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Volume XIV, Issue #3,395
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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In the News:

1) China: Regime sends fighter jets to Woody Island
2) Ammon Bundy, 15 other militia members in court over armed Oregon refuge takeover
3) Iran: Bounty for Rushdie’s death raised to $4 million
4) Appeals court allows law that would shut three of Louisiana’s four abortion clinics
5) Apple is said to be trying to make it harder to hack iPhones
6) Trump nabs first congressional endorsements
7) Army to roll out better body armor, combat shirt in 2019
8) CA: Lowell High students walk out to protest sign seen as racist
9) Sanders declares he is a “strong feminist” and “honorary woman”
10) Kenya: MP asks women to refuse sex until their husbands register to vote
11) Canada: Federal court strikes down ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot
12) Federal judge: Recording cops isn’t necessarily protected by the First Amendment
13) Egypt: Sisi says Russian plane downed by “terrorism”
14) Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in talc-related cancer case
15) These cops are so fed up with corruption they’re suing their own department
16) TX: Court dismisses final charge in Perry’s abuse of power case
17) Turkey: Regime helicopters kill nine in strikes on PKK targets
18) ASUS hit by FTC gang with 20-year audit for bungled router security
19) UT: Church leaders indicted for food stamp fraud, money laundering
20) GA: Supreme Court hears KKK bid to “Adopt-A-Highway”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) How networks topple scientific dogmas
22) When are crimes against humanity “arcane references?”
23) Holy homophobes!
24) Stupid laws censor the truth from whisky buyers
25) Sanders, Clinton, the CIA, and the JFK assassination
26) First Gitmo commander: Shut it down
27) Donald Trump, superhero
28) Sanders and Trump are too establishment on Syria
29) The Tom Woods Show, episode 601: Finding your place in the liberty movement
30) Conservative economist: What I like about Bernie Sanders
31) What road for America — liberty or political plunder?
32) Crossing the waters of freedom
33) Let’s trust the public to look out for disabled people
34) Myanmar’s “lady” faces challenge of a lifetime
35) Preparing our kids for the future
36) ISIS and the end of cash
37) Regime change in Ankara? More likely than you think
38) Donald Trump will not be President of the United States
39) Post-Katrina New Orleans: A step forward, but not a model
40) Keep the immigrants, dump Trump’s immigration policies
41) Brady Center files lies over 3D printed guns
42) 2016: The year voters took back politics
43) Why partisan fights over Supreme Court nominees are a good thing
44) Guantanamo gestures
45) The Paris Climate Agreement is a treaty requiring Senate review
46) Personal liberty and security, a rant
47) The Libertarian Angle, 02/24/16: History of economic thought, part 6
48) Slavery and empire: The destruction of Whydah
49) Identity politics and the new segregation
50) Each American today has more servants than did JD Rockefeller

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

1) China: Regime sends fighter jets to Woody Island
Source: Military.com

“In a move likely to further increase already volatile tensions in the region, China has deployed fighter jets to a contested island in the South China Sea, the same island where China deployed surface-to-air missiles last week, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. … Woody Island is the largest island in the Paracel chain of islands in the South China Sea, and has had a runway since the early 1990s. It lies 250 miles southeast of a major Chinese submarine base on Hainan Island. China has claimed Woody Island since the 1950s, but it is contested by Taiwan and Vietnam.” (02/24/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/02/24/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-contested-island-in-south-china-sea.html

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2) Ammon Bundy, 15 other militia members in court over armed Oregon refuge takeover
Source: New York Daily News

“Ammon Bundy and another 15 defendants pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal conspiracy charges related to the 41-day occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Several of the accused, however, expressed doubt that they enjoy the presumption of innocence. Bundy sat at the main defense table while most of his co-defendants sat in the jury box as they listened to a government prosecutor read the indictment and U.S. District Judge Anna Brown tell them their rights.” (02/24/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ammon-bundy-15-court-oregon-refuge-takeover-article-1.2543120

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3) Iran: Bounty for Rushdie’s death raised to $4 million
Source: Newsmax

