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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,393
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
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In the News:

1) US, Russian regimes agree on Syria ceasefire plan; questions remain
2) India: Ten million without water in Delhi after sabotage
3) Bolivia: Morales doesn’t concede as “no” keeps lead in count
4) NJ: Atlantic City mayor calls state takeover plan “fascist dictatorship”
5) Zimbabwe: Regime to seize control of country’s diamond mining
6) Report: Scientists seeking kryptonite for “superbugs”
7) OR: Girl Scouts are back at marijuana dispensaries
8) OK: Libertarians expect party recognition
9) Honduras: International anti-corruption panel begins work
10) US Senate advances new appointee for job of denying treatment to patients
11) MN: State to revoke anti-Muslim license plate
12) Senegal: US trains West Africans to respond to extremist threats
13) CT: Gun maker seeks dismissal of frivolous lawsuit over Newtown shooting
14) SCOTUS: Thomas hasn’t asked a question in a decade
15) Military prison blocks political prisoner Chelsea Manning from reading material about prison censorship
16) Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant
17) UK: Pound drops as Johnson backs Brexit
18) Uganda: Opposition leader Besigye abucted by police
19) Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 13
20) OH: Kasich signs bill to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The hot-air barrier: A major reason for the infeasibility of representative government
22) The Twitter PAC
23) Will a “socialist” government make us freer?
24) The return of the libnappers
25) Futuristic data security from a pen and pad
26) The Pope was right about Trump
27) Welcome to the age of authoritarianism
28) Repulsed by Pharma-Bro Martin Shkreli? Maybe you also hate capitalism [sic] 29) Brand names at work
30) Donald Trump’s perfect foil
31) Bernie Sanders has a turnout problem
32) Refuse to cooperate: The moderate middle road between revolution and unlimited submission
33) Why Baby Boomers don’t get Bernie Sanders
34) Do you believe in witches?
35) The big table
36) Appoint a few more Scalias, kiss democracy goodbye
37) On political “realism”
38) Cops’ killed by police meme “doesn’t have all the facts”
39) South Carolina and Nevada: Populism still rising
40) Once more into the breach on prostitution
41) I love my guns
42) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/22/16
43) Uber for welfare?
44) The Tom Woods Show, episode 599: Mises for the masses
45) A phony victim, and a lot of real ones
46) Free exchange and promoting human well-being
47) War, peace, and the next president
48) Why anti-immigration policies will increase the illegal population
49) Intervention fail: Back to Libya
50) Love democracy? Then leave the EU
51) Koch feels the Bern?
52) Why the Holocaust in Europe?
53) Review: Battlefield America
54) Every state a swing
55) The economics of “free stuff”

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

1) US, Russian regimes agree on Syria ceasefire plan; questions remain
Source: Epoch Times

“The United States and Russia have agreed on a new ceasefire for Syria that will take effect Saturday, even as major questions over enforcing and responding to violations of the truce were left unresolved. Syria’s warring government and rebels still need to accept the deal.” (02/22/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1972947-us-russia-agree-on-syria-ceasefire-plan-questions-remain/

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2) India: Ten million without water in Delhi after sabotage
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“More than 10 million people in India’s capital, Delhi, are without water after protesters sabotaged a key canal which supplies much of the city. The army took control of the Munak canal after Jat community protesters, angry at caste job quotas, seized it. Keshav Chandra, head of Delhi’s water board, told the BBC it would take “three to four days” before normal supplies resumed to affected areas. All Delhi’s schools have been closed because of the water crisis. Sixteen people have been killed and hundreds hurt in three days of riots.” (02/22/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35627819

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3) Bolivia: Morales doesn’t concede as “no” keeps lead in count
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

“President Evo Morales said Monday he was not abandoning hope despite indications Bolivians had rejected by a slim margin amending the constitution so he could run for a fourth straight term in 2019. A member of the national electoral tribunal, Antonio Costas, said later that decisive official results from Sunday’s referendum could not be promised for Monday.” (02/22/16)

http://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/world/article61711582.html

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4) NJ: Atlantic City mayor calls state takeover plan “fascist dictatorship”
Source: Raw Story

