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Kevin McKernan is the CSO & Founder of Medicinal Genomics, a company that designs Cannabis Safety testing equipment and reagent such as qPCR technologies for microbiological testing and DNA purification tools specific to cannabis. https://www.medicinalgenomics.com/ Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the creator of the Silk Road website. Ross was convicted of seven felony counts in February. Deeply involved with her son’s defense, Lyn has worked to bring awareness to the case through http://www.freeross.org/, media interviews, public appearances and other efforts. Since Ross was arrested, she has witnessed how the government prosecutes citizens; suppresses evidence; and violates the Constitution. She believes it is a story that needs to be told. www.freeross.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libertydotme Twitter: https://twitter.com/libertydotme Instagram: https://instagram.com/libertydotme/ Tumblr: http://libertydotme.tumblr.com/

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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • Sorry If this is already a discussion, but I could not find a good libertarian position on American involvement in ww2. What would be a good libertarian response to something like Pearl Harbor?

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • Venezuela has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Though it is not moral or justified, people choose violence over starvation when there are no alternatives. Of course, “we” libertarians all know that this situation was created by government/s coercion’s consequences, but so few among the greater population seem to recognize that. It seems like a similar fate faces the whole world.

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  • Against: http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/5-reasons-why-im-not-an-anarchist/ For: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cms4B_4_WtM Thoughts?

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