Anti-Americanism As an Anti-Concept. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-13).
Just as some questions (e.g., "Have you stopped bleating at your wife?") carry false presuppositions and so can't rationally be answered either yes or no, so some terms build false presuppositions into their meanings, making it impossible to use the term (at least in its ordinary sense) without signing on…(Linked Sunday 2011-05-15.)
Jury awards $82,000 after woman is arrested when asking police for a business card. Aimee Green, The Oregonian, Portland News (2011-04-14).
Jurors say if police aren’t in an urgent or dangerous situation, they should always hand over a business card when asked.(Linked Monday 2011-05-16.)
Intellectual Property is Murder. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-05-11).
Among the terms of a so-called "free trade agreement" between the European Union and India is a requirement for "data exclusivity" which will eviscerate India's generic drug industry. "Data exclusivity" means that clinical trials conducted before marketing by the company that originally produced the drug cannot be applied to meet…(Linked Monday 2011-05-16.)
The Paradox of Property. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2011-05-05).
Nonlibertarians are often puzzled as to why libertarians accept such strong property rights claims (sometimes called "absolute" property rights, though I've never figured out what "absolute" is supposed to mean in this context). The answer I'm going to give here is one I've already offered elsewhere (see here and here),…(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)
History News Network | Because the Past is the Present, and the Future too. hnn.us (2011-05-05). Mutual Aid in Tuscaloosa. (Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)
TomTom Sold User Data to Police, Motorists Then Targeted With Speed Traps. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2011-05-02).
Consumer Reports: Following reports that TomTom had sold traffic data collected from GPS device users to police who then used it to determine locations for speed traps, the company has issued a statement and video in an effort to appease angry customers. Shameful. â˜…(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)
Jon Stewart on the Photos of Osama bin Laden. John Gruber, Daring Fireball (2011-05-05).
Jon Stewart: Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden, pictures of our wounded service people, pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is — and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny…(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)
On the Road to Nowhere With Johnson and Paul. Thomas L. Knapp, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-04-28).
Is it just me, or is the silly season of electoral politics — the presidential election cycle — arriving earlier and earlier in each successive four-year stretch? Last time around, it was nearly Memorial Day of the year preceding the election before pundits started speculating about when the obvious odd…(Linked Thursday 2011-05-05.)
When Police Interrogate Children. Wendy McElroy, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2011-03-28).
On its surface, a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court may seem to be legally trivial; it's about a juvenile who stole from neighborhood houses. But J.D.B. v. North Carolina could redefine both the law's "reasonable person" standard and what it means to be in custody. The case is…(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)
Knowing the Real Enemy. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2011-04-23).
In an article in Tikkun last year, Rabbi Michael Lerner argued that "[f]rom the standpoint of the large corporate interests, nothing could be better than to de-fund government or dramatically downsize it, because then it can't constrain their economic power." ("After the Health Care Legislation," April 5, 2010). And now…(Linked Saturday 2011-04-23.)
Georgia to Execute Troy Davis, Despite Gaping Holes In State's Case. Francis L. Holland, Gangsters in Blue (2011-04-22).
Troy Davis is about to be executed — even though he may be innocent. Tell Georgia to spare Troy Davis’ life. This is an emergency announcement from Color of Change: Dear Atty,In 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of murdering a white police officer. Though there’s major evidence that Davis didn’t…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Derek Colling – Most Dangerous Cop in America. Ademo Freeman, Gangsters in Blue (2011-04-23).
Derek Colling might be the most dangerous (active) cop in the united states. In less than 5 years as a police office Colling has killed two, including one 15 year old boy, and was just caught on film beating a man for filming him – great write up and back…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2011-04-24).
well, gene, i do refer to everyone from james madison to benito mussolini as a 'statist,' and to myself as an 'anti-statist.' this does not of course entail that madison and mussolini agree on everything, but it does pick out the fact that they agree on one big thing. (of course…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Help Christie Books publish Antonio Téllez Sol@@c3;a0;'s "Facerías" Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-04-24).
Passing along a note from the Kate Sharpley Library: “Christie Books is planning to publish Facerías: Urban Guerrilla Warfare (1939-1957) by Antonio Tellez Sola and translated by Paul Sharkey, but needs your help. Please check out the link and consider donating to the publication fund through the chipin link on…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Bakunin on Proudhon and Marx. Shawn P. Wilbur, Two-Gun Mutualism & the Golden Rule (2011-04-24).
