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  • Utopia’s Jailers

    03/24/2015 12:32:14 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2015 | Kevin Williamson
    Necessity drives invention. In the field of military innovation, all sorts of inventions — the Maginot line, the flame fougasse, trench warfare, the Vickers machine gun — were rooted in the same urgent necessity: keeping Germans out. War is evil and ugly, but Europe experienced a worse horror when that necessity was inverted, and the totalitarian movement that controlled half of the continent decided it needed a way to keep Germans in. And so utopia’s jailers built the Berlin Wall and any number of similar fortifications. The ideologue may say that a wall is a wall is a wall, but...
  • #Equality - A short film by Neel Kolhatkar (video; dystopia)

    01/19/2015 11:04:22 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 6 replies ^ | Jan 18th, 2015 | Neel Kolhatkar
    Humorous short video portrayal of the utopian society of the future. Click link to watch.
  • Radical Islam screwing up the quest for global utopia?

    01/14/2015 9:26:01 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    Renew America ^ | 1-14-15 | A.J. Castellitto
    There is a liberal progressive global vision for the world in which all religious beliefs, starting with Christianity, are wholly squelched. Those running this political and public relations campaign have the nation of Israel and American Christians in their sights. They continue to shape public opinion in such a way that the influence of Christianity will finally fall prey to 'science' and 'hate speech' as Israel loses its wingman (AMERICA) in their fight for self preservation. All the worlds problems can be solved, after all, if we could just annihilate all those pesky religions.... Looks like Allah hasn't got the...
  • New Harmony, a utopian experiment in the American wilderness

    12/22/2014 10:11:28 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 18, 2012 | Richard Thornton
    In 1825 Welsh industrialist, Robert Owen, purchased a religious community on the frontier in Indiana, named Harmony. He renamed the village, New Harmony, and implemented a wide range of social experiments that seemed to hark of John Lennon’s 1971 song, “Imagine.” Things did not go as planned. The popular understanding of communism among North Americans is that its concept began with the writings of Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx then appeared in an extreme form with the advent of 1918 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. In fact, while living in England, Engels attended a Socialist “church” founded by Robert Owen. and...
  • Who Mines The Dilithium?

    10/22/2014 10:26:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 15, 2009 | Doctor Zero
    One of my favorite little moments in the very entertaining new “Star Trek” movie comes when the young James T. Kirk activates the computer system of a car he swiped for a joyride, and the Nokia logo comes up. It’s nice to see Nokia’s still in business in the twenty-third century. Such simple touches help to humanize the Star Trek universe, which had drifted a bit too far from recognizable human experience for audiences to fully engage with its characters. The presence of a good old-fashioned corporate logo in the new movie put me in mind of a long-ago, free-wheeling,...
  • Why marijuana's moment has arrived

    08/13/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 265 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    A few decades ago, marijuana was a topic that relatively few people, mostly counterculture musicians and comedians, spoke about in public. The comedy team of Cheech and Chong made films such as "Up in Smoke" that extolled the pleasures of smoking pot at a time the subject was still taboo."When trouble times begin to bother me," they sang, "I take a toke and all my cares go up in smoke." On the fringes of American society, it was usually possible to find activists who wanted to legalize it, as the reggae artist Peter Tosh famously sang. Efforts to legalize the...
  • Venezuela's Transformation To Socialist Utopia Is Nearly Complete (shortened)

    07/22/2014 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/22/14 | Tyler Durden
    "I can't find anything. Prices are climbing daily," said Jesus Ramirez, a taxi driver who has spent a year trying to replace the 2008 Renault he purchased new for $7,441. He sold the car for over $30,000 five years later. With inflation at 60% a year, among the highest in the world, Venezuelans protect their earnings by buying cars, among other big-ticket items. Car parts needed to keep vehicles on the road have also become difficult to find. That has led thieves to steal parts such as batteries from parked cars. The owner of a Caracas car dealership who said...

