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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,382
Monday, February 8th, 2016
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In the News:

1) North Korean rocket puts object into space
2) Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces
3) Study: “Wrong type of trees” in Europe increased global warming
4) Germany: Police search homes of suspected extremists
5) Verizon accused of “net neutrality” foul
6) IL: Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues teen’s estate for HIS trauma
7) Republican 2016 hopefuls claim success following debate
8) SD: Low pay forces teachers to hold second, third jobs
9) Volkswagen to offer compensation for US customers
10) Report: Drought could be new normal for US Southwest
11) States taking action in name of keeping guns out of abusers’ hands
12) Haiti: Martelly spared in last-minute deal
13) NY: “Alarming” level of radioactivity found at Indian Point power plant
14) Twitter CEO Dorsey kinda sort denies rumors of plan to make Twitter completely useless
15) Pakistan: Eight dead after explosive-laden motorcycle rams regime forces’ vehicle

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Opposing the plutocracy means opposing the warfare state
17) When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?
18) Justice, not amnesty, for “illegal immigrants”
19) Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.
20) The great candidate debate shows: Walking the fed carpet
21) Rubio only looks foolish when he tries to out-trump Trump
22) A frolic in Fort Collins
23) Enormous, humongous December; record yearly trade deficit
24) Danger ahead
25) You’re libertarian or you’re not
26) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/05/16: Socrates on trial
27) Rubio’s a robot, and other Republican revelations
28) Yet more on the alleged “losers” from free trade
29) Zoning and Zen
30) Condom-nation hits middle schools
31) Consent under deceit, or why fraud is aggression
32) Closing the circle
33) A panic-inducing night for the GOP establishment
34) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 65: Anybody but Johnson and yes, that means McAfee
35) Insanity — is it catching?
36) Venezuela’s tiger
37) Sovereign immunity means never having to take responsibility for your actions
38) The liberal fantasy of cultural appropriation
39) Thirteen years ago my life changed forever
40) To Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s: An examination of Christian duty in democratic elections
41) Anarchism, justice and a vision for the future
42) The BS theory
43) Why Sanders vs. Clinton is not a rerun of 2008
44) When voluntary is no longer voluntary
45) Hobo, screwball, and hero
46) Hillary Clinton: The good, the bad and the ugly
47) Where the hell are we?
48) Peace is the keystone of liberty
49) The Tom Woods Show, episode 587: The screwed up GOP
50) The Clinton-Sanders-Republican principles of taxation

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

1) North Korean rocket puts object into space
Source: Reuters

“North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbours and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test. The U.S. Strategic Command said it had detected a missile entering space, and South Korea’s military said the rocket had put an object into orbit. North Korea said the launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-4, named after late leader Kim Jong Il, was a ‘complete success’ and it was making a polar orbit of Earth every 94 minutes. The launch order was given by his son, leader Kim Jong Un, who is believed to be 33 years old.” (02/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-satellite-idUSKCN0VG00H

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2) Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces
Source: ABC News

“Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner.” (02/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/erdogan-us-choose-turkey-kurdish-forces-36770257

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3) Study: “Wrong type of trees” in Europe increased global warming
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study.
Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming. The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the negative climate impact. Conifers like pines and spruce are generally darker and absorb more heat than species such as oak and birch. The authors believe the work has implications for current efforts to limit rising temperatures through mass tree planting.” (02/05/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35496350

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4) Germany: Police search homes of suspected extremists
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of being part of an extremist organization, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors said that the raid took place near the western city of Mainz. The two men are ‘suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organization,’ prosecutors’ office spokesman Michael Neuhaus said in an email.” (02/07/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/german-police-search-homes-of-suspected-extremists/article_f3db28b7-b40a-53df-b0ca-d323c9f20719.html

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5) Verizon accused of “net neutrality” foul
Source: TechCrunch

“Verizon, the parent of TechCrunch’s parent AOL, is being accused of violating net neutrality principles by excluding its own mobile video streaming service, go90, from data charges — thereby creating an unequal playing field. On Friday it emerged (via The Verge) that Verizon would not be charging its own customers for the data they consume over go90. An end of January update to the go90 Android app (v1.4.0) notes the service can now be used over LTE without it counting against Verizon customers’ data plans …” [editor’s note: For those of you who thought that “net neutrality” would benefit consumers, have you noticed yet that every time there’s a complaint the point is to force companies to NOT treat their customers well? – TLK] (02/07/16)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/07/verizon-accused-of-net-neutrality-foul-by-zero-rating-its-go90-mobile-video-service/

