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In the News:

1) Obama commutes sentences of 102
2) New York Times attacks Johnson for equating US, Syrian war crimes
3) Update: Yahoo “scanned emails to help FBI hunt terrorists”
4) India: Dozens arrested in IRS phone scam call center raids
5) Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in US
6) UN Security Council formally nominates Guterres for UN Secretary-General
7) Report: Top Pentagon aide used government credit card at strip clubs in Rome, Seoul
8) Germany: Town teaching refugees about sex, flirting with local women
9) Amid threats from Russia and China, US military warns World War III “almost guaranteed”
10) AZ: “Clown Lives Matter” march scheduled in Tucson
11) Fox fight: Sean Hannity calls Megyn Kelly “a Clinton supporter”
12) Fed bars HSBC exec after fraud indictment
13) Ghana says it wants to remove Gandhi statue from campus
14) France: UKIP leadership favorite Woolfe “feeling brighter” after being “punched by colleague”
15) TN: Memphis decriminalizes marijuana; step forward to nullify prohibition in effect
16) Obama’s approval rating reaches new high
17) TalkTalk Telecom ordered to pay record £400,000 fine over 2015 data breach
18) UK: Regime plan to make companies list foreign workers faces backlash
19) TX: State employees kill prisoner
20) Syria: Islamic State bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Don’t be ashamed to vote third party
22) Economic liberty and the Slaughterhouse Cases
23) Obama administration is illegally diverting billions to insurance companies
24) Do we need more antitrust?
25) A prison strike organizer suffers retaliation for speaking with journalists
26) So to Speak Podcast, 10/06/16
27) How Big Pharma’s shadow regulation censors the Internet
28) What’s Millennial support for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson all about?
29) As Iceland goes, so goes the world?
30) When “religious freedom” leaves children dead
31) The age of decline, apple pie, and America’s chosen suicide bomber
32) The untapped power of the other one percent
33) Why I am having nightmares about the coming election
34) “Let’s convict him and get it over with”: The framing of Lanny Smith
35) Let’s help the south, but not the slaveowners!
36) Democratic Party will never have a “Trumpism of the Left”
37) A scandal that reveals more than it says: Yahoo scanned all users’ mail for the government
38) Brainstorm: Isn’t it time we designed an election for the 21st century?
39) Trump denial is GOP path forward
40) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 77
41) The Bank of England abandons cryptocurrencies — for now
42) How insidious the plot?
43) Federal government feeds charter school beast despite auditor’s warnings
44) The humanitarian excuse for intervention
45) The left-libertarian balancing act
46) US jobless claims near four-decade low ahead of payrolls data
47) Weld’s high-minded politics
48) Consumer-driven health plans reduce health spending one-eighth
49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/05/16
50) Immigration authoritarianism
51) The Atlantic’s Keynesian attack on Gary Johnson
52) Nice work, millennials: Your word is garbage
53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/05/16
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/16
55) Free Talk Live, 10/05/16

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

1) Obama commutes sentences of 102
Source: The Hill

“President Obama on Thursday commuted the sentences of 102 inmates, the White House announced. Obama has commuted the sentences of 744 individuals, more than the past 11 presidents combined, according to the White House. Thursday’s announcement brings the total number granted this year alone to 590, more than any single year in U.S. history.” (10/06/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/299681-obama-commutes-sentences-of-inmates

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2) New York Times attacks Johnson for equating US, Syrian war crimes
Source: Antiwar.com

“Following an interview with the New York Times, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson is coming under fire for noting a moral equivalence between killing civilians in airstrikes, and killing civilians in airstrikes. … While charges of ‘moral equivalence’ against antiwar candidates are a recurring theme in US elections, they have tended in the past to center around at least moderately different methods of killing civilians, like arguing suicide bombings to be ‘worse’ than airstrikes. In this case, however, it’s difficult to avoid equating the two incidents, since they both involve remarkably similar aircraft dropping remarkably similar ordinance on hospitals run by international aid groups.” (10/05/16)

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2016/10/05/ny-times-attacks-gary-johnson-for-equating-us-syria-war-crimes/

