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Volume XVI, Issue #4,062
Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US regime isn’t in compliance with existing Iran deal, but seeks new one anyway
2) Wilson charged with hiring sex worker
3) Senators who called for Kavanaugh delay: “Let’s vote” if Ford not at Monday hearing
4) “Brexit: May tells EU don’t “demand the unacceptable”
5) Trump: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad”
6) SCOTUS move could spur more dark money disclosure
7) NJ: 24, including cop and firefighter, arrested in sex sting
8) Asia: Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane
9) UK: Idiot pols fantasize that we’ll allow them to regulate cryptocurrency
10) GOP goes back to the immigration well in Arizona
11) SC: Two chained abductees die when jail van floods
12) FBI, DOJ plan illegal foot-dragging, redactions in release of declassified information
13) “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick: I traded sex for drugs
14) Pakistan: Court orders release of Sharif, daughter
15) GA: Arrests in church for selling edible cannabis
16) Uganda: Regime bans supporters of Bobi Wine from gathering ahead of his return
17) Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain “Net Neutrality” comment fraud
18) Mosquitoes are eating plastic; why that’s a big problem
19) Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too
20) South Africa: Court rules that private cannabis use is legal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump’s tariffs will cost more than ObamaCare’s taxes
22) Remembering Stephen Gordon, champion for liberty
23) The Forever War’s cheerleaders
24) The wrong question for Brett Kavanaugh
25) The tiny nations plotting to become tax havens for cryptocurrencies
26) Quantum Vibe, 09/19/18
27) What has changed since Anita Hill?
28) Global justice and misleading metaphors
29) Britain and the US can show the world what a free trade deal should look like
30) In wake of Florence, prices should rise
31) A new kind of trade agreement
32) Hill-climbing our way to defeat DRM
33) Can Donald Trump’s tariffs force radical changes on China?
34) Regulate the state
35) The Afghan morass
36) Only strong judicial review can restore separation of powers
37) Retreat to Atlanta
38) How game theory can help prevent disease outbreaks
39) The unheeded advice in George Washington’s farewell address
40) Note to bigots: Read Bill of Rights, watch Mister Rogers & lay off Kaepernick
41) Congress finds a new excuse to avoid balancing America’s books
42) Amazon’s electricity sweetheart deal
43) Gratitude in an unfree world
44) Why the EU should cut Brexit Britain a break
45) Actions matter more than identity
46) Central planning failed the USSR, but central banks have revived it
47) Justice Department likely to slow-walk declassification
48) The new space race: Why America needs [sic] a NASA for IT research
49) Let’s be honest about suicide
50) Everything is awesome
51) WaPo tried to penalize a writer for criticizing Bezos; he fought back, and won
52) Elections, power, and the DSA: The failure of the left in power
53) Thoughts on the leaked Google video and why populism is just getting started
54) US perversity on peace in Korea
55) Climate alarmists get two strikes in court — they should be out

The Sound and the Fury:

56) We Are Libertarians, episode 316
57) Jim Bovard Podcast, 09/19/18
58) Blockchain 2025, 09/19/18
59) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 30
60) Political Theater, episode 37
61) Scott Adams Says, 09/19/18
62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 44
63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 248
64) Electric Libertyland, episode 90
65) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 74
66) Intercepted Podcast, 09/19/18
67) Free Talk Live, 09/18/18
68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1241
69) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 14
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/18/18

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

1) US regime isn’t in compliance with existing Iran deal, but seeks new one anyway
Source: The Hill

“The United States special envoy for Iran said Wednesday that the U.S. is seeking a deal to cover ballistic missile and nuclear programs ahead of next week’s United Nation’s General Assembly meeting in New York, according to Reuters. Brian Hook said at an event at the Hudson Institute that the U.S. wants to negotiate a treaty this time around. ‘The new deal that we hope to be able to sign with Iran, and it will not be a personal agreement between two governments like the last one, we seek a treaty,’ the envoy told the audience. President Trump announced in May that his administration would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal established by former President Barack Obama in 2015 via an executive agreement.” [editor’s note: The last deal was not a “personal agreement between two governments,” nor did Trump “withdraw” from it. It was a deal between seven governments that was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council, making it binding on all member states. Violating it is not “withdrawing” from it. Why should the Iranian trust these charlatans? – TLK] (09/19/18)

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/407447-envoy-us-seeking-missile-nuclear-treaty-with-iran

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2) Wilson charged with hiring sex worker
Source: Wired

“Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed who is best known for making the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun, has been accused of sexually assaulting [sic] a minor. On Wednesday, the District Court in Travis County, Texas, issued an arrest warrant for Wilson on charges of sexual assault, a second-degree felony. According to the affidavit, which was obtained by WIRED, a juvenile female under the age of 17 alleges that Wilson, age 30, sexually assaulted [sic] her in a hotel on August 15 and then paid her $500. In Texas, the age of consent is 17. In an interview with investigators at the Center for Child Protection on August 27, the unnamed accuser said she met Wilson through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com.” [editor’s note: In English, he allegedly hired a sex worker who is under 17. Probably not a smart thing to do — if he actually did it, and if he knew she was under 17 (sugardaddymeet.com requires users to affirm they are 17 or older) — but if she’s trolling a “sugar daddy” web site for clients, she’s obviously no child nor does the account resemble any reasonable definition of “assault.” I won’t be surprised if it was a law enforcement setup from the beginning – TLK] (09/19/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/cody-wilson-accused-child-sexual-assault/

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3) Senators who called for Kavanaugh delay: “Let’s vote” if Ford not at Monday hearing
Source: USA Today

“Two Republican senators who this week said they would be hesitant to proceed with a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until they had a chance to hear from a woman accusing him of sexual assault are strongly encouraging the accuser to appear at a scheduled hearing next week. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., both called for a delay on Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, which had been scheduled for Thursday, after Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward publicly as Kavanaugh’s accuser in The Washington Post over the weekend. Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tried to arrange phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford to discuss the allegation and eventually agreed to schedule a public hearing on Monday with both parties invited to testify. But Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, has since said that her client wants an FBI investigation into the alleged incident before testifying.” (09/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/19/republican-senators-kavanaugh-ford-hearing/1355272002

