The not-good, the bad, and the really ugly (Cops) (was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-41A)

By Nathan Barton

Good morning! Cops on the rampage, nation wide, or so it seems from stories in the last couple of days.

An attorney has intervened against the unjustified stop of a black handyman in a wealthy DC neighborhood by cops.  And tells the cops to get out of the neighborhood.  Of course, they didn’t listen.  And won’t.

DC is bad, but as usual, New York City holds “pride” of place. Lots of news about New York Police Department and they way they care for people this week. Continue reading

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Situational Awareness Part 2

By MamaLiberty

In part 1, long ago now, I covered the basics of situational awareness in some specific situations, along with some simple drills to help people practice this highly important skill. If you have not seen the first article or don’t already practice awareness, I urge you to click the link above and come back for part 2. Continue reading

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Call It A ‘Shoot-Me Zone

By Bradley Harrington

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?” – Patrick Henry, Virginia Constitutional Ratification Debates, 1788 -

If you thought the Laramie County Community College administration was acting dopey with its invasive student sexuality “training” courses, wait until you read about Wyoming’s latest academic absurdity: Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-40E: Home Front

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Again a raft of cop abuse and school abuse from across the nation.  Dream of a land where peace officers are limited to night watchmen and private firms hired to investigate real crimes, and schools are competing for parents to send their children there (or come to the home).  And a land where we respect privacy and people in general, and don’t have to worry about people democratically voting to take away our liberties. Continue reading

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Public Health? Private Health? (was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-40D)

By Nathan Barton

Public health is in the news, dominated by Ebola, but with lots of other things.  In the last twenty-four hours, thousands of articles and hundreds of thousands of words have been produced about what is happening.  Fear and panic seem to be spreading.  Here is just a taste.

Four stories relate different facts and concerns about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Continue reading

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The New Economy? Unlimited Energy

By Nathan Barton

On Friday the 3rd, Greg Guenthner over at Daily Reckoning published a good article, “You’ll Never Believe How Low the Price of Oil Can Go…” which I actually didn’t get to read until late Monday, when his immediate prediction of oil prices came to be proved correct, as oil has dropped and closed below $90, the lowest in more than 20 months, despite the fact that inflation has been galloping away otherwise.  He is reporting that it could reach $60/barrel, a 50% drop from where it has been ($90) for the past week or so and well below its highs in recent months.  That is, of course, good for Americans in general, and is primarily a result of lots of oil coming out of the ground (with LOTS of human help, of course) right here in the Fifty States: North Dakota, Texas, and elsewhere.  The nice stuff, not the nasty Alberta tar sands oil.  And decades and decades of supply of the stuff, to boot. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-40C: Stupid epidemic worse than “disease?”

By Nathan Barton

Today, the natural theme of the stories that are catching my eye seem to be stupidity on the part of government officials and policies, various and sundry people, on a wide variety of topics.  Bad as things can be, human stupidity can make them worse.

A grand jury recommends no criminal charges in the Habersham County (Georgia) SWAT raid that critically injured a toddler who spent weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT team’s flash grenade exploded near his face.  Grand juries exhibit all the symptoms of groupthink stupidity more and more.  But the alternative is worse: lawyers in black robes (Nazgul) are stupid enough to be their own committee! Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-40B: Human life – any value?

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  Sometimes, the news just seems to be dull and boring, and today is one of those:  the news and the talk shows all seem to be Ebola and the Caliphate.  Oh, and the Supreme Court (and I really don’t want to rile my stomach by talking about the Nazgul today).  So here are a few items of interest that remind us, good and bad, that there is a world around us.  Several seem to make it natural to talk about respecting and protecting human life. Continue reading

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Future Death of Government? A look back from 2020

By Nathan Barton

Looking back from 2020, what mistakes did the US make in 2000-2015? Could we have done something to avoid the catastrophic collapse of the last five years?  Thirteen items come to mind. Continue reading

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No Guns?

By MamaLiberty

The anti-gun people often tell us that a criminal would simply take a gun away from you and, probably, use it to kill you instead. Continue reading

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