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Volume XIV, Issue #3,407
Monday, March 14th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Germany: “Far-right” party surges in state elections after anti-immigrant campaign
2) Turkey: Ankara bombing kills at least 34
3) Reporter files criminal charge of battery against Trump campaign chief
4) Study: Raising e-cigarette age increases teen smoking
5) New data: Libertarian Party registrations rising
6) Brazil: Protests seen as key test for embattled president
7) Libya: Tunis-based unity government claims power
8) Farmworkers protest by home of Wendy’s billionaire chairman
9) Egypt: PM dismisses minister after “prophet” comments
10) Scotland: SNP to build new case for independence
11) Clark unveils plans to prosecute people who say things she doesn’t like on the Internet
12) White House narrows search to three for SCOTUS
13) Ivory Coast: Gunmen leave at least 11 dead after opening fire at beach resort
14) Study links Splenda to higher risk of leukemia
15) Lebanon: Regime announces “fix” to trash crisis amid protests
16) Hillary’s emails reveal lucrative ties to for-profit colleges
17) ObamaCare co-ops lost millions in 2015; some expect 2016 profits
18) Teachers crowdfunding school supplies: Succesful, but a necessity?
19) Barber won’t cut Tran Army vet’s hair, “on religious grounds”
20) Gaza: Israeli forces murder young brother and sister
21) IL: Trump blames “planned attack” by “professional” protesters for Chicago fracas
22) AL: Officials say unrest at prison leaves two hurt
23) OH: Judge says 17-year-olds can vote in presidential primary
24) Obama: If government can’t access phones, “everybody is walking around with a Swiss Bank account in their pocket”
25) Despite previous failures, US to restart training and arming Syrian rebels

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Tell it like it is
27) The main casualty of canceled Trump rally is the *idea* of free speech
28) Strong crypto: An offer in compromise for President Obama
29) Come and get me
30) Conceived in tyranny
31) From “just say no” to just say “know”
32) The FCC’s new subtractive privacy policy
33) YAL pushes back at campus free speech haters
34) The next front in the new crypto wars: WhatsApp
35) Setting the record straight on Social Security
36) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 70: The Libertarian Party cant’s afford Gary Johnson again
37) The right to be wrong
38) Why governments aren’t all that different from street gangs
39) Memo to Cruz: Carpet bombing is by definition a human rights atrocity
40) A counsel of political pessimism
41) Who the hell is supporting Donald Trump?
42) Trump wants to make government huge again
43) Innovative bureaucracies?
44) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/10/16
45) When your enemy’s enemy is your enemy
46) The Tom Woods Show, episode 615
47) Michael Pickens on the Jason Stapleton Program
48) What do we want in a Supreme Court justice?
49) Free the gas pumps!
50) Thoughts on the election campaign
51) Trump’s voters more sophisticated than you think
52) Hillary Clinton breaks the irony meter
53) War College podcast: The sniper’s evolution from villain to hero
54) Laws make problems, not solutions
55) Better the Kim we know …
56) Are the chickens of social progressivism coming home to roost?
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, 03/11/16
58) Ten questions for Bill Buppert
59) Achieving “social justice” means embracing free speech
60) Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism

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

1) Germany: “Far-right” party surges in state elections after anti-immigrant campaign
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A new far-right German party that campaigned aggressively against the refugees who have poured into the country in the last year scored stunning victories in three state elections on Sunday …. The populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), which turned the elections in three of Germany’s 16 federal states into a referendum on Merkel’s refugee policies, won 24% of the vote in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, 12.5% in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and 11.7% in Rhineland-Palatinate. Those preliminary results, based on exit polls for German TV network ARD, far succeeded pre-election forecasts. … Never before had a party in Germany won as much support in its first election as in Saxony-Anhalt, an economically depressed state with a 10% unemployment rate.” (03/13/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-germany-elections-20160313-story.html

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2) Turkey: Ankara bombing kills at least 34
Source: Washington Post

“A car bomb in the heart of the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least 34 people on Sunday, heightening anxieties that violence from the war against Kurdish militants in the southeast is spilling into Turkish cities. The early evening explosion struck near a busy square along the main Ataturk Boulevard, an area of malls and restaurants that is typically packed with shoppers and commuters. It was the second such bombing in Ankara in less than four weeks, and was less than a mile from the earlier one.” (03/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/bomb-in-turkish-capital-kills-more-than-two-dozen/2016/03/13/b6924baa-e954-11e5-a9ce-681055c7a05f_story.html

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3) Reporter files criminal charge of battery against Trump campaign chief
Source: Newsmax

