Commentary

The 2014 state of wind energy: Desperately seeking subsidies

April 28, 2014
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"With the growing story coming out of Ukraine, the ongoing search for the missing Malaysian jet, the intensifying Nevada cattle battle, and the new announcement about the additional Keystone pipeline delay, little attention is being paid to the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy -- or any of the other fifty lapsed tax breaks the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier this month. But, despite the low news profile, the gears of government continue to grind up taxpayer dollars." (04/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n3ner9v  

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Social trolling

April 28, 2014
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Craig Harms  

"Events in America occur so rapidly that to believe any one person can ever find the full truth about any single event is truly laughable. We strive, daily, to maintain control of our surroundings; perceived knowledge gleaned from the various sources at our disposal helps us to believe that we possess control of ourselves and the environment we live in. Are we concerned enough, or perhaps paranoid enough, however, to read through the information that is fed to us in search of a motive? While I certainly do not promote paranoia or distrust of anyone, I do promote the premise that at this point in history we are being deliberately misled." (04/24/14)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3393  

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Concerning estoppel

April 28, 2014
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Christopher Zimny  

"Argumentation ethics or communication ethics does not establish what is morally right or wrong, it only establishes what is the case. For instance, the praxeological theorem of exchange shows only what happens when two actors trade goods; it does not say this is a morally good thing (at least in an objective sense). The praxeological theorem of theft (in the economic sense, not the ethical sense) states only the conditions under which theft can take place. It does not say or prove that theft is a morally bad thing." (04/26/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/04/26/concerning-estoppel/  

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The cynical American scapegoating of Korea as a cover for nuclear terror

April 28, 2014
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Joe Scarry  

"Barack Obama is in South Korea, as part of his Asia tour, and probably more than any part of his trip, it is this stop that most Americans understand to be relevant to “national security” and the alleged need for ever greater amounts of U.S. firepower in Asia. That’s because Americans are fed a fairly constant diet of scare news about those 'unhinged' North Koreans -- 'just crazy enough' to start the next nuclear war." (04/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mrkv5ru  

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Today’s youth have never been young

April 28, 2014
posted by

Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"Sadly, a lot of young people today have no image of youth except drunkenness. They grew up in an advertising-based culture that uses youth as a sales tool, and has dragged it down to the level of the lowest manipulable denominator. Young people these days are trained in status quo conformity, and express their youth primarily in drunken or drugged parties of some sort. They have no image of what youth should actually be." (04/24/14)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/todays-youth  

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What really gripes my goat in the discussion of profits

April 28, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Deborah Orr discusses why the breat cancer treatment she had was just fine but why a more expensive one that might save the lives of other women wouldn't be. And while my description of her argument might sound cruel and her argument itself might sound cruel she is in fact correct. Resources are limited and a cost benefit analysis has to be applied as to where and upon what they should be expended. However, there's one little point she makes that really gripes my goat ..." (04/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k9u2mfw  

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Sneakerheads

April 28, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Jason Kelly  

"When you think about the ways most teenagers spend their free time, you probably think playing video games, going to the mall, and using Facebook. But if you look more closely, you will discover a lot of kids defying those stereotypes. These kids are innovators. They take risks. And they aren’t just learning economics from a textbook." (04/24/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/sneakerheads  

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Ownership of federal land: Answers suggested by the Bundy standoff

April 27, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson  

"Most commentators on the issue have staked out one of two polar positions. One position, which is current U.S. Supreme Court doctrine, is that the federal government may acquire and own any land it wishes for any governmental purpose, not just for its enumerated powers. The other polar position is that the federal government may own land only for the purposes enumerated in the Enclave Clause (the national capital and 'Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings') and that the 'equal footing doctrine' requires that all other federal land within a prospective state be handed over the state government upon statehood. In fact, both polar positions are false -- and very clearly so." (04/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/me7kq9x  

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Lessening the language

April 27, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"Another instance! Consider the word quash. When is the last time you heard it? Yet it’s a standard term, one that until recently was used whenever people wanted to talk about the repression or suppression of something. Judges quashed indictments. Congressional committees quashed proposed legislation. Tyrants quashed rebellions. To use the word quash, you didn’t need to know all its uses. You just needed to know that there was such a word, and it might fit what you wanted to say. But sometime during the past 20 years, people stopped recognizing the existence of quash. They stopped being able to hear or read it. When they encountered it, they saw and heard something more familiar, less daunting to their ignorance. They heard the word squash." (04/25/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1241  

