Tuesday, October 13, 2009


From the Register (U.K.):
Psychologists in Canada have revealed new research suggesting that people who become eco-conscious "green consumers" are "more likely to steal and lie" than others.
(via Instapundit)


suek said...

That's because they're more likely to be leftys, and as such have no fixed moral standard. Why shouldn't they "spread the wealth"?

OBloodyHell said...

> Why shouldn't they "spread the wealth"?

'Cause some of us have guns and will happily blow their thieving asses into the next life...?

That's one reason.


suek said...


I want to come live in _your_ town...!

OBloodyHell said...

> I want to come live in _your_ town...!

Was more rhetorical flourish than expecting it to become an option in the near future.

As far as the local attitudes, well, this is in FL, where they grasp the value of guns (i.e., comparatively sensible concealed carry rules), but the local peeps are the only idiots north of the Orlando/Tampa axis that voted for Gore and Kerry. No surprise, lots of students, lots of libtard professors.

OBloodyHell said...

...OTOH, it's still far better than England.

suek said...

Heh. I'm in the far left lala land of Calif. Personally, politics aside, I find earthquakes preferable to hurricanes, but that's just me. Eventually, we'll probably move one more time - though I'm not sure I can handle another time. I think it might be a _lot_ easier to just planning on dying where we live - not for any reason other than the requirement of divesting ourselves of years of possession accumulation - which included the acquisition of some of the possessions of two sets of parents.

However...given the possible future, I have a son and family in Tx, and that seems like an option. Hubby...man. I'm not sure he plans on anything more than one day at a time. Doesn't seem to have _any_ plans to sell the business...ever. So...I don't know. I'm looking at land prices in Tx and learning more about the state. It's a _big_ state! Pick your climate, pick your terrain, you can find it. The only problem is finding your choice climate and choice terrain in the same location!

Not considering England. Nor New England - though I was born there! Still have a grave plot - just down from the Kennedy's. Don't plan on getting planted there - and don't even have any idea what to do with it!

OBloodyHell said...

> I find earthquakes preferable to hurricanes, but that's just me.

Sorry, I can SEE a hurricane coming a week away, and prepare appropriately.

How much warning do you get for an earthquake?


Give me hurricanes anyday.

> which included the acquisition of some of the possessions of two sets of parents.

Ah, well, stick your kids with all the work, then... :oD

Smarter to get them involved earlier and tell them:
1) If you help us move, it'll save more money for you in the long run -- estate taxes in Cali are hell
2) You're gonna need to do it eventually, anyway, and if you start to do it now, there won't be any rush to complete the process.

I hope the process is delayed a long time, by all means, but the longer you live, the more moving out of Cali sooner pays off. If you live 20 years past retirement that's one heck of a lot of money into the retirement fund that your kids will inherit afterwards. If you save 10% a year, and re-invest that, that's like EARNING 10% a year on your investments... and that adds up in the course of 20 years -- a lot. Go look at the numbers on a compound interest calculator, if you don't already know them (I'd bet you know exactly what I mean, though).

OBloodyHell said...

P.S., If you don't mind it somewhat warm and muggy, and largely flat, Florida does have probably one of the absolute best state governments around, if only because the founders of FLA were smart enough to outlaw a state income tax in the Constitution... so it would take a constitutional amendment (which we just made tougher to pass, thanks to that stupid "pig amendment"... a silver lining is everywhere!) in order for the state government to implement a state-level income tax. Can you say, "Damned near impossible?" I knew ya could.

On the whole FLA, is a fairly rational state as far as governments go -- the northern half is reasonably conservative/republican, and balances out the libtard idiots in the south, so neither group gets too powerful. Concealed carry is not difficult to obtain. They also have to balance the budget each year and hence have been fairly good about that... neither the downturn (which has hit particularly hard here, of course) nor end of the tobacco fund-flood has rendered the government particularly insolvent. If you want a city environment, Jacksonville is pretty large and relatively conservative, if you want something more middlin' there's either Ocala (conservative), Gainesville (liberal, thanks to UF, but still not awful) and Pensacola (airbase, so conservative. Plus lots of less developed areas if you prefer a smaller-town enviro with a few thousand total.

You're about an hour away from either coast anywhere outside the panhandle. No mountains, though -- if you like those, you're SOL.

But Ocala is one of the best thoroughbred horse areas in the USA, second only to Kentucky. And college athletics are generally quite well supported in the state, with an obvious emphasis on football (but UF consistently ranks high in most collegiate sports, second only to Stanford for the all-sports trophy over the last decade or two), so any others are pretty good, too...

And thanks to the collapse of the housing bubble, FLA is cheap right now. I'd lay odds that a 1/4 acre in most of Cali would get you 5-10 acres in many parts of Florida.

A lot of unemployment right at the moment, but hardly a problem 10-15 years from now, assuming the Big O doesn't totally F* the economy.

There's my pro-Florida spiel.