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1) German election results: Disappointing victory for Angela Merkel as CDU sinks, nationalist AfD surges
2) Catalonia: Defying crackdown by Spanish invaders, separatists pass out ballots for vote
3) Trump regime announces new travel ban
4) CA: Yiannopoulos holds brief rally after UC Berkeley cancels Free Speech Week
5) TN: Armed usher captures gunman in church shooting
6) Kushner used private email to conduct White House business
7) OH: Bill would bar abortion when prenatal test is positive for Down syndrome
8) NFL players, owners defy Trump on anthem protests
9) UK: Six injured in acid attacks at London shopping center
10) UK: Uber seeks talks with Khan to renew licence
11) Hurricane Maria: Aid reaches Puerto Rico after Maria as threat from cracked dam recedes
12) Iran: Regime conducts new ballistic missile test despite [sic] Trump pressure
13) Feds recruit 21 states to help keep up “Russian election meddling” scare
14) Corporate welfare watch: US trade bureaucrats try to jack up the price Americans pay for solar panels
15) Russia: Prosecutor’s office summons Burger King for issuing cryptocurrency

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Trump’s Americanized fascism
17) Introduction to The Satoshi Revolution
18) Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship?
19) The Trump mystique
20) Ken Burns says the Vietnam War was “begun in good faith.” So was every other lousy war.
21) Here’s why those surveys Of Trump tax cuts are highly misleading
22) Hurricanes prove human solidarity: The law written on the human heart
23) America’s middle class: 50 years of amazing progress
24) If Republicans repeal Obamacare, will Medicare for all come sooner?
25) Travel, allophilia, and world peace
26) The “somewheres” and “nowheres” in Britain’s Brexit mayhem
27) Constitutional ignorance led to a tyranny of the majority
28) Quantum Vibe, 09/22/17
29) Trump is Big Coal’s last gasp
30) London’s Uber ban sends it back to the Dark Ages
31) The case for colonialism: Don’t retract, rebut … and censure those who seek silence
32) France and Germany: An aging couple carries on
33) Bravery isn’t easy, and it’s overrated
34) What’s the opposite of price gouging?
35) Catalonia: Spanish centralism or self-defeating hubris of the authoritarian mind?
36) Want proof that corporate money influences politicians?
37) How World War One still haunts America
38) Google will survive SESTA. Your startup might not.
39) Self-driving cars are cool, but they’re not for everyone
40) Any white cop can kill a black man at any time
41) Ensuring an American society in chaos for the next generation?
42) Little Brothers
43) Evil capitalists hook Brazil on eating
44) Jamie Dimon is right to fear cryptocurrency
45) The “25th Amendment solution” to replace President Trump is nuts

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Free Talk Live, 09/23/17
47) We Are Libertarians, episode 230
48) The Back Story, episode 26
49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 96
50) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 09/21/17
51) Hair braiders challenge regulatory requirements
52) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 206
53) Introduction to Essential Libertarianism
54) Mostly Weekly, 09/22/17
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1007

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1) German election results: Disappointing victory for Angela Merkel as CDU sinks, nationalist AfD surges
Source: Deutsche Welle

“Angela Merkel has won a fourth term, but official results have shown she’ll have a ‘tough road’ for coalition talks. While the CDU remains the largest party, the far-right AfD will be the third biggest political force. … The only real success stories of the night were for the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). After failing to make the 5-percent hurdle to enter the Bundestag last time around, the FDP managed a remarkable 10.8 percent to cement its comeback. As for the populist [sic] AfD, a remarkable showing of 12.7 percent means that Germany will have a far-right party in parliament for the first time in more than half a century.” (09/24/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/german-election-results-disappointing-victory-for-angela-merkel-as-cdu-sinks-nationalist-afd-surges/a-40666430

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2) Catalonia: Defying crackdown by Spanish invaders, separatists pass out ballots for vote
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

“Grassroots groups driving Catalonia’s independence movement say they have started distributing one million ballots to be used in a referendum on secession that the Spanish government has vowed to stop. Jordi Cuixart, the president of the separatist group Omnium Cultural, announced the ballots were being distributed during a rally in Barcelona on Sunday. Cuixart says ‘here are the packs of ballots that we ask you to hand out across Catalonia.’ Spanish police have confiscated millions of ballots in recent days as part of a crackdown to stop the Oct. 1 vote, which has been suspended by Spain’s Constitutional Court. Catalonia’s separatists have pledged to hold the vote regardless.” (09/24/17)

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/nation-world/article175125746.html

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3) Trump regime announces new travel ban
Source: CNN

“The Trump administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen as a replacement to a central portion of its controversial travel ban signed earlier this year. The new restrictions on travel vary by country and include a phased-in approach.” (09/24/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/24/politics/trump-travel-restrictions/index.html

