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Animal’s Daily Slip-And-Slide-A-Potty News

A lot of crap comes out of China these days, but now we find that an innovative new device for getting rid of crap has also arisen over there.  Coming soon, to a bathroom near you, the Super-Slippery-Toilet!

Poop that clings to the toilet bowl is not only unpleasant for bathroom visitors and cleaners alike, it actually wastes a significant amount of water as more flushes are required to dislodge the stuff.

It was this problem that the scientists wanted to tackle by making a non-stick toilet bowl. They used a mixture of plastic and hydrophobic sand grains for their material, fused together with laser-based 3D printing techniques, in a design that was around a tenth the size of a standard toilet bowl.

(Image from story)

The abrasion-resistant super-slippery flush toilet, or ARSFT, was shown to repel synthetic feces, as well as multiple substances that the scientists tested. Nothing was able to get a grip on the surface, and everything slid straight down, much like the slippery pitcher plants that inspired the toilet design.

“The as-prepared ARSFT remains clean after contacting with various liquids such as milk, yogurt, highly sticky honey, and starch gel mixed congee, demonstrating excellent repellence to complex fluids,” write the researchers in their published paper.

Well, that’s… interesting.

The issue to be solved by this, of course, is water usage. If there’s one thing we have plenty of here in the Great Land, it’s water, but other places aren’t so fortunate.  I have a buddy that lives in Arizona, and he is known to wax eloquent about the lack of rain and snow there (especially as compared to our own Alaska, where this year we have seen rather more rain that suits us).  But there are a lot of human settlements and even major cities in places where water isn’t exactly abundant; Las Vegas, or Phoenix, or Los Angeles could all profit from the implementation of this kind of tech.

Homeowners would probably be happy to see their water bills reduced, as well.

They key for this, as for all new technologies, will be cost.  How much will the new slippery potties cost?  How soon will the economics of scale kick in to reduce the prices still more?  What’s the break-even point on one of these for, say, a family of four?

At this point the super-slip potty is a neat thing, but at the end of the day just a curiosity.  Unless the economic questions are answered, that’s all it will remain.

Animal’s Daily Nork Submarine News

This is downright giggle-inducing; North Korea, that isolated Stalinist dictatorship run by a stunted little gargoyle with bad hair from a long line of stunted little gargoyles with bad hair, that Communist shithole that can’t even feed its own citizenry, claims to have launched a nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

Here’s the funny part:  It’s not nuclear (supposedly it carries nuclear-tipped missiles, but it’s Diesel/electric powered) and it’s based on an old Soviet Romeo-class sub.  The Romeo class was built between 1957 and 1961.  That’s right.  All these subs are older than I am, and I’m no spring chicken.

Kim Jong Un was present for the launch of the North Korean Navy’s (KPN) latest submarine on September 6. The new submarine is actually a rebuilt Soviet-designed Romeo Class boat, but radically modernized. It has been named “Hero Kim Gun-ok” (김군옥영웅) and given the hull number 841.

Significantly, the submarine has a missile compartment added with 10 missile tubes. Given the Hermit Kingdom’s investment in ballistic missiles, it is likely that these are nuclear capable.

But how capable?  The amount of tech savvy demonstrated by the Norks to date has been underwhelming.

The modification to the Romeo class submarine is so extensive that it almost appears to be a new boat. The new missile compartment, with two rows of five missile hatches, is in a section built into the sail. The bow has been shortened, reshaped and the diving planes moved to the sail.

We can speculate that the missiles are the Pukguksong family of submarine launched ballistic missiles. These are between 9.7 and 10.6 meters long and 1.5 and 1.8 meters in diameter depending on the exact version. The missile hatches however appear smaller, either for a shorter ranged ballistic missile first seen in October 2021, or for a cruise missile. North Korea has recently shown the Hwasal-2′ cruise missile which approximates the U.S. Navy’s famous Tomahawk weapon.

Here’s the sub (image from article):

Here’s a drawing of the original Soviet Romeo design:

That new bow they grafted onto this ancient Russian submarine looks like papier-mâché.  One has to doubt the seaworthiness of this abortion; hell, one has to doubt the harbor-worthiness of this thing.

