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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,412
Monday, March 21st, 2016
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In the News:

1) Russia: Court finds Ukraine’s “Joan of Arc” guilty for deaths of journalists
2) Cuba: Regime arrests dozens of human rights protesters before Obama’s arrival
3) Iraq: US deploys more troops
4) Senegal: Residents vote on referendum to reduce presidential term
5) South Africa: Ruling party restates confidence in Zuma
6) Brazil: Poll shows strong support for president’s impeachment
7) Report: Anti-Trump Republicans may tap third-party [sic] candidate
8) Middle East: Lebanon launches rubbish collection plan
9) Obama lands in Cuba as first US president to visit in 88 years
10) Report: Trump to meet with top Republicans in Washington
11) FL: Tampa has officially decriminalized cannabis
12) NH: House passes jury nullification bill
13) ID: Senate passes permitless carry with 27-8 vote
14) Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million in Gawker sex tape case
15) FBI harvests NSA data without warrants; promises to make secret changes

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Individuation
17) How South Park saved fair use
18) To oppose free trade is to embrace violence
19) Mean-spirited, low-lived fellows are nothing new in American politics
20) What’s up with the Ides of March?
21) Has the election finally killed TPP & corporate “free trade?”
22) Mandatory minimums do more harm than good
23) The anti-Trump “plan” for a huge Democratic victory
24) The Tom Woods Show, episode 621
25) Caught in a draft: Where compulsory military service can last forever
26) Voluntaryist comic book heroes are “Shielding Assange”
27) It is not obvious that the new Libor will be better than the old Libor
28) Why didn’t Marco Rubio knock out John Kasich?
29) How Apple could lose by winning: The DoJ’s next move could be worse
30) Does originalism constrain judges?
31) Could Hillary Clinton be worse than Trump?
32) Paul Ryan: The GOP’s next Presidential nominee?
33) Kansas embracing ObamaCare?
34) Sanders’s free trade mythology — or Reason’s?
35) The ECB and John Law
36) The brute force of government spending on autopilot
37) The peace dividend
38) The Democratic Party’s “superdelegates” are super wrong
39) Power in the courtroom belongs to you
40) Should you hire a private bodyguard?
41) Can the state enforce virtuous behavior?
42) The freedom-loving case for open borders
43) The corrupt bargain of 2016
44) A dissenting view on guns: Why rights-based arguments against gun control fail
45) Feds’ crazy plan: Make risky loans, don’t charge for them
46) Liberty, peace, and prosperity (or not) at home and abroad
47) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Aristophanes’s flirtation with feminism
48) Cuba, Obama, and change
49) Free Talk Live, 03/19/16
50) Why gold is money

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

1) Russia: Court finds Ukraine’s “Joan of Arc” guilty for deaths of journalists
Source: Washington Post

“A Russian court Monday found a Ukrainian helicopter pilot nicknamed Ukraine’s ‘Joan of Arc’ guilty of involvement in the 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists, the conclusion to a case that has drawn international condemnation and revived old memories of Stalin show trials. Lt. Nadiya Savchenko had been accused of helping the Ukrainian army target the shelling that led to the June 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists in [a seceded region formerly part of Ukraine] at the height of fighting there. Little known before her capture, Savchenko, 34, has since become a national symbol of resistance in Ukraine and a target for Russians to focus their anger about the killing of [former Ukrainian] civilians.” (03/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russian-court-finds-ukraines-joan-of-arc-guilty-for-deaths-of-journalists/2016/03/21/7b1429dc-1ce3-4298-accb-51b6bba5885a_story.html

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2) Cuba: Regime arrests dozens of human rights protesters before Obama’s arrival
Source: USA Today

“Just hours before President Obama landed Sunday in Cuba for his historic visit to the communist island, Cuban authorities arrested more than 50 dissidents who were marching to demand improved human rights. Members of the group, known as the Ladies in White, are used to the routine. They march each Sunday after Mass at a church in a suburb of Havana called Miramar and usually get arrested and detained for hours or days.” (03/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/03/20/cuba-dissidents-protesters-arrested-president-obama-visit/82048950/

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3) Iraq: US deploys more troops
Source: Florida Statesman

