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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Protesters, regime thugs clash on independence referendum anniversary
2) North, South Korean troops begin landmine removal at border
3) US Navy cruiser, skulking around in area where it has no legitimate business, has “unsafe” encounter with Chinese ship
4) Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans
5) Launching a website on the Bitcoin Cash network is now a reality
6) Okinawa: In blow to Abe, son of US Marine wins gubernatorial election on anti-US-base platform
7) CA: SCOTUS refuses to take up Martins Beach case; surfers, beachgoers relieved
8) Nobel prize for medicine goes to cancer therapy discoverers
9) US, Canadian regimes reach deal on NAFTA
10) MN: Senate candidate calls on state to investigate Keith Ellison domestic abuse allegations
11) Trump regime sues California regime over corporate welfare program for Big Data
12) SCOTUS snubs review of defamation suit against Cosby
13) Saudi Arabia: Regime puts world’s biggest solar power project on hold
14) Bolivia sea dispute: UN rules in Chile’s favour
15) FBI forces Apple iPhone X owner to unlock device through Face ID
16) French regime hands over ETA documents, weapons to Spanish regime
17) Kashmir: Indian troops fire shots at Pakistani helicopter
18) Shark swims over oblivious divers in underwater video
19) Iran: Revolutionary Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack
20) China: Regime calls off security talks with Mattis as tensions escalate

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Why Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be treated as job interviews, not criminal trials
22) Why Democrats are fighting for a tax deduction that mostly helps the 1%
23) Due process reflects human nature and it is our best chance for fairness
24) Venezuela’s socialism … and ours
25) What Melania Trump should NOT do on her trip to Africa
26) Minority women need to get political
27) He’s baaaaack!
28) The man standing between Brazil and authoritarianism
29) Public school teachers are not underpaid
30) Hopes of using 25th Amendment against Trump are delusional
31) Trade makes possible the productive cooperation of millions of people
32) Can a blue wave save America?
33) The truly damaging thing about tariffs — begging politicians about them
34) The awards I never got
35) Schools are tracking your child’s mental health — whether you like it or not
36) Neera Tanden & Bill Kristol agree: Populism undermines democracy
37) Why Republicans should lead on carbon pricing
38) We are all Ayatollahs now
39) The FBI and Christine Blasey Ford
40) Look what flourishes without licensing
41) The opposite party is partisan!
42) Dems to pay in November for overplaying Kavanaugh hand
43) Quantum Vibe, 10/01/18
44) “Education wave” inspires new candidates and voters
45) Kavanaugh and the rule of law
46) Brett Kavanaugh’s illegal beer consumption highlights the perversity of drinking ages
47) Jeff Flake is a sucker
48) While it’s still preparedness month, how’s your med kit?
49) Jim Geraghty is the sucker
50) Do you believe in magic?
51) Who’s actually behind these minimum wage ballot measures?
52) Drugmaker Pfizer’s CEO Read to be replaced by COO Bourla
53) If Kavanaugh and Trump had my values
54) Trump’s sham FBI “investigation” of Kavanaugh
55) Fuzzy sets and the biggest scandal in economics

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Editor’s Break, episode 94
57) Scott Adams Says, 10/01/18
58) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 80
59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/01/18
60) The Last Nighters, episode 39
61) One Free Family, episode 33
62) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 368
63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 253
64) Free Talk Live, 09/30/18
65) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 123

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

1) Catalonia: Protesters, regime thugs clash on independence referendum anniversary
Source: Yahoo! News

“Riot police charged in to break up a demonstration in front of Catalonia’s regional parliament on Monday, after thousands marched in Barcelona to mark the first anniversary of an ill-fated independence referendum to split from Spain. The Catalan police used batons to control protesters after some waving yellow, red and blue separatist flags and chanting ‘October 1, no forgiving, no forgetting’ surrounded the regional parliament and displayed posters reading ‘Republic under construction.’ During the day there were short-lived attempts to block roads and train tracks in the Spanish northeastern region, and around 180,000 people marched in Barcelona, hanging ballot boxes and chanting the regional anthem. Madrid imposed direct rule on Catalonia after it declared independence following the referendum.” (10/01/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/catalan-protesters-attempt-block-transport-mark-referendum-anniversary-103153913.html

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2) North, South Korean troops begin landmine removal at border
Source: NDTV [India]

“The two Koreas on Monday started to remove landmines along a section of their heavily fortified border as part of a summit deal to ease military tensions, Seoul said. The agreement between the nations — which are technically still at war — was reached at a meeting in Pyongyang last month between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un. The summit was the third this year between the leaders, following a rapid thaw in relations. Both sides undertook to carry out landmine removal work at the Joint Security Area (JSA) over a 20-day period, according to the South Korean defence ministry. A spokesman said the operation had begun on both sides, though this was not confirmed by the North. The JSA, also known as the truce village of Panmunjom, is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155 miles) frontier where troops from the two countries stand face to face.” (10/01/18)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/in-a-move-to-ease-tensions-north-korea-south-korea-remove-landmines-at-tense-border-1924955

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3) US Navy cruiser, skulking around in area where it has no legitimate business, has “unsafe” encounter with Chinese ship
Source: CBS News

“A U.S. Navy cruiser had an ‘unsafe’ encounter with a Chinese ship while conducting a freedom of navigation operation in the Spratly Islands on Sunday in the South China Sea, a U.S. defense official tells CBS News. The USS Decatur passed within 12 nautical miles of two reefs in the Spratly Islands, which the Chinese consider sovereign territory. The Chinese military routinely warns American ships and aircraft away, but in this case, the Chinese ship came within 45 yards of the USS Decatur, the official said.” (10/01/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-navy-cruiser-uss-decatur-unsafe-encounter-chinese-ship-2018-10-01/

