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A Note on Google

privacy

Let me mention two things as background. First, I occasionally do a web search of my own name to see what pops up. Second, I have a private website where I upload files to share with friends. The directory is not secured, so anyone who I send the link to can view all the files and download them, 1990s style.

www.mysite.com/files/videos/

file1.vid
file2.vid

The last time I searched for my name on Google, I noticed that it had found one such directory on my website where I had uploaded some videos. I was surprised because, as far as I know, there was only one place where Google could have found the link to those files: in private emails from my Gmail account.

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Porno-scanners

government

I flew out of Atlanta, Georgia today.  While waiting to go through the TSA checkpoint, I was directed into a special waiting line.  The line was special for two reasons.   The first was that it was about five times longer than the normal lines.  The second was that instead of just having a metal detector at the end, it also had a new millimeter wave body scanner, which is part of the TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology.

When I had gotten close to the scanners, I saw that a government agent was directing each person to either go through the metal detector or the body scanner.  I loudly asked another TSA agent, the manager, if the second machine was “one of those nudo-scanners”.  It laughed and said that the machine was a “nudo-scanner”.  Then I turned to some teenage girls behind me and asked them if they were going to go through it.  They stared at me blankly.

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Water Fluoridation

government

In the movie Conspiracy Theory Mel Gibson says, “You know what they put in the water, don’t you? Fluoride! Yeah, fluoride. On the pretext that it strengthens your teeth! That’s ridiculous. You know what this stuff does to you? It actually weakens your will, takes away the capacity for free and creative thought and makes you a slave to the state”.  Or take this scene from Dr. Strangelove:

Hang around the freedom movement long enough and you’ll hear someone mention water fluoridation.  This is the controlled addition of fluoride to the water supply.  So, is fluoride really added to the water supply to manipulate the population?  Or is it, as the government says, to promote healthy teeth?

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Top 5 Reasons Government is Responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill

government

BP should be held responsible for all damage that it does to private property.  Government should be held responsible for its contribution to the mess.  Here are some reasons why government shares the blame.

5. Government was in charge of inspecting the oil rig, regulations, safety standards, etc.  In fact, government agents inspected the rig mere hours before it exploded.

4. Government encourages risky behavior by limiting liability.  This is compounded by the fact that the oceans are socialized, leading to the tragedy of the commons.  If people were allowed to own ocean wildlife, they would be able to protect it.

3. Government encourages drilling in deep water.  This is more difficult, which makes spills more likely.  This also makes it much harder to plug any leaks.

2. Government encourages dependence on oil by funneling alternative energy research funds to useless, but politically connected, corn lobby.

1. Government steals half of my money each year, so I can’t afford to help clean up the spill like Kevin Costner.  Okay, maybe that’s a stretch.  But how about this?  The federal government won’t even let the cleaning barges that are on site go into operation.

The Judge explains it all.

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Parent’s License

intervention

A friend of mine said, “It is ridiculous that the government regulates driving, but not having children”.  I agreed with her statement, but not her sentiment.

It makes sense that if driving is licensed, then then having children should also be licensed. So logically the choice comes down to total government or no government.

It’s true that not all parents do a great job, but government hasn’t exactly stamped out automobile accidents either.

You might think that licensing drivers at least gives people an incentive to learn some basic driving skills.  But think about what is required to get a driver’s license.  Not much.  Some very basic driving techniques.  Basically nothing in the way of being responsible.

Now consider a free market system. 

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Be an Organ Donor

intervention

The government sent me a nice, glossy advertisement telling me that it would sure be swell if I signed up to donate my organs when I die. Apparently there is a tragically short supply of organs and many people who need transplants are on waiting lists to get them.

Since shortages are only caused by government price controls, it seems a little strange for the government to ask me fix the problem.  All they need to do is remove the price control and the free market will provide all the organs people want.

In this case, the government sets the legal price of organs at zero dollars. The only people who are supplying them are those who are willing to give them away for free.

According to organdonor.gov, each day about 77 people receive organ transplants.  However, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants that can’t take place because of the shortage of donated organs.  The first thing that occurs to me is that the government kills 19 people each day with their price control on organs.  The second thing is that such a large number of people are getting their organs for free.  It seems likely that the remaining gap would be easily surmountable with a little bit of freedom.

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Census 2010

government

Below is an advertisement currently on display in Philadelphia, with an unintentional double meaning.

Continue reading if you need a hint.

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Jefferson vs Lincoln: A False Choice

rights

Josh Eboch at the Tenth Amendment Center writes that Americans must choose between Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln.  Yet that choice has already been made.  The American Experiment has given us the greater of the two evils presented for selection.

However, this was and still is a false choice.  America has gone down the path of violence because with the very first step they compromised the principle of individual sovereignty and self ownership.

It is too narrow to view American history as a conflict between the idea of federalism advocated by Jefferson and Lincoln’s nationalism.   This is merely one aspect of a greater conflict described by Murray Rothbard as the struggle between liberty and power.

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What Social Security Means To Me

taxes, welfare

The Social Security Administration sent me a mailing today entitled, “What Social Security Means To You“.

First they explained that the SSA is not going to give me enough money for retirement, “…Social Security was never intended to by your only source of income when you retire.  You will also need other savings…”.  Next they said that, “Social Security is a compact between generations,” but, “the Social Security system is facing serious financial problems”.  Apparently, the Trust Fund will start losing money in 2016 and be empty in 2037.  They make it sound like I am throwing money into a hole.

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Defend the Fed

ethics

The Federal Reserve gets a lot of flak for being a private banking cartel, stealing the value of savings through legal counterfeiting, and other forms of financial douchebaggery.  However, the “End the Fed” crowd gets carried away when they mark the Fed as the root of all evil. What the Fed does is not inherently wrong.  All it does is print money.

If someone opened a restaurant chain all over the country that sold radioactive waste on a sesame seed bun, the restaurant would not be hurting anyone. It would merely be providing a service that few people, if any, would want.  The difference between Federal Reserve notes and Food That Glows is not that most people do not want them. It is that the government forces people to accept FRNs at the point of a gun. That is what legal tender means.

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