Modern libertarianism is the disguise adopted by those who wish to exploit without restraint. It pretends that only the state intrudes on our liberties. It ignores the role of banks, corporations and the rich in making us less free. It denies the need for the state to curb them in order to protect the freedoms of weaker people. This bastardised, one-eyed philosophy is a con trick, whose promoters attempt to wrongfoot justice by pitching it against liberty. By this means they have turned “freedom” into an instrument of oppression.

(Source: myexternalmemory)


In his book The Rise of the Warrior Cop, journalist Radley Balko notes that since the 1960s, “law-enforcement agencies across the U.S., at every level of government, have been blurring the line between police officer and soldier. Driven by martial rhetoric and the availability of military-style equipment—from bayonets and M–16 rifles to armored personnel carriers—American police forces have often adopted a mind-set previously reserved for the battlefield.”

This process ramped up with the “war on drugs” in the 1980s and 1990s, as the federal government supplied local and state police forces with military-grade weaponry to clamp down on drug trafficking and other crime. And it accelerated again after the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the federal government had—and sent—billions in surplus military equipment to state and local governments. Since 2006, according to an analysis by the New York Times, police departments have acquired 435 armored vehicles, 533 planes, 93,763 machine guns, and 432 mine-resistant armored trucks. Overall, since Congress established its program to transfer military hardware, local and state police departments have received $4.3 billion worth of equipment. Accordingly, the value of military equipment used by these police agencies has increased from $1 million in 1990 to $324 million in 1995 (shortly after the program was established), to nearly $450 million in 2013.

At the same time as crime has fallen to its lowest levels in decades, police departments are acquiring more hardware and finding more reasons to use SWAT teams and other heavy-handed tactics, regardless of the situation. According to an American Civil Liberties Union report released this summer, 79 percent of SWAT deployments from 2011 to 2012 were for search warrants, a massive overreaction that can have disastrous consequences, including injury and death.

"Pumpkin" Ale Recipe v 1.0 


It’s not pumpkin! It’s squash!

Following pointers from Jay’s Brewing and cribbing from our favorite one gallon homebrewer, Emma Christensen, we developed a recipe with the idea of bringing the pumpkin taste to the forefront. Here’s the rub, we didn’t use pumpkin! There’s not…



A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street” ~ George Carlin

This man was a pure genius.

3LD Test Lab 

I’m going to be documenting my homebrew projects from here on out.



We’ve recently setup a two gallon brew system to refine recipes before trying them out on the 5 gallon system. It’s a lot less painful to dump a couple of gallons than five. It also gives us the chance to try different tweaks to the same recipe, e.g. different yeasts, fruits, dry hopping, etc….


It IS strange to watch.

Too Sad

Found these hops while strolling through the Baker neighborhood. My hop plants are not nearly as hearty.


Those little baby nails are really sharp

This is my 2014 summer vape make out jam.

Diner Slang 

I really enjoy ordering like this:


Adam and Eve on a raft and wreck ‘em”: two scrambled eggs on toast

  • “Burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it”: hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and onion
  • “Burn the British and draw one in the dark”: English muffin, toasted, with black coffee
  • “Adam’s ale, hold the hail”:…
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