Sunday, March 19, 2006

Peace March Peaceful

Looks like yesterday's peace march in Eureka went off without a hitch. Why do those always go so well and the last few smaller ones end up with problems? Maybe those bicycles from Critical Mass? Who knows.

As for me, I didn't go. I went to the first one, years ago, for about 20 minutes. I'm not comfortable in crowds. I thought of going yesterday but I had other things to do. Besides, it was too cold and windy.

I hate cold winds. It's supposed to be cold and windy again today, according to the weather folks. Damn! I hate that. Where's that Global Warming when you need it?


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

the bicyclists frequently become bullies when in large groups. Often not stopping for cars and at times creating dangerous situations for traffic and pedestrians. I think it's sad when these people preach peace but when they get a teeny bit of power they turn into tyrannical jerks.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unike others in our community.

At 3:27 PM, Blogger Rose said...

"Critical Mass' is a big deal in the Bay Area - they stand for bicyclist's rights, and they ride together on a certain Friday every month to make the point that there need to be more bike lanes, and that drivers of cars need to be more aware and more respectful of bicyclists.

I wonder if they mind have their name usurped by these guys up here, and their purpose distorted and misrepresented

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

I apologize for nothing. Would I change what I did? No.

Hey Fred, what's yer opinion on Objectivism? I just got done reading Atlas Shrugged and think it really fits closely to the libertarian philosophy.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Boy, I'd be hard pressed to define objectivism, despite having read Atlas Shrugged twice, albeit over twenty years ago. I highly recommend the book to all, although the first chapter's a bear to get through.

Yes, a lot of objectivism coincides with libertarianism. Many people came to the libertarian movement after reading Ayn Rand's works. I tend to think objectivism as a bit more cold hearted than libertarianism.

I've been led to believe that present day objectivist groups tend to be very much War Party, as well. I've heard some commentary that Ayn Rand would have supported attacking Iraq. I know some San Francisco based objectivist group was attacking a fellow Lib blogger for his anti- war stance.

I don't recall reading anything in any of Rand's stuff that referred to war, but that was a long time ago so maybe I'm forgetting something. Then again, I didn't read everything she wrote. I keep telling myself I need to read The Fountainhead one of these days.

Anyway, I certainly recommend Atlas Shrugged to all although it might piss off the commies that visit this blog.

I thought I'd heard someone was making a movie based on the book but haven't heard anything about it lately. I'll have to keep an eye out for that one.

At 8:03 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

I know that in "The Virtue of Selfishness" she states that no man has a right to use physical force on another unless it is an act of self-defense. In as far as Iraq goes, we initiated force by putting saddam into power in the first place. We went after Saddam only because he forgot who his "masters" were.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Boy, I think I read The Virtue of Selfishness but I can't remember a thing about it.

From what I've heard, Rand was a rabid anti- communist, having been a refugee of the Soviet takeover of Hungary(?). It seems to me I recall hearing that most objectivists believe there isn't anything wrong with freeing "oppressed" people. Of course, that depends what one's definition of oppressed is.

Many communists might consider Americans oppressed.

At 7:31 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

Anyone who has spent any time in ANY of the "worker's paradises" is going to be anti communist unless they are a Hollywood celebrity who did their gig in one of the luxury tourist hotels at Varadero Beach in Cuba. In which case they not only drank mojitos with the party big wigs but were allowed access to toilet paper and soap which the ordinary citizens don't have.


At 3:29 AM, Blogger Captain Future said...

Your global warming link is worthless, contrary to what the acknowledged experts in climate science and related fields have shown. It saddens me to see you and others taken in by corporate hacks and their political allies.

If the basis of your joke is the idea that global warming means every day is hotter everywhere, that's just more misunderstanding of what's going on, willful misunderstanding considering all the credible information from credible scientific sources out there.

I'd really like to know what it would take to convince you that the climate crisis is real, apart from the sudden conversion of Rush Limbaugh and other known liars.

I was at the march, and frankly I wished I'd stayed home. I wasn't happy about being ready to walk but kept in the cold and wind for an hour of speeches.

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Pogo said...

"...piss off the commies that visit this blog". Sort of like capt future?

Let's see if we have this straight: A "science" team needs $ for "research". The government gives out grants. The government wants to maintain/increase its power. Belief in anthropomorphic climate change will require more government control. Any guess what the "hacks'studies" will conclude? DUH!

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

So pogo, your logic appears to be: if I can think it, and it makes sense, it must be true?

At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Pogo said...

Sort of like capt future?

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Guys check out the chart Fred just posted.

Most global warming charts only show the last 100 years or so which show a steady up-trend. But if you go back FURTHER you see that the earth has been much warmer.

At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

capt future= jeff. Mystery solved!

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"capt future= jeff".

No, I don't think so. Two different folks you're talking about there.

And leave my Captain, and the Jeffey alone. They're welcome guests here.

Then again, if you want some honest back and forth between either of them, have at it. Anything is fair play here. Well...almost anything.


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