Saturday, September 13, 2014

Episode 115: Criminalizing the Opposition; Economics of College

Music Free Static Episode 115

1 0:00:00 Introduction

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2 0:00:40 Criminalizing the Opposition

It was bad enough when the concept of tolerance of other ideas was to shout "Shut up!". Now the intolerant are turning to laws and regulations to drive out ideas they disagree with.

3 0:30:27 Ad: Audible.com

4 0:34:30 College Economics

We've long heard about starving artists, wannabe actors waiting tables, liberal arts majors struggling to find jobs after college. It turns out, those stories are absolutely true. Let's dig into 538's Economic Guide to Picking a Major and see the good, the bad and the Common Core.

5 0:57:48 Copyright

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 114: Privacy in the Cloud; Interventionism [Updated]

Music Free Static Episode 114

My wifi dropped near the end of the episode. The full episode is available in the audio-only version on Stitcher (and elsewhere).

1 0:00:00 Introduction

Welcome to Music Free Static. This is episode 114 recorded on September 6th, 2014.

New shows air every Saturday.

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2 0:01:14 Privacy in the Cloud

The recent hack of celebrity accounts on Apple's iCloud service brought users' security and privacy online into start focus.

3 0:26:32 Ad: Digital Ocean

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4 0:31:31 Foreign Policy

Russia is kinda, sort invading Ukraine; Hammas and Israel are trading rockets; and ISIS is butchering Christians and other non-Muslims in Iraq and Syria. Any one of these brings cries of "We have to do something!" from people around the country. But do we? Whose deaths are acceptable? Like many things, it becomes a question of enlightened self-interest.

5 0:59:29 Copyright

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Another Scary Study to Support the Nanny State

Another study ignores reality to draw their desired conclusions.

A study published in a major medical journal says that e-cigarettes could be a “gateway” drug to harder substance use.

In recent months, electronic cigarettes have been subject to debate and research as some hail them for reducing some of the harmful effects associated with traditional cigarette smoking, while others maintain that nicotine is still an addictive substance that merits government regulation.

“While e-cigarettes do eliminate some of the health effects associated with combustible tobacco, they are pure nicotine-delivery devices,” Dr. Denise B. Kandel with Columbia University Medical Center and co-author of the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week said in a statement.

That sounds pretty scary doesn't it? The government must regulate e-cigarettes because, if it doesn't, everyone who uses them will become crack heads. If their contention that nicotine is such a danger is true, everyone who lights a regular cigarette would be well on their way to snorting cocaine in gas station restrooms.

The reality is much different. There are tens of thousands of happy smokers of both cigarettes and e-cigs that have no desire to do anything stronger. One could make the same claim about alcohol, caffeine or chocolate and these researchers make against nicotine. Sure, there will always be some that will look for something stronger than their current habit. That will not change no matter what regulations are put in place.

I fully understand and support restrictions against minors buying e-cigs as well as cigarettes but let's not pretend that restrictions on adults is anything other than an attempt to control "unacceptable" behavior.