Dems Drop Opposition to Trade Bill, Greece Out of Options, Lying Builds Strong Brains: P.M. Links

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    Screw it, say Democratic trade critics as they drop their opposition to a bill that gives fast-track negotiating authority to the president.

  • The body of South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, murdered last week during a terrorist church shooting, lay in state today inside the Capitol building in Columbia.
  • Senators Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) think the aftermath of a massacre is a great time to talk about limiting Americans' self-defense rights. Specifically, they want to expand background check requirements, which would have been totally irrelevant in the Charleston church shooting, and aren't enforceable in private transactions.
  • The rent is too damned high, middle-class households discover, as the economy sput-sput-sputters along. How about national rent control to fix that? What could go wrong?
  • The ball (of economic doom) appears to be in Greece's court, with European negotiators saying it's up to the bankrupt Greek government to give more ground or face the consequences.
  • France is taking full advantage of revelations that the U.S. snooped on the French government. They're making American officials squirm. "The rule in espionage—even between allies—is that everything is allowed, as long as it's not discovered," noted a French spook, indicating that the leaks are the real crime.
  • Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say. So when you teach your daughter to keep her story straight with the cops, you're exercising her brain!

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  1. France is taking full advantage of revelations that the U.S. snooped on the French government.

    Calling them Freedom Fries?

    1. Hello.

      1. Yo. Worst start to a PM links ever. Even worse than when the squirrels jam things up.

        1. Hello!

        2. Don’t blame Tuccille, blame Reason 24/7 for the terrible crop of links from which to choose.

          1. Rufus has stated in other posts that he’s willing to take-on roll of moderator for an alternate site. I’m-in for significant cash backing…

  2. The ball (of economic doom) appears to be in Greece’s court, with European negotiators saying it’s up to the bankrupt Greek government to give more ground or face the consequences.

    They’ll push the ball up the hill only for it to come rolling down when they get close to the top.

    1. Bunch of Sissy

      -phuses

      1. Calling Swiss.

  3. Note that this a$$hole David Frum was GWB’s speech writer.

    Mass Shootings Are Preventable – No single law could have stopped the tragedy in Charleston, but incremental steps can reduce the risk of future attacks. regulate the 2nd amendment out of existence

    Require Gun Owners to Carry Liability Insurance

    Guns are dangerous products. There are some 15,000 accidental shootings per year in the United States, leading to 600 accidental deaths. Buy a car, and state law requires that it be insured. Dig a swimming pool, and expect to pay hundreds of dollars a year more in homeowners’ insurance, which anybody who carries a mortgage will likewise be required to carry. Guns need not be insured, however, neither in law nor in practice.

    How about liability insurance for speech writers? After all, your ilk peddled claims about yellowcake in a SOTU speech?

    Require Meaningful Training for Carry-Permit Holders

    Certified florists in the State of Florida are required to take six weeks of courses at a cost of at least $600.

    How about meaningful training for scum like you who helped monger the Iraq war?

    1. Frum truly is one of the world’s biggest idiots.

      1. He’s one of the true original Professional Concern Trolls.

        1. Not an hour ago my wife was complaining about the nonsense that Gina McCarthy was spewing about climate deniers and she called the woman stupid. I explained to her that McCarthy is not stupid but rather she spews deliberate, calculated nonsense. It is designed to derail the discussion, to muddy the waters and keep people off balance so that they can’t formulate an effective defense.

          Frum is no different.

          1. According to the researchers cited above in the P.M. Links, people like Gina McCarthy have long practiced to build “memory skills and verbal creativity”. They aren’t stupid; they are clever propagandists.

        2. Professional Concern Trolls should carry Concern Troll insurance, pass 700 hours of Concern Troll training, and obtain a license.

    2. Never trust a Canadian with the 2nd amendment.

      1. Never trust a Canadian with the 2nd amendment.

        Sorry Rufus!

        1. They call ham, bacon!

    3. The neocon movement was started by some intellectuals who started out as Trotskyite commies.

      Two elements that stayed constant over their journey; their love of international revolution without limits and their desire to grind individuals until they were well-machined cogs in the engine of society.

