TD Bike Tour 2015

TD Bike Tour 2015 Route
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On Monday, May 3rd, 2015, I joined TD Bike Tour 2015 along with other 30,000 bikers. It was a great experience as we bike along 40 miles route!

The journey started Downtown Manhattan, and ended in Staten Island Ferry. We biked for more than 6 hours (started around 8 in the morning until 14.30 in the afternoon). As usual, some pictures from the event:

Beginning of the tour

]1 Beginning of the tour

Queensborough bridge

]2 Queensborough bridge

Overlooking Manhattan from Queensborough bridge

]3 Overlooking Manhattan from Queensborough bridge

Major rest stop at Astoria park

]3 Major rest stop at Astoria park

Rest area at Brookyln park

]4 Rest area at Brookyln park

Mengenal Partai Libertarian di Amerika

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This article is written in Indonesian. For English version, see: Libertarian, an ideology worth considering

Di Amerika, orang biasanya sudah mengenal dua partai utama, partai Demokrat dan partai Republik. Amerika sebenarnya juga memiliki partai-partai kecil lainnya seperti partai Libertarian, partai Hijau (Green Party), partai Konstitusi, dll. Artikel ini akan membahas khususnya Partai Libertarian. Libertarian bukanlah partai yang beraliran murni liberal (banyak orang yang beranggapan demikian karena kemiripan dua kata tersebut). Kata Libertarian sendiri mencakup berbagai macam filosofi politik (mulai dari kapitalis lewat anarkis sampai dengan pendukung pemerintahan yang ramping). Untuk membatasi cangkupan artikel ini, Libertarian yang akan di paparkan di artikel ini adalah Libertarian yang dipopulerkan oleh Ron Paul. Libertarian adalah filosofi politik yang mengutamakan kebebasan individu di atas semuanya dan juga filosofi yang berlandaskan prinsip-prinsip free-market.

Untuk menjelaskan sepenuhnya konsep Libertarian tidaklah mudah karena topik ini sangat luas. Untuk itu, artikel ini akan membahas prinsip-prinsip konkrit yang di anut Libertarian. Prinsip-prinsip tersebut adalah:

1. Pemerintahan yang ramping

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Libertarian menganut sistem distribusi kekuasaan yang berlawanan dengan pemusatan kekuasaan di tangan segelintir orang. Libertarian tidak percaya dengan pemerintahan / birokrasi yang penuh dengan kekuasaan dan power dimana pemerintah mengatur semua aspek-aspek di dalam masyarakat, seperti pengaturan harga atau subsidi.

Ada dua alasan utama mengapa Libertarian menentang pemerintahan yang penuh dengan kekuasaan:

Pertama adalah, manusia, terlepas dari segala suku/agama/jenis kelamin/dll, pada dasarnya adalah mahluk yang egois (buku ‘The Selfish Gene‘ oleh Richard Dawkins membahas topik ini dengan bagus sekali). Hampir semua orang tidak benar-benar memiliki niat yang tulus untuk membantu orang lain, termasuk mereka yang berkuasa dan duduk di dalam pemerintahan. Ketika pemerintahan memiliki terlalu banyak kekuasaan, hal itu tidak akan pernah digunakan untuk kebaikan-kebaikan masyarakat pada umumnya, melainkan digunakan untuk kepentingan-kepentingan pribadi.

