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Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump claims he can (and will) repeal the 14th Amendment by decree
2) Mueller tries to preemptively discredit sexual assault allegations
3) James “Whitey” Bulger, 1929-2018
4) Denmark: Regime suspects Iranian spy service in assassination plot
5) Interior Department watchdog sends probe into Ryan Zinke’s conduct to DOJ
6) Couple’s $5,000 Bali honeymoon ruined by their passport-chewing dog
7) Intel drops financial support for racist GOP congresscritter Steve King
8) NH: Man resentenced to 40 years in parents’ 1996 murder
9) CA: Police thought human skull brought to Oakland station was a Halloween prank. They were wrong
10) Barbra Streisand “thinking” about moving to Canada if GOP holds House
11) Lawsuit accuses Trump family of peddling phony get-rich schemes
12) Yosemite fall: Victims identified as married bloggers from India trying to take a selfie
13) FL: Shots fired into GOP office
14) Merkley eyes White House, visits early primary states
15) MO: Daughter of GOP candidate warns voters about his virulent anti-Semitism
16) Muslim-led fundraiser nets $150,000 for funeral costs of synagogue shooting victims
17) PA: Pittsburgh rabbi receives hate mail for saying Trump would be welcome
18) China eyes Antarctica access with first permanent airfield
19) NC: Idiotic, evil, or both? Woman charged in son’s hurricane flood water drowning death
20) WWF report: 60 percent of animal populations lost since 1970
21) South Korea: Court orders Japanese firm to pay for World War Two forced labor
22) WA: Judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape
23) Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged after floating dock sinks
24) Study: Blood-sucking sand flies love to eat cannabis
25) Trump regime shifts attack on American economy from consumers to exporters

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The citizenship clause means what it says
27) The Pittsburgh double bind: Presidents shouldn’t be so important
28) If Myspace and Sears can fall, so can Facebook (hopefully)
29) Trump’s nationalism vs. itself
30) “Lone wolves” and the rhetoric that fuels them
31) How stupidity is manufactured
32) Religious freedom and US foreign policy
33) Portugal’s drug policy shows what common-sense approach looks like
34) The (trans) kids are alright
35) Withdrawal from Postal Union will benefit Americans
36) Caution: Fed criticisms by Trump could have consequences
37) Embrace the dirt nap
38) skule vs. education
39) Trump (accidentally?) right about “fake news”
40) Not waving but drowning — stocks, debt and inflation?
41) Lie, cheat AND steal
42) Is the US still [sic] a real democracy?
43) The limits of power — the myth of the magical American soldier
44) Say what you will about markets, they give you a genuine say
45) Bonapartism returns to Brazil
46) If Trump fires Mueller
47) Ableman’s shadow: State challenges to martial law
48) Voluntary servitude — not coercion — fuels the state’s power
49) Gender self-determination is not government’s business
50) Democrats: Don’t go high or low, go big and bold
51) My great time in an illegal immigrant detention camp
52) The consequences of system failure
53) Trump is right, the Fed is crazy
54) Want to save the climate? Break up the big banks
55) Legal immigration into the United States, part 8
56) The rise of zombie governments
57) What if both parties supported pedophile priests?
58) 100 percent renewables — poor policy for ratepayers
59) Here’s something Obama actually deserves credit for
60) Facts, opinions, and the Pew Research Center’s pseudoscience

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/30/18
62) Scott Adams Says, 10/30/18
63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 35
64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/30/18
65) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 109
66) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 80
67) Kick the Puppy, episode 10
68) Postcards from Somalia, episode 17
69) Candidates of Liberty, episode 15
70) Anarcho Agenda, episode 84
71) Free Talk Live, 10/29/18
72) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 174
73) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1271
74) Deconstructed, 10/29/18
75) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 264

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

1) Trump claims he can (and will) repeal the 14th Amendment by decree
Source: Axios

“President Trump plans to sign an executive order that would remove [sic] the right to citizenship for babies of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on U.S. soil, he said yesterday in an exclusive interview for ‘Axios on HBO,’ a new four-part documentary news series debuting on HBO this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. … ‘It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,’ Trump said, declaring he can do it by executive order.” (10/30/18)

https://www.axios.com/trump-birthright-citizenship-executive-order-0cf4285a-16c6-48f2-a933-bd71fd72ea82.html

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2) Mueller tries to preemptively discredit sexual assault allegations
Source: CNBC

“Special counsel Robert Mueller has referred to the FBI allegations that women were ‘offered money’ to make ‘false claims’ about him, a spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Peter Carr released this statement to CNBC: ‘When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, we immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation.’ … Jack Burkman, a conservative commentator who claims to be a registered lobbyist, said in a tweet Tuesday that ‘we will reveal the first of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sex assault victims’ on Thursday.” (10/30/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/30/mueller-accuses-opponents-of-offering-money-to-make-false-claims-about-him.html

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3) James “Whitey” Bulger, 1929-2018
Source: USA Today

“James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the Boston gangster who eluded authorities for 16 years before being captured and convicted of participating in 11 murders in 2013, has died at a prison in West Virginia. Bulger, who was 89, was found dead Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed, which said Bulger had arrived at the Hazelton Penitentiary in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, on Monday. He had been found unresponsive Tuesday morning, according to the bureau. Authorities did not immediately release a cause of death but said the FBI is investigating. The Boston Globe and CNN are among the news outlets reporting Bulger was killed at Hazelton, where he was transferred from a facility in Oklahoma City. Known as one of the nation’s most notorious criminals and fugitives, Bulger was the head of a violent South Boston crime ring known as the Winter Hill Gang from the 1970s into the 1990s. In December 1994, Bulger was tipped off about his imminent indictment by an FBI agent and escaped, remaining on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list until getting apprehended in 2011 in Santa Monica, California.” (10/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/30/james-whitey-bulger-boston-gangster-found-dead-w-va-prison/1820034002

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4) Denmark: Regime suspects Iranian spy service in assassination plot
Source: Reuters

“Denmark said on Tuesday it suspected an Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil. The alleged plot, which Denmark’s foreign minister said he believed the Iranian government was behind, prompted the Nordic country to call for fresh European Union-wide sanctions against the Islamic Republic. A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on Oct. 21 in connection with the plot and extradited to neighboring Denmark, Swedish security police said.” (10/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-denmark-security/iranian-spy-service-suspected-of-assassination-plot-in-denmark-security-chief-idUSKCN1N41N4

