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Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Feds wiretapped Trump campaign chairman both before and after election
2) World Wide Web Consortium abandons users to support censorship, corporate welfare
3) Dow, S&P 500 score back-to-back records; Nasdaq again lags behind
4) US Senate passes bill to blow another $700 billion on already bloated military
5) Trump pushes reform in United Nations debut, calls for “changing business as usual”
6) New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum
7) Zinke recommends altering several national monuments, allowing commercial uses
8) Russia: Putin watches display of firepower near Estonia
9) Thousands protest in Bangladesh as Rohingya flee Myanmar
10) “Democrats deport!”: Protesters bash Pelosi for dealing with Trump on immigration
11) Clinton won’t rule out questioning 2016 election, but says no clear means to do so
12) Right-wingers ravage Dolly Parton’s Facebook page after fellow actresses mock Trump at Emmys
13) Manning: I am not an “American traitor”
14) Snapchat banning Al-Jazeera in Saudi Arabia?
15) Trump adviser: US still leaving Paris climate pact
16) Switzerland: 500-euro notes found flushed down toilets
17) Facing “enormous” legal bills, Michael Flynn establishes defense fund
18) Jann Wenner puts Rolling Stone magazine up for sale
19) China: Sex doll sharing service suspended after police order “vulgar” displays to be removed
20) OH: Man charged with chasing daughter, six, while wearing clown mask
21) Stanislav Petrov, 1939-2017
22) Newly released Clinton emails reveal more State Department pay to play, more mishandling of classified info
23) Northrop Grumman is buying Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion
24) Japan: Abe says he’ll decide on snap election after US trip
25) Hackers hid backdoor in CCleaner security app with two billion downloads — 2.3 million infected

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square?
27) An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership
28) The dos and don’ts of talking liberty
29) Time has come: ISIS improvising own killer drones
30) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Climate change, terrorism, North Korea and Donald Trump?
31) The Juggalos come in peace
32) Johnny Appleseed: Land speculator, alcohol dealer, capitalist
33) Healthcare is so expensive because you don’t pay for it yourself
34) Don’t worry about short-term deficit
35) The “Child Care for Working Families Act” is deja vu all over again
36) Environmentalist policy is creating an “economy of exclusion”
37) In Florida, you can’t use your own solar panels in a crisis
38) Ludwig von Mises on collectivist fallacies and interventionist follies
39) Who says breakthrough drugs cost too much?
40) America may push Iran into becoming the next nuclear crisis
41) New libertarian politics, part 1: The importance of pragmatism
42) Half a win is better than none
43) Brexit’s dangers
44) Here we go again …
45) Your Monday morning laugh (mine too)
46) No, Antifa, this is not the 1930s and we don’t need to punch a Nazi
47) Private foundations and their child-like customers
48) New US law blurs the line between hate speech and hate crime
49) The new Red Scare
50) Restorative justice and sexual violence accountability
51) Beware back-to-school stories celebrating online education
52) Quantum Vibe, 09/18/17
53) Compulsory schooling is incompatible with freedom
54) Bitcoin Cash network continues to grow with an ambitious roadmap
55) The Supreme Court failed us on Vietnam
56) Divination
57) The disgrace [sic] of “60 Minutes”
58) Making a mockery of juries
59) Kuyper on the consent theory of government
60) The silencing of dissent

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode #94
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1003
63) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 137
64) Reason Podcast, 09/18/17
65) Peaceful Anarchism, episode 22
66) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 313
67) The Bob Zadek Show, 09/17/17
68) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/18/17
69) Free Talk Live, 09/17/17
70) The Anarchist Experience, episode 130

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

1) Feds wiretapped Trump campaign chairman both before and after election
Source: CNN

“US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. … A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN. The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources. The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.” (09/18/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

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2) World Wide Web Consortium abandons users to support censorship, corporate welfare
Source: Ars Technica

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the industry body that oversees development of HTML and related Web standards, has today published the Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) specification as a Recommendation, marking its final blessing as an official Web standard. Final approval came after the W3C’s members voted 58.4 percent to approve the spec, 30.8 percent to oppose, with 10.8 percent abstaining. … The development of EME has been contentious. There are broad ideological and legal concerns; some groups, such as the Free Software Foundation, oppose any and all DRM in any context or application. Some do not object to DRM, per se, but are concerned by regulations such as the US’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Under the DMCA, bypassing DRM is outlawed, even if the bypass is intended to enable activities that are otherwise legal. These concerns are particularly acute in the context of the Web; for many the Web should be open, without any kind of technological restrictions on what can be done with Web content.” (09/18/17)

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/09/drm-for-html5-published-as-a-w3c-recommendation-after-58-4-approval/

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3) Dow, S&P 500 score back-to-back records; Nasdaq again lags behind
Source: MarketWatch

“U.S. stock benchmarks climbed on Monday, with the S&P 500 index and the Dow industrials closing at all-time highs for a second straight session, ahead of the start of a key gathering of the Federal Reserve. However, technology stocks lagged behind, limiting gains for the Nasdaq Composite Index.” (09/18/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-sp-500-score-back-to-back-records-nasdaq-again-lags-behind-2017-09-18

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4) US Senate passes bill to blow another $700 billion on already bloated military
Source: CNBC

“The Senate passed a roughly $692 billion National Defense Authorization Act on Monday but failed to include an amendment that would have eliminated the automatic spending cuts under the controversial sequester mechanism. The NDAA, which sets forth the Pentagon’s budget and major programs for the next fiscal year, does authorize an additional $8.5 billion for the Missile Defense Agency to strengthen homeland, regional and space missile defense. That authorization is $630 million above the Trump administration’s request.” (09/18/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/18/senate-passes-700-billion-defense-policy-bill-backing-trump-call-for-steep-increase-in-military-spending.html

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5) Trump pushes reform in United Nations debut, calls for “changing business as usual”
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump called on the United Nations to enact reforms to the world body, pledging Monday in his debut here at the annual General Assembly meetings that he and his administration will be ‘partners in your work.’ Speaking at the opening session of the four-day conference, Trump said the organization founded in 1945 has ‘not reached its full potential’ in recent years because of a bloated bureaucracy and ‘mismanagement.'” (09/18/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/18/trump-pushes-reform-in-united-nations-debut-calls-for-changing-business-as-usual/

