Monday, June 06, 2016

From Here to Freedom

Say you no longer buy into a state-based system, or a system at all... how do you propose to get from the heavy-handed state system we currently live under to the freedom of no state? What institutions, if any, would have to exist for this to come about? Could this be done without great loss of the very life, liberty and property we seek to protect?

How does humanity get from here to freedom?

What steps must we take? There are those suggesting people simply remove themselves from the system. This doesn't seem like it would be very easy. Some suggest dismantling the system from within. This seems even less likely.

The system is set up to force you to participate. Maybe it wasn't originally, in all cases, but all authority will seek absolute power, as we now know. Every country has a system. The system is now designed to make it nearly impossible to be free from its influence. Attempts to break the grasp of the system result in direct violation of life, liberty and property. How do we free ourselves from this influence?

Should we accept that natural rights must be violated in order that the threats to them are removed? This seems counter-intuitive. Can freedom be obtained without risk? Nothing good comes without some risk to someone.

There would have to be some form of justice for violations of natural rights. Mob justice must be avoided, as it is often wrong and brutal. Paid private juries seem to almost imply impropriety, although it would probably be as good as what we have now in actual practice. Where you'll run into trouble, most likely, is in the interpretation of what is an actual violation of your life, liberty or property. If someone violates your life by killing you, if you have no one to stand and call for the jury, you'd be basically fair game. There would have to be some sort of common law not currently accepted to be in place.

Please excuse my ignorance. This is just a stream of consciousness post, so please excuse the lack of any actual form, as well. The mind searches itself at times when there is little time for preparing a proper course of action to engage in writing cohesively. Rarely is this time available for blogging, anyway.

After searching for an outline for this kind of transition, the mind is left with many questions, and a desire to posit them. There seem to be many saying, "This is the way it needs to be," without actually pointing out how to get there. That's were we need to start. What are the points on the grid that need to be plotted first to establish the plane upon which we wish to exist? Are we to just assume that the points will fill themselves in?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Better Search Engines

Remember search engines?  Google wasn't the first and certainly isn't the best.  So many people now use phones with the Android operating system that google has become almost ubiquitous. as it comes preloaded.  If that is the case for you, and you are beginning to notice that google simply can't find what you want, you should probably try another search engine.

Maybe you've also noticed that the top results on your google search were retailers or some other sales pitch.  Well, you're on to something.  Google sells results.  Sometimes the first few pages will be filled with results boosted to the top by a combination of your previous searches and the amount of money an advertiser has paid the google crew.  Those results rarely contain the information you want, especially if the topic is relatively obscure, which most of the searches for information you don't already know tend to be.  Paid results would rarely supply you with your desired knowledge.

Thankfully, there are many other options to find this data.  Some of them don't even track your searches the way google does.  These give you accurate results without trying to figure out what you would buy next... and there are several good ones.  This makes for a plethora of non-sales results.

Among the best-known is duckduckgo.com.  It is a fine search engine.  It will give a line or two of ads, related to your result, but not disguised as a search result, like google does. 

This man's personal favorite, though, is ixquick.  Ixquick's tag-line is 'the world's most private search engine'.  I don't know if that's true, but they really do serve up some of the best results.  It is actually a meta-search of several search engines, parsed merely by your search terms. 

Don't waste your time with ixquick's sister-site, Startpage, which merely uses google search results gained anonymously via proxy.  They are so screwy as to barely resemble the search terms you've entered.  Maybe Startpage will come to their senses and ditch google if people simple stop using it.

Sadly, the .com version of Ixquick now utilizes google results.  You can still find the original Ixquick results at the .eu site, but load times may be slower.  Even with a second or two wait, the ixquick.eu results are still more accurate and waste less time than wading through the google paid-result quagmire.

Ditch google.  Yeah, it's easier to use the google voice search, and other google crap that comes pre-loaded on your phone.  You will find, though, when you try another search engine, that the amount of information other search engines can find that google can't is tremendous.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Why Must I be Adjectified?