“A reporter for the conservative website Breitbart News filed a criminal complaint on Friday against Republican presidential election front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign manager, saying he grabbed her arm at a rally with such force that he left bruises. A police report released on Friday showed that the reporter, Michelle Fields, said she was the victim of battery on Tuesday night at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, where Trump spoke after that day’s contests in the race to nominate the party’s candidate for the Nov. 8 presidential election.” (03/11/16)

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/reporter-files-criminal-charges/2016/03/11/id/718693/#ixzz42hJDnfKf

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4) Study: Raising e-cigarette age increases teen smoking
Source: The Daily Caller

“Raising the vaping age actually leads to an increase in teen smoking, according to a new study from Cornell University. Published in Preventative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine investigators found an 11.7 percent increase in teen cigarette use after states introduced new age restrictions for e-cigarettes between 2007 and 2013. … The study backs up research published in 2015 showing the drive to ban the under 18s from buying and using e-cigarettes had the exact opposite effect that policy makers [claimed to intend].” (03/11/16)

http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/11/cornell-study-finds-raising-the-vaping-age-actually-increases-teen-smoking/

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5) New data: Libertarian Party registrations rising
Source: Truth In Media

“According to a recent Gallup poll and a report from Ballot Access News, the libertarian movement is not only gaining in popularity but is adding new members to the Libertarian Party. In fact, recent data shows that the it’s becoming the fastest growing party in the United States. According to Cato‘s David Boaz, the number of people who identify as libertarian is increasing in the US according to the Gallup Poll’s 2015 survey.” (03/10/16)

http://truthinmedia.com/libertarian-party-registrations-rising/

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6) Brazil: Protests seen as key test for embattled president
Source: Dubuque Telegraph Herald

“Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday for a day of nationwide protests against embattled President Dilma Rousseff that are widely seen as a key test of her ability to weather the political and economic crises lashing the country. The president faces impeachment proceedings over alleged fiscal mismanagement with the country in the throes of the worst recession in decades and amid a sprawling investigation into corruption at the state-run oil giant Petrobras. … Demonstrators across the country stressed that their anger extended well beyond Rousseff and her Workers’ Party, saying the so-called Car Wash investigation into corruption at Petrobras had compromised the entire political class.” (03/13/16)

http://www.thonline.com/news/national_world/article_082d7d3c-e977-11e5-bd7a-8f5fd4efef8e.html

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7) Libya: Tunis-based unity government claims power
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Libya’s UN-backed Presidential Council, based in Tunis, has called on the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers within Libya. The council nominated a unity government last month, but recognition of the cabinet has been delayed.” (03/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35796482

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8) Farmworkers protest by home of Wendy’s billionaire chairman
Source: CBS News

“Hundreds of protesters, many farmworkers, led by Ethel Kennedy, demonstrated near the home of Wendy’s fast food chain’s chairman in hopes of convincing the company to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement some farmworkers’ wages. The Palm Beach Post reports the Immokalee Coalition of Farmworkers’ march near billionaire Nelson Peltz’s home was peaceful Saturday.” (03/13/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/farmworkers-protest-wendys-billionaire-chairman/

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9) Egypt: PM dismisses minister after “prophet” comments
Source: Al-Jazeera [Qatar]

“Egypt’s prime minister has sacked Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend after his controversial remarks about imprisoning ‘the prophet’ went viral. Ahmed el-Zend was on a private Egyptian channel discussing his opponents on Friday when the interviewer asked him whether he would imprison journalists.” (03/13/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/egypt-online-backlash-prophet-muhammad-comments-160313100902485.html

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10) Scotland: SNP to build new case for independence
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Scottish National Party will undertake a fresh drive for Scottish independence but not ‘browbeat’ voters into backing change, party leader Nicola Sturgeon has said. In September 2014, the electorate north of the border voted 55% to 45% to stay part of the United Kingdom. The politician admitted that many had not ‘found our arguments compelling enough’ to choose to leave. The new strategy will begin in the summer, after May’s Holyrood election and June’s EU referendum.” (03/12/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35788489

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11) Clark unveils plans to prosecute people who say things she doesn’t like on the Internet
Source: BuzzFeed News

“Rep. Katherine Clark unveiled a new proposal at the South By Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, dedicating millions of dollars to help stop women from being severely harassed and stalked online. The legislation would establish a $20 million grant for state and local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute cybercrimes [sic] that disproportionately target vulnerable groups.” (03/12/16)

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hamzashaban/congresswoman-unveils-plans-to-prosecute-severe-online-threa?bffbnews&utm_term=.byk61xQz8#.beg40l5n3

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12) White House narrows search to three for SCOTUS
Source: Reuters

“The White House has narrowed its search for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford, a source familiar with the selection process said on Friday. Srinivasan, an Indian-American who served under presidents of both parties before President Barack Obama named him as an appellate judge, and Garland, considered but passed over for the Supreme Court twice before by Obama, are considered the leading contenders, according to the source and two other sources close to the process. Obama is searching for a replacement for long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. Senate Republicans have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down vote on any nominee picked by the Democratic president for the lifetime position on the court.” (03/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-obama-idUSKCN0WD2LE