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6) New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum
Source: The Hill

“A last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare is gaining steam, suggesting lawmakers could face another vote on ending the former president’s signature law later this month. Supporters do not appear to have the 51 votes necessary to pass the bill yet, but pressure is growing on Republicans to back the measure, which could replace much of ObamaCare with block grants for states. … A significant factor giving the measure new momentum is a fast-approaching Sept. 30 deadline. At the end of the month, Republicans will not be able to use rules known as ‘budget reconciliation’ to bypass a Democratic filibuster [sic] in the Senate. If the measure can be filibustered [sic], it has no chances of passing the Senate.” (09/18/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/351198-new-gop-obamacare-repeal-bill-gains-momentum

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7) Zinke recommends altering several national monuments, allowing commercial uses
Source: USA Today

“A draft report from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommends modifications to nearly a dozen national monuments, including shrinking the huge Bears Ears monument in Utah and permitting commercial fishing in protected waters in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The 19-page report, obtained by The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, was delivered to the White House on Aug. 24 as directed by President Trump’s executive order for a review of the national monuments created since 1996 that were larger than 100,000 acres.” (09/18/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/18/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-recommends-altering-several-national-monuments-allowing-commercial-use/677583001/

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8) Russia: Putin watches display of firepower near Estonia
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A large-scale Russian military exercise that has spooked western countries has entered its final phase, with helicopters, fighter jets, missiles and tanks employed at a firing range close to Russia’s border with the EU. Vladimir Putin was among those watching the 45-minute display of firepower on a cold and rainy Monday afternoon at the Luga firing range, about 70 miles (113km) from the border with EU member state Estonia. The Russian president, joined by the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and a number of army generals, watched through binoculars from a viewing platform. The scenario for Zapad, which Russia is holding jointly with the armed forces of neighbouring Belarus, sees Veishnoria, a fictitious region of Belarus, declare independence and attempt to turn Belarus against Russia, with the help of Nato countries. … Russian officials have denied the exercises are anything other than a standard training exercise, and point to Nato troop buildup in central and eastern Europe as the real threat to stability on the continent.” (09/18/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/18/russia-zapad-military-drill-enters-final-phase

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9) Thousands protest in Bangladesh as Rohingya flee Myanmar
Source: Brown County Democrat

“More than 10,000 Muslims in Bangladesh have marched toward Myanmar’s embassy to protest the country’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. At least 412,000 ethnic Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar in the past month and are living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh. Many say their homes were burned by Myanmar’s military or by Buddhist mobs. The protesters chanted slogans and waved Bangladesh’s flag as they marched through the streets of Dhaka, the capital. One banner said, ‘Stop killing Rohingya.’ The march, organized by the hard-line Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam, began at Bangladesh’s main mosque but was stopped by police well before the protesters reached the embassy.” (09/18/17)

http://www.bcdemocrat.com/2017/09/18/as-myanmar-attacks-23/

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10) “Democrats deport!”: Protesters bash Pelosi for dealing with Trump on immigration
Source: Business Insider

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a Monday press conference that was interrupted by a large group of immigrant-rights protesters, who blasted the California Democrat for dealing with President Donald Trump. The press conference, which Pelosi scheduled with Democratic Reps. Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman of California, was intended to focus on the DREAM Act, legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for people who were approved for DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects some 800,000 young immigrants who are living in the country illegally [sic] — and other immigrants who were brought to the US as minors. Protesters shouted down Pelosi, calling her a ‘liar’ while also chanting ‘Democrats deport’ and ‘all 11 million,’ signaling that they were seeking amnesty for all of the immigrants living in the US illegally.” (09/18/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/protesters-pelosi-trump-daca-immigration-2017-9

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11) Clinton won’t rule out questioning 2016 election, but says no clear means to do so
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Hillary Clinton says she would not rule out questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 election if new information surfaces that the Russians interfered even more deeply than currently [asserted on the basis of no credible evidence]. In an interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross about her new memoir, What Happened, Clinton acknowledges that such a challenge would be unprecedented and that ‘I just don’t think we have a mechanism’ for it.” (09/18/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/18/551217204/hillary-clinton-says-shes-optimistic-about-our-country-but-i-am-not-naive

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12) Right-wingers ravage Dolly Parton’s Facebook page after fellow actresses mock Trump at Emmys
Source: Raw Story

“Fans of President Donald Trump lashed out at country singer Dolly Parton after she appeared at the Emmys with two other actresses who insulted the commander-in-chief. Appearing with Parton at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda compared Trump’s presidency to their movie ‘9 to 5.’ ‘Back in 1980 in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,’ Fonda said. Tomlin added: ‘And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.’ And although Parton did not speak about Trump, her presence at the event was enough to outrage the president’s fans on Facebook.” [editor’s note: Good old “guilt by association” strikes again, just as when these morons refuse to dissociate themselves from the neo-Nazis – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/right-wingers-ravage-dolly-partons-facebook-page-with-hate-after-fellow-actresses-mock-trump-at-emmys

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13) Manning: I am not an “American traitor”
Source: Fox News

“Convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning told the audience in Massachusetts that she is not an ‘American traitor’ and she did what she thought was ethical. ‘I believe I did the best I could in my circumstances to make an ethical decision,’ Manning told the attendees of the annual Nantucket Project conference in Massachusetts after being asked whether she is a traitor for leaking classified documents, Star and Stripes reported. The 29-year-old was convicted in 2013 for espionage and sentenced to spend 35 years in jail. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in his last days as the commander-in-chief. Manning told Eugene Jarecki, an award-winning documentary director and the event’s moderator, that the U.S. was a ‘police state’ following Harvard University’s decision on Friday to rescind invitation to become a visiting fellow.” [editor’s note: Harvard has lost all credibility, what they ever had of it – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/09/18/chelsea-manning-tells-audience-i-am-not-%E2%80%98american-traitor%E2%80%99-1

