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

Volume XVI, Issue #4,059
Monday, September 17th, 2018
442 email subscribers

http://rationalreview.com

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

In the News:

1) Page: FBI didn’t have a case for collusion when Mueller was appointed
2) UK: Khan calls for second referendum on Brexit
3) West Bank: Israeli occupation troops abduct American professor
4) US DoJ attempts to suppress evidence that Border Patrol thugs targeted humanitarian volunteers
5) WI: Postal worker admits stealing more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks
6) FL: Miami Dolphins players continue to kneel during national anthem
7) Chinese regime may reject new trade talks if more tariffs imposed
8) How to fly to a climate change summit? In a private, carbon-spewing jet
9) Study: “Aspirin-a-day risky in old age”
10) Germany: Athlete banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant for eating too much
11) CA: Berkeley City Council votes for meatless meetings
12) 9/20: FEMA to test presidential phone-spamming system
13) Kavanaugh “categorically” denies claim he attempted to rape fellow high school student
14) US retail sales trail forecasts as autos, apparel decline
15) Canadian marijuana investors could face lifetime bans from entering US
16) US regime sanctions Russian, Chinese tech firms over funds for North Korea
17) Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with Robert Mueller
18) NM: Space observatory at centre of alien conspiracy asks for “patience” after evacuation by the FBI
19) GOP rejects effort to force release of documents about private Trump-Putin meeting
20) SpaceX’s giant BFR rocket will launch a passenger around the moon

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Why I am a libertarian and not a conservative
22) Trump still no closer to impeachment; at what point do Russiagaters lose faith?
23) Are we sure it can’t happen here?
24) Crypto and the new Cold War
25) Changing the world requires patience
26) How Ben Sasse could best help America: Leave GOP, become an independent.
27) Concentrated benefits and diffused costs explain the persistence of tariffs
28) In Bernie Sanders vs. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, only workers lose
29) Grandparents in the Gulag
30) You don’t have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore
31) Higher prices help prevent empty shelves during natural disasters
32) The big lie about “excessive” CEO pay
33) The ambit of an ambition
34) Britain’s boarding school problem
35) How the Bootleggers & Baptists tale shows TERFs’ true colors
36) Median income rises but that’s far from the full story
37) Quantum Vibe, 09/14/18
38) NY: Faux Dems out, conservative Dem pols thoroughly discredited
39) We can’t ignore the “militia” clause of the Second Amendment
40) Political boycotts with taxpayer money? Just don’t do it
41) From their beloved to their bitter enemy
42) No more “Garfield on my fork?
43) The Empty Throne and the cult of American “leadership”
44) Military fraud in the JFK autopsy
45) You can’t understand Big Tech without understanding network effects. Here’s a road map.
46) How will police solve murders on Mars?
47) Higher taxes = less innovation
48) Exiting the EU cult
49) The birth of the monster MIC
50) Raytheon’s war crimes in Yemen

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 14
52) Free Talk Live, 09/15/18
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/15/18
54) The Anarchist Expericence, episode 182
55) Felony Friday, episode 141
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 246
57) In The Tank Podcast, episode 157
58) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/14/18
59) Essential Libertarianism, episode 43
60) Scott Adams Says, 09/14/18
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/13/18
62) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 12
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1239
64) This Week in Bitcoin, 09/13/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/13/18

vvvvv SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! vvvvv

WHEN PEACE BREAKS OUT
New Song from Steve Trinward!

DEATH BY REGULATION
by Mary Ruwart, PhD
http://www.ruwart.com/product/death-regulation

TIPPING POINT: A NOVEL BY FRANK CLARKE
http://tinyurl.com/TipgPt2

Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS
http://www.tinyurl.com/elewis

^^^^^ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS ^^^^^

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

1) Page: FBI didn’t have a case for collusion when Mueller was appointed
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Former FBI attorney Lisa Page, in a bombshell revelation, says the agency could not prove collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign before Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed. Page told a closed-door joint session of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in mid-July that investigators could not make the charge, according to a transcript of her deposition reviewed by Fox News. ‘I think this represents that even as far as May 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,’ Page said. … her testimony refers to a point in the investigation from over a year ago and it’s unclear where the probe stands now.” (09/16/18)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6173467/Lisa-Page-testimony-Collusion-Trump-Russia-unproven-time-Mueller-appointment.html

—–

2) UK: Khan calls for second referendum on Brexit
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has called for a fresh referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, warning that leaving the bloc could lead to job losses and worsened economic prospects. In an editorial published in the Observer newspaper, Khan slammed the British government for its handling of negotiations with the EU. … Khan said that the scenarios for the British exit from the EU were ‘a million miles from what was promised during the referendum campaign’ in 2016. ‘I don’t believe it’s the will of the people to face either a bad deal or, worse, no deal. That wasn’t on the table during the campaign.’” (09/16/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-calls-referendum-brexit-180916063434791.html

—–

3) West Bank: Israeli occupation troops abduct American professor
Source: USA Today

“An American law professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition, his Israeli lawyer said Saturday. Frank Romano, 66, is being held at a lockup in Jerusalem and is to appear before an Israeli military court Monday, said attorney Gaby Lasky. She said she is trying to get a hearing sooner, before a civil court. Romano, who reportedly also has French citizenship, was [abducted] Friday in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists. Romano stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers that had been set up to slow demolition, witnesses said. Israeli police said three people were [abducted] for causing [inconveniencing the invaders].” (09/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/09/15/american-professor-held-israel-west-bank/1318401002/