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Thomas Paine versus Edmund Burke, part 1

April 27, 2014
posted by

George H. Smith Libertarianism.org
by George H. Smith  

"Burke’s suggestion that British law should deal with Rights of Man did not escape the notice of Thomas Paine, who was in England at the time, having traveled from America to France (May 1787), and then to London (Sept. 1787), in an effort to secure financing for an iron bridge he had designed. (Although Paine’s bridge did get underway in England, it was never completed.) In addition to this project, Paine, hoping to avoid war between France and England, served as an unofficial envoy between the two governments, and it was in this capacity that he first met Edmund Burke." (04/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lfk78wr  

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Lessons from Waco

April 27, 2014
posted by

Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"Say what you will, there is no doubt in my mind that when someone fights back and kills federal agents, causing them to retreat, that the gloves come off. That’s the kind of thing that happens in Colombia. If you are in charge of the federal government, you can’t have people observing that if you get a few dozen guys with heavy-duty weapons, you can make federal agencies back off. And so, as the official media spin made it out, the federal government tried to save a bunch of kids from a religious nutjob, and in the process all the little kids got burned up. 'Oh well, what’s on the TV tonight?' Very few Americans cared about this incident because the media and government had successfully painted the Branch Davidians as a bunch of religious nutjobs who were abusing children. That’s why they could literally be burned alive and nothing happened." (04/25/14)

http://consultingbyrpm.com/blog/2014/04/lessons-from-waco.html  

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Wall Street’s pension gamble

April 27, 2014
posted by

In These Times
by David Sirota  

"The financial industry is citing modest public pension shortfalls to justify pushing those pensions to invest more money in riskier and riskier high-fee investments -- and to do so in secret. In the national debate over what to do about public pension shortfalls, here's something you may not know: The texts of the agreements signed between those pension funds and financial firms are almost always secret. Yes, that’s right. Although they are public pensions that taxpayers contribute to and that public officials oversee, the exact terms of the financial deals being engineered in the public’s name and with public money are typically not available to you, the taxpayer." (04/25/14)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/16608/wall_streets_pension_gamble  

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Foreign wars

April 27, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Bob Englehart  

Cartoon. (04/25/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/04/foreign-wars/  

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Pardon me, Mr. President?

April 27, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Abby Rapoport  

"This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the start of a new initiative on clemency, encouraging thousands of inmates to send in petitions to have their sentences commuted. ... In his more than five years in office, Obama has been the stingiest president in history when it comes to granting pardons; the new program could make him one of the most generous. But the biggest news for criminal-justice reformers has been the administration’s appointment of a new pardon attorney to oversee the program: Deborah Leff, who spent her years at DOJ working on the Access to Justice Initiative, an agency meant to help low-income defendants get a fair hearing in court." (04/25/14)

http://prospect.org/article/pardon-me-mr-president  

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Julian time

April 27, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"veryone on the planet who worries that free markets generate 'unsustainable' economic growth should read Matt Ridley’s superb essay 'The World’s Resources Aren’t Running Out' (April 26). An insight implied in Mr. Ridley’s refutation of environmental doomsayers is the late Julian Simon’s understanding that the ultimate resource is the human mind." (04/26/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/04/julian-time.html  

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Another key to higher standards of living

April 27, 2014
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Statists have long asserted that the public (i.e., government) sector and the private sector operate in tandem to produce economic prosperity. They suggest that the federal government is just another participant in the economy, along with private firms. They say that federal government contributes to economic prosperity with its dominant role in the economy -- jobs, contracts, expenditures, etc. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are two sectors in the economy -- the public (i.e., government) sector and the private sector. The private sector produces the wealth. The government sector is parasitic." (04/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/25/another-key-to-higher-standards-of-living/  

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Donald Sterling, slumlord billionaire