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14) Snapchat banning Al-Jazeera in Saudi Arabia?
Source: Raw Story

“Snapchat has been at the center of several controversies in Saudi Arabia in the last year, with a man arrested for showing off his cross-dressing habit on the platform, and a woman arrested for wearing a skirt above the knee in one of her posts. But the photo-sharing app has found itself in the middle of a new drama: a crisis in relations between regional rivals, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Saudi government has asked the app to remove the content of Qatari-funded broadcaster Al-Jazeera, it said on Sunday. But why is one of the top ten social networking apps outlawing the biggest media organization in the Arab world in the Gulf kingdom? Because its Arabic-language channel in Snapchat Discover allegedly violated local laws, the company said in a statement on Sunday. But there is more to the ban.” (09/18/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/why-is-snapchat-banning-al-jazeera-in-saudi-arabia

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15) Trump adviser: US still leaving Paris climate pact
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said at the United Nations on Monday that the United States stands by its plans to abandon the Paris climate pact without a renegotiation favorable to Washington, a step for which the international community has little appetite. Trump in June announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, saying it would harm U.S. industries, cost U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to other nations. ‘We made the president’s position unambiguous, to where the president stands, where the administration stands on Paris,’ Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters after an informal breakfast meeting with ministers from about a dozen countries on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.” [editor’s note: and in other “news” … Generalissimo Francisco Franco is STILL dead – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climate-cohn/trump-adviser-says-u-s-still-leaving-paris-climate-pact-idUSKCN1BT1K3

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16) Switzerland: 500-euro notes found flushed down toilets
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Swiss prosecutors are investigating why tens of thousands of euros were flushed down toilets in Geneva. The €500 (£440; $600) notes were cut up and found in the toilets of a branch of the bank UBS and in three nearby restaurants. Thousands of francs have reportedly been spent on plumbing repairs to unclog the surrounding pipes. The high-value euro notes are due to be withdrawn in 2018 over fears they facilitate illegal activities. They will remain legal tender, but the European Central Bank will stop producing them following a European Commission inquiry into their use. Destroying notes is not an offence in Switzerland, but local prosecutors confirmed they were looking into the circumstances around the unusual find.” [editor’s note: cut up, rather that used for a valid purpose before flushing? – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41306934

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17) Facing “enormous” legal bills, Michael Flynn establishes defense fund
Source: ABC News

“Relatives of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, one of the key subjects of multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, made a rare public statement Monday to call attention to the ‘tremendous financial burden’ the probes are placing on former advisers to President Donald Trump. ‘The enormous expense of attorneys’ fees and other related expenses far exceed their ability to pay,’ said Joe Flynn and Barbara Redgate, the retired general’s brother and sister. The relatives made the statement to bring attention to a legal defense fund they have formed to help raise money for the man who briefly served as the nation’s top national security official under President Trump.” (09/18/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/facing-enormous-legal-bills-michael-flynn-establishes-legal/story?id=49925298

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18) Jann Wenner puts Rolling Stone magazine up for sale
Source: USA Today

“Rolling Stone co-founder, editor and publisher Jann Wenner is looking to sell the iconic music magazine, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Wenner and son Gus, president and chief operating officer of Wenner Media, said the company had hired bankers to explore a sale in an interview with The New York Times. Jann Wenner, 71, told the Times he hoped to sell the magazine to a buyer who has ‘lots of money’ and understands Rolling Stone’s mission. ‘I think it’s time for young people to run it,’ he said.” (09/18/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/18/jann-wenner-puts-rolling-stone-magazine-up-sale/676207001/

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19) China: Sex doll sharing service suspended after police order “vulgar” displays to be removed
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“‘We are sorry to announce that Touch will suspend the operation of its ‘girlfriend sharing’ service,’ Xiamen HaiBao Information Technology Co, the developer of Touch, a Chinese sex-products retailer, said in a statement on Monday. The company launched the service in Beijing on Thursday. It would have allowed users to rent sex dolls, including Hong Kong, Russian, Chinese and Korean dolls as well as an Amazon-like ‘Wonder Woman’ with sword and shield. … The life-size silicone dolls, which usually cost over 10,000 yuan (US$1,500) each, were promoted as available for short-term companionship with a daily rental fee of 298 yuan after users paid a deposit of 8,000 yuan, local media reports said.” [editor’s note: Interesting business idea, but it seems like … um, cleanup … between customers would be a significant cost – TLK] (09/18/17)

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2111680/chinese-sex-doll-sharing-service-suspended-after-police-order

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20) OH: Man charged with chasing daughter, six, while wearing clown mask
Source: CBS News

“An Ohio man has been charged after chasing his 6-year-old daughter around a neighborhood while wearing a clown mask, and another man is charged for firing a gun. Boardman police say the girl first jumped into a stranger’s car, then ran into a stranger’s apartment while screaming that a clown was chasing her Saturday night, reports CBS Youngstown, Ohio affiliate WKBN-TV. Police say a man in the apartment building came outside and fired a gunshot into the ground. The father, identified as Vernon Barrett Jr., told police he chased his daughter to discipline her for behavioral issues, rather than spanking her. He’s been charged with child endangering and inducing panic.” (09/18/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-charged-with-chasing-daughter-6-while-wearing-clown-mask/

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21) Stanislav Petrov, 1939-2017
Source: New York Times

“Early on the morning of Sept. 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov helped to prevent the outbreak of nuclear war. A 44-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces, he had begun his shift as the duty officer at Serpukhov-15, the secret command center outside Moscow where the Soviet military monitored its early-warning satellites over the United States, when alarms went off. The computers warned that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched from an American base. … After five nerve-racking minutes — electronic maps and screens were flashing as he held a phone in one hand and an intercom in the other, trying to absorb streams of incoming information — Colonel Petrov decided that the launch reports were probably a false alarm. … Colonel Petrov died on May 19 in Fryazino, a Moscow suburb where he lived alone on a pension, but was not widely reported until now. He was 77.” (09/18/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/world/europe/stanislav-petrov-nuclear-war-dead.html

