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Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation posted 07/07/2015, 10:51 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillance, the people believed it was done merely to keep them safe. The few who disagreed were labeled traitors.

When the government waged costly preemptive wars on foreign countries, insisting it was necessary to protect the nation, the citizens believed it. And when the government brought the weapons and tactics of war home to use against the populace, claiming it was just a way to recycle old equipment, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled unpatriotic.

When the government spied on its own citizens, claiming they were looking for terrorists hiding among them, the people believed it. And when the government began tracking the citizenry’s movements, monitoring their spending, snooping on their social media, and surveying their habits—supposedly in an effort to make their lives more efficient—the people believed that, too. The few who disagreed were labeled paranoid.

When the government let private companies take over the prison industry and agreed to keep the jails full, justifying it as a cost-saving measure, the people believed them. And when the government started arresting and jailing people for minor infractions, claiming the only way to keep communities safe was to be tough on crime, the people believed that too. The few who disagreed were labeled soft on crime.

When the government hired crisis actors to take part in disaster drills, never alerting the public to which “disasters” were stage
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Of Wedding Cakes and Puritanical Collectivism posted 07/07/2015, 10:49 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
By declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa saved the lesbian couple roughly $350. This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims – even before a Soviet-grade “civil rights” bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.

In January 2013, the Kleins, who operated a bakery called “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” turned down t
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Debate: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Incompatible with Liberty / Mandatory Vaccinations Can Be Compatible with Liberty posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Are mandatory vaccines compatible with liberty? Read these arguments from The Freeman and decide.... (more)


Jurassic World: Don't Blame It On The Market posted 07/07/2015, 10:47 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In the fourth and latest installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, a theme park containing cloned dinosaurs plays host to horrifying scenes as visitors are preyed upon by reptilian attractions that have eluded the confines of their cages.

The chaos begins after the introduction of a new, ahistorical dinosaur, the Indominus Rex, a chimera cooked up by the park’s scientists. This monster, the film makes clear, is the product of capitalism run amok: simple de-extinction no longer i
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Monday July 6th, 2015

Greeks Vote NO To EU-Imposed Austerity posted 07/06/2015, 10:29 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
With 90% of the votes counted, the Greek people have voted 61% to 39% against accepting the latest round of austerity that the EU is trying to impose on the Greek people for the benefit of the One Percent. What is amazing is that 39% voted for the One Percent against their own interests. This 39% vote shows that propaganda works to convince people to vote against their own interest.

The vote was not a vote to leave the EU. With the backing of the Greek nation, the Greek government
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Friday July 3rd, 2015



Why Not an 'Independence From the State' Day? posted 07/03/2015, 8:12 AM (Roger Young)
[Category: Commentary]
I'm about to witness my 61st "Independence Day" in the US Collective. And all I see forthcoming is still another celebration of failure, still another empty gesture from clueless citizen/slaves who have no independence.

The supposed "independence" noted and celebrated is recorded in the document known as The Declaration of Independence.  Those enslaved by a king at that time, declared themselves subjects instead to some, as yet, undefined government master (later to be
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Rubio Is Right -- Red-Light Cameras Are A Scam posted 07/03/2015, 8:11 AM (TheNewspaper)
[Category: Commentary]
Marco Rubio's driving habits have been in the spotlight ever since The New York Times attacked him over a handful of minor traffic infractions. The Florida senator downplayed his record behind the wheel by pointing out that red-light cameras are a "scam." PolitiFact chided the Republican presidential candidate for failing to acknowledge that cameras are perfectly legal in his state -- as if that matters.... (more)


Thursday July 2nd, 2015

The Bankruptcy of Greece's Welfare State posted 07/02/2015, 7:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
For decades the U.S. government has been spending and borrowing to the hilt, doing much the same thing the Greek government has done. Like the Greek government, the U.S. government has been spending much more than it receives in the form of taxes. How does it do that? Like the Greek government, it borrows the difference.... (more)


Tuesday June 30th, 2015

Are the American Youth Ready for Conscription? posted 06/30/2015, 7:15 AM (Sputnik International)
[Category: Commentary]
The shining future that America once had is all but a page note in the history books now. Record unemployment, failed foreign policies and domestic strife is the new normal. And how is the brain trust in DC going to solve these problems? National service for all 18 - to 28-year-olds!... (more)


Monday June 29th, 2015

Self-Determination and Secession posted 06/29/2015, 2:44 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
The secessionist impulse doesn't seem to be going away in Europe. This month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the latest drive for secession comes from Sardinia. The leaders of the movement propose that the island, only part of Italy since the 1860s, be joined to Switzerland instead.

