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Volume XIV, Issue #3,398
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
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In the News:

1) Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites “unreasonable burden”
2) Japan: Three former utility execs charged in Fukushima disaster
3) Migrants attempt to break through Greece-Macedonia border
4) SCOTUS: Thomas breaks ten-year streak, asks question in court
5) Sasse: “Will vote third party” if Trump wins GOP nod
6) NM: Albuquerque Girl Scouts sell cookies near pot dispensary
7) North Korea: US student “confesses” to stealing propaganda slogan
8) Rome: Cardinal admits “scandalous” response to abuse allegations
9) MA: Amid Trump surge, nearly 20,000 voters quit Democratic party
10) “World’s Poorest President” explains why we should kick rich people out of politics
11) Puerto Rico: Governor calls for legalizing marijuana
12) Iran: Clerics tasked with picking top leader
13) Egypt: Lawmaker hits another with shoe over Israel meeting
14) SpaceX aborts rocket launch before liftoff
15) US, EU regimes release details on data transfer agreement
16) Malaysia: Mahathir quits ruling party as spat with Najib worsens
17) CA: UC-Berkeley alerts 80,000 people of cyber attack
18) China: Four abducted Hong Kong booksellers appear on regime TV as political prisoners
19) Somalia: Al-Shabab kills 30 in twin blasts
20) CA: Democrats endorse Harris for Senate seat

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Populist fascism and the politics of class resentment
22) Cash is the currency of freedom
23) First they came for the iPhones …
24) Real harms, contingent harms, and restrictions to free exchange
25) Apple vs the FBI: Why Tim Cook is right
26) What Democrats still don’t get about George McGovern
27) See no evil
28) Where are all the libertarian women? They’re everywhere
29) Sanders’s single-payer plan would cost more than he says
30) More defense dollars don’t guarantee a better military
31) After the busted witch-hunt, the botched cover-up
32) Better ideas with liberty
33) Refugees in Europe
34) Once upon a time in America
35) The Jason Stapleton Program: Liberty is threatened on all fronts
36) Conflating terrorism and insurgency
37) San Francisco puts sanctuary before funding
38) Hillary would be a war president
39) Conservatives and the free market
40) Even bad guys have rights
41) The elephant in the Supreme Court
42) Reality check: The new boss will be the same as the old boss
43) Unfair reform?
44) Poland’s long fall from grace
45) It’s not just the GOP — the Democratic Party is also imploding
46) Delegates, superdelegates, and the illusion of choice
47) Sanders: Three big endorsements in a long campaign
48) The lion and the sheep
49) Government grossly overstates the benefits to US citizens of actions to fight climate change
50) The terror of Trump Tuesday
51) The cult of Hillary, the ultimate junk bond
52) Negative rates, negative incomes
53) The mass murderers debate
54) Free Talk Live, 02/28/16
55) The long history of government meddling in the American marketplace

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

1) Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites “unreasonable burden”
Source: Apple Insider

“Apple was handed a crucial win in its fight for encryption on Monday, as a New York federal judge denied a government All Writs Act-based motion to compel Apple’s assistance in bypassing the encryption safeguards of an iPhone linked to a years-old drug case. In his ruling, New York Magistrate Judge James Orenstein decided the government lacks legal authority to force Apple, or indeed any company, to break its own digital security protocols. Echoing Apple’s arguments against Department of Justice overtures in the high-profile San Bernardino attack investigation, today’s decision noted the ‘unreasonable burden’ in inventing, coding and distributing a purposely vulnerable operating system in hopes of cracking existing device security.” (02/29/16)

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/02/29/federal-judge-rules-apple-cannot-be-forced-to-aid-in-ny-iphone-unlocking-cites-unreasonable-burden

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2) Japan: Three former utility execs charged in Fukushima disaster
Source: Columbus Telegr

Posted in News, PND News
“Three former Japanese utility executives were formally charged Monday with negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, becoming the first officials from the company to face a criminal trial. Five court-appointed lawyers indicted Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric power Co. at the time of the crisis, and two other TEPCO executives, according to the lawyers’ offices. The three men, charged with professional negligence, were not taken into custody. The indictment follows a decision in July by an 11-member judicial committee to send the three men to a criminal court after prosecutors dropped the case twice, saying they could not obtain sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against them.” (02/29/16)

http://columbustelegram.com/news/world/asia/former-execs-of-utility-charged-in-fukushima-disaster/article_72c137d8-c113-5bea-bf39-a3b1584de050.html

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3) Migrants attempt to break through Greece-Macedonia border
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Hundreds of migrants stormed the border fence to Macedonia in the Greek village of Idomeni on Monday morning, local media reported. ‘Free, free, we can pass,’ the asylum seekers chanted, spurred by reports that after days of being stranded, Macedonia might open the fence and permit more people to pass through.” (02/29/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/migrants-attempt-to-break-through-greece-macedonia-border/a-19081936

