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Volume XVI, Issue #4,076
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Haley resigns as US ambassador to UN
2) North Korea: Kim invites Pope Francis to visit
3) FBI lawyer’s testimony at odds with Rosenstein denial on “wire” report
4) China: Regime promises not to weaken yuan, criticizes US concern
5) Branson: Virgin Galactic will be in space for test flights “in weeks not months”
6) PA: Civil War gold treasure hunters, lawyer say FBI acting “suspicious”
7) Walmart Canada exploring possible sale of cannabis-based products
8) Algeria: Man with hammer hacks statue of bare-breasted woman
9) Feds to unleash a well-behaved Weiner
10) Kanye West to lunch with Donald Trump this week
11) Israel: Regime thugs abduct American student in retaliation for alleged boycott support
12) Poll: Support for cannabis legalization hits record 62 percent of Americans
13) Yellowstone geyser barfs up “strange” garbage dating back to the 1930s
14) Google drops $10 billion battle for Pentagon data contract
15) Man lists “used girlfriend” for sale on eBay, is shocked when bids reach $119k
16) FL: Democrats sue to extend voter registration deadline
17) Trump lawyers ask judge to dismiss Stormy Daniels lawsuit
18) Sony sues California man for selling jailbroken PS4 consoles
19) AK: State GOP weighs reprimanding Murkowski over Kavanaugh vote
20) China: Wang rebukes US during tense Pompeo visit

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Right-wing grievance studies
22) The right not to snitch
23) Getting married and divorced on the blockchain
24) Trump-era protests, Kavanaugh drama show we need less “democracy”
25) Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh: Two peas in a pod?
26) Christine Ford’s corroborating evidence
27) Containing the catastrophe
28) Celebrating western civilization, part 1
29) This is your future without public schools
30) NAFTA 2.0 will benefit the digital economy
31) The Pentagon: Incompetent on cybersecurity
32) Some thoughts on climate change
33) Supreme Court — worth fighting and fussing about?
34) Sexism and isn’tism
35) Ending the credit rating agency racket
36) Americans are stuck in an abusive relationship with power
37) There is no legitimate reason to impose sanctions on Iran
38) Overcooking the numbers
39) Did Hillary Clinton direct deep state’s Trump investigation?
40) The deep hurt
41) We should ditch GDP as a measure of economic activity
42) Force fathers to stay at home? A warning from Europe
43) How Kavanaugh could change everything by following Jordan Peterson’s advice
44) Small businesses thriving thanks to access to capital, Trump tax cuts
45) When will the music stop? No one knows, but when it does the bill to taxpayers will be huge
46) Voluntary tribalism: Why not?
47) The two parties of the War Party
48) Who’s afraid of postmodernism?
49) Users flee Facebook over privacy concerns. Facebook’s solution? All-seeing eye.
50) FDA still hooked on meddling in nicotine markets

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/09/18
52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 77
53) Kick the Puppy, episode 8
54) Scott Adams Says, 10/09/18
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/09/18
56) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 81
57) Candidates of Liberty, episode 9
58) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/09/18
59) Editor’s Break, episode 98
60) Free Talk Live, 10/08/18
61) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/07/18
62) Postcards from Somalia, episode 14
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1256
64) Mad Dogs and Englishmen, episode 204
65) Jim Bovard on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Haley resigns as US ambassador to UN
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned and will leave her post by the end of the year. … ‘She told me probably six months ago, ‘You know maybe at end of the year — at the end of the two year period — but by the end of the year I want to take a little time off, I want to take a break,’ he added. However, a source familiar with the situation told CNN that Haley notified Trump about her decision last week and did not tell Secretary of State Mike Pompeo or White House national security adviser John Bolton. … A senior State Department official said Haley told her staff this morning. The announcement comes one day after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested that Haley be investigated by the State Department Inspector General for potential ethics violations for accepting free flights from a South Carolina businessmen.” (10/09/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics/nikki-haley-resignation/index.html

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2) North Korea: Kim invites Pope Francis to visit
Source: New York Times

“Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, which has been condemned as one of the worst suppressors of religious freedom in the world, has invited Pope Francis to visit his country, South Korea’s government said Tuesday. The invitation will be relayed by South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, a Roman Catholic, when he visits the Vatican for two days next week to seek the pope’s help in easing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula, said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman of Mr. Moon. … There was no immediate comment from the Vatican on whether Francis would accept the invitation, but it is considered highly unlikely. No pontiff has ever visited North Korea, whose totalitarian government cracks down on religious activities, instead promoting a personality cult around Mr. Kim and his father and grandfather, who ruled the country as godlike figures.” (10/09/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/world/asia/kim-jong-un-pope-francis-north-korea.html

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3) FBI lawyer’s testimony at odds with Rosenstein denial on “wire” report
Source: Fox News

“Two senior FBI officials told the bureau’s top lawyer they believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was ‘serious’ when he discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year, according to sources close to a congressional investigation — an account that conflicts with claims from Rosenstein and others that the comments either were inaccurately reported or made in jest. Former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition last week that then-FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and FBI lawyer Lisa Page came to Baker ‘contemporaneously’ after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Baker said Page and McCabe relayed details of the meeting where Rosenstein made the comments.” (10/09/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fbi-lawyers-testimony-at-odds-with-rosenstein-denial-on-wire-report

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4) China: Regime promises not to weaken yuan, criticizes US concern
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“China promised Tuesday not to weaken its currency to boost exports during a tariff fight with Washington and rejected U.S. concern about the yuan’s sagging exchange rate as groundless and irresponsible. Beijing has no intention of using “competitive devaluation,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang. A U.S. official told reporters in Washington the Trump administration is concerned about the weakening yuan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s trip to Indonesia for meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.” (10/09/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/China-promises-not-to-weaken-yuan-criticizes-US-13292093.php

