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Volume XVI, Issue #4,092
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Assange: Ecuador’s regime seeks to end his asylum
2) Dow stages biggest intraday reversal in more than eight months
3) Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect appears in federal court after release from hospital
4) Clinton publicly mulls a 2020 production of her not that popular performance art piece, “Harold Stassen: A Political Life Re-Enacted”
5) SCOTUS wary of limiting company power to arbitrate disputes
6) Tunisia: Woman “blows herself up,” many injured
7) New crocodile species discovered by researchers
8) Germany: Merkel says she will not seek re-election
9) CA: Number of people injecting drugs in San Franciso allegedly up 50 percent in past decade
10) Pentagon to illegally deploy 5,000 active duty troops to southern border in violation of Posse Comitatus Act
11) First attempt by private Chinese company to send a rocket into space fails as the craft carrying a satellite breaks up in the atmosphere
12) Guatemala: Police halt second migrant group trying to enter Mexico
13) Indonesia: Flight JT610 crashes after Jakarta Airport takeoff
14) Family sues over student’s pancake-eating contest death
15) FL: Minnesota pilot, accused of exercising constitutionally protected right
16) KY: Police chief calls Kroger shooting in Louisville “a hate crime”
17) World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win ninth title
18) Gaza: Three killed in Israeli air raid
19) ND: Man sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping baby cut from womb
20) AL: Father shoots, kills masked man who opened fire at Birmingham McDonald’s

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) How the Trump administration is manufacturing a new border crisis
22) Ready to get off Facebook? Reason reviews five alternative social networks
23) Trump & supporters blamed for climate of rage & hate; here’s the truth
24) The alternative to ideology
25) The ayatollah for governor?
26) When migration means fleeing home but not your country
27) The horrifying cronyism of sugar production
28) How America made me white
29) The cult of Trump
30) New documents reveal how Obama unjustly targeted payday lenders
31) Do voucher regulations reduce anticipated voucher program participation and school quality?
32) The EU’s link tax will kill open access and Creative Commons news
33) UFO over Chicago
34) Where the caravan really came from
35) The country’s most important animal raw food producer has just been put out of business by the FDA
36) Synagogue shooter hated Trump, shows what real anti-Semitism looks like
37) Guns or butter, cannabis or wine, and other choices
38) What’s different about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
39) Has there been a surge of anti-Semitism under and because of Trump?
40) There will be no blue wave
41) The promise of polarization
42) Quantum Vibe, 10/29/18
43) Rodney Berget says he wants to die. South Dakota plans to kill him. But experts say his execution would violate the law.
44) Class consciousness comes to America
45) Gun rights as inoculation
46) Make Halloween dangerous again!
47) The Saudis will get away with murder
48) Lightening skies: The case for optimism
49) Blasphemy law by the backdoor
50) Put not your trust in government — they’ll play you if they can

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/29/18
52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 127
53) This Week in Bitcoin, 10/29/18
54) Lecture for the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy
55) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 237
56) Mass incarceration and the drug war
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/29/18
58) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 84
59) Editor’s Break, episode 104
60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, 10/29/18
61) The Last Nighters, episode 43
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/29/18
63) Free Talk Live, 10/28/18
64) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 185
65) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/28/18

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

1) Assange: Ecuador’s regime seeks to end his asylum
Source: Raw Story

“Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that Ecuador is seeking to end his asylum in its London embassy and hand him over to the United States, citing a new set of rules governing his residence at the Andean nation’s diplomatic mission as evidence. Assange spoke from the embassy via teleconference at the first hearing of a lawsuit in Quito that was initiated by his legal team against the Ecuadorean government. The lawsuit challenges the new rules, which require him to pay for medical bills, phone calls and clean up after his pet cat. During the hearing, Assange said the new rules were a sign Ecuador was trying to push him out, and said Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno had already decided to end his asylum but had not yet officially given the order.” (10/29/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/wikileaks-julian-assange-says-ecuador-seeking-end-asylum

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2) Dow stages biggest intraday reversal in more than eight months
Source: MarketWatch

“Talk about a blown lead. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up a 352-point gain to end lower on Monday …. The action marked the biggest U-turn for the Dow since Feb. 7, when the Dow erased a roughly 382-point gain to finish with gut-wrenching losses. On Monday, the Dow closed down 245 points, or 1%, at 24,442.92. … Losses accelerated late-Monday after a Bloomberg News report surfaced indicating that President Trump’s administration was prepared to impose tariffs on [American buyers of] all China’s imports, ramping up a tit-for-tat spat between the world’s biggest economic superpowers that has been at the heart of the recent downturn, market participants say.” (10/29/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-stages-biggest-intraday-reversal-in-more-than-8-months-nasdaq-sees-biggest-u-turn-in-3-years-2018-10-29

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3) Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect appears in federal court after release from hospital
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers made his first appearance in federal court Monday afternoon to face charges stemming from the weekend rampage that left 11 dead. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell scheduled a preliminary hearing for Bowers on Thursday morning. He will remain in custody and is being held without bond. … Bowers faces 29 counts, including murder with a firearm, and several hate crime charges such as obstructing the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death. Federal prosecutors have said they are seeking the death penalty. Bowers is also facing state charges, including 11 counts of homicide.” (10/29/180

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pittsburgh-shooter-court-20181029-story.html

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4) Clinton publicly mulls a 2020 production of her not that popular performance art piece, “Harold Stassen: A Political Life Re-Enacted”
Source: The Hill

“Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during an event over the weekend left the door open to a possible 2020 run, saying that even though she doesn’t want to run, ‘I’d like to be president.’ Clinton’s comments come as speculation has increased over whether she will launch another bid after the midterm elections.” (10/29/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/413572-hillary-clinton-leaves-door-open-for-2020-run-id-like-to-be-president

