Category Archives: Current Events

Homeschooled kids are the future of liberty

(Forbes) The modern homeschool movement comes largely by Christians aghast over an academic establishment overrun by progressives. Schools long ago became laboratories for instilling statism and distilling politically correct groupthink. Values clarification anyone? With public education increasingly geared toward multicultural … Continue reading

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Bazos’ Blue Origin makes new frontier believable

One of the solutions explained in Juggernaut is to create new frontiers, and the most sensible place for a new frontier is space–the final frontier as it might be known. Of course, building a space ship and having the government … Continue reading

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Stock market near all time high…so is money supply

(Freakonomics) U.S. stock markets* are flirting with all-time highs (it may happen today) but I am hearing and reading very little about it. Why is that? I can think of a few possible reasons, and am eager to hear yours. … Continue reading

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Pushing things forward in medical research

(Reason) Jack Andraka is not your typical cancer researcher. His first research project resulted in a non-invasive, simple, sensitive, and effective test for detecting pancreatic cancer. His test is 168 times faster than any currently available test; 26,000 times less … Continue reading

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The Overview Effect–the psychology of looking back from space

(The Overview Effect) Who would have thought traveling to outer space could be such a profound experience? OK, probably everybody, but these former astronauts really articulate it in a way that was just a little mind-blowing.

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A Republican criticism of Libertarianism

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Author Ann Coulter discusses what the GOP stands for on Stossel. She has some valid points, including “Get rid of the Welfare State, and then we can talk.”

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Good reads–One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan’s One World Schoolhouse is a brief summary of mass education, where it’s been, and where it ought to go. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive, big-picture, and revolutionary argument on the subject. Luckily, Khan is … Continue reading

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The nauseating irony of the fiscal cliff pay raise

(Weekly Standard) President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According … Continue reading

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How has it come to this?

(American Thinker) Currently, Hobby Lobby is the largest religiously-owned non-Catholic business to have filed a lawsuit against the HHS birth control directive. Yet, despite the fact that they’ve been founded and run on Christian principles, Oklahoma U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton … Continue reading

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The Fiscal Cliff blame game

(Cafe Hayek) If you only read the Washington Post and certain bloggers, the Republicans are to blame if we go over the fiscal cliff. They’re unwilling to compromise–they refuse to raise taxes and only want spending cuts. Compromise is a … Continue reading

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Land, the new gold

(CNBC) Two billionaire brothers from Texas recently bought 177,000 acres of ranch land in Montana, bringing their total land holdings in the state to more than 276,000. The brothers, Farris and Dan Wilks, who made their money from selling Frac Tech … Continue reading

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Tragedy and consequence

(Ad-In) According to these numbers, the availability of guns and the legality of firearms is not what makes for a sociopathic, violent country in which people go on horrific rampages. There must be another reason why this is happening. In … Continue reading

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The future of education is now

(Forbes) The Khan Academy, which features 3,400 short instructional videos along with interactive quizzes and tools for teachers to chart student progress, is a nonprofit, boasting a mission of “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” There is no employee … Continue reading

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Inconvenience as security

(Bloomberg) Out of the 150,000 murders in the U.S. between 9/11 and the end of 2010, Islamic extremism accounted for fewer than three dozen. In fact, extremist Islamic terrorism resulted in just 200 to 400 annual deaths worldwide, outside the … Continue reading

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A critique of Bitcoins

Episode 10 – Bit Coins the Currency of the Dark Net from Minute MBA by OnlineMBA.com on Vimeo. The idea that BitCoins are dangerous because they are used for illicit transactions is a fair concern, but can one really assume … Continue reading

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Good sees–House of Cards

Netflix Original Series ‘House of Cards.’ All 13 episodes arrive February 1, only on Netflix. See more at http://nflx.it/HouseofCards Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer … Continue reading

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When in the Course of human events…

In the wake of the latest election, several states have petitioned the White House to peacefully secede from the United States. Sometimes, that is all that seems to be left in a system that is overgrown and overbearing. The US … Continue reading

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Reflections on the election

In response to the election, many on the political Right have expressed dismay on the fate of liberty and the chances for a return to Constitution-based governance. Hopes for real autarchy have all but disappeared. It is clear that, in … Continue reading

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What to do in a divided nation?

From the Introduction of the book: During the run-up to the mid-term election in 2010, as it became apparent that scores of Democrats would be replaced by a troop of Republican ‘Tea Party’ candidates, a bystander was almost guaranteed to … Continue reading

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We the sheeple

(Freakonomics) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “We the Sheeple.” (You can download/subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen via the media player above.) The gist: politicians tell voters exactly what they want to hear, even when it makes … Continue reading

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