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5) Interior Department watchdog sends probe into Ryan Zinke’s conduct to DOJ
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Interior Department’s acting inspector general has referred a probe into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s conduct to the U.S. Justice Department for further investigation, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. Mary Kendall, the acting inspector general of the Interior Department, is conducting at least three probes into Zinke’s conduct, including his involvement in a Montana land deal, and a decision not to grant two tribes approval to run a casino in Connecticut. It was not clear which probe had been sent to the Justice Department.” (10/30/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/us-interior-department-watchdog-sends-probe-ryan-zinkes-conduct-doj-washington-post

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6) Couple’s $5,000 Bali honeymoon ruined by their passport-chewing dog
Source: USA Today

“Bad dog, indeed. Newlyweds Daniel and Tia Farthing told The Mirror their honeymoon was ruined when they were denied entry into Bali because their dog had chewed off the corner of Daniel’s passport. The couple, from Suffolk in the U.K., told the British newspaper they flew 16 hours to the Indonesian island before an official told them the travel document was unacceptable and sent them back home. ‘We got married last year and planned our honeymoon for our first anniversary,’ Tia told the newspaper. ‘We’d booked an elephant safari, a villa and pool. It was going to be so special.’ On the way home, the couple says Daniel, 26, was detained in Singapore for seven hours, where he was locked in a room with about 30 others. ‘I was shaking and throwing up. It was a horrendous experience,’ Daniel said. After dishing out 4,000 pounds (about $5,000) for their dream honeymoon, the couple’s families helped set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to help cover lost expenses.” [editor’s note: Next time they leave the dog in a shelter? – SAT] (10/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2018/10/30/couples-bali-honeymoon-ruined-because-dog-chewed-passport/1818637002

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7) Intel drops financial support for racist GOP congresscritter Steve King
Source: Fast Company

“The chipmaking giant has told employees it is dropping financial support for controversial Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, reports Popular Information. King has a history of openly espousing racist views and supporting white supremacists. But most recently King, who is up for reelection next month, endorsed Toronto’s openly white supremacist candidate for mayor. The move was too much for Intel, which sent an email to employees last Thursday announcing the company will ‘no longer [be] donating to his campaigns.’” (10/30/18)

https://www.fastcompany.com/90258098/intel-drops-financial-support-for-congressman-steve-king-amid-white-supremacist-endorsement

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8) NH: Man resentenced to 40 years in parents’ 1996 murder
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A judge lifted the life sentence Tuesday for a New Hampshire man who killed his parents and stashed them in garbage bags as a teenager, making him eligible for release in 17 years. Now 40, Robert Dingman was 17 when he and his 14-year-old brother shot their parents to death as they arrived home on a Friday afternoon in February 1996. Testifying against his brother, Jeffrey Dingman said the boys hid the bodies in the attic and basement of their Rochester home, spent the weekend playing and partying with friends and then returned to school on Monday. They were arrested after their parents’ worried co-workers called police.” (10/30/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Man-to-be-resentenced-for-parents-1996-murder-13347554.php

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9) CA: Police thought human skull brought to Oakland station was a Halloween prank. They were wrong
Source: Los Angeles Times

“What authorities initially thought was a gruesome prank just in time for Halloween has turned into a homicide investigation in Oakland after someone delivered a decayed human skull to the Police Department last week. The person who discovered the decomposing skull in the backyard of a home on 29th Street brought it to an Oakland Police Department station early Friday, said Officer Johnna Watson. … It’s the latest in a series of recent macabre discoveries for police in the Bay Area. A badly decomposed body without a head was discovered in Oakland in September, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. And in August, police in San Francisco found the headless body of 65-year-old Brian Egg stuffed in a fish tank inside his home.” (10/29/18)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-police-investigate-human-head-20181029-story.html

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10) Barbra Streisand “thinking” about moving to Canada if GOP holds House
Source: Fox News

“Barbra Streisand is once again thinking about leaving the United States for political reasons. In a Tuesday interview with the New York Times, the 76-year-old star admitted that she’s considering moving to Canada if the Democrats don’t win the House in the midterms next week. ‘I want to sleep nights, if we take the House I’ll be able to sleep a little bit better,’ Streisand told the outlet, adding that if they don’t take control she’s been ‘thinking about’ a potential move. ‘I’ve been thinking about, do I want to move to Canada? I don’t know. I’m just so saddened by this thing happening to our country. It’s making me fat. I hear what he said now, and I have to go eat pancakes now, and pancakes are very fattening. We make them with healthy flour, though — almond flour, coconut flour.’ This isn’t the first time Streisand has said she’s considering leaving the United States. Before the 2016 election, the singer-actress echoed the same sentiment.” [editor’s note: If this doesn’t get the GOPers out to vote, maybe nothing will – SAT] [additional editor’s note: She’s ALWAYS going to move if Republicans win. Shut up and move already! – TLK] (10/30/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/barbra-streisand-thinking-moving-canada-gop-wins-house

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11) Lawsuit accuses Trump family of peddling phony get-rich schemes
Source: Politico

“A new lawsuit filed in federal court Monday accuses President Donald Trump and his children of convincing consumers to invest in get-rich-quick schemes, while also accepting ‘large, secret payments’ from the companies they were pitching. … The suit names Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and the Trump Corporation as defendants. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Alan Garten, a lawyer for the president’s business.” (10/29/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/29/lawsuit-trump-family-racketeering-947075

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12) Yosemite fall: Victims identified as married bloggers from India trying to take a selfie
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A man and woman who died after falling from an iconic cliff in Yosemite National Park have been identified as a married couple from India. Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, were living in the US and had maintained a travel blog of photos from their trips around the country. In a recent Instagram post, the couple pondered the ‘daredevilry’ of taking photos from dangerous locations. Park rangers are investigating but say the cause of death may never be known. Viswanath and Moorthy’s bodies were recovered from a steep rocky area beneath the lookout on Taft Point on Thursday, according to park spokesman Jamie Richards. The Taft Point promontory offers views of the valley floor 3,000 ft (900m) below and has become a popular spot for romantic photos and wedding proposals.” (10/30/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46035739

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13) FL: Shots fired into GOP office
Source: WESH 2 News