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5) SCOTUS wary of limiting company power to arbitrate disputes
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday they may issue more pro-business rulings giving companies wide latitude to use arbitration to resolve disputes with employees, customers or other businesses rather than the courts. The nine justices heard arguments in two cases testing the scope of company agreements forcing disputes to be handled by an arbitrator instead of a judge, one involving a California lamp retailer and the other involving a Texas dental equipment distributor. In their questioning of the parties in the cases, the justices indicated a reluctance to limit the ability of companies to keep such disputes out of court. The conservative-majority Supreme Court in recent years has issued a series of decisions endorsing the power of arbitration and curbing class-action claims of various types.” (10/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-arbitration/u-s-top-court-wary-of-limiting-company-power-to-arbitrate-disputes-idUSKCN1N32KI

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6) Tunisia: Woman “blows herself up,” many injured
Source: Daily Express [UK]

“A woman has blown herself up in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, killing herself and injuring many people. A witness reported an explosion on the central Habib Bourguiba avenue where police were cordoning off the area near the capital’s landmark Municipal Theatre. Nine people, including eight police officers, have been hurt. Their conditions have not been clarified. The Tunisian Interior Ministry described the attack as a ‘terrorist explosion.’” (10/29/18)

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1037842/tunisia-explosion-tunis-suicide-bomb-attack-terror

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7) New crocodile species discovered by researchers
Source: Fox News

“A new species of crocodile has been discovered by researchers in Central Africa. Scientists from Florida International University’s (FIU) Tropical Conservation Institute and George Amato of the American Museum of Natural History in New York discovered a new species of the African crocodile that they have named the Central African slender-snouted crocodile. Their findings, which they said are vital for conservation efforts and to protect the reptiles from poaching, are detailed in a study published Wednesday in the journal Zootaxa. According to National Geographic, the freshwater species, found from Cameroon to Tanzania, is officially called Mecistops leptorhynchus. ‘Recognizing the slender-snouted crocodile as actually comprised of two different species is cause for great conservation concern,’ lead researcher Matthew Shirley said in an FIU press release.” (10/29/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/new-crocodile-species-discovered-by-researchers

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8) Germany: Merkel says she will not seek re-election
Source: CNN

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Monday that she would not seek re-election when her term expires in 2021. Merkel, who has been Chancellor since 2005, made the announcement during a news conference today in Berlin. … Merkel also announced on Monday that she would stand down from the chairmanship of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 years in the post.” (10/29/18)

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/europe/angela-merkel-germany-election-intl/index.html

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9) CA: Number of people injecting drugs in San Franciso allegedly up 50 percent in past decade
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“When the chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s San Francisco Division picked up his out-of-town brother for a quick tour of the city, his brother mentioned he wanted to swing through the Tenderloin. He’d seen the TV reports and wanted to see how bad the drug situation was for himself. ‘Sure enough, there’s four users shooting up in plain view,’ said Special Agent Chris Nielsen. ‘In one block, he had seen it all and he was shocked.’ Nielsen, a 22-year veteran at the DEA’s San Francisco Division office in the Tenderloin, has seen a lot of drug use on city streets over the years but can’t remember ever seeing people openly shooting up like he does now. ‘It’s shocking to me,’ he said. More people than ever are now injecting drugs in San Francisco, as heroin floods the market and drives prices down. Black tar and brown powder heroin produced in Mexico has dropped in price from $1,000-$1,400 an ounce in 2016 to their current range of $600-$800 per ounce, Nielsen said.” (10/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Number-of-people-shooting-up-drugs-in-SF-rises-50-13333141.php

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10) Pentagon to illegally deploy 5,000 active duty troops to southern border in violation of Posse Comitatus Act
Source: USA Today

“The Pentagon will deploy up to 5,000 active duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to prevent members of a migrant caravan from illegally [sic] entering the country, a U.S. official said Monday. About 2,100 National Guard troops already were fanned out across the border under an order from President Donald Trump earlier this year. In recent weeks, the president has been warning repeatedly about the dangers posed by a caravan of mostly Central American migrants, which has swelled to an estimated 7,000 people and is continuing its slow trek north through Mexico. Mexican government officials have estimated about 3,600 migrants because at least 1,700 filed asylum applications in Mexico or accepted assistance to return to their home countries. Administration officials said last week that they were considering a plan to send up to 1,000 active-duty troops to the border, but that deployment has increased to 5,000, according to the Department of Homeland Security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss the plans before a formal announcement Monday afternoon.” (10/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/29/migrant-caravan-troops-border/1805864002

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11) First attempt by private Chinese company to send a rocket into space fails as the craft carrying a satellite breaks up in the atmosphere
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“The first rocket sent into space by a private Chinese company has failed mid-launch. The 62 foot tall (19 metre) Zhuque-1 carrier rocket, which cost a private company around $14million (£10million) to develop, failed to reach earth’s orbit. It took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in north west China on Saturday. … The rocket was three stage, meaning it had another two rockets inside to reach outer space, but the company said something went wrong with the second stage. It was designed to send a Weila-1 satellite named ‘Future’ into space for the country’s state broadcaster, CCTV News.” (10/28/18)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6326507/First-attempt-private-Chinese-company-send-rocket-space-fails.html

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12) Guatemala: Police halt second migrant group trying to enter Mexico
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Several hundred migrants tried to cross the Suchiate River from Guatemala to Mexico en masse on Monday, but were met by ranks of Mexican federal police who blocked them from entering. The standoff on the riverbank follow a more violent confrontation that occurred on the nearby bridge over the river the night before, when migrants tossed rocks and used sticks against Mexico police. One migrant was killed Sunday night by a head wound, but the cause was unclear. While migrants on the bridge had appeared to be preparing for a second day of confrontations early Monday, instead they tried the route taken by the first caravan 10 days ago after it, too, was blocked: turn to the river below. The first, larger caravan made it across the river by wading or on rafts, and now is advancing through southern Mexico. But since that crossing, the Mexican Navy has begun patrolling the Suchiate River and Mexican police have taken up positions on the riverbank, insisting migrants register before entering and show travel documents that many do not have.” (10/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/1-migrant-dies-as-2nd-group-tries-to-force-entry-13343977.php

