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Volume XIV, Issue #3,386
Friday, February 12th, 2016
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In the News:

1) OR: Malheur occupation ends in surrender after 41 days
2) NATO will deploy fleet to Aegean to ensure that Syrian refugees can’t escape NATO-created hellhole
3) North Korea: Regime orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories
4) Mexico: Scores dead in prison brawl, blaze
5) Australia is about to legalize growing marijuana nationwide
6) Black Congressional Caucus endorses Clinton White House bid
7) Syria: Obama administration opening two-front campaign
8) After being punished for his suicide attempt, a US veteran is fighting for others with PTSD
9) UK: Health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors
10) Scientists find gravitational waves Einstein predicted
11) Researchers point out the obvious: Mandatory crypto backdoors would be futile
12) Puerto Rico: Government pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis
13) Report: Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion bribe for misleading investors
14) CA: Thanks to Dem Senator, cannabis patients facing 15 percent tax increase
15) UAE: Regime appoints Minister of Happiness
16) US Senators vote to hold web site in contempt for refusing to pretend they matter
17) Schadenfreude break: Counts show GOP Senate candidate three signatures shy of ballot access
18) France: Two Uber execs face jail for defying cab monopolists’ government toadies
19) Afghanistan: Policeman kills five colleagues
20) Several US states seek to block second trimester abortion method

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The race is on: Uber versus the real sharing economy
22) Free Exercise Clause has two faces in Phoenix
23) You’ve got to fight! For your right! To green bean casserole!
24) The draft-nappers are back — and this time they want your daughter
25) Debt bondage or monetary freedom?
26) Kasich extols the tortoise lane
27) Could superdelegates really stop Bernie Sanders?
28) The art of spin: Pulling victory from NH jaws of defeat
29) Why state leaders need to back away from school takeover agencies
30) The establishment tanks
31) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: The comedy of politics
32) Bernie Sanders is wrong about US tuition fees, subsidies don’t help students
33) Socialism not as hot as its spokesman
34) Obama, American Muslims, and our constitutional duplicity
35) Disgusting habits
36) It takes a regime change
37) No, women are not obliged to vote for Hillary
38) What’s your goal in the 2016 presidential election?
39) Military or prison
40) So what if Islam is a religion of peace?
41) We’re a lot more exposed to hackers than you think
42) New Hampshire rejects establishment politics
43) European Central Bank gets ready for more easy money
44) What’s wrong with inequality?
45) And so goes the Academy
46) To Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s, part 2
47) A stoic’s empire
48) Can the establishment fix its Bernie Sanders problem?
49) Sanders, Trump, and the war over American exceptionalism
50) SCOTUS smackdown of the Obama Clean Power Plan: Top three takeaways

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

1) OR: Malheur occupation ends in surrender after 41 days
Source: Reuters

The four holdouts in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday with the last protester repeatedly threatening suicide during a dramatic final phone call with mediators before he gave up, ending the 41-day standoff. … Federal authorities said the final four occupiers would face charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers, along with 12 others previously arrested, and that the refuge would remain closed for several weeks as agents secured what was now considered a crime scene and scoured it for fugitives or explosives.” (02/11/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/oregon-militia-idINKCN0VK1WS

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2) NATO will deploy fleet to Aegean to ensure that Syrian refugees can’t escape NATO-created hellhole
Source: Independent [UK]

“The Nato fleet is being deployed to the Aegean Sea immediately in a bid to end the flow of refugees crossing the sea into Europe from Turkey. Announcing the deployment, which will see refugee boats met by warships rather than coastguards, Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said action would be taken ‘without delay.'” (02/11/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nato-orders-fleet-to-deploy-in-aegean-sea-to-help-end-europes-refugee-crisis-a6867076.html

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3) North Korea: Regime orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories
Source: Beloit Daily News

“North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a ‘dangerous declaration of war.’ North Korea said it was responding to Seoul’s shutdown order by immediately deporting the hundreds of South Koreans who work at the complex just across the world’s most heavily armed border in the city of Kaesong, pulling out the tens of thousands of North Korean employees and freezing all South Korean assets.” (02/11/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_KOREAS_TENSION?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-02-11-11-03-16

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4) Mexico: Scores dead in prison brawl, blaze
Source: CBS News

