*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIV, Issue #3,427
Monday, April 11th, 2016
459 email subscribers

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com

Please forward this email to your friends so
they can subscribe too at http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST
*****

In the News:

1) Macedonia: Hundreds hurt as migrants confront border police
2) Ukraine: Yatseniuk resigns, paving way for new government
3) Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe, defends security theatrics
4) Presidential caucuses: Cruz sweeps Colorado, Sanders wins Wyoming
5) UK: Cameron releases tax records to calm Panama Papers storm
6) NC: Drug company reconsiders $20 million factory over new law
7) Peru: Voters go to the polls
8) Syria: Regime plans to retake Aleppo with Russian support
9) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf kills at least 18 regime troops
10) In Texas, a side of abortion debate few ever see
11) Fonseca usurped name of Red Cross to hide money
12) Medicare payment plan on cancer drugs sparks furious battle
13) Kepler spacecraft in emergency mode
14) Amtrak sues Kansas feed yard over damaged tracks, derailment
15) If Trump were president: Boston Globe’s fake front page dares to imagine
16) Report: Facebook moving into credit card and financing business
17) Official: Kerry won’t offer US apology for deadliest terror attack in history
18) AZ: Homeowner who shot accused arsonist speaks out
19) SpaceX delivers first inflatable room to ISS after landing booster at sea
20) DARPA debuts unmanned anti-submarine warfare vessel in Portland
21) Prosecutors say Hastert abused at least four
22) Price of stamps to drop at US Post Offices
23) North Korea: Regime claims successful test of ICBM engine
24) US DoJ says it still wants to force Apple to unlock iPhone in drug case
25) US deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar to bomb ISIS

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The enemy within: Terrorist enablers on the Potomac
27) The great debate, part two: Shots and misses
28) Free Talk Live, 04/10/16
29) My anarchist take on the Panama Papers
30) The covert roots of the Panama Papers
31) The other Panama Papers: Playing hide & seek with psychopaths
32) What makes Trump voters tick: Is it just racism?
33) Abort the GOP
34) All have identical, equal rights
35) Charter schools: The great diversion
36) The right to boycott is not a guarantee that every boycott is right!
37) Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP
38) Necromongers: The state is always a police state
39) We need a sequel to The Big Short to critique public pensions
40) Does President Obama have wealth stashed away in one of the world’s most secretive tax havens?
41) Panama Papers reinforce Watergate lessons
42) There’s some recycling which just shouldn’t be done
43) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 74
44) Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism
45) Closing the circle
46) No safe space to shoot up
47) Are your “representatives” protecting terrorist networks responsible for 9/11?
48) Stop the copyright creep
49) Guard your liberty
50) Three women who inspired the modern libertarian movement
51) Virtual unreality
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 636: Libertarians [sic] for Trump? A debate
53) Interest rates and gold
54) It’s time for Hillary Clinton to step aside
55) Why libertarians can win

****SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS*************************
*
* TIPPING POINT: A NOVEL BY FRANK CLARKE
* http://tinyurl.com/TipgPt2
*
* WEB NEAR SOUP: A NOVEL BY PHILIP DENISCH
* http://www.amazon.com/Web-Near-Soup-Philip-Denisch/dp/1456388541/
*
* STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY
* A Free Academy, A Free Society
* http://studentsforliberty.org/
*
* Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS
* http://www.tinyurl.com/elewis
*
* DRUPAL MANAGED HOSTING
* Fed up with Maintenance and Hosting companies?
* http://inet-design.com/drupal-managed-hosting.html
*
*************************SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS****

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

1) Macedonia: Hundreds hurt as migrants confront border police
Source: ABC News

“Migrants waged running battles with Macedonian police Sunday after they were stopped from scaling the border fence with Greece near the border town of Idomeni, and aid agencies reported that hundreds of stranded travelers were injured. Macedonian police used tear gas, stun grenades, plastic bullets and a water cannon to repel the migrants, many of whom responded by throwing rocks over the fence at police. Greek police observed from their side of the frontier but did not intervene.” (04/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/migrants-clash-macedonian-police-greek-border-38285871

—–

2) Ukraine: Yatseniuk resigns, paving way for new government
Source: Reuters

“Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk tendered his resignation on Sunday, paving the way for Western-backed coalition parties to nominate an ally of President Petro Poroshenko to try to form a more stable government. Yatseniuk survived a no-confidence motion in February, but political infighting and graft scandals have fractured the ruling coalition and further delayed the disbursement of aid under a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout program.” (04/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-yatseniuk-idUSKCN0X70JO

