<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 10 of the Liberator Online for March 10, 2016
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In This Issue
Wouldn't It Be Nice...
Suffocating Regulations Keep the Poor Out of the Housing Market
Members of Law Enforcement Community Join the Fight Against Marijuana Laws
Factcheck Debates
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Wouldn't It Be Nice...

Last Friday, I had surgery for the first time.

Don’t worry… It’s nothing major, and I’m back at work already. Kinda.

The pain from the incisions and the stitches, both internal and external, is the worst part. To help me manage it, I was prescribed a narcotic painkiller.

In addition to pain management, I was warned about the nausea that often follows anesthesia. The opiates did nothing for me in that regard, and I spent virtually the whole trip home with my head out the window to combat the nausea I experienced.

Unfortunately, I live in Indiana, where legislators are slow to accept that cannabidiol, a compound found in marijuana, can be used to alleviate pain in place of opiate narcotics, as I was prescribed.

Cannabidiol can also alleviate nausea. With the prospect of vomiting being among the worst things that could happen after abdominal surgery, it would have been great not to worry about it.

The side effects of the opiate I was prescribed include lightheadedness, dizziness, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, drowsiness, constipation, headache, mood changes, blurred vision, ringing in your ears, dry mouth, and difficulty urinating. My biggest struggles are with concentration and train of thought.

When I take them, I don’t have the ability to follow the plot of a sitcom. Seriously, I wanted to binge-watch the 4th season of House of Cards during my downtime, but I wasn’t able to concentrate on the 6 episodes of Fuller House (and mindless sitcoms backed up on my DVR) that I watched instead. I’ve also found that I am likely to be trying to have a conversation, only to trail off mid-sentence and be unable to complete the thought or return to it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if my doctor and I could find the BEST way to manage my post-op pain and nausea without the concentration issues that may have made this post unintelligible?

Wouldn't It Be Nice...

Walk the walk,

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Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Suffocating Regulations Keep the Poor Out of the Housing Market

When discussing the lack of affordable housing, many are quick to refer to the government to ask for help.

Housing Affordable home advocates often urge officials to take on more projects—and create more laws—in order to aid those who cannot afford their own homes, but often ignore the root of the problem altogether.

A recent piece of research carried out by Mercatus Center’s Sanford Ikeda and Emily Washington shows that instead of urging officials to take on new projects, what is truly needed to make housing more affordable across the board is to simply remove regulatory obstacles.

Read more about the regulations that prevent affordable housing here...

More Members of the Law Enforcement Community Join the Fight Against Tough Marijuana Laws

Ever since the state of Colorado decided to set an example to the nation by practically nullifying the federal ban on the commerce of marijuana, legislators in many other states also acted on the marijuana ban locally. But as more and more lawmakers embrace a more humane approach to marijuana laws, and several states show signs that the times are changing, it’s even more interesting to see that members of the law enforcement community are also giving in to the “trend.”

PoliceWith the help of organizations like the Drug Policy Alliance and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), two groups working alongside free marketers, marijuana researchers, freedom advocates, and Tenth Amendment champions, a greater number of states now have policies that lessen the consequences of the nationwide drug war, granting marijuana users and sellers the guarantee that their transactions won’t be targeted by law enforcement under certain circumstances.



A Free Market Solution to Escalating Drug Costs - Inside Sources
Trade with China Is Great for Low-Income Americans - FEE
Libertarian Moment Is So Over That Libertarians Are Now The Largest Group - The Voice

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Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

UPWARD MOBILITY: â€œLicensing is a necessary tool for protecting consumers. But it can also become a tool for protecting producers, hoarding status, and blocking an important path to upward mobility."  - Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow - Economic Studies, February 24, 2016

STEAL THE DRONE?: "You can send a command to the camera, to turn it to the wrong side so they don’t receive the desired information…or you can steal the drone, all the equipment attached to it, and its information." - Nils Rodday, Security Researcher, March 5, 2016

BENEFITS OF DDT: "The World Health Organization should recognize that DDT has benefits, and encourage its use in combating today’s diseases.” - Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, February 3, 2016
Dr. Ben Carson
The Libertarian Homeschooler

Do You Think for Yourself?

Me: What time did you wake up this morning?
The Young Statesman (13): 5:30
Me: People are going to be interested in knowing what it is that causes a thirteen-year-old to wake at 5:30 in the morning. Can you tell me about that?
YS: If I get up that early I can go to the gym and I can practice the organ. Those are two things I want to do every day and we do that every day. It’s done and I don’t have to worry about it. When I wake up early I can get that done early.
Me: You didn’t just wake yourself up, did you?
BubbleYS: I woke The Baby Anarchist (8).
Me: How did you do that?
YS: I tuned on the light and woke him and gave him his clothes. While he brushed his teeth I made his bed. Then I went to my room, made my bed, tidied up, put away my laundry, brushed my teeth, and went downstairs. I let the dog out, I fed her, I filled up the water bottles for the gym, I got the breakfast cooler together, and we went to the gym.
Me: Did your brother need help with his shoes?

Read more of the conversation about free thinking here...
The Libertarian Homeschooler is the homeschooling mother of two boys, 15 and 10. You can connect with the online community she's built here. 

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