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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,379
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
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In the News:

1) Somalia: Explosion forces plane to make emergency landing
2) US generals: Women should have to register for draft
3) CA: Prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles
4) Switzerland: Malaysian PM Najib not accused in 1MDB probe
5) House fails to override veto of Obamacare repeal
6) Russia: Kadyrov accuses Putin of encouraging intimidation
7) MI: Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault
8) Kasich: I’ll reunite Pink Floyd … to teach Americans about “Money”
9) Dog bites man: LAPD gang leaders absolve street-level members in murder of unarmed homeless man
10) CA: Cosby tries to block sex assault prosecution
11) Prediction: Congress will extend cease-fire on medical marijuana
12) Germany threatens Afghanistan: Stop refugees, or we’ll stop aid
13) Spain: Socialist leader tapped to try to form government
14) Tribal trademark trolls, clothing company return to court
15) North Korea plans satellite launch this month
16) UN group: Arrest of Washington state woman in Mexico illegal
17) US Senate: Cotton introduces bill to legalize false labeling
18) Uganda: General charged, jailed after criticizing long-ruling president
19) Merkel urges Putin to use influence over pro-Russian regimes of seceded Ukrainian states
20) NY: Senate passes MMA bill for seventh year in a row

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Je suis #researchparasite
22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 29: The inequality is awesome edition
23) Election 2016: The incredible evitable Hillary Clinton
24) Donald Trump’s anti-immigration views aren’t conservative; neither are many conservatives’
25) The radical, 18th-century Scottish system for paying for college
26) Surprises and warnings in the Iowa numbers
27) How to rehabilitate capitalism
28) How I learned to stop worrying and love cheap carry guns
29) We are all socialists (except for most libertarians)
30) Everything is becoming a snitch
31) The trouble with Bernie Sanders’s revolution
32) Remembering Rand
33) The Tom Woods Show, episode 584: Fighting back against the anti-Rothbard cult
34) No justice, no football
35) Are harsh sentencing laws driving up homicide rates?
36) On her 111th birthday, Ayn Rand on individual rights, liberty, and government
37) Hillary and the urn of ashes
38) Trump, the GOP’s spleen, is ripe for surgery
39) Choose a symptom, ignore the disease
40) Oh, no! The dreaded “gun show loophole!”
41) The Jason Stapleton Program: Thoughts on the LaVoy shooting plus, what we can learn from Venezuela
42) Why adultery is rape and robbery
43) No other way to spin it: Sanders pulled off a huge victory in Iowa
44) Capitalism promotes equality
45) ADHD reconsidered
46) Is Google running the country? Don’t be daft
47) Giving up on the future?
48) Plan B for the Internet
49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/01/16 — Jared Myer: Peer-to-peer economy saves time, money, and lives
50) Real conservatism
51) A hypothetical
52) The Libertarian Angle, 02/02/16: History of economic thought, part 3
53) Anti-ISIS summit highlights worries over newest stronghold
54) Killing around the world: Is there a solution?
55) The few, the proud, the insufferably entitled

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

1) Somalia: Explosion forces plane to make emergency landing
Source: USA Today

“Authorities are trying to figure out the reason for an explosion and fire that blew a gaping hole into the side of a Somali jetliner Tuesday, forcing an emergency landing at the airport on Mogadishu. The plane made an emergency landing at Aden Adde Airport in Somalia’s capital, with a hole that appeared shortly after the plane took off, according to the BBC.” (02/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/02/emergency-landing-somalia/79721818/

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2) US generals: Women should have to register for draft
Source: Fox News

“The top Army and Marine Corps generals say they believe all women should have to register for the draft now that combat jobs are open to them. The military service leaders say they will not lower standards to bring women into the more grueling jobs. They told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it will take up to three years before the combat posts are fully integrated. Army Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Gen. Robert Neller said women should be included in the requirement to register for the selective service at age 18. But Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Army Acting Secretary Patrick Murphy would only say that the issue should be discussed. Political leaders have so far been reluctant to endorse the draft requirement.” [editor’s note: If this doesn’t kill the draft and the registration process nothing will – SAT] (02/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/02/generals-say-women-should-have-to-register-for-draft.html

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3) CA: Prosecutors file criminal charges in methane leak near Los Angeles
Source: Reuters

“Los Angeles prosecutors filed criminal charges against the Southern California Gas company on Tuesday over a huge methane leak near the city that has forced thousands of residents from their homes since October. The four misdemeanor charges accuse SoCalGas, a division of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, of failing to report the release of hazardous materials following the underground pipeline rupture and discharging air contaminants.” (02/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-methane-lawsuit-idUSKCN0VB25M

