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Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
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In the News:

1) All three billion Yahoo accounts were affected by 2013 attack
2) US government misses out on $600 million payday by fencing stolen Bitcoin too early
3) US DoJ names new top drug thug
4) US House passes 20-week abortion ban, with White House support
5) UN: Haley votes against resolution condemning death penalty for same-sex relationships
6) GA: Atlanta City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize marijuana
7) Report: “Unstable” Vegas shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas
8) MA: Historic Boston church wants $19 million for tower shadow
9) Michelle Obama slams Congress for lack of diversity
10) House Republicans propose five-year extension for subsidized children’s health care
11) Unhinged country guitarist babbles nonsense on guns after Vegas shooting
12) Mexico: University announces feminism debate dominated by men
13) Catalonia gripped by general strike to protest Spanish police violence during independence vote
14) US DoJ redacts vast majority of documents related to Ferguson
15) Victim of “Draw Muhammad” ISIS-inspired terror attack sues FBI
16) Report: Kushner, Ivanka Trump used third private email account
17) US DoJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives
18) Key document unsealed in Waymo’s trade secrets case against Uber
19) Physics Nobel goes to “black hole telescope” trio
20) IN: Couple pleads guilty to stealing $1.2 million from Amazon

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Not all acts of mass murder are terrorism
22) GOP tax plan: Hardly “reform,” but tax cuts “cost” nothing
23) Why people won’t protect themselves
24) Automatic weapons are already heavily regulated and gun control laws don’t work
25) Six ways economic freedom benefits the global poor
26) For hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, an insider’s guide to disaster management
27) A little lesson for those who would nationalise everything
28) Do the media hate Trump? Survey shows yes, from the very start of his presidency
29) The GOP tax reform plan: A preliminary libertarian analysis
30) Freedom of expression under attack in Algeria
31) The Trump presidency (or how to further enrich “the Masters of the Universe”)
32) Not so bad, Communism?
33) No real “Berlin Airlift” for Puerto Rico
34) How to have a national conversation about guns
35) Disobeying Spain: The Catalan referendum for independence
36) Bernie Sanders opens a new [sic] foreign policy debate
37) Yet again, today’s politicians are ignoring basic economics
38) Gun control doesn’t work
39) The hope of affordable housing — a modern fairy tale
40) Secession is sweeping the world, and we should let it
41) Quantum Vibe, 10/03/17
42) Trump bringing us to the brink of war with North Korea, where is the anti-war movement?
43) The Catalonian mess
44) Busted in Barcelona (almost) 1977
45) When working from home doesn’t work
46) Every knee shall bend
47) Mandalay misconceptions
48) Trump’s tax reform: On the right track
49) After Vegas shooting, it’s time to take private security seriously
50) Las Vegas massacre
51) Dealers of death
52) No justification for Spanish Internet censorship during Catalonian referendum
53) White privilege is definitely real
54) US violence abroad begets violence at home
55) GOP failure to repeal Obamacare provides new opportunity for full repeal

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/03/17
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 656
58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 24
59) The Libertarian Angle, 10/03/17
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/03/17
61) Free Talk Live, 10/02/17
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1014
63) The Scott Horton Show, 10/02/17
64) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/01/17

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

1) All three billion Yahoo accounts were affected by 2013 attack
Source: New York Times

“It was the biggest known breach of a company’s computer network. And now, it is even bigger. Verizon Communications, which acquired Yahoo this year, said on Tuesday that a previously disclosed attack that had occurred in 2013 affected all three billion of Yahoo’s user accounts. Last year, Yahoo said the 2013 attack on its network had affected one billion accounts. Three months before that, the company also disclosed a separate attack, which had occurred in 2014, that had affected 500 million accounts. Digital thieves made off with names, birth dates, phone numbers and passwords of users that were encrypted with security that was easy to crack.” (10/03/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/technology/yahoo-hack-3-billion-users.html

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2) US government misses out on $600 million payday by fencing stolen Bitcoin too early
Source: CNBC

“The U.S. Department of Justice could have made at least ten times more than the $48 million it [stole] from the bitcoin holdings of dark web marketplace founder Ross William Ulbricht. The U.S. government [stole] 144,336 bitcoins … that were found on Ulbricht’s laptop, Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced Friday. … ‘These Bitcoins were ultimately sold by the United States Marshals Service pursuant to Court order for $48,238,116,’ Friday’s release said. … If the government had held onto the digital coins, their total worth would be more than $600 million at Tuesday’s price of around $4,300, according to CoinDesk.” [editor’s note: Thieves should neither brag about how much they made from stealing, nor complain about missing a score – TLK] (10/03/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/03/us-government-misses-out-on-600-million-payday-by-selling-dirty-bitcoins-too-early.html

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3) US DoJ names new top drug thug
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday it tapped Robert Patterson, a career investigator, to temporarily lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, after the drug office’s previous acting chief stepped down. Patterson, considered the highest-ranking special career agent at the DEA, has been serving as the agency’s principal deputy administrator since November 2016. He started his DEA career in the New York Division in 1988. Chuck Rosenberg, a holdover from Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, left his job on Sunday. His departure came two months after he criticized Republican President Donald Trump for telling law enforcement officers not to be ‘too nice’ to suspects. It is unclear who will ultimately be named to permanently lead the DEA. Trump has yet to put forth a nomination.” (10/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-dea/justice-department-names-new-acting-head-of-drug-enforcement-agency-idUSKCN1C82WO

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4) US House passes 20-week abortion ban, with White House support
Source: Fox News

