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Thursday, October 5th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Niger: Three US troops killed in ambush
2) Feinstein, fellow ghouls dance on Las Vegas graves with bill to ban “bump stocks”
3) MI: Mom jailed for refusing to vaccinate her nine-year-old son
4) Trump to keep Obama rule curbing corporate tax inversion deals
5) ACLU sues FDA over abortion pill restrictions
6) Scalise: Shooting “fortified” my view on gun rights
7) The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis
8) IL: Rauner faces conservative fury for expanding taxpayer-funded abortions
9) Judge lets Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio stand
10) Embattled congresscritter Murphy (R-PA) to retire
11) Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot
12) Haley hit with Hatch Act reprimand
13) Declassified documents say US knew Sputnik was soon to orbit
14) UK: Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of “Freedom of Oxford” amid Rohingya violence
15) Turkey: 40 sentenced to life for trying to kill Erdogan
16) India: Court asks police to open case against actor for criticizing Modi
17) FDA rebukes bakery for claiming “love” as an ingredient in granola
18) Mulvaney waves off Puerto Rico bailout talk after Trump hints at erasing politicians’ debts
19) Quantum physicists conclude that existence cannot possibly be a computer simulation
20) Catalonia: Crisis deepens as independence declaration looms

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Why guns matter
22) The military-entertainment complex’s culture of violence turns deadly
23) Why big institutions fear blockchain apps
24) Liberty an unappreciated necessity
25) Facts, not emotions, needed in gun debate; here are three
26) What I learned after being robbed by the Venezuelan authorities at the Caracas airport
27) Beware the ObamaCare industrial complex
28) Dissecting the American police state
29) Dredging memory
30) Show an affirming flame
31) What is “economic man?”
32) Armageddon averted
33) Guns aren’t to blame for the horror in Vegas
34) Ross Ulbricht’s 144,336 Bitcoins
35) Trump can make feminist history by signing this bill
36) Tom Petty’s Permanent Things
37) In search of the First Amendment
38) The tax reform that Republicans are missing
39) Gay sex in the Roman Empire
40) Quantum Vibe, 10/04/17
41) Renewed interest in self-service
42) Lessons learned: Puerto Rico and Maria
43) The legitimacy crisis
44) A troubling new tactic to keep bad patents from being tossed out
45) Ten things that could have stopped the Las Vegas massacre
46) “Price gouging” after a disaster is good for the public
47) Milton Friedman and conservatives: Wrong on education
48) The rise of the trauma state: Afghanistan and America’s unwinnable war
49) A massacre is not an argument
50) Great Britain threatens 15 years in prison for repeatedly watching “terrorist material”

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 138
52) We Are Libertarians, episode 233
53) Reason Podcast, 10/04/17
54) Essential Libertarianism, episode 7
55) Electric Libertyland, episode 40
56) Free Talk Live, 10/03/17
57) Was the Las Vegas murderer an anti-gun bigot?
58) Editor’s Break, episode 35

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

1) Niger: Three US troops killed in ambush
Source: Washington Post

“U.S. officials said three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger. The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. The officials said the commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militants.” [editor’s note: Did I miss it when Congress declared war on Niger (or for that matter declared war anywhere)? – TLK] (10/04/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-least-1-us-commando-killed-in-niger/2017/10/04/4fde5396-a95f-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html

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2) Feinstein, fellow ghouls dance on Las Vegas graves with bill to ban “bump stocks”
Source: NBC News

“Days after a dozen modified rapid-fire guns were found in the Las Vegas gunman’s hotel room, Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday to ban such changes to weapons — and dared Republicans to ignore it. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said her legislation would bar the sale, manufacture and possession of so-called bump stocks and other devices — all currently legal — that drastically increase a firearm’s rate of fire.” (10/04/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/democrats-seek-ban-devices-boost-gun-rate-fire-n807456

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3) MI: Mom jailed for refusing to vaccinate her nine-year-old son
Source: Detroit Free Press

“A Ferndale mother was jailed this morning for ignoring a court order to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. Rebecca Bredow, 40, will spend seven days in the Oakland County Jail for contempt of court after she refused an order Judge Karen McDonald gave her last week. Bredow told McDonald that vaccinating the child went against her religious beliefs and she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Bredow’s ex-husband, James Horne, wants the child immunized and has been in court since last year trying to get it. … Horne will have temporary custody of the child with an opportunity to get the boy vaccinated, a prospect that alarmed Joel Dorfman of Michigan for Vaccine Choice, a group that advocates for parents’ rights to refuse vaccines. ‘If this child is injured as a result of being given eight immunizations, who do you think is going to take care of the child?’ Dorfman told the Free Press. ‘The judge?'” (10/04/17)

http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/10/04/ferndale-mom-vaccination-contempt-of-court/731366001/

