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Pursuing Liberty

Articles showing the positive influence of action in the pursuit of Liberty.

The Bailout and the A-word

      By Juan Enriquez and Jorge Dominguez from TED | TEDBlog

"The United States requires a massive restructuring to address its debt, cutting back on its borrowing, spending, and wars. The bailout package is essential to keep the credit markets open. But absent sentences that include the word austerity all the bailout will accomplish is a temporary postponement. Bailout and stimulus are a stopgap."

http://blog.ted.com/2008/10/the_bailout_and.php

Financial crisis may bode well for Linux

       from Linux-Watch

"Linux developers shouldn't be too worried over the threat of a major recession, says the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin, according to an eWEEK story. As companies look for ways to cut costs in response to the current financial crisis, Linux will be given greater consideration, Zemlin was quoted as saying."

http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS6728502210.html

Lessons from Abroad

      By Richard W. Rahn from Cato Institute

"Bulgaria privatized its banks, did not create semi-socialist mortgage banks like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, has required banks to keep adequate reserves (which now average 13 percent, about double the U.S. average), and now is in a much better position to weather the international financial crisis."

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9705

Why Stallman is wrong when he calls cloud computing stupid

      By Ryan Paul from Ars Technica

"Stallman's dismissal of cloud computing and call for the categorical rejection of web services is puzzling in light of the potential opportunities created by web technologies and the innovative work that is being done by software freedom advocates to bring openness to the web."

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/
20080930-why-stallman-is-wrong-when-he-calls-cloud-computing-stupid.html

Stallman: Cloud computing is 'stupidity'

      By Mike Ricciuti from Business Tech - CNET News

"Not everyone loves cloud computing. Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GNU operating system, says cloud computing is 'stupidity' that ultimately will result in vendor lock-in and escalating costs."

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10054253-92.html

Life in Amerika

Articles depicting the negative impact of politics on the cause of Liberty.

New surveillance program will turn military satellites on US

      By Julian Sanchez from Ars Technica

"An appropriations bill signed by President Bush last week allows the controversial National Applications Office to begin operating a stringently limited version of a program that would turn military spy satellites on the US, sharing imagery with other federal, state, and local government agencies. The government's own watchdog agency, the Government Accountability Office, has warned in an unpublished report that the more expansive program in the offing lacks adequate safeguards to protect privacy and civil liberties."

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/
20081005-new-surveillance-program-will-turn-military-satellites-on-us.html

The Bailout in Plain English -- Speaking in the Tongues of Brokers

      By Joe Bageant from CounterPunch

"We will pay because the only language we have to describe our world is that of our oppressors because we have been taught to think in Wall Speak."

http://www.counterpunch.org/bageant10022008.html

How Has 9/11 Changed Us?

      By Charles Peña from The Independent Institute

"So despite President Bush’s claim not to allow the 9/11 terrorists to restrict our freedoms, that is unambiguously what happened to Raed Jarrar. And seemingly lost on the people who detained Jarrar was his comment to them: 'I grew up under authoritarian governments in the Middle East, and one of the reasons I chose to move to the U.S. was that I don’t want an officer to make me change my t-shirt'."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2326

Big Burdens from Growth Management

      By Randal O'Toole from Cato Institute

"Growth management is responsible for much of the recent subprime mortgage crisis. Because state and local restrictions on housing supplies sent prices soaring, families who ordinarily would have qualified for prime loans were compelled to borrow at subprime rates. When the housing bubble burst, housing prices dropped, leaving many families with mortgages greater than the value of their house. The resulting credit crisis has shaken the American economy to its core."

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9701

Supremes Mull Whether Bad Databases Make for Illegal Searches

      By Ryan Singel from Threat Level from Wired.com

"If a false entry in a database leads to a unconstitutional police search that reveals illegal drugs, does the government get to hold it against you?"

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/supremes-mull-w.html

Ordered Liberty without the State

Some people say it's Anarchy, some say it's not possible. It is an interesting topic.

American Empire Is 'Crumbling'

      Howard Zinn Interviewed by Al Jazeera from LewRockwell.com

"[W]hatever hope there is lies in that large number of Americans who are decent, who don't want to go to war, who don't want to kill other people. It is hard to see that hope because these Americans who feel that way have been shut out of the communications system, so their voices are not heard, they are not seen on the television screen, but they exist."

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig9/zinn1.html

The (Near) Death of the State

      By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"More great things happened after the bailout failed. Commodity prices including oil fell dramatically. This is a magnificent thing. Right now, consumers are not threatened by the possible failure of another paper-addicted investment-banking house. Consumers are threatened by ever-higher prices for all goods. If we are in a recession, especially if it lasts and lasts, low prices are precisely what we need to start economic recovery again."

http://mises.org/story/3133

It Pays To Rebel!

      By Larry Gambone from Porcupine blog

"The people today who obey the media propaganda and simply must have three cars, a mini mansion and every new gadget that comes along, find themselves worked to death and in debt peonage. Then cigarettes, diet sodas, junk food, all consumed by the lemming masses whose pay back is obesity and cancer. And so on..."

http://porkupineblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/it-pays-to-rebel.html

The power elite shows its hand

      By Wally Conger from out of step

"The power elite, the puppet masters, the higher order, the shadow government, whatever the hell you want to call these bastards, have really shown their hand this week as they whine, cry, then rail against a public that 'just doesn’t understand the fine workings of the economy and the urgency of this crisis'."

http://wconger.blogspot.com/2008/10/power-elite-shows-its-hand.html

Flashing Oncoming Traffic Can Expose You

      By PintofStout from Murphy’s Bye-Laws

"By flashing your lights to warn oncoming traffic, you are taking money away from the state. This neighborly act is like putting change in expired parking meters (also frowned upon by your local bullies in blue) or putting lanterns in the bell tower of a church."

http://pintofstout.wordpress.com/2008/10/10/flashingtraffic/

Spreading Decentralism

Articles demonstrating an increase in the dispersal of power.

Trust.

      By Sunni from Sunni and the Conspirators

"Becoming more agrarian and self-sufficient would require an enormous upheaval in my current way of living. I’m trying to evaluate the pros and cons of the two paths, before attempting to tweak my current balance. And I operate under no illusion that the local farmer’s market is automagically more trustworthy somehow than WalMart or Safeway. But, for good or for ill, I have always leaned toward trusting individuals and 'the little guy' over the big guy."

http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com/node/1469

US economic dominance over - Russia

       from The Australian

"Although Russia's Central Bank still holds massive US dollar reserves, the Kremlin has in the past two years sought to diversify the country's holdings, notably by boosting holdings in euros."

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24437897-12335,00.html

Google: Android Market Will Be More Open Than iPhone Apps Store

      By Eric Zeman from Cloud Computing Blog - InformationWeek

"Google, says Andy Rubin, will not play things that way.[i.e. Like Apple] ... 'Google won’t impose many of the restrictions Apple developers have been grumbling about. Unlike iPhone aficionados, developers using Android Market will, for example, be able to allow consumers to try their applications for free before they buy them. This may seem like a small thing, but developers name lack of free trial as one of the biggest reasons behind their lukewarm App Store sales'."

http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/10/google_android_1.html

Too Tasty to Fail

      By D.W. MacKenzie from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"While CPR organizations do not produce property rights in exactly the same way as we are accustomed to, such arrangements do function very much like normal property-rights systems. CPR systems also have a good track record in comparison to overt government regulation. CPRs are in fact quasi-governmental arrangements that emerge to deal with tragedies of the commons."

http://mises.org/story/3125

Gold Bulls: Beware

      By Mark McHugh from Seeking Alpha

"I’m making my New Year’s resolution early this year. I’m done pretending that we have honest markets. I know most of you are already fully aware of this, but I’m gonna throw one last chart out for those who might remain unconvinced"

http://seekingalpha.com/article/98199-gold-bulls-beware

The New World Hegemon

Depictions of the coming Imperial power

The American Empire, RIP

      By Justin Raimondo from AntiWar.com

"In the world of the ancient Greeks, hubris – an overweening pride – was a cardinal sin in the eyes of the gods, and they visited upon prideful sinners all sorts of unpleasant fates, such as suffered by Icarus. Hubris, in the Greek mythos, was soon followed by Nemesis – the cause of the sinners' ultimate downfall."