—–

4) US DoJ attempts to suppress evidence that Border Patrol thugs targeted humanitarian volunteers
Source: The Intercept

“Four volunteers with a faith-based humanitarian group drove onto a remote wilderness refuge in southern Arizona last summer hoping to prevent an unnecessary loss of life. A distress call had come in, a woman reporting that two family members and a friend were without water in one of the deadliest sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. For hours, the volunteers’ messages to the Border Patrol went unanswered. With summer in the Sonoran Desert being the deadliest time of year, they set off in a pickup truck, racing to the peak where the migrants were said to be. Once on the refuge, the volunteers were tracked by federal agents, beginning a process that would lead to federal charges. Now, more than a year later, they each face a year prison, and Trump administration prosecutors are fighting to keep the communications of law enforcement officials celebrating their prosecution from becoming public.” (09/16/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/16/border-patrol-no-more-deaths-prosecution-arizona-immigrants/

—–

5) WI: Postal worker admits stealing more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks
Source; USA Today

“A U.S. postal worker admitted to stealing more than 6,000 greeting cards filled with cash and checks in Wisconsin. As part of a plea deal, Ebony Lavonne Smith, 20, of Milwaukee pleaded guilty to theft or receipt of stolen mail on Sept.12 and will be sentenced at a later date. Last summer, Wauwatosa residents complained to the U.S. Postal Service that they were not receiving graduation, wedding, birthday and sympathy cards in the Zip codes of 53213 and 53226. Smith, who was identified as the mail carrier in those areas, had started working on March 23, 2015, and on March 28, 2017, was assigned to deliver mail in Wauwatosa, according to court records. Online court documents explain how Smith was caught. On Jan. 25, a letter containing a test greeting card and a $20 bill was prepared for delivery in the Wauwatosa area. Inside the envelope was a transmitter that signaled when it was opened.” (09/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/15/postal-worker-steals-6-000-letters-filled-cards-cash-checks/1322989002

—–

6) FL: Miami Dolphins players continue to kneel during national anthem
Source: Fox News

“Miami Dolphins players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, continuing the protest Colin Kaepernick started. As Stills and Wilson took a knee, defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air as part of the protest aimed at raising awareness of social justice issues, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The three players also took part in the protest last week prior to the Week 1 game. Stills, who has been engaging in the national anthem protest since 2016, told ESPN that he had no plans to stop.” [editor’s note: Good to see some not being intimidated; also like the “Tommy Smith tribute” – SAT] (09/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/09/16/dolphins-players-continue-to-kneel-during-national-anthem.html

—–

7) Chinese regime may reject new trade talks if more tariffs imposed
Source: Reuters

“The Chinese government may decline to participate in proposed trade talks with the United States later this month if the Trump administration moves forward with additional tariffs on imported Chinese goods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing Chinese officials. The U.S. had proposed the talks, but at the same time moved forward with planning additional tariffs on some $200 billion of Chinese products, the Journal reported. The report quoted one senior Chinese official saying the country would not negotiate ‘with a gun pointed to its head.’ Other officials who advise the country’s leaders are suggesting China impose limits on the sale of parts and supplies needed by U.S. businesses, using ‘export restraints’ to threaten their supply chains.” (09/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china/china-may-reject-new-trade-talks-if-more-tariffs-imposed-wsj-idUSKCN1LW0NS

—–

8) How to fly to a climate change summit? In a private, carbon-spewing jet
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the hottest spots during the just-concluded Global Climate Action Summit was the private runway at San Francisco International Airport, where SFO spokesman Doug Yakel reports corporate jet traffic was up 30 percent over normal. Airport sources told us that the carbon-spewing corporate jets nearly filled the landing area’s parking slots and that many had flown in for the conference. The three-day climate confab drew more than 4,000 elected officials, business executives and environmentalists from around the globe and was aimed at addressing how to lower the carbon emissions responsible for global warming. The summit was organized by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has been known to fly private.” (09/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/How-to-fly-to-a-climate-change-summit-In-a-13231466.php?t=2e1898289b

—–

9) Study: “Aspirin-a-day risky in old age”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Elderly people in good health should not take an aspirin a day, according to a major study in the US and Australia. There are proven benefits of the drug for people after a heart attack or stroke. But the trial found no benefit for healthy people over the age of 70, and the pills increased the risk of potentially fatal internal bleeding. Experts described the results as very important and cautioned against self-medicating with aspirin. People are prescribed aspirin after a heart attack or stroke because the drug thins the blood and reduces the chances of a repeat attack. Some completely healthy people also choose to take aspirin to reduce their risk and there is continuing research into whether the drug can be used to cut the risk of cancer. However, most research on the benefits of aspirin is performed on people in middle age and there is mounting evidence the dangers increase as we get older.” (09/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45511362

—–

10) Germany: Athlete banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant for eating too much
Source: Fox News

“A German triathlete was banned from an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant after eating nearly 100 plates of fish. Jaroslav Bobrowski, an Ironman competitor, visited Running Sushi in Landshut, Bavaria last weekend for a never ending meal. According to The Local, Bobrowski went to the restaurant and paid his 15.90 euros ($18.49) for the buffet. ‘When I went to the checkout, I wanted to tip, but the waiter did not want to accept that,’ Bobrowski said to The Local.” (09/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/09/16/athlete-banned-from-all-can-eat-restaurant-for-eating-too-much.html

