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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,388
Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Report: Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq
2) Ukrainian, Russian gangs close turf lines to truckers
3) North Korea: Kim orders more rocket launches
4) Nazi atrocities: Noticing Polish collaboration in Holocaust to become crime
5) Trump threatens “unstable” Cruz with legal action
6) UK: Regime to ban boycotts on Israeli goods
7) OH: Gas station glitch lets drivers fill up for pennies
8) Cheney terms Trump “liberal Democrat” for calling Bush a liar
9) NM: Prosecutor to appeal judge’s sentencing of juvenile as a juvenile
10) KS: Bill would allow sale of more goods made with slave labor
11) Pope courts indigenous Mexicans as Catholic fervor fades
12) Bahrain: Four US reporters arrested on uprising’s anniversary
13) MO: Pols step up calls for brownshirt prof’s firing
14) Kasich to Michigan students: “We’re not a socialist country”
15) EU future not what it once was with two big crises at summit
16) US Navy testing electromagnetic railgun weapon, may install on new destroyer
17) Israel: Olmert starts 19-month jail sentence
18) Bosnia-Herzegovina applies to join European Union
19) Syria: Two hospitals hit by airstrikes
20) Thailand: Lawyer claims Bangkok bombing suspect only confessed after torture

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) I have learned a new word: Precariat
22) In praise of cultural appropriation
23) Scalia will be impossible to replace
24) What markets are telling us
25) Labels, like reality, can be limiting
26) Education without intervention
27) How Scalia’s death could give Hillary new life
28) Another lousy case of corporate welfare
29) How Bernie could pull off an upset in South Carolina
30) The benefits of intellectual property protection
31) The electability conundrum
32) Maximum wage legislation
33) The drug war against black America
34) Infrastructure is everywhere, and upkeep is proving impossible
35) How to legally and strategically fight back against an out of control government
36) “Greek Bruce Willis” fights for democracy … and Marxism?
37) George Washington, man of mystery
38) Kissinger “was just following orders”
39) Putin doesn’t need to censor books. Publishers do it for him.
40) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/13/16: Lessons in democracy with Henry Olsen
41) Yes, students are customers, but …
42) Britain and the world in 2050
43) Understanding
44) Trump and the South Carolina debate
45) Resisting the triangulation of the Democratic Party
46) How to reverse the innovation slowdown
47) Is there an implied consent to be governed?
48) Life after Scalia
49) Hopeless excuses
50) Free Talk Live, 02/14/16

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

1) Report: Islamic State used mustard gas in Iraq
Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish forces in Iraq with mustard gas last year, in the first known use of chemical weapons in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a diplomat said. A source for the global chemicals arms watchdog, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), confirmed that laboratory tests had come back positive for the sulphur mustard, after about 35 Kurdish troops fell ill on the battlefield in August. The OPCW will not identify who used the chemical agent. But the diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because the findings have not yet been released, said the result confirmed that chemical weapons had been used by IS fighters.” (02/16/16)

http://www.smh.com.au/world/islamic-state-used-mustard-gas-in-iraq-20160215-gmv1g2.html

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2) Ukrainian, Russian gangs close turf lines to truckers
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Ukraine’s prime minister has announced that cargo trucks registered in Russia will temporarily not be allowed to enter Ukraine, in response to Russia’s ban on Ukrainian trucks. Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s announcement comes after Russia detained 152 Ukraine-registered trucks and banned Ukraine-registered cargo vehicles from entering. Yatsenyuk said the ban on Russian trucks will be lifted when Russian authorities allow Ukrainian truckers into Russia again.” (02/15/16)

http://www.startribune.com/ukraine-and-russia-close-their-borders-to-foreign-truckers/368824151/

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3) North Korea: Kim orders more rocket launches
Source: Westfield Republican

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has praised scientists involved in the country’s recent rocket launch that he said struck a ‘telling blow’ to enemies and ordered them to press ahead with more launches, state media reported Monday. Earlier this month, North Korea ignored repeated international warnings and launched what it said was an Earth observation satellite aboard a rocket.” (02/15/16)

http://www.westfieldrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/1055622/North-Korea-s-Kim-orders-more-rocket-launches.html?isap=1&nav=5073

