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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,392
Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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In the News:

1) Libya: Serbian embassy hostages killed in US airstrikes
2) India: Army deployed as caste protests hit New Delhi water supply
3) Syria: Blasts kill 46 in Homs as Kerry pushes ceasefire
4) EU, US suggest postponing Macedonia election
5) Uganda: Museveni “wins” fifth term
6) Niger: Issoufou vies for second term in vote
7) Italy: Renzi mulls confidence vote to pass gay rights bill
8) KY: Weather lady busted for gardening
9) Report: FDA to begin testing food for Roundup
10) Syria: Assad says he is ready for truce if “terrorists” do not exploit it
11) NY: USPS apologizes for delivering blood-stained mail
12) Bolivia votes on whether Morales can run for fourth term
13) TX: Petsitter wants $6,766 for bad Yelp review
14) Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty
15) Iraq: Curtains on radioactive material security theater

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Snowden, Ulbricht and the myth of a fair trial
17) National insecurity extortion
18) A brilliant idea! That’s what we need, a brilliant idea!
19) Government lists and the “rule of law” are the real threat to society
20) Take pity on officer “safe space”
21) Government sinks teeth into Apple’s security core
22) The great dumbing-down of US foreign policy
23) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 02/21/16: Markie Balentine
24) The United States versus America
25) “We’d be discarding them, anyway”
26) Win or lose, Donald Trump just did the GOP a yuuuuuuge favor
27) The people vs. the police state
28) Yes, Sanders wanted Obama primaried in 2012
29) Free Life Podcast, 02/21/16: The EU referendum
30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 67: Is Darcy Richardson God?
31) This is the real reason Apple is fighting the FBI
32) Apple, the FBI and free speech
33) Needless list?
34) How to protect your data from the government (and Apple)
35) Why does privatisation sometimes go wrong?
36) Why women pay higher prices for the “same” products
37) You can never again say you did not know
38) Why GOP must stop Trump, and how it can
39) Drug overdose deaths: It’s not just economics
40) The Tom Woods Show, episode 597
41) Most ordinary Americans in 2016 are richer than was John D. Rockefeller in 1916
42) Turning the tables on the poacher: A fourth generation warfare vignette
43) How John Roberts can save the Supreme Court
44) Why the world needs white-market cannabis and how to get there
45) In the Tank Podcast, episode 26: Freedom Foundation, food stamp reform, and Illinois’s fiscal mess
46) Techno-utopianism, counterfeit and real
47) Recent protests missed right target
48) A new kind of superhero
49) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/19/16: Why property rights matter

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

1) Libya: Serbian embassy hostages killed in US airstrikes
Source: Hawaii Telegraph

“The death of two Serbian embassy officials in the U.S. airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya has left Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic fuming. Two Serbian embassy officials who were said to have been held hostage since November have both died in U.S. airstrikes that killed dozens in western Libya.” (02/21/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/241493741

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2) India: Army deployed as caste protests hit New Delhi water supply
Source: International Business Times

“Widespread caste protests in the northern Indian state of Haryana severely hit water supplies to the national capital, New Delhi, Sunday and forced industries to close. On Saturday, the Indian army sent more than 3,000 troops to contain the violence that has claimed 10 lives until now. Protests by the Jats, a rural caste, in the past week are centered on the community’s long-standing demand to allocate a quota for the community in government jobs and educational openings in India. The protests turned violent Friday as a person was killed near Maharshi Dayanand University in the town of Rohtak — the epicenter of the protest. Rohtak is about 50 miles from New Delhi.” (02/21/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/indias-caste-protests-affect-industries-hit-water-supply-national-capital-2316238

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3) Syria: Blasts kill 46 in Homs as Kerry pushes ceasefire
Source: Yahoo! News

“A double bombing killed at least 46 people in Syria’s Homs on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said a provisional deal had been reached on the terms of a ceasefire. World powers have been pushing for a break in fighting that was meant to go into effect by Friday, but have struggled to agree how to implement it. … Homs city has regularly been targeted in bomb attacks, including last month when a double bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 22 people in Al-Zahraa neighbourhood. The district’s residents are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of Syria’s ruling clan, including President Bashar al-Assad.” (02/21/16)

http://news.yahoo.com/double-bomb-attack-kills-14-syrias-homs-075829593.html

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4) EU, US suggest postponing Macedonia election
Source: ABC News

