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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,413
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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In the News:

1) Belgium: Explosions at Brussels airport, subway station
2) SCOTUS denies Oklahoma and Nebraska regimes’ frivolous suit vs. Colorado cannabis
3) FBI says it might be able to unlock terrorist’s iPhone without Apple’s help
4) Mali: Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ
5) NC: Lawmakers convene special session to vote on just how much they hate trans people
6) Russia: Regime says might use force on cease-fire violators in Syria
7) MN: Parents rally behind teacher suspended for “racist” posts
8) US urges Colombia and Farc to sign peace accord
9) Germany: Amazon warehouse workers launch strikes seeking pay increase
10) SCOTUS orders new look at Massachusetts stun gun law
11) OK: Libertarian Party becomes “qualified party”
12) Presidential candidates line up, pucker up, smooch Israel lobby’s posterior
13) Portugal: Police make arrest in major Brazilian corruption probe
14) PA: House votes 149-43 to legalize medical marijuana
15) SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to Alabama’s rules for having state employees kill prisoners
16) Greece: Regime sets up detention camps as refugee deal hits delays
17) US plans to use five new bases in the Philippines to menace China
18) Secret mission brings Yemen’s Jews to Israel
19) The Hague: Congo politician convicted in first ICC trial to focus on rape as a war crime
20) US existing home sales tumble in warning sign for housing market

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) My too intimate encounter with TSA
22) Donald has a trade deficit with his grocery store — should he boycott it?
23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 71: My presidential endorsement, among other things
24) Trust in Mother Market … don’t support IP law’s protection of greed
25) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/21/16: A case study in stateless society
26) Bill Clinton knocks “awful legacy” of last … 15 years
27) Should the US invade North Korea (and Cuba)?
28) Our control culture strips life of joy
29) Why Hillary won’t be indicted, and shouldn’t be
30) Reich is repeatedly wrong
31) Is Cuba ready for change?
32) Trying to make winners out of losers
33) A neat trick that makes political ads more effective
34) No opiates for the masses?
35) Arrogance of elites helps drive the Trump phenomenon
36) Guerilla marketing: How Cubans work around a national ban on advertising
37) Land worth = GDP and enough to replace all taxes with land rent
38) The horrific story of John Lang who was (most likely) murdered by Fresno police
39) A fascinating question in The Guardian
40) Beltway conservative budget plans are big spending and anti-liberty
41) Gun control is a misfire
42) Social stasis, disturbed
43) Freedom Feeds Radio, 03/21/16 — Happy first day of spring
44) Media culture and the politics of fear
45) Rubio’s failure: How our broken economy fuels voter rage
46) The American Zone
47) This year’s presidential politics equals continuing big government
48) Anarchists without adjectives
49) Free Talk Live, 03/20/16
50) My simplistic theory of left and right, 2016 edition

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

1) Belgium: Explosions at Brussels airport, subway station
Source: CNN

“A series of blasts throughout Brussels on Tuesday have killed multiple people. Two explosions occurred at the city’s airport. Several people were killed, according to the country’s public broadcaster, RTBF. Initial reports say up to 10 people were killed and more than 30 people were injured. Another blast at a subway station occurred in the suburb of Maelbeek, near the European quarter, where much of the European Union is based, according to CNN affiliate RTL.” (03/22/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/22/europe/brussels-explosions/

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2) SCOTUS denies Oklahoma and Nebraska regimes’ frivolous suit vs. Colorado cannabis
Source: Denver Post

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied Nebraska and Oklahoma’s proposed lawsuit against Colorado’s legal marijuana laws. The decision means the nation’s highest court will not rule on the interstate dispute, and Colorado’s legal cannabis market is safe — for now. Because the Supreme Court has passed on the case, Nebraska and Oklahoma could now take it to a federal district court if they choose to, law experts say.” (03/21/16)

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29665899/scotus-denies-oklahoma-and-nebraskas-proposed-lawsuit-against

