Whats wrong with libertarianism

http://www.zompist.com/libertos.html

useful analysis which helps to explain how and why the “libertarian” obsession with property rights has grossly distorted their ethical analysis to the extent that they support the “liberty to exploit others” without batting an eyelid. If the founding fathers of “liberttarianism” could support slavery, it’s good enough for us…

California Bill, SB 1317, Would Charge Parents of Truant Children with a Misdemeanor | TakePart – Inspiration to Action

http://www.takepart.com/news/2010/05/18/new-bill-to-jail-parents-when-kids-play-hooky

classic authoritarian response. The beatings will continue until morale improves…

BBC News – Should you store treasured data on disks?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/8711747.stm

RAID required. Fortunately storage is becoming so cheap that RAID for even domestic users is becoming feasible. I’ve currently got over a thousand dvds and a similar number of cds. In ten years time I expect all of that to be transferred to RAID storage and then backed up onto at least one other RAID system. Aint no other way (yet) to guarantee long term integrity…

http://www.canow.org/canoworg/2009/07/slut.html

a painful example of “tyranny of the majority”

Couple discover they are siblings: Child courts blamed after strangers fall in love, have a son – and then find out they are half-brother and sister | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1282575/Couple-discover-siblings-Child-courts-blamed-strangers-fall-love-son–half-brother-sister.html

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I wouldn’t have bothered stumbling this had it not been for the final paragraph. The story is a mildly salacious, mildly interesting story about accidental incest caused, in part, by a paternalistic legal decision a couple of decades ago. However, the fascist rag (the “Mail On Sunday”) wants us to take it more seriously, so they complain:

This is that type of story, and yet, since I first publicised it on Friday, it has been ignored by everyone apart from the MoS. Why? Not because it isn’t shocking, that’s for sure. No, because it isn’t ideologically convenient for those who decide what we should be shocked by and why

So now try to find any mention in the recent editions of this Drug War promoting propaganda sheet of the recent dramatic announcements regarding America’s termination of the War on Drugs. And you decide which of the two issues (Drug War or Accidental Incest) is more important.

Near-death experiences explained: Scientists believe its the last gasp of a dying brain | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1282598/Near-death-experiences-explained-Scientists-believe-gasp-dying-brain.html

I would say that this vindicates Lyall Watson’s conjectures in “The Romeo Error” (1974)

iPad factory suicides in China | Mail Online

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1282481/iPad-factory-suicides-China.html

good to see the Chinese mastering the art of Capitalism…

Can Obama consign the war on drugs to history? | Sasha Abramsky | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/may/29/usdomesticpolicy-us-politics

OK, now I believe it. It does look significant. They’re not about to legalise but they might be about to decriminalise which, for America, would be one of the most significant changes of direction since Anslinger got the ball rolling in the 30s.

Obama’s New Plan Signals End to Criminal Approach to War on Drugs – FoxNews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/11/obama-strategy-treats-illegal-drugs-public-health-issue/

even Fox is reporting the end of the Drug War. How can we not believe it?

“alan grayson” “war is making you poor” – Google Search

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22alan%20grayson%22%20%22war%20is%20making%20you%20poor%22&hl=en&prmd=nv&start=0&sa=N

and here is the answer to my question: What response – (to Grayson’s modest proposal) is visible in the mainstream? None in the first five pages (at the time I thumbed it). That says “consensus” within the Fourth Estate about what lines cannot be crossed…

H.R.5353: War Is Making You Poor Act – U.S. Congress – OpenCongress

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h5353/show

this will never happen, of course, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if a public clamour for it began to snowball. Let’s see what we can do…

Rep Alan Grayson Introduces the War Is Making You Poor Act

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0_TtYQEDTo

Fascinating. I wanna know what response that got (if any) in the meejer…

Smoking is Healthier than Fascism | LibertarianChristians.com

http://libertarianchristians.com/2010/05/08/smoking-is-healthier-than-fascism/

jeeezzzz… it’s truly mindnumbing watching how some people reach a reasonably valid conclusion following such an incoherent path.

Scooping the Loop Snooper & Geoffrey K. Pullum

http://www.lel.ed.ac.uk/~gpullum/loopsnoop.html

brilliant

http://wallbase.net/wallpaper/138301

and don’t you forget it