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September 14 2011

The Police Exist To Serve and Protect the State

The Market Oracle

Wendy McElroy writes: Last month, an international rights tribunal slapped America across the face through a showcase ruling that has no legal force. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found that Jessica Lenahan could sue the Castle Rock, Colorado, police department for its refusal in 1999 to enforce a restraining order against her estranged husband. The American courts had d...

September 13 2011

The Importance of Selection Effects

Marginal Revolution

I love this example of the importance of selection effects:

During WWII, statistician Abraham Wald was asked to help the British decide where to add armor to their bombers. After analyzing the records, he recommended adding more armor to the places where there was no damage!

The RAF was initially confused. Can you explain?

You can find the answer in the extension or at the link.

Wald had data only ...

September 12 2011

9/11: A Conspiracy Theory

End the War on Freedom

Godlike Productions via Corbett Report at YouTube - Everything you ever wanted to know about the 9/11 conspiracy theory in under 5 minutes. Very well done description of the mainstream story.

“Organic” Potato vs. Organic Potato


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one data point about the interesting new ways the net is influencing our everyday life. 200.000 views.

the propaganda machine is trembling and falling apart.
Via: YouTube: Research Credit: lagavulin

September 08 2011

If they spelled their "America" with a "k" it would be easier to tell them apart.

End the War on Freedom

Mike Vanderboegh - a reminder that there are [at least] two Americas, and never the twain shall meet. Of course, Mr. Vanderboegh's conception of respecting property, unlike mine, very likely includes the state's power to tax.

I long ago determined, through painful trial and error, that it was impossible to debate such people in any meaningful way. Logic, law, common sense, history -- none would...

September 03 2011

DARPA Researchers Rig Cyborg Beetles to Capture Energy That Powers Neuro Control Electronics


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The creature flaps its wings and generates power for the electronics that the remote operators use to control its flight. Sound familiar? Governments figured out this model long ago: Income tax, property tax, sales tax, fuel tax, fart tax, etc. They’ve got everyone coming and going, the system...

The Urban Farming Guys


Via: The Urban Farming Guys: We took the seeds in our pockets and every square foot we owned and went about like mad scientists testing out innovative ideas from all around world and making them work in one of the most blighted neighborhoods in the US. Everything from urban fish farming to alternate energy. Now [...]

September 02 2011

Homeland Security: The Decade’s Biggest Scam


Via: Salon: The Los Angeles Times examines the staggering sums of money expended on patently absurd domestic “homeland security” projects: $75 billion per year for things such as a Zodiac boat with side-scan sonar to respond to a potential attack on a lake in tiny Keith County, Nebraska, and hundreds of “9-ton BearCat armored vehicles, [...]

August 31 2011

Gold Standard or the Nixon Standard

The Market Oracle

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On Sunday, August 15, 1971, Richard Nixon unilaterally brought to an end the last trace of an experiment in international monetary affairs that stretched back over a century. He announced that the United States government would no longer abide by the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement to deliver gold at $35 per o...

August 30 2011


Cafe Hayek

Human creativity keeps expanding. Beautiful.

The spectrum of hack

Honest to a Segfault syndication

The spectrum of hack.

At my first official performance review as a software engineer, my manager described this spectrum and told me that I was too far on the right. I'll admit that I was a bit shocked. He was an epic software engineer before he became a manager, so it's not like he didn't know what he was talking about...

He pointed out that a lot of tasks don't require that level of perfectionism and that you can g...

Wikileaks Suffers a Major Leak


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- information wants to be free

- a secret known by two people is not a secret anymore
Via: Inquirer: WHISTLEBLOWING WEB SITE Wikileaks has suffered a major setback with a leak of fully unredacted US State Department cables including sources’ details surfacing online, thanks to a blunder by its founder, Julian Assange. The leak occurred sometime after Assange shared...

August 29 2011

The Yearly Bill for The Pentagon’s No-Bid Contracts: $140 Billion


Mission Accomplished. Via: Wired: The bomb fighting contract is a small example of a problem that’s been exacerbated by ten years of war: awarding contracts without competition. While Pentagon statistics say the overall level of competition has remained steady during the past decade, publicly available data show that Defense Department dollars flowing into non-competitive contracts [...]

August 25 2011

Media Campaign to Undermine Ron Paul's Presidential Candidacy Begins Again

The Market Oracle

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"The fact that Ron Paul chose to invest as he has is a testament to his intellect and his pragmatism. The fact that he voted the way he did, and tried relentlessly to persuade his colleagues to do likewise, in direct opposition to his personal investment strategy, is a testament to his patriotism. He knew that his appeals would fall on deaf ears and that Washington would...

August 24 2011

A No-Holds-Barred Guide for the Unemployed But Not Helpless

End the War on Freedom

Anarplex.net (115K PDF) has a guide for people who have lost their jobs. How to start over, rejecting the state. My copy is here. I made an HTML copy (15K) at billstclair.com/unemployed-guide.html.

This small tract has two purposes:

  1. To make you understand that your situation is primarily not your fault.
  2. To show you how to rebuild better.

August 23 2011

Washington DC Martin Luther King Memorial Made in China


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and while we are at it, he indeed looks asian! :D
Via: Telegraph: The 30ft-tall statue, which forms the centrepiece of a $120 million (£73 million), four-acre memorial to Dr King, opened to the public on Monday on the National Mall in Washington. It is the only memorial on the Mall that does...

August 22 2011

The Illusion of Safety, Government Cannot Protect Us

The Market Oracle

Recent incidents of violence in Norway and London have made us understandably uncomfortable here at home, as many fear that a worsening economy will lead to violence and unrest in American cities. This is why Congress must view the economy as its first priority and a matter of national security: unless and until we get our fiscal house in order to foster economic growth, civil society ...

August 21 2011

Zombies Born of Government Spending

The Market Oracle

Zombie, zombie in the night Making cities burn so bright What immortal hand could frame Thy fearful symmetry?

How Google+ just changed my life

Armed and Dangerous

It is with some bemusement that I report that Google+ – not yet out of beta – has already changed my life. Bear with me because I’m going to talk about diet for a bit, but where I’m actually going is to a discussion of how our means of acquiring information is changing.

So, I saw Sugar: The Bitter Truth scroll up on G+, watched it, and…ay yi yi. Fructose, a hepatotoxic poison?

OK, I did some...

August 19 2011

Goldman Sachs VP Changed Name, Now a Top Congressional Staffer


Via: Think Progress: Has Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) turned the House Oversight Committee into a bank lobbying firm with the power to subpoena and pressure government regulators? ThinkProgress has found that a Goldman Sachs vice president changed his name, then later went to work for Issa to coordinate his effort to thwart regulations that affect [...]
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