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The tragedy of self-immolation: No one cares

May 17, 2013
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In These Times
by Andrew Lam  

"Self-immolation isn't what it used to be. This ultimate form of protest became global news in 1963 when the venerable monk Thich Quang Duc set himself ablaze in the middle of Saigon, Vietnam, protesting religious oppression. Doused in gasoline, the monk sat serenely in lotus position and lit a match. A bird of paradise thus blossomed and bloomed, and quickly charred his body. ... Half a century later, to die by fire in protest registers little more than a media blip." (05/16/13)

http://tinyurl.com/avznmk3  

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Both the right and left go wrong on healthcare prices

May 17, 2013
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National Center for Policy Analysis
by John C. Goodman  

"Despite the fact that prices in healthcare do not play the same role as they do in other markets, there is a tendency on both the political right and the political left to ignore this fact. The right, for example, issues frequent calls to make prices transparent. A number of proposals would even require doctors and hospitals to post their prices. Doctors find these proposals perplexing because they know that there are no prices at a typical physician’s office." (05/13/13)

http://tinyurl.com/agewraz  

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The right to bear 3D-printed arms

May 17, 2013
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Spiked
by James Woudhuysen  

"The US authorities are armed to the teeth, and we're panicking about citizens printing out rubbish guns?" (05/16/13)

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13617/  

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The frontier: America’s first welfare program

May 17, 2013
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LewRockwell.com
by Ryan McMaken  

"When discussing various atrocities committed against the Native Americans throughout history, apologists for this particular type of state-sponsored killing will often resort to pointing out that Indians murdered many settlers and their families. This claim, which is true enough, really only begs the question, however, of why white Americans were on Indian lands to begin with. The easy answer is that the settlers were poor and wanted free land. That’s true too, but to appreciate the economic and political realities behind the mass western migration of whites, we have to look at how it was encouraged and subsidized by U.S. Government policy during the nineteenth and early twentieth century." (05/17/13)

http://lewrockwell.com/mcmaken/mcmaken155.html  

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Crises and opportunities

May 17, 2013
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Everywhere you look, there’s a crisis. Social Security, healthcare, immigration, drug war, terrorism, Afghanistan. The list goes on and on. What’s interesting about these crises is that they all have a common denominator: the federal government. Or to be more specific, the particular type of federal economic system in which we all have been born and raised, one that consists of a combination of socialism, interventionism, corporatism, and imperialism." (05/16/13)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/crises-and-opportunities/  

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Washington-gate

May 17, 2013
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Reuters
by David Rohde  

"Unprecedented Justice Department searches of journalists’ phone records. IRS targeting of conservative political groups. Spiraling sexual assault rates in the military. And the downplaying of the first killing of an American ambassador in 30 years. In a matter of days, alarming accounts have emerged regarding the actions of five key federal government bureaucracies: the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service, the State Department, the CIA and the Pentagon. For commentators on the right, the reports are final proof of the raft of conspiracy theories focused on President Barack Obama." (05/16/13)

http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2013/05/16/washington-gate/  

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Top 21 survival pick up lines

May 17, 2013
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Willow Haven Outdoor
by Creek  

"Let’s face it, finding another survival-minded partner isn’t the easiest task in the world. Sometimes it can feel like trying to start a friction fire with water soaked wood. Or, like trying to find the one edible cattail in a marsh of poisonous water irises -- darn near impossible! And let’s face it, survival-types aren’t known for being the most socially suave category of people, am I right?" (05/13/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ae56e2c  

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What did you know, and why didn’t you know it?