“The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — a measure backed by the Trump White House but still facing long odds in the Senate. The measure passed 237 to 189. ‘So often we get caught up in the policies of this issue and we forget that these are babies [sic], for goodness sake,’ Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby said in a speech on the House floor. ‘They feel pain and we need to protect them.’ The measure faced strong opposition from abortion-rights lawmakers. ‘When abortion is banned, it does not go away,’ Oregon Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici said on the floor before the vote. ‘It drives women to unsafe back alleys and to dangerous self-induced abortion.’ The White House said Monday that it ‘strongly supports’ the efforts to ‘secure critical pro-life protections’ and that the bill provides children [sic] with the ‘stronger protections’ they deserve.” [editor’s note: I’ll just say that if SCOTUS or a lower court doesn’t toss this in the reject bin, the rule of law is null and void – SAT] (10/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/03/house-passes-20-week-abortion-ban-with-trump-white-house-support.html

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5) UN: Haley votes against resolution condemning death penalty for same-sex relationships
Source: Wisconsin Gazette

“U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has opposed a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty as a punishment for consensual same-sex relationships. Twenty-seven nations voted in favor of the resolution, 13 voted against the resolution and seven abstained, according to the Human Rights Campaign.” (10/03/17)

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/news/u-s-ambassador-to-un-opposes-resolution-condemning-death-penalty/article_a570a040-a859-11e7-ab37-5780a9a943f2.html

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6) GA: Atlanta City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize marijuana
Source: Atlanta Loop

“The Atlanta City Council has voted unanimously to reduce the penalties for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana to a small fine. City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, a mayoral candidate, has been pushing to reduce penalties. Currently anyone possessing less than an ounce of marijuana faces a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. The City Council voted to reduce those penalties to a maximum fine of $75 and no jail time.” (10/02/17)

http://www.atlantaloop.com/atlanta-city-council-votes-unanimously-decriminalize-marijuana

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7) Report: “Unstable” Vegas shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas
Source: Fox News

“The Las Vegas shooter sent tens of thousands of dollars ‘overseas,’ federal law enforcement officials told Fox News Tuesday, revealing new information that could shed light on what sparked him to unleash the deadly massacre. The revelation came amid questions about the whereabouts of Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who left the U.S. before Paddock committed the horrific attack that killed 59 and injured at least 515 others. Police said Tuesday afternoon that they considered Danley a person of interest in the investigation. Investigators are looking into whether Paddock sent the cash to Danley amid conflicting reports she’s in either the Philippines or Japan, the officials said. In addition, a U.S. government source told Fox News that federal investigators have interviewed an ‘immediate relative’ of Paddock’s girlfriend. This relative said the family found Paddock ‘unstable,’ and he made relatives ‘uncomfortable.’ FBI officials declined to comment on this interview.” (10/03/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/03/las-vegas-shooter-sent-tens-thousands-dollars-overseas-officials-say.html

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8) MA: Historic Boston church wants $19 million for tower shadow
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A historic Boston church is asking a developer to pay $19 million to compensate for shadows cast by a proposed tower. The Boston Globe reports that Old South Church claims the proposed Back Bay Station project will cast shadows on the 142-year-old church that will cause moisture damage and darken stained glass windows. Church officials say $4 million of the payment will go toward repairs of the church, while the remainder will fund an affordable home program. Project developer Boston Properties says the request is unreasonable. The company says it’s unlikely the projected shadows would cause significant damage to the church.” (10/03/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Historic-Boston-church-wants-19-million-for-12246318.php

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9) Michelle Obama slams Congress for lack of diversity
Source: Raw Story

“Former first lady Michelle Obama confessed Tuesday that she used to feel embarrassed by the lack of diversity in Congress every year when she attended her husband’s State of the Union address. Watching from the balcony, Obama said she always did a double-take at the divided Congress. One side, she said, was ‘all men, all white.’ The other had some women and people of color. ‘At the State of the Union address…one side of the room (is) literally gray and white,’ Obama said in conversation with TV writer/producer Shonda Rhimes at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. ‘On the other side of the room there are yellows and blues and whites and greens. Physically, there’s a difference in color.’ To Obama, the divide symbolized the failure of Congress to truly resemble the nation it serves.” [editor’s note: I shall reserve comment for now – SAT] (10/03/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/michelle-obama-slams-congress-for-lack-of-diversity

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10) House Republicans propose five-year extension for subsidized children’s health care
Source: USA Today

“A popular program that provides health insurance [sic] for 8.9 million low-income children would get five more years of funding under legislation Republicans plan to push through a House committee this week. The measure comes days after federal funding for the program expired. Though no states are expected to immediately run out of money, some are preparing initial steps to wind down their programs amid uncertainty over what Congress will do. Some states have laws that require them to reduce coverage if federal money starts to decrease, and officials say they need time to notify recipients of possible coverage changes and reshape their programs. Federal financing for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired over the weekend, when the government’s 2017 fiscal year ended. Both parties favor continuing the federal-state program, but Democrats were opposing cuts in other health spending that Republicans have proposed to help pay for the extension.” (10/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/03/children-health-care-5-year-extension/729701001

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11) Unhinged country guitarist babbles nonsense on guns after Vegas shooting
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The lead guitarist from the Josh Abbott Band, which performed hours before gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd of concert-goers at the outdoor Route 91 Harvest concert, is now pleading for more restrictions on gun ownership. After spending the night fearing for his life, Caleb Keeter of the Texas-based band said that he has changed his position on gun control. ‘I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life. Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun Licenses], and legal firearms on the bus,’ Caleb Keeter wrote in a statement released Monday. ‘They were useless. … We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.'” [editor’s note: Hopefully he’ll come to his senses once he realizes that “gun control” would have had precisely zero effect on the situation – TLK] (10/03/17)

http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2017/10/03/Lead-guitarist-caleb-keeter-Josh-Abbott-Band-gun-control-las-vegas-shooting/stories/201710030084

