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Honor the Wikileakers

January 2, 2011
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Information Clearinghouse
by Alexander Cockburn  

"The WikiLeaks documents show that the picture of the international business of the United States offered by the major U.S. media to the public is an infantile misrepresentation of reality." (01/02/11)

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27165.htm  

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Cyber threats to watch for in 2011

January 2, 2011
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Security News Daily
by Matt Liebowitz  

"Keywords like phishing, hacking and malware have become part of the common cybersecurity discourse, familiar to nearly everyone with a computer and an Internet connection. But as we embark on a new year, and our online connectivity increases, there’s a new batch of terms even the most casual computer user should be aware of.” (12/29/10)

http://tinyurl.com/22rylce  

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Peter King, witch hunter

January 2, 2011
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CounterPunch
by Christopher Brauchli  

"Mr. King is one of the beneficiaries of the Republican take over of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress and has been named chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. That committee deals with such things as border security and transportation security and, in addition, has the power to conduct investigations. Its investigative authority has excited Chairman King. He intends to seek out Muslims and find out why they are being such a problem." (01/01/11)

http://counterpunch.org/brauchli12312010.html  

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Intimidation and the tyranny of silence

January 2, 2011
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is celebrating his $1 million-plus book deal on a 600-acre estate and enjoying his status as a lefty fringe hero, former cartoonist Molly Norris is in hiding. The moral of this column is that in today's world, cartoons, if they target Islam, can be more hazardous to your health than crossing the mighty U.S. government and its allies." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/2e6qcqp  

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Getting Darnell off the corners: Why America should ride the anti-drug-war wave

January 2, 2011
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The New Republic
by John McWhorter  

"It’s one thing that the United States will soon be taking orders from China (or already is). But what about when we’re becoming less forward-thinking than England? That’s the only possible reading of the fact that there, the former top drug official Bob Ainsworth has addressed the House of Commons and argued for the legalization of all drugs." (12/31/10)

http://tinyurl.com/25m4vfw  

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Aaron Zelman

January 2, 2011
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"One of the freedom movement's greatest and most legendary warriors has left us. Aaron Zelman was the same age that so many of us are, sixty-four, and his passing leaves a gap in our ranks that won't be filled soon or very easily. I have agreed to write more about Aaron, in different places, in the coming days. This remembrance will be more personal." (01/02/11)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2011/tle601-20110101-03.html  

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Is the bond crisis inevitable?

January 2, 2011
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Human Events
by Patrick J. Buchanan  

"With Christmas shoppers out in force and the stock market surging to a two-year high, talk is spreading that the long-awaited recovery is at hand. Perhaps. But gleaning the news from Europe and Asia as U.S. cities, states and the federal government sink into debt, it is difficult to believe a worldwide financial crisis that hammers governments, banks and bondholders alike can be long averted." (12/31/10)

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=40909  

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Where many anarchists go wrong

January 2, 2011
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"Quite often I will read blog posts ... calling for the legalization of drunk driving, or the abolition of the Federal Reserve, or even the importance of a non-interventionist foreign policy. And while all of this might sound good, it comes with unintended consequences, namely legitimizing the very institution one hopes to destroy. This is because anytime one uses the word 'should' in the same sentence as 'government' they are applying a quality to government that simply does not exist: morality." (01/01/11)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2011/01/01/where-many-anarchists-go-wrong/  

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Times joins Pentagon on China’s “naval ambitions”

January 2, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"Someone put angry pills into the New York Times’ editors’ cornflakes on Sunday morning. Or perhaps they were neo-cornflakes. In either case, the Times’ editorial on 'China’s Naval Ambitions' sounded unhappily neocon-like. Though the Times stipulates that 'the Pentagon has a long history of hyping the Chinese threat to justify expensive weapons purchases,' it goes on to warn ominously of precisely that Chinese 'threat.'" (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/2cjmssx  

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Will there be QE3, QE4, QE5 … ?

January 2, 2011
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Philipp Bagus  

"Recently, Ben Bernanke indicated that Quantitative Easing II (QE2) might be followed by QE3, etc. In an interview at the beginning of December, Bernanke was asked, 'Do you anticipate a scenario in which you would commit to more than $600 billion?' Bernanke's answer was startling. 'Oh, it's certainly possible,' he said." (12/31/10)

http://mises.org/daily/4913  

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Taking national defense seriously

January 2, 2011
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The Fly Bottle
by Will Wilkinson  

"Arnold seems to me to imply that sharp criticism of America’s incessant warmaking is somehow in tension with support for national defense, but of course it isn’t. Massive, lengthy, non-defensive military occupations ensure an over-extended military unready for actual national protection." (01/01/11)

 

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The day Social Security fails

January 2, 2011
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Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key  

"Those who fervently believe in government, in spite of all the evidence, are convinced that there will not be a problem until 2038 (previously 2042) because the Treasury Bonds that comprise the Trust Fund will be cashed in. Everyone else considers 2016 to be the day the program goes bankrupt." (12/31/10)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2010/12/day-social-security-fails.html  

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High cigarette taxes cause widespread smuggling

January 2, 2011
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Heartland Institute
by Michael D. Jahr  

"High tax rates on cigarettes are driving up the rates of illegal cigarette smuggling, according to a report by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Mich. The authors calculated that in 2009, more than half (51.8 percent) of the cigarettes consumed in Arizona had been smuggled into the state, making it the leader in cigarette trafficking. The authors believe Arizona’s position is a direct function of its 82-cent per-pack cigarette tax hike in December 2006, a 2009 federal cigarette tax hike, and Arizona’s proximity to Mexico." (12/31/01)

http://tinyurl.com/2ads4sq  

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Whatever happened to the “ground zero mosque?”

