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NSA Tries to Shut Down Spoof T-Shirts

The folks at LibertyManiacs.com sell a hilarious t-shirt that triggered a tweet from Glenn Greenwald. The NSA wanted to shut them down and forbid sale of the t-shirts. Their complaint? Copyright infringement! Well, maybe if they weren't so busy spying on LibertyManiacs.com, they wouldn't have noticed! I've taken to wearing this t-shirt whenever I go out in public. You should, too. Among its phrases:

  • The NSA. The only part of government that actually listens.
  • Peeping While You're Sleeping (around the seal of the NSA).

 
With these shirts, you can do somethig for liberty awareness even while your mouth is shut!
 

Putin Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Hell, why not?  Anything goes in this upside down world.  Didn't Barry win it after a couple of weeks as President?  link

Revenge Porn

The government of the Peoples' Republic of California has just enacted another nasty law to limit the freedom of speech; Gov. Brown signed a prohibition against “Revenge Porn.”
 
Suppose you like a lover so much that you send him (or her) a nude photo of yourself. Then later the two of you break up, and in a fit of peek he (or she) publishes the photo on the Net, for the satisfaction of revenge. The CA prohibition would penalize the publication.
 
It's a vicious thing to do, for sure, but Karen de Coster argues that it should not be illegal. She's right, but then nothing should be illegal, and in the coming free society nothing will be illegal. Why not? - there won't be any government, so there won't be any laws.
 
However the victim of such spite might have a recourse, in that free society – and possibly even in the present one. She (or he) could sue; on the grounds that when sending the lover the nudie pic she did not accompany it with permission to publish to all and sundry; that it was intended and understood to be for his exclusive use, given that the two of them were enjoying an exclusive relationship.
 
I don't know whether that argument would prevail, and damages be granted. But at least the matter could be adjudicated, without the monstrous interference of government. And of course with restitution if it did, instead of retribution.

Intervention

It always messes up the delicate balance of human interactions.

Here's a report of how, faced with the FedGov's mandate to provide employees with health care if they work more than 30 hours a week, some companies are responding to this unwanted stimulus but cutting hours from 35 to 30. Of course! Couldn't someone have predicted that?

So the company loses some of their services (preferable to losing the cost of providing a benefit both parties had already agreed to omit from the labor contract) and the worker loses some of the salary. Government is a lose-lose proposition.

In the coming free society, health care will be furnished like any other service in the market, at a vastly lower price than today - as shown here.

Selling Your Vote

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Just wanted to put a question out there to garner some thoughts:
 
While -- or perhaps since -- most if not all of the people reading this don't exercise their "right" to vote, if there were no governmental repercussions (or at least no serious ones) from selling your vote to someone each election cycle for a monetary fee (or other suitable compensation), would you be amenable to this?  Why or why not, depending?

Indian Govt. Eyes Hindu Temple Gold

"Sounds like a brilliant plan. Take wealth that was accumulated over thousands of years and sell it for an electronic unit of exchange that Ben Bernanke can create in infinite quantities with a single keyboard stroke.  Can people possibly be this stupid?"  link

Military vs People

A good way to find out what's happening in Country A is to read newspapers published in Country B. In recent months Russia Today (rt.com) has been a good source of info about the US and allies, and last week there appeared a shocker about the UK's military.
 
Read it at http://rt.com/news/british-defence-war-public-419/ - the Ministry of Defence corresponds to the US Pentagon, and of course the two governments are joined at the hip.
 
It reveals an MoD paper about how to make the “public more willing to support future wars.”
 
Instead of responding to public demand for defense action, the military establishment is actually interested in persuading its public to support more wars – presumably, to increase the prestige and budget of the Ministry. And presumably, the interest comes from those who will wage them from behind a desk.
 
Oops, Minister!

Poll: Americans Reject GOP Shutdown Strategy

"Americans really aren’t crazy about Obamacare — but hate the Republican approach of closing the government in an effort to repeal it. ... The Quinnipiac University national survey found that the public is split on the Affordable Care Act, with 47 percent opposed to it and 45 percent in favor. But Americans, by a lopsided 72-22 percent margin, say shutting down the government is not the answer."
 
If shutting down the government -- really shutting down the government -- isn't the answer, then the question wasn't worth asking.

Is it really a "shutdown" if 80% of it is still running?

Four point one million people work for the Federal government, and eighty percent will continue through the so-called "shutdown".  The dog and pony show continues, and the people are going to get their democracy good and hard, in the form of some parks closing.
 
The grand posturing that makes "us" think "they" are important is more valuable to them than any supposed service they can provide.  And how, anyone, does one "close" a public park?  If we the people own it, then how can we close it from ourselves?
 
So the grand charade continues, breaking news, over and over.

NBC's Brian Williams Broadcasts Another Lie to Keep War Narrative Going

We already witnessed the abysmal treatment that Williams gave to Ron Paul. Here's the latest fib from NBC's expert liear, Brian Williams, as he describes the words of the new president of Iran about Iran never seeking nuclear weapons:
 
"This is all part of a new leadership effort by Iran - suddenly claiming they don't want nuclear weapons! ; what they want is talks and transparency and good will. And while that would be enough to define a whole new era, skepticism is high and there's a good reason for it."
 
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/28/brian-williams-iran...

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