Grab Bag Posting

The inevitable yet "surprising" end of Panera's socialist restaurant experiment [http://thesilicongraybeard.blogspot.com/2019/02/panera-breads-socialist-restaurants.html] . Who'd have thought that asking freeloader types who want other people's money to pay their fair share out of the good ness of their heart to get a meal would leave you going broke? I know, sarcasm. While on the topic of inevitable yet surprising, who'd have thought that inviting in the third world would bring about third wo…

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Some Collected Thoughts

Some Collected Thoughts

No, not THOT’s – that’s what Friday’s are for. And other occasional holidays [https://thelastredoubt.com/2018/07/a-late-girl-friday.html]. First, the inimitable Didact on how the left is eating itself [http://didactsreach.blogspot.com/2018/07/the-left-is-eating-itself.html] (again). > And once you understand – truly, at the deepest level – that freedom is the substitution of self-responsibility, and therefore self-control, for responsibility and control imposed by others, you will understand…

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Slow Burns and Explosions

Slow Burns and Explosions

The difference between a fast fire and an explosive device can sometimes simply be that of whether or not the fire is contained. Thus the use of pressure cookers and pipes in explosives – to contain the explosion until it’s sufficiently powerful, instead of burning out over time, or scattering itself uselessly. As the infogalactic article [https://infogalactic.com/info/Pressure_cooker_bomb] states: > The containment provided by the pressure cooker means that the energy from the explosion is con…

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A Bubble of Frozen Culture

A Bubble of Frozen Culture

I was catching up on Stefan Molyneux’s call in show via podcast, and question 6 of the April 5 podcast (available here [http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/#/3647/the-nice-virus-call-in-show-april-5th-2017]) was from a man who’d been dragged to the US as a child and illegal alien, and had moved back to Mexico, discussing his alienation. All in all it’s a damned interesting conversation, but Stefan dug out a metaphor that really hit home for me personally. He pointed out that even in the “good” cases, yo…

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Why Would Non White Non Americans Prefer A White-led West and America?

Why Would Non White Non Americans Prefer A White-led West and America?

The Didact was asked why, not being white, nor American, he so was so strongly pro a white, or at minimum, a white-led and dominant America and west. The whole article is worth a read [http://didactsreach.blogspot.com/2017/03/querying-domain-so-white-people-arent.html] . So is the one he refers to [https://didactsreach.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/confronting-uncomfortable-truth.html] . > I particularly like and appreciate the white folk of America’s heartlands. Whether I am visiting towns and villag…

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Immigration - a Rant

Immigration - a Rant

Not too long after posts on immigration by myself [https://thelastredoubt.com/2017/01/immigration.html], and a followup on it and “skin in the game” in “Fixing the Magic Dirt Problem [http://didactsreach.blogspot.com/2017/01/fixing-magic-dirt-problem.html]” by the Didact, here’s a rant by the inimitable Razorfist. I largely agree with it, and though I’d likely be more restrictive on even legal immigration numbers than he is, I think every point he makes here is pure gold. While I agree that it’…

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Germans, Being Germans.

Germans, Being Germans.

The topic is serious, but perhaps one of the best illustrations of the mentality I’m going to discuss is nonetheless funny. As has been observed, Eurpoeans are very, very nice. Until they, very suddenly, are very *not. *The video below is a gag, where the husband of a typical german couple, in a typical german house, with their typical garden, decides to do something about cars that have been driving through the neighborhood too fast. Note their appearance and behavior – mildly neurotic. Slight…

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Immigration

Immigration

Men of the West recently published a piece that proposes an interesting solution to dealing with illegals and giving them a “path to citizenship.” [https://menofthewest.net/over-the-wall-and-far-away/]Think a US Foreign Legion, roughly modeled on the French one. So what are my thoughts? I’ll admit, it’s been difficult to shake a lifetime of programming regarding “we’re a nation of immigrants.” – you can see it everywhere, down to repeated lines in the music for Hamilton about how he’s “an immi…

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