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6) IL: Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues teen’s estate for HIS trauma
Source: Washington Post

“A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his 55-year-old neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate that blames the mentally ill 19-year-old for causing the officer ‘extreme emotional trauma.'” [editor’s note: Well, that’s something completely different anyway – TLK] (02/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/07/after-killing-college-student-and-55-year-old-mother-cop-sues-for-extreme-emotional-trauma/

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7) Republican 2016 hopefuls claim success following debate
Source: USA Today

“Republican presidential candidates fanned out across New Hampshire on Sunday following a debate that focused on Marco Rubio’s lack of experience, Chris Christie’s aggressive attacks on Rubio, and a relative lack of criticism of front-runner Donald Trump. Christie told Fox News Sunday that Rubio’s awkward responses during Saturday night’s debate (including word-for-word recitations of talking points) underscored his argument that the first-term senator from Florida is simply not ready to take on the Democrats and become president. ‘You have to be prepared, you have to be experienced, you have to be ready,’ the New Jersey governor said, arguing that he has these qualities and Rubio doesn’t.” (02/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/07/republican-debate-donald-trump-marco-rubio-chris-christie/79963602

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8) SD: Low pay forces teachers to hold second, third jobs
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Second and even third jobs are the norm for many school teachers in South Dakota, where teacher pay ranks lowest in the nation, according to a state education task force. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proposed a half-cent sales tax increase to help raise teacher pay, but his plan needs two-thirds approval in both the House and the Senate — a tough proposition in a legislature with an anti-tax lean. Mary McCorkle, president of the South Dakota Education Association, said teachers often give up their evenings by grading papers and preparing lessons, and second jobs lead to burnout.” (02/07/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Low-pay-forces-South-Dakota-teachers-to-hold-2nd-6813535.php

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9) Volkswagen to offer compensation for US customers
Source: Reuters

“Volkswagen will offer generous compensation packages for the roughly 600,000 U.S. owners of diesel vehicles that emit an illegal amount of emissions, the head of its claims fund told a German paper. The German car maker has still not decided whether vehicle owners will be offered cash, car buy-backs, repairs or replacement cars, Kenneth Feinberg told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Volkswagen in December asked Feinberg — who earlier headed the compensation funds for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and General Motors’ ignition switch crashes — to create and administer the program.” (02/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-idUSKCN0VG0MF

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10) Report: Drought could be new normal for US Southwest
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Hang tight, Golden state. Californians longing for ‘good old days’ of steady rainfall might be waiting for a long time. California’s current drought could become a more regular phenomenon, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters arguing that the storms that usually bring rain to the Southwestern states are becoming rarer. ‘Droughts are occurring there more easily,’ Andreas Prein, the study leader and a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, told the Associated Press. The study, based on broad storm patterns rather than day-to-day rainfall, suggests the Southwest’s rain and snow comes primarily from low-pressure storms in the North Pacific Ocean off the coast of Washington.” (02/06/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0206/Why-drought-could-be-the-new-normal-for-the-US-Southwest

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11) States taking action in name of keeping guns out of abusers’ hands
Source: Fox News

“More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns. Lawmakers and governors of both parties have supported bills stripping gun rights from those who have been convicted of domestic violence-related crimes or are subject to protective orders. The measures have been backed by victims’ advocates, law enforcement groups and gun control supporters who see easy access to firearms as a major contributor to domestic violence killings. Similar proposals are expected to be debated in several states this year.” [editor’s note: There is some validity in keeping firearms out of the hands of people who have already been shown to initiate aggression; domestic abusers are a very small portion of those people – SAT] (02/07/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/07/states-taking-action-to-keep-guns-out-abusers-hands.html

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12) Haiti: Martelly spared in last-minute deal
Source: CBS News

