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Confronting the storm …

… common sense strikes: Ian Stewart, state disaster coordinator, said … people should gather mattresses, food, water and raincoats in that area and not move from there for any reason. He said emergency services would not be able to respond to any calls while the cyclone was passing overhead. “So people have to understand that they need to become first responders themselves to ensure the safety of their family, themselves and their neighbours,” he said. Cyclone Yasi, with winds up to 300 kph:

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Do you live in the USA?

Or maybe I should ask — Do you see yourself as living in your “country of record,” wherever and whatever it may be? Of course, whether we’re anarchists, minarchists, unquestioning patriots, or brain-dead vegetables (but I repeat myself), we do reside within some country of record. Obviously a fact, even when we philosophically posture against bondage or allegiance to any governmental gang. But I’m asking about perceptions. The other day I read an article on LewRockwell.com about “Renewing the Patriot Act while America Sleeps.” I was struck by how little I cared, even though it was a fine, informative article.…

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Etsy and your privacy(even if you never shop on Etsy!)

Seems that Facfebook gets all the press when it comes to online privacy. But it’s time to put in a bad word for Etsy, too. Now, maybe you don’t hang out at Etsy, which is, after all, an arts & crafts bazaar that may be of limited interest to the techies and political types hereabouts. But it appears that Etsy might be interested in you, even if you’ve never heard of it. This week, Etsy members are all getting emails that say (as if speaking to extraordinarily stupid kindergarteners): “Right now it’s hard to find people you know on Etsy,…

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Monday miscellany

How Egypt switched off the ‘Net. And how Egyptians — and hacktivists the world over — are routing around the damage. (ADDED: And here’s yet another way — thanks to engineers at Google and Twitter.) “Anonymous: A net gain for liberty.” Dmitry Orlov is interesting and the wording of the headline may be misleading. But why should anyone have to have faith in any human institution? How about confidence, suspicion, contempt, etc. based on performance? “What is a gold standard?” Interesting to see the mainstream financial media finally beginning to address the question without immediately tossing out words like “fringe,”…

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Bitcoin: Techie comment?

Bitcoin. An anonymous somebody dropped this link into a recent comments sections. Would any of you techies or econ experts out there care to comment on it? I’ve become so inherently distrustful of new online money systems after watching so many fall (and one fall with my money in it) that I admit I no longer even try to evaluate them. I figure they’ll eventually evaluate themselves via their success or failure in the real world. This one’s … different. And of course, one day one or more of them will succeed. And change the world. Probably not this one.…

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Looking back

Few days ago, for reasons that escape me, I got curious about the fate of Laissez Faire City. If you’ve been around a while you might remember LFC as a hopeful and apparently well-funded effort to build a libertarian community in Costa Rica. That is, a hopeful, well-funded, and unfortunately badly “mis-mangled” project that died aborning. Wanting to see if there were any shreds of it remaining, I googled it startpaged it duckduckgoed it and found, sadly though not surprisingly, that it has disappeared without a ripple. The ‘Net that Never Forgets has forgotten it. Even its Wikipedia entry simply…

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Help me find a book …

I think it was a book. Might have been a novella. Definitely not a short story. In any case, it was delightful, but I read it so many years ago that I can’t remember the author or the title. Can you help me find it? Joel blogging about the mysterious causes of World War I — ultimately tracing back to the personal quirks and insecurities of the so-called leaders — got me started & you’ll see why. The plot: Aliens crash-land on earth near the beginning of the twentieth century, A crucial part on their ship is damaged (I’ll call…

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