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Volume XIV, Issue #3,383
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State
2) Hong Kong: Activists, police clash over holiday food stalls
3) Haiti: Martelly steps down, sparking doubts about successor
4) UN report: Syria regime “exterminating detainees”
5) Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills three, wounds 14
6) VT: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat
7) China: Gays say life has changed much for the better
8) Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence
9) Pro-choice group cries foul over Doritos commercial “ultrasound”
10) The “War on Terror” has cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion
11) Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
12) War games in Middle East could prepare UK for “potential” Russian war
13) Clinton has, controls transcripts of speeches she’s been dodgy about releasing
14) Migrants drown as boats capsize near Greece
15) White House seeks $1.8 billion to fight Zika virus
16) India: Regulators rule against Internet access for poor people because “net neutrality”
17) TX: FBI arrests C rystal City officials
18) Ireland: Continuity IRA claims killing at Dublin boxing weigh-in
19) TX: Billionaire asks Dallas pols to block convention that offends him
20) India: Man thought to be first ever killed by meteorite

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Policy science kills
22) Imprisoning the messenger
23) Dangerous speech: Would the founders be considered domestic extremists today?
24) How ex-Communists shaped American conservatism
25) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/07/16: How do you remember the American Revolution?
26) The candidate of Republican nostalgia
27) Free trade and labor market displacement
28) The Tom Woods Show, episode 588: Tom and Lew discuss the New Hampshire debate
29) Rewriting the progressive playbook
30) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/08/16
31) Three reasons to be worried about the economy
32) Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany
33) People prefer neo-traditional buildings
34) Women who don’t support Hillary Clinton are probably going to hell
35) Inequality vs. democracy: Ten facts about the 1 percent
36) It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system
37) New Hampshire: Where Hillary Clinton’s campaign lost its way
38) Only a barbaric nation drafts its mothers and daughters into combat
39) The rise and fall of Rand Paul
40) Why Google can’t criticize EU much for ruling it dominant and anticompetitive
41) Cruz makes play for libertarian voters. Is anybody game?
42) The awful state of Republican foreign policy debate
43) The curse and failure of identity politics
44) Section 1332, where are you?
45) Mandatory depression is screening is a depressing thought
46) Peace is the keystone of liberty
47) Healthy economic growth is our missing ingredient
48) Hillary Clinton, double agent?
49) Joseph Schumpeter the “father” of capitalist “creative destruction”
50) A new Cold War?

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

1) Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State
Source: Wheeling News-Register

“Canada’s prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that ‘the people terrorized by ISIL every day don’t need our vengeance, they need our help.’ Justin Trudeau, following up on campaign promises he made last year, also announced that the government will expand efforts to train local forces and rebuild the war-torn region.” (02/08/16)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/1051290/Canada-to-end-airstrikes-against-Islamic-State-group-shortly.html?isap=1&nav=538

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2) Hong Kong: Activists, police clash over holiday food stalls
Source: ABC News

“Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration has descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. Activists angered over authorities’ attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early morning hours of Tuesday.” (02/08/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hong-kong-activists-police-clash-holiday-food-stalls-36798128

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3) Haiti: Martelly steps down, sparking doubts about successor
Source: United Press International

“Haitian President Michel Martelly stepped down from his position, completing his term but leaving the impoverished country without a successor. Martelly, 54, handed over his symbolic presidential sash Sunday to the leader of the National Assembly and said in a farewell speech to the nation, ‘I am at the end of my mandate.’ He said he regretted presidential elections were deferred during his five-year administration. His term was regarded as autocratic and he was accused of living a lavish and corrupt lifestyle.” (02/08/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/02/08/Haitian-President-Michel-Martelly-steps-down-sparking-doubts-about-successor/5941454931777/

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4) UN report: Syria regime “exterminating detainees”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Syrian government has carried out a state policy of extermination against thousands of detainees, UN human rights investigators say. They accuse President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of crimes against humanity, in a report for the UN Human Rights Council. The study says both loyalist and anti-government forces have committed possible war crimes. Many detainees were tortured, some were beaten to death, and others died from lack of food, water, or medical care.” (02/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35521801

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5) Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills three, wounds 14
Source: Reuters

