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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 Wednesday February 1st, 2012
The SOPA Wake-Up Call to Abolish Copyright posted 02/01/2012, 10:08 AM (Stephan Kinsella)
[Category: Commentary]
I’ve blogged quite a bit lately about SOPA and PIPA and the recent Internet blackouts and other protests against these bills, which threaten free speech and the open Internet (Mike Masnick et al. at Techdirt have also been great on exposing and analyzing SOPA).

As Jeffrey Tucker noted recently, the protests against SOPA started not with conservatives or even “libertarians,” but with civil libertarians of the “left,” as well as Silicon Valley tech types. Of course, some libertarians have been opposed to SOPA (and copyright) from the beginning — the more-radical and anti-state libertarians, in particular Austro-libertarians and left-libertarians.

Aside from the anti-state libertarians, however, most of the protests against SOPA concede that copyright is good, intellectual property is important and piracy is bad…but then they bemoan that SOPA “goes too far.”

For example, consider this article in PC Magazine, providing the response of 11 PC Mag staffers asked for their take on SOPA. The response to SOPA was universally negative, but most of them first prefaced their opposition to SOPA by genuflecting to copyright and recognizing that IP piracy “is, of course, a real problem.” For example:
  • “Yes, theft of intellectual property is wrong, but it shouldn’t be protected at the cost of free speech and an open Internet”
  • “SOPA is a perfect case of a disproportionate reaction to a real problem. Lawless websites full of pirated content are a real problem, but breaking the Internet isn’t the solution”
  • “This proposed legislation is akin to having libraries monitored, or even shut down, because there is a chance that a book may contain a piece of plagiarized work”
  • “IP is a precious thing. For example, every writer on PC Mag has had their work pirated at one time or another. However, this legislation goes” too far
  • “There is definitely a need for content owners like movie ... (more)

Currency Wars posted 02/01/2012, 10:08 AM (Doug French)
[Category: Economy]
he talk is all about jobs, jobs, jobs in Washington and on the campaign trail as the unemployment rate continues to be elevated and long-term unemployment is higher than ever. Since getting government out of the way isn't an option, late last year congressional leaders decided to turn up the volume while crying that American workers are being damaged by China's undervalued currency — the renminbi (or yuan).

Bipartisan support was summoned to declare China a currency manipulator, t
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19 Crazy Things That School Children Are Being Arrested For In America posted 02/01/2012, 10:08 AM (EndoftheAmericanDream)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
With each passing year, the difference between America's prisons and America's public schools becomes smaller and smaller.  As you read the rest of this article, you will be absolutely amazed at some of the crazy things that school children in America are being arrested for.  When I was growing up, I don't remember a single police officer ever coming to my school.  Discipline was always handled by the teachers and by the principals.  But today, there are schools all over the country that have po... (more)

Gingrich Staffers Attack Ron Paul Supporter in Florida posted 02/01/2012, 10:07 AM (Reason Magazine)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Yahoo News reports that Newt Gingrich staffers stomped on the flip-flop-wearing feet of a sign-toting Ron Paul supporter in Windermere, a small town outside of Orlando:
Noticing the awkward optics, Gingrich aides and security personnel swarmed Dillard, trying to intimidate him into moving. One of Gingrich's security agents stepped in front of hi... (more)

Former CIA Agent Charged Under Espionage Act For Reporting Torture posted 02/01/2012, 10:07 AM (BuzzFeed)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]

In a recent ruling by the Justice Department, former CIA agent John Kiriakou was charged with four felony counts of espionage for discussing the torture involved in CIA's interrogation program with reporters. Young Turks host Cenk Uygur explains the case and points out why this sets a terrible double standard on how our government defends citizens who commit war crimes
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Memphis Police Delete Photographer's Cell Phone Pictures posted 02/01/2012, 10:07 AM (ABC24)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - If you are on a public street and take pictures or video of Memphis Police with your cell phone, you could end up in the back of a squad car and your pictures could be deleted.

ABC 24 News photographer Casey Monroe said that's what happened to him Sunday morning. Police never charged Monroe with a crime, but this could happen to anyone with a cell phone camera.

Monroe said police went too far outside Thai Bistro Restaurant in downtown Memp
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Justice Department Backs RIAA Against Pirating Student posted 02/01/2012, 10:07 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
The Department of Justice has filed a brief siding with the RIAA in its civil case against the file-sharing student Joel Tenenbaum.The RIAA is protesting a demand from the student’s legal team, who want the court to reduce the massive $675,000 fine on due process grounds, to the minimum statutory damages of $750 per song.

More than half a decade ago, the RIAA sued tens of thousands of alleged file-sharers. While the music group settled with the majority for a few thousand dollars
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Pirate Bay Founders’ Prison Sentences Final, Supreme Court Appeal Rejected posted 02/01/2012, 10:03 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
A few moments ago Sweden’s Supreme Court announced its decision not to grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. This means that the previously determined jail sentences and fines handed out to Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström will stand.

November 2010, the Swedish Court of Appeal found t
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The Pirate Bay Statement on Prison Sentences: "2012 is the Year of the Storm" posted 02/01/2012, 10:03 AM (ThePirateBay)
[Category: Resistance]
Year of the storm

2012 is the year of the storm.

The Pirate Bay will reach an age of 9 years. Experiencing raids, espionage and death threats, we're still here. We've been through hell and back and it has made us tougher than ever.