The best thing that could happen to the United States Pacific Fleet would be for the Norks to try to actually take this thing to sea.  I  have a funny feeling it would disappear within a few months.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Housekeeping note:  Since my Wednesday links posts have always been long, and are getting longer, I’m going to try sticking the actual links below a “Click to Read More” tag.  This will help me to keep my already crowded front page a tad less cluttered while I consider how to go about a more involved revamp of the site. I’m still using the 2014 theme for WordPress, and while I like the looks of it, it may be time to update.  It’s been almost ten years since the last major site revamp, so we’ll see.  And, of course, please do let me know in the comments if you like/dislike and changes or have any other comments.

And so…

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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

In this, our third summer in the Great Land, we’re still getting used to how short the warm season is. Here we are on August 2nd, where most of the country is sweltering (and it’s supposed to hit 77 here, which is pretty damn warm for the Susitna Valley) and we’re going to be moving into cooler, wetter weather soon. The swallows are gone, the trees are turning from the bright, vibrant green of late spring and early summer to the darker, dustier green of late summer.  We may see snow as early as six weeks or so from now.

That’s Alaska, and we love it here more every day, long, cold winters and all.

Now then…

On To the Links!

Is the WaPo collapsing?

This is probably a safe assumption for China to make.

Oh, yeah, that’s sure to end well.

Yeah, it’s time for the Murder Turtle to hang it up.

Ten Senate seats mostly likely to flip.  We’ll see.

Judge to Hunter Biden:  “Get a job, stay sober.”  Hah!

EVs piling up at dealerships.

I love a happy ending.

We can hope.

National Treasure Dr. Victor Davis Hanson.

No shit, Sherlock.

Did China get their money’s worth?

RIP, PeeWee Herman.

The question isn’t “how big a problem is Biden’s age,” it’s “how big a problem is Biden’s dementia, and his family’s shocking corruption?”

Ford losing $4.5 billion on electric vehicles this year.  That’s “billion” with a “B.”  Or:  $4,500,000,000.

Yellow Freight shuts down.

China’s coal use hits new record.

Animals – delicious, delicious animals.

My RedState stuff:

Is China Resurgent? Or Is the House of Cards Collapsing?

Commander, the Wonder (Bite) Dog

Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, and Their Endless Chutzpah

The Facebook Files: How the Biden Administration Cracked Down on Free Speech

China Abandons the Paris Climate Agreements; America Should Be so Lucky

Of Pendulums and Politics

Politics: You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

California’s Marxist Math: The Once-Golden State Is Past the Point of No Return

China, Biology, Illegal Labs and the Coming Conflict With the US

Anchorage Mayor Proposes Sending Homeless to California

Sunday Gun Day I – Great Reading for Shooters

Grown-Up Children and Permanent Minors

Great Migrations: The Grapes of Wrath, Book Two

There May Be Many More Gun Owners Than We Thought.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Guardian’s Margaret Sullivan is an idiot.

Washington Monthly’s David Atkins is an idiot.

The Hill’s Eugene Fidell is an idiot.

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.  And again.

MSNBC’s Jessica Levinson is an idiot.

The LA Times Robin Abcarian (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Sidney Blumenthal is an idiot.

The Nation’s Luis Feliz Leon is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Zeeshan Aleem is an idiot.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

I should have put this up before now.  I’ve written on the topic of Jason Aldean’s tune over at RedState, and so has my friend and colleague Brandon Morse.  Read both articles.

Jason Aldean makes a great point in this song.  This shit may fly in the big cities.  It won’t fly out here in the hinterlands.  We won’t put up with that shit, and we have the gear and the determination to stop anyone who tries it.

And, in case you’ve forgotten, old Bocephus had much the same message forty years ago.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Boy howdy, have we made up for our cold, wet, rainy early summer over the last few days with unseasonably warm temperatures; at least the sun is out.


Yeah, yeah, I know.  A friend of mine lives in Arizona, and he has been regaling me with tales of triple-digit temps.  But this is Alaska.  74 is hot, dammit.  We moved up here to get away from warm weather.  I know, I’ll get back to you in six months when it’s twenty below.

And so…

On To the Links!

Major revelations from the whistleblower hearings.

Shocker: Net zero is economically illiterate.

