to get rid of something else. The legislature would also be responsible for figuring out each agency’s “budget”, that is, how many characters that agency could use for its rules.
If this were in effect, maybe they’d keep only what was really important.
“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.
And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have decalared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost”
Regarding the top articles at Reason, I think everyone should spend the time (it’s a fairly long article) to read “The Next Catastrophe”. Well worth the time and it shines a revealing light on how public sector and union pension funds have used social and political ideals to guide their investing strategies. These strategies, which make investment returns a subsidiary goal to leftist social goals, have crippled these pension funds. But wait, here comes the fun part: we, the tax payers, are now on the hook to pick up the slack and are now forced to subsidize these leftist policy goals.
Another fun, and wholly egotistical, reason to read it: we can say “I told you so” when all of these retirement funds implode. I just hope they don’t kill the proverbial [libertarian] messenger – there’s not that many of us left!
Ahcuah #9 Wow! That was one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever heard! Seriously, it’s just gonna grow bigger and bigger unless they do that. That idea might do more for freedom than anything since the American revolution.
Forget underwear bombs. If the jihadi wackos really want to blow up a plane all they need to do is put a sticker on their luggage identifying themselves as members/donors to one of those stupid police fraternity “charities” and let law enforcement’s longstanding tradition of “professional courtesy” run its course:
Cops seize cameras, beat and arrest the holder. Cuz dy tink dy be cleb’s now!
The odds of being used and killed in a flying act of terrorism may indeed be small, but iffin yer ass is on board at the time? …..
Fark it, don’t fly anywhere, anytime until the airlines figure out how to make you safe without raping you with probes and or fingers before each flight!
Suggestion; they can get together and create “Ala Akbar Airlines” and let them all fly together, use old end of life planes so nobody will be out much WHEN they go missing. Crew quarters will have ability to separate from aircraft for escape.