Americans Have Obeyed Their Last Gun Law

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:35:41 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

L. Neil Smith has penned The Libertarian Enterprise's first cyberpamphlet. And it's a good one.

When this was first written, some two dozen people had just been murdered in an American public school, herded into traps where they were physically unable or illegally forbidden to defend themselves, and I knewjust as you dothat those most fundamentally responsible would never be accused or face a jury.

Ordo not misread or misquote me, here: entirely under due process of lawlie down and take the lethal injection they deserve. The innocent blood of thousands is on their unspeakably evil hands, as surely as if they had wielded the gun themselves and pulled the trigger.

If you remember nothing else about what I'm about to consider here, remember this: the one and only reason politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen want to take your weapons away from you is so that they can do things to you that they couldn't do if you still had your weapons.

They are mass-murder enablers, massacre-helpers, accessories before the fact, who enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the killers we see conspicuously displayed on TV. These vermin create conditions under which killers are not just free, but actively encouraged to act, and every time somebody dies, the vermins' political fortunes leap ahead. We have gotten into in this mess, in what may be the last days of the Bill of Rights, because we have consistently failed to identify our adversaries accurately and adequately. As usual, we have been too polite.

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C. S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:20:43 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, discusses the writings of C.S. Lewis and Lewis's views on liberty, natural law, and statism.

The presentation was the keynote talk at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in San Antonio, TX, August 2, 2014.

YouTube video link
Text version: 2010 paper at The Independent Institute

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:41:05 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The essential quality of a free economy is that it cannot be planned. It leaves the solution of problems to the inspiration of the individuals in the untrammeled population. When something approaching a free economy has existed, it has always worked better than the schemes of any planners." -- Thomas H. Barber

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:24:04 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"If your religion approves aggression, you are worshiping Satan, not God." -- Bill St. Clair

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3D Printed 5-Story House Shell

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:36:47 GMT  <== Science/Technology ==> 

Gary North at - Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is making 3D-printed houses out of concrete. 200 square meters (2,150 square feet) costs $4,800 to make. They're planning "to establish 12 Dream Factories in desert using a sand 3D printer developed by WinSun". Full story with photos at

Winsun 3D Printed Villa

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:40:37 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production." -- Ayn Rand

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:39:14 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"I've noticed a fascinating phenomenon in my thirty years of teaching: schools and schooling are increasingly irrelevant to the great enterprises of the planet. No one believes anymore that scientist are trained in science classes or politicians in civics classes or poets in English classes. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything except how to obey orders." -- John Taylor Gatto

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 04 Jan 2015 11:26:07 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

Only one basic human right: the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes... the duty to take the consequences. -- PJ O'Rourke

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 03 Jan 2015 09:34:16 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

A right is something you are morally justified in defending with lethal force. Agreement on rights is desirable so that if you shoot a cop who violates your rights, you'll get a medal instead of a noose. -- Bill St. Clair

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Installing Arch Linux on Wandboard

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 01 Jan 2015 06:22:18 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

I have a dual-core Wandboard on which I've been running a Debian install a coworker built. I decided to try Arch Linux on it, for yuks, and to see if it fixed a multi-core thread switching bug I recently discovered in Clozure Common Lisp (CCL).

I followed the installation instructions, but when I booted up the Wandboard, it printed a few screen-fulls, ending with successfully mounting the file system I created, but then got:

Failed to mount devtmpfs at /dev: no such device

and the boot hung. Google was no help. Searching the Wandboard and Arch forums was no help. I finally went to #archlinux-arm on Freenode, where leming asked whether I had used the micro-SD card from which I was booting for another OS or machine. I had. He suggested zeroing the start of the card and reinstalling. So I did:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M count=1000

This cleared the first gig of the 8 gig card, more than I needed, but after reinstalling the bits, the boot succeeded.

The new Linux still tickles the CCL bug.

I'm liking Arch on the Wandboard. Fast, spare, stable. Debian worked well, too, but somehow this new install feels snappier.

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