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Playwrite David Mamet: From Liberal to free marketeer.

Posted July 22nd, 2011 by warsaw
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Playwrite David Mamet (American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Spanish Prisoner) wrote this op-ed for the Village Voice to christen the 2008 election season. For those unaware of Mamet, he is notoriously liberal.

Here's the "nutgraf": "And I realized that the time had come for me to avow my participation in that America in which I chose to live, and that that country was not a schoolroom teaching values, but a marketplace."

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Race to the Moon Heats Up for Private Firms

Posted July 22nd, 2011 by andrew.valish
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Now that the last space shuttle has landed back on Earth, a new generation of space entrepreneurs would like to whip up excitement about the prospect of returning to the Moon.

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Victim of Police Break-In Jailed for 30 Days

Posted July 21st, 2011 by celestrion
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I'm sure Marco Sauceda felt served and protected when the police entered his home and sprayed him with pepper spray, battered him, and tackled him because they thought he was a burglar. As it turns out, Mr. Sauceda was in his own home, is developmentally-challenged, and does not speak English. A jury of Mr. Sauceda's "peers" found that his actions of retreating further into the house and locking the door were "resisting arrest", worthy of a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.

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The case of the 20 $7.59 million double-headed gold coins

Here's the story. A jury decided that a Philadelphia woman, Joan Langbord, who found the coins in her father's bank deposit box, never should have owned them, and that the U.S. government was right to take them back.

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Arkansas town seeks to ban free speech for residents

Posted July 21st, 2011 by okmike87
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Small town city council wants to ban people from gathering together to discuss city matters without approval from the city government

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Suppressed Report Found Busted Pirate Site Users Were Good Consumers

The study, which was carried out by Society for Consumer Research (GfK), found that users of pirate sites including Kino.to did not fit the copyright lobby-painted stereotype of parasites who take and never give back.
In fact, the study also found that Internet users treat these services as a preview, a kind of “try before you buy.”

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Lemonade Freedom Day - Aug 20, 2011

Posted July 21st, 2011 by Robert Fernandes
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Recently, we have seen many news reports of lemonade stands being shut down by police and other government workers. When kids sell things, such as lemonade, they are learning some very important lessons. They are learning about money and about being an entrepreneur. They are also learning how to be a productive member of society. They are learning about responsibility. They are participating in free and voluntary trade with willing participants. Selling lemonade is not a crime.

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Private Sector Law Enforcement?

Posted July 21st, 2011 by young92782
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Ex-mountie offers spying service to landowners via infrared heat-seeking device to uncover possible tenant-run cannabis gro-ops at rate of $75 per month.

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Man Takes Viagra, Wears Sweatpants for TSA Pat Down

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NASHVILLE INT’L AIRPORT — A Wyoming man walked through a TSA checkpoint with a raging erection on Tuesday, daring TSA officers and even fellow passengers to give him an invasive pat down.

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Expecting Privacy In Public - One cop gets it

Posted July 21st, 2011 by ihrs
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Aren’t we known for saying, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, what are you worried about?” This same mentality should also apply to us. If we’re doing our job professionally and within the law, what’ve we got to worry about if someone’s filming us — especially if they’re doing so without getting in our way?

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