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Freedom Feens Radio, 04/18/15

April 19, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
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"Ben Stone the Bad Quaker, Dianna Keiler and Davi Barker rock it hard for freedom over FeenPhone. They talk about AnCaps, AnComs, and why AnComs are silly." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q68htox  

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Lexington and Concord: The unfulfilled promise of freedom

April 19, 2015
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Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"The Declaration of Independence, whether penned by Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, is as elegant a jeremiad against tyranny as has been written. The relationship between the Declaration and the Constitution is the same as the one between the crucifix and the vampire. One cannot be consonant with the other because their aspirations are antithetical to the opposing aspirant." (04/18/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3976  

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Free Talk Live, 04/18/15

April 19, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Flag Trampling and Free Speech :: Transgendered Bathroom Encounter :: Transgendered Immoral? :: Being Offended in the Bathroom :: Should there be a law? :: Free Talk Live and Being Gay :: Cross-Dressing :: Transgender Caller's Life Experience :: Gay Genes :: Kinsey Scale :: Private Property :: Female to Male Transgendered :: God Gender :: Evolution :: International Toilet :: Free Will :: Will Hillary win?" [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-04-18  

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Insipidness guaranteed

April 19, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"It’s intriguing that the people who most self-righteously criticize the likes of McDonald's, Anheuser-Busch, pop rock, and builders of 'cookie-cutter' houses for being bland and failing to experiment with the Bold and the Edgy -- those who condemn conformity, sneer at the crowds in Wal-Mart, and trumpet their devotion to diversity -- are especially likely to be among those who glorify politics and to find in democratic elections the possibility of transcendence and of discovering and empowering the bold, the different, and the courageous trend-bucking leader." (04/17/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/04/insipidness-guaranteed.html  

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Production versus plunder, part 3

April 19, 2015
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Paul Rosenberg The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg  

"Throughout this book, we will generally address specific cultures, to some extent reinforcing the idea that cultures are the natural order of humanity. We will do this because the mass of humanity has indeed organized itself in this way and because it is far more convenient for our purpose of analysis. Nonetheless, it is important to be clear about the fact that culture is not simply a good or preferable thing -- culture is also limitation. Once people conceive of themselves as 'an Armenian,' as 'a Jew,' or any other flavor of cultural identity, they introduce a specific pattern into their minds and accept it as 'Me.' That is an inherently limiting thing." (04/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pkkla2c  

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On the centennial of the birth of a giant

April 19, 2015
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Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed  

"April 25, 2015, marks a century since John James Cowperthwaite entered the world. It's a birthdate that deserves celebration everywhere. I suggest April 25 as Cowperthwaite Day, to be observed on every continent by men and women who revere the blessings of a free economy and the courage of those who work to put it in practice." (04/17/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/on-the-centennial-of-the-birth-of-a-giant  

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Free the woods!

April 19, 2015
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb  

"Reading recent news reports that a service station near Penllergaer woods in Swansea is taking action to prevent the woods from hosting free love led me to wonder about the legality of the measures being taken by the service station. These include installing CCTV cameras in their car-parks with images of illicit activity, it is claimed, being transmitted for display on large screens. The service station has also pinned up warnings that it will dial 999 if any 'lewd' behaviour takes place. The local Forestry Commission has intervened to reduce tree cover in the area, so that there are few open spaces behind which furtive bumping and grinding can take place. I cannot understand why the local police have not made clear to the service station that wasting police time is a crime -- and that if they do dial 999 over 'dogging,' they will be endangering the lives of people who need ambulances and the fire brigade, and that criminal charges will always be filed against service stations who abuse the 999 system to pursue a private moral agenda against customers parked in their car park." (04/18/15)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2015/04/18/free-the-woods/  

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Hopkins hate and the inhumanity of political correctness

April 19, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"What kind of twisted society would be made more irate by 400 words in a newspaper column than by the deaths of 400 human beings at sea? Our society. Britain in 2015." (04/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcvo3wk  

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Inflation, central banks, and business cycles