“Fifty-two inmates were killed and 12 injured in a brutal fight between two rival factions and a huge fire at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said. Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez told a news conference the fight involved a faction led by a member of the infamous Zetas drug cartel. Rescue workers could be seen bringing injured inmates from the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, at least some with burns. The riot broke out just six days before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit another Mexican prison, in the border city of Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua state.” (02/11/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-topo-chico-prison-fire-riot-inmates-reported-killed/

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5) Australia is about to legalize growing marijuana nationwide
Source: Quartz

“Australia appears set to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use nationwide. A bill introduced to parliament Wednesday (Feb. 10) by the Liberal Party would amend the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967. It looks guaranteed to become law, as the main opposition party immediately pledged support for it. Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be established for supplying medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions. It’s expected to become law by the end of March.” (02/10/16)

http://qz.com/613831/australia-is-about-to-legalize-growing-marijuana-nationwide/?utm_content=28265920&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

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6) Black Congressional Caucus endorses Clinton White House bid
Source: Reuters

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus on Thursday, a much-needed boost to her campaign as it competes for the important black voting bloc in South Carolina’s primary this month. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have built strong ties to the African-American community over the past decades. Several lawmakers cited Clinton’s long history of not only working on issues important to black Americans, but on getting Democrats elected and advancing the party’s agenda.” [editor’s note: So she continues to get the elites but not the voters – SAT] (02/11/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-cbc-idUSKCN0VK1IP

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7) Syria: Obama administration opening two-front campaign
Source: Altoona Mirror

“The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another. The United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations with interests in the Syria conflict, including Iran, gathered to try to agree on a ceasefire in the civil war that might resuscitate stalled peace talks.” (02/11/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1053163/Obama-administration-opening-2-front-campaign-on-Syria.html?isap=1&nav=760

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8) After being punished for his suicide attempt, a US veteran is fighting for others with PTSD
Source: Vice News

“When Kristofer Goldsmith woke up, he was handcuffed to a hospital gurney. The US Army sergeant could remember only snippets of the night before, but one of the things he remembered was washing down half a bottle of painkillers with vodka in an attempt to end his life. The day Goldsmith woke up in the hospital — May 28, 2007 — was the day he was supposed to be on a plane to Iraq for his second tour of duty.” (02/10/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/after-being-punished-for-his-suicide-attempt-a-us-veteran-is-fighting-for-others-with-ptsd

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9) UK: Health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors
Source: Washington Post

“Britain’s health secretary has taken the unusual step of opting to impose a new contract on junior doctors after failing to strike a deal with thousands of medical professionals in England. Jeremy Hunt’s decision Thursday comes after the junior doctors rejected the Conservative government’s final offer. He said the government was motivated by concerns that the National Health Service’s standard of care on the weekends was ‘too low.’ … The dispute between the government and junior doctors — those who are in training but may have up to 10 years of experience — has escalated in recent months. Thousands have gone on strike to protest plans to change pay and work schedules.” (02/11/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-health-secretary-to-impose-contract-on-junior-doctors/2016/02/11/833662da-d0dd-11e5-90d3-34c2c42653ac_story.html

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10) Scientists find gravitational waves Einstein predicted
Source: USA Today

“Einstein has been proven right … again. For the first time ever, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves, bizarre ripples in space-time foreseen by Einstein a century ago. The discovery was the final, acid test of Einstein’s celebrated general theory of relativity, and once again Einstein’s genius held up to scrutiny. ‘Einstein comes out with beaming success,’ Caltech’s Kip Thorne, one of the founders of the observatory that caught the gravitational waves, told reporters Thursday. The find not only validates one of the most fundamental theories in physics but also promises to revolutionize astronomy. Because gravitational waves carry information about their source, the ability to detect these weird undulations will allow researchers to study distant and elusive features of the universe.” (02/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/11/ligo-discovers-gravitational-waves/80226644

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11) Researchers point out the obvious: Mandatory crypto backdoors would be futile
Source: Ars Technica

“An estimated 63 percent of the encryption products available today are developed outside US borders, according to a new report that takes a firm stance against the kinds of mandated backdoors some federal officials have contended are crucial to ensuring national security. The report, prepared by security researchers Bruce Schneier, Kathleen Seidel, and Saranya Vijayakumar, identified 865 hardware or software products from 55 countries that incorporate encryption. … The conclusion of their surve — –which the researchers said represents the lower bound of the number of encryption products available worldwide — was that criminals or terrorists who are savvy enough to use encryption would also be smart enough to choose a product that isn’t subject to mandatory backdoor laws. The result, the authors argued, is that US competitiveness would be harmed with little benefit to national security.” [editor’s note: I’m not trying to put down the researchers with that headline. It’s just that they shouldn’t have HAD to prove something so trivially obvious – TLK] (02/11/16)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/02/new-report-contends-mandatory-crypto-backdoors-would-be-futile/

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12) Puerto Rico: Government pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis
Source: ABC News

“Puerto Rico’s government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis. Officials hosted a meeting for investors on Thursday to promote local tax incentives aimed at luring the wealthy.” (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-pushes-tax-incentives-wealthy-amid-crisis-36866191

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13) Report: Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion bribe for misleading investors
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion to US authorities to settle claims that it misled investors about risky mortgage bonds sold before the financial crisis. In 2015, a tentative deal to pay $2.6bn was announced, but New York authorities pushed to increase that amount. Morgan Stanley acknowledged it had misrepresented the quality of the mortgage bonds. The bank said it had previously set aside funds for the settlement.” [editor’s note: If it was the investors who were misled, why are “US authorities” getting the money? – TLK] (02/11/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35553713

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14) CA: Thanks to Dem Senator, cannabis patients facing 15 percent tax increase
Source: Smell the Truth

“A California Senator and Democrat plans to sock it to pot patients with a new, 15% sales tax increase to raise potentially $100 million in state revenue. Senator Mike McGuire introduced The Marijuana Value Tax Act today, to levy a 15 percent tax on retail sales of medical marijuana. If the tax passes by a two-thirds majority, the tax could raise $100 million for grants for local cities regulating medical marijuana, the general fund, parks and wildlife, and drug programs. ‘Other states, including Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska already have sales taxes in place for medical marijuana. SB 987 also ensures that cities and counties will continue to be able to enact their own local taxes and fees,’ Sen. McGuire stated.” [editor’s note: So much for “compaassionate liberals” – SAT] (02/11/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/10/california-pot-patients-facing-15-percent-tax-increase

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15) UAE: Regime appoints Minister of Happiness
Source: United Press International

“Seeking to raise its bliss bar, the United Arab Emirates prime minister has appointed the country’s first minister of happiness to the Cabinet. Minister of Happiness Ohood Al Roumi’s job is to lead her country’s citizens down a path to satisfaction, and move the country up the list of happiest on earth. The UAE was listed as the 20th happiest country on the planet in 2015 by the annual World Happiness Report.” (02/11/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/02/11/United-Arab-Emirates-names-its-first-minister-of-happiness/3991455193844/

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16) US Senators vote to hold web site in contempt for refusing to pretend they matter
Source: fedscoop

“The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved a historic resolution Wednesday, holding the CEO of online classified ad site Backpage.com in contempt of Congress for failing to testify under subpoena last November on the website’s role as a prominent vehicle for child sex trafficking. … According to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who is leading the investigation as chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations with ranking member Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Backpage.com has outright refused to cooperate with the senators, even after the senators subpoenaed the company for documents on the business'[s] operations.” [editor’s note: Senators, Senators … Maybe Backpage.com isn’t trying to SHOW contempt for you; maybe they’re trying to HIDE it! – TLK] (02/10/16)

http://fedscoop.com/senate-committee-takes-historic-action-against-backpage-com-and-web-sex-trafficking

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17) Schadenfreude break: Counts show GOP Senate candidate three signatures shy of ballot access
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“U.S. Rep. Todd Young expected a fight in the race to become a U.S. senator — but not to just get on the primary election ballot. The Indiana Democratic Party on Wednesday morning filed a formal challenge alleging Young didn’t submit enough certified voter signatures to qualify for the May 3 Republican primary. … The Indiana Election Commission, which consists of two Democrats and two Republicans, could consider Young’s possible disqualification at its Feb. 19 meeting. If Young is removed from the ballot, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman would be left as the only Republican candidate for the Senate seat after the withdrawal of Eric Holcomb on Monday to become lieutenant governor.” [editor’s note: Gives me a warm glow when laws instituted to keep third party and independent candidates off the ballot backfire on their beneficiaries – TLK] (02/11/16)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Counts-show-Young-three-signatures-shy-of-ballot-11424441

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18) France: Two Uber execs face jail for defying cab monopolists’ government toadies
Source: Washington Post