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13573

The Corporate State Wins

      By Sheldon Richman from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"The ... passage of the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street ... exposes once and for all the true nature of the American political-economic system. It is free-enterprise in name only. In fact, and especially for large well-connected companies, it is nothing of the kind. Many names have been attached to the system we labor under: state socialism, state capitalism, corporatism, fascism. Whichever one we choose, let us hear no more about America’s free-market economy."

http://www.fff.org/comment/com0810b.asp

2nd Amendment..."Gone With the Wind"

      By William Marina from Liberty & Power: Group Blog

"Centralization is fundamental to the overall Empire scenario in everything from finance and economics to so-called Defense, with, of course, other items such as Health and Education (Schooling) thrown in for good measure."

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/55338.html

Army Orders Pain Ray Trucks: New Report Shows 'Potential for Death'

      By David Hambling from Danger Room from Wired.com

"If the ADS prevents small boats from approaching a U.S. vessel without harming anyone, then it will be seen as a humane option. If it is used to clear protesters out of the way it may be seen differently."

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/10/army-ordering-p.html

Klein: Bush admin [creates] crises to 'enrich themselves and their friends'

      By David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster from The Raw Story

"On Thursday's edition of The Colbert Report, bestselling author Naomi Klein argued that the Bush Administration creates crises in order to 'enrich themselves and their friends,' drawing parallels between the torture of prisoners and the economic bailout being provided to Wall St. by US leaders."

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Naomi_Klein_Bush_admin_invented_no_1003.html

Politics by Other Means

War, rumors of war, and politicians fomenting war.

Paulson's Reasons for Delaying Day of Reckoning

      By Jonathan Weil from Bloomberg.com

"Why would a smart guy like Hank Paulson -- the former boss of Goldman Sachs -- advance such a dumb, shady plan? Let us count the reasons...."

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_weil&sid=aMaWyNFImi4o

Exclusive Interview With Former Diebold Contractor

      By Velvet Revolution from Scoop >> Top Scoops

"This interview was prepared for a major news program special that was supposed to air two weeks before the 2006 midterm election. At the last moment, however, the special was killed by the corporate media."

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0810/S00012.htm

The Bailout of Abominations

      By Robert Higgs from The Independent Institute

"Back in 1828, opponents of the tariff bill enacted in that year felt such outrage that they dubbed the law the Tariff of Abominations. With this precedent in mind, we might well refer to the bill just enacted as the Bailout of Abominations."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2333

McCain's extremist

      By Paul Campos from Rocky Mountain News

"[H]ere's a very simple question that almost no one in the media seems to ask: If we're going to make the crimes of the radical left in the 1960s and 1970s a campaign issue - a time period much of which Barack Obama spent in elementary school - then how about the crimes of the radical right?"

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/08/campos-mccains-extremist/

Bloomberg’s Banana Republic

      By John Samples from Cato-at-liberty

"Michael Bloomberg has decided to run for an additional term as mayor of New York. He will do so despite a law limiting mayors to two terms in New York. ... Bloomberg does not plan to put the change in term limits before the voters. Instead, he will try to get the City Council to extend his term. A New York Times survey of City Council members in early September found that a majority might support changing the term limits law. Perhaps that’s not surprising: two thirds of the City Council will be turned out of office in 2009 under the current law. If the mayor’s term can be extended, it will be easier to change the law for City Council members."

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2008/10/02/bloombergs-banana-republic/

Spontaneous Order

Articles showing decentralized successes.

