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Number 728, July 7, 2013
"Obama doesn't seem to have learned
the most important lesson of our
times: never fuck with the geeks."


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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
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Letters to the Editor
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Tomorrow
by L. Neil Smith
I remember what the future used to look like. Maybe you do, too. For the most part, in what were called the "Sunday Supplements" of America's daily newspapers (or the decorative endpapers of some of my favorite "Young Readers'" books), it consisted of crowds of healthy, happy human beings, men, women, and children, colorfully but lightly dressed for their weather-controlled environment, inhabiting glass and silver cities shining in the golden sun, swarmed about by tiny private aircraft, levitating automobiles, and individuals hurling themselves through the air on jet-pack harnesses, while an atomic-powered flying wing passed by overhead, and a V2-shaped rocket ship blasted for the stars.
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America: Opting Out
by Jonathan David Morris
Sometimes people move. Sometimes they move close, like down the street or the other side of the neighborhood. And sometimes people move further away, like the next town over, the next state over, or sometimes across the country. Sometimes people move out of the country. Sometimes they move across the world.
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Lincolnolatry
by Rex May
No, that's not Abe Lincoln, there, though it does look a lot like him, don't you think? It's the hired gun, Daisuke Jigen. They really have a lot in common, both apparently having learned their trade in the nasty streets of Chicago, the main difference being that Jigen does his own killing and doesn't pretend to any kind of moral superiority or any of that "four score and seven" blather.
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WARNING! A False Flag Group Launches Today
The American Rifle and Pistol Association (ARPA) is a FRAUD!

by Buckeye Firearms Association
Do you remember the phoney "American Hunters and Shooters Association" that pretended to support gun rights ... but actually advocated more gun control and endorsed (surprise, surprise) Barack Obama? Well, now with the 2014 elections gearing up, another fake gun group has popped up claiming to support "sane" gun ownership. They're called the American Rifle and Pistol Association and they're officially launching today, July 4. But don't be fooled by all the firearm photos on their Facebook page or all the Second Amendment talk on their colorful website.
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A Dog Defends His Territory
by Paul Bonneau
You are walking along a road, and come by a place with a chain-link fence. A dog comes rushing out snarling and barks at you as you go by. Continuing on, he finally stops barking and with a "Woof" goes back to his den, keeping an eye on you as you walk out of his view. What changes if there is no fence? Almost nothing! He still comes rushing out snarling, he still stops at a particular point as if a fence were there. It's a little scarier for you, but for him it is the same. At some point—unless you encourage him by running from him—he loses confidence and aggression melts away. He is on less sure terms outside of his territory.
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Time to End the Persecution of the Street Preachers
by John Kersey
Today's Daily Telegraph reports the treatment of an American street pastor who was arrested after preaching outside a Wimbledon shopping centre. Tony Miano, who in one of life's little ironies is a former senior police officer, expounded a passage from Thessalonians which deals with sexual immorality and cited homosexuality as an example of contravention of the law of God. A woman hearing this made a complaint to police, and two officers promptly arrested Mr Miano under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 which deals with "insulting words and behaviour". As Mr Miano explained to the officers, Section 5 has recently been amended so that what is merely insulting is no longer to be an offence. However, despite having been passed by the House of Lords, this change has yet to come into law and the arresting officers claimed that they were unaware of it.
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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 17
by Neale Osborn
Feeling a touch nervous, Colorado Democrat pols? Judging by the responses to your unconstitutional gun bans and magazine capacity limits, you should be. How many of you are facing recall elections? exactly how many businesses are leaving Colorado? How many planned hunts (a HUGE source of Colorado income, and the livelihood of thousands in the Rockies) have been cancelled? Oh yeah, you jackasses are gonna feel the pain. Today (6-30-2013) you have a mile a half mile long waiting for the 1500 free 30 round magazines (provided by one of the companies you pissed off, MagPul Industries) and the 18500 others they provided for sale prior to implementation of this unconstitutional law.
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Atlantea The Beautiful No. 234
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 234 of a weekly cartoon series.
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EDITORIAL MATTERS

First, our Publisher, Mr. L. Neil Smith informs me that next week, he plans to offer two reviews, the first of the movie version of J. Neil Schulman's classic libertarian novel, Alongside Night, and the second of an incredibly stupid book by a guy who thinks that the libertarian movement's biggest problem in the Zero Aggression Principle, which should be dispensed with immediately.