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4) Trump to keep Obama rule curbing corporate tax inversion deals
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration will keep for now an Obama-era rule that helped halt a wave of U.S. corporations moving abroad via tax-driven corporate inversion deals, it said on Wednesday, but added that it expected tax reform to obviate the rule. President Donald Trump ordered a review almost six months ago of tax rules from the final months of the Obama administration, including ones to discourage companies from redomiciling abroad for tax reasons. ‘Treasury plans to retain the distribution requirements under Section 385 pending enactment of tax reform,’ the department said in a statement, adding ‘these regulations are necessary to safeguard against earnings stripping.’ It also said it planned to revoke and streamline some related documentation rules. A 2011-2015 wave of inversion deals prompted Treasury to take a series of actions that culminated in an April 2016 rule release and the collapse of a $160-billion deal between U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc and Ireland’s Allergan Plc, which would have been the largest inversion ever.” (10/04/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/trump-to-keep-obama-rule-curbing-corporate-tax-inversion-deals/

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5) ACLU sues FDA over abortion pill restrictions
Source: The Hill

“The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), challenging federal restrictions they argue ‘significantly’ limit access to abortion pills. Currently, a prescription for the abortion pill Mifeprex cannot be filled at a retail pharmacy. Instead, the pill must be obtained from a clinic, medical office or hospital from a health-care provider that has pre-registered with the drug manufacturer. … The ACLU says the rules violate the 2016 Supreme Court decision Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which ruled that health regulations must serve patient health and cannot burden access to abortion without a valid medical justification.” (10/03/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/353690-aclu-sues-fda-over-abortion-pill-restrictions

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6) Scalise: Shooting “fortified” my view on gun rights
Source: The Hill

“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) says that getting shot at the GOP baseball practice over the summer — and nearly losing his life as a result — has strengthened his views against gun control. Fox News’s Martha MacCallum asked Scalise in an interview to be aired later Tuesday if his experience and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night have changed his views about the Constitution’s Second Amendment. ‘I think it’s fortified it,’ Scalise said. Echoing comments made by other congressional Republicans and the White House, Scalise said that lawmakers should focus on supporting victims and law enforcement before advocating for a legislative response.” (10/04/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/353714-scalise-shooting-fortified-view-on-gun-rights

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7) The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis
Source: Reuters

“In the rural village of Salinas in southern Puerto Rico, frayed electric lines hanging from a utility pole blew in the breeze last week near the town square. But the damage didn’t come from Hurricane Maria. ‘Those wires were actually there before,’ said Fermin Seda, 68, a Salinas resident who said he has grown accustomed to downed lines and power outages. Two weeks after the storm plunged the island into a blackout, less than 10 percent of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million people have seen power restored — and many will wait months.” (10/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-utility-specialreport/special-report-the-bankrupt-utility-behind-puerto-ricos-power-crisis-idUSKBN1C92B5

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8) IL: Rauner faces conservative fury for expanding taxpayer-funded abortions
Source: Fox News

“Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to expand taxpayer-funded abortions has sparked outrage from state and congressional Republicans who say he flip-flopped on the issue and are now hinting at a primary challenge. The backlash built last week after the first-term governor signed a bill allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions. It spread this week to Capitol Hill, where the state’s entire House Republican delegation blasted the decision. ‘In a reversal of long-standing Illinois policy, Governor Rauner has let down Illinois taxpayers and the unborn by signing’ the state bill, GOP Reps. Peter Roskam, John Shimkus, Randy Hultgren, Rodney Davis, Adam Kinzinger, Darin LaHood and Mike Bost said in a statement. The lawmakers issued the statement Tuesday, the same day they and other Republicans in the GOP-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to impose criminal penalties on anybody who performs or attempts to perform an abortion on a fetus after 20 weeks — with exceptions for incest, rape and saving the mother’s life.” (10/04/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/04/illinois-gop-gov-rauner-faces-conservative-backlash-for-signing-abortion-law.html

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9) Judge lets Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio stand
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s conviction for disobeying a court order in an immigration case will stand after a judge on Wednesday rejected arguments that it would encourage government officials to flout similar judicial commands in the future. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton cited U.S. Supreme Court precedent in formally dismissing the criminal case against the former six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for his harsh treatment of inmates and immigration enforcement crackdowns. She held off on ruling on Arpaio’s request to throw out all orders in the case, including a blistering 14-page ruling in which the judge explained her original reasoning in finding that Arpaio was guilty of a crime.” (10/04/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Judge-lets-Trump-s-pardon-of-former-Sheriff-12253384.php

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10) Embattled congresscritter Murphy (R-PA) to retire
Source: Politico

“Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term, after allegations that the married lawmaker, who opposes abortion rights, asked his mistress to terminate a pregnancy. Murphy admitted several weeks ago to an affair with forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards — news that came to light during the woman’s divorce proceedings with her husband. … The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Murphy suggested Edwards get an abortion during a pregnancy scare, citing leaked text messages between the two. ‘And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,’ Edwards texted to Murphy in late January, according to the Post-Gazette. Edwards was responding to a Facebook post by Murphy touting his anti-abortion position in Congress.” (10/04/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/04/tim-murphy-abortion-mistress-243456

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11) Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot
Source: TechHive

“Confirming one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, Google announced today that it finally has a cost-reduced version of its Google Home smart speaker. The $49 Google Home Mini, available for preorder now, will go head to head with the Echo Dot that Amazon introduced way back in March 2016.” (10/04/17)

https://www.techhive.com/article/3230472/connected-home/google-home-mini.html

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12) Haley hit with Hatch Act reprimand
Source: USA Today

“Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was reprimanded for breaking a federal law that prohibits members of the executive branch from engaging in some forms of political activity. Haley’s indiscretion: retweeting an endorsement from President Trump. On June 9, the president tweeted, ‘Ralph Norman, who is running for Congress in SC’s 5th District, will be a fantastic help to me in cutting taxes, and …’ The retweet was done from @nikkihaley, Haley’s personal Twitter account. Given that she used the account in an official manner — her avatar was her official headshot, her header picture was a photo of her and the president, and several of the posts were about official business — OSC determined that the retweet violated the Hatch Act.” (10/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/10/03/un-ambassador-nikki-haley-hit-hatch-act-reprimand/728611001/

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13) Declassified documents say US knew Sputnik was soon to orbit
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“News bulletin in 1957: Sputnik stuns the world. CIA in 2017: Not really. The CIA released newly declassified documents on Wednesday revealing that while the American public was surprised when the Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite 60 years ago, intelligence agencies weren’t caught off-guard. President Dwight D. Eisenhower had advance knowledge about the Soviets’ work on Sputnik, which was launched by a rocket on Oct. 4, 1957. He had been worrying for several years about the Kremlin’s long-range missile capability and how rockets armed with nuclear warheads could threaten America.” (10/04/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Declassified-documents-say-US-knew-Sputnik-was-12253734.php

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14) UK: Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of “Freedom of Oxford” amid Rohingya violence
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Aung San Suu Kyi, who has ties to the city of Oxford, has been stripped of her prestigious award amid allegations Myanmar has been carrying out ethnic cleansing. The leader of Myanmar has had her ‘Freedom of Oxford’ taken away after a vote by the council. She is an alumna of St Hugh’s College and was previously given an honorary degree. More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled her country to to Bangladesh following recent violence. … An Oxford University college has also removed a portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi, as institutions which previously praised her have withdrawn their support.” (10/04/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/04/aung-san-suu-kyi-stripped-freedom-oxford-amid-rohingya-violence/

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15) Turkey: 40 sentenced to life for trying to kill Erdogan
Source: ABC News

“A court in southwestern Turkey sentenced 40 suspects to life in prison Wednesday, convicting them of charges that include attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last year’s failed coup, Turkish state television TRT reported. A total of 46 suspects — 37 of them former military personnel — have been on trial since February in the city of Mugla accused of attempted assassination, violation of the constitution and other crimes against the state during the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The defendants were accused of using helicopters to attack the hotel in the resort of Marmaris where Erdogan and his family members were staying, killing two policemen. Erdogan had left the hotel shortly before it was attacked.” (10/04/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/verdicts-expected-turkish-soldiers-coup-trial-50271626

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16) India: Court asks police to open case against actor for criticizing Modi
Source: India.com [India]

“A couple of days after actor Prakash Raj voiced his disappointment over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence concerning Bengaluru journalist Gauri Lankesh’s murder, a Lucknow court today asked police to register a case against him. The court’s order came on a complaint filed by a lawyer. The court will hear the case on October 7. Prakash Raj, who has won five National Awards to his credit, had criticised PM Modi over his silence on those who were ‘celebrating’ the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh and said he feels like returning his awards. Lankesh, who had strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead from close range by unknown assailants at her home here on the night of September 5.” (10/04/17)

http://www.india.com/news/india/case-against-prakash-raj-for-controversial-remarks-against-prime-minister-narendra-modi-2514255/

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17) FDA rebukes bakery for claiming “love” as an ingredient in granola
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“The ingredient list for Massachusetts-based Nashoba Brook Bakery’s granola was normal enough, save for one ingredient. Amid the oats and sweetener was ‘love.’ The subject of nearly every rock-and-roll song, the thing Romeo and Juliet died for, was supposedly in the granola, which was sold at around 120 stores around New England. … ‘I really like that we list ‘love’ in the granola,’ Nashoba Chief Executive Officer John Gates told Bloomberg News. ‘People ask us what makes it so good. It’s kind of nice that this artisan bakery can say there’s love in it and it puts a smile on people’s face.’ But the Food and Drug Administration didn’t see it that way. A human emotion, it said, cannot be an ingredient in baked goods. The FDA published a warning letter to the bakery on Tuesday, which told the bakery to stop claiming that its granola contains love …” (10/04/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/fda-rebukes-bakery-for-claiming-love-as-an-ingredient-in-granola-20171004.html

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18) Mulvaney waves off Puerto Rico bailout talk after Trump hints at erasing politicians’ debts
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump’s budget chief said not to take the president’s suggestion that Puerto Rico’s debt would be ‘wiped out’ literally, as the territory’s bonds plunged to a record low on Wednesday. A benchmark general obligation bond due in 2035 plunged to a record low of 32 cents on the dollar Wednesday morning from 44 cents the previous day after the president’s remarks. ‘I think what you heard the president say is that Puerto Rico is going to have to figure out a way to solve its debt problem,’ Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House budget office, said in an interview Wednesday. ‘We are not going to bail them out. We are not going to pay off those debts. We are not going to bail out those bond holders.'” (10/04/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-04/trump-suggests-puerto-rico-s-debt-may-need-to-be-wiped-out