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4) Comey rejects request for closed-door interview with House Republicans
Source: The Hill

“Former FBI Director James Comey has rejected a request from Republicans in Congress to sit for a closed-door interview as part of their efforts to probe allegations of bias at the Justice Department and the FBI. Comey instead offered to testify publicly, according to a letter sent by his attorney to leaders of the House Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform committees on Monday. … The committees have launched a probe into allegations of bias, interviewing witnesses from the FBI and Justice Department behind closed doors.” (10/01/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/409303-comey-rejects-request-for-closed-door-interview-with-house

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5) Launching a website on the Bitcoin Cash network is now a reality
Source: Bitcoin.com

“On September 29, Bitcoin Cash enthusiast Donald Mulders wrote an interesting post on the social media network Yours.org. The post detailed that he was attempting to host a website on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) chain using the Bitdb 2.0 application. Following the write-up, and with a little help from the BCH developer Unwriter and a tool called Cryptograffitiweb, Mulders'[s] on-chain hosted website ‘Bitcoin Cash Hoarder’ can now be seen on any browser.” (10/01/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/launching-a-website-on-the-bitcoin-cash-network-is-now-a-reality/

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6) Okinawa: In blow to Abe, son of US Marine wins gubernatorial election on anti-US-base platform
Source: Reuters

“The son of a U.S. Marine and Japanese mother won an election for governor of Japan’s Okinawa island on Sunday on an anti-U.S military presence platform, defeating a candidate backed by the ruling bloc in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Denny Tamaki, who was backed by opposition parties, soundly defeated Atsushi Sakima, who ran with the support of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, the Komeito, official results showed. … A former radio personality who went into local politics and was elected to parliament in 2009, Tamaki, 58, opposes the planned relocation of the U.S. Marines’ Futenma air base within Okinawa. … A U.S.-Japan agreement calls for moving the base, which is surrounded by schools, hospitals and shops, to a less populated area, called Henoko, on the northern part of Okinawa. But many Okinawa residents, indignant at what they see as an unfair burden for supporting the bulk of U.S military forces in Japan, want the base off the island altogether.” (09/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-okinawa-election/son-of-u-s-marine-elected-okinawa-governor-on-anti-u-s-base-platform-idUSKCN1MA0K6

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7) CA: SCOTUS refuses to take up Martins Beach case; surfers, beachgoers relieved
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday not to take the case of a California tech billionaire who challenged a lower court ruling preventing him from blocking access to a beach on his San Mateo County property, a move that advocates for public access touted as a victory for beachgoers across the country. The decision means lawyers for Vinod Khosla, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, will not get the opportunity to argue that Khosla has a right to stop people from crossing his property to reach picturesque Martins Beach, about six miles south of Half Moon Bay.” [editor’s note: And “private property” loses one more notch, or is this such a special case that that it does not count? Your call; I’m waiting for CA to secede or fall into the ocean – SAT] (10/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supreme-Court-refuses-to-take-up-Martins-Beach-13271592.php?t=ed7559424c

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8) Nobel prize for medicine goes to cancer therapy discoverers
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two scientists who discovered how to fight cancer using the body’s immune system have won the 2018 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine. The work, by Professor James P Allison from the US and Professor Tasuku Honjo from Japan, has led to treatments for advanced, deadly skin cancer. Immune checkpoint therapy has revolutionised cancer treatment, said the prize-giving Swedish Academy. Experts say it has proved to be ‘strikingly effective.’ Prof Allison, of the University of Texas, and Prof Honjo, of Kyoto University, will share the Nobel prize sum of nine million Swedish kronor — about $1.01 million or 870,000 euros.” (10/01/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45704322

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9) US, Canadian regimes reach deal on NAFTA
Source: CNN

“Canada agreed late Sunday to sign on to a trade deal between the United States and Mexico, revamping the three-country North American Free Trade Agreement after more than a year of tortuous negotiations. Just hours before a midnight deadline, the US and Canadian governments agreed to a deal that would allow US farmers greater access to Canada’s dairy market and address concerns about potential US auto tariffs, officials from both countries said.” (10/01/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/30/politics/trump-nafta-canada/index.html

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10) MN: Senate candidate calls on state to investigate Keith Ellison domestic abuse allegations
Source: Fox News

“Karin Housley, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, has officially requested an investigation into the allegations of domestic abuse against Rep. Keith Ellison. Ellison, a Democrat running for attorney general in Minnesota, has been accused by his former girlfriend of physical and emotional abuse throughout the time they dated. Karen Monahan alleged Ellison once dragged her off a bed while shouting profanities, and sent multiple abusive text messages. Ellison has vehemently denied the accusations and asked the House Ethics Committee to launch a probe into the allegations. Minnesota’s Democratic Party has also commissioned an investigation. But Housley, the GOP nominee who is facing incumbent Sen. Tina Smith in November, has called for an ‘immediate investigation’ by the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General.” (10/01/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/minnesota-senate-candidate-calls-on-state-to-investigate-keith-ellison-domestic-abuse-allegations

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11) Trump regime sues California regime over corporate welfare program for Big Data
Source: MarketWatch

“California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill reinstating Obama-era open-internet [sic] rules in the state, and the Justice Department responded almost immediately with a lawsuit seeking to overturn the law. In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the federal government, not the states, should oversee the internet, and California had ‘enacted an extreme and illegal state law attempting to frustrate federal policy.’ State lawmakers in August passed the nation’s strongest net-neutrality provisions, with the support of all the legislature’s Democrats and some Republicans. The law forbids internet service providers from blocking websites, intentionally slowing down a website or app or accepting payments to make online services go faster.” (09/30/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-administration-sues-after-california-approves-tough-net-neutrality-rules-2018-09-30

