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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,405
Thursday, March 10th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Puerto Rico: Judge upholds marriage apartheid
2) North Korea: Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads
3) Brazil: Lula to face charges
4) White House: Obama won’t meet with Fidel during Cuba visit
5) Somalia: Regime forces kill 10
6) NJ: Lead fear forces water ban in 30 Newark school buildings
7) Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot
8) Chrome plugin leads to greatest media correction ever
9) Peru: Electoral council strikes candidate from race
10) UT: Mormons clash with church over medical cannabis
11) Hilton and IBM built a Watson-powered concierge robot
12) Second Wachowski sibling comes out as transgender
13) Iran tests more missiles, says capable of reaching Israel
14) Utah: Madsen says he will move out of the country after legislature session
15) Verizon to pay $1.35 million bribe for tracking phone customers without their permission

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Sanders and Trump: No difference
17) Adults for America
18) Stop Trump now or lose liberty later
19) Free Talk Live, 03/09/16
20) Google: When something on the Internet is free — you’re the product
21) I’m going to cast my first vote at 62
22) Auto-bailout backfire: Does Sanders have antidote to “gotcha politics?”
23) Why the disadvantaged bear the cost of police militarization
24) Trump v. Clinton — what a choice!
25) “Boom Bust Boom”: The greedy monkey theory of economic collapse
26) The case for shutting down the Republican Party
27) Rubio’s philosophobia
28) America could (probably) survive a President Trump
29) It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle
30) Trump’s missing foreign policy advisers
31) End party over principle
33) Finicum’s wake
33) Alexander Hamilton’s warning to fans of Trump and Sanders: Populism endangers liberty
34) Polls for prisons
35) Star Wars: Intellectual property strikes back
36) The power of juries
37) Three decades on, the fight for economic freedom continues
38) The Tom Woods Show, episode 613
39) Libertarians vs. the isolationist killers
40) On trade, Sanders and Trump are peas in a rotten pod
41) Humans are hard-wired to value some people over others
42) The Olympics and liberty
43) Is there a limit to the government abuse others will accept?
44) People make things — not corporations, not government
45) Warmongers hate Trump

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

1) Puerto Rico: Judge upholds marriage apartheid
Source: NBC News

“A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban, ruling that last year’s landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage rights doesn’t necessarily apply to the unincorporated territory. The U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision in Obergefell v. Hodges requires all states to issue marriage licenses to gay couples and to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.” (03/08/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/judge-upholds-same-sex-marriage-ban-puerto-rico-n534556

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2) North Korea: Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads
Source: Reuters

“North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday. Kim has called for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the United States and South Korea and stand ready to use nuclear weapons, stepping up belligerent rhetoric after coming under new U.N. and bilateral sanctions for its nuclear and rocket tests.” (03/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0WA2QM

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3) Brazil: Lula to face charges
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Brazilian prosecutors are filing charges against ex-President Lula da Silva in a money laundering investigation, officials say. He denies any wrongdoing and says the charges are politically motivated. The accusations are part of a major corruption investigation at the state oil company, Petrobras. Lula and his wife, Marisa Leticia, face questions over the alleged ownership of a seafront penthouse in the exclusive resort of Guaruja. They are among 16 people who are formally being accused of money laundering by Sao Paulo prosecutors. Lula’s son is also reported to be on the list.” (03/09/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35770299

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4) White House: Obama won’t meet with Fidel during Cuba visit
Source: Raw Story

“The White House has ruled out an encounter between President Barack Obama and revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in Cuba this month and is confident the government will not create obstacles to a meeting between Obama and dissidents in Havana, a top adviser said on Wednesday. Despite the goal of improving ties between former Cold War foes, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Obama would not use his trip to meet Cuba’s demands that he shutter Radio and TV Marti, U.S. broadcasters created to transmit anti-communist programming to the island nation. Obama plans to hold talks with Cuban President Raul Castro during his historic March 20-22 visit but will not meet with Castro’s brother, a legendary figure who took power in a 1959 revolution and led Cuba for 49 years.” (03/09/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/white-house-says-obama-will-not-meet-with-fidel-castro-during-visit-to-cuba

