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"Ultimately, he is in hot water for leaking the name of a CIA spy. Are these acts, in themselves, crimes? It would seem to me that exposing a CIA agent isn’t even a crime in itself, since it’s just free speech. Why are government secrets legitimate, anyway? Yes, his motives were evil, but should he be punished for these acts? ... Surely, the power of pardon should be used to free all prisoners who have been convicted only of non-crimes, not just those politically close to the Bush regime. This would include a long list of folks."
"It comes together, it seems to me, in re-education. When and only when everyone in society understands what freedom means and therefore wants it, it will take place--not because nonviolent resistance has somehow obliged government to renegotiate an alleged social contract, but because nobody will any longer support its very existence. "
"Republican Congressman and Presidential candidate Ron Paul says U.S. President Bush has presided over a system wide doctrine of violating the Constitution, from the Iraq War in the 'War on Terrorism' and pursuing a North American Union agenda, without legally required Congressional oversight. Such oversight is legally prescribed by the U.S. Constitution."
"Reed concluded that COPA is both too narrow and too broad. It is too narrow because it does not apply to websites based in foreign countries, which account for something like half of online pornography. It is too broad because it covers not just pornography but any discussion or depiction of sexuality deemed "harmful to minors"—i.e., anyone under 17."
"Hale, a retired Marine Sergeant who served two tours in Iraq and was decorated before his combat-related medical discharge in January 2006, was murdered by a heavily armed 8-12-member undercover police team in Wilmington, Delaware last November 6. He had come to Wilmington from his home in Manassas, Virginia to participate in a Toys for Tots event. ... Those who persist in fetishizing local police – who are, at this point, merely local franchises of a unitary, militarized, Homeland Security apparatus – should ponder this atrocity long and hard."
"The discrepancy understandably gave Charlton pause: How could he prosecute a company for violating federal obscenity laws when another company was making money for the federal government selling the same titles? The conflict didn't seem to faze the Justice Department."
"The judge held that when a person, including an American citizen, is held in custody by the Pentagon as an 'enemy combatant,' the time doesn’t start running with respect to his right to a speedy trial. It begins running, she held, only when he becomes part of the federal criminal-justice system."
"Private businesses such as rental and mortgage companies and car dealers are checking the names of customers against a list of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers made publicly available by the Treasury Department, sometimes denying services to ordinary people whose names are similar to those on the list."
"Relationships based on control always escalate to violence. Even if such a one first appears bearing candy, flowers and beautiful promises, no one in their right mind would knowingly date a person like this. Why would anyone in their right mind jump into bed with tens of thousands of these proven stalkers who are in collusion against you?! Government is never satisfied with a little piece of you. "
"Emma Goldman, a young shopkeeper in 1892, was serving a customer in her ice cream parlor in Worcester, Mass., when she got the latest news about a labor strike in Pittsburgh."
"As a consequence of ... growing class consciousness and awareness of the possibilities it brings, market demand and the profit motive will bring about a black or grey market proliferation of arbitration services."
"His observations lead him to declare that one can not only conceive a society without government but one can actually see it; the only problem is the journey overseas. Likewise, Say correctly argues that social life is not in the government but in the governed. As a consequence, the old representations of the state as a family and the chief executive of the administration as the father are not accurate at all."
"The longtime grievances of the Mayan descendants were political autonomy and control over land, but by staging their rebellion on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, Dr. Bob said, the Zapatistas were able to appeal to groups that had opposed the free trade pact, like labor unions and environmental organizations."
"After pointing out that taxation is not dues or the price paid for services, but rather a forced exaction that creates two classes -- taxpayers and tax-consumers -- I explained that government cannot 'efficiently' use taxation for social engineering (even if were desirable) because people are ingenious at adjusting their conduct in response to the incentives and disincentives created by the particular system."
"In today’s world, the only way to ensure that the European Union continues to be prosperous and peaceful is to make it as open, flexible and decentralized as possible. This will mean being less anxious about forcing a European identity into the imagination of dissatisfied European citizens...."
"In order to make Linux preinstallation worth more to end users than a simple compatibility guarantee, Dell will have to sell those Linux systems at a lower price than the equivalent Windows systems, which Dell doesn't do with its current Linux lineup."