“The windows of a Volusia County Republican Party office were shot at over the weekend. Capt. Mark Cheatham of the South Daytona Police Department says four shots were fired at the office of the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County. … Cheatham says the shooting is being investigated as vandalism until detectives establish a motive.” (10/29/18)

https://www.wesh.com/article/shots-fired-into-volusia-county-republican-headquarters-police-say/24402544

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14) Merkley eyes White House, visits early primary states
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sen. Jeff Merkley says he is seriously considering a run for the White House. The Oregon Democrat’s national profile rose this year when he led opposition to the Trump administration’s immigration policy that saw parents forcibly separated from their children. Merkley, in trying to gauge interest in a possible run, has visited Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, states that have early primaries and caucuses in the presidential sweepstakes. He said he’s discussed with voters there issues he has led, including ending predatory home mortgages’ battling ‘climate chaos,’ fighting for equality for the LGBT community, and opposing trade agreements that ship Americans’ jobs overseas. The feedback’s been very positive, Merkley says, though he won’t make a decision until after next week’s midterm elections.” (10/30/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Merkley-eyes-White-House-visits-early-primary-13348720.php

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15) MO: Daughter of GOP candidate warns voters about his virulent anti-Semitism
Source: Raw Story

“The daughter of a Republican candidate seeking a seat in the Missouri General Assembly has gone public, telling voters to not vote for her dad on election day because of his hateful views. According to the Kansas City Star, Emily West is telling voters in Missouri’s House District 15 to stay clear of her father, Steve West, bluntly stating, ‘I can’t imagine him being in any level of government.’ According to the report, the elder West hosts a radio program where he has made repeated anti-Semitic comments as well as attacking gays and minorities. In one broadcast rant he accused Jewish doctors of trading on the pain and suffering of children at the famous St. Jude’s Hospital. ‘St. Judes hospital, they’re cancer research,’ he said. ‘They’re getting kids sick through vaccines and other means, and they are torturing them with these anti-cancer drugs. The St. Jude’s Hospital — it makes me sick how they are are suffering, and all for a little PR for the Jewish cabal.’” (10/30/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/daughter-gop-candidate-warns-voters-virulent-anti-semitism-cant-imagine-government

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16) Muslim-led fundraiser nets $150,000 for funeral costs of synagogue shooting victims
Source: CBS News

“A fundraiser organized by two Muslim-American groups for the victims of Saturday’s deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue reached its goal of raising $150,000 from about 3,600 donors in just over 48 hours. Some of the money is already on the way to victims and their families, and organizers say they hope to cover the funeral costs for all 11 people who were killed. The fundraiser on the site LaunchGood is a joint effort by the groups Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change.” (10/29/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pittsburgh-shooting-muslim-led-launchgood-fundraiser-raises-money-for-funeral-costs-of-synagogue-shooting-victims/

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17) PA: Pittsburgh rabbi receives hate mail for saying Trump would be welcome
Source: Fox News

“Jeffrey Myers, the Pittsburgh rabbi who watched as 11 of his congregants were gunned down during Saturday services, says he has become a political target and is receiving hate mail for saying he would welcome President Trump to his place of prayer. And he’s not the only one. Brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal were murdered in the shootout are being laid to rest Tuesday. Both lived with disabilities and received help from ACHIEVA, which operates a community home. The Pittsburgh-based organization told reporters they received three phone calls today from an unidentified man who was swearing and angry at them. While ACHIEVA would not elaborate on what exactly the caller said, they did tell reporters it was ‘anti-Jewish’ and ‘pro-Trump.’ The organization says it has notified police and plans to beef up security.” (10/30/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/pittsburgh-rabbi-receives-hate-mail-for-saying-trump-would-be-welcome-we-need-to-be-better-than-this

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18) China eyes Antarctica access with first permanent airfield
Source: Fox News

“The icy continent of Antarctica could prove to be the location of the next geopolitical battleground, as China announced Monday it’s preparing to build its first permanent airport at the South Pole. The site, located about 17 miles away from the Zhongshan Antarctic Station, was surveyed by the 33rd Antarctic expedition in 2017 and will ‘greatly facilitate the nation’s research and expedition’ on the continent, state media reported. The airfield will initially have one runway that will be roughly 4,900 feet in length. ‘More flat runways will be built later to accommodate large fixed-wing planes,’ state media reported.” (10/30/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-eyes-antarctica-access-with-first-permanent-airfield

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19) NC: Idiotic, evil, or both? Woman charged in son’s hurricane flood water drowning death
Source: ABC News

“The mother of a 1-year-old who was swept into floodwaters created by Hurricane Florence has been charged in the boy’s death. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page 20-year-old Dazia Ideah Lee of Charlotte is charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving on a closed or unopened highway. Lee told news outlets she wasn’t from the area and was unfamiliar with the roads. … Lee said she was able to get Kaiden Lee-Welch out of the car, but the water caused her to lose her grip.” (10/29/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/mother-charged-year-son-died-hurricane-58838557

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20) WWF report: 60 percent of animal populations lost since 1970
Source: USA Today

“Global wildlife population shrunk by 60 percent between 1970 and 2014, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s 2018 Living Planet report. ‘Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions,’ the report warns. The Living Planet Report, which publishes every two years, tracked more than 4,000 species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. Declines are worst in the topics, according to the data, as South and Central American saw a 89 percent decrease. Also, freshwater species saw an 83 percent drop, threatened by factors including overfishing, pollution and climate change, WWF notes. The report estimates that only a quarter of the world’s land is untouched by humans who are increasing food production and use of natural resources. America is among the countries using the most natural resources, according to a WWF map showing North America and Canada consuming more than seven global hectares per person.” (10/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/30/living-planet-report-60-percent-animal-populations-gone-wwf/1817210002

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21) South Korea: Court orders Japanese firm to pay for World War Two forced labor
Source: NBC News

“South Korea’s top court ruled Tuesday that a Japanese steel producer must compensate South Koreans for their forced labor during World War II. Japan denounced the verdict against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. as ‘unthinkable,’ while expressing hope that cooperation over North Korea would not be jeopardized. The landmark ruling saw South Korea’s Supreme Court uphold a 2013 order for the company to pay 100 million won ($87,700) to each of the four steel workers who initiated the suit in 2005. Lee Choon-shik, 94, is the sole surviving plaintiff.” (10/30/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/south-korea-orders-japanese-firm-pay-wwii-forced-labor-n926051

