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Devops guy, minarchist, Linux asshole, freethinker, and all around nerd.

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"Gallup finds that 27 percent of Americans can be characterized as libertarian, the highest number ever." http://j.mp/20Lcyx9
Gallup finds that 27 percent of Americans can be characterized as libertarian, the highest number ever.
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"Paul was always the only Republican willing to do something that really shouldn’t be a novel idea: Go to non-traditional communities, black, brown, Asian, young people, with the same principled and unwavering message"
He was the only one trying to grow the party by reaching out to African Americans.
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They definitely are.
 
A new law imposes an international stigma on people who pose no threat to public safety.
A new law imposes an international stigma on people who pose no threat to public safety.
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Liberals simply won't quit blaming privatization for the government-made disaster

Liberals simply won't quit blaming privatization for the government-made disaster
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Democratic party primary voters seem to always forget that the party doesn't respect them and doesn't care about their votes, preferring instead a "superdelegate" system where party insiders with 10,000 votes each pick winners and losers.  +The Daily Show reminded us of this in this segment from 2008.
Jason Jones visits a college student who splits time as a superdelegate.
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"TRIGGER WARNING: In this video there will be a clear depiction of a dog pretending to be interested in what a college student is saying, while at the same time making plans to pleasure himself to her at a later time."
"Can I hump your leg? I know I look like a dog, but I identify as a shinguard."
"Instead of Frat Boys, how about Rapist Americans?"
http://reason.com/blog/2016/02/09/triumph-the-insult-comic-dog-poop-pc
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TIL: It is actually illegal in the state of Arizona to have a private potluck at home.
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"During the last Republican presidential debate in which he participated, Rand Paul condemned the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' telephone records, cautioned against reckless intervention in Syria's civil war, and declared that a "true fiscal conservative" must "look at all spending" for savings, meaning the military budget is not sacrosanct. The Kentucky senator also called for criminal justice reform, touted body cameras as a way "to protect both officers and citizens," and bemoaned the racially disproportionate impact of the war on drugs."
 
The Kentucky senator encouraged his fellow Republicans to be more consistently skeptical of big government.
The Kentucky senator encouraged his fellow Republicans to be more consistently skeptical of big government.
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Consensus is building slowly.
Tennessee has become the fifth state in the nation – and the first in 2016 - to pass a resolution calling for the nation’s first-ever Article V Convention of States to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
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"Just days after David Bowie's recent death, someone dug up an old interview with a retired groupie named Lori Maddox where said she lost her virginity to Bowie when she was fifteen.  In a hotel suite, on hash and champagne, which in 1972 was considered part of a complete breakfast.  Now to hear Lori tell it, she was a more than willing partner, and he was gentle and knowing and wearing a kimono, which is not a bad way to lose your virginity considering most deflowerings involve Michelob, a van, and crying.  If there's a victim here it's the poor guy who had to fuck Lori Maddox next.  How do you follow David Bowie in a kimono?!  Talk about pressure pushing you down.  But according to the internet social justice warriors, this was horrible and Lori would be better off today if she lost her virginity to a loser named Dan from Algebra II class.  Sure, Lori says she loved it, and still loves it, and has never regretted it for a second, but she's wrong, because she's only asking herself.  She should be asking a blogger, or a women's collective in Winnipeg because they know better how Lori should feel.

You know, I thought we'd all come to accept this mantra, live in the moment.  But sometimes, when you're young and in the moment, the moment includes recklessness.  Who can say that when they were young and felt invincible they didn't do stuff to compromise their health later on?  I certainly did, and I pity the fool, in 1983 when we used to say that, who would have tried to take the Jack Daniels out of my hand.  And can I say with certainty that there will be no consequences from a lifetime of pot smoking?  No I can't.  But fortunately I can treat them with medical marijuana."
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+Jonathan Haidt: "For many years now, there have been six sacred groups. You know, the big three are African-Americans, women and LGBT. That’s where most of the action is. Then there are three other groups: Latinos, Native Americans, and people with disabilities. So those are the six that have been there for a while. But now we have a seventh–Muslims. Something like 70 or 75 percent of America is now in a protected group. This is a disaster for social science because social science is really hard to begin with. And now you have to try to explain social problems without saying anything that casts any blame on any member of a protected group. And not just moral blame, but causal blame. None of these groups can have done anything that led to their victimization or marginalization.
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We’re more afraid of our students than we are of our peers. It is still possible for professors to say what they think over lunch; in private conversations they can talk. But the list of things we can say in the classroom is growing shorter and shorter. It’s really scary that values other than truth have become sacred. And what I keep trying to say – this comes right out of my book The Righteous Mind – is that you can’t have two sacred values. Because what do you do when they conflict? And in the academy now, if truth conflicts with social justice, truth gets thrown under the bus."
h/t +Patri Friedman
On January 11, John Leo, editor of “Minding the Campus,” interviewed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, one of the editors of the five-month-old site, “Heterodox Academy,” and perhaps the most prominent academic pushing hard for more intellectual diversity on our campuses.
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Universities are just fund raising machines exploiting their nonprofit status.  There are american universities with campuses in Qatar.  Thats about education?
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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Win in New Hampshire. That’s a Rebuke to...
reason.com

One way to interpret the results of tonight’s New Hampshire primary votes, in which both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won by clear margin

Self-Help for Soft Targets
reason.com

Unlike Obama's gun control proposals, armed citizens can stop mass shooters who are invisible until they strike.

As a black Republican, Rand Paul leaving the race is a huge loss
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He was the only one trying to grow the party by reaching out to African Americans.

What Rand Paul Brought to the Presidential Race
reason.com

The Kentucky senator encouraged his fellow Republicans to be more consistently skeptical of big government.

