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Stealing Elections the High-Tech Way

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 03:06
After the many high-profile hacking incidents the last two years, it should be clear to all that virtually no automated system is intrusion-proof. Nothing can stop a highly motivated pirate who wants inside your system. What motivates the pirates? To date it has been either greed, intelligence gathering or the desire to expose lies and hypocrisy. Suppose a clever, well-funded hacker wanted political power. Could he or she obtain it? The answer is probably "Yes." Voting is now an automated ...

Gun Control and the Chimera of Perfect Security

Thu, 10/08/2015 - 03:04
Another nutcase has shot up a college again, killing nine people, before turning his gun on himself, as so many mass murderers are wont to do. As with most of these mass murders, everyone seems to have a theory as to why the killer did what he did. Every environmental factor is being ferreted out and put under a microscope to detect the source of the killer's murderous rage, perhaps in the hopes of preventing a future massacre. Obama and many others are busy sneering at American gun owners, as ...

Survey Says Americans Trust No One

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 03:06
The Gallup Organization goes to great lengths to tell us what we already know. Their latest national polling, for instance, says "Americans' Trust in Media Remains at Historical Low." The greater surprise is the other side of the coin. Some 40% of Americans think the mass media reports news fully, accurately and fairly. Their faith is touching but wrong. Similar polls show Americans also doubt other societal institutions. Majorities distrust politicians, judges, scientists, doctors, lawyers ...

Neutralizing John Lennon One Man Against the Monster

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 03:04
John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon. He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority. Long before Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government's war crimes and the National Security Agency's abuse of its surveillance powers, it was Lennon who ...

A Tale of Two Killings

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:06
If the local sheriff had his way, none of us would know that Chris Harper Mercer was the one who killed nine people and then himself at an Oregon community college. The sheriff thinks putting the name in print or saying it aloud somehow glorifies Mercer's action. Maybe in the twisted minds of those who go on shooting sprees, the thought of being infamous is somehow motivational. Would removing the possibility help? There is no way to know for sure. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, ...

Time to End Monetary Central Planning

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 03:04
Editor's Note: Dr. Richard Ebeling's latest book, Monetary Central Planning and the State, published by the Future of Freedom Foundation, is now available. The 228-page digital book is available for Kindle. ... There is no way to describe current Federal Reserve policy other than as monetary confusion and misdirection. In a nutshell, Janet Yellen and the other members of the Fed's Board of Governors have no idea what to do. Do they raise certain interest rates over which they have some direct ...

Secret Service Cant Keep Secrets

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 03:06
The U.S. Secret Service looks more like a rogue agency every day. Between agents partying with prostitutes, others drunkenly driving through White House gates and yet others leaving the mansion's front door unlocked, it's fair to wonder when they will "accidentally" kill someone. Now we have yet another crazy revelation. Persons within the S.S., under congressional scrutiny for the above offenses and more, decided they would bring down the chief scrutinizer, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). ...

I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 03:04
The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that "Assad has lost his legitimacy." How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader belongs in office or not? What if Rouhani in Iran decided that Obama had lost his legitimacy for killing a number of American citizens by drone without charge or trial? Would we ...

The Menace of Egalitarianism

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 03:02
A sharp Martian visiting Earth would make two observations about the United States – one true, the other only superficially so. On the basis of its ceaseless exercises in self-congratulation, the US appears to him to be a place where free thought is encouraged, and in which man makes war against all the fetters on his mind that reactionary forces had once placed there. That is the superficial truth. The real truth, which our Martian would discover after watching how Americans actually behave, ...

Stolen Files - Thieves Emporium 13

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 03:06
Synopsis: In her search for her missing husband, Fawn has found that a stolen file on him is for sale in the Thieves Emporium. Gathering all the information she can on it, as well as other files like it that are also for sale, she asks a friend (Nairobi) who runs an Internet news blogging site to find out whatever she can on where they came from. Fawn sat alone at a small table in the play area, her back to a corner. Scraps from two Happy Meals fought for space with her wheels. In her field of ...

