Welcome to Gone AFK!

"AFK" means "Away from Keyboard" for those of you who are not current on computer lingo.

This is the journal of my efforts to go AFK as much as possible, and live my life in the real world, instead of the virtual one.

The big lie about capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That’s impossible. Capitalism works only if the vast majority of the population are kept poor enough to never quit working, are kept poor enough to accept distasteful jobs society cannot function without. If everyone were a millionaire, who would empty the trash or repair the sewers? It follows that the poorer the general population is made, the greater the worth of the money held by the wealthy, in terms of the lives which may be bought and sold with it.
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Michael Rivero  (via lapalomanegra, fucknobigbrother) (via femmewolfprince) (via navigatethestream) (via solidarityforever) (via mommapolitico) (via rapunzul) (via cactoids) (via charliefrombusted) (via benwinstagram) (via sedbread)

Yeah except that’s a straw-man argument.

First of all, any economic system only works if the majority of the population is poor enough to never quit working. No system can succeed if everyone wins.  The only difference is that with capitalism, you get to choose whether to be poor or not.  The choices aren’t always easy, but there is a choice.

Capitalism doesn’t promise that everyone will be rich.  It promises that everyone has the opportunity to be rich. 

Capitalism doesn’t guarantee that everyone will start with the same chances.  Someone who is born to a wealthy family, has access to high education, etc., certainly has a head start.  But there are plenty of examples of people who had none of those things and succeeded in a capitalist society.

Capitalism doesn’t guarantee outcomes.  It doesn’t force you to do what it takes to get ahead.  It doesn’t guarantee that, if you try, you won’t fail.  But again, any economic system that does guarantee outcomes, must also restrict you to a predetermined outcome.  Remember… someone always has to be the trash collector.  Um….no thank you.  I’ll make my own success thank you very much.

Is capitalism driven by greed.  You betcha.  It say’s “I’ll look out for myself and my family, and I expect you to look after yours.”  You know why?  Because in the final analysis… that’s exactly what we are all doing anyway.  Anyone who say’s different would lie to you about something else too. 

No economic system is perfect.  Capitalism at least provides a chance to succeed, based on your own ingenuity, and hard work.  As far as I can tell, capitalism is the best we got.  Instead of railing against it… show me something better.

The other reason I’ve been AFK for the past week is that it was my 25th wedding anniversary and my wife and I did a mini-tour of the western part of the State of Arkansas.

We stayed in a cabin at the Lodge at Mount Magazine (top picture), which is the highest point in the state.  Picture 2,3 and 5 are also from Mt. Magazine.

We also went to the diamond mine (8th largest crater of diamonds in the world, the only source of diamonds in the U.S., and most importantly, the only diamond mine that you can actually take home what you find at).  No pictures there, and no…. we didn’t find any diamonds.  Just sunburn.  But it was fun to try.

On the way back home we swung over to Hot Springs.  There is a national park that includes row of turn of the (last) century bath houses.  The 4th and 6th picture are from there.  The 4th is the quapaw bathhouse, which is an odd name, and the 6th is an 8,000+ piece stained glass window that is in the ceiling of the Fordyce bathhouse (men’s area).  The water from the springs is naturally 145 degrees.  They had to cool it down to roughly 105.  A few of the bath houses are still in operation, but most are museums.

I’ve been really AFK for a while.  So, now I’m catching up on posting.  A couple of weeks ago I was busy getting my car ready for a car show that my church put on to raise money for Rapha House, which is a ministry that combats human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.  A very worthy cause.
And… I won in my category (imports).  On top of that, I also won one of the raffles - for auto cleaning supplies and a free alignment from a local tire shop.  Pretty good deal!
The car looks pretty good in this shot.  Now I just need to work on the owner looking better ;)

I’ve been really AFK for a while.  So, now I’m catching up on posting.  A couple of weeks ago I was busy getting my car ready for a car show that my church put on to raise money for Rapha House, which is a ministry that combats human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.  A very worthy cause.

And… I won in my category (imports).  On top of that, I also won one of the raffles - for auto cleaning supplies and a free alignment from a local tire shop.  Pretty good deal!

The car looks pretty good in this shot.  Now I just need to work on the owner looking better ;)