The Sardinians have a tough row to hoe in convincing the S
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Saturday June 27th, 2015



Heresies Against the Imperium posted 06/27/2015, 2:10 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If Barack Obama is correct that white Americans are racist at a genetic level, shouldn’t this tendency be considered an inherent trait? Given the persistence of racism in the face of unremitting remedial action by government, should we regard it as an ineffaceable characteristic to be preserved and celebrated in the name of “diversity”?

Raci
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Friday June 26th, 2015

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds posted 06/26/2015, 5:18 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin’.”—Texas Rangers

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates. However, this push back against government abuse, government snooping and government theft only came about b
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Obamacare Travesty: The Supreme Court Continues To Make Stuff Up Out Of Thin Air posted 06/26/2015, 5:18 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Commentary]
Thanks to the Supreme Court’s willingness to make stuff up, Obamacare has been saved once again.  In order to save Obamacare from utter disaster, Chief Justice Roberts essentially rewrote the law.  If you are thinking that the Supreme Court is not supposed to do that, you would be right.  But this is what our judicial system has devolved into.  When I was in law school, I was horrified to discover that most judges in our country just do whatever they feel like doing.  Instead of applying the law... (more)


The National-Security's State's Crisis Racket posted 06/26/2015, 5:10 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine that Russia announced that it was reconstituting the Warsaw Pact and that Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Bolivia had signed on as members.

Imagine also that Russia fomented a regime-change operation in Mexico that succeeded in ousting the democratically elected president of the country and installing a pro-Russia ruler in his stead.

Imagine that Russia then embarked on a plan to build military bases and install missiles in all of
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The Myth of the Rule of Law posted 06/26/2015, 5:09 AM (ZeroGov)
[Category: Commentary]
America is not a free country. Its government labors under the illusion that the more laws that exist, the more secure and hence the more free a people. At least that’s the party line from the regime apparatchiks. What intellectual rubbish. This is nothing but a shabby justification for a state that grasps power at every turn and applies a tired Marxoid notion of Sovietizing every human transaction to make it transparent to the government (the reverse transparency is nowhere to be found) and use... (more)


Thursday June 25th, 2015

Why the Media is Blaming Everyone for the Charleston Shooting Except for the One Who Deserves It posted 06/25/2015, 3:52 AM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]
Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people. In a church. He chose to do it. It wasn't self-defense, it wasn't by mistake; it was premeditated, cold-blooded murder. It's hard to get any more evil than that.

But it seems that some people have trouble holding individuals accountable for what they do. One NBC story talked about how nice the killer's family is, and about how he had been a "sweet kid" when younger. Yes, a lot of other murderers were "sweet kids" at some point, too. So wha
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Taylor Swift Vs. Apple: Post-Scarcity Growing Pains posted 06/25/2015, 3:51 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
On June 22nd pop mega-star Taylor Swift, released an open letter to Apple Music, refusing to grant the company’s new music streaming service access to her newest album. Her letter was a response to Apple’s policy of not paying musicians whose work is listened to, by customers during their three month, free trial of Apple’s platform. ... (more)


Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Too Good for Government "Work": The Death of a Baton Rouge Peace Officer posted 06/23/2015, 1:13 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Every phone call that arrives after midnight is freighted with terrible expectations, and the one received Warrick Dunn at about 12:30 a.m. on January 7, 1993 bore the worst possible news.

“You need to get to the hospital – quick,” directed the caller, a Baton Rouge police officer. By the time the 18-year-old Warrick arrived, his 36-year-old mother, Betty Smothers, had died from gunshot wounds received during an ambush at a nearby bank. Betty was killed in the line of duty as a pr
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Monday June 22nd, 2015

Trump for President? posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Perhaps it has occurred to you as it has to me that the United States is no longer capable of producing political leadership. In the current issue of Trends Journal, Gerald Celente describes the eight candidates (at the time he went to press) for the US presidential nomination as “Liars, cowards, freaks & fools.”

