Censored News as Manufactured Corporate Products

January 17, 2012
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As many noteworthy events unfold in these United States and elsewhere (National Defence Authorisation Act, for example), the disconnect between what is perceived important by people, and what is presented as important to people, is increasingly jarring. Calls of ‘censorship’ are growing, and with good reason: The lack of meaningful news, especially from domestic news […]

Posted in: Analysis

Working General Theory of Taxation

January 16, 2012
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This essay consolidates several different posts, which can be read via Part 1 of the series. Additionally, I have refined and improved upon these previous writings, so if you read them, please keep in mind they have been superseded. Basic Taxation Taxation has often suffered a rather negative showing in the arena of public opinion. […]

Posted in: Analysis, Reform

Organised Opposition and the Health of the Body Politic

January 6, 2012
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 Image via Wikipedia. In this excellent post, Rick Falkvinge (Twitter) touched upon ‘the four boxes of liberty‘ concept, and uses that as a springboard for a discussion about privacy in the context of rising authoritarianism, amongst other concerns. For those who are unaware, the ‘four boxes’ are as follows: “There are four boxes to be […]

Posted in: Analysis, Reform

NDAA: Building the Terror State

January 3, 2012
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Image via the band Anti-Flag With the passage of the (insufficiently infamous) National Defence Authorisation Act, or NDAA, into law, there are growing and well-founded cries of ‘police state’, even ‘martial law’. The second is not accurate, although I understand the sentiment. Martial law is when military authorities take over order enforcement, because the civilian authority […]

Posted in: Analysis

Boston Globe Provides News From Alternate Universe

December 8, 2011
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This page was put up by the Boston Globe, and quickly yanked after the Boston Police Department decided not to evict #OccupyBoston from Dewey Square. I’m pretty sure the Globe would have preferred this piece hadn’t been noticed. I have a saved version of the file. Anyone who wants it, drop me a message via […]

Posted in: Humour

Emma Sullivan and Separation of Government and State

December 2, 2011
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In case you missed it, Emma Sullivan is a Kansas high school student whose irreverent tweet about Kansas governor Brownback, incurred his wrath and the wrath of Sullivan’s school administration. You can read about it here. The incident could evoke any number of commentaries on the many shabby aspects of the situation: Brownback’s pettiness;  the […]

Posted in: Reform

A Story of PERF-idy

November 29, 2011
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Image via The Daily Bail. Ever since this Democracy Now! interview, the Police Executive Research Forum, or PERF, a previously unregarded police strategy NGO, has been receiving some clearly undesired attention. In that interview, PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler unwisely let slip that it was PERF which had been coordinating the conference calls which Oakland […]

Posted in: Analysis, WikiLeaks