—–

3) Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe, defends security theatrics
Source: Fox News

“President Obama repeatedly vowed there would be no political influence over the Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state — in a wide-ranging interview with ‘Fox News Sunday’ in which he also ardently defended his efforts to defeat the Islamic State and other terror groups amid criticism about his perceived indifference. ‘I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case,’ Obama told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘Nobody is above the law. How many times do I have to say it?’ … In the wide-ranging interview taped Friday, Obama defended efforts to stop the growing international terror threat and his response to terrorists.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/10/exclusive-obama-defends-terror-fight-vows-no-influence-in-clinton-email-probe.html

—–

4) Presidential caucuses: Cruz sweeps Colorado, Sanders wins Wyoming
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz both scored weekend victories against their front-running rivals in a tightening race as the two major parties prepare to pick their White House nominee. Cruz, the Texas Senator, chipped away at fellow Republican Donald Trump’s lead by taking all 13 Colorado delegates at stake in a state Republican convention Saturday, his fourth win in a row against the bombastic billionaire. That was in addition to another 21 delegates Cruz won in the state through a series of county elections, for a total of 34. … Sanders meanwhile pulled off a surprise win over rival Hillary Clinton in the Wyoming caucuses, his eighth victory in the last nine contests. Despite the Democratic Senator’s 10-point lead over Clinton (55.7 percent to 44.3 percent), both candidates scored seven delegates each due to party rules in the overwhelmingly Republican state.” [editor’s note: It wasn’t a “surprise” win for Sanders in Wyoming; I don’t know of anyone who predicted Clinton would win that state – TLK] (04/10/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3531884/Sanders-wins-Wyoming-extend-victory-run.html

—–

5) UK: Cameron releases tax records to calm Panama Papers storm
Source: Reuters

“British Prime Minister David Cameron took the unusual step on Sunday of publishing his tax records to try to end days of questions about his personal wealth raised by the mention of his late father’s offshore fund in the Panama Papers. Cameron’s initial reluctance to admit that he had benefited from the fund caused a furor, compounding his problems when he faces a huge political fight to persuade Britons to vote to stay in the European Union in a June 23 referendum. The EU issue has split his Conservative Party, while the government has also been going through a tough patch over a senior minister’s resignation, a u-turn on welfare cuts and accusations it is failing to protect Britain’s steel industry.” (04/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-panama-tax-britain-idUSKCN0X60WL

—–

6) NC: Drug company reconsiders $20 million factory over new law
Source: Fox News

“North Carolina’s governor met Thursday with gay-rights advocates bearing a letter signed by more than 100 corporate executives urging him to repeal the nation’s first state law limiting the bathroom options for transgender people. The law also excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from anti-discrimination protections, and blocks municipalities from adopting their own anti-discrimination and living wage rules. The governor ‘appreciated the opportunity to sit down and deal with these complex issues through conversation and dialogue as opposed to political threats and economic retaliation,’ his spokesman, Josh Ellis, said in a statement. The advocates declined to describe Gov. Pat McCrory’s response.” [editor’s note: No matter which side you’re on, this was a clear case of state-government overstepping its bounds – SAT] (04/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/04/10/drug-company-reconsiders-20m-north-carolina-factory-over-new-law.html

—–

7) Peru: Voters go to the polls
Source: VICE News

“Peruvians head to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election dominated by painful memories of serial human rights abuses and an out-of-control kleptocracy, as well as nostalgia for the strong leadership of those times. The clear frontrunner, Keiko Fujimori, is the daughter of Alberto Fujimori who was president between 1990 and 2000. He is still revered by many Peruvians, especially in poorer rural areas, for defeating the brutal Shining Path rebels, and taming a severe economic crisis.” (04/10/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/peru-goes-to-the-polls-under-the-shadow-of-favorite-keiko-fujimoris-disgraced-dad?utm_source=vicenewsfb

—–

8) Syria: Regime plans to retake Aleppo with Russian support
Source: Wall Street Journal

“Syrian government forces, with support from Russia, are planning an operation to retake Aleppo and battle an Islamist rebel offensive in the region, the Syrian prime minister said Sunday after a week of clashes. The use of Russian firepower in the Syrian government offensive to retake Syria’s largest city, which has been partly controlled by rebels since 2012, clouds the future of upcoming peace talks.” (04/10/12)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/syrian-government-plans-to-retake-aleppo-with-russian-support-1460296021?mod=e2fb

