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  1. While mowing the lawn, listening to Scott Brick read John Galt's speech, thinking about the police officers that are on the front lines of the executive fight for justice. When the officer is examined in the aftermath, the snap judgements have seemingly with "this shouldn't have happened", as the criteria by which the snap judgement then spreads. In a business, employees are hired and fired on the basis of the objectives of the employer. In politics, the bureaucracy is created to accomplish the political objective. The political objective is influence by the individuals elected to bring about the campaign promises used to get the politician elected. In the United States, most police forces have an elected individual guiding the policies of the department, including the objectives used as the basis of hiring and firing officers. When individuals state that police officers need to be controlled, what is the underlying premise at play? That individuals that choose to become police officers are not capable of learning and performing the actions befitting the post? The call to control the actions of another is reminiscent of another area of control being exercised, when mayors, elected to oversee state operations, faced with a pandemic, deem that their constituents, so wise to select them as their surrogate parent, treat their 'children' as needing to be told what to do, or controlled. (In Galt's Speech, the fear of death, illustrated by the implementation of orders to trying to prevent deaths at any cost, is not the motivation fueled by a love of life.) When a police force reaches the point where a mob can rise up against them and be told by their management not to engage, less the mob become more unruly than they are, when does the question of the underlying cause of the flow of events reveal the role of philosophy behind the scenes on the stage before us to the wider audience? Joseph de Maistre is credited with stating "Every nation gets the government it deserves." Those who embrace objectivity, get the fruits borne by the successful implementation of such activity.
  2. Leaked video from a body cam(s?) provides a bit more insight into the context surrounding the event. Daily Mail article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8576371/Police-bodycam-footage-shows-moment-moment-arrest-George-Floyd-time.html Video only: https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2020/07/30/4049160131241488932/480x270_MP4_4049160131241488932.mp4
  3. That was in quotes from the post just prior to it that I lifted it from. Mr. Trump has the virtue of having gained the office he holds. With the position comes the background noise of how he gets discussed in various circles. In the philosophical hierarchy, "cultural ethic" lends more weight to a nations direction. The nature of political discussions often reveals more about the participants than the candidates.
  4. President Trump, being "such an undiplomatic, non-PC, non virtue-signaling, and basically anti-altruist president of America, who was rattling and disturbing the new status quo of an anticipated - and sacrificial - global utopia that most of the West has been dreaming into" brings to mind Lt. Columbo, a detective that came across as naive (until dementia started to set in), yet the progression toward the resolution of the case was almost always apparent. Trump does not come across as scripted as in a Columbo sense, but more of a Gomer Pyle; bumbling along while events happened turning out more or less for the better anyway.
  5. Most world maps show north at the top. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Dr. Jayasuriya . . . "I don't agree the Mercator projection was designed to belittle non-white people."

    When ignorance of how a standard may have been formed exists, the 'predominant narrative' can attach itself to most anything.

  6. I kind of like how "politicized" was used in this sentence: I seldom agree with Mr. Wicker, but he had the honesty to say that to reject Mr. Rehnquist's nomination solely on the basis of his political views "is dangerous business. It presumes some kind of rightful political orthodoxy; it would tend to politicize the courts according to the temporary political coloration of Congress; it could punish some individuals for their ideas and frighten others out of having any." (Which, in today's context, is unanswerably true.) The Ayn Rand Letter Vol. 1, No. 6 December 20, 1971 The Disfranchisement Of The Right
  7. A convenient time to remind folks that officer Darren Wilson was innocent using headlines like: No Charges Against Ferguson Office Who Killed Micheal Brown. <sigh>

