A Hit Song That Will Make You Equally Ashamed to Be American and Canadian
In June 1973, Canadian DJ Byron
McGregor read this above commentary (written by fellow Great White
Northerner Gordon Sinclair) on a radio station broadcasting out of
eventually became a massive hit, peaking at number four on the
Top 40 charts and generating cover versions by Tex Ritter and
Despite not knowing the Canada was America's
biggest trading partner, Ronald Reagan praised the track by
name when he made his first trip abroad as president.
Ironically, because it was written and performed by Canadians,
pre bonded hairit satisfied Canada's idiotic (and still in force, even
when it comes to pornography) rules about airing a certain
amount of domestically produced cultural content.
Without going full Lee Greenwood, I'm very proud to be an
American and I thank my grandparents every day for emigrating here
rather than England or Argentina (the two other likely choices,
given that one side was Irish and the other Italian).
But even on the Fourth of July weekend, perspective is a
wonderful thing. Take it way, Remy, talking about the Veterans
health care coverage has always viewed the Affordable Care Act in
its properly Sisyphean context: Obamacare is a government fix for
problems created by an earlier government fix for problems created
by an earlier government fix. How best to fix the U.S. health care
system? Undo all the earlier fixes. So Nick Gillespie, Meredith
Bragg, and Jim Epstein highlight Reason TV's best videos on the
ugly mess U.S health care was before Obamacare
and how Obamacare made something terrible even worse. Medicaid has
done a poor job of serving America's poor, so Obamacare expanded
the program. State laws allowed large hospitals to block new
competitors, so Obamacare made it even harder for new health care
facilities to open. Because of a quirk in U.S. tax policy,
insurance policies cover even routine medical costs, which leads to
general price inflation. And so Obamacare piled on new rules and
mandates that cover yet more procedures.
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Happy Independence Day. Here is a cellphone video shot last
Tuesday showing one of California’s finest assaulting a woman
walking along a freeway meridian:
The California Highway Patrol is on it, because that’s standard
Via NBC Los Angeles:
"The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just became aware of the
video today and we are investigating the entire
incident," according to the statement. "As a matter of policy,
every time there is a use of force by our officers, there is a
review conducted to determine whether the use of force was
appropriate. That will be done in this case, however, since
there is an ongoing investigation, it would be premature to comment
on this specific video segment. After the investigation is
completed it will be reviewed at multiple levels within the
The CHP did not immediately say what prompted the initial
No arrests appear to have been made, naturally.
Residents of Murrieta, California filled a high school gym on
Wednesday night to protest the arrival of
approximately 140 immigrants from Texas facilities. On Tuesday
protestors blocked a bus filled with immigrants from entering a
Border Patrol facility in Murrieta (approx. 81 miles southeast of
Los Angeles)—forcing officials to re-route the detainees to Chula
Vista where some were hospitalized for scabies and fever.
The current crisis on the border (an
estimated 100,000 children and young adults are expected to enter
the country this year) illustrates the broken immigration
system in our country. While the Obama administration and Congress
have failed thus far to tackle any serious immigration reform, the
Wall Street Journal’s Jason L. Riley says we should
consider an open borders approach to dealing with
The WSJ columnist sat down with Nick Gillespie in 2008
to dispel some of the myths of immigration that he outlines in his
perruques cheveux naturelsThem In: The Case for Open Borders.” Original air date was
August 4, 2008 and the original writeup is below.
The title of Jason L. Riley's new book helps explain why it has
proven so controversial: Let Them In: The Case for Open
Let Them In is as exhaustively researched as it is eminently
readable, Riley, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial
board runs through all the anti-immigration arguments at play in
today's heated political world—and finds them wanting.
Riley sat down earlier this summer with reason.tv's Nick
Gillespie to discuss the leading myths about the causes and effects
The war in eastern Ukraine
continues, but it appears that the pro-western government forces
today won a significant battle in Sloviansk, which has been a major
stronghold for the Russian and pro-Russian separatist forces.
reported the latest on the situation several hours ago:
A Reuters reporter saw a convoy of about 20 military transport
vehicles and buses filled with armed rebels driving out of
Kramatorsk where they had gone after apparently fleeing Slaviansk
20 km (12 miles) to the north.
