Land of the Free? – Not So Much

(Occupational) Licensing directly affects more workers today than union membership and the minimum wage combined, but it wasn’t always this way. Some government restrictions on who can perform what job have been around for decades. In the 1950s, 1 in 20 workers needed government permission in the form of a license to work. Today licensing has ballooned to ensnare 1 in 4 workers. Most of that expansion is new license regulations for previously unlicensed occupations and the broadening scope of existing licenses.

But a tiny ray of hope:

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT Gueye did not seek out a cosmetology license. She did not find a different job. She refused to stay underground. Instead, Gueye fought the government’s stifling regulations. She fought alongside other braiders in Kentucky to defend their right to earn an honest living performing their cultural trade. In a win for Kentucky’s hair braiders, Governor Matt Bevin signed a bill in 2016 exempting them from the state’s cosmetology regulations.

Way to much government involvement for things that are none of their business. License to install home entertainment centers? Fucking nuts.

What Is Anarcho-Tyranny? Do You Live Under It? Hint: You do.

Anarcho-tyranny is a paleoconservative concept used in critiquing modern “social democracy.” Samuel Francis argued that the problems of managerial state extend to issues of crime and justice. In 1992, he introduced the word “anarcho-tyranny” into the paleocon vocabulary.He once defined it this way: “we refuse to control real criminals (that’s the anarchy) so we control the innocent (that’s the tyranny).”

In one of his last essays, he explained the concept:

What we have in this country today, then, is both anarchy (the failure of the state to enforce the laws) and, at the same time, tyranny—the enforcement of laws by the state for oppressive purposes; the criminalization of the law-abiding and innocent through exorbitant taxation, bureaucratic regulation, the invasion of privacy, and the engineering of social institutions, such as the family and local schools; the imposition of thought control through “sensitivity training” and multiculturalist curricula, “hate crime” laws, gun-control laws that punish or disarm otherwise law-abiding citizens but have no impact on violent criminals who get guns illegally, and a vast labyrinth of other measures. In a word, anarcho-tyranny.

Francis argues that this situation extends across the U.S. and Europe. While the government functions normally, violent crime remains a constant, creating a climate of fear (anarchy). He says that “laws that are supposed to protect ordinary citizens against ordinary criminals” routinely go unenforced, even though the state is “perfectly capable” of doing so. While this problem rages on, government elites concentrate their interests on law-abiding citizens. In fact, Middle America winds up on the receiving end of both anarchy and tyranny.

The laws that are enforced are either those that extend or entrench the power of the state and its allies and internal elites … or else they are the laws that directly punish those recalcitrant and “pathological” elements in society who insist on behaving according to traditional norms—people who do not like to pay taxes, wear seat belts, or deliver their children to the mind-bending therapists who run the public schools; or the people who own and keep firearms, display or even wear the Confederate flag, put up Christmas trees, spank their children, and quote the Constitution or the Bible—not to mention dissident political figures who actually run for office and try to do something about mass immigration by Third World populations.

Francis argued that anarcho-tyranny is built into the managerial system and cannot be solved simply by fighting corruption or voting out incumbents. In fact, he says that the system generates a false “conservatism” that encourages people to act passively in the face of perpetual revolution. He concludes that only by devolving power back toward law-abiding citizens can sanity be restored.

I’m glad to listen to anyone who’d like to argue that most people in the West don’t live under anarcho-tyrannic regimes.

Can You Pass The Snow Flake Test

You Want The Original Snowflake Test? Here It Is

The Snowflake Test

  1. Outside of standard benefits, what benefits should a company offer employees?

  2. What should the national minimum wage be?

  3. How many sick days should be given to employees?

  4. How often should employees get raises?

  5. How do you feel about guns?

  6. What are your feelings about employees or clients carrying guns?

  7. What are your feelings about safe spaces in challenging work environments?

  8. In a creative environment like The Silent Partner Marketing, what do you envision work attire looking like?

  9. Should “trigger warnings” be issued before we release content for clients or the company that might be considered “controversial”?

  10. How do you feel about police?

  11. If you owned the company and were to find out that a client is operating unethically but was a high paying client…how would you handle it?

