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Volume XIV, Issue #3,396
Friday, February 26th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Apple rails against FBI demands for “GovtOS” in motion to vacate decryption demand
2) European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo
3) Trump comes under sustained attack in GOP debate
4) VT: Senate votes to legalize marijuana
5) US to test-fire ICBM amid strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea
6) SeaWorld admits employees posed as animal activists to spy on critics
7) SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, rocket landing attempt
8) CA: LA is seizing tiny homes from the homeless
9) Researchers show that Native Americans drink less than whites
10) MO: University fires prof who called for “muscle” versus student journalist
11) US House intel committee blasts Pentagon over ISIS files
12) Former KKK leader declares support for Donald Trump
13) WA: Seattle pushes sweeping new rules for worker schedules
14) Cyberattack cut electricity in Ukraine, US says
15) Cosby drops suit against an accuser
16) Italy: Senate OKs civil unions, but LGBT groups are unhappy
17) US: Regime calls proposed sanctions on North Korea a “major upgrade”
18) Nigeria: Explosion at police HQ in northeast kills four
19) Puerto Rico’s elite linked to $10 million health care fraud case
20) Obama plan to de-fund Savannah River corporate welfare boondoggle draws fire
21) Iran: Moderates to test hardliners’ grip on power in vote
22) US weekly jobless claims rebound slightly more than expected
23) IN: Lawmakers consider bill to protect GM from having to compete with Tesla
24) China: Defense Ministry accuses US commander of using smears to seek defense funds
25) RI: Four students sue Providence for ban on renting house together

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Apple’s involuntary servitude
27) Government has a hard heart for the homeless
28) All of the reasons NOT to vote for each presidential candidate, in one handy place
29) Hillary Clinton’s war on women
30) Finally: Awards show awards for awards shows
31) Dodging taxes through corporate “inversions”
32) Free Talk Live, 02/25/16
33) Russia and China may cheer for a President Trump
34) Trump wave is on the way
35) Bernie’s complaint
36) Why the right should fear inequality
37) TV pundits praise Hillary Clinton on air, fail to disclose financial ties to her campaign
38) Fear and trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core cautionary tale, part 1
39) The Twitter police target conservatives
40) People still aren’t understanding climate change
41) The new SAT: Common Core sealant
42) Where negative interest rates will lead us
43) Some economics of tipping and take away
44) Sanders, Clinton and their job-killing agendas
45) Fake emergencies and genuine democracy
46) Umberto Eco’s lessons on Ur-fascism
47) Should adultery be legal? A libertarian view
48) The Bible and Hayek on what we owe strangers
49) Against the grain: How to understand the political outsider
50) Concerning an Apple/FBI “compromise”
51) The power struggle over transgender students
52) America’s killer prisons
53) Good for Sanders! And shame on him!
54) The Jason Stapleton Program, 02/24/16: Am I doing something wrong?
55) Health care savings in Obama’s budget

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

1) Apple rails against FBI demands for “GovtOS” in motion to vacate decryption demand
Source: Apple Insider

“As expected, Apple on Thursday filed a motion to vacate a federal court order that would require it to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, saying law enforcement demands for a ‘Government OS’ set a dangerous precedent for the public at large. The official filing entered into record earlier today by Apple lawyers Theodore Olson and Theodore Boutrous is comprehensive but expectedly narrow in scope. At its core, Apple’s case targets what it portrays as an overly zealous reading of the All Writs Act of 1789 by a federal magistrate judge, bolstered by First Amendment rights concerns and possible undue burden on the company’s operations.” (02/25/16)

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/02/25/apple-rails-against-fbi-demands-for-govtos-in-motion-to-vacate-decryption-request

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2) European Parliament calls for Saudi arms embargo
Source: Reuters

“The European Parliament called on the European Union to impose an arms embargo against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, saying Britain, France and other EU governments should no longer sell weapons to a country accused of targeting civilians in Yemen. EU lawmakers, who voted overwhelmingly in favor of an embargo, said Britain had licensed more than $3 billion of arms sales to Saudi Arabia since Saudi-led forces began military operations in Yemen in March last year.” (02/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-saudi-arms-idUSKCN0VY1K1

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3) Trump comes under sustained attack in GOP debate
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Sen. Marco Rubio led an assault on Donald Trump’s anti-immigration bona fides and thin policy prescriptions during a televised debate Thursday, offering the most direct challenge to date to the billionaire as the race for president moves into a critical stage. Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz, who for months had seemed wary of taking on the real estate magnate turned reality TV star turned politician, both challenged Trump’s self-professed leadership on the issue of illegal immigration. … Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson seemed mostly bystanders in the debate amid the sniping of the three leading candidates.” (02/25/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-gop-debate-20160225-story.html

