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Volume XIV, Issue #3,385
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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In the News:

1) OR: Refuge occupiers say they’ll turn themselves in
2) MO: Feds sue Ferguson after city pols try to revise deal
3) US House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto
4) Turkey: Erdogan denounces US support for Syrian Kurds
5) El Salvador: High court orders civil prosecution of Funes
6) Google to bend over further, spread cheeks wider for eurocensors
7) OH: Cleveland government bills family of police murder victim for ambulance ride
8) Nigeria: Two female bombers kill 58 in northeast refugee camp
9) CO: Annual legal cannabis sales hit $1 billion
10) MI: Hoplophobic firm may fire gun-toting valet for stopping knife attack
11) Iran’s drone first over US carrier since 2014
12) Sirhan Sirhan denied parole a 15th time
13) France: Fabius resigns as foreign minister, lashes out at Obama
14) Hundreds of hidden galaxies glimpsed behind Milky Way
15) Report: Cyber-thieves steal PIN codes from IRS
16) US, India consider joint naval invasion of South China Sea
17) MI: Nugent’s anti-Semitic Facebook post blasted
18) Warner/Chappell doesn’t own “Happy Birthday;” must pay back $14 million
19) Google to stop accepting Flash ads
20) South Korea: Regime to shut down joint industrial park with North

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Determinism, dependency, and the irreducible person
22) Bernie Sanders: The candidate the establishment needs
23) Interviewing Astra: International libertarian, musician, thinker, activist
24) THE question
25) Rules are different for the king’s men
26) Generation Sanders
27) Trump & Sanders NH wins show people sick of the establishment
28) What does the Constitution say about federal land ownership?
29) Hillary Clinton’s woman problem
30) Misleading claims about a climate crisis in the Arctic must be corrected
31) The battle over encryption and your right to privacy
32) Be pro-life AND pro-choice
33) Rand Paul is out — but libertarianism is finally mainstream
34) The Tom Woods Show, episode 590
35) Active shooter drills and terrorizing children
36) After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business
37) New Hampshire: Rage against the political machine
38) The triumph of trans Lysenkoism
39) Causes of the 2008 financial crisis
40) Freedom, not infrastructure, is overcoming African poverty
41) Gender trumps all? Vote-shaming, slut-shaming not so far apart
42) MPAA may like donuts, but they shouldn’t be the (copyright) police
43) Yet another person who insists on putting other people’s money where his mouth is
44) Our next president’s challenge: The unaccountable bureaucracy
45) “They” is now singular?
46) Why is Obama still killing children?
47) Why I have hope
48) They broke the silver fix
49) How to counter recruitment and de-militarize schools
50) Liberalise immigration to boost international development
51) Obama intensifies wars and threats of war
52) Establishment, always establishment
53) Report From Iquitos
54) America’s fiscal debt bomb caused by the welfare state
55) Opposing “the system” is not enough

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

1) OR: Refuge occupiers say they’ll turn themselves in
Source: Kansas City Star

“The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after the FBI and other officers surrounded them in a tense standoff. The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested in Portland. … The Oregonian reports he now faces a conspiracy charge of interfering with a federal officer related to that standoff at his ranch.” (02/11/16)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article59723756.html

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2) MO: Feds sue Ferguson after city pols try to revise deal
Source: Bloomberg

“The federal government sued Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the City Council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson’s decision to reject the deal left the Justice Department no choice except to file a civil-rights lawsuit. … A recent financial analysis determined the agreement would cost the struggling city nearly $4 million in the first year alone. The council voted 6-0 Tuesday to adopt the deal, but with seven amendments.” (02/10/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-10/ferguson-asks-for-changes-to-reform-deal-drawing-criticism

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3) US House bill would kill state, local bills that aim to weaken smartphone crypto
Source: Ars Technica

“On Wednesday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) introduced a new bill in Congress that attempts to halt state-level efforts that would weaken encryption. The federal bill comes just weeks after two nearly identical state bills in New York state and California proposed to ban the sale of modern smartphones equipped with strong crypto that cannot be unlocked by the manufacturer.” (02/10/16)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/02/house-bill-would-kill-state-local-bills-that-aim-to-weaken-smartphone-crypto/