About 100-150 Ukrainian troops patrolled the center of Slaviansk
and some soldiers were bringing out weapons and ammunition from one
of the administration buildings the rebels had been using as a
reportedly carried out a bombing campaign throughout much of
"Due to the overwhelming numerical superiority of the enemy our
men were forced to abandon their positions," acknowledged Alexander
Borodai, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the self-described
People's Republic of Donetsk. Among the fighters for the "people's
republic" are, apparently, Chechen mercenaries among other hired
BBC's David Stern provides some analysis of the
Of the government's victories so far, the retaking of Sloviansk
and raising of the Ukrainian flag over city hall is by far the most
significant. The city was not just a command center for the
insurgency - it was a symbol of the militants' continuing ability
to thwart Kiev's attempts to reassert control in the east.
Now, it appears that the insurgents may also be evacuating
Kramatorsk, another key city. But the question is whether this is a
turning point in the war, or merely a shifting of the
The president, who on Tuesday declared the end of
a failed ceasefire,
has ordered the nation's flag to be flown over the city of over
100,000 residents, which had been under rebel control since
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)
announced its plans to file lawsuits against any university with an
inappropriate, unconstitutional speech code, as
Robby Soave noted here earlier this week:
"Universities' stubborn refusal to relinquish their speech codes
must not be tolerated," said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff during a
For now, suits have been filed against Ohio University, Iowa
State University, Chicago State University, and Citrus College in
California. These universities have all trampled students' free
speech rights, according to FIRE.
Lukianoff explained that FIRE would not hesitate to expand the
suits until all universities abandon their speech codes, which were
ruled unconstitutional decades ago but have endured at more than 50
percent of colleges, according to the foundation's research.
In May, Reason TV talked with Lukianoff about another free
speech battle emerging on campuses across the country: mandatory
"trigger warnings" on material that might trigger memories of past
traumas in students. Watch the video below. Original text is
Orginally published on May 8, 2014.
"It's really not anyone else's business to tell someone when
they are mentally and emotionally ready to deal with things," says
Bailey Loverin, a University of Santa Barbara (UCSB) junior who
authored a resolution to mandate that professors issue "trigger
warnings" before presenting material that might trigger memories of
past traumas in students.
Feminist and social justice blogs popularized the concept of the
trigger warning, with writers encouraging each other to label posts
that might trigger flashbacks to sexual assault or domestic abuse.
As the popularity, and scope, of the trigger warning idea grew,
some bloggers began listing potential triggers, ranging from rape
and violence and suicide to snakes and needles and even "small
Oberlin College attracted some media attention when its Office
of Equity Concerns posted, and later removed, a trigger warning
guide advising professors to avoid triggering topics such as
racism, colonialism, and sexism when possible. The memo also
suggests introducing discussions of potentially triggering works
with language such as this: We are reading this work in spite of
the author's racist frameworks because his work was foundational to
establishing the field of anthropology, and because I think
together we can challenge, deconstruct, and learn from his
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Loverin says that her trigger warning resolution is much more
narrowly tailored to protect sufferers of post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). But she also goes a step further than anyone has
at Oberlin by proposing that trigger warnings in the classroom be
"I don't feel that it's a problem asking for this to be
mandated," says Loverin. "You're always going to have someone
that's going to argue, 'Why? This is ridiculous. I shouldn't have
to do this because I don't feel it. Why should anyone else?'"
Loverin's resolution passed the student-run Academic Senate and
now awaits review by the faculty legislative body. Greg Lukianoff,
President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
(FIRE), worries that mandated trigger warnings would set a
troubling precedent on campus. He points to an incident that
occured on the UCBS campus only days after the resolution passed
wherein an associate professor of feminist studies stole a sign
from pro-life protesters and then pushed one of them away when she
tried to take the sign back. The professor's defense?
"What she argued was that the display was triggering," says
Lukianoff. "It's a very unforunate part of human nature. If you
give us an excuse to shut down speech with which we disagree, we're
very quick to see it as an opportunity."
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downloadable versions of this video.