“The death of a U.S. marine in northern Iraq in an Islamic State rocket attack has strengthened the country’s resolve [sic] in fighting the terror outfit. The Pentagon confirmed the death of Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, a 27-year-old field artilleryman with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. The Pentagon issued a statement for the U.S.-led Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve claiming that more U.S. military support troops are being sent to Iraq in light of the recent strike by ISIS.” [editor’s note: What the hell is “the country’s resolve” supposed to even mean. 90% of Americans probably didn’t notice the casualty at all, and among those who did the only “resolve” many of us have is to bring an end to this idiotic military adventurism ASAP – TLK] (03/21/16)

http://www.floridastatesman.com/index.php/sid/242402071

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4) Senegal: Residents vote on referendum to reduce presidential term
Source: Billings Gazette

“Senegalese residents on Sunday voted on a constitutional referendum that could see sweeping constitutional reforms including a reduction of presidential powers and terms from seven to five years, on a continent where many leaders try to hold onto power. More than 5 million people are expected to vote Sunday to determine if 15 reforms will be adopted, according to the election commission.” (03/20/16)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/africa/senegal-votes-on-referendum-to-reduce-presidential-term/article_1e8c180b-0dde-5304-b82e-4cf610556f05.html

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5) South Africa: Ruling party restates confidence in Zuma
Source: ABC News

“South Africa’s ruling party has reaffirmed its confidence in President Jacob Zuma, after a growing chorus of corruption allegations against the leader. The senior leaders of the African National Congress said Sunday they were confident the party would win this year’s local government elections because citizens too remained confident in the country’s leadership.” (03/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-africas-ruling-party-restates-confidence-president-37796980

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6) Brazil: Poll shows strong support for president’s impeachment
Source: ABC News

“A new poll published Sunday suggested strong support for the impeachment of embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in a politically polarized country mired in an economic recession and a corruption probe that has ensnared much of the county’s political brass. The poll by the respected Datafolha agency, published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, said 68 percent of people surveyed want to see lawmakers vote to impeach Rousseff.” (03/20/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/brazil-poll-shows-strong-support-presidents-impeachment-37791720

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7) Report: Anti-Trump Republicans may tap third-party [sic] candidate
Source: Raw Story

“Republicans are launching a ‘desperate’ Hail Mary effort to block the party’s front-runner so far, Donald Trump, according to a report by the New York Times. If the effort fails, Republicans are willing to commit what sounds like short-term political suicide by fielding an independent candidate who maintains party values, according to the report. The 100-day battle starts in Wisconsin with the state’s April 5 primary, with what the Times calls ‘a delegate-by-delegate lobbying effort that would cast Mr. Trump as a calamitous choice for the general election’ employing ‘desperate measures.’ Trump, a real estate billionaire and reality television star-turned-politician, has a sizable lead of about 250 delegates over his closest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.” [editor’s notes: (1) Actually, 5th (after Libertarian & Green) or 6th (Constitution? Peace & Freedom? – hell, even Socialist) party; (2) We Libertarians, knowing all too well how near-to-impossible this would be, even if they started yesterday (thanks to the GOP cartel’s own obstructionist efforts against us!), can only giggle; and (3) I predict such a move, even if successful, might end up in about 7th place, given how confused their own voters would be! – SAT] (03/19/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/anti-trump-republicans-may-tap-third-party-candidate-as-a-desperate-measure-to-stop-donald-trump

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8) Middle East: Lebanon launches rubbish collection plan
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Lebanon has begun implementing a plan to end a rubbish crisis that last year led to big anti-government protests. Several trucks filled with rubbish have gone to a landfill site that has been temporarily reopened as part of a four-year plan to resolve the problem. The closure of the Naameh site in 2015 without an alternative in place caused the streets of Beirut and elsewhere to be deluged with uncollected rubbish. Critics say a viable long-term solution to the problem remains elusive. The Lebanon Daily Star reported that garbage trucks entered ‘the ill-famed Naameh landfill’ for the first time on Saturday since its closure eight months ago triggered the severest ‘trash crisis’ in Lebanon’s history.” (03/19/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35852178

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9) Obama lands in Cuba as first US president to visit in 88 years
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Barack Obama descended on Cuba with a pomp unmatched by the Pope on Sunday, becoming the first American president to visit Cuba in nearly a century, and the first since a revolution led by Fidel Castro toppled a US-backed strongman in 1959. As he arrived, Obama used a Cuban phrase meaning ‘what’s up?’ when he tweeted: ‘Que bola Cuba? Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.'” (03/20/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/20/barack-obama-cuba-visit-us-politics-shift-public-opinion-diplomacy?CMP=fb_gu

