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Volume XV, Issue #3,811
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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In the News:

1) Iranian, Iraqi regime forces hold joint drill near newly emerging Kurdistan
2) Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators
3) North Korea gets second route to Internet via Russia link
4) CA: US officials take over Russian consulate
5) US Senate confirms Pai to new five-year term as FCC chair
6) Kansas Supreme Court: School funding increase wasn’t enough
7) Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defense systems
8) CBS executive fired after saying Las Vegas victims didn’t deserve sympathy
9) Legal marijuana prices plummeting nationwide in 2017
10) Las Vegas suspect: Accountant, gambler, son of bank robber
11) Tom Petty, 1950-2017?
12) Monarch Airlines collapses, leaving 110,000 passengers without flights
13) Smart tattoos turn your skin into a health tracker
14) UK: Trains to London Waterloo delayed after passengers flee onto tracks when man “recites Bible passages on homosexuality” outside Wimbledon station
15) Google scraps controversial policy that gave free access to paywalled articles through search
16) Cameroon: Regime forces kill several at protests
17) NYC: On-duty cops “handcuffed 18-year-old girl, took her to deserted spot and raped her”
18) Water ice mystery found at Martian equator
19) Malaysia: Two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam plead not guilty
20) “Biological clock” scientists win 2017 Nobel Medicine Prize

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) What did Washington achieve in its six-year war on Syria?
22) It’s time to question the nation-state model of governance
23) America: The dictatress of the world
24) Does Universal Basic Income require a state?
25) If Trump wants war, he owes Americans an explanation
26) Most serious challenge to gerrymandering in modern times reaches SCOTUS
27) So, you’re thinking about homeschooling …
28) It’s time to break up the government monopoly
29) How do you say “MAGA” in German?
30) Is Bitcoin in a bubble?
31) The Freedom Caucus’s man on the inside
32) Trump intends to blow up the nuclear deal
33) Puerto Rico has big problems, but President Trump isn’t one of them
34) Order prevails in Barcelona as democracy dies in Madrid
35) Spain’s missteps supercharge the Catalonia crisis
36) The silence
37) Lots of presidents talked about getting rid of bad regulations; Trump actually doing it
38) Interview: Ian Freeman
39) Quantum Vibe, 10/02/17
40) NCAA violations are now federal crimes?
41) Self-determination, anyone?
42) From Brexit to Catalonia: The silencing of citizens’ voices
43) China and the US: Trading places on their trade positions?
44) Catalonia: What’s next?
45) Classical liberalism and the problem of “race” in America
46) Can we give up?
47) What I like about Edward Gibbon
48) Lincoln smiles on Madrid’s effort to prevent independence vote
49) California’s latest bad idea: Outlaw gas-powered cars
50) The war on general-purpose computing turns on the streaming media box community

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/02/17
52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 315
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/02/17
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 100
55) Free Talk Live, 10/01/17
56) The Anarchist Experience, episode 132

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

1) Iranian, Iraqi regime forces hold joint drill near newly emerging Kurdistan
Source: US News & World Report

“Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that Iranian and Iraqi armed forces have held a joint military drill near the international borders of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. … Iran has already closed its borders and stopped flights to Iraqi Kurdistan airports following a referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Monday.” (10/02/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-02/iran-and-iraq-hold-joint-drill-near-iraqi-kurdish-region

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2) Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators
Source: Washington Post

“Associates of President Trump and his company have turned over documents to federal investigators that reveal two previously unreported contacts from Russia during the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the matter. In one case, Trump’s personal attorney and a business associate exchanged emails weeks before the Republican National Convention about the lawyer possibly traveling to an economic conference in Russia that would be attended by top Russian financial and government leaders …. In the other case, the same Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, received a proposal in late 2015 for a Moscow residential project from a company founded by a billionaire who once served in the upper house of the Russian parliament, these people said. The previously unreported inquiry marks the second proposal for a Trump-branded Moscow project that was delivered to the company during the presidential campaign and has since come to light.” (10/02/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-company-had-more-contact-with-russia-during-campaign-according-to-documents-turned-over-to-investigators/2017/10/02/2091fe5e-a6c0-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html

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3) North Korea gets second route to Internet via Russia link
Source: Bloomberg

“North Korea now has two ways to get on the internet, thanks to a new connection from Russia, according to cybersecurity outfit FireEye Inc. Russian telecommunications company TransTeleCom opened a new link for users in North Korea, Bryce Boland, chief technology officer for the Asia-Pacific region at FireEye, said in an interview on Monday. Until now, state-owned China United Network Communications Ltd. was the country’s sole connection. Boland was confirming an earlier report by website 38 North that said the Russian connection went live on Sunday.” (10/02/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-02/north-korea-gets-second-route-to-internet-this-time-via-russia