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4) Nazi atrocities: Noticing Polish collaboration in Holocaust to become crime
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The government of Poland plans to introduce a law making it a crime to imply the country bears any responsibility for atrocities carried out on Polish soil by Nazi Germany. People could face up to five years in prison if found guilty. The bill was drafted in part as a response to the phrase ‘Polish death camps’ which often appears in the foreign media as a shortcut term. In such cases, the state could pursue civil action and claim compensation. The bill would make it illegal to say that Poland ‘took part, organised or was co-responsible for the crimes of the Third Reich.'” (02/15/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35581708

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5) Trump threatens “unstable” Cruz with legal action
Source: The Hill

“GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday threatened rival Ted Cruz with legal action if the Texas senator does not ‘take down his false ads and retract his lies.’ … Trump said one way he can fight back is to bring a lawsuit against Cruz ‘relative to the fact that he was born in Canada and therefore cannot be President.’ Trump also called on the Republican National Committee to intervene, saying the RNC would be ‘in default of their pledge to me’ if it doesn’t act. Cruz fired back on Twitter, saying he is pointing out Trump’s ‘actual positions.'” [editor’s note: This reminds me of professional wrestling, only between the two most annoying girls I knew in junior high – TLK] (02/15/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/269482-trump-threatens-cruz-with-legal-action

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6) UK: Regime to ban boycotts on Israeli goods
Source: Washington Post

“The British government intends to ban public institutions in the country from themselves banning the purchase of goods from Israel. It will unveil rules later this week that will make it harder for local town halls and public universities to enact boycotts on Israeli products, spurred by growing popular anger around the collapse of the Middle East peace process. Israeli officials have watched with dismay how the BDS movement (or ‘boycott divestment sanctions’) has gained a foothold in parts of Europe. Last November, the European Union ruled that products made in Jewish settlements in the West Bank — deemed technically illegal by the international community — would be specifically labeled as coming from occupied territories.” (02/15/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/02/15/britain-wants-to-ban-boycotts-on-israeli-goods/

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7) OH: Gas station glitch lets drivers fill up for pennies
Source: Fox News

“A computer glitch led to a brief price war between two gas stations in northwest Ohio, allowing some drivers to fill their tanks for pennies per gallon. WTOL-TV reports that a computer malfunction dropped prices at one north Toledo gas station, and another across the street lowered its prices to stay competitive early Sunday. Customer Taylor Kline told the station he filled his empty tank for just 26 cents. The extra-low pricing lasted at least three hours before returning to normal.” [editor’s note: Seems like this would be a much bigger deal when gas was $4 a gallon; but I’m most surprised that the rival gas station dropped its prices instead of finding out the problem. DUH! – SAT] (02/15/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/15/ohio-gas-station-glitch-lets-drivers-fill-up-for-pennies.html

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8) Cheney terms Trump “liberal Democrat” for calling Bush a liar
Source: Raw Story

“Former Vice President Dick Cheney castigated Donald Trump on Monday after the GOP presidential front-runner accused former President George W. Bush of lying in order to force the US into war in Iraq. ‘He sounds like a liberal Democrat to me,’ Cheney told Fox News host Bret Baier. ‘He’s wrong, and I think he’s deliberately promoting those views in order to advance his own political interests.’ Trump launched an attack on Bush’s administration during Saturday night’s debate in South Carolina, calling the war ‘a big, fat mistake’ and earning boos for criticizing Bush’s record concerning both that conflict and the 9/11 attacks.” [editor’s note: The truth shall set you free, Dickie — or more properly, put you behind bars – SAT] (02/15/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/dick-cheney-fires-back-at-trump-he-sounds-like-a-liberal-democrat-for-saying-bush-lied-about-iraq-war

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9) NM: Prosecutor to appeal judge’s sentencing of juvenile as a juvenile
Source: Florence Times Daily

