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Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Libertarian Solution to School Shootings: Legalize Mortal Combat

If you really care about saving children's lives then after reading this short explanation you'll support this policy proposal.

If you don't support legalizing mortal combat in the United States after reading this, you obviously don't care about children dying and their blood will be on your hands.

Is that a little extreme?


It's not extreme enough...

You probably even relish in the thought of children dying if you don't support this policy proposal, you filthy-souled sith-spawn of hell from whence you came, you reactionary obstructionist piece of human trash.

That's more like it.

No. I'm just kidding.

Feel free to criticize this idea or help me develop it, but I think I might be on to something that could strangely make the world a nicer and more barbaric place at the same time, but where everyone wins.

Here's the idea:

The U.S. should legalize mortal combat.

There should be a government operated mortal combat league, like the MMA, but each fight is to the death, so really more like the awesome spectacle of ancient gladiatorial combat, renewed for the 21st Century.

One theory for why some of these rampage killings happened is that they were motivated by the extensive media coverage of previous rampage killings and the desire for fame.

If we think of rampage killers as members of a very tiny evil social movement or a murder-suicide cult, then all the mainstream media coverage is free publicity for recruits.

That's why some experts have recommended that national news media report when these events happen, but lay off the extensive coverage and leave that to local and state news media, which should also be very thoughtful and exceedingly careful about how and how much it covers these events.

But if fame can tip the scales for a violent and desperate psychopath with no qualms about massacring innocents to actually do it, then society should offer fame to such people on its own terms, on terms that don't involve a single death of anyone who didn't volunteer to take the risk of dying.

If we legalized mortal combat and made it a spectator sport, it would attract all the most violent people in society with the most murderous natures to kill each other– willing participants– instead of innocents.

It would remain a grim spectacle, but it could make happy, innocent people going about their business more safe.

We should take all violence off the battlefields (which are too often neighborhoods or too close to neighborhoods) and put it into the arena in an organized professional blood sport with advertisers and big ticket sales and merchandise and everything.

Violent psychopaths who want to make a name for themselves as killers will be drawn to the opportunity for fame, glory, and money... and instead of killing anybody who would rather stay alive, they will just be killing other psychopaths like themselves.

And they could all kill each other off, rapidly winnowing out the most violent and sociopathic and reckless people.

Each fight is to the death, so after every fight, there's one less murderous psychopath on the planet to endanger we meek ones.

Every gladiator is undefeated, because a defeated gladiator is a dead gladiator, so what counts is how many duels, melees, or battles a gladiator has fought in.

The one who's won the most fights at any given time will be the champion and command the highest fees for battles.

Each battle is unique, negotiated by the participants, and approved by the league.

Weapons and arenas will vary from fight to fight based on the negotiated terms of the participating fighters.

Society can experience the catharsis of human violence and destruction, but only with fully consenting participants who understand that they are engaging in mortal combat.

If they're already suicidal, instead of letting that be a potential threat to the rest of us, we can use that to lure exactly the type of people who would do a mass shooting into a short, but glorious career in mortal combat.

Now the danger in this is that it will be a way for violent psychopaths to become wealthy and have lots of power, but they will not abuse it because their glory, money, and fame will come from doing violence in the arena.

Which they will die in soon enough.

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"The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena — the videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore television is reality, and reality is less than television." -Videodrome (1983)

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem

And did those feet in ancient time,
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land.

-William Blake

What If John The Baptist Was Wearing Glasses?

So Jesus had a cousin named John, and ppl were calling him John the Dunker because he would dunk people under water in the river and yell "BAPTIZO!" (which means "DUNK!") while laughing his ass off.

And people were lining up for him to do it.

Remember this is in the Middle East– which is literally a hot spot. All the heat can really get to you. It can make you crazy.

I think that's half the reason for all the conflict over there in the first place.

It's just too fucking hot.

People get uncomfortable and irritable with that much heat. They start snapping at each other over little things. Then you start talking about ethnic and religious differences.

