Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
“I strongly disagree with today’s decision by the Supreme Court, but I am not surprised. The Court has a dismal record when it come to protecting liberty against unconstitutional excesses by Congress.
“Today we should remember that virtually everything government does is a ‘mandate.’ The issue is not whether Congress can compel commerce by forcing you to buy insurance, or simply compel you to pay a tax if you don’t. The issue is that this compulsion implies the use of government force against those who refuse. The fundamental hallmark of a free society should be the rejection of force. In a free society, therefore, individuals could opt out of “Obamacare” without paying a government tribute.
“Those of us in Congress who believe in individual liberty must work tirelessly to repeal this national health care law and reduce federal involvement in healthcare generally. Obamacare can only increase third party interference in the doctor-patient relationship, increase costs, and reduce the quality of care. Only free market medicine can restore the critical independence of doctors, reduce costs through real competition and price sensitivity, and eliminate enormous paperwork burdens. Americans will opt out of Obamacare with or without Congress, but we can seize the opportunity today by crafting the legal framework to allow them to do so.”
Thursday, June 28, 2012
A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow an audit of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions, a level of scrutiny the centralbank says would compromise its independence.
The measure was proposed by Republican Representative Ron Paul, a long-time critic of the central bank, and has 257 co-sponsors, more than half of all House members.
Its approval by the House Oversight Committee clears the way for a vote in the full House. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said last month the House would vote on the legislation in July.
“The Fed’s balance sheet now stands at nearly $3 trillion. It is long past time for a real audit,” said Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
Compromise its independence? From what? Responsibility?
There are a lot of cool things you can do with $1,000, but scientists at an Austin, Texas college have come across one that is often overlooked: for less than a grand, how’d you like to hijack a US government drone?
A group of researchers led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory recently succeeded in raising the eyebrows of the US government. With just around $1,000 in parts, Humphreys’ team took control of an unmanned aerial vehicle operated by the US Department of Homeland Security.
After being challenged by his lab, the DHS dared Humphreys’ crew to hack into their drone and take command. Much to their chagrin, they did exactly that.
Union workers in Stockton, California are nervous because once the town files for bankruptcy, contracts presumably will become null and void.
Earlier on Your World, Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in on this topic, stating that the Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with a contract and taking anyone’s property without suing them for it and demonstrating fault before a jury, except when it comes to bankruptcy.
He said, “If they file for bankruptcy, a federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco alone, not with a jury, will look at the obligations that they have and the income that they are likely to have and she or he will make the decision. That judge will have the power to say to the unions, ‘You have an agreement that says you’re going to earn $50,000 a year, I’m cutting it down to $35,000.’”
This all assumes the Federal government does not come in with a taxpayer funded bailout at some point...
For today’s generation, Hitler is the most hated man in history, and his regime the archetype of political evil. This view does not extend to his economic policies, however. Far from it. They are embraced by governments all around the world. The Glenview State Bank of Chicago, for example, recently praised Hitler’s economics in its monthly newsletter. In doing so, the bank discovered the hazards of praising Keynesian policies in the wrong context.
The issue of the newsletter (July 2003) is not online, but the content can be discerned via the letter of protest from the Anti-Defamation League. “Regardless of the economic arguments” the letter said, “Hitler’s economic policies cannot be divorced from his great policies of virulent anti-Semitism, racism and genocide.… Analyzing his actions through any other lens severely misses the point.”
The same could be said about all forms of central planning. It is wrong to attempt to examine the economic policies of any leviathan state apart from the political violence that characterizes all central planning, whether in Germany, the Soviet Union, or the United States. The controversy highlights the ways in which the connection between violence and central planning is still not understood, not even by the ADL. The tendency of economists to admire Hitler’s economic program is a case in point.
In the 1930s, Hitler was widely viewed as just another protectionist central planner who recognized the supposed failure of the free market and the need for nationally guided economic development. Proto-Keynesian socialist economist Joan Robinson wrote that “Hitler found a cure against unemployment before Keynes was finished explaining it.”
What were those economic policies? He suspended the gold standard, embarked on huge public-works programs like autobahns, protected industry from foreign competition, expanded credit, instituted jobs programs, bullied the private sector on prices and production decisions, vastly expanded the military, enforced capital controls, instituted family planning, penalized smoking, brought about national healthcare and unemployment insurance, imposed education standards, and eventually ran huge deficits. The Nazi interventionist program was essential to the regime’s rejection of the market economy and its embrace of socialism in one country.