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12) Mexico: University announces feminism debate dominated by men
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A debate on feminism has caused online outrage in Mexico because the panel is made up solely of men. But leading Mexican feminist Marta Lamas (who inspired the event) has defended the idea, saying she thinks it is ‘different and provocative.’ The topics the 11 men will discuss are ‘feminism and rights’ and ‘feminism and the market.’ Ms Lamas will take a central role. However, critics say men dominate discussions in Mexico enough already. The event is called ‘Marta Lamas in dialogue with XY,’ referring to the male chromosome. Mexican media first reported that no women would be on stage, but Ms Lamas told the BBC she would be hosting the day-long event, which will be held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City on 11 October. She said it had been arranged to honour her forthcoming 70th birthday, and she had been involved in inviting the participants.” (10/03/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41489462

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13) Catalonia gripped by general strike to protest Spanish police violence during independence vote
Source: Washington Post

“Trade unions in Catalonia led a general strike Tuesday that closed down businesses and led to highway blockages in protest against police violence during the region’s chaotic independence vote. Huge crowds poured through the streets of Barcelona in the latest act of defiance against the central government and its rejection of Sunday’s referendum that backed Catalonia’s long-held ambitions for autonomy. Some marches were led by firefighters in orange jackets and yellow helmets, others were guided by leftist theater troupes and involvedfamilies with children in strollers. Protesters — some riding on farm tractors — shut down major highways, including a long tunnel the crosses from northeast Spain into France. Schools, universities, offices, small businesses and bars across the region of 7 million people were closed.” (10/03/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/spains-catalonia-gripped-by-general-strike-to-protest-police-violence-during-independence-vote/2017/10/03/285fe0ec-a7b0-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html

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14) US DoJ redacts vast majority of documents related to Ferguson
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The U.S. Department of Justice identified 400 pages of documents related to its Community Oriented Policing Services office’s actions in the wake of the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but a vast majority were either totally or partially redacted before being released under the Freedom of Information Act. Responding to an almost three-year-old FOIA request from the Post-Dispatch, DOJ FOIA Officer Chaun Eason determined that only 55 pages — mostly mundane COPS office communications about travel to St. Louis, talking-points memos, press releases, and other non-revelatory material — were totally releasable to the newspaper. Almost two-thirds of the documents were totally redacted without any other reference to the person or persons who created them, the person or persons to whom they were intended, or the topic of the material withheld.” (10/03/17)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/justice-department-redacts-vast-majority-of-documents-related-to-ferguson/article_97e3309b-b29d-5833-915c-cecd6f1cae40.html

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15) Victim of “Draw Muhammad” ISIS-inspired terror attack sues FBI
Source: Washington Examiner

“The security guard wounded in a 2015 ISIS-inspired terrorist attack at the ‘Draw Muhammad’ event in Garland, Texas, is suing the FBI, and argues the bureau is liable for his damages because an agent ‘solicited, encouraged, directed and aided members of ISIS in planning and carrying out the May 3 attack,’ according to court documents filed Monday. If the plaintiff, Bruce Joiner, doesn’t settle with the bureau, the case could shake loose hundreds of documents from both local and federal officials about what happened that day, and could answer the question of why an FBI agent was in a car directly behind the attackers and did nothing as the events unfolded. … Joiner’s lawsuit is seeking just over $8 million in damages, and argues that the FBI essentially allowed the attack to happen. ‘The FBI helped the terrorists obtain a weapon that was used in the attack by lifting a hold during a background check, incited the terrorist to attack the Garland event, and even sent an agent to accompany the terrorists as they carried out the attack,’ the court filing said.” (10/02/17)

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/victim-of-draw-muhammad-isis-inspired-terror-attack-sues-fbi-accuses-james-comey-of-cover-up/article/2636321

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16) Report: Kushner, Ivanka Trump used third private email account
Source: The Hill

“Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have reportedly sent hundreds of emails from a third private email account while serving in their White House roles. The address is now the third linked to the Kushner family in recent weeks, Politico reported Monday, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The account, in which both the first daughter and Kushner had access to, has reportedly received hundreds of emails from White House government emails since January. … The Trump campaign repeatedly attacked then-Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email account as secretary of State before last year’s election.” (10/02/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/353556-hundreds-of-white-house-emails-sent-to-third-kushner-family-account

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17) US DoJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives
Source: Politico

“The Justice Department has released a series of recently overruled legal memos concluding that presidents cannot appoint their relatives to the White House staff or presidential commissions, even to unpaid posts. In January, a career Justice Department official essentially declared the earlier opinions erroneous or obsolete, clearing the way for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to take a senior adviser position in the White House. First daughter Ivanka Trump later took a similar official but unpaid slot under the same legal rationale. The newly-disclosed opinions, issued to the Nixon, Carter and Reagan White House and obtained by POLITICO Monday through a Freedom of Information Act request, detail how Justice Department lawyers concluded for decades that such appointments of family members were illegal under an anti-nepotism law passed in 1967.” (10/03/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/justice-department-legal-memos-presidents-appoint-relatives-243395

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18) Key document unsealed in Waymo’s trade secrets case against Uber
Source: New York Times

“Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car unit, has been fighting in the courts for months to gain access to a key document in a trade secrets case that it has waged against Uber. That document became public late Monday, adding to the intrigue of whether Uber may have known it was getting stolen [sic] information for its autonomous vehicles operation. The document that became public was a due diligence report that Uber commissioned last year before buying an autonomous truck start-up, Ottomotto, for $680 million. The start-up was founded by Anthony Levandowski, a star engineer who had worked at Google’s self-driving unit before it became Waymo. Mr. Levandowski left Google six months before Uber’s acquisition of Ottomotto, and has been at the center of accusations that he stole [sic] information about Google’s self-driving technology and used it at Uber.” [editor’s note: While Lewandowski may have accepted a contractual obligation not to share or use certain information, and might himself be liable for breach of said contractual obligation, information was not stolen (copying isn’t stealing) – TLK] (10/03/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/technology/waymo-uber-document-secrets.html?_r=0

