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Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers” into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States. One motorist spotted the containers while pumping gas after crossing into Southern California on Jan. 12 and thought […]

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How Al Qaeda’s Biggest Enemy Took Over Yemen

Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, his prime minister and entire government cabinet resigned en masse today, just 24 hours after Houthi rebels occupied the presidential compound in Sanaa. The resignations give unprecedented power to the Houthis, a Shiite minority from the country’s isolated northern highlands.The political crisis also opens the door to an all-out […]

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Land Use Planning and Economic Growth

Edward Glaeser argues that too little attention is paid to land-use regulation when it comes to promoting economic growth.

From “The Future of U.S. Economic Growth” conference.

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ISIS’ Japanese hostage video raises new questions about ‘Jihadi John’

His voice, his posture and his threats are menacingly familiar. The black-clad ISIS militant shown in a video demanding a $200 million ransom to spare the lives of two Japanese citizens looks and sounds similar to the man who has appeared in at least five previous hostage videos. The knife-wielding masked man with a London […]

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Undercover FBI sting nets alleged jihadist

The arrest of an Ohio man allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol sent shockwaves across the country last week. 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell is now facing charges for attempting to kill U.S. government officials. Although he’s been labeled a lone wolf, he’s definitely not the only terror suspect caught up in an FBI […]

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Gay Marriage Returns to the Supreme Court

Does the 14th Amendment require states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states? Can states prohibit same-sex marriage at all? The Supreme Court will have its say this year. Ilya Shapiro comments.

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Beginning of the End for Civil Asset Forfeiture?

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has halted so-called “equitable sharing” seizures undertaken by federal agencies. Tim Lynch says the move should be just the first step toward ending civil asset forfeiture entirely.

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Leaving Science to the Private Sector

Should science and research be considered public goods? Terence Kealey argues on behalf of leaving science to the private sector.

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Too Big to Jail

How do prosecutors negotiate with corporations when they file charges? Brandon Garrett is author of Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations.

Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations (Cato Book Forum)

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Your Beer Is Full of Taxes

A struggle to cut federal excise taxes on beer again reveals the strange ways we regulate alcohol. Michelle Minton comments.

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DIY Survival Gear Tips – Keeping Things Simple

If you find yourself in a survival situation, every person needs to be able to use what they have on hand and take full advantages of what may be limited resources to satisfy their needs.  Each of your resources will have unique advantages and disadvantages. Your main task should be to figure out how to use these items to meet your needs and increase your chances of survival. Here are some simple tips to remember when making DIY survival gear.
DIY Survival Gear Tips
1. Use only the minimum resources necessary.
Making DIY gear is a great way to train yourself to find alternative uses for items to meet these needs. It is important to keep things simple because this often makes things easier to accomplish. It will also help to reduce the amount of your available resources that will have to be used to make your goal a reality. The less hardware that you need to accomplish your project will increase your ability to achieve a successful outcome with limited resources.
2. Use your survival needs as a guide.
Need is a great motivator. Combining a need with a little imagination can usually lead to a successful project. In a survival situation, failure is not an option and simple solutions often work best.
3. Limit your use of power tools and electricity.
Hand tools work even when there is no power available. Try to design your DIY projects to minimize the use of electricity and the need for power tools. If the grid goes down, hand tools may be your only option to complete your project. You don’t want your thinking to be dependent upon grid power that may not be available.
4. Keep your projects simple and uncomplicated.
Complexity can create more problems than it solves. If you make your projects simple and uncomplicated, other family members can assist in the creation and development of any survival gear you may need. If a project is designed with simplicity in mind, you can free up your time to work on other projects. Children and senior family members can also contribute to the process of making needed survival items if you keep things simple.
5. Remember the primary goal of your project.
Your goal should be to create DIY projects that require minimal tools, no electricity, and minimum amounts of hardware or resources. This will help you be better prepared.
Got DIY survival projects?
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Reject the Medicaid Expansion

The best way for states to curb Obamacare is in simply rejecting the expansion of Medicaid. That according to Christie Herrera with the Foundation for Government Accountability.

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The Struggle for Truly Free Speech

Flemming Rose, in a conversation with Jonathan Rauch, describes his newspaper’s decision to publish depictions of the prophet Mohammed and the firestorm that followed.

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Saving Congress from Itself

Former U.S. Senator James L. Buckley makes the case for ending subsidies to state and local governments.

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Human Progress Marches On

Steven Pinker puts human progress in perspective.

If Everything Is Getting Better, Why Do We Remain So Pessimistic?

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A Path to Lower Spending in 2015

Divided government can mean smaller government. There are some reasons to be optimistic that government could shrink in 2015. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending offers his take.

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NSA’s Christmas Eve Document Dump

The National Security Agency left something under the tree: redacted accounts of some agency abuses over the last decade. Patrick Eddington comments.

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‘Ungoverned Spaces’ Aren’t Ungoverned

So-called ‘ungoverned spaces’ is the latest term of art for places where central governments don’t reach. And for some technocrats and interventionists, the mere fact that spaces aren’t governed is a problem. Jennifer Keister comments.

The Illusion of Chaos: Why Ungoverned Spaces Aren’t Ungoverned, and Why That Matters

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Self Censorship & Stoner Comedy

Sony will now issue The Interview in limited release, but there are clear lessons in the fight over the release of the film. Journalist Mary Katharine Ham discusses the strange and troubling precedent.

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Merry Christmas 2014

Wishing a Merry Christmas to everyone! 

Hope you have a safe and happy holiday.


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Sanctions Give Russia a Convenient Scapegoat

Sanctions aren’t meant to wreck an economy, but sometimes they contribute to an economy’s decline anyway. Emma Ashford discusses the case of Russia.

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Insiders vs. Outsiders & the ‘CRomnibus’

There are good reasons to believe the fight between insiders and outsiders in both major parties will yield some more libertarian public policy. Reason Magazine‘s Peter Suderman comments on the fight over the so-called “CRomnibus.”

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Castro Regime May Undermine Reforms

The Castro regime used the embargo as a scapegoat to blame America for the poor state of Cuba’s economy and thus maintain a hold on power. Juan Carlos Hidalgo says there are good reasons to believe the Castros will now try to undermine these reforms.

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An End to the Counterproductive Cuban Embargo

President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will end its embargo with Cuba is welcome news according to Ian Vasquez, director of Cato’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

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