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In the News:

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1) Latvia: Election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top
2) Turkey: Police believe Saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered at consulate
3) Vatican defends pope against “blasphemous” cover-up claims
4) Heimatsicherheitsdienst backs Apple and Amazon’s denials of Chinese microchip hack
5) Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale
6) Interpol says missing Chinese official has resigned, under investigation by Beijing
7) Turkey: Erdogan shuts doors to McKinsey after opposition outcry
8) You can now record a police stop with a Siri shortcut
9) Israel: Judge in Sara Netanyahu fraud trial gives sides additional month to reach deal
10) North Korea: Pompeo claims “another step forward” after two-hour meeting with Kim
11) Haiti: At least 12 dead, more than 100 hurt, in earthquake
12) Major beer brand CEO: Cannabis decriminalization is “inevitable”
13) Holder questions legitimacy of Scotus after Kavanaugh confirmation
14) India: Video shows monkey “driving” bus in Karnataka
15) Trump seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation as rallying cry in midterms
16) Store owner: Don’t warm urine in my microwave
17) UK: Rape victim, 16, found by drone with thermal camera
18) MS: Bryant condemns high school band’s halftime show
19) TN: Veteran stops shooter after homecoming football game
20) Chinese regime backs Financial Times Hong Kong editor’s visa denial

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Anarchism and Kavanaugh
22) Can’t stop the bookstore
23) Forgiveness is overrated
24) Compulsory schooling laws: What if we didn’t have them?
25) All aboard — or maybe not
26) Save the Supreme Court: Impose term limits on justices
27) Don’t punish immigrants for using public assistance; I went broke waiting for a work permit
28) Authenticity and truth in the #MeToo era
29) Massa Bloomberg speaks!
30) Kavanaugh and impeachment: Democrats, don’t try to conduct a revenge inquisition
31) Good ideas are key in the war against bad ideas
32) Should Republicans thank Michael Avenatti for Kavanaugh’s confirmation?
33) Expansions are getting longer, booms are not (plus Iran deal bonus)
34) Time to unplug taxpayer subsidies for electric cars
35) The two-state solution is neither
36) Americans united against sexual misconduct
37) Lessons from other countries: An unprincipled appeal to authority
38) Kavanaugh vote shows polls matter more than parties
39) Yes, environmental externalities exist, but bans aren’t the way to go
40) America’s protectionist slide
41) In “safe spaces,” hidden dangers
42) National income accounting gives a mistaken impression
43) Three cheers for Autonomous Vehicle Policy Guidance v3.0
44) Why the Van Dyke guilty verdict is a victory for the movement for black lives
45) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 1
46) Courting disaster
47) The Kavanaugh debacle was a shit show all around
48) Requiem for the Supreme Court
49) Quantum Vibe, 10/05/18
50) Brett Kavanaugh is the point of no return
51) The US makes one too many parties to the Spratly spat
52) The looming degradation of the Supreme Court
53) The only good to come of the Kavanaugh fight
54) The glory and majesty of the Dreamliner
55) Political theater, at its worst

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 124
57) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 16
58) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 10
59) Political Theater with Jason Dick, 10/05/18
60) Interview: Matt Sands
61) Scott Adams Says, 10/06/18
62) The Anarchist Experience, episode 185
63) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
64) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/18
65) The Big L Podcast, episode 3
66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 255
67) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 15
68) Felony Friday, episode 144
69) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/05/18
70) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/05/18
71) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 260
72) The JFK Assassination, episode 15
73) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1255
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1) Latvia: Election puts pro-Russia Harmony party on top
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“A party favored by ethnic Russians has won the most votes in the Latvia’s general election, final results showed on Sunday. The left-leaning Harmony secured 19.9 percent support in Saturday’s vote, but would likely have trouble forming a ruling coalition. … Led by Nils Usakovs, the mayor of the capital Riga, Harmony won the most votes in the past two elections. But other parties refused to join it in a coalition over suspicions of its links with Moscow, despite its pro-EU stance. … The current three-party coalition lost its collective majority, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis'[s] chances of forming the next government.” (10/07/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/latvia-election-puts-pro-russia-harmony-party-on-top/a-45783180

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2) Turkey: Police believe Saudi journalist Khashoggi was murdered at consulate
Source: Reuters

“Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, two Turkish sources said on Saturday. ‘The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,’ one of the two Turkish officials told Reuters. The Turkish sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out. A Saudi source at the consulate denied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mission and said in a statement that the accusations were baseless.” (10/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident/exclusive-turkish-police-believe-saudi-journalist-khashoggi-was-killed-in-consulate-sources-idUSKCN1MG0HU

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3) Vatican defends pope against “blasphemous” cover-up claims
Source: Yahoo! News

“A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a ‘blasphemous’ political hit job. Six weeks after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano threw the papacy into turmoil over his claims about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the head of the Vatican’s bishops office said there was no evidence in his files backing Vigano’s claims that Francis annulled any canonical sanctions against McCarrick. Ouellet did confirm for the first time that McCarrick, now 88, had been subject to some form of disciplinary measures given uncorroborated ‘rumors’ of misconduct in his past. But Ouellet said the “exhortation” to live a discreet life of prayer stopped short of binding canonical sanctions, precisely because the rumors lacked proof.” (10/07/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/vatican-defends-pope-against-blasphemous-cover-claims-103559280.html

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4) Heimatsicherheitsdienst backs Apple and Amazon’s denials of Chinese microchip hack
Source: The Verge

“Following last week’s bombshell report from Bloomberg Businessweek that claimed that Chinese spies infiltrated commercial servers in the US with hidden microchips, the Department of Homeland Security says that it has ‘no reason to doubt the statements from the companies named in the story.’ The statement concurs with what UK cybersecurity officials said on Friday: that they were aware of the reports, but didn’t have any reason to doubt Amazon and Apple’s forceful denials that their systems were compromised.” (10/07/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/7/17947840/homeland-security-apple-and-amazons-denials-chinese-microchip-hack

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5) Banksy artwork self-destructs just after $1.4 million sale
Source: Denver Post

“Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had been years in the making. The spray-painted canvas ‘Girl With Balloon’ went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling a record price for the artist. Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, leaving half the canvas hanging from the bottom in strips.” (10/06/18)

https://theknow.denverpost.com/2018/10/06/banksy-artwork-self-destructs/197617/

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6) Interpol says missing Chinese official has resigned, under investigation by Beijing
Source: CNBC

“Interpol says a Chinese official who was reported missing has resigned as head of the international police agency. The update came after Beijing announced Meng Hongwei was under investigation in China. Interpol said Sunday night that Meng had resigned as president of the agency’s executive committee, effectively immediately. It did not say why. Meng is China’s vice minister of public security. His whereabouts and status have been mysteries since his wife reported Friday that she had not heard from him since he went to China at the end of September.” (10/07/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/07/missing-chinese-official-resigned-under-investigation-by-beijing.html

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7) Turkey: Erdogan shuts doors to McKinsey after opposition outcry
Source: Bloomberg

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blocked a government initiative to get advice from management consultancy McKinsey & Co., following opposition parties’ criticism that the economy’s reins were being handed over to foreigners. … His comments follow outcry from opposition parties, including the Republican People’s Party, that hiring McKinsey meant the government is forced to seek Western help in the face of economic turmoil.” (10/06/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-06/turkey-s-erdogan-shuts-doors-to-mckinsey-after-opposition-outcry

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8) You can now record a police stop with a Siri shortcut
Source: Fortune

“It’s the kind of thing you hope you never really need, but it’s there just in case. A new shortcut called ‘Police’ is now available that has Siri discreetly record audio if a driver is ever pulled over by law enforcement. … the Police shortcut has Siri turn on Do Not Disturb mode and prevent notifications from coming through, lower your screen brightness, pause your music, send a message to a designated contact with your exact location information, and record through your phone’s camera.” (10/06/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/10/06/siri-police-shortcut/

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9) Israel: Judge in Sara Netanyahu fraud trial gives sides additional month to reach deal
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“The trial of the prime minister’s wife, Sara Netanyahu, and the office’s deputy director-general Ezra Saidoff began on Sunday afternoon at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. After a brief discussion, the court president, Avital Chen, set another hearing for November 13, in which the sides will try to reach an agreement. Sara Netanyahu’s attorneys oppose having a larger panel hear the case. She is represented by attorneys Yossi Cohen and Yaron Kostelitz (who previously represented state’s witness Nir Hefetz, formerly an adviser to the Netanyahus). Attorneys Yaakov Weinroth and Amit Hadad have resigned from the case over differences about how to proceed. Weinroth and Hadad maintained a plea bargain could be reached in the case, and Cohen has pushed for a trial including the questioning of witnesses.” (10/07/18)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/sara-netanyahu-s-fraud-trial-over-alleged-misuse-of-100-000-in-state-funds-begins-1.6533203

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10) North Korea: Pompeo claims “another step forward” after two-hour meeting with Kim
Source: CNN

“US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday in what he called a ‘good, productive conversation.’ The top US diplomat met with Kim in Pyongyang for two hours before Pompeo flew to South Korea Sunday afternoon for a two-day visit. In South Korea, Pompeo appeared alongside President Moon Jae-in, who said the world wanted to know the results of the Pyongyang meeting, ‘so if the secretary can disclose the results, please tell us.’” (10/07/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/politics/pompeo-north-korea-kim-jong-un-meeting/index.html

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11) Haiti: At least 12 dead, more than 100 hurt, in earthquake
Source: Miami Herald

“At least 12 deaths have been confirmed following an earthquake in northwest Haiti, after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the island late Saturday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least five of the deaths were registered in the the Port-de-Paix area, Jerry Chandler, the head of the country’s Civil Protection disaster response unit, told the Miami Herald. The earthquake occurred about 12 miles north of Port-de-Paix in northwest Haiti.” (10/06/18)

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article219628030.html

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12) Major beer brand CEO: Cannabis decriminalization is “inevitable”
Source: Smell the Truth

“The CEO behind such beer brands as Corona and Modelo is positive that the U.S. feds will ultimately decide in favor of reforming marijuana laws. Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands spoke about the future of cannabis law on the latest episode of ‘Mad Money,’ reports CNBC. ‘In the United States, we believe that it’s an inevitability that cannabis will be decriminalized at the federal level,’ Sands said in an interview with ‘Mad Money’ host Jim Cramer. ‘And, as we already know, a lot of states have legalized it recreationally.’ Constellation Brands decided to bet heavily on the future of cannabis-infused beverages last year, when they announced a $191 million stake in the Canadian marijuana holding company Canopy Growth. ‘I think you’ll see a lot of beverages introduced, probably non-alcoholic or in, I would say, most cases, non-alcoholic, to take advantage of at least the CBD legalization,’ Sands added.” (10/05/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/05/major-beer-brand-ceo-says-marijuana-decriminalization-is-inevitable

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13) Holder questions legitimacy of Scotus after Kavanaugh confirmation
Source: Fox News

“Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder reacted to the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday by questioning the legitimacy of the court and arguing that it needed to regain the nation’s trust. Holder (who served as the nation’s top lawyer under former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015) said the treatment of former Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland by Senate Republicans, as well as Kavanaugh’s confirmation, meant the legitimacy of the court was in question. ‘With the confirmation of Kavanaugh and the process which led to it, (and the treatment of Merrick Garland), the legitimacy of the Supreme Court can justifiably be questioned,’ he tweeted. ‘The Court must now prove — through its work — that it is worthy of the nation’s trust.’ He did not say how the court would go about doing that.” [editor’s note: Obama … Clinton … Comey … Clapper … Brennan … now Holder … When do these former govt thugs stop interfering with current affairs – SAT] (10/06/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/obama-ag-eric-holder-questions-legitimacy-of-supreme-court-after-kavanaugh-confirmation

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14) India: Video shows monkey “driving” bus in Karnataka
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An Indian bus driver has been suspended – for letting a monkey ‘drive’ his bus. This is despite not one of the 30-or-so passengers on board the vehicle in southern Karnataka state complaining about their furry chauffeur. However, when a video of the relaxed (and apparently competent) langur monkey taking the wheel went viral, the human driver’s employers took action. The safety of passengers cannot be put at risk by ‘allowing a monkey on the steering’ wheel, a spokesman said. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this has not been an entirely popular decision with internet users delighted by the short clip.” (10/06/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45772168