“Top Haitian leaders negotiated an agreement to install a short-term provisional government less than 24 hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down, an official with the Organization of American States and local authorities announced Saturday. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, special OAS mission leader Ronald Sanders said the interim president will be elected by Parliament for a term of up to 120 days. He said Prime Minister Evans Paul will remain in his position until lawmakers are able to confirm a prime minister by consensus in upcoming days. The caretaker government will ensure a new Provisional Electoral Council is in place to conclude an election cycle that began last year.” (02/07/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/haiti-president-michel-martelly-spared-in-last-minute-deal/

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13) NY: “Alarming” level of radioactivity found at Indian Point power plant
Source: New York Post

“‘Alarming’ levels of radioactivity have been discovered in three monitoring wells at the Indian Point nuclear power plant, Gov. Cuomo said Saturday. He told the state Departments of Health and Environmental Conservation to investigate how ‘radioactive tritium-contaminated water’ leaked into the groundwater at the plant, in the Hudson River town of Buchanan in northern Westchester County. In letters to the agencies, Cuomo said the radioactive water has not gone beyond the boundaries of the plant and poses no immediate threat.” (02/07/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/02/07/alarming-level-of-radioactivity-found-at-indian-point-power-plant/

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14) Twitter CEO Dorsey kinda sort denies rumors of plan to make Twitter completely useless
Source: International Business Times

“Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey nixed rumors that the social media platform would revamp its timelines as soon as next week. Dorsey, in a series of tweets Saturday, responded to reactions by Twitter users after BuzzFeed reported Saturday that Twitter planned to modify its current reverse chronological timeline feature to show tweets which the website thought users wanted to see. Angry protests over the news made #RIPTwitter the top trending topic on the website Saturday. Dorsey reassured users Saturday that Twitter’s real-time heart wouldn’t necessarily be going away, but stopped short of giving away any details about a new type of timeline.” (02/07/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-says-no-plan-reorder-timelines-2297236

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15) Pakistan: Eight dead after explosive-laden motorcycle rams regime forces’ vehicle
Source: CNN

“A man rammed his explosive-laden motorcycle into a Pakistani security forces’ vehicle, setting off a blast that killed at least eight people and injured about 20 others, officials said. The suicide attack took place Saturday evening outside a district court in Quetta, which is in southwestern Pakistan’s Balochistan province, said Quetta police official Syed Imtiaz Shah. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released Saturday through the group’s spokesman Mohammad Khurrassani.” (02/06/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/06/asia/pakistan-suicide-attack/

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

16) Opposing the plutocracy means opposing the warfare state
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier

“[Bernie] Sanders isn’t a hawk. He opposed the invasion of Iraq and interventions in Libya and Syria. But he’s not a consistent non-interventionist or opponent of the national security state. He favored the invasion of Afghanistan. He’s even said he favors prosecuting courageous whistleblower Edward Snowden. And he’s missed out on an obvious opportunity to challenge the warmongers precisely as a way of reducing economic inequity. The war-making budget, totaling in the vicinity of $1 trillion (when Pentagon allocations are combined with interest payments and appropriations for military-related activities in other departments), is a huge source of revenue for the wealthy and well connected.” (02/07/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43310

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17) When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Prior to this ruling, Assange’s persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange’s continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes.” (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595

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18) Justice, not amnesty, for “illegal immigrants”
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“It speaks volumes that the dirtiest word in the Republican and conservative lexicon is amnesty. At a minimum, it exposes as a flagrant lie the claim that Republicans and conservatives want to expand liberty and limit government power. One cannot consistently praise the principle, central to the supposedly beloved Declaration of Independence, that ‘all men [that is, persons, not only Americans] are created equal’ while also demanding that the government control some people’s freedom to move. One also cannot claim to be a champion of liberty and limited power while calling for measures to prevent people without papers from finding work or making a home in the United States.” (02/05/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/tgif-justice-not-amnesty-for-illegal.html

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19) Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.
Source: Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble

“Top military brass made headlines this week when they called for expanding the Selective Service System — as close as we come, these days, to a draft registry — to include women. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both framed the issue as a matter of fairness: All eligible U.S. citizens should be included, Neller said, ‘Now that the restrictions that exempted women from [combat jobs] don’t exist.’ But a better idea than requiring women to register is to do away with Selective Service altogether, for women and men. When it comes to the draft, or any lingering vestige of it, it’s time for Congress to end it, not mend it.” (02/05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-make-women-register-draft-just-end-draft-registration-everyone