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5) Somalia: Regime forces kill 10
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Hoping to capture a high-profile target, Somali forces hopped off helicopters a couple of miles (kilometers) from an al-Shabab-controlled town, slipped through the dark and got into a fierce firefight that reportedly killed more than 10 Islamic extremists, US and Somali officials said. U.S. forces were serving in an advisory role and provided the helicopter transportation for the mission, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.” (03/09/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1101389/Somali-forces-kill-10-extremists-in-Somalia–Officials.html?isap=1&nav=760

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6) NJ: Lead fear forces water ban in 30 Newark school buildings
Source: Fox News

“Elevated levels of lead caused officials in New Jersey’s largest school district on Wednesday to shut off water fountains at 30 school buildings until more tests are conducted, officials said. Newark Public Schools notified the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday that annual testing found levels ranging from non-detected to above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for lead, which is 15 parts per billion. That level requires additional testing, monitoring and remediation. The DEP has requested test results from previous years to be able to do a complete analysis. No building had more than four samples above the action level, the DEP said in a statement.” (03/09/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/09/lead-fear-forces-water-ban-in-30-new-jersey-school-buildings.html

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7) Fukushima’s ground zero: No place for man or robot
Source: Reuters

“The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have ‘died’; a subterranean ‘ice wall’ around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished; and authorities still don’t how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever-mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one of the worst earthquakes in history triggered a 10-metre high tsunami that crashed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station causing multiple meltdowns. Nearly 19,000 people were killed or left missing and 160,000 lost their homes and livelihoods. Today, the radiation at the Fukushima plant is still so powerful it has proven impossible to get into its bowels to find and remove the extremely dangerous blobs of melted fuel rods.” (03/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-disaster-decommissioning-idUSKCN0WB2X5

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8) Chrome plugin leads to greatest media correction ever
Source: USA Today

“Extensions for Google’s Chrome web browser are sometimes fun, sometimes very productive, and in one instance, can lead to arguably the greatest media correction ever. On Wednesday, tech magazine Wired published a story about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and the fascination with N.J. Governor Chris Christie, standing behind Trump after giving his formal endorsement for president. But there was one small problem: any references in the story to Donald Trump were replaced with ‘Someone With Tiny Hands.’ Cue the greatest correction ever.” (03/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/03/09/chrome-plugin-leads-greatest-media-correction-ever/81535326

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9) Peru: Electoral council strikes candidate from race
Source: ABC News

“Peru’s electoral council on Wednesday blocked the candidacy of the main challenger to front-runner Keiko Fujimori in April 10 presidential elections. The body voided the candidacy of economist Julio Guzman by a vote of 3-2. It cited technical reasons having to do with the mechanism by which his party chose him as its candidate. Many Peruvians have criticized the ruling as petty.” (03/09/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/electoral-council-strikes-candidate-peru-race-37524552

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10) UT: Mormons clash with church over medical cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“For several years, Utah Sen. Mark Madsen has labored over a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The only major obstacle has been his religion. A survivor of an accidental opioid overdose, Madsen has become one of Utah’s most outspoken advocates for medical cannabis legislation. Madesen would eventually help author Senate Bill 73, which would effectively make Utah the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. He is also a practicing Mormon, which may seem as a conflict given the church’s anti-marijuana stance. Madsen is just one of a number of growing Mormons who support medical marijuana legislation despite their faith, according to a report from the Influence.” (03/09/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/03/09/utah-mormons-clash-with-church-over-medical-marijuana

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11) Hilton and IBM built a Watson-powered concierge robot
Source: The Verge

