Showing posts with label climate change. Show all posts
Showing posts with label climate change. Show all posts

Jan 7, 2018


The ever-shifting definition of "assault weapons"

fromVolokhConspiracy: The phrase has been used to promote bans on almost every type of gun.
2nd Amendment  Assaults

New York City greets the new year with a host of new nanny-state rules

fromReason: Styrofoam bans, cigarette restrictions, and Uber taxes are just some of the regulations New Yorkers will have to contend with in 2019.
Regulation Nation

Reporter quits NBC citing network’s support for endless war

fromCaitlinJohnstone: William Arkin makes clear that NBC is in no way the sole mass media offender in its refusal to question or criticize the normalization of endless warfare.
Defense Versus The War Machine       Media Bias on Parade

In 2019, say no to the government’s cruelty, brutality and abuse

fromRutherfordInstitute: Let’s make 2019 the year we refuse to allow the government’s abusive behavior to be our new normal. There is nothing normal about egregious surveillance, roadside strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, censorship, retaliatory arrests, the criminalization of lawful activities, warmongering, indefinite detentions, SWAT team raids, asset forfeiture, police brutality, profit-driven prisons, or pay-to-play politicians.
Police State America      The Government is Not Us

The FBI is trying Amazon’s facial-recognition software

fromNextGov: The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

2018 saw a global revolt against climate change policies

fromWaatsUpWithThat: Despite increasingly apocalyptic warnings from U.N. officials, 2018 has seen a number of high-profile defeats for policies aimed at fighting global warming.

Jan 4, 2018


The establishment will never say no to a war

fromNYMag: The question before us is a relatively simple one: What would be the criteria for removing our remaining troops from the Iraqi, Syrian, and more general Middle Eastern conflicts?
Defense Versus The War Machine

Defending a court’s discretion to allow arguments for conscientious acquittal

fromCATOInstitute: Throughout the entire Anglo-American legal tradition, the independence of citizen juries has been understood to be an indispensable structural check on executive and legislative power. Jury nullification!
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

78-Year-Old man in wheelchair evicted to freezing streets for treating pain with legal medical pot

fromFreeThoughtProject: He had to steer his electric wheelchair half a mile in subfreezing temperatures to get to a homeless shelter.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Top 12 debunked climate scares of 2018

fromWaatsUpWithThat: From hurricanes to polar bears, a review of debunked climate change deceptions.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

fromTheGuardian: We knew that being connected had a price – our data. But we didn’t care. Then it turned out that Google’s main clients included the military and intelligence agencies.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Feds spend $1,788,748 on virtual reality game for young gay men

fromFreeBeacon: Your tax dollars at work. The study, which began during the Obama administration in 2014, recruited young men over Craigslist and Grindr to practice different ways of disclosing they have HIV. 

Dec 26, 2018


Gun owners don't seem eager to comply with New Jersey's new magazine ban

fromReason: Police officers, who can now charge people who own 15-round magazines with a felony, were outraged when it looked like they might receive equal treatment.
2nd Amendment Assaults

VIDEO: Police State America - The Persecution of Michael Flynn

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: rom Tucker Carlson Tonight, a look into the FBI's dealings with General Michael Flynn. Is Michael Flynn guilty of colluding with Russia?  Was he guilty of perjury? Or was he framed?
Police State America     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

House Democrats line up behind what could be the largest expansion of government in decades

fromDailyCaller: Democrats are increasingly lining up to support a “Green New Deal,” which, while vague on details, could end up being the largest expansion of government in decades.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Blame government regulations for America's uninsured problem

fromForbes: Consider how the Affordable Care Act has destroyed America's individual insurance market. The guaranteed issue mandate forces insurers to sell coverage to all customers, regardless of their age and health status.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Walter E Williams: Disparities galore

fromCreators: We differ significantly over a host of socio-economic characteristics by race, sex, ethnicity and nationality. The differences have little or nothing to do with any sort of social injustice or unfair treatment. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

NY Times Suggests Eradication of All Humans Not a Bad Thing—Because “Climate Change”

fromNYTimes: Would our planet be better if all humans were wiped off the face of the Earth? NY Times ponders how that is not such a bad idea.

