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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sat, 12-26-2009: David J. Theroux, on Ayn Rand's and C. S. Lewis' Philosophies and the Assault by Congress, on the American Spirit

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My guest David J. Theroux is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute, a Libertarian think tank based in Oakland, CA.  He is an accomplished scholar, writer and is the Founder and President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California.   

 Atlas Shrugged, as of this post, is at #22 on Amazon's Best Seller List, a list updated hourly.  It has been number 1 several weeks on many charts, throughout this year.  It sold record numbers in 2009.  The surge in sales began in late 2008, following the TARP Bill,  and then accelerated with the advent and passage of the Stimulus Bill of 2009.  People are looking for answers, clarity, and words to describe and understand what happened and what is happening to us, and to our social political economy today.  They find voice and reason in Atlas Shrugged.  

How do Christian Libertarians reconcile the philosophy of Objectivism entombed in Atlas Shrugged with their Christian faith, with integrity? For insight I turn to C. S. Lewis.

Indeed, C. S. Lewis’s books sell at an astounding rate worldwide, and in his extensive and immensely popular work, he very effectively champions objective truth, goodness, natural law, literary excellence, reason, science, individual liberty, personal responsibility, and Christian faith. (C. S. Lewis Society of CA) 

Ayn Rand Institute Scholar Edwin Locke, in his description of the Institute's course called  "Christianity vs. Objectivism: Which is the Proper Philosophy for Living on Earth?" ...argues that only Objectivism, the philosophy of Ayn Rand, provides a code of morality suitable for living successfully and happily on earth. Objectivism holds that reality is real, that reason is man's only means of knowing it and that one should act in one's own rational self-interest, with rationality being the highest virtue. Life is the objective standard of morality. In contrast,  Christianity asserts that reality is governed by supernatural forces, that knowledge is based on faith and that the highest moral virtue is self-sacrifice. It will be shown that Christianity cannot be practiced consistently, destroys the integrity of man's mind, and is incompatible with living successfully and happily in the real world.

I invited  Mr. Theroux to help deconstruct the assertion made by Locke, above, and to help readers reconcile the truth we find Atlas Shrugged with Christian Faith.  

We'll take calls and Mr. Theroux has much to say on the Health Care Bill and the debt ceiling just raised again, by Congress and how these acts impact the liberty of the American Spirit.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

"John Whitehead's timely Must-Read interview with Nat Hentoff, a principled and courageous defender of liberty"

From an email from friend, Manny Klausner. I love this piece. I've long been a fan of Nat Hentoff and I share Manny's opinion of him. Manny wrote "Hentoff has had an impressive career as a widely-read writer on many significant issues, and he's been an influential jazz critic for over fifty years.

In the interview, Hentoff states, "I am beginning to think that this guy is a phony. Obama seems to have no firm principles that I can discern that he will adhere to. His only principle is his own aggrandizement. This is a very dangerous mindset for a president to have."

Hentoff observes that "If James Madison or Thomas Jefferson were brought back to life and they looked at television and read the papers, they would not recognize the country." But he remains optimistic.

Hentoff concludes, "we have been through very dark periods before. There are enough people who are starting to be actively involved that we can turn things around. And we need to encourage others to become involved."
Amen to that Manny! Friends, please, please become involved.
From the Oldspeak online Journal:


America Under Barack Obama
An Interview with Nat Hentoff

By John W. Whitehead
December 11, 2009

"I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think Obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had."—Nat Hentoff

Nat Hentoff has had a life well spent, one chock full of controversy fueled by his passion for the protection of civil liberties and human rights. Hentoff is known as a civil libertarian, free speech activist, anti-death penalty advocate, pro-lifer and not uncommon critic of the ideological left.

At 84, Nat Hentoff is an American classic who has never shied away from an issue. For example, he defended a woman rejected from law school because she was Caucasian; called into a talk show hosted by Oliver North to agree with him on liberal intolerance for free speech; was a friend to the late Malcolm X; and wrote the liner notes for Bob Dylan's second album.

