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Thursday, November 15, 2007

  one way to devalue a currency...

is to seize it by force.

In other news, the Republican debate on Dec 4th has been canceled because Mitt Romney refused to show up.

Bonuses: Ron Paul vs Bernanke, last week.

And some good writing about unionization vs monopoly power< written by a striking hollywood writer and friends.

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  Fact checking the Toast's fact checker

Yesterday, the Left's wonkette joined forces with the Right's redstate to march Paulites off the field, and gathered together to celebrate their mutual victory in banishing the opposition.

Frankly, after that, and after the greenwald/neiwert discussion turned toxic, I had to take a break.

This morning the Toast's fact checker posted a an article analyzing the effect of eliminating the income tax. I was overjoyed! Yea! Someone in the MSM actually bothered to look more deeply into the financial issues that concern us all...

As usual, the article itself is so-so, but the comments are mostly excellent, and informative. Great questions were asked, as well as some answers provided. Read on. I look forward to deeper analysis by all sides interested in these issues.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

  Make way for the robot overlords! Bow before Zod!

Every so often you need to exercise, read, walk, smell the roses, and laugh.

If that link wasn't enough to get a rueful grin, try kneeling before Zod.

Or try the Onion.

The writers strike is showing signs of spreading to the CBS news writers. I keep wondering what the talking heads there will say without writers putting words in their mouths - that should be interesting - or rather, dull.

I am kind of missing the Daily Show. Ah, well, it's a nice day. I think I'll go to the beach with my guitar and learn how to play American Pie, and get some sun.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

  Glenn Greenwald fact checks Dave Neiwert on Ron Paul

Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer who has probably written the most insightful and well commented (850 comments at last glance) article on Ron Paul thus far, fact checks Dave Neiwert on Ron Paul's stances regarding flag burning. Good stuff. Read it. Check out the comments. Try also Paul's speech on the topic, talking about all the time wasted on this issue.

Dave Neiwert is probably the most organized and fact driven anti-Paul journalist out there, he uses links back to source materials, we have exchanged a civil email, he's written some great stuff about hate groups, and for these four characteristics I give him a bit of respect.

He does see Paul through a progressive's lens, and definately Paul is no progressive.

I read through the piece in question, and started with the last bill mentioned, H.R. 7955. (I figured everybody else would be dissecting from the top down, so I started working from the bottom up)

Read the text for yourself - and then read how Neiwert described it.

One thing I really like about Greenwald's postings, is that he goes back and updates them when in error, so the facts are all laid out on one page.

I would hope that Neiwert would do the same.

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  Rethinking privacy?

I think it's way past time for Donald Kerr, deputy directory of national intelligence, to rethink "employment":

As congress debates new rules for government eavesdropping, privacy is getting redefined.

There's a little gem:

Just because there's not a whole lot we can do about it, doesn't mean we have to like it - and I note that many people have alternate identities on the internet for precisely this reason. Some even support encrypted voip calling. You want to ban those, too, right, Kerr?

"R" writes:

Kurt Opsahl, a lawyer at the EFF, writes:The most egregious portion of this bill is that it attempts to shield telecommunications companies from civil lawsuits from allegedly giving the government access to people's private e-mails and phone calls without a FISA court order between 2001 and 2007.

Bush won't sign a bill without this proviso.

40 wiretapping lawsuits are pending, including Mark Klein's whistleblowing lawsuit regarding the installation of a major and probably illegal under then current law wiretapping installation in San Francisco.

Current administration vant dese questions swept into memory hole. Doubleplusungood, they are.

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