Posts from April 2010

Friday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/04/28/the-dialethic-right/">The Dialethic Right. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-04-28)</a>. <q>Two things conservatives like to say: Our constitutional rights aren’t granted to us by government. Our rights come from God, and the Constitution simply recognises them. Illegal immigrants and terrorist suspects don’t have constitutional rights because they’re not American citizens.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-04-28.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://invisiblemolotov.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/remembering-corporate-liberalism/">Remembering Corporate Liberalism. rechelon, <cite>Invisible Molotov</cite> (2010-04-24)</a>. <q>“Remembering Corporate Liberalism” by Roderick T Long “During the first half of the 20th century, there was a widespread perception that big government and big business were fundamentally at odds. Free-market individualists generally regarded themselves as defenders of peaceful business interests against the rapacious state. Those on the left saw...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-04-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.swfme.com/view/1046212">XKCD "Hell" implemented in flash. <cite>Hacker News</cite> (2010-04-29)</a>. <q>Comments</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-04-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://lifeafterauthority.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/anarchism-101/">Anarchism 101. You, <cite>Anarchoblogs</cite> (2010-04-16)</a>. <q>I love how people who would barely pass an 11th-grade civics test like to taunt anarchists with the ever-so-damning, irrefutable line “But how would you prevent a warlord from rising to power, in Anarchy?” and then act as if that is such a complete and well-thought-out argument that it pre-empts...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-04-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://eyeofthestorm.blogs.com/eye_of_the_storm/2010/04/trying-to-find-embeddable-video-but-rachel-maddow---who-actually-i-like-to-watch---is-incessantly-touting-her-show-on-timo.html">trying to find embeddable video, but rachel maddow - who, Captain Capitulation, <cite>eye of the storm</cite> (2010-04-15)</a>. <q>trying to find embeddable video, but rachel maddow - who, actually, i like to watch - is incessantly touting her show on timothy mcveigh: it&#39;s all about the dangers of &quot;anti-government violence.&quot; i guess really they focus-grouped the phrase &quot;anti-gov&quot; and now use it as a synonym for insanity. but...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-04-29.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/04/29/insert-wont-get-fooled-again-r">Insert "Won't Get Fooled Again" Reference Here. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-04-29)</a>. <q>Charlie Savage reports: The Obama administration is seeking to compel a writer to testify about his confidential sources for a 2006 book about the Central Intelligence Agency, a rare step that was authorized by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The author, James Risen, who is a reporter for The...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Thursday 2010-04-29.)</em></p></li>

This is why I spy on people.

For those who have been following some discussions elsewhere, this one goes out to dukemeiser. Because Axe Cop is the world’s greatest defender of the BushObama doctrine of surveillance and Homeland Security:

Ask Axe Cop #31: Q: Dear Axe Cop, I think my girlfriend might be a villain. How can I tell? A: Has she been acting kind of strange? ... Acting like she wants to punch you? ... This is why I spy on people. Axe Cop: "Yep, she's a BAD GUY.&quot. ... [AXE COP crashes through the window with his axe out, yelling:] "STOP!" [GIRLFRIEND screams as the axe is swung over her head.] [CHOP!] Boyfriend: "You... CHOPPED my girlfriend's HEAD OFF!" ... Axe Cop: "She was on my list of ALL THE BAD GUYS." ... Axe Cop: "I just SAVED YOUR LIFE."

What I like about the comic is that it really does seem to be a pretty accurate representation of how War on Terror-hawks think the world ought to work. Why shouldn’t it? To hell with courts and civil liberties and all those other chickenshit liberal axe-blocks. Since the government has a list of ALL THE BAD GUYS, wouldn’t you want them to chop their heads off?

And I’ve got to say, the kind of police-state and assassin-state policies that they insist on as simple common sense really do sound like something that you get when some bright policy wonk comes up with some legal verbiage and precedents to trick out an idea which, at its core, is something that he got from the ideas and fantasies of his 5 year old little brother.