Such programs remain widely praised today, even given their failures. They are features of every “capitalist” democracy. Keynes himself admired the Nazi economic program, writing in the foreword to the German edition to the General Theory: “[T]he theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state, than is the theory of production and distribution of a given output produced under the conditions of free competition and a large measure of laissez-faire.”
Full article: http://24ca7966.tinylinks.co
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Happy Birthday Atari! I still think the joystick (or a gamepad) is superior to a touchscreen for most games though...
“[S]ince President Obama took office [in January 2009], federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year,” the study says.
Federal welfare spending in fiscal year 2011 totaled $668 billion, spread out over 126 programs, while the poverty rate that remains high at 15.1 percent, roughly where it was in 1965, when President Johnson declared a federal War on Poverty.
Just like the TSA, the GOP doesn't seem to know their own rules. - http://842def10.tinylinks.co
“I was told later on that she had no right to even open it, that they could have used other devices, like an X-ray machine. So she opened it up. She used her finger and was sifting through it. And then sheaccidentally spilled it.”
Gross says about a quarter to a third of the contents spilled on the floor, leaving him frantically trying to gather up as much as he could while anxious passengers waited behind him.
“She didn’t apologize. She started laughing. I was on my hands and knees picking up bone fragments.
TSA agents apparently don't even know their own rules. They just make me feel so safe...
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
On the night of Aug. 5, the MSL spacecraft will hit the Martian atmosphere going about 13,000 mph (21,000 kph). As it barrels through the Red Planet air, MSL’s heat shield will literally glow, reaching temperatures of about 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,600 degrees Celsius).
The relatively thin Martian atmosphere will slow MSL down to only 1,000 mph (1,600 kph) or so, Rivellini said. So the spacecraft will also deploy a parachute, one that can withstand 65,000 pounds (29,500 kilograms) of force despite weighing just 100 pounds (45 kg) itself.
But even the parachute won’t be enough.
“This big huge parachute that we’ve got, it’ll only slow us down to about 200 miles per hour,” Rivellini said. “And that’s not slow enough to land. So we have no choice, but we’ve got to cut it off and then come down on rockets.”
The rockets can’t fire all the way to the ground, however, or they’d raise a huge dust cloud that could damage the rover’s instruments and mechanisms, researchers said. To avoid such a ruckus, Curiosity will be lowered to the Martian surface on 21-foot-long (6.4 meters) cables. When the rover is safely down, the cables will be released and the rocket-propelled sky crane will fly off so it doesn’t crash into Curiosity.
The 14-minute communications lag between Earth and Mars means that the MSL team won’t be getting real-time updates about the rover’s perilous journey.
“When we first get word that we’ve touched the top of the atmosphere, the vehicle has been alive, or dead, on the surface for at least seven minutes,” Steltzner said.
If this works, I will be VERY impressed...
It won't be too long until drones are giving you speeding tickets...
Monday, June 25, 2012
Evan Kenney had just turned 18 and registered to vote for the first time when he campaigned to be an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. Lauding Ronald Reagan’s principles and blasting Keynesian economics at the Lynnfield caucus in April, the Wakefield High School senior beat out several well-known Massachusetts Republicans, including the party’s most recent nominee for governor, Charles D. Baker Jr.
But earlier this month, Kenney was one of 17 delegates and alternates disqualified by a Republican committee deciding who gets to represent Massachusetts Republicans at the national convention in Tampa.
I wonder what they'll say the first time one of these crashes into someone's house?
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Anybody want to rent your own satellite?
These things are amazing. - http://d0071efb.tinylinks.co
While Mitt Romney may be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it’s premature to say that the rancor over the nomination is over....
The suit is seeking clarification from a federal court in California over whether delegates at the national convention can vote for any candidate of their choice, even if those delegates were won by Mr. Romney. The suit also alleges that the RNC violates federal law by requiring them to sign pledges to back a certain Candidate, restricting delegates’ voting options and illegally limiting their vote
What would you rather do? Opt out now and keep all that money you pay in social security taxes or keep paying in with the hopes you won't be screwed later? - http://24ce65d3.tinylinks.co
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This is a misreading of the role of the president and Congress in declaring war. The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president. The War Powers Act also clearly states that U.S. forces are to engage in hostilities only if the circumstances are “pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
Absent these criteria, the president has no authority to declare war. Even if the president believes he has such authority, the War Powers Act goes on to require the president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of conflict. No president is above the law or above the Constitution.
