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May 2006

Pagan Vigil:

I've long recognized that I get the most value from others who challenge or expand my thinking somehow. NeoWayland at Pagan Vigil does this on a regular basis. An avowed libertarian and pagan who thinks that using only extremes just increases the problems, I agree with much of his content (but not with the extremes idea when applied to freedom). The areas where I don't agree, or where his take on a subject is new to me, are what provide most of the food for thought. Immigration is the clearest recent issue where this happens, but I find NeoWayland's perspective interesting on several other issues as well. This site's been on my blogroll for some time, but it's only within the past month or two that I've really come to appreciate it.

Site overview: A full web site with an iBlog front, the black and white design is stark, but not overbearing. A blogroll including right face, left face, pagan, and liberty categories makes the unique character of Pagan Vigil immediately apparent. Posts are usually abundant, with more than one a day not atypical. They also regularly feature a link to a news story, and generous quoting and analysis or response. Anonymous commenting on entries is possible, and an RSS feed is available. Pagan Vigil's a good place to explore ideas from left and right that are still solidly tied to a pro-freedom position.

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Classically Liberal:

Don't know who's behind this blog—the Blogger profile is sparse to the point of being useless, and there's no blogroll to provide clues, but I like what I've seen thus far. And that is a good take on current events from a freedom perspective. The focus lately has been mostly on politics, especially Bush, but having said that, the writing is thoughtful rather than shrill, and generally takes a perspective I don't see elsewhere. A good example is a recent entry on unusual trends in recent Zogby polls. It's a bit maddening, not to know who to credit for this site, but anybody who shares good goat news is okay in my book.

Site overview: Basic Blogger site with Haloscan commenting. Not a lot of conversation as yet, but the blog is only four months old as of this writing. RSS feed is available, which helps keep up with the volume—multiple posts per day seems to be the rule, rather than the exception. Thoughtful commentary in plain English, with enough of a twist to make it refreshingly different.

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Golden Jackass:

A web site designed to inform and instruct in the complex ways of gold, currencies, bonds, interest rates, stocks, commodities, futures, derivatives and the world economy, with no respect shown for inept bankers and economists, whose policies and practices contribute toward the slow motion degradation, if not destruction, of the financial world. Sounds rather like Bill Bonner mind-melds with jomama, but that isn't the case—statistician Jim Willie is behind the analysis. I'm no an expert in this area, but from what I've seen in the public access area (there's a separate section for subscribers only), he might be a smaller-time Canadian version of Doug Casey. If you're interested in the finer points of the gathering economic storm, the Golden Jackass is a worthwhile addition to your economic/financial bookmarks.

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