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In the News:

1) NC: McRory declares state of emergency, deploys troops in Charlotte
2) Yemen: Saudi invaders’ airstrikes kill at least 11
3) Fed stands pat on rates, signals December hike
4) US grants Airbus first chance to sell airplanes to Iran
5) Trump calls for nationwide “stop-and-frisk” policy
6) Egypt: At least 29 dead after boat carrying 600 migrants capsizes off coast
7) Egypt: News chief fired after airing wrong Sisi interview
8) UK: Anti-Trump campaigners hit London’s streets in red bus
9) Photos on Dark Web reveal geo-locations of 229 drug dealers
10) Mexico: Police find homemade cannon to launch drugs over US border
11) CA: Skin care company donates over $600,000 to cannabis legalization efforts
12) Clinton & Trump foundations hit with new allegations
13) Titan: NASA has explanation for “impossible” cloud formation
14) Hackers take remote control of Tesla’s brakes and door locks from 12 miles away
15) Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace
16) CA: Women accused of holding four men as slaves on pot plantation
17) Nicaragua: Opposition abandons presidential race citing lack of funding
18) SEC gang looks for hook to hang next bribe demand to Exxon Mobil on
19) China’s Heavenly Palace to make an uncontrolled return from the heavens
20) Arpaio, desperate to get back in the spotlight, tries to resurrect Obama birther idiocy
21) Clinton’s IT guy asked Reddit for help altering emails, a Twitter sleuth claims
22) Turkey: Attack on Israeli embassy foiled
23) Top Ron Paul aides avoid prison in campaign bribery case
24) Syria: Four killed in airstrike on aid group
25) Musk to unveil interplanetary transport system for human Mars mission

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The NCAA and the ACC oppose discrimination, sometimes
27) Election 2016: Of dog legs and “debates”
28) Improving grand juries
29) Don’t help cops violate others
30) Globalization is not the problem, it’s the solution
31) On the border, hostility to Trump’s wall
32) The Crooked News Network
33) Now is the time to plan for a post Islamic state Mosul
34) Wards of the nanny state: Protecting America’s children from police state goons, bureaucratic idiots and mercenary creeps
35) We must defend everyone’s rights even if we disagree with how they exercise them
36) Don’t waste your vote on the corporate agenda, vote for Jill Stein & the Greens
37) Growing up
38) You need 7200 pounds of Skittles for Trump Jr.’s Syrian refugee analogy
39) Wells Fargo had a bad day. That’s a start.
40) Pit bulls are neither monsters nor teddy bears
41) Facebook nudity ban affects all kinds of users
42) Don’t blame Millennials for scarily close election, blame Baby Boomers
43) Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
44) Do you hear that? It’s the drumbeat for school choice getting louder
45) Is terrorism effective?
46) The assassination of Orlando Letelier and the politics of silence
47) Would Trump nominate Peter Thiel to Supreme Court?
48) It’s political malpractice, stupid
49) A dummy’s guide to depending on government?
51) Teaching students to be mentally ill
52) Dying celebrities are a sign of thriving economies
53) Free Chelsea Manning today!
54) How to protect workers from job-stealing robots
55) Hard landings
56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 09/20/16
57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 741
58) Free Talk Live, 09/20/16
59) More terrorist blowback in NY and NJ
60) How I became an agent for America’s most powerful cartel

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

1) NC: McRory declares state of emergency, deploys troops in Charlotte
Source: Washington Post

“After a second night of violent demonstrations here that left one man clinging to life and several businesses damaged, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency just before midnight Wednesday and sent the National Guard and state troopers to assist local police. … In the aftermath of the death Tuesday afternoon of Keith Lamont Scott, anger in the streets turned to looting, arson and other property damage in the swanky downtown …. At a news conference Wednesday, Charlotte police insisted that Scott had a gun and was posing an ‘imminent deadly threat’ when officers shot him outside an apartment complex near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Scott’s family, however, said he was unarmed when he was killed and was instead reading a book in his car while waiting to pick up his child from school …” (09/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2016/09/21/cba5221c-800b-11e6-8d0c-fb6c00c90481_story.html

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2) Yemen: Saudi invaders’ airstrikes kill at least 11
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“Aircraft from the Saudi-led coalition targeting Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen struck targets in the eastern port city of Hodeida on Wednesday, killing 11 people, including women and children, Yemeni security officials said. A dozen wounded were brought to the hospital after the raid, which left several residential areas in rubble, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.” (09/21/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/saudi-led-airstrikes-in-yemen-kill-at-least/article_0147773a-f6d5-549b-ba2e-bc31e1e44236.html

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3) Fed stands pat on rates, signals December hike
Source: USA Today

“A divided Federal Reserve held its key interest rate steady Wednesday and once again lowered its projected path of rate increases amid a weaker economic outlook, but signaled that a hike later this year is likely. ‘The Committee judges that the case for an increase in the federal funds rate has strengthened but decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objective,’ the Fed said in a statement after a two-day meeting. The decision was widely expected and marked a significant concession from a Fed that in December had forecast four quarter-point rate increases in 2016. Instead, it’s almost certain the Fed will bump up rates just once, at most, this year, possibly at a mid-December meeting after the presidential election. Yet a move later this year appears increasingly likely. Ten of the 17 Fed officials still expect one rate hike this year.” (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/09/21/fed-stands-pat-rates-signals-dec-hike/90776920