“Two of Uber’s top European executives are appearing in criminal court in France on charges of running an illegal taxi operation, and they could face jail time. The ride-hailing company has since shut down the low-cost UberPop service that prompted the charges. The company continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxis. Thibaud Simphal, France general manager, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for Western Europe, face up to five years in prison and a 300,000-euro ($338,000) fine each if convicted of all charges in Thursday’s trial, which include violations of privacy law and allegations of commercial deception.” (02/11/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2-uber-execs-facing-jail-in-france-amid-tensions-with-taxis/2016/02/11/9c7827e8-d0c8-11e5-90d3-34c2c42653ac_story.html

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19) Afghanistan: Policeman kills five colleagues
Source: GlobalPost

“A rogue Afghan policeman drugged his colleagues before shooting five of them dead, officials said Thursday, the latest in a series of ‘insider attacks’ which have blighted pro-government forces battling the Taliban. The incident took place Wednesday night at a checkpoint where 13 policemen were posted in southern Kandahar province, scene of some of the heaviest fighting between the Western-backed government and the Taliban in recent years. The attacker was later shot dead by police from a nearby checkpoint who approached after hearing the firing.” (02/11/16)

http://www.globalpost.com/article/6731789/2016/02/11/rogue-afghan-policeman-kills-five-colleagues-afghanistan

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20) Several US states seek to block second trimester abortion method
Source: ABC News

“Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion providers in legal fights, says banning the dilation and evacuation method of abortion — commonly called ‘D&E’ — is unconstitutional because it interferes with private medical decisions.” (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/states-seek-block-2nd-trimester-abortion-method-36856413

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

21) The race is on: Uber versus the real sharing economy
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Joel Schlosberg

“Worker ownership models don’t depend on unproven technology. Creator-owned comics publishers have been viable since the brick-and-mortar early 1990s. An era of apps and Internet ubiquity enables similar enterprises in a variety of fields that will only increase. So why is the ridesharing field dominated by a handful of big for-profit companies like Uber and Lyft? Maybe it’s because, for all their clashes with the existing municipal regulatory infrastructure, they’re not all that different from it.” (02/11/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4701

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22) Free Exercise Clause has two faces in Phoenix
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Members of the Phoenix City Council, claiming the right to free exercise of religion, have been routinely opening government meetings with Christian prayers for many years. The current rules allow for anyone who wants to deliver a prayer to simply make a request. Enter the Satanist Temple of Phoenix claiming the same right to deliver an invocation at the next meeting and threatening a lawsuit: ‘if its member’s liberties are trampled.’ You guessed it. Now the Christian lawmakers are scrambling to change the rules.” (02/11/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/02/free-exercise-clause-has-two-faces-in.html

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23) You’ve got to fight! For your right! To green bean casserole!
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Here’s what happens when poorly written laws meet jerk-ass neighbors. The state of Arizona’s food regulations exempt certain common private social functions from having to comply with all the safety requirements. These are common in most states. But for some reason, the exemption for private noncommercial potlucks only applies to workplaces. It is actually illegal in the state of Arizona to have a private potluck at home. You cannot bring your own dip made from mixing a ranch dressing packet into a tub of cream cheese to the neighbor’s Super Bowl party. One would imagine that the police and health departments probably don’t go around looking for potlucks to bust up, and one would be correct. However, there’s always that jerk.” (02/11/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/02/11/youve-got-fight-for-your-right-to-green

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24) The draft-nappers are back — and this time they want your daughter
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Although the draft ended in 1973, the apparatus of enslavement was never abolished. Within each of the more than 3,100 counties in the United States lurks a Selective Service Soviet composed of five people who would presume to make decisions regarding life or death, freedom or servitude, for every male 26 or younger residing within that jurisdiction. Seeking to accelerate our descent into unalloyed tyranny, the Pentagon has endorsed the idea that females should be numbered within the human inventory from which the Regime will draw in its next useless, stupid, pointless war. This naturally appeals to the sort of people who believe that any assault on liberty is justified to the extent that it is indiscriminate.” (02/11/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-draft-nappers-are-back-and-this.html

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25) Debt bondage or monetary freedom?
Source: Strike The Root
by James Clayton

“State-sanctioned monetary systems are instruments of control. The individuals who benefit the most will not be easily persuaded to change the arrangement and will attempt to prevent us from using alternative methods or media of exchange.” (02/11/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/debt-bondage-or-monetary-freedom