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15) Trump seizes on Kavanaugh confirmation as rallying cry in midterms
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump used a fiery speech in Minnesota last Thursday to accuse Democrats of “trying to destroy” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. It was the eve of a dramatic showdown in the Senate over Kavanaugh and the president revved up the raucous crowd, telling them Democrats would pay a price in the Nov. 6 elections for what he said was an effort to derail the court nomination over sexual assault allegations. ‘Their rage-fueled resistance is starting to backfire,’ Trump said at the rally where supporters chanted Kavanaugh’s name. ‘These people are loco.’ The comments underscored Trump’s belief that the fight to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court will be a potent issue for the midterms and one that could rile up the Republican base in a year when Democratic voters are seen as more motivated to go to the polls. On Saturday, the Republican-led Senate confirmed Kavanaugh after a bruising battle.” (10/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/06/donald-trump-brett-kavanaugh-may-stir-some-voters-enrage-others/1511187002

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16) Store owner: Don’t warm urine in my microwave
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave. Parul Patel says he’s become ‘sick and tired’ of people walking into his BP gas station and On the Fly convenience store in Jacksonville to warm their containers of urine. The store is within walking distance of two labs, though one says it doesn’t collect samples for drug tests. Patel tells First Coast News the people ‘walk in off the street, microwave their urine containers then leave.’ Warming urine from someone who hasn’t taken drugs is seen by some as a way to help pass a drug test. Patal says a woman became aggressive a few months ago when he asked her not to warm urine. She asked to see a sign that says it’s not for that purpose. So he made one.” (10/06/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Florida-store-owner-Don-t-warm-urine-in-my-13284170.php

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17) UK: Rape victim, 16, found by drone with thermal camera
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A teenage girl who called 999 to report she was in an unknown location with a man who had just raped her was found by police using a drone. The 16-year-old contacted police in the early hours of Saturday to say she was on land in Boston with her attacker. Police recognised the description given as a levelled factory site and officers used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to track them both down. A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of rape. Insp Ed Delderfield, of Lincolnshire Police, said the officers had the drone with the thermal camera in their car. It picked up two heat sources and guided officers to the girl and the suspected attacker at the location near Brown’s Road. Police said the girl was being supported by specially-trained officers.” (10/06/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-45770703

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18) MS: Bryant condemns high school band’s halftime show
Source: Fox News

“Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is condemning a high school band for a football halftime performance that he said was ‘unacceptable in a civilized society.’ Many are saying the performance Friday night by the band from Forest Hill High School depicted students dressed as doctors and nurses pointing toy guns at SWAT team members prone on the ground, WLBT-TV reported. Bryant issued his condemnation Saturday in a tweet. The performance was held at the high school in Brookhaven where two police officers were killed in the line of duty Sept. 29 responding to a call of shots fired, the station reported. Brookhaven’s mayor said the band director was placed on administrative leave, the station reported. Reports said the performance was based loosely on the movie ‘John Q,’ in which a father played by Denzel Washington takes patients at a hospital hostage in order to secure treatment for his son.” [editor’s note: Funny, the halftime shows at my alma mater used to feature stuff like “sperm and egg formation;” the band was all volunteers and the best idea got a case of beer! – SAT] (10/06/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/mississippi-governor-condemns-high-school-bands-halftime-show

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19) TN: Veteran stops shooter after homecoming football game
Source: USA Today

“A homecoming celebration quickly transitioned to dangerous chaos Friday night after a football game in Tennessee, but the quick thinking of a civilian kept a bad situation from potentially becoming much worse. Two victims (Demetrius Harper and Cameshia Murphy) were shot, according to a report from the Brownsville Police Department. Both were treated and released. Harper was hit twice in the back and Murphy was hit in the foot. The shooter, a 16-year-old juvenile, was quickly apprehended — thanks to Patrick Shields. Shields is a 1996 graduate of Haywood High School who has served in the Army for 22 years, including three deployments. He currently serves in the National Guard. He watched his son, Taylor, and the rest of the Tomcat football team win their homecoming game over neighboring rival Crockett County on Friday night. But he didn’t expect his military training to become necessary while he and his brother were cleaning up their tailgating area after the game.” (10/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/06/army-veteran-patrick-shields-stops-shooter-haywood-football-game/1552410002

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20) Chinese regime backs Financial Times Hong Kong editor’s visa denial
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“China has defended its decision to refuse to renew the work visa of a Financial Times editor in Hong Kong, in a case that has drawn concern over the shrinking space for free speech in the Chinese territory. The central government ‘firmly supports’ the local government’s rejection of Asia editor Victor Mallet’s visa renewal application, according to a statement from the foreign ministry’s office in Hong Kong issued late Saturday. ‘No foreign country has any right to interfere,’ the office said, in a response to expressions of concern from the British foreign ministry and the U.S. Consulate in the territory.” (10/06/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/China-backs-Financial-Times-Hong-Kong-editor-s-13287761.php

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

21) Anarchism and Kavanaugh
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Regarding Brett Kavanaugh, I’ve been wondering how I can blame the state for what we’ve endured these past weeks. I can safely say that without the state, we would have been spared the Kavanaugh episode. Natural-law, pro-market anarchists are not utopians. To paraphrase the old hit: we beg your pardon; we never promised you a rose garden. Anarchism refers to a set of means — persuasion, consent, and voluntary cooperation — and not an end. It permits the emergence of solutions through a range of cooperative activities as opposed to the state’s imposition of one-size-fits-all alleged solutions from on high — from, say, Capitol Hill, our Mount Olympus. But some things are less likely to occur in a stateless society than in a state-saturated one. And the Kavanaugh problem is one of those things.” (10/05/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-anarchism-and-kavanaugh/

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22) Can’t stop the bookstore
Source: Garrison Center
by Joel Schlosberg

