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More relevant now that shots have been fired. #TBT #ThrowbackThursday
The battle lines are drawn. The great war between America’s government and her people fast approaches. No, this isn’t some dystopian near-future science fiction scenario. This is presen…
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Lenore Skenazy

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School Cancels Beach Trip Because It May Be Sunny

My piece at Reason:

http://bit.ly/28XJprW
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Mike Noyes

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Have you taken a look at the Johnson-Weld +Libertarian Party ticket yet?

https://garyjohnson2016.com/
 
+Robby Soave writes: The Democratic and Republican parties are dominant, but voters do have choices other than Clinton or Trump. For example, for the second presidential election in a row, the +Libertarian Party has nominated +Gov. Gary Johnson, former two-term governor of New Mexico. His running mate is William Weld, former two-term governor of Massachusetts.

h/t +Orange County Register +Reason +Libertarian National Committee
#LibertarianParty #NeverTrump #NeverClinton
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their parties’ presidential primaries in California and they are poised to square off in November’s general election. Polls show Clinton and Trump are both historically unpopular, yet large numbers of Americans who say they can’t stand them will probably vote for one of them anyway. They’ll do this, in part, because they’ll feel forced into choosing the lesser of two evils.
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I'm trying not to.
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Todd Walton

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I believe the FBI denied it, and suggested it could be the Naval Investigative Service (because they have a Kansas office?), or something like that.
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Todd Walton

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I saw someone post that they're not going to buy a certain musician's music because of their political beliefs. "Every time you spend money," they quoted Anna Lappé as saying, "you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."

I've thought a whole lot about the "economic vote" problem, and I have some conclusions. Some tentative. Some more certain.

One thing that seems to be true is that the very act of engaging in commerce is a "vote" in favor of a pluralistic world where people who disagree can engage with each other instead of using economic impoverishment, or the threat of it, to fight. And it's not just a voice vote either. There is some evidence that doing capitalism leads to more capitalism.

Another thing that seems to be true is that sometimes doing business with certain people is so morally repugnant that it would be violence on your own psyche, no matter what the real world economic outcome would be. If that's the case, then I'm all for you withholding your bucks. You do what you gotta do, you know?

The Lappé quote is beautiful, though. She wasn't talking about using commerce as a weapon against those you disagree with. She was talking about supporting people or organizations doing good things. And I'm all for that.
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I heard Snowden make a good quote.

Love the Act; Not the Actor.

If you vote your dollars to some one you disagree with, let them know exactly why they are still getting your money... might be the best way to make them think harder about your point of view.

In this way, it's much less black and white. The world seldom is black and white in the space between two people, even people who like each other.
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U.S. Ranks Dismally in Press Freedom As Obama Wages “War on Whistleblowers Who Leak Info” http://rgn.bz/7jEN

America’s proud moniker of ‘Leader of the Free World’ is slipping fast into the recesses of increasingly authoritarian and secretive government.

The World Press Freedom Index, issued by the Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders, ranked the United States at a dismal No. 41 out of 180 countries – putting it just barely in the top quarter of nations, which itself was actually an ‘improvement’ over the past year.

That is a far cry from the perceptions that most Americans have cherished, and politicians have so frequently touted in televised speeches.

More http://rgn.bz/7jEN
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Lenore Skenazy

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Man Asks 2 Girls If They Are Selling Girl Scout Cookies, in Cookie Season.  

Cops Are Called, Parents Are Warned 

@Reason 

 http://bit.ly/23rFhsb
If a man wants to buy Girl Scout cookies, from Girl Scout-aged girls, during Girl Scout cookie season, he must be a predator.
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Modern technological inventions are filling the considerable void caused by government incompetency in South Africa.
Decentralized technologies like Bitcoin and emergency response app Cell 411 could help with South Africa’s economy and high crime rates.
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Lenore Skenazy

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Britain has realized it's nuts to ban frilly socks! And tag. And risk. 


 http://bit.ly/22XSzZL
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Lenore Skenazy

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Kids need to waste time and get into scrapes they get themselves out of. 

Otherwise they will demand ever more protections as they get older. We are already seeing this on campus. 

http://bit.ly/1ZwKZDj  
In this interesting and fact-packed Quartz article, “WhyAre Our Kids So Miserable?“, reporter Jenny Anderson looks at a bunch of factors working against kid happiness. The biggest is the off-base belief that our kids are only learning when they are doing academic work: ...
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A Senator wants it dead, a Representative has his finger on the trigger, a Democrat and a Republican are steadying the mount, and the American public is cheering... but government bureaucracy and waste just won't die.
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Lenore Skenazy

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Sympathy for Disney Gator Family Contrasts Sharply with Rage Toward Cincinnati Gorilla Mom

Why?

http://bit.ly/21ooJfk
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Capital controls slowly starve the people's savings.
The deadly combination of tight capital controls and inflation slowly starve the people’s life savings. Luckily, Bitcoin can help escape from capital destruction.
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Lenore Skenazy

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A “Chilling New Portrait” of Child Predators? Or a Craven Old Way to Scare Us Sh*tless?

Ask yourself: Why does this report EXIST?

http://bit.ly/20Kj8j1
Just the WORST kind of scaremongering!! They use these huge scary numbers but the bottom line is that in all of Canada, coast to coast, there have been an average of THREE kidnappings a year over the past 50 years. THREE. Seems they had to go back 50 years to get enough data to even do a ...
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Bitcoin's founder has revealed himself to be Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright.
Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious and legendary founder of Bitcoin, was revealed today to be Australian entrepreneur Dr. Craig Wright, bringing seven years of speculation to an end.
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Technology like Bitcoin can make collecting taxation difficult.
The advent of Bitcoin and blockchain technology has made government taxation obsolete, given how difficult cryptocurrency can be to identify and trace.
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+Brian Long Exactly, and the reason most people go "official" is the result of a simple cost/benefit analysis. Cryptocurrency can change the figures, so more and more will risk the black market.
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Todd Walton

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There are some scary people in this world.
Inside the unorthodox conservative movement riding the Trump wave.
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Agreed
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Lenore Skenazy

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Mom Who Made Her Kids Walk to School Is Charged with Neglect.@Reason http://bit.ly/1ZX42Hb
Who has authority over kids: parents, or police?
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Laws like this is a reason why today's millenials don't want to marry and have kids.
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Lenore Skenazy

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Genius comments at Reason contest on how The President of Emory should comfort his "Trump2016"-traumatized students: http://bit.ly/1MKd7LS
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