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Event Notification: Anyone Near Nashville, Tn

Music City Friends of Liberty show with guest MC Bob Murphy! Tomorrow Sunday April 26th at Foobar, show starts at 7pm, drink specials, pool, and NO COVER.

Hope to see anyone that can make it there!







Weekend Watching: Frontline on "The Program" at NSA

Frontline recently won an award for last year's two-part program on the NSA, a concise history full of interviews with the architects and main players of "The Program", from its inception through Edward Snowden. There is much to appreciate about the history and tenuous legality of the program behind the current re-authorization fight for the Patriot Act.

You may appreciate some of the stories of the many courageous people directly involved in fighting against it, as well as fascinating and pivotal historic moments.

United States of Secrets


Is it a Police State yet?

Wisconsin has a law not unlike the Federal National Security Letters which allow the FBI to raid and interrogate a suspect while prohibiting the suspect from telling anyone, including a lawyer, about the event. We do not know the details of how the federal law has been used, but some courageous people in Wisconsin have come forward to tell their stories of how the Wisconsin law has been used.

Chilling. We can only assume the same has been happening at the federal level.



Why Rand Paul Is Suddenly Silent About NSA Surveillance

By Dustin Volz and Emma Roller

If Rand Paul is upset by Mitch McConnell's fast-track push to extend the Patriot Act and preserve government mass surveillance, he's not saying so.

The Republican presidential candidate loves to bash the National Security Agency's spying powers. He has pledged to end the NSA's bulk collection of U.S. call data "on day one" if voters send him to the White House. He's even sued the Obama administration on grounds that mass surveillance violates the Fourth Amendment rights of every American.

But Paul has so far refused to weigh in on a measure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced late Tuesday that would extend unchanged the soon-to-expire provisions of the Patriot Act until 2020, thereby keeping the NSA call-records program intact.


How would Education work in a Free Society?

A question for PopLiberty! How would education work in a free society where liberty is widespread?

I've only ever been through government-regulated schools, colleges and universities. Now I'm looking hungrily for ideas that are not known to this red-tape world. I'm looking for specific and practical models, and I would like to hear details such as curriculum, class structures, teaching styles, fee structures, content delivery and more.


What's at the root of anti-legalization?

I've been assigned to argue against the legalization of marijuana for a critical thinking class. There will be a debate with both sides of the issue represented, and I don't want to regurgitate the speculative scare studies out there. Personally, I believe I would be doing all those in attendance a disservice; I want to get them thinking about liberty.

I want to accurately represent the opposition's argument. I think the anti-legalization argument breaks down to two points:

1. Marijuana is harmful (fear)
2. People can't make responsible decisions and someone (the government) must regulate our lives


Forced Vaccination A War Crime

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential.

This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment.


Vermont Becomes First State To Have GMO Labeling

Will other states dive in by 2016?

Natural Society
by Christina Sarich
Posted on April 23, 2015

After months of consumer and activist comments, picketing at the Attorney General’s Office, and winning a lawsuit against Monsanto who tried to overturn the original law, Vermont has just become the first state to have mandatory GMO labeling.


Rubio Wants To Enforce Federal Law In Marijuana States

By Steve Elliott | Hemp News

Prospective candidates for the Republican Presidential nomination continued their baffling verbal assault on cannabis this week, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Chris Christie in pledging a federal crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana.

Asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would "enforce the federal drug laws and shut down the marijuana trade," Rubio answered: "I think, well, I think we need to enforce our federal laws. Now do states have a right to do what they want? They don’t agree with it, but they have their rights. But they don’t have a right to write federal policy as well…



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