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  • There's Now A Haynes Repair Manual For The F-14 Tomcat

    03/21/2018 6:46:46 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 17 replies ^ | 3/21/18 | Michael Ballaban
    If you’re going to work on your car, it helps a hell of a lot to have a Haynes Manual. They can be a bible for any shade tree mechanic, and will help you get going again. And now that’s true, even if you’ve got an F-14 Tomcat and you’re idea of “getting going” is smashing through the sound barrier.The Grumman F-14 Tomcat Haynes Manual promises to provide “insights into operating and maintaining the US Navy’s legendary variable-geometry carrier-based air-superiority fighter,” for all models of the F-14 in service from 1970 to 2006, which would seem to include the F-14A,...
  • Mars Rover Update for March 2018

    03/21/2018 3:08:28 PM PDT · by Voption · 7 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | March 21, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    Summary: Curiosity continues its exploration of Vera Rubin Ridge, including several drilling attempts.Since my February 8, 2018 update, the Curiosity science team has apparently been loath to leave Vera Rubin Ridge... Opportunity is currently halfway down the inside of Perseverance Valley...when the Mars winter ends, Opportunity will begin to move more aggressively.
  • "Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder" Nasim Taleb

    03/21/2018 10:48:40 AM PDT · by Voption · 11 replies
    Microsoft Research Event ^ | September 2016 | Nassim Taleb
    Author and philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb offers a definitive solution for how to gain from disorder and chaos, while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. Taleb argues that many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil. What he calls the antifragile is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish
  • Nassim Taleb Talks Antifragile, Libertarianism, and Capitalism's Genius for Failure

    03/21/2018 6:51:49 AM PDT · by Voption · 21 replies
    Reason TV/ YouTube ^ | January, 2013 | Nassin Taleb
    Reason's Nick Gillespie sat down with Taleb for a wide-ranging discussion about why debt leads to fragility (5:16); the importance of "skin in the game" to a properly functioning financial system (10:45); why large banks should be nationalized (21:47); why technology won't rule the future (24:20); the value of studying the classics (26:09); his intellectual adversaries (33:30); why removing things is often the best way to solve problems (36:50); his intellectual influences (39:10); why capitalism is more about disincentives than incentives (43:10); why large, centralized states are prone to fail (44:50); his libertarianism (47:30); and why he'll never take writing...
  • Murray Rothbard: The Railroading of the American People (American Economy Lecture #2)

    03/21/2018 6:16:52 AM PDT · by Voption · 4 replies
    Mises Institute / Youtube ^ | 1986 | Murray Rothbard
    "The Railroading of the American People," Rothbard discusses one of the largest crony expenditures undertaken by the United States up to that point; the construction of the intercontinental railroad.
  • The John Batchelor Show: Tom Corbett and the Space Corps 2018 with Bob Zimmerman

    03/20/2018 7:39:49 PM PDT · by Voption · 4 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | March 20, 2018 | John Batchelor Show
    Batchelor discusses the politics of "Tom Corbett and the Space Corps 2018"... with science-writer & space-historian Robert Zimmerman.
  • Murray Rothbard: [American] Tariffs, Inflation, Anti-Trust and Cartels

    03/20/2018 5:43:02 PM PDT · by Voption · 8 replies
    Mises Institute via Youtube ^ | 1986 | Murray Rothbard
    The late great Murray Rothbard gave a series of lectures in 1986 at New York Polytechnic University from his book of the same name, "The American Economy and the End of Laissez-Faire: 1870 to World War II." Fortunately for us, they were recorded by Hans Hermann-Hoppe. (audio 1:47:29)
  • Law Talk from Ricochet; Epstein, Senik, Yoo

    03/20/2018 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Voption · 2 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 16, 2018 | Ricochet Podcast; Law Talk
    Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are reopening the faculty lounge, and this month things are getting lively. First up: is a member of the Law Talk team headed for the White House? Then, do talks with North Korea have a chance of working? Will the Trump Administration stop Californias plans to thwart immigration enforcement? Should Jeff Sessions be pursuing legal action against opioid manufacturers? Is there a libertarian case for the war on drugs?....Does the repeal of the individual mandate leave Obamacare vulnerable to being overturned in court? And is it time to start paying college athletes?
  • New Fake News Bill Would Steer Taxpayer-Funded Business to Non-Profit

    03/20/2018 10:45:56 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/18 | Katy Grimes
    Common Sense Kids Action California politicians at all levels of government are helping fund a sort-of shadow government of dubious non-profit organizations, which are often tied to said politicians or family members. An example of this is Sen. Hannah Beth Jacksons Senate Bill 947. Rather than teaching Californias students critical thinking skills, California Senator Hannah Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) wants Californias schools to teach kids how to spot fake news. On Jacksons website she offers her definition of fake news, which is right in line with some of the countrys biggest fake news proliferators, MSNBC, CNN and Hillary Clinton:
  • The Space Show David Livingston; Special Show tonight with Guest science-writer, Robert Zimmerman.

