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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,377
Monday, February 1st, 2016
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In the News:

1) Nigeria: Officials say 86 dead in Boko Haram attack
2) China shares subdued as economic news disappoints
3) Syria: Dozens killed by bombs, clouding UN peace session
4) Report: Zika virus spreads to Jamaica
5) Iran: Commanders receive “victory” medals for capturing US sailors
6) Ex-Super Bowl QB Jim McMahon used medical marijuana to quit painkillers
7) Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dies at 56
8) Could Italy finally recognize same-sex unions?
9) US pledges $97 million to combat Ethiopia’s drought
10) Airstrike targeting British hacker working for Isis killed three civilians instead, US admits
11) Nigeria reinstates general implicated in mass murder
12) CA: Buddhist monk, neighbors at odds over temple expansion
13) OR: FBI negotiates with defiant refuge holdouts
14) Annual physical wastes time & money, some doctors say
15) Canada: Man jailed for not having cat licence

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) What’s a vote-waster to do?
17) Tyranny, defiance, and the death of LaVoy Finicum
18) Seventh GOP debate: Another Fox News circus
19) Bernie Sanders
20) Remember Kosovo?
21) A close encounter with Ben Carson
22) In support of sex workers rights
23) Why FCC Title II telephone privacy rules can’t work with an open Internet
24) How Bernie Sanders put socialism to work in Burlington
25) Free Life Podcast, 01/30/16: Self-defence and the nation
26) Trump and smart foreign policy: Both missing from the GOP debate
27) Ack! Here come Trump’s first 100 days
28) On net-cruelty
29) Reformer Senator Cruz and brutal Mister Hyde
30) The KN@PP Stir Episode 64: Goodbye Google?/Austin Petersen WTF?
31) Killing cowboys: Death in the west
32) End youth imprisonment now
33) What do you mean “Sanders might be another George McGovern?”
34) No one great choice for president
35) Two reasons why Bernie Sanders could win Iowa
36) The Ziegfeld’s last picture show
37) URGENT: Congress about to surrender all “war powers” to the President
38) The “Bernie bros” narrative: A cheap campaign tactic masquerading as journalism and social activism
39) War & empire are not conservative
40) American progressives inspired Hitler (and vice versa)
41) The Bill of Rights revisited
42) The Republican establishment’s delegate problem
43) The police consider accountability laughable, because it is (for them)
44) Stupid Patent of the Month: Sharing your hard copy documents, but on a social network
45) An Oscar for personal courage

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***** In the News *****

1) Nigeria: Officials say 86 dead in Boko Haram attack
Source: Charlotte Observer

“A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night’s attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria’s northeast.” (01/31/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/world/article57579423.html

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2) China shares subdued as economic news disappoints
Source: Reuters

“Chinese shares got off to a halting start on Monday after an official measure of activity in the giant factory sector fell to its lowest since mid-2012, offering no respite from the economic drift that has dogged markets for months. The official version of the PMI survey for manufacturing slipped to 49.4 in January, from 49.7 the month before and short of forecasts of 49.6.” (01/31/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-markets-idUSKCN0VA18X

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3) Syria: Dozens killed by bombs, clouding UN peace session
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian issues before it will join formal talks on ending the five-year civil war. The attacks were claimed by militants from the Islamic State group, and Syria’s delegate to the U.N.-sponsored peace talks said the violence confirmed the connection between ‘terrorism’ and ‘some political groups’ — a reference to those who oppose President Bashar Assad.” (01/31/16)

http://www.statesville.com/news/world/ap/dozens-killed-by-bombs-in-syria-clouding-un-peace-session/article_16d7e700-373c-532e-8bbd-4edefbdb2815.html

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4) Report: Zika virus spreads to Jamaica
Source: Raw Story

“Amid concerns over the rapid spread of the Zika virus, Jamaica confirmed Saturday the virus had spread to its shores, and Colombia reported more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected. The Jamaican Ministry of Health said in a statement a child with the confirmed case of the virus started showing symptoms earlier this month when she returned home from a trip to Texas. Jamaican officials are investigating the source of the virus. No other members of the family of the child have tested positive, and the Ministry of Health is looking into whether there are other cases of the disease near where the child lives. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to an increase in the number of cases of microcephaly, a rare brain defect in babies that causes them to have abnormally small heads, leading to improper brain function, the Associated Press reported.” (01/31/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/zika-virus-spreads-to-jamaica