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4) VT: Senate votes to legalize marijuana
Source: Smell the Truth

“Vermont could be home to the first state legislature to legalize pot. The Vermont Senate passed a bill Thursday to regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana for adult use, allowing adults to possess up to one ounce of pot in public. While the bill must pass again, surviving a Wednesday vote 16-13, it is on it’s way to being the first form of adult use marijuana regulation passed through a state capitol. The first four states to tax and regulate adult-use cannabis all did so via ballot initiative. Pending another yes vote, possibly within the next week, S. 241 will be passed on to the Vermont House of Representatives.” (02/25/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/02/25/vermont-senate-legalizes-marijuana

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5) US to test-fire ICBM amid strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. military plans to test-fire its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a week overnight on Thursday to demonstrate the reliability of American nuclear arms at a time of rising strategic tensions with countries like Russia and North Korea. The unarmed Minuteman III missile will blast off from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late on Thursday or early on Friday, headed toward a target area near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, send a message to strategic competitors like Russia, China and North Korea that the United States has an effective nuclear arsenal.” (02/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-nuclear-idUSKCN0VZ02R

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6) SeaWorld admits employees posed as animal activists to spy on critics
Source: Orlando Sentinel

“Multiple SeaWorld employees posed as animal-welfare activists so they could spy on critics, the company admitted Thursday. The acknowledgment comes seven months after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused SeaWorld of spying. The animal-welfare group, which has waged an intense campaign against SeaWorld, went public with evidence that a San Diego employee attended protests and made incendiary comments on social media while posing as an activist. The employee, who was placed on administrative leave, has returned to work at SeaWorld.” (02/25/16)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-seaworld-employee-spy-20160225-16-story.html

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7) SpaceX scrubs satellite launch, rocket landing attempt
Source: Space.com

“For the second day in a row, SpaceX has scrubbed the launch of the SES-9 commercial communications satellite — a mission that will also feature a daring attempt to land the first stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on a ship at sea. The two-stage Falcon 9 was supposed to blast off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:47 p.m. EST (2347 GMT) today (Feb. 25). Less than two minutes before liftoff, however, launch controllers called a halt to the countdown, apparently because of an issue with the loading of liquid-oxygen propellant onto the Falcon 9.” (02/25/16)

http://www.space.com/32059-spacex-ses9-launch-rocket-landing-scrub.html

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8) CA: LA is seizing tiny homes from the homeless
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South Los Angeles. Elvis Summers, who built and donated the structures, removed seven of the gaily painted wooden houses — which come with solar-powered lights and American flags — on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of a scheduled city sweep.” (02/25/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tiny-houses-seized-20160224-story.html

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9) Researchers show that Native Americans drink less than whites
Source: Raw Story

“The stereotype of the Native American alcoholic dates all the way back to colonialism, but a new study may help to debunk that myth. Most Native Americans actually abstain from alcohol, and those who do drink are on average lighter drinkers than whites, finds the study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Drug Dependence. Researchers from the University of Arizona used nationwide survey data to compare the drinking habits of more than 4,000 Native Americans to 170,000 white people. They found that about 60 percent of Native Americans did not drink, compared to 43 percent of whites. Native Americans were also more likely than whites to be ‘light/moderately-only’ drinkers. Both groups showed similar binge drinking habits, with around 17 percent of each population reporting to have consumed five or more drinks one-to-four times over the previous month.” [editor’s note: Oh, so I guess it must be the Irish in me – SAT] (02/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/the-stereotype-is-dead-researchers-show-that-native-americans-drink-less-than-whites

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10) MO: University fires prof who called for “muscle” versus student journalist
Source: Kansas City Star

“Melissa Click, a University of Missouri assistant communications professor who called for ‘some muscle’ to remove a student reporter from a protest on the Columbia campus, has been fired, the university announced Thursday. The university system’s board of curators suspended Click in late January and hired a law firm to investigate her conduct. The board voted 4-2 Wednesday evening in a closed session to dismiss her, said Pam Henrickson, the board’s chairwoman.” (02/25/16)

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article62459717.html

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11) US House intel committee blasts Pentagon over ISIS files
Source: CNN

“The Republican-led House intelligence committee wants the Pentagon to provide what it believes are illegally deleted intelligence files pertaining to the U.S. military campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California blasted the Pentagon, citing the allegations that classified intelligence files and emails about the war on ISIS were deleted.” (02/25/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/25/politics/house-intel-committee-pentagon-isis-files/index.html

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12) Former KKK leader declares support for Donald Trump
Source: USA Today

