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Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) US stocks close mostly lower as fears of rising interest rates linger
2) Brazil: Bolsonaro and Haddad go to second round in presidential election
3) Syria war: Rebels allegedly withdraw heavy weapons from Idlib buffer zone
4) UK: High court blocks mass privacy action against Google
5) Local gun groups flex muscle in state politics, sidestepping the NRA
6) Watchdog presses FEC for audit on Maxine Waters fundraising practices
7) Dollar Tree, and its customers, feel pain of tariffs on Chinese imports
8) Dems wage war on Kavanaugh, SCOTUS legitimacy
9) Pakistan: Former PMs, journalist appear in court on treason charges
10) American Airlines reduces options for travelers with delayed, canceled flights
11) Bulgaria: Journalist reporting on corruption found murdered
12) “A shadow of slavery’s power on America today”: Ocasio-Cortez calls for abolishing Electoral College
13) Nobel winner thought Academy call was spammer
14) China: Markets tumble after central bank moves to spur the economy
15) IPPC issues “final call” to save the world from “climate catastrophe”
16) Nordhaus, Romer awarded Nobel prize in economics
17) Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein
18) SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast for the first time
19) OH: Cop who murdered Tamir Rice hired by rural police force
20) Cosby lawyers ask court to void conviction, prison sentence

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Manufacturing myths
22) Everyone wants the Supreme Court to thwart democratic majorities
23) Taylor Swift sends conservative fans a break-up note
24) NAFTA 2.0: Free trade or central planning?
25) Mike Pence’s national anthem stunt cost more than $300,000
26) Trump’s conspiracy theory about Christine Blasey Ford
27) Philippine President waging ruthless war on drugs; US complicit
28) Liberty and social conventions
29) Taking back North Carolina
30) Government and astrology
31) Not an accusation
32) Brazil on the brink of authoritarianism
33) To help fix American mental health care, reform certificate of need laws
34) Democrats have unleashed a red wave of Brett Kavanaugh-believing women voters
35) Marketing war: The incessant drumbeat of mortal danger
36) Quantum Vibe, 10/08/18
37) True revolution
38) Does balance of payments determine foreign currency exchange rate?
39) Liberals’ Kavanaugh blunder: Raising the stakes without changing the game
40) The final truth of Russiagate
41) Preferences and choice: A distinction
42) MoveOn.Feminist, ComeOn.Love
43) Democrats die again on the wrong hill
44) What’s next for Europe’s Internet censorship plan?
45) Quinn Slobodian and the academic attack on Mises and Hayek
46) When “good” is the enemy of the Constitution
47) Is the anxiety economy due to capitalism?
48) Kavanaugh will bring change to the Supreme Court, but maybe not what you think
49) Here is what happened to social harmony
50) Bernie Sanders’s misguided Amazon bill would backfire on workers

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/08/18
52) Editor’s Break, episode 97
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/08/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 10/08/18
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/08/18
56) One Free Family, episode 34
57) The Last Nighters, episode 40
58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 369
59) Free Talk Live, 10/07/18
60) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 182

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1) US stocks close mostly lower as fears of rising interest rates linger
Source: MarketWatch

“The Dow Jones Industrial Average bounced back from earlier losses to finish higher Monday, but the broader stock market closed lower as fears over rapidly rising rates continued to weigh on sentiment. The bond market was closed in observance of Columbus Day. … Monday’s action comes after the Nasdaq logged its worst weekly decline since March 23 and the S&P 500 logged its second straight weekly decline as long-dated Treasury rates surged to their highest since 2011. Bond prices fall as yields rise. … The market was influenced by worries that U.S. economic growth may be jeopardized by higher interest rates, although buying in ‘oversold pockets’ helped some stocks to recover, according to Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial.” (10/08/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-stocks-look-poised-to-resume-yield-driven-stumble-2018-10-08

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2) Brazil: Bolsonaro and Haddad go to second round in presidential election
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Brazil’s turbulent 2018 presidential election will go to a second round runoff between far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad of the left-leaning Workers’ Party (PT). Bolsonaro nearly took Sunday’s election in the first round as he and his team insisted he would but in the end just missed the required 50 percent of votes needed to avoid a runoff, winning 46 percent instead. Haddad won 29 percent of the vote. The second round is scheduled for October 28 with much more drama promised in the meantime in a Brazil now seemingly more bitterly divided than ever.” (10/08/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/brazil-elections-bolsonaro-haddad-181008000200334.html

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3) Syria war: Rebels allegedly withdraw heavy weapons from Idlib buffer zone
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Syrian rebel fighters are reported to have withdrawn their heavy weapons from the frontlines around Idlib province. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said rockets, mortars and missiles had been removed in line with a deal to create a demilitarised buffer zone separating rebel and government forces. The agreement is being overseen by Turkey, which backs the rebels, and Russia, a key ally of the government. They want to avert a government assault on Idlib, the last major rebel bastion. The UN has warned that a full-scale battle could trigger a ‘humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict.’” (10/08/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45783491