“Salman Rushdie’s 27-year-old death bounty has been increased to nearly $4 million after a group of Iranian hardliners raised $600,000 to mark the anniversary of the fatwa against the British novelist, reported The New York Times. Rushdie, who was born in India, has been the target of a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 calling for his death for the novel ‘The Satanic Verses,’ noted Reuters.” (02/24/16)

http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/salman-rushdie-death-bounty/2016/02/24/id/715834/

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4) Appeals court allows law that would shut three of Louisiana’s four abortion clinics
Source: Washington Post

“An appeals court in Louisiana on Wednesday issued an emergency order that abortion rights groups say will result in the closure of three of the state’s four existing abortion clinics. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a 2014 state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have special relationships with local hospitals may go into effect as a legal challenge against it works its way through the courts. In January, a lower court had temporarily blocked the law.” (02/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/24/appeals-court-allows-law-that-would-shut-three-of-louisianas-four-abortion-clinics/

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5) Apple is said to be trying to make it harder to hack iPhones
Source: New York Times

“Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, according to people close to the company and security experts. If Apple succeeds in upgrading its security — and experts say it almost surely will — the company will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies, even if the Obama administration wins its fight over access to data stored on an iPhone used by one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., rampage.” (02/24/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/technology/apple-is-said-to-be-working-on-an-iphone-even-it-cant-hack.html

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6) Trump nabs first congressional endorsements
Source: ABC News

“After winning his third consecutive GOP primary contest Tuesday in Nevada, Donald Trump has landed his first congressional endorsements, the latest sign members of the Republican political establishment are coming to terms with the New York businessman securing the GOP presidential nomination. Rep. Chris Collins, R-New York, a wealthy former businessman from upstate New York, said in a statement this morning that Trump ‘understands the importance of American exceptionalism, and has the unique qualifications to make America great again.'” (02/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-nabs-congressional-endorsements/story?id=37165183

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7) Army to roll out better body armor, combat shirt in 2019
Source: USA Today

“In 2019 the Army expects to roll out a new, lighter body armor system. The armor will provide at least as much protection as today’s system, but with more comfort, and greater flexibility to adjust based on the mission, Army officials said. The Torso and Extremities Protection, or TEP, program cleared the engineering and development phases last summer, and will move into a few years of limited production and testing. During that time and beyond, technology advances may be integrated.” (02/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/02/24/army-combat-shirt-body-armor-2019/80851048

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8) CA: Lowell High students walk out to protest sign seen as racist
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A group of roughly two dozen students walked out of Lowell High School in San Francisco Tuesday morning in response to an offensive sign posted on a window at the school’s library this month. The sign, which was posted on Feb. 5, read ‘Happy Black History Month #Gang’ along with photos the school’s principal said ‘were insensitive to the racial stereotyping of black people that is far too prevalent in our society.’ The photos showed several hip-hop artists and other African American entertainers along with President Obama, according to the school. While the message was removed, black students remained ‘outraged by the use of ‘#gang’ as it refers to black students and Black History Month negatively.'” (02/24/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Lowell-students-walk-out-of-class-to-protest-6849441.php

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9) Sanders declares he is a “strong feminist” and “honorary woman”
Source: Washington Post

“At a Democratic town hall in Las Vegas, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declared himself not only a ‘strong feminist,’ but also an ‘honorary woman,’ a distinction given to him by feminist icon Gloria Steinem. ‘I consider myself a strong feminist,’ Sanders told a young woman from the audience who asked the question. ‘And in fact, Gloria Steinem — everybody knows Gloria is one of the leading feminists in America — made me an honorary woman many, many years ago.'” (02/18/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/02/18/bernie-sanders-declares-he-is-a-strong-feminist-and-honorary-woman/

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10) Kenya: MP asks women to refuse sex until their husbands register to vote
Source: Raw Story

“A Kenyan MP has urged women to employ an odd tactic in a bid to encourage their husbands to register to vote in the 2017 general elections: deprive them of their conjugal rights. Esther Murugi, MP for Nyeri Town in central Kenya, has also called on Kenyan women not to cook for their husbands and for pastors not to welcome worshipers to their churches unless they can prove they are registered voters, Kenya’s Daily Nation reports. Kenya’s is scheduled to hold elections in August 2017, in which at least 22 million voters are expected to decide on whether to re-elect Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.” [editor’s note: Less noble than Lysistrata’s cause, but similar weaponry – SAT] (02/24/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/02/kenyan-mp-asks-women-to-refuse-sex-until-their-husbands-register-to-vote