A self-described uncategorizable libertarian, Hentoff adds he is also a “Jewish atheist, civil libertarian, pro-lifer.” Accordingly, he has angered nearly every political faction and remains one of a few who has stuck to his principles through his many years of work, regardless of the trouble it stirred up. For instance, when he announced his opposition to abortion he alienated numerous colleagues, and his outspoken denunciation of President Bill Clinton only increased his isolation in liberal circles (He said that Clinton had "done more harm to the Constitution than any president in American history," and called him "a serial violator of our liberties.").
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Sat. Dec 19, 2009: Ralph F. Weber CLU on the Impact the Health Reform Bill will Have on State Budgets, Job Market, Our National Economy

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My guest, Ralph F. Weber CLU is an expert on health insurance. He is an entrepreneur with innovative ideas for how to make health coverage more affordable, efficient and keep it dynamic and cutting edge. We'll discuss the myths and fallacies of Universal Health Care, and of the Health Reform Plan the current administration is attempting to ram through, no matter what, as soon as possible. Why the hurry? If the Senate and House leaders get their way how will this impact you?
Discover the Marketplace for Medicine, where the best ideas, services and practices are given place to rise to the top and meet the real time demands of the patient/consumer. Can we have solid and exceptional health care for the American People based on free market principles? Is that possible? Is it moral and ethical?
Perhaps the most serious unknown cost of federal health care oversight is the loss of what we used to call the American Spirit. This is the idea that individuals are free to pursue their own destinies, with government kept as far-removed from daily lives as possible. The American Spirit celebrates life, rather than regulates it. The American Spirit is a spirit of individualism and even nonconformance, not communalism and compliance-- Dave Racer

Click here to visit Ralph F. Weber's website and here to visit his blog, for information and analysis of the fatal impact this historic Health Reform Bill would have on our American Spirit-- Without our American spirit, we are but slaves.
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Health reform’s hidden costs, Placing states and citizens at a huge risk--Attacking the American Spirit

Governors across the country have begun screaming at Congress, “Hold on a minute. Time out on this health care reform thing.”

Truth has begun to set in, that as a result of federal health care reform, every state faces a plethora of unfunded mandates that will drown them in dilemmas and red ink. Once it passes (or, if) the hidden costs of federal health reform will immediately become clearer. As a result, states and local governments will increasingly find it impossible to fund their most vital services – education, police, fire, water, energy, roads and bridges.

Governors have warned for years that the cost of Medicaid threatens their state budgets. They had hoped Congress would fix the problem, not exacerbate it. Congress, instead, has been showing it is deaf to governors and to citizens.

But the increased billions to be spent on Medicaid is just the tip of the iceberg.

This is a partial list of the increased cost and loss of state revenue faced by states, and their residents. I am certain you can add many thoughts to these.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

"A majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008." Does College Ed equal Common Sense, Values, Ethics & Wisdom?

Whole Foods Republicans
The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics.
December 14, 2009

The Republican Party is resurgent—or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized "tea party" base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again.

Maybe. The political landscape sure looks greener than it did a year ago, when talk of a permanent Democratic majority was omnipresent. But before John Boehner starts measuring the drapes in the Speaker's office, or the party exults about its possibilities in 2012, it's worth noting that some of the key trends driving President Barack Obama's strong victory in 2008 haven't disappeared. Republicans need to address them head-on if they want to lead a majority party again.

There are the depressing numbers on young voters (two-thirds of whom voted for Mr. Obama), African-Americans and Latinos (95% and 67% went blue respectively). But these groups have voted Democratic for decades, and their strong turnout in 2008's historic election wasn't replicated this fall, nor is it likely to be replicated again.

The voting patterns of the college-educated is another story. This is a group that, slowly but surely, is growing larger every year. About 30% of Americans 25 and older have at least a bachelor's degree; in 1988 that number was only 20% and in 1968 it was 10%. (Bold font added by me, for emphasis)

As less-educated seniors pass away and better-educated 20- and 30-somethings take their place in the electorate, this bloc will exert growing influence. And here's the distressing news for the GOP: According to exit-poll data, a majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008—the first time a Democratic candidate has won this key segment since the 1970s.
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Intellectual curiosity and the rigors of an intellectual college education are enthralling and heady, but let's not forget that 98 percent of college faculty are biased politically, verified by their political donations to political candidates. Those who seek an unbiased education may have to resort to attending an online college that emphasizes personal research and offers more self directed classes.   Political Correctness now institutionalized in our main steam media,K-12 education and Hollywood, has been deeply entrenched and de rigueur for much longer, at the college level.