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important c
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I Am the Very Model of a Modern US President posted 06/22/2015, 5:03 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
As election season ramps up, many people are falling into political camps and assuming that their candidate will be wholly different from either the current administration or the contenders in the other camp. But for the past eighty years, United States presidents have been remarkably similar once in office. Most presidents, whatever their promises as candidates (usually to shrink parts of government) end up waging wars overseas and expanding government control here at home. The problem is not a... (more)


Wednesday June 17th, 2015

"I Bet You Call The Cops As Soon As Anything Goes Wrong" posted 06/17/2015, 2:05 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
I have heard a variation of this accusation more times than you could shake a bloody baton at. It inevitably appears in almost every Facebook comment thread and often those on the site as well. The statement presupposes many things and fails to consider many more. It is a wispy shell of crumbling rhetoric, which cannot hold itself, let alone be a vessel for any meaningful discourse. Let us dissect this carapace of malingering idiocy once and for all.... (more)


Tuesday June 16th, 2015

The Trouble with Kids Today: Too Much Deference to 'Authority,' Too Little Respect for Property posted 06/16/2015, 2:28 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is least in danger and fix its approval on the virtue nearest to that vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them running about with fire extinguishers whenever there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under… Cruel ages are put on their guard against Sentimentality, feckless and idle ones against Respectability, lecherous ones against Purit... (more)


How Policing Works in a Privatized City posted 06/16/2015, 2:28 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“All the common areas of Atlantic Station including the streets, sidewalks, parks, and alleys are private property.”

Thus reads one line buried in the Rules of Conduct for Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia: a marvelous city within a city. But it’s this one line that makes the critical difference. It’s why this one-square mile in the heart of this great city has done more to model beauty, prosperity, diversity, and happy livi
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Magna Carta and the Fantasy of Legal Constraints on States posted 06/16/2015, 2:22 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Magna Carta turns 800 years old today. The Great Charter is often hailed as the first event in a series of limitations on the power of government. For Americans, Marga Carta seems even more important because it is a document that was written and signed for the purpose of limiting the power of a monarch. Americans love grandiose gestures in the form of written documents such as Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact and the Constitution of 1787, and the document is today taught to school children ... (more)


Monday June 15th, 2015

The State's Exploitation of the Common Man posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (Bart Frazier)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the oldest complaints coming from the Left is that the business world exploits the common man. The Democrat Party uses it as a veritable rallying cry, with its candidates promising to protect the helpless lower classes from the predations of corporations and international conglomerates. As they say, the game is rigged. They are correct, but not in the way that they think.... (more)


Sunday Times Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
Western journalists claim that the big lesson they learned from their key role in selling the Iraq War to the public is that it’s hideous, corrupt and often dangerous journalism to give anonymity to government officials to let them propagandize the public, then uncritically accept those anonymously voiced claims as Truth. But they’ve learned no such lesson. That tactic continues to be the staple of how major U.S. and British media outlets “report,” especially in the national security area. A... (more)


Let Us Salute the Flag posted 06/15/2015, 1:15 PM (Fred Reed)
[Category: Commentary]
Aaaagh! Enough. I keep reading that I should Honor Our Troops. On airline flights, I am asked to applaud Our Young Men in Uniform. Why, for God’s sake? What have Our Troops done for me except cause me great embarrassment, cost money better spent on anything else, and kill millions of people that I have had no interest in killing? For this I am to thank them?

No, they don’t have noble motives. Men join the military because they need a job, because they want money for college or bec
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Thursday June 11th, 2015

The Totalitarian Mindset of the 'Hurt Feelings' Industry posted 06/11/2015, 11:44 AM (Scott Lazarowitz)
[Category: Commentary]
Has freedom of speech become a thing of the past in America? College campuses now are intellectual prisons, and the thin-skinned offendotrons are the guards. And in post-9/11 America you can’t criticize the Regime without being called a “traitor” or “unpatriotic.” The political and social fascists and control freaks really seem to be trying to drive people into silence these days.

For example, on college campuses if you say something deemed offensive, you might actually receive a
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Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech posted 06/11/2015, 11:38 AM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Commentary]
Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they’re clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric.