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4) US grants Airbus first chance to sell airplanes to Iran
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“Airbus on Wednesday became the first airplane manufacturer to receive U.S. government permission to sell aircraft to Iran following last year’s nuclear accord, getting final approval for a 17-plane sale that’s part of a larger $25-billion deal. The European aviation company’s announcement, coming as Iranian and U.S. leaders are in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, showed that the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama is honoring the economic terms of the pact.” [editor’s note: Why on God’s green earth would a European company need an American government’s permission to sell planes to an Iranian airline? – TLK] (09/21/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/us-grants-airbus-first-chance-to-sell-airplanes-to-iran/article_9a6c687a-0d44-5056-bd5f-3f725ebd4d30.html

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5) Trump calls for nationwide “stop-and-frisk” policy
Source: Politico

“Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policing practice to be instituted nationwide as a means of combating violent crime in America’s inner cities. In a pre-taped interview on Fox News scheduled to air Wednesday night, Trump was asked by an audience member what he would do to address ‘violence in the black community’ and ‘black-on-black crime.’ Trump responded by proposing that ‘stop-and-frisk’ policing, in which an officer is empowered to stop an individual and frisk them for weapons or any other illegal contraband, be adopted nationwide.” (09/21/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/donald-trump-stop-and-frisk-228486

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6) Egypt: At least 29 dead after boat carrying 600 migrants capsizes off coast
Source: CNN

“A boat carrying 600 migrants has capsized off the Egyptian coast near Kafr al-Sheikh, the Egyptian military said Wednesday. Around 150 people have been rescued and authorities have retrieved at least 29 bodies so far, the country’s state media reported. The boat was on its way to Italy, the news agency MENA reported, attributing the information to the military.” (09/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/21/middleeast/boat-capsize-migrants/

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7) Egypt: News chief fired after airing wrong Sisi interview
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The head of news at Egyptian state television has been sacked after the channel mistakenly aired an old interview of the country’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Channel 1 was expected to broadcast a recent interview the president granted to the US network PBS. But it instead aired a year-old interview with the same network. The transmission was halted when staff realised the mistake. Mostafa Shehata confirmed he was fired. But he told AFP news agency that it was ‘illogical’ as other people had been involved in the transmission as well, putting it down to ‘fate.’ The broadcast had been timed to link in with the president’s current visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.” [editor’s note: Maybe Egypt is coming into the modern world, since he was fired instead of just being beheaded – SAT] (09/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-37430845

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8) UK: Anti-Trump campaigners hit London’s streets in red bus
Source: Reuters

“Activists urging American expats in Britain to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election took to the streets of London on Wednesday in a red open-top double-decker bus adorned with anti-Donald Trump posters. Organisers, online activist network Avaaz, put up flags, balloons and posters reading ‘American Abroad: Vote to Stop Trump’ on the bus, referring to the Republican presidential nominee who faces Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 vote. Some 30 activists filled the top of the bus as it made its way around the British capital, chanting ‘Stop Trump!’ and singing along to the Bruce Springsteen song, ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ The bus made stops along the way, with campaigners using tablets to help some expats register for the vote. Some eight million Americans live abroad, of which more than 220,000 live in Britain. However, just 12 percent of them vote, Avaaz said in a statement.” (09/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-london-bus-idUSKCN11R292

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9) Photos on Dark Web reveal geo-locations of 229 drug dealers
Source: The Hacker News

“It’s a Fact! No matter how smart the criminals are, they always leave some trace behind. Two Harvard students have unmasked around 229 drug and weapon dealers with the help of pictures taken by criminals and used in advertisements placed on dark web markets. Do you know each image contains a range of additional hidden data stored within it that can be a treasure to the investigators fighting criminals?” (09/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/dark-web-drug-weapon.html

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10) Mexico: Police find homemade cannon to launch drugs over US border
Source: PanAm Post

“Mexican authorities believe that a stolen van that was parked near the border between Mexico and the United States was used to launch drugs to Douglas, Arizona using a cannon. Last week, federal security forces in Mexico found the van that had been reported stolen in the state of Sonora. The van was parked in a street in the town of Agua Prieta located adjacent to Douglas. A large cannon had been attached to the vehicle, according to Mexican authorities.” (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/home-made-cannon-to-launch-drugs-over-the-us-border-found-in-mexico/

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11) CA: Skin care company donates over $600,000 to cannabis legalization efforts
Source: Smell the Truth

“The people behind Dr. Bronner’s are just as concerned about legalizing cannabis as they are creating high-quality skin care products. The Vista, Calif.-based company dedicated to producing all-natural organic body care products will donate over $660,000 towards responsible marijuana legalization initiatives in California and four more states slated to vote on the matter this November, reports the Cannabist. Following a move to leave the Organic Trade Association over removing mandatory GMO labels, CEO David Bronner decided instead to use their resources to help current ballot campaigns to raise the minimum wage, provide animal welfare, and reform marijuana laws. Working with allies New Approach and the Marijuana Policy Project, Dr. Bronner’s donations will help go into responsible cannabis legalization and regulation campaigns in California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada.” (09/20/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/09/20/dr-bronners-donates-over-600000-to-marijuana-legalization-efforts-in-five-states

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12) Clinton & Trump foundations hit with new allegations
Source: Fox News