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3) FBI says it might be able to unlock terrorist’s iPhone without Apple’s help
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The U.S. government said Monday that it might have a way to unlock the phone of one of the assailants in December’s terror attack in San Bernardino without the help of Apple. In making the announcement, the government asked for and received a delay in a Tuesday court hearing that was billed as a showdown in the FBI’s effort to force Apple to help unlock the phone. In a filing Monday afternoon, the FBI said it now needs time to investigate another possible way to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone.” [editor’s note: The delay in hearing should be denied — and so should the request that Apple be forced to assist. End this nonsense NOW, not at the FBI’s convenience – TLK] (03/21/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-feds-looking-at-another-way-to-unlock-terror-attacker-s-iphone-seek-delay-in-hearing-20160321-story.html

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4) Mali: Gunmen attack EU military mission HQ
Source: Reuters

“Gunmen on Monday attacked a hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, that had been converted into the headquarters of a European Union military training operation, but there no casualties among the mission’s personnel. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which began at around 6:30 p.m. local time (1830 GMT), but Mali and neighboring West African countries have increasingly been the target of Islamist militants, some of them affiliated with al Qaeda. One of the assailants was killed and two suspects were arrested and were being interrogated, the country’s internal security minister said.” (03/22/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mali-attack-idUSKCN0WN234

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5) NC: Lawmakers convene special session to vote on just how much they hate trans people
Source: Richmond County Daily Journal

“The North Carolina General Assembly will reconvene Wednesday to take up legislation that would attempt to override Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance, which also addresses transgender people and restrooms, legislative leaders announced Monday night. Social conservatives and many Republican lawmakers say Charlotte went too far with the ordinance, which was approved last month but takes effect April 1. In particular, they’re upset because it allows transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender identity, and they say sexual predators will use it as pretense to enter women’s bathrooms.” (03/22/16)

https://yourdailyjournal.com/news/25842/lawmakers-returning-to-override-charlotte-transgender-restroom-access

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6) Russia: Regime says might use force on cease-fire violators in Syria
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Russia on Monday warned the United States that it will start responding unilaterally to cease-fire violations in Syria if the U.S. refuses to coordinate rules of engagement against violators. The U.S. State Department insisted that Moscow and Washington were working constructively to monitor the truce and warned Russia against taking unilateral action.” (03/21/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1126511/Russia-says-might-use-force-on-cease-fire-violators-in-Syria.html?isap=1&nav=760

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7) MN: Parents rally behind teacher suspended for “racist” posts
Source: Fox News

“Calls for the resignation of a Minnesota superintendent grew on Monday, after a high school teacher was suspended for social media posts deemed racist by the Black Lives Matter activist group. Theodore ‘Theo’ Olson, a special education teacher at Como Park High School in St. Paul, Minn., was placed on administrative leave March 9 over two posts he wrote on Facebook about student discipline in the school district. The posts were deemed offensive by former school board candidate turned Black Lives Matter activist Rashad Turner, who reportedly accused Olson of being a racist. Turner said Olson’s posts show he is ‘the epitome of a bad teacher’ and a ‘white supremacist,’ EAGnews.org reported.” (03/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/03/21/parents-educators-rally-behind-teacher-suspended-for-racist-social-media-posts.html

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8) US urges Colombia and Farc to sign peace accord
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US Secretary of State John Kerry had urged the Colombian government and the Farc rebels to redouble their efforts to reach a peace accord. He met both delegations in Cuba, where the negotiations are being held. Humberto de la Calle, the head of the Colombian delegation, said the US had offered to help provide security during the disarmament process if a deal is signed. The talks are currently centred on the sensitive issue of disarmament. Agreement has been reached on four main areas: land reform, political participation, the illegal drug trade and transitional justice.” (03/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35868451

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9) Germany: Amazon warehouse workers launch strikes seeking pay increase
Source: Raw Story

“Workers at an Amazon.com warehouse in Germany are starting a new round of strikes in an attempt to pressure the U.S. online retailer to increase pay. The walkout by workers at the warehouse in Koblenz, western Germany, began on Monday night and is due to run until the end of the night shift on Wednesday, March 23, union Verdi said in a statement. Verdi has organised frequent strikes at Amazon warehouses across Germany since May 2013 as it seeks to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements in Germany’s mail order and retail sector. The most recent strikes in Germany, Amazon’s second-biggest market behind the United States, were held in the run-up to Christmas.” (03/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/amazon-workers-at-german-warehouse-launch-strikes-seeking-pay-increase

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10) SCOTUS orders new look at Massachusetts stun gun law
Source: Uniontown Herald-Standard

“The Supreme Court came together Monday on the unlikely issue of guns, ordering Massachusetts'[s] top court to look again at the state’s ban on stun guns. The justices, with no apparent dissent, issued an unsigned opinion in favor of Jaime Caetano, who was convicted of violating the state’s anti-stun gun law. Caetano said she kept a stun gun in her purse for self-defense against an abusive former boyfriend.” (03/21/16)

http://www.heraldstandard.com/politics_ap/justices-order-new-look-at-massachusetts-stun-gun-law/article_2f7def1f-d537-54af-9123-dedf88e94a08.html

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11) OK: Libertarian Party becomes “qualified party”
Source: Ballot Access News

“The Oklahoma Election Board has determined that the Libertarian Party’s petition for party status is valid. This is the first time any party, other than the Democratic and Republican Parties, has been qualified in Oklahoma since November 2000, except that Americans Elect qualified in 2011 but then didn’t run any candidates. Oklahoma voters may now register into the Libertarian Party and election officials will tally them.” (03/21/16)

http://ballot-access.org/2016/03/21/oklahoma-says-libertarian-party-is-now-a-qualified-party/

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12) Presidential candidates line up, pucker up, smooch Israel lobby’s posterior
Source: Washington Post

“Standing in the midst of a vast arena in downtown Washington, Donald Trump stared into the two small screens before him and read the words he had come to deliver to a skeptical audience at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual meeting. … while Trump’s past statements, including his promise to be ‘neutral’ in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, have caused concern among pro-Israel activists, he offered promises Monday very much in line with what the audience had hoped to hear. … Earlier in the day, Trump was attacked by Democratic presidential front-runner and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton …. ‘We need steady hands’ Clinton told AIPAC, referring to the business mogul but not naming him. … ‘Israel’s security is nonnegotiable!’ … Two other Republican presidential candidates — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio — also spoke at the group’s annual conference on Monday and made their support for Israel and opposition to the Iran deal a centerpiece of their remarks.” (03/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2016/03/21/854e1ede-ef7b-11e5-85a6-2132cf446d0a_story.html

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13) Portugal: Police make arrest in major Brazilian corruption probe
Source: ABC News

“Portuguese police arrested a suspect and carried out searches in Lisbon on Monday in connection with a major corruption investigation in Brazil that has ensnared senior politicians. Brazilian police named the suspect as Raul Schmidt Felipe Junior and said he was arrested at his home in the Portuguese capital.” (03/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/portugal-makes-arrest-major-brazilian-corruption-probe-37811291

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14) PA: House votes 149-43 to legalize medical marijuana
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“The Pennsylvania House has passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. If ultimately signed into law, it would take another step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on on cannabis in effect. Introduced by State Sen. Michael Folmer (R-Lebanon), Senate Bill 3 (SB3) would set up a state regulatory regime that would allow medical marijuana to make its way into the hands of the sick.” (03/21/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/pennsylvania-house-votes-149-43-to-legalize-medical-marijuana-foundation-to-nullify-federal-prohibition/

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15) SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to Alabama’s rules for having state employees kill prisoners
Source: ABC 33/40

“Today the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for certiorari in Clayton Shanklin v. Alabama, in which a convicted murderer argued that Alabama’s capital sentencing scheme was unconstitutional under the Court’s recent decision in Hurst v. Florida. This was the first Alabama death penalty appeal to reach the Supreme Court on this issue since Hurst was decided on January 12, 2016. … Shanklin was convicted of capital murder and attempted murder, which he committed during a home-invasion robbery in 2009 in Cordova. A jury in Walker County Circuit Court recommended that Shanklin be sentenced to life-without-parole. But, under Alabama law, the judge sentenced Shanklin to death because of his long criminal history and the nature and circumstances of his crime.” (03/21/16)

http://abc3340.com/news/local/us-supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-sentencing-challenge

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16) Greece: Regime sets up detention camps as refugee deal hits delays
Source: ABC News

“Greece detained hundreds of refugees and migrants on its islands Monday, as officials in Athens and the European Union conceded a much-heralded agreement to send thousands of asylum-seekers back to Turkey is facing delays. Migrants who arrived after the deal took effect Sunday were being led to previously open refugee camps on the islands of Lesbos and Chios and held in detention, authorities on the islands said.” (03/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkish-monitors-arrive-greek-islands-migrant-deal-37806112