    06/29/2014 12:24:56 PM PDT · by Bratch · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | June 27, 2014 | David Bossie
    This week, the trailer for the latest installment in the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, was released. As I was watching this trailer, something really struck me: the themes touched on in this film are essentially the endgame of today’s American liberalism. An all-controlling Big Government that forces unity, prosperity; it’s government that calls on you to sacrifice for the greater good. I am not suggesting that today’s Democrat Party will lead us literally to the society depicted in the Hunger Games series, but there are some lessons we can learn when we watch these films based on the dystopian novels.
  • 'The Shack' mania heads to big screen (Oprah to play the part of God!)

    05/31/2014 5:27:24 PM PDT · by equalator · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-31-2014 | Bob Unruh
    “It’s going to be interesting to see how people react to the movie – especially considering the fact that Winfrey is most likely playing the role of God. “‘The Shack’ goes to the heart of universal reconciliation, Christian universalism.” It created shock waves among many Christians not only for its theology but also for its portrayal of the Trinity as an elderly black woman, an Asian woman and a carpenter. Universalism is the belief that a God of love and goodness never would allow people to be separated from him forever, which means everyone ends up in heaven.
  • Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report

    04/14/2014 2:28:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 4/14/2014 | James Delingpole
    The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar: More regulation from "experts", technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N.More taxpayer subsidies for expensive, inefficient renewable energy.More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal). The abandonment of fossil fuels. Less meat consumption.A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide. More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation. More back-door wealth...
  • *VANITY* Utopia TV on Fox

    03/30/2014 12:44:41 PM PDT · by rabidralph · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | March 30, 2014 | Vanity
    I just saw a commercial during the NASCAR race for casting for a new Fox reality show called Utopia. Fox is casting now for its new show, bringing people together who want to build the "perfect" society. I thought this topic would be of interest to FReepers and maybe some might be interested in auditioning.
  • Revising Stalinist Genocide Up

    10/15/2013 10:31:59 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 106 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 15, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “In 1934 a high-ranking member of the Communist Party, Sergei Kirov, was assassinated,” Cornell historian Holly Case wrote in The Chronicle Review. “His death, likely orchestrated by Stalin himself, was used to initiate a mass persecution that would result in over a million imprisoned and hundreds of thousands killed.” “Actually, she’s a bit off on the casualty count,” we observed. ... “The late Alexander Yakovlev, the lifelong Soviet apparatchik who in the 1980s became the chief reformer and close aide to Mikhail Gorbachev, and who, in the post-Soviet 1990s, was tasked with the grisly assignment of trying to total the...
  • White House to help bankrupt Detroit demolish buildings, hire firefighters

    09/27/2013 12:47:25 AM PDT · by barmag25 · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 09/26/13 | reuters
    (Reuters) - The White House will send a group of top officials to Detroit on Friday to offer millions in assistance for knocking down empty buildings, hiring firefighters and adding buses to the city fleet, as the city struggles after filing for bankruptcy. The federal aid has been tapped from a variety of existing programs and is part of a patchwork of grants complementing investments by the city, state and private foundations. "We're going to continue to support the efforts under way in Detroit and ensure the federal government is an active partner in supporting the revitalization of the city,"...
  • Democrats Tell Me Privately That They Would Love to Oppose Obama, But They're Afraid to Speak Out

    08/26/2013 5:02:19 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 44 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 26 August 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Folks, let me tell you something. You know, privately there are a lot of Democrats that tell me that they are just distressed over what Obama has done to the health care industry and to jobs. They are afraid to say anything about it because of recriminations, because this regime fights back. I mean, this regime does not take internal criticism at all, just like they try to eliminate all conservative opposition. Likewise, if anybody in the Democrat Party goes public with the slightest disagreement or problem with what Obama's doing, it could be curtains for them,...
  • Utopia, eugenics and today's progressives

    07/21/2013 2:30:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | 7-21-13 | Ellis Washington
    The introduction to "The Faber Book of Utopias," edited by John Carey, chronicles the methods of creating ideal citizens, which historically have been repeatedly promoted by utopian philosophers via the deconstruction or abolition of the family. Originally proposed by Plato in his magnum opus, "The Republic," this simple yet dramatic blueprint has influenced a number of social philosophers as diverse as More, Hobbes, Voltaire, Rousseau, to Darwin, Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, B.F. Skinner, to socialist, liberal, progressive thinkers and politicians in modern times. Plato promoted the belief that the family should be completely deconstructed and its component parts used as...
  • California highways among worst in the nation