—–

9) Philippines: Abu Sayyaf kills at least 18 regime troops
Source: Al Jazeera

“At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines. It was the largest single-day combat loss by government forces this year in the restive south, where the military has long battled Muslim separatist rebels and Communist fighters.” (04/09/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html

—–

10) In Texas, a side of abortion debate few ever see
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Since 2011, the Texas Legislature has passed a series of laws that make it more difficult for women to obtain an abortion. The Republican-controlled legislature is shifting government money away from abortion clinics and enacting new measures that, supporters say, make abortions safer. Critics say they only complicate the process. On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will examine whether one of those laws violates constitutional protections. … At issue is the constitutionality of a Texas law (House Bill 2) that has forced the closure of roughly half the abortion clinics in Texas, making it more difficult for women in the state to obtain an abortion. A key question is whether the law poses an undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to end her pregnancy. For some Texas women, it is merely an inconvenience. For others, who can’t take time off work or travel long distances, the new restrictions are more problematic.” (04/10/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2016/0228/In-Texas-a-side-of-abortion-debate-few-ever-see

—–

11) Fonseca usurped name of Red Cross to hide money
Source: The Independent [Malta]

“Britain’s opposition Labour Party says the government should be ashamed of the fact that more than half of the offshore companies identified in the Panama data leak are based in British island tax havens such as the Bahamas, Bermuda, Caymans and British Virgin Islands. Labour’s finance spokesman, John McDonnell, says his party wants Britain’s ethics laws to be tightened so that all politicians will be required to publish details of their offshore investments.” (04/10/16)

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-04-10/world-news/Panama-Papers-Mossack-Fonseca-usurped-name-of-Red-Cross-to-hide-money-reports-6736156097

—–

12) Medicare payment plan on cancer drugs sparks furious battle
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor’s office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment. The vehement reaction is raising questions about the government’s ability to tackle high drug costs, the top health care concern for the public.” (04/10/16)

http://www.statesville.com/news/business/ap/medicare-payment-plan-on-cancer-drugs-sparks-furious-battle/article_aff738c7-5100-507e-ac71-a0d29214cb8c.html

—–

13) Kepler spacecraft in emergency mode
Source: NASA

“During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in Emergency Mode (EM). EM is the lowest operational mode and is fuel intensive. Recovering from EM is the team’s priority at this time. The mission has declared a spacecraft emergency, which provides priority access to ground-based communications at the agency’s Deep Space Network.” (04/08/16)

http://www.nasa.gov/feature/mission-manager-update-kepler-spacecraft-in-emergency-mode

—–

14) Amtrak sues Kansas feed yard over damaged tracks, derailment
Source: CBS 46

“Amtrak has filed a federal lawsuit against a southwest Kansas feed yard, accusing it of gross negligence in relation to a train derailment that injured 28 passengers last month. In the suit filed Friday by Amtrak and BNSF, the plaintiffs allege Cimarron Crossing Feeders failed to notify the railroad or law enforcement after one of the company’s trucks slammed into the railroad road bed and displaced the tracks by more than a foot.” (04/10/16)

http://www.cbs46.com/story/31687041/amtrak-sues-kansas-feed-yard-over-damaged-tracks-derailment#ixzz45SESrBPb

—–

15) If Trump were president: Boston Globe’s fake front page dares to imagine
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The editorial board of The Boston Globe has printed a fake front page featuring Donald Trump as president. The newspaper printed the front page in its Sunday ‘Ideas’ section and on its website. The page is dated 9 April, 2017, and features a large photo of Trump below a headline that reads ‘Deportations to Begin.'” (04/10/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/10/trump-president-boston-globe-predicts-news-fake-front-page?CMP=soc_567

—–

16) Report: Facebook moving into credit card and financing business
Source: Raw Story

“Facebook seems ready to radically reimagine credit cards — minus the ‘card’ part, of course. It’s already a foregone conclusion that by next decade carrying a plastic card to buy stuff will be as anachronistic as hauling around a boom box to listen to music. Facebook is reportedly going to give its Messenger app the ability to make payments, much like Apple Pay or Android Pay. This direction became evident way back in 2014, when Facebook hired mobile payments whiz David Markus away from PayPal to run Messenger. … By itself, a Facebook pay service is not super interesting. It smells like me-tooism. Samsung has it, and even Amazon just announced a payments service. These are just another way to do what we’ve been doing, since all mobile pay services run on top of existing credit card accounts. Facebook Pay would simply be a Visa card on Facebook.” (04/10/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/facebook-making-moves-to-get-into-the-credit-card-and-financing-business

