In defense of torrents

With much fanfare from the Department of Justice, the alleged operator of the largest torrent site, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and the website was seized. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said, “[Artem] Vaulin is charged with running today’s most visited illegal file-sharing website, responsible for unlawfully distributing well over $1 billion of copyrighted materials. In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice.” see more…

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Darrell Castle Supporter Has White Supremacist Ties, Features Various Anti-Semitic Articles On His Website

Castle/Bradley

Recently, the presidential candidate of the Constitution Party, Darrell Castle, released a list of featured endorsements on his campaign website, which was covered by the American Third Party Report news website. see more…

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No, Darrell Castle Is Not More Libertarian Than Gary Johnson

Darrell CastleAn interview with Constitution Party presidential candidate, Darrell Castle, seems to have much of the minor-party blogsphere up in debate and argument over Mr. Castle’s claim that he is more libertarian then Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson.

Therefore, this informed author views it as a necessary must to pick apart and refute Mr. Castle’s highly-questionable claim to even being ‘libertarian’, including his credentials, background, as well as the background of his political party -in comparison to the LP’s viewpoints on the issues and of libertarianism (small ‘l’) itself.

First off, this article right here on the LP’s website clearly shows where the LP and the CP platforms differentiate from each other, including social issues, the perspective on religion, and the role of religion in government as well, which some CP individuals and state affiliates do like to point out as well, albeit from their own viewpoint. see more…

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Why Hillary hates Citizens United

BN-HW982_botwt0_P_20150415114657Many people over the last 6 years have called for one of the most controversial and misunderstood Supreme Court decisions to be overturned. The latest call came, not surprisingly from Hillary Clinton. I’m talking, of course, about Hillary’s pledge, if elected, to “introduce a constitutional amendment within the first 30 days of her presidency to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.” see more…

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Happy Independence Illusion Day!

fireworks-flagMy dog is in the closet, shivering with fear. The fireworks have already started.



Later today, countless millions of people will pretend to celebrate independence, and to underscore the ridiculousness of it, they will toss about a series of meaningless platitudes. 

They will be driven to tears by thoughts of thanksgiving, recalling their good fortune to exist in a land of liberty. They will remember the lessons of history, wherein a people insisted on freedom, rejecting forever the yoke of oppression, the chains of autocracy, and the demands of a power-mad government that would dare lay taxes on a handful of goods and activities.

The revelers will dress in the colors of their flag, the easier to deceive themselves and those around them, imagining that their masters are kinder than was King George; that the monarch their forefathers fought a bloody revolution to be shed of was guilty of easily more sinister crimes, and clearly more despotic acts, than the rulers they, themselves have elected. 

This is, of course, a lesson in absolute absurdity.

The British Crown, for all the colonist’s legitimate complaints, was an angelic force for good, a protector of liberties of every stripe, when contrasted with the behemoth, tax-gobbling monstrosity that now lays claim to their income, that of their businesses, their fuel, their pets, their alcohol, their tobacco, the property they think they own, their communications, their transportation, and their imports, to name but a few. Beyond the specter of taxation is outright control. The British crown did not possess the ill, the vitriol, the sheer magnitude of evil necessary to force the colonists to beg the state for permission to add a window to a structure, get married, practice a trade, own a dog, hunt, fish, travel about, sell food, purchase a firearm, and countless other common acts the restriction of which would have embarrassed even the Mad King.

Surely, no thinking person can believe for an instant that they enjoy more freedom today than did the colonists before the Revolution. Imagine giving Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, or Tom Paine an update on the state of the nation they left us. How could they react upon learning that government controls nearly every aspect of American life, that scores of thousands of new laws go into effect every year, that FedGov takes a huge cut of personal and corporate income, that the US has the highest prison population on the planet, and that a great many the state has put in its cages never harmed anyone? They would simply not believe it. And nothing would stay their credulity.

What would an old pot farmer like George Washington think about the Drug War?