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4) Turkey: Erdogan denounces US support for Syrian Kurds
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at the US over its support for Syria’s main Kurdish group. He accused Washington of creating a ‘sea of blood’ by failing to recognise as terrorists members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing. The PYD, which the US is relying on to battle so-called Islamic State inside Syria, is an offshoot of the PKK.” [editor’s note: I can’t blame Erdogan for being worried. In addition to being Kurdish, PYD is a Bookchinite anarchist group which has created an at least nominally stateless enclave, Rojava, close enough to Turkey that it might make Turks think twice about whether they want to let Erdogan, or anyone else, continue ruling them – TLK] (02/10/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35541003

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5) El Salvador: High court orders civil prosecution of Funes
Source: ABC News

“El Salvador’s Supreme Court has ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment. Wednesday’s ruling also freezes Funes’ bank accounts and the titles to eight automobiles in his and a son’s names. The civil case does not involve criminal charges.” (02/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/salvador-high-court-orders-civil-prosecution-president-36847307

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6) Google to bend over further, spread cheeks wider for eurocensors
Source: Reuters

“Google (GOOGL.O) will start scrubbing search results across all its websites when accessed from a European country to soothe the objections of Europe’s privacy regulators to its implementation of a landmark EU ruling, a person close to the company said. The U.S. company has been at loggerheads with several European Union data protection authorities since the European Court of Justice ruled in May 2014 that people could ask search engines such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing (MSFT.O) to remove inadequate [sic] or irrelevant [sic] information that appears under searches for their name — dubbed the ‘right to be forgotten.'” (02/11/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-google-eu-privacy-idINKCN0VJ29U

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7) OH: Cleveland government bills family of police murder victim for ambulance ride
Source: CNN

“The city of Cleveland has filed a claim against the estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by a police officer in 2014, for his final ambulance ride. ‘The Rice family is disturbed by the city’s behavior. The callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill … is breathtaking,’ family attorney Subodh Chandra said. ‘This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment.’ The $500 claim and invoice, obtained by CNN, was filed on Wednesday and lists November 22, 2014, as the date of call. It was the day Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside a recreation center.” (02/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/us/tamir-rice-shooting/

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8) Nigeria: Two female bombers kill 58 in northeast refugee camp
Source: Rochester Post-Bulletin

“Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. A third woman bomber was arrested and gave officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.” (02/10/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/female-bombers-kill-in-northeast-nigerian-refugee-camp/article_49dee4e6-932a-5a0e-8f49-d6b1cd1cf008.html

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9) CO: Annual legal cannabis sales hit $1 billion
Source: Smell the Truth

“Colorado’s legal cannabis sellers did nearly one billion dollars in revenue in 2015, according to the latest data released by state officials. Colorado’s Department of Revenue stated Tuesday that licensed pot shops in the Rocky Mountain State sold $996,184,788 worth of pot last year. That’s a cool billion dollars diverted away from black market gangs, cartels, and drug dealers, and into the hands of tax-paying, licensed American citizens. That economic activity generated $135 million in taxes and fees in 2015, of which more than $35 million is earmarked for Colorado’s underfunded school system. Monthly sales hit all-time highs in November of $62.2 million recreational and $39 million medical.” (02/10/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/10/colorado-pot-sales-hit-1-billion-per-year

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10) MI: Hoplophobic firm may fire gun-toting valet for stopping knife attack
Source: mlive

“Warren Mayor James Fouts said it’ll be a shame if a hero is fired over a company policy banning valet drivers from carrying guns. A valet employed by a private company contracting with the General Motors Technological Center in Warren potentially saved a woman’s life Wednesday, but doing so might have cost him his job …. A 32-year-old woman walked into the GM Tech Center around 9 a.m. Wednesday and asked to speak to a 52-year-old woman employee there. … ‘They briefly chatted,’ Fouts said, ‘… and then, evidently, there was some sort of dispute, and the 32-year-old woman started stabbing’ the other woman in the neck, abdomen and back. The valet, who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm, saw the violent altercation; he pulled out his gun ‘and told the woman to stop or he’d shoot,’ Fouts said. Security and then police subdued the attacker …. the valet company has a policy banning drivers from carrying weapons, even if they are doing so legally.” (02/10/16)

http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2016/02/gun-toting_valet_might_be_fire.html

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11) Iran’s drone first over US carrier since 2014
Source: St. Augustine Record