Politics are savage. Real savage... not the 'I don't understand you so I call you savage to imply inferiority' kind, but the actual, brutal and uncaring kind. Savage in the 'I'll destroy you and scorch the earth where you stood' kind. Yeah, ironically the kind of savage that attempts genocide and then calls its victims 'savages'.

Politics insists that we must be labeled so that when the time comes for savagery one can be easily dehumanized and subsequently culled. If you are a part of any group of thinkers that pose any threat, legitimate or imagined, to the paranoid archy-that-be it will label you with some sort of negative adjective. When the time comes, you will be marginalized or even physically eliminated, should you pose a great enough threat.

Inexplicably, we choose to give ourselves adjectives. At the very least, we make it easy to give us labels. All that has to happen at that point is the slapping of that label on some false-flag event or group that, whether real or fictional, embodies characteristics that make them easily dehumanized. Then, anything bearing that label is fair game to reprisals or elimination.

I'm not going to go for that. I'm just me and I'm ONLY me and I speak for only me. If any group or kind of ideology or any other label is slapped on me, it is no longer by my consent.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Awaken while you Dream

Look there, in the dreams of the curious. Something is personally there and aware of your fantasy. It is known and wants to let you know that there is no end.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Need to Wander

There is so much life to live and so little time to squeeze it all in, it seems. Between work, obligations, and the fatigue those things bring, it's hard to make time to just live. I want to live.

Experiences are the way we live. If you experience the same thing over and over, your life can begin to feel monotonous. Yeah, imagination can make every day a new adventure, but sometimes you just want to not have to imagine adventures; you want to live them. I want to live adventures.

Travel seems like it would be the kind of adventure you wouldn't have to waste imagination proving to be an experiential sensory occultation. From the first step you take out of your normal path you begin to get out of that rut. Sometimes, the route to work can vary enough to give a little adventure. Sometimes, not enough... not enough at all. I need to go somewhere.

Do we have to travel far to find adventure? Most of us don't walk from one side of the yard to the other, or across the street from our houses very often. I want to go far away.

Maybe our lives need some danger to make us feel alive. If so, some of us already have jobs with enough danger and still feel like we need more. I want to go somewhere I've never even seen and blindly find my way through alien areas and shimmering seas of the unknown.

There are people to meet. They are the characters in your story. Some will become regulars, some peripheral, and still others will haunt your sleep and dreams forever. I want to dream of them forever.

Over the next set of hills and trees lies something you've never seen. There breathe the lungs of creation; there dwell the sources of adrenalin. They taste like the salt of life. I want to breathe my life and feel my pulse race in my whole body as my feet carry me swiftly into something new.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Xochiquetzal

This is an impressive piece of music, but I believe Chloe Trevor could have played my High School report cards and made them look good. Seriously, parts of this performance look downright supernatural:

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Most Interesting Presidential Candidate in the World

He worked for NASA. His namesake was installed on most of the computers sold for decades. He's taken on corrupt governments and escaped their wrath by disappearing into the jungle where he was developing new antibiotics from previously undocumented flora. He took the half-billion dollar sale of his software company and created several new incubators for new security software development. There are pictures on the internet of him holding almost every weapon made by man. The above descriptions aren't even hyperbole... He's been called the real most interesting man in the world.

Who we're talking about, if you haven't guessed, is John Mcafee, and he's running for President of the good ole' U S of A. He has already obtained ballot access in 3 states via his own party ticket (the Cyber Party), and seeks the Libertarian nomination, which would put him on the ballot in all 50 states.

Mcafee has a software incubation company, Future Tense, which operates out of the southeastern US. He must have made a stop or two over at Von Mises while visiting his operation in Auburn, AL, and picked up a lot of his ideas. Or maybe he is just logical enough to realize what value freedom has. Either way, he makes a lot of sense for a guy who seems to be on the edge.

The guy is unconventional, to put it mildly. That, though, is probably exactly what a 3rd party needs to get any real promotion. Any publicity for alternative parties is good, but having a guy who can articulate sound ideas as well as be a camera magnet is great. He may not win, but he may very well put the party duopoly on the path to elimination, and that would be a very good thing.

Below is an ad for one of his software companies, Qikfunder, produced a couple of years ago: