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      by Published on 04-24-2014 08:46 PM

      By Peter Hamby
      Thu April 24, 2014

      Buxton, North Carolina (CNN) -- The wind is whipping up as Taylor Griffin stands on a tiny sliver of sand on Cape Hatteras on a recent afternoon, listening to a family whose entire livelihood might soon tumble into the sea. The Atlantic Ocean is just a few feet away, and high tide is coming in. These are the waves that have been steadily eroding one of the country's most storied beaches for a generation, threatening a pencil-thin stretch of barrier islands, the Outer Banks, that produce hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly tourism revenue for the state.

      Carol Dawson and her son, Jeff, own several businesses here, including the Cape Hatteras Motel, an oceanfront structure propped up by wooden beams and, these days, piles of sandbags. The Dawsons complain that the federal government — mainly, the National Park Service and their congressman, Rep. Walter Jones — have abandoned them. Their beaches haven't been nourished in decades, crucial access roads have been breached by hurricanes, and endangered sea turtles are offered more protections than the 4,000 or so full-time residents of Hatteras Island.

      "Everyone on this beach, every building on this beach, is one storm away from losing everything," Carol Dawson says.

      Griffin is promising to help. "If you have a congressman who is focused on your issues, we are going to be able to resolve these things," he says as his dog, a 2-year old barbet, bounces around in the sand. "A congressman who actually calls the Park Service. If you're on the Resources Committee, you get the chairman to call a hearing, and you drag them up publicly and have them explain themselves if need be. It's time to fight back. And that's what I'm here to do."

      A 38-year-old mop-topped bachelor, Griffin is running to unseat Jones, who has represented North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District for 20 years, in the May 6 Republican primary. It's one of the 2014 election's most intriguing primary fights, a face off that doesn't fit neatly into the tea party-versus-establishment narrative that's defined so much GOP infighting over the last four years.

      Jones, 71, is an anti-war social conservative with a libertarian streak who regularly bucks his fellow House Republicans on big votes. Griffin is the challenger, a first-time candidate, former Bush administration official and Washington political operative who has the backing of big-spending outside groups. It's a strongly Republican district; the primary winner will likely coast to victory in November.

      by Published on 04-24-2014 08:20 PM

      APRIL 24, 2014

      Frayda Levin, a New Jersey libertarian activist and former small-business owner, is a woman of many passions: promoting liberty, ending marijuana prohibition and opposing her state’s recent minimum-wage increase. But Ms. Levin has added another cause as well. At gala benefits for free-market research institutes and at fund-raisers for antitax groups, she has urged like-minded donors to help send Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, to the White House.

      “I consider that one of my main goals,” said Ms. Levin, who has met with Mr. Paul several times and in February introduced him at a private conference in Florida hosted by the Club for Growth, a conservative advocacy group. “I tell people he’s the Republican of the future. He’s got both the intellectual heft and the emotional understanding.”

      As he has risen in prominence as a Republican presidential contender, Mr. Paul is avidly courting a small but influential cluster of wealthy libertarians. His pursuit offers an intriguing window into an eclectic network of potential donors who have made fortunes in Silicon Valley start-ups and Wall Street hedge funds, a group that could form a vital donor base if he makes a bid for the Republican nomination. A tight-knit tribe of philanthropists and entrepreneurs, they have exerted enormous intellectual influence on conservative policy. But they have historically spent more on nonprofit groups and endowing college economics departments than they have on backing candidates.

      by Published on 04-24-2014 08:13 PM

      Ladies and Gentlemen we have a very real opportunity right now in the lone star state to add two incredible liberty lovers to our ranks in the Texas House. They both are in runoffs for the GOP nomination in strong republican districts. They both were in first place in the first round. I am begging any of you who are able to help send me some reinforcements to Austin to help us continue the spread of liberty across this great state.

      Please consider donating even $5 to them if you can. I personally have given, and block walked for both. With less than a month left we need all hands on deck. The establishment is scared to death of these guys winning and are pouring in thousands against them. Lets rise up together and kick some butt.



