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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Republicans, NRA show true anti-freedom colors, jump on “bump stock” ban wagon
2) CA: Brown signs “sanctuary state” bill
3) Spain: Court orders suspension of Catalonian parliament in attempt to block declaration of independence
4) Trump plans to “decertify” Iran nuclear deal next week
5) US DoJ reverses transgender workplace protections
6) US House moves forward on tax reform by adopting budget plan
7) SCOTUS: Live streaming would “adversely affect” oral arguments
8) Canada: Regime to replace Holocaust memorial plaque that failed to mention Jews
9) PA: Shapiro files suit against student loan company
10) Keystone XL developer cancels two major Canadian pipeline projects
11) Russia: Putin hosts Salman to talk about oil, Syria
12) Muslim professor says Southwest removed her because of prejudice, not dog allergy
13) US jobless claims drop 12,000 to 260,000 as disruptions from hurricanes ease
14) Iraq: Regime says its troops have taken one of Islamic State’s last strongholds
15) Amazon is testing its own delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Gun control is a bigger threat than mass murders
17) Bump Stock Ban Boogie: The latest silly political dance craze
18) The campaign to rein in the Internet
19) Making our organs the property of the state
20) The real “modern slavery?” Inside America’s court-ordered labor camps
21) Can the government keep us safe?
22) Interview: Jonald Fyookball
23) Muslim ban 3.0 is here. And so is the resistance
24) Why non-intervention is NOT sufficient
25) Learning from chaos
26) Want to value teachers? Eliminate salary schedules
27) Are you a precious snowflake? Or an old dinosaur? Understanding the slight differences to lessen the great divide
28) You’re all a bunch of collectivists
29) If artificial meat does take over then climate change just isn’t much of a problem
30) Why small states are better
31) Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient
32) Why should Catalonia not be free?
33) Mnuchin fails the “Mnuchin test”
34) Dylan’s alembic: Against the zeitgeist of violence and bluster
35) A special place in heck?
36) Social destruction by the abuse of money
37) Quantum Vibe, 10/05/17
38) A legacy of reckless decision making
39) How to fund a Universal Basic Income without increasing taxes or inflation
40) Let’s clarify something about casino hotel bellpeople
41) Conspiracy theories abound in an absence of motive
42) Blood in the streets (Las Vegas massacre #1)
43) Barbarian virtues
44) A few thoughts on the Catalan independence referendum
45) Roy Moore would make America Saudi Arabia again

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Leading Liberty Podcast, 10/05/17
47) MilLiberty, episode 51
48) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 82
49) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/04/17
50) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 26
51) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/05/17
52) Free Talk Live, 10/04/17
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 101
54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 657
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1016

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1) Republicans, NRA show true anti-freedom colors, jump on “bump stock” ban wagon
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The Las Vegas massacre has forced a breach in congressional Republicans’ solid opposition to gun restrictions, prompting many, from party leaders on down, to say they will consider banning ‘bump stocks’ that turn assault rifles into virtual machine guns. The National Rifle Assn., to which most Republicans are loyal and which had been silent since the gunman’s attack Sunday night, on Thursday in a statement said it could back such limits — as a federal regulation, not law. The NRA’s blessing will probably increase the number of Republicans willing to back restrictions, but if those limits come in the form of regulations from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), rather than in a law, Democrats are certain to object.” (10/05/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-republicans-bumpstocks-20171005-story.html

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2) CA: Brown signs “sanctuary state” bill
Source: Politico

“California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed ‘sanctuary state’ legislation limiting local law enforcement officials’ ability to cooperate with federal immigration authorities, the latest effort by Democrats here to blunt the effects of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. … The ‘sanctuary state’ bill prohibits local officials from asking about a person’s immigration status or from working in many cases with federal immigration agents. But the measure was significantly weakened before passage to gain Brown’s support, allowing local agencies to work with immigration authorities on cases involving immigrants convicted of a wide range of crimes.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (10/05/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/05/california-sanctuary-city-jerry-brown-signs-243503

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3) Spain: Court orders suspension of Catalonian parliament in attempt to block declaration of independence
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Spain’s constitutional court has suspended a Catalan parliament session planned for Monday in an attempt to block an expected declaration of independence by the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont. Upholding a challenge by Catalonia’s Socialist party, which opposes secession from Spain, the court ruled that allowing the regional parliament to meet and declare independence would violate the rights of the party’s MPs. The court warned that any session carried out in defiance of its ban would be ‘null.’ It said the parliament’s leaders could face criminal action if they ignore the court order.” (10/05/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/spanish-pm-mariano-rajoy-warns-of-greater-harm-from-catalonia-independence-plans

