Friday, January 30, 2015

How Anti-Tobacco Activists Are Very Likely Killing People

by Ronald Bailey.  Last week, my colleague Jacob Sullum questioned a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine purporting to show that vaping is more dangerous than smoking actual cigarettes. The reason? Because vaping at high voltage produces high levels of the carcinogen formaldehyde. The New England Journal of Medicine even   ... MORE

Justice Department Working On Car-Tracking Database

To combat drug trafficking, of course.     The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time. The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat    ... MORE

VIDEO: John Stossel - Privatize Everything

Andrew Napolitano: Shooting Itself In The Foot

Bumbling idiots at work.  Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on Americans similar to what we witnessed earlier this month in Paris. When the feds woke from their slumber on 9/11, they wisely began to search   ... MORE

Federal Bill Would Make Americans More Defenseless

by Dan Cannon.  Making self protection a felony.  Democratic members of Congress apparently aren’t going to be satisfied until American citizens are completely and utterly defenseless. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced a bill for consideration of the new Congress which would prohibit the ownership of certain types of body armor for      ... MORE

VIDEO: Ayn Rand On The Pursuit Of Happiness

Lew Rockwell: The Libertarian Principle Of Secession

Break it up!     For a century and a half, the idea of secession has been systematically demonized among the American public. The government schools spin fairy tales about the “indivisible Union” and the wise statesmen who fought to preserve it. Decentralization is portrayed as unsophisticated and backward, while nationalism and      ... MORE

DUI Checkpoints Could Be A Thing Of The Past In N.D.

by Nicole Johnson.    If only the Fourth Amendment protected us from warrantless searches. DUI checkpoints in North Dakota could soon be a thing of the past. Sobriety checkpoints are used in North Dakota by police to deter drunk driving. But, lawmakers in Bismarck are talking about getting rid of them, saying there needs to be a reason to     ... MORE

Thursday, January 29, 2015

10 Ways Cops Enriched Themselves From The Drug Trade

by Aaron Cantu.     The drug trade is a great place to make tons of money fast. In 2003, the UN estimated the total worth of the global drug trade at $320 billion, a figure that has certainly grown in the last 12 years. So it’s not surprising that some police officers, who interact frequently with the narco-world, decide to go crooked. But what makes   ... MORE

Steven Pinker: Why Free Speech Is Fundamental

Ideas matter.      More than two centuries after freedom of speech was enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution, that right is very much in the news. Campus speech codes, disinvited commencement speakers, jailed performance artists, exiled leakers, a blogger condemned to a thousand lashes by one of our closest allies, and the      ... MORE

VIDEO: Harry Browne's Social Security Solution

Greg Gutfeld: New E-Cig Study Goes Up In Smoke

E-Cig attack vaporizes.    The New England Journal of Medicine ran a letter linking e-cigs to cancer and the panicky media gobbled it up like a pot brownie. But how sturdy is this research? What might happen if you tapped lightly on their findings? Yes, under closer scrutiny, this blockbuster collapsed faster than Michael Moore in a spin class. According to  ... MORE

Thorin Klosowski: Carl Sagan's Best Productivity Tricks

How to seek out the truth.   Carl Sagan is a well known astronomer, cosmologist, author, and most obviously, science communicator and host of the show Cosmos. His views on science and general living are simultaneously inspirational and galvanizing. Let's take a look at just a few of his ideas that are useful for all of us. Sagan was first and       ... MORE

VIDEO: Glorious Death of America's Worst School System

Masked SWAT Team Raids Poker Game, Terrorizes Players

by Tom Jackman.        Militarized cops seek to protect society from gamblers. On a quiet weeknight among the stately manors of Great Falls, ten men sat around a table in the basement of a private home last November playing high stakes poker. Suddenly, masked and heavily armed SWAT team officers from the Fairfax County Police Department   ... MORE

John Stossel - Owning Ideas

Thinking about copyrights.   For most of history, people suffered in miserable poverty. Then, in a few hundred years, some new ideas made life hugely better for billions of us — things like running water, the printing press, the steam engine, electricity, the Internet. We want people to keep coming up with new and better ideas. But there's a problem:   ... MORE