Democrats, FBI Are Struggling To Cover for Biden’s Lies

Try That In a Small Town.

Job growth in government is not a good thing.

Because it’s really cool to be able to write “Giant Viking House.”

Jan 6th was, at worst, hooliganism.  It’s nice to see Gov. DeSantis recognizes that.

I love a happy ending.

Ya think?

No shit, the Democrats started it.

They can create money from nothing, why can’t they erase debt for nothing?

No shit, Sherlock.

These assholes aren’t even trying to hide it any more.

Haw haw haw!

Some of us never did believe Biden.

Not only is this a stupid idea, the FDA has no business regulating cigar flavors.

Now if only we could have some American politicians regenerate some brains.

My RedState Stuff:

In Shocking Turn of Events, Gallup Poll Shows Americans Less Favorable to Immigration

Jason Aldean and the Conflict of Rural vs. Urban

Rents Are High—Regulation Is Driving Them Even Higher

Shocking Study: Bowel Regularity Connected to Mental Health

America’s Accelerating Debt, Rising Interest Rates, and Fiscal Irresponsibility Require a Balanced Budget

Brazil: More Guns, Less Crime

Mohamad Barakat: Serious Omissions by Legacy Media

What Is a Nation—And How Can We Protect Ours?

New Data Shows Hot Weather Devastating for the Endurance of Electric Vehicles

The Border Crisis, Texas, Washington, Jackson, and Calhoun

Diversity, an Undefinable Proposition

Retail Thieves Aren’t Starving

The American Economy Suffers Under Bidenomics

Did the Justice Department Illegally Fund Red Flag Laws?

The Barakat Case: Are There Larger Implications?

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

RealClearPennsylvania’s Brendan Boyle is an idiot.

The Boston Globe’s Kimberly Atkins Stohr is an idiot.

The Nation’s Jeet Heer (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Poor Jessica Tarlov.  I used to kind of like her, but she’s descending into idiocy.

Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Ja’han Jones is an idiot.

NPR’s Julia Simon is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

Tony Bennett was one of the all-time greats, and his passing at 96 last week was saddening.  While he’s probably best known for I Left My Heart in San Francisco, the state of that formerly-great city today has kind of soured me on the whole thing.

Instead, here’s another great Tony Bennett tune: What The World Needs Now, from his 1969 album I’ve Gotta Be Me.  We’ll miss you, Tony!

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Your chances of being bitten by a venomous snake are rising.  Not mine, though.  There are no venomous snakes in Alaska.  And no, St. Patrick never set foot in the Great Land.

In fact, the only reptiles found in Alaska are sea turtles, namely, the Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback and Olive Ridley.  Now when I was a little tad back in Allamakee County, we had timber rattlers.  The Old Man and I once killed one that was damn near six feet long.  A snake like that can kill a grown man.

So, if you live in the lower 48, watch where you put your feet.

And so…

On To the Links!

John Lott drops some truthiness.


Buy your own damn e-bike.

I love a happy ending.

Biden can’t turn things around.  He’s senile, stupid and incompetent.

My money’s on Hunter.

Down in Norway’s deepest hole.  No, not that!  Get your mind out of the gutter.

Gross.  Ew.  Gross.

A few decades ago this guy would have been a circus freak.

Tucker Carlson grills GOP candidates in Iowa.

“Crisis” is something of an understatement; our schools are in free-fall.

China offering bounties for dissidents.

The Anti-Racism racket.

Democrats hate America.

Chatbots aren’t taking our jobs.

He who laughs last, laughs best.

This is why our armed services are an utter mess.

Mike Pence fucks up, bad.

Americans favor nuclear power.  See, we ain’t so dumb.

My RedState Stuff:

Dylan Mulvaney, Frying Pans, and Fires

Politics, Political Parties, and Modern Whigs

Racism and the Military: Worst Practices by Biden Joint Chiefs Nom, Gen. Charles Brown

Joe Manchin, Missed Messages, and 2024

‘Homeless Encampments’ on the Rise as Leftist Cities Get What They Vote For

George Will Weighs in on Trump and DeSantis in 2024: Who Can It Be Now?