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4) Brexit: May tells EU don’t “demand the unacceptable”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May is to warn the EU not to demand the ‘unacceptable’ in negotiations over Northern Ireland’s borders. The prime minister will set out her case to other European leaders at a summit in Salzburg later. It comes after EU negotiator Michel Barnier suggested a shift in tone on his controversial ‘backstop’ plan to avoid a hard border. ‘We are ready to improve this proposal,’ he said. Another key EU figure, European Council President Donald Tusk, said the UK’s plans for the Irish border ‘will need to be reworked.’ The UK and EU both want to avoid a hard border (meaning any physical infrastructure like cameras or guard posts) but can’t agree on how.” (09/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45566205

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5) Trump: “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad”
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump reignited his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying he doesn’t have a top law enforcement officer and blasting Sessions’ performance on border security, in an interview with Hill.TV. Trump has long criticized Sessions for his March 2017 decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That recusal eventually led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who continues to investigate what Trump has called a ‘witch hunt.’ But Trump broadened his criticism in an exclusive interview Tuesday with Hill.TV to include his performance on border security and in responding to questions from Congress. ‘I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,’ Trump said in the Oval Office. ‘I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this.’ Trump repeated the criticism Wednesday as he departed for North Carolina, to inspect hurricane damage.” (09/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/19/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-attorney-general/1355477002

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6) SCOTUS move could spur more dark money disclosure
Source: Politico

“A Supreme Court action Tuesday struck a blow to a conservative group’s effort to shield its donors and could lead to more disclosure of who funds so-called dark money groups. … The decision Tuesday relates to a Federal Election Commission regulation that said independent political groups only had to name donors when their gifts were linked to specific sets of TV ads or mailers. A federal judge last month struck down that rule. The conservative group Crossroads GPS, hoping to avoid having to disclose its donors right before the 2018 midterms, asked the Supreme Court to freeze the lower court’s ruling and leave the old FEC regulation in place through November. But on Tuesday, the high court declined to do so. The Supreme Court’s decision means groups making independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates running for Congress this fall may have a legal obligation to disclose their donors, even if they could have remained anonymous in past cycles.” (09/18/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/supreme-court-dark-money-disclosure-828419

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7) NJ: 24, including cop and firefighter, arrested in sex sting
Source: New York Post

“A New Jersey police sergeant was among 24 men who were arrested in a child-sex sting in the state, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. In addition to the sergeant, a nurse, a firefighter and a Bronx resident were netted by the multi-agency sting based out of Toms River, authorities said. The New Jersey State Police led the operation, and had the 24 men believing they were chatting with underage girls and boys online and arranging a meet-up, prosecutors said. When the men showed up to meet the underage kids — actually undercover police officers — they were arrested, authorities said.” [editor’s note: So were they arrested for seeking consensual sex with adult cops? Or for fantasizing about sex with underage kids who don’t actually exist? – TLK] (09/18/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/09/18/police-sergeant-firefighter-among-24-busted-in-child-sex-sting/

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8) Asia: Cathay Pacific spells own name wrong on new plane
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An airline has had to send a new plane back to the paint shop after the company’s name was spelled incorrectly on it. Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific painted its name as ‘Cathay Paciic’ on the side of the jet. Eagle-eyed travellers spotted the mistake at Hong Kong International Airport and contacted the airline. ‘Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!’ the company joked on Twitter.” (09/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45572275

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9) UK: Idiot pols fantasize that we’ll allow them to regulate cryptocurrency
Source: CNBC

“U.K. lawmakers have said they want to clamp down on the ‘Wild West’ cryptocurrency market and prepare Britain as a legitimate home for the trading of digital currencies. The Treasury Committee released a report on Wednesday that called for the government to address the issues of poor security from hackers, volatile price swings, and anonymity that can aid crime. … The lawmakers also suggested that Britain could, as part of regulatory reforms, position itself as a global center for crypto trading.” (09/19/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/19/cryptocurrency-wild-west-must-end-say-uk-lawmakers.html

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10) GOP goes back to the immigration well in Arizona
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Jim Chilton stood before the four strands of barbed wire that separate his ranchland from Mexico and pointed at a nearby ridge. ‘Very often, I see scouts on that mountain, right there,’ he told Rep. Martha McSally. McSally, a Republican who represents a stretch of the Arizona border in the House of Representatives and is running for U.S. Senate, quickly said she wrote a bill to stiffen penalties for the spotters who help usher people illegally into the United States. The legislation has since been incorporated into one that would implement dramatic cuts in legal immigration and represents a rightward shift on the issue for McSally. But here on one of the wildest stretches of the border with Mexico (where Chilton brought a rifle for safety as he showed McSally around) the only issue that came up was security.” (09/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/GOP-goes-back-to-the-immigration-well-in-Arizona-13241456.php

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11) SC: Two chained abductees die when jail van floods
Source: Charleston Post & Courier

“Tropical Storm Florence’s death toll in South Carolina continued its rise on Tuesday after a jail transport van carrying two inmates was overtaken by flood waters. The Horry County Sheriff’s Office transportation vehicle was carrying the ‘detainees’ from Conway to Darlington and traveling westbound on U.S. Route 76 about a half mile from the Little Pee Dee River when it was overtaken by the water, according to information provided by the Sheriff’s Office. … Tim Harper, administrator for Marion County, said the incident happened at 6:08 p.m. ‘The two deputies attempted to extricate the persons being transported,’ the Sheriff’s Office stated. ‘Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van.’ High-water rescue teams arrived at the scene and retrieved the deputies from atop the van, the Sheriff’s Office stated.” (09/18/18)

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/two-dead-after-horry-county-jail-transport-van-overtaken-by/article_958206b0-bbb3-11e8-bcb9-63f5a100c4fe.html

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12) FBI, DOJ plan illegal foot-dragging, redactions in release of declassified information
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump has demanded the ‘immediate declassification’ of sensitive materials about the Russia investigation, but the agencies responsible are expected to propose redactions that would keep some information secret, according to three people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence are going through a methodical review and can’t offer a timeline for finishing, said the people, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive matter.” [editor’s note: The US government’s classification system exists due to executive order. That means that what is or is not to be treated as classified is, as a legal matter, ENTIRELY up to one Donald J. Trump, not to his subordinates – TLK] (09/19/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-19/fbi-doj-said-to-plan-redactions-despite-trump-s-document-order

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13) “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick: I traded sex for drugs
Source: Fox News

“Former child star Maureen McCormick is grateful her parents and her now-husband helped her overcome one of the darkest periods of her life. ‘My mom and dad, they almost turned me in to the cops,’ the actress, best known for playing Marcia Brady in the hit ’70s show ‘The Brady Bunch,’ recently told Us Weekly about her drug addiction. ‘They were at their last … cause they had been trying for years and knew something was going on and I was pretty sneaky and I could hide very, very well. But then I started messing up on jobs and so many things, so I’m sure everyone in the industry at the time knew that I was flaking out.’ McCormick insisted her future husband gave her an ultimatum. ‘[I] met this guy [Michael Cummings] — it was before we were married and we were just dating — and I had my last relapse. He came to me and said, ‘If you ever do this drug again, I’m gone, I’m leaving.’ It woke me up. It was like the coldest shower you could ever take, there’s just no way I’m gonna lose somebody that I love.’” (09/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/19/brady-bunch-star-maureen-mccormick-says-her-parents-almost-turned-her-into-cops-while-star-battled-drug-abuse.html

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14) Pakistan: Court orders release of Sharif, daughter
Source: Al Jazeer [Qatar state media]

“A Pakistani court has suspended the jail sentences given to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and two family members by an anti-corruption court earlier this year, with the three expected to be released after the payment of a bail bond. Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar were convicted in July by an anti-corruption court of not being able to prove the source of assets used to purchase a set of upmarket London flats. On Wednesday, Islamabad High Court judge Athar Minallah ruled that the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog, was unable to prove a financial link between the former prime minister and the apartments in question.” (09/19/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/pakistan-court-frees-pm-nawaz-sharif-daughter-180919102546688.html

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15) GA: Arrests in church for selling edible cannabis
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two women have been arrested after they were caught selling sweets and cakes containing marijuana in a church in the US state of Georgia. The marijuana edibles Ebony Cooper and Leah Pressley were offering included cereal treats, brownies and puddings, police say. The arrests occurred at an event the church, in the city of Savannah, was holding for local entrepreneurs. The pair were detained after the event and face felony drugs charges. In a Facebook post, the local counter-narcotics team in Savannah said they uncovered the women openly selling the marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edibles on social media sites and decided to approach them at the event.” (09/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45572271

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16) Uganda: Regime bans supporters of Bobi Wine from gathering ahead of his return
Source: CNN

“Pop star-turned-MP Bobi Wine is heading back to Uganda, where he’s facing treason charges, a few weeks after he traveled to the US for medical treatment. Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, posted a photo of himself at the airport in Amsterdam on his social media pages Wednesday, saying: ‘Headed home.’ Authorities in Uganda say they have received reports of planned rallies by his supporters to welcome him and have clamped down on any gatherings. Uganda police spokesman Emilian Kayima issued a statement saying that only his immediate family will be allowed to receive him. The musician will be escorted by security personnel directly from the airport to his home, Kayima added. While waiting for his flight home, the musician said he had seen the orders and would not be intimidated.” (09/19/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/africa/bobi-wine-returns-after-treatment-intl/index.html

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17) Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain “Net Neutrality” comment fraud
Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission must stop withholding records that may shed light on fraudulent comments submitted in the FCC’s net neutrality repeal proceeding, a US District Court judge ruled last week. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in September 2017 by freelance journalist Jason Prechtel, who sued the FCC after it failed to provide documents in response to his Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request. Prechtel sought data that would identify people who made bulk comment uploads; many of the uploads contained fraudulent comments submitted in other people’s names without their knowledge.” (09/18/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/09/judge-fcc-cant-hide-records-that-may-explain-net-neutrality-comment-fraud/

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18) Mosquitoes are eating plastic; why that’s a big problem
Source: USA Today

“Young mosquitoes who eat even small pieces of plastic could be contaminating other insects and mammals, according to new research. Authors of a paper (published in The Royal Society journal Biology Letters on Wednesday) found that when a mosquito larva eats microplastic, that plastic can remain in the insect’s body into adulthood. So, the microplastic could then be transferred to whatever might eat that mosquito, including birds. The U.K. researchers conducted their study in a lab, but they say it’s not a stretch to think that plastic could move up the food chain in this way. ‘The implication is that you can have plastics at the bottom of the pond that are now going up into the air and being eaten by spiders and bats and animals that normally wouldn’t have access to that plastic,’ author Amanda Callaghan at England’s University of Reading told the Independent. The microplastics used in the study were small latex beads, and authors noted smaller beads transferred more easily than larger beads into the mosquito’s adult stage.” (09/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/19/mosquitoes-eating-plastic-pollution-food-chain-biology-letters/1355049002

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19) Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too
Source: Dawn [Pakistan]

“South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States (US) takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032. Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting on Wednesday morning.” (09/19/18)

https://www.dawn.com/news/1433864

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20) South Africa: Court rules that private cannabis use is legal
Source: Smell the Truth

“Adults in South Africa are allowed to use cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, according to a new court ruling. South Africa’s top court on Tuesday said that adults are allowed to cultivate and consume cannabis in ‘a private place’ as long as it is for personal use, reports CBS News. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declaring that the law banning marijuana use in private by adults ‘is unconstitutional and therefore invalid. It will not be a criminal offense for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption,’ Zondo said in Johannesburg. The ruling also specifies that an adult’s right to privacy ‘extends beyond the boundaries of a home.’ However, public use will remain illegal, as well as selling or distributing marijuana.” [editor’s note: A tiny step, but a step at least – SAT] (09/18/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/09/18/south-african-court-rules-that-private-marijuana-use-is-legal

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

21) Trump’s tariffs will cost more than ObamaCare’s taxes
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“We’re not there yet, but President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China is threatening to completely cancel out the economic benefits of last year’s tax cuts — cuts that the president and his supporters have often credited for the growing economy. Put another way, the potential costs of Trump’s trade war could be even more difficult for the president to swallow. The import taxes imposed by the Trump administration will end up being a larger burden for the economy next year than all the taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act — a law that Trump has often described as ‘a disaster’ for Americans.” (09/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/19/trump-tariffs-obamacare-taxes