“Donald Trump once said he’s ‘the least racist person there is.’ Even so, multiple white nationalists have found appeal in Trump’s message and have aligned their support with the presidential candidate. The latest is David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, who called for listeners of his radio show to support Trump and volunteer for his campaign. ‘Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have,’ Duke said Wednesday on the David Duke Radio Program, as first reported by Buzzfeed. Duke reasoned that ‘voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage.'” [editor’s note: I’m no Trump supporter, but it seems to me the more important question is not whether they support him, but whether he supports them – TLK] (02/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/02/25/david-duke-trump/80953384

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13) WA: Seattle pushes sweeping new rules for worker schedules
Source: Fox News

“You’ve heard the battle cries over paying workers a ‘living wage.’ Now, get ready for the next phase: ‘Livable schedules.’ On the heels of Seattle passing a controversial $15 minimum wage law, the City Council there is now drafting an ordinance that aims to shift power away from employers when it comes to how workers are scheduled and paid. ‘I think there is a sense among some workers that they are being abused,’ Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez said. Gonzalez is leading the effort to impose new rules on how employers schedule their workers.” [editor’s note: I read the list, and most of it are things that any intelligent employer would do to ensure both happy workers and smooth scheduling thereof; it should not of course become a legal mandate – SAT] (02/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/25/seattle-pushes-sweeping-new-rules-for-worker-schedules-employers-cry-foul.html

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14) Cyberattack cut electricity in Ukraine, US says
Source: International Business Times

“A December power outage in Ukraine affecting 225,000 customers was the result of a cyber attack, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday, marking the first time the U.S. government officially recognized the blackout as caused by a malicious hack. Security experts had already widely concluded that the downing of utilities in western Ukraine on December 23 was due to an attack, which is believed to be the first known successful cyber intrusion to knock a power grid offline.” (02/25/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/cyberattack-cut-electricity-ukraine-us-says-2324318

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15) Cosby drops suit against an accuser
Source: Albany Times Union

“Bill Cosby has dropped a defamation lawsuit against supermodel Beverly Johnson, who accused the comedian of drugging her in the 1980s. Court records show Cosby’s lawyers dropped the suit on Feb. 19. His attorney Monique Pressley wrote in an email Thursday that Cosby made the move to focus on his defense in a criminal case in Pennsylvania. … The supermodel has repeatedly accused Cosby of slipping a drug into her cappuccino in his New York home before he let her go after she angrily rebuffed his advances. Cosby had been seeking an injunction preventing Johnson from repeating the story.” (02/25/16)

http://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Cosby-drops-suit-against-an-accuser-6855292.php

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16) Italy: Senate OKs civil unions, but LGBT groups are unhappy
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“Italy’s Senate voted Thursday to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to give some rights to gay couples after a bitter, years-long debate. Premier Matteo Renzi described the passage of the bill Thursday as ‘historic.'” (02/25/16)

http://www.ironmountaindailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/1072952/Italy-Senate-OKs-civil-unions–but-LGBT-groups-are-unhappy.html?isap=1&nav=5024

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17) US: Regime calls proposed sanctions on North Korea a “major upgrade”
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“The United States on Thursday introduced a draft U.N. Security Council resolution that it said will significantly increase pressure on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Samantha Power said the draft is meant to ensure North Korea will be held accountable for its actions.” (02/25/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/national/us-calls-proposed-sanctions-on-nkorea-a-major-upgrade/article_8ecc25fc-6cb5-5332-a940-9666947ca081.html

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18) Nigeria: Explosion at police HQ in northeast kills four
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Bombs retrieved from Boko Haram extremists exploded accidentally Thursday at police headquarters in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Yola, killing four people and driving shattered glass into officers and school children, officials said. Crying kids, screaming parents and panicked market vendors began running for their lives when an officer warned of the possibility of a secondary explosion in Yola’s Jimeta neighborhood.” (02/25/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/explosion-at-police-hq-in-northeast-nigeria-kills/article_26e3f785-bdc8-5743-9761-30c56ace36f5.html

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19) Puerto Rico’s elite linked to $10 million health care fraud case
Source: ABC News

“U.S. authorities say a group of people in Puerto Rico who made more than $100,000 a year received Medicaid coverage as part of a $10 million health care fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez says several artists, lawyers, government employees and a well-known model participated in the scheme.” (02/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-ricos-elite-linked-10m-health-care-fraud-37203331

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20) Obama plan to de-fund Savannah River corporate welfare boondoggle draws fire
Source: Washington Post