  12. When was the last time you cried and why?

  13. You arrive at an event for work and there’s a major celebrity you’ve always wanted to meet. What happens next?

  14. What’s your favorite kind of adult beverage?

  15. What’s the best way to communicate with clients?

  16. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

  17. What are your thoughts on the current college environment as it pertains to a future workforce?

  18. What’s your typical breakfast?

  19. What’s your favorite drink when you go to a coffeehouse?

  20. How do you handle bullies?

  21. How do you handle it when your ideas are shot down?

  22. What do you do if a coworker comes to the table with an idea and it sucks?

  23. What does the first amendment mean to you?

  24. What does faith mean to you?

  25. Who is your role model and why?

  26. “You’re in Starbucks with two friends. Someone runs in and says someone is coming in with a gun in 15 seconds to shoot patrons. They offer you a gun. Do you take it? What do you do next?”

  27. What does America mean to you?

  28. You see someone stepping on an American flag. What do you do?

  29. What does “privilege” mean to you?

  30. What’s more important? Book smarts or street smarts? Why?

h/t Larry G who linked it at Spawny’s

I think many of my own answers would be situational. Like company benefits; I think those should be based on what would be most-likely to keep employees productive and happy to be working for that company. I like working from home, that means a lot to me.

What communication works best for that client? Do that.

I don’t think a national minimum wage is a good idea, but then again, I’m against most federal regulation of what should be local matters.

Its a great list overall. I think I would enjoy working at a company that used this list and just about everybody there was on the same page as me.

I’m in a Starbucks??? Ha, ha, ha. No. Make it I’m picking my kids up from school. Oh look, I’ve brought my own tools.

Your thoughts in the comments.

Teach Women Not To Rape

A former middle school teacher in Florida pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-student in her car and in a barn — and is now facing up to 10 years in prison.

Stephanie Peterson, 27, who previously taught at New Smyrna Beach Middle School, pleaded guilty Tuesday as part of a plea deal to lewd or lascivious battery sex act with a child and transmission of harmful material to minors by electronic means, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Peterson, of New Smyrna Beach, was arrested by deputies in Volusia County in February after she allegedly picked up the eighth-grade student at his home before having sex in her home and her car. They also had sex in a barn behind the student’s house between November 2017 and January, court documents show.

Grown women having sex with 14 year old boys is just another reason to repeal the 19th.


Kale vs. Grass Clippings – You Decide


It makes sense that Kale would be dangerous given it evolved in an evolutionary war against those that dare to eat its leaves from aurochs to insects. One powerful weapon it possesses is lectins, which many of you recognize as a serious danger to human health, implicated in manyautoimmune illnesses and other inflammatory disorders. The lectins in kale and other related species are very similar to the equally dangerous wheat germ agglutinin lectin.

Some people think that kale and other related vegetables prevent cancer, but large-scale epidemiological studies have shown no such effect and their phytochemicals may even cause cancer. For example, indole and its derivatives have been shown to promote many types of cancer, possibly by causing hormone imbalances or by stimulating the cyt-P450 pathway that produces genotoxic metabolites. If you already have cancer, it can promote further growth and the so-called “antioxidants” which people think are so healthy can prevent your body from fighting the cancer effectively.

Up the Academies! Get the Ladies on the Gridiron

Beside, we know from the movies, that a 40- or 50-pound weight advantage in any physical conflict is cancelled out, if the lighter combatant is female. This should work as well on the football field as it does in hand-to-hand combat.

Pretty good stuff and really it’s just an agree and amplify of the current nonsense of women in combat roles. If women can be placed in life and death situations like infantry combat, to deny them their rightful places on the football field would be the height of misogyny!

Help To “Get ‘R Done” In Half The Time?

So not only did sleep lead to a higher level of performance after the same amount of practice, but when participants returned to the same material, it helped them reach the desired level of performance in half the time?

This would imply a huge time and effort savings. Because if we can hop into the practice room in the morning, and work a piece back up to a higher level than it was the day before in half the time it would normally take, we could use that extra time and energy to do so much more detail work, or spend time on other repertoire.

And with regards to memory, it gets even better.

h/t Isegoria

Been trying off and on to learn guitar (and a couple other things) for the last couple of years. Gonna give this a try and see if it helps any.


Taylor “Nut-So” Swift Is Proof That The Wall Is There For All Women

h/t Heartiste

A chunky-style Taylor Swift attended some awards thingy tonight. She’s packed quite a few pounds on below the neck while also shedding most of her brain cells re: her recent political swipes at conservatives and backing socialist candidates in Tennessee.

At almost 29, T-Swaddles is nearing impact with the wall and cat-lady-dom. All the more sad when you can recall how insanely hot she was in her younger days.