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In the News:

1) Trump threatens nuclear buildup
2) US regime to revoke visas for Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing
3) Facebook now allows verification for legal cannabis businesses
4) Dow down more than 100 points as market selloff resumes
5) US Treasury sanctions target Taliban, Iranian backers
6) Trump accuses Puerto Rico pols of using disaster funds for other debt
7) NASA photographs rectangular iceberg
8) O’Connor reveals dementia diagnosis
9) South Korea: Regime threatens to abduct citizens who smoke weed — in Canada
10) Melania Trump invites “Ellen” producer to event about kindness
11) The HTC Exodus 1 is a blockchain phone you can only buy with cryptocurrency
12) Trump may meet with Putin in Paris
13) NH: Judge bars proof of residency requirement for new voters
14) Shipwreck found in Black Sea is “world’s oldest intact”
15) NY: Bomb found at George Soros’s suburban home
16) CA: Judge upholds Monsanto verdict but cuts award to $78 million
17) Cuomo campaign to “bankrupt” NRA by targeting insurance program spreads to more states
18) Uber Eats expanding to cover 70% of US population
19) UK: Regime bans phrase “fake news” in official documents
20) New study suggests eating organic food prevents cancer
21) IL: Kanye West gives $73k to Chicago mayor candidate Amara Enyia
22) OH: NAACP issues Euclid travel advisory after arbitrator orders police department to re-hire violent criminal
23) Bolton: US “certain” that Russia violated arms pact
24) Bible museum says five Dead Sea Scroll fragments may be fakes
25) SCOTUS blocks deposition of Ross over unconstitutional census question

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Protectionists should tread lightly on the dreams of the Chinese poor
27) A convenient caravan: Cui bono?
28) Trump’s trade war means American companies are making less money on cars and trucks
29) Google wants to be your media mommy
30) The death of hype, Amara’s Law and the crypto-anarchist dream
31) Would US quitting the INF treaty rekindle a big-power arms race?
32) The migrant caravan and the drug war
33) Sorry Democrats, voters reject your political correctness for good reason
34) Voter fraud
35) Constitutional right to homeschool?
36) A war without civilian deaths?
37) A lesson in legislation
38) Have Republicans embraced ObamaCare?
39) #MeToo and women’s economic empowerment
40) City governments don’t care about housing affordability
41) How similar are Judaism and Christianity?
42) How is it possible to miss the British housing crisis this badly?
43) The Saudis keep changing their story on the murder of Khashoggi. What should we do?
44) When will Obama aides come clean about US/Saudi war crimes?
45) The War on Terror is the Reign of Terror
46) Trump’s new cold war
47) “Medicare-for-All”
48) The ideal of population control
49) How Gibson’s paradox has been buried
50) Corporate tax cuts can lift all economic boats
51) The crown prince is a total fraud
52) United States shouldn’t kowtow to murderous regimes
53) US media refuses to inform the public when its commentators and pundits are paid foreign agents
54) American exceptionalism
55) Venezuela is what happens by allowing “democratic socialism” to run its course

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Libertarian Angle, 10/23/18
57) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/23/18
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/23/18
59) Stossel: Sweden is not a socialist success
60) Scott Adams Says, 10/23/18
61) Postcards from Somalia, episode 16
62) Candidates of Liberty, episode 13
63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 79
64) Free Talk Live, 10/22/18
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1266
66) Martha Mundy on The Scott Horton Show
67) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 171
68) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/22/18
69) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/22/18
70) Editor’s Break, episode 102

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

1) Trump threatens nuclear buildup
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that the United States would increase its nuclear arsenal until other nations ‘come to their senses,’ threatening an arms race days after he said he would withdraw the US from a Cold War nuclear treaty.” [editor’s note: The US is obligated under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to reduce and eventually eliminate its nuclear arsenal. Trump is threatening to do exactly what he has (contrary to all evidence) accused the Iranians of doing, and what he’s supposedly trying to get the North Koreans to stop doing – TLK] (10/23/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/22/politics/donald-trump-russia-china-inf/index.html

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2) US regime to revoke visas for Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing
Source: The Hill

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. has taken steps to punish those it suspects of being involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including revoking visas. Pompeo also said during a media briefing that the State and Treasury departments are looking at the possibility of sanctions meant to target those responsible for human rights violations. The announcement came shortly after President Trump called the kingdom’s efforts to hide Khashoggi’s killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul the ‘worst cover-up ever,’ stepping up his rhetoric as frustrations directed at Riyadh grow.” (10/23/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/412819-us-to-revoke-visas-for-saudi-officials-over-khashoggi-killing

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3) Facebook now allows verification for legal cannabis businesses
Source: Smell the Truth

“Facebook is finally deciding to play nice with pages related to cannabis. The social media website lifted its ban on marijuana-related businesses last week, allowing legal companies to obtain official verifications and appear in user searches, reports Forbes. Facebook will now list cannabis businesses that have received verification from the system. Businesses and organizations are discernable by a gray verification mark, as opposed to the blue verification given to public companies and brands. Legal pot brands and companies will have to provide a publicly listed phone number to qualify. ‘We are constantly working to improve our search results so that we minimize the opportunity for people to attempt illicit drug sales while showing content that is allowed on Facebook and is relevant to what you are searching,’ Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack told MarketWatch. ‘When searching ‘cannabis’ or ‘marijuana,’ Pages that have been verified for authenticity will now be included in search results.’ The change in policy coincided with the evening that Canada launched federal legalization of recreational cannabis use, two years after Facebook quickly deleted several pages belonging to dispensaries and other marijuana-related companies.” (10/22/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/22/facebook-now-allows-verification-for-legal-marijuana-businesses

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4) Dow down more than 100 points as market selloff resumes
Source: CBS News

“Stocks slid Tuesday as investors pulled back amid signs that corporate profits are cresting and potential threats to global economic growth are more serious than previously thought. After sinking more than 500 points, or nearly 2 percent, in early trading, the Dow ended the trading day 126 points lower, or 0.5 percent. The S&P 500 closed down 0.6 percent and the Nasdaq gave up 0.4 percent.” (10/23/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/why-are-stocks-down-today-dow-jones-2018-10-23/

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5) US Treasury sanctions target Taliban, Iranian backers
Source: Reuters

“The United States targeted Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgency on Tuesday with sanctions against eight individuals, including two linked to the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The individuals, who also include two Pakistanis and four Afghans, were designated global terrorists by the Treasury Department, an action that allows the U.S. government to freeze property or interest in property under American jurisdiction. U.S. sanctions have targeted Taliban members involved in suicide attacks and other lethal activities in Afghanistan, as well as Iranians who provide material and financial support, Treasury said in a statement. ‘Iran’s provision of military training, financing and weapons to the Taliban is yet another example of Tehran’s blatant regional meddling and support for terrorism,’ said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. ‘The United States and our partners will not tolerate the Iranian regime exploiting Afghanistan to further their destabilizing behavior.’” (10/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-sanctions/u-s-treasury-sanctions-target-taliban-iranian-backers-idUSKCN1MX239

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6) Trump accuses Puerto Rico pols of using disaster funds for other debt
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Puerto Rico’s politicians of using ‘massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding’ to pay off other debts, and said he would not allow a bailout with relief money. ‘The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!’ Trump said on Twitter. A federally appointed oversight board on Tuesday approved a fiscal reform plan for Puerto Rico over opposition from the island’s elected government. The plan calls for a range of fiscal and structural reforms, reduces government spending and takes into account $20 billion in federal disaster relief funds.” (10/23/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/trump-accuses-puerto-rico-using-disaster-funds-debt

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7) NASA photographs rectangular iceberg
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“NASA has released a striking photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. The US space agency said the object’s sharp angles and flat surface suggested it had recently broken away from an ice shelf. The edges are still pointed, and have not yet been worn down by the ocean waves. The picture was taken last week by scientists on a NASA research plane. Such objects are not unknown, however, and even have a name: tabular icebergs. These are flat and long and form by splitting away from the edges of ice shelves. Kelly Brunt, a NASA glaciologist at the University of Maryland, said the process of formation was a bit like a fingernail growing too long and cracking off at the end. They were often geometrically-shaped as a result, she said.” (10/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45953252

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8) O’Connor reveals dementia diagnosis
Source: Aol News

“Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, announced on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with dementia. O’Connor, a centrist on the conservative-leaning court, was appointed by Republican former President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and retired in 2006. ‘Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease,’ O’Connor, 88, said in a letter issued by the court. As a result of the diagnosis, O’Connor said she has withdrawn from public life. ‘I will continue living in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by dear friends and family. While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life,’ O’Connor added.” (10/23/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/10/23/trail-blazing-retired-us-justice-sandra-day-oconnor-reveals-she-has-dementia/23569376/

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9) South Korea: Regime threatens to abduct citizens who smoke weed — in Canada
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Canada became the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana last week, but for South Koreans hoping to try the drug, their hopes have just gone up in smoke. Police in South Korea have repeatedly told their citizens not to partake in this newfound freedom, with the latest warning coming this week. ‘Weed smokers will be punished according to the Korean law, even if they did so in countries where smoking marijuana is legal. There won’t be an exception,’ said Yoon Se-jin, head of the narcotics crime investigation division at Gyeonggi Nambu provincial police agency, according to the Korea Times. South Korean law is based on the concept that laws made in Seoul still apply to citizens anywhere in the world, and violations, even while abroad, can technically lead to punishment when they return home. Those who smoke weed could face up to five years in prison.” [editor’s note: Perhaps Canada’s regime should threaten to arrest any visiting South Korean business owners who don’t have horse hitching posts outside their businesses back home, as is required by Alberta law – TLK] (10/23/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/23/bong-arm-of-the-law-south-korea-says-it-will-arrest-citizens-who-smoke-weed-in-canada

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10) Melania Trump invites “Ellen” producer to event about kindness
Source: Fox News

“A top producer from ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ kicked off a Twitter feud with White House director of communications for first lady Melania Trump when he declared he’s more afraid of ‘another Melania’ entering the United States than the caravan of thousands of immigrants on the march from Central America. ‘Ellen’ executive producer Andy Lassner took to the social media platform for his most recent jab at the first lady and the Trump administration, tweeting Monday: ‘I’m way more afraid of another Melania getting in to this country than I am of any caravan of human beings seeking asylum.’ Shortly after Fox News reached out for comment, the first lady’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, responded to Lassner on Twitter by inviting him to an event Melania was hosting for children at the White House to discuss kindness.” (10/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ellen-producer-is-more-afraid-of-another-melania-entering-us-than-entire-migrant-caravan

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11) The HTC Exodus 1 is a blockchain phone you can only buy with cryptocurrency
Source: CNet News

“HTC just launched its early access period for the HTC Exodus 1, the company’s first blockchain phone. What does a ‘blockchain phone’ even mean? Well, according to HTC, it’s called that because it’s blockchain-encrypted, and dedicated to security and decentralized applications. The phone also acts as its own blockchain node …. The HTC Exodus 1 provides a safe place to store the keys to your cryptocurrency. The ‘secure enclave’ — as HTC calls it — is protected from the rest of the phone and its Android OS. There’s also a Social Key Recovery mechanism, which lets you pick a few trustworthy contacts to hold a portion of your crypto keys, so you can get access to your cryptocurrency if your phone is lost or stolen or if you forget your info. … Because this is a cryptocurrency-centric phone, you can only buy it with Bitcoin or Ethereum. It costs 0.15 BTC or 4.78 ETH, which is about $960, £740 or AU$1,355.” (10/23/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-htc-exodus-1-is-a-blockchain-phone-you-can-only-buy-with-cryptocurrency/

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12) Trump may meet with Putin in Paris
Source: USA Today

“The U.S. and Russian governments are discussing a Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin meeting next month in Paris in the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from a longstanding nuclear weapons treaty. Citing ‘unprovoked moves that are hard to call friendly,’ Putin told U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton during a meeting in Moscow on Tuesday that direct dialogue would be useful, ‘for example in Paris, if the American side is interested.’ Bolton said that, ‘yes, in fact, President Trump would look forward to meeting with him in Paris’ on the sidelines of events designed to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. A formal meeting remains uncertain. Asked if he would see Putin in Paris, Trump told USA TODAY on Monday that it was ‘unlikely.’ Trump was criticized after a meeting in Helsinki in July after he appeared to side with Putin’s denials over the conclusions of U.S. intelligence officials who said Russia interfered in the 2016 election to benefit Trump.” (10/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/23/donald-trump-may-meet-vladimir-putin-paris-aides-say/1739208002

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13) NH: Judge bars proof of residency requirement for new voters
Source: Reuters

“A New Hampshire judge on Monday put on hold a law requiring some voters to present proof of residency when they register, saying it would lengthen lines at polling places and make it difficult for students, disabled voters and others to cast ballots. The temporary injunction against the Republican-backed law comes two weeks before U.S. Congressional elections that will determine whether opposition Democrats or U.S. President Donald Trump’s Republicans retain full control of the federal government’s legislative branch.” (10/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-new-hampshire/judge-bars-new-hampshire-proof-of-residency-requirement-for-new-voters-idUSKCN1MW2Y8

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14) Shipwreck found in Black Sea is “world’s oldest intact”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Greek merchant ship dating back more than 2,400 years has been found lying on its side off the Bulgarian coast. The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world’s oldest known intact shipwreck. The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases. The rudder, rowing benches and even the contents of its hold remain intact. ‘It’s like another world,’ Helen Farr from the expedition told the BBC. ‘It’s when the ROV [remote operated vehicle] drops down through the water column and you see this ship appear in the light at the bottom so perfectly preserved it feels like you step back in time.’” (10/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45951132

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15) NY: Bomb found at George Soros’s suburban home
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A bomb was found in a mailbox at the suburban New York home of George Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist who has been denounced by President Donald Trump and vilified by right-wing conspiracy theorists, authorities said Tuesday. Federal agents safely detonated the device after being summoned Monday by a security officer at the compound, about 50 miles north of Manhattan. It was not clear whether the 88-year-old Soros was home at the time. Laura Silber, a spokeswoman for Soros’ Open Society Foundations, blamed the country’s toxic political environment. ‘The hateful rhetoric that dominates politics in the U.S. and in so many countries around the world breeds extremism and violence,’ she said in a statement. ‘In this climate of fear, falsehoods and rising authoritarianism, just voicing your views can draw death threats.’ Federal investigators were reviewing surveillance video to determine whether the package containing the bomb had been sent through the mail or delivered some other way, officials said. They said it was unclear if the parcel was addressed to Soros.” (10/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Authorities-Explosive-device-found-near-George-13328406.php

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16) CA: Judge upholds Monsanto verdict but cuts award to $78 million
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A Northern California judge on Monday upheld a jury’s verdict that found Monsanto’s weed killer caused a groundskeeper’s cancer, but she slashed the amount of money to be paid to $78 million from $289 million. In denying Monsanto’s request for a new trial, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos cut the jury’s punitive damage award from to [sic] $39 million from $250 million. The judge had earlier said she had strong doubts about the jury’s entire punitive damage award. Bolanos gave DeWayne Johnson until Dec. 7 to accept the reduced amount or demand a new trial.” (10/22/18)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-roundup-weed-killer-verdict-20181022-story.html

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17) Cuomo campaign to “bankrupt” NRA by targeting insurance program spreads to more states
Source: Fox News

“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finding new allies in his campaign to ‘bankrupt’ the National Rifle Association, as three additional states follow his call to take legal action against the gun-rights group’s insurance program. And an ethics watchdog anticipates more states could join. ‘It is troubling that we have seen the government targeting individuals and organizations to silence them based on their political positions,’ Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), told Fox News. She cited similarities to the 2016 discovery that state AGs were cooperating to target skeptics of climate change. In the latest case, FACT has filed freedom of information requests with 21 states including the four publicly targeting the NRA (New York, New Jersey, California and Washington) in search of evidence that might show such coordination here. The requests seek communications with ‘any other Attorney General, Governor, or state insurance official … that mention the ‘National Rifle Association’ … or ‘Carry Guard Insurance.”” (10/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomos-campaign-to-bankrupt-nra-by-targeting-insurance-program-spreads-to-more-states

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18) Uber Eats expanding to cover 70% of US population
Source: Fox News

“The rapid expansion of food delivery services has primarily benefited those who live in an urban environment, but now Uber Eats is stepping up its service areas and will cover 70 percent of the U.S. population by the end of the year. ‘As Uber Eats grows around the world, expanding our reach in Canada, France, Mexico, Japan and India, we are able to build upon Uber’s technology to continue to grow in markets where our ride-sharing business already exists. However, we are also beginning to launch in markets where ride-sharing is smaller, including some of these new U.S. suburban markets and smaller towns’ Uber, which launched Uber Eats in 2014, said in its announcement. In order to facilitate this expansion, Uber is launching a self-signup tool for restaurants, which the company said will enable restaurants to start doing deliveries quicker than before. Uber said that the new expansion will double its U.S. city count from the end of 2017, adding that this year 40 percent of Uber Eats users have been new to Uber.” (10/23/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/uber-eats-expanding-to-cover-70-of-us-population

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19) UK: Regime bans phrase “fake news” in official documents
Source: The Telegraph [UK]

“The government has banned the term ‘fake news’ after urging ministers to use ‘misinformation’ or ‘disinformation’ instead. The phrase — a favourite of US President Donald Trump — will no longer appear in policy documents or official papers because it is ‘a poorly-defined and misleading term that conflates a variety of false information, from genuine error through to foreign interference in democratic processes,’ officials said. While ministers may speak freely in the House of Commons, any strategy documents referring to election meddling or internet safety will need to use the new definition.” (10/23/18)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/10/22/government-bans-phrase-fake-news/

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20) New study suggests eating organic food prevents cancer
Source: USA Today

“People who regularly eat organic food are less likely to develop cancer than those who don’t, according to a new study out of France. A team of researchers studied 68,946 adult volunteers from France who provided information on how often they ate organic food, drinks and even dietary supplements. Participants were given a score, based on how often they eat organic food ranging from ‘most of the time’ to ‘never’ or ‘I don’t know.’ During two follow-up appointments, one in 2009 and another in 2016, the researchers then tracked cancer diagnoses, the most prevalent being breast cancer. Other cancers observed included prostate cancer, skin cancer, colorectal cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphomas and lymphomas. People who reported higher organic food scores were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the rest of the group. For example, those who consumed the most organic food were 25 percent less likely to have cancer, according to the research. That number grew to more than half when looking at cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.” (10/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/23/eating-organic-food-may-prevent-cancer-french-study-suggests/1737791002

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21) IL: Kanye West gives $73k to Chicago mayor candidate Amara Enyia
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Kanye West has donated $73,540 (around £56,000) to a woman who is running to be mayor of his home city of Chicago. Amara Enyia is running for office in February 2019, and has also had the backing of Chance the Rapper. The money is the exact amount she needed to pay off a debt owed to the Illinois State Board of Elections from her previous mayoral bid in 2015. In a statement, Ms Enyia’s campaign team thanked Kanye for his ‘generous action.’ His donation comes 11 days after he met US President Donald Trump at the White House. The pair discussed prison reform and other political issues over lunch.” (10/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-45949201

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22) OH: NAACP issues Euclid travel advisory after arbitrator orders police department to re-hire violent criminal
Source: Cleveland 19 News

“The Euclid NAACP issued a travel advisory Monday, hours after the announcement that Michael Amiott — who was fired last October following a violent arrest — would return to the city’s police department. … A year ago Mayor Kirsten Gail fired Amiott, who had been serving a 45-day suspension for manhandling Richard Hubbard III during an arrest in August 2017. … On Monday, Gail said she was disappointed by, but accepting of an arbitrator’s ruling to reinstate Amiott, with back pay.” (10/23/18)

https://www.cleveland19.com/2018/10/23/naacp-issues-euclid-travel-advisory-after-fired-policemans-reinstatement/

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23) Bolton: US “certain” that Russia violated arms pact
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says that Washington is convinced that Russia has violated a pivotal nuclear arms pact, citing it as the main reason for U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to dump it. Bolton, speaking Tuesday following two days of talks in Moscow, said the U.S. has determined that Russia has been in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty since 2013. He said the threat to Europe isn’t the prospective U.S. withdrawal from the pact but ‘the threat is the Russian missiles already deployed.’ Moscow has denied any violations. Asked if the pact could be rescued if Russia comes back to compliance, Bolton said it’s hard to expect that given Russian denials. Bolton also cited China’s massive intermediate-range missile capability as another key concern.” (10/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Moscow-wants-to-work-with-US-on-13328663.php

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24) Bible museum says five Dead Sea Scroll fragments may be fakes
Source: NBC News

“The Museum of the Bible is withdrawing five fragments it had thought were part of the Dead Sea Scrolls after lab tests indicated that they could be fakes. The museum in Washington, D.C., said in a statement Monday that it sent the fragments for testing to a lab in Germany in April 2017 and had learned that the five fragments ‘show characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin.’ … The five artifacts have been withdrawn from display and will be replaced with three other pieces, the museum said.” (10/22/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bible-museum-says-five-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-may-be-n923071

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25) SCOTUS blocks deposition of Ross over unconstitutional census question
Source: CNN

“The Supreme Court blocked a deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday in a case challenging the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The action is a partial victory for the Trump administration that argued such a deposition of a cabinet official is ‘rarely, if ever justified.’ The court did, however, allow the deposition of a top Department of Justice official in the case, acting Assistant Attorney General John M. Gore of the Civil Rights Division, as well as other discovery to proceed at least for now.” (10/22/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/22/politics/wilbur-ross-deposition-block-supreme-court/index.html

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

26) Protectionists should tread lightly on the dreams of the Chinese poor
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein

“[Hans] Rosling defines extreme poverty as living on less than $1 a day. If you are extremely poor, you walk hours a day just to fetch water. If you have food to eat, you are eating porridge. Your only source of fuel is firewood for indoor fires; you have no money for medicine or entertainment. According to Rosling, approximately 1 billion people still live this way. If we went back to 1981, when China was emerging from the deprivations of the Mao era, 84 percent of the Chinese population still suffered from extreme poverty. China’s progress was accompanied by what Leslie Chang calls, ‘the largest migration in human history’ from rural China to the factory floors in the cities. … These migrant factory workers improved their own lives. They improved the lives of those they left behind in their home villages. And by their productivity, they improved the lives of Americans. They are unsung brave heroes of the modern world.” (10/23/18)

https://fee.org/articles/protectionists-should-tread-lightly-on-the-dreams-of-the-chinese-poor/

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27) A convenient caravan: Cui bono?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In an October 23 editorial, Investor’s Business Daily claims that ‘[t]he ‘caravan’ of illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras now making its way to the U.S. border is no accident. The timing, planning and financing of this tragic parade has but one intent: to disrupt and influence our midterm elections.’ An interesting assertion, but the piece doesn’t offer answers any of the questions implied other than to blame Democrats for all things evil. … A conspiracy theory isn’t much fun when the theorists can’t be bothered to put meat on its bones in the form of factual claims that might possibly be verified or proven false. Since IBD couldn’t be bothered to do the heavy lifting, I guess I’ll have to. I’ll work with a standard wrench from the conspiracy theory toolbox: Cui bono? That’s Latin for ‘who benefits?’ … If the caravan disrupts or influences the 2018 US midterm elections, it does so entirely and exclusively to the benefit of the Republican Party.” (10/23/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14026

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28) Trump’s trade war means American companies are making less money on cars and trucks
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“Just weeks after President Donald Trump took office, Ford Motor Company flattered the jobs-obsessed chief executive with the announcement that it would invest $850 million to upgrade a Michigan plant amid plans to bring production of two pick-up trucks, the Ford Ranger and the Ford Bronco, back to the United States. The plans were already in place before Trump was elected, but that didn’t matter much to Trump. ‘Big announcement by Ford today,’ Trump tweeted on March 28, 2017. ‘Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!’ Less than a year later, the Trump administration thanked Ford by announcing plans to impose 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum and 25 percent tariffs on imported steel — tariffs that Ford executives say will cost the company more than $1 billion over two years.” (10/23/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/23/steel-tariffs-eating-into-profits-for-am

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29) Google wants to be your media mommy
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“Google might soon add its terms of service to the First Amendment. A leaked document from the tech giant argues that because of a variety of factors, including the election of Donald Trump, what we call the ‘American tradition’ of free speech may no longer be viable. The report lays out how Google can serve as the world’s ‘Good Censor,’ a stern mommy figure protecting us from harmful content and, by extension, dangerous behavior, like electing the wrong president again. The document, which Google has officially characterized as research, is infuriatingly vague about whether any decisions have been made or action has been taken. So think of all this as a guidepost, like the Ghost of Christmas Future showing us potential doom ahead.” (10/23/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/google-wants-to-be-your-media-mommy/

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30) The death of hype, Amara’s Law and the crypto-anarchist dream
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Lujan

“The hype surrounding blockchain and cryptocurrency has simmered to a dull roar. Last December, the markets spiked as traders drooled over the thought of lining their pockets. They believed they would be billionaires. They had erotic dreams of lambos, mansions, hookers and blow. Many of them embraced a get-rich-quick, shit-brained mentality. They put speculation over philosophy. The majority of them got financially destroyed for their greed. In their fragilista-like thinking, they either forgot the purpose of the technology or came into the space without acknowledging the crypto-anarchism that created it.” (10/23/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-death-of-hype-amaras-law-and-the-crypto-anarchist-dream/

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31) Would US quitting the INF treaty rekindle a big-power arms race?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“An administration with little love for treaties and the limits they place on the exercise of American power is about to scrap another one, this time the Reagan-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. President Trump told a campaign rally over the weekend that he intends to pull the United States out of what is known simply as the INF treaty, and this week he has dispatched his national security adviser, John Bolton, to Moscow to inform Russian President Vladimir Putin of the US decision. Spurred on by Mr. Bolton (the preeminent hawk in the White House and a longtime critic of the treaty signed with Russia in 1987) Trump says he’ll withdraw from what he considers another bad international deal for the US, one he and arms control experts agree Russia has been violating for years. ‘We’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and do weapons and we’re not allowed to,’ Trump said in Nevada Saturday.” (10/22/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2018/1022/Would-US-quitting-the-INF-treaty-rekindle-a-big-power-arms-race

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32) The migrant caravan and the drug war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The newest migrant caravan has conservatives, once again, in a real tizzy. Led by the leader of the conservative movement, President Trump, conservatives are absolutely convinced that another army of illegal immigrants is coming to get them (notwithstanding the fact that Trump’s troops are still on the border from the caravan scare last spring). Their fear appears to be as deep as it was during the Cold War, when they were convinced that the communists were coming to get them. As just like the Cold War, they want the federal government to do whatever is necessary to keep them safe from the people who they think are coming to get them, no matter how much the federal government has to destroy liberty, privacy, and prosperity in the process. But let’s get one thing clear: Contrary to what those fear-filled conservatives are saying, the immigrant caravan is not an invasion.” (10/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/23/the-migrant-caravan-and-the-drug-war/

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33) Sorry Democrats, voters reject your political correctness for good reason
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Democrats are hoping to administer a tough midterm-election blow to the Republicans (akin to the ‘shellacking’ President Barack Obama got from the Tea Party in 2010) as a means of shutting down President Donald Trump. But it’s looking iffy now, post-Kavanaugh, and if they fail, they’ll have the politically correct culture that has moved from college campuses into the Democratic Party to blame. As I wrote in these pages back before the 2016 election, opposition to PC culture was a major source of Trump’s appeal to voters. While most politicians, even Republican politicians, were afraid to challenge it head-on, Trump was unafraid, mocking the PC social justice warriors even on their own ground. Since Trump’s election, the response among Democrats has been to double down. After all, if Trump’s against politically correct culture, then they have to be for it. But that puts them right where Trump wants them to be, because PC culture is highly unpopular.” (10/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/23/political-correctness-college-campuses-democrats-voters-midterms-progressive-activists-column/1726496002

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34) Voter fraud
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“There are certain rules in the universe. Light travels at 299,792,458 meters per second, the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time, and arguments about voter fraud become more frequent as election dates near. An election is drawing near here in the United States so politicos are arguing about voter fraud. As is tradition the Republicans are arguing that voter fraud is a major problem while the Democrats are arguing it isn’t. What amuses me most about this argument is that everybody involved in it uses the term voter fraud as if voting itself wasn’t a form of fraud.” (10/23/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/10/23/voter-fraud-2/

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35) Constitutional right to homeschool?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“Whether states may ban home-schooling is a surprisingly complex question. The Supreme Court has famously held that staes may not compel parents to send their children to public schools, but the cases on the subject (Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925)) expressly secure only a right to send the kids to private schools …. as best I can tell, the lower court decisions dealing with the subject have generally taken the view that bans on home schooling (or requirements that only people with suitable teaching credentials may home-school) are constitutional under Pierce. In recent decades, home-schooling has been legal in nearly all states, as a result of legislation, not constitutional litigation; so there have been few cases recently having to deal with this question.” (10/23/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/23/constitutional-right-to-home-school

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36) A war without civilian deaths?
Source: The New Republic
by Samuel Moyn

“The killing of other human beings in war makes graphic an abiding moral dilemma: You might try to make an evil less outrageous, or you might try to get rid of it altogether — but it is not clear that it is possible to do both at the same time. In one of her Twenty-One Love Poems, Adrienne Rich imagines imposing controls on the use of force until it all but disappears: ‘Such hands might carry out an unavoidable violence / with such restraint,’ she writes, ‘with such a grasp / of the range and limits of violence / that violence ever after would be obsolete.’ Yet the lines contradict themselves: If violence is inevitable, however contained or humane, it is not gone. Nick McDonell’s striking new book about America’s forever war, The Bodies in Person, is a call to contain or minimize one kind of outrageous violence: the killing of civilians in America’s contemporary wars, fought since 9/11 across an astonishing span of the earth.” (10/23/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151560/damage-control-book-review-nick-mcdonell-bodies-person

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37) A lesson in legislation
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Clay Davis

“Local and state arenas are prime hunting grounds for us to affect the most change and push back against oversized, overreaching government. This is where we can influence state governments to ignore or nullify unconstitutional federal laws. Evidence of this has recently been demonstrated in some of the advances made with regard to marijuana and warrantless surveillance. In order to obtain the kind of change we desire, it will require more than online debate. It will require actual human involvement. It will mean taking the passion and dedication we demonstrate online and joining them with tangible effort, work and planning in order to move the dial toward liberty. Accordingly, there are some tools that need to employ to achieve real results, including moving bills through state legislatures. To do that, we need to understand how legislation becomes law.” (10/23/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/23/a-lesson-in-legislation/

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38) Have Republicans embraced ObamaCare?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently said that if the Republicans pick up ‘enough seats’ in the mid-terms, he would resume efforts to repeal ObamaCare next year. McConnell may find surprising opposition to ObamaCare repeal (assuming he means a real repeal bill) among his fellow Republicans. Many Republicans are promising to keep ObamaCare’s mandate that insurance companies cover ‘pre-existing’ conditions. The pre-existing condition mandate is one of the most popular provisions of ObamaCare and Democrats are raising the specter of millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions losing access to health insurance if Republicans repeal ObamaCare. The problem with promising to keep the ‘popular’ parts of ObamaCare is that it is simply unworkable.” [editor’s note: I’m shocked — shocked! — that Republicans would “embrace” something that they invented and advocated for for 30 years and only turned against when Democrats instead of them managed to implement it nationally – TLK] (10/23/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/republicans-embraced-obamacare

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39) #MeToo and women’s economic empowerment
Source: The American Prospect
by Jared Bernstein & Kathleen Bryant

“The women who have come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and assault as part of the #MeToo movement are courageous and inspiring. They have chosen to pursue justice by publicly describing their traumatic experiences, knowing full well the scorn and baseless attacks on their character that they would face for doing so. Their bravery has resulted in a groundbreaking cultural shift in the way we talk about and address sexual abuse. Yet it is also true that many of the most high-profile women in the #MeToo movement have a host of advantages in their lives. They include wealthy white women, with white-collar professional jobs or influential careers in entertainment, academia, or politics. As many of these women, despite these advantages, are still not taken seriously by large swaths of the American public, we should be gravely concerned about how women in marginalized communities fare when it comes to the workplace harassment and sexual assaults that they experience.” (10/23/18)

http://prospect.org/article/metoo-and-womens-economic-empowerment

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40) City governments don’t care about housing affordability
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Lee Friday

“After the votes are counted on October 22nd, Paul Cheng, Ed Holder, Paul Paolatto, or Tanya Park will be the new mayor in London, Ontario. All of them express concern about the lack of affordable housing, and all of them propose solutions which fail to address the root causes of the problem. Their concerns may be genuine, but this does not excuse their proposals to throw more tax dollars at a problem created by the government itself.” (10/23/18)

https://mises.org/wire/city-governments-dont-care-about-housing-affordability

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41) How similar are Judaism and Christianity?
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Most of us think of Judaism as being almost entirely law-based. But while this is true for a goodly number of modern, Orthodox Jews, it’s really something of a throw-back. Judaism had long been changing into what Christianity was to become. … Through at least the 4th century, Christians attended synagogues. We know this because it greatly irritated a famous Christian leader of the day, one John Chrysostom. This man complained at length about the fact that Christians were worshiping in synagogues and partaking of the Jewish festivals. Furthermore, the first people who carried knowledge of Jesus to the Roman world (before St. Paul) were Jews and worshipped in synagogues along with other Jews. On top of that, it was standard procedure for Christians to identify as Jews, since it allowed them to stay within the exemptions that Rome accorded Jews. It insulated them from the wrath of Rome.” (10/23/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/how-similar-are-judaism-and-christianity/

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42) How is it possible to miss the British housing crisis this badly?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Most of us — those who don’t already own their share of the green and pleasant acres at least — have noted the problems with the British housing market. Prices are simply too high relative to incomes for all to have a nice, spacious, spread to live in. We’ve no shortage of land, the built environment is perhaps 10% of the land area, that devoted to housing about 3%. So, we’ve obviously enough got something wrong here, something that can be fixed. At which point a solution which has the problem of entirely missing the problem it itself manages to describe.” (10/23/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/how-is-it-possible-to-miss-the-british-housing-crisis-this-badly/

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43) The Saudis keep changing their story on the murder of Khashoggi. What should we do?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“The Saudi version of the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi seems to change every day or so. The latest is the Saudi government claim that the opposition journalist was killed in a ‘botched interrogation’ at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Or was it a fist-fight? What is laughable is that the Saudi king has placed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a prime suspect, in charge of the investigation of Khashoggi’s murder! Though the official story keeps changing, what is unlikely to change is Washington’s continued relationship with Saudi Arabia. It is a partnership that is in no way beneficial to Americans or the US national interest.” (10/23/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/paul/2018/10/22/the-saudis-keep-changing-their-story-on-the-murder-of-khashoggi-what-should-we-do/

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44) When will Obama aides come clean about US/Saudi war crimes?
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lazare

“It took the apparent murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi for the violence of the Saudi monarchy to finally register with the U.S. media and political elite. Since March 2015, the United States, Saudi Arabia and other allies have waged a war on Yemen that has killed tens of thousands of people, pushed the poorest country in the Middle East to the brink of famine and unleashed a devastating cholera outbreak. On behalf of its Saudi partner, the United States has shipped arms, refueled bomber jets, deployed troops and provided political cover — all without a congressional vote, serious political debate or meaningful media coverage. Recently, the dogged work of activists and the war’s undeniable brutality have led to greater scrutiny from some in Congress. Also among the war’s new critics are former high-ranking Obama aides, including former UN Ambassador Samantha Power and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, both of whom both of whom got in line behind the U.S.-Saudi war on Yemen and defended the intervention.” (10/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21522/saudi-arabia-obama-ben-rhodes-samantha-power-jamal-khashoggi-yemen-war

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45) The War on Terror is the Reign of Terror
Source: CounterPunch
by Mary Troy Johnston

“So, does an accidental killing lead to dismemberment of the body and hiding of all the evidence and waiting days before admitting to the killing? If the United States accepts this version of events for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, we are really living in a world of fake news and, worse, a conspiracy against the truth about our relationship with Saudi Arabia. An embassy is a heavily controlled area where nothing happens against the will of the of the powers that be who conduct business on the part of the foreign country. There is no such thing as rogue elements or uninstructed elements in the embassy unless it produces a crisis in terms of terrorism or invasion of the embassy.” (10/23/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/23/the-war-on-terror-is-the-reign-of-terror/

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46) Trump’s new cold war
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Many people in Washington are angry at the Trump administration’s coddling of Saudi Arabia. They’re angry at Trump’s efforts to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Outrage is spreading to America’s participation in Riyadh’s war in Yemen, where a Saudi blockade on the country’s main port has left eight million at risk of starvation. Good. Given that the U.S. military is providing arms, intelligence, and fuel for a Saudi bombing campaign that the UN calls a ‘war crime,’ the indignation is overdue. But it’s too limited. The Trump administration’s support for Saudi barbarism is a symptom. The disease is its enthusiasm for a new cold war in the Middle East.” (10/23/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/jamal-khashoggi-iran-saudi-arabia/573676/

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47) “Medicare-for-All”
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“It seems like just yesterday that Democrats were telling us that under Obamacare, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.’ That was a nice sales pitch to voters — even though it turned out to be a lie. Millions of Americans lost affordable insurance plans that were abolished under the Affordable Care Act. Still, people liked the idea that poor people would get health coverage and everyone else could retain the medical care they had. No more. When Bernie Sanders, and half the Democrats running for re-election, promising ‘Medicare-for-all,’ they mean exactly what they say. This is a health plan for all; everybody is tossed in the swimming pool. Think about that. Health and Human Services now tells us that some 157 million Americans with employer healthcare plans (more than the entire population west of the Mississippi River) would be forced into Medicare. If you don’t like that idea, tough. Bernie knows best. Democrats are denying this is true, but in the Nancy Pelosi tradition, they haven’t read their own bill.” (10/23/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/10/23/medicareforall-n2530902

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48) The ideal of population control
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“Like all issues, the problem of migrations can be approached in a collectivist-authoritarian or individualist-libertarian way. There are many arguments, methodological, economic, and ethical that favor the second approach. This implies a presumption of individual liberty. On the specific problem under consideration, two easy — if admittedly incomplete — solutions should be obvious, assuming the U.S. government adopts the correct approach.” (10/22/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-ideal-of-population-control/

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49) How Gibson’s paradox has been buried
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“Until the 1970s, all recorded history showed that bond yields were tied to the general price level, not the rate of price inflation as commonly believed. However, since then, the statistics say this is no longer the case, and bond yields are increasingly influenced by the rate of price inflation. This article explains why this has happened, and why it is important today.” (10/23/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/10/how-gibsons-paradox-has-been-buried/

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50) Corporate tax cuts can lift all economic boats
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Kevin Greiner

“Americans are seeing their utility bills fall as dozens of electricity and natural gas companies across the country pass along their tax cut savings to customers in the form of lower rates. As a natural gas retailer, Gas South is no exception. The reduction in the corporate income tax from 35% to 21% has allowed us to drive down our market rates for customers and pass through savings in regulated charges as well. This is just one of the many positive benefits of tax cuts for our customers, employees, and community. Like many other small and medium sized enterprises, Gas South does not have many options for shielding our profits from taxation. So we pay full freight when it comes to taxes. The corporate tax cut that took effect in 2018 dropped right to our bottom line and increased our net income by about 25%.” (10/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/corporate-tax-cuts-workers-charities

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51) The crown prince is a total fraud
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Khashoggi went into exile because the supposedly reforming crown prince punished even modest dissent. Khashoggi died because he dared criticize a regime which continues to oppress its own people, suppress the slightest hint of political and religious liberty, destabilize the Middle East, promote radical Islamism around the world, including in America, and underwrite violent jihadists in Syria and elsewhere. Saudi Arabia is everything that it accuses Iran of being. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s misrule is harming American interests.” (10/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/crown-prince-total-fraud

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52) United States shouldn’t kowtow to murderous regimes
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“After former President Richard Nixon cut the last remaining tie of the U.S. dollar to gold in 1971, he had Secretary of State Henry Kissinger negotiate a deal with the Saudi royals for its nation to price its oil in dollars, in exchange for U.S. defense of the Saudi throne. Ever since then, both Democrats and Republicans have remained united in ensuring that this Faustian bargain is not disturbed. Its long-term results: Continuing U.S. involvement in Middle East tribal warfare and inflation at home.” (10/22/18)

https://www.lp.org/united-states-shouldnt-kowtow-to-murderous-regimes/

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53) US media refuses to inform the public when its commentators and pundits are paid foreign agents
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Much of the American public despises mainstream corporate media, but rather than engage in some self-reflection and admit failure they just complain about Trump. It’s critical we recognize that mass media in the U.S. is very much part of the very same discredited establishment it’s supposed to report on, thus its response to justified criticism is likewise establishment-esque. Blame the readers, blame Trump, blame anyone but themselves. This is why mass media’s gotten even worse since Trump was elected — not an easy feat. It’s been obsessed with a Russia-Trump collusion tale that appears to be going nowhere, while simultaneously cheering on Trump’s worst instincts such as when he bombs Syria. Moreover, one thing the U.S. media definitely seems to have no interest in doing is disclosing when its commentators and pundits are paid shills for foreign governments, defense contractors and other unmentionable interests.” (10/22/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/10/22/u-s-media-refuses-to-inform-the-public-when-its-commentators-and-pundits-are-paid-foreign-agents/

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54) American exceptionalism
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“When others do it, it’s terrorism; when Americans do it, it’s national defense. When others do it, it’s a war crime; when Americans do it, it’s collateral damage. When others do it, it’s torture; when Americans do it, it’s enhanced interrogation.” (10/22/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/22/american-exceptionalism/

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55) Venezuela is what happens by allowing “democratic socialism” to run its course
Source: PanAm Post
by Guillermo Rodriguez Gonzalez

“Francisco Toro, writing in the Washington Post, tries to whitewash socialism in the wake of the destruction of Venezuela. He sends a message to ‘true believers’ in the cause: from violent hooded fanatics behind Soviet flags, to eternally offended worshipers of the ultra-left Senator Sanders, or comparatively moderate followers of Hillary Clinton. The official chronicler of the destruction of Venezuela at the hands of socialism, now pleases the journalistic and cultural elties by saying that Venezuela is not the ideal context in which to examine the effects of socialism. These minor arguments between believers matter. He can make his case without pushback. It is what they want to hear. For the mainstream media, it all boils down to ‘he is in Venezuela’ saying ‘it was not socialism’ that caused the tragedy.” (10/22/18)

https://panampost.com/guillermo-rodriguez/2018/10/22/venezuela-is-what-happens-by-allowing-democratic-socialism-to-run-its-course/

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56) The Libertarian Angle, 10/23/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“As a large group of refugees heads north through Mexico, it is time to ask what a proper libertarian stance on immigration should be.” [various formats] (10/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-immigrant-caravan/

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57) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/23/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Founder and CEO of ShapeShift, Erik [Voorhees] approaches the fiat-crypto battle with unwavering perseverance AND pragmatism. We tell his story, debating Peter Schiff, confronting the WSJ, and more.” [various formats] (10/23/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e514-Erik-Voorhees-Cashed-Out-of-Bitcoin-a-Long-Time-Ago

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/23/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump has threatened to send the US military to confront a reported mass march of migrants from Central America toward the US border. Is it a good idea? What are the origins of the ‘crisis?’ Who benefits? Who is at fault?” [Flash video] (10/23/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/foreign-invasion-will-us-military-confront-migrants-at-border

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59) Stossel: Sweden is not a socialist success
Source: Reason

“Democratic socialists in the United States point to Sweden as a socialist success. But Swedish historian Johan Norberg says, ‘Sweden is not socialist.’” [Flash video] (10/23/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/10/23/stossel-sweden-not-a-socialist-success

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60) Scott Adams Says, 10/23/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about caravans, Khashoggi, Avanatti, and coffee.” [Flash video] (10/23/18)

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

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61) Postcards from Somalia, episode 16
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Due to some should be anticipated techical issues arising from living in Somalia, Sherry and Alan replay Alan’s interview with Tom Woods from his show ‘The Gold Standard with Alan Mosley.’” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/23/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/alan-interviews-tom-woods-post-cards-from-somalia-ep16/

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62) Candidates of Liberty, episode 13
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s edition of Candidates of Liberty, Marc is joined by the Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Ohio, Travis Irvine!” [various formats] (10/23/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/23/candidates-of-liberty-ep-13-travis-irvine-brings-humor-and-principles-to-the-ohio-governors-race/

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63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 79
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Phil Magness helps us unravel who George Fitzhugh was and how he is interpreted today.” [various formats] (10/23/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/cannibals-all-phil-magness

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64) Free Talk Live, 10/22/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Legal Cannabis Nearly Sold Out in Canada :: Honduran Migrants Make it Through Mexican Border va Mass Civil Disobedience :: Civ Dis or Noncooperation :: Pueblos Sin Fronteras :: Are people good? :: Ignorance or Evil :: Rule of Law? :: Edgington Post – Choo Choo Part 7 :: HOSTS — Ian, Michael, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/22/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-22

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1266
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Jim Epstein of Reason TV just released a mini-documentary on the effects of the coming $15 minimum wage on one particular sector of the New York economy, and it’s devastating.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1266-how-government-makes-the-poor-worse-off-example-43662/

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66) Martha Mundy on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Martha Mundy talks about the ongoing war in Yemen, with a particular focus on some of the more barbaric Coalition tactics, including the deliberate bombing of humanitarian and agricultural targets. Scott explains some of the United States and IMF policies that led to Yemen replacing many food crops with cash crops, which they could sell to Saudi Arabia and the rest of the U.S., which of course is a sensible policy until those countries start deliberately blockading you. These and dozens of other policies have contributed to the current crisis, all of which the American media seems bent on not mentioning.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10-20-18-martha-mundy-gives-an-update-on-yemen/

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67) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 171
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“A Brutally Honest Discussion About ‘Universal Basic Income.’” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/22/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-171-a-brutally-honest-discussion-about-universal-basic-income

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68) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/22/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Big internet platforms for speech are privately owned, but those who would pressure private firms to restrict speech are often the same people who would substantially restrict the rights of people to speak. John Samples and Emily Ekins discuss how Americans think about free speech today and ways to defend it in the modern age. We spoke at Cato Club 200 in Middleburg, Virginia.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/defending-free-speech-21st-century

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69) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/22/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and John B. Judis (The New Republic) Why didn’t the Emerging Democratic Majority ever emerge? … John’s new book, The Nationalist Revival … America’s history of ethnonationalism and assimilation … The coalition of the ‘left behind’ … The global tension between the ‘somewheres’ and the ‘anywheres’ … Europe’s refugee crisis as a hinge point … Toward a liberal nationalism … Is John optimistic or pessimistic?” [Flash video] (10/22/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53951

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70) Editor’s Break, episode 102
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 102 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the so-called right to vote for political candidates and ballot initiatives; the Social Security program, how it works, and whether young people should rely on it existing when they retire; family planning and waiting to have children; and more.” [various formats] (10/22/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/right-to-vote-social-security-having-kids-27m-editors-break-102

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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