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3) Update: Yahoo “scanned emails to help FBI hunt terrorists”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Yahoo scanned its users’ incoming emails for an unusual string of characters that had been linked to a terrorist organisation, according to a fresh report about the matter. The New York Times says flagged messages were made available to the FBI, but the scans have now stopped. It adds that the tech company adapted one of its spam and child-abuse-image filters to carry out the task. The details build on an earlier report by the news agency Reuters. Yahoo declined to add to its previous statements, in which it said Reuters’ report was ‘misleading’ and that it was ‘a law-abiding firm.’ The California-based company also said the mail-scanning process outlined by Reuters ‘does not exist’ on its systems, but did not explicitly address whether it had done so previously.” (10/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37574648

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4) India: Dozens arrested in IRS phone scam call center raids
Source: Forbes

“Dozens of arrests have been made in the phone scams plaguing American taxpayers. Acting on a tip, 70 call center workers were arrested for their alleged roles in tax-related scams following a police raid on call centers outside of Mumbai, India. More than 750 call center workers were detained in what a police spokesperson characterized as an ongoing investigation. For years now, scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and officers have been making calls to taxpayers, demanding immediate payment and threatening jail or deportation for those who failed to comply.” [editor’s note: OK, so they got the fake extortionists. Any chance of going after the real ones now? – TLK] (10/06/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/10/06/dozens-arrested-in-irs-phone-scam-call-center-raids/

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5) Dozens of Afghan troops AWOL from military training in US
Source: Reuters

“Forty-four Afghan troops visiting the United States for military training have gone missing in less than two years, presumably in an effort to live and work illegally in America, Pentagon officials said. Although the number of disappearances is relatively small — some 2,200 Afghan troops have received military training in the United States since 2007 — the incidents raise questions about security and screening procedures for the programs. They are also potentially embarrassing for U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, which has spent billions of dollars training Afghan troops as Washington seeks to extricate itself from the costly, 15-year-old war. The disclosure could fuel criticism by supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has accused the Obama administration of failing to properly vet immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and has pledged a much tougher stance if he wins.” (10/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-military-idUSKCN1260A1

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6) UN Security Council formally nominates Guterres for UN Secretary-General
Source: ABC News

“Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres, who was formally nominated on Thursday to be the next U.N. secretary-general, said he faces ‘huge challenges’ and hopes to see unity and consensus during his term. Security Council President Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s U.N. ambassador, said members approved a resolution by acclamation recommending Guterres for a 5-year term during a closed-door meeting. The council’s recommendation now goes to the U.N.’s 193-member General Assembly for formal approval, which is virtually certain.” [editor’s note: It seems odd that the Security Council would be the nominating body for Secretary-General. Do the “Big Five” (US, Russia, China, UK and France) have veto power on that as on other Security Council resolutions? Can the General Assembly elect someone not nominated by the Security Council? – TLK] (10/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/portugals-guterres-chief-build-bridges-42606064

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7) Report: Top Pentagon aide used government credit card at strip clubs in Rome, Seoul
Source: CBS News

“A Pentagon investigation has concluded that Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s former senior military aide used his government credit card at strip clubs or gentlemen’s clubs in Rome and Seoul, drank in excess and had ‘improper interactions’ with women, according to an investigative report released by the Defense Department Thursday morning. The report by the Defense Department’s inspector general said Maj. Gen. Ron Lewis improperly used his credit card, lied to a bank to get charges removed and, more broadly, said he was guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer, according to people familiar with the report. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the report before its release.” (10/06/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dod-report-unveils-alleged-misconduct-of-top-pentagon-aide/

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8) Germany: Town teaching refugees about sex, flirting with local women
Source: Fox News

“Among European countries, Germany has taken in the most refugees in the current crisis. Hundreds of thousands of these refugees are young, single men — far from home, and seeking the things young men typically seek. Sexual violence has been a significant problem in the country, with some 2,000 migrants sexually assaulting some 1,200 women in Cologne during New Year’s celebrations in 2016. One town is trying a unique approach to the problem: sex ed classes for refugees. Along with our partners at Free Media, we went to the Southern German town of Neuburg an der Donau (which translates to Newcastle on the Danube). In this pretty little town of 30,000, the local social service agency for refugees has begun requiring recipients of aid who are male and under the age of 18 to take classes on sexual behavior.” (10/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/06/how-one-german-town-is-teaching-refugees-about-sex-flirting-with-local-women.html

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9) Amid threats from Russia and China, US military warns World War III “almost guaranteed”
Source: Florida Statesman