The Goal Is Freedom: The Pretense of Regulatory Knowledge

      By Sheldon Richman from Foundation for Economic Education

"In the modern world, the workings of any particular market are so complicated, they are beyond the grasp of mere mortals. Moment by moment, day by day, so many subtly interrelated decisions are made by so many people worldwide that no individual or group could possibly understand the big picture in any detailed way. So there is nothing simplistic about proposing the market as a solution to an economic problem. It’s short way of saying: let the multitude of knowledgeable people seeking profit, risking their own money, and responding to incentives find a solution based on persuasion not force."

http://www.fee.org/in_brief/default.asp?id=2381

Rogers: CASH is the King.

      By Jim Rogers from CNBC

"Then you will hit bottom and then you start over. The people who are sound will take over the assets from the people who aren’t sound and we will start over. This is the way the world has worked for a few thousand years."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIsHD7nwTbU

Instead of the Bailout

      By James Leroy Wilson from The Partial Observer

"The Big Bailout is the last gasp of the Establishment, of the Ruling Class, to preserve the System which they say relies on 'credit' but which really relies on debt, the indebtedness of the people, which is serfdom. The easy credit has perverted our incentives and misplaced our priorities. Well-meaning and intelligent people have been misled about the nature of the System. It is easy credit to government, businesses, and individuals, that has caused the giant federal budget deficits, misplaced government priorities, distorted incentives in business, and encouraged individuals to make bad choices."

http://www.partialobserver.com/article.cfm?id=3072

Commentary: Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer

      By Jeffrey A. Miron from CNN.com

"The fact that government bears such a huge responsibility for the current mess means any response should eliminate the conditions that created this situation in the first place, not attempt to fix bad government with more government. The obvious alternative to a bailout is letting troubled financial institutions declare bankruptcy. Bankruptcy means that shareholders typically get wiped out and the creditors own the company. Bankruptcy does not mean the company disappears; it is just owned by someone new (as has occurred with several airlines). Bankruptcy punishes those who took excessive risks while preserving those aspects of a businesses that remain profitable."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/29/miron.bailout/index.html

The Rescue Package Will Delay Recovery

      By Frank Shostak from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"It is true that the financial system must be rescued; it must be rescued from the institutions holding bad debt that are currently draining capital while waiting for a bailout and adding little in return. It is they that are preventing wealth-generating activities in the financial sector and the other parts of the economy from expanding real wealth. ... The collapse of the Soviet Union's centralized system is the best testimony one can have that controls don't work. A better way to fix economic problems is to allow entrepreneurs the freedom to allocate resources in accordance with society's priorities."

http://mises.org/story/3131

Nonspontaneous Disorder

Articles showing centrally planned disasters.

Loose Money And the Roots Of the Crisis

      By Judy Shelton from The Wall Street Journal

"No credit-default swap, no exotic derivative, can be structured without stipulating the monetary unit of account in which its value is calculated. Money is the medium of exchange -- the measure, the standard, the store of value -- which defines the very substance of the economic contract between buyer and seller. It is the basic element, the atom of financial matter. It is the money that is broken."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122273029076687929.html

Down the Road to Serfdom

      By Ann Berg from Information Clearing House

"The problem that is vexing the financial system, we are told, is the pile of mortgage-backed securities held by financial institutions. These have lost value as the underlying assets – the actual homes – have plummeted in value. But this is a fraud. This precipitating event no more caused the financial fiasco than the murder of someone named Ferdinand provoked World War I, as taught in elementary school."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20952.htm

Whose Fault was It?

      By Alvaro Vargas Llosa from The Independent Institute

"As many authoritative economists are desperately trying to explain amid all the confusion, the culprit was a system geared toward loaning money to people who were not in a position to pay it back. Two policies underpinned that system: easy money by the Federal Reserve and the government-induced lowering of standards for approving loan requests."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2336

The Bubble Boys

      By Justin Raimondo from AntiWar.com

"Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor – that's the first rule of state-capitalist societies everywhere."

