The Last Cowboy at Pine Creek Ranch

Yes, sad and frightening but, for me, most of all it is infuriating. — jtl, 419

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Watch this video and see for yourself the sad and frightening saga of the destruction of the old west – and the American dream.

Yes, sad and frightening but, for me, most of all it is infuriating. — jtl, 419

Introduction by Tom DeWeese at the American Policy Center

Wayne Hage, Sr was a friend of mine, as was his second wife, the late Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth. Both were courageous leaders in the battle to save private property from the tyranny of government takings.

Wayne was one of the first to stand up and fight back against federal efforts to remove independent ranchers from the range lands. That fight is now best known through the desperate efforts of the Bundys. Years before, there was Wayne Hage. In similar fashion to what the Bundys would eventually face, Wayne endured outrageous harassment and intimidation from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). His…

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The “Living” Constitution Is in Serious Condition

It would be blasphemy to refer to this place where we live as “America.” But in fact, we here in Texas and other parts of the Old South (as well as the Western so-called “public lands” states) have been “occupied territories” for the last 150 (plus) years. Think secession! Yours for freedom in our lifetimes. — jtl, 419

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But now we have descended to the next level of government intrusion. Now we have reached, “Don’t say anything, even to your lawyer.” At any time, federal agents can raid his office, his home, his hotel room, and his safety deposit box. They can seize all his computers, flash drives, phones, and other records. And if they can do that to the President’s lawyer, they can surely do it to anyone’s lawyer, including yours.

It would be blasphemy to refer to this place where we live as “America.” But in fact, we here in Texas and other parts of the Old South (as well as the Western so-called “public lands” states) have been “occupied territories” for the last 150 (plus) years. Think secession! Yours for freedom in our lifetimes. — jtl, 419

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The Elder Sibling Is Watching You

These people are gathering intelligence on all Americans of all ages that use social media. They want to make sure they have the goods on any and all Americans who might, someday, become “persons of interest” to the feds. Whether this is warranted or not makes not an iota of  difference. They do it because they can!… And if you should be naive enough to ask about your First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment rights I would have to reply–“Surely you jest!”

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)And the founders are thrashing in their graves with confusion over why we haven’t yet chosen to exercise our 2nd? This is stuff that they would have not tolerated for 1.5 mille seconds. — jtl, 419

 

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Around thirty years ago, a man who followed the political scene in this country told me that the Central Intelligence Agency owned or controlled the National Enquirer newspaper. Somehow, the thought didn’t surprise me. Now I can’t say if he was accurate  or not. At that time I had no way of checking that out. However, other things he told me did pan out  as he said. So let’s just leave it at that.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)Recently, I watched a video of a speech by Jerome Corsi. Many of you probably know who Mr. Corsi is. He used to work for World Net Daily and he has written several books over the years. At present, he is a correspondent for http://www.infowars.com and he has a new book out called Killing the Deep State–the Fight to Save President Trump. Check it  out. Mr. Corsi is a good journalist and researcher.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View Anyway, in this video I watched, Mr. Corsi mentioned Facebook, Twitter, Google, and one other entity (I’m not sure if it was Amazon or not) and he said that these had all been, in their origins, creatures of the CIA.  I think his speech was on You Tube, so if it hasn’t been removed by now you can probably find it with a little “huntin’ and peckin.” I usually agree with most of what  Mr. Corsi says because he is such a good researcher, with lots of good  sources.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsI wouldn’t have thought all that much about his speech except, that on the same day I heard it, I chanced  to read an  article by Luis P. Almeida that had originally been on http://www.LewRockwell.com and had been picked up by https://flyoverpress.wordpress.com  I don’t know much about  Mr. Almeida, but parts of his article caught my attention after having listened to Mr. Corsi’s speech.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualMr. Almeida wrote: “…but I was aware of the privacy issue since Sun Microsystem’s Scott McNealy warned us about it way back in 1999. I have been aware for years that Facebook was  funded by the CIA’s venture capital arm called In-Q-Tel and that the NSA had tapped into our telecommunications network and was sucking up all voice and date traffic for analysis. In the 80s Brzezinski stated in his book, that soon the government would have a database containing everything there is to know about each and every one of us. I did not need a congressional hearing to make me aware that the day he spoke of had long arrived.” And incidentally,  the Brzezinski he is referring to, a longtime member of the Trilateral Commission, who passed away recently, was the father of Mika Brzezinski who is a “news” anchor for CNN.

