Monday, January 8, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Postcard From Smoothy
A typical day:
I was taking a peaceful floor nap when I was attacked by Neo, a vicious Wheaton Terrier who has come to live with us—God knows why. You would think one dog is more than enough, but now we have two.
He went for the throat, as usual, but I was able to fight him off with cat-like reflexes.
Notice the razor sharp teeth.
I finally manage to calm him down, but it’s not easy.
I think he might be ADHD, but who knows.
If he gets any bigger this could be a serious problem.
Monday, November 13, 2017
It's All About Selling Weapons
Sweden, one of Europe’s few remaining neutral states, will spend $1.3 billion on U.S. missiles to shore up its defenses in the face of Russia’s military resurgence.
Stockholm will pay 10 billion krona for the U.S.-made Patriot surface-to-air missile defense system, choosing it ahead of Franco-Italian rival Eurosam’s SAMP/T missile system, Sweden’s Ministry of Defense announced in a statement this week.
The Swedish armed forces are in a process of reversing a series of military cuts and reintroducing compulsory military service in one of several moves to counter an increasingly boisterous Russian under President Vladimir Putin.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are, rather, forced upon parliaments from without. And even their enactment into law has for a long time been no guarantee of their security. Just as the employers always try to nullify every concession they had made to labor as soon as opportunity offered, as soon as any signs of weakness were observable in the workers’ organizations, so governments also are always inclined to restrict or to abrogate completely rights and freedoms that have been achieved if they imagine that the people will put up no resistance.
Even in those countries where such things as freedom of the press, right of assembly, right of combination, and the like have long existed, governments are constantly trying to restrict those rights or to reinterpret them by juridical hair-splitting. Political rights do not exist because they have been legally set down on a piece of paper, but only when they have become the ingrown habit of a people, and when any attempt to impair them will meet with the violent resistance of the populace. Where this is not the case, there is no help in any parliamentary Opposition or any Platonic appeals to the constitution.
— Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory & Practice, 1947