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In the News:

1) Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US spies
2) US Department of Defense paid PR firm $500 million to make fake al Qaeda videos
3) WikiLeaks: Assange signals release of documents before US election
4) Russian military sends more air defense missiles to Syria
5) Kaine, Pence trade blows over “insult-driven campaigns” in VP debate
6) Beware! You can get hacked just by opening a “JPEG 2000” image
7) Report: Many California pot growers opposing “legalization” scam
8) Germany drops Turkey President Erdogan insult case
9) OK: Supreme Court strikes down abortion law
10) Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world”
11) UKIP leader Diane James steps down after just 18 days on the job
12) Afghan: Regime forces regain control of Kunduz after Taliban raid
13) MA: Gloucester police chief fired after allegedly destroying evidence
14) Duterte to Obama: “You can go to hell”
15) Syria: Nusra Front says senior leader killed in drone attack
16) Turkey: Regime suspends 12,800 cops as part of post-coup-attempt purge
17) Security theater, Massachusetts circus edition: College dorm evacuated over hoax report of armed clown
18) Bees on US endangered species list for the first time
19) PA: Woman says party supply store employee refused to fill balloon order for gang funeral
20) Kaspersky releases decryption tool for Polyglot ransomware

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Ten powerful ways to act locally
22) Delete your Yahoo account
23) People are wising up
24) Hey, Clintonoids, stop bullying me about my vote
25) Time for real answers on war
26) Corporate tax “shell game” report: $718 billion of corporate tax-dodging [sic] 27) Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 2
28) Hillary used same provision Trump did top cut taxes, and so did the New York Times
29) Why arrest your opponents when you can ban their fun?
30) Confirmations
31) Despite Brexit turmoil, British politics is healthy
32) Don’t slap a new tax on high-frequency trading
33) Compulsory education is jail for innocent kids
34) A family divided by Colombian vote
35) Populism is poisonous
36) Capitalism versus militarism: The presidency
37) The pro-Trump intellectuals who want to overthrow America
38) Should racism in the jury room lead to a new trial?
39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/03/16
40) Don’t be fooled, the TPP is not about national security
41) Kansas City’s convention hotel’s collapsing foundation
42) The great democracy scam of 2016
43) They shall not pass: The Battle of Cable Street 80 years on
44) Why day care is insanely expensive
45) Supreme Court has a chance to clarify insider trading
46) The Sickening Seven
47) Blockchains: An experiment in governance without power
48) The emperor’s new clothes
49) Hey, regulators. Hands off child care!
50) A new president needs a new red tape agenda
51) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/03/16
52) All the ways you can comply and still die in an encounter with the police
53) The Tom Woods Show, 10/03/16
54) It’s morning in Wisconsin
55) Free Talk Live, 10/03/16

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

1) Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US spies
Source: Reuters

“Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events. Some surveillance experts said this represents the first case to surface of a U.S. Internet company agreeing to an intelligence agency’s request by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.” (10/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yahoo-nsa-exclusive-idUSKCN1241YT

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2) US Department of Defense paid PR firm $500 million to make fake al Qaeda videos
posted by Thomas L. Knapp
Source: MintPress News

“An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed that the Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq. Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee. … Bell Pottinger’s work in Iraq was a huge media operation which cost over a hundred million dollars a year on average. A document unearthed by the Bureau shows the company was employing almost 300 British and Iraqi staff at one point.”

https://www.mintpressnews.com/the-pentagon-paid-a-pr-firm-500-million-for-top-secret-iraq-propaganda/221035/

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3) WikiLeaks: Assange signals release of documents before US election
Source: Reuters

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Tuesday the group would publish about one million documents related to the U.S. election and three governments in coming weeks, but denied the release was aimed at damaging Hillary Clinton. Assange, speaking via a video link, said the documents would be released before the end of the year, starting with an initial batch in the coming week. Assange, 45, who remains at the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he sought refuge in 2012 to avoid possible extradition to Sweden, said the election material was ‘significant’ and would come out before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.” [editor’s note: GRR! I sat up until 5 a.m., hoping to hear one concrete fact from him, but still nothing of substance – SAT] (10/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ecuador-sweden-assange-idUSKCN1240UG

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4) Russian military sends more air defense missiles to Syria
Source: Virginian-Pilot

“The Russian military said Tuesday it had beefed up its forces in Syria with state-of-the-art air defense missiles, an announcement that follows Washington’s move to suspend contacts with Russia over Syria. The deployment immediately raised questions in the Pentagon, which wondered about its purpose.” (10/04/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_RUSSIA_SYRIA?SITE=VANOV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-10-04-15-02-06

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5) Kaine, Pence trade blows over “insult-driven campaigns” in VP debate
Source: Fox News

