Eagle: The Criminal Insanity of Government Regulation

300 Million Talons...

300 Million Talons…

This Trend Tells You Everything You Need To Know About America’s Future

Last week the government published over 2,000 pages of new rules, many of which border on absurdity.

To give you an idea, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service proposed a rule about minimum and maximum diameters of potatoes that are sold in the State of Colorado.

Yes I’m serious.

This is the sort of madness that government bureaucrats churn out on a daily basis: more rules, more licenses.

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Aug 12

Stephen E. Arnold: Pirate Libraries Challenge Elsevier and Thomson Reuters to Liberate Knowledge for Destitute Scholars

Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Avast: Pirate Libraries

They are called “pirate libraries,” but one would be better-served envisioning Robin Hood than Blackbeard.  Atlas Obscura takes a look at these floaters of scientific-journal copyrights in, “The Rise of Pirate Libraries.” These are not physical libraries, but virtual ones, where researchers and other curious folks can study articles otherwise accessible only through expensive scientific journal paywalls. Reporter Sarah Laskow writes:

“The creators of these repositories are a small group who try to keep a low profile, since distributing copyrighted material in this way is illegal. Many of them are academics. The largest pirate libraries have come from Russia’s cultural orbit, but the documents they collect are used by people around the world, in countries both wealthy and poor. Pirate libraries have become so popular that in 2015, Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers in America, went to court to try to shut down two of the most popular, Sci-Hub and Library Genesis.

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Jul 26

Chuck Spinney: Good-Bye Checks & Balances

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Flush With Cash; Running on Empty (V)

Message of the 2016 Election: Goodbye Checks and Balances for Controlling Defense Spending

Phi Beta Iota: Neither Trump nor Clinton have a clue — they are all mouth and no brain — or ethics — on the subject of national defense. Chuck, and the National Interest article he points to, are the real deal.

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Jul 6