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11) Canada: Federal court strikes down ban on medical marijuana patients growing own pot
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“A Federal Court judge has struck down federal regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis and given the Liberal government six month to come up with new rules. Judge Michael Phelan ruled Wednesday in Vancouver that the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations were an infringement on charter rights and declared they have no force and effect.” (02/24/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/medical-marijuana-federal-court-ruling-1.3461694

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12) Federal judge: Recording cops isn’t necessarily protected by the First Amendment
Source: Washington Post

“In a bizarre ruling issued last week, federal District Court Judge Mark Kearney ruled that the First Amendment rights of two people were not violated when they were apprehended for attempting to photograph or record police officers. As far as I know, this is the first time a federal court has not found that recording cops while on duty and in a public setting is protected by the First Amendment.” (02/23/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2016/02/23/federal-judge-recording-cops-isnt-necessarily-protected-by-the-first-amendment/

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13) Egypt: Sisi says Russian plane downed by “terrorism”
Source: NDTV [India]

“Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acknowledged for the first time today that ‘terrorism’ caused a Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula in October that killed 224 people. ‘Has terrorism ended? No… Whoever downed that plane, what did he want? Just to hit tourism? No. To hit relations. To hit relations with Russia,’ Sisi said in a speech. Sisi had previously dismissed as ‘propaganda’ a claim by ISIS terrorist group that it downed the airliner on October 31.” (02/24/16)

http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/egypts-president-says-russian-plane-downed-by-terrorism-1280922

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14) Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in talc-related cancer case
Source: USA Today

“Health giant Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talc for feminine hygiene. … During the trial, [Jackie] Fox’s lawyers claimed that the company was aware of the possible risk of using products containing talc for feminine hygienic use. A 1997 internal memo from a company medical consultant said ‘anybody who denies’ the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is ‘denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary,’ AP reported.” (02/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/02/24/johnson-johnson-lawsuit-baby-powder-talcum-ovarian-cancer-link/80845030/

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15) These cops are so fed up with corruption they’re suing their own department
Source: Counter Current News

“On February 17, 20-year law enforcement veteran Charles Cornfield, as well as five other police officers, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Court against the the Arizona Board of Regents, former ASU Police John Pickens, current Police Chief Michael Thompson, and 10 other ASU employees. Cornfield is supported by fellow officers Benjamin R. Flynn, Bernard Linser, Patrick Murphy, William J. O’Hayer, and Matthew V. Parker. The officers claim ASU Police attempt to make the university seem more safe by misreporting crime statistics.” (02/23/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/02/these-cops-are-so-fed-up-with-corruption-theyre-suing-their-own-department/#

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16) TX: Court dismisses final charge in Perry’s abuse of power case
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Texas'[s] highest criminal court tossed the second and final felony charge against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, likely ending a case the Republican says helped sink his short-lived 2016 presidential bid. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the abuse-of-power charge, which was filed after Perry threatened — and then carried out — a veto of state funding for a group of public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign. A lower appeals court dismissed the other charge, coercion by a public servant, in July.” (02/24/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-texas-court-clears-rick-perry-20160224-story.html

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17) Turkey: Regime helicopters kill nine in strikes on PKK targets
Source: Reuters

“Turkish military helicopters killed nine Kurdish militants in strikes near the southeastern border with Syria on Wednesday, security sources said, in a conflict becoming increasingly intertwined with developments in Turkey’s war-torn neighbor. The Cobra attack helicopters launched the assault at around 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) as a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters traveled through a mountainous area near the Idil district of Turkey’s Sirnak province, the sources said.” (02/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-kurds-idUSKCN0VX0UJ

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18) ASUS hit by FTC gang with 20-year audit for bungled router security
Source: ZDNet

“Taiwan-based computer maker AsusTek has agreed to be audited for the next 20 years to settle charges from the US Federal Trade Commission that its ‘failure to employ reasonable security practices has subjected consumers to substantial injury.’ The security audits, to be conducted by an independent third party, are just one of several measures ASUS must accept for misrepresenting the security of its routers and cloud services, AiCloud and AiDisk.” [editor’s note: Like the US government has any standing to slam anyone else over security flaws – TLK] (02/24/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/asus-hit-by-ftc-with-20-year-audit-for-bungled-router-security/