James Guillaume, in the “Biographical Notice” in his French edition of Bakunin’s Works, includes part of an 1870 manuscript written by Bakunin on the subject of Proudhon and Marx:Proudhon, despite all his efforts to shake off the traditions of classical idealism, nonetheless remained all his life an incorrigible idealist, inspired,…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-24.)
Changing Incentives Creates Security Risks. schneier, Schneier on Security (2011-04-14).
One of the things I am writing about in my new book is how security equilibriums change. They often change because of technology, but they sometimes change because of incentives. An interesting example of this is the recent scandal in the Washington, DC, public school system over teachers changing their…(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)
In Other Words, Just About Everyone. Radley Balko, Radley Balko: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2011-04-20).
CNN recently obtained a list of the "behavioral indicators" that could subject you to an enhanced security screeing by TSA. Included on the list: Passengers who display arrogance and verbally express contempt for security procedures. Because terrorists are known for drawing attention to themselves by irritating security screeners? Seems doubtful….(Linked Monday 2011-04-25.)
Dresden Codak » Archive » Dark Science #09 – Insufficient Credibility. Tennyson McCalla, Tennyson McCalla's Facebook Links (2011-04-20).
Dresden Codak » Archive » Dark Science #09 – Insufficient CredibilitySource: dresdencodak.com- I'll be teaching a Webcomics course at CCNY starting in June! If you're a student there or just want to sign up, you should check out the details there. Â Â [New Dresden Codak! I forgot to put this up earlier…(Linked Thursday 2011-04-21.)
Event: Houston Anarchist Book Fair. Justin Lee, DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left (2011-04-20).
What: Well over a dozen organizations are coming together Friday, April 22, to April 24 to hold the Houston Anarchist Book Fair. It appears it is going to be a very well-attended event. The schedule of workshops and discussions will run from Saturday morning until early Sunday evening and is…(Linked Thursday 2011-04-21.)
Trust in the State Is Flawed. DFW ALL, DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left (2011-04-06).
The government does not hate you. The government does not like you. It is indifferent. The government is not an entity with feelings, remorse, ethics or conscious. It is a collective of individuals working according to rigid flawed guidelines. The government is not an individual therefore the government as a…(Linked Thursday 2011-04-21.)
Giant Babies of the Future (1937) Matt Novak, Paleofuture Blog (2011-04-16).
Many people in the 20th century assumed that the average citizen of the 21st century would be taller. However, a smaller (and for our purposes admittedly more entertaining) contingent assumed that advances in chemistry would breed hilariously super-sized babies. Having tipped the scales at ten pounds and ten ounces when I…(Linked Thursday 2011-04-21.)
Paleofuture Magazine (Issue 1: Food) Matt Novak, Paleofuture Blog (2011-04-04).
The first issue of Paleofuture Magazine is now available for purchase! The print version will set you back $11.99 and includes a free PDF download that looks great on your futuristic computing machine. Or you can download the PDF version alone for just $1.99. Paleofuture Magazine’s first issue is all about…(Linked Thursday 2011-04-21.)
Toronto activists take back the slut. Jill, I Blame The Patriarchy (2011-03-31).
SlutWalkers say it loud and proud on April 3 Canadian blamers have just hipped me to SlutWalk. Thanks, Canadian blamers! On April 3rd, Toronto anti-rape activists will be protesting the reification by law enforcement of the bogus cultural construct "slut." The protest march was ignited by this remark, recently uttered…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-03.)
Reshaping. ongoing by Tim Bray (2011-04-01).
For the first time in years, I'm working on changing the look of this here blog. I've been bored with it in recent years, then Blaine Cook's Beautiful Lines pushed me over the edge. As of today, if you're reading this at tbray.org rather than in one feed reader or…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-03.)
Reasoning in Midstream. Jad Davis, The jVerse (2011-03-26).
"Reasoning in midstream" is a common phenomenon in public discourse that typically starts right around the time that bombs start dropping or legislation starts being penned in response to a "crisis". It is the monotonous focus on the present state of a problem–a pending genocide, a health or financial emergency,…(Linked Sunday 2011-04-03.)
feministhulk: HULK BELIEVE IN EMOTIONAL RISK TAKING. HULK ASK SELF, “WHAT CAN HULK DO TODAY TO HELP MORE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AND LOVED?” Twitter / feministhulk (2011-03-29).
feministhulk: HULK BELIEVE IN EMOTIONAL RISK TAKING. HULK ASK SELF, “WHAT CAN HULK DO TODAY TO HELP MORE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE AND LOVED?”(Linked Sunday 2011-04-03.)