Archive for the ‘Current Events’ Category

The Sikh Temple Shooting and the Siblinghood of all Humanity

Monday, August 13th, 2012   Submitted by Davi Barker

After all the feedback on my last article “Auditing Shooting Rampage Statistics” I said that I would record all the corrections in my data set and publish an updated statistic if there was another shooting and the subject became timely again. I did not expect that it would be the next day. So, rather than repeating the statistical analysis from last week, I want to talk about something a little bit different.

I want to personally thank everyone who commented on the article. Not being a gun enthusiast myself, I learned alot about firearms from you all. I’ll especially be careful about the incorrect use of the term “assault rifle” to describe semi-automatic weapons. Even those who were critical of my research provided valuable insights that I will incorporate into any future analysis of the data. The most difficult criticism to resolve is that we only have figures for successful civilian resistance. We don’t have figures for unsuccessful civilian resistance. Sadly, this is exactly the situation in this most recent rampage shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin.

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Auditing Shooting Rampage Statistics

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012   Submitted by Davi Barker

Firearm prohibitionists love to use tragedy to leverage their agenda. So, it’s important for gun rights advocates to stand their ground and fire back (proverbially) whenever this happens.

I posted a graphic on Facebook claiming the average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 18.25, and the average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by civilians is 2.2. I based it on 10 shootings I found listed on some timeline somewhere. I honestly don’t even remember where. I presented the case studies in a blog post on the Silver Circle blog and I did the math myself.

The graphic was met with great enthusiasm and much skepticism. Leave it to Facebook users to demand an audit on a meme. So, I started over, only much more meticulous this time. I compiled and analyzed 100 shootings, noting my methodology, and I am now prepared to present my findings, complete with links to the data. But here’s a spoiler… It’s not that different.

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The World Tomorrow With Julian Assange Premieres

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012   Submitted by Seth King

Having been under house arrest for some time, Assange has decided to produce weekly interviews with global movers and shakers. It’s no surprise to me that RT has decided to air this series. The state-funded Russian news station has an ironically libertarian bent and prides itself on its contradistinction to the mainstream media. Enjoy this first of many interviews to come!

The Lucifer Effect: Ron Paul and the Stanford Prison Experiment

Saturday, April 14th, 2012   Submitted by Davi Barker

The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo is an in depth study of mankind’s capacity for evil, beginning with the complete treatise on the Stanford Prison Experiment, taking us through numerous similar studies on obedience and the corrupting influence of authority, and ending with the atrocities committed by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib. But as I was reading, I kept thinking of Ron Paul and the ongoing controversy between the libertarians and anarchists as to whether supporting his campaign is the right thing to do. I think this book has settled the issue for me, as I’ll explain as we go on. Although I started with the paperback, I really can’t sing the praises of the audiobook enough. A significant portion is actual transcripts from the experiment, and the narrator, Kevin Foley is a skilled voice actor that turns the book into a radio play with different voices for each character.

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The Burden Of The Soldier

Thursday, December 29th, 2011   Submitted by Roman Skaskiw

Earlier this month, a little-discussed headline read "Muted Ceremony Marks End Of Iraq War."[1] Of course, neither the war in Iraq nor the occupation are really ending. Thousands of private security contractors remain in the country (as do the fifteen thousand employees of the Baghdad embassy).[2] The end of conventional military operations reflects the changing usefulness of the soldier to the state.

Generally speaking, the soldier’s role as provider of security is secondary to his role in propaganda. Regardless of an individual soldier’s motivation in joining the military, his primary function is to serve as a rallying cry for the fellow subjects of his state.

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Safe At Last!

Friday, December 16th, 2011   Submitted by Stefano Mugnaini

Rejoice at how safe you’ve become! Because now, finally, you live in a country where you can be detained indefinitely, without trial, on the mere suspicion of terrorism.

This is because the National Defense Authorization Act, yet another bill to provide funds for war and nation-building, has been passed by both houses of Congress. Within this gem of a bill is buried language that mandates that anyone suspected of terrorism be handed over to the military for indefinite detention — and this specifically includes US citizens — at the discretion of the executive branch.

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What The Occupy Movement Could Learn From Somalia

Friday, December 2nd, 2011   Submitted by Davi Barker

It’s time to acknowledge that the Occupy movement began as an anarchist movement. Adbusters, the magazine that started the ball rolling, describes itself as “anti-consumerist,” but it’s arguably anarchist, or at least heavily influenced by anarchists.

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Maybe The 99% Are Right

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011   Submitted by Roman Skaskiw

Maybe the “99%” are right. Maybe we should take all the money from the richest 1%.

Perhaps, however, the protesters don’t go far enough. We should then find the most beautiful 1% and scar their faces with box cutters. Then we should find the smartest 1% and damage their brains. We should find the most athletic 1% and break their legs. We should find the healthiest 1% and feed them poison.

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How “Occupy Wall St.” Could Succeed

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011   Submitted by august

The thousands of protesters in New York and cities around the world are likely to achieve nothing if they continue down their current course. Instead of calling themselves “the other 99%,” they should adopt the tagline  “the odds are 99-to-1.”

The protesters have not realized that all of the issues they want to address are only symptoms of a deeper problem. The singular objective should be the abolition of the state.

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Convict The State

Friday, October 7th, 2011   Submitted by Stefano Mugnaini

American student Amanda Knox was released from custody in Italy this week, where she has been held since 2007 on suspicion of the murder and sexual assault of her former roommate, Melissa Kercher. Knox was originally convicted, but that was overturned on appeal because of flawed and circumstantial evidence, shoddy detective work, and a coerced confession.

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