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4) Switzerland: Malaysian PM Najib not accused in 1MDB probe
Source: Reuters

“Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is not among those accused of wrongdoing in an investigation by Switzerland’s chief prosecutor into alleged corruption involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign fund, a Swiss official said on Tuesday. The Swiss Attorney General’s office said last Friday that it had identified four cases of alleged criminal misconduct in the suspected misappropriation of about $4 billion from Malaysian state companies. Andre Marty, spokesman for the Office of Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, said in an emailed response to a Reuters query on Tuesday, ‘In the ongoing criminal proceeding of the OAG (Office of Attorney General), Mr. Najib Razak is not one of the public officials under accusation.'” (02/02/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/switzerland-malaysia-investigation-idINKCN0VB2M4

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5) House fails to override veto of Obamacare repeal
Source: USA Today

“The House on Tuesday failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would have repealed key provisions of Obamacare and stripped federal funding from Planned Parenthood. The 241-186 vote to override the veto fell short of the two-thirds needed, ensuring that the Affordable Care Act will remain in place at least through the final year of Obama’s term. Republican leaders, who have been criticized by Democrats for failing to come up with an alternative to Obamacare, said they plan to craft a replacement plan this year as a kind of preview for what they hope to do in the next Congress.” [editor’s note: Dog bites man; details at 11 – SAT] (02/02/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/02/house-fails-override-presidents-veto-obamacare-repeal/79697108

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6) Russia: Kadyrov accuses Putin of encouraging intimidation
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian politician Mikhail Kasyanov has accused President Vladimir Putin of ‘silently encouraging’ intimidation as a row over a menacing video continues. The video posted by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a strong Putin ally, portrayed Mr Kasyanov though a sniper’s gun sights. Mr Kadyrov has criticised social network Instagram for removing it. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Kasyanov said Mr Putin was responsible for Mr Kadyrov’s actions. ‘He is one of the 45 governors of the [Russian] regions, appointed personally by Mr Putin, and Mr Putin is responsible for his behaviour personally,’ he told the BBC’s Sarah Rainsford.” (02/02/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35476818

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7) MI: Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault
Source: Washington Post

“A Detroit-area police officer whose bloody beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video was sentenced to at least 13 months in prison Tuesday, with the judge rebuking him for ‘Dirty Harry tactics’ but still handing down a punishment significantly below the guidelines. William Melendez was an Inkster police officer a year ago when he stopped Floyd Dent, whose car had rolled past a stop sign. Dent, 58, was pulled from his car and then punched in the head 16 times by Melendez. He suffered broken ribs, blood on his brain and other injuries.” (02/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/detroit-area-officer-gets-13-months-in-prison-for-assault/2016/02/02/2059f780-ca16-11e5-b9ab-26591104bb19_story.html

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8) Kasich: I’ll reunite Pink Floyd … to teach Americans about “Money”
Source: Raw Story

“Republican presidential candidate John Kasich on Tuesday promised to make it a priority to reunite the rock band Pink Floyd if he wins his White House bid. The morning after Kasich placed 8th in the Iowa caucus, host Alisyn Camerota ended her interview with the former Ohio governor by asking him to recall the ‘best concert ever.’ … ‘Pink Floyd’s The Wall,’ Kasich replied. ‘Roger Waters is a remarkable artist. And I saw [it] in Pittsburgh. It was absolutely incredible. I don’t even have to think twice. It was the best. And if I’m president, I’m am going to once and for all try to reunite Pink Floyd to come together and play a couple of songs,’ he continued. ‘And since we have so much trouble in America with our finances, I’m going to start with a little song they created called Money. ‘That’s better than Comfortably Numb, Camerota agreed.” [editor’s note: Okay, now we have to get him the vote, just to see Waters and Gilmore again! – SAT] [additional editor’s note: All in all, it’s just another … well, you know – TLK] (02/02/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/john-kasich-ill-reunite-pink-floyd-once-and-for-all-to-teach-americans-about-money

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9) Dog bites man: LAPD gang leaders absolve street-level members in murder of unarmed homeless man
Source: New York Daily News

“The Los Angeles Police Commission decided Tuesday that officers did not violate department policy when they shot and killed an unarmed homeless black man on Skid Row last year. The decision came after a closed-door meeting and was met with immediate criticism by those who believe the shooting of Charly Keunang was not justified. … LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has said Keunang grabbed for a rookie officer’s gun after ignoring commands and becoming combative. … Viral video of the incident shot by a bystander has been viewed millions of times online. Piovia-Scott said the video uploaded to Facebook does not support the police contention Keunang was reaching for the weapon. He again called on the LAPD to release footage from body cameras worn by two of the officers.” (02/02/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lapd-cops-violated-no-rules-shooting-homeless-man-article-1.2518270

