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Volume 21, Issue 4                              January 28, 2016
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David Nolan
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
What Are Your Other Interests?
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
Aluminum Industry Wants Tax Deal, but Nobody Wants to Cut the Red Tape
Instagrammers Beware: Your Pot Photo May Land You In Jail
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Susan B. Anthony, Brian Taylor, Barry Goldwater, Muriel Bowser and Winston Churchill have to say about intense complexities, parking, extremism, shiny things and governing women. 
FREEDOM ON CAMPUS
Mizzou Professor Faces Assault Charge, Suspended
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From Me To You


What Are Your Other Interests?

Family. Cars. Family. Friends. There’s more to life than policy, meetings, and debate. As libertarians, we tend to be hyper-focused on those things. As people living in the real world, we need to have a well-rounded life. Freedom is of utmost importance, yet a life focused solely on Big Government, its growth, and its encroachment in our everyday lives can burn you out and bring down your morale.

Interests Personally, I’m involved in politics so that I don’t have to be. I’d much rather spend time with my family and friends, engaging in things I find fulfilling. If freedom were standard, I would invest more time and treasure in my interests of college football, auto racing, Broadway shows, movies, concerts, and rescuing dogs.

I would also spend more time traveling and visiting with friends and family around the country and throughout the world. It is a defensive move on my part to prevent my time, treasure, and talents from being used in ways I do not approve. If you don’t have something to escape to, how can you rest your mind, body, and soul from the crushing concern that is politics?

By balancing life and politics, we open our networks (and opportunities for persuasion) beyond the “echo chamber,” while simultaneously providing a refuge to prevent burnout. Burnout is probably the biggest hurdle I see to the spread of libertarian principles and ideas, as our best and brightest activists and communicators become consumed and overwhelmed with the grind of constantly battling authoritarianism. I’ve been at the brink of burning out myself. Between elections, outreach, media relations, and managing volunteers, exhaustion sets in. Had I not retreated to “rest” in some of the interests noted above, I may not be writing to you today. What interests you?

Walk the walk,

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Aluminum Industry Wants Tax Deal, but Nobody Wants to Cut the Red Tape

Many think of crony capitalism as the source of all problems we face as a nation. They are not entirely wrong.

Take the domestic aluminum industry for instance. Despite the taxpayer investment, producers are losing their share of the market. Without freedom to compete, members of the industry take part in political games, using their influence with state governments and Washington politicians to beg for privileges that no other aluminum producers enjoy. The result? Major trouble for the consumer, employer, and worker.

Aluminum

In America, there are three companies that produce primary aluminum. Alcoa is the largest producer, operating multiple primary plants in New York, Washington, Indiana, and Texas.

In early November 2015, Alcoa announced that it would have to permanently close its Massena West smelter in New York. At the time, town supervisor Joe Gray said that the jobs Alcoa would take away if the smelter closed would be “next to impossible to replace,” considering the aluminum giant has been the major employer in the region for quite some time.

Read more about the political games in the aluminum industry here...

Instagrammers Beware: Your Pot Photo May Land You In Jail
 

The US drug war initiated during the Nixon administration has been responsible for skyrocketing incarceration rates, the destruction of the black family, and increase in racial disparities in criminal justice. Now, it’s also responsible for a new wave of fear revolving marijuana users’ Instagram accounts. That’s right.

According to a retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent, posting images of recreational use of marijuana on social media may result in a fine up to $150,000. The individual at fault could also spend 18 months in jail.

Pot

“Even though 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and four states have legalized recreational marijuana,” former DEA agent Patricia D’Orsa-Dijamco said, “marijuana remains illegal federally.”

In an interview for Fox News, the former DEA agent said that nobody should “be posting pictures of themselves smoking pot and using pot-themed hashtags to attract fans and ‘likes’ in any state. People who post pictures of themselves could potentially face criminal charges.”

Read  more about this first amendment violation here...

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Anti-Drone Rifle Lets Police Take Control of UAVs With Radio Pulses - YouTube
The Wealth of Everyone - FEE
Uber wants to be your express delivery service for everything - The Verge

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

Anthony
 
OOO SOMETHING SHINY: â€œThere's been lots of focus by transit agencies on shiny new things, sometimes at the expense of bus routes which serve the primary constituencies of transit agencies: low-wage workers. Lots of resources are being put into a few high-profile lines that often carry a smaller number of riders compared to bus routes.” — Brian Taylor, Director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies, January 27, 2015

NO VICE: "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the pursuit of liberty is no virtue." â€” Barry Goldwater, American Politician, 1964

PARKING NIGHTMARE: "Don't park your car illegally, and that includes parking it kind of in the middle of the street next to the snow bank."  â€” Muriel Bowser, D.C. MayorJanuary 26, 2016

Churchill
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Chloe Anagnos


Mizzou Professor Faces Assault Charge, Suspended

On Nov. 9, 2015, the nation paid close attention to massive protests on the University of Missouri’s campus following the resignation of President Tim Wolfe for his failure to adequately address a series of racial incidents on campus.

Later that afternoon, assistant communications professor, Melissa Click, was filmed by student journalist Mark Schierbecker, in a video that has since gone viral. In the video, Click is seen having a verbal and physical altercation with another student journalist, Tim Tai, who was trying to photograph student protesters who had formed a large circle in the middle of campus.

Click

Claiming that it was a “safe space” for protestors, Click is seen trying to push Schierbecker and Tai away. At one point, Click calls for “some muscle” to remove them both from the protest area. Then, she appears to grab Schierbecker’s camera.

This week, the Columbia, Mo. city prosecutor’s office announced it had filed a Class C misdemeanor assault charge against the professor, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 days in jail. Two days later, the University of Missouri Board of Curators formally suspended her of her teaching duties.


Chloe Anagnos is the Media Director for the Advocates for Self-Government. She recently graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with degrees in journalism and telecommunications. While an undergraduate, she served in multiple leadership roles, including President of the Student Government Association, a nominating committee member for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and for the Ball State University Board of Trustees Student Member appointment. Her dual degrees have allowed her to report on a variety of topics with many forms of multimedia. She has been a contributing writer for media outlets in Indiana on subjects like sports, entertainment, politics, religion, art, culture, health and science. Anagnos has had the opportunity to interview public figures like journalist Laura Ling, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, water activist Alexandra Cousteau and former White House Advisor David Axelrod. 

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