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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,399
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
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In the News:

1) Super Tuesday results
2) Venezuela: High Court bans Congress from removing justices
3) Security theater: TSA finally stops gun … -shaped heels on woman’s shoes
4) Cyber security execs come out swinging for Apple
5) China: Regime firms to lay off five to six million workers
6) NJ: Seven newspapers call on Christie to resign
7) CA: SCOTUS pass gives affordable housing advocates a win
8) UN to vote Wednesday on new North Korea sanctions
9) Scores killed in fresh Iraq suicide bombings
10) Senators & privacy advocates react to billboards that can see you
11) CA: Google self-driving car hits Los Angeles bus
12) Top Vatican advisor denies helping shield Australia’s worst pedophile priest
13) In secret will, bin Laden wanted his fortune to keep funding war on West
14) Occupied Ireland: Charges dropped against Omagh bombing suspect
15) Pakistan: 100,000 attend funeral of bodyguard executed for killing governor

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) My 2016 endorsement
17) Election 2016: Finally a real third way?
18) The significance of Ross and Lyn Ulbricht
19) A lesson from Devon Avenue
20) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 31: The an apple a day edition
21) As Trump rises, consider a third party
22) FBI vs. Apple is really about Snowden
23) The Tom Woods Show, episode 606: She saw the liars up close
24) New study confirms: Private [sic] “trade” courts serve the ultra-wealthy
25) Are really old Social Security recipients to blame for crime wave?
26) Federal law criminalizes protesting Trump now that he’s guarded by the Secret Service
27) Did free markets cause the Flint, Michigan water disaster?
28) Evo Morales and the populist domino
29) Follow the money: The Donald and the Democrats
30) A 600 year-old truth
31) Myth of the Rational Voter 2016
32) Rubio is right: Donald Trump is a con man
33) #Right2Debate: Challenge bigotry, not free speech
34) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/01/16: Amanda Rachwitz
35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/01/16: Breaking down the Libertarian debate
36) That’s entertainment
37) Toward brokered conventions
38) South Carolina: Clinton’s “firewall” holds
39) My “Every Day Carry” (EDC)
40) Traitorous bagel-brains against gun victims
41) Bernie Sanders calls back to America’s socialist roots
42) Stupid Patent of the Month: Phoenix Licensing trolls marketers
43) Talking to terrorists online
44) US mineral resources need to be mined, not undermined
45) You’ve got to pay the market price not just whine about socialism
46) Harry Browne, 10 years gone
47) Don’t trust the FBI’s ability to keep an iPhone back door to itself
48) Whose phone is it, anyway?
49) No limited government under a national security state
50) Free Talk Live, 02/29/16

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

1) Super Tuesday results
Source: Patch

[editor’s note: Lots of scattered articles on various contests; I selected this one because it includes a nice precis of actual results at the top with “liveblog” updates/analyses below, instead of a bunch of crap to wade through to find out what happened. Short version — on the GOP side Trump dominated, Cruz pulled up a little and Rubio didn’t really make the showing he needed to make; on the Democratic side, Clinton won the most states, but didn’t do so well that anyone should expect Sanders to pack it in – TLK] (03/02/16)

http://patch.com/illinois/chicago/s/fmtdb/live-super-tuesday-results-winners-clinton-trump-rack-up-victories

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2) Venezuela: High Court bans Congress from removing justices
Source: ABC News

“Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Tuesday banned the congress from investigating the government’s rushed appointment of 13 high court justices last year. The ruling came just hours before lawmakers planned to debate the issue. It set up another likely clash between the opposition-controlled National Assembly and President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration.” (03/01/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelas-high-court-bans-congress-removing-justices-37319506

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3) Security theater: TSA finally stops gun … -shaped heels on woman’s shoes
Source: Fox News

“At the airport, safety is more important than sexy. That’s what a woman found out at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Officials said she was stopped Sunday at a security checkpoint with a pair of gun-shaped stiletto heels. TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the stilettos had heels in the shape of handguns and faux bullets around the sole. They were in the woman’s carry-on luggage, along with bracelets lined in faux bullets. The agency prohibits passengers from carrying ‘replica guns or ammunition’ through airport security checkpoints.” (03/01/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/01/gun-shaped-heels-land-woman-in-hot-water-with-tsa.html

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4) Cyber security execs come out swinging for Apple
Source: USA Today

“The cybersecurity industry came out swinging Tuesday in favor of Apple in its fight against the FBI’s demand that it build a backdoor into an iPhone operating system. ‘The path to hell starts at the backdoor and we need to make sure that encryption technology remains strong,’ Microsoft President Brad Smith told a packed ballroom as the RSA computer security conference began here. More than 40,000 people from across the globe are attending RSA this week, a record. The issue of Apple and the FBI featured in almost every speaker’s remarks during the opening plenaries.” (03/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/03/01/apple-fbi-rsa-computer-security-conference-encryption/81157530

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5) China: Regime firms to lay off five to six million workers
Source: Reuters

“China aims to lay off 5-6 million state workers over the next two to three years as part of efforts to curb industrial overcapacity and pollution, two reliable sources said, Beijing’s boldest retrenchment program in almost two decades. China’s leadership, obsessed with maintaining stability and making sure redundancies do not lead to unrest, will spend nearly 150 billion yuan ($23 billion) to cover layoffs in just the coal and steel sectors in the next 2-3 years. The overall figure is likely to rise as closures spread to other industries and even more funding will be required to handle the debt left behind by ‘zombie’ state firms.” (03/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-layoffs-exclusive-idUSKCN0W33DS

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6) NJ: Seven newspapers call on Christie to resign
Source: USA Today

“Seven New Jersey newspapers issued a joint editorial Tuesday calling on Gov. Chris Christie to resign in the wake of his failed presidential campaign and his subsequent endorsement of rival Donald Trump. The seven newspapers including the Asbury Park Press, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post and the Morristown Daily Record — all Gannett-owned papers that are part of the USA TODAY NETWORK — were apparently spurred to editorial outrage by a Monday press conference in which Christie refused to answer questions about anything other than his nomination of a state Supreme Court judge.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/03/01/seven-nj-newspapers-call-christie-resign/81168876/

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7) CA: SCOTUS pass gives affordable housing advocates a win
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Advocates of low-cost housing scored a legal victory Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court left intact a ruling by California’s highest court allowing cities and counties to require builders to include a percentage of affordable units in each new development. The building industry had argued that those requirements amount to a government confiscation of property and should be allowed only if a particular development would cause a shortage of affordable housing. The state Supreme Court rejected those arguments unanimously in June, and the nation’s high court denied review Monday. The case involved a San Jose ordinance, passed in 2010 but not yet in effect, that requires developers of 20 or more units to make at least 15 percent of those units affordable to low- or moderate-income buyers and renters.” [editor’s note: So the first “non-Scalia” case slides by; will reality (and markets) rule in the end, with the outcome being a reduction in new housing complexes? – SAT] (03/01/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-Supreme-Court-pass-gives-affordable-housing-6861578.php

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8) UN to vote Wednesday on new North Korea sanctions
Source: Altoona Mirror

“A U.N. Security Council vote on the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades has been postponed until Wednesday morning at Russia’s request, the United States and France said Tuesday. The U.S. and North Korea’s traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions — which include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by sea or air — in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch. Both are in defiance of previous council resolutions.” (03/01/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1087550/UN-to-vote-Wednesday-on-new-North-Korea-sanctions.html?isap=1&nav=760

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9) Scores killed in fresh Iraq suicide bombings
Source: Birmingham Star

“Iraq Scores of people were killed and dozens more injured in two separate Iraq bombings one of which targeted funeral of a Shia militant in northeast of Baghdad Monday, officials said. The officials said that the death toll in the blasts was feared may rise as many of the injured were in serious condition.” (03/01/16)

http://www.birminghamstar.com/index.php/sid/241784841

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10) Senators & privacy advocates react to billboards that can see you
Source: Occupy Corporatism

“Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) has shocked the media by joining forces with AT&T Data Partners and the unveiling of RADAR, a sophisticated new way of surveilling the public for data-mining purposes in order to boost advertisement revenue. Even Senator Al Franken wrote a letter asking for more information on RADAR.” (03/01/16)

https://occupycorporatism.com/senators-privacy-advocates-react-to-billboards-that-can-see-you/

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11) CA: Google self-driving car hits Los Angeles bus
Source: Tech Times

“For Google, Feb. 14 is more than just Valentine’s Day, as it also marks the first accident that one of the autonomous vehicles (AV) of the company caused. The accident involves a public transit bus and a self-driving Lexus RX450h SUV, and it occurred on El Camino Real near Google’s hometown of Mountain View, California. … A test driver was occupying the Google AV at the time, but the car was set in autonomous mode. Fortunately, the accident did not cause any injury.” (O3/01/16)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/137505/20160301/google-self-driving-car-hits-a-bus-in-los-angeles-and-its-at-fault-heres-what-happened.htm

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12) Top Vatican advisor denies helping shield Australia’s worst pedophile priest
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Interrupted by jeers from observers, one of Pope Francis'[s] top advisors on Tuesday denied an accusation that his testimony to an inquiry into child sex abuse was an attempt to deflect blame for the Catholic Church transferring Australia’s worst pedophile priest from parish to parish. Australian Cardinal George Pell was a priest in the 1970s in the town of Ballarat where he advised Bishop Ronald Mulkearns about the placement of priests within the diocese. … The Royal Commission — which is Australia’s highest form of investigation — is looking into how Pell dealt with abuse allegations as a priest, educator and advisor to Mulkearns, as well as how the Melbourne archdiocese responded to allegations of abuse, including when Pell served as a Melbourne auxiliary bishop.” (03/01/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-top-vatican-australia-abuse-20160229-story.html

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13) In secret will, bin Laden wanted his fortune to keep funding war on West
Source: Washington Post

“Osama bin Laden left a will indicating that he had about $29 million in Sudan, with detailed instructions to ‘spend all the money I have left’ continuing the global terror campaign he had led, according to newly released documents recovered by the United States from the compound in Pakistan where the al-Qaeda chief was killed in 2011. The handwritten will and 112 other documents were released Tuesday by the office of the Director of National Intelligence — a collection that also includes letters to subordinates in al-Qaeda, messages from followers willing to carry out suicide attacks, and screeds on issues including bin Laden’s conviction that the United States and Iran were poised for war.” (03/01/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-secret-will-bin-laden-wanted-his-fortune-to-keep-funding-war-on-west/2016/03/01/b3a03d6c-dfa4-11e5-846c-10191d1fc4ec_story.html

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14) Occupied Ireland: Charges dropped against Omagh bombing suspect
Source: Newsweek

“The case against a suspect linked to one of Ireland’s worst atrocities has collapsed. [Occupied] Ireland’s public prosecutor has dropped 29 murder charges — brought in relation to the Omagh bombing in August 1998 — against Seamus Daly. The attack, in which 29 people were killed by a 500lb bomb, was the worst mass murder of the ‘troubles’ and was linked to the dissident republican group the Real IRA. … Nobody has ever been convicted of carrying out the attack.” (03/01/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/omagh-bombing-charges-dropped-real-ira-seamus-daly-431910

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15) Pakistan: 100,000 attend funeral of bodyguard executed for killing governor
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 people have attended the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri, in a massive show of support for the convicted murderer of a leading politician who had criticised Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The vast gathering on Tuesday centred on Liaquat Park in Rawalpindi, where a succession of clerics made fiery speeches bitterly condemning the government for giving the go-ahead for Monday’s execution of Qadri, a former police bodyguard who became a hero to many of his countrymen after he shot and killed Salmaan Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, in 2011.” (03/01/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/01/funeral-pakistani-mumtaz-qadri-executed-salmaan-taseer