Alasan kedua adalah, sangatlah sulit sebenarnya untuk membuat suatu hukum/peraturan yang benar-benar baik dan benar. Biasanya peraturan yang mempunyai tujuan baik pada akhirnya akan menimbulkan lebih banyak masalah daripada memecahkan masalah. Contoh yang paling nyata adalah gaji minimum (atau di Indonesia biasa dikenal dengan UMR, Upah Minimum Regional). Di Amerika, peraturan gaji minimum dibuat dengan harapan bisa menaikkan taraf hidup orang-orang hitam, membebaskan mereka dari kemiskinan. Tapi nyatanya, yang terjadi adalah kebalikannya. Peraturan itu mencegah orang-orang hitam untuk memasuki dunia kerja karena harga keahlian mereka di bawah gaji minimum yang ditetapkan. Tidak ada perusahaan-perusahaan yang bersedia memperkerjakan mereka karena hal tersebut tidak lah masuk akal dari segi ekonomi perusahaan. Apabila pemerintah tidak memaksakan gaji minimum, orang-orang hitam bisa mendapatkan pekerjaan dengan gaji yang sesuai dan perlahan-lahan mereka akan membangun keahlian untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan yang lebih baik lagi. Dari sini kita bisa belajar bahwa peraturan dan pemaksaan tidak akan menghasilkan nilai-nilai yang positif melainkan process dan kerja keras yang menghasilkan hal-hal tersebut.

2. Kepemilikan pribadi (private property)

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Di dalam pandangan Libertarian, salah satu hal terpenting buat peran pemerintah dalam masyarakat adalah untuk melindungi kepemilikan pribadi. Artinya, seseorang tidak bisa mencuri dari orang lain atau memaksakan kehendaknya kepada orang lain tanpa persetujuan orang tersebut. Tanpa jaminan perlindungan, peradaban yang sehat tidak akan bertahan. Hukum kepemilikan pribadi juga dimaksudkan untuk melindungi masyarakt dari pemerintahnya. Sejarah telah membuktikan bahwa pemerintah sering kali menyalah gunakan kekuasaannya untuk mencapai tujuan yg salah dengan mencuri dan meng-eksekusi warga mereka sendiri. Seringkali, ancaman terbesar terhadap masyarakt datang dari pemerintahan mereka sendiri dan masyarakat butuh perlindungan dari pemerintahnya.

3. Pasar bebas (Free market)

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Pasar bebas adalah cara yang paling efisien untuk melaksanakan segala macam kegiatan ekonomi. Subsidi, proteksi atau segala macam peraturan spesial terhadap golongan tertentu tidak seharusnya diadakan, apakah itu terhadap perusahaan multi-nasional atau petani. Segala macam bentuk intervensi dari pemerintah hanya akan merusak dan menutupi harga dari sebuah barang atau jasa.

Harga barang/jasa yang murni adalah satu-satunya cara untuk mengkomunikasikan kepada masyarakat tentang keadaan permintaan (demand) dan persediaan (supply) barang and sangatlah penting sekali agar pasar bertindak sesuai dengan keadaan pemintaan dan ketersediann barang yang sesungguhnya. Ketika harga suatu barang tinggi, artinya ketersediaan barang rendah dan/atau permintaan tinggi. Dalam situasi seperti ini, pasar akan menghemat dan mengkonsumsi lebih sedikit karena kelangkaan barang/jasa sampai harga kembali ke level normal. Tetapi, ketika harga buatan di tetapkan oleh pemerintah untuk segala macam alasan, pasar akan menerima informasi yang salah tentang keadaan ketersiadaan dan permintaan barang yang sesungguhnya dan pasar akan mengambil tindakan yang negatif. Contohnya: pasar akan terus mengkonsumsi barang walaupun barang tersebut sudah sangatlah langka sampai ke situasi dimana barang tersebut benar-benar habis.

Contoh nyatanya adalah ketika pemerintah men-subsidi harga bensin. Walaupun maksudnya baik, yaitu untuk membuat harga bensin terjangkau, tetapi hal ini menyembunyikan tingkat permintaan dan persediaan barang yang sesungguhnya. Masyarakat akan berpikir bahwa bensin sangat berlimpah (karena harganya murah) dan mereka akan mengkonsumsi bensin dengan sembarangan. Pada akhirnya, mereka menyadari bahwa bensin tidaklah murah tetapi hal itu sudah terlambat karena bensin sudah sangatlah langka dan mahal.