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22) Newly released Clinton emails reveal more State Department pay to play, more mishandling of classified info
Source: New York Post

“Something else happened the week of Hillary Clinton’s book launch: the release of more ‘lost’ emails that further highlight her corrupt ways. The watchdogs at Judicial Watch shared 1,600 fresh emails released thanks to their Freedom of Information lawsuits — missives that Clinton & Co. failed to turn over from her private servers, but which the feds recovered from other sources. The emails contain new examples of the Clinton Foundation requesting and receiving State Department favors, plus more cases of classified information being sent through unsecure, non-state.gov accounts. This latest dump, notes Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, shows foundation honcho Doug Band working with Clinton aide Huma Abedin to get favors for donors, from visas to Cuba to meetings in Singapore.” (09/17/1)

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23) Northrop Grumman is buying Orbital ATK for about $7.8 billion
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Defense giant Northrop Grumman Corp. is acquiring aerospace and defense firm Orbital ATK Inc. for about $7.8 billion in cash, a deal that would boost Northrop Grumman’s presence in the space, launch and missile industries. Orbital shareholders are to receive $134.50 per share in cash, a 22.2% premium over Friday’s closing price. Northrop Grumman is to assume $1.4 billion in net debt. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval as well as approval by Orbital shareholders, is expected to close in the first half of 2018.” (09/18/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-northrop-orbital-20170918-story.html

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24) Japan: Abe says he’ll decide on snap election after US trip
Source: Bloomberg

“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’ll decide on calling a snap election after he returns from a trip to the U.S., confirming media reports that he was considering calling a vote more than a year early. … Abe intend to dissolve parliament on Sept. 28 to pave way for an election on Oct. 22, Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday, without saying where it got the information.” (09/18/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-18/abe-says-he-ll-decide-on-snap-japan-election-after-trip-to-u-s

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25) Hackers hid backdoor in CCleaner security app with two billion downloads — 2.3 million infected
Source: Forbes

“Users of Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows have been advised to update their software immediately, after researchers discovered criminal hackers had installed a backdoor in the tool. The tainted application allows for download of further malware, be it ransomware or keyloggers, with fears millions are affected. According to Avast’s own figures, 2.27 million ran the affected software, though the company said users should not panic. The affected app, CCleaner, is a maintenance and file clean-up software run by a subsidiary of anti-virus giant Avast.” (09/18/17)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/09/18/ccleaner-cybersecurity-app-infected-with-backdoor/

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

26) In Catalonia: A Spanish Tiananmen Square?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“One of those crises that no one saw coming is about to rear its head in a very unlikely locale: Catalonia, Spain’s richest province, where the local government has scheduled an independence referendum on October 1. Of course, some observers — e,g, Julian Assange — did see it coming, but the current trend to find ‘fascists’ under every bed in America may have obscured our ability to detect them where they really live — in Madrid, where the federal authorities are threatening to arrest Catalonian politicians who advocate independence. Madrid has mobilized 4,000 police to stop the referendum. They are seizing election materials, shutting down web sites, and invading the offices of newspapers: they have threatened 700 pro-independence mayors with arrest and prosecution.” (09/18/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/09/17/catalonia-spanish-tiananmen-square/

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27) An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“You have to search long and hard to find an independent technologist who believes that DRM is possible, let alone a good idea. Yet, somewhere along the way, the business values of those outside the web got important enough, and the values of technologists who built it got disposable enough, that even the wise elders who make our standards voted for something they know to be a fool’s errand. We believe they will regret that choice. Today, the W3C bequeaths an legally unauditable attack-surface to browsers used by billions of people. They give media companies the power to sue or intimidate away those who might re-purpose video for people with disabilities. They side against the archivists who are scrambling to preserve the public record of our era. The W3C process has been abused by companies that made their fortunes by upsetting the established order, and now, thanks to EME, they’ll be able to ensure no one ever subjects them to the same innovative pressures.” (09/18/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/open-letter-w3c-director-ceo-team-and-membership

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28) The dos and don’ts of talking liberty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The short summary of what we believe: the astonishing rise of government power over the course of the last one hundred years has truncated freedoms, human rights, and prosperity along with all the fruits of the human spirit. Government is the main enemy, but government hides under cover of social contract, social justice, democracy, religion, security, and a host of other changing veils. All of this is clear to those steeped in the tradition of liberty-minded thought as it has gradually emerged over the centuries. But it is obviously not clear to the vast majority of the human family, who continue to live under the illusion that giving government more power will magically cure society’s ills by infusing us with a greater reality of fairness, justice, morality — or whatever they claim. How best to correct this error? How best to share this knowledge? How best to bring others along to the same understanding. Here are ten rules — five don’ts and five dos.” (09/18/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-dos-and-don-ts-talking-liberty/

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29) Time has come: ISIS improvising own killer drones
Source: The American Conservative
by Jason C Ditz

“Drones were once an exclusive technology of the United States, but it did not stay that way for long. America’s military is, after all, the world’s largest, and a shift in its priorities toward drone warfare did not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. This has meant the rise of cheaper combat drone manufacturers in China, opening the technology up to arsenals around the world. Even cheaper civilian technology has also emerged, giving terrorist organizations access to their own makeshift fleets. This is where it gets scary. Not surprising, mind you, but disturbing nonetheless. Tech-savvy ISIS is now at the forefront of developing improvised military drones.” (09/18/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/time-has-come-isis-improvising-own-killer-drones/

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30) The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Climate change, terrorism, North Korea and Donald Trump?
Source: The Jack News
by staff

“Robert Frost and John Kerry have a lot in common. Back in 2014, the then-Secretary of State called climate change the ‘world’s largest weapon of mass destruction,’ and ‘the greatest challenge of our generation,’ outranking other biggies like terrorism, disease, or poverty. He has since backtracked, now saying that ‘violent extremism’ is perhaps a bigger problem. That hasn’t stopped Pope Francis from relying on the same kind of apocalyptic mindset when it comes to climate change. Calling climate change ‘catastrophic’ and blaming the recent spate of hurricanes on global warming, the pontiff said, with regard to those who don’t share his predictions of world-ending climate calamities, that he was ‘reminded of a phrase from the Old Testament, I think from the Psalm: ‘Man is stupid, he is stubborn and he does not see.” That’s an interesting perspective from a religious leader, as previous popes tended to think that moral depravity was higher on the world-ending disaster scale than environmental concerns.” (09/17/17)

https://thejacknews.com/free-markets/environment/four-horsemen-apocalypse-climate-change-terrorism-north-korea-donald-trump

