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DC pot seed queue meets the tragedy of the commons, kind of

27 Mar

Basic microeconomics strikes again – it’s illegal to sell pot seeds in DC, you can only give them away.  So a line 4 blocks long formed to get free seeds, at a venue  — appropriately called Libertine — only open for two and a half hours.  So only 60% of those in line got seeds.  There is a second free seed distribution this Saturday.  Rumor is the local Libertarian Party will pass out free – and regular – brownies.  Where the same thing may happen again.  Still, it’s better than government cheese…

reasonTV was covering this event – but, we beat them to the press!  So until they post you will just have to enjoy our videos – vegans against pot (roast), hydroponics salespeeps, etc.  Located in the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, just a bongs through from the homes of various Cato, Institute for Justice, and Atlas Network dynamos (– and only 8 blocks from reason magazine’s DC offices, so I don’t know why they can’t load their damn video quicker!)  Besides reasonTV‘s Todd Krainen, the only other libertarians I noticed about were a local conservatarian who works in the private sector for CoStar, and a
Ron Paulista public interest lawyer who works for the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

"Jesse Walker, Black Flag Label" isn’t just a brand of whiskey marketed to libertarians anymore

6 Sep

He’s also a very nice red headed Baltimorean writer at reason magazine who has written a new book on conspiracy theories.  You can listen to him talk about it above, or RSVP at the Cato Institute website to see him live in person next Wednesday.

Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein grills Ron Paul Institute

24 Apr
No need to fear that hiring ex-reason editor Tim Cavanaugh to manage The Daily Caller will temper its neoconservative impulses.  Editor Jamie Weinstein does a borderline hatchet job on the new Ron Paul Institute, selecting several board members and variously asserting or implying that they are 9/11 truthers or have unAmerican and unpatriotic revisionist views of Abe Lincoln.  

It may not be Weinstein’s best performance, at least not as journalism.  It looks like the only person he actually contacted, and that only via email, is the new Institute director.  The various academics, whose views are certainly fair game for questioning, he seems not to have contacted, but simply to have quoted, possibly not fully in context, from assorted articles they’ve written in the last decade.  It’s especially ironic that Weinstein seems scandalized that anyone might suggest that the federal government may have hidden aspects of 9/11 (if nothing more than its culpability by acts of omission), during a week when it is clear that the government is lying, if only to cover up its incompetence, in both the Bhenghazi murders and the Boston marathon bombing.

On the other hand, Ron Paul may have damaged his own career, in a way Rand Paul has not, by speaking to anyone who’d listen, back when the media had consigned him to the waste lands, even if these associates were kooky on issues other than the areas of agreement.  It may not be the DC’s intent, but Ron Paul could be more careful now about who he has at his Institute.

Having been on the receiving end of this kind of treatment from the leftovers, I’m not that sympathetic.  Why pussy foot around and imply people are kooks or anti-Semites (including the Jews among the board members mentioned) by implication because they don’t share the establishment views of things?  Just say it outright.  I think our problem today is more government lies and coverups, and media that enable them, than dippy conspiracy theorists.

Here’s Mr. Weinstein’s piece:

The academic board for former Rep. Ron Paul’s recently unveiled Institute for Peace and Prosperity includes at least one 9/11 Truther and two of the most well-known apologists for Iran’s theocratic government in the United States.
In Washington last week, Ron Paul launched his policy institute, with the goal of mobilizing “colleagues and collaborators of Dr. Paul’s to participate in a broad coalition to educate and advocate for fundamental changes in our foreign and domestic policy,” according to its website.
One of the academic board members for the institute is Eric Margolis, an independent journalist who has questioned whether Osama bin Laden was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and wondered in writing whether the attacks were not instead really orchestrated by “America’s far right or Israel.”
“After 9/11, Secretary of State Colin Powell promised Americans the State Department would issue a White Paper detailing bin Laden’s guilt. Afghanistan’s Taliban government asked for this document before it would extradite bin Laden, as the U.S. was demanding,” Margolis wrote in a 2010 article entitled, “9/11. The Mother of all Coincidences.”
“The White Paper was never produced, and the U.S. ignored proper legal procedure and invaded Afghanistan. We still wait for evidence,” the journalist asserted.
“I remain uncertain that Osama bin Laden was really behind the attacks. Much circumstantial evidence points to him and al-Qaida, but conclusive proof still lacks,” he continued.
In the article, Margolis propagated the conspiratorial notion that the 9/11 attacks could very well have been President George W. Bush’s Reichstag fire.
“On 28 February, 1933, fire, set by a Dutch Jew, ravaged the Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag,” he wrote.
“While the Reichstag’s ruins were still smoking, Adolf Hitler’s government declared a war against ‘terrorism.’ A ‘Decree for the Protection of People and State’ was promulgated suspending all legal protections of speech, assembly, property, and personal liberties. The Reichstag fire allowed the government to round up ‘terrorism’ suspects without due process of law and made police powers near absolute. Sound familiar?”
“I’ve seen no hard evidence to date that 9/11 was a plot by America’s far right or by Israel or a giant cover-up,” Margolis concluded. “Just, perhaps, the Mother of All Coincidences. In the end, it may just have been 19 angry Arabs and a bumbling Bush administration looking for someone else to blame.”

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