Pistols & Petticoats
When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.
Frédéric Bastiat (via moralanarchism)
Not that difficult a choice. (via underattack86)
Russian Blue Kitten by Mixa Photography
In the contradiction-laden mind of welfare state politicians, there is an undifferentiated MASS called WE as in WE are a COUNTRY. This supposed fact is a distortion of the reality. It ignores people’s individual wills and minds, treating them as mere details that are easily effaced so as to produce the all-important WE. To the extent that there is a WE the country, it is the product of extensive conditioning, political indoctrination, and coercion. By contrast, the people who live in the country called America actually only unite themselves voluntarily with other people partially and on terms that they select.
Michael S. Rozeff (via laliberty)
It’s about time for some mass civil disobedience in this country.
Project by Brian House and Kyle McDonald is a Raspberry-Pi-powered lightbulb attachment that can listen into nearby conversations (which are then posted onto Twitter) - video embedded below:
Conversnitch is a small device that automatically tweets overheard conversations, bridging the gap between (presumed) private physical space and public space online.
Information moves between spaces that might be physical or virtual, free or proprietary, illegal or playful, spoken or transcribed.
The Conversnitch Twitter feed can be found here
“When I got out of college, there wasn’t a lot of work, so I had to improvise a little bit and do things that were below my expectations. I felt like I had been sold the idea that going to college and getting a degree would lead to great things. Instead, I spent four years waiting on tables and painting houses and doing all kinds of things. It sounds like I’m complaining, but I’m not. I worked my way through college doing the same stuff. I figured that you graduate and then move on. I guess you struggle, and then you continue to struggle. Eventually, you get used to it and you’re just living.”
Stefan Molyneux speaks with Dr Elizabeth Gershoff about the latest science on physical punishment and spanking, parenting without spanking - and why it is so important!
J.R.R. Tolkien’s personal Webley MK VI, chambered in .455. Tolkien fought in one of the largest battles of WWI, the Battle of the Somme before he contracted Trench Fever. Coincidentally, Adolf Hitler served in the same battle, supposedly a few kilometers away from Tolkien himself.
(Source: whataniceone, via coolesttentacle)
The First Real-Time Study of Parents Spanking Their Kids
Parents less likely to spank after reading briefly about its links to problems in children
A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents practicing corporal punishment discovered that spanking was far more common than parents admit, that children were hit for trivial misdeeds and that children then misbehaved within 10 minutes of being punished.
Advocates of corporal punishment have outlined best practices for responsible spanking. But real-time audio from this study revealed that parents fail to follow the guidelines, said psychologist George Holden, who is lead author on the study and a parenting and child development expert at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
The real-time audio interactions revealed that parents were not always calm, as the guidelines recommend, but instead were often angry when they spanked or hit their child; they didn’t spank as a last resort; and they gave spankings for minor infractions, not just serious misbehavior. And while many spanking advocates recommend hitting children no more than twice, parents in the audio recordings were slapping and hitting their children more often.
"From the audio, we heard parents hitting their children for the most extraordinarily mundane offenses, typically violations of social conventions," Holden said. "Also, corporal punishment wasn’t being used as a last resort. On average, parents hit or spanked just half a minute after the conflict began."
Parents who used corporal punishment in the audio commonly violated three of the six “use” guidelines the researchers examined: Spank infrequently, use it only for serious misbehavior, and only as a last resort.
"The recordings show that most parents responded either impulsively or emotionally, rather than being intentional with their discipline," said Holden, who favors humane alternatives to corporal punishment.
Life is furious, frantic, temporary, we come into it in a bloody frenzy, fighting our way into the world, and with the first breath we are doomed. The birth cry is a scream of outrage.