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13) Indonesia: Flight JT610 crashes after Jakarta Airport takeoff
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“An Indonesian airplane operated by budget airline Lion Air crashed shortly after takeoff at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport on Monday, authorities confirmed. The aircraft reportedly crashed just 13 minutes after takeoff, likely into the Java Sea. According to Lion Air, there were a total of 189 people on board, including eight crew members. At least 23 government officials were reportedly among the passengers on the plane, as well as two babies and one older child. … Muhmmad Syaugi, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said that rescuers had retrieved some body parts but had so far not found any survivors.” (10/29/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-flight-jt610-crashes-after-jakarta-airport-takeoff/a-46066000

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14) Family sues over student’s pancake-eating contest death
Source: Fox News

“The grieving family of a 20-year-old woman who choked to death during a pancake-eating contest filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut university she was attending in hopes of raising ‘awareness of the preventable dangers associated with amateur eating competitions.’ Caitlin Nelson, who was participating in Sacred Heart University’s Greek Week celebration on March 30, 2017, reportedly began to shake uncontrollably and fell to the floor after eating multiple pancakes in a short period of time. Two nursing students who were in attendance at the school-sanctioned charity event attempted lifesaving measures before police and paramedics arrived, Fairfield Police Lt. Bob Kalamaras said at the time. The family’s lawsuit claims responding officers found a mass of pancake paste ‘like concrete’ in Nelson’s airway. Nelson, of Clark, N.J., was rushed to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and later transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York, where she died. Kalamaras described the incident as a ‘tragic event that started out as something fun.’” (10/29/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/health/family-sues-over-students-pancake-eating-contest-death

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15) FL: Minnesota pilot, accused of exercising constitutionally protected right
Source: WCCO 4 News

“Authorities say a Sun Country pilot from Minnetonka was arrested Friday in Fort Myers, Florida, after a loaded pistol was found in his suitcase, according to a police report. As stated in the report, the TSA supervisor on duty told police an x-ray operator found what appeared to be a firearm in the suitcase of a passenger. The Sun Country pilot allegedly confirmed the suitcase belonged to him. Police say the suitcase was searched, and .380 pistol loaded with six rounds was inside the bag. The pilot could face one count of unlicensed carrying of a concealed firearm. Though the pilot has a permit to carry in Minnesota, Florida does not recognize a carry permit from the state.” (10/27/18)

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/10/27/minnesota-pilot-sun-country-loaded-pistol-suitcase/

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16) KY: Police chief calls Kroger shooting in Louisville “a hate crime”
Source: USA Today

“The police tape is cleared and shoppers have returned to the Kroger in Kentucky where two people died last week, but the community is still hurting and grasping for answers. Gregory Alan Bush, 51, is charged in the shooting deaths of Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67. Bush is white; Stallard and Jones were black. Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers told the congregation at First Baptist Church on Sunday that the shooting was motivated by racism. He called it ‘the elephant in the room that some don’t want to acknowledge in this case’ and said it needed to be addressed as part of a larger dialogue. ‘I won’t stand here and pretend that none of us know what could have happened if that evil man had gotten in the doors of this church,’ Rogers said, noting the alleged shooter told one man ‘whites don’t kill whites’ before his capture.” (10/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/29/migrant-caravan-troops-border/1805864002

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17) World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win ninth title
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Boston Red Sox clinched their ninth World Series with two games to spare when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday. Steve Pearce was named the Series’ Most Valuable Player after hitting two home runs in the decisive victory. Mookie Betts and JD Martinez also scored home runs as the Red Sox took the best-of-seven Major League Baseball final 4-1. ‘You grow up wishing you could be part of something like this,’ said Pearce. ‘This has been a lifelong journey. To be here right now is a dream come true.’ The Red Sox won a franchise record and MLB best 108 games during the 162-game regular season and continued that domination in the World Series to win a fourth title in 15 years. Having also lost the 2017 final to Houston, the Dodgers’ wait for a first World Series since 1988 continues.” [editor’s note: I had a vision of this back in August, but thought it would be the Cubs as the opposition, and it would end in Fenway – SAT] [additional editor’s note: When are they gonna get back to real baseball, e.g. the Cards and Royals instead of these tee-ball teams? – TLK] (10/29/18)

https://www.bbc.com/sport/baseball/46015659

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18) Gaza: Three killed in Israeli air raid
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Three Palestinian boys aged between 13 and 14 have been killed in an Israeli air strike in the southeastern Gaza Strip near the fence with Israel, according to health officials. … In a statement, the Israeli military said its aircraft fired upon three Palestinians who approached the fence and ‘were apparently involved in placing an improvised explosive device (IED) adjacent’ to the fence.” (10/28/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/israeli-air-strike-kills-palestinian-boys-gaza-181028211536125.html

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19) ND: Man sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping baby cut from womb
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A North Dakota man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for conspiring to kidnap a baby that his girlfriend had cut from their neighbor’s body and lying to police about it, a sentence that didn’t entirely satisfy the slain woman’s mother. William Hoehn, 33, will have a chance at parole under the sentence handed down by state Judge Tom Olson. ‘We want justice. He deserves a life sentence. I don’t think this man should ever walk free,’ said Norberta Greywind, mother of 22-year-old Savanna Greywind of Fargo. ‘He betrayed our family. He looked us in the eye with a straight face while our daughter lay dead in his apartment. Please don’t ever consider letting him out.’ Hoehn was found not guilty last month of conspiracy to commit murder in Savanna Greywind’s August 2017 death. Brooke Crews admitted that she sliced Greywind’s baby from her womb and is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole in that killing.” (10/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Sentencing-set-in-case-of-woman-whose-baby-was-13344668.php

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20) AL: Father shoots, kills masked man who opened fire at Birmingham McDonald’s
Source: WBRC 6 News