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22) WA: Judge chases prisoners, nabs one during attempted escape
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed prisoners made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom. Video obtained by The Daily Chronicle shows Judge R.W. Buzzard leap into action Oct. 16 when the men identified as 22-year-old Tanner Jacobson and 28-year-old Kodey Howard bolt for the door and down a stairwell. Jacobson was in the lead while bounding down four flights of stairs, but the judge closed in on Howard and grabbed him just as he was about to exit the courthouse. Authorities say they apprehended Jacobson a few blocks away from the Lewis County Courthouse in Chehalis, about 85 miles southwest of Seattle. Both prisoners have been charged with second-degree escape. Initial surveillance video shows four prisoners being escorted from court by one deputy, who is out of the frame for most of the footage. Howard and Jacobson are last in line, and rather than walk through an exit to the right of the judge’s seat, they pivot and run for the public door at the back of the courtroom. Cameras in the stairwell show that Jacobson sometimes took several steps at a time.” (10/30/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Judge-chases-inmates-during-attempted-escape-13332019.php

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23) Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged after floating dock sinks
Source: NDTV [India]

“Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a crane crashed onto its deck. The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes carrying out air strikes against rebel forces. It was being overhauled on one of the world’s biggest floating docks in the icy waters of the Kola Bay near Murmansk close to where Russia’s Northern Fleet is based and was due to go back into service in 2021.” (10/30/18)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/russias-only-aircraft-carrier-admiral-kuznetsov-damaged-after-floating-dock-sinks-1939966

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24) Study: Blood-sucking sand flies love to eat cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“As pesky and annoying as sand flies are, they might actually prefer eating weed over sucking blood, according to new scientific research. According to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sand flies consumed cannabis more frequently than researchers expected. The study’s lead author, Ibrahim Abbasia from the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his researchers used next-generation gene-sequencing techniques to determine what types of plants the flies were eating. The team studied trapped sand flies throughout five different regions: across Brazil, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Israel, and Palestine. Experts observed that ‘he most commonly consumed plant in four of the five sites was cannabis sativa, despite its apparent lack of abundance in the study sites,’ suggesting that the flies actually go out of their way to satisfy their marijuana cravings.” (10/30/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/29/blood-sucking-sand-flies-love-to-eat-marijuana-study-finds

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25) Trump regime shifts attack on American economy from consumers to exporters
Source: ZDNet

“The Trump administration on Monday announced it was banning US exports to a Chinese semiconductor firm named Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company, Ltd., citing national security concerns. In a statement released by the US Department of Commerce (DoC), officials said the Chinese chipmaker posed ‘a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.’ DoC officials are now barring US companies from selling any products to Fujian Jinhua, which was recently nearing completion of a new dynamic random access memory (DRAM) factory project.” (10/29/18)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-bans-exports-to-chinese-dram-maker-citing-national-security/

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

26) The citizenship clause means what it says
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“The idea behind the attack on birthright citizenship is often obscured by a wall of dubious originalist rhetoric and legalese. At its base, the claim is that children born in the U.S. are not citizens if they are born to noncitizen parents. The idea contradicts the Fourteenth Amendment’s citizenship clause, it flies in the face of more than a century of practice, and it would create a shadow population of American-born people who have no state, no legal protection, and no real rights that the government is bound to respect. … The citizenship-denial lobby has focused on the words subject to the jurisdiction. Its members argue that citizens of foreign countries, even if they live in the U.S., are not subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and thus their children are not covered by the clause. To test this idea, ask yourself: If a foreign citizen rear-ends your car on your drive home today, will you, or the police, allow him to drive away on the grounds that a foreign citizen cannot be arrested, ticketed, or sued? For those scoring at home, the answer is no.” (10/30/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/birthright-citizenship-constitution/574381/

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27) The Pittsburgh double bind: Presidents shouldn’t be so important
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“These days, the president is a combination golfer, rock star, Ron Popeil style TV pitchman, and Jesus surrogate. It wasn’t always that way. The presidency described in the US Constitution is a boring, tedious job for the most part: Sign or veto bills. Appoint officials. Negotiate treaties. Tell Congress how things are going every so often (until the 20th century, that was done in a written report, not a ‘State of the Union’ speech). Serve as commander in chief, but only when there’s actually a war on (the army was a tiny organization in peacetime until after World War Two). Abraham Lincoln didn’t even get top billing at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in 1863. … And after the presidency came relative obscurity, at least compared to today.” (10/30/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14039

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28) If Myspace and Sears can fall, so can Facebook (hopefully)
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Facebook might seem too big to fail, but rest assured it is not. Unless it is protected by a government monopoly, every single product and service is vulnerable to market forces, even those considered too powerful. Just a few weeks ago, the once-mighty Sears announced its plans to file for bankruptcy and close 142 of its department store locations. It also wasn’t so long ago when Blockbuster Video, a staple of weekend fun in the 90s, announced its closure, as well. These institutions were at the top of their games at one point but were each unable to satisfy their customers as they once did. And both were inevitably replaced by better services like Amazon Prime and Netflix. Facebook might seem different from other traditional market entities since it technically doesn’t sell anything to the bulk of its users. But just like Sears and Blockbuster, its success relies on its ability to attract and maintain its customers.” (10/30/18)

https://fee.org/articles/if-myspace-and-sears-can-fall-so-can-facebook-hopefully/

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29) Trump’s nationalism vs. itself
Source: Cato Institute
by David Bier

“President Trump promised Monday night that he would use an executive order to end birthright citizenship for children of noncitizens. This proposal and his arguments for it highlight how the ‘America First’ nationalism of the President compromises American exceptionalism and makes America a smaller, weaker and more divided country. The President’s primary argument for abandoning the historic policy of the United States, codified in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, is that America is ‘the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen.’ This is false. Canada and about 30 other countries have followed America’s lead on this issue, granting citizenship at birth to anyone born in their country. But the fact that the President believes that this is a valid reason for rewriting the Constitution by executive fiat illustrates something about his nationalist philosophy. Rather than seeking to keep America exceptional — to use Ronald Reagan’s iconic phrase, ‘the City on the Hill’ — he would seek to make America more like other countries, ones without a Constitution at all.” (10/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-nationalism-vs-itself

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30) “Lone wolves” and the rhetoric that fuels them
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Harry Bruinius & Eoin O’Carroll

