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Fraternity Dosed Women With Date-Rape Drugs Based on Color-Coded Hand Stamps, Say Cops

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By David Ferguson, Raw Story

Police say that the Tau Kappa Epsilon is under investigation after four people were dosed with “date rape” drugs and hospitalized.


The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s chapter of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) is under investigation after four people were dosed with a so-called “date rape” drug.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, police raided the fraternity house on Tuesday. In the wake of a raucous Friday night party at the house, three women and one man were hospitalized with symptoms of extreme intoxication and disorientation.

One student has been arrested in connection with the alleged druggings, which were administered on the basis of color-coded hand stamps. All of the women who were drugged had red X’s on the backs of their hands, which were given to them by the party’s doorman.

Police were called three times on Friday night to Sandburg Residence Hall between midnight and 1:33 a.m.. Each time, they found female students unable to stand or walk, all of whom had red Xs on their hands from the same TKE party.The one male student who was taken to the hospital had drunk from a drink given to one of the women with a red X.

The Journal-Sentinel reported that the police incident reports from Friday night said that emergency personnel were attempting to come to the aid of a second woman at Sandburg who could not walk or speak clearly when they spied a male student vomiting into a garbage can and struggling to stand.

The student told officers that he had also been drinking at the TKE party and had consumed part of a female friend’s drink.

At around 1:20 a.m., police arrived at the fraternity house, where they found a large group of students drinking in the basement, all underage. Several “large piles of vomit” and a copious number of empty alcohol containers dotted the lawn and covered the interior floors of the building.

Around this time, the residence hall called police again reporting that a female student was showing signs of having been drugged. Her hand bore a red X, as well.

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Five Libertarian Ideas #25 – War, Economics, Freedom

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By Political Zach Foster


Free market abundance
My 14 year old nephew tells me he and his buddies went into Sam’s Club and ate a full lunch just from being offered free samples. This speaks volumes about the abundance created by profit-seeking ingenuity, when groups of people at a time get a free feast from an advertising campaign. -9/2

Seceding from the Confederacy
Jones County, Mississippi is an interesting historical case. During the War Between the States, Jones County became a haven for Confederate Army deserters. These deserters fought a sporadic guerrilla war against state militia and Confederate Army troops, vigorously defending their status and free and individually self-governed people. -9/5

Fast food minimum wage
Fast food workers in Southern California are protesting for a $15 an hour wage. Truly, minimum wage is a job killer. It wouldn’t be “necessary” if government didn’t tax the working class back into poverty, nor inflate their hard-earned dollars til the value is next to nothing, nor strangled private sector job growth by picking winners and losers via “bailouts” and subsidized loans. -9/5

Libertarian role models
It’s safe to say my role models are Jesus of Nazareth, Ethan Allen, and Bart Simpson. I’m a believer, a fighter, and I won’t be told how to live my life. -9/8

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4 Big Activist Events for New York’s Climate Week

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By Cliff Weathers, AlterNet

Where to discuss, rally and protest climate change in the Big Apple.


The People’s Climate March in New York City is the centerpiece of the Big Apple's Climate Week. But in addition to the march there are several important activist events preceding it, and many events extending past Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit.

Some of the other events are officially sanctioned by the Climate March organizers, while others are run by other activist organizations. Many of the vigils, lectures, prayer services, and panels seem very worthwhile, and they’re listed on the Climate March’s events page and the Huffington Post has a generous listing of religious events on its site. NYC Climate Convergence will hold a series of workshops and teach-ins leading up to the march.

But we thought we’d keep it simple and list the most visible activist events in the next few days in more detail.

The New York City Permaculture Exchange Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20. It’s a satellite event for the Climate March that focuses on sustainable living that will be held in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The goal of the festival is to strengthen the NYC permaculture community, and address issues such as environmental stewardship, urban homesteading, community interdependence, and environmental stewardship.

Many festival attendees will be hard at work making artwork and banners for the Climate March. You’re welcome to join other attendees in making signs while learning more about permaculture. The event will begin at noon and run to 7pm at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn, 336 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday’s rallies leading up to the People Climate’s March. Several pre-march rallies are scheduled to take place on Sunday morning. We’ve listed some of the most notable below, but for a full list, refer to the Climate March’s events page. Three notable events are:

  • Labor Rally for Climate Justice. Thousands of union members and labor leaders will join a rally on Broadway south of Columbus Circle at 10:45am.

  • Interfaith Religious Service and Rally. Faith leaders and groups will …read more

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Bernie Sanders' 1987 Folk Album: White Rap Before It Had a Name

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

Bernie sings the blues, and more!


As Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders ponders a 2016 presidential run, reporters are digging up all kinds of tidbits from his past. Rumors about Bernie getting kicked out of Vermont communes in the early 1970s—for talking too much—might be hard to confirm. But the state’s astute alt-weekly, SevenDaysVT, has resurrected a real gem.

Did you know Bernie was a rap artist who recorded a tape cassette of five songs and B-Side conversation about personal history in 1987? This time capsule discovery, “We Shall Overcome,” is not entirely as silly as it sounds, athough no one would say that Bernie is a musical guy. But, check it out, anyway, starting with a Reggae version of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” If Star Trek’s William Shatner can get 1.6-plus million YouTube hits for his version of “Rocket Man,” you never know.

As you would expect, Bernie also recorded an old Socialist anthem, “The Banks Are Made of Marble,” taking a gospel approach. This tack’s most charming is Bernie digressing from the lyrics and instead doing his white-guy rap that Vermonters heard in many campaign speeches. “Thoughout human history, society has been divided between the few, who have enormous wealth and enormous power, and the many who struggle each day just to survive,” he says, and keeps going, backed by the earthy Hamond organ.

Bernie’s version of Pete Seeger’s anti-war anthem, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?” is a bit of an awkward march. Here, too, he employs an established songwriting tool—the escalating list sandwiched between choruses. “War—the human disease that has plagued mankind forever! Sticks and stones. Spears and knives. Guns and cannon balls. Tanks and planes. Bombs and missiles. Nerve gas. Nuclear weapons. Laser beams! When will they ever learn?”

There’s also the traditional, “Oh Freedom,” done in a gospel-blues style that is saved by local musicians who spare Bernie from singing the verses, but instead set him up to do what he does best—which is preach. “For thousands of years, in every nation on this earth, men and …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Scott Brown Spins Lies, as News That He Profits From Outsourcing American Jobs Spreads Like Wildfire

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Brown pretends the paper company that employs him doesn't vaporize American jobs.


Outsourcing is one of the economic plagues of our time, costing millions of Americans their jobs. It's crushing the middle class and increasing the yawning gap between the rich and the rest. But Republican Scott Brown, currently running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, is a big fan of outsourcing. How do we know? Because recent reports have revealed that Brown served on the board of a company that makes outsourcing American jobs in order to find cheap labor in China and other countries a key feature of its business model. Kadant, the Florida-based paper company, has paid Brown $270,000 since joining the board in 2013. Democrats and labor groups have been asking for Brown to step down.

In 2013, Kadant reported to the SEC that it employed 1,800 people worldwide, with only about 500 of them in the U.S. The same numbers were reported this year. Yet on September 8, Brown defended the company and its practices and claimed it employes 5,000 people worldwide. How did the company suddenly nearly triple its workforce? Why does he deny that the company has anything to do with outsourcing?

Listen to Brown trying to deflect criticism in a recent radio interview. It's amazing to hear Brown try to paint himself as a friend of the working American, since he has stood against raising the minimum wage and paying women fairly. Obviously, he's from the Mitt Romney school of labor appreication. But he may have a tough time sloughing off this recent revelation.

 

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NH Senate Candidate Scott Brown Spins Lies After His Profits From Outsourcing American Jobs Are Exposed

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By Lynn Stuart Parramore, AlterNet

Brown pretends the paper company that employs him doesn't vaporize American jobs.


Outsourcing is one of the economic plagues of our time, costing millions of Americans their jobs. It's crushing the middle class and increasing the yawning gap between the rich and the rest. But Republican Scott Brown, currently running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, is a big fan of outsourcing. How do we know? Because recent reports have revealed that Brown served on the board of a company that makes outsourcing American jobs in order to find cheap labor in China and other countries a key feature of its business model. Kadant, the Florida-based paper company, has paid Brown $270,000 since joining the board in 2013. Democrats and labor groups have been asking for Brown to step down.

In 2013, Kadant reported to the SEC that it employed 1,800 people worldwide, with only about 500 of them in the U.S. The same numbers were reported this year. Yet on September 8, Brown defended the company and its practices and claimed it employes 5,000 people worldwide. How did the company suddenly nearly triple its workforce? Why does he deny that the company has anything to do with outsourcing?

Listen to Brown trying to deflect criticism in a recent radio interview. It's amazing to hear Brown try to paint himself as a friend of the working American, since he has stood against raising the minimum wage and paying women fairly. Obviously, he's from the Mitt Romney school of labor appreication. But he may have a tough time sloughing off this recent revelation.

 

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Source: ALTERNET

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Pervs in Texas Can Still Legally Snap Photos Up Women's Skirts, Court Rules

September 19, 2014 in Blogs

By April M. Short, AlterNet

The court threw out a prohibitory “upskirt” photo law, because banning creepshots is “paternalistic.”