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5) Branson: Virgin Galactic will be in space for test flights “in weeks not months”
Source: CNBC

“British billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic is ‘more than tantalizingly close’ to its first trip to space. ‘We should be in space within weeks, not months. And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years,’ the Virgin founder and CEO told CNBC’s Nancy’s Hungerford in Singapore Tuesday. ‘We will be in space with people not too long after that so we have got a very, very exciting couple of months ahead,’ he added. Earlier this year, Branson admitted Virgin Galactic was in a closely-fought race with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to the get the first fare-paying passengers into space.” (10/09/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/09/richard-branson-space-virgin-galactic-weeks-not-months.html

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6) PA: Civil War gold treasure hunters, lawyer say FBI acting “suspicious”
Source: Fox News

“A pair of Pennsylvania treasure hunters and their lawyer are accusing the FBI of playing games and acting suspiciously about a dig at a rural site believed to contain a massive stash of Civil War-era gold — which may be worth up to $250 million. The accusations from Dennis and Kem Parada, and their attorney, Bill Cluck, came months after the bureau said it dug a hole in Dents Run and found nothing. The father-and-son duo felt convinced that area of state-owned wilderness northeast of Pittsburgh holds a hidden stash of gold and the pair claim the FBI went back on their word to let them watch the excavation. And legal efforts to shed more light on the dig have so far been unsuccessful. ‘I don’t understand the FBI’s behavior. Why would search warrants be sealed at this point in time? The project is over,’ Cluck told Fox News on Tuesday. ‘I have no idea what motivation the FBI would have for hiding gold if in fact it was there,’ he added. ‘There is no logical explanation except their behavior is suspicious.’” (10/09/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/civil-war-gold-treasure-hunters-lawyer-say-fbi-acting-suspicious-in-wake-of-dig-at-pennsylvania-site

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7) Walmart Canada exploring possible sale of cannabis-based products
Source: Reuters

“Walmart Inc’s Canadian unit said on Tuesday it is exploring the possibility of selling cannabis-based products, but has no immediate plans to get into the business. The company’s shares rose nearly 3 percent to $97.48 in afternoon trading. Walmart is the first major retailer to show an interest in being a part of Canada’s burgeoning marijuana industry, as other big U.S. companies, mainly in the alcohol and beverage industries, begin to consider entering the market for cannabis-infused products. Last month Coca-Cola Co said it was closely watching the marijuana drinks market for a possible entry, while Corona beer maker Constellation Brands has invested more than $4 billion in cannabis producer Canopy Growth. ‘Walmart Canada has done some preliminary fact-finding on this issue, but we do not have plans to carry CBD products at this time,’ Walmart spokeswoman Diane Medeiros told Reuters.” (10/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-walmart-cannabis/walmart-canada-exploring-possible-sale-of-cannabis-based-products-idUSKCN1MJ209

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8) Algeria: Man with hammer hacks statue of bare-breasted woman
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A man with a hammer on Tuesday attacked and damaged a statue of a bare-breasted woman, an emblem of the eastern city of Setif, in the latest in a series of such attacks. Setif communications director Mohamed Touiri said that a Salafist, someone who adheres to a conservative brand of Islam, disfigured the face, breasts and arm of the statue, which is the centerpiece of a fountain in the heart of the city nearly 300 kilometers (185 miles) east of Algiers, the capital. The suspect was detained and will undergo a mental exam, he said. Culture Minister Azzedine Mihoubi, who is from Setif, suggested in a tweet that the culprit was the same man who damaged the statue last year. The colonial-era statue is the work of French sculptor Francis Saint Vidal, dating to 1889.” (10/09/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Man-with-hammer-hacks-Algeria-statue-of-13292669.php

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9) Feds to unleash a well-behaved Weiner
Source: Roll Call

“Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner will be released from prison three months ahead of schedule due to good behavior, the New York Daily News reported Monday. Weiner, who is being held at the Federal Medical Center, Devens in Massachusetts, is set for release on May 14, 2019. FMC Devens is one of two federal prisons that offer a residential treatment program for sex offenders. Weiner pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a girl he knew to be 15 years old in May 2017, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison that September. The crime also tarnished Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The search warrant obtained by the FBI and the Southern District of New York for Weiner’s laptop led authorities to thousands of emails between Clinton and his wife Huma Abedin, a longtime Clinton aide. Abedin has since filed for divorce.” (10/09/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/anthony-weiner-released-early-good-behavior

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10) Kanye West to lunch with Donald Trump this week
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Kanye West is to meet US President Donald Trump on Thursday, the White House has confirmed. The two men are expected to discuss prison reform, gang violence and ‘manufacturing resurgence’ in the US. The meeting will take place less than four weeks before the mid-term elections in November. The rapper, who has been a vocal supporter of Mr Trump, will also meet White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law.” (10/09/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45800983

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11) Israel: Regime thugs abduct American student in retaliation for alleged boycott support
Source: CBS News

“In a groundbreaking case, Israel has detained an American graduate student at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a Palestinian-led boycott campaign against the Jewish state. The case highlights Israel’s concerns about the boycott movement and the great efforts it has made to stop it. The grassroots campaign has made significant inroads in recent years, particularly among university students and millennials. Lara Alqasem, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, landed at Ben-Gurion Airport last Tuesday with a valid student visa. But she was barred from entering the country and ordered deported, based on suspicions she is a boycott supporter. An Israeli court has ordered that she remain in custody while she appeals. The weeklong detention is the longest anyone has been held in a boycott-related case, and it was not immediately clear on Tuesday when a final decision would be made.” (10/09/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-detains-u-s-student-lara-alqasem-for-alleged-boycott-support-2018-10-09/

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12) Poll: Support for cannabis legalization hits record 62 percent of Americans
Source: Smell the Truth