“Hilton is testing an artificial intelligence-powered concierge robot for its chain of hotels in the US through a partnership with IBM’s Watson program. The automaton, called ‘Connie’ after company founder Conrad Hilton, can already be found in the Hilton McLean hotel in Virginia. Guests can ask it questions about nearby restaurants, tourist attractions, and hotel information, but it can’t check them in quite yet.” (03/09/16)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/9/11180418/hilton-ibm-connie-robot-watson-hotel-concierge

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12) Second Wachowski sibling comes out as transgender
Source: CNN

“The second half of the directing duo known as the Wachowskis has come out as transgender. Lilly Wachowski, 48, sibling of Lana Wachowski, 50, issued a statement to Windy City Times that begins, ‘SEX CHANGE SHOCKER — WACHOWSKI BROTHERS NOW SISTERS!!!’ The Times reports an outlet threatened to out the younger Wachowski, which led to the announcement.” (03/09/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/08/entertainment/wachowski-sisters-transgender/index.html?sr=fbCNN030916wachowski-sisters-transgender0508AMStoryLink&linkId=22067934

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13) Iran tests more missiles, says capable of reaching Israel
Source: Reuters

“Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday that it said were designed to be able to hit Israel, defying U.S. criticism of similar tests carried out the previous day. State television showed footage of two Qadr missiles being launched from northern Iran which the IRGC said hit targets 1,400 km (870 miles) away. Tests on Tuesday drew a threat of new sanctions from the United States.” (03/09/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-missiles-idUSKCN0WB0I9

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14) Utah: Madsen says he will move out of the country after legislature session
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

“Reeling after the defeat of his medical marijuana bill, Sen. Mark Madsen said Monday that he is moving to South America where he said he can have more freedom to make his own choices. ‘I’ve long since concluded that I desire more freedom in my individual life than I’m allowed to have in this state,’ said Madsen, who indicated the move was something he and his family had wanted to do and was not simply the result of the defeat of his marijuana legislation.” (03/08/16)

http://www.sltrib.com/news/3631481-155/madsen-says-he-will-move-out

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15) Verizon to pay $1.35 million bribe for tracking phone customers without their permission
Source: NBC 41

“Verizon will pay a $1.35 million fine over its ‘supercookie’ that the government said followed phone customers on the Internet without their permission. Verizon will also have to get an explicit ‘yes’ from customers for some kinds of tracking. The supercookies landed their name because they were hard, or near-impossible, to block. Verizon uses them to deliver targeted ads to cellphone customers.” (03/09/16)

http://nbc4i.com/2016/03/08/verizon-to-pay-1-4m-for-tracking-phone-customers-without-their-permission/

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

16) Sanders and Trump: No difference
Source: TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle

“Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders may seem like polar opposites, but if you look closer, you’ll see a lot of similarity. There has never been an American primary so passionately fought, and two candidates have emerged as cult favorites. Before you paint a Chaplin mustache on your brother’s candidate, you best take the armband out of your own closet.” (03/09/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/sanders-trump-no-difference.html

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17) Adults for America
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The answer to what ails us is … us. Oh, we can say it is the fault of politicians — and we’re not wrong — but turning to the cause of a problem for its solution is … problematic at best.” (03/09/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/09/adults-for-america/

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18) Stop Trump now or lose liberty later
Source: Cato Institute
by Nat Hentoff and Nick Hentoff

“We are not the only ones to have compared Trump’s success to the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Danielle Allen, a professor at Harvard, has made a similar comparison in a thoughtful Washington Post column. But many intelligent people still discount such comparisons. They argue that Donald Trump’s campaign promises are nothing more than pragmatic bluster that will be abandoned if he is elected president. Others argue that the U.S. is not Weimar Germany and that the checks and balances unique to our Constitution would prevent what happened in Germany from happening here.” (03/09/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/stop-trump-now-or-lose-liberty-later

