Podcast: Episode 1.4

Lemme guess: you voted for statism, didn't you?

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Intro: Nine Inch Nails – “Hyperpower!
Outro: Shelly – “State and Serf

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Podcast: Episode 1.2

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Murray N. Rothbard – “The Tyranny of Government Courts and Prisons”


“The Tyranny of Government Courts and Prisons”

Murray N. Rothbard | April 12, 2011

Compulsory labor permeates our legal and judicial structure. Thus, much-venerated judicial procedure rests upon coerced testimony. Since it is axiomatic to libertarianism that all coercion — in this case, all coerced labor — against everyone except convicted criminals be eliminated, this means that compulsory testimony must be abolished as well. In recent years, it is true, the courts have been alive to the Fifth Amendment protection that no alleged criminal be forced to testify against himself — to provide the material for his own conviction. The legislatures have been significantly weakening this protection by passing immunity laws, offering immunity from prosecution if someone will testify against his fellows — and, furthermore, compelling the witness to accept the offer and testify against his associates. But compelling testimony from anyone for any reason is forced labor — and, furthermore, is akin to kidnapping, since the person is forced to appear at the hearing or trial and is then forced to perform the labor of giving testimony. The problem is not only the recent immunity laws; the problem is to eliminate all coerced testimony, including the universal subpoenaing of witnesses to a crime, and then forcing them to testify. In the case of witnesses, there is no question whatever of their being guilty of a crime, so the use of compulsion against them — a use that no one has questioned until now — has even less justification than compelling testimony from accused criminals.


Stephen Lendman – “Subverting Democracy Through Electoral Fraud”


Subverting Democracy Through Electoral Fraud

Stephen Lendman | September 15, 2008

In America and elsewhere, electoral fraud isn’t new nor should anyone be surprised it occurs. But as technology improves, so are better ways found to pre-arrange outcomes. It’s easier than ever today so more time, effort, money and other resources are earmarked for it. The result…


Matt Stoller – “Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?”


Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?

Matt Stoller | September 11, 2008

A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one. You’ve probably heard about Cindy McCain stealing prescription drugs from her charity in the 1990s. Today, Tom Gosinski, her former employee and a close friend of the McCain’s, came out on the record about the entire sordid episode. And it appears that McCain used his Senate staff and resources to cover up Cindy’s drug use, and potentially to prevent the Drug Enforcement Agency from investigating his wife’s theft of illegal prescription drugs. John McCain certainly used his political connections to begin a campaign of intimidation against Gosinski, because at the time – this was after the Keating 5 scandal – another major scandal would have derailed his career. Gosinski stayed quiet out of fear until today; a recent fight with cancer has strengthened his resolve. As he told me today, if he can beat cancer, he can go on the record regarding how the McCain’s do business.
Matt Stoller :: Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?
Gosinski was an employee of Cindy McCain who helped her run her charity, the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) in the early to mid-1990s. At the time Gosinski worked for her, Cindy McCain was addicted to prescription painkillers, taking between 30-50 pills a day of Vicatem and/or Percocet. She had doctors writing out prescriptions in other peoples’ names, including Gosinski. When Gosinski found one of the prescription slips, he got angry, and Cindy had him fired. This part of the story is just kind of sad, but not damning; Cindy McCain was a lonely and bored wife who turned to drugs in place of what was a loveless marriage full of fundraisers and in all likelihood, various infidelities (or so were the rumors Gosinski heard at the time).


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Suzanne Gamboa – “Paul: Reject the major parties, go for a third”


Paul: Reject the major parties, go for a third

Suzanne Gamboa | September 9, 2008

Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul is urging voters to reject John McCain and Barack Obama and support one of the third-party candidates for president.

Paul, a Republican who abandoned his White House bid earlier this year, is gathering some of the candidates, independent Ralph Nader among them, on Wednesday to make his plea.

“The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system,” Paul said in prepared remarks obtained by AP. “This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates.”


T.J. Pignataro – “Buffalo Police batter their way into wrong house”


Buffalo Police batter their way into wrong house
Family of 8 traumatized by officers’ behavior; officials admit error made but defend actions

T.J. Pignataro | August 18, 2008

Armed with a battering ram and shotguns, Buffalo police looking for heroin broke down the door and stormed the lower apartment of a West Side family of eight.

The problem is that the Wednesday evening raid should have occurred at an apartment upstairs.


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Vedran Vuk – “What Motley Crue Can Teach Us About Drug Legalization”


What Motley Crue Can Teach Us About Drug Legalization

Vedran Vuk | August 14, 2008

Motley Crue rocked the 1980s. They played hard and partied harder. Their lifestyle was a toxic mixture of drugs, alcohol, fast cars, and fast women. Their reputation for drug abuse remains legendary — rivaling Ozzy Osbourne, the Grateful Dead, and even the Rolling Stones.