“The U.S. percentage of support for marijuana law reform has reached a record high. More than 6 in 10 Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Of the 1,750 people administered in late September, 62 percent of all Americans agreed that cannabis should be legalized. The survey found support within most existing generations, as the majority of millennials (74 percent), Generation X (63 percent), and baby boomers (54 percent) were all in favor. Only the Silent Generation born between 1928-1945 preferred cannabis prohibition, with only 39 percent in favor of legalization. However, there was more contention when looking at political parties and religious evangelicals. Republicans are divided at 45 percent in favor and 51 percent opposed to legalization, while only 43 percent of evangelicals are in support.” [editor’s note: Interesting that the percentages drop with age; one would almost expect the opposite – SAT] (10/08/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/08/poll-support-for-marijuana-legalization-hits-record-62-percent-of-americans

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13) Yellowstone geyser barfs up “strange” garbage dating back to the 1930s
Source: USA Today

“A typically quiet geyser in Yellowstone National Park erupted last month, spewing water up to 30 feet in the air. Afterward, park employees found a slew of garbage surrounding its vent, including a Hamm’s beer can, a vintage pacifier, a shoe heel and dozens of coins. Curators considered placing the items in the park’s archives as a reminder: Please, don’t use the springs as a trash can. The park posted a photograph of the ‘strange’ items after last month’s eruption of the geyser called Ear Spring. ‘Foreign objects can damage hot springs and geysers,’ said the park. ‘The next time Ear Spring erupts we hope it’s nothing but natural rocks and water.’ The pacifier dates back to the 1930s, according to Live Science, which noted a cinderblock, a busted bottle, old signs, cigarette butts and an eight-inch drinking straw among the items.” (10/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/08/yellowstone-geyser-erupts-leaving-junk-decades-old/1570013002/

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14) Google drops $10 billion battle for Pentagon data contract
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Google has abandoned efforts to win a $10bn (£7.7bn) Pentagon cloud computing contract. The firm said the work might have transgressed principles it published in June limiting its artificial-intelligence-related activities. Thousands of its staff had previously protested against its involvement in a separate Department of Defense project. The tech firm revealed the latest decision hours after confirming it had exposed Google+ users’ personal data. The Pentagon contract was for a project named after the Star Wars films: the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud (Jedi). Bids were due to be submitted on Friday.” (10/09/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-45798153

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15) Man lists “used girlfriend” for sale on eBay, is shocked when bids reach $119k
Source: Fox News

“Well, that backfired. A man who listed his girlfriend for sale on eBay as a prank was shocked when the bids reached over $119,000 within 24 hours. Dale Leeks, who lives in London, ‘wanted to have a laugh’ so he thought it would be funny to list his girlfriend of one year, Kelly Greaves, on the auction site, CTV News reports. He described her condition as ‘for parts or not working’ and wrote that she ‘starts OK but after that there’s a constant whining noise that I can’t seem to stop. Bodywork is fairly tidy but close up shows signs of wear. No serious damage but you can see that she’s been used. Please [bear] in mind when bidding she’s 37 years old. Basically first thing in the morning she can be very temperamental, once warmed up the whining noise lessens but I would be lying if I said it goes away completely. The rear end leaks a bit but nothing that can’t be plugged.” [editor’s note: Read further down; they are both quite happy with each other, and she was in on the joke! Phew! – SAT] (10/09/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/man-lists-used-girlfriend-for-sale-on-ebay-is-shocked-when-bids-reach-119g

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16) FL: Democrats sue to extend voter registration deadline
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A partisan brushfire blew up Tuesday amid the threat of Hurricane Michael over voter registration deadlines in the battleground state of Florida. The Florida Democratic Party sued in federal court, asking a judge to extend the state’s registration deadline by at least a week. Florida’s deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, 29 days ahead of the Nov. 6 election. Democrats including Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is running for governor against Republican Ron DeSantis, called for an extension as Michael’s imminent arrival prompted evacuations and the closing of government offices across the Panhandle. Shortly before midnight Monday, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, who works for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, told local election supervisors that if their offices were closed Tuesday, then they could accept paper applications on the day their offices reopen.” (10/09/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Florida-will-allow-some-voters-to-register-past-13292530.php

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17) Trump lawyers ask judge to dismiss Stormy Daniels lawsuit
Source: Bloomberg

“Presidential Donald Trump says that after Stormy Daniels spilled the beans on their alleged 2006 tryst in a just-published book, it makes no sense for them to keep fighting in court over a $130,000 hush agreement she signed before the 2016 election. Lawyers for the president asked a Los Angeles federal judge Monday to throw out the lawsuit filed by the adult-movie star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, that challenges the validity of the non-disclosure agreement she signed with Trump’s longtime fixer and lawyer, Michael Cohen. The lawsuit is moot because Trump has consented that the agreement, as she has claimed, was never formed because he didn’t sign it and he has agreed not to try to enforce it, Trump said in his court filing.” (10/08/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-08/trump-says-time-to-bury-stormy-daniels-suit-after-tell-all-book

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18) Sony sues California man for selling jailbroken PS4 consoles
Source: Engadget

“There hasn’t been much piracy [sic] in the PS4’s five-year history, but that’s been changing ever since users started discovering jailbreaks that would allow running unofficial software — and Sony is eager to put a swift stop to it. The company has sued California resident Eric Scales for selling jailbroken PS4s on eBay and his own site with piracy in mind. Scales allegedly violated both Sony’s copyrights and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by circumventing the console’s copy protection and loading systems with bootlegged games like Call of Duty: WWII and God of War.” (10/08/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/08/sony-sues-jailbroken-ps4-seller/

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19) AK: State GOP weighs reprimanding Murkowski over Kavanaugh vote
Source: The Hill