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19) Quantum physicists conclude that existence cannot possibly be a computer simulation
Source: TechSpot

“Are we real? It is a philosophical question dating back to ancient times that has been revisited in popular culture over and over. The movies Videodrome (1983) and Brazil (1985) both deal with the idea of being trapped in a universe within your mind. The Wachowski Brothers’ film The Matrix (1999) went one step further when it popularized the idea that maybe we all are living a computer simulation. The thought that our existence is nothing more than a higher entity’s computer simulation has become so popular that even figures like Elon Musk and machine-intelligence expert Ray Kurzweil have suggested the possibility is real. However, in a new paper published in Science Advances, Zohar Ringel form Hebrew University and Dmitry L. Kovrizhin from Oxford University conclude that it is physically impossible for the universe to be a computer simulation. According to their work, the amount of computing power needed to simulate our universe at the quantum level exceeds what is even theoretically possible.” [editor’s note: The scientists seem to base their conclusion on the notion that every particle in the universe would have to be simulated all the time, and that a “higher” “real” universe would operate under the same rules as this one – TLK] (10/03/17)

https://www.techspot.com/news/71243-quantum-physicists-conclude-existence-cannot-possibly-computer-simulation.html

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20) Catalonia: Crisis deepens as independence declaration looms
Source: CNN

“Spain’s constitutional crisis deepened Wednesday after the nation’s king lashed out at Catalan’s secessionist leaders in a TV address and the region’s President vowed to declare independence within days. … Both sides appeared set on a collision course after Sunday’s banned independence vote went ahead in the face of a violent police crackdown. The Catalan police force, Mossos, told CNN that its highest-ranking officer had been summoned by Spain’s high court in Madrid to answer accusations of sedition. Spanish authorities believe Mossos did not do enough to prevent the vote from taking place King Felipe’s rare TV speech was unexpectedly hardline — he accused pro-independence leaders of ‘unacceptable disloyalty’ and made no mention of the nearly 900 people injured in clashes with Spain’s national security forces. Instead, the monarch blamed the referendum’s organizers for the strife.” (10/04/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/04/europe/catalonia-independence-puigdemont-king-felipe/index.html

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

21) Why guns matter
Source: Libertarian Party
by Arvin Vohra

“It’s difficult to get away with murder. It’s easy to commit murder, though, for somebody who doesn’t care about the consequences. It’s easy to murder a single person with a knife, a brick, or a shovel. It’s also easy to kill large groups of people for somebody who doesn’t care about the consequences — somebody who plans to die anyway. Driving a car into a school bus, or flying a plane into a skyscraper, using poison, fire, or homemade bombs are all possibilities for somebody determined to murder others. If somebody simply doesn’t care about the consequences, there are many ways to commit mass murder. Firearms, unlike most of the above examples, are also highly effective defensive weapons. … Simply brandishing a gun can often scare off a potential assailant, an effect that does not exist when brandishing a vial of poison or a 747.” (10/04/17)

https://www.lp.org/why-guns-matter/

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22) The military-entertainment complex’s culture of violence turns deadly
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Perhaps there’s no single one factor to blame for this gun violence. However, there is a common denominator, and that is a war-drenched, violence-imbued, profit-driven military industrial complex that has invaded almost every aspect of our lives. Ask yourself: Who are these shooters modelling themselves after? Where are they finding the inspiration for their weaponry and tactics? Whose stance and techniques are they mirroring? In almost every instance, you can connect the dots back to the military. We are a military culture. We have been a nation at war for most of our existence. We are a nation that makes a living from killing through defense contracts, weapons manufacturing and endless wars. In order to sustain the nation’s appetite for war over the long haul in spite of the costs of war in lives lost and dollars spent — and little else to show for it — the military has had to work overtime to churn out pro-war, pro-military propaganda.” (10/04/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/military-entertainment-complexs-culture-violence-turns-deadly/

23) Why big institutions fear blockchain apps
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sam Bocetta

“One of the most powerful tools available to governments — be they democratic or totalitarian — is their control over currency. Today, access to the economic system is regulated by a huge number of intermediaries, all of whom have an interest in keeping its workings opaque. A lack of economic freedom entails a lack of political freedom, as everyone from Milton Friedman to Kanye West has noted. One of the most promising recent developments in democracy has been decentralization. Since the internet took off in the 1990s, the mainstream media has rapidly lost ground to the opinions of individuals. Today, a tweet has more power than a New York Times op-ed, shifting power away from an entrenched establishment and toward the people. Blockchain technology promises a similar revolution in access to currency. By decentralizing the creation and control of finance, it has the power to democratically empower individuals in both the West and in developing countries.” (10/04/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-big-institutions-fear-blockchain-apps/