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4) Trump plans to “decertify” Iran nuclear deal next week
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump plans to ‘decertify’ the Iran nuclear deal next week, declaring the Obama-era pact not in US interests and launching a congressional review period on the accord, according to two senior US officials. Trump is tentatively scheduled to unveil his plan during remarks a week from Thursday, though one official cautioned the timing could shift. Trump said Thursday that Iran has not ‘lived up’ to the spirit of the deal. Speaking ahead of a dinner with military officers, Trump said it was imperative Iran not obtain nuclear weapons.” [editor’s note: There was little if any reason to believe Iran’s regime was trying to obtain nuclear weapons BEFORE the deal, or that it has not held up its end of the deal. Trump’s tantrum is about playing to his jingoist base, not about anything actually going on in Iran – TLK] (10/05/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/politics/trump-iran-deal-deadline-plan/index.html

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5) US DoJ reverses transgender workplace protections
Source: CBS News

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed an Obama-era policy explicitly defining transgender workers as protected under employment discrimination laws, CBS News’ Paula Reid reports. The Wednesday policy reversal of what qualifies as employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act comes down to an idealogical [sic] disagreement over whether ‘sex’ is decided by a person’s birth certificate, or whether sexual discrimination includes broader gender identity. Title VII prohibits any employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Former Attorney General Eric Holder in 2014 interpreted ‘sex’ discrimination to apply to discrimination based on gender identity, while Sessions'[s] DOJ interprets that it only applies to discrimination between men and women.” (10/05/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sessions-doj-reverses-obama-era-transgender-work-protections/

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6) US House moves forward on tax reform by adopting budget plan
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. House of Representatives took a major step toward overhauling the U.S. tax code on Thursday by approving a fiscal 2018 budget resolution intended to aid the future passage of tax legislation, and sending the measure on to the Senate. The spending blueprint for fiscal year 2018, adopted by a 219-206 vote, would unlock a legislative tool allowing Republicans to pass tax legislation through the Senate while avoiding opposition from Democrats who control 48 of the upper chamber’s 100 seats. But the action also sets the stage for a potential clash with Senate Republicans, who are considering a markedly different spending plan. While the House budget calls for revenue-neutral tax reform, a proposed Senate plan would allow tax legislation to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit.” (10/05/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax/u-s-house-moves-forward-on-tax-reform-by-adopting-budget-plan-idUSKBN1CA20J

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7) SCOTUS: Live streaming would “adversely affect” oral arguments
Source: Ars Technica

“The Supreme Court is setting aside a request to live stream its oral arguments. The attorney for Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. told members of Congress that live streaming even the audio portion of its oral arguments might impact the outcome. ‘The Chief Justice appreciated and shares your ultimate goal of increasing public transparency and improving public understanding of the Supreme Court,’ Roberts'[s] attorney, Jeffrey P. Minear, wrote the four members of Congress seeking to have the court’s gerrymandering case live streamed in audio. ‘I am sure you are, however, familiar with the Justices’ concerns surrounding the live broadcast or streaming of oral arguments, which could adversely affect the character and quality of the dialogue between the attorneys and Justices. Consequently, the Court is unable to accommodate your request.'” (10/05/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/supreme-court-says-live-streaming-would-adversely-affect-oral-arguments/

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8) Canada: Regime to replace Holocaust memorial plaque that failed to mention Jews
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Canada’s heritage minister has promised that the plaque used to inaugurate the National Holocaust Monument last week will be changed. The original failed to mention the murder of Jewish people by name. Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the House of Commons the plaque will be replaced, adding that the monument commemorates the 6 million Jewish people and 5 million other people murdered during the Holocaust.” [editor’s note: It doesn’t mention Romani, homosexuals, Freemasons, Spanish Republicans or Jehovah’s Witnesses, either. Is there some particular reason why every plaque commemorating a mass murder should break the victims down by race, ethnicity, religion, etc.? – TLK] (10/05/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/canada-to-replace-holocaust-memorial-plaque-that-failed-to-mention-jews/a-40809209

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9) PA: Shapiro files suit against student loan company
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office filed suit Thursday against Navient, the largest U.S. student-loan servicer, alleging widespread abuses and deceptive acts involving its administration of student loans. The suit against Navient Corp. and its subsidiary Navient Solutions, LLC, formerly a part of Sallie Mae, could affect hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said, noting the office is seeking restitution for all borrowers affected by the practices. … The suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania alleges the company has ‘engaged in practices that have harmed countless student loan borrowers by … peddling risky and expensive subprime loans that they knew or should have known were likely to default, and … while servicing student loans, failing to perform core servicing duties, thereby causing harm to borrowers and cosigners.'” (10/05/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/navient-lawsuit-pennyslvania-attorney-general-student-loans-20171005.html

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10) Keystone XL developer cancels two major Canadian pipeline projects
Source: The Hill

