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What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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Tracking The Leshy

The Leshy can be identified by a missing right ear, as well as the absence of eyelashes and eyebrows. […]

Irregular Times Donations: Village Enterprise Fund and ACLU

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1) To help spread messages we believe in on the backs of other folks.

2) To keep this website running.

3) In a small way, to help the causes we agree with keep on trucking.

Reason #3 operates through a pledge of ours: every time we […]

New Frontier in Weather Science Emerges, Thanks to Anti-Gay Politico?

A tip of the pen to Fred Clark for bringing my attention to the hubbub surrounding the recent declaration by UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician David Silvester that massive flooding in the UK was a direct consequence of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

Reaction to this claim includes the usual outrage, […]

Occupy Chicago vs. Occupy Istiklal

The Occupy Chicago website appears moribund; the last blog post was in early July 2013 and the last YouTube video was posted two years ago.

On the other hand, near Taksim Square in Istanbul, Istiklal Street is still occupied by thousands of protesters who have gathered to oppose efforts by the government to track […]

Business is Always Better? Consider Health Care, says Amy

John Stossel writes: “I bet my readers $1,000 that they couldn’t name one thing that government does better than the private sector. I am yet to pay. Free enterprise does everything better.”

John Stossel must be blind.

Consider health care, for instance. Professor Douglas Amy of Mount Holyoke College looked into this issue; here’s an […]

Those Poor Socialist Countries

Gene Berkman writes:

Rather than screw the poor, capitalism has created the most prosperous societies in human history. The socialist regimes are all charactized by depravation and loss of liberty. When government grows, it takes resources from the civilian economy, and makes everyone poorer.

From Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Statistics:

Life expectancy:

France […]

Going from Gray to a Rainbow in Istanbul

As you may know, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan has over the past few years been instituting policies that restrict civil liberties in Turkey, that prevent the Turkish people from freely assembling to air their grievances, and that have thereby fomented further resistance by free-minded people there.

Over the past year in Turkey, anti-authoritarian […]

Five Days to KrampusNacht: Learn How to Make Krampus Marzipan

It’s five days to KrampusNacht, that traditional European holiday on which the Krampus beast roams the streets patting the two well-behaved children on the head and running after the remainder with birch switches.

How can you encourage respect for that Old-Time Religion (it’s good enough for you!) among the youth of today?

Make them a […]

International Donation: Foundation Beyond Belief Relief for Super Typhoon Haiyan

To keep Irregular Times going up on the web, we sell t-shirts with political messages we believe in. We refuse, however, to sell shirts made in sweatshops that profit off the exploitation of third-world people, which is why we only offer made-in-the-USA shirts. An indirect consequence of this, however, is that capital investment remains within […]

Armenia: Libertarian Paradise?

Is it any wonder that Americans overwhelmingly reject libertarian politics, when libertarians suggest that we move to the Armenian model? […]