“Leaders of the Alaskan Republican Party are weighing a reprimand for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) for not voting to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Alaska’s GOP has asked Murkowski to send its state central committee any information she thinks may be relevant to its decision, The Associated Press reported on Monday. Party Chairman Tuckerman Babcock said the committee may issue a statement or withdraw its support for Murkowski. In the case of the latter, the committee would encourage officials to find a replacement and ask Murkowski not to run as a Republican for reelection. During her 2010 reelection bid, Murkowski lost her GOP primary but went on to win the general election as a write-in candidate.” (10/08/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/410453-alaska-gop-to-consider-reprimanding-murkowski-over-kavanaugh-vote

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20) China: Wang rebukes US during tense Pompeo visit
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a Monday meeting in Beijing that ‘a shadow has been cast over the future of China-US relations.’ In a direct response to US Vice President Mike Pence’s attacks on China over military aggression, commercial theft and human rights violations last week, Wang said the US had also ‘stepped up rhetoric over trade tensions’ after several tariffs were slapped on billions of dollars in mutual trade. He also accused the US of making ‘a series of moves’ on Taiwan and ‘other issues’ that he said hurt Chinese sovereignty.” (10/08/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/china-rebukes-us-during-tense-pompeo-visit/a-45796410

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

21) Right-wing grievance studies
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“The team behind the Sokal 2.0 hoax self-consciously targeted what they call ‘grievance studies.’ What ties all their targets together? My preferred answer is that grievance studies embrace both antipathy and self-pity. Or to be more precise, each of these fields intellectually justifies both: 1. Antipathy for a large, unselective group. 2. Encouragement of self-pity for the alleged victims of the aforementioned large, unselective group. … All of Sokal 2.0’s targets were decidedly left-wing. Does grievance studies have any right-wing analogues? If you limit your domain to academia, maybe not. Given left-wing dominance in higher education, that’s hardly surprising. But you only have to mildly expand the search grid to find thriving examples of right-wing grievance studies.” (10/09/18)

https://www.econlib.org/right-wing-grievance-studies/

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22) The right not to snitch
Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“In 2010, New York state prison inmate Mark Burns says he was stocking the commissary when a can of spaghetti sauce fell on his head. He says he duly reported the accident, but afterward, two guards approached him and said they’d heard he’d been assaulted by another inmate. The guards had an offer, according to Burns: They wanted him to become an informant and provide false testimony against another guard. When he refused to play along, he was put in ‘involuntary protective custody.’ For nine months, he spent 23 out of every 24 hours locked in a cell by himself — ‘for his own safety.’ So Burns filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, claiming the guards violated his constitutional right not to snitch.” (for publication 11/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/09/the-right-not-to-snitch

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23) Getting married and divorced on the blockchain
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Spencer Neale

“Whether or not the most optimistic predictions are correct, today the blockchain offers users a clear and simple way to perform contractual verification. A smart contract is a digital agreement between two or more persons that can be accessed by scanning the blockchain at any point in the future. Smart contracts have already found widespread use in trade finance because they can settle transactions without the need of a third party for verification. If the blockchain really is forever, then etching marriage contracts into its fabric is a cheap and innovative way to access the nascent ecosystem of cryptographic technologies.” (10/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/building-tomorrow/getting-married-and-divorced-blockchain

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24) Trump-era protests, Kavanaugh drama show we need less “democracy”
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“Mobs swarming the Capitol steps. Protesters clawing at the doors of the Supreme Court. ‘This is what democracy looks like!’ they chant. Yes, it is — which is why we should thank God we live in a republic. The almost two years since Donald Trump was elected president have seen an upsurge in dramatic public manifestations of discontent from the left-wing ‘resistance.’ Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process seemed to kick things into overdrive. Demonstrators took to the streets in numerous cities. Organized protestors disrupted the Senate hearings. Then, when lurid allegations of sexual assault were leaked after the formal hearings were over, things got even worse. Feminist activists swarmed hallways, loudly confronting Republicans, most notably cornering moderate Arizona Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator. During the Senate floor vote, the proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by women shrieking in the gallery. Pro-Kavanaugh Senators now face unprecedented levels of threats. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner even said his family members’ names and addresses were shared online, and his wife was sent a graphic video of a beheading.” [editor’s note: Excellent commentary – SAT] (10/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/09/brett-kavanaugh-protestors-supreme-court-liberal-mob-democracy-constitution-column/1564490002

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25) Merrick Garland and Brett Kavanaugh: Two peas in a pod?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Many conservatives cheered Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, convinced his presence will turn the tide toward liberty. For the first time in decades, ‘conservatives’ hold a firm majority of SCOTUS seats. We’re told the newly configured court will stop the steady leftward creep of constitutional law. It will reverse past unconstitutional decisions. And it will move the country back toward the limited government vision of the founding generation. But will it really? Can we really count on a politically connected lawyer appointed to a federal court to rein in the overreaching federal government just because he’s supposedly a ‘conservative Republican?’ If history serves as an indicator, not likely.” (10/09/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/09/merrick-garland-and-brett-kavanaugh-two-peas-in-a-pod/

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26) Christine Ford’s corroborating evidence
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Throughout the controversy over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, some people were saying that Christine Blasey Ford did not produce ‘corroborating evidence’ to support her accusation that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Therefore, since Kavanaugh was denying that he committed the assault, the argument went, he should be given the benefit of the doubt in what seemed to be a ‘he-said, she-said’ controversy. But actually Ford did provide corroborating evidence to support the accusation she leveled at Kavanaugh, very powerful corroborating evidence, evidence that was largely ignored by the Senate Judiciary Committee, especially in the haste by Republican committee members to get the controversy over with by rushing to a quick confirmation vote.” (10/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/09/christine-fords-corroborating-evidence/