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26) Kasich extols the tortoise lane
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“‘There are too many people in America who don’t feel connected. They’ve got victories that no one celebrates with them. And they’ve got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves,’ Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. It was a breakthrough moment. In early GOP debates, Kasich talked too much about his working-class roots and his mailman dad. ‘I care about poor people,’ he crowed in a November debate — as if no one else did. Tuesday night, however, Kasich moved from boasting that he relates to working stiffs to relating to working-class voters.” (02/11/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/11/gov-kasich-extols-the-tortoise-lane-n2117794

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27) Could superdelegates really stop Bernie Sanders?
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“It was a good night on Tuesday for Hillary Clinton. She treaded water in the New Hampshire primary, coming out even with neighbor-state favorite son Bernie Sanders after her decisive win in Iowa. As the contest shifts to more diverse, and potentially friendlier, terrain, she is more than nine times closer to the nomination than Sanders. The above paragraph might read like something hastily written as a placeholder and accidentally published. But based on the rules of the Democratic nominating contest, it’s entirely true. Clinton extracted the same number of delegates from New Hampshire as Sanders, despite losing the popular vote by more than 21 points. She won 29 delegates in Iowa to Sanders’ 21, despite the virtual tie in the caucuses. And she leads in the delegate count 394-42, a deficit that will be difficult for Sanders to make up, since no Democratic primaries are winner-take-all, where he could rack up lots of delegates at once.” [editor’s note: No, she does not lead 394-42. Unlike the primary/caucus delegates, the “super delegates” aren’t bound by any pledges of support. They can change their minds any time they like. They don’t count for anyone until they actually VOTE for someone at the convention – TLK] (02/11/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129707/superdelegates-really-stop-bernie-sanders

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28) The art of spin: Pulling victory from NH jaws of defeat
Source: Reuters
by David Greenberg

“Tuesday night at around 8:30, as the New Hampshire primary returns were still coming in, an aide to Jeb Bush told CNN that the former Florida governor’s double-digit percentage showing amounted to ‘something of a win already.’ Bush ended up finishing fourth, more than 20 points behind the GOP winner Donald Trump. When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was projected to lose her race against Senator Bernie Sanders, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a Clinton supporter, pointed out that New Hampshire is 2 percent African-American and 1 percent Latino — unlike the key states ahead. And in the coming days, the spinning of the New Hampshire primary results is sure to intensify. After all, spinning results and resetting expectations is a quadrennial New Hampshire ritual as venerable as town hall meetings and drinks at the Wayfarer Inn.” (02/11/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/10/the-art-of-spin-pulling-victory-from-new-hampshires-jaws-of-defeat

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29) Why state leaders need to back away from school takeover agencies
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“What do Republicans have against school boards? That’s a question to take away from a recent article in The Washington Post, in which education writer Lyndsey Layton reports that Republican governors and legislators in at least 11 states are in various stages of seizing control of schools and school districts and overriding local governance of education. The state takeover agencies are branded with various names (Recovery School District, Achievement School District, Education Achievement Authority) but the goal is always the same: dismantle school boards or take their governance powers away. Layton notes how odd it is for Republican leaders who profess the preeminence of ‘local control’ yet suddenly go full top-down authoritarian when it comes to schools.” (02/11/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160211/why-state-leaders-need-to-back-away-from-school-takeover-agencies

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30) The establishment tanks
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“New Hampshire on Tuesday became the graveyard of both political parties’ establishments. Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary, and just as important, the fleeting emergence of John Kasich as the leading establishment-lane candidate and the not-so-fleeting debacle of Marco Rubio’s fifth place finish, all add up to the likelihood that Trump will emerge as the Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders’s landslide victory over Hillary Clinton (he won all age groups save those over 65, and all income categories save those with household incomes in excess of $200,000) means he’s a credible contender for the Democratic nomination. He will need to improve his standing among voters of color, of course, which poses a significant challenge to his campaign. But Sanders has already cleared one hurdle that no Democratic insurgent in past presidential contests has managed: He’s become the party’s beer-track candidate, at least among white voters.” (02/10/16)

http://prospect.org/article/establishment-tanks

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31) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: The comedy of politics
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Roderick T Long