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4) SCOTUS: Thomas breaks ten-year streak, asks question in court
Source: CNN

“For the first time in a decade, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke during oral arguments. Just last week, CNN wrote about the ten-years since Thomas’s last question at oral arguments. That anniversary, February 22, came on the same day the Supreme Court first heard oral arguments after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who was Thomas’s ideological soul mate and who had defended his lack of questions over the years. … The comments from Thomas were directed at a government attorney, Ilana H. Eisenstein in a case called Voisine v. United States. The case concerns whether a prior domestic assault conviction based on reckless conduct qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence that would block the plaintiffs from possessing a firearm.” (02/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/29/politics/supreme-court-clarence-thomas-10-year-streak-question/

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5) Sasse: “Will vote third party” if Trump wins GOP nod
Source: Raw Story

“Republican senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has announced that he would not support Donald Trump if the current frontrunner became the GOP nominee. Just hours after fellow Republican senator Jeff Sessions became the first member of the upper chamber to endorse Trump, Sasse wrote on Facebook: ‘I cannot support Donald Trump … My current answer for who I would support in a hypothetical matchup between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton is: neither of them. I sincerely hope we select one of the other GOP candidates, but if Donald Trump ends up as the GOP nominee, conservatives will need to find a third option.’ Sasse continued: ‘Given what we know about him today, here’s where I’m at: if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, my expectation is that I will look for some third candidate — a conservative option, a constitutionalist.'” [editor’s note: Sure sounds like he’s stuck with the so-called Constitution Party then – SAT] [additional editor’s note: That depends on what he means by “constitutionalist.” The Libertarian Party’s presidential ticket is usually closer to being actually constitutionalist than anyone the “Constitution” Party whackjobs are likely to put up – TLK] (02/29/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/nebraska-tea-party-senator-ben-sasse-will-vote-third-party-if-trump-wins-gop-nomination

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6) NM: Albuquerque Girl Scouts sell cookies near pot dispensary
Source: Smell the Truth

“KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop Saturday outside medical marijuana dispensary Ultra Health and sold more than 60 boxes. Ultra Health manager James Gambling says he invited the scouts and offered to donate $1 for every box the girls sold. He says ‘the munchies’ is a stereotype that comes with marijuana, so it was fitting to have the Girl Scouts outside. Phil Temer, a dad of one of the girls, says he saw nothing wrong with the girls selling near the dispensary. Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails spokeswoman Carol Ann Short says selling outside medical marijuana dispensaries is against scout rules.” (02/28/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/2-Albuquerque-Girls-Scouts-sell-cookies-near-pot-6859278.php

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7) North Korea: US student “confesses” to stealing propaganda slogan
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. student held in North Korea since early January was detained for trying to steal an item bearing a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang hotel and has confessed to “severe crimes” against the state, the North’s official media said on Monday. Otto Warmbier, 21, a student at the University of Virginia, was detained before boarding his flight to China over an unspecified incident at his hotel, his tour agency told Reuters in January. North Korea has a long history of detaining foreigners and has used jailed U.S. citizens in the past to exact high-profile visits from the United States, with which it has no formal diplomatic relations.” [editor’s note: What if he had settled for stealing the hotel towels, like most folks? – SAT] (02/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-student-idUSKCN0W2094

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8) Rome: Cardinal admits “scandalous” response to abuse allegations
Source: Fox News

“One of Pope Francis'[s] top advisers acknowledged he had heard that an Australian Catholic school teacher who serially abused students might be involved in ‘pedophilia activity’ in the 1970s, but said he had no idea how rampant clergy abuse was at the time, during an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who testified via videolink from Rome to the Royal Commission in Sydney from Sunday night to early Monday morning, also conceded that the Catholic Church ‘has made enormous mistakes’ in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests.” (02/29/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/29/cardinal-admits-scandalous-response-to-abuse-allegations.html

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9) MA: Amid Trump surge, nearly 20,000 voters quit Democratic party
Source: Boston Herald

“Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state’s top elections official. Secretary of State William Galvin said more than 16,300 Democrats have shed their party affiliation and become independent voters since Jan. 1, while nearly 3,500 more shifted to the MassGOP ahead of tomorrow’s ‘Super Tuesday’ presidential primary.” (02/29/16)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/02/amid_trump_surge_nearly_20000_mass_voters_quit_democratic_party

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10) “World’s Poorest President” explains why we should kick rich people out of politics
Source: EWOA