    03/19/2018 5:59:29 AM PDT · by Voption · 5 replies
    The Space Show ^ | March 19, 2018 | Dr. Livingston & Guest Robert Zimmerman
    "Several recent stories regarding Trumps space policy has prompted David Livingston to quickly schedule a Bob Zimmerman appearance on The Space Show for Monday, March 19, 7 pm (Pacific). The show will last at least ninety minutes. David especially wanted my analysis of Trumps comments about the Falcon Heavy and SpaceX and how those comments have the big space contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin quaking in their boots. Their fear and terror is further compounded by the present lack of a NASA administrator, which is made even worse by the announcement that the acting interim administrator is retiring at the...
  • An Econtalk Episode: Munger on Private and Public Rent-Seeking (and Chilean Buses)

    03/18/2018 8:35:55 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    EconTalk ^ | august 23, 2010 | Russ Robert's/Mike Munger
    Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about private and public rent-seeking. When firms compete for either private profit opportunities or government contracts, there are inevitably firms or people who spend resources but end up earning little or nothing. What are the differences, if any between these two forms of competition? How do they related to competitions that award prizes for discovering new technologies? The conversation begins with a discussion of a recent trip Munger took to Chile where he observed the current state of the Chilean bus system, a topic he has discussed in the...
  • Natural Law In Ancient and Modern Guise

    03/18/2018 8:27:22 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    The Federalist Society ^ | May, 2010 | Prof Richard Epstein
    The Federalist Society's Georgetown Student Chapter presented its Seventh Annual Lifetime Service Award to Professor Richard A. Epstein on April 1, 2010.His address was titled "Natural Law in Ancient and Modern Guise".
  • College Made Me a Conservative

    03/18/2018 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 3/18/18 | Jay Stephens
    Have you ever heard the old saying that a conservative is just a liberal who got mugged? Well, I got mugged to the tune of $60,000 a year. Its called tuition. Like everyone who cons themselves into attending a liberal arts college, I was captivated by the idea of changing the world. I would immerse myself in a diverse pool of academic thought, theory, and action. Wellit didnt quite work out that way. Over the course of four years, I was transformed from a plucky, free-thinking free spirit into a cranky, get-off-my-lawn conservative. The process started not long after...
  • Crossing the Mackinac Bridge (Michigan) Northbound I-75 Music by Gordon Lightfoot

    03/17/2018 9:03:39 PM PDT · by Voption · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 2012 | The HighywayMan
    Driving north on Interstate 75 across the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
  • Richard Epstein: "Is the Administrative State Consistent with the Rule of Law?"

    03/17/2018 8:51:14 PM PDT · by Voption · 18 replies
    University of Chicago Law School ^ | June 25, 2013 | Prof. Richard Epstein
    Without question, the most distinctive feature of the modern social democratic state is the rise of administrative agencies, which at the federal level function as a shadowy Fourth Branch of government that fits uneasily into our constitutional scheme of separation of powers, and which at the state level oversee vast swaths of economic activity...Defenders of the current administrative setup claim the elaborate procedural safeguards built into today's administrative law effectively blunt the risk of arbitrary power, whose exercise has always been in tension with the rule of law. In this talk, Professor Epstein will explain why he thinks the massive...
  • Let us go for a cruise!: Driving the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel Pass, Interstate-70, Colorado.

    03/17/2018 7:43:51 PM PDT · by Voption · 46 replies
    YouTube ^ | August, 2011 | The HighwayMan
    A quick trip across the highest point on the U.S. Interstate Highway System, Interstate-70 in Colorado. The Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel, under the continental divide.
  • "Tell The Truth or At Least Don't Lie" JBPWave; Music by Akira The Don, Words by Dr. Jordan Peterson

    03/17/2018 7:15:08 PM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | February, 2018 | JBPWave
    Peterson's "12 Rules for Life," the album. Cut #8 "Tell the Truth or at Least Don't Lie."
  • California Teacher Placed On Leave After Questioning School Walkout

    03/17/2018 7:37:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | 03/17/2018 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    California high school history teacher Julianne Benzel is on paid suspension after engaging her students in a discussion where she shared her perspective on the politics of organized protests in anticipation of the National School Walkout, which took place on the morning of March 14. We had a dialogue in class about it in Thursday and Friday. And today I received the call. So I am aghast, Benzel told CBS Sacramento. Benzel said that she questioned her students as to the appropriateness of schools sanctioning a protest against gun violence and whether the school administration was willing to allow protests...
  • "National Walkout Day" Stirs Controversy [semi-satire]

    03/17/2018 1:48:16 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, various schools across the country sponsored "walkouts" in memory of the 17 students and faculty members killed in the Feb 14th massacre carried out by Nikolas Cruz at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In other schools students took it upon themselves to walkout without permission. New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) warned school administrators not to punish students who engaged in unsanctioned walkouts, asserting that "it would be wrong. Threatening to discipline students for participating in the peaceful demonstrations is not only inappropriate, it is unconstitutional. Demonstrations against gun violence are protected by the First...
  • Forcing Students to Apply to College Is a Bad Idea

    03/16/2018 4:38:19 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 9, 2018 | George Leef
    Legislators in New Mexico are pushing a bill that would make students apply to at least one college while they are still juniors in high school. This legislation reflects the powerful belief that college should be the norm for students after they graduate from high school. That belief, however, is mistaken and this bill, should it become law, will have bad effects (not to mention that it takes Nanny State thinking to a new level). As we read in the Albuquerque Journal, the bill in question has bipartisan support and was approved by a committee of the state House of...