“A New Mexico prosecutor says she will appeal a judge’s decision to sentence as a juvenile a teenager who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and three younger siblings. Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg announced Monday that her office decided late Friday to appeal the ruling regarding 18-year-old Nehemiah Griego because of what Brandbenburg called ‘our continued pursuit of justice.’ … Sentencing as a juvenile would mean that Griego would be released from state custody by the time he turns 21. He was 15 when his five family members were shot and killed.” [editor’s note: For “continued pursuit of justice” read “I’m running for re-election or for higher office;” the option of “trying (or sentencing) a juvenile as an adult” shouldn’t even be available to these ghouls – TLK]

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/nation/prosecutor-to-appeal-ruling-on-sentencing-of-teen-in-murders/article_42f018f5-360c-5c9e-812f-03e1da8e5351.html

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10) KS: Bill would allow sale of more goods made with slave labor
Source: Washington Times

“Goods made by Kansas prisoners, including residential houses, could be sold more widely under two bills before a House committee. … Under current law, the secretary may only sell prison goods — which also include dormitory furniture and outdoor furniture — to state employees, churches, organizations and governmental entities. … Opponents from the building industry and manufactured housing associations argued the measures would create unfair competition. The Department of Corrections would only pay inmates up to $1.05 a day.” (02/15/16)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/15/kansas-department-of-corrections-to-sell-more-pris/

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11) Pope courts indigenous Mexicans as Catholic fervor fades
Source: Reuters

“Pope Francis embraced the people of Mexico’s poor indigenous south on Monday, denouncing their ‘systemic’ exclusion from society and encouraging the use of native languages in Catholic worship in a bid to stem a tide of Protestant conversions. The region, mired in poverty and plagued by rising insecurity, has fallen far behind other parts of the country economically. Preaching to a packed crowd at a sports ground in the southern state of Chiapas, the pope quoted the Popol Vuh, a sacred Maya text, and drew comparisons between Catholic and indigenous values. ‘Today’s world, ravaged as it is by a throwaway culture, needs you!’ he said as he celebrated a Mass that included bible readings in native tongues, referring to the mostly indigenous throngs who loudly cheered him.” (02/15/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-mexico-south-idUSKCN0VO1NB

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12) Bahrain: Four US reporters arrested on uprising’s anniversary
Source: Seattle Times

“Bahrain has arrested four American journalists covering the anniversary of its 2011 uprising amid a long crackdown on dissent in the tiny Gulf nation, witnesses said Monday. Police said they detained four Americans for providing ‘false information that they were tourists,’ while also alleging one took part in an attack on its officers.” (02/15/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/witnesses-say-4-american-journalists-arrested-in-bahrain/

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13) MO: Pols step up calls for brownshirt prof’s firing
Source: Kansas City Star

“Missouri Republican lawmakers on Monday renewed a call for the University of Missouri to fire Melissa Click, the assistant professor caught on video calling for ‘muscle’ to remove a student journalist from a protest area last November. Several lawmakers spoke out on social media after a second video of Click surfaced last week, this one showing her confronting Columbia police during an earlier protest at a homecoming parade through the streets of the the city last fall.” [editor’s note: The “muscle” thing was clearly an offense worthy of firing; it took place on campus and was a threat made for the purpose of intimidating a journalist. Yelling at non-campus police off-campus? None of the university’s, or the politicians’, business – TLK] (02/14/16)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article60417486.html

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14) Kasich to Michigan students: “We’re not a socialist country”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says young voters should be discriminating in the presidential race because the U.S. is ‘not a socialist country.’ It was an apparent shot from the Ohio governor at Democratic contender Bernie Sanders, who also campaigned on Monday in Michigan. Kasich told students at Michigan State University that they must ‘understand the very nature of our economic system. … We’re not a socialist country.’ Kasich has made Michigan a campaign priority, visiting more than any candidate from either party.” [editor’s note: While part of me would like to embrace John K as the only sane GOP hopeful still in the hunt, I know too much about what a tyrant he’s been in Ohio – SAT] (02/15/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Kasich-to-Michigan-students-We-re-not-a-6832122.php

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15) EU future not what it once was with two big crises at summit
Source: ABC News

“After decades of often unbridled expansion and increasing prosperity, the once-robust European Union is this week looking at its biggest challenge — crumbling from within, says EU President Donald Tusk. Only days ahead of a crucial summit that opens Thursday, Tusk is crisscrossing his bloc of half a billion people and 28 nations — literally from Paris to Bucharest, on to Athens and Prague to finish in Berlin in little more than 24 hours — in yet another desperate quest to somehow reap unity where division has been sown.” (02/15/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-future-big-crises-summit-36958024