“Atlantic City’s mayor has called a state plan to cede control of the fiscally distressed gambling hub a ‘fascist dictatorship,’ a sharp reversal of his previous position on the proposed takeover. Details of the proposed legislation, released last week, would deny residents their civil rights by stripping municipal powers from locally elected officials, Mayor Don Guardian said on Monday, echoing previous concerns from community activists. ‘The final piece of legislation that the state presented to us was far from a partnership,’ Guardian said. ‘It was much worse. It was absolutely a fascist dictatorship.’ The plan calls for the state to appoint an official who would have the power to make unilateral decisions about canceling collective bargaining agreements, selling city-owned assets, entering contracts, terminating employees and vetoing city council minutes, Guardian said.” (02/22/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/atlantic-city-mayor-calls-new-jersey-takeover-plan-a-fascist-dictatorship

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5) Zimbabwe: Regime to seize control of country’s diamond mining
Source: Roanoke Times World

“The Zimbabwean government will now control all mining in the diamond-rich Marange area, after mining companies were ordered to halt all operations because their licenses have expired, the mining minister said Monday. All diamond mining will now be managed by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Company, wholly owned by the government, Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa said.” (02/22/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/business/wire/zimbabwean-government-to-control-country-s-diamond-mining/article_ca5e1980-3dd7-587d-9ea4-7265fa4d16e9.html

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6) Report: Scientists seeking kryptonite for “superbugs”
Source: Reuters

“Scientists in Britain have found how drug-resistant bacteria build and maintain a defensive wall — a discovery that paves the way for the development of new drugs to break through the barrier and kill the often deadly ‘superbugs.’ In recent decades, bacteria resistant to multiple drugs, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Clostridium difficile, have grown into a global health threat, while superbug strains of infections like tuberculosis and gonorrhoea have become untreatable. The World Health Organization has warned that many antibiotics could become redundant this century, leaving patients vulnerable to deadly infections and threatening the future of medicine.” (02/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-superbugs-resistance-idUSKCN0VV1PO

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7) OR: Girl Scouts are back at marijuana dispensaries
Source: Smell the Truth

“Once again, Girl Scouts have chosen pot users as their key demographic for cookies. An Oregon Girl Scout was seen selling boxes of their trademark cookies outside of a Portland marijuana dispensary on Saturday, reports KATU Portland. The Girl Scout set up shop outside of the Foster Buds Marijuana Dispensary under the supervision of her aunt, who said they had several customers within just a few minutes. ‘The Girl Scouts organization said they don’t condone this, but it’s not against the rules,’ she said. The Oregon Girl Scout follows in the footsteps of San Francisco’s Danielle Lei, who made international headlines in years prior when she decided to set up her table location in front of the Green Cross cannabis dispensary.” (02/22/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/22/girl-scouts-are-back-at-marijuana-dispensaries

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8) OK: Libertarians expect party recognition
Source: Public Radio Tulsa [US state media]

“Libertarian Party officials say they have gathered enough signatures to become a recognized political party in Oklahoma for the first time since 2000. The Oklahoma Libertarian Party delivered more than 42,000 signatures on Monday to the state Election Board, significantly more than the 24,745 needed to become a recognized political party. Once the signatures are confirmed, Oklahoma voters can register as a member of the party, and Libertarian candidates can run for office.” (02/22/16)

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/oklahoma-libertarians-expect-political-party-recognition#stream/0

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9) Honduras: International anti-corruption panel begins work
Source: ABC News

“An international mission aimed at tackling widespread corruption was installed Monday in Honduras, kicking off a four-year mandate that its backers hope will clean up corruption and lead to profound changes. Juan Jimenez, a former Peruvian justice minister, will serve as the leader and spokesman for the Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras.” (02/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/international-anti-corruption-panel-begins-work-honduras-37122222

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10) US Senate advances new appointee for job of denying treatment to patients
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. Senate agreed to end debate on President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, setting the stage for confirmation as early as Tuesday of former Duke University researcher Robert Califf as the agency’s commissioner. The Senate voted 80-6 on Monday in favor of moving to a vote on passage of Califf’s nomination, despite some senators’ opposition, based on claims that the FDA hasn’t done enough to curb the opioid abuse [sic] epidemic [sic] in the U.S.” (02/22/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-22/new-fda-chief-nears-confirmation-with-crucial-senate-vote

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11) MN: State to revoke anti-Muslim license plate
Source: USA Today

