Friday, August 27, 2010

Vindicating Capitalism: The Real History of The Standard Oil Company

Let me share this article by Alex Epstein in The Objective Standard about John D.Rockefeller and the success of his Standard Oil.

Let me also share to you my favorite part of the article:

Rockefeller’s rebates, then, were an earned cost savings of the sort that any market competitor—and any consumer—should perpetually seek. The extent to which others could not match the low prices he was able to charge in the 1870s as a result of his many cost-cutting measures, including this one, is simply an instance of productive inferiority; nothing about it is coercive or “anticompetitive.” To say that Rockefeller—by cutting his costs, thus enabling himself to sell profitably for lower prices and win over more customers—was rendering competitors “unfree” is like saying that Google is rendering its competitors unfree by building the most appealing search engine. To call Rockefeller’s actions “anticompetitive” is to say that “competition” consists in no one ever outperforming anyone else. Economic freedom does not mean the satisfaction of anyone’s arbitrary desires to succeed in any market regardless of ability or performance or consumer preferences; it means that everyone is free to produce and trade by voluntary exchange to mutual consent. If one cannot compete in a certain field or industry, one is free to seek another job—but not to cripple those who are able to compete.

True economic competition—the kind of competition that made kerosene production far cheaper—is not a process in which businessmen are forced by the government to relinquish their advantages, to minimize their profits, to perform at the norm, never rising too far above the mean. Economic competition is a process in which businessmen are free to capitalize on their advantages, to maximize their profits, to perform at the peak of their abilities, to rise as high as their effort and skill take them.

Rockefeller’s meteoric rise and the business practices that made it possible—including his dealings with the railroads—epitomize the beauty of a free market. His story provides a clear demonstration of the kind of life-serving productivity that is the hallmark of laissez-faire competition.

Radical Islam

Brigitte Gabriel, a former Lebanese Christian who immigrated to America talks about Lebanon and Islam.
(Note: I don't fully agree with all she says, especially the allowing the State to invade your privacy)

This could happen anywhere.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wonders of the Modern World

Taking development for granted or even hated it?

In this wonderful video, Bill Whittle offers a vision of how a certain institution Americans take for granted would have amazed the ancients.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 Best Youtube Musicians

After days of wasting time on Youtube to find musicians, I have now a list of my favorite Youtube musicians there is.

5.Alyssa Bernal

4. Tyler Ward

3. Eriel Ronquillo

2. Hannah Trigwell

1. Daniela Andrade

I'm gonna post 3 videos cause she's awesome...

Runner Ups, those musicians I like but never up to par with the musicians above

Gabe Bondoc:

Lisa Scinta:

Kate McGill:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

History of Liberty or How a Great Nation is Built

Today I'm gonna share this videos by Judge Napolitano on Fox News

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Let me leave you with this quote by Ayn Rand:

I can say—not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and esthetic roots—that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Philippine Education System: A Source of Mediocrity

Erica Goldson, a recent graduate as a valedictorian at Coxsackie-Athens High School delivered this speech about Education

(Note: Just replace the word "Americans" and "America" to "Filipino" and "Philippines")

Here is the transcript of her speech:

Here I stand

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years." The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast – How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?" Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path."

This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.

Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I can attest that I am only the best at doing what I am told and working the system. Yet, here I stand, and I am supposed to be proud that I have completed this period of indoctrination. I will leave in the fall to go on to the next phase expected of me, in order to receive a paper document that certifies that I am capable of work. But I contend that I am a human being, a thinker, an adventurer – not a worker. A worker is someone who is trapped within repetition – a slave of the system set up before him. But now, I have successfully shown that I was the best slave. I did what I was told to the extreme. While others sat in class and doodled to later become great artists, I sat in class to take notes and become a great test-taker. While others would come to class without their homework done because they were reading about an interest of theirs, I never missed an assignment. While others were creating music and writing lyrics, I decided to do extra credit, even though I never needed it. So, I wonder, why did I even want this position? Sure, I earned it, but what will come of it? When I leave educational institutionalism, will I be successful or forever lost? I have no clue about what I want to do with my life; I have no interests because I saw every subject of study as work, and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning. And quite frankly, now I'm scared.

John Taylor Gatto, a retired school teacher and activist critical of compulsory schooling, asserts, "We could encourage the best qualities of youthfulness – curiosity, adventure, resilience, the capacity for surprising insight simply by being more flexible about time, texts, and tests, by introducing kids into truly competent adults, and by giving each student what autonomy he or she needs in order to take a risk every now and then. But we don't do that." Between these cinderblock walls, we are all expected to be the same. We are trained to ace every standardized test, and those who deviate and see light through a different lens are worthless to the scheme of public education, and therefore viewed with contempt.

H. L. Mencken wrote in The American Mercury for April 1924 that the aim of public education is not "to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. ... Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim ... is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States."

To illustrate this idea, doesn't it perturb you to learn about the idea of "critical thinking?" Is there really such a thing as "uncritically thinking?" To think is to process information in order to form an opinion. But if we are not critical when processing this information, are we really thinking? Or are we mindlessly accepting other opinions as truth?

This was happening to me, and if it wasn't for the rare occurrence of an avant-garde tenth grade English teacher, Donna Bryan, who allowed me to open my mind and ask questions before accepting textbook doctrine, I would have been doomed. I am now enlightened, but my mind still feels disabled. I must retrain myself and constantly remember how insane this ostensibly sane place really is.