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17) US plans to use five new bases in the Philippines to menace China
Source: Military Times

A new agreement with the Philippines clears the way for a new permanent U.S. military footprint at five military bases that will support rotational deployments near the shores of the contested South China Sea. … The U.S. will be setting up ‘permanent logistics facilities to support rotational deployments,’ said one defense official familiar with the agreement. The Pentagon is likely to invest heavily on construction projects for those five bases to enhance their capacity. The rotational presence could, in effect, leave U.S. military assets and personnel on the ground in the Philippines for long periods if the missions are approved by the government in Manila.” (03/21/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/03/21/us-plans-use-five-new-bases-philippines/82072138/

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18) Secret mission brings Yemen’s Jews to Israel
Source: CBS News

“Nineteen Jews from war-torn Yemen have been brought to Israel in a covert operation, completing, according to Israeli immigration officials, the repatriation of the 2,000-year-old Yemenite Jewish community. Some 50,000 Yemenite Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1949. Only 50 remain in Yemen, by choice. Among the new arrivals Monday was a rabbi carrying a 500-year-old Torah scroll. Most Yemenite Jews moved to Israel after it became a state in 1948 because of increasing Arab antagonism over the establishment of the Jewish nation. Things took a turn for the worse for the remaining Yemenite Jews after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels took control of the capital city, Sanaa, in 2014.” (03/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-yemenite-jews-jewish-complex-covert-operation-disapora/

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19) The Hague: Congo politician convicted in first ICC trial to focus on rape as a war crime
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The former Congolese vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been found guilty in the first trial at the international criminal court to focus on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The 53-year-old warlord commanded a militia that committed mass murder, rape and pillage in the neighbouring Central African Republic, the court ruled at the end of his trial in The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 5,000 victims were granted the right to participate in the hearings — the highest number in any of the cases before the court.” (03/21/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/21/icc-finds-ex-congolese-vice-president-jean-pierre-bemba-guilty-of-war-crimes

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20) US existing home sales tumble in warning sign for housing market
Source: Reuters

“U.S. home resales fell sharply in February in a potentially troubling sign for America’s economy which has otherwise looked resilient to the global economic slowdown. The National Association of Realtors said on Monday existing home sales dropped 7.1 percent to an annual rate of 5.08 million units, the lowest level since November. … The housing report runs counter to data showing strong job growth and a stabilization of factory output, which had taken a hit from weaker demand overseas and a strong U.S. dollar.” (03/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-housing-idUSKCN0WN1I6

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

21) My too intimate encounter with TSA
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Flying home from Portland, Ore., on Thanksgiving morning, I had a too-close encounter with TSA agents that spurred me to file a Freedom of Information Act request. On March 5, I finally received a bevy of TSA documents and video footage with a grope-by-grope timeline. As a silent assertion of my rights, I opted out that morning from passing through the ‘nudie’ full-body scanners. A TSA agent instead did a vigorous pat-down and then, after running his glove through an explosive trace detector (ETD), announced that I showed a positive alert for explosives. He did not know what type of explosive was detected and refused to disclose how often that machine spewed false alarms. Regardless, I was told I would have to undergo a an additional special pat-down to resolve the explosive alert. I was marched off by three TSA agents to a closed room. TSA states that ‘a companion of his or her choosing may accompany the passenger’ but I was never notified of that right. TSA disclosed exhaustive video coverage of my every movement in the Portland airport, even detailing which chair I chose after getting a Starbucks coffee. But there is a tell-tale gap. The video timeline notes ‘7:50:29 group arrives at Private Security room. 7:50:55. Door Closes. 7:57:28 Door Opens.’ The seven-minute gap in the recording is where travelers’ rights vanish.” (03/21/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/03/21/usa-today-intimate-encounter-tsa/

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22) Donald has a trade deficit with his grocery store — should he boycott it?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Edward L Hudgins