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4) CA: Yiannopoulos holds brief rally after UC Berkeley cancels Free Speech Week
Source: USA Today

“Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos blew kisses, posed for selfies and led a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner for a few dozen supporters early Sunday afternoon during a brief appearance at the University of California, Berkeley. A slightly larger crowd, protesting the conservative writer’s appearance, stood nearby, separated from the crowd by police. The abbreviated appearance by Yiannopoulous, a former senior editor for Breitbart News, took place on the university system’s flagship campus during what was billed as a scheduled four-day Free Speech Week. Organizers canceled the larger event on Saturday.” (09/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/09/24/milo-yiannopoulos-holds-brief-rally-after-uc-berkeley-cancels-free-speech-week/698418001/

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5) TN: Armed usher captures gunman in church shooting
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A masked gunman opened fire at a church in Antioch, Tenn., on Sunday, killing one person and wounding six others, according to police. He also used a gun to badly beat an usher who confronted him and managed to stop the shooting, they said. … The shooting came to an end after a 22-year-old church usher, Robert Caleb Engle, physically confronted the gunman, who shot himself, possibly by accident, during their struggle. Engle, who suffered ‘serious injuries’ from being pistol-whipped, managed to leave the sanctuary, grab his own firearm from his vehicle and stand guard over the shooter, who was wearing a neoprene mask, until emergency officials arrived on the scene, police said.” (09/24/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-tennessee-church-shooting-20170924-story.html

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6) Kushner used private email to conduct White House business
Source: Politico

“Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has corresponded with other administration officials about White House matters through a private email account set up during the transition last December, part of a larger pattern of Trump administration aides using personal email accounts for government business. Kushner uses his private account alongside his official White House email account, sometimes trading emails with senior White House officials, outside advisers and others about media coverage, event planning and other subjects, according to four people familiar with the correspondence. POLITICO has seen and verified about two dozen emails.” (09/24/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/24/jared-kushner-private-email-white-house-243071

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7) OH: Bill would bar abortion when prenatal test is positive for Down syndrome
Source: Portland Press Herald

“Kelly Kuhns rejected Down syndrome testing the first three times she got pregnant; the 36-year-old nurse from Ohio always knew she’d never terminate a pregnancy. But after her third pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she decided with the fourth to take the test. Her hope was to help doctors guide her to a healthy outcome. What she got was a positive result for Down syndrome — and a barrage of disheartening counseling. … Kuhns is fighting for an Ohio bill that would ban abortions in cases where a pregnant woman has had a positive test result or prenatal diagnosis indicating Down syndrome. Physicians convicted of performing an abortion under such circumstances could be charged with a fourth-degree felony, stripped of their medical license and held liable for legal damages. The pregnant woman would face no criminal liability.” (09/24/17)

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/09/24/ohio-bill-would-bar-abortion-when-prenatal-test-is-positive-for-down-syndrome/

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8) NFL players, owners defy Trump on anthem protests
Source: Yahoo! News

“National Football League players sat out, knelt and linked arms during pre-game national anthems played across the country and in London on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump called on fans to boycott teams that do not discipline players who protest. In the first few games since Trump stepped up his criticism of NFL players, dozens of players and coaches of teams including the Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins did not stand for the anthem and took a knee, a gesture that began last year as a protest over police treatment of African-Americans and other minorities. … At a political rally on Friday in support of his favored Senate candidate in a special election in Alabama, Trump suggested any protesting football player was a ‘son of a bitch’ and should lose his job.” (09/24/17)

https://sports.yahoo.com/trump-urges-fans-consider-nfl-boycott-over-player-142001822–nfl.html

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9) UK: Six injured in acid attacks at London shopping center
Source: New York Daily News

“Six people were injured in a series of acid attacks at a busy London shopping center Saturday, authorities said. Metropolitan Police officers responded about 8 p.m. to a ‘group of males spraying what was believed to be a noxious substance’ at different locations in Stratford, authorities said. Police do not believe the incident is terror-related.” (09/23/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/group-men-carry-acid-attack-london-article-1.3516227

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10) UK: Uber seeks talks with Khan to renew licence
Source: BBC News [UK]

“Uber is prepared to make concessions to ensure its licence to operate in London is renewed, its general manager for the capital has said. Tom Elvidge told the Sunday Times: ‘While we haven’t been asked to make any changes, we’d like to know what we can do.’ He added: ‘That requires a dialogue we sadly haven’t been able to have.’ Transport for London told the ride-hailing app firm it was not fit to hold a private hire operator licence. A TfL spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment further. Uber has been asking to meet Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, since his election in May 2016 but those requests have been rejected, according to sources close to the US company.” [editor’s note: It’s a mistake to make any concessions whatsoever, or even to agree to be “licenced.” Just operate without permission and encourage the public to handle the would-be trade restrainers roughly – TLK] (09/24/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41378516