The people running the site has changed during the years. No sane human being would put up with this kind of pressure for 8 years in a row. An insane hobby that takes time from our families, our work (sorry boss) and
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Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block The Pirate Bay Without A Direct Order posted 02/01/2012, 10:02 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Resistance]
While some Dutch ISPs have been ordered by a court to block access to The Pirate Bay (after fighting it in court for years), the order only applied directly to two ISPs: xs4all and Ziggo. BREIN, the local anti-piracy group, had then demanded that other ISPs also start blocking access. However, it appears that ... (more)

Authorities Shut Down Ukraine’s Largest File-Sharing Site Ex.ua posted 02/01/2012, 10:02 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Following a six month investigation initiated by international tech companies including Microsoft, Graphisoft and Adobe, Ukrainian authorities have shut down the popular file-hosting site Ex.ua. The police confiscated 200 servers on which more than 6,000 terabytes of data was stored. The Ex.ua raids follow less than two weeks after US authorities ordered the shutdown of another file-hosting service, MegaUpload.

Why Ron Paul Will Not Win - Diebold Accidentally Leaks 2012 Election Results posted 02/01/2012, 10:02 AM (YouTube)
[Category: General]

A funny news sketch from The Onion, updated and edited by some RP supporters for 2012!

Under Obama, the Freedom of Information Act is Still in Shackles posted 02/01/2012, 10:01 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Three years ago this past weekend, on his first full day in office, President Barack Obama issued his now infamous memo on transparency and open government, which was supposed to fulfill his campaign promise to lead the "most transparent administration in history." Instead,  his administration has been just as secretive--if not more so--t... (more)

CBO: Taxes Will ‘Shoot Up by More Than 30 Percent’ Over Next 2 Years posted 02/01/2012, 10:01 AM (CNSNews.com)
[Category: Economy]
(CNSNews.com) - The amount of money the federal government takes out of the U.S. economy in taxes will increase by more than 30 percent between 2012 and 2014, according to the Budget and Economic Outlook published today by the CBO.

At the same time, according to CBO, the economy will remain sluggish, partly because of higher taxes.

"In particular, between 2012 and 2014, revenues in CBO
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Officer shoots 15-yr-old beer-run suspect posted 02/01/2012, 10:00 AM (El Paso Times)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
An El Paso Police Department patrol sergeant shot a 15-year-old boy on Tuesday after the teenager allegedly threatened the officer with a "sharp object," authorities said.

[...]Police said that around 12:10 p.m. Tuesday the sergeant, a 15-year veteran, saw a teenager who matched the description of someone suspected of a beer run at a Circle K in the 5200 block of Paisano.

Adventures in jury duty posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (No Coercion)
[Category: Commentary]
Today I had jury duty--or, as I prefer to call it, jury conscription. I was selected to sit for voir dire for a civil case. Before getting around to hardship questions (which was my chief practical concern, seeing as how I'm a stay-at-home-dad unable to find alternative childcare for an entire week), the plaintiff's attorney asked if anyone had any "strong feelings" about our civil justice system.

My hand shot up.
AnCapper speaks out against jury duty in packed court room, masses agree, great story! - Chris

NYPD Investigates Bronx Violent Arrest Caught On Video... Family Arrested For Asking Questions posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (NY1.com)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
A video posted online of a Bronx teen being beaten by police officers last week has led the young man's family members to raise questions about the officers' actions. ... Reed's mother, brother and friend went to the local police precinct to ask about the arrest, and they were arrested as well. A criminal complaint says the family members attacked officers, but they deny that.

"Police State USA": Will Grigg on LRC Radio posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (LRC Radio)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Download

Lew Rockwell talks to Will Grigg on the militarist de-civilization of America.
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Pentagon Art: $600,000 Gurgling Toad Sculpture posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (US News)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A $600,000 frog sculpture that lights up, gurgles "sounds of nature" and carries a 10-foot fairy girl on its back could soon be greeting Defense Department employees who plan to start working at the $700 million Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. this fall. That is unless a new controversy over the price tag of the public art doesn't torpedo the idea.

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Withdrawn After Amended To Include Testing Lawmakers posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A Republican member of the Indiana General Assembly withdrew his bill to create a pilot program for drug testing welfare applicants Friday after one of his Democratic colleagues amended the measure to require drug testing for lawmakers.

"There was an amendment offered today that required drug testing for legislators as well and it passed, which led me to have to then withdraw the bill," said Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), sponsor of the original welfare drug testing bill.

Report: Air Force officials illegally punished whistleblowers posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (Associated Press)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have concluded that Air Force officials at the military mortuary in Dover, Del., illegally punished four civilian workers for blowing the whistle on the mishandling of war remains.

How Patents Have Held Back 3D Printing posted 02/01/2012, 9:48 AM (Techdirt)
[Category: Science/Technology]
The purpose of the intellectual property system that we have is to promote the progress. When there is strong evidence that certain elements of it hold back the progress, it seems like something that should be explored. Glyn recently wrote about the plans to make 3D object plan files available on the Pirate Bay. In that post, he pointed to a great 04/18Cop beats up model Air Force captain in his own home, issues arrest weeks later - 04/18Illinois Cops Caught Red-Handed Lying Under Oath In Marijuana Case - 04/16Harry Reid Calls Cliven Bundy Supporters "Domestic Terrorists" - 04/18Tax Day: What Kind of "Civilization" Are We Paying For? - 04/14

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