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13) Ivory Coast: Gunmen leave at least 11 dead after opening fire at beach resort
Source: Mirror [UK]

“A beach resort in the Ivory Coast has come under attack from gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs, according to reports. At least eleven dead have been killed including a five-year-old child as a result of the assault on a hotel in the coastal city Grand-Bassam, it is reported.” (03/13/16)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ivory-coast-hotel-shooting-gunmen-7548999

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14) Study links Splenda to higher risk of leukemia
Source: United Press International

“Although Splenda has been promoted as a healthier alternative to refined white sugar, a recent study conducted in Italy linked the artificial sweetener to higher risk for leukemia. Scientists found Splenda significantly increased the risk for leukemia, as well as other cancers, research that is in line with other studies in recent years.” (03/11/16)

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/03/11/Study-links-Splenda-to-higher-risk-of-leukemia/3741457711872/

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15) Lebanon: Regime announces “fix” to trash crisis amid protests
Source: The New Arab

“Lebanon says it will temporarily reopen a landfill to ease an eight-month rubbish crisis as thousands of people demonstrated in Beirut against the waste pile-up. Rubbish has piled up on beaches, in mountain forests and river beds across Lebanon since the closure in July of the country’s largest landfill at Naameh, just south of Beirut.” (03/12/16)

http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/3/12/lebanon-announces-fix-to-trash-crisis-amid-protests

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16) Hillary’s emails reveal lucrative ties to for-profit colleges
Source: Raw Story

“Student loan debt continues to be one of the largest economic issues plaguing the U.S., with the total amount topping $1.3 trillion. Hillary Clinton’s higher education policy touts debt-free degrees for underprivileged students. But is she being genuine in her efforts to address the issue? While Hillary loves to rail against shady for-profit colleges on the campaign trail, she does have some financial ties to them that are likely to shape whether or not she holds them accountable for ripping students off. It was recently revealed through Hillary’s emails that during her first year as Secretary of State she insisted that Laureate Education be included in the guest list for an education policy dinner hosted at the U.S. Department of State.” [editor’s note: Let’s compile these, to remind the Berners of all this when HRC steals their nomination – SAT] (03/12/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/hillarys-emails-reveal-lucrative-ties-to-for-profit-colleges

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17) ObamaCare co-ops lost millions in 2015; some expect 2016 profits
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

“The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance co-ops absorbed deep financial losses last year, and 2016 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for these nonprofit alternatives to traditional insurers. But it’s too late for the Knoxville-based Community Health Alliance, which shut down at the end of 2015 after state officials said its ‘financial success could not be guaranteed.’ Heading into their third full year of operation, the remaining co-ops are adding customers and improving their coverage, but they also face the end of some government programs designed to support insurers as they build business on the ACA’s public insurance exchanges. They will have to determine soon whether their businesses can stand on their own and compete with more established carriers.” (03/12/16)

http://www.knoxnews.com/business/health-co-ops-lost-millions-in-2015-some-expect-2016-profits-2dc83073-3d14-2b2e-e053-0100007ffb45-371834441.html

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18) Teachers crowdfunding school supplies: Succesful, but a necessity?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Alexandria Boyd needed books. As a schoolteacher at Little Rock Preparatory Academy, a public charter school that caters to underserved communities in Arkansas, she struggled to provide her students with reading material appropriate for their grade level. In January 2015, Ms. Boyd turned to DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding website that helps public school teachers raise funds for projects and classroom materials. She put together a book list for her students (ranging from pre-K to grade 2) and posted an online appeal: help her reach a target amount of $556, enough for 123 books.” [editor’s note: If those materials were the first priority in government education, this would not be an issue; if schools were paid for by the parents of those who used them, that would be the first spending priority – SAT] (03/12/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2016/0311/Teachers-crowdfund-school-supplies.-A-success-but-should-it-be-necessary

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19) Barber won’t cut Tran Army vet’s hair, “on religious grounds”
Source: Fox News Latino

“When Kendall Oliver made an online appointment for a haircut, the last thing the Army reservist who served six years in Afghanistan expected to receive was humiliation. Oliver, who self-identifies more as a man than a woman, was turned away from The Barbershop in Rancho Cucamonga, California. ‘She booked the appointment online. When she came in, I told her we don’t cut women’s hair,’ Richard Hernandez, the owner of The Barbershop, told Fox News Latino. Hernandez said that Oliver made the appointment under the name of Brittany. As a member of the Church of God, Hernandez says it is against his religious belie[f]s to cut a woman’s hair. ‘It goes against my conscience,’ he said.” [editor’s note: And so the madness continues; lots of places cut anyone’s hair — pick one, Dude, and move on! – SAT] (03/12/16)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/03/12/man-refused-to-cut-lgbt-army-vet-hair-says-it-was-on-religious-grounds