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24) Liberty an unappreciated necessity
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“You won’t appreciate heat, light, or cooked food until you don’t have the option of flipping a switch. The appreciation for those modern conveniences grows stronger when you’ve made every fire by rubbing sticks together. Do this a few thousand times over several years and it will help you feel gratitude for technology — even lighters. In the same way, you’ll never value liberty until you’ve had it and lost it. Almost no American appreciates liberty because they’ve never actually experienced it. They’ve been taught to believe Americans are free, and questioning the truth of this statement is labeled ‘ingratitude.’ It’s not. It’s recognizing reality and demanding better.” (10/04/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/10/04/voices/liberty-an-unappreciated-necessity/154266.html

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25) Facts, not emotions, needed in gun debate; here are three
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“It is utterly predictable that, after a mass shooting, there are urgent pleadings for ‘gun control’ laws. It’s also predictable that any facts about gun laws and gun violence will be tossed aside. After the shooting in Las Vegas, which left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, which was on stage at a country music festival when Stephen Paddock started shooting, announced that he’d changed his mind about guns. ‘I’ve been a proponent of the Second Amendment my whole life. Until the events of last night,’ Keeter said in a statement. ‘I cannot express how wrong I was. Enough is enough. … We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.’ Keeter’s response no doubt reflects how many people felt after the shootings. It’s also a reflection how little thought most people put into this issue before spouting off.” (10/03/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/after-las-vegas-shooting-facts-not-emotions-are-needed-in-gun-debate

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26) What I learned after being robbed by the Venezuelan authorities at the Caracas airport
Source: PanAm Post
by Dominique Selman

“When buying a ticket to Ecuador with a stop though Venezuela, I never expected things to become so complicated and risky. I don’t know if my detention there had something to do with the fact that a few weeks before I participated in a conference entitled ‘Socialism in the 21st Century,’ but my experience in the Maiquetia airport was anything but pleasurable. … when I was detained at the airport for several hours — they were reviewing my passport without providing much explanation — I told them desperately that I was willing to lose my luggage if it meant getting to Quito on time. I called all of my friends who are lawyers, politicians and diplomats, thinking they might be able to help me get out of Venezuela. I soon learned that airport officials stop most people who seem likely to be carrying American dollars, attempt to make them believe they have no rights within the boundaries of immigration control, and thus force them to spend money on a new ticket.” (10/04/17)

https://panampost.com/editor/2017/10/04/robbed-by-the-venezuelan-authorities/

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27) Beware the ObamaCare industrial complex
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“The welcome death of GrahamCare does not mean that Congress will not address ObamaCare before the end of the year. Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee is working with Washington Senator and HELP Ranking member Patty Murray on an ObamaCare replacement plan. While no one is sure what will be in the Alexander-Murray plan, we may have gotten some hints from a plan released by Ohio Republican Governor John ‘opposition to ObamaCare is un-Christian’ Kasich and Colorado Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. The Kasich-Hickenlooper plan is expected to mirror the Alexander-Murray plan in several ways.” (10/04/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/beware-obamacare-industrial-complex

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28) Dissecting the American police state
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“In recent years, there has been growing concern in some camps about matters involving police brutality, police militarization, mass incarceration, overcriminalization, electronic surveillance and related matters. The bulk of the concerns of these kinds have come from the left end of spectrum, and raised by those who are concerned with racial disparities that can be observed within the framework of the police state. Yet there have also been some on the right end who have become concerned about the fiscal costs of mass incarceration, the social costs to families and communities, and the fact that the police state is now attacking population groups outside of traditional outgroups. When the police state primarily targeted blacks, Puerto Ricans, hookers, and the drug culture, the right-wing was all for it.” (10/04/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/10/04/dissecting-the-american-police-state/

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29) Dredging memory
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“Forty-seven years ago last month I returned from an outpost in the Mekong Delta to graduate school at MIT, from which I had been drafted two years earlier. For the past two weeks I have been dredging up wartime memories, spurred by the epic documentary produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for PBS. Not that my war bore much resemblance to the war so vividly depicted in the film. The filmmakers devote most of their footage to bloody battles and bloody-minded politicians. The contrast between the two constitutes the moral of their work. They want to honor the soldiers on both sides for the authenticity of their courage and sacrifice, which they contrast with the mendacity of those who send them off to die. ‘The blood is real,’ novelist Tim O’Brien says, leaving the viewer to infer that the rest (the political deception and self-deception, the continuation of the Cold War by other means, the high-flown rhetoric of national liberation and social revolution) was something else, not real, but merely a series of tales told by lying idiots.” (10/04/17)

http://prospect.org/article/dredging-memory

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30) Show an affirming flame
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“We’re stuck together in this era of connectedness; we’ll react to many future tragedies together: mass shootings, natural disasters, mass casualty accidents, terrorist attacks, even wars. Human difference ensures that many will have different notions of how one ought to react, and that some will behave badly by most of those standards. To be forgiving of others while trying to be constructive is our charge.” (10/04/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/after-tragedy-let-us-show-an-affirming-flame-online/541818/

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31) What is “economic man?”
Source: Acton Institute
by Kishore Jayabalan