    07/02/2013 6:41:55 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 30 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 7/2/2013 | Gary Richards
    California's highways continue to rank among the worst in the nation -- a sorry distinction the state has held for more than a decade. The Golden State's highway system is ranked 47th among the 50 states in overall highway performance and efficiency in the latest annual highway report by the Reason Foundation. That is a slight improvement for California, which ranked 48th in the two previous studies and has ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2000. Only Alaska, Rhode Island and Hawaii have worse roads, while North Dakota, Kansas and Wyoming have the best and most cost-effective highways....
  • Americans to the Obamas on exercising more: 'You take the hike!' [USA Ignores Michelle]

    05/06/2013 2:00:25 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies ^ | 5/6/13 | Andrew Malcolm
    For a long time conservatives have warned that the heavy propaganda and regulatory hands of the Obama administration were not going to change the exercise or eating habits of 315 million Americans... Now comes early statistical proof that after reelecting Obama with fewer votes the second time and 1,567 days of his reign of government intervention and stimulation, many Americans are deciding that maybe the Obamas' plans for their lives do not fit their plans for their own lives.
  • Jihad Blows Up the Liberal Utopia

    04/23/2013 3:47:55 AM PDT · by Lacey · 51 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 04.23/2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Jihad has blown up The Liberal Utopia. The visionary liberal land of political and social perfection. President Obama is not happy — and he isn’t alone. You know the place. • The Liberal Utopia is a land where gun background checks prevent mass murder. • The Liberal Utopia is a land where Islamic fundamentalists have changed their perception of America because the President travels to Muslim nations to give lovely speeches, believes that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and elsewhere is a wonderful sign of an Arab Spring, and refuses to use the word “terrorist” whether his administration is investigating...
  • (FAIL) What Futurists in 1988 Imagined Los Angeles Would Be Like in 2013

    03/16/2013 5:47:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    IO9 ^ | March 16, 2013 | Lauren Davis
    What futurists in 1988 imagined Los Angeles would be like in 2013 With the year 2013 a quarter of a century away, the Los Angeles Times in 1988 asked 30 futurists and other experts what they thought life in their city would look like in 2013. They may have overshot the sophistication of our robots, but many of those predictions for 2013 have come true—or at least come close. Reporter Nicole Yorkin wrote the futurism pieces for the April 3, 1988 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, compiling the information from her various interviews. The articles include illustrations by...
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous “biographies” were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in “socialism.” Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • How GOP can win food-stamp Americans

    12/05/2012 10:02:56 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | December 04, 2012 | William Murray
    Exclusive: William Murray blasts establishment for still ignoring so-called social issues A politician who robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the vote of Paul. This statement was obviously proven in the election of Barack Obama who spent four years expanding the ranks of dependency using every avenue of government possible, from food stamps to mortgage reductions. At the founding of our nation, Benjamin Franklin said, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.” California has lead the way to hell in numerous ways for decades, and in...
  • Make Mine Freedom

    11/15/2012 5:39:07 AM PST · by arthurus · 3 replies
    Dr.Dave house of Fun ^ | 1948 | Extension Dept. of Harding College
    How quickly people will give up their freedoms today for the illusion of security, and the false hope of prosperity through government control. The point that this cartoon seems to be making, is beware of any individual, organization, or administration that attempts to escalate class, or race warfare to divide the country and make socialism appear to be the only solution. We will always have our differences, but putting the government in charge of everything, and surrendering person freedom is not the solution. This cartoon is timeless and is just as true today as it was in 1948! Obama's Socialism...
  • "We Won!" (Communist Party USA headline/story openly heralds Obama victory)

