Three ads this week
Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, Ken Valentine, Curt Howland, A.X. Perez, and Jim Davidson
Some Random Thoughts About the War On Drugs
by L. Neil Smith
It is not my purpose in this essay to debate the merits or demerits of
drug use, a question that should properly be left to the individual.
Anticipating Market Behaviour
by Jim Davidson
My recent comments on the train wreck of European sovereign debt reaching
Hungary have brought up some questions about what investors might be able to expect in the next
decade or so. Personally, I have been out of the blue chip stocks for many years and don't anticipate
getting in on the terms currently on offer. However, many people I know have investments in stock
markets in the USA and elsewhere around the world. Some have company pensions, 401K funds, Roth
Individual Retirement Accounts, and other expectations of future profit from stock market meanderings.
On Throwing Rocks
by A.X. Perez
So it seems that last week a group of young men tried to cross over illegally
from Juarez to El Paso at the Black Bridge. A lone Border Patrol Agent stopped them, arrested one
and the rest ran back across the river (Trickle actually as the bulk of the Rio Grande's water is
diverted through canals just up stream to prevent the river from changing channels and thus
relocating the Border.) The escapees then began to pelt the BP guy with rocks. He pulled his issue
pistol and shot at his assailants, killing one. The incident was videotaped and the tape played on
local media. The Mexican government is angry, Immigrant rights Groups are furious, and everyone is
getting their panties in a knot.
Keeping it as Simple as Possible
by Bob Wallace
I try to keep things as simple as possible, and because of this, I am going to
quote the first line of Aristotle's "Nicomachean Ethics": "Every art and every inquiry, and similarly
every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly
been declared to be that at which all things aim."
Who's to Blame for Spilt Oil?
by Rob Sandwell
By now you've all heard about the BP oil spill, formally called the "Deepwater
Horizon Oil Spill." And no doubt, if you've been listening to the major media outlets, you've heard
how this is just further proof of the inability of the private sector to properly police itself, and
the inadequacies of private concerns with regards to safety and environmental husbandry. of sex and
by Jim Davidson
The famous Lucius Cassius, whom the Roman people used to regard as a very
honest and wise judge, was in the habit of asking, time and again, 'To whose benefit?' Thus
writes Marcus Tullius Cicero in his famous "Pro Roscio Amerino." Roscius of Ameria was a
notoriously-accused patricide, and Cicero's speech was in his defence. Roscius was almost
certainly innocent of the crime, and the accusation was notorious because it was part of the
dictator Sulla's "enemies list" project. Cicero's speech is considered an essential document
of Roman history. You should read it.
by A.X. Perez
Having engaged in a certain amount of pedantry last week I'm going to
try to put an end to a train of thought. A tyrant needs a certain amount of support to
succeed. To gain this support there are certain ideas he communicates to his followers.
If his followers agree with these theses the tyrant will rule. If not he will develop an
acute understanding of what Hobbes meant by short, nasty, and brutish.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 80
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 80 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!