—–

17) Official: Kerry won’t offer US apology for deadliest terror attack in history
Source: Chicago Tribune

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry won’t say sorry for America’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima when he visits a revered memorial. A U.S. official traveling with Kerry ruled out an apology ahead of Monday’s tour with other foreign ministers of the Peace Memorial Park and Museum in the city where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago.” (04/10/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-john-kerry-hiroshima-20160410-story.html

—–

18) AZ: Homeowner who shot accused arsonist speaks out
Source: NBC 12 News

“The homeowner who shot an intruder Wednesday morning in a situation that turned into a massive house fire, is speaking out. David Bowers, who lives near 75th Avenue and Thunderbird, says he heard someone breaking into his house at around 3 a.m. … Police were able to catch the accused arsonist in the neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital. A renter living in Bowers'[s] home was trapped inside by the fire and later died at the hospital. Seven firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene were also injured.” (04/09/16)

http://www.12news.com/news/local/valley/homeowner-who-shot-accused-arsonist-speaks-out/127466352

—–

19) SpaceX delivers first inflatable room to ISS after landing booster at sea
Source: Washington Post

“SpaceX has made good on a high-priority delivery: the world’s first inflatable room for astronauts. A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Sunday, two days after launching from Cape Canaveral. … The pioneering pod — packed tightly for launch — should swell to the size of a small bedroom once filled with air next month. … SpaceX is still reveling in the success of Friday’s booster landing at sea. For the first time, a leftover booster came to a solid vertical touchdown on a floating platform. SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk wants to reuse boosters to save money, a process that he says will open access to space for more people in more places, like Mars. His ambition is to establish a city on Mars.” (04/10/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/spacex-delivers-worlds-1st-inflatable-room-for-astronauts/2016/04/10/4b521908-ff0f-11e5-8bb1-f124a43f84dc_story.html

—–

20) DARPA debuts unmanned anti-submarine warfare vessel in Portland
Source: KPTV

“For the first time ever, DARPA debuted their full scale prototype of an unmanned anti-submarine warfare vessel in Portland. Officials with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency said the vessel, named The Sea Hunter, is history in the making. And while it is just a prototype, DARPA believes it will be a game changer for the US Navy.” (04/07/16)

http://www.kptv.com/story/31671363/darpa-debuts-unmanned-anti-submarine-warfare-vessel-in-portland#ixzz45BVOBpvk

—–

21) Prosecutors say Hastert abused at least four
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been at the center of an investigation concerning millions of dollars in hush-money payments he admitted he agreed to pay to conceal misconduct. Now for the first time, federal prosecutors have confirmed that the alleged misconduct was the sexual abuse of at least four boys, including one 14-year-old, decades ago, when Hastert was a high school wrestling coach.” (04/09/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/09/473606337/prosecutors-say-former-house-speaker-dennis-hastert-abused-4

—–

22) Price of stamps to drop at US Post Offices
Source: WPTV

“For the first time in nearly a century, the United States Postal Service is reducing rates effective Sunday, as part of forced price reductions being imposed by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The price for a 1-ounce stamp will decrease from 49 cents to 47 cents. The cost for a postcard stamp will go from 35 cents to 34 cents. USPS estimates that it will lose $2 billion annually from the price drop.” (04/08/16)

http://www.wptv.com/news/national/price-of-stamps-to-drop-at-the-post-office

—–

23) North Korea: Regime claims successful test of ICBM engine
Source: NBC News

“North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested the booster capability of a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that could give it the power to target the United States with nuclear strikes. ‘We have learned from North Korea’s official Central News Agency’s news that North Korea has conducted another test in securing another technical step in developing its intercontinental ballistic rocket (ICBM) engine,’ said a South Korean military official from the Ministry of National Defense.” (04/09/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-claims-successful-test-icbm-engine-n553336?cid=sm_fb

—–

24) US DoJ says it still wants to force Apple to unlock iPhone in drug case
Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department said Friday that it still wants to force Apple to help it unlock an iPhone in a drug case in New York, the latest volley in an ongoing debate over encryption between federal authorities and technology firms. This filing came two days after the FBI’s director suggested that the government’s secret method for cracking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers — the center of a weeks-long dispute between the Justice Department and Apple — would not work on the New York phone or several other models.” (04/08/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/04/08/justice-dept-says-it-still-wants-to-force-apple-to-help-unlock-iphone-in-drug-case/?tid=sm_fb

