“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Found While Looking for Something Else
While I was researching fearmongering, stampedes, shortages, and manipulations of markets, I came across this informative video.
I never knew that.ReplyDelete
The BBC, by the BBC, promoting the BBC:ReplyDelete
That's not how "buttons" are "made" in La Cosa Nostra.ReplyDelete
Can't believe ALL buttons are made like that:ReplyDelete
Injection molding would take about a second.
...AND, I could understand WTF is going on!
Rolling a little cracker thing that grows from a pile of powder?
...and then what was the last step, Black Magic?
Find us a step by step Guide/Explanation Deuce!
True Believer Suffers Death by DessicationReplyDelete
I dimly remember unca Ollie making buttons that way, except when it came to the rolling stage, he'd put the rolled proto-button under a smelly old salted fillet of codfish, and leave it over night. Would come out really shiny in the morning, and each button was a different color. We used to wear 'em on our boots.ReplyDelete
bobal: I dimly remember unca Ollie making buttons that way, except when it came to the rolling stage, he'd put the rolled proto-button under a smelly old salted fillet of codfish, and leave it over night.ReplyDelete
And he would say, "That's another fine mess you've gotten me into."
Ollie was the fat one. Sheeze, kids these days.ReplyDelete
Democracy in action--retirement communtity votes to buttonhole some ducks:)--(the old folks know how to take proper action, and protect their own, too:) )--ReplyDelete
Another beneficial use of guns: getting rid of pests
Some Florida retirees apparently had enough with some troublesome ducks:
It's a debate waged in apartment complexes and residential communities across the country: Feed the neighborhood critters or shoo them a way?
A Florida retirement community did a little more than shoo, choosing instead to shoot at the Muscovy ducks that had fouled the pool and become a general nuisance for residents, according to a report by MyFOXTampaBay.com.
The Clearwater retirement community's homeowners association voted to obtain a firearm permit and entrust one of their own, Bruce Streeter, with eliminating the ducks.
"Because he's the youngest in here, and he can still see well to have a good aim," fellow resident Debbie Clayton told MyFOXTampaBay.com.
Streeter said he only hit two or three, but that was enough for animal cruelty charges to be filed. Streeter pleaded no contest and had to pay about $300 in court costs, which were covered by donations from his neighbors, according to the TV station. . . .