“To those familiar with him offline, Robert Bowers was barely there. ‘He was in his own little world,’ said one childhood friend of the man accused of gunning down 11 congregants in Pittsburgh on Saturday in what is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US, according to The New York Times. ‘He was pretty much a ghost. There was nothing about him, not even a bumper sticker on his car,’ said a neighbor. He kept to himself, as the stock phrase that inevitably follows a mass shooting goes. Yet, as the research shows, no terrorist is an island, and the alleged Pittsburgh gunman is no exception. Mr. Bowers may have been a phantom in the physical world, but on the right-wing social platform Gab, he was enmeshed in a network of values and norms that have an insidious way of making the murder of elderly Jews look like justice. ‘Nobody self-radicalizes,’ says Mark Hamm, a professor of criminology at Indiana State University. ‘They do get radicalized. They go through a process of extremist development. But it is certainly by no means independently.’” (10/30/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2018/1029/Lone-wolves-and-the-rhetoric-that-fuels-them

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31) How stupidity is manufactured
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Most of us in the West are pretty well addicted to fear. We turn on Fear TV or Fear Radio to ‘stay up on events.’ Or we check Internet feeds that provide the same fears in slightly more modern packaging. And why do we do these things? To show that we’re vibrant and engaged of course. Otherwise, what would we have to talk about at the cocktail party or the coffee shop? This is more or less the same as teenagers who become cigarette smokers (nicotine addicts) to show that they’re part of the cool group. We do these things because everyone else does them, because we’re told to do them, and because we don’t know what else to do. And yet, fear damages us, deeply and continually.” (10/30/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/how-stupidity-is-manufactured/

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32) Religious freedom and US foreign policy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“A Gallup poll taken last year found that 87 percent of Americans believed in God, 51 percent considered religion to be very important in their life, 54 percent were members of a church or synagogue, 35 percent had attended a church or synagogue in the previous seven days, and 64 percent claimed to be a Christian of some kind. But whether they attend religious services or not, and whether they consider themselves to be Christian or not, all Americans, from atheists to devout believers and everyone in between, cherish the freedom of religion that exists in the United States.” (10/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/religious-freedom-and-u-s-foreign-policy/

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33) Portugal’s drug policy shows what common-sense approach looks like
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Heather Knight

“San Francisco likes to think of itself as on the cutting edge of everything. If it’s smart and compassionate public policy, the thinking goes, it probably started here. But any quick walk around downtown (with widespread human misery on full display) makes it obvious our city doesn’t have all the answers. So who does? When it comes to drug policy, experts from around the world are looking to Portugal. Portugal? It doesn’t come up in most San Franciscans’ daily conversations, but maybe it should. On Monday morning, I got the chance to interview Dr. Joao Castel-Branco Goulao, a physician and Portugal’s national drug coordinator. He helped his country craft its drug policies, which are widely praised as both humane and effective. Neither adjective would be used to describe San Francisco’s drug policy, which seems to revolve around looking the other way as users inject in public, toss their dirty needles on the sidewalks, and become sitting ducks for dealers who flock to the Tenderloin and South of Market, where they find ready markets.” (10/30/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/heatherknight/article/Portugal-s-drug-policy-shows-what-common-sense-13346677.php?t=4921c7dd3f

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34) The (trans) kids are alright
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Alex McHugh

“The cultural aversion to trans people that has existed in many societies across time, with which this political oppression closely allied, is what we need to fight right now. And that means approaching the issue on all fronts and, in particular, creating more and more space for trans people to exist publicly and be treated civilly. Resisting only the end result of anti-trans bigotry will leave us with a continuing cycle of backlash as we have seen in this country before. As we are seeing right now. So, as much as there is a fight to be had over official policy and the role this can play in access to resources and care, we need to think bigger than this decree — we need to question why the Health and Human Services Department has any fucking say in someone’s gender identification to begin with, and why the state even has the power to enforce something like this.” (10/30/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51405

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35) Withdrawal from Postal Union will benefit Americans
Source: The American Spectator
by Johnny Kampis

“The leftist [sic] tech media is trying to frame President Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as a negative for consumers when the goal is to stop postal subsidies that are harming American businesses.” (10/30/18)

https://spectator.org/postal-union-americans/

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36) Caution: Fed criticisms by Trump could have consequences
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Steven Friedman

“It’s not the job of market participants to tell elected officials what to say or not to say, but it is our job to consider the consequences of their remarks. And thinking through President Trump’s recent criticism of monetary policy, there are reasons to be concerned. The criticism is remarkable not for its pointedness but rather for the break with precedent. In recent decades, administrations have avoided commenting on monetary policy in recognition of the Federal Reserve’s independence from politics. In addition, that the criticism has come as a result of just a six percent decline in the S&P500 raises questions about how the President would respond to a meaningful economic shock, and what sort of pressure the administration might put on Federal Reserve officials in such an event.” [editor’s note: Could those “consequences” include ending the Fed (at least as we know it)? Champagne would be in order – SAT] (10/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/fed-criticisms-trump

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37) Embrace the dirt nap
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“My father died in bed just about the time our plane set down on the tarmac at BWI airport. It was earlier than we expected — but maybe just what he’d hoped for. ‘I guess this is it,’ he’d told me days earlier when he called to say the doctors had run out of ideas for fighting his cancer. They gave him anywhere from two weeks to two months. To play it on the safe side, I booked the first available flight east. … My son Anthony and I traveled light and made good time. We arrived to the house maybe 45 minutes after wheels down. But when she opened the door, my mother shook her head, unable to speak at first. My sister and her family, having arrived immediately before us, stood in the hallway behind her. My father, I learned, had balked at the prospect of the family gathering. ‘I don’t want the boys to see me this way,’ he told my mother. Perhaps through sheer will, he was gone before we got there. Gone, but still in that bed.” (for publication 11/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/30/embrace-the-dirt-nap

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38) skule vs. education
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“For a sizeable percentage of people, school doesn’t ‘work.’ Not if you expect it to result in education, anyway. I’ve mentioned before that many of my relatives work at government schools. One has recently retired, but has shifted into being a ‘substitute teacher.’ His recent experiences are enlightening.” (10/30/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/10/skule-vs-education.html

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39) Trump (accidentally?) right about “fake news”
Source: USA Today
by Bill Goodykoontz