    11/08/2012 11:59:27 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 62 replies
    Peoples World (Official Paper of **Communist Party U.S.A.**) ^ | 7 November 2012 | Stewart Acuff, People's World Writer
    <> Though many of the state margins were narrow President Obama ran the table winning every swing or battleground state with the possible exception of Florida where votes are still being counted as of 5:30 this morning. President Obama also won the popular vote by 2 million votes. The President won 303 electoral votes to 206 for Romney. We knew about 11 pm that the President had won when Ohio was called for him. Democrats also held the Senate. Elizabeth Warren won with a good margin in Massachusetts. Claire McKaskill won in Missouri beating Akin-he of the legitimate rape...
  • Best (i.e., WORST) Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have Won

    11/06/2012 7:37:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    IO9 ^ | Sep 3, 2008 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Best Future Dystopias Where The Liberals Have Won The Republican Party is gathering in St. Paul, to put forth its vision of the future. And over the next few days, you'll be hearing a lot about the horrendous futures that could take shape if gormless liberals were allowed to run the show. Which makes us wonder: what does science fiction, the literature of the future, have to say about liberal-run dystopias? And it turns out, there are plenty of horrendous futures blighted by the heavy hands of our zinfandel-spitting liberal elites. Here are the scifi stories John McCain should mention...
  • The Neglect of France's Socialist Welfare State - Skeleton of French Man Found in Bed after 15 Years

    10/20/2012 11:29:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Reuters (via Yahoo!) ^ | Fri, Oct 19, 2012 | Pierre Savary; Vicky Buffery
    LILLE, France (Reuters) - Police in France said on Friday they were trying to identify the skeleton of a man believed to have lain undiscovered in bed for more than 15 years. The body, found in an abandoned house in the northern city of Lille, is thought to be that of the elderly owner of the property, who lived alone and appeared to have no relatives. Police said they had found piles of unopened mail at the house dating back to 1996.
  • Replacing "In God We Trust" With Government? (pic)

    07/25/2012 10:12:59 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-24-12 | The Looking Spoon
    This was inspired by a tweet I favorited from @RaulCorrea, I snarked it up a bit. You can see the original tweet here.
  • Can liberals "wish" socialist utopia into existence?

    05/18/2012 11:57:17 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Renew America ^ | 5-17-12 | Chris Adamo
    California is in the midst of a monstrous debt crisis, the inescapable result of its leading Democrats having gambled on an annual deficit less than $9.2 billion (an immense sum in itself), but now facing a shortfall of nearly twice that amount. For the good of the country, anyone who is actually surprised at this development should be barred from voting in any election until they can pass a third-grade remedial math exam. The inevitability of the California crisis has long been glaringly obvious to all but the most ideologically blinded leftists. Unfortunately, the government of the Golden State is...
  • Jim Jones’ Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)

    05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot
    Jim Jones’ sinister grip on San Francisco How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons “Season of the Witch,” the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of “San Francisco values.” The following excerpt – Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values. Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political...
  • Read Aldous Huxley’s review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell

    03/06/2012 11:42:56 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 85 replies
    IO9 ^ | Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 Latest Stories | Cyriaque Lamar
    Read Aldous Huxley’s review of 1984 he sent to George Orwell Several months after George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984 was published in 1949, Aldous Huxley sent a letter to his former French pupil. The Brave New World author had received a copy of 1984 from the publisher at Orwell's behest, but his poor eyesight prevented him from finishing the book for several months. In his letter to Orwell, the fifty-year-old author compared the two books' screwed-up futures and saw the Orwellian Oceanic dystopia as a predecessor to his own World State. Wrote Huxley in October 1949: Agreeing with all that...
  • Utopianism, Ancient and Modern

    01/23/2012 10:43:01 PM PST · by matt1234 · 2 replies
    Imprimis ^ | April 1973 | Irving Kristol
    Men are dreaming animals, and the incapacity to dream makes a man less than human. Indeed, we have no knowledge of any human community where men do fail to dream. Which is to say, we know of no human community whose members do not have a vision of perfection—a vision in which the frustrations inherent in our human condition are annulled and transcended. The existence of such dreaming visions is not, in itself, a problem. They are, on the contrary, a testament to the creativity of man which flows from the fact that he is a creature uniquely endowed with...
  • Mark Levin's bestseller "Ameritopia" excerpt now available!