Three Great Movies That Couldn’t Be Made Today

China’s Great False Front May Be Cracking

Iowa’s Red Shift

The Homeless Problem: Why Aren’t More Families Stepping Up?

Michelle Obama for President? Not Only No But…

To Fix Failing Education – Privatize!

Manchin and Huntsman: Nobody’s Dream Team

President Trump’s Second Term: Fire at Will!

Wanted: Warriors

Alaska’s Pizza, Unions, and Economics

Heat Wave Aside, Climate-Related Damage Is at Historic Lows

This Week’s Idiots:

Salon’s Heather Parton is an idiot.

Mother Jones’ Arianna Coghill is an idiot.

The Nation’s Robert Borosage is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Slate’s Evan Urquhart is an idiot.

Salon’s Amanda Marcotte (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Cori Bush (Moron – TX) (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Charles Barkley outs himself as a raging asshole.

The incoming Mayor of Chicago is an idiot, and all his people are idiots.

Ilhan Omar (Horse’s Ass – MN) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

No music this week; instead, something else fun.

If you look up “noodling for catfish” and “adorable” on an internet search, you’ll find Hannah Barron.  Her vivacious attitude, entrancing Southern drawl, zest for the outdoor life and skill at pulling huge catfish out of muddy river bottoms make her well worth watching.  Here’s a sample:

Check out her YouTube channel here.

Rule Five Fusion Friday

As always, practical fusion energy is just ten years away!  Maybe.

The future of carbon-free energy smells like teriyaki and sounds like a low-flying 737. A sleepy strip mall beside Boeing’s sprawling campus in Everett, WA isn’t necessarily where you’d expect to find technology promising to harness the power of the sun, release humanity from the grip of fossil fuels, and unlock an estimated US $40 trillion market.

But here, and in an even more anonymous office park nearby, startup Zap Energy is trialing a prototype reactor that is already producing high-energy neutrons from nuclear fusion—if not yet enough to send power back into the grid.

The unglamorous location is no accident, says Derek Sutherland, Zap’s senior research scientist. “If you squint hard enough, building a fusion system is not that different from building an airplane,” he tells Spectrum on a visit in June. “It requires a little bit of retooling and retraining but you can transfer a lot of those skills.”

Yeah, I think it’s a little more complex than building an airplane, given that physicists and engineers have been messing with this for decades now and we still have no commercially viable fusion power.

And that’s the catch – making it commercially viable.  That means “cheaper than any other way of generating electricity for a given market.”  So far, every prototype fusion device has only succeeded in very, very short bursts; making a reactor that can run 24/7/365 would seem to be an entirely different kettle of fish.

Zap’s Fuze-Q prototype sits in an odor-free air-conditioned room and makes only a barely-audible tick when it operates. Since going active last summer, the office-desk-size device has housed thousands of fusion reactions, each generating reams of data as Zap gradually ramps it up towards the temperatures, plasma densities, and reaction times necessary to generate more power than it consumes. The entire fusion process is about as dramatic as flipping a light switch, and Sutherland walks us right up to the small reactor shortly afterwards one such operation.

This isn’t some scaled-down experimental toy. Zap’s commercial fusion reactor, intended to reliably produce enough power for 30,000 homes—day and night, year-round—will be exactly the same size as the prototype, with the addition of a liquid-metal “blanket,” heat exchangers, and steam turbines to turn its energetic neutrons into electricity. The core reactor will be shorter than a Mini Cooper.

OK, if we take this at face value, tech like this would be amazing.  A fusion reactor like this could power a small town, or a substantial area in a rural community.  I like the idea of decentralizing the grid, too, which something like this should make possible.  Those would be great things, given an economically feasible setup.

But I have some questions:

  1. What are the startup costs?  How much to build a reactor like this, transport it, hook it into the local grid, fuel it for the initial run?
  2. How often would it require refueling?  How much does that refueling cost?
  3. What would the cost per kW/hr be compared to more conventional power plants?
  4. How will this tech function in a variety of environments?  It seems like there would be at least some exposure of the plant to local conditions, from well-below-zero temps here in Alaska to triple-digit temps in Arizona, not to mention differences in humidity, altitude and other local conditions.