“The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline has nixed its plan to build two other pipeline projects in eastern Canada. TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday that it would not build its proposed Energy East pipeline, which was designed to carry more than one million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to points east. The company also said it abandoned its Eastern Mainline gas pipeline project. … TransCanada first proposed the new pipeline projects in 2013. But the company said last month that it might be forced to abandon the Energy East proposal after energy regulators in Canada expanded their assessment of the project, including the impact of its indirect greenhouse gas emissions and other risks associated with the pipeline.” (10/05/17)

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11) Russia: Putin hosts Salman to talk about oil, Syria
Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Saudi Arabia’s King Salman for talks in Moscow on Thursday in the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia that was expected to focus on oil and the war in Syria. At the Kremlin’s opulent St. Andrew’s Hall, Putin in televised remarks hailed the king’s visit as a ‘landmark’ event. Salman in his reply called Russia a ‘friendly nation’ and said his country is committed to strengthen ties ‘in the interests of peace and security.’ Relations between the two countries have often been strained. During Cold War times, the Saudis helped arm Afghan rebels fighting against the Soviet invasion.” (10/05/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/putin-opens-talks-with-saudi-king-at-the-kremlin/2017/10/05/b6d9e96e-a9c0-11e7-9a98-07140d2eed02_story.html

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12) Muslim professor says Southwest removed her because of prejudice, not dog allergy
Source: New York Daily News

“A Muslim professor forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight says that prejudice against her, not a dog allergy, is what prompted her ordeal. Anila Daulatzai, who teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, was seen in a viral video last Tuesday being pulled and pushed off of a plane in Baltimore. She repeatedly asked officers not to touch and said that they had ripped her pants before leaving the aircraft. … The professor, who the statement says is pregnant with her first child, was going to see her sick father on the West Coast, and allegedly told the flight crew about her dog allergy after seeing two canines near her. Daulatzai says that her condition is not life-threatening, however, and that she and the attendants came to a solution by changing her seat to the back of the plane. A Southwest employee soon asked her to leave the plane, she said, adding that she was never asked for the medical certificate that the airline claims it asked of her.” (10/05/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/professor-southwest-removal-prejudice-not-allergy-article-1.3542649

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13) US jobless claims drop 12,000 to 260,000 as disruptions from hurricanes ease
Source: MarketWatch

“Initial jobless claims, a tool to measure U.S. layoffs, fell by 12,000 to 260,000 at the end of September. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast claims to total 265,000 in the week ended Sept. 30. The more stable monthly average of claims declined by 9,500 to 268,250, a figure still inflated by hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey. The number of people already collecting unemployment benefits, known as continuing claims, fell slightly to 1.94 million.” (10/05/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-drop-12000-to-260000-as-disruptions-from-hurricanes-ease-2017-10-05

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14) Iraq: Regime says its troops have taken one of Islamic State’s last strongholds
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Iraq’s prime minister said Thursday that troops have retaken the northern town of Hawija from the Islamic State group, driving the extremists from one of their last strongholds in the country. Haider Abadi declared victory during a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron, who offered to help mediate between Iraq’s government and the autonomous Kurdish region, which voted for independence last week in a move that was rejected by Baghdad and neighboring Turkey and Iran. … Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State from nearly all the cities and towns it seized in the summer of 2014, including the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, which was liberated in July. The extremists are now mainly concentrated in a region straddling the Iraqi-Syrian border, and still control a cluster of towns in the far west of Iraq’s sprawling Anbar province.” (10/05/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iraq-islamic-state-hawija-20171005-story.html

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15) Amazon is testing its own delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS
Source: Bloomberg

Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it to U.S. merchants in preparation for a national expansion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the U.S. pilot project is confidential. Amazon is calling the project Seller Flex, one person said. The service began on a trial basis this year in West Coast states with a broader rollout planned in 2018, the people said. Amazon declined to comment.” (10/05/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-05/amazon-is-said-to-test-own-delivery-service-to-rival-fedex-ups

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16) Gun control is a bigger threat than mass murders
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“Most of the time, government is treated as a kind of benevolent deus ex machina, a disembodied entity that stands godlike, above and outside of society. This is a mistake of the most serious kind. That’s because the federal government is, under any rational standard, by any objective measure, the world’s most dangerous institution, responsible for more death and destruction than anything else currently operated by human beings. Every year, it is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths, at war (officially or otherwise) all over the world. When the subject of using public policy to save innocent lives comes up, these facts are conveniently overlooked, inconsonant with Beltway ‘respectable opinion.’ But pause for a moment to step outside of the doublespeak and hypocrisy of politics, to consider the morally upside-down idea that the only institution to have deployed nuclear weapons should make the rules about firearms.” (10/05/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/gun-control-bigger-threat-mass-murderers/