So what Mr Almeida is telling  us is that Facebook is basically in the business of gathering any and  all info they can on all of us. When confronted with this their usual reply is that this is strictly for “commercial” purposes–advertising, etc. That’s a pile of cow chips, to use a polite term. These people are gathering intelligence on all Americans of all ages that use social media. They want to make sure they have the goods on any and all Americans who might, someday, become “persons of interest” to the feds. Whether this is warranted or not makes not an iota of  difference. They do it because they can!

And if you should be naive enough to ask about your First, Fourth, and Sixth Amendment rights I would have to reply–“Surely you jest!”

 

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Perspectives: Bundy Ranch, 4 years later

And he acquired those rights through long term and continuous “beneficial use.” No Mildred, the Feral (not a typo) government does not “own” these rights. Some of the ranchers in the West look at grazing fees as “taxes” on the grazing and water rights. Either way…it doesn’t amount to anything but armed robbery. — jtl, 419

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The Bureau of Land Management had been at odds with Bundy since 1993 when he refused to go along with their attempts to convert the grazing and water rights he owned into rented privileges for which he must pay their bureaucracy.
A Handbook for Ranch Managers And he acquired those rights through long term and continuous “beneficial use.” No Mildred, the Feral (not a typo) government does not “own” these rights. Some of the ranchers in the West look at grazing fees as “taxes” on the grazing and water rights. Either way…it doesn’t amount to anything but armed robbery. — jtl, 419
This composite of St. George News file photos shows various gatherings and activities incident to the Bundy Ranch standoff with federal authorities in and around Bunkerville, Nevada, 2014 | File photos by Mori Kessler; submitted photos, St. George News

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Democracy: The God That Failed

The problem… is that democratic leaders do not own the machinery of government. It is theirs on temporary loan…. (And) because a leader under democracy does not own the government apparatus… he has no incentive to maximize its value. Instead, he tends to deplete it. His limited time horizon forces him toward immediate gratification. That is, he must get while the getting is there to be gotten.

 

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View This will be the best thing you will read today for it explains (via impeccable deductive reasoning founded upon a solidly axiomatic premise) the what, when, where and why of how we got ourselves into this mess. — jtl, 419

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In 2001, academic Hans-Hermann Hoppe scribbled a book bearing the soaring title Democracy: The God That Failed. Hoppe’s work amounts to a one-man war dance against that most holy of secular divinities.

Combat Shooter's Handbook  Hoppe’s primary tort against democracy?

It wastes. It exhausts its capital. It forever takes the short view. Hoppe uses the economic concept of time preference to nail home his point.

A Jill with low time preference delays her gratification until the future. She is disciplined. She is willing to have her cake later — after she’s seen to her business.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteBut a Jack with high time preference orients toward present consumption. He wants it now — and the future can go scratching.

Democracy, in Hoppe’s regard, “wants it now.” It is a spendthrift; a profligate; a child at large in a candy store.

As the wino cannot see beyond the next drink… democracy cannot see past the next election.

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualBut is that not our system’s cardinal virtue — that power is not permanently lodged in a single vessel? A rotating roster of rogues is far superior to one alone, you counter.

Otherwise the American Revolution was a vast swindle and the Fourth of July is a blackguard’s holiday.

But because a leader under democracy does not own the government apparatus, argues Hoppe, he has no incentive to maximize its value. Instead, he tends to deplete it. His limited time horizon forces him toward immediate gratification.

That is, he must get while the getting is there to be gotten.

Consider the aspiring democratic official who seeks the franchise of a demanding public. He may feel the tug of fiscal conscience. But should he fail to gratify the crowd’s clamorings, he knows the other fellow will. And our democratic aspirant will lose his election.

So he offers up the requisite sweets.

If Social Security benefits must increase to sweep him into office, then they will increase. Will it take more Medicare benefits, more unemployment insurance, more welfare? Then these you will see.

His election represents a pre-arranged raid upon the Treasury. If the national purse is thin, if the burden cannot be met from existing stocks, then it will go on the credit card.

Is the business sordid? Might it bankrupt the Republic eventually?

Well, eventually is a long way off, he says. Let it be the next fellow’s bellyache. Besides, we’ll simply grow our way out of it.

This is the office seeker under modern democracy.

Compare, for a moment, democratic government with a rented vehicle. The renter does not own the auto. He therefore has no regard for its long-term health. So he guns the engine. He pounds on the brakes. Down its gullet he pours the lowest-test gasoline. Would he ever check the oil?

And who, by the by, has ever washed a rental car?