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19) Physics Nobel goes to “black hole telescope” trio
Source: CNN

“The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for their detection of gravitational waves, a development scientists believe could give vital clues to the origins of the universe. The three American physicists ‘made decisive contributions’ to LIGO, an observatory instrument that enabled scientists to physically detect the waves, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of relativity. Gravitational waves are ‘ripples’ in the fabric of space and time caused by some of the most violent and energetic processes in the universe, according to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).” (10/03/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/03/world/nobel-physics-prize-2017/index.html

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20) IN: Couple pleads guilty to stealing $1.2 million from Amazon
Source: CNBC

“An eastern Indiana couple has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon. Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, The Star Press reported. U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said the Muncie couple bought hundreds of electronics items from Amazon using hundreds of fake online identities. He said they contacted Amazon to report the items were damaged and requested replacements for free. Authorities said the couple then sold the stolen merchandise to an associate in Indianapolis, who sold the items to an entity in New York.” (10/03/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/03/indiana-couple-pleads-guilty-to-stealing-from-amazon.html

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

21) Not all acts of mass murder are terrorism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“[A]nyone who has even a basic grasp of the English language knows there is a difference between mass murder and terrorism. Not all acts of mass murder are terrorism. Dennis Nilsen, the deranged gay serial killer of 1970s Britain, was not a terrorist. Nor was Charles Manson, who killed groups of people. Nor was Brenda Ann Spencer, the then 16-year-old shooter who fired on Cleveland Elementary School in 1979 and inspired the Boomtown Rats hit ‘I don’t like Mondays’ (which was the reason she gave for her killings). Sometimes mass murder is just — perhaps ‘just’ should be in quote marks, given all these acts are awful — mass murder. Terrorism is different. Terrorism is the use of violence to a political end, usually by people who associate themselves with an ideological organisation. … Terrorism is not just mass murder; it is mass murder for a reason.” (10/03/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/not-all-acts-of-mass-murder-are-terrorism/

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22) GOP tax plan: Hardly “reform,” but tax cuts “cost” nothing
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’m all for tax cuts and not terribly particular about where they fall. But let’s be honest: Cutting the corporate and top rates isn’t about sound economics, it’s about whose lobbyists buy the most expensive lunches for, and who contributes most reliably to the campaigns of, which politicians. Of course, the main criticism coming from opponents of tax cuts as such is that those cuts would ‘cost’ the US government something. The New York Times claims (drawing on an analysis by the Tax Policy Center) that ‘the corporate tax cuts will cost nearly $7 trillion over the next two decades …. the entire package is expected to cost an estimated $5.6 trillion over the next 20 years.’ Well, no. The total ‘cost’ of the proposed tax cuts would be a whopping zero dollars and zero cents.” (10/03/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11580

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23) Why people won’t protect themselves
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“We’ve been conditioned to be eager to run for help but unwilling to protect ourselves. And that’s just stupid, because evil does exist in the world and because our ‘authorized protectors’ are neither benevolent nor omnipotent. (They are, in actuality, the most common threats.) Granted, violence is stupid, barbaric, and often solves nothing. But cryptography isn’t violence. Yet people are still afraid of it. This is, if we’re to be honest, why so very many people found ways to ignore the revelations of Edward Snowden. If they took Snowden’s revelations seriously, they’d have to face a lot of threat, and that would rationally require them to protect themselves … and they have been trained never to do that.” (10/03/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/people-wont-protect/

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24) Automatic weapons are already heavily regulated and gun control laws don’t work
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Stephen Paddock ‘appears to have used at least one fully automatic rifle’ during his murderous rampage in Las Vegas, according to the Wall Street Journal. Let’s tentatively accept that for the moment while recognizing, as Nick Gillespie has noted, that early reports in situations like this are often wrong. If true, though, it demonstrates the pointlessness of the predictable calls for tighter gun restrictions issued by the usual suspects. That’s because automatic rifles — machine guns — have been tightly regulated at the federal level since 1934, and subjected to further restrictions since then.” (10/03/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/03/automatic-weapons-are-already-heavily-re

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25) Six ways economic freedom benefits the global poor
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Even most critics admit the free market is the greatest wealth-generating system in history, but they say the poor benefit more from interventionist economic systems. In fact, economic liberty elevates the least well-off in more laissez-faire nations to a better position than those living in unfree economies based on such factors as average income, life expectancy, literacy, and other forms of personal liberty.” (10/03/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/10/03/6-ways-economic-freedom-benefits-global-poor

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26) For hurricane-hit Puerto Rico, an insider’s guide to disaster management
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“It seems there’s a template that critics follow for Donald Trump versus the Hurricanes: they say he won’t do enough, that it isn’t being done fast enough, that everything will collapse (ready Katrina headlines) and then the draining, heroic reality of the response takes hold. With post-Maria Puerto Rico the latest example of that trope, it’s time for a better understanding of how disaster management works. A disaster destroys in hours infrastructure that took decades to build. Millions of people lose the services that separate a middle-class suburb from an impoverished slum: clean water, sewers, power, hospitals, roads. And Maria was the strongest storm to strike the area in 80 years. Meanwhile, the media tends to focus on drama and controversy.” (10/03/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vanburen-disaster-commentary/commentary-for-hurricane-hit-puerto-rico-an-insiders-guide-to-disaster-management-idUSKCN1C805X

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27) A little lesson for those who would nationalise everything
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“As we’re being told many people — more so the young and inexperienced of course — are in favour of nationalising near everything. We’ve even seen one claim that the banking system is a natural monopoly and therefore should be nationalised. We who are rich in maturity could, as we all are of course, carry on reminding people of how bad things were when nationalisation was rife. Sadly, none of those Marinas and Allegros have survived long enough to be usable as present day examples of the horrors that were. So, instead, how things work out elsewhere …” (10/03/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/a-little-lesson-for-those-who-would-nationalise-everything