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17) Bump Stock Ban Boogie: The latest silly political dance craze
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Every time there’s a ‘public mass shooting’ (defined by the Congressional Research Service as an incident in which four or more people are indiscriminately killed, not including the shooter or shooters, in a relatively public place) in America, the usual suspects climb atop of the pile of bodies before they’re even cold and start doing the funky chicken to the tune of ‘gun control, gun control, this wouldn’t happen if we just added one more gun control law to the hundreds of gun control laws that we already have.’ They’re always wrong, their political posturing is always ghoulish and disgusting, and any policy outcomes they achieve are stupid and pointless at best and an outrage against the rights of the people at worst. This time, it looks like the former.” (10/05/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11593

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18) The campaign to rein in the Internet
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Powers That Be have always hated the internet, and now they’re finally making some progress in their campaign to have it reined in. Using the ‘Russia threat’ and Hillary Clinton’s loss to appeal to those who used to be called ‘liberals,’ they’re teaming up with neoconservatives like Bill Kristol and foreign-funded (!) outfits like the Alliance to Secure Democracy to achieve their longtime dream of regulating internet content. And they have powerful allies in the Legacy Media, which has suffered huge losses due to competition from free internet media.” (10/05/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/10/04/campaign-rein-internet

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19) Making our organs the property of the state
Source: spiked
by Emily Dinsmore

“In her speech at the Conservative Party conference this week, Theresa May pledged to change the organ-donor system in England, so that people will be listed as donors unless they opt out. … there is something uncomfortable about this expansion of the state’s power over our bodies. Sure, it may be a commendable thing to donate your organs in order to save another’s life, and there is nothing wrong with campaigning and encouraging more people to sign up to be donors. But it is deeply troubling to make state ownership over our bodies the default position. We’re effectively being asked to apply to the state for permission to decide what happens to us after we die.” (10/05/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/making-our-organs-the-property-of-the-state/

20) The real “modern slavery?” Inside America’s court-ordered labor camps
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Under the guise of getting addicts treatment, courts are sentencing people to slave labor in the service of corporate interests. Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery (CAAIR), which is supposed to provide people with addiction treatment in a rural setting, has become a court-prescribed worker pipeline for an Oklahoma chicken farm and factory, according to a piece in Reveal, the magazine of The Center for Investigative Reporting. … CAAIR was originally launched in 2007 by food executives having trouble finding employees for low-pay, high-risk, all-hours work at chicken-processing plants. But CAAIR’s claims of fulfilling a rehabilitative function are dubious. It has only one licensed counselor and no certified treatment or recovery program. Its philosophy is that Christianity and hard work can cure addiction. Church and Bible study groups are mandatory; counseling, skills classes, and group support meetings are not.” (10/05/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/05/human-trafficked-by-uncle-sam

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21) Can the government keep us safe?
Source: Fox News
by Andrew P Napolitano

“In a word, no. This is not a novel or arcane observation but rather a rational conclusion from knowing history and everyday life. In Europe, where the right to keep and bear arms is nearly nonexistent for those outside government, killers strike with bombs and knives and trucks. In America, killers use guns and only stop when they are killed by law-abiding civilians or by the police. The answer to government failure is a candid recognition that in a free society — one in which we are all free to come and go as we see fit without government inquiry or interference — we must be prepared for these tragedies. We must keep ourselves safe, as well as those whom we invite onto our properties.” (10/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/10/05/judge-andrew-napolitano-can-government-keep-us-safe.html

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22) Interview: Jonald Fyookball
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“This week news.Bitcoin.com spoke with Jonald Fyookball, the creator of the Bitcoin Cash (BCC) lite client, Electron Cash. Fyookball is a prolific member of the BCC community and has written a lot of informative posts about the forked project. The pseudo-anonymous Electron Cash developer gives us some insight into his view of the current scaling debate between Core software supporters and Segwit2x supporters. Fyookball also discusses how he feels about the present state of the BCC network, how he thinks it will fare during the possible November hard fork, and other technical developments taking place between both protocols.” (10/05/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/an-in-depth-interview-with-electron-cash-developer-jonald-fyookball/

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23) Muslim ban 3.0 is here. And so is the resistance
Source: In These Times
by Michelle Chen

“Before he took his oath, President Donald Trump vowed to launch a war on Muslims. Now, that threat is becoming reality, with the new version of his signature ‘Muslim Ban’ — a slightly tweaked attempt to ram through unprecedented travel restrictions on refugees and travelers from several Muslim-majority nations. As constitutional challenges are in limbo until a full Supreme Court review in early October, the battle now returns to the streets, with a mass mobilization slated for October 18 coined ‘No Muslim Ban Ever.’ The national day of protest links the defense of the Muslim community with an incipient solidarity movement representing all communities besieged by the Trump administration.” (10/05/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20584/Donald-Trump-Muslim-Ban-Islamophobia-protest-resistance/