Dec 7, 2018


Hey, Mr. Trump! Tear down that Deep State wall.....of secrecy

fromTargetLiberty: Attacking this rotten perversion of democracy should be the Donald's real calling. Time for actions to speak louder than words.
The Government is Not Us        Government is Watching Every Move You Make

For climate interventionists, new taxes are only the beginning

fromMises: This peek into the interventionist mentality should serve as a wake-up call for the few writers who keep charmingly calling on libertarians and conservatives to strike a carbon tax deal with progressive leftists.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery    Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Walter E Williams: Our Ignorance of Socialism Is Dangerous

fromTheDailySignal: A recent survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market    Indoctrination and Censorship

Victor Davis Hanson: One-Eyed-Jack law

fromNationalReview: At minimum, the Mueller investigation has effectively served as a deliberate distraction from the felonious behavior of dozens of Obama-administration and Clinton-campaign officials.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

MSM Is getting weirder, more frantic, and more desperate By the day

fromMedium: The only thing keeping the many from rising like lions against the few to create a new world which benefits everyone is the establishment propaganda machine.
Media Bias on Parade

Ocasio-Cortez unwittingly reveals that climate change is a ploy to achieve socialism

fromGrabieNews: The Democratic Party's favorite kook puts their wealth redistribution agenda on the front porch, where the goats can get it.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption    Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Dec 5, 2018


France's protesters are part of a global backlash against climate change taxes

fromSFGate: People of the world are revolting against extreme government taxes based on the pretense of climate change.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Pageant may show that men make the best women

fromTheBlast: Gamblers say transgender could be the next Miss Universe. Many observers conclude that feminism just got set back a good bit.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

San Francisco's wealthy leftists are making homelessness worse

fromMises: In S.F., the median price of a modest single family home now stands at $1.6 million. A family of four with a household income of $100k is considered at the poverty line and actually qualifies for assistance from HUD.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

The Amazon deal shows why we must end corporate welfare

fromActivistPost: Amazon is but one example of local governments bestowing special favor on the few at the expense of those less able to petition for tax dollars.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

VIDEO: Colion Noir - Guns and Reason

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From the Rubin Report, gun rights activist Colion Noir explains his advocacy of concealed carry and other gun rights and his opposition to universal background checks and assault weapon bans.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Paul Ryan Is kinda sorry he was a total failure at balancing the budget

fromReason: Ryan presided over three years of growing deficits and laid the groundwork for worse to come.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Nov 30, 2018


Profitable penalties imperil justice

fromReason: Forfeit a $42,000 Land Rover for a minor drug offense? The Supreme Court is now looking at law enforcement's shameless policing for profit scheme.
Police State America     Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

What government scientists are doing to make their insane extreme climate forecasts

fromEconomicJournal: Dr. Patrick Michaels, director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, discusses the parameterization of the models, the cherry-picking that goes on and the skewed incentives.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Man who bit off cops finger free after jail beating video is revealed

fromDailyMail: Registered sex offender who chomped off piece of cop's finger and swallowed it is ACQUITTED after jail surveillance footage shows officers pinning him down and beating him.
Police State America     Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

VIDEO: This Stupid F*king Caravan

fromDailyMail: That stupid migrant caravan that Obama and the Left contended was "a lie" is now arriving.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

8 Shocking demographic trends which will greatly shape America’s future

fromEndofAmericanDream: We are witnessing a fundamental transformation of America.  Some welcome the changes that are happening, while others are greatly resisting them.  But one thing is very clear – the United States is a very different place than it was 40 or 50 years ago.

Mueller’s RussiaGate probe: Conflicts, presuppositions and special interests

fromDisobedientMedia: Rep Louie Gohmert: “Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.”
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

August 21, 2018


Los Angeles to use body scanners at transit hubs as New York tests them

fromBostonGlobe: Los Angeles’ transit agency said Tuesday that it would become the first in the nation to use body scanners to screen passengers entering stations.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

VIDEO: The CIA Director Who Couldn't Be Trusted

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: A look at why John Brennan was stripped of his security clearance and the hysterical press coverage surrounding the event.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption        Media Bias on Parade

VIDEO: John Stossel on the Paris Climate Fraud

fromJohnStossel/YouTube: Los Angeles’ transit agency said Tuesday that it would become the first in the nation to use body scanners to screen passengers entering stations.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

