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Promising technologies
Apr 29th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Recent­ly there have been a cou­ple of sto­ries about promis­ing pro-liberty tech­nolo­gies: Dark­Mar­ket, for enabling free mar­ket trans­ac­tions, and Dark Wal­let, for pre­serv­ing finan­cial pri­va­cy.

Lost in translation?
Apr 28th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

It’s obvi­ous from watch­ing recent episodes of Game of Thrones that the slave-owning cities that Daen­erys has been lib­er­at­ing real­ly like harpies, but there’s nev­er been any dis­cus­sion of them in the TV show–just harpy stat­ues every­where. I’m won­der­ing if this is some­thing that was explained in the books but got left out due to time con­straints.

No kidding
Apr 28th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Repub­li­can Gov­er­nors and The Bill of Rights. So there you have it. Repub­li­cans are say­ing that hold­ing to the Rule of Law dis­qual­i­fies a per­son from hold­ing pub­lic office. Being “tough on crime” appar­ent­ly means being tough the Rule of Law itself. [Mis­es Eco­nom­ic Blog]

I think any­one who wasn’t aware that the Repub­li­can Par­ty is opposed to the Rule of Law must have been in a coma through­out the entire Bush Admin­is­tra­tion.

Writing on the wall for Google Voice
Apr 20th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

The very use­ful GrowlVoice app has been killed off by Google, as part of their ongo­ing move to get rid of Google Voice in favor of Google Hang­outs, which does none of the things Google Voice is use­ful for. I had replaced Skype short­ly after the Microsoft pur­chase with a com­bi­na­tion of ser­vices that work togeth­er, of which Google Voice is an impor­tant part. It’s unfor­tu­nate that Google seems deter­mined to get rid of it in favor of some­thing which does noth­ing I want and isn’t use­ful to me in the slight­est. Still, their move again­st third-party apps like GrowlVoice is a pret­ty clear sign that I need to look for an alter­na­tive.

Some rare good news
Apr 13th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Vic­to­ry at the Bundy Ranch. Free Amer­i­cans point­ed guns at feds. Stopped them. And lived to tell the tale. [Liv­ing Free­dom]

Some oth­er posts about this: Ever notice that all the­se crises tend to be caused by the peo­ple sup­pos­ed­ly respon­si­ble for resolv­ing crises? and Amer­i­cans Back Gov­ern­ment Down.

This whole affair is an excel­lent exam­ple of both why the Sec­ond Amdend­ment exists, and why politi­cians wish it didn’t.

Phony Boycott
Apr 8th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Moth­er Jones: OkCu­pid Push Again­st Mozil­la CEO Look­ing More Like a PR Stunt Than a Protest [Reason.com]

No kid­ding. Bren­dan Eich wasn’t CEO of Mozil­la long enough to do any­thing, but he will always be the cre­ator of JavaScript. Yet if you go to the OKCu­pid site with JavaScript dis­abled, you see this:

OKCupid JavaScript Required

In oth­er words, they briefly claim to boy­cott a tech­nol­o­gy because of a job that Eich nev­er had a chance to do, but they require a tech­nol­o­gy which he actu­al­ly did do. Their “boy­cott” was a fraud from the begin­ning.

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