“Amidst reports that Russia has started preparing its citizens for a ‘nuclear war’ with the West, the U.S. army has now declared that World War III is ‘almost guaranteed’ — meanwhile Kim Jong Un sits on his throne in North Korea, anticipating the violence. According to reports from Moscow, a Russian defence ministry TV channel, Zvezda has been featuring a piece that said ‘Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.'” [editor’s note: Of course, it’s all the fault !THEM RUSSIANS! and !THEM CHINESE! — Nothing the US is doing or has ever done could POSSIBLY have been provocative or have caused genuine or sincere alarm on their part. American sh*t doesn’t stink, right? – TLK] (10/06/16)

http://www.floridastatesman.com/index.php/sid/248309945

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10) AZ: “Clown Lives Matter” march scheduled in Tucson
Source: Raw Story

“Following multiple creepy clown sightings across the nation, organizers in Tucson, Arizona, are planning a ‘Clowns Lives Matter’ march. The event gives attendees the opportunity to dress up and wear clown makeup and masks in order to show that not all clowns are violent. More than 100 clowns are expected to show up to the gathering. A flyer for the march read, ‘this is a peaceful way to show clowns are not psycho killers. We want the public to feel safe, and not be afraid. So come out, bring the family, meet a clown and get a hug!’ Clowns are typically affiliated with bringing joy and laughter into people’s lives, but the recent trends of everyday citizens dressing up in the familiar makeup and costume only to disturb the peace could hurt the profession.” [editor’s note: WTF? I was thinking of my Hallowe’en costume, but now have second thoughts – SAT] (10/06/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/clown-lives-matter-march-scheduled-in-tucson-after-nationwide-creepy-clown-attacks-and-sightings

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11) Fox fight: Sean Hannity calls Megyn Kelly “a Clinton supporter”
Source: USA Today

“This election has sparked some heated exchanges between family, friends and co-workers — and now between Fox News hosts. Conservative pundit Sean Hannity leveled what he might consider the worst insult imaginable at anchor Megyn Kelly in a tweet Wednesday night, saying she ‘clearly’ supports Hillary Clinton. The tweet was apparently in response to Kelly’s comments earlier in the evening on The Kelly File when she accused both presidential candidates of avoiding tough interviews. ‘They’re both in their own version of a presidential protection program,’ Kelly said. She said Clinton makes sure ‘she is not in a place where she feels uncomfortable or anything unexpected could come at her, which is why she sat for a half an hour with Mary J. Blige, the singer, which is why she did Entertainment Tonight this evening.'” (10/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/06/fox-fight-sean-hannity-calls-megyn-kelly-clinton-supporter/91649830

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12) Fed bars HSBC exec after fraud indictment
Source: Bloomberg

“An HSBC Holdings Plc. executive and a former employee have been barred from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve as they face U.S. criminal charges that they committed fraud in conducting foreign-exchange trades. The Fed’s move follows the August indictments of Mark Johnson, who was HSBC’s head of foreign exchange cash trading, and Stuart Scott, the bank’s former head of currency trading in Europe. The men, both British citizens, are accused of using insider knowledge to front-run a $3.5 billion currency deal in 2011 that made the bank $8 million in profits.” (10/06/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-06/hsbc-executive-barred-by-fed-after-indictment-over-forex-fraud

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13) Ghana says it wants to remove Gandhi statue from campus
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Ghana has expressed its intention to remove a statue of Indian independence leader Mohandas Gandhi from a university in the capital, citing a controversy over what critics call his ‘racist identity.’ But the government made clear the move would be for the statue’s safety, telling the critics that ‘we must remember that people evolve.’ Professors at the University of Ghana launched a petition last month calling for the removal of the statue, which was unveiled by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in June. Ghana’s foreign affairs ministry said the government ‘would … want to relocate the statue from the University of Ghana to ensure its safety.’ Obadele Kambon, one of the petition’s organizers, said Thursday there was no confirmation the statue would be removed.” [editor’s note: Send it here; I have room in the yard – SAT] (10/06/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Ghana-says-it-wants-to-remove-Gandhi-statue-from-9877799.php

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14) France: UKIP leadership favorite Woolfe “feeling brighter” after being “punched by colleague”
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“The favourite to become the next Ukip leader has collapsed outside the European Parliament amid reports he was punched by a colleague. Ukip said that Steven Woolfe collapsed outside the European Parliament following a ‘clear the air’ meeting with colleagues this morning. … Ukip MEP Roger Helmer was also at the initial meeting, where he said there was ‘a lively exchange of views.'” (10/06/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/06/ukip-leadership-favourite-steven-woolfe–in-serious-condition-af/

