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Not Buying a Stairway to Riches

I am not a writer by trade. I don’t make a living off of these daily and weekly writing gigs. I give this stuff away, for free. The donations I ask for are there to cover bandwidth, website expertise, artwork, etc. They don’t cover my contributions. But that doesn’t disqualify






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Digs at the Gig Economy

In Texas’s progressive enclave of Austin, the government has regulated Uber and Lyft out of the city. Massachusset’s uber*-progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren cautions that the “much-touted virtues”of the “gig economy” that these services represent are actually dark signs of the times, providing workers a false “step in a losing effort






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The Climate Cassandra

Thirty years ago, in June, 1986, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Present at those hearings was today’s climate Cassandra, James Hansen, then of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. And he was predicting that






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What Doesn’t Fly

After the Orlando massacre, isn’t it finally time to get guns out of the hands of . . . licensed security guards? Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in the Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe’s largest security firm, Britain’s G4S. He passed two






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Equal or Free?

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to force American women, in their early years, to register for the draft. Just like men have been required to do since 1980. The White House threatens to veto the bill, though perhaps on other grounds, since the bill also, in the words of Richard






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Beggar Thy Philanthropist

Making up petty rules and enforcing them is one thing governments do well. On Monday I warned about the dangers of asking too much from government. I think, today, I’ll make the opposite warning: of not asking enough. Mandatory seatbelt laws were enacted (sometimes by citizens initiative and referendum) to






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Secrecy, Conspiracy, and the Sauds

The U. S. cleaves to some bizarre security standards. That is, about secrecy. Critics have been complaining for years about how “liberal” the federal government is in classifying information as secret. Or, put another way, how stingy the government is in providing us with information. Not liberal at all. This






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Nobody Could Make This Stuff Up

Today’s headline: Radical Islamist Stages Gun Massacre in LGBT Nightclub! Caring Progressives Demand that American Citizens be Disarmed!    






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This Too Shall Pass

We are living in what I hope are the latter days of the Watergate Era. I’m old enough to remember Watergate. The un-making of President Nixon, before our very eyes, informed Americans in a deep and profound way. It led, in part, to the election of Jimmy Carter, often referred






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A New Way to Steal

The fight against government theft of private property, through “civil forfeiture,” just got a little harder. There’s a new technology available: ERAD card scanners. And the Oklahoma City Police Department’s joint interdiction team has them, and can use the scanners to take money from you without your consent. What money,






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Sit, UBI, Sit: Play Dead

This weekend, the Swiss people rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) with a whopping 77 percent against. That’s the kind of overwhelming result that one finds in America for, say, term limits. And 23 percent, you might notice, is about the percentage of the population in America






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How Does “Unfair” Play?

“We’re being treated very unfairly.” I don’t know about you, but this constant complaint from Donald Trump is getting a bit old. Even if true. Maybe I lost some patience for this shtick because my side in the political arena — the 85 percent majority for term limits, for example






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