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4) UK: High court blocks mass privacy action against Google
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The high court has blocked a mass lawsuit against Google that aimed to collect as much as £3bn in compensation for the company’s historical practice of collecting data on iPhone users whose privacy settings should have prevented surveillance. Mr Justice Warby, sitting in London, announced his decision on Monday. The litigation was brought by the campaign group Google You Owe Us, led by the former Which? director Richard Lloyd. The group sought permission to have the case heard as a ‘representative action,’ a form of class-action lawsuit that would have allowed one legal team to represent the millions of affected users without needing to individually gain their support.” (10/08/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/08/uk-high-court-blocks-mass-privacy-action-against-google

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5) Local gun groups flex muscle in state politics, sidestepping the NRA
Source: Reuters

“When Missouri Senate Bill 656 was introduced in 2016, it was relatively modest legislation that proposed capping the amount county sheriffs could charge for a concealed handgun permit. By the time it passed, with both houses of the state legislature overturning the governor’s veto, it had become one of the most expansive gun-rights laws in the country. The gun lobby fought hard to pass the bill. The group some lawmakers credited with providing crucial momentum was not so much the National Rifle Association, the powerful national lobbying organization, but rather the Missouri Firearms Coalition, an aggressive grassroots operation founded in 2015.” (10/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-states/local-gun-groups-flex-muscle-in-state-politics-sidestepping-the-nra-idUSKCN1MI12G

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6) Watchdog presses FEC for audit on Maxine Waters fundraising practices
Source: Fox News

“California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters is facing a new complaint about an obscure fundraising tactic that rakes in thousands from state politicians in exchange for being listed on her slate mailers — this time, involving supporters of a former Los Angeles mayor defeated in the June gubernatorial primary. The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Waters, her campaign and a pro-charter school group called Families and Teachers for Antonio Villaraigosa — which backed the former Democratic mayor of Los Angeles. The pro-Villaraigosa group paid $25,000 to the Citizens for Waters Committee on May 25 to include Villaraigosa in her slate mailer, according to the complaint. FEC guidelines, however, say only a candidate’s committee can pay for the mailers — sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom Waters supports.” (10/08/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/watchdog-presses-fec-for-audit-on-maxine-waters-fundraising-practices

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7) Dollar Tree, and its customers, feel pain of tariffs on Chinese imports
Source: USA Today

“Few stores, and shoppers, are as affected by the Trump administration’s escalating trade fight with China as Dollar Tree and its massive base of low- and middle-income customers. Late last month, President Donald Trump slapped a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. Unlike previous rounds of tariffs on Chinese products, which largely taxed industrial goods, the new duty touches everyday consumer items. That’s the sweet spot for the Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree, which owns 15,000 Dollar Tree and Family Dollar discount variety stores across the U.S., and may soon need to pull items off shelves, or take other steps to offset the higher costs. The tariff may also hit communities if the company pulls back on store openings and hiring. Many of its inexpensive products can be made only in China, company executives said. Dollar Tree imports about 42 percent of its products, while Family Dollar imports about 23 percent, according to estimates from the Telsey Advisory Group, a research and consulting firm. Most of the shipments are from China, the firm said.” (10/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/10/08/china-tariffs-dollar-tree-shoppers-hurt-trump-imports/1498752002

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8) Dems wage war on Kavanaugh, SCOTUS legitimacy
Source: Fox News

“The narrow confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend marked a major political victory for President Trump — and the beginning of a new battle for Democrats, who are now shifting their message to threaten possible impeachment against the newest high court justice and question the legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself. After a grueling confirmation fight that included graphic sexual misconduct allegations which the nominee denied, Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday on 50-48 vote. His ceremonial swearing-in will be held Monday evening. But as he joins the court, replacing retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, prominent Democrats signal the fight over his seat and the court itself will extend well beyond next month’s midterms. ‘Now, they want to impeach him. … It’s an insult to the American public,; Trump said Monday, still fuming over the confirmation process and predicting Republican candidates would only benefit from the controversy in the midterms.” (10/08/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/dems-wage-war-on-kavanaugh-court-new-battles-over-legitimacy-impeachment-recusal

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9) Pakistan: Former PMs, journalist appear in court on treason charges
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A Pakistani court has withdrawn arrest warrants issued against a prominent journalist and ordered travel restrictions on him be removed, as hearings in a treason case against him and two former prime ministers continue. On Monday, a three-member bench of the Lahore High Court adjourned proceedings in the case against former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, as well as journalist Cyril Almeida. Sharif is accused of committing ‘treason’ for implying that Pakistan’s military and intelligence services allowed attackers involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed more than 160 people, to operate with impunity.” (10/08/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2018/10/pakistan-pms-journalist-court-treason-charges-181008080325403.html

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10) American Airlines reduces options for travelers with delayed, canceled flights
Source: USA Today