Anyone supporting drug legalization must reconcile their position with the existence of these coked-up hallucinating tattooed hooligans on motorcycles. Most citizens fear legalization would lead to the rapid decline of Western Civilization: the youth would jump at drugs; dope would be in every home and every vein; morality would fly out the window, and life as we know it would collapse all around us.

With these “esteemed” gentlemen as examples, only the deranged could support drug legalization. That is, until one examines the specifics more closely.


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James Randerson – “Medicine: Clinical trials test potential of hallucinogenic drugs to help patients with terminal illnesses”


Medicine: Clinical trials test potential of hallucinogenic drugs to help patients with terminal illnesses

James Randerson | August 12 2008

Scientists are exploring the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD to treat a range of ailments from depression to cluster headaches and obsessive compulsive disorder.

The first clinical trial using LSD since the 1970s began in Switzerland in June. It aims to use “psychedelic psychotherapy” to help patients with terminal illnesses come to terms with their imminent mortality and so improve their quality of life.


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Paul Armentano – “So Where Did All The Ditchweed Go?”


So Where Did All The Ditchweed Go?

Paul Armentano | August 11, 2008

Who among us doesn’t like to brag after a job well done? It’s human nature, right?

I mean, even the DEA enjoys boasting about their so-called “accomplishments.” They even have their own (taxpayer funded) museum.

Given this fact, it’s both curious and notable that the DEA has suddenly ceased publicizing data regarding how many millions of feral hemp plants (aka “ditchweed”) law enforcement eradicate each year.


CNN – “OxyContin bust nets 56 Miami-Dade government employees”


OxyContin bust nets 56 Miami-Dade government employees

CNN | August 6, 2008

Fifty-six government employees — including a police officer, a felony court clerk, two corrections officers and 27 school bus drivers and attendants — were arrested in a scam that used health insurance information to fraudulently obtain prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin, authorities said Wednesday.

Sixty-two people were arrested in total and all face charges including racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and grand theft, according to the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office.


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Muriel Kane – “Deleted photo sparks fears DEA hiring mercenaries”


Deleted photo sparks fears DEA hiring mercenaries

Muriel Kane | August 4, 2008

When a California medical marijuana dispensary, Organica Collective, was raided last Thursday by agents of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and local police, the Los Angeles Times ran a dramatic story on the incident, accompanied by a set of photographs showing the raid and its aftermath.


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Jordan Page – “Revolution March Blacked Out By Media”


Revolution March Blacked Out By Media
Over 10,000 citizens attend historic protest in Washington DC, news stations absent

Jordan Page | August 1, 2008

Ten thousand people united in solidarity for a common cause, a common dream, can be an impressive and inspiring sight. As a realist who pays attention to the details, I usually find myself bereft of hope that people are going to wake up and realize their civil liberties are being legislated out of their hands while they were busy watching Dancing with the Stars and washing it down with some Fox News. But I just saw ten thousand people marching down Constitution Ave in our nation’s capital, gloriously and enthusiastically wielding their love of the idea of American freedom. Twenty-first century citizens connected to the passions of eighteenth century revolutionaries, while brandishing banners demanding political policy reform, an end to a war, and the impeachment of a president. And one more thing: an end to the media blackout of Ron Paul. I stood on a stage holding my guitar, steps from the Capital building, and watched in spellbound silence an endless parade of people marching towards me much like the Iraq war, with no end in sight, shouting the name of their advocate, and ready to make some noise.


Joseph De Avila – “War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier”


War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier
Recruiters Bring Lifelike Videogame To Amusement Parks, and Kids Love It

Joseph De Avila | July 28, 2008

In the Tweety Bird section of the parking lot at an amusement park here, visitors are trying a new attraction. They jump into Humvees or Black Hawk helicopters and use fake firearms to hunt down “genocidal indigenous forces.” They shoot at huge video screens.

“I like that I got to use a gun!” said 13-year-old Spencer Padgett, after trying the “Virtual Army Experience.” His dad, Scott, from Laporte, Ind., said he wanted his son to gain an appreciation of the sacrifices being made by the Army.


Ryan McMaken – “I Survived a GOP Convention”


I Survived a GOP Convention

Ryan McMaken | July 30, 2008

Back in the days when I was politically active, I attended a GOP election party with my wife. Someone at the party had rented out a hotel ballroom, and after the polls closed a couple hundred of us milled about and watched as the returns came in. Big television screens were tuned to various news channels. People cheered when Republicans did well and booed when Democrats did well. The primary function of this event, however, seemed to be to offer a chance for Republican true believers to feel safe among their own kind.

My wife said “this is the largest support group I have ever attended.” And that is what it was.