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July 2005

The Liberzonian:

Libertarian cartoonist Russmo has branched out -- he and his son Jac have launched a blog, focusing on "relevant news for Arizona libertarians". Thus far they've been documenting stupid government tricks and mainstream media idiocy quite nicely. As someone who remembers when Arizona was known for its "crazy libertarians" and loves the state for its wild beauty, it's sad to see all the statist madness there; but Russmo's and Jac's subtle humor makes the dreary news more palatable. The Liberzonian is brand-spankin' new as I write this, so they may expand their focus. Whether they do or not, as someone who regularly travels to Arizona, I'm gonna keep an eye on the Liberzonian.

Site overview: Clean Greymatter site. Just one image makes it fast to load; site design is simple yet attractive. No RSS feed at present (hey, guys, I can help with that if you want!). Infrequently updated; worth a bookmark so you don't forget to drop in.

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Genus haha:

Longtime North Carolinian libertarian and contributor to Liberty for All, Sean Haugh is also a music-lover who has the good fortune to have a radio gig. Genus haha, one of two blogs he writes (the other is a political blog, NCWay), is more personally oriented and so far, often features his playlists. Sean's musical tastes appear to be wide-ranging and pro-freedom -- and who can hate a combination like that? With any luck he'll start using YouSendIt to share some tracks with others. Genus haha is a newish blog, so time will tell as to how it shakes out, but it looks like a promising start to me. And I won't give away what the blog's name refers to.

Site overview: Fairly basic Blogger site. RSS (Atom) feed available. Few graphics mean the site loads fast; gray text color may be hard on older eyes. Keep it coming, please, Sean!

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Uncommon Sense:

Oh, if only it were more common; the world would be a much better place for it. Whether he's talking about the scarcity of individualists or living well, Richard Nikoley offers up uncommonly sensible takes on the world and ideas around him. And he's learning to fly a plane that I hear is wicked awesome.

Site overview: Clean Typepad-powered blog, with only the logo graphic on the home page. RSS feed available. Regular opining on various topics, but if you want to stick to only a few topics (why? It's a good all-around blog) you can use his categories to winnow out the ones you aren't interested in. Very good individualist stuff.

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A Pox on All Their Houses:

Ah, where to begin? Perhaps with the fact that Adem Kupi doesn't post to this blog often enough! When he does, it's often gems like this: "We're all really anarchists... we just haven't let go of our fantasies of 'molding the world' to our specifications[.]" That's from It's a trap. And from his most recent entry (as of this writing), This is a promise and a warning: "To you, who still think of tribes and teams, leaders and followers, shepherds and sheep. Who still believe in obligations and privileges, plans and projections, To you who are still pack animals looking for direction...good luck." Solid individualist, pro-freedom content, from a more left-libertarian view, but not exclusively so. Mr. Kupi maddeningly teases that he contributes to another blog, but doesn't say where in that post. Arrrgh!

Site overview: Spare Blogger site, with no graphics to slow load times. Intermittent posting makes for sometimes long waits for fresh content; fortunately he offers an RSS (Atom) feed. Thought-provoking individualist material. Now to find his other site ...

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How Much is That Worth Today?:

A simple page that allows one to compare the relative worth of various sums of American money across the years -- currently 1665 through 2003. It's deceptively simple, actually, because it allows one to track changes in purchasing power; as such it's astonishing to see huge leaps in relatively short spans of years. For example, I compared the year of my birth and 1776, and saw that what one could buy with $20 in 1776 now required over triple that amount. In 2003 dollars, the amount is over $400. A very useful app for anyone wanting to get a better handle on, a very informative companion page discussing methods of comparing relative value is also highly worthwhile. Bookmark it in case you need solid comparative figures for the USSA's fiat money over the years.

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