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Number 693, October 21, 2012
"We are compelled to choose between voting for the lesser
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Down With Power
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The unabridged audio version of my 1983 novel The Nagasaki Vector, brilliantly read by the great libertarian radio host Brian Wilson, is finally available for purchase.

Many feel that this is the funniest book I've written so far—at least intentionally—and features our old friend Win Bear, G. Howell Nahuatl, a sapient coyote, time traveler Bernie Gruenblum, and Georgie, the time machine who loves him.

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EDITORIAL MATTERS:

And in a continuing series of WFT moments, we find this:

"Shut up and play nice: How the Western world is limiting free speech"
by Jonathan Turley

Free speech is dying in the Western world. While most people still enjoy considerable freedom of expression, this right, once a near-absolute, has become less defined and less dependable for those espousing controversial social, political or religious views. The decline of free speech has come not from any single blow but rather from thousands of paper cuts of well-intentioned exceptions designed to maintain social harmony.

In the face of the violence that frequently results from anti-religious expression, some world leaders seem to be losing their patience with free speech. After a video called "Innocence of Muslims" appeared on YouTube and sparked violent protests in several Muslim nations last month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that "when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected."

It appears that the one thing modern society can no longer tolerate is intolerance. As Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard put it in her recent speech before the United Nations, "Our tolerance must never extend to tolerating religious hatred."
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and this:

"Clueless: Obama Thought He Won Debate Until Told Otherwise"
by Ivan Kenneally

According to an article in the Daily Mail UK, President Obama walked off the stage after his underwhelming debate performance convinced he was the winner. Against the intuitive grain of 60 million viewers and a breathlessly fawning press who winced through a painfully dismal showing, Obama was content that he had delivered the rhetorical goods. He only realized he sank like a Chevy Volt dropped in water after his senior aides broke the news to the surprised, and disturbingly oblivious, Commander in Chief. Apparently, the most transparent President in history in also the least self-aware.

Senior aides had been wrought with anxiety for weeks that Obama wouldn't fare well since he stubbornly refused to rigorously prepare: "'President Obama made it clear he wanted to be doing anything else—anything—but debate prep. He kept breaking off whenever he got the opportunity and never really focused on the event." While campaigning in Nevada, Obama even poked fun at his own reluctance to hunker down: " It's a drag. They're making me do my homework."

Some aides anonymously revealed that Obama's disdain for Romney runs so deep he considered preparation for the contest, and Romney as well, beneath him. His dripping contempt was palpable on the stage, as he refused to make sustained eye-contact with Romney, looking down at his shoes as if they were outfitted with a teleprompter.
Read Whole Article

And more:

"The Global War Against Baby Girls"
by Nicholas Eberstadt

Over the past three decades the world has come to witness an ominous and entirely new form of gender discrimination: sex-selective feticide, implemented through the practice of surgical abortion with the assistance of information gained through prenatal gender determination technology. All around the world, the victims of this new practice are overwhelmingly female—in fact, almost universally female. The practice has become so ruthlessly routine in many contemporary societies that it has impacted their very population structures, warping the balance between male and female births and consequently skewing the sex ratios for the rising generation toward a biologically unnatural excess of males. This still-growing international predilection for sex-selective abortion is by now evident in the demographic contours of dozens of countries around the globe—and it is sufficiently severe that it has come to alter the overall sex ratio at birth of the entire planet, resulting in millions upon millions of new "missing baby girls" each year. In terms of its sheer toll in human numbers, sex-selective abortion has assumed a scale tantamount to a global war against baby girls.
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And again:

"The Population Control Holocaust"
by Robert Zubrin

There is a single ideological current running through a seemingly disparate collection of noxious modern political and scientific movements, ranging from militarism, imperialism, racism, xenophobia, and radical environmentalism, to socialism, Nazism, and totalitarian communism. This is the ideology of antihumanism: the belief that the human race is a horde of vermin whose unconstrained aspirations and appetites endanger the natural order, and that tyrannical measures are necessary to constrain humanity. The founding prophet of modern antihumanism is Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), who offered a pseudoscientific basis for the idea that human reproduction always outruns available resources. Following this pessimistic and inaccurate assessment of the capacity of human ingenuity to develop new resources, Malthus advocated oppressive policies that led to the starvation of millions in India and Ireland.
(Adapted from Robert Zubrin's Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism)
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However, this last is more for the "Yippee!" file:

Scientists Turn Air and Water Into Gasoline
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Takes electricity to do it, but with lots of cheep electricity potentially to be had, that takes care of the "give all of our money to OPEC" problem. (But will The Ruling Class allow us to have cheep electricity?)

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ARTICLES

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Letters to the Editor
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The Doldrums
by L. Neil Smith
The doldrums is a strip of land and water near the equator where the trade winds, east and west, cancel each other out. Vessels that found themselves there without wind to fill their sails, were said to be "becalmed in the doldrums". A similar nautical expression is "adrift in the horse latitudes". I'm not sure whether they're the same thing.
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Did Roy A. Childs Jr. Suffer from "Archist Illusions"?
by David M. Brown
Two distinguished libertarian and anarchist friends of the late, great Roy A. Childs Jr. (1949-1992) suppose that Roy likely had suspect motives for his change of mind about anarchism later in life, and perhaps also for his failure to explain his reasons for his change of mind in print during the years of his declining health before he died in 1992.
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Reguarding "Bravely Bombing the Boche: The Morality of Killing Civilians" by Sean Gabb
by Rich Matarese
If only the moral character of the strategic bombing offensives undertaken by the Allies during World War Two were that simple. Whenever I read second-guessing about whether there had been justification for the indiscriminate aerial attacks upon civilian populations during that conflict, I know for certain that the authors of these exercises in after-the-fact hand wringing know nothing whatsoever about the realities of warfare, particularly as these realities manifested in the 19th and 20th Century guerre à l'outrance involving the mobilizations of whole nations in arms.
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We'll Have to See What Happens Next
by Ian B. Titter
I can't claim to be a libertarian or an anarcho-capitalist. I live in a nation state under the current rules, as serfs once lived under the rule of liege lords. Many of the people around me see this state of affairs as an improvement over previous times and have no idea as to how things could be much improved.
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It's Time to Wake the Fuck Up and Tell Big Brother to Go to HELL!
by Neale Osborn
San Rafael, California. This city of Big Brothers has now banned the smoking of cigarettes in privately owned homes that are connected to other homes, as in Townhouses, Condominiums, and Duplexes. Smoking in Apartments is also banned.
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In Every Closet
by A.X. Perez
Actually, President Obama is right. Assault rifles don't belong on the streets of America. They belong in people's closets and gun vaults and on rifle racks at home. From time to time they belong in vehicles being transported to the target range or the fields for casual plinking and varmint hunting. They belong in all honest Americans who can afford them's homes, and the homes of the non violently dishonest. For self defense in the streets handguns are usually more appropriate. So He who Am in Charge is right, but not for the reason he thinks.
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Atlantea The Beautiful No. 199
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 199 of a weekly cartoon series.
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Many feel that this is the funniest book I've written so far—at least intentionally—and features our old friend Win Bear, G. Howell Nahuatl, a sapient coyote, time traveler Bernie Gruenblum, and Georgie, the time machine who loves him.

The price: $12.99.

The place: CD Baby.

Now available in iTunes, as well
The price: $9.99
The Place: iTunes

—L. Neil Smith


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