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16) US Navy testing electromagnetic railgun weapon, may install on new destroyer
Source: Epoch Times

“Development of a futuristic weapon depicted in video games and science fiction is going well enough that a Navy admiral wants to skip an at-sea prototype in favor of installing an operational unit aboard a destroyer planned to go into service in 2018. The Navy has been testing an electromagnetic railgun and could have an operational unit ready to go on one of the new Zumwalt-class destroyers under construction at Bath Iron Works.” (02/15/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1966548-us-navy-testing-electromagnetic-railgun-weapon-may-install-on-new-destroyer/

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17) Israel: Olmert starts 19-month jail sentence
Source: Washington Post

“Hours before he went to jail on Monday, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert released a home-made video protesting his innocence and maintaining that he had never taken bribes while serving in public office. He then left his spacious villa in the Jerusalem hills, escorted by his security detail and trailed by news photographers, and entered Maasiyahu Prison in nearby Ramle to begin serving his 19-month sentence. His drive to jail was carried live on Israeli television. Olmert is the first Israeli prime minister to spend time behind bars, a fact that commentators here acknowledged with a mix of both pride and shame.” (02/15/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-israeli-prime-minister-olmert-starts-19-month-jail-sentence/2016/02/15/5ba666f1-4816-433e-890a-49067e2907ae_story.html

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18) Bosnia-Herzegovina applies to join European Union
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Bosnia-Herzegovina has formally applied to join the 28-nation European Union — a milestone in its efforts to overcome political and ethnic divisions. More tough negotiation and reforms lie ahead if it is ever to join the EU. Its neighbour Croatia joined in 2013. Bosnia’s move comes more than two decades after it emerged from a three-year conflict that cost about 100,000 lives, when Yugoslavia fragmented.” (02/15/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35577984

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19) Syria: Two hospitals hit by airstrikes
Source: USA Today

“Two hospitals in Syria were hit by airstrikes Monday causing a number of deaths, according to media reports. Doctors Without Borders said a hospital it funds in the town of Marat Al Numan, in Idlib province in the north of the country, was hit by four rockets in at least two attacks, leaving at least eight staff members missing. It didn’t say who carried out the strikes. In a separate incident Monday, at least 14 people died when locations including a children’s hospital and a school in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, were struck by missiles, Reuters reported, citing a medic and two residents.” (02/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/15/doctors-without-borders-supported-clinic-hit-airstrikes/80394268/

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20) Thailand: Lawyer claims Bangkok bombing suspect only confessed after torture
Source: Time

“A lawyer for the man accused of planting a bomb that killed 20 people in Bangkok last year has said his client was tortured into confessing his role in the attack. Thai police say that Adem Karadag — who reportedly belongs to the Uighur ethnic group — is the man in a yellow T-shirt seen on security cameras leaving a backpack at the Erawan Shrine on Aug. 17 shortly before the blast, which killed mostly foreign tourists, including several Chinese. Ahead of a military court hearing on Tuesday, Schoochart Kanpai, Karadag’s lawyer, told Reuters that his client had retracted an earlier confession.” (02/15/16)

http://time.com/4224612/lawyer-bangkok-bombing-suspect-forced-confession/

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

21) I have learned a new word: Precariat
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“The precariat. It’s apparently the social class I’ve belonged to nearly all my adult life. In the growing American class war, it is a growing class. The precariat: Those who freelance or otherwise work without traditional benefits or even minimal assurances of security. Those who live precariously.” (02/15/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/02/15/i-have-learned-a-new-word-precariat/

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22) In praise of cultural appropriation
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“The principal achievement of the crusade against cultural appropriation is to turn every form of cultural interaction into a site for conflict. This idea of appropriation has as its foundation the conviction that culture is the sacred property of its moral guardians. It is based on the premise that unless cultural artefacts, practices, rituals and even food are used in a reverent and respectful manner, then something akin to religious sacrilege has been committed. Such a pious attitude towards culture does not merely apply to religious rituals and symbols; it also applies to the most banal features of everyday existence, such as the label on your shirt or the snack you are eating.” (02/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-praise-of-cultural-appropriation/