“American Airlines has reduced options for travelers whose flights are delayed or canceled. Under a new policy, passengers without status in the airline’s frequent flier program will not be rebooked on other airlines except in special circumstances. Previously, American had loose guidelines, with airport and reservations agents given broad discretion on rebooking passengers who aren’t automatically put on the best available flight because of their frequent flier status. If your American Airlines nonstop flight from Chicago to New York was canceled and there was a nonstop on United that got you there fastest, they might switch you to that flight. The airline decided a formal policy was necessary, with written guidelines on the pecking order for rebooking, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said. The policy began in late September. The rebooking order remains the same: Travelers are to be first put on American Airlines flights, followed by flights on the airline’s partners, most of which are international airlines, which don’t offer flights within the United States.” (10/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/10/08/american-airlines-agents-dont-rebook-passengers-other-airlines/1512946002

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11) Bulgaria: Journalist reporting on corruption found murdered
Source: United Press International

“A Bulgarian television journalist who had presented a program about fraud and corruption in her country was found raped and murdered on Saturday, police said. The body of Viktoria Marinova, 30, was found in a park in the northern town of Ruse. Georgy Georgiev, the special prosecutor of Ruse, said she was killed by blows to the head and suffocation.He added that Marinova’s cell phone, car keys, glasses and some clothes were missing. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov confirmed that Marinova had been raped and said there are currently no links between the crime and Marinova’s work as a journalist.” (10/08/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/10/08/Bulgarian-journalist-reporting-on-corruption-found-murdered/1401538976590/

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12) “A shadow of slavery’s power on America today”: Ocasio-Cortez calls for abolishing Electoral College
Source: Fox News

“Democratic socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing for the Electoral College to be abolished. Ocasio-Cortez (who surprisingly won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district earlier this year) responded over the weekend to a Twitter user who pointed out that two presidents who both lost the popular vote — George W. Bush and Donald Trump — have now placed four justices on the Supreme Court. ‘It is well past time we eliminate the Electoral College, a shadow of slavery’s power on America today that undermines our nation as a democratic republic,’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote.” [editor’s note: So the only places that should count for electing a President are Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago and maybe Miami? (Now where did I put that map of the 2016 vote by county?) – SAT] (10/08/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/08/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-calls-electoral-college-be-abolished-after-kavanaugh

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13) Nobel winner thought Academy call was spammer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in economics says he ignored two telephone calls, thinking they were spam calls, before the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences was able to get through to him. Paul Romer of New York University said that on Monday morning ‘I didn’t answer either because I thought it was a spam call.’ Romer teaches economics at New York University, where he founded the Stern Urbanization Project, which researches how policymakers can harness the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform. Romer also works with civic innovators as director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management. The university says he founded Aplia, an education technology application where students have submitted more than 1 billion answers to homework problems. He won the prize together with William Nordhaus of Yale University for separate research.” [editor’s note: Did they leave him a voicemail? Nobody sane answers a call not recognized anymore – SAT] (10/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/The-Latest-Nordhaus-Romer-share-Nobel-for-13289472.php

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14) China: Markets tumble after central bank moves to spur the economy
Source: CNBC

“China’s stock markets tumbled on Monday, as investors were unnerved by the central bank’s decision to slash the amount of cash that the country’s lenders must hold as reserves, in a bid to help spur economic growth. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced measures on Sunday to cut the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) — or the amount of cash that most commercial banks need to set aside at the central bank. The move, the central bank’s fourth in 2018, came amid concerns about the economic impact of Beijing’s ongoing trade war with Washington.” (10/08/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/08/chinas-markets-tumble-following-return-from-golden-week-public-holiday.html

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15) IPPC issues “final call” to save the world from “climate catastrophe”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C. Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean ;rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.’ It will be hugely expensive, but the window of opportunity remains open. After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C. The critical 33-page Summary for Policymakers certainly bears the hallmarks of difficult negotiations between climate researchers determined to stick to what their studies have shown and political representatives more concerned with economies and living standards.” [editor’s note: No reference to what else could be done to mitigate this, just “throw money at [us]” – SAT] (10/08/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45775309

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16) Nordhaus, Romer awarded Nobel prize in economics
Source: Yahoo! News

“The 2018 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, more commonly known as the Nobel prize for economics, has been awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer for innovation, climate and economic growth. The committee said that they ‘have designed methods that address some of our time’s most fundamental and pressing issues: long-term sustainable growth in the global economy and the welfare of the world’s population.’” (10/08/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nobel-prize-economics-awarded-william-nordhaus-paul-romer-095433852.html

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17) Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump talked for about a half hour to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during their flight Monday to Orlando, Florida, for a speech to police chiefs around the world. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says the two did not speak alone and that others sat in on their chat aboard Air Force One. He did not disclose details of their conversation, but referred back to the president’s comments as he left the White House saying he did not intend to fire Rosenstein. Rosenstein’s tenure at the Justice Department has been in question since news reports last month that he’d discussed possibly secretly recording Trump and invoking constitutional provisions to get him removed from office.” (10/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Trump-says-he-has-no-plans-to-fire-13290103.php

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18) SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast for the first time
Source: The Verge