On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered it’s most anticipated
ruling of the 2013-14 term with a 5-4 decision in Burwell
v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito outlined that the
Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) violated federal law by
compelling Hobby Lobby, a family-owned private corporation, to
cover certain forms of birth control in their employee health plans
that they felt caused abortions thereby violating their religious
principles. (You can read Reason’s analysis of the
Reaction to the decision was divisive and heated. The right
viewed it as a victory for religious freedom, while those on the
left paraded the ruling as another causality in the war on
The highly controversial Hobby Lobby decision illustrates
another chapter in the sad saga of ObamaCare. From a horribly
botched rollout to the argument over contraception (and let’s not
Pajama Boy), the implementation of ObamaCare has resulted in
devastating consequences for our health care system and public
discourse. The latest issue of Reason examines the
consequences of Obama’s health care reform legislation (online
edition can be found here).
And while it hasn’t been all good news, Nick Gillespie presents
us with “3 Ways to Make Obamacare Less Totally Horrible,” written
by Gillespie and produced by Joshua Swain. Original release date
was July 1, 2014 and the original writeup is below.
Obamacare is a truly epic mistake, but it's also one that's not
going away anytime soon.
With that in mind, here are three ways to immediately make the
president’s signature legislative achievement better, cheaper, and
1. Let anyone buy "catastrophic plan."
As it stands, only people under 30 years of age and a few other
folks can buy cheap"catastrophic
plans" that cover few regular procedures but protect you
against very costly medical emergencies. Catastrophic plans are
much cheaper than the cheapest comprehensive bronze plans at
One of the selling points of Obamacare was that it would let
people choose plans that fit their needs. If a catastrophic plan is
what you want, why not be allowed to buy one despite your age?
2. Force insurers to compete across state
Health insurance companies, in cahoots with state insurance
commissions, have carved up their territories like old-school mob
A true national market that would force insurers to compete
across state lines for customers on the basis of price and service.
A national market would expand consumer options and eventually lead
to new ways of doing business. It works in auto and home insurance
and would work with health insurance, too.
3. Grow the supply of medical care
Obamacare increases the demand for medical care but does
virtually nothing to grow its supply.
That’s a recipe for shortages and long wait times.
The quickest way to grow the supply of health care is to ditch
all sorts of barriers ranging from super-slow
FDA approval processes for new drugs and devices to
protectionist professional licensing to tightly restricted medical
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Almost three dozen states give existing hospitals an
indirect say in whether new, competing hospitals can be built!
Scrapping all of these rules and more would make health care
easier and cheaper to get.
Obamacare is not just a dumb law but a deeply offensive
one. In a perfect world, it would be repealed and we’d
actually move toward a true free market in health care (even before
Obamacare, local, state, and federal governments were spending
nearly 50 cents of each buck spent on health care).
But in the world we actually live in, Obamacare isn’t going away
any time soon. The least we can do in the meantime is make it
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Magic mushrooms stimulate parts of the "primitive brain" linked
to emotion and memory, according to a
scientific study published on Thursday in the neuroscience
journal Human Brain Mapping.
Researchers injected volunteers with psilocybin, the psychedlic
chemical found in magic mushrooms, and observed brain activity with
imaging hardware. They discovered that brain activity on psilocybin
closely resembles patterns of activity observed when subjects are
"Learning about the mechanisms that underlie what happens under
the influence of psychedelic drugs can also help to understand
their possible uses," says Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, a researcher
from Imperial College London. "We are currently studying the effect
of LSD on creative thinking and we will also be looking at the
possibility that psilocybin may help alleviate symptoms of
depression by allowing patients to change their rigidly pessimistic
patterns of thinking."
Last month, Reason TV released a video profiling the
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a
research group focused on developing psychedelics into legal
prescription drugs. Watch the video below. The original write-up is
Published on Jun 4, 2014
"The rave movement is sort of an antidote to the fact that for
many people, the religious rituals that they have just don't work,
and so we've had to create our own," said Rick Doblin, the founder
of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
During the 1960s and 1970s, a number of therapists conducted
experiments using psychedelic drugs. The research was promising,
but widespread recreational use of psychedelics among young people
ultimately led to the prohibition of psychedelic drugs. As a
result, research on the potential therapeutic benefits of
psychedelics decreased siginificantly.