“Police have confirmed that one person is dead and two people injured after a shooting late Saturday night. The shooting took place at the McDonald’s across from Princeton Hospital. A masked man entered the restaurant when an employee opened the door for a father and his sons to leave. The masked man then opened fire in the restaurant. At that point, the father began shooting at the masked man. Both the father and the masked man were struck along with one of the children. Police later confirmed that the masked man is now deceased, and the father had non-life threatening injuries. A minor had non-life-threatening injuries.” (10/29/18)

https://www.wbrc.com/2018/10/28/two-injured-one-dead-bham-shooting/

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

21) How the Trump administration is manufacturing a new border crisis
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Devereaux

“With less than two weeks to go until the midterm elections, the Trump administration has aggressively returned to the narrative that the president rode in on: the notion that the border is a place of extraordinary violence and chaos, and the implication that the people who cross it heading north are dangerous subhumans. As Election Day approaches, all signs indicate that Trump is set on manufacturing a new border crisis, seizing on a caravan of migrants making their way through Mexico as the latest symbol of the imagined threat that he owes much of his political success to. Even amid a week of extraordinary right-wing violence that saw a sprawling, nationwide bomb plot targeting some of the country’s most powerful political figures, a white shooter attempting to enter a black church before killing two African-Americans in Kentucky, and an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 people dead, Trump could be found urgently informing his base that the real ‘national emergency’ facing the United States was external, and the result of brown-skinned migrants. It’s political theater, but it’s had real-world consequences.” (10/29/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/29/trump-manufacturing-border-crisis-families-caravan/

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22) Ready to get off Facebook? Reason reviews five alternative social networks
Source: Reason
by Joe Setyon

“[S]ocial media companies should not be obligated to treat all political viewpoints equally. Twitter can impose ‘shadow bans’ if it so desires, just as Facebook can ban whichever pages and people it wants off the platform. In that same vein, unhappy users are more than welcome to leave either social network in search of greener pastures. And many have, with alternative social platforms boasting millions of combined users. None of those lesser-known platforms has anywhere close to Facebook’s 2.2 billion active users or Twitter’s 335 million. Instead, those platforms say they shine in the areas where Facebook and Twitter fall short, whether that be privacy, decentralization, or a lack of political bias. With those things in mind, I signed up for accounts on five alternative social networks: Mastodon, MeWe, Minds, Gab, and Vero.” (10/29/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/29/ready-to-get-off-facebook-reason-reviews

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23) Trump & supporters blamed for climate of rage & hate; here’s the truth
Source: Fox News Forum
by Steve Hilton

“Predictably, the establishment is blaming President Trump and his supporters for a climate of rage and hate. But let’s be honest, a lot of Americans have had a lot to be angry about for an awful long time. I’m thinking in particular of African-Americans whose long struggle for freedom may have been won decades ago but whose struggle for genuine equality and opportunity and dignity and fairness is a long way from over. A very long way. I’m also thinking of working Americans, especially those outside the booming centers of the modern knowledge economy, whose economic security has collapsed, whose economic opportunities have disappeared and whose social fabric — especially family and community — has been ripped apart. That’s been going on since at least the early 1970s. That’s nearly half a century. This anger we’re seeing, it didn’t start with Donald Trump. I think it goes back at least a decade. In 2008 you saw the elite bail themselves out while working people paid the price for their recklessness and incompetence. And you saw a new tone enter our politics. … So let’s tell the truth about the roots of this rage.” (10/29/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/steve-hilton-trump-and-his-supporters-are-being-blamed-for-a-climate-of-rage-and-hate-but-heres-the-truth

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24) The alternative to ideology
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jerry Taylor

“When we launched the Niskanen Center in January 2015, we happily identified ourselves as libertarians. Sure, we were heterodox libertarians, but there are many schools of libertarianism beyond those promoted by Charles Koch’s political operations. The school we identified with was a left-libertarianism concerned with social justice (a libertarian perspective that I’ve defended in debates with more orthodox libertarians here and here). That worldview lacked an institutional voice in 2015. Our ambition was to create a space for it and, in so doing, redefine what it meant to be libertarian in the 21st century. I have abandoned that libertarian project, however, because I have come to abandon ideology. This essay is an invitation for you to do likewise — to walk out of the ‘clean and well-lit prison of one idea.’” (10/29/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-alternative-to-ideology/

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25) The ayatollah for governor?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is running for governor. Again. You may recall, as I certainly do, that Mr. Edmondson prosecuted — more like persecuted — me and two others involved in a 2005 petition drive. He charged us with ‘conspiracy to defraud the state,’ a felony carrying a 10-year prison term. At our arraignment and processing, the three of us were shackled together with handcuffs and leg-irons and paraded before TV cameras. … Edmondson held the indictment over our heads for a year and a half, publicly attacking us and calling us criminals. But he never permitted us our day in court. He went to great lengths to avoid completing a preliminary hearing, which would have allowed a judge to determine if enough evidence existed to hold a trial. Finally, in 2009, as he prepared to launch his previous unsuccessful run for governor, he dropped all the charges. When someone abuses power so recklessly, that someone shouldn’t be given more power.” (10/29/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/29/the-ayatollah-for-governor/

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26) When migration means fleeing home but not your country
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Whitney Eulich

“The couple who sought an investigation into their son’s murder. A woman who received grim warnings after bringing her grandchildren to their mother’s funeral. A family torn apart by brothers’ attempts to avoid gang recruitment. Like tens of thousands of other Hondurans, these families faced threats so pressing that they felt forced to uproot and find new homes. Each got tangled in the web of unwritten rules for survival here, such as keeping silent about crimes, in a nation rife with gangs, trafficking networks, and police corruption. It’s a maze of risks that can sometimes lead people to the United States. But what’s often overlooked in US conversations around migration is that trekking north is rarely a migrant’s first choice. Most desperately search for safety in their own country.” (10/29/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2018/1029/When-migration-means-fleeing-home-but-not-your-country