Many of the best ideas and discoveries that have left a revolutionary mark on the quality of life of the average American, from computer technology to medicine to transportation and communication have been thanks to the tinkerers, the rebels that didn't fit into the college dogma structure and who dropped out of college or skipped it altogether, to pursue their dreams and inventions, including Bill Gates, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Jobs, Hubert Selby, off the top of my head. There are countless examples.

Discipline and training in reading, critiquing, analyzing, math and science research and verifying are skills that if done with integrity are very useful and constructive.

Advocates, proponents and defenders of free market capitalism, individual liberties, rule of law, and limited government that doesn't control one's life, are vilified and their descent suppressed in the majority of our Colleges and Universities. Dissenters are treated as agitators and often accused of being intolerant, uncaring, and insensitive.

I appreciate Michael Petrilli's article here, for pointing out the significance of the college graduate voter as a challenge before all little 'r' republicans, united by their core values for common sense, laissez-faire economic policies, individual liberties and limited government.

We cannot write off this group. I'm a reformed leftist college graduate who bought into the paradigm of the U.S. Imperialist power and Capitalism being the root of all the injustice and evil in the world, and it was connections I made between the issues and concerns in my adult life, affecting my family, my children, and their future, and the ideas I heard on a burgeoning talk radio industry and the op-eds of my WSJ Newspaper that caused for me to begin to question and finally shift away from my old paradigm. I used to be an UTNE Reader. I became a leftist in college. I understood that the hopes, dreams and will of my professors in the English, Political Science, History, and Sociology Departments, were to bring down our system of government from within, because they knew that the American people would never embrace their leftist fantasy for an armed revolution to overtly over throw their own Government. I was a good student and earned high marks for my arguments and analysis.

Early on in my transformation, I wanted to call Rush Limbaugh to argue with him, and against what the main steam media said he stood for and advocated, but to bring integrity to the battle, I challenged myself to know my subject first hand, to hear his words for myself. So I listened. That was the beginning of my transformation. My change didn't happen over night, and giving up being part of the majority of my fellow college educated contemporaries was frustrating and still is. I shop at my local Whole Foods like market. In our prior house, when we had a big yard, I composted. I had my second baby at home and nursed both of them. I used cloth diapers and didn't use a service. I stayed home. I still care about the same issues I cared about as a leftist liberal. My realization and actualization was in that Big Government is not the answer. Limited Government is the narrow and challenging but liberating road.

We have to address the college graduates to prevail. Our calling is to connect with them, and inspire them by showing how our values and policies are empowering of their desire to make a difference and have a purpose, and be good stewards, responsibly, with integrity and transparency.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mark Bucher on Unplugging the Political Machine. Cast Sunshine on the Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Public Employee Unions Get to Fund their Gig!

What's this movement? What is it about? What's the problem? How insidious is it? What can you do about it? Time flies by in an interview with Mark Bucher as we talk about the Political Machine, and the movement to "unplug" it.

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Three great articles if you've got an open mind, a curious intellect and a streak of rebel who covets being free above being PC.

Thanks to Manny Klausner for the great emails which I love to share with my Face Book and Blog Community.

1.) Climategate’s Harry_Read_Me.txt: We All Really Should.
The comprehensive collection of excerpts from the appalling CRU text file. A must read.

December 11, 2009 - by Andie Brownlow

One of the most damning pieces of evidence in Climategate (so far) is a text file called HARRY_READ_ME.txt. This file is supposedly written by Ian “Harry” Harris, a researcher at the University of East Anglia’s CRU (Climatic Research Unit). In it he details the trials and tribulations of being tasked with creating a new climate information database from previous publications and databases. According to Harry’s documented struggle, he is confronted with missing, manipulated, and undocumented data that he has to use to try to piece together the newer TS 3.0 database. Click here to read the full post.

2.) What’s the Best Way to Handle Future Climate Change?
Carbon markets, carbon taxes, technological push, or economic growth?

