Monthly Archives: July 2007

“I think we’re dead.”

I guess nobody told this COP that nobody has ever died from an overdose of marijuana:



Filed under boogie woogie, dumbfounded, war on drug warriors

most libertarian sport?

from a thread on reason’s Hit and Run, initially about Michael Vick, but “Matt J” answered the question:

interesting question. What is the most libertarian sport?

Hockey maybe? Most of the rules are predicated on protecting the individual, it’s largely self policed and it’s seen as a fringe sport only a few die-hard nuts care about.

sure, I’d buy that.

[update] I just realized another way their similar — American’s could care less.  Neither the NHL nor Libertarians get any exposure on TV, and both are ridiculed as being 3rd or 4th tier in their respective fields (professional sports and political parties, respectively).

On the flip side, hockey fans and libertarians tend to be die-hard, unaware or unfazed by the fact that they’re pulling for an underdog and the dull majority will just keep pulling the lever for the NFL/NBA…  Republicans/Democrats.  All they have to comfort them is the delusion of moral superiority.  Yes, hockey fans feel moral superiority, believe it or not.  It is, after all, the fastest game on ice.  Libertarianism?  Not so much, but for whatever reason the smugness remains.

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Filed under cuz I'm on a roll, desperate, dumbfounded, hockey, I believe that hockey is our future, libertarian, rant, whatever

in other news…

thanks to bittorrent, I’ve discovered this show called Lost. I’m only on episode 5 so far, but I think I might be hooked. I don’t want to give too much away, but these people are stranded after their plane crashes on an island. the island is kind of spooky.

if you haven’t heard of it, I would definitely look it up.

[update:  good news — Jack just found fresh water and made an inspirational speech.  I think they’re going to get rescued soon.]


Filed under desperate, dumbfounded, I believe the children are our future, sad

hedonics — what do you think?

it’s economics, but bear with me.

think about what a “state of the art” car cost in 1985. the consumer price index (CPI) tries to tell us all what that car costs today. for the sake of argument, let’s say it was $10,000 then and $25,000 today. but did the car in 1985 have airbags? power locks and windows? as much horsepower? 600 watt stereo?

hedonics tries to reconcile this, saying that — where applicable — products today are better than they were in the past. the number crunchers don’t do this arbitrarily, they have all kinds of functions to determine how much better products are. but seriously, computers have multiple times more power, the “state of the art” TV is bigger and sharper and might have DVR built in…

the problem, according to some, is that the CPI/inflation numbers as reported may be lower than reality because the government might abuse hedonics.  if true, we aren’t cruising along with the very low inflation we thought we had and might be relatively worse off.  of course, when I look at all the modern conveniences that average households have, I have a hard time believing our collective standard of living as a country is going down.

what do you think?

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Filed under economics, finance, I believe the children are our future

slow news day

Drew Carey is the new host of The Price Is Right.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Odd that every news network and CNBC had to make sure I knew this before I left the house for work this morning.  I guess it beats waking up to some tragic event…

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Filed under apathy, blah, pick any two, whatever

Do Something, for the children!

I hardly know where to begin with this one. I was reading something at, and there was a PSA ad at the bottom saying “Delete Cyberbullying”. I figured it would be a link to the Onion or something, so I clicked. Nope, it’s a real campaign by the National Crime Prevention Council.

Cyberbullying is a problem affecting almost half of all American teens.


Since when is bullying a crime? Other topics listed on McGruff’s page that aren’t crimes:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Hate/Bias
  • Preparedness (for natural disasters and terrorism)
  • Volunteering
  • Workplace Safety

[note — this one was queued up from months ago… it may not have been fully baked, but it wasn’t getting any fresher either/]


Filed under dumbfounded, I believe the children are our future

wow, I just inched closer to voting for Hillary*

if this exchange is to be believed:

The day before, by contrast, Hillary Clinton had this exchange with medical marijuana activist Len Epstein in Manchester:

Epstein: Twelve states allow medical marijuana, but the Bush administration continues to raid patient.

Clinton: Yes, I know. It’s terrible.

Epstein: Would you stop the federal raids?

Clinton: Yes, I will.

as Reason, uh, reasoned:

An appropriate follow-up question would have asked how Clinton felt when her husband pursued a policy similar to Bush’s, refusing to accept state policy judgments regarding the medical use of cannabis. Still, good for Hillary Clinton, which is not something I get to say very often.

NB: I haven’t researched the validity of this quote.  and yes, ending the “War on Drugs” is something I’d vote for.  saving people from themselves is not the place of the government.

* yes, the thought of this made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.


Filed under desperate, freedom, politics