Friday, January 30, 2009

Robotic Garages

Okay, remember how in I, Robot, Will Smith has his cool half robotic car, and when he went to the parking garage, he put it on a sensor, left it, and then the garage opened it up and robotically stored it? Well, for a refresher, go to 1:20 in the video below:

Well, while he all thought, hey, that looks pretty cool as something we might have in the Future, the Future is now. While current robotic garages might not be as cool looking on Will Smith's, that work, and they are spreading. Check out this video from Popular Mechanics:



Now, these might not be the most useful things in the world, it's a large investment. However, as the video mentioned, being able to fit so many in is a large bonus for owners, so I would not be surprised to see them popping up here and there over the next few decades.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The KKK Today

A few months ago, a women from Oklahoma, recruited over the internet, was brought Louisiana for an initiation ritual at a remote campsite. After trying to back out, she was shot and killed. After the body was found, the local Sheriff arrested 8 people, one of which being a KKK leader, who is charged with 2rd degree murder.

It's one of the disturbing things to me, that the internet has being a breeding ground for hate, a recruitment ground for the KKK, or, more accurately, the KKK's, since there are so many now. Ironically, the largest currently, the "Knights of the KKK" states on their website that they are committed to a non violent solution to the "war on whites". Yes, because everyone is targeting Caucasians with hate crimes, right? I looked around a bit, and found that nearly all the public KKK websites state that they wish for non-violent tactics to be used. However, in an interview, the current Grand Wizard, or leader, of the Knights of the KKK, stated that if Obama was elected, he'd be shot. Amazing how consistent the KKK is, huh?

Interview Video:


The 2012 Pelosi GTxi SS/RT Sport Edition

A very funny video I saw from the blog Classically Liberal, in the links on the side. Great political blog by the way, go check it out. Anyway, this video is very very funny. Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bush is Gone and Obama's Here to Stay.......Oh Yay...

So, Obama is now officially the President of the United States...what joy. Personally, I didn't really like any of the candidates, but, nothing can be changed now. One of the things that strikes me as interesting is Obama's choice for Secretary of the Treasury. He is pushing hard for Tim Geithner, which is interesting because Geithner is a crook who cheated repeatedly on his own taxes, for example deducting the cost of summer camp of as childcare.

However, Obama defends Geithner, saying, "Tim Geithner, when I nominated him, was rightly lauded by people from both sides of the aisle, from the market, from labor, as somebody who was uniquely qualified". I wonder, is competence worth having to deal with a corrupt person? Obama obviously thinks so. But, hey, I've been telling people not to vote for him for a year, so, it's nothing new to me.

Something else that was interesting to me, I saw a news story talking about Bush and his usage of the Pardon system, which, in the past, many Presidents have used in their last hours in office. The timing of course, being to avoid any consequences in the event of an unpopular pardon, such as those of President Clinton in 2001. Bush, from everything I have read and heard, barely touched the power, using it to communte the sentence of two Border Patrollers who shot several suspected drug runners who were fleeing. Aside from that, he has issued nothing, and no complete pardons at all.

This comes as a relief to many Democrats who were afraid of large mass pardons for prison guards, holding suspected terrorists in camps such as Guantanamo Bay. Yes, the ones who were torturing suspects. Gladly, he didn't, so those who were responsible can face justice. Just because someone is a suspected terrorist, or, even uf that person Is a terrorist, does not give us the right to torture them. Because, we then go down to their level. We are supposed to be the good guys. Even killing someone, should never be done for revenge. Their are two reasons to kill someone. A, because that person is dangerous, and if we allow them to live, he or she will do us more harm. B, to teach others a lesson, of what will happen if they attack us. However, we should never do anything out of anger, or hatred. Or, especially, revenge, even as tempting as that may be in some situations.

Again, we just have to remember; we are America, we need to remain the good guys.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Statuatory Rape

I'd like to start out by saying, most statuatory rape laws are a rediculus. However, they have gotten better. It used to be, in Indiana at least, that if someone over 18 had sexual relations with someone under 18, it was statuatory rape. It has changed to someone over 18 having contact with someone under 17, which is a little better, but could still be rediculus, depending on the situation.

Today, a friend pointed this story out to me. You can either click on the link...

...or, just let me give you an overview. Basically, a woman has oral sex with her boyfriend. He was just under 16, she has just turned 17. A bit over a year apart. She got 10 years in prison, and is a registered sex offender. She cannot live within 1000 feet of "anyplace children congregate". The main problem, is that after looking around before buying a house, they missed a church that ran a small, unadvirtised day care, and recieved a letter saying that had to move immediately, which meant foreclosure.

