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Exploit the earth or die

exploit the earth

Exploit the Earth or die. It’s not a threat. It’s a fact. Either man takes the Earth’s raw materials—such as trees, petroleum, aluminum, and atoms—and transforms them into the requirements of his life, or he dies. To live, man must produce the goods on which his life depends; he must produce homes, automobiles, computers, electricity, and the like; he must seize nature and use it to his advantage. There is no escaping this fact. Even the allegedly “noble” savage must pick or perish. Indeed, even if a person produces nothing, insofar as he remains alive he indirectly exploits the Earth by parasitically surviving off the exploitative efforts of others.

The fact annoys some people. But it shouldn’t: Hence our “Exploit the Earth or Die” campaign.

The Objective Standard

Nice. I’ve often thought one of the oddest aspects of leftist philosophy was the idea that no-one should be made to feel guilty about the things he or she can perfectly well control (like drinking or teen pregnancy) but everyone should feel aweful about things no living organism can help doing, like consuming resources and producing waste. Lefties live in Oppositeland, where everything is 180° from reality.

I think that’s what they mean by “reality based community” — they ascertain reality, and then stake out the opposite position.


Comment from jwpaine
Time: September 5, 2007, 6:50 pm

The Objective Standard is an excellent publication. I’ve let my charter subscription lapse, but thanks to your inadvertent reminder, I’ll get on it–as you British weasels say–straight away.

Comment from Gnus
Time: September 5, 2007, 7:11 pm

Speaking of reality, Sweasel, did ya see the fauxphotography thingie over at Hot Air?


A change of reality made really easy. Like it wasn’t already.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 5, 2007, 8:36 pm

The key word, at which point we are safely into “Wenn ich Kultur höre … entsichere ich meinen Browning” territory is when some clown uses the word ‘sustainability’.

Currently, I reach for my “Browning” several times a day.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 5, 2007, 9:15 pm

That Faux-stuff is amazing. I assume it leaves artifacts though – ones that can be detected by math-scanning the image data?

Hey, Uncle B – I have no idea where this thread is going, but I did pick up a Sig Sauer P226 .40S&W this weekend. I’ll grant it’s not a Browning, but…

I like it. I’m thinking about getting the .357 Sig barrel for it too, just for strangeness factor. It drops right in and uses the .40 clip.

Strange round – the .357 Sig. It ain’t a .357 at all.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 6, 2007, 5:28 am

Whoa, Gnus…that was very interesting (HotAir isn’t on my list, because I can’t do YouTube from work so it’s mostly white space to me). I’m guessing you could see artifacts. I’m also guessing people won’t like this effect; they like the idea that what they’re seeing is what stuff looked like. A picture that changed as they resized a browser window would mess with that illusion.

I’ve got a Makarov in .40 S&W, McGoo. (It’s the only odd caliber gun I have. Everything else is .22 or .38 — well, I have a proper .357, but I practice with .38). I love the Makarov, though. It’s such a clumsy soviet piece of shit.

My guns. They’ll have to go 🙁

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 6, 2007, 7:44 am

Sig Sauer…. drool….

Must have been the X-Files that sold ’em to me 😉

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 6, 2007, 8:37 am

Yep – my chin was covered with saliva as I walked proudly out of the store packin’ – 15 minutes after I initiated the sale! MO law got changed last week to instant background check (like TX, thank God!), so I felt I had to test the system.

Those soviet POS’s are fun. I have a genuine 9mm Tokarev POS, and a CZ-52 that shoots those li’l bottleneck cartridges (7.62×25). Its a blast. I love the genuine crappy bakelite plastic grips and the rolling-block receiver – which is unique for a pistol, I believe. Strongest pistol breach I own, I suspect.

Me and a friend reloaded ammo for it and got it up over 1800 fps. In a pistol! We used cut down and resized/necked .223 brass for it. Beefy.

I’ll tell you, Weasel, you should leave the Weasel-Arms with a friend so you can shoot if you return to the US for a visit. I’d buy ’em and just sit on ’em for you, but I just blew (and am over-blowing) my allowance for this month. Tennessee (where your fambly reunion is) isn’t that far from the Bootheel of MO (where mine is, and where I’m moving).

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 6, 2007, 8:46 am

Yeah, we don’t have any of them badboys over here. Consider me supremely jealous.
I hope you’ve got a good reason for coming here Mr. Weasel, and by ‘good reason’ I mean sex, money or…uh, well that seems to be it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 6, 2007, 9:16 am

Most of my guns are cheap crap, McGoo — on purpose. I liked to buy plinkers I didn’t have to be too precious about. But I’ve got two I really like and may leave with a friend. I have to find out how the law works for that; I think I might technically have to ‘sell’ them. I’m not going to have time to take any handguns home. I’ve got one trip coming up in November, and I’m taking my grandaddy’s rifle home. Then I’m out!

Gibby: love, leisure and a Tudor farmhouse on the coast. Ahhhh for the life of a kept weasel.

Comment from Gnus
Time: September 6, 2007, 10:18 am

I dunno, Sweasel. I sorta thought that to change the pic the changer had to have some input as to what would change. Looked to me like a simple resize wouldn’t change anything, excepting maybe aspect.

Someone, in comments, seemed to think any changes would be detectable, but IIRC, not to an average joe like me who was just looking at the pic. It would take some analysis.

Wonder how long it will be before we’re fed a steady diet of representative photos. Heck, it’s already been tried, albeit clumsily. One more reason not to trust the MSM.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 6, 2007, 10:29 am

Well, it’s worth remembering that for all the thousands of years of human history, we’ve only had accurate recording of visual information for two centuries. And really, practically, in terms of publishing photos in newspapers and magazines, one century: the twentieth.