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22) Remembering Stephen Gordon, champion for liberty
Source: Libertarian Party
by Shane Cory

“On Sept. 5, Stephen Gordon, lifetime member of the Libertarian Party, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56. Including ballot access petitioners, managers and communications experts, the number of skilled professional Libertarians who make a career out of our shared passion for liberty is a very small and valuable group of folks. All of those folks, including Stephen Gordon (I called him ‘Gordo’), would laugh out loud whenever someone made the assumption that any career Libertarian is ‘in it for the money.’ Their reward is deeply personal. Gordo was one of those rare men who work in the background, without a desire for fame, money, or power, with a sole, passionate focus on protecting and furthering liberty in America. As a happy warrior, Stephen did that for decades while the butterfly effect of his work stretched into society — most times without notice.” (09/19/18)

https://www.lp.org/remembering-stephen-gordon-champion-for-liberty/

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23) The Forever War’s cheerleaders
Source: The Nation
by Lyle Jeremy Rubin

“Coming home from the Forever War can be difficult. Not long after returning from Afghanistan as a Marine officer in early 2011, I found myself feeling betrayed by compatriots who worshiped the idea of my service while refusing to confront what that service entailed. There is a chasm of awareness that often exists between veterans and civilians, especially during an age in which an all-volunteer military prosecutes never-ending wars, and in which those Americans who end up experiencing combat prove statistically negligible. It isn’t so much a chasm of awareness as a chasm of memory. The problem with veterans is we keep remembering our wars when we are supposed to join everyone else in forgetting them. Today I experience that gap most viscerally in politics, and liberal or progressive politics in particular, where celebrated commentators like Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell fail to cover America’s ongoing wars and the role some of their favorite guests have played in launching and expanding them.” (09/19/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-forever-wars-cheerleaders

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24) The wrong question for Brett Kavanaugh
Source: The Atlantic
by Quinta Jurecic

“What level of certainty about the nominee’s guilt should drive a senator to vote against that nominee? The standard to convict a defendant in criminal court is often understood as requiring anywhere from 95 to 100 percent certainty of the defendant’s guilt. In civil court, the ‘preponderance of the evidence’ standard requires 51 percent certainty. As the economist Justin Wolfers asked on Twitter, ‘Would you appoint someone to the Supreme Court if you think there were a 25 percent chance they’ve done bad things? A 10 percent chance? A 5 percent chance? A 1 percent chance?’ And what about the nature of those bad things? What about whether an adult man, against whom no further charges of sexual harassment or assault are known to have been raised, should be denied a seat on the highest court in the land because he did something objectionable — even horrifying — as a boy on the cusp of adulthood?” (09/19/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/the-wrong-question-for-brett-kavanaugh/570697/

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25) The tiny nations plotting to become tax havens for cryptocurrencies
Source: OZY
by Eric Czuleger

“Payday won’t be the same next year for the soccer players of Gibraltar United, a team in the premier division of the sport’s league in the British overseas territory. Only a part of their salary will hit their bank accounts, and the rest will come to them in the form of cryptocurrencies. But the soccer team is no outlier there. Nor is Gibraltar unique — it’s among a growing set of tiny territories betting on cryptocurrencies as economic weapons of the future. … To Liechtenstein and Bermuda, tax havens for traditional businesses, the move to cryptocurrencies represents an investment in the future. If virtual currencies increasingly replace traditional ones, they’ll be ready as the tax havens for these new coins. And for Gibraltar and Malta, the move marks a bet aimed at leapfrogging from small economies to major financial hubs by connecting crypto companies with a global customer base.” (09/19/18)

https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/the-tiny-nations-plotting-to-become-tax-havens-for-cryptocurrencies/88846

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26) Quantum Vibe, 09/19/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (09/19/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1849

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27) What has changed since Anita Hill?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer & Linda Feldmann

“On a weekend in October of 1991, more than 20 million American households watched as Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. … At the time of the hearings, there were exactly two women in the United States Senate: Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican from Kansas, and Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland. Senator Kassebaum eventually voted to confirm Thomas, while Senator Mikulski voted against. Both women, now retired from the Senate, spoke to the Monitor about their recollections of those hearings, what has changed in the years since, and how to proceed as current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman when he was about 17 years old.” (09/19/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0918/What-has-changed-since-Anita-Hill-Female-senators-who-were-there-weigh-in

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28) Global justice and misleading metaphors
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“The Thought Experiment: Great Grannie has placed a humungous pie in front of her 196 great-grandchildren. When she goes to divide up the pie, rather than giving each child an equal slice, she gives 80% of the pie to 20 of the children, leaving only 20% for the other 175. Suppose the children are mature enough to realize Great Grannie’s mistake. Ought they reallocate the pie more fairly? The Intuition: Sure, it’s not the 20 grandkids’ fault that they got most of the pie. Great Granny messed up. But they should be nice and split the pie evenly with their cousins. The Metaphor: The reason some countries are rich and others poor is that the rich countries lucked out and happen to have good resources, while the poor countries have bad resources. That’s not the rich countries’ fault, but they should be nice and split the resource pie evenly with the other countries.” (09/18/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/09/global-justice-and-misleading-metaphors/

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29) Britain and the US can show the world what a free trade deal should look like
Source: Cato Institute
by Victoria Hewson & Daniel J Ikenson

“Rather than liberalise the rules and provide consumers with greater choices, trade agreements too often contain provisions that protect incumbents from challengers by locking in existing advantages, requiring long tariff phase-out periods, and limiting competition in industries through rules that masquerade as serving prudential or socially desirable purposes. Too often, the terms are pro-business, pro-labour, or pro-special interest, when they should be pro-market. The prospect of a bilateral UK-US agreement affords two of the world’s largest economies — both traditionally committed to the institutions of free-market capitalism and the rule of law — the opportunity to break new ground and pioneer the rules of a genuinely liberalising, modern trade agreement.” (09/19/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/britain-us-can-show-world-what-free-trade-deal-should