And now here I am in a world guided by fear, a world suppressing the uniqueness that lies inside each of us, a world where we can either acquiesce to the inhuman nonsense of corporatism and materialism or insist on change. We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have no choices in life when money is our motivational force. Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us.

We are more than robotic bookshelves, conditioned to blurt out facts we were taught in school. We are all very special, every human on this planet is so special, so aren't we all deserving of something better, of using our minds for innovation, rather than memorization, for creativity, rather than futile activity, for rumination rather than stagnation? We are not here to get a degree, to then get a job, so we can consume industry-approved placation after placation. There is more, and more still.

The saddest part is that the majority of students don't have the opportunity to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it. I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can't run away to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers. We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow, but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.

For those of you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened. You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical, and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class. Demand that the excuse, "You have to learn this for the test" is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.

For those of you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

For those of you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and we will demand truth.

So, here I stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here watching me. I couldn't have accomplished this without all of you. It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way, we are all valedictorians.

I am now supposed to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell is more of a "see you later" when we are all working together to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let's go get those pieces of paper that tell us that we're smart enough to do so!

The proper purpose is of education as the founder of Objectivism, Ayn Rand said.

The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life—by developing his mind and equipping him to deal with reality. The training he needs is theoretical, i.e., conceptual. He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past—and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort.

A Bill to ban the word "Muslim" in Identifying Criminals?

In an act that could just be described as idiotic and dictatorial, Senator Bong Revilla seeks to ban the world "Muslim" in Identifying Criminals:

A bill has been filed in the Senate seeking to criminalize the use of the word “Muslim" or “Islamic" in identifying criminals in print, radio, Internet, and all forms of broadcast media.

Senate Bill No. 1990 was filed by Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. who said the practice of identifying criminals using their religious background is derogatory and promotes discrimination among Filipinos.

“The word Muslim means follower of Allah. So, words such as “Muslim criminals" and “Muslim Terrorists" are extremely injurious to our non-Christian countrymen. We must put a stop to this religiously biased practice," Revilla said.

The senator said passing this bill will contribute to the “increased positive social space and understanding" between Muslims and non-Muslims.

“It would help drive the path towards a just, culturally-sensitive, fair and lasting peace and development in the country. This might be one of the ways to attain the long-awaited peace in Mindanao," Revilla said.

Under Senate Bill No. 1990, violators may be imprisoned from one month and one day to six months and may be asked to pay a fine ranging from P1,000 to P10,000.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Gay Bar near the Ground Zero Mosque!

Greg Gutfeld, host of Red Eye, a show in Fox News Channel has announced his plan to open a gay bar near Ground Zero .

Gutfeld wrote in his blog:

“So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it’s all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque – after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law – who can stop them?

Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I’ve decided to do the same thing.

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps – but still want to dance.

Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.

My place, however, will have better music.”

Now here is Gutfeld explaining his actions in the Glen Beck Show:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Islamic Threat

Many people ignore this threat. Sometimes accusing people who recognize this threat as "bigots".

Geert Wilders, a European freedom fighter, have composed his 10 point plan to save the west

An important excerpt from that

We need more Churchills and less Chamberlains.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Regarding the NYC Mosque

I just have found an amazing analogy to describe this event.
In the site Myyearbook. A forum poster made this statements

Entitled: "The P.C (Political Correctness)police need to shut up about the
Ground Zero Mosque and do their

He further wrote:

All they can scream to support the idea that this mosque is good is "YOUR

Well, I know The P.C police feel proud saying that, because with their
small IQ's and lack of formal education, such rudimentary claims are the
smartest thing they can muster -- similar to the pride once can see on the
face of a mentally handicapped high school student who is able to
successfully figure out that 5+3=8. So, just in case there ARE any tards
still listening: Not all Muslims are radical extremists. Happy?

Now, on to point two: this mosque is being built by radical extremists.

pointless. Imagine if the American Neo-Nazi Party decided to build a "White
Man's Museum" in Poland, right next to Auschwitz. People would scream no,
right? And then imagine if some genius came up and screamed "HEY, NOT ALL
DOESN'T MAKE IT RACIST". Well... he'd be entirely correct. He'd also be
making a useless statement, because The American Neo-Nazi Party are, bum
bum bum, RACIST. It's not a matter of "all white people are racist" in that
particular case, it's a matter of "The American Neo-Nazi Party is

Well, just like in that situation, absolutely no one is saying "All Muslims
are violent radical extremists"... we're saying "Wahhabi is a violent
radical extremist cult". Building a Wahhabi cult temple next to a place
where 3,000 Wahhabi-learned Muslims killed 3,000 Americans in order to
fulfill the Salafi principals of violent Jihad. Building that cult mosque
is an insult not only to 3,000 dead Americans and foreigners who died on
9/11, but an insult to the millions of people who are killed, assaulted,
tortured, imprisoned, victimized, and oppressed because of Wahhabism every
single year. It's an insult to proud, rational, peace-loving American
Muslims, great American thinkers like the Islamic Supreme Council of
America and Abdul Hadi Palazzi who are bold enough to label Wahhabism as
nothing more then a violent, irrational, ultra-radical affront to peace.  "