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5) Iran: Commanders receive “victory” medals for capturing US sailors
Source: Newsy

“Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, awarded the Fath, or victory medal, to five Iranian naval commanders for their part in capturing 10 U.S. sailors earlier this month. On Jan. 12, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps captured two boats carrying 10 American sailors and released footage through a state-run news organization of those sailors surrendering. The boats reportedly drifted into Iranian waters after developing mechanical issues. The sailors were released a day later.” (01/31/16)

http://www.newsy.com/videos/iranian-commanders-receive-victory-medals-for-capturing-us-sailors/

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6) Ex-Super Bowl QB Jim McMahon used medical marijuana to quit painkillers
Source: Smell the Truth

“As current athletes continue to receive punishments for marijuana use, Jim McMahon now uses medical marijuana to cope with his sports-related injuries. The ex-Chicago Bears quarterback spoke out about using medical marijuana this week during a team reunion celebrating their Super Bowl win 30 years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports. Now 56, McMahon has gone from throwing touchdown passes to suffering debilitating health conditions, as a result of a career filled with multiple concussions and a broken neck. He has been diagnosed with early onset dementia and frequently experiences severe headaches, depression, memory loss, and vision and speech problems.” (01/29/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/01/29/former-super-bowl-qb-jim-mcmahon-used-medical-marijuana-to-quit-painkillers

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7) Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores dies at 56
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Former Salvadoran President Francisco Flores, whose five years in power were tarnished by accusations of corruption and elitism, died Saturday in the capital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, his party said. He was 56. The former leader had been in a coma since undergoing emergency surgery. Flores, who led El Salvador from 1999 to 2004, was under house arrest on charges of embezzlement and illegal enrichment.” (01/31/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/former-president-of-el-salvador-francisco-flores-dies-at/article_9f6bc745-1346-576b-867d-1b00ffa035ec.html

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8) Could Italy finally recognize same-sex unions?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Behind signs that read ‘We defend our children,’ hundreds of thousands of Italians congregated in Rome Saturday to protest a bill that would legalize same-sex unions. Italy is currently the only country in western Europe that has yet to recognize gay marriage or civil unions, largely due to the pervasive influence of the Catholic Church. But next week, lawmakers in the Italian senate will vote on a law that will extend all the legal rights under marriage to same-sex couples in civil unions, as well as to unmarried heterosexual couples.” (01/31/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Global-News/2016/0131/Could-Italy-finally-recognize-same-sex-unions

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9) US pledges $97 million to combat Ethiopia’s drought
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Sunday. The aid is urgently needed to head off a humanitarian disaster brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon that has affected seasonal rains, USAID administrator Gayle Smith said.” (01/31/16)

http://www.statesville.com/news/world/ap/us-pledges-m-to-combat-ethiopia-s-drought/article_b13a6784-ec2b-58bb-a7d3-e9abac34315d.html

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10) Airstrike targeting British hacker working for Isis killed three civilians instead, US admits
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“An August airstrike targeting a British hacker for the Islamic State (Isis) instead killed three civilians and wounded five more, the US military has announced. A US airstrike meant for Junaid Hussain near the militant group’s Syrian capital of Raqqa on 13 August, instead killed noncombatants said to be “in the vicinity” of the strike.” (01/29/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jan/29/sis-airstrike-syria-civilians-killed-us-military-junaid-hussain

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11) Nigeria reinstates general implicated in mass murder
Source: ABC News

“Nigeria has reinstated a general implicated in mass murder, underlining the government’s ‘monumental failure’ to stamp out impunity for war crimes, Amnesty International said Monday. The London-based rights group last year called for an investigation of nine senior commanders including Maj. Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed for possible criminal responsibility for war crimes including the deaths of more than 8,000 detainees since 2011.” (01/31/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-nigeria-reinstates-general-implicated-mass-murder-36631713