Production Versus Plunder Part 27 - The Great Common Law

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 03:06
A great problem of our era is that law no longer guarantees justice, or even gets terribly close to it. Our law is far removed from its original roots, where it was produced by average people, for their own needs. Once taken over by rulership, law becomes merely a tool of rulership, not a tool for justice. THE GREAT COMMON LAW As explained previously, the great eruption of civilization in Greece, after their Dark Age, was made possible by the difficult geography of the area, which made ...

Generals Manipulate Media Media Complies

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 03:06
When top generals talk about protecting military secrets, the average citizen will think some important subject must be at stake: troop movements, weapons capabilities, intelligence sources and the like. The public presumes its generals are men and women of integrity who take responsibility and tell the truth. The public presumes wrong. The New York Times decided to probe a relatively mild subject: concussions resulting from mandatory boxing classes at the three military academies. It filed ...

The Coming Corporate quotCrime Wavequot

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 03:04
In a recent appearance before Congress, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates declared that the US Department of Justice is going to ratchet up its prosecution of individuals employed in corporations as part of a larger push against "white collar crime." There is no doubt that such prosecutions will be very popular to a large section of voters, given that presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O'Malley, along with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren ...

Planned Parenthood Social Peace and the Libertarian Approach

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 03:02
The controversy raging over Planned Parenthood is one of the most acrimonious public discussions in recent memory. While the immediate issue concerns the disposition of fetal tissue after abortion (pregnant women can have tissue donated for medical research), the controversy taps into the more basic, and highly charged, conflict between defenders of women's reproductive rights – the right to choose an abortion – and defenders of unborn children's right to life. But my purpose here is not to ...

Orwellian UN Picks a Surprising Human Rights Judge

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 03:06
To the so-called neoconservative advocates of "realistic" foreign policy, Israel can do no wrong and Iran can do no right. What do they think about Saudi Arabia? Mostly they pretend it doesn't exist. This saves them from having to explain how Saudi Arabia is a key ally but Islamic State is a mortal enemy, even though much of their behavior is identical. Start with a relatively mild subject: women's rights. Few exist in Saudi Arabia. Every woman of any age must have an adult male guardian. Their ...

How Many Bailouts Will Obamacare Receive Before Its Scrapped Entirely

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 03:04
As state governments continue to buckle under the weight of skyrocketing insurance claims, one has to wonder just how long the Obamacare charade can continue. A New York Times article from July of this year reports that the new health insurance customers, benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, are far sicker than insurance providers had anticipated. Those companies are seeking rate increases of up to 40 percent to stem the millions of dollars in losses they are taking due to the increase in ...

District Attorneys Gone Prison-Happy

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 03:06
U.S. prisons are stuffed to the rafters, often with non-violent offenders. By all kinds of measures, we incarcerate far more people than most of the world. Why? The standard assumption blames aggressive drug law enforcement and mandatory sentencing laws. New research from Fordham Law School suggests a different answer. The War on Drugs is a big factor, but not the only factor. The study by Prof. John Pfaff says 90% of prisoners are in state prisons, and only 17% of those are there primarily for ...

Minority Report Is 40 Years Ahead of Schedule The Fictional World Has Become Reality

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 03:04
We are a scant 40 years away from the futuristic world that science fiction author Philip K. Dick envisioned for Minority Report in which the government is all-seeing, all-knowing and all-powerful, and if you dare to step out of line, dark-clad police SWAT teams will crack a few skulls to bring the populace under control. Unfortunately, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we may have already arrived at the year 2054. Increasingly, the world around us ...

Pentagon-Protected Pedophiles

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 03:06
That evil acts occur when nations go to war is no surprise. Soldiers arrive already expecting it, their leaders having described the enemy as vermin worthy of death. What some American troops found in Afghanistan is different. It was not an evil they brought with them, nor is it the evil they came to destroy. It was pre-existing evil and their leaders told them to ignore it. Some soldiers could not ignore the evil. At least one paid with his life, if the New York Times report is correct. Others ...

Crony Capitalism the Cause of Societys Problems

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 03:04
Since the economic downturn of 2008, the critics of capitalism have redoubled their efforts to persuade the American people and many others around the world that the system of individual freedom and free enterprise has failed. These critics have insisted that it is unbridled capitalism, set loose on the world, that is the source of all of our personal and societal misfortunes. We read and hear this not only in the popular news media and out of the mouths of the political pundits. We see it also ...


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