Friday Roundup: Guns, Money and Gag Orders

A few stories to close out your week:

  • Following on Alex’s post on the attempt to squash free speech at Reason, the Best Magazine on the Planet has gotten the gag order lifted and broken their silence. What they relate is appalling. Not only did the USA try to get personal information on Reason’s commenters, they got a gag order to try to prevent Reason from notifying those commenters that the government was seeking their information (Reason had already notified them by the time the order came). It’s a must-read on a government that is determined to shred any semblance of privacy.
  • Earlier this week, Treasury announced that the new $10 bill will have a woman on it, although it’s not clear who that will be or how she will “share” the bill with Alexander Hamilton. As someone who favors a radical overhaul of which faces are on our currency, I’m moderately in favor of this. But I much prefer the idea of putting a woman on the $20 for reasons articulated by Jillian Keenan (namely that Jackson was a racist slaveholding genocidal shredder of the Constitution). Still, there are lots of women we could honor: Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sally Ride, Clara Barton. I would take all of these over Jackson. And I wouldn’t mind if we took all the politicians off our currency.
  • How bad was the security at OPM that led to the huge data breach? Really really bad. And they won’t fix it. Change we can believe in!
  • If you’re having trouble finding delicious barbecue, blame government. They are literally outlawing the kind of slow-cooking methods that make for such deliciousness. And it’s not really clear why other than “because they can”.
  • It will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that Paul Krugman and the Keynesians are full of it again. They are citing Iceland an example of how expansionary fiscal policy can save an economy. The problem? In this thing called reality, Iceland endorsed a severe austerity, with significant spending cuts and tax hikes.
  • The blamestorming for Charleston has already begun. Here is a quick refresher about the media’s desperation to blame horrific acts of violence on the Right Wing.
  • And finally, Reason has a feature on a college student who was busted with pot, turned informant and was murdered. No one is accountable, as usual. I’ll spare you my usual War on Drugs rant, in favor of my other favorite one: when dealing with cops and prosecutors, always get a lawyer. Never negotiate on your own.

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  1. Biggie G

    Why, whenever people rave about Scandinavia and how wonderful they are compared to the US, do they never take population into account?  Iceland can do all sorts of things that would be impossible in the US.  Their population is .1% of ours.  If Iceland was a US city, it would be 58th, just ahead of Corpus Christi, TX.

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  2. Hal_10000 *

    That and Iceland is a small island in the Atlantic.  They let the investors rot and implemented capital controls.  But most of their investors are foreign investors and so it didn’t necessarily hurt their economy.  If the US instituted capital controls and massive inflation, it would cause a worldwide depression.

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  3. AlexInCT

    OPM will not fix security at all. In fact, nobody there has even been fired over this yet. What they have done is demand more lucre from congress which will promptly go to line the pockets of the people that allowed this to happen in the first place. Then that money will find its way into campaign coffers of democrats, and the whole thing will be ignored by the complicit LSM.

    Our country is run by credentialed bureaucrats that think they know it all best, but are so inept and destructively stupid that they couldn’t cause the damage they were doing if it was on purpose. Then again, I now am convinced the guy sitting in the WH promised he would wreck this country when he told everyone he meant to fundamentally change it, so who knows.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    Back when I was an enlisted dork for the Air Force, the OSI tried to flip me into doing some buys for them after they coerced my major into drumming up some fake crap on me (he was dirty with stolen USAF equipment) that was so laughable my congressman went apeshit on them in short order.  This is the good part though; they spent over a year giving me weekly “random” drug tests that produced nothing, an extensive battery of psychological tests and examinations that said I was tired of getting screwed with, and finally said that the “word” my alcoholic sergeant was good enough for them to “know” I was using drugs of some kind (but since all the tests came back negative, they wanted me to confess) and the only way to save my “career” was to do some buys for them.  Me, the guy who tossed out two roommates for smoking weed, was going to start buying drugs for them.


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