Neil says the poor fool doesn't seem to understand that the Zero Aggression Principle is the libertarian movement. He will be ripping a new one for the fellow. Tune in next week.

I found this interesting:

To everyone who predicts "riots in the streets" for whatever reason....

There are three reasons we haven't seen mass riots of economically lower class minority youth (pretty much the only Americans who riot) in years, and likely will not any time soon:

      Poor youth have air conditioning now
      Poor youth have text messaging now
      Poor youth have playstation and xbox now

They're too lazy, comfortable, and entertained by other
things, to bother with rioting... Rioting is hard, and hot,
and not all that fun... it's too much work.

Note... I say this not because I think minorities are
lazy... but because YOUTH, economically lower class or
otherwise, minority or otherwise; are, for the most part,
lazy and complacent; and busy doing other things.
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This fellow tells 'em what for:

"Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else," he continued. "You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America."
—Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), to President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
[READ MORE]

A philosopher considers that it's not just surveillance that is so bad, but lying, systematic, deliberate, and directed lying:

The Real War on Reality
By Peter Ludlow

If there is one thing we can take away from the news
of recent weeks it is this: the modern American
surveillance state is not really the stuff of
paranoid fantasies; it has arrived...

But those revelations, captivating as they are, have
been partial—they primarily focus on one government
agency and on the surveillance end of intelligence
work, purportedly done in the interest of national
security. What has received less attention is the
fact that most intelligence work today is not carried
out by government agencies but by private intelligence
firms and that much of that work involves another
common aspect of intelligence work: deception. That
is, it is involved not just with the concealment of
reality, but with the manufacture of it.

The realm of secrecy and deception among shadowy yet
powerful forces may sound like the province of
investigative reporters, thriller novelists and
Hollywood moviemakers—and it is—but it is
also a matter for philosophers. More accurately,
understanding deception and and how it can be
exposed has been a principle project of philosophy
for the last 2500 years. And it is a place where
the work of journalists, philosophers and other
truth-seekers can meet.
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Unfortunatley many of those masters of secrecy and deception are journalists, philosophers and pretend truth-seekers. They are everywhere!

Here is something of interest for the do-it-yerselfer:

RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine.

RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable
of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are
made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap
self-replicates by making a kit of itself—a kit that
anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also
means that—if you've got a RepRap—you can print lots
of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a
friend...
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I have a SpaceX t-shirt. Here's why:

SpaceX Grasshopper Vertical Takeoff Vertical Landing test flight
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It's taken from a personally-owned drone that video recorded the test from above. The rocket takes off, rises about a thousand feet, and then lands. Brought tears to my eyes. (Partially because I'm too damned old to ever have a chance of riding one of those things into the New Frontier, and also because it was just beautiful; go watch.)

Another good read:

Lincoln's Surveillance State
By David T. Z. Mindich

COLCHESTER, Vt.—BY leaking details of the National
Security Agency's data-mining program, Edward J. Snowden
revealed that the government's surveillance efforts were
far more extensive than previously understood. Many
commentators have deemed the government's activities
alarming and unprecedented. The N.S.A.'s program is
indeed alarming—but not, from a historical perspective,
unprecedented. And history suggests that we should
worry less about the surveillance itself and more
about when the war in whose name the surveillance is
being conducted will end.
In 1862, after President Abraham Lincoln appointed
him secretary of war, Edwin M. Stanton penned a letter
to the president requesting sweeping powers, which
would include total control of the telegraph lines.
By rerouting those lines through his office, Stanton
would keep tabs on vast amounts of communication,
journalistic, governmental and personal. On the
back of Stanton's letter Lincoln scribbled his
approval: "The Secretary of War has my authority
to exercise his discretion in the matter within
mentioned."
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Yep, them sonzabitches been at it a long time. A long time. But their time is almost gone. Finally.

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