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28) Do the media hate Trump? Survey shows yes, from the very start of his presidency
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The mainstream media don’t like Trump, but it’s not really anything he did as president, a new survey by the Pew Research Center shows. The evidence: Among recent presidents, coverage of Trump’s initial weeks in office has been the most skewed and biased, by far. Pew, with impeccable centrist credentials, decided to look at how the print, broadcast, cable and online media covered the first 60 days of each recent presidency — including Bill Clinton’s, George W. Bush’s, Barack Obama’s, and Donald Trump’s. As far as the media are concerned, Trump never had a chance. Some 62% of the media coverage of Trump was negative, Pew found. For Obama it, was just 20%; for Bush, 28%; for Clinton, also 28%. In other words, the media from the get-go had decided Trump was a bad president — before any of his policies had a chance to take hold. Put another way, only 5% of the coverage Trump got in his first two months was positive, compared with 42% for Obama, 22% for Bush and 27% for Clinton. On no issue did Trump get anywhere near what could be called a high positive coverage.” (10/02/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/do-the-media-hate-trump-yes-and-from-the-very-start-of-his-presidency-new-survey-shows

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29) The GOP tax reform plan: A preliminary libertarian analysis
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“The Republicans have released their latest tax-reform plan. ‘Unified Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code’ is a simple, 9-page document that leaves the reader with many unanswered questions. Back in 2015, I subjected the tax proposals President Obama made in his State of the Union address to a libertarian analysis. Earlier this year, I did the same for President Trump’s tax plan. It is only fitting that I now do the same for the Republicans’ framework.” (10/03/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/laurence-m-vance/the-gop-tax-reform-plan-a-preliminary-libertarian-analysis/

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30) Freedom of expression under attack in Algeria
Source: Students For Liberty
by Anis Bachir

“I believe that the decline of Algeria from Partly Free to Not Free in the world press freedom index is strongly due to restrictions placed on the media in recent years. A lot of laws imposed content limitations on privately owned broadcasters, and government agencies withdrew advertising from media outlets that covered opposition parties. Foreign journalists were denied entry visas, had their visas restricted, or faced obstacles to access on the ground. The Algerian constitution guarantees freedom of expression. However, a state of emergency was in effect from 1992 until the last years, allowing the government to penalize any speech deemed threatening to the state or public order. While the state of emergency has since been lifted, substantial legal restrictions on press freedom remain in place.” (10/03/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/10/03/freedom-expression-attack-algeria/

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31) The Trump presidency (or how to further enrich “the Masters of the Universe”)
Source: Common Dreams
by Noam Chomsky & David Barsamian

“[This interview has been excerpted from Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy?, the new book by Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian to be published this December.] David Barsamian: You have spoken about the difference between Trump’s buffoonery, which gets endlessly covered by the media, and the actual policies he is striving to enact, which receive less attention. Do you think he has any coherent economic, political, or international policy goals? What has Trump actually managed to accomplish in his first months in office? Noam Chomsky: There is a diversionary process under way, perhaps just a natural result of the propensities of the figure at center stage and those doing the work behind the curtains. At one level, Trump’s antics ensure that attention is focused on him, and it makes little difference how. Who even remembers the charge that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Clinton, depriving the pathetic little man of his Grand Victory? Or the accusation that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower? The claims themselves don’t really matter. It’s enough that attention is diverted from what is happening in the background.” (10/02/17)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/03/trump-presidency-or-how-further-enrich-masters-universe

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32) Not so bad, Communism?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“First the good news. The New York Times has repudiated Walter Duranty’s 1930s-era ‘journalism’ for whitewashing — ‘underestimating’ — the murderousness of Soviet Communism. So that’s done, right? Whatever its failings today, the paper will certainly no longer allow writers to use its august pages to discount blatant systematic evil. Right? But Helen Raleigh, a writer for The Federalist who is an immigrant from China, finds that the Times does indeed persist in glossing over the sins of Communism.” (10/03/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/03/not-so-bad-communism/

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33) No real “Berlin Airlift” for Puerto Rico
Source: The American Conservative
by Michael Fumento

“In June 1948, Soviet forces blockaded rail, road, and water access to Allied-controlled areas of Berlin. Within two days the U.S. and U.K. air forces had begun a supply chain from bases in West Germany, maintaining it until May the following year. In all, the Berlin Airlift delivered 2.4 million tons of supplies under hostile conditions to about 2.5 million people, including all their food, gasoline, and coal for heating and electricity generation. Yet Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory with 3.4 million souls, two weeks after being body-slammed by the fiercest hurricane to hit the island in 90 years, is receiving little direct aid. This is apparently because of a bottleneck at the nation’s sole container port, San Juan. There is disagreement over the causes of that bottleneck, but the fact is that it can be bypassed. Bizarrely, defenders of the administration are measuring aid to Puerto Rico not in terms of supplies distributed, but in terms of emergency personnel on the ground. As if Puerto Ricans can eat administrators.” (10/03/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/no-real-berlin-airlift-for-puerto-rico/

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34) How to have a national conversation about guns
Source: The Jack News
by Gary Johnson

“It is tragic that it has taken a mass murder of historic proportion to remind us that the vast, vast majority of people are fundamentally good. In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, we have witnessed and learned of countless acts of heroism, courage, kindness and generosity. Strangers helping strangers, even at the risk of their own lives. Thousands standing in line for hours to give blood. Funds for the victims and their families being established and receiving millions in donations virtually overnight. It’s amazing, but not surprising. Those are the things we do in this country when the going gets tough. … Of course, the conversation has already begun. Yes, that conversation. The one about gun control. … This time, though, I have a suggestion. Imagine what a conversation we could have if our politicians display the same respect, selflessness and dignity that thousands of ordinary Americans displayed last Sunday evening at a concert venue in Las Vegas — and in the days since.” (10/03/17)

https://thejacknews.com/commentary/gary-johnson-heres-national-conversation-guns

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35) Disobeying Spain: The Catalan referendum for independence
Source: CounterPunch