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11) Hurricane Maria: Aid reaches Puerto Rico after Maria as threat from cracked dam recedes
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Large amounts of federal aid began moving into Puerto Rico on Saturday, as the island tried to recover from a battering by hurricane Maria. Local officials praised the Trump administration’s response but also called for the emergency loosening of rules long blamed for condemning the US territory to second-class economic status. In the north-west of the island, people began returning to their homes after a spillway eased pressure on a dam that cracked after more than 1ft of rain fell in the wake of the hurricane. Though water continued to pour out of rain-swollen Lake Guajataca, the dam had not burst by Saturday night.” (09/24/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/puerto-rico-aid-hurricane-maria-cracked-dam

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12) Iran: Regime conducts new ballistic missile test despite [sic] Trump pressure
Source: The Hill

“Iran announced Saturday that the country has conducted a successful test of a new ballistic missile design despite [sic] pressure from the Trump administration to stop, and vowed to continue its weapons development. The new missile design has a range of 1,200 miles, according to a Reuters report. State broadcaster IRIB quoted an Iranian commander who stated that the country would not seek ‘permission’ for future weapons tests.” [editor’s note: There’s no “despite” about it. Any “sovereign nation” will generally not just reject, but flagrantly act in contradiction to, demands from a perceived enemy. “Pressure from the Trump administration” of this type, be it versus Iran, North Korea, or any other state, will almost inevitably get exactly the opposite of the allegedly desired result – TLK] (09/23/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/352033-iran-claims-successful-ballistic-missile-test

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13) Feds recruit 21 states to help keep up “Russian election meddling” scare
Source: CBS News

“The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list. … The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia.” (09/22/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-tell-21-states-they-were-targeted-during-election/

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14) Corporate welfare watch: US trade bureaucrats try to jack up the price Americans pay for solar panels
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“A U.S. trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from aboard. Friday’s vote by the International Trade Commission was unanimous. The trade commission has until mid-November to recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January. … Georgia-based Suniva Inc., and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas brought the case, saying a flood of imports have pushed them to the brink of extinction. Suniva declared bankruptcy, while SolarWorld had to lay off three-quarters of its workforce. Cheap imports have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged tenfold since 2011.” (09/23/17)

http://www.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2017/09/23/Trade-panel-Cheap-imports-hurt-US-solar-industry/stories/201709230043

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15) Russia: Prosecutor’s office summons Burger King for issuing cryptocurrency
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The Russian prosecutor’s office has summoned Burger King to explain the issuance of its cryptocurrency called Whoppercoin. Burger King is confident that it has not broken any laws since there is currently no regulation for cryptocurrency in Russia. … The Russian network of Burger King revealed in August that it had issued a cryptocurrency in Russia on the Waves blockchain platform. The token platform lets users who download their wallet issue their own coins and trade them with other Waves wallet holders. A decentralized exchange built into Waves wallets allows their tokens to be traded with other cryptocurrencies as well as fiat currencies.” (09/22/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/russian-prosecutors-office-summons-burger-king-issuing-cryptocurrency/

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16) Trump’s Americanized fascism
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Trump fancies himself the savior of a pitiful America taken advantage of at every turn by every nation and multinational bureaucracy on earth. His solution to this imagined victimization — he ignores the U.S. government’s imperial domination — lies in his promised restoration of sovereignty. But what does he mean by sovereignty? If it were simply shorthand for mutual nonintervention among nations, we might forgive his syntax. If he were merely railing against the NATO, WTO, NAFTA, IMF, and World Bank bureaucracies, that would be fine. But judging by his domestic proclivities, that is not what he means. If you look closely, you see that sovereignty is really shorthand for a frighteningly powerful government that claims to act in the name of its people — us — rather than leaving us free to act for ourselves.” (09/22/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-trumps-americanized-fascism/

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17) Introduction to The Satoshi Revolution
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The revolution of 2009 went unnoticed by most people because it was peaceful, orderly and profoundly technological. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto released open source software by which peer-to-peer transfers of digital wealth, called bitcoins, flashed over an immutable and transparent ledger, called the blockchain. A new model challenged the existing reality and peacefully rendered it obsolete. Instead of toppling a government only to have another rise in its place, the new model rendered all governments irrelevant through a new technology and a private currency unlike anything seen before. Bitcoins move seamlessly through a world without states or borders, obeying only the command of individuals who choose to deal with each other.” (09/23/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/introduction-to-the-satoshi-revolution-new-book-by-wendy-mcelroy-exclusively-on-bitcoin-com/