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19) Free Talk Live, 03/09/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Man Waterboards Girlfriend to Reveal Cheating :: Torture Doesn’t Work :: Couples and Money :: Muslims Excluded from Student Government? :: Leaving Abusers :: Attraction to Abuse? :: Fake Libertarian Austin Petersen :: Upcoming Stossel LibDebate :: Televised :: Govt Jobs :: Is Darryl serious? :: New Video fo LaVoy Finicum’s Shooting :: Don’t miss out! :: Unprincipled So-Called Libertarians :: Petersen Not Invited to CO LP Debate.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/09/16)

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20) Google: When something on the Internet is free — you’re the product
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“And that, in a nutshell, is the lion’s share of Google’s business model. And business — is booming. Google is worth a net $350 billion. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Denmark — is $342 billion. Google offers you a wide array of free products — the better to collect your data with, my Dear. The Big Bad Wolf then sells it all to the highest bidders.” (03/09/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/google-when-something-on-the-internet-is-free-youre-the-product/

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21) I’m going to cast my first vote at 62
Source: USA Today
by Etta Myers

“Prison was where I spent most of my life, and it was where I became an adult. I am 62 years old and I was sentenced to life plus five years in 1977, when I was 21. I always thought that once I was released, I’d start working to make life better for the people inside: the incarcerated women and men with whom I spent practically a lifetime. The first step I took after my release was to fight for legislation that would restore the right to vote for 40,000 men and women on probation and parole in Maryland. We’ve already waited long enough to be a part of the American democracy, we’ve paid our dues, and we need our citizenship rights restored upon leaving prison.” (03/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/09/first-time-voter-felon-age-62-maryland-column/81535722

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22) Auto-bailout backfire: Does Sanders have antidote to “gotcha politics?”
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Politicians and campaign consultants, listen up. There is a lesson to learn from Michigan’s Democratic primary upset: Voters are tired of having their intelligence insulted by cynical politicians using 90’s-style ‘gotcha’ politics, a tactic where a politician attempts to lure or entrap an opponent by use of a supposed fact, gaffe, mistake or statement that makes it appear the opponent is a hypocrite or untrustworthy. Then the politician ‘pounces’ (hence the term ‘gotcha’). Just two days before the Michigan primary, Hillary Clinton tried to use this cynical tactic on Bernie Sanders. During the Flint debate she said, ‘I’ll tell you something else that Senator Sanders was against. He was against the auto bailout.'” (03/09/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160309/auto-bailout-backfire-does-sanders-have-antidote-to-negative-politics

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23) Why the disadvantaged bear the cost of police militarization
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“The deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown over the past two years have sparked national protests. At front and center of these demonstrations was the issue of police militarization, the fact that modern-day police officers often look more like an occupying military force than ‘keepers of the peace.’ In addition to this issue, however, the deaths of these black men shed light on another important matter. That is, minorities are far more likely to have a negative experience with police than their white counterparts.” (03/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/08/why-the-disadvantaged-bear-the-cost-of-police-militarization/

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24) Trump v. Clinton — what a choice!
Source: National Review
by Michael Tanner

“Whoever winds up winning the presidential election, the Republic will be the loser.” (03/09/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/432507/trump-v-clinton-third-party-anyone

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25) “Boom Bust Boom”: The greedy monkey theory of economic collapse
Source: In These Times
by Eileen Jones

“Boom Bust Boom is an odd little documentary co-written by Terry Jones, formerly of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. In it, an assortment of experts take us on a tour through the great busts of financial markets, all the way back to the bursting of the colossal tulip bubble of 1637. We hear from economists Dan Ariely, Zvi Bodie, Andy Haldane and Robert J. Shiller, economic journalists Paul Krugman, John Cassidy and Paul Mason, and deceased economists John Kenneth Galbraith and Hyman Minsky in goofy cloth puppet form. … But the real question driving the film is why government leaders and economists seem to chronically forget the harsh lessons learned during those bitter busts. Unsurprisingly, the blame falls on classical economics and its myopic focus on free market competition as an engine of growth, while simply ignoring the built-in tendencies toward instability and crisis.” [editor’s note” At first glance this film is likely as distorted a “docudrama” as most of Moore or Gore, but the review’s pretty insightful anyway – SAT] (03/09/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18945/terry-jones-boom-bust-boom-greedy-monkey-theory-of-economic-collapse