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12) SCOTUS snubs review of defamation suit against Cosby
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid to avoid a defamation lawsuit brought by a well-known former model who said the comedian sought to destroy her reputation after she publicly accused him of rape. The justices, acting six days after Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison in Pennsylvania for a 2004 sexual assault involving another woman, declined to hear his appeal of a lower court ruling allowing the lawsuit brought by Janice Dickinson in state court in California to proceed. The justices took their action in the Cosby case against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement opposing sexual assault and harassment at the same time that President Donald Trump’s nominee for a vacancy on the high court, Brett Kavanaugh, has denied allegations of his own sexual misconduct. The court’s rejection of the case came on the first day of its new term, which runs through June.” (10/01/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/us-supreme-court-snubs-review-defamation-suit-cosby

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13) Saudi Arabia: Regime puts world’s biggest solar power project on hold
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Citing Saudi government officials, the US business daily Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Monday that Saudi plans to build the world’s biggest solar power generation facility had been shelved, as the desert kingdom was working on a ‘broader, more practical strategy to boost renewable energy.’ The solar project was expected to generate about 200 gigawatts of energy by 2030 — more than three times what the country’s daily needs. ‘It is easy to sway or grab one’s attention, but difficult to do any execution,’ WSJ quoted a senior adviser to the Saudi government as saying. Now, no-one was actively working on the project, the source added.” (10/01/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-puts-worlds-biggest-solar-power-project-on-hold/a-45706685

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14) Bolivia sea dispute: UN rules in Chile’s favour
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Bolivia in its dispute with neighboring Chile over access to the Pacific Ocean — a feud dating back to the late 19th Century. Landlocked Bolivia lost access to the sea in 1884 after a war with Chile and has tried to regain it ever since. The court said Chile was not obliged to negotiate granting Bolivia access. The ruling, which comes after five years of deliberations, is final and binding. Despite the final nature of the ruling, Bolivian President Evo Morales said ‘Bolivia will never give up.’” (10/01/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45708671

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15) FBI forces Apple iPhone X owner to unlock device through Face ID
Source: ZDNet

“US law enforcement has forced an Apple iPhone X user to unlock their device with their face as part of an investigation. While law enforcement in the US can force a suspect to unlock their Apple device via Touch ID, this is believed to be the first recorded incident in which law enforcement in any country has used a search warrant to force a mobile device owner to bypass the facial recognition technology. A Forbes investigation revealed that on August 10, a 28-year old’s home was searched by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the grounds of a case into potential child abuse. Law enforcement, search warrant in hand, then demanded that the man unlock his iPhone X which was protected by Face ID.” (10/01/18)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/fbi-forces-apple-iphone-x-owner-to-unlock-device-through-face-id/

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16) French regime hands over ETA documents, weapons to Spanish regime
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“France is handing over to Spain 7,000 objects including weapons and documents that could clear more than 350 unresolved crimes committed by the militant group ETA in its six-decade campaign for Basque independence. Pedro Sanchez and Edouard Philippe, respectively prime ministers of Spain and France, presided over a ceremony in Madrid on Monday to mark the handover and highlight bilateral judicial and police cooperation. Former Spanish leaders, relatives of ETA’s victims and attack survivors held a minute of silence at the ceremony, which was meant to put a definitive end to the militant group. ETA, an acronym for ‘Basque Homeland and Freedom,’ dissolved in May after killing 853 people and injuring more than 2,600 as it pursued the creation of an independent state in northern Spain and southern France.” (10/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/France-hands-over-ETA-documents-weapons-to-Spain-13271925.php

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17) Kashmir: Indian troops fire shots at Pakistani helicopter
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Leader of the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region has accused Indian troops of shooting at his helicopter while it was flying close to the highly militarised Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border dividing the region. The incident happened in Havaily district in Poonch sector in the India-administered Kashmir when Raja Farooq Haider Khan, prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir region, was on his way to a nearby village to give condolences to the family of a local politician who had died. ‘My helicopter had not even committed any violation and was flying well within our side of the LoC when Indian troops opened fire,’ Raja Farooq Haider Khan said in a statement from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Sunday. … Spokesperson for the Indian army, Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand, said the helicopter violated Indian airspace along the LoC in Poonch around 12pm local time (06:30 GMT).” (10/01/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/indian-troops-fire-shots-pakistani-helicopter-kashmir-180930172137493.html

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18) Shark swims over oblivious divers in underwater video
Source: USA Today

“‘Look at the shark!’ Those words failed to startle divers with the California Academy of Sciences, who were so engrossed with a newly discovered fish that they missed the massive shark hovering overhead. The moment, captured in video from the academy, involved fish scientists Luiz Rocha and Hudson Pinheiro, who descended more than 400 feet into the Atlantic Ocean with dive safety officer (and cameraman) Mauritius Valente Bell, according to a caption to the video on YouTube. As the scientists reveled in their finding of a Tosanoides aphrodite (a never-before-seen fish), Bell franticly tried to alert them of the sixgill shark right above them, according to the Verge. ‘We call this clip ‘that feeling when your science-obsessed colleagues won’t look up long enough to notice the 8- to 10-foot shark directly overhead,” the academy said on YouTube.” (10/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/01/shark-swims-above-divers-video-california-academy/1485992002

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19) Iran: Revolutionary Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack
Source: NBC News

“Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday that it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants the force blames for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran. The launch was the Islamic republic’s second such missile attack on Syria in over a year. Iranian state television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the missiles ‘killed and wounded’ militants in Syria, without elaborating. Syrian state media did not immediately acknowledge the strike.” (10/01/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-revolutionary-guard-launches-missiles-syria-over-parade-attack-n915256

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20) China: Regime calls off security talks with Mattis as tensions escalate
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China has cancelled a security meeting with US Secretary of Defence James Mattis that had been planned for this month, a senior US official said on Sunday, days after a top Chinese official said there was no reason to panic over tensions between the countries. The official, who is involved in China policy and spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said it was not clear if or when the meeting would be rescheduled. … The US State Department declined to comment. Officials at the White House and Department of Defence did not immediately respond to a request for comment. China’s foreign and defence ministries also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.” (10/01/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2166419/china-calls-security-talks-us-defence-secretary-james-mattis

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

21) Why Supreme Court confirmation hearings should be treated as job interviews, not criminal trials
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“One of the points at issue in the debate over the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is whether the standard of proof used should be similar to that applied the criminal justice system or that of a job interview. Proponents of the criminal justice model argue that Kavanaugh must be considered ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and his accusers should be required to meet a very high burden of proof, perhaps even as high as the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard used in criminal trials. By contrast, advocates of the job interview approach argue that it is up to the nominee to prove that he is fit to sit on the Supreme Court, and the accusations may be enough to disqualify him even if there is a great deal of doubt about their validity. Which approach is right? Both have some intuitive appeal. But, with a few qualifications, the job interview model is a better fit for the task at hand.” (09/30/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/09/30/why-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings

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22) Why Democrats are fighting for a tax deduction that mostly helps the 1%
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J Mitchell

“Politicians who preach class warfare repeatedly assert that we need higher taxes on ‘the rich.’ Indeed, that’s been the biggest political issue (and oftentimes biggest economic issue) in every recent tax fight (the Trump tax reform and Obama’s fiscal cliff), as well as the issue that generates the most controversy when discussing tax reform. So it seems almost inconceivable that the class-warfare crowd would support a change to the tax code that would only benefit the top 10 percent, right? Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening in the fight over the deduction for state and local taxes. Democrats want to restore an unlimited deduction, thereby enabling people to shield more of their income from tax. But, as the Tax Foundation notes, that change only produces benefits for upper-income taxpayers.” (10/01/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-democrats-are-fighting-for-a-tax-deduction-that-mostly-helps-the-1/

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23) Due process reflects human nature and it is our best chance for fairness
Source: The Hill
by Wendy McElroy

“According to a recent Reason headline, proposed changes to the Department of Education’s (DOE) Title IX require ‘due process protections … for individuals accused’ of sexual misconduct on campus. A CNN article on Kavanaugh-accuser Christine Blasey Ford states, ‘#MeToo is not revenge: It is a timely search for due process’ for accusers. ‘Due process’ is a battle cry throughout the news and across campuses. Conservatives demand due process for those accused; the left insists upon it for accusers. The term is not a weaponized talking point, however; it is a principle of justice. What is due process? Why it is essential to justice? In common parlance, due process is the fair treatment that every individual deserves from law enforcement and the judiciary.” (09/30/18)

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/409169-due-process-reflects-human-nature-and-it-is-our-best-chance-for-fairness

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24) Venezuela’s socialism … and ours
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“This week we witnessed the horrible spectacle of Nikki Haley, President Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, joining a protest outside the UN building and calling for the people of Venezuela to overthrow their government. ‘We are going to fight for Venezuela,’ she shouted through a megaphone, ‘we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone.’ This is the neocon mindset: that somehow the US has the authority to tell the rest of the world how to live and who may hold political power regardless of elections.” (10/01/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/venezuelas-socialism

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25) What Melania Trump should NOT do on her trip to Africa
Source: Independent Institute
by George Ayittey

“Many African leaders will also expect Melania Trump to apologize for the crude and uncharitable insults her husband has hurled at Africa recently. He referred to Haiti and some African countries as ‘shit holes,’ opined that Nigerians in the United States on visas would be loath to return to their ‘huts,’ and suggested to Spain’s Foreign Minister that he build a wall across the Sahara to deal with Europe’s migration. Ms. Trump would be expected to offer a palliative to soothe emotions laid bare by such careless slights. But she shouldn’t be offering apologies for her husband’s intemperate remarks. It would never end and would crowd out her own agenda. Her presence in Africa alone is testament enough of her true feelings and goodwill toward Africa. Instead, she should use this trip to carve for herself a unique niche in U.S.-Africa relations. She should make her trip a celebration of the African woman, the least recognized and appreciated in the West and most shockingly, in Africa itself.” (10/01/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/01/what-melania-trump-should-not-do-on-her-trip-to-africa/

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26) Minority women need to get political
Source: Town Hall
by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry & Minyon Moore

“We are women of color in America, which means that the very basis of our existence is political. We have not had the pleasure of living our lives distinctly separate from the political decisions that were made before we were born. From the days of our enslaved ancestors until today, our courses have been determined by the decisions made by others and pressed upon us, decisions that determined where we would live, the opportunities we would be afforded, the schools that would be available to us, and the career choices that would present themselves. It’s time for us (and we mean all of us, whether we’re in politics or not) to take the decision-making into our own hands.” (10/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/01/minority-women-get-political-shape-your-own-lives-column/1470865002

