Links for December 27, 2010: Four Loko and Net-Neutrality

December 26, 2010
  • You can not really understand a moral panic like this in rational terms. … You can still mix Red Bull and vodka.

  • I’m not really a computer wizard, so I can’t speak about the the accuracy and completeness, but the last 17 seconds of the video explains why the net-neutrality movement has not yet won me over.

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    Links for June 28, 2010: Some Thoughts on Slavery and Reparations

    June 28, 2010
    1. Walter Block | On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery

      The issue of reparations for slavery came up in conversation with a friend of mine last week. I’m not particularly well read on the issue, but here is something from Walter Block’s libertarian perspective. See also: Block’s Reparations, Once Again.

    2. A page from the 1850 Congressional Globe.

      The Library of Congress | A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 – 1875: Consideration of the Seventh Census

      Mr. BUTLER. The census heretofore taken has only required the number of slaves, and I see no useful information the obtaining of the names of the slaves can afford. On a plantation where there are one, two, three hundred slaves, there are perhaps several of the same name, and who are known by some familiar designation on the plantation. It can afford no useful information, and will make a great deal of labor. I made the same objection in the committee, and I move to amend in accordance with that objection now.
      Mr. DAVIS. If we are only to get the aggregate number of slaves, how are we to ascertain the owners?
      Mr. BUTLER. By providing that the number of slaves owned by him shall be put opposite to the name of each owner.
      Mr. DAVIS. Then we shall lose the benefit of the classification of ages.
      Mr. BUTLER. Not at all. The age and sex will remain‚ÄĒeverything but the name. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for June 21, 2010: Police Shoot Expenctant Father Dead Over Marijuana, The Economics of the Minimum Wage, others….

    June 20, 2010
    1. The victims.

      “One of the problems that the marijuana reform movement consistently faces is that everyone wants to talk about what marijuana does, but no one ever wants to look at what marijuana prohibition does. Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people. Marijuana does not suppress medical research. Marijuana does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.” ~ Richard Cowan

      … and Marijuana never shoots expectant fathers in the face for making “furtive movements”. If you are not speaking out against these tragedies, then you are telling our lawmakers that you tacitly approve of them. Spread the word, to your legislators and across your social networks, that you do not approve.

    2. It lays out the basic argument. Progressives might revile at the suggestion that the minimum wage is more that a worker “is worth”, but I think this ignores economic reality.¬† Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for March 6, 2010: NORML Ad Runs on Times Square, Philly Ponders Soda Tax, Interesting Claims About the Fed, others….

    March 18, 2010
    1. Change.org | CBS Reverses Decision, Agrees to Run Pro-Marijuana Ad

      Kudos to CBS for overcoming stereotype and helping to convey this sensible, important message.

    2. Weavers Way | Philly Proposes a Big Soda Tax

      I dislike behavior control through selective taxation more than I dislike soda.

    3. Ron Paul's MySpace Blog | Bernanke calls Ron Paul remarks "bizarre" – Ron Paul responds.

      Ah, MySpace blogs. America's finest news source. Hey, look. I wasn't there. I don't know what happened. I'm just the messenger. Read the rest of this entry »