“SpaceX successfully launched and landed its Falcon 9 this evening, marking the 62nd flight of the vehicle. It was also the 12th ground landing for the company, and the first one on the California coast. … Up until now, all of SpaceX’s ground landings have occurred out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company’s busiest launch site. SpaceX has two landing pads there, and has managed to touch down 11 Falcon 9 rockets on them. And each time the company has attempted to land on land, it’s been a success.” (10/07/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/7/17947518/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-launch-vandenberg-california-landing-watch-live

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19) OH: Cop who murdered Tamir Rice hired by rural police force
Source: CBS News

“The former Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice has been hired by a police department in a small Ohio village. The Times Leader reports Bellaire’s police chief confirmed Friday he hired Timothy Loehmann as a part-time officer. Richard Flanagan said Loehmann was never charged in Tamir’s death and deserves a second chance. … A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann. He was fired last year after it was discovered he was previously deemed ‘unfit for duty.’” (10/06/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/timothy-loehmann-police-officer-who-killed-tamir-rice-hired-bellaire-ohio/

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20) Cosby lawyers ask court to void conviction, prison sentence
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Bill Cosby’s lawyers have asked a Pennsylvania court to overturn the actor’s conviction and three- to 10-year prison sentence because of what they call a string of errors in his sex assault case. The defense motion argued that trial Judge Steven O’Neill erred in declaring Cosby a sexually violent predator who must be imprisoned to protect the community. Lawyers called the sentence more punitive than necessary, given the standard two- to three-year guideline range for the crime and the fact Cosby is 81 and blind. They also said the trial evidence never proved the encounter with accuser Andrea Constand took place in 2004, and not 2003, or that Cosby was arrested within the 12-year time limit.” (10/07/18)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/bill-cosby-lawyers-ask-void-conviction-prison-sentence/

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

21) Manufacturing myths
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“John D. Mueller argues that ending the U.S. dollar’s status as the world’s chief reserve currency will help America ‘to re-industrialize’ — thus implying that America has de-industrialized …. The facts do not support this implication. Real industrial output in the U.S. today is near the all-time high that it reached just before the Great Recession and, except for falling during recessions, has steadily risen over the past three decades.” (10/08/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/manufacturing-myths.html

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22) Everyone wants the Supreme Court to thwart democratic majorities
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“[N]early all progressive Democrats favor Supreme Court rulings that stop democratic majorities from passing popularly supported laws restricting abortion, birth control, sodomy, and same-sex marriage. Insofar as they fear Kavanaugh’s influence on any of those matters, their worry is precisely that he may return them to the people. … Most conservatives Republicans, meanwhile, favor jurisprudence that would forbid majorities from restricting gun ownership, limiting campaign donations, or using race as a factor in university admissions. Americans are fortunate that neither major party favors pure democracy and both seek to limit the coercive power of popular majorities.” (10/08/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/supreme-court-majority/572422/

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23) Taylor Swift sends conservative fans a break-up note
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dan Gainor

“Supporting all women lasted about a day. Pop star Taylor Swift decided to shake off years of political speculation and come out against a female candidate and back a liberal man. Even better, that man recently endorsed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Not a convenient media narrative. But Swift declared that Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn wasn’t liberal enough and that ‘her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.’ Apparently, it’s not just Kanye West who vexes her. It’s successful women. The mega-wealthy singer (net worth $400 million) timed her newly woke political self to just two days before headlining the American Music Awards.” [editor’s note: Will this doom her the way it did the Dixie Chicks? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Yes, the Dixie Chicks were “doomed” to have their next album make them the first female band in history to have three albums debut at #1 – TLK] (10/08/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/dan-gainor-taylor-swift-sends-her-conservative-fans-a-break-up-note-and-the-liberal-media-love-it

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24) NAFTA 2.0: Free trade or central planning?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week the United States, Mexico, and Canada agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Sadly, instead of replacing NAFTA’s managed trade with true free trade, the new USMCA expands government’s control over trade.” (10/08/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/nafta-2-0-free-trade-central-planning

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25) Mike Pence’s national anthem stunt cost more than $300,000
Source: Reason
by Joe Setyon

“Remember when Vice President Mike Pence made a big point of leaving an Indianapolis Colts game last October after several players knelt during the national anthem? That stunt cost more than $300,000, with taxpayers likely footing the majority of the bill. The walkout came at the height of the NFL’s national anthem controversy. Weeks earlier, President Donald Trump had denounced the protests, suggesting they ought to be fired. Predictably, that just prompted more players to take a knee. … HuffPost obtained documents from the Department of Homeland Security detailing the Secret Service’s expenses. All told, the vice president’s security detail racked up more than $75,000 in costs. Most of that — $64,637.88 — was spent on hotel rooms. Another $11,000 went to additional travel expenses and temporary walkways that were set up in preparation for Pence’s visit. What about the rest? Well, it’s not exactly cheap for the vice president to travel on Air Force Two.” (10/08/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/08/mike-pences-national-anthem-stunt-cost-m