“European Union and U.S. diplomats have suggested that Macedonia postpone national elections scheduled for April 24. A joint EU-U.S. statement was submitted to caretaker prime minister Emil Dimitriev and read to the press on Sunday by U.S. Ambassador Jess L. Baily.” (02/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/eu-us-suggest-postponing-macedonia-election-37100070

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5) Uganda: Museveni “wins” fifth term
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has won a fifth term as president, extending his 30 years in office. The 71-year-old won 60.75% of the vote while his nearest rival Kizza Besigye took 35%, the election commission said. Mr Museveni’s supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress. But Mr Besigye, who is under house arrest, said the results were a ‘sham,’ calling on the international community to reject them. ‘We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda,’ he said in a statement.” (02/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35620934

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6) Niger: Issoufou vies for second term in vote
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou sought re-election Sunday, touting his record of defending the West African nation from Islamic extremists as he vied against 14 other candidates to capture a second five-year term. The election unfolded without major incident, although the late arrival of voting materials caused many polling stations to stay open after their scheduled closing time.” (02/21/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/niger-s-security-minded-president-vies-for-nd-term-in/article_32ec4fa6-5d0a-5e02-b255-6d951d125e2b.html

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7) Italy: Renzi mulls confidence vote to pass gay rights bill
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is considering resorting to a risky confidence vote in the Senate to ensure the passage of a bill allowing civil unions, but not marriage, for gay couples. He told his Democratic Party members Sunday he is ‘ready’ to use the tactic on the bill if needed.” (02/21/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1069382/Italy-s-Renzi-mulls-confidence-vote-to-pass-gay-rights-bill.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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8) KY: Weather lady busted for gardening
Source: AOL News

“A local TV news meteorologist in Kentucky was arrested this week for growing marijuana plants in her home, police say. WPSD meteorologist Tori Shaw Smoyer, 32, was arrested with her husband, Tyler Smoyer, on Tuesday after an investigation that began with an anonymous tip sent through the Kentucky State Police’s Text-a-Tip program, according to authorities. Police obtained a warrant to search the couple’s Mayfield home and say they discovered seven cannabis plants. Police say they also found six long guns, two pistols, two silencers, eight storage boxes of ammunition, a tactical vest, and multiple items used to cultivate marijuana.” (02/17/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/02/17/meteorologist-busted-for-growing-marijuana-plants-cops/21314407

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9) Report: FDA to begin testing food for Roundup
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed on Thursday that it would begin testing for residues of the controversial herbicide glyphosate on foods sold in the U.S. for the first time this year. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is widely sprayed on American farms, and is the most-used agricultural chemical in the world. It has been labeled ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ by the United Nations’ International Agency for Research on Cancer, though a European food safety agency has disputed those claims. The FDA says it didn’t test food for glyphosate in the past because the ‘available methods’ would have been ‘very cost- and labor-intensive to implement.'” (02/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/the-fda-will-begin-testing-food-for-roundup

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10) Syria: Assad says he is ready for truce if “terrorists” do not exploit it
Source: Reuters

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire, on condition that ‘terrorists’ did not use a lull in fighting to their advantage, and that countries backing insurgents halted support for them. ‘We have said that we are ready to stop military operations, but the issue relates to more important factors … such as preventing terrorists from using it to improve their positions,’ an official online media outlet for the Syrian presidency quoted Assad as saying.” (02/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad-idUSKCN0VT0WP

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11) NY: USPS apologizes for delivering blood-stained mail
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Postal Service has apologized to residents along an upstate New York mail route who received mail stained with blood. A Postal Service spokeswoman for the agency’s western New York district told the Olean Times Herald that the blood was from a mail carrier whose finger was cut after a vehicle accident Tuesday. The official says the carrier’s vehicle was sideswiped, damaging the side mirror. The worker cut his finger when he tried to adjust the mirror. The official says the carrier believed the bleeding had stopped and wasn’t aware blood was smudging the mail he was dropping off along a delivery route near the city of Olean, 60 miles south of Buffalo.” (02/20/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Post-office-apologizes-for-blood-stained-NY-mail-6841979.php

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12) Bolivia votes on whether Morales can run for fourth term
Source: ABC News