Ensuring that creeps will still be allowed to slip their camera phones under unsuspecting women's skirts, snap photos, then plaster them all over the Internet, Texas' highest criminal court struck down part of a law that would have banned “upskirt” photos this week. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that banning “improper photography or visual recording,” goes against First Amendment freedom of speech rights. It argued that photos taken without permission in public are protected, and went as far as to say that such a ban was “paternalistic” as it would attempt to regulate photographers' thoughts. 

In the court’s 8-1 opinion Judge Sharon Keller wrote: 

“The camera is essentially the photographer’s pen and paintbrush. A person’s purposeful creation of photographs and visual recordings is entitled to the same First Amendment protection as the photographs and visual recordings themselves.”

I guess it didn't occur to the judge that the area hidden beneath a person's clothing isn't public space. But who would expect a woman's right to her own bodily privacy to be a priority in a state that's famous for hacking away at pro-choice healthcare rights? 

As the Houston Chronicle reported, “The case involved Ronald Thompson, who was charged in 2011 with 26 counts of improper photography after taking underwater pictures of clothed children—most wearing swimsuits—at a San Antonio water park. He appealed the law's constitutionality before his trial. He contended that a plain reading of the law would place street photographers, entertainment journalists, arts patrons, pep rally attendees and 'even the harmless eccentric' at risk of incarceration.”

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office argued that a person's intent is important. If your plan is to do something unlawful, the First Amendment protections no longer apply. The court did not agree. 

As Salon's Jenny Kutner put it:

“A legal scholar told the Chronicle that the court issued a sound ruling, saying that it 'cannot be made a crime in the United States' to look at someone in public and think lascivious thoughts about them. But such an analysis fundamentally misunderstands …read more

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Scotland Votes 'No': More Governments Should Follow the U.K.'s Example of Self-Determination

September 19, 2014 in Economics

By David Boaz

David Boaz

As an eighth-generation Scottish-American, I’m disappointed that my ancestral homeland has chosen not to be a nation once again. But that’s the decision of today’s Scots, and no doubt they have a better sense of what’s best for Scotland than I do. I’m struck by all the news reports calling the 55 percent vote against independence “decisive” or even “overwhelming.” If I were the leaders of the United Kingdom, I don’t think I’d feel that I’d won a decisive victory when 45 percent of the people of Scotland voted after much discussion to leave the UK. But a vote’s a vote, and that will end the demand for independence — though not for devolution — for the foreseeable future.

I want to take a moment to note something that has not been much remarked on, though it is in fact remarkable. The leaders of the United Kingdom allowed this referendum to take place, allowed the Scots to peacefully decide their own fate. Just think how remarkable that is. We Americans weren’t allowed to peacefully leave the United Kingdom. India went through years of violence before gaining its independence.

I offer a tip of the hat today to the Parliament and the governments of the United Kingdom.”

Independence struggles in South Africa, Angola, Kenya, Eritrea, and other African countries often involved years of civil war. The breakup of Yugoslavia was accompanied by violent conflicts.

In fact, peaceful separations are notable for their rarity. Perhaps the most often cited is the Velvet Divorce of the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992. Leaders of the two regions of Czechoslovakia couldn’t agree on the nature of their post-communist federation, so they agreed to separate. Under the leadership of Czech prime minister Vaclav Klaus and Slovak prime minister Vladimir Meciar (and over the opposition of Czechoslovak president Vaclav Klaus), a peaceful separation promptly took place.

In the United States, of course, an attempt by 13 Southern states to secede in 1860 led to four years of bloody civil war, which ended in the continuation of the union.

A few secession efforts in the United States also demonstrate the remarkable nature of the Scottish independence referendum. The San Fernando Valley region wanted to secede from the city of Los Angeles in the 1970s, and eventually a vote on secession was held in 2002. But the entire city of Los Angeles got to vote on whether the …read more

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Bylund on Coasean Transaction Costs

September 19, 2014 in Economics

By Ryan McMaken

Per Bylund recently published “Signifying Williamson’s Contribution to the Transaction Cost Approach: An Agent-Based Simulation of Coasean Transaction Costs and Specialization” the Journal of Management Studies.

Bylund writes: “It is a simulation test of Coase’s transaction cost approach using agent-based modeling, and what I do is basically show that transaction costs have no explanatory power – but specialization and the division of labor does.”

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An International View of Drug Prohibition: An Interview with Mark Thornton

September 19, 2014 in Economics

By Mises Updates

The Radcliffe Camera in Radcliffe Square, Oxford

Mises Daily Friday by Mark Thornton:

In this interview, Mark Thornton discusses his debate on the drug war at Oxford University and provides a view on how drug prohibition is viewed internationally.

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