So now I guess we go back to a world where all visual information is a kind of artist’s rendering.

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 6, 2007, 11:51 am

Gnus, that was awesome….
Implications of photographic realism aside…My husband and I work together and we do catalog and ad mailings in-house. I do mostly copy and layout, but he spends a ton of time in Photoshop manipulating images. I showed him that video clip and he was blown away. If it’s not a “squillion” dollars we are buying it yesterday.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 6, 2007, 1:11 pm

Heh. Check out this thing. It’s a Shockwave still image of Hong Kong. Moving your mouse up or down moves time forward or back. Simple. Cool.

My grandmother went to Hong Kong many years ago. She called it “Honk Honk.” She wasn’t stupid, just…ditzy.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 6, 2007, 1:37 pm

Gnus – we’re already fed representative news, i.e. news as its desired to be rather than the way it is, so (as you imply) you can bet that representative photos are on the way at mach 2.

Weasel, I “deeded” over my arsenal (One dollar in hand, serial #s, descriptions, etc, notarized and everything) to a TX buddy (and left it there) before moving to MO. I trust him implicitly to tear up the document and hand it all back over when I get settled.

But if your weapons aren’t special to you (I have some that aren’t, too), then…easy come, easy go.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 6, 2007, 5:32 pm

A Tudor farmhouse on the coast eh? Sounds nice.
Anywho, there’s a British NRA and various other rifle clubs. There must be a way for you to be able to keep your guns if you really want to. Or at least you’d’ve thought so. Perhaps you’ve already looked into it, I don’t know.
Shit, we’ll need people like you to train up partisans if the you-know-who problem gets any worse.


Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 6, 2007, 6:33 pm

A (old?) Tudor farmhouse on the English coast is way better’n a Onedor Ranch in suburbia. If there are any ponds locally you can look for Excalibur. Or you can find any number of other ways to waste time.

So in the evenings you’ll be takin’ a leisurely turn on the Moors, ol’ Weas’? Capital, I say!

I think you should study the great enccentrics of history and take up enccentricism as a hobby. See how many of your neighbors you can get to talkin’ about you, Weas. Extra points if you can cause them to rise up in rebellion and storm your property.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 6, 2007, 6:40 pm

Yep, McGoo, “Tudor” here doesn’t mean “white with black trim”…it means Liz the First was on the throne when it was built. And hereabouts it’s marshes, not moors…but I’ll have a deal of work (as they say) standing out as an eccentric in this town.

Gibby, the British NRA came first. I enjoy pointing that out to Brits. But, sadly, most of my arsenal is handguns. Ne pas de handguns in the UK. We’re buying some airguns, anyhow. They’re not lethal, but they hurt like fuckery. And you could damn well put an eye out!

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 6, 2007, 8:52 pm

I’ve heard that you can put an eye out…somewhere…I just can’t….remember…

Not only do those air guns hurt – as you say – like *royal* fuckery, they can be as accurate as micrometered snot! Some of dem marksmen can put de li’l BB or pellet thru the previous hole. Assholes.

I did not know the NRA was a Brit creation, Weasel. Good thing you were here to tell me!

Um, Weas? A thought just crossed my mind: Where’s Lokki? I haven’t seen any posts from him….you don’t suppose…have you checked, um, y’know…(ahem)…there. None of my business, really.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: September 7, 2007, 10:09 am

Wait a second…on their (NRAUK) website, they’ve got photos of guys shooting M-16 derivatives, L85s and other rifles. Are you meaning to tell me that carbines, assault rifles and high-power rifles are kosher, but pistols aren’t? What kind of a fucked-up law is that? Again: are you sure you really want to move here?
I suppose you can get accurate air pistols to practice with, but I don’t see how it can ever come close to the real thing. Maybe my judgement is too informed by the G1015 repeater I used to own which was good for shooting the cat and my sister out of my bedroom window as she was messing around on her bike, but was certainly not any good for target practice, since it was about as accurate as BBC report from the Middle East.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 7, 2007, 10:27 am

Nope. After the Dunblane massacre, only the po-lice and the criminals have handguns. My understanding is the British Olympic pistol team has to practice in France. Very sad.

My dad popped a cap in my ass once, by mistake. A BB, actually. And it was only a ricochet, but it dropped me like a sack of weasel. Maybe it was the simple shock of it; I was in the kitchen making a PB&J (a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, for you Brits).

He used to love sitting in the living room shooting into the fireplace, which resulted in some very unfortunate BB placements. I remember my great aunt peeling a banana, finding a BB in it and announcing, “there’s a pearl in my banana!”

Comment from Aphra Behn
Time: September 8, 2007, 4:38 am

To revert to the original topic; it’s a rock and a hard place isn’t it. “Exploit the earth OR die” and “Exploit the earth AND die” – both are true, it’s just that different people do the dying.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 8, 2007, 5:28 am

I’m all in favor of different people doing the dying.

That’s one of those sentiments that sounds rather savage, but Grandma would endorse so utterly she would think it hardly necessary to say aloud. I am becoming Grandma.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: September 8, 2007, 1:36 pm


Thank you for making me feel better about my savage politics.

And amusing me in the process.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: September 8, 2007, 5:08 pm

Oh, hell yes. Everyone dies eventually, but I’d kinda like a lot of other folks to go first to – y’know – smooth the way so-to-speak. I’m in no hurry. Please – take my place. Cut ahead of me in line – I don’t mind.

It’ll be just my luck that seating will be limited or sumpin.

Meanwhile, I figure I’ll do the consumin’ and the Liberals can do the dying. That’s fair, isn’t it? This entire planet was put here for my amusement anyway, wasn’t it?

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