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24) Why non-intervention is NOT sufficient
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“I considered myself a non-interventionist for many years. Now I advocate regime change! It’s not the kind favored by military interventionists. I’m not adopting that label or approach. Instead … Call me an engager! An engager seeks regime change through various forms of cultural engagement, including … 1. Diplomacy 2. Trade 3. Bi-lateral travel (including both emigration and immigration).” (10/05/17)

https://downsizedc.org/non-interventionism-not-sufficient/

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25) Learning from chaos
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer

“Once again, the unpredictable and uncontrollable forces of chaos have revealed themselves, this time in Las Vegas, a city that thrives on the unforeseeable nature of gambling. As we have come to expect, members of the mainstream media, politicians, and other apostles for the established order, were quick to remind Boobus Americanus not to lose faith in the power of political systems to bring mankind to order. Again, we hear the endless recitation of the mantra that follows the failures of political intervention to achieve its promised expectations: ‘we will find out what went wrong and fix it so this doesn’t happen again.’ I am reminded of the religions that predict the ‘end of the world’ on a specific date, and when doomsday fails to occur on the predicted date, a new date is then selected.” (10/05/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/butler-shaffer/learning-from-chaos/

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26) Want to value teachers? Eliminate salary schedules
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Teachers are paid on what is known as a salary schedule, which maps out exactly how much a teacher will make for their entire career based on how many years of experience they have, with additional adjustments made for teachers with advanced degrees. When finances are tight, however, district officials will often do one of two things: sometimes they decline to adjust the schedule for inflation, and in leaner years they may ‘freeze’ teachers at their current salaries. … Some teachers feel a sense of entitlement regarding pay raises. As a former public school teacher, I know this from experience. You would feel entitled to a raise too if your employer presented you with a predetermined salary structure. You consider yourself bound by the salary schedule, but you consider the district bound by it as well. What good is an agreement that only one side must abide by?” (10/05/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-control/want-value-teachers-eliminate-salary-schedules

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27) Are you a precious snowflake? Or an old dinosaur? Understanding the slight differences to lessen the great divide
Source: Strike The Root
by Doug Herman

“Some snowflakes are directly related to old dinosaurs. Strange as it seems, some actually live under the same roof! Not sure how that is possible, what with global warming and climate change, but they do. Are YOU a snowflake? Or perhaps you’re an old dinosaur, whose extinction is long awaited by his heirs — I mean snowflake relatives.” (10/05/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/are-you-precious-snowflake-or-old-dinosaur-understanding-slight-cultural-differences-to-lessen-great

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28) You’re all a bunch of collectivists
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Over the last several months, I have seen acquaintances and even friends defend tiki torch yielding and self-proclaimed white nationalists. On the other extreme, I have seen friends advocate violence against those who do not agree with them. ‘We should be punching Nazis,’ social media posts have read, without a hint of irony. But the problem with both of these lines of thinking is the dangerous hint of tribalism underlying both. But whether you advocate some form of socialism or express nationalist sympathies, both are contrary to the spirit of individualism. Both claim to advance freedom but inevitably lead down the road to serfdom.” (10/05/17)

https://fee.org/articles/you-re-all-a-bunch-of-collectivists/

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29) If artificial meat does take over then climate change just isn’t much of a problem
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“George Monbiot tells us all that artificial meat is soon going to be a real product rather than a lab curiosity and he could be right about that. However, it’s what happens after that which interests here. George goes on to tell us that this will, quite obviously, curb all those emissions that raising livestock currently causes. And the subsequent rewilding of pasture will reduce emissions once again. … If it is true, that the technology becomes mainstream, then we are again moving further away from the predicted danger and much closer to the don’t worry about it scenario.” [editor’s note: “Quite obviously?” Does anyone know what inputs there are to lab-grown meat and what greenhouse emissions those inputs create? – TLK] (10/05/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/if-artificial-meat-does-take-over-then-climate-change-just-isnt-much-of-a-problem

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30) Why small states are better
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by staff

Interview with Philipp Bagus & Andreas Marquart. Marquart: “In small states the government is closer to its citizens and by that better observable and controllable by the populace. Small states are more flexible and are better at reacting and adapting to challenges. Furthermore, there is a tendency that small states are more peaceful, because they can’t produce all goods and services by themselves and are thereby dependent on undisturbed trade.” (10/05/17)

https://mises.org/blog/why-small-states-are-better

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31) Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient
Source: Niskanen Center
by staff