“People who like money too much ought to be kicked out of politics, Uruguayan President Jose Mujica told CNN en Espanol in an interview posted online Wednesday. ‘We invented this thing called representative democracy, where we say the majority is who decides,’ Mujica said in the interview. ‘So it seems to me that we [heads of state] should live like the majority and not like the minority.'” (02/28/16)

http://www.ewao.com/a/worlds-poorest-president-explains-why-we-should-kick-rich-people-out-of-politics/

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11) Puerto Rico: Governor calls for legalizing marijuana
Source: ABC News

“Puerto Rico’s governor has called for the legalization of marijuana during his last public address as leader of the U.S. territory. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Monday that taking such action would lower crime and target hypocrisy. He said legislators should at a minimum approve a bill filed in 2013 that would decriminalize marijuana.” (02/29/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-governor-calls-legalizing-marijuana-37294080

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12) Iran: Clerics tasked with picking top leader
Source: Winona Daily News

“Iranian moderates have won a majority in the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body that is tasked with choosing the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, and which was previously dominated by hard-liners. The 88-member body is elected every eight years, and may choose the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has been Iran’s top decision-maker since the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died in 1989.” (02/29/16)

http://www.winonadailynews.com/news/world/ap-explains-iranian-clerics-tasked-with-picking-top-leader/article_9d658dc8-afcc-582c-bbe5-5f0ab649a56c.html

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13) Egypt: Lawmaker hits another with shoe over Israel meeting
Source: ABC News

“An Egyptian lawmaker hit a fellow parliamentarian with his shoe Sunday over the latter’s meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt. Sunday’s parliament session was adjourned for 10 minutes as the two lawmakers were kicked out, the state-run MENA news agency reported. Tawfiq Okasha, a popular TV talk show host and parliament member, has been engulfed in controversy since Thursday when Israeli ambassador Haim Koren posted a picture on the embassy’s Facebook page of the two of them meeting Wednesday evening. … Following the shoe beating, Okasha spoke with the Parlamany channel saying of [Kamal] Ahmed, ‘If he hit me 30 times with a shoe on my head, he is still like my father.'” (02/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-lawmaker-hits-shoe-israel-meeting-37256312

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14) SpaceX aborts rocket launch before liftoff
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX aborted the launch of a commercial communications satellite less than a second before liftoff this evening (Feb. 28), delaying the mission yet again. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was scheduled to launch the SES-9 satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:46 p.m. EST (2346 GMT) today, but that initial liftoff time was pushed back 35 minutes because a boat wandered into the mission’s ‘keep-out zone,’ launch controllers said. At 7:21 p.m. EST (0021 GMT on Monday, Feb. 29), the Falcon 9’s engines began firing up, but they shut down just as the countdown clock was reaching 0. The rocket may have been able to blast off today if not for the stray boat, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk suggested.” (02/28/16)

http://www.space.com/32076-spacex-ses9-satellite-launch-abort.html

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15) US, EU regimes release details on data transfer agreement
Source: The Verge

“The US and the European Union today released the full text of a transatlantic data transfer agreement that was reached earlier this month, detailing new rules for American tech companies and intelligence agencies. The framework, known as the EU-US Privacy Shield, places tighter restrictions on how American intelligence agencies can access data on European citizens, and calls for the creation of an ombudsman to handle individual complaints of data misuse. American and European officials agreed to the framework this month after a European court struck down the longstanding Safe Harbor agreement in October. Safe Harbor had been in place since 2000, but was invalidated amid concerns over mass surveillance in the US.” (02/29/16)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/29/11132180/us-eu-privacy-shield-full-text

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16) Malaysia: Mahathir quits ruling party as spat with Najib worsens
Source: Bloomberg

“Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad said he is quitting the party he led for more than two decades, increasing the stakes in his months long campaign to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak. Mahathir, 90, said the United Malays National Organisation — the largest party in the ruling coalition — no longer exists as he knows it and has been ‘hijacked’ by Najib, who is its president. Mahathir told reporters on Monday that he doesn’t want to be associated with a party whose leader has been tarnished by political scandals.” (02/29/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-29/mahathir-quits-malaysia-ruling-party-as-spat-with-najib-worsens

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17) CA: UC-Berkeley alerts 80,000 people of cyber attack
Source: CNN-IBN [India]

“Officials at the University of California Berkeley said that they were alerting 80,000 people, including current and former students, faculty and vendors of a cyber attack on a system that stores social security and bank account numbers. … The school said a hacker or hackers gained access to its financial management software in late December due to a security flaw present when the system is updating. Officials have notified law enforcement, including the FBI, and hired a private computer investigation company.” (02/29/16)

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/tech/university-of-california-alerts-80000-people-of-cyber-attack-1209413.html