“Mike Pence and Tim Kaine scrambled to defend their running mates’ temperament and judgment at their first and only face-off Tuesday night — an unruly 90-minute session in which the vice presidential candidates routinely talked over each other — and the moderator — as they channeled some of the feistiness from last week’s opening presidential debate. The normally affable candidates sparred on immigration, criminal justice, Social Security, taxes and Russian aggression while accusing each other of running an ‘insult-driven’ campaign. But they clashed most frequently on two topics: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.” (10/04/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/04/pence-kaine-trade-blows-over-temperament-in-vp-debate.html

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6) Beware! You can get hacked just by opening a “JPEG 2000” image
Source: The Hacker News

“Researchers have disclosed a critical zero-day vulnerability in the JPEG 2000 image file format parser implemented in OpenJPEG library, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code on the affected systems. Discovered by security researchers at Cisco Talos group, the zero-day flaw, assigned as TALOS-2016-0193/CVE-2016-8332, could allow an out-of-bound heap write to occur that triggers the heap corruption and leads to arbitrary code execution.” (10/03/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/openjpeg-exploit-hack.html

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7) Report: Many California pot growers opposing “legalization” scam
Source: Smell the Truth

“As California gets set to vote on legalizing marijuana in less than a month, one group of voters remains oddly ambivalent: cannabis farmers. A California Growers Association poll found that among its 750 farmers, distributors, and retailers, only 31 percent support Prop. 64’s campaign to legalize recreational marijuana, reports Reuters. The majority of growers are still on the fence when it comes to Prop. 64, as 38 percent of those polled still aren’t sure which side they’ll be voting on. There are also 31 percent of growers that are downright opposed to legalization, citing massive red tape and regulatory oversight that may push smaller growers out of the industry completely.” [editor’s note: A crony-corp cartel, no matter what the substance, does not mean a “free market” – SAT] (10/04/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/10/04/some-california-pot-growers-are-opposing-legalization

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8) Germany drops Turkey President Erdogan insult case
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“German prosecutors have dropped an investigation into a TV comedian accused of insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The prosecutors in the western city of Mainz said they had not found sufficient evidence to continue the inquiry against Jan Boehmermann. In March, Boehmermann recited a satirical poem on TV which made sexual references to Mr Erdogan. Mr Erdogan then filed a complaint alleging that he had been insulted. In a statement on Tuesday, the prosecutors said that ‘criminal actions could not be proven with the necessary certainty.’ It was ‘questionable,’ the statement added, whether Boehmermann’s poem constituted slander, given the satirical context in which the comedian recited it.” (10/04/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37554167

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9) OK: Supreme Court strikes down abortion law
Source: Raw Story

“Oklahoma’s highest court on Tuesday struck down a law imposing restrictions on abortion providers, including a requirement that they take samples of fetal tissue from patients younger than 14 and preserve them for state investigators. The law also set new criminal penalties for providers found to have violated abortion-related statutes as well as for anyone found to have helped a minor evade the requirement to obtain parental consent. In addition, the bill created a new, stricter inspection and licensing system for abortion clinics. Legislators had said the fetal tissue section was aimed at capturing child rapists and that the law would protect women’s health. But the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which challenged the law in court, said it unfairly targeted doctors and facilities that perform abortions.” (10/04/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/oklahoma-supreme-court-strikes-down-abortion-law

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10) Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: “It’s the craziest thing in the world”
Source: The Hill

“Former President Bill Clinton steamrolled President Obama’s signature healthcare law as ‘the craziest thing in the world.’ At a rally on Monday in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable as he pitched a new system that would allow people to buy into Medicare or Medicaid. … Clinton’s remarks while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, run in direct contrast to her previous promises to build on ObamaCare. While acknowledging problems like rising drug costs, Hillary Clinton has largely embraced the healthcare law and criticized her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, for his repeated promise to repeal the law. Bill Clinton, whose own attempts at broad healthcare reform failed during his presidency in the 1990s, suggested on Monday that he supported an entirely new approach.” (10/04/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/299130-bill-clinton-slams-obamacare

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11) UKIP leader Diane James steps down after just 18 days on the job
Source: Bloomberg

“Diane James resigned as the leader of the U.K. Independence Party a mere 18 days after succeeding Nigel Farage, who helped lead the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union. In a statement on her verified Twitter account, the 56-year-old lawmaker said Tuesday that since assuming leadership of the anti-immigration party, ‘it has become clear that I do not have the sufficient authority, nor the full support’ among her European parliament colleagues ‘and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.'” (10/04/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-04/ukip-leader-diane-james-steps-down-after-just-18-days-on-the-job