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18) Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“At what point does ‘actively working with the government’ and ‘partnering with public authorities’ cease to be private, albeit civic-minded, market activity and become de facto government activity? Or, to put it differently, when does it cease to be merely ‘you can’t talk like that in my living room’ (exercise of legitimate property rights) and start becoming ‘you can’t talk like that, period’ (censorship)? My own answer: When Mark Zuckerberg starts using the phrase ‘actively working with the government’ as if that’s a good thing, we’re well into the danger zone.” (09/24/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11497

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19) The Trump mystique
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump amped up the energy at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly. At his maiden speech before General Assembly Tuesday, Trump called North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man.’ He threatened ‘to totally destroy’ the hermit kingdom. He told reporters, ‘I have decided’ whether to certify the international nuclear pact with Iran — but he would not reveal what that decision might be, not even to British Prime Minister Theresa May. Kim showed himself game for a verbal food fight. ‘A frightened dog barks louder,’ he wrote in a first-person statement. It ended, the New York Times reports, ‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.’ Dotard? According to Merriam-Webster, the noun applies to a person in his or her dotage. It’s the sort of word an old person would use. Former Obama Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher branded the Rocket Man nickname ‘below the dignity’ of an American president.” (09/24/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/09/24/the-trump-mystique-n2385355

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20) Ken Burns says the Vietnam War was “begun in good faith.” So was every other lousy war.
Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“The infinite capacity of the powerful for self-serving delusion is something you should hopefully figure out by the time you get a driver’s license, and definitely before you direct a $30 million TV series. Everyone, including the worst figures of history, believes — even if they couldn’t be 100 percent honest, or had to cut some moral corners, or were forced by their domestic rivals to do terrible things to stay in power — that they’re on the side of good. So the fact that this was true about the people who started the Vietnam War has literally no significance. What actually matters is that it was an insanely brutal, cruel, evil imperial war of aggression.” (09/24/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/24/ken-burns-vietnam-war-decent-people-good-faith-afghanistan-soviets/

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21) Here’s why those surveys Of Trump tax cuts are highly misleading
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“A recent poll finds that 42% say that Congress shouldn’t cut taxes at this time. Is it just a coincidence that 44% of tax filers don’t pay any federal income taxes? As President Trump and Republicans start pushing for tax cuts, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll suggests that the public isn’t behind the effort. It found that 62% say taxes on the rich should go up, and 55% say taxes on corporations should go up. Meanwhile, 55% say their tax burden is ‘about the right amount’ while only 40% say they pay ‘more than their fair share.’ What’s missing from this and other surveys about tax cuts is any context about who pays taxes in this country — information that would shed important light on such findings. The fact is that the federal tax code is already massively skewed toward the rich, leaving half the country paying little or nothing in federal income taxes.” (09/24/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-get-little-support-in-new-survey-because-few-people-pay-taxes

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22) Hurricanes prove human solidarity: The law written on the human heart
Source: Acton Institute
by Steve Stapleton

“Sentimentalists cite Americans’ support for hurricane victims as proof of innate human goodness and that ‘we’re at our best when we all pull together.’ The latter phrase is sometimes used as justification to advance collectivism in other realms. What is much more obvious about the reaction to these hurricanes is the immediate outpouring of relief that followed each. This uncoerced charity, which is as predictable as the sunrise, provides conclusive evidence of human solidarity.” (09/22/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/22/hurricanes-prove-human-solidarity

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23) America’s middle class: 50 years of amazing progress
Source: EconLog
Source: Scott Sumner

“You see a lot of hand wringing about the plight of America’s middle class, so I thought I’d check the data. But which data? You might start with average incomes, but these are skewed by the rapid growth in income of the top 1%. So most experts believe that median income is a better metric. The next question is household income versus family income. I choose family for two reasons: 1. The data series for family income goes way back, whereas household income starts being collected in the mid-1980s. 2. Households include single individuals, whereas families are multi-person households.” (09/24/17)

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

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24) If Republicans repeal Obamacare, will Medicare for all come sooner?
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“Senator Lindsey Graham (who is fast becoming the gravedigger of the Senate, with his last-ditch attempt to resurrect the Republican’s zombie ‘repeal and replace’ of Obamacare) is strangely framing his action as a bid to kill Bernie Sanders’ Medicare For All bill, which is being sponsored by 19 Democratic Senators. Graham has boasted that his repeal legislation, co-sponsored by Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, is the best alternative to Medicare For All, saying ‘Hell no to Berniecare.’ … ‘Bernie, this ends your dream,’ he added. The Republicans didn’t need Bernie Sanders (who, while putting Medicare For All on the long-term agenda, has been a relentless fighter for Obamacare) to encourage them to take one more whack at our health system. They’ve been talking about repealing the Affordable Care Act ever since it passed seven years ago, and have voted dozens of times to do so.” (09/21/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170921/if-republicans-repeal-obamacare-medicare-for-all-will-come-sooner