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18) China: Four abducted Hong Kong booksellers appear on regime TV as political prisoners
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October have appeared on Chinese television, saying they were detained for ‘illegal book trading’ in mainland China. The five booksellers — including a British and a Swedish national — had been linked to a Hong Kong publisher and bookstore that specialised in scandalous books on the private lives and power struggles of China’s Communist party leaders. The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using shadowy tactics that erode the ‘one country, two systems’ formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997.” (02/29/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/29/four-detained-hong-kong-booksellers-chinese-tv

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19) Somalia: Al-Shabab kills 30 in twin blasts
Source: Newsweek

“Somali militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for a double bombing attack in the central city of Baidoa that killed at least 30 people on Sunday. … A Somali police officer told Reuters that a suicide car bomb exploded at a busy junction in Baidoa, the capital of Somalia’s Southwestern State, while another blast struck a nearby restaurant. It was unclear whether the restaurant blast was caused by a suicide bomber or whether a device was planted there.” (02/29/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/al-shabab-kills-30-twin-blasts-somalia-431258

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20) CA: Democrats endorse Harris for Senate seat
Source: Sacramento Bee

“The Democrats campaigning in California’s U.S. Senate race came into the weekend with clear, albeit opposite, objectives. Kamala Harris, the state attorney general supported by a swarm of elected leaders, was seeking her party’s coveted support. Loretta Sanchez, a veteran congresswoman, merely needed to block the endorsement, an exercise that proved too onerous given Harris'[s] immense popularity with activists. Harris received nearly 80 percent of the vote. The outpouring of approbation, which exceeded most expectations, deals a potentially harrowing blow to Sanchez and allows the California Democratic Party to spend on Harris'[s] behalf in traditional ways such as mailers, phone-banking and precinct walks.” (02/28/16)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article63052977.html

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

21) Populist fascism and the politics of class resentment
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“A while back one could have heard the masses chanting lustily, ‘Peron, Peron, Peron!’ Today the masses can be heard chanting with equal fervor, ‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ And their gut feelings would seem to be much the same. Their dyspepsia springs, they suppose, from the evil machinations of the oligarchs whose actions have denied them the secure, well-paid jobs and the social respect to which they imagine themselves justly entitled — although prolonged meditation on moral philosophy cannot be said to occupy them much. But in today’s USA they don’t need to take a college course in moral philosophy to know that the ruling classes, the mainstream media, the Hollywood producers, the educational elites, and all the rest of their self-appointed betters look down on them with the same contempt that the Argentine oligarchs once felt for the descamisados of that long-past time in another, once-prosperous land.” (02/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/28/populist-fascism-and-the-politics-of-class-resentment/

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22) Cash is the currency of freedom
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Former Treasury secretary Larry Summers wants to get rid of the $100 bill. But I think he has it exactly backward. I think we need to restore the $500 and $1000 bills. And the reason is that people like Larry Summers have done a horrible job. Summers wrote recently in The Washington Post that the $100 bill needs to go. The reason, he says, is that it’s a favorite of criminals, along with the 500 euro note, which is likely to be discontinued. The New York Times editorialized in agreement, writing: ‘Getting rid of big bills will make it harder for criminals to do business and make it easier for law enforcement to detect illicit activity. …’ Reading this got me to thinking: What is a $100 bill worth now, compared to 1969? According to the U.S. Inflation Calculator online, a $100 bill today has the equivalent purchasing power of $15.49 in 1969 dollars.” (02/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/29/100-dollar-bill-cash-inflation-larry-summers-federal-reserve-column/81080728

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23) First they came for the iPhones …
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December. But the truth is they had long sought a way to break Apple’s iPhone encryption and, like 9/11 and the PATRTIOT Act, a mass murder provided just the pretext needed. After all, they say, if we are going to be protected from terrorism we have to give up a little of our privacy and liberty. Never mind that government spying on us has not prevented one terrorist attack.” (02/29/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-first-came-iphones

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24) Real harms, contingent harms, and restrictions to free exchange
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Chris W Surprenant

“Not too long ago the litmus political test to see if someone was a ‘real libertarian’ was to see if he supported legalizing marijuana. This issue seemed easy: It would be tough, if not impossible, for any libertarian to justify banning the use of a recreation drug where the harms (if there exist any at all) seem limited to the consumer. A straight application of JS Mill’s harm principle would lead to the conclusion that there’s really no legitimate reason for why marijuana should be banned. Now, in many libertarian circles, the litmus test to see if someone is a real libertarian is whether or not he believes that individuals should be allowed to buy and sell nuclear weapons.” (02/29/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/real-harms-contingent-harms-restrictions-free-exchange