“The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump campaigns are both dealing with new questions about the dealings of the foundations that bear their names — after one report claimed the GOP nominee used charity money to pay legal fees, while another detailed a new case of alleged overlaps between Bill Clinton’s speaking fees and a Clinton Foundation grant. A Wall Street Journal report Wednesday detailed how The Fragrance Foundation (a perfume trade group whose industry would later benefit from a Clinton Foundation project in Haiti) had in 2014 given Bill Clinton $260,000 for a speech that lasted less than an hour. After the speech, the foundation organized and partially funded an effort to get Haitian farmers to plant thousands of lime trees to help both the farmers and the perfume and beverage industries which were suffering from a shortage of limeoil, the Journal reported. A spokesman for the Clinton Foundation told the Journal there was no connection between the speech and the work in Haiti, saying the project was part of an effort to reverse deforestation in Haiti and help the economy. However, the Trump campaign blasted the Clintons over the report, saying it showed the foundation is ‘first and foremost an arm of the Clintons’ political and buck-raking apparatus.'” (09/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/09/21/clinton-trump-foundations-hit-with-new-allegations.html

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13) Titan: NASA has explanation for “impossible” cloud formation
Source: International Business Times

“Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the only other object in our solar system that has evidence of stable liquid on its surface. … the stratosphere, the north and south winter poles of the moon, have ‘impossible’ ice clouds whose existence is confusing scientists. The clouds, first spotted decades ago by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, are made of dicyanoacetylene (C4N2) — the compound partially responsible for giving the moon its brownish-orange hue. What makes their presence so counterintuitive is the fact that the chemical composition of the surrounding stratosphere contains little to no dicyanoacetylene. … [Carrie Anderson of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center] and her colleagues at Goddard and Caltech have a new explanation: the clouds are not formed by condensation. Instead, they theorize that dicyanoacetylene is formed by reactions taking place inside other ice particles — a process they call ‘solid-state chemistry.'” (09/21/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/saturn-moon-titan-nasa-has-explanation-impossible-cloud-formation-2420037

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14) Hackers take remote control of Tesla’s brakes and door locks from 12 miles away
Source: The Hacker News

“Next time when you find yourself hooked up behind the wheel, make sure your car is actually in your control. Hackers can remotely hijack your car and even control its brakes from 12 miles away. Car hacking is a hot topic. Today many automobiles companies have been offering vehicles with the majority of functions electronically controlled, from instrument cluster to steering, brakes, and accelerator.” (09/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/09/hack-tesla-autopilot.html

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15) Massive John Lennon painting pays tribute to International Day of Peace
Source: USA Today

“A Guinness World Record holder is marking the International Day of Peace with a 2,500 square foot painting of John Lennon. Eric Waugh, who earned a Guinness World Record in 2001 for creating the ‘world’s largest painting on canvas by a single artist,’ created his Lennon tribute, Imagine Again, in Austin, Texas. Waugh used 10 gallons of Valspar Optimus paint provided by Ace Hardware to create the piece, which is a tribute to Lennon’s dream for ‘a world without strife, war’ or conflict, according to a statement.” (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/nation-now/2016/09/21/massive-john-lennon-painting-pays-tribute-international-day-peace/90731916/

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16) CA: Women accused of holding four men as slaves on pot plantation
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Two women have been arrested on charges of holding four brothers captive at an illegal marijuana farm in Northern California and forcing them to work there for six months, police said Wednesday. The men ran away in July from the secluded pot growing operation in the small Sierra Nevada mountain range town of West Point after overhearing they would be killed after the harvest, said Calaveras County Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo. … The arrested women, Guadalupe Sierra Arellano, 43, and Medarda Urbieta, 44, were charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, terrorist threats, and drug charges.” (09/21/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Police-4-men-held-at-California-pot-farm-forced-9237380.php

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17) Nicaragua: Opposition abandons presidential race citing lack of funding
Source: PanAm Post

“Nicaragua’s Independent Liberal Party presidential candidate has dropped out. Pedro Reyes, who was running against incumbent Daniel Ortega, cut his candidacy short on Monday citing a lack of financing. Reyes also said the decision was a PR move intended to bolster popularity for his party.” (09/21/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/09/21/opposition-abandons-race-in-nicaragua-over-low-popularity-and-lack-of-financing/

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18) SEC gang looks for hook to hang next bribe demand to Exxon Mobil on
Source: Houston Chronicle

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Exxon Mobil’s accounting practices, intensifying the pressure on the oil company to better disclose the financial risks posed by climate change. The federal agency requested information and documents from Exxon Mobil Corp. and its accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in August on how the company is managing the growing financial risk that climate change poses to its business, Exxon Mobil confirmed Tuesday. The SEC is also looking at why the company has not written down the value of its oil reserves in light of the crash in crude prices since 2014. ‘We are fully complying with the SEC request for information and are confident our financial reporting meets all legal and accounting requirements,’ Exxon Mobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said.” (09/21/16)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/SEC-investigates-Exxon-Mobil-s-accounting-9235374.php

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19) China’s Heavenly Palace to make an uncontrolled return from the heavens
Source: Ars Technica