...says Rand Paul and I agree. - http://ee4fe280.tinylinks.co
I believe the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Otherwise we are not a nation of laws at all. But what DO we do about? - http://6f49af44.tinylinks.co
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A stuck solar array on the Intelsat 19 broadcasting satellite dislodged itself last week, but engineers will not know how much of the craft's mission can be accomplished until its communications payload is activated.
The satellite's south solar array stayed folded against the spacecraft following its deployment from a Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket June 1.
Intelsat announced last week the solar panel unfurled June 12, soon after Intelsat 19 reached geostationary orbit about 22,300 miles over the equator.
Really? Nearly $80 million in subsidies for an artificial sweetener? Something that on the whole is probably worse for you than sugar? I guess I shouldn't expect anything else from the kind of minds that bring you things like bans on large sodas... - http://bb445415.tinylinks.co
And people think there is a difference between Obama and Romney? - http://6682c4ac.tinylinks.co
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I just finished reading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. It was a good book and I definitely plan to continue the series but it doen't quite live up to my current triumvirate of fantasy series by Tolkien, Martin and Jordan.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Standard and Poor’s lowered its rating on long-term Treasury debt one notch from AAA to AA+ following a prolonged debate in Congress over increasing the nation’s borrowing limit
Last week, S&P reaffirmed that rating and said it was keeping a negative outlook on the rating for the future. S&P said U.S. political leaders were not addressing the federal debt burden.
Several people responding to the survey suggested that Romney needs to work harder to win over Paul supporters.
“Pick a Ron Paul favorite as VP, and promise an administration spot to Ron Paul or his choice,” said one
“Pick Ron Paul as VP,” said another.
Even after Romney’s overwhelming win in the New Hampshire Primary, many Tea Party members here said they wouldn’t vote for him.via megalextoria.com
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Clearly a military craft made using UFO technology...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
While there is no doubt that Ron Paul is still a long shot, the more delegates he has, the more potential influence on the GOP platform and that can only be a good thing. http://9a122a27.tinylinks.co
Not my first choice but certainly better than the 'D' and the likely 'R' candidates. http://8aa4ddb9.tinylinks.co
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Rick Santorum predicts a convention fight with Ron Paul delegates over party platform » Megalextoria: News and Politics
US Prints $125 Billion Today, Is Congress Actively Rooting For Government Meltdown? - The Jerry Doyle Show
Is the US Government fueling our fear of terrorism to make a profit? I hope not, but studies suggest they could looking for a way to make money keeping us safe from falling furniture.
The US made an extra $125 Billion today. Not “made it” as in they earned it, but “earned it” as in printed it. That should fix absolutely nothing.
Monday, June 11, 2012
So Slack, other business owners and residents made the decision not to sit on their hands and wait for state money that many expected would never come. Instead, they pulled together machinery and manpower and hit the ground running March 23.
And after only eight days, all of the repairs were done, Pleas said. It was a shockingly quick fix to a problem that may have taken much longer if they waited for state money to funnel in.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I wonder what exactly they talked about?
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
One-way ticket to Mars anyone? http://ddfe9de3.tinylinks.co
Monday, June 4, 2012
More evidence that there is really very little difference between the two major parties. Where is the party of fiscal conservatism?
Join Ray Park, Jeremy Bulloch, Maria de Aragon, Dave Barclay, and Peter Mayhew for a Q & A. Moderated by Lucas Film's Steve Sansweet
Sunday, June 3, 2012
There is no talk of firewalls, or of simply letting Spain go, or of the European banking system being re-capitalised to compensate for the losses that it would suffer. Nope. This is it. The cancer has now spread to the vital organs of the EU. Spain is not a peripheral Mediterranean country. It is not an insignificant player in the political project. It is not a marginal going-along-for-the-ride-and-the-free-money passenger on the euro train. Not only is its economy so large as to be indispensable, but its ties with Italy mean that the Italian economy (which is the third largest in the EU) would be fatally compromised by its fall. “Itexit” is almost unpronounceable, so perhaps it’s fortunate that it will never be required: after Spexit, there would be nothing left to exit from.