“The unarmed Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month is similar to those that can carry missiles and was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, U.S. Navy records obtained Wednesday showed. The Jan. 12 reconnaissance flight by Iran’s Shahed drone over the USS Harry S. Truman while a French aircraft carrier sailed nearby marked the latest tense naval encounter between the U.S. and Iran since Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.” (02/10/16)

http://hosted2.ap.org/FLAUG/2e515285f07040df999bd6b670db791c/Article_2016-02-10-ML–Iran-US/id-1e8b324b9c454d0bbffa725ec78cafcc

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12) Sirhan Sirhan denied parole a 15th time
Source: Los Angeles Times

“For the 15th time, officials on Wednesday denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the [alleged] assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing from another person who was shot that night and had called for his release. The decision came after Sirhan answered questions from the California parole panel for about three hours in a small, windowless conference room. Commissioners said Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.” (02/10/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sirhan-parole-denied-20160210-story.html

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13) France: Fabius resigns as foreign minister, lashes out at Obama
Source: Vice News

“Outgoing French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has lashed out at his American allies over what he considers insufficient action on Syria — the latest fallout after peace talks in Geneva halted in the face of a government offensives in Aleppo and elsewhere in the country. … Fabius has previously criticized the US for not intervening against the regime of Bashar al-Assad after it allegedly used chemical weapons in August 2013.” (02/10/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/french-foreign-minister-quits-lashes-out-at-obama

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14) Hundreds of hidden galaxies glimpsed behind Milky Way
Source: Fox News

“A new telescope view has revealed hundreds of galaxies that were previously obscured by the Milky Way’s bulk. Scientists used an Australian radio telescope famous for assisting with the moon landings to peer through the gas and dust of the Milky Way, and uncovered 883 galaxies hidden behind it — one-third of which were never observed before. You can see how the hidden galaxies were found in this video. This new view of the region could help explain something called the Great Attractor, which is a mysterious spot in the universe whose strong gravity pulls on the Milky Way and thousands of other galaxies with ‘the force equivalent to a million billion suns,’ researchers said in a statement. Scientists have known about the phenomenon since the 1970s.” (02/09/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/02/09/hundreds-hidden-galaxies-glimpsed-behind-milky-way.html

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15) Report: Cyber-thieves steal PIN codes from IRS
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US government’s tax collection agency has said attackers fooled its computers into generating more than 100,000 tax return Pin codes. The codes could have been used to seek payouts had the scam not been detected. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said no personal taxpayer data had been compromised or disclosed by its systems. It added it was monitoring use of its web application for any further signs of fraudulent activity. The agency said the attackers had used personal data stolen from elsewhere to compromise its systems.” (02/10/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-35543578

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16) US, India consider joint naval invasion of South China Sea
Source: Reuters

“The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defense official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway. Washington wants its regional allies and other Asian nations to take a more united stance against China over the South China Sea, where tensions have spiked in the wake of Beijing’s construction of seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago. India and the United States have ramped up military ties in recent years, holding naval exercises in the Indian Ocean that last year involved the Japanese navy. But the Indian navy has never carried out joint patrols with another country.” (02/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-india-usa-idUSKCN0VJ0AA

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17) MI: Nugent’s anti-Semitic Facebook post blasted
Source: USA Today

“Rocker Ted Nugent is drawing ire across social media and from prominent Jewish groups after he made an anti-Semitic post on Facebook earlier this week criticizing 12 prominent Jewish Americans he says are responsible for gun control. The post included thumbnail photos of former Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz and several others. Each photo was emblazoned with the Israeli flag.” [editor’s note: It’s most amazing that anyone still pays attention to this wingnut – SAT] (02/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/10/ted-nugent-anti-semitic-facebook-post/80187160

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18) Warner/Chappell doesn’t own “Happy Birthday;” must pay back $14 million
Source: Fox News

“Music publisher Warner/Chappell Music will return $14 million in fees to settle a lawsuit that challenges its claim to ‘Happy Birthday,’ one of the world’s best-known songs. A federal judge ruled in September that Warner/Chappell didn’t own the lyrics and had no right to charge for their use. The Los Angeles Times cites court documents released Monday that outline terms of a settlement reached in December. Under the deal, Warner/Chappell will give up its claims to the ubiquitous song and reimburse those who paid licensing fees. The settlement was announced as a trial was set to begin.” (02/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/02/10/music-publisher-doesnt-own-happy-birthday-has-to-pay-back-14-million

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19) Google to stop accepting Flash ads
Source: Computer World