In this way, economist Thomas Woods explains democratic government suffers the so-called “tragedy of the commons” — overuse, exhaustion, inadequate maintenance, etc.

A privately owned fishing pond, for example, is unlike a public fishing pond open to all.

Woods:

A tendency to overfish would exist with a pond available in common to all comers; a private owner, on the other hand, thinks not simply of what can be profitably extracted from his property in the short term but also of the need to maintain a stock of fish to reproduce for next year and the year after that.

Here Hoppe applies the theory to democratic government:

It must be regarded as unavoidable that public-government ownership results in continual capital consumption. Instead of maintaining or even enhancing the value of the government estate, as a king would do, a president (the government’s temporary caretaker or trustee) will use up as much of the government resources as quickly as possible, for what he does not consume now, he may never be able to consume… For a president, unlike for a king, moderation offers only disadvantages.

Hoppe speaks of a king.

Unlike democracy, Hoppe contends, monarchy takes the long view. The monarch owns the apparatus of government. As will his heirs. So he naturally inclines to policies that increase the value of his property over time.

If Social Security, Medicare and the rest begin to deplete the government’s long-term wealth, you can bet the monarch will call off the show.

“It’s welfare you want, citizen? I understand the church runs a charity.”

“Social Security, you seek? Begin planning early for your retirement. And remember to save up against the rainy day.”

“You say you want health care. I hope you don’t smoke or drink too much. And let me mention it now — sugar is a far-from-healthy substance. Besides, you can find your health insurance on the private exchanges.”

Is such a system undemocratic? Certainly.

Callous, perhaps? We cannot dispute it.

But is it fiscally stable? Yes, it is.

Would it incur massive debts it could never repay? It would not.

In brief, monarchy is better with money. It is a superior steward of wealth — at least in theory.

Once again, Hoppe:

While a king is by no means opposed to debt, he is constrained in this “natural” inclination by the fact that as the government’s private owner, he and his heirs are considered personally liable for the payment of all government debts (he can literally go bankrupt, or be forced by creditors to liquidate government assets).

In distinct contrast, Hoppe argues, we find the democratic president:

A presidential government caretaker is not held liable for debts incurred during his tenure of office. Rather, his debts are considered “public,” to be repaid by future (equally nonliable) governments.

Perhaps this explains — at least in part — why the national debt of the United States runs to some $21 trillion?

It is a capital fact beyond all argument:

Most democratic nations groan beneath bloated government… extortionate taxation… and Himalayan levels of debt.

How does this lovely, lovely state compare with the barbarous age of monarchs, Mr. Hoppe?

During the entire monarchical age until the second half of the 19th century… the tax burden rarely exceeded 5% of national product. Since then it has increased constantly. In Western Europe it stood at 15–20% of national product after World War I, and in the meantime it has risen to around 50%.

Fuerthermore, government spending ran to roughly 10% of GDP prior to World War I. It currently nears 50% in many democratic countries.

Total government spending in this Land of the Free amounts to 36% of GDP — nearly 40%.

Perhaps in retrospect… the world might have been made safe for monarchy in 1917.

And maybe our Colonial forefathers should have let old King George be in 1775. His tax bite was so light… it failed to break the skin.

Our researches reveal that American Colonial taxation ran to about 1% of total income — 1%.

And between 1764 and 1775, claims political scientist Alvin Rabushka:

The nearly 2 million white Colonists in America paid on the order of about 1% of the annual taxes levied on the roughly 8.5 million residents of Britain, or 1/25th, in per capita terms…

As traitorous as it may appear… we are half-tempted to disinter King George and parade his innocent bones down Broadway.

But let us entertain no more thoughts of heresy.

Hoppe’s book is actually no call for monarchy. As the author himself states at the onset — “I am not a monarchist and the following is not a defense of monarchy.”

His primary purpose is to diagnose an illness — not to prescribe a cure.

Hoppe’s sins against democracy are nonetheless of the mortal variety. And mainstream academics put him under excommunication for his heresies.

But to repeat, Hoppe does not call for monarchy. Nor do we.

Beneath our sinister motley beats the heart of an American patriot… and our blood runs true under red, white and blue.

Besides, a king could be every inch the scoundrel as an American president. And since he doesn’t face election… how could we possibly count upon him to say amusing and idiotic things?

Let us therefore not discount the comedic value of democratic government. Regardless, it matters little…

Hoppe’s utopia will never be — a pure monarchy has the snowball’s chance in today’s democratic age.

But does it soften his case?

Winston Churchill famously quipped that democracy was the worst form of government except for the rest.

