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    GAEsworthy (not verified) 8 years 35 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    Please pay attention. Before you posted this, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express all announced that not only were they making substantial corporate donations to the rescue and aid efforts, but also were waiving their transaction interchange fees for donations to most major charitable organization. For example: http://corporate.visa.com/media-center/press-releases/press976.jsp "Credit Nazis" indeed, you offensive oaf.
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    DennisLeeWilson 8 years 35 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    This article by Brad Spangler has good, clear explanations, is very succinct and well presented!
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    PasserBy (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Well, Albergine, if you had bothered to actually read the linked article before making your offensive comments about us Brits, you might have noticed that all the references in it are to identified Americans who are feeling depressed and suicidal after watching Avatar.
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    Samuel (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Little Alex
    Damn commies. I really hope Google will pull out of China to make a statement. Eventually this will the best for everyone. In a few years Google will return. Cheers, Samuel. online casino  
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    Plant Immigrati... 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    This part of the article says it all: "“Had I recorded an officer saving someone’s life, I almost guarantee you that they wouldn’t have come up to me and say, ‘Hey, you just recorded me saving that person’s life. You’re under arrest.’ ’’"
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    Plant Immigrati... 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    I remember reading about the rise of French Hip Hop. It was the unintended consequence of a French law that required radio stations to play a certain percentage of French language music. The strange result is that a traditional Italian folk song would not count as part of this percentage but Oxmo Puccino rapping in French would. For every law there are unintended consequences.
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Yes, but there are more basic reasons. Accurate information is required to correctly choose. Our predators need: a) Accurate information to identify, manipulate their prey b) Disoriented by subverted media and education prey, incapable of correctly choosing. Predators want to be able to correctly choose and have prey incapable of defending themselves (thinking) http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html Darwin PROVED: Survival EQUALS adaptation to environment EQUALS ability to CHOOSE correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    Its all about pretexts for advocates. Those they claim the motive (unprovable) is to help never seem to be "helped", only made more dependent and, to resolve this, the "advocates" claim more resources required. This is also the script according to Machiavelli (strategically denied bible of arbitrary power – politics): Machiavelli Paraphrased: “Arbitrary power can get away with ANYTHING, so long as it appears “necessary” to intellectually crippled populations (falsely framed arguments, based on lies for input facts, flogged by corrupt experts, shilling and prostituting their academic degrees for power, blind trust of populace, a social disease and mental illness I call “expertitus”) . In essence, all such arguments are a house of cards, false assumptions built upon false assumptions, the false equating of speculation to REALITY.” The is the exact same algorithm used to rationalize the initiation of aggression against Iraq, a war crime. The same false “argument” is being carefully constricted against Iran. Embargo, the first step of war, initiated. With the discrediting of socialism, all pretexts regarding slavery of the productive to “help the unfortunate” (who adapt to dependency, collapsing civilization) have been replaced by pretexts “to avoid terror” such as necessity for preemptive justice, war or “save the environment” (AGW fraud, etc). In these false arguments, the “bad guys” always have something to steal. The “good guys” are those who intend to profit by the thievery.
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    redgar 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Ken Bank
    I agree with much of your post! All this post is rather old I wanted to say that most NJLP activists would completely agree with you. The Ron Paul campaign has attracted many right wing, big government types to the so called "freedom movement". Fortunately many of them are young and can learn what freedom is really about. Also see http://njlp.org/news/partynews/latestnews/802-lonegan-shows-love-for-big...
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Cheryl Cline
    One of the interesting things about this article is that it provides a good example of how unresponsive government can be to the wishes of its subjects. This is an article written in a mainstream publication and there were 266 comments. I perused the comments and saw that nearly everyone found this practice by the police to be reprehensible, and yet they keep doing it anyway.
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    KenK, Long is actually calling Chomsky out. Read the article, you'll probably agree with it. Here's the money quote: "If the state really is intervening massively and systematically on behalf of the “potentate” and against the “starving subject” – as Chomsky must admit that it is, since his research explicitly demonstrates just this – why on earth would he expect that power imbalance to remain unchanged once that intervention ceases?"