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31) The Juggalos come in peace
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“‘It’s fuckin’ beautiful, dog,’ said Ratchet, dressed in full-face clown makeup and ripped black jeans, while marching toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., ‘to see the Lincoln Memorial (on every penny we’ve ever held in all of our lives), and then to see one of the most unaccepted subcultures posted up in front of it chanting for love, that was incredible.’ Ratchet is a Juggalo, the sobriquet for fans of Insane Clown Posse, a ‘horrorcore’ rap duo known for their violent lyrics, absurd aesthetic, and lewd annual gatherings. Approximately 1,500 of them and their supporters from across the country marched on the National Mall on Saturday to protest the FBI, which in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment defined Juggalos as a gang. … Juggalos contend this designation is not only unwarranted, but has had real consequences for fans.” (09/18/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144839/juggalos-come-peace-march-washington-dc

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32) Johnny Appleseed: Land speculator, alcohol dealer, capitalist
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“Johnny Appleseed, an American legend, is depicted as a selfless peripatetic, traveling the country planting apple trees so that nobody would go hungry. He lived an ascetic lifestyle, preached the gospel of Jesus Christ, and refused to hurt any of God’s creatures (one apocryphal tale claims that he angrily threw away his shoe out of guilt for having accidently stepped on a worm). Some of these fabled characteristics are based in truth. Johnny Appleseed did live well below his financial means, for example, giving people the false impression that he was a poor man. But Johnny Appleseed’s true accomplishments — the successful accumulation of wealth through entrepreneurial speculation and calculated claims to the private property he developed with his apple seeds — have been entirely omitted from the legends taught to schoolchildren. Accurately told, the life of Johnny Appleseed is a capitalist success story.” (09/18/17)

https://mises.org/blog/johnny-appleseed-land-speculator-alcohol-dealer-capitalist

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33) Healthcare is so expensive because you don’t pay for it yourself
Source: Heartland Institute
by Greg Scandlen

“Almost everyone involved in health care will tell you that the greatest problem in our system is that we pay on a fee-for-service basis. Almost everyone is wrong. The logic is obvious: paying a fee for a service encourages providers to get more fees by providing more services. Ergo, we consume too much and spend too much. Ipso facto, getting rid of fee-for-service would result in fewer services and less spending. Case closed. Well, maybe not. In fact, almost everything we do in the course of our economic lives, we do on a fee-for-service basis. When we go to the movies, get our oil changed, have our roof replaced, buy a computer, get a haircut, hire a babysitter, buy a steak dinner, get someone to do our taxes or defend us in a suit, we do it on a fee-for-service basis. None of it is particularly inflationary. … What is unique about health care is not fee-for-service, but third-party payment. Only in health care is someone else picking up the tab for our spending.” (09/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/health-care-is-so-expensive-because-you-dont-pay-for-it-yourself/

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34) Don’t worry about short-term deficit
Source: USA Today
by Chris Edwards

“With tweets, speeches and meetings, President Trump is urging Congress to cut taxes by the end of the year. The president argues that our high business taxes are driving investment abroad and hurting U.S. workers. Most members of Congress agree that we need to reduce our 35% federal corporate tax rate, which is one of the highest in the world. The disagreement comes when Trump says he wants ‘the biggest tax cut … in the history of our country,’ as he tweeted the other day. He seems to be promising to vastly slash Uncle Sam’s grab from our wallets. That would be great if Trump and Congress matched the tax cuts with spending cuts. But without the latter, deficits would rise and simply impose higher taxes on people down the road. … Alas, Republicans cannot seem to cut spending, and they have not yet agreed on which tax breaks to repeal. Without such deficit offsets, they should scale back their tax package to just the most pro-growth elements, particularly a corporate tax rate cut.” (09/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/17/pro-growth-tax-changes-editorials-debates/105736672

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35) The “Child Care for Working Families Act” is deja vu all over again
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua McCabe

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: *Public opinion polls suggest Americans are increasingly concerned with the rising cost of raising children. * A Democratic presidential candidate makes government support for child care one of the centerpieces of their election campaign. * The candidate eventually loses that election but the new Republican administration recognizes the public’s demand for policies that address the problem. * In response, Republicans float proposals for a refundable child tax credit to assist families with child care costs. * Despite the promise of the administration’s proposal, anti-poverty groups remain on the sidelines. * Instead, they throw their support behind a proposal from Congressional Democrats for a child care package made up of new regulations and grants to states for subsidizing daycare centers with the goal of outflanking the administration. If you thought I was describing the recently announced Child Care for Working Families Act, you would be making a good guess, but what I was actually describing is the Act for Better Child Care Services (ABC) bill from 1988.” (09/18/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/child-care-working-families-act-deja-vu/

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36) Environmentalist policy is creating an “economy of exclusion”
Source: Acton Institute
by Philip Booth

“Pope Francis likes to talk about how we have created an ‘economy of exclusion.’ For example, in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, ‘Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion.’ Interestingly, when Pope Francis raises this question, he is accused of being anti-capitalist or anti-free market. He has invited dialogue; therefore, supporters of a free economy should respond.” (09/18/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/18/environmentalist-policy-creating-economy-exclusion

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37) In Florida, you can’t use your own solar panels in a crisis
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“When I think about solar panels, its not just the use of a renewable resource I find appealing, but also the potential to take energy generation into your own hands; something that can prove quite useful in a major global crisis, or even something more minor like Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida. The latter could’ve be a lifesaver for some Florida residents recently, but a local electric utility has done everything in its power to deny its customers such freedom.” [editor’s note: I did find SMALL solar panels quite useful during the post-storm power outage — solar lanterns and solar cell phone charger; but yes, I would love to have a whole-house solar system that need not necessarily connect to “the grid” or go down with said grid (the latter is just insane) – TLK] (09/18/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/09/18/in-florida-you-cant-use-your-own-solar-panels-in-a-crisis/