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26) Trump’s conspiracy theory about Christine Blasey Ford
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Now that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Brett’s Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, undoubtedly there are lots of people who are hoping that the controversy will die and go away. That’s not likely to happen though, especially given that President Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already signaled that they intend to use the Kavanaugh controversy from now until November as a way to galvanize support for Republican candidates in the mid-term elections. Such being the case, it might be helpful to carefully analyze what has to be one of Trump’s most fascinating conspiracy theories …” (10/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/08/trumps-conspiracy-theory-about-christine-blasey-ford/

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27) Philippine President waging ruthless war on drugs; US complicit
Source: In These Times
by Azadeh Shahshahani

“Many Americans have heard about Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s horrendous war on drugs, which has resulted in thousands of deaths of mostly poor people, including at least one as young as 17. But the Duterte regime has also committed a host of other grave human rights violations with support from the U.S. government, as we heard at the International People’s Tribunal on the Philippines held in Brussels on September 18 and 19, for which I served as a member of the jury. The case was brought by the Filipino people against Duterte and Trump, among other defendants. Given the overwhelming impunity in the Philippines, made worse by U.S. support, human rights activists are pursuing other routes to hold perpetrators accountable. To help give voice to the survivors, the tribunal was convened by human rights, peace, justice, faith and legal groups.” (10/08/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21500/peoples-tribunal-philippines-rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-executions-repression

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28) Liberty and social conventions
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“John Stuart Mill railed against community standards or social pressures just as much as he did against government control, in his book ‘On Liberty’ — if I remember correctly. Perhaps, such pressures being more ubiquitous and harsh when he wrote, than they are now, it seemed a reasonable position to take. How can one do as one pleases if social pressures won’t allow it? But I have to wonder, if it’s not possible to go too far in the opposite direction? Could social pressures be a necessary ingredient for liberty to flourish?” (10/08/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/liberty-and-social-conventions

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29) Taking back North Carolina
Source: The American Prospect
by Kirk Ross

“By Labor Day, the traditional start of campaign season, Marcus Bass had already logged thousands of miles crisscrossing the state working on turnout in the 2018 election. Bass is Deputy Director of the North Carolina Black Alliance, and like thousands of his fellow organizers and activists, he’s driven this year by the sense that there’s a lot more on the line in the ninth-largest state than voters may realize. It’s frustrating, he says, that deeply purple North Carolina is too often cast as another Deep South story. The lurch right by the legislature over the past decade cloaks a long history of social justice organizing that has given progressives the means to push back against the right’s agenda. ‘We’re not an Alabama,’ he says. ‘North Carolina has consistently given the national audience an understanding of what the threats are and what the fight back is.’ This is the year Democrats, led by Governor Roy Cooper, hope the fight back means ending the Republican supermajorities in the state House and Senate, which have been in place since 2012.” (10/08/18)

http://prospect.org/article/taking-back-north-carolina

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30) Government and astrology
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Government (by which I actually mean The State) is ‘real’ in the same way astrology is ‘real.’ They both exist as a collection of related beliefs. No one can doubt that the beliefs exist and this belief has effects. People truly believe in them and will argue about their ‘reality.’ They can point to the horoscopes in the newspaper or online, to the jewelry created in the form of the various astrological signs, to the ‘laws,’ and monuments, and giant buildings full of people. But those are just indications that people believe in these things and act on their belief, not that there’s any concrete reality beneath the beliefs.” (10/08/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/10/government-and-astrology.html

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31) Not an accusation
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Many on the Left 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. While I doubt we can know for certain about a number of the accusations, there should be less doubt on the exact number of accusations. Which were not three but only two.” (10/08/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/08/not-an-accusation-paul-jacob-on-what-not-to-take-seriously-regarding-sexual-misconduct/

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32) Brazil on the brink of authoritarianism
Source: The New Republic
by Andre Pagliarini

“The stage is set for the second round of voting in Brazil’s presidential election. On October 7, a sprawling field of candidates was reduced to two, the extreme right-wing congressman Jair Bolsonaro, who ended with close to fifty percent of the vote, and the moderate progressive Fernando Haddad, who ended with about thirty percent. On October 28, Brazilians will go to the polls to elect one of these men. Considering how close Bolsonaro came to winning outright (which a simple majority of votes in the first round would have accomplished), he is the clear favorite to be Brazil’s next president. Bolsonaro, a retired army captain who has consistently praised the military regime that ruled the country between 1964 and 1985, suggesting he wants to resume its authoritarian project of social control and economic modernization, would have won outright were it not for enduring support in the northeast for Haddad’s Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, or PT).” (10/08/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151602/brazil-brink-authoritarianism

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33) To help fix American mental health care, reform certificate of need laws
Source: National Review
by Mark Flatten

“The dearth of mental-health-treatment options that exists in many places around the country is driven by the greed, or at least the economic selfishness, of established medical providers who are able to prevent competitors from moving in on their turf, regardless of how dire the shortage. To do so, they use what are called Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws, which generally require would-be providers of health-related services to get approval from a state regulatory board before building or expanding a facility or service.” (10/08/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/mental-health-care-crisis-certificate-of-need-laws/

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34) Democrats have unleashed a red wave of Brett Kavanaugh-believing women voters
Source: USA Today
by Margot Cleveland

