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Assange on the Empire's war on freedom: interesting YouTube interview by Russia Today by TokyoTom

This wide-ranging 13-minute interview with Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is well worth listening to: Assange: Facebook, Google, Yahoo spying tools for US intelligence ( Uploaded by RussiaToday on May 2, 2011 )
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"Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says" -- Galactic Empire Times News Flash -- Don't miss! by TokyoTom

I bring you a few key excerpts, and both beg you not to miss this news, and caution you not to get too caught up in the traitorous comments to it: Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says , The Galactic Empire Times, May 11, 2001: Obi-Wan Kenobi , the mastermind...
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Bin Laden dead! Now, "If Only We Could Shoot Climate Change in the Face," too! by TokyoTom

Kate Sheppard's pithy and wistful observation at Mother Jones on May 4, If Only We Could Shoot Climate Change in the Face , seems wryly correct: Here are excerpts (emphasis added): Might the death of Osama bin Laden give President Obama a chance to...
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Leftie- and enviro-hater Alan Caruba is right about the "screwed generation" of college graduates by TokyoTom

I got an interesting blurb in my email inbox from "Tea Party Nation", and thought I'd share excerpts from the linked article with you. The article was by one Alan Caruba , PR specialist for the pesticides industry and, not surprisingly,...
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Clear-sighted myopia: prominent libertarians quoting Ayn Rand miss that industry itself undermines Hayek's "market morals" by TokyoTom

Rob Bradley has up a post at the fossil-fuel cheering "free-market" Master Resource energy blog on April 25 that shows Ayn Rand's familiarity with the mis-regulation of the energy industry . The post itself is fairly apt, except that while...
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Immodest thoughts: To fix capitalism, we must get govt out of corporate risk-management (rent-selling) business and get shareholders to stop playing 'victim' & start paying attention to risks by TokyoTom

I am prompted by recent events to follow up on thoughts I emailed to Sheldon Richman a few months back: I feel strongly that If we want to fix the country (and if libertarians don't want to be dismissed as irrelevant/patsies for rent-seekers) we need...
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And now for some Fun with (Counter-)Propaganda, from an edgy young Australian Broadcast Co crew and Aussie climate scientists! by TokyoTom

Ran across a fun little 2-minute YouTube clip that is apparently going to run shortly on the ABC's "Hungry Beast" program . In this episode, the Hungry Beast crew, with the help of Aussie "climate scientists" and wannabees, have...
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As we say, not as we do? Bloomberg has more on university endowments, with emphasis on Ayn Rand by TokyoTom

My reading on the kerfluffle about the Koch brothers' funding of free market economics programs at FSU turned up an interesting report at Bloomberg . The Bloomberg report makes discusses funding generally, with a focus on the efforts of John Allison...
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[More beef added] Kochs' determination to buy political influence raises fears about their funding of free-market econ chairs at FSU by TokyoTom

As many a university has been started or funded by wealthy men, the whole situation is absurd - particularly because the real problem with education now is the massive perverse influence of government funding, mandates and subsidies. Are people afraid...
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Great news! IPCC climate panel acknowledge in new report that it will be extremely difficult to find alternatives to fossil fuels in time to stabilize CO2 levels for many decades by TokyoTom

1. See this analysis by Roger Pielke, Jr. : The IPCC has just issued a new summary for policy makers for a forthcoming special report on renewable energy that appears (indirectly and obliquely) to finally admit that we just do not have the technology...
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Radley Balko at Reason Magazine interviews Stewart Rhodes ex-Ron Paul staffer and founder of "Oath Keepers", a group trying to train military and police in the Bill of Rights by TokyoTom

I have earlier commented on the interesting Oath Keepers group . I hope everyone will take a good read through the entire interview of Stewart Rhodes by Radley Balko at Reason Magazine , and give their support to Rhodes, Oath Keepers and others trying...
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Nick Sorrentino suggests that Left and Right can come together on "free market reforms" by TokyoTom

Nick Sorrentino is the Austrian-leaning editor of The Liberty and Economics Review blog and CEO of Exelorix.com , a social media management company. Being a sucker for building discourse and pursuing collaboration, I took a fancy to a recent post of Nick's...
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More on the "methane gun" by TokyoTom

This is the End blog, March 30, 2011: “It is High Time to Warn People”: Igor Semiletov and the Methane Time-Bomb (Feedback, Part 2) (emphasis added) What Arrhenius didn’t have data on were the wild cards. Two such factors are embedded...
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Oh well: Independent, Koch-funded group headed by 'skeptic' Berkeley physicist announces to Congress that climate change data is reliable by TokyoTom

1. LA Times, April 4, 2011: Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming 2. NY Times, April 1, 2011: Experts Heat Up Over Berkeley Lab Scientist's Quest to 'Calm' Climate Change Debate 3. Voices of Central...
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If we just ignore BP/corporate lobbying & risk-shifting - and Government's ownership of oil, coal and other natural resources - we can see clearly that enviros just want to destroy civilization by TokyoTom

Right? 1. BP Spent $2 Million Lobbying On Offshore Drilling, Spill Liability, Other Regulations In First Quarter Of 2011 (Marcus Baram, Huffington Post, April 21, 2011): (emphasis added) On the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that...
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