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12) CA: Buddhist monk, neighbors at odds over temple expansion
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“For those who want to live in peace and quiet in the tranquil foothills east of [San Jose, California], it would be hard to imagine a better neighbor than a Buddhist monk. But neighbors say monk Tuan Van Nguyen, who goes by Master Thich Duc Huy, and his Canh Thai Temple have carried on like a boisterous tent revival on Klein Road just outside San Jose’s city limits. They call Huy a ‘little Napoleon,’ and a ‘hunk of a monk’ with a reputation for doing things that just don’t seem very Buddhist. And now they’re livid over his proposed 7,000-square-foot temple expansion, which the Santa Clara County Board of supervisors will consider Feb. 9.” (01/31/16)

http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_29456984/san-jose-residents-face-off-monk-over-proposed

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13) OR: FBI negotiates with defiant refuge holdouts
Source: Reuters

“The FBI negotiated with four armed occupants at a remote federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Saturday while the holdouts in a video posted online expressed their mistrust of the government and reluctance to leave. One of the four protesters remaining at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge said in a darkly lit video posted on Friday that he wanted to be assured he would not be arrested if he left. Others with him expressed similar sentiments. Tensions in the standoff remained high four days after Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum, 54, a spokesman for the group that seized buildings at the refuge on Jan. 2, was killed by police during the arrests of occupation leader Ammon Bundy and several other protesters as they traveled on a highway.” (01/31/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oregon-militia-idUSKCN0V900C

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14) Annual physical wastes time & money, some doctors say
Source: USA Today

“Mary Ann Bauman, an internist in Oklahoma City, says she has a rule for her patients: ‘I tell them if they want to see me as their doctor, they have to come in once a year’ for a checkup. It’s a chance, she says, for doctor and patient to get to know one another, to fit in any tests that are due and to talk about everything from exercise habits to stress. Zackary Berger, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, takes a different approach: ‘I like to see patients regularly,’ he says. ‘But when patients ask me “When should I see you next, doctor?” I say, “I’ll see you when you need to see me.”‘ The fact that patients are getting such differing messages on what was once an unquestioned pillar of medicine (the routine or annual checkup) is not surprising.” (01/31/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2016/01/31/annual-physical-doctors-debate/79205052/

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15) Canada: Man jailed for not having cat licence
Source: Ottawa Sun

“The capital’s cat scofflaw is now a jailbird. Dan Smith was jailed Thursday for not having a Gatineau licence for a cat he says isn’t even his. The 65-year-old retired refrigeration technician arrived at the Gatineau police station around 10 a.m. ‘I want to get this over with,’ Smith said. ‘I’m turning myself in,’ Smith told a woman at the front desk of the station. ‘I’m surrendering.’ Smith has been chased for months by animal control officers and police in Gatineau over a $276 charge — fine and court costs — after being found guilty last summer of not having a licence for a cat, as required under municipal bylaw. Smith, however, says that ‘Winnie’ isn’t his, and it’s feral anyway, and he doesn’t even live in Gatineau.” [hat tip — David Klaus] [editor’s note: Smith was freed early due to overcrowding, but the original story was better than that one (there are links between the two if you are interested) – TLK] -(01/28/16)

http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/01/28/

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

16) What’s a vote-waster to do?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“I have a confession to make. I’m one of those dreadful people who ‘waste’ their votes. At least this is what I’ve been doing, according to what generally passes for wisdom. And I plan on doing it again this year. Many Americans would tell me that I should be sorry, but I must make one further confession: I’m not.” (01/30/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1514

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17) Tyranny, defiance, and the death of LaVoy Finicum
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“LaVoy Finicum, who was shot at a roadblock by Oregon State Troopers and left to bleed to death in the snow, was not a violent criminal. He and his colleagues from the group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were traveling to John Day, Oregon to organize political resistance to federal control over lands in the western United States. After trying to run the roadblock, Finicum plowed his vehicle into a snowbank. He exited with his hands in the air, staggering in the snow before making a motion with his right hand that the FBI claims was an effort to grab a handgun. Another possibility is that Finicum, as some witnesses claim, was shot while his hands were raised in a posture of surrender, and that his subsequent movements were involuntary.” (01/28/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/01/tyranny-defiance-and-death-of-lavoy.html