May 17, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"To me, the funniest part of the administration’s current travail is its entrapment between the devil of activism and the deep blue sea of ignorance." (05/16/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1069  

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The government’s war on the press

May 17, 2013
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CounterPunch
by Alfredo Lopez  

"But as outrageous as the admitted facts are, the story’s larger implications are even more disturbing. It’s bad enough that the Obama Administration has grossly violated fundamental constitutional rights, acknowledged the violation and defended their legality. Even worse is that likelihood that the intrusion will probably be ruled legal, that it has been ongoing against other targets for some time and that this is only the tip of the intelligence-abuse iceberg." (05/16/13)

http://tinyurl.com/aeslzfl  

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ObamaCare is about power

May 17, 2013
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Fox News Forum
by Jim DeMint  

"Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of ObamaCare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote. However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly make the case for why Congress must eradicate the law from the statute books. On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service finally disclosed that it had spent years targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, delaying their applications for non-profit status and giving those applications additional scrutiny -- solely because of those groups' political beliefs." (05/16/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bb32fsp  

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FDR: Sowing the seeds of chaos

May 17, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Stockman  

"The long-lasting imprint from FDR’s famous 'Hundred Days' did not stem from the bank holiday, national industrial recovery act, the farm adjustment act, the Tennessee Valley Authority, or the public works administration. Instead, it is lodged in the footnotes of standard histories; namely, FDR’s April 1933 order confiscating every ounce of gold held by private citizens and businesses throughout the United States." (05/16/13)

http://mises.org/daily/6429/FDR-Sowing-the-Seeds-of-Chaos  

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Storm clouds gathering

May 16, 2013
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LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"Government is bad for personal freedom. That argument is premised upon the truism that everything government does interferes with freedom because it either prohibits or compels. Everything it owns it has taken from others. Much of what it says is divorced from the truth. President Obama, like President George W. Bush, has argued that his first job is to keep America safe, and if he impairs personal freedom in the process, that is a small price to pay for safety. Many of my colleagues in the media on the left and right have bought this argument, notwithstanding its fallacies. Until now." (05/16/13)

http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano101.html  

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The Free State Project grows up

May 16, 2013
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Reason Reason
by Garrett Quinn  

"Libertarians are changing the face of New Hampshire." (for publication 06/13)

http://reason.com/archives/2013/05/15/the-free-state-project-grows-up  

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What’s next in “Scandalgate?”

May 16, 2013
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"With the veritable plethora of scandals abounding now in Obama’s DC, it’s fun wondering which will become the Scandal du Jour -- that is, the one that’ll last more than a week." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/b2mlqhs  

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The surveillance state: Is this the price of living in a “free, safe” society?

May 16, 2013
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"The reality is this: we no longer live in a free society. Having traded our freedoms for a phantom promise of security, we now find ourselves imprisoned in a virtual cage of cameras, wiretaps and watchful government eyes. All the while, the world around us is no safer than when we started on this journey more than a decade ago. Indeed, it well may be that we are living in a far more dangerous world, not so much because the terrorist threat is any greater but because the government itself has become the greater threat to our freedoms." (05/16/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ajashfs  

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Obama’s bid for unilateral power over elections

May 16, 2013
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  

"To glimpse the political future of America, turn off the news, ignore public statements from officials, and follow instead the paper trail of executive orders issuing from the White House.  On March 28, President Obama signed an executive order entitled 'Establishment of the Presidential Commission of Election Administration.' The president has created yet another administrative agency." (05/14/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ann7lud  

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Why maximal enforcement of federal gun laws is not always a good idea

May 16, 2013
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Liberty For All
by David Kopel  

"A common trope of many Second Amendment advocates is to urge more vigorous enforcement of existing federal gun control laws, as the alternative to enacting additional laws. Rhetorically, that’s very effective. But as a policy matter, it is not always a good idea. Consider legislation recently considered by the Senate: The Manchin-Toomey amendment was supported by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), although the group later dropped its support for reasons unrelated to the issues raised in this post." (05/16/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=9035  

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Standing up to sexism works

May 16, 2013
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Raw Story
by Amanda Marcotte  

"The battles over the very existence of women in geek culture have gotten so ugly that one could be forgiven for thinking that every geek dude who has done something sexist is primed and ready to fight to the death to defend every single act of objectification, insinuating that women are mentally inferior, and whining that men are the ones who are really victimized, because their god-given right to treat women as mindless sexbots is being taken away through the legally binding act of criticizing it. That’s why I want to share this excellent tale of a woman who stood up to lady-alienating bullshit and, instead of being sexually harassed until she fled as a mental health move, actually had a real conversation about why it’s not cool to make women feel unwelcome." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/b4ftv23  

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Can you tell an assault rifle from an assault weapon?