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23) Scalia will be impossible to replace
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“While Scalia wasn’t wholly responsible for the advent of originalism — that a constitutional provision means what it meant when it was ratified — and revival of textualism, he was their highest-profile and most powerful expositor. We may still disagree about the meaning of the Constitution, often vehemently. But we’re all originalists now, playing on Scalia’s field (or at least paying lip service to it, as Sonia Sotomayor did at her confirmation hearings). Look no further than the competing opinions in District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 case that confirmed the individual right to keep and bear arms.” (02/15/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/scalia-will-be-impossible-replace

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24) What markets are telling us
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week US stock markets tumbled yet again, leaving the Dow Jones index down almost 1500 points for the year. In fact, most major world markets are in negative territory this year. There are many Wall Street cheerleaders who are trying to say that this is just a technical correction, that the bottom is near, and that everything will be getting better soon. They are ignoring the real message the markets are trying to send: you cannot print your way to prosperity.” (02/15/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-markets-telling-us

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25) Labels, like reality, can be limiting
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The popular aversion to ‘labeling’ (‘I reject gender stereotypes …. ‘I don’t call myself ‘libertarian”) seems really silly to me. Seems these people are too self-absorbed to admit that they aren’t completely unique in every aspect of their lives. It’s trendy and hip. But it’s also painfully pretentious.” (02/15/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/02/labels-like-reality-can-be-limiting.html

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26) Education without intervention
Source: Voices of Liberty
by Jenny Li

“Education is important for any modern society. Educated workers, researchers, and leaders are vital for bolstering the economy, encouraging innovation, discovering new ideas — essentially, a well-educated populace drives progress and nurtures the next (hopefully even more well-educated) generation. The government, of course, recognizes this importance and works towards making a good education affordable and accessible no matter the student’s race, ethnicity, background, location, income, and so forth. This is a noble goal; people do need to be educated, and it is absolutely correct to attempt to drive costs down without sacrificing quality. However, the government tries to achieve its goal through operating public school systems. Unfortunately, public schools only harm poor areas and encourage the indoctrination of a whole generation of young people who could have lived with open minds and freedom of choice.” (02/15/16)

http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/supporting-education-without-intervention/

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27) How Scalia’s death could give Hillary new life
Source: The Nation
by William Greider

“The death of Justice Scalia gives new life to the troubled candidacy of Hillary Clinton. She now has a cause and forward-looking issues that can invigorate her chance of actually winning the presidency. If average Americans don’t yet grasp the meaning, we can count on the Republicans to drive home the message with their raw unconstitutional obstruction of democratic order. The more vicious the GOP becomes in trying to block President Obama’s nominee, the more ammunition Democrats will have to rally voters.” (02/15/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-scalias-death-could-give-hillary-new-life

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28) Another lousy case of corporate welfare
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“Earlier this session, the Virginia General Assembly spiked proposals to drug-test welfare recipients. Executives at Newport News Shipbuilding must be grateful: They’re in line to get a huge government handout. The shipbuilding company is now a subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, which is valued at almost $6 billion. Why it needs $46 million from the taxpayers is anyone’s guess. Yet that’s what it might get thanks to state lawmakers.” (02/15/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/15/another-lousy-case-of-corporate-welfare

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29) How Bernie could pull off an upset in South Carolina
Source: In These Times
by David Moberg

“Even without miracles, Sen. Bernie Sanders could be the next American president. But miracles would help. The Independent/Democrat/democratic socialist from Vermont, by way of Brooklyn, virtually tied former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Iowa and won handily in New Hampshire, the first two contests. Polls on average show Clinton ahead in the next two, Nevada’s caucus and the South Carolina primary, but few reflect how early votes may suggest that Sanders is more viable than many voters thought. Clinton strategists are counting on her stopping any Sanders momentum by winning most of a ‘firewall’ of Southern states, starting with South Carolina on February 27 and extending through six of the 11 contests on March 1, aka Super Tuesday.” (02/15/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18780/can-bernie-sanders-sell-socialism-in-south-carolina

