Ask a Libertarian Part 1: Intro and Ayn Rand…

Whenever I describe my politics as Libertarian, I get a lot of ugly looks. People instantly make a lot of assumptions about what I believe, and then proceed to ask a lot of dumb questions. The attached video is the attempt of two Istanbul Libertarians to put some of those dumb questions to rest permanently. We believe that the Libertarian perspective is the only sane one to adopt on 21st century America, and we hope to make the case with this series of videos…

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My, my, my sexy Sheriff Maketa

Could a county coroner soon arrest scandal-ridden Sheriff Maketa and his accused subordinates for whoring?

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports on the growing investigation:

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa is embroiled in accusations of sex with subordinates, abusive treatment of employees and dismantling oversight of the office budget that could stain his 12-year career and sink future prospects for one of the most powerful local Republicans. see more…

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Looking for a ride? Free market wins, Uber alles

There’s been plenty of press afforded to Uber’s fight against regulatory and competitive foes in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.

Well, did you also know that this free market wunderkind is now cheaper than traditional black car services, faster and more environmentally friendly to boot?

Next Big Future crunched the numbers:

The math here is simple:

Uber’s demographic probably tends toward the higher end of the $5,000-$15,000 per year range (depreciation on a highend car, parking, gas, maintenance etc..).

At the high end about 882 uber rides and 292 at the low end.

Uber costs twice as much as a cab ride. But the median Uber ride only costs $24. That means you’re paying $12 more than you would for a cab.

UberX, is usually 30 percent less expensive than taxis.

Uber tends to save 54 minutes versus a cab. They arrive sooner. see more…

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Darryl Perry: Making a portable home

   

I think most people will say they want to have a place of their own. I count myself among that group, though I have also said that I never want to buy land because of property taxes. I also love to travel. Some people have combined their home with their ability to travel and bought RV’s or other portable living spaces, and the idea has always fascinated me. I’ve also been interested in tiny-homes (houses less than 1,000 square feet) for several years. see more…

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Lois Lerner learns to lie

Tea party blindside, IRS lied, Hard drives died, Credibility fried

Lois Lerner is showing us what’s become of Obama’s legacy of “transparency” (yeah, motherfucking air quotes). From Politico:

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightning rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.

“We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, said in a brief hallway interview.

Two additional sources told POLITICO the same late Wednesday, citing IRS officials.

It may just be standard government procedure, but the revelation is significant because some lawmakers and observers thought there was a way that tech experts could revive Lerner’s emails after they were washed away in a computer crash in the summer of 2011. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for example, subpoenaed her damaged hard drive earlier this week, when he asked for “all hard drives, external drives, thumb drives and computers” and “all electronic communication devices the IRS issued to Lois G. Lerner.” see more…

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Homeschooled Bitcoin entrepreneur launches “better learning experience” online

A young man by the name of Erik Finman has received a fair amount of news in the recent weeks after it came to light that he made a six-figure profit on a bitcoin investment, and then opened his own business.

In 2012, Finman received $1,000 from his grandmother and invested it in bitcoin.

Mashable.com reports, nearly 18 months later, he sold his investment for $100,000 “and used the earnings to launch Botangle.com, an online tutoring service that runs on video chat.” see more…

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Obama denounces Scottish independence

scotlandThis September, voters in Scotland will be asked whether or not the nation should leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. And according to a recent poll, support for Scottish independence is at 46% (once undecideds are removed). The poll also found that two-thirds of people across England, Scotland & Wales expect the bid for independence to be rejected. see more…

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How we are selling out the WTO

The US and the EU are currently working on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There is a lot to question about this trade deal and the negotiation process. What nobody is focusing on, however, is the message that this sends to the rest of the world, much of which has spent decades jumping through hoops to be part of the World Trade Organization. This video attempts to put the focus there…

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Washington, DC: Our Imperial Capital

Lately we’ve heard a lot about the DC Renaissance. After decades of decline it is now becoming a playground for the rich and over-educated. In the midst of the celebration, it is worth remembering that all of this wealth is built on exploitation and war. This video is our attempt to make this clear…

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European Expansion is a Good Thing

Over the past half decade or so the United States has invested 2 trillion dollars in state-building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan without much in the way of success. The Europe has managed to do a much better job, and without making many defense contactors rich. Here’s How…

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Hey all, let’s talk a bit about Democracy in Europe. Almost Every term you use when you talk about politics can get you in to trouble…

“The Worst Thing about Europe is those damn liberal Socialists!”

