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Friday, September 1st, 2006
3:11 pm

rustle_castle
STOP NAZISM!

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Monday, July 31st, 2006
4:16 pm

rustle_castle
INTERNATIONAL GRAPHICS CONTEST
«Unauthorized Persons... are Welcome!»
Within the framework of European Youth Campaign «All different – All equal»
From 1 July 2006 to 30 November 2006

Guidelines of the contest: Diversity, Participation, Human Rights
We are looking forward to getting ideas that would become basis for official European Actions’ materials already this year
- 1 September – International Action «Europe without Nazism!» www.stopnazism.anti-fa.ru
- 29 September– International Action «Babiy Yar – Nobody have’t been forgotten!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru
- 9 – 16 November – International action Week against Nazism and anti-Semitism «Never again!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru.

Artifacts:
It can be any kind of graphics and images which can be placed on information materials or be posted in the Internet. For example:
- sticker, leaflet or poster model,
- logo, banners for actions,
- wallpaper for the desktop,
- comics, animations
and the like

Requirements:
- Creative outcomes are accepted from 1 June to 30 November 2006
- The product should be saved in .jpg format, no more than 1 МB (if it doesn’t fit - please put it in the internet and send us a link)
- The product must have an electronic format
- You should email your work to: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.
- If it is difficult you can send a disk by regular mail: 125009, Moscow, p/o 143. And also you should fill in «Registration Certificate». You can ask for it at the Organizational Committee.

The Main Award – your work will be published in thousand copies and be disseminated widely across Russia, NIS and European countries.

You can ask for «Registration Certificate» at: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.

Organizational Committee:
Movement «YOUNG EUROPE», Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance
Eastern and Central-European Network for realization of European Campaign «All different – All equal»
125009, Moscow, p/o 143
e-mail: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru
http://antifa.ynnet.org

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Saturday, May 6th, 2006
7:55 pm

zra
Cut and Run? You Bet.
By Lt. Gen. William E. Odom






Why America must get out of Iraq now.

Withdraw immediately or stay the present course? That is the key question about the war in Iraq today. American public opinion is now decidedly against the war. From liberal New England, where citizens pass town-hall resolutions calling for withdrawal, to the conservative South and West, where more than half of “red state” citizens oppose the war, Americans want out. That sentiment is understandable.

The prewar dream of a liberal Iraqi democracy friendly to the United States is no longer credible. No Iraqi leader with enough power and legitimacy to control the country will be pro-American. Still, U.S. President George W. Bush says the United States must stay the course. Why? Let’s consider his administration’s most popular arguments for not leaving Iraq.

If we leave, there will be a civil war. In reality, a civil war in Iraq began just weeks after U.S. forces toppled Saddam. Any close observer could see that then; today, only the blind deny it. Even President Bush, who is normally impervious to uncomfortable facts, recently admitted that Iraq has peered into the abyss of civil war. He ought to look a little closer. Iraqis are fighting Iraqis. Insurgents have killed far more Iraqis than Americans. That’s civil war.

Withdrawal will encourage the terrorists.Collapse )



I thought this was an interesting take. I'm normally of the school of thought that we need to stick around and finish the job (although I did not support the war to begin with), but if this guy is correct, he's got a point.

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Friday, April 7th, 2006
12:03 am

zra
this is maybe the funniest byproduct of the whole stockbridge eminent domain issue:

the much requestedCollapse )

http://www.jasonpye.com/blog/2006/04/back_by_special_request.html#comments

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
3:53 pm - Hello there fellow Capitalists!

evil_admiral
*waves* Hi there. My name is Brad, and I am an Economics major and math minor at Berry College in Georgia. If you believe in the world's smallest political quiz, then I am a hardcore Libertarian. I believe in small and limited government, expanded (yet sensible) civil liberties, and in the power of the free market.

Frankly, I get pissed when people call me "left" and say that I "...have more in common with Howard Dean" than I think. Gaah! Why does everyone assume that just because I am gay that I am a democrat??

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
12:01 pm

zra
Eminently dumb eminent domain - LINK
By Steven Malanga

The city of Boston couldn't accumulate enough land to build the gleaming new $800-million convention center it wanted on the south side of town. So the city government used its powers of eminent domain to snatch about 20 properties from private owners to provide space for the center, justifying the seizure on the grounds that the new center would boost the local economy. Today, the recently opened Boston center sits idle much of the time. First-year bookings and attendance were only one-sixth of what the city projected. Taxpayers now find themselves on the hook not only for the center's construction cost but also for its operating deficit.

It's no wonder defenders of private property rights went ballistic over the Supreme Court's decision last month in Kelo vs. City of New London, in which the court endorsed for the first time the government's power to seize private land for the sake of economic development.Collapse )




I thought everybody might like to read this article, as it provides some interesting talking points.

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Sunday, July 3rd, 2005
6:51 pm - Greetings

zachthegreat
Hey, just thought I'd say a quick hello and whatnot.