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12) Afghan: Regime forces regain control of Kunduz after Taliban raid
Source: CNN

“Afghan forces have regained control of the center of the strategically important northern city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters, Afghan police said Tuesday. Mahfoz Akhbari, spokesman for the chief of Kunduz police, said battles continued in and around the city where Taliban fighters were using civilian homes to launch attacks. Forty Taliban fighters have been killed, he added. On Monday, the Taliban launched a pre-dawn raid on the city, which it had briefly captured in September 2015.” (10/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/middleeast/taliban-afghanistan-kunduz/

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13) MA: Gloucester police chief fired after allegedly destroying evidence
Source: Boston Globe

“City officials on Monday fired Police Chief Leonard Campanello, a high-profile leader in the state’s opioid fight, after accusing him of destroying evidence during a probe into his relationships with two women who an investigator said ‘may have been in fear for their safety.’ The chief allegedly lied to investigators, apparently deleted 653 text messages sent to and received from one of the women in one day on a city-owned cellphone, and concocted a story suggesting the phone was stolen, a special counsel hired by the city said.” (10/03/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/03/attorney-for-gloucester-chief-says-was-fired-calls-probe-witch-hunt/V4mp5k2e3xYiOr5zPj41yM/story.html

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14) Duterte to Obama: “You can go to hell”
Source: NBC News

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told his U.S. ally Barack Obama ‘you can go to hell’ in a speech Tuesday that was his latest tirade against the U.S. over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign. Duterte, who took office in June, has been hypersensitive to criticism over his crackdown, which has left more than an estimated 3,000 suspected drug dealers and pushers dead in just three months, alarming the United Nations, the E.U., the U.S. and human rights watchdogs. … Angered by U.S. criticism, Duterte has made a series of public pronouncements that he could scale back the activities and presence of visiting U.S. troops in the country.” (10/04/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/philippines-duterte-tells-obama-you-can-go-hell-new-tirade-n659206

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15) Syria: Nusra Front says senior leader killed in drone attack
Source: New York Times

“A leading figure in Al Qaeda who became a prominent member of its Syrian offshoot, the Nusra Front, was killed in a drone attack on Monday, according to the group. Abu Faraj al-Masri, who spent years in prison in his native Egypt on charges of plotting with fundamentalist Islamist groups and later left for Afghanistan, reportedly died when the vehicle in which he was traveling was hit in rebel-held Idlib in Syria’s northwest. The United States Defense Department said in a statement that Mr. Masri had been the target of an American airstrike near Idlib on Monday.” (10/04/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/world/middleeast/syria-nusra-front-masri.html

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16) Turkey: Regime suspends 12,800 cops as part of post-coup-attempt purge
Source: Newsweek

“Turkish authorities suspended some 12,800 police officers Tuesday for suspected links to the exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara claim orchestrated the failed military coup in July, as it continues its crackdown on his alleged network in the country. The Turkish police headquarters, in a statement posted on its website, said that those suspended were ‘in cohesion with or connected to’ Gulen, who resides in the U.S. It added that 2,523 of those suspended were police chiefs.” (10/04/16)

http://europe.newsweek.com/turkey-suspends-12800-police-duty-after-failed-coup-505820

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17) Security theater, Massachusetts circus edition: College dorm evacuated over hoax report of armed clown
Source: Syracuse.com

“Reports of creepy clown sightings have escalated in New England, leading one Massachusetts college to evacuate a dorm room. Fox 25 reports Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., ordered students to shelter in place Monday night over allegations an armed clown was seen on campus. One dorm was evacuated as police searched the area, but no suspicious activity was found. According to WCVB, the shelter-in-place order was lifted late Monday night after authorities determined the incident was likely a hoax that originated on Twitter.” (10/04/16)

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/10/merrimack_college_dorm_evacuated_over_hoax_report_of_armed_clown_reports.html

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18) Bees on US endangered species list for the first time
Source: The Weather Channel

“Federal authorities have added seven yellow-faced bee species, Hawaii’s only native bees, for protection under the Endangered Species Act, a first for any bees in the United States. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday the listing after years of study by the conservation group Xerces Society, state government officials and independent researchers. The Xerces Society says its goal is to protect nature’s pollinators and invertebrates, which play a vital role in the health of the overall ecosystem.” (10/03/16)

https://weather.com/science/nature/news/bees-endangered-list-united-states

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19) PA: Woman says party supply store employee refused to fill balloon order for gang funeral
Source: Fox News

