Links for March 15, 2011: Backlog O’Links #1

February 13, 2011
  • One way to stimulate an economy is to get your foot off of it’s neck.

  • It is a crime, work? So I guess I’m a criminal. It is a crime to be working. lol.

  • I’m glad this point of view is getting out there. On one hand, I can see how the gold standard would constrain a growing economy. On the other hand, no, I don’t trust those people with the printing press.

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    Links for December 20, 2010: What Makes a Slant a Slant?

    December 19, 2010
  • Vodpod videos no longer available.

    At the height of the health care reform debate last fall, Bill Sammon, Fox News’ controversial Washington managing editor, sent a memo directing his network’s journalists not to use the phrase “public option.”

    Instead, Sammon wrote, Fox’s reporters should use “government option” and similar phrases — wording that a top Republican pollster had recommended in order to turn public opinion against the Democrats’ reform efforts.

    “Caught slanting”, eh? Why is Media Matters so uncomfortable with the word “government”? It seems to describe the policy accurately. Then again, if you want to be consistent, you’ll have to use the phrase elsewhere, as in “government library” and “government swimming pool”, which is still accurate, really.

  • We’ve had a few cases rule in favor. This will be an interesting legal battle.

  • Stopping bailouts was not a poll option. The free market was not a poll option.

  • Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


    Backlog O’Links for August 30, 2010: Old stuff that’s not even newsworthy anymore.

    July 25, 2010
    1. World Socialist Party (US) | Making Bread

      Daryl Larson, who farms 1,500 acres in Kansas sold nearly half of his wheat crop but will keep the rest in the silo in the expectation that the prices will at least climb further. Most analysts would concur with Mr Larson’s strategy of holding on to some grain for added profit. The [Socialist Party of Great Britain] only asks: why do some in this world face destitution and hunger, while others hoard food to obtain higher profits?

      Farm subsidies complicate the issue, but the simple answer is: Daryl Larson, the producer of the food, has the perfect right to do anything he pleases with it. He was under no obligation to make the food. Similarly, he is under no obligation to distribute the food. If Mr. Larson were forced to sell his grain at prices he did find agreeable, he probably not stay in the wheat business for very long.

      If we added farm subsidies into the mix, then, depending on why the subsidies were paid in the first place, there could be a basis upon which to demand that Mr. Larson make some concessions to taxpayers….

    2. AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | Public to Lawmakers: Tax the Rich1) Aren’t you glad that the public has no authority to confiscate and redistribute your private property?? 2)Never trust anyone who classifies tax cuts as ‘spending’. 3) This article quotes labor secretary Robert Reich who believes that the ‘fundamental cause’ of the financial crisis is wealth disparity. If not for wealth disparity, the argument goes, Americans would not have needed to borrow so much. I’ve never heard this one before…  Read the rest of this entry »

    Links for April 12, 2010: Marijuana Policy in Philadelphia, A Critique of Austrian Economics, others…

    April 11, 2010
    1. myfoxphilly.com | D.A. Explains New Pot Policing Proposals Vodpod videos no longer available.

      Seth Williams explains sensible proposal for marijuana arrest procedure, wards off scaremongering. For the latest, check Seth Williams’s recent “Radio Times” interview.

    2. DEA | Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization

      Call from the DEA.

    3. Opposing Views | The DEA’s Top 10 “Facts” on Marijuana Legalization

      Response from NORML. 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 »