“Voting can often be a fairly mundane task, a ritual we do as some sort of promise to ourselves and others that we care in the shaping of our society. It is a peculiar sensation based upon a collective understanding that the sum is great than its parts; that while our vote may not matter, voting itself matters. It is a commitment to a process, rather than a politic. On Sunday, all across Catalunya ballot boxes were ripped from people’s hands by masked police and a dangerous violence was unleashed, at random, upon some of the 2,262,424 people who stood in long lines to cast their vote. The repression dealt by the Spanish State to prohibit the Catalan Referendum, in every bloodied baton and ever rubber bullet, transformed the day from a question of independence to a question of democracy. People were voting for the right to vote.” (10/03/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/03/disobeying-spain-the-catalan-referendum-for-independence/

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36) Bernie Sanders opens a new [sic] foreign policy debate
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Senator Bernie Sanders received rapturous applause from progressives for his recent foreign-policy speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. … The reaction was understandable: The speech was like a thunderclap breaking the silence of any serious foreign-policy challenge from the left. The Sanders speech indeed opened a new debate and offered the first steps towards a fundamentally different policy, but it also leaves many questions unanswered. It elevated some new challenges to Democratic Party thinking, though not always with policies to match. Sanders’s central contribution is to upend the military-dominated definition of national security.” [editor’s note: New? Hardly; Ron Paul tried to make this debate real for decades, but due to 9/11 (and then Obama om the throne) he gained little ground – SAT] (10/03/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171003/bernie-sanders-opens-a-new-foreign-policy-debate

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37) Yet again, today’s politicians are ignoring basic economics
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The results through history have been clear, from Stockholm to Israel, San Francisco to Britain: holding rents below market rates means less rentable accommodation available in total, a decline in the quality of accommodation (and hence further regulation imposed to counteract it), and cronyism and corruption in the allocation of scarce properties. That’s why 95 per cent of an IGM Chicago economists’ survey panel oppose rent controls — a rare consensus for economists. More benign short term ‘rent regulation’ schemes can be dreamt up, of course, but these do nothing to solve to constrain the general upward trend in rent caused by restricted supply. Bad economics is not confined to housing policy.” (10/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/yet-again-todays-politicians-are-ignoring-basic-economics

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38) Gun control doesn’t work
Source: USA Today
by Robert Farago

“In the aftermath of the Las Vegas spree killing, there’s an urgent call to do something. A cry to enact new laws that will stop the slaughter. Given the pain, suffering and horror created by the Mandalay Bay shooter, it’s an entirely reasonable reaction. But it’s not rational. What gun control law would have stopped the killer? Limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds? Restricting sales of semiautomatic rifles to one a month? Per year? Banning ‘assault rifles’? When Stephen Paddock opened fire, he broke the law against murder. Dozens of times. Believing that any gun control law would have disarmed or dissuaded a man willing to commit mass murder is to fail to understand the nature of the beast. Like it or not, America is home to hundreds of millions of guns. Regardless of gun control laws, criminals, crazies and terrorists manage to obtain firearms. Always have. Always will. To believe otherwise is dangerously naive. That’s because gun control is more than ineffective; it’s a distraction.” (10/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/03/robert-farago-gun-control-doesnt-work-editorials-debates/106276624

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39) The hope of affordable housing — a modern fairy tale
Source: Cobden Centre
by Antony Sammeroff

“In the 1980s there was a huge housing boom in the UK driven by newly created money and credit which went into housing and pushed prices up. Homeowners were delighted. … but in 1989 the market topped out; and as the boom gave way to falling house prices people found themselves in negative equity where their mortgage may have been costing £120,000 while the house was now only worth £100,000. Many of them started asking themselves what they were even paying their mortgage for. Shortly after that the Bank of England put interest rates up. That made these mortgages even more expensive, and many people chose to just walk away. And so began the housing bust — there were tens of thousands of repossessions. This made the Conservative Party unelectable for half a generation. The message was clear: Since only 10% or so of people want a house at any one time, and since owners are more likely to vote than renters, a golden rule must be established. It was written thus: you must prop up the housing market no matter what. And that’s what Governments have been doing.” (10/03/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/the-hope-of-affordable-housing-a-modern-fairy-tale/

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40) Secession is sweeping the world, and we should let it
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jennifer Maffessanti

“A multitude of small nations that have to cooperate with each other to ensure their own success is preferable to a handful of large, self-sufficient nations who have the luxury of isolating themselves from each other. When goods are exchanged, so are ideas. And with ideas comes liberty. Seeking freedom from a government they deem oppressive is a step in the right direction. More nations from which to choose means more jurisdictional competition. Jurisdictional competition is how we got the Renaissance.” (10/03/17)

https://fee.org/articles/secession-is-sweeping-the-world-and-we-should-let-it/

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41) Quantum Vibe, 10/03/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/03/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1699

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42) Trump bringing us to the brink of war with North Korea, where is the anti-war movement?
Source: In These Times
by Christine Ahn

“Tensions have been running high between the United States and North Korea since Donald Trump entered the White House. But the two countries haven’t been this close to war since 1994, when the administration of Bill Clinton weighed a first strike on North Korea. The spark that conflagrated the already incendiary relations between Washington and Pyongyang was President Donald Trump’s U.N. speech on September 19, when he called the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ‘Rocket Man’ and threatened to ‘totally destroy North Korea,’ a sovereign nation of more than 25 million people. In a revival of Harry S. Truman’s McCarthyism and George W. Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil,’ Trump cast North Korea, Iran and Venezuela as rogue regimes that Washington is prepared to confront.” [editor’s note: Once more, context is dropped; Trump prefaced that with “If North Korea attacks us or our allies …” before the blustering threat was issued – SAT] (10/03/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20568/north-korea-united-states-donald-trump-war-nuclear

