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Number 801, December 14, 2014
Every culture that discourages or discounts
gun ownership is a culture where women are
trained to be sacrificed to violent men.

Things are tough all over
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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama, Part 7
by Terence James Mason
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Letters to the Editor
from Frank Ney, Rex May, Kristophr, Jim Woosley, LookoutNames.com, and A.X. Perez
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A is A: A Thing is Itself
by L. Neil Smith
I spent three hours yesterday playing Solitaire on my computer and listening to Rush Limbaugh on the radio, trying to justify the use of torture by the government in its war against ... against what? We'll go easy on the state and say its a war against those who want to blow people and things up. Like the government, we won't ask—for the moment—why they might want to do that, and what makes them feel justified.
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The Forever War
by Sean Gangol
Unless you just woke from a long coma then you probably know that Iraq is being taken over by Isis a terrorist group so extreme that even Al-Qaida stays clear of them. What I find the most interesting about this current fiasco are the reactions of those on the right and the left.
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Anarchism: What It Really Stands For
by Emma Goldman
The history of human growth and development is at the same time the history of the terrible struggle of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn. In its tenacious hold on tradition, the Old has never hesitated to make use of the foulest and cruelest means to stay the advent of the New, in whatever form or period the latter may have asserted itself. Nor need we retrace our steps into the distant past to realize the enormity of opposition, difficulties, and hardships placed in the path of every progressive idea. The rack, the thumbscrew, and the knout are still with us; so are the convict's garb and the social wrath, all conspiring against the spirit that is serenely marching on.
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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant for 12-14-2014
by Neale Osborn
I'd like to deal with a topic that some people just refuse to comprehend. Human rights. For some reason, "Human Rights Activists" constantly support disarming people. They NEVER think about the poor, the downtrodden, the victims. They constantly demand someone "do something" whenever a story about poor villagers being massacred, or poor blacks dying in Chicago from a gunshot, or Chinese peasants being killed by their government. Yet they ignore the most important part—the victims are ALWAYS unarmed by law. They are forced to be defenseless, BY LAW. So whether it is government thugs in China, narcotraficantes in Mexico, or gangbanger blacks in Chicago, the killers have weapons, their victims are unarmed. BY THE VERY PEOPLE WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT THEM. DO you want to see human rights violations drop? REALLY drop? Start collecting guns and ammo (I'll donate a few) and ship them to the people in areas where firearms are prohibited and human rights are violated. Let's all start with those ladies in Mexico I mention down below. Remember, as L. Neil Smith says, "Every man, woman, and responsible child has a human, civil, and Constitutional right to own and carry, anytime, wherever they choose, any weapon, rifle, pistol, shotgun, machinegun, WHATEVER, without permission from anybody" (my paraphrase of The Atlanta Declaration) Let's stop genocides. Let's protect human rights, everywhere. Arm the poor, the tired, the huddles masses yearning to breathe free.
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Atlantea The Beautiful No. 307
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 307 of a weekly cartoon series.
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Soon after Nick Land coined the phrase "Dark Enlightenment" there was a flood of articles on the subject. However, most of the articles that actually tried to explain what it was were written by those hostile to the concept. Now that the furor has subsided it seems like a good time to try to explain to newcomers what the Dark Enlightenment actually is from a sympathetic angle. With so many different writers it can be intimidating for newcomers to tip their toes in the water without having to jump in to the ocean. So this will be a primer for those who are perhaps curious and looking for an introduction. Read more

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A conversation with Lynn Margulis is an effective way to change the way you think about life. Not just your life. All life. Scientists today recognize five groups of life: bacteria, protoctists (amoebas, seaweed), fungi (yeast, mold, mushrooms), plants, and animals. Margulis, a self-described "evolutionist," makes a convincing case that there are really just two groups, bacteria and everything else.

That distinction led to her career-making insight. In a 1967 paper published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, Margulis suggested that mitochondria and plastids—vital structures within animal and plant cells—evolved from bacteria hundreds of million of years ago, after bacterial cells started to collect in interactive communities and live symbiotically with one another. The resulting mergers yielded the compound cells known as eukaryotes, which in turn gave rise to all the rest—the protoctists, fungi, plants, and animals, including humans. The notion that we are all the children of bacteria seemed outlandish at the time, but it is now widely supported and accepted. "The evolution of the eukaryotic cells was the single most important event in the history of the organic world," said Ernst Mayr, the leading evolutionary biologist of the last century. "Margulis's contribution to our understanding the symbiotic factors was of enormous importance."
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