One of the items in the small type of President Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget was the proposal to drop funding for the Savannah River plutonium mixed oxide recycling plant, designed for converting weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. The project is years late and billions of dollars over budget. … That proposal, however, has drawn fire from politicians from South Carolina, where about 1,200 jobs and about $300 million a year could be lost. Sens. Lindsay O. Graham (R) and Tim Scott (R) as well as Rep. Joe Wilson (R), whose district includes the Savannah River site, have criticized the plan.” [editor’s note: The real beneficiaries of continued funding — $345 million last year but expected to top $500 million annually for years to come — are Honeywell and Huntington Ingalls (a spinoff of Northrup Grumman); in other words, the usual sweetheart government contract suspects – TLK] (02/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/obama-plan-to-de-fund-savannah-river-plutonium-conversion-plant-draws-fire/2016/02/25/71428a72-db6e-11e5-925f-1d10062cc82d_story.html

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21) Iran: Moderates to test hardliners’ grip on power in vote
Source: Reuters

“Friday’s vote for Iran’s parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the body that will pick the next supreme leader, have assumed an importance well beyond the perennial battles between hardliners entrenched in power and reformists seeking to unseat them. These are the first elections since Tehran reached an accord with major powers to curb its nuclear program, leading to the removal of most of the punitive international sanctions that have strangled the economy over the past decade. The breakthrough took place under pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani, who sees it as a springboard for Iran to reintegrate into the international community and return to world markets. But hardline opponents are determined to prevent it leading to any liberalization of the Islamic system through the ballot box.” (02/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-election-future-insight-idUSKCN0VY1CD

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22) US weekly jobless claims rebound slightly more than expected
Source: Nasdaq

“After reporting an unexpected decrease in first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits in the previous week, the Labor Department released a report on Thursday showing that initial jobless claims rebounded in the week ended February 20th. The report said initial jobless claims climbed to 272,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 262,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 270,000.” (02/25/16)

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/us-weekly-jobless-claims-rebound-slightly-more-than-expected-20160225-00749

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23) IN: Lawmakers consider bill to protect GM from having to compete with Tesla
Source: Fortune

“State legislators in Indiana are weighing whether to pass legislation that’s been called the ‘Kill Tesla’ bill. The bill would give auto manufacturers that sell directly to their customers — namely, Tesla — 30 months to find franchised dealers in the state instead …. GM argues that Tesla should follow the same rules as traditional car manufacturers, who use a dealer model. But Tesla, which holds a dealership license in Indiana, called GM’s advocacy for the bill merely ‘protectionist.’ In a hearing last month, Bloomberg reported that Tesla’s vice president of business development Diarmuid O’Connell said, ‘General Motors made a decision in the early part of the last century about their business model. I see no reason why, under general free-market principles, Tesla shouldn’t have that same right.'” (02/25/16)

http://fortune.com/2016/02/25/indiana-kill-tesla/

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24) China: Defense Ministry accuses US commander of using smears to seek defense funds
Source: Navy Times

“China’s Defense Ministry says the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific smeared China while seeking additional defense funding from Congress. Ministry spokesman Col. Wu Qian on Thursday strongly criticized Adm. Harry Harris Jr.’s testimony before Congress, in which Harris said China was militarizing the economically and strategically vital waterway and seeking ‘hegemony’ in East Asia. … ‘We don’t interfere in your seeking defense budget funds, but you can’t carelessly smear China while asking for more money,’ Wu said.” (02/25/16)

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/capitol-hill/2016/02/25/china-congress-defense-funds-budget-smear/80917264/

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25) RI: Four students sue Providence for ban on renting house together
Source: Fox News

“Four college students are suing the city of Providence, Rhode Island, over an ordinance that bans them from living together in a single-family home. The Johnson & Wales University students are joined in the suit filed Tuesday by their landlord, and backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The city council passed the rule in September after complaints about chronic, out-of-control partying by students in neighborhoods near the Roman Catholic school Providence College and the public Rhode Island College. … ‘the ordinance is an unconstitutional intrusion into the rights of college and graduate students to choose with whom they wish to live, and the rights of property owners to rent their homes to tenants of their choice,’ lawyers Jeffrey Levy and Charles Blackmun wrote.” (02/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/25/4-students-sue-providence-for-ban-on-renting-house-together.html

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

26) Apple’s involuntary servitude
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“[T]he DOJ has obtained the most unique search warrant I have ever seen in 40 years of examining them. Here, the DOJ has persuaded a judge to issue a search warrant for A THING THAT DOES NOT EXIST, by forcing Apple to create a key that the FBI is incapable of creating. There is no authority for the government to compel a nonparty to its case to do its work, against the nonparty’s will, and against profound constitutional values.” (02/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/25/apples-involuntary-servitude

