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In the News:

1) Brazil: Silva charged in corruption probe
2) Leaked emails: Colin Powell on the Clintons and Trump
3) US-Israel military deal in limbo over dispute with senator Lindsey Graham
4) Suu Kyi meets Obama in Washington for first time as Myanmar leader
5) Yemen: Drone kills five alleged al Qaeda fighters
6) Juncker proposes EU military headquarters
7) CBS called out for editing “frequent” from Bill Clinton’s comment on wife’s health issues
8) UK: MPs attack Cameron over Libya failed regime change
9) Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aids
10) Austria: Daughter sues her parents for posting embarrassing photographs of her as a child on Facebook
11) Russian newsman predicts Trump will be murdered
12) Niger: Five regime troops, 30 Boko Haram fighters killed in ambush fight
13) Argentina and Chile are up in arms about Colombia’s new wine tax
14) Massive data breach exposes 6.6 million plaintext passwords from ad company
15) Bayer to buy Monsanto in $66 billion deal
16) AR: Sheriff’s office dog left in hot car dies; handler on paid leave
17) OR: Couple linked to white supremacist prison gang face new hate crime charges in hit-and-run death of black teen
18) Former ITT Tech students launch debt strike
19) FL: Scott heads to DC to whine for federal Zika funding
20) PA: Uber debuts self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Your money or your life
22) College loan debt: Former students strike the wrong pose
23) Inside the propaganda matrix
24) Clinton Foundation: Why are journalists telling us to look the other way?
25) Beware panaceas: Promises and pitfalls of agorism, illegalism, and syndicalism
26) Should partisan ideology be promoted by public schools?
27) Make this right, Jared: Help free Chris Tapp
28) How heroin sensationalism exacerbates the war on drugs
29) National Call-In Day to stop the TPP
30) Why is Venezuela’s military now in charge of economic policy?
31) Social Security: Just end it
32) What next: Locking up Leavers?
33) Interview: What Occupy Wall Street got wrong
34) Against Islamophobia
35) The year of translucency
36) Trump’s scam charity reveals absurdity of biased media
38) Economic data without good economic theory is useless
39) When anti-left and anti-right repression combine
40) Americans’ fear of foreign terrorists is overinflated
41) Al Capone, meet Wells Fargo
42) The secret stimulus: Another fiscal failure?
43) Gary Johnson finally gets some media attention
44) Confusion, muddle, obfuscation and racism
45) Sell the space station, explore Mars
46) Alcohol industry bankrolls fight against legal pot in battle of the buzz
47) Walkin’ Pneumonia and the Trump-Allergic Flu
48) What do we call this?
49) The Libertarian Angle, 09/14/16
50) Free Talk Live, 09/13/16

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

1) Brazil: Silva charged in corruption probe
Source: Billings Gazette

“Brazilian federal investigators have charged former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with money laundering and corruption. The charges announced Wednesday are in connection with a sprawling corruption investigation at state-run oil giant Petrobras. Silva, his wife and five others are accused of illegally benefiting from renovations at a beachfront apartment in the coastal city of Guaruja, in Sao Paulo state. The improvements were made by constructors involved in the kickback scheme emanating from Petrobras.” (09/14/16)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/brazilian-ex-president-silva-charged-in-corruption-probe/article_ac8a974c-1b99-5f3e-bbbd-54fa15da4b7a.html

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2) Leaked emails: Colin Powell on the Clintons and Trump
Source: The Daily Beast

“You’ve never heard Colin Powell talk like this. The former secretary of state and four-star Army general who has been in the national spotlight since he was Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor let loose on Hillary Clinton (‘greedy, not transformational’), her husband Bill (still ‘dicking bimbos’), and Donald Trump (a ‘national disgrace’). The frank, biting version of Powell made public is thanks to private emails that appeared on dcleaks.com, a mysterious repository for hacked information suspected to be of Russian origin. Powell’s office confirmed to The New York Times that the emails were genuine.”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/09/14/colin-powell-bombs-bill-hillary-and-trump.html

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3) US-Israel military deal in limbo over dispute with senator Lindsey Graham
Source: Oklahoma City Sun

