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Midweek links

  • Now that there’s a man and a father. Mom ain’t bad, either.
  • This doc wants to offer cheap MRIs. His state won’t let him. I’m sure you’ll be terribly surprised to learn a fedlaw is behind the state policy.
  • America’s most famous farmer talks about the “rogue food” rebellion — small-scale free markets in the face of ever-worse fed controls.
  • New Trump rule will require hospitals to post prices for their services.
  • Does anybody else think it’s odd how supposed independent businesses — Google, Apple, Spotify, and F*c*b**k — all decided to crack down on Alex Jones on the same day? Nooooo, that doesn’t resemble censorship at all …
  • 410 movies, including some pretty surprising ones, whose makers submitted them to Pentagon control. (I’m edging ever closer to giving up movies entirely.)
  • Harmonizing being and doing.


  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X August 8, 2018 11:08 am

    IMHO the Tech giants have martyred Jones with their collusion of censorship which will do more to benefit him and also harm them in the long run.

    Those that support what he does will continue to seek him out and some of those who may not have cared much about what he espouses will now inquire more about him because of his fame and the Tech Giants have also continue in their lust for power to show their underbelly of tyranny which as time goes by will make a lot more people weary of their goals and less likely to use their services because of it.

  2. progunfred
    progunfred August 8, 2018 12:01 pm

    It’s perfectly normal to have a private club full of contraband food, if you’re the Soviet Union. Kentucky?

    I wouldn’t call this weeks Wednesday links good, um, ah yes, well selected is the proper verbiage here. The state and it’s agents gone wild. It’s a true life fiction. Nice list Claire. It’s getting pretty bad.

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 8, 2018 12:36 pm

    When a Hollywood writer or producer approaches the Pentagon and asks for access to military assets to help make their film, they have to submit their script to the entertainment liaison offices for vetting.

    So, what does anyone expect? If a film company wanted to use something I owned, I’d want to know what the script was about.

  4. Claire
    Claire August 8, 2018 12:56 pm

    Because they’re not just wanting to know what the film’s about.

    If there are characters, action or dialogue that the DOD doesn’t approve of then the film-maker has to make changes to accommodate the military’s demands. If they refuse then the Pentagon packs up its toys and goes home. To obtain full cooperation the producers have to sign contracts, called Production Assistance Agreements, which lock them into using a military-approved version of the script.

    Which goes quite a bit further than simply making sure the movie doesn’t somehow abuse the “product” that’s being loaned or simply knowing what the movie’s about.

    And this is not some private company that’s looking out for the value of its product. This is the federal government, which is already notorious for things like paying to have anti-drug plots built into TV shows, etc.

  5. Comrade X
    Comrade X August 8, 2018 3:34 pm

    My problem with government is their ability to put a gun to my head to make me do what they want, the DOD has a few and some bigums!

  6. James
    James August 8, 2018 3:36 pm

    The 410 movies: yeah, most of those aren’t surprising. Out-and-out war movies, or action thrillers where The Pentagram and its toys are involved in the plot.

    But … “Girls of Pleasure Island?” What the hell?

  7. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal August 8, 2018 5:14 pm

    It would be nice to be able to find out if a movie was Pentagoned before spending money to see it, instead of after it’s too late. If I discovered a movie I was considering going to see had been Pentagoned, that would be it. I wouldn’t go. I’m not going to support those monsters or the people who bend over for them.

  8. Jorge
    Jorge August 8, 2018 5:31 pm

    I view it as a case of “Whoever takes the King’s coin is the King’s man.”

    The question is why are all these movie studios so willing to sell themselves to the state? The follow up is what are we/you/I going to do about it?

    The first one is easy. “Anything for a buck.” The folks that make movies haven’t cared about Art in ghods know how long. I do not think they ever cared about integrity.

    Second one, well to each his own but quite honestly Hollywood movies haven’t appealed to me in a very long time. They are not getting my coin.

    Joel Salatin been a hero of mine for a long time. Glad he is still at it.

  9. larryarnold
    larryarnold August 9, 2018 12:12 am

    So, what does anyone expect?

    So, why is anyone surprised? (Maybe closer to what I meant.)

    Way back when I was a kid I learned about playing nice with the guy who brought the ball. Didn’t say I always liked the situation.

    OTOH, I wouldn’t lend my shooting range or equipment to make a movie for David Hogg.

  10. david
    david August 9, 2018 7:43 am

    Four industry giants move against the same target on the same day. Now there is a real collusion story. But, is it a crime? I don’t think depriving a person of access to an audience is the same thing as violating his First Amendment rights. But in this case I sort of wish it were.

  11. Mark Call
    Mark Call August 9, 2018 8:27 am

    “Certificate of NEED” – ’cause Big Bro NEEDs to eliminate competition and free enterprise.