      I’m not saying I want to stuff them feet first into woodchippers. I just find them contemptible little lickspittles that I wouldn’t piss on if they were on fire.

    4. Gun owners make note. Liability insurance is going to be included in the next NY SAFE Act passed in a mad rush after the next school massacre.

      1. Insurers are the real enemy, but not a single Reason story on this issue…thanks Warren…

    5. A requirement that gun owners carry insurance would not only protect potential accident victims?including gun owners, since many gun accidents are self-inflicted?against economic loss. An insurance requirement would create incentives for more responsible gun behavior.

      So potentially shooting and killing myself is not a motive for safe gun handling, but a potential increase in my premiums is? What a fucking idiot. Also I’m sure Roof wouldn’t want his gun liability rate to go up while he is doing life in prison or awaiting the death penalty.

      1. Potentially getting convicted of murder is also apparently not a motive for safety, so…yeah.

      2. In Frum’s defensive, it would create an additional incentive for more responsible gun behavior.

        As would threatening to torture the gun owner’s children to death in the instance of a negligent discharge. Whoever said gun-control advocates don’t understand incentives?

    6. Maybe we should require asshole pundits to take a course in basic logic. Might not help in Frum’s case; I doubt that he would pass the course.

    7. How about meaningful training for pigs, or don’t allow them to carry.

    8. Vindaloo for the win, buddy.

        1. Babaloo!

          /Ricky Ricardo

        2. Aargh! Calling Swiss again!

          1. What does he know of Indian cuisine?

            1. No idea, but he is the resident pun responder.

    9. Will we try to ban cars the next time someone gets murdered with one? This guy is fucking insane. Not one policy or law change affects that or what insane people will do. It’s not like most crimes with guns are committed by registered gun owners, I’m sure.

      1. Keep in mind that their goal is not to reduce violent crime of any kind in any way.

        1. Oh, I keep a lot of things in mind when talking about people trying to destroy human freedom.

    10. “Note that this a$$hole David Frum was GWB’s speech writer.”

      And on that note, I wish to suggest that these people carry voter’s political insurance. GWB’s policies have clearly caused more harm and death annually than guns, and Obama has carried on the worst legacy portions of W’s shit policies.. I suppose requiring the police carry insurance in order to arm and equip their patrolmen, wouldn’t be all bad either..

  4. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) think the aftermath of a massacre is a great time to talk about limiting Americans’ self-defense rights.

    What is that? Twelve coffins to try to ride to victory this time?

    1. Manchin got burned before on the gun thing. Surprised he went there. WV is a very pro-gun state.

      1. And Toomey is likely to be primaried in PA.

        1. PA gun owners are idiots. Primarying him is just going to hand the election to some Philadelphia Democrat who makes Toomey look like Charlton fucking Heston on gun rights. It’s not like PA is a red state, especially in presidential election years.

      2. Next up, opposition to fracking and tobacco.

  5. Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say. So when you teach your daughter to keep her story straight with the cops, you’re exercising her brain!

    If you like your memory skills, you can keep your memory skills. Period.

    1. This explains why my wife both tells me that she loves me and can remember each and every bad thing I have done in our last 20+ years of marriage.

  6. I wonder if Gillespie has changed his mind:

    https://reason.com/blog/2014/12…..-p#comment

  7. “How about national rent control to fix that? What could go wrong?”

    What’s an unlawful taking among friends?

    1. “If the government does it, it’s not unlawful” – Supreme Court

      1. “Once the government declares something legal, it’s no longer immoral.”

        Reverend Lovejoy

    2. Single-payer housing.

      Next up, single-payer food.

    3. We’re taking it from ourselves.

        1. An economy based on stealing each other’s washing.

  8. Screw it, say Democratic trade critics as they drop their opposition to a bill that gives fast-track negotiating authority to the president.

    Who are the unions going to back? The GOP? They’re pushing it harder than the President.

  9. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) think the aftermath of a massacre is a great time to talk about limiting Americans’ self-defense rights. Specifically, they want to expand background check requirements, which would have been totally irrelevant in the Charleston church shooting, and aren’t enforceable in private transactions.

