Unfortunately, war is still rustling my jimmies, but not the same war as the last episode. What's in the News with stories on internet information seizures, gun rights, more Silk Road trial corruption, a judge who said a man can't sleep with his wife consensually, bad cops, and digital camera searches. Finally, The Next Generation on schools teaching conformity over education. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

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Last week war was rustling my jimmies, but it was the impending war with North Korea at the time. I was very concerned, as were many people, that the rhetoric on both sides was reaching levels never before seen and that we were headed to an all out war. Thankfully, Kim Jong Un blinked. Conservatives are calling it a victory for Trump in that he stood up to Kim and didn't back down, instead, causing Kim to back down. Of course, the truth is a bit more nuanced than that, with China saying they would not back a first strike by North Korea being a huge factor in North Korea backing down.

But, I'm confident that Trump wanted war and I would be willing to bet that he was pissed when Kim blinked, because, within days of Kim backing down, Trump laid out his plan to send even more troops to Vietn… I mean Afghanistan. Yeah, this is just what we need, expanding the longest war in American history with more troops. Before long, Trump will begin sending Troops into Afghanistan that weren't even alive when the war began. Let that sink in for a minute.

Trump laid out a plan that included five key pieces to it. The first price is troop levels. Trump has given the Pentagon the authority to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan by several thousand. The US currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, and US military generals have said that a few thousand more troops would help the US break the current stalemate against the Taliban. Bullshit. In 2010 we had over 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. Did that win the war? Of course not. And neither will this few thousand troops.

I suggest you find out the truth about the Afghanistan war from Scott Horton, host of The Scoot Horton show and the writer of the new book, Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. You can get it in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

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In unfit to exist news, the US Department of Justice demanded files on anti-Trump activists that visited the website DisruptJ20.org, a website created by one of its customers to plan and announce actions intended to interrupt President Trump's inauguration.

In more unfit to exist news, the governor of Oregon signed gun control legislation that would allow authorities to strip firearms from law-abiding citizens. This bill was supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

In investigating the investigators news, new charges have been filed against a former Secret Service agent who previously pled guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin during the US government’s Silk Road investigation.

In what the actual fuck news, a British man with Down Syndrome was prevented from having sex with his wife, whom he married 2010, until he received special training from the government on sex.

In politically correct is incorrect news, ESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having a football announcer named Robert Lee would be offensive to some viewers, apparently because of Civil War General Robert E. Lee.

In watch the watchers news, cops attacked a man in a Detroit gas station, confiscated the store surveillance video, and lied about what happened, at least until cell phone video proved they were lying. 

In some good news, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that digital cameras can't be searched without a warrant. 

THE NEXT GENERATION

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Schools now feel they have a mandate to tell you what they are truly for, and it's not education. It is about conformity and compliance, molding good citizens.

At Deer Park Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida, signs appeared last week showing a hierarchy of behaviors from good to bad. “Democracy” was at the top, “Anarchy” was at the bottom. While there are many issues with these posters, beginning with the fact that public schooling is far from democratic, the one causing the most outrage among parents is the desire for children to exhibit “Cooperation/Conformity.”

 

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TEASER INTRO

Unfortunately, war is still rustling my jimmies, but not the same war as the last episode. What's in the News with stories on internet information seizures, gun rights, more Silk Road trial corruption, a judge who said a man can't sleep with his wife consensually, bad cops, and digital camera searches. Finally, The Next Generation on schools teaching conformity over education. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods's Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.

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 to the first ever widely publicized case of an alien abduction. In 1961, the Hill family reported being abducted by extraterrestrials and taken into a UFO, 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-nine, War, Part 2, and it's Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, when there have already been more than 800 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

Last week war was rustling my jimmies, but it was the impending war with North Korea at the time. I was very concerned, as were many people, that the rhetoric on both sides was reaching levels never before seen and that we were headed to an all out war. Thankfully, Kim Jong Un blinked. Conservatives are calling it a victory for Trump in that he stood up to Kim and didn't back down, instead causing Kim to back down. Of course, the truth is a bit more nuanced than that, with China saying they would not back a first strike by North Korea being a huge factor in North Korea backing down.

But, I'm confident that Trump wanted war and I would be willing to bet that he was pissed when Kim blinked, because, within days of Kim backing down, Trump laid out his plan to send even more troops to Vietn... I mean Afghanistan. Yeah, this is just what we need, expanding the longest war in American history with more troops. Before long, Trump will begin sending Troops into Afghanistan that weren't even alive when the war began. Let that sink in for a minute.