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38) Ludwig von Mises on collectivist fallacies and interventionist follies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“For more than a century the world has been caught in the grip of social engineers and political paternalists determined to either radically remake society from top to bottom in collectivist directions, or to use various government regulatory and redistributive policies to try to modify existing society into desired ‘social justice’ forms and shapes. Both are based on false conceptions of man and society.” (09/18/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ludwig-von-mises-collectivist-fallacies-interventionist-follies/

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39) Who says breakthrough drugs cost too much?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The FDA last month approved a gene-altering treatment for childhood leukemia, called Kymriah. While its healing potential is profound, so is its price tag, sparking another round of ill-informed debate on drug costs. The treatment, developed by Novartis, is intended only for patients who haven’t responded to other cancer regimens. It works by altering the genes of the patient’s own white blood cells so they will target leukemia cells, and it’s the first of what promises to be a revolution in treating and even curing cancer. But the drug’s $475,000 price tag is raising eyebrows. It’s not the first breakthrough drug to carry an enormous price tag (Sovaldi, which can cure hepatitis C, costs $84,000), and it won’t be the last. This will no doubt turbocharge efforts to impose price controls on the drug industry.” (09/15/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/kymriah-price-tag-sparks-renewed-talk-of-drug-price-controls-2

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40) America may push Iran into becoming the next nuclear crisis
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“An increasingly popular line of argument among proponents of a militant policy toward Tehran is that North Korea’s behavior is a harbinger of what the United States will face regarding Iran if Washington does not harden its approach. During an appearance on the Fox News program ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ in mid-July, prolific neoconservative author retired Col. Ralph Peters warned that if the United States did not confront Iran now, then it would in a few years encounter the same kind of nuclear crisis with that country as the current nightmare with North Korea. … Using North Korea’s behavior as an excuse to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran is at best a dangerously simplistic reaction. Although hawks typically insist that their goal is to replace the current version with a better, stronger one that more effectively reins in Tehran’s supposed nuclear ambitions, at least some hardliners clearly want U.S. military action against Iran. That course would be extraordinarily reckless.” (09/17/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/america-may-push-iran-becoming-next-nuclear-crisis

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41) New libertarian politics, part 1: The importance of pragmatism
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Zack Sorenson

“Libertarianism has come to a point where it must embrace pragmatic solutions like never before. The stakes are high: the possibility of nuclear war, technology that could liberate the earth or otherwise lead to permanent tyranny, the cusp of a potentially unprecedented economic disaster and the resultant social chaos. These issues demand the sound guidance of libertarian wisdom for Earth to make it through the coming challenges successfully. Humanity needs libertarian wisdom, even if it refuses to agree with libertarians. If humanity rejects our ideology, it remains paramount that we still use our ideas to save humanity — and ourselves. This means that libertarians must be willing, but also able, to act pragmatically to employ our wisdom in support of our values.” (09/18/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/libertarianism/new-libertarian-approaches-politics-1-3-importance-pragmatism/

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42) Half a win is better than none
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Jennifer Anderson criticized her local sheriff. Her family’s home was raided in 2016 by the sheriff as a result. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s reaction to criticism was ugly and unconscionable, but it hasn’t been allowed to stand. On the other hand, the sheriff hasn’t been adequately punished, either.” (09/18/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/18/half-a-win-is-better-than-none/

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43) Brexit’s dangers
Source: Cato Unbound
by Sam Bowman

“Most people did not vote to Leave for classical liberal reasons. The ‘control’ of Brexit is more likely to lead to more extensive government and less freedom for Britons. And the economic losses of Brexit are real and likely to get worse. The costs and risks of Brexit are much greater than Dan suggests, and the future bleaker. We cannot plan for a freer future without acknowledging the difficult path ahead of us.” (09/18/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/09/18/sam-bowman/brexits-dangers

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44) Here we go again …
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“As world stock markets continued to climb to cyclical — if not all — time highs, it became almost the norm for industry talking heads to season their smatterings of media insight with a brief, talismanic expression of scepticism, uttered partly to appease the ever-jealous God of the Markets but mainly so as to be on record as ‘having foreseen the crash’ as and when one eventually occurs. The plain truth is that most of these people have long been nigh-on fully invested and/or eager buyers of the occasional dip, even if they do have one eye on their post-panic, personal LinkedIn puffery. Actions speak very much louder than words, I would venture.” (09/18/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/09/here-we-go-again/

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45) Your Monday morning laugh (mine too)
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“In case you missed it, you might enjoy a good laugh with me on this Periscope. Topics: 1. President Trump’s tweet about ‘Rocket Man;’ 2. President Trump’s golf ball tweet; 3. My list of magical thinking arguments on Twitter; 4. I add a few words to the list of insults that should never be uttered in public.” (09/18/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/165472819646/your-monday-morning-laugh-mine-too

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46) No, Antifa, this is not the 1930s and we don’t need to punch a Nazi
Source: CounterPunch
by Janet Contursi

“What strikes me in the rhetoric of the ultra-left is a sense of urgency and danger, which then feeds the perceived need for the use of force against an overwhelming enemy. This is a crusade, and the enemy is evil itself. So, to the question of, ‘Why do you use violence,’ Antifa answers, ‘Violence is necessary against Nazis because you can’t talk to evil.’ If this seems to mirror what imperialist America has been saying about its ‘enemies’ for decades, that’s no coincidence. The war industry has become America’s bread and butter, and its world view has percolated down through every level of society.” (09/18/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/18/no-antifa-this-is-not-the-1930s-and-we-dont-need-to-punch-a-nazi/

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47) Private foundations and their child-like customers
Source: EconLog
by Jennifer K Thompson