But who knows… maybe monarchy is the worst form of government… except for the rest…

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Brian Maher
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Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View

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BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

The intellectual level of the individual works ranges from quite scholarly to informed editorial opinion.

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Freedom and Income Taxation Are Opposites

If you’re living in a society in which the government wields the power to seize the fruits of your earnings, you are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced you are.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAs a matter of fact, the government of the uSSA can take it all without enacting any other laws. All they have to do is raise the tax rate to 100% across the board–and, should they decide to do that, there is nothing that could prevent it. If you are happy, rattle your chains. — jtl, 419

By Jacob G. Hornberger at Laissez Faire Today

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteAs the April 17 deadline for filing income tax returns and paying federal income taxes approaches, it is important that we all remind ourselves of an important point: Income taxation and the Internal Revenue Service are irreconcilable with the principles of a free society.

Combat Shooter's HandbookAnother way to put it is this: If you’re living in a society in which the government wields the power to seize the fruits of your earnings, you are not living in a free society, no matter how convinced you are.

Americans lived without income taxation for more than a century. They also lived in a society in which there was no welfare state and no warfare state. No Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, welfare, food stamps, public housing, drug laws, immigration controls, public schooling, Pentagon, military-industrial complex, CIA, NSA, FBI, EPA, DEA, SEC, Homeland Security, ICE, or most of the other myriad agencies of the welfare-warfare state.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIt was that way of life that defined an American. That’s what Americans defined as freedom. That’s what made the United States the most unusual society in history (notwithstanding the horrible exception of slavery).

Succeeding generations of Americans give it all up in favor of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)They embraced and adopted the variation of socialism known as the welfare state.

They embraced and adopted the totalitarian structure known as a national-security state.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThey embraced and adopted drug laws, which are the hallmark of tyrannical regimes.

They embraced and adopted the regulated, controlled, and managed economy.

They embraced foreign wars, foreign interventionism, partnerships with dictators, coups, assassinations, torture, and other practices long employed by dictatorial regimes.

And of course they embraced and adopted the means by which all of this statism is funded — income taxation and, also, to large extent, the Federal Reserve System, which fraudulently taxes people’s income and wealth through inflation.

Today, many Americans are coming to the realization of what has happened to our country with respect to foreign wars, empire, and foreign interventions. They’re growing sick and tired of perpetual war.

They’re starting to figure out that empire, interventionism, and militarism were no part of the founding principles of our nation. They are seeing what empire and foreign interventionism are doing to our rights, freedoms, and economic well-being here at home.

They are beginning to think. They are beginning to question.

The same holds true on the drug war. More and more Americans are “waking up” and seeing the horrible destructiveness and immorality of this government program.

Unfortunately, however, all too many Americans have not yet come to the same realization with respect to the welfare state, the managed economy, the Federal Reserve, and, of course, the income tax and the IRS.

The fact is: You have the natural, God-given right to keep everything you earn. You also have the natural, God-given right to decide what to do with your own money.

Your money belongs to you, not the government.

To achieve a genuinely free society, the income tax needs to be cast into the dustbin of history, along with the immoral and destructive welfare-warfare state apparatuses that it funds.

This article was originally published at The Future of Freedom Foundation.

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RIP R Lee Ermey. We’re Gonna Miss You, Gunny.

We’re gonna miss you Guns.

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Earlier today I read an article that used the word “sadistic” to describe Gunny Ermy’s approach to being a Drill Instructor.  I thought to my self, what a  miss-informed ignoramus!

Gunny Ermy’s was the same boot camp that I went to and during the same time in history. Drill Instructors had one primary goal–to save lives. It was better to break the kid here than to have him break over there. 

Morning chow in the mess hall: While we hurriedly ate, our Drill Instructor would sit in the Drill Instructor section of the mess hall and read his news paper (Probably Navy Times). We didn’t know at first but somebody finally figured it out–connected the dots. He was reading the Obits. And God could only help us for the rest of that day should he have read that one of his “turds” had been killed in action.

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Good Bye, Cruel Facebook

No, it wasn’t privacy that made me leave, I left Facebook because I realized it was adding very little value to my life.

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That feeling is beginning to grow in a lot of us. — jtl, 419

By Luis P. Almeida via LewRockwell.com

 

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The other night I was with my wife and daughters at a pop concert when my mom called me just as the main act was taking the stage. Normally, I would have let the call go to voicemail, but I knew my mom was upset, so I picked up. “My son, what happened to you? Please, tell me.”, she implored. I marveled at the fact I could actually hear her while I assured her that everything was fine and that I simply had decided to delete my Facebook account. She said, “Oh, my lord. I tried to tag you in a post and you were gone!” By this time, thousands of teenage girls had gone through the arena roof, so I promised to call her back and explain to her why I had committed, what to her seemed like digital suicide.

