Oct 142010
 

Friday

    Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker
    An except:

    The story took a particularly odd twist on Tuesday when FBI agents showed up at Afifi’s Santa Clara apartment complex (in dramatic fashion, jumping out of SUVs as the student tried to leave the parking lot). Agents demanded that Afifi return the tracking device which they described as an "expensive piece" of "federal property." Wired has many details of the incident, as told by Afifi, and the agents don’t come off sounding like a friendly bunch.

Saturday

    Health care Libertarian style
    An except:

    But if government regulated fast food like it does health care, it would be a very different story. We would first be forbidden from crossing the street to buy our lunch. We would be forced to take the one on our side of the street. Next we would be unable to choose among the various menu items and would be compelled to take the standard meal. Government mandates would require us to purchase the fries and drinks even if we didn’t intend to eat them. Prices would skyrocket due to few alternatives and coerced food purchases. This is the way health care is handled now, and this is why there is no free market in health care.

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Oct 072010
 

Friday

    White House Official Longs for the Days of Prohibition

    At the same time, he said it was ludicrous to let mere voters decide what substances should and should be legal — why, that’s for unelected political appointees like Kevin Sabet to decide.

    "How can we imagine that a dangerous, illegal drug like marijuana should be voted on by the people?" Sabet scoffed, according to The Missoulian, presumably to uproarious applause from the audience of judges who make a living sentencing drug offenders. “That’s not how we do medicine in this country.” (Context: 62 percent of Montanans voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2004. And California looks set to legalize recreational use this November.)

Saturday

    Under new federal guidelines all New York City street signs will have to be made lower-case
    An excerpt:

    Federal copy editors are demanding the city change its 250,900 street signs — such as these for Perry Avenue in The Bronx — from the all-caps style used for more than a century to ones that capitalize only the first letters.

    Changing BROADWAY to Broadway will save lives, the Federal Highway Administration contends in its updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, citing improved readability.

    At $110 per sign, it will also cost the state $27.6 million, city officials said.

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Sep 302010
 

Friday

    What the Pot Legalization Campaign Really Threatens
    An excerpt:

    We are asked to believe that people drinking a daily six-pack for a quarter-century is not a lamentable sign of a health crisis, but instead a “lifestyle” triumph worthy of flag-colored celebration — and we are expected to think that legalizing a safer alternative to this “lifestyle” is dangerous. Likewise, as laws obstruct veterans from obtaining doctor-prescribed marijuana for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, we are asked to believe that shotgunning cans of lager is the real way to “support our troops.”

Saturday

    Arming the Saudis
    An excerpt:

    There is also the possibility that, as with Iran following the 1979 revolution, US arms provided to the Saudis could end up in the hands of radical anti-American forces should the government be overthrown. The Saudi regime is even more repressive than Iran’s in terms of its treatment of women, gays, religious minorities and political dissidents. Indeed, seeing their countries’ wealth squandered on unnecessary weapons systems pushed on them by the US government and suffering under their despotic rulers kept in power in large part through such military support are major causes of the growing appeal of anti-American extremism among the people of the Middle East.

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Sep 232010
 

Friday

    Mexican Drug War Intel Report: Over 22,000 Dead, Police Detain 27% of the Zetas’ Foot Soldiers, Open Hunting Season On Cops…
    An excerpt:

    While you gringos pay attention to the unemployment rate and foreclosure statistics, we here in Mexico track the national kill count—how many people died, who suffered the losses and where the action went down. The latest numbers were just released: they are compiled by the federal government, so they are not 100% accurate. For starters, the body count should be higher. But hey, with over 20,000 dead, the situation looks bad enough to me, whether they fudged the numbers or not.

    It’s a good primer for those who don’t know shit about Mexican drug cartels. Like me.

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Sep 162010
 

Friday

    Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
    An excerpt:

    For years, sheriffs have been trying to convince legislators that the state’s prescription records should be open to them.

    “We can better go after those who are abusing the system,” said Lee County Sheriff Tracy L. Carter.

    Others say opening up patients’ medicine cabinets to law enforcement is a terrible idea.

    “I am very concerned about the potential privacy issues for people with pain,” said Candy Pitcher of Cary, who volunteers for the nonprofit American Pain Foundation. “I don’t feel that I should have to sign away my privacy rights just because I take an opioid under doctor’s care.” Pitcher is receiving treatment for a broken back.

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Sep 092010
 

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Sep 022010
 

Friday

    Eminent domain, by any other name . . . still stinks

    Montgomery, Alabama to poor people: We’re going to demolish your house, steal your property, and give the land to rich developers. Oh, and we’re going to bill you for the demolition costs. This isn’t even eminent domain. It’s much eviler.

Saturday

    Congressmen Maintain Massive Portfoilio of Oil and Gas Investments

    We have faith in our representatives doing the right thing. To go by the will off the people and not your portfolio investor analyst.

    “The American people expect their public servants to represent their interests, not fatten their stock portfolios,” added Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who has introduced legislation to ban congressional insider trading.

    This man has no faith in the goodness in his fellow man. Impeach him!!!

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Aug 262010
 

Friday

From the article:

It would be a stretch to say that Big Brother will hang out in Clevelanders’ trash cans, but the city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling — and fine them $100 if they don’t.

Saturday

From the article:

For many Americans, being the world’s superpower means that everybody’s business is our business — in self-defense. Which is why Empires expand and die. Telling other people how to live makes enemies, violating the first and greatest rule of a successful grand strategy. As Secretary of State, Clinton should know this — but obviously does not.

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Aug 192010
 

Friday

A glimpse of the article:

No, what I take issue with is not the idea of religion itself but rather the organizations that seek to control those religions, that codify beliefs as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, and seek to suppress dissent. The Catholic Church, the LDS, all the way down to the David Koresh’s of the world – all of these seek an unprecedented level of submission from their followers, usually on pain of being excommunicated.

Saturday

A glimpse of the article:

This time, Goldberg and the Israelis want us to buy into a syllogism without a valid major premise. Their argument presupposes that Iran has made the decision to develop nuclear weapons and is hard at work on such a program, which is what they want Americans to believe whether there’s evidence or not.

The Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) and the neocons who brought us the war on Iraq, and occasionally the President himself, speak as though Iran has restarted work on the nuclear weapons part of their nuclear energy program.

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The NIE’s first sentence conveyed the unanimous conclusion of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program; we also assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons.”

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Aug 122010
 

Which means it’s Link Day!!!!

Friday

    A quote:

    The aversion that so many modern economists have to agrarianism is somewhat strange, given that the generally acknowledged founder of modern economics, Adam Smith, considered himself to be an agrarian. Book IV of The Wealth of Nations discusses “Systems of Political Œconomy,” which he divides into mercantilist and agricultural systems. In chapter IX of that book, he renders his verdict:

    [The Agricultural] system…is, perhaps, the nearest approximation to the truth that has yet been published upon the subject of political œconomy, and is upon that account well worth the consideration of every man who wishes to examine with attention the principles of that very important science.

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