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Original article "The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently renamed US liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports “freedom gas.” But freedom for who? For Europe who already has a cheap and reliable source of natural gas, but is being forced to switch over to more expensive US gas under the threat of sanctions? Certainly not. Or freedom for Russia who supplies Europe with much of its natural gas to compete openly and fairly with the United States? Most definitely not. Or is it freedom from...
Original article "This week the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an update to its 2016 report on the FBI’s use of face recognition. The takeaway, which they also shared during a Congressional House Oversight Committee hearing: the FBI now has access to 641 million photos—including driver’s license and ID photos—but it still refuses to assess the accuracy of its systems."
Original article "In March, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the 'first tranche' in a number of moves to restrict the rights of New Zealand citizens to protect themselves with firearms. This move was in direct response to the horrific murders that unfolded on March 15. Coincidentally, this is the exact move the terrorist who carried out these attacks had hoped for and predicted. The good news is, however, that most citizens are refusing to turn in their guns."
Original article "A California Democrat and presidential hopeful, Kamala Harris is vowing to change the federal guns law by 'presidential fiat' if Congress won’t trample all over your rights. The authoritarian senator claims she could impose 'near-universal background checks' and close the 'boyfriend loophole' without new legislation."
Original article "Julian Assange is seriously ill as he awaits extradition for charges that could land him in jail for the rest of his life. According to reports from the Swedish and Danish speaking press last week, Assange is currently being held in the hospital ward of 'Belmarsh,' the UK’s most notorious prison. Belmarsh has been called 'Britain’s Guantanamo Bay,' since prisoners accused of terrorism are typically sent there."
Original article "The Mesa police department held a vote this week in which 95 percent of the entire department voted to remove chief Ramon Batista for no confidence. Batista wasn’t caught molesting kids, or driving drunk, or abusing his power. This police chief was trying to hold violent problem cops within the department accountable, and for this, he is being outed."
Original article "What the First Amendment protects—and a healthy constitutional republic requires—are citizens who routinely exercise their right to speak truth to power. What the architects of the police state want are submissive, compliant, cooperative, obedient, meek citizens who don’t talk back, don’t challenge government authority, don’t speak out against government misconduct, and don’t step out of line. For those who refuse to meekly accept the heavy-...
Original article "Ah, the joys of socialism. Amidst a growing political and economic crisis, 4 million citizens have now fled Venezuela. According to a new report by the UN Refugee Agency and the International Organization for Migration, the pace at which citizens are leaving the country has been 'staggering', rising from 695,000 people in 2015 to over 1 million people since November 2018. The countries surrounding Venezuela have been forced to put regulatory measures in place to stop the flow...
Original article "If the U.S. economy was heading into a recession, we would expect to see a slowdown in the employment numbers, and that is precisely what is happening.  According to payroll processing firm ADP, the U.S. economy only added 27,000 new jobs in May, and that is way below the number that is needed just to keep up with population growth.  Of course some in the mainstream media are attempting to put a positive spin on this, but there really is no denying that this is a truly awful...
Original article "Consider this research as one more nail in the coffin of tilling and double digging. Scientists at UC Davis took a look at how no-till practices combined with cover crops foster a diverse fungi community that 'play important roles in nutrient mobilization, organic matter decomposition, carbon cycling and creation of soil structure.' While their research looked at commercial agriculture I think it’s safe to extrapolate their results to home vegetable gardens"
Original article "The concept of a permaculture garden is to provide long-term solutions that maximize outputs and minimize inputs, while cycling energy and resources through the system. This creates closed-loop efficiency within your system and prevents excess waste. In fact, one of permaculture’s most favored sayings is ‘there’s no such thing as waste, just things in the wrong place’. Hugelkultur is a great example of recycling resources on your site to create long-term...
Original article "Plants are powerful medicine. Herbs in particular tend to have loads of minerals and vital properties that can help alleviate health conditions and promote better daily health. Making teas, using herbs in cooking, and adding them to salads are simple ways to increase your herbal intake at home. Sometimes, though, drinking herbal tea is not sufficient to extract all the beneficial plant properties. Additionally, some plants lose their potency quickly after being dried, and many plants...
Original article "Charcoaling concentrates wood’s heating value, making a purer fuel, lighter in weight and easier to transport, that burns without smoke. Charcoal in its natural form, as produced in the pit oven or steer kiln, bears little resemblance to the commercial counterpart bagged for sale at the local market. Briquettes are made of pulverized charcoal, bound with various chemical glues into the conventional pillow shape. The smoking, the problems with ignition, and the characteristic...
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Equality
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Paul Hein 2018-10-08 00:00
Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR The theme of the French Revolution was the lovely phrase Liberty, Equality, Fraternity. No doubt it provided inspiration for the mobs. Mobs, however, are not given to calm, reasoned, discussion, and therefore were evidently oblivious to the inherent contradiction in the phrase. Liberty and equality seldom co-exist when equality is imposed. Politicians, for...
