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If I have the right to use violence to protect my person and property against aggression, but I do not have the right to claim another person as my property, do I have the right to use violence to protect my family from aggression? 
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Rights aside, it's morally consistent to interfere with someone you are certain is initiating violence.  Whether it is your family, a stranger, or anyone, it's still morally consistent for a 3rd party to act on the behalf of a victim.
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Bright green is "looking for a job".  Must not be super urgent.
An interactive comparison of a day in the life of 147 men and 147 women without jobs.
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+Eric Smith If you like playing with the available data, grab +QGIS. Then, download the TIGER data files
http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/tiger.html

Be aware that ESRI has used a  proprietary and closed File Geodatabase format for vendor lock-in.
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New graphic novel tells an interesting story about data privacy.  Free online.
A graphic novella about Big Data, privacy and the future of sharing.
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How to leverage a scary issue in order to infringe upon constitutionally protected rights.

Police are using the drought as an excuse to conduct warrantless raids in this county. Growers were previously denied a restraining order because "they had nothing of value" left after the first raids, making future raids unlikely. Doh.

Now, a federal judge has said that maybe they need to follow the fourth amendment.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/10/23/federal-judge-rules-that-the-fourth-amendment-might-be-worth-the-parchment-on-which-its-written/
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Brian, you have a good point.  The majority of them are walking violations of nature in that they have no idea how to use their minds for good.
  
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Funny that this has to be explained as if she were doing an ethnography on an alien race, but it's surprising to see a UC Berkeley sociologist sort of "get it".
We're used to choosing to join together for a goal—or not—whenever we want to
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Vaccination debate is heating up again.  Do we have a right to refuse vaccination if this leads to other people getting sick and/or dying?  Assume that herd immunity is a valid concept and that vaccines don't pose any risk to the vaccinated beyond the small risk of acute adverse events (i.e. no autism link).

The debate is so polarized in other groups that I bring it here for a rational analysis from a libertarian perspective.
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+Eric Smith going back to the helicopter hat, this video may help you better understand the difference between negative rights vs positive obligation.
Positive Rights vs. Negative Rights: http://youtu.be/gXOEkj6Jz44
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It's not that I believe that liberty is the antidote to all of the world's ills. It's just that, whenever I do the work of comparing the damage caused by any of these ills to the loss of freedom, freedom always wins. 
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Hey, does anyone here know something about stateless alternatives to state-issued marriage contracts?  Any key differences from their state-based counterparts?  Are they recognized by other state and private agencies (taxes, life insurance, etc...)?
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Congrats Eric???
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The more rules you make, the more gamers get ahead. 
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+Eric Smith Indeed, regulatory capture is part of the problem with more regulations.
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What things, if anything, would you say are self evident?

Here is my list.
1) a=a
2) existence exists

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+Allballz Does does everyone=everyone?

a=a

Seriously beginning to wonder if you are trolling. If you are, well played sir, well played indeed.
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Can't provide prosperity with coercion?  At least you can use "soft" coercion to address the side effects of poverty.

In an attempt to reduce the rates of violence and diminish the risk of rebellion from the people of Venezuela, the government recently initiated a fire arms exchange program, offering citizens access to medications and surgical procedures in exchange for the anonymous surrender of guns and ammunition. The authorities have reportedly installed 60 weapon collection centers across the country, including four in the city of Caracas. The Maduro administration has approved 300 million bolivars (US$ 48 million) to purchase products to incentivize the surrender of fire arms as part of the national disarmament fund. 
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"Esperamos recoger muchísimas armas; cada arma que sale de circulación es una probabilidad menos de violencia, de muerte, de delito", dijo a la televisión local Miguel Rodríguez Torres, ministro del Interior y Justicia tras iniciar la primera jornada. Las autoridades instalaron 60 centros de recepción de armas, cuatro de ellos en Caracas. Allí, las personas que quieran entregar sus armas podrán hacerlo de manera anónima si lo desean y recibir a c...
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I am a libertarian: Because I know it is much easier to accept other peoples' differences when I am not yoked to their outcomes.
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Live on peacefully.
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