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10) CA: Cosby tries to block sex assault prosecution
Source: France 24 [France]

“Comedian Bill Cosby on Tuesday sought to derail Pennsylvania prosecutors’ effort to make him stand trial on sexual assault charges, contending that a deal reached over a decade ago gave him immunity from prosecution. An entertainer who built a career on family-friendly comedy, Cosby now faces accusations from more than 50 women that he sexually assaulted them, often after plying them with drugs and alcohol, in a series of attacks dating to the 1960s. … [Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce] Castor said his decision not to prosecute Cosby prevented the entertainer from invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination when he gave a deposition for a civil suit …” (02/02/16)

http://www.france24.com/en/20160203-bill-cosby-tries-block-sex-assault-prosecution-pennsylvania

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11) Prediction: Congress will extend cease-fire on medical marijuana
Source: Smell the Truth

“Once the Super Bowl clears out, cannabis businesspeople, activists and allies gather Feb. 13 and 14 in San Francisco for the International Cannabis Business Conference. ICBC’s organizers announced last week the inclusion of two political leaders on the issue: Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA. and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-OR, both of whom chatted with Smell the Truth about 2016 cannabis legalization, the presidential race, and the message they’ll carry to San Francisco this February. Rep. Rohrabacher helped make history along with Rep. Sam Farr in 2014 when the two led Congress to a historic, bipartisan ceasefire on state-legal medical marijuana.” [editor’s note: Those with long memories might recall that Cong. Rohrabacher was among the early leaders in libertarian groups like the Society for Individual Liberty, before he became a “moderate Republican,” Reagan speechwriter and then longtime GOP Congressman in a safe seat – SAT] (02/02/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/02/congress-will-extend-cease-fire-on-medical-marijuana-lawmakers-predict

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12) Germany threatens Afghanistan: Stop refugees, or we’ll stop aid
Source: Epoch Times

“Just days after German officials started passing out etiquette leaflets to migrants following a series of sexual assaults and other inappropriate behavior, a top German official warned Afghanistan officials that they must stop refugees from leaving the country. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, while visiting the Afghan capital Kabul, said: ‘We’re staying here as long as it’s necessary.'” (02/02/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1956676-germany-threatens-afghanistan-stop-refugees-or-well-stop-aid/

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13) Spain: Socialist leader tapped to try to form government
Source: ABC News

“Spain’s king on Tuesday tapped Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez to try to form a government following an inconclusive December election in which the country’s conservative Popular Party came in first but failed to drum up enough support for a coalition or a minority government. King Felipe VI made the decision after meeting with Sanchez and with acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who heads the Popular Party, parliamentary speaker Patxi Lopez told reporters.” (02/02/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spains-king-wraps-talks-snapping-political-stalemate-36659359

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14) Tribal trademark trolls, clothing company return to court
Source: Farmington Daily Times

“The Navajo Nation is seeking potentially millions of dollars from Urban Outfitters Inc. over clothing, jewelry and other merchandise bearing the tribe’s name that the popular retailer has sold. The clothing chain will ask a federal judge in Santa Fe on Wednesday to limit how far back in time the tribe can go to seek money over the company’s products, which included everything from necklaces, jackets and pants to a flask and underwear with the ‘Navajo’ name. The tribe’s lawsuit alleging trademark violations has been working its way through the courts for more than three years.” (02/02/16)

http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/navajo-nation/2016/02/02/know-navajo-nation-urban-outfitters-dispute/79728234/

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15) North Korea plans satellite launch this month
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea announced Tuesday it is planning a rocket launch as soon as next week. Though speculation of a launch had been growing for about a week, experts say that with underground railways, giant tarps and a movable launch pad structure in place the North is getting a lot better at hiding its preparations.” (02/02/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/north-korea-satellite-1.3430137

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16) UN group: Arrest of Washington state woman in Mexico illegal
Source: Dallas Morning News

“A United Nations panel has ruled Mexico’s 2013 arrest and its continuing detention of a community police leader are illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed. Nestora Salgado is a resident of the Seattle suburb of Renton who returned to her native Mexico and led a vigilante-style — but legal — community police force, which mounted patrols to protect residents from corruption and organized crime.” (02/02/16)

http://hosted2.ap.org/txdam/633c954da7d9434f9de7ed15f38075aa/Article_2016-02-02-US–Mexico-Jailed-Vigilante/id-b610c73224b349b98c98b2790a602a53

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17) US Senate: Cotton introduces bill to legalize false labeling
Source: The Jewish Press