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27) Government has a hard heart for the homeless
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Elvis Summers helps the homeless. As Gale Holland of the Los Angeles Times reports, Summers has so far (with the help of $100,000 in private donations) built and placed 37 ‘tiny houses’ in the LA metro area so that people with nowhere to live can move off the sidewalks, out of their tents or cardboard boxes, and into parking-spot-sized buildings with solar powered lighting and doors that lock. Instead of presenting Summers with an award for improving the city and making the lives of its residents better, the city of Los Angeles has begun seizing — no, let’s not mince words, STEALING — the homes, rudely evicting the individuals and couples living in them.” (02/25/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4857

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28) All of the reasons NOT to vote for each presidential candidate, in one handy place
Source: Playboy
by Lucy Steigerwald

“[A] series covering why each and every candidate for president in 2016 is an awful human being who should not for the love of God be elected to any position of responsibility ever.” [hat tip — Roderick Long] (02/24/16)

http://www.playboy.com/articles/presidential-candidate-profiles-2016

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29) Hillary Clinton’s war on women
Source: Antiwar.com
by Kelly Vee

“Hillary Clinton leads race for the Democratic Party nomination in 2016. Liberal feminists such as Gloria Steinem, Madeleine Albright, and Lena Dunham continue to tout Clinton as the candidate for women. Planned Parenthood has officially endorsed the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State, calling her a champion for women’s rights. Clinton may have the best shot at being the first woman POTUS, but she is no feminist hero. In Clinton’s own words, women have always been the primary victims of war, but Clinton is the most pro-war candidate in the 2016 presidential race, Democrat or Republican. Furthermore, she has the record to back it up.” (02/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/kelly_vee/2016/02/24/hillary-clintons-war-on-women/

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30) Finally: Awards show awards for awards shows
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“With the never-ending award shows in the media these days handing out brightwork for movies, TV series and specials, cable shows, music of every genre and streaming video productions it was only a matter of time before someone created an awards show for bestowing bling on the best awards show. And here it is .0.. The First Annual Awards Show Awards Show presented by the American Showbiz Society of Awards Show Shows (ASSASS) will confer their most coveted prizes, highly polished genuine plastic bobble head statuettes known as The Assies, for the best performances on an awards show.” (02/25/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/finally-awards-show-awards-for-awards-shows

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31) Dodging taxes through corporate “inversions”
Source: The American Prospect
by Roger Bybee

“In 2014, Wisconsin-based manufacturing giant Johnson Controls rose to 66th place on the Fortune 500. The company’s soaring profits came thanks in no small part to a string of bailouts, tax breaks, and subsidies from the federal government. But in January, Johnson announced that it would merge with overseas manufacturer Tyco International and transfer its official corporate headquarters to Cork, Ireland, where Tyco is already based. Johnson called the merger a chance for both companies to leverage the emerging home products market. But the move conveniently saves the new company $150 million a year in U.S. taxes. That’s because Ireland has a corporate tax rate of 12.5 percent, while Johnson Controls paid a rate of about 19 percent in the U.S. last year.” [editor’s note: While I deplore taxation categorically, I also have a problem when someone uses deception to scam the system – SAT] [editor’s note: So if you get mugged, you’ll tell the mugger about the hundred dollar bill in your shoe, right? – TLK] (02/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/dodging-taxes-through-corporate-%E2%80%9Cinversions%E2%80%9D

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32) Free Talk Live, 02/25/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Apple CEO says decrypting phones will be ‘bad for America’ :: Caller suggests enough Electors will vote against Trump as GOP nominee that the US House decides election :: FBI asked a San Bernardino County technician to reset the phone’s iCloud password :: The American Conservative issued a 2016 Foreign Policy Report Card … the grades might surprise you! :: Are Americans ready for a 3rd, 4th or even 5th party? :: The Mandela effect and false memories.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/25/16)

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33) Russia and China may cheer for a President Trump
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Global threats mount, and on top of the heap a jester gesticulates, roars and guffaws. The United States (no, the world!) is in thrall to the Donald Trump reality show, on many days commanding more TV time and newsprint than the rest of the candidates for the presidency combined. The would-be leader of the free world has not spent a day, not an hour, on public service The Celebrity Apprentice statesman has not served a political apprenticeship of any kind. They love him for it. Cleansed by wealth and fame, he has not been besmirched by active politics. It’s still unlikely, but no longer inconceivable, that he will be president.” (02/25/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/25/why-russia-and-china-may-cheer-for-a-president-donald-trump

