Tag Archive: Liberty

Oct 27 2013

Gallery: Stop Watching Us Rally

I have a new image gallery up of pictures I took at the Stop Watching Us rally yesterday.    

Oct 20 2013

Rally in Dee Cee for Pri-va-cy

Next Saturday, Oct 26 2013, there is going to be a rally in Washington D.C. against Domestic Spying and the NSA. I don’t know how many people are going to be there, but one of them will be me. Yes, rather apolitical me. Never before have I been confronted with something I feel strongly enough …

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Apr 07 2013

Extending the Fifth Ammendment

There is this thing that has always bothered me about criminals – the real bad ones who get sent to prison for long periods of time for doing real bad things. What bothers me is the fact doing what they do isn’t just morally bad, it is stupid. Really, really stupid.

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May 26 2012

The Tyranny of Metaphor

The problem with complexity is (wait for it) it’s complex. Humans don’t do complex well. Cognitive psychologists talk a lot about the ‘Rule of Seven’ (plus or minus two): referring to the fact that humans can only track about seven things in their head at a time. Think about that for a second. How many things …

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May 25 2008

John Shirley is Wrong

Nearly a week ago I wrote a post about how John Shirley made sense, pointing to a couple of his recent rants where he explained why he wasn’t a Libertarian and then deconstructed his own argument. I found his opinion well thought out and well presented. I also thought that he was mostly right on …

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Jun 17 2007

Slavery in China

I thought the only kind of slavery in China was the official kind. You know, where the government forces prisoners to work? (This is the reason I avoided buying certain goods made in China for many years.) Well, I was wrong. China has the classic kind of slavery as well. At least they are starting …

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Jun 17 2007

War on science? Or war on liberty?

What he said.

Jul 04 2006

Happy Fourth of July!

One year ago today I posted the entire text of the Declaration of Independence. If you can’t remember how it goes, I suggest you go read it now and remind yourself just what it is you are celebrating! Me? Today I’m thrilled to report that I live in a country where twelve neo-Nazis can get …

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Mar 15 2006

Rick Steves advocates Marijuana Decriminalization

Even you aren’t from around here (Seattle, Rick lives in nearby Edmonds) you probably know of Rick Steves from his travel show on PBS and his guidebooks. Part of Rick’s appeal, I think, is his clean-cut, all-American image. Not to mention the fact he just seems like the kind of guy you wouldn’t mind sharing …

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Mar 09 2006

To think they just renewed the stupid thing…

Jeff Taylor does an excellent job of explaining why the PATRIOT act can not, and will not, work.

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