“The Minnesota Department of Public Safety apologized Monday for issuing vanity license plates containing a slur against Muslims and said it will revoke them immediately after a photo of the plates caused a stir on social media over the weekend. The personalized plates read “FMUSLMS.” A photo of the license plate on the back of a pickup, reportedly taken in St. Cloud, was posted on Facebook on Saturday by #UniteCloud, a grassroots organization that works to resolve cultural tension in the St. Cloud area.” (02/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/22/minn-revoke-anti-muslim-license-plate/80775398

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12) Senegal: US trains West Africans to respond to extremist threats
Source: Roanoke Times World

“The recent training witnessed by an Associated Press reporter for 50 Senegalese police, gendarmes, customs and judicial officials is part of the annual U.S.-led Flintlock exercises, a more than decade-old effort to help Africans counter threats from extremist militants. Held in Senegal and Mauritania this year, the training for the first time included African law enforcement officials.” (02/22/16)

http://www.roanoke.com/news/wire_headlines/us-trains-west-africans-to-respond-to-extremist-threats/article_91d61f18-8949-5f5c-bb10-bdc115f014db.html

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13) CT: Gun maker seeks dismissal of frivolous lawsuit over Newtown shooting
Source: Fox News

“Lawyers for a gun maker and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims squared off in a Connecticut courtroom Monday over whether a federal law prevents the families’ wrongful death lawsuit targeting the AR-15 rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 shooting. … The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived the attack say the AR-15 is a highly lethal military weapon that should not be sold to the public. They’re suing Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15 used in the school shooting. Lawyers for Freedom Group said the company is protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.” (02/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/22/gun-maker-seeks-dismissal-lawsuit-over-newtown-shooting.html

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14) SCOTUS: Thomas hasn’t asked a question in a decade
Source: MSNBC News

“Ten years ago Monday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question from the bench. He hasn’t done it since. The streak is a record — no other justice in modern history has gone more than a term without asking a question during oral arguments. It’s also a source of curiosity and angst in the legal community.” (02/22/16)

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/supreme-court-justice-clarence-thomas-hasnt-asked-question-decade?cid=sm_fb_msnbc

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15) Military prison blocks political prisoner Chelsea Manning from reading material about prison censorship
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

“EFF was dismayed to learn last week that the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth has refused to provide inmate Chelsea Manning with printouts of EFF blog posts and other materials related to prisoner censorship. Worse yet, it appears that the reason is ostensibly to protect EFF’s copyrights. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for her role in the release of military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks. A volunteer from her support network attempted to send her a series of articles EFF wrote last year about our work defending the rights of inmates to maintain an online presence.” (02/22/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/military-prison-blocks-chelsea-manning-reading-eff-blog-posts

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16) Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant
Source: Independent [UK]

“Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange’s arrest warrant in a rape case [sic]. The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts. Thomas Olsson, one of Assange’s lawyers, said in a statement: ‘We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision.'” (02/22/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html

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17) UK: Pound drops as Johnson backs Brexit
Source: NBC News

“Britain’s pound currency plunged in value against the dollar Monday after mop-haired London Mayor Boris Johnson dramatically defected to the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. The high-profile announcement dealt a serious blow to Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of the June 23 referendum that could see Britain vote to exit the trading bloc. It was followed by a string of similar announcements by other senior ministers in Cameron’s Conservative government, adding to fears that a so-called ‘Brexit’ is now a real risk.” (02/22/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/pound-drops-london-mayor-boris-johnson-backs-brexit-eu-n523376

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18) Uganda: Opposition leader Besigye abucted by police
Source: ABC News

“Tensions after Uganda’s elections, criticized by international observers as being undemocratic, ratcheted up on Monday when police arrested President Yoweri Museveni’s main challenger. Kizza Besigye was arrested as he tried to leave his home where he had been confined under house arrest. Associated Press journalists saw police push him into the back of a blacked-out van and taken away to a police station in a rural area outside the capital.” (02/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ugandas-opposition-leader-arrested-leave-home-37105731

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19) Taliban suicide bomber kills at least 13
Source: Times of India [India]

“A suicide bomber targeting a police commander killed at least 13 people on Monday, including nine civilians, in Afghanistan’s northern Parwan province, an official said. The attack happened near a clinic and a bazaar, said Gen Zaman Mamozai, the provincial police chief. Four local police were among those killed, and another 19 people, including 17 civilians, were wounded, he said.” (02/22/16)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Taliban-suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-13-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/51094726.cms

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20) OH: Kasich signs bill to cut off Planned Parenthood’s corporate welfare
Source: CNN