“A Party City customer claimed that an employee refused to fill her balloon order after discovering that it was for a Pennsylvania police officer’s memorial ceremony. Karly Lane told WPXI-TV that she went to the Party City in Pleasant Hills on Saturday to buy black and blue balloons for her friend, Duquesne police officer Robert GoGo Jr., who died in an off-duty motorcycle crash nearly a month ago. Lane said she told the employee that the balloons were for GoGo’s ceremony and the employee allegedly told Lane that she refused to support a police officer and made a co-worker help Lane out instead.” (10/04/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/04/woman-says-party-supply-store-employee-refused-to-fill-balloon-order-for-fallen-officer.html

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20) Kaspersky releases decryption tool for Polyglot ransomware
Source: ZDNet

“Kaspersky has released a decryption tool for the Polyglot ransomware to assist victims in recovering their files without giving in and paying a fee. On Monday, the cybersecurity firm launched the free tool, which is suitable for the Polyglot Trojan which is also known as MarsJoke, a strain which has been linked to attacks on government targets. Ransomware is a particularly nasty kind of malware which has hit the headlines over the past year after targeting victims including businesses, hospitals and universities.” (10/04/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/one-more-bites-the-dust-kaspersky-releases-decryption-tool-for-polyglot-ransomware/

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

21) Ten powerful ways to act locally
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“If the events from the Crash of Ought-Eight to the Insane Election of 2016 have served any purpose it’s been to show a lot of ordinary people that their well-being — if they’re to have any well-being at all — is in their own hands. From other events (Katrina in ’05, Sandy in ’12, and the Louisiana bayous of 2016, for instance), they’ve learned similar lessons. Not only are they on their own, but ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help you’ are the last words anybody wants to hear. Crazy as this time is, is there any better moment to create freedom?” (10/04/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/10/04/nine-powerful-ways-to-act-locally/

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22) Delete your Yahoo account
Source: The Intercept
by Sam Biddle

“There’s no good reason to have a Yahoo account these days. But after Tuesday’s bombshell report by Reuters, indicating the enormous, faltering web company designed a bespoke email-wiretap service for the U.S. government, we now know that a Yahoo account is a toxic surveillance liability. Reuters’s Joseph Menn is reporting that just last year, Yahoo chose to comply with a classified ‘directive’ to build ‘a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials’ — the NSA in particular.” (10/04/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/04/delete-your-yahoo-account/

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23) People are wising up
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“What you’re in trouble who are you going to call? More and more people are saying, ‘Not the police.’ … This is the inevitable result of having unaccountable law enforcers. Instead of seeing law enforcers as protectors of the community people are beginning to see them as risks. And they’re right. Unaccountable law enforcers are risks because any profession that lacks accountability tends to attract unsavory individuals. People who want to enjoy having power over others are attracted to careers that allow them to indulge their desire. Law enforcement today is the product of a vicious cycle where a lack of accountability has attracted unsavory individuals and a glut of unsavory individuals in law enforcement agencies has discouraged increasing accountability.” (10/04/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/10/04/people-are-wising-up-2/

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24) Hey, Clintonoids, stop bullying me about my vote
Source: OpEdNews
by Ted Rall

“The main reason that I’m not going to vote for Hillary Clinton is the same exact main reason that I’m not going to vote for Donald Trump: I don’t vote Republican. Being age 53, Nixon was the first president I remember. Hillary Clinton’s politics (and her paranoia and insularity) remind me of Richard Nixon’s. I can’t bring myself to think of a Democrat as someone who solicits millions of dollars from Wall Street or votes with crazy Republicans (like George W. Bush, whose stupid wars she aggressively supported) to invade foreign countries just for fun. She plays a Democrat on TV, but we know the truth: she’s a Republican.” (10/04/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hey-Clintonoids-Stop-Bul-by-Ted-Rall-Election_Parties_Vote-Your-Conscience-161004-531.html

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25) Time for real answers on war
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Beyond the realm of nuclear strategy, there are any number of other security-related questions about which the American people deserve to hear directly from both Trump and Clinton, testing their knowledge of the subject matter and the quality of their judgments. Among such matters, one in particular screams out for attention. Consider it the question that Washington has declared off-limits: What lessons should be drawn from America’s costly and disappointing post-9/11 wars and how should those lessons apply to future policy? With Election Day now merely a month away, there is no more reason to believe that such questions will receive serious consideration than to expect Trump to come clean on his personal finances or Clinton to release the transcripts of her handsomely compensated Goldman Sachs speeches.” (10/04/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/time-for-real-answers-on-foreign-policy/