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25) Apple vs the FBI: Why Tim Cook is right
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Eamonn Butler

“Nice to see someone in business taking a principled stance on a basic issue of individual liberty. Apple boss Tim Cook is standing up against US government officials’ attempts to ride roughshod over the public’s right to privacy. Apple is opposing the US Department of Justice in at least ten cases. The FBI wants them to help to hack the iPhones of known or suspected criminals, while the DoJ wants Apple to create a ‘master key’ on its devices so that such hacking can become routine.” (02/29/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/liberty-justice/apple-vs-the-fbi-why-tim-cook-is-right/

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26) What Democrats still don’t get about George McGovern
Source: The New Republic
by Joshua Mound

“A specter is haunting the Democratic Party: ‘McGovernism.’ In 1972, President Richard Nixon shellacked his Democratic opponent, George McGovern, by a 23-point margin in the popular vote. Instead of looking at Bernie Sanders and seeing George McGovern, Democrats should reconsider McGovern himself: He could have become the party’s Barry Goldwater. … [T]he Democrats’ fear of McGovernism is misplaced. McGovern didn’t lose because he was too far to the left. He lost because he was facing a popular incumbent presiding over a booming economy. Moreover, the Democrats’ belief that they need to steer clear of McGovernism, assuming it was ever correct, now looks increasingly misguided.” [editor’s note: I really liked George (the last true pro-peace candidate from either war-party wing?); I was ready to campaign & vote for him … and then I met Tonie Nathan, and have never looked back! – SAT] (02/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130737/democrats-still-dont-get-george-mcgovern

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27) See no evil
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“No one has the legal or constitutional authority to tell you that you are not allowed to look at events, such as police activity, that are happening right out in the open in a public place. And if you are free to look at such events, you are just as free to write about them, and yes, to record them with a camera. OK, but what about this nitwit U.S. District Court Judge Mark Kearney from Philadelphia who ruled that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty? There is only one reason why any police officer performing his duties in a public place, such as a street corner, would object to bystanders looking at him or recording his activities — he might not want to be accountable for what he is doing. It’s a[s] simple as that.” (02/29/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/02/see-no-evil.html

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28) Where are all the libertarian women? They’re everywhere
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“March, being Women’s History Month, should be a good time to revisit an old question. Throughout the latter half of the Twentieth Century anti-freedom trolls have been ridiculing the Modern American libertarian Movement by claiming that it’s nothing more than a financially comfortable upper middle class Anglo protestant white man’s club and then demanding to know — almost as a religious-like invocation — ‘Where Are All The Libertarian Women?’ This mantra has successfully persisted to the present day because its mantra-chanters have doggedly ignored two simple facts: 1. They ignore that the movement was founded by three incredible female writers …. 2. They ignore the fact that this is the 21st Century and libertarian women have become a growing force in the liberty movement and they’re virtually everywhere now.” (02/29/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/where-are-all-the-libertarian-women-they-re-everywhere

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29) Sanders’s single-payer plan would cost more than he says
Source: The American Prospect
by Kenneth Thorpe

“Based on Gerald Friedman’s work, Bernie Sanders’s campaign has published implausibly low estimates of the additional federal expenditures needed to fund the senator’s single-payer health plan. In what follows, I explain the differences in methods that Friedman and I have used and the sources of the gap between his estimates and mine. I have updated my analysis based on more recent information available in the Friedman estimates.” [editor’s note: When a “progressive” website admits things like this … it’s news worth reporting! Pass along freely to your prog friends; I know you have some! – SAT] (02/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-sanders%E2%80%99s-single-payer-plan-would-cost-more-his-campaign-says

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30) More defense dollars don’t guarantee a better military
Source: Reason
by Daniel L Davis

“Everyone agrees that federal spending is out of control, yet there’s little appetite to go after bloated Pentagon budgets. Americans from the left, right, and center all too often give the military a pass because they grudgingly believe current levels of defense spending are necessary for national security. But is there such a thing as too much defense spending? Is it possible that, counterintuitively, more defense dollars could make us less safe? Yes. The fact is, that is exactly what’s happening.” (02/29/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/29/more-defense-dollars-dont-guarantee-a-be

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31) After the busted witch-hunt, the botched cover-up
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“At the end of last week, the Metropolitan Police announced the official end of Operation Elveden, the huge police campaign against alleged corruption in public office that led to the arrest and failed prosecution of dozens of tabloid journalists. Yet in a bid to spin the humiliating end of the Elveden debacle, the Met declared that it was ‘certainly not an attack on journalists or free media’ in Britain, insisting instead that it had been a worthy police operation on behalf of victims of crime. Such nonsense might even be funny if the Met had not tried to do such serious damage to press freedom in Britain.” (02/29/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/elveden-after-the-busted-witch-hunt-the-botched-cover-up/