—–

25) US deploys B-52 bombers to Qatar to bomb ISIS
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“American B-52 Stratofortress bombers have been sent for their first Middle East operational deployment since the 1991 Gulf War 26 years ago. The aircraft are flying from Qatar to bomb Islamic State targets. An undisclosed number of B-52s have arrived at the Al Udeid Air Base on Sunday, the US Air Force said. ‘The B-52 will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,’ Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander, US Air Forces Central Command said in the statement.” (04/09/16)

https://www.rt.com/usa/339043-us-b52-bomber-qatar/

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

26) The enemy within: Terrorist enablers on the Potomac
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Hillary Clinton and CIA director David Petraeus had a brilliant idea: they would fund, arm, and train a proxy army in Syria, overthrow the regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad, and jump on the rapidly moving train of the ‘Arab Spring’ to extend US influence in the region. What could go wrong? Plenty.” (04/11/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/10/enemy-within-terrorist-enablers-potomac/

—–

27) The great debate, part two: Shots and misses
Source: The Inter-Rationale
by Steve Trinward

“Well, they aired the second half of the Libertarian debate on the Stossel show this past Friday night, and not a lot was really different: John McAfee gave another strong performance — straight from the gut, including sincere apologies for some of his past indiscretions; Austin Petersen continued to use any opportunity to go ‘off-script’ and make Gary Johnson respond to his attacks; Johnson, meanwhile, appeared at times a little ‘tentative’ (Matt Welch’s words, not mine) about expressing his deeper libertarian beliefs, preferring to present pragmatic, toward-liberty ideas the general public might actually listen to.” (04/10/16)

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/archives/220138

—–

28) Free Talk Live, 04/10/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Former House Speaker Hastert In Trouble For Molesting Teens :: Suspicious Activity Reports :: Pedestrian Fatalities :: Statute of Limitations :: TJ Welfare Queen :: Expatriates Increasing :: Pre-Emptive Self Defense :: Punishment and Restitution :: PTSD and Gun Ownership :: Assault :: Non-Aggression Principle :: Robin Hooding.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/10/16)

—–

29) My anarchist take on the Panama Papers
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“As an anarchist, I’m obviously not losing much sleep over the idea of state taxing authorities losing revenue. I’ve done plenty of business with hardworking tradespeople on a cash discount basis, and we were entirely happy with the arrangement. One of the benefits of informal arrangements within the social economy is that the direct exchange of labor for labor avoids the overhead of feeding the bureaucratic state. So what’s different about this case? For starters, the state’s main function is to serve the very plutocrats who have been offshoring their wealth to avoid taxation.” (04/10/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44476

—–

30) The covert roots of the Panama Papers
Source: The New Republic
by Steven Cohen

“It should come as no surprise that the CIA’s finances are a secret. One of the rare glimpses into the agency’s funding came when Edward Snowden leaked a copy of the intelligence ‘black budget’ to the Washington Post in 2013. But if history is any indication, the CIA may well have resources that don’t appear on any congressional document, highly classified or otherwise. Covert operations, by their very nature, often require access to off-the-books funding. The CIA’s first operation was paid for with funds seized from the Nazis, and in the years since, the agency has been notoriously creative about how it obtains its money.” (04/08/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/132502/covert-roots-panama-papers

—–

31) The other Panama Papers: Playing hide & seek with psychopaths
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“The recent expose of money laundering, tax dodging and asset hiding by the global ruling criminal classes in the leaked Panama Papers should have opened all previously sleeping eyes to the reality of governments and the psychopaths who run them. What the Panama Papers really didn’t document was how these so-called world ‘leaders’ got filthy rich in the first place; by trading political power for bribes, influence for payoffs, and in many cases by raiding their own countries’ treasuries and funneling the loot into offshore accounts. But there is another side to the Panama Papers.” (04/10/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-other-panama-papers-playing-hide-seek-with-psychopaths

—–

32) What makes Trump voters tick: Is it just racism?
Source: In These Times
by Ian Haney Lopez & Matt Morrison

