Pope Frankie is running his mouth about libertarianism from his gilded throne of socialism. What's in the News with stories on court sentencing software, tortured to death in jail, the federal drug war, and no more 5th Amendment. Also, a How to Live a LAVA Lifestyle on Praxis and a Herding Cats with your chance to win two free tickets to Porcfest. This episode is brought to you by Praxis, where you can get a full-time job in nine months making $50,000 a year with no college degree.

WHAT'S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

[1:35]

Pope Francis has apparently decided that sitting on his gilded throne and sticking to religion is not his thing. Of course, he's always been that way, decrying capitalism and the free market every chance he gets. He can do this since he has a skewed version of the world where, to make money, all he has to do is tell people they either have to give to his church or they go to hell. No market incentives here, just make-believe, fraud, and lies. And, the church can even sell sacraments and influence. It's more like organized crime than a free-market company. 

This time, Pope Franny talks about libertarianism, and he is apparently not a fan.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

[6:47]

In computer courts news, a man was sentenced to six years in prison in part due to a secret algorithm in a piece of software.

In tortured to death news, Madison Jenson was allowed to dehydrate to death in a Utah jail as she begged for her life. 

This episode is brought to you by Praxis. Make sure to check them out today!

In taking some teeth from the federal drug war news, Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws.

In taking some teeth from the federal drug war news, Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws.

In unfit to exist news, a Florida judge, someone who is supposed to uphold the protections of the Constitution, has granted a motion to compel two suspects in an ongoing case to reveal their smartphone passcodes to allow prosecutors to search for evidence related to an extortion allegedly carried out by a couple.

HOW TO LIVE A LAVA LIFESTYLE IN A STATIST SOCIETY

[17:45]

As you guys know, Jessica and I chose a very non-traditional avenue to educate our kids, going with unschooling. There are tons of benefits to this style of education, and I will surely get into those one day, but one downside it has, if you want to call it a downside, is that it does not prepare our children for traditional education styles, sitting in class, taking notes, memorizing lectures, etc. This means that traditional college education may not be right for my boys. And, I'm ok with that, coming from the perspective that I put myself in massive school debt for very little gain by going to college. I don't want my kids saddled with this.

So, what opportunities has the free market given us to solve this problem? One that I've been watching for a while is Praxis, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when Praxis approached me about sponsoring this show. Jess and I had already decided to look heavily at Praxis for our children's future prior to them contacting me because it is an amazing product.

HERDING CATS

[23:42]

So, as you guys know, PorcFest is rapidly approaching. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st – Sunday, June 25th. If you've never been to a PorcFest event, it is the one libertarian event of the year that you really don't want to miss. And, if you keep listening, I'll give you and a partner of your choice a chance to go to PorcFest for FREE, on me!

 

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TEASER INTRO

Pope Franky is running his mouth about libertarianism from his gilded throne of socialism. What's in the News with stories on court sentencing software, tortured to death in jail, the federal drug war, and no more 5th Amendment. Also, a How to Live a LAVA Lifestyle on Praxis and a Herding Cats with your chance to win two free tickets to Porcfest. This episode is brought to you by Praxis, where you can get a full-time job in nine months making $50,000 a year with no college degree.

INTRO

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the state that is the home of the smallest horse ever born, Einstein, weighing in at only 6lbs and only 14 inches tall, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode sixty-one, Pope Franky Hates Libertarians, and it's Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, when there have already been more than 410 people killed by police this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

Pope Francis has apparently decided that sitting on his gilded throne and sticking to religion is not his thing. Of course, he's always been that way, decrying capitalism and the free market every chance he gets. He can do this since he has a skewed version of the world where, to make money, all he has to do is tell people they either have to give to his church or they go to hell. No market incentives here, just make-believe, fraud, and lies. And, the church can even sell sacraments and influence. It's more like organized crime than a free-market company. And I know this may offend some of my listeners, including a supporter of this show and a very close personal friend of mine who is Catholic. That is not my intention. My intention is to call out moronic behavior when it appears and point out the hypocrisy involved in those behaviors. I understand that church participation is voluntary, and I would never take that away from anyone, least of all my incredible mother who is a devout Christian. But, keep in mind, giving in to the incentives of organized crime protecting your business for your payment is also voluntary.