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13544

The Corporate State Fails

      By Sheldon Richman from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Republican and Democratic governments deliberately shifted the risk of dubious mortgage-writing from lenders and borrowers to the public. This has been portrayed as a noble effort to make the American Dream accessible to all, regardless of income or credit-worthiness. In fact, it was a massive subsidy to special economic interests: bankers, homebuilders, and the real-estate profession."

http://www.fff.org/comment/com0810a.asp

War Is The Health Of The State

War is the ultimate State intervention in society.

A Dial Marked 'War'

      By Justin Raimondo from AntiWar.com

"War, like its progenitor, inflation, is a narcotic that causes us to forget the real problems and their causes and permits all sorts of actions that would not be considered normal under any other circumstances. It is a perfect holiday from the rule of law and is fully taken advantage of by our lawless politicians, who seize on it as a pretext for anything and everything."

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=13533

Government Is the Grave Threat

      By Michael S. Rozeff from LewRockwell.com

"Governments love threats and emergencies. That is their opportunity to use and expand their power. The Bush II administration was asleep before 9/11 whereupon it literally came to life to the detriment of our liberty."

http://www.lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff225.html

More blowback from the war on terror

      By Jennifer Daskal from Salon

"Almost everyone I spoke with assumed -- whether true or not -- that the United States backed the arbitrary arrest and unlawful rendition of men like Ishmael and the still-detained Kenyans. Almost everyone assumed that the Ethiopians operate with America's blessing. Their stories have circulated, fueling anger and resentment. As one man, whose childhood friend became one of the rendition victims, told me, 'Now when I go to the mosque, I pray to God to punish the Americans'." [Consequences sometimes come to those who earn them.]

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/01/africa_renditions/

The Data Don’t Justify Financial-Market Panic

      By Robert Higgs from Liberty & Power: Group Blog

"In March, the market was working fine; now it’s 'locked up.' This sort of hyperbole, with which we are being bombarded hourly around the clock, is totally without a basis in the facts."

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/55428.html

The US Military's Fallout Shelter

      By David Isenberg from Cato Institute

"Some people may think one consequence of the ongoing United States financial crisis would be increased pressure for cuts in military spending. But that is unlikely to happen. While the crisis will increase fiscal pressure to reduce military spending, as it is the largest pot of discretionary funding in the federal budget, other countervailing political factors will ensure that there likely will be no significant reduction."

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9702

Bits of History

The Past seen with a fresh look.

The Great Escape from the Great Depression

      By Robert Higgs from The Independent Institute

"Questions about the Great Depression may be usefully framed as pertaining to three distinct issues: the Great Contraction, the extraordinarily severe economic decline from 1929 to 1933; the Great Duration, the persistence of sub par economic performance for more than a decade; and the Great Escape, the ultimate recovery from this uniquely deep and long depression. Although economists continue to debate the causes of the Great Contraction and the Great Duration, a rough consensus has emerged that major policy blunders of various sorts deserve most of the blame for these calamities. With regard to the Great Escape, economists have also reached substantial agreement, but unfortunately they have come to agree on an interpretation that is almost completely wrong."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2337

Don't Trust the Brain Trust

      By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"FDR took office under the promise that he would curb the big spending of the Hoover administration. The tune changed once he took office. Like Hoover before him, he denounced the rich and powerful speculators, bankers, and corporations he blamed for bad economic times. Even as he was saying these things, he called together the people he regarded as the most powerful and important corporate, banking, and labor interests — together with a gaggle of professors from Columbia — and essentially asked them what they wanted to get the economy going again. ... The model here was Mussolini's Italy, which was regarded at the time as an ideal system of industrial management. "

http://mises.org/story/3145

History of the Government-Printed Ballot

      By Jeffrey Rogers Hummel from Liberty & Power: Group Blog

"The October 13, 2008, issue of THE NEW YORKER had an outstanding article by Harvard historian Jill Lepore detailing how American elections evolved from voice voting to the current 'Australian' ballot, printed by the government, and the consequent decline in voter turnout."