Combat Shooter's HandbookI spoke with my mom, today and she had assumed that I left Facebook due to the privacy issues being promoted in the “mockingbird media”, but I was aware of privacy issues since Sun Microsystem’s Scott McNealy warned us about it way back in 1999. I have also been aware for years that Facebook was funded by the CIA’s venture capital arm called In-Q-Tel and that the NSA had tapped into our telecommunications network and was sucking up all voice and data traffic for analysis. In the 80’s Brzezinski stated in his book,  that soon the government would have a database containing everything there is to know about each and every one of us. I did not need a congressional hearing to make me aware that the day he spoke of had long arrived.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewNo, it wasn’t privacy that made me leave, I left Facebook because I realized it was adding very little value to my life.

There was a time when Facebook was a really good platform for learning and sharing ideas. I was so enamored with it that I stopped self-censoring and decided to openly promote the ideas of freedom The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3) and liberty. I spoke out in favor of the 2nd Amendment, I pointed people towards information about false flags and the evils of central banking. I did my best to explain the value of the free market and how fundamentally it was based on the Non-Aggression Principle. I raised concerns about our one-party political system and how the State managed to grow despite who was in power. I accepted being known as a tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist in the name of peace and liberty.  I was willing to suffer the anger and scorn from hundreds of friends because I thought there was a chance that one or two of them might be exposed to concepts powerful enough to change their perspective. I was an optimist because I had the conviction of the converted. In a matter of years, I had gone from being a card-carrying member of Moveon.org to finding myself making minor contributions to LewRockwell.com.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThose days of learning and making new connections were the glory days of Facebook. I spent hours researching libertarian and Austrian Economic thought. I would then use Facebook to stay connected with thought leaders and to share what I was learning with others. Today, Facebook’s value proposition has declined to the point where it no longer makes sense to expose oneself. Sharing ideas on Facebook today is completely futile, there is very little room for collaboration and constructive discourse. People on Facebook are dug in and entrenched daring enemies to say something from behind fortified lines. The vast majority of Facebook users have adopted a “you’re with us or against us” mentality which has created an environment in which people are uncomfortable signaling agreement with anything more significant than baby pictures, pet antics or photos of a somewhat appetizing meal.

If I had to put my finger on it, I would say that the inflection point was when university professors felt entitled to use bike locks to crack open the skulls of those they disagreed with while other professors were being run off campuses for having politically incorrect views. It was at this time that I realized many of the people I was interacting with thought it was acceptable to punch people in the face with whom they disagreed. I was amazed at how many people were and are comfortable with Facebook and other technology companies censoring ideas they disagreed with. So, why bother? People are not listening, they don’t want to hear it and many think violence is justified in shutting up those they don’t agree with.

As always, there is a silver lining to this situation for us libertarians. We do not look to the government to solve problems through regulation, which appears to be the reason why privacy is now an issue in the mockingbird media. We accept situations for what they are, we adapt and we overcome or die trying. I have found a new social network to share ideas on and I’m also using this moment in time to switch browsers and email providers. It is time for all of us to find new solutions and to abandon those that are no longer working for us. God ordered Isaiah to preach no matter how difficult the task, but he didn’t tell him where or how to do it. For me, Facebook is no longer fruitful, I’m off to sow seeds in less barren fields.

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The secret lives of well-digging burros

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The first image Erick Lundgren recorded of a digging burro.
The first image Erick Lundgren recorded of a digging burro.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA researcher in the Arizona desert is unearthing hitherto unknown secrets about the remarkable well-digging exploits of wild burros.

Erick Lundgren, a PhD student in the biology program at Arizona State University, has used motion detecting game cameras in his research to learn more about the ability of burros to dig for water, and has also chronicled many other species taking advantage of the burros’ wells.

Erick Lundgren
Erick Lundgren

Lundgren, who has worked as a field technician in projects involving birds, mammals, and rivers over the last nine years, has focused his efforts on Arizona’s desert, where burros can dig wells more than a meter deep.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  “Many species use these wells for drinking water,” Lundgren told Horsetalk.

“This behavior has never been described in the literature, likely due to prevailing negative attitudes towards introduced species.”

He explains how he first…

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