    These docs need to get together in the Boondocks with us Rogue Farmers (who grow food as best we can, because we’d like to eat, and eat clean) and build a “private” community where people trade with honest money (meaning silver coin)…and don’t enter “commerce”.

    Ain’t it FUNNY how the only truly “private” businesses (think: 2-FaceBook, Google, Discus, Twitter, microShaft, Apple, et al) are in bed with the Almighty State?

  12. NS
    NS August 9, 2018 9:46 am

    Dr Singh is absolutely correct in fighting the state as well as any feds whom think it in their interest to stick their nose into a state matter. In my understanding of the Constitution and legal laws it allows, I believe the monopoly laws are one of the few allowed.
    Article I, section 8, 1st clause, “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties,Imposts and Excises, to pay Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States”.
    The key words being “general Welfare”. Which pertains to generally laws enacted which create an equal playing field for the population at large, meaning everyone having an equal opportunity for success in their chosen endeavor.
    In short, I believe no state can pass laws which otherwise (as in this case) allow any single or multiple companies to operate or produce services or products under laws that exclude fair competition from another company or individual. This is pure socialism where the “state” is the only one allowed to dictate the rules. Welcome to the SKONC… (socialist kingdom of No. Carolina) which apparently joins the SKOW…(socialist kingdom of Washington). And I’m sure there are others to numerous to mention……

  13. James
    James August 9, 2018 9:47 am

    “Ain’t it FUNNY how the only truly “private” businesses (think: 2-FaceBook, Google, Discus, Twitter, microShaft, Apple, et al) are in bed with the Almighty State?”

    Yeah, it’s always tickled me to hear people talk about how “Big Business” wants to shrink guv’mint and deregulate everything. Big Business absolutely adores government regulation — the more, the better. They buy politricksters and get the regs written to their advantage … most of the time, these “business alliances” actually write the regulations and hand them off to their legislative minions for rubber-stamping. They already employ entire departments devoted to “regulatory compliance;” it’s incorporated into their overhead. Small businesses, on the other hand, don’t have all that compliance machinery, didn’t get to write the regulations, and are basically screwed. Along with we similarly-unconnected peasants.

  14. fred
    fred August 9, 2018 4:33 pm

    Ain’t it FUNNY how the only truly “private” businesses (think: 2-FaceBook, Google, Discus, Twitter, microShaft, Apple, et al) are in bed with the Almighty State?
    1st off not one of those are PRIVATE businesses,they are ALL public.When you issue stock,you are a PUBLIC business by definition.

    2nd off they are but entities of the state,egregiously circumventing the Constitution because “we are private and the Constitution doesnt apply to us”.

    Corporate Authoritarianism,get used to it.This is where they are pulling the wool over your freedom loving eyes.They just usurped the first amendment,only those with our views may speak in it…. like it or not this is what has become the public square,social media.

    The socialist fascist left has just stopped the opposition viewpoints to this election.Well done,celebrate Libertarianism while you hop in bed with these gov agencies and its other media puppets giving them your full support to do what they want..because they are ‘private’ businesses.Which they are ANYTHING but!!

  15. fred
    fred August 9, 2018 4:57 pm

    I also LOVE how speaking in the PUBLIC SQUARE,social media,is denied for using ‘hate speech’.Which they define as any speech that makes others ‘uncomfortable’.

    How nice, that applies to ANYONE the Elite, TPTB, THE GOV BOTH VISIBLE AND DEEP STATE,don’t want to hear from.

    Isnt that just the cutest thing????!!!!

  16. fred
    fred August 9, 2018 5:04 pm

    Also Im not calling for MORE gov regulation,so dont go there.Im calling for the CONSTITUTION to be upheld,no matter how the ability to exercise your rights might be affected by changes in technology.The CONSTITUTION still applies,lets make them enforce it!

  17. fred
    fred August 9, 2018 5:21 pm

    Remember the 4th Amendment? Our physically sealed mail,or telephone conversations via a ‘sealed’ wire network,were protected.

    Then suddenly,when they were sent via electrons across an ‘open’ network,they are no longer protected?

    It was bye bye 4th Amendment.Weve just seen the opening shots of destroying the 1st Amendment.SAME game plan people.

    Technology usurps the Constitution,aint that sweet?

  18. Mark Call
    Mark Call August 9, 2018 6:10 pm

    My law/constitution show this afternoon addressed those very points, Fred.

    Not only has unconstitutional “money” (as opposed to “nothing but gold and silver coin”) subjected those who use it, in ‘commerce’, to a “jurisdiction foreign to our constitution and laws,” but the institution of true corporate fascism (literally the very definition of a “public-private partnership”) insures that the unholy alliance of ‘public’ with ‘private’ corporate creations of the Almighty State can be both, or neither, when it suits.

  19. fred
    fred August 9, 2018 6:31 pm

    +1 Mark.

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