Societr

Societr After a ‘double-dose’ of Idiocracy during the State of the Union speech last month, I wondered if anyone had a better idea on how to structure the Constitution to prevent messes like the one we are currently in.

So if you’ve got a better design for government then take it to Societr, the Web 2.0 fueled democracy where you write the rules!

(Okay, it’s actually just an open wiki starting with the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. However there’s no registration required =) )

Legislate safely, and have fun.

Big Love

Big LoveI was browsing the message boards for the HBO show Big Love when I stumbled across this post which appears to be authored by several real-life polygamists.

The posts seem genuine, with lots of fascinating detail. A couple of the members are lawyers, and registered their unit as an LLC to gain similar legal protections to marriage. Excerpted below is the first posting… grab the Firefox Bugmenot plugin (to get around the pesky registration) and read the rest about this taboo lifestyle:

Well, I’m living ‘the principal,’ and I am not Mormon (or Catholic). In fact, we’re all (14 of us – one husband with 5 wives and 8 children) of varying religious beliefs, and have chosen to simply allow each person to be as they are. We’re not as rare as you might think in the U.S. either.

Check out accounts by Elizabeth Joseph, a former acquaintance of ours. She called the polygamist lifestyle “the ultimate feminist lifestyle.” Of course it depends upon the core beliefs of the adult male in the group, but in our situation, we’ve done everything we can to promote the full education and independence of our women. The primary male is a lawyer, as is one of the wives. Among the other wives, we have a certified nurse midwife, a neurologist, a business executive and a family therapist who chose to leave her job when the rest of her wives decided to pay her more than her previous annual income to stay home to take care of all of our children. She has done a tremendous job with the seven she has raised from infancy to young childhood (the eighth was already 7 when she became the primary caregiver). If at any point she were to decide she wanted to go back to work, we have her second (the midwife) and third (the lawyer) backups already volunteered to fill the vacancy. She is by no means forced into her role as primary caregiver. But considering that she is making a 6-figure income for the position, I suspect she would have to truly be at her wits end to give it up to go back to therapy.

In addition to the freedom they have in their respective careers, they also have complete romantic freedom. They’re free to have relations with each other and outside of our marriage as well – provided that all relations are first negotiated with the primary family. Our first loyalty is to each other – and thereafter, it is to ourselves as individuals.

Nobody in our family believes that underage marriage or female subjugation is appropriate. We are entirely open with our children as to the nature of the relationship. All of our kids are in public school, and we encourage them to choose whichever lifestyle, and/or religion fits them best.

Between the 6 adults, we own 7 houses. Each of the adults has their own house (we make a combined income of about $2 million yearly), all located on the same block – many with adjoining backyards. The 7th house is a home for guests and for our children as they become 15 years of age or older. We currently have 3 children who are 15-18, and they live together in the 7th house.

Our children who are “of age” are by no means obligated to live in the YAG (young-adult-guest) house, but we feel that they could benefit from that opportunity in order to prepare them for living on their own or in university dormitories once they turn 18. It is our small way of allowing them to become adults at their own pace.

Two of us have been together for 22 years. Three of us have been together for 19 years. Four of us have been together for 18 years. And six of us have been together for 12 years (wives 4 and 5 joined us within a month of one another). We’re open to more wives, however, since we are all aging, we realize that our appeal to younger, more progressive women is declining. This is to be expected, and we accept the general course of reality.

We are used to being judged, and do not fault anyone for doing so. Our lifestyle is quite contrary to the “norm.” I do hope that programs such as “Big Love” will eventually offer us mainstream legitimacy… but if not, we are content.

We do not believe that the way we live is the ultimate end to salvation. We do not believe that people who live differently are inferior or bigoted. We are just a unique group of 6 individual adults who chose to come together in order to better our own individual lives.

read the rest…

Future of Food

A fantastic documentary that reveals how corporate America is genetically monopolizing food supplies at the cost of the public’s health and wealth. This movie is sober and informative, a far cry from tinfoil hattery.

Be sure to check out how Monsanto employees often become administrators of government regulatory bodies, how your tax money is financing this trend, and also how the GM technology could escape and cause worldwide famine.One tends to reflect after watching this… are we witnessing the birth of a scientifically engineered dystopia?

Bonus Vid (if you’re short on time):

Jamie Oliver shows what’s in your McNuggets:

UPDATE: looks like the video was taken down- here’s an excerpt to give you a tastse:

Real Life A-Team

An unbelievable true story of reformed commandos who recover lost children in a bid to get their souls back…

“Why help me?”

Without hesitation, Rogovin explained that they had done some bad things- ghastly things, during their careers. Now, he said, they had decided to use their experience and skills for more “humanitarian” endeavors.

“I don’t have any money.”

“This isn’t going to cost you anything.”

(If you need to get your child back they can be contacted here.)

Posted in Law

10th Amendment == instant dictatorship?

This is a long but interesting piece of history and Constitutional scholarship:

Albert Einstein and Oskar Morgenstern urged Gödel not to mention this fact to the examiner. In fact, they decided to accompany Gödel to his examination in Trenton in order to keep him out of trouble. At the government offices, the examiner congratulated Gödel for leaving Germany, which was under an “evil dictatorship” of a kind that could never occur in the United States. “On the contrary,” Gödel shouted, “I know how that can happen!”

http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/writing/psa/sec16.htm#B