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30) The benefits of intellectual property protection
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“If there is one thing about which libertarians are never likely to agree, it is whether intellectual property — patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets — should receive the same legal protection as physical property. Without wading too deep into the philosophical debate, but showing my colors as an IP advocate, let me share some new research published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) on the benefits of legal protection of intellectual property.” [editor’s note: Graham mis-identifies the issue. It’s not whether or not “intellectual property” deserves legal protections. It’s whether or not “intellectual property” is actually property under any defensible theory (it isn’t) – TLK] (02/15/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/15/the-benefits-of-intellectual-property-protection/

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31) The electability conundrum
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“The death of Antonin Scalia has brought home two truths about the presidential race to voters in both parties. First, there may be no more important issue in the campaign than the Supreme Court (which some of us have been saying for some time). And second, if that’s true, then there may be no more important criterion in picking your party’s nominee than who has the best chance of winning in November. Unfortunately, electability is a difficult thing to predict, no matter how much you know about politics.” (02/15/16)

http://prospect.org/article/electability-conundrum-1

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32) Maximum wage legislation
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Why is it that purported market imperfections are almost always the sort that allegedly justify government intervention against the perceived interests of employers or sellers? If markets are imperfect, those imperfections should not be overwhelmingly biased against employees or consumers. Sometimes — often, indeed — the imperfections should work in favor of employees and consumers. … But if market imperfections exist with such regularity and certainty to justify government intervention, why are these imperfections presumed always to work against workers? Why don’t imperfections often lead to wages that are too high (that is, above the value of workers’ marginal products)?” (02/15/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/maximum-wage-legislation.html

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33) The drug war against black America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“[S]peech delivered by Neill Franklin (Law Enforcement Against Drug Prohibition) at a conference entitled ‘The Drug War Against Black America’ held on November 14, 2015, at Morgan State University in Baltimore.” [Flash video] (02/15/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/drug-war-black-america-video/

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34) Infrastructure is everywhere, and upkeep is proving impossible
Source: The New Republic
by Tom Vanderbilt

“In his magisterial, improbably thrilling 1989 book The Pencil, Henry Petroski, a longtime professor of engineering and historian at Duke University, recounted that Henry David Thoreau, upon making a list of essential items to bring on an expedition into the woods, neglected to mention a crucial item, something that he was actually never without: a pencil. ‘Perhaps the very object with which he may have been drafting his list was too close to him,’ Petroski suggests, ‘too familiar a part of his own everyday outfit, too integral a part of his livelihood, too common a thing for him to think to mention.’ We overlook the things that are within reach, until they are not. That this would happen with small, common, or easily replaced objects is understandable, even rational. And yet we also tend to overlook those things that are large, expensive, and central to our everyday lives.” (02/15/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/129017/long-crumbling-road

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35) How to legally and strategically fight back against an out of control government
Source: The Daily Bell
by staff

Interview with Simon Black. Black: “China, Brazil, even India — these countries will experience growing pains but the fundamentals have already been established. There are too many people and too much opportunity elsewhere in the world. What you have to ask yourself is whether the status quo is sustainable. And for many countries in the West, I’d answer that it is not.” (02/15/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/exclusive-interviews/36780/Daily-Bell-Staff-Simon-Black-How-to-Legally-and-Strategically-Fight-Back-Against-an-Out-of-Control-Government/

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36) “Greek Bruce Willis” fights for democracy … and Marxism?
Source: Reuters
by Lucian Kim

“If Yanis Varoufakis was going to make a comeback, it had to be in the German capital. Varoufakis, who resigned as Greece’s finance minister last summer rather than bend to Germany’s diktat of austerity, came to Berlin last week in a bid to steal back the limelight. Saving Greece was apparently not challenging enough. Now Varoufakis wants to stop his former nemesis (the European Union) from devouring itself. In the half year that he led Greece in debt talks with its European creditors, the bullet-headed economist transfixed the continent with his unconventional style. Varoufakis shunned neckties and pounded the parquet of European ministries in his Doc Martens. Germans nicknamed him ‘the Greek Bruce Willis.'” (02/15/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/15/the-greek-bruce-willis-fights-for-democracy-and-marxism