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32) Better ideas with liberty
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Truth in Media reports that a currently-serving Colorado State Assemblyman, who survived the Columbine attack in 1999 when he was a student there, has introduced a bill to allow teachers in public (government-run, tax-funded) schools in Colorado to be armed to defend themselves, other staff, and students, instead of relying on ‘too-little, too-late’ police defense. ‘The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children,’ said Rep. Neville of Castle Rock. He had introduced a similar bill last year; I don’t expect this one to go any further: almost certainly the guy in the office on the main floor under the gold dome in Denver, cowering behind the armed guards that now infest the statehouse, will veto it even if the General Assembly passes it. Better solution? Get your children OUT of these places, even in states which DO allow teachers to be armed. Teach your children how to be free.” (02/29/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8678

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33) Refugees in Europe
Source: The Cagle Post
by Marian Kamensky

Cartoon. (02/29/16)

http://www.cagle.com/2016/02/refugees-in-europe/

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34) Once upon a time in America
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“For centuries there’s been a myth at the heart of English political culture: Before the Norman Conquest and the imposition of feudalism, Anglo-Saxon England was an idyllic land governed by ‘the good laws of King Edward the Confessor,’ where free juries protected the ancient rights of Englishmen, and everyone was as good as anyone else — and better than most. This idealized version of the ancient Anglo-Saxon Constitution, and of Magna Carta as an attempt to restore it, has been appealed to in the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and political reformist movements since. Of course it was mostly nonsense that bore little resemblance to actual history. Still, it probably had more truth to it than America’s own mythical past, as restated by Hillary Clinton.” (02/29/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43657

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35) The Jason Stapleton Program: Liberty is threatened on all fronts
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“This is a special Saturday show which we broadcasted live, I’m getting it out to you now because I’m still traveling back from D.C. We had a lot to discuss …” [various formats] (02/27/16-02/29/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/liberty-is-threatened-on-all-fronts/

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36) Conflating terrorism and insurgency
Source: Cato Institute
by John Mueller and Mark G Stewart

“While it is not true that 9/11 ‘changed everything,’ the tragedy did have a strong impact on language, on how terrorism has come to be understood and explained. In particular, terrorism’s apparent incidence, and therefore the seeming importance, has been multiplied by effectively conflating it with insurgency.” (02/29/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conflating-terrorism-insurgency

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37) San Francisco puts sanctuary before funding
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Ever since Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kate Steinle on a warm July evening as she strolled along Pier 14 with her father, San Francisco’s Sanctuary City policy has enraged swaths of the rest of America. Lopez-Sanchez, you see, had been convicted of multiple felonies and deported five times. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would have deported the Mexican national if he had not been handed over to the San Francisco Sheriffs Office on a decades-old marijuana charge. When the city dropped the moldy case, then-Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi released Lopez-Sanchez without notifying ICE.” [editor’s note: It’s an extreme case, to be sure, but it clearly was mishandled, given the man’s record on serious charges – SAT] [additional editor’s note: No, it was not mishandled with respect to ICE. It is not a local police force’s job to enforce federal law, period, end of story – TLK] (02/28/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/28/san-francisco-puts-sanctuary-before-funding-n2125386

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38) Hillary would be a war president
Source: OpEdNews
by Rob Kall

“here is no doubt that if she were to become the first female president, Hillary would, because of HER character, feel the need to prove herself with war. I don’t believe that it is necessary for a woman to prove herself to be an equal to men by waging war, but I do believe that with Hillary’s history, she would find a way to get the US into a war that costs the deaths of thousands of American members of the military, costing the US trillions of dollars.” (02/29/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/HIllary-WIll-Be-A-War-Pres-by-Rob-Kall-Hillary-Clinton_Iraq-War_War-On-Libya_Warmongers-160229-465.html

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39) Conservatives and the free market
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Conservatives are no more devoted to the free market than leftists are. They just like to tell themselves that and others as well. But their pro-free-enterprise proclamations are nothing more than empty bromides and pabulum. How do we know this? Simple. Just look at the government programs they support.” (02/29/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/29/conservatives-and-the-free-market/

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40) Even bad guys have rights
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Nicole Kardell

“Remember Martin Shkreli, the ‘pharma bro’ notorious for raising the price of his company’s life-saving drug by some 5,000 percent? Did you know he was recently arrested for securities fraud (completely unrelated to the drug hike)? It didn’t take long for the Justice Department to go after the universally unpopular rapscallion. Big government gets a bad rap for being inefficient, but it can cut to the chase rather swiftly when it wants to. In order to stop, or at least dramatically curb, behavior that goes against law or policy — or perhaps just opinion — government enforcement agents know how to employ a show of force and to make an example of someone they deem a wrongdoer.” (02/29/16)

http://fee.org/articles/even-bad-guys-have-rights/

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41) The elephant in the Supreme Court
Source: Reuters
by Peniel E Joseph