May 16, 2013
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"People who have already succumbed to an irrational fear of guns are easily frightened by anti-gun advocates and their cooperative mainstream media friends into supporting so-called 'reasonable' but unconstitutional gun control laws." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c3tczlw  

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Prohibition caused the greatness of Gatsby

May 16, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton  

"The new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a good movie, but it is no indictment against capitalism, as some may contend. It is rather an implicit condemnation of government prohibition. When I read the book in high school I did not like it. I found it hard to read, not because it was overly complicated or poorly done, but because of the subject matter." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ajamrlz  

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The right to call in sick

May 16, 2013
posted by

In These Times
by Ellen Bravo  

"'I’ve gone to work horribly ill many times,' says Susan Lund, a grocery worker in Portland, Ore. '[Bosses] don’t care, as long as the work is being done. I see employees run to the bathroom because they’re throwing up, but a manager doesn’t send them home.' That won’t be true for long. On March 13, thanks to the activism of thousands of Portlanders like Lund, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt a paid sick days ordinance. The bill goes into effect in January 2014." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/dxcp4oh  

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You will know them by their unpopular views

May 16, 2013
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Consider a world where 80% of people are Conformists, 10% of people are Righteous, and 10% are Reprobates. The Conformists are epistemically and morally neutral, so they believe and support whatever is popular. The Righteous are epistemically and morally virtuous, so they believe and support whatever is true and right. The Reprobates are epistemically and morally vicious, so they believe and support the opposite of what the Righteous believe and support. In Dungeons & Dragons terms, the Conformists are True Neutral, the Righteous are Lawful Good, and the Reprobates are Chaotic Evil. What happens?

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/05/virtue_conformi.html  

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Healthcare and the poor: Why money works better than waiting

May 16, 2013
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"What I call health policy orthodoxy is committed to two propositions: (1) The really important health issue for poor people is access to care, and (2) to ensure access, waiting for care is always better than paying for care. In other words, if you have to ration scarce medical resources somehow, rationing by waiting is always better than rationing by price." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/avrx6ps  

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Americans fighting their own government for economic survival

May 16, 2013
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"No wonder the national debt is at nearly $17 trillion -- and ticking higher every day. Polls repeatedly show most Americans believe that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, yet policy gets in the way of democracy and prevents practical solutions." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d4a7oqb  

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Watergate: Are we there yet?

May 16, 2013
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Reuters
by Suzanne Garment  

"O.K., you know the one about the old guys sitting in the diner: 'When I was a boy, I had to walk five miles to school in the snow.' 'Snow? I had to walk five miles in the snow with just newspapers on my feet.' 'Feet? You had feet?' That’s what it feels like when you lived through Watergate and the scandal decades that followed it. I was in Washington -- sentient, glued to the tube, writing about it all. And Leonard Garment, my husband and the special counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, was often the one in the center of the press mob, looking as if he wasn’t going to escape with his life. Then you read last weekend’s news reports about scandal politics 'sweeping Washington.' Come on, people. Get a grip. Watergate was about hubris, the Kennedy assassination, Vietnam, the culture wars and the darkest of angers -- both within Nixon and against him. The current agglomeration is about bureaucracies, the zeitgeist and garden variety political calculation. Bearing in mind the all-purpose scandal caveat -- the other shoe may always drop -- it looks like what we have in the news is three distinct scandals, each emblematic of a different American political phenomenon." (05/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cq88uqh  

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