LIBERTARIAN POLICE DEPARTMENT 

I was shooting heroin and reading “The Fountainhead” in the front seat of my privately owned police cruiser when a call came in. I put a quarter in the radio to activate it. It was the chief.

“Bad news, detective. We got a situation.”

“What? Is the mayor trying to ban trans fats again?”

“Worse. Somebody just stole four hundred and forty-seven million dollars’ worth of bitcoins.”

The heroin needle practically fell out of my arm. “What kind of monster would do something like that? Bitcoins are the ultimate currency: virtual, anonymous, stateless. They represent true economic freedom, not subject to arbitrary manipulation by any government. Do we have any leads?”

“Not yet. But mark my words: we’re going to figure out who did this and we’re going to take them down … provided someone pays us a fair market rate to do so.”

“Easy, chief,” I said. “Any rate the market offers is, by definition, fair.”

He laughed. “That’s why you’re the best I got, Lisowski. Now you get out there and find those bitcoins.”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “I’m on it.”

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.

I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.

“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled.

Too late. He was already out the front door. I went after him.

“Stop right there!” I yelled as I ran. He was faster than me because I always try to avoid stepping on public sidewalks. Our country needs a private-sidewalk voucher system, but, thanks to the incestuous interplay between our corrupt federal government and the public-sidewalk lobby, it will never happen.

I was losing him. “Listen, I’ll pay you to stop!” I yelled. “What would you consider an appropriate price point for stopping? I’ll offer you a thirteenth of an ounce of gold and a gently worn ‘Bob Barr ‘08’ extra-large long-sleeved men’s T-shirt!”

He turned. In his hand was a revolver that the Constitution said he had every right to own. He fired at me and missed. I pulled my own gun, put a quarter in it, and fired back. The bullet lodged in a U.S.P.S. mailbox less than a foot from his head. I shot the mailbox again, on purpose.

“All right, all right!” the man yelled, throwing down his weapon. “I give up, cop! I confess: I took the bitcoins.”

“Why’d you do it?” I asked, as I slapped a pair of Oikos™ Greek Yogurt Presents Handcuffs® on the guy.

“Because I was afraid.”

“Afraid?”

“Afraid of an economic future free from the pernicious meddling of central bankers,” he said. “I’m a central banker.”

I wanted to coldcock the guy. Years ago, a central banker killed my partner. Instead, I shook my head.

“Let this be a message to all your central-banker friends out on the street,” I said. “No matter how many bitcoins you steal, you’ll never take away the dream of an open society based on the principles of personal and economic freedom.”

He nodded, because he knew I was right. Then he swiped his credit card to pay me for arresting him.

imagine, your social benefit package includes protection from being yournameblows.com and yournamesucks.com. what a dream job!

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looks like they still do.

$ whois charleshollidaysucks.com
Domain Name: CHARLESHOLLIDAYSUCKS.COM
Registry Domain ID: 1630786613_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.corporatedomains.com
Registrar URL: cscdbs.com
Updated Date: 2020-12-13T06:02:07Z
Creation Date: 2010-12-17T17:27:11Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2021-12-17T17:27:11Z

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i found this 10+ yo article on my ancient identi.ca account. i'm wondering if they still pay for those domains or all blows and sucks are back on the market?
businessinsider.com/wow-bank-o

that following thing is a bit redundant for local accounts. sometimes i find i don't follow people whom i read and care about, just because i already see their toots in the local timeline, so i'm pretty positive i already follow them.

found out that identi.ca still let me sign in into my 11 yo account, although new user registrations are not accepted.

Language is an imperfect, incomplete, and low-bandwidth serialization protocol for the internal data structures we call thoughts.

grass root libraries like ours seems the only healthy alternative to crazy neomaoist mentality of modern west. here's a new donation of books from grateful readers. hey, we have all dr. seuss books and many other titles banned accross murica and eu.

if you chose to use sgml-based html 4, you could even omit closing tags to save a few more bytes.

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a little piece of magick for all minimalist wannabes:

<html><head><title>mini-me</title></head><body><pre>
put your minimalistic website content here.

even with formatting.

even with some ascii art.
<`)))))<

it looks ugly, but will win you the top place at 512kb club.

still perfectly valid html code.
</pre></body></html>

how stupid is that. I clicked on a banner and got redirected to hyundaiusa.com which loads content and then dims and blocks its screen because, I suppose, my rejected to load a handful of tracker scripts. well, and who's a loser here?

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