“Donald Trump’s stump thump against Mexico is that it runs a $58 billion annual trade surplus with the United States. Trump somehow thinks this leaves America the poorer. He claims that it is out of that money, presumably sitting in some giant vault in Tijuana, that Mexico will pay for the border fence he wants to build to keep immigrants from entering the United States illegally. Trump’s pronouncements only demonstrate how he keeps facts and reason from entering his thoughts, and how he would keep Americans from making their own free choices in a free market.” (03/21/16)

http://fee.org/articles/donald-has-a-trade-deficit-with-his-grocery-store-should-he-boycott-it/

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23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, Episode 71: My presidential endorsement, among other things
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (libraries, journalism credentials, Libertarian Party stuff, Tom Paine and Hulk Hogan); Why I Support Darryl W. Perry for President; the FBI raids Free Talk Live’s studio.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/21/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-knpp-stir-podcast-my-presidential.html

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24) Trust in Mother Market … don’t support IP law’s protection of greed
Source: Students For Liberty
by Alexis Esneault

“As a law student, most of my experience with the intellectual property regime has been fairly removed and abstract. But I also happen to have an awesome big brother who is a genius of a businessman. His new business was doing stunningly well, although, he recently got sued. Why? Another company is alleging he has infringed upon their intellectual property. I was never certain where I stood in the whole IP debate, and I am still not certain where I stand now. But, with one phone call, my brother made me realize that there are serious problems with our current approach to IP. Indeed, there are some forms of ‘intellectual property’ that cause a hell of a lot more harm than good.” (03/21/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/03/21/trust-in-mother-market-dont-support-ip-laws-protection-of-greed/

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25) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/21/16: A case study in stateless society
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s easy to sit around and opine about how much better the world would be if government would just get out of the way. The problem is we have very few case studies to draw from. Today I’d like to look at one of those cases, this one from India.” [various formats] (03/21/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/a-case-study-in-stateless-society/

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26) Bill Clinton knocks “awful legacy” of last … 15 years
Source: USA Today

“Former President Bill Clinton, stumping on behalf of his wife in Washington state on Monday, urged people to vote for Hillary Clinton ‘if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us.’ It was not initially clear if it was an unintended gaffe or something he meant to say, but it didn’t take long for Republicans to seize on it and post the clip to YouTube.” [editor’s note: the in-context quote is: “if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash …” As you can see, he also blamed the Shrub regime – SAT] (03/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/03/21/bill-clinton-knocks-obamas-awful-legacy/82094792

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27) Should the US invade North Korea (and Cuba)?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Last week a North Korean court sentenced University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor. His crime? He stole a North Korean political banner. The U.S. State Department called the sentence ‘unduly harsh,’ which it certainly is under U.S. custom and laws. But the crime wasn’t committed here. It was committed in North Korea, where the state considers political banners to be sacred property, much like many Americans consider the American flag. So, the question arises: Should the U.S. government invade North Korea in an attempt to free Otto Warmbier? Libertarians say no.” (03/21/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/21/u-s-invade-north-korea-cuba/

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28) Our control culture strips life of joy
Source: USA Today
by Katrina Trinko

“Chrissy Teigen is unapologetic about choosing to have a daughter. The pregnant model and cookbook author, who has been open about her use of in vitro fertilization, told People of her pregnancy, ‘I picked the girl from her little embryo. I … was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl.’ I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that (her husband singer) John (Legend) would be the best father to a little girl,’ Teigen remarked, highlighting our culture’s tendency to see kids as creatures designed for the gratification of their parents rather than independent beings.” (03/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/18/chrissy-teigen-john-legend-in-vitro-fertilization-sex-selection-down-syndrome-column/81431958

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29) Why Hillary won’t be indicted, and shouldn’t be
Source: The American Prospect
by Richard O Lempert

“News reports suggest that the FBI is nearing the end of its inquiry into the legal issues surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal server for government emails and into the legal ramifications of classified information found in messages to and from her. Most of the reporting (and virtually all political discussion) reads as if reporters and pundits know little about the rules regarding the classification of information and what they imply not just for the likelihood of a Clinton indictment but also for whether she violated other rules regarding the proper handling of classified information, whether or not the violations constitute crimes. What follows reflects the knowledge and experience I have gained from working at the Department of Homeland Security from 2008 until 2011.” (03/21/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-hillary-wont-be-indicted-and-shouldnt-be-objective-legal-analysis