“An influence-peddling scandal involving a former lover and a deadly incident of political violence dogged President Evo Morales as Bolivians voted Sunday on whether he should be allowed to run for another term. The voters were deciding whether to amend the constitution so Morales, in office for a decade, could run for re-election in 2019.” (02/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/scandals-dog-bolivias-evo-morales-ahead-referendum-37090894

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13) TX: Petsitter wants $6,766 for bad Yelp review
Source: USA Today

“‘Fair and honest feedback is not the issue here.’ That’s what a pet-sitting company has to say after suing a customer who wrote a negative Yelp review. Robert and Michelle Duchouquette of Plano, Texas, say they hired Dallas’ Prestigious Pets to check in on their two dogs and fish while they took a trip to California. But a camera mounted on their fish bowl soon revealed their fish was being overfed and the water had turned cloudy. Upon the couple’s return, Michelle voiced this complaint (‘the one star is for potentially harming my fish, otherwise it would have been 2 stars’) and others concerning the company’s fees (including a $15 charge to get house keys returned) in a one-star Yelp review posted Oct. 28, reports CBS DFW.” (02/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/02/20/petsitter-yelp-review-compensation/80657796

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14) Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty
Source: Reuters

“Pope Francis on Sunday called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment ‘You shall not kill’ was absolute and equally valid for the guilty as for the innocent. Using some of his strongest words ever against capital punishment, he also called on Catholic politicians worldwide to make ‘a courageous and exemplary gesture’ by seeking a moratorium on executions during the Church’s current Holy Year, which ends in November.” (02/21/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/pope-capitalpunishment-idINKCN0VU0HR

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15) Iraq: Curtains on radioactive material security theater
Source: NBC News

“A ‘highly dangerous’ radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, environment ministry spokesman Ameer Ali said on Sunday. Ali said it had not been damaged and there were no concerns about radiation from the material, the loss of which raised concerns it could be used as a weapon if acquired by ISIS militants. The material had been stolen in November from a storage facility belonging to U.S. oilfield services company Weatherford near the southern city of Basra.” (02/21/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/missing-radioactive-material-found-dumped-south-iraq-n522991

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

16) Snowden, Ulbricht and the myth of a fair trial
Source: Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry

“The government response of ‘you won’t be tortured’ should be enough to cause anyone to take a closer look at the so-called justice system. One could certainly look at the large number of people who have been exonerated in the United States and see that official misconduct, a guilty plea, and/or false confession were involved in the vast majority of exoneration cases. This goes to show that the judicial system is more concerned with a conviction than justice. One of the more high profile cases highlighting this infatuation with conviction over justice, is the case of Ross Ulbright, sentenced life in prison in 2015 for having created and operated the Silk Road online marketplace.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/21/16)

http://fpp.cc/snowden-ulbricht-and-the-myth-of-a-fair-trial/

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17) National insecurity extortion
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Where in the United States Constitution does the government enjoy the authority to extort a person or corporation to employ technology to design products which will ‘help’ it in its criminal investigations — in this instance to create a ‘backdoor’ to unlock data stored on its iPhones? Nowhere! To the contrary, the Thirteenth Amendment plainly prohibits slavery or involuntary servitude anywhere in the United States, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” (02/21/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/02/national-insecurity-extortion.html

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18) A brilliant idea! That’s what we need, a brilliant idea!
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“As our favorite writer and sage Robert A. Heinlein used to say about revolutions, every general election campaign is unique, a mutant, a freak. I have lived through seventeen of them (geez!), and I know. I know a great many individuals who believe that this election is especially critical, a fundamental and eternal national choice between the undisguised socialism of Horrible Hillary and Bernie the Dinosuar on the one hand, and … and … what? I believe that most people have been following the so-called ‘insurgent’ Republicans simply because none of them is either Hillary or Bernie (who has only come to public attention because Hillary is such a miserable excuse for a human being). National distaste for Obama is something you can lean on, like a tree.” [editor’s note: Well, except for that two times he got elected president, anyway – TLK] (02/21/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle860-20160221-05.html

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19) Government lists and the “rule of law” are the real threat to society
Source: Cop Block
by Sean Gruber

