30 votes

Kim Dotcom: Chris Dodd BFF Joe Biden Ordered the Megaupload Shutdown

Kim Dotcom says he knows who ordered the shutdown of his company and related sites. The Megaupload founder informs TorrentFreak that he has insider information which reveals that none other than Vice President Joe Biden directed attorney Neil MacBride to target the site. Biden is known to be one of the best friends of former Senator Chris Dodd, who’s now heading the MPAA.

When Megaupload was raided in January, questions were raised as to why the U.S. Government acted so aggressively against a company that seemingly played by the rules.

29 votes

CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

From the CERN Press Release:

“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, “but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”

"The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks."

More here

Liveblogging of announcement @ Guardian.co.uk

See also Reuters.

44 votes

Obamacare is an Unconstitutional Tax

Preamble - I wrote this because I have been dragged into a huge debate over Obamacare by a family member. In an attempt to quell the issue, I have written this essay to address my issues with the law.

I will discuss two primary arguments against President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (herein referred to as the ACA). I will cite honest sources and take narrative directly from Chief Justice Robert’s interpretation regarding the enforceability of the Individual mandate as a tax via Congressional Tax Clause powers.

1. The “Tax” is a Poll tax and is unconstitutional unless the population subjected is enumerated by the states as cited in Article I section 9, clause 4 of the United States Constitution.

53 votes

'The mob learned from Wall Street': Eliot Spitzer on the 'cartel-style corruption' behind Libor scam

http://youtu.be/1UG8RowZcks

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone contributing editor, and Dennis Kelleher, president and CEO of Better Markets, analyze the Libor interest rate-rigging scandal engulfing the banking industry with "Viewpoint" host Eliot Spitzer.

51 votes

Dr. Thom J. DiLorenzo: When Americans Understood the Declaration of Independence

The Fourth of July was not always a national celebration of the militarization of American society and of the federal government’s never-ending quest for world domination (disguised as "defending our interests abroad"). Americans did not always attend church services on the Sunday before the Fourth of July to "honor" their "military heroes" and pray that they may kill many more human beings in other countries that have done them no harm. Americans once actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence for what it was: a declaration of secession from the British empire and a roadmap for opposing a highly centralized, militaristic empire of the sort the U.S. government has become.

28 votes

WSJ: Who Will Pick Up Ron Paul’s Role of Chief Fed Critic?

Nearly one year after Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said he would leave Congress at the end of his 12th term, his successor as the Federal Reserve‘s chief critic has yet to emerge on Capitol Hill.

The 76-year-old lawmaker and frequent GOP presidential candidate has spawned a legion of admirers in Congress, many of whom echo his obstreperous rhetoric and libertarian-leaning positions. But none have managed to meld Mr. Paul’s cheerfully contrarian temperament with his hard-line stance on abolishing the U.S. central bank.

175 votes

Declaration of Independence: A must read for the 4th of July

The Declaration of Independence

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

79 votes

Ron Paul's 4th of July Message

This is a video 4th of July message from Ron Paul, where his comment is similar to what many have expressed today: " The 4th of July is a day we made a declaration. We made a Declaration of Independence, and it's interesting to note that if you go back and look at what that Declaration of Independence actually says, and if you stand up and support those views today, you're libel to be put on a Subversive List!"

110 votes

Peter Schiff on CNN

I have no idea why CNN decided to bring Peter Schiff on. But he actually gets to argue with some of the Keynesians like Jeffery Sachs.

Here's the link:

http://youtu.be/WrnGnwuqOA8

59 votes

ACTA killed: MEPs destroy treaty in final vote

The European Parliament has rejected ACTA, a controversial trade agreement, which was widely criticized over its likely assault on internet freedoms.

Supporters of the treaty suggested postponing the crucial voting at the Parliament plenary on Wednesday, but members of the parliament decided not to delay the decision any further.

MEPs voted overwhelmingly against ACTA, with 478 votes against and only 39 in favor of it. There were 146 abstentions.

Read more: http://www.rt.com/news/acta-eu-parliament-vote-400/

118 votes

Why the 4th of July is a sad day

The 4th of July is sad day because it should mean something but it doesn't anymore. Somehow, between 4th of Julys throughout many many years, the American people willfully gave away every last bit of what they celebrate.

All over America, licensed drivers and their legal spouses will leave their heavily taxed homes and travel in their government approved vehicles to government owned parks to watch licensed technicians launch regulated pyrotechnics into the air; as long as they make it through the security checkpoint. And call it a celebration of freedom!

I saw a sign today that said, "Land of the Free because of The Brave" and I thought, we are no longer either free or brave as a nation. We subject ourselves to laws that infringe every right God ever gave us and surrender our freedom BECAUSE of fear.

89 votes

IRS hit with audit for mismanagement and fraud

http://www.wthr.com/story...

Anyone else notice, there's an awful lot of corruption being exposed lately.

26 votes

Dear Person Seeking a Job: Why I Can't Hire You

This is a great, persuasive piece to send to your liberal-leaning friends/family who think businesses are to blame for high unemployment. Enjoy:

Dear Person Seeking a Job: Why I Can't Hire You

Potential employers have to respond to the incentives and disincentives that exist in today's world, and those do not favor conventional permanent employees.

I know you're hard-working, motivated, tech-savvy and willing to learn. The reason I can't hire you has nothing to do with your work ethic or skills; it's the high-cost Status Quo, and the many perverse consequences of maintaining a failing Status Quo.

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