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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump busks for midterm votes from low-IQ/craven demographic with caravan “emergency” babble
2) As LSD turns 75, scientists re-examine therapeutic potential for anxiety & depression
3) WI: As tariffs continue, panic beginning to sink in among manufacturers
4) US warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions
5) Banks lead US indexes lower; tech gains
6) Italy: Regime tells EU it won’t revise budget plan
7) Judge orders Avenatti to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm
8) Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux
9) Study: Not exercising enough is worse for you than smoking and diabetes
10) Poland: Nationalist PiS party comes out on top in local elections
11) Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial
12) Joachim Roenneberg, 1919-2018
13) Poll: GOP candidates now “dead even” with Dems in most competitive House races
14) Amazon cloud chief Jassy follows Apple in calling for retraction of Chinese spy chip story
15) Jordan: Regime will not renew 25-year land leases to Israeli regime
16) Researchers just found bizarre “headless chicken monster” swimming deep in the Antarctic Ocean
17) TN: Memphis extortionists threaten to steal scooters because company didn’t beg for their permission
18) Kushner takes wait-and-see approach to death of Saudi critic
19) NGOs: The UN’s war on drugs has been a “spectacular failure”
20) NYPD recalls body cam devices after one explodes

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The US-Saudi alliance was in trouble long before Jamal Khashoggi’s death
22) The spiritual core of political hate
23) What is a “fair” tax code?
24) Fifty years of federal gun control: The 1968 Gun Control Act
25) Is China waiting us out?
26) How Syrian refugees strain (and strengthen) Jordan
27) How Trump can engineer a soft landing from Obama’s policies
28) Franchises are large, they contain multitudes
29) A law intended to protect crime victims is being used to shield the identities of police officers
30) What if choice — not oppression — explains why few women are in tech jobs?
31) What our Frankensteins have wrought
32) Body slams on the left, body slams on the right
33) Immigration into the United States, part 3
34) The screens
35) In defense of national anarchism
36) Neoliberalism in the age of pedagogical terrorism
37) Real-time payroll deposits would make a huge financial difference for strapped workers
38) Pity protectionists for having nothing to work with but misinterpretation and illogic
39) A tale of two despots
40) Trump withdrawal from Russia nuclear pact plays into Putin’s hands
41) Corruption, Arkansas-style
42) Quantum Vibe, 10/22/18
43) The dealmaker: Splashy summits and Nobel Prize talk are a sideshow
44) We’ve not got any austerity so why raise taxes to end it?
45) Loony laws
46) Mexico’s hopeful new president
47) Liberty and authority
48) The benefit to Republicans in losing the House
49) Against a federal registry of genitals
50) Two questions about commercial real estate lending

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/22/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/22/18
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/21/18
54) Freedom Frauds, 10/22/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 10/22/18
56) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 83
57) One Free Family, episode 36
58) Life after Google
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 184
60) The Last Nighters, episode 42
61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 371
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 261
63) Free Talk Live, 10/21/18
64) Interview: JW Weatherman
65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 187

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

1) Trump busks for midterm votes from low-IQ/craven demographic with caravan “emergency” babble
Source: Time

“President Donald Trump said Monday he will move to cut foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for failing to stop people ‘coming illegally [sic] into the U.S.’ The threat, made in an early-morning tweet, comes as publicity grows about a caravan of thousands of people weaving its way up through Central America towards the U.S. border. … Trump also claimed without evidence that ‘unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in’ with the crowd of migrants. ‘Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!’” (10/22/18)

http://time.com/5430841/trump-foreign-aid-migrant-caravan/

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2) As LSD turns 75, scientists re-examine therapeutic potential for anxiety & depression
Source: Raw Story

“Lysergic acid diethylamide was labeled a ‘problem child’ by the man who discovered its hallucinogenic properties in 1943: as it turns 75, the drug known as LSD may now be changing its image. The late Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann famously learned of LSD’s psychedelic effects when he inadvertently took a small dose while doing lab work for pharmaceutical company Sandoz. He wanted the drug to be medically researched, convinced it could be a valuable psychiatric tool and lead to a deeper understanding of human consciousness. But through the 1960s, LSD became synonymous with counterculture and anti-authority protests. By the early 1970s, it had been widely criminalized in the West, prompting Hofmann to publish his 1979 memoir, LSD: My Problem Child. The book, in which Hofmann sought to reassert LSD’s potential medical benefits, is featured in an exhibition at the Swiss National Library in the capital, Bern, to mark 75 years since the discovery. Hofmann died in 2008 at the age of 102 but he likely would have been pleased by a series of recent developments.” (10/22/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/lsd-turns-75-scientists-re-examine-therapeutic-potential-anxiety-depression

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3) WI: As tariffs continue, panic beginning to sink in among manufacturers
Source: USA Today

“Rob Parmentier has weathered some rough times in the boat building business, but the trade wars with China, Europe, Canada and Mexico have shaken him to the core. ‘It’s been catastrophic,’ said Parmentier, president and CEO of Marquis-Larson Boat Group, which builds Carver yachts in Pulaski, Wisconsin. The first ‘hand grenade,’ as Parmentier described it, was a 25 percent tariff the European Union placed this year on boats built in the U.S., along with scores of other products including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Then there was a 10 percent tariff slapped on boats shipped to Canada, along with price increases up to 40 percent on boat building materials. It’s sent a shock wave through U.S. boat manufacturers. ‘We’ve had a lot of order cancellations. Canada and Europe have essentially stopped buying boats,’ Parmentier said. About 450 people work at the company, a large employer in a town of 3,600 residents.” (10/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/10/22/tariffs-boats-cribs-bourbon-more-rattle-wisconsin-manufacturers/1700316002