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Disagree. Its the intelligent versus idiots (left or right) falsely equating subverted opinions with reality. Objective thinkers, with courage must prevail, or we stay on the path to social / economic collapse and anarchy by "corrupt judicial discretion" (rule of man, destroyer of civilizations): http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
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    albergine 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Well the brit's are mostly a depressive bunch and very easily confused so would imagine that a soft number of them would fall into desperation after leaving the sanctuary of illusion that's pandora, could also be that the linked to article is from a comic written by juveniles or that kid's suffering from withdrawal just wanted to get home and blast away on their vid game, have they all fallen into a well of tears over the current Haitian disaster i wonder. All they get is candy coated, there lives are candy coated, that's why they'd steer clear of a hard hitting smack in the face film with it's feet sunk firmly in fact in favour of fuzzy narnia fiction that look's for no commitment other than to buy the stuffed teddy, I become very irritated when mature people are offered and take sweet flavour to suck on to disguise any bitterness that may awake their better sense.
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    Fraxdablue 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    "Happy feely jig with big smiles after seeing the likes of Avatar" ??? Read this article from the UK where viewers are feeling depressed and suicidal after seeing the film. Maybe coming to terms with what we have done to our planet? I think the candy coated vitamin pill is the only way to get the message to where it needs to be heard. Reminds me of the Idaho logging communities who attempted to get the school system to ban Dr. Seuss's Lorax Tree books from classes because their 6 years olds were coming home in tears and asking Daddy why he was cutting down all the trees. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1242409/The-Avatar-effect-Movie-...
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago
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    I like the new version, but I haven't discovered a way to easily view all of the comments rather than just the most recent ones without going back and looking at each article individually.
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    This is a great example of Thoreau's quote about hacking at the branches of evil rather than the root. Just a bunch of people with opinions about HOW the govt should handle airport security - and not even a mention of WHETHER the govt should be handling it at all.
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    wkmac 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Great article Anthony. Thanks again for getting out front on this issue (ie your LRC comment on Food Inc.). For others interested who've not seen and want more background, I recommend the movies "The World According To Monsanto" and "Food Inc" and view in that order because IMO it builds on itself. Both movies are available on the internet with "TWATM" being available on Google video and "Food Inc" available at Top Documentary Films website. Food Inc. may be on Google too but I've not looked. Having seen Food Inc. at the movie theater, it was interesting afterwards as people gathered to talk in the parking lot and it gave a wonderful opportunity to cause people to think that we have the corporate monsters not because of the "free market" but we have them because we don't have a true "free market." This also ties in well with many points made in the other article today on STR "Left & Right Against the Empire." When I listened and agreed with many on corporate abuse, they in turn listened and considered my points about how a true free market would offer a true people driven roadblock to such corporate hegemony. Even thought this was before the Obama election and many were planning on voting that way (I was unable to convince them of alternatives ie not voting) many did admit they weren't sure how well voting Obama would work out in the end. I'd love to talk with them now!
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Ken, I've listened to several interviews that Scott Horton has done with Glen Greenwald. While he's not a libertarian, he is consistently anti-war and I think we would probably agree that war is one of the worst of all govt programs. Greenwald is very knowledgeable and does a good job of fact-checking and exposing lies told by the administration. He is very good at explaining the legal arguments and their flaws. Although he was hopeful Obama would be better than Bush, I think he's been very good at admitting that Obama is heading down the same path as Bush at least when it comes to war and civil liberties and contempt for constitutional protections.
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    KenK 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Did Greenwald write stuff like this when Bush was in office? Just askin'. LRC features this guy a lot as some kind of libertarian Democrat but why it does just baffles me.
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    KenK 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Anthony Gregory
    Noam Chomsky is no anarchist, "best known" or otherwise. He is a statist through and through. Read his stuff and this becomes readily apparent. Dr. Long is full of shit. Who Is Chomsky?