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions, blocking government funds to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood isn’t explicitly named in the legislation, but the law will prevent more than $1 million in funding from the state health department from going to the nonprofit [sic] to fund programs such as HIV testing, health screenings and prevention of violence against women.” (02/22/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/21/politics/john-kasich-planned-parenthood-bill/

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

21) The hot-air barrier: A major reason for the infeasibility of representative government
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Anyone who pays the slightest attention to politics knows that politicians are inveterate liars; many would sooner lie than speak truthfully even if the truth did not thwart their purposes, because lying would be more congenial to their true, dishonest character. Thus, voters can do nothing more than throw ideological darts, casting their ballots for the candidate who makes the most appealing noises, has the handsomest face, or displays peacock-like the most fabulous partisan posturing. To perceive any fixed and reliable link between what the candidates promise and what they deliver in office would be wildly counterfactual.” (02/22/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/22/the-hot-air-barrier-a-major-reason-for-the-infeasibility-of-representative-government/

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22) The Twitter PAC
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“Does anyone else think it at all strange that Twitter, in a hotly contested election year, has started ‘un-verifying’ and outright banning conservative voices? Not just Milo Yiannopoulos and Robert Stacy McCain, either, but some more ‘respectable’ figures …. I know that Yiannopolous and McCain can be obnoxious — and I’d probably find McCain’s and Podhoretz’s views detestable — but I doubt that any of them have engaged in threats or online abuse. No, I think that Twitter has started enforcing left-wing views. Now, this doesn’t make them a Political Action Committee, strictly speaking, since they’re not in the business of ‘pool[ing] campaign contributions from members and donat[ing] those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.’ They’re more like a slanted media company. … what Twitter is doing isn’t illegal. It’s just dishonest.” (02/22/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6959

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23) Will a “socialist” government make us freer?
Source: Cato Institute
by Jason Kuznicki

“‘Socialism’ is a weasel word. Consider that the adjective ‘socialist’ applies commonly — even plausibly — to countries with vastly different ex ante institutions and with vastly different social and economic outcomes. Yet Canada, Norway, Venezuela, and Cuba can’t all be one thing. Does socialism mean substantial freedom of the press, as in Norway? Or does it mean the vicious suppression of dissent, as in Venezuela? We need more clarity here before we decide whether socialism is a worthwhile social system, and whether, as Will Wilkinson recommends, we ought to support a socialist candidate for president.” (02/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/will-socialist-government-make-us-freer

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24) The return of the libnappers
Source: Strike The Root
by Hogeye Bill

“Pro-closed border arguments are getting predictable. Typically they begin with sound libertarian theory about property — assertions with with all libertarians agree. In short, the only valid borders are property borders, and the use (and passage across) property should be up to the owner, not any government. The open vs. closed border issue would not exist in a stateless society. But in our current State-dominated world, States do have control over an artificial type of border — so-called national borders. Thus, the question arises of what policy the State should pursue now, in our current statist system.” (02/22/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/return-of-libnappers

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25) Futuristic data security from a pen and pad
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“”Trust us with more data,’ say government agencies hacked by a 16-year-old.’ That’s the headline on a piece by TechDirt’s Tim Cushing. The aforementioned teen managed, as Cushing reports, to ‘dive into the servers of two of America’s most secure federal agencies and fish out their internal files.’ … But there’s a paradox, says Cushing, because ‘we also (somehow) live in a world where these same agencies are arguing they should be entrusted with massive amounts of data — not just on their own employees but on thousands of U.S. citizens.’ They’re better at gathering the data than they are at keeping them secure.” (02/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/22/cybersecurity-data-hacking-ransomware-hospitals-doctors-reynolds-column/80702310

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26) The Pope was right about Trump
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Christ said: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’ How can arresting, jailing, and punishing people who are coming to the United States to sustain and improve their lives through labor be reconciled with these two commandments? It is impossible to do so. After all, Christ wasn’t talking about one’s next-door neighbor. He was talking about one’s fellow man. And since He said that the second commandment is just like the first, He was saying that when you show a lack of love to another human being, you’re displaying a lack of love for God himself.” (02/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/22/the-pope-was-right-about-trump/

