Archive for May, 2011

Hoarding 100-Watt Incandescent Bulbs

Monday, May 30, 2011 21:49 5 Comments

I admit to hoarding 100-watt incandescent light bulbs for some time now. I get them at Meijer’s for $1.23 per 4-pack, and I pay about twice as much for the beautiful GE Reveal bulb. My basement root cellar, which is earmarked for food, has become the unfortunate landing spot for this pile of soon-to-be contraband, [...]

This was posted under category: Green Totalitarianism

Early McMansion Training (or, No Child Consumer Left behind)

Monday, May 30, 2011 19:48 No Comments

I wonder if there is a 40-year mortgage available for this? An adjustable rate loan? Interest-only mortgage? Surely this is an “investment” and the value can only go up? Thanks to Skip Oliva for the tip.

This was posted under category: Boom-Bubble Phenomenon

Big Pharma’s Knighted Whores

Monday, May 30, 2011 19:39 1 Comment

As always, here’s yet another reason to think for yourself, read, ask questions, and take accountability for you instead of “trusting” that your doctor knows what is best for you because he went to medical school and memorized established protocol. Thanks to John Bolstad for the link.

This was posted under category: Big Pharma, Medical Establishment

Small Food Smackdown

Monday, May 30, 2011 19:16 4 Comments

Another great food producer who is outside of the Industrial Food Machine, and who makes a unique and sought-after product, is being run out of business by government tyrants. Her business, while it lasted, consisted of herself, making yogurt on the instructions of her father. Ms Dashtaki was renting space in the kitchen of an Egyptian [...]

This was posted under category: Food Totalitarianism

Seat Belt Totalitarianism and You

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 20:06 9 Comments

Here’s yet another aggressive and costly campaign to protect you from the bogeyman. For someone who almost never watches television, I cannot believe how many times I saw this commercial on TV over the course of a few days as I was passing through public places, or just watching the news late at night. Then [...]

This was posted under category: police state

Bread, Circuses, and … Cupcakes?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 19:31 1 Comment

Joe Queenan has written a fantastic article for the Wall Street Journal about America’s “fawning subservience to the cupcake.” Like the Macarena, Tofutti, the pedestrian scooter, the urban cowboy look of the early 1980s and America’s brief, misguided obsession with Paris Hilton, the era when the cupcake was in the ascendant deserves to be consigned [...]

This was posted under category: Boom-Bubble Phenomenon

Gathering Local, Staying Vocal

Sunday, May 22, 2011 21:45 6 Comments

A couple of years ago, Forbes published an interesting piece: “The Locavore Myth: When Buying From Nearby Farmers Won’t Save the Planet.” Here’s the first paragraph. Buy local, shrink the distance food travels, save the planet. The locavore movement has captured a lot of fans. To their credit, they are highlighting the problems with industrialized [...]

This was posted under category: Free-Range Life

Yes, Government Makes You Sick and Fat

Saturday, May 21, 2011 6:51 4 Comments

Yep – people are “getting it” on food. The myths, the lies, the outright fraud. There is an unprecedented amount of attention being given to the notion that the Government-Big Food-Big Agra dietary guidelines and health-and-unwellness paradigm are fraudulent, and the resisters and heretics (real foodists) were right. This article in the City Journal – [...]

This was posted under category: Food Totalitarianism

Price Crimes

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 21:46 1 Comment

A while back I posted this blog with a clever construction from a reader. Raising prices is “gouging”. Lowering prices is “predation”. Keeping them the same is “collusion”. Cutting costs is “scheming”. What’s next? And so now there is this cartoon strip from 2008. Thanks to Deb T. for the heads-up.

This was posted under category: Economics

Ron Paul Spawns Dishwasher Dissent and Ziploc Zeal?

Monday, May 16, 2011 22:21 9 Comments

The funniest things often happen when you least expect it. Based on Jeffrey Tucker’s article, “Three More Attacks on Civilization,” I was finally moved to buy some phosphorous, tonight, in order to elude this so-called environmental piffle powder that is currently being sold as dishwashing detergent. As Jeff explains, the government, as with everything else, [...]

This was posted under category: Ron Paul