Showing posts with label vice. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vice. Show all posts

Feb 6, 2019

Donald Trump: ‘We’ve got to get out of these endless wars’

fromBreitbart:  President Donald Trump detailed his position Sunday on withdrawing troops United States from Afghanistan and Syria.
Defense Verses The War Machine

Major DNA testing company sharing genetic data with the FBI

fromBloomberg:  FamilyTreeDNA is the culprit. Unwitting citizens are paying to have their genetic information sent to the FBI and other government databases.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Are you a woman traveling alone? Marriott might be watching you.

fromReason: The surveillance tactics that have been adopted by hotel chains are part of a disturbing partnership between hospitality businesses and federal law enforcement to track the movements of people, especially women.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

How the drug war eats the poor

fromVice:  According to a new report by the NGO Health Poverty Action, prohibition drives poverty and criminality in places like Brazil and India.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Hawaii considers ban on cigarette sales

fromABC30:  Vice cops look for new products as busybodies seek to mind YOUR own business.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Capitalism has been the bane of poverty worldwide

fromReviewJournal:  Bill Gates noted that the proportion of people on Earth living in extreme poverty has declined from 94 percent in 1820 to below 9 percent today. “Most of the credit … must go to capitalism and free trade.”

Steve Chapman: Outlawing Prostitution Is A Crime

Laws put sex workers in unnecessary danger.   Banning things you don't like has a long history, though not a happy one. Americans have tried banning alcohol, marijuana, pornography and homosexuality. All of them persisted anyway. So we learned to not only tolerate but allow them. Nowadays, you can have a glass of Scotch in a gay bar while    ... MORE

A Lawsuit Pushes To Make Prostitution Legal In California

by Chris Sieroty.     When it comes to legal prostitution, Nevada has welcomed brothels in certain counties and in exchange has taxed the industry and demanded strict medical testing for prostitutes to protect both the sex workers and their clients. Even an attempt by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to have lawmakers in Carson City   ... MORE

IRS Rules Make Federal Government Primary Pot Profiteers

by Katie Kuntz. A 70% Tax? Voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C., will decide Tuesday whether to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. But any new pot shops that voters approve may not be able to survive a drug war-era tax code that already threatens many businesses in Colorado and Washington state. Under this tax code the federal  ... MORE

Drugs And Prostitutes Help Bring Italy Out Of Recession

by Shane Ferro.   Italy is no longer in a recession, thanks to its black market. Because the European Union changed the way it calculates GDP to include illegal revenue from things like underground alcohol sales, drugs, and prostitution, Italy found out Wednesday that its 0.1% GDP decline in the first quarter of 2014 was actually flat— or 0.0%    ... MORE

Cathy Reisenwitz: Why It's Time To Legalize Prostitution

There’s no good reason not to. A prostitute has a 45 percent to 75 percent chance of experiencing workplace violence at some point, according to recent research indicates, and a 32 percent to 55 percent likelihood that she or he was victimized the past year. Worker safety, along with concerns about exploitation and objectification,    ... MORE

Robert Taylor: Legalize Coke, Heroin & Every Other Drug

Why stop at weed?        Now that Colorado and Washington state have nullified and defied federal law by re-legalizing marijuana, it is the time to re-legalize all drugs and kickstart the domino effect that will finally put an end to the disastrous war on drugs. Since marijuana is a comparably safe drug to legal products like alcohol and tobacco while also   ... MORE

Silk Road 2.0 Resurrects Online Drugs Marketplace

Black market site adds new security measures. Silk Road, the online drugs marketplace which was shut down by the FBI in October, has been resurrected by a group of the site’s former moderators and users. Dubbed Silk Road 2.0, the new site taunts the authorities from the start with a login page that features a pastiche of the FBI’s seizure.    ... MORE

Ben Wolfgang: Obama's Tax On The Pursuit Of Happiness

Sets his sights on vodka, golf and cigarettes. President Obama’s budget doesn’t just go after wealthy Americans. It’s also got new taxes on vodka, cigarettes and other unexpected items, ABC News reported. The fiscal 2014 spending plan, which looks to raise about $1.8 trillion in new revenue, also tackles golf courses, which can no longer be counted ... MORE

A. Barton Hinkle: Everything Fun Is Illegal In Virginia

Warning: no fornication allowed.   Only one or two centuries late, Virginia lawmakers have decided it is none of their business if unmarried couples share a roof. So the legislators are now working diligently to repeal the state’s law against “lewd and lascivious cohabitation.” Huzzahs all ’round for that. But do not unclutch thy bodice yet. Virginia law  ... MORE

A Former Drug Czar Advisor Compares Pot To Child Porn

by Matthew Feeney.     If you thought former drug czar advisor Paul Chabot couldn’t top his claim that alcohol prohibition “actually worked” you would be wrong. Chabot recently appeared on HuffPost Live and compared marijuana to child pornography. From the Huffington Post: When asked by HuffPost Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim ... MORE

Jacob G. Hornberger: Drug-War Tyranny In Its Purest Form

Government is efficient at ruining lives. Stephanie George, who is now 42 years old, has spent the last 15 years of her life in jail. That might turn out to be a short period of time, given that her sentence is life without parole. She has no hope of ever being released from jail. Her crime? Living in a house in which her boyfriend maintained a    ... MORE

Laurence M Vance: Why The Drug War Should Be Ended

It should be identified for what it is, a war on freedom. The War on Drugs is a monstrous evil that has ruined more lives than drugs themselves. Taking drugs harms the person who partakes, but not those who abstain; the War on Drugs harms everyone, even those who abstain from taking drugs. Yet the Drug War enjoys bipartisan support in  ... MORE