In 1985, despite its widespread reputation as an effective
therapeutic tool, the DEA classified MDMA (ecstasy) as a Schedule I
drug. The following year, Rick Doblin founded the Multidisciplinary
Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) with the goal of
developing psychedelics into legal prescription drugs. Today, MDMA
is in Phase 2 FDA trials for use as a therapeutic aid for people
suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
MAPS researchers are also finding that psilocybin, the active
ingredient in magic mushrooms, can be an effective therapeutic tool
for helping addicts and people suffering from terminal diseases.
Reason TV talked to Doblin and other psychedelic researchers at the
2013 Psychedelic Science Conference in Oaklland, California, to
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Two things to contemplate on
early Sunday morning, before church or political talk shows get
Remember all those times we were told that the government,
especially the National Security Agency (NSA), only tracks folks
who either guilty of something or involved in suspicious-seeming
activity? Well, we're going to have amend that a bit. Using
documents from Edward Snowden,
the Washington Post's Barton Gellman,
Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani report
Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far
outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications
intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S.
digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The
Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted
conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward
Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended
surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast
for somebody else.
Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance
files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail
addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S.
citizens or residents. NSA analysts masked, or “minimized,” more
than 65,000 such references to protect Americans’ privacy, but The
Post found nearly 900 additional e-mail addresses, unmasked in the
files, that could be strongly linked to U.S. citizens or
The cache of documents in question date from 2009 through 2012
and comprise 160,000 documents collected up the PRISM and Upstream,
which collect data from different sources. "Most of the people
caught up in those programs are not the targets and would not
lawfully qualify as such," write Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan
Soltani, who also underscore that NSA surveillance has produced
some very meaningful and good intelligence. The real question is
whether the government can do that in a way that doesn't result in
massive dragnet programs that create far more problems ultimately
than they solve (remember the Church Committee?).
the whole thing
. And before anyone raises the old "if
you're innocent, you've got nothing to hide shtick," read Scott
Reasons the 'Noting to Hide' Crowd Should be worried about
And in case you think you've somehow slipped the surveillance
drag, check this out.
Over at Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow walks through the
rules used by the NSA to figure out who is worthy of being watched.
Among the trip wires are interests in Tor, an encrypted browser
(partly funded by the U.S. government to help online activists in
repressive regimes) and Tails, a secure operating system favored by
the likes of Edward Snowden.
a fair amount about the Tor Project, including a great
interview with Karen Reilly, the project's development director.
“People are under the impression that the Internet is sort of
anonymous by default,” Reilly told us last year. “They don’t know
how many digital trails they’re leaving behind.”
More on the new Tor and Tails revelations at Reason 24/7,
courtesy of Zenon Evans.
Here's our interview with Reilly. Don't watch unless you want to
open yourself up to NSA snooping. Oh, wait, it's already too
is raising the radiation
threat level by a factor of 350. That may sound
unbelievable but it is assuredly a good thing: The previous limits
were far lower than science justified and caused hundreds of
billions of dollars of economic loss to America and the world,
according to Jon Utley.
The trigger for the change was the government recognizing the
ramifications of two things. The first is the reality of nuclear
terrorism. The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has recently
insisted that the EPA establish
realistic limits in accordance with the latest science.
Under the old limits, a tiny “dirty bomb” explosion in an American
city would have meant evacuating hundreds of thousands of
The yearly cost
of unnecessary EPA regulations is in the many hundreds of
billions of dollars, reducing wages and hurting the world's
standard of living, writes Utley. Fortunately, the EPA is making
changes that acknowledge the shortcomings of ultra-low radiation
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These ads, hosted
at doyougotinsurance.com, are so ridiculous that they
prompted Mother Jones to run an
article informing readers that the campaign was, in fact,
"real." A team effort by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
and ProgressNow Colorado Education, the series focuses heavily on
sports injuries, sex, drinking—and various combinations of the
three. The primary takeaway from the ads is that you should sign up
for your taxpayer subsidized health insurance now so that you can
engage in borderline risky behaviors later. This one is part of the
#brosurance category, explains Katherine Mangu-Ward, but don't
worry: there's something for the ladies as well. Check out the six
best/worst pieces of Obamacare propaganda.
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