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27) He’s baaaaack!
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Previously, as they say on TV, we saw our hero, former Denver homicide detective Edward William Bear, otherwise known as ‘Win,’ compelled to place his lady-love Clarissa in paratronic stasis because she was suffering from a terminal degenerative disease even his adopted alternative culture, the North American Confederacy, couldn’t cure. His hope was that someday science would find a cure and revive her. … The last book I wrote, Ares, took me sixteen years, altogether, what with distractions like watching my own daughter growing up, worrying about the mortgage and other bills, working around the continuously disintegrating house, and, four years ago, having a stroke and a quadruple heart bypass in pretty close succession. Unfortunately, there’s no stasis my family can put me into — and I wouldn’t be able to write like that, in any case. … A lot of folks have been bugging me to bring Win back — again — for a long while. … Like everybody else, I still have distractions, I get no advances from my otherwise splendid publisher, and I would be delighted to have your help overcoming these problems.” (09/30/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle992-20180930-02.html

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28) The man standing between Brazil and authoritarianism
Source: The New Republic
by Andre Pagliarini

“When Fernando Haddad ran for a second term as mayor of São Paulo in 2016, he was mocked for wearing cheap baggy suits to televised debates, and even his supporters found him uncompelling. Although praised internationally for making the largest city in the Americas a more progressive megalopolis, Haddad was weighed down by his party’s dismal year, which included the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff over alleged budgetary manipulation. Haddad … lost to a millionaire who had once hosted the Brazilian version of The Apprentice. But now, Haddad is his party’s nominee for the October 6 presidential election, assigned a role that befits him about as much as those suits from two years ago: mass leader. The stakes of Haddad’s undertaking could not be higher.” (10/01/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151467/man-standing-brazil-authoritarianism

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29) Public school teachers are not underpaid
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Zachary Garris

“It seems like the media will never stop promoting the myth that public school teachers are ‘underpaid.’ … a comparison between public and private schools suggests the opposite of what the media claims. It is not that public school teachers are paid too little. Rather, public school teachers are paid too much. It is quite certain that few kindergarten teachers would be making anywhere near $70,000 per year in a free market of education. Yet wealthy school districts can pay this much because the revenue from property taxes is so high. We can know that public school teachers on average make too much money because government employees in general make more than their private-employee counterparts.” (10/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/public-school-teachers-are-not-underpaid

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30) Hopes of using 25th Amendment against Trump are delusional
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) thinks we can use the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from power. Her idea is as delusional as Trump-haters claim he is. The 25th Amendment outlines the procedure to be followed if the president is incapacitated. The procedure is laid out in stages, and every stage gives the president the benefit of the doubt. A president with a minimal ability to respond can probably defeat any effort to remove him from power. If he has support from a significant minority in even one congressional chamber he certainly can defeat any such effort.” (10/01/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/01/hopes-of-using-25th-amendment-against-trump-are-delusional/

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31) Trade makes possible the productive cooperation of millions of people
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Central to the reason that we trade is the fact that other people own things that we want. These things consist of physical items, such as apples and automobiles, and services, such as repairing leaky pipes and cutting hair. But the fact that other people have things that we want does not alone explain trade. Other means of acquiring desired things include theft, fraud, and begging. Yet another means is to produce those desired things ourselves. In reality each of these means of acquiring things is used. But the single most commonly used means of acquiring desired things is trade.” (10/01/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/trade-makes-possible-productive-cooperation-millions-people

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32) Can a blue wave save America?
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Starr

“Elections are a democracy’s error-correction system, and the United States has never needed an error-correcting midterm election more than it does this fall. The midterms come at an hour of exceptional danger to the republic from unfit and unstable presidential leadership. They come at a time when the party in control of all branches of the federal government has reinforced long-term trends toward economic inequality and reversed steps the government had taken to slow global warming. They come amid the incitement of racial division and hatred of immigrants, the weakening of the nation’s alliances, the demonization of the press, and flagrant lies and corruption at the highest levels of government. In short, the midterms could not come a moment too soon. If America is to pull back from the course it is now on, that change has to start with the voters. But this fall’s election will not be a simple and straightforward referendum.” (10/01/18)

http://prospect.org/article/can-blue-wave-save-america

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33) The truly damaging thing about tariffs — begging politicians about them
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“As standard economic theory tells us, tariffs are a bad idea. Once we’ve accepted the basic idea of comparative advantage — we all do what we’re least bad at and swap the resultant production — then the more people we can comparatively advantage with the better. There is no dividing line between it being a good idea to trade with the bloke next door or the one in the next city, county, country or continent. Putting tariffs in the way of this at the level of the nation state makes this process more inefficient — just as it would be if there were a tax on swapping carrots for apples with next door. However, this isn’t the only damage that tariffs do. Anything other than a simple one rate tariff causes much greater economic losses …” (10/01/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/business/the-truly-damaging-thing-about-tariffs-begging-politicians-about-them/

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34) The awards I never got
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“My illness has sharpened some of my perceptions, and focused on others, one of which is the question: Okay, so what have we accomplished, exactly, after 23 years of Antiwar.com? And, furthermore, what did I get out of it? That second query is uppermost in my mind for a number of reasons, one of which is that I’m looking death straight in the face and humming the tune to ‘What’s It All About, Alfie?’ Yes, yes, I know, I know: I had the chance to write for pay — an irreplaceable and wonderful gift very few ever receive — and for that I am and shall be eternally grateful. That’s usually more than any writer can reasonably hope for, and yet my own case is not usual.” (10/01/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/09/30/the-awards-i-never-got/

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35) Schools are tracking your child’s mental health — whether you like it or not
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“A worrying trend is emerging in schools across the country. With increasing regularity, school districts are tracking students’ mental health and raising flags if a screening shows something amiss. … Whether it’s security cameras, armed guards, or psychological screenings, mass schooling is becoming increasingly prison-like. It’s no wonder, then, that there is now a quiet exodus from these institutions as more parents seek to take back control of their children’s education.” (09/30/18)

https://fee.org/articles/schools-are-tracking-your-child-s-mental-health-whether-you-like-it-or-not/