Celebrating “Independence Day” is, in effect, underscoring the colonists’ complaints about their treatment by the British Crown. It is recalling and celebrating the decision to divorce one’s self from a government that had gone far too far, even while realizing that the actions of eighteenth century England were so tame, so minuscule by comparison to those of the modern American state that those truly desirous of more freedom and less taxation would reject the latter and embrace the former in an instant. So what does the day really mean? Independence from what? Certainly not tyranny! Obviously not government excess! None with thoughts based in reality can think themselves taxed less, either in amount or frequency than those whose defiance they revere.

What, then do these flag-draped revelers think themselves independent from? 

It is not a matter of ignorance. A lack of knowledge could be forgiven, and easily educated away. But this is not the problem—a child of six could do the math. It’s something far more sinister. 

“We the people” are suffering from a mass psychological condition. A pandemic of selective zombification. An unspoken cognitive dissonance. How else can we explain the disparity, the disunion of concept among those who loathe the government, but embrace its armed enforcers?

The soldier who kills for empire returns to the homeland to deafening applause, endlessly thanked for his “service,” and for “fighting for our freedom.” The cop on patrol enforcing an endless stream of immoral edicts has his sins excused away. “He’s only doing his job,” comes the familia refrain. We hate the law, but love the one who sees it is done. We loathe the orders, but give fetishesque respect to those who blindly follow them. It is a sickness. 

Those elected to rule over us are referred to as “leaders,” those who ensure compliance with their mandates are “peace officers,” 

It is as though a psychological pandemic of Stockholm Syndrome has infected the masses. And it smells like hotdogs and gunpowder. 


Maybe there is some subliminal message woven into the melody of Lee Greenwood songs. Perhaps they put something in the fireworks. Maybe the pattern of beautiful colors falling to the earth hypnotizes the viewers—a visual booster shot of compliance good for another year of acceptance and obedience. 

There is no independence in modern American life—a sad reality in which the state controls, and licenses, and dictates every facet of human existence from the cradle to the grave, and even beyond. 



Independence Day … it is a hollow name for a pointless holiday. If all we had to suffer under were the complaints levied against the “tyrant” King George III, we would be the freest people on earth. 

Today would be more aptly called Illusion Day: the day on which reverence for freedom that does not exist is made by willing thought-slaves so blinded by programmed falsities that they can’t wait to raise a glass to boundless taxation and regulation; where people ask peace officers dressed like commandos where they are allowed to pay to park for the privilege of sitting on government-seized property and cheering the fabulous “free” fireworks display their rulers put on. 


The only thing we are independent from is reality.

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Solving the opioid crisis without handcuffs, Granite Hammers or tax-payer dollars

drug_war_paul_helfinstein_picasaIt’s been 45 years since Richard Nixon declared a “war on drugs.” The Drug Policy Alliance reports, “He dramatically increased the size and presence of federal drug control agencies, and pushed through measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. Nixon temporarily placed marijuana in [Schedule I], the most restrictive category of drugs, pending review by a commission he appointed led by Republican Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer.” see more…

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Universal Basic Income is a universally bad idea

3490While some voters in the United States are clamoring for free stuff and rallying behind Presidential candidates willing to say they’ll give away freebies, voters in Switzerland were less than enthusiastic about the idea when they went to the polls on June 5. see more…

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Johnson/Weld win LP nod, Sarwark keeps chair classy

Initial thoughts on the 2016 Libertarian Party convention:

  • Wow, our poll was mostly right. While we didn’t hit everything within our 4.5 MOE, we nailed the final vote winner and final ballot order. Not bad for the first scientific poll to ever pierce the Libertarian veil.
  • Rather noteworthy, McAfee’s support didn’t fade at all between first and second ballots.
  • Gary Johnson was a clear winner among Libertarians, but has to make the case to voters during what will continue to be a negative and acrimonious election… Does he have the stomach to pick up the mud and sling it back in order to give voters what they apparently want?
  • 44% did not vote for Johnson. Although his executive credibility as former Governor of New Mexico is apparent, it’s yet to be seen if there is high enthusiasm for Johnson’s second swing at the presidency nor how his lawsuit against the CPD will proceed.
  • Johnson is certainly the #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary choice among disaffected Republicans and even disaffected Democrats. The money will finally be there for Libertarians, which will be something that has never happened before. It will be interesting to see if it will be used for becoming just another voice at a debate podium or for paving a path to the White House with an effective 50 state strategy.