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    Glen Allport 8 years 36 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
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    Here again, my two cents worth is that on those rare occasions that we can vote to unambiguously END or REDUCE tyranny, the "voting strengthens the statist system" meme is simply wrong. I'd again use the example of voting to free the slaves: that one's obvious, I would think, but ANYTHING that truly ends or reduces tyranny is worthwhile. Waiting for "perfection" is a good way to get nowhere. You can wait your entire life (and probably will -- most people who have ever lived, did) for real freedom, and refusing to support at least a significant INCREASE in freedom is silly, IMO. Voting in any OTHER circumstance -- then I agree with you. On the other hand, your or my individual vote means almost nothing, statistically, so it's not likely to matter either way in ANY voting situation.
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    Glen Allport 8 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    I've read some of his stuff, and indeed the idea that Americans will NOT do as well with a collapse as the Russians did is something I first saw in an interview with Orlov. Like many unsettling predictions, its an obvious point but we don't tend to think in that direction, meaning that most of us expect "normal" life in the US to continue, with minor changes over time and short ups and downs from the business cycle. Something much more severe is coming to a head, though, and this fact has begun to filter into more and more people's awareness. The first week or two of this year has already seen a large number of very scary predictions and commentary. Two examples: Willem Buiter [former Bank of England policymaker] warns of massive dollar collapse http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/4125947/Willem-Buiter-warns... and Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr. on the Failure of the Public Sector, the Coming Military Crackdown and What Can Be Done to Stop It http://www.thedailybell.com/724/Edwin-Vieira-the-Coming-Military-Crackdo... As for planning: the first thing is to understand the underlying forces and dynamics in play, and then apply that understanding to your own personal situation, including your resources, weaknesses, preferences, and so on. Fiat currency always dies; the entire world is using fiat currency today -- and the end-game for all of those currencies is very near. The dollar is now worth so little compared to its historic "1/20 oz of gold" that each dollar now has about the purchasing power of a PENNY (or two) in my grandfather's day. Combine that with mega-trillion dollar deficits, $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities, a dismantled manufacturing infrastructure and a largely centrally-controlled market for most things, and -- well, all the rest; you know the story as well as I do -- and SOMETHING big is coming. Be ready for that. How? Move overseas, maybe. Put in a large garden, maybe. Stock up on staples and goods for bartering. My personal situation is not the same as yours, and I am reluctant to suggest anyone else do what I think is right -- it might NOT be right, even for me, not to mention for you. But if you will look the future in the eye and see what today's information is telling you about tomorrow, you'll know what to do. It won't be easy, or cheap, or pleasant, so you'll want to not see it. Try to get past that and see things clearly -- that's the best advice I think I can give anyone.
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    Glen Allport 8 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
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    Thanks, golefevre (nice handle, btw). The possibility that the coming collapse and various other disasters will enlighten people about the dangers of coercive government and move them to better understand the importance of love and freedom in their lives is, to my mind, the ONLY positive we might see from the global fiat-currency meltdown and its attendant evils. I don't think our odds are good for a positive outcome, but the odds aren't zero, either.
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    Mike Powers 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Body cavity searches can't be far off the horizon.
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    albergine 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    i see the point but on reading numerous reviews fail to get what the big deal is about this pic, no i haven't seen it but have seen bucket loads of films from either the big timers or small fry that make their point in a much more obvious manner, those i have in mind are set in the 'now' not in some fictional nowhere, are much more hard hitting and give no illusion as to there meaning, after the view (unless comatose) the watcher will know the sickness that the truth makes them feel rather than do a happy feely jig with big smiles after seeing the likes of Av*tar.
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    mike 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Scarmig
    How does the government keep track of someone w/o a SSN for tax purposes? I was born in the US, and have a valid US passport, but have lived my entire life in Canada and never got a SSN. I'm supposed to file taxes every year for the rest of my life! But I don't know if i'm even on record, so i don't want to start unnecessarily.. Any ideas?
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Courts to FCC “You Don’t Have Power to Enforce Net Neutrality” Rule Of Law “Oh, yes, they do” Communications carriers, as corporate creations of law are subject to the “rule of law” (ALL are treated equally, in terms of rights and responsibility, by law): http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html This does not prevent communications carriers from lawfully using “bandwidth throttling” to penalize those who have not paid for their fair share of bandwidth with a more premium service. Throttling is absolutely necessary for fair allocation of service bandwidth between users at any particular service level. Premium service fees are absolutely necessary for providers to afford the capital / operational expense of meeting increasing customer needs (service improvement). You get what you pay for in a free market. Surely whatever residual capitalist sensibility still exists in the US gets this?