    Injun’s law of gun control:

    The speed of gun control proposals is directly proportional to the number of bodies and body temperature.

  10. …European negotiators saying it’s up to the bankrupt Greek government to give more ground or face the consequences.

    “WE SHALL DO NEITHER.”

  11. The rent is too damned high, middle-class households discover, as the economy sput-sput-sputters along. How about national rent control to fix that? What could go wrong?

    Abolish private property. Simple. Problem solved.

  12. Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say. So when you teach your daughter to keep her story straight with the cops, you’re exercising her brain!

    Obama must have photographic memory then.

    1. As it pertains to him, sure. I doubt he remembers things about other people.

      1. For Obama, there are no other people.

  13. You Know Who Else spied on French Leaders?

    1. Their wives?

    2. The Food Network?

    3. Benjamin Franklin?

    4. Heinz’ Mustard Divison?

    5. Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau?

    6. Gordon Ramsay?

      1. Yes, but they stole his goddamned reservation book.

    7. Robespierre?

    8. The Milice?

  14. When will Washington change its name? When will New York and Albany? When will California ditch its flag of racist treason? Will Maryland change its State Song?

    1. They’re waiting for you to shut up about it first.

      1. They’re waiting for everyone to not shut up about it first.

        FTFY

        1. *Charlie Brown teacher voice*

          FTF everyone.

      2. At least Florida is safe on this front. While all of us can come up with bullshit reasons that “flowery land” is offensive, it’s not really.

        1. Abolish everything about Florida, except the name?

          The EPA will have it under water in 80 years and Maryland will be the new FLA, because SCIENCE!

          1. Well, the joke is on them, because Disney has a contingency plan to dome the entire state.

            1. I think I read something about that plan. That’s when Walt Disney is reanimated from stasis, correct?

            2. “because Disney has a contingency plan to dome the entire state.”

              Well.. if, by ” the entire state”, you mean south Orlando+ parts of Kissisime/ St. Cloud.. then, yes.. you are correct.

    2. Will you be practicing your whiny little bitch routine every PM Links from now on, Winston? Give it a rest already.

      1. Stop insulting dogs.

        1. Funny, we used to have a dog named Winston.

          1. You shouldn’t do that. Being compared to something as lowly as Winston is very hurtful, according to Winston.

            1. I prefer cats myself.

            2. And can you send me some cheese to go with my whine? I like Gorgonzola.

              1. Brie, you fucking savage..

  15. “Dems drop opposition to trade bill” == “union bosses got the modifications they wanted”.

  16. Bunny saving baby bunnies from a snake.

    1. Mammals are fucking vicious tenacious delicious creatures.

    2. Not to burst your bubble but the baby bunny is dead.

        1. Sure. I’ll cook it anyway you like.

          1. You immediately recognized that as Florida, didn’t you? Oh god, please let it be Florida.

            1. I can’t tell from the video, but it looks like our species of rabbit.

      1. …It’s just sleeping, right mommy?

        I was only half watching until the bunny went apeshit on the snake, but if I had it to do all over again Bunny dishing out some cold, hard justice would make for a better link tag anyway.

        1. That’s definitely what the bunny was after. The snake was trying to make a getaway, but the bunny wasn’t having it.

          1. She was pissed and rabbit teeth are no joke.

            1. I’ve seen Monty Python.

      2. One of the babies moves at about 0:21.

      1. You only win if you draw more comments.

      2. I do not recognize the authority of the AM Links.

        Your trans-meridian fascism cannot be allowed to stand.

        *hoists black flag*

        1. Hmm, we will agree to disagree.

          Except we agree on the awesomeness of asskicking bunny rabbits.

          *holds fist in air, makes bunny ears*

          1. I can live with that.

            *mimics CPA’s hand gesture in show of bunny-violence solidarity*

    3. That rabbit is DYNAMITE!

  17. Arkansas Attorney General, 1976
    Bill Clinton (D) – elected unopposed

    So will Hillary have to withdraw now because of the racist history of the Confederacy and Segregation?