“The Worst thing about The US is those heartless liberal Republicans!” see more…

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Republicrats are more equal than others

darryl donkephant3The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed that member of the two wings of the ruling party have more rights than members of other political parties.

In 2012, that court ruled that Michigan’s “sore-loser law” applied to Presidential candidates, despite the fact that in 1980, the Michigan Secretary of State decided otherwise.

Most recently a judge from the 6th Circuit ruled, even though Rep. John Conyers did not have enough valid signatures to rightfully be placed on the ballot, that “because his failure to comply with the law appeared to be a good faith mistake,” Conyers should be placed on the ballot anyways. see more…

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Drug War turns to billboard threat war…
“Dying for drugs”…

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Judges and Pentagon begin to recognize inmate rights

On May 16, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler issued an order temporarily preventing the military from force-feeding (also called ‘enteral feeding’) an inmate at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay. Last year Abu Wa’el Dhiab petitioned seeking to block his force feeding there during the Ramadan holiday.

Dhiab’s petition was initially rejected by the same judge. Politico reports that in “July of last year, Kessler threw out Dhiab’s petition, saying she had no authority to consider it.

However, she urged President Barack Obama to act to ‘address’ complaints about the force-feeding practice.” see more…

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A half cheer for the European Union!

The European Union is of course a ridiculous, socialist, nanny state contraption. The thing is, Europeans love that sort of thing. It has also done us quite a favor. It’s been almost 70 years since Americans have had to die on European soil in large numbers. The latest in our series of videos on good news tries to tell this rarely told story…

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Ah, Europe. It has added so much to world culture. Germanic Music, British Humor, the French work ethic. There is one export however that has made more of an impression than any other. And that’s violence. Europeans have killed people for land, they’ve killed people for Religion, they’ve even done it for ideas. see more…

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FEC issues opinion on Bitcoin

FEC-BitcoinThe FEC has become the latest agency to issue guidelines on the usage of Bitcoin. On May 8, the six-members of the FEC issued an Advisory Opinion at the request of Make Your Laws PAC (MYL), a nonpartisan political action committee that supports “making every legislature a liquid democracy.” This advisory opinion was actually an approval of MYL’s third draft proposal for an opinion on whether or not the PAC could accept Bitcoin. The original proposal by MYL would have “allowed” them, and all PACs, to accept Bitcoin donations online, only “after the contributor provides their information, and only through a ‘one-time linked address’ system that makes it harder to contribute in someone else’s name” and donations would be limited to $100 worth of Bitcoin (per contributor, per election). see more…

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Confirmed: Many of Obamacare’s ‘eight million enrollments’ are duplicates…
REPORT…

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Is 2016 the year of online voting? Could be…

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Ron Paul’s “Audit the Fed” bill reintroduced for third straight session, cosponsored by bipartisan House majority…
KEEP BORROWING FROM TOMORROW…

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Once more, on the lack of female libertarians

Spring is here, so it’s time again to try and find out why libertarian parties are predominantly produced of phalluses instead of pretty purses.

We’ve covered this subject with much enthusiasm, spasms, orgasms and sarcasm over the years and yet can only confidently say that this gets rehashed. Every. Fucking. Year.

This year is comedian Christopher Cantwell’s turn. He was smart to quickly wuss out of answering and instead asked Andrea Pisani, Toni Bones, and Tiffany Aliano — a bunch of libertarian women that apparently do exist — to do it for him.

And really, would anyone trust a man to say why women do anything? see more…

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Real talk about media bias

We hear a lot about media bias. CNN goes one way, Fox news goes the other, but there is a deeper bias that nobody really challenges. This video takes the lessons learned from living through a news event, and blows the lid off of the real media bias.

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Media bias, people talk about it a lot. Liberal Media Bias. The Conservative Media Empire.

Some see bias as a simple us versus them fight. But it’s not that simple.

In May and June of last year my walk home got a little weird. The events at Gezi park were one of the most extraordinary things I have ever experienced. I found myself getting very angry at the reporting though. Every story failed to capture the experience. It wasn’t just the obvious and shameful failure of the Turkish Media. Everything said internationally made me angry as well. It all seemed infuriatingly incomplete. see more…

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Nobel prize-winning economists argue to end War on Drugs…
Grand Closing: American pot farmers putting Mexican cartels out of business…
Operation Grow4Vets offers Colorado veterans free marijuana, grow lessons…
Oklahoma initiative would make state first to export…

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‘Ghostbuster’ NYPD keep raiding dead man’s home…
family resorted to leaving a copy of death certificate on door

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New Hampshire finally defines “push poll” to thankful political researchers…
BILL…

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