“China says its first space station, launched in 2011, will return to Earth sometime during the second half of 2017. Chinese space officials cannot say exactly when, or where the Tiangong-1 laboratory will return to Earth, however. The small space station, named ‘Heavenly Palace,’ is presently at an orbit of about 370km, Chinese officials said. But it can no longer sustain such a high orbit and will gradually begin falling back to Earth.” (09/21/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/chinas-heavenly-palace-to-make-an-uncontrolled-return-from-the-heavens/

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20) Arpaio, desperate to get back in the spotlight, tries to resurrect Obama birther idiocy
Source: Arizona Republic

“Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Tuesday vowed to the Surprise Tea Party Patriots, the group that five years ago petitioned him to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, that he was continuing the inquiry [sic]. … For Arpaio, last week’s statement by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that Obama was born in this country had no weight on his volunteer posse’s work. ‘I don’t care where he’s from,’ Arpaio told the crowd of about 200. ‘We are looking at a forged document. Period.'” (09/21/16)

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/arizona/2016/09/21/arizona-joe-arpaio-still-investigating-obamas-birth-certificate/90743412/

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21) Clinton’s IT guy asked Reddit for help altering emails, a Twitter sleuth claims
Source: Washington Post

“A ‘non-techie’ Twitter sleuth with 3,000 followers has just caused Hillary Clinton’s campaign a new headache: According to screenshots she published Sunday — which are now reportedly under review in the House Oversight Committee — the IT specialist who deleted Clinton’s emails may first have turned to Reddit for advice on the technology. The Reddit posts in question come from a user named stonetear, and were made in July and December 2014. @GOPPollAnalyst, the woman who unearthed the posts, claims stonetear is Paul Combetta, a computer specialist with Platte River Networks who worked with Clinton’s staff during her time as secretary of state. In the posts, stonetear asks for technical advice on retaining and deleting email messages that are more than 60 days old, as well as on removing the email address of an unnamed ‘VERY VIP’ client from email archives.” (09/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/09/20/hillary-clintons-it-guy-asked-reddit-for-help-altering-emails-a-twitter-sleuth-claims/

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22) Turkey: Attack on Israeli embassy foiled
Source: Bloomberg

“Security personnel shot one of two would-be attackers who attempted to enter Israel’s embassy in Turkey’s capital city Ankara, Turkish media reported on Wednesday. Embassy staff took shelter inside the building, Turkey’s NTV television reported. One attacker was a Turkish national who shouted slogans before trying to enter the embassy, NTV said, though there were no further details of his motivation.” (09/21/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-21/israel-says-attack-near-embassy-in-ankara-foiled-one-shot

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23) Top Ron Paul aides avoid prison in campaign bribery case
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

“Former Ron Paul campaign aides Jesse Benton and John Tate were both sentenced to two years probation Tuesday afternoon in a federal courthouse in Des Moines. They are two of the three former campaign workers convicted in a plot to make hidden payments to an Iowa state senator to secure his endorsement for Paul during the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Benton was Paul’s campaign chairman in 2012. Tate was the campaign manager. The two men will each pay a $10,000 fine and serve six months home confinement. Prosecutors had sought 27 months in federal prison.” (09/20/16)

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2016/09/20/ron-paul-aides-facing-prison-time/90734522/

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24) Syria: Four killed in airstrike on aid group
Source: USA Today

“Four aid workers were killed and one was critically injured Wednesday after an airstrike hit a medical clinic in northern Syria. The aid workers were part of International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a Paris-based humanitarian group that operates in territory held by rebels near the besieged city of Aleppo. There were no reports of who carried out the strike. The latest incident came as Washington blamed Moscow for an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday that killed at least 20 people. Russia said it was not involved.” (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/21/us-points-finger-russia-aid-convoy-attack/90771448/

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25) Musk to unveil interplanetary transport system for human Mars mission
Source: Observer

“SpaceX has a long road ahead if they want to lead humanity’s colonization of a new world. In just one week, that endeavor will begin at the International Aeronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico where CEO Elon Musk will give a talk titled Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species. This past week, SpaceX’s billionaire founder started to shed some light on the company’s vision for that mission. Musk tweeted some startling updates on the long-rumored Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) …. It was back in April when Elon Musk confirmed he would reveal his plans to ‘build a city’ on Mars in Guadalajara when prompted by the Observer.” (09/20/16)

http://observer.com/2016/09/elon-musk-to-unveil-interplanetary-transport-system-for-human-mars-mission/

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

26) The NCAA and the ACC oppose discrimination, sometimes
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“There was something very weird about the decisions by the NCAA and the ACC to pull a number of championship events out of North Carolina. The organizations did so to protest the infamous House Bill 2, which forbids localities to enact equal-protection measures for LGBTQ people and requires transgender individuals to use restrooms that align with their anatomical sex, not their gender identity. … Notice anything odd? You should: To protest discrimination, athletic organizations are pulling events that are strictly segregated. The irony is all the richer for the fact that the discrimination being protested — discrimination on the basis of gender identity — is the very sort of discrimination that occurs when schools field separate teams for men and women.” [editor’s note: HB requires people to use restrooms that align with words on their birth certificate, not with their anatomy – TLK] (09/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/09/21/the-ncaa-and-the-acc-oppose-discriminati

