Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

January 13, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Over at Reason: Hit & Run, Nick Gillespie on the regulation of the internet: One trend that’s making a comeback with the Obama ascendancy is the need for smart folks not to regulate the Net per se, but to, you know, come up with better rules that will help make sure that everything that’s so [...]

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January 4, 2009

It’s not a privacy threat today…

Oregon is trying to devise a system to tax all those shifty, tax-evading environmentalists they have up there: Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 11:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Privacy,Technology
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December 9, 2008

Open Thread — Off-Topic / Notebook vs. Netbook

This is somewhat off-topic, but as I know many bloggers and blog-readers are technophiles, I wanted to get advice from the best place I could. The time has come for us to replace my wife’s laptop. It’s about as old and decrepit as a laptop can be and still run Windows, and is a constant [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:49 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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October 1, 2008

Question Of The Day

Which provision of the Constitution, propertly construed, authorized the Federal Government to do this: WASHINGTON — Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not. Supporters hope the Broadband Data Improvement Act will help policymakers better identify areas of the [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:59 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Technology
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August 7, 2008

Open Thread — A Free-Market Solution To Spam

If the myriad of emails coming into my inbox every day are representative of reality, there are many reputable universities willing to offer an easy path to a degree, many “nice girls” would love to share their pictures with me, Africa is full of rich orphans looking for an escape (along with a nice reward [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:44 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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July 5, 2008

Recycling Bad Ideas: Bringing Back 55

Senator Warner has a brilliant idea how to reduce gas prices; force Americans to consume less at gun point: Sen. John Warner, R-Va., asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in [...]

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June 14, 2008

Pie Vegetation In The Sky?

Seen on Colbert: Sounds like a very cool concept… But his use of terms like what “the plan we would like to see implemented” worries me. I’m a much bigger fan of letting the market decide, not relying on some collective implementation of a plan* (i.e. government). So I went and checked out the group’s [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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May 22, 2008

The Amish– Behind Ahead Of Their Time

From the AP, sure to be an environmentalist’s wet dream: High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:57 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Humor,Technology
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April 2, 2008

Cuba — Can You Hear Me Now?

Now, you’re not going to hear me defend Raul Castro very often, but he has at least made some slight easing on the restrictions of ordinary Cubans. Among other things, he’s lifted the ban on private ownership of cell phones. Most of the changes are very small, but typically freedom is an infectious organism, and [...]

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March 30, 2008

Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 28, 2008

The FBI Hyperlink Honeypot, and what you can do to stay safe

This post is intended to help internet users who make legitimate, non-criminal use of the internet avoid being caught by the FBI’s hyperlink honeypot. While there are methods that can be used to cover deliberate criminal activity on the internet, I will not post them here. Declan McCullagh brings scary news of the latest tactics [...]

Posted By: Quincy @ 10:41 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Technology
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March 24, 2008

Why Can’t Government Deal In Cyberspace?

As a member of the internet generation, I do more things online these days than offline. In the world of commerce, there are a host of simple and useful tools, created by companies, that make it very easy for me to accomplish what I want to accomplish. Need a map? Google. Need information on where [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:17 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Government Waste,Political Correctness,Politics,Technology
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February 28, 2008

Wake Up When The Alarm Clock Goes Off…

…or you just might find yourself supporting the American Socialist Party: For years the masses have told you that if you snooze you lose. You never believed them. You held your head high and slept in whenever you wanted to, always without fear of loss. Well, dear friends, the times have changed. The ingenious sages [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Humor,Technology
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January 24, 2008

Government Influence Of Science — Mandating Losers

Democrats seem to want the federal government to invest huge sums of money in development of alternative energy sources. tarran, last year, pointed out that government has all the wrong incentives and thus often picks the most politically-palatable technologies, not the most effective. This is currently occurring in Britain, a nation which has gone down [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 4:09 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Government Regulation,Politics,Technology
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January 12, 2008

California Slightly Backs Down On Thermostat Issue

Last week, I posted about California’s proposed Big Brother Thermostat proposal, where they were planning to mandate that all new thermostats allowed the state utility companies to shut off your A/C if it was an “emergency”. They’ve backed down on this one, but only slightly: As initially proposed, these programmable thermostats would have deferred in [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:33 pm || Permalink || Comments (11) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Technology
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January 11, 2008

Federal Driver’s Licenses: The Government’s New Plan To Screw Up Your Life

The brainiacs who’ve made air travel almost as fun as a 10-hour Coca-Cola enema have unveiled their new master plan for creating an efficient security system…federally mandated drivers licenses for everybody under the age of 50, which all states will be forced to comply with by 2011, whether they’re capable or doing so or not, [...]

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January 8, 2008

Is Your Air Conditioner Working? Not In California!

Occasionally there are changes coming down the pipe that even non-politicos don’t like. Usually, the only ones that draw ire from the “average” citizen are those that are widespread and hit close to home. California has proposed a policy that so neatly fits both categories that people like my wife (a probable Obama voter!) respond [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:05 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Government Regulation,Privacy,Technology,The Nanny State
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December 24, 2007

Naughty Or Nice? Santa & The FBI Want To Know!

It’s often said that if a politician or newsmaker wants to make sure something gets swept under the rug, they’ll ensure it drops on a Friday afternoon. That way, the media gets distracted by other stories by the time Monday rolls around, and they can hope that it gets reported without fanfare. So what does [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Individual Rights,Privacy,Technology,The Surveillance State
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December 20, 2007

Web Sites “Fined” For Gambling Advertising

Web giants to settle gambling allegations The U.S. attorney in St. Louis announced the settlements Wednesday with Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., which she accused of selling ads that steered U.S. Web surfers to offshore gambling websites. The Justice Department considers publishers of such gambling ads to be accessories to a crime. Without [...]

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December 18, 2007

Should Oil Producers Embargo America Again? The Democrats And Republicans Seem To Think So

In 1973, OPEC announced an embargo of oil sales to countries whose governments had supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war. In the U.S. this precipitated a major economic crisis as the U.S. government attempted to ration gasoline and control production and sale through a regime of price controls. The U.S. Central bank also embarked [...]

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