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26) The case for shutting down the Republican Party
Source: The New Republic
by Bill Scher

“Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both left of center, but there is visible ideological distance between them regarding the scope of government. The distance between John Kasich and Ted Cruz is harder to spot. All the remaining Republican candidates want to cut taxes for the wealthy, defund Planned Parenthood, and resist minimum wage hikes. They even all agree on building a wall on the border with Mexico. So why is the Republican Party the one that’s on the verge of cracking up? A mere 51 percent of Republican voters would be ‘satisfied’ if the current frontrunner Donald Trump is the nominee, according to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll. The numbers for Marco Rubio and Cruz are better, but not stellar: 62 percent and 65 percent, respectively. The Democrats are in stronger shape: Both Clinton and Sanders clear 70 percent.” (03/09/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131269/case-shutting-republican-party

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27) Rubio’s philosophobia
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Roderick Long

“The other night I caught a few minutes of Marco Rubio talking about education. (I think it might have been from this.) One of the remarks he made was that students shouldn’t major in ‘Roman philosophy’ if they want a successful career after graduation. Apparently he’s been saying this a lot, though more often with Greek philosophy as his example. I suppose it’s no surprise that a Senator named Marco Antonio Rubio would have it in for the likes of Cicero. But apparently Rubio is unaware that philosophy is one of the very best majors one can take to prepare for a successful career.” (03/09/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/03/rubios-philosophobia/

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28) America could (probably) survive a President Trump
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“One of the more fascinating things this election has been watching it dawn far too late on many pundits and the political establishment that Donald Trump might actually win the Republican nomination. Now, of course, the question is rather starker: could he win the presidency, and what happens if he does? The conclusion, in my experience talking to many Washington policy types of both political persuasions, frequently includes a swear word. Foreign diplomats, officials and policy experts often take a similar view. For sure, Trump is like no politician in recent American history. For now, I don’t necessarily expect him to win; his supporters might be enthusiastic, but he could be even more effective at getting his opponents out to vote against him.” [editor’s note: The upside might be breaking the “alternating-two-terms-each” cycle; one might expect “the Donald” to become bored after about 2-3 years, while every political machine in either war-party wing re-dedicated itself to “course correction” – SAT] (03/09/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/09/why-america-could-probably-survive-a-president-trump

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29) It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle
Source: Salon
by Bill Curry

“You wouldn’t know it from watching TV last night or reading the national papers this morning but Bernie Sanders'[s] Michigan win ranks among the greatest upsets in presidential primary history. Should he win the nomination it will be go down as the biggest upset of any kind in American political history. If he wins the election it will change the fundamental direction of the nation and the world. Some key lessons, obvious to everyone but the media …” (03/09/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/09/it_should_be_over_for_hillary_party_elites_and_msnbc_cant_prop_her_up_after_bernies_michigan_miracle/

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30) Trump’s missing foreign policy advisers
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump is the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination, but unlike most major party front-runners at this stage he has no public list of foreign policy advisers (or any other kind of policy advisers, come to think of it). That might not be such a great problem right now if it weren’t for the fact that Trump keeps promising to release a list of his foreign policy advisers and then fails to follow through.” (03/09/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-missing-foreign-policy-advisers/

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31) End party over principle
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Heather D

“Are you tired of not knowing where candidates really stand on critical liberty issues? Campaign season is upon us, and we’ve all heard the political rhetoric that comes with it. Many of our legislators have gotten comfortable spewing pithy talking points and safely winning re-election year after year. They count on you to forget their voting records and put party ‘loyalty’ over principle, while expecting that you will give them your vote without question — if you vote at all.” (03/09/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/end-party-principle-2

