11 votes

Which holds priority? Freedom of Speech or the Golden Rule?

Seriously Folks, I am trying hard to understand the Libertarian Principles around here and keep running into a conflict I can't quite figure out. The practice of exercising Freedom of Speech tends to rule this board yet sometimes it comes to the point of total lack of Common Courtesy and verbal crulty. When Free speech is used to this extreme does it then violate the Golden Rule Principle that so many Ron Paul Libertarians talk about here?

4 votes

The "Science Babe" and Marc Clair discuss GMO's, Monsanto, and mandatory vaccines on the Lions of Liberty Podcast.

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in Yvette Guinevere, the Science Babe! Yvette begins by describing her interest in science and how her love of pumpkin spice lattes drove her to challenge the “Food Babe” on her claims about toxins in her favorite frothy beverage. Yvette explains why she began to identify as a libertarian after working on the Obama campaign. Yvette and I look at the main issues Yvette blogs about over at SciBabe.com, including GMO’s and vaccines. We then discuss the role crony capitalism plays in scoping the public’s opinions regarding these controversial subjects, and Yvette clarifies her previous statement regarding whether vaccinations should be mandatory. As always, I have some thoughts of my own in the wrap-up rant!

13 votes

Plane Crashed Deliberately By Young German Copilot

Sick and Grim
Germanwings Co-Pilot "Deliberately Destroyed" Airplane, Identified As 28-Year Old German Citizen

14 votes

Stray Pit Bull Adopts Orphaned Kitten, Nurses Her Until Rescue Arrives

Being a spoiled rotten pit bull owner, I had to share this wonderful happy story. Awwwwwww

Love knows no bounds, and this unlikely family is living proof. In a remarkable story of survival despite the odds, a stray pit bull was found to be raising a helpless orphaned kitten, keeping the newborn alive with her life-giving milk.

11 votes

Huxley vs. Orwell, Briefly

"Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

"What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.

"As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.

"When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.

24 votes

Catherine Austin-Fitts translates the latest FOMC report into English!

Now it makes perfect sense! :) Mega thanks to Catherine...


Fed comments are in GREEN. Catherine Austin Fitts’ translation follows.

15 votes

UK Joins China AIIB, US Slams Decision

"There will be times when we take a different approach (to the United States)," as Reuters quotes a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron as saying Friday, referring to the decision to join the bank. "We think that it's in the UK's national interest."

14 votes

Ted Cruz: First President of the North American Union?

Just another Establishment hack.


8 votes

WND Exclusive: Man with concealed carry stops slaughter

WND Exclusive: Man with concealed carry stops slaughter

'I guess he saved a lot of people in there'

Published: 6 hours ago

The incident Sunday began when a man, identified by police only by his age, 40, pulled out a gun and opened fire on barbers and customers inside Falah Barber Shop.

“They were arguing,” Yusaf Mack, 16, a customer inside the shop at the time told WCAU News. “They were taking it too far, and one of the barbers said, ‘chill out.’”

“I heard gunshots, so I ducked and I ran,” said Mack.

6 votes

Report: Radio Shack To Sell Customers’ Personal Information In Bankruptcy Sale

Report: Radio Shack To Sell Customers’ Personal Information In Bankruptcy Sale

Video: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCat...

March 25, 2015 5:18 PM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — When you go shopping, you probably think stores will keep your personal information safe and secure.

But now, a report says Radio Shack is ready to auction off customer information as part of its bankruptcy sale.

10 votes

Stumbled Across Something I Wrote in 2009

I wrote this ad-hoc. It was a riff, in the fashion of a diary entry. Pure and unfiltered passion in the spur of a moment. I finished it quickly, at a rate of over 100wpm (I've typed faster than that for well over a decade now), and saved it. I never published or submitted it anywhere. That's not why I wrote it. It was for me. It was to get it off my chest.

Only recently did I rediscover it as I recovered files from an old desktop.

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