“U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) introduced legislation on Monday, Feb. 1, that would undo a regulation recently re-issued by the Obama administration that would ban the right to label any goods produced [in non-Israeli Arab areas illegally occupied by Israel] as made in Israel. The JewishPress.com reported last week that U.S. Custom and Border Protection re-issued a 1997 regulation — written at a very different time, under very different circumstances — which the State Department insisted it will now ‘strictly enforce.’ The original regulation was issued in 1997.” (02/02/16)

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/bill-introduced-to-undo-us-ban-on-label-made-in-israel-if-beyond-green-line/2016/02/02/

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18) Uganda: General charged, jailed after criticizing long-ruling president
Source: Reuters

“A Ugandan general arrested after criticizing President Yoweri Museveni and voicing support for the opposition was charged in a military court on Tuesday and sent to a maximum security prison, according to his lawyer. Museveni aims to extend his 30-year-old rule and is facing perhaps his toughest challenge yet ahead of an election on Feb. 18 which pits him against veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his ally-turned-rival, Amama Mbabazi. … General David Sejusa, 61, was charged with being absent from the army without official leave and participating in politics in violation of army laws, Ladislas Rwakafuzi, one of his lawyers, told Reuters on Tuesday.” (02/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-politics-idUSKCN0VB1Q3

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19) Merkel urges Putin to use influence over pro-Russian regimes of seceded Ukrainian states
Source: La Prensa

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, urging him to use his influence over the [Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] in order to proceed with implementing the Minsk agreements. The German government said in a statement that the conversation was at the request of Putin, after Merkel met on Monday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and it was emphasized that the sanctions imposed on Russia will remain until Moscow fulfills the Minsk agreements.” (02/02/16)

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3598607_merkel-urges-putin-to-use-influence-over-pro-russian-separatists-in-ukraine.html

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20) NY: Senate passes MMA bill for seventh year in a row
Source: Newsday

“The New York State Senate voted in favor of legalizing mixed martial arts on Monday, marking the seventh consecutive year the legislative body has approved the bill. … New York remains the only state — and the only place in North America — with a ban on professional MMA, a law on the books since 1997 when the sport was far different from what it is now. The bill now goes to the State Assembly, where it has stalled the past six years.” (02/02/16)

http://www.newsday.com/sports/mixed-martial-arts/new-york-state-senate-passes-mma-bill-for-seventh-year-in-a-row-1.11419169

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

21) Je suis #researchparasite
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“In an editorial at the New England Journal of Medicine (‘Data Sharing,’ Jan. 21), Dan Longo and Jeffrey Drazen have coined an interesting new term: ‘research parasite.’ In theory, the authors say: Data sharing is beautiful. But when you get down to all the practical details, it turns out to be one of those beautiful theories that just won’t work in the real world. … Put in slightly less adversarial language, the term ‘research parasite’ seems to include both people who try to disprove other researchers’ findings, and people who try to build on them without the original researchers’ permission. In other words, research parasites are people who do what they used to call ‘science.'” (02/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42994

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22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 29: The inequality is awesome edition
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“In this fortnight’s episode, why income inequality is a good thing, What’s in the News with stories on the IRS erasing data again, Comfyballs underwear, blizzard news, and government funded child porn and theft, and an Ancap Apps segment on a new free altcoin wallet with awesome features.” [various formats] (02/02/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/the-inequality-is-awesome-edition-tlf029/

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23) Election 2016: The incredible evitable Hillary Clinton
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Yes, I’m a concern troll. I’m no Democrat, nor am I a Republican. But I would really, really, really like to see the Democratic Party nominate a viable candidate for President of the United States this year. Why? In a word, gridlock — or at least what passes for it in this age of unrestrained ‘unitary executives.’ Checks and balances ain’t what they used to be, but it gets worse when one party controls both houses of Congress and the White House at the same time. The last time that happened, we got ObamaCare. The time before that, the war in Iraq. … But Democrats don’t seem interested in winning. In fact, they seem to be going out of their way to throw the fight.” (02/02/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4525

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24) Donald Trump’s anti-immigration views aren’t conservative; neither are many conservatives’
Source: Reason
by John Tamny

“National Review, a great magazine well known for having essentially invented American-style conservatism, seems like it’s in an awkward position. Its editors dedicated the most recent issue of the bi-monthly to stopping an ascendant Donald Trump (‘Against Trump’ was the cover title) for among other things not being a conservative, but then Trump prominently shares the magazine’s increasingly open opposition to immigration. Though its editors would almost surely disagree, a possible reason the very much at odds National Review (NR) and Trump are both anti-immigration is because such a stance is itself anti-conservative.” (02/02/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/02/donald-trumps-anti-immigration-views-are

