Friday morning ramble
Julian provides your regular Friday morning ramble today. PC will be back banging away on his keyboard next week, so you have a few days of respite before he returns to slay the looters and moochers, who, annoyingly, just don't go away. So sit back and enjoy the liberty-related news that came our way during the week.
- Cactus Kate asks some fair questions: Is it possible for WINZ to “rip off its clients?” And “How can a beneficiary ever be a client at WINZ?" Not surprisingly, she has an opinion.
- “Obama sees in a mirror only what other people see. He cannot be “free to be himself,” because he not only has no respect or “concern for facts, ideas, or work,” but he can have no self-respect….”
Obama the Pseudo-Narcissist – Centre for the Advancement of Capitalism
- The Adam Smith Institute gets a letter published in the Telegraph
Taxing the Sheriff of Nottingham will harm the poor
- Yaron Brook from the Ayn Rand Centre for Individual Rights critiques neoconservative foreign policy, exposes the real meaning of their vaunted patriotism, and argues that their policies will lead to failure in America’s war against Islamist totalitarians.
"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
- Thomas Jefferson
- It was tough being a global warmest this week. The truth can, at times, be, well, inconvenient. In an interview with the BBC’s Roger Harrabin, Professor Phil Jones, the warmest at the centre of the Climategate emails finally acknowledges that there has been no significant warming from 1998 to 2009, and that the science is not settled.
The global warming emperor is scantily clad – Watts Up With That?
- We even saw Donald Trump call for Al Gore to be stripped of the Nobel Peace prize he was awarded for campaigning on climate change.
- And this would come as no surprise to our North American readers but the data show that last week, the Northern-hemisphere snow extent was the second highest on record. According to Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, which has kept records continuously for the last 2,227 weeks, last week’s snow extent was only topped by that in the second week of February, 1978.
"Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place."
- Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
- Peter Martin of The Sydney Morning Herald has the shocking details of the modus operandi of the thugs at the Australian tax office (ATO). “The Tax Office has been given a ''tick of approval'' to break into homes, cars and workplaces…[A] senate report found that the ATO conducted as many as 280,000 raids without warrants yearly.”
- Kris Sayce from Morning Money thinks that this report on what the ATO are up to should be the scoop of the month. “…[G]overnment lovers will probably write to tell us it's appropriate as it makes sure "everyone pays their fair share." Whichever way you look at it, taxation is theft and this report by Peter Martin reveals the ATO is happy to use physical violence as well..."
- Speaking of tax...
[Source: The New Zealand Herald]
- From Mangrove to Metropolis: In fewer than 200 years, an island was transformed from a swamp into one of the world's richest countries on a GDP/capita basis. This island, Singapore, with no natural resources, chose to embrace Free Trade, and as the following Discovery Channel programme shows, this remains fundamental to its economic success. Who would have thought that freedom and prosperity were linked?
[Hat Tip: Bastiat Society]
- North Korea
From the relative freedom of Singapore to the hell hole that is North Korea; “the most odious regime on earth by an incredibly long margin," as Liberty Scott puts it. Not only is he right, but, as he points out, it gets all too little attention by the left inclined protest movement. I guess it must be hard for them to see what their ideals look like when brought into reality
Nevertheless, we don’t often get to see what existence is like for the human beings in that slave pen. Fortunately, the online broadcast network VBS recently travelled to North Korea and gave viewers a glimpse into a world where things are not exactly as they seem. In it, you will see some of the most bizarre footage. It is a portrait of a brainwashed society, of individuals without souls, and of life under a totalitarian regime
Part 2: The vice guide to North Korea
Part 3: The vice guide to North Korea
- And while PC is away, let's sneak in something to do with Apple....well...actually it's a new application for the iPhone called Square which turns your iPhone into a credit card. Quite possibly one of the best apps yet.
And that's it for another week. Thanks for reading and having us guest posters at your place this week. We hope you'll have us back some time. Have a great weekend.