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37) George Washington, man of mystery
Source: The Atlantic
by Joseph M Adelman

“Americans have developed a deep and rich mythology about the creation of the United States. In recent years, that mythology has permitted a view of the Founders more in touch with their flawed humanity. Yet Washington continues to be an enigma when he should otherwise be coming to life. That the conundrum is more than two centuries old offers little consolation, and instead points to the difficulty of humanizing the one Founder who has zealously resisted it both in his lifetime and since.” (02/15/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/george-washington-man-of-mystery/462810/

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38) Kissinger “was just following orders”
Source: USA Today
by Ray Locker

“The latest debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders featured an unlikely guest: the Republican former secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who defined the role of the modern national security adviser as he helped President Richard Nixon reach his signature foreign policy accomplishments in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sanders attacked Kissinger in the Thursday night debate as ‘one of the most destructive secretaries of State in history.’ Clinton countered that Kissinger’s work in opening up the People’s Republic of China to the United States was an enduring achievement and that Kissinger knows China, Chinese officials and overall policy better than most people in history.” [editor’s note: This one’s here just for the good laugh; a war-criminal is a war-criminal! – SAT] (02/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/14/bernie-sanders-henry-kissinger-richard-nixon-democratic-debate-column/80372646

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39) Putin doesn’t need to censor books. Publishers do it for him.
Source: The Intercept
by Masha Gessen

“I know a bit about the workings of Russian book publishing and because I have a personal stake in the matter. I am a Russian journalist who writes books in English. Only one of my books, about a mathematician, has been translated into Russian. The rest, it seems, have struck publishers as politically risky. Several publishers have inquired about buying the rights to a biography of Putin that has done very well in another 20 or so languages, but each time, negotiations have ended with a vague, ‘Well, you must understand,’ often followed by an even vaguer ‘Maybe some day.’ About a year ago, Danishevsky bought the rights to some of my old books — but not the biography of Putin. Now he is sitting there sipping his cappuccino, telling me that he does whatever he wants. ‘So, could you publish my Putin book?’ ‘No,’ he says simply. ‘That’s not possible.’ … There we have it. Publishing in Russia is the art of the possible. That is not the same thing as censorship. Or is it?” (02/15/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/15/putin-doesnt-need-to-censor-books-publishers-do-it-for-him/

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40) The Bob Zadek Show, 02/13/16: Lessons in democracy with Henry Olsen
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“[Henry] Olsen joins the show … having examined hard data from past primary elections to compile his new book The Four Faces of the Republican Party. Olsen’s thesis illustrates the messy nature of our democracy, and how the balance of power among factions determines election outcomes, rather than pure principles like limited government.” [various formats] (02/14/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/2/13/primary-lessons-in-democracy-with-henry-olsen

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41) Yes, students are customers, but …
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight & Steven Horwitz

“In one way, it is hard to deny that students are customers. They (or someone acting on their behalf) pay for a service and, like customers in any other market, students can take their tuition money elsewhere if they aren’t satisfied. On the other hand, as Schuman points out, college education looks quite different from many other businesses. Unlike restaurant patrons, for example, students are buying a service (education) that isn’t geared toward customer enjoyment. A good college education may even push students in ways they don’t enjoy.” (02/15/16)

http://fee.org/articles/yes-students-are-customers-but/

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42) Britain and the world in 2050
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Madsen Pirie

“Britain will use fast-growing trees to capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide by 2050 and most of Britain’s energy needs will come from gas, solar and nuclear power, not wind, according to a new monograph released today (Monday) by the Adam Smith Institute. The paper, Britain and the World in 2050, by Adam Smith Institute President Dr Madsen Pirie, looks at trends in scientific research and makes predictions about how new technology will change how ordinary Britons live their lives and solve the energy, environmental and health problems currently facing Britons.” [sumamry — full paper available as PDF download] (02/15/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/new-report-the-uk-and-the-world-in-2050/