“A ‘list’ is just a list — but a ‘list’ with associated and actual consequences? Now, that isn’t just, not ‘very nice’ it’s how one ends up with ‘the Salem Witch Trials;’ the ‘Inquisition;’ the Japanese/American ‘intermittent camps;’ and the Holocaust! Now, would be about the time for the Statist to throw in some baseless assertions and pretend that we should agree with his/her paranoid fantasies about the ‘inevitable’ parade of ‘terrorists’ and ‘rampant crime in the streets’ that come along with NOT living in a police state. (And don’t forget the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man trying to butt rape 55 Central Park West).” (02/20/16)

http://www.copblock.org/154572/government-lists-rule-of-law-threat-to-society/

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20) Take pity on officer “safe space”
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“On the eve of his preliminary hearing on a spurious charge of ‘resisting and obstructing’ (he was not under arrest, nor had a charge been made against him, at the time of his supposed resistance), Townsend published a brusque but inoffensive post on Facebook. In that cyber-missive, Townsend said, in essence: If, in defiance of all reasonable expectations, Officer Brockbank testifies truthfully, the charge against me should be dismissed. If this doesn’t happen, I will exercise my constitutionally protected right to protest the abusive actions of the Meridian municipal government and its agents, including Officer Brockbank. When he showed up at the hearing the following day, Townsend learned that the Meridian City Prosecutor intended to have him arrested on a felony charge of ‘witness intimidation.'” (02/18/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/02/take-pity-on-officer-safe-space.html

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21) Government sinks teeth into Apple’s security core
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“I view Apple with almost as much loathing as I save for overzealous federal prosecutors. My last Apple phone was a lemon. The ‘Genius Bar’ isn’t. When I hear Apple extol its vaunted regard for privacy, I think of all the invasive personal questions my iPhone used to ask before I could download a free app. That was before I switched to Android. Liberated from 1 Infinite Loop (that’s Apple headquarters’ precious Cupertino street address) I am free of owners’ cultish reverence for all things iPhone. So when I began reading CEO Tim Cook’s open letter outlining the reasons why the most valuable corporation in the world would not submit to a judge’s order that Apple help break the encryption on a terrorist’s iPhone, I was ready to believe that Apple was putting its brand before public safety. But this is no black-and-white controversy. It’s more complicated.” [editor’s note: The oft-abused term “slippery slope” seems quite appropriate here – SAT] (02/21/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/21/government-sinks-teeth-into-apples-security-core-n2122206

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22) The great dumbing-down of US foreign policy
Source: Boston Globe
by Stephen Kinzer

“American presidential campaigns no longer offer voters reasoned debate about world affairs or foreign policy. Candidates compete with each other to promise that they will keep America safest, build the strongest military, and kill the most enemies. At town-hall meetings and other events during the current campaign, voters have rarely asked foreign policy questions. When they do, they ask only two things. The first is: What will you do to crush ISIS? Inevitably the reply is some variation of ‘They are savages, and I will destroy them.’ The only other question that comes up regularly runs something like this: Who are our enemies, and how will you fight them? This gives candidates the chance to rant against Russia, Iran, China, or whichever country is the enemie du jour. Almost never are they asked what they would do to calm global tensions.” (02/16/16)

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/02/16/the-great-dumbing-down-foreign-policy/C5mIEjo0aeX75njFRlQKkN/story.html

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23) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 02/21/16: Markie Balentine
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Markie Balentine. Herein we discuss how he became a Voluntaryist, Creature From Jekyll Island, Ron Paul, the catalyst for Anarchism, Rand Paul, compromising principles, law of unintended consequences, everything the State does is constitutional, voting, improving the world, first principles, political euphemisms, voting for evil, talking to family about Voluntaryism, cognitive dissonance, the humility of Voluntaryists, Larken Rose, conspiracy theories, kindness and accountability are revolutionary, Modern Abolitionists …” [MP3] (02/21/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/markie-balentine-voluntaryist-anarchist-and-youtuber/

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24) The United States versus America
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Here’s the final proof that our foreign policy of global meddling has gone off the deep end: the two Syrian factions we are subsidizing are now battling one another. The latest iteration of the ‘moderate’ Islamist jihadists we’ve been backing recently engaged in a pitched battle with the Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG). Both are recipients of US tax dollars and the Kurds have the luxury of US ‘advisors’ embedded in their ranks. In effect, one branch of our gargantuan national security bureaucracy is conducting a proxy war against another branch — and if that doesn’t underscore how irrational and out of control our foreign policy mandarins are, then I don-t know what will.” (02/22/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/21/the-united-states-versus-america/