“At least three people were killed and 14 wounded on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a bus filled with Afghan army personnel in northern Afghanistan, officials said. The blast occurred just before 8 a.m. in Dehdadi district, not far from the Balkh provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif, according to a statement by the Ministry of Defense. … The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing in a statement released online.” (02/08/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-blast-idINL3N15N1UT

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6) VT: Dozens get inked with free Sanders tat
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves — and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs. Several dozen people have flocked to Aartistic Tattoo in Montpelier, Vermont, to get a free tattoo of the senator, complete with his unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses. The Burlington Free Press reports that the promotion began a week ago. Tattoo artist Chad Fay says it will run as long as Sanders does. Tattoo artist Jessica Andrew tells the newspaper she inked Sanders’ image on eight people in two days. Fay says he’s done at least 15 tattoos of Sanders in the past week.” [editor’s note: This would seem to take bumperstickers and buttons a bit too far, and a lot harder to scrape off later – SAT] (02/08/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Bernie-Sanders-supporters-inking-their-support-6811684.php

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7) China: Gays say life has changed much for the better
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“A rising tide of public tolerance for gay people in China is beginning to erode official prejudice, activists here say. Last month, for the first time, a Chinese court agreed to hear a case brought by a gay couple against a government agency that had refused to register them as married. In another landmark decision late last year, government film censors approved for public release a joint Sino-French film featuring two homosexual men in romantic lead roles — the first time such subject matter had passed official scrutiny.” (02/08/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2016/0208/In-China-gays-say-life-has-changed-much-for-the-better

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8) Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence
Source: Wheeling News-Register

“As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey’s border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, that she was ‘not just appalled but horrified’ by the suffering caused by the bombing in Syria, primarily by Russia.” (02/09/16)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/1051123/Germany–Turkey-vow-diplomatic-effort-to-end-Aleppo-violence.html?isap=1&nav=538

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9) Pro-choice group cries foul over Doritos commercial “ultrasound”
Source: Fox News

“A pro-choice group kicked off a corn chip controversy Sunday night when it mocked a Doritos commercial as being ‘anti-choice’ for using the ‘tactic of humanizing fetuses.’ Some viewers laughed, while others were a little put off by the ‘Ultrasound’ ad, which showed a fictitious fetus kicking around in the womb as its oblivious and expectant father munched on Doritos. But few took the advertisement as seriously as NARAL Pro-Choice America, which tweeted ‘#NotBuyingIt — that @Doritos ad using #antichoice tactic of humanizing fetuses & sexist tropes of dads as clueless & moms as uptight. #SB50.’ The tweet (part of a barrage criticizing various aspects of Super Bowl commercials seen as sexist or anti-choice) received 348 retweets and 325 favorites.” [editor’s note: I am pro-choice and thought it was hilarious, as did a variety of people at the Super Bowl party I attended; NARAL needs to get a clue – SAT] (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/08/pro-choice-group-cries-foul-over-doritos-commercial-ultrasound.html

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10) The “War on Terror” has cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion
Source: Forbes

“According to data compiled by the Mercatus Center citing the Congressional Research Service, the cost of global ‘War on Terror’ operations (including both Afghanistan and Iraq) since 2001 had reached about $1.6 trillion by FY2014. When war funding approved by Congress for FY2015 is taken into account, the total reaches $1.7 trillion.” (02/03/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/02/03/the-war-on-terror-has-cost-taxpayers-1-7-trillion-infographic/#408099835cf0

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11) Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty
Source: Tuscaloosa News

“Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially explosive risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world’s most powerful militaries and forces keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.” (02/08/16)

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20160208/API/302089813

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12) War games in Middle East could prepare UK for “potential” Russian war
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources. Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.” (02/08/16)

https://www.rt.com/news/331695-uk-war-games-war-russia/

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13) Clinton has, controls transcripts of speeches she’s been dodgy about releasing
Source: Sacramento Bee

“Hillary Clinton, who faces mounting pressure to release transcripts of her paid speeches, routinely demanded that a stenographer be present at her events so she could maintain a record of what she said. At least four of Clinton’s contracts include a clause stating a transcript would be produced for Clinton and that the former secretary of state would own them and control their release, according to contracts obtained by McClatchy. … In response to a question about whether she would release transcripts Thursday during the fifth and final debate before voting begins in New Hampshire, Clinton said, ‘I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it.’ ‘I don’t think voters are interested in the transcripts of her speeches,’ top Clinton adviser Joel Benenson told reporters Friday. And on Sunday, she said she would release the transcripts — if everyone who has ever given a paid speech also did.” (02/08/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/election/presidential-election/article59014898.html