"There is external evidence that KSM did indeed commit some of the atrocities in the admissions he repeated in the Gitmo ghost courtroom, but the Bush administration remains intent on not disclosing the methods used to get him to talk because they are very likely to be 'crimes against humanity' in international law. His CIA interrogators, along with all other CIA agents involved in torturing prisoners and in 'renditions' by kidnapping, need not worry any longer about being prosecuted for those crimes. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 retroactively spared them any punishment for such acts."
"If Attorney General Alberto Gonzales doesn't lose his job due to the bombshell report from Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine, finding that the FBI flagrantly disregarded express limits on its snooping abilities, then we have become completely inured to the Bush administration's outrages."
"It's amazing that the War Party, after delivering a body blow to our military and American interests throughout the world by invading Iraq, can mobilize its forces to make yet another go of it – this time on a much larger scale. That they are doing it without much political opposition, is even more astounding – and that speaks volumes about the corruption and betrayal of our 'democratic' system, which is no reflection of the popular will. "
"Every single element of the indictment against the ICC applies to the legal system being created by the Bush Regime in the name of fighting terrorism. Many of the same people who denounced the ICC are volubly applauding the version of the same pseudo-judicial abomination created through the Military Commissions Act. The ICC could be considered a threat to Americans, albeit one that's a cloud on the horizon the size of a man's hand. The MCA, however, is an immediate threat to Americans, or anyone else, who attracts the malign attention of Washington."
"Having caused a major economic as well as geopolitical catastrophe as a result of making war on Iran, our pro-sacrifice liberals – especially those in Congress who initially signed on to the attack on Iraq – may believe an attack on Iran is a small price to pay for power."
"My sense of this whole ballet from the start has been that with each passing season, as the antiwar rhetoric increases both among the public and in Washington, we'll see a corresponding increase in both financial and personnel commitment in the Iraq theater. ... What worries me about this state of affairs is that presidents don't like to see military losses land on their watch. If a Democrat wins in '08, bet on it, an excuse will be found to keep the troops there."
"There were only ten 'heroes' in the entire House who voted against the supplemental on the basis of opposing the war. They were: Libertarian/Republican Ron Paul; Democrats Dennis Kucinich, John Lewis, Barbara Lee, Mike McNulty, Mike Michaud, Maxine Waters, Diane Watson, Lynn Woolsey; and Republican John Duncan. "
"Authority is the exclusive possession of the political class. Individual responsibility, respect for the law, and ethics are for the lesser beings who don't belong to that exalted caste. Six years after offering his little tutorial about 'individual responsibility... respect for the law and ethics,' Giuliani appointed to the post of NYC Police Commissioner a man he knew had ties to organized crime."
"Branch Rickey was a baseball man, through and through. During more than a half century in the game, he brought remarkable players and World Series championships to three great cities, St. Louis, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh, and countless innovations to the game of baseball, many of which still abound."
"The problem with current evolutionary theory is that if females select the most attractive mates, the genes responsible for attractive features should spread quickly through a population, resulting in males becoming equally attractive, to the point where sexual selection could no longer take place."
"If a black businessman wants to hire more black workers, even when there are equally worthy non-black candidates, why shouldn't he? His purpose is not to hurt non-blacks, but just to help fellow blacks. It is natural to favor those who are more like you over those less like you. Why should the law get in the way?"
"The strange structure appears to be nearly stationary and may be a wave that stretches deep into the giant planet's atmosphere."
"When the Federal Reserve creates money out of thin air to finance the federal government's deficits, we call that monetary inflation. It affects the entire economy. More dollars are poured into circulation, so that the a dollar is not as precious as it was before. If falls in value relative to goods and services, which means prices go up throughout the economy."
"The existing state capitalist system has promoted economic centralization and large scale to the extent that it is impossible for any decisionmaker to aggregate the distributed knowledge necessary to take both entrepreneurial and technical questions into account in making a rational decision. But the large corporate firm operates in an enviroment of restraints on competition, shared cultures of inefficiency with other firms in the same industry, and push distribution models, so that it is insulated to a considerable degree from the consequences of irrational decisions."
"[W]hat if the HPV vaccine causes some horrible side effect to materialize later? The possibility isn't as far-fetched as you might think. In 1976, swine influenza caused only one documented death in the United States, but the vaccine administered by government mandate seriously injured or killed hundreds. It turned out that the vaccine caused Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare paralytic disease similar to polio, with a 5 percent fatality rate and a 10 percent rate of permanent paralysis."