  18. The rent is too damned high, middle-class households discover, as the economy sput-sput-sputters along. How about national rent control to fix that? What could go wrong?

    It’s worked just so damn well everywhere it’s ever been implemented. Fact.

    1. I knew you guys would come around to my way of thinking.- american socialist douchebag

    2. Rumor is property owners in SF are removing tenants and just running their homes as fulltime AirBnB. They can get more money without dealing with those nasty tenant rights.

      1. You mean people voluntarily contracting with each other over the use of facilities? Without the intervention of big daddy government?!!!11!!!1

  19. “The rule in espionage?even between allies?is that everything is allowed, as long as it’s not discovered,” noted a French spook

    The French spook then rushed home to make sure his wife wasn’t banging his superior officer. Vive la France.

  20. Books, bringing people together:

    Anglin has gotten a lot of media requests after the Southern Poverty Law Center said Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine black parishioners in Charleston, S.C., last week, was possibly a commenter on the Daily Stormer, Anglin said in a Skype audio interview Tuesday.

    Anglin decided to respond to a Los Angeles Times interview request because — it’s a small world — he saw the reporter tweet Monday night about reading “The Forever War,” a classic and widely hailed 1974 science-fiction novel by Joe Haldeman about a human war against an alien race that lasts for centuries. Coincidentally, Anglin had also just read it.

    1. My ideology is very simple. I believe white people deserve their own country. … There’s not really anything that can happen that can affect my ideology because it’s so simple and straightforward.

      Oh man that’s the voice in the wilderness I’ve been waiting for. (/sarc in case that’s not clear)

      Right now, a divide is happening. And there are only going to be two sides. Either you are with the SJWs [social justice warriors] or you are with the Fascists

      This sounds familiar for reasons I can’t quite place right now…

      1. Quick, somebody check if Francisco Franco is still dead!

      2. GIRONDINS!

        1. GIRONDINS!

          Hmmm. This sounds familiar for reasons I can’t quite place right now…

      3. All that’s missing is Ernest Hemingway driving an ambulance.

      4. That’s not very simple. Who is white? Does an Irishman or Italian count? What about someone who can ‘pass’ as white?

        1. Jimmy: There’s gonna be a war, man. I can see it. There’s gonna be a war between the blacks and between the whites. You ain’t even gonna need a uniform no more. This ain’t gonna be a war where you pick your side. Your side’s already picked for you.

          Ray: And I know whose side I’m fighting on. I’m fighting with the blacks. The whites are gonna get their heads kicked in!

          Jimmy: You don’t decide this shit, man. Your side’s already picked for you.

          Ray: Well, who are the half-castes gonna fight with?

          Jimmy: The blacks, man. That’s obvious.

          Ray: What about the Pakistanis?

          Jimmy: The blacks.

          Ray: What about… Think of a hard one. What about the Vietnamese?

          Jimmy: The blacks!

          Ray: Well, I’m definitely fighting with the blacks if they’ve got the Vietnamese.

          [pause]

          Ray: So, hang on. Would all of the white midgets in the world be fighting against all the black midgets in the world?

          Jimmy: Yeah.

          Ray: That would make a good film!

          Jimmy: You don’t know how much shit I’ve had to take off of black midgets, man.

          1. +1 “you’re an inanimate object.”

        2. “If God race did not exist, mankind would find it necessary to invent him it.”

          Updated Voltaire.

      5. Either you are with the SJWs [social justice warriors] or you are with the Fascists

        Hmmm… those are the same people.

        1. Celebrating the illusion of choice..

      6. Either you are with the SJWs [social justice warriors] or you are with the Fascists

        Don’t tell anyone but SJWs would like Fascism…

    2. What kind of monster doesn’t read The Forever War until 2015?

  21. Spot the Not: weird war gear

    1. a child-sized gas mask shaped like Mickey Mouse was made for US children during WW2

    2. the Russians made a missile that was carried inside a larger missile, which was carried inside an even larger missile

    3. the “Smelly Duck” gas mask was meant to be pissed on

    4. US pilots during the Cold War were given eyepatches to protect an eye in case of a sudden nuclear blast

    5. WW2 British aircraft dropped armored beer kegs on friendly troops to boost morale

    6. WW2 Japanese machine guns could be fitted with bayonets

    1. Just a guess, but Ima say #5. They’d have to be heavily armored to not burst, tapping port could be easily damaged, troops would have to carry a tap and the keg would have to rest for a long time before you tapped it.