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10) Report: Trump to meet with top Republicans in Washington
Source: Fox News

“Donald Trump will reportedly meet Monday in Washington with nearly two dozen influential Republicans, with the apparent hope of improving relations with the GOP establishment. The Republican presidential front-runner will be in the nation’s capital to speak at the annual policy conference for AIPAC, or the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a major pro-Israel group. Trump’s meeting with Republican lawmakers and other party leaders, as first reported by The Washington Post, will be his first major discussion with them since last fall, when he was on Capitol Hill to protest President Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement. The off-the-record meeting was reportedly organized in part by Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has endorsed Trump.” [editor’s note: SO this would be Phase One of their attempt to avoid the windmill-tilt of a “third-party run?” – SAT] (03/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/03/20/trump-reportedly-to-meet-with-top-republicans-in-washington.html

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11) FL: Tampa has officially decriminalized cannabis
Source: The National Marijuana News

“The City of Tampa passed an ordinance Thursday that will lessen the punishment for possessing marijuana within city limits. The city council passed the measure with a vote of 5 to 1. People caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana will face a lesser punishment. ‘Today we have an opportunity to do what’s right and what’s good for the citizens in this community,’ Councilman Frank Reddick said.” (03/20/16)

http://thenationalmarijuananews.com/2016/03/tampa-florida-has-officially-decriminalized-cannabis/

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12) NH: House passes jury nullification bill
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“Last week, the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 184 to 145 to pass a bill that would require courts to instruct jurors about jury nullification — the jurors’ power to refuse to convict even when they think all the elements of the crime have been proved beyond a reasonable doubt (paragraph breaks and formatting added): In all criminal proceedings the court shall inform the jury of its right to judge the facts and the application of the law in relation to the facts in controversy.” (03/17/16)

http://fee.org/articles/new-hampshire-legislature-passes-jury-nullification-bill/

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13) ID: Senate passes permitless carry with 27-8 vote
Source: Breitbart News

“According to 580 KIDO, Greg Pruett, president of Idaho Second Amendment Alliance, reacted to the Senate vote, saying, ‘We are pleased that the Senate has passed SB 1389 with an overwhelming majority. Idaho citizens are one step closer to seeing Permitless Carry in Idaho. On to the House!’ On March 15, Breitbart News reported that the permitless carry legislation, Senate Bill 1389, abolishes the permit requirement for Idahoans 21-years and older who want to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.” (03/17/16)

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/17/idaho-senate-passes-permitless-carry-with-27-8-vote/

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14) Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million in Gawker sex tape case
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Florida jury has awarded Hulk Hogan $115m (£79m) after the gossip news website Gawker published a sex tape of the retired professional wrestler. Mr Hogan’s legal team argued the New York-based website violated his privacy and the video was not newsworthy. The case, which pitted freedom of the press against a celebrity’s right to privacy, has been closely watched.” (03/19/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35849140

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15) FBI harvests NSA data without warrants; promises to make secret hanges
Source: The New American

“All through 2014 and into 2015 the FBI was given direct access to all of the data the NSA was vacuuming up from the Internet, according to a report by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). This means that all the while FBI Director James Comey (shown) was complaining about the ‘going dark’ problem and a shrinking pool of surveillance tools, his agency had nearly limitless amounts of the very data he claimed he was missing out on.” (03/18/16)

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22792-fbi-harvests-nsa-data-without-warrants-promises-to-make-secret-changes

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

16) Individuation
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I’m not ordinarily very much for so-called ‘dirty little secrets,’ unless they happen to be the kind of secrets that people mostly keep hidden from themselves. But this particular secret — so glaringly obvious in hindsight — helps to explain three things about American politics, and they are (A), why Democrats seem to do better than Republicans at the polls so often; and (B), why Donald Trump seems to be traveling at Warp Nine compared to his Republican compatriots, also (C), how it happens that he’s easily beating Democrats at their own game.” (03/20/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle864-20160320-05.html

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17) How South Park saved fair use
Source: Reason
by Alexis Garcia