—–

11) CA: Berkeley City Council votes for meatless meetings
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“All of the Ron Swanson types in the city of Berkeley’s government (if there are any) are likely going to be disappointed with a resolution recently passed by the Berkeley City Council to exclusively serve vegan food at its facilities on Mondays. Swanson, the fictional city employee portrayed by Nick Offerman on the NBC show ‘Parks and Recreation,’ was a notorious meat lover. And if there are any hardcore meatatarians, like Swanson, they have a new reason to hate coming into the office on Mondays (or another day of the week). The Green Mondays resolution that passed in real life resolved that ‘wherein all City-owned and City-managed facilities and programs will provide only plant-based foods on Mondays (or another day of the week).’ Although the day of the week where Berkeley is going vegan isn’t settled, the City Council’s resolution states that they will offer only vegan food at all of their meetings. The resolution was introduced by City Council members Kate Harrison, Cheryl Davila and Sophie Hahn to start to address a resolution passed in June declaring a climate emergency and setting a goal for the city to be fossil-fuel free by 2030.” (09/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Vegan-government-Berkeley-City-Council-bans-meat-13232485.php

—–

12) 9/20: FEMA to test presidential phone-spamming system
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump may soon be communicating with you directly on your phone — even if you don’t follow him on Twitter. Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will do its first test of a system that allows the president to send a message to most U.S. cellphones. More than 100 mobile carriers, including all the major wireless firms, are participating in the roll out, FEMA stated in a message on its website posted Thursday. … The test is supposed to take place at 2:18 p.m. EDT on Sept. 20. Under the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act of 2006, cellphone users cannot opt out of the presidential alerts.” [hat tip — @gmcgath on Liberdon] (09/14/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fema-test-presidential-alert-system-next-week-n909816

—–

13) Kavanaugh “categorically” denies claim he attempted to rape fellow high school student
Source: Fox News

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vigorously denied claims involving an alleged high school incident made in an undisclosed letter and turned over to FBI by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. ‘I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,’ Kavanaugh, 53, said in a statement Friday. … Fox News confirmed that the letter involved an allegation about Kavanaugh while a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland in the 1980s. A woman, who was also in high school at the time, accused Kavanaugh in the letter of holding her down and trying to force himself on her during a party, before she got away. ” (09/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/14/supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-categorically-denies-claim-about-alleged-behavior-in-high-school.html

—–

14) US retail sales trail forecasts as autos, apparel decline
Source: Bloomberg

“U.S. retail sales rose by less than forecast in August following an upwardly revised July gain as purchases of automobiles and clothing fell, suggesting households took a breather from spending. The value of overall sales climbed 0.1 percent from the prior month after a 0.7 percent increase in July, Commerce Department figures showed Friday. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.4 percent gain. Combined results from July and August indicate support from a strong job market and more after-tax pay during the back-to-school shopping season. While household spending, the biggest part of the economy, continues to drive economic growth this quarter, still-tepid pay gains and higher borrowing costs are among reasons why it’s projected to cool from its second-quarter pace.” (09/14/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-14/u-s-retail-sales-trail-forecasts-as-autos-apparel-decline

—–

15) Canadian marijuana investors could face lifetime bans from entering US
Source: MarketWatch

“Canadians who invest in marijuana-related stocks, as well as those who use pot or work in the cannabis industry, could be banned from ever entering the U.S., according to a report Thursday. While pot smokers and cannabis-industry workers have previously faced the prospect of lifetime travel bans, it may be news to investors that the risk extends to them as well. Marijuana-related stocks fell in after-hours trading after Politico published the report, but managed to pare their losses on Friday.” (09/14/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/canadian-marijuana-investors-could-face-lifetime-bans-from-entering-us-2018-09-13

—–

16) US regime sanctions Russian, Chinese tech firms over funds for North Korea
Source: Yahoo! Finance

“The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a China-based tech firm, its North Korean CEO and a Russian subsidiary, accusing them of moving illicit funding to North Korea in violation of U.S. sanctions. The new sanctions target China-based Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology Co, its North Korean chief executive Jong Song Hwa, and a Russian-based sister company, Volasys Silver Star, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.” (09/14/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-sanctions-russian-chinese-tech-031836405.html

—–

17) Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with Robert Mueller
Source: CNBC

“Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to resolve charges filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, but it is not clear if the longtime Republican operative will cooperate with prosecutors against President Donald Trump. If he does, Manafort could prove to be a significant witness for Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion by members of Trump campaign with Moscow.” (09/14/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/14/ex-trump-campaign-chief-paul-manafort-agrees-to-plead-guilty-in-deal-with-special-counsel-robert-mueller.html

—–

18) NM: Space observatory at centre of alien conspiracy asks for “patience” after evacuation by the FBI
Source: Independent [UK]

“A space observatory at the centre of swirling alien conspiracy theories has asked for ‘patience’ as it continues to be locked down. The Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico caught the attention of the world when it was shut down by FBI agents who reportedly swooped on the facility after arriving in elite Blackhawk helicopters. It led immediately to suggestions the advanced technology inside of the facility spotted something it shouldn’t — such as proof of extraterrestrials, UFOs or even some baseless speculation that the observatory had spotted that the sun has started dying. The fact the observatory is only about 120 miles from the site of the Roswell UFO incident has only fuelled speculation. The FBI and the administrators of the facility have said only that the shutdown happened because of a ‘security issue.’” (09/14/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/alien-conspiracy-sunspot-observatory-new-mexico-fbi-shutdown-blackhawk-a8537291.html

—–

19) GOP rejects effort to force release of documents about private Trump-Putin meeting
Source: The Hill

