Archive for July, 2015

Reflection on 1984

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 12:46 No Comments

I love the Students For Orwell website for its deft headline, and I’ll ignore that it hasn’t been updated in two years: Students for an Orwellian Society Because 2013 is 29 years too late.  

This was posted under category: Totalitarian Government

Stop Being Brainwashed on Fat

Saturday, July 18, 2015 9:03 2 Comments

From the article “Why is the Federal Government Afraid of Fat?” from the New York Times. This fear of fat has had far-reaching impacts, from consumer preferences to the billions of dollars spent by the military, government-run hospitals and school districts on food. As we argue in a recently published article in The Journal of [...]

This was posted under category: Food Politics

Bubble Barbershop: Here We Go Again

Thursday, July 16, 2015 6:47 No Comments

The Hipster Barbershop came and went. Five months ago the headline read, “Hipster Barbershop Trend Arrives in Detroit.” Now the headline predictably reads, “High-End Detroit Barbershop Closes After 5 Months.” The business was built on $40 cuts and $50 straight razor shaves and this was considered to be “breaking new ground for a basic men’s cut in [...]

This was posted under category: Boom-Bubble Phenomenon

Guns, Wedding Gowns, and Cold Beer

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 21:09 No Comments

This General Store in Maine needs a sister ship here in Michigan. What could be more American than this combo? From Behind the gas pumps, a tall marquee sign rises up from the asphalt. GUNS, WEDDING GOWNS, COLD BEER, it says—everything you’d need for a shotgun wedding. The sign outside seems too good to be [...]

This was posted under category: Market Anarchism

Cato Person Secedes From Boaz?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:10 1 Comment

Walter Williams. Economist, historian, syndicated columnist, author of ten books, Professor of Economics at George Mason. And yes, black. Thank you Tom DiLorenzo for posting Walter’s no-nonsense column. To quote: The victors of war write its history in order to cast themselves in the most favorable light. That explains the considerable historical ignorance about our war [...]

This was posted under category: History

Another Hate Crime Going Unnoticed

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:52 1 Comment

File this under “Racist Hate Crime,” please. A mob of blacks attacked a white woman while hurling racial slurs at her, as she was in her car at a stop light with her two children. Watch the news video before you opine. A cop apparently arrived on the scene and saw the mob scatter. Two [...]

This was posted under category: Race Wars

Bicycle Bubble?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 11:00 No Comments

I am as big a booster as anyone when it comes to anything Detroit, especially as it involves bicycles (I have 8 of them) and commerce. And I wouldn’t mind the Detroit Bikes “B-Type” bicycle for myself, perhaps someday. But I have an egg or two to throw at this article on the expansion plans [...]

This was posted under category: Detroit

High Time Preference Serfs: Chocolate vs Silver?

Monday, July 13, 2015 20:01 1 Comment

Mark Dice is at it again, asking the question of, “who needs a 10 oz silver bar for later when you can have a candy bar right now?” One woman’s plight: “It doesn’t seem real.” And no, she was talking about the candy bar and not the silver. And these jackasses are coaxed into voting [...]

This was posted under category: Economics

FDA: Protecting & Promoting Outdated Science and Corporate Influence

Monday, July 13, 2015 19:41 No Comments

I wish I could give proper attribution (it’s not mine), but this has just been floating around FaceBook, and it’s worth a plug. I’d argue that corporate influence needs to be at the top, and the science is more intentionally falsified than it is outdated. I’d also get rid of the “Facts Facts” typo, but otherwise, [...]

This was posted under category: Food Politics

Sycophantic Catoist and the Greater of Two Evils

Monday, July 13, 2015 19:24 No Comments

The always-chipper David Gordon churns out a nice mini-analysis of an analysis of an article by one of the Cato folks, Jason Kuznicki. To quote David in whole: The Bionic Mosquito has once more earned our gratitude with an incisive post. He responds to Jason Kuznicki of the Cato Institute, who condemned libertarians who admire the Confederacy: [...]

This was posted under category: secession