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15) TN: Memphis decriminalizes marijuana; step forward to nullify prohibition in effect
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“On Tuesday, the Memphis City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana within the city limits, a step toward effectively nullifying prohibition in practice. Under the new ordinance, Memphis police will have the option of reducing the penalty for people in possession of a half-ounce of marijuana or less to a $50 fine or 10 hours of community service. The council narrowly passed the measure 7-6. Late last month, the Nashville Metro Council approved a similar measure 35-3.” (10/06/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/memphis-decriminalizes-marijuana-step-forward-to-nullify-prohibition-in-effect/

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16) Obama’s approval rating reaches new high
Source: Politico

“President Barack Obama’s job approval rating hit 55 percent in a new poll released Thursday, the highest that number has been at any point during his second term in office. The CNN/ORC poll released Thursday marks the seventh consecutive month that Obama’s job approval numbers have been above 50 percent. His job approval number is up 4 percentage points over the previous CNN/ORC poll and is up 11 points relative to a similar CNN/ORC poll conducted in mid-September, 2015. In addition to being the high-water mark for his second term, the president’s 55 percent approval rating also matches the highest levels he has hit since his first year in the White House.” (10/06/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/obama-approval-229224

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17) TalkTalk Telecom ordered to pay record £400,000 fine over 2015 data breach
Source: The Hacker News

“TalkTalk, one of the biggest UK-based Telecoms company with 4 million customers, has been issued with a record £400,000 ($510,000) fine for failings to implement the most basic security measures to prevent the hack that made global headlines last year. The penalty has been imposed by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the high-profile cyber attack occurred in the company last October, which allowed hackers to steal the personal data of its 156,959 customers ‘with ease.'” (10/05/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/talktalk-data-breach.html

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18) UK: Regime plan to make companies list foreign workers faces backlash
Source: Bloomberg

“U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd defended a series of policy proposals aimed at cutting the number of foreign workers at British companies after she was accused of stoking racism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Under the plans announced at the Conservative Party conference, companies would have to list the non-U.K. nationals who work for them. Banks and landlords would also face sanctions if they fail to make checks on foreigners doing business with them. … Lawmakers for the opposition Labour Party joined business leaders in criticizing Rudd over the plans, which she said are part of a review aimed at helping companies train local staff to reduce the dependence on workers from outside Britain.” (10/05/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/u-k-plan-to-make-companies-list-foreign-workers-faces-backlash

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19) TX: State employees kill prisoner
Source: ABC News

“An East Texas man who pleaded guilty to killing a neighbor couple during a shooting rampage 13 years ago and said he wanted to be put to death for the crime was executed Wednesday evening. Barney Fuller Jr., 58, had asked that all his appeals be dropped to expedite his death sentence.” (10/05/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/texas-man-killed-neighbors-execution-proceed-42577380

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20) Syria: Islamic State bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria’s border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device. A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said a suicide car bombing had targeted a rebel convoy.” (10/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37572169

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

21) Don’t be ashamed to vote third party
Source: Independent Vote
by Jay Stooksberry

“Media pundits and prominent publications are putting the full court press on third-party candidates. It is no coincidence that Hillary Clinton’s efforts to attract millennial voters coincides with the pervasive media attack on Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. In The New York Times, Charles M. Blow (concerned about the ‘folly of the protest vote,’ writes, ‘There is a simple truth here: Either Clinton or Trump will be the next president of the United States. Not Jill Stein. Not Gary Johnson. Clinton or Trump.’ Again, in the NYT, Paul Krugman doubles-down on this false dichotomy: ‘But don’t vote for a minor-party candidate to make a statement. Nobody cares.’ Krugman’s elitist, anti-third party rant closes, ‘Your vote matters, and you should act accordingly — which means thinking seriously about what you want to see happen to America.’ But it’s not just the pundits who are scorning voters for thinking outside of the two-party box.” (10/06/16)

http://ivn.us/2016/09/26/dont-ashamed-vote-third-party

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22) Economic liberty and the Slaughterhouse Cases
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“Are economic rights and liberties among the ‘privileges or immunities’ of citizenship protected by the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment? That was the simple question before the Supreme Court in the Slaughterhouse Cases, the opinion which is today almost uniformly denounced in the legal academy. Scholars of all political and interpretive commitments have come to reject Slaughterhouse as among the Court’s great mistakes; libertarian originalists have notably and forcefully agreed, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment enshrined a libertarian theory of natural rights.” (10/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/economic-liberty-slaughterhouse-cases/