“Race remains the unspoken elephant in the room amid the growing controversy over who should replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. For many African Americans, the lasting image of Scalia will likely remain his recent harsh words about affirmative action: He suggested that blacks performed better at less competitive schools. Scalia’s pungent, textual interpretation of the Constitution gained him few friends among black Americans, who have historically sought to reimagine, optimistically, the framer’s original intent: a version of democracy that included sharecroppers alongside plantation owners, the landless beside the gentry. Scalia’s death casts a strobe light on the crisis of race and democracy in America today. Pervasive racial and economic injustice has made the past two years echo the turbulence and activism associated with the civil rights era of the late 1950s and early 1960s.” (02/29/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/29/the-elephant-in-the-supreme-court

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42) Reality check: The new boss will be the same as the old boss
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John W Whitehead

“Politics today is not about Republicans and Democrats. Nor is it about healthcare, abortion, higher taxes, free college tuition, or any of the other buzzwords that have become campaign slogans for individuals who have mastered the art of telling Americans exactly what they want to hear. Politics today is about one thing and one thing only: maintaining the status quo between the Controllers (the politicians, the bureaucrats, and the corporate elite) and the Controlled (the taxpayers).” (02/29/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/02/29/reality-check-the-new-boss-will-be-the-same-as-the-old-boss/

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43) Unfair reform?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I am sure we all think it would be great, other things being equal, to try to make many of life’s unfairnesses less … problematic. But most grown-ups understand (or used to) that ‘life isn’t fair’ is a truism for a reason. So when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized his competing GOP hopefuls for wanting to reform Social Security and other so-called ‘entitlements,’ I was unimpressed.” (02/29/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/29/unfair-reform/

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44) Poland’s long fall from grace
Source: The Atlantic
by Adrian Karatnycky

“[Lech] Walesa’s fall from grace, though preceded by his largely ineffective 1990s-era presidency, has sent shockwaves through Poland and grabbed front-page headlines. Outside Poland, the news has done damage to the country’s international image as one that emerged from the ruins of authoritarianism thanks to a noble group of authentic heroes, Walesa among them. And along with the ascendance of a new, right-wing government, it has exposed Polish politics for what, in truth, it has been since the fall of communism: less a black-and-white contest between communist immorality and heroic virtue, and more a typical democratic system led by flawed individuals rendered in shades of gray.” (02/29/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/02/lech-walesa-law-and-justice-poland/471366/

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45) It’s not just the GOP — the Democratic Party is also imploding
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Yes, of course, Trump winning the GOP nomination marks the end of the party as we know it. After all, some neocons are already publicly and actively throwing their support behind Hillary. While this undoubtably represents a major turning point in U.S. political history, many pundits have yet to appreciate that the exact same thing is happening within the Democratic Party. It’s just not completely obvious yet.” (02/29/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/02/29/its-not-just-the-gop-the-democratic-party-is-also-imploding/

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46) Delegates, superdelegates, and the illusion of choice
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“[T]here are methods for choosing a presidential candidate that do not involve delegates pledges at taxpayer funded primaries and caucuses, superdelegates, or taxpayer funded conventions that serve only to further the agenda of the party establishment. The Libertarian Party holds a privately funded convention whereby pretty much any party member can serve as a delegate. There are rules establishing the maximum number of delegates and a committee is tasked with ensuring the delegates have been selected or appointed by a recognized state affiliate. Once a delegate is credentialed, he or she is free to vote for the candidate of their choice.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/16)

http://fpp.cc/delegates-superdelegates-and-the-illusion-of-choice/

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47) Sanders: Three big endorsements in a long campaign
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“Even before Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by a wide margin in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, the political and media elites that police American democracy were busy writing Sanders out of the running. This is what happens in American politics. From the earliest stages of the primary process, pundits and political operatives try to wrap things up in tidy little boxes of conventional wisdom. Again and again the message is delivered: everything is finished but the final counting up of delegates, despite the fact that the vast majority of states have not voted. … Something has upset the rush to write off Sanders, however. It seems that a good many Democrats, including several prominent partisans who just endorsed the insurgent, are disinclined to embrace the conventional wisdom.” (02/29/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-just-won-two-of-his-biggest-endorsements-in-a-long-campaign