“The Obama administration has reportedly agreed to a historic defense [sic] aid package to Israel worth $3.3 billion, but the White House is apparently unwilling to go ahead with the deal due to opposition from veteran lawmaker Lindsey Graham. The agreement, which would increase Israel’s annual package of military aid from $3.1 billion to $3.3 billion starting 2018, is ‘the largest single pledge of military assistance to any country in U.S. history,’ a senior administration official said. … ‘The Israeli prime minister told me the administration is refusing to sign the MoU until I agree to change my appropriation markup back to $3.1 billion …I said, ‘Tell the administration to go Fuck themselves,” Graham said, after administration officials raised the issue with Benjamin Netanyahu. ” (09/14/16)

http://www.oklahomacitysun.com/index.php/sid/247649079

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4) Suu Kyi meets Obama in Washington for first time as Myanmar leader
Source: Reuters

“Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi met President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday on her first visit to the United States since her party won a sweeping victory in last year’s election, capping a decades-long journey from political prisoner to national leader. With Suu Kyi no longer an opposition figure, the United States is weighing a further easing of sanctions against Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, as Obama looks to normalize relations with a country Washington shunned when it was ruled by a military junta. Suu Kyi also was expected to meet other U.S. officials including Secretary of State John Kerry and senior members of Congress.” (09/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-myanmar-idUSKCN11K0B4

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5) Yemen: Drone kills five alleged al Qaeda fighters
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone has struck a car traveling in the southern Bayda province, killing five suspected al-Qaida fighters. They said the car targeted in the Wednesday attack appeared to be headed to the province of Marib. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.” (09/14/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/news/world/yemeni-officials-drone-kills-suspected-al-qaida-fighters/article_7ae4d037-1f1a-5b8d-9c73-569c6404937f.html

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6) Juncker proposes EU military headquarters
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a ‘permanent structure’ resulted in money being wasted on missions. … Mr Juncker said a common military force ‘should be in complement to Nato.’ ‘More defence in Europe doesn’t mean less transatlantic solidarity.’ A European Defence Fund would stimulate military research and development, he said.” (09/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37359196

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7) CBS called out for editing “frequent” from Bill Clinton’s comment on wife’s health issues
Source: Newsmax

“CBS News inexplicably edited remarks about the frequency of Hillary Clinton’s dehydration-related fainting spells, taking out Bill Clinton’s description of those episodes as occurring ‘frequently,’ TMZ.com reported. The website posted two different versions of the remarks aired on the Monday evening news, and then on Tuesday’s ‘CBS This Morning.’ In the interview with Charlie Rose, the former president spoke about his wife’s health, and CBS News released quotes from the sit-down in which Clinton said: ‘… because frequently — well not frequently, rarely — but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing happened to her when she got severely dehydrated.’ The ‘frequently’ part never made it into the Monday evening news, but was left in when the longer version aired Tuesday, TMZ.com noted.” (09/14/16)

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Hillary-Clinton-Bill-Clinton-CBS-TMZ/2016/09/13/id/748110

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8) UK: MPs attack Cameron over Libya failed regime change
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A UK parliamentary report has severely criticised the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then PM David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign. It said the intervention had not been ‘informed by accurate intelligence”‘ and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa. The UK government said it had been an international decision to intervene. The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorised by the UN Security Council, the Foreign Office added.” (09/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37356873

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9) Scientific evidence grows for e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aids
Source: Fox News

“Electronic cigarettes may have helped about 18,000 people in England to give up smoking last year and there is no evidence of any serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years, according to studies published on Tuesday. Researchers at University College London (UCL) analyzed the latest data on smoking and quitting in England — including details on smokers who worked with the health-worker devised Stop Smoking Services to set a quit date. While they found no direct evidence that e-cigarettes prompted more people to make the decision to try and quit, the team did find that as more people used e-cigarettes, more people also successfully stopped smoking. In a separate scientific analysis also published on Tuesday, researchers at the Cochrane Review found that the overall weight of evidence on e-cigarettes suggests they can help people stop smoking and have no serious side-effects.” [editor’s note: Combined with the lessened effects on innocent bystanders, this should become the norm for smoking – SAT] (09/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/14/scientific-evidence-grows-for-e-cigarettes-as-quit-smoking-aids.html