    2. ahem

      yep

      My bad- the kegs weren’t dropped, but British fighters did carry beer.

    3. #1??

    4. 2 is the Not. C’mon guys, I thought that was a pretty obvious matryoshka joke.

      1. Well, to be fair, the Soviets developed MIRVs which would kinda be like missiles inside missiles inside a big rocket.

  22. 5 – there was a keg looking bomb they used to blow up a dam.

    1. Yes. They put spin on it so it would skip across the water.

      1. And this was the origination of the terminology “putting a positive spin” on an argument.

        1. You can put a positive spin on anything if it involves killing Nazis.

          Surf’s up! I’m going to go storm the beaches at Normandy, bro!

          1. I’m decoding to think that you and the fam are going to France? Whereabouts? Any other countries?

            Good to go now, because in August the whole damn continent shuts down for a month.

            1. We’re going to Oahu. I just like making WWII references.

              1. Dang. I should have gone with Pearl Harbor.

  23. Hillary Clinton proves once again she is both utterly craven and prone to saying amazingly offensive and stupid things.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Wednesday to continue her quest for the Democratic nomination, arguing she would be the stronger nominee because she appeals to a wider coalition of voters ? including whites who have not supported Barack Obama in recent contests.

    “I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in an interview with USA TODAY. As evidence, Clinton cited an Associated Press article “that found how Sen. Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

    “There’s a pattern emerging here,” she said.

    http://oliverwillis.com/2008/0…..r-clinton/

    She is going to appeal to “white working people” because those lazy brown people are all on welfare and don’t work I guess.

    1. And neither do Republicans. They just sit around on piles of money.

      1. That is right. They are all rich people with a bunch of money they didn’t make.

    2. She said something similar in the 2008 election. She’ll say ANYTHING to get elected, so I’m not surprised at all.

      1. If you will vote for Hillary, you really will vote for absolutely anyone, no matter how bad, as long as they are Democrats.

    3. You Know Which other Democrats tried to appeal to white working-class people without college degrees?

    4. There is a pattern alright, but it has been apparent for a long time.

    5. I figure that’s why all of a sudden there’s attack on Confederacy that George McLellan would be proud of (furiously noisy but symbolic and without substance). Like War on Women under Obama, War on Non-Whites will be used to shore up the electoral coalition given that the candidate lacks certain credentials in the area.

  24. How a 16-year-old tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof blogged about My Little Pony

    That’s right: the shooter of nine people was a “brony”?a male devotee of the children’s TV show.

    The only problem? It was all a complete fabrication by Wareing, a British 16-year-old with a Hotmail email address who never met or communicated with Roof, he told Fusion today. He never found a Tumblr account belonging to Roof, and the My Little Pony detail was created out of thin air, he said.

    The Times article in question, by Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist Frances Robles, has since been edited to remove those details.

    According to email correspondence between Wareing and Robles, which Wareing forwarded to Fusion, the teen never gave Robles a link to the imaginary Tumblr, which he said Roof had deleted, nor any screenshots or other proof that blog ever existed.

    Paper of record.

    1. Journalists are not bright. They do not major in the tough majors. They don’t get into the best graduate schools. They are about the level of education majors.

      1. You’re just mad about all those missed hat tips.

      2. They get into Columbia, John. Columbia, for Christ’s sake. You just wouldn’t understand. BTW, has Merlan apologized for shitting all over the internet and Robby Soave in particular with that bullshit yet?

      1. Ha.

      2. “Most Valued”? Think highly of yourself do you?

          1. nice

      3. So I can’t believe anything I read on the internet?

    2. Journalism, the science of telling other people some shit you just heard.. There was consensus between the two scientists, the writer and editor, that the story was true.. and consensus is the heart and soul of modern science..