“Critics point out that the specific mechanic of the [STOP BEZOS] Act — taxing larger companies the full amount their employees get from welfare programs — suffers from the perverse incentive of making it less worth employers’ while to hire the most impoverished applicants. Yet it is not simply the case, as Jonathan Chait protests, that ‘social welfare benefits workers, not their bosses.’ In observing that measures seemingly championing the underdog can in fact become corporate welfare, Sanders is more perceptive than Chait. Sanders grasps the outlines of ‘corporate liberalism’ as exposed by a half-century of research by historians like Gabriel Kolko, James Weinstein, and Joel Spring. Amazon’s promise that ‘our public policy team will work with policymakers in Washington, D.C., to advocate for a higher federal minimum wage’ is merely the latest example of dominant firms collaborating with government to design regulation they welcome because its costs fall most heavily on others.” (10/06/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13989

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23) Forgiveness is overrated
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Journalist David Sirota has just published an excellent op-ed titled ‘America’s new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone,’ which begins with the observation that ‘Enron executives were among the last politically connected criminals to face any serious consequences for institutionalized fraud.’ Sirota goes on to remind readers how there was never any attempt by either mainstream political party to bring accountability to anyone responsible for monstrous offenses ranging from the disastrous invasion of Iraq to the ecocidal manipulations of fossil fuel plutocrats to the Wall Street plundering which led to the 2008 global financial crisis. Sirota’s argument is solid: there is an aristocratic class which has successfully neutered all the institutional mechanisms which were meant to protect the powerless from the powerful. The government is bought and owned by the plutocrats and so is the media, as the continued forgiveness of unforgivable transgressions which those institutions have been bestowing upon the aristocracy clearly reflects. This means that the only thing left protecting the populace from the powerful is the populace itself.” (10/06/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/06/forgiveness-is-overrated

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24) Compulsory schooling laws: What if we didn’t have them?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“History books detailing the ‘common school movement’ and the push for universal, compulsory schooling perpetuate the myths that Americans were illiterate prior to mass schooling, that there were limited education options available, and that mandating school attendance under a legal threat of force was the surest way toward equality. In truth, literacy rates were quite high, particularly in Massachusetts, where the first compulsory schooling statute was passed in 1852. Historians Boles and Gintis report that approximately three-quarters of the total U.S. population, including slaves, was literate. There was a panoply of education options prior to mass compulsory schooling, including an array of public and private schooling options, charity schools for the poor, robust apprenticeship models, and homeschooling — this latter approach being the preferred method of Massachusetts education reformer Horace Mann, who homeschooled his own three children while mandating common school attendance for others.” (10/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/compulsory-schooling-laws-what-if-we-didnt-have-them/

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25) All aboard — or maybe not
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“[T]here is another way to look at the train metaphor, and that is that some of us are on a train chugging slowly in the right direction, while others among us remain back in Florida building a rocket ship for which we don’t yet have a working engine or sufficient fuel. In fact, we don’t even know what the engine will look like or what the fuel will be. But we don’t think the train is ever going to get where it’s going (in fact, we expect it to end up a lot like the coal-powered locomotive that tries to make it through a long tunnel in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged), and we hope that circumstances — political disintegration and revolution — will provide the engine and the fuel at some time and in some manner which we can’t venture to predict. At which we will leap-frog the train, land in the ruins, and build the free society. Or something like that.” (10/07/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/10/all-aboard-or-maybe-not.html

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26) Save the Supreme Court: Impose term limits on justices
Source: The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow

“[F]or multiple reasons the Senate tradition of approving well-qualified nominees largely irrespective of ideology has disappeared. Alas, it is difficult to imagine the practice reemerging. To be effective, this form of judicial disarmament must be bipartisan. But which party will move first, especially on such an important issue, and risk being played by the other? Which party will risk blowback from its most committed partisans, who are determined for political war? Indeed, the judicial wars are great fundraisers for both sides’ direct mail outfits. Most important, though, how to roll back the judiciary’s role?” (10/05/18)

https://spectator.org/save-the-supreme-court-impose-term-limits-on-justices/

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27) Don’t punish immigrants for using public assistance; I went broke waiting for a work permit
Source: USA Today
by Wouter van Acker

“The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security recently proposed a new rule that makes it harder for immigrants to obtain a green card if they use any kind of public benefits while in the United States. In 2014, the waiting period for an application for employment authorization was about two months, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In 2018 the processing time doubled to more than four months. The administration ought to focus on diminishing that backlog, instead of punishing immigrants who go broke while waiting to be allowed to work. It was March 1, 2018, when I set foot on American soil as an official immigrant on a K1-visa. It’s the so-called fiancé(e)-visa. My wife, an American with a decent job in a prominent museum, lives in Washington, D.C., so I joined her there. I love this country and its people, employers were very interested in my resume, and we got married on March 24. We were off to a flying start. Or so we thought.” (10/06/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/10/06/immigrants-want-green-cards-work-not-public-assistance-column/1510078002/

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28) Authenticity and truth in the #MeToo era
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“What exactly is authenticity? For some time, it’s been a powerful buzzword. Social media marketers, millennial whisperers, politicians, and restaurants all touted it. We were told that authenticity was what hot demographics were craving and missing — in their lives, their processed meats, their travel experiences, their ‘news brands.’ It was the key to selling yourself as an ‘influencer.’ It was the key to winning elections. But authenticity is a fuzzy concept. Hillary Clinton has always suffered from a lack of perceived authenticity, even among people who would also describe her as honest. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is often credited with an abundance of authenticity — a man who calls it like he sees it — even among those who admit that he’s not always 100 percent truthful.” (10/07/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/07/authenticity-truth-in-the-metoo-era

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29) Massa Bloomberg speaks!
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“[W]e know, from out of the devil’s own mouth, that the heritage Bloomberg wishes to revive and re-impose on what he sees as his former chattel is that of the old, thoroughly Democrat, slave-owning, whipping, and lynching South. Former radio talk show host Ken Hamblin, the ‘Black Avenger,’ used to say that it’s the ambition of every liberal to own his own Negro, and black conservative columnist Candace Owens has accused the left of exactly the same thing, to get black voters ‘back on the plantation.’ Now Bloomberg wants to initiate this re-enslaving process by rendering its intended victims physically helpless against liberal aggression.” (10/07/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle993-20181007-02.html