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30) Reich is repeatedly wrong
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Robert Reich’s ‘Free trade today enriches only ‘the one percent” (March 17) is a carnival of faulty reasoning, half-truths, and outright errors. Consider, for example, his assertion that ‘old-style trade agreements of the 1960s and 1970s increased worldwide demand for products made by American workers,’ but that today ‘American corporations no longer make many products in the United States for export abroad.’ This assertion is false. The real annual value of U.S. exports did indeed steadily grow from the end of WWII through 1980. The annual dollar volume of U.S. exports hit their 1947-1980 high in 1980. Reckoned in 2009 dollars, that 1980 figure is $376 billion. But in 2015 U.S. exports totaled $2.1 trillion.” (03/21/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/03/reich-is-repeatedly-wrong-2.html

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31) Is Cuba ready for change?
Source: The New Republic
by William A Messina & Brian Gendreau

“President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years as he set off on a three-day trip to the island nation on Sunday, the latest step in a thaw in relations that began in December 2014. Ahead of the trip, the administration issued its fifth set of measures relaxing regulations that restrict U.S. banking, financial, travel, business and economic dealings with Cuba. Despite the significant attention surrounding Obama’s decision to pursue warmer relations, the United States in fact already does a considerable amount of business with Cuba–far more than most Americans likely realize. For example, the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act, passed in 2000, allows U.S. firms to sell food and medicine to Cuba. From 2000 to 2015, the United States exported $5.3 billion worth to Cuba, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. The latest measures are quickly building on that foundation, particularly in terms of travel.” (03/21/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131806/cuba-ready-change

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32) Trying to make winners out of losers
Source: Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon

“By now, most people probably know about one of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s biggest campaign gaffes to date: ‘we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.’ As soon as I heard it, I tweeted: ‘Imagine a presidential candidate running for office based on putting people out of work?’ I wasn’t the only one shocked by the uncharacteristic clarity of her statement. Lacking the usual political-speak, her comments were all the more surprising in that they were not made at a fundraiser in billionaire environmental donor Tom Steyer’s posh San Francisco living room. They were made in Ohio — coal country, where coal production in 2015 was down 22 percent — at a nationally televised CNN town hall and just hours before the important state’s primary election.” (03/21/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/trying-to-make-winners-out-of-losers/

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33) A neat trick that makes political ads more effective
Source: Reuters
by Meredith McGehee

“With the presidential primaries in full swing, outside groups regularly outspend candidates’ national campaigns in advertising and advocacy. Super PACs and ‘dark money’ groups are running ever-increasing numbers of television ads — without having to reveal to viewers the sources of their money. Why do supporters go to the trouble of creating innocuous-sounding groups that fund all the ads? Because it works. Viewers are more likely to be persuaded by political TV ads, several recent studies reveal, when the groups behind them are undisclosed. The studies help explain why ads by secret independent groups have become the vehicle of choice in the 2016 presidential election.” (03/20/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/20/a-neat-trick-that-makes-political-ads-more-effective

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34) No opiates for the masses?
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“There is no problem so bad that government-imposed remedies cannot make it worse, spawn new problems or both. A new confirmation of that phenomenon may be on the way, thanks to new recommendations from an agency intent on curbing the use of opiates.” (03/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/21/no-opiates-for-the-masses

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35) Arrogance of elites helps drive the Trump phenomenon
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“For some time now most of the people in this country have been under economic pressure. Pay is not going up very much or at all, while living costs keep rising. One recent statistic stands out: 63 percent of Americans would have difficulty raising $500 to cover an emergency, like a sudden need for car repair so they can get to work. Around them the community’s roads and schools and services are in decline. Most of the public can see this clearly, yet so many elites can’t see at all, and see it or not, they do little or nothing to make things better. This arrogance of our blind, well-fixed elites is helping drive the Donald Trump phenomenon.” (03/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160320/how-arrogance-of-elites-helps-drive-trump-phenomenon

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36) Guerilla marketing: How Cubans work around a national ban on advertising
Source: The Atlantic
by Michael Serazio

“In an upscale beachfront neighborhood on the west side of Havana, a creative 20-something named Adrian is designing for Cuba’s capitalist tomorrow. Adrian’s firm offers a variety of standard advertising services: interior design, brand identity, video spots, business cards, and tarps and posters. The smell of fresh ink lingers in the air of his workspace, a converted garage where printers drone softly in the background, computer cables spider up the wall, and clients cycle through to pick up their materials. All of which would be unremarkable at any other start-up in the world, save for the fact that advertising is technically banned in Cuba.” (03/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/03/how-do-cubans-do-business-in-a-country-that-bans-ads/474507/