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Its just a matter of presenting the truth to the sheeple in a form they may get. Luckily, Hollywood still has ideological faction wars and has not fully succumbed to the "dark side". Our tyrants are toast if MSM ever figures out a way to make truth profitable. Currently, lies sell. Here's how and why: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Yeah, but only because of a legal technicality related to this particular medical marijuana case.
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    Yep. In terms of financial damage to the empire it's a hugely successful strategy. Eric Margolis is one of my favorite commentators on foreign policy. I've listened to several of his interviews with Scott Horton at antiwar.com.
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    White Refugee 8 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Glen, I was just curious if you had read Dmitry Orlov's post: Fits in nicely with yours, for what to expect, and a few ideas on planning. Surviving Peak Oil & Economic Collapse: Post-Soviet Lessons for a Post-American Century, by Dmitry Orlov
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    rickdoogie 8 years 36 weeks ago
    Only Cowards Vote
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    Voting may be able to make a statist system a little less oppressive for a while. But the very act of voting helps strengthen the statist system. Small picture / Big picture.
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    Glen Allport 8 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Good question, and I don't think I have enough information to answer. Absent government intrusions, the answer would of course be "yes" -- there are plenty of areas where the people could take care of themselves, ride out the crisis, and maintain some level of civil society. Rural areas with small farms would be obvious candidates, and states or smaller areas with mining, oil, or other commodity wealth and the infrastructure to extract and/or refine and ship the products would also be more likely than average, I'd think, to do well. But as you suggest, the government response to this government-created [whether INTENTIONALLY or not] crisis is unknown. LOTS of things -- both historic examples and present day news and rumor -- suggest some very ugly actions by the feds, with skyrocketing taxes being among the lesser evils we might be subjected to. So far, the government response has largely been to steal breath-taking amounts of money from the citizens and hand it to bankers and other connected special interests. Actually reversing the damage and starting to solve the problem is NOT on the agenda. What will happen? What are the odds for various scenarios? Again, I don't have enough information to say anything definite. Personally, I expect large, crowded metro areas to be especially dangerous, but even THAT depends on the particulars of what happens. So good luck to us all, and here's hoping that the healthier, traditional American qualities -- self-reliance, fairness, respect for others (i.e., for their freedom), honesty, willingness to do real work, ingenuity, charity where appropriate, and so on -- carry the day and in the end, are strengthened. Plenty of forces are working for the extinction of such qualities, and I really think that too much is hidden from us right now (anybody think the dozens of alphabet agencies are being open and honest with us about their plans?) to even guess how things will work out.
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Derek Henson
    lol, "Liberty County Jail".
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    Glen Allport 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Douglas Herman
    Terrific column, Douglas. I especially enjoyed your "news coverage" comments -- right on the mark. I hadn't noticed it while watching the film, but now it's obvious that indeed Cameron missed an opportunity there. (Perhaps on purpose; filmmakers have to contend with running-time and other constraints). In any case I'd have enjoyed seeing CNN and FOX newsies reporting the Pandoran War to the folks back home. Avatar is doing more than twice as much business overseas as it is in the US, although even here it's setting records. I think you are right that a bigger percentage of the public in other nations sees Avatar as an only slightly-disguised look at the U.S. empire. Avatar receipts as posted at http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=avatar.htm, as of 1/10/2010: Domestic: $430,846,514 -- 32.1% + Foreign: $910,847,633 -- 67.9% = Worldwide: $1,341,694,147 This is after only 24 days, and the movie is STILL #1 in theaters world-wide by a solid margin.
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    jjmonkeys (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago
    The Year Ahead: 2010
    Page Glen Allport
    Glenn, do you forsee pockets of stability based on some geographic areas having higher percentages of people who will be prepared to care for themselves withough federal government support? I'm referring to some rural areas and some areas where there are resources of international value that are grown, mined etc? Or will the federal government tax all businesses and resources out of viability.