The article concludes:

“We’re in a period of transition from science towards engineering, but we still have plasma physicists on staff and we will for quite some time,” says Zap’s Sutherland. “We’re trying to decarbonize the energy base load for the entire planet. If Zap works, it will change the world.”

Color me skeptical.  There are a couple of things I question about that statement; first, if your goal is to ‘decarbonize the energy base load,’ you are looking at it the wrong way.  If the goal was to ‘build an economically feasible fusion reactor,’ I’d be much more interested.  But here’s the big part: being in a ‘period of transition from science towards engineering.’  We’ve been in that transition for a long damn time now.  As long as scientists and engineers focus on political goals and not practical (economic) goals, this tech will go nowhere.

And the thing is this:  We can already accomplish everything that this startup purports to do.  We already have the technology for clean, efficient, reliable, economically feasible power generation.  It’s called fission, and we should be building more of the newest plants.  That’s the answer for any nuclear-based generation right now.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

OK. I’m a little embarrassed about this, as I’ve long said it’s something I would never do, although at least Elon Musk’s remake has  made things a little more tolerable, but…

Yeah. I’m on Twitter.

I did it mostly to keep up with my RedState colleagues and to stay abreast of the fire-hose of information that is the American socio-political scene, so as to gain more things to write about.  But boy howdy, does the noise-to-signal ratio ever suck.  Anyway, toss me a follow if you like, I’ll reciprocate, and maybe we’ll see the odd pearl here and there.

Now then…

On To the Links!

More signs of this being a social contagion.


I was wondering what that humming sound was.

My latest over at American Free News Network: Ramming in Naval Warfare.

No, because it’s their fault.

Average Earnings Have Fallen 3.16% During Biden Presidency.

Walgreens is closing 450 stores.  The reason is left as an exercise for the reader.

The Biden Crime Family.

Coming soon to a major city near you!

Florida is no longer welcoming to illegal aliens.  Good.

Where’s Hunter?

Winsome Sears continues to be awesome.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  How did you think unlimited Third World immigration was going to turn out?

This conversation should have happened thirty years ago.

BroDudes rule.

The greatness of America in a single sandwich.

Honoring a great man.

The weather isn’t that bad.

You can count on the Biden(‘s handlers) Administration to double down on stupid.

Which side of the Hot/Crazy Matrix?

Dark Age Patriotism.

Fuck off, commies.

My RedState stuff:

Pharmaceuticals and Price Controls: A Prescription for Failure

I’m Not Saying It’s Aliens, But…

An Atheist Perspective on Ethics and Morality: Liberty and Property

The CPAP Revelation: Joe Biden, Dementia, and the 2024 Presidential Race

Wokeness and the Adulteration of Literature

The Latest in Green Technology—Sails

We Cannot Afford to Allow the Left to Hamstring Alaskan Energy

The Changing Face of Friendship

Rent Control: A Bad Idea, Badly Implemented

Universal Internet Access – Another Biden Boondoggle

2024 Elections: Changing up the Dance Card

State of The Republic: July 4, 2023

Suffer The Little Children

China’s Looming Agricultural Melt-Down

This Week’s Idiots:

MSNBC’s Hayes Brown (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

Salon’s Heather Digby Parton is an idiot.

Vox’s Ian Millhiser (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The Nation’s John Nichols (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

MSNBC’s Michael Cohen (Repeat Offender Alert) is an idiot.

The New York TimesAaron Tang is an idiot.

Roosevelt University’s Associate Professor David Faris is an idiot.

The Hill’s Glenn Altschuler is an idiot.

The Hill’s Andrew Koppelman is an idiot. (Another pattern.)

Well, duh.

Paul Krugman (Repeat Offender Alert) remains a cheap partisan hack, and an idiot.

The Guardians’ Margaret Sullivan is an idiot.

Slate’s Joseph Pace is an idiot.

This Week’s Cultural Edification:

When I went to Army Basic Training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, the great classic movie Stripes had left theaters but was still making the rounds on the cable networks (remember cable TV?)  So, of course, when the drill sergeants were in the mood to permit it, we always sang Manfred Mann’s Do Wah Diddy Diddy when we were marching.  Like this:

The original, of course, was originally released by a vocal band called The Exciters, but the best-known version (by me, at least) was done by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, released in 1964 on a single 45RPM opposite What You Gonna Do?  It’s a fun little tune from my childhood.  Here’s the Manfred Mann version; enjoy.