    The publisher of Mark Levin's new #1 book Ameritopia has made the Epilogue publicly available. It is one of the most compelling 8 pages I've ever read in a book. Here it is.
  • Venezuela suffers 'record murder rate' in 2011

    12/28/2011 11:54:36 AM PST · by decimon · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | December 28, 2011
    A Venezuelan campaign group says the country has suffered a record number of murders in 2011. The Venezuela Violence Observatory says at least 19,336 people have been killed this year, an average of 53 a day. The figures suggest Venezuela's murder rate is the highest in South America and four times that of Mexico. Criminal violence is set to be a major issue in next year's elections, when President Hugo Chavez is seeking another term in office. "We must inform the nation that 2011 will end as the the most violent year in the nation's history," the Venezuela Violence Observatory...
  • Occupy Wall Street signals end of utopia economics

    10/19/2011 7:08:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Oct. 19, 2011, 7:12 a.m. EDT | Amotz Asa-El
    Commentary: Rich world’s social discontent will result in restored trade barriersBy Amotz Asa-El JERUSALEM (MarketWatch) -- “The basis of our government is the opinion of the people,” said Thomas Jefferson. A novelty when it was said in 1787, that insight now goes without saying, provided that one knows just what “the opinion of the people” is. Reuters An Occupy Wall Street campaign demonstrator holds a placard in Zuccotti Park, near Wall Street in New York on Oct. 17, 2011. However, as the world followed recent days’ social protest in 70 cities from New York and Frankfurt to Tokyo and Sydney,...
  • Proposed List Of Demands For Occupy Wall St Movement!

    10/05/2011 9:36:34 PM PDT · by Greystoke · 40 replies ^ | Sept. 25, 2011 | LloydJHart
    Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr. Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only...
  • Transient Meth Head Rakes In $95,000 By Stealing Copper to Support $100-a-Day Meth Habit

    08/12/2011 10:42:23 AM PDT · by golux · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Thu., Aug. 4 2011 | James King
    Transient meth-head Kirk Wise probably made more money than you did last year -- and he didn't even have a job. Wise, 45, is a professional copper thief who steals copper wire to support his $100-a-day meth habit. He's pretty good at it, too -- according to Wise, he's netted nearly $100,000 since January of 2010 by selling the copper to scrap-metal recycling businesses throughout the east Valley. (...) He admitted to everything -- he said he stole copper to support his meth habit and he'd netted $95,000 since last January. He told police he'd been stealing copper for three...
  • Have South American natives inherited a legacy of violent blood shed?

    02/10/2011 6:43:58 AM PST · by geraldmcg · 31 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/10/2011 | Victor Du Bois
    I watched a National Geographic special the other day on NetFlix. It was about the Mayan culture in South America and Mexico. This documentary was about several anthropologist who took it upon themselves to decipher the ancient hieroglyphics that covered the buildings and walls of the decaying Mayan structures. It was quite ironic how the anthropologists romanticized the undisturbed culture of the Mayans and the harm (they say) Spanish priests brought to their way of life. Well, according to the history of their "civilization" these people lived in constant conflict and fear. War and bloodshed was a common community concern....
  • The Snake in the Garden of History: A Brief Overview of Socialist Utopians Gone Awry

    11/19/2010 10:05:37 AM PST · by wayne_shrugged · 6 replies
    Justin Washington the Blogger ^ | 11/18/2010 | Justin Washington
    In the 1930′s there were three newly planted gardens in which the snake of progressivism had invested much hope and inspiration; each garden was tended by three different gardeners with different styles but with much the same goal — to create the Garden of Eden or “utopia” as they preferred to call it – socialism by all other names. Stalin of the former Soviet Union was an international protetariat-variety socialist; Mussilini in Italy was of the similar school while Hitler mixed a little nationalism into his socialist mix, resulting in Nazism (Nationalsozialismus from Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or National Socialist German...
  • Man long dead foretold Obama's fate