December 8, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
This week representatives from over 190 nations began gathering in Copenhagen to try to hammer out a global treaty to handle the problem of man-made global warming. As a long-time reporter on environmental issues, I, for many years, doubted the severity of the issue, but as the various temperature data sets (satellite, surface, balloon) began to converge, I became persuaded that man-made global warming is real and a potential problem. Global average temperature trends in recent decades suggest that the planet is warming up at a rate of about 0.13 per decade. (Interestingly, recent temperature data finds that while the last decade has been the warmest on average in modern records, global average temperatures have not been increasing since 1998.) So the question is: If global warming is a problem, what are the smartest policies to address it?
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3.) The Coming Energy Abundance
How new technology can lower prices and reshape the global economy

September 22, 2008 | Jon Basil Utley
As politicians, consumers, and manufacturers fret over the price of oil, there's good news on the energy front: Natural gas production is booming from "huge shale beds found throughout North America," reports The New York Times. The improving technology of underground horizontal drilling and fracturing has opened up trillions of cubic feet of gas that had formerly been thought unobtainable. And natural gas can also be used to run automobiles (after about $2,000 in conversion costs). These and other alternative methods of lowering fuel prices could dramatically reshape not only energy policy but the global economy.
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The Environmental Shakedown By Charles Krauthammer Dec 11, 2009

WASHINGTON -- In the 1970s and early '80s, having seized control of the U.N. apparatus (by power of numbers), Third World countries decided to cash in. OPEC was pulling off the greatest wealth transfer from rich to poor in history. Why not them? So in grand U.N. declarations and conferences, they began calling for a "New International Economic Order." The NIEO's essential demand was simple: to transfer fantastic chunks of wealth from the industrialized West to the Third World.

On what grounds? In the name of equality -- wealth redistribution via global socialism -- with a dose of post-colonial reparations thrown in.

The idea of essentially taxing hard-working citizens of the democracies in order to fill the treasuries of Third World kleptocracies went nowhere, thanks mainly to Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher (and the debt crisis of the early '80s). They put a stake through the enterprise.

But such dreams never die. Click here to continue.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Federal Salaries Explode posted at Cato-at-Liberty.org by Chris Edwards

That’s the subject of a USA Today analysis, which reveals an outrageous increase in salaries at the top levels of the federal workforce. I’ve been complaining about excessive federal pay for some time based on one set of data, and now Dennis Cauchon provides strong support for my thesis using a different set of data.

Cauchon finds that since the economy fell into recession, the number of federal workers earning more than $150,000 has more than doubled. The federal government has become extremely bloated and top heavy, even as families and businesses across the nation have had to tighten their belts. With 383,000 workers earning six-figure salaries, the government has become an elite island of overcompensated administrators immune from the competitive job realities of average families.

There are a remarkable 22,000 federal civilians earning salaries of over $170,000, illustrating that Big Government works for the benefit of well-off insiders, not average Americans. And Cauchon only looks at salaries and wages. Average annual federal benefits are more than $41,000, which pushes total federal compensation even further ahead of the private sector average. Click here to read more.

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Our Way or... Well, Our Way: Should the EPA have the authority to police greenhouse gases? David Harsanyi | December 9, 2009

We don't need a cap-and-trade deal. What we need is a RICO trial.

Every now and then, apparently, history challenges us with a crisis far too important to be left to the democratic process or the vagaries of public opinion. In these instances, the enlightened, the powerful, the moral must act swiftly.

So sayeth the Obama administration this week, empowering the Environmental Protection Agency to police greenhouse gases as a danger to public health and welfare, thus giving the agency discretion to regulate ... well, anything it pleases—or, I should say, whatever is left.

"These long-overdue findings cement 2009's place in history as the year when the United States government began addressing the challenge of greenhouse-gas pollution and seizing the opportunity of clean-energy reform," explained EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. "This continues our work towards clean energy reform that will cut GHGs and reduce the dependence on foreign oil that threatens our national security and our economy." Click to read more.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Sat Dec 5, 2009: Will the American Independent Small Business Truck Driver be Wiped Out on Dec 31, With Nary A Whimper From the American People?