April 19, 2015
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman  

"The word 'inflation' means different things to different people. One popular conception of inflation focuses on prices  --  all prices, actually. For these people, including some economists, 'inflation' means a rise in the general price level, i.e., the goods and services we buy have higher price tags. The other conception of inflation focuses on the money supply." (04/18/15)

https://mises.org/library/inflation-central-banks-and-business-cycles  

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Everything Voluntary Podcast, 04/18/15

April 19, 2015
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Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
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"Episode 054 is a conversation on the philosophy of anarchism, including the contrast between left and right anarchists on property norms and how this relates to voluntaryism, as well as the application of Phil's allegorical imperative to anarchism." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlandba  

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Confronting the surveillance state

April 19, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington  

"This year began with both surveillance reformers and their opponents circling one date on their respective calendars: June 1, 2015. On this date, the Patriot Act's Sec. 215 'business records,' 'lone wolf' and 'roving wiretap' provisions will expire unless Congress agrees to extend them. If public opinion on the topic is any indication, mass surveillance supporters have a tough job on their hands." (04/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh49y2j  

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Why I fight for $15

April 19, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Back in the late 19th century, the American movement for an eight-hour day included people from a wide range of political ideologies. Some favored federal legislation to achieve their goal. But the movement also included numerous anarchist tendencies, including individualist anarchists affiliated with the New England Labor Reform League. The nationwide general strike for an eight-hour day was seen by some as a call for a government-mandated limit to the working day, but it was also a pressure campaign on employers. That's how I see the Fight for $15 campaign." (04/18/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37218  

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Roundabout still better than lights

April 19, 2015
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"I've noticed new pavement markings at the Clovis roundabout, the premier driving entertainment venue in our area and star of a Youtube video. These pavement markings have the same hieroglyphics as the signs you might notice on the roadside as you approach. I'm not sure the added expense of painting the pavement accomplished anything -- other than spending some of the annoying tax loot that clutters up government offices everywhere." (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lx5zxoa  

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Celebrate Lochner today

April 19, 2015
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Today marks the 110th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Lochner v. New York, a case that continues to generate controversy. For example, just last week a writer named Ryan Cooper on a website called 'The Week' accused 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul of being 'a supporter of the Lochner doctrine.'" (04/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/04/17/celebrate-lochner-today/  

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Hillary: A disaster in the making

April 19, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Robert Fantina  

"So why, one wonders, is there so much enthusiasm among Democrats for a woman who, by all accounts, is a hypocritical war-monger, who is more motivated to enhance her own bottom line than to serve the cause of human rights? What is it that draws adoring crowds to her? Perhaps people are seduced by the idea of another first: they elected the first African-American president, so why not follow it up with the first woman president? Maybe it is her resume, which is, indeed, impressive. But any job-seeker will highlight notable job titles on their resume, but once at the interview, may have difficulty pointing to any real accomplishments. The voters, as interviewers, should take a close look at what achievements, if any, Mrs. Clinton has to support those remarkable job titles. They will find little." (04/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kd4cdzu  

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Modern handgun ammo

April 18, 2015
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"News reports OFTEN have guys emptying magazines towards each other missing their intended targets in a big hurry. The guy who hits first wins ... or more accurately, Loses a lot less, because nobody actually wins a gunfight. Everyone is wounded to some degree. Caliber matters as does ammo. Modern construction like Hornady's Critical Defense has changed the caliber equation. 9mm is now where .40 was a few years ago. 38 Special and even .380 have become effective defensive ammo. I wouldn't have said that about them until recently, though .38 sufficed for a long, long time." (04/17/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/04/17/modern-handgun-ammo/  

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Identity theft is taking a toll on tax refunds

April 18, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jeff Lerner  

"The first tax deadline has now passed, and many individuals still needing extra time will file extensions. But some who have electronically filed their returns are surprised to receive notice that a tax return for them has already been submitted -- by somebody who is not the taxpayer. This tax-related identity theft is a real and growing problem for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and for hundreds of thousands of taxpayers." (04/17/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=25570  

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QandO Podcast, 04/18/15

April 18, 2015
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QandO Podcast QandO
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"This week, it's all abortion and racial epithets." [MP3] (04/18/15)

http://www.qando.net/podcast/Observations20150418.mp3  

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Population growth made simple-minded