This is happening in America -- weirdly, to a site I founded, and one whose commenters often earned my public contempt.
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Wednesday June 10th, 2015

Socialism Is War and War Is Socialism posted 06/10/2015, 10:57 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“[Economic] planning does not accidentally deteriorate into the militarization of the economy; it is the militarization of the economy.… When the story of the Left is seen in this light, the idea of economic planning begins to appear not only accidentally but inherently reactionary. The theory of planning was, from its inception, modeled after feudal and militaristic organizations. Elements of the Left tried to transform it into a radical program, to fit into a progressive revolutionary vision.... (more)


Tuesday June 9th, 2015

"Blue Privilege" And The Criminal Enterprise Called The Idaho State Police posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“They’ve laid us out,” Idaho State Police Trooper Sam Ketchum reported in a text message to his superiors during an April 13, 2012 court hearing in Payette. The intended recipient was Lt. Colonel Ralph Powell, who would shortly be appointed ISP Director. “They” referred to ISP Corporals Quinn Carmack and Brandon Eller, who had – in defiance of expectations – testified truthfully in the preliminary hearing for ... (more)


What Bastiat Had to Say about Police Abuse posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
When it comes to being employed by the government, membership has its privileges. How far do these privileges extend? It’s a question that is central to political philosophy. It is most poignantly addressed by one of my favorite pieces of writing, Frédéric Bastiat’s The Law (1850).

The same question is being debated on the streets in every US city today. Videos of citizen abuse at the hands of the police are everywhere. I
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Slave or Rebel? Ten Principles for Escaping the Matrix and Standing Up to Tyranny posted 06/09/2015, 9:42 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious."--George Orwell

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

It's a shell game intended to keep us focused on and distracted by all of the politically expedient things that are being said--about militarized police, surveillance, and government corruption--while the government continues to frogmarch us down the road toward outright tyr
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There's No Evidence of a ‘New Nationwide Crime Wave’ posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Radley Balko)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week in the Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute posited that we are in the throes of a "new nationwide crime wave." She blamed the chorus of police reform advocates and critics of police brutality since the Ferguson protest last summer. She claimed the criticism and efforts to hold police accountable were causing cops to become disillusioned, cynical, and afraid to do their jobs... (more)


The Tyranny of Trigger Words and College Safe Spaces posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Richard M. Ebeling)
[Category: Commentary]
The media has been full of stories recently about the new sensitivity on college and university campuses concerning the avoidance in courses or assignments of the use of "trigger words" or phrases that may have a "hurtful" affect on students when thoughtlessly used in the teaching environment.

Student and other groups on campuses have insisted that professors provide advanced warning when a particular subject or words connected with it are likely to be discussed in the classroom s
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Friday June 5th, 2015

Wrong Message in the Ulbricht Case posted 06/05/2015, 8:17 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The first thing that entered my mind upon reading that New York City Federal Judge Katherine Forrest had sentenced Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht to life in prison without parole was, "What in the world could that woman be thinking?"

At the sentencing hearing, Forrest indicated that the draconian sentence she was imposing on Ulbricht was meant to serve as a message to discourage other people from following in Ulbricht's path. How in the world did she arrive at such nonsensical
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A Modest Proposal To End Dating Anarchy And Regulate The Dating Market posted 06/05/2015, 8:14 AM (Government Denies Knowledge)
[Category: Commentary]
Dating and sex, as the means to procreate, are our biological imperative. How can we leave something so critically important to the very future of humanity up to the free market? How can we stand by while so many people are unhappy with the quality and quantity of romance in their lives? How can we justify the veritable anarchy that is the dating world when we accept government regulation in so many other areas of our lives that are deeply personal and important?... (more)


Thursday June 4th, 2015

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly posted 06/04/2015, 5:35 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy." -- Writers Against Mass Surveillance

THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express themselves on the Internet, including making threatening--even violent--statements on Facebook, provided that they don't intend to actually inflict harm.
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For Terrorist Fearmongers, It's Always the Scariest Time Ever posted 06/04/2015, 5:31 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
For the fearmongers in the West and their allies, it’s always the scariest time ever; that “the threat has never been greater” is basically a slogan they reflexively spew.... (more)


Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

FREEDOM Act Passes Senate, Freedom Dies posted 06/03/2015, 5:55 AM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
By a vote of 67-32 the Senate today passed the USA FREEDOM Act, just days after the expiration of key elements of the USA PATRIOT Act. The FREEDOM Act is billed as a reform of the unconstitutional and recently-ruled illegal bulk collection of Americans’ telecommunications, but in fact it is a whole new level of attack on civil liberties.