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20) Gaza: Israeli forces murder young brother and sister
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Two Palestinian children, a brother and sister, were killed in Gaza on Saturday when shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike hit their home, medical officials said. The strike was targeting four training camps for Hamas militants and came in response to the firing of four missiles from Gaza into open areas of southern Israel late Friday, according to a statement from the Israeli military. Residents of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip, said 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khoussa died when shrapnel hit his family home, situated near a militant training camp. His 6-year-old sister, Isra, was seriously wounded in the strike and later died at a hospital.” (03/12/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-gaza-airstrike-20160312-story.html

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21) IL: Trump blames “planned attack” by “professional” protesters for Chicago fracas
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday blamed ‘professional people’ for a ‘planned attack’ as the reason for protests that stopped him from taking the stage at a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night. … While Trump has faced interruptions during his speeches for months, he had not been confronted with the type of large, organized protest that unfolded in Chicago. As the crowd waited for the event to start, security escorted about a dozen protesters out of the arena a couple at a time. After an organizer took to the stage to announce the plug had been pulled, a few skirmishes broke out between Trump backers and the protesters inside and outside the arena.” (03/12/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-illinois-2016-primary-election-st-pats-parade-met-0313-20160311-story.html

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22) AL: Officials say unrest at prison leaves two hurt
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Inmates set a fire, seized control of a dormitory and stabbed two corrections officials during a violent uprising at a prison in southern Alabama, authorities said Saturday. The riot prompted the governor to repeat an earlier call for measures to modernize the state’s prisons to make them safer and easier to control. The William C. Holman Correctional Facility, which serves as the state’s only execution facility, was on lockdown hours after a riot erupted late Friday. Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton said the prison warden and a corrections officer were stabbed at one of the dormitories at the prison, just outside of Atmore. He said their injuries were not life-threatening. About 100 inmates were involved, Horton said.” (03/12/16)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/top-news/officials-say-unrest-at-prison-in-alabama-leaves-2/nqjhc/

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23) OH: Judge says 17-year-olds can vote in presidential primary
Source: WISH TV 8 News

“Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye ruled against the Secretary of State in the case of a lawsuit filed by a national voting rights organization on behalf of nine 17-year-old plaintiffs. The group was suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted over his decision to stop allowing 17-year-olds, who turn 18 before the election, to vote in the primaries.” (03/12/16)

http://wishtv.com/2016/03/12/judge-17-year-olds-can-vote-in-ohio-presidential-primary/

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24) Obama: If government can’t access phones, “everybody is walking around with a Swiss Bank account in their pocket”
Source: Yahoo! Finance

“In light of the brewing war between Apple and the FBI, President Barack Obama cautioned in his keynote at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival that no one should take an absolutist position on the debate between privacy and public safety. His key argument centered on the trade-offs Americans already make to guarantee their safety and well-being, whether it’s going through TSA security screening at airports — something Obama joked that he hadn’t done in awhile but heard is awful — or being searched at a drunk-driving stop.” [editor’s note: Damn right I take an “absolutist” position. The “trade-offs” he’s talking about aren’t “trade-offs,” they’re entirely “the state wins, you lose” on all sides – TLK] (03/12/16)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/obama-government-cant-access-phones-223422581.html

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25) Despite previous failures, US to restart training and arming Syrian rebels
Source: Mint Press News

“President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next U.S. commander for the Middle East sought to assure lawmakers a revised effort to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels for the fight against the Islamic State group won’t repeat the same mistakes that doomed a similar program last year. Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Army Gen. Joseph Votel described the new approach as a ‘thickening effort’ as opposed to the raising of a large, decisive force.” (03/11/16)

http://www.mintpressnews.com/us-to/214662/

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

26) Tell it like it is
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“You are cordially invited to consider this a funeral oration for the once-honorable word ‘liberal,’ which, in the past 70 years or so has come to mean precisely nothing. In earlier centuries, it might have been used to describe today’s libertarians, politically and socially tolerant of all possible viewpoints. Thomas Jefferson was a liberal of this sort, perhaps the ultimate liberal, and so was Thomas Paine. However, since some indefinite time following World War II, ‘liberal’ has come to be nothing but a euphemism for every variety of nasty, neoPuritanical, Prohibitionistic fascism that the twisted human mind is capable of coming up with, until it eventually fulfills H. L. Mencken’s description of a person who wakes up in the middle of the night, shivering in abject terror that someone, somewhere, is happy.” (03/13/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle863-20160313-02.html