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      Rep. Jonathan Stickland
      by Published on 04-24-2014 07:24 PM
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      Story link Alleged racist Cliven Bundy, seen here dropping everything to play with a little brown child.
      As any reasonably well-informed attorney knows, if a police officer follows a driver long enough he will witness a violation that supposedly justifies a traffic stop. Once this happens, the officer will “build the stop” by seeking a pretext to search the vehicle for evidence of violations that can lead to an arrest of the driver, or seizure of the vehicle and its contents.

      Cliven Bundy, among others, can testify that Regime-oriented journalism operates in a very similar fashion: Have a reporter from the New York Times shadow a 67-year-old Mormon rancher from southeastern Nevada long enough, and eventually the subject will say something that offends current ...
      by Published on 04-24-2014 05:12 PM

      InBloom said its initiative would have allowed schools to offer customized instruction to students

      Computerworld - Unrelenting privacy concerns finally derailed a controversial big data initiative that promised to deliver more individualized instruction to public school students in the U.S.

      InBloom, a non-profit funded to the tune of $100 million by the Gates and Carnegie foundations, Tuesday announced that its is closing down due to public concerns over misuse of student data in its control.

      In a statement, CEO Iwan Streichenberger said InBloom had been the "subject of mischaracterizations and a lighting rod for misdirected criticism" since the effort was first launchedas the Shared Learning Collaborative.

      The concept of using student data to deliver individualized instruction to K-12 students is a new one, Streichenberger acknowledged. "Building public acceptance for the solution will require more time and resources than anyone could have anticipated."

      (more on link): http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...?taxonomyId=17

      Aw, we needed more time to brainwash people in to giving up all their children's privacy. We're 'only' spying on your kids for their protection and benefit, never mind the psychological conditioning of zero privacy, never mind being haunted by having a bad teacher, never mind were selling all that data FOR PROFIT... Isn't it funny how so many Non Profits turn out to be avenues for extreme profit?
      by Published on 04-24-2014 04:07 PM

      By MARK MAZZETTI - WASHINGTON — An informant working for the F.B.I. coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan, according to documents and interviews with people involved in the attacks.

      Exploiting a vulnerability in a popular web hosting software, the informant directed at least one hacker to extract vast amounts of data — from bank records to login information — from the government servers of a number of countries and upload it to a server monitored by the F.B.I., according to court statements.

      by Published on 04-24-2014 11:27 AM

      April 23, 2014

      The steady growth and abuse of the IRS continues to cause issues for individuals and organization. Ron provides an update on the continuing conflict between Campaign for Liberty and the IRS.

      Episode Duration: 12:36
      by Published on 04-24-2014 10:24 AM


      A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday.

      And that’s just the beginning.

      “The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

      George acknowledged that the number of voters who actually cast multiple ballots is relatively small. In the case of Maryland and Virginia, he revealed that 164 people voted in both states during the 2012 election.

      But George said his group will expand their search for duplicate voters in the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia.
      by Published on 04-24-2014 09:18 AM

      Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman James Dempsey commented some time ago that the greatest threat to US national security is the budget deficit. Rand Paul has proposed to cut the budget by $500 billion in his first year and to balance the budget in 5 years. Why is this a national security issue?

      It's a national security issue because our deficits have been running about $1 trillion dollars a year while the US savings rate is practically zero. So who buys our debt? We all know. Mostly China and Japan. But they have said that they won't be buying our debt anymore. So that leaves the Federal Reserve to buy our debt which is the equivalent of printing money, and that means consumer price inflation or asset price inflation (bubbles) or both.

      But it isn't just the deficit. ...
      by Published on 04-24-2014 08:16 AM

      Proposals to officially regulate electronic cigarettes will be announced later today by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the WSJ. The regulations would include a ban on sales to minors and a requirement for health warning labels on packaging. E-cigarettes contain nicotine liquid, which is derived from tobacco -- and that's where the FDA comes in.

      "Right now it's like the wild, wild west in terms of what people are doing.."

      Importantly, makers would not be allowed to state that e-cigarettes are safer than other tobacco products ( manufacturers need to provide scientific evidence to prove these claims), nor use descriptive language like "light" or "mild" to describe goods. Companies will also be required to submit a "pre-market review application" within two years, although products will be allowed to stay on the market as long as the application is filed.
      Full story: http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/24/f...e-regulations/

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