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37) Land worth = GDP and enough to replace all taxes with land rent
Source: OpEdNews
by Scott Baker

“For reasons explained in detail in Progress and Poverty (1879) by Henry George, we would get far better use of the land is taxes were only collected on that, and not on the buildings built on the land. We would get more buildings, with just a Land Value Tax, and more efficient use of the land too. And, as Henry George wrote, ‘There is enough, and to Spare.’ Today, there are starting to be some verifiable calculations as to the value of U.S. land, including this new article …” (03/21/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Land-Worth-GDP-and-enough-by-Scott-Baker-Land-Rights_Land-Value-Tax_Land-Value-Taxation_Taxation-160321-463.html

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38) The horrific story of John Lang who was (most likely) murdered by Fresno police
Source: Cop Block
by Ademo Freeman

“The video above is an exhaustive overview of the John Lang murder mystery that has numerous incidents of police activity leading up to and around the day of this death. John had stumbled across what he believed to be an illegal police ticketing scam being conducted by several Fresno Police Employees. Upon reporting this scam to the ‘authorities’ John himself started to be harassed and stalked by people clearly working for law enforcement.” [text and Flash video] (03/20/16)

http://www.copblock.org/156515/video-the-horrific-story-of-john-lang-who-was-most-likely-murdered-by-fresno-police/

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39) A fascinating question in The Guardian
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“A fascinating question in The Guardian to which we have the answer. ‘Where now are the earthly paradises from which an idealist can take hope?’ Well, yes, where? ‘With Barack Obama on his way to a changing Cuba, the left is fast running out of countries to revere’ In our lifetimes the answer, which country should the British left look to as the example of the good society, has changed. From the various Soviet abominations, through Nicaragua, some have more lately looked to Greece, to Argentina under the Kirchners, possibly to Brazil and Venezuela. There was a brief moment when Pol Pot was the man although that little embarrassment is generally smoothed over now. And of course Cuba’s totalitarian poverty has always been there as a goal. Yet if we were to rerun matters from when socialism was first thought of as a reasonable method of organising society, say the 1870s or 1880s, we’d have to admit that none of those places have done as well as the North Atlantic countries that almost all of us reading here inhabit.” (03/21/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/a-fascinating-question-in-the-guardian/

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40) Beltway conservative budget plans are big spending and anti-liberty
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“According to a recent poll, 73 percent of all Americans oppose increases in federal spending. Since this anti-government spending sentiment is a major reason Republicans control the House and Senate, one would expect the Republican Congress to hold the line on, or even cut, government spending. Yet, despite the Republican leadership’s rhetoric about ‘fiscal responsibility,’ this year’s House Republican budget spends $104 billion more than the GOP’s 2013 budget. Some conservatives, most notably the Heritage Foundation, have criticized the GOP budget. Heritage and the conservative House Republican Study Committee (RSC) have both prepared conservative alternatives to the official Republican budgets. Unfortunately, neither Heritage nor the RSC budgets meaningfully reduce federal spending.” (03/21/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-beltway-conservative-budget-plans-big-spending-anti-liberty

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41) Gun control is a misfire
Source: The American Conservative
by Marc Cooper

“The most fervent and polarized sides in the renewed debate on gun control share one piece of solid common ground: they both invest rather magical qualities in the cold, lifeless hardware of guns themselves. For liberals, the very term ‘gun violence’ has been reified into some sort of natural force, completely detached from any identifiable root causes other than guns themselves — as if .45 semi-automatics, Bushmaster black rifles, and high-capacity magazines exert some hypnotic gravitational pull that beckons latent maniacs to pick them up and spray innocent crowds with military-like barrages. On the other side, hardcore NRA supporters and certain other Second Amendment support groups define guns and weaponry as not just the symbolic but also the highest material expression of liberty, freedom, and moral rectitude.” (03/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gun-control-is-a-misfire/