John Brennan is no match for Trump

fromMoonofAlabama:Brennan is one of the most despicable former U.S. officials alive. There is no sound reason why anyone who does not work for the government, directly or indirectly, should have access to state secrets.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Sexual assault accusation against #MeToo hero Asia Argento relies on uncommon age of consent law

fromReason: An actress who helped take down Harvey Weinstein paid $380,000 to keep a 17-year-old quiet about their encounter.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

FBI dealt blow by DC judge; must address measures taken to verify Steele dossier

fromZeroHedge: Judge Amit Mehta - who in January sided with the FBI's decision to ignore the FOIA request, said that President Trump's release of two House Intelligence Committee documents changed everything.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

July 14, 2016

TSA screeners win immunity from abuse claims: appeals court

fromReuters: Whether it be Lois Lerner, James Clapper, Eric Holder, James Comey, Peter Strzok, the local cop or the TSA screener, we are reminded daily: government is NOT accountable to us.
Police State America      The Government is Not Us

Andrew Napolitano: Filling the swamp

fromCreators:  Trump has given us a nominee to the highest court in the land who typifies the culture he railed against when he claimed he'd drain the swamp.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Bernie Sanders asks nation to please stop mailing him books on economics

fromBabylonBee: Elderly hack decides to stay stupid despite outpouring of assistance.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Incentives Matter, Intentions Don't

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Economist Thomas Sowell explains what happens to intentions on the road toward results.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

A landmark legal shift opens Pandora’s box for DIY guns

fromWired: Cody Wilson makes digital files that let anyone 3-D print untraceable guns. The government tried to stop him. He sued—and won.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle        2nd Amendment Assaults

Remember when sea-level rise was going to cause Pacific Islands to disappear? Never mind.

fromWattsUpWithThat: Coral atolls getting larger, not sinking according to new study using satellite data.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

June 29, 2016

VIDEO: Thomas Sowell - Disparity is Not Discrimination

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Professor Sowell looks at why economic and other outcomes often differ greatly among individuals, groups and institutions.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Trump's trade war requires handing more power to unelected bureaucrats

fromReason: One government intervention into the economy begets another, and American businesses are caught in the chaos.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Supreme Court will decide if civil forfeiture is unconstitutional, violates the Eighth Amendment

fromForbes: The U.S. Supreme Court will review the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws, which allow the government to legally steal a citizen's property if law enforcement suspects them of crime.
Police State America        Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Why "Permit Patty" called the cops on an 8-year-old entrepreneur

fromFEE: This is a symptom of our society's "entrepreneurial decay." 
Regulation Nation

Three glaring examples proving Snopes and the AP have no business being official ‘fact checkers’

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: Snopes and the Associated Press have been given power over social media to define truth but they are often wrong and the consequences are grave.
Indoctrination and Censorship

30 years of global warming forecasts all failed

fromLewRockwell: What actually happened, they got $1 billion for research by scaring the HELL out of everyone.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

June 15, 2016

How to drain the swamp: end the failed war on drugs

fromFFF: While the taxpayers of Flyover America were being shackled with what is now $20 trillion of public debt, the boondogglers and busybodies of the Imperial City were chopping up harmless cannabis plants.
The Government is Not Us       The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Radical plan to split California into three states earns spot on November ballot

fromLATimes: California’s 168-year run as a single entity, hugging the continent’s edge for hundreds of miles and sprawling east across mountains and desert, could come to an end next year.
The Pursuit of Happiness

Fact-checking the “fact-checkers”: Snopes & Politifact have a political agenda

fromOrganicPrepper: I never expected a hub-bub. I did my research, came to some conclusions, and titled my article, “Now It’s Illegal to Have a Shower and Do Laundry on the Same Day.”
Indoctrination and Censorship

Walter E Williams: Diversity and inclusion harm

fromCreators: The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are two federal agencies that fund university research and are consumed by diversity and inclusion ideology.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Chopping down own trees nets man $22,500 in fines

fromCBSNewYork: Cutting down the trees made his property safer however he failed to pay the Sheriff of Nottingham for the privilege. The notion of private property in America has become meaningless.
Regulation Nation

Disaster arrives for climate alarmists

fromRealClimateScience: Arctic sea ice volume is above normal, highest in thirteen years, and melting at the slowest rate on record
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