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18) Seventh GOP debate: Another Fox News circus
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“One can hardly blame Donald Trump for skipping the recent Fox News Channel presidential debate in favor of hosting an event to raise money for wounded military veterans. After all, just like the first so-called Fox News ‘debate,’ it really wasn’t a political debate at all. It was just another show — a circus performance for the purpose of audience entertainment — not serious intellectual edification.” (01/31/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/01/7th-gop-debate-another-fox-news-circus.html

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19) Bernie Sanders
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I suppose that the hypocrisies of the left are no more murderous and glaring than those of the northeastern liberal right. I think it depends on what you’re used to. My regard (if you choose to call it that) for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Leader Mitch McConnel (and the feebs who elected them) has gone from contempt to loathing. But if you take nothing else from this essay, take this: Bernie Sanders is the advocate for a political system that murdered over two hundred million people in the twentieth century alone. Here is what that looks like: 200,000,000. That’s ten cities the size of Greater Los Angeles.” (01/31/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle857-20160131-02.html

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20) Remember Kosovo?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In Pristina, the capital of the make-believe country of Kosovo, there is a street named after Bill Clinton, and a statue of Bill — done in the Socialist Realist style — towers over the main square. They also named a boulevard after George W. Bush, perhaps to hedge their bets after the Republicans took the White House. You couldn’t ask for a more ‘pro-American’ country than this one: but that’s just on the surface. Undercurrents of rabid nationalism — and real resentment of the Americans and Europeans who have been baby-sitting the Kosovars all these years — is now breaking out that threatens whatever modicum of stability Kosovo has ever known.” (02/01/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/01/31/remember-kosovo-2/

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21) A close encounter with Ben Carson
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Miller

“Only three months ago, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson had a significant lead in the Iowa polls (as much as nine points) and politicos were thinking that, just maybe, the neurosurgeon had the antidote to Trump Fever. This Saturday night, with less than 48 hours to go until the Iowa caucuses, he’s fallen back. Carson is currently polling behind Trump, Cruz, and Rubio with less than 10 percent support. He’s struggled to articulate his platform into coherent thoughts during the debates, often becoming the butt of the joke on Twitter. His lackluster debate performances and his polling, however, appear to have little impact on his ability to draw crowds.” (01/31/16)

http://prospect.org/article/close-encounter-ben-carson

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22) In support of sex workers rights
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“At the August 2015 International Council Meeting of Amnesty International, ‘[d]elegates from around the world authorized the International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue [of sex workers rights].’ Amnesty International reported, ‘The resolution recommends that Amnesty International develop a policy that supports the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work. The policy will also call on states to ensure that sex workers enjoy full and equal legal protection from exploitation, trafficking and violence.'” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (01/31/16)

http://fpp.cc/in-support-of-sex-workers-rights/

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23) Why FCC Title II telephone privacy rules can’t work with an open Internet
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“Square peg meet round hole. The FCC is poised to try and force-fit inherently-irreconcilable, telephone closed-ecosystem privacy rules into a broadband open-system Internet. Good luck with that. Expect the FCC to have fits trying to successfully craft workable, non-arbitrary, and legally-sustainable Title II broadband privacy rules in the year ahead. It is a problem of the FCC’s own making.” (01/30/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/why-fcc-title-ii-telephone-privacy-rules-cant-work-with-an-open-internet/

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24) How Bernie Sanders put socialism to work in Burlington
Source: In These Times
by David Moberg

“Written in March of 1983 by In These Times veteran reporter David Moberg (soon after Sanders’ first reelection as mayor of Burlington, Vermont) this never-before-published-online article offers a detailed look at the current Democratic presidential candidate’s first mayoral term, and how, with the help a broad coalition, he was able to overcome fierce opposition from the city’s political establishment to implement a progressive agenda. With Sanders currently tied or leading in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, this profile offers perspective on what a democratic socialist-led government could look like, and how his political success in Burlington (from outsider to contender) mirrors his rise nationally.” (01/29/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18806/this-1983-profile-of-bernie-sanders-shows-how-his-success-in-burlington-mir

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25) Free Life Podcast, 01/30/16: Self-defence and the nation
Source: Libertarian Alliance

“In this episode of the Free Life Podcast, Facebook’s support for gun control, the safety of German women, and the idea of the nation, amongst other things, are discussed.” [various formats] (01/30/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/01/30/self-defence-and-the-nation/

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26) Trump and smart foreign policy: Both missing from the GOP debate
Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates accurately described the state of foreign affairs discourse during prior Republican debates, when he noted ‘either they really believe what they’re saying, or they’re cynical and opportunistic, and, in a way, you hope it’s the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.’ Thursday night’s debate, the last before the Iowa Caucasus, was no exception. All the candidates talked tough — sometimes taking it to quite ridiculous extremes — but most were either unwilling or unable to offer any specific foreign policy proposals, or to deviate from clearly planned talking points.” (01/29/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-smart-foreign-policy-both-missing-gop-debate

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27) Ack! Here come Trump’s first 100 days
Source: USA Today
by Paul Mero

“A little less than a year from now the next president will be sworn in. The first 100 days of a new presidency sets the tone for every other day. They send a message to Congress and the world about the kind of leader we have elected — not just in terms of policy, but also in tone, style and temperament. … Based on Trump’s comments and claims so far on the campaign trail, as well as extensive research into his activities, we have a reasonably certain idea of what Trump would do bursting out of the gate as our new president.” (01/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/29/donald-trump-first-100-days-president-actions-elections-2016-column/79425180

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28) On net-cruelty
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“A hungry woman dying of thirst in the desert is approached by an entrepreneur who offers her unlimited quantities of bottles of water and a selection of snacks, all at a price of $0. No strings attached. The entrepreneur also informs the woman that, if she wishes, he’ll sell to her a seven-course meal (champagne included) for $100. A moment later an armed regulator shows up. Offering nothing to anyone but diktats, the regulator orders the entrepreneur to cease and desist this practice of differential pricing. Unless the entrepreneur offers to the woman access at one, flat price to all that he sells, the entrepreneur must not offer the woman anything.” (01/31/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/01/on-net-cruelty.html

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29) Reformer Senator Cruz and brutal Mister Hyde
Source: The American Prospect
by Debra J Saunders

“Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts: ‘overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials. Draconian mandatory minimum sentences,’ he wrote, can produce sentences that far outweigh the crime, especially for ‘nonviolent drug offenders.’ The Ted Cruz who wrote that piece — and co-sponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 with Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill. — may not be familiar to those following Cruz on the GOP presidential primary trail. Lately the public has seen more of the Cruz whom New York Times columnist David Brooks faulted for ‘brutalism’ in over-zealously prosecuting bad law as Texas solicitor general. Which Cruz survives?” [editor’s note: Clearly, the psychopaths are just becoming more obvious about it – SAT] (01/31/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/01/31/reformer-sen-cruz-and-brutal-mr-hyde-n2112220

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30) The KN@PP Stir Episode 64: Goodbye Google?/Austin Petersen WTF?
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Goodbye Google?); LP presidential nomination also-rans (Austin Petersen).” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/31/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-64.html

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31) Killing cowboys: Death in the west
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Robert LaVoy Finucum is dead, gunned down in the winter snows of Oregon. Max Alexander and and Hognose at WeaponsMan have provided the best early commentary yet on the shooting. Finicum unceremoniously joins an impressive corpse-pile sponsored by the law enforcement complex in the US. The FBI Orcs were kind enough to release a snuff film apparently showing his murder from a hovering aircraft. I leave it to other observers to examine the actual shooting footage and arrive at their own conclusions.” (01/30/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4659

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32) End youth imprisonment now
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“Youth are stigmatized in our culture, with perceptions of criminality among minors increasing as rates of actual criminality decrease. We need to stop denying young people their agency while simultaneously exposing them to more severe treatment than many adults face. President Obama’s policies do not go nearly far enough. Nothing less than a halt to the incarceration of children, the elimination of all laws that uniquely target and harm them, and the active opposition to a media and culture that criminalizes them will suffice.” (01/31/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43098