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10) Austria: Daughter sues her parents for posting embarrassing photographs of her as a child on Facebook
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“An 18-year-old daughter is suing her parents for posting embarrassing photographs of her as a child on Facebook. The teenager, from the southern Carinthia region of Austria, claims the intimate pictures from her childhood have made her life a misery. She claims more than 500 images have been posted by her parents on the social media site without her permission since 2009. Lawyer Michael Rami says his client has a good chance of winning in court.” (09/14/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3788817/Daughter-18-sues-parents-posting-embarrassing-photographs-child-Facebook.html

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11) Russian newsman predicts Trump will be murdered
Source: Personal Liberty

“A prominent Kremlin-appointed Russian TV host said during a recent broadcast that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will be killed by the military-industrial complex before he has the opportunity to change U.S. foreign policy. Russian journalist Dmitry Kisiliov made the prediction during a recent broadcast on Russia 1. ‘This combination, Trump’s leading in the race, his ability to state things as they are, and his intention to end the recent extreme Russian-American tensions — all this puts him in a very risky situation,’ Kisiliov said.” (09/14/16)

http://personalliberty.com/russian-newsman-predicts-trump-will-murdered/

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12) Niger: Five regime troops, 30 Boko Haram fighters killed in ambush fight
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Niger’s defense ministry says at least five soldiers and 30 Boko Haram militants have been killed after an ambush by the Nigeria-based Islamic extremists led to fighting. Col. Moustapha Michel Ledru said the attack on soldiers Monday near Toumour, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of the town of Diffa, also injured six soldiers. He spoke Tuesday night on national television, saying the army captured two extremists along with a large quantity of arms and ammunition.” (09/14/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Fighting-in-Niger-kills-5-soldiers-30-Boko-Haram-9221763.php

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13) Argentina and Chile are up in arms about Colombia’s new wine tax
Source: PanAm Post

“Colombia’s congress is set to debate a tax increase on wine Wednesday, September 13, which has sent the wine world reeling. Because the tax would treat wine the same as other spirits like rum and vodka, officials in the wine industry — specifically in Chile and Argentina — have expressed their worries. Argentinian Ambassador Marcelo Stubrin said he respects the self-determination of the Colombian people, but that the law could make wine distribution unprofitable and lead to lower consumption. The tax could also result in job losses.” (09/13/16)

https://panampost.com/orlando-avendano/2016/09/13/argentina-and-chile-worry-over-new-taxes-to-wine-in-colombia/

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14) Massive data breach exposes 6.6 million plaintext passwords from ad company
Source: The Hacker News

“Another Day, Another Data Breach! And this time, it’s worse than any recent data breaches. Why? Because the data breach has exposed plaintext passwords, usernames, email addresses, and a large trove of other personal information of more than 6.6 Million ClixSense users. ClixSense, a website that claims to pay users for viewing advertisements and completing online surveys, is the latest victim to join the list of ‘Mega-Breaches’ revealed in recent months, including LinkedIn, MySpace, VK.com, Tumblr, and Dropbox.” (09/14/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/plaintext-passwords-leaked.html

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15) Bayer to buy Monsanto in $66 billion deal
Source: MarketWatch

“Bayer AG on Monday said it would buy Monsanto Co. for $66 billion including debt, creating one of the world’s largest agrichemical firms. The deal ends a monthslong courtship by the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant of the U.S. seed maker and will be the largest foreign corporate takeover ever by a German firm.” (09/14/16)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bayer-to-buy-monsanto-in-66-billion-deal-2016-09-14

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16) AR: Sheriff’s office dog left in hot car dies; handler on paid leave
Source: Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“A police dog died Friday after being left in a hot patrol car by his handler, Madison County Sheriff Phillip Morgan said. Deputy Jonathon Cornelison is on paid administrative leave while an investigation is being conducted into the death of the 5-year-old dog named Lina, Morgan said. The investigation is being conducted by the sheriff’s office in Washington County, which is just west of Madison County. ‘It was a bad accident,’ Morgan said. ‘It wasn’t done on purpose.'” [editor’s note: If a mere mundane had killed a police dog, he’d be in jail right now — in fact, some idiots have suggested treating the dogs as human and meting out the same penalties as for murder (or for leaving a KID in a car resulting in death). But since the handler has a shiny badge, it’s an “accident” to be “punished” with a brief paid vacation – TLK] (09/14/16)

http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2016/sep/14/sheriff-s-dog-left-in-hot-car-dies-hand/

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17) OR: Couple linked to white supremacist prison gang face new hate crime charges in hit-and-run death of black teen
Source: New York Daily News

“An Oregon couple accused of chasing down and killing a black 19-year-old man with their Jeep were indicted on hate crime charges for their ties to a white supremacist prison gang, police said. Russell Courtier, 38, and his girlfriend, Colleen Hunt, 35, face at least one count of intimidation — a bias crime in Oregon — in addition to murder and hit-and-run charges after a Gresham police officer found Larnell Bruce Jr. mortally wounded in a street in August.” (09/14/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ore-couple-face-hate-crime-charge-death-black-teen-article-1.2791318

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18) Former ITT Tech students launch debt strike
Source: Bloomberg

“More than 100 former students of now-shuttered ITT Technical Institutes announced Wednesday they’ll no longer make payments on their federal student loans, part of a small but growing revolt against what they call the Obama administration’s negligence in policing for-profit colleges. The students, many of whom graduated from ITT Tech campuses nationwide, say they’re burdened with worthless credentials and debts they’ll never be able to repay. They say the U.S. Department of Education, which manages the federal student loan program, failed to protect them and millions of others enrolled in schools that ultimately didn’t deliver what they promised.” (09/14/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-14/more-than-100-former-itt-tech-students-launch-debt-strike-against-department-of-education

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19) FL: Scott heads to DC to whine for federal Zika funding
Source: Fox 4 News

“Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida is using a trip to Washington to press for long-overdue money to fight the Zika virus, firing shots along the way — at the Obama administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott made his trip as lawmakers struggle to reach a bipartisan deal to fund the government’s months-long battle against Zika. [editor’s note: He used to be a “states’ rights” agitator against federal involvement in Florida. Now he’s all about the handouts, I guess – TLK] (09/14/16)

http://www.fox4now.com/news/zika/florida-gov-scott-presses-for-zika-money-blasts-democrats

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20) PA: Uber debuts self-driving cars in Pittsburgh
Source: Fortune

“When Pittsburgh wakes up on Wednesday morning, some residents will have the choice of going about their day in an Uber that drives itself. The launch of Uber’s self-driving pilot program marks the public unveiling of the company’s secretive work in autonomous vehicles and the first time self-driving cars have been so freely available to the U.S. public. … It plans ultimately to replace many of its 1.5 million drivers with autonomous vehicles. But it is not as if robots are taking over the Steel City. There will be only four self-driving vehicles available to passengers, to start, and two people will sit in the front to take over driving when the car cannot steer itself.” (09/14/16)

http://fortune.com/2016/09/14/uber-self-driving-cars-pittsburgh/

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

21) Your money or your life
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“Americans have also been made to pay through the nose for the government’s endless wars, subsidization of foreign nations, military empire, welfare state, roads to nowhere, bloated workforce, secret agencies, fusion centers, private prisons, biometric databases, invasive technologies, arsenal of weapons, and every other budgetary line item that is contributing to the fast-growing wealth of the corporate elite at the expense of those who are barely making ends meet — that is, we the taxpayers. … Now the government and its corporate partners in crime have come up with a new scheme to not only scam taxpayers out of what’s left of their paychecks but also make us foot the bill, and it’s coming at us in the form of a war on cash.” (09/14/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/09/john-w-whitehead/whats-behind-latest-government-scam/

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22) College loan debt: Former students strike the wrong pose
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“When I saw the Bloomberg headline ‘Former ITT Tech Students Launch Debt Strike’ (September 14), I assumed the students were upset with the US government for effectively shutting down the for-profit educational chain. After all, it occurred to me, there were probably many students left hanging by Washington’s shenanigans. I’d be upset too if I was most of the way through a degree program and government bureaucrats suddenly made it impossible for my school of choice to continue operating. I was wrong about their reasons, though. The students (some of whom attended Corinthian, another for-profit chain) racked up big-time debt by making poor decisions. Instead of blaming themselves (or, if they were defrauded, ITT or Corinthian) for that debt, they’re blaming the people who loaned them the money they blew …” (09/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7601

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23) Inside the propaganda matrix
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The ‘mainstream’ media is a propaganda machine for the Powers That Be: it’s a megaphone for the War Party and a pernicious influence no matter how you cut it. That is why we established Antiwar.com in the first place, and the reasoning behind this was confirmed in the run up to the Iraq war, when ‘reporters’ simply played the role of stenographers taking down the government’s pronouncements and ‘reporting’ them as facts. And did they learn their lesson in the aftermath of that unmitigated disaster? Of course not! The situation has only gotten much worse. As one presidential candidate would put it: Sad! Yet it’s worse than merely sad: it’s downright dangerous.” (09/14/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/09/13/inside-propaganda-matrix/

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24) Clinton Foundation: Why are journalists telling us to look the other way?
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“It’s one thing for media pundits to stand tall and proud and support Hillary Clinton as the candidate best suited to be president. It’s another for journalists to supplicate themselves before the presumptive occupant of the world’s most powerful office in the hope that one day they might join Sidney Blumenthal as a palace favorite. Unfortunately, as we head to Election Day, the ranks of the aspiring courtier press are full to bursting. Take the allegation that the vanity charity of America’s most prominent political family solicited money from the world’s rich and powerful, who in turn asked favors from that family. … The issue here is not whether we can find a smoking gun establishing a quid pro quo exchange. Smart operators (like Gulf State autocrats and their contacts in the State Department) don’t produce paper trails of receipts or memoranda confirming transactional corruption.” [editor’s note: Here’s one case where a “progressive” pundit gets its spot on – SAT] (09/14/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19459/in-her-majestys-service-clinton-foundation

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25) Beware panaceas: Promises and pitfalls of agorism, illegalism, and syndicalism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman

“I am generally favorable to agorism, direct action, and other anarchist strategies that emphasize building the new world in the shell of the old. However, I recognize that there are no panaceas. All strategies have costs and benefits, and strategies for social change may have serious pitfalls and unintended consequences. This essay employs some basic concepts from economics in order to explore potential pitfalls of direct action strategies.” (09/14/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45993

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26) Should partisan ideology be promoted by public schools?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“If your politics was Democrat; you voted regularly for Democrat Party candidates; and believed in the Democrat Party platform; how would you like it if the public school your child attended promoted and taught Republican Party ideology and politics in your kid’s classroom? What would you think if the school teachers and administrators put up Donald Trump posters in all the classrooms and common areas at your child’s school? If your politics was Republican, and you wanted to impart that ideology to your children, what would you think if your kid’s public school promoted Hillary Clinton for President? The answer is easy. You wouldn’t like it.” (09/14/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/09/should-partisan-ideology-be-promoted-by.html

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27) Make this right, Jared: Help free Chris Tapp
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Put former Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman in a room filled with people, wrote the Idaho Falls Post Register’s editorial board in an encomium to the retired politician, ‘and warmth radiates from him. His decency is genuine, not the fabricated kind that can be sniffed out a mile away.’ Christopher Tapp, who spent many hours in intimate proximity to Fuhriman in early 1997, wasn’t blessed by his radiant decency. Tapp remains confined to a prison cell in Kuna, where he has served nearly twenty years of a life sentence inflicted on him for a crime he didn’t commit, on the basis of a false confession that then-Detective Fuhriman extorted from him.” (09/14/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/09/make-this-right-jared-help-free-chris.html

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28) How heroin sensationalism exacerbates the war on drugs
Source: Students For Liberty
by Liz Wolfe

“Photos of two heroin users, passed out in a car with a child in the backseat, have been circulating the internet and news outlets for the past few days. Posted on the City of East Liverpool’s Facebook page, moderators of the page added the caption, ‘We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug.’ Of course, this sort of parenting is awful (reports confirm that the woman in the car is the child’s mother) –– criminal, even. Drug abuse to this point is reasonably condemned, even by the most ardent legalization advocate. But this sort of hysteria-oriented journalism does drug advocacy efforts a horrible disservice and enables our society to stay rooted in the overcriminalization mentality.” (09/13/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/13/how-heroin-sensationalism-exacerbates-the-war-on-drugs/

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29) National Call-In Day to stop the TPP
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Wall Street, the multinational corporations and President Obama are pushing for a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress that follows the election. Wednesday, September 14, is a national call-in day to Congress to stop this. (Use this link, or use this number, 888-659-7351. Ask your representative to issue a public statement against the TPP.) Setting aside all the other bad things in TPP, and there are so many, one part of TPP places corporations above governments, even above our democracy. TPP sets up a system in which corporations can sue our government for passing laws and regulations that hurt their profits, even their ‘expected’ profits. The cases are heard in a corporate tribunal outside of our own court system, where corporate attorneys hear the cases, and there is no appeal of their rulings. This literally replaces U.S. law with the rulings of a corporate tribunal when those laws apply to corporations.” [editor’s note: This Mr. Johnson is one of the consistent critics of TPP on the “progressive” end of the spectrum – SAT] (09/14/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160914/wednesday-is-national-call-in-day-to-stop-tpp

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30) Why is Venezuela’s military now in charge of economic policy?
Source: PanAm Post
by Aurelio F Concheso

“Oddly enough, this is no joke. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, through the Official Gazette No. 40.977, has appointed 17 senior military officers to solve the national food supply problem. From now on, five major Generals, seven Brigadier Generals, three Rear Admirals and two Vice Admirals will act on overseeing specific items, without letting themselves be intimidated by irrelevant things like market rules, and the traditional distribution logistics that have worked effectively for many decades in other countries willing to pay attention to such things.” (09/14/16)

https://panampost.com/editor/2016/09/14/venezuelas-military-new-role-distribute-toilet-paper-and-food/

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31) Social Security: Just end it
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brenton Smith

“When I worked in corporate America, my job was to clean up projects that had gone horribly awry. By the time I arrived, millions of dollars would have vanished, and my job was to salvage the program. In all of my projects, no matter the size or the cause of the breakdown, there was always a corporate patron who thought we could fix the effort by expanding its size. My stroll through memory lane is in part in response to an article that I read on the internet about Social Security by David Barnes. He recognizes that Social Security is a raw deal, but suggests that it can be fixed with flexibility and fewer clicks.” (09/14/16)

https://fee.org/articles/social-security-just-end-it/

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32) What next: Locking up Leavers?
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“The rage of the Remainers goes on. In the 82 days since the Brexit vote, they have libelled, smeared and undermined Leavers. Now it seems some of them want to criminalise Leavers, too; have the police feel Leavers’ collars purely for holding a different view. This is the news that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to investigate claims that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage incited racial and religious hatred during the referendum campaign, particularly with his infamous ‘BREAKING POINT’ poster.” (09/14/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/what-next-locking-up-leavers-farage-hate-speech-brexit/

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33) Interview: What Occupy Wall Street got wrong
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“[Cecily McMillan was arrested during the protest in Zuccotti Park and spent 58 days in jail. Five years after it began, she considers what Occupy achieved, and why it didn’t go far enough.] What did Occupy get right?What do you mean? After we got beaten up by police, we went back to that 1960s attitude of ‘Fuck the police!’ But let’s be real: If most of us found our house broken into, we’d call the police. In the end, Occupy was an extension of the very system it claimed to hate; it was still ruled by a privileged minority.” (09/14/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/136315/occupy-wall-street-got-wrong

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34) Against Islamophobia
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“There are Moslems who smoke, and Moslems who shoot smokers. There are Moslems who wear short dresses, and Moslems who circumcise their daughters. There are Moslems — in Iran, for example — who have given themselves functioning representative democracies. There are Moslems who think it right to live under absolute monarchies. There are Moslems who blow themselves up in coffee bars, and Moslems who run coffee bars. There are over a billion of them, and they have been around for over a millennium. Their theologians have been almost as clever as ours, and just as soaked in Aristotle. You stand up as an outsider, ignorant of the libraries of exegesis that go into the average tract, and tell any Moslem what he is obliged to believe, and you will get — and deserve — at least an impatient frown.” (09/14/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/09/13/against-islamophobia/

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35) The year of translucency
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Some folks demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns. On the one hand, hooray for public demands for more information about candidates. But on the other hand, the richer you are, the longer and stranger your tax returns become. One shifts income around to avoid taxes — indeed, you take every ‘loophole’ the law allows. As Justice Brandeis advised. Some folks may be shocked by Trump’s creative-but-legal accounting. To avoid future confusion, we should demand simple tax returns from the rich. That would require jettisoning most of the tax code, simplifying the system. But ask your congressional representative why he or she will not support such a reform.” (09/14/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/14/the-year-of-translucency/

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36) Trump’s scam charity
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“The Trump Foundation is a scam, and a scam keeping in character with how Donald Trump runs his moneymaking schemes.” (09/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-scam-charity/

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37) Hillary collapse coverage reveals absurdity of biased media
Source: New York Post
by Michael Goodwin

“It is said that history turns on small hinges, and now maybe the presidential race does, too. For hinges don’t get much smaller than the 20-second video of Hillary Clinton collapsing and being lifted into her security vehicle. Without it, Americans would still be clueless about Clinton’s serious health issues. Because of it, she was forced to admit she has pneumonia. Because they were scooped by the video, an army of journalists is now under pressure to report facts instead of covering them up. Most important, voters got fresh proof that Clinton’s first instinct is to lie, and then lie again. Those are just some of the immediate aftershocks of that little video. If my hunch is correct, the fallout is just beginning and eventually will result in voters learning the whole truth of Clinton’s condition.” (09/14/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/09/14/hillary-collapse-coverage-reveals-absurdity-of-biased-media

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38) Economic data without good economic theory is useless
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“In order to make the data ‘talk,’ economists utilize a range of statistical methods that vary from highly complex models to a simple display of historical data. It is generally held that by means of statistical correlations one can organize historical data into a useful body of information, which in turn can serve as the basis for assessments of the state of the economy. It is held that through the application of statistical methods on historical data, one can extract the facts of reality regarding the state of the economy. Unfortunately, things are not as straightforward as they seem to be.” (09/14/16)

https://mises.org/blog/economic-data-without-good-economic-theory-useless

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39) When anti-left and anti-right repression combine
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“David Beito and Marcus Witcher begin their paper in the latest Independent Review with a familiar-sounding story about a witch-hunting 1950s congressional committee demanding that a witness name names …. It may sound like a Hollywood reenactment of the McCarthy era, but the Buchanan Committee wasn’t hunting reds — not yet, anyway. Rumely was the co-founder of the Committee to Uphold Constitutional Government, a group that had been launched to stop Franklin Roosevelt’s court-packing scheme and had gone on to oppose much of Roosevelt and Truman’s policy agendas. The people Rumely was refusing to identify were the people who had purchased his group’s books in bulk.” (09/14/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/09/14/when-anti-left-and-anti-right-repression

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40) Americans’ fear of foreign terrorists is overinflated
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“One thing is clear from this presidential campaign: many Americans are scared of terrorists and immigrants. Donald Trump has managed to capitalize on that fear by conflating the two phenomena. The refugee crisis emanating from Iraq and Syria as well as recent attacks like the one in San Bernardino, Calif., have prompted calls for heightened immigration restrictions to keep our country safe. But is it really true that immigrants pose a unique terrorist threat? No, actually.” (09/13/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americans-fear-foreign-terrorists-overinflated

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41) Al Capone, meet Wells Fargo
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“As the latest Wells Fargo scandal was breaking, the music world learned of the death of Prince Buster. He’s the Jamaican ska legend who made a record called ‘”‘Al Capone’ and sang ‘Enjoy yourself/it’s later than you think.’ I wonder what he thought about Wall Street? Banking giant Wells Fargo agreed to pay a $185 million fine last week, after it was discovered that its employees have opened than 2 million phony checking and credit card accounts in its customers’ names. There’s a pattern here. A week before Wells Fargo’s settlement was announcement, banking giant HSBC was charged with foreign-exchange trading violations. That appears to have voided a deal which allowed its bankers escaped prosecution for a persistent pattern of violating international sanctions and laundering money for the Mexican drug cartels.” (09/13/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160913/al-capone-meet-wells-fargo