June 11, 2016

Social Security and Medicare going broke even faster than projected

fromSchiffGold: For the first time since 1982, Social Security will have to dip into its $3 trillion trust fund in order to cover benefits this year. The program’s expenses will exceed its revenue three years earlier than projected.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Berkeley scholar admits "climate change has run its course"

fromZeroHedge: Treating climate change as a planet-scale problem that could be solved only by an international regulatory scheme transformed the issue into a political creed for committed believers.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Trade clash: EU to hit US with $3.3 billion in tariffs next month

fromCNNMoney: Americans are about to start paying for Trump's economic misconceptions.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Jerry Brown wants to tax drinking water

fromTheDailyCaller: The California governor will not be happy until every penny you earn is transferred to the politicians who run the state.
The Government is Not Us      Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Cops swarm and beat a black man unconscious in Arizona for no apparent reason

fromTheDailyMail: Robert Johnson was beaten unconscious by members of the Mesa Police Department because he "wouldn't sit down", though the law prohibiting standing was not provided.
The Government is Not Us      Police State America

Venezuela’s oil meltdown defies belief

fromWolfStreet: The problems for Venezuela continue to mount, and the news that it is considering force majeure points to a more catastrophic decline in production and exports.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

June 7, 2016

DHS plans to compile a list of all bloggers, journalists and “social media influencers”

fromTheMostImportantNews: If LibertyPen's flame is extinguished, you will know why.
The Government is Not Us

Trump has broken the spell of climate change mania

fromGlobalWarmingPolicyForum: Since Mr Trump walked out of the Paris agreement one year ago, it has been fascinating to watch the decline of media interest in “saving the planet”.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Politicizing the FBI: How James Comey succeeded where Richard Nixon failed

fromTheDailyCaller: If there was any doubt about the political motivation of Comey, it was removed by his rhetoric following his ouster, clothed in talk of FBI independence and ethics, but revealing raging anti-Trump animus.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Donald Trump’s Tariffs get pushback from Koch Brothers

fromTheInquisitr: The Koch campaign might force other Republicans to reconsider their fiscal positions and publicly denounce Trump tariffs in an effort to connect with voters.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Hallmark of an economic ponzi scheme

fromHussmanFunds: The constant creation of low-grade debt in order to finance consumption and income shortfalls among some members of the economy, using the massive surpluses earned by other members of the economy.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Six sports betting legalization myths

fromARSTecnica: Thanks to the Supreme Court doing its job, the federal ban on sports betting has been overturned. Individuals can now command their assets. Now, let's dispel the popular myths.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

May 15, 2016

California politicians are hellbent on telling you how to live

fromReason: Now, our so-called "representatives" are seeking to force you on to buses and trains by making life more inconvenient. This is called public service.
Regulation Nation   The Government is Not Us

Walter E Williams: Kanye and Democrats

fromCreators: West raps, "See, that's the problem with this damn nation. All blacks gotta be Democrats. 
Man, we ain't made it off the plantation."
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption    Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

This Taco Bell can't get a liquor license because city officials don't like Taco Bell

fromReason: But the pizza place next door can have one.
Regulation Nation

California's boneheaded solar remedy for climate change

fromReason: Good intentions are a possibility, but awful policies are the routine reality.
Regulation Nation

Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch

fromTheHill: A corrupt political weapon known as the FBI is slowly but steadily being exposed.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

On marijuana and opioids — the DEA has no clue what it’s talking about

fromTheHill: This is hardly breaking news but it is at least being finally acknowledged in some media.
The War On Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

October 25, 2017


Britain says no the term "pregnant woman" as it excludes transgender people

from FoxNews: For those suffering from gender dysphoria, it is apparently considered unkind to suggest a womb is necessary
in order to be pregnant.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

California's six-figure pension club has 62,000 members

from Reason: And seven retirees in Los Angeles pulled down more than $1 million each in retirement benefits last year. "Public service" has its privileges.
Economic Policy: Statism vs. The Free Market

Lies and manipulation: The sorry state of global climate alarmism

from WattsUpWithThat?: While practitioners of environmental religion fret about one-tenth of one degree, India has real concerns: food and water.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Europe: journalists against free speech

from GatestoneInstitute: Gone is all pretense that journalism is about reporting the facts.
Media Bias on Parade

