Links for January 3, 2010: Deregulation? D.E.A.? Bulliion? Pinkwashing?

January 2, 2011
  • One of my favorite speaker/authors.

    Tom Woods hints at debunking. It’s a tough point to get unless you know all the details. I must admit that I do not, but I’d like to learn. See also the comments on Tom Woods’s facebook page.

  • Like many of the cables made public in recent weeks, those describing the drug war do not offer large disclosures. Rather, it is the details that add up to a clearer picture of the corrupting influence of big traffickers, the tricky game of figuring out which foreign officials are actually controlled by drug lords, and the story of how an entrepreneurial agency operating in the shadows of the F.B.I. has become something more than a drug agency.

    Read: “the corrupting influence of drug prohibition.” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Links for December 13, 2010. A little bit of raid, a little bit of Wikileaks, a little bit of fire.

    December 12, 2010

    Journalistically irresponsible photo of an unrelated SWAT team.

  • Dan Viets, Tebeau’s attorney, says the November 1 raid on Camp Zoe involved about 80 federal agents and they “didn’t find so much as a roach” on the property.”There were several dozen federal agents from all the alphabet soups — IRS, DEA, ATF — backed up by local cops who came onto the property with federal subpoenas,” Viets says. “They basically asked for business records, which they got.”

    The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the specifics of the ongoing investigation.

    An official statement published on the Camp Zoe website says “one patron was arrested for previous warrants unrelated to Camp Zoe.” The message also says, “the same day the DEA seized all the money in the Camp Zoe bank account — which included most of the gate receipts for the Spookstock 9 weekend. This money was to be used to pay staff, artists, security, production (lights & sound), trash pickup, etc. for the festival weekend. It was also to be used for the basic bills for Camp Zoe to get the business through the winter.”

    Grand theft campground. Absolutely abominable. Those who do not speak out against the War on Drugs tacitly support this. On a lighter note, I used to listen to a podcasted radio program hosted by Dan Viets out of KOPN Columbia, Missourim, called Sex, Drugs, and Civil Liberties. It does not seem to have podcasted since last July, but man it was great. Dan, you are an inspiration.

  • Is the violence drug related, or prohibition related? It is tough to tell from the article….

  • New chaiman of the House monetary policy subcommittee.

  • Rep. Ron Paul, Chairman, Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee

    Jurisdiction: Domestic monetary policy, currency, precious metals, valuation of the dollar, economic stabilization, defense production, commodity prices, financial aid to commerce and industry

    Oh yeah! Bring it!

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  • Links for December 6, 2010: On Private Roads, Truffles, and Fiji Water

    December 5, 2010
  • The case for private road management is not that difficult to follow.

  • For now, though, Harper’s verdict remains in place: $750 for each of the 37 songs at issue, or $27,750.

  • "Fiji: You can't get any further away before you start coming back." ~Truman Burbank

  • Good reporting from Mother Jones today, this one from its facebook wall: Fiji’s government junta destroys one of the counrty’s most popular exports through taxation.

    Bainimarama said if no resolution is forthcoming, he “will call for international tenders from credible and reputable private sector companies to extract this valuable resource.”

    We’ll see about that….

  • White truffles [were on display last Sunday] during the traditional annual truffle auction in Alba, northern Italy, where a 900-gram white truffle was auctioned for €105 million ($143.58 million) to a Hong Kong buyer.” (Global Times, 18 November)

    Willing seller, willing buyer. The poor, huddled masses will have to settle for green giant mushrooms, sliced and canned.

  • Granted the auction proceeds were for charity, but what other food can bring in so much money and attention? What is it exactly that makes the white truffle so special?

    Emphasis Added.

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    Links for September 27, 2010: Much Ado about the Tea Party, Unequal Justice Before the Law, others…

    September 26, 2010

    Anyone for Tea? (photo: miya)

    1. One sign of the tea party movement’s success is that the term “tea party” is becoming an all-purpose smear term for any more-or-less right-wing person or activity that the writer doesn’t like. In fact, I think “Tea Party” is replacing “neocon” as an all-purpose word for “the people I hate.”

    2. I’m glad we got that out of the way. Maybe after tea-partiers learn to “eye” people correctly, we can graduate to talking about the real issues.

    3. No longer content with bellowing accusations of racism, I see we’ve graduated to accusations of terrorism. Is Jen Phillips seems more interested in having the whole of the Tea Party movement added to the list of terror threats than she is in having Climate Ground Zero removed—for little more than supporting and defending the Second Amendment. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for July 19, 2010: To Stimulate or Not To Stimulate; What Police Can Do; much, much more….

    July 18, 2010

      Paul Krugman: Boost aggregate demand! Muahahaha!!!

    1. It’s good to hear Krugman speak and respond to questions. The thrust of this discussion is that the opposition to the stimulus is a visceral reaction, not an intelligent one. Although some guests early on questioned the empirical efficacy of the stimulus, we did really not hear from any Thomas E. Woodses or any Peter Schiffs who maintained, in quite an intellectual fashion, that the stimulus is simply bad economic policy. Krugman remarks toward the end that he doesn’t see stimulus jobs as “makework” jobs. I do not understand how this position can be honestly defended alongside the position that we now need government to “boost aggregate demand”, i.e. create demand where none existed before. What is the purpose of the stimulus if it is not to “make work”? If these were not “makework” jobs, we would do them anyway. We would not need an economic crisis as a pretense for passing $700 billion spending bills. For a response to the assertion that Roosevelt’s slashing of the deficits caused a recession in 1937, see this. For a response to the assertion that World War II spending lifted the U.S. economy out of the depression, listen here, starting at 32:17.  Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for May 10, 2010: Orwellian tax amnesty ad, National debt up a cool tril since last fall, Lynne Abraham pooh-poohs new Philly marijuana arrest policy, others….

    May 9, 2010
    1. Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue has already shed the pretense that its residents do not live in an Orwellian State.  The voice should have gone on to say: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse, Tom. You know you have a civic duty to understand and abide by Pennsylvania’s Personal Income Tax Code. We’ve even put it online for you.”

    2. Former Philly DA Lynne Abraham: "Welcome to Philadelphia, Light Up a Joint."

      The national debt is pushing $13,000,000,000,000. Since the beginning of last November, the federal government spent has $1,000,000,000,000 more dollars that it did not have. I tell you, this health care bill had better take a huge-ass chunk off of the deficit, and fast.

    3. Hey, that’s great, Lynne. Just let us know when we can expect to receive your annual $3,000,000 donation to pay for the adjudication of these small-time dope smokers. Read the rest of this entry »


    Links for April 26, 2010: Illusory Tax Cuts, Tea-Party Distractions, others…

    April 25, 2010
    1. You are hearing a lot nowadays about how, contrary to the bellows of tea-party protesters, Obama has reduced—not raised—taxes for 95% of Americans. This article from January 2009 explains why tea-partiers are not impressed, and why the protests will continue.

    2. A party-line libertarian op-ed from the Cato Insitute via the Wall Street Journal explaining some of the problems with enforcing regulations.   Read the rest of this entry »