FTL & LRN.FM Updates

Meat isn't Murder

December 1st, 2015 - 6:49pm by FTL_Mark in

So, I just had to put my cat down today. It hurts, Moosh was a good boy, but he was sick and had been sick for a long time. It is better for everyone. Few dispute that there comes a time when animals need to be put down, but a vocal minority have a big problem with killing animals for food. This usually centers around their concerns surrounding death and suffering. They equate death and suffering, but they are totally different things, as evidenced by my unpleasant chore today.

First, I want to say, vegetarianism is great and probably pretty healthy for adults. I am not dissing your lifestyle, if this is what you choose. Nor am I saying that empathy is a bad thing. It is what makes us good humans, but we need to put rationality before emotion.

Eating meat, in and of itself, isn’t bad, from a moral stand point, right? I mean, can the most stalwart vegan complain if one eats the meat of an animal that died naturally? I would think not. Death, is something that all...

You can now AMP with Bitcoin! (Anonymously, if you want!)

November 26th, 2015 - 7:51pm by FTL_Ian in

Listeners asked and now it's here - bitcoin AMPing! For many years, the Free Talk Live AMP program (Advertise, Market, Promote) has accepted credit cards and Paypal. Now, I'm proud to announce that we're accepting bitcoin for the Free Talk Live AMP program. You can now AMP with bitcoin in two ways: prepaid or monthly. The prepaid AMP you can do from your own bitcoin wallet while the monthly AMP requires a coinbase account. Either way, we collect no billing info on our bitcoin AMPers, since we don't need that info. That means that you are anonymous as you want to be! Go ahead and try it out at AMP.FreeTalkLive.com !

Testing the new email list.

November 23rd, 2015 - 10:09am by FTL_Ian in


We've been working behind the scenes to migrate our email list from Google Groups to our own server. This task should now be complete and this is the first email to be sent to the new in-house list.

That means that to unsubscribe now, instead of using google groups, you can go to our website, log in, and hit "unsubscribe" on the "Sign up for FTL newsletters" area.

If you haven't yet been to our new site, please drop into http://freetalklive.com and check it out - it's newly redesigned for 2015. I hope you like it. Also, if you like what we do, that is, bringing the message of liberty to the airwaves seven-nights-per-week on over 160 radio stations - please AMP the show at http://amp.freetalklive.com - it's only $5 a month and you get some cool perqs.

Stay tuned for a new weekly newsletter from Free Talk Live - coming soon!

Thanks for listening, Ian

We've moved our email list off of Google Groups!

November 11th, 2015 - 11:20pm by FTL_Ian in

Good news! Google Groups is no longer hosting our FTL Updates list. We're now doing it through our server. Hopefully it will go smoothly, so we're sending this one first as a test.

Servers and programmers aren't cheap - please contribute to FTL's efforts to spread liberty at http://amp.freetalklive.com - on our NEW website!

Thanks for listening, Ian

Agorism Doesn't Work

November 10th, 2015 - 2:09pm by FTL_Mark in

Agorism just doesn’t work, at least not as is proponants claim.

During this ever-expanding Election Season, we, the stalwart defenders of liberty, can expect to see not just a few posts of people advocating that you “Vote for Nobody” or suggesting that voting is violence against your neighbor or some such non-sense. Often, these same posters will advocate for something they call Agorism. If you show the very least amount of interest, they will breathlessly go on about how Sam Konkin III had this brilliant notion that we can use the counter economy to out compete the State. They will tell you that System D is 2/3rds of the world’s economy. Suggesting that we are almost there!

I’ve got news for you, if you have 2/3rds of the market share, and you are losing market share, you are not about to win. You just have a system that doesn’t work. Further bad news: The State can tax and you can’t. Because of that simple fact, Agorism is generally a failed notion. Take a look a...

Draft the Women / Facebook attempts to take over the world

October 13th, 2015 - 10:00pm by FTL_Mark in

I want equality as much as the next person, but I don't want equal tyranny! Yes, the State should treat men and women equally, but rather than making women sign up for Selective Service, like men. Let's just do away with this pointless bureaucracy entirely.

Somehow, millions of people love to use Facebook, but don't know that it is delivered to them via the internet. Is this a failure in education or a victory of the modern mobile phone? This may not just be a light-hearted story about internet n00bs, Facebook is providing millions in the developing world free internet, but only to access Facebook's products. Is this a takeover by this powerful company to take over the internet?

Police Misconduct / Collecting / Illegal Uber driver

October 12th, 2015 - 11:05pm by FTL_Mark in


At some point, after reading story after story and seeing video after video, a pile of dead dogs later, I stopped making excuses for the police. Sure, I respect lots of cops, many would throw themselves in front of a bullet to protect my family and I appreciate that. However, what I saw, in way too many cases, usually in the US, was not just a cop using too much force, but he would do it in front of other cops and they would either do nothing or join in. At first I could explain this away as an isolated incident, but over time, that got harder and harder. Why can Postal workers go door to door and deal with dogs all of the time and not shoot them, but our brave Paladins of Justice seem to slather at the thought of plugging your beagle. I used to apologize for the police. I don't anymore.

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