“House Republicans on Thursday rejected a push by Democrats to obtain documents from the administration about President Trump’s one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee rallied behind a resolution that would have directed the executive branch to send to Congress ‘copies of all documents, records, communications, transcripts, summaries, notes, memoranda, and read-aheads’ related to Trump’s July summit with Putin in Helsinki. … Lawmakers on the committee voted along party lines to reject the effort Thursday afternoon.” (09/13/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/406600-republicans-defeat-democratic-push-for-docs-on-trump-putin-summit

—–

20) SpaceX’s giant BFR rocket will launch a passenger around the moon
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX’s giant Mars vehicle has a crewed moon mission on its docket. A ‘private passenger’ has signed up for a trip around the moon aboard SpaceX’s BFR rocket-spaceship combo, company representatives announced …. The BFR — which is short for ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ (or the NSFW version, ‘Big F***ing Rocket’) — is still under development. It will consist of the most powerful rocket ever built and a spaceship capable of carrying 100 or so passengers at a time to and from Mars, Musk has said. Both of these elements will be reusable.” (09/13/18)

https://www.space.com/41822-spacex-bfr-rocket-moon-passenger-flight.html

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

21) Why I am a libertarian and not a conservative
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“[A]s the great Libertarian philosopher and teacher Robert LeFevre taught us, conservatives are collectivists — right-wing socialists — to whom there are many issues (national security, for one) more important than the health, well-being, and rights of the individual. He denied it later, but I once heard Newt Gingrich advocate suspending the Bill of Rights ‘for the duration’ of the War on Drugs. Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin is a splendid example of this; she thinks that rounding up and imprisoning thousands of innocent Japanese-Americans in concentration camps was just swell. If a ‘mere’ quarter million more of them had to die in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many of them horribly, to give the Democrats and Republicans their historic victory, then small price — what the hell, they didn’t vote, anyway. To a real libertarian, though, there are no groups, in any moral sense, and only individuals have rights.” (09/16/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle990-20180916-02.html

—–

22) Trump still no closer to impeachment; at what point do Russiagaters lose faith?
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I don’t make predictions very often. Pretty much my entire worldview is premised upon the idea that we are in a wildly unprecedented point in history, that old patterns are breaking down and giving way to novelty, and that, more and more, the only thing we should expect is the unexpected. If I didn’t believe that our species is capable of breaking out of our predictable patterns and pulling off something miraculous from way out of left field, I wouldn’t be bothering with the fight against the omnicidal, ecocidal Orwellian oppression machine that is driving us toward extinction. I’d just make art and hug my kids a lot and wait for the end to come. … [I]f there were any evidence to be found of Trump conspiring with the Russian government to rig the 2016 election, it would have been picked up by the vast, sprawling surveillance networks of the US-centralized empire and leaked to the Washington Post while Obama was still in office. If it didn’t happen then, it won’t happen at all.” (09/15/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/15/trump-is-still-no-closer-to-impeachment-at-what-point-do-russiagaters-lose-faith

—–

23) Are we sure it can’t happen here?
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“One runs a risk whenever one cites the 20th century’s great terror states while discussing current ominous developments in the western democracies. Apparent comparisons of the United States or western and central European countries to Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia will inevitably be hooted down with accusations of alarmist conspiracy-mongering and worse, shameful ahistoricity. Nevertheless, that must not keep us from noticing and pointing to contemporary events that bear an eerie resemblance, however slight, to things that went on in those totalitarian terror states. Such regimes don’t spring up overnight. They emerge, and looking at history, we can see that their more or less gradual emergence have telltale signs that we would do well to keep an eye out for. We can’t rest comfortably with the cliche that ‘it can’t happen here.’” (09/14/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-cant-happen-here/

—–

24) Crypto and the new Cold War
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Nothing in living memory has destabilized the world as thoroughly as World War II, and its aftermath. It wrecked industrialized nations that had anchored Europe; the world map was redrawn; America became the dominant empire; communism became a ‘bloc;’ and the Cold War defined foreign policy until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The destabilization was more than political. It was also economic, social, and cultural, because the fabric of society is a seamless web in which everything connects. A similar destabilization is occurring within currency, with crypto poised to play a unique role in the redefinition of the global economy and personal freedom. For one thing, crypto enthusiasts are among the few who will applaud the destabilization of a corrupt system (central banking) and view it as an opportunity.” (09/14/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-and-the-new-cold-war/

—–

25) Changing the world requires patience
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Change doesn’t usually come about through threats, screaming, signs, and intimidating demands, much less unhinged dreams of how you think the world should work. If the movements gathering around the country to demand this and that in front of the Supreme Court reduced their ambitions to immediate family and friends, they might discover the truth of what [Jordan] Peterson is teaching. Making a loud fuss can be satisfying but it doesn’t get the job done. That said, one possible downside to his message might be to discourage anyone from trying to achieve anything that makes the world a better place. This is not a good takeaway. The truth is that it is possible to make a positive difference, whether in your own life, the lives of others, or even in the path of history itself. Social change is the reward of tenacity, courage, and patience above all else.” (09/15/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/changing-world-requires-patience

—–

26) How Ben Sasse could best help America: Leave GOP, become an independent.
Source: USA Today
by Nick Troiano

“Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska drew national headlines last weekend after candidly replying to a tweet from a newly independent voter asking whether he, too, would consider leaving his party. ‘Yep, regularly consider it,’ he said. This line of thinking isn’t new for the senator. In May 2016, he posted on Facebook: ‘Neither political party works. They bicker like children about tiny things. … These two national political parties are enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart. … When people’s needs aren’t being met, they ultimately find other solutions.’ In March 2017, he tweeted that he considers himself to be ‘an independent conservative who caucuses with Republicans.’ On Sunday, he told CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘The main thing that the Democrats are for is being anti-Republican and anti-Trump, and the main thing Republicans are for is being anti-Democrat and anti-CNN. And neither of these things are really worth getting out of bed in the morning for.’” (09/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/14/ben-sasse-quit-republican-party-become-independent-fix-senate-column/1282373002/

