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"By following unrealistic premises we give up a tremendous amount of freedom."

Harry Browne on anti-freedom traps.


http://youtu.be/doFSh8WM1h4

"On our own without any nudge from the government whatsoever, we manage to give away a great deal of the freedom that we could have."

From his classic: How I Found Freedom in and Unfree World

470 votes

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And this is how Liberty dies

With thunderous applause.


http://youtu.be/V1FFVWEQnSM

Star Wars 1, 2 and 3 are essential watching.

13 votes

GitHub Facing an Ongoing, Evolving DDoS Attack

TechCrunch reports: Online code repository GitHub continues to face a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Monday, which the company reported is the largest attack in GitHub.com’s history. The attack began on Thursday and still continues, according to GitHub’s status page and Twitter accounts, though the company says now that all its systems are reporting at 100%. However, the attackers continue to evolve their methodology as the barrage continues, requiring GitHub to remain on “high alert,” it says.

In a blog post from last week, GitHub said there were a number of vectors being used in this attack, including some new and sophisticated techniques that involved using the web browsers of unsuspecting users to flood the GitHub site with traffic. This traffic flood led to reduced availability of GitHub’s systems, as you can tell by the historical graphs on GitHub’s status page, which shows spikes of activity over the past several days.

Specifically, security experts report that the attackers were redirecting search traffic from overseas users of the Chinese search engine Baidu, and were targeting two pages in particular. One page was run by Greatfire.org, a site that reports on the government censorship in China, and the other linked to a copy of the New York Times’ Chinese language website. The Greatfire-run page linked to copies of 10 websites blocked in China. Of note, that organization suffered from a DDoS of its own earlier this month.

31 votes

Don’t See Evil: Google’s Boycott Campaign Against War Photography and Alternative Media

by Dan Sanchez, March 29, 2015 | Antiwar.com

What happens when a dynamic company, started by a couple of idealistic friends in grad school, succeeds so wildly that it becomes a mega-corporation that pervades the lives of hundreds of millions? In imperial America, it would seem, it eventually becomes corrupted, even captured. Tragically, that seems to be the unfolding story of Google.

By being the first dot-com to really get the search engine right, Google unlocked the nascent power of the internet, greatly liberating the individual. It is easy to take for granted and forget how revolutionary the advent of “Just Google it” was for the life of the mind. Suddenly, specific, useful knowledge could be had on most any topic in seconds with just a quick flurry of fingers on a keyboard.

This was a tremendous boost for alternative voices on the internet. It made it extremely easy to bypass the establishment gatekeepers of ideas and information. For example, I remember in the mid-2000s using Google to satisfy my curiosity about this “libertarianism” thing I had heard about, since the newspapers and magazines I was reading were quite useless for this purpose. In 2007, by then an avid libertarian, I remember walking through the campus of my former school UC Berkeley, seeing “Google Ron Paul” written in chalk on the ground, and rejoicing to think that hundreds of Cal students were doing just that. A big part of why today’s anti-war movement is more than a handful of Code Pink types, and the libertarian movement is more than a handful of zine subscribers, is that millions “Googled Ron Paul.”

Google and the Security State

23 votes

I Stand With Liberty

Because the Daily Paul is fundamentally about Peace, I stand with Liberty.

I don't care how much you cut from domestic and other programs, we don't need to add more to our defense budget.

And as far as my foreign policy goes, this about sums it up:

17 votes

AIIB: China's New Development Bank is Becoming a Massive Embarrassment for Obama

China's new development bank, which was announced just five months ago, is becoming a massive headache for the US.

By Mike Bird | Business Insider

Try as it might, the US government can't persuade its allies to stop joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

The bank will be a bit like the World Bank, providing loans to developing countries in Asia for infrastructure projects.

Unlike the World Bank, China will hold the reins of the AIIB. The US administration is publicly worried that the institution will not meet high governance standards, but it really seems opposed to the move because it signals a growing Chinese influence in the region and in global politics.

15 votes

U.S. Supreme Court: If You're Being GPS-Tracked, You're Being Searched

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.

The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v. North Carolina, before sending the case back to that state’s high court. The Court’s short but unanimous opinions helps make sense of how the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, interacts with the expanding technological powers of the U.S. government.

19 votes

Police Abuse of Uber Driver in New York City Caught on YouTube


http://youtu.be/SGSrGmHsT8s

Published on Mar 30, 2015
Police abuse of Uber driver in New York City. In an unmarked car, the policeman was allegedly attempting to park without using his blinker at a green light. (His reverse lights weren't on. Likely double parked without hazards on.) The Uber driver pulled around and gestured that he should use his blinker, casually and non-offensively, and kept driving us. The policeman aggressively pulls up behind us and this is what happens.

(This occurred just before 2pm on the West side of Manhattan, in police precinct 6, on March 30th, 2015. The officer did not identify himself, but he had a New York license plate: GSS 8891)

17 votes

Instagram deleting users posting anti establishment or liberty themed memes and photos

It's seems that Instagram has been purging its site of users who post memes or other photos that are anti government, anti establishment, or liberty themed, and without warning or explanation.

One example is here: https://instagram.com/dilutethepower/ .

This might seem random or just a coincidence if it wasn't for the fact that it seems to have happened at around the same time as Google's announcement that they will decide what is true or not ( https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/breaking-googl... ) and earlier this year the FCC making new rules regarding the web.

I have my own account, dedicated to all things liberty and, more specificly, to Ron Paul ( https://instagram.com/drronpaul ), let's hope I'm not next.

13 votes

Jeb Bush defends NSA and Obama's surveillance policies, urges Obama to defend them

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stated that he is “nervous” about criticism of the NSA and that he wished the president would do a better job defending government surveillance systems on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”

16 votes

Cliven Bundy, supporters rally before Nevada lawmakers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who garnered national attention a year ago when he and armed supporters engaged in a showdown with federal authorities, came to Carson City Tuesday with scores of allies to rally behind a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.

A bus from Phoenix and another from Las Vegas brought more than 100 people, according to Bundy's son, Ammon Bundy, and others came on their own to fill several legislative hearing rooms. Many wore shirts and carried signs that read "the land belongs to the people."

28 votes

A court case so secret, US Govt says it can't go on

March 29, 2015 - Imagine that someone has wronged you, and you sue them.

Then the Government magically appears in court and asks that your suit be dismissed because, for reasons it won't tell you, state secrets might be dredged up in the course of the litigation.

You have no idea what they're talking about.

But after secret discussions with the judge from which both you and the defendant are excluded, the court dismisses your suit.

This Kafkaesque scenario couldn't happen in the U.S., right?

Not until Monday, it couldn't.

14 votes

Nullification, Legalization, Cannabidiol, Oh My!


http://youtu.be/Y5W67H3LBH8

Colorado nullified federal law (10th Amendment) in 2012 with the passing of Amendment 64. More people voted to legalize marijuana in Colorado, than voted for Barack Obama.

Colorado leads the way in sovereignty - allowing citizens to choose for themselves what the eat, drink, and use as medicine (like cannabis, cannabidiol, or CBD)! Come be a part of the medicine freedom revolution!

Liberty-lovers, this is a great opportunity to reach more people with your message while potentially helping people who really need it!