Penutup

Ada banyak prinsip-prinsip Libertarian lainnya tetapi ketiga hal ini adalah prinsip-prinsip utama ideologi Libertarian. Apakah pernah ada masyarakat yang menjalankan prinsip Libertarian seutuhnya? Kemungkinan Amerika di tengah sampai penghujung abad ke 19 adalah masyarakat yang paling mendekati Libertarian utopia dan masa-masa itu adalah masa-masa emas Amerika dimana mereka berhasil memperkuat ekonomi mereka. Masa tersebut merupakan awal permulaannya negara adikuasa Amerika. Sebagai penutup, beberapa adalah tokoh-tokoh Libertarian yang sudah dikenal masyarakat pada umumnya:

  1. Ron Paul – ex-US Congresman dan kandidat Presiden Amerika di tahun 1988, 2008 dan 2012
  2. Peter Thiel – Pengusaha dan salah satu pendiri Paypal
  3. Jesse Ventura – ex-Gubernur Minessota dan ex pegulat professional
  4. Jeff Bezos – Pendiri dan CEO Amazon.com

(untuk daftar yang lebih lengkap, silahkan lihat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_libertarians_in_the_United_States)

Synonyms for Writing-Aid

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Taken from Quora

Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary

Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden

Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed

Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge

Ask- — question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz

Awful — dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant

Bad — evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavorable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant, cross, nasty, unfriendly, irascible, horrible, atrocious, outrageous, scandalous, infamous, wrong, noxious, sinister, putrid, snide, deplorable, dismal, gross, heinous, nefarious, base, obnoxious, detestable, despicable, contemptible, foul, rank, ghastly, execrable

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Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate

Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous

Brave — courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome

Break — fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomize

Bright — shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colorful, lustrous, luminous, incandescent, intelligent, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual

Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof

Come — approach, advance, near, arrive, reach

Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid

Crooked — bent, twisted, curved, hooked, zigzag

Cry — shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar, bellow, weep, wail, sob, bawl

Cut — gash, slash, prick, nick, sever, slice, carve, cleave, slit, chop, crop, lop, reduce

Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe

Dark — shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, dim, dusky, shaded, sunless, black, dismal, sad

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Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious

Delicious — savory, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite

Describe — portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record

Destroy — ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish

Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility

Do — execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve, attain

Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid, unimaginative, lifeless, dead, insensible, tedious, wearisome, listless, expressionless, plain, monotonous, humdrum, dreary

Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested, alive to

End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt, cessation, discontinuance

Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, luxuriate in, bask in, relish, devour, savor, like

Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for

Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest

Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble

False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious

Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious

Fast — quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, lickety-split, posthaste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash

Fat — stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, plump, full, rotund, tubby, pudgy, chubby, chunky, burly, bulky, elephantine

Fear — fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension

Fly — soar, hover, flit, wing, flee, waft, glide, coast, skim, sail, cruise

Funny — humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly

Get — acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain, fetch, find, score, accumulate, win, earn, rep, catch, net, bag, derive, collect, gather, glean, pick up, accept, come by, regain, salvage

Go — recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed

Good — excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvelous, qualified, suited, suitable, apt, proper, capable, generous, kindly, friendly, gracious, obliging, pleasant, agreeable, pleasurable, satisfactory, well-behaved, obedient, honorable, reliable, trustworthy, safe, favorable, profitable, advantageous, righteous, expedient, helpful, valid, genuine, ample, salubrious, estimable, beneficial, splendid, great, noble, worthy, first-rate, top-notch, grand, sterling, superb, respectable, edifying

Great — noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty

Gross — improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude, vulgar, outrageous, extreme, grievous, shameful, uncouth, obscene, low

Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed

Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavor, dislike, disapprove, abominate

Have — hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain, maintain, believe, bear, beget, occupy, absorb, fill, enjoy

Help — aid, assist, support, encourage, back, wait on, attend, serve, relieve, succor, benefit, befriend, abet

Hide — conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil

Hurry — rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle

Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress, afflict, pain

Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief

Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary, principal, considerable, famous, distinguished, notable, well-known

