Hurricane Irma Hugging the Shoreline of Southwest Florida

As of 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the center of Hurricane Irma was located at 25.6 degrees north (N) and 81.8 degrees west (W).  This puts Irma about 30 miles (mi) south (S) of Naples.  Maximum sustained winds are at 120 miles per hour (mph), which classifies Irma as a Category Three (Cat 3) Hurricane, Irma’s minimum central pressure has risen to 936 milibars (MB), or 27.64 inches.  Irma’s current direction is just W of due…

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Hurricane Irma’s Overall Impacts Differ Little regardless of Landfall

Regardless of whether Hurricane Irma strikes the Florida Peninsula’s west coast, or simply skirts by its coastline, the storm’s impacts on the Florida Peninsula will remain largely unchanged.  With the exception of the western portions of the Florida Panhandle, Irma will blast the entire state with tropical storm force winds, and only the extreme eastern and northern parts of the peninsula will avoid hurricane force winds.  Though the Gulf side will bear the brunt of…

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Tampa Bay Residents Provide Reasons for not fleeing from Irma

Tampa, FL – Hurricane Irma looks likely to become the first major hurricane to strike Tampa Bay directly in almost 100 years.  However, for a variety of reasons, not everyone in west-central Florida fled from the storm.  Some people chose to stay behind and hunker down, while others were forced to remain behind. I had an opportunity to speak with some of those who provided reasons why they are hunkering down instead of leaving town. …

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Irma’s Track toward Tampa Bay Could Devastate the Area – Saturday 2 a.m. Update

Irma remains a Category Five Hurricane, with winds of 160 miles per hour (mph), with a minimum central pressure of 930 millibars (MB), or 27.46 inches.  Irma was moving just north of due west (W) at 12 mph.  Hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles away from the center, with tropical storm force winds force winds up to 185 miles away from the center. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects a turn to the Northwest…

"Irma’s Track toward Tampa Bay Could Devastate the Area – Saturday 2 a.m. Update"

Libertarian Party of Cuba Headquarters Raided By State Police, Members Arrested

UPDATE: The team has been released and is now home, but some members have returned with injuries. According to the Mises Institute of Cuba, they were dropped off in different places throughout the city, barefoot and beaten. Some of the members endured a four-day hunger strike as well, before being released. We can also report that the whole neighborhood showed up to show their support for the team. The team is expected to appear online…

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Female student feels too unsafe to attend graduation after Trump piñata incident (updates and exclusives)

Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colorado has found itself in the middle of a heated dispute after reactions to a teacher’s activity on Cinco de Mayo got out of control. Earning the cliché nickname PiñataGate, the incident began when the Spanish teacher went along with a student-driven idea to make a traditional piñata that had President Trump’s face stuck on it. Several students participated in the activity as others posted pictures and videos to social media. While quite a…

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Healthcare is a Right? Well Then So Is This

With the GOP attempting to move Obamacare repeal and replace bills through Congress, debates have again flared up nationwide. While the discussion of privatized versus socialized medicine is worth having, there’s one statement being made by socialized healthcare supporters that is advocating a very dangerous idea: Healthcare is a right! This idea opens up a can of worms that I highly doubt the supporters realize they are opening. They are also saying that robbery and slavery are ok, that…

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New Colorado Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Now Awaits Governor’s Signature

On its last day in session, and after its third reading, the Colorado legislature passed a bill that would reform civil asset forfeiture. The bill passed on its third reading, and would require the executive director of the Department of Local Affairs to produce a biannual report of all assets seized. The Department of Local Affairs was set up in 1966 to assist with local government needs. The bill would also require a database to be made…

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Is 2017 Going To Be The Year Of The Flying Car?

German startup Lillium may be poised to change the future of the flying car industry by finally making it feasible and attractive to consumers. This week, it offered a flying car prototype that is economically reasonable, technologically simpler, learnable by the average consumer (in the same manner as learning to drive a car), and has practical application in many situations. Lillium’s all-electric, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), jet-tested flying car might have what it takes…

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Safety Nets Ain’t So Safe

It is a misperception that libertarians do not care about the poor, the disabled, and those who currently are on governmental welfare assistance programs. Part of that misperception comes from people who simply do not know or understand what libertarianism means, or about free markets, and so on. And part of that misperception is reinforced by none other than libertarians. This is a good article. It covers the basics about why libertarians really do want…

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