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26) Corporate tax “shell game” report: $718 billion of corporate tax-dodging [sic] Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“‘Multinational corporations’ use of tax havens allows them to avoid an estimated $100 billion in federal income taxes each year,’ says a new report just released by Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ), Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (U.S. PIRG). That report, ‘Offshore Shell Games 2016,’ explains how ‘U.S.-based multinational corporations are allowed to play by a different set of rules’ when it comes to paying taxes. Congress (for obviou$ rea$on$) refuses to stop this ‘deferral’ loophole. And then these same companies fund ‘think tanks’ and other propaganda mills that tell us we have a huge budget ‘deficit’ and ‘debt’ problem and therefore need to cut spending on things that make people’s lives better.” [editor’s note: Some days, Dave Johnson makes a lot of sense; this is not one of those days (Wanna end crony-corp “tax evasion”? End taxation, starting with that on productivity) – SAT] (10/04/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161004/corporate-tax-shell-game-report-718-billion-of-corporate-tax-dodging

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27) Left-wing panic over Gary Johnson, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Why would it surprise anyone that many young people are gravitating to Libertarian Johnson, given his position that, at the very least, marijuana should be legalized, as some states are already doing? (Johnson, of course, doesn’t go far enough. The genuine libertarian position calls for legalizing all drugs, not just marijuana.) Don’t forget — today there are lots of people serving out decades-long jail sentences because people like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t believe that people should be free to ingest whatever they choose to ingest and want the state to continue punishing them for ingesting substances that the state doesn’t favor. (Ingesting alcohol and tobacco is considered okay in the eyes of the state.)” (10/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/04/left-wing-panic-gary-johnson-part-2/

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28) Hillary used same provision Trump did top cut taxes, and so did the New York Times
Source: Town Hall
by Matt Vespa

“Oh my god, Trump had a $916 million loss and therefore could have avoided paying taxes for 18 years, thanks to our absurdly long tax code that has many labyrinths for anyone who has the resources to find deductions and other means to avoid paying the full bill, which is a) totally legal; and b) not all that uncommon. This week is bound to be a frustrating circus of media folks crying foul over something that isn’t illegal. I have no problems with people finding ways to reduce their tax burden. In fact, if we all could, every American would be exploiting the various provisions that afford these legal deductions. This clown show started when The New York Times published Trump’s 1995 tax return over the weekend, a move that was possibly illegal, though The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson argues otherwise. It’s three pages, offers an incomplete financial profile of the Republican nominee, and shows that Trump did nothing wrong. We still don’t know Trump’s tax history.” (10/04/16)

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/10/04/so-hillary-exploited-the-exact-same-provision-trump-did-to-avoid-taxes-n2227567

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29) Why arrest your opponents when you can ban their fun?
Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

“Maryland officials have suddenly discovered a crying need to ban spear hunting and restrict air guns (cuz you’ll shoot your eye out, I guess, or poke it). A former head of the Heritage Foundation wants to double down on drug prohibition (you can’t have enough stupid). And the federal government is severely curtailing the popular pastime of off-roading. Color me cynical, but I think this all has more to do with political point-scoring than well-considered policy preferences.” (01/03/16)

http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2016/10/03/why-arrest-your-opponents-when-you-can-ban-their-fun/

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30) Confirmations
Source: Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan

“After five years of war in Syria, the masks have come off. The publication of the text of the Russo-US agreement reveals the hidden intentions of the two great powers — Washington wants to cut the Silk Road, while Moscow wants to destroy the jihadists. Moreover, the failure of this agreement and the Security Council debates demonstrate the surrealist nature of President Obama’s rhetoric — in five years he has not managed to constitute even a minor group of moderate opposition, and therefore is unable to field them, contrary to the text of the agreement. The United States are not capable of honouring their signature.” (10/04/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193535.html

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31) Despite Brexit turmoil, British politics is healthy
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“‘Brexit means Brexit,’ Theresa May has said repeatedly since becoming British Prime Minister more than two months ago. Now we know what that almost nonsensical phrase actually means: a tougher and much more complete extraction from the European Union than even many ‘leave’ campaigners wanted. In her speech to the Conservative Party annual conference this week, May outlined a very ‘hard’ Brexit, prioritizing barriers on migration over retaining access to the single market. … The May government already bears little resemblance to that led by David Cameron and George Osborne, elected by British voters barely 16 months ago. Its mandate, if it has one, is a bizarre mix of the legacy of that election victory and the June 23 referendum, now tied together to justify a range of almost entirely new policies.” (10/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-british-politics-commentary-idUSKCN1241VF

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32) Don’t slap a new tax on high-frequency trading
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John Chapman

“Demonizing the financial industry has proven to be a political winner. Exposure of the evil banks was followed by Michael Lewis’s expose of the markets in Flash Boys. The markets are rigged, we are told, by high-frequency traders (HFTs) who are a bunch of tech-savvy parasites. The banks have been thoroughly chastened by Washington politicians and now it is the turn of the markets with more to come in the way of fines, regulations, and punitive taxation in the form of a financial transaction tax. Financial transaction taxes would be politically popular. They would disrupt the HFT gravy train while imposing a minimal burden on ‘legitimate’ users of the markets and raising bundles of cash.” (10/04/16)

https://mises.org/blog/dont-slap-new-tax-high-frequency-trading

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33) Compulsory education is jail for innocent kids
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Enrico Sanna

