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L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 700, December 9, 2012

"So here's a call to arms—or at least to
keyboards—for all of those I hear wondering
what they can do to advance the cause of liberty."


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On Saturday [Dec 1st], the doctors stopped the sedation and E.J. was "awakened," but she was insensate. Eyes had no focus, she did not respond to voices, lights on but no-one home. So I made the difficult decision to order her life-support -- ventilator and blood-pressure regulation -- removed. The staff maintained pain-killer and anxiety- relief drugs so she remained comfortable as she gradually declined, and finally passed at 11:35 Sunday night.

The great love of my life is gone forever. She is survived by her son, Ian, and stepson Zeke, who loved her very much, and those two will keep me going in the weeks and months ahead.

Thanks to all for your well-wishes and support. Zeke is finishing up this school semester and we will have a local memorial service for our friends in the area, and another one in Southern Cal for family and the friends in that area, and I'll keep everyone posted when plans are firmed up.

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Re: "Lest Darkness Triumph" by L. Neil Smith

Dear Sir:

A fine site which I'll be returning to often. I enjoyed Mr. Smith's titular tip of the hat to John W. Campbell's best deCamp serial in the old Astounding pulp magazine, but anybody old enough to be a Golden Age sci-fi fan ought to be able to recall that the wall-size TV screen is usually credited as a prediction to Ray Bradbury. But that's a quibble. Thanks again, gentlemen, for the choice fodder.

Herb Borkland
herbork@comcast.net

To which L. Neil Smith replied:

You're quite right, Herb. I'd forgotten The Veldt.

Happily, Confederate screens don't let the predators through.

L. Neil Smith
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This system is remarkably like a primitive forerunner of the computers in my novel _Ceres_. Wilson Ngu can carry his in his bluejeans watch pocket, and his mother, Ardith, carries hers pinned to her blouse, like a nurse's watch.

[link to technologyreview]

L. Neil Smith
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Toldja so

Hate to brag (Okay, I'm full of crap, I love being able to brag) but last week I did send the following to TLE:

Many Americans will be surprised to discover that they are "the richest among us." Without heroic spending cuts the Federal government will have to raise our extortion payments by about $10,000 dollars per annum per person, not family ( back of the envelope calculation of what it will cost to pay off deficit for the year plus pay down existing debt to zero over ten years.). Anything less, accompanied by robust spending cuts, will fail if you are trying to tax your way out of our current Federal mess. While obviously the government will not take such extreme actions, it does mean that a lot of people who thought they were not rich are going to be wealthy for the purposes of having their taxes raised instead of cut.

Now if you will peruse the following: [link] you will read "The only problem is... and this is initially going to seem like heresy from a progressive is... the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich...." attributable to Howard Dean.

Toldja it was coming. I'm sure most of you had it figured out before I said anything. Still it is comforting to know our opponents are so predictable, improves our odds.

A.X. Perez
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BALOO!

Not too much new this month. Most surprising fact is that I now have over fourteen thousand cartoons up at CartoonStock. You can see them here.

I continue to post new cartoons daily on several websites. You can get to them all starting from here

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Letter to a Talk Show Host

You may or may not know that the cops were caught on neighbor's cellphone needlessly shooting a little dog in the Denver suburbs. Apparently they can taze a little old lady in a wheelchair with impunity, but let them shoot somebody's dog ...

Anyway, this is the note I sent this morning to the radio guy who is trying to have it both ways, but was my original inspiration for coining the word "copsucker":

I am sure there were plenty of British officers and soldiers who were kindly, decent individuals. That didn't stop Thomas Jefferson from describing their activities as "a long train of abuses and usurpations". The unavoidable fact is that, across the nation, the police have become more brutal with every day that passes. No amount of nervous denial on your part or anybody else's can change that.

I discuss this problem -- and its solution -- in my new book, Down With Power: Libertarian Policy in a Time of Crisis, available at Amazon.com and B&N.com both in dead-tree and e-book format.

L. Neil Smith
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The Headline Caught My Eye... And Turned My Stomache!

I don't normally read TMZ crap, because it's all gossip. But the headline just grabbed my eye. On the MSN homepage, it says "Adele's Baby", and underneath Adele's photo, "Singer facing fine over registration." So I clicked it. Apparently, failing to register your baby in England is a punishable offense. Up to a 1000 pound ($1600) fine for failing to properly notify the authorities of the birth of another British subject.

What, now a baby is like a car? "Sorry, Ma'am, but your failure to register the baby means you can't carry that child on these streets. We're going to have to tow it to the impound lot!" I wonder if they issue titles with the registration? Does the baby get a license plate? Do you have to transfer title and registration when it gets married? What's the sales tax rate based on?

I actually understand the reasoning, ESPECIALLY in a socialist country like England. You cannot properly determine how much you must steal from income to fund yet another behind getting "free" healthcare. A true Laissez-faire economy has no need to number, monitor, and control the populace. In a socialist economy, where the government takes care of all your healthcare needs, controls the media, and feeds a large chunk of the populace, you need to control everything you can. I wonder when they'll start micro-chipping their babies in the delivery room? Or when WE are going to? After all, tattoos are so Third Reich!

(Also appears on NewsVine) Neale Osborn nealebooks@hotmail.com

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