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02/25/2018

‘Deep Fakes’ a Looming Crisis

‘Deep Fakes’ a Looming Crisis James Joyner · Saturday, February 24, 2018 · No comments Bobby Chesney and Danielle Citron point to emerging technology that will take “fake news” to a whole new level. Recent events amply demonstrate that false claims—even preposterous ones—can be peddled with unprecedented success today thanks to a combination of social

Economics

India Lacks Formal, Salaried Jobs

In the United States a majority of workers work for very large firms and only 10% are self-employed. In India hardly any workers work for large firms and 80-85% are self-employed, as I pointed out in my post India is a much more Entrepreneurial Society than the United States (and that’s a problem). Data from […]
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The Market Ticker – Sorry Not Sorry….

This made me smile….A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say……”They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.”Awwwwww, cry me a river.Most of the time these jackasses get away with it.But once in a while the good guys — the ones with four legs and a decent array of teeth — win.Now if we could…

gun control

Gun Owner’s Protest Backfires When He Accidentally Commits Felony in Viral Video

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida in which 17 people lost their lives and another 14 were injured, one conscientious gun owner decided to make a statement. This article first appeared at ANTIMEDIA In a video uploaded to Facebook, Scott-Dani Pappalardo cut through the barrel of his AR-15 with a saw, declaring there was now “one less” of the

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FBI Tipster Transcript Leaked: Cruz Will “Get Into A School And Shoot The Place Up”: Full Text

Update: Amid public demands for transparency, the Broward Police have released the full list of 23 calls for service to the  home of attacker Nikolas Cruz, in a desperate bid to deflect criticism over handling the Parkland school shooting. The final call, however, just like the transcript from the January 5 call discussed below, shows

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Candidates address healthcare, Little silent on Otter’s Medicaid expansion push

Two of the major Republican candidates for governor say they’re opposed to Gov. Butch Otter’s plan to add thousands of people onto government healthcare programs. But the third candidate, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, isn’t saying what his position is on the issue. Otter seeks lawmaker support for a federal waiver that would allow 35,000 Idahoans

Politics

HB 537 – Idaho produce safety law

February 23, 2018 Bill description: HB 537 would codify procedures for the state Department of Agriculture to follow in order to enforce the federal Food Safety and Modernization Act. Rating: 0 Does it violate the principles of federalism by increasing federal authority, yielding to federal blandishments, or incorporating changeable federal laws into Idaho statutes or

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Pakistan Is Back on Anti-Terrorism Financial Watchlist

Sahar Khan After days of speculation, the Financial Action
Task Force (FATF), which tracks countries suspected of engaging
in terrorist financing and money laundering, added Pakistan to its terrorist financing watch
list.
Why it matters: Adding Pakistan to the list is
a more effective way of urging the state to change its policy of
sponsoring terrorist groups than cutting off aid immediately. And
Pakistan has until June to improve on its anti-money laundering
activities.
After three years on the international watchdog’s list, Pakistan
was
taken off in 2015 for improving its standards, especially
around financial transactions. Yet, Lashkar-e-Taiba and its affiliates remain at
large in Pakistan, violating conditions laid out by the Obama administration
for removing Pakistan from the list.
The Trump administration has now taken a hardline approach and
lobbied for Pakistan’s reinclusion, with the support of the UK and
Germany. The decision was made after China and the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) withdrew their opposition. Turkey, however, remains
opposed.
But, but, but: This still doesn’t address the
bigger issue plaguing…

National Blog

Happy Birthday Frederick Douglas

February 14 marks the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglas. Douglas was born a slave and went on to become one of the most eloquent opponents of slavery and champions of human liberty in American history. Last year, I wrote about  why Douglas is […] …

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A Heroic Lawsuit Against the Border Patrol in My Hometown

A controversy near my hometown of Laredo, Texas, provides a real-life example of the violations of liberty and privacy that come with immigration controls. The issue is especially relevant to the libertarian movement given that some conservative-oriented libertarians continue trying to persuade libertarians to abandon their position in favor of open borders and instead join

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Can Christianity and Libertarianism Coexist?

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on the MilLiberty podcast over at OUTSET Network. Caleb Franz was an excellent host. In a little under an hour, we talked about LCI’s history and purpose, how Christian libertarians work…Related StoriesAnarchism, Minarchism, and Legitimacy in Civil GovernanceWhy I’m Bullish on the Future of CapitalismMonday Morning Matrix Meme: Democracy …

Politics

HB 577 – CBD oil legalization and regulation

Bill description: HB 577 would legalize the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil for medicinal purposes. Rating: +2 Does it directly or indirectly create or increase penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non- violent crimes? Conversely, does it eliminate or decrease penalties for victimless crimes or non-restorative penalties for non-violent crimes? 
 If enacted,

foreign policy

TGIF: The Tragicomedy of Russiagate

The whole election-meddling distraction is remarkable in both comic and tragic ways. The tragedy can be summed up in three words: New Cold War. At a time when the U.S. and Russian governments ought to be working toward nuclear disarmament, relations are deteriorating dangerously. As the estimable Australian writer Caitlin Johnstone, notes, despite Donald Trump’s […]TGIF: The Tragicomedy of Russiagate was first posted on February 23, 2018 at 12:01 am. …

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What is the value of studying a foreign language in high school?

Bryan Caplan writes: While promoting my new book, I’ve repeatedly argued that foreign language requirements in U.S. schools are absurd and should be abolished.  For two distinct reasons. Reason #1: Americans almost never use their knowledge of foreign languages (unless they speak it in the home). Reason #2: Americans almost never learn to speak a […]
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Urban Universities: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

Look at any map of our recent presidential elections and a key fault-line in our fractured country becomes clear. Cities and their denser suburbs vote overwhelmingly Democratic and show up as blue islands. It’s also true that many of our most influential universities are located on those islands and leftist sentiment is even more pronounced in them than

big government

CPAC Crowd Wild Over Vice President’s Unequivocal Declaration, ’We’re Gonna Build That Wall’

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin by Michelle Moons22 Feb 2018Oxon Hill, MD0 22 Feb, 201822 Feb, 2018 OXON HILL, Maryland — “Make no mistake about it, we’re gonna build that wall,” declared Vice President Mike Pence from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday morning. “Build that wall!  Build that wall!  Build that

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Stop FOSTA

The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would force online platforms to censor their users. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound noble, but it would do nothing to stop sex traffickers. What it would do is force online platforms to police their users’ speech more forcefully than ever before, silencing legitimate voices in the process. If you don’t want Congress to…

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A Letter to Students Demand Action from a Gun Owner

Dear Students Demand Action, I understand. You’ve witnessed — far too often at first hand and in the most terrifying circumstances — the violent deaths of your fellow students. You refuse to accept that that’s just how it has to be. You’re organizing for change.  You deserve to be heard. Don’t let anyone talk down … Continue reading A Letter to Students Demand Action from a Gun Owner → …

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