I-Pod Death Machines
Yes it is true politicians in New York are now trying to ban iPods. It would be funny if it wasnt so stupid.
NY (state and city) is famous for high taxes and over-regulation. Instead of looking busy and staying busy (no graceful rest and enlightened meditation when there are people to be saved from themelves) placing bad upon bad why can't the busybodies be busy undoing some of the stupid things done in the past instead of finding more stupid things to control in the future? Either way they would be busy and proposing stuff so would get the satisfication that comes with thinking you are earning your money, but in the latter case, would actually be creating a better future (eg one with more rather that less options) for people.
I agree that cellphones and iPods can be rude (eg when the former is not creating much more efficient markets) and are helping to atomitize society but thats aesthetic taste not a call for regulation. As are the personal options of going into private places where people are smoking and buying transfat-laden products, but that doesnt mean you and I are not ridiculously preventing others from doing that here in NY as well. And no-smoking is pretty universal now, even in Vegas?
How stupid, it wouldnt be so bad if it was just nickles on the dollar but government is up there around 50 cents on the dollar and it doesnt seem to be getting any better as, needless to say, shown by the absurdity of proposed iPod laws. Isnt there enough criminals to catch, potholes to fill, and trash to take out?
Sometimes anarchy (eg anarcho-capitalism) as an idealism doesnt seem so absurd after all. People can agree to do stupid things, just leave me and the people I know and like - and trust - out of it.