"Of course, American users of soon-to-be black market bulbs aren't really facing jail time. But merchants selling incandescent bulbs could be subject to hefty fines if pending legislation passes. And it isn't just aesthetes who have complaints about the compact florescent bulbs. The new bulbs aren't perfect yet. They contain mercury, which means they have to be disposed of carefully."
"In many ways America has become like Rome, moving inexorably toward empire and a police state. A majority of Americans will always trade away their freedoms for supposed security. A few more terrorist attacks will weaken our constitutional protections even further. Democracies cannot run empires. So, empire will mean losing our democracy. Empire will also mean the constant risk of 'mistakes' that can trigger nuclear or biological warfare."
"It was nothing like the ABC -TV special from November of 1983 (save one element) -- but it was November. 2008. The day before the presidential elections, to be specific. That one element was the use of Soviet-era 'suitcase nukes.' Within bare minutes of each other, four of them detonated in various parts of the country. Though three of them occurred in different time zones, they all exploded during early afternoon hours...."
"Total war brutalizes a society. It brings out bloodlust and hate. It stimulates an ugly nationalism (gussied up as patriotism) which boasts that 'we' are better than 'them.' It distorts vision, causing people to see something honorable in being slaughtered and maimed — as long as the dead and disabled are 'our guys.' ... In total war the people become a herd lorded over by the state. It takes most of their incomes, rations their food, and perhaps conscripts them. They are told this sacrifice is necessary because they are all part of a great cause."
"We've said it before, and we'll say it again: there is no such thing as "bad news" for the Bush Terror Warriors. They can either reap the fruits of conquest in their regime changes – or simply make hay in the bloody aftermath of the blunt force trauma they inflict on millions of people."
"The case of Sacco and Vanzetti is important today, Trasciatti says, because it speaks to the tension that pits individual civil liberties against collective national security. Despite its status as a hub of cultural influx in the early 20th century, America—or at least the grounded ruling class—had a healthy distrust of immigrants, anarchists, and other 'others'."
"The Fed’s easy-money policies also explain why both public and private debt levels have been rising for generations, with fewer and fewer protests. Indeed, spendthrift ways are embraced along with inflationary values. "
"Libertarian ideas had a tumultuous period of expansion in the years after Goldwater. Rand became a campus favorite, selling novels of uncompromising libertarianism to tens of millions. A Harvard philosophy professor, Robert Nozick, won a National Book Award for his 1974 book, 'Anarchy, State and Utopia,' which rigorously maintained that if we have rights, then most of the functions of the modern state, including redistributing wealth and outlawing certain drugs, are philosophically illegitimate."
"The 'progress' of the late nineteenth century resolves any mystery about American statism in the twentieth, for the groundwork was clearly laid in this era. Power flowed inexorably to the center."
"Because a higher percentage of liberals/leftists than of conservatives seems to oppose the current U.S. war on Iraqis, in the last few years I have been more allied with the Left than with the Right."
"U.S. leadership in the U.N. Security Council to punish the Iranians for ostensibly legal activities creates a 'rally-around-the-flag' effect in Iran. Although not as pronounced as it would be if the United States were to conduct air strikes against Iran, sanctions do allow the Iranian regime to create an external enemy in order to win more support from Iran’s restive, youthful population, which is disaffected with the Iranian government’s austere Islamic rule."
"When the situation is a sudden loss of an army's lines of supply and retreat, the result can be loss of an army. However unfortunate a forced American retreat from Iraq would be, a successful retreat would be far less of a defeat than the encirclement and destruction of our army. Dunkirk was a British defeat, but it was not so serious a defeat as Yorktown."
"The Bush gang and its media bootlickers have elevated "support for troops" into, quite literally, a religious dogma, which they invoke at every turn to choke off debate and dissent about the war. Yet I doubt that there has ever been a presidential administration that has abused and neglected its soldiers as egregiously – and deliberately – as the Bush Regime has done. "
"In 1933 Rocker had to leave Germany again to escape persecution by the new Nazi regime. He settled in the United States, which he had previously visited for lecture tours, and he continued to work as a speaker and writer, directing his efforts against the twin evils of Fascism and Communism."
"Famous for his dictum 'Less is More', Mies attempted to create contemplative, neutral spaces through an architecture based on material honesty and structural integrity."