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25) The radical, 18th-century Scottish system for paying for college
Source: The Atlantic
by Shannon Chamberlain

“[Adam] Smith, despite accusations of Connery-esque misplaced nationalism, was justly proud of the Scottish system of universities, which ran on a radical (by today’s standards, at least) system in which students paid their professors directly. Scotland had begun the 18th century with the humiliating Act of Union, which rendered it subject to the British Empire and shuttered its parliament. The country then boasted only three universities, all of which taught an obsolete, traditional medieval curriculum (in Latin, no less), and carried a reputation as a backwater of subsistence farmers and awkward, only recently semi-civilized rubes. But by the end of the century, it had five of the most cutting-edge universities in Europe, one of the world’s best medical schools, and a booming professional class from which its southerly neighbor and occupier frequently drew its doctors, lawyers, and professors.” (02/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/02/college-cost-18th-century-scotland/459387/

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26) Surprises and warnings in the Iowa numbers
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“When candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ended the Iowa caucuses Monday night in a near-tie, there were some surprises that went beyond the strength of Sanders’ showing, as well as some warnings for Democrats. Clinton received more state delegates (700.59 to 696.82), but the margin was due to her winning six coin tosses. Clinton will receive 23 delegates to the national convention and Sanders will receive 21 delegates. The New York Times writes, ‘There are 4,763 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, so it will require 2,382 delegates to win the nomination.’ You will be hearing the number 2,382 more and more as the year goes on.” [editor’s note: To see this as anything but a Sanders win is to miss the point, but there is a long way to go for the Dems – SAT] (02/02/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160202/a-look-into-iowa-numbers

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27) How to rehabilitate capitalism
Source: Reuters
by Hugo Dixon

“Capitalism is under attack. Witness the popularity of Bernie Sanders, the socialist running neck-and-neck in the opinion polls with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic caucuses in Iowa being held on Feb. 1. To rehabilitate the system of free enterprise, it needs to be buttressed by a modern conception of fairness. Viewed from Mars, capitalism has been a huge success. Free enterprise has generated wealth and removed hundreds of millions of people from poverty. But viewed from Earth, what often stands out is how many have been left behind by the march of globalisation and technology, while others have got ahead by methods more foul than fair. The classic left-wing response to the perceived unfairness of capitalism has been to tax and spend. That doesn’t work well.” [editor’s note: I Do wish these pundits would stop labeling this process “capitalism;” Marxist epithets really have no place in the discussion – SAT] (02/01/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/hugo-dixon/2016/02/01/how-to-rehabilitate-capitalism

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28) How I learned to stop worrying and love cheap carry guns
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by pigpen51

“I have a confession to make. I’m not a millionaire. This probably doesn’t come as a shock to anyone familiar with my comments on different topics on this website, but what you might not realize is that I have other interests outside of firearms, and other things to spend money. Like a great many of you, I have a family that’s grown accustomed to a certain level of comfort. They expect things that, from looking at the lives of many other gun enthusiasts, are a given for most, but must be planned for in my case. Things like — oh, I don’t know — a roof over our heads and gasoline in our vehicles. My family even likes to eat every day.” (02/02/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2775

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29) We are all socialists (except for most libertarians)
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There isn’t a Democrat or Republican alive who doesn’t believe in the welfare state. Consider Social Security. It’s the crown jewel of the welfare state. It’s no different from food stamps, a socialist program that well-heeled conservatives love to condemn. They are both socialist programs. They both involve forcibly taking money from people to whom it belongs (the young and productive) and giving it to people to whom it does not belong (seniors). It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Social Security exists in Cuba, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and other communist countries. That’s because they believe in socialism too.” (02/02/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/02/we-are-all-socialists-except-for-most-libertarians/

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30) Everything is becoming a snitch
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Internet of Things devices, due to the lack of security focus, often fail to enforce authorization. Some devices require no authorized at all, have vulnerabilities that allow an unauthorized user to gain access to an authorized user’s account, include built-in backdoor administrative accounts with hardcoded passwords, etc. That gives the State potential access to a great deal of sensors in a targeted person’s household.” (02/02/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/02/02/everything-is-becoming-a-snitch/

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31) The trouble with Bernie Sanders’s revolution
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“We’ll know Monday night whether Bernie Sanders has taken the first step toward the revolution he has promised, but we can already say that his campaign has achieved stunning success, more than almost anyone thought was possible. Now that the voting is beginning and Democratic voters have to make their choice, we should take a good hard look at what Sanders wants to do and how he wants to do it. Whatever the results of the Iowa Caucuses, he’s a serious candidate, and his candidacy should be engaged on serious terms.” (02/01/16)

http://prospect.org/article/trouble-bernie-sanderss-revolution

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32) Remembering Rand
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Eamonn Butler

“Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was born 111 years ago today, in St Petersburg, Russia. Through, in particular, her hugely influential novels such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, she was (and still is) responsible for more young people becoming interested in the ideas of individual and economic freedom than any other author. One can see why. Rand offers young people a philosophy which reminds them of their own worth, gives them heroic models to aspire to, and provides a coherent world view that seems to answer all their questions.” (02/02/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/miscellaneous/remembering-rand/

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33) The Tom Woods Show, episode 584: Fighting back against the anti-Rothbard cult
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Within what we might call establishment libertarianism there is almost an allergy to Murray Rothbard, the great libertarian polymath. Who was Rothbard, anyway, and what exactly is going on here?” [various formats] (02/02/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-584-fighting-back-against-the-anti-rothbard-cult/

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34) No justice, no football
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“For me, the big question isn’t which team wins in that football thing this weekend. The real big question is whether local anarchists and malcontents will try to shut down any big-name bridges, freeways or otherwise jam up the Bay Area’s Super Bowl festivities. Social media and news organizations report chatter of a big protest a-brewing. San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Kevin Fagan (master of the protest beat) told me, ‘Chances are very good that a major disruption will be attempted at least.’ In Iowa, if you build it, they will come. In the Bay Area, if you build it, they will come to block it.” [editor’s note: I do wish she’d not call them “anarchists” (“dickheads” would be sufficient), but the rest is quite valid – SAT] (02/02/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/02/no-justice-no-football-n2113353

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35) Are harsh sentencing laws driving up homicide rates?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“In recent years, there has been a growing awareness fact that the United States imprisons a far larger percentage of its population than many other nations. Much of this is due to the fact that what we call crime in the US is often not an imprisonable offense in the EU nations. In the US, for example, a prison term is commonly employed for small-time drug offenders. According a study done by the Vera Institute of Justice, such sentences are rarely used for drug offenses in Germany and the Netherlands. This is even true of more serious crimes.” (02/02/16)

https://mises.org/library/are-harsh-sentencing-laws-driving-homicide-rates

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36) On her 111th birthday, Ayn Rand on individual rights, liberty, and government
Source: Independent Institute
by Gary Galles

“What I find most inspirational in Rand’s work are her views on individualism, rights, liberties, and government. So, on the 111th anniversary of her February 2, 1905, birth, consider some of those words.” (02/02/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/02/on-her-111th-birthday-ayn-rand-on-individual-rights-liberty-and-government/

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37) Hillary and the urn of ashes
Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

“Historical blindness has been much on display in the run-up to the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries. On the Republican side candidates were going to ‘kick ass’ in Iraq, make the ‘sand glow’ in Syria, and face down the Russians in Europe. But while the Democratic aspirants were more measured, there is a pervasive ideology than binds together all but cranks like Ron Paul: America has the right, indeed, the duty to order the world’s affairs. This peculiar view of the role of the U.S. takes on a certain messianic quality in candidates like Hillary Clinton, who routinely quotes former Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s line about America as ‘the indispensible nation’ whose job is to lead the world.” (02/02/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/02/hillary-and-the-urn-of-ashes/

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38) Trump, the GOP’s spleen, is ripe for surgery
Source: Reuters
by Bill Schneider

“The Iowa caucuses might have been called the Iowa carcasses. Both parties saw a race between body parts: the head versus the heart. On the Republican side, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas won Republicans’ hearts. He dominated the vote among true conservative believers, evangelical Christians and Republicans who said they were looking for a candidate who ‘shares my values.’ But Cruz wasn’t the only Republican who did better than expected. So did Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the other Cuban-American in the race. Rubio’s appeal was to the head. He won college graduates and Republicans who wanted a candidate who ‘can win in November.’ Cruz looks like a believer. Rubio looks like a winner. What about Donald Trump? He did worse than expected.” (02/02/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/02/trump-the-gops-spleen-is-ripe-for-surgery

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39) Choose a symptom, ignore the disease
Source: OpEdNews
by John Rachel

“America has hollowed itself out from the inside. As is embarrassingly and frighteningly evident from the current presidential campaign, the political system can now only collapse into its own vacuousness — the black hole of a sham democracy. Trump, Cruz, Clinton, Sanders? They’re symptomatic of the times. The inflammation. The nausea. The diarrhea. The vomiting. They’re the struggling, heaving, gasping of a deathly ill body politic, telling us something’s very wrong. Quick! Call an ambulance! Vital signs are fast disappearing! So I say … Don’t yell at Hillary. Or Trump. It’s like yelling at a stuffy nose. Or a rash.” (02/02/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Choose-A-Symptom-Ignore-T-by-John-Rachel-American-Exceptionalism_Bernie-Sanders-2016-Presidential-Candidate_Bernie-Sanders-Presidential-Campaign_Democracy-In-Action-160202-170.html