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34) Trump wave is on the way
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“In America, Donald Trump (who many of the experts thought had no chance) is dominating the polls. In Britain, meanwhile, much of the public seems to be mobilizing in favor of exiting the troubled European Union: a British Exit, or Brexit. Writing in The Spectator, Brendan O’Neill puts this down to a class revolt on both sides of the Atlantic. And he’s right as far as he goes, but I think there’s more than just a class revolt. I think there’s also a developing preference cascade. … Both America and Britain have developed a ruling class that is increasingly insular and removed from (and contemptuous of) the people it deigns to rule. The ruled are now returning the contempt.” (02/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/25/donald-trump-supporters-brexit-preference-falsfication-2016-primaries-column/80856410

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35) Bernie’s complaint
Source: The New Republic
by Joshua Cohen

“New York’s Town Hall is a janky half-decrepit theater founded by suffragists in 1921, famous for hosting Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and more recently, A Prairie Home Companion, coming to you live from the tourist-scrum of midtown Manhattan. I was here in January, to get talked at by Senator Bernie Sanders, democratic-socialist, ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, former Vermont representative in the House, former mayor of Burlington, civil rights activist, husband, grandfather, Jew, and at the time of this writing, contender for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.” (02/25/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130337/bernies-complaint

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36) Why the right should fear inequality
Source: Our Future Blog
by Sam Pizzigati

“Modern-day American conservatives typically see government regulation as an outright assault on freedom. They also see inequality as inevitable in any ‘free’ society. Any government that moves against inequality, they go on to assume and argue, will have to threaten freedom. But these linkages, the insightful UK economic analyst Chris Dillow points out in a new commentary, don’t hold up. In fact, an annual freedom index published by the conservative Heritage Foundation has Denmark, one of the world’s most equal nations, ranking higher on ‘business freedom’ than the United States, the developed world’s most unequal nation. What’s going on here? For starters, Dillow notes, the really rich have no real interest in economic freedom. They care far more about shielding their monopoly power from competition. Red tape suits them fine, since red tape tends to burden small firms more than large ones.” [editor’s note: A very perceptive analysis, as is common with Mr. Pizzigati – SAT] (02/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160224/why-the-right-should-fear-inequality

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37) TV pundits praise Hillary Clinton on air, fail to disclose financial ties to her campaign
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“Tune into television coverage of the presidential campaign and undoubtedly you will hear from various pundits described as ‘former campaign strategists’ and ‘political contributors’ explaining the latest developments of the race. But in many cases, these pundits — though introduced as neutral experts on campaigns or party politics — in fact have financial ties to the candidates they praise on the air. Several consultants who work at firms retained by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her affiliated Super PACs appear regularly on the major television networks, frequently touting Clinton.” (02/25/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/25/tv-pundits-praise-hillary-clinton-on-air-fail-to-disclose-financial-ties-to-her-campaign/

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38) Fear and trembling in Phoenix: A Common Core cautionary tale, part 1
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“Arizona is widely hailed as the national leader in school choice. It is also one of a growing number of states turning against Common Core. But you wouldn’t know it from what’s going on inside the Capitol these days. Proposed legislation affirming parents’ basic rights over their children’s education is being held or amended within an inch of its life in the House and Senate Education Committees — all in spite of an existing explicit statutory Parents’ Bill of Rights affirming their inalienable liberty over their children’s education and upbringing …. As more states fight back against federal contamination of classrooms, Arizona offers an important lesson about extinguishing Common Core for good — so it doesn’t keep rising from the dead in one infectious form or another.” (02/25/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/25/fear-and-trembling-in-phoenix-a-common-core-cautionary-tale-part-i/

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39) The Twitter police target conservatives
Source: The American Specator
by Debra J Saunders

“Twitter has an absolute right to decide who can use its platform and what constitutes over-the-top speech. Before the Truth & Safety Council, the tech giant also suspended the account of George Zimmerman — yes, the guy who killed Trayvon Martin — for posting topless photos of an ex-girlfriend. In addition, every user has the ability to mute or block unwelcome voices — and hence can shield themselves from harassers. There’s even a Twitter account that blocks accounts like McCain’s old one and his followers. So I don’t see why Twitter needs a council — unless its real purpose is to limit the speech of others.” (02/25/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/65586/twitter-police-target-conservatives

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40) People still aren’t understanding climate change
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“What’s worse, it’s the people insistent that they know all about climate change who are getting it wrong at a basic logical level. As ever here, we’ll start from the idea that the IPCC is correct, that we’ve a problem, we’re causing it and we should do something. Even then these people are still wrong.” (02/25/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/energy-environment/people-still-arent-understanding-climate-change/