Trump laid out a plan that included five key pieces to it. The first price is troop levels. Trump has given the Pentagon the authority to ramp up troop levels in Afghanistan by several thousand. The US currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, and US military generals have said that a few thousand more troops would help the US break the current stalemate against the Taliban. Bullshit. In 2010 we had over 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. Did that win the war? Of course not. And neither will this few thousand troops.

The second piece of Trump's plan is to give the military more autonomy to attack the Taliban and other terrorist groups in the country. The Obama administration placed restrictions on US offensive operations in Afghanistan after the Afghan forces took the lead on fighting the Taliban, a move that frequently frustrated commanders in the field.

The third piece of Trump's plan is to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table to find a political solution to the Afghan war. You know the Taliban, the folks who offered us bin Laden on a silver platter before the US invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks? Yes, the Taliban offered to send bin Laden to any country of our choosing, even Canada or anywhere else where he could have been immediately extradited to the US to face trial, after the September 11th attacks. Instead, Bush wanted to end the Taliban, who had absolutely nothing to do with 9-11, so the Taliban was told no.

If you're surprised by that claim, that the Taliban offered up bin Laden to the US, I suggest you find out the truth about the Afghanistan war from Scott Horton, host of The Scoot Horton show and the writer of the new book, Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. You can get it in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon. There is a link in the show notes that is an affiliate link for me with Amazon if you're interested in buying this book, and I highly recommend it. I just finished this book a couple of days ago and it was full of great information that you need to know about this war.

 The fourth piece of Trump's plan is he threatened to cut off US aid to Pakistan to persuade them to help fight terrorism in Afghanistan. Trump even said that India, a nuclear rival of Pakistan, could contribute to the Afghan war effort. See what I mean? Trump wasn't satisfied with not having a full-on nuclear war with North Korea. Now he is playing with more fire by trying to force India into the Afghanistan war effort, which Pakistan will not take lightly. That's what we need, putting two nuclear-capable enemies at odds with each other and making them hate each other even more. Trump is a complete and utter fucking moron.
 
The last part of Trump's plan involved winning but not nation-building. We heard this same bullshit from Bush and Obama and we are still there dictating how things happen there and running the country with our puppet politicians. I don't see this changing a bit.
 
As a matter of a fact, there is very little in this "new plan" that is actually new. It is the same plans that his predecessors have had and failed with. And, Trump will fail as well, just like the USSR did in the 80's. The Russians were smart enough to get the hell out of dodge after ten years. Our rulers apparently haven't figured it out yet. But there's a reason they haven't figured it out. Afghanistan is rich in everything from iron ore, copper, and zinc to precious gems like lapis lazuli, emeralds, and rubies, and even rare earth minerals like lithium. Isn't that worth it, though? 
As Scott Horton said in Fool's Errand, bin Laden has won. Bin Laden stated over and over that his goal was to draw the US into a long war in the Middle East and make it similar to our Vietnam, where we wasted men and resources. The Afghanistan and Iraq wars have created more terrorists and terrorist sympathizers than Bin Laden could have created in three lifetimes. We have our new Vietnam War and have spent $714 billion in Afghanistan alone and lost nearly 2,000 young men and women. Not to mention the deaths of nearly 30,000 civilians in Afghanistan due to our invasion.

Bin Laden got exactly what he wanted from the September 11th, 2001 attacks, and the US keeps handing it to him, even in death, on a silver platter. As is the case in almost all wars, "the only winning move is not to play."

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

In unfit to exist news, the US Department of Justice demanded files on anti-Trump activists that visited the website DisruptJ20.org, a website created by one of its customers to plan and announce actions intended to interrupt President Trump's inauguration. 

Inauguration Day protests in Washington, D.C., turned violent; 230 people were arrested and charged with felony rioting.

In gathering evidence for the nearly 200 still-open cases in D.C. court, the Justice Department issued a warrant that DreamHost says is so broad it would require handing over the logs of 1.3 million visits to the website.

Dreamhost called the warrant "a highly untargeted demand that chills free association and the right of free speech afforded by the Constitution. ... This is, in our opinion, a strong example of investigatory overreach and a clear abuse of government authority."

A week after the inauguration, DreamHost says the Justice Department asked it for records relating to the person who had registered the site — such as the person's physical and email addresses — and it complied.

But in July, the government issued a new warrant that asked for additional materials: "all files, databases, and database records" related to DisruptJ20's website, as prosecutors moved to seize all information "involving the individuals who participated, planned, organized, or incited the January 20 riot."