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27) Welcome to the age of authoritarianism
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“America is at a crossroads. History may show that from this point forward, we will have left behind any semblance of constitutional government and entered into a militaristic state where all citizens are suspects and security trumps freedom. As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age — the age of authoritarianism. Even with its constantly shifting terrain, this topsy-turvy travesty of law and government has become America’s new normal.” (02/22/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Welcome-to-the-Age-of-Auth-by-John-Whitehead-Authoritarianism_Empire_Freedom_Government-160222-698.html

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28) Repulsed by Pharma-Bro Martin Shkreli? Maybe you also hate capitalism [sic] Source: In These Times
by Jesse Myerson

“Watching Martin Shkreli ‘respectfully decline’ to testify before the House Oversight Committee, it is almost possible to feel grateful to the reviled 32-year-old hedge fund capitalist. … Satisfying though it might be to adorn his face with a black eye, however, there are more worthy objects of our loathing. All of Shkreli’s appalling antics and characteristics are in fact emblematic of the real villain: capitalism. Shkreli is capitalism embodied, and if you hate him, you’d do well to take up hating capitalism with at least equal fervor.” [editor’s note: He cites some relatively unknown crony corporatist (aka neo-feudalist) excesses from the Big Pharma cartels – SAT] (02/22/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18896/martin-shkreli-capitalism-free-market-wu-tang-cultural-appropriation

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29) Brand names at work
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“The value of any brand depends upon consumers’ perceptions of what that brand stands for. If Apple’s refusal to cooperate with the government to unlock the contents of an iPhone will indeed protect its brand — that is, if this refusal will maintain or increase the market value of Apple’s brand — then it must be true that current and prospective iPhone users willingly pay a premium for the assurance that Apple can be trusted to keep its customers’ private information secure from even the government. In short, by protecting its brand Apple protects its users.” [editor’s note: Boudreaux seems to be missing an opposite possibility here — it may not be that iPhone users are willing to pay a premium for believing their data is secure, but rather that they WOULDN’T be willing to buy a phone if they believed their data would be INsecure – TLK] (02/22/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/40414.html

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30) Donald Trump’s perfect foil
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“When Trump began disparaging the former president last October, and then resumed his derision last week, many politicos warned that he was making a mistake. ‘I can’t believe the Republican nominee is going to be [someone] who said George W. Bush lied to the American people about the Iraq war. That comes from kook-land, folks,’ exclaimed Lindsey Graham. ‘I can’t believe that we’re going to nominate someone to represent our party who said George W. Bush was responsible for 9/11. That cannot happen.’ Curt Anderson, who ran Bobby Jindal’s campaign, declared that, ‘Everything we know about political strategy suggests that Trump’s decision to attack George W. Bush will backfire.’ It didn’t backfire. Attacking Bush proved key to Trump’s appeal.” (02/22/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/02/jeb-bush-donald-trump/470298/

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31) Bernie Sanders has a turnout problem
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“In order to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, you have to amass 2,382 of the 4,763 delegates who will attend the party’s convention in July. The three contests that have taken place in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada have allotted only 118 of those delegates, or 2 percent. And yet to listen to journalists, pundits, and analysts, the end of the Democratic race is in sight. If Hillary Clinton succeeds in beating Bernie Sanders in South Carolina this coming Saturday, they will declare that she has delivered a crushing blow, leaving him face-down on the canvas, his vision doubled and ears ringing as his weakened arms struggle to raise him up for Super Tuesday, when the final, gruesome pummeling will be administered. If that’s what they say, will it be unfair? You bet.” (02/22/16)

http://prospect.org/article/bernie-sanders-has-turnout-problem

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32) Refuse to cooperate: The moderate middle road between revolution and unlimited submission
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“It seems we have only two options — violent revolution, which will fail, or complete submission. But a third way exists, a moderate middle road between violence and submission — nullification through noncooperation. We can impede federal actions without using threats or intimidation. We can simply refuse to cooperate with the federal government. This was the blueprint James Madison gave us in Federalist #46.” (02/22/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/02/22/refuse-to-cooperate-the-moderate-middle-road-between-revolution-and-unlimited-submission/

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33) Why Baby Boomers don’t get Bernie Sanders
Source: The New Republic
by Bryan Williams

“The Democratic primary is being defined (and could be decided) by a generational divide. Young voters are flocking to Bernie Sanders, as countless articles point out, and the results in Iowa back this up: Sanders won caucus voters under 30 by an astounding 70-point margin, while Hillary Clinton won those over 65 by 43 points. The theories given for this divide are myriad. Many young voters see Clinton as a corrupt or untrustworthy insider, whereas Sanders ‘seems sincere.’ Many older voters, meanwhile, find Sanders’s policies impractical and see in Clinton a historic opportunity to elect the first female president. But all these arguments seem to agree on one thing: Sanders is leading a semi-socialist insurgency against the party establishment.” [editor’s note: Funny, a large portion of my Boomer friends DO “feel the Bern;” sadly, nearly all will vote for HRC if she gets nominated – SAT] (02/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130220/baby-boomers-dont-get-bernie-sanders

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34) Do you believe in witches?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mike Reid

“In the early 20th century, the Azande people of what was then British-controlled Sudan believed that witches or sorcerers caused almost every misfortune in life. And they believed that almost every death — whether due apparently to a falling building, a rampaging elephant, or a simple disease — was in fact a murder by magic. Indeed, they believed that a witch’s spite and jealousy could inflict bad luck, harm, and death on other people — without the witch needing to cast any spells or even be aware that he or she was a witch. You and I might be tempted to sneer at such ‘primitive’ superstition. Certainly, the Azande represented an extreme case. But beliefs along the same general line — that our misfortunes are somehow caused by the ill will of our jealous enemies — are still exceedingly common.” (02/22/16)

http://fee.org/articles/do-you-believe-in-witches/

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35) The big table
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Gay, Inc has thrown sex workers and other ‘undesirables’ under the bus for over a decade now; in their view, the ‘rainbow’ only properly has three colors (and they ain’t too sure about that third one). The Rentboy raid was the direct result of this bigotry; had the GLBT ‘community’ devoted its energies to securing the basic rights of all sexual minorities instead of wasting them in trying to force Christian fundamentalists to bake fucking overpriced cakes for their fucking bourgeois weddings, we’d be well on the way to decriminalization by now.” (02/22/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-big-table/

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36) Appoint a few more Scalias, kiss democracy goodbye
Source: Reuters
by Richard L. Hasen

“Republican presidential candidates such as Senator Ted Cruz [R-TX] have pledged to appoint a justice like Antonin Scalia to the U.S. Supreme Court, if given the opportunity. Yet Scalia’s record on issues related to American democracy and elections was dismal — even when judged against the standards of the conservative Roberts court. Placing a few more Scalias on the Supreme Court would likely put America’s current participatory democracy at risk. Take money in politics. In 2010, the Roberts court, including Scalia, ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations, like individuals, have a First Amendment right to spend money independently in campaigns. Yet Scalia went further: he argued that people have a First Amendment right to contribute unlimited sums directly to candidates, which raised the stakes for undue influence.” (02/22/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/21/appoint-another-scalia-kiss-democracy-goodbye

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37) On political “realism”
Source: CounterPunch
by MG Piety

“I have a lot of liberal friends who like the ideas of a single-payer healthcare system, a living minimum wage, and free higher education, but who support Clinton, rather than Sanders because they think she is more ‘realistic.’ I’m talking about educated people, people who have spent time in countries that have these things and so have first-hand knowledge of their feasibility. Someday, these people tell me, someday we will have these things, but the country is not ready for them yet. They argue that they are being ‘realistic.’ I would argue, however, that they’re not being realistic; they’re being idiotic. That is, their position isn’t even coherent.” (02/22/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/22/on-political-realism/

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38) Cops’ killed by police meme “doesn’t have all the facts”
Source: Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly

“Law Enforcement Today, a police propaganda website, posted the following wholly inaccurate, intentionally misleading meme to its Facebook page this past Thursday. The meme claims that all of the 1,140 to 1,205 people killed by law enforcement officers in 2015 were only killed as a result of refusing to obey lawful orders from those officers. This meme is a lie so obvious, so grandiose that only those who believe every death at the hands of a police officer is justified, no matter the circumstances or evidence, could possibly swallow it.” (02/21/16)

http://www.copblock.org/154605/cop-meme-doesnt-have-facts/

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39) South Carolina and Nevada: Populism still rising
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Here are five takeaways from the Republican primary in South Carolina and the Democratic caucuses in Nevada: 1. Populism Is Still Rising The populist revolt in both parties continues to build. In South Carolina, Donald Trump scorned George W. Bush, who is immensely popular among the state’s Republicans; denounced the Iraq War in a pro-military state; savaged U.S. trade deals, was opposed by the governor, both senators and the Pope — and still won big. Trump is infamous for his nativist, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim screeds. He also attacks ruinous establishment trade policies, condemns the “special interests and lobbyists” and money in politics, calls for rebuilding the country, brands corporate lobbyists ‘blood suckers’ and more. He’s rewarded by conservative Republican voters who see him as someone who ‘tells it like it is,’ is an ‘outsider’ and will bring change.” (02/22/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160222/south-carolina-and-nevada-populism-still-rising