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19) UT: Church leaders indicted for food stamp fraud, money laundering
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Eleven followers of jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, including members of the sect’s leadership, have been arrested on charges of food stamp fraud and money laundering. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses the members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of illegally diverting food stamps from legitimate recipients and converting them to cash for unauthorized purchases, including an expensive pickup and a tractor. Those arrested Tuesday included Lyle Steed Jeffs of Hildale, Utah, the 56-year-old who is said to be leading the polygamous sect while his brother and self-described prophet serves a life sentence in a Texas prison for sex offenses involving underage girls.” (02/24/16)

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/warren-jeffs-followers-indicted-food-stamp-fraud-money-laundering

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20) GA: Supreme Court hears KKK bid to “Adopt-A-Highway”
Source: Fox News

“Does the Ku Klux Klan have a constitutional right to ‘adopt a highway?’ That question was at the center of a high-profile battle Monday before the Georgia Supreme Court, where the Klan is challenging the state’s refusal to let it participate in the popular Adopt-A-Highway program. The hate group, with the American Civil Liberties Union by its side, is casting its bid as a free speech issue.” (02/22/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/22/georgia-supreme-court-hears-kkk-bid-to-adopt-highway.html

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

21) How networks topple scientific dogmas
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Borders

“Three major catalysts are responsible for the current upheaval in the sciences. First, a few intrepid experts have started looking around to see whether studies in their respective fields are holding up. Second, competition among scientists to grab headlines is becoming more intense. Third, informal networks of checkers — ‘amateurs’ — have started questioning expert opinion and talking to each other. And the real action is in this third catalyst, creating as it does a kind of evolutionary fitness landscape for scientific claims. In other words, for the first time, the cost of checking science is going down as the price of being wrong is going up.” (02/24/16)

http://fee.org/articles/networks-topple-scientific-dogma/

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22) When are crimes against humanity “arcane references?”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“When are crimes against humanity ‘arcane references?’ When the United States government commits them. According to Politico (Michael Crowley, ‘Sanders once urged abolishing CIA,’ Feb. 22), in a debate with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders ‘befuddled some viewers with an arcane reference to a 1953 U.S.-backed coup in Iran, which Sanders called an example of America’s history of ‘overthrowing governments.” The fact that a mainstream liberal publication refers to the overthrow of Mossadegh as an ‘obscure reference’ that’s ‘befuddling’ to the American public says everything you need to know about how the American educational system and mass media serve the state’s official line.” (02/24/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43570

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23) Holy homophobes!
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Suppose a bunch of religious extremist lawmaker Neanderthals decided to pass laws permitting state licensed agencies, organizations and businesses to refuse services to mixed race couples, or mandating that a separate category of marriage license be issued to them. If you thought that kind of treatment is unconstitutional you would be one-hundred-percent correct. The government can’t get away with making laws which deny equal protection of the laws to mixed race couples. Never-mind all that, declare the Holy Homophobes.” (02/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/02/holy-homophobes.html

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24) Stupid laws censor the truth from whisky buyers
Source: Reason
by Jacob Grier

“Under the laws of the European Union, producers of aged spirits have just two options for communicating age to consumers. One is to provide an age statement based on the youngest spirit in a blend, such that a Scotch advertising 12 years of age must be made entirely of whiskies that have spent at least 12 years in barrel, even if some components may be older. The other option is to provide no age information at all; these no-age-statement (or ‘NAS’) whiskies are becoming increasingly common as heightened demand depletes distilleries’ older stocks, forcing them to blend with younger spirits. The regulations are intended to protect the reputation of aged spirits like Scotch and to prevent liquor companies from misleading consumers by adding tiny amounts of old spirits to a younger product and advertising the blend as older than it really is. But for boutique whiskies like some of Compass Box’s limited releases, neither the traditional age statement nor the NAS option is a good fit.” (02/24/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/24/stupid-laws-censor-the-truth-from-whisky