April 18, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy  

"In a five-part LA Times series (Beyond Seven Billion), Kenneth Weiss cites the 'arc of instability' that spans Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, with special note on the 'youth bulges [that] have emerged in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and the Palestinian territories.' The hope is that free condoms and birth control pills, tossed into the grateful clutches of childbearing women, will reduce this growth by 2 billion, shrinking mid-century population to a meager 9 billion, 'the equivalent of adding another India and China to the world.' But the benign and altruistic image of the Progressive family planning scheme may become tarnished, in practice. It won't be global; it can't help but be intended for the childbearing women of the youth bulges. Nor is it likely to be voluntary." (04/18/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1402  

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How to break the Internet

April 18, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Geoffrey A Manne and R Ben Sperry  

"Net neutrality backers traffic in fear. Pushing a suite of suggested interventions, they warn of rapacious cable operators who seek to control online media and other content by 'picking winners and losers' on the Internet. They proclaim that regulation is the only way to stave off 'fast lanes' that would render your favorite website 'invisible' unless it's one of the corporate-favored. They declare that it will shelter startups, guarantee free expression, and preserve the great, egalitarian 'openness' of the Internet. No decent person, in other words, could be against net neutrality. In truth, this latest campaign to regulate the Internet is an apt illustration of F.A. Hayek's famous observation that 'the curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.'" (for publication 05/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/18/how-to-break-the-internet  

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The murderers of Kiev

April 17, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"There seems to be a 'suicide' epidemic afflicting opponents of the current Ukrainian government -- eight opposition politicians and two journalists have mysteriously died since the beginning of the year. Here is the timeline of terror that has opponents of the regime fearing for their lives ..." (04/17/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/04/16/the-murderers-of-kiev/  

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Hubris unlimited: Tom Cotton versus reality

April 17, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Freshman Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) wants the United States to pick a fight with Iran. Not an all-out brawl, he says; just an itty-bitty bout along the lines of 1998's Operation Desert Fox, in which US aircraft carried out four days of airstrikes on Iraq. Setting aside the fact that there's just no reason for such an exercise -- P5+1 negotiation theater aside, Iran doesn't seem to have an active nuclear weapons development program for airstrikes to target -- the whole concept of 'limited war' is bogus and dangerous." (04/16/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1004  

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Want to record the cops? Know your rights

April 17, 2015
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nadia Kayyali  

"Citizen videos of law enforcement encounters are more valuable than ever. And for those who are wondering -- it is legal to record the police. The police don't always seem aware of this. There have been incidents across the country of police telling people to stop filming, and sometimes seizing their camera or smartphone, or even arresting them, when they don't comply." (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhdhwuc  

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Why is this politician taken seriously?

April 17, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Suppose you're on the board of a successful corporation and the President and CEO of that corporation is about to retire. You, as a board member, must help select the outgoing president's replacement. A seemingly sane candidate comes in one day for an interview and he announces that he was once in the midst of sniper fire. That candidate then explains the hectic efforts that he and his companions took to avoid being mowed down, giving you the impression that his life was then in serious jeopardy before his fortunate escape from the attack. You're impressed by the man's adventure! You soon learn, however, that the candidate's tale is a lie. There's not a shred of relevant truth to it. You call the candidate and inform him that you have it on solid authority that no gunfire incident ever happened to him. There's a short pause. He then replies, confidently, 'Oh, yeah. I misspoke. Sorry about that!' Do you need any further information about this candidate to immediately and unconditionally strike him off of the list of possible successors to the outgoing president? Can this candidate possibly have any superior qualities that offset your certain knowledge that he is either a bald-faced liar or is bat-poop nuts?" (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lp9nm9y  

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Puerto Rico: Micro-independence revisited

April 17, 2015
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Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez  

"In a previous article I offered a plan for 'micro-independence' as a way of solving Puerto Rico's status stalemate. The proposal: take four to nine of the easternmost municipalities of Puerto Rico, including the Vieques and Culebra islands, and get all those who supported independence to move into these areas, establish a voting majority, and opt for independence. Due to the lack of response for this plan, and my other efforts to rally conservatives and libertarians to the cause of DIY independence, it may be time to offer a new, more symbolic alternative. Why not follow Janti's example and build a small artificial island off the coast of Puerto Rico and declare independence?" (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otsuvez  

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