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25) Travel, allophilia, and world peace
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Paul Miniato

“From time to time, I ask myself ‘What is this thing about travel? It’s a lot of hard work, and usually costs more than staying home. So why do we do it?’ The answer usually isn’t long in coming: I’ve enjoyed and profited by the different perspective that meeting other cultures provides. Travel is one of my favourite activities for satisfying my incessant curiosity. It engages me fully: most of the time when I’m visiting some place new, I find myself solidly in the present moment. And in every culture I’ve visited, I’ve found some aspect I like better than my own. ” (09/24/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/09/travel-allophilia-and-world-peace-by.html

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26) The “somewheres” and “nowheres” in Britain’s Brexit mayhem
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“British politics are a terrible mess. But don’t blame populism, however that’s defined. If anything, blame democracy — however that’s organized. Last June’s referendum result on Brexit was close (52 percent voted for Britain to leave the European Union; 48 percent to stay) but indisputable. Unlike in the U.S., no one believes that Russia altered the outcome. And this was a vote not to ‘drain the swamp’ of Westminster, but to strengthen it. As Gisela Stuart, one of the few Labour MPs who campaigned enthusiastically for Brexit as the head of the ‘Vote Leave’ campaign put it, the electors ‘wanted to restore genuine democratic government and take back control of the laws that govern them.’ Brexit is what happened when people were given a voice. No doubt that many who voted for it were uninformed; some were voting for a better yesterday; many were fearful of the effects of mass immigration – especially of Muslims. A few Britons didn’t want any foreigners at all.” (09/21/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-brexit-commentary/commentary-the-somewheres-and-the-nowheres-in-britains-brexit-mayhem-idUSKCN1BX2LX

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27) Constitutional ignorance led to a tyranny of the majority
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary M Galles

“As one National Constitution Center poll concluded, only one in six of us claimed detailed knowledge of the Constitution — despite the fact that two-thirds said it was ‘absolutely essential’ to have. In other words, Americans know too little about our Constitution to maintain the freedoms it was designed to protect. Instead, our ignorance leads us to sacrificing rights out of undue deference to majority rule.” (09/23/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/23/constitutional-ignorance-led-to-a-tyranny-of-the-majority/

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28) Quantum Vibe, 09/22/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/22/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1692

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29) Trump is Big Coal’s last gasp
Source: The New Republic
by Jonathan Thompson

“Coal. Guns. Freedom. I saw these three words on a little sticker affixed, discordantly, to the window of a car in a small Colorado town. It struck me as funny at first: Coal and guns being elevated to the status of platonic ideals or, even more loftily, the refrain of a bad country song. All it was missing was Jesus, beer and Wrangler butts. A few days later, though, as I sat on a desert promontory overlooking northwestern New Mexico, the sticker didn’t seem so funny. As the sunrise spilled across sagebrush plains and irrigated cornfields, it also illuminated a narrow band of yellow-brown clouds on the horizon. The clouds were smog, a soup of sulfur dioxide, particulates, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants emanating from the smokestacks of the coal-burning Four Corners Power Plant and San Juan Generating Station, on either side of the San Juan River Valley.” (09/24/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144955/trump-big-coals-last-gasp

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30) London’s Uber ban sends it back to the Dark Ages
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“When I lived in London in the 1990s, I had to use pricey Black Cabs to get around the city at night. However, heaven help you if you wanted to go South of the Thames (as I did when I lived there) after midnight — Black Cabs would just refuse to take you. On one occasion I watched in horror as the cab driver got out and literally started a fight with a driver who had cut him off — and he kept the meter running throughout the fracas. London’s days of high prices, uncertainty, and danger ended when Uber started operating there in 2012. It went on to dominate the London private hire car market. Today, that was all thrown out as Transport for London (TfL), an Uber competitor in that it runs the Tube and franchises bus services, revoked Uber’s license to operate.” (09/22/17)

https://cei.org/content/londons-uber-ban-sends-it-back-dark-ages

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31) The case for colonialism: Don’t retract, rebut … and censure those who seek silence
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by James Taylor

“In a recent paper entitled ‘The case for colonialism’ Bruce Gilley argued that ‘Western colonialism was, as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found.’ Gilley then argued that colonialism should be ‘recovered’ ‘by reclaiming colonial modes of governance, by recolonizing some areas, and by creating new Western colonies from scratch.’ These are highly controversial claims. But it is unlikely that Gilley anticipated the antipathy with which they would be received. Two petitions were initiated — gathering over 15,000 signatures between them — demanding that the journal in which the paper was published (Third World Quarterly) retract it.These petitions were followed by the resignation of several of the members of the journal’s editorial board in protest at the article’s publication. But the calls for the retraction of this article are inappropriate responses to Gilley’s controversial claims.” (09/24/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/09/case-colonialism-dont-retract-rebut-censure-seek-silence/