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30) In wake of Florence, prices should rise
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Officials in states hit by Hurricane Florence are on the lookout for ‘price gouging.’ People who engage in ‘excessive pricing’ face up to 30 days jail time, said North Carolina’s attorney general. South Carolina passed a ‘Price Gouging During Emergency’ law that imposes a $1,000 fine per violation. ‘Gouging’ is an issue during every disaster because when supplies are short, some merchants raise prices. These are ‘bad people,’ said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi angrily during a previous storm. Bad people? I thought Republicans were the party that believed the market determines prices. ‘Gougers deserve a medal,’ Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once told me. That’s because higher prices are the best indicator of which goods people want most. This is a hard concept for people to understand.” (09/19/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/09/19/prices-should-rise-n2520198

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31) A new kind of trade agreement
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“America’s old trade alliances are breaking down. NAFTA is being renegotiated, and might even exclude Canada. The successful Korea–U.S. deal has also been redone. We withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership before its terms took effect. The attempt to create a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ended with the Obama presidency, and a trade war with Europe has been averted only by a vague truce with promises of more talks. Yet President Trump openly embraces the idea of zero tariffs and trade barriers. How can we get there from here? The answer may be right in front of us; when Britain leaves the European Union at the end of March next year, we will have a once in a generation opportunity to construct a new form of trade deal.” (09/18/18)

https://cei.org/content/new-kind-trade-agreement

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32) Hill-climbing our way to defeat DRM
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“Computer science has long grappled with the problem of unknowable terrain: how do you route a packet from A to E when B, C, and D are nodes that keep coming up and going down as they get flooded by traffic from other sources? How do you shard a database when uncontrollable third parties are shoving records into it all the time? What’s the best way to sort some data when spammers are always coming up with new tactics for re-sorting it in ways that suit them, but not you or your users? One way to address the problem is the very useful notion of ‘hill-climbing.’ Hill-climbing is modeled on a metaphor of a many-legged insect, like an ant. The ant has forward-facing eyes and can’t look up to scout the terrain and spot the high ground, but it can still ascend towards a peak by checking to see which foot is highest and taking a step in that direction.” (09/18/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/defeating-drm-hill-climbing-our-way-glory

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33) Can Donald Trump’s tariffs force radical changes on China?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Trade War: President Donald Trump showed he’s willing to wield a big stick in trade by levying tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods, starting next week. Will this lead to a trade war without end, or bring China to the table for talks? We’ve been on the record as being anti-tariff. However, as has been noted numerous times, Trump has used tariffs, and the threat of tariffs, as a way to lower overall trade barriers. At least, that’s what the White House maintains, and we see no reason not to believe it. But it goes deeper than that. As the tit-for-tat trade battle has been engaged, it’s unclear which side will blink first. Will it be China, which sells over half a trillion dollars in goods to the U.S., or the U.S., whose economy depends on cheap goods and industrial inputs from China for its prosperity?” (09/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/donald-trump-tariffs-china

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34) Regulate the state
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Sometimes an organization has overwhelming power. ‘If you don’t like it, go elsewhere’ isn’t a serious remedy; it’s a thinly-veiled order to shut up and submit. In such cases, we should seriously consider breaking the overpowered organization into smaller parts to restore competition. Until competition returns, however, regulation is a helpful stopgap. Just because you own an essential resource doesn’t entitle you to use it however you please. And that’s why governments should be strictly regulated. If any organization has monopoly power coming out the wazoo, they do.” (09/18/18)

https://www.econlib.org/regulate-the-state/

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35) The Afghan morass
Source: CounterPunch
by Cesar Chelala

“More than 2,200 Americans have been killed in Afghanistan, and the U.S. has spent more than $840 billion fighting the Taliban and paying for relief and reconstruction. The amount of money the U.S. has so far spent in Afghanistan is higher than what it spent, in current dollars, on the Marshall Plan, which help rebuild Europe after World War II. Despite all these financial resources spent in Afghanistan, and even though the American military says that the Afghan government ‘controls or influences’ 56 percent of the country, this control is limited to district and military quarters while the Taliban controls the rest.” (09/19/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/19/the-afghan-morass/

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36) Only strong judicial review can restore separation of powers
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Tony Francois

“We all expect ‘our day in court’ before the government takes our money or restricts our freedom. Even for a parking ticket, we expect the chance to ‘tell it to the judge’ before paying the fine. We expect that judges will hold the police to the rules, and clarify the rules if needed. But we also expect the judge to be neutral, or what value is a day in court? Without judges to fairly check the police, clear rules become vague. A simple rule like ‘don’t park in the red zone’” becomes ‘don’t park too close to the red zone,’ with the police deciding what ‘too close’ means. So we subject even parking tickets to judicial review, with judges, not the police, responsible for interpreting the rules. But this fundamental system of neutral judicial review has gone missing from the federal regulatory process. Today’s judges have surrendered their role as a check on executive branch agencies. Instead of independently determining what the rules mean, and holding the government to those rules, federal judges now routinely ‘defer’ to the regulatory agencies, whose senior bureaucrats routinely tell the judges what the rules mean.” (09/19/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/judicial-review-separation-of-powers

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37) Retreat to Atlanta
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘California is the place you oughta be’ — or so sang Jerry Scoggins for The Beverly Hillbillies. That may still hold true, if you are an oil millionaire retiring to a pleasant climate. But if you are trying to make your fortune, the direction is outbound.” (09/19/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/19/cabraindrain/

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38) How game theory can help prevent disease outbreaks
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Istvan Zoltan Kiss

“When multiple passengers on a flight from Dubai to New York recently were taken ill with flu-like symptoms, the plane was understandably quarantined. It’s not too hard to imagine how international travel could quickly help spread a new disease around the world. But surprisingly, grounding planes in such a situation might not always be the best strategy, and not just because of the economic impact. When it comes to decisions about health, what’s best for us as individuals might not always be the best thing for the wider population, and vice versa. This can make it difficult for authorities to make decisions to protect the whole population. But there’s a way we can make sense of such a dilemma that’s more typically used in economics: game theory.” (09/19/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-game-theory-can-help-prevent-disease-outbreaks/

