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Ideas are fine, as long they are federally approved

A federal judge in Las Vegas has ordered the banning of a book because it advocates 'lawless action'.

U.S. District Judge Lloyd D. George wrote in an order banning the book that Irwin Schiff is not protected by the First Amendment because he has encouraged people not to pay taxes.

Today's most ridiculous item

Bill O'Reilly should know better. There was once a time when Foxnews was a newcomer to the media landscape. The established networks blew off Foxnews' threat and very few expected it to succeed. But it surprised everyone and took away CNN and MSNBC viewers and became a force. They did it by filling a niche for viewers who were tired of the constant liberal flavor of other media, and by bringing in fresh voices like Bill O'Reilly who wouldn't kowtow to soft accusations and would actually challenge their guests. Read more »

Teacher pay not so shabby

A recent study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia shows that after taking into account pension plans and a shorter work year, teachers earn wages comparable to engineers, accountants, and computer programmers. [via Mises Blog] Read more »

Open Source reconsidered

It occurred to me while reading Jonathan's post on the open source movement, that while the Open Source movement may indeed be inhabited by unreconstructed syndicalists (a degenerate form of socialist), the movement itself may yet be a market based phenomenon. Read more »

Mobile bioweapons lab, or hydrogen generators?

(Via Deinonychus)

It occurs to me that the current counter-explanation for the alleged mobile bioweapon labs-- that they are hydrogen generators to make balloon targets for artillery-- seems to me to be a little, well, nuts. Read more »

The obesity epidemic strikes again

Jim Henley, in the midst of a Den Bestean sized post on fitness, makes a salient point about the so-called 'Obesity Epidemic': Read more »

Stateless communism?

I ran across a post over at Deinonychus on the topic of "Stateless Communism", where he notes that a commenter on DU writes:

All the same -- I do think that the problem of a decentralized, stateless mechanism for resource allocation to acheive the ideal of communism is unsolved. Unsolved does not mean insoluble, but -- to be shatterproof, the mechanism would have to have the property economists call "incentive compatibility."

Big Brother gets bigger in the EU

Speaking of lost meanings, one of the more commonly abused words in the political lexicon is 'right'. It used to mean a barrier to coercion from the mob, i.e., a right to free speech meant that the mob could not use violence on you for the words you said, and a right to private property meant that the mob could not use force to take your property. A right was protection against the outside. Read more »

More on different types of law

In chatting with my fellow Catallarchist Brian, he stated that my post on Legislation vs. Common Law was not completely accurate, and suggests that perhaps a more precise classification for what I was referring to would have been Statuatory law vs. Customary law. [Damnit Brian, I'm a doctor, not a lawyer!] He states that legislation is a part of common law, not something completely distinct from it, and is used to codify and simplify customary law. Read more »