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41) The new SAT: Common Core sealant
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“National Common Core-aligned standardized tests for elementary and secondary schools are in the midst of a death spiral, despite the $360 million the Obama administration spent on the creation of the two consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced, five years ago. Only six states report they will administer PARCC testing in 2016; five years ago, PARCC proudly counted 23 states in its fold.” (02/25/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/the-new-sat-common-core-sealant/

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42) Where negative interest rates will lead us
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick Barron

“Despite zero-interest-rate-policy (ZIRP) and multiple quantitative easing programs — whereby the central bank buys large quantities of assets while leaving interest rates at practically zero — the world’s economies are stuck in the doldrums. The central banks’ only accomplishment seems to be an increase in public and private debt. Therefore, the next step for the Keynesian economists who rule central banks everywhere is to make interest rates negative (i.e., adopt negative-interest-rate-policy or ‘NIRP.’) The process can be as simple as the central bank charging its member banks for holding excess reserves, although the same thing can be accomplished by more roundabout methods such as manipulating the reverse repo market.” (02/25/16)

https://mises.org/library/where-negative-interest-rates-will-lead-us

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43) Some economics of tipping and take away
Source: EconLog
by Emily Skarbek

“Munger and Roberts have a great Econtalk where they briefly discuss restaurant pricing schemes and the puzzle of why it is not usually cheaper to have take-away (a.k.a. ‘to go’) when clearly the cost of producing the good is cheaper than if one doesn’t eat-in. Having lived in London for nearly four years, I thought I might provide some relevant observations from this side of the pond. Here, many restaurants do charge lower prices for take-away than for the same item eaten inside the restaurant.” (02/25/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/02/some_economics_2.html

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44) Sanders, Clinton and their job-killing agendas
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“You can’t love employees but hate employers, as Senator Angus King of Maine once said. This fact has been obscured by the circus that has become the Republican nominating process, but on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been running one of the most anti-business election campaigns of any major party in modern history. In fact, hardly a day goes by without the Democratic candidates offering another idea that seems almost perversely designed to kill jobs.” (02/25/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/sanders-clinton-their-job-killing-agendas

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45) Fake emergencies and genuine democracy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In order to force a popular vote, [Colorado’s] referendum process requires citizens to submit petitions before the ‘effective date’ of the new law. If a law is deemed truly ‘vital to public peace, health and safety,’ however, the legislature may add what’s known as a ‘safety clause.’ That puts the law into immediate effect … thereby blocking the people’s referendum power to petition that new law to the ballot. Krause discloses that a majority of 2015 bills passed in Colorado contained so-called safety clauses — 68 percent in the Senate and 55 percent in the House. In Oregon, the tactic is referred to as an ’emergency clause.’ There, too, most bills are passed as emergencies to block any citizen response.” (02/25/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/25/fake-emergencies-genuine-democracy/

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46) Umberto Eco’s lessons on Ur-fascism
Source: The American Conservative
by John Allen Gay

“Italian fascism, Eco noted, was unlike that of its Nazi neighbor to the north. The Germans had Mein Kampf, Aryanism, and so forth, an ideological framework coherent enough to ensure that even the farthest reaches of culture could be evaluated for compliance. ‘There was only a single Nazi architecture and a single Nazi art.’ Fascism was more pliant. It was against the King, then it was for him, then it conquered Abyssinia and made him an emperor, then it opposed him again. Its student societies, wrote Eco, became training grounds for its opponents …. There were divergent artistic and architectural movements, some of which manifested ‘exactly the reverse’ of fascist ideals. The net result was ‘a fuzzy totalitarianism, a collage of different philosophical and political ideas, a beehive of contradictions;’ Mussolini himself ‘did not have any philosophy: he had only rhetoric.’ And, wrote Eco, what was true of Italy was true of the general phenomenon of fascism around the world: there is a common form, an ‘Ur-Fascism,’ beneath vastly different fascist regimes.” (02/25/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/umberto-ecos-lessons-on-ur-fascism/

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47) Should adultery be legal? A libertarian view
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“I want to briefly touch on the issue of adultery in a libertarian society, especially since it continues to come up in the Reformed Libertarian Facebook group. It is good that I do this as it is a great reason to go back to the fundamentals and correct some rhetoric that often comes up in quasi-libertarian circles, especially as it relates to crime and victims. I suppose this is sort of a subcategory of the various articles we have done on marriage and the state in general. Some of the principles mentioned here have been explained in other places.” (02/24/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/should-adultery-be-legal-a-libertarian-view/

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48) The Bible and Hayek on what we owe strangers
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire

“We care more about those we see more often, understand more thoroughly, and with whom we share more in common. And maybe that’s not so bad. We treat family differently, after all. My daughter will get a giant pink fluffy stuffed unicorn from me on her birthday. I don’t believe that I am similarly obligated to provide fuzzy equines for all other eight-year-olds. Different treatment is a way of acknowledging different kinds of bonds between people and different levels of responsibility to them.” (02/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-bible-and-hayek-on-what-we-owe-strangers/