“That Congress is generally apathetic about ongoing wars suggests that even an updated AUMF is likely to be abused by the executive branch. When accountability is absent, the frequency, duration, and inefficiency of wars are likely to increase. America’s post-Sept. 11 conflicts, which the Watson Center for International and Public Affairs at Brown University estimates cost around $4.79 trillion as of last September, are prime examples of this tendency. The Trump administration’s decision to extend the war in Afghanistan promises that price tag will increase. One of several culprits behind congressional passivity regarding the use of military force is the American people. They have little, if any, incentive to hold their elected representatives accountable on issues of war and peace. The American public is, for the most part, insulated from the costs of war.” (10/05/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/authorizing-military-force-necessary-insufficient/

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32) Why should Catalonia not be free?
Source: The American Conservative
by Matt Purple

“Rajoy’s government might have acknowledged the threat and prepared accordingly. It might have found succor in early opinion polls showing pluralities of Catalans in support of remaining in Spain. It might have allowed the referendum to go forward, listened to the Catalan people, and persuaded them to stay, the same strategy that kept Scotland in the United Kingdom and narrowly averted Quebec’s independence from Canada in 1995. It might have smiled knowing that a failed referendum could close the issue for decades. Instead, it validated the secessionists’ claims that Madrid was an authoritarian oppressor. It allowed government policy to seem an extension of those menacing fascists stomping through the streets. It never even tried to answer the question posed by the separatists: Why should Catalonia not be free?” (10/05/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-should-catalonia-not-be-free/

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33) Mnuchin fails the “Mnuchin test”
Source: The American Prospect
by Manuel Madrid

“After the populist surge that put Donald Trump in the White House, Steve Mnuchin tried to rebrand himself as a man of the people. He promised that as treasury secretary that he would unburden the working class and that the rich shouldn’t expect any sort of preferential treatment. Many observers were very skeptical of these promises — and for good reason. Appearing on Meet the Press this week, Mnuchin had been tasked with defending the Republicans’ new tax framework. But he couldn’t really explain it.” (10/05/17)

http://prospect.org/article/mnuchin-fails-%E2%80%98mnuchin-test%E2%80%99

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34) Dylan’s alembic: Against the zeitgeist of violence and bluster
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

Review of Bob Dylan’s Triplicate: “Here, across a full three albums, there are none of the withering put-downs that Dylan is famous for: no hoodoo women, no backstabbers, no soul-stealers, no Miss Lonely getting her righteous comeuppance from Napoleon in rags. There’s just a series of ordinary men in ordinary life, hoping to be worthy of the woman they love or long for, or else ruminating — not raging, not ranting — about a wonderful, beguiling woman they’ve lost. There’s no place in these songs for the triumph of the will, for braggadocio, for imposing one’s desires through bluster and violence. A greater contrast to the present zeitgeist — especially the imperial burlesque of our preening political, corporate and media elites — can hardly be imagined.” (10/05/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/dylan-s-alembic-against-the-zeitgeist-of-violence-and-bluster-05102017.html

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35) A special place in heck?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The idea that one woman candidate can serve as ‘the voice’ for all women is not merely absurd. It is sexist. But it is something that this most recent First Lady shares with the former First Lady who just lost a major election. Yes, Hillary Clinton has said much the same kind of thing. And Madeline Albright, Secretary of State under Clinton’s husband’s command, famously argued ‘there is a special place in hell’ for women who refuse to toe the line and vote Clinton II. Heck, there is a special place for women who think, appraise and choose against social pressure: America. Here people matter as individuals, as persons, not as members of their race, religion, sex, or … political party.” (10/05/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/05/a-special-place-in-heck/

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36) Social destruction by the abuse of money
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“Government welfare promises are never funded by the very rich. Anyway, there are too few of them to make any difference to the enormous scale of statist demands for tax revenue. But there is nonetheless an enormous burden imposed upon the successful wealth creators. In Britain, the top 1% of earners pay over a quarter of all income tax collected, and while super-rich British residents perhaps don’t have the tax breaks the Macklowes enjoy, the bulk of the burden falls on lawyers, bankers, company executives and owners of successful private enterprises. And it should, say the collectivists. But when we look at the next layer down, those that earn more than the average wage, we see the state’s taxes have caused the worst economic distortions. We are referring to taxes on the wages of skilled blue-collar workers, and upwards.” (10/05/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/social-destruction-by-the-abuse-of-money/

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37) Quantum Vibe, 10/05/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/05/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1701

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38) A legacy of reckless decision making
Source: The New Republic
by Noam Chomsky

“For decades, leaders have used the nuclear threat to consolidate power at home — even when it is bad for national security.” (10/05/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145148/legacy-reckless-decision-making

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39) How to fund a Universal Basic Income without increasing taxes or inflation
Source: CounterPunch
by Ellen Brown

