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The training excuse again
Sep 14th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Cops Kill Lots of Dogs. This Simulator Trains Them Not To. “We identified that this was a problem and created this training so we could keep officers safe, pets safe, agencies from paying out multi-million dollar lawsuits, and honestly, so we can keep the relationship between police and community a whole lot better, because it’s just rampant,” [National Sheriffs’ Association deputy executive director] Thompson continues. “Every day you hear of an officer shooting a dog. It’s not because they’re crazy, warmongering people who want to shoot a dog, it’s just they’ve never been trained or told different.” [Hit & Run]

The “we need more training” is a standard cop excuse for various vile acts. It’s particularly ridiculous when they use it for their dog-killing habits, because there are millions of ordinary Americans (myself included) who carry guns around strangers’ dogs every day and never have the slightest inclination to shoot any of them. We didn’t get any special training in not shooting dogs, all we do is not be a bunch of vicious psychopaths.

Purging unapproved opinions
Aug 7th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Major Internet Platforms Ban Alex Jones. Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and the founder of the InfoWars website and podcast. In a Monday tweet, he confirmed that Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple had completely unpublished and/or removed his professional pages and podcasts. [Reason.com]

It’s been well known for a while that those organizations hate anyone who’s not a liberal, and have a long history of censoring opposing viewpoints. It’s unusual for a bunch of them to get together for a coordinated purge like this, though. The most likely reason I’ve seen for it is that there’s a midterm election coming up, and the liberals are afraid of the very large Infowars audience being exposed to unapproved thoughts. For those who want to see what the Thought Police don’t want you to know, see the Infowars channel on BitChute.

You can’t stop the signal
Aug 4th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Cody Wilson Takes Gun Plans Offline After Judge Issues Restraining Order. The internet is defying a federal judge’s attempt to block Defense Distributed from publishing instructions showing how to create 3D-printable firearms.

A few hours after U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik, a Clinton appointee, muzzled Defense Distributed with a court order Tuesday evening, the CodeIsFreeSpeech.com mirror site appeared. It’s a project of the Calguns Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and other civil rights groups, and includes freely downloadable computer-aided design (CAD) files for the AR-15, AR-10, Ruger 10-22, Beretta 92FS, and other firearms. [Reason.com]

I have a copy of all the files here, in case something happens to that mirror: Defense Distributed files (335.5 MB).

A rare acknowledgement of reality
Jul 14th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Enforcing the Law Is Inherently Violent. Every law is violent. We try not to think about this, but we should. On the first day of law school, I tell my Contracts students never to argue for invoking the power of law except in a cause for which they are willing to kill. They are suitably astonished, and often annoyed. But I point out that even a breach of contract requires a judicial remedy; and if the breacher will not pay damages, the sheriff will sequester his house and goods; and if he resists the forced sale of his property, the sheriff might have to shoot him. [The Atlantic]

The law professor being quoted was talking specifically about lawyers, but this is something that everyone should keep in mind when advocating for new laws, but unfortunately the sort of people who do advocate for new laws never do.

Current Immigration Laws Are Unconstitutional
Jul 10th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Does the Federal Government Have the Power to Regulate Immigration? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Said No. Yet federal regulation of immigration is a power both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison maintained was “no where delegated to the federal government.” And since no amendment has granted that power since they made that argument in 1798, it is exercised by the federal government without the consent of the governed, legitimized only by the same kind of “activist Court” conservatives condemn when it sanctions federal power they don’t like. [Foundation for Economic Education]

This is something I’ve been pointing out for years, so I’m pleased to see that someone else as noticed it. Sadly, it doesn’t really matter in practice since the government doesn’t care at all about the Constitution.

A look at cultural differences
Jun 24th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Honor, Dignity, Victim: A Tale of Three Moral Cultures. Honor cultures emerge when a centralized state authority is not present or not legitimate and when people are extremely materially vulnerable. Under these conditions, people will take offense very easily, grow quickly fearful, and engage in higher rates of defensive, pre-emptive aggression as well as vigilante justice in order to settle their disputes.

