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Why Do You Have A Right To Speech, But Not To Food?

Dave Killion — October 14, 2012

Maybe this will help –

I Must Be On This List Six Or Seven Times

Dave Killion — September 3, 2012

 

via Carpe Diem

Isn’t Vote Buying Illegal?

Dave Killion — May 9, 2012

The provincial government has introduced legislation to create a new holiday in British Columbia called Family Day, starting in February 2013. Business concerns have been dismissed on the grounds that the stretch between New Year’s Day and Easter is so long, families ‘deserve’ a break. Plus, the holiday practically pays for itself! –

“(Premier Christie Clark) acknowledged that some businesses may have concerns about another paid day off for workers, but suggested the holiday could pay off economically and socially.

“Think about ski hills and tourist destinations,” Clark said. “Think about restaurants and hotels on Family Day. People will use it to take their family out and do things. That’s the purpose of it.”

Well, I guess I just never thought about it like that. It appears that people have simply not had enough time to spend their money! Perhaps the government is really on to something here. Perhaps what we really need is even more paid holidays.

Seriously, how can anyone swallow this? More state-mandated holidays means lower wages, fewer and smaller pay raises, and slower job creation in BC. Taxpayers will be better served if this holiday has a name more in keeping with its outcome, rather than its intent… perhaps Anti-Investment Day, or Victory Over Entrepreneurship Day. Considering the current state of the global economy, citizens should recognize this proposal for what it is – a goodie for the benefit of public sector unions at the expense of provincial families.

Libertarian Parenting

Dave Killion — February 7, 2012

I was reviewing some of my notes recently, and was reminded of a meeting the Victoria LBC held some time ago, during which we discussed libertarian parenting. I have not seen much written on this topic, but I only came to libertarianism about 5-6 years ago, so there are tons of material with which I’m not familiar. It may be that there is something substantial I have not come across yet, but it appears to me there are some very tough questions concerning the rights and responsibilities of parents and children which libertarianism may not answer sufficiently.

That aside, I have noted that having a libertarian father had a definite effect on the way my sons approached their schooling. Each of them developed a keener interest in history, law, economics, civics, and social studies. Both of them delighted in challenging their teachers, and derived great satisfaction from going toe-to-toe not only with the teachers, but sometimes the bulk of the class. And it was very rare that I would ask what had been learned in school that day only to be told “nothing…” In fact, on more than one occasion my work phone would ring with a call from one or the other of them eager to give me an account of the terrific debate they had just had. Rather than being upset at being challenged, the teachers seemed invigorated at having someone who could bring a little excitement to classes that are often dreary. So there was that.

Not having many personal acquaintances who are libertarian (and parents, to boot), I would love to hear from any readers who have experience to share on this topic. Don’t be shy!

Tomatlas Shrugged

Dave Killion — October 1, 2011

Many happy returns!

Dave Killion — September 21, 2011

Personally, I try to live every day as if it’s World Rhino Day

Palliative Care

Dave Killion — July 19, 2011

 

Boingboing points us toward this interesting Reuter’s report on an interesting bit of low-tech –

In many of the world’s poor neighborhoods, homes are built out of whatever materials people can get their hands on, often without windows or electricity. That means the buildings are awfully dark during the day, reducing quality of life, safety, and productivity.

But the situation can be improved with only a used soda bottle, some water, and some bleach. Check out this clever solution, developed by MIT and distributed by the Liter of Light project.”

I get a kick out of clever things like this, but Appropriate Technology is really just addressing symptoms without curing the underlying disease. The poor don’t need windmills, solar ovens, or pop-bottle lighting near so much as they need liberty, secure property rights, and free trade.

 

 

National Pride

Dave Killion — July 3, 2011

With Canada Day just passed and Independence Day just ahead,  people on both sides of the border are hearing and saying things about being proud to be Canadian, or proud to be American. I know it’s just semantics, but in most cases I don’t think this is an accurate assessment of one’s feelings towards his or her citizenship. For the vast majority of us, being American or Canadian is like being blonde, or smart, or brown-eyed, or freckled… it is a matter of birth, not accomplishment. I most certainly feel lucky and glad to be an American, but proud? I don’t know why I would be.

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More Varieties of Nonsense

Dave Killion — July 2, 2011

I have enjoyed National Geographic since as far back as I can remember, and the work of underwater photographer David Doubilet is a particular favourite. Sadly, I can hardly open an issue anymore without coming across something that makes me wince. The latest? Our Dwindling Food Variety

“As we’ve come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It’s hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem. It compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct. More up-to-date studies are needed.”

What kind of goofball comparison is that? What does the National Seed Storage Library have to do with anything?  I imagine if they were to compare the total number of seed varieties sold commercially in 1903 to the total number sold today, this graphic would look very, very different.

Is Lying Down Still Okay?

Dave Killion — June 14, 2011

If you’re like me, then you’ve seen this infographic so many times that you could recite it from memory, except that since you’re like me you haven’t read it all the way through each time you’ve seen it. Even so, you understand it well enough to know this – if you stop moving, you are going to die. And all this time you thought it was the booze that was going to do you in…

Since average life expectancies are increasing everywhere, I’m not about to get the vapours over this latest threat, except that I know if some politicians can gin up sufficient hysteria`over this issue that they can generate some political capital out of it, they’re going to. And that will cause a whole different kind of pain in your ass.

So let’s not let that happen. If any of the sainted geniuses running our lives start trying to make a fuss over this, ask them this – if they think sitting is so bad, how do they justify forcing us to pay for schools where children are made to sit for hours and hours, day after day? With any luck, that might just get them to go make trouble somewhere else.