Regulations are Double Plus Good

Turns out this oil spill disaster could have been prevented through regulationRegulations are good for business. 
Seriously – they are.

4/30/10

I know pro-business types like to claim that regulations are harming businesses and preventing them from competing in the market place.  They are wrong.  Dangerously wrong.  Most common sense regulations actually help businesses while protecting consumers and the environment. Seriously – they do.

For instance, good regulations help ensure public safety, guarantee an even playing field for all business competitors and … here’s the best part … act as a barrier to entry for any new competitors to an industry.  What’s not to like!  Really.  When I was working in big business part of my job was to participate in our industry association.  My job was to encourage the industry association to promote more regulation of our industry.  We wanted to make it as hard as possible for other people to compete with us.  Regulations do exactly that. They are also beneficial to our consumers and the environment. This is what is known as a win-win-win scenario.  An additional benefit is that your entire industry won’t get branded with a horrible reputation because one stupid idiot who wanted to get ahead by cheating single handedly creates a mega-disaster. Businesses and industries benefit from regulation! Really, they do.

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Do Something

Humanist Thought of the Week: 4 27 2010

Do Something

Help Morgan Pierce at: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-19674-Tampa-Humanism–Freethought-Examiner~y2010m4d19-Freethought-community-comes-together-to-raise-funds-for-sick-girl

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The Librarian – Quest for the Spear

The Librarian – Humanism in Conflict

I finally got to watch this wonderful movie the other day, The Librarian – Quest for the Spear. It stars Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtain among others. It is a delightful movie. Think reluctant and super geeky Indiana Jones done as a comedy. It is a lot of fun.

But here is the conflict for me.  The bad guys in the movie are the Serpent Brotherhood.  They are named after the snake in Genesis because they think that sacred knowledge should be shared and used by all mankind.  And, well, as a Humanist, I agree with that.  In fact, the only problem I have with THE Library is that it seems like a total waste that only a select few get to see what’s in it. They have a lot of books in there.  As a Humanist I firmly believe knowledge should be shared and used, that is what Libraries are for after all. So, I kind of agree with the Serpent Brotherhood. That knowledge belongs to humanity and shouldn’t be locked away.

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Adam Savage is a Humanist

Adam Savage is a HumanistThe Humanism of Adam Savage

Adam Savage is one of the hosts of MythBusters.  He is apparently a Humanist and was at the Harvard Humanists the other day giving a talk. What I enjoy about his discussion of Humanism is that it isn’t about religion.  It is about being a human.

He said, “I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody’s going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you’re here. And when you don’t, well, you suffer the consequences.” “While nobody’s going to take care of us, it’s incumbent upon us to take care of those around us. That’s community.”

That is such a wonderful statement of personal responsibility from a Humanist perspective.

The entire talk can be read here.

Doubt is a virtue

Doubts
about Militias

4/4/10

Religious militias are once again a problem. This time a small
tight knit group came up with the stupendously stupid idea to kill a police
officer as a way to get lots of other officers together at a funeral so they
could kill lots of police at one go. What is stunning isn’t that some insane
person came up with such a boneheaded idea. What is stunning is that none of
his friends said – hey – maybe that isn’t such a good idea. Doubt and skepticism
are Humanist virtues for a reason. They keep us out of trouble.

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