In its filing with the court, DreamHost says the warrant requires the company "to turn over every piece of information it has about every visitor to a website expressing political views concerning the current administration":

"This information includes the IP address for the visitor, the website pages viewed by the visitor, even a detailed description of software running in the visitor's computer. In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website. The Search Warrant also includes a demand that DreamHost disclose the content of all e-mail inquiries and comments submitted from numerous private e-mail accounts and prompted by the website, all through a single sweeping warrant."

In this day and age where internet service companies usually ask "how high" when the government says, "jump," this is refreshing to see. I used to use Dreamhost for the Libertarian Party of Arkansas website a few years ago and was pleased with their service. This makes me want to consider switching all of my sites back to them.

This situation is exactly one of the reasons the United States declared independence from England.  England would issue "writs of assistance" or general standing warrants that gave British law enforcement officials wide powers to inspect the property and possessions of colonists in order to root out the proceeds of smuggling. This Dreamhost case is about as close to a general warrant as we could see in our modern times. This would be akin to asking a library to give general information on every person who has visited the library to look at the books there. And not only an attack on the fourth amendment, this is also an attack on the First Amendment rights of the site owner and the people who visited.

This is clearly about as unconstitutional as any warrant could be, but guess what, just a few days ago, a District of Columbia Superior Court judge today said the search could go ahead, though he would be supervising how the feds accessed the data. Police are now permitted to seize all the requested information but will have to tell the judge how they will minimize access to data not pertinent to the investigation. Dreamhost says they will continue to fight this disclosure, even with these silly restrictions that are about as easy to get around as they could be. The wording here reminds me of the Snowden revelations when they tried to tell us they didn't keep metadata on millions of Americans, but they had to take it all to get what they needed. I call bullshit. The fact that the government will have in its hands this general data is scary enough, and we are supposed to rely on and trust a judge, a member of that government, to supervise the access to the data is laughable.

In more unfit to exist news, the governor of Oregon signed gun control legislation that would allow authorities to strip firearms from law-abiding citizens. This bill was supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

The bill, signed by Gov. Kate Brown, would permit state authorities to seize the firearms of anyone who has been determined as a threat to themselves or others – without any judicial process at all. The intent is to reduce the number of gun-related suicides, which has been on the rise recently in the state.

The legislation supposedly closes two “loopholes” in the state’s gun laws. Currently, the state police have three days to figure out if a potential gun buyer has cleared a background check before the sale must go through. Now, that waiting period can extend indefinitely. Another section would ban firearm possession – or allow confiscation – from anyone who has been the subject of a restraining order by filed by a significant other. Remember that anyone can get a restraining order against anyone else with little or no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of the person being restrained. There is no conviction required, no evidence, and no presumption of innocence, and now, in Oregon, you have your rights stripped.

I wouldn't be surprised if some crazy person eventually uses this to get revenge, or even to harm someone. How hard would it be to make a case that you need a restraining order against someone you want to harm or kill, have their weapons taken away, then have essentially carte blanche to kill that person since they now have no way to defend themselves. This is dangerous legislation, to put it mildly.

In investigating the investigators news, new charges have been filed against a former Secret Service agent who previously pled guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin during the US government’s Silk Road investigation.
Shaun Bridges was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in late 2015 after pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud charges in relation to his theft of Bitcoin from Silk Road during his investigation into that case. The US government revealed in subsequent court filings that it believed Bridges stole additional Silk Road funds using private keys he obtained during the investigation. According to new court documents filed yesterday, Bridges stole 1606.6488 BTC, an amount worth roughly $6.5 million at current prices. At the time of the alleged theft – in late July 2015, just after he had agreed to plead guilty – those holdings were worth around $470,000 given that Bitcoin was trading at about $294.

If convicted, Bridges could receive as many as 10 years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine.

Remember, this jackass was one of the investigators in the case that gave Ross Ulbricht three life sentences for allegedly running the Silk Road website. The information was known at the time that Shaun Bridges had stolen a lot of funds during his investigation, but jurors were not allowed to know the level of corruption involved in this investigation because the judge refused to allow it to be heard during Ross's trial. It makes you wonder how the jury would have voted had they known how corrupt this investigation was.

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In what the actual fuck news, a British man with Down Syndrome was prevented from having sex with his wife, whom he married 2010, until he received special training from the government on sex. The program had been designed to train learning disabled men when it was appropriate or inappropriate to engage in sex.  It should be noted that the man and his wife had been having consensual sex for years before the court order.