“As we do with many institutions, we tend to think of nonprofits monolithically: nonprofits, we are likely to say, are tax-exempt organizations that benefit the public. We often understand philanthropy in much the same, one-size-fits-all way: philanthropy is giving (whether in time or dollars) that is ‘other-oriented,’ as Professor Reich puts it in the first few minutes of this EconTalk conversation on Foundations and Philanthropy. The reality, however, is that the landscape of nonprofits and donors in the United States is diverse and extensive. … Of the 1.5 million nonprofit entities in the United State, only about seven percent are private foundations. Those seven percent, however, accounted for about fifteen percent (or nearly $60 billion) of charitable giving in 2016, and, if one believes that the philanthropic distribution of funds is an exercise of power, this means private foundations are the most powerful institutions in terms of charitable giving.” (09/18/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/09/private_foundat.html

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48) New US law blurs the line between hate speech and hate crime
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“Eleven years ago, this essay argued against hate-crime laws. One argument read ‘People can eventually be accused of hate crimes when they use hateful speech. Hate crimes laws are a seed that can sprout in new directions.’ This has now come to pass, I am sorry to say. This week, the Congress passed S. J. Res. 49, and President Trump signed it, making it part of the U.S. legal code. The law rejects “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups …’ But why? Because of their ideas? Because of their expression of these ideas? No government that stands for freedom and free speech, whose charge is to protect rights, should be singling out specific groups by name and by law declaring them as outlaws or threats because of their philosophies.” (09/18/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/09/michael-s-rozeff/new-u-s-law-blurs-the-line-between-hate-speech-and-hate-crime/

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49) The new Red Scare
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“These days America sometimes looks as if it were slipping into the grip of another Red Scare. Only this time the object of fear and loathing is the far-right menace, not the far-left one. The first Red Scare happened after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The second followed WWII, and helped commence the Cold War. Both scares involved a hysterical overreaction to a genuine threat. Totalitarian communism was antithetical to America’s most cherished values, and anti-communism was the morally correct position to take. Some took it too far. … Those debates have passed into history’s sepia pages. Now the current debate over the alt-right has begun to display some of the same hallmarks.” (09/18/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/18/the-new-red-scare

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50) Restorative justice and sexual violence accountability
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“Anarchists take a hard stand against the prison system and carceral, punitive, and statist punishments schemas. As a result, we seek alternatives and tend to veer towards community and survivor-led accountability processes with a generally restorative and transformative intention. Restorative justice (RJ) is an approach towards dealing with harm done that focuses on repairing the actual harm rather than just physically removing or punishing someone. Transformative justice (TJ) is the larger structural lens that should accompany restorative processes and seeks to transform the conditions that contribute to cycles of marginalization, violence, and trauma without removing personal accountability for offenders. Transformative justice seeks to normalize a culture of restorative rather than punitive justice beyond individual cases.” (09/18/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50028

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51) Beware back-to-school stories celebrating online education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“This year, there’s a certain type of ‘back-to-school’ news story you’re bound to see in local newspapers. The stories typically start with: ‘[Student A] goes to school in her pajamas, and [student B] often does her lessons with a pet dog or cat on her lap.’ Instead of attending ‘typical schools,’ these students get their education via a computer connected to the internet. The internet-based schools have different names (cyber, virtual, online, etc.), but the gist of these stories is that ‘thousands of students head back to class without leaving their homes,’ and it’s all good. … These stories often spotlight the benefits to individual students …. These stories rarely consider how well these online schools serve the needs of most students and families, however, especially whether they are the best use of precious tax dollars devoted to education.” [editor’s note: And so the homogenization of the “Prussian factory-worker model continues, as it “serves” the “needs of “most students and families” as they are accustomed to – SAT] (09/18/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170915/beware-the-back-to-school-stories-celebrating-online-education

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52) Quantum Vibe, 09/18/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/18/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1686

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53) Compulsory schooling is incompatible with freedom
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kerry McDonald

“If we care about freedom, we should reject compulsory schooling. A relic of 19th-century industrial America, compulsory schooling statutes reduced the broad and noble goal of an educated citizenry into a one-size-fits-all system of state-controlled mass schooling that persists today.” (09/17/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/compulsory-schooling-incompatible-freedom

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54) Bitcoin Cash network continues to grow with an ambitious roadmap
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“It’s been over forty-eight days since the hard fork, and the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network is alive and well. As the blockchain’s days continue, BCH developers have been revealing the upcoming plans to improve the cryptocurrency’s protocol. Discussions revolving around bitcoin cash development shows the protocol’s programmers have a very ambitious roadmap for the digital currency’s future. This includes a deep focus on on-chain scaling, and not fearing hard forks down the road in order to upgrade the BCH software.” (09/18/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-cash-network-continues-to-grow-with-an-ambitious-roadmap/

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55) The Supreme Court failed us on Vietnam
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“With last night’s beginning of Ken Burns’ new documentary about the Vietnam War, the war will be brought back to the front burner for national discussion and debate. There is one thing that is crystal clear and indisputable about the U.S. intervention into Vietnam’s civil war: The intervention was illegal under our form of government. That’s because it was waged in violation of the U.S. Constitution, the document that sets forth the powers of U.S. officials, including those in the military and the CIA.” (09/18/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/18/supreme-court-failed-us-vietnam/

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56) Divination
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Since the beginning of civilization, ‘authorities’ have lusted for the magical ability to divine which of the peons might be disobeying their diktats. Primitive cultures often believed in trials by ordeal, in which the guilty would be revealed by failing certain tests (presumably because the favor of the gods was believed to be necessary to pass these tests). … Of course, as time went on cops and prosecutors embraced far more dependable ‘evidence’ of criminality, such as winking, possession of condoms, walking on certain streets and the type (or lack) of underwear. And the outrageously-racist rhetoric of Lombruso and his ilk were replaced by more subtle (but still purely racist) excuses for targeting black people. ‘Forensic science’ gave cops tools like bite-mark analysis, recovered memories and ‘signs’ that an infant was shaken to death; these were used to send hundreds of innocent people to rot in cages, despite being no better at detecting ‘criminals’ than sacrificing a goat and examining its entrails.” (09/18/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/divination/

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57) The disgrace [sic] of “60 Minutes”
Source: The American Prospect
by Todd Gitlin