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43) Understanding
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“To understand the world in which you live, you need to read some history books. I mention this fact because quite a few people I know have not been reading very much history, and for a while. Nor am I alone in thinking so, since this notion that the future, if it does not resemble the past, must at least reflect it, goes back to the writings of Thucydides on the topic of the Peloponnesian war about 400 years B.C. Not exactly news, then. Now it is a simple fact that history isn’t written by the people who get slaughtered in war, nor very often by those severely disabled in war. It tends to be written immediately after the war by the victors. And, people being what they are, the victors tend to lie, gloat, and cover up their own misdeeds. ” (02/14/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle859-20160214-03.html

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44) Trump and the South Carolina debate
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump countered Rubio’s line that Bush ‘kept us safe’ by emphasizing that the 9/11 attacks happened while Bush was president, and further that Bush had ignored warnings about possible attacks. Both of these claims have the virtue of being true, but they’re not the sort of things that Republican candidates are supposed to say about George W. Bush. It holds him responsible for a major national security failure that happened while he was president, and many partisans are unwilling to do that. … Trump also said that the Bush administration lied about the presence of WMDs in Iraq. As far as most opponents of the Iraq war are concerned, this is obvious. It is what most of us have been saying for more than a decade in one form or another, and it’s true.” (02/15/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-south-carolina-debate/

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45) Resisting the triangulation of the Democratic Party
Source: CounterPunch
by Ezra Rosser

“For while the campaign began nicely enough — who can forget Bernie Sanders defending Hillary Clinton against questions about her emails in the first debate — now that the results in Iowa and New Hampshire show that Bernie Sanders is a viable candidate, the gloves are off. Faced with the possibility of a voter revolt, New Democrats are taking aim at New Deal Democrats and those hoping to progress beyond the defensive posture of the Democratic Party since Ronald Reagan became President. But is that all that can be hoped for when it comes to the Democratic Party?” (02/15/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/15/resisting-the-triangulation-of-the-democratic-party/

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46) How to reverse the innovation slowdown
Source: Ludwig von Mises
by Peter St. Onge

“Is innovation slowing? Will it stop? A new paper by one Jonathan Huebner in the awesomely-named journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change argues that innovation is slowing, indeed it’s halved in the past hundred years. Because Huebner is a physicist, he naturally looks for abstract and generalizable reasons. These take him to dark places: he worries that technology has an ‘economic limit’ or perhaps that our brains have a limit we’re bumping against.” (02/15/16)

https://mises.org/library/how-reverse-innovation-slowdown

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47) Is there an implied consent to be governed?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

“Implied consent means that what one may or may not do is understood without having to ask or say explicitly. In personal relationships, having established some interactions, it is implied that one may continue doing these. If a store is open for business, it is implied that customers may enter, and also that the customers will pay for what they take. Implied consent has also been applied to the relationship between a resident and the government. The idea is that a person may not agree with some policies, but benefits from others, so it all evens out, and therefore there is an implied consent by all regarding government policies. Some say that if one does not move out, one implicitly agrees with the laws.” (02/14/16)

http://notesonliberty.com/2016/02/14/is-there-an-implied-consent-to-be-governed/

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48) Life after Scalia
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“President Reagan appointed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to the nation’s highest court in 1986. Scalia served for 29 years before passing away over the weekend at age 79. May he rest in peace. None of the rest of us will get any.” (02/15/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/15/life-after-scalia/

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49) Hopeless excuses
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Bryan Caplan

“Suppose I’m right about mental illness. Telling people they’re ‘sick’ might still be a noble lie that makes them feel better. But the reverse is also true: Even if I’m wrong, telling people they’re ‘sick’ might be harmful. Perhaps the mentally ill are better-off believing they can free will their way out of their troubles. As the noble Jason Brennan often reminds us, we should scrupulously separate specific empirical questions from our general philosophical outlook.” (02/15/16)

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

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50) Free Talk Live, 02/14/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Calling the Police on Your Kids :: Are Sanders and Trump the Same? :: Getting People to Believe in the State :: Scalia Conspiracy? :: Conspiracy Theorist is Mad :: Sanders and Hillary :: Socialism :: Weekend at Bernies :: Public Schools and Socialism :: Impeaching Obama at this Point? :: Inconsequential Federal Action :: Immigration :: Venezuela Economic Disaster Continues.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/14/16)

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