The wife did not want to comply with the court order, so government officials informed her that if she did have sex with her husband, she would be committing a ‘serious crime.’ 

After years of litigation and many a lonely night on the part of both the victim and his wife, “justice” has finally been served.  A British court has awarded the man $13,000 in damages as a result of the insane court ruling that had made it a crime for a man’s wife to have sex with him.

So, why didn't the man just take the court ordered class so he could get it on with his wife again legally? Well, the course the man needed to take to once again get permission by the state to have sex with his wife was delayed a full year.

So, for a full year, the man had to endure this humiliation.  His marriage must surely have suffered from the government’s meddling into their bedroom affairs.  And for all that, after one year, after being profoundly affected and tormented, after putting the man’s wife in the untenable position of choosing between being potentially taken away from her husband for good and going to prison or depriving him of one of the essential expressions of human bonding between two consenting adults, the court saw fit to reward them with a meagre $13,000.

When you give the government the right to regulate anything, they will regulate everything. Remember this the next time you hear someone say, "there ought to be a law." 

In politically correct is incorrect news, ESPN decided to pull an Asian college football announcer named Robert Lee off the William and Mary at University of Virginia college football game because they were concerned that having a football announcer named Robert Lee would be offensive to some viewers, apparently because of Civil War General Robert E. Lee. Did I mention that Robert Lee is Asian?

Lee was switched to the Youngstown State at Pittsburgh game instead because there apparently aren't any statues to the football announcer in those areas of the country. ESPN said in a statement, "We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It's a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue."

This statement is utter bullshit, folks. ESPN did this to try and show solidarity with the namby pamby leftist snowflakes out there who contrive all sorts of things to be offended by so they can show that they are perpetual victims. But, there is absolutely no indication that this was an issue at all before ESPN made this decision. No one was calling for this change, not even the crazy left. No one made an issue of this, at all, except ESPN. They started the issue. They contrived it out of whole cloth so that they can show how sensitive they are to progressive idiotic ideas. Instead, they were mocked, as they should be, for this decision.

In watch the watchers news, cops attacked a man in a Detroit gas station, confiscated the store surveillance video, and lied about what happened, at least until cell phone video proved they were lying. 

D'Marco Craft and Michaele Jackson went into the gas station and spotted two Detroit police officers. Craft saw a cop who has been harassing him for over a year. According to Craft, the cop started talking shit, so Johnson talked shit back. The cop, Richard Billingslea, then maced and grabbed Johnson and took him to the ground. Both the cop and the victim pretty much agree with this, but the cop says that Johnson was aggressive and came toward him clenched fists when he sprayed Johnson. so that was that. The police took the security footage from the gas station and there were never charges against the cop, that is until cell phone footage was released to the news showing that, instead of walking towards the officer with clenched fists, Johnson had his back to the officer, was sprayed with mace in the back of the head, and grabbed by his neck while being thrown to the floor.

Billingslea charged Johnson with aggravated or felonious assault. However, the Wayne County Prosecutor returned the case citing lack of information.

Johnson is filing suit against Billingslea and the city of Detroit in federal court for excessive use of force and violation of constitutional rights. He's not the only one. Another man sued both Billingslea and his partner Patterson in federal court and is also claiming excessive force.

Sure, Jackson got mouthy with Billingslea, but this was only after they tried to intimidate him and his friend for simply walking into a store. And, last time I checked, getting mouthy isn't against the law, yet. There was no justification for the subsequent violence as it was nothing short of a cop losing his temper and abusing his badge to dole out street justice.

In some good news, the Massachusetts Supreme Court rules that digital cameras can't be searched without a warrant. 

In this case, the search of a robbery suspect's backpack while he was being questioned yielded a ring, a digital camera, and other items. The police warrantlessly searched the digital phone, discovering a photo of the suspect next to a firearm later determined to have been stolen. This led to two convictions: one for the stolen property and one for carrying a firearm without a license.

The defendant challenged all of the evidence resulting from the warrantless search of the backpack, but the state got to keep most of what it found, along with the conviction for theft. But it didn't get to keep the firearm conviction, as the court here sees digital cameras to be almost no different than cell phones when it comes to warrantless searches

As the court points out, there's nothing in the law that allows officers to warrantlessly search something if that something poses no risk to officer safety or the preservation of evidence. Searching the backpack is fine, because it may have contained a weapon. But searching the camera isn't because a camera isn't a weapon and the possibility of evidence destruction even lower in a device with limited or zero network connectivity.

