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individualism, collectivism, you didn't build that,

Abolishing You

In a recent Washington Post essay — “Is the individual obsolete?” — syndicated columnist George Will tackled the “you didn’t build that” theme that President Obama blurted out on the 2012 campaign trail, borrowed from a not-obscure-enough (and now former) Harvard Professor, Elizabeth Warren. “What made Warren’s riff interesting, and

Jeff Bezos, moon, luna, conspiracy,

Bezos’s Big Breakaway

Something big may be about to happen.  Trump impeachment? Financial collapse? War with Iran? — each is all-too-likely, none desirable. But I am referring to space. In The Economist, May 14th, we read of Jeff Bezos’s itch to live off-planet.  The article is “Amazon’s boss reckons that humanity needs an

baseball, mom, mother's day,

Motherhood, Baseball & Life

“Baseball is life,” say fans, meaning not merely that “the rest is just details,” but also that there are broader lessons to be gleaned from the game. Yesterday, on Mother’s Day, I told my mom how big a fan of hers I am, and the two of us Detroit Tigers

Jeapordy, Alex Trebek, James Holzhauer

Brave New Jeopardy World

Answer: Television’s most intelligent game show. Question: What is Jeopardy? The show tests non-trivial knowledge, with the twist being that contestants are given the answer and must buzz-in quickly to supply the question.  Longtime viewers are most concerned these days about beloved host Alex Trebek’s battle with stage 4 pancreatic

climate, global warming, climate change, science, mistake

Settling the Science

A paper in the august science journal Nature,* on the oceans’ “thermal inertia” and the ominous temperature rise therein, has been corrected. But not before the BBC (and other media outlets) ballyhooed the results in the usual “climate change”/“global warming” narrative: “Climate change: Oceans ‘soaking up more heat than estimated’”

Jack Gargan

THRO

What can one person do? I wish Jack Gargan were here to answer that question — I can almost hear his characteristic chuckle, see the glint in his Irish eyes, in preparation. But sadly, Jack passed away late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Thailand, where he had retired.

Andrea Millen Rich

It has been hard to find the words to express my sense of loss upon the passing of Andrea Millen Rich, one of the sweetest, most glamorous, and toughest champions of liberty I have ever had the privilege to know. Fortunately, the Cato Institute has produced a beautiful short video in

Edward Snowden, birthday, surveillance, whistleblower, patriot, sacrifice, NSA

Happy Birthday, Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden turns 35 today and begins another year as a fugitive stuck in Russia. Five years ago, he fled the country to Hong Kong, meeting with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to discuss documents he had released showing illegal National Security Agency collection of our

Nick Freitas, Republican, Virginia’s House of Delegates, libertarian, conservative freedom

Liberty Rising?

“Let me make something very clear,” Nick Freitas stated unequivocally. “I don’t have a political career.” Freitas, a Republican member of Virginia’s House of Delegates announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate, was responding to advice that running against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine “could hurt [his] political career.” It’s music

Tesla, Elon Musk, SpaceX, launch, space, orbit, government

Red Roadster Rides Outer Space

On Tuesday, SpaceX launched one of the largest rockets ever, the Falcon Heavy. Because it is still experimental, it didn’t carry up an expensive satellite. Too early for that. Instead, it has sent up a Tesla Roadster. And it’s not aiming for orbit . . . around Earth. It’s aiming

New Year, 2018, Tom Paine, beginning, rebirth, renew

Happy New Year!

As we turn the page to a new calendar year, here’s hoping that 2018 is (a) as interesting as the year just past, while being (b) a bit more productive of freedom, accountability, and all the good stuff we strive to achieve in our personal, family, business and community lives.

Suyash Dixit, Bir Tawil, freedom, country, seasteading, @KingSuyashDixit.

Desert Royalty

I know people who are trying to set up their own countries. Folks at the Seasteading Institute, run by Milton Friedman’s grandson, Patri, are preparing for a floating civilization. But that scheme depends on homesteading the open sea. Land would be easier, no? Trouble is, there is not much land

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