“President Donald Trump on Monday called the ‘fake news media’ the ‘true enemy of the people.’ It wasn’t for the first time. And it probably won’t be the last. Funny, I don’t feel like an enemy of anything, particularly. Healthy eating, maybe. But the president keeps saying it. Here is what Trump said in two tweets Monday morning: ‘There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!’ … What you don’t see discussed very often is the possibility that, at least about the ‘fake news’ part, Trump is right. He’s just wrong about what’s fake. There have been plenty of false stories about the migrant caravan making its way north to the U.S. border, for instance.” (10/30/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/10/30/donald-trump-accidentally-right-fake-news-column/1816741002

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40) Not waving but drowning — stocks, debt and inflation?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“The recent decline in the US stock market, after the longest bull-market in history, has prompted many commentators to focus on the negative factors which could sow the seeds of the next recession. Among the main concerns is the inexorable rise in debt since the great financial recession (GFR) of 2008. According to May 2018 data from the IMF, global debt now stands at $63trln, with emerging economy debt expansion, over the last decade, more than offsetting the marking time among developed nations.” (10/30/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/10/not-waving-but-drowning-stocks-debt-and-inflation/

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41) Lie, cheat AND steal
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Sometimes lying just isn’t enough. But dishonest politicians have additional weapons at their disposal. There’s cheating. And stealing, too. Meet the Memphis City Council.” (10/30/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/30/lie-cheat-and-steal-paul-jacob-on-a-city-council-that-knows-no-limits-and-wants-none/

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42) Is the US still [sic] a real democracy?
Source: Reuters
by Lincoln Mitchell

“Voters in established democracies are accustomed to going to the polls to choose between parties with competing visions, programs or ideologies. For those who live in countries where freedoms are limited, however, the choice at the ballot box often is not about candidates or issues but about free and fair elections — and even the right to vote. Is the United States heading in that direction? As Americans prepare to make their choices in the Nov. 6 pivotal midterms, there are substantive issues like climate change and immigration policies that separate the two main parties. But to an extent that is unprecedented in the post-Civil Rights era, the issue of democracy itself has unmistakably crept on to the U.S. ballot. In consolidated democracies, including many in Europe and North America, democracy is about choosing an economic program, determining a country’s foreign policy direction or deciding a set of positions on domestic issues like marriage equality or approaches to policing. However, in countries that are not quite democratic, either because the democracy is not yet fully formed or because democracy is eroding, elections are different.” (10/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mitchell-democracy-commentary/commentary-is-the-u-s-still-a-real-democracy-idUSKCN1N41YN

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43) The limits of power — the myth of the magical American soldier
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, USA

“We aren’t miracle workers. We’re just soldiers after all — kids barely out of their teens and officers in their mid-20s do most of the fighting. Still, policymakers in Washington, and citizens on Main Street both seem convinced that the mere presence of a few hundred or thousand American troops can alter societies, vanquish the wicked, and remake the world. A colleague of mine refers to this as the myth of the magic soldier: sprinkle US troops in some horrific mess of a country and voila — problem solved! It sounds great, but this sort of delusional thinking has led the United States into one failed quagmire after another, killing some 7,000 US troops and close to one million locals.” (10/30/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/10/29/the-limits-of-power-the-myth-of-the-magical-american-soldier/

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44) Say what you will about markets, they give you a genuine say
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Peter Earle eloquently exploded the notion that voting in political elections is an exalted means of self-expression. Few myths are more lethal to liberty than that which equates freedom with majoritarian democracy — and no fallacy does more to fuel this myth than that which declares the essence of freedom to be the right to vote. In reality, voting is an extraordinarily skimpy and muted means of giving voice to your individual values, hopes, concerns, and preferences. And the right to vote is certainly no great bulwark to protect your liberty.” (10/30/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/say-what-you-will-about-markets-they-give-you-genuine-say

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45) Bonapartism returns to Brazil
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“At a distance, which is the preferred vantage point of many fascism-hunters, Bolsonaro can be made to look a bit fascist. He is a military strongman. He indulges in anti-Communist rhetoric. And he is not afraid to demonise certain segments of Brazilian society. But look a little closer, and a different, historically specific reality emerges. He starts to look less like Hitler, draped as the latter was in the wounded military mythology of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, and more like what he is: namely, a Bonapartist leader in a Latin America still politically dominated by a long tradition of military generals, from Argentina’s Juan Peron in the 1940s and 1950s to Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in the 2000s.” (10/30/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/30/bonapartism-returns-to-brazil/

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46) If Trump fires Mueller
Source: The New Republic
by Marcy Wheeler

“Here’s what the post-midterms world might look like: Democrats control the House by a decent margin. But they pick up just one seat in the Senate, allowing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to exploit that more powerful legislative body to guard the White House. (Both electoral outcomes are likely, according to predictions.) Then, before special counsel Robert Mueller has the chance to reveal any of the work his team has been quietly doing during the campaign season, President Donald Trump finds a way to end or severely curtail Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump’s boldest move would be to fire Mueller himself. Shortly after Mueller was appointed in May 2017, Trump’s team claimed that the special counsel had conflicts of interest: claims that Trump might use to justify firing him. More recently, Trump has complained that the investigation has gone on too long. If Trump is planning on firing Mueller, he’s most likely to do it right after the election, since it will take two months before the new Congress is sworn in and any political consequences will be delayed.” (10/30/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151929/trump-fires-mueller

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47) Ableman’s shadow: State challenges to martial law
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Nicholas Mosvick

“In my first post of this series on Ableman v. Booth (1859) and its contested meaning in the Civil War period, I discussed the background of the case, Chief Justice Taney’s opinion, and the Civil War statutes which prompted judicial battles over habeas corpus. However, even before the 1863 Habeas Corpus Act, state courts were already determining the meaning of Ableman. President Lincoln, reacting to protests and rioting against the state drafts ordered under the Militia Act of 1862, suspended the writ of habeas corpus on September 25th, 1862. As a result, draft protestors arrested under Lincoln’s order and subjected to martial law filed for writs of habeas corpus in state courts in order to resist the charges. The most important case before Habeas Corpus Act came once again in Wisconsin in the case of In Re Kemp.” (10/29/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/ablemans-shadow-state-challenges-martial-law

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48) Voluntary servitude — not coercion — fuels the state’s power
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Antony P Mueller