  8. In the rush to report on the coronavirus, there is a sea of reporting going on. In its wake 'vigilante' mask enforcement is only one of the issues that is being fed by the struggle to grasp onto something to ease the media fed uncertainty. "Bareface baa-d, masked-face better" is written with invisible ink over top of the edited sign which reads "Four legs baa-d, two legs better."
  9. Franklin Planner, meet EssentialPIM (Pro). After three weeks, my Personal Information Manager has been making a radical departure from same-o—same-o. I've handwritten pages that will likely remain handwritten. The majority of the Franklin Planner database will likely remain in Ascend format for the foreseeable time being. Moving forward, the ability to synchronize between multiple devices should simplify data entry and sharing. The ability to export legacy information, and subsequently import it mapping relevant fields, should allow targeted data migration on an as-needed basis. The division of labor, as outlined by Ayn Rand, between the blacksmith and Hank Reardon's contribution to a blacksmith's efficiency is akin to the difference between self-sufficiency and the benefits provided from living in a society filled with producers dedicated to finding ever more efficient means of production.
  10. A few notes I made to myself reading Heather Mac Donald's article: "[T]he experts’ newfound power over nearly every aspect of American life was dependent on the maintenance of fear." From Atlas Shrugged: "Observe that he does not expect you to feel a causeless fear. When his kind get into power, they are expert at contriving means of terror, at giving you ample cause to feel the fear by which they desire to rule you." She gets this right: [T]o care about the economy is to care about human life, since the economy is how life is sustained. It is a source of meaning, as well as sustenance, binding humans to each other in a web of voluntary exchange. To its workers, every business is essential, and to many of its customers as well. The primary job of government is to protect and uphold individual rights: "Government officials, having shut down commerce due to unblemished ignorance of how markets work, now enabled the torching and looting of thousands of businesses due to the shirking of their most profound responsibility: protecting civil peace." And later, in Heather Mac Donald's article: Soon cities across the country became scenes of feral savagery. The human lust for violence, the sheer joy of plunder and destruction, were unleashed without check. From Atlas Shrugged: "No, you do not have to live as a man; it is an act of moral choice. But you cannot live as anything else-and the alternative is that state of living death which you now see within you and around you, the state of a thing unfit for existence, no longer human and less than animal . . ." She wraps it up with a mixed ending, this being the better part of it: "America’s Founders, schooled in a profound philosophical and literary tradition dating back to classical antiquity, understood the fragility of civil peace and the danger of the lustful, vengeful mob."
  11. After listening to Tim Pool and The Rubin Report in another thread, the delivery makes me think of a fast talking hustler. At least when someone takes the time to commit their thought to writing, I can choose to digest it at my own pace. In a world that uploads more information in a day than a person can consume in a year, trying to process it all cannot be done. Drudge provides a list of headlines. It:s like a quick overview of what is going on. Real Clear Media does a similar approach with breakdowns into politics, science, markets, etc. Imprimis publishes a regular newsletter from a perspective that has its roots in western thought, especially if you subscribe to the idea that Christianity owes much to its platonic roots. Four Months of Unprecedented Government Malfeasance provides a good taste of what they're capable of. This is hardly mainstream though. Lew Rockwell provides a libertarian front. World Net Daily has a founder with wide-spread Christian roots. As to mainstream media, I think I pulled the plug on them back in the mid-nineties.
  12. Hardly. He's looking for erroneous reporting, repackaging it, and adding his spin to the delivery. His pointing out the glaring contradictions he finds provides his show with a veneer of plausibility.
  13. Scratch these. Even the build your own version looks to be done from the same basic approach. Go to Amazon. Look at a product. Surf the web. Note all the targeted advertisement. Yet, opening my Firefox browser without a homepage assigned this morning, one of the pleasant surprises was this: Big Gods Came After the Rise of Civilizations, Not Before, Finds Study Using Huge Historical Database Mixed, it provided an angle I had not considered, reminded me of a project out there that deals with 'big data', and raised a loose end with regard to the Greek god Cadmus (of letters, a.k.a. writing) I ran across recently. He was referenced in a Franklin Planner note that the program's internal search engine does not parse. For a moderate left-leaning liberal, Tim Pool held his own pretty good. His assessment of Jordan Peterson's role in the culture seemed to describe children looking to him for a father-figure, rather than individuals seeking to discover their intellectual independence. Your edited post omitted the mention of finding more objective journalistic sources. The low-lying fruit Mr. Pool is swimming around in has more of a George Carlin appeal to it. Tim is lampooning fish in a barrel, carving a niche within an audience that considers it a sport.
  14. Matt Drudge built his very successful news aggregate using links to other articles, periodically adding his own two cents. He doesn't flesh every article, and while mostly 'conservative' in nature, it still requires the reader to read with 'a grain of salt', so to speak. I find an analogy to Gail Wynand here. After years of letting his paper coast, when he wanted to use the controls to guide it by, he found he could not. Is there an aggregator software available that could be used to generate algorithms to find writers, if not outlets, that could in turn be used to generate a revenue that would encourage more of the same? "9 Best News Aggregator Websites (+ How to Build Your Own)"
  15. Suppositions and if/then's. What you have written reads like a story problem from an economics course. Only surplus production (a form of savings) can be used as investment which can, in turn, make further surplus production (potentially more savings) or new ventures (potentially new forms of savings) possible. Money devised without this mind may have systemic issues of its own.
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