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25) “We’d be discarding them, anyway”
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“America’s librarians long ago decided their task should go beyond merely hoarding and preserving ‘books,’ of course. Over the decades they expanded their efforts to also acquire and preserve manuscripts, prints, the letters and papers of significant authors, sheet music, posters, etc. All very well. But the key word there is ‘also.’ The implication has been that they would collect and preserve all this other stuff in addition to books. But that’s not true.” (02/19/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2971

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26) Win or lose, Donald Trump just did the GOP a yuuuuuuge favor
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Nobody doubts Trump’s willingness to say unpopular things in politically dangerous venues. But some observers felt that it might have been a bridge to far even for Trump to bust Jeb Bush’s ‘my brother kept us safe’ balloon in South Carolina (uber-hawk Lindsey Graham’s stomping ground) the week before the south’s first major primary. Would this be the mistake that brought his campaign to grief? Nope. Trump won the primary handily, Jeb ended his campaign … and from this point on Republican candidates for the presidency and other offices will finally feel free to openly disown — or at least quit feigning nostalgia for — the eight nightmare years of George W. Bush’s administration.” (02/20/16

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4808

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27) The people vs. the police state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

The powers-that-be have already rigged the system. They — the corporations, the military industrial complex, the surveillance state, the monied elite, etc. — will not allow anyone to be appointed to the Supreme Court who will dial back the police state. They will not tolerate anyone who will undermine their policies, threaten their profit margins, or overturn their apple cart. Scalia’s replacement will be safe (i.e., palatable enough to withstand Congress'[s] partisan wrangling), reliable and most important of all, an extension of the American police state.” (02/19/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-people-vs-the-police-state/

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28) Yes, Sanders wanted Obama primaried in 2012
Source: The Nation
by George Zornick

“At an MSNBC town hall on Thursday, Chuck Todd asked Senator Bernie Sanders about a radio interview in 2011 in which he agreed that it might be a good idea to primary President Obama for the 2012 party nomination. For weeks, Hillary Clinton and her surrogates have raised the issue of Sanders’s flirtation with a primary challenge, and so it was odd that Sanders didn’t have a better response ready. He characterized his comments as an offhand answer to a radio-show question, which isn’t true. He brought up a primary challenge several times in the summer of 2011. Sanders asked rhetorically if he was ‘allowed’ to disagree with the president and mentioned the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had nothing to do with his 2011 endorsement of a primary for Obama. Sanders has a much better case to make, and for some reason he hasn’t fully made it.” (02/18/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/yes-bernie-sanders-wanted-obama-primaried-in-2012-heres-why

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29) Free Life Podcast, 02/21/16: The EU referendum
Source: Libertarian Alliance

“* George Galloway’s appearance at GO * The need for an anti-Political Class alliance
* Political realignment * The EU as a fig leaf — Parliament is Sovereign! * Be ready for a nasty campaign * Why 23rd June? * Not being complacent after the referendum * A message from Enoch Powell.” [Flash audio] (02/21/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/02/21/the-eu-referendum/

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30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 67: Is Darcy Richardson God?
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (Getting quoted in a book about Bernie Sanders, etc.)” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/21/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-67-is.html

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31) This is the real reason Apple is fighting the FBI
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“The first thing to understand about Apple’s latest fight with the FBI — over a court order to help unlock the deceased San Bernardino shooter’s phone — is that it has very little to do with the San Bernardino shooter’s phone. It’s not even, really, the latest round of the Crypto Wars — the long running debate about how law enforcement and intelligence agencies can adapt to the growing ubiquity of uncrackable encryption tools. It’s a fight over the future of high-tech surveillance, the trust infrastructure undergirding the global software ecosystem, and how far technology companies and software developers can be conscripted as unwilling suppliers of hacking tools for governments.” (02/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/real-reason-apple-fighting-fbi

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32) Apple, the FBI and free speech
Source: USA Today
by David B Rivkin, Jr. & Andrew M Grossman

“It would be one thing if Apple could carry out a court order that it unlock an iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists simply by waving a magic wand. But encryption isn’t magic; the order requires Apple to write and digitally sign a security-degraded version of its iOS operating system. That raises serious First Amendment concerns because the order amounts to a government-compelled speech. The FBI picked this fight to set a precedent. For years, it’s been locked in a ‘crypto war’ with Silicon Valley over how to provide law enforcement access to users’ data.” (02/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/19/apple–iphone-fbi-san-barnardino-terrorism-free-speech-column/80569422

