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In the News:

1) Syria: Cease-fire backed by US and Russia gets off to rocky start
2) Philippines: Duterte says US troops must leave Mindanao
3) Wall Street: Dow rallies 240 points as rate-hike odds dip
4) Federal judge: Hacking someone’s computer is definitely a “search”
5) VA quit sending performance data to national health care quality site
6) Study: College students using more cannabis, fewer opioids
7) UK: David Cameron quits as Conservative MP for Witney
8) MI: DNA may show wrong man convicted in 1980s serial killings
9) Study: Cannabis smoking can lower your BMI
10) DC: Secret Service motorcycle officer hit by car near White House
11) Obama would veto bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia
12) IN: Fertility doctor accused of donating his own sperm, lying to investigators
13) FL: Arsonist torches Pulse nightclub killer’s mosque
14) Cruz to inject fight over continued US control of Internet into spending battle
15) Israel: Regime eye’s Gaza-bound “women’s flotilla” as possible piracy target
16) Germany: Trial of SS medic who served at Auschwitz begins
17) Turkey: 48 injured in explosion targeting police, regime
18) Austria: Regime postpones presidential vote as ballots come unglued
19) UK: Sword-wielding Sikhs storm gurudwara to oppose inter-faith marriage, 55 arrested
20) Israel: Supreme Court gives green light to force-feeding

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Grand jury nullification
22) 9/12: The appeal to national narcissism is alive and well
23) Corporate state blows up government power
24) The Universal Basic Income: Innovative social welfare reform or satanic plot?
25) The Fed plans for the next crisis
26) Free Talk Live, 09/11/16
27) Sometimes a political “gaffe” can be a gift
28) Gun grabbers die hard
29) Trump plans would worsen immigration problems
30) A cantaloupe illustrates the key to prosperity
31) The racism of school closures
32) 9/11 evil did not cancel pre-9/11 evil
33) What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence?
34) What else is Clinton hiding?
35) The Libertarian Party is NOT libertarian, but it could be
36) Lessons unlearned
37) 15 years after 9/11; perpetual war and liberties lost
38) Why so many red states are turning blue
39) Dealing with government-lovers and their kin
40) Who can save Labour? No one
41) Latin American populist leaders love to play the victim
42) It ain’t getting easier for central bankers …
43) Anti-Trump conservatives have a “basket of deplorables” on their hands
44) Stranger Things and the monstrous state
45) When young men don’t work
46) How Trump ended the ObamaCare debate
47) Press on the dole
48) The next incarnation of the Bernie Sanders campaign
49) I wasn’t there — 9/11 memoriam
50) Time for Hillary Clinton to end her campaign
51) Fear and loathing on campus
52) Markets ripe for agorism
53) Shades of healthcare future: Irish government may fall for lack of a new diagnostic lab
54) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 3
55) People sometimes DO get it

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

1) Syria: Cease-fire backed by US and Russia gets off to rocky start
Source: Washington Post

“A U.S.- and Russian-backed cease-fire agreement that went into effect Monday was almost immediately violated, diluting hopes for an imminent halt to the relentless violence that has raged for the past five years and raising new questions about U.S. policies aimed at ending the war. Residents and activists of the besieged rebel portion of Aleppo said that Syrian government helicopters had dropped barrel bombs on one neighborhood of the city and that loyalist forces were shelling a route intended to be used for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Pro-government media accused the rebels of launching a new attack in the southern province of Quneitra, and there were reports of airstrikes and artillery shelling in other parts of the country.” (09/12/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ceasefire-in-syria-set-to-take-hold-as-scores-die-in-air-strikes/2016/09/12/c93bbf4e-7850-11e6-8064-c1ddc8a724bb_story.html

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2) Philippines: Duterte says US troops must leave Mindanao
Source: Bloomberg

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said U.S. troops must leave the southern island of Mindanao, saying their presence would worsen the situation in the Muslim-majority area long riven by insurgency and terrorism. The Philippines will review its policy of allowing American forces to combat terrorist groups in Mindanao, Duterte said Monday in a speech in Manila. As many as 1,300 U.S. special forces troops have been present on the island since 2002.” (09/12/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/duterte-says-u-s-special-forces-must-leave-southern-philippines

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3) Wall Street: Dow rallies 240 points as rate-hike odds dip
Source: USA Today

“Stocks closed sharply higher as investors downgraded the chances of an interest rate hike next week after market-friendly words from a key Federal Reserve official who urged ‘prudence’ and said the case for a ‘preemptive’ hike was ‘less compelling.’ The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 239.62 points, or 1.3%, to 18,325.07, erasing more than half of Friday’s nearly 400-point rout sparked by fears of a rate hike next week. The broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished up 1.5%, or 31.23 points, to 2159.04, shaving off more than half of its 2.45% drop Friday. The technology-packed NASDAQ composite rose 85.98 points, or 1.7%, to 5211.89.” [editor’s note: Some play the markets, some play Draft Kings, some play the Lottery; I no longer see the difference – SAT] (09/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/markets/2016/09/12/stocks-dow-monday/90254362/