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25) Sanders, Clinton, the CIA, and the JFK assassination
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“An article this week in Politico reveals that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for the abolition of the CIA during the 1970s. Apparently it is a position that Sanders is now running away from because he certainly hasn’t repeated it during the presidential race, and when the Politico reporter who uncovered the story asked the Sanders campaign to comment on it, the reporter was met with silence. … as interesting as Sanders'[s] position was in the 1970s, what is arguably more interesting is the response to the Politico article by a man named Jeremy Bash, who currently serves an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.” (02/24/16)

http://fff.org/2016/02/24/sanders-clinton-the-cia-and-the-jfk-assassination/

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26) First Gitmo commander: Shut it down
Source: USA Today
by Gen. Charles C Krulak (USMC, Ret.) & Maj. Gen. Michael R Lehnert (USMC, Ret.)

“Finally (more than 14 years after it opened, and more than seven years after President Obama signed an executive order pledging to close it down) there is a real opportunity to turn the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, into an artifact. Closing the prison would advance the cause to which we have dedicated our lives: not just protecting our nation, but that sacred pledge we make to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ This is about who we are as a nation, what we value and how we honor the Constitution. The Defense Department has put forward a wise and workable proposal that would send most of the remaining prisoners to their home countries or to third countries and a limited number to highly secure prisons or a detention facility in the United States.” (02/23/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/23/guantanamo-bay-gitmo-closure-obama-american-values-human-rights-column/80808294

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27) Donald Trump, superhero
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“They were the unmistakable faces of right-wing populism in America. He was a billionaire with the common touch, whose rough-hewn vocabulary was rich in slang and invective. The fact that he was one of the richest men in America didn’t prevent him from becoming the voice of the ordinary person. He liked steak and potatoes rather than fancy French fare, and was more at ease with roughnecks than high-society types. He’d gone bankrupt more than once, but that just reinforced his reputation as a fighter, a tough guy who could handle himself in a world of sharks and killers. A big, bulky mesomorph, this billionaire was also a he-man who didn’t have time for the genteel euphemisms of politicians and bureaucrats. His slogan was ‘America first’ — which meant a muscular, unilateral foreign policy that included torturing and killing the enemies of the United States. His greatest worry was that the vigorous strength that made America great was waning.” (02/23/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/130324/donald-trump-superhero

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28) Sanders and Trump are too establishment on Syria
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton both want the U.S. government to set up a ‘safe zone’ in Syria to care for refugees from the raging civil war. You may assess their judgment by noting that Secretary of State Clinton and Sen. Rubio also pushed for bombing and regime change in Libya, which was crucial in spreading bin Ladenite mayhem far and wide, and that Rubio thinks knocking out the Sunni Islamic State would hurt Shi’ite Iran. Ted Cruz does not call for a safe zone; he merely wants to bomb the Islamic State back to the stone age while arming the Kurds, whom the leadership of NATO member Turkey wants to destroy and the Sunni Arabs distrust. … Where do the reputed anti-establishment candidates stand on the safe zone? Alas, Donald Trump favors it, and Bernie Sanders is ambiguous.” (02/23/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/sanders-and-trump-are-too-establishment.html

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29) The Tom Woods Show, episode 601: Finding your place in the liberty movement
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Tom Woods Show producer A.J. Van Slyke discusses how he became a libertarian, came to work for Peter Schiff, became my producer, and met lots of fascinating people along the way.” [various formats] (02/24/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-601-just-do-it-finding-your-place-in-the-liberty-movement/

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30) Conservative economist: What I like about Bernie Sanders
Source: Fox News Forum
by Peter Morici

“After losses in Nevada and South Carolina there’s no doubt that Bernie Sanders faces a tough uphill battle for the Democratic nomination. But as an economic conservative, I urge Super Tuesday voters to give Bernie a closer look. On some key areas of policy, his views should be attractive to disaffected voters on both the left and right, who together (as demonstrated by Donald Trump’s and Sanders’ strong challenges to political establishments in the primaries) likely constitute a majority of the general electorate. Increasing the economy is monopolized. For example, prices for medical procedures and insurance are much higher in locales where the Affordable Care Act has permitted hospitals and insurance companies to enjoy limited competition.” (02/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/23/conservative-economist-what-like-about-bernie-sanders.html

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31) What road for America — liberty or political plunder?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Richard M Ebeling