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39) The unheeded advice in George Washington’s farewell address
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“When people remember or discuss the address, they most often recall his warning against political parties, his admonition to avoid entangling foreign alliances, and his insistence that ‘religion and morality are indispensable supports’ to political prosperity. But we often read right over an even more poignant warning in Washington’s address; a warning we failed to heed to our own detriment. Washington advised that we should hold tight to the original Constitution and avoid giving in to the temptation to turn it into a ‘living, breathing’ document that changes at the whim of whoever holds power. As Washington put it, we must ‘resist with care the spirit of innovation upon its principles, however specious the pretexts.’” (09/19/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/19/the-unheeded-advice-in-george-washingtons-farewell-address/

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40) Note to bigots: Read Bill of Rights, watch Mister Rogers & lay off Kaepernick
Source: USA Today
by Susan Paterno

“‘As Orange Goes,’ so goes the future of American politics. That was political scholar Karl Lamb’s thesis in his 1974 book presaging the rise of Ronald Reagan and the evolution of Orange County, California as a national battleground for the November election. I grew up in Orange County, and read ‘As Orange Goes,’ as a college freshman. I’m still here, experiencing the last gasp of ugly bigotry that permeated the county of my youth. This month in my school district, Los Alamitos, Roni Ellis-Burns, an elementary school principal, publicly called Colin Kaepernick an ‘anti American thug’ for exercising his First Amendment right to peacefully protest. While school superintendent Sherry Kropp expressed concerns, rather than immediately repudiate Ellis-Burns'[s] ignorance and racism, she praised her as ‘a spectacular principal.’ More than 2,500 parents didn’t buy it and signed an online protest. How did the district respond? With a Mister Rogers message that said, basically, we don’t say mean things about our friends and neighbors.” (09/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/09/19/white-nationalists-read-bill-rights-kaepernick-patriot-column/1338210002

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41) Congress finds a new excuse to avoid balancing America’s books
Source: National Review
by Michael Tanner

“[E]conomic growth will only go so far if no one in Congress is willing to tame spending, and the ‘minibus’ spending packages that congressional Republicans and Democrats are currently negotiating to avoid a government shutdown won’t do the trick. But not to worry; both the Left and Right have discovered a magic money tree in the form of a concept known as Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), an idea prominently promulgated by Bernie Sanders’s chief economic adviser, Stephanie Kelton, that is now being used to argue that lawmakers shouldn’t worry about the size of the national debt. MMT essentially says that the government’s capacity to finance its debt is limitless. Since the U.S. government is the sole printer of dollars, it faces no binding revenue constraint because more dollars can always be printed. Therefore, the theory goes, the national debt is mostly a harmful fiction preventing us from having nice things such as ‘free college’ or ‘free health care.’” (09/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/modern-monetary-theory-excuse-to-ignore-deficits-debt/

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42) Amazon’s electricity sweetheart deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Josh T Smith

“Just over a year ago, on September 7, 2017, Amazon began searching for a location for its second headquarters, HQ2. Though they haven’t made a public decision yet, meetings in prospective cities by some of Amazon’s leaders have created great hubbub and public interest. The problem is that officials attempting to lure Amazon in with offers of tax incentives and other goodies may not see the benefits they expect. Instead these handouts are likely to shift the costs of government services like road maintenance and policing onto average citizens. Not only is Amazon being offered tax breaks it doesn’t need, it’s receiving favorable deals on electricity from state-run utilities.” (09/19/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/amazons-electricity-sweetheart-deal/

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43) Gratitude in an unfree world
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Everyone who knows me knows that I loathe government as it now exists everywhere. For fifty years, my professional activity has pertained in large part to awful actions that governments at every level have taken. Because governments have been such a pervasive part of social and economic life in the past century or more, bringing into being the welfare/warfare/surveillance/therapeutic/police state under which most people in the world now live, specializing as I have is bound to leave one with a jaundiced view not only of the state but of much of society as well. And such an outlook does not make for personal happiness. But yesterday, as I set out to walk Fly Boy down the road through the jungle as usual, I was struck by what a beautiful day it was, and I determined to count my blessings. They are too many to enumerate here, but let me simply mention some of the greatest.” (09/18/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/09/18/gratitude-in-an-unfree-world/

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44) Why the EU should cut Brexit Britain a break
Source: Reuters
by Paul Wallace

“In scarcely more than six months Britain will leave the European Union. That departure on March 29, 2019 could be toxic and disruptive through a failure to reach a deal, hurting Britain most of all, but the EU as well. Or there could be an amicable parting of the ways. For this to happen European leaders meeting in Salzburg this week must now give some ground as the negotiations enter their final stage. Up till now the EU’s strategy has been to secure the union from copycat national revolts in other member states by taking a tough line with Britain. European leaders have closed ranks round the indivisibility of the four freedoms: in goods, services, capital and people. The EU has shunned an à-la-carte negotiation. Instead Michel Barnier, its chief negotiator, has responded to Britain’s original ‘red lines’ such as regulatory autonomy with a menu of unpalatable options. These range from a Norway-style hug that would leave the British government a passive rule-taker, to a Canada-style trade deal far removed from Britain’s current intertwined relationship with the EU.” (09/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wallace-brexit-commentary/commentary-why-the-eu-should-cut-brexit-britain-a-break-idUSKCN1LY2S2

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45) Actions matter more than identity
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Instead of worrying about who someone is, it seems smarter to focus on what they do. Anything other than their actions is none of your business and can’t harm you, and not many of their actions are your business, either. The color of someone’s skin isn’t my concern, nor is the language they speak. Who you love is between you and those you love, and your religious beliefs don’t involve me. I’m not worried about where someone was born or what government permission slips they may lack. What people do is all that can matter.” (09/19/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/09/19/voices/actions-matter-more-than-identity/159214.html

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46) Central planning failed the USSR, but central banks have revived it
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Vitaliy Katsenelson

“In a capitalist economy, the invisible hand serves a very important but underappreciated role: It is a signaling mechanism that helps balance supply and demand. High demand leads to higher prices, telegraphing suppliers that they’ll make more money if they produce extra goods. Additional supply lowers prices, bringing them to a new equilibrium. This is how prices are set for millions of goods globally on a daily basis in free-market economies. In the command-and-control economy of the Soviet Union, the prices of goods often had little to do with supply and demand but were instead typically used as a political tool. This in part is why the Soviet economy failed — to make good decisions you need good data, and if price carries no data, it is hard to make good business decisions.” (09/19/18)

https://mises.org/wire/central-planning-failed-ussr-central-banks-have-revived-it

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47) Justice Department likely to slow-walk declassification
Source: OpEdNews
by Ray McGovern

“Don’t hold your breath. While the media is breathlessly describing yesterday’s order by President Donald Trump’s ‘to provide for the immediate (emphasis added) declassification” of Russia-gate materials as a “showdown,’ any likely showdown is months away, if it comes at all. The word ‘immediate’ can mean different things to different people. Had the President set a deadline, or had he given the declassification task to his own National Security Council, the word ‘showdown’ might be closer to what to expect. The tragic-comedy now on stage in Washington is beyond bizarre. Can President Trump be unaware that those he ‘ordered’ to do the declassification — top officials of the Justice Department, the FBI, and the intelligence agencies — have zero incentive to comply ‘immediately.’ And they have minus-zero incentive, as the top echelons see it, to throw their former bosses, colleagues, and co-conspirators under the bus by releasing the family jewels.” (09/19/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Justice-Dept-Likely-to-Slo-by-Ray-McGovern-Central-Intelligence-Agency_FISA_Federal-Agency-FBI-180919-282.html

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48) The new space race: Why America needs [sic] a NASA for IT research
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Juul

“We’ve all seen the alarmist headlines, from ‘China Is Nationalizing Its Tech Sector’ and ‘Worried About Big Tech? Chinese Giants Make America’s Look Tame,’ to, more ominously, ‘As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent.’ But even taking these stories with substantial grains of salt, one fact remains clear: China would very much like to overtake America across the spectrum of information technology, from artificial intelligence to quantum computing and beyond. If the United States wants to remain the world leader in digital technology (and keep China from nipping at our heels) we’ll have to step up our own fragmented public information technology research and development (R&D) efforts. Indeed, America doesn’t even seem to realize there’s a global competition on the horizon. True, the Obama administration issued a series of strategic plans for artificial intelligence, big data, and other hot-button topics involving information technology and computer networks.” (09/19/18)

http://prospect.org/article/new-space-race-why-america-needs-nasa-it-research

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49) Let’s be honest about suicide
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Death by suicide in the UK is at its lowest since the 1970s. The drop in suicides between 2015 and 2016 was the largest annual fall in 20 years. Death by suicide is an increasingly rare occurrence and tends to be confined to a narrow section of the population. Yet the commentary around Suicide Prevention Day paints a scarier, and not very honest, picture. We are continually told that ‘suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.’ This stat is used to promote the idea that young men are particularly vulnerable to suicide. But this is quite misleading. Firstly, it is men between the ages of 40 and 44 who are most likely to kill themselves, a fact that has remained constant in recent decades. Secondly, the reason suicide is the biggest killer of young men is because young men are now incredibly unlikely to die from anything else.” (09/19/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-be-honest-about-suicide/

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50) Everything is awesome
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“There has been an amazing improvement in human living standards over the past 50 years. The average person on the planet is earning three times as much as they were 50 years ago. They’re living 30 percent longer. They’re burying 2/3rds fewer children — the greatest measure of misery anyone could think of. And on the whole, people are wealthier, healthier, happier, cleverer, kinder, more peaceful, freer and more equal than they’ve ever been. So why does everyone appear so miserable?” (09/19/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/09/everything-is-awesome/

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51) WaPo tried to penalize a writer for criticizing Bezos; he fought back, and won
Source: In These Times
by David Dayen

“Fredrick Kunkle was upset. A staff writer for the Washington Post’s Metro desk, he noticed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the owner of his newspaper, musing on Twitter about what to do with his money, which happens to be more than any human being has ever accumulated in modern history. Kunkle had an idea for the funds: reversing the hits Bezos had forced upon Post workers in successive contract negotiations. The co-chair of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild’s collective bargaining unit at the paper, Kunkle witnessed in 2014 Bezos’ management team freeze defined-benefit pensions for non-union employees, replacing them with a lump sum or annuity for older workers, and a 401(k) plan for newer ones. Management also tried to eliminate health insurance from part-time employees, which the union managed to salvage by giving back wages.” (09/19/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21450/jeff-bezos-amazon-washington-post-worker-political-speech

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52) Elections, power, and the DSA: The failure of the left in power
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“As a friend of mine said recently, ‘the government is worse than the mafia, the army is worse than terrorists, and cops are worse than criminals.’ Or as I wrote in a recent blog post, the ‘international community’ is just an agglomeration of crime families writ large. Those seem to me to be the points that anarchists need to be continually emphasizing, rather than all this do-gooder stuff like ‘The government should raise the minimum wage and give us free healthcare!’ Maybe they should, and maybe they shouldn’t but, at best, it would seem to me that ‘social activism’ should only be a bridge to challenging the legitimacy of the state/ruling class itself. It’s the same way a lot of right-libertarians/an-caps only want everything to be about guns, taxes, and bitcoins.” (09/18/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/09/18/elections-power-and-the-dsa-the-failure-of-the-left-in-power/

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53) Thoughts on the leaked Google video and why populism is just getting started
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“While Google executives still attempt to portray themselves as scrappy, enlightened, countercultural tech luminaries, their reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in a recently leaked internal video leaves you wondering whether they understand anything at all about what’s happening around them. There are two key takeaways I got from the video. First, Google executives are either totally clueless or in willful denial about the state of the country they call home. Second, they’re shameless hypocrites when it comes to the so-called values they claim drive corporate behavior. In other words, they collectively sound just like all the phony, status quo D.C. politician everyone’s sick of.” (09/18/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/09/18/thoughts-on-the-leaked-google-video-and-why-populism-is-just-getting-started/

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54) US perversity on peace in Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Just when you think that the U.S. national-security state’s policy toward Korea can’t get more perverse, it does. The latest perversion? Opposing a peace agreement between North Korea and South Korea! Imagine that. And why would U.S. officials oppose such an agreement? Because it would inevitably lead to calls for U.S. troops in Korea to be sent packing home to the United States. After all, when a peace agreement is entered into, what would be the justification for keeping U.S. troops in that faraway land? Don’t believe me? Well, take if from the New York Times, one of the most mainstream papers in the country …” (09/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/19/u-s-perversity-on-peace-in-korea/

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55) Climate alarmists get two strikes in court — they should be out
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“In July, federal Judge John F. Keenan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed New York City’s lawsuit against five major oil companies. The lawsuit sought to force the oil companies to help pay NYC’s alleged costs associated with climate change. Keenan’s ruling was the second victory against municipal governments seeking to use the judiciary to address problems purportedly caused by climate change. The first triumph came in June, when Judge William H. Alsup of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco threw out a similar lawsuit against the same five companies — BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell — in a case brought by Oakland and San Francisco. … Climate policy is solely within the domain of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, as two federal judges have amply demonstrated in their written decisions. However, states and cities seem intent on banging their heads up against this legal brick wall.” (09/18/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/climate-alarmists-get-two-strikes-in-court-they-should-be-out/

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

56) We Are Libertarians, episode 316
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Harry Price, and former prosecutor Craig DeCosta examine the allegations of rape levied against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh and discuss the death of a man when police officer Amber Guyger shot and killed Botham Shem Jean in his own home.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-316-kavanaugh-allegations-dallas-police-shooting/

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57) Jim Bovard Podcast, 09/19/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Bureaucratic bulldozing? Groping TSA agents? Federal secrecy and aggressive prosecution of journalists? This is the legacy that Obama passed to Trump.” [Flash video] (09/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-frauds-obamas-forgotten-constitutional-depredations/

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58) Blockchain 2025, 09/19/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“A male-dominated space, adoption of crypto depends on both men and women. We talk about females in the blockchain culture and highlight 3 underrated women who are making a big difference in the blockchain world.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e445-The-Women-Changing-The-World-With-Blockchain

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59) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 30
Source: National Review

“In this episode, the guys discuss the First Amendment ‘Religion Clauses,’ which prohibit the establishment of a national church and guarantee the right to free exercise of religion.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-30-the-religion-clauses/

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60) Political Theater, episode 37
Source: Roll Call

“In the middle of a singularly rough Supreme Court nomination fight, the business of the high court goes on. The fate of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the court, is still up in the air. But the direction of the court, regardless of what happens with Kavanaugh, seems to be moving inexorably negative, at least politically, say CQ legal affairs writer Todd Ruger and senior writer Kate Ackley in the latest Political Theater podcast.” [Flash audio] (09/19/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/supreme-court-go

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61) Scott Adams Says, 09/19/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about North Korea, Crooked’s tweets, hoaxes versus witch hunts, and coffee.” [Flash video] (09/19/18)

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

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62) Essential Libertarianism, episode 44
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Against Woman Suffrage, by Lysander Spooner.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/09/19/against-woman-suffrage-el044/

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63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 248
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #248, I discuss recent developments in the Syrian Civil War. An attack by Israel led to the Syrian government accidentally downing a Russian surveillance plane. Turkey and Russia reached an agreement to put the Syrian government offensive in Idlib is on pause. The US carried out live-fire exercises in southern Syria to warn the Assad government against retaking the area.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-248-russian-plane-downed-in-syria

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64) Electric Libertyland, episode 90
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian looks at the sad state of Norm MacDonald, and how Norm’s #MeToo take (which has him in so much hot water) defines the ‘one-woman’s word’ issue plaguing SCOTUS candidate Kavanaugh. Brian then looks at other current events including California forcing companies to place at least one female member on their boards by 2019, the Dallas police ‘finding’ 10.4 grams of weed in Botham Jean’s apartment after he was murdered by an off-duty cop and the $150B spending bill no one cares about.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/19/norm-mcdonalds-metoo-take-is-exactly-what-kavanaugh-is-dealing-with/

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65) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 74
Source: Libertarianism.org

“This is an updated version of our episode from July 3, 2018. We discuss how John C. Calhoun led the charge in believing slavery to be a ‘positive good.’” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/updated-theres-no-excuse-slavery

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66) Intercepted Podcast, 09/19/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Journalist Juan Gonzalez exposes how Wall Street, the bipartisan Washington political machine, and climate change conspired to kill thousands of Puerto Ricans. Gonzalez analyzes a new U.S. government report on Puerto Rican bankruptcy and explains the role of major financial firms like Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers in destroying the country before the hurricanes ever hit. The Intercept’s Naomi Klein outlines the neoliberal economic attack on Puerto Rico and a shock doctrine in motion. Puerto Rican musician Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, better known as iLe, talks about her new song, ‘Odio’ and the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.” [various formats] (09/19/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/19/hurricane-colonialism-the-economic-political-and-environmental-war-on-puerto-rico/

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67) Free Talk Live, 09/18/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Price Gouging and Hurricane Preparedness :: Twitch Rules :: Facebook Ads Illegal Targeting? :: Nationalizing Facebook :: Obama, Trump, and the Economy Venezuela Minimum Wage, Price Control, Hyperinflation Disaster :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio] (09/18/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-18

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68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1241
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Andrew Bacevich, professor emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University, joins me to discuss the bad ideas and habits at the heart of American foreign policy.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1241-the-rotten-assumptions-of-our-bipartisan-foreign-policy/

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69) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 14
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie take a gander at C.R.E.A.M. by Wu-Tang Clan.The song is a perfect starting point to discuss a number of libertarian themes. Child labor laws, monetary theory, capitalism, black markets … a lil bit of everything.” [Flash audio] (09/18/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/no-damsel-here-with-raylene-lightheart-episode-14/

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/18/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege,’ What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) … A Modern Love column on sexual consent and breakups goes viral … Are we returning to a retrograde model of consent? … The new genre of essays by aggrieved #MeToo bystanders … Assessing the recent redemption essays by #MeToo men … Phoebe: Punishing abusive men shouldn’t be the movement’s focus … The case of Avital Ronell, a female professor accused of sexually harassing a male grad student … #MeatToo: Jordan Peterson’s daughter pushes an all-beef diet.” [Flash video] (09/18/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53635

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