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27) The horrifying cronyism of sugar production
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Veronique de Rugy

“Halloween is one of the biggest holidays for buying and consuming candy. Americans will spend about $2.7 billion on 600 million pounds of candy for eager trick-or-treaters. That’s $76 annually per American. This sum is much more than we would pay if legislators didn’t give the sugar lobby what it wants the most: federal programs designed to artificially enrich U.S. sugar growers. Here’s how it works. A relatively small group of sugar-cane and sugar-beet farmers and processors pay an army of lobbyists who make an unholy alliance with politicians year after year in exchange for a series of measures that protect them from foreign competition and oblige U.S consumers to pay inordinately higher prices.” (10/29/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/horrifying-cronyism-sugar-production

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28) How America made me white
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Robin Koerner

“It took me a couple of seconds to get Stephen Colbert’s joke line — ‘I don’t see race’ — when I first heard it. In the USA, the joke works because no one can seriously imagine everyone not seeing race. But when I first heard it, I had to work that out because I was born and raised in the UK … and I never saw race. That’s not because I am more evolved than any American or more ‘woke’ or more of anything at all. It’s just that I was brought up in a culture and a manner in which skin color was something one paid about as much attention to as hair color. Colbert’s joke simply wouldn’t work in the England of my generation.” (10/29/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-america-made-me-white/

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29) The cult of Trump
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“Cult leaders arise from decayed communities and societies in which people have been shorn of political, social and economic power. The disempowered, infantilized by a world they cannot control, gravitate to cult leaders who appear omnipotent and promise a return to a mythical golden age. The cult leaders vow to crush the forces, embodied in demonized groups and individuals, that are blamed for their misery. The more outrageous the cult leaders become, the more they flout law and social conventions, the more they gain in popularity. Cult leaders are immune to the norms of established society. This is their appeal. Cult leaders demand a God-like power. Those who follow them grant them this power in the hope that the cult leaders will save them. Donald Trump has transformed the decayed carcass of the Republican Party into a cult.” (10/29/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Cult-of-Trump-by-Chris-Hedges-Cult_Trump-Bully-In-Chief_Trump-Ego_Trump-Threats-181029-695.html

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30) New documents reveal how Obama unjustly targeted payday lenders
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Jeff Joseph

“New federal documents shine the light on how the Obama administration unjustly targeted the payday loan industry. Through a sketchy initiative called Operation Choke Point, unelected bureaucrats stretched the law in an attempt to keep potential borrowers from accessing funds. Obama’s Justice Department began Operation Choke Point in 2013. On paper, the initiative gave senior-level government officials at the Federal Insurance Deposit Commission (FDIC) the ability to investigate companies they believed could be involved in fraud or money laundering. In reality, the program enabled FDIC officials to abuse their power by strong-arming banks into cutting ties with industries that were arbitrarily deemed to be ‘high risk.’ These industries included industries that the Obama administration didn’t approve of: namely firearms, fireworks, and payday loans. Information on the program was sketchy; few documents were public. But now we know a lot more about this political witch hunt due to letters subpoenaed in the court case Advance America et al. v Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. et al.” (10/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/payday-lenders-obama-administration

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31) Do voucher regulations reduce anticipated voucher program participation and school quality?
Source: Cato Institute
by Corey A DeAngelis, Lindsey Burke, & Patrick J Wolf

“What happened in Louisiana? The first experimental evaluations in the world to find negative effects of a private school choice program on student achievement were of the Louisiana Scholarship Program. Education policy scholars have been debating what went wrong in the bayou for over three years now. Some researchers have argued that Louisiana’s onerous regulations deterred the best private schools from participating in the program. Others instead have claimed that the program would have done even worse without the quality-enhancing regulations in place. Of course, both theories are plausible. But which theory is supported by evidence?” (10/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/do-voucher-regulations-reduce-anticipated-voucher-program-participation

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32) The EU’s link tax will kill open access and Creative Commons news
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“All this month, the European Union’s ‘trilogue’ is meeting behind closed doors to hammer out the final wording of the new Copyright Directive, a once-noncontroversial regulation that became a hotly contested matter when, at the last minute, a set of extremist copyright proposals were added and voted through. One of these proposals is Article 11, the ‘link tax’ …. Article 11 is so badly drafted that it’s hard to figure out what it bans and what it permits (that’s why we’ve written to the trilogue negotiators to ask them to clarify key points). What can be discerned is deeply troubling. … Once you get through the eurocratese here, Recital 32 suggests that (1) anyone who wants to link to the news has to have a separate, commercial license; and (2) news companies can’t waive this right, even through Creative Commons licenses and other tools for granting blanket permission.” (10/29/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/eus-link-tax-will-kill-open-access-and-creative-commons-news

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33) UFO over Chicago
Source: Town Hall
by Paul Jacob

“Last week, I became so distracted watching the flocks of pigs soaring through the clouds overhead that I nearly missed the Chicago Tribune report, headlined ‘Bill Daley, whose brother and father ran Chicago for 43 years, backs a term limit for mayor.’ It is no surprise that this latest Daley launched his bid for the next mayoral election, which will be held in February. What is surprising is the term limits biz. ‘I think eight years is enough for a chief executive,’ he told the Tribune. ‘Whether you’re doing a good job or bad job, I just think it’s a good thing to do and Chicago is one of the rare exceptions of major cities that doesn’t have a term limit, and I think those cities have done well and I think our politics will do well by that, quite frankly.’ But what about the long tenures of his father, Richard J. Daley, who died in office after 21 consecutive years, and his brother, Richard M. Daley, who served even longer? ‘[F]or me, in 2019,’ Bill Daley demurred, ‘I believe there ought to be term limits for mayor of Chicago.’” (10/29/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/pauljacob/2018/10/29/ufo-over-chicago-n2532789

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34) Where the caravan really came from
Source: The Week
by Shikha Dalmia