“Sitting or standing or marching like ants when they are told, and eating when and what they are told, unthinkingly obeying the orders is what compulsory ‘education’ is all about. That’s what all public school systems were created for in the first place, and that’s also the reason attending classes was made compulsory. Compulsory, ‘free’ education is a tool of the state, perhaps its most important. It’s through education that the state first asserts its control and authority on a person’s life. Real communities can only be created through freedom of association. Thus compulsory education is a hindrance to true, meaningful communities.” (10/04/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46484

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34) A family divided by Colombian vote
Source: USA Today
by Steph Solis

“My introduction to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia wasn’t via a newspaper or history class. It was in the warnings my mother gave my brother and me every time we visited our relatives in Medellin. ‘Don’t speak English in public,’ she would say. ‘Don’t leave my side.’ My mother is tough. She isn’t easily frightened. But she went seven years without traveling to Colombia after she immigrated to the United States in 1990. By that point, FARC’s influence had grown stronger and its methods more extreme, from drug peddling to kidnappings and violent murders, recalled my mother, Maria Bedoya. My family resumed travel to Colombia in the late 1990s as FARC’s influence shifted outside of Medellin, but we had to watch what we said and how we looked, lest we attract unwanted attention. As I learned that Colombian voters had narrowly rejected the proposed peace deal between the government and rebels, I thought of how my own family is split over this issue.” (10/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/10/04/colombian-farc-peace-deal-referendum-family-perspective/91445842/

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35) Populism is poisonous
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

Mr. [Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government]: Your organization’s opposition to the proposed TPP trade agreement not only reflects your misunderstanding of constitutional law and of economics, but is also disappointing given that such opposition belies your organization’s name. TPP is far from perfect, but because it would make trade freer, it would further limit government’s intrusion into American’s lives.” [editor’s note: Due to calculation and knowledge problems, it is impossible to tell whether or not TPP would make trade freer “on net.” It certainly includes specific provisions which make trade LESS free – TLK] (10/04/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/10/populism-is-poisonous.html

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36) Capitalism versus militarism: The presidency
Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Pollack

“Trump (capitalism), Clinton (militarism), constitute the perfect harmonization of interests defining the modern Fascist State, one up on Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Corporatist Italy, because disguising such primal units of historically demonstrated fascism (1920s-40s) as hegemonic aspirations of global leadership, the structural interpenetration of business and government, an ideological commitment to systemic hierarchy, international and domestic, with the soothing appeal of liberalism and democracy, rhetorical gestures America’s predecessors did not waste time with, in proceeding to the serious business of domination.” (10/04/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/04/capitalism-versus-militarism-the-presidency/

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37) The pro-Trump intellectuals who want to overthrow America
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Charles Kesler, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and the editor of the Claremont Review of Books, wrote in the spring issue of that journal that America may be facing ‘the Weimar problem’: ‘Has the national culture, popular and elite, deteriorated so much that the virtues necessary to sustain republican government are no longer viable? America is not there yet, although when 40% of children are born out of wedlock it is not too early to wonder.’ It’s no accident that this question is raised in an essay making case that Donald Trump isn’t as terrible as mainstream conservatives like William Kristol fear he is. If you live in the Weimar Republic, Kesler implicitly argues, a figure like Trump could come as a relief. A similar mood of crisis was voiced by Angelo Codevilla, a retired professor of international relations, in a recent online essay for the Review. Codevilla argues that regime change of a terrible kind has already occurred, with the American elite destroying what was great about the country. By this account, America needs a new revolution.” (10/04/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137410/pro-trump-intellectuals-want-overthrow-america

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38) Should racism in the jury room lead to a new trial?
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“Every American knows that, if charged with a crime, he or she has a right to ‘a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.’ What can a defendant do if the jury ‘decides’ by the impartial flip of a coin? Three centuries of common law cases suggest that the answer is ‘nothing.’ That’s because courts usually won’t allow jurors to testify about what happened behind closed doors. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a case testing whether that rule applies even when two jurors swear the deliberations contained overt racism against the defendant. A ruling either way would have important implications for a core part of the American criminal justice system — the right to an impartial trial by jury.” (10/04/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/should-racism-in-the-jury-room-lead-to-a-new-trial/502796/