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49) Against the grain: How to understand the political outsider
Source: Signature
by Keith Rice

“Whether it’s conservatives backing businesspeople and successful neurosurgeons who wear their lack of political experience as a badge of honor, or newly engaged millennials lining up in support of the self-described democratic socialist, this superficially seems to be an election cycle unlike any other. But is it? The tactic of presenting one’s self as the ‘outsider candidate’ or ‘anti-establishment’ — or any similar rhetorical descriptor of your choice — is a recurring facet of the American political process at virtually all levels of the system. From our nation’s infancy, the citizenry has been drawn to candidates who rail against the status quo and most typically at whichever party is currently residing in the White House.” [hat tip — Darcy Richardson] (02/24/16)

http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/02/against-the-grain-how-to-understand-the-political-outsider/

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50) Concerning an Apple/FBI “compromise”
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“If the police have a warrant to search a house, resort to the maker of the lock on that house’s door for ‘reasonable assistance’ would amount to ‘if you have a key that unlocks this house, either unlock this house or give us the key.’ If the lockmaker doesn’t have the key, demanding that the lockmaker order his design team to design a key that will unlock every lock the lockmaker has ever manufactured is not ‘reasonable’ — even if the ‘compromise’ offer is that the maker will be allowed to keep the key after that one use, rather than handing the key over for prospective future uses. In cases where Apple has ‘had the key’ to data, they have generally handed over that data when presented with a warrant or subpoena. Apple does not have the key, and this is not a demand for data. It’s a demand for creative work that has consequences far beyond the declared objective of getting information off of one iPhone.” (02/25/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/02/concerning-applefbi-compromise.html

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51) The power struggle over transgender students
Source: The Atlantic
by Alia Wong

“As I reported last year, K-12 schools are becoming ground zero for clashes over LGBT rights. On the one side are those who fear that allowing transgender children to use facilities based on their gender identity — allowing a student who was born a boy but identifies as a girl, for example — violates other students’ privacy rights and threatens their safety. On the other are those who say such rules, even when they prescribe special accommodations, make transgender students vulnerable to harassment and can pose logistical challenges that undermine their academic performance and overall campus experience.” (02/25/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/the-power-struggle-over-transgender-students/470886/

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52) America’s killer prisons
Source: OpEdNews
by John Kiriakou

Prisoners across America die every day from substandard medical care. If the people running prisons know there’s a problem and do nothing about it, is that not manslaughter? Is that not depraved indifference? A person who should be alive is not — all because of the incompetence or apathy of prison administrators.” (02/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/America-s-Killer-Prisons-by-John-Kiriakou-American-Detainees_Health_Prison-Prisoners_Prisoner-Abuse-160225-686.html

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53) Good for Sanders! And shame on him!
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“At a town hall forum in South Carolina a couple of days ago, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was asked by CNN whether he stood by recently surfaced comments he made about the CIA back in 1974, which I wrote about in my blog post yesterday. Back then, Sanders pointed out that the CIA was a dangerous institution that ‘had to go,’ especially since it was accountable only to ‘right wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships.’ Unfortunately, Sanders took it back, partly. He responded that he doesn’t believe that the CIA should be abolished because ‘it plays a role’ but at least he went on to point out a couple of the horrific regime-change operations that the CIA orchestrated.” (02/25/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/25/good-for-bernie-sanders-and-shame-on-him/

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54) The Jason Stapleton Program, 02/24/16: Am I doing something wrong?
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“In the private FB group, I’ve seen a lot of posts from people saying they’re going to bit the bullet and vote for Trump. I’ve even heard some libertarians say they’re going to vote for Sanders! Now, I think you should vote your conscience and I’m never going to criticize someone for doing that, but it makes me wonder how effective my message has been.” [various formats] (02/24/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/am-i-doing-something-wrong/

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55) Health care savings in Obama’s budget
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“In a remarkable move breaching a four-decade precedent and characterized by many as a snub, the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees declined to invite the director of the Office of Management and Budget to present President Obama’s 2017 budget to their committees. Utterly ignoring the president’s proposed budget is short-sighted, especially since congressional Republicans are disunited on fiscal issues. In January the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) updated its estimate of the cumulative federal deficit for the next 10 years to $8.5 trillion, versus just $7 billion last August. The reason for the increase is that Republicans, who control both chambers, have won some tax cuts but no spending cuts.” (02/24/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/health-care-savings-in-obamas-budget/

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