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4) CA: US officials take over Russian consulate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Federal officials searched and took control of the Russian consular residence in San Francisco Monday, following the closure of the consulate in September. The former home of the Russian consul general and his family, located just paces from the Presidio, was inspected by State Department officials as security guards stood outside the two-story brownstone building. The residents had left the premises before it was searched, meeting an Oct. 1 deadline. ‘We conducted a walk-through to secure the residential portions of the buildings and confirm that all residents had left the premises,’ a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. Russian trade offices in Washington, D.C., and New York also were ordered closed by the State Department last month, escalating tension between the United States and Russia. The Trump administration’s order to shutter the foreign posts followed Moscow’s decision to expel some U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.” (10/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/U-S-officials-take-over-S-F-Russian-consulate-12247730.php

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5) US Senate confirms Pai to new five-year term as FCC chair
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Senate confirmed on Monday Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to serve another five-year term on the telecommunications regulatory panel. Pai won confirmation 52-41 over objections from Democrats, who criticized him for moving to dismantle Obama-era internet access rules and taking other steps to deregulate U.S. telecommunications rules but Republicans praised for taking steps to boost rural internet service.” (10/02/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/us-senate-confirms-fcc-chairman-to-new-five-year-term

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6) Kansas Supreme Court: School funding increase wasn’t enough
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Kansas Supreme Court ruled Monday that legislators did not increase spending on the state’s public schools enough this year, hinting in its opinion that lawmakers fell hundreds of millions of dollars short a year of providing a suitable education for every child. The decision puts the state in a tough spot: Another big school spending increase will force it to either make significant cuts elsewhere in the budget or raise taxes less than a year after the GOP-controlled Legislature rolled back past income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The court rejected the state’s arguments that a new law phasing in a $293 million increase in funding over two years was enough to provide a suitable education for each of the state’s 458,000 students. Four school districts that sued the state over education funding in 2010 had argued that the increase was at least $600 million short of what was necessary over two years.” (10/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Kansas-Supreme-Court-to-rule-on-new-school-12246670.php

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7) Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defense systems
Source: Reuters

“Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday nine war ships set for construction in 2020 will be fitted with long-range, anti-missile defense systems to counter the threat of rogue nations. Australia’s proposed frigates will use Aegis combat systems, produced by Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with SAAB Australia technology, Turnbull said. Tensions in the region have spiked considerably in recent months as North Korea conducted a series of tests of its medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, some of which flew over Japan, as well as its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3. Pyongyang, which ultimately wants to target the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile, has said its missiles could strike Australia.” (10/02/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-defence/australia-to-fit-warships-with-anti-missile-defense-systems-idUSKCN1C72YM

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8) CBS executive fired after saying Las Vegas victims didn’t deserve sympathy
Source: The Hill

“CBS fired a legal executive Monday after she wrote on Facebook that she was not ‘sympathetic’ to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. ‘I’m actually not even sympathetic [because] country music fans often are Republican gun toters,’ former executive Hayley Geftman-Gold wrote. At least 58 people were killed and more than 500 were injured after a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. ‘This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,’ the network said in a statement Monday.” (10/02/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/353495-cbs-executive-fired-after-saying-las-vegas-victims-didnt-deserve-sympathy

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9) Legal marijuana prices plummeting nationwide in 2017
Source: Smell the Truth

“Cannabis legalization has led to a drop in the price of pot in 2017, a new report confirms. According to the “2017 Mid-Year Wholesale Market Report” released by Cannabis Benchmarks, wholesale marijuana prices dropped 18.6 percent throughout the U.S. in the first half of 2017, reports the Cannabist. Despite the decline, however, analysts found “remarkable” stability when considering the 2016 price volatility and the current anti-pot political climate. Various marijuana regulations that differ from state to state is the reason why prices can vary considerably throughout the nation, however. The highest average wholesale prices in the U.S. during the first half of 2017 were in Alaska, at $4,190 per pound, while the lowest prices were found in Colorado at $1,280 per pound.” (10/02/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/10/02/legal-marijuana-prices-plummeting-nationwide-in-2017

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10) Las Vegas suspect: Accountant, gambler, son of bank robber
Source: CNN

“The man police say killed at least 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip was a retired accountant who enjoyed playing $100-a-hand poker, his brother says. … [Stephen Paddock had] never shown violent tendencies, said his brother, Eric Paddock of Orlando, Florida. ‘He was my brother and it’s like an asteroid fell out of the sky,’ he said when he learned his sibling was the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre. His father was a bank robber, Eric Paddock said. The FBI lists the late Benjamin Hoskins Paddock as being on the FBI’s most-wanted list from June 10, 1969 until May 5, 1977. … Paddock had been staying at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas since last Thursday. He killed himself in his room on the 32nd-floor before a police SWAT team burst in, [Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joseph] Lombardo said.” (10/02/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/02/us/las-vegas-attack-stephen-paddock-trnd/index.html

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11) Tom Petty, 1950-2017?
Source: Rolling Stone

“Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, went into full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home Sunday night, with conflicting reports on whether the Hall of Fame musician died on Monday. Petty was found unconscious, not breathing and in full cardiac arrest at his home, according to TMZ, and rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. EMTs were able to find a pulse when they found him, but TMZ reported that the hospital found no brain activity when he arrived. A decision was made to pull life support. CBS originally confirmed Petty’s death per the Los Angeles Police Department, but TMZ claims the musician is still on life support. A rep for Petty did not immediately return a request for clarification.” [editor’s note: Petty’s death was subsequently confirmed by various sources (RRND reader dL, the New York Times, et al.) between midnight and 1am Eastern time – TLK] (10/02/17)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-petty-rock-iconoclast-who-led-the-heartbreakers-dead-at-66-w506651

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12) Monarch Airlines collapses, leaving 110,000 passengers without flights
Source: MarketWatch

“British budget carrier Monarch Airlines has declared bankruptcy and halted operations, leaving up to 110,000 passengers stranded abroad after all flights and vacations were canceled. … The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority has launched a program to bring stranded travelers home on new flights. This covers those overseas now and due to fly back before Oct. 15, an estimated 110,000 people.” (10/02/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/monarch-airlines-collapses-leaving-110000-passengers-without-flights-2017-10-02

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13) Smart tattoos turn your skin into a health tracker
Source: Engadget

“There’s a common problem with health-tracking devices like smartwatches: they’re not really attached to you, which leaves you relying on a short-lived battery and a wireless connection. Even a self-powered patch has its limits. That’s where Harvard and MIT think they can help: they’ve developed smart tattoos that effectively place health sensors in your skin, no power or wireless link required. The ink in the tattoos reacts to the chemical composition of your interstitial fluid, which reflects the state of your blood. A green ink grows more intense to let athletes know when they’re dehydrated, while another green ink turns brown to warn diabetics when their glucose levels go up.” (10/01/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/01/smart-tattoos/

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14) UK: Trains to London Waterloo delayed after passengers flee onto tracks when man “recites Bible passages on homosexuality” outside Wimbledon station
Source: Surrey Comet [UK]

“A man ‘reciting verses from the Bible’ caused [sic] passengers to force their way off a train onto the tracks this morning, causing delays of up to an hour. The South Western Railway line into Waterloo is affected by the incident, which happened just outside Wimbledon station on the 7.40am service from Shepperton. … A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 8.31am to a disturbance on board a train just outside Wimbledon station. Passengers had evacuated themselves off the train onto the tracks. We are currently investigating but there have been no arrests and there are no reported injuries.'” (10/02/17)

http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/topstories/15570100.Passengers_flee_train_onto_tracks_after_man__recites_Bible_passages_on_homosexuality_/

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15) Google scraps controversial policy that gave free access to paywalled articles through search
Source: The Verge

“Google is ending its controversial First Click Free (FCF) policy that publishers loathed because it required them to allow Google search results access to news articles hidden behind a paywall. The company is replacing the decade-old FCF with Flexible Sampling, which allows publishers instead to decide how many (if any) articles they want to allow potential subscribers to access. Google says it’s also working on a suite of new tools to help publishers reach new audiences and grow revenue.” (10/02/17)

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/2/16395604/first-click-free-policy-flexible-sampling-publishers

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16) Cameroon: Regime forces kill several at protests
Source: Washington Post

“Amnesty International says several people have been shot dead by security forces during protests in Cameroon. The group said Monday that some demonstrations turned violent in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions Sunday when people gathered on the 56th anniversary of the incorporation of those regions. Amnesty also expressed worry over the government’s ‘on-going campaign to silence any form of dissent in the West and South-West regions of Cameroon.'” (10/02/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/security-forces-kill-several-at-protests-in-cameroon/2017/10/02/d5012848-a769-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html

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17) NYC: On-duty cops “handcuffed 18-year-old girl, took her to deserted spot and raped her”
Source: Independent [Ireland]

“An 18-year-old girl says two NYPD officers raped her after arresting her, according to reports. Two detectives and their supervisor have been stripped of their badges and guns while the NYPD Internal Affairs’ Bureau’s investigation is ongoing, according to the New York Daily News. … According to her attorney, Michael David, she was handcuffed and driven by the police officers to a secluded spot where they forced her to perform sex acts on them. … The officers in question did not deny the sexual acts occurred, but both claimed they were consensual …” (10/02/17)

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/onduty-nypd-officers-handcuffed-18yearold-girl-took-her-to-deserted-spot-and-raped-her-36188309.html

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18) Water ice mystery found at Martian equator
Source: Space.com

