Scandalous Minnie Mouse Display

Minnie Mouse never looked more attractive thanks to Barney’s department store in NYC. The new holiday window display is set to be a new and improved Minnie Mouse being 5ft 11″ and a whopping size 0. Well while everyone seems to agree that there’s nothing wrong with thin tall women, some are saying there is something wrong with altering the image of a classic children’s cartoon character to fit in with the “IN” crowd.

Ragen Chastain of Los Angeles feels strongly that this is incorrect so much as to set up a petition to the Display Communications Manager of Barney’s to not go through with the upcoming planned holiday window display.

There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in – adding to the tremendous pressure on young girls and women to attain photoshop perfection. The problem isn’t with Minnie’s body, it’s with a dress that only looks good on a woman who is 5’11 and a size zero.

That little girl who is going to become a 5’4, size 12 woman can’t just become a 5’11, size 0 woman when she wants to fit into a dress that was designed by someone who couldn’t be bothered to make a dress that looks good on someone who is not a model.-Ragen Chastain (more…)

The Time Traveling Contrarian

One question I’m positive the majority of you are familiar with and have been asked, I will visit now in a somewhat contrarian way, which I hope someday soon will be a view shared by the majority. In one way or another the question which begs for the suspension in belief about time travel, “If you could travel back in time knowing what you know now, to the summer of 1939 and to be fortunate enough to be alone in a room armed with Adolf Hitler, would you kill him?” I will make an approximate guess that roughly nine out of ten people would answer yes, with very little hesitation. I will now alter the nature of that question with another similar one. If you could travel back in time to around May of 1889 and found yourself alone with the infant one month old Adolf Hitler, would you kill him? I imagine the answer the majority would respond to this alteration of the original question, after a pause for contemplation, with the answer no. No one of sound mind would want to be a baby killer regardless of the baby (short of Rosemary’s).

In reference to my stating how I will visit this question in a contrarian way, I mean this by stating that I wouldn’t kill Adolf Hitler in either scenario and wish to explain my reasoning. Coming from angles of economic theory, political science, philosophy and neurobiology I can explain my contrarian position. In recent studies mostly put forth by acclaimed neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris, free will has proven to be impossible. Every decision we make as human beings comes from neurological processes that deal both with physiology and psychology. Our brains operate uniquely from person to person. Someone with the genes and brain patterns of a serial killer (i.e. the serotonin needed for rational behavior of response isn’t produced enough in the frontal cortex) can turn out not to be a serial killer and instead a rather pleasant human being. This being due to their past experiences and environment that they were raised in. If for example a person with this disease* is raised in a loving family with good relations with both their parents and their siblings this can possibly, and has been proven to in some cases, alter their genetic programming ( not necessarily altering exactly but rather countering) and train their behavior to be responsive in a similar way as the average person who does not suffer from this deficiency. (more…)

Principles of a Free Society

In a truly free society there are a few principles we should live by. These truths have become very evident in the recent years on interventionism by the U.S. government in policies, laws and the policing of the world. I guess it doesn’t surprise me that they are not clear to the masses due to the extreme conditioning we citizens have gone through since our childhood.

If these simple principles were at the forefront of our political beliefs we would see prosperous longevity in our economy and in our happiness as a whole. And as opposed to many other attempts at sound policy these principles cost the country absolutely nothing. I wish to outline these principles.

As a government we should refrain from forcing issues upon others because with every force there is a counterforce. Nor should we defeat enemies by force of arms for even when violent actions are well intentioned at first these actions always rebound on ourselves. This has been evident in recent years with our various entanglements with the Middle East. It does no one good economically nor does it any good for national prosperity.

In dealing with the issue of violence it should be of only the last possible resort for survival. In victory over the enemy we shouldn’t rejoice and declare victory as a triumph but instead with our heads held low in despair. While yes we may have found ourselves in a situation with only one option of survival we shouldn’t be proud of our victory because then we are also proud of the confrontation. This is a sign of men hungry for power. (more…)

Religious Extremists Strike Again! Free Alber Saber!

“Separation of church and state”. It’s astonishing how such beautiful and few words can be viewed so complicatedly. In the United States our original plan as opposed to what many American’s (the U.S.) swear otherwise, was to be a nation free of religious persecution and free of religious power within our government. This is true in the United States and is one of our greatest policies. Even though we true liberty movers face ridiculous opposition from the religious institutions here in the United States, it is not near as bad as almost everywhere else in the world. While our only real reason for having religion lobbying in our government successfully is due to pandering to voters and financial gain for the elected officials. With us it comes down to the money and position in office.

With other countries like Egypt it’s a bit more than just politics. I honestly believe that they actually believe in their religion and desire to rule in accordance with it. Why else would a free thinking blogger and spreader of atheist and secular ideology be imprisoned for such free thinking and acting behavior? His name is Alber Saber, a victim of a totalitarian government devoted to the beliefs of Islam. His association with a Facebook page for atheists caused neighbors and an angry Islamic mob to form at his house threatening him. The police showed up not to help him but to arrest him for the crime of insulting Islam. (more…)

Faith In China

One of the largest fears that plagues the average modern American’s mind is the fear of total economic failure in the US economy and the economic domination of Chinese society. Of course it appears to be a valid fear though rest assured I am quite certain that there’s actually quite little to fear. Allow me to explain myself by first explaining the differences in our economic systems.

Let us travel across the drug infested border of Mexico and have a somewhat close examination of an exclusive system (China is also quite exclusive). First I’ll state due to much research I’ve found one clear observation that can expose whether a countries economic system is exclusive or inclusive. It’s quite simple really. If one sees a country where there are two extremes of economic classes with very little middle class then that is a tip off. In Mexico there is the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor with very little evidence of a middle sections (class). The upper class in Mexico is extremely wealthy financially and has no concern for their country while the poor which makes up most of the country, is quite possibly gets down to the poorest group of people one might ever come across on this not-so-fair planet. There is much pride in their upper class. It’s a badge of honor for them when they are connected and well taken care of as the trod on the poor man’s back. Not only is it a punishment for an average non-connected Mexican citizen if they get the idea of even attempting to own their own small business but it is quite dangerous too. Mirroring cases in Eastern European and many African countries one must pay a high fee for local protection. If one shows any sign of wealth and is not connected then it may as well be a death warrant on their head. This mostly of course deals with the massive drug cartel which also is majorly connected to the operations in their government. And to save for another post soon I will share the only resolution to this problem that I can think of and am quite certain will work. (more…)