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36) Neera Tanden & Bill Kristol agree: Populism undermines democracy
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“If there’s one thing that brings a tear to my eye, it’s the inspiration I feel when watching Republican-aligned neoconservatives and Democrat-aligned neoconservatives find a way to bridge their almost nonexistent differences and come together to discuss the many, many, many, many, many, many many many things they have in common. In a conference at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, ‘Resistance’ leader and professional left-puncher Neera Tanden met with Iraq-raping neocon Bill Kristol to discuss bipartisanship and shared values. While leprechauns held hands and danced beneath candy rainbows and gumdrop Reaper drones, the duo engaged in a friendly, playful conversation with the event’s host in a debate format, which was not unlike watching the Pillsbury Doughboy have a pillow fight with himself in a padded room after drinking a bottle of NyQuil.” (10/01/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/01/neera-tanden-and-bill-kristol-agree-that-populism-undermines-democracy

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37) Why Republicans should lead on carbon pricing
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joseph Majkut

“In July, Representative Carlos Curbelo introduced the Market Choice Act (MCA), which would replace the federal gas tax as the main revenue source for highway infrastructure spending with a carbon tax.The proposed carbon tax would raise more revenue than today’s gas tax, while also reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions more than President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and other potential regulations. Moreover, the MCA institutes a 12-year moratorium on EPA greenhouse gas regulations on power plants and industrial facilities. For its environmental ambition and innovative approach, the bill received praise both from environmental groups and a diverse array of American businesses, including large industrial emitters and fossil fuel companies. Yet some conservative activists have criticized the MCA, describing it as a costly new tax.” (10/01/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/why-republicans-should-lead-on-carbon-pricing-a-response-to-steve-forbes/

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38) We are all Ayatollahs now
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“We have just passed the 30th anniversary of the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. It would go on to become one of the most famous novels of the 20th century thanks in large part to what happened six months following its publication: Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie and anyone involved in publishing his work. Rushdie and his ‘editors and publishers’ are ‘condemned to death,’ said Khomeini on 14 February 1989. What is extraordinary 30 years after this allegedly blasphemous book first appeared, and close to 30 years after Khomeini issued his medieval decree, is that Khomeini has won. … the Ayatollah’s foul call for the murder of Rushdie was not successful, and we must all remain grateful for that. But his belief that certain words and thoughts are unacceptable, unutterable, unbearable, and that anyone who holds them must be punished, is now the dominant outlook of our times.” (10/01/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/01/we-are-all-ayatollahs-now-2/

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39) The FBI and Christine Blasey Ford
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Does anybody actually care about the truth of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that as a teenager President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted her? Democrats don’t. They were out opposing the nomination within minutes of the announcement. They have a fantasy that Kavanaugh would be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade. Republicans don’t. The pro-lifers have a fantasy that Kavanaugh would be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade. The #MeToo activists don’t. To them Brett Kavanaugh is an entitled male whom they see as a symbol for male domination and violence. I’m a libertarian. I’m pro-choice. I’m opposed to how Brett Kavanaugh eviscerates the Fourth Amendment protections of privacy in his rulings allowing the government to collect personal information on private citizens.” (10/01/18)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2018/10/the-fbi-and-christine-blasey-ford/

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40) Look what flourishes without licensing
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by staff

“It’s amazing to see the creative activities people come up with to earn a living when they don’t have to ask the government for permission.” (10/01/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-look-what-flourishes-without-licensing

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41) The opposite party is partisan!
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When departing Senator Jeff Flake indicated, the other day, that he would vote to place President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court — despite the ugly accusations of Kavanaugh’s youthful sexual misconduct — much re-tweeted actress Alyssa Milano called him a ‘coward.’ We understand what she means. Because Flake ‘caved’ to pressure from his party — the GOP — he proved himself ‘spineless,’ in another Twitterer’s terminology. But the thing is, calling your opponent a coward because he does not do what you want is at least a bit odd. One does not approach a knight defending his castle and call him a coward for not surrendering. Weird world, eh? Where our enemies are cowards for opposing us!” (10/01/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/01/partisans/

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42) Dems to pay in November for overplaying Kavanaugh hand
Source: Fox News Forum
by Bryan Dean Wright

“On Saturday, YouGov pollsters released the nation’s first survey about whether America believes Professor Blasey Ford or Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh regarding the allegations of sexual assault in the 1980s. The results are striking. Seventy-four percent of Republicans believe Judge Kavanaugh while 73 percent of Democrats believe Ford. Meanwhile, independents are evenly split, with 33 percent backing Ford while 32 percent back Judge Kavanaugh. In other words, it’s a wash. And, for Democrats, that is an absolute nightmare. Here’s why. Democrats have long known they were unlikely to stop Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court. After all, Republicans control 51 seats in the Senate and need only 50 votes to confirm his lifetime appointment. The only hope was to find or create a horrific allegation against Kavanaugh and leak it to the press just before a final vote. The accusation didn’t need to be accurate or verifiable, of course. Democrats simply needed a dramatic distraction and subsequent delay.” (10/01/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/dems-to-pay-in-november-for-overplaying-kavanaugh-hand

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43) Quantum Vibe, 10/01/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/01/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1854