January 2, 2011
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Salon
by Justin Elliot  

"The story began inorganically, with misleading framing pushed into the mainstream by a right-wing blog and the New York Post. It evolved into the national political obsession of the summer and, finally, into a midterm election issue. And then, just like that, it disappeared." (12/31/10)

http://salon.com/a/sliEfAA  

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To help the poor, get rid of their cash

January 2, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor
by Jamie Zimmerman & Ignacio Mas  

"The recent ad spot for M-Kesho, the groundbreaking mobile phone-linked bank account launched earlier this year in Kenya, is endearingly playful. To gently teasing music, a man with a jar of coins digs a gigantic hole in an empty grass field. He sticks his jar deep in the mud, but finds that the hole he’s dug is now too deep to get out of. 'There are easier ways to look after your money,' a voiceover tells us. No kidding. In the fight against poverty, achieving global access to financial services holds enormous potential." (12/31/10)

http://tinyurl.com/33safmu  

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Liberal media bias alive and well

January 2, 2011
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Freedom Politics
by Thomas J. Lucente Jr.  

"Often, when I accuse the national media of having a liberal bias, liberals counter with Fox News and talk radio. I agree that talk radio is dominated by conservatives, though Fox News is no more biased in its news coverage to the right than CNN is to the left. However, that is not what liberal media bias means." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/2cw8waf  

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What doesn’t prove global warming?

January 2, 2011
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Classically Liberal
by CLS  

"As much as I try to follow the global warming debate I have yet to find one succinct article that outlines precisely what we should expect to see if there were NO global warming." (12/30/10)

http://tinyurl.com/38ntbjz  

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A time for cheer

January 2, 2011
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Adam de Angeli  

"Politics is tiring work, and sometimes it can be downright depressing. As volunteers, we are motivated more by fear than opportunity. We fear a collapse of the dollar. We fear losing our jobs and our savings. We fear being persecuted by a tyrannical government. Few of us would cite the potential for long-term profit as a major reason for dedicating their time to such a challenge as confronting our rulers." (12/31/10)

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1268  

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Inequality: “A melancholy of the soul”

January 2, 2011
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Out Future Blog
by Robert Borosage  

"Nicholas Kristof has [an] important piece in NYT, entitled 'Equality, A True Soul Food.' He summarizes the striking work that shows how corrosive extreme inequality is not simply to society, but to the health of individuals themselves. Extreme Inequality, he writes, feeds a 'melancholy of the soul.' In this country, the wealthiest 1% captured fully 2/3 of the increased income growth over the five years, before the financial collapse. They now control more wealth than the 'bottom' 90% of Americans. This inequality is devastating to the economy." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/2d3eecl  

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2011 will begin with hope and end with despair

January 2, 2011
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Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by Walt Thiessen  

"My predictions for last year ended up being accurate enough for me to decide to try again this year." (01/01/11)

http://www.nolanchart.com/article8232.html  

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The war on peanuts

January 2, 2011
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Liberty For All
by Garry Reed  

"Back when the Democrats took control of congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi commenced pursuit of her celebrated pledge of spending her first one hundred hours in office increasing the minimum wage, which ignores libertarian warnings that fewer unskilled laborers will be hired as a result, slashing interest rates on student loans so more young future naive liberals can major in Post-Modern Marxist Channeling, and passing a new ethics package designed to prevent Republicans from out-corrupting Democrats." (01/01/11)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=5351  

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Silencing Siobhan

January 2, 2011
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LewRockwell.Com
by William L. Anderson  

"Thus, it ends for Siobhan Reynolds. A federal prosecutor is trying to bring criminal charges against someone who simply had the courage to speak out against prosecutorial misconduct and to stand up for those patients who must suffer needlessly because, frankly, prosecutors want to boost their own careers by destroying the lives of doctors, their families, and their patients. Ms. Reynolds did not quit because she lost courage; she quite because the government stacked the deck against her. She quit because a federal prosecutor is able to manipulate the legal system and the judges refuse to object to an obvious injustice." (01/01/11)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/anderson/anderson306.html  

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NY Post treats libertarian activist as loony pothead

January 2, 2011
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"When veteran civil rights activist Julian Heicklen defied a judge who had ordered him to stop sending him letters The New York Post implied that Heicklen was high on pot when he wrote the judge yet another letter." (12/31/10)

http://tinyurl.com/37mr7b2  

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WikiLeaks, ideological legitimacy and the crisis of empire

January 2, 2011
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Wikileaks Truthout
by Frances Shor  

'While empires try to maintain their hegemony through economic and military prowess, they must also rely on a form of ideological legitimacy to guarantee their rule. Such legitimacy is often embedded in the geopolitical reputation of the empire among its allies and reluctant admirers. Once that reputation begins to unravel, the empire appears illegitimate." (01/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/39rd2st  

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Good news, for a change

January 2, 2011
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"Little noticed in all the year-end political hysteria has been the good news about fossil-fuel energy production in the US and Canada. Unfortunately, the good news could have been better, if only we had better leaders." (12/31/10)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/431  

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