“For 19 seasons, South Park has provided cutting cultural commentary centered around the foul-mouthed adventures of elementary school students Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman. But the raunchy cartoon has also helped establish an important legal entertainment precedent that expands free speech rights.” (for publication 04/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/20/how-south-park-saved-fair-use

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18) To oppose free trade is to embrace violence
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Supporting free trade is simply a matter of taking no action when another person exchanges in non-violent exchange with another person. That person may be right down the street, or that person may be in another country somewhere. No ‘free trade agreements’ or other paperwork of any kind is required. To oppose free trade, on the other hand, is to engage in the imposition of fines, prison terms, and other sanctions on people for engaging in non-violent exchange.” (03/18/16)

https://mises.org/library/oppose-free-trade-embrace-violence

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19) Mean-spirited, low-lived fellows are nothing new in American politics
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Does Donald Trump have small hands? Is Ted Cruz a wimp (this is a family-oriented column, so I’m using that term instead of the word Trump used)? Are progressives who don’t support Hillary Clinton misogynists if they’re men and traitors to their sex if they’re women? The 2016 presidential race is a bumper crop of insults, with the usual accompanying cries for a ‘return to civility.’ Reality check: There’s no era of civility for American politics to return to. It’s always been a rough and tumble sport. Election campaigns have never consisted of the candidates holding hands and singing ‘Kum Ba Ya’ with an occasional break for sober issues discussions.” (03/19/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/512

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20) What’s up with the Ides of March?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“This weekend and the following week marks a triple anniversary: on March 19, 2011, the US and its European and Middle Eastern allies launched an assault on Libya that resulted in hundreds of deaths, and the complete destruction of that country as a viable political entity. The ‘mainstream’ media isn’t breathing a word of this, lest it causes us to remember that it was Hillary Clinton who ginned up this disaster. … the ides of March are certainly a favored time for launching wars: in 2003, it was on March 20, the day I’m writing this, that George W. Bush launched the invasion of Iraq — the consequences of which are reverberating throughout the Middle East today in a paroxysm of violence and terrorism.” (03/21/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/03/20/whats-ides-march/

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21) Has the election finally killed TPP & corporate “free trade?”
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“With trade as a major issue in this election season (voters are against it), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is clearly in trouble. All but one (John Kasich) of the remaining presidential candidates oppose it, with both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders actively campaigning against the damage the country’s trade policies have done to working people. Could this also mean an end to these kinds of ‘free trade’ deals generally? This has triggered a lot of discussion online. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz all oppose TPP. Clinton, after a “message retooling” has even started speaking out against TPP — for now anyway. In the Congress, Speaker Paul Ryan said last month that there are not enough votes to pass it.” (03/17/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160317/has-the-election-finally-killed-tpp-and-corporate-free-trade

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22) Mandatory minimums do more harm than good
Source: USA Today
by Barbra Scrivner

“On my worst day in prison, I decided to take my life. I had just been denied clemency — again — and I realized that I would never be free. I had already been locked up almost five years for a non-violent drug crime. That day, I ended my fight to go home to my young daughter and jumped 40 feet to what I hoped was my death. Miraculously, I survived my near fatal injuries but was partially paralyzed and lost my ability to walk. My prison now included the limitations of my own body. The torturous journey that brought me to that bleak moment in prison began after my parents divorced. My mom’s new boyfriend gave me marijuana and let his friend molest me. I was 7 years old. A string of relationships with abusive men followed, and I plunged into drug use. It was my only escape (albeit fleeting) from the pain. By high school, I was addicted to methamphetamine, and I eventually married a heroin addict.” (03/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/spotlight/2016/03/17/mandatory-minimum-prison-sentences/81939744

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23) The anti-Trump “plan” for a huge Democratic victory
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“I can understand why some anti-Trump Republican voters would be willing to support an alternative Republican candidate running as an independent, but it’s not clear why any former or current politician would want to be the figurehead of such a quixotic effort. The candidate drafted to run this campaign would have a thankless task, and his sole purpose in the race would be to act as a spoiler. An anti-Trump independent candidate might not even have enough support to take part in the debates, and he would be dogged from the beginning by the obvious liability that his presence in the race is intended to throw the election to the other major party. It’s not a surprise that no one is rushing forward to volunteer as tribute.” (03/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-anti-trump-plan-for-a-huge-democratic-victory/