April 27, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by Dave Zirin  

"It takes a certain flair for racism -- a panache for prejudice -- to find yourself facing two different racial discrimination lawsuits simultaneously. Meet Donald Sterling, the owner of the most unspeakably malodorous franchise since the Cleveland Spiders: the Los Angeles Clippers. Since Sterling's purchase of the club in 1981, his team has by far the worst record in all of the National Basketball Association. The Clippers have made the playoffs only four times in Sterling's 28 years as owner, never advancing past the second round of the playoffs. It's been said that the NBA should rename its annual players draft, 'The Donald Sterling Draft Lottery.' He was named the worst owner in sports by the writers at ESPN.com because of his complete disregard for fielding a winning team as long as he could turn a healthy profit." (04/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ksh8p6q  

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Ukraine: Out of control

April 25, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Geneva talks were supposed to have de-escalated the looming conflict: instead they made conflict more likely. The reason is because Lavrov, Kerry, and the EU failed to invite the key participants: the east Ukrainians, including representatives from the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic as well as Crimea. The big powers thought they could devise a diplomatic 'solution' without consulting the people most directly involved. The Russians are just as responsible for this slight oversight as the Americans: indeed, more so, since they pose as champions of Russian-speakers in their 'near abroad.'" (04/25/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/04/24/ukraine-out-of-control  

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Support capital punishment? Own it.

April 25, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Even if you think it's OK for politicians to steal your money and use that money to kill people, surely they should at least have to do so openly instead of secretly -- if for no other reason than that secrecy in state killings looks like a very, very slippery slope to stand at the top of. It's stump-stupid to let sociopaths like Mike Christian and Scott Pruitt dispose of human lives in the first place. It's even more stupid to let them hide their methods." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nyo7cla  

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Governments behind surge in cyber-espionage

April 25, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Stealing your money remains the number-one motive for bad guys staging cyber-attacks of various sorts, but greed is dropping in importance relative to nosiness, according to Verizon. The telecommunications company finds espionage soaring as a motive for online threats, driven by governments less interested in cash than information. Overall, cyber-espionage made up about 22 percent of incidents lst year, and growing." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lsaop4z  

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“This isn’t freedom, this is fear”

April 25, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"That statement was uttered by an American hero and champion of the Constitution upon hearing of a plan to place drone-like devices over the earth. These devices would have the ability to preemptively take out anyone the agency deploying the drones has determined could be a threat. The person who uttered that line is determined to do all he can to stop these devices from being deployed. So who is the champion of liberty fighting this latest scheme to take away our liberty for phony promises of security? Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul? Senator Rand Paul? Representative Justin Amash? No, the line in question was uttered by Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, and is spoken in his new summer blockbuster The Winter Soldier." (04/24/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/isnt-freedom-fear/  

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Libertarianism: So thick that it is unrecognizable

April 25, 2014
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Bionic Mosquito  

"Interesting; Professor Matt doesn’t suggest that libertarians add on a bunch of garbage to libertarianism to make it more palatable, hip, mainstream, or cool. He suggests libertarians should reject that which is the heart of libertarianism. And this is published at a site called Libertarianism.org." (04/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/meepr5n  

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How do we solve unemployment?

April 25, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"It appears that the correct method to reduce unemployment is to reduce unemployment benefits, increase in work benefits, abolish the minimum wage and insist that those unemployed take a job, any job, at any price. After all, that's what Germany has done and the German unemployment rate fell dramatically as a result of doing just that." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qzvvs8k  

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The classical liberal legacy of Percy Bysshe Shelley

April 25, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  

"Coming from a celebrated poet, A Philosophical View should have been issued immediately and shelved with respect in the library of freedom. But it took almost a century after Shelley’s untimely death to appear. Several factors contributed. The Irish writer Thomas William Rolleston, who transcribed the book from barely legible notes, explained, 'It was doubtless the unfinished condition of the MS., coupled with the feeling that all Shelley’s prose work is of subordinate interest as compared with his poetry, that led to the suppression for a hundred years of a work on which he himself set considerable store.' Another factor in the book’s obscurity could be its dated tone, structure, and philosophical approach." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lk7n38g  

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Government = protection racket for the 1%

April 25, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship  

"Our now infamous one percent own more than 35 percent of the nation’s wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom 40 percent of the country is in debt. Just this past Tuesday, the 15th of April -- Tax Day -- the AFL-CIO reported that last year the chief executive officers of 350 top American corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average US worker. Those executives made an average of $11.7 million dollars compared to the average worker who earned $35,239 dollars." (04/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l5cgtno  

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