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32) France and Germany: An aging couple carries on
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“It has been a torpid summer in Europe. Five hundred eighty people died in France in a freakish June heat wave, and Corsica recorded historic high temperatures in August. Yet the political climate has cooled noticeably since the previous winter of discontent. Last winter, it seemed possible that the far right could sweep to power in France, while Germany’s hitherto invincible chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be facing a serious challenge from a resurgent Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz. The Brexit vote of June 2016 had also put Europeans on edge. With Britain on the way out of the European Union, the election of a vociferously anti-EU party like France’s Front National might well spell the end of the European project. And then there was the stunning news from across the pond. The United States had elected Donald Trump, from whose incorrigibly loose lips fell the assertions that NATO was obsolete, that Europeans weren’t paying their fair share of defense costs, and that the American commitment to defend the Baltic States against Russia might not be ironclad.” (09/22/17)

http://prospect.org/article/france-and-germany-aging-couple-carries

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33) Bravery isn’t easy, and it’s overrated
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Aaron White

“As children we are taught that change in the world comes from bold and brave individuals, but it doesn’t. Change is a subtle phenomenon that is inspired by various economic, cultural, technological and environmental forces. All of us inspire things in a small way for better or worse (depending on your standards). The people who inspire the most change do take risks, and tackle the unknown … but they are chasing a very large pot of gold at the end of that rainbow. If they innovate and inspire great change, they get paid of enormously. It’s hard to call that bravery, though these people can still be admired for the noble qualities they have. I think bravery can be a noble quality to a certain degree, but it is often much better to take preventive actions to not require bravery.” (09/24/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/bravery-isnt-easy-overrated

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34) What’s the opposite of price gouging?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While natural disasters cause the demand for many goods and services to rise (and, simultaneously, also cause the supplies of these goods and services to fall), every geographic area struck by a hurricane or other natural disaster also has within it markets for some goods and services in which demand collapses because of the natural disaster. Consider, for example, a movie theater that suffers no physical damage because of the disaster. With residents of the stricken area dealing with the natural disaster, many fewer residents go to this theater than would go in the absence of the natural disaster. Perhaps so few people go to the theater that the theater owner simply shuts down for several days, earning during those days $0 revenue per seat even though a mere week earlier that owner expected to earn $11 per seat on the sale of many seats.” [editor’s note: Actually, I knew people who went to movie theaters after Irma when they wouldn’t normally have gone. Why? Because their power and air conditioning were out, and the theater was somewhere they could go sit in cool comfort eating expensive treats for a couple of hours – TLK] (09/24/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/09/whats-opposite-price-gouging.html

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35) Catalonia: Spanish centralism or self-defeating hubris of the authoritarian mind?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Thomas Harrington

“Catalonia is, like all societies I know of, a diverse and ideologically divided one. There are many people there that identify overwhelmingly with a Catalan past, the Catalan language and, perhaps most importantly, uniquely Catalan patterns of social organization and civic comportment …. There are other members of Catalan society, and this fact should not be hidden, who identify primarily as Spaniards …. Between them are a number of people who feel both deeply Catalan and deeply Spanish and see no reason why they should have to choose between the two. There is, of course, a well-known mechanism for resolving divided opinions about the future direction of a societies, and for that matter, the future directions of boards of directors and neighborhood associations, just to mention a few. It’s called taking a vote. And it is this simple democratic mechanism — nothing more and nothing less — that a clear majority of Catalans want to avail themselves of on Sunday October 1st. There is only one problem. The Spanish central government, led by Mariano Rajoy and his cabinet of ministers drawn largely from what is often called the ‘sociology of Francoism’ is dead set against their doing so.” (09/23/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/thomas-harrington/2017/09/22/catalonia-self-defeating-hubris-authoritarian-mind/

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36) Want proof that corporate money influences politicians?
Source: In These Times
by Charles Austin

“Ask just about any politician whether financial contributions influence their decision making and you will hear that they’re entirely incorruptible. Take Hillary Clinton. At a February 2016 town hall with CNN, the then-presidential-hopeful said she accepted $675,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs because, ‘that’s what they offered.’ She went on to explain why this corporate cash wouldn’t have any impact on her decision-making anyway. ‘Anybody who knows me, who thinks that they can influence me, name anything they’ve influenced me on. Just name one thing,’ she said. Many critics point to Clinton’s record on Wall Street regulation as a prime example. During her two terms as a U.S. senator, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase were all among Clinton’s top five campaign donors. In 2001, soon after entering the Senate, Clinton voted for a bankruptcy bill that was being pushed by big banks, earning her the ire of consumer advocates at the time, including Elizabeth Warren.” (09/22/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20543/corporate-money-citizens-united-corruption

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37) How World War One still haunts America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“This year is the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s pulling America into World War I. Many people celebrate this centenary of America’s emergence as a world power. But at a time when the Trump administration is bombing or rattling sabers at half a dozen nations and many Democrats are clamoring to bloody Russia, it is worth reviewing how World War I turned out so much worse than the experts and politicians promised.” (09/22/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/world-war-still-haunts-america/

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38) Google will survive SESTA. Your startup might not.
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“Much of the SESTA fight’s media coverage has portrayed it as a battle between Google and Congress, which sadly misses the point. Large Internet companies may have the legal budgets to survive the massive increase in litigation and liability that SESTA would bring. They probably also have the budgets to implement a mix of automated filters and staff censors to comply with the law. Small startups are a different story. Indeed, lawmakers should ask themselves whether SESTA would unintentionally reinforce large incumbent companies’ advantages. Without the strong protections that allowed today’s large Internet players to rise to prominence, startups would have a strong disincentive to grow. As soon as your user base grows beyond what your staff can directly police, your company becomes a huge liability. But ultimately, the biggest casualty of SESTA won’t be Google or startups; it will be the people pushed offline.” (09/22/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/09/google-will-survive-sesta-your-startup-might-not

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39) Self-driving cars are cool, but they’re not for everyone
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Once upon a time, mass transit was the technocrat’s preferred method for prying people out of their wasteful, dangerous cars. If only we could subsidize the right combination of buses, trolleys, jitneys, light rail, monorail, and bullet trains — the thinking went — all our problems would be solved. To save the planet, ‘public transportation should be favored over private automobiles, and the cars heavily taxed,’ wrote Hugh McDonald of New York City College of Technology in a 2014 book on environmental philosophy. That view is shared by a number of other scholars and policy makers who hope to eliminate traffic deaths, largely by getting rid of cars. But now there’s a new kid on the block: self-driving cars. The trouble is that neither of these approaches takes into account the reality that almost 20 percent of the population of the United States live in the low-population rural areas that make up the majority of the country’s land mass, and they’re not about to trade in the F-150 for a newfangled robot chariot.” (for publication 10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/24/self-driving-cars-are-cool-but

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40) Any white cop can kill a black man at any time
Source: CounterPunch
by Don Fitz

“And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. But the case turned out to be a lot more than that.” (09/22/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/22/any-white-cop-can-kill-a-black-man-at-any-time/

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41) Ensuring an American society in chaos for the next generation?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A website recently published some interesting and disturbing data. The ‘Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights International’ or CCHRINT, provides quite a bit of information on the prescribing of psychiatric drugs to both children and adults in the Fifty States. It is startling. … 79 million of us: one in four. ONE IN FOUR. Forget about what happens if North Korea gives us a spread of EMP or Hurricane Irma doesn’t stop at the Appalachians and we lose our infrastructure, so no fuel, no electricity. What happens if the drug supply of 79 million people gets interrupted and they go off their meds? At least, if you believe that these drugs are being administered/prescribed to prevent people from going very seriously off their rockers.” (09/22/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/09/22/ensuring-an-american-society-in-chaos-for-the-next-generation/

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42) Little Brothers
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Peters

“Every new car is infested with Little Brothers — in the form of code and programming that ‘corrects’ outright or thwarts whatever it is you wanted to do. It goes way beyond the Seat Belt Nanny. Have you tried backing up a new car with the driver’s door cracked open? Several won’t allow it — refusing to engage Reverse until you close the door. You can try all day to move the shifter into Reverse — but programming controls whether the transmission will comply. It’s all drive-by-wire now, you see. So no direct, mechanical connection between the gear selector and the transmission. When you select a gear, you are merely asking the computer to engage Drive or Reverse — and the computer is the ultimate Decider, not you.” [editor’s note: At least at one time, there were mechanical lockouts of some sort to prevent you from throwing the transmission from drive into reverse while moving at significant speed, to keep you from shredding the transmission. Sure, computerization implies more and more varied and more worrying such controls, but the CONCEPT is nothing new – TLK] (09/22/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/09/eric-peters/the-captive-nation-of-catalonia/

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43) Evil capitalists hook Brazil on eating
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Have you heard the latest? More and more peoples around the world these days have the unfortunate misfortune of having adequate food — not merely vegetables either!! — thanks to the ruthlessly profit-seeking food producers and their unconscionable engagement in the division of labor, capital accumulation, and international trade. It’s right there in The New York Times, which is, as you know, the paper of record.” (09/22/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/22/evil-capitalists-hook-brazil-on-eating/

