I'm a Libertarian living in Humboldt County, CA. I've lived here in Eureka since 1973 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1992. This blog will mostly focus on local political issues, but I may stray into state and national issues as well, when I can't help myself. Please post your comments by clicking on the "comments" link at the bottom of each post. Although I do moderate comments, you need not be a registered user to post them.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Libertarian Presidential Rankings
All sorts of stuff online about American presidents due to President's Day. I found one article from Time magazine supposedly explaining how writers judge presidents. That seemed rather silly to me since those judgments will always be subjective and often based on partisan values. And how would you judge from a libertarian perpsective? I didn't dare tread there, not having the historical knowledge to even make a small effort. But look no further than this fellow's list "A Libertarian Ranking of United States Presidents". I think he did a fine job, though my knowledge of U.S. history isn't adequate to argue any of his points. He list both bad and good points of each president, including being mean to the indians as a negative, with Martin Van Buren getting the #1 slot. I'm sure most of your favorites is Abe Lincoln. Well, he comes in a lowly #41 which I think is being more than nice. Some others you might think would have fared better come out towards the bottom a ways, too. George W. Bush (of Mesopotamia) came in last of those that showed on the list. Nicely done. I hope I stumble on to his list next year.
Yep. It seems it to me. I'm constantly surprised at the excuses we hear from the left side of politics as to why Russia should be such an enemy. This fellow, over at antiwar.com seems to agree progressives have lost any claim to advocating for peace. A far cry from the way it was back during the Viet Nam War.
Pat Buchanan has a slightly different take on Russophobia over at lewrockwell.com.
I finally found someone with a libertarian argument against a universal basic income. Good job. It's not that I don't agree with him, but I feel UBI is inevitable down the road when robotics and artificial intelligence take over most jobs. There would be no other way to live.
The Lost Coast Outpost covers events from yesterday's Day Without Immigrants in which immigrants were supposed to stay home from work and school to get us to realize how much a part of our lives they are. Sorry, I didn't notice any difference.
Earth/ Sky News tells us today (Feb 17- 20) begins the Backyard Bird Count where you watch the birds in your back yard, identify what kind and how many. Then open a free account on this page and enter your figures. I opened an account but found the count form confusing. Maybe you can do better?
I've been sick for over a week now. No temperature but upset stomach and vomiting 24/7. The wife finally insisted I make an appointment to see my doctor. I felt there would be little a doctor could do but called anyway. I was unable to get past Hold on the phone with Redwood Family Practice ( now Redwood Community Health or some such, after merging with the Open Door Clinic). I manipulated the phone calling to the wife and she got through but my doctor was booked solid. She left a message, expecting a call back. They called back today only to suggest she go to the Open Door Clinic on Tydd Street, Eureka. She called Open Door and made an appointment. We had a one o'clock appointment and got there a bit early. I was impressed with the place from the start. Very clean building with very few people in line. We checked in and were sent down the hall to the "blue" section. We checked in at Blue and waited maybe fifteen minutes before being called in. The nurse took my blood pressure, temperature and body weight then we were led to an exam room where a doctor(?) showed up within a few minutes. I'm not sure what she was as she never said and didn't have a name tag. We discussed my condition and she recommended some medication, though she couldn't guarantee their efficacy. She also gave me the option of getting the medication injected right then. I accepted. A nurse showed up in five or so minutes and gave me the shot. Then we went down the hall to the lab where I had blood drawn at the doctor's request. The blood draw was quick, relatively painless and off we went headed home. As I write this I think I feel a little better, although maybe a little less steady on my feet. Maybe the shot worked?
I was pleasantly surprised at that clinic. No mobs of riff- raff that I'd expected and the place was clean, quiet and seemed well organized. The wife seemed to agree suggesting maybe we should go there from now on instead of Redwood Family Practice. Time will tell if I'll switch practices but, from what I've seen so far, I just might.
Any of you remember Democratic Senator Daniel Moynihan? I vaguely do. I recall thinking of him as just another airhead Democrat. This article in City Journal paints a different picture of Moynihan:
"Daniel Patrick Moynihan was a liberal who wasn’t above challenging
orthodoxy, for which he occasionally found himself in trouble. His 1965
report on the decline of the black family earned him the enmity of a
generation of civil rights activists. They accused him of
Seems there was actually something to like about him although I wouldn't have thought so at the time. I guess that's what happens when all you have is TV and print news to depend on for information and no internet.
Long time readers here will recall a while back when I won KIEM TV's Angelo's News Quiz. I won that one the first time I entered. This time it took a while longer- maybe two weeks- but I won again. The prize is a free buffet lunch at Angelo's Pizza in Eureka, yumm! If you'd like to take a crack at it, go to the KIEM TV web site. The link to the drawing is the Angelo's button on the right side of the page. Hmmm??? I don't see the link up there anymore, but you can always enter the KIEM 3 degree guarantee weather drawing at the top right.
The Lost Coast Outpost has a timely article on what might happen if the dam at Ruth Lake failed due to some catastrophic event. I was wondering about that same thing myself with the events transpiring at the dam at Oroville and hundreds of thousands of people downriver evacuating. I suppose it's not an instant worry as it would supposedly take four hours for the wall of water to get to Maple Creek, but how would people be warned? Some might hear of it on radio while others would rely on word of mouth. Four hours seems like an adequate time, but is it? Wouldn't it be best to have some sort of siren system set up for such an event? I know most might not consider the expense worth it. I'm not sure I even do. Reports are that early concerns over the Oroville dam were downplayed. At the same time, it looks like most people were alerted and able to at least begin evacuation. I have to wonder how well word of mouth and radio will work to alert those in the flood zone should we end up with a worst case scenario with the R.W.Matthews Dam at Ruth Lake?
Elon Musk says a universal basic income is inevitable with the likelihood of technology disrupting the job market and resulting in a steep decline in jobs for everyone. This seems much along the line of what I've written previously about robotics and artificial intelligence taking not just menial jobs, but likely most jobs eventually:
"Musk said that despite the convenience of autonomous cars, the
technology will disrupt a huge portion of the global workforce. He
thinks that universal basic income is going to be necessary and that
we’re going to need it within 20 years of the first fully autonomous car
hitting the road."
Not plugging socialism, it just seems to me there won't be any alternative to that short of some sort of final solution where unfortunates who can't support themselves are removed from the picture.