In this thread we post short things that don't require a seperate thread.
Previous low content threads:
June 2012 http://mises.org/Community/forums/t/29429.aspx
I posted this in The Police Brutality/Aggression Thread (shameless self-promotion?), but I just wanted to make sure everyone saw this:
The woman gets punched in the face by a police officer. If you watch closely, you see that someone else tosses water on the cops, but they are claiming that this woman used silly string to assault them or somesuch. We don't see that in the video, but even if that were true, this was a disgusting and despicable act by that thug in a uniform.
Here is the youtube video of the incident.
TSA Confiscates Camera, Deletes Footage of Checkpoint
White House Hack Attack
Zuckerberg in Moscow to boost Facebook's presence
RUSSIA PUSHES FACEBOOK TO OPEN RESEARCH CENTER
Fired from facebook, a $100 million dollar lesson
A new James Altucher in the making? :-P
Secret History of Silicon Valley
It contains the usual cold war propaganda and that Silicon Valley owes its existence to the government. However, I like what it admits; that the CIA funded most of the early technologies and kept them to themselves before releasing them to everyone else; that the CIA funded the research at many top universities; that eventually faculty and students at these universities were encouraged to form private companies that would be funded by the CIA; that many of those early people are now the successful and famous venture capitalists.
That much of Silicon Valley works for the CIA et al is admitted. One can only surmise that because these people were agents for the state, they continue to be agents for the state.
"So what?", you may ask. Well, many professors at Stanford are "consultants" for the governent; so, it raises the question whether technologies, such as Google's search technologies, which were developed by Stanford PhD students and financed by venture capitalists that had done work for the government, are being used the the government for nefarious purposes.
To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."
@The Muff: I love that lecture. And, BTW, re-read what you wrote and then you will understand the hubris of USG and politicians who mostly believe, like Al Gore, that they are responsible for most, if not all, new innovation in technology and every other realm of human endeavor. After all, they have their fingers in every pie!
Of course, we understand they deserve credit for new inventions as much as these guys deserve credit for a building's construction:
You mean politicians do THAT much work as those guys?
P.S. also, I want to note the insistence on connecting web mail accounts to mobile devices. You must have an online identity, and this online identiy must be connected to your smartphone, which has a built-in GPS device that is always on and logging, even if you are not using GPS services. When you are pulled over in a traffic stop, the police officer can insist that you render your mobile phone to have its data extracted using a "MORIS" device (4th and 5th amendments be damned). All this courtesy of Google, Apple, the cell phone giants and the old telcos (which were always plugged into the Establishment/intelligence agencies).
JP Morgan Makes Over Half a Billion Dollars Off Food Stamps
Who Controls the Story?
Privatization at Cato Unbound
Sweden detains Pirate Bay founder in oppressive conditions without charges
Debate questions for the candidates
New Research on the Moral Psychology of Libertarians
How to Spot Bad Arguments, and Make Good Ones
Study: Fraud growing in scientific research papers
Syrian minister accuses US of stoking 'terrorism'
Gero:How to Spot Bad Arguments, and Make Good Ones
Cool to see Woods has added a logic course to his Liberty Classroom lineup.
One small correction: "Criminals want to eliminate the state and so do libertarians, so libertarians must be criminals" and "Dogs are animals and so are humans, so dogs must be humans" are both examples of equivocation,* not the fallacy of the excluded middle.
I point this out not to nitpick, but to make the larger point that most of what is called "logic" (in argumentation) is simply about noticing, calling out, and avoiding the pitfalls of language. If we recognize that the issue typically stems from being careless with how things are phrased, the task of clear thinking and argumentation becomes much easier.