“A new examination of old data suggests that there might be ice hiding in the Martian equator, even though scientists previously thought that the substance couldn’t exist there. Scientists uncovered an unexpected amount of hydrogen when looking at older data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft dating back to between 2002 and 2009. At higher latitudes, hydrogen generally indicates buried water ice, but this was not believed possible at the equator, according to a statement from NASA. If there is indeed water there, this would help with a future human mission to Mars, because it could mean the astronauts wouldn’t need to bring the substance with them for drinking, cooling equipment or watering plants, researchers said in the statement.” (10/02/17)

https://www.space.com/38330-water-ice-mystery-at-mars-equator.html

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19) Malaysia: Two women accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam plead not guilty
Source: CNN

Two young women pleaded not guilty in a Malaysian court Monday morning charged with the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam. In one of the most audacious assassinations of the 21st century, Kim was poisoned with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February on his way back to his home in the Chinese territory of Macau. Security footage showed the two women, 25-year-old Indonesian Siti Aisyah, and 29-year-old Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, walking up behind Kim and rubbing their hands on his face. … representatives of Doan and Aisyah said the two women were duped into thinking that they were participating in a prank TV show.” (10/02/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/01/asia/kim-jong-nam-murder-trial/index.html

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20) “Biological clock” scientists win 2017 Nobel Medicine Prize
Source: Reuters

“U.S.-born scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling our biological clocks, the award-giving body said on Monday. The mechanisms help explain issues such as why people traveling long distances over several time zones often suffer jet lag and they have wider implications for health such as increased risk for certain diseases.” (10/02/17)

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-nobel-prize-medicine/biological-clock-scientists-win-2017-nobel-medicine-prize-idINKCN1C70Y7

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

21) What did Washington achieve in its six-year war on Syria?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“After six years of war the Syrian government has nearly defeated ISIS and al-Qaeda and the US-backed ‘moderates’ turned out to be either Islamist extremists or Kurdish soldiers for hire. According to a recent report, the US has shipped two billion dollars worth of weapons to fighters in Syria via eastern Europe. Much of these weapons ended up in the hands of ISIS directly, or indirectly through ‘moderates’ taking their weapons with them while joining ISIS or al-Qaeda.” (10/02/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/washington-achieve-six-year-war-syria

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22) It’s time to question the nation-state model of governance
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“I believe humanity is reaching a point in its evolution, both from a consciousness perspective as well as a technological one, where we’ll begin to increasingly question many of our silly contemporary assumptions about how governance should work. The primary one is this absurd notion that a nation-state should be seen as a permanent structure of political governance which only becomes dissolvable in the event of violent revolution or war. When it comes to great leaps in human progress, a crucial component to lasting change is convincing enough people that a particular way of organizing human affairs is outdated and harmful. I think if we take a step back and look at how people are governed across the world, there are very few places where ‘the people’ feel they live in societies in which they exert any sort of genuine political self-determination.” (10/02/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/02/its-time-to-question-the-modern-nation-state-model-of-governance/

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23) America: The dictatress of the world
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When the Constitution called the federal government into existence, the last thing the American people wanted was a powerful military. They were overwhelmingly opposed to what they called ‘standing armies,’ which was a term used describe a big, permanent military establishment. That was why there was Pentagon, no big, permanent military-industrial complex, no CIA, and no NSA for more than 100 years after the country was established. The American people didn’t want those types of governmental apparatuses to be part of our nation’s political system. The reason Americans were so opposed to standing armies is because they believed that standing armies constituted a grave threat to their freedom and economic well-being. They knew, from both first-hand experience and through history, that dictators and despots used powerful military establishments to destroy the freedom and prosperity of the citizenry, oftentimes in the name of keeping them safe, secure, and prosperous.” (10/02/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/02/america-dictatress-world/

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24) Does Universal Basic Income require a state?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Lexi Linnell

“The Resilience protocol may end up forming one part of a decentralized, voluntary, and freed market social safety net. Another part will involve various types of P2P sharing services, such as a decentralized version of Uber or Airbnb, run as decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) on the blockchain. Since the sharing economy allows people to stay afloat during financial hardship, these two ideas may make a good safety net when combined. This combination of DAOs and the Resilience protocol also forms a decentralized version of the co-operative economy. Indeed, Resilience was inspired by both the Rochdale principles of the modern co-op movement and by mutual credit. This particular form, however, cannot be shut down. The only way the system can stop functioning is if people stop using it.” (10/02/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50070

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25) If Trump wants war, he owes Americans an explanation
Source: The Atlantic
by Kori Schake