“The most celebrated Greek comic playwright, and the only one from whom any complete plays survive, is Aristophanes (c. 446-c. 386 BCE). Although Aristophanes drew on many sources for his humor — ranging from literary debates over the comparative merits of different tragedians, to the less high-minded old standbys of sex and other bodily functions — his focus was nearly always political satire. He appears to have had a particular animus against the politician Kleon, whom he mercilessly pummeled in play after play …. Aristophanes is often described as a social conservative. The term is perhaps an odd one to apply to an author who poked fun at the Greek gods, reveled in obscene jokes, mocked militarism, and flirted with feminism. But he did display a certain class snobbery — never tiring for example, of reminding audiences of Kleon’s background as a leather tanner.” (02/11/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ancient-greeces-legacy-liberty-comedy-politics

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32) Bernie Sanders is wrong about US tuition fees, subsidies don’t help students
Source: International Business Times
by Ben Southwood

“The United States student debt pile has grown to $1.3trn, and around 11.5% of it is delinquent. This rising pile — projected to double by 2050 — comes from the astonishing cost of attending US colleges. Out-of-state students must fork out an average $33,000 per year (£22,700) for tuition and living costs at public four-year colleges, and private colleges are even more expensive. However, a recent paper suggests Unz, Hsu and Sanders could be focusing on the wrong thing entirely, and many of their moves could make things worse.” (02/10/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bernie-sanders-wrong-about-us-tuition-fees-subsidies-dont-help-students-1543075

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33) Socialism not as hot as its spokesman
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Socialism is all the rage among America’s youth. Or is it? The evidence in favor of that proposition is that Bernie Sanders (despite being considerably older than Hillary Clinton, who is herself no spring chicken) is doing vastly better among young voters. Sanders, who has almost always identified as a socialist, is nonetheless running for the Democratic nomination. (Sanders is, he says, a ‘democratic socialist.’ A socialist is someone who wants politicians to decide who gets what; a ‘democratic socialist’ wants the politicians to at least stand for election first.) The result has been for many smart people, like Joel Kotkin, to write that Millennials are heeding the ‘siren call of socialism.’ And socialism does have a siren call — essentially, the promise that if you vote for socialists, they’ll take stuff away from other people and give it to you.” (02/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/11/glenn-reynolds-socialism-bernie-sanders-young-millennial-voters-column/80169668

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34) Obama, American Muslims, and our constitutional duplicity
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“President Obama’s recent speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore was an attempt to reassure an American minority population feeling very much under siege that they are, in fact, full-fledged Americans — part of the national fabric, valued, and indeed badly needed in the West’s war on ISIS and like-minded groups. The president acknowledged that ‘there have been times where we have fallen short of our ideals,’ adding that ‘the best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations legitimacy and to show that here in the United States of America, we do not suppress Islam; we celebrate and lift up the success of Muslim Americans. That’s how we show the lie that they’re trying to propagate.’ Yet Obama’s own Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, and members of Congress, have taken actions in direct contradiction to the president’s claim that ‘we have to reject a politics that seeks to manipulate prejudice or bias, and targets people because of religion.'” (02/11/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obama-american-muslims-our-constitutional-duplicity

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35) Disgusting habits
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Americans have this disgusting habit of politicizing everything, especially commercials for food, and people and businesses who sell food. Remember the bakers who are being punished for not baking ‘same-sex wedding’ cakes and Chik-fil-A? And I hear that the latest GOP wanna-be-boss debates featured a question about which Super Bowl team the candidates favored. Now, a pro-choice (pro-abortion) group is crying foul over Doritos commercial ‘ultrasound’ for the Super Bowl.” (02/10/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8590

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36) It takes a regime change
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In the 1970s, the Fed kept tinkering with interest rates, not understanding that high rates don’t mean tight money. Inflation and NGDP growth kept soaring higher and higher. Eventually economists came to believe that (old) Keynesian economics was bankrupt. A new regime requires new leadership, not invested in the failed policy. President Carter ‘promoted’ Fed chair G. William Miller (actually he was basically fired), and replaced him with Paul Volcker, who abandoned the interest rate targeting regime. Inflation was brought under control. It may be too soon for this sort of personnel change today, but it’s certainly not too soon to conclude that the current interest rate targeting regime has failed.” (02/11/16)

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

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37) No, women are not obliged to vote for Hillary
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire

“Telling a woman how she should vote because she is a woman is no less insulting than telling her that she shouldn’t vote because she is a woman. Both approaches deny an individual the opportunity to unfold her unique faculties as she sees fit. Both approaches reduce a complex individual to a single characteristic. Politics routinely does this to all sorts of groups — women, people of color, people of faith, gun owners — and it is in every case an insult to the dignity of the individual. But Albright’s comment does something even worse. Or perhaps, for our purposes, it does something even better. Albright’s comment reveals the truth about politics. And that truth is that Clinton’s run for the White House, like Sanders’s run, or Trump’s, or Bush’s, or Cruz’s, or anyone’s, is not about serving the people.” (02/11/16)

http://fee.org/articles/no-women-are-not-obliged-to-vote-for-hillary/

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38) What’s your goal in the 2016 presidential election?
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Maybe you have some candidate you’re passionate to support. Or maybe your sole goal this election season is merely to (somehow, against all odds) remain sane until November. Or you simply want to minimize your exposure to the endless media noise. I don’t know. But even if you try to tune out electoral politics, I suspect there’s still something you want out of this election above all else.” (02/10/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/02/10/whats-your-goal-in-the-2016-presidential-election/

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39) Military or prison
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I used to see some troublemaker teens and understand the State’s offer of ‘military or prison.’ But then I started observing, and using my brain. I understand the thinking behind it: teens who keep getting into trouble seem to need discipline and structure, and something to give their lives meaning. Joining the military will supposedly provide that and put them into a supervised culture of camaraderie and cooperation. So does prison. Plus both justify more theft (‘taxes’) and government control. And we are told endlessly how unsafe ‘we’ would be without either one.” (02/11/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/02/military-or-prison.html

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40) So what if Islam is a religion of peace?
Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“While the suggestion that Islam is no more inherently violent than any other religion may be correct, its mechanical reiteration has morphed into a lethargic substitute for real debate. On discovering that an Islamic fundamentalist has carried out a terrorist attack, it is very easy to reel off 140 inane characters disassociating the action from Islam. What this ignores, however, is that denying a relationship between jihadi extremists and Islam inadvertently closes off any prospect of having a progressive discussion. You may well believe, as I do, that Islam is not inherently violent. But you can’t battle extremism by pretending it’s not there. You have to engage with it head-on.” (02/11/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/so-what-if-islam-is-a-religion-of-peace/

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41) We’re a lot more exposed to hackers than you think
Source: Business Insider
by John McAfee

“An Intel study found that 97% of all computer users could not identify all 10 out of 10 phishing emails as not being legitimate. All that a hacker would have to do is to send multiple types of phishing emails to be guaranteed that over 90% of respondents would provide the hacker their passwords. ZDNET did a study and found that with a single phishing email, an average of 45% of users submitted their full login credentials. Please see how horrifying these statistics are.” (02/10/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-more-exposed-to-hackers-than-you-think-2016-2

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42) New Hampshire rejects establishment politics
Source: Road to Somewhere Else
by Daniel Margrain

“There appears to be a pattern emerging within conventional democratic politics that seems set to break the neoliberal stranglehold that has dominated the said politics over the last few decades that is nothing short of revolutionary. Symptomatic of this radical shift as far as Europe is concerned has been the electoral successes of left parties in countries like Spain, Greece and Britain. Illustrative of the break with the traditional centre-right polity in America has been the ascendancy of Bernie Sanders who surged to victory beating Hillary Clinton resoundingly in the Democratic New Hampshire primary.” [h/t Angela Keaton] (02/11/16)

http://cultureandpolitics.org/2016/02/11/new-hampshire-rejects-establishment-politics/

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43) European Central Bank gets ready for more easy money
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“On January 21, 2016 European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi signaled that the governing council may provide more stimulus at its next meeting in March. ‘There are no limits to how far we’re willing to deploy our instruments,’ Draghi predicted. The ECB president is of the view that the monetary stimulus undertaken by the central bank since June 2014 had strengthened the euro area’s resilience to recent global economic shocks.” (02/11/16)

https://www.mises.org/library/european-central-bank-gets-ready-more-easy-money

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44) What’s wrong with inequality?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What difference does it make that some people are wealthier than other people? It certainly shouldn’t make any difference to Christians and Jews. The Ten Commandments command them to not covet their neighbor’s goods. Yet, when one laments the fact that somebody else has more money than others, he is guilty of violating this grave sin. It just shouldn’t matter that some people have more money than other people. Now, that’s not to say that the manner in which people acquire their wealth doesn’t matter. It does. If for example, a person robs another person of his money, we would condemn that. But the reason we would condemn it is not because the robber has more money than before. We would condemn it because theft is wrong.” (02/11/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/11/whats-wrong-with-inequality/

