Quote of the Day: Voltaire

Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.

— Voltaire

Just a little something for the Cheka-your-privilege commissars in the Antifa and the white power apfelstrudelfuhrers out there.

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Against the Grain: Quit Bitching About 2016

“2016 is the worst year ever!” “Can we just get 2016 over with?” “Person of the year, 2016: The Grim Reaper”

STOP IT.

55.3 million people or so died this year. A few dozen happened to be celebrities. Some were people whose work I and others really liked, like Alan Rickman. Others played iconic characters, like Carrie Fisher; or were instrumental in musical trend like David Bowie or all? most? of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

But it’s highly unlikely most of you knew these people. Like the other 55.3 million, you never met them, or if you did, it was a singular encounter or two. You’re not mourning the other millions, nor should you mourn these folks, either.

Yes, some of them were good folks. Some were highly talented, creative, or prolific, and you still can enjoy their works. To paraphrase a character played by another dead celebrity, “They’re not really dead, so long as we remember them…”

This isn’t the worst year ever. We haven’t had the Soviet pogroms this year. Nor “the Final Solution” (and no, Trump isn’t bringing that back. But if he does, I’m sure he’ll tell us it’ll be big and beautiful; just ask everyone…) No Black Plague — hell, no polio. You can swim in most of the water in the US, despite the DAPL protesters. I remember when the creeks and rivers where I grew up were red and foamy with chemicals — thanks, Pfeizer! That’s pretty unusual today. The skies are not blackened from industry, unless you live in China.

The world’s poverty level is falling, even in crapholes like Africa and India. Many of us work less, have more, and are unlikely to be murdered by our government or neighbors than ever before.

Actually, 2016 — for many people outside of Hollywood — has trundling along about the same or a little better than past years.

Some Rational Discussions on Climate Change

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But If You Have Nothing to Hide…

“If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged.” — Cardinal Richelieu

“If you have nothing to hid, you have nothing to fear.” — UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) motto.

Is Your Child Getting Enough Vitamin N?

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How to keep your child from being a spoiled little shit…

Can’t Win an Argument? Shut Your Opponent Up!

This, by the way, was the video that YouTube tried to lock behind their “mature subject” wall. It’s not censorship, per se, but attempting to limit access to information or opinion is a questionable practice in a free society, and it shows the dangers of a infotainment industry that is highly partisan in nature.

Second point — Strassel has good points here, but I would also point out these tactics are not limited to the Progressives in America, we are seeing violence and intimidation from the Republican presidential campaign, as well.

Just Because People Vote For Something Doesn’t Make It “Good”

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Yes, Steven Crowder is a bit of a blowhard, and he’s only funny to some…but here, he’s not wrong.

Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2 Sneak Peek

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Why the #@!! am I not watching this right now?