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23) Obama administration is illegally diverting billions to insurance companies
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“Generally speaking, the reinsurance program taxes consumers in non-Obamacare plans to subsidize insurers who sell Obamacare plans. The program collects $25 billion from consumers, with $20 billion going to Obamacare-participating insurers and $5 billion to the federal treasury. The law is specific: the amount that each health insurance issuer pays toward the $5 billion designated for the U.S. Treasury ‘may not be used for the [reinsurance] program.’ But once insurance companies participating in Obamacare’s Exchanges started suffering huge losses and heading for the exits, the administration began funneling them the money that was supposed to go to the Treasury. The administration has so far diverted $3 billion — and counting.” (10/06/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obama-administration-illegally-diverting-billions-insurance-companies

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24) Do we need more antitrust?
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Do we need more antitrust enforcement? The Economist presents a number of interesting research papers. Among the most striking insights, the authors find that income inequality is ‘explained by a growing dispersion in average wages paid by firms,’ as opposed to increasing inequality within businesses (‘where managers are well paid, so are janitors’). This, it would appear, is mainly due to the lack of competition among corporations, which would necessitate an aggressive bout of trust-busting. For The Economist, this divergence between private business profits could be explained by some companies acquiring more ‘market power’ than others. Other explanations (including growth of red tape negatively affecting a big chunk of the private sector and creating innumerable opportunities for rent-seeking and gaming the system) are airily dismissed.” (10/06/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/10/do_we_need_more.html

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25) A prison strike organizer suffers retaliation for speaking with journalists
Source: The Intercept
by Alice Speri

“A prisoner at Ohio State Penitentiary says he is facing disciplinary action for participating in an NPR interview about the nationwide prison strike that started on September 9. Nearly a month after inmates embarked on the largest prison strike in the country’s history, the media and the public continue to know little about where and how the action played out, and even less about officials’ retaliation against striking prisoners. As The Intercept has reported, that’s no coincidence. Prison officials regularly go to great lengths to control the information leaving their institutions, and this strike has proven no exception, despite gradually developing media interest in the protest.” (10/06/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/06/a-prison-strike-organizer-suffers-retaliation-for-speaking-with-journalists/

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26) So to Speak Podcast, 10/06/16
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“The strange and terrific saga of Flying Dog Brewery.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/16)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-strange-and-terrific-saga-of-flying-dog-brewery/

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27) How Big Pharma’s shadow regulation censors the Internet
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“A hallmark of Shadow Regulation is that government is also often quietly involved behind the scenes, and so it is here. The formation of the [Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies] was announced at a White House-hosted industry event on October 14, 2010, following months of talks between the administration and the CSIP’s founding industry members. Similarly, LegitScript is led by the former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and subsists on lucrative contracts from government as well as from private industry. With this framework in place, the ‘voluntary’ adoption by Internet intermediaries of measures that primarily benefit the pharmaceutical industry suddenly becomes very easily explicable.” (10/06/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/how-big-pharmas-shadow-regulation-censors-internet

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28) What’s Millennial support for Jill Stein and Gary Johnson all about?
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“On the afternoon of the opening session of this summer’s Democratic Convention, I was walking into the convention arena while hundreds of young demonstrators, many carrying signs backing Green Party candidate Jill Stein, shouted and occasionally hurled invectives at those entering the hall — an odd tactic, I thought, since more than 40 percent of the delegates entering the building were Bernie Sanders’s. The friend I was walking in with (a Latino legislator from California) cast a cold eye on the demonstrators and noted, ‘They’re all white.’ Two months have passed since that convention, and Hillary Clinton is still having trouble winning the allegiance of the young, a disproportionate number of whom are backing either Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson. But my friend’s take on the demonstrators is still an apt description of the millennials holding out for the third-party candidates: They’re all white.” [editor’s note: Gonna play the race card? Bad move – SAT] (10/06/16)

http://prospect.org/article/what%E2%80%99s-millennials%E2%80%99-support-jill-stein-and-gary-johnson-all-about

