23 August 2012

Random Blegs

In my perpetual quest to get through my writing list (handily bookmarked in Google Chrome), I present a handful of stories/blog posts/news items with brief commentary.  I humbly accept your gratitude for my munificence.

Eric Peters on car insurance.  This is a pretty decent look at the auto insurance cartel, and how mandated insurance ownership distorts the market and causes higher prices.  There’s a lesson to be learned in this, but I simply cannot think of what it may be.  (Added bonus:  Peters also paints a brief picture of a properly functioning auto insurance market, which is a beautiful ideal indeed.)

Steve Sailer on China versus India in SWPL appeal.  According to Sailer, India wins in a landslide.  Interestingly, India is very much a matriarchal society, whereas China is far more patriarchal.  Perhaps that accounts for the historical differences in achievement over the past couple of centuries, since the two countries are otherwise relatively similar (geographically, lingually, racially/genetically, and even in population size).  Make of this what you will.

Elusive Wapiti responds to my post on marriage, divorce, and remarriage.  We are largely in agreement on the church’s failure, specifically by it deferring its authority to the state.

Elusive Wapiti on the causes of divorce.  Unsurprisingly, infidelity plays a major role.  It’s almost as if the ideal of having just one sexual partner for life actually provides the best shot at having a working, functional marriage.  Slumlord weighs in on sluthood, and promiscuity as it relates to divorce.  The results are not surprising.

CNBC has an article on how terrible student loans are.  It’s nice to see that they finally made it to the party, but it’s sad that they’re so late.  They’re the news media, after all.  My revised advice, then, for an high schoolers who may happen to read this blog is:  only go to college if a) you’re going to be a STEM major and b) you can completely avoid debt.  That shit is toxic, and there is no point in paying around with, or otherwise tempting fate.  Anecdotally, one of my roommates in college graduated with nearly $30k in debt for some stupid Network Administrator degree (technically a technology degree).  After paying on his loans for a year, which he was only able to do by getting a job at Walmart and splitting rent with a roommate an foregoing all frivolous spending, he owed more on his loans than when he graduated.  The moral of the story is that debt is slavery, and you should avoid it all costs.  Especially if all you’re going to get out of it is a worthless piece of paper.

Mike Adams tells the tale of a high school teacher slutting it up with high school boys.  Adams take liberals to task for their hypocrisy.  I’m more interested in some of the other details, though. For example, the husband of the slutty high school teacher is a military guy. The husband has also decided to not divorce his wife.  That’s probably because he and his wife are swingers.  Anyway, it’s a rather messed up, but remarkably fascinating story.

IBA has a story on some UK schoolboys who faced detention for refusing to pray to Allah during a religious education lesson.  Somehow, I doubt that Muslim students would face detention for refusing to pray to Jehovah in said religious class.  Ah, such is the nature of equality-driven Western tolerance.  I’m sure no bad thing will ever result from the application of this philosophy.

Yahoo has some surprising news:  Women tend to be viewed as objects.  Wait, the surprise was that women are just as guilty as objectifying other women as men are.  This calls to mind Mencken’s observation that misogynists are men who happen to hate women as much as women do.  By this logic, chauvinists are men who objectify women as much as women do.

Yes, I’m late to this story, but Ann Barnhardt deserves some love from this blog for having the nutsack to preemptively liquidate her clients’ accounts in the expectation that the market (or should I say “market”) will cease to function as anything other than a loot-fest for the banksters and their DC cronies.  I would say to take this as a warning and act accordingly.  Liquidate your paper wealth and buy real things, like silver and gold, that you can keep in your possession.

Foseti on the three branches of the US Government.  Surprisingly, none of them are found in the constitution, except for the bureaucracy.  Even then, the bureaucracy doesn’t really get that much love.

CL, on not 50 Shades of Grey.  Good stuff on the nature of a properly functioning relationship.  There’s a lot to explore, theologically, from this, particularly the nature of hierarchy.  FWIW, I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I’ve been busy with That Hideous Strength by Lewis and The Man who Was Thursday by Chesterton.  Also, I have a life.

Mark Sisson, on daydreaming.  I love to daydream, and spend lots of time lost in my thoughts.  I’m glad to know that there are benefits to this.

Stephan Kinsella provides a libertarian argument against open borders and, implicitly, free trade.  This article is good example of libertarian macroethics in light of established reality.  In contrast, the cases generally made for free trade assume an ideal version of the world (i.e. one without “artificial” borders, or some such nonsense), or otherwise argue for acting idealistically even though such action is detrimental in lieu of reality (i.e. we must set a good example by trading freely, even though those with whom we trade will undoubtedly manipulate this situation to their benefit and/or our detriment).

Fred on voting.  Everyone in America needs to read this.  Voting is such a sham, that I don’t even entertain the thought of engaging in it anymore.  When I was still in high school, I couldn’t wait to be able to vote (Republican, of course, since my parents were conservative, as was I).  Now I can’t wait for election season to be over because I cannot stand political talk or political grandstanding.  Policy, though, is a different matter.  Incidentally, I propose a corollary to Roosevelt’s law:  retarded minds discuss politics.

More blegs to come later.


  1. Dude, thanks for the two-fer mention. And thanks for that article on Barnhart...I hadn't seen that before and her words about lawlessness were prescient given that Corzine got away scot free.

  2. On the going to college topic: take all of the CLEP & DANTES/DSST tests that you possibly can. Budget a couple of thousand dollars and at least a summer dedicated to it. There are also some good online study guides, use them.

    If you don't start you're first day as a college student with at least 60 credit hours, you're doing it wrong.

  3. @EW- You're welcome. Sometimes the writing on the wall is so obvious that only the willingly blind can't see it.

    @TGaPO- Another good point as well. I should have tested out of a couple of classes, but didn't think to. So there's a couple of quarters flushed down the drain. There is really no point in spending more than three or four years in college, and there's certainly no point in going into debt/slavery for it.