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27) Election 2016: Of dog legs and “debates”
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“The idea of a ‘debate’ presupposes reasoned arguments for and against specific propositions. The Hofstra event and its followups won’t be debates. They’ll be combination beauty contests, ‘professional wrestling’ matches, and campaign commercials. The only proposition either candidate will support will be ‘I should be president.’ The closest thing to an argument either one will put forward will be ‘because I am not the other person on this stage.’ At the end of the evening, the audience will have no more clue what, other than personal style, differentiates one candidate from the other than we did at the beginning — for the perfectly good reason that the answer is pretty much nothing.” (09/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7680

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28) Improving grand juries
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen

“While on a grand jury, I tried to persuade others on the jury that they do not work for the DA but for the citizens of the county and that just as the DA can use discretion in bringing charges we can use discretion in indicting — and that doing so may help to send a message to the DA about the sorts of cases we think they should take. In my own view, there should be no criminal laws for victimless crimes, so I would sometimes argue against indicting people for such crimes (drug sales, possession, etc). I challenged some jurors to consider whether they would have indicted anyone for breaking the laws against miscegenation; suggesting some of the charges we were hearing about were just as lacking in moral substance. There was, I admit, some hostility toward me when I looked for reasons not to indict — but I think there was also some appreciation. And I think I had some success.” (09/21/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/09/improving-grand-juries/

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29) Don’t help cops violate others
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“As I was driving down the road one recent day, I saw a truck which the local road pirates had stopped. I don’t know why, or anything about the situation, but I noticed a tow truck moving into position to hook up and take the other truck away. My suspicion is that it wasn’t due to mechanical trouble — usually I see the trucks being worked on by a mechanic in that case. I suspect that for one reason or another, the cops were taking possession of the vehicle due to some ‘law’ being broken. Maybe that wasn’t the case this time — but it often is. If I were a tow truck driver, I wouldn’t help cops.” (09/21/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/09/dont-help-cops-violate-others.html

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30) Globalization is not the problem, it’s the solution
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“One of the most basic ideas in international economics is that policies that reduce productivity, such as environmental controls, do not make a country uncompetitive. Rather the real exchange rate adjusts via either a lower price level or currency devaluation, until the international flow of goods, services and assets is again in equilibrium. Yes, lots of health, safety and environmental regulations might lead to lower wages, but that’s exactly as it should be. Voters should be told that there are no free lunches. You don’t want GMO foods? Fine, but then you’ll have to pay more for food.” (09/21/16)

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

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31) On the border, hostility to Trump’s wall
Source: USA Today
by Rick Jervis

“The three acres of shady land just off of Highway 281 have been in Eloisa Tamez’s family’s possession for more than two centuries. Tamez traces her roots on that small patch of land to 1767, when an ancestor won a grant from the Spanish crown for a stretch of land along the Rio Grande. The land has since been parceled, farmed on and sold off, with Tamez’s three acres one of the last remnants of that family heritage. Today, an 18-foot-tall metal fence runs through the middle of the property, pinching her off from half of her land and providing a daily, rusty reminder of the federal government’s willingness to impose its will on the Rio Grande Valley. ‘It’s very depressing,’ Tamez told me recently. ‘We’re law-abiding American citizens, and we’re not free to move around in our own land.’ I visited this stretch of the border recently to see what border residents and leaders thought about Donald Trump’s proposed border wall. They have experience: They’ve lived with an 18-foot-fence and other barriers for nearly a decade.” (09/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/09/20/voices-border-wall-texas-trump/90675360

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32) The Crooked News Network
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A recent Gallup poll found Americans’ trust in their news media has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Only 32 percent expressed either ‘a great deal’ or ‘a fair amount’ of confidence in the press ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.’ Trust among Republican is down to a mere 14 percent. Sad statistics … but not surprising. Remember Rathergate in 2004? Over the weekend, CNN earned its ‘Clinton News Network’ nickname by blatantly misreporting Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s responses to the terrorist bombings in New York and New Jersey.” (09/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/09/21/the-crooked-news-network/

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33) Now is the time to plan for a post Islamic state Mosul
Source: Reuters
by Mina Al-Oraibi

“Mosul, Iraq, is known as the city of two springs, with autumn days that are as fine as those ahead of summer. This fall, those days could turn even finer. Iraqi forces, supported by the U.S.-led coalition, are preparing for an assault on Islamic State’s most significant stronghold in Iraq. Barring a reversal of policy in Baghdad or Washington, it is almost certain that the military campaign will succeed. What’s uncertain is the cost of that success. The immediate priority will be to protect the city’s 1.5 million-plus civilians and prevent criminal gangs from establishing themselves as the alternative to IS, which has held the city since 2014. Decisions made now, especially in determining whether the Iraqi government, or sectarian and ethnic armed groups will be able to hold Mosul and provide security, will decide the fate of Iraq’s second city — and the rest of the country.” (09/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mosul-islamic-state-commentary-idUSKCN11Q1H3

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34) Wards of the nanny state: Protecting America’s children from police state goons, bureaucratic idiots and mercenary creeps
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“The message is chillingly clear: your children are not your own but are, in fact, wards of the state who have been temporarily entrusted to your care. Should you fail to carry out your duties to the government’s satisfaction, the children in your care will be re-assigned elsewhere. In other words, the government believes it knows better than you — the parent — what is best for your child. This criminalization of parenthood has run the gamut in recent years from parents being arrested for attempting to walk their kids home from school to parents being fined and threatened with jail time for their kids’ bad behavior or tardiness at school.” (09/21/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/wards-nanny-state-protecting-americas-children-police-state-goons-bureaucratic-idiots-mercenary-creeps-2/

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35) We must defend everyone’s rights even if we disagree with how they exercise them
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jonathan Bain

“Why is it that in the United States, the ‘land of the free,’ are you only free to express yourself as long as it doesn’t ruffle the feathers of millions of perpetually offended Americans? People across every spectrum, whether it be political or otherwise, proudly proclaim that they stand for liberty, freedom and the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. If this is the case, then why do these same people demand action be taken against those who choose to exercise their liberties and rights in ways that would differ from their own? There is no better example of this national hypocrisy than the reaction to NFL players protesting the Star Spangled Banner.” (09/21/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/21/must-defend-everyones-rights-even-disagree-exercise/

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36) Don’t waste your vote on the corporate agenda, vote for Jill Stein & the Greens
Source: The Nation
by Kshama Sawant

“Presidential-election years aren’t usually characterized by explosive social movements. Too often, a presidential election sucks all the oxygen out of the political space, shifting the discussion away from the needs of ordinary people and toward the false choice between a corporate Democrat and a yet more horrifying Republican. But this year has proven different, with tens of thousands of people becoming politically active for the first time. Just in the last month, we’ve seen Native Americans rallying at Standing Rock against the Dakota pipeline with the largest gathering of tribes in a century. This bold stand has drawn attention to this nation’s historic and ongoing disregard for both treaty rights and the rapidly advancing crisis of climate change. And in the latest telling character note of this election, among the courageous protesters at Standing Rock for whom arrest warrants have been issued is … Green Party candidate Jill Stein.” [editor’s note: Posted as a sign that not everyone on the “left” is drinking the Clinton kool aid; as usual YMMV as to the proper alternative – SAT] (09/21/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/dont-waste-your-vote-on-the-corporate-agenda-vote-for-jill-stein-and-the-greens

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37) Growing up
Source: Strike The Root
by Mark Davis

“Finding our way in the world includes seeking companionship and furthering self-interest. There are many forms of companionship ranging from umbilical cords to satellite signals, from blood-related to totally unconnected and intimate to casual. Humans crave both autonomy and brotherhood, to be left alone at times and also to be accepted by others. These feelings often struggle as we seek to balance self-interest and communal-interest. Developing relationships are a basic human trait that ranges from healthy to deadly. A healthy social organization can only exist when individual relationships in that society are healthy.” (09/21/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/growing-up

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38) You need 7200 pounds of Skittles for Trump Jr.’s Syrian refugee analogy
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Kevin Batts

“Donald Trump Jr., the presidential candidate’s son, is running a tight race for worst Donald Trump surrogate. He proved once again why he might go down as the worst surrogate after presenting this insanely moronic tweet, equating Syrian refugees with a bowl of Skittles. The analogy seemed innocent enough, especially for the rubes who follow Trump’s every word. In the tweet, he shared an image that said: ‘If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you three would kill you would you take a handful?’ … To accommodate this actual statistic, you would need a bowl large enough to fit 7200 lbs. of skittles. This, of course, would refute the point he intended to make in the first place. That’s if you choose to go along with this line of reasoning in the first place.” (09/21/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/skittles-trump-jr-syrian-refugee/

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39) Wells Fargo had a bad day. That’s a start.
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“People who came looking for drama in Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate testimony on Tuesday did not come away disappointed. Stumpf was called before the Senate Banking Committee after his bank was fined $185 million for opening more than two million accounts in customers’ names, without their knowledge or consent, over a five-year period. We now know that these two million phony accounts, and the 5,300 employees held responsible, may not reflect the full extent of the wrongdoing. Stumpf announced that the bank had agreed to extend its review of its misconduct to 2009 and 2010, and said he would consider reviewing earlier years as well.” [editor’s note: As has been noted elsewhere, this was the result of “unintended consequences” of a company incentive program … kinda like pretty much everything Congress passes? – SAT] (09/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160920/wells-fargo-had-a-bad-day-thats-a-start

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40) Pit bulls are neither monsters nor teddy bears
Source: Palm Beach Free Press
by Ian Lindquist

“Some years ago, I found myself sitting with three friends outside a bar near a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona. As we surveyed the foot traffic to the desert hills, we saw a surprising number of people with pit bulls. Perhaps motivated by the amount of beer consumed, one of my friends announced that he was going to purchase a pit bull. Another turned to him: ‘That’s terrible. Those dogs will kill you.’ The third chimed in: ‘What? Those dogs just want to cuddle — they’re over-sized lap dogs.’ Neither deterred him in his task, and he recently reported to me that both of our compatriots were wrong that day. Pit bulls are neither killers nor cuddlers.” (09/21/16)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2016/09/21/pit-bulls-are-neither-monstors-nor-teddy-bears/

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41) Facebook nudity ban affects all kinds of users
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jillian York

“Facebook’s recent censorship of the iconic AP photograph of nine year-old Kim Phuc fleeing naked from a napalm bombing, has once again brought the issue of commercial content moderation to the fore. Although Facebook has since apologized for taking the photo down from the page of Norwegian publication Aftenposten, the social media giant continues to defend the policy that allowed the takedown to happen in the first place.” (09/20/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/facebooks-nudity-ban-affects-all-kinds-users