“If the Trump administration has a coherent policy toward the North Korean threat, I can’t discern it. The secretary of state says he is open to negotiations; the president says he is not. The national security advisor says the North Koreans cannot be deterred, yet the White House is threatening military action to deter them. Even the secretary of defense, the lodestar of sensibility in an otherwise chaotic administration, vacillates between saying America will respond to any North Korean attack against the U.S. or its allies, and that it will use military force against any threat to the U.S. and its allies. This may seem like a small, semantic difference, but those describe very different policies, one retaliatory and one preventative. And he made the preventative war statement following a meeting with the president, which may indicate it is the policy Trump himself supports.” 10/02/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/trump-tillerson-north-korea-war/541737/

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26) Most serious challenge to gerrymandering in modern times reaches SCOTUS
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“The American Civil Liberties Union is flexing the organizing and campaigning muscles it has developed since Donald Trump assumed the presidency to address the structural challenges that undermined American democracy before the 2016 presidential election. The ACLU’s ambitious ‘Let People Vote’ project will work in states across the country to strengthen democracy by extending early-voting periods, making voter registration more accessible, restoring voting rights for disenfranchised communities, and combating ‘attempts at voter suppression, such as discriminatory voter ID requirements and voter purges.’ Those vital initiatives will make it easier to vote. But the ACLU is not stopping there. It is also seeking reforms that will make voting more meaningful by restoring competition to legislative and congressional elections.” (10/02/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-most-serious-challenge-to-gerrymandering-in-modern-times-reaches-the-supreme-court

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27) So, you’re thinking about homeschooling …
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“Welcome to the exciting world of learning without schooling! You have already taken the important first step in redefining your child’s education by acknowledging the limitations of mass schooling, recognizing the ways it can dull a child’s curiosity and exuberance, and seeking alternatives to school. Now it’s time to take a deep breath, exhale, and explore.” (10/02/17)

https://fee.org/articles/so-youre-thinking-about-homeschooling/

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28) It’s time to break up the government monopoly
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The United States has become exactly what the founding generation feared. The states have become consolidated under a monopoly government in Washington D.C. But all is not lost. They still have the power to protect our liberties and afford shelter against the abuse of power. They can still break the monopoly. We just need leadership at the state level willing to assert state authority.” (10/02/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/10/02/its-time-to-break-up-the-government-monopoly/

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29) How do you say “MAGA” in German?
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The eastern German state of Saxony is a long way from Ohio, but the two places have a lot in common. Abandoned factories are falling into ruins in both places. There is fear, anger, and despair in the cities and countryside. People are dissatisfied with the status quo and the politicians who represent it. Germany’s recent election results are alarming to many, as they mark a strong return of the extreme right, which now enters Germany’s Bundestag, or federal parliament, as the country’s third-strongest political group. But a deeper global phenomenon is at work, and it has implications for the American future. The political phenomenon known as ‘centrism,’ whose policies reflect the worldview of long-entrenched global and political elites, is collapsing. The question now is what (and who) will take its place?” (10/01/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171001/from-eastern-germany-to-the-american-midwest-the-old-order-is-falling

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30) Is Bitcoin in a bubble?
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No. Next question.” (10/02/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/02/is-bitcoin-in-a-bubble/

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31) The Freedom Caucus’s man on the inside
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Miller

“On the morning of Friday, September 8, Mick Mulvaney found himself in a farcical situation. As President Donald Trump’s budget director, he stood, along with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, before the House Republican Conference meeting trying to sell a deal that combined $15 billion in federal aid for Hurricane Harvey with a three-month increase in the debt ceiling — a deal his boss had just struck with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Not only had Mulvaney tried (and clearly failed) to convince Trump to hold the debt ceiling hostage to secure spending cuts, but he had vehemently opposed such bipartisan budget deals when he was an agitating member of the House Freedom Caucus, an amalgamation of Tea Party radicals he helped organize after losing a bid to lead the Republican Study Committee. As a South Carolina congressman, Mulvaney spearheaded the far right’s tactics of threatening to shut down the government to secure steep spending cuts during Obama’s presidency” (09/29/17)

http://prospect.org/article/freedom-caucus%E2%80%99s-man-inside

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32) Trump intends to blow up the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Refusing to certify the deal would be consistent with Trump’s statements in recent months. He grudgingly recertified the deal three months ago, but made it plain that he hadn’t wanted to do that and wouldn’t do it again. His U.N. speech all but promised that he wouldn’t. It has been obvious for a long time that he is determined to start the process of reneging on the deal. Trump’s hostility to the deal has always been uninformed, as we have seen on many occasions, and he seems as convinced as ever that it is a bad, ‘lopsided’ one because he has never bothered to understand what it does. I doubt that will change in the next two weeks when it hasn’t changed in the last two years.” (12/02/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-intends-to-blow-up-the-nuclear-deal/