“President Trump is blaming nearly everyone for the migrant caravan wending its way to the United States: Democrats, Mexico, the home countries of these Central American asylum seekers. Perhaps it’s time he looked in the mirror. Because the country he leads is very culpable. American deportation policies combined with the Cold War rivalry between America and the Soviet Union have destabilized Central America and turned it into an unlivable hellhole. But instead of taking responsibility and making amends, Trump is feeding hysteria in a bid to rally his base ahead of the midterm elections.” (10/29/18)

https://theweek.com/articles/804168/where-caravan-really-came-from

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35) The country’s most important animal raw food producer has just been put out of business by the FDA
Source: CounterPunch
by Anis Shivani

“Last week a truly tragic development confronted cat lovers around the country, invested in providing the best available species-appropriate food to their beloved friends, as the FDA, after a series of increasingly aggressive actions meant to put pressure on Radagest Pet Food, Inc. (a Portland, Oregon-based independent company that paid high wages and full benefits to its employees), finally succeeded in putting out of business the country’s leading provider of genuine raw foods for cats, sourced from free-range, pasture-raised animals and produced according to the highest standards of health and safety. … It seems that the FDA can arbitrarily threaten to issue public health notices, which would be devastating for a company, or trigger total recalls, as seems to have happened with this company, rather than limit actions to a specific problem found. Who can hold the aggressive enforcers responsible in such cases, what form of accountability and counter-action can there be?” [editor’s note: Glad to see “progressives” noticing that one of their most proud creations is Frankenstein’s monster in one particular case. But will they apply the lesson broadly or just blame it on “the wrong people” being in charge? – TLK] (10/29/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/29/the-countrys-most-important-animal-raw-food-producer-has-just-been-put-out-of-business-by-the-fda/

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36) Synagogue shooter hated Trump, shows what real anti-Semitism looks like
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“Accused Pittsburgh synagogue killer Robert Bowers is a raving anti-Semitic white nationalist who also despises President Trump. This might sound confusing to people who bought into the tiresome ‘Trump is Hitler’ media narrative, but it makes perfect sense. Bowers faces 29 criminal charges, including 11 for homicide, after a shooting rampage at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday. There is no mystery as to his motive; he left a long record of neo-Nazi-inspired anti-Semitic ranting on social media, and shouted ‘all Jews must die’ when he opened fire. Naturally some critics rushed to blame President Trump for ‘inspiring’ the attack. The left has long charged that Trump is a Nazi sympathizer spouting hateful rhetoric and his supporters are fascist enablers. And critics say that those Trump voters who support his economic or foreign policies are simply too stupid to know they are bigots. But actual Nazis disagree. Bowers was explicit in his dislike of the president, saying he did not vote for him and had never ‘owned, worn or even touched a (Make America Great Again) hat.’” (10/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/29/donald-trump-robert-bowers-racist-anti-semitic-synagogue-shooting-column/1800755002

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37) Guns or butter, cannabis or wine, and other choices
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The fact of scarcity is what makes economics useful. If there were no scarcity including of time — like in eternal life, assuming it was 100% sure that God would not change his mind — the rate of time preference and opportunity costs would be zero, and the very notion of choice would vanish. ‘No rush: you have all eternity to drive this F-150 truck.’ This is not the human condition, at least in our current lives.The reality of scarcity implies that the more of one thing is produced, the less of something else can be. Many economic students will recall the example used by Paul Samuelson: the more guns, the less butter, and vice versa.” (10/29/18)

https://www.econlib.org/guns-or-butter-cannabis-or-wine-and-other-choices/

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38) What’s different about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Source: Reuters
by Zach Schapira

“On Saturday, the United States awoke to the horrifying news of a synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh during Sabbath services. Robert Bowers, armed with an assault rifle and three handguns, charged into the sanctuary of the Tree of Life temple, yelling ‘all Jews must die’ before spraying bullets indiscriminately on the worshipers. Killing 11 and wounding six others, it is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the history of the United States. Debates are already raging about gun control, the death penalty, and security at houses of worship. But this tragedy, while bearing similarities to other recent mass shootings, is also very different. Coming on the heels of a record-breaking increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the United States, it represents a continued escalation in violence against Jews. Emerging from a pattern of tolerated hate speech, it serves as a reminder that Americans must address the increasingly permissive environment that trivializes anti-Semitism in the United States.” (10/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-schapira-antisemitism-commentary/commentary-whats-different-about-the-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooting-idUSKCN1N3232

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39) Has there been a surge of anti-Semitism under and because of Trump?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by David E Bernstein

“In the aftermath of the horrific murders at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, a good part of the media, social and otherwise, wishes to blame Donald Trump. Surely, Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric doesn’t exactly calm societal waters, and his remarks on Charlottesville, though often exaggerated by hostile sources, did not exactly come across as a rousing denunciation of white supremacay. Nevertheless, there are some barriers to blaming Trump for anti-Semitic acts specifically.” (10/28/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/28/has-there-been-a-surge-of-anti-semitism

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40) There will be no blue wave
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“Midterms are always a question of whether people have a reason to risk change. Historically, incumbents retain their seats over 80 percent of the time. When the House does flip from one party to another, it’s usually driven by large-scale demands for change, such as fatigue over the Iraq war and Obamacare. Those causes reached deeper into and more broadly across society than this year’s casus belli, Trump Rage. History does show that midterm elections generally bring losses to the ruling party. But all that matters this year is a 24-seat Democratic gain. Anything less — a Blue Dribble — and the House stays in Republican hands. Everything else aside, those are rough odds mathematically. But the ‘everything else’ part matters a lot. What is the impetus for an Ohioan who went Republican last time around, and maybe before that, to take another chance on change?” (10/29/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/there-will-be-no-blue-wave/

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41) The promise of polarization
Source: The New Republic
by Sam Tanenhaus