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

16) My 2016 endorsement
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I do have a Presidential endorsement in mind, a recommendation, as it were, for the [Libertarian Party] that I’m confident they won’t follow. ‘Back in the day,’ as we say, there was a California candidate (I forget for what) named Norma Jean Almadovar. Astonishingly, she was both a former hooker and a former cop, an author whose book was stolen and destroyed, an articulate speaker for the rights of sex workers, and a consistent libertarian. She gave terrific national TV. The trouble is, she embarrassed the suit and tie wearers in the California Party and was made to feel unwelcome when she might have advanced the cause two decades. I always meant to tell her, ‘I’m very sorry, Norma Jean.’ Norma Jean’s 21st century equivalent is a quirky individual called …” (02/28/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle861-20160228-02.html

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17) Election 2016: Finally a real third way?
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’ve become desensitized to the constant talk about how this or that election is ‘the most consequential of our lifetimes.’ It’s usually just not true, because the ‘major party’ candidates are usually as alike as peas in a pod. But it may be true this year, precisely because the two candidates are as alike as Juan and Evita Peron. Over the years I’ve also become desensitized to the constant talk about this being the year a ‘third party’ finally breaks out, because as much as I’d like to believe that (I’m a long-time Libertarian Party activist), it’s also usually just not true. But it may be true this year …. The first step, as Alcoholics Anonymous points out, is admitting you have a problem.” (03/01/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4880

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18) The significance of Ross and Lyn Ulbricht
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“Ross Ulbricht has taken a stand against the leviathan state. His actions represented the greatest opposition to the Drug War in its history, and they have provided millions with the motivation and incentive for a new and subversive kind of radicalism that captures individuals’ interests directly. It engages rather than explains. Rather than lecturing it meets people face to face as equal partners and as equal opponents to an oppressive government regime. What an insult it is to Ross and to Lyn to ignore this most spontaneous form of activism.” (03/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43700

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19) A lesson from Devon Avenue
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“While little appreciated and little studied, there is a gigantic difference between forced associations and free associations. But if you pay attention to the issue, you’ll find that the very act of forcing people together carries a poison in itself. And that poison inevitably bears bad fruit, whether in ethnic hatred, the formation of street gangs, or simply the evils of bullying. Whenever it is that forced associations are examined scientifically, they will be condemned as anti-human. Free associations, on the other hand, have a magic to them. Leave people alone to do as they wish, in unforced conditions, and even ancient hatreds drain away.” (03/01/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/lesson-devon-avenue/

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20) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 31: The an apple a day edition
Source: The LAVA Flow

“In this fortnight’s episode, The An Apple a Day Edition, Apple vs. US Government is a fight for the privacy of all of us, What’s in the News with stories on muh roads, recreational marijuana, artificial intelligence fighting the government and other stories, and a Herding Cats segment on a recap of what I saw at Liberty Forum.” [various formats] (03/01/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/the-an-apple-a-day-edition-tlf031/

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21) As Trump rises, consider a third party
Source: USA Today
by Randy E Barnett

“Is it time for a new third party? Not yet. But if Donald Trump gets the Republican nomination, then a new third party will be an imperative, and the time for organizing it is now. I have long vocally opposed third parties as irrational in our two-party system. They inevitably drain votes away from the major party closest to them, thereby benefiting the major party that is even worse. But strategies must adjust to circumstances. If Trump wins the GOP nominations, one of two things will happen, either of which would be disastrous for the Constitution and for the country.” [editor’s note: As Prof. Barnett knows perfectly well, there are already at least two third parties, long in existence, which could be logical choices; as he also should know, starting a “new one” at this stage is about three years or more too late, due to the election laws in all but a few states – SAT] (03/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/29/donald-trump-republican-party-elections-2016-third-party-column/81102918

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22) FBI vs. Apple is really about Snowden
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“The fight between Apple and the FBI has been framed as an epic battle between big tech and big government. … What this is really about — but barely touched upon in corporate media — is Edward Snowden. A few years ago, no one — left, right, libertarian — would have supported Apple’ refusal to cooperate with a federal investigation of a terrorist attack associated with a radical Islamist group, much less its decision to fight a court order to do so.” [editor’s note: That last sentence is not just false but risible – TLK] (03/01/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/01/fbi-vs-apple-is-really-about-snowden/