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43) The Catalonian mess
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“As some readers may remember, I consider in general terms the Catalonian secession to be a positive development, for Catalonia and Europe, too. This is consistent with a stream of classical liberalism, which tends to view secession positively. … Other classical liberals tend to be more suspicious of secession, because they think that a smaller and more homogeneous state will make it easier for local majorities to crush with the sheer force of numbers local minorities. It is indeed true that a smaller state is not necessarily a smaller government, but if states were smaller one could expect the cost of “voting with their feet” to be lower too for people who don’t like particular political arrangements. That is, leaving Barcelona for Madrid is certainly less demanding, both financially and culturally, than leaving Barcelona for Kuala Lumpur.” (10/03/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/the_catalonian_1.html

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44) Busted in Barcelona (almost) 1977
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“I spent four pleasant days roaming Barcelona while staying in a dirt cheap pension where I was the only guest without a thunderous TB-cough. Spain was definitely the most backward country I visited (dictator Francisco Franco had died only two years earlier). The clearest proof it was still in the Dark Ages: hitchhiking was illegal. But I tried not to let that bias me against Spaniards. I viewed such prohibitions simply as transaction costs, the 1970s equivalent of traffic speed cameras. When time came to head back north, I staked out a spot on the last street before the Autopista (motorway) entrance. Traffic was light and relatively slow so my thumb posed no safety hazard to drivers. No luck in the first hour. Then I got more fraternizing than I wanted. A finger-wagging policeman with the glummest face I saw all summer descended on me.” (10/02/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/10/02/busted-in-barcelona-almost-1977/

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45) When working from home doesn’t work
Source: The Atlantic
by Jerry Useem

“According to Gallup, 43 percent of U.S. employees work remotely all or some of the time. As I look to my left, and then to my right, I see two other business-casual-clad men hammering away on their laptops beside me at a Starbucks just outside Chicago. They look productive. Studies back this impression up. Letting Chinese call-center employees work from home boosted their productivity by 13 percent, a Stanford study reported. And, again according to Gallup, remote workers log significantly longer hours than their office-bound counterparts. Another batch of studies, however, shows the exact opposite: that proximity boosts productivity. (Don’t send call-center workers home, one such study argues — encourage them to spend more time together in the break room, where they can swap tricks of the trade.) Trying to determine which set of studies to trust is — trust me — a futile exercise. The data tend to talk past each other. But the research starts to make a little more sense if you ask what type of productivity we are talking about.” (10/03/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/11/when-working-from-home-doesnt-work/540660/

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46) Every knee shall bend
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“I think I’ve written somewhere before — maybe here — that professional sports are training Americans to be morons. In my own opinion, that is by far the worst strike against them. It isn’t only that the stars of the game try to manipulate us into supporting the causes and candidates they prefer. It’s that we come to see politics as spectator sports. The entire Republican-Democrat duopoly that keeps our nation’s doings in its iron grip is, indeed, modeled after a neverending game. It’s all about who wins or loses. Fandom for the favored side is seldom based on any sort of rational thought. And the mega-rich who run the show from behind the scenes rake in endless boodle — at the taxpayers’ expense.” (10/01/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1764

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47) Mandalay misconceptions
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Licensing didn’t work. Registration didn’t work. Background checks didn’t work. Magazine limits wouldn’t have worked. Suppressor taxes and registration didn’t apply and wouldn’t have worked. Taxes wouldn’t have worked. So what’s left? Complete confiscation? As[k] your parent or grandparents how well that worked when FDR banned private possession of gold in 1934. Ask your local drug dealer how well drug bans work.” (10/02/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4456

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48) Trump’s tax reform: On the right track
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“The tax reform proposal offered last week by President Trump and Republicans in Congress would be an improvement over the current system, but more so for corporate income taxes than for individual income taxes. It appears that the biggest advantage the proposal offers individual taxpayers is a simplified tax structure, whereas significant cuts are in the works for corporate taxes.” (10/02/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/02/trumps-tax-reform-on-the-right-track/

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49) After Vegas shooting, it’s time to take private security seriously
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“To perpetrate the shooting, the shooter used the Mandalay Bay hotel as a sniper’s nest from which to rain down death on a crowd assembled at a nearby music festival. (Both the hotel and the venue are owned by MGM Resorts International.) At the same time, it appears the organizers of the event did not take steps to prevent a shooting of this nature. The police response to the shooting, not surprisingly, appears to show disorganization and lack of knowledge about the situation. Some readers will scoff and say ‘how could anyone be expected to anticipate a sniper situation like this?’ In response, I suggest this thought experiment: imagine that a US president or any important political figure were present at the music festival. What do you think security would have looked like?” (10/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/after-vegas-shooting-its-time-take-private-security-seriously

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50) Las Vegas massacre
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Truly terrible event. I’m very sorry for all of the victims and their families. But, as usual, even with minor happenings, the ‘news’ and even the official accounts are rife with misinformation, outright contradictions, and political posturing. Too bad they can’t all calm down and be rational observers. Some of this is stupid, some calculated to manipulate emotional hysteria, and some is just too predictable not to be almost amusing.” (10/02/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/02/las-vegas-massacre/