UFO Disclosure: Why Now?
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Alex R. Knight III 2018-06-29 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Many moons ago, I published an STRicle here on what certain people calling themselves Government might or might not have known regarding the entire unidentified flying object phenomenon, and what incentives they might've possessed to withhold any such knowledge from public (or any outside) scrutiny. But my, how times have...
College Alternatives, Part 3: Addressing Some Common Misconceptions and Avoiding Obstacles to Progress
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S.E. Seachman 2018-06-22 00:00
Column by Steve Seachman. Exclusive to STR Debunking some popular college mythology, counting the full extent of college welfare and recognizing the fatal flaw of mass-market teaching. Clearing the path for something better. Over the last couple of months, I’ve tried to provide some long-overdue explanations for the college mandate for most professional jobs, the scholarship game of shady...
College Alternatives, Part 2: Moving Out of the Educational Middle Ages
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S.E. Seachman 2018-06-14 22:34
Column by Steve Seachman. Exclusive to STR Everyone knows about the skyrocketing cost of college. We should also look at the antiquated and ineffective teaching methods they rely on—and develop a better alternative. According to most historians, the European Middle Ages were a period beginning in the 5th Century AD with the Fall of Rome and extending for the next eight or nine hundred...
The State as God's Will
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Duane Colyar 2018-06-08 00:00
Column by Duane Colyar. Exclusive to STR This column explores a common phenomenon that occurs when libertarians express their opinions regarding the state and its operating mechanism, the government. Most libertarian principles are anathema to mainstream political thought. However, some libertarian ideas challenge only the tenets of traditional conservatives while other libertarian ideas are...
Individualism: The Real 'Progressivism'
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Alex R. Knight III 2018-06-08 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR I’m sure that I’m not simply speaking for myself when I say that I marvel – though with no great pleasure – at the ignorance of leftists who consider their view of the world to be “progressive.” As if 19thCentury socialist, Marxian doctrines and economics – after wreaking almost inconceivable havoc and...
College Alternatives, Part 1: Watch Out for 'Debt-Dealers' and the 'Scholarship' Game
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S.E. Seachman 2018-06-08 00:00
Column by Steve Seachman. Exclusive to STR If someone waves a scholarship in your face to get a GREAT DEAL!!! . . . but only if you sign a bunch of fine print with long-term ramifications . . . maintain a healthy level of skepticism. Also beware of the false sense of security that comes along with the college package. In an age of warning labels on coffee lids and defensive medicine to avoid...
America's Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited
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Lawrence M. Ludlow 2018-06-08 00:00
Column by Lawrence M. Ludlow. Exclusive to STR In this wonderfully succinct book, America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited(Griffin & Lash, 2016), Sheldon Richman does a great service that clears the air swirling around the concept of limited government and freedom. Best of all, he explodes two common myths that are repeated with great frequency among people who...
An Important Distinction
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Paul Hein 2018-06-08 00:00
Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR Governments are established by people who, obviously, do so for their own betterment. Specifically, the government is to protect the rights of its founders. A laudable idea, without doubt. A problem arises when the people who actually constitute the government realize that they have power, and power, it must be admitted, corrupts. The result, as we see today...
Government Types
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Paul Hein 2018-05-30 00:00
Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR Several decades ago I joined an organization of my fellow physicians called, appropriately, Iatros. It was an ideal group, having neither meetings, dues, nor by-laws. We were simply individuals with a common concern for the growing role of government in medical care, or, more specifically, medical financing. There was a monthly newsletter carrying articles by...
A Personal Thanks to Strike The Root
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Per Bylund 2006-08-23 16:00
Exclusive to STRA August 24, 2006 Yes, I should have done this a long time ago. And when the editor encouraged everybody to write about Strike The Root for its fifth anniversary, I thought this is the time. There is so much I want to say, but I just seem to never get around to saying it. So I missed the chance again. But better late than never, I guess. Here it goes. I've been a market anarchist...
Importing Freedom
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Stefan Molyneux 2006-09-26 16:00
Exclusive to STR September 27, 2006 One of the truly 'hot button' libertarian issues is immigration. While most libertarians would reject the argument 'we must have taxation to pay for the welfare state,' many do support the position that 'we must control immigration because of the welfare state.'
Twenty Twenty-Two
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Jim Davies 2007-06-14 16:00
Exclusive to STR June 15, 2007 It's just a year since I wrote to suggest how we can get there from here, so I thought you'd like to know that the project is proceeding nicely. In response to that announcement, about as many as I had hoped joined the Academy it introduced, and that one-time boost will bring forward by several years the day that government evaporates; it's still too early to...