“The Democrats declared war on Brett Kavanaugh in the name of women’s rights. But not only did the left’s attempt to deny Kavanaugh a place on the Supreme Court with last-minute allegations of sexual misconduct fail, the tactics employed have also wrought immeasurable and long-term damage on victims of sexual assault. Since Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that now-Justice Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago, while they were both high school students, Democrats have portrayed her mere allegation as proof conclusive of Kavanaugh’s guilt. ‘We must believe survivors,’ became the battle cry. And Democrats, such as Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, citing the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, warned that Kavanaugh’s confirmation will ‘send a message to every victim of sexual violence that their pain doesn’t matter, that they do not deserve justice, and that for them, fair treatment is out of reach. This will only serve to drive victims into the shadows, and further emboldening abusers.’” (10/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/08/christine-blasey-ford-women-democrats-partisan-brett-kavanaugh-voters-column/1559347002

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35) Marketing war: The incessant drumbeat of mortal danger
Source: Counterpunch
by Paul Atwood

“The claim that the national security of the United States requires that more than half the nation’s discretionary budget must be devoted to the maintenance of armies, global strategic bases and massive armaments is false. Until we can convince the majority of the public of this fiction, and surmount the wall of disinformation, nothing will change and we will continue down the road to a hellish future.” (10/08/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/08/the-incessant-drumbeat-of-mortal-danger/

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36) Quantum Vibe, 10/08/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/08/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1857

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37) True revolution
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A radical change in human behavior away from its patterns of oppression, exploitation, war and ecocide will necessarily involve a drastic transformation in humanity’s relationship with thought. I’ve been saying this over and over again in different ways for a long time now, and yet I still get criticisms saying that I have useful insights but I don’t provide any plan of action. The transformation in human consciousness is the plan of action. I really don’t know how to say it any clearer than that. And I will go so far as to say that that it is the only plan of action which will pull us out of our destructive patterns and into a healthy state of collaboration with each other and with our ecosystem. Unless we radically change the way we function above the neck, we will keep killing, consuming and destroying like a bunch of mindless automatons until everything is dead. I really don’t see any other way out of this.” (10/08/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/08/true-revolution

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38) Does balance of payments determine foreign currency exchange rate?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“According to popular thinking, a key factor in the foreign currency exchange rate determination is the state of the balance of payments. Following this logic, an increase in imports gives rise to an increase in the demand for foreign currency. To obtain the foreign currency importers sell the domestic currency for it. As a result, this causes a strengthening in the exchange rate of the foreign currency against the domestic currency i.e. more domestic currency per unit of a foreign currency. Conversely, if there is an increase in exports, all other things being equal, then once exporters exchange their foreign currency earnings for domestic currency this sets in motion a strengthening in the domestic currency exchange rate against the foreign currency. (Less domestic currency per unit of a foreign currency).” (10/08/17)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/10/does-balance-of-payments-determine-foreign-currency-exchange-rate/

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39) Liberals’ Kavanaugh blunder: Raising the stakes without changing the game
Source: Investors Business Daily
by JT Young

“Liberals have once again pushed Senate Democrats into a strategic blunder over a Supreme Court nominee. Conventional wisdom held that the last-second attempt to scuttle Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment would provide impenetrable cover for Democrats to oppose it and cause moderate Republicans to wobble. However, liberal reckoning was wrong in last year’s Supreme Court fight, and this time inadvertently raised the political stakes for Democrats without changing the game: Winning in Trump states. Only those awaking from coma have missed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s prolonged Senate confirmation battle. Until nearly the end, with Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Saturday, the nomination that had appeared on-track hung in the balance of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of attempted sexual assault over three decades ago.” (10/08/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/kavanaugh-confirmation-midterm-election

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40) The final truth of Russiagate
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The conspiracy to overthrow a sitting US President extends far beyond our own ‘Deep State.’ As I’ve been saying in this space for quite some time, it’s been an international team effort from the beginning. Setting aside the British origins of the obscene ‘dossier’ compiled by ‘ex’-MI6 agent Christopher Steele, we now have further confirmation of foreign involvement in President Trump’s decision to delay (perhaps indefinitely) the declassification of key Russia-gate documents. While US intelligence officials were expected to oppose the move, ‘Trump was also swayed by foreign allies, including Britain, in deciding to reverse course, these people said. It wasn’t immediately clear what other governments may have raised concerns to the White House.’ But of course the Washington Post knows perfectly well which other governments would have reason to raise ‘concerns’ to the White House.” (10/08/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/10/07/the-final-truth-of-russia-gate/

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41) Preferences and choice: A distinction
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“One useful idea taught by neoclassical economics is to distinguish between choice and preferences. An individual is modeled as making choices according to his preferences and his constraints. Think about an individual who, on his preference scale (in his ‘preference function’), prefers a BMW i8 Roadster to a Kia Rio. He might choose to spend $160,000 on the BMW if his budget constraint allows it. Otherwise, he will buy the Kia. In the latter case, he maximizes his utility — his position on his preference scale — by choosing the Kia and lots of other goods, instead of the BMW and few other goods. An individual does not buy what he absolutely prefers: he buys instead what he prefers given his constraints.” (10/07/18)

https://www.econlib.org/preferences-and-choice-a-distinction/

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42) MoveOn.Feminist, ComeOn.Love
Source: Town Hall
by Katie Kieffer

