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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Does National Defense Require the State?

Gordon Tullock used to taunt anarchists by asserting that if the USA abolished its government, people would not have to worry about the Russians taking over the country because “the Mexicans would get here first.”

This little story actually incorporates a common objection to anarchy—namely, the idea that because, if a country abolished its government, other countries would not necessarily follow suit, the governments of those other countries would be free to, and would, simply take over the country that, lacking a government, also lacked an effective means of defending itself against takeover by a foreign power.

This thinking presumes at least two critical ideas: first, that defense of a population requires a government that rules that population; and, second, that if a government has the power to take over another country, it will do so.

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High Fashion For The Pistol-Packing Woman | Georgia Public Broadcasting

Deets said women like her are savvier today than ever before when it comes to their firearms and their fashion. “The demand is greater so we as women have stepped up our standards. We don’t have to settle for something that is tactical or ugly or cheap. We’re not willing to compromise fashion for function.”

Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Concealed Carry Reciprocity May Be Coming To Illinois

“Why would some go through 16 hours of training if they could mail order to get a concealed carry permit from Virginia or from Florida?” Asked Colleen Daley, executive director of Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. “We want to make sure only the most qualified individuals… who’ve gone through the training and know what they’re doing are carrying firearms in our state.”

Really? So you think that the 16-hour course as mandated by Illinois is somehow superior to a mail order system?

Please list the facts that back up the claim that after state training people “know what they’re doing,” and then explain to the class why Illinois residents are too stupid to be able to do the same as those from Florida and Virginia who can mail order.

Source: WRSP

How the Government Ruined US Healthcare — and What Can Be Done

Government’s meddling in the healthcare business has been disastrous from the get-go.

Since 1910, when Republican William Taft gave in to the American Medical Association’s lobbying efforts, most administrations have passed new healthcare regulations. With each new law or set of new regulations, restrictions on the healthcare market went further, until at some point in the 1980s, people began to notice the cost of healthcare had skyrocketed.
This is not an accident. It’s by design.As regulators allowed special interests to help design policy, everything from medical education to drugs became dominated by virtual monopolies that wouldn’t have otherwise existed if not for government’s notion that intervening in people’s lives is part of their job.But how did costs go up, and why didn’t this happen overnight?

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Actually, Repealing Obamacare Wouldn’t Kill Anyone

The best statistical estimate for the number of lives saved each year by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is zero. Certainly, there are individuals who have benefited from various of its provisions. But attempts to claim broader effects on public health or thousands of lives saved rely upon extrapolation from past studies that focus on the value of private health insurance. The ACA, however, has expanded coverage through Medicaid, a public program that, according to several studies, has failed to improve health outcomes for recipients. In fact, public health trends since the implementation of the ACA have worsened, with 80,000 more deaths in 2015 than had mortality continued declining during 2014–15 at the rate achieved during 2000–2013.

Key Findings

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Freedom: The Greatest Military Strategy

Why did The Nazis avoid invading The Swiss? What made General Patton a greater war commander than Hitler? Why have the world’s greatest superpowers of the late 20th Century failed in securing control of the Middle East?

All these questions have the same answer and it is this same answer I give to people who inquire into the issue of national defense in a free society. The answer is that decentralized military forces are generally stronger, more resilient, more agile, and more adaptable than centralized military forces.

Lessons from the Swiss

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Ethereum Is Poised to Become the Global Blockchain of Choice

As competition amongst businesses in many industries stiffens, blockchain technology is likely to become even more in-demand in the years to come. While there are many competing blockchain programs out there, with the backing of the EEA by so many high profile companies, it stands to reason that Ethereum could become the go-to as more businesses seek to incorporate the technology.

Source: futurism.com

Kidnapping Victim Reveals How a Facebook Video Helped Her Escape Car Trunk

Way to think through the problem… good job kid.

Nursing student Brittany Diggs has spoken out about being kidnapped, explaining how she managed to escape from the trunk of her car after being taken as she walked to her apartment. “I remember seeing a video on Facebook” about how to find a trunk’s release latch, she told the “Today” show. “So I got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light.”

Source: yahoo.com news

Trump budget “repellent” and D.O.A.?

Of course, budget cuts are needed, these don’t sound too bad… for a start.

Look forward to hearing more numbers and the debates.

