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Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ Bill Passes the House

Via Yahoo! News:

While Ron Paul may not be the next president, he can chalk up one victory this year. The Texas Republican’s “audit the fed” bill has passed the house. Needless to say, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his allies are not pleased:

“This bill would … jeopardize the Fed’s independence by subjecting its decisions on interest rates and monetary policy to GAO audit,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland. “I agree with Chairman Bernanke that congressional review of the Fed’s monetary policy decisions would be a ‘nightmare scenario,’ especially judging by the track record of this Congress when it comes to governing effectively.”

Despite the excitement of House Republicans, Paul’s victory can probably be considered a moral one only: Democratic Senator Harry Reid described the bill as “dead on arrival” once it arrives at the Senate.

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The Six Most Popular Crime Fighting Tactics (That Don’t Work)

Robert Evans at Cracked on how the six most popular zero-tolerance/ad hoc policies and laws to deter crime, incidentally--and quite ironically--cause it to flourish all the more.
The problem is that in order to differentiate a "drugs BAD" area from the surrounding "drugs kinda not OK, we guess" areas, someone needs to set actual borders of the drug-free zone. The particular border distance the authorities picked was 1,000 feet from the premises, which sounds pretty reasonable on paper ... until you think about just how many schools and other kid-frequented zones there are in any urban area. Each of those is itself a "don't sell drugs here" zone, plus a ring of about three city blocks in every direction. At which point you will probably find yourself on the border of another drug-free zone...
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Scientology Gets Kicked In The Nuts

[disinfo ed.'s note: we hear ya, DeepCough...]

Boy, y'know, Disinfo has been in a bit of slump lately, what with the recycling of posts and the videos of the lame journailistic trolling of WAC, I decided to submit this video to give Disinfo the swift kick in the fucking nuts that it needs, goddammit.
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Pentagon Creates ‘Mega Stun Gun’

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Wired reports on the latest invention from the Pentagon agency known as the Joint Non Lethal Weapons Directorate, which is responsible for developing such non-lethal devices as “sticky foam guns, sonic cannons, and devices that could potentially create voices in the target’s heads, mimicking the effects of schizophrenia.”

This latest version of the stun gun, which utilizes the “nano-second electrical pulse,” can shock a person in “billionths of a second” and render them unconscious:

Imagine a stun gun that doesn’t just drop you to the floor, but renders you unconscious for several minutes. This tech is called a “nano-second electrical pulse,” and the Pentagon believes it could be used in a gun that would hit targets with high voltages of electricity for an amazingly short amount of time – we’re talking billionths of seconds here. That would make the enemy an easy capture. But today’s stun guns are already linked to dozens, if not hundreds, of abusive incidents.

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Neoclassical Economics Has Become a Religion

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“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad – or an economist.” ~Kenneth Boulding

Using a string of quotes, Washington’s Blog shows how economists have always regarded their subject as a religion, if not an imperfect science like that of alchemy:

Economics professor Steve Keen notes:

Neoclassical economics has become a religion. Because it has a mathematical veneer, and I emphasize the word veneer, they actually believe it’s true. Once you believe something is true, you’re locked into its way of thinking unless there’s something that can break in from the outside and destroy that confidence.

Paul Heyne said:

The arguments of economists legitimate social and economic arrangements by providing these arrangements with quasi-religious justification. Economists are thus doing theology while for the most part unaware of that fact.

Economics professor Bill Black told me:

The amount of fraud that drove the Wall Street bubble and its collapse and caused the Great Depression is contested [keep reading to see what Black means].

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“Stand Your Ground” … Against the Police? (In Indiana)

Indiana recently passed a law allowing a person to use “deadly force” against “public servants” due to “unlawful intrusion.” This means if a police officer enters your home without a warrant or invitation, and use “unlawful force” against you, you have the right to retaliate under Indiana law, provided the person is on his or her own property. Reports Noel Brinkerhoff on AllGov.com:

Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March.

The first of its kind in the United States, the law was adopted after the state Supreme Court went too far in one of its rulings last year, according to supporters. The case in question involved a man who assaulted an officer during a domestic violence call. The court ruled that there was “no right to reasonably resist unlawful entry by police officers.”…

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