Trump has gone full-on authoritarian in a trifecta of comments and actions. Are you surprised? What’s in the News with stories on square root guns, banks scared of crypto, coward cops update, lost money, and US arming ISIS. Also, an Ancap Apps update on why I no longer recommend Tor Browser. Finally, a #NHItsLikeThisToo with some news on liberty in the state! This episode is brought to you by ZenCash, a cryptocurrency that infuses privacy, anonymity, and security done right. Also brought to you by NordVPN, the fastest, easiest to use service to protect your online presence that I’ve ever seen.
WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES
Holy shit, guys. I pay so little attention to national politics these days because it has so little effect on me here in New Hampshire, but I could not miss Trumps latest ridiculous totalitarian comments. And, this is the fucking guy that some libertarians, including one of my favorite libertarians, Walter Block, actually supported!
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS
In an Ancap App update, a piece of software I’ve recommended in the past has now been moved off of my recommended list. The Tor Project hailed as a bulwark against the encroaching surveillance state, has received funding from a US government agency and cooperates with intelligence agencies.
Tor, the free software which enables anonymous communication over the internet, is a “privatized extension of the very same government that it claimed to be fighting,” claims journalist Yasha Levine, who obtained 2,500 pages of correspondence about the project via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
NEW HAMPSHIRE, IT’S LIKE THIS TOO
There have been some interesting updates in New Hampshire that give us even more freedoms in the state.
First of all, the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill banning the use of “sobriety checkpoints” by state and local police departments, following long-running criticism that the practice is unconstitutional and ineffective.
Secondly, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to kill a bill that would have increased oversight for homeschool students. House bill 1263 would have required that homeschool students have their annual assessments reviewed by either state officials or nonpublic school principals.