My Son: Klan Reformer
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Stefan Molyneux 2007-05-29 16:00
Exclusive to STR May 30, 2007 Ah, my son, my son . . . . He's 40 years old, and really needs to change careers. When he was 20, he joined the Ku Klux Klan, because he was concerned that the Klan was getting too big, too aggressive. In those days, they were lynching some poor man every week, which he felt was wrong. He felt that the Klan should limit itself to a lynching every month, and that...
Are You a Pre-Con or a Pre-Lib, and Does It Really Matter?
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Wilton D. Alston 2007-11-12 17:00
Exclusive to STR November 13, 2007 'We have found the enemy, and he are us!' ~ Pogo
Ownership
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Jim Davies 2007-12-19 17:00
Exclusive to STR December 20, 2007
Constitutional Rule
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Jim Davies 2007-12-04 17:00
Exclusive to STR November 26, 2007 Imagine the Feds were to obey and be limited by the US Constitution. Would that produce a free society? As a stick with which to defend oneself against government people, the Constitution is a lot better than nothing. They invade your privacy without "probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and...
E-Day
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Jim Davies 2008-05-26 16:00
Exclusive to STR I'll not tell you the date, but based upon a very few simple and well-grounded assumptions, it will fall in the year 2027. "E-Day" is the day that all government in America will evaporate because, having gained a proper understanding of its nature, nobody will be willing any longer to work for it on any terms; tens of millions will have done what a certain DMV...
Justice
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Jim Davies 2008-01-23 17:00
Exclusive to STR For the first time ever in recorded human history, in 2027 a major society began righting wrongs and restoring damaged rights. True, I'm being a little unfair to the quite enlightened traditions in Somalia, to settlers of mediaeval Iceland, and to villagers throughout Europe in the same era--who resolved social outrages like theft, homicide and assault by arraigning the perp...
I Don't Mind If You Keep Voting, But Do You Mind If I Keep Laughing While You Do?
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Wilton D. Alston 2008-08-26 17:00
Exclusive to STR "It is the continuing decline in faith in the politicization of society that has, for well over a year, made the 2008 presidential race the preoccupation of the mainstream media. The media must continue to advertise the products and services of the establishment owners, just as it does for the sellers of prescription drugs and other nostrums. Still, the outcome of the 2008...
Oh, Stanley MUST READ
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tzo 2011-03-30 03:00
Column by tzo. Exclusive to STR   Stanley Milgram was an American social psychologist best known for his Milgram Experiment, a study conducted in the 1960s.   Dr. Milgram wanted to research the relationship between obedience and authority, and he was at least partly motivated to do so by the events of the Nazi Holocaust. It greatly troubled him that so many supposedly good people could...
The Pathocracy Unmasked MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2011-02-11 04:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR - 1 - Exposed as Criminals and Psychopaths, the Coercive Elite are Desperate to Stop the Flow of Honest Information     "When Bush cancelled his trip to avoid prosecution, the human rights groups who prepared the complaints made it public and announced that the Bush Torture Indictment would be waiting wherever he travels next." CCR...
Aristophanes' Law MUST READ
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tzo 2010-09-24 03:00
Column by tzo.   Exclusive to STR   Some 2,400 years ago, the Greek playwright Aristophanes put forth an idea in one of his plays that I would like to codify into a law of human behavior. Here are the pertinent lines from his play "The Frogs":   The course our city runs is the same towards men and money. She has true and worthy sons. She has fine new gold and ancient...
Had Enough Government 'Regulation' Yet? MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2010-08-19 03:00
By Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR    - 1 - The Blessings of True Regulation in a Civil Society   Many things should be regulated – for health and safety, for protection against fraud, and for other reasons.   Regulation is a normal function of civil society. We don't want to get electrocuted when we touch a toaster or vacuum cleaner, for example, and the makers of...
The Abolitionist Argument in 35 Seconds MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2010-06-21 03:00
Exclusive to STR   -1- ". . . a power too great and terrible to imagine."   The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released on Blu-Ray in April, which reminded me that I hadn't seen the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, since its theatrical release in 2001. While watching the film again I was struck anew with its abolitionist message – a message...
Please, Sarah, Just Go Away MUST READ
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Roger Young 2010-04-14 03:00
Exclusive to STR Having no television reception, I had never honestly seen and heard Sarah Palin speak. I’ve only read quotes and some text of her speeches. Seeing her words on paper (or rather a web page) is disturbing enough. I’ve only leered at photos showing her dynamite legs--a pleasant contrast to the jagged sequoias Queen Hillary waddles around on. But...
Joe Stack and the Incomprehension of Liberty MUST READ
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B.R. Merrick 2010-04-14 03:00
Exclusive to STR Other people have alreadysurmised the essentials of these tragic deaths quite well. I am assuming that the reader doesn’t need a recap of what transpired on February 18. And make no mistake about it: These are tragic deaths, using the original meaning of “tragic.” A tragedy concerns the downfall of a once great individual. “Hamlet...
Do It. Vote. MUST READ
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