Libertarian Elected to New Hampshire Legislature

The Boston Globe reports that a libertarian has been elected to the New Hampshire legislature:

He embraced libertarianism in his late teens and early 20s after reading Ayn Rand and the science fiction writer Robert Heinlein , from whom, he said, he learned the value of individual responsibility. Among Winters’s principal political concerns is individual privacy. He does not carry a cell-phone, and he prefers not to use credit cards or ATM machines because, he said, they create a map of a person’s movements.

“I am not willing to have my life turned into a bunch of 0’s and 1’s,” he said.

A key plank of his campaign was opposition to the federal Real ID Act, which mandates that states impose stricter identification requirements for driver’s licenses, a move that some say could lead to institution of a national ID card. Winter says he decided to run when the Republican-controlled state Senate last year rejected legislation that would have exempted the state from some of the law’s requirements.

Another interesting aspect of the story is that he ran as a Democrat:

Democrats say they are pleased to have Winters in their fold, which next session will count 271 members in the House. They note, though, that he has promised to toe the party line.

“Joel is a unique Democrat,” said Mike Brunelle , a newly elected House member and vice chairman of the Manchester Democrats. “But he is a Democrat.”

I have a feeling the local Democrats might be disappointed if they expect him to “toe the party line” on all issues. It should be interesting.

The Speed of the Blogosphere

Is this a science experiment, or just a clever attempt at blog whoring? Regardless, Acephalous wants all bloggers to link to this post. If you have a blog and break this chain, nothing will happen to you but you might as well play along.

Bush Blames al Qaeda for Violence in Iraq

George Bush (pictured above showing his response when the country was really under attack from al Qaeda) continues to blame everybody else for his failed policy in Iraq. Today he blames al Qaeda for the deterioration of Iraq into a Civil War (although he also denies this reality).

The major cause of terrorism in Iraq is not al Qaeda but Iraqi opposition to the invasion. While the war has helped al Qaeda by increasing their recruitment, studies from both the Saudis and Israeli’s “have found that the vast majority of these foreign fighters are not former terrorists and became radicalized by the war itself.”

To the degree that al Qaeda is to blame, it is the war which has accelerated the problem. A recent National Intelligence Estimate found that “the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.” This was followed by a UN report which “said the Iraq war provided al Qaeda with a training centre and recruits, reinforcing a U.S. intelligence study blaming the conflict for a surge in Islamic extremism.”

A recent Downing Street Memo revealed that even the British are “accepting the argument that Britain’s military action in Iraq and Afghanistan has served as a recruiting sergeant for Islamist terrorist groups.”

Women Talk More Than Men

Here’s a study which many will say does not come as a surprise, women talk three times as much as men:

It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.

In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.

Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat – and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices, a new book suggests.

The book – written by a female psychiatrist – says that inherent differences between the male and female brain explain why women are naturally more talkative than men.

In The Female Mind, Dr Luan Brizendine says women devote more brain cells to talking than men.

And, if that wasn’t enough, the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high.

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