So, we have a 29 year old, married woman. Because she had oral sex with her boyfriend who was a year younger, they are forcing her out of her house. Not to mention living with the title of sex offender for the rest of her life. Disgusted by this obscene situation, created by a terrible written law that should never have passed, I have been looking up different statutory rape laws, by state. Here are some interesting ones:


"Criminal inducement to get a person under age 18 of chaste life to have unlawful sexual intercourse"

I was wondering, what do they mean by that. I mean, if they are successful, then "chaste" doesn't apply, and so does it no longer count as rape? Also, I guess they mean that if someone if not a virgin, then that person cannot be raped...

North Dakota:

"Corruption of minor is an adult engaging in sexual act with a minor"

Back to the basic, if one is 2 weeks older then ones boyfriend or girlfriend, and the two have sex, then the older one is a rapist. I'm sorry, but leaving aside the question of whether it's moral for a couple to have sex, a law that basically says, "if they are doing it when they are both 17, it's okay, but then when one turns 18, that one is raping the other, until the second turns 18, and then it's okay again", is wrong. Plain and simple. It's wrong.

It's rediculus, but, that's America. Yes, I find this country better than most others, but we still have a large way to go.

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Just More Stuff

So, yesterday, I was standing in line outside my dining court. The lines are longer now because they shut down one of them, which is annoying, but, ehh, not really important to the story. Anyway, I'm standing there, and this kid walks out. He's about 7 or 8 from the looks of him, and he's holding a banana. Well, all fine and good, right? All of the sudden, he holds it up like a gun and starts making little boom buurrsshhh gun noises, jerking it like he's shooting, and aiming, traversing the entire line. Then he grins and giggles, and walks away, with what looked to be his family, parents, and an older guy, looking about my age.

So, this disturbs me. Why would a 7 year old think it's "cool" or 'fun" to shoot at a crowd? Well, bad quesstion, because it's obvious, he heard it from either media, friends, family, etc. The real idea that was interesting to me was not Why it happened, but the fact that it Happened in the first place. I don't think anyone should think it's cool to shoot at crowds, even for pretend, let alone a child thinking that. It scares me a bit. The rational anarchist in me says, if he wants to pretend, he's not hurting anyone. However, I fear, if kids think it's cool to pretend to shoot at crowds, they might grow up and think it's okay to Shoot at crowds.

On another note, I saw that the KKK has a website. Talking about the racial war against whites. Personally, I'd love to hack and destroy their website, but that's just me. Heck, if I could, I'd go back in time to 1866 with a kevlar suit and some machine guns, and wipe the first bunch out, because I think they deserved it. However, I can't. Do I think the current KKK members deserve death? Maybe. It depends on who they are and what they have done, individually. Rational Anarchy teaches, if someone is doing something that doesn't affect anyone besides themselves, then it's okay, live and let live. So, if someone is an extreme racist, in their own head, I don't give a damn. However, if they start Doing things about it. Then action needs to be used. There is no question the original KKK was evil. They tortured and killed. They deserved death. However, now, it just depends on the individual. On the other hand, I'd still wipe out their website for preaching hate, but that's just me.

I watched Traitor tonight. Very good movie. I was very interested by the way it protrayed Islam, actually. Because, it was dealing with Islamic Terrorists, and painting them as evil, like they are. However, the main character was also Islamic, and was a pacifist, believing in not murder innocents. It was interesting how they showed, Very accurately, that it is not Islam which is evil, but extremists. It was sort of depressing at the end, but mostly good.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

First Entry, Lets Try This Out

Okay, my first blog entry on here. I'm not really sure what all I'm going to use this for, be it a specific theme, or just random. However, since it will be linked as part of the site, it will have something to do with living as a rational anarchist.

Speaking of which, I was thinking about that the other day. How does one translate the ideals of rational anarchy into real life. I have been playing the game Nations, on facebook, and in making decisions, I've found that many times, I actually do something that ideally, I should not do, because it seems like a good idea. I mean, for a normal person, living as a rational anarchist is easy. As Heinlein said, I am free, because I know that I alone am responsible for my actions. I do what I wish to, but I do so knowing full well the consequences. Translate that into the real world, I would think of it like, a balance. I know that if I do something which breaks a law, there will probably be consequences, because, the government is more powerful than I am. So, if I felt like doing something illegal, I would just balance it out against the consequences. Is it worth what will happen? If it is, I will do so, if it's not, I won't.

The basic idea to that rambling is, look at life rationally. Look at the consequences of your actions. If the good outweighs the bad, do it, no matter what other people, even the government say.