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24) The Tom Woods Show, episode 621
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Wait until you hear the new rules the IRS is set to impose on a wide variety of organizations in September 2016 if all goes as planned. For example, forbidden ‘electioneering’ will include so much as the mention of a candidate’s name on a website. We get into the details in this episode.” [various formats] (03/18/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-621-the-irs-is-about-to-terrify-organizations-into-shutting-up/

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25) Caught in a draft: Where compulsory military service can last forever
Source: Reuters
by Jason Fields

“This week’s episode of War College focuses on a secretive nation where everyone serves in the military — and not just for a year or two. In fact, once you get pulled into service in Eritrea, you could be serving for a decade or more. And no one knows how much more it could be. Conscription, along with political repression and poverty, has caused massive emigration from a country where only 6 million people live. And many of those migrants are now showing up in Europe.” [various formats] (03/18/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/17/caught-in-a-draft-where-compulsory-military-service-can-last-forever

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26) Voluntaryist comic book heroes are “Shielding Assange”
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“The Voluntaryist comic book superheroes are back and they’re continuing to set the standard of what it really means to be a superhero; it means fighting against everyone who seeks to dominate others through coercion, intimidation and fraud.” (03/20/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/voluntaryist-comic-book-heroes-are-shielding-assange

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27) It is not obvious that the new Libor will be better than the old Libor
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Timothy Worstall

“In a political sense it is obvious that the old way of calculating Libor had to change. But in the more economic, or even financial, sense it’s not wholly obvious that this new method is going to be better. We’ve made this point before but there were actually two manipulations of that benchmark interest rate. One was varied traders trying to get their own bank to shade it one way or another in order to benefit their own trading books. This produced minor swings one way and another and the major losers were the trading books of other traders. Further, given that quite a lot of people were doing it the manipulations cancelled out to some extent (and if all had been doing it then there would have been no effect). The second was perhaps more serious although isn’t what has been prosecuted.” (03/19/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/money-banking/its-not-obvious-that-the-new-libor-will-be-better-than-the-old-libor/

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28) Why didn’t Marco Rubio knock out John Kasich?
Source: The New Republic
by Laura Reston

“When Marco Rubio exited the presidential race on Tuesday after being flattened in Florida by Donald Trump, the political world was puzzled: How had John Kasich, a politician with little personal magnetism and a record as Ohio governor that would repel most hardline conservatives, become the last establishment contender standing against Trump and Ted Cruz? Rubio himself is largely to blame. He ignored the Ohio governor for months, and even after Kasich finished second in New Hampshire with his “prince of light” act, Rubio failed to attack him–choosing instead to throw millions of dollars into ineffectively hitting Cruz and Trump. Of all the many strategic blunders that Rubio’s campaign committed, this may have been the single most inexplicable.” (03/17/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131729/didnt-marco-rubio-knock-john-kasich

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29) How Apple could lose by winning: The DoJ’s next move could be worse
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“[I]nstead of asking Apple to create a hacking tool that would permit the FBI to attempt to brute-force a phone’s passcode without triggering escalating delays between guesses or deletion of encrypted data, they could simply demand that Apple turn over the source code and documentation the FBI would need to develop its own custom version of the iOS boot ROM, sans security features. Then, they require Apple to either cryptographically sign that code or provide the government with access to its developer credentials, so that the FBiOS can run on an iPhone. … That means it’s not just important that Apple win in this case — it matters how it wins.” (03/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-apple-could-lose-winning-dojs-next-move-could-be-worse

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30) Does originalism constrain judges?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Rappaport

“One of the criticisms made of originalism is that an originalist methodology does not constrain judges. Recently, I heard a nonoriginalist critic of originalism claim that an originalist judge can reach any result that he desires. Even if we interpret this claim as exaggeration, I still believe that the claim is unfounded.” (03/20/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/20/does-originalism-constrain-judges/

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31) Could Hillary Clinton be worse than Trump?
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

