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+Indy VMUG Thank you all for putting on a great Conference again this year.

One quick question: Can you double check the presentation slide-deck for "Practical Path to NSX" session? The PDF I am seeing looks nothing like the presentation I sat through (which had a lot of specific practical "learn this" information) and more like a generic NSX pitch.
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Now this is interesting.
In The Wall Street Journal, Sen. Rand Paul writes that we should blow up the tax code and start all over, with a 14.5% flat tax for personal income and for businesses.
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And just a few minutes later. This one with a bonus.
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I'm not a huge fan of Ayn Rand's writing. Her imagery is overly flowery. Her exposition is redundant - rewording and reiterating points like a drill sergeant. And her characters are 1-dimensional and black and white: either heroic and God-like, or conniving and villainous.

However, her stories do touch on some important universal themes and reveal some powerful observations about the nature of politics, govt and the collusion of the state and big businesses.

This article touches on several such aspects and how they are not the simplistic over-exaggeration they were often caricatured as being.
Mark Cuban says Net Neutrality is torn out of the pages of "Atlas Shrugged." But this is far from the first time real life has imitated Ayn Rand's fiction.
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Why we reject the argument of "if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear."
The New York Times has published an unredacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Don't fall for politicians claiming every new story is the greatest threat/risk we've ever faced.

Notice that it's always the ones claiming that bad things are going to happen that get the soundbites and the news interviews. The people that point out statistics and how low the risk really is aren't really as sexy and so nobody sees them. 
 
WATCH: The kids from Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? learn the true meaning of terror...election-year rhetoric.
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This is why the surveillance issue is important. The more we comply with surveillance in the name of safety, the more authority those who control the surveillance have over us.

As Greewald says, even if you think it's not a big deal now, remembee how easily it could turn to where the magnifying lens of the state is aimed at you and those like you.
Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see -- and write about -- the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."
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While mowing...
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First of the season
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Can we please get through the election so all the "What's Hot" posts aren't ridiculously lazy "Republicans are evil racists" and "Democrats are stupid socialists"?
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Ludwig von Mises, an Austrian economist, wrote a powerful analysis of socialism in the 1920s with his Economic Calculation in a Socialist Commonwealth (http://mises.org/document/448/Economic-Calculation-in-the-Socialist-Commonwealth). His premise is that without market prices, no central planning committee could effectively allocate resources. 

This newspaper article from 1966 describes the effect that Mises wrote about nearly 50 years earlier as it actually happened in the Soviet Union.
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