Here are just a couple of way
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Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

Only "Blue Lives" Really Matter posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo mounted the hood of a Chevy Malibu and fired fifteen shots through the windshield, killing Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams, he behaved in an “unreasonable” and “unconstitutional” fashion. This was the testimony offered by W. Ken Katsaris, a nationally renowned expert witness on use-of-force issues, during Brelo’s bench trial for two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

Brelo
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It's A Few Bad Apples Or Police Departments Or Maybe The Entire System posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
“It’s just a few bad apples.”

This is pretty much how every police apologist begins the argument, when faced with instances of law enforcement malfeasance. While there are a slew of familiar excuses for various acts of police abuse – “just doing their jobs,” “the victim was drunk,” “the victim asked for it because he failed to comply,” etc., those become difficult to apply when police behavior is so inexcusable and abhorrent that even their staunchest defenders are at a loss for
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Dread Pirate Roberts, Beyond The Law! posted 06/02/2015, 5:15 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to die inside a cage. We call this a “life sentence”, but it is a death sentence. His fate is quite literally to die in a cage in order to punish him for operating the online drug market known as the Silk Road. But truly, that is not his crime. His crime is defiance, or really, his crime is truth telling. The truth is, there is life beyond the law. When sentencing him, that is what the judge justified her sentence with — he lived without regard to what she wished... (more)


Only Supporters of 'White Privilege' Oppose the Panopticon posted 06/02/2015, 5:15 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Owing to his Pakistani ancestry, former FBI double agent Naveed Jamali was able to exploit the perception of “conflicting allegiances” when trying to lure Russian businessmen into sting operations. Once he mustered out of service with the American version of the Cheka, he found himself “fighting a new battle: The Assumption War,” Jamali writes in Salon. ... (more)


You're a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World -- How to Not Get Caught posted 06/02/2015, 5:14 AM (David Montgomery)
[Category: Commentary]
Sometimes you just get lucky.

I was in Amsterdam when the Snowden story broke. CNN was non-stop asking politicians and pundits, “Is Edward Snowden a traitor?” Those who said he betrayed America also said something else: Mass surveillance is only an issue if you’re a criminal. If you’ve got nothing to hide then you’ve got nothing to fear.
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Iran's Criminal Justice System Looks Like Gitmo's posted 06/02/2015, 5:14 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for "espionage for the hostile government of the United States." He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge.

Sound familiar?

It should. It's the same type of "judicial" system that the U.S. government employs at Guantanamo Bay.
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Monday June 1st, 2015

I Fought the Law posted 06/01/2015, 6:24 AM (Walljared)
[Category: Commentary]
In September of last year, I was pulled over by a quota-driven cop and given a ticket for speeding. The ticket carried with it a significant fine and the addition of 4-points onto my license. This past Thursday (May 28, 2015), I successfully defended myself in court, and had the charges dismissed. Leaving aside the fact that I had committed no real crime (there was no victim), the financial ramifications of this “crime” would have hurt me significantly, and I felt a strong urge to fight the char... (more)


Legendary Journalist in Private: “It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere” posted 06/01/2015, 6:23 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
Politico recently ran a fantastic historical profile of journalist Theodore H. White by the writer Scott Porch. White invented the genre of modern presidential campaign books with The Making of the President, 1960 (and then 1964, 1968 and 1972).

The 1960 version, which won a Pulitzer Prize and sold four million copies, describes John F. Kennedy as a “forl
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Sunday May 31st, 2015

Ross is Our Socrates posted 05/31/2015, 8:32 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
There is not an informed lover of liberty and progress who is not shaken today. I've had a lump in my throat all day, nearly fighting back tears, over the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, visionary and now martyr. He was sentenced to life in prison, and the judge's words were chilling in the extreme.

"The stated purpose [of the Silk Road] was to be beyond the law. In the world you created over time, democracy didn't exist. You were captain of the ship, the Dread Pirate Roberts," said
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Friday May 29th, 2015

The Deeply Tragic Sentencing of Ross Ulbricht posted 05/29/2015, 9:27 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
If you didn't know it already, the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, life in prison, underscores the point. There are deep structural injustices that take place in the United States under the cover of law and justice. This is one of the most egregious I've seen.

This brilliant and creative young man has been put away for performing a much-needed digital experiment. He opened an open-air market in the digital cloud and thereby demonstrated to the world that there is a better way than t
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Whether in the USSR or USSA, Politicians Come and Go -- But the Security Organs Remain posted 05/29/2015, 5:42 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“Hey, guys, we’ll be here long after you are gone,” gloated a high-ranking CIA official during a hearing of the US Senate’s “Church Committee” investigation of illegal domestic intelligence operations forty years ago. What this meant, according to Peter Fenn, Senator Church’s Chief of Staff, “was, `we’ll wait you out.'”

Church, an Idaho Democrat who briefly ran for his party
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Legalize Drugs, Abolish Prison, Give Everyone a Gun posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (Taki Magazine)
[Category: Commentary]
Abolish prison and give everyone a gun. The end. Good night. Oh wait, that’s not enough for a column? Okay, how about legalize drugs too? I’m not kidding. I know it sounds outrageous but hate facts often are.... (more)


Free Trade Means Free Trade posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There is a lot of controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a big trade agreement that is being negotiated between the United States, Canada, and a number of Asia-Pacific countries. What is most amusing about the controversy is how the mainstream press, as well as D.C. politicians and bureaucrats, describe the agreement. They call it a "free trade" agreement. That's funny.... (more)


Wednesday May 27th, 2015

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance posted 05/27/2015, 4:25 PM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”—William Binney, NSA whistleblower

We now have a fourth branch of government.

As I document in my new book
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Microaggressions and Microwonders posted 05/27/2015, 4:24 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
A recurring theme of recent human history is that the less of something bad we see in the world around us, the more outrage we generate about the remaining bits.

For example, in the 19th century, outrage about child labor grew as the frequency of child labor was shrinking. Economic forces, not legislation, had raised adult wages to a level at which more and more families did not need additional income from children to survive, and children gradually withdrew from the labor force.
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Tuesday May 26th, 2015

The Fable of the Chickens posted 05/26/2015, 6:16 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived a flock of chickens. They were the happiest chickens in the whole world. There was always plenty to eat and the chickens were free to range wherever they wanted. Eggs were plentiful and the happy flock was always growing.

One day, however, those happy chickens met with disaster. A group of very mean raccoons attacked, killed, and ate some of the birds.

The chickens went into a panic. They all began running around the ya
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Monday May 25th, 2015

U.S. Soldiers Died for Empire and Hegemony posted 05/25/2015, 5:29 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who have died in the defense of our country. There is one big problem though: Those soldiers didn't die in the defense of our country. Instead, they died in the defense of empire and hegemony.

For obvious reasons, U.S. officials, as well as many of the family members of the deceased, can't bring themselves to admit that and so they settle for just mindlessly repeating the mantra, "They died defending our country,"

Consid
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Sunday May 24th, 2015

Garbage Collector Lives Matter posted 05/24/2015, 11:35 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
This Memorial day weekend, Americans are shifting their hero worship from police to veterans and soldiers fallen in war, but the U.S. military isn't the only industry that often demands the lives of it “employees.”

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,585 American civilians died while doing their jobs in 2013, and being a police officer didn’t even make the top 15 most da
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Wednesday May 20th, 2015

False Flags, Biker Gangs, and the PATCON Legacy posted 05/20/2015, 4:10 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The bloody incident at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant was not a “biker shootout.” At present there is no evidence that any of the nine victims were killed by fellow bikers, rather than being “taken out” by the scores of police — including snipers — who had effectively turned the parking lot into a kill zone.

The Twin Peaks Massacre has prompted the predictable outpouring of state-centered outrage over the purported threat posed by Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs (OMCs). Buried beneath
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Tuesday May 19th, 2015

The Problem Is the State Not the Standard posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821), enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 (PL 104-294) and 2002 (PL 107-273), prohibits the interstate transport "by mail or otherwise" of "any set of artificial teeth or prosthetic de... (more)

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