The court also finds digital cameras to be just as filled with private information as cell phones, at least in terms of opening them up to search warrant exceptions. Cellphones contain far more personal information to be sure, but that doesn't make digital cameras any less of a privacy concern.

This case is, of course, limited to just Massachusetts, but I expect many more courts will find similarly in future cases when it comes to electronic devices.

THE NEXT GENERATION

Schools now feel they have a mandate to tell you what they are truly for, and it's not education. It is about conformity and compliance, molding good citizens.

At Deer Park Elementary School in Pasco County, Florida, signs appeared last week showing a hierarchy of behaviors from good to bad. “Democracy” was at the top, “Anarchy” was at the bottom. While there are many issues with these posters, beginning with the fact that public schooling is far from democratic, the one causing the most outrage among parents is the desire for children to exhibit “Cooperation/Conformity.”

The posters, tied to the school’s “behavior and classroom culture” project modeled after author Marvin Marshall’s Raise Responsibility System of discipline, suggest that a young person who “complies” and “conforms” is a model student. Under relentless pressure from parents and student advocacy organizations, the school indicated they would temporarily remove the posters until they could better communicate their initiative to parents and the public.

As the Freedom for Economic Education said:

These school posters explicitly reveal the troubling reality that mass schooling retains its 19th-century roots as a system of social control. Originally designed to bring order to an increasingly diverse population, the industrial model of mass schooling continues to impose order by encouraging compliance, rewarding conformity and eliminating individuality.

As author and academic, Noam Chomsky, said best, "the education system is supposed to train people to be obedient, conformist, not think too much, do what you’re told, stay passive…”

In educator John Holt’s bestselling book, How Children Learn, republished this month in honor of its 50th anniversary, Holt writes about the systematic ways schooling destroys children’s natural curiosity and originality:

We like to say that we send children to school to teach them to think. What we do, all too often, is to teach them to think badly, to give up a natural and powerful way of thinking in favor of a method that does not work well for them and that we rarely use ourselves. Worse than that, we convince most of them that, at least in a school setting, or any situation where words or symbols or abstract thought are concerned, they can’t think at all.”

In the "anarchy" section of the poster, it says that it is "the absence of order" and it is "aimless and chaotic." What the actual fuck? That is complete and utter nonsense. Anarchy is one thing, without rulers. It doesn't mean without laws or without order, it just means some jackass isn't ruling your life, nothing more. 

In contrast, the Democracy portion of the poster says, "develops self-discipline, demonstrates initiative, displays responsibility." That is horseshit. Democracy takes away initiative and responsibility because you are nothing more than a cog in the wheel, a single vote where you can cast responsibility on others.

The worst of all is the section on cooperation and conformity where it says, and I shit you not, "considerate, complies, conforms to peer pressure." Are they seriously making the case that cooperation is conforming to peer pressure? Fuck that noise. 

Jacquelyn Warner, a parent of a student at this school said, "This is going to become an embarrassing problem for the entire Pasco County school system. No child should essentially be bullied/labeled by the very people who are supposed to help build them up. How can you teach a child to conform to peer pressure? This goes against everything we strive to teach our children at home. Breaking laws in classrooms? Being labeled an anarchist? Until my son burns the flag while in class, he sure as hell is NOT an anarchist!"

Maybe she should tell that to all of the communist authoritarians who burn flags because this country doesn't have a government that gives us everything. This just goes to show that the average person has no clue what anarchy, sadly. And we certainly can't expect the current education system to explain it properly. 

This is what the education system in this country has become, conformity and compliance. No, thank you. This is why I beg you to get your kids out of government indoctrination centers. If you truly want a libertarian society, public school is one of the worst things possible, teaching the next generation that they must conform and comply.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite dinner date, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/69.

I have four new iTunes reviews this week.

Tallkidd84 said:

Real news centered on people! You are the o-n-l-y one who goes after incompetent / dirty cops with real furor. Police have an inordinate amount of power over everyday people and when they screw up they are practically never held to the same standard as the rest of us. Thank you for what you do!

Absololutely, Kidd. Thanks! I'm all about holding cops accountable.

Gary had this to say:

Great Show! I had come across Rodger Paxton via the Lions of Libery podcast (Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor), but I had not actually checked out the LAVA Flow until the July 4th, 2017 episode. Wow what a message that Roger is speading to those who identify as Libertarians or even just those who are wary of what the State is becoming (or already has become).

Thanks, Gary! I had so much fun on that Lions of Liberty episode.

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The best out there? Wow, CKC, thanks, man! That's awesome!

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