“Tyranny can come through elections, by force, or by inheritance. Although the methods differ about how the rulers come into power, the method of dominance is the same. All types of rules, including tyrannical ones, are based on voluntary submission of the people.” (10/30/18)

https://mises.org/wire/voluntary-servitude-%E2%80%94-not-coercion-%E2%80%94-fuels-states-power

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49) Gender self-determination is not government’s business
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“A matter as personal as gender identification should be decided by the person involved, not by the government. At the 2016 Republican convention, candidate Trump promised to stand up for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. That led prominent transgender rights activist Caitlyn Jenner to join the Republican Party, expressing belief that she ‘could work within the party and the Trump administration to shift the minds of those who most needed shifting.’ In a recent Washington Post column, she acknowledged that she had been wrong. Last year, Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark, who is also now running for mayor of Phoenix, anticipated Jenner’s eventual disenchantment with the GOP …” (10/29/18)

https://www.lp.org/gender-self-determination-is-not-governments-business/

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50) Democrats: Don’t go high or low, go big and bold
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a ‘referendum about me.’ Of course they are. Everything is about him. Anyone who still believes the political divide runs between Republicans and Democrats hasn’t been paying attention. There’s no longer a Republican Party. The GOP is now just pro-Trump. Meanwhile Trump is doing all he can to make the Democratic Party the anti-Trump Party. ‘Democrats,’ he declares, are ‘too dangerous to govern.’ They’re ‘an angry left-wing mob,’ leading an ‘assault on our country.’ Never before has a president of the United States been so determined not to be president of all Americans. He’s president of his supporters.” (10/30/18)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats-dont-go-high-or-low-go-big-and-bold

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51) My great time in an illegal immigrant detention camp
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“All the hoopla surrounding the caravan of Central Americans who are heading north to the United States to seek refugee status has brought back fond memories of one of the best experiences of my life — a Christmas show that I organized at the illegal-immigrant detention center in my hometown of Laredo, Texas. At that time, which was the latter part of the 1970s, I was a young lawyer in Laredo. I had asked our local federal judge to appoint me to represent immigrants who were charged with illegal entry into the United States and who were too indigent to retain a lawyer.” (10/30/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/30/my-great-time-in-an-illegal-immigrant-detention-center/

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52) The consequences of system failure
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“It’s been only a little over two years since the people of Great Britain surprised the world by voting to leave the European Union. Just a few months later, this nascent trend of political shock continued with the election of Donald Trump. This tectonic shift toward political upheaval has continued to spread throughout much of the world, with Italy and Brazil being two more recent examples. That something very major and very global is happening is undeniable at this point, yet everyone seems to have their own pet reasons for why it’s occurring. I continue to stick to the same thesis I’ve had for nearly a decade, which is that the dominant global economic/financial paradigm led and managed by the U.S. has failed and is experiencing a slow, painful and dangerous death.” (10/29/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/10/29/the-consequences-of-system-failure/

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53) Trump is right, the Fed is crazy
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Since the Federal Reserve’s creation in 1913, the dollar has lost most of its value. The steady erosion of the dollar’s value punishes savers and rewards those who seek instant gratification even if it requires piling up massive debts. So the Federal Reserve is at least partially to blame for the rise of a culture that devalues thrift. The very act of creating money and manipulating interest rates distorts the market.” (10/29/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-trump-right-fed-crazy

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54) Want to save the climate? Break up the big banks
Source: In These Times
by Oscar Reyes

“A stark new United Nations climate report warns that humans have about 12 years to slash global emissions by nearly half. Unfortunately, that’s going to be extremely challenging with deep changes to the global financial system. Despite regularly claiming new commitments to ‘green finance,’ the big banks continue to lend billions to the fossil fuel industry every year — including for the most extreme climate-damaging activities, like exploiting tar sands oils and burning coal. Continuing to invest in fossil fuels goes against all of the evidence about what needs to be done to tackle climate change. An estimated 80 percent or more of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves need to remain in the ground if we’re to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic consequences, like rising sea levels and melting glaciers. In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. That requires reforms to the Fed and the breakup of the biggest banks.” (10/30/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21540/big-banks-climate-crisis-fossil-fuels-reforms-financial-system

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55) Legal immigration into the United States, part 8
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“The culture of their country of origin immigrants carry with them may have consequences for the speed of their integration and for their ability to assimilate. In turn, immigrants may cause a variety of changes in American culture. Language is central to both types of cultural effects.” (10/29/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/10/29/legal-immigration-into-the-united-states-part-8-culture-immigration-and-culture/

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56) The rise of zombie governments
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“Becoming a zombie is bad for a bank, but at least the damage is contained to that private institution and its customers when it finally goes under. For a government, transforming into a zombie institution is exponentially worse, because the damage from the fallout when the Ponzi-like schemes of the politicians seeking to keep the state government running while hiding how bad its fiscal condition has become hits everybody when their financial deterioration can no longer be hidden.” (10/29/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/29/the-rise-of-zombie-governments/

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57) What if both parties supported pedophile priests?
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“Imagine a world where both the Republican and Democratic Parties supported, or at least went along with: 1. Legalized spousal rape. 2. A ban on interracial marriages. 3. Exemption from prosecution for pedophile members of the clergy. Would you vote for either party? If you said No, you were told, ‘Yes, the party is bad on those issues, but on issues 4, 5, and 6 the Democrats are far better than the Republicans (or vise versa). The Third Party candidate has no chance to win; you must vote for the Democrat (or Republican) if there will be any progress on issues 4, 5, and 6.’ And then you [were] told, ‘If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain!’” (10/29/18)

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58) 100 percent renewables — poor policy for ratepayers
Source: Heartland Institute
by Steve Goreham

“Two states and more than 80 cities and counties have now announced a goal of receiving 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. Wind, solar, and biofuels are proposed to replace electricity from coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. But evidence is mounting that 100 percent renewables is poor policy for US households and businesses.” (10/29/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/100-percent-renewables-poor-policy-for-ratepayers/

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59) Here’s something Obama actually deserves credit for
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“The American people may not believe that Barack Obama deserves credit for the current economy, but they do say he’s largely responsible for the state of health care, thanks to ObamaCare. It’s not a compliment. Fifty-six percent of the public says that Obama is ‘most responsible for the current state of the U.S. health care system,’ according to the latest Morning Consult/Politico survey. That’s up from the 44% who said Obama was most responsible in March. Fewer than a quarter (24%) say Trump is most responsible, which is down from 28% in March. So, what is the ‘current state of the U.S. health care system’? Not good. And the public is right to pin the blame on Obama.” (10/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-health-care-midterm-elections