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33) What do you mean “Sanders might be another George McGovern?”
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“George McGovern was the Democratic nominee against incumbent Richard Nixon in the 1972 election. He lost in a landslide. Just as the events of the 1980s shaped the current economic environment, the 1970s ‘Nixonian’ politics of division shaped the current political environment. Did Democrats learn the right lessons from that election? That’s the core question being asked as ‘establishment’ Democrats worry that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would be “too far to the left” to compete against the Republican nominee in a general election. McGovern, son of a poor pastor who was a war hero and eventually a U.S. senator for South Dakota, had a reputation as a decent man who sided with the people. He campaigned on ending the Vietnam War, cutting military spending, helping economically distressed Americans and confronting Republican lawbreaking.” (01/29/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160129/sanders-might-be-another-george-mcgovern-what-does-that-mean

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34) No one great choice for president
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“I have never needed a president. I can’t point to a single instance where a president improved my life in any way. The same goes for any political office. I am told I need to help choose the person to fill these offices, since someone will be elected whether or not I participate. Sorry, but I’d rather keep my hands clean. So, no, I don’t want Trump to be president any more than I want any of the other covetous control freaks to be president. I am, however, enjoying watching his campaign out of the corner of my eye.” (01/28/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/28/mcmanigal-no-one-great-choice-for-president/

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35) Two reasons why Bernie Sanders could win Iowa
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“For the rural communities of Williamsburg, Conroy, Parnell, and the English Valleys in east central Iowa, the weekly Journal Tribune newspaper is the media. Not all of the media in this cable and digital age, but a vital part of it. This is where the people of Iowa County, Iowa, get the high-school football scores, reports on the upcoming state show-choir fest, and details of where they will caucus on Monday night. On page nine of the latest edition of the Journal Tribune, they also get a half-page advertisement for Bernie Sanders, with a smiling picture of the candidate, a phone number for Democrats who want more information about caucusing, and an old-school rural populist declaration that ‘It’s a rigged economy backed by Wall Street banks and billionaires who buy elections.'” (01/31/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-could-win-iowa-here-are-two-reasons-why

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36) The Ziegfeld’s last picture show
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Joel Schlosberg

“The Ziegfeld, New York City’s most elaborate movie theater, shut its doors after final screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on January 28. Its sumptuous decor in the tradition of early-1900s movie palaces made it the go-to place for premieres. A throwback even when it opened in 1969, let alone in an on-demand era, is its last bow a sign that the culture of moviegoing as a special event belongs just as much in the past?” (01/30/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4503

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37) URGENT: Congress about to surrender all “war powers” to the President
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

“Congress gave George W. Bush a blank check for war in 2001. That blank check was called the AUMF — Authorization for Military Force. It led directly to the debacle in Iraq and the cascade of events that created ISIS. The AUMF is one of the great dark spots in U.S. history, and its still on the books as an active law. Now, compounding the problem … Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just introduced a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. It would permit the President to make war anywhere, anytime. McConnell is skipping normal procedures to fast-track this new AUMF, and he already has four co-sponsors. A floor vote could happen at any time.” (01/29/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/urgent-congress-about-to-surrender-all-war-powers-to-the-president

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38) The “Bernie bros” narrative: A cheap campaign tactic masquerading as journalism and social activism
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The concoction of the ‘Bernie Bro’ narrative by pro-Clinton journalists has been a potent political tactic — and a journalistic disgrace. It’s intended to imply two equally false claims: (1) a refusal to march enthusiastically behind the Wall-Street-enriched, multiple-war-advocating, despot-embracing Hillary Clinton is explainable not by ideology or political conviction, but largely if not exclusively by sexism: demonstrated by the fact that men, not women, support Sanders (his supporters are ‘bros’); and (2) Sanders supporters are uniquely abusive and misogynistic in their online behavior. Needless to say, a crucial tactical prong of this innuendo is that any attempt to refute it is itself proof of insensitivity to sexism if not sexism itself (as the accusatory reactions to this article will instantly illustrate).” (01/31/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/01/31/the-bernie-bros-narrative-a-cheap-false-campaign-tactic-masquerading-as-journalism-and-social-activism/

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39) War & empire are not conservative
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brian Jacobson