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33) Puerto Rico has big problems, but President Trump isn’t one of them
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Things are pretty bad in Puerto Rico. As Terry Teachout commented, the situation (no electricity, limited transportation, shortages of food and water) is what the United States would look like after a successful North Korean electro-magnetic pulse attack on our grid. This has led to the usual political finger-pointing. The press has been trying to make every hurricane this year into ‘Trump’s Katrina,’ for obvious reasons, but the problem here isn’t presidential.” (10/02/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/02/puerto-rico-has-big-problems-but-president-trump-isnt-one-of-them-glenn-harlan-reynolds-column/721191001

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34) Order prevails in Barcelona as democracy dies in Madrid
Source: CounterPunch
by John Wight

“Arriving in Barcelona in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, Ernst Toller was moved to write, ‘The most striking experience a foreigner has in Barcelona is that of the functioning of democracy.’ In 2017 something akin to history repeating is unfolding in the Catalonian capital, where democracy has again been raise aloft as a cause worth fighting for.” (10/02/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/02/order-prevails-in-barcelona-as-democracy-dies-in-madrid/

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35) Spain’s missteps supercharge the Catalonia crisis
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“If Spanish authorities hoped strong-arm tactics against the referendum independence for Catalonia would nip nationalist feeling in the bud, they will almost certainly be proved badly wrong. Sunday’s footage of violent police action against unarmed demonstrators may prove just the catalyst pro-independence groups wanted, handing Europe yet another crisis when it needed it least. Ironically, the government of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would have done better to simply ignore the non-binding referendum. It was always likely to produce a vote for independence, if only because those who favored it were far more likely to vote. Broader opinion polls conducted before the weekend ballot never showed majority support for independence, and most estimates suggest it has been ebbing steadily since 2013 to around 40 percent.” [editor’s note: Most positive thing about all this was the local cops and firefighters protecting people from the thug Spanish military – SAT] (10/02/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-catalonia-commentary/commentary-spains-missteps-supercharge-the-catalonia-crisis-idUSKCN1C724O

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36) The silence
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“The ACLU, which in former times even stood up for the rights of despised groups like Nazis and the KKK, largely remains silent on the topic of sex work; oh, they’ll throw us a bone now and again, like a low-effort editorial, an amicus brief in a case somebody else is struggling to pay for, or the signing of a group letter in opposition to an insanely anti-whore law which just happens to create fallout that will hurt good people and not just dirty whores. But most of the time, despite decriminalization being part of the group’s official platform since 1975, when an ACLU member opens her mouth on the subject in public it’s to vomit out prohibitionist shit like ‘people don’t choose to become prostitutes’ that they need to have their faces forcibly rubbed in until they learn better.” (10/02/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/the-silence/

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37) Lots of presidents talked about getting rid of bad regulations; Trump actually doing it
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Getting rid of unneeded regulations may be the single-most effective spur to economic growth that’s available to the federal government. Thankfully, unlike most recent presidents, President Trump is taking the job of cutting bad regulations seriously. That can be evidenced by the special ‘Deregulation Day’ that Trump declared for his ‘cut the red tape’ event on Monday. Hey, if you didn’t know it was Deregulation Day, you’re not alone. Still, the president seems to be pushing a minor revolution of sorts, as he repeals all sorts of rules that once impeded the economy. And he’s not done yet. The Competitive Enterprise Institute claimed ‘Trump ends fiscal year as America’s least-regulatory president since Reagan.’ It’s no exaggeration. As the CEI has noted, Trump froze regulations early in his term and argued that up to 70% of regulations were simply unnecessary. He set a tone, and he’s lived up to it.” (10/02/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/lots-of-presidents-talked-about-getting-rid-of-bad-regulations-trump-is-actually-doing-it

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38) Interview: Ian Freeman
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“This week news.Bitcoin.com chatted with Ian Freeman, co-host of the libertarian political talk show Free Talk Live (FTL). The call-in radio talk show is syndicated on over 160 radio stations and was the first radio show in the world to start accepting Bitcoin for ad payments. The broadcast has national radio ads promoting bitcoin to thousands of listeners every week, and FTL just announced accepting bitcoin cash (BCH) for advertising spots during the show.” (10/02/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/free-talk-lives-co-host-discusses-bitcoin-radio-ads-and-accepting-bitcoin-cash/

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39) Quantum Vibe, 10/02/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/02/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1698

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40) NCAA violations are now federal crimes?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William L Anderson

“Recent federal criminal charges of conspiracy and wire fraud brought against four assistant college basketball coaches and executives from Adidas seem to be popular in the mainstream media, judging from the numerous articles I have seen about the story. For that matter, even some libertarians, noting their belief that college sports are ‘corrupt,’ are cheering on federal authorities. I am not one of the cheerleaders for this latest intrusion of federal criminal law into what essentially is peaceful, private activity, National Collegiate Athletic Association rules aside. While most journalists seem to see this as an example of federal authorities riding in on their white horses to save college basketball from the scourge of ‘corruption,’ I see this as the government destroying lives for no good reason and protecting the sources of the real corruption at the same time.” (10/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/ncaa-violations-are-now-federal-crimes