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27) Containing the catastrophe
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterms should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is as firmly Republican as are the House and Senate. Kavanaugh was revealed as a fierce partisan–not only the legal advisor who helped Kenneth Starr prosecute Bill Clinton and almost certainly guided George W. Bush’s use of torture, but also a nominee who believes ‘leftists’ and Clinton sympathizers are out to get him. He joins four other Republican-appointed jurists, almost as partisan. Thomas, Alito, and Roberts have never wavered from Republican orthodoxy. Neil Gorsuch, although without much track record on the Supreme Court to date, was a predictable conservative Republican vote on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit — which is why the Heritage Foundation pushed for him and Trump appointed him.” [editor’s note: I think Mr. Reich needs to go write for the Onion; he has a talent for satire, even when unintended – SAT] (10/09/18)

http://prospect.org/article/containing-catastrophe

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28) Celebrating western civilization, part 1
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Western civilization disparaged, in everything from street talk to written screeds to intellectual circles. It would have to be thousands of times at least. In fact, it’s something that people (including people who should know better) repeat endlessly, always confident that they’ll receive a pat on the back for it. Criticizing the West passes for enlightenment these days. Except that it’s false. Western civilization (and by that I mean European civilization and its offshoots, from the breakup of the Western Roman Empire to today … the civilization based upon Judeo-Christian ethics and scientific progress) is, by far, the most productive in human history. To criticize it in broad terms is not a sign of enlightenment, but of delusion.” (10/09/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/celebrating-western-civilization-part-1/

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29) This is your future without public schools
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“What if some communities no longer have public schools? That question, once unthinkable in America, may now be something policy leaders and lawmakers in at least one state may want to consider. In Michigan (home state to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos whose political donations and advocacy for ‘school choice’ and charter schools drastically altered the state’s public education system) some of the state’s largest school districts lose so many students to surrounding school districts and charter schools that the financial viability of the districts seems seriously in question. According to a new report, more than half of Michigan school districts experienced a net loss in enrollment last year, and the percent of student attrition in many of the state’s large districts is shocking, upwards of 60 to 70 percent. Can a school district experiencing such losses in student enrollment continue to keep the doors open?” [editor’s note: Bigger questions would be “Should they?” or “Could what we now call ‘schools’ become resources for homeschooling and other non-institutionalized forms of learning?” – SAT] (10/09/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181009/when-communities-lose-their-public-schools-for-good-what-happens-to-the-students-michigan-may-soon-find-out

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30) NAFTA 2.0 will benefit the digital economy
Source: Niskanen Center
by Anastasia Greenberg

“The United States, Canada, and Mexico are set to be free of digital trade barriers, and that deserves a thumbs-up emoji. On September 30th, after more than a year of intense negotiations, a last-minute trade deal was reached to replace the longstanding North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new agreement — informally dubbed ‘NAFTA 2.0’ — includes major changes to trade in the automotive and dairy industries, while leaving wheat and grain industries largely unchanged. While we have all been closely watching the fate of cars, cows, and corn, what has evaded the headlines is something significant: the digital fingerprints left on our computers and other devices.” (10/09/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/nafta-2-0-will-benefit-the-digital-economy/

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31) The Pentagon: Incompetent on cybersecurity
Source: The American Conservative
by Ross Marchand

“Over the past decade, massive cybersecurity hacks have become yet another thing for America to worry about, especially if the IRS has information on you (read: everyone) or if you have a Social Security number (again read: everyone). Now we’ve learned that the problem starts right at the top. The Department of Defense (DoD) reportedly relied on compromised technology to undergird data centers and relay drone information–and Americans don’t even know how much of their data was exposed. Despite this major breach, however, top brass at the DoD are suggesting that the Pentagon take on an even more prominent role in America’s cybersecurity.” (10/09/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-pentagon-incompetent-on-cybersecurity/

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32) Some thoughts on climate change
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A new IPCC report written and edited by 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies says we’re looking at climate catastrophe as early as 2040 unless changes are made worldwide on a scale and speed which has no historic precedent. $54 trillion worth of damage is predicted to result from the 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global average temperatures we’re expected to be facing at that time if drastic changes are not made. To be clear, when climate scientists talk about a 1.5 degree hike in global average temperatures, they are not saying that days will tend to be around 1.5 degrees warmer, which doesn’t sound bad at all. What they are saying is that there will be drastic heat spikes which elevate the overall average by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) around the globe. This means moving into a world which sees sea levels rising and destroying coastal and island civilizations; it means mass famine due to destruction of crops from heat spikes in summer months, freezes in the winter and other extreme weather events.” [editor’s note: Consider the (biased) source, as well as the ignoring of all methods to mitigate this – SAT] (10/09/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/09/some-thoughts-on-climate-change

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33) Supreme Court — worth fighting and fussing about?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Brett has major problems, but so does every Nazgul appointed in the last fifty or so years. Exactly what we would expect from this institution. And indeed, little different from their history all the way back to the original appointments by G. Washington way back in 1789. But he certainly cannot single-handedly destroy our ‘democracy’ (which we never really have had). Or the Republic. (Because it has already been destroyed, if for no other reason.) Enter Garrett Epps, who writes for the Atlantic. The Nazgul-in-Chief, as a body, are dead and rotting. He writes their requiem. He says that he ‘loved’ this now-dead ‘independent arbiter of the rule of law.’ I call a foul on that. The Nazgul, and all their lower-level minions, have ALWAYS been political, always been partisan.” (10/08/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/10/08/supreme-court-worth-fighting-and-fussing-about/

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34) Sexism and isn’tism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is physics sexist against women? Professor Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, argues to the contrary. At a presentation in Geneva, in front of mainly female physicists, Strumia offered evidence that showed, if anything, that it is men who are being discriminated against. Specifically, he compared male and female hirings to male and female scientific citations. Being cited for one’s work is the academic gold standard, the main test scientists have for quality of work. Strumia found a pattern of women being hired over men who had higher citations rates. Now, Alessandro Strumia is not a social scientist, and this explanation — like any scientific work — is open to criticism. But was scientific debate the notable reaction to his presentation?” (10/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/09/cern/