My name's Zach, I'm 20 years old and I'm from Minnesota, which is, politically, a shame. I'm an unabashed Libertarian, and find myself getting more and more disgusted with the government as a whole :P

But yeah... so, hi.

Oh, and while I appreciate the right of people to shave their upper extremities, could we maybe correct the "right to bear arms" in the interests? :P

current mood: bored

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2005
4:53 pm

zra
From QandO.net - link to article

Kiss your property rights goodbye
Posted by: Dale Franks on Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision has ruled in Kelo v. New London that the government can condemn your property, take it, and then transfer it to another private party. The dissenters were Justice O'Connor, who wrote the dissent, and the usual suspects, i.e. Chief Justice Rehnquist and Justices Scalia and Thomas.

In the case at hand, the city of New London, CT, wants to tear down a neighborhood, and redevelop it for "economic development" purposes, using the power of eminent domain.

You see, in 1998 Pfizer Pharmaceutical announced that it would build a huge research facility in the Fort Trumbull area. Evidently, the city father then began thinking, "Hey, if Pfizer comes in, we could rip out the surrounding residential areas, build a new park and marina, and sell the rest of it off after we rezoned it as commercial property. Pfizer could be the central hub of an exciting new business district. Man, imagine the tax money that would roll in then, huh? And sales taxes, as well as property taxes! Sounds like a plan!"

Despite the fact that the plan was, as Justice Thomas puts it, "suspiciously agreeable to the Pfizer Corporation", Justice Stevens, in a sophistry of reason, argues for the majority that it's a taking for public use anyway:

Those who govern the City were not confronted with the need to remove blight in the Fort Trumbull area, but their determination that the area was sufficiently distressed to justify a program of economic rejuvenation is entitled to our deference. The City has carefully formulated an economic development plan that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including—but by no means limited to—new jobs and increased tax revenue. As with other exercises in urban planning and development, the City is endeavoring to coordinate a variety of commercial, residential, and recreational uses of land, with the hope that they will form a whole greater than the sum of its parts. To effectuate this plan, the City has invoked a state statute that specifically authorizes the use of eminent domain to promote economic development. Given the comprehensive character of the plan, the thorough deliberation that preceded its adoption, and the limited scope of our review, it is appropriate for us, as it was in Berman, to resolve the challenges of the individual owners, not on a piecemeal basis, but rather in light of the entire plan. Because that plan unquestionably serves a public purpose, the takings challenged here satisfy the public use requirement of the Fifth Amendment.


So, the city had a plan. They thought about it and everything. So they should receive deference.Collapse )

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
2:15 pm

zra
MORE on the MEDICAL MARIJUANA vote

1:38 P.M. - POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Hinchey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Hinchey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until later in the legislative day.Collapse )

THERE IS STILL TIME TO HAVE YOUR OPINION HEARD! PLEASE ACT NOW!

Instructions and Phone Script - takes less than 2 minutesCollapse )

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR PHONES AND START CALLING!

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
11:23 pm - Important for Individual Liberty, Please Read

zra
Medical Marijuana Vote To Take Place Wednesday Morning - Please Read

CARE ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA? Please read this immediately.Collapse )

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
1:38 pm - Anybody in here read QandO.net?

zra
I really enjoyed this article quite a bit...



link to original

Are politicians liars, or are they just idiots? Or Both?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Judging from the quality of argument presented in the New York Times op/ed article by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Times is apparently opening up its op/ed page to contributions from the developmentally disabled. Both senators are apparently rigid with fright over the nefarious practices of the heathen Chinee.

Dismayed by China's failure to play fair on free trade, we have offered legislation to impose a tariff on Chinese exports to the United States if Beijing continues to keep the value of its currency, the yuan, artificially low compared with the dollar. While our efforts to pressure China to change have been called protectionist, nothing could be further from the truth. Pushing China to reform is the free trade position. Those who favor the status quo are the real protectionists; they are protecting China.


War is peace! Freedom is slavery!Collapse )

Somehow, Messrs. Shumer and Graham seem entirely unaware that what allows the Chinese to keep buying treasury bonds is that the US government keeps spending more money than it takes in. You want to force the Chinese to revalue the yuan, cut off the flow of debt. Even better, start running a budget surplus that will allow the treasury to retire the debt that's already been issued. The simple fact is that it is solely our reckless spending that allows the Chinese to keep their export earnings in the US, rather than exchanging those dollars for yuan in the FOREX market.

But, apparently, the senators have no interest in addressing that.

if you like this article and want to read more, just add qandoblog to your friends list.

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Thursday, April 28th, 2005
4:25 pm

zra
if you haven't heard, there is a great libertarian oriented blog on the net that's really worth reading.

you can see the website at qando.net, or just add qandoblog to your friends list!

edit: sorry, i misspelled the name but it has since been corrected. it's qandoblog, not quandoblog.

thank you thecircularfile for the correction!

