Seeing Like a State. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-07-03).
I was just watching part of a Congressional presentation on C-Span honouring the slaves who built the u.s. capitol – not by making restitution to their heirs, of course, but by setting up some sort of plaque. What especially bugged me was the speakers’ continual references to expressing “thanks” and...(Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
July 4 thoughts. Thoreau, Unqualified Offerings (2010-07-03).
By Thoreau First, I should preface this by saying that I just went through a DUI checkpoint. A dozen cops standing around at a low-traffic intersection, and I’ll bet that a lot of them are collecting overtime for this. Interestingly, he didn’t ask me “Have you had anything to drink...(Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
The America John Boehner Grew Up In. Matthew Yglesias (2010-07-04). Conservatism Vs. The Past (Cont'd.) (Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
Homeland Security Works For Disney Now? Announces Shut Down Of Movie Sites At Disney. Mike Masnick, Techdirt (2010-06-30).
Well, here we go. Remember how, a few months back, we noted how odd it was that the Justice Department (which, of course, employs many former RIAA/MPAA/BSA lawyers) was designating a special task force to fight copyright infringement? After all, copyright infringement is mostly a civil issue, between two private...(Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
Sumner Time Blues. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-07-04).
William Graham Sumner said lots of things I like. (See, for example, his “Conquest of the United States by Spain.”) The following (which I apparently transcribed a couple of decades ago and just came across today) isn’t one of them: [H]ow are we to appreciate the work of the Constitution-makers?...(Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
feministhulk: HULK NOT DOWN WITH COMPLACENCY IN THE FACE OF HEGEMONY. IF THAT'S "JUST THE WAY IT IS," LET'S FUCK IT UP! Twitter / feministhulk (2010-07-04).
feministhulk: HULK NOT DOWN WITH COMPLACENCY IN THE FACE OF HEGEMONY. IF THAT'S "JUST THE WAY IT IS," LET'S FUCK IT UP!(Linked Sunday 2010-07-04.)
On Celebrating Your Freedom… Radley Balko, The Agitator (2010-07-04).
Libertarian activists Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller have been arrested for filming police in Greenfield, Massachusetts.(Linked Monday 2010-07-05.)
More on Immigration. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-07-03).
I'm sick of all the pro-immigration articles showing how good immigrants can be for us. It's not that the arguments are wrong. They're just not terribly relevant to the essential issue -- the freedom of people to move without permission, unmolested by governments or private individuals. Emphasizing how good immigration...(Linked Monday 2010-07-05.)
The Political Animal. Cafe Hayek (2010-07-05).
Here’s a letter to DC news-radio station WTOP: In this morning’s 6 am hour, your Capitol Hill reporter, Dave McConnell, excused Sen. Robert Byrd’s long-ago active membership in the KKK as simply being “something that had to be done in West Virginia back then to get ahead in politics.” No...(Linked Monday 2010-07-05.)
Blogs and peer review. Eric Crampton, Offsetting Behaviour (2010-06-30).
I had coffee with Bryce Edwards over the weekend. His two year old is a week younger than ours; good times were had by all. But we both pondered what the New Zealand academic evaluation mechanism - the Performance Based Research Fund - will make of our blogging when we're...(Linked Monday 2010-07-05.)
Let 560 Nations Bloom – Within the Boundaries of the U.S. flowidealism, Let A Thousand Nations Bloom (2010-07-02).
This post by Michael Strong is part of Secession Week 2010: Federalism and Secession Arguably the simplist and most immediate path for “Letting a Thousand Nations Bloom” is to support tribal sovereignty movements around the world, especially in the Common Law nations of the Anglosphere like the U.S. Other colonialist European...(Linked Monday 2010-07-05.)
Thank You Please May I Have Another
- All Your Mind Are Belong To Her. Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-02-15). In which a law professor attempts to use libel law in order to censor negative reviews of her work. You may have thought that your considered opinion of Dr. Calvo-Goller's work is your own. But you forget yourself, Sir: your opinions of her work are in fact the exclusive property of Dr. Karin Calvo-Goller, JD. (Linked Monday 2010-02-15.)
- Good Things: Ubuntu and Android. Alex Payne, al3x (2010-02-15).
Good Things: Ubuntu and Android This is the second in a series of posts about good, nice things that I’m enjoying in the world of technology. The first post in the series was about Lenovo’s ThinkPad X301 laptop, a solid alternative to the MacBook Air for those that don’t mind...(Linked Monday 2010-02-15.)
- Colin Ward, 1924–2010. Anarchoblogs in English (2010-02-16). R.I.P. Click through for a long quote from Ward's Anarchy in Action, "Anarchy and a Plausible Future." (Linked Tuesday 2010-02-16.)
- New Proudhon Anthology Forthcoming. Anarchoblogs in English (2010-02-16). Congratulations to editor Iain McKay and sometime translator Shawn Wilbur. (Linked Tuesday 2010-02-16.)
- Man sodomized with Taser will receive six-figure settlement. Photography is Not a Crime (2010-02-17). [Trigger warning.] "The settlement contained a provision that officers were making no admission to violating the plaintiff's civil rights" by deliberately sodomizing him with an electrical torture device in order to secure "cooperation." Meanwhile, the city government will send the bill for compensating the survivor to a bunch of innocent taxpayers who had absolutely nothing to do with this atrocity. (Linked Wednesday 2010-02-17.)
- Texas cop arrested for “improper photography” Photography is Not a Crime (2010-02-17). Men in Uniform (Cont'd). Officer Brandon Gilroy, St. Edward's University Police. Austin, Texas. (Linked Wednesday 2010-02-17.)
- Seattle artist sues man for photographing public art work. Photography is Not a Crime (2010-02-17). Intellectual Protectionism Vs. Free Speech and the Progress of the Arts and Sciences. (Or, Mr. Galambos goes to Seattle.) In which Jack Mackie, professional leech in the name of the Arts, grabs a tax-funded handout from the Seattle city government to sculpt a series of generic dance steps on public sidewalks in view of God and everybody in Seattle, and then, unsatisfied with having been paid once (by nonconsenting taxpayers, no less), goes back to government to use Intellectual Monopoly law to sue anybody who dares to distribute photographs that include a glimpse of the work that he put out for free public display. Most recently, he is attempting to sue photographer Mike Hipple for as much as $60,000. No word yet on whether he plans to start suing folks in Seattle for dancing the Foxtrot. (Linked Wednesday 2010-02-17.)
- Akron cop fighting suspension ends up with triple the time. Photography is Not a Crime (2010-02-17). I agree with most of the stuff that Miller says here -- except for the claim that a 45 day vacation from his job is a "severe punishment" for a man who robbed a completely innocent woman of her property, abducted her by force and locked her in a cage for 18 hours even though she had not posed a threat to any living being or committed anything that even plausibly resembled a crime. If you or I did that, we'd be in prison for years. (Linked Wednesday 2010-02-17.)
- The Blood Bank. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-02-16).
(CHT François.)(Linked Wednesday 2010-02-17.)
- The Atrocity of Hope, Part 7: Our Ignoble Laureate. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2009-12-11).
So our President Incarnate, his hands dripping (metaphorically – I’m sure he washes them regularly) with the blood of Pakistani and Afghan children, along with shredded bits of the principles of Nuremberg, jets off to Norway to accept a prize that is supposed to be awarded only to those who...(Linked Friday 2009-12-11.)