Both Bob and Jeffrey have new books on the subject of Bitcoin and P2P. Here they talk about what they learned as they researched and wrote, and how Bitcoin has changed their views concerning money, property, and emergent technology.
Glenn Greenwald tells Salon how the torture report exposes true evil — and a nation drowning in hypocrisy
Thursday, December 11, 2014
It took years until the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report — which shows not only that the CIA’s torture regime was larger and more vicious than understood, but that the agency repeatedly lied about it to the White House and Congress — was finally released to the public. But it only took hours before President Obama was once again urging the nation to look forward, not back. “Rather than another reason to refight old arguments,” read a White House statement, “I hope that today’s report can help us leave these techniques where they belong — in the past.” When members of the media asked whether that meant the White House considered torture to be ineffective, as the report claims, an anonymous official said Obama would not “engage” in the ongoing “debate.” On the issues of rape, waterboarding and induced hypothermia, apparently, reasonable minds can differ.
Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime critic of the war on terror, disagrees. “There’s no debate,” he told Salon. “Everything that we did,” he continued, “in terms of how we treated detainees, has [long] been viewed as morally vile and inexcusable and criminal.” Greenwald has little doubt, however, that Washington will turn torture into yet another partisan squabble. It’s the go-to move, he says, when America’s political and media elite decide they’d rather look the other way. “That’s just the ritual Washington engages in,” Greenwald said.
Speaking with Salon from his home in Brazil (or at least we assumed as much, given the barking in the background) Greenwald discussed what surprised him about the summary, what we still don’t know, why expressions of shock and horror from Congress are disingenuous, how President Obama is culpable, too, and why America’s leaders are “sociopathic.” Our conversation is below and has been edited for clarity and length.
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 12/15/14: All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 23:17
Ron Paul's Texas Straight Talk 12/15/14: All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown (VIDEO)
Written by Ron Paul
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year’s omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.
The debate over the omnibus may have made for entertaining political theater, but the outcome was never in doubt. Most House and Senate members are so terrified of another government shutdown that they would rather vote for a 1,774-page bill they have not read than risk even a one or two-day government shutdown.
Those who voted for the omnibus to avoid a shutdown fail to grasp that the consequences of blindly expanding government are far worse than the consequences of a temporary government shutdown. A short or even long-term government shutdown is a small price to pay to avoid an economic calamity caused by Congress’ failure to reduce spending and debt.
Rand Paul is asking for trouble by bringing Jesse Benton back into the fold … Benton ran Rand’s 2010 senate race and was Ron Paul’s presidential campaign manager. He’s also married to Ron Paul’s granddaughter …
Benton is connected to the bribery scandal that is likely sending former Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson to jail. Benton resigned from Mitch McConnell’s campaign after Sorenson pled guilty to accepting and concealing large sums of money to switch his endorsement from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul just days before the Iowa Caucus …
Rand Paul doesn’t seem to care. He’s even blaming the Obama administration for the entire episode, claiming these are “politically motivated investigations”. Pure nonsense …
By Kenneth Roth | December 12, 2014 | Washington Post
Kenneth Roth is executive director of Human Rights Watch.
The primary international treaty against torture, the Convention against Torture, which the United States ratified in 1994, contains two key requirements. First, it bans torture, without exception, as well as other inhumane treatment. Second, it requires that torturers be prosecuted.
President Obama has been firm in stopping torture. On his second day in office, he ordered an end to the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” — a euphemism for torture — and the closure of the secret CIA detention centers where torture was carried out.
But Obama has utterly failed in the second requirement. He has flatly refused to investigate the torture, let alone prosecute those responsible. The sole exception was a limited inquiry into any CIA interrogations that exceeded what was authorized, but even then the investigators didn’t interview victims or recommend charges. The Senate intelligence committee report should lead the president to reexamine this refusal.
Hum, I thought guns were illegal in Australia? How is it possible for a crime to be committed with a gun if guns are illegal?
I bet this is another government drill gone live or some type of hoax that will be blamed on ISIS/ISIL/Osama Bin Laden, Jr.
There are reports that two gunman have taken hostages, some of which are standing with their hands up at the windows in the popular Lindt chocolate shop, which has two or three entrances. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.
Question for discussion.
Many libertarians express an opposition to "government" per se.
Most libertarians are in favor of private property, that being property acquired through homesteading or through a voluntary exchange with someone else who has legitimately,acquired their property.
So, do individuals have the right to "govern" on their own, legitimately acquired, property?
The Hill: Rand Paul introduces bill to undo Obama's immigration order
By Rachel Huggins - 12/13/14 06:45 PM EST
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has filed a bill seeking to repeal President Obama's executive order that delays deportation of five million immigrants, the Courier Journal reported Saturday.
Paul's bill, “Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act,” is companion legislation to a House bill passed last week from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)
To prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions.Submitted by gptnomoney on Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:48
Sec. 932. Ban on purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body
armor by civilians
``(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful
for a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.
``(b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to--
``(1) a purchase, ownership, or possession by or under the
I have been marking where the sun rises and sets from our property, using a static location. This year, on the summer solstice, the sun came up in a different place.
I know others have made similar claims and I was among those calling "BS." To those folks, I apologize.
Stefan Molyneux discusses the importance of arguing from first principles.
Thanks to wacko bird for pointing this out.
Memo To Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat: Does Your Crony Capitalist Plunder Know No Shame?
by David Stockman • December 12, 2014
The times are few and far between that I am in agreement with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s brand of Big Government liberalism. But I do applaud her willingness to stand up to the Wall Street lobby machine; her capacity to recognize and call-out the egregious gambling dens that have metastasized there; and her insistence that never again should the hard-pressed taxpayers of America be forced to bailout the crony capitalist plunder that is enabled by the Fed’s free money madness.
But now comes a naked Wall Street raid on the taxpayers that’s beyond the pale; and it would have sailed right through in the dead of night absent Elizabeth Warren’s intrepid opposition. Bravo, Senator!
I am referring to the Citigroup-drafted sneak attack on Washington’s tepid effort to curtail the more egregious gambling habits of some of the big banks. These incorrigible larcenists have been trying to gut the “push out” provisions of Dodd-Frank for more than three years now, yet the latter boils down to a simple and urgently necessary injunction to the banks. Namely, you can’t roll the dice in the “derivatives” gambling halls with taxpayer guaranteed deposits.
Have you seen this missing teen? Destiny Desiree Faulkner, 17, hasn't been seen since last Thursday, and her loved ones are concerned for her welfare. The Sun, Iowa teen is the victim of domestic violence, which is documented in photos of her with a black eye (shown on flyer). The black eye came from the missing teen's boyfriend in an incident that took place on Dec. 2. No media sources are picking up this story, which is absolutely shocking considering this young woman could very well be in grave danger.