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Libertarian Party Membership Survey 2016

lp-torch-logoHammer of Truth is pleased to announce the results of a first ever scientific membership survey conducted between May 17th-20th of 1,563 Libertarian Party members — including delegates and alternate delegates to the upcoming National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Our key findings:

  • 2012 presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson holds a formidable 44-point lead of over his nearest competitor. This is highly indicative of strong name recognition.
  • Current LNC Chair Nicholas Sarwark also appears to be the early favorite with a 40-point lead over his nearest competitor.
  • The logo redesign of 2015 is well-received, with 87% approving the new torch logo.
  • A majority approve of litigation seeking to stop public funding from going to institutions that don’t include Libertarian candidates in polls.
  • The top issues for Libertarians are the economy and taxes, with foreign policy coming in a strong third.
  • Ever wonder the best way to ask for money? The “donates” have it with an average “donation” amount of $335 beating out an average $258 “contribution” amount.

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Afghanistan: Home to indefinite war

endless-warWhile NATO decreed the “war” in Afghanistan had ended several years ago, Antiwar.com reports NATO’s “military involvement didn’t significantly change on that date,” and NATO involvement was then set to end at the end of 2016. Antiwar.com adds, “No one had any realistic expectation that the 2016 date would be the actual end to the mission.” And sure enough NATO announced on May 20 that NATO forces would remain in the occupied nation indefinitely. see more…

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Pentagon investigates itself, finds no war crimes committed in MSF bombing

msf-protest-kunduz-apOver six months after a trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), “was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15 minute intervals” the US Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a 120 page report and a 5 page summary of its investigation.

The summary states, “The investigation concluded that the personnel involved did not know that they were striking a medical facility. The intended target was an insurgent-controlled site which was approximately 400 meters away from the MSF Trauma Center.” see more…

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A real proposal to change the face of money

cash-tenderThere has been a lot of discussion recently about the decision by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman. In an open letter published April 20, Lew wrote “The decision to put Harriet Tubman on the new $20 was driven by thousands of responses we received from Americans young and old. I have been particularly struck by the many comments and reactions from children for whom Harriet Tubman is not just a historical figure, but a role model for leadership and participation in our democracy.” see more…

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SCOTUS hears immigration case

Members of CASA de Maryland participate in a immigration rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The Supreme Court has agreed to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s plan to allow up to 5 million immigrants to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Members of CASA de Maryland participate in a immigration rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The Supreme Court has agreed to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s plan to allow up to 5 million immigrants to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the U.S. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In November 2014 President Obama issued an executive order deferring or preventing deportation for roughly 4 million people. According to Reuters, “those who have lived illegally in the United States at least since 2010, have no criminal record and have children who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents” will be allowed to get into a program that shields them from deportation and supplies work permits. see more…

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Unlocked iPhone opens privacy debate

image-497558482The FBI recently dropped a lawsuit against Apple that sought to force the phone manufacturer to unlock the iPhone used by a shooting suspect in San Bernardino, California. Before the suit was dropped, Apple said they did not have the ability to unlock the iPhone adding that creating a program to unlock the phone would be arduous and create a back door which would essentially nullify the encryption meant to protect the private information of the phone’s user. The lawsuit was dropped because the FBI claims to have found a way into the phone, though no one at the FBI is saying how they unlocked the phone. see more…

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The problem facing the electorate

end-evil-step-out-of-line-vote-third-party“Only in America!” It’s a phrase that has gone out of favor in recent times, but at one time referred to the opportunities available in the United States. Now it seems the phrase could be used to describe the unique political situation in which we find ourselves. While I’m not referring directly to the Electoral College, something which is not actually unique to the United States – nearly 40 non-monarchist countries have an indirect election of their head of state – I am referring to a situation that has been exacerbated in recent years by the plurality system used in American elections. I am referring to the unique situation we, the American electorate, face today: front-runner Presidential candidates with negative favorability ratings. see more…

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Yes, Virginia, taxation is theft