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In a dignity culture, people in this more modern form of society may resort to legal authority when disputes and wrongdoings are sufficiently severe, but otherwise they will make efforts to privately resolve disputes in a non-violent manner. In such a society, all citizens are assumed to have a sense of dignity and self-restraint, and everyone is expected to, at least at first, give the benefit of the doubt to a disputant to see if a conflict can be resolved peacefully.

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Victim cultures share in common with honor cultures the sensitivity to slights or insults, but whereas those in an honor culture might try to retaliate (physically or otherwise), people in a victim culture will instead appeal to a powerful, omnipresent state/legal authority. Classic examples are Mao’s China and Stalin’s Russia. In contrast to honor cultures that expect victims to be strong and stern enough to defend themselves, and dignity cultures that expect victims to be calm and charitable when in a dispute or disagreement, victim cultures emphasize how complainants are emotionally or physically fragile, vulnerable, and weak. [Skeptic]

A good explanation of the underlying cause of the current “culture war,” where most of the country is still a dignity culture but various high-profile areas (the media, academia) are a victim culture.

The reality of land ownership
May 10th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

A simplified taxless state (part 1 of 3). Thus, we can talk of tier-one and tier-two land owners, where tier-one owners are those land owners capable of defending their territory against state-level aggression (or capable of performing state-level aggression), and tier-two land owners are those who are somehow at the mercy of the tier-one owners retaining ownership of the land the tier-two owners think they own, but actually don’t when push comes to shove.

In cleartext, a state-level actor is the only type of actor capable of owning land. Within a state, there is arbitration for when tier-two “owners” are in dispute over a piece of territory. But between states, there is no international arbitration of land ownership – brutal aggression decides who owns what (whether one approves of that fact or not). When tier-two “owners” are in dispute, it is not much different from when two children are fighting over who gets to use family property: at the end of the day, it’s still the adults’ property. [Falkvinge On Liberty]

The proposal is just a pipe dream, but it’s noteworthy for being based on the fact that private ownership of land is a lie. This is something I noticed years ago, but almost nobody else has.

Google doesn’t understand bail reform
May 10th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Google to Purge Ads for Bail Bond Services.
Google has thrown its support behind the growing movement to eliminate cash bail by purging bail bond advertisements from its platform.

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Beginning in July, Google will no longer accept advertisements from private bail bond services. David Graff, Google’s director of global product policy, explained the decision Monday: “We made this decision based on our commitment to protect our users from deceptive or harmful products…”

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Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, put out a statement Monday afternoon supporting Google’s decision: “No one should be incarcerated—before they’ve even been tried or convicted of a crime—simply because they can’t afford not to be.” [Hit & Run]

So in order to help poor people who have trouble affording bail, they’re trying to make it harder for poor people to afford bail. It’s amazing how consistently rich liberals respond to problems affecting poor people by doing things that make those problems worse.

Another reason to like Uber
May 6th, 2018 by Ken Hagler

What Do You Call a Tool to Help Uber Avoid Gov’t Stings? A Good Start. Uber uses a tool called “Greyball” to circumvent officials. It’s a tool that Uber says is designed to help it deny ride requests to people who violate their terms of service, disrupt the system, or threaten their drivers. They also have been using it to operate in places where government officials have been trying to shut them down.

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Uber used this tool to operate in Portland, Oregon, as regulators attempted to use sting operations to catch them and shut them down. As the story explains, this all bothered authorities because Uber was employing people and putting them to work outside of their purview… [Hit & Run]

This is pretty old news now, but it’s another reason to prefer Uber over other ride sharing services: they were willing to do something to protect their drivers from corrupt and oppressive local governments who were paid off by the taxi cartels to attack them.

Questionable marketing decision
Apr 21st, 2018 by Ken Hagler

Lyft Announces It Will Make All Rides Carbon Neutral. Lyft announced it will spend millions of dollars to make all its rides carbon neutral.

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The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company announced Thursday that it will pay for a range of environmentally beneficial projects to compensate for the emissions from the millions of car journeys it provides every week. The tactic, known as carbon offsets, is a way for Lyft to do something about climate change without changing its business model. [Slashdot]

So Lyft is gambling that there are more prospective customers among religious fanatics who actually care that the company they get a ride from is buying indulgences than there are among sane people who don’t want to pay extra for a ride to pay for someone else’s religious beliefs. I’ll bet this makes Uber executives very happy.

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