Free Lori Loughlin

Monday, April 22, 2019

Everybody knows that college admissions aren’t made only on academic merit and haven’t been for a long time. If you want your son or daughter to be admitted to college and you have enough money, all you have to do is donate a lot of money to the university and your child will have no trouble getting in.

Source: Free Lori Loughlin

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Another more “Libertarian” take on the recent “college admissions scandal”.

My question is why is the Gooferment involved in any phase of “education” at all?

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Letters to the Editor

Monday, April 22, 2019

Vladimir Putin’s speech – SHORTEST SPEECH EVER.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

“In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.

“Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We better learn from the suicides of America , England, Holland and France , if we are to survive as a nation. The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.

“When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.”The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.

Source: Letters to the Editor

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While I don’t want Nazi death camps for minorities, it is because, selfishly, aren’t by some measure we ALL minorities?

That being said, I don’t want to see “American Culture” changed by “celebrities”, “racial leaders”, politicians, or bureaucrats.  And, certainly not to accommodate ANY religion.

If we learn nothing from “sectarian violence” around the world, religions need to peacefully coexist.  Now every “religion” has its wacko cultists, but it’s up to us in a “civil society” to keep them in their place — examples of strange memes that should be “studied”.

As a pro-life little L libertarian, I just want to be left alone to “pursue happiness”.  That means don’t flaunt your choices in my face and expect me to cheer or cower in fear.  And, I certainly don’t want to pay for “your choices”.

I want the American Dream for all my fellow humans. I want the American “melting pot” to adopt the best from every culture and discard the worst.

As we learned from our POWs, “GBA”!

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The Student Debt Conundrum

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Authored by Laurence Vance via The Future of Freedom Foundation, Using data from the Federal Reserve, Student Loan Hero — an organization that provides “resources, tools and information” to help “student loan borrowers understand their student loans and make intelligent repayment decisions” — reports that Among the Class of 2018, 69% of college students took out student loans, and they graduated with an average debt of $29,800, including both private and federal debt.

Source: The Student Debt Conundrum

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The first is that no proposed solution recognizes that the student-debt conundrum would never have arisen in the first place if the federal government had simply followed its own Constitution and had never had anything to do with education: no loans, no grants, no mandates, no subsidies, no funding, no school breakfast and lunch programs, no regulations, no standards, no vouchers, and no Department of Education.

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Sure, once the politicians and bureaucrats have “screwed the pooch”, now we recognize the wisdom of the DOWGs!

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How Much Do Vitamin D Supplements Affect Lifespan? | NutritionFacts.org

Sunday, April 21, 2019

It would take 150 people taking vitamin D supplements for five years to save one life. If we were talking about a drug, we’d need to weigh that against the cost and side effects of dosing so many people. But when we’re talking about something as safe and cheap as vitamin D supplements, it seems like a bargain to me.

Source: How Much Do Vitamin D Supplements Affect Lifespan? | NutritionFacts.org

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Seems that way to me too.  What happens to Social Security if we all start taking D3 and live longer lives?  I’d like to find out.  But then, I’m try to “steal” back all that FICA that was stolen from me in the first place!

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Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive ‘seasteaders’ facing death penalty – Reuters

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Elwartowski and Ocean Builders say the vessel was in international waters and beyond Thailand’s jurisdiction. But Thai authorities say the structure is in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and therefore a violation of its sovereignty.

Source: Thai navy boards cabin of fugitive ‘seasteaders’ facing death penalty – Reuters

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200 miles?

Does that encroach up on Hawaii or San Francisco?  Maybe even NYC!

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Is Dentistry a Science? – The Atlantic

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Cochrane organization, a highly respected arbiter of evidence-based medicine, has conducted systematic reviews of oral-health studies since 1999. In these reviews, researchers analyze the scientific literature on a particular dental intervention, focusing on the most rigorous and well-designed studies. In some cases, the findings clearly justify a given procedure. For example, dental sealants—liquid plastics painted onto the pits and grooves of teeth like nail polish—reduce tooth decay in children and have no known risks. (Despite this, they are not widely used, possibly because they are too simple and inexpensive to earn dentists much money.) But most of the Cochrane reviews reach one of two disheartening conclusions: Either the available evidence fails to confirm the purported benefits of a given dental intervention, or there is simply not enough research to say anything substantive one way or another.

Source: Is Dentistry a Science? – The Atlantic

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“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca

I’m shocked that procedures that don’t earn a lot of money for the dentists are not done!

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Friendly Neighborhood Liberty Dollars – LD Network

Saturday, April 20, 2019

In 1991, a man named Paul Glover introduced what would become the most successful Community Currency to date: Ithaca Hours, which are based on one hour of human labor. A single Hour is valued at $1…

Source: Friendly Neighborhood Liberty Dollars – LD Network

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Well the "Don Quixotes of Money" are back with a new run at the fiat currency call the "dollar" aka "Federal Reserve Banknote". Derogatorily called a "FRBie" in the hard money & survivalist communities.

 If you remember the original episode, then you'll remember that when their idea of an alternative currency began to get traction, the politicians and bureaucrats came down on them with a "heavy hammer". (To bad, I was not on that jury. How anyone could confuse a big silver coin or a strange sized colorful bill as a "greenback" was beyond me.) 
Having dodged a long prison sentence for “counterfeiting”, I thought that this would fold like most “community currencies”.  But I was wrong.  
Now they have still repeated the original mistake of using the word "dollar".  Of course, the current FRBies bear as much resemblance to the original "dollar" aka Thaller as I do an Olympic Athlete in any sport. Well maybe sumo.

I’ll probably buy a few as a conversation starter.  Maybe even for a 1K oz of silver, (15.07 * 1,000 = 15,070), I’ll have some “Kendall Park”, “South Brunswick”, or maybe even “Tyne Court” dollars printed.  Laugh!

I really admire the tenacity of these “hard money champions”.  Like the “Charge of the Light Brigade”, “Custer’s Last Stand”, Stalingrad, Agincourt, history is littered with historical examples of the hopeless and hapless casualties of stupidity.
All that being said, I hope that they can impact the discussion of "hard money" versus "fiat money" that we have now. To see the human cost of the unConstitutional "money", we just have to look at the welfare / warfare state, the national debt that will never be repaid, the unfunded liabilities of Gooferment promises & "pensions", as well as the destruction of savers and investors.  Hard to itemize all the bad things that happened when Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, and Nixon got involved in "money".  Argh!  

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