This time, Pope Franny talks about libertarianism, and he is apparently not a fan.

Now, to be clear, there is some controversy over the Italian words he used in this speech, and if those words actually meant libertarian as you and I know the word. However, his sentiment and his description of what he takes issue with do sound very much like libertarianism.

Pope Franky said:

I cannot fail to speak of the grave risks associated with the invasion of the positions of libertarian individualism at high strata of culture and in school and university education. A common characteristic of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is the idea of ‘living well’ or the ‘good life’ in the communitarian framework.

Sounds pretty much like he's talking about the individualism that libertarianism is about to me. He goes on to say that libertarianism, “which is so fashionable today,” is a more radical form of the individualism that asserts that “only the individual gives value to things and to interpersonal relations and therefore only the individual decides what is good and what is evil.”

First of all, I wish libertarianism were as fashionable as Frank thinks it is, but let's be honest, it's not yet. We have made lots of progress the last decade or so, but we still have a very long road ahead of us if we are going to achieve liberty in our lifetimes. But, let's take a look at what he says here, "only the individual gives value to things and to interpersonal relations." Well, of course, that's true. There is no such thing as a collective mind in humanity. This is not Borg. While many individuals can share things like culture or family or other collective ideas, there is no requirement or law of nature that forces that on anyone. This idea of collectivism is evil. It is egalitarian in nature and very much socialist at its root.

Frankie boy goes on to say:

Thus, the libertarian individual denies the value of the common good because on the one hand he supposes that the very idea of ‘common’ means the constriction of at least some individuals, and on the other hand that the notion of ‘good’ deprives freedom of its essence.

Libertarianism, he continued, is an “antisocial” radicalization of individualism, which “leads to the conclusion that everyone has the right to extend himself as far as his abilities allow him even at the cost of the exclusion and marginalization of the more vulnerable majority.”

According to this mentality, all relationships that create ties must be eliminated, the Pope suggested, “since they would limit freedom.” In this way, only by living independently of others, of the common good, and even God himself, can a person be free, he said.

Now, let's be honest, libertarianism does celebrate the individual and individualism, but it does not in any way ask for relationship ties to be eliminated. That is just utter nonsense. I know of one person who at one time called himself a libertarian and is not a Trump supporter who talks about DeFooing yourself from family and friends, but let's be clear, he's a fucking moron and is not indicative of what libertarians believe.

I will say that personally, one of the most freeing moments of my life was when I shook off the shackles of religion. That may not be the case for everyone, and I get that. But that is just further proof of the individualism of libertarianism at work. I have Christian, both protestant and Catholic, libertarian friends. I have Muslim libertarian friends. I have Jewish and atheist libertarian friends. I have deist and Buddhist libertarian friends. And you know what? BECAUSE of our individuality, not our collectivism, are we friends. Becuase we all can think independently and come to conclusions about the world on our own, it gives us the ability to respect the diversity that makes us all human.

This does not mean we have to respect all ideas. As libertarians, we have to respect that people do have their own ideas, but that does not mean I have to respect those ideas. I don't respect the ideas of Pope Fuckstick, but I respect his ability to sit on his gilded throne and throw words around that have no basis in reality. Because he has that ability, I also have the ability to say fuck him in the neck. Socialism looks rather grand to him on his high throne and his high horse, but to the average person who is giving billions of dollars to the Catholic church around the world, socialism and egalitarianism are only repressing them.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In computer courts news, a man was sentenced to six years in prison in part due to a secret algorithm in a piece of software. Eric L. Loomis was convicted of eluding an officer while driving a car that had been used in a shooting back in 2013.

After his conviction, the judge in the Wisconsin case used a piece of software called Compas that gave him a rating on the proprietary software's scale that suggested he was at risk of committing another crime. Loomis appealed this sentence, which was referred to the Wisconsin Supreme court. The Wisconsin attorney general said that the Compas system "has a role at sentencing and is individualized to each defendant."

Compas is an algorithm developed by a private company, Northpointe Inc., that calculates the likelihood of someone committing another crime and suggests what kind of supervision a defendant should receive in prison. The results come from a survey of the defendant and information about his or her past conduct and criminal history.

Company officials say the algorithm’s results are backed by research, but they are tight-lipped about its details. They do acknowledge that men and women receive different assessments, as do juveniles, but the factors considered and the weight given to each are kept secret.

Jeffrey Harmon, Northpointe’s general manager, said, “The key to our product is the algorithms, and they’re proprietary. We’ve created them, and we don’t release them because it’s certainly a core piece of our business. It’s not about looking at the algorithms. It’s about looking at the outcomes.”

That secrecy is at the heart of Mr. Loomis’s lawsuit. His lawyer, Michael D. Rosenberg, who declined to be interviewed because of the pending appeal, argued that Mr. Loomis should be able to review the algorithm and make arguments about its validity as part of his defense. He also challenges the use of different scales for each sex.

In Wisconsin, Tristan Cook, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Corrections, said Compas scores were used to help with inmate classification and release planning and were also available to sentencing judges upon request.

I can see both sides to this issue. Using software calculations can take out human biases, even unknown biases, that can occur during sentencing. This is a pretty common occurrence, frankly. My concern, though, is that this power is in the hands of a single company that is refusing to release information on it. How do we know that untrue or faulty biases haven't made it into the algorithm of the software? We can't know since the algorithms are tightly held.

What I'd love to see in this process is competition in the market space. Surely, at some point, some company would release their algorithms in an open sourced way for research and public scrutiny to give them a leg up in the industry. I could absolutely see software like this used in private arbitration situations and to help private companies determine if they want to hire a former criminal, or allow a former criminal on their property. Whether that will end up working well or not remains to be seen.

In tortured to death news, Madison Jenson was allowed to dehydrate to death in a Utah jail as she begged for her life.

Jensen, 21, had been battling with an opioid addiction before ending up in jail. Her opiate addiction had turned to a heroin addiction, and her behavior had zapped her family of any remaining energy or patience they’d previously held. They called the police. What the actual fuck? This, my friends, is why you only call the police if you have no other choice.

Jensen put in a medical request stating that both she and her cellmate contracted a stomach bug and could not even keep water down. Days passed with Jensen not receiving any medical treatment until, finally, it happened. She was found dead in her jail cell, the result of a jail which didn’t attempt to meet her physical or medical needs, according to the family.

“A Utah medical examiner’s report …classified the 21-year-old woman’s death as ‘natural’ — a result of cardiac arrhythmia caused by opiate withdrawal and dehydration.” According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, authorities have “declined to release surveillance video that would show Jensen’s care during her time in jail. The Duchesne County attorney and Uintah County Sheriff’s Office each has declined to release records that would shed more light on Jensen’s treatment.”

When Jensen went into prison, she weighed 130 pounds. The state medical examiner's initial report wrote that the nearly 6 feet tall woman weighed 87 pounds when she was found dead, four days later. Medical examiners later put her weight at 112 pounds. So she lost anywhere from 17 to 42 pounds in 4 days due to her illness and received no medical attenton. And, I tend to lean to this being closer to the 42 pounds, since that is what the initial report stated.

There is only one way to look at this case... Jensen was tortured to death. She was allowed to slowly dehydrate due to not being able to keep down water and given no medical treatment. This sounds like something you would hear out of North Korea or Soviet Russia, not something you would hear from Utah. The people responsible for her at the time of her death should be held personally responsible for the inaction that resulted in her death. Thankfully, that might be the case in this situation.

Her death is now being investigated as a possible crime, with charges to be brought against any irresponsible jail employee.

Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges for jail staff. He said he would release a timeline of Jensen’s time in the jail, but likely would prevent the release of video that would show what happened, saying it was a matter of security.

In the meantime, Jared Jensen, the woman's father, intends to sue the county, Duchesne County jail and staff. He said, “When she says she didn’t eat or drink for four days and you still didn’t put an IV in her arm, you dropped the ball on her. I want everyone involved with her death removed from that jail, including the sheriff and Lt. [Jason] Curry, [the jail commander] — so no other parent has to do this again.”

Let's hope this lawsuit and criminal investigation makes some serious changes to the way inmates are handled in prisons around the country.

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In taking some teeth from the federal drug war news, Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws.

In their newly unveiled budget bill, lawmakers included a provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, that allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September, is expected to pass this week.

Here’s the full text of the marijuana provision:

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

It’s not unusual to find this tucked into a budget bill; lawmakers have been renewing the medical marijuana provision in every consecutive budget since it first passed in 2014. But what it shows is that Congress isn’t interested in stepping up federal oversight of state pot laws under the Trump administration, even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hints that he wants a crackdown.

He issued an ominous warning in February to states with legalized marijuana, saying, “States, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”

Showing his cluelessness, he has also said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that pot is only “slightly less awful” than heroin.

In theory, Sessions could still take action against states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have laws like this, and they are not shielded by the language in the budget bill. Hopefully, he will take a hint from Congress that these laws are state's issues and should be ignored at the federal level. However, it's very likely that he will use whatever power he can to stop the devil's weed.

In unfit to exist news, a Florida judge, someone who is supposed to uphold the protections of the Constitution, has granted a motion to compel two suspects in an ongoing case to reveal their smartphone passcodes to allow prosecutors to search for evidence related to an extortion allegedly carried out by a couple.

It used to be that you could be compelled to give up your fingerprint to unlock your phone, but not your password or pin passcode. Other cases involving smartphone passcodes have set this precedent before. This latest update to the ongoing battle for password privacy brings us further down the slippery slope to having no privacy on our devices.

Kertch Conze, the attorney for one of the defendants ordered to give up a password, said:

“They’re asking for the passcode so they can keep on searching what’s on the phone – which may be incriminating my client — and then use that against her.”

Zlejka Bozanic, the attorney for the other defendant, said that her client didn’t remember the password:

“At the end of the day, I know he won’t be able to produce a password. You can’t compel somebody to say something they don’t have.”

What happens next, we’ll see. Just don’t be surprised if it takes time and a Supreme Court ruling to set the privacy record straight. Josh Horowitz, a tech lawyer, told CNN:

“This is definitely a question that is percolating in the lower courts and will eventually make its way up to the Supreme Court. Until it does, there’s really no clear answer on this issue.”

Sadly, when even a judge is stepping all over the Constitution, it should be clear to everyone that Lysander Spooner was right when he said, "it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist." This is why you can't put faith in a piece of paper.

HOW TO LIVE A LAVA LIFESTYLE IN A STATIST SOCIETY

As you guys know, Jessica and I chose a very non-traditional avenue to educate our kids, going with unschooling. There are tons of benefits to this style of education, and I will surely get into those one day, but one downside it has, if you want to call it a downside, is that it does not prepare our children for traditional education styles, sitting in class, taking notes, memorizing lectures, etc. This means that traditional college education may not be right for my boys. And, I'm ok with that, coming from the perspective that I put myself in massive school debt for very little gain by going to college. I don't want my kids saddled with this.

So, what opportunities has the free market given us to solve this problem? One that I've been watching for a while is Praxis, so you can imagine my surprise and delight when Praxis approached me about sponsoring this show. Jess and I had already decided to look heavily at Praxis for our children's future prior to them contacting me because it is an amazing product.

So, what exactly is Praxis? It is an apprenticeship boot camp on steroids, getting your foot in the door at startup companies with paying jobs that actually teach you marketable skills that will follow you the rest of your life.

The program starts with an intensive 3-month pre-apprenticeship boot camp that prepares you to get the most out of your apprenticeship and accelerates your professional development In this boot camp, you start building your personal brand, receive specific training for your apprenticeship, and work 1-on-1 with a program advisor. After that, you will apprentice full time at a successful startup and continue your education experience. You’ll shadow founders and CEOs, complete self-directed projects, receive 1-on-1 professional coaching, and develop transferable skills and experiences that you can take anywhere.

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HERDING CATS

So, as you guys know, PorcFest is rapidly approaching. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21st - Sunday, June 25th. If you've never been to a PorcFest event, it is the one libertarian event of the year that you really don't want to miss. And, if you keep listening, I'll give you and a partner of your choice a chance to go to PorcFest for FREE, on me!

And, I'm about to reveal some exclusive information to you guys, the full list of speakers for the main pavilion at PorcFest! Unfortunately, a big name was initially on the list, John McAfee, and had to drop out because he is being required to be in Europe for his company that week. He says he will make it next year, though. While that certainly bummed me out, we have an even better tech guy coming to the main pavilion to speak, and he's going to do a hands-on event right after his speech. Brian Sovryn of Sovryn Tech will be speaking on Personal Internet Security and offering a free hands-on class following his speech where you can bring your personal internet devices, whether that be a phone, a tablet, or a laptop, and learn how to make them more secure. Guys, you have no idea how excited I am about this one. I've been listening to his podcast for years, long before I moved up here, and getting the chance to spend some quality time with this guy is what makes PorcFest what it is.

PorcFest is, in a word, anarchy in action, where you will meet some of the best friends you will ever have in your life, and get to hang out with the libertarian names you've always heard about and followed. And, some of those names are ones you really don't want to miss. There is no event quite like PorcFest.

For example, even though you won't get to meet john McAfee, his vice-presidential running mate, Judd Weiss, will be there this year giving a workshop. Now, if you don't know who he is, he is the premier photographer at libertarian events. He is also the guy who was behind those awesome videos for the McAfee campaign. Now, his photography is just incredible, and you will have a chance to learn his secrets to great photography at PorcFest, where he will be teaching a full-day workshop on his art. If you have any interest in photography, you don't want to miss that workshop. It will be on Thursday, June 22nd.

Another speaker I am most excited about is Lyn Ulbricht, mother of alleged Dred Pirate Roberts, Ross Ulbricht. I was able to meet and have dinner with Lyn at Liberty Forum this year, and it was just incredible. This lady is the epitome of someone who is a mother bear. She is kind, and gentle, and loving, but don't fuck with her kid. She reminds me a lot of my own mother.

Other notable speakers will be Matt Kibbe from Free the People, who will be speaking on "How to turn on the liberty curious, Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com will be giving the keynote speech, speakers from Reason magazine and CATO, Connor Boyack, writer of the Tuttle Twins books, Matt Carano for Swarm City, the company that took over where Arcade City screwed up, James Davis from Camp Stomping group speaking on "Trusting Young People", Mark Warden from Porcupine Real Estate speaking on "Real Estate Trends in New Hampshire," Jeffrey Tucker speaking twice, and Will Coley, who will be speaking on "Just follow the law: The truth about immigration legalization" and "Reading as a critical skill, the lost art of learning."

Jason Sorens, the founder, and President of the Free State Project, will be doing nightly debates at the pavilion that sounds like tons of fun. Dale Brown from the Detroit Threat Management Center will be talking on their non-lethal and violence as a last resort way of managing threats. This guy is awesome to listen to.

And, one I am also very excited about is Derek Magill from Praxis, speaking twice. Once will be on "Liberty Without Self: How Activism and Politics can Hold Us Back" and one on "Criticize by Creating: Changing Higher Education Without Reform." As you guys are hearing on this episode, Praxis is a new sponsor for the LAVA Flow, and a company that I believe in, so I'm super excited to meet Derek, hang out with him a bit, and see him speak.

There will be a few other speakers as well, so make sure to keep an eye out for the schedule. It should start coming out this week at porcfest.com.

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