*The equivocation is between the implied "A has property X" and "A is identified by its having property X." In this case, the arguer starts out saying "Libertarians want to eliminate the state" and immediately equivocates to "Libertarians are those who want to eliminate the state." (Notice the argument actually works if we accept the premises that libertarians are precisely that subset of the population that wants to eliminate the state, and so are criminals; in the fact the unavoidable conclusion from those premises is that all libertarians are criminals and all criminals are libertarians. Under some definitions of "libertarian" the first is true, but the second is surely not because many criminals are clearly pro-state. This makes the equivocation relatively easy to slip into.) Language obscures the difference between these very dissimilar statements, especially if words are used loosely.
Why anarchy fails
Cowell and rapper hunt for new Bill Gates
^^^not so funny
What I found when I delved deeper in to these technologies that apparently originated from the public sector, DARPA, CIA etc. The method these organisations use, is to seek out and find new technologies under the guise of potential defense applications. They then offer the inventors the choice of selling out and joining the organisation in future developments or have their technology stolen from them and suffer unfortunate consequences.
Most of the the technologies that came out of these organisations were actually from private sector organisations and individuals that eventually became contractors of those organisations.
ZOMG RON PAUL ENDORSE ROMNEY!
THE CAUSE IS LOST....
“Since people are concerned that ‘X’ will not be provided, ‘X’ will naturally be provided by those who are concerned by its absence.""The sweetest of minds can harbor the harshest of men.”
Stick with it until the end. Trust me: I'm someone on the internet.
NB: the tie colors..
If I had a cake and ate it, it can be concluded that I do not have it anymore. HHH
I would just like to direct people to my signature.
That is all.
"Even when leftists talk about discrimination and sexism, they're damn well talking about the results of the economic system" ~Neodoxy
FACT! United States Marines know the importance of voting above anyone else on the planet.
Hey, I think perhaps I'll convince my parents to vote for Charlie, because there wouldn't be anymore drug crime. He'd legalize coke immediately.
And prostitution. This is Charlie Sheen after all.
Yep. Charlie forgot his hooker bucks.
California mom jailed for 180 days over children's chronic truancy setting example as one of the firsts in the state
New book By Vaclav Klaus (President of the Czech Republic) - Europe: The Shattering of Illusions
Vaclav Klaus is President of the Czech Republic. He hit the headlines most recently by refusing, like David Cameron, to sign up to the deal to bail out the Greek Government. In this new book, President Klaus examines the uneasy Europe of today, without illusions or personal attacks, but with a mercilessly realistic view of the system that Europe has created in the last half century. He examines the benefits of integrating the continent in strictly economic terms and explains the tragic flaw in the original plan to do so. They feared the consequences of nationalism and wanted to work for transcontinental unity. Klaus argues that the present situation is unstable and unsustainable. The President proposes a transformation of both the socio-economic system and the integration model of European unity, turning back to the market economy and a more realistic cooperation between European states.
Have not read it yet myself, but looking forward to receiving my copy.
Despite its flaws, this short comic on drug prohibition (which features Milton Friedman) is pretty good as a starting point:
Bill Nelson is just as much of a kook as Connie Mack.
This post pretty much sums up what realization changed me from a minarchist to an AnCap:
Dubious Denver Debate Declarations
Steep drop in unemployment rate spawns conspiracy
Molyneux & Praxgirl
The China Syndrome
Let’s (Re)Move those Tariffs!
Molyneux & Praxgirl
I was expecting a bombshell like "Praxgirl is Molyneux's daughter"
That would have ruined my day.
Why? That sounds like a pretty good IRL plot twist to me.
Hey everyone, I'm back... Heyyyy
You know who I haven't seen around in a while is z... where you at z?
Hasn't Z been really in-and-out for the past few months?
Welcome back! I was getting worried that you would ditch us for school forevermore.
And where in the world is John James? Haven't seen him for a long time.
Yeah, JJ has been on-and-off lately. He replied to a convo of mine either yesterday or the day before, though, so he's not dead.
Heh, gotta keep a close count on the number of libertarians on Earth :P Can't have any dying on us.
By saying that, you just reminded me of something I've always wanted to know...why is it that the left has been more hostile to libertarianism then the right?