price of prohibition

being back in New York is so weird cus my neighborhood is in the middle of gentrification and going back and forth means I can see it in real time. White people bring services and not gonna lie it was nice to have access to things like cabs and restaurants with tables. But its at a point now where there businesses that are here are trying to appeal to the new cliental and the new businesses are making no effort to include the majority of the people who still live here. Like, this neighborhood has got to be at least 80% black and latino. But these restaurants/bars/galleries etc are full of white people, and like, in order to do that they have to be doing something to push the people who live here away. Its not just the prices which aren’t prohibitively high but the whole vibe of the places which tend to be pretty hipster-y. And you can see the difference between that and handful of new businesses that are trying to pull in the community. And its kind of sad cus I don’t need harlem to feel like some weird soho/hipster mashup.

Things My Patients Taught Me : Poverty is a Health Burden.

Mr. T came into my clinic to discuss his back pain. He had tried a few different conservative remedies but, still, had significant pain during the day. Most patients who see me for back pain are frustrated and want answers; they want relief from a pain that affects their every day life. But Mr. T just seemed despondent.

I glanced at his intake sheet and noticed a flag placed there by my nurse.

“You answered yes on both intake questions here, I see. Sometimes this means you could have depression,” I said. I paused, leaving space for him to answer.

“Well, ya know, I do feel depressed. I kept thinking I was going to find work but every job that I thought was going to materialize never did…I even went to the unemployment office and still, nothing,” he answered frankly, his eyes fixed on his shoes, his fingers clenched in a fist on his lap.

“I can’t imagine what that’s like. I’m sorry for what you’re going through,” I said, trying to show him I cared by leaning in and placing a hand on his shoulder.

“And now, I got an eviction notice on my door.”

He looked up at me, his eyes glossed over, a look of complete desperation calling out to me.

“I am anxious all the time, I can’t sleep, it’s hard to eat. I keep worrying that my landlord is going to call the police any day now and I’ll be in jail… I don’t know what to do…”

I didn’t know what he should do either. He was depressed but the cure for his depression was not a pharmaceutical one. The cure for his depression would require giving him stable housing and a sense of security. It would require giving him a salary in an unforgiving city where rent prices are prohibitive even for the middle class.

“I have worked in this city for twenty years…who knew it would all fall apart now…”


Honestly I desperately wanted the Superman doll the moment I saw him, but his price made it cost prohibitive to really import. I expected for some local stores to stock him, but I kept waiting and waiting until the Wonder Woman movie dolls came out instead.

But hey, Amazon had him for half price so when I ordered my first broad Ken I figured I’d be saving on shipping.

Of course though, when Camo Comeback was back in stock at Amazon, I figured I should pick up another to body swap with him. However when that order came, Camo Comeback had wonk eye and I really didn’t like the combination when I saw it in person. Plus, the second one had subtle factory differences like thicker eye lines and slightly more angular features in comparison to my first one.

So… I guess I have twins now. I ALMOST wanna pick up a third one cuz I really like the body sculpt, but I’m afraid I might turn these twins into triplets.

I replaced their fist hands by stretching out the wrist post with pliers, used an etching tool to cut off the peg at the wrist, dabbed some superglue into the wrist joint and drilled it out using a 3mm drill bit. They’re using spare Fashion Royalty Homme hands. The Rockers shirt one’s hands are in Hungarian skin tone, which is the closest match to his body, while the Ice Cream shirt one’s hands has the “White” skin tone which is a bit less orange and more grey toned.

The Rockers shirt guy is Clark and the ice cream shirt one is named Kent.


The Henrion, Dassy & Heuschen double-barrel revolver

Quite possibly the most unusual revolver design of all time, the  Henrion, Dassy & Heuschen double-barrel revolver (which I shall shorten to “HDH”) was a bizarre pistol that was made in Liege, Belgium from 1911 - 1928.  The HDH typically held 16 to 20 rounds, with 16 to 20 individuals chambers.  Although the hammer had two firing pins, the chambers were staggered so that the revolver would fire one round at a time.  The revolver also had two barrels, which each shot alternating between the top and bottom barrel.  The HDH was chambered in either 7.65mm, 6.5 velodog, and 6.35mm, with the smaller caliber pistols holding more shots.

The HDH revolver never really became popular, mostly because of its large unwieldy size. Even though it held a large number of rounds, its small caliber also inhibited it’s popularity. In addition, its price made it prohibitively expensive, often selling for several times the price of a regular double action revolver.  As a result few were made and sold.  Today they are collected mostly as a novelty item.

It shall be legal for anyone to do anything he wants, provided only that he not initiate (or threaten) violence against the person or legitimately owned property of another. That is, in the free society, one has the right to manufacture, buy or sell any good or service at any mutually agreeable terms. Thus, there would be no victimless crime prohibitions, price controls, government regulation of the economy, etc.

the non-aggression axiom Walter Block

This is what libertarianism is.

Why we are not buying Muse tickets today

This Tuesday, Muse fans in Brazil were surprised by the exorbitant prices announced by T4F for the upcoming gigs in October, only a day before the pre-sale date. They want to make money out of our love for a band that denounces the evils of capitalism… Our monthly minimum wage in Brazil is exactly R$ 788,00. A premium ticket at the floor level in Rio de Janeiro is priced at R$ 700,00. Plus what the most loyal fans might pay for the absurd invention called “early entry”, a meager R$ 300,00 extra to get to the barrier first. Are there cheaper seats? Yes. Far away from the stage. In short, if you want to get near the band, you’ll have to spend an amount of money which is not in keeping with the country’s average income, not by a long shot, coming close to the monthly income of many Brazilians. Thus, premium tickets will not be for the biggest fans, but for the richest.

Are we buying tickets to see the same band that wrote “Animals”, exposing capitalism’s limitless greed, which will trample on anyone and anything for more profit? It’s become hard to accept the contradiction. Muse must have their eyes opened for the abusive prices being imposed on their Brazilian fans.

In face of all this, our team at the MuseBR fan club informs that we will put off our decision to go to the gigs in Brazil, to show our indignation at these prices, which are far removed from our reality. Not even tickets to bands like U2, Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam or Queen have cost as much. We want more than anyone else for our favorite band to come to Brazil and enjoy mainstream fame here. We work towards that goal for free, and we were prepared to be partners in the promotion of the events, helping attract the largest public possible to the gigs in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Unfortunately, what T4F accomplished with their “business strategy” was to disencourage even the most faithful fans. We make a point of being respected as customers, and not being ripped off and made fools of because we follow our favorite band. Let everyone who hears the reason in our arguments hold out and wait for a statement from T4F regarding their prohibitive prices before you buy your tickets.