“Intellectuals are often vocal critics of capitalism. Most of them lean left politically, so it is easy to identify anti-capitalism with progressivism. It is therefore no coincidence that the modern welfare state has been administered by elites eager to correct supposed market failures on the way to a more egalitarian society. Leftist elites tend to be university professors rather than captains of industry, but elites they remain. How, then, are we to explain the growing dissatisfaction with capitalism among those hardy band of intellectuals who call themselves conservatives? Has capitalism changed in some fundamental way so as to lose their support? Or was it always seen as the ugly sister to be tolerated for the sake of the alliance against communism? Perhaps there is something about intellectuals, regardless of their political affiliation, that leads them to look down upon moneymaking as the driving force of society.” (10/04/17)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2017/10/04/who-economic-man

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32) Armageddon averted
Source: The New Republic
by Laura Reston

“Just off Interstate 90 in South Dakota, on the edge of the Badlands, stands a nondescript ranch house. Eight men once lived and worked there, lounging in a rec room decked out with dorm furniture, reheating prepackaged dinners, and passing the time with rounds of Battleship. Secretly, however, they were engaged in a far more dangerous game of brinkmanship. Deep beneath the house, behind a four-ton blast door made of steel and concrete, lay a restricted Air Force control center capable of launching a battery of intercontinental ballistic missiles powerful enough to lay waste to the Soviet Union.” (10/04/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144450/armageddon-averted-decommissioned-air-force-control-center-powerful-enough-lay-waste-soviet-union

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33) Guns aren’t to blame for the horror in Vegas
Source: spiked
by Kevin Yuill

“This crime occurred because Paddock was determined to kill large numbers of people. The fact that police found stockpiled explosives ought to alert us to the fact that the means that he used to kill was less important than his determination to do so. Focusing on guns — and irrationally focusing on guns responsible for less than two per cent of gun homicides per year simply because they look too butch — will not stop determined murderers from destroying human life. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel killed 86 and injured 458 others with a lorry in Nice. No one blamed the truck.” (10/04/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/guns-arent-to-blame-for-the-horror-in-vegas/

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34) Ross Ulbricht’s 144,336 Bitcoins
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Edward Craig

“From Colorado, Paul Grant, criminal and civil defense attorney for Ross Ulbricht, sighed when reached by phone Monday afternoon, ‘It’s over. This part of Ross’ struggle, his fight, is over.’ Mr. Grant is referring to a United States District Court Southern District, New York, online publication of the civil asset and forfeiture stipulation and order agreed to by Mr. Ulbricht. … [Acting United States Attorney Joon H.] Kim’s press release, touting its windfall, clumsily recounted widely disseminated basics of the case while managing to spell Mr. Ulbricht’s last name incorrectly just prior to listing ‘statements made during other public proceedings, and other court documents.’ Curiously, there was no mention of the two undercover federal agents serving time for their crimes committed during the Ulbricht case. ‘And there is no reason to believe that all of their illegally obtained assets have been recovered,’ Mr. Grant incredulously laughed.” (10/04/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/ross-ulbrichts-144336-bitcoins/

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35) Trump can make feminist history by signing this bill
Source: USA Today
by Allison Peters

“As North Korea ratchets up its threats, conflicts rage from Syria to Yemen and terrorists launch attacks on innocent civilians, Congress just quietly passed historic legislation calling for more women to be involved in peace and security efforts. That could not come soon enough. Under the bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act, by law it would be a core priority for U.S. diplomatic, development and military personnel to include women in preventing and resolving conflicts. This bill has been over five years in the making and is perhaps needed now more than ever. Between 1992 and 2011, only 9% of negotiators at official peace talks were women. Women still make up less than 5% of police and military forces in many places around the globe, and at the local level are rarely consulted in security initiatives.” (10/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/03/women-vital-peace-security-and-stability-allison-peters-column/723706001

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36) Tom Petty’s Permanent Things
Source: The American Conservative
by Jack Hunter

“Despite the fact that Petty was a political progressive who once asked George W. Bush and Michele Bachmann to stop using his music, his 1985 song ‘Southern Accents’ from his album of the same name is arguably one of the most traditionalist tunes in rock history. ‘There’s a southern accent, where I come from. The young’uns call it country. The yankees call it dumb,’ Petty sang. ‘I got my own way of talkin’, but everything is done, with a southern accent, where I come from.’ For Petty, his southern roots were a Permanent Thing.” (10/04/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/tom-pettys-permanent-things/

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37) In search of the First Amendment
Source: CounterPunch
by David Macaray

“Over the years we’ve all heard every manner of reference to the Bill of Rights, notably the First (the right to free speech) and Second (the right to bear arms) Amendments. Indeed, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people — professionals and amateurs — remind us that we can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in crowded theater. Not that I’m an expert on the U.S. Constitution, but as the former editor of a labor union newspaper who was once threatened with a lawsuit by a disgruntled union member claiming we had violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to publish a political essay he had written, I like to think I’m fluent.” (10/04/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/04/in-search-of-the-first-amendment/

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38) The tax reform that Republicans are missing
Source: Reuters
by Bryce Covert

