Against War: Standards

Folks who read or listen to me know that I am deeply against war; indeed, I have been against war since my earliest memories, going back to the Vietnam War. But why? To answer simply: I have standards. War is about "breaking things and killing people;" especially the latter. Now, I am no pacifist; there… Continue reading Against War: Standards

Interview with Open Access Nigeria

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Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Last night, I did a Twitter interview with Open Access Nigeria (@OpenAccessNG). To make it easy to follow in real time, I created a list whose only members were me and OA Nigeria. But because Twitter lists posts in reverse order, and because each individual tweet is encumbered with so much chrome, it’s rather an awkward way to read a sustained argument.

So here is a transcript of those tweets, only lightly edited. They are in bold; I am in regular font. Enjoy!

So @MikeTaylor Good evening and welcome. Twitterville wants to meet you briefly. Who is Mike Taylor?

In real life, I’m a computer programmer with Index Data, a tiny software house that does a lot of open-source programming. But I’m also a researching scientist — a vertebrate palaeontologist, working on sauropods: the biggest and best of the dinosaurs. Somehow I fit that second…

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Makework Expands To Fill Time

Why are school lessons so bad? Perhaps we overlook the most crucial of reasons, discovered by Parkinson: work expands to fill time. Compulsory attendance laws mandate that children attend to something for ever-increasing parts of their lives, under the direction of professional educators, at ever-increasing cost. It simply wouldn't do to pay these educators to… Continue reading Makework Expands To Fill Time

Freedom Zone Confronts City Council

"Let's bring this meeting to order," said the Mayor. "Order, please." He banged the gavel. Quiet emerged in the packed City Council Chambers. Cameras flashed. "All right, to begin, this is a highly informal meeting, at the request of a group which calls themselves the Freedom Zone. This group, and the area where they reside,… Continue reading Freedom Zone Confronts City Council

Bum Finds Place To Crash

Officers Larry and Cass spotted a bum sleeping on the street, and decided to have some fun. They kicked him awake. Frightened, he tried to ward off the blows. They beat him with their batons. "Halt! Leave that man alone." Larry and Cass turned to face the voice. They bristled, shifted batons to their off… Continue reading Bum Finds Place To Crash

A Safe Space

Troy Freeman-Li spotted a man and woman in heated conversation. He tuned in his bionic hearing and heard  "Bitch, you need to work. Get me three more paying customers, or I cut you." "I need some dope," she protested. The man reached back to slap her. But Troy had closed the gap, and caught the… Continue reading A Safe Space

Politics Applies To Thee, Not Me

At a standard political hot-air snoozefest, a typical politician was making the usual empty promises that his inspired plan for spending taxpayer dollars would bring huge economic and cultural benefits to the rest of us. Magic Multipliers, right? I turned to a fellow standing next to me, who happened to be a lawyer, and remarked… Continue reading Politics Applies To Thee, Not Me

“Comics Preaching the Principles of Liberty”: An Exclusive Interview with Voluntaryist Comics!

I’m a fan of this Voluntaryist comic. Enjoy!

Libertopia Graphics

Voluntaryist, Voluntaryism, Origins, Comic Book, Art, illustration, libertarian, superhero, statism, interview, comic creator, libertopia cartoonsIn a time when libertarians sought for more meaningful entertainment and positive ways to engage the culture around them, one person stepped forward with a unique comic series that explores what it truly means to be free! It’s the Voluntaryist Comic – an epic story of a superhuman hero who finds himself pitted against dastardly foes, giant monsters and timely super-villains almost ripped from the headlines of today! According to the Voluntaryist “About” page, “the purpose of this comic is to give a sense of what is going on in America and, in addition, to offer the reader inspiration that something can be done to stop the coming dystopian future. It also promotes voluntaryist values in the narrative. (If you don’t know what that is, simply google the ‘Non-aggression principle.’) The idea for the comic was created by Voluntaryist fanatic and costumer Jamie S., whose passion for liberty is only matched…

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In America, TV Watch You

Wikileak's Vault 7 release of information about the CIA's cyberwarfare operations confirmed what many computer professionals have suspected. The target of the CIA's cyberwarfare operation is you, dear readers. The CIA was not improving the security of your smartphones, your laptops, and your computers. No, it was searching for ways to hack your devices. Once… Continue reading In America, TV Watch You

It’s Not Rocket Science

by Tammy Drennan

Education is critical for many reasons – creating clear thinkers and confident, self-directed individuals, career success, bettering the world.

But guess what? It’s not rocket science.

Theoretically, it is rocket science. Economically, it is rocket science. Politically, it is rocket science. The many-faceted education industry needs education to be rocket science. If it’s not, they’re doomed.

Well, it’s not. But that’s a fact buried so deep and covered in so much unmentionable stuff, that millions of parents are prevented from taking their kids back by sheer, innocent ignorance.

Before Clara Barton made a name for herself taking care of soldiers during the Civil War, she was a teacher – without any training!! Not only was she a teacher, she started schools. She succeeded where everyone said she couldn’t.

Ms. Barton started a school at a factory. Her students – over 70 of them – ranged from 4-year-olds…

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