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42) Social stasis, disturbed
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Barack Obama is, right now, demonstrating the best case against socialists in his own party, by opening up Cuba to the wonderfully corrosive processes of the market.” (03/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/21/socialist-stasis-disturbed/

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43) Freedom Feeds Radio, 03/21/16 — Happy first day of spring
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“First hour is a full squirm of worms plus one; Jeremy, Dianna, Lou, Lisa, and MWD discussing the feds raiding Ian Freeman’s Free Talk Live studios today and stealing his stuff (video here.) Second hour Dianna and Jeremy talk about all kinds of stuff, including doing some movie reviews. Woot!” [various formats] (03/21/16)

http://freedomfeens.com/?p=11144

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44) Media culture and the politics of fear
Source: CounterPunch
by David Altheide

“The role of the media goes a long way in explaining major divisions in the United States today. Fear prompts people to take action and to speak their mind. My research shows that the politics of fear fits well with communication formats that are personal, instantaneous, and visual. We are barraged with dramatic and evocative messages that danger and threat are imminent even though numerous studies show that Americans face little danger from terrorist attacks.” (03/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/21/media-culture-and-the-politics-of-fear/

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45) Rubio’s failure: How our broken economy fuels voter rage
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Hunter Lewis

“Rubio post-mortems miss the point. In the end, it is just more fall-out from crony capitalism. None of the post-mortems of Rubio’s campaign I have seen mention the real reason why the young senator, so articulate, so successful, recently touted as the future of his party, never got launch speed in his campaign for the presidency. It is actually Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)’s handiwork, aided and abetted by Rubio’s misjudgment.” (03/21/16)

https://mises.org/library/rubio%E2%80%99s-failure-how-our-broken-economy-fuels-voter-rage

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46) The American Zone
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“You’ve probably sat wondering exactly what the hairspray-headed round-heeled media, those news floozies and gentlemen of the evening have been yapping about when they fling political labels around that they, themselves, don’t really understand, have pretty obviously never understood, and have no hope (or the requisite gray cells) of ever understanding. Their latest favorite catchword is ‘populist,’ a perjorative term that they apply with unfettered glee to Donald Trump and somehow manage to equate with racism and fascism. There’s a lot wrong with populism, but it isn’t that. When you look the term up in Wikipedia, you can see how confused even the so-called ‘experts’ are, pointing both to George Wallace and Henry Wallace (look them up) at the same time. I’m not about to try to clear up the confusion here and now, because it suddenly occurred to me in a flash of the blindingly obvious that I’ve already been there and done that.” (03/20/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle864-20160320-02.html

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47) This year’s presidential politics equals continuing big government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The daily and unending bombardment of political campaign reporting and news, with its ‘drama’ about who will be the Republican and Democratic Party candidates for the U.S. presidency, hides from view the continuing and real choice facing the American public: freedom or statism, individual liberty or government control. This real underlying question is hidden from view because the media coverage emphasizes in what ways the competing candidates differ from each other in personality and policy prescriptions for America’s future. What is missed, however, are all the common premises that bind these candidates together.” (03/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/years-presidential-politics-equals-continuing-big-government/

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48) Anarchists without adjectives
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The ‘anarchism without adjectives’ designation (the phrase, at least — the concept, as we shall see below, may have originated with Malatesta) was originally the work of two Spanish anarchists, Ricardo Mella and Fernando Tarrida del Marmol. Mella and Tarrida del Marmol worked out their theory in response to doctrinal disputes within the European anarchist movement between the collectivism of Bakunin’s followers, and the communism that was supplanting it, that was tearing the movement apart in the 1880s.” (03/21/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44130

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49) Free Talk Live, 03/20/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“FBI Raids Free Talk Live Studio.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/20/16)

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50) My simplistic theory of left and right, 2016 edition
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Last fall, I proposed my ‘simplistic theory of left and right’: 1. Leftists are anti-market. On an emotional level, they’re critical of market outcomes. No matter how good market outcomes are, they can’t bear to say, ‘Markets have done a great job, who could ask for more?’ 2. Rightists are anti-leftist. On an emotional level, they’re critical of leftists. No matter how much they agree with leftists on an issue, they can’t bear to say, ‘The left is totally right, it would be churlish to criticize them.’ But even I’m shocked by how well my simplistic theory fits the 2016 election.” (03/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/03/my_simplistic_t_1.html

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