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Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on. January 5, 2007

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Familia y Amigos, freemarket, General Musings, Genuis, netneutrality, Politics.
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Your Libertarian Purity Score

Your score is…

45

What Your Score Means

0 points: You are not a libertarian by any stretch of the imagination. You are probably not even a liberal or a conservative. Just some Nazi nut, I guess.

1-5 points: You have a few libertarian notions, but overall you’re a statist.

6-15 points: You are starting to have libertarian leanings. Explore them.

16-30 points: You are a soft-core libertarian. With effort, you may harden and become pure.

31-50 points: Your libertarian credentials are obvious. Doubtlessly you will become more extreme as time goes on.

51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much.

91-130 points: You have entered the heady realm of hard-core libertarianism. Now doesn’t that make you feel worse that you didn’t get a perfect score?

131-159 points: You are nearly a perfect libertarian, with a tiny number of blind spots. Think about them, then take the test over again. On the other hand, if you scored this high, you probably have a good libertarian objection to my suggested libertarian answer. 🙂

160 points: Perfect! The world needs more like you.

Hello Big Brother! NYC Bans Food December 8, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Politics.
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New York Bans Most Trans Fats in Restaurants

Are they healthy? Of Course Not. Do we want a city government to tell us what we can or can not eat? Seriously?

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Balanced NetNeutrality Debate Between the Father and Grandfather of the Internet (no joke) July 18, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Best Stuff, freemarket, Genuis, netneutrality, Politics.
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Vint Cerf and David Farber on
“What is Net Neutrality?” is available via podcast from the Center for
American Progress: feed (mp3).

I like hearing both sides of a debate, don’t you?

Where is the NYT Op Ed Now Craig? July 15, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in Enough Already, freemarket, netneutrality, Politics.
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Craigslist silently fixes their end in the Cox fiasco

Posted by George Ou @ 4:16 pm

For months, Craigslist had been held up as the poster child
for what can happen in a world without Net Neutrality.  That poster
child status expired last month when we found out what really happened was a simple technical glitch in a personal firewall from Authentium that Cox offered its customers.  The story that started it all
which accused Cox Communications of deliberately blocking Craigslist to
bolster their own classified has since been corrected yet the original
conspiracy theory had long enough legs to reach the US Senate.

Isn’t telling the truth that the whole Cox problem was Craigslist’s fault “good for the community” ?? 

I guess the sky is falling yet again.

Rational Thoughts on Network Neutrality – Que? June 19, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, money, netneutrality, Politics.
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I Missed this last week: TechDirt Reports on “Rational Thoughts On Network Neutrality”

Former telco exec Tom Evslin writes out a nice balanced article that highlights the real issues (the lack of competition)
while also noting why network neutrality is necessary — and why trying
to legislate network neutrality is difficult to impossible and could
backfire as well. He, like us at Techdirt, feels that there’s too many
lies on both sides of this debate — and its obscuring the real issues.

The REAL issue is Competition. And though it goes against my libertarian leanings to appeal for government manadated ‘competition’. they got us into this mess, so they should get us out and more stifling regulation (read: NetNeutrality) is fruther in the wrong direction and anti-competition.

BRIN SAYS: GOOGLE COMPROMISED PRINCIPLES June 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, Google, netneutrality, Politics.
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Sergey Brin goes to DC and has audience with 4 Senators regarding (per reports) Net Neutrality. There is mention that Sergey can not meet with as many Congressmen as he would prefer…We chalk that up to newness with DC .. BUT THEN:

Now comes  this news from the AP: “Brin says Google compromised principles.”

From the story:

Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the
dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by
accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling
to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Meeting with reporters near Capitol Hill, Brin said Google had
agreed to the censorship demands only after Chinese authorities blocked
its service in that country.

…Google’s China-approved Web service omits politically sensitive
information that might be retrieved during Internet searches, such as
details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen
Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism
from human rights groups.

“Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense,” Brin
said….Brin said Google is trying to improve its censored search
service, Google.cn, before deciding whether to reverse course. He said
virtually all the company’s customers in China use the non-censored
service.