“Even as Donald Trump fans cheer on his not-so-veiled barbs at Muslims, Mexicans and immigrants, some progressives see opportunity. ‘A map of [Trump’s] support may coordinate with racist Google searches, but it coordinates even better with deindustrialization and despair, with the zones of economic misery that 30 years of Washington’s free-market consensus have brought the rest of America,’ writes Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter with Kansas and most recently Listen, Liberal, in a recent Guardian op-ed. … No one disputes that racism is a force behind Trump’s appeal. But in looking at broader factors, Frank and others seek clues to a puzzle that has stymied the Left for decades: how to counteract the GOP’s Southern Strategy and convince the white working-class to choose economic self-interest over racial bias.” (04/07/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19043/understanding-what-makes-trump-voters-tick

—–

33) Abort the GOP
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The Republican Party’s unrelenting religious obsession with abortion leads me to the conclusion that the GOP should be aborted. When it comes to law and politics few things irritate me more than GOP lawmakers passing, and governors signing, laws that they know beyond all doubt are unconstitutional, and the GOP are experts at that when the laws pertain to abortion.” (04/10/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/abort-gop.html

—–

34) All have identical, equal rights
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“I see politics as a flawed attempt to get along with people you don’t like. Flawed, because using the violence of laws to try to make people do what you want leads them to pull the same stunt against you. It’s the ultimate ‘an eye for an eye’ opera, which never ends unless one side stops. One sad thing I’ve noticed is people pre-emptively poking themselves in the eye — doing their enemies’ work for them — without realizing what they are doing. They do this by supporting the political party ‘their people’ have historically identified with regardless of how it actually treats them.” (04/07/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/04/07/mcmanigal-all-have-identical-equal-rights/

—–

35) Charter schools: The great diversion
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“When Boston Mayor Marty Walsh learned of plans by the city’s public high school students to walk out to protest proposed budget cuts, he told them to stay in class. They didn’t. On a cool, sunny March afternoon, thousands of young people marched through Boston Common and converged on the Massachusetts State House, where the legislature’s Joint Committee on Education was holding a hearing on a ballot question that would significantly increase the number of charter schools. Brighton High School senior Christopher Gayle left school, too, but he went into the building to testify. Gayle told state lawmakers that he had nothing against charter schools, but he blamed them for the cuts. ‘They’re taking away money from the Boston Public Schools,’ Gayle said.” (04/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/great-diversion-0

—–

36) The right to boycott is not a guarantee that every boycott is right!
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“In online discussions in which I have objected to some boycott, I have on several occasions seen someone respond ‘Well, your free market worship goes right out the window when it is a boycott you don’t like, huh?’ Let us set aside the assumption that I ‘worship’ the free market, something my libertarian readers are likely to find a little ironic. Is a laissez-faire libertarian committed to approving of every boycott?” (04/10/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-right-to-boycott-is-not-guarantee.html

—–

37) Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP
Source: Reuters
by Harold Meyerson

“In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods. … To Republican strategists generally, and to Karl Rove, chief strategist for President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign, in particular, the very thought of gay marriage wending its way from such Gomorrah-like settings as Cambridge, Massachusetts, and San Francisco to a church near you provided a path not just to boost evangelical turnout in November’s election, but also to convince that great silent majority, on whom Republican candidates relied, that Democrats and liberals threatened the moral fabric of the nation. In swing states like Ohio, fear of same-sex marriage, which Rove had made sure to stoke, was a major reason why Bush prevailed over Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry. But that was oh-so-then.” (04/08/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/04/08/reaping-as-they-sowed-how-the-culture-wars-are-smiting-the-gop

—–

38) Necromongers: The state is always a police state
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Politicians at the end of the day are simply violence brokers. They are the suits and ties that determine how the stolen goods and hijacked production is apportioned to the politically connected who are plugged into the plunder system. All political systems are de facto and de jure police states.” (04/09/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4709

—–

39) We need a sequel to The Big Short to critique public pensions
Source: Reason
by Ed Ring

“Part one offered rare insight into the usually arcane world of government finance. When the film’s protagonists (played by Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell) prepare to bet that the housing bubble is about to blow, they identify the culprits: The bad guys are not just the sellers who prepared mortgage debt securities but the buyers of those toxic securities as well. And the biggest buyers of all were the managers of America’s public-employee pension funds. The housing bubble may have collapsed, but the public-employee pension fund managers are still with us. If anything they’re bigger than ever, still insatiably seeking high returns just over the horizon line of another economic bubble.” (04/10/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/10/we-need-a-sequel-to-the-big-short-to-cri