Animal’s Daily Electric Plane News

Before we get into this, check out the last chapter of Setting Suns over at Glibertarians.

Now then:  NASA has cancelled their electric plane project. Here’s why:

NASA said today in a conference call with reporters that it would not ever be flying its experimental electric aircraft, the X-57, citing safety concerns that are insurmountable with the time and budget they have for the project. The X-57 program will wind down without the aircraft ever going up into the sky. 

The agency had previously hoped to fly the aircraft, which would be powered by batteries and electric motors, sometime this year. While the original plans had called for the research plane to eventually have more than a dozen propellers, NASA had scaled back those plans too, intending to fly the plane in what they called Modification 2 form. Mod 2 involved the plane having just two propellers, with one on each wing. The news today means that the plane will never fly, not even in Mod 2 form. 


The problem that led them to scrap the plan to fly the aircraft stemmed from motors that power the propellers. Clark said today that analysis of the issue is ongoing. “As we got into the detailed analysis and airworthiness assessment of the motors themselves, we found that there were some potential failure modes with the motors mechanically, under flight loads, that we hadn’t seen on the ground,” he said. “We’ve got a great design in progress to fix it, it’s just [that] it would take too long for us to go through and implement that.”

I’m not sure why NASA is spending (presumably) taxpayer dollars on this.  If there is a commercial market for an electric airplane, someone will develop one that works, and cash in.  If there isn’t a commercial market, then there’s no reason for NASA to be arsing around with it.

It’s difficult to understand what the taxpayers have to gain by indulging in this kind of work.  I’m certainly no Luddite, but we already have perfectly adequate aircraft technology, and improvements in existing turbofan engines make them more efficient all the time.  That is, by the way, resulting in making air travel and air shipments cheaper, too, although there’s also an element of ‘cramming more people into smaller seats’ on the travel side of that.

Markets, not governments, should decide if there is or is not a purpose for this sort of thing.

Animal’s Daily Technology News

Before we get into it, check out the next installment of my Setting Suns series at Glibertarians!

Now then:  Over at The Mises Institute, Lipton Matthews has some interesting thoughts on technology and entrepreneurship:

The fear is that unbridled innovation must be curbed due to its potential to disrupt society, but disruption is what makes innovation unique. Technology has displaced jobs and has also created jobs that we would never have predicted. In the 1980s people did not envision platforms like YouTube and TikTok minting millionaires.

Interestingly, neither platform was built by the government; rather, they emerged due to the ingenuity of creative minds. Considering the trial-and-error process of innovation and the numerous characters involved, it is impossible for the state to plan or drive this dynamic process. Further, empirical evidence opines that there is a positive link between business expenditure on R and D, but the association between government R and D and innovation is negative.

History should teach the state that innovation is more likely when government technocrats are not involved in the process. The best option for the US government to promote innovation is for it to stay out of the picture.

Here’s what Mr. Matthews may not appreciate:  We can’t just hope that government will stay out of the innovation picture.  The (US) government should be, and actually is – if you’re literate and read the Constitution, especially the Tenth Amendment – rigorously proscribed from being in the innovation picture.

“But Animal,” some might say, “this very internet that we’re using right now started out as a government project.”  Yes, it did, under DARPA, a DoD function, and therefore within the government’s legitimate scope as a defense COMSEC measure.  But if it had remained government controlled, it would never have been anything but that – no Amazon, no YouTube, no Twitter, no WordPress, no Animal Magnetism.

Billions of dollars in wealth would never have been created.  The marketplace of goods and ideas would still be at the 1985 level.  We’d still be getting our news from three networks and a few cable channels, not to mention printed newspapers.  If you wanted a new coffee mug, sweatshirt or fishing pole, you’d have to go to a brick-and-mortar store to get one.  Things weren’t really all that bad back then but they’re much more convenient now, in the post-Internet world; I can even get most goods online and have them delivered to my home, out here in the Alaskan woods.

Entrepreneurship is vital.  And government is poison to entrepreneurship.  That won’t change.