Can’t say that I am an expert on bags, but this had good reviews so I took a chance with it. The Mil-Tec Molle 36L Backpack is a solid bag, well constructed. Plenty of molle attachment points as well as a good amount of pockets. Comes in quite a few colors too.

It’s not the biggest bag I own, nor the smallest. At 36L, it makes for a good Car Bag, GOOD, BOB or 72 Hour Bag. I’ve used it on 2-day hikes in the Rockies during summer and it held up well. Had two of them for about 2 years now, no complaints. So far, they’re a good value.

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Cheers and watch your six.
-Southern Watchman

INTERNATIONAL LIBERTY – In 2016, I posed a rhetorical question about whether young people are so stupid that they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. After all, many of them thought Bernie Sanders would make a good president (of America, not Greece or Venezuela).

Well, maybe we really should increase the voting age. It seems 2016 was not an anomaly. Millennials are dangerously ignorant.

Here’s some analysis from CNN.

Millennials are…bringing a distinctly Millennial approach to policy and governing. And that might include Democratic socialism. Case in point: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic socialist who won her primary in New York Tuesday in an upset over a 10-term incumbent. More than any other generation before them, Millennials are OK with socialism. A 2016 Gallup poll found 55% of those then aged 18-29 said they had a positive view of it (it’s worth noting 57% supported capitalism and 78% supported free enterprise). …Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was instrumental in mainstreaming Democratic socialism.

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FEE.ORGDo you want more choice in where you get your baby potatoes or your baby’s education?

I have a brilliant idea! We should create a system of government-run grocery stores. The government will run them according to majority-approved philosophies of food. Everyone will have to accept what is ruled best practice in food, because that’s how democracy works. We’ll subsidize these government-run grocery stores in order to provide free public nutrition.

Private grocery stores mostly won’t be able to compete with subsidized ones, but there are always niches. Health-food co-ops and splashy gourmet destinations could cater to hippy weirdos or the wealthy.

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DOOM AND BLOOM
Survival Medicine Hour: Heat Waves, Bears, Turmeric, More
SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST

Many consider a heat wave to be just a time to put an extra ice cube in the lemonade, but it’s a deadly natural disaster. More people die in heat waves in the U.S. than just about any recent weather event short of hurricane Katrina. Find out from Joe Alton MD about what causes and worsens a heat wave, and some advice from the Arizona state government (they should know about hot weather) to stay safe this summer.

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FEE.ORGA common sentiment among proponents of government and centralized authority is that “taxes are the price we pay to live in a civilized society.” In reality, however, the state’s hunger for tax revenue and control directly undermines well-intentioned humans’ efforts to be civil to each other.

Punished for helping strangers in need

In Navi Mumbai, India, the police recently fined a car owner 2,000 rupees. His offense? He offered a ride to strangers who were stranded in the rain. From the Hindustan Times’ summary of the shameful incident:

“Nitin Nair, an employee of a finance consultancy in Navi Mumbai, said he was fined near Airoli Circle last Monday and the on-duty officer took his driving licence for offering [a] lift to three men, who were stuck at a bus stop during a downpour. Nair said the officer issued him an e-challan and asked him to collect his licence from the chowkie (police station) after paying fine.”

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REASONDuring Prohibition, drinkers never knew what they would get when they set out to slake their thirst. Bootleggers often sold products adulterated with industrial alcohol and other toxins. Some 10,000 people were fatally poisoned before America gave up this grand experiment in suppressing vice.

The biggest toll from modern drug prohibition, writes Steve Chapman, comes among opioid users. By making criminals of many people who are dependent on prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, the law exiles them to the black market. There, consumers may find legitimate FDA-approved medicines, but they may also buy counterfeit versions or heroin—which often carry far greater hazards.

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Southern Watchman says:

In the beginning of our nation, there *may* have been a case for leveraging the power of the state to force equality, but they went the other direction and leveraged the power of the state to force inequality instead. So Bravo there.