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40) Once more into the breach on prostitution
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Freedom, liberty, require that consenting adults get to do what consenting adults consent to. With the proviso that regulation of harm to others, those not directly involved or consenting (and obviously, those who are not adults) being entirely allowable, often sensible and sometimes necessary. To mangle Mill: their freedom to deploy their genitals as they wish stops where your genitals become involved, not before. The correct form of the law is therefore very simple indeed. We do indeed say that any consenting adult may have sex with any other consenting adult as they wish. We do not regard the addition of cash payment to the process as changing this.” (02/22/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/regulation-industry/once-more-into-the-breach-on-prostitution/

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41) I love my guns
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Some recent comments on various message boards frequented by shooters indicate that a few people are either changing their minds or are bowing to the politically correct pressure of the day. They have begun to assert that they do NOT ‘love their guns’ and only view them as necessary tools. While I couldn’t agree more that guns are simply tools, pretty much like any others, I don’t know why that would make them unlovable. Most men love their tools, all different kinds, and men have always loved their guns. I’m certainly not ashamed to join those men.” (02/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8645

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42) Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/22/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Isaac Orr, Heartland Research Fellow for energy policy, joins H. Sterling Burnett to talk about his newly released study on the impact of frac sand mining — Social Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining: Land Use and Value.” [various formats] (02/22/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/heartland-daily-podcast-isaac-orr-heartlands-newest-frac-sand-study/

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43) Uber for welfare?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

We should Uberize our safety net. This might appear to be a bold statement but it is actually rather commonsensical. Cesare Rhonda and Derek Khanna have put the idea forward in an interesting op-ed for Politico. The so-called sharing economy lowers transaction costs and makes the equilibration of supply and demand easier. If a number of the jobs that can now find ‘customers,’ thanks to Uber or Thumbtack, can actually be used by some people to supplement income, so they should be available to people that do not have, presently, an income to supplement.” (02/22/16)

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

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44) The Tom Woods Show, episode 599: Mises for the masses
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today I talk a bit about several of my books, and how I was able to reach people with them and with my promotional work whom we could not otherwise have reached. Fun and horrifying stories galore.” [various formats] (02/22/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-599-mises-for-the-masses-how-i-reached-beyond-our-choir/

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45) A phony victim, and a lot of real ones
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“In a recent open letter to the mayor (Julia Carrie Wong, ‘San Francisco tech worker: ‘I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff,” The Guardian, Feb. 17), entitled tech bro Justin Keller whined that the sight of homeless people ruins his enjoyment of the local atmosphere in San Francisco. And when his family comes to visit, it just brings everybody down. Keller, owner of the Commando.io startup, added ‘I know people are frustrated about gentrification happening in the city, but the reality is, we live in a free market society. The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it … . I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day.’ But a closer look at the history of class privilege and ethnic cleansing in San Francisco suggests that ‘free market reality’ isn’t as obvious as Keller makes it out to be.” (02/22/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43531

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46) Free exchange and promoting human well-being
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Chris W Surprenant

“The best thing about associating with academic economists is learning about all of the various activities they use in their courses to teach relevant concepts. Over the past few years, I have started using variations of these games in my own courses to help my students in philosophy identify and reflect on issues related to ethics and the promotion of human well-being. One of my favorites is the trading game. If you are unfamiliar with this game, it involves distributing assorted candy to the class and having them identify how satisfied they are with what they have received. After recording their answers, they are allowed to trade with their classmates, recording how satisfied they are now with what they have once everyone has traded as much as they desire. This game makes it very easy to show them the connections between free exchange and promoting human well-being.” (02/22/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/free-exchange-promoting-human-well-being

