LIBERTY: you must have tolerance for things you don’t like

Monday, August 13, 2007

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2007/tle430-20070812-04.html

The Problem with Conservatives
by Sean Gangol

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It reminded me of the reasons why I chose Libertarianism, instead of becoming a die-hard conservative. If you truly want to live in a free society, you must have tolerance for things you don’t like. You may not like abortion, drugs or homosexuality, but these are things you have to co-exist with if you want to live free. If you are the type that want control over other people’s bodies or if you want to treat a certain group of people like secondary citizens, then a police state is the only place you belong.

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Sounds reasonable to me.

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RANT: Verizon

Monday, August 13, 2007

Just wasted about an hour over a few days, trying to put in my new credit card number into their website. Love it. It wouldn’t update the number, looked like it worked, but when you put the auth code in you could see that it was using the old number. Argh! Called up, waited, and found out that it can only be done thru the phone and an automated unit. Argh! Argh! So why have that option on the website?

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LIBERTY: pleading for a military invasion

Monday, August 13, 2007

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/08/12/zimbabwes_horrors/?rss_id=Boston+Globe+–+Jeff+Jacoby+columns

Zimbabwe’s horrors By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist | August 12, 2007

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NO ONE is surprised when a Roman Catholic bishop condemns the violence of war. But when was the last time you heard of one pleading for a military invasion?

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No, sorry, it’s not up to the taxpayers to fund a “nation building” exercise. As we learned in Iraq, you can’t build a nation without using force. And, you become the bad guy

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JOBSEARCH: Resume Spider (not recommended)

Monday, August 13, 2007

http://www.resumespider.com/

This came up on my radar and I took a look at it. And this big fat old turkey is unimpressed. Anytime you have to hunt for how much something costs that to me is a big red flag. In looking at it, I had three observations:

(1) It suffers from what I call LinkedIn syndrome — you can only have one resume — so how can you customize for the oppty under consideration;

(2) It’s three blind mice — who is looking at your resume, who is submitting it duplicatively (I lost a job that way), and who are you selling into.

(3) It costs the seeker money.

So it has a lot of negatives in my mind. Any one of these would turn me off.

YMMV

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Plan A – $39.95
Resume Distribution
One time fee – 3 distributions. We will email your profile to recruiters, employers and corporate hiring managers that have registered at ResumeSpider to receive your information. These targeted leads are matched by your desired job function, industry and location.

Plan B – $69.95
Resume Distribution Plus
(Valued at $79.90)
Same as Plan A. We also provide you their contact information, track who has opened and evaluated your resume, and give you access to the SpiderTalk private messaging system.

Plan C – $99.95
Combo Package
(Valued at $119.85)
Same as Plan B. In addition, you now have access to our Industry List containing 100s or 1000s of company contacts. We do not send your resume to this list; however this list provides you a minimum of one key contact name at companies targeted by their office locations and their respective industries. If you are applying to job ads, you usually don’t know who received your resume, so this information can very helpful because now you have a name to contact.

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RANT: Bridge Collapse Lessons

Monday, August 13, 2007

http://www.mises.org/story/2668

The Wrong Lessons of the Bridge Collapse
By Brad Edmonds
Posted on 8/6/2007

“Imagine how safe we’d feel if the people who inspect and approve bridges could actually lose their jobs and their fortunes if they make a fatal mistake!”

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The collapse of a bridge in rush-hour Minneapolis must be well known by nearly everyone in the United States by now. Whenever anyone dies, it’s a tragedy; when many die, and expensive property (dozens of automobiles) is lost, that’s obviously a tragedy. When all this loss of life and wealth happens because government bureaucrats did their jobs poorly or correctly, that’s a preventable and costly tragedy — bought at the expense of many taxpayers who likely would have done other things with their money than pay those bureaucrats. Remember, those who might have done other things with their money include the dead victims.

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I know everyone thinks I am a loon, but take, for example, this bridge collapse, and ask the question who in the gooferment got fired for a poor job?

Yup, no one!

As a matter of fact, gooferment at all levels is going to steal MORE of your money so that they can NOT do what they are supposed to be doing.

I just don’t know how we can be so stupid NOT to see the flaw in the gooferement — both the nanny state and father homeland are a joke. Unless it’s your money they are used to stealing.

Where’s my pitch fork?

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