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29) As Iceland goes, so goes the world?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“During the 2008 market meltdown, Iceland imposed capital controls on foreign investors in ‘offshore Krona funds’ (Krona is Iceland’s currency). Now Iceland’s government has announced it is lifting the controls. So lovers of liberty should rejoice that Iceland has seen the light, abandoned capital controls, and embraced free-markets, right? Well not so much … Instead of simply lifting the controls, Krona fund investors can only escape the controls if they ‘agree’ to a departure tax. The tax could equal as much of 58% of the investors’ holdings!” (10/06/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/iceland-goes-goes-world

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30) When “religious freedom” leaves children dead
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“Jessica Crank had a swollen shoulder. Not just swollen: In May 2002, when the teenager’s mother, Jacqueline, finally took her to a walk-in clinic in Lenoir City, Tennessee, the nurse practitioner found signs of bone disintegration and ‘other indications of a serious medical condition’ on the x-ray. She called the University of Tennessee emergency room and had them prepare for Jessica’s arrival and urgent treatment. But Jessica never made it to the E.R., just as she and her mother didn’t show up at the hospital when a chiropractor had urged them to seek medical care earlier in February. Instead, as Jaqueline Crank later testified in court, she chose to turn to ‘Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior, my Healer, Defender, for [Jessica’s] healing.'” (10/06/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/child-abuse-religious-exemptions-tennessee/503063/

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31) The age of decline, apple pie, and America’s chosen suicide bomber
Source: Tom Dispatch
by Tom Engelhardt

“In a world where so many things deserve our attention and don’t get it, rest assured that this is not about Donald Trump. It really isn’t. In terms of any presidential candidate from George Washington to Barack Obama, Trump is little short of a freak of nature. There’s really no one to compare him to (other, perhaps, than George Wallace). Sometimes his pitch about America — and a return to greatness — has a faintly Reaganesque quality (but without any of Ronald Reagan’s sunniness or charm). Otherwise, I dare you to make such a comparison. Still, don’t be fooled. As a phenomenon, Donald Trump couldn’t be more American — as American, in fact, as a piece of McDonald’s baked apple pie. What could be more American, after all, than his two major roles: salesman (or pitchman) and con artist? From P.T. Barnum to Willy Loman, selling has long been an iconic American way to go.” (10/06/16)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176195/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_this_is_not_about_donald_trump

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32) The untapped power of the other one percent
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Ralph Nader’s new book, a slender volume called Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think, is really two brief books, or perhaps two long essays. The first is a lament about the ways that private interests monopolize American society and destroy the common good. The second speaks to his title: exploring the ways in which we can overcome such interests. The ways that corporations use their elected stooges to channel public goods for their own gain are legion. Nader runs though some of the most offensive. He is especially upset that publicly-owned airwaves have been nearly lost as a tool for pushing back against reigning ideologies. For example, when Ronald Reagan rescinded the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, he unleashed a floodgate of profit-motivated content. That doctrine, usually more an ideal than an enforced policy, required broadcasters to provide at least two viewpoints on issues relevant to the community.” (10/06/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19513/the-untapped-power-of-the-other-one-percent

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33) Why I am having nightmares about the coming election
Source: The American Conservative
by David Franke

“I have often wondered what it must have been like to be a citizen of the European continent in the 1930s. Sure, you could still vote in elections. But increasingly, Europeans had to choose between voting for fascists like Hitler and voting for communists like Stalin. It was a nightmarish choice. Let me be clear. I am not saying that Donald Trump is a new Hitler or Hillary Clinton is a new Stalin. At least, for America’s sake, I hope they aren’t. (Only time will tell.) But certain characteristics of both major-party candidates this year are ominously un-American, reflecting more 1930s Europe than the America we want to remember.” (10/06/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-i-am-having-nightmares-about-the-coming-election/

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34) “Let’s convict him and get it over with”: The framing of Lanny Smith
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“James Swogger was a terrified 25-year-old awaiting trial on a charge of sexual misconduct with a child when he contacted Detective Victor Rodriguez of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office with an offer to testify against a former cellmate, Idaho Falls resident Lanny Smith. Rodriguez headed the investigation into the murder of Leo and Mary Downard, an elderly couple who lived next door to Lanny, a mentally handicapped 24-year-old man with no prior criminal record or known penchant for violence. Swogger had been arrested before on relatively minor charges, but he now faced the prospect of a lengthy prison term. In his cell at Burