Synopsis: The reactionary title is the author's conclusion to the news that many schools have stopped teaching spelling. She maintains that the written language is a code and that spelling is the key to encoding and decoding. Without spelling, there is no sense in reading. She recommends a strong dose of phonics and spelling as the antidote to the moribund effort we call modern education.
A few days ago, I posted a story about a shotgun that seemed to be unloaded when it actually was loaded. Today, I'd like to talk about a different kind of safety violation—the one ultimately responsible for probably the majority of all gun accidents: putting your finger on the trigger. But a movie is worth 10,000 words, so watch the videos, and then we'll talk.
Michael Pollan does a fabulous job describing how U.S. government agricultural policy not only influences what is grown in the United States, but U.S. obesity rates and world hunger. So next time you complain about being overweight, you can blame the government. It sounds silly, but that conclusion is not too far fetched. (I do disagree with his conclusion that additional policy is needed to fix things. Just get rid of ALL U.S. government intervention in our culinary lives.
This is a preview of Food, Inc., a movie documenting Big Agriculture. For those of you who know me, you might be wondering why I would be posting, such an "anti-capitalist" flick. The answer is the at Big Agriculture is a creation of fascist and socialist government policies dating from (if not before) the New Deal.
Big Agriculture and its government patrons are extremely anticompetitive (anti-capitalist). This year, the Congress is working on new legislation that could potentially destroy farmer's markets. Of course liberal websites like this one downplay the danger, because although the fine could apply to small farmers and farmer's markets, they don't think the fines will be applied against the little guy. It's funny, because that same logic was used when Congress implemented the AMT (Alternative Minimum Tax) targeted at a mere 155 of the "uber-rich" and the same logic was used in laws prohibiting concealed carry (they'll only be enforced against blacks).
But WAIT!!! There's more! Barack Hussein Obama appointed a former Monsanto (one of the largest agricultural companies in the world) executive as his "food czar"—yet more proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So yes, there are some kooky, silly, wacko-leftist sentiments among those who support the movie, but overall, I think we need to hear the message, especially the part where we have power to change, after all, "You are what you eat."
Like many things the media tells us, the case for petroleum is murky. Like Chicken Little, they tell us the world is ending, and one of the means of its destruction is that we will run out of oil. The author makes the case, the while yes, eventually we will run out of oil (just like eventually the sun will run out of hydrogen and burn out) we will not do so in the foreseeable future and compiles a large amount of evidence to support his case.
The mainstream media likes for us to think of them as watchdogs protecting us from the abuses of power. In reality, they are proponents and cheerleaders of government abuse as long as the story fits their anti-capitalist template. This article summarizes and illustrates some of the abuses.
Synopsis: Describes a scientific paper debunking Global Warming. The paper is linked in the article, but sometimes things disappear from the internet, so the paper is also attached to this page for posterity.
Well, we're at the end of yet another year. As our parents always told us, time speeds up as you get older. I still think things that happened three years ago happened only a few months ago. It's been a while, since we have sent out an official newsletter/update, so it's about time. (This newsletter will only cover 2009, but I'll go back and retroactively add in some past newsletters later.)
God has continued to bless us this past year with our continued health, steady jobs, good friends, our loyal doggy...and we're having a baby!!!!! Jen is seven months pregnant with our firstborn who we're told will be a boy. His tentative name is Logan Matthew Heyman. Jen's due date is March 24. We have a wishlist/registry available if you would like to contribute to the welfare of a minor.
Synopsis: One of the things that has lead me back to the libertarian position is the realization that mainstream Conservatives don't really advocate small government at all. Not even bastions of Conservative thought like William F. Buckley, Jr. Most normal people who identify themselves as Conservative do so, I think, because they know that they are not Liberal so they must then be Conservative. I now believe this is a false dilemma illustrated by P.J. O'Rourke's line, "Republicans are the party that says big government doesn't work and then gets elected and proves it."
The last eight years under Bush and the Republican Congress only serve to underline O'Rourke's point—and illustrate Dr. Hoppe's argument in this article. Dr Hoppe synthesizes Conservative rhetoric supporting government all the while pretending not to—much like the pigs in Animal Farm. It's time we either stop being conservative or kick the "conservatives" out.
Synopsis: Henry Bauer describes what happens when scientists dare to take a non-mainstream view. Despite scientists' invoking of the condemnation of Galileo, they participate in a censorship program far more severe than the Catholic church ever did. (The Catholic church only condemned Galileo's philosophical and theological statements, not his scientific statements.)
As I remind my students, 25 years ago, bacteria didn't cause ulcers.