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TX: Homeowner greets fake gun with real gun
“Police said three teens who broke into a northwest Houston home overnight were greeted by a homeowner with a gun. … Houston police said one of the teens went into the home through the garage, and a barking dog woke up the homeowners. The homeowner got his gun and managed to hold one of the suspects while waiting for police to arrive. Police said as they pulled up to the home, they spotted the other two suspects riding away on stolen bicycles. They, too, were arrested. In their possession police said they found a knife and a fake gun.” (11/26/13)
Author: Mary Lou Seymour
Posted: December 3, 2013, 4:10 am

FDA to use new drug compounding law to promote regulated pharmacies
“U.S. health officials are hopeful that hospitals and other healthcare providers will show sufficient preference for using drug compounders that sign up for regulatory scrutiny under a new law that potentially risky medicines will no longer be supplied by unregistered compounding pharmacies. [The excuse for the latest regulatory power grab was] the deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis last year that killed 64 Americans and sickened more than 700 due to contaminated injections made and shipped by a Massachusetts drug compounder that was not under the oversight of the Food and Drug Administration.” (12/02/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 3:51 am

Ukraine: As protests boil, EU keeps arms open
“The European Union may not be as popular as it was, but events in Ukraine are showing it still has appeal. Despite being racked by increasing ‘euroskepticism’ and economic woes, the 28-member bloc is the object of affection of tens of thousands of Ukrainian demonstrators who continue to march the streets in the biggest protests since the country’s Orange Revolution of 2004 — all prompted by support for the EU.” (12/02/13)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: December 3, 2013, 3:38 am

ACLU sues, seeking to deprive Catholic bishops of religious freedom, freedom of speech
“The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion directives to Catholic hospitals hamper proper care of pregnant women in medical distress, leading to medical negligence. The suit was filed in federal court in Michigan on Friday on behalf of a woman who says she did not receive accurate information or care at a Catholic hospital there, exposing her to dangerous infections after her water broke at 18 weeks of pregnancy. In an unusual step, she is not suing the hospital, Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, but rather the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.” (12/02/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 1:50 am

Iceland: First police-shooting fatality … ever
“Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday. It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say. Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue the 59-year-old, who lived in the east of the capital, Reykjavik. When this failed he was shot after firing at police entering the building. Between 15 and 20 officers took part.” [editor’s note: Just a bit more like it should be elsewhere – SAT] (12/02/13)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: December 3, 2013, 1:38 am

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Being evil vs. doing evil
“We are not genetically destined to be overweight or underweight, so we can control quite a bit of that. Likewise the amount of muscles we have, or how long or short we cut our hair. Being a certain way is mostly out of our control, but there are still some characteristics that we can change. I posit that being good or evil is entirely under our control, and so either is not a question of being, but of doing.” (12/02/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 8:20 am

The twenty first century abolitionist project: Slavery and taxation
“This essay is an incendiary device. My muse is Wilberforce and the subject is the abolition of the last existing institution of slavery in America — taxation. Like Wilberforce, we may be generations from satisfaction of the dream of the end of the coercive state but if the seed is not planted, the goal will never be realized.” (12/02/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 7:18 am

Some questions for minimum wage proponents
“Suppose (not unreasonably) that poor people are disproportionately likely, compared to wealthier people, to own high-mileage used cars produced, say, between 1989 and 1995. And assume that the average price at which poor people sell each of these cars (when, say, they want to buy newer cars, or when they choose to rely more heavily upon public transportation) is $3,000. Do you support minimum-used-car-price legislation that prohibits the sale of any car at a price of less than $5,000? Do you believe that such legislation would make poor people richer? Would your answer change if the legislated minimum price for cars is $3,250 rather than $5,000?” (12/02/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 6:17 am

Gary North’s false dichotomy
“Gary North says Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme for fools. Ben says Gary North is uninformed and is arguing a false dichotomy.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/01/13)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: December 3, 2013, 5:21 am

Plan for robotification of everything proceeding apace
“In the late 19th century, major American cities began installing networks of underground pneumatic tubes between post offices, enabling them to whisk hundreds of letters back and forth at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, with the satisfying thurp sound as an added bonus. Most of the systems were dismantled in the 1920s, but somehow New York’s managed to stay in use until the ’50s. Sadly, the dream of universal pneumatic tube delivery to the home was never achieved. But in a 14-minute ad for Amazon that was cleverly staged as a report on 60 Minutes, the company revealed the future of package delivery: drones.” (12/02/13)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: December 3, 2013, 4:36 am

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