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33) Finicum’s wake
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“The late rancher LaVoy Finicum sought to elude the state’s armed enforcers, but he wasn’t attempting to evade the law. His intent, as he explained clearly and repeatedly to OSP troopers before the lethal ambush at a roadblock on Oregon Highway 395, was to travel to John Day to meet with Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer, who could have taken him into custody, if just cause existed for that action. Finicum, who nurtured a winsome if misguided faith in the Constitution, entertained the hope that Palmer might be a peace officer who was willing to act in the name of the people, rather than enforcing the will of the state.” (03/09/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/03/finicums-wake.html

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33) Alexander Hamilton’s warning to fans of Trump and Sanders: Populism endangers liberty
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

“To be sure, populism is often fueled by legitimate dissatisfaction with the status quo. Americans have good reason to be furious with their political and economic leaders, especially those who rarely venture outside the New York-Washington DC axis. When Sanders shouts that the economic system is rigged and Trump thunders against an out-of-touch political class, they have — as no less than Charles Koch (who’s very critical of both men’s economic policies) has affirmed — a point. One problem, however, with Trump-Sanders-like populist rhetoric and policies is that they undermine liberty.” (03/09/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/03/09/alexander-hamilton%E2%80%99s-warning-fans-trump-sanders-po

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34) Polls for prisons
Source: The Atlantic
by Vann R Newkirk II

“Why can’t most people in prison vote? Although states display considerable range of policies on the issue of how –– if at all –– people can vote after being released from institutions or onto parole or probation, the general idea is that the ballot box stops where the bars begin. But on Tuesday, 6,195 inmates voted in Puerto Rico’s Republican primary — where they comprised one-sixth of the voters who cast their ballots. Their example challenges many of the premises of felon disenfranchisement, and suggests that fears of what would happen if it were repealed are overblown.” (03/09/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/inmates-voting-primary/473016/

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35) Star Wars: Intellectual property strikes back
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Matthew McCaffrey

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already one of the most successful films of all time, and the Star Wars franchise is poised to grow at .5 past light speed for the foreseeable future. Yet, while Disney rapidly develops new chapters for the saga, it’s also quietly deleting some old ones: in 2014, Lucasfilm announced that to make way for the new films, the Star Wars Expanded Universe (or EU) would no longer be considered canon, a decision that disappointed many longtime fans.” (03/09/16)

http://fee.org/articles/star-wars-intellectual-property-strikes-back/

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36) The power of juries
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“People often talk about the supposed system of checks and balances that exists within the various levels of government in the United States. Their claim is that the judiciary keeps the legislature in check and vice versa. In reality the system of checks and balances more accurate mimics a circlejerk. If a check and balance system exists in this country it is the jury. Unfortunately too many people have fallen for the bullshit that juries must rule on the letter of the law but sometimes a jury will still recognize its power, which stems from the fact jurors cannot be punished regardless of what their ruling is, and rule against a government goon on a power trip …” (03/09/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/03/09/the-power-of-juries/

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37) Three decades on, the fight for economic freedom continues
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Fred L Smith, Jr.

“Americans want honorable, thoughtful government but are no longer sure that result is possible. Government has now grown so gigantic, arrogant, powerful, and pervasive that it has lost coherence and legitimacy. The constitutional order envisioned by the Founders has given way to a world of competing ideological and economic interests. Faction blocks faction and the results please no one. Americans demand that government do more and more, but grant it less and less legitimacy. One risk history suggests is the citizenry seeking a ‘strong’ leader — or one perceived as such. I’m from Louisiana and know well the populist power of ‘Every Man a King’ rhetoric. The current presidential campaign illustrates the results.” (03/09/16)

https://cei.org/content/three-decades-fight-economic-freedom-continues

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38) The Tom Woods Show, episode 613
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“To call any aspect of the climate change orthodoxy into question is to risk being condemned as ‘anti-science.’ But are the arguments and computer models of the so-called mainstream really so rock solid?” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/09/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-613-climate-change-what-does-science-really-say/