“Welfare can encourage laziness, because benefits go down as earned income goes up. But studies have shown that a UBI distributed equally regardless of income does not have that result. In 1968, President Richard Nixon initiated a successful trial showingthat the money had little impact on the recipients’ working hours. People who did reduce the time they worked engaged in other socially valuable pursuits, and young people who were not working spent more time getting an education. Analysis of a similar Canadian trial found that employment rates among young adults did not change, high-school completion rates increased, and hospitalization rates dropped by 8.5 percent. Larger experiments in India have reached similar results. Studies have also shown that it would actually be cheaper to distribute funds to the entire population than to run the welfare services governments engage in now.” (10/05/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/05/how-to-fund-a-universal-basic-income-without-increasing-taxes-or-inflation/

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40) Let’s clarify something about casino hotel bellpeople
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“It’s like people think bellpeople are treating guests’ bags like Christmas presents, shaking them around and trying to guess what is inside. This is absurd. It’s the job to protect and deliver the guest’s luggage, and you are responsible for it. You specifically undertake responsibility for it. We’re not tossing them around like a golf caddy in Happy Gilmore. We’re treating each and every single bag like it could contain a $4,000 bottle of wine, because any single one of those bags could, in fact, be containing a $4,000 bottle of wine. If you break it, you’re gone. You’re fired. … And may the gods help you if you touch that zipper. Are you out of your mind?” (10/05/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/05/lets-clarify-something-about-casino-hotel-bellpeople/

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41) Conspiracy theories abound in an absence of motive
Source: We Are Libertarians
by Chris Spangle

“Conspiracies pop up because the killer fits no pattern. He isn’t in some box where we can classify him and ignore him. Religion, politics, revenge, money or clear mental insanity don’t seem to be his motive. He brought 23 guns into one of the safest areas of the world with the most surveillance. The security at the venue, the police, and government agencies all acted exemplary. There is nothing to criticize or blame. There’s no motive. There’s nothing that could stop it. There’s nothing that can fix it. That’s when the existential dread sets in. What if I turn into the monster? What if that old man in the Chili’s on Saturday’s is the next killer? We begin searching for predictability.” (10/04/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/conspiracy-theories-abound-absence-motive/

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42) Blood in the streets (Las Vegas massacre #1)
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“This weekend, war again came to America. My prayers are with the families of the dead, and those who are wounded, and their families and friends. I am thankful and honor those who tried to protect others and sometime died instead. But it was war. And as usual, the details are confusing, information conflicting, and claims abound. One thing I think that I can safely say: with 22,000 people as witnesses, plus first responders, passers-by, and others, claims are unlikely to be made that all of this was a staged incident in which ‘crisis actors’ played victims and family members, and that none (or most) of the 59 dead and 530+ wounded really were.” [editor’s note: You might think (if you were sane), but you’d be thinking wrong. Those claims are all over the place – TLK] (10/04/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/04/blood-in-the-streets-las-vegas-massacre-1/

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43) Barbarian virtues
Source: The Nation
by Samuel Moyn

“People are going paleo; it is the height of trendiness. Edit wheat out of your diet, the multiplatform advice goes, especially if you want lower blood pressure or rock-hard abs. James C. Scott says there is much more at stake. Grain is not just bad for one’s health; it is the fruit of a ghastly disaster long ago that brought with it the domestication of other plants and animals, and even of ourselves. Worst of all, it is bound up with the origins of that most baleful thing, the state, which has bred horrors from its beginnings, propagating vast moral and material hierarchies and the murderous violence of resource wars over the ages.” (10/05/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/barbarian-virtues/

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44) A few thoughts on the Catalan independence referendum
Source: Cato Institute
by Marian L Tupy

“For most Europeans, Spain without Catalonia is as strange of a concept as the United Kingdom without Scotland. But, independence can be a good way to lower tensions between peoples who no longer wish to remain a part of the same political entity and an excellent way to increase inter-jurisdictional competition, thereby allowing for greater institutional experimentation. Prior to the rise of the European nation states in the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe was sub-divided into hundreds of different states and statelets. Germany alone consisted of over 300 different political entities prior to Napoleon’s consolidation of the territories in 1806. These states offered their residents different sets of rights and responsibilities. They competed with one another in terms of policies, including religious tolerance and taxation. In fact, it was this territorial disunity that, scholars argue, enabled Europe to zoom past heavily centralized China to become the world’s leading economy.” (10/04/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/few-thoughts-catalan-independence-referendum

