Archive for the 'Freedom' Category

Copyright, Left and Wrong?

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Galambos’ Text
The topic of IP (intellectual property) attracts the most comments and trackbacks to this blog, but I avoid it because the subject divides the freedom movement into angry parties filing lawsuits. Read Stephan Kinsella’s “L. Neil Smith / Free Talk Live Copyright Dispute” at Mises.org.
Kinsella says IP requires coercive statism, but he’s a bad, […]

Sal Khan: One Dude on YouTube

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Salman Khan, founder and faculty of the Khan Academy, has more lessons and viewers online than MIT and Stanford.
With over 1,600 lessons in various fields and growing popularity with students worldwide, Sal Khan has been featured on the PBS Newshour and CNN.
“A very bureaucratic organization,” the former hedge fund analyst jokes about his volunteer teaching […]

The Secret of Freedom (Meeting Tonight)

Monday, June 7th, 2010

THE Konkin-Rothbard Limited / Orange County Special Event Supperclub

E C O N O M I C S   A N D   G E O - P O L I T I C S
A PROJECT OF THE KARL HESS CLUB
   Usually on a Fifth Monday of a Month except on a major Holiday
Charles […]

Resilient Freedom Project Begins

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I’ve started a new blog called Resilient Freedom.
ResFree.org’s focus is how governments are blocking the green agenda they claim to promote. It will also have suggestions for people with sustainable projects to accomplish them legally.
The Resilient Freedom project is funded by a generous grant from the California Legal Rights Fund. The CalRights website is at […]

Power and Water

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

According to the White Fence Index, the national average cost for electricity is $80.96 per month. Your mileage may vary, of course.
It’s a close race between the inept small town electric utility in Pahrump, Nevada and the corrupt Los Angeles, California DWP as to who has the most outages. (I’m Mr. Negativity today). A small […]

Greenwashing AZ’s Jaime Cuervo Laws

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Internal Passport
There’s predictable opposition to Arizona’s “Jim Crow for Mexicans” law (what I’m calling “Jaime Cuervo.”)
But there was even initial concern from the notorious anti-immigrant former congressman Tom Tancredo before he remembered who he was. According to the Huffington Post, “Tom Tancredo Says Arizona Immigration Law Goes Too Far, Still Supports It.”
For some on the […]

Revolution Is My Hobby

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Brad Linaweaver gave me the title “Revolution Is My Hobby” to use on one of my early stories (novelette length over 10,000 words) about a high tech revolution controlled by a prison inmate in a future dictatorship. “Hobby” was written (but never published) before my “Blue Light” short story was published in the Summer 1997 […]

The Real April Fools’ Day

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Here’s a classic article from 1963, “Why Pray for Peace but Pay for War?”
The thesis of author Maurice F. McCrackin, a Presbytarian pastor born in 1905, is that “Income tax paid by the individual is essential to the continuance of the war machine.”
The article makes a strong moral case based on the author’s own experience, […]

Free Permaculture Course Videos Online

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Instructor Will Hooker
36 video episodes of classroom instruction (over 40 hours) for an “Introduction to Permaculture” course are online at iTunes U, but are not easy to find. Here’s a direct link to the series, http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/ncsu.edu.1365999913, which will launch iTunes.
“Spisblog,” a listener to The Survival Podcast, heard Jack Spirko talking about permaculture and blogged […]

Get Ready to Eat and Wear Glass

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

DVD at Amazon
From Kurzweil AI comes a summary of a Physorg report that must be read completely about Turkish scientists creating a revolutionary glass spray that promises to “make cleaning obsolete” and even serve as a non-toxic barrier to pests for food crops.
“The liquid glass coating is breathable, which means it can be used on […]

Off-Grid Water Purification Breakthrough

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I’ve heard the Lifesaver bottle advertised on The Survival Podcast, but was not excited about it until I saw this TED Talk video from 2009 of Lifesaver’s inventor and CEO Michael Pritchard’s presentation at Oxford, England.
The Lifesaver system filters out contaminants larger than 15 nanometers. It’s 100% effective against the 25 nanometer sized polio virus […]

The Mad Tea Party

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Justin Stout photo
Guest blog post:
The Mad Tea Party
by Brad Linaweaver
Here’s a prediction.
In the future the Tea Party movement will call for higher taxes. It will be done in the name of national security. Their beloved Leader, Sarah Palin, will be in the forefront of demanding the increased revenue. She won’t call it taxes. She will […]

Nightmare on Fern Street

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Very Interesting. . .
Brad Linaweaver says he’s getting tired of the “Wall Street vs. Main Street” rhetoric, which he believes ignores the Empire as the dominant agency for the immiseration of the proletariat, comrade. (He wouldn’t put it like that.)
Brad suggested finding out if the Pentagon was located on a Street that could find its […]

Electric Lovecraftland by the Bay

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Courtesy of LJDopp.com
SF Weekly just published an article about Shaxul Records in their “In Store” column about local record shops in San Francisco.
Stone Clement runs Shaxul Records with a partner who, because of the exoteric absence in the article, evidently must not be named, in a hole in the wall joint specializing in Heavy Metal […]

Transparency, Privacy and Freedom

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

No Secrets Allowed.
My name was mentioned in J. Neil Schulman’s latest blog post titled “No Secrets Allowed.”
“Oh, try taking photos someplace the government has decided is their turf.”
“On a Sunday in summer 2006, when the Las Vegas FBI office was closed, I tried to shoot video of a plaque honoring FBI agents that was posted […]

