We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Every good thing capitalism helps produce — from singing careers to cures for diseases to staggering charity — is credited to some other sphere of our lives. Every problem with capitalism, meanwhile, is laid at her feet. Except the problems with capitalism — greed, theft, etc. — aren’t capitalism’s fault, they’re humanity’s. Socialist countries have greedy thieves, too.
Free markets are in disrepute these days, particularly by the people running Washington. For them, government is the solution and capitalism is the problem. If they have their way over the next decade, they won’t cure what allegedly ails capitalism — people will still steal and lie — but they will impede everything that makes capitalism great. And that will be bad for everyone, even NPR.
Doormat image is from this site. You may be needing one.
Let me put it to you this way. 15 years ago I was fishing for Arctic Char along the Yellowknife with an Inuit guide who carried a ].460 Weatherby Magnum - arguably the world's most powerful big game rifle. To make a long story short, I told the guide that I was very comfortable having that rifle along and these were his exact words - "Ain't nuttin' gonna stop no grizzly bear when he's pissed off".
I suppose if it would make you comfortable, something like a Desert Eagle in .44 mag would help you feel better, but don't depend on it to stop a grizzly.
Not that you asked, but if you want my opinion, hiking where grizzly prowl ain't a good idea.
Loved the doormat. I was amazed to find it was carried by Target. Another mat from their collection: "Please stay on the mat. Your visit is very important to us. Your knock will be answered in the order in which it is received."
I was going to pass on commenting on the Avatar piece, but I just can't - it's been bugging me all day.
What exactly did the author expect from Avatar? It's a James Cameron film and if you understand where his head is at politically, you're going to get a script like this. Further, science fiction has always been a safe harbor for various liberal causes expressed as futuristic fantasy - the what if factor of social issues. The fact that Cameron used Avatar to express his opinion on the current "state of affairs" as seen in the future should not have been a surprise. Yes the premise is absurd, but so was "Star Wars" as were the various incarnations of "Star Trek". I suspect if the author of the Avatar piece had ever seen "Silent Running" he would be rolling around the floor in a state of apoplexy.
The simple truth is this - the film is gorgeous - flat out beautiful. It is what "Star Wars was to early CGI - a visual tour de force - incredible eye candy from the complex military apparatus to the floating islands to the battle scenes not to exclude the exquisite Nav'i (Giganto Smurfs), Pandora's habitat, flora and fauna - it is a beautiful film and a technological marvel. Who the heck cares about the politics, the stupid script and the daft illogically named mineral Unobtanium - this is something so innovative in terms of visual arts that it rightfully can be called brilliant.
Just sit back and enjoy the ride - every film in the world does not have to be seen as a political treatise or screed. Let your mind wander and suspend your politics and disbeliefs. Enter the world of Pandora and it's natives and enjoy what might be.