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20) The great candidate debate shows: Walking the fed carpet
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“The presidential candidate debate After-Shows sound like something you would hear on Entertainment Tonight or Extra or Access Hollywood. They’re like B List pundits commenting on the designer duds worn by the celebrities posturing in front of the cameras at the endlessly self-indulgent award shows. Critiquing the debate shows has become more like recapping the Oscars or the Grammys, except the presidential pretenders aren’t walking the red carpet.” (02/07/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-great-candidate-debate-shows-walking-the-fed-carpet

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21) Rubio only looks foolish when he tries to out-trump Trump
Source: USA Today
by Raul Reyes

“On Wednesday, President Obama made history, visiting an American mosque for the first time during his presidency. Appearing at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the president described U.S. Muslims as part of ‘one American family.’ Although he received a warm welcome from those in attendance, the president reserved part of his message for non-Muslims, when he cautioned against bigotry. ‘And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion — and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country — we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,’ he said. Obama’s visit drew front-page coverage on newspapers from New York to London to the Middle East.” [editor’s note: Yep, the rest of the time MR just looks psychotic – SAT] (02/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/05/marco-rubio-president-obama-mosque-speech-religious-diversity-column/79829972

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22) A frolic in Fort Collins
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Last week, the 66-year-old gravity furnace in our otherwise cozy little 1949 tract home failed us and apparently can’t be repaired for lack of parts. It was like a relative dying. We found some nice folks to eject the old warp-core and install a new, technologically superior model without destroying us financially, and piggyback central air-conditioning on it so I don’t have to take my usual summer ‘sabbatical’ any more (I can’t think when it gets much above 85 degrees). A humidifier will save my wonderful collection of musical instruments (mostly guitars) until I’ve recovered from my 2014 stroke (I get microscopically better every day) and I can play them again. I will play them again.” (02/07/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle858-20160207-02.html

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23) Enormous, humongous December; record yearly trade deficit
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the December goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $43.4 billion. Imports were up, exports were down. The cause was a ‘stronger’ dollar, decreased demand around the world thanks to ‘austerity’ policies that take money out of economies, and, of course, our job-killing ‘free trade’ policies. The 2015 goods and services deficit added up to $531.5 billion. This was $23.2 billion (4.6 percent) more than 2014. The goods and services trade deficit with China was a record $365.7 billion in 2015. That represents a billion dollars worth of jobs shipped to China every single day for a year.” (02/06/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160205/enormous-humongous-december-and-record-yearly-trade-deficit

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24) Danger ahead
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“I’ve been critical of Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign for waffling on the libertarian anti-interventionist position on foreign policy: however, he never gave an inch on the surveillance issue. With him out of the race, we hear only the Orwellian nonsense emanating from people like Ted Cruz, who now says he supported Rand’s legislation to roll back Big Brother because he wants more surveillance. And of course the others, including Hillary Clinton, are just as bad. Bernie Sanders stands alone in opposing the National Security Agency’s spying on the American people, but he has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, let alone the White House, and will eventually be endorsing Mrs. Clinton — whose record on civil liberties and Internet freedom is appalling. These two issues — war and civil liberties — are inextricably linked: the more we invade the world, the more our rulers will demand the authority to police the home front, in the name of ‘defending’ the country. It’s a dynamic that will continue to roll on, and that signals danger ahead.” (02/07/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/07/danger-ahead/

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25) You’re libertarian or you’re not
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Libertarianism is filled with wolves in sheep’s clothing. People with anti-liberty ideals, when they share some pro-liberty ideals with libertarians, believe we share all their ideals. We don’t. In fact, their anti-liberty ‘values’ are disgusting. I know there are also those who claim to be ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’ who can’t meet the minimum measure to fit the bill. Regardless of where you stand, I’m sure you can relate to the problem of wolves in sheep’s clothing among any group.” (02/04/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/02/04/mcmanigal-youre-libertarian-or-youre-not/

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26) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/05/16: Socrates on trial
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion on the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology.” [various formats] (02/05/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/socrates-trial