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51) Dealers of death
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Then of course we all woke up to … Mass slaughter in Las Vegas. I confess that, along with a lot of other gun-rights activists and gun owners, my first thought was, Here we go again. Then numbness set in. Only later is there room for anything else. So many strange things about this latest showy mass murder. How many prosperous retirees commit public slaughter? And who commits crimes with full-auto weapons (whether legal or illegal or some makeshift modification)? That doesn’t happen. But it seems to have happened. Horribly effectively. Last night. The whys on this horror are thick and deep. And likely to remain so. But the predictable reactions were as quick and shallow as is usual, these days.” (10/02/17)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2017/10/02/dealers-of-death/

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52) No justification for Spanish Internet censorship during Catalonian referendum
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the Internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on October 1. We have previously written about one aspect of that censorship; the raid of the .cat top-level domain registry. But there was much more to it than that, and many of the more than 140 censored domains and Internet services continue to be blocked today.” (10/02/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/no-justification-spanish-internet-censorship-during-catalonian-referendum

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53) White privilege is definitely real
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“If you don’t care to hear about white privilege from a self-employed cis white male who was raised lower/middle class, now married to a Mexican immigrant with three mixed-race unschooled kids, still lower/middle class, than feel free to turn away now. No hard feelings. If you don’t see race, gender, and class, or just don’t care either way, then welcome and I hope that what I’ve written will constitute an original thought from my mind to yours. At least, it was original when I thought about it a few days ago while in conversation with a divorced cis latina immigrant female and single cis white male. Oh yea, we were solving world problems left and right that day. Moving on.” (10/02/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/white-privilege-definitely-real

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54) US violence abroad begets violence at home
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Although ISIS is claiming that Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock was one of theirs and was acting on its behalf, so far no independent evidence has surfaced to confirm ISIS’s claim. If such evidence does emerge, it will be one more of a long series of deadly ‘blowback’ occurrences arising from U.S. interventionism abroad. But even if Paddock’s mass killing spree turns out to have no rational explanation, I continue to contend that these bizarre, unexplainable acts of violence are also rooted in the U.S. government’s decades-long killing spree abroad.” (10/03/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/03/u-s-violence-abroad-begets-violence-home/

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55) GOP failure to repeal Obamacare provides new opportunity for full repeal
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“On Sept. 26, Republicans once again failed to keep their promise of the last seven years to repeal Obamacare. After three dissenting senators denied the Republicans a majority vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled a vote on the bill. … The Libertarian Party maintains that it makes no sense to replace one bad plan with another. ‘Obamacare is like two government bureaucrats and an insurance company bureaucrat getting between you and your doctor,’ said Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark. ‘The Republicans would replace that with two insurance bureaucrats and a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor.’ Only a repeal, coupled with scaling back other government intrusions into health care and insurance systems, would allow a real market to function again and bring inexpensive medical services to a far wider range of people.” (10/02/17)

https://www.lp.org/gop-failure-repeal-obamacare-provides-new-opportunity-full-repeal/

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/03/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Why the U.S. Should Welcome China’s Economic Leadership.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/why-us-should-welcome-chinas-economic-leadership

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 656
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s another dark day. Frontman for the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty has died at age 66. 66!! That’s crazy! I have no idea if it was genetic or if he just burned the candle at both ends but he was an incredible talent, and it seems like he left this earth too early. We’ve got some additional information on the Vegas shooter. The motive is still elusive, but it appears he used a ‘Bump-Stock’ to convert his semi-auto rifles into full-auto rifles. I’ll explain what a Bump-Stock is on the show today. We’re also going to look at tax reform. There are a lot of questions surrounding the Republican plan, and I want to try and explain what I think they’re doing and the likelihood it gets done. Finally, if we have time, we’ll discuss the current attempt by a Chinese investment group to purchase the Chicago Stock Exchange.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/656-gun-control-tax-reform-and-tom-petty/

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58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 24
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The liberal imagination is pleased by multicultural societies like Mauritius but its culture was built with violent sacrifice.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/isle-rats-colonial-mauritius

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 10/03/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the benefits of the free market.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-consumer-sovereignty-free-market/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/03/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell and James talk about some solid liberty stuff for the first hour. For the entire second hour MWD sprays great radio all over Darrell, James and everyone out there in Radio Land. Main topic is #ToxicGate. Second topic is how a large percentage of ‘freethinking libertarians’ are actually virtue-signalling collectivist Social Justice Warriors.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15096

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61) Free Talk Live, 10/02/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mass Shooting at Concert in Vegas :: NH House Speaker Attacks Secession :: How to Stop the Hotel Shooter :: Free Speech and Ricky :: ISIS Child Spokesperson :: Teen Trick or Treaters Banned in Canada? :: Secession :: Banning Cell Phones from Crosswalks :: Schools and Competition :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/02/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-02

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1014
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In this episode I check in with James Damore, author of the notorious memo on the ‘gender gap’ in tech, to find out what he’s up to now, what his plans are, and how he looks back on the incident that got him fired as a senior software engineer at Google.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1014-james-damore-formerly-of-google-on-diversity-of-thought/

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63) The Scott Horton Show, 10/02/17
Source: The Libertarian Institute

“In his return to the Scott Horton Show, Ron Paul reflects on his ‘Yes’ vote on the Authorized Use of Military Force following 9/11, how it continues to be used and abused today, and the history of how the United States has perverted its legal authority in foreign policy. Then Dr. Paul turns to the escalating situation in North Korea. Paul shares why he has some optimism about the situation in North Korea, his worries about Trump’s volatility, and what he would have done about North Korea as president.” [various formats] (10/02/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10217-dr-ron-paul-trumps-verbal-threats-toward-north-korea/

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64) The Bob Zadek Show, 10/01/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“We’re living through the longest period of peace the modern world has ever known, so why all the hysteria of late? John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, says it’s past time to start closing many of the 800 U.S. military bases around the world, and retool America’s strategy for deterring threats.” [various formats] (10/01/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/9/28/rethinking-pax-americana-with-john-glaser

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