—–

27) Concentrated benefits and diffused costs explain the persistence of tariffs
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ryan Young

“Tariffs hurt more people than they help. So why do those outnumbered few keep winning so many political victories at the majority’s expense? The answer can be found in the concept of concentrated benefits and diffused costs. Gordon Tullock gives an example of this with his Tullock Economic Development Plan, which ‘involves placing a dollar of additional tax on each income tax form in the United States and paying the resulting funds to Tullock, whose economy would develop rapidly’ (see more on this plan on p.13 of ‘Virtuous Capitalism,’ Fred Smith’s and my 2015 paper on rent-seeking). For the losing majority, a dollar per year is not worth the trouble of going all the way to Washington and trying to get Congress to change policy. But Tullock has hundreds of millions of reasons to fight as hard as he can to keep that unfair policy in place. That is why concentrated beneficiaries usually win out over indifferent majorities.” (09/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/concentrated-benefits-and-diffused-costs-explain-the-persistence-of-tariffs/

—–

28) In Bernie Sanders vs. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, only workers lose
Source: USA Today
by Ryan Bourne

“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders'[s] fight against corporate America over low worker pay has progressed in the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act (aka the Stop BEZOS Act), targeted at Amazon and Walmart. Bernie claims taxpayers subsidize these corporations because many employees receive government welfare through food stamps, school meals, rental assistance or federal contributions to Medicaid. To stop this, his bill would tax companies with 500 employees or more dollar-for-dollar for the value of benefits received by workers. This is an extraordinarily dangerous policy based upon major economic misunderstandings. In fact, it is difficult to think of a worse way of helping lower income workers. However much Sanders insists otherwise, in competitive industries, workers’ pay and benefits tend to match the value of the work they’re doing. Firms cannot ‘underpay,’ or else they risk losing employees to other businesses, while ‘overpaying’ would be financial suicide. Yet this bill does not raise workers’ productivity, just the cost of hiring welfare recipients. Sanders’ ‘Corporate Welfare Tax’ threatens welfare recipients’ access to jobs.” (09/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/16/bernie-sanders-bill-amazon-walmart-bezos-workers-column/1259909002

—–

29) Grandparents in the Gulag
Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“Debra Cupp, 60, stood in front of the U.S. Capitol on a hot day in July holding a handmade sign: ‘Ron Cupp died waiting on compassionate release, Jan. 3, 2017.’ Her husband Ron had complained several times to prison doctors about pain in his gut. Each time, he was sent back to his cell with aspirin. When authorities finally examined him more closely, they discovered he had metastatic colon cancer. Because he was too weak to make it to the prison visiting room, Debra didn’t get to see her husband during the last three months of his life. She found out he’d died because the prison chaplain took it upon himself to call her. The Bureau of Prisons would not officially notify her of her husband’s death for another two weeks. By that time, his ashes had already arrived in the mail. … Since 2014, at least 81 federal inmates died while waiting for the government to review their applications, according to Justice Department records obtained earlier this year by the criminal justice reform advocacy group FAMM. And while 49 states have provisions for compassionate release, a June report by FAMM found that very few elderly and sick prisoners actually benefit.” (for publication 10/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/09/16/grandparents-in-the-gulag

—–

30) You don’t have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Debra Saunders

“What is a racist? There was a time when the answer to that question was pretty clear-cut. A racist was someone who joined a group like the Ku Klux Klan, spewed racial slurs like the n-word or supported segregation. A racist was someone who thought that people of other races were inherently inferior. In the last decade or so, that’s changed. In a time of expanding definitions, you don’t have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore. You just have to have the wrong politics to be branded a racist, race baiter or race warrior. Or you can just be associated with someone who has the wrong politics. The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed David Horowitz, 79, a former 1960s radical turned conservative, as an extremist and ‘driving force’ in the ‘anti-black’ movement.” (09/15/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/debra-saunders/you-dont-have-to-be-a-bigot-to-be-a-racist-anymore-analysis

—–

31) Higher prices help prevent empty shelves during natural disasters
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“As Hurricane Florence reaches the eastern seaboard, people in the storm’s path have gathered necessities to ready themselves for potential disaster. These preparations have also brought a litany of warnings about price gouging. This is understandable — after all, an emergency situation is when most people are least able to afford quickly rising prices for essential goods. Laws that forbid gouging, however, inevitably hurt the people they’re designed to help.” (09/14/18)

https://www.lp.org/higher-prices-help-prevent-empty-shelves-during-natural-disasters/

—–

32) The big lie about “excessive” CEO pay
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“Last month a union-backed group claimed that the gap between CEO pay and average worker pay surged to 312-to-1 last year. But official government data show the gap is a fraction of that. Guess which one gets more attention? The latest annual report from the Economic Policy Institute claims that ‘in 2017 the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the U.S. received $18.9 million in compensation, a 17.6% increase over 2016. The typical workers’ compensation remained flat, rising a mere 0.3%.’ Outrageous? Maybe. If it were true. But the only way EPI and other groups (such as the AFL-CIO) get to these outsized ratios is by comparing apples to, well, orangutans. As economist Mark Perry has repeatedly pointed out, these ratios use two completely different sets of numbers. On the one hand, they measure the total compensation (salary, bonuses, stocks and options) for only about 300 or so CEOs at the biggest companies. That’s roughly the top 0.1% of all CEOs in the country.” (09/14/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/ceo-pay-workers-unions