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35) Ending the credit rating agency racket
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the housing market meltdown that led to the Great Recession. Is another crisis looming around the corner? Hopefully not, but it is worrisome that a decade later Washington is engaged in the same derelict behavior that caused the crisis. Government agencies are still issuing taxpayer guarantees on more than 90 percent of mortgages — many with less than 5 percent down payments. Yikes. Worse, the biggest conspirators in the meltdown, the duopolistic credit rating agencies Moody’s and S&P, which gave sterling AAA grades on these bonds up nearly to the date they collapsed into financial rubble, are still dominating 80 percent of the credit rating market. Why are they even still in business? Throughout 2007 and 2008, these agencies encouraged investors to snatch up hundreds of billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities. They told investors these mortgages were ‘virtually risk-free’ and stamped them with AAA ratings. Thanks to this incompetence, millions of Americans lost their life savings, and America suffered one of the greatest financial disasters in our history.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile they kept folks with “low” ratings from getting any kind of overdraft protection for short-term dips – SAT] (10/09/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/10/09/ending-the-credit-rating-agency-racket-n2526641

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36) Americans are stuck in an abusive relationship with power
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Americans are brought up to believe all sorts of myths about the country we call home. We’re told our economy is a free market meritocracy governed by the rule of law. We’re told our civil liberties, enshrined in the Bill of Rights, are inviolable and protected by the most powerful military in the world. A fighting force entrusted with the admirable and monumental task of defending freedoms at home, and democracy and human rights abroad. We’re told we exist in a system of self-government, in which our votes matter and our voices heard. In practice, none of this is true. The fact of the matter is American citizens in 2018 are just a nuisance for the real power players. Useful as consumers, but increasingly problematic as larger numbers start to ask questions about how things really work.” (10/09/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/10/09/americans-are-stuck-in-abusive-relationships-with-power/

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37) There is no legitimate reason to impose sanctions on Iran
Source: CounterPunch
by Vijay Prashad

“The UN’s position against Iran is in bad faith. All the member states and the UN secretariat know that Iran has no nuclear weapons programme. Yet, they have allowed the US and Israel to push against Iran. They have allowed Iran’s people to suffer under an intolerable sanctions regime and are now allowing Iran to go through an even tighter sanctions policy. No legal shield from Europe is going to help. No mild criticism of the United States is sufficient. My friends in Tehran — who have their own differences with their government — appeal to the world, asking for a break with the US-Israeli position on Iran, an opening to the people of Iran who are being strangled by the sanctions.” (10/09/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/09/there-is-no-legitimate-reason-to-impose-sanctions-on-iran/

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38) Overcooking the numbers
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“A lot of journalists rely on numbers reported by government agencies for research. When it comes to government reported numbers I tended to follow the advice of George Carlin who said, ‘I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me.’ This advice has proven its value time and again because the government has a tendency to make shit up. Take the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The agency has been cooking the numbers when it comes to gun violence. In fact the agency has overcooked the numbers so thoroughly that even anti-gun organizations like The Trace, which should be happily gobbling up the fallacious numbers, had to call bullshit …” (10/09/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/10/09/overcooking-the-numbers/

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39) Did Hillary Clinton direct deep state’s Trump investigation?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Russia Investigation: While America argued last month over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, something momentous was happening all but off the media’s radar: The Trump-Russia collusion investigation narrative continued to collapse in spectacular fashion, as Hillary Clinton’s leading role in the scandal came into sharper focus. Last week, while Washington Democrats and their far-left allies shrieked in rage at the prospect of Kavanaugh taking a seat on the high court, former FBI General Counsel James Baker (who reported directly to former FBI Director James Comey) told congressional investigators that an attorney from the Perkin Coies law firm gave him materials about Russian election meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign. This is a stunning revelation, since it directly contradicts Justice Department and FBI official sworn testimony.” (10/08/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/hillary-clinton-trump-russia-investigation

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40) The deep hurt
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Stephen Kinzer

“More than a century has passed since American hearts were first seized by the grand debate about overseas expansion. During that period, much of what anti-imperialists predicted has come to pass. The United States has become an actively interventionist power. It has projected military or covert power into dozens of countries on every continent except Antarctica. In many places, these interventions have set off anti-American resistance movements, insurgencies, rebellions, or terror campaigns. George Frisbie Hoar, U.S. senator from Massachusetts, was right when he warned that intervening in distant lands would turn the United States into ‘a vulgar, commonplace empire founded upon physical force.’” (10/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-deep-hurt/

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41) We should ditch GDP as a measure of economic activity
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“This article exposes the false economic concepts behind GDP, which is only the visible tip of a large iceberg of economic deceit. Describing an increase in GDP as economic growth owes its meagre validity to imprecise definition. An economy does not grow, only the quantity of fiat currency deployed grows. A successful economy progresses our condition, our wealth, our standards of living. The evolution of misleading statistics such as GDP to their current condition is only governed by their usefulness to governments, not as an objective development of sound theory by seekers of truth.” (10/09/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/10/we-should-ditch-gdp-as-a-measure-of-economic-activity/

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42) Force fathers to stay at home? A warning from Europe
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Paternity leave activists idolize Sweden. Prior to 1995, parents could choose to divide their (generous) allotment of parental leave however they wished. In practice, women took the vast majority of leave — as in every other OECD nation in which they are offered a choice. Then, the Swedish government carved out one month of paternity leave exclusively for fathers, in the name of gender equality and to increase the father-child bond. The government responded to disappointing results by extending a second month in 2002 and a third in 2016. Swedish politicians now propose a fifth ‘daddy month’ to accomplish the outcomes promised successively by the first three. The most significant problem with mandatory paternity leave is that it increases the odds of destroying the family it putatively aims to preserve.” (10/08/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/10/08/force-fathers-stay-home-warning-europe

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43) How Kavanaugh could change everything by following Jordan Peterson’s advice
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Robin Koerner

“Many objectors to Peterson have sloppily said that Peterson was ‘calling for’ Kavanaugh to step down if he is confirmed as if he were saying that Kavanaugh has some moral obligation to do so. I believe Peterson’s intended meaning was subtly, but crucially different. He means, I think, that it would be favorable if Kavanaugh of his own accord chose to step down for reasons even higher than the admittedly good reasons for which he should stay. It’s not that staying in his position as a justice on the Supreme Court would be wrong, or that stepping down from the Court would be a powerful, moral act per se. Rather, its power would come from making an unforced choice to sacrifice his position for the higher purpose of eliciting action against a greater harm, and in defense of a deeper principle than any with which either side of the debate over his nomination have yet acted upon.” (10/08/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-kavanaugh-could-change-everything-by-following-jordan-peterson-s-advice/

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44) Small businesses thriving thanks to access to capital, Trump tax cuts
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Brian Darling

“Small businesses are the engine of our economic boom and they are thriving because of the policies of President Donald J. Trump. The tax cuts helped, and small businesses have seen reductions in regulations and red tape over the last 18 months, which has allowed many small businesses to expand and thrive. The numbers are astonishing. Nearly 3 million jobs have been created since President Trump took office, including 304,000 manufacturing jobs and 337,000 construction jobs. The unemployment rate is down to the lowest rate since 2000 at 3.8% with job openings reaching 6.6 million, the highest level recorded. Gallup polled and found that over 50% of the American people believe it is a good time to find a quality job — the highest number since Gallup started asking the question. The booming small business economy is a big part of the overall U.S. economic recovery.” (10/09/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/small-business-tax-cuts-loans

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45) When will the music stop? No one knows, but when it does the bill to taxpayers will be huge
Source: Heartland Institute
by Todd Gabel

“It has been said that economists have predicted ‘nine of the last five recessions,’ or words to that effect, suggesting that the ‘dismal science’ can’t be trusted. The whispers now about a looming crash come as nations engage in uncontrolled deficit spending, largely monetized by inflationary policies by central banks around the world, such as in Europe, China, and the US. In other words, the world’s solution to debt is … simply to create more debt. Today, global debt is more than three times the size of the global economy.” (10/08/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/when-will-the-music-stop-no-one-knows-but-when-it-does-the-bill-to-taxpayers-will-be-huge/

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46) Voluntary tribalism: Why not?
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I’ve always found it absurd that white nationalists bitch the loudest about identity politics when they’re the winy snowflakes who fucking invented the goddamn concept. White isn’t even a race for Christ sake. There is no Whitestan. There is no traditional white tribe. It’s a class concept designed to justify an oligarchy without a royal bloodline. I’m pretty sure that the first “white” guys were just a bunch of slave owners who settled on the superiority of their lack of melanin after they finished taking inventory on eye color and penis size and came to the conclusion that skin was the one thing they had in common that the field hands couldn’t lay claim to. In today’s divided states of America identity politics are mostly used to keep different genres of poor people at each others throats while the one percent rapes their wives (often literally) and pollutes their land. This doesn’t mean that race and other identities can’t have a positive place in society.” (10/08/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/10/voluntary-tribalism-why-not.html

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47) The two parties of the War Party
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“The November election may turn on Kavanaugh. But no matter who wins, we’ll see very little movement over any of these issues Republicans and Democrats traditionally care about. What we’ll definitely see is: 1. Billions of dollars sent to Israel. 2. Sanctions and funding for outright military attacks on countries the Saudi royal family doesn’t like. 3. Escalation of tensions with major powers to justify ever-bigger Defense budgets. 4. More troops in more countries taking sides in civil wars that have nothing to do with us. 5. Trillion-dollar budget deficits. All of this will get heavy bipartisan support.” (10/08/18)

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48) Who’s afraid of postmodernism?
Source: spiked
by Candice Holdsworth

“More and more people are unfairly linking postmodernism to some of the worst excesses of identity politics. While there are certainly some bad arguments and ideas within postmodern philosophy (as there are in all forms of philosophy), it would be a mistake to dismiss postmodernism as a whole. In fact, a lot of postmodern thought actually aligns better with libertarian thinking than the authoritarianism of identity politics.” (10/08/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/09/whos-afraid-of-postmodernism/

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49) Users flee Facebook over privacy concerns. Facebook’s solution? All-seeing eye.
Source: The Daily Beast
by Kelly Weill

“The popular video game series ‘Portal’ depicts a futuristic cyberhell in which an omniscient (and ultimately murderous) computer system taunts lab test participants, who are promised treats if they descend further into a corporate prison from which they cannot escape. On Monday, Facebook unveiled its first hardware product: two tablet-like camera devices that can watch users in their homes. They’re called ‘Portals.’ … The Monday product launch comes as Facebook attempts to wrangle its users, many of whom have quit the site after a series of data breaches (or attempted to quit, but discovered their Facebook login was essential to log into apps like Spotify or Tinder). A swiveling, camera-loaded smart home is the perfect product for a company losing track of its users.” (10/08/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/users-flee-facebook-over-privacy-concerns-facebooks-solution-all-seeing-eye

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50) FDA still hooked on meddling in nicotine markets
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“Back in April, the Food and Drug Administration announced plans to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to help current smokers quit and prevent future generations from starting. In an op-ed I wrote for Inside Sources, I argued such efforts are unlikely to help and will likely cause considerable harm. At the time, lawmakers also pressured the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, worried they were steering younger generations into nicotine addiction. In the same op-ed, I warned that regulating e-cigarettes, like regular cigarettes, ‘will also lead to serious harm guided by good intentions.’ Unfortunately, more ‘good intentions’ have followed.” (10/08/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/08/fda-still-hooked-on-meddling-in-nicotine-markets/

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51) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/09/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“On the cutting edge of tech since the 1980’s, John [McAfee] has seen it all. One thing is for certain: cryptocurrencies and blockchain have not ‘won’ anything. The fight for a better future is just getting started.” [various formats] (10/09/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e490-John-McAfee-Life-and-Crypto-NSFW

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52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 77
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Calhoun’s vision of Americans conquering space seemed even more possible with Samuel Morse’s invention of the magnetic telegraph.” [various formats] (10/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/cords-union-slavery-vs-telegraph

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53) Kick the Puppy, episode 8
Source: Attack The System

“The bizarre Supermicro motherboard situation, scholars have fake papers published in academic journals, scam artistry in supposed scholarship, exchange of words between Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, risky selfies killed 269 people in 6 years, car crashes killed 37,133 people in the US in 2017, self-driving car accidents, dead pedestrians, guy says he’s ‘ready to kill’ if Kavanaugh is not confirmed, town in Bosnia bans all politicians, US unemployment rate falls to a 49 year low at 3.7 percent, 8 year-old-girl pulls 1,500-year-old sword from a lake in Sweden, Florida man tried to buy 8-year-old girl from mother at Walmart for $200,000, People of Walmart.” [Flash audio] (10/09/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/09/kick-the-puppy-episode-8/

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54) Scott Adams Says, 10/09/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Israeli bots, Ye, North Korea, #FentanylChina, Colbert, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/09/18)

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

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/09/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The strange disappearance of Saudi ‘critic’ and Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi has led even Washington’s neocons to come down hard on the Saudi government and particularly crown prince MBS. Is a shift in US/Saudi relations in the works?” [Flash video] (10/09/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/saudi-critic-khashoggi-disappears-how-will-washington-react

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56) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 81
Source: Roll Call

“Three Republican House Appropriations subcommittee chairmen — Kevin Yoder of Kansas, John Culberson of Texas and John Carter of Texas — face tough re-elections, says Roll Call senior political reporter Bridget Bowman. A loss for Yoder and Culberson would mean that lame-duck lawmakers end up negotiating two vital spending bills — Homeland Security and Commerce-Justice-Science.” [various formats] (10/09/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/key-house-appropriators-face-tough-midterm-elections

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57) Candidates of Liberty, episode 9
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s edition of ‘Candidates of Liberty,’ Marc Clair is welcomed by the Libertarian candidate for the governorship of Kansas, Jeff Caldwell! Jeff describes how he went from being a disillusioned Obama supporter to an active member of the Libertarian Party, why he decided to run for governor, and digs into where he differs from some libertarians strategically.” [various formats] (10/09/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/09/candidates-of-liberty-ep-09-jeff-caldwell-for-governor-of-kansas/

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58) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/09/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Keith McAnarchist (Local Liberty Activist) on precious metals, economy, etc … — Chris Duane (Silver Shield; Golden State Mint) provides an update on the precious metals and cryptocurrency markets — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump Report — In Studio.” [MP3] (10/09/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/249017-2018-10-09-10-09-18-chris-duane-dr-phranq-tamburri-nmd-trump.htm

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59) Editor’s Break, episode 98
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 098 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: whether one should violate the non-aggression principle to save somebody’s life, and what that says about the non-aggression principle; how a newcomer can come to own property in a place where all property is already owned; the effect of democratic government for minority groups; and more.” [various formats] (10/09/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/violating-the-nap-libertarian-planet-democracy-and-minorities-19m-editors-break-098

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60) Free Talk Live, 10/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Controversy Over Picking Baby Eye Color :: Rich Paul Machete Arrest :: Bitcoin Mining Failure :: Spicing Up Life :: Supreme Court Appointment :: Intelligence Controversial :: Netflix and Amazon :: Sex Dolls :: Taking our Jobs :: Racists in Schools :: Rape Recovery :: Edgington Post — Travel Plans :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-08

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61) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/07/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Stephen Moore, a former President of the Club for Growth and an economic advisor to President Trump, thinks we are seeing a repeat of the Reagan trade doctrine. While Trump may be threatening countries with draconian tariffs on their exports, Moore says that he is angling for ‘zero tariffs’ behind the scenes.” [various formats] (10/07/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/9/22/local-leviathan-clint-bolick-on-grassroots-tyranny-4544b

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62) Postcards from Somalia, episode 14
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Alan and Sherry contemplate the finer points of California’s new law devaluing the successes of women while politicians pat themselves on the back for their goodness for doing so.” [Flash audio] (10/08/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/cali-says-bitches-aint-nuthin-post-cards-from-somalia/

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1256
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Walter Block is one of the world’s most prolific libertarian scholars. But recently he’s managed to outdo himself. He just reached a milestone that no other scholar anywhere can come close to matching, and it’s why Walter is such a treasure to our movement. Listen and be inspired.” [various formats] (10/08/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1256-how-to-be-a-good-person-libertarian-and-scholar-walter-blocks-amazing-new-milestone/

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64) Mad Dogs and Englishmen, episode 204
Source: National Review

“Kevin and Charlie discuss the Kavanaugh panic.” [various formats] (10/08/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/mad-dogs-englishmen/episode-204-did-anything-happen-while-we-were-away/

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65) Jim Bovard on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Jim Bovard is interviewed on his syndicated article ‘The Unending Bush Torture Scandal.’ Jim Comey’s role in saving the torture regime while a Justice Department official and colleague of John Yoo. The mainstream media’s current sainthood of Comey and how it helps to whitewash his participation in the torture program is discussed as well. Comey’s insistence that waterboarding is not torture is also referenced, as well as numerous items from Comey’s memoirs.” [various formats] (10/08/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10-3-18-jim-bovard-on-james-comey-and-the-unending-bush-torture-scandal/

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