  25. While I don’t necessarily think there should be rent control, it is, I believe, is a marginal problem in most jurisdictions that have it. People who rent generally move sooner or later. If you’re a landlord stuck with a tenant paying below-market rates, odds are it won’t be for long. Also, it’s not strictly a money thing: I have dealt with tenants on behalf of landlords and having good tenants paying below-market is superior to dealing with crappy tenants who may be paying more; it’s a throw of dice on who you’ll get.

    The much bigger problem, I think, are laws and policies that make it near-impossible to build new housing units. If it takes 10 years to create new housing units that are needed RIGHT NOW, prices will inevitably skyrocket.

    Having an anti-new construction attitude combined with rent control is just asking for a disaster (looking at you, San Francisco!).

    1. People who rent generally move sooner or later. If you’re a landlord stuck with a tenant paying below-market rates, odds are it won’t be for long.

      New York thinks you should look into this a lot more.

      1. Yeah. No one moves from a rent control. And the city ruled it can be inherited by your heirs. So, deadbeat hipster grand children move into that rent control apartment that grandma had been living in since the 1940s.

        1. Jesus, this is so stupid. Price controls have thousands of years of failure behind them, yet we all keep trying, like fools.

          1. Why do you hate the poor, PL?

        2. I’m paying fifty dollars a month and that cheapskate landlord won’t put in new plumbing!

          1. Fucking slumlords.. they lure the unsuspecting into their roach traps, with enticing rent offers, for the sole purpose of keeping them in abject squalor and misery.. They feed off of that misery.. like vampires drink blood.

    2. If you’re a landlord stuck with a tenant paying below-market rates, odds are it won’t be for long

      You can pass a rent-controlled apartment to your heirs in NYC.

    3. Dude, walk around Berkeley sometime and then get back to me.

    4. bassjoe|6.24.15 @ 4:58PM|#
      “[…]People who rent generally move sooner or later[…]”

      Yeah, when the units are converted to condos.

    5. The much bigger problem, I think, are laws and policies that make it near-impossible to build new housing units.

      While I do agree with this statement, I think you’re off on this one:

      If you’re a landlord stuck with a tenant paying below-market rates, odds are it won’t be for long.

      Just anecdotally, when I moved into my current place a couple years ago the landlord was bitching about all the oldsters that pay next to nothing. They tend to squat alone in family-sized apartments, too.

    1. MockFry!

    2. Did they actually release video of someone standing on it yet?

      1. Nope. I didn’t see any actual riding anywhere. I think is a clickbait publicity stunt.

        1. Yeah. They’re definitely teasing that they have a working one and that people are using it, but nobody has seen it in action.

          I actually like Lexus’s Amazing in Motion ad series. It’s visually interesting and they show behind the scenes for how they accomplished the ads.

          1. I recently bought a Lexus, my first-time ever with that brand, and I have to say I’m really loving the car. Feels like flying on a cloud.

            1. Feels like flying on a cloud.

              Yeah, those 15,000 mile tires you’ll be changing next year are a nice ride.

  26. Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say.

    Ancient Greek sophists pretty well established this back in, what, the 4th Century BC.

    Modern progressives continue the ancient tradition.

    1. “Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say.”

      They also said they’d respect you in the morning.

      1. But before that, they said it was like that when they got here and that the check is in the mail.

        1. Before that it was “I won’t come in your mouth.”

    2. Then why are modern progressives so quick to forget what an abysmal failure communism was?

      1. Hey, give Mao and Stalin a break. Modern technology will make it much easier to exterminate all the kulaks and wreckers. THEN communism will work just fine!

    3. In The Ego & His Own, Max Stirner pointed out that the ancients taught their children to be good liars.

  27. “So when you teach your daughter to keep her story straight with the cops, you’re exercising her brain!”

    Damn I love you 2 Chili.

  28. BOSTON ? Moments before a judge sentenced him to death, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke more than two years of silence Wednesday and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time. “I pray for your relief, for your healing,” he said.

    http://www.startribune.com/mor…..309456941/

    1. Next he will find Jesus, then condemn the display of the slavery flag.

  29. WRT spying on “friendly” national leaders, back in the Fall 1991 edition of Foreign Affairs, Stansfield Turner argued that should be the new mission of the CIA with the conclusion of the Cold War.