Wednesday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://darianworden.com/blog/2010/04/all-at-nyc-anarchist-book-fair/">ALL At NYC Anarchist Book Fair. DarianW, <cite>DarianWorden.com</cite> (2010-04-20)</a>. <q>Alliance of the Libertarian Left folks from New Jersey, New York, and New Hampshire converged at the 2010 NYC Anarchist Book Fair. This is the first time ALL had a table at the event. We had a good mix of cheap and free literature: The table got more organized as...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-04-27.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://cyganeria-masha.blogspot.com/2010/04/it-is-responsibility-of-writers-to.html">*&quot;It is the responsibility of writers to listen to gossip and. Masha, <cite>Cyganeria</cite> (2010-04-26)</a>. <q>"It is the responsibility of writers to listen to gossip and pass it on. It is the way all storytellers learn about life." ~Grace PaleyOne of the benefits of working a side job as a writer is the constant exposure to people and their stories. My co-workers are people I'm...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-04-27.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://darianworden.com/blog/2010/04/the-big-anarchist-survey/">The Big Anarchist Survey. DarianW, <cite>DarianWorden.com</cite> (2010-04-21)</a>. <q>I hope lots of anarchists fill out The Big Anarchist Survey. It won’t take long, and the survey writers provided space to write in answers and comment on the survey itself.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-04-27.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thesuperfluousman/~3/-YUwwOlOH10/comparatively-cheerful-post-for-once.html">A (comparatively) cheerful post, for once: Naomi Wolf and the Tea Parties. John Markley, <cite>The Superfluous Man</cite> (2010-04-21)</a>. <q>My feelings towards the Tea Party movement, and the public protests against the current administration's policies in general, have generally been favorable but pessimistic: It's nice to see a popular movement opposing the galloping statism of the bailouts, the stimulus, and health care "reforms," but my expectation has been that...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Tuesday 2010-04-27.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://www.atomsandelectrons.com/blog/post/Apple-t.aspx">Apple IIe Twitter Terminal. <cite>Daring Fireball</cite> (2010-04-28)</a>. Awesome. <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Wednesday 2010-04-28.)</em></p></li>

Men In Uniform: Officer Gabriel Villareal, San Antonio, TX

    <p><a href="http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/reason/DailyBrickbats/~3/o9S5rBHeAOg/hot-pursuit">Hot Pursuit. <cite>Daily Brickbats</cite> (2010-04-27)</a>:</p><blockquote><q>San Antonio, Texas, police say Officer Gabriel Villareal has been suspended indefinitely, but they refuse to say why. However, a woman, who was not identified by local media, says he showed up at her door one day saying he was responding to a 911 call. She said she hadn't called....</q></blockquote>

In which Officer Gabriel Villareal, stalker in uniform, uses his powers as a police officer to hunt down a San Antonio woman’s address, barge in on her unannounced, and harass her in her own home. If you or I used our own private resources to pull a stunt like that, we’d be prime candidates for a restraining order and might well end up arrested on stalking or menacing charges. When Men In Uniform use their own far more extensive resources, as well as the implicit threat of their legal and physical powers, to inflict their unwanted attentions on unwilling women, suddenly it’s a private administrative matter, to be handled behind closed doors by the Department.

Monday Lazy Linking

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<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/04/23/what-a-fool-believes/">What a Fool Believes. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-04-23)</a>. <q>Arizona Governor Jan Brewer explains why we shouldn’t worry that her state’s new law (allowing the police to demand identity papers from anyone who looks like they might be an “illegal” immigrant) won’t lead to racial profiling or other abuses (as if “the thing itself” were not abuse enough …):...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Friday 2010-04-23.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://reason.com/blog/2010/04/16/no-more-looking-backunless-you">No More Looking Back...Unless You've Embarrassed Us. Jesse Walker, <cite>Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts.</cite> (2010-04-16)</a>. <q>Julian Sanchez has posted some sharp comments about Thomas Drake, the NSA whistleblower facing charges for leaking information to the Baltimore Sun. Sanchez concludes: the contrast between the reaction to Drake and the non-reaction to other forms of lawbreaking makes the standard in effect for Bush-era misdeeds clear: If you...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://aaeblog.com/2010/04/24/because-they-can/">Because They Can. Roderick, <cite>Austro-Athenian Empire</cite> (2010-04-24)</a>. <q>The TSA at work.</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Saturday 2010-04-24.)</em></p></li>
<li><p><a href="http://onlinealchemy.wordpress.com/2010/04/16/ugly-viral-vs-pretty-viral/">Ugly Viral vs. Pretty Viral. Mike Sellers, <cite>Online Alchemy</cite> (2010-04-15)</a>. <q>Recently I encountered yet another app on Facebook that required me to “become a fan” and install the app before I could even see what it was, much less whether I liked it enough to become a real fan. Sorry, no. That’s not viral except in the meanest, ugliest sense.  Like...</q> <em style="font-size: smaller">(Linked Sunday 2010-04-25.)</em></p></li>