“The hope that the Clintons would soon go the way of the Bushes has always been a long shot; but then it was for the Bushes as well. Perhaps we should just be grateful that the gods saw fit to bless us with one out of two, and not complain too much about how a clean sweep is even less likely now than it seemed a week or two ago. What is to be done, then, as the Democratic Party convention this summer approaches; and then, if Hillary is the nominee, between the convention and the general election? And, if it comes to that, what should we we be doing now to prepare for the time when a restored Clinton White House starts making even President Obama look good? To answer these questions, it can be helpful to ponder another question that most right thinking people would say answers itself: is Hillary Clinton worse than Donald Trump?” (03/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/18/could-hillary-clinton-be-worse-than-trump/

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32) Paul Ryan: The GOP’s next Presidential nominee?
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“Having sat behind President Barack Obama during the State of Union Address in January, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters afterward that he had done his best to maintain a poker face and avoid wincing, despite his objections to much of what Obama said, out of respect for the office. But Ryan’s real expression was closer to a smirk, and it hinted at another possibility. Ryan might have been telling himself, ‘That could be me up there a year from now.’ It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. In fact, amid a presidential primary that has broken all the rules and left the GOP at loggerheads, a Ryan nomination is not only possible, it might even be probable.” [editor’s notes: (1) What dimensional time-warp have be we fallen through?; (2) Could this truly be the year the LP breaks the chains and shows up on the radar? – SAT] (03/17/16)

http://prospect.org/article/paul-ryan-gop%E2%80%99s-next-presidential-nominee

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33) Kansas embracing ObamaCare?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Blake Branson

“You are paying the health insurance bills for 97% of Obama’s ‘newly insured.’ And if some Kansas legislators get their way, you’ll be paying for even more. ObamaCare stooges swore their scheme would bring prices down, since ‘everyone would have to pay something in.’ But only 3% of the ‘newly insured’ are actually paying into this boondoggle.” (03/18/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/kansas-embracing-obamacare

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34) Sanders’s free trade mythology — or Reason’s?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“At Reason, Steve Chapman (‘Bernie Sanders'[s] Free Trade Mythology,’ March 19) faults Bernie Sanders for saying: ‘Do you know that in 1960, Detroit, Michigan, was one of the wealthiest cities in America? Flint, Michigan, was a prosperous city. But then what happened is corporate America said, ‘Why do I want to pay somebody in Michigan a living wage when I could pay slave wages in Mexico or China?” He also tweeted pictures of abandoned buildings in Detroit with the comment ‘The people of Detroit know the real cost of Hillary Clinton’s free trade policies.’ Of course by ‘free trade’ Sanders was referring to so-called ‘Free Trade Agreements’ like NAFTA and the Uruguay Round of GATT. If there’s any ‘mythology’ on Sanders'[s] part, it’s equating such agreements to ‘free trade.’ But if so Chapman is equally at fault, because he devotes his entire commentary piece to defending those ‘Free Trade Agreements’ with appeals to the benefits of ‘free trade.'” (03/19/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44076

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35) The ECB and John Law
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Last week, the ECB extended its monetary madness, pushing deposit rates yet more negative. It is extending quantitative easing from sovereign debt into non-financial investment grade bonds, while increasing the pace of acquisition to €80bn per month. The ECB also promised to pay the banks to take credit from it in ‘targeted longer-term refinancing operations.’ Any Frenchman with a knowledge of his country’s history should hear alarm bells ringing. The ECB is running the Eurozone’s money and assets in a similar fashion to that of John Law’s Banque Generale Privee (renamed Banque Royale in 1719), which ran those of France in 1716-20.” (03/18/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/03/the-ecb-and-john-law/

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36) The brute force of government spending on autopilot
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“My car was towed from an area near a train station in San Francisco last month. I had parked in front of a small “No Parking” sign that I had not seen. I spent an hour looking for my car and calling an attendant who didn’t answer the phone. When someone finally answered, she told me my car had been towed. It cost me $350. At least I could afford to pay to get my car back. California is filled with people who are one traffic ticket away from losing their means of independent transportation.” (03/20/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/03/20/the-brute-force-of-government-spending-on-autopilot-n2135956

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37) The peace dividend
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Has the War on Drugs actually, finally, made some progress? Well, yes … but, really, no. ‘Legal marijuana may be doing at least one thing that a decades-long drug war couldn’t,’ explains Christopher Ingraham in The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, ‘taking a bite out of Mexican drug cartels’ profits.’ Certainly ‘legal marijuana’ is not the drug war. It’s that war’s antithesis.” (03/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/18/the-peace-dividend/