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27) The main casualty of canceled Trump rally is the *idea* of free speech
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Public debate, it seems, is no longer a means by which to search for truth, knowledge, and common ground, but only a venue for speech that expresses unthinking solidarity with whatever you already believe. Trump and his campaign should categorically disown violence among the candidate’s followers. And anti-Trumpers need to learn the difference between protesting and eradicating speech in the public square. In a society that is built upon free speech and free assembly — and in which individuals and groups have never had such abilities to voice their viewpoints — appealing to the worst instincts in people can only end badly.” (03/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/12/the-main-casualty-of-cancelled-trump-ral

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28) Strong crypto: An offer in compromise for President Obama
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“With apologies to the late Barry Goldwater, absolutism in defense of individual privacy and strong encryption is no vice, nor is moderation in their defense a virtue. But if President Obama really is interested in a compromise, I guess I’m willing to offer one. It begins with four words: You first, Mr. President.” (03/12/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5057

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29) Come and get me
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The world is coming to the end; the kingdom of God is upon us; the rapture is near; the apocalypse looms; and on and on. I can’t remember any time in my whole life when there wasn’t some sort of hysteria about looming disasters requiring the people to make more sacrifices. Now the climate change authorities want the government to criminally prosecute people like me and lots of others who know it’s all a load of bullshit and aren’t afraid to say so. They’re demanding that President Obama employ the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to prosecute climate change deniers.” (03/13/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/03/come-and-get-me.html

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30) Conceived in tyranny
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“If the American Revolution was in some large measure a tax rebellion, we should appreciate the bitter irony that the U.S. Constitution was in some large measure a reaction to a tax rebellion. It’s another reason we can reasonably view the move toward the Constitution — toward, that is, the concentration of power in a national government — as a counter-revolution and something for libertarians to abhor.” (03/11/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/03/tgif-conceived-in-tyranny.html

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31) From “just say no” to just say “know”
Source: USA Today
by Marsha Rosenbaum

“One of former first lady Nancy Reagan’s most famous projects, and perhaps her most enduring legacy, emanated from a piece of advice she gave in 1982 to a young girl who asked what she should do if offered drugs. Her spontaneous answer, of course, was ‘just say no.’ This simple phrase became a mantra which endured, in various forms, for decades. Perhaps the phrase had its most significant impact on school-based drug education programs, which proliferated in the early 1980s alongside the escalating War on Drugs. ‘Just Say No’ became its fundamental principle. … The messages contained in prevention programs were designed to frighten adolescents.” [editor’s note: Some halfway intelligent advice, from a long time drug-warrior – SAT] (03/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/11/donald-trump-foreign-policy-national-security-elections-2016-column/81586552

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32) The FCC’s new subtractive privacy policy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“Less is not more. That’s real ‘common sense.’ When one’s actions demonstrably create a worse rather than better outcome net-net, like the FCC’s new Title II ISP privacy policy does, others would justifiably consider it a mistake.” [editor’s note: I don’t think it’s a mistake, I think it’s been the intent the entire time – TLK] (03/13/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/the-fccs-new-subtractive-privacy-policy/

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33) YAL pushes back at campus free speech haters
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“Many who call themselves libertarians across the country engage in disagreements over virtually everything. But freedom of speech is a single issue cause and one that no libertarian can possibly disagree with and still claim the identity of ‘libertarian’ or anything close to it. So this is everyone’s chance to work together for a change and get involved in something important, whether anarchist or minarchist, Left Libertarian or Libertarian-Republican or Libertarian Party activist, anarchist or anarcho-capitalist, voluntaryist or agorist or post-statist.” (03/11/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/yal-pushes-back-at-campus-free-speech-haters

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34) The next front in the new crypto wars: WhatsApp
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Nate Cardozo

“If the government wins in San Bernardino, it could even force companies to give it access to software update systems, and send their users government surveillance software disguised as security patches. Now, it appears that the Department of Justice is considering pursuing another, similarly dangerous legal attack on encryption. The fact that the government is even considering such an action proves that our worst fears were right. This time they’re targeting WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app which started adding strong end-to-end encryption in 2014.” (03/13/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/03/next-front-new-crypto-wars-whatsapp

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35) Setting the record straight on Social Security
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“During Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, here’s how CNN’s Dana Bash falsely framed a question about Social Security: ‘Mr. Trump, you don’t want to raise the retirement age, and you also don’t want to cut benefits even for wealthier Americans. But according to the Social Security Administration, unless adjustments are made, Social Security is projected to run out of money within 20 years.’ There were other misleading questions and lots of misleading answers. So here are some facts about Social Security that can help people who are worried by these Republican lies and scare tactics.” (03/11/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160311/gop-debate-setting-the-record-straight-on-social-security