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
3:25 pm

zra
* A bill is pending in Congress that would exempt
the Internet from the campaign finance
regulations. It's called the "Online Freedom of
Speech Act."
* The entire bill is just one sentence long. The
bill would give the Internet the same "freedom of
the press" exemption that the mainstream media
has. There's no reason the Internet should be
treated any differently than the mainstream
media.
* DownsizeDC.org is conducting an online lobbying
campaign to get Congress to pass this
legislation. People can use DownsizeDC's
Electronic Lobbyist to ask their Representative
and their Senators to sponsor this bill. They can
do so by clicking here
http://action.downsizedc.org/wyc.php?cid=22

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Monday, March 21st, 2005
2:57 pm

zra
My girlfriend has been telling me all about this Schiavo case that has been all over the news, because she's been following it pretty closely and reading up on a lot of the background information that's available on the net, for what that's worth. She seems to give a lot of credit to the lady's husband. After all, couldn't he just have divorced this lady when she became completely incapacitated?

Also, apparently he became a registered nurse so that he could help care for her... I think that's what my girlfriend mentioned to me last night (I was doing schoolwork at the time, so I don't recall exactly what she said). It seems pretty clear cut to me... He's her husband, so absent some sort of prior documentation from Mrs. Schiavo herself, it seems like her husband has power of attorney in this instance. I don't see how we have a reason to doubt what he's saying... Considering he could have a) walked away from this with $10 Million offered to him by someone who wanted to use Mrs. Schiavo as some sort of medical testing ground for stem cell research (correct me if I'm wrong), b) divorced her (not sure about this, but I would imagine that he could), or c) NOT bothered to become a registered nurse to take care of her, he sure is going very far out of his way to convince us that she would want to die. I don't see any real possible gain for this guy, other than perhaps some emotional closure of a situation, and knowing that he was honoring his wife's wishes.

I think that there's probably something in all of us that would like to see Mrs. Schiavo's condition improve. But, according to what I've seen and heard, she has not made any improvement that would lead us to believe that such a recovery is possible in the entire time she's been in this condition.

I think that the call to remove Terri Schiavo's feeding tube is one upon which reasonable people can disagree. Collapse )

x-posted all over the place

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Friday, March 4th, 2005
11:10 am

cluckcluckclock
Hello,

I haven't posted in here much, but I thought you guys might be interested in political_punks. it is a community for young people, specifically those who belong to the punk subculture or other such misfits, of ANY political persuasion, to debate freely and respectfully amongst each other about political issues. It is only a couple weeks old, so there aren't a whole lot of members, but so far it is mainly leftist/socialist/marxist types (of course). Come join to balance it out, and help me argue my points!

PS: i apologize if community promotion is not allowed here!

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1:08 pm - Youth rights

hryanvt
Hello everyone,
I'm a new member to the group, from Vermont, I'm a member of the Vermont Libertarian Party, and Vice Chair of the my local LP town committee... I'm also a member of the Vermont chapter of the NYRA (National Youth Rights Association):
http://www.youthrights.org

Just wanted to let everyone know that NYRA recently received primetime coverage on the last West Wing epsiode about lowering the voting age. A brief article about it can be seen on the front page of the NYRA website.

Feel free to browse & contact me if you have any questions ^_^

current mood: cheerful

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Saturday, January 29th, 2005
6:35 pm - musing on outsourcing

zra
so the little blurb about outsourcing by John Stossel got me thinking... is it really so bad? (not that I was a critic before I heard it)

I thought about an example of outsourcing that I hear about most: technical support staff

as a private computer consultant, it seems to me that outsourcing your tech support might be cost effective, but it doesn't really help out the customer very much. anybody who has spoken to these techs will tell you, they are generally not that great. then again, i've had that job, and i've worked with plenty of american techs who were just as bad, only they didn't have an indian accent.

i have to say, crappy techs who can only handle the most basic situations are a big business boost to me as a private technical consultant. most of my clients loathe calling technical support. that's why i get so much business.

thoughts? i'm particularly curious to hear others views on outsourcing, whether for or against.

Friday, January 21st, 2005
11:07 pm - Georgia Leaps Onto Spam Pile

zra
The Georgia Slam Spam E-Mail Act springboards from CAN-SPAM to further define spam, then heap additional fines and prison terms on convicted spammers.

While law makers are simply doing what they've been hired to do... i.e., make laws... enough is enough.

They've chilled legitimate business to the point that many companies won't broadcast essential information to customer groups that need it. If this keeps up, only the bad guys will risk e-mailing.

The spam battle has always been a technology contest... and it always will be.

From trimmail.com/news

see for yourself at USA Today

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Sunday, January 9th, 2005
9:50 pm - beliefs
biggystyle88 can you share with me your individual beliefs on the following and on other topics?

drugs
war
abortion
stem cell research
curfews
school
individual rights
drinking
driving
drinkin and driving

current mood: i hate school

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12:47 am - new
biggystyle88 so im new in this group. im 16 and in the 10th grade. ive always been more republican than anything till i discovered libertarian party. while i agree with some of the views you share im afraid i dont know all of your beliefs and would like to be more informed and im also sorry to say i still kinda lean more to the republican side more than the democrat side although i would still consider myself libertarian.

current mood: tired

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