—–

33) The ambit of an ambition
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come,’ said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, staking a big claim for the future in this year’s State of the Union Address. Juncker wants the EU to be a shiny new ‘global player,’ but shies from the word that comes immediately to mind: ‘We have to be super,’ Juncker clarifies, ‘but not a superpower.’ The big question is how Juncker’s ramped-up globalism would serve European citizens.” (09/14/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/14/the-ambit-of-an-ambition/

—–

34) Britain’s boarding school problem
Source: The New Republic
by Joanna Scutts

“When socially privileged children are separated from their families at a tender age, some develop what psychotherapists have called ‘Boarding School Syndrome’ a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self,’ in which they learn to hide emotion, fake maturity, and assert dominance over anyone weaker. They develop loyalty to their institutional tribe and suspicion of outsiders; they become bullies devoted to winning above all. If these traits sound familiar, it may be because the men who sent Britain careening into the catastrophe of Brexit — David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage — are all products of elite boarding schools, notorious symbols of social and economic inequality. These institutions — Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Westminster and their ilk — may be quintessentially English, but, as they have become the ultimate educational status symbol for the global super-rich, their influence today extends across the world. Robert Verkaik’s new book Posh Boys is a detailed and damning history of the institutions that at once run and ruin Britain.” (09/14/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151232/britains-boarding-school-problem

—–

35) How the Bootleggers & Baptists tale shows TERFs’ true colors
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kelly Wright

“The Bootleggers & Baptists allegory is a helpful illustration for understanding the motivations of actors within a regulated industry. Popularized by economist Bruce Yandel, it helps to explain how two seemingly unaligned groups can come together to support the same policy prescription — when they both stand to benefit from the outcomes. … Christian conservatives were successful, and in some areas remain successful to this day, in pushing for laws that prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sundays. They did so for moral reasons, arguing that sobriety, especially on the Sabbath, was of particular moral concern. The bootleggers, who enjoyed more business on the days when the above-ground market was closed, had considerable incentive to work with the prohibitionists (Baptists) in preserving this black market, however temporary. … This framework allows us to understand why, in the last few years, an alliance has emerged between TERFs and Christian conservatives. TERFs are trans-exclusionary ‘radical’ ‘feminists.’ I use scare quotes because I believe them to be neither radical nor feminist.” (09/14/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51306

—–

36) Median income rises but that’s far from the full story
Source: The American Prospect
by Kalena Thomhave

“On Wednesday, the Census Bureau announced that median income had reached its highest recorded level in 2017, while the poverty rate declined. The report inspired glowing coverage from mainstream news sources, while President Trump predictably took credit. But rosy as those numbers sound, they’re far from the full picture. While the Census Bureau’s 2017 data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage does highlight a modest uptick in median income, that uptick looks far less impressive when adjusted for inflation. ‘It’s true that the median income level … is the highest on record–but that’s not as unique an achievement as it sounds. That claim could be made in 13 or 14 previous [annual] reports,’ Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), said in a call with reporters. It’s also not as if median income is the highest it’s ever been in real terms.” (09/14/18)

http://prospect.org/blog/tapped/median-income-rises-far-full-story

—–

37) Quantum Vibe, 09/14/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (09/14/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1847

—–

38) NY: Faux Dems out, conservative Dem pols thoroughly discredited
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Thursday’s primary in New York spotlighted both the very best and very worst of the Democratic Party. The bad news for progressives shouldn’t overshadow the good news. The highest profile progressive candidates, Cynthia Nixon and Zephyr Teachout, lost by wide margins. But the movement on the party’s left dealt a serious blow to the corruption at the core of the Democratic political machinery–likely transforming the state’s legislature, which has technically been controlled by Democrats but effectively ruled by the GOP. Six members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) were booted. That’s a group of eight Democrats who thwarted progressive legislation by caucusing with Republicans in the state senate since 2011. IDC members were heavily funded by New York’s real estate interests. The GOP rewarded them for crossing over with perks like plum committee assignments and plush offices.” (09/14/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21439/new-york-faux-democrats-idc-cuomo-biaggi

—–

39) We can’t ignore the “militia” clause of the Second Amendment
Source: Tenth Amendment
by Ryan McMaken

“While many defenders of private gun ownership recognize that the Second Amendment was written to provide some sort of counterbalance against the coercive power of the state, this argument is often left far too vague to reflect an accurate view of this historical context surrounding the Amendment. After all, it is frequently pointed out that private ownership of shotguns and semi-automatic rifles could offer only very limited resistance to the extremely well-equipped and well-armed United States military. It is often, therefore, just assumed that the writers of the Second Amendment were naïve and incapable of seeing the vast asymmetries that would develop between military weaponry and the sort of weaponry the average person was likely to use. Was the plan really to just have unorganized amateurs grab their rifles and repel the invasion of a well-trained military force? The answer is no, and we know this by looking at the wording and reasoning behind the Second Amendment.” (09/15/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/15/we-cant-ignore-the-militia-clause-of-the-second-amendment/

—–

40) Political boycotts with taxpayer money? Just don’t do it
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“One nice thing about markets is that they’re hyper-democracies in which we all get to vote with our patronage, every day and with every purchase. Unfortunately, some people think they’re entitled to vote with other people’s dollars. Marshall Fisher, head of Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety, is one such.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13965