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign released the following statement concerning the outcome of the Louisiana State Republican Convention. Below please find comments from National Campaign Manager John Tate:
“The Ron Paul campaign condemns the unfortunate activities that took place at the Louisiana Republican State Convention in Shreveport.
“However, we also wish to highlight and applaud the fact that the convention ended on a high note reflective of the cooperation all Republicans wish to see toward the mutual aim of defeating President Obama in the November general election.
“The unnecessary conflict, and positive conclusion as we understand it, transpired as follows.
“LAGOP officials ignored the vast majority of duly elected delegates and attempted to use illegally adopted rules to deny Ron Paul supporters an opportunity to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Louisiana has 46 delegates. Five were pledged to Mitt Romney based on the March 23rd primary result and Rick Santorum received 10, meaning most delegates were contestable at the state convention. “Delegates to the state convention were chosen at caucus meetings on April 28th. Ron Paul slates won four of six congressional district contests. Of the approximately 180 delegates attending the state convention, 113 voted to remove the LAGOP chairman when he failed to respond to requests for information and other motions from delegates. Nearly two-thirds of the delegates began physically moving their chairs, literally turning their back on the GOP chair appointed by the party hierarchy.
“In another instance, State Central Committeeman and Ron Paul supporter Henry Herford Jr. of Franklin Parrish was attacked by some security officials who didn’t realize that the body had voted out the previous chairman. Mr. Herford has a prosthetic hip and according to a doctor at the scene it appears as though the prosthetic was dislocated and may require replacement. The injury occurred as he was beginning to call to order the newly re-formed convention.
“By 10:50 a.m. today, the newly formed convention completed its work. Newly-elected national delegates met with the Romney campaign’s Louisiana Chairman, Scott Sewell, who graciously said ‘that he supported the effort and would do everything he could to make sure the delegation was seated’ in Tampa.
“Despite the divisiveness that characterized the Louisiana state convention initially, we are thankful that the Paul and Romney campaigns took the high road to guarantee the enfranchisement of Republicans whose candidate preferences differ.
“Republicans of goodwill agree that following the spirited primary season, the general election presents us with an opportunity to defeat Obama and place the nation on a path to recovery.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured at the convention. And, we thank all responsible convention participants for ending the day on a more unified note.”
Friday, June 1, 2012
Soulless is a new release by Psytronik Software for the Commodore 64 available on disk, tape and as a digital download.
A powerful warrior King, tired of constant battle and the smell of blood declares peace on the land he rules ... But his generals crave war and plan to overthrow the King. Enlisting the help of an evil wizard the King is cursed using unholy magic. His human body is twisted and deformed into a beastly form, his human soul is stolen! Locked away in a tomb the cursed King is all but forgotten while an unending war rages on for a thousand years ... Until one day a great quake shakes the land and smashes the wall of the Tomb holding the beast. Now he is FREE and is determined to reclaim his human soul and once again bring peace to the land.
From Georg 'Endurion' Rottensteiner, the maker of the smash hit C64 release Joe Gunn comes SOULLESS - a new arcade-adventure game for the Commodore 64 featuring stunningly detailed graphics by Trevor 'Smila' Storey! Soulless takes you on an epic quest around a huge exquisitely detailed map packed with objects to search and monsters to avoid as you desperately try to find your human soul.
** SOULLESS CREDITS **
Programmed by Georg 'Endurion' Rottensteiner
Graphics by Trevor 'Smila' Storey
Music by Mikkel 'Encore' Hastrup
Packaging by Trevor 'Smila' Storey
Published in 2012 by Psytronik Software
** SOULLESS GAME FEATURES **
Massive map to explore
Stunningly detailed graphics & animation
Separate intro / end sequences
Premium package contains Soulless comic story, bonus CD + A3 map / poster!
Soulless will be released on June 1st 2012 on C64 tape, C64 budget disk (featuring glossy disk sleeve and disk label), as a PREMIUM C64 disk release (packaged in a 5.25" disk case with full colour glossy inlay artwork, glossy disk sleeve and deluxe Soulless comic booklet drawn by Trevor 'Smila' Storey) and also as a digital download which you can play in a C64 emulator.
For more info and to order: http://05f4e097.tinylinks.co
The Commodore 64...new releases still coming 30 years later! :)