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45) Roy Moore would make America Saudi Arabia again
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“God certainly has a great sense of irony. In the same week that Saudi Arabia, an Islamic theocracy, took a small step out of the 18th Century byeasing its ban on female driving, America took a step back into that century by handing a win in the Alabama U.S. Senate Republican primary to Roy Moore, a vehement proponent of a Christian theocracy on U.S. soil. Sadly, it seems, faith in American-style liberalism is dimming in America just as it is penetrating the remaining bastions of illiberalism in the world. Moore calls Islam a ‘fake religion’ while spreading the fake news that unnamed Christian communities in Illinois and Indiana are being forced to live under Islamic law or sharia. But why he would find sharia all that troubling is unclear given that his Christianity is its spiritual twin.” (10/04/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/04/roy-moores-illiberal-vision-for-america

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46) Leading Liberty Podcast, 10/05/17
Source: Leading Liberty

“What do effective marketers know that you don’t? Simply: how to get to know their audience. Sound scary? Don’t worry. In 12 questions, you’ll be on the way to marketing success. In order to sell your product well, whether it be an idea, a campaign, or a podcast, you have to know who is already buying it and why. In this episode, Jenn will teach you what she’s learned from working for Larry Sharpe’s gubernatorial campaign and Reason Magazine. She’ll walk you through a typical conversation with a member of her audience, identifying opportunities for success and potential pitfalls for beginners.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

http://heyjenngray.com/12-questions-ask-audience/

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47) MilLiberty, episode 51
Source: Outset Magazine

“Alexander McCobin is the CEO of Conscious Capitalism and the co-Founder of Students for Liberty. Alexander joins Caleb on MilLiberty for this episode to discuss the morality of the market, many fallacies people have about capitalism, how business is a source of good, and his own journey to these ideas.” [Flash audio] (10/05/17)

http://outsetmagazine.com/2017/10/05/milliberty-episode-51-exclusive-with-alexander-mccobin/

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48) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 82
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 082 welcomes Jason Marlow to the podcast for a challenging conversation with Skyler. Topics include: Being born in Brazil, Rush Limbaugh conservatism, Ron Paul and libertarianism, personal responsibility, what makes good neighbors, self-segregation, forced integration, political anthropology, the state as an ever-present hungry dragon and how to deal with it, importance of cultural collectives against the dragon, looking beyond libertarianism, Western civilization, the human story, ingroup privilege, and the European migrants.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/jasons-journey-challenging-ideas-1h2m-episode-082

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49) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/04/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Chris Edwards discusses the tax plan now circulating in Congress.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/assessing-new-gop-tax-plan

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50) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 26
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“That’s right folks, we actually have a barber on the show and we actually talk about cutting hair (and he’s actually an anarcho-capitalist). Don’t fear if barbering isn’t your thing, We go through Brandon’s barber journey as well as his struggles with drug addiction. Brandon has recently implemented ibogaine treatment to combat his addiction and the results are tremendous (he stopped using drugs). Listen to hear the full story!” [various formats] (10/05/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/brando-ancap-barber-abs026/

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51) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/05/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Dianna, and Nick catch up on old times and discuss growing yaks in greenhouses, Dianna’s new podcast, ribs chicken, and Porcupines. In the second hour, they discuss how chaos is the result of attempting to impose order and how state socialism has destroyed Venezuela.” [various formats] (10/05/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15106

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52) Free Talk Live, 10/04/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Smuggling Guns into Mandalay Bay :: Casino Worker Caller :: Casino’s Lack of Response? :: Did hotel help shooter with carrying gun cases? :: Lack of Reporting on NH Liberty Activism :: Vegas Shooter Prescribed Diazepam :: Moxie :: Opiate Abuse :: Autism :: Sexism and Mass Shooters :: Giving to the Muslim Haters :: Common Misunderstandings of Islam :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/04/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-04

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 101
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #101, I discuss the Catalan independence vote. 90% of people who were able to vote, voted for independence. The Spanish police brutally cracked down on people trying to vote. Catalans have responded with massive peaceful protesters.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-101-catalan-independence-vote

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54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 657
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“If you can believe it, there are actual conversations going on in America today over the unfair portrayal of white mass shooters as ‘lone wolves.’ Now before you dismiss this as progressive nonsense, I think some things need discussing. For example, does the media treat whites who commit atrocities differently than Muslims? Are they more willing to forgo assumptions about the intentions of white offenders than that of blacks? Today I’m going to give you my thoughts and bring in a decent article from theroot.com. I hope that it opens up your mind and allows you to ask yourself some compelling questions. We’re also going to talk tax policy. This Republican tax proposal is getting stupider by the day.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/567-dissecting-the-white-privilege-of-americas-mass-shooters/

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1016
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“It’s fashionable again for libertarians to urge the abandonment of the nonaggression principle, the bedrock of our entire philosophy. It’s dumb, you see. But what they propose in its place is dumb x 1000.” [various formats] (10/04/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1016-some-libertarians-are-just-too-good-for-the-nonaggression-principle/

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