With literally hot heads.

Imagine living there 2000 years ago with no air conditioning. No wonder you've got demon possessed people wandering around.

Jesus just gave 'em a drink of water and some food. It's 2000 years ago. People literally have no idea what they're doing.

So you're bound to have zombies...

People just wandering around delirious, hungry, thirsty, and completely clueless attacking other people on the road lol

Everyone's too afraid or cautious to approach them, but Jesus and his crack team of disciples have a method down pat for subduing and reviving desert wandering attacking zombies, which makes them local heroes and regionally somewhat famous, because it is a pretty bad problem.

Well in the midst of all this heat making everybody miserable and turning clueless people into zombies, you've got John the Baptizer in the river encouraging people to get down into the river with him and splash around and play in the water.

Which turns out to be quite a relief on a sweltering hot day. And these unwashed masses are getting clean that way too. They just feel better afterwards.

This guy John had the best idea ever!

And on top of that he's hilarious. The dude is just laughing his ass off in the river, whooping and hollering, splashing around, just having the time of his life in the water.

It's almost like he's crazy– like he's one of the demon possessed or something, but you can tell he means no harm, and that's what's so spellbinding about him.

People are starting to get word of him and actually walking a couple days from neighboring towns to get in the river with him and get dunked.

But as if the whole situation weren't already improbable and surreal enough, what if John the Baptist was also wearing glasses?

In the year 29?

None of these people would have ever seen that shit. It had just been invented in China somewhere, and only the super elite of society would have had access to it.

But from the time he was 12 until he started his project at the age of 30– a period that goes completely unrecorded in the Gospels– Jesus and his cousin spent some years in the Orient, and that's where John would have come by this incredibly unique artifact.

Think of how weird that would have looked back then to a 1st Century Middle Easterner who had never seen anything like that!

There were probably people traveling from miles away in the heat just to see a guy wearing glasses.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

This Is The United States Vol #007 - ICE Is Going To Start Detaining Pregnant Women

From CNN:

The Trump administration will no longer seek to automatically release pregnant immigrants from detention -- a move in line with the overall efforts by the administration to hold far more immigrants in custody than its predecessors.

The change in policy could pave the way for more pregnant women to be held in detention facilities while they await lengthy court proceedings about whether they can stay in the US, facilities that are already decried by critics for tough conditions.

The decision comes as immigration advocates have assailed the administration's efforts to hold more immigrants in detention writ large and its increased arrest of noncriminal immigrants.

This is evil.

And conservatives since the weekend have been drawing comparisons between March for Our Lives and Nazi gun control laws... but what Trump's doing is a lot more like the Third Reich than anything these polite, gunless Democrats have accomplished.

It's not good.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Don't Call It A Volatility Problem

"how can we turn whiplash into an asset class"

People speak of a "Bitcoin volatility problem," but no one thinks Wall Street's volatility is a problem.

Some smart ass even turned it into an asset class lol

oh the wanton perversity of it all roflmao

So what about all the volatility on Wall Street?

It's super volatile. It's also very sensitive to political events, which we all know can be rather unpredictable lol.

It might even be sensitive to weather. It's just a very volatile investment and it goes through periods of high volatility.

If you look at the headlines from a year ago many Wall Street investors were actually openly nervous about it then too.

i would like to buy a volatility

I hear you saying:

"Sure, but no one thinks of Wall Street stocks as money and it wouldn't be practical to use them as money for this reason among others. The same is true of bitcoin. Its volatility will prevent it from being used as money."

Well that isn't stopping many major online retailers from accepting bitcoin as a payment, including Overstock, Microsoft Windows and XBox stores, NewEgg, Intuit, and Shopify stores.

So it is money.

As a matter of fact.

Merchants are accepting it for payment.

But even if there were no businesses happily taking your bitcoin and shipping you fine jewelry or luxury watches...

Then you can still acknowledge the value of Bitcoin as a long-term store of appreciating wealth, as stock investments are.