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27) Rubio’s a robot, and other Republican revelations
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie achieved his apotheosis in Saturday night’s Republican debate, settling happily into a role he was born to play. Christie is the bad cop in the interrogation room, slapping the detainee so silly that he’ll break down and say anything. His victim Saturday night was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whom Christie accused not just of being an unready, callow youth, but of giving the same canned speech over and over again. Rubio was so rattled that he responded to Christie’s attack by delivering the same canned answer, verbatim, three times in the span of about a minute. It was not an effective reply.” (02/07/16)

http://prospect.org/article/rubio%E2%80%99s-robot-and-other-republican-revelations

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28) Yet more on the alleged “losers” from free trade
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“International trade produces no more losers, even in the short run, than does any other change in economic activity. To fall into the trap — seemignly correct, but wholly inconsistent with the way that we typically treat domestic economic phenomena — of agreeing that trade has ‘losers’ is not only to be incorrect, but to pave with this incorrectness the path to policies that do indeed create genuine losers.” (02/07/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/yet-more-on-the-alleged-losers-from-free-trade.html

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29) Zoning and Zen
Source: Reason
by Robby Soave

“Three years ago, tragedy struck Renee Bierbaum of Palmetto, Florida. Her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident, leaving her a widow with an 11-year-old son. Consumed by grief, she eventually found solace by practicing yoga — and decided to quit her job and become a full-time instructor. ‘When he died, I realized the brevity of my life,’ she says. ‘I hated what I was doing.’ Now Bierbaum is a certified yoga instructor and the proud owner of an expansive yoga pavilion in her backyard. Her business is on hold, however, because the county government won’t let her teach yoga — on her own property — unless she coughs up $7,000 for a permit.” [editor’s note: And it gets even worse — some idiot claims to own something called “culture” and accuses her of trying to steal it – TLK] (for publication 03/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/07/zoning-and-zen

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30) Condom-nation hits middle schools
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“The San Francisco Unified School District’s board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course — Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring a high school program to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders. What could possibly go wrong?” (02/07/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/07/condomnation-hits-middle-schools-n2115593

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31) Consent under deceit, or why fraud is aggression
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“I don’t think anyone would consider consent under duress as a valid form of consent. If I threaten to kill you or harm you in some way if you don’t consent to something, then the integrity of your consent has been compromised in a major way. That you meet my demand willfully and with volition cannot translate into legitimate permission because I have taken away your ability to choose freely. … The validity of consent as a result of deceit is not so clear cut, but I consider it the basis for any argument that fraud is a form of aggression.” (02/05/16)

http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2016/02/consent-under-deceit-or-why-fraud-is.html

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32) Closing the circle
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“My mother, Ana Maria, died on July 14, 2000 at 78 years of age. For 40 years, ever since our flight from Cuba in 1960, she’d clung to the hope of outliving Fidel Castro Ruz, a man four years her junior. Almost more galling than having Castro outlive her was having her saint’s day fall on July 26, the anniversary and official title of Fidel Castro’s revolutionary movement. To a Cuban, one’s saint’s day — the birth date of the Catholic saint after whom one was named, in this case Santa Ana — is a personal holiday second only to one’s birthday. After our flight following the revolution, first to Mexico and then to the United States, she never again celebrated anything on that day.” (02/05/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1516

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33) A panic-inducing night for the GOP establishment
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The Republican establishment’s fondest hope before Saturday night’s debate was that Marco Rubio would deliver yet another solid (if unmemorable) debate performance, and that Donald Trump would fall on his face–compounding the damage he suffered in Iowa, and surrendering more, if not all, of his lead in New Hampshire over to Rubio, who’s in second place and climbing. Instead, the establishment got almost exactly the opposite.” (02/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129394/panic-inducing-night-gop-establishment

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34) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 65: Anybody but Johnson and yes, that means McAfee
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this week’s episode: Thanks for Asking! (The British are coming and they don’t give a damn about American football); Libertarian Party 2016 presidential nomination analyisis — John McAfee.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/07/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-65.html