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42) Don’t blame Millennials for scarily close election, blame Baby Boomers
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“Sixteen years since Bush v. Gore, Florida still looms large in the liberal imagination as the epicenter of the vote, a symbolic reminder of the importance of vigilance in campaign combat. The state is no longer the bellwether of the Democratic Party’s political fortunes it once was, but in this election, it is part of a firewall that will make it very hard for Donald Trump to become president even if national polls remain close. Maintaining a healthy lead in Florida, in other words, is critical to liberal sanity. Cue panic. As if liberals needed more sources of anxiety, the polls are particularly close in Florida right now. A New York Times Upshot poll, which was based on voter records in the same way campaigns conduct their internal polls, finds Hillary Clinton leading 41-40 in a four-way race, and tied 43-43 in a head-to-head race against Trump.” [editor’s note: Yet another example of how to make 81% (or 86) equal 100%, and nobody notices – SAT] (09/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/136928/dont-blame-millennials-scarily-close-election-blame-baby-boomers

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43) Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Dylan Pahman

“The pope and the patriarch consistently miss the reality that the goals and standards that environmentalists want are First World luxuries. That said, there is a way we can make environmental progress: through economic development. We will need to accept the fact that in the short run things will need to get a little worse for the environment, as they start to get better for the poor. Each nation must climb an initial ‘hump’ during which it makes more aggressive use of resources, to attain a widespread level of general human well-being. Once that’s attained, significant mass support for environmental protection has emerged in every developed country.” (09/21/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/09/21/pope-francis-ecumenical-patriarch-bartholomew

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44) Do you hear that? It’s the drumbeat for school choice getting louder
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“In January 2011, Mike McShane and I co-wrote our first opinion editorial for a Missouri newspaper. At the time we were in grad school at the University of Arkansas, but still keeping an eye on our home state. We followed up with another piece, ‘A to-do list for legislators,’ one year later. In both pieces we argued that Missouri lawmakers should expand educational options for students. Since then, we have continued to advocate for these policies. Though we have had some small successes, the policies of today are very similar to the policies of 2011.” (09/21/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/do-you-hear-it%E2%80%99s-drumbeat-school-choice-getting-louder

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45) Is terrorism effective?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“There might well be thousands of books on terrorism, which means that it is extremely difficult to imagine something new. But Richard English’s Does Terrorism Work? A History, due to be released next month, differs from most discussions of the terror phenomenon. English is not a former intelligence officer or national-security official, nor a self-styled foreign-policy expert. He is instead a distinguished historian, born in Northern Ireland and currently a professor at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He has written four books on the Irish Republican Army and is very knowledgeable of the history and development of terrorist groups, primarily European ones.” (09/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-terrorism-effective/

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46) The assassination of Orlando Letelier and the politics of silence
Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“Forty years ago last night, agents working for the Chilean secret service attached plastic explosives to the bottom of Orlando Letelier’s Chevrolet as it sat in the driveway of his family’s home in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. A few blocks away across Massachusetts Avenue my family’s Pinto sat in our driveway unmolested. Our whole neighborhood, including my mother and father and sister and me, slept through everything. Forty years ago this morning, the Chilean agents followed Letelier as he drove himself into Washington, down Massachusetts to the think tank where he worked. The bomb went off as Letelier went around Sheridan Circle, ripping off most of the lower half of his body.” (09/21/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/09/21/the-assassination-of-orlando-letelier-and-the-politics-of-silence/

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47) Would Trump nominate Peter Thiel to Supreme Court?
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Last week I went to Washington, D.C. and attended the Cato Institute’s Constitution Day conference, where a host of distinguished speakers addressed a number of important topics. In addition, I spoke. My topic was the Supreme Court’s upcoming term. I was assigned to discuss the Court’s coming term, which was harder than it sounds because, with Justice Scalia’s seat unfilled after over six months, the Court hasn’t taken very many cases. But, aside from the cases, there are a few other issues that this term raises. One is the possibility that, if November’s election results wind up in front of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (known to her fans as ‘The Notorious RBG’) may have to recuse herself in light of comments she recently made about Donald Trump.” (0920/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/20/supreme-court-peter-thiel-trump-scalia-ginsburg-glenn-reynolds-column/90621788

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48) It’s political malpractice, stupid
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Hillary says she’s tired of watching the media treat Trump with kid gloves — but she’s happy that some people (her allies and surrogates) are finally paying attention: ‘I’ve been somewhat heartened by articles recently pointing out the disparate treatment of Trump and his campaign compared to ours — I don’t understand the reasons.’ And here we have it: the biggest reason Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be president. She is an atrocious politician. Hillary’s political incompetence manifests itself in two ways. First, she repeats her mistakes. … The second half of Hillarian political malpractice is her stubborn refusal to accept something that she can’t do anything about: the media, and the voters, really do give Trump a pass on a lot of stuff for which they hold her feet to the editorial fire.” (09/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/21/its-political-malpractice-stupid/

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49) A dummy’s guide to depending on government?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Several recent events again illustrate how really, really stupid it is to depend on government to deal with emergencies or listen to government agencies when they try to dictate what private citizens and businesses should do in a time of crisis. And the importance of being prepared.” (09/20/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9722

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50) Doug Stanhope Podcast #168
Source: Stanhope TV

“Doug invites the Prison Guard and the Prisoner back to the FunHouse to swap stories about Hooch recipes, pleasure devices and gambling in the joint.” [Flash video] (09/21/16)