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33) Needless list?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Are Republican presidential candidates getting the NFL draft and the military draft confused?” (02/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/19/needless-list/

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34) How to protect your data from the government (and Apple)
Source: Reason

“There’s another way that customers can protect their private communications from the government — and Apple: Use proper encryption tools. Reason TV recently put together a handy guide for how to chat anonymously online …” [Flash video] (02/21/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/02/21/do-your-own-snooping-fbi

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35) Why does privatisation sometimes go wrong?
Source: Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings

“The imposition of flawed privatisation models imposes economic losses far beyond the sectors concerned. Although the problems experienced in privatised industries have largely been the result of political interference and state regulation, their failure may be misused by ideological interventionists to undermine trust in markets more generally. Both the public and opinion-formers have weak incentives to properly investigate why particular sectors have not performed well and this ignorance can be exploited. If the political culture turns against relatively free markets, the wider efficiency losses are likely to be substantial, as more and more economic activity becomes subject to high taxes and restrictive controls.” (02/21/16)

https://richardwellings.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/why-does-privatisation-sometimes-go-wrong/

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36) Why women pay higher prices for the “same” products
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John Dotson

“When discussing the pink tax, we can dispense with the notion that women pay more money for exactly the same products that men use. In order for goods to be identical, the two products must be viewed as homogenous units by the consumers themselves. Clearly this is not the case, and hygiene products — even ones designed to do similar things — are viewed differently by men and women. First of all, men’s and women’s products generally smell different from one another. This fact alone is enough to distinguish them as separate products if the sexes treat the products differently. Moreover, in terms of physical amenities, men’s and women’s razors are different in a number of ways.” (02/19/16)

https://mises.org/library/why-women-pay-higher-prices-same-products

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37) You can never again say you did not know
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Most lovers of a free society want to be optimists. All that has to happen for liberty to be widely embraced is for people to open their minds and shed the baggage of the statist or socialist impulse. Simple enough, right? No. It isn’t simple at all, and that’s why too many lovers of liberty fall into the pessimism trap.” (02/19/16)

http://fee.org/articles/you-can-never-again-say-you-did-not-know/

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38) Why GOP must stop Trump, and how it can
Source: Our Future
by Bill Scher

“For a moment, after he underperformed his poll numbers in Iowa, it seemed like our Donald Trump nightmare was over. But then Trump sightly overperformed in New Hampshire, despite lacking a traditional get-out-the-vote effort. And Trump’s poll numbers in South Carolina and beyond are consistent, generally in the 30s, well ahead of his fractured opposition. If he can remain at that level after blaming George W. Bush for 9/11, then it’s hard to see what would make his numbers decline. Three years ago, the Republican Party issued an ‘autopsy’ dissecting its 2012 defeat and charting a course for the future. Among its many recommendations was ‘a grassroots program to help grow the Republican share of the minority vote.’ The reports also concluded, ‘we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.’ That shrinkage now has a name: Donald Trump.” (02/19/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160219/why-the-republican-party-must-stop-trump-and-how-it-can

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39) Drug overdose deaths: It’s not just economics
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Let me start this highly unscientific post with a caveat, I think it’s quote likely that economic distress plays some role in the recent rise in drug overdose deaths. Here I’ll try to caution people that the role might be less that you would think, as casual empiricism suggests that many well performing states have high rates of drug overdoses, and vice versa. If you look at the data on state fatality rates from drug overdoses for 2015, you do see some of the expected pattern. Booming North Dakota had by far the lowest rate, and depressed West Virginia had by far the highest rate. But after that things seem less predictable.” (02/19/16)

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

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40) The Tom Woods Show, episode 597
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Your local police department is said to provide a service that we could never expect to arise in the private sector. But the Detroit Threat Management Center, a private and voluntary organization, has cut down on violent crime and made a point of defusing dangerous situations without violence. You’ll love this one.” [various formats] (02/19/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-597-can-the-private-sector-protect-against-crime-this-case-study-will-blow-your-mind/