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4) Federal judge: Hacking someone’s computer is definitely a “search”
Source: Motherboard

“In numerous cases spawned from the FBI takeover of a darkweb site that hosted child abuse images, courts have been split on the legality of an FBI campaign that used a single warrant to hack thousands of computers accessing the site from unknown locations, using malware called a Network Investigative Technique, or NIT. Some have gone even further, arguing that hacking a computer doesn’t constitute a ‘search,’ and therefore doesn’t require a warrant at all. But a federal judge in Texas ruled this week that actually, yes, sending malware to someone’s computer to secretly retrieve information from it — as the FBI did with the NIT — is a ‘search’ under the Fourth Amendment.” (09/11/16)

https://motherboard.vice.com/read/hacking-is-a-search-according-to-federal-judge

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5) VA quit sending performance data to national health care quality site
Source: USA Today

“The Department of Veterans Affairs over the summer quietly stopped sharing data on the quality of care at its facilities with a national database for consumers, despite a 2014 law requiring the agency to report more comprehensive statistics to the site so veterans can make informed decisions about where to seek care. For years, the VA provided data on a number of criteria to the Hospital Compare web site run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Department of Health and Human Services. The site includes death and readmission rates and other measures of quality for public and private hospitals around the country, as well as national averages.” (09/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/12/va-quit-performance-data-hospital-compare/90123440/

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6) Study: College students using more cannabis, fewer opioids
Source: Smell the Truth

“Teens and young adults are using more pot in favor of turning to other dangerous drugs, according to a new Monitoring the Future study. Habitual daily marijuana use among college students has slightly declined to 4.6 in 2015, down from 5.9 percent in 2014 (the highest rate measured in the last 34 years) reports experts from the University of Michigan study. But while more pot is smoked, life-threatening drugs like prescription painkillers, narcotics, and MDMA, are being used much less. ‘It appears that college students, at least, are hearing and heeding the warnings about the very considerable dangers of using narcotic drugs,’ said Lloyd Johnston, the study’s principal investigator and University of Michigan research professor.” (09/12/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/12/study-college-students-using-more-marijuana-less-opioids

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7) UK: David Cameron quits as Conservative MP for Witney
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Former UK PM David Cameron has stood down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney. Mr Cameron, 49, who resigned as prime minister after June’s EU referendum, said he did not want to be a ‘distraction’ for new PM Theresa May He said Mrs May had ‘got off to a cracking start,’ while she praised his ‘great strides’ on social reform. Mr Cameron, 49, has represented Witney since 2001, becoming Conservative leader in 2005 and PM in 2010. Speaking in his constituency, he said it had been a ‘great honour’ to be an MP for the area, but said it would be difficult for him to remain on the backbenches without becoming ‘a big distraction and a big diversion’ from the work of the new government.” (09/12/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37342152

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8) MI: DNA may show wrong man convicted in 1980s serial killings
Source: Fox News

“New DNA testing may free a 53-year-old convicted serial killer as Michigan authorities investigate how a crime lab tested evidence in the decades-old murders. Michael Darnell Harris is serving life sentences for four homicides and has been behind bars for more than 30 years, first sent to prison in 1983 at the age of 20 for the rape and murder of 77-year-old Ula Curdy. But DNA testing that wasn’t available at the time of his trial now shows semen found on Curdy’s girdle is not a match for Harris, the Detroit Free Press reported. The Ingham County Circuit Court will hold a hearing on the new evidence Sept. 23. ‘I am 100 percent innocent,’ Harris told the Free Press in an email from Muskegon Correctional Facility. ‘I had nothing to do with these crimes. The prosecutions were not about truth. They were about hate, racism and revenge.'” (09/12/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/09/12/dna-may-show-wrong-man-convicted-in-1980s-serial-killings.html

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9) Study: Cannabis smoking can lower your BMI
Source: Raw Story

“Although ‘the munchies’ is a side effect regularly associated with smoking pot, a new study claims that marijuana use may actually contribute to lower body fat, despite previous claims of appetite increase and weight gain. Researchers at the University of Miami recently studied the link between marijuana use and body mass index (BMI), a weight-to-height ratio that’s used as in indicator of obesity and underweight, in a nationally representative longitudinal sample. In their analysis, published in the Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics on Thursday, researchers found that those who used marijuana had an overall lower BMI than those who don’t. With the help of data from the National Longitude Survey of Adolescent Health, researchers found that females who use marijuana on a daily basis had a BMI approximately 3.1 percent lower than non-users. Male marijuana users had a BMI approximately 2.7 percent lower than other non-users.” (09/12/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/smoking-marijuana-can-lower-your-bmi-study-finds

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10) DC: Secret Service motorcycle officer hit by car near White House
Source: The Hill

“A Secret Service officer on a motorcycle was struck by a car near the White House on Monday, the agency said. … The Secret Service said in an update Monday afternoon that the officer had been transported to an area hospital with apparently non-life threatening injuries.” (09/12/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/295485-secret-service-motorcycle-officer-hit-by-car-near-white-house

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11) Obama would veto bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia
Source: Reuters

“President Barack Obama would veto a bill passed by both houses of Congress that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for damages, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday. ‘It’s not hard to imagine other countries using this law as an excuse to haul U.S. diplomats or U.S. service members or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world,’ Earnest told reporters in a daily briefing. ‘I do anticipate the president would veto this legislation when it is presented to him,’ he said.” (09/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sept11-saudi-whitehouse-idUSKCN11I27U

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12) IN: Fertility doctor accused of donating his own sperm, lying to investigators
Source: The Indy Channel

“An Indianapolis fertility doctor was charged Friday with two counts of obstruction of justice stemming from claims he used his own sperm for years in artificial insemination procedures. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office was made aware earlier this year that as many as eight people had been found to be genetic siblings by 23andMe, a private DNA analysis company. In all eight of those cases, according to probable cause documents filed Friday, the siblings — now all adults — reported their parents had used the services of Dr. Donald Cline, who operated a fertility clinic on the northwest side of Indianapolis in the 1970s and 1980s.” (09/12/16)

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis-fertility-doctor-accused-of-donating-his-own-sperm-lying-to-investigators

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13) FL: Arsonist torches Pulse nightclub killer’s mosque
Source: CBS 12 News

“A fire overnight heavily-damaged the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, a mosque once-attended by the Pulse nightclub killer and another American terrorist. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said later Monday the fire is the work of an arsonist. Investigators say the person involved is shown on surveillance video, which is expected to be released later in the day.” (09/12/16)

http://cbs12.com/news/local/fire-destroys-mosque-in-fort-pierce

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14) Cruz to inject fight over continued US control of Internet into spending battle
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is meeting with conservative lawmakers in both chambers to build support for a showdown with the White House over funding the government and power over the Internet. Cruz wants a stopgap measure to fund the government to include a rider that would block the administration from relinquishing the special oversight role the United States has had over the Internet since its inception. … the Internet cause is popular with conservatives who argue that giving up U.S. oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers would empower U.S. rivals such as Russia, China and Iran.” (09/12/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/295261-cruz-to-inject-internet-fight-into-spending-battle

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15) Israel: Regime eye’s Gaza-bound “women’s flotilla” as possible piracy target
Source: Jerusalem Post

“An activist flotilla sailing under the banner ‘Mujeres Rumbo a Gaza’ (Women’s Boat to Gaza) was set to anchor off from Barcelona on Wednesday evening toward the Gaza Strip. The small fleet of two vessels was slated to carry dozens of women from various nations, including Israel, with the aim of breaching and boycotting Israel’s naval blockade of the coastal Palestinian enclave. Meanwhile, Israel was prepared to thwart the flotilla from illegally [sic] infringing on the maritime blockade of Gaza, which was established in 2007 following the terrorist group Hamas’s takeover of the Strip.” [editor’s note: The last time Israeli state pirates attacks a similar flotilla they murdered a number of passengers, including one American – TLK] (09/12/16)

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Israel-eyeing-Gaza-bound-womens-flotilla-setting-sail-from-Barcelona-467510

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16) Germany: Trial of SS medic who served at Auschwitz begins
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

“A former SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp has gone on trial in the northern German city of Neubrandenburg, although questions remain about whether the 95-year-old is fit enough for the proceedings to continue. … [Hubert] Zafke is charged with 3,681 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly helping the Nazi camp function. His attorney says he did nothing criminal.” (09/12/16)

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/national/international/story/2016/sep/12/trial-ss-medic-who-served-auschwitz-begins-ge/386191/

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17) Turkey: 48 injured in explosion targeting police, regime
Source: United Press International

“An explosion occurred in southeastern Turkey’s Van province on Monday at a police station near the governor’s office and a ruling government party headquarters, injuring 48 people including two police officers, the Van governor’s office said. Anadolu Agency, which is run by the Turkish government, reported a bomb-filled vehicle exploded at about 10:50 a.m. local time near the police station in front of a building of the Justice and Development Party, or AK Party — to which Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan belong.” (09/12/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/09/12/48-injured-in-vehicle-explosion-targeting-Turkeys-police-government/8871473677196/

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18) Austria: Regime postpones presidential vote as ballots come unglued
Source: Bloomberg

“Austria’s presidential election rerun, scheduled after a court ruled votes weren’t counted properly, can’t be held as planned on Oct. 2 because of postal-ballot envelopes that don’t seal properly. Parliamentary leaders agreed in a meeting with Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka on Monday to reschedule the vote for Dec. 4, the Austrian Press Agency reported. The government couldn’t guarantee a sound election because of the defective envelopes, Sobotka told journalists earlier at a press conference in Vienna.” (09/12/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-12/austria-seeks-to-postpone-presidential-vote-on-ballot-problems

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19) UK: Sword-wielding Sikhs storm gurudwara to oppose inter-faith marriage, 55 arrested
Source: India Today [India]

“Fifty-five Sikh men were arrested in UK’s Warwickshire after a gang of 20-30 sword-wielding men stormed a gurudwara [Sikh religious facility] in the Leamington Spa area on Sunday and blocked its entrance for eight hours. Police say the situation has now been ‘contained’ after an operation involving ‘specially trained’ armed officers at Gurudwara Sahib in the West Midlands region. They were responding to reports of a gang of men carrying ‘bladed weapons’ disrupting a mixed-race wedding ceremony.” (09/12/16)

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sikhs-storm-leamington-spa-gurudwara-sahib/1/762523.html

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20) Israel: Supreme Court gives green light to force-feeding
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Over the weekend, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that officials can force-feed prisoners on hunger strike, news agencies reported on Monday. … A hunger striker ‘is not an ordinary patient, but a person who knowingly willingly places himself in a dangerous situation as a protest or a means of attaining a personal or public goal,’ the court decided. The justices said they had examined Israeli, Hebraic and international law to arrive at the ruling.” (09/12/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/israel-supreme-court-gives-green-light-to-force-feeding/a-19544433

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

21) Grand jury nullification
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen

“Police officers use discretion when they decide to arrest or not to arrest any particular individual. They do not pull over every car that runs a red light. They do not pull over every individual they believe has marijuana. … The District Attorney and his or her subordinates also use discretion. Always. In fact, there they are quite clear about this. … So the question: Why shouldn’t the members of the grand jury asked to indict a case also use their discretion? I would submit that grand jurors should use their discretion in order to send messages to the DAs that they will not indict certain sorts of charges. If the DA gets this message about those sorts of charges, they will send the message to the police and the police will not arrest people for violating those laws.” (09/12/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/09/grand-jury-nullification/

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22) 9/12: The appeal to national narcissism is alive and well
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“9/11 will remain American political propaganda’s killer app (pun intended) for many years, I’m sure, but I consider 9/12 and the following few days far more important in the scheme of things. Call ME a national narcissist, but I find the response more compelling than the initiating event. Fifteen years on, it is clear that America’s political class still relies on Americans having learned nothing, forgotten nothing, and forgiven nothing. That reliance seems justified.” (09/12/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7552

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23) Corporate state blows up government power
Source: Personal Liberty
by GS Early

“Noted author Alan Moore observed: ‘The one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you’ll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra — you can cut off its head in the Germany of the ’30s and ’40s, but it’ll still turn up on your back doorstep in a slightly altered guise.’ Lenin took his shot as well: ‘Fascism is capitalism in decay.’ What does all this have to do with where we are today? Well, it’s a simple way to show that history may not repeat itself exactly, but variations on a theme happen all the time. Fascism may end with a dictatorship, but along its way the government colludes with corporations to form the state.” (09/12/16)

http://personalliberty.com/corporate-state-blows-government-power/

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24) The Universal Basic Income: Innovative social welfare reform or satanic plot?
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“The more sour critics of the basic-income movement have occasionally called it a cult, but I didn’t think any of them meant that literally. Until now. Basic-income proposals come in several forms, but the key idea is to center social welfare policy around giving people cash, without attaching conditions that restrict how the money can be spent. GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based charity, has spent several years distributing funds in different East African communities in this anti-bureaucratic manner … There they hit a snag. Elsewhere in Africa, only 5 or 6 percent of the people asked to participate in the program have said no. In Homa Bay County, nearly half turned them down.” (09/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/09/12/universal-basic-income-innovative-satan

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25) The Fed plans for the next crisis
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Much more significant than Yellen’s latest suggestion of a rate increase was her call for the Fed to think outside the box in developing responses to the next financial crisis. One of the outside the box ideas suggested by Yellen is increasing the Fed’s ability to intervene in markets by purchasing assets of private companies. Yellen also mentioned that the Fed could modify its inflation target. Increasing the Federal Reserve’s ability to purchase private assets will negatively impact economic growth and consumers’ well-being. This is because the Fed will use this power to keep failing companies alive, thus preventing the companies’ assets from being used to produce a good or service more highly valued by consumers.” (09/12/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/fed-plans-next-crisis

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26) Free Talk Live, 09/11/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Hillary is Sick :: Undecided Voters :: Hang Gliding :: Clueless Voters :: Aleppo :: Carmen Sandiago :: End of the United States? :: Authority and Bad Advice :: People Feeling Less Safe in the United States :: More Intelligent in the Past? :: Polls :: Canadian Cops :: Democrat Hates Clinton :: 911 :: Pentagon Attack.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/11/16)

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27) Sometimes a political “gaffe” can be a gift
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Gaffe after gaffe, over the course of more than a year, didn’t seem to change Donald Trump’s presidential prospects. His supporters pushed aside the attacks, leaving the press entirely befuddled and the campaign delighted. And it remains so today. And why? Because, as it turns out, right or wrong, people choose to think for themselves, defying ever attempt to script what they are supposed to believe about a given issue or situation. … And now we see the same thing happen to the Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.” (09/12/16)

https://fee.org/articles/sometimes-a-political-gaffe-can-be-a-gift/

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28) Gun grabbers die hard
Source: Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer

“Gun grabbers are camouflaging sinister plans with slick catchphrases — hoping you’ll barely notice when they pickpocket your pistol. Hillary Clinton is quietly building a massive gun grabber army. It’s up to you to halt her momentum. Gun grabbers ‘die hard’ because they insist on believing the same anti-gun theories even after encountering facts disproving their theories. They also die hard because it’s nearly impossible to defeat them. Which means, we must try harder. ‘Do you believe that an individual’s right to bear arms is a constitutional right?’ ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asks of Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. ‘If it is a constitutional right, then it, like every other constitutional right, is subject to reasonable regulation,’ Hillary [replies]. … Two-letter words beginning with the letter ‘I’ are wild cards the Clintons love to play when caught in acts of deception. Bill Clinton clung to the word ‘is’ in the same way his wife now clings to the word ‘if.'” (09/12/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2016/09/12/gun-grabbers-die-hard-n2216135

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29) Trump plans would worsen immigration problems
Source: Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch

“Donald Trump recently proposed the creation of a new Deportation Task Force that will target millions of people in the United States. Trump wants voters to think they will reap the benefits of his plan while the citizens of Mexico will shoulder all of the costs, such as paying for a new wall. But his plan will actually have spillover effects on Americans by exacerbating problems that plague our legal system.” (09/12/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-plans-would-worsen-immigration-problems

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30) A cantaloupe illustrates the key to prosperity
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“My family eats a lot of cantaloupes. We buy them from Lucio, a Mexican man who heroically hauls produce and other goods in his rickety pickup truck three times each week a hundred miles from Bacalar to our house on a wretched road at the extreme limit of the semi-civilized world in southeast Quintana Roo. Yesterday, as I was about to cut up a melon, I noticed the label, which stated that the fruit had been produced by Pappas Produce in the USA. I immediately recalled Pappas Farms from my boyhood, when I worked in the summers for General Box Company making crates for the shipment of cantaloupes and putting colorful, artistic labels on the end slats.” (09/12/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/12/a-cantaloupe-illustrates-the-key-to-prosperity/

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31) The racism of school closures
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“As parents, students and teachers celebrate the start of a new school year, many communities across the country are facing the pain of having their schools permanently closed. Politicians and policy leaders (Democrats and Republicans alike) support dealing with schools that show poor results on standardized tests by shutting them down. School closings happen all the time, and the number of students affected is increasing at an alarming rate. The total number of public schools in the country, which steadily increased throughout the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s, has been drifting downward since 2007, despite an expanding student population. According to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students affected by school closures increased from less than 1,000 in 1994 to more than 1,800 in 2011. Why are all these schools closing?” (09/12/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160912/the-racism-of-school-closures

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32) 9/11 evil did not cancel pre-9/11 evil
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Immediately after the 9/11 attacks President Bush and other U.S. officials declared that the attackers were motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and values. It was a lie, one of the biggest ever told by U.S. officials. The truth was that the attackers were motivated by anger and rage over pre-9/11 U.S. government interventionism in the Middle East, especially the large number of people, including children, that the U.S. military and the CIA had been knowingly and intentionally killing in Iraq prior to 9/11.” (09/12/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/12/911-evil-not-cancel-pre-911-evil/

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33) What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence?
Source: Students For Liberty
by Daniel Pryor

“What would you say to a man who reduced drug violence? … a man who made drugs immeasurably safer? A man who clicked his fingers and spared thousands from fear, injury, or even death due to contaminated or incorrectly measured drugs. What would you say to a man who prioritized integrity, reducing suffering, and the principle of human freedom? … Such a man exists today. He clicked his fingers  —  on a keyboard  —  and started a project that had begun to reduce drug violence, make drugs safer, and fight the systemic use of coercion by operating outside the vicious current paradigm known as the War on Drugs. The US government told him to rot.” (09/12/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/12/what-would-you-say-to-a-man-who-reduced-drug-violence/

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34) What else is Clinton hiding?
Source: USA Today
by Kirsten Powers

“It was the stumble seen around the world. A video showing Hillary Clinton wobbling, then legs buckling, as she was held up by a Secret Service agent Sunday breathed new life into conspiracy theories surrounding her health. Donald Trump and his surrogates have feverishly pushed claims that Clinton ‘lacks physical stamina,’ ‘looks sick,’ ‘takes naps,’ and according to Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson, suffers from ‘dysphasia,’ a speech disorder sometimes caused by brain disease or damage. These accusations were made in the absence of any actual incident involving Clinton’s health. Then, her critics latched onto a Labor Day coughing fit, which lasted approximately two minutes, as proof that Clinton was enfeebled by a mystery illness. Imagine their glee upon seeing a video of Clinton struggling to maintain balance, an incident her doctor has attributed to pneumonia and dehydration.” (09/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/12/kirsten-powers-hillary-clinton-transparency-hiding-column/90260672

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35) The Libertarian Party is NOT libertarian, but it could be
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“There’s a difference between the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party but that’s no reason for Libertarian Party candidates to compromise on principle. The libertarian movement is part of the overall ‘liberty movement’ that comprises everyone who wants more freedom and less government. That includes people who don’t consider themselves libertarians such as Objectivists, classical liberals and traditional conservatives. It also obviously includes the Libertarian Party with its website tagline that doesn’t say ‘Zero Government, Total Freedom’ but does say ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Freedom.'” (09/11/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Libertarian-Party-is-NOT-libertarian-but-it-could-be

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36) Lessons unlearned
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

[editor’s note: I check in on Jed Babbin every so often to see if he’s learned anything yet. As the column title indicates, no, he hasn’t. He’s still holding on to every idiotic hawk idea he’s ever had, going back to long before 9/11 – TLK] (09/12/16)

http://spectator.org/lessons-unlearned/

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37) 15 years after 9/11; perpetual war and liberties lost
Source: Personal Liberty
by Bob Livingston

“On September 11, 2001, two aircraft of some type, with an assist by nanothermite charges, brought down America’s two largest skyscrapers. A guided missile hit the Pentagon. Another aircraft or something crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, likely brought down by an American military fighter plane. Conspiracy theory? Hardly. The ‘official’ story — that a cave-dwelling former CIA asset operating out of an area that is as deserted as a moonscape created a plan that circumvented the world’s greatest surveillance apparatus with 19 operatives living in the U.S. on expired visas who learned how to fly planes (but not land them) and then overpowered four plane-loads of passengers with box cutters and then flew those planes in circuitous routes before driving them the Twin Towers and the Pentagon while NORAD sat around twiddling its thumbs — is the conspiracy.” (09/12/16)

http://personalliberty.com/15-years-911-perpetual-war-liberties-lost/

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38) Why so many red states are turning blue
Source: Reuters
by Bill Schneider

“The gender gap is old news. This is the year of the education gap. Education is now a key political marker. It defines the line between the Old America (less well educated) and the New America (voters who have college degrees). What divides them? Donald Trump. The Republican presidential nominee is the whole populist package. He’s conservative on social issues (immigration). Liberal on economic issues (trade). And isolationist on foreign policy (military intervention). Differences by education are not new in American politics. We’ve seen a pattern developing since the 1960s. The higher your income, the more likely you are to vote Republican. The best educated, though, tend to vote Democratic.” (09/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-commentary-idUSKCN11I1DN

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39) Dealing with government-lovers and their kin
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I really don’t go around looking for a soapbox or an excuse to ‘preach’ at statists. So it is with the National Socialist Pledge to SkyCloth or the National Love Song to Imperial War. They are basically non-issues to me because they aren’t important enough for me to waste time stressing over. No, I won’t participate in rituals that are wrong, but as long as you don’t try to force me to, your participation is irrelevant to my life. Smoke crack, worship bullies, or perform superstitious rituals– whatever you want, as long as you don’t violate anyone else. But why is it that State addicts can’t be like crackheads and just leave people alone?” (09/12/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/09/dealing-with-government-lovers-and.html

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40) Who can save Labour? No one
Source: Spiked
by Tom Slater

“The obsession with electability is the bane of modern political life. It insulates parliamentary politics from new thinking and treats the electorate not as passionate, thinking beings who can be inspired and persuaded, but as vote-casting robots to be lured one way or the other. But the problem with Labour is not that it’s unelectable — it’s that it’s irrelevant, moribund, hollowed-out. It’s become alien, most crucially, to the working-class voters it is supposed to represent.” (09/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/who-can-save-labour-no-one-corbyn-smith-leadership/

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41) Latin American populist leaders love to play the victim
Source: PanAm Post
by Priscila Guinovart

“Political leaders love to play the role of the victim once they’ve been targeted for corruption. Cristina Fernandez did it during her trial. Brazilian former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff did it after being impeached. Nicolas Maduro, despite the dead, hunger, scarcity, political prisoners, repression, is also drumming up sympathy as if he were a victim, having said his unfortunate situation is the result of the right’s imperialism. … It’s not surprising that corrupt leaders would choose to see things as they want to. Any horrors they have caused, as in Maduro’s case, are never mentioned. All successes are ballooned to the greatest of importance. Leaving aside how entertaining these statements may seem in the beginning, and the logical desire to laugh when reading them, the fact is that they have serious implications as soon as real victims are involved.” (09/12/16)

https://panampost.com/priscila-guinovart/2016/09/12/latin-american-populist-leaders-love-to-play-the-victim/

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42) It ain’t getting easier for central bankers …
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Ingolf Eide

“Doubts about post-crisis monetary policy are finding their way into the mainstream with increasing regularity. What tipped the balance? Two main things, I think. First, it’s getting tough to argue that it’s working. After eight long years central banks are still mollycoddling their fragile economies and overall indebtedness keeps on growing. Second, faced with this puzzle, rather than re-examine their premises central banks have tended to double down with policies like NIRP, extending QE to corporate bonds and equities as well as canvassing even more radical moves like banning cash and cranking up the helicopters. None of it’s a good look.” (09/12/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/09/it-aint-getting-easier-for-central-bankers/

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43) Anti-Trump conservatives have a “basket of deplorables” on their hands
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Berezow & Brayden Olson

“Hillary Clinton’s ballyhooed comments at a fundraiser in Manhattan on Friday night, when she said that ‘you could put half of [Donald] Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,’ were a Rorschach test for the political class. And perhaps the most disappointing reactions came from anti-Trump conservatives who nevertheless believe it was rude of Clinton to call his racist followers racist. … One of the most profound open questions in American politics today is what will become of movement conservatism and the GOP after the election, should Trump lose.” (09/12/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/136704/anti-trump-conservatives-basket-deplorables-hands

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44) Stranger Things and the monstrous state
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“The Netflix series Stranger Things is the surprise hit of the year. It’s especially refreshing for libertarians, who can finally enjoy a show where the main villain is government itself: at last, the antagonist isn’t the market or even a corrupt politician, just government. Maybe its best plot twist is that there’s nary an evil corporation to be seen. Given the amount of evil perpetrated by states through the ages, you’d think it’d be easier to market stories about government evil. Sadly, even Stranger Things seems to get away with it only because it takes a nostalgic and conspiracy-minded approach that focuses less on the practical evils of the state.” (09/12/16)

https://mises.org/blog/stranger-things-and-monstrous-state

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45) When young men don’t work
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert VerBruggen

“Young men are gradually abandoning work. Many aren’t even ‘unemployed,’ because they’re not looking for a job. And the problem is slowly creeping onto the national radar. … immigrants are picking up the slack left by jobless natives, taking the pressure off American society to do something about its problem of idle young men. … ‘Since the early 2000s, young, low-skill men have added about four hours a week to their leisure time, replacing almost one-to-one the working hours they lost.'” [editor’s note: In what universe is people being able to work less and spend more time on leisure a “problem?” – TLK] (09/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/when-young-men-dont-work/

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46) How Trump ended the ObamaCare debate
Source: The Atlantic
by David Frum

“Trump feels no obligation to ideological consistency or budgetary coherence. So he can deal with the danger with a sequence of gimmicks: denounce Obamacare, promise to replace it with something better and cheaper, offer no specifics at all about what that something is, worry not even a little that the promise to improve Obamacare conflicts with the scant details of the policy he supposedly offers, and then … avoid the whole subject of health care to the maximum extent possible. That solution will not be available, however, to the Republicans who follow Donald Trump. Assuming he loses the presidency (which seems a safe assumption) Republicans will not regain an opportunity to reform health care their way until 2021. By that time, the Affordable Care Act will have been the law of the land for eight years. Its defects will be more visible than ever. The expectations generated by the act will be more entrenched than ever, too.” (09/12/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/health-care-debate-2021/499589/

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47) Press on the dole
Source: CounterPunch
by Yves Engler

“Last Saturday the Ottawa Citizen published a feature titled ‘The story of ‘the Canadian vaccine’ that beat back Ebola.’ According to the article, staff reporter Elizabeth Payne’s ‘research was supported by a travel grant from the International Development Research Centre.’ … A Crown Corporation that reports to Parliament through the foreign minister, the International Development Research Centre’s board is mostly appointed by the federal government. Unsurprisingly, the government-funded institution broadly aligns its positions with Canada’s international objectives.” (09/12/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/12/press-on-the-dole-how-canada-pays-to-shape-the-news/

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48) The next incarnation of the Bernie Sanders campaign
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff & Ethan Corey

“At more than 2,600 watch parties across the country, some 40,000 supporters (joined by hundreds of thousands more on social media) watched Bernie Sanders launch Our Revolution on August 24, an offshoot of his campaign dedicated to carrying the political revolution through November and beyond. The group has already trained its sights on a number of progressive objectives, but also spurred debate on what the future of the broader movement might look like: Who can claim it, how is it organized and should Sanders’ own inner circle play a role? As Sanders said, ‘I think the question on the minds of a whole lot of people is, ‘Okay, we ran a great campaign. We woke up the American people. But where do we go from here?” Our Revolution hopes to channel the enthusiasm of Sanders'[s] base into concrete political victories, from the school board to the Senate.” (09/12/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19438/whose-revolution-the-next-incarnation-of-the-bernie-sanders-campaign-faces

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49) I wasn’t there — 9/11 memoriam
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Avens O’Brien

“I could tell you where I was when it happened. I could tell you who I lost. I could ask you where you were and who you lost. But the significance of September 11, 2001 isn’t about you or me. I can tell you where we weren’t. … We weren’t one of the 2,977 innocent people who died that day as a result of this terrorist attack. I wasn’t there. I was safe. I was alive. I am safe. I am alive. I hope you are safe. If you’re reading this, you are alive.” (09/11/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/i-wasnt-there-in-memoriam/

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50) Time for Hillary Clinton to end her campaign
Source: OpEdNews
by Michael Collins

“While we can’t be sure that Clinton will be unable to serve, we are sure of two things. Clinton has some health problems that caused her to collapse and that seem fairly serious. At a time when health questions were escalating, she simply had to walk to her car. Clinton was unable to keep it together for even a short walk to her car without collapsing. Should her collapse today cause her to withdraw her candidacy? The answer is clearly yes. Immediately after her collapse, Clinton proxies flew into action. A Democratic Member of Congress from New York told CNN that the memorial service was indeed a sweltering event. A CNN talking head endorsed this. The obvious question is how many other people leaving the event collapsed after a short walk to their car, a cab, or the subway?” (09/12/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Time-for-Hillary-Clinton-t-by-Michael-Collins-2016-Elections_911_Clinton-Collapse_Clinton-Concussion-160912-959.html

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51) Fear and loathing on campus
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez

“Recently this author has sent two missives describing the delusional nature of the opposition to licensed carry of concealed handguns in Texas. The point of this was not to point out the desirability of getting an HCL in Texas or any other state. Rather it was to point out the uncompromising nature of certain students’ and professors’ insistence that we all go ‘socially naked.’ This insistence has insisted on being fact free.” (09/11/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle889-20160911-03.html

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52) Markets ripe for agorism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Chris Shaw

“Modern markets are fundamentally unfree. Most libertarians and anarchists realise this, and see that centuries of systemic state intervention have created infrastructures that are wasteful, coercive and destructive. The majority of capitalist markets, rather than developing through spontaneous order, are in fact borne out these infrastructures, growing as deformed appendages that have some elements of competition and ground-up innovation, but mostly being suited toward government-created and subsidised corporations who are so capital intensive that they rely on and use these infrastructures to keep their profitability, and with it their monopoly status.” (09/12/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45895

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53) Shades of healthcare future: Irish government may fall for lack of a new diagnostic lab
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“A key government minister — elected by his constituency as the only means by which it is possible for them to get a needed diagnostic lab — is threatening to resign and bring the government down with him following the government’s refusal to put in the lab. The language he employs in his protest makes American politics look positively civil — and all over a matter most Americans can’t imagine dominating their national politics: one new lab for one hospital. Rather gives pause to think: Is this really the system Americans want to emulate? Or do we simply believe, ‘It can’t happen here?'” (09/11/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/11/shades-of-healthcare-future-irish-government-may-fall-for-lack-of-a-new-diagnostic-lab/

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54) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 3
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Austrian Economics is the most powerful explanation of why governments, no matter how well-intentioned, lack the knowledge, wisdom and ability to direct the lives of multitudes of people better than those people can do for themselves. In this series of easy-to-understand lectures, economist Richard Ebeling introduces you to the central ideas in Austrian Economics, as well as their importance for us today.” [Flash video] (09/12/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/introduction-austrian-economics-part-3/

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55) People sometimes DO get it
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Sometimes, people DO get it. And the sense of wonder in watching and reading as someone discovers the truth, and rejects the lies which they have been taught and taken for granted is incredibly uplifting. For example, today this article from Apologetics Press crossed my desktop: God, the Founders, and the Purpose of Human Government by Dr. Dave Miller of AP.” (09/11/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9664

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