“How divided have Americans become? When it comes to the two-party war, the differences could not be starker. Pew Research Center has reported that 55 percent of Democrats are ‘afraid’ of the Republican Party and nearly half of Republicans are similarly fearful of Democrats. These survey results were published in June 2016–before Donald Trump was elected. Since then, of course, the enmity has increased. Trump’s genius for stirring up discord is one reason, but only one: The ingredients of all-out political warfare have been simmering for many years, as each of the two parties has discarded the old-fashioned ideal of the ‘big tent’ and enacted its own purifying rituals. What has changed is how personal these political divisions have become. Partisanship has taken on an unsettling aspect and turned into something new: ‘affective polarization,’ which dictates not only how we vote, but also, as social scientists have reported in the Harvard Business Review, how we ‘work and shop.’” (10/29/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151612/promise-polarization-book-review-sam-rosenfeld-the-polarizers

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42) Quantum Vibe, 10/29/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/29/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1866

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43) Rodney Berget says he wants to die. South Dakota plans to kill him. But experts say his execution would violate the law.
Source: The Intercept
by Liliana Segura

“One of the first times Juliet Yackel met with Rodney Berget at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, he shared something startling about his childhood. ‘He told me he had been in the Special Olympics,’ she said. Berget seemed proud as he brought up the memory. As a young kid in the 1970s, he had problems fitting in, and this had been a rare chance to compete — ‘to be able to be just like everybody else around him,’ Yackel recalled. In a different context, this might not have raised an eyebrow. But Berget was on death row. Under the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, people with intellectual disabilities are ineligible for execution — it is one of the first things defense attorneys are supposed to look for when representing a client in a capital case. Yet there was no sign Berget’s trial attorney had investigated this background at all. … Berget had been evaluated by a psychologist when he was 9 years old, who assigned him an IQ score of 70.” (10/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/28/south-dakota-rodney-berget-execution/

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44) Class consciousness comes to America
Source: The American Prospect
by Karen Nussbaum

“Rosedale Avenue is a quiet street in Columbus, Ohio, with compact houses that are showing some wear. I recently spent an evening talking with some of the residents on their doorsteps about their jobs, the economy and the future. Tom, a friendly 23-year old covered in tattoos, was just pulling up to his home with his wife Megan, 22, and their two toddlers. They’d been middle-school sweethearts and have been working hard to build a life. Tom makes $14 an hour working with a landscape company, but because it rained that day, he didn’t work and didn’t get paid. Megan works part-time for $11.50 an hour at a candy store at a seasonal job. ‘My generation is screwed,’ Tom tells me. ‘They all live with their parents, playing video games. I’ve got 20 cousins like that. There are plenty of jobs — but not enough good jobs,’ he continues. ‘Our parents had good jobs. We can’t pay the bills.’ What would help? ‘I’d love to be in a union,’ he says. ‘I’m fine paying dues — I’d be making more money. Unions would make the employers pay.’” (10/29/18)

http://prospect.org/article/class-consciousness-comes-america

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45) Gun rights as inoculation
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“There’s a lot of talk of treating the ‘gun violence epidemic’ as a public health threat. Fine. Eradicate ‘gun violence.’ Take polio, for instance. Polio has been eradicated in America, and is virtually extinct in the rest of the world. How did we accomplish that? Vaccination. Prior to that, there was an epidemic in the US with 58,000 cases in 1952, out of a population of 157.55 million. Compare that to 73,505 shootings in 2013, out of a population of 316.23 million. If math is hard, that’s a 36.8/100K rate for polio, versus 23.2/100K rate for shootings. Polio was worse then than shootings now. Today’s generation may have never seen a polio victim, but I grew up knowing them. But we beat it. With vaccination. We can beat ‘gun violence,’ too. With vaccination.” (10/29/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5598

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46) Make Halloween dangerous again!
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Halloween is quite easily my favorite holiday. A heathen celebration the Christians failed to conquer, it’s a time of joyful chaos and youth rebellion decorated by skeletons, scattered leaves, flickering jack-o-lanterns, and bonfire smoke. A holiday where serial killers are lionized and everyone dresses in drag, betraying conformity to expose their darkest desires to be whores and outlaws. It’s the one time of year when a genderfuck malcontent like me can feel halfway normal without having to sell out. It’s also arguably this stupid countries only truly anarchist holiday, or at least it was and it still should be.” (10/28/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/10/make-halloween-dangerous-again.html

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47) The Saudis will get away with murder
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In my article ‘Don’t Be Surprised If Saudis Get Away with Murder,’ I detailed the U.S. national-security state’s kidnapping and assassination of Gen. Rene Schneider in 1970. The point I made is that the power to assassinate comes with any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state. That includes the United States, where the military and the CIA wield the omnipotent, non-reviewable power to assassinate people who they deem to be threats to ‘national security.’ Given that the U.S. national-security state got away with murder in the case of Gen. Schneider, what are the odds that there will be a different outcome in Saudi Arabia? Sure, there might be some underlings who have to fall on their swords as a sacrifice to the greater good, but the chance that higher-ups in the Saudi regime will be held accountable for the murder is virtually nil.” (10/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/29/the-saudis-will-get-away-with-murder/

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48) Lightening skies: The case for optimism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Despite President Trump’s wrongheaded decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty — which the US has been threatening to do since the George W. Bush years — it’s likely that what we’re seeing is a scenario similar to the prelude to the Singapore Summit. Accusations, even threats, followed by hard bargaining — and possibly a deal. The announcement of the treaty withdrawal was followed by indications that Trump will meet Putin in Paris on November 11. The occasion: the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, a conflict that destroyed the flower of European civilization and ushered in the barbarian doctrines of national socialism and Bolshevism.” (10/29/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/10/28/lightening-skies-the-case-for-optimism/

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49) Blasphemy law by the backdoor
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“On Thursday, just days before Irish citizens voted overwhelmingly to abolish the offence of blasphemy from their country’s constitution, judges in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decreed that European citizens can be convicted for blaspheming against Islam. … The ruling is part of a creeping return of the concept of blasphemy in Europe, this time in relation to Islam. The new blasphemies are not so much concerned with offending against the scriptures or God, but amount essentially to anything that can cause offence.” (10/29/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/29/blasphemy-law-by-the-backdoor/

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50) Put not your trust in government — they’ll play you if they can
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“A useful and interesting little example of how we should not put our trust in governments. Especially about money, specifically here about lending our money to them but the general point of not trusting them concerning money is important. Because they’re somewhere between cynical realists on the subject and lying b’stards. Our example today being inflation linked interest rates on loans to the government …” (10/29/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/uncategorized/put-not-your-trust-in-government-theyll-play-you-if-they-can/

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/29/18
Source: Reason

“One week ago, the editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast included some robust discussion about whether we are indeed living through an ominous time of heightening political violence. Since then, we’ve had the killing of two black people in Kentucky by a white man alleged to have tried first targeting a black church, then the arrest of a #MAGA-memer in the sending of (unexploded) pipe-bombs to a dozen or so leading Democrats, and then this weekend’s anti-Semitic murder rampage in a Pittsburgh synagogue by an alleged anti-immigrant social-media nut. So Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch pick up the conversation where it left off, trying to see whether we’ve turned a dark new corner, what can be said about President Donald Trump’s predictably awful response, how Gab’s role fits into our pre-existing anxieties about social media and the culture of free speech, and — obviously — whether we’d be better off being self-aware about living through Elon Musk’s drug-induced simulation.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/29/are-we-in-a-new-era-of-political

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52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 127
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Blackface, Julian Assange, Mexico Marijuana, GDP, Big Tech Companies.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/29/five-minutes-five-issues-blackface-julian-assange-mexico-marijuana-gdp-big-tech-companies/

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53) This Week in Bitcoin, 10/29/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Gabriel Cardona, founder of BitBox and head of developer.bitcoin.com is on the show. He inspires developers and entrepreneurs to build on Bitcoin Cash. We talk tokens, startup funding, the hard fork and more!” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e522-Developer-News-BCH-Devcon-Tokens-Why-you-should-build-on-BCH

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54) Lecture for the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Listen to Scott [Horton]’s lecture at a recent Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy event, where he discusses his book and the background of the war on terror.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10-28-18-lecture-for-the-committee-for-responsible-foreign-policy/

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55) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 237
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“The theme of this week’s podcast seems to be the remarkable reach of American soft power. Really. We elect Donald Trump, and suddenly everybody’s trolling.” [MP3] (10/29/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/29/id-like-to-teach-the-world-to-troll-in-p

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56) Mass incarceration and the drug war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

Speech by Laurence M. Vance at the Spelman College Drug War Conference. [Flash video] (10/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/laurence-m-vance-fff-spelman-college-drug-war-conference/

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/29/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend and bombs in the mail last week. Why the seeming increase in crimes motivated by hatred and extreme divisions in our society? Are we going off the rails? Do we allow too much free speech?” [Flash video] (10/29/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/hate-attacks-in-america-is-free-speech-to-blame

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58) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 84
Source: Roll Call

“President Donald Trump wants another tax cut for the middle class, a proposal administration officials and members of Congress are now scrambling to make happen. CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn explains the options available and their consequences.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/trumps-imagined-tax-cut-work

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59) Editor’s Break, episode 104
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 104 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the threat posed to Americans by the Honduran caravan; Donald Trump claiming that our ancestors ‘tamed a continent;’ the true meaning of prosperity; and more.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/honduran-caravan-continental-taming-prosperity-17m-editors-break-104

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60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, 10/29/18
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined by economist, author and podcast host Robert Murphy to discuss his new book Contra Krugman: Smashing the Errors of American’s Most Famous Keynesian as well as his podcast by the same name, co-hosted with Tom Woods. Bob explains why he became an Austrian economist, why he believes it’s important for libertarians and free market advocates to understand Austrian economics and the business cycle, and how Tom Woods goaded him into starting the Contra Krugman podcast. Along the way, Bob details some of the more ludicrous ideas of Krugman, including his pushing the idea of spending billions of dollars to prepare for a fake alien invasion (no, seriously.)” [various formats] (10/29/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/29/robert-murphy-on-refuting-paul-krugman/

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61) The Last Nighters, episode 43
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Robert and I get into the John Carpenter science-fiction horror set in Antarctica where you don’t know who you can trust, or even if you can trust yourself, The Thing! We talk about the moral dilemma presented the characters who seemingly must choose between murdering their fellows or allowing a widespread epidemic that would wipe out humanity in short order. We get into all sorts of nitty-gritty and we wind our way as far South as you can go.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/the-thing-the-last-nighters-episode-43/

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/29/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Regulations that disproportionately harm the poor should get special scrutiny. Cato’s Ryan Bourne and Vanessa Brown Calder joined Diane Katz of the Heritage Foundation for a live Cato Daily Podcast at Cato Club 200.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/regressive-regulation-economic-opportunity

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63) Free Talk Live, 10/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Texas Bitcoin Conference Day Two of Two :: Lyn Ulbricht — Ross Ulbricht Railroaded :: Nanu Berks, Crypto Artist :: Joseph Romero, SoGratefulJoe :: Randy Kelton from Rule of Law Radio on Courtroom Shenanigans, Legal Theories, and Traffic Tickets :: Hosts — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-28

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64) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 185
Source: The Daily Liberator

“People Say Dumb Shit.” [various formats] (10/28/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-185-people-say-dumb-shit/

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65) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/28/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“It’s often said that ‘money talks; BS walks,’ but previous guests on my show have marshaled hard evidence that money walks, too. IRS data shows that it tends to walk from places with high taxes and poor quality governance to places with lower taxes and a better business climate. … I thought it was time to revisit the subject with the Cato Institute’s director of tax policy studies, Chris Edwards, who has a new white paper out grading every state governor on fiscal performance.” (10/28/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/10/25/where-is-everyone-going-redux

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