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36) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 70: The Libertarian Party cant’s afford Gary Johnson again
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (does Nick Gillespie support free speech zones?); Why the Libertarian Party can’t afford to nominate Gary Johnson for president again.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/13/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-70.html

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37) The right to be wrong
Source: Students For Liberty
by Josh Zuckerman and Andy Loo

“In April 2015, a Princeton student group called Urban Congo performed a dance that was perceived by many as making a mockery of African cultures. The dance wasn’t funny and had no redeeming artistic qualities. Videos surfaced online, outrage ensued, and the group voluntarily disbanded and issued a sincere apology. This should have been the end of the story; a bunch of college kids engaged in well intentioned stupidity is hardly a novel occurrence or cause for alarm. But the subsequent and vehement fury on Yik Yak, in tandem with simultaneous calls to rescind rapper Big Sean’s invitation to perform at Spring Lawnparties — due to his allegedly misogynistic lyrics — prompted Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber to call for a gathering of the campus community.” (03/10/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/03/10/the-right-to-be-wrong/

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38) Why governments aren’t all that different from street gangs
Source: We Are Change
by Jeffrey Phillips

“At some point, you may have heard someone call the government a ‘gang of thieves writ large,’ which is a generalization of a quote attributed to libertarian thinker Murray Rothbard. However, if you’re not familiar with the philosophy behind that quote, you might mistakenly believe that it is nothing more than a clever observation on the wasteful and corrupt nature of government. That’s because you may not be aware of the meaning of ‘writ large.'” (03/13/16)

http://wearechange.org/governments-arent-different-street-gangs/

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39) Memo to Cruz: Carpet bombing is by definition a human rights atrocity
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“In the game of murderous one-upmanship that has been the contest for the GOP nomination, one candidate’s promise has stuck out as particularly unhinged from reality: Ted Cruz’s promise to carpet bomb ISIS. Cruz first made his pledge to ‘carpet bomb [ISIS] into oblivion’ in early December, adding: ‘I don’t know if sand can glow in the dark, but we’re going to find out.’ He went on to repeat this promise in two more debates, bizarrely defining carpet bombing as a targeted attack on enemy troops rather than indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. For his troubles, he was roundly mocked by members of the military establishment for not understanding the meaning of the term he was so enthusiastically endorsing. But he shouldn’t just take it from retired members of the military. If Cruz needs a refresher, there are fortunately plenty of survivors’ accounts of the horror wrought by carpet bombing at the ground level that can fill him in.” (03/11/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18964/ted-cruz-carpet-bombing-isis-history-dresden-vietnam

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40) A counsel of political pessimism
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“The depressing truth, as it seems to me this afternoon: 1. If Trump becomes the GOP nominee, it will mean chaos and violence. Same as if he becomes president. He generates an atmosphere of thuggishness. 2. If the Social Justice Warriors prevail in shutting down Trump rallies, it will mean chaos and violence. It is chaos and violence. They are thugs, even if they are praised by the media. 3. I want Trump to beat the SJWs at their game. They are making America ungovernable. 4. But it is not sufficient to cheer Trump for opposing these idiots.” (03/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-political-pessimism/

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41) Who the hell is supporting Donald Trump?
Source: CounterPunch
by Randy Blazak

“When I first started writing about the Trump candidacy last summer it was because his hateful rhetoric reminded of what I had heard in my many years of studying racist groups like the Nazi skinheads and the Ku Klux Klan. I feared for the brown members of my family but hoped that, like so many Trump products, the marketplace of ideas would send the Orange Aristocrat to the dustbin of history; that this ‘Ivy League’ braggart with his horribly misspelled tweets and his potty mouth would be given a permanent time-out by sane political voices. Well, we were all wrong. Somehow the Trump shell game has only gained followers. So the question is now, who the hell are these people voting for Trump? It’s easy enough to blanket characterize them of as idiotic racists flocking to the game show host’s cult of personality like good little Germans, but that angle is horribly problematic. It denies the fact that these are real people responding to problems that they believe to be real.” (03/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/11/who-the-hell-is-supporting-donald-trump/

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42) Trump wants to make government huge again
Source: The Atlantic
by Yoni Applebaum

“In April of 1986, Ronald Reagan spoke to the press before heading to the Illinois state fair to reassure struggling farmers. He blamed their economic problems, in part, on ‘government-imposed embargoes,’ and touted new rules on grain exports. His message that day was simple: Instead of regulating trade, if government simply lowered barriers and got out of the way, prosperity would follow. He drove that point home with one of the best-remembered lines of his presidency: ‘The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Thirty years later, Michigan Republicans delivered their verdict on that idea. Donald Trump is running on a platform that calls for a more active role for government in nearly every sector of American life. And they’re for it.” (03/13/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/trump-government-ethnocentrism/473538/