Interesting — fascinating, engaging, sharp, keen, bright, intelligent, animated, spirited, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, involving, moving, titillating, tantalizing, exciting, entertaining, piquant, lively, racy, spicy, engrossing, absorbing, consuming, gripping, arresting, enthralling, spellbinding, curious, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, appealing

Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support

Kill — slay, execute, assassinate, murder, destroy, cancel, abolish

Lazy — indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish

Little — tiny, small, diminutive, shrimp, runt, miniature, puny, exiguous, dinky, cramped, limited, itsy-bitsy, microscopic, slight, petite, minute

Look — gaze, see, glance, watch, survey, study, seek, search for, peek, peep, glimpse, stare, contemplate, examine, gape, ogle, scrutinize, inspect, leer, behold, observe, view, witness, perceive, spy, sight, discover, notice, recognize, peer, eye, gawk, peruse, explore

Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for, cherish, adore, treasure, worship, appreciate, savor

Make — create, originate, invent, beget, form, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop, do, effect, execute, compose, perform, accomplish, earn, gain, obtain, acquire, get

Mark — label, tag, price, ticket, impress, effect, trace, imprint, stamp, brand, sign, note, heed, notice, designate

Mischievous — prankish, playful, naughty, roguish, waggish, impish, sportive

Move — plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, poke, drag, toddle, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, mosey, jog, plug, trudge, slump, lumber, trail, lag, run, sprint, trip, bound, hotfoot, high- tail, streak, stride, tear, breeze, whisk, rush, dash, dart, bolt, fling, scamper, scurry, skedaddle, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, hump, gallop, lope, accelerate, stir, budge, travel, wander, roam, journey, trek, ride, spin, slip, glide, slide, slither, coast, flow, sail, saunter, hobble, amble, stagger, paddle, slouch, prance, straggle, meander, perambulate, waddle, wobble, pace, swagger, promenade, lunge

Moody — temperamental, changeable, short-tempered, glum, morose, sullen, mopish, irritable, testy, peevish, fretful, spiteful, sulky, touchy

Neat — clean, orderly, tidy, trim, dapper, natty, smart, elegant, well-organized, super, desirable, spruce, shipshape, well-kept, shapely

New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent

Old — feeble, frail, ancient, weak, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, ragged, faded, broken-down, former, old-fashioned, outmoded, passe, veteran, mature, venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, conventional, customary, stale, musty, obsolete, extinct

Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment

Place — space, area, spot, plot, region, location, situation, position, residence, dwelling, set, site, station, status, state

Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint

Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, favorite, celebrated, common, current

Predicament — quandary, dilemma, pickle, problem, plight, spot, scrape, jam

Put — place, set, attach, establish, assign, keep, save, set aside, effect, achieve, do, build

Quiet — silent, still, soundless, mute, tranquil, peaceful, calm, restful

Right — correct, accurate, factual, true, good, just, honest, upright, lawful, moral, proper, suitable, apt, legal, fair

Run — race, speed, hurry, hasten, sprint, dash, rush, escape, elope, flee

Say/Tell — inform, notify, advise, relate, recount, narrate, explain, reveal, disclose, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, enlighten, instruct, insist, teach, train, direct, issue, remark, converse, speak, affirm, suppose, utter, negate, express, verbalize, voice, articulate, pronounce, deliver, convey, impart, assert, state, allege, mutter, mumble, whisper, sigh, exclaim, yell, sing, yelp, snarl, hiss, grunt, snort, roar, bellow, thunder, boom, scream, shriek, screech, squawk, whine, philosophize, stammer, stutter, lisp, drawl, jabber, protest, announce, swear, vow, content, assure, deny, dispute

Scared — afraid, frightened, alarmed, terrified, panicked, fearful, unnerved, insecure, timid, shy, skittish, jumpy, disquieted, worried, vexed, troubled, disturbed, horrified, terrorized, shocked, petrified, haunted, timorous, shrinking, tremulous, stupefied, paralyzed, stunned, apprehensive

Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose

Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious, slack

Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit

Story — tale, myth, legend, fable, yarn, account, narrative, chronicle, epic, sage, anecdote, record, memoir

Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, uncommon, queer, weird, outlandish, curious, unique, exclusive, irregular

Take — hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume

Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat

Think — judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate

Trouble — distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort

True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch

Ugly — hideous, frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, monstrous, terrifying, gross, grisly, ghastly, horrid, unsightly, plain, homely, evil, repulsive, repugnant, gruesome

Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad

Use — employ, utilize, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise

Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable

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Libertarian – an ideology worth considering

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What is Libertarian? At best, people might know it as a US political third party and at worst, it is mistaken as modern liberalism (best represented by contemporary US Democratic Party). Moreover, Libertarian, as a word, covers quite a broad range of political positions (from anarcho-capitalist to small-government supporter). To limit the scope of this article, the Libertarian explored in this article refers to “Ron Paul” Libertarian (for a lack of better word). Libertarian is a political philosophy that puts individual freedom above everything else and it is also a strong proponent of free-market system.

While it might be difficult to fully explain the whole concept of Libertarian idea, this article will list down some concrete principles that any Libertarians would adhere:

1. Small government

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Libertarian believes in the distribution of powers rather than a concentration of powers in a small group of people. Libertarian distances itself from big-government where government controls every aspects of society, from price-fixing to subsidy. There are two main reasons why big government is such a bad idea: first, people are inherently selfish (please read the book ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins which covers this topic in an excellent fashion). The majority of the people don’t have genuine interests in helping other people, including those who posses enormous power. When government has too much power, it will never be exercised for the good of people but for the good of itself (which is a representation of a particular group, not the whole society). Second, it is extremely difficult to write a decent policy, let alone a good or great one. Any policy with good intention usually ends up creating more problem than fixing it. A prime example is minimum wage policy. In the US, it was written to help black people getting out of poverty but it actually did the opposite. It blocked black people from entering the workforce because their skill value was below the minimum wage and no employers were willing to hire them. Had government not enforced minimum wage, black people would have gotten employed at a fair-price and accumulated skills to raise their value. That is, policy and force don’t create value, process and hard-working do.

2. Private property

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In Libertarian view, one of the most (if not the most) important roles of government is to respect private property. That is, you can’t steal from your neighbors or enforce anything to other people without their consent. Without a guaranteed protection, society won’t thrive. Private property law also protects people from its government, the necessary evil in a society. History has proven repeteadly that government abuses its power to achieve its unjustified means by stealing and prosecuting their own citizens. A lot of times, the biggest threat to society comes from its own government and the people needs full protection from its ruler.

3. Free market

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Free market is the most efficient way to conduct economy activities. Subsidies, protection, or any particular treatment to special groups, should not be imposed, whether it is a multinational company or a farmer. Any kinds of government intervention disrupts and masks the actual price. Genuine market price is the only way to communicate supply and demand to the people and it is important for the market to act according to the real supply and demand. When price is high, supply is low and/or demand is high. In this situation, market will conserve more and spend less because the of the scarcity until the price is back at the expected level. However, when the price is artififically set by government for whatever reason, the market is misinformed of the actual supply and demand and the market will act in a destructive manner, e.g.: it will keep consuming goods even though they are scarce and it will get to the point when the goods are completely gone. A good example is when government subsidizes the price of gas. Although the intention is good, i.e. to make gas affordable, but it masks the actual demand. People think gas is abundant (because it is cheap) and they will overspend and waste gas unnecessarily. At the end, they realize the real high price of gas but it’s too late because it is already extremely scarce and expensive.