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/55537.html

Ghosts of the Great Depression

      By Bill Bonner from The Daily Reckoning

"Hoover's chief concern seemed to be to hold up the price of labor. He cut off immigration, in an effort to keep out wage competition. Then, he got the business community to pledge that it would not reduce wages. Since the cost of labor was then too high for the closely shaved profit margins, businesses could not hire. Unemployment rose. Roosevelt was a better politician, which is to say - he was more shameless. He attacked Hoover for spending too much money - won the presidency - and then spent more. He began so many agencies and projects - from the AAA (Agriculture Adjustment Act) to the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) to the SSA (Social Security Act) - he practically ran out of alphabet. He also imposed wage and price controls, as well as limits to executive salaries."

http://www.dailyreckoning.com/Issues/2008/DR100308.html

The Collapse Is Not the End, But a Beginning

      By Thomas Schmidt from LewRockwell.com

"Before examining the long period of collapse, Tainter first spells out his thesis: that a society will centralize and urbanize to the extent that the marginal profits from centralization outweigh the marginal costs."

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/schmidt8.html

War and Peace

Articles showing the nature of War.

Regular Folks Who Hate War

      By Jeffrey A. Tucker from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"What Kauffman has done here is more than merely sketch a history, though it is wonderful and detailed history. He has fashioned a new way to look at the makeup of the politics of war."

http://mises.org/story/3088

Pas d'Argent, Pas de Suisse

      By William S. Lind from AntiWar.com

"The key to bringing America's armed forces through the Panic of '08 and the following recession or depression is to act quickly. If we continue to overextend our commitments while pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into legacy forces and systems, we will bring about a general collapse. "

http://www.antiwar.com/lind/?articleid=13568

U.S. Forces Pay Homage to George Orwell, As It Were

      By Robert Higgs from Liberty & Power: Group Blog

"The sight of dead children, in particular, has a way of raising uncomfortable questions about what the hell you are doing in that God-forsaken hellhole and how you are going about doing it."

http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/55429.html

The Forgotten Iraqi-Sovereignty Sham

      By James Bovard from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"After Bush announced the sovereignty handover, the American media sharply curtailed its coverage of the Iraqi conflict. The media acted as if Bush’s de facto victory proclamation made the Iraq War old news and not worth as much coverage. They let the White House define reality — and thus people were supposed to move along. Americans paid more attention to Bush’s bragging about the 'sovereignty hand-over' than to the rising number of dead U.S. soldiers. "

http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0807c.asp

A Nowhere Foreign Policy Debate

      By Leon T. Hadar from Cato Institute

"Obama, an early critic of the Iraq War, tied ballooning defense spending in Iraq to the growing government and current-account deficits, suggesting that ending the war would help put America's financial house in order. Neither candidate, however, used the opportunity to flesh out how their economic visions corresponded with their broader views of America's role in the world."

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=9699

Gazing Ahead

Attempts to peek into the future.

All Fall Down

      By Jim Kunstler from Clusterfuck Nation

"Even at this point, the current crack-up in world finance makes the 1929 crash and the events of the 1930s look in comparison like an orderly small town auction of somebody's grandmother's effects. ... This time around, things could get more disorderly."

http://jameshowardkunstler.typepad.com/clusterfuck_nation/2008/10/all-fall-down.html

HumanCar Powered by Human Energy, Not Ethanol

      By Ryan Singel from Gadget Lab from Wired.com

"Charley and Chuck Greenwood, a father-son combo, think they know the secret to the future of cars: rowing. And they founded their company HumanCar to prove that human energy, not biofuels, is the gasoline of the future. Their Imagine_PS car seats up to four in a low-slung chassis; the passengers get to help row the lightweight car. Think of it as an ergonomic, efficient and sneaker-saving Flintstone's car for an oil-free future. The front two 'drivers' get to steer, which is done with a talented and coordinated lean."

http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/humancar-powere.html

Thinkism

      By Kevin Kelly from The Technium

"The notion of an instant Singularity rests upon the misguided idea that intelligence alone can solve problems. As an essay called Why Work Toward the Singularity lets slip: 'Even humans could probably solve those difficulties given hundreds of years to think about it.' In this approach one only has to think about problems smartly enough to solve them. I call that 'thinkism'."