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14) Migrants drown as boats capsize near Greece
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“More than twenty migrants died on Monday when two boats sank between the Turkish and Greek coasts. Both were headed for the island of Lesbos, only a few miles from Turkey’s Edremit coastal district and the town of Dikili, from where they set sail. The death toll ranged from 22 to 33 dead as both governments worked to determine the exact number of casualties. Several people were rescued by a fisherman and by the Turkish coast guard, which told the press it had deployed more boats and helicopters to search for around 13 passengers who remained unaccounted for.” (02/08/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/migrants-drown-as-boats-capsize-near-greece/a-19033863

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15) White House seeks $1.8 billion to fight Zika virus
Source: The Hill

“The White House is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, hoping to halt the spread of the relatively unknown disease. The mosquito-borne virus, which was recently declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, has infected 51 people in the United States, as of last Friday. While the virus causes mild symptoms in adults, it has been linked to birth defects in newborns as well as the paralyzing condition Guillain Barré syndrome in adults.” (02/08/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/268586-white-house-seeks-18b-to-fight-zika-virus

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16) India: Regulators rule against Internet access for poor people because “net neutrality”
Source: TechCrunch

“Facebook’s Free Basics — the company’s zero-rated mobile service — has been under fire in India over net neutrality violations for months, and now the country’s regulator has weighed in hard on the issue: FreeBasics and services like it have been banned, according to an announcement from TRAI. … TRAI notes that the regulations will be in place for two years but may be open for review — which could see Facebook tweak FreeBasics and try to get the service turned on again.” (02/08/16)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/08/india-blocks-facebook-freebasics-net-neutrality/

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17) TX: FBI arrests Crystal City officials
Source: Washington Post

“Joel Barajas was the only Crystal City council member to show up to the office Friday. That’s because everyone else he works with is facing felony charges. Five top officials in Crystal City, Tex., were arrested Thursday under a federal indictment accusing them of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and helping the operator of an illegal gambling operation who went by the nickname ‘Mr. T.’ The indictment swept up the city’s mayor, mayor pro tempore (who both have city council votes) and a council member, as well as the city manager, a former city council member and the alleged gambling operator, Ngoc Tri Nguyen.” (02/08/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/02/08/theres-only-one-person-left-on-this-texas-city-council-after-fbi-arrests-top-officials-on-corruption-charges/

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18) Ireland: Continuity IRA claims killing at Dublin boxing weigh-in
Source: ABC News

“An Irish Republican Army faction has claimed responsibility for killing a reputed member of a drug-dealing gang in a machine gun attack on a Dublin boxing pre-match event, and is threatening to kill more criminal rivals. The Continuity IRA issued a statement Monday to the BBC in Belfast saying its members were responsible for Friday’s killing of 33-year-old David Byrne.” (02/08/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ira-faction-attacked-dublin-boxing-event-killed-man-36785432

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19) TX: Billionaire asks Dallas pols to block convention that offends him
Source: Dallas Morning News

“Billionaire oilman Ray Hunt, one of downtown’s highest-profile property owners, emailed the Dallas City Council this weekend asking them to vote Wednesday against allowing a porn convention to open shop at the city-owned convention center. Hunt, who owns more than 30 acres downtown, including everything from the Hyatt Regency and Reunion Tower to the old Reunion Arena parking garage’s air rights, says he believes Exxxotica ‘constitutes an activity that runs totally counter to the values, mores and beliefs of the vast majority of the citizens of the City of Dallas.'” [editor’s note: You’d think that kind of money would soothe the ache associated with not being allowed to run everyone else’s lives, but I guess not – TLK] (02/07/16)

http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/2016/02/billionaire-ray-hunt-asks-council-to-stop-sex-expo-from-coming-to-dallas-convention-center.html/

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20) India: Man thought to be first ever killed by meteorite
Source: Time

“A man was killed after being struck by a meteorite in India over the weekend, apparently becoming the first person in recorded history to die in such a manner. A bus driver, identified as V. Kamaraj, died after suffering severe injuries while he was walking close to the cafeteria at the Bharathidasan Engineering College …. Three others were injured in the blast. … The meteorite left a 4-foot deep crater and shattered windows of classrooms and nearby vehicles.” (02/08/16)

http://time.com/4211780/meteorite-india-college/

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

21) Policy science kills
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The climate-change debate has many people wondering whether we should really turn over public policy — which deals with fundamental matters of human freedom — to a state-appointed scientific establishment. Must moral imperatives give way to the judgment of technical experts in the natural sciences? Should we trust their authority? Their power? There is a real history here to consult. The integration of government policy and scientific establishments has reinforced bad science and yielded ghastly policies. There’s no better case study than the use of eugenics: the science, so called, of breeding a better race of human beings.” (02/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/policy-science-kills/

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22) Imprisoning the messenger
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“Those behind the prosecution of the Planned Parenthood/StemExpress sting videographers might be surprised by the stunning parallels with an earlier case: that of pioneering investigative journalist William T. Stead, imprisoned for exposing the horrors of human trafficking of girls into forced prostitution more than 130 years ago.” (02/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/08/imprisoning-the-messenger/

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23) Dangerous speech: Would the founders be considered domestic extremists today?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John W Whitehead

“Not only has free speech become a four-letter word — profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places — but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal. The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.” (02/08/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/02/08/dangerous-speech-would-the-founders-be-considered-domestic-extremists-today/

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24) How ex-Communists shaped American conservatism
Source: The Atlantic
by Sam Tanenhaus

“A paradox of 20th-century American politics is that its most sustained ideological movement, modern conservatism, was the brainchild of ex-Communists who had been disillusioned by the crimes of the Soviet revolution or caught on the wrong side of factional disputes. Estranged and unhappy, they went in search of a new god and helped create it — in the mirror image, it has often seemed, of the one that failed them the first time.” (for publication 03/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/03/how-ex-communists-shaped-american-conservatism/426849/

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25) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/07/16: How do you remember the American Revolution?
Source: The Bob Zadek Show
“Andrew M. Schocket, Professor of History and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University, wants his students and readers to think more clearly about our collective ‘memory’ of the American Revolution.” [various formats] (02/07/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/2/4/how-do-you-remember-the-american-revolution

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26) The candidate of Republican nostalgia
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“John Kasich begins his town hall gatherings in New Hampshire with a trip down memory lane. On a sparkling Super Bowl Sunday, at his 101st town hall, he came before jam-packed auditorium at a Nashua Community College and made a point of countering the doom-and-gloom jeremiads of his Republican rivals by summoning remembrances of past glories. He told of how he sat alongside his parents and watched men walk on the moon; how as a kid he met Ronald Reagan and, better still, Jimmy Stewart (after whose manner, minus the stammer, he somewhat models his own); how Reagan and Tip O’Neill relaxed over drinks and saved Social Security; how the Berlin Wall came down thanks to Reagan’s resoluteness. Into this flow of world historic moments, he weaves an account of his own career, taking credit for the federal budget surpluses of the late 1990s (he was then chair of the House Budget Committee) and for balancing the budget while creating jobs in Ohio.” (02/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/candidate-republican-nostalgia

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27) Free trade and labor market displacement
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“Nobody said that free trade was ‘costless’ to adapt to. I do economic history. I see cases of industries being protected for decades. Protectionism not only raise prices, but it changes relative prices between different inputs. It incites the adoption of an artificially profitable production method. It is profitable to do so, but it is by no means the most efficient approach. It was made profitable only by the artifice of regulation and duties. Once you eliminate that artifice by removing the barriers, you still have ‘time to build’ problem and a need to change production methods. That takes time. However, governments are very good at making sure this takes more time than needed …” (02/08/16)

http://notesonliberty.com/2016/02/08/free-trade-and-labor-market-displacement/

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28) The Tom Woods Show, episode 588: Tom and Lew discuss the New Hampshire debate
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Lew Rockwell joins me for another debate analysis! The second-place slot is fluid in New Hampshire right now, so this debate could prove crucial.” [various formats] (02/08/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-588-did-rubio-implode-tom-and-lew-discuss-the-new-hampshire-debate/

