Friday, August 22, 2014

John W. Whitehead: Turning America Into a War Zone

Where ‘we the people’ are the enemy.    “If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you.”—Sunil Dutta, an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 17 years. Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun:     ... MORE

Most Want to Criminalize Pre-Teens Playing Unsupervised

by Lenore Skenazy.   A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that. What's more: 43 percent feel the same way about 12-year-olds. They would like to criminalize all pre-teenagers playing outside  ... MORE

VIDEO: George H Smith - Revolution

Heather Digby Parton: Militarized Cops’ Scary New Toys

The ugly next frontier in “crowd control.   Now that the sight of American police decked out as if they are replaying the events of Blackhawk Down has alerted the American public to the militarization of our police agencies, perhaps they will finally be receptive to the warnings that some of us have been making for years about the next     ... MORE

Ludwig von Mises: Inspiring Think Tanks Across The Globe

by Alejandro Chafuen. The free enterprise system within a rule of law is the best engine for prosperity. Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) is recognized by many as its greatest advocate. His name was largely ignored for decades, today, however, more than 20 think tanks around the world are named after him. No other famous economist comes close. ... MORE

VIDEO: Today's Surveillance Society Beyond Orwellian

from Brad Templeton. 

Will This Burger Bot Smash America's Fast Food Jobs?

by Tyler Wells Lynch. The fruits of a high minimum wage. “Anything you can do I can do better. I can do anything better than you.” Forget Annie Oakley. That refrain may best apply to the robots that are gradually taking our jobs. The latest workers on the chopping block? Fast food line cooks. A San Francisco startup called Momentum Machines     ... MORE

The Dark Side Of California's Cell Phone “Kill Switch” Bill

by Jake Laperruque.      This week the California legislature passed a bill that requires all smartphones to include a “kill switch” that can remotely render the device inoperable.  Although created to deter smartphone theft, this kill switch mandate could actually become a nefarious tool co-opted by government to suppress protests.  ...  MORE

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Evan Selinger: Why A Philosopher Teaches Privacy

Few things matter as much as philosophy.   Next week, the new term begins and I’ll be teaching an undergraduate philosophy course called, “Technology, Privacy, and the Law.” The first order of business will be to explain why thinking critically about privacy—determining what it is, deciding when it should be protected, and pinpointing how it    ... MORE

Jacob Sullum: Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers?

Rand Paul challenges his fellow Republicans.     Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the last two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly       ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Checkpoint America

A Strategy To Preserve Liberty: Serve On A Jury

by Dave Benner. I have often heard friends and acquaintances complain when they are called to jury duty. It is easy to understand the common gripes made in response to this mandate. As a result of the obligation, people are often displaced from their jobs and other pursuits, often for long hours and for little compensation. What if a jury   ... MORE

'If You Don’t Want To Get Shot...Just Do What I Tell You.'

J.C. Tucille.      To be owned by the man. "If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department, "just do what I tell you." The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at       ... MORE

VIDEO: How Paternity Leave Affects The Gender Gap

Federal Lawsuit Highlights Powerful Civil Forfeiture Tool

by Christine M. Prokopick and Erin C. Dougherty.     In a federal complaint filed on Monday, three Philadelphia homeowners whose homes have been targeted for state civil forfeiture have sued the city of Philadelphia, Mayor Michael Nutter, the Philadelphia Police Department, District Attorney Seth Williams, and the Philadelphia District   ... MORE

John Stossel: Policing A Riot

Previews of coming attractions.       Libertarians warned for years that government is force, that government always grows and that America's police have become too much like an occupying army. We get accused of being paranoid, but we look less paranoid after heavily armed police in Ferguson, Missouri, tear gassed peaceful protesters,   ... MORE

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jury Has Long History Of Righting Wrong Laws

by Frank Parlato.       Below is something that is not taught in public schools. It is history nonetheless and easy enough for anyone who is interested to verify.   Jury ended the power of kings. In 1215, when the Barons of England compelled King John to sign the Magna Carta, trial by jury was established. The King now had to seek permission    ... MORE

Is Crony-Hiring At The Core Of The VA Scandal?

by Michael Volpe.       Bad hiring practices have led to a culture of cronyism that is as at the center of a burgeoning number of scandals at the Overton-Brooks Veteran Administration (VA) Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shea Wilkes, who blew the whistle on the secret waiting list in the mental health department, told The Daily    ... MORE

VIDEO: Fox News - ObamaCare Is More Costs, Less Choice