“Google has just hammered another nail in the coffin for Flash, Adobe Systems’ multimedia software widely criticized for its frequent security vulnerabilities. On Tuesday, Google set deadlines for when it will stop running Flash ads and accept only those written in HTML5, the latest version of the Web’s mother tongue. As of June 30, Google will stop accepting new Flash-based display ads for AdWords and DoubleClick Digital Marketing. And Flash ads won’t be allowed on the company’s Display Network or DoubleClick after Jan. 2, 2017.” (02/10/16)

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3031908/security/google-will-stop-accepting-new-flash-ads-on-june-30.html

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20) South Korea: Regime to shut down joint industrial park with North
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last major cooperation project between the rival countries, comes after North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket considered by other nations to be a banned missile technology test.” (02/10/16)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/business/s-korea-to-halt-work-at-joint-industrial-park-with/nqMpH/

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

21) Determinism, dependency, and the irreducible person
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Ismael Hernandez

“Sociological determinism informs our public policy. Those with a stake in the maintenance and expansion of government bureaucracies feed upon pathology and find a willing constituency among those who perceive the world in terms of victims and perpetrators. If men are not free, they are not responsible for their misdeeds and ought instead to be treated with pity for falling prey to tragic misfortunes. They are to be healed by those who understand their powerlessness. Such enabling has produced a host of psychotherapeutic terms and treatments attempting to explain every human condition and every degrading act.” (02/10/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/10/determinism-dependency-irreducible-person

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22) Bernie Sanders: The candidate the establishment needs
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Vee

“The Bernie Sanders campaign serves a vital purpose for the Democratic Party: he draws hordes of enthusiastic, passionate supporters, supporters who had lost faith in a broken political system — supporters who will all jump ship to Hillary when Bernie inevitably fails. Because Bernie’s supporters are so passionate and invested in the political system, they will feel they have no option but to vote for the ‘least bad’ candidate once the general election comes around.” (02/10/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43346

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23) Interviewing Astra: International libertarian, musician, thinker, activist
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“If music is an international language it also seems that American-style ‘Non-Aggression Principle’ libertarianism has also gone global as well, at least in the form of one hot bilingual musician named Astra F. d’Oudney and her musical parents Kenn and Joanna d’Oudney.” (02/10/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/interviewing-astra-international-libertarian-musician-thinker-activist

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24) THE question
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“The Missouri Department of Revenue, like most modern businesses, publishes a website, on which it provides answers to commonly asked questions, of which there are a great many. Typically, they deal with rather narrow, technical issues. For instance: How do I file a request for a refund for a decedent? … One cannot but be impressed with the ease with which ‘Missouri’ answers these questions regarding its income tax. There seems to be no question so abstruse as to defy an answer. The reason for that, in my opinion, is because of an underlying assumption on the part of the questioners: that they are liable, or may be liable, for the tax in the first place. Of course, the Department of Revenue does nothing to disturb this assumption. THE question, the one never asked, and therefore never answered, would be this: why must I pay a tax — send money — to the people who designate themselves as the ‘State of Missouri?'” (02/10/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/question

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25) Rules are different for the king’s men
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“When the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) breaks into 1,300 computers with a single, vaguely written warrant it’s labeled justice. But when somebody breaks into the FBI’s computers it’s labeled criminal …” (02/10/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/02/10/rules-are-different-for-the-kings-men/

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26) Generation Sanders
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“For more than a year, my pragmatist friends and colleagues have underestimated the appeal of Bernie Sanders. As a big Sanders win approaches in the New Hampshire primary, they insist that this will be Sanders’s last hurrah and urge his supporters to get real and get with the program — which is to unite behind Hillary Clinton as the Democrat best positioned to be nominated and to win in November. Many of my political friends are simply missing the import of the Sanders campaign. Much of his appeal is a blend of generational and economic.” (02/09/16)

http://prospect.org/article/generation-sanders

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27) Trump & Sanders NH wins show people sick of the establishment
Source: In These Times
by Robert Reich

“You will hear pundits analyze the New Hampshire primaries and conclude that the political ‘extremes’ are now gaining in American politics, that the Democrats have moved to the left and the Republicans have moved to the right, and the ‘center’ will not hold. Baloney! The truth is that the putative ‘center’ … did a job on the rest of America, and is now facing a reckoning. The ‘extremes’ are not gaining ground. The anti-establishment ground forces of the American people are gaining. Some are so fed up they’re following an authoritarian bigot. Others are signing up for a ‘political revolution’ [sic] to take back America from the moneyed interests.” [editor’s note: Yet, as we now know, Hitlery still holds a huge lead, thanks to her indentured superdelegates, and the hell with what the voters want! – SAT] (02/10/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18845/donald-trump-bernie-sanders-new-hampshire-establishment-extremism

