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An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
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Archived News Monday August 2nd, 2010
Valedictorian Speaks Out Against Schooling in Graduation Speech posted 08/02/2010, 2:02 PM (Signs of the Times)
[Category: Commentary]
The following speech was delivered by top of the class student Erica Goldson during the graduation ceremony at Coxsackie-Athens High School on June 25, 2010

Here I stand

There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." "¨The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast -- How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," replied the Master. "But, I do not understand," said the disappointed student. "At each time that I say I will work harder, you say it will take me longer. Why do you say that?" "¨Replied the Master, "When you have one eye on the goal, you only have one eye on the path."

This is the dilemma I've faced within the American education system. We are so focused on a goal, whether it be passing a test, or graduating as first in the class. However, in this way, we do not really learn. We do whatever it takes to achieve our original objective.

Some of you may be thinking, "Well, if you pass a test, or become valedictorian, didn't you learn something? Well, yes, you learned something, but not all that you could have. Perhaps, you only learned how to memorize names, places, and dates to later on forget in order to clear your mind for the next test. School is not all that it can be. Right now, it is a place for most people to determine that their goal is to get out as soon as possible.

I am now accomplishing that goal. I am graduating. I should look at this as a positive experience, especially being at the top of my class. However, in retrospect, I cannot say that I am any more intelligent than my peers. I c
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Related: The Seven-Lesson Schoolteacher - By John Taylor Gatto, New York State Teacher of the Year, 1991

Stealthy Government Contractor Monitors U.S. Internet Providers, Worked With Wikileaks Informant posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Forbes)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked t... (more)

Something Fishy About RightHaven Suits? posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (CaseyResearch)
[Category: Commentary]
Cracking down on the blogosphere seems to have become the latest fashion. Since March, lawsuits were filed against at least 88 blogs, message boards, advocacy organizations, and other websites, according to various news reports.

And they’re all coming from the same source: Las Vegas-based RightHaven, a firm that deals with copyright infringement.

Reason.com reports that “RightHaven’s business model involves acquiring the copyrights for specific articles orig
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Leveraging IP posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Stephan Kinsella)
[Category: Commentary]
Watch Importation, Copyright, and the First-Sale Doctrine

The "Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m" wristwatch.

In Cutting edges, blogger Peter Gordon relates a fascinating case where Swiss watchmaker Omega found a brilliantly evil trick using IP law to crack do
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Andy of Mayberry Shills for Obamacare posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Andy Griffith is telling seniors “good things are coming” under Obamacare. The actor, who played the sheriff of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s, says retiring Baby Boomers can expect free preventive checkups and lower-cost prescriptions when they become Medicare recipients. Griffith was paid with Medicare money to shill the program.
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So I was right about the BP oil spill posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (James Delingpole)
[Category: Commentary]
“There’s nothing the greens like more than a nice, juicy oil spill disaster”, I wrote seven weeks ago, in a blog arguing that the environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster was being talked up by green activists like Barack Obama in order to advance an eco-fascist agenda and that really, in the great scheme of things, this spill was as nothing ... (more)

BP's evaporating oil slick leaves America without a villain posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Science/Technology]
With the gush from the BP oil spill plugged for the past two weeks, experts are beginning to question whether it can really be called an environmental disaster at all.

Wetlands Front Group Funded by Big Oil Wants Taxpayers to Foot the Bill for BP's Gulf Destruction posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions]
A group of oil companies including BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Citgo, Chevron and other polluters are using a front group called "America's WETLAND Foundation" and a Louisiana women's group called Women of the Storm to spread the message that U.S. taxpayers should pay for the damage caused by BP to Gulf Coast wetlands, and that the reckless offshore... (more)

EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (News9.com)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.

The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, "If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history." It further states, "We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels wil
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Let Them Eat Cake posted 08/02/2010, 2:01 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
It is not unusual for members of the diminishing upper middle class to drop $20,000 or $30,000 on a big wedding. But for celebrities this large sum wouldn't cover the wedding dress or the flowers.

When country music star Keith Urban married actress Nicole Kidman in 2006, their wedding cost $250,000. This large sum hardly counts as a celebrity wedding. When mega-millionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump married model Melania Knauss, the wedding bill was $1,000,000.

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Nonsense on the Deficit Question posted 08/02/2010, 1:59 PM (Robert P. Murphy)
[Category: Economy]
In a recent piece I reported the shocking ignorance in a Huffington Post article on the alleged harmlessness of the federal deficit. Several readers wrote to tell me that as bad as the HuffPo article was, James Galbraith's interview with Ezra Klein was even worse.

They were right. In today's piece I'll walk through some of Galbraith's bigge
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Game Cafe Robbed, Gamers Fight Back, Lots Of Punches To The Head posted 08/02/2010, 1:59 PM (Kotaku.com)
[Category: Resistance]
A gaming cafe in Kaneohe, Hawaii was robbed last week, three youths storming in and demanding money from the customers inside. They got the money, but I don't think they were ready for one guy to fight back.

As you can see in this clip from KHON2 news, things were going pretty well for the bandits early on. They come in, threaten the front desk employee,
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Indonesian ISPs Ordered To Ban All Porn In Just A Few Weeks posted 08/02/2010, 1:59 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Towards the end of July a few people submitted the news that Indonesia's Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring had ruled that all Indonesian ISPs had to start blocking access to porn by August 11th (the start of Ramadan). As of this weekend, Sembiring appears to have ... (more)

Congressman at Town Hall: ‘The Federal Government Can Do Most Anything in This Country’ posted 08/02/2010, 1:59 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]

Rep. Pete Stark takes questions at a town hall meeting.

Hey NY Times: Can You Back Up The Claim Of $200 Billion Lost To Counterfeiting? posted 08/02/2010, 1:58 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
It's getting really frustrating watching the supposedly professional press repeat stats that have been thoroughly debunked as if they're factual, so I think it's about time that people started calling out the publications and reporters who make these mistakes directly. So, Stephanie Clifford, reporter for the NY Times, can you give any evidence whatsoever to support the claim that you made in your article this past weekend that 04/23Cop Swerves His SUV Into Longboarders To Enforce $35 Bylaw Violation - 04/14Louisiana Creates Database of Citizens Who Represent "A Risk to the State" - 04/23North Carolina Deputy Snatches Two Phones, Fails to Snatch Third, as she Handcuffs Man for no Reason - 04/22Town Threatens Jail Time To Citizens Who Feed Stray Cats - 04/23Bunkerville Was Not the BLM's First Rustler's Roundup - 04/22Tax Day: What Kind of "Civilization" Are We Paying For? - 04/14Man Attacked By Cop For Asking Question - 04/22

Rialto, CA Police Made to Wear Cameras, Use of Force Drops by Over Two-ThirdsCop Who Karate Chopped NY Judge In Throat Gets Off Scot-FreeFlorida Cop Smashes Compliant Woman's Face Into Car -- "Maybe Now You Can Understand Simple Instructions"VIDEO: Lapel Cam Reveals A Day In The Life Of A U.S. Police Officer (Tasing, Beating, Breaking & Entering, Stomping On Heads... and Laughing About It)Caught On Tape: Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Files Report Claiming 'Self Defense'Insult Person On Twitter, Go To JailSWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadCop Karate Chops NY Judge In The Throat
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