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23) The Tom Woods Show, episode 606: She saw the liars up close
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Were we lied into war, or was it an innocent mistake on the basis of faulty intelligence? Our guest observed the formulation of the propaganda up close, and tells us what really happened. Oh, and now she’s a Rothbardian libertarian.” [various formats] (03/01/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-606-she-saw-the-liars-up-close-lt-col-karen-kwiatkowski-on-the-iraq-war-propaganda/

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24) New study confirms: Private [sic] “trade” courts serve the ultra-wealthy
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“A new study confirms what many activists have suspected for a long time: The private courts set up by international ‘trade’ deals heavily favor billionaires and giant corporations, and they do so at the expense of governments and people. Smaller companies and less-wealthy individuals don’t benefit nearly as much from these private courts as the extremely rich and powerful do. Other interested parties (whether they’re governments, children, working people, or the planet itself) are unable to benefit from these private courts at all.” [editor’s note: The word that needs the quotes is “private;” like all such “free trade” efforts this is about protecting cartels, not opening free markets – SAT] (03/01/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160301/new-study-confirms-private-trade-courts-serve-the-ultra-wealthy

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25) Are really old Social Security recipients to blame for crime wave?
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“As we saw in this space back in January, America’s overall murder rate is about half Russia’s, less than half as high as those of Panama and Mexico, a minuscule 10 percent of the murder rate in Venezuela … despite all those countries having much harsher ‘gun control’ laws. (And murder rates are ever lower in states like Vermont, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, where lots of people carry guns.) Murder rates in those last three countries are boosted massively by the War on Drugs, as they are here. The seriousness of any politician claiming he or she wants to ‘reduce firearms violence’ should first be measured by the extent to which they call for re-legalizing drugs, the same way Franklin Roosevelt and his Democratic Congress virtually eliminated drive-by Tommy-gunnings in America’s streets by re-legalizing alcohol (then and still our most harmful drug) in 1933.” (02/29/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=2998

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26) Federal law criminalizes protesting Trump now that he’s guarded by the Secret Service
Source: The Intercept
by Robert Mackey

“While he otherwise exhibits many of the traits of a stand-up comedian, laying into his rivals like an insult comic at a roast, Donald Trump’s inability to tolerate heckling, or even silent protest, has made the spectacle of critics being forcibly removed from his rallies a routine feature of his campaign. On Monday, though, the preemptive removal of about two dozen black college students from a crowd waiting for the candidate at Valdosta State University in Georgia raised an obvious question: Why, exactly, did a local police force apparently obey orders from the Trump campaign to help screen his audience by removing dissenters?” (03/01/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/03/01/now-hes-guarded-secret-service-federal-law-criminalizes-protesting-trump/

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27) Did free markets cause the Flint, Michigan water disaster?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Dale Steinreich

“In the wake of numerous cases of lead poisoning through Flint, Michigan’s government-managed water supply, some commentators immediately began looking for ways to blame the private sector. Shortly thereafter, David Brodwin of U.S. News and World Report wrote ‘Flint: The Big Cost of Small Government.’ According to Brodwin, what caused lead-tainted water to gush forth from faucets in Flint were ‘attacks on investment in public infrastructure and on regulation of all kinds.’ For these he blames ‘right-leaning libertarian interests,’ although he does not name a single one.” (03/01/16)

https://mises.org/library/did-free-markets-cause-flint-michigan-water-disaster

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28) Evo Morales and the populist domino
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“These are not happy days for Latin America’s authoritarian populists. The defeat of Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, in a recent referendum designed to allow him to seek a fourth consecutive term comes only weeks after Venezuela’s opposition wrested control of the National Assembly following a massive election victory and a few months after the Peronistas were kicked out of office in Argentina.” (03/01/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/01/evo-morales-and-the-populist-domino/