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30) Kavanaugh and impeachment: Democrats, don’t try to conduct a revenge inquisition
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alan Dershowitz

“The confirmation disaster surrounding Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate on a 50-48 vote Saturday, has done much damage to our country and its institutions. And the damage may well continue if Democrats regain majority control of the House and conduct a revenge inquisition against the new associate justice. Because I am a liberal Democrat, I want to see the House flipped to my party as an important check and balance between the executive and legislative branches. But what I don’t want to see is a Democratic House abuse its authority by conducting vengeful impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh. I have no problem with an objective, preferably bipartisan, inquiry into how to improve the confirmation process. There is much that can be done to make it better. But an investigation of 36-year-old charges against a sitting justice would be an abuse of the powers of Congress. Such an investigation would simply be partisan payback for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.” (10/06/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/alan-dershowitz-kavanaugh-and-impeachment-democrats-dont-try-to-conduct-a-revenge-inquisition

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31) Good ideas are key in the war against bad ideas
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Writing decades ago, Friedrich Hayek observed: ‘In all democratic countries … a strong belief prevails that the influence of the intellectuals on politics is negligible.’ Hayek conceded this was true to ‘the extent to which they can sway the popular vote on questions on which they differ from the current views of the masses,’ but he warned that ‘over somewhat longer periods they have probably never exercised so great an influence as they do today. … This power they wield by shaping public opinion.’ Today, the role of intellectuals is more recognized, at least in the role of educators at schools and colleges, in shaping the ideology of the general public.” (10/05/18)

https://mises.org/wire/good-ideas-are-key-war-against-bad-ideas

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32) Should Republicans thank Michael Avenatti for Kavanaugh’s confirmation?
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Ten days ago, I told my wife that if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he can probably thank Michael Avenatti and his client. Julie Swetnick’s accusations of mass gang rapes held week after week after week were so batsh*t crazy — and completely unconfirmed by any witnesses when the behavior she described was so public and affected so many people that confirmation should have been easy — that the Democrats’ argument that women never lie and always should be believed was shown to be false to all reasonable observers. It became too easy for Republicans to convince themselves that all of the women accusing Kavanaugh, not just Swetnick and the other last-minute copycats, were a put-up job by Democrats …. In a well-reasoned world, the veracity of the Swetnick accusations should have had no bearing on the evaluation of Ford’s believably, but in the real world of politics it had a huge effect.” (10/06/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/10/should-republicans-thank-michael-avenatti-for-kavenaughs-confirmation.html

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33) Expansions are getting longer, booms are not (plus Iran deal bonus)
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Starting with the Korean War boom of the early 1950s, the booms lasted for 2.5 years (meaning 2 years 5 months), 2.6 years, 1.1 years, 4.4 years (the 60s and the longest), 1.4 years, 2.1 years, 1.0 years (not really a boom, just an interlude between the 1980 and 1982 recessions), 2.11 years, 3.5 years (the 90s), and 2.10 years (again, 2 years and 10 months). Unlike with expansions, there’s really not much evidence that booms are getting significantly longer. If we are at the current cyclical low, then the current boom started in November 2016.” (10/06/18)

https://www.econlib.org/expansions-are-getting-longer-booms-are-not-plus-iran-deal-bonus/

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34) Time to unplug taxpayer subsidies for electric cars
Source: Investors Business Daily
by US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

“When Congress first mandated a taxpayer subsidy for electric car buyers back in 1992, the market for these new vehicles was tiny and the choices were very limited. Today, nearly every major carmaker in the world is building or planning to roll out an electric vehicle, including luxury brands like Bentley, Aston Martin and Maserati. Almost 1 million of these vehicles are on the road in the United States. Yet U.S. taxpayers currently pay up to $7,500 on every one of them sold in America. Time’s up on the electric car subsidy. The foundation for automakers to create a sustainable electric-vehicle market exists. Taxpayers should be off the hook. Between 2011 and 2017, electric-vehicle buyers received $4.7 billion in tax credits. According to the Manhattan Institute, stopping the tax credits now could save taxpayers roughly $20 billion. I’m introducing legislation that would kill it, and also level the playing field for every driver who pays into the highway trust fund.” (10/05/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/electric-cars-subsidies/

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35) The two-state solution is neither
Source: Counterpunch
by Stanley L Cohen

“Speaking as an American, I must note for you here today that it is fundamentally difficult to understand why Americans ever believed in the Two-State Solution at all — I don’t mean the deep political establishment in my country, which is essentially pro-Zionist, strategically and sentimentally, and has used the Two State Solution as a stalling ruse to buy more time for Zionism’s plan. But rather, I mean the thinking, commenting, ‘chattering class’ of intellectuals, television hosts, and so on, tasked with the job of ‘selling’ the idea over the last forty years or so, and those average Americans targeted for this deception. Because for Americans, a fundamental cognitive dissonance has always surrounded the very idea of Israel as an exclusive ‘state for the Jews’: and that is the fact that American political culture and civil polity are founded on the sacrosanct, bedrock value of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution, which essentially says that a democracy does not establish ANY religion as the religion of the state, and may not favor any faith over another.” (10/05/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/05/the-two-state-solution-is-neither/

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36) Americans united against sexual misconduct
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“Had Brett Kavanaugh done something terrible, he should have paid a terrible price. On that point, Americans are much more united than we seem on television, Twitter, and in your Facebook feed. And now, after what seemed like a million-year confirmation march, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed yesterday as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 50-48 Senate vote. Many on the Left will continue to believe our newest justice repeatedly lied under oath, having abused at least three women when in high school and college. Many on the Right will view all ‘three’ of these female accusers as political players or pawns, who probably should be punished in some way for lying about such a fine man. Someone is not telling the truth. But consider that both of these ‘manys’ could be 100 percent mistaken.” (10/07/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2018/10/07/americans-united-against-sexual-misconduct-n2526194

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37) Lessons from other countries: An unprincipled appeal to authority
Source: Heartland Institute
by Todd Gabel

