Issue CCXX

November 26-29, 2009

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Culture
Commonly Misunderstood Concepts: Employment:
G. Stolyarov II
November 26, 2009
The mistaken identification of wealth with money results in yet another damaging fallacy: the idea that the only legitimate "employment" is work performed for somebody else in exchange for money. Mr. Stolyarov refutes this fallacy here. This essay is the companion to this video.

Commonly Misunderstood Concepts: Happiness:
G. Stolyarov II
November 26, 2009
One of the most grievous errors made by most people in the Western world today can be found in the prevailing view of happiness as constant pleasure or euphoria. This vision of happiness is not only unattainable but destructive of genuine happiness. Mr. Stolyarov offers a much more realistic and satisfying understanding of happiness. This essay is the companion to this video.

History
The Marbury v. Madison Mantra:
Timothy Baldwin
November 28, 2009
Timothy Baldwin writes that the arguments against the power of the States to arrest federal tyranny are as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning, and they are as philosophical in nature as the Declaration of Independence. One of the most commonly used arguments against such a State power is the United States Supreme Court (US S CT) dicta opinion in Marbury v. Madison in 1803, written by Chief Justice John Marshall. As Marshall himself admitted that the US is to be a country of "laws, not men," Mr. Baldwin argues that we must establish that Marshall's opinion does not equate to the "supreme law of the land" which the States and individuals are bound to obey. If our submission only requires that the US S CT speak, then we do not live as freemen, but as slaves.

Literature
The Inclination to Love Liberty:
Gary Galles
November 27, 2009
Dr. Gary Galles recently had a chance to read Louis Carabini's new book, Inclined to Liberty. In Dr. Galles's view, the book offered useful insight and inspiration. So, both in thanks and in hopes of getting more people to read this short book, Dr. Galles would like to share a few of its gems.

Politics
Global Warming Fraud: Somebody Needs to Go to Jail:
Alan Caruba
November 26, 2009
According to Alan Caruba, he revelations that scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (CRU) doctored the data supporting the global warming claims of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) means that everything attributed to or based upon “global warming” is invalid. The Climategate incident should be an impetus for dismantling all aspects of the anthropogenic global warming fraud.

Battling Malaria in Uganda:
Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes
November 27, 2009
In this powerful new article, Uganda’s Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes writes about the unconscionable continuing barriers to malaria eradication in Africa. Ms. Kobusingye-Boynes urges even greater resolve in challenging environmental extremists and campaigning for science-based, humanitarian policies for controlling and ending this killer disease.

Involuntary Medical Servitude:
Maria Martins
November 28, 2009
Maria Martins, MD, believes that the very idea of government acting to control any aspect of the practice of medicine should ignite passionate resistance on the part of physicians everywhere. The new proposals to expand the role of government will deal a deathblow to a profession already under siege. Now is the time to accurately name what is being proposed and have the courage to stop it. It is difficult to believe that in the United States, a country founded on the principles of life and liberty, the outright subjugation of a profession by the government would even be considered.

The Middle East: Reporting on an Enigma:

Alan Caruba
November 28, 2009
When President Obama delivers a speech on why he is going to send more thousands of U.S. troops and spend more billions on the eight-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, Alan Caruba writes that it would be a good idea to better understand why so much of what is reported from the Middle East suffers a great disconnect from the truth.


Videos
Commonly Misunderstood Concepts: Employment - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
November 28, 2009
The mistaken identification of wealth with money results in yet another damaging fallacy: the idea that the only legitimate "employment" is work performed for somebody else in exchange for money. Mr. Stolyarov refutes this fallacy here. This video is the companion to this essay.

Commonly Misunderstood Concepts: Happiness - Video:
G. Stolyarov II
November 29, 2009
One of the most grievous errors made by most people in the Western world today can be found in the prevailing view of happiness as constant pleasure or euphoria. This vision of happiness is not only unattainable but destructive of genuine happiness. Mr. Stolyarov offers a much more realistic and satisfying understanding of happiness. This video is the companion to this essay.

"The art of concluding from experience and observation consists in evaluating probabilities, in estimating if they are high or numerous enough to constitute proof. This type of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than one might think. It demands a great sagacity generally above the power of common people. The success of charlatans, sorcerors, and alchemists — and all those who abuse public credulity — is founded on errors in this type of calculation." 
~ Benjamin Franklin