“It’s perfectly reasonable to do something different, to say,
‘Look, we’re going to stand by the principle against censorship and we
won’t actually operate there.’ That’s an alternate path,” Brin said.
“It’s not where we chose to go right now, but I can sort of see how
people came to different conclusions about doing the right thing.”

What Happened in Washington DC? This is a major statement from one of the most powerful Executives in the world about a VERY contentious policy his company has implemented.

I have been reading Scott Adams’ Blog Recently June 5, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Politics, To Read.
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Really Good philosophical, cynical, contrarian writing. Not about Dilbert the cartoon but called the Dilbert.Blog nonetheless.

Check it Out.

Michael Grebb: Isn’t buying Net Neutrality May 31, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, netneutrality, Politics.
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In Wired,

Michael Grebb lays out a balanced explanation of why there is not Net Neutrality currently and why it’s probably not that good of an idea.

Bram Cohen talks net neutraility – OSS success yet against NetNeutrality? Egads! May 29, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, netneutrality, Politics, Web 2.0.
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The BBC has a great article with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent. Bram knows what he is talking bout unlike some others.

House Panel votes for Net Neutrality…kinda May 26, 2006

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CNet reports:

In an unusual twist, many members of the committee said they were
voting for the legislation not because of strong concerns over Net
neutrality–but instead because of a turf battle. They said they were
worried that a competing proposal already approved by a different committee last month would diminish their own
influence in the future.

That other bill, called the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and
Enhancement, or COPE, Act, says the Federal Communications Commission "shall have
exclusive authority" to investigate violations of Net neutrality
principles. It's backed by Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who heads
the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and does not include strict Net
neutrality mandates.

Because the FCC is overseen by Barton's committee, that proposal would
effectively cut off Judiciary Committee members from being able to hold
hearings on Net neutrality antitrust violations, give speeches about
corporate malfeasance and solicit campaign cash from affected companies–the lifeblood of modern Washington politics.

If you are not cynical about politics yet…kindly reconsider.

Will Net Neutrality incent ISPs to Increase Access Speeds May 22, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in freemarket, General Musings, Google, Microsoft, netneutrality, Politics.
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Like my ISP just did???? Will ISPs increase speed out of kindness of their hearts?

NO, they will do it because the market *makes* them do it.

I am paying for 1.5Mbs people, and this is my current reading.

dslreports.com speed test result on 2006-05-22 19:01:35 EST:
4932 / 7046
Your download speed : 4932 kbps or 616.5 KB/sec.
Your upload speed is much faster than down.. have you tweaked?Your upload speed : 7046 kbps or 880.7 KB/sec.PS: Welcome to dslreports.com! Run more tests! see forums

Patrick Byrne Interview on News.com March 7, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Politics, short selling.
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Patrick Byrne maybe not so crazy!

I hope some of the actions –by the authorities- that he speaks of come to light soon. The sooner the better for his health and the Overstock shareholders. I am not one for (believing in, I love to hear them) conspiracies and Patrick distances him from that realm. Which is good. He talks more about methodologies, that should be illegal and that are not.

Update: Recently Cramer and Greenberg started talking conspiracies….

Folks: When two of the most watched and listened to financial reporters talk about conspiracies:
SOMETHING IS WRONG.

Stop The Presses: Long Hair Equates Bush to Hitler! March 6, 2006

Posted by Zack W. Handley in General Musings, Politics.
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A HIGH-SCHOOL geography teacher in Colorado has been put on leave after
a 16-year-old pupil recorded him comparing George Bush to Hitler.

Sean Allen, 16, who attends a suburban high school outside Denver,
has made headlines across the country by recording the teacher
lambasting President Bush.

“Sounds a lot like the things that Adolf Hitler used to say,”
Jay Bennish told his class. “We’re the only ones who are right,
everyone else is backward and our job is to conquer the world.”

Mr. Bennish called the US “probably the single most violent nation on
Earth”, saying that it had committed more than 7,000 “terrorist
sabotage acts” against Cuba. But he told pupils that they were free to
disagree with him.

Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want this guy teaching anything to my children except reading out of a district supplied text book and syllabus.

Update: I say “long hair” in a playful curmudeonly way…I am just jealous cuz that look is so right now;-)