“Republicans in Congress and the White House haven’t been able to get any major legislation passed yet. But they’re betting they can pull it off with a bare-bones proposal for tax reform outlined last week, which they claim will help the middle class despite the evidence that it will overwhelmingly benefit the rich. Their plan to overhaul what they call a broken tax code leaves out many key details. But one point gets hammered home: Republicans say they want to make filing taxes easier. The first principle for President Trump’s tax plan, their outline states, is to ‘make the tax code simple, fair and easy to understand.’ There are a dozen more references to simplification throughout the rest of the document. The Republican promise is that they want to make filing taxes as easy as mailing a postcard. But their plan doesn’t get anywhere close to that, while overlooking a straightforward reform that would. Instead of reducing complexity, the GOP plan mostly lowers and flattens rates. For example, it reduces the number of personal income tax brackets from seven to three.” [editor’s note: Bottom line, taxation is theft; the rest is just lipstick on the pig – SAT] (10/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-covert-tax-commentary/commentary-the-tax-reform-that-republicans-are-missing-idUSKBN1C929C

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39) Gay sex in the Roman Empire
Source: Mises UK
by Richard Blake

“There are two opposed beliefs about homosexualit — –or gay sex, or the more neutral and perhaps accurate term all-male sex — in the Roman Empire. The first is that the Ancient World fizzled out in an orgy of bum fun, and that we need to be careful not to let this happen to us. The second is that the Ancient World was one big al-fresco bath house. Both are false, though not equally so. I begin with the first of these beliefs. Where do you begin with a belief so completely unfounded on the evidence? I suppose you look to the evidence. Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar both had a taste for all-male sex. So did Mark Antony. So did Hadrian. … A growing prejudice against all-male sex becomes visible in the fourth century, when Constantine established Christianity as the official faith. He made the first laws against it. Within a century, the Goths were across the Rhine and had sacked Rome.” (10/04/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/10/04/gay-sex-in-the-roman-empire/

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40) Quantum Vibe, 10/04/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/04/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1700

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41) Renewed interest in self-service
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Michigan’s strictest-in-the-nation term limits law will force nearly 70 percent of state senators out of office in 2019 and more than 20 percent of representatives,’ reports the Detroit News, ‘a mass turnover that is fueling renewed interest in reform.’ What?!! Could term limitation laws actually make our poor underpaid and overworked politicians vacate their powerful perches … even when they don’t want to? Heaven forbid!” (10/04/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/04/renewed-interest-in-self-service/

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42) Lessons learned: Puerto Rico and Maria
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Hurricane Katrina taught the Federal Emergency Management Agency some harsh lessons in 2005. FEMA used what it learned to prepare and respond better when Harvey and Irma hit the U.S. mainland earlier this year. Now Maria has taken the bureaucrats back to school in Puerto Rico, and they’re not getting passing grades.” (10/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/03/lessons-learned-puerto-rico-and-maria/

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43) The legitimacy crisis
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jeffrey Friedman

“The overarching purpose of modern government is to advance the interests of the people.” [editor’s note: I’m just going to stop right there and note that there the author is starting from, and subsequently proceeds from, a false premise – TLK] (10/04/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-legitimacy-crisis/

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44) A troubling new tactic to keep bad patents from being tossed out
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Vera Ranieri

“On September 8, 2017, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company Allergan announced that it ‘sold’ its patents relating to its eye drops ‘Restasis’ to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. But this was not a usual ‘sale.’ The Tribe doesn’t appear to have paid anything in exchange for becoming the legal owner of Allergan’s patents. Instead, Allergan paid the Tribe $13.75 million, and also agreed to pay the Tribe up to $15 million more each year in exclusive licensing fees. In other words, Allergan just paid out millions to give its patents away, and will pay millions more to license them back. Why would a company pay a Native American tribe to take ownership of patents? Simple: to make those patents harder to invalidate. … As Allergan explicitly highlights in the press release announcing the ‘sale,’ the Tribe has ‘sovereign immunity.’ The company hopes that the Tribe’s sovereign immunity will allow it to prevent IPR proceedings.” (10/03/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/troubling-new-tactic-keep-bad-patents-being-tossed-out

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45) Ten things that could have stopped the Las Vegas massacre
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Of course we’re hearing ‘gun control’ as a solution to the Las Vegas Massacre. But if we’re looking for things that can be curtailed or outright prohibited, that would have stopped this massacre, let’s think outside the box.” (10/03/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/10/ten-things-that-could-have-stopped-the-las-vegas-massacre/

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46) “Price gouging” after a disaster is good for the public
Source: Wall Street Journal
by Donald J Boudreaux

“[H]igh prices are an essential way to ensure that resources get where they are desperately needed. Imposing artificially low prices creates shortages of vital supplies and makes it harder for people to recover from disasters. Consider gasoline. In Orlando, Fla., a gallon of regular was selling for as much as $5.99 in the days before Hurricane Irma made landfall, and a 24-pack of bottled water was spotted selling for $99.99 from a third-party vendor on Amazon. The impulse to denounce the greed reflected in such prices is human. But price hikes are a response to scarcity, and signals that reveal the true severity of scarcity are critical during storms and other crises.” (10/03/17)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/price-gouging-after-a-disaster-is-good-for-the-public-1507071457