Screenshot from 2016-03-27 12:02:28We’re just a few weeks away from one of the most dreaded days of the year: April 15, Tax Day. Over the past few years discussions around Tax Day have led to a larger conversation of non-filers and/or non-payers of income tax. In the last Presidential election Mitt Romney made headlines with his comments about the so-called “47 percent” – the percentage of Americans who pay no income tax. Some libertarians, specifically Ron Paul, responded to Romney’s complaints that nearly half of all Americans don’t pay income taxes by saying “We’re half way there!” see more…

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SCOTUS decision paves way for expanded cannabis legalization

marijuana-lawsOn March 18, the Oregon Department of Revenue announced that during the first month of legal cannabis sales, nearly $3.5 million in tax revenues were raised, which far exceeded projections. Reuters reported, “tax receipts from January also surpassed the first-month tallies from recreational cannabis sales in Colorado and Washington state, the first two states to legalize general commercial distribution of pot for adults.” see more…

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Cuba: The final front in the Cold War

The petition will appear on the March 14 editorial cover of Publishers Weekly, which is one of the signatories.

The petition will appear on the March 14 editorial cover of Publishers Weekly, which is one of the signatories.

Despite the renewal of diplomatic relations between the governments of the US and Cuba, there remains an embargo on, among other things, books and educational materials. There is now a call to lift those specific aspects of the embargo. Nearly 50 CEOs and top executives from the publishing industry submitted a petition on behalf of the publishing industry urging President Obama to “lift the economic embargo against Cuba as it pertains to books and educational materials.” After submitting the industry petition, a second public petition was posted on the White House website. see more…

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On the Syrian ceasefire

0_1333165713554_newsNear the end of February, after five years of civil war, a ceasefire quietly took affect in Syria. However the ceasefire is not meant to stop all fighting in the war-torn country, as the truce will not apply to the battle against The Islamic State (commonly called ISIS) and the al-Nusra Front. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports, “135 [people], including 32 civilians, were killed in 7 days of military operations in the truce areas.” see more…

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Delegates, superdelegates, and the illusion of choice

freeChoice2After the First in the Nation New Hampshire Primary in early February, many people learned the term superdelegates, even though it’s not a new term or idea. The Democratic Party’s superdelegate rules have been in place since 1984. Superdelegates, unlike the pledged delegates, are not bound by the results of the various primaries and caucuses, and are free to support the Democratic Party Presidential candidate of their choice. CBS News reports, “A superdelegate falls into one of three categories: a major elected official, including senators and members of the House of Representatives; a notable member of the party, such as a current or former president or vice president; and some members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).” see more…

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Snowden, Ulbricht and the myth of a fair trial

12734092_10208984413271784_2823709359653599643_nIt was the first official event hosted by the Free State Project after the February 3 announcement that the group had reached it’s goal of 20,000 signers on the statement of intent to move to New Hampshire to “exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of government is the protection of individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and property.” Liberty Forum 2016 was part celebration of all that has been accomplished over the past 15 years by the nearly 2,000 early movers, i.e. people who made the move to New Hampshire for the Free State Project prior to the move being triggered, and part conference on how to move forward. see more…

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On the Supreme Court vacancy

SCOTUS pix 2011Over the past couple of decades, every new appointment to the US Supreme Court has been more contentious and politically motivated than the last. Since the first appointment to the Supreme Court, 68 justices were approved on voice votes, Abe Fortas being the most recent in 1965 during the term of President Lyndon Johnson. It was three years after Fortas was appointed to the Supreme Court that Chief Justice Earl Warren attempted to work out a back room deal with Johnson to appoint Fortas as his successor prior to the 1968 Presidential election. The plan ultimately failed, and Warren officially retired on June 23, 1969. Prior to that attempt, the last Presidential election year vacancy to be filled was in 1940 when the Senate approved Frank Murphy on a voice vote. see more…

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College: worth it, or worthless?

college-730x430Young people have heard for many years that a college degree will help them earn more money than someone with only a high school diploma. Certainly, there is data that supports this claim. Discovery News reported in December, “In a recent Pew Research Center survey of about 2,000 people, young adults with bachelor’s degrees earned a median income of $45,500 in 2012. For people in the same age group (between 25 and 32) with two-year degrees or some college experience, median income dropped to $30,000. Those who maxed out at high-school graduation earned $28,000.” see more…

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