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40) Oh, no! The dreaded “gun show loophole!”
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“What is the ‘gun show loophole?’ It’s very simple. Firearms dealers with Federal Firearms Licenses -– that is to say, anybody who sells more than a few guns a year and is thus judged to be ‘in the business’ -– are required to conduct a background check on any gun buyer without a special concealed-carry license (which they can only acquire by undergoing, yep, a ‘background check’), no matter where the sale takes place -– including at gun shows. How is this justified? Because such dealers have ‘applied for a federal license’ (‘voluntarily,’ you understand, since if they don’t ‘volunteer’ they can be sent to prison), this is simply made a condition of retaining their license … and not going to prison. But if an average citizen with no such ‘FFL’ -– a police officer’s widow, say -– wants to sell off her late husband’s old hunting rifle, she’s allowed to do so without conducting a ‘background check.’ (In fact, up till now she’d probably have had a hard time even accessing the ‘background check’ system.)” (02/02/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2959

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41) The Jason Stapleton Program: Thoughts on the LaVoy shooting plus, what we can learn from Venezuela
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s been a few days since the bulk of the leadership from the Oregon protest were arrested. A few days ago we saw footage of Lavoy Finicum being shot as he attempted to evade capture. The question everyone has been asking is, ‘Was it an execution?'” [various formats] (02/01/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/thoughts-on-the-lavoy-shooting-plus-what-we-can-learn-from-venezuela/

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42) Why adultery is rape and robbery
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“In my experience, when voluntaryists talk about adultery, it’s usually classified as a type of contract violation. One party broke the marriage contract, or covenant, and whatever the contract says about what should happen to either party in the case of adultery is all that needs to happen (divorce, restitution, etc.). But is adultery merely the violation of the marriage contract? Or is it something far more insidious? Let’s see.” (02/02/16)

http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2016/02/why-adultery-is-rape-and-robbery.html

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43) No other way to spin it: Sanders pulled off a huge victory in Iowa
Source: In These Times
by Marc Daalder

“There’s no other possible interpretation: Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off an unprecedented upset in Iowa last night. He tied with his opponent former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, and the two split the 44 delegates almost evenly between them (23-21). Clinton only managed to win 0.3 percent more precincts than Sanders. Three days ago, the Des Moines Register poll projected he would be defeated by three points: 45-42. This poll has traditionally predicted results correctly, and yet was wrong for both parties this year: projected Republican winner Donald Trump lost to Ted Cruz by four points. Sanders’ upset is even more notable when taken in the context of older polls. Surveys throughout the fall of 2015 predicted a Clinton victory by margins as high as 38 percent.” (02/02/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18814/bernie-sanders-iowa-caucus-hillary-clinton-win-results

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44) Capitalism promotes equality
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“In 1900, Americans spent approximately 50 percent of their household income on food and clothing; today, we spend closer to 20 percent. Today, fresh produce from all over the world, not even available to a king a century ago, awaits common consumers when they enter the supermarket. In 1900, only 25 percent of households had running water; fewer still had flush toilets. It would be decades before such wonders as electricity, automobiles, and indoor plumbing were ubiquitous. The faucets in the famed Hearst Castle in California may have been gold plated, but was the water any better than what the average household received? The water running in my home comes from an artesian well over 400 feet deep. More evidence of consumption equality: my water is every bit as good, if not better, than a billionaire’s in a big city penthouse.” (02/02/16)

http://fee.org/freeman/capitalism-promotes-equality/

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45) ADHD reconsidered
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Several readers have taken issue with my use of the term ‘ADHD.’ To be honest, I’m not comfortable with it either, but my reason is the opposite of my critics. Like the late great Thomas Szasz, my objection is that labels like ADHD medicalize people’s choices — partly to stigmatize, but mostly to excuse. In his words, ‘The business of psychiatry is to provide society with excuses disguised as diagnoses, and with coercions justified as treatments.’ I realize this is an unwelcome view, but I do have a whole paper defending it, and I stand by it.” (02/02/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/02/adhd_reconsider.html

