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I moved to Google Reader some months ago for all of my RSS needs.  I had become increasingly annoyed by the fragility of LJ's aggregator; the slightest formatting anomaly in an RSS entry could cause my entire friends page to puke, and it had become cluttered to the point that I would often miss a friend's journal entry while scrolling through 37 Slashdot postings.  Moving the feeds to a separate reader cleaned things up considerably, and Google's implementation is the slickest and most robust I've seen.

I don't read a lot of feeds—and I can barely keep up with the ones I have now—but I'll share what I read regularly:

  • The Agitator
    FOXnews.com commentator and former Cato policy analyst Radley Balko's blog, mostly focusing on individual rights and government abuse of power.  He has been one of the leading media crusaders on the abortion of justice that is the Cory Maye case.
  • Autoblog
    All car news, all the time.  Daily postings on the automotive industry and car shows, plus mods, conversions, tech gadgets and other cool stuff.  Its sister blog, Autoblog Green, focuses on hybrid, electric and alternative-fuel vehicles and technologies.
  • Coyote Blog
    Blog of a small business owner with a free-market perspective.  He's also a novelist.
  • Ideas
    David Friedman's blog.  Friedman is a professor at Santa Clara University and the son of Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.  He's also a novelist and the author of The Machinery of Freedom, one of the most influential books of the anarcho-capitalist movement.
  • The LawDog Files
    If you don't think police work can be funny, you haven't read LawDog.  Riotous stories from a Texas sheriff deputy's beat that COPS would never cover.
  • Marginal Revolution
    Libertarian economics blog written by George Mason University economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok.  Very accessible to non-economists, although it occasionally makes my head explode.
  • My Boring Ass Life
    Kevin Smith's blog.  A no-brainer for Smith fans, but even if you're not a fan, I recommend his series of posts on his friend and frequent film star Jason Mewes' long road to sobriety (start here—unfortunately they're not tagged so you'll have to dig through the archives a bit to read them all).
  • The Picket Line
    Great blog about tax resistance.  Not protest—not illegal tax evasion—but one person's experience with reducing his income to the point that he pays no Federal income tax, without having to live out of his car or eat from a Dumpster behind McDonald's.
  • PostSecret
    Probably needs no introduction for most of you, although I think it's lost a bit of its initial allure now that it's gone Big Time.  I predict it will not be long before someone turns up in a car trunk somewhere and a PostSecret submission is blamed in the media.
  • Q and O
    A "neolibertarian" blog, neolibertarianism being defined (as best as I can tell) as traditional conservatism, but they'll let the homos and potheads have their fun.  While it's a bit too right-leaning at times for my taste, Q and O still provides good insight into a variety of political, economic and social issues.
  • Russ Nelson
    Austrian-school economist, engineer, open-source software advocate and Quaker.  This was the first libertarian blog I added to my LJ friends list.
  • Slashdot
    News for nerds, stuff that matters.  Still mostly relevant after nine years.  Its gradual editorial slide to the left is annoying; once upon a time it stuck to the actual news and left the partisan spin to the comments section.  But for one-stop nerd news it's hard to beat.  I have a five-digit user ID which makes me slightly l33t.
  • Snopes
    My first (OK, only) line of defense against e-mail hoaxes, chain letters, urban legends and mass-induced stupidity.
  • SOB: Scion of Backronymics
    Friend and fellow Coloradoan Chad Perrin's blog, focusing on programming, open-source software advocacy, intellectual property issues, politics, the occasional cultural bit and anything else Chad thinks he can piss people off about.  He is also apotheon on LJ but no longer hangs out there.
  • Watashi to Tokyo
    My most recent addition, and one of the most interesting: an insider's guide to Tokyo (and Japanese arts and culture), written by a native in mostly excellent English.

Feel free to comment with your own interesting finds in the blogosphere.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I just joined Google reader-- but how do you get it let you read friens locked items?
Jan. 9th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't Google reader can do that, unless it can somehow supply LJ with your credentials. I think only public entries from an LJ are published in the feed.
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
If you are a paid member there is a style/template that you can use for just this purpose. For non-paid members you have to run a script that will login to your account, grab your friends page, and then reformat it for the reader. I used to have a script for just this purpose but it was slow and didn't work 100% how I wanted it and of course something shiny came along and I was off on something else.

Do a google search for info on using rss for friends posts and you'll find info on how to do it for paid users... it's the easiest way.
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
okay, mister picket line... how do I get more of my income translated into cold hard cash for me? That's really my bottom line... I don't have the motivation to dig up the government's annual budget, figure out which programs I like and which I don't, and then give them a proportional cut of my paycheck... so I'm not a very good tax protester. I'm a pig. I'm a complete fucking capitalist pig. How can I get the IRS to recognise that, and let me have my piggy bank a bit fuller?

and don't say "continue to not get a job successfully"... I realise that's an option and I hate it.
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Mr. Picket Line here (didn’t see that coming, didja?)

First off, I recommend that you read my howto guide. It discusses many of the methods by which folks like me earn a very reasonable income without turning any of it over to Washington as income tax. A lot of this amounts to learning more about the various legitimate deductions and credits that are available, and how they may be most efficiently and effectively combined.
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Heh. Wow. I've been reading The Picket Line for like a year and didn't realize you were also on LJ. Anyway, thanks for stopping by and answering Jake's question; I was just going to link to the same page anyway. ;-)
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
My favorite blog is reasons hit and run.
Jan. 10th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Some of my favorite libertarian blogs (albeit somewhat more left-leaning) are Unqualified Offerings, Daily Ioz and The Last Argument.
Feb. 1st, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
By the way . . .
I just noticed that your link to SOB uses an old, slightly broken URL. It reads apotheon.org/sob when it should read sob.apotheon.org instead.
Feb. 1st, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: By the way . . .
Noted. It was probably cached in my browser history that way.
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