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51) Teaching students to be mentally ill
Source: spiked
by Emily Dinsmore

“The most common mental-health concern cited by students is stress. Most undergrads will be familiar with the mid-term slump: late nights in the library and the struggle to get up for an early morning lecture. But isn’t this just part of university life? Of studying hard for your degree? Instead of simply saying that university is meant to be hard, university management and students’ unions are telling students that if they find it hard then they might need help. This is dangerous. It does nothing to tackle the real mental-health issues that a minority of students will be suffering from; it just turns something like stress — a natural consequence of working hard — into a mental-health concern. The reason many students think they have mental-health issues is because they’re constantly told that they do.” (09/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/teaching-students-to-be-mentally-ill/

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52) Dying celebrities are a sign of thriving economies
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“The spate of celebrity deaths this year is something we are just going to have to get used to as I predict that the years to come will have at least as many such deaths. The reason is pretty obvious: there are simply more famous people than there used to be, so it shouldn’t surprise us that in any given year, more famous people die. Why are there more famous people? The answer is in the growth of popular culture and other forms of entertainment, such as sports, over the course of the 20th century.” (09/21/16)

https://fee.org/articles/dying-celebrities-are-a-sign-of-thriving-economies/

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53) Free Chelsea Manning today!
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner

“Chelsea Manning was convicted of a crime against the state during an active conflict. In a sense, a strange, twisted sense, she could be considered a war criminal. But what she did helped bring closure to the families of slain Reuters photojournalists Saeed Chmagh and Namir Noor-Eldeen — the two were killed by an American airstrike in Baghdad in 2007 — and helped US citizens and individuals around the world understand the extent of the US military’s reckless adventure in Afghanistan and Iraq more generally. Her status as a ‘war criminal’ is an utter joke …. Manning is being forced to pay a debt she shouldn’t owe — years of her life, peace of mind, the ability to walk freely and associate with whom she pleases — because she had a shift in conscience while serving one of the largest forces of murder and oppression on the planet.” (09/21/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46341

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54) How to protect workers from job-stealing robots
Source: The Atlantic
by Jason Furman

“There is a lively debate happening across various corners of the internet and the hallways of academia: In the coming decades, will advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) render human labor unnecessary? At first blush, economic data suggest little reason to worry. American businesses in recent years have needed more and more humans: 15 million new private-sector jobs have been created since early 2010. At the same time, what economists refer to as labor productivity (economic output per human hour worked) has grown disappointingly slowly. If robots were on track to replace most human jobs the opposite would be the case: The economy would produce more with fewer workers.” (09/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/jason-furman-ai/499682/

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55) Hard landings
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“We tend to assign major significance to minor occurrences, especially where travel and potential accidents are concerned. ‘Thank goodness,’ we think, ‘I stopped to check the mail, or I might have been involved in that crash I just passed.’ We may even hesitate to change seats on a plane, or to change flights when an overbooking voucher is offered, for fear that, in the (very unlikely) event of an accident, we will have made a fatal mistake. I thought of that tendency while watching an early scene in Sully.” (09/21/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1606

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 09/20/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’m noticing a theme starting to immerge in the talking points of global leaders. It’s subtle and if I wasn’t so finely tuned into the global financial turmoil boiling under the surface of our rose colored economy …” [various formats] (09/20/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/a-new-narrative-emerges-in-the-push-for-globalization/

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 741
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“David Stockman, himself of the Reagan Administration, recounts the horrific economic policies of recent administrations, describes their consequences, and proposes solutions. Hint: they include abolishing the Federal Open Market Committee, which the Fed uses to make monetary policy.” [various formats] (09/20/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-741-david-stockman-what-the-fed-and-the-feds-have-done-to-us-and-how-to-reverse-it/

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58) Free Talk Live, 09/20/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“The Satanic Temple Opening Headquarters in Salem :: DUI BAC :: Corey Feldman’s Back and Controversial :: Science and Religion :: Corey’s Parties and Angels :: Magic Lamp :: Corey Orgy? :: China Time Zone :: Debate Draft :: Military Vaccinations.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/20/16)

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59) More terrorist blowback in NY and NJ
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“It’s becoming a familiar story. More U.S. killings in the Middle East, followed by a terrorist attack on American soil, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East, which then engenders more terrorist blowback, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East. As I have pointed out time and time again, as long as U.S. troops and the CIA are killing people in the Middle East, there will be terrorist retaliation against Americans, including right here in the United States. It’s just a fact of life, much like thunder follows lightning.” (09/21/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/09/21/terrorist-blowback-ny-nj/

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60) How I became an agent for America’s most powerful cartel
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Joseph T Salerno

“For the past thirty or so years I have made a small annual donation to my alma mater, Boston College. I usually earmark a part or all of the donation for BC’s athletic programs, which, outside of hockey — and football for a few glorious years in the early 1980s when Doug Flutie played — have been decidedly mediocre. In recognition of my modest donations, I just received an emailed brochure from BC entitled ‘A Guide to NCAA Regulations for Donors, Alumni, and Friends of Boston College Athletics.’ To my surprise, the brochure informed me that I am a ‘representative of athletics interest’ for the university.” (09/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-i-became-agent-america%E2%80%99s-most-powerful-cartel

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