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45) And so goes the Academy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“This year, a cry went up under the banner ‘#OscarsSoWhite.’ Unlike in the recent past, no black actors or directors were nominated in the big categories. Charges of racism flew fast and wild. AMPAS is a large but private membership organization, and its membership is overwhelmingly white. So one could ‘explain’ the nomination list entirely on racial grounds. But it’s not as if the organization doesn’t try to be fair: the voting process, for the final awards, is nothing as crude as America’s bizarre system, which combines first-past-the-post vote counting and selection by the Electoral College. AMPAS uses a form of ranked choice voting, instead.” (02/11/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/11/and-so-goes-the-oscars/

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46) To Caesar what is Caesar’s, to God what is God’s, part 2
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“Law has been force, is force, and always will be forced. Until this is grasped, the questions which come up in every popular election will continue to be answered incorrectly, or at best, partially correctly. The state does not ensure people keep the law by just asking nicely. We don’t call law enforcement ‘law enpleadment’ for a reason. This is oftentimes obfuscated by the white-collar facade of modern politics, we often fail to connect the dots between the outward appearance and the actions themselves. The essence of what civil government is is a forceful agency.” (02/10/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/to-caesar-what-is-caesars-to-god-what-is-gods-an-examination-of-christian-duty-in-democratic-elections-part-2/

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47) A stoic’s empire
Source: The American Conservative
by David Bahr

“There are not many philosophers in the Western canon who have taken an active role in politics. Give or take a few thinkers, we have an assortment of men whose lives reflect a slight paraphrase of Heidegger’s description of Aristotle: they were born, they philosophized, and they died. Indeed, the equation of the contemplative life with the summum bonum — an argument made famous in Aristotle’s Ethics — has been so pervasive throughout the history of Western thought that we have difficulty imagining how — or if — a philosophic spirit can be combined with an active political life. Fortunately, we have The Greatest Empire: A Life of Seneca, by University of Pennsylvania classics professor Emily Wilson, an intellectual biography of the Roman philosopher-statesman that admirably elucidates the ‘paradoxes of being both a ‘philosopher in politics’ and a politician in philosophy.'” (02/11/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-stoics-empire/

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48) Can the establishment fix its Bernie Sanders problem?
Source: CounterPunch
by Shamus Cooke

“The Democrats’ fight against Bernie is appearing futile. Like a python choking on an elephant, they’ve miscalculated. The Party elites underestimated their opponent, and with each new attack the snake swallows an extra inch, harming only itself. Establishment figureheads are taking turns ruining their reputation as they attempt to ruin Bernie’s. The U.S. ruling class as a whole revealed the depth of its crisis in this election: not since the Vietnam War have both wings of the establishment thoroughly discredited themselves. The Republican wing combusted quickly while the Democrats have chosen a slower, more torturous form of self-harm.” (02/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/11/can-the-establishment-fix-its-bernie-sanders-problem/

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49) Sanders, Trump, and the war over American exceptionalism
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Pundits keep reminding us that the two men who won New Hampshire, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, are both ‘outsiders.’ But that doesn’t mean much. George Wallace and George McGovern were both outsiders, too. While the Trump and Sanders campaigns both represent insurgencies against party elites, they represent insurgencies aimed at taking America in radically different directions. One way of understanding those different directions is through American exceptionalism. Sanders voters want to make America more like the rest of the world. Trump voters want to keep America a nation apart.” (02/11/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/sanders-trump-and-the-war-over-american-exceptionalism/462267/

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50) SCOTUS smackdown of the Obama Clean Power Plan: Top three takeaways
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely

“The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did something remarkable on Tuesday: It momentarily respected the separation of powers and finally shouted ‘ENOUGH!’ to the lawless rule of the Environmental Protection Agency. SCOTUS issued a stay on Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan,’ which is a radical law-by-decree scheme to do nothing less than put this nation’s enormously complex energy-delivery system into the hands of central planners in Washington. It was Clinton advisor Paul Begala who once said: ‘Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool.’ Not any more … at least for now in this case.” (02/10/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/scotus-smackdown-of-the-obama-clean-power-plan-top-3-takeaways/

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