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29) Follow the money: The Donald and the Democrats
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When you go to the California Democratic Party’s convention, and you happen to be the rare registered Republican in the press corps, you have to come prepared with an answer to The Question: Can I vote for Donald Trump in November? [My answer: I don’t have to decide now. Trump hasn’t won the primary.] It’s no secret that I don’t like Trump. But as I listened to speakers at the San Jose Democratic confab Saturday denounce the corrosive impact of money on politics, I realized some know Trump in a way I never will: they’ve tasted his money. Trump has donated buckets to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign, to the Clinton Foundation and even to California Democrats. Trump donated $20,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006.” [editor’s note: If there was actually anyone left in the GOP race who had any value, this would be potent ammunition – SAT] (03/01/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/03/01/follow-the-money-the-donald-and-the-democrats-n2126862

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30) A 600 year-old truth
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Vote for this parasite, because he’s better than that bully and you’ll be more free if he wins. Yeah, right. Every president is worse than the ones before — each builds upon the abuses and violations of their predecessors and make up their own. If they claim to be reducing government, you can bet they are lying and building bigger government behind you back while you are distracted. When any president leaves office your liberty will be damaged a bit more than it was when he took office.” (03/01/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/03/a-600-year-old-truth.html

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31) Myth of the Rational Voter 2016
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“In 2007, I published The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. Every presidential election year, people ask for an update, and I normally say, ‘Nothing’s changed.’ But 2016 really does look like an outlier. My thoughts …” (03/01/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/myth_of_the_rat_9.html

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32) Rubio is right: Donald Trump is a con man
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Even now, as Republicans mount a last, desperate attempt to stop Donald Trump, they have to do it on his terms, not theirs. They tried saying he wasn’t conservative enough, because, they thought, isn’t that what we’ve been arguing about for the last few years? Who’s a real conservative and who isn’t? But it turned out that while ideology matters a great deal to the elite, it’s less important to the rank and file, and it doesn’t matter at all to the plurality of Republican voters supporting Trump. Then they figured he might just implode on his own, so nobody bothered to dig up the dirt that would arm them against him. Despite the fact that there surely is plenty there.” [editor’s note: What’s most intriguing about all this is the “progressive” hand-wringing about Trump having subverted the GOP mainstream, while the Dem nod is conceded to Hillary, despite continued popular support for the Bernman – SAT] (02/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/marco-rubio-right-donald-trump-con-man

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33) #Right2Debate: Challenge bigotry, not free speech
Source: spiked
by Haydar Zaki

“Freedom of speech is in jeopardy at university campuses, and the debate over what should be done regarding contentious speakers has become increasingly polarised. Enter the #Right2Debate, a student-led movement that calls on the student community and students’ unions (SUs) to adopt a policy that expands freedom of speech and challenges threatening narratives through debate.” (03/01/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/right2debate-challenge-bigotry-not-free-speech/

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34) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/01/16: Amanda Rachwitz
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Amanda Rachwitz. Herein we discuss how she became a Voluntaryist, cognitive dissonance, the aha moment, Larken Rose, Statism is not built on logic and reason, government school is a sociopaths dream, politicians speak in fallacies, appealing to the reptilian brain, The Mirror (Larken Rose), deconstructing the Statist brain, meeting YouTube personalities at liberty events, walking the talk, Adam Kokesh running for President on the platform of the peaceful dissolution of the federal government, Ron Paul approach, Medieval banning of books in the digital age, laughing at authority, intellectual property lunacy and more!” [MP3] (03/01/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/amanda-rachwitz-voluntaryist-dragon-anarchist-and-narrator-of-the-mirror/

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35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/01/16: Breaking down the Libertarian debate
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“We’re back in the studio today following a weekend in DC. I have to say it’s great to be back. Both Darren and I are introverts and even a few hours in a crowd will burn both of us out. Now that we’re back in the studio it’s business as usual and I thought today would be the perfect day to discuss the recent Libertarian debate.” [various formats] (03/01/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/breaking-down-the-libertarian-debate/

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36) That’s entertainment
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“This presidential campaign has been very entertaining. The three leading Republican candidates could give The Three Stooges a run for their money. Front-runner Donald Trump calls his opponents liars and chokers (or ‘chockers’) as often as Moe used to smash Curly and Larry in the face. Slapstick has made a comeback.” (03/01/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/01/thats-entertainment/

