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priceofliberty:

All the more reason not to support Rand Paul. You know if a war mongering statist like McCain backs him, he’s not good news.

"I know that, if he were president or a nominee, I could influence him, particularly some of his views and positions on national security. He trusts me particularly on the military side of things, so I could easily work with him. It wouldn’t be a problem."

This is news

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priceofliberty:

The far-right Front National (FN) scored a historic victory in elections to the French senate on Sunday, winning its first ever seats in the upper chamber as the ruling Socialists and their leftwing allies lost their majority to rightwing parties.

The shock victory of Stéphane Ravier from Marseilles and David Rachline from Fréjus confirmed the party’s political breakthrough under Marine Le Pen, who has brushed the poisonous legacy of her father Jean-Marie Le Pen under the carpet in an attempt to “de-demonise” the FN.

The two seats are both in the FN’s stronghold in southern France, and at 26 Rachline, the mayor of Fréjus, is the youngest French senator ever elected.

The result marks a third humiliating electoral defeat for the Socialist party, which has been punished by disillusioned voters while support for the FN has surged. Le Pen’s party won control of a dozen municipalities in elections last March, including the 7th district in Marseilles where Ravier was elected mayor.

It also came top in the European elections two months later, when it knocked the centre-right UMP into second place. One poll earlier this month said that Le Pen could theoretically beat the country’s president, François Hollande, in the second round of the next presidential election, scheduled for 2017.

Referring to the presidency after his election to the senate, Ravier said: “There’s just one more door to open, the Elysée. In 2017 we’ll have Marine Le Pen to do it.”

Sunday’s complex vote was for half of the 348 seats in the senate by an electoral college of 87,000 voters made up of city councillors and local officials. A first round of voting which concluded around midday provided a foretaste of the final shock result, with the Socialists losing seven seats, including in Hollande’s own constituency of La Correze. “It’s Berezina,” one leading Socialist said, referring to Napoleon’s defeat while retreating from Russia.

With Hollande’s popularity at an unprecedented low of 13% and the government hit by budget woes, record joblessness and zero growth, his party had expected to lose the senate majority it has held with the Communists and Greens since 2011.

Le Pen hailed her party’s success as a “great victory, an absolutely historic victory” which she said would represent a “breath of fresh air in a rather sleepy chamber”.

“With every day that passes, our ideas are making progress,” she told BFMTV, predicting further gains for the FN in the forthcoming territorial and regional elections.

Decades of central planning has paved the way for fascism.
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Some friends and I recently founded the first Libertarian Party of Geneva !

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latimes:

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans would favor their state breaking away from the rest of the U.S., a new poll finds.
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theeconomist:

Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America

theeconomist:

Kal’s cartoon: this week, policing in America

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A list of common absurdities

"Positive rights"
“Social justice”
“Central planning”
“American exceptionalism”
“Rape culture”
“Non-aggression principle”
“Decroissance”
“Preemptive war”

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"The fact is that almost everywhere the groups which pretend to oppose socialism at the same time support policies which, if the principles on which they are based were generalized, would no less lead to socialism than the avowedly socialist policies.[…]
In principle the industrial protectionnism and government-supported cartels and the agricultural policies of the conservative groups are not different from the proposals for a more far-reaching direction of economic life sponsored by the socialists. It is an illusion when the more conservative interventionists believe that they will be able to confine these government controls to the particular kinds of which they approve. In a democratic society, at any rate, once the principle is admitted that the government undertakes responsibility for the status and position of particular groups, it is inevitable that this control will be extended to satisfy the aspirations and prejudices of the great masses."

— Friedrich A. Hayek

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"Citizens of Switzerland are headed to the polls November 30th to vote on a ballot measure that would bring more accountability to the country’s central bank, Swiss National Bank (SNB). The referendum would, in short, prevent SNB from selling more gold, require that it maintain up to 20 percent of its assets in gold, and repatriate Swiss-owned gold to the government."

From Voices of Liberty

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priceofliberty:

The dollar ain’t quite what it used to be

Because the Federal Reserve is doing such a great job
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jaidefinichon:

PINO CHÉ

jaidefinichon:

PINO CHÉ

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"No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty. But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents."

— Wendell Phillips

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"Many people who have never used bitcoin look at it with confusion. Why does this magic Internet money have any value at all? It’s just some computer thing that someone made up.
Consider the criticism of goldbugs, who have, for decades, pushed the idea that sound money must be backed by something real, hard, and independently valuable.
Bitcoin doesn’t qualify, right?
Maybe it does. Let’s take a closer look.”

From The Foundation for Economic Education

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scienceisbeauty:

Some key facts about radiation:
It’s a natural process.
Our bodies are constantly exposed to radiation.
Our bodies are designed to be exposed to it every single day without any harm to our health.
It isn’t killing us.
It isn’t man-made.
Only an infinitesimal amount of it comes from nuclear power plants and uranium mines.
Please, read the full article if you still afraid to radioactivity: Radiation Reality Check (by Andrea Jennetta).

scienceisbeauty:

Some key facts about radiation:

  • It’s a natural process.
  • Our bodies are constantly exposed to radiation.
  • Our bodies are designed to be exposed to it every single day without any harm to our health.
  • It isn’t killing us.
  • It isn’t man-made.
  • Only an infinitesimal amount of it comes from nuclear power plants and uranium mines.

Please, read the full article if you still afraid to radioactivity: Radiation Reality Check (by Andrea Jennetta).

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