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28) What does the Constitution say about federal land ownership?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“Over a decade ago I became interested in what the Constitution, as the Founders understood it, had to say about federal land ownership. I researched prior writings on the subject. As often happens, I found most of the relevant legal ‘scholarship’ to be of poor quality. Liberal writers baldly claimed that the federal government could own any land it wants to, however it wants to, for any purpose — and that anyone who disagreed was an ‘extremist.'” (02/10/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/02/10/what-does-the-constitution-say-about-federal-land-ownership/

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29) Hillary Clinton’s woman problem
Source: USA Today
by Ellie Hartleb

“Bernie Sanders has captured the hearts of Millennial voters with his inspirational and emotional promise to bring the nation ‘a future to believe in.’ Although 74-year-old Sanders is a lifelong politician, his off-the-beaten-path campaign and perpetually disheveled aesthetic seem to be just the fresh (if wrinkled) face many young Democrats are looking for. That’s even true of the women, and particularly young women. Sanders won women under 30 by about 6 to 1 over Hillary Clinton in Iowa. He nearly matched that Tuesday in New Hampshire and, even more sobering for Clinton, nearly seven in 10 women under 45 chose Sanders. Overall, Sanders won 53% of the female vote in New Hampshire to Clinton’s 46% — a reversal from Iowa, where she carried women, and one that could reflect a troubling trend for her campaign.” (02/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/10/hillary-clintons-woman-problem-column/80175130

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30) Misleading claims about a climate crisis in the Arctic must be corrected
Source: Heartland Institute
by Bob Endlich

“The January-February 2016 issue of Audubon Magazine proclaims ‘Arctic on the Edge: As global warming opens our most critical bird habitat, the world is closing in.’ In reality, the magazine’s writers and editors have gone over the edge, with wildly misleading ‘reports’ on the Arctic. The magazine is awash in misstatements of fact and plain ignorance of history, science and culture. It epitomizes the false claims that characterize ‘news coverage’ of ‘dangerous manmade climate change.’ The following analysis corrects only some of the most serious errors, but should raise red flags about most every claim Audubon makes.” (02/10/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/misleading-claims-about-a-climate-crisis-in-the-arctic-must-be-corrected/

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31) The battle over encryption and your right to privacy
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today we talk constitutional authority and the commerce clause. There’s a battle going on to regulate and require companies to build ‘back door’ solutions to their encryption services so that law enforcement can see what you’ve been doing.” [various formats] (02/10/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-battle-over-encryption-and-your-right-to-privacy/

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32) Be pro-life AND pro-choice
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Anti-abortion is not the same as pro-life. Not unless you are also against prohibition, cops, prisons, the military, and government in general. Then you could claim to be pro-life and I won’t consider you a hypocrite. I know no one personally, in real life, who is anti-abortion and also pro-life. Instead I know a lot of people who are anti-abortion for religious reasons, and who are also supporters of prohibition, cops, prisons, the military, and government, supposedly also for religious reasons, and who don’t seem to recognize their hypocrisy. On the other hand, pro-choice is not pro-liberty if your choices differ from the choices they want you to make.” [text and Flash video] (02/10/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/02/be-pro-life-and-pro-choice.html

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33) Rand Paul is out — but libertarianism is finally mainstream
Source: Reason
by Matt Kibbe

“Despite ominous signs that the End Times near, everything’s going to be all right. As someone who left a perfectly respectable day job last year to help elect Rand Paul president, I need to find the upside. I have finally emerged from my post-Iowa fetal position to offer some observations on what liberty voters, and libertarians generally, should make of it all. First off, I endorse the view, ably represented by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, that Rand’s failure to win the Republican nomination in no way signals the end of the ‘libertarian moment.'” [editor’s note: There hasn’t been a “libertarian moment” yet, and if there had been such a moment, a guy who started his political career off with a flat denial that he’s a libertarian, then acted accordingly, wouldn’t in any way have been representative of it – TLK] (02/10/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/10/rand-raul-mainstream-libertarians-presid