“Presidential election years, more than many others, focuses our attention on politics, those running for political office, and the promises the competing candidates make to sway our allegiance and votes toward one or some of them in comparison to others. They want us to give them political power by promising to use that power to benefit some of us in ways that can only come at the expense of others in society. This fundamental truth about the reality of modern-day politics gets blurred in the hoopla of whose ahead in the public opinion polls, which candidate has the most charm or cunning, and what forms do their attacks on each other take.” (02/24/26)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/what-road-for-america-liberty-or-political-plunder/

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32) Crossing the waters of freedom
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Ismael Hernandez

“Although its roots are often attributed to Latin America, liberation theology was born in German schools of theology in the early twentieth century. From this birthplace in the ivory towers of the Old World, priests and theologians brought it to the jungles and plains of the New. Troubled by the genuine needs of the natives, these populist theologians challenged the pre-capitalist system that perpetuated the poverty of Latin lands. Energized by their vision of change and social justice and eager to make a mark of their own, they went to the favelas and barrios where desperate poverty cried out to God. There they found no solid middle class and no traditions of democracy, only abject poverty on one side and heedless opulence on the other. In the Church they found the piety of folk Catholicism with no social conscience and a structural alignment with elites. They offered as a solution a concoction of Marxist analysis and Christian praxis.” (02/24/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/02/24/crossing-waters-freedom

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33) Let’s trust the public to look out for disabled people
Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

“Herein lies the contradiction in the current approach to social care for the disabled. Yes, closing down these inefficient and dehumanising institutions will provide a much happier, more independent life for many people. But there is a big barrier in the way of allowing disabled people to be integrated into communities — and that is officialdom’s distrust of the public. Every campaign and poster ‘raising awareness’ about disability presumes that there is deep-seated public prejudice against the disabled. While the government has pledged to shut down institutions that keep disabled people separate from the public, it is also complicit in stoking fear about what would happen if we allowed the public to interact with disabled people.” (02/24/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-trust-the-public-to-look-out-for-disabled-people/18070

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34) Myanmar’s “lady” faces challenge of a lifetime
Source: Reuters
by Una Galani

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won the country’s first free nationwide election in a quarter of a century with the slogan ‘time for change.’ After decades of oppression and long periods under house arrest, just taking power is a momentous achievement for the pro-democracy activist known to locals as ‘the lady.’ Yet when she takes effective charge of the resource-rich nation on April 1, her first challenge will be to build on the rapid reforms undertaken by the previous regime. Myanmar doesn’t look like a country that has endured decades of Western-led sanctions. Visitors to Yangon encounter a bustling Asian emerging market, where wealthy locals eat at KFC and shop for Calvin Klein products in air-conditioned malls. Taxi drivers own smart phones. Small boutique hotels serving high quality French food can even be found a bumpy six-hour drive away from the country’s biggest city.” (02/24/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/02/24/myanmars-lady-faces-challenge-of-a-lifetime

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35) Preparing our kids for the future
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad

“I don’t think we can stand around any longer and just send our kids off to school and hope it will all work out. Globalization and tremendous advancements in technology have led to fundamental changes, which in my opinion, have left traditional public schooling in the dark ages. Assembly line education is simply not working out for young people any longer, and ironically, many of these kids are so ignorant they actually think their problem is that they need even more ‘education.’ In reality, the dumbing down of their minds with indoctrination and a focus on political correctness has made them grossly unprepared for life outside the sheltered cocoon of formal schooling.” (02/23/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/02/23/the-dissident-dad-preparing-our-kids-for-the-future/

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36) ISIS and the end of cash
Source: The American Conservative
by Jason Ditz

“If you listen to administration officials, the key to winning the war on ISIS is to cut off the group’s funding, some of which the government claims is tied up in stacks of U.S. dollars. At the same time, banking interests and policymakers claim possession of a $100 bill is practically evidence of criminality in and of itself. As these two efforts to stigmatize cash intersect, America faces a dramatic push to eliminate, or at the very least drastically curb, the existence of physical money.” (02/24/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/isis-and-the-end-of-cash/