“Women are angry at Brett Kavanaugh. To them, I ask: do you know why you’re angry? Suicide is on the rise in America, especially among our country’s girls. According to CDC data, suicide among teenage girls rose 70% in the past decade. This is a 40-year high. Across all genders and ages, suicide has increased 28% since 1999. I propose the uptick of suicide in America (especially among our young women) is connected to the war against men that is unfolding on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Because, as the great G.K. Chesterton wrote, all wars are motivated by ‘love’ or ‘hatred,’ and never by economics. American women are freer and have more opportunities than ever. Economically, it’s old-news to report Pew’s 2013 findings (confirmed by Gallup in 2018) that Millennial women are at near-parity with men in terms of salary. Female CEOs of S&P 500 companies actually make more than men. Unfortunately, the so-called feminist movement never reports these truths.” (10/08/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2018/10/08/moveonfeminist-comeonlove-n2526381

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43) Democrats die again on the wrong hill
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“While Democrats continue to refight the 2016 election, Republicans confirmed their second Supreme Court judge over the weekend. And the soiled Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process put Democratic strategy for the 2018 midterms in plain view. The question is: will what hasn’t worked to date do any better for the Dems a month from now?” (10/07/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/democrats-die-again-on-the-wrong-hill/

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44) What’s next for Europe’s Internet censorship plan?
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“Last month, a key European vote brought the EU much closer to a system of universal mass censorship and surveillance, in the name of defending copyright. Members of the EU Parliament voted to advance the new Copyright Directive, even though it contained two extreme and unworkable clauses: Article 13 (‘Censorship Machines’) that would filter everything everyone posts to online platforms to see if matches a crowdsourced database of ‘copyrighted works’ that anyone could add anything to; and Article 11 (‘The Link Tax’), a ban on quote more than one word from an article when linking to them unless you are using a platform that has paid for a linking license. … With the vote out of the way, the next step is the ‘trilogues.’ These closed-door meetings are held between representatives from European national governments, the European commission, and the European Parliament.” (10/07/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/whats-next-europes-internet-censorship-plan-0

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45) Quinn Slobodian and the academic attack on Mises and Hayek
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“We are living in a world of the anti-liberal counter-attack against individual liberty, free markets and limited government. Prominent voices for the free society in the 20th century, like the Austrian economists, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich A. Hayek, are among the targets that opponents of free market liberalism are taking aim. In doing so, the anti-liberals distort the facts and twist the historical record. It is necessary to clarify those facts and set the record straight.” (10/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/quinn-slobodian-and-the-academic-attack-on-mises-and-hayek/

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46) When “good” is the enemy of the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“I’ve been hard on Donald Trump — just like I was hard on Barack Obama — just like I will be hard on the next occupant of the Oval Office. This has gotten me into hot water with Trump supporters. I recently wrote an article highlighting the fact that the Trump administration managed to set a spending record in August. The federal government spent over $433 billion in that single month. No administration has ever spent more in one month — not even Pres. Obama. Now, Republicans brand themselves as the party of fiscal responsibility and ‘limited government.’ Spending $433 billion in a single month counts as neither fiscally responsible nor limited. But instead of upholding their principles and holding their president accountable, some Trump supporters turned their ire toward me for pointing this out.” (12/07/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/07/when-good-is-the-enemy-of-the-constitution/

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47) Is the anxiety economy due to capitalism?
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Pamela J Hobart

“All markets include consumers who make imprudent decisions, of course. As usual, the devil is all in the details. For instance, there’s evidence that spending money to save time is often a better bet than spending money on objects. A working parent who buys a soothing adult coloring book is further overcommitting her time, rather than freeing some up. That’s unlikely to pay off in terms of reduced anxiety. Or maybe a lonely single person becomes convinced to buy multilevel-marketed essential oils from a prospective friend. This is not good, and not anxiety-reducing, but it’s also nothing remarkable. The possibility of a bad purchase is the price of being able to make good purchases. Items are never truly one-size-fits-all. Taking a step back, what is the real alternative to a largely unregulated market of anxiety product producers and anxiety product consumers?” (10/07/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/is-%20the-anxiety-economy-due-to-capitalism

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48) Kavanaugh will bring change to the Supreme Court, but maybe not what you think
Source: Tennessean
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“With Brett Kavanaugh as the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court, things are going to be different. But how different? Here are a few changes to look for: * There will be less change than you expect. Most Supreme Court decisions are boring, technical and decided by easy majorities. That will still be true with Kavanaugh on the bench. * But in the big cases, Anthony Kennedy, who served as a swing vote and often joined the left, will now be replaced by Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is not as hard right as many of his critics (and some of his boosters) fear or hope. But it’s likely that a number of issues that might have been 5-4 wins for the left will now be 5-4 wins for the right. And because it only takes four justices to agree to hear a case, adding Kavanaugh could bring in cases that might have escaped scrutiny in the past. This seems especially likely with regard to Second Amendment cases, where Kavanaugh is stronger than Kennedy.” (10/07/18)

https://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2018/10/07/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-confirmation-roe-gun-control-abortion-column/1557875002

