GOVEROTRAGEOUS: KILL the Department of Agriculture

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crony Capitalism Watch
On the Department of Welfare, Crony Subsidies, and Math About Vegetables
* If the Department of Agriculture were honest, that’s what it would call itself.
JON CASSIDY October 11, 2017, 12:05 am

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The bulk of its budget, some $126 billion, is required by law to be wasted on welfare, farm subsidies, and such, but for the $25 billion remainder, the department has some discretion as to how it would like to waste the money on welfare and farm subsidies. There are massive programs for wasting the money indiscriminately, but also grant programs to spend the money in a targeted pointless way. An Austin gardener wants $100,000 to sell his hippie neighbors on the merits of organic produce? This is the place to fund that.*

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*It should be noted that organic food is a good idea. But it’s an idea that sells itself and we don’t need the Feds making the case.

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Let’s end the DoA as a bad idea whose time has past!

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RANT: Amazon Breaks Up With … …

Monday, October 16, 2017

Amazon Breaks Up With FTL!

Amazon apparently didn’t like us telling you that shopping through the links at helped Free Talk Live, so last week they dumped us. Seems like a pretty lame excuse to end an agreement that had lasted for more than a decade, but that’s what happened! (To be clear, we’ve only been dumped by Amazon US. The affiliate links for the UK and Canada Amazons are still working.)

If you want to do online shopping with Free Talk Live, go ahead and bookmark our Walmart link:

Also, you can still use cryptocurrency like bitcoin to get deep discounts on everything you buy at Amazon and a small part of your purchases at do benefit FTL.

So, even without Amazon US, there are still plenty of ways for you to buy and benefit Free Talk Live. Thanks for helping us while helping yourself to the stuff you need and want!

Also, thanks for listening to Free Talk Live,

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I’m upset with Amazon. Maybe if I complain?

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POLITICAL: “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” — birth control

Monday, October 16, 2017

If you can pay for aspirin, you can pay for birth control
by Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
October 11, 2017

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News flash to Warren, et al.: There is no attack on health care, and no in America is being deprived of birth control. You are losing nothing but the power to force nuns to pay for your oral contraceptives. As a matter of common decency, you should be ashamed of demanding something so outrageous.

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Why do the Taxpayers have to pay for this?

Why do the Taxpayers have to pay for “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”?

Why do the Taxpayers have to pay for anything and everything that the politicians and bureaucrats can dream up?


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ECONOMICS: Seems like cost-savings will sweep the land of truck drivers?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

End of the road

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“Labor accounts for 75% of the cost of transporting shipments by truck, so adopters can begin to realize those savings. Beyond that, while truckers are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours per day without taking an eight-hour break, a driverless truck can drive for the entire day. This effectively doubles the output of the trucking network at a quarter of the cost. That’s an eight-times increase in productivity, without taking into account other benefits gained by automation,” he says.

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Clearly, that efficiency will lower the prices of goods and services.

The human cost to individuals will be catastrophic.

As Jason Stapleton keeps saying: “You must invest in your own human capital.” 

The job you have today may not exist in a decade; adapt or die.

And, politicians and bureaucrats or “unions” can’t stop the “eight times increase in productivity”.


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SECURITY: Use a password manager PLEASE!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I recommend and use LASTPASS. It makes it trivial to use long unique complex passwords 

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WSJ: Repeal the Jones Act

Friday, October 13, 2017


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The better solution is for Mr. Trump to waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico for at least a year, and then throw his weight behind a Congressional repeal of the law. Otherwise, he’s rewarding the swamp of shipping special interests at the expense of Puerto Ricans and U.S. taxpayers.

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Under the heading of “never waste a good crisis”, “we”, little L libertarians, should take the opportunity to repeal one of the “payoffs” to Crony Capitalists.

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RANT: Twitter suspension is political?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan’s Account
11:00 PM PDT 10/11/2017 by Abid Rahman , Jackie Strause

The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, revealed the news on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.


Seems like twitter is afraid to offend the Hollywood establishment?


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