Justice Dept. Wastes No Time Filing Civil Rights Suit Against Ferguson
reason.com

City Council wanted some changes to agreement to reform police and courts.

Rand Paul Is Out—But Libertarianism Is Finally Mainstream
reason.com

The candidate seeded a generation of liberty-minded young people.

How a British Citizen Was Stripped of His Citizenship, Then Sent to a Ma...
www.thenation.com

Britain’s citizenship deprivation processes may help obscure the Obama administration’s willingness to kill and kidnap Britons.

Twitter's new 'Safety Council' makes a mockery of free speech | Coffee H...
blogs.spectator.co.uk

If you think it’s only crybaby students who set up safe spaces in which they might hide from gruff words…

Tennessee Becomes 5th State to Pass Resolution Calling For Article V Con...
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Tennessee has become the fifth state in the nation – and the first in 2016 - to pass a resolution calling for the nation’s first-ever Articl

He saw a sticker on her laptop he didn't like and made a threat that's e...
rare.us

“7000 retweets and I’ll smash this bitch’s computer."

Crybaby students smear blood on their faces to protest Milo Yiannopoulis...
www.therebel.media

With tears in their eyes and fake blood on their faces, students at Rutgers University in New Jersey whined over Milo Yiannopoulis speaking.

Transgender Activist Tells Gay Students Their Kinky Tumblr Posts Are ‘Tr...
reason.com

Trans activist demands safe space from other people's blog images.

Fake Blood and War Chants: Milo Yiannopoulos Event at Rutgers Disrupted ...
www.breitbart.com

Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos' tour of U.S. university campuses has started off with a bang.

A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt | Minding The Campus
www.mindingthecampus.org

On January 11, John Leo, editor of “Minding the Campus,” interviewed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, one of the editors of the five-mont

New ‘Trust and Safety Council’ Is Twitter Version of 1984’s Ministry of ...
reason.com

Twitter says it wants to strike a balance between free speech and harassment. It didn't.

The Eminent Donald Trump Has A Weakness
www.forbes.com

BY JASON PYE - For Donald Trump, now a candidate for the presidency with a shot of winning a major party’s nomination, there are real politi

The Ron Paul/Bernie Sanders Connection
reason.com

Under-30s dig both socialism and libertarianism more than the average American does. What does that mean?

New Hampshire's Free State Project Eschews Presidential Primaries While ...
reason.com

These pioneering libertarians, soon to be 20,000 strong, have already changed Granite State laws.

So tasty. We stopped here for dinner during a long drive to D.C. We had the pear risotto and the abruzzo chicken. We switched off and ate half of each. Both dishes were outstanding. Tom Colicchio could learn a thing or two from how they cook their spinach. Fun atmosphere. Impeccable service. Clean bathrooms with fancy products. Fast WiFi.
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reviewed in the last week
I have done several escape rooms now in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh. Houdini was the best room I have done, hands down. It was challenging, varied, full of surprises right up to the very end, and really tested our knowledge, teamwork, and patience to the limit. All of the logic was sound and there was sufficient work that could be done in parallel and also work that built a straight main line through the escape quest. The timing for the room was perfect for our group, we had a nail-biting finished and escaped with mere seconds to spare. The electromechanical puzzles were all completely novel and brilliant. Every little detail was thought through so well and implemented with such care and attention. Our guide was great, never in the way and provided just enough nudges to keep us out of the woods. I would recommend this room to novices and room escape experts alike. It's a great story, chock full of intriguing puzzles, and has an incredibly satisfying end game. Like other reviewers have noted, this one will ruin other escape rooms for you - that's the only downside here. I look forward to Palace's next rooms!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Delicious and authentic cuisine. Service was pretty quick and attentive, if not always with a smile. Got me seated very quickly during a lunch rush and the bread came out hot, perfect, and right away. Definitely recommended.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Pretty decent bowl of pho.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Terrible service, rude staff. I made an appointment for a shampoo and cut. When I arrived five minutes prior to my scheduled time the gruff greeter told me that my appointment didn't matter and I would have to wait behind all of the walk-in customers in the waiting area. This was annoying, but within five minutes the next available stylist checked the waiting list and called my name. We were just getting started and heading for shampoo when the rude desk clerk snarled shrilly and angrily at my stylist "No, he used the online appointment so HE IS LAST", screaming the last part at her and I. My stylist replied that I was first in the computer (it was after my appointment time) and the greeter told her that my appointment didn't matter, and forced her to send me back to the waiting area while she worked on a customer AFTER my name on the list. Her demeanor and tone during this whole nasty experience was inexplicably hateful and openly aggressive. It is the single worst experience I've ever had trying to get a haircut. I looked around the waiting area that now represented an additional 30 minute wait (at least) on top of the half hour I had already waited since checking in. I walked out and went across the street to the Philip Pelusi salon in the Waterworks mall. It was a couple dollars more expensive but I got a fantastic cut, with zero waiting, and with a talented career stylist who took her time with me. Even so, I was still out of there in half an hour, which is how long Supercuts demanded I wait on them after rudely and with unexpected hostility declining to honor my reservation. Avoid this place.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Overcooked burger with hardly any cheese. Largely absent server. Will not be coming back. I ordered a medium rare $17 cheeseburger. I received a medium well beef disc with a dry, charred bun and hardly any of the gruyere cheese i ordered on it. The bacon jam didn't have enough bacon in it to where you could taste it. My waiter didn't visit the table between taking my dinner order and the meal being long gone, my plate long since collected by the highly efficient bussing staff. He asked me how everything was, I told him "not great" and asked for the check. He didn't follow up on that at all. Overpriced, bad value, and inattentive. Avoid.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Amazing.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago