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Archive for November, 2011

Climate Gate 2.0 – What is it, why does it matter?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The hacker or whistle-blower who leaked a tranche of emails several years ago has struck again, releasing 5,500 emails and an encrypted set of 22,000 emails into the Internet. The emails are worth studying in full, because they raise very serious questions about the credibility of the IPCC, the journals publishing papers on climatology, the government scientific bodies commissioning research into climate and the news organizations covering them. Moreover, the emails call into disrepute the assertion, frequently made, that the warming of the climate over the past century is known to be “unprecedented”. While it is possible that it is unprecedented, we do not know this for certain, since the proofs advanced are provably flawed.

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Book Review: Slackernomics, by Dale Franks

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Those of you that have been around the libertarian blogosphere for any length of time will recognize the name Dale Franks. His main writing gig is over at QandO, where he spends the bulk of his time writing about the economy. In addition, he’s a bit of a gunblogger, and runs a separate blog for […]

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Tweet of the Day: #heblowsalot Edition

Monday, November 28th, 2011

“Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” I designated the above tweet by 18 year-old high school senior Emma Sullivan tweet of the day, not due to the content itself (it’s actually quite juvenile), but for her refusal to write an insincere apology letter to Gov. Brownback […]

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Ron Paul CNN National Security Debate Highlights and Observations

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

For those of us who value our liberties, there were a plethora of things said in last night’s debate from candidates not named Ron Paul to be very distressed about. For starters, there was the debate about the USA PATRIOT Act and whether it should be renewed, strengthened, or abolished. Unsurprisingly, Paul explained how civil […]

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Reducing OWS Economic Equality Demands to Their Absurd Conclusions

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

While I’m sympathetic and agree with some of Occupy Wall Street’s grievances, too many of their solutions are fatally flawed. Louis DeBroux over at United Liberty has written some grade A quality snark concerning OWS’s demands for economic equality. DeBroux says he had an epiphany while watching some of the ESPN coverage concerning the NBA […]

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The Johnson Campaign Perpetuates the “Public Airways” Myth in Response to Latest Debate Exclusion

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

There’s very little doubt in my mind that the MSM and the G.O.P establishment have been doing all they can to keep certain candidates from challenging the establishment and ultimately win the nomination. Early in the campaign I wrote a response to Hugh Hewitt’s post where he suggested that the RNC should exile Herman Cain, […]

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Are You or Someone You Know a Victim of the Drone Mentality?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Are you or someone you know a victim of what Glenn Greenwald calls “the drone mentality”? [Emphasis original] I was predictably deluged with responses justifying Obama’s drone attacks on the ground that they are necessary to kill The Terrorists. Reading the responses, I could clearly discern the mentality driving them: I have never heard of […]

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Quote of the Day: Libertarianism Edition

Friday, November 4th, 2011

“Liberty. It’s a simple idea, but it’s also the linchpin of a complex system of values and practices: justice, prosperity, responsibility, toleration, cooperation, and peace. Many people believe that liberty is the core political value of modern civilization itself, the one that gives substance and form to all the other values of social life. They’re […]

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The Challenge of Creating an Economically Sound, Simpler, and More Just Tax Code (Part 3 of 3)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Part 1 Part 2 The challenge of creating an economically sound, simpler, and more just tax code, be it the existing code, 9-9-9, a flat tax, or a sales tax will remain an impossibility if tax revenues is the only focus of any reform. The problem that dwarfs any notion of how tax policy is […]

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The Challenge of Creating an Economically Sound, Simpler, and More Just Tax Code (Part 2 of 3)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Part 1 Is an economically sound, simpler, and more just tax code even possible? The truth of the matter is that there are too many people on the Left and the Right who do not want a simpler tax code that treats everyone equally. It’s probably not because the defenders of the existing system necessarily […]

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