The Big Think

June 10, 2009

That Ain’t Right

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 10:19 pm

Check out this cool mirror:

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Notice anything weird? It’s not just that it’s reflecting the image from the book 90 degrees off, but it’s that the words are read left-to-right. Like I said. That just ain’t right.

For more neato mirrors, go here.

Yeah, but Can You Hear Me NOW?

Filed under: Audio,Science — jasony @ 12:17 pm

Scientists create an acoustic black hole using a Bose Einstein condensate.

I do so love being a geek.

Good News Everyone!

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 12:16 pm

Futurama is coming back!

Call Fire the Nanny

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 8:35 am

I lament how today’s America is far less free than the country of my youth. Replacing it is not a 1984ish totalitarian dictatorship, but what Alexis de Tocqueville called the ‘soft tyranny’ of what Mark Levin sees as a 21st century ‘nanny state’. We so feared a Stalin or Hitler that we ignored endless assaults on our liberty by idealistic home-grown statists and the seductive narcotic of ever more government goodies buying our acquiescence. What makes Americans’ surrender to statism so shameful is that we freely chose this course in direct contravention of our founding principles.

Almost half of all U.S. income is taxed today which means we have lost about half our economic freedom. With record government spending and soaring debt, we are set to lose a lot more. And to think the Boston Tea Party was waged over a three-cent-a-pound tax on tea. Government regulations on business cost us well over $1 trillion a year in higher consumer prices, and there are exactly 26,911 government words policing the sale of a head of cabbage.

In recent years, obsessive-compulsive environmental regulations halted a Massachusetts town from using fireworks on Independence Day since an ‘endangered’ bird’s nest was found near it. News flash: on July 4 we celebrate independence from a tyrannical government. Yet George III never taxed, regulated, or policed us remotely as much as Washington, D.C. does today. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says “Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory”.

Everywhere rules and paperwork mushroom as nit-picking bureaucrats grow in numbers and power. As a buddy bemoaned, the increasingly shrill message of the establishment is “Sit down – and shut up”. No wonder so many Americans feel frustrated and impotent.

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