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44) Jamie Dimon is right to fear cryptocurrency
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Dimon considers cryptocurrency ‘worth nothing’ for one reason only: Because his company — the largest bank in the United States and among the largest in the world — doesn’t control it. And that’s one of several reasons why others find it very valuable indeed. Cryptocurrencies run on blockchains, ‘distributed ledgers’ without central authorities. Dimon prefers fiat currencies, which are created by governments, managed by central banks, and funneled through institutions like his, legally privileged choke points taking generous rake-offs from wealth created by others but forced to pass through them. Neither crypto nor fiat currencies are backed by physical commodities like gold or silver, but the resemblance ends there. Crypto is backed by the work of maintaining its ledgers, called by the imaginative name ‘mining.’ Fiat currency is backed only by your trust in the governments (and the Jamie Dimons) of the world.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11481

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45) The “25th Amendment solution” to replace President Trump is nuts
Source: Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

“Granted, there’s ample reason to worry about a president who drifts from ranting at Boy Scouts to making off-the-cuff nuclear threats. But declaring Trump mentally disabled is constitutionally dubious and wildly impractical. In their quest to ‘stop the madness,’ the 25th Amendment brigade might create a situation more bizarre and destabilizing than the Trump presidency itself.” (09/22/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/25th-amendment-solution-replace-president-trump-nuts

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46) Free Talk Live, 09/23/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“American Liberal Triggered by MAGA Hat, Attacks Man in Europe, Charged with Hate Crime :: CHASE Bank CEO Jamie Dimon Attacks Bitcoin Again :: Bitcoin Can’t be Shut Down :: Football Players Taking Knee :: Free Speech :: Good Cops? :: Unite the Right Expose :: Poison to the Locker Room? :: North Korean Threat? :: Flags and Government :: Health Care Changes :: Police Violence :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/23/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-23

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47) We Are Libertarians, episode 230
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, and Tad Western dissect Trump’s first real foreign policy speech in front of the U.N. and we explain the origins and solutions of the North Korean crisis.” [various formats] (09/22/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/230-trump-speaks-u-n-north-korean-crisis-explained/

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48) The Back Story, episode 26
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 026 looks at the ever-present broken window fallacy.” [various formats] (09/22/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/hurricanes-create-jobs-4m-back-story-026

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49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 96
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #96, I look at independence votes and movements around the world. Catalonia and Iraqi Kurds have upcoming votes for independence. Syrian Kurds are looking to form their own parliament. Taiwan and Palestine continue to fight for their own states. Several other countries also have populations looking for more freedom.” [various formats] (09/22/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-96-fighting-for-independence

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50) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 09/21/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“The British free speech invasion is here. Our friends from the current affairs magazine spiked have traveled across the pond to host ‘Unsafe Space,’ an all-star free speech tour of American college campuses. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we catch up with spiked editors Tom Slater and Ella Whelan in New Jersey to chat about the tour, which kicks off next week in Washington, D.C. We also discuss developments overseas, including spiked’s latest free speech rankings of campuses in the United Kingdom and the implications of Brexit for free expression.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/21/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-british-free-speech-invasion/

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51) Hair braiders challenge regulatory requirements
Source: Show-Me Institute

“We’ve discussed the problems with Missouri’s occupational licensing policy before, and there’s no better example of the need for reform than the regulations that require hair braiders to undergo 1,500 hours of expensive training, most of it for services (manicures, facials) that have nothing to do with their work. We caught up with Institute for Justice attorneys Dan Alban and Paul Avelar, who are representing the hair braiders, for a sit-down discussion on the case and on Wednesday’s hearing …” [Flash audio] (09/22/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/regulation/hair-braiders-challenge-regulatory-requirements

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52) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 206
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Hans Noel joins us this week to share ten insights into how politics, campaigns, and political parties work.” [various formats] (09/22/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/ten-things-political-scientists-know-you-dont

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53) Introduction to Essential Libertarianism
Source: Essential Libertarianism

“Introduction episode to the new show Essential Libertarianism — Selected Readings from Voluntaryist.com.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/09/20/introduction-to-essential-libertarianism/

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54) Mostly Weekly, 09/22/17
Source: Reason

“In the latest Mostly Weekly Andrew Heaton explores [Hillary] Clinton’s new book, so you don’t have to.” [Flash video] (09/22/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/09/22/hillary-clinton-book-what-happened

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1007
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Gerard Casey is the author of what the brilliant David Gordon is calling the best history of political thought he’s ever read. We discuss several of his early chapters, on the sophists, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and what libertarians ought to cheer — or deplore — in the their work. Brilliant, and a blast.” [various formats] (09/22/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1007-socrates-plato-aristotle-and-liberty/

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