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37) Regime change in Ankara? More likely than you think
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“On Friday, the United States rejected a draft resolution by Russia that was intended to prevent a Turkish invasion of Syria. Moscow had called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to address its growing concern that Turkey is planning to send thousands of ground troops and armored vehicles it has massed on its southern border, into Syria to protect Turkish-backed militants and to block the Kurdish militia, the YPG, from establishing a contiguous state in northern Syria. … There was nothing controversial about the resolution, no tricks and no hidden meaning. The delegates were simply asked to support Syrian sovereignty and oppose armed aggression. These are the very principles upon which the United Nations was founded. The US and its allies rejected these principles because they failed to jibe with Washington’s geopolitical ambitions in Syria.” (02/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/24/regime-change-in-ankara-more-likely-than-you-think/

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38) Donald Trump will not be President of the United States
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Donald Trump barged to victory in the Nevada caucuses Tuesday night. He won big: pluralities of voters of every age, every level of education, both genders, every racial and ethnic group, evangelicals. He now has won New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. He holds leads in most of the upcoming primaries in March. He is well on the road to being the Republican nominee for president. but he will not be president of the United States. In a populist time, Trump’s bluster plays well. He’s the outsider who tells it like it is. The self-financing billionaire who isn’t corrupted. The nativist who will build a wall and keep out Moslems and Mexicans. He scorns our ruinous trade policies, our wars without end or victory. But Trump’s appeal is distinctly limited. He’s insulted women, and his bigotry alienates black and Hispanic voters as well as anyone with a sense of decency.” (02/24/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160224/donald-trump-will-not-be-president-of-the-united-states

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39) Post-Katrina New Orleans: A step forward, but not a model
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John Merrifield

“I’m glad my friends at the influential Thomas B. Fordham Institute (edexcellence.net) have concluded that, ‘New Orleans: A success story? Yes. A national model? Maybe not.’ I’m going further: ‘yes, an improvement on Pre-Katrina, but definitely not a model.’ We can learn a lot from the New Orleans story, and we need to, but we’ve learned enough already to know we should NOT copy it. The New Orleans story demonstrates, again, for education that we need a price system to orchestrate the provision of anything. Trying to fudge — to get by without the opportunity/need signaling and resource allocation work achieved passively by price change and market entry/exit — will yield a huge mess, and perhaps disastrous unintended consequences.” (02/23/16)

http://educationblog.ncpa.org/post-katrina-new-orleans-a-step-forward-but-not-a-model/

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40) Keep the immigrants, dump Trump’s immigration policies
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“Trump suggests ‘making’ Mexico pay for a border wall, ‘requiring’ businesses to hire American workers first, increasing the prevailing wage for H-1B visas (in an effort to price immigrant labor out of the market), tripling the number of ICE officers, and changing the law so illegal immigrants are automatically deported. Any economist (or anyone vaguely familiar with how a budget or politics works) should look askance at any number of these policies. It’s doubtful that many of these policies could ever be successfully implemented. But the more important issue is if such policies should be implemented and the reasons the Trump campaign offers for such immigration rules. When we look at the facts, Trump’s claims simply don’t hold water.” (02/24/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/24/keep-the-immigrants-dump-trumps-immigration-policies/

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41) Brady Center files lies over 3D printed guns
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Or, as the truth-challenged victim disarmers put it: ‘Brady Center Files Amicus Brief Over 3D Printed Guns … The government’s attempt to keep 3D printed guns out of the hands of terrorists got a boost Thursday with an amicus brief filed in support in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.’ That purports to be a Courthouse News article, but it appears from the text (including a ‘mission statement’ for the BCPGV at the bottom) to be a press release. Let’s look it over.” [editor’s note: Kind of dog bites man — when has the Brady Center ever told anything BUT lies? – TLK] (02/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2872