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34) The Tom Woods Show, episode 590
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The brilliant Ron Unz, himself a Harvard alumnus, is spearheading a twofold campaign, pushing a slate of candidates to the Harvard Board of Overseers to (1) abolish tuition and (2) be more transparent about the admissions process, since it seems fairly obvious that Harvard is using a quota system. The proposal to abolish tuition may sound quixotic or even weird, but since tuition receipts are a tiny percentage of what Harvard earns from its endowment, it makes sense. Decide for yourself!” [various formats] (02/10/16)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-590-take-that-harvard-the-free-harvardfair-harvard-campaign-gains-steam

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35) Active shooter drills and terrorizing children
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

“Tornado and fire drills are probably a good idea. Though both are fairly rare occurrences, teaching children, and adults for that matter, to be prepared for tornadoes and fires should probably be considered a best practice. But not all drills invoked such feelings during my school years. By the time I got to middle school, we hosted ‘active shooter drills.’ These drills taught us the following. In the event someone comes into the school with a gun and the intent to kill everyone, turn off the lights and huddle in the corner of the room. Assuming the assailant has really poor vision and can’t see through the glass door, you’ll be safe. (The unspoken lesson went like this. If the shooter isn’t blind and can see through the door, pray that you’re in the middle of the huddle and not on the border.)” (02/10/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/10/active-shooter-drills-and-terrorizing-children/

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36) After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business
Source: Sovereign Man
by Simon Black

“In 578 AD, a Korean immigrant named Shigemitsu Kongo made his way to Japan at the invitation of the royal family. Buddhism was on the rise in Japan at the time; though it had only been introduced a few decades prior, the Empress consort had been actively encouraging the adoption of Buddhism across Japan. But since the Japanese had no experience building Buddhist temples, they looked overseas for help. That’s where Kongo came in.” (02/08/16)

https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/after-1428-years-heres-what-brought-down-the-worlds-oldest-business-18654/

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37) New Hampshire: Rage against the political machine
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“If someone had told you a year ago that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would win the New Hampshire primaries, you would have said they were crazy. And yet here we are. It’s easy to forget how amazing this result is, given that opinion polls have been predicting this outcome for weeks. But votes are real, they count. And a presidential contest in November between a reality-TV star and an obscure socialist is now a real possibility.” (02/10/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/new-hampshire-rage-against-the-political-machine/18020

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38) The triumph of trans Lysenkoism
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“[Dr. Kenneth] Zucker’s crime? He is against the idea that children who experience gender dysphoria should be rushed into transitioning via hormone therapy and surgery, preferring instead a more cautious approach, given that unstable gender identity in childhood and adolescence sometimes resolves itself in time. This position is anathema to trans activists. Note well: Dr. Zucker is in favor of gender transitioning; he simply says that the scientific knowledge we have at this point advises a more cautious approach. For this, he got fired, and his clinic shut down.” (02/10/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-triumph-of-trans-lysenkoism/

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39) Causes of the 2008 financial crisis
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Dennis McCuistion and David Grantham

“Experts point to a variety of issues that likely caused the 2008 financial crisis, such as modern banking practices, unethical behavior or government policy. The available evidence suggests, however, that a convoluted interaction between the public sector and private sector business was the primary culprit. This relationship created the subprime mortgage crisis, which caused the 2008 meltdown. Why is this crisis any different, though? After all, government action in private finance is not a new phenomenon.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (02/10/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/causes-of-the-2008-financial-crisis

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40) Freedom, not infrastructure, is overcoming African poverty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea German

“Cape Verde’s superior infrastructure, the Post explains, is partly responsible for that country’s economic progress. Surely that cannot be the full answer. The United States did not have an inter-state road network till the Eisenhower Administration — decades after the United States became the richest and most powerful country in the world. Similarly, Germany was the most powerful and richest country in Europe a long time before constructing its famous autobahns.” (02/10/16)

http://fee.org/articles/freedom-not-infrastructure-is-overcoming-african-poverty/

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41) Gender trumps all? Vote-shaming, slut-shaming not so far apart
Source: Reuters
by Anne Taylor Fleming

“If you want to lose young women, just scold them. That will offend them every time. And it’s precisely what two stalwart, old-school feminist icons did over the past weekend when each chastised younger female voters for not lining up behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. ‘A lot of you younger women think it’s done,’ former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said of the fight for equality. ‘It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!’ On HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Gloria Steinem seconded the motion, adding some girly retro quip about young women jumping on Senator Bernie Sanders’ bandwagon because ‘that’s where the boys are.’ I cringed when I heard them. It’s so not cool (as well as being downright counter-productive) for older women to try to shame younger women. … The young women I talked with were all offended by this. Even those who say they might end up voting for Clinton.” (02/10/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/10/gender-trumps-all-vote-shaming-slut-shaming-not-so-far-apart