—–

40) Does President Obama have wealth stashed away in one of the world’s most secretive tax havens?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The US reminds me on one of those mafia kingpins, who force other drug dealers out of a neighborhood, so that it can monopolize the business. For years, the US has been the leader in trying to close down tax havens. We’ve strong-armed other countries into providing us with information from secret bank accounts. And now the long campaign is paying off, as the US reigns supreme as the world’s most effective and secretive tax haven.” (04/10/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/04/should_other_co.html

—–

41) Panama Papers reinforce Watergate lessons
Source: USA Today
by Alicia Shepard

“Imagine the movie. A reporter gets a query from a mysterious source promising information so damning it could lead to a head of state resigning. The source insists on anonymity. Sounds like what just happened in Iceland this week. The prime minister resigned amid a spate of reports on the so-called Panama Papers, triggered when a German reporter was offered 11.5 million documents pilfered from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in secret offshore services. The events mirror what happened in the iconic journalism film All the President’s Men, which debuted in theaters nationwide 40 years ago Saturday.” (04/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/07/panama-papers-watergate-lessons-column/82744152

—–

42) There’s some recycling which just shouldn’t be done
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“As we’ve mentioned before there are three classes of possible recycling. One is where something is recycled and a profit is made by doing so. Profit is the proof that value has been added, the output is worth more than the alternative uses of the inputs. Thus it makes us all richer: this form of recycling should obviously be done. Then there’s recycling which simply should not be done. Something that loses gargantuan amounts of money for example: it’s not just that this makes us poorer it’s that the insistence on spending money that way detracts from our ability to do other things which might benefit us or the environment more. The third class is that which will lose money directly in being recycled but which will have other benefits, perhaps not directly accountable.” (04/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/theres-some-recycling-which-just-shouldnt-be-done

—–

43) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 74
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Libertarian VP candidates, Latte Liberals in Gainesville, Florida, and why I finally got a smart phone).” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/10/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-74.html

—–

44) Ian McEwan is right about trans consumerism
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“In the political imagination, to be a consumer is the stark opposite of being radical and ‘trans.’ Consumerism is associated with capitalism and bovine conformity. Just consider how self-styled radicals sneer at those ‘sheeple’ who queue up for the latest piece of computer gadgetry or who wrestle for fridges and televisions in the sales. Yet McEwan has a point: to assume new gender labels has become a symptom of narcissistic postmodern consumerism in which everything, including one’s very personhood, is commodified and continually reinvented for show.” [editor’s note: The objection to commodification and consumerism brings to mind an interesting piece of trivia: spiked, which is generally regarded as a sort of mildly libertarian publication these days, used to be called Living Marxism – TLK] (04/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/ian-mcewan-is-right-about-trans-consumerism/18231

—–

45) Closing the circle
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“Mina was a skeptic; Pop was a fan. Optimistic about Castro, he was later to contribute money and property to the Revolution both before and immediately after its victory. But revolutions, no matter how well-intentioned, are inherently disruptive and unpredictable. This didn’t stop Pop. The urgency of his ambitions was fueled by the specter of the grim reaper. With the addition of rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling and disfiguring disease, his chronic malaria and angina pectoris became a threesome.” (04/09/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1539

—–

46) No safe space to shoot up
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Larry Campbell, a former cop and former mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, was appalled as he came to San Francisco to advocate a bill that would allow California cities to open safe injection centers like the one in his city for intravenous drug users. He’d ‘never seen the number of people sleeping on the street,’ he told the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, that he saw as he walked a few blocks from his Market Street hotel. He saw open drug dealing. ‘There’s nobody hiding here.’ I asked Campbell whether he thought he should have seen some arrests. ‘Yes,’ he responded. ‘I think you need to get control.’ Campbell says he saw only two police officers. In Vancouver, you’d see many more police, and they’d direct addicts to Insite, he said.” [editor’s note: Coincidence or synchronicity that this issue came up in the Stossel debate, part two? – SAT] (04/10/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/04/10/no-safe-space-to-shoot-up-n2145561

—–

47) Are your “representatives” protecting terrorist networks responsible for 9/11?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“Do you really want to strike back at terrorists? Then help pass Rand Paul’s S.1471. This one-page bill will declassify key parts of Congress’s 9-11 investigation, including 28 pages that relate to Saudi Arabia. This matters because … * The Saudis finance fundamentalist Islam * The Saudis may have aided and abetted the 9-11 attacks * The Saudis may still be funding terrorist groups …” [editor’s note: “The Saudis?” Well, maybe SOME Saudis (members of the royal family and/or the state apparatus). Let’s not get all collectivist concerning 30 million people – TLK] (04/08/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/are-your-representatives-protecting-terrorist-networks-responsible-for-911

