30 May 2014

Cigars, The Value of Knowledge, And Why You Should Support FDL

Sometimes it pays to pay for good information. It might surprise you to learn that in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, New York City was the cigar-making capital of the United States. At the industry’s height, Manhattan had nearly 3000 small cigar factories, employing thousands of cigar rollers, or torcedores.

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20 Apr 2014

Remembering Bloody Ludlow – One Hundred Years On

On the morning of April 20, 1914, agents of the Baldwin-Felts detective agency along with Colorado national guardsmen massed on a ridge overlooking a tent city of hundreds of coal miners and their families that occupied the plain below – roughly a half mile from the village of Ludlow, Colorado.

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24 Dec 2013

FBI Reviews It’s A Wonderful Life (With A Special Appearance By Ayn Rand)

It’s that time of year again, when people fall back to their tried-and-true holiday traditions. The merry revelers at Fox News clench their teeth and hiss at the horror of being wished happiness in any way that fails to meet their precise specifications. Retailers emphasize the family spirit of the

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21 Jun 2013

Who Are We Keeping “Safe” And From What?

Citizens of Maury County Tennessee who attended a public hearing last month received a daunting piece of news. Complain the wrong way about your water quality and you could be labeled a terrorist. You read that right – diss the taste of your Tennessee tap water in a way that

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21 Jun 2013

Who Are We Keeping “Safe” and From What?

Citizens of Maury County Tennessee who attended a public hearing last month received a daunting piece of news. Complain the wrong way about your water quality and you could be labeled a terrorist.

You read that right – diss the taste of your Tennessee tap water in a way that officials deem unfounded and you become the Osama Bin Laden of your cul-de-sac.

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16 Jan 2013

Office Politics: Why did the USAF fund “US Global Defense Posture, 1783-2011??

A few days ago a tweet pointed out that the Rand Corporation had released a study, US Global Defense Posture, 1783-2011. Given the upcoming budget controversy about the military budget and the coming end of “combat operations” in Afghanistan, I decided that this might be an interesting read. And it is, in a way. It’s a 146-page summary of the history of the US military’s global deployment over its entire history up through 2011. It is readable and has extensive footnotes and a bibliography.

It creates a classification of US military postures.

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06 Dec 2012

Whose Streets? – NYPD Credits Occupy With Drop in Crime

As reported in the New York Post, the NYPD has found that in the areas where Occupy Sandy (and other neighborhood non-profits) have been most active there has been less crime.

Residents of areas like Brooklyn’s Red Hook, where Occupy Sandy has a strong presence, say they feel safer and have been spared the looting and other crime that exist in neighborhoods where activists are not so plentiful.

Officers of the NYPD are similarly pleased.

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06 Dec 2012

Whose Streets? – NYPD Credits Occupy With Drop in Crime

As reported in the New York Post, the NYPD has found that in the areas where Occupy Sandy (and other neighborhood non-profits) have been most active there has been less crime. Residents of areas like Brooklyn’s Red Hook, where Occupy Sandy has a strong presence, say they feel safer and

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22 Nov 2012

Greetings From Asbury Park

What you first notice, because they are everywhere, are the mounds of people’s things lining every curb. They stack up head-high, spilling out into the road, some of them still oozing water after three weeks. You park your car, careful not to scratch the side on all the debris, open the door and get hit with the sound of motors – chain saws, generators, drills, pumps. Everybody is hacking and cutting away at the accumulation of their lives, and dragging the now worthless pieces out to the street.

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