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/09/thinkism.php

Ship of Fools

      By Greg McCoach from 321gold

"It is only a matter of time before the whole enchilada collapses. All roads lead to the greatest depression of all time. Just as the Fed was directly responsible for creating the stock market crash in 1929 and the ensuing depression, so to will they be responsible this time for the greatest depression the world has ever known. All of this Fed and government intervening in markets has made things worse not better. "

http://www.321gold.com/editorials/mccoach/mccoach100208.html

Investing Now: The Big Picture

      By Chris Ciovacco from Safe Haven

"If the U.S. government were a publicly traded company, would you invest in it? Assuming the answer is no, then why would anyone believe the government can pull all the right economic strings to alter the course of natural events in a complex global economy?"

http://www.safehaven.com/article-11431.htm

Culcha'

Books, Movies, TV, Media, Music, poetry, etc.

Stop Worrying about the Election

      By Isaac M. Morehouse from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"The idea that freedom is simply a state of mind may sound trifling, especially when considering some of the unimaginable horrors faced by unfree peoples across the globe. But even political freedom cannot be had without a people who keep the spirit of freedom alive within themselves; and if they do, political freedom is often not far behind. ... "

http://mises.org/story/3129

Bill Maher vs. the "talking snake"

      Reviewed and interviewed by Andrew O'Hehir from Salon

"You know, we've been asked to trust Secretary Paulson. Now I don't know this man, and maybe he's brilliant. What I know about him is that he's a Bush appointee, like Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Miers and Cheney. What I know about him is that he worked for Goldman Sachs, who are part of the problem. And I know that he was on his knees in the Oval Office recently. Maybe he was looking for change under the couch, but I don't think so."

http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/btm/feature/2008/10/02/maher/index.html

The Prisoner's Sonic Shadow Looms Large

      By Scott Thill from Listening Post from Wired.com

"Four decades after its short run concluded in controversy, Patrick McGoohan's brilliant sci-fi miniseries The Prisoner remains one of television's most influential shows."

http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/10/video-the-priso.html

John Hodgman in BBtv's SPAMasterpiece Theater.

      By John Hodgman from Boing Boing TV

"Today, the debut installment of Boing Boing tv's SPAMASTERPIECE THEATER, which Hodgman himself describes as the dramatization of 'true tale[s] of romance, adventure, infamy, and low-cost prescription drugs, all culled from the reams of actual, unsolicited emails, received here by us and people like you -- what we call SPAM'."

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/01/john-hodgman-in-bbtv.html

A Fiasco

      By Marina from YouTube

"What does a fiasco have to do with a bottle?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6cumhLfE9Q

The lighter side

Humor, satire, cartoons, parodies, food, popular music and other things to amuse.

Video: "Make Porn Safe For Work"

      By David Pescovitz from Boing Boing

"Inspired by Something Awful articles and forums where folks used Photoshop to transform porn photos into images that are hilariously 'safe for work,' the brand Diesel put together an entire video of SFW XXX."

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/09/29/video-make-porn-safe.html

“Saturday Night Live” Lampoons the Bailout

      By David Theroux and Saturday Night Live from Beacon Blog @TII

"In a recent sketch, NBC’s 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL) superbly and hilariously lampoons the $700 billion bailout and the foolishness, deception, and hypocrisy of many of those who support it."

http://www.hulu.com/watch/38041/saturday-night-live-washington-approves-the-bailout

Prescott Oil Loves the Earth

      By Stephen Colbert from Colbert Report via PoliticsTV.com

"Every gallon of Prescott gas you buy goes towards researching alternative fuel."