But here we are some 200 odd years later, and we still haven’t learned that the state cannot, and should not, have its hands in trying to make a large group of unequal people equal. How about acknowledging and embracing our differences and leveraging them for the betterment of the human race?

Cheers and watch your six,
– Southern Watchman

 

FEE.ORGConcepts of equality have long formed the keystones of Western philosophies. Revolutions have been fought in the name of equality, our courts are built around the idea that we are all equal before the law, and activists have spent the last century working to break down the systematic inequalities affecting our societies.

The historical fight against inequality has been a fight for freedom.

Indeed, philosophical takes on equality permeate every facet of the modern West, from law to sociology, economy to politics. The evolution of the West over the centuries has, in many ways, been one constant drive for more equality, bringing with it such progress as universal suffrage and an end to racial segregation.

The Fight against State-Sponsored Inequality 

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FEE.ORGEnvision a school that is not compulsory or coercive, that is a completely student-directed educational environment. I toured one of those last week.

Two years ago I read Peter Gray’s Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, largely a manifesto for Unschooling. Although I attended traditional public schools up until college myself, I long held a growing intuition that the large-scale, top-down, one-size-fits-all business ran counter to the human spirit. Gray writes with warmth, but doesn’t hold back his criticisms about this sacred cow. “Children in school are not free to pursue their own interests, or to pursue those interests in their self-chosen ways…Curiosity, playfulness, and meaningful conversation are all thwarted in school, because they require freedom…It’s no wonder that the longer children are in school, the less interested they become in the subjects taught.”

This gargantuan institution is the closest thing to prison many people will encounter in their lives without having to actually do time.

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REASON22 rifleIn a Friday article “My Family’s Peashooter Is Now an Illegal ‘Assault Weapon’ in This Illinois Town,” I wrote that a new “assault weapon” ban in Deerfield, Illinois, was written so broadly that it outlawed an old .22 semi-automatic rifle kept by my decidedly non-firearm-obsessed family.

Since publishing that article, I have received a number of emails and comments from readers claiming that my family’s rifle would not actually be prohibited because of a specific exemption contained in the Deerfield ordinance.

I understand why people would come to this conclusion. But that’s not what the law says.

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REASONAs a display of Americans’ seemingly growing intolerance for one another, last week presented something of a perfect storm, writes J.D. Tuccille. The flash career of a prominent conservative writer at The Atlantic, the seeming endorsement by several tech executives of one-party rule, and President Trump attacking Amazon to punish The Washington Post for criticizing him provide the latest evidence that some Americans just don’t play well together and should probably withdraw to separate corners.

But why, asks Tuccille, must so many people treat every political preference as a collective endeavor to be imposed on the unwilling? This country started as a federal system, on the premise that each state should be entitled to indulge in stupid political experiments without dragging in the neighbors.

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REASONBackpageThe Department of Justice this afternoon finally released the indictment against Michael Lacey, founder of Backpage.com, the website the feds seized control over on Friday and shut down.

The site has long been a center of accusations that Lacey was fostering sex trafficking, including child sex trafficking and sex slavery, and the indictment’s text focuses on whether Lacey knew what was being posted on his site (prosecutors argue he did). Lacey stands accused of profiting off prostitution on Backpage.com, turning a blind eye to it (including underage prostitution), and attempting to hide the money from the feds.

But Lacey isn’t actually charged with actual sex trafficking. He faces 93 total charges, 79 of which are felonies. For the felonies, he’s charged with one count of conspiracy, 28 counts of various kinds of money laundering, and 50 counts of violating the Travel Act. The Travel Act is how they’re hitting him for prostitution. Soliciting prostitution is not currently a federal crime (as yet). But the Travel Act allows the Department of Justice to intervene and apply federal charges in certain state-level criminal violations that cross state lines or foreign borders. Prostitution is one of the crimes the Travel Act covers, and the Department of Justice has used the Travel Act to shut down other sites (like gay escort site Rentboy.com in 2015). While it’s not technically wrong to say that Lacey is being charged with facilitating prostitution (how many media sites are reporting it), the feds are doing so by using a round-about fashion.

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