    10/20/2010 8:54:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The News Chief ^ | October 20, 2010 | Jay Ambrose
    Lots of pundits are trying to figure out why President Obama is facing disaster this midterm election, but few have said it better than Michael Oakeshott, despite his disadvantage of having been dead for 20 years. Oakeshott was an English philosopher. His specialty was politics and his disposition was to prefer "fact to mystery," "the limited to the unbounded" and "present laughter to Utopian bliss." He said all this in an essay titled, "On Being Conservative," in which he also trenchantly described politicians of the opposite sort, what I would call the Obama sort. Such people, he said, see government...
  • TGIF Rock-n-Roll Oldies: Todd Rundgren 1975

    10/08/2010 9:08:19 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 44 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | October 8, 2010 | Reaganite Republican
    Todd Rundgren -dob 6.22.1948- is a multi-talented American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer who still tours on a limited basis, up-to and including earlier this year. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop-wunderkind -absolutely adored by critics- and supported by the certified gold solo double LP Something/Anything? in 1972, Rundgren went on to produce a diverse range of recordings as solo artist and during the 70s/80s with the band Utopia. He has also been successful as a producer and engineer on the recorded work of other musicians. Todd Rundgren engineered and/or produced Stage Fright by...
  • The Myth of Technological Progress

    08/12/2010 3:05:50 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Taki's Magazine ^ | August 30, 2009 | Scott Locklin
    Many of you will still be alive in 50 years. It’s interesting to think about what life will be like in 50 years technologically and otherwise. Predictions are risky, especially when they’re about the future, but I believe we can make some pretty good guesses. To predict a predictable future, you need to look at the past. What was technological life like 50 years ago? 50 years ago was 1959. The world of 1959 is pretty much the same world we live in today technologically speaking. This is a vaguely horrifying fact which is little appreciated. In 1959, we had...
  • Utopian Dream Becomes Battleground in France

    08/09/2010 2:02:57 AM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2010 | Steven Erlanger
    A utopian dream of a new urban community, built here in the 1970s, had slowly degraded into a poor neighborhood plagued by aimless youths before it finally burst into flames three weeks ago. After Karim Boudouda, a 27-year-old of North African descent, and some of his friends had robbed a casino, he was killed in an exchange of automatic gunfire with the police. The next night, Villeneuve, a carefully planned neighborhood of Grenoble in eastern France, exploded. A mob set nearly 100 cars on fire, wrecked a tram car and burned an annex of city hall. The police, reinforced by...
  • White House Unveils Free Preventative Services (No, really, it's FREE - for EVERYONE!)

    07/14/2010 11:27:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/15/10 | JANET ADAMY
    White House Unveils Free Preventative ServicesBY JANET ADAMY JULY 15, 2010 WASHINGTON—Treatments for the prevention of alcohol abuse, depression and obesity are among the services that will be free to consumers with new insurance plans starting in September. As part of the new health law, the Obama administration on Wednesday released rules specifying which preventive health services insurers must provide to consumers at no additional cost. Democrats hope the change will be one of the most popular early pieces of the sweeping legislation. "Services like these will go a long way in preventing chronic illness," First Lady Michelle Obama said...
  • The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

    02/12/2005 2:45:19 PM PST · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 4,634+ views
    Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. ^ | 1999 | By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy, Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski
    The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression By Stephane Courtois, Mark Kramer (Translator), Jonathan Murphy (Translator), Karel Bartosek, Andrzej Paczkowski, Jean-Louis Panne, Jean-Louis Margolin (Contributors); Introduction to the U.S. edition by Martin Malia Published by Harvard University Press, 1999 Originally published in France, 1997 Reviewed by Claire Wolfe Examining the photos and reading their captions in The Black Book of Communism, you might expect the surrounding 700+ pages to contain a wail of outrage. The photos, though few, are as graphic and heart-rending as the worst from Nazi Germany. But the text is no impassioned partisan cry. It's something...
  • S.F. saturated with services - some have to go