In the long run, I am not sure any of it will actually amount to much considering the way Trump has handled health care repeal, which is now health care “reform.”

And while the “conservatives” that voted for him should be hopping mad about it, we don’t seem to hear too much resistance on accepting the current plan.

Or is there and we aren’t hearing about it?

Only the outline of Trump’s budget was released last week, the so-called “skinny budget” that new presidents present to outline their spending priorities. The line-by-line budget dealing with taxes and entitlements is due in May. Congress will spend all summer arguing about it. If history is any guide, very few of the skinny budget’s numbers will be adopted. Already senators are declaring parts of it “dead on arrival.”

Source: stltoday.com

Leftists Understand Economics When it Suits Them

What’s the right way to define good tax policy? There are several possible answers to that question, including the all-important observation that the goal should be to only collect the amount of revenue needed to finance the legitimate functions of government and not one penny above that amount.

But what if we want a more targeted definition? A simple principle to shape our understanding of tax policy?

I’m partial to what I wrote last year.

the essential insight of supply-side economics…when you tax something, you get less of it.

I’m not claiming this is my idea, by the way. It’s been around for a long time.

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Chicago’s Top Cop Keeps Pushing for Unpopular Gun Law

“Unfortunately politics rears its ugly head.”

Yep, that’ll happen.

Johnson’s point, that implementation would create a “mental culture to not pick up a gun,” may or may not prove to be true. Regardless, it doesn’t diminish the fact that repeat violent gun offenders should be taken off the streets; the longer, the better. Unfortunately politics rears its ugly head.

Source: bearingarms.com

Gun control: Remington plant lays off 120 as gun makers report declining sales

Case in point is top American arms maker Remington Outdoor Co., which earlier this month laid off 120 workers at one of its plants in upstate New York. Trump’s victory, which has likely eased anxiety over stronger gun laws, has impacted the company’s handgun sales, the WSJ reported. Industry sales declines at the moment is “a dynamic from which Remington is not immune,” a company spokeswoman said.

Source: RT America

Cobalt Advantage Reloading System (CARS) “Beta” Program

If you have never seen the Cobalt Kinetics rifles (https://cobaltkinetics.com), you are in for a visual treat.

While not into the flashy, I am very appreciative of the technology that is going into producing these functional works of art, and the sport that drives it.

Cobalt Kinetics seems to be transforming and combining the best features of the old with the contemporary technology, materials, and manufacturing processes of today, which places their rifle in the price range of the average enthusiast.

Will they hold up in a fight? I don’t know, so some stress testing to find out how much punishment they can take in comparison to a regular AR would be in order.

However, they look solid so the results may surprise the skeptical.

And there is more to be pleased with.

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Dooming Illinois?

Illinois Might Be Doomed to Financial Collapse

Once of the reasons that tax increases in Washington are such a bad idea (and one of the reasons why a value-added tax is an especially bad idea) is that the prospect of additional tax revenue kills any possibility of genuine entitlement reform. Simply stated, politicians won’t do the heavy lifting of fixing those programs if they think can use a tax hike to prop up the current system for a few more years.

However, if we don’t fix the entitlements, the United States faces a very grim fiscal future regardless of new revenue because the burden of government spending will be expanding faster than the growth of the private economy.

Indeed, tax hikes presumably will accelerate the problems by weakening economic performance, creating an even bigger gap between the growth of government spending and the growth of productive output. Sort of a double violation of my Golden Rule.

Tax Payers Are Escaping

Well, the same thing is happening in Illinois.

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Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing to deliver next powerful set of services on IBM Cloud platform

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 06 Mar 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen because the data doesn’t exist and the possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous to ever be processed by classical computers.

IBM also announced today:

  • The release of a new API (Application Program Interface) for the IBM Quantum Experience that enables developers and programmers to begin building interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum computer and classical computers, without needing a deep background in quantum physics.

Source: IBM

BREAKING: WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies on Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, and More

A similar unit targets Google’s Android which is used to run the majority of the world’s smart phones (~85%) including Samsung, HTC and Sony. 1.15 billion Android powered phones were sold last year. “Year Zero” shows that as of 2016 the CIA had 24 “weaponized” Android “zero days” which it has developed itself and obtained from GCHQ, NSA and cyber arms contractors. These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the “smart” phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.

Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

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