Monument Valley – a different perspective

Team Blacksheep uses radio-controlled model aircraft and miniature video cameras to film all sorts of locations, events and scenes from the air. Their Web site provides clips of several of their projects. They recently visited Monument Valley in the USA, and filmed this clip. It’s worth watching in full-screen mode. That’s definitely a different perspective on a much-photographed natural wonder! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #583

Today’s winner is from Austria. Long term unemployed Hans Url, 56, had just been told his hand-outs would stop if he did not accept work found for him by job centre staff. And when his claims that he was too sick and did not like the work were challenged with the offer of a medical, he took drastic measures. Url, of Mitterlabill, southern Austria, rigged up a mitre saw and sliced off his foot – then put it in the oven for good measure to ensure no surgeon could reattach it. . . . He was airlifted to hospital in

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Big Brother is at it again!

Heard about the latest in-your-face control measure planned by the US government? The Daily Economist reports: Senate Bill 1813 (Highway trust fund), which was passed by the Senate last week and is now pending in the House of Representatives contains a provision that would allow the IRS to order the State Department to refuse to grant, refuse to renew, revoke or restrict the passport of any US citizen which the IRS certifies owes the IRS $50,000 or more in unpaid taxes. There is no requirement that the tax payer be guilty of or even charged with tax evasion, fraud, or

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“Brains: The Mind As Matter”

That’s the title of an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK that opened last week and will run until June 17th. Culture24 reports: “It’s lovely, isn’t it?” a Wellcome Collection staff member said as I left. Then he checked himself: “Well – not lovely, really. Interesting.” Brains: The Mind As Matter is many things but, agreed, lovely is not one of them. Having said that, some of the exhibits are beautiful. The first exhibit in the show is an image of artist Katharine Dowson’s brain, lasered onto lead crystal glass. The delicacy of both this piece and Pablo

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All your babies are belong to us

What do you do when the agents of the Nanny State behave like bureaucratic thugs and mob bosses? A tip o’ the hat to the Home School Legal Defense Association for spreading the word about this incident. Imagine giving birth in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Then after you question some shots the hospital wants to give the baby, you are told that you are under investigation and you can’t see your baby. . . . According to an attorney representing the family, Jodi Ferris, the mother, was told conflicting reports about the health of her baby.

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The reality of US government spending

The two video clips below, produced by LearnLiberty.org and featuring Prof. Antony Davies of Duquesne University, show in simple, easy-to-understand examples just how ridiculous the spending patterns of the US Government have become, and how unsustainable they are. I highly recommend watching them both – they’re very short and to the point. Now, may I suggest that you pass on the link to these videos to your friends? We need to get their message out there! Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #582

Today’s winner is from Connecticut. A man shopping at an adult novelty store in Orange became stuck in a pair of handcuffs for nearly an hour Thursday afternoon. . . . VIP employees tried the keys that came with the love-cuffs, but with no luck. Arriving officers tried their own handcuff keys, but those didn’t work either. If that wasn’t enough for the man, officers decided to bring him to police headquarters to attempt to remove the handcuffs there. Police did not have to use lubricant, but instead used bolt cutters to free the man. . . . VIP stores

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Important lessons about self-defense

I’ve published many articles on firearms and self-defense (see the list in the sidebar). However, I never stop trying to learn more about the subject. There are always more lessons to be learned (or re-learned), and new tools, techniques and tricks to be added to our mental and physical inventory in case we ever need them. I read an article today that fits that description very well. Kevin at The Smallest Minority published David Phillip’s account of how he had to defend himself to the utmost, almost losing his life in the process. It’s a powerful reminder to never, ever

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Grim scenes from an economy in ruins

I’ve warned many times of the economic turmoil facing us in the not-too-distant future. Just how close that may be is impossible to determine. It’s possible within weeks or months; it’s probable within one to two years; and unless sanity takes hold, and our government expenditure is reined in, and the deficit addressed, it’s damn near certain within five to ten years. Greece, where the same economic turmoil has dragged the country down into the grip of depression, recession and virtual bankruptcy, is now a living example of the social consequences of this sort of financial collapse. Der Spiegel reports:

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The odds of an Israel-Iran conflict just went up

Looks like Israel is being as crafty as always. Foreign Policy reports: … Azerbaijan is strategically located on Iran’s northern border and, according to several high-level sources I’ve spoken with inside the U.S. government, Obama administration officials now believe that the “submerged” aspect of the Israeli-Azerbaijani alliance — the security cooperation between the two countries — is heightening the risks of an Israeli strike on Iran. In particular, four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers say that the United States has concluded that Israel has recently been granted access to airbases on Iran’s northern border. To do what, exactly, is

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