    06/24/2010 7:59:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/24/10 | C.W. Nevius
    San Francisco is generous, good-hearted and socially conscious. It is eager to help the disadvantaged and the poor. There's just one flaw in our civic personality. Tough choices. We'd rather not make them. On Monday, a parade of hundreds of service organizations appeared before the Board of Supervisors, pleading for funding for their programs. These aren't bad people and their programs to help the young, the drug-ravaged, and the homeless are well-intentioned. But the hard truth is there are far too many service providers for this relatively small city. They duplicate efforts, they don't have enough oversight, and they spend...
  • NY exhibit imagines utopian, green cities in 2030

    06/24/2010 5:51:45 AM PDT · by domeika · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/24/2010 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Imagine no cars - or fewer, anyway. In New York, a two-mile stretch of the FDR Drive parkway is torn down to open lower Manhattan for parks and plazas, and bicyclists are given their own lane on the Brooklyn Bridge. An elevated highway in Guangzhou, China, is transformed into a pedestrian promenade, and rooftops are linked by raised walkways and bikeways. In Jakarta, Indonesia, traditional bike taxis called becaks are re-engineered to be lighter and easier to steer. --snip--
  • Calif. Pol Touts 'Pedophile Island' for Sex Offenders

    05/22/2010 7:26:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 866+ views
    AOL News ^ | May 21, 2010 | David Lohr
    Calif. Pol Touts 'Pedophile Island' for Sex Offenders (May 21) -- California gubernatorial candidate Douglas Hughes has made quite a name for himself in recent weeks -- not so much by surging ahead in the polls, but rather by promising, if elected, to create a "Pedophile Island" for convicted sex offenders. "I read the newspapers, and always somewhere buried in the paper somebody has [been] raped, tortured, kidnapped and so forth," Hughes told AOL News. "We are not getting anywhere [by] putting them back in the neighborhood. ... It's like any alcoholic, sex or drug addict -- have it around...
  • A Nightmare for the European Dream

    05/14/2010 5:14:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 553+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/12/10 | Christoph Schwennicke
    A Nightmare for the European Dream A commentary by Christoph Schwennicke Political unity, a common currency, border-free travel and lasting peace. The European Union was to have become a kind of eternal utopia. Instead, no one has dared to further develop Europe since the days of Helmut Kohl. Now, the EU is looking decidedly mortal. /snip I am one of those people. I am one of those idealists who have always believed in the European idea and will continue to do so. It was and still is incredible how this continent has bundled together its economic, political and military forces,...
  • Bias incidents roil University of California

    03/07/2010 7:22:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 141+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/7/10 | CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press Writer
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Swastikas, nooses, a KKK hood, graffiti, epithets and jeers. An ugly spate of bias incidents has crossed several University of California campuses over the past month, causing consternation, outcry and fear that bigotry is alive among the young and educated. Students have protested and administrators have condemned, but the question remains of what lies behind the sudden parade of prejudice — a growing climate of insensitivity on campuses or a bunch of immature kids yearning for peer acceptance and attention. "My guess is some of all of those things," said interim UC Provost Lawrence H. Pitts....
  • Why Are So Many Sci-Fi Films Left-Wing?

    01/11/2010 5:52:50 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 146 replies · 2,787+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/11/2009 | Ed Carson
    “Avatar” is wowing audiences with its groundbreaking 3-D technology (too bad the characters are one-dimensional). But in another way it’s ordinary: a science-fiction film that plays to leftist fantasies about capitalism and the military. Yet many sci-fi fans are on the political right. So why are sci-fi films and TV shows typically liberal? Hollywood films tend to be liberal, sure. But science fiction in particular lends itself to utopian visions that the world’s problems can be solved once and for all.

    11/30/2009 5:01:52 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 4 replies · 648+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | November 30, 2009 | Matthew Burke
    I stumbled across this 1948 cartoon video (below) entitled, "Make Mine Freedom", and for some reason took a few minutes to watch it. I'm so glad that I did! I'm not alone because over 2,000,000 have also tuned in. This cartoon, over sixty years old, is eerily timely and applicable to the state of our government and country. Don't cheat yourself. Watch the entire video because it saves the best for last. What's so incredibly, amazingly eye-popping about it is that it exposes the EXACT SAME LIBERAL LIES that are being repeated today ad nauseum. They recycle the same old...