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37) Toward brokered conventions
Source: The American Spectator
by Roger Kaplan

“The argument for brokered conventions is that we have had a run of four failed presidencies. They all lived off the astonishing capital — political, moral, economic — accumulated in only eight years by Ronald Reagan, who, mind you, had to first clean up the mess of the failed presidencies that preceded his. Most American presidencies are failures; but our Republic is such, thanks to the blessings of Providence and the genius of the Founders, that it always has rebounded, rebuilt. No one in this season has demonstrated a capacity to rebuild, or even to frankly acknowledge the waste of the past quarter century.” (03/01/16)

http://spectator.org/articles/65638/toward-brokered-conventions

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38) South Carolina: Clinton’s “firewall” holds
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Boosted by overwhelming African-American support (particularly that of older African-American women) Hillary Clinton won a commanding victory Saturday in the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary. Sanders and Clinton have essentially split two states, Iowa and Nevada, and traded blowouts in two. Sanders drubbed Clinton in New Hampshire; she repaid him in South Carolina. March 2 is Super Tuesday, with eleven states, many across the South, making their decision. We’ll know much more then. Exit polls reported 61 percent of the voters in the Democratic primary in South Carolina were African-American. They went 84 percent to 16 percent for Clinton. Reports had her winning elderly African-American women by margins of more than nine to one.” (02/29/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160229/south-carolina-clintons-firewall-holds

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39) My “Every Day Carry” (EDC)
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Over at The Truth About Guns, many people have posted pictures of the things they carry every day, and some good commentary on why they do so. But, so far, it’s all been about men and what they carry in their pockets! So, I thought it might be fun to show what I carry and how, as well as why.” (02/29/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8686

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40) Traitorous bagel-brains against gun victims
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“If Rabbi Creditor wants to reduce gun violence, it would be a fine thing for him to organize gun safety classes for the young people of his community. He could work to expand economic opportunities so fewer would resort to the illegal drug trade. He could perform direct outreach to at-risk kids. He could exercise the prime responsibilty of a rabbi by teaching these people the difference between aggression and defensive use of force. But Creditor is a rabbi in name only. He doesn’t want to teach. … Because disarming Jews worked so well there, he wants to turn America into Nazi Germany. For safety.” (02/29/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2933

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41) Bernie Sanders calls back to America’s socialist roots
Source: Reuters
by Alan Chin

“Buffeted by high winds and thick snow Thursday morning, Senator Bernie Sanders came back to the Cleveland area for the third time since he started running for president, speaking to the crowd of 3,600 packed into the Baldwin Wallace University gym. Ohio remains one of the worst hit states by successive economic crises over the last two decades, with some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country in 2008-09 and the average person earning 20 percent less now than in 2000. So, it’s no surprise that Sanders’ stump speech championing free college education, a higher minimum wage, and all his other proposals against inequality would draw rapturous cheers here.” [editor’s note: Call this one “oppo research” perhaps, although he does correctly identify the Debs connection – SAT] (02/29/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/02/29/bernie-sanders-calls-back-to-americas-socialist-roots

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42) Stupid Patent of the Month: Phoenix Licensing trolls marketers
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Daniel Nazer

“This month, we feature another yet another patent that takes an ordinary business practice and does it on a computer. Our winner is US Patent No. 8,738,435, titled ‘Method and apparatus for presenting personalized content relating to offered products and services.’ As you might guess from its title, the patent claims the idea of sending a personalized marketing message using a computer.” (02/29/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/stupid-patent-month-phoenix-licensing-trolls-marketers

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43) Talking to terrorists online
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“It is widely understood that a number of federal government agencies monitor and even seek to infiltrate jihadist websites. But a program initiated in 2009 to debate the visitors to extremist Islamic sites has yet to find a comfortable organizational niche. The so-called ‘counterpropaganda’ effort against the terrorist Internet is run out of the White House by the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and the National Security Council’s senior director for global engagement. … State Department linguists were finally up and running in 2012 in what was labeled a ‘Viral Peace’ initiative, which trolled radical sites anonymously to argue with militants and sometimes confuse them. This was followed in 2013 by a program that included State Department staffers who identified themselves online as U.S. government employees. They attempted to enter into discussions refuting extremist views, but they found they were treated with little respect by would-be jihadis.” (03/01/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/talking-to-terrorists-online/

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44) US mineral resources need to be mined, not undermined
Source: Cato Institute
by Ned Mamula and Patrick J Michaels

“Mining of domestic minerals and metals is a cornerstone of the U.S. economy, but data just published by the Energy Information Agency (EIA) show investment in U.S. mining and exploration declined an incredible 35% last year — from 135 billion in 2014 to 88 billion in 2015. This represents the second largest decline since 1948. There has also been a secular increase over time of imported minerals. Three factors are contributing to this decline.” (03/01/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-mineral-resources-need-be-mined-not-undermined

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45) You’ve got to pay the market price not just whine about socialism
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“To the economist the definition of rent seeking is rather wide. It’s really the attempt to secure a privilege in some manner, a way to corner something, free from that awful competition of the market. It being, of course, that awful competition of the market which reduces profits, thus seeking that protection leads to increased profits flowing to those who achieve the protection. Our example today is French vignerons.”

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/youve-got-to-pay-the-market-price-not-just-whine-about-nationalism/

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46) Harry Browne, 10 years gone
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Harry Browne pioneered a form of libertarian persuasion that focused on personal benefits. Harry believed that ideas should be sold like products. What mattered was what a product or idea did for a customer. ‘You’ was his favorite word. He sprinkled it everywhere in his communications. He openly appealed to his audience’s self-interest.” (03/01/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/harry-browne-10-years-gone

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47) Don’t trust the FBI’s ability to keep an iPhone back door to itself
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“[T]ruthfully, Apple’s battle isn’t against a one-off court order to crack an encrypted phone; it’s the latest skirmish in the government’s ongoing war against privacy protections — as well as an act of resistance against federal efforts to conscript the private sector into its crusade. But Apple’s public battle against the FBI is a holding action against not just government malevolence, but incompetence. The tech giant’s public resistance is a block to officials’ proven inability to keep secrets of any sort, and the emptiness of its promises to fulfill assurances of confidentiality.” (03/01/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/01/dont-trust-the-fbis-ability-to-keep-an-i

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48) Whose phone is it, anyway?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“The legal issues and history have been ably summarized by Gabriel Malor, on the website of the libertarian-conservative Federalist Society. He concludes for the government. But what is chiefly of interest to libertarians is the question of whether the government has a moral right to invade the privacy of Farook’s phone, and by possible implication millions of other phones, such as the one sitting beside me as I write this Reflection.” [editor’s note: No, what is chiefly of interest to libertarians is the question of whether the government has a moral right to force Apple to write an operating system that compromises every iPhone on earth. Cox completely misses the point with this piece – TLK] (02/28/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1524

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49) No limited government under a national security state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[T]he deception in which conservative[s] engage goes far beyond their devotion to the welfare state. Much worse is their undying devotion to the national-security establishment part of the federal government. That’s because that’s the part that is the very opposite of limited government. In fact, as our American ancestors, who rejected a national-security state for more than 150 years, understood so well, you can’t have limited government when you have a national-security state grafted onto it, since the national-security state inevitably wields and exercises powers that are the very antithesis of limited government.” (03/01/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/01/no-limited-government-under-a-national-security-state/

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50) Free Talk Live, 02/29/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Sam Dodson Returns to the FTL Studio :: Sam Hit By Falling Tree :: Drinking Game Rules :: Alternative Theories :: Spitting on the Sidewalk :: Sam’s Success in Court :: Darryl’s Presidential Debate :: Bob Barr, Gary Johnson and Political Infiltration :: Ron Paul :: Gary Johnson’s Islamophobia :: Rich Paul’s Larger Bandwagon :: Black Lives Matter :: Arcade City :: UBER Killer :: 8 Year Old Inadvertently Snitches on Cannabis Grow Op.” [Flash audio or MP3] (02/29/16)

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