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42) MPAA may like donuts, but they shouldn’t be the (copyright) police
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

“The company Donuts controls about 200 new top-level domains, including .movie, .theater, and .media. Yesterday, MPAA announced that it has made a deal with Donuts that will make MPAA a ‘trusted notifier’ for reporting copyright-infringing websites, with the expectation that Donuts will disable or suspend those websites’ domain names. According to the website TorrentFreak, this will make MPAA ‘the definitive authority on what is considered a large-scale piracy website.’ This raises the risk of a website losing its domain name, or having it co-opted, without a court judgment or other legal process.” (02/10/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/mpaa-may-donuts-they-shouldnt-be-copyright-police

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43) Yet another person who insists on putting other people’s money where his mouth is
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Dear Mr. Hester: You accuse me of ‘paying no attention to the losses … caused to U.S. workers by the Chinese.;’ You add that ‘only somebody like Donald Trump would protect Americans from that damage.’ With respect, you’re mistaken. First, the losses ’caused to U.S. workers’ are caused, not by the Chinese, but by your fellow Americans who choose to purchase imports from China. The Chinese merely offer deals that your fellow citizens judge to be good; the Chinese do not compel Americans to accept these deals. What you and Mr. Trump in fact propose to do is to threaten to inflict violence on Americans who would otherwise choose to spend their money as they prefer rather than as you and Mr. Trump think they should spend their money.” (02/10/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/yet-another-person-who-insists-on-putting-other-peoples-money-where-his-mouth-is.html

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44) Our next president’s challenge: The unaccountable bureaucracy
Source: Fox News Forum
by John Yoo & Dean Reuter

“As frontrunners in the Republican presidential primary campaign, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio will have the opportunity to explain how they will reignite the economy and protect our security while remaining true to constitutional principles. One area where they should agree is on blocking the growth of the federal government, designed by the Founders to exercise only limited, enumerated powers. It will not be simple to reverse the century-long evolution toward the large and unaccountable form of government that we call the administrative state. President Woodrow Wilson established its broad outlines to introduce more expertise and expel politics from lawmaking. To Wilson, the lack of political accountability in agencies was a positive feature of the administrative state, not a fault. Today we are left with an ever-growing sprawl of federal agencies, often with unclear and overlapping purposes, and increasingly a law unto themselves.” [editor’s note: Well, I must admit that “torture is legal because we want it to be legal” memo author John Yoo is certainly the living expert on “unaccountable bureaucracy” versus “constitutional principles” – TLK] (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/08/our-next-president-s-challenge-unaccountable-bureaucracy.html

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45) “They” is now singular?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight

“Recently, the American Dialect Society announced its word of the year: ‘they’ as a singular pronoun. ‘They’ is usually plural, and the idea of it being singular has some grammarians objecting because, they insist, the singular form defies proper grammar. I disagree. What is and isn’t proper grammar is always in flux — and is a great example of a spontaneous order akin to decentralized markets.” (02/10/16)

http://fee.org/articles/they-is-now-singular/

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46) Why is Obama still killing children?
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

“President Barack Obama closed his speech at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast with a prayer for forgiveness. … Obama may find that asking for forgiveness is a lot easier than receiving it, at least in this life. Chief among the many things for which this president needs to be forgiven is his expansion of George W. Bush’s drone assassination program. … One person who will not forgive Obama is Nasser al-Awlaki. He is the grandfather of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old American citizen who was summarily executed in a 2011 drone strike as he sat in a cafe in Yemen. Abdulrahman was looking for his father, American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, who had already been assassinated by Obama two weeks earlier.” (02/10/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-obama-still-killing-children

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47) Why I have hope
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ron Paul

“We’re in this transition period right now where the attitudes are changing. But our views have been out there a long time, so we have to ask ourselves why we’re seeing more success now among the young and many future leaders. Part of this is just due to greater availability of ideas. The Internet certainly helps, and a lot of the credit must go to organizations like the Mises Institute that make the ideas of liberty more easily available to everyone.” (02/10/16)

https://mises.org/library/why-i-have-hope

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48) They broke the silver fix
Source: Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“Many silver bugs are up in arms about how unfair the new silver fix is. That’s nothing new. They were up in arms about the old one. The old one was supposedly manipulated. One thing is for sure, tactical manipulations can occur.” (02/10/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/02/they-broke-the-silver-fix/