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35) Insanity — is it catching?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I have written about this pathetic form of insanity before: people who believe in the power of ‘magic words’ and mystic motions and incantations to make the minions (and even the bosses) of that corrupt organization we call government and the state to go away. This used to be limited to the likes of Lyndon LaRouche and deluded people like George McGovern and Bernie Sanders, but today … maybe it is some weird genetic defect? People, government is force — force AND delusion — that God gave some people the right and power to lord it over other people and to abuse, defraud, steal from, and kill anyone they please with a monopoly of force in a given area split from other places by imaginary lines on the ground (admittedly, sometimes marked with fences or walls or massive fortifications).” (02/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8578

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36) Venezuela’s tiger
Source: EconLog
by Emily Skarbek

“Often economists want to isolate questions of public debt and analyse these issues as if public choice considerations weren’t at play. Perhaps less studied are the ways in which debt practices can systematically exert pressure on formal political institutions. But if you want to understand what is going on in Venezuela today, you can’t do so without looking at this political-economy nexus.” (02/07/16)

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

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37) Sovereign immunity means never having to take responsibility for your actions
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

” If a private company poisoned your water supply you’d have grounds for a lawsuit. The reason for this is obvious, poisoning your water causes damage to both your person and property. Because of this the only way to make things as right as possible is for the poisoner to pay reparations. But the rules are different when the State poisons your water supply because it enjoys a legal fiction called sovereign immunity …” (02/05/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/02/05/sovereign-immunity-means-never-having-to-take-responsibility-for-your-actions/

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38) The liberal fantasy of cultural appropriation
Source: National Review
by Josh Gelernter

“Among the many silly ideas of young leftists who want to appear good without the hassle of doing good, ‘cultural appropriation’ stands alone. Since it’s spreading among American undergrads at a bubonic pace, it deserves a closer look. According to Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi, cultural appropriation is ‘taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission.'” (02/05/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430890/cultural-appropriation-leftists-rewrite-history

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39) Thirteen years ago my life changed forever
Source: The Daily Bell
by Simon Black

“Thirteen years ago my life changed forever. Colin Powell, then US Secretary of State and the most credible person in George W. Bush’s cabinet, made the case for war in Iraq on February 5, 2003. As a young military intelligence officer at the time, watching from a makeshift Army base in Kuwait not far from the Iraq border. Back then I was a true believer, trusting that the government was a force for good ‘making the world safe for democracy …’ But that night it all changed. Powell told the world unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, an assertion that history has proven categorically wrong. But within the intelligence community, many people knew the appalling truth immediately. That night it became clear to me that the government was lying and that the whole case for war was being fabricated.” (02/05/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36771/Thirteen-Years-Ago-My-Life-Changed-Forever/

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40) To Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s: An examination of Christian duty in democratic elections
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by R Campbell Sproul

“There is a common thought among a good many Christians that we should always vote in elections. The thought is at the very least well-intended, since the church is made to be salt and light to the world, in many Christian’s minds we ought therefore to exercise influence over political powers. Since we have that opportunity, the thought goes, therefore we also have the moral responsibility to always take advantage of that opportunity and vote. However, this idea does not always match with justice, and because it does not always match with justice, it is not always true that Christians have a moral obligation to vote in political elections.” (02/05/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/the-caesar-what-is-caesars-to-god-what-is-gods-an-examination-of-christian-duty-in-democratic-elections-part-1/

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41) Anarchism, justice and a vision for the future
Source: The Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“In his essay, Keith says much about an anarchist movement. But the problem with a movement is that it must have something to move towards. So, what is the vision which anarchists share, and can agree on with a fair degree of unanimity? I gave my best understanding of how part of such a vision might be in the section ‘An anarchist vision? – Part One’ above. But those are just my interpretations. Where are the definitive statements of where today’s anarchist movement wants to go, written by the anarchists themselves? And how are they going to get there? Another question in the same area is, how does the movement plan to bring people on side with their vision?” (02/06/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/02/06/anarchism-justice-and-a-vision-for-the-future/

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42) The BS theory
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Bernie Sanders is worse than merely wrong about the rich not paying their fair share of taxes. It’s we, the much-lauded ‘Ninety-nine Percenters,’ who don’t pay enough! At least, when we figure taxes paid against direct subsidies/services rendered: taxes minus transfers.” (02/05/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/05/the-b-s-theory/

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43) Why Sanders vs. Clinton is not a rerun of 2008
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann

“If Hillary Clinton supporters are having a sense of déjà vu, they can be forgiven. Eight years ago, then-Senator Clinton was derailed in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination by another, more charismatic senator who came in to her left with a compelling, idealistic message. Now, yet another senator, with a different sort of charisma, threatens again to complicate Clinton’s path to the Democratic nomination. But 2016 isn’t a replay of 2008, for three reasons. The Clinton of 2008 isn’t the Clinton of today. Bernie Sanders isn’t Barack Obama. And the times have changed, in some ways dramatically. Thursday night’s Democratic debate demonstrated these differences.” (02/06/15)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0205/Why-Sanders-vs.-Clinton-is-not-a-rerun-of-2008

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44) When voluntary is no longer voluntary
Source: Personal LIberty
by Bob Livingston

“Employers can now force employees to take work-sponsored health assessments and biometric screenings against their will, a federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin has ruled. The ruling in the case of Dale Arnold, an employee for plastics maker Flambeau, overturned a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which had previously determined Flambeau’s wellness program did not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.” (02/04/16)

http://personalliberty.com/when-voluntary-is-no-longer-voluntary/

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45) Hobo, screwball, and hero
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“John Patric was a self-described ‘hobo’ and ‘screwball’ who lived out of a car for years at a time. He attended universities in seven states from California to Minnesota and was expelled from three (in Oregon, Michigan, and Texas). He ran for office at least 15 times, as a Republican as often as a Democrat, and paid his campaign filing fees with loose change. To prove how gullible reporters could be, he often falsely claimed he was an FBI agent, a school board member, or other such fabrications. He was, by all accounts, a strange duck. So what makes this guy a hero?” (02/05/16)

https://fee.org/freeman/hobo-screwball-and-hero/

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46) Hillary Clinton: The good, the bad and the ugly
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“It’s a two-person race, with Hillary still in the lead nationally. But Bernie has momentum and enthusiasm. Can the Independent Senator from Vermont catch up? Democratic primaries are a referendum on the status quo, so Sanders'[s] chances depend at least as much on Secretary Clinton’s weaknesses as on his strengths. Here’s what Hillary has going for her — and not.” (02/05/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/05/hillary-clinton-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

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47) Where the hell are we?
Source: Cop Block
by Scott Gregory

“There is a culture of impunity among law enforcement. When an officer is accused of a crime, typically only an internal investigation is conducted while the officers in question go on what amounts to a paid vacation. Even with damning evidence, the officers involved are typically cleared by the internal investigation, return to work, often receiving a promotion. It appears they rarely suffer any serious consequences. It seems if there were good cops, they would arrest the bad ones. The problem is that the evidence strongly suggests that the bad cops end up aggressing against the good cops for trying. Are we are starting to see the outrage?” (02/05/16)

http://www.copblock.org/153391/where-the-hell-are-we/

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48) Peace is the keystone of liberty
Source: Medium
by Dan Sanchez

“The anti-war movement desperately needs libertarian leadership. And the libertarian movement urgently needs to be strongly anti-war. So in this essay I will offer some chief reasons for every libertarian to be 100% non-interventionist and actively engaged in the cause of peace.” (02/04/16)

https://medium.com/dan-sanchez/peace-is-the-keystone-of-liberty-8e967549694a#.w9d50jozv

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49) The Tom Woods Show, episode 587: The screwed up GOP
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“What’s wrong with the GOP? My guest and I agree there’s a lot wrong, but we’re not always agreed as to what that is. We have a freewheeling discussion of populism, noninterventionism, localism, Trump, Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and more. Enjoy!” [various formats] (02/05/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-587-the-screwed-up-gop/

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50) The Clinton-Sanders-Republican principles of taxation
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The number of votes they got at the recent Iowa caucuses is not the only way that former senator Hillary Clinton and current senator Bernie Sanders are very close. Both have proposed new government programs throughout their campaigns. And because their new government programs must be paid for, both Clinton and Sanders have put forward new tax plans to raise the necessary revenue to fund them. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Whether government pays the salary of a bureaucrat, builds a road, pays for a medical procedure, subsidizes someone’s rent, makes a welfare payment, or drops a bomb, there is always a cost involved.” (02/05/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-clinton-sanders-republican-principles-of-taxation/

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