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47) Milton Friedman and conservatives: Wrong on education
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Once upon a time, some conservatives used to call for the abolition of the U.S. Department of Education. Lamentably, conservatives today celebrate when a ‘free-market advocate’ like multimillionaire Betsy DeVos is appointed U.S. Secretary of Education, and they get terribly excited when she speaks at conservative conferences. Meanwhile, even while conservatives continue to pronounce their allegiance to their favorite mantra — ‘free enterprise, private property, limited government’ — they continue to embrace not only public schooling itself but also their favorite public-schooling fix-it program, school vouchers.” (10/04/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/04/milton-friedman-conservatives-wrong-education/

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48) The rise of the trauma state: Afghanistan and America’s unwinnable war
Source: Cato Institute
by Erik Goepner

“Post-traumatic stress disorder afflicts 11 to 20 percent of U.S. military members after they serve in Afghanistan or Iraq. The military expends significant effort to provide them with needed care. Commanders move the psychologically injured out of the combat zone. Medical and mental health providers deliver needed aid. And, commanders may temporarily suspend individuals’ authority to bear firearms to minimize any threat they pose to themselves or others. For good reason: studies indicate that combat veteran status and PTSD associate with a two to three times increase in the risk of violence against others. If trauma has such negative effects on U.S. service members despite all of the assistance available, what are its effects on Afghans who have lived in a combat zone for 40 years straight with little access to care? More importantly for the United States, how does all of that trauma and PTSD affect America’s longest war? I argue that Afghanistan’s national trauma assures U.S. policy goals will continue to go unmet and, as a result, U.S. forces should be withdrawn.” (10/03/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/rise-trauma-state-afghanistan-americas-unwinnable-war

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49) A massacre is not an argument
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The morning after a gunman murdered nearly 60 people in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton tweeted that ‘we can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.’ The former Democratic presidential nominee’s commitment to putting politics aside was gone in an instant, and her implicit claim that she knows how to ‘stop this from happening again’ was equally empty. Gun controllers like Clinton habitually seize upon mass shootings as evidence in favor of the policies they have always supported. But there is rarely any logical connection between the two, because in this debate showing you are on the right side is more important than persuading anyone.” (10/04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/04/a-massacre-is-not-an-argument

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50) Great Britain threatens 15 years in prison for repeatedly watching “terrorist material”
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The UK’s home secretary, Amber Rudd, is the latest bureaucrat to highlight the increased global trend of governments going completely insane. Her latest plan is to threaten the British population with up to 15 years in prison for the crime of watching ‘terrorist material.’ Yes, you read that right. … What the UK is arguing here is that watching ‘terrorist material’ increases the likelihood of someone committing a violent terrorist attack in the future. So you’re actually being punished for what you might potentially do in the future. This is pre-crime and it’s totally insane. Beyond that, we can pretty much guarantee that the definition of ‘terrorist material’ will expand over time to whatever politicians don’t want the rabble exposed to. But it gets worse still.” (10/03/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/10/03/great-britain-threatens-15-years-in-prison-for-repeatedly-watching-terrorist-material/

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

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 138
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (candidates and foreign policy; three chords and the truth; military sci-fi) :: Feinstein does the Bump-Stock Boogie on the graves of the Vegas dead.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-138-what.html

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52) We Are Libertarians, episode 233
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, Harry Price, and Justin Hutchinson unfold the events of the Las Vegas shootings while refuting arguments that gun control would have prevented this tragedy.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/233-las-vegas-shooting-gun-control/

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53) Reason Podcast, 10/04/17
Source: Reason

“Nick Gillespie speaks with [Jacob] Sullum about the Las Vegas mass shooting, the country’s narrative in the wake of tragedies, and why it’s so difficult to have a fact-based discussion about guns, violence, and policy.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/04/jacob-sullum-gun-control-vegas-shooting

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54) Essential Libertarianism, episode 7
Source: Essential Libertarianism

“Cultivate Your Own Garden — No Truck With Politics.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/10/04/cultivate-your-own-garden-no-truck-with-politics-el007/

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55) Electric Libertyland, episode 40
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams gets into the Vegas massacre and the gun control discussion. He then talks about Clinton’s classlessness, and the Catalan independence violence and vote protests and police brutality ongoing in Spain.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/04/19326/

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/03/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Food Truck Targeted by Police in Hurricane Aftermath :: Mark Supporting UBI :: Climate Change :: NH House Speaker Attacks Secession :: Universal Basic Income :: Donate Blood :: Vegas Shooting Conspiracy Theories :: World Trade Center and FBI Knowledge :: More on UBI :: Massive Inflation and Welfare :: Incentives :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vincent.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/03/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-03

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57) Was the Las Vegas murderer an anti-gun bigot?
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog

Kent McManigal on the Las Vegas mass murder. [Flash video] (10/03/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/10/was-las-vegas-murderer-anti-gun-bigot.html

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58) Editor’s Break, episode 35
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 035 has Skyler explaining why he believes that gun control won’t stop mass shootings of the sort that occurred recently in Las Vegas, killing dozens and injuring hundreds.” [various formats] (10/03/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/gun-control-wont-stop-mass-shootings-must-look-deeper-7m-editors-break-035

*****
RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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