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Friday, September 27, 2013

Gun Technology Is Inherently Liberal, Because It Empowers The Disempowered

Credit: Kitty Hell



The existence and availability of gun technology is a great equalizer for the physically weaker and more vulnerable among us.

Take for instance, this 15-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister, who were home alone one Tuesday afternoon in 2010 when two strangers tried to break into their house. Without gun technology, these two children would have certainly been in worse danger.

Gun technology confers physical parity upon those who are physically disempowered against stronger bullies or intra-species predators, because they have smaller or weaker bodies.

Two thundering, violent, adult, male brutes breaking into a house don't need gun technology to overpower and abuse or even kill two children. But without gun technology, the children would likely never be able to overpower and neutralize these predatory adults' physical advantage.

The quality of the technology is relevant to its effectiveness and the best interests and best practices of millions of peaceful, non-troublemaking people who want to have access to this technology should not be subject to reactionary compulsory regulations.

By "reactionary," I mean: arbitrarily crafted in the wake of the latest tasteless corporate national media murder frenzy; and by "compulsory," I mean: enforced through threats and intimidation by the notoriously and brazenly violent bullies of what Ayn Rand once called the most "blunt force trauma instrument" in the history of mankind-- the US federal government!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"The most important part of the Edward Snowden story is..."

"...that Silicon Valley and Washington intelligence people move back and forth professionally and consider themselves to be in the same industry."

Great insight from a delightful Reason article about the science fiction prophet, Philip K. Dick.

Libertarians will want to do something about this problem. They will need to persuade the public that if you move from Silicon Valley to working for the Washington regime, you're not in the information technology industry anymore. Not even close. You're in the organized crime industry.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Constitution Day: I'm Allowed to Rob You!



Want to see a piece of paper that gives me the RIGHT to rob you? You don't believe there is such a thing? Are you SURE you don't believe it?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oh My God Yes


This guy wins the Internet.

Fist bump: /r/libertarianmeme

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This video of the Nashville #NoWarWithSyria Rally is an inspiring glimpse into the hearts and minds of many Americans


Messengers for Liberty went out to make a video of what happened at the Nashville #NoWarWithSyria Rally on August 31st. They got footage of speakers and short, powerful interviews with the rally's participants.

Take a look and tell us your favorite speaker, quote, or moment from the video. My favorite was at the very beginning when the speaker said, "I looked on the CDC website, but I didn't see that tomahawk missiles are an approved treatment to help chemical weapons victims recover. We're not helping any children by bombing more children!"



Thursday, September 5, 2013

There Are Plenty of Good Reasons You Might Want to ID Yourself: Why Should The State Have a Monopoly?

Today my very creative libertarian Muslim friend, Davi Barker, wrote on his Facebook:

"Anyone feel like spotting me $900 bucks so I can start issuing custom full color plastic agorist identification cards?

A commenter responded:

"that's very statist of you"

Davi's answer:

"How do you figure? There are plenty of legitimate reasons to verify your identity. I don't see why the State should have a monopoly."

Commenter's response:

"touche.."

Davi's followup:

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the whole point of Shiny Badges is to provide market alternatives of Statist insignia. Lapel pins. Badges. Declarations. Soon flags, maybe ID cards. That's the joke... or is it the strategy. Maybe it's a strategy disguised as a joke.

Another commenter wrote:

I'm saddened that you didn't check https://www.bitcoinstore.com/badgy-bdg101fru-card-printer.html first! You can save over $165 and pay with Bitcoin!

Davi answered:

That's awesome! Thanks. That'll be how I do it when I do it! I gotta crunch some numbers.

And another commenter had a great suggestion:

What about starting a kick starter. I'm sure many if us would like to help out but few us van actually do 900

I wrote:

"If you started a Kickstarter and at a reasonable enough contribution level people could get their own ID card, and if you thought some more about it and came up with a truly functional private ID card with some real potential uses; an excellent, useful, and remarkable look and layout; and and a plan for your brand to build a trusted reputation with cards that are easily identifiable as your issue, somehow difficult to fake (I think there are all kinds of awesome solutions to this), and a trusted verification process for someone to get a card-- you might have a very cool business idea on your hands that a lot of people would support. I'd be interested in getting one of these and I know a few people I think would be too."

A very, very cool idea.

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn't Want You To Talk About


(Warning: Graphic Footage)

Washington doesn't merely lack the legal authority for a military intervention in Syria. It lacks the moral authority.

We're talking about a government with a history of using chemical weapons against innocent people far more prolific and deadly than the mere accusations Assad faces from a trigger-happy Western military-industrial complex, bent on stifling further investigation before striking.

For the facts, please read my latest article at PolicyMic, a list of 10 chemical weapons attacks carried out by the U.S. government or its allies against civilians.

And after you've read it, check this out:

THL Exclusive Bonus Footage for The Article
(Warning: Graphic)

I had included several very graphic photos of the victims of these chemical attacks in the PolicyMic article linked above. I wanted for people to see just how horrifying Washington foreign policy and chemical weapons are and just how real these attacks were, just how real these victims were, these innocent human beings who were melted alive or had the life choked out of them by poisonous gas, these babies born with heart breaking birth defects because of what Washington politicians and their military are doing in the world.

PolicyMic kept some of the photos, but decided some were too graphic and replaced them. I think that's perfectly fine and have no problem with them exercising that editorial prerogative, but I still did want to make the photos available to anyone who wants to see actual photos of the actual victims of these actual attacks that Washington actually carried out. So I decided to share them here. This is so real. And it needs to stop:


1. The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals on Vietnam from 1962 - 1971

Result: rampant birth defects and cancer.



2. Israel Attacked Palestinian Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2008 - 2009

This is what a white phosphorus wound looks like. It melts human flesh right down to the bone. This is an actual victim of one of these Israeli white phosphorus attacks on Gaza, a 13 year old boy named Ayman al Najar who lost his sister, grandfather, and cousin in the attack. Here's a video showing footage of his wounds and journalists interviewing him about the attacks.



3. Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

Here's an Iraqi child who died when the US Army attacked her with white phosphorus:


8. The U.S. Military Littered Iraq with Toxic Depleted Uranium in 2003

This is what depleted Uranium is doing to the children now being born in Iraq:



This is not necessary to keep you safe. This is not brave, nor honorable, nor praiseworthy. This is not good for the troops, their physical health, their mental health, or their souls. This is not pro life. This is not pro family. This is not national defense.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video: Some Startling Facts About Circumcision



Stefan Molyneux breaks down the truth behind circumcision, including details on the procedure, it's history, rate of occurrence, claimed medical justifications, relation to masturbation, negative consequences and its morality.