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39) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/03/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway is joined by Heartland Institute government relations coordinator Lindsey Stroud and National Center for Public Policy Research senior fellow Jeff Stier, to talk about the federal government’s misguided war on e-cigarettes and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).” [various formats] (10/03/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/heartland-daily-podcast-jeff-stier-the-governments-misguided-war-on-e-cigarettes/

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40) Don’t be fooled, the TPP is not about national security
Source: In These Times
by Jeff Faux

“During the 1993 U.S. congressional debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement, a Democratic Congressman with a solid pro-labor voting record asked me why I thought NAFTA would be bad for working people. After I had given my answer, he responded: ‘Well, you may be right about the economics. But we have a 2000-mile border with Mexico. The President told me we need NAFTA to make it secure.’ NAFTA was the economic model for the ever more corporatist trade deals that followed, including the currently proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. The arguments for NAFTA also set the pattern for the debates over those deals. Whenever the economic case crumbles, ‘national security’ becomes the fallback rationale. After a quarter century of off-shored jobs and depressed wages in the wake of corporate-driven trade de-regulation, the claim that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will make life better for American workers is so discredited that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are opposed.” [editor’s note: Not sure I’ve ever even met anyone who has bought that it was – SAT] (10/04/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19510/dont_be_fooled_the_tpp_is_not_about_national_security

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41) Kansas City’s convention hotel’s collapsing foundation
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“Despite years of failing to deliver on promises of convention business, Kansas City leaders still want another convention hotel. Badly. But building a convention hotel in downtown Kansas City is apparently a bad business decision, so developers want taxpayers to subsidize the deal until it is a good investment for businesses. So far that’s not the case.” (10/03/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/kansas-city%E2%80%99s-convention-hotel%E2%80%99s-collapsing-foundation

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42) The great democracy scam of 2016
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“No matter who wins the presidential election next month, the media and the political class will whoop up the result as another triumph of American democracy. Regardless that the winning candidate’s path to power was paved with lies and shenanigans, we will be assured that ‘the system works.’ But the only certainty at this point is that America will have another bad president for the next four years.” (10/04/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/10/04/mises-the-great-democracy-scam-of-2016/

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43) They shall not pass: The Battle of Cable Street 80 years on
Source: spiked
by James Heartfield

“‘Ex-soldiers asked to give way to Mosley’ was the headline in the Communist Party newspaper, the Daily Worker, on 30 September 1936. Oswald Mosley, a former Labour Party government minister, set up the British Union of Fascists in 1932, modelling it on Hitler’s Nazi Party. Chief among its tactics was the intimidation of East London’s Jews with marches and rallies, followed by violent attacks. Mosley announced that he would march through the East End on Sunday 4 October 1936. The headline in the Daily Worker was a warning to the rebellious Stepney Communists who wanted to challenge the fascists where they marched. The party leadership hated this direct action. They wanted to draw Communists off to a peaceful march against the Spanish fascist Franco, which was planned to take place in Trafalgar Square. … Stepney Communists thought differently. Forbidden from challenging the fascists directly by their branch committee, they organised instead as an ex-servicemen’s association, led by Joe Jacobs.” (10/04/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/they-shall-not-pass-the-battle-of-cable-street-80-years-on/

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44) Why day care is insanely expensive
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Conversations with young parents nearly always leave me horrified over the childcare expenses they’re forced to pay. Recently, I was informed by a young man that he and his wife pay $225 per week for day care. (For one child.) Furthermore, this is not in an ‘expensive city,’ and it is, I was assured, a really good price. I responded by bringing up the old way of arranging care for your children: You found an older woman in the neighborhood — a woman who had successfully raised several children of her own and could use the extra money — and paid her a reasonable amount to take care of yours. That ancient way, the young man assured me, may have made a lot of sense — and yes, he had considered it — but it was no longer possible. The nice old lady would be carted away in handcuffs, and your children might be stolen by state agents.” (10/04/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/why-day-care-is-insanely-expensive/

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45) Supreme Court has a chance to clarify insider trading
Source: Cato Institute
by Thaya Brook Knight

“Insider trading is a crime that can put a person away for more than a decade, and yet this crime exists nowhere in our federal statutes. It is a crime created by unelected judges, case by case, with each case differing slightly from the one that came before. On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear argument in a case out of the Ninth Circuit, which held that the difference between insider trading and lawful trading might depend simply on the relationship between the people involved.” (10/04/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-court-has-chance-clarify-insider-trading

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46) The Sickening Seven
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“The current remake of The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt in the roles developed in 1960 by Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen seemed promising. But this new film is anything but magnificent, especially as it opened while riots fueled by police shootings raged in cities across this country. The Seven demonstrate some of the same ‘shut up or I’ll shoot’ sensibilities that we’ve been seeing on the news, and that makes it difficult to identify these Seven as heroes.” (10/03/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1611