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39) Libertarians vs. the isolationist killers
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Given all the hoopla surrounding the presidential campaign, it’s easy for people to conclude that the big fight for the future of America is between Democrats and Republicans. Not so. When it comes to fundamental principles, Republicans and Democrats are on the same page. They both believe in socialism, interventionism, and imperialism, as reflected by the joint devotion to such programs as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, education grants, immigration controls, trade restrictions, drug war, invasions, occupations, wars of aggression, assassinations, torture, and foreign aid to dictatorships. The only real fight between Democrats and Republicans is over who is going to be in charge of the welfare-warfare state programs.” (03/09/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/09/libertarians-vs-the-isolationist-killers/

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40) On trade, Sanders and Trump are peas in a rotten pod
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Neither Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, nor Donald Trump, the self-described terrific businessman, knows squat about economics. If their polices were enacted, regular working people would be harmed. This is most clear with trade. Sanders and Trump are flaming protectionists, which means they peddle perhaps the oldest, most-thoroughly discredited economics doctrine ever spoken.” (03/09/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/03/on-trade-sanders-and-trump-are-peas-in.html

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41) Humans are hard-wired to value some people over others
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Andrew Syrios

“Most good straw men are as self-evidently true as they are irrelevant. While it may be true that some libertarians want so much to be left alone that they would prefer to be left alone by not just the government but, well, everyone. The vast majority of people — including libertarians — understand quite well that human beings are a social and communitarian species. Libertarians simply believe human beings can self-organize and that it should be left to the individual which communities he or she will join and on what terms.” (03/09/16)

https://mises.org/library/humans-are-hard-wired-value-some-people-over-others

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42) The Olympics and liberty
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“I’m often asked what makes a film ‘libertarian.’ Does it need to be set in a dystopian totalitarian future? Must the protagonist be fighting a government bureaucracy or authority? Many libertarian films do contain those features. But my favorites are those in which a protagonist achieves a goal or overcomes obstacles without turning to the government to fix things. Two such films are in theaters now, and both are based on true stories about Olympic athletes who achieved their goals in spite of government interference, not because of government aid.” (03/08/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1527

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43) Is there a limit to the government abuse others will accept?
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Any student of history learns that people will put up with horrific government abuse before they do anything about it. And so I’ve been watching for years, waiting to see how much abuse the Western world, and Americans in particular, will accept from government before they admit that they’re being abused. In dark moments, I’ve even wondered whether this time was different, whether the natural human reaction against pain had somehow been eliminated. People in the past have rebelled against far less. But I’ve also come to understand we have, in our times, a unique driver of compliance.” (03/08/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/limit-government-abuse-americans-will-accept/

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44) People make things — not corporations, not government
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“I don’t think ‘public sector’ or ‘private sector’ really means much in these situations. In either case, the work is done by actual human beings through what anthropologist David Graeber, in Debt, calls ‘everyday communism’ — by cooperating and sharing information. All achievements attributed to institutional hierarchies, whether corporations or government agencies, are really the work of the peer groups of cooperating human beings inside them, keeping them going despite authoritarian interference and irrationality from the managers at the top of the hierarchy. The question of what kind of parasitic hierarchy least impedes this process matters less than abolishing the hierarchies altogether.” (03/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43856

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45) Warmongers hate Trump
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The beginning of wisdom in foreign policy is learning from mistakes, something that Clinton, who is supposedly much more sophisticated about such matters than Trump, has proven constitutionally incapable of doing. Unlike Clinton, Trump intermittently seems to recognize the limits of American power and the impossibility of doing just one thing in a world full of complexity and unintended consequences. But only intermittently.” (03/09/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/09/warmongers-hate-trump

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