Fomenting Revolution for Fun and Profit

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Karl Hess Club, Dec, 2009
California Legal Rights Fund founder, Geo. McCalip, laid out his strategy to radically change how the State of California enforces every law in his Karl Hess Club speech, “Fomenting Revolution for Fun and Profit.”
Here’s a link to an MP3 recording of the talk at the CalRights.org blog.
Geo.’s approach reminds me of […]

Urban Farming around San Francisco

Monday, December 28th, 2009

This ABC 7 online article, “Urban Farming Gains Popularity in Bay Area,” features video of a small farm in Oakland, California and a store in Berkeley catering to increasing numbers of urban farmers in cities surrounding San Francisco.
In San Francisco itself, from the YouTube description posted July 30, 2009, a doctor at UCSF deals with […]

Better Than The Best Idea

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Conservation
Refugees
In a recent podcast of the San Francisco radio show An Organic Conversation, with host Helge Hellberg, Guernica magazine and former Mother Jones journalist and now “investigative historian,” Mark Dowie, talked about his career and plans for his own radio show.
I enjoyed the German, Hellberg’s personal account of his experience twenty years ago when the […]

What Freedom?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Coca Cola was one of the companies listed on an often played TV ad in the U.S. that shows the word “Copenhagen” morphing into “Hopenhagen.”
Maybe Coke’s marketing department was thinking of their polar bear mascots.
The solution to stopping global warming proposed by scientist Saul Griffith, in his SALT talk in January of this year, […]

Et tu, Newsweek?

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Newsweek has a reputation for bias toward the Democrat party in the U.S. Browsing their website tends to support that notion, because of the anti-Fox News and pro-Federal Reserve articles. That Fed support is a bit much even for most Democrats. Job numbers are “growing” (still at 10% unemployment) and anything else the administration does […]

The Day That Was Thursday

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Josiah Warren began publishing his The Peaceful Revolutionist paper in 1833, and is most famous for promoting his version of “The Sovereignty of the Individual.” He ran a successful “time store” in Cincinnati based on his theories and later founded entire utopian communities.
Warren was the first of the American individualist anarchists. Wendy McElroy explains who […]

Objection to My Climategate White Feather

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Here’s an excerpt from email I got from J. Neil Schulman:
“Frankly — as a subscriber to Permakent who has it as the only external blog on my blog roll at J. Neil Schulman @ Rational Review — I’d been waiting for you to make a statement on this for several days. Just as I was […]

Farms on Land, Sea, or Skyscrapers?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

A recent WorldChanging article, which came to my attention in this TreeHugger article, complains about the alleged “Dark Side of Transition Thinking,” and thus bashes a growing movement active throughout the world.
The author, Alex Steffen, wrote in “Transition Towns or Bright Green Cities?” that “All over the world, groups of people with graduate degrees, affluence, […]

Polanski 2: The Extradition (Halloween)

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

This is a response to my friend Brad Linaweaver’s article “Repent, Roman!” and several comments in the Mondo Cult forum. Follow the links at Mondo Cult online.
It’s appropriate to review the real life horror story, Polanski 2: The Extradition, on Halloween weekend.
An L.A. Times editorial published Oct. 31, 2009 defends the Jew hunters in Switzerland […]

Giant Snakes Celebrate Monty Python’s 40th

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Geeks and nerds everywhere are celebrating Monty Python’s 40th anniversary. From USA Today:
“”We should have had the 37th anniversary or the 41 and 1/2 anniversary; 40 seems too predictable for Python,” says Michael Palin, one of six members of the comedy troupe that launched Monty Python’s Flying Circus in 1969.”
Don’t worry, Mike. Giant man-eating snakes […]

Soylent Green Metropolis

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

In the October, 2009 issue of Los Angeles Magazine, amongst the full page luxury car ads, guides to trendy clothing stores, restaurants, shopping in general, and Hollywood industry discussion, I was surprised to see “Homegrown” and “How to have a bumper crop right in your own backyard” on the cover.
The print edition has a section […]

Off-Grid Homesteaders in Pop Mechanics

Friday, September 18th, 2009

“The New Homesteaders: Off-the-Grid and Self-Reliant” is the title of the main feature of the October, 2009 issue of Popular Mechanics. The cover says it’s the “Self Reliance Issue,” but the largest font size goes to the word “SURVIVAL.”
Yet another indication that the recession is over and prosperity is right around the corner. (That was […]

I Thought It Was About Aquaculture

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Here’s the YouTube trailer for the latest feature film I edited, Crustacean.
Exploitable elements include Yours Truly as The Bearded Fat Lady, a lobster clawed humanoid mute murdering man beast, nudity, violence, bad language, and funny satire.
The description at the CrustaceanTheMovie channel reads:
“Crustacean is a Comedy Horror Feature Film Written and Directed by L.J. Dopp […]

Wind Power Costs, Risks and Progress

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

The cost of permits for a wind power system from various local government agencies may multiply the money you have to spend compared to just buying an installed system. Yikes!
Check out this outrageous item about Ventura County, California, “Will Red Tape Stop Green?”
Also, since finding out that the PVC cut-out blades for some homebrew designs […]

Hemp Biofuel Test Underway in Canada

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Hempcar.org
Alan Bock posted an item on Orange County Register’s “Orange Punch” online, “Testing hemp for biofuel,” with a link to the original story in Canada.
Bock wrote, “Think maybe this would be worth trying in California? Even on a pilot basis to see if Jack Herer’s claims about hemp hold water?”
ArsTechnica recently published a general summary […]