—–

41) From their beloved to their bitter enemy
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The Internet started off as a strongly decentralized network. Eventually it turned into the highly centralized mess that we’re dealing with now. Soon it may return to its decentralized nature as international companies find themselves having to abandon regions because they cannot comply with all of the different legal frameworks. Google and Facebook make a lot of money off of Europe but do they make enough money to justify paying link taxes? Do small content hosting sites have the spare resources to scan every file that has been uploaded for copyrighted material? Moreover, legislation like this will push more Internet traffic ‘underground.’ As long ago as the Napster lawsuit it became obvious that people on the Internet weren’t going to comply with copyright laws.” (09/14/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/09/14/from-their-beloved-to-their-bitter-enemy/

—–

42) No more “Garfield on my fork?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“CBS and MSN News reports (the headline is inaccurate) that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill to outlaw eating cats and dogs here in the Fifty States. … I am a lover of cats. (Disclaimer: I can tolerate some dogs, for certain values of dogs and tolerate. Mama’s Laddie I tolerated much better than most.) I would not, by choice, eat either a dog or a cat. At the same time, I would not lift a finger to stop someone that was going to kill, cook, and eat THEIR own cat or dog. Even if they bought it or caught it in the wild, as long as it was not someone’s pet cat. Sure, I may not like it. But it is THEIR CHOICE.” (09/14/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/09/14/no-more-garfield-on-my-fork/

—–

43) The Empty Throne and the cult of American “leadership”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The cult of American global ‘leadership’ is every bit as ideological and divorced from reality as the ‘credibility’ obsession that so many of its members have. Adherents of this cult don’t feel the need to justify the extraordinary, hyperactive U.S. role in the world, and as [Emma] Ashford points out [Ivo Daalder and James Lindsey] don’t bother to do this in [The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership]. Their account of the origins of the present international order seems to be mythology rather than history, and the purpose in telling the story is not to understand what happened but to inspire veneration for the status quo. They simply take for granted that American ‘leadership’ has been and always will be essential for international order, and they are quick to condemn presidents when those leaders show insufficient devotion to the oversized ‘leadership’ role that they unquestioningly champion.” (09/14/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-empty-throne-and-the-cult-of-american-leadership/

—–

44) Military fraud in the JFK autopsy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“A popular lament about the JFK assassination is, ‘Golly, I guess we’ll never know what really happened.’ The reason people express that lament is that they are thinking of what the law calls ‘direct evidence,’ like a videotaped confession or a written memorandum detailing plans to conduct the assassination. What such lamenters fail to consider, however, is the important role that circumstantial evidence can tell us about what happened on that fateful day in November 1963. They either fail to understand the importance of circumstantial evidence or they are simply too frightened to consider the possibility that officials might be lying about the official account of the assassination.” (09/14/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/14/military-fraud-in-the-jfk-autopsy/

—–

45) You can’t understand Big Tech without understanding network effects. Here’s a road map.
Source: Niskanen Center
by Alec Stapp

“If an operating system can reach critical mass — the point at which the value of the platform exceeds its cost for a large number of customers — it can engage a powerful flywheel effect where more users create more value for developers and vice versa. Research has shown that the social benefit from someone buying a new computer can exceed the private benefit due to these indirect network effects. A successful platform can decrease search costs and reduce deadweight loss by brokering exchanges that never would have happened without it. But before a platform reaches that point, it must overcome a chicken-and-egg problem caused by the interdependence of demand between the customer groups. Who wants to join a two-sided market with no one on the other side? ” (09/13/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/you-cant-understand-big-tech-without-understanding-network-effects-heres-a-road-map/

—–

46) How will police solve murders on Mars?
Source: The Atlantic
by Geoff Manaugh

“For generations, people have imagined life on the Martian surface in extraordinary detail, from how drinking water will be purified to how fresh food will be grown, but there is another question that remains unanswered: How will Mars be policed? … With Martian crime … the promise is that we can figure all this out ahead of time. We can design a Mars Police Department before we get there, knowing that we’ll need its investigatory and carceral powers to help keep human settlers safe.” [editor’s note: No, Martian society will not be centrally planned and autocratically ruled by people who are never any closer than 33.9 million miles from Mars. It will evolve according to the needs and inclinations of those who become, or are born, Martians – TLK] (09/14/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/09/mars-pd/569668/

—–

47) Higher taxes = less innovation
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“When researchers at the Show-Me Institute argue that high tax burdens encourage people to leave Kansas City and St. Louis, city leaders often react with derision. Yet when they want to encourage development in their respective cities, they employ policies intended to attract investment by — surprise — reducing taxes through abatement, tax increment financing and the like. They may not want to admit it, but they are conceding our chief argument: Tax rates affect development. Now we learn that high tax rates affect more than development. According to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, tax rates affect innovation.” (09/13/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/taxes-income-earnings/higher-taxes-less-innovation

—–

48) Exiting the EU cult
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“We all know that the EU has taken a punitive and prohibitive line with Britain because it is terrified of other countries following our example. The leaders of an organisation don’t want its members to leave and so will do anything to prevent this happening. This means making an example to those who are thinking of doing so. This is one of the classic hallmarks of a cult. The leaders of this cult like the alleged drunkard Jean-Claude Juncker have been able to get away with their autocratic behaviour because they are unelected and therefore unaccountable. They respond to dissent with threats and bullying.” (09/14/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/exiting-the-eu-cult/

—–

49) The birth of the monster MIC
Source: OpEdNews
by Tim Duff

“In his farewell speech on January 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). The birth of this monster can be traced to National Security Council document 68, NSC-68, submitted to Harry S. Truman on April 14, 19[5]0. The document was top secret then and remained so until 1975. … The NSC-68 Cold war dominated U.S. foreign policy without serious challenge until Mikhail Gorbachev ended it, with his decisive move for peace, using the single symbol of the fall of the Berlin Wall, in June 1989, which sealed Moscow’s abandonment of the German Democratic Republic, and allowed German reunification. The America today, with its hubris of American exceptionalism, still carries out the craven, amoral policies of NSC-68, that aspires to command the world, is killing not only nations, but it is killing all nobility of the human spirit.” (09/13/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Birth-Of-The-Monster–by-Tim-Duff-Guilt_Humanitarian_Killing_Military-180913-491.html

—–

50) Raytheon’s war crimes in Yemen
Source: Antiwar.com
by Marcelo Guadiana

“For more than three years, Raytheon, a major US defense contractor, has been aiding and abetting war crimes in Yemen, manufacturing the world’s worst humanitarian crises and profiting upon the bodies of Yemeni children torn apart by their bombs. Largely hidden from the public, billions of dollars have been made by American arms manufactures in the US backed war in Yemen. As a result, the Saudis are able to deliberately produce massive civilian causalities, using Raytheon’s weapons with the purpose of starving the people of Yemen and depriving them of life saving medicine.” (09/14/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/marcelo_guadiana/2018/09/13/raytheons-war-crimes-in-yemen/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 14
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Culture, Waterways and Cities.” [Flash audio]

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/culture-waterways-and-cities-nice-guys-finish-free-14/

—–

52) Free Talk Live, 09/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Kaepernick NIKE Campaign Results :: Online Commenting :: Buycott vs Boycott :: Social Security Disability :: Free Publicity :: Star Spangled Banner Racist Origins? :: Criminalizing Everything :: Now-Statist Christopher Cantwell Advocates for Government to Control Computer Code :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-15

—–

53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/15/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean and Phil Wormuth talk about how nature influences poetry, and how anything non-natural is more like government. Also, Michael explains the real story of why he’s no longer having anything to do with Jamey Blaze from Vantana Row.” (09/15/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16091

—–

54) The Anarchist Expericence, episode 182
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss representing the proper team colors, Rich isn’t impressed with State sponsored over population decrees, the pros and cons with living free in an unfree world vs moving for more freedom, and this HEADLINE: Hiding Socialism Under Euphemisms.” [various formats] (09/14/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/the-anarchist-experience-182/

—–

55) Felony Friday, episode 141
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday the Godfather of the Lions of Liberty joins John to discuss some absurd criminal activity and to play the world famous podcast game show ‘Is it a crime and should they do time?’” [various formats] (09/14/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/14/is-it-a-crime-the-weird-wild-stuff-edition/

—–

56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 246
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #246, Matt Bankert joins the show to discuss music and war. Matt goes through a short history of American wars and music that opposed them. Matt highlights some of the great antiwar songs.” [various formats] (09/14/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-246-music-and-war-guest-matt-bankert

—–

57) In The Tank Podcast, episode 157
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #157 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from the Illinois Policy Institute, the Civitas Institute, and National Taxpayers Union Foundation.” (09/14/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/in-the-tank-ep157-m4a-tax-burden-hurricane-florence-debate-should-gov-compensate-banned-businesses/

—–

58) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/14/18
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Is the United States the most fearful country in the world?” [various formats] (09/14/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/how-superpowers-see-world-christopher-fettweis

—–

59) Essential Libertarianism, episode 43
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“On underwriting an evil,” by Frank Chodorov. [various formats] (09/14/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/09/14/on-underwriting-an-evil-el043/

—–

60) Scott Adams Says, 09/14/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Puerto Rico, Creepy Porn Lawyer, and other disasters. With delicious coffee.” [Flash video] (09/14/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1OwxWWdQanexQ

—–

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/13/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How have European countries responded to large inflows of Muslims? What makes America so special when it comes to assimilating people of different backgrounds? Mustafa Akyol comments.” [various formats] (09/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/notions-reactions-islam

—–

62) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 12
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“You won’t want to miss this episode with the outspoken and hard-working activist Eric July, where he talks to Johnny and Raylene about changing culture by promoting principles through art and media.” [Flash audio] (09/13/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode12-veracity-w-eric-july/

—–

63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1239
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Now this is a fun potpourri episode: we cover (in addition to the topic in the title) anarchism vs. minarchism, the Constitution (should libertarians care about it?), what the Libertarian Party should do, my original career plan (you’ll never guess), liberty and security, and a lot more. Fun fun fun!” [various formats] (09/13/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1239-the-state-is-a-cult-and-other-important-topics/

—–

64) This Week in Bitcoin, 09/13/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Lobbying in DC, Legal Battles, + The Worlds Dirtiest Currency.” [various formats] (09/13/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e431-Lobbying-in-DC-Legal-Battles-The-Worlds-Dirtiest-Currency

—–

65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/13/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robin Hanson (George Mason University, Overcoming Bias) and Simon DeDeo (Carnegie Mellon University, Santa Fe Institute) … Robin’s ‘futarchy’ political system: Vote on values, bet on beliefs … Speculation and the first great failures of modern markets … Robin: Speculative markets are best at aggregating data … Polling during the 2016 election as analogy for predictive markets … What Blu-Ray DVDs can tell us about speculative markets … Is the gender pay gap the product of a rational market? … Robin’s solution to ineffective CEOs who are left in charge too long … What’s better than a market? Democracy, Simon says.” [Flash video] (09/13/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53601

*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
*****