Aug. 20, 2011 at 2:18pm with 12 notes
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Libertarians Building Island Paradise

Ayn Rand IRL. Soon to be Bioshock IRL.

timetruthhumor:

Libertarians pine for a country with next to no government presence and freedom from the burdens of living as a part of a community. If Pay Pal founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel has his way, they may just get such a place. Thiel has donated $1.25 million to create floating libertarian countries in international waters where they would be free from any current laws and regulations.

That’s right. A libertarian island paradise free from the rest of us. It almost sounds too good to be true.

The funding runs through Seasteading Institute which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil-rig like platforms. The idea behind these “countries” is to start from scratch and based on libertarian principles. Those principles include no public welfare, no minimum wage laws, minimal, if any, building and environmental regulations and non-existent weapon restrictions.

Seasteading says the group plans to launch an office park off the San Francisco coast next year with the first full-time settlements following seven years later.

I hope this initiative moves forward, if only to provide an example other than Somalia of a place where libertarian ideology translates into governance…

Jul. 22, 2011 at 1:38pm with 319 notes
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united-nations:

Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s op-ed article in today’s Los Angeles Times: “We can’t allow Somalia to starve.” 

That is why I reach out today: to focus global attention on this crisis, to  sound the alarm and to call on the world’s people to help Somalia in this moment  of greatest need. To save the lives of the people at risk — the vast majority of  them women and children — we need about $1.6 billion in aid. So far,  international donors have given only half that amount. To turn the tide, to  offer hope in the name of our common humanity, we must mobilize  worldwide.

Humanitarian updates via UN ReliefWeb
From the UN News Centre: When a food security crisis becomes a famine

united-nations:

Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s op-ed article in today’s Los Angeles Times: “We can’t allow Somalia to starve.” 

That is why I reach out today: to focus global attention on this crisis, to sound the alarm and to call on the world’s people to help Somalia in this moment of greatest need. To save the lives of the people at risk — the vast majority of them women and children — we need about $1.6 billion in aid. So far, international donors have given only half that amount. To turn the tide, to offer hope in the name of our common humanity, we must mobilize worldwide.

Humanitarian updates via UN ReliefWeb

From the UN News Centre: When a food security crisis becomes a famine

Jul. 20, 2011 at 2:29pm with 1 note
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How to donate to help in Somalia

The following are a handful of organizations seeking donations to funnel to the Horn’s crisis:

Jul. 12, 2011 at 1:23pm with 1 note
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As part of its expanding counterterrorism program in Somalia, the CIA also uses a secret prison buried in the basement of Somalia’s National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters, where prisoners suspected of being Shabab members or of having links to the group are held. Some of the prisoners have been snatched off the streets of Kenya and rendered by plane to Mogadishu. While the underground prison is officially run by the Somali NSA, US intelligence personnel pay the salaries of intelligence agents and also directly interrogate prisoners. The existence of both facilities and the CIA role was uncovered by The Nation during an extensive on-the-ground investigation in Mogadishu.