Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-43C: Stupid governments and people

East Asian front – Stupid government
Report: Dozens executed in North Korea “for watching foreign films”

(Daily Telegraph) “Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed. South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month. In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported. Those put to death were found guilty by the state of minor misdemeanors, including watching videos of South Korean television programmes or possessing a Bible.” (11/12/13)

Nathan: Obviously, the reason they should not watch the foreign films is because the films are too graphic or violent (an attack made against the Bible these days).  If “minor misdemeanors” get the death penalty, what do major misdemeanors (and real felonies) result in?  Torture, apparently, and NOT being allowed to die.  I suppose the Tranzis give North Korea a pass on the executions for Bible ownership, but they HAVE to condemn the movie watching…

Mama’s Note: How interesting that the world seems to give the monster of NK a pass for whatever insane reasons, but come unglued over others. The Nazis were almost rational humanitarians by comparison.

No God – No Good? – Home front
Atheist “mega-churches” take root across US, around world

(San Francisco Chronicle)  “Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed ‘atheist mega-churches’ by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke. On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted several hundred people bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities have drawn hundreds of atheists seeking the camaraderie of a congregation without religion or ritual.” (11/11/13)

Nathan: Oxymoronic, indeed.  I thought that is what bars and sports venues were for, to replace churches, I mean.  And “megachurches” usually have thousands, not just hundreds.”  They want the fellowship and community (and presumably, services) found in traditional christian churches, apparently.  I suppose they will have to crib up some sort of Bible to make sure that these needs are identified and that the members (“nonbelievers”) are encouraged to… well, to do them, for whatever reason.  They cannot say to do it for love, can they?  That would be playing for the other side: atheism and evolution and humanism are about survival and fitness and devil take the hindmost (except, that’s right!  They don’t believe in the devil, either!).  Hmmm.  They may have to create their own “unGod.”

Mama’s Note: Having dealt personally, over significant time, with a large number of atheists, I know that many have exactly the same regard for non-aggression, self ownership and ethical behavior as any believing self owner or “libertarian.” Some atheists have chosen government and socialism as their “god,” and so are not truly atheist at all, but the same can be said of so many who claim to believe in God, yet worship government, theft and coercion in fact. The bottom line is that atheists and everyone else should be perfectly free to meet, fellowship or act in ANY way that does not aggress against others. Survival is good… And I don’t care what they call themselves.

Nazgul’s minions – Stupid people
New York: Dad declared “unfit parent” for refusing son McDonald’s

(New York Post)  “A Manhattan dad is not lovin’ McDonald’s right now. Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent — for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner.”

Nathan: Well, here is to more “unfit parents” of this type.

Hmmm.  Is this a possible corruption case?  Did Big Burger get to the shrink?  Or to the judge?  Or is this just another example of the insane behavior of the courts and their employees?  Or another case of “anything” to give the woman custody?

Islamic war: Persian front – Stupid American
Kerry: Obama prepared to use force on Iran

(Washington Times) “The president has been willing and made it clear that he is prepared to use force with respect to Iran’s weapon, and he has deployed the forces and the weapons necessary to achieve that goal if it has to be achieved,” Mr. Kerry said during an interview with NBC.

Nathan: My, how fortunate we are that we don’t have that warmonger Dubya in power right now!  Why, he probably be moving all those little counters around a map planning how to take over all of Persia!  Fortunately, the current occupant of 1600 PA is so honest and peaceloving and already won ONE Nobel Peace Prize.  Surely Persia will get him a second!

UNcanny stupidity – World war on liberty
Saudi Arabia, People’s Republic of China Will Join UN ‘Human Rights’ Council


Nathan: Wow, this is incredible.  I thought that they might choose Cuba and North Korea, so this is MUCH better.  A slave state and a country who executes people for spitting on the sidewalk – they know what human rights are and will work hard to make the rest of us live up to their high standards for personal and economic liberty.

Mama’s Note: Merely providing more evidence that the UN is completely irrelevant to most of the world. Kabuki theater at best.

Home front – Stupid government
10% Unemployment for Post-9/11 Era Vets; 246,000 Looking for Work


Nathan: And easily three times that many who aren’t trying to find work, or just making a living on their weekend drill and two weeks a year training..  We take such good care of them: burn their bodies and minds out overseas, treat ’em like expendable items, make them get insurance to pay for their post-combat long-term treatment, make ’em go to the VA, and put on first-fired, last-hired status.

High tech – Stupid people
Motorola Seeks Patent for Mic Tattooed to Throat; Could Light Up When Person Lies


Nathan: When the machine thinks they are lying, at least.  Biofeedback could probably take care of that.  The concept is straight out of science fiction for half a century; as are the disadvantages.  How often do YOUR electronics fail?  I’ll let all the people who love to cover their bodies with pictures try this out, first.  For the most part, if it fries their brains, at least the rest of us aren’t as much impacted – for that matter, they probably aren’t either: your brain has to look like that old ad about “on drugs” to tart yourself up that way.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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