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48) The lion and the sheep
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“On June 14, 1918, a nineteen year old Italian soldier by the name of Bernardo Vicario was ordered by his commander, Carl Rigoli, to carry out a curious task. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Italian forces would soon be hit with a furious bombardment that would mean the death of most of them. Rigoli clearly knew this, which is why he told young Bernardo to write an inscription on the ruined wall of a home in the village of Fagare, where they were holed up: ‘Better to live one day as a lion than a hundred years as a sheep.’ Rigoli perished in the battle: Bernardo lived to tell the tale. And almost a hundred years later, a researcher looking for ways to smear GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stumbled across a reference to it and attributed it to Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator.” (02/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/28/the-lion-and-the-sheep/

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49) Government grossly overstates the benefits to US citizens of actions to fight climate change
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“A distinguished group of scholars from a diverse group of organizations has produced a new report stating when considering domestic action to reduce the impacts of climate change, U.S. agencies should limit their estimates to the domestic benefits, not benefits to the world. The Obama administration does just the opposite, using global estimates of ‘social cost of carbon’ (SCC) and the social value of reduced climate damages from regulations that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.” (02/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/government-grossly-overstates-the-benefits-to-u-s-citizens-of-actions-to-fight-climate-change/

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50) The terror of Trump Tuesday
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“So the GOP candidate likely to sweep most Super Tuesday states today on TV repeatedly declined to disavow the endorsement of former top Klucker David Duke. Good luck, Republicans, with that guy in the general election. I was talking with a Catholic friend today about the near-collapse of the Catholic Church after Vatican II. He said, reasonably enough, that it the Church and Catholic society had been healthy, it would not have fallen apart, and certainly not so quickly. I think something similar is the case for the GOP. For me, the aha moment was when Trump trashed the Iraq War on the South Carolina debate stage. Yeah, he was unfair in some of the accusations he made, but the most astonishing thing about it was that 13 years have gone by, and still, it’s taboo for GOP presidential candidates to criticize that disastrous war. That is not a party with a brain.” (02/29/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-terror-of-trump-tuesday/

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51) The cult of Hillary, the ultimate junk bond
Source: CounterPunch
by Manuel Garcia, Jr.

“Why do so many black Americans support Hillary Clinton? Stockholm Syndrome. They are faithful battered wives. They are yoked to Hillary by co-dependency: ‘I’ve stuck by you and suffered to do so for so long that you owe me, and I have faith that you will reward me later if I help you reach your goal now.’ In their minds they have no such guarantee from Bernie Sanders (and of course from Hillary such a guarantee is an illusion). It is clear that Bernie Sanders has been successful without being dependent on them up to now. So (again, in their minds) he owes them nothing, and thus cannot be counted on to reward them after the election for their support during it.” (02/29/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/29/the-cult-of-hillary-the-ultimate-junk-bond/

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52) Negative rates, negative incomes
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“There has been much head-scratching of late as to why, with interest rates lower than they have been since the Universe first exploded out of the Void, businesses are not undertaking any where near as much investment as that hoped for beforehand by the academic cabal whose ‘effective demand’ and ‘transmission channel’ fixations have helped drive rates to today’s mind-boggling levels.” (02/29/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/02/negative-rates-negative-outcomes/

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53) The mass murderers debate
Source: Strike The Root
by Glenn Allport

“With popular celebrity-killer Charles Manson having signed on for the second debate, the People’s Socialist Conservative Party debate series was now assured of higher ratings and, finally, a real impact on the nation’s voters. Popular mega-killers defecting from the near-defunct Old Power Parties had participated in the first debate, and had been joined by an abrasive, rich, tell-it-like-it-is businessman who — while he hadn’t actually killed anyone yet — was clearly chomping at the bit to do so. The debate had still been a bore, some thought — pro-forma and with only superficial excitement.” (02/29/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/mass-murderers-debate

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54) Free Talk Live, 02/28/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cypherpunk Paul Rosenberg Joins Us to Discuss Encryption and the Future of Mass Surveillance :: Props from Checkpoint USA for Mark :: Freedom is Authority? :: Social Contract :: The Libertarians vs Authoritarians :: Sam Dodson to Return to NH for Court :: Interior Checkpoints Dealt Blow by Federal Court? :: Obedient Juror :: Is driving away from a checkpoint disorderly conduct? :: Converting a Trump Supporter? :: Disorderly Conduct.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/16)

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55) The long history of government meddling in the American marketplace
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mike Holly

“Today, there is no party that favors true privatization or free markets. Republicans favor monopolization, while claiming support for free markets and blaming the Democrat’s high taxes and regulations for crises. Democrats favor nationalization, while blaming non-existent free markets for crises. Meanwhile, many Americans appear to be embracing the regulatory nationalism of crony capitalist Donald Trump or the democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders.” (02/29/16)

https://mises.org/library/long-history-government-meddling-american-marketplace

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