"After several other former silent screen actresses (including Mary Pickford, Pola Negri and Mae West) were rejected or turned down the role, Swanson, gamely acknowledging reality, starred in 1950s Sunset Boulevard, and made celluloid history with her still remarkable, if short-lived, comeback."
From the bio page: "The same team of Lean, Bolt, Young and Jarre next worked on an adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965) for producer Carlo Ponti. Spain and Finland stood for revolutionary Russia and, despite divided critics, the film was hugely successful, as was Maurice Jarre's musical score. Doctor Zhivago won five Oscars out of ten nominations...."
"Charlotte Carolina, scared but exhilarated, faced herself in the mirror and barely recognized the woman she saw. Sure, the face and body were the same (though maybe, just maybe, the effects of all those carrot sticks and rice cakes were beginning to show). But the woman behind those eyes? No, definitely not the person she was a month ago."
"The 'good news' for Abbey, when he wrote the novel in the late 1970s, was that the military-industrial state was bound to collapse eventually from its own weight. Good News is about what happens after that breakdown, when a paramilitary despot tries to restore 'order' among the ruins of the Southwest and meets resistance from desert freedom-fighters."
"So this is what all the fuss is about. Count me in as hopping on the Repairman Jack bandwagon. … [I]t is lovely to have a hero who deliberately avoids contact with our beloved nanny government and does all he can to stay under its radar."
"Even if Zack Snyder and Frank Miller had no intention of making an anti-Iranian film, or promoting any sort of “psychological warfare,” they’ve made a film in which Iranians are indeed generically depicted in the worst possible light."
"Like those heroes who spilled their blood fighting for independence against the British Empire, I, too, would forfeit everything to win for my countrymen the right to be governed by politicians in our own capital instead of in a capital located further away."
"Lewis Black reports that tattoos are big in Iraq, especially 'Death to America.' "
"Dubbed 'Hillary 8.0,' the software will be handed out for free at all of Sen. Clinton’s campaign rallies and could provide the technological advantage she needs to sew up her party’s nod."
"The State Department releases details of Rice's upcoming diplomatic journey."
"The secular story of Jesus is, among other things, a reminder of the essentially violent, cruel, and deeply unhealthy nature of coercive power. It is the story of Power’s hatred and mortal fear of the real and the healthy. The story of Jesus tells, in clear language, of Power’s willingness to inflict any atrocity, to murder any number of innocents, to tolerate or instill any corruption, and to do whatever else is necessary to retain control and privilege. "
From part 5: "Tononi's hypothesis prompts more and better questions. It is consistent with the idea that sleep enhances memory but is not restricted to that purpose. Instead, it suggests that the fundamental function of sleep is to make it possible to start learning again every day—along the way offering one of the most appealing explanations yet as to why, at day's end, our heads can feel so crowded and jangled."
"A drawback of getting older is that one has a sense of seeing the same bad movie over and over. We always fight demons. Like the Moslems, the Russians also were patient and barbaric, as were, and will be again, the Chinese when they come online as the next enemy. The Japanese too were primordially evil, committing such atrocities as the Rape of Nanking until nuclear terror bombing returned them to civilization’s fold. The only good Indian was a dead Indian. Et cetera."
"[G]reenhouse warming must warm the coldest days of winter more than the hottest ones in summer, a reality that is obvious from an inspection of U.S. temperature records over the last several decades. And after having been chilled to the bone for months, some people might rightfully ask, 'What's so bad about this?'"
"My ebook Agorist Class Theory: A Left Libertarian Approach to Class Conflict Analysis is now available in convenient paperback for just $5.25 (plus shipping) from Lulu.com. This short book draws on unfinished work by the late Samuel Edward Konkin III, and it includes a foreword by Brad Spangler, who was kind enough to shepherd it into honest-to-Konkin print."
"This is a collection of 80 essays by Fred Reed. Reed is to Political Correctness what Raid is to ants. His web site, FredOnEverything.net, enjoys cult status among expats, adventurers, and the few remaining souls who approach life with a rebel yell instead of a chronic whine."
"Old video never dies, it just comes back to haunt you. ... YouTube and similar video-sharing sites compound this effect by making these clips available essentially forever. That is unless they are taken down at the request of the copyright holder, which is what this column is about."
"If you receive an e-mail offering a download of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2, delete it. A new virus is making the rounds that comes disguised as a test version of Microsoft's current Web browser."
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