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    negator 8 years 36 weeks ago
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    love the fact that i can get feeds now. i wish the big blue intro box would go away. personally, i don't think much would be gained by adding a forum other than cluster headaches for the admins. strike the root is perfect in this format. the quote at the top left, the beautiful or haunting photograph, and my cup of coffee. peace, love and kudos to str.
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    Mike Powers 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    This is a very interesting video. I highly recommend it, if you have the time to watch it (23 minutes long).
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    Mike Powers 8 years 36 weeks ago
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    Great pics!
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    Mike Powers 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    Greg - Good observation. I did read the D.C. statute on prostitution-free zones, and you are correct. There is no provision that demands arrest of those who exceed the two condom limit. However, like many arbitrary laws - particularly those that are implemented to control voluntary behavior between consenting adults - it makes for interesting reading. For example, this passage regarding enforcement of the law: "If two or more persons are in violation of the Prostitution Free Zone law, they first will be informed by an officer that they are in a Prostitution Free Zone, and that they should disperse and depart within a reasonable time frame before any arrests are made." Presumably, they are free to leave the 'Prostitution Free Zone' and engage in their amoral behavior in a zone that is not designated as 'Prostitution Free'. Nonetheless, I wonder if D.C. bureaucrats realize that if prostitution was legalized, the 'health and safety of residents' would no longer be 'endangered', as there would be no streetwalkers prowling for customers.
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    McMe (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Page Bob Wallace
    i just had this dream this weekend about a mathtest..
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    GregL 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Mike Powers
    This is an interesting article and apparently at least some DC Cops have attempted to use possession of multiple condoms as evidence of prostitution. However, the best thing about the article is a comment from one posters who did his homework and found that this is apparently not an official policy as one might infer from the article. It demonstrates why skepticism is so important when you hear something outlandish. (However many of the things especially regarding the police that I might once have thought were outlandish, occur so regularly and are so well-documented that I just consider them commonplace and a symptom of a growing police state).
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago
    Neither Left Nor Right
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    Justice Defined: We are all free to profit or suffer and learn (adapt to excellence) by facing the consequences of our OWN choices. Injustice is to be forced to suffer the consequences of choices of unaccountable (irresponsible) others. The "rule of law" once ENFORCED peace and justice, now rationalized away: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross3.html "The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class." ~ Lord Acton Darwin also warned us: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to choose correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html THINK about it: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
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    SpykerSpeed (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I wish the corporations would stand up for their customers and put their foot down on things like this, but they are entrenched with the State via licensure I guess.
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    CB (not verified) 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    I know people who were inspired to homeschool because they read or heard about this speech.
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    Mike Powers 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Airline travelers may want to prepare for body cavity probes by the friendly TSA agents in the near future.
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    Plant Immigrati... 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Don Stacy
    Evan, that is a good point. In that respect it kind of reminded me of Mike from Robert A. Heinlein's classic novel "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Except that Mike was modeled after the giant room sized computers that existed before the advent of the personal computer.
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Surveillance is the flip side of Information suppression / subversion. Both are tools used to enslave us. Accurate information for our predators, bullshit for us. Surveillance provides information used to control us. Information subversion is used for Environmental Control 101, to trick us into CHOOSING our own slavery. Darwin warned us: Survival EQUALS ability to adapt to environment EQUALS ability to CHOOSE correctly EQUALS freedom: http://www.strike-the-root.com/62/ross/ross1.html THINK about it, choose correctly and survive: http://www.strike-the-root.com/51/ross/ross2.html
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    Bill Ross 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    Gees, I am so disappointed in the "land of the free and home of the brave". Why no comments, by anybody? Let's make STR a bastion of freedom by contributing. Silence leaves everyone under the impression they are alone and isolated, pissing in the wind. Make some noise, wreak some intellectual havoc. Don't you understand that if you don't take a risk and fight tyranny, you are really choosing between the certainty of long term doom versus the chance of tyrant retaliation?
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    Plant Immigrati... 8 years 36 weeks ago Web link Robert Fredericks
    "as a way to help creative entrepreneurs who the wave of digitization has left behind." If they are "left behind" in this the wave of digitization how "creative" are they exactly?