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This is the archive for May 2005

Thursday, May 26, 2005

There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that the EU constitution is going down in flames. The bad news is that they aren't really asking the voters.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The FAA has decided to start regulating space. Not access to it and travel to and from it, as is arguably their job, but the use of it once we get there. Their newest proposal would "prohibit obtrusive space advertising". I'm completely against this. (Hat tip: Tom's Astronomy Blog)

Friday, May 20, 2005

I recently discussed how voluntary trade can make 2+2 equal 5. A corollary article about communism might describe how it does just the opposite. I won't write that article here, at least not for now, but I've gotten a good start on it in some comments a commie-friendly blog called "Thudfactor". It's a discussion about the (imaginary) differences between communism and fascism, but there's a bit of economic meat to it as well.

Let's watch and see how many comments I can get through before someone recognizes the superiority of my logic and resorts to ad-hominem.

UPDATE: So far no vicious attacks or irrational outbursts. They've even proved me partially wrong on a secondary point. I'm pleasantly surprised. Thudfactor seems to have some thoughtful people on it.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

It's been a while since my last post here, but I've been busy blogging, in a way, nonetheless.

I help run an eBay business in addition to my full-time job and my blogging duties here. Actually, my partner, Sally does all the work, I just help out. We're what's called in eBay lingo a "Trading Assistant", which means that we sell other people's stuff on consignment.

EBay now does about 35 billion in sales every year, and in 2003 over 388,000,000 items were sold on eBay (listings totaled almost 800,000,000).

Sunday, May 08, 2005

What to do about this government thing? Police states, socialism, protectionism, nationalism... Pretty soon it gets to be that the concientious Advancer runs into some real obstacles. Well, New Hampshire may be the last place in the U.S. with some true sense of freedom, even at the highest levels.

Witness this very Advanced response to a silly new idea some busybody came up with:
So when a bill came up in early April to consider allowing robotic traffic cameras at the busiest crossroads, mocking laughter from the [State House] gallery preceded the measure's demise.

Strident opposition to this bill would have given it credibility with the public, possibly (probably) resulting in its eventual enactment, if not this time, then next. Compromise would have had it enacted even sooner.

Laughter is just what the doctor ordered. Don't argue, don't meet them halfway. Don't give them sanction of any kind. Don't grant them the legitimacy of being taken seriously.

The people who vomit these sort of ideas all over the shoes of advanced society thrive on opposition and argument. They swallow compromise in great greedy gulps. Both make them stronger by making them important.

They are not important.

Laugh. Move on. Advance

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Congressman Tom Tancredo (R, CO) was on Fox News this morning talking about illegal immigration and Driver's Licenses. There's a bill running through congress ("like shit through a goose" would be a good analogy, but I won't go there) to standardize the identification requirements for getting a Driver's Licence from state to state. Tancredo, and apparently many others, believe that this will "slam the door" on terrorists trying to get into the US.

Setting aside for the moment how ludicrous that is, Tancredo made a very telling statement that deserves further examination.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Richard blogged this before I could get to it. His article covers the gut reaction points, and pretty much gets it right by me. But I wonder, what would advanced humans do about this.