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41) Self-determination, anyone?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“An election can be a clarifying event. So can the suppression of an election. Over the weekend, more than two million Catalans, greater than 40 percent of those eligible, voted in a referendum on independence from Spain. To which Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared, ‘There was no independence referendum in Catalonia today.’ … While the referendum result was a lopsided 90 percent opting for independence, previous polling shows Catalans split on the question. Perhaps the suppression worked best with those opposed to separation from Spain, who seem to have stayed home. … Last week, Iraqi Kurds also held a referendum in which voters overwhelmingly favored separation — in this case from Iraq and for the formation of their own wholly independent nation. And, likewise, others, including the United States, tried to block the vote.” (10/02/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/02/self-determination-anyone/

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42) From Brexit to Catalonia: The silencing of citizens’ voices
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It was seamless, and unremarked upon: the shift on the BBC News At Ten last night from alarming images of the Spanish national police trying to stop an independence referendum from taking place in Catalonia to images of a ‘STOP BREXIT’ march in Manchester, England ahead of the Tory Party conference this week. They looked different, and of course they were different. In the former, there was brute state force, the visiting of riot-police violence on non-rioters, including pensioners: citizens who were merely exercising their right to vote. And in the latter, the usual army of the angry middle classes traipsed through the streets, faces painted in the colours of the EU flag, doing what every citizen has a right to do: protest against something. But there was a commonality, and the Manchester placards revealed it. ‘Stop Brexit,’ ‘Exit Brexit,’ they said. Or they depicted Brexit as a pile of shit that should be wiped away, erased, forgotten. In both Manchester and Catalonia, in different ways, the same cry went up: crush popular sentiment.” (10/02/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/from-brexit-to-catalonia-the-silencing-of-citizens-voices/

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43) China and the US: Trading places on their trade positions?
Source: Cato Institute
by Colin Grabow

“At a recent White House meeting, President Trump made clear his preferred approach to trade policy with China, reportedly telling White House Chief of Staff John Kelly: ‘I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs.’ In sharp contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping this year has pressed the case for free trade. ‘Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room,’ he warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. ‘While wind and rain may be kept outside, that dark room will also block light and air.’ Such differing remarks represent a reversal of decades of trade history.” (10/01/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/china-us-trading-places-their-trade-positions

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44) Catalonia: What’s next?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“As the Spanish government reveals the true nature of its ‘democratic’ pretensions, injuring hundreds in an effort to stop Catalans from voting, one thing is clear: Catalonia is no longer Spanish. In the very effort to prevent the referendum Madrid has handed the victory to the separatists: this is what the sight of Spanish police clubbing people at the polls means. While previous polls showed that the advocates of Catalan independence were neck-and-neck with those opposed, there is every reason to believe that now the overwhelming majority are for secession. The government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has lost whatever legitimacy it once had.” (10/01/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/10/01/catalonia-whats-next/

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45) Classical liberalism and the problem of “race” in America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“H.L. Mencken filled the pages of The American Mercury under his editorship with articles by himself and other white and black authors lambasting and lampooning the backward, yahoo ignorance and stupidity of Ku Klux Klaners around the country who donned their white pillow cases over their heads and acted like violent and vicious morons against blacks and all other normal human beings. Sometimes their choice of words or phrases, especially by Mencken, in dealing with race and race issues seem to our more enlightened ears to be ill chosen, but they were the linguistic products of their time in which language sensitivity had not yet attained our more advanced refinement. But it is impossible to not sense the ethical anger with which Mencken viewed all such racial injustices. But what stands out most, at least from my reading, is that any fairly serious perusal of the classical liberal and libertarian literature of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, shows little interest or focus on the issues and problems surrounding race relations in the United States.” (10/02/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/classical-liberalism-problem-race-america/

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46) Can we give up?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“It seems that daily, we get a fresh bout of news about something evil done to people — often by government and those who support more and more government. Beating and killing and imprisoning people and stealing more and more taxes, creating more and more regulations, and enforcing everything with a heavy and often irrational hand. And every day, we read about the next major catastrophe — manmade or otherwise — that is going to strike us down. In addition to the traditional flood, fire, famine and earthquake, we have rogue asteroids and chemtrails and EMP and cellular brain-fry and many more threats. Every day we read about how more and more people are trading freedom for security, being dumbed down still more and more by government schools and uncaring and unqualified parents, people who are more and more cruel and callous.” (10/02/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/02/can-we-give-up/

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47) What I like about Edward Gibbon
Source: Mises UK
by Richard Blake

“Edward Gibbon (1737-94) was born into an old and moderately wealthy family that had its origins in Kent. Sickly as a child, he was educated at home, and sent while still a boy to Oxford. There, an illegal conversion to Roman Catholicism ruined his prospects of a career in the professions or the City. His father sent him off to Lausanne to be reconverted to the Protestant Faith. He came back an atheist …. He moved for a while in polite society — though his increasing obesity, and the rupture that caused his scrotum to swell to the size of a football, made him an object of mild ridicule. … Scared by the French Revolution, he came back to England in 1794, where he died of blood-poisoning after an operation to drain his scrotum. When not eating and drinking, and putting on fine clothes, and talking about himself, he found time to become the greatest historian of his age, the greatest historian who ever wrote in English, one of the greatest of all English writers, and perhaps the only modern historian to rank with Herodotus and Thucydides and Tacitus.” (10/01/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/10/01/what-i-like-about-edward-gibbon/

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48) Lincoln smiles on Madrid’s effort to prevent independence vote
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“In Spain, the central government resorted to violence to stop the people of Catalonia from participating in a vote on independence. The violence from agents of the national government is distressing. … Spanish officials shrugged off the violence and candidly stated that a few cracked heads were necessary to maintain the full authority of the central government.” (10/01/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/01/lincoln-smiles-on-madrids-effort-to-prevent-independence-vote/

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49) California’s latest bad idea: Outlaw gas-powered cars
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“California is considering a ban on the sale of gasoline-powered cars. If state officials go this route, it will have little effect on CO2 emissions, but will harm consumers and kill California’s economy. The head of the California Air Resources Board told Bloomberg News that the state is seriously looking into whether and how to make internal combustion engine cars illegal in the state, as part of its self-imposed plan to cut state CO2 emissions in 2050 to 80% of what it emitted in 1990. That follows announcements over the summer that the UK and France will try to ban the sale of gas- and diesel-powered cars by 2040. More recently, China claims it will impose a ban in 2030. The CARB’s Mary Nichols says California could implement such a ban in 13 years, and one state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would enforce it in 2040. To put it bluntly, this is one of the most ill-conceived public policy ideas in a state that seems to have them in abundance. First, some perspective.” (09/29/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/california-ban-on-gas-powered-cars-makes-no-sense

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50) The war on general-purpose computing turns on the streaming media box community
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm & Mitch Stoltz

“For most of the lifetime of Kodi since its release as XMBC in 2002, it was an obscure piece of free software that geeks used to manage their home media collections. But in the past few years, the sale of pre-configured Kodi boxes, and the availability of a range of plugins providing access to streaming media, has seen the software’s popularity balloon — and made it the latest target of Hollywood’s copyright enforcement juggernaut.” (09/29/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/08/war-piracy-turns-streaming-media-box-community

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

51) Reason Podcast, 10/02/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s podcast, Reason’s Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch discuss the numbers behind mass shootings and gun violence. What’s the biggest step American law can take to reduce homicides? They also cover Donald Trump’s Twitter feud in Puerto Rico, and parse out the difference between presidential malfeasance and just ‘being a super big dick.’ Plus the Jones Act, and other strains of harmful protectionism foisted on Puerto Rico and the rest of the country by special interests.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooting-jones-act-puerto-rico

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52) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 315
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today, economist and libertarian philosopher Walter Block joins Lions of Liberty to explain why he believes his theory of ‘evictionism’ is the answer to abortion debate that is consistent with libertarian value.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/02/evictionism-libertarian-answer-abortion-debate/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/02/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Jeremy Heisenberg, and Michael W. Dean talk about kids these days, Boston T. Party, private courts and cops, Boy in a Band, and Muslims vs Islam.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15090

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 100
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Scott Horton joins me on Foreign Policy Focus #100 to discuss his new book Fool’s Errand. Scott debunks the idea that 9/11 was the start of US interventionism in the Middle East. Scott explains Bush’s war in Afghanistan and what happened at Tora Bora. Scott discusses ISIS in Afghanistan and where these jihadist came from. Scott also analyzes Trump’s strategy for the American’s longest war.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-100-americas-longest-war-with-scott-horton

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/01/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Spanish Police Attack Voters in Catalonia in Insane, Desperate Attempt to Cling to Power :: Capacity, Credit, and Collateral :: Nationalism :: Attorney Scamming :: What Mark Likes About Federal Government :: More from Catalonia :: Some Activist Ricky Doesn’t Like :: Breakups :: Fake Penis Story :: Cripples Suing Small NYC Businesses :: National Anthem, Servants and Masters :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/01/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-01

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56) The Anarchist Experience, episode 132
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“MC wants to buy a house, but how to keep the State away, and how to minimize his Tribute to the State. Also, Rich proposes a good old-fashioned flag burn … with a twist, and how the State disincentivizes full employment.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/01/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/the-anarchist-experience-132/

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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