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43) Innovative bureaucracies?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“I am afraid people on the free-market side have generally underestimated the impact of Marianna Mazzucato’s book, The Entrepreneurial State. Mazzucato’s work has been reviewed glowingly by Martin Wolf and embraced by many of the left as exposing an untold story: that is, that government, not the private sector, is really behind ‘innovation.’ Little attention has been paid to it in our camp. I understand the reason for that: her book is full of non sequiturs and goofy attempts to make ‘evidence’ out of what are, at best, anecdotes. … If Mazzucato’s thesis that government is always the driving force of innovation in the modern world is clearly flawed, a more modest version of her thesis is defensible. Military technology was often useful for successive civil developments, for example. In countries in which government absorbs some 50% of their GDP, it is hardly surprising that some of this gets spent on innovative endeavours.” (03/12/16)

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

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44) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 03/10/16
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Daniele Bolelli. Herein we discuss how he got into history, the importance of playing Assassin’s Creed, bringing history alive, the origin of violence, the historical arsonist archetype, if Hitler won WW II, the slave wars of Ancient Rome and Spartacus, Theodore Roosevelt parallels, comparing imperialistic empires, the nature of power …” [MP3] (03/10/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/daniele-bolleli-history-professor-martial-artist-author-and-host-of-history-on-fire/

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45) When your enemy’s enemy is your enemy
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Three news items from the strange political morass known as the Middle East … Here’s a condensed analysis of these three moves: The Gulf Cooperation Council (a six-country Arab alliance dominated by Saudi Arabia) decision was pure cynicism. Netanyahu’s response was as cynical, but (I’m sorry to say) quite adroit. The statements of the two Arab parties were maladroit at every political level. But they’re also the most interesting, in what they say about the shattering impact of the civil war in Syria on the region, the conundrums of a national minority, and the pitfalls of anti-colonial rhetoric.” [editor’s note: This writer continues to see through the veils in this region, and report on what’s really going on – SAT] (03/11/16)

http://prospect.org/article/when-your-enemys-enemy-your-enemy

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46) The Tom Woods Show, episode 615
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The debate was much more serious this time around than it was last time, and Lew believes it’s because the candidates see the writing on the wall and want to go out with dignity. Whatever the motivation, it’s still good fodder for Lew and me, as we discuss the debate’s style and content, as well as some important news items related to the race. Don’t miss it!” [various formats] (03/11/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-615-one-debate-three-funerals-lew-and-tom-discuss-the-miami-gop-debate/

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47) Michael Pickens on the Jason Stapleton Program
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Earlier this week I had Michael Pickens in the audience to join me in the studio to share with me all that he’s working on. As promised here’s the replay of that interview; we talk about the libertarian party and how we can reach more lovers of liberty.” [various formats] (03/11/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/michael-pickens-from-libertarian-leadership-talks-how-to-get-elected/

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48) What do we want in a Supreme Court justice?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“The February 2016 death of Justice Antonin Scalia renewed a debate that occurs whenever a vacancy arises on the US Supreme Court. What do we want in a justice’s philosophy and temperament? Here’s a radical idea: how about a justice who interprets the Constitution according to its actual words and what they meant when the Founders wrote them?” (03/11/16)

http://fee.org/articles/what-do-we-want-in-a-supreme-court-justice/

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49) Free the gas pumps!
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Aside from both being coastal states, New Jersey and Oregon have little in common except for one infamous thing. Drivers vacationing or passing through either state for the first time who have to stop to gas up their cars are in for a rude awakening if they try to pump their own gas. They will quickly find out from a gas station attendant that it is illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey and Oregon.” (03/11/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/free-the-gas-pumps/

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50) Thoughts on the election campaign
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“Can Trump be elected? The obvious answer is ‘no,’ but I am not sure it is correct. He did a great deal better in the primaries than almost anyone expected. His claim is that he can get support from Democratic voters. If true, the question will be whether he gains more votes by attracting Democrats than he loses by repelling Republicans. My explanation of why Trump and Cruz are the two Republican candidates still standing ties into my old explanation of why people vote. Also my explanation of why sports teams are linked to cities and universities.” (03/12/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/03/thoughts-on-election-campaign.html

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51) Trump’s voters more sophisticated than you think
Source: The New Republic
by Phoebe Maltz Bovy

“Imagine the perfect progressive U.S. presidential candidate: She is promising single-payer healthcare and free college, and has a way to actually make these things happen. She’s plugged in on environmental issues, and will drastically reduce income inequality. She’s pristine on gun control and reproductive rights. She knew going into Iraq was a mistake. She has no skeletons in her closet. She can offer you (yes, you) a better life. You’d vote for her in a heartbeat. Except there’s one little thing: She’s just not really into people of Finnish descent. At all. She thinks they’re too blond; and also, Finland’s kind of close to Russia. ‘Helsinki’ sounds like it begins with ‘hell’! No, there’s no good reason for her prejudice. It’s just her thing.” (03/11/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131462/trumps-voters-sophisticated-think