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44) “Education wave” inspires new candidates and voters
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“A new wave of education voters may well make Dr. David Garcia the next governor of Arizona, where the professor, school administrator and Democratic nominee is taking on GOP incumbent Doug Ducey. ‘Democrats see education as Ducey’s greatest vulnerability,’ according to Governing magazine. Similarly, AP reports, ‘Education is one of the top issues in Arizona’s gubernatorial race.’ García is one of 550 educators nationwide who are running in November, riding a nationwide wave of teacher protests against low wages and inadequate school funding. 20,000 Arizona public school teachers walked off their jobs earlier this year, rallying around the hashtag #RedForEd. In the midst of a nationwide crisis for school funding, especially in red states, Arizona is the state where Republicans have cut education spending more severely, arguably, than any other. Voters want that turned around.” (10/01/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181001/why-a-blue-wave-may-depend-on-changing-education-politics

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45) Kavanaugh and the rule of law
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“I have followed the Kavanaugh confirmation battle in the news pretty closely, but I haven’t written anything about it until now. I thought I ought to say something about it before the final vote is held. The outcome of the nomination will have consequences for the future of the Supreme Court and its legitimacy, and that in turn will affect our politics for many years and likely decades to come. When Kavanaugh was nominated, I became aware of some of his bad rulings on 4th Amendment and other issues, but I did not have reason to think he was unfit to serve. The last few weeks and Kavanaugh’s behavior during that time have led me to conclude that he should not be confirmed, and the main reason for that is that he has lied repeatedly under oath.” (09/30/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/kavanaugh-and-the-rule-of-law/

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46) Brett Kavanaugh’s illegal beer consumption highlights the perversity of drinking ages
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh mentioned beer 28 times during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, inviting mockery and semiotic speculation. … In response to repetitive questioning on the subject, Kavanaugh said no fewer than 10 times that he has never experienced alcohol-related memory gaps. But the discussion of Kavanaugh’s drinking during high school and college ranged beyond that narrow issue, and his responses were by turns defiant, evasive, implausible, and misleading. The tenor of those exchanges was partly due to Kavanaugh’s resentment of questions he deemed nosy and irrelevant. But it also reflected the clash between official expectations and the reality of adolescent drinking in America, a contradiction that he and his interlocutors seemed keen to ignore.” (09/30/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/30/brett-kavanaughs-illegal-drinking-highli

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47) Jeff Flake is a sucker
Source: National Review
by Jim Geraghty

“I suspect Flake thought he was doing the right thing by giving Kavanaugh a way to dispel the accusations against him, and also by taking away the biggest argument from the Democrats, that ‘we need an FBI investigation.’ But he assumed what few other Republicans did: that these objections from Democrats were made in good faith. Jeff Flake is a sucker.” (10/01/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/jeff-flake-is-a-sucker/

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48) While it’s still preparedness month, how’s your med kit?
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Yeah, it’s preparedness month for people like us all year long. But September is official. The government say so, so I believe it. 😉 Yes, I’m late to mention it. Saturday at 2:00 a.m. I got a reminder of the one weakness in my prep kits. I woke up feeling as if I had something in my eye, way back in the outside corner where it wasn’t easy to get at. … I should have had both eye wash and some type of soothing ointment — and perhaps a terramycin antibiotic ointment (for veterinary use only, wink-wink, nod-nod) — in my kit.” (09/30/18)

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/09/30/while-its-still-preparedness-month-hows-your-med-kit/

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49) Jim Geraghty is the sucker
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“It’s naive to assume that Flake assumed — or thought he needed to assume — anything at all about the Democrats, or that if he did make any such assumptions they were anything other than the obvious one: That, like the Republicans, the Democrats are throwing whatever elbows they can get bent in the right direction at any given moment, for the purpose of scoring political points. Flake’s leaving the US Senate — walking out of the ring on his own rather than being carried out after an election defeat. So it kind of looks like he’s got nothing to prove, no voters to satisfy, etc. Complete freedom to ‘do what he thinks is right.’ I suppose we could leave it at that. But you know me. I’m cynical. Not running for re-election to the US Senate doesn’t mean he’s stopped being a politician.” (10/01/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/10/jim-geraghty-is-sucker.html

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50) Do you believe in magic?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“If you wonder whether something bad always has something good about it, consider the remarks that a Santa Barbara (California) City Councilman made this summer, regarding the council’s banning of plastic straws. The attack on straws is the environmentalist fad of 2018, and virtually everyone regards it as an affront to common sense. The councilman, Jesse Dominguez, apparently realized that they do. He remarked, in anticipation of protests from citizens, ‘Unfortunately, common sense is just not common. We have to regulate every aspect of people’s lives.’” (09/30/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1900

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51) Who’s actually behind these minimum wage ballot measures?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Samantha Summers

“Voters in Missouri and Arkansas will head to the polls this November to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage in those states. The ballot measures are the handiwork of seemingly grassroots organizations ‘Arkansas for a Fair Wage’ and ‘Raise Up Missouri.’ However, a closer look reveals that each initiative’s main supporters aren’t local residents, but rather deep-pocketed national labor unions and special interest groups. Consider Missouri’s campaign, ‘Raise Up Missouri’ which pushes for a 52% increase in the state’s minimum wage. A deeper dive into the campaign’s finance reports show that nearly $4.5 million (87%) of Raise Up Missouri’s funding is from out of state groups and unions. In Arkansas, a similar dynamic applies: 99% of the funding for the state’s ballot measure comes from out of state. Who’s writing the checks? The biggest donor is a Washington, D.C., based 501(c) 4 called the Sixteen Thirty Fund. The Fund made news earlier this fall when it sent a $3 million dollar check to the Missouri wage campaign, bringing total contributions to over $4 million dollars.” (10/01/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/minimum-wage-missouri-arkansas-big-labor