“Conservatives used to care about a great many things. Building and preserving voluntary communities, institutions, and traditions that were faithful to their heritage, character, and locale. Adhering to and Reaching for a natural and harmonious moral and social order that allows all to fully flourish as humans, or as much as they can in their state of imperfectability to borrow Russell Kirk’s phrase. With Rand Paul’s toned down message and in-and-out appearances on the debate main stages it appears that all will be left with the impression that conservatism and war are, if not hand-in-hand, then kissing cousins.” (01/28/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/war-empire-are-not-conservative/

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40) American progressives inspired Hitler (and vice versa)
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In case you’ve ever wondered where German leader Adolf Hitler got his ideas on how to purify German society, especially through medical experimentation on people, the answer is: American progressives and, specifically, their eugenics program. … When President Roosevelt brought the progressive revolution to fruition here in the United States, it was none other than Adolf Hitler who wrote him a letter commending him on his new economic program for America. Hitler pointed out that his and FDR’s New Deal program shared many of the same core principles and programs.” (01/29/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/29/american-progressives-inspired-hitler-and-vice-versa/

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41) The Bill of Rights revisited
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Anti-Federalists like Mason made the lack of a bill of rights the top talking point against the Constitution (a fatal strategic error, as we’ll see), and the issue came up repeatedly in state ratifying conventions. While no state convention conditioned ratification on addition of a bill of rights, Wood wrote, ‘many of the states had ratified the Constitution on the understanding that some changes would be made in order to protect people’s rights, and popular expectation was high that amendments would be added as soon as possible.’ This made the Federalists unhappy. The last thing they wanted was to tamper with their handiwork before it had a chance to work. Besides, they said, no bill was needed.” (01/28/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/01/tgif-bill-of-rights-revisited.html

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42) The Republican establishment’s delegate problem
Source: The Atlantic
by Philip N Diehl

“The last thing the Republican National Committee wanted was a drawn-out battle for the nomination. That’s why the RNC attempted to design the 2016 primary rules to favor an establishment candidate. Of course, the 2016 presidential race has been anything but favorable to establishment candidates: The dynamics of the race point squarely to an anti-establishment candidate securing the nomination. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz now have a near-insurmountable advantage in the race, one that will almost certainly leave the establishment candidates finished by early March. Unlike in 2012, when Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum each surged for a few weeks, during the 2016 campaign outsiders have maintained wide leads for months as insider candidates have faded.” (01/31/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/01/the-republican-establishments-delegate-problem/433746/

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43) The police consider accountability laughable, because it is (for them)
Source: Cop Block
by Kelly W Patterson

“This post and the video above were shared with the CopBlock Network by ‘Carrollton Speed Tax,’ via the CopBlock.org Submissions page. It discusses the mythical system of accountability for police, in which citizens are encouraged to file complaints with the police departments at which those cops work. Those complaints are subsequently ‘investigated’ by the cops’ buddies and then everyone has a jolly laugh at how cute your naivety is and a knee slapping good time is had by all. Oftentimes, a contest to see who can fit the most donuts in their mouth at one time accompanies the ritualistic bonfires that follow.” (01/31/16)

http://www.copblock.org/152973/police-consider-accountability-laughable/

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44) Stupid Patent of the Month: Sharing your hard copy documents, but on a social network
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Vera Ranieri

“Back when you were a kid, you may (depending on your age) have checked books out of your library using a circulation card. The cards, like the one pictured to the right, would allow the librarian to keep track of the books, who had them, and when they were expected back at the library. This month’s Stupid Patent is awarded to Xerox, who on January 19, 2016 was awarded a patent on essentially the library circulation card, but done electronically. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,240,000, is entitled ‘Social Network for Enabling the Physical Sharing of Documents.'” (01/29/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/01/stupid-patent-month-sharing-your-hard-copy-documents-social-network

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45) An Oscar for personal courage
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“I won’t be joining the social justice warriors in boycotting the 2016 Oscars, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be watching the show, either. Every year when Hollywood’s Academy Awards are presented, I seem to find something else to do that night. The program is always too long and often celebrates movies I didn’t like, while ignoring some of the ones I did. Wherever I am and whatever I’m doing while the show is on, however, my thoughts turn to a friend who won an Oscar more than 30 years ago.” (01/29/16)

https://fee.org/freeman/an-oscar-for-personal-courage/

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

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