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52) Hillary Clinton breaks the irony meter
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“At the March 9 Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton had this to say about competitor Bernie Sanders’s favorable comments on Castro’s Cuba and the Sandinista regime in the ’80s: “If the values are that you oppress people, you disappear people, imprison people or even kill people for expressing their opinions … that is not the kind of revolution of values that I ever want to see anywhere.’ This, coming from a former Secretary of State who backed a right-wing coup in Honduras and proudly name-drops Henry Kissinger — Henry Kissinger! — as a close friend and mentor, is the kind of thing the Onion can’t compete with.” (03/11/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43970

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53) War College podcast: The sniper’s evolution from villain to hero
Source: Reuters
by Jason Fields

“Snipers play a key role in the world’s armies. They target commanders on the opposing side and other targets with an outsize impact. Working by themselves, they can pin down a group, creating fear and confusion. And now they’re covered in glory. Hollywood cast Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, in the movie American Sniper. Kyle killed at least 160 people with his rifle. This week on War College we look at the history of snipers and the role they play now. It’s fair to say the role wasn’t always considered a badge of honor.” (03/10/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/10/snipers-battlefield-sinners-or-saviors

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54) Laws make problems, not solutions
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Every time someone gets a bee in their bonnet over a possible problem, you can be sure a new law will be presented as the solution. If we have learned nothing else from history, we should have learned laws don’t solve anything. People who dream up laws ignore the reality that others will adapt and change their behavior to get around laws. While trying to avoid being inconvenienced or harmed by a law they may cause unintended consequences worse than the original problem.” (03/10/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/03/10/mcmanigal-laws-make-problems-not-solutions/

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55) Better the Kim we know …
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Margolis

“Discount, or even ignore, all the howling about the danger of Kim’s North Korea. His saber-rattling and nuclear arms are defensive. They are the result of Washington’s refusal to recognize the Pyongyang regime and crushing sanctions against the North. A non-aggression pact would likely end Kim’s nuclear program. But there’s a far larger risk from North Korea that is hardly ever discussed: the potential collapse of the Kim dynasty and North Korea’s descent into chaos. First, there will be a mass exodus of millions of starving North Koreans to South Korea that Seoul calls, ‘unexpected reunification.’ An even larger danger would be caused by any political/military vacuum in the North.” (03/12/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/eric-margolis/north-korean-revisionism/

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56) Are the chickens of social progressivism coming home to roost?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Gordon E Finley, Ph.D.

“The Michigan Democratic primary was a close race which Secretary Hillary Clinton unexpectedly lost and Senator Bernie Sanders surprisingly won. The pundit analyses of this unanticipated reversal relied almost exclusively on economic explanations. It looked to me, however, like something was missing. The rest of the story, in my view, has to do with identity politics, gender politics, and political correctness.” (03/11/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8731

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, 03/11/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Thomas C. Leonard joins us to discuss the rise of the Progressive Era around the turn of the twentieth century. What ideas did these early progressives hold?” [various formats] (03/11/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/illiberal-reformers-race-eugenics-american-economics-progressive-era

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58) Ten questions for Bill Buppert
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Pete at WRSA asked me to complete this interview for him. He has been kind enough to link to my bloviations here at ZeroGov and this is the least I could do. I can entertain any further questions on my blog or at WRSA.” (03/10/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4699

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59) Achieving “social justice” means embracing free speech
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chris Marchese

“Cases of college students demanding restrictions on free expression are making the news on a weekly basis. While much criticism has been directed at student calls for ‘trigger warnings,’ ‘safe spaces,’ and the ‘right not to be offended,’ less has been said about the impetus behind this advocacy. If we assume the best of those who support restrictions on free expression, we can understand their efforts as a means to a desirable end: a more equal society. Promoting equality at the expense of liberty, however, only serves to undermine both.” (03/11/16)

https://www.thefire.org/achieving-social-justice-means-embracing-free-speech/

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60) Surprise! NSA data will soon routinely be used for domestic policing that has nothing to do with terrorism
Source: Washington Post
by Radley Balko

“A while back, we noted a report showing that the ‘sneak-and-peek’ provision of the Patriot Act that was alleged to be used only in national security and terrorism investigations has overwhelmingly been used in narcotics cases. Now the New York Times reports that National Security Agency data will be shared with other intelligence agencies like the FBI without first applying any screens for privacy.” (03/10/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/03/10/surprise-nsa-data-will-soon-routinely-be-used-for-domestic-policing-that-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism/

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