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42) The secret stimulus: Another fiscal failure?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I don’t follow fiscal policy closely, because I don’t think it impacts the business cycle. But most economists disagree with me, and many are recommending fiscal stimulus. I argue that fiscal stimulus has no demand-side effects when the Fed is targeting inflation (as it is right now) and most fiscal packages actually worsen the economy’s supply side. Since the debacle of 2013, Keynesians are reluctant to trumpet ‘experiments’ in fiscal stimulus. But if they’ve become bashful, that’s no reason for us to avoid holding them to account.” (09/13/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/09/the_secret_stim.html

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43) Gary Johnson finally gets some media attention
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“I am amazed at the lack of media attention Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate for president, has received. He’s polling at about 10%, and despite the huge negative perception many voters have of Clinton and Trump, the media rarely notes that Johnson is a relatively popular alternative. … But this past week Johnson did get media attention, when in an interview he didn’t know what Aleppo is. Interesting that a candidate who’s polling around 10% gets no media attention until he’s caught in a gaffe, causing the media to jump on him. Considering his lack of media attention so far, this recent attention may actually help him, in that people will perceive that the media is taking his candidacy seriously.” (09/13/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/09/13/gary-johnson-finally-gets-some-media-attention/

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44) Confusion, muddle, obfuscation and racism
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Winston Churchill called Russia a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. We could say Obama’s energy and climate policy is confusion wrapped in muddled thinking inside obfuscation — and driven by autocratic diktats that bring job-killing, economy-strangling, racist and deadly outcomes.” ()9/13/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/09/confusion-muddle-obfuscation-and-racism/

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45) Sell the space station, explore Mars
Source: USA Today
by Mark R Whittington

“What should NASA do with the International Space Station? Officially, it is slated to end its operational life in 2024, about the time that NASA’s Journey to Mars program is scheduled to shift into high gear with ‘proving ground’ missions in cislunar space near the Earth’s moon. The assumption had been that the space station, conceived over 30 years ago during the Reagan administration, would be abandoned and taken out of orbit so that it would burn up harmlessly over the ocean. But NASA official Bill Hill recently suggested that the space agency and its international partners would hand off the ISS to a private company. Commercializing the space station makes sense. It’s bipartisan, for a start. President George W. Bush set into motion the commercialization of human space travel, President Obama has embraced the idea, and the transition is under way. The last NASA-operated crewed flight of the space shuttle occurred in 2011. The first commercially-crewed spacecraft, operated by Boeing and SpaceX, are due to start flying in 2018.” (09/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/13/nasa-space-station-commercialize-column/89977854

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46) Alcohol industry bankrolls fight against legal pot in battle of the buzz
Source: The Intercept
by Lee Fang

“The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share. On the heels of a filing last week that revealed that a synthetic cannabis company is financing the opposition to legal marijuana in Arizona comes a new disclosures this week that a beer industry group made one of the largest donations to an organization set up to defeat legalization in Massachusetts.” (09/14/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/09/14/beer-pot-ballot/

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47) Walkin’ Pneumonia and the Trump-Allergic Flu
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

Song lyrics. (09/14/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7408

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48) What do we call this?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Just a few hours ago, I wrote about how a certain web-site/company (a social media site) was engaged in ‘cooperation’ with the FedGov and playing censorship games. Behaving, in fact, like a government. This cooperation or collusion (dare I use the word ‘conspiracy?’) with the government is very harmful to our liberty as individuals, including threatening the God-given rights protected (supposedly) by the various articles of the Bill of Rights. … Of course, what this ‘Fac3b00k’ bunch of thugs does is not the FIRST time that a private company or organization has conspired with the FedGov (or various state or local governments) to steal away liberty from some or many people. And it is not the only company to do so right now.” (09/13/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9702

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49) The Libertarian Angle, 09/14/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001.” [various formats] (09/14/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-9-11-attacks/

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50) Free Talk Live, 09/13/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Facebook Bans Iconic Vietnam Photo, Reverses Decision :: Facebook a Right? :: Alternatives to Facebook :: Nudity and Sexuality :: Is Facebook the Internet? :: :: Operation Terror :: Absence of the State :: Critic of Libertarianism :: Morals and Violence :: Poll Worker Oppression :: Taxes Are Theft :: Sarah in New Mexico :: Professional Flirters Share Secrets :: Shallow Relationships :: Sir Real Joins Us.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/13/16)

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