This book had me when it suggested beating the man "by searching for large-tank toilets." The title tain't bad either. (It's Friday, which means I'm ready for a thorough soaking in fermented hops!) Link via Eric S..
Been reading Ben Wiker's book on conservative must-reads and he mentions Belloc's Servile State. And it was interesting because my "wealth", limited as it is, really isn't wealth after all. Paper money and even stocks aren't real, in the sense that they aren't convertible to anything in the event of a stock market and currency crash, both of which are obviously far more likely than we might've thought prior to the financial crisis.
Belloc argues that real wealth consists in assets that can be used, tools, the ability to do things, grow your own food, own your own home & land. (I'm thinking the average handy-type dude has a leg up on me, being able to fix things.)
Part of what makes the LeBroncalypse, as some are calling "The Decision", interesting is the fan reaction. Many of the letters to ESPN's Bill Simmons are cri's de coeur, forgive my French. They really take sports seriously. In a similar vein what surprised me about Lebron James was that he appeared to be taking the hype seriously. There was no leavening sense that the spectacle was overwrought, which I think is because he's Gen-Y, and Gen-X is where you get the irony gene (via shows like early Letterman.)
So, on the subject of apocalyptic happenings, here's yet another doomsday scenario.
At least the article has an expiration date (6 months). With global warming, Al Gore's great-great-great grandson will still be getting paid for it for crusading on it.
At least two things wrong: one, it's from no-name site called which apparently is for hack-writers who can't get paid. And I speak as a hack-writer who can't get paid. *grin* Second, my skeptic hackles get raised when one of the points is lack of press access. Conspiracy theories run rampant on the 'net, which is ironic since the 'net makes keeping secrets very difficult.