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38) The Democratic Party’s “superdelegates” are super wrong
Source: OpEdNews
by Norman Solomon

“It will take 2,383 delegates to win the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in late July. State by state, the primaries and caucuses now underway are involving millions — ultimately tens of millions — of voters. But there are big flies in the democratic ointment. Actually, 712 of them. That’s the number of superdelegates who will have votes at the national convention.” (03/20/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Democratic-Party-s-Su-by-Norman-Solomon-Issues_Party-Politics-Democratic_Politics_Super-Delegates-160320-129.html

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39) Power in the courtroom belongs to you
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Picture yourself on a jury, realizing that even though the defendant broke the law, the law is wrong. Must you obey the judge’s commands to consider only whether the law was broken? Or can you do more? Actually you can, and should, do more. You have hundreds of years of legal history behind you, empowering you to do the right thing. You should judge whether the violated law should exist, and whether the potential penalties — even when the judge tells you to not consider them — are too severe. In the courtroom, all power and authority is yours.” (03/17/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/03/17/mcmanigal-power-in-courtroom-belongs-to-you/

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40) Should you hire a private bodyguard?
Source: Learn Liberty
by Michael Munger

“I lived in Erlangen, Germany for much of 2009, getting around on a bicycle. After the big April beer festival, the ‘Bergkirchweih,’ my lock was cut and my bike was thrown down a hill and set on fire (it may have been set on fire first, it was hard to tell). So I called the police. The two policemen (one spoke English, fortunately) spent about 30 seconds total ‘investigating.’ They showed up, I told them what happened, and the English-speaking cop said, ‘You need a better lock.’ That was it; back in the car and off to more pressing business.” (03/18/16)

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/should-you-hire-a-private-bodyguard/

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41) Can the state enforce virtuous behavior?
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“For thousands of years, states (or equivalent ruling organizations and elites) certainly have acted as if they could enforce virtuous behavior — always of course according to the particular conception of virtue they happened to cherish. And many continue to do so today. Thus, most U.S. states still prohibit possession of, use of, and commerce in a long list of narcotics and other substances deemed bad for people. Governments have often forbidden free markets in sexual services, gambling, and even doing business on Sunday. They have made various sorts of speech unlawful, along with all sorts of communication in schools and in the labor market. They have outlawed many kinds of interactions, from marriage on down a long list, between adults and persons under a stipulated age of legal consent, sometimes as old of 21 years. So, governments clearly purport to enforce virtuous behavior — or, at least, the avoidance of vicious behavior — among those subject to their rule. But do they succeed?” (03/19/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/19/can-the-state-enforce-virtuous-behavior/

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42) The freedom-loving case for open borders
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Robert Nozick famously criticized government for forbidding ‘capitalist acts between consenting adults.’ If an employer wants to hire you and you want to work for him, government should leave you alone. If a landlord wants to rent to you and you want to rent from him, government should leave you alone. The right of consenting individuals to be left in peace by the government is the heart of freedom. It doesn’t matter if the individuals are white or black, men or women, Christian or atheist; consenting adults of all stripes have the right to engage in consensual capitalist acts. The case for open borders begins with a follow-up question: If race, gender, and religion don’t matter here, why should nationality?” (03/18/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/the_freedom-lov.html

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43) The corrupt bargain of 2016
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“I recently came across a clever article on how the Republicans could nominate Trump and then elect someone else. The plan is simple in principle, tricky in execution: 1. The Republicans nominate Trump, the Democrats nominate Hil[l]ary. 2. The anti-Trump Republicans run a pair of third party candidates, say Kasich and Cruz. They get on the ballot in Texas, Ohio, and perhaps a few other states where both major party candidates are sufficiently unpopular. They stay off the ballot in any state where their presence might help the stronger of the major party candidates, probably Clinton. 3. They get enough electoral votes so that neither Trump nor Clinton has a majority, which throws the election to Congress.” (03/18/16)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-corrupt-bargain-of-2016.html

