Libertarian Commentary on the News, 21 August 2015, #15-33e

By Nathan Barton

Whoops! Am I missing something?  Or just stupid?  How does this work?  The UN is to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site, reports Yahoo News.  “Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July.” No fooling?  This is more than the fox guarding the henhouse.  We should have let the Nazis investigate Auschwitz themselves, I guess.  Or have the Mafia do the criminal investigation of murder-for-hire and the numbers racket.  But, now that I think about it, this makes perfect sense.  After all, who investigates misconduct by cops?  Other cops!  Malpractice by lawyers and judges?  Other lawyers and judges!  This is just the total degradation of government to insanity.

Mama’s Note: Who in the world “inspects” the US nuclear arsenal or any other aspect of US nuclear operations. Right… The same US government that thinks it is the only entity on earth that should control everyone else.

Is it possible to stomach anything?  Is this what Josef Mengele’s workers and helpers were like?  (This reminds me of how horrified so many students are of dissecting frogs in high school science labs, and the jokes made – except that this is no frog, or not even a cat or dog or pig.)  The Center for Medical Progress has released the seventh in the videos on Planned Parenthood and turning dead babies into medical research commodities.  Except, as Holly O’Donnell, the ex-medical procurement technician describes, maybe they are not “dead babies” at first. What is really unbelievable is that groups like “Occupy Democrats” and Democratic politicians and activists can look at these videos and claim that Planned Parenthood is being unjustly condemned for its actions, that this is all “just fine.”  At least the babies sacrificed by the Carthaginians and Phoenicians were buried, not stuffed into a biohazard cannister and disposed of in the trash. How, HOW, can people who claim to be libertarians – even “Left-Libertarians” – possibly accept this kind of murder?  How seared can people become?  This research is “life-saving” – at what ratio?  At what price?  The excuse is to extend lives, to make lives for some people better: so why not convert the little cadavers to Soylent Green?  Or cosmetics?  Or health food pills?  Is that any worse?

As I said, I cannot understand this sort of defense: “The Clinton candidacy: What GOP war on Planned Parenthood is really about” found in The American Prospect by Adele M Stan.  “In the Republican war on Planned Parenthood, there are many casualties, most notably, poor women and the truth. But the real target is the Democratic Party and its frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. It should not surprise us that in a campaign in which the Democrats are expected to select Hillary Clinton as their nominee, government funding of Planned Parenthood’s health-care services is again a big issue. In the right-wing mind, there is no woman more uppity than a liberal woman who would deign to run for president. The second-most uppity woman is the one in somebody else’s family (or your own) who claims control of her own fertility. When the first is emblematic of the second, a season of hate against both is a no-brainer.”

Even assuming that the GOP is behind the Center for Medical Progress (and indeed, many GOP types are pro-abortion and distancing themselves from this ugliness), these claims are bizarre.  Let Clinton (and Sanders, and Biden, and Gore) and their supporters stand up even for the watered-down death-serving laws that PP is breaking, and much of this “attack” would be blunted.  At the same time, the GOP’s hands are dripping with blood: just not baby blood.  But even if you count every dead civilian and military casualty in Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Afghanistan, and throw in every war-related death in Syria and Yemen and Turkey, the body count of the GOP and Dems in Congress and the White House from their warmongering and imperial ambitions does not come close to the deaths as a result of Roe v. Wade since 1972.

I know I keep harping on this, but just how STUPID and evil are all these goons in Congress?  CNS News explains how Senator Blumenthal (D, who cares where) continues to defend Planned Parenthood in murdering hundreds of thousands of children each year, but has this emotional appeal to support his new legislation that would make it a federal crime to maim animals. Apparently, unborn babies are not just PRE-human, but actually lower than Sub-Human: they are worth less than animals. Wanna bet this thug supports “Dreamers” too – as long as they are allowed to be born.

Before the Colorado Gold King Mine/Animas River spill disaster, an EPA project caused spill in Georgia, according to Fox News.  Still reeling from a disaster it created at a Colorado gold mine, the EPA has so far avoided criticism for a similar toxic waste spill in Georgia. Like similar problems with EPA in Colorado over the last decades, and in South Dakota and other states, people are often fearful to scream too loudly, for fear of EPA coming down hard on them and their communities, and of being branded nutcases – as are people for daring to question the EPA’s and Regime’s bogus claims on global warming and other matters. People, the thugs are in charge and getting more bold and less careful all the time. And punishment? Ha! Fines? Double Ha! Popular Liberty discusses this wonderful thing called sovereign immunity; funny, since the EPA fines federal agencies like DoD and USDA all the time.

Meanwhile, the Navajo Nation is rearing up on its hind legs – demanding MORE government funding and “aid” as a result. And planning to go to court to do it, even while chasing the EPA out for bringing oil-contaminated water to “help” the people who normally depend on the river.  Even the Navajo Times finds this ridiculous: “Navajo Nation AG to EPA: Get out but send money.”  Actually, President Begaye is urging people NOT to file claims because of language on the EPA forms that waive all future claims, and is asking for private donations of 1/2 million dollars to provide emergency relief to residents and farmers and ranchers, as the NN has exhausted its money. What a dream: government money without strings? Ha!

But the FedGov loves us, especially those in rural areas: Free Beacon reports that the feds have spent a 1/2 million bucks to send out text messages to people to urge the 11% of rural residents who reportedly use smokeless tobacco (chew and snuff) to quit. I suppose this is actually a laboratory test to see how effective propaganda can be when sent out by cell phone texting. Next up: guns are evil, abortion is good, and  no doubt, Hillary loves you.

Oil and gas prices DO continue to fall, but there is a lot of variability.  Oil-Price.net reports that crude oil (West Texas Intermediate] was $40.80 a barrel on Thursday, and gasoline $1.56/gal wholesale.  Keep in mind these are national numbers and there IS local variation: quite significant.  Gasoline and diesel prices are very dependent on shipping costs, and of course, federal and state taxes really boost the price.  According to Agora Financial, gas prices have only dropped about 25% while oil prices have dropped more than 60% because demand for gasoline remains high, and refineries (and retailers) are properly taking advantage of that.  At the same time, Diesel continues to drop relative to gasoline, as trucking miles continue to lag.  This is a worry to many, as it is a very strong indicator that economic conditions are deteriorating.

We are number 20!!! So reports the Daily Caller, as the US drops from 17th to 20th, in overall freedom. Of course, we have to keep in mind this is across the board: all Fifty States lumped together with (wretch!) DC and the Territories. Many of the Fifty – and even many PARTS of those Fifty ARE much more free (in my opinion) than Chile or Hong Kong or Malta. And this ranking is very subjective: too many issues that don’t always affect our daily lives. But we recognize, deep in our souls, that we ARE losing more and more liberty on a daily basis. Vasquez wrote.”In addition to the expansion of the regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the erosion of property rights due to greater use of eminent domain all likely have contributed to the U.S. decline.”

Is privacy dead? The Verge seems to think so, as they reveal that Windows 10 “phones home” continuously, and could be sending everything you have on your system to Redmond (AND to DC). Fortunately, there IS a solution: Ubuntu or Linux or some other operating system that is more robust and secure than even the old Windows options: people the only choices are NOT Apple and Microsoft, any more than it is just Democrat and Republican or Coke and Pepsi.

The FAA seeks to spread panic over radio-controlled aircraft, according to the WaPo. They say that FAA records detail hundreds of close calls between airplanes and drones. For example, on Sunday, a swarm of small rogue drones disrupted air traffic across the country on a scale “previously unseen in U.S. skies.”  They detail the horror: “At 8:51 a.m., a white drone startled the pilot of a JetBlue flight, appearing off its left wing moments before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport. Five hours later, a quadcopter whizzed underneath an Allegiant Air flight as it approached the same runway. Elsewhere in California, pilots of light aircraft reported narrowly dodging drones in San Jose and La Verne.”  This is ridiculous.  That quadcopter probably weighed less than a pound, and probably cost a thousand bucks: even if it were sucked into an engine and destroyed (something the owner and flier would think really sucked), what damage would it do to the airliner?  Virtually nothing.

Look, I am really sorry for him and his family, but he is 90 years old! I haven’t had many relatives survive that long. But the WaPo announced that former president Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain. Some of us would suspect that had been the case long ago, as he betrayed his religion, his family, his culture, and his ethics for a life of ease and adulation by the minions of Tranzis.

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5 Responses to Libertarian Commentary on the News, 21 August 2015, #15-33e

  1. Tor says:

    Just looked again and found this. You might want to dowload the live CD and test it out. Those are quite common, nowadays.

    As for changing over, I haven’t tried a Debian/Fedora changeover, but I doubt it is that much different. If you have separate partitions for / (root) and /home (something I highly recommend), then installing or upgrading is just a matter of installing over the old root, and keeping the same /home partition without formatting it. If you use the same username, all your files and all your settings applicable to the new installation will be carried over. What remains for you to do is fill in the useful applications that the default install left out.

    I think it’s getting harder to do, but the separate partition also provides a measure of security against damaging your install so it won’t boot and it is hard to fix. Just reinstall as above, and you can likely continue on with minimal interruption. Backups are still intelligent for both cases, but backups of your data are more likely to go unused with separate partitions.

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      I’ve run linux operating systems for nearly 20 years now, and never did partition. Never had any problems with it either. Just have to be careful, but I’ve not even messed with “root” more than a few times. Backup is a breeze with the thumb drives, just requires discipline to actually do it often enough. 🙂 I hate changing my OS, and seldom mess with any apps except new security stuff sometimes. My needs are simple and my system is lean, so that might not work for people who download a lot of stuff, but it works for me.

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      • Tor says:

        You’ve got longer than I, so I’m sure you well know what you are doing. Backup discipline is far more important than the details of how.

        I don’t much like having to change OSs either, so I tend to subscribe to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – which is why I’ve yet to try anything outside Debian and derivatives. Still, I’ve found that reinstalling OS version upgrades is a nice way to clear out the cruft. The separate /home means that the annoyances of the upgrade are generally solved by a simple install from the repository.

        My /home has now survived something like 8 years with multiple re-installs for upgrades (sometimes involving a distro switch) and even a computer rebuild in which only the hard drive remained the same. It is arguably a bit crufty now with symlinks to larger volumes for certain directories, but nevertheless it works.

        In any case, there is no one true way, and any that works for you is good.

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  2. Tor says:

    There are alternatives to Windows. For privacy, I’m not sure Ubuntu is really a good one anymore. I ditched Ubuntu for Debian a while back largely on privacy grounds (though I didn’t look that carefully at the details). There are some other distros out there that are probably a little easier for a newcomer to Linux and tend towards a newer set of software than Debian, but I haven’t taken the time to look them up.

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      I’m running Fedora just now, but wish I’d gone with Mint. Lots of people I trust say that’s best. Wish they’d spoken up before I installed Fedora. 🙂 I read and write a lot of code, but it’s not something I care to do so I’m glad for an OS that doesn’t require much from me. In any case, I have no use for “windows” anything.

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