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52) Drugmaker Pfizer’s CEO Read to be replaced by COO Bourla
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years. Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors. The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post.” (10/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Drugmaker-Pfizer-s-CEO-Read-to-leave-in-January-13271306.php

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53) If Kavanaugh and Trump had my values
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“Imagine Donald Trump’s personality and biography were exactly the same, but in 2016 he made promises to dismantle the Warfare State, Surveillance State, and Police State, and seemed sincere about it. Would I have viewed ‘grab her by the pussy’ an admission of sexual assault, as I did at the time, or would I have dismissed it as ‘locker-room talk?’ Would I have viewed his Twitter rants as counterproductive at best, or would I be cheering him on: ‘Give ’em hell!’ Imagine Brett Kavanaugh wasn’t the worst sort of institutional conservative, but instead built his career at places like the Institute for Justice and the Innocence Project, and Trump appointed him to the Supreme Court because lawyers from places like that are the only ones to trust. Would I believe Kavanaugh’s denial of attempted rape as a teenager? Would I dismiss the charge as irrelevant to his life and career as an adult?” (09/30/18)

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54) Trump’s sham FBI “investigation” of Kavanaugh
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“On the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on whether to send President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate for a vote on confirmation, Republican senators agreed to do so on the condition that the FBI conduct a further background investigation of Kavanaugh. Upon learning of the call for further investigation, Trump, not surprisingly, went ballistic. He wanted an unconditional vote from the committee and an immediate vote of confirmation from the full Senate, with no delay for further background investigation of Kavanaugh. Nonetheless, Trump announced that that the FBI would have ‘free rein’ in the ‘investigation,’ which could not take longer than one week. … As things are turning out, however, it is becoming increasing clear that Trump was speaking falsely. In fact, the news media is reporting that Trump has placed extremely tight limitations on what the FBI will be permitted to investigate.” (10/01/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/01/trumps-sham-fbi-investigation-of-kavanaugh/

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55) Fuzzy sets and the biggest scandal in economics
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“What does it mean to say the labor market is ‘tight?’ That’s not at all obvious. The unemployment rate? Wage growth? The prime age employment ratio? Weekly claims for unemployment compensation? These 4 metrics often give very different answers. And yet most people have an intuitive sense that 2009 was clearly not a tight labor market. So there is a sort of core concept buried here somewhere.” (09/30/18)

https://www.econlib.org/fuzzy-sets-and-the-biggest-scandal-in-economics/

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

56) Editor’s Break, episode 94
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 094 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: whether homicides, suicides, et cetera, are a valid consideration for the costs of liberal gun policy; the achievement of wealth inequality in a society where property rights are secure; the status of minarchism, or minimal statism, as a libertarian political philosophy; and more.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/gun-policy-costs-equality-and-property-rights-minarchism-26m-editors-break-094

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57) Scott Adams Says, 10/01/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about fentanyl, Flake, Canada, and other stuff. With coffee.” [Flash video] (10/01/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1YpKkLZqvqAGj

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58) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 80
Source: Roll Call

“It’s not all 12 as they had hoped, but lawmakers did get five big spending bills signed into law, leaving seven others for the lame-duck session. The president’s insistence for border wall funding could take center stage, says CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/border-wall-funding-battle-dominate-lame-duck

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59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/01/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The US Secretary of the Interior told an audience in Pennsylvania recently that one option open to the US to slow Russian energy exports is a naval blockade. The Russian senate replied by stating the obvious: such a move would be an act of war. Why the threats and bluster? What’s the endgame?” [Flash video] (10/01/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/blockading-russia-us-interior-secretarys-dangerous-threat

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60) The Last Nighters, episode 39
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“We go back to the Batman well and bring an old friend along as a guest to discuss Batman: Dark Knight Returns. 10 years after retiring, Gotham has descended further and further into crime and chaos as the corrupt police department is failing at the job it prevents others from providing.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/01/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/the-dark-knight-returns-the-last-nighters-episode-39/

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61) One Free Family, episode 33
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“James and Taylor started by doing a mailbag, but ultimately spent the whole episode talking about a timeless parenting question: how do we make time for our relationship with our partner when kids are demanding so much of our attention? They discuss how we need to change our expectations as to what our time together might look like, how we can get in the right mindset for the changing seasons of our lives, and how we can practically and lovingly carve out time to build a connection with our partners. Enjoy!” [Flash audio] (10/01/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/maintaining-a-healthy-relationship-after-having-kids-off033/

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62) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 368
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show Marc is joined by JW Weatherman, the creator of a revolutionary program called Mathbot (Mathbot.com), which is poised to completely alter the way both children and adults learn math and help them break free from the confines of the public education system.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/01/revolutionizing-education-without-the-state-w-jw-weatherman-of-mathbot-com/

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63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 253
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #253, I discuss how Trump has hurt US influence by leaving the Iran Nuke Deal. The deal prevented Iran from making nuclear weapons and opened Europe to Iranian markets. Trump left the agreement even though all parties agreed Iran was following the agreement. Leaving the deal has caused US allied to spur US sanctions on Iran.” [various formats] (10/01/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-253-how-trump-hurts-us-influence

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64) Free Talk Live, 09/30/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Poll: youthful sexual assault would not disqualify Kavanaugh :: Forgiveness and redemption :: Cleveland bus drivers :: People fleeing high tax states to low ones :: Rape statistics :: Rape kits :: 20 years for $600 worth of smokes :: Mark and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/30/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-30

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65) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 123
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Iran Sanctions Workaround, Julian Assange, Venezuela, MeK, Wisconsin Hemp.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/30/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/september/30/five-minutes-five-issues-iran-sanctions-workaround-julian-assange-venezuela-mek-wisconsin-hemp/

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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