—–

48) Stop the copyright creep
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“In essence, copyright creep is an effort to expand copyright restrictions and/or allowing new parties to impose them in new ways. For example, civil law countries such as Europe and Latin America, may allow people who aren’t traditional rightholders to exercise copyright-like restrictions, calling them ‘related rights’ (or ‘neighboring rights’), as distinct from ‘authors’ rights.’ In the United States, we are more likely to give traditional rightholders new powers, such as the ability to sue people who circumvent technological protections on a work. These experiments are dangerous: copyright and related rights are powerful tools, and the farther they reach the more likely they are to cause collateral damage to speech and innovation.” (04/08/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/stop-copyright-creep-new-restrictions-are-not-answer-challenges-digital-publishing

—–

49) Guard your liberty
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“One of the greatest threats to freedom is indifference by those who possess it. In the aftermath of shootings, terror attacks, wars, and other unsettling geopolitical events, the political elite frequently confronts citizens with a supposed tradeoff between liberty and ‘safety.’ Citizens are told that government can protect them, but only if they relinquish some of their freedoms and liberties to government. The period following the September 11 attacks on the United States is only the latest illustration of this dynamic.” (04/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/08/guard-your-liberty/

—–

50) Three women who inspired the modern libertarian movement
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jim Powell & Lawrence W Reed

“Liberty was in full retreat in the early 1940s. Tyrants oppressed or threatened people on every continent. Western intellectuals whitewashed mass murderers like Joseph Stalin, and Western governments expanded their power with Soviet-style central planning. Fifty million people were killed in the war that raged in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The United States, seemingly the last hope for liberty, was drawn into it.” (04/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/3-women-who-inspired-the-modern-libertarian-movement/

—–

51) Virtual unreality
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Fantasies which only involve things (such as building one’s ‘dream house’ or writing a bestseller) may be unattainable, but when they are they’re still generally harmless to others. Unfortunately, many individual blueprints for Utopia demand that other individuals conform to the dreamer’s moronic fantasies about ‘proper’ human behavior, and while those are always doomed to disappointment, they have considerable potential to wreck the lives of others. If the person suffering such a delusion has money, political power or social influence he can wreak havoc on anyone who gets in the way of his impossible program of social engineering, and even those who don’t have access to such resources are dangerous when they share the mad fantasies of those who do. One such fantasy, popular for roughly the last century and a half, is the idea that prostitution can (and should) be ‘abolished’ …” (04/08/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/virtual-unreality/

—–

52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 636: Libertarians [sic] for Trump? A debate
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“When libertarian scholar Walter Block announced the creation of Libertarians [sic] for Trump, he generated a good deal of controversy. Now he explains his support for Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination — in the context of a debate with Robert Wenzel. Enjoy!” [various formats] (04/08/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-636-libertarians-for-trump-a-debate/

—–

53) Interest rates and gold
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“It is commonly assumed that the gold price and interest rates move in opposite directions. In other words, a tendency towards higher interest rates is accompanied by a lower gold price. Like all assumptions about prices, sometimes it is true and sometimes not.” (04/08/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/04/interest-rates-and-gold/

—–

54) It’s time for Hillary Clinton to step aside
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“There is no — zero, nada, zilch, possibility that Mrs. Clinton will actually step aside to make room for the Leftward leaning youth movement now propelling Bernie Sanders. The stakes in terms of political graft, patronage and the power to serve the deeply entrenched Western plutocracy are too high for establishment Democrats (and Republicans) to forego in the public interest. Not only will Mrs. Clinton and her cohort use the levers they have created to assure that she is the Democratic Party candidate, the Democratic establishment will be the greatest hindrance to political and social resolution should Mr. Sanders prevail. The Party of FDR will do whatever is in its power to destroy the New Deal revival programs that Mr. Sanders is promoting.” (04/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/08/its-time-for-hillary-clinton-to-step-aside/

—–

55) Why libertarians can win
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[T]he fact is that no situation in life is necessarily permanent or inevitable. Things can shift, sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly. That means that a society can go from being statist to one that is free, peaceful, prosperous, and harmonious. How does that happen? Through the power of ideas on liberty!” (04/08/16)

http://fff.org/2016/04/08/libertarians-can-win/

*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
*****