If you’re annoyed with someone in a parking lot, it might be smarter to move to another parking place. A dispute over parking at a Birmingham-area Cracker Barrel restaurant Thursday night led to one man shooting another in the head after they argued. It’s hard to imagine that we humans are insane enough that we allow ourselves to get so upset about such trivial disputes that we’re ready to kill someone. I’ve been angry enough to do something stupid, too, so I know what it’s like to feel that way. Most of us need to learn better self-control.
Briefly: Routine tech today would have been black magic 200 years ago
It’s funny how many things we take for granted today which would have seemed like black magic to people of a couple hundred years ago. I just unlocked my car door with the key fob — which almost everyone today does without thinking every day — and it occurred to me that simple action would have been incomprehensible to those people. It would have seemed like amazing magic at best and would have gotten us burned as sorcerers at worst. I find myself wondering (again) what things will be common and routine in a hundred years which are beyond my ability to even imagine.
Briefly: State lotteries are hypocritical and exploitive shams
It disgusts me that state governments steal so much money from people — mostly those who can’t afford the loss — by dangling before them the promise of $750 million in the Powerball lottery. A lottery is nothing but a tax on those who don’t understand probability statistics. If private parties want to operate gambling systems and if ignorant individuals want to throw their money at them, it’s not my business to stop them. But I’m disgusted that governments piously pretend it’s shameful and exploitive for private interests to run lotteries, but it’s fine and dandy as long as the coercive monopoly called the state gets the profit instead. This is wrong on many levels.