That's exactly what Peter Thiel says Bitcoin is going to be.

In case you don't know who he is...

Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal with Elon Musk and sold it for a staggering sum to eBay some time after going public.

Peter Thiel is also a libertarian :)

He was also a very early investor in Facebook.

So you could say he's had some success at investing in disruptive Internet ventures, and might know something about online finance.

Well he says volatility is not an issue for bitcoin, because like a stock portfolio, bitcoin will be a long term investment.

He's putting his money where his mouth is.

It will be an appreciating store of wealth, the Internet's equivalent of a bar of gold in a vault or a diversified stock portfolio.

So even if Bitcoin isn't money (which it is), neither is Wall Street, but both are still highly valued as a long term store of wealth.

Why Bitcoin specifically and not another crypto?

Thiel says because it's already the biggest:

"I would be long bitcoin, and neutral to skeptical of just about everything else at this point with a few possible exceptions. There will be one online equivalent to gold, and the one you'd bet on would be the biggest."

There are likely to be a number of successful cryptos over the long term in a free market of competing currencies.

(a libertarian's friggin' wet dream come true)

But the safest bet for the solution of storing a lot of wealth long term in an appreciating asset would appear to be bitcoin.

That dominance over the crypto market is the result of the network effect (which is very powerful for currencies).

"A network effect (also called network externality or demand-side economies of scale) is the positive effect described in economics and business that an additional user of a good or service has on the value of that product to others. When a network effect is present, the value of a product or service increases according to the number of others using it." -Wikipedia

The use of bitcoin as a safe wealth reserve has already been established by convention, and that convention carries the inertia of over USD$130 billion (42% of all crypto) as of this writing.

If you want to read my next post about cryptocurrency:

"How Gold Became Money," like or follow me on one of my channels which I'll update with a link once it's up soon.

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This is a deliberately awkward workout to help some of you get passed the awkwardness of working out so you can start exercising in your own home every week and become a healthier, happier, stronger, more powerful, more wonderful you!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

This Is The United States Vol #006 - Federal Air Marshal Snafu

From USA Today on August 7, 2014 -

On Nov. 1, 2013, when TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was shot by a lone gunmen at Los Angeles International Airport and lay bleeding on the ground for more than half an hour and later died, Biles says that "a team of FAMs [federal air marshals] was less than 100 yards from the shooter yet failed to respond or engage the threat."

Despite the fact that air marshals typically carry a Sig Sauer P229 and have high shooting skills, trained as they are to fire in the close confines of an aircraft cabin, Biles claims their inaction was "mostly due to a mentality and unwritten policy that exists at the FAMS by upper management that tells air marshals not to get involved."

Still think the United States exists to keep you safe?

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Monday, March 26, 2018

This Is The United States Vol #005 - Supreme Court: Police Have No Duty to Protect Anyone

Did you know the United States' highest court has ruled that police have no obligation to protect anyone?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Do We Even Know What We're Doing?

I think our society and media has commoditized and abused the hell out of these high school shooting victims it has wittingly participated in turning into political celebrities after they’ve been through something like this.

It’s not about helping them exercise their free speech you marauding wolves; it’s about exploiting them and our shock, pity, and morbid curiosity, along with the thick complex of our political(ized) pathologies to get the most page views and highest ratings and every ad dollar possible, and ironically, all the money this is making the gun industry in free advertising and catalyzing the emotions and fears of gun and ammo buyers.

It’s just all around- a giant word-that-starts-with-cluster of utterly petty and decadent motivations, the worst sins of our society, writ large these few weeks- uncontrollably, uncontrolled by the best within us.

I bet when they’re grown up many of these kids will not hate all the grown ups in America today for the unthinkable tragedy that happened to them, but for wringing their poor, traumatized little souls out and grinding them up for every last god damn dime afterward.

This is why a lot of Americans like the term fake news. And I’m not amused about it. I just feel so bad for all of us and hope we’ll learn.

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