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November 30th, 2005 - Open Knowledge

Nov. 30th, 2005

08:28 pm - Sing it brother!

(Via tinymammoth) colinmarshall writes:

I believe that free markets can solve not just every one of my problems both personal and professional, but every problem that has ever afflicted anyone -- or anything -- on this blessed planet Earth. Not only can -- and will -- unrestricted commerce ensure the presence of a piping hot burrito in my hand at any hour of the day I feel appropriate, but they can shut up crying babies on the bus, let everyone sleep in a little bit later and make pants more comfortable.

When finally allowed to operate on a global scale, not only will libertarianism transform our tattered society into a genuine, flawless utopia, it will create what I like to call a supertopia. Simply put, this means that every living individual will exist in a state of perpetually increasing bliss, every moment exponentially happier and more productive than the last. The general concept of free markets will have a hand in this, though most of the effect will be a direct result of the privatization of roads.

Above all, we must never forget that each and every action any government has ever taken has been tantamount to a brutal scissoring of the very fabric of joy, liberty and the pursuit of a flat panel television. For every undeserved dollar handed out by some profligate, bleeding-heart welfare state, an apple-cheeked child -- so young, so bright, so filled with potential -- bursts immediately into flame. The usage of public money to build a bridge or a fire department, by the same token, usually results in an infant mass grave. How long will it take for the deluded, short-sighted proponents of government spending to realize this? How many innocent lives must be lost?

What every single gibbering, brain-damaged critic of free markets doesn't realize is that the unrestrained exercise of capitalism will lead to a literal rain of money from the skies, enabling the indigent to near-instantly transform themselves into fulfilled, materially endowed members of the middle -- or, much more likely, upper -- class.

At the end of the day, the only question worth asking is this: why is everyone so monumentally, staggeringly stupid except libertarians?

10:55 pm - High-tech 'repo man' keeps car payments coming

Via Catallarchy

High-tech 'repo man' keeps car payments coming
By Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK, Va. — NOTE TO REPO MAN: Might want to look into another line of work.
The PayTeck Smart Box that hands over a five-digit code in exchange for each car payment. The PayTeck Smart Box that hands over a five-digit code in exchange for each car payment.
By John H. Sheally II, The Virginian-Pilot via AP

A new gizmo is upping the odds that even the most hard-knock customer will come up with the car payment. Hooked into the ignition system, the gadget comes in a handful of versions with one common conclusion:

No pay, no start.

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