Sens. Rand Paul and Ron Wyden unveil privacy-protecting surveillance reform bill

from Reason: Two senators fight back against the surveillance society and the police state to protect individual from their government.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Don’t call the cops if you’re autistic, deaf, mentally ill, disabled or old

from Rutherford Institute: Sometimes it’s dangerous enough calling the cops when you’re not contending with a disability. Unfortunately, the risks just skyrocket when a disability is involved.
Police State America

September 25, 2017


Has asset forfeiture gone too far? Damn right Skippy!

from FoxNews: How the legalized theft of one man's truck brings the morality of civil asset forfeiture to light.
Police State America

Oklahoma is imprisoning so many people it can’t hire enough guards to keep up

from In These Times: “Prison guard unions often have a strong incentive to push back against reforms, because so much of what we spend on incarceration goes to correctional officers,” explains John Pfaff, a Fordham Law School professor.
Police State America

Scientists go after the media for highlighting a study showing IPCC climate models were wrong

from Watts Up With That!: Sadly, these scientists cannot rejoice that things are not as bad as they thought because the new finding threatens their funding.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

UC Berkeley’s ‘Free Speech Week’ officially canceled, appeared to be set-up from the start

from The Mercury News: Email suggests organizers didn’t intend for the event to happen
Indoctrination and Censorship

Sweden's 'man-free' music festival prompts response from transgender people

from Fox News: The ban on men, it turns out, only applies to what Knyckare described as “cisgender men”—which is a term for men whose gender identity corresponds to their sex assigned at birth. That's not very PC.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Judge approves surveillance on Reno buses

from Mohave Valley Daily News: If you are in public, you are in government's space and will be monitored and recorded. That is what public means these days.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

September 14, 2017


📹  Our Amazing Debt (Cosmos Parody) 

from ReasonTV: The national debt just skipped past $20 trillion, which puts America's indebtedness at "unfathomably staggering." (And the chunk you owe personally at "a lot.") The math is so complex that Reason TV decided to lean on "Cosmos" to explain it.
Economic Policy: Statism vs The Free Market

Maine is nullifying federal regulations that cripple local farmers 

from Mises Institute: This is one path for the future of freedom. State nullification is the remedy for federal overreach and tyrannical anti-liberty regs.
Economic Policy: Statism vs The Free Market

Has the NYT Gone Collectively Mad? 

from Consortiumnews: "For those of us who have taught journalism or worked as editors, a sign that an article is the product of sloppy or dishonest journalism is that a key point will be declared as flat fact when it is unproven or a point in serious dispute – and it then becomes the foundation for other claims, building a story like a high-rise constructed on sand."
Media Bias on Parade

Calls to imprison "climate change deniers" grow in the wake of Hurricane Irma 

from Mises Institute: Environmental fanatics continue to grow more radical and intolerant. The movement seems to be dropping the guise of science, developing into a full-fledged religion.
Indoctrination and Censorship

In surprise vote, House passes amendment to restrict asset forfeiture 

from The Intercept: Could pass the Senate on anti-Sessions, anti-Trump sentiment, but if Trump is the tyrannical authoritarian some suspect, he will veto it.
Police State America

This new database is tracking how many cops are charged with crimes 

from Reason: A new database tries to answer one of the most vexing questions in the national debate over policing. The truly amazing thing is this hasn't been done before.
Police State America

Dear AG, Conspiring Against Free Speech Is A Crime

by Glenn Harlan Reynolds.    Breaking the law to shut up climate change dissenters. Federal law  makes it a felony “for two or more persons to agree together to injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of   ... MORE

Jack Hellner: Prosecuting Free Speech

Speak up now or forever hold your peace.     The U.S. attorney general and the Democrat attorneys general in several states are indicating that they are considering legal action against people who believe that current climate change is natural and cyclical, as it has been throughout billions of years, instead of caused by humans.  Is it any wonder  ... MORE

A VERY Inconvenient Truth: Scientists Finally Admit Climate Models Are FAILING To Predict Global Warming

by Michael Bastasch.    A group of scientists recently put out a new study confirming the 15-year “hiatus” in global warming. That study made headlines, but what went largely unnoticed was a major admission made by the paper’s authors: the climate models were wrong. “There is this mismatch between what the climate models are producing     ... MORE

Global Warming Fund A Slush Fund For World’s Dictators

by Marian Tupy.  Wherever you stand on the subject of global warming, pay close attention to one under-reported aspect of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Paris Agreement. I am referring to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which is a financial mechanism intended "to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation    ... MORE