http://www.politicstv.com/blog/?p=4428

Fox News Panics

      By Jon Stewart from The Daily Show via PoliticsTV.com

"If you want to see real panic, don't go to Wall Street, head down to Fox News."

http://www.politicstv.com/blog/?p=4486

You Suck At Photoshop #18

      By Donnie Hoyle from My Damn Channel

"Donnie Hoyle sounds off on his return home."

http://www.mydamnchannel.com/Big_Fat_Brain/
You_Suck_At_Photoshop__Season_2/1167_930.aspx

Deep Thought

Scientific and scholarly studies, philosophical essays, in-depth and longer articles

Time Is Money (not)

      By NonEntity from Sunni and the Conspirators

"The only way that I can figure time is money is if money is the measure of my life. The clouds pass overhead and I must stop and allow my batteries to rest, I can’t get done what I need to do to “make the money” I need to pay the taxes which are coming due. "

http://www.sunnimaravillosa.com/node/1467

The Goal Is Freedom: Theory and Crisis

      By Sheldon Richman from Foundation for Economic Education

"If our premises are true and our reasoning is logically sound, our conclusions are true. This doesn't mean that economics is done without reference to the world. It means only that we look at the economic world, as it were, with praxeological lenses -- and are powerless to do otherwise."

http://www.fee.org/in_brief/default.asp?id=2396

Borders, Socialism, and the Free Market

      By Jacob G. Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"While most Americans can easily recognize how ridiculous the idea of immigration controls between Maryland and Virginia would be, actually the principles are no different with respect to international borders. "

http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0807a.asp

Cake-and-eat-it Carousel

      By James Leroy Wilson from The Partial Observer

"Any suggestion that any aspect of the current Wall Street financial crisis reveals the dangers of a "free market" is a fallacy. Easy credit from a central bank authorized to create money out of thin air, and extravagant government spending, gave the private sector more money than it otherwise would have had, which is why it was spent badly. In a free, unregulated market, previous profits and surpluses can and will finance current research, development, and production."

http://www.partialobserver.com/article.cfm?id=3080

Where is the Big Idea?

      By Alvaro Vargas Llosa from The Independent Institute

"Many factors—among them the collapse of the Soviet empire, globalization and mass migration—have ingrained in people’s minds the notion that having a big idea is tantamount to ideological intolerance, even fanaticism. The result is the triumph of form over substance."

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2328

Miscellany

Articles not easily classified

Get Some!

      By Nick Gillespie from reason.tv

"[W]hile Barack Obama and John McCain argue about who’s got the best health care plan, each ignores the simplest solution. Call it the Gillespie Plan: If you want health insurance, get some."

http://reason.tv/video/show/560.html

I could care less

      By Marina from YouTube

"Could care less... it's supposed to be I couldn't care less."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2de9f8H5R9U

A Campaign Against Pejorative Gold Hoarding

      By The Mogambo Guru (Richard Daughty) from The Daily Reckoning

"My plan is a simple one, that if Reuters does not issue an apology right away, I shall take this as an act of war and, as a good German in the extreme sense, invade Poland, and subjugate France and all of Europe…"

http://www.dailyreckoning.com/Writers/Mogambo/DREssays/MG100308.html

Fascism: Socialism With Shareholders

      By Victor Aguilar from Strike The Root

"Frankly, the ostensibly free-market economists are not helping to clear things up. Their silence at the time that the Federal Reserve and Government Sponsored Enterprises were prosperous gave such institutions their implicit stamp of approval. So, when socialists now say 'the private sector has failed,' it sounds revisionist when free-market economists suddenly find their voice and argue that the financial crisis is actually a failure of government. "

http://www.strike-the-root.com/82/aguilar/aguilar1.html

Privacy 2.0: No Privacy at All

      By John C. Dvorak from PC Magazine

"The fact is, the whole system was put in place to find a way to sell you sketchy products that probably wouldn't be advertised at all under normal circumstances. My wife describes it best: 'To sell us more junk we don't need'."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2331401,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000584

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