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47) War, peace, and the next president
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Obama was elected in 2008 in part because he was among the few politicians who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He stuck to the agreement reached by Bush for the withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of 2011. But he ordered a major escalation in Afghanistan, hoping for a success that would facilitate an early exit. His hopes were not realized. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops are still there, with no exit date on the calendar. … Whatever he does, the problem will be awaiting the next president. If history and campaign rhetoric are any guide, the chances are high that we will wade deeper into the conflict.” (02/22/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/22/war-peace-and-the-next-president

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48) Why anti-immigration policies will increase the illegal population
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Bier

“Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are locked in a battle to win over voters who want to see the border secured and fewer people here illegally. No matter whom they end up choosing, these voters will wind up disappointed. Both candidates’ plans would result in a dramatic surge in the number of unauthorized residents in the United States.” (02/22/16)

http://fee.org/articles/anti-immigration-policies-will-dramatically-increase-the-illegal-population/

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49) Intervention fail: Back to Libya
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“We were told that the US had to intervene to overthrow Gaddafi so that democracy and human rights could flourish, yet five years after the US-led intervention no one would argue that the country is better off. Instead of bringing Libya democracy, US intervention brought Libya ISIS. So now the US has to go back and bomb Libya some more to take care of ISIS. Will this work? No. Logic tells us you cannot do more of what caused a problem and expect it to fix the problem.” (02/22/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-intervention-fail-back-libya

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50) Love democracy? Then leave the EU
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“The starting pistol has been fired in the debate about whether Britain should Remain in or Leave the EU. According to the Remain side there are hundreds of reasons Brits should choose to stay put. Being in the EU gives Britain global clout. It provides jobs. It makes us safer, as it allows us to work closely with our Euro-partners to tackle terror scourges like ISIS. However, there’s one reason to leave which trumps all of those reasons to stay, and trumps them hard: popular sovereignty, the crucial right of a people to consent to the political system they are governed by.” (02/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/love-democracy-then-leave-the-eu/18054

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51) Koch feels the Bern?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Sanders’s regular, ritual demonizing of the Koch brothers ignores the reality of who the Kochs are. Their real disagreement with Sanders is over how best to increase opportunity. The Vermont senator believes the answer is more government programs, regulations and taxes. Charles Koch, on the other hand, sees those very policies as ‘what built so many barriers to opportunity in the first place.'” (02/22/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/22/koch-feels-the-bern/

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52) Why the Holocaust in Europe?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Matthew Strebe

“The success of the Holocaust in Europe shows the lasting triumph of ideology in human affairs. Only in Europe had anti-Semitism enjoyed such a long and insidious history. Only in Europe had hatred of the Jews seeped into the foundation stones of churches and parliaments, into ditties and songs and folk tales and political programs. Only in Europe could the Jew be turned into the root of all evil, rapine, and civilizational decline. The Holocaust could not have occurred without this narrative, constructed over hundreds of years of enmity.” (02/21/16)

http://notesonliberty.com/2016/02/21/why-the-holocaust-in-europe/

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53) Review: Battlefield America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“John W. Whitehead is among the most dedicated and articulate civil libertarians of his generation. His latest book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, is a cogent argument that today the clear and present danger to Americans and their freedom is government. Battlefield America argues convincingly that the American people have docilely accepted a police state — that while we were entranced by the news media’s continual, color-coded warnings of terrorist attacks, desensitized by gradual exposure to increasingly militarized police, and eagerly awaiting the next iPhone, we missed the materialization of a fully developed police state right before our eyes.” (02/22/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/two-police-states-war-on-america/

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54) Every state a swing
Source: The American Conservative
by Brian Robertson and Rob Wasinger

“The Constitution gives the states exclusive control over the manner of awarding their electoral votes. The winner-take-all rule is nowhere in the Constitution, and it was demonstrably not the Founders’ preference since it was used by only three states in the first presidential election in 1789. There is simply no constitutional imperative — or practical imperative — to maintain the current winner-take-all apportionment of states’ electoral votes.” (02/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/every-state-a-swing/

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55) The economics of “free stuff”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“The perennial promises of free stuff from political candidates are front and center again now that we are ensnared in another US election cycle. The knee-jerk response from some economists and libertarians is ‘TANSTAAFL!’ And of course it’s true that There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, because somebody must bear the costs of the supposedly ‘free’ stuff. Nothing is free because every action has an opportunity cost. … But what if we interpret ‘free’ in a more colloquial sense? Is it still preferable for the government to give away free stuff? Do unhampered markets provide for free stuff?” (02/22/16)

https://mises.org/library/economics-free-stuff

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