Free Enterprise in Space

One of my favorite freethought bloggers, Sensuous Curmudgeon, wrote recently about an exciting development for the future of capitalism…  Here’s a short excerpt; please read the original at the link-back provided below.

Congress has just passed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act… [which] “permits companies that specialize in asteroid mining to keep all resources collected”…

The dreamy “space is for everyone!” gang will be wildly opposed to the new law. We think the new law is great, and as we said, we’re amazed that Obama signed it.

Please check out the original at

After the discovery of oil…

Thoughts from the U.S. Libertarian Party:

Since the Moroccan-American Friendship Treaty of 1786 through the middle of the twentieth century, America enjoyed generally friendly relations with Islamic countries across the Middle East. But after the discovery of oil in the region, the U.S. government began a string of destructive, terrorism inciting interventions in the region:

  • The U.S. government sent the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Iran in 1953, setting off an escalating chain of events that reverberates to this day.

  • The CIA installed the Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator, who kept the oil supplies flowing. This outraged the Iranian people, building up to the Shah’s overthrow by the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979.

  • The U.S. supported Saddam Hussein of Iraq against Iran, eventually leading to Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

  • The U.S. permanently based troops on Saudi Arabian soil, a decision that Osama Bin Laden viewed as religious sacrilege and which partially motivated his 9/11 attacks of 2001 on the World Trade Center.

  • The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of Saddam’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction.” The resulting chain of events culminated in  the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria today.


Happy BDay Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie (/kɑrˈnɡi/ kar-nay-gee, but commonly /ˈkɑrnɨɡi/ kar-nə-gee or /kɑrˈnɛɡi/ kar-neg-ee;[2] November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He was also one of the highest profile philanthropists of his era and, by the time of his death, he had given away to charities and foundations about $350 million[3] (in 2015, $4.76 billion) – almost 90 percent of his fortune. His 1889 article proclaiming “The Gospel of Wealth” called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and it stimulated a wave of philanthropy.

Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, and emigrated to the United States with his very poor parents in 1848. Carnegie started work as a telegrapher and by the 1860s had investments in railroads, railroad sleeping cars, bridges and oil derricks. He accumulated further wealth as a bond salesman raising money for American enterprise in Europe. He built Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Steel Company, which he sold to J.P. Morgan in 1901 for $480 million[3] (in 2015, $13.6 billion), creating the U.S. Steel Corporation. Carnegie devoted the remainder of his life to large-scale philanthropy, with special emphasis on local libraries, world peace, education and scientific research. With the fortune he made from business, he built Carnegie Hall and he founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie Hero Fund, Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, among others. His life has often been referred to as a true “rags to riches” story.


Perception of Libertarians

I imagine that some of my followers are libertarians, as I am.

If so, this quote is directed to you.

Read more at the link-back below.

However, the overwhelming majority of the content they publish is either making vulgar arguments (like cheering on the Keystone pipeline) based on an oxymoron they call “free market capitalism,” uninformed arguments due to think tank libertarians generally saying everything yet knowing nothing due to lacking any real world experience (like their coverage of the George Zimmerman trial and criminal justice policy in general), giving good play to The Conservatarian Manifesto and the likes of jokers named Rand Paul, John Stossel, Greg Gutfeld, Instapundit, Ted Cruz, and others, or employing the Robby Soave’s of the world to make vulgar arguments in “favor” of social justice. In other words, they’re an extension of right wing politics masquerading as classical liberalism.

And people wonder why libertarians are despised amongst the general body politic. I avoid using the word libertarian at all costs in public. The term has too much stink on it. I’m not sure if this gets through to everybody inside the bubble in DC or the online libertarian bubble, but liberty is now synonymous with Republican in the eyes of everyone but themselves. That’s a big problem.

Gender-Bender Award – I Was 20

Gender-Bender Award

Tiffany’s Gender-Bender Award is an opportunity to celebrate those who challenge and disrupt the gender binary!

Each month, I will feature a post that in some way takes us beyond the paradigm of gender oppression.  Many types of content will be considered – poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, even visual art.  I will also consider a variety of perspectives, everything from 1800s “first-wave” Western feminism to women’s uprisings in the Muslim world today, from Stonewall-era gay liberation to 21st century activism for transgender rights and dignity.

This Month, I am awarding Thandi Bombi for “When I was 17 years old“.

“I was 20 years old when I decide I no longer wanted to be a woman. I did not want to be owned by an entitled society, I did not want to be told what do, wear or how to act. I did not want to be shamed for not fitting into the box they try put you in when you are 17 and naïve.

When I was 20 years old I had had enough of the manipulation. I started question everything around me. I opened my mind and saw that my entire identity was influenced by a patriarchal society and nothing I did was ever my own.

I would say things and they would accuse me of being a feminist, like it was a bad thing.

When I was 20 years old I realized that being a feminist is not being a butch man hating lesbian who has nothing to do but indoctrinate sweet girls into hating men too.

When I was 20 years old I realized that being a feminist is not being cool in the eyes of society because you have decided to take a stance against it.

When I was 20 years old I realized that being a feminist is not a negative thing. Being a feminist means that you are advocating women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

I realized that it only has negative connotations to those who don’t see a problem with the inequality that currently exists between genders.

I did not become a feminist, I simple changed my frame of reference and started to think for myself. The feminism was just a result of the built up resentment for a society that almost had me turning into an amazing trophy instead of the amazing human being that I am.



Blogger’s Review of “Suffragette”

Thoughtful words from a blog amusingly titled Gender and the City.

Despite some obvious issues to do with race, I found that the film gets so much right. And, to me, raised one huge question in particular: why hasn’t it been done before?

My mother suggested that this could be because women — or anyone who has risen out of a terrible situation — are inclined to want to leave it behind them. A sort of ‘We have the vote now, let’s move onto the next thing — no need to dwell on the past!’-type attitude. However, I’m more cynical than that. I don’t believe that the reason it hasn’t been done before it because of the attitudes of the women. I think it’s more to do with the way in which their history has been written for them.

Has anyone else noticed that whenever the history of women’s suffrage is discussed, it always seems to be referred to as women having been ‘given’ the vote? What the film Suffragette highlights, unequivocally and unapologetically, is that women were not ‘given’ anything. Women fought — tirelessly and painfully — in a long war that was eventually won. We weren’t ‘given’ shit.

I found that my enjoyment of Suffragette was affected by the memory of how I was taught this subject at school… At the time, I didn’t challenge or question it. Some of it even made sense. I knew vaguely that I must always exercise my right to vote at the very least out of respect for the women who had fought for it for me.

So I decided to write this article, about how pissed off I am at yet another aspect of the cesspit of misogyny that was my education, and thought I would read a couple of reviews of the film. And I was amazed. The tone in which I was taught about the suffragettes was also used in the reviews, even now. Several of the reviews of the film chose to point out that ‘historians have often concluded that enfranchisement of women was actually held back by militancy, rather than advanced by it.’ I also read that ‘historians still debate whether the violence of the women’s suffrage movement was justified…the deeds of the suffragettes did not directly result in women getting the vote.’  These are just two of many examples I encountered.

How is it that these journalists and film critics share the same views as my old history teacher?

The problem is with the history itself. More specifically, the problem is with the historians. To use an old cliché, history has been written by men. And I’m tired. I’m tired of history being about men. I’m fed up of ‘women’s history’ being addressed, taught and learned separately. ‘Women’s history’ needs to be included in what we learn as ‘history’ because, as Maud Watts says in Suffragette, we’re half the human race. I don’t want a Women’s History Month. I want it to recognised that women have played an equal part in literally all of history.

Please

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