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49) Here is what happened to social harmony
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In [David] Brooks’s ideal society, as he explained in his influential 1997 article ‘A Return to National Greatness,’ we should have a large and activist central state that controls national life and takes care of all needs and rules over a happy and unified people who take joy and pride in our civic institutions. He hasn’t given up the dream, which accounts for his palpable shock at the frenzied tribalism in evidence during the controversy over a Supreme Court pick. … That sounds terrible but what is it that he wants? A big state plus civic unity. You can see from his column that he is completely mystified about why this is not happening. Indeed, he is panicked (and maybe he is right to be) about the sheer wickedness of the current moment in politics.” (10/07/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/here-what-happened-social-harmony

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50) Bernie Sanders’s misguided Amazon bill would backfire on workers
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Amanda Snell & David Kreutzer

“The implicit logic of the Stop BEZOS Act is that Amazon pays its employees subsistence wages (just enough to keep them from starving). In this alternate reality, every dollar of government assistance allows Amazon to pay their employees a dollar less. Were this true, the simplest, most effective solution would be to deny any government benefits to the employees of big bad companies like Amazon. These employers would then have to raise pay, matching the cut in public benefits dollar for dollar, or risk losing their employees to starvation. In reality, employers both large and small have to offer wages (and benefits) at least as attractive as those of the next employer.” (10/07/18)

https://fee.org/articles/bernie-sanderss-misguided-amazon-bill-would-backfire-on-workers/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/08/18
Source: Reason

“The bruising fight over the narrow confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is not going away. Republicans are gloating, Democrats are trial-ballooning impeachment and re-thinking the American structure of government, and both sides are claiming increases in voter enthusiasm. Just maybe, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and yours truly [Matt Welch] in the Monday editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, this is the market for political combat at work. Besides chewing over the many post-confirmation arguments, the quartet also discusses the 17th anniversary of the Afghanistan War and other grim policy fails that few can hear under all that shrieking. Also: Scooters!” [various formats] (10/08/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/08/what-did-we-learn-from-the-brett

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52) Editor’s Break, episode 97
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 097 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the relationship between veganism and anarchism; keeping your voluntaryist card while being involved in politics; the desire to live in a communist or socialist society; and more.” [various formats] (10/08/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/vegan-anarchists-political-involvement-communist-society-28m-editors-break-097

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/08/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Yesterday marked the 17th year of what they called ‘Operation Enduring Freedom,’ the invasion of Afghanistan. But the longest war in US history has not produced freedom. It has only been enduring. It’s a slow-motion lost cause, but Washington keeps pumping money and military in.” [Flash video] (10/08/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/operation-endless-war-17-years-in-afghanistan

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54) Scott Adams Says, 10/08/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about North Korea, climate change, guilty until innocent, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/08/18)

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

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/08/18
Source: Cato Institute

“In Romance of the Rails, author Randal O’Toole details the rise and fall of trains as a mode of transportation why it’s quite likely we can never go back to it.” [various formats] (10/08/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/romance-rails

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56) One Free Family, episode 34
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Taylor and James take an episode to answer a few listener questions! How do they approach Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and other cultural myths, and why? How should we work with kids who are more introverted in situations where others are uncomfortable with their ‘shyness?’ And finally, what do we do about ‘bad influences’ that our kids can encounter online? James and Taylor talk about how we can have open discussions with our kids about the types of media they are interacting with, and how it might be affecting them.” [Flash audio] (10/08/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/santa-shy-kids-and-bad-online-influences-its-a-mailbag-off034/

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57) The Last Nighters, episode 40
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Patrick MacFarlane of Liberty Weekly recently became a lawyer and joins us to discuss one of his favorite movies, Liar Liar. Jim Carrey is pretty much a commie these days, but still had a pretty good run of comedy films in the 90’s. This film did not age well, but the premise hinges on how courts often side with the woman at the expense of the man in family court, which gives us plenty to talk about.” [Flash audio] (10/08/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/liar-liar-the-last-nighters-episode-40/

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58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 369
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Marc welcomes back Michael Pickens of the Libertarian Leadership Academy to answer the question ‘Just what does it take to be a Candidate of Liberty?’” [various formats] (10/08/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/08/how-to-be-a-candidate-of-liberty-w-michael-pickens/

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59) Free Talk Live, 10/07/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“California Criminal Justice Reform :: Right to travel :: Felony One Murder :: Podcast tip :: Investigating cops :: Young kids sent to prison :: Death Penalty :: dumb kids :: Mark, Laurel and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/07/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-07

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60) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 182
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Kavanaugh confirmed, Pro-abortion advocate roundhouse kicks Pro-life woman, LP election update and more!” [various formats] (10/07/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-182-cuck-norris/

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