There are many other important Libertarian principles but these three are at the cores of Libertarian ideology. Has there been any society that fully implements Libertarian idea? Perhaps, US in mid to late 19th century is the closest to Libertarian utopia and it was arguably the golden age of US where it managed to accumulate abundant amount of wealth and marked the beginning of super power. As a closing, some of public figures who are strong proponents of Liberarian idea:

  1. Ron Paul – Former US Congresman and Presidential candidates
  2. Peter Thiel – Enterpreneur and Paypal co-founder
  3. Jesse Ventura – Former Governor of Minessota and former professional wrestler
  4. Jeff Bezos – Founder and CEO of Amazon.com

(for more exhaustive list, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_libertarians_in_the_United_States)

Create new MySQL database

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  1. Create user:
    1. login as root: mysql -u root -p
    2. create user '<username>'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '<password>'
  2. Create database:
    1. create database <database_name>
  3. Grant access to the user:
    1. grant all on <database name>.* TO '<username>'@'localhost'

Install ionCube

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  1. wget http://downloads3.ioncube.com/loader_downloads/ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz
  2. tar xvfz ioncube_loaders_lin_x86.tar.gz
  3. php -i | grep extension_dir => get extention_dir
  4. sudo cp "ioncube/ioncube_loader_lin_${PHP_VERSION}.so" /usr/lib/php5/20090626+lfs/
  5. sudo service apache2 restart

elasticsearch and kibana setup

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elasticsearch

  1. Cluster name:
  • config/elasticsearch.yml: set cluster.name
  1. Run the cluster: bin/elasticsearch -d

  2. Shutdown cluster: curl -XPOST 'http://localhost:9200/_shutdown

  3. Install Marvel:

    $ ./bin/plugin -i elasticsearch/marvel/latest

    $ echo ‘marvel.agent.enabled: false’ >> ./config/elasticsearch.yml

Install YouCompleteMe VIM Plugin

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Requirements:

1.  Cmake 
2.  Python with the development library

Note in this steps, my clang folder is /home/user/anapitupulu/local/clang+llvm-3.4-x86_64-fedora20/ and my Python lib dir is /home/user/anapitupulu/local/lib/python2.6.
Since they are very likely to be different in your case, you have to adjust it according you our environment:

1. Install Pathogen:

mkdir -p ~/.vim/autoload ~/.vim/bundle && curl -LSso ~/.vim/autoload/pathogen.vim https://tpo.pe/pathogen.vim

2. Install Vundle:

git clone https://github.com/gmarik/Vundle.vim.git ~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim

3. Download and Compile VIM with Python support:

  1. hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
  2. cd vim/src
  3. ./configure --prefix=$HOME/local --enable-pythoninterp --with-python-config-dir=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/lib/python2.6/config/ --with-x
    • Set --prefix to where you want to install VIM
    • Set --with-python-config-dir to where your Python config dir is
  4. make
  5. make install

4. Get my .vimrc:

  1. git clone https://github.com/sleigner/linux-home.git
  2. ln -s linux-home/.vimrc $HOME/.vimrc

5. Download clang+llvm:

  1. wget http://llvm.org/releases/3.4.2/clang+llvm-3.4.2-x86_64-fedora20.xz
  2. tar xvfJ <filename.tar.xz>

6. Compile YCM:

  1. mkdir ~/ycm_build
  2. cd ~/ycm_build
With C-language family support (i.e. if you work with C / C++)

3.a cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" -DPATH_TO_LLVM_ROOT=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/clang+llvm-3.4-x86_64-fedora20/ -DEXTERNAL_LIBCLANG_PATH=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/clang+llvm-3.4-x86_64-fedora20/lib/libclang.so -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/include/python2.6/ -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/lib/libpython2.6.so . ~/.vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe/third_party/ycmd/cpp/

Without C-language family support

3.b cmake -G "Unix Makefiles" -DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/include/python2.6/ -DPYTHON_LIBRARY=/home/user/anapitupulu/local/lib/libpython2.6.so . ~/.vim/bundle/YouCompleteMe/third_party/ycmd/cpp

* Set `-DPATH_TO_LLVM_ROOT` to the root folder of your clang+llvm
* Set `-DEXTERNAL_LIBCLANG_PATH` to the lib folder of your clang+llvm
* Set `-DPYTHON_INCLUDE_DIR` to the include folder of your Python
* Set `-DPYTHON_LIBRARY` to the lib folder of your Python

4. make ycm_support_libs