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46) Is Google running the country? Don’t be daft
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“For years, many on the left explained away their failure to win sufficient popular support by blaming the influence of ‘the Murdoch press.’ It was an easy, simplifying argument: people were duped by the right-wing media and, in turn, politicians were cowed by the right-wing media’s power to, well, dupe. It was a wrongheaded and patronising argument. But it seems like the need for a conspiracy to explain the world persists. There is still, it seems, a cabal of not-so-shadowy businessmen pulling the political strings, stage-managing the direction of the world, and organising very appealing corporation tax rates. The problem with such a view, aside from it attributing far too much coherence and agency to a clueless political class, is that it reinforces the very cynicism — about politics and about democracy — from which conspiracy theory springs.” (02/02/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/is-google-running-the-country-dont-be-daft/17989

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47) Giving up on the future?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Both Germany and Japan now transfer money, on net, from the young to the old. Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary, The Economist reports, do the same. The instrument of this transfer? Well, the elephant in the room: those nations’ entitlement programs — their versions of our ‘Social Security.'” (02/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/02/giving-up-on-the-future/

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48) Plan B for the Internet
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I’ve been a wild advocate for the Internet since the beginning, and I still believe in it as a massively liberating technology … but not in the current, popular form. The Internet that we know has been recaptured by the power mongers with a massive assist from hucksters. It is, to be very honest about it, all but finished. And considering the massive inertia and mindless obedience of the dominant 9/11 culture, it won’t be saved. So, we need a Plan B.” (02/02/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/plan-b-internet/

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49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/01/16 — Jared Myer: Peer-to-peer economy saves time, money, and lives
Source: Heartland Institute

“In this episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Manhattan Institute research fellow Jared Meyer about a recent study commissioned by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio on the impact of Uber and other peer-to-peer transportation network companies on the city’s ever-present traffic congestion.” [various formats] (02/01/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/heartland-daily-podcast-jared-meyer-peer-to-peer-economy-saves-time-money-and-lives/

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50) Real conservatism
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“Is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a real conservative? Many of his conservative critics charge that he isn’t. This is a common tactic of conservatives: questioning the conservative credentials of their opponents while touting how conservative they are. As if there is any real difference between conservatives when their views are compared with libertarianism. And it is hard to take some of Trump’s critics seriously when they supported Romney in the last election. Two things should be noted about conservatives and conservatism. One, conservative wars are phony wars. And two, being more conservative is not necessarily a good thing.” (02/02/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/laurence-m-vance/candidate-x-real-conservative/

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51) A hypothetical
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp

“October, 2016: US Supreme Court associate justice Anthony Kennedy collapses and dies of a heart attack, on the day after justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces her decision to retire immediately. … November 8, 2016: US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is elected to serve as the 45th president of the United States. In his victory speech, he repeats a promise he’s made over the course of his campaign: He intends to nominate ‘conservative’ Supreme Court justices who will overturn precedents on abortion (Roe v. Wade) and same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). November 15, 2016: Governors Jerry Brown (D-CA), Kate Brown (D-OR) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) appear at a press conference with the Democratic leaders of their state legislatures and announce their intention to bring ordinances of secession to a vote in their respective states.” (02/01/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-hypothetical.html

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 02/02/16: History of economic thought, part 3
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss the hot topics of the day. In the third installment of this series, Hornberger and Ebeling discuss the perfect-competition model of economic thought that developed from the marginal-utility, subjective-value principles of William Stanley Jevons and Leon Walrus.” [various formats] (02/02/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-history-of-economic-thought-part-3/

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53) Anti-ISIS summit highlights worries over newest stronghold
Source: CBS News

“Nations fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) discussed Tuesday how to prevent the extremist group from gaining a stranglehold in resource-rich Libya, though no one appeared resolved just yet to launch a second military intervention in the North African country this decade. Speaking at a 23-nation conference in Rome, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the last thing anyone wants ‘is a false caliphate with access to billions of dollars in oil revenue.’ He said the U.S. and its European and Arab partners should increase security training and help Libya’s military ‘not just to clear territory, but to create a safe environment for the government to stand up and operate.'” (02/02/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-libya-terror-group-as-john-kerry-warns-of-new-caliphate/

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54) Killing around the world: Is there a solution?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“There will always be people killing people, from Cain on. But we see that doing some things greatly reduces the death toll. Giving up trust in government to protect us, learning to protect ourselves, and allowing people to protect themselves by arming them with knowledge and actual weapons all are critical to that solution.” (02/01/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8558

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55) The few, the proud, the insufferably entitled
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Students at the University of Oregon have demanded that a quotation by Martin Luther King, Jr., be removed from the wall of their student union building because King’s remarks were not ‘inclusive’ enough. The offending words? ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream …’ It seems that King did not acknowledge the LGBT community when he argued for racial equality, and that makes him privileged and insensitive. So, off with his head — and his quotation.” (02/01/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1515

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