    He states his thesis regarding the post-Cold-War CIA early in the article:

    “There will be differences over how much of a reduction is necessary, but it is difficult to see how anyone could argue that a substantial adjustment by the intelligence community is not in order …
    What should the new priorities be? … [I]magine what help it would be in international trade negotiations to know precisely what internal subsidies and other devices the other side is employing. Information always has been power, but today there is more opportunity to obtain good information, and the United States has more capability to do that than any other nation. This is an advantage not to be forsaken just because the Cold War is over, even though we may not be able to identify today exactly what information will give us the most power a decade or so from now … We must, then, redefine “national security” by assigning economic strength greater prominence. That means we will need better economic intelligence … If economic strength should now be recognized as a vital component of national security, parallel with military power, why should America be concerned about stealing and employing economic secrets?

    1. The national security apparatus has been doing this for decades. It has even brazenly announced to the world its plan to steal the intellectual property of economic secrets. It just got caught, again.

      I can’t get the linky thing to work in this comment, but you can find the article by googling “Foreign Affairs” and the article’s title, “Intelligence for a New World Order”.

  30. Was reading through the earlier comments just now and read this

    Terc|6.24.15 @ 3:03PM|#

    I once quoted that Adam Smith line to someone and they refuted it by pointing out that we no longer patronize butchers and bakers like we once did.

    LOL

    Between Tony’s weak tea in the Picketty thread and the ACA co-op schadenfreude, I have had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

  31. Idea for a condom that changes colors when it comes in contact with STDs wins an award at the British TeenTech awards.

    I wonder if anyone would actually use such a thing?

      1. It’s possible the condom will be quite expensive, and what if it changes color because of you? True, you might not know who caused the condom to change color.

    1. “Oh! Oh yeah! Give it to me!”

      “Wait, wait, I’ve got to pull out for a second and check something…it turned red, what does red mean again? What do you have?”

      “A period.”

    2. I’m kind of curious how that would work since it said it would test for HPV and herpes, but you may not have viral activity in the area covered by the condom and still have the virus. Even at that point how much viral shedding would need to be going on for the reaction to be notable.

    3. A condom? Depends.

  32. Lying builds memory skills and verbal creativity, researchers say. So when you teach your daughter to keep her story straight with the cops, you’re exercising her brain!

    I teach my daughter to not talk to the cops, thank you very much.

  33. The ball (of economic doom) appears to be in Greece’s court, with European negotiators saying it’s up to the bankrupt Greek government to give more ground or face the consequences.

    Utterly missed opportunity to use the Sword of Damocles in the similie.

  34. Who’s drinking? I have some barrel aged Old Rasputin. It’s not seasonally appropriate but it is damn tasty.

  35. I’m just thinking, conservatives need to get better at marketing and branding.

    Instead of talking about gun control, gun rights etc. They should use the terminology of self-defense. Their opponents aren’t anti-gun, but anti-self-defense. That is exactly what the left does. I mean, they renamed global warming on the fly, for Christ sakes.

    1. Pro-rapist.

  36. Had hoped reason wouldn’t stoop to the level of calling the SC shootings “terrorism”. Won’t be long now before shouting someone down will result in charges of making “terroristic threats”.

    Then agian, we’ve already reduced WMD’s to rice cookers.

    1. If killing a bunch of people for ideological reasons and/or to provoke a societal response isn’t terrorism, what is?

      1. As the name implies, terrorism requires that the perpetrator have the primary intention of creating fear among a larger population than the actual victims of the crime. It’s a specific tactic/motivation. I haven’t seen any evidence that that was the case for this loon. He just wanted to kill some black people.

        Killing a bunch of people you don’t like isn’t necessarily terrorism. (Though obviously it’s very, very, very wrong)

    2. “Stoop”?

      How is it not terrorism?

  37. The rent is too damned high because property values are overinflated (still). Real estate prices are lower than they were in 2007, but damn they’re still too high.

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