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They're the best jobs for the free spirited souls who love the freedom of driving the open highways to deliver the goods to Americans across the fruited planes. They love their homes away from home. They're rugged, self-reliant, impervious to the harshest weather conditions. They even have a hit show on the History Channel called Ice Road Truckers.

Who would question the soundness of a name like “The Clean Truck Program” or the innocuous name of the “California Air Resource Board?” Yawn... Your eyes glaze over? Want to hit delete or the channel button? WAIT!

Come with me to the ports of San Pedro and Long Beach, in Los Angeles County, where this story, which rivals the corruption and fraud of Big Business and Big Government in Redevelopment, to rob property from the defenseless under the guise of “Homeland Security” and the “Environment.” Call it a modern day classic story of On the Water Front.

The only thing “Green” about the CLEAN TRUCK PROGRAM is the millions of dollars made by the major trucking companies, including a billionaire, under this program.

Why haven't you heard about it? What? The media black out a story that only hurts small independent business owners, including women and minorities? Shocking! Not.

Why is the Independent Trucking Industry the only industry targeted by the State of California, City of Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, City of Long Beach, Port of Long Beach for such draconian execution of admission to port and rail way commerce?

The December 31, 2009 deadline against the Independent Rail/Trucking Industry will create the worst economic disaster the State has ever experienced. How?
Anthony G. Patchett retired Special Assistant and Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney, for Los Angeles County, in the Environmental Crimes/OSHA Division and Political Consultant Sofia G. Quiñones, a long time community activist and current coordinator who forged the coalition amongst the National Port Drivers Association and the Northern California Rail and Truckers Association.
are my guests.

I'll also talk about ClimateGate, the emails, the fallout, Google's and others efforts to damper the story down.
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See the following links for more information on the CARB and the Independent Truckers Association Story:
Arrogance pollutes air board

YouTube November 19, 2009 CARB Legal Counsel Ellen Peter Statement & Related Statements Regarding CARB Employee Fraud (Hien Tran "Ph.D.")

YouTube November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule

November 16, 2009 John G. Telles Letter to Ellen Peter and 11 exhibits regarding CARB Tran Fraud and CARB Truck Rule PDF

November 21, 2009 Bakersfield Californian Column by Lois Henry "Lies tarnish air boards credibility"

November 22, 2009 San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial "The air board's shame / Staff never revealed internal scandal before crucial vote"

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart: Scientists Hide Global Warming Data

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Great that Jon covered the news the main stream media refuses to cover. Too bad Jon missed the reports on the record breaking increases in the population of Polar Bears. Maybe he'll report on that news before ABC, CBS, MSNBC, or CNN too. You never know. Life is full of surprises. Why, it's snowing the earliest ever on record in Houston, TX. The truth is a little global warming is alot easier on living creatures, and humans, than global cooling.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching, Cha-Ching--Climate Change: One of the most lucrative Rackets in the World. Has "The Sky is Falling" ever paid off so well?

Climategate: Follow the Money
Climate change researchers must believe in the reality of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.
Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes, including the Aspen Institute, the Asia Society and Transparency International. It also gave a combined $125,000 to the Heritage Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis, two conservative think tanks that have offered dissenting views on what until recently was called—without irony—the climate change "consensus."

To read some of the press accounts of these gifts—amounting to about 0.0027% of Exxon's 2008 profits of $45 billion—you might think you'd hit upon the scandal of the age. But thanks to what now goes by the name of climategate, it turns out the real scandal lies elsewhere.

Climategate, as readers of these pages know, concerns some of the world's leading climate scientists working in tandem to block freedom of information requests, blackball dissenting scientists, manipulate the peer-review process, and obscure, destroy or massage inconvenient temperature data—facts that were laid bare by last week's disclosure of thousands of emails from the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit, or CRU.

But the deeper question is why the scientists behaved this way to begin with, especially since the science behind man-made global warming is said to be firmly settled. To answer the question, it helps to turn the alarmists' follow-the-money methods right back at them.

Consider the case of Phil Jones, the director of the CRU and the man at the heart of climategate. According to one of the documents hacked from his center, between 2000 and 2006 Mr. Jones was the recipient (or co-recipient) of some $19 million worth of research grants, a sixfold increase over what he'd been awarded in the 1990s.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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