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42) 2016: The year voters took back politics
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“For nearly 40 years, working and middle class families have been taking an economic beating at the hands of political and economic elites. Forty years! And for the same 40 years, economic elites have kept tight control of the political system, preventing those grievances from breaking through. Instead, regular people increasingly gave up on politics. Or they embraced heroes who promised change, but didn’t or couldn’t deliver much (Obama), or who turned out to be total phonies (John Edwards), or who represented flash-in-the-pan moments (Howard Dean), or who were all things to all people (Bill Clinton) — deepening voter cynicism that the system was rigged. And the economic screwing of ordinary Americans, and the Wall Street lock on policy, just kept worsening. And people kept giving up on politics.” (02/23/16)

http://prospect.org/article/year-voters-took-back-politics

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43) Why partisan fights over Supreme Court nominees are a good thing
Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“With Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, we are preparing for a new fight over the meaning of the Senate giving ‘advice and consent’ on the president’s nominees. It’s time that we look at that those words in context of what we will be fighting over — that is, an appointment to the body that increasingly plays a central role in our citizens’ lives but over which they have no direct democratic control. In other words, it’s time to generally endorse, for both parties, long, bitter, and nakedly partisan fights over Supreme Court nominees.” (02/23/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-partisan-fights-over-supreme-court-nominees-are-good-thing

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44) Guantanamo gestures
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“President Obama wants to shut the prison down. Why? Symbolism. … Obama’s plan to close Gitmo lacks any destination for more than a third of the remaining 91 prisoners. Apparently, part of the plan is to come up with the rest of the plan. What’s not part of Obama’s plan? Ending the American policy of indefinitely incarcerating suspected terrorists and denying them any opportunity to defend themselves in either a civilian or military court. The president’s scheme is simply to relocate these detainees to U.S. soil and continue to hold them without charge — forever.” (02/24/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/24/guantanamo-gestures/

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45) The Paris Climate Agreement is a treaty requiring Senate review
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.

“President Obama claims the recently adopted Paris Agreement on climate change is not a treaty but rather an executive agreement — a pact he can approve on his sole authority, with the stroke of a pen. Why is he doing this? Because if he were to follow the constitutional treaty-making process, and submit the agreement to the Senate for its advice and consent, the treaty would be dead on arrival.” (02/24/16)

https://cei.org/content/paris-climate-agreement-treaty-requiring-senate-review

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46) Personal liberty and security, a rant
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“While we understand (as too few do) that liberty is a greater good and priority than security, the two ARE connected. Overall, in the long term, security for individuals and families is ONLY possible in the context of liberty. Otherwise, it is a false sense of security for all but a few powerful people. News this week points that out.” (02/23/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8651

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47) The Libertarian Angle, 02/24/16: History of economic thought, part 6
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this segment, Richard Ebeling and Jacob Hornberger discuss the rise of the Austrian school of economic thought and its contributions.” [various formats] (02/24/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-history-economic-thought-part-6/

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48) Slavery and empire: The destruction of Whydah
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna

“The pre-Dahomey West African coastal states (ca. 1500-1720s) practiced extensive agriculture, herding, and internal trade so complex and highly-developed that regular market fairs in Allada and Whydah were often larger than those in contemporary Amsterdam. While kings possessed theoretically absolute power, important and influential noblemen and popular custom both tremendously limited royal rule. Rulers taxed production and trade while also demanding corvee labor in the royal fields. Kings exercised monopoly rights over the slave trade, either absolutely monopolizing it or claiming the right of first sale.” (02/23/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/slavery-empire-destruction-whydah

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49) Identity politics and the new segregation
Source: QandO
by Bruce McQuain

“I remember the Civil Rights era very well. I was a teenager then and I remember the giants of the movement pushing the society they lived in to be treated as equal citizens. They wanted ‘desegregation’ and they wanted, as Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, to be judged by the content of the character, not the color of the skin. They wanted to be a part of mainstream America, not ‘separate but ‘equal.” And that’s, deservedly, what they finally won. Until recently …” (02/23/16)

http://www.qando.net/2016/02/23/identity-politics-and-the-new-segregation/

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50) Each American today has more servants than did JD Rockefeller
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[E]ach ordinary American today has working for him or her literally several hundred million people; actually, the number is more likely in the billions. As with Rockefeller, these servants of ours are our servants only through voluntary contracting. Of course, we know almost none of our servants personally. But the countless people who put forth the effort, intellectual and manual, to build the dwelling in which you live, the other group of countless people who worked to supply you with the food you ate today, and yet a third group of countless people who labored to produce the pencil that you used yesterday to scribble your grocery list — these countless people are in a very real way our servants no less than were the butlers, valets, cooks, and gardeners who attended to J.D. Rockefeller and his family.” (02/23/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/40422.html

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