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4) US warships pass through Taiwan Strait amid China tensions
Source: Reuters

“The United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Monday in the second such operation this year, as the U.S. military increases the frequency of transits through the strategic waterway despite opposition from China. The voyage risks further heightening tensions with China but will likely be viewed in self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support by President Donald Trump’s government, amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Reuters was first to report U.S. consideration of the sensitive operation on Saturday. ‘The ships’ transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,’ Commander Nate Christensen, deputy spokesman for U.S. Pacific Fleet, said in a statement. ‘The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,’ he added. Taiwan’s defense ministry said it closely monitored the operation and was able to ‘maintain the security of the seas and the airspace’ as it occurred. There was no immediate comment from China.” (10/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-us/u-s-warships-pass-through-taiwan-strait-amid-china-tensions-idUSKCN1MW1Z0

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5) Banks lead US indexes lower; tech gains
10/23/2018 News, PND News No comments Edit This

Source: Yahoo! News

“Banks led a broad slide in U.S. stocks on Wall Street, giving the S&P 500 index its fourth straight loss. Bank of America and Citigroup each fell 3.3 percent Monday. Energy stocks also fell as the price of crude oil spent most of the day lower. Halliburton lost 3 percent. Hasbro led toymakers lower with a 3.1 percent drop after reporting weak earnings. Technology and consumer-focused stocks rose. Amazon climbed 1.4 percent. The S&P 500 index fell 11 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,755. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 126 points, or 0.5 percent, to 25,317. The Nasdaq composite added 19 points, or 0.3 percent, to 7,468.” (10/22/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/markets-now-us-stocks-open-134248848.html

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6) Italy: Regime tells EU it won’t revise budget plan
Source: Politico

“The Italian government will not budge from its position on the country’s budget plan even though it is in breach of EU rules. In a three-and-a-half page letter sent on Monday to commissioners Pierre Moscovici and Valdis Dombrovskis, Finance Minister Giovanni Tria wrote: ‘Italy is aware it has chosen a path that isn’t in line with EU rules. It was a hard decision but necessary in order to bring the country’s GDP back to pre-crisis levels and considering the ongoing economic difficulties for Italians.’ … the tug-of-war is likely to continue until the end of the year, when the Italian parliament must approve the draft and turn it into law.” (10/22/18)

https://www.politico.eu/article/update-italy-tells-commission-it-wont-revise-budget-plan/

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7) Judge orders Avenatti to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm
Source: Fox News

“Michael Avenatti (the lawyer who became famous representing porn star Stormy Daniels, later served as counsel for a woman whose claims of a gang rape ring run by a Supreme Court nominee were quickly cast into doubt and who is now mentioned as a possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate) was ordered to pay nearly $5 million to an attorney at his former firm, a California judge ruled Monday. The judge at the hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court (which Avenatti did not attend) said Avenatti must pay $4.85 million because he personally guaranteed a settlement with attorney Jason Frank in a lawsuit over back pay. Frank had alleged the firm misstated its profits and he was owed millions. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin issued the ruling after turning down a request from Avenatti to have the matter moved to federal court, which the opposing side called a delay tactic. Monday’s decision also follows an earlier ruling from a U.S. bankruptcy court judge who ordered Avenatti’s former firm to pay $10 million to Frank.” (10/22/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/michael-avenatti-ordered-by-judge-to-hand-over-4-85-million-in-back-pay-to-attorney-at-his-former-law-firm

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8) Linus Torvalds is back in charge of Linux
Source: ZDNet

“At Open Source Summit Europe in Scotland, Linus Torvalds is meeting with Linux’s top 40 or so developers at the Maintainers’ Summit. This is his first step back in taking over Linux’s reins. A little over a month ago, Torvalds stepped back from running the Linux development community. In a note to the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML), Torvalds said, ‘I need to change some of my behavior, and I want to apologize to the people that my personal behavior hurt and possibly drove away from kernel development entirely. I am going to take time off and get some assistance on how to understand people’s emotions and respond appropriately.’ That time is over. Torvalds is back. Whether he’ll be a kinder and gentler Torvalds remains to be seen.” (10/22/18)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-is-back-in-charge-of-linux/

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9) Study: Not exercising enough is worse for you than smoking and diabetes
Source: USA Today

“Don’t exercise enough? It might pose a greater risk to your health than smoking, diabetes or heart disease, a study suggests. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied more than 122,000 patients who participated in treadmill testing between 1991 and 2014. Results showed better cardiorespiratory fitness was linked to living longer, while extreme aerobic fitness provided the greatest benefits, especially to patients over 70 and patients with hypertension. The study also said the risk posed by not exercising were the same or higher than traditional risk factors such as smoking or diabetes. ‘Aerobic fitness is something that most patients can control,’ said Wael Jaber, M.D., a cardiologist with Cleveland Clinic and lead author of the study, in a statement. ‘And we found in our study there is no limit to how much exercise is too much.’ The study was published October 19 in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.” (10/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/22/not-exercising-health-risk-worse-than-smoking-study/1725678002

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10) Poland: Nationalist PiS party comes out on top in local elections
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party was poised to make big electoral gains on Sunday as an exit poll put the euroskeptic conservatives ahead of the opposition in regional elections across the country. An Ipsos exit poll showed the PiS party taking 32.3 percent of the vote for provincial council member seats, with a coalition of opposition parties taking 24.7 percent. The early results put PiS on track to gain an absolute majority in several regional parliaments in Poland, making it easier to push through government-approved legislation. … The opposition landed one major victory, however, in Warsaw’s mayoral race. Pro-European Union candidate Rafal Trzaskowski garnered 54.1 percent of the vote, according to the Ipsos survey, beating out his PiS opponent, Patryk Jaki. Should the result be confirmed, Trzaskowski would win the race outright and would not have to take part in a runoff.” (10/21/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/polands-nationalist-pis-party-comes-out-on-top-in-local-elections/a-45977729

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11) Young climate activists say their lawsuit should go to trial
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A group of young activists suing the U.S. government in a high-profile climate change lawsuit say the case poses important constitutional questions that should be evaluated at trial next week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday temporarily put the trial on hold in federal court in Oregon until lawyers for the 21 young people responded and until it issued another order. In a response Monday, lawyers argue that freezing the trial will disrupt the judiciary’s role as a check on other political branches and will irreparably harm the youngsters. Justice Department lawyers had asked the high court to intervene and end what they called a ‘profoundly misguided suit.’ Trial had been set to start Oct. 29. The lawsuit alleges the federal government has violated young people’s constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate.” (10/22/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Young-climate-activists-say-their-lawsuit-should-13326959.php

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12) Joachim Roenneberg, 1919-2018
Source: New York Post

“Norway’s prime minister says World War II saboteur Joachim Roenneberg, who headed the four-man team that blew up a plant producing heavy water which Nazi Germany could have used to produce nuclear weapons, is dead at 99. Prime Minister Erna Solberg says Roenneberg was ‘one of our finest resistance fighters’ whose ‘courage contributed to what has been referred to as the most successful sabotage campaign’ in Norway.” (10/22/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/10/22/wwii-hero-who-stopped-nazis-from-getting-nukes-dies-at-99/

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13) Poll: GOP candidates now “dead even” with Dems in most competitive House races
Source: Fox News

“Democrats’ once-cushy advantage in key House races has all but disappeared with just over two weeks to go before November’s crucial midterm elections, a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found. While the poll found that Democrats still hold a large advantage overall, in districts rated as the most competitive by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, the parties are now in a dead heat on the question of which one should control Congress. ‘It’s a barnburner,’ Bill McInturff, a GOP pollster who conducted the survey with Democrat Fred Yang, told the Wall Street Journal. ‘There’s a switch that’s been flipped .. They are engaging in the campaign and the process.’” (10/22/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-candidates-now-dead-even-with-democrats-in-most-competitive-house-races-poll-finds

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14) Amazon cloud chief Jassy follows Apple in calling for retraction of Chinese spy chip story
Source: CNBC

“Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Services, followed Apple’s lead in calling the for the retraction of Bloomberg’s story about spy chips being embedded in servers. ‘They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories,’ Jassy wrote in a tweet on Monday. ‘Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract.’ … Bloomberg alleged data center hardware used by Apple and AWS, and provided by server company Super Micro, was under surveillance by the Chinese government, even though almost all the companies named in the report denied Bloomberg’s claim.” (10/22/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/22/aws-ceo-jassy-follows-apple-calls-for-spy-chip-story-retraction.html

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15) Jordan: Regime will not renew 25-year land leases to Israeli regime
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Jordan said on Sunday it would not extend the 25-year deal that allows Israel to use two tracts of territory along its border just as Israel said it was still planning to negotiate an extension. Much of the land in Baquora in the northwestern part of the kingdom and Ghumar in the south is used by Israeli farmers, some of whom were given private land ownership rights [sic] and special travel rights [sic] under a 1994 peace treaty between the two countries. The agreement will expire next year. … Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking after Abdullah’s comments on Sunday, acknowledged that Jordan wanted to exercise its option to end the arrangement. But he said Israel ‘will enter negotiations with it on the possibility of extending the current arrangement.’” (10/22/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/2169564/jordan-says-it-will-not-renew-25-year-peace-treaty-land-deal

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16) Researchers just found bizarre “headless chicken monster” swimming deep in the Antarctic Ocean
Source: USA Today

“A ‘headless chicken monster’ was spotted swimming in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian researchers announced Sunday. The bizarre creature that does indeed look like it’s missing a head is actually a sea cucumber scientifically known as Enypniastes eximia. As if looking like a headless chicken wasn’t enough, it also has a webbed veil and a transparent body that shows its internal organs. The ‘monster’ is also extremely active for a deep sea creature, and can measure up to 9-inches, past research has shown. It was previously filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, and now the Australian Government announced researchers with the Australian Antarctic Division captured clear video of this odd sea cucumber flapping its veil and appearing to feed or crawl using its tentacles across the ocean floor. This is the first time the headless chicken monster has been sighted in southern ocean waters, the Australian government noted in a release.” (10/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/22/bizarre-headless-chicken-monster-discovered-antarctic-ocean/1725422002

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17) TN: Memphis extortionists threaten to steal scooters because company didn’t beg for their permission
Source: WMC 5 Action News

“A new scooter company in the Bluff City has been ordered to remove its scooters. Just months after Bird’s arrival, Lime scooters rolled onto the streets of Memphis. Lime is a top nationwide competitor of Bird. Similar to Bird, Lime requires it riders to download an app which shows where they can find the nearest Lime scooter. In some areas, Lime scooters outnumber Bird scooters. According to city officials, the company didn’t obtain a permit or operating agreement. The city released a tweet that said, ‘We have served notice to the company that it must remove its scooters. If it does not comply, we are prepared to remove them.’ ‘It seems pretty bold to just set your scooters out all over the city and just hope that it’s not a big deal,’ said Memphian Oliver Miller.” [editor’s note: Lime should hire some roving security guards to beat down any government gangsters attempting to move a scooter without paying the rent on it. Or perhaps buy a hacked city government credit card online and just charge them full price – TLK] (10/21/18)

https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2018/10/21/memphis-orders-lime-scooter-company-remove-its-scooters/

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18) Kushner takes wait-and-see approach to death of Saudi critic
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has a strong relationship with the Saudi crown prince, said Monday that White House officials have their ‘eyes wide open’ about the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The critic of the Saudi royal family, who was living in exile in the United States, died at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month. Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight.’ Turkish media and officials say the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist was attacked by a 15-man Saudi team. ‘We have our eyes wide open,’ Kushner, a presidential adviser who has developed ties with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told CNN. ‘We’re getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, what we think is credible and what we think is not credible,’ Kushner said. Trump was quoted in the Post over the weekend as playing down Kushner’s relations with Saudi Arabia and the crown prince.” (10/22/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Kushner-takes-wait-and-see-approach-to-death-of-13326960.php

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19) NGOs: The UN’s war on drugs has been a “spectacular failure”
Source: Independent [UK]

“The UN’s 10-year global strategy to eradicate the world’s illegal drug market has been ‘a spectacular failure of policy,’ a report by a network of 174 NGOs has concluded. The report said there had been a 145 per cent increase in drug-related deaths over the last decade, culminating in around 450,000 deaths per year in 2015. It also found that despite a specific target to eliminate or reduce the ‘illicit cultivation of opium poppy, coca bush and cannabis plant,’ there was a 130 per cent increase in the cultivation of opium poppies, a 34 per cent rise in the coca bush production and no sign of a reduction in cannabis growing. The report, by the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) — Taking stock: A decade of drug policy — evaluated the UN Office of Drug and Crime’s 10-year plan, which it said ‘continues to generate a catastrophic impact on health, human rights, security and development, while not even remotely reducing the global supply of illegal drugs.’” (10/22/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/un-drugs-policy-cocaine-cannabis-opium-report-illegal-a8592356.html

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20) NYPD recalls body cam devices after one explodes
Source: CNN

“The New York Police Department has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras after one of the devices exploded over the weekend, the department said. An NYPD officer wearing a Vievu LE-5 body camera noticed smoke rising from the device and took it off before it exploded, the department said in a statement Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which happened Saturday before the officer began duty, the NYPD said.” (10/22/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/22/us/nypd-body-cam-explosions/index.html

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21) The US-Saudi alliance was in trouble long before Jamal Khashoggi’s death
Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“Khashoggi’s death feels like a watershed moment in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Suddenly, many in Washington are finally willing to admit that Saudi Arabia — a country they have long treated as a friend and partner — is little more than another murderous Middle East dictatorship. The White House may still be supportive, but newspapers are printing criticism, think tanks are returning Saudi money, and Congress is actively considering sanctions. This moment has been a long time coming. Khashoggi’s murder caps years of growing dissatisfaction about the Saudi alliance. Like a failing marriage, the United States and Saudi Arabia have long been drifting apart. Diverging U.S.-Saudi interests, and an increasingly reckless Saudi foreign policy have taken their toll on the relationship, even as domestic repression has grown inside Saudi Arabia.” (10/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/us-saudi-alliance-was-trouble-long-jamal-khashoggis-death

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22) The spiritual core of political hate
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“A new study confirms that creeping tribalism has Americans bitterly divided, acrimonious, and dismissive of others based on political differences. Behind this animosity lies a spiritual principle that Rev. Timothy Keller touched on during his address at this year’s Acton Institute annual dinner. Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, offered his insights in a lecture he titled ‘Identity, Business, and the Christian Gospel’ — but its lessons go to the heart of every human being. The problem, Keller said, is that people chose a ‘modern identity’ by defining themselves completely with one, selected characteristic or feeling. Often, it is a profession, especially high-status careers like medicine, law, or entertainment. But this artificial self-image generates multiple inner ailments.” (10/22/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/10/22/spiritual-core-political-hate

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23) What is a “fair” tax code?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Whenever the debate turns to taxes, one side invariably claims that the rich don’t pay their ‘fair share.’ But they never say what a fair tax code would look like. Let’s say we could write a tax code from scratch. And under this new tax law, the richest 1% of taxpayers would cover more than a third (say 37%) of all the income taxes collected. That would be like having just the people living in the Bronx paying 37 cents of every dollar collected in income taxes, with the rest of the money coming from everyone else. How about if the tax code further stipulated that the richest 3% of taxpayers — which would amount to just over 4 million — paid 51% of all the taxes? Would that be fair? Not necessarily, if these people made most of the money. But the latest IRS data show that the richest 1% make 20% of all the income, and the top 3% account for 29% of the income.” (10/19/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fair-tax-code

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24) Fifty years of federal gun control: The 1968 Gun Control Act
Source: Ludwig von Mises
by Jose Nino

“Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. The GCA is the main federal law that governs interstate commerce of firearms in the United States. Specifically, the GCA prohibits firearms commerce across state lines except between licensed manufactures, dealers, and importers. Under the GCA, any individual or company that wants to partake in commercial activity dealing with the manufacture or importation of firearms and ammunition, or the interstate and intrastate sale of firearms must possess a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Procedural jargon notwithstanding, the enactment of 1968 GCA was a watershed moment in U.S. politics. It was the first piece of legislation that put the gun control debate on the map.” (10/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/50-years-federal-gun-control-1968-gun-control-act

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25) Is China waiting us out?
Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Horton

“The election of Donald Trump gave the international community pause: Trump appeared unpredictable, eschewed tradition, and flouted convention. He might well have followed through on his promise to move the U.S. away from its long embrace of forever war. China’s government in particular must have worried about such a move. If the U.S. focused on its internal problems and instead pursued a restrained foreign policy that was constructive rather than destructive, it might pose more of an impediment to China’s rise to global power status. But the Chinese need not have worried. With a continued troop presence in Afghanistan and Syria, a looming conflict with Iran, and even talk of an intervention in Venezuela, Trump is keeping the U.S. on its perpetual wartime footing. This is good news for Beijing, whose own foreign policy could not be more different. Rather than embracing a reactive and short-sighted approach that all too often ignores second- and third-order consequences, the Chinese strategy appears cautious and long-ranging. Its policymakers and technocrats think and plan in terms of decades, not months. And those plans, for now, are focused more on building than bombing.” (10/22/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-china-waiting-us-out/

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26) How Syrian refugees strain (and strengthen) Jordan
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Taylor Luck

“Down to one janitor, four administrators, and a handful of teachers for more than 1,000 students, administrator Manal al Adwan says she is fighting ‘an uphill battle’ each day to keep Al Hussein Secondary School running. Children from 7 to 17 swarm the narrow hallways, whose purple paint has faded and chipped; groups of girls clog the stairways as young boys burst into classrooms mid-lesson. The school used to have 700 students. It now also copes with 500 more (refugees from Syria) and Al Hussein has been forced onto a two-shift system, rotating Jordanian and Syrian students in and out in half-days to relieve the overcrowded classrooms. With only one day off a week to set their syllabus, grade papers, and invent ways to educate Syrian children who have been out of school for years, teachers are exhausted.” (10/22/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/1022/How-Syrian-refugees-strain-and-strengthen-Jordan

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27) How Trump can engineer a soft landing from Obama’s policies
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Peter J Ferrara

“After four recessions in the 1950s, President Kennedy came into office in 1961 determined to restore stable long-term economic growth. His Administration included Keynesian economists, trying their policies in his first two years to little good effect. But he was also influenced by a young Robert Mundell, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1999. Mundell argued that booming long-term economic growth could be restored by major marginal income tax rate cuts and stable dollar monetary policy. Kennedy and his Fed were committed to policies that would maintain the value of the gold standard dollar at the time of $35 an ounce. Kennedy also campaigned on an across-the-board income-tax rate cut ‘to get America moving again.’ That took the form of an across-the-board marginal income tax rate cut of 23% for all taxpayers, reducing the top rate from 91% to 70%. That tax reform was enacted in 1964, after his untimely death the year before. That policy mix worked exactly as Mundell envisioned to produce the booming economic growth of the 1960s.” (10/19/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/tax-rate-cuts-kennedy-reagan-trump

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28) Franchises are large, they contain multitudes
Source: Niskanen Center
by Alec Stapp

“If there were a corporate-structuring taxonomy in which small businesses were humans and big businesses were horses, then franchises would surely be centaurs. Franchises — like Subway or McDonald’s — consist of two entities: a large franchisor responsible for developing the products and marketing the brand, and smaller businesses that actually operate the physical locations that serve customers. This hybrid business model can deliver rapid growth at relatively low risk for the franchisor by leveraging the capital and resources of the franchisees. But it can also lead to thorny labor problems related to employer liability and no-poaching agreements. Activists and pundits on the right and left take opposing views on these two issues, but they have one thing in common: both are contradicting themselves.” (10/22/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/franchises-are-large-they-contain-multitudes/

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29) A law intended to protect crime victims is being used to shield the identities of police officers
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“A highway patrol officer in South Dakota is using a law intended to protect the identity of crime victims to keep his or her name from being publicly released after shooting a suspect. So-called ‘Marsy’s Laws’ are victim’s rights regulations that, among other things, allow a crime victim to prohibit the release of information or records that could used to ‘locate or harass the victim or the victim’s family.’ … According to the Rapid City Journal, the officer in question shot 21-year-old Kuong Gatlauk following a confrontation during a traffic stop. … Because Gatlauk was subsequent[ly] charged with assaulting the trooper, the trooper is claiming the right under Marsy’s Law to have his or her name kept confidential, even though this action happened in the course of public police work and much of the records involved are public records. The state’s attorney general has agreed.” (10/22/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/22/a-law-intended-to-protect-crime-victims

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30) What if choice — not oppression — explains why few women are in tech jobs?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jon Miltimore

“Bringing up gender disparities in occupations can be a sensitive subject, especially in STEM-related occupations. In 2017, when former Google engineer James Damore hypothesized that factors other than gender discrimination could help explain the gender gap in tech, he was fired. More recently, a professor of Pisa University was suspended after presenting a paper in Geneva suggesting that physics, an overwhelmingly male field, ‘is not sexist against women.’ As previously stated, it’s certainly possible that roofing companies and the like are discriminating against women. However, I’ll posit another theory. It’s possible many women simply don’t wish to become truckers, garbage collectors, loggers, or roofers. There are several reasons this might be the case. For starters, these are the deadliest occupations in America …” (10/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/what-if-choice-not-oppression-explains-why-few-women-are-in-tech-jobs/

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31) What our Frankensteins have wrought
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is all the rage, with the new book, the new movie about the author, an exhibit at the Morgan Library, and growing controversies about the personal and political ethos that a generation of radicals meant to their times and bequeathed to ours. The occasion is the 200th anniversary of the publication of the book that never stops giving, but there is more going on. Shelley was a mighty intellectual force who foresaw the grave dangers of intellectual pretense (thus anticipating F.A. Hayek) and the unanticipated social consequences of what Thomas Sowell would later called the unconstrained vision.” (10/22/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/what-our-frankensteins-have-wrought

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32) Body slams on the left, body slams on the right
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Progressive activist Wilfred Michael Stark was arrested Tuesday for suspicion of battery against Kristin Davison, the campaign manager for Nevada’s GOP gubernatorial candidate, Adam Laxalt. Until he was fired after the incident, Stark worked for American Bridge, a self-described ‘progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions,’ His arrest, an earlier arrest at another campaign event, and other recent incidents involving the left made it appear this was open season on Republicans. Then, just when it seemed like the perfect time to write about Democrats’ embrace of intimidation tactics, President Donald Trump stepped into the muck. At a Make America Great Again rally in Montana Thursday night, Trump joked about Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who body slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in 2017 because Jacobs asked the candidate a question about health care.” (10/22/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/10/21/body-slams-on-the-left-body-slams-on-the-right-n2530251

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33) Immigration into the United States, part 3
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“The claim that immigrants of all kinds take work from citizens is a constant background noise in my area. In general (only in general; it happens) I am skeptical of the notion that immigrants directly take jobs from the native-born, or that they threaten to do so. This is based on my parochial, local, but not insignificant experience. Employers on both sides of my hills have been complaining of a labor shortage for seven or eight years. Booming Silicon Valley employers require more engineers, more software writers, but also more of a little bit of everything, because industrial growth generates demand for all kinds of ancillary services, including dish washing. There was not a sufficient rush of diversely qualified labor while the unemployment rate was fairly high, right after 2008. It’s unlikely to happen now that it’s ultra-low (September 2018).” (10/22/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/10/22/immigration-into-the-united-states-part-3/

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34) The screens
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“We are surrounded by screens full of voices that are always lying to us, and experts wonder why we’re so crazy and miserable all the time. The screens tell us, ‘This is a perfectly normal and sane way of doing things. It is perfectly normal and sane to strip the earth bare and poison the air and the water in an economic system which requires infinite growth on a finite planet. People who say otherwise are raving lunatics!’ And the social engineers wonder why there’s increasing disaffection and alienation among the populace. The screens tell us, ‘Just spend your time in this world turning the gears of the machine and you will be happy. The machine is your friend. The machine takes care of you. Work hard pulling its levers and greasing its cogs until you are old and you will gain satisfaction,’ and then they wonder why we’re all gobbling up antidepressants like candy.” (10/22/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/22/the-screens

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35) In defense of national anarchism
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The national anarchists themselves preach advocacy for a post-capitalist society of stateless tribal communes. If it wasn’t for their tacit support for racial separatist societies being allowed to coexist with mixed racial tribal communities, their vision would be virtually identical to my own Bookchinite democratic confederalist pipe dreams. I’m not going to pretend that I’m OK with the idea of enthno-pluralism, as I’ve said before, I find it to be quite ridiculous. But it can’t be emphasized enough that nearly every national anarchist that I’ve encountered is also a card carrying Voluntaryist/anti-interventionist that would sooner cool out to Graceland than force their weird beliefs on anyone else. That doesn’t make these beliefs any less gross to me personally but the whole point of panarchy is local self-determination.” (10/22/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/10/in-defense-of-national-anarchism.html

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36) Neoliberalism in the age of pedagogical terrorism
Source: CounterPunch
by Henry Giroux

“While the call to resist neoliberal fascism is to be welcomed, it has to be interrogated rather than aligned with individuals and ideological forces that helped put in place the racist, economic, religious, and educational forces that helped produce it. What many liberals and conservative calls to resistance have in common is an opposition to Trump rather than to the conditions that created him.” (10/22/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/22/neoliberalism-in-the-age-of-pedagogical-fascism/

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37) Real-time payroll deposits would make a huge financial difference for strapped workers
Source: USA Today
by Tim Chen

“The fundamental structure of America’s banking system has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s. Yet one simple update could open the door to people who have been locked out of basic banking services for far too long. Millions of Americans today get paid twice a month, often on the first and 15th. But why? That made sense when payroll was entered manually and checks were cut by hand. The reality is that digital financial technologies have made it possible for workers to get paid on their individual schedules instead. Not only is this a more fair way to go, but it could also help workers stay in the banking system and out of the cycle of debt. … Walmart, for example, has partnered with a tech company that allows employees to access a portion of their wages as they earn them, instead of at the end of a pay period. … That makes a lot more sense than forcing employees to give American companies a two-week loan of their labor, which is what happens under the current system.” [editor’s note: It should be even more obvious with Social[ist In]Security payments – SAT] (10/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/22/real-time-payroll-deposits-help-strapped-workers-avoid-debt-column/1687604002

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38) Pity protectionists for having nothing to work with but misinterpretation and illogic
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Protectionists have no revered economists to call their own. Nor do they have any coherent principles or theories on which to build their case that greater abundance springs from government-contrived scarcities. So I suppose it’s understandable that protectionists continue to struggle both to claim Adam Smith as one of their own and to demonstrate the alleged inapplicability to reality of the principle of comparative advantage. Yet these struggles are as likely to succeed as are efforts to draw triangular circles or to roast kosher pigs.” (10/21/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/pity-protectionist-nothing-work-misinterpretation-illogic.html

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39) A tale of two despots
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“While the whole civilized world is reeling in shock at the barbaric murder of Washington Post writer and Saudi ‘moderate’ Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), the spotlight moves away from another despot on the other side of the world whose temperament was once thought to be more volcanic: Kim Jong-un, communist dictator of North Korea.” (10/22/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/10/21/a-tale-of-two-despots/

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40) Trump withdrawal from Russia nuclear pact plays into Putin’s hands
Source: Reuters
by David A Andelman

“It may be the highest-stakes move for Donald Trump in his entire presidency: unilaterally removing the United States from yet another international treaty, this time with immediate and potentially existential consequences. Trump’s Oct. 20 announcement that Washington would withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Russia, a landmark 1987 agreement signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev to remove nuclear weapons from Europe, eliminates whatever curbs may be left on the development and deployment of a whole new generation of lethal and more readily deployable nuclear arms. Gone will be any restraints on Russian President Vladimir Putin from modernizing and updating his nuclear arsenal, thereby reviving the nuclear arms race at a time when a new round of nuclear forces in North Korea and Iran threaten the world and new missile technologies are proliferating. Trump’s ill-conceived and poorly thought-out action plays directly into Putin’s hands. As much as the Russian leader may already be flouting the principles and provisions of that treaty, he can now do so with impunity and none of the consequences of being labeled the transgressor.” (10/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-andelman-nuclear-commentary/commentary-trump-withdrawal-from-russia-nuclear-pact-plays-into-putins-hands-idUSKCN1MW2DW

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41) Corruption, Arkansas-style
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“On Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court struck Issue 3, a citizen-initiated measure to restore legislative term limits, from Arkansas'[s] November ballot. The Court declared, 4-3, that there weren’t enough ‘valid’ signatures. This, despite opponents never disputing that more than enough Arkansas voters had signed the petition. In recent years, legislators have enacted a slew of convoluted laws, purposely designed to wreck the initiative and referendum process. The regulations give insiders and partisans a myriad of hyper-technical ‘gotchas’ that can be used to disqualify whole sheets of bonafide voter signatures.” (10/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/22/arkansas-style/

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42) Quantum Vibe, 10/22/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/22/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1863

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43) The dealmaker: Splashy summits and Nobel Prize talk are a sideshow
Source: The New Republic
by Suki Kim

“In the evening of June 11, a few hundred people gathered across the street from the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore. Many were holding up cameras. Some were posing with selfie sticks. Others, fresh-faced and groomed despite the sweltering heat, positioned themselves with a view of the hotel behind them, facing camera crews. These were TV reporters, and I could hear one rehearsing ‘I am reporting live from….’ in Korean. Someone asked me to move a bit because they needed a place for the reporters to do their stand-ups. They would be going live soon, broadcasting directly from here, though ‘here’ was a glass-covered skyscraper, one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore. About 20 motorcycles were parked in a line in front of the entrance, suggesting the presence of bodyguards for a VIP, who in this case would be Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a global political celebrity perhaps second only to Donald Trump, who was also in town, for a summit, the first of its kind between the two leaders.” (10/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151650/dealmaker-moon-jae-in-kim-jong-un-korean-peace-talks

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44) We’ve not got any austerity so why raise taxes to end it?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The public conversation is labouring under a misapprehension. Or if you prefer, the b’stards are lying. We’ve not actually got any austerity in the public finances. Given this there’s no need to raise taxes to end that austerity, is there? But people keep giving us plans to end what doesn’t exist in the first place …” (10/22/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/your-tax-money-at-work/weve-not-got-any-austerity-so-why-raise-taxes-to-end-it/

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45) Loony laws
Source: The Racinian
by Dave Kristopeit

“To paraphrase Plato, he said that good men do not need laws. And bad men don’t obey them. So why oh why, year after year, are thousands of new laws passed? In the 112th Congress there were 561 new laws passed out of 6,845 introduced. Off the top of my head I cannot recite one of them. There are at least 20,000 laws just governing the use and ownership of guns. From 2000 to 2007 there were 452 new Federal crimes created. The number of Federal crimes then exceeded 4,450. Many more now. You can hardly walk across the street safely without getting busted.” (10/21/18)

https://racinian.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/loony-laws/

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46) Mexico’s hopeful new president
Source: The American Prospect
by Jeff Faux

“The election of the left populist Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador as president of Mexico is a historic breakthrough for progressives there. It could also offer progressives in the United States a path out of their own political stalemate on immigration and trade. In his third run for president, 64-year-old ‘AMLO’ broke open the piñata of Mexican politics that had been tightly sealed by neoliberal oligarchs since the early 1980s. He won 31 of the 32 Mexican states, taking 53 percent of the total vote. His coalition, led by the political party he organized just four years ago, swept to control in both houses of the Mexican Congress. As in his past campaigns, Lopez Obrador was demonized in most of the media as a Latin American caudillo like Hugo Chavez, who would bring Venezuela-type chaos, or the Mexican version of the despised Donald Trump.” (10/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/mexicos-hopeful-new-president

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47) Liberty and authority
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Mama Liberty called the Authoritarians ‘Controllers’ for such they are. They are those ‘who have no confidence in liberty; they believe in compelling people to be good, assuming that people are totally depraved.’ They are the Statists. Lovers of the State, even worshipers of it. What I call Tranzis (Transnational Progressives) are just one faction within the group. Both Democrats and Republicans, National Socialists and Communists (International Socialists), conservatives and liberals, are all Authoritarians: Controllers. Sadly, too many who CALL themselves ‘Libertarian’ are numbered with them. Although they preach liberty, they do not live it. Nor do they want others to live in liberty.” (10/21/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/10/21/liberty-and-authority/

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48) The benefit to Republicans in losing the House
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If Republicans lose control over the U.S House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, they don’t have to be totally depressed. The reason? They will then be able, once again, to campaign in the 2020 elections on the promise that if control over the House is restored to the Republicans, they will be able to rein in the out-of-control federal spending and debt that is threatening to take our country down. Remember: That has been a favorite campaign ploy of the Republican Party whenever there has been a Democrat president or whenever the Democrats controlled one or both houses of Congress.” (10/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/22/the-benefit-to-republicans-in-losing-the-house/

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49) Against a federal registry of genitals
Source: The Atlantic
by James Hamblin

“Life might be more orderly and easy to understand if biology worked just like this: People come in one of two sexes, male or female. This is determined by chromosomes, and XX means female, and XY means male. … The paradigm is somewhat similar to saying that automobiles come in two forms: cars and trucks. This is a worldview that is easily challenged by the existence of SUVs and station wagons — neither of which would suddenly disappear, even if government officials tried to make up a definition that excluded them. Yet this is the paradigm that the Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to use to define gender, according to a memo reported in The New York Times today …” (10/21/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/10/trump-defines-gender-hhs/573544/

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50) Two questions about commercial real estate lending
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The S&L crisis of the 1980s was centered around loans to real estate developers. The banking crisis of 2007-09 was centered around loans to real estate developers (not mortgage loans). Dodd-Frank was supposed to fix this problem. How’s it working so far?” (10/21/18)

https://www.econlib.org/two-questions-about-commercial-real-estate-lending/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/22/18
Source: Reason

“From phony Beto-mania to predictable Cruz-baggery, from Medicare-for-all to protecting Medicare, the midterm elections coming two weeks from now are enough to drive a sober man into A.M. tequila shots. So in this era of negative polarization and left/right mob mentalities, perhaps the most fitting question to ask yourself is: Who do you want most to lose? That’s what kicks off this week’s editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and [Matt Welch].” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/22/who-do-you-want-to-see-lose

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/22/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump signaled over the weekend that he would withdraw from the 1987 INF nuclear treaty which prohibited missiles and missile launchers with a range from 500KM to 5,000KM. Is leaving the treaty in the US interest, as Trump claims? Who’s cheating? What are the real reasons Trump’s getting out? China?” [Flash video] (10/22/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/bonanza-for-weapons-industry-trump-withdraws-from-reagangorbachev-nuke-treaty

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/21/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Bill Ottman, a co-founder of open-source social network Minds.com, joins me to discuss the potential of platforms like Minds to resuscitate Internet free speech from the death grip of Big Tech.” [various formats] (10/21/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/10/18/free-your-minds-from-social-media-censorship

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54) Freedom Frauds, 10/22/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Have you ever had an enhanced pat-down from a TSA agent? Jim Bovard has — and he didn’t like it.” [Flash video] (10/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-frauds-my-latest-clash-with-tsa/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 10/22/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Saudi excuses, blue checks, opioids, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/22/18)

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

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56) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 83
Source: Roll Call

“Despite the Rhetoric, Congress is Unlikely to Tackle Deficit, Entitlements.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/despite-rhetoric-congress-unlikely-tackle-deficit-entitlements

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57) One Free Family, episode 36
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Whether it’s minimalism, or healthy eating, or religious views, or just learning the difference between right and wrong, it can be hard to figure out just how far we should go to try and pass along our values to our kids. What if we’re minimalists, but our kids want to gather tons of toys? What if we’re vegetarians, but our kids want to try hot dogs? How do parents who value autonomy and consent try and pass along things that are very important to them to their children? In this week’s episode, Taylor and James do their best to answer all of these questions, and more.” [Flash audio] (10/22/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/should-we-force-our-kids-to-adopt-our-values-and-preferences-off036/

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58) Life after Google
Source: American Institute for Economic Research

“George Gilder’s recent book might be his biggest seller yet, and this is after a career of rocking both the intellectual and political worlds with visionary works that have anticipated and then defined the technological and policy trends of the times. His book is Life After Google, and its focus is on the rise of decentralization in what he called the Cyrptocon. He explains why the tech giant’s business model may not work in the future and how the cryptocon will provide a replacement.” [Flash video] (10/22/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/george-gilder-aier-life-after-google-full-video

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 184
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Throw the Cuffs on God.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-184-throw-the-cuffs-on-god/

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60) The Last Nighters, episode 42
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Robert and I double-down on one of the key movies of our formative years, the Vince Vaughn breakout film, Swingers. I’m supposed to be impressed because he’s wearing a backpack. This is a fun romp of a movie that tests the boundaries of what could be done today and ended up being a quote-fest a la our Billy Madison or Lebowski episodes. This episode is so money, and you don’t even know it.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/22/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/swingers-the-last-nighters-episode-42/

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61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 371
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined by Dr. Michael Rectenwald, a professor of Global Liberal Studies at NYU. Dr. Rectenwald became an epicenter of controversy at NYU after it was revealed that he was the man behind the Twitter account @AntiPCNYUProf , from which he sent tweets decrying the recent push for ‘politically correct’ speech on his and many other college campuses.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/22/from-marxist-to-anti-pc-libertarian-dr-michael-rectenwald-on-intellectual-transformation/

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 261
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #261, I discuss important news events around the world. Social networks continue to go after independent media outlets. John Kiriakou explains why whistleblowers are so rare. I look at an article by Max Blumenthal on Nikki Haley’s speech to CNP. In Afghanistan, an attack nearly killed the Commander of US Forces just days before elections were held. Over 30 people were killed during the election.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-261-violence-surrounds-afghan-elections

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63) Free Talk Live, 10/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Border Patrol Agent Tells Why He Quit :: Insane VISA Delays :: Criminal Justice Reform :: Stockholm Libertarianism :: Conservative Beliefs :: Self-Hating God Calls In :: Government Health Care :: Trump Lovers Having Trouble Dating :: Confused Lady vs Christian Anarchist :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jackie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-21

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64) Interview: JW Weatherman
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy [Danilo Cuellar’s] recent conversation with JW Weatherman, creator of MathBot.com. Herein we discussed the importance of programming, socialization myth, spectacularly evil government math, government school like a sausage factory, best way to teach kids math, incentives for learning, chess is problem solving, obsolete professions, the power of computer programming, his path to being a cypher punk/crypto-anarchist, Ludwig Von Mises, Murray Rothbard, why did he create MathBot, make human sacrifice great again, financial incentive, Bitcoin changes everything and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (10/21/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/jw-weatherman-crypto-anarchist-and-creator-of-mathbot-com/

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65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 187
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss whether or not we misunderstand the Ancom position after more debates and a little feedback, What is up with certain tollroads, and why do I need a driver’s license to buy someone else a car, and these HEADLINES: Losing the Property Rights Lottery … Why Civility Can’t Return To Politics.” [various formats] (10/21/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/10/21/the-anarchist-experience-187/

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