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29) Rewriting the progressive playbook
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“Wisconsin, that one-time bastion of progressivism, is now a policy laboratory of the American Right. Since 2011, Republicans have used their lock on the governorship and the legislature to pass right-to-work legislation, gut environmental protections and dumb down a once-vaunted education system. In 2015, the state’s GOP-dominated Supreme Court squelched a criminal inquiry into the scheme that made this possible — specifically, how at least $9.1 million in dark money from the Wisconsin Club for Growth corrupted the recall elections of six GOP state senators in 2011 and Gov. Scott Walker in 2012. The untold millions the Koch brothers and friends funneled into Wisconsin is only part of the story. Badger state Republicans have also outsmarted their Democratic opponents. Wisconsin progressives (and indeed, their counterparts nationwide) suffer from a ‘strategy gap,’ says Robert Kraig.” (02/08/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18765/wisconsin_progressive_economic_reform

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30) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/08/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Tim Bishop, a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation Practice at MayerBrown LLP, who is serving as counsel for the American Farm Bureau Federation, joins Host H. Sterling Burnett to discuss new EPA regulations that give it authority over land that is part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.” [various formats] (02/08/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/heartland-daily-podcast-tim-bishop-epa-taking-authority-over-land-using-clean-water-act/

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31) Three reasons to be worried about the economy
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Yonathan Amselem

“On January 12, America’s central planner-in-chief gave his State of the Union address. The president promised nothing less than to feed the hungry, create jobs, shape the earth’s climate, and make everyone a college graduate. There’s nothing new here, though. … Despite our leader’s unwavering confidence in America’s fortunes, a quick peak under the hood reveals a pretty grim state of American commerce.” (02/08/16)

https://mises.org/library/three-reasons-be-worried-about-economy

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32) Russia having success in hybrid war against Germany
Source: Reuters
by Lucian Kim

“The attack came in the form of a Saturday evening newscast from Moscow. It would take days before the German government realized what was happening, but by that time the damage was already done. Germany’s sizable Russian-speaking community (made up of migrants from the former Soviet Union) was up in arms about a report that refugees from the Middle East had gang-raped a 13-year-old Russian girl in Berlin — and that the local police was covering up the crime. Until recently, Germany had largely been spared the wrath of Russia’s state propaganda machine.” (02/07/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/07/russia-having-success-in-hybrid-war-against-germany

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33) People prefer neo-traditional buildings
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“It seems obvious to me — and I think to most people — that housing built since the 1930s is by and large much less attractive than housing built before. But if this is true, and if we are much richer now than we were in the 1930s and before, then why would we build, buy and live in housing we don’t like? We have some sort of market in housing; surely if we really all preferred traditional housing styles we’d just buy it.” (02/08/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/planning-transport/people-prefer-neo-traditional-buildings/

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34) Women who don’t support Hillary Clinton are probably going to hell
Source: The American Specator
by Emily Zanotti

“Last week, there was a Hill story about an organized pressure campaign on Elizabeth Warren, designed to shame her into openly supporting Hillary Clinton rather than the person who fits better with her New England socialist lifestyle, Bernie Sanders. This week, there’s word that Clinton surrogate Madeleine Albreight has damned Bernie’s feminist legions to Hell for their gender apostasy, openly declaring that they’ll be chewed alive by Satan himself in the 11th circle if they don’t wise up and get on the Clinton bus.” (02/08/16)

http://spectator.org/blog/65419/women-who-dont-support-hillary-clinton-are-probably-going-hell

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35) Inequality vs. democracy: Ten facts about the 1 percent
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Economic inequality inspired Occupy Wall Street, a movement that in a few short months transformed our political discourse with the concept of the ‘1 percent’ and the ’99 percent.’ Today the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders is altering the political landscape with a call to reduce inequality. Why does this theme resonate with so many voters? How does it intersect with other issues like social justice, national security and the environment? Is inequality irreversible? … What follows are 10 facts about the 1 percent – but they’re not just statistics. They’re a paint-by-numbers picture of an economy, and a democracy, in urgent need of change.” (02/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160208/inequality-against-democracy-10-facts-about-the-0-01-percent

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36) It’s almost over for Hillary: This election is a mass insurrection against a rigged system
Source: Salon
by Bill Curry

“Democrats are deeply loyal to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton who didn’t so much reconcile their party’s conflicts as engross them within their protean personalities. Hillary accuses Sanders of disloyalty to them and to the modern party they held together. When Sanders suggested that some progressive groups might be part of the establishment, she ripped into him, denying there even is such a thing. There is, of course. Its main components were once grass-roots movements that traded independence for access and are now Washington lobbies with grass-roots mailing lists. They were better off when they played harder to get.” (02/08/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/02/07/its_almost_over_for_hillary_this_election_is_a_mass_insurrection_against_a_rigged_system/

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37) New Hampshire: Where Hillary Clinton’s campaign lost its way
Source: Fox News Forum
by Zev Chafets

“I’d be willing to put a few dollars on the proposition that, when the history of the 2016 presidential race is written, the past week in New Hampshire will go down as the place where the Clinton campaign lost its way. Bernie Sanders didn’t do her in. She did it herself, with two unforced errors. The first error was her transparently false attempt to recast herself as a bank-busting progressive. This gave rise to a very public airing of a very inconvenient fact: After leaving the State Department, Hillary got rich selling her services to the highest bidder. … Hillary’s second mistake in New Hampshire was boasting that she gets things done. This invites the public to focus on her record and opens a door that leads to an empty trophy room.” [editor’s note: A concise summary of what she has NOT done in her many career stops, as well as some of horrific things she has supported – SAT] (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/08/new-hampshire-will-go-down-as-place-where-hillary-clintons-campaign-lost-its-way.html

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38) Only a barbaric nation drafts its mothers and daughters into combat
Source: National Review
by the editors

“The most disappointing moment of Saturday night’s debate came when Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio each embraced the idea that women should register with the selective service, making it possible for America to draft women into ground combat. The argument for registration is based on the new Pentagon policy opening up all combat jobs to women.” [editor’s note: Only a barbaric state drafts ANYONE, period – TLK] (02/09/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431002/women-combat-selective-service-natural-law

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39) The rise and fall of Rand Paul
Source: USA Today
by James R. Carroll

“On Jan. 5, 2011, the day Rand Paul was sworn in as a United States senator, he already was a star. Well-wishers crowded a hallway and reception room in the U.S. Capitol. Journalists were everywhere. In fact, the Kentucky Republican already had been on network television that morning, broadening his already expanding national image as a new figure in American politics. I was the Washington correspondent for The Courier-Journal of Louisville, so Paul’s arrival in the Senate that January day was the start of my regular exposure to him — and the beginning of a years-long chronicle of a man in a hurry to make his mark.” (02/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/02/08/voices-rise-and-fall-rand-paul/79875100

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40) Why Google can’t criticize EU much for ruling it dominant and anticompetitive
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“In the next several weeks, expect the EC’s Competition Directorate to decide that Google is in fact dominant with >90% share of Internet search in Europe and that Google has abused its search dominance by biasing its own Shopping service over competitors. It also could formally charge Google for abuse of its search dominance in contractually tying Google Search and other search-driven apps like Maps, YouTube, etc. to Android to extend its search dominance to mobile search and to the operating system market where Android now owns >80% share. In taking a most extreme and ultimately indefensible legal and PR position, that the EU antitrust case is ‘wrong as a matter of fact, law and economics,’ Google has painted itself into a corner, PR-wise and politically, much more than many appreciate.” (02/08/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/why-google-cant-criticize-eu-much-for-ruling-it-dominant-anticompetitive/

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41) Cruz makes play for libertarian voters. Is anybody game?
Source: Cato Institute
by David Boaz

“Cruz is now lowering the volume on social issues and trying to sound like Rand Paul. CNN reports, ‘Gone Wednesday morning was the vow to investigate Planned Parenthood. In was [Rand Paul’s] punchline about the White House tapping your cell phone.’ He’s talking about the Fourth Amendment, eminent domain, and auditing the Federal Reserve. He’s downplaying the social issues that he emphasized in Iowa. (Maybe he’ll bring them back next week in South Carolina.) But will libertarians buy it?” (02/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/cruz-makes-play-libertarian-voters-anybody-game

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42) The awful state of Republican foreign policy debate
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Daniel DePetris said last week that Paul’s exit from the race would hurt the quality of the foreign policy debate in the primaries …. The treatment of foreign policy and national security issues on Saturday in the eighth Republican debate showed just how true this is. Whether it was Cruz’s insistence on defending his ignorant carpet bombing rhetoric, Trump’s promise to bring ‘a lot worse’ than waterboarding back into use on detainees, or Bush and Rubio’s silly belief that a Sunni Arab army can be conjured up to fight ISIS in Syria, virtually everything that the candidates said about foreign policy was either irresponsible or delusional or both.” (02/08/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-awful-state-of-republican-foreign-policy-debate/

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43) The curse and failure of identity politics
Source: CounterPunch
by Vincent Emanuele

“I think we’ve all had enough of the bullshit: identity politics has been a curse to leftist movements in the U.S. for far too long. How could anyone argue otherwise? During the Obama years, leftists were chastised for their critiques, with many, including myself, being accused of racism. Racism, really? I’ve spent the last ten years of my life dedicated to progressive social movements, yet I’m a racist because I think that Barack Obama is an imperialist scumbag? Piss off … Today, the same is happening in the context of Hillary Clinton’s run for U.S. President. Any and all critiques of Hillary are deemed ‘sexist’ by HRC’s bootlickers.” (02/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/08/the-curse-and-failure-of-identity-politics/

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44) Section 1332, where are you?
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“People are starting to get excited about another Obamacare work-around: The section 1332 waiver. This refers to a section of Obamacare that allows states great flexibility in how they deliver Obamacare within their borders. The curious thing about section 1332 waivers is that they can only be issued as of January 1, 2017. Why? Why not allow states to get section 1332 waivers as of October 2010, when Obamacare’s first regulations took effect? Or January 2014, when the gushers of tax credits began to flow through the exchanges? Who knows? Maybe the administration just thought they needed a few years for the cement around Obamacare to solidify.” (02/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/08/section-1332-where-are-you/

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45) Mandatory depression is screening is a depressing thought
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.” (02/08/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-mandatory-depression-screening-depressing-thought

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46) Peace is the keystone of liberty
Source: Antiwar.com
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.” (02/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2016/02/07/peace-is-the-keystone-of-liberty/

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47) Healthy economic growth is our missing ingredient
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“This year’s Republican presidential race has generated an unusual number of unusually bad ideas — Donald Trump on Muslims, Ted Cruz on carpet bombing, Marco Rubio on male footwear. It has also has produced one of the best: Jeb Bush’s 4 percent plan. No, that wasn’t his desired share of the vote in the Iowa caucus, where he got less than 3 percent. It’s his goal for annual economic growth, which he argues would ‘restore the opportunity for every American to rise and achieve earned success.'” (02/08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/08/healthy-economic-growth-is-our-missing-i

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48) Hillary Clinton, double agent?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rails against a ‘political system hijacked by billionaires and special interests.’ Billionaire George Soros just wrote a $6 million check to a pro-Hillary SuperPAC. ‘Our democracy should work for everyone,’ states HillaryClinton.com, ‘not just the wealthy and well-connected.’ Last week, we discovered Mrs. Clinton was paid a whopping $675,000 by Goldman Sachs, the politically-connected Wall Street investment firm, for three speeches after she left the State Department. Nice work if you can get it.” (02/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/08/hillary-clinton-double-agent/

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49) Joseph Schumpeter the “father” of capitalist “creative destruction”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Today is Austrian-born economist, Joseph A. Schumpeter’s, birthday. Born on February 8, 1883, he died on January 8, 1950. Schumpeter is famous as a leading 20th century formulator of the notion of the entrepreneur as dynamic innovator of change, and also as a master of the history of economic ideas.” (02/08/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/joseph-schumpeter-the-father-of-capitalist-creative-destruction/

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50) A new Cold War?
Source: spiked
by Tara McCormack

“Now, it may well be the case that Russia has given money to Front National or Golden Dawn or UKIP or Jeremy Corbyn for all we know. After all, funding other nations’ opposition parties has always been bread-and-butter work for foreign powers, including the US secret service — it funnelled money into the so-called Colour Revolutions and armed groups in Ukraine and the Middle East. I’ve no doubt Russia does it, too. However, the idea that Putin is behind the current refugee crisis and the longer-term political problems in the Eurozone is simply ludicrous. Not even the flimsiest understanding of the history of the past decade could support such a proposition.” (02/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/a-new-cold-war/18006

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