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44) A dissenting view on guns: Why rights-based arguments against gun control fail
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“Bobby is a brilliant scientist. So brilliant, in fact, that he builds a functional atomic bomb in his garage. Of course, Bobby strictly adheres to the non-aggression principle, so he has no plans to use his bomb to attack others. But he’s proud of his scientific accomplishment and hangs the bomb on his fireplace mantel as a trophy. Should Bobby be permitted to possess this atomic bomb? Surely not. The reason is simple: the risk to others is simply too great. So what’s the point of this parable? It offers a reductio ad absurdum of the typical rights-based arguments that libertarians make against gun control.” [editor’s note: See if you can spot the flaw in this “dissenting view.” I’m sure you can. It’s pretty glaring – TLK] (03/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/03/a-dissenting-view-on-guns-why-rights-based-arguments-against-gun-control-fail/

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45) Feds’ crazy plan: Make risky loans, don’t charge for them
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ike Brannon

“In perhaps the greatest example of wishful thinking we’ve seen in recent times, the Consumer Financial Protection Board Administrator Richard Cordray testified before Congress last month that banks and credit unions should step up their loans to low-income workers with poor credit by creating new products that compete with payday loans. It is a notion that’s completely at odds with the actions of the CFPB, as well as the capabilities of banks and credit unions.” (03/18/16)

http://fee.org/articles/make-risky-loans-dont-charge-for-them/

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46) Liberty, peace, and prosperity (or not) at home and abroad
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“With the GOP race down to just two contestants (down from 17 to start; and Kasich cannot mathematically hope to be anything but a spoiler), and multiple claims that Hillary has now toasted Bernie, the panic and the claims of ‘me too’ and … especially the celebrities are popping up all over the place. I’ve never understood the influence and attraction that celebrities, whether they are Hollywood types or musicians or ‘reality show’ socialites (members of the jet set?) or whoever, have in society and politics. Liberty is too precious to give up for the likes of celebrities or to help those who use the help only to turn and rend those who helped.” (03/18/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8776

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47) Ancient Greece’s legacy for liberty: Aristophanes’s flirtation with feminism
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Roderick T Long

“Like his contemporary Euripides, Aristophanes takes an intense interest in the status of women in Athenian society. Three of his plays — Lysistrata, Assemblywomen, and Thesmophoriazousai — are specifically devoted to the grievances of women as a class, and the first two offer seemingly sympathetic portrayals of a seizure of political power by the women of the city. Given Aristophanes'[s] comedic intentions, we cannot be sure to what extent he agrees with the grievances he allows his female protagonists to air — and it would be particularly rash to assume he favored literal extension of political rights to women. (Though on the other hand this possibility should not be rejected as unthinkable either; after all, serious advocates of political equality between the sexes — such as Plato, the Cynics, and the early Stoics — would emerge in the next few generations.) But whatever his real sympathies, in the three plays mentioned Aristophanes offers important explorations of the justice or otherwise of women’s status, and gives voice to some intriguing feminist arguments.” (03/18/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ancient-greeces-legacy-liberty-aristophanes-flirtation-feminism

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48) Cuba, Obama, and change
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“Although Republicans and, no doubt, the Castro brothers perceive President Obama’s visit to Cuba on March 20 as American kowtowing, the perception on the Cuban street is entirely different. To Cubans, the visit is an honor ranking right up there with the Pope’s visit, and one not vouchsafed to the island since President Coolidge’s visit in 1928. El mulato, as he’s informally referred to in the Cuban fashion of conferring nicknames on everyone, and his historic visit, bring the promise of hope and change to the island more concretely than any pronouncement ever made by the Castros. I know. Three days ago I returned from a 30-day bike journey across the island, from Baracoa in the east to Havana. American flags were everywhere — in cars, taxis, horse- and pedal-drawn taxis, even clothing — even before the visit was announced.” (03/17/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1532

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

“Kids bound and gagged on Facebook :: Childhood trauma :: Kids for Sale :: Equal pay :: Campaign compromise :: Marijuana.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/19/16)

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50) Why gold is money
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Doug Casey

“By that definition, almost anything could be used as money, but obviously, some things work better than others; it’s hard to exchange things people don’t want, and some things don’t store value well. Over thousands of years, the precious metals have emerged as the best form of money. Gold and silver both, though primarily gold. There’s nothing magical about gold. It’s just uniquely well-suited among the 98 naturally occurring elements for use as money … in the same way, aluminum is good for airplanes or uranium is good for nuclear power.” (03/21/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/doug-casey/dollar-government-substitute-money/

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