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41) Most ordinary Americans in 2016 are richer than was John D. Rockefeller in 1916
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Might you want to deliver a package or letter overnight from New York City to someone in Los Angeles? Sorry. Impossible. You could neither listen to radio (the first commercial radio broadcast occurred in 1920) nor watch television. You could, however, afford the state-of-the-art phonograph of the era. (It wasn’t stereo, though. And — I feel certain — even today’s vinylphiles would prefer listening to music played off of a modern compact disc than listening to music played off of a 1916 phonograph record.) Obviously, you could not download music. There really wasn’t very much in the way of movies for you to watch, even though you could afford to build your own home movie theater. Your telephone was attached to a wall. You could not use it to Skype.” (02/20/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/40405.html

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42) Turning the tables on the poacher: A fourth generation warfare vignette
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Black sites have become all the fad among the secret and not-so-secret political police nation-wide and now what the empire practices abroad is, of course, coming home. The following is a cautionary tale. Just to clarify, all government cops from the local to the Federal level are a political policing mechanism much like the Stasi or NKVD and all its bloodthirsty successors.” (02/19/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4675

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43) How John Roberts can save the Supreme Court
Source: The New Republic
by Simon Lazarus

“Senate Republicans, in suggesting they might not consider any eventual Obama nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, have created a true nightmare scenario for the Court in general, and Chief Justice John Roberts in particular. As I have written before, Roberts has repeatedly decried perceptions that polarization in the political branches will ‘spill over’ and undermine the court’s stature. As recently as February 4, he has insisted, ‘We don’t work as Republicans or Democrats,’ and that ‘people don’t have a really good understanding of what the Court does.’ But now Republicans have drawn his Court into the middle of the biggest political fight of the decade.” (02/19/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130210/john-roberts-can-save-supreme-court

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44) Why the world needs white-market cannabis and how to get there
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“In April, the leadership of all 193 UN member nations will gather in New York City for a UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS 2016. This UN meeting can and probably will set a new policy direction for the global cannabis marketplace. The results of the assembly will determine whether black markets will persist for marijuana or whether the world’s marketplace for cannabis will be a legal one. Other drugs will also be part of the overall discourse, not just cannabis. UNGASS, in my opinion, must create a framework that facilitates the creation and expansion of white markets, with necessary supports including trade and commercial freedoms.” (02/20/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36786/Anthony-Wile-Anthony-Wile-Why-the-World-Needs-White-Market-Cannabis-and-How-to-Get-There/

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45) In the Tank Podcast, episode 26: Freedom Foundation, food stamp reform, and Illinois’s fiscal mess
Source: Heartland Institute
“Hosts Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft continue to explore the world of think tanks in episode #26 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, roundtable discussions, stories, and light-hearted segments on a variety of topics on the latest news.” [Flash video] (02/19/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/in-the-tank-podcast-ep26-freedom-foundation-food-stamp-reform-and-illinois-fiscal-mess/

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46) Techno-utopianism, counterfeit and real
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Too often state socialists and verticalists react dismissively to commons-based peer production and other networked, open-source visions of socialism, either failing to see any significant difference between them and the vulgar ’90s dotcom hucksterism of Newt Gingrich, or worse yet seeing them as a Trojan horse for the latter. There is some superficial similarity in the rhetoric and symbols used by those respective movements. But in their essence they are very different indeed.” (02/19/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43515

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47) Recent protests missed right target
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“The past couple of years have seen various protests against out-of-control government employees and agencies. Earlier it was the ‘Black lives matter’ protests of deadly police encounters; more recently, ranchers protesting abuse by the Bureau of Land Management. These protests miss the mark — sometimes tragically. Rule number one: When you protest, make sure you target the enemy, not bystanders.” (02/18/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/02/18/mcmanigal-recent-protests-missed-right-target/

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48) A new kind of superhero
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Sean Malone

“Wade Wilson, better known as ‘Deadpool,’ is a sarcastic, sometimes schizophrenic, violent, nonsensical comic book character who assassinates people for a living. He’s also one of the only characters in the history of the medium to be aware that he’s inside a comic book, which means that he gets to break the fourth wall to talk about writers, artists, and pop culture and make jokes at other characters’ expense in a way that can be downright hysterical.” (02/19/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1521

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49) Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/19/16: Why property rights matter
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Timothy and Christina Sandefur join us to talk about the importance of establishing and maintaining governments and societies that respect property rights.” [various formats] (02/19/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/why-property-rights-matter

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