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49) How to counter recruitment and de-militarize schools
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“U.S. military recruiters are teaching in public school classrooms, making presentations at school career days, coordinating with JROTC units in high schools and middle schools, volunteering as sports coaches and tutors and lunch buddies in high, middle, and elementary schools, showing up in humvees with $9,000 stereos, bringing fifth-graders to military bases for hands-on science instruction, and generally pursuing what they call ‘total market penetration’ and ‘school ownership.’ But counter-recruiters all over the United States are making their own presentations in schools, distributing their own information, picketing recruiting stations, and working through courts and legislatures to reduce military access to students and to prevent military testing or the sharing of test results with the military without students’ permission. This struggle for hearts and minds has had major successes and could spread if more follow the counter-recruiters’ example.” (02/10/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/How-to-Counter-Recruitment-by-David-Swanson-Counterculture_Military_Recruitment_School-160210-359.html

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50) Liberalise immigration to boost international development
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Fredrik Segerfeldt

“The best international development policy would be to let in more workers from the third world in to work in Britain, according to a new paper from the Adam Smith Institute. Politicians should stop trying to save entire countries with foreign aid programmes and instead help their inhabitants by letting them move to developed countries, it says. The report Migration and Development argues that doling out billions in foreign aid risks propping up corrupt kleptocratic governments and having little impact on development; letting people move to where they can be most productive is a reform that really works.” [press release/summary — full paper available as PDF download] (02/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/news/press-release-liberalise-immigration-to-boost-international-development-says-new-report/

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51) Obama intensifies wars and threats of war
Source: CounterPunch
by Jack Smith

“The Obama Administration is expanding its military power and threats against Russia and China as well as increasing its war efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria while preparing to restart Washington’s old war in Libya. Most of this has been revealed in the first six weeks of the 2016 election year and President Barack Obama’s last full year in office without any significant new provocations against the United States. At least part of the White House motive must be to undercut right wing Republican campaign rhetoric alleging Obama and the Democrats are ‘soft on defense,’ and creating a more robust martial entry into the president’s legacy.” (02/10/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/10/obama-intensifies-wars-and-threats-of-war/

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52) Establishment, always establishment
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders winning in New Hampshire is as good an indicator as any that Americans — or at least Live Free or Die staters — are tired of the bipartisan Establishment. Victories for a billionaire iconoclast and a self-designated socialist. Both are ‘players’ in their distinct ways: the former a publicity-minded entrepreneur who boasts of having been a briber of politicians, the latter as a long-term senator with a consistently pro-government-growth voting record. But both are plausibly outsiders, too. … But if elected, would either rock the Establishment boat?” (02/10/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/10/establishment-always-establishment/

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53) Report From Iquitos
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari

“I am writing from Iquitos, a town in Peru, encircled by the jungle of the Amazon. The only connection to the external world is by air. Boats — loaded with cattle, exotic animals, human beings, and forest-produce that in the US would put you in prison for several lives — go downstream and upstream, providing access to smaller villages and tribes, but not to anything beyond. Iquitos is very spacious and well-planned. The mighty Amazon and its tributaries surround the town, and most people have come here from its tribal areas. For less than $40 a day, I can have a very good style of life.” (02/09/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1517

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54) America’s fiscal debt bomb caused by the welfare state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The news is filled with the everyday zigzags of those competing against each other for the Democrat and Republican Party nominations to run for the presidency of the United States. But one of the most important issues receiving little or no attention in this circus of political power lusting is the long-term danger from the huge and rising Federal government debt.” (02/10/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americas-fiscal-debt-bomb-caused-by-the-welfare-state/

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55) Opposing “the system” is not enough
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“In my estimation, perhaps a little too pessimistic for most, the libertarian world is breaking apart at the seams. It was united during its rise to national (and international) discussion with the Presidential ‘educational’ campaigns of Ron Paul but, perhaps in part to the meager and compromising approach to ‘liberty politics’ of Rand Paul, the libertarian world is almost in shambles. It searches for a unifying identity, but no one can agree on what that is. In this light, I have noticed a number of libertarians who express a certain degree of excitement about Bernie Sanders because he opposes ‘the system.'” (02/09/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/opposing-the-system-is-not-enough/

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