October 15, 2011
Daily Kos | What Really Happened Inside Citibank Saturday?
Well, this really happened (see video). The truth, however, did not stop such prominent blogs as Daily Kos and InfoWars from uncritically repeating the facially ridiculous claim that over twenty customers were arrested for nothing other then asking tellers to have their accounts closed. The blogosphere lit up in the meantime. By the end of the next day, two of my progressive friends on facebook had unquestioningly posted the fraudulent headline to their news feeds. Some people, it seems, will swallow, without a second thought, just about any accusation leveled against a corporation.
Two days later, Daily Kos published the above clarification explaining exactly what happened inside the bank: a disruptive demonstration, and not an innocent series of business proposals. InfoWars, on the other hand is staying the course. It has published a new story called Big Banks Refuse To Let People Close Accounts, which not only reiterates the hideous libel, but alleges further that banks all across America are forbidding “people” (people who carry signs or bullhorns into the banks, that is) from closing their accounts. No shame.
The Atlantic | Scalia: Federal Drug Laws Were a Mistake
Come on, people. Let’s repeal federal drug laws and free up Scalia’s Wednesdays for golf. He needs it.
Rich People Create Jobs!, and five other myths that must die for our economy to live | Mother Jones
Responding to each of Kevin Drum’s claims here will take a bit too long. I’ve begun a feature on this, which I hope to finish some time soon (I think I have three half-finished drafts cooking). Suffice to say here that Austrian economists have already presponded to these claims, and the Austrian presponses have been predictably ignored.
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December 26, 2010
reason.tv | Why the Feds Banned Four Loko (And is your favorite drink next?)
You can not really understand a moral panic like this in rational terms. … You can still mix Red Bull and vodka.
reason.tv | Will Net Neutrality Save the Internet?
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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