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60) Facts, opinions, and the Pew Research Center’s pseudoscience
Source: EconLog
by Thomas Firey

“If value judgments are purely matters of opinion and wholly removed from fact, then most if not all policy disagreements — and most if not all human disagreements — cannot be settled rationally. ‘Slavery should not be legal in most cases’ is not a fact according to Pew, but an opinion that cannot be true or false. Likewise ‘The Holocaust was immoral,’ ‘Sexual harassment is a big problem in the United States,’ and ‘The immigrant caravan heading toward the United States is a big problem for the country.’ In fairness to Pew, I’m sure this exercise is motivated by a noble idea: to get people to think critically about their value-laden beliefs about the world, which in turn should encourage civility to others with different points of view. But by making fact and opinion mutually exclusive, Pew goes too far, removing the very reason — trying to understand the world — for critical thinking and civility.” (10/29/18)

https://www.econlib.org/facts-opinions-and-the-pew-research-centers-pseudoscience/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

61) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/30/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The President may not understand the substantive requirements to alter the Constitution, but his desire to end birthright citizenship with a mere executive order is wrongheaded for a number of other reasons, as well. Alex Nowrasteh comments.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-claims-power-end-birthright-citizenship

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62) Scott Adams Says, 10/30/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Hillary’s ‘joke,’ and my awkward meeting with Diamond and Silk.” [Flash video] (10/30/18)

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

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63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 35
Source: National Review

“In this episode, Jay and Luke take a step back before diving into the jury amendments. We have a look at how the jury amendments turn from building institutions and rights around confidence in neighbors to protect one another from injustice, and towards enforcing those rights with neighborliness as a remedy. In short: the Bill of Rights has already laid out several lines that the government isn’t supposed to cross. The juries and procedural checks of the next four amendments can enforce those lines.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-35-introducing-the-jury-amendments/

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64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/30/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“According to a new study by experts at the University of Sussex, the death toll in Yemen after years of Saudi aggression may be eight times more than estimated. Will the whispers of concern in Congress over the US role in these massacres begin to be more audible? Will more Senators and House Members join the efforts to curb the violence?” [Flash video] (10/30/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/saudi-massacre-in-yemen-worse-than-estimated-will-congress-finally-speak-up

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65) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 109
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Canada legalized cannabis and here’s what you need to know. Is it all sunshine and rainbows? What’s in the News with stories on Apple security, government waste, death penalty exoneration, death penalty struck down, building permits, and freedom of religion. Finally, And Yet Another Bad Cop on two really bad cops.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/canada-cannabis-tlf109/

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66) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 80
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Hinton Helper is the embodiment of everything that was wrong with Republican Party politics from the time of Free Soil and beyond.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/hinton-help-us

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67) Kick the Puppy, episode 10
Source: Attack The System

“Topics include: Domestic terrorism, mental illness in radical politics, mental illness in mainstream politics, blow back against Saudi Arabia, Soft Bank serves as a front for Saudi monarchs, beacon of bullshit against Iran, US-Middle East geopolitical alignment, migrant caravan story is hyped to death, Pirate Party leader to become mayor of Prague, Trump has three phones, Silicon Valley elites keep their kids away from their own tech, the population seems to be getting stupider, what a civil war would look like, Dem candidate says dogs are smarter than cops, Michigan moves to ban crunk juice, when politicians settled disputes with pistols.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/30/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/30/kick-the-puppy-episode-10/

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68) Postcards from Somalia, episode 17
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this outing Sherry, Alan, and a special guest, reach in the goody bag and pull out some Halloween goodness.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/30/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/halloween-spooktacularrr-postcards-from-somalia-episode-17/

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69) Candidates of Liberty, episode 15
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In the FINAL (for now) edition of Candidates of Liberty, Marc is joined by Carla Gericke, candidate for NH State Senate who is on the ballot both as a Libertarian AND a Republican.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/30/candidates-of-liberty-ep-15-carla-gericke-for-nh-state-senate-as-a-libertarian-and-republican/

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70) Anarcho Agenda, episode 84
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“What are some things I deal with as a blind person? Also, a police chief is allowed to go on vacation even though he stole some drugs, plus much more on Anarcho Agenda.” [various formats] (10/30/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-84-2018-10-30#eOwh9b1xxAsChH60.99

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71) Free Talk Live, 10/29/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Texas Bitcoin Conference Day Three of Two — Extra Interviews :: Todd Rowan, Rewards.com :: Kevin McKernan – Medicinal Genomics :: Frank Robles, Digitaltown.com :: Jim Maxwell, Texas Juggling Society :: Daniel Arulraj, VaultWallet.io :: Rolf Verslius, Horizen :: Open source libertarianism :: 60% of voters want cruptocurrency & USD to be treated the same in accordance with campaign finance laws :: Trump has more free time than work time :: Four more states could legalize medical or recreational cannabis next week :: Hosts — Ian, Darryl, Michael, Jackie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-29

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72) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 174
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Is Psilocybin The Next ‘Drug’ to Be Legalized in Denver?” [various formats] (10/29/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-174-is-psilocybin-the-next-drug-to-be-legalized-in-denver

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73) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1271
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Why, the reason so many college professors have identical thoughts and hold the same political positions is that they are very smart and all these thoughts and positions are just the logical outcomes of sound thinking. Or that’s how left-liberals interpret the situation. I, on the other hand, offer a dissenting voice.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1271-are-democrats-and-left-liberals-smarter-than-you/

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74) Deconstructed, 10/29/18
Source: The Intercept

“Is Donald Trump inciting far-right terror in the US?” [various formats] (10/29/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/29/deconstructed-episode-special-is-donald-trump-inciting-far-right-terror-in-the-u-s/

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75) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 264
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #264, I discuss some new casualty numbers for the War on Yemen. The media has long cited a UN estimate that said 10,000 people have died. However, that estimate stopped counting deaths over a year ago. The 10,000 number has helped mask the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The new reports suggest there have been 70,000 – 80,000 deaths from violence and 130 children under five die every day.” [various formats] (10/29/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-264-yemen-numbers

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