“It’s a trend these days for politicians to hold up the policies of other nations as ‘lessons’ for America to follow. ‘Don’t take my word for it,’ they say, ‘look at the policy working right there in Utopia next door!’ On the face of it, it would seem wise to look around and see what other nations have done, and judge whether they could help make America a better place. In a time where information goes around the world at a dizzying pace, this policy-shopping appears especially tempting. Yet these foreign lessons often eliminate reasoned debate and instead introduce folly into American institutions, rather than shed light and bring prosperity.” (10/05/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/lessons-from-other-countries-an-unprincipled-appeal-to-authority/

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38) Kavanaugh vote shows polls matter more than parties
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“The vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court was 50–48, almost entirely along party lines. The exceptions were West Virginia Democrat Manchin, who voted to confirm, and Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who was opposed but voted present out of courtesy to Daines of Montana, who would have voted to confirm but was not present. But does ‘along party lines’ mean that Senators went long with what their party leaders demanded of them?” (10/07/18)

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39) Yes, environmental externalities exist, but bans aren’t the way to go
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“For all the myriad barking ideas, politicians are cack-handedly trying to solve two perceived problems. The first is pollution, particularly the damage that non-biodegradable plastics cause in oceans or landfill. This genuinely imposes social environmental costs on to others and cannot be obviously solved by assigning property rights. The second is obesity, especially relating to collective healthcare costs. The main problem with the idea of bans, crackdowns or ever-rising taxes, of course, is that they simply ignore the benefits or enjoyment we get from the consumption itself. As such, preventing us buying certain things or setting taxes such that consumption plummets to near-zero leaves us all worse off in terms of economic welfare.” (10/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/yes-environmental-externalities-exist-bans-arent-way-go

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40) America’s protectionist slide
Source: National Review
by George Will

“The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while many Democrats are arguing, with some accuracy but more incoherence, this: The government has become a servant of grasping private interests — and should be much bigger and more interventionist. Protectionism — laws and administrative rulings by which government determines the prices and quantities of imported goods and services — is government regulation. So, it is probable that the current administration, which lists deregulation as among its glistening achievements, is producing a substantial net increase in economic regulation.” (10/07/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/trump-administration-protectionism-economic-regulation/

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41) In “safe spaces,” hidden dangers
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Few great social changes are wholly positive. ‘Safe spaces,’ for example. Most popular in universities, they’re meant to provide a feeling of security for those who feel vulnerable, a place where students can avoid issues that might cause them distress. The downside of the safe space initiative is its weaponization, its use to exclude so that criticism, opposing opinions and alternative analyses are not confronted and argued over, but prohibited. Jim Sidanius, a professor of psychology and African American Studies at Harvard, is among those — like the writers of recent books such as William Egginton’s ‘The Splintering of the American Mind’ and Greg Lukianoff and Jonathon Haidt’s ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’ — who find it concerning. Sidanius did a study of safe spaces constructed by students of different ethnic backgrounds, and says that for minority who joined these groups, ‘the more likely (they) were to feel that they were in this zero-sum relationship with other ethnic groups on campus.’” (10/06/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-safespaces-commentary/commentary-in-safe-spaces-hidden-dangers-idUSKCN1MF23E

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42) National income accounting gives a mistaken impression
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While Greg Mankiw helpfully clarifies some confusions about trade deficits, he further fuels a confusion by repeating economists’ common claim that U.S. trade deficits necessarily reflect ‘dissaving’ by Americans (‘Surprising Truths About Trade Deficits,’ Oct. 5). This claim derives from the impression, given by national income accounting, that each nation is an economic entity equivalent to — if only much larger than — a household. This impression is mistaken.” (10/06/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/national-income-accounting-gives-mistaken-impression.html

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43) Three cheers for Autonomous Vehicle Policy Guidance v3.0
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Among the most promising inclusions in the guidance, the DOT explicitly notes that it will no longer assume that the driver of a vehicle is a human (or that a human is even present onboard). This is a welcome development, and one that the Niskanen Center emphasized in recent comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In particular, we argued that while ‘the definition of a vehicle ‘operator’ or ‘driver’ needs to be updated to reflect non-human operations in an autonomous vehicle,’ NHTSA will also need to consider how it intends to define the scope of what constitutes a non-human operator.” (0/05/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/three-cheers-for-autonomous-vehicle-policy-guidance-v3-0/

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44) Why the Van Dyke guilty verdict is a victory for the movement for black lives
Source: In These Times
by Miles Kampf-Lassin

“‘We are far from done. This is the beginning and we should use this momentum to keep going forward.’ Chicago has long been a city on the brink. Decades of racial stratification, disinvestment, segregation and endemic poverty have left large swaths of the population struggling to survive, while new development has disproportionately favored wealthier residents. The communities left behind by this process are largely Black and Brown, while the beneficiaries are primarily white. Such a system of racial inequity is upheld by a police force that has long been known for both its brutality and racism. Today, that system of policing was put on trial. Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for killing Black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. Following a 3-week trial, the jury announced its decision on Friday, capturing the rapt attention of Chicagoans across the city.” (10/06/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21494/van-dyke-guilty-verdict-laquan-mcdonald-chicago-black-lives-matter

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45) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 1
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Cryptocurrency exemplifies the synergy between technology and freedom. Designed as an expression of pure anarchism, bitcoin’s stated purpose was to bypass the ‘trusted third party’ problem of central banks. The word ‘trusted’ was used ironically. Satoshi Nakamoto and most crypto-founders were anarchists who knew full well that a third party that enforced its ‘services’ by law was untrustworthy in principle and corrupt in practice. Why else would it point a gun at ‘customers’ and potential competitors? Central banks did so in order to enable another and more powerful third party to monopolize the flow of money: the state.” (10/06/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-takes-anarchism-digital-and-explodes-old-concepts/

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46) Courting disaster
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“Even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, even before his prissy, petulant meltdown on live TV, even before he repeatedly perjured himself in response to fairly innocuous questions about juvenile sexual terms and the extent of his youthful drinking, Brett Kavanaugh was unfit to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. The fact that he will shortly be confirmed to that post anyway says a great deal about the values of both parties at the present moment.” (10/06/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1902

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47) The Kavanaugh debacle was a shit show all around
Source: Attack The System
by Avens O’Brien

“It appears that Brett Kavanaugh is our newest Supreme Court justice. This is a shame. It’s a shame because he’s absolutely terrible on the 4th amendment — the one that protects against unlawful search and seizure — and privacy. … Kavanaugh is also terrible on executive accountability. … It’s also a shame because of the political circus that has been the past few months, which means a vote for or against him holds very different meanings depending on your political perspective — and to many people, they do not seem to understand the other perspectives at all.” (10/07/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/07/the-kavangaugh-debacle-was-a-shit-show-all-around/

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48) Requiem for the Supreme Court
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“What, I asked my parents, was the Supreme Court? It was the mid-1950s. I was a white boy in the upper South. Around me, adults could not stop talking about the Supreme Court. They spoke of it as a distant force, a threat. The court had told the white South to change the way it lived. … The Supreme Court, they told me, was an institution to which they felt a deep allegiance, whether they agreed with its decisions or not. In their lives, and in the lives of all around me, I saw a society reluctantly but inevitably summoned to move forward not simply by the language of the Constitution but by acceptance of the Court as an independent arbiter of the rule of law. Critically, skeptically, but deeply, I loved that Supreme Court. Where is it? Where is the Court that claimed it was at least striving to transcend partisan politics? That Court is gone forever. We will spend at least the rest of my lifetime fighting over its rotting corpse. No prating about civility can change that fact.” (10/07/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/supreme-court-loses-its-special-status/572416/

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49) Quantum Vibe, 10/05/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/05/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1856

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50) Brett Kavanaugh is the point of no return
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“The American conservative movement’s long march to install a reliable five-justice majority in its own image is over. On Monday, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat on the Supreme Court for the first time, with the opportunity to shape the contours of legal and constitutional interpretation for the next three or four decades. Behind him lies a trail of political wreckage that will reverberate for years to come. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh Saturday in a 50-48 vote, one of the thinnest margins for a prospective justice in the court’s history. Two key Republican senators, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, voted for his confirmation, as did a lone Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin. (Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski was also opposed, but voted present as a courtesy for Montana Senator Steve Daines, who supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation but couldn’t make it to Washington for the vote.) Justice Kavanaugh, who takes the seat vacated by recently retired swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, is now a one-man legitimacy crisis for the court.” (10/06/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151597/brett-kavanaugh-confirmed-supreme-court-point-no-return

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51) The US makes one too many parties to the Spratly spat
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“No fewer than six states — China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Brunei — assert territorial claims over all or part of the (largely uninhabited) Spratly archipelago. To which, if any, of those states do the Spratlys ‘belong?’ That’s for them to work out between themselves, through arbitration and mediation or maybe even war. The US government, neither numbering itself among those claimants nor having any plausible basis upon which to do so if it wished to, needs to butt out.” (10/05/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13986

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52) The looming degradation of the Supreme Court
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As the controversy has unfolded, it has become painfully clear that perjury just isn’t important to conservatives, at least to conservatives who aren’t lawyers. Time and time again, in addressing the controversy, they ether have glossed over the possibility that Kavanaugh committed perjury or made it clear that it just doesn’t matter to them. It’s no big deal. Let’s just have a quick, 3-day, cursory, sham investigation, confirm the guy, and then ‘move on.’ I suppose this shouldn’t surprise us. Conservatives took the same approach with respect to James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence. Once it became clear that Clapper had committed perjury before Congress with respect to the national-security establishment’s secretive mass surveillance schemes, conservatives took the position that the offense should be ignored and that it was time for Americans to just ‘move on.’ No investigation. No prosecution. No nothing. For conservatives, it was just perjury. No big deal.” (10/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/05/the-looming-degradation-of-the-supreme-court/

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53) The only good to come of the Kavanaugh fight
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Starr

“The fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has ended with a double defeat for Democrats. Not only will he sit on the Court; the confirmation battle has also roused Republicans for the November election and helped close the ‘enthusiasm gap’ that existed earlier this year. That’s not to say Democrats should have ducked this fight. There’s no way to win in politics or in anything else if you give up in advance. And the Kavanaugh battle may bring about one good result, though it’s nothing to cheer about. Many Americans have an out-of-date view of the Supreme Court as a bulwark of liberalism. In fact, Republican presidents have made 15 out of the last 19 Supreme Court appointments, and the rulings of the most recently appointed justices have increasingly followed partisan lines.” (10/05/18)

http://prospect.org/article/only-good-come-kavanaugh-fight

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54) The glory and majesty of the Dreamliner
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The downside of the jetway is that it denies you the chance to appreciate the sheer awesomeness of the passenger jet. You walk from one room with chairs, shops, and restaurants, through an enclosed hallway, and enter into another room and sit down. So mundane. You can’t back away from the scene to appreciate the whole of what is happening. The experience of flying is reduced to looking out a small window. That’s why I’m always thrilled when instead I can walk downstairs from the airport lobby and enter on to the tarmac. Then you climb the stairs to the plane, just like in the old movies. Every time, it lifts my heart. You can stand close to and finally board a thing of beauty. In my experience, this happens most often in airports in foreign countries.” (10/05/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/glory-and-majesty-dreamliner

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55) Political theater, at its worst
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Both of the old parties, both of the Fedgov establishment in DC and the Fifty States, have once again demonstrated that their loyalty is to their political power, their wealth, and their prestige. They have been and continue to be willing to tear the Fifty States apart still further, for their own gain. Both sides make accusations that are perversions of the truth, and at the same time conspire together to further destroy the shambling corpse of a republic. And drag the entire planet along with them. What is to be done? Find more and more ways to secede, individually, as families, as businesses, from government – as low key as possible, and without boasting or proclaiming the liberty we must take back for ourselves, even while they continue to seek to steal it from us.” (10/05/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/10/05/political-theater-at-its-worst/

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

56) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 124
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Drug War Treaty, Yemen, License Plate Readers, Marijuana Crackdown, Iran Summit.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/07/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/07/five-minutes-five-issues-drug-war-treaty-yemen-license-plate-readers-marijuana-crackdown-iran-summit/

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57) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 16
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Kavanaugh.” [Flash audio] (10/07/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/kavanaugh-ep-16-nice-guys-finish-free-episode/

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58) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 10
Source: Attack The System

“In episode 10 of Unraveling Political Theory, Tim Bryant and Keith Preston will be discussing Progressivism. Coming to terms with different political movements and what they represent is at the core of what this podcast is all about. To understand the world of politics and change it for the better, it’s paramount that people begin to study political theory and the ways in which it has manifest throughout history up into the present day. By bringing light to the origins of political and philosophical thought, the present day becomes all the more explainable because one is now able to see the logical progression of such manifestations.” [Flash video] (10/07/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/07/unraveling-political-theory-progressivism/

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59) Political Theater with Jason Dick, 10/05/18
Source: CQ Roll Call Podcast

“Rap, Race and Health Care Help Decide Upstate New York Fates.” [various formats] (10/05/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/the-ghosts-of-impeachment-haunt-the-kavanaugh-fight

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60) Interview: Matt Sands
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy [Danilo Cuellar’s] recent conversation with Matt Sands, founder of Nations of Sanity. Herein we discussed his path to Voluntaryism, Stefan Molyneux, Walter Block, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, what is Nations of Sanity, panarchy, Market for Liberty, Liberty Defined, Daniel Scott, exposing the gun in the room, true freedom is universalizable, its not about abolishing government, the State is the symptom of the problem, the State is illegal, Frederic Bastiat, democracy is mob rule, how to improve the world, 10 year overnight sensation and more!” [Flash video or MP3] (10/07/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/matt-sands-voluntaryist-and-founder-of-nations-of-sanity/

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61) Scott Adams Says, 10/06/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the Kavanaugh future. With coffee.” [Flash video] (10/06/18)

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

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62) The Anarchist Experience, episode 185
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss hanging out with friends of Liberty, challenging yourself to hear other peoples’ points of view, whether or not we can control the narrative, and this HEADLINE: Students say they are going hungry because school cafeteria doesn’t have enough food.” [various formats] (10/06/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/the-anarchist-experience-185/

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63) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
Source: The Intercept

“Mehdi Hasan is joined by The Intercept’s Senior Politics Editor Briahna Gray and D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim, the feminist author and activist Naomi Wolf, and senior adviser to the Women’s March Winnie Wong in this special episode to discuss what Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation means for women in America and what the Democrats can do to stop a Supreme Court dominated by the hard right from rolling back everything progressives have fought for.” [various formats] (10/06/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/06/episode-special-the-right-won-the-battle-over-kavanaugh-can-the-left-win-the-war/

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64) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD talks about microtonal music and uses it as an analogy for life and liberty.” [various formats] (10/06/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16097

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65) The Big L Podcast, episode 3
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Why is the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles so important? Caryn Ann continues a three-part series on the LP and the Enduring Importance of the Statement of Principles.” [Flash audio] (10/05/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/the-lp-and-the-enduring-importance-of-the-statement-of-principles-part-2-bl003/

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66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 255
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #255, I discuss two articles by The Weekly Standard Editorial Board. The first article calls for the US to return to the Bush Doctrine. The editors believe that the US needs to very hawkish policy with Iran. The second article celebrates Trump’s reversal on his desire to remove troops from Syria. The writers suggest an important role for the US troops in Syria is to combat Iran. I argue a return to the Bush Doctrine would be a disaster and US troops should return home from Syria.” [various formats] (10/05/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-255-the-weekly-standard-horrific-fp

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67) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 15
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Libertarian Party of Canada leader, Tim Moen, joins Johnny and Raylene for a fun and informative conversation about running for office and Libertarianism in Canada!” [various formats] (10/05/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-15-no-apologies-w-tim-moen/

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68) Felony Friday, episode 144
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by friend of the show Remso Martinez to discuss the Cody Wilson underage sex case.” [various formats] (10/05/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/05/is-it-a-crime-cody-wilson-edition/

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69) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/05/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Doug Casey (Chairman of Casey Research; Best-selling author; World-renowned Speculator; Libertarian Philosopher) on the economic future — Richard Grove (Tragedy and Hope) weighs in on the #MeToo Movement, the political circus, Ross Ulbricht …” [MP3] (10/05/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/248736-2018-10-05-10-05-18-doug-casey-richard-grove-videos-mp3s-loaded.htm

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70) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/05/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Senator Bernie Sanders wants to cap the amount of assets that big financial institutions hold. But how does Sanders, or government, or anyone know how big a company should be? Such laws would be totally arbitrary, would not prevent financial crises and bailouts, and would leave the root of our broken monetary system in place. Ron Paul discusses on today’s Liberty Report.” [Flash video] (10/05/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/sanders-is-mistaken-the-size-of-government-needs-to-be-capped

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71) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 260
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Are we teaching a generation of students the habits of anxious & depressed people?” [various formats] (10/05/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind

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72) The JFK Assassination, episode 15
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this series of short videos, FFF president Jacob Hornberger summarizes and details the circumstantial evidence pointing toward the U.S. national-security state as the orchestrator of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” [Flash video] (10/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-jfk-assassination-episode-15/

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73) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1255
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The Problem With Government Police … is that they’re government police. Is there a way to insert some good old-fashioned competition into police services?” [various formats] (10/05/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1255-the-problem-with-government-police/

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74) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/05/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The U.S. could perform better at protecting the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. For a live recording of the Cato Daily Podcast at Cato Club 200 event in Middleburg, Virginia, Matthew Feeney and Julian Sanchez explain how courts think about those rights in the digital age.” [various formats] (10/05/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/fourth-amendment-digital-age

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75) In The Tank Podcast, episode 160
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal is without John Nothdurft in episode #160 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from The Heartland Institute, Truth In Accounting, Illinois Policy Institute, Mercatus Center, Tax Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts.” [various formats] (10/05/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/in-the-tank-ep160-financial-state-of-the-states-illinois-doomsday-clock-global-cooling/

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