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47) Blockchains: An experiment in governance without power
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ariel Deschapell

“According to conventional political ideas a decentralized and wholly voluntary system of governance should not be possible, let alone optimal. The success of bitcoin as a monetary and social experiment therefore could depend on shattering this very narrative. Unlike other systems, its organization is not defined by power structures, but by voluntary consensus and open competition.” (10/03/16)

https://fee.org/articles/governance-without-power-how-blockchain-technology-could-reinvent-society/

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48) The emperor’s new clothes
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The mainstream media, and the various alternate media groupings, are hard to figure out. On the one hand, they make a living by peddling things: they sell advertising. Not even the most expensive newspaper or premium channel is supported by subscriptions. But on the other hand, they think of themselves as ‘professional’ and ‘elite’ and clearly well above the average level of intelligence, breeding, poise, success, power, and everything else they count important. And yet at the same time, they (especially the mainstream media) have a perverse and obvious desire to tear down anything and everything that they can. This ranges from the politically powerful and popular media (music and art figures) themselves to society’s foundations, all fields of human knowledge, and common (or commonly-accepted) morals.” (10/04/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9783

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49) Hey, regulators. Hands off child care!
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“When my son was very young, my wife and I paid a neighboring family to watch him during the day. They fed him, along with other kids, ran ’em loose among the pigs and chickens on their land, and taught him to say ‘horsie’ while he was balanced on the back of one. We neither knew nor cared about any applicable regulations, since we trusted the family. In retrospect, some days the care was perfectly legal and others it wasn’t, depending on whether they were tending to more or fewer than four children — the magic cutoff in Arizona below which all is well, and above which a doom-laden critical mass of yard apes is achieved. Not that I care any more now than I did then. The arrangement satisfied everybody involved and that’s all that matters.” (10/04/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/04/hey-regulators-hands-off-child-care

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50) A new president needs a new red tape agenda
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“Federal regulators issue thousands of rules and regulations every year. Decrees range from the Environmental Protection Agency’s gargantuan Clean Power Plan and ‘Waters of the United States’ directives, down to regulations on breath mint serving sizes and multivitamins with selenium being treated as toxic waste. All those regulations and commandments take a toll on jobs and businesses in our still sluggish economy. Dealing with today’s regulatory monstrosity should be a priority, as much as addressing the $19 trillion debt and runaway entitlement spending. But what can the next president of the United States really do?” (10/01/16)

https://cei.org/content/new-president-needs-new-red-tape-agenda

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51) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/03/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Lots to cover today. We’ve got the latest Bill Weld comments, and it looks like the government is going to try to find a way to bail out the insurance companies using your money. Another great story to come out of the ObamaCare fiasco.” [various formats] (10/03/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/journalism-is-dead-the-media-of-the-21st-century/

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52) All the ways you can comply and still die in an encounter with the police
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“How do you protect yourself from flying fists, choking hands, disabling electrified darts and killing bullets? How do you defend yourself against individuals who have been indoctrinated into believing that they are superior to you, that their word is law, and that they have the power to take your life? Most of all, how can you maintain the illusion of freedom when daily, Americans are being shot, stripped, searched, choked, beaten and tasered by police for little more than daring to frown, smile, question, challenge an order or just exist? The short answer: you can’t. Now for the long answer, which is far more complicated but still leaves us feeling hopeless, helpless and vulnerable to the fears, moods and misguided training of every cop on the beat.” (10/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ways-can-comply-still-die-encounter-police/

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53) The Tom Woods Show, 10/03/16
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Here’s what I told over 100 sheriffs about state nullification, the states’ right to refuse to allow the enforcement of unconstitutional federal laws.” [various formats] (10/03/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-750-what-i-told-a-room-full-of-sheriffs/

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54) It’s morning in Wisconsin
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Regarding mornings, put me in Sheriff Hopper’s camp. He’s the Stranger Things character, repeatedly informing folks: ‘Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.’ Speaking of stranger things, who expects an early morning SWAT-like police raid on their home? Three years ago, yesterday, that happened to Cindy Archer, and other conservatives in Wisconsin.” (10/04/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/04/its-morning-in-wisconsin/

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/03/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“US Govt Hired British PR Firm for 540 Million to Produce Fake Terrorist Propaganda :: Pete Santilli :: More Pentagon Propaganda :: Trump’s Taxes :: Ricky Thinks We Support Trump :: Johnson Perry Controversy :: Hillary Wants Assange Droned :: End of the World :: Danger of Electing A Libertarian President :: National Debt :: Clinton Leaked Audio True Thoughts About Bernie Supporters :: Debates :: James in AZ.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/03/16)

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