“As mainstream TV journalism strives to redeem itself from the degraded spectacle of its 2016 campaign coverage, CBS News might be expected to lead the parade of penitents–not because it has more to be ashamed of (that honor belongs to CNN for its orgy of Trump rallies), but because it’s something of a standard-bearer. So expectations rose when 60 Minutes announced it had scored the first post-White House sit-down with Steve Bannon. But Charlie Rose’s conversation with Bannon, broadcast September 10, illustrates everything with showboat journalism and circus politics. There are lessons that might be learned if those in charge wanted to learn. It was the usual sort of wink-wink collusion inside the Beltway.” [editor’s note: Funny how this provokes this venom, when “60 Minutes” has been doing powder-puff stuff on Democrats (esp. the former throneholder) for decades – SAT] (09/18/17)

http://prospect.org/article/disgrace-%E2%80%9860-minutes%E2%80%99

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58) Making a mockery of juries
Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Few institutions attract as much slander as the English jury. So it is no surprise to see reports last week claiming that research, published by the University of Huddersfield, shows that jurors are affected by bias when considering rape cases. … even at this early stage, correlation appears to have been confused with causation. Moreover, the speed with which the so-far sketchy research has been seized on by certain observers shows how academic work can become a powerful tool for those seeking to challenge the status of the jury in the courtroom.” (09/18/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/making-a-mockery-of-juries/

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59) Kuyper on the consent theory of government
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brandon Adams

“In 1879, Calvinist politician and theologian Abraham Kuyper founded the Anti-Revolutionary Party in the Netherlands, which took its name in opposition to the enlightenment-influenced French Revolution, which was founded upon a version of the consent theory known as the social contract. Kuyper mistakenly associated the consent theory of government with the enlightenment (Beza argued it has always been the basis of every legitimate government). But in his zeal to oppose unbiblical enlightenment ideas, Kuyper wound up pointing out the inherent flaw in the reformed theory of government.” (09/17/17)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/kuyper-on-the-consent-theory-of-government/

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60) The silencing of dissent
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of ‘fake news.’ No dominant class can long retain control when the credibility of the ideas that justify its existence evaporates. It is forced, at that point, to resort to crude forms of coercion, intimidation and censorship. This ideological collapse in the United States has transformed those of us who attack the corporate state into a potent threat, not because we reach large numbers of people, and certainly not because we spread Russian propaganda, but because the elites no longer have a plausible counterargument.” (09/18/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Silencing-of-Dissent-by-Chris-Hedges-Blacklist_Brutality_Censorship_Corporations-170918-77.html

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

61) Foreign Policy Focus, episode #94
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #94, I discuss why US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is awful. Haley continues to advocate for war and refuses to do her job as a diplomat. I also update Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-94-nikki-haley-is-awful

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1003
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“We’re taught that Alexander Hamilton is one of the indispensable men in the American story. In his new book — released just today — How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America, historian Brion McClanahan takes on this historical icon. In today’s discussion we focus in particular on how the federal courts extended the life of some of Hamilton’s worst ideas, which we continue to struggle with today.” (09/18/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1003-alexander-hamilton-and-the-awful-judges-who-carried-on-his-legacy/

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63) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 137
Source: KN@PPSTER

In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (climate change, to the moon Alice, groups that aren’t libertarian but that I like anyway) :: EFF leaves W3C over EME/DRM.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-137-ok.html

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64) Reason Podcast, 09/18/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s episode of the Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, and Andrew Heaton talk spineless university administrators, ‘Medicare for all,’ and Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) push for a floor vote to sunset the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/18/manning-healthcare-harvard-podcast

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65) Peaceful Anarchism, episode 22
Source: Everything Voluntary

“An analogy can be drawn of the tragedy of the commons as it relates to giving many children a pile of chips and letting them free to fight for the chips.” [various formats] (09/17/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/peaceful-anarchism-022-tragedy-commons-potato-chips-6m

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66) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 313
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by Maine State Senator and a man who has been called ‘The Next Rand Paul’ since he announced the launch of his run for U.S. Senate in 2016, Eric Brakey! Eric is the only Senate candidate currently endorsed by both Ron Paul and Rand Paul. Listen today as Eric explains how he became interested in the ideas of liberty, how he won his State Senate seat on a small government platform, and how he plans to become the youngest Senator in history by defeating Angus King in the 2018 U.S. Senate election.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/09/18/next-rand-paul-ron-rand-endorsed-eric-brakey-u-s-senate/

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67) The Bob Zadek Show, 09/17/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Michael [Strong] joins guest hosts Charlie Deist (producer of The Bob Zadek Show) and Joe Quirk (President of The Seasteading Institute) to distinguish between valid critiques of historical capitalism and dogmatic repression of the entrepreneurial spirit. Strong will also propose his biggest idea yet for unleashing human potential — the startup city.” [various formats] (09/17/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/9/15/michael-strong-on-creating-a-world-in-which-all-humanity-flourishes

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68) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/18/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes (1st hour), Jeremy Heisenberg, and MWD yak about the LP threatening to sue people for calling themselves libertarians, the insane salaries of cops in NY, a case of life imitating art, a MWD health update and his new love of synthesizers, the movies ‘Dying To Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary’ and ‘The Baader Meinhof Complex,’ and MWD fits 3 months of built-up talking into an hour.” [various formats] (09/18/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15053

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69) Free Talk Live, 09/17/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Broadcasting From the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe’s Grand Opening in Portsmouth, NH :: Operating the Store :: Is Bitcoin the Best? :: Bitcoin and Banks :: World Famous Bitcoin Tour :: Derrick J’s Favorite Customer Stories :: Joel Valenzuela from Dash Force News Joins Us :: Cryptocurrency Acceptance in Other Countries :: Bitcoin Vending Machine :: Victimless Crime Spree Fifth Anniversary.” [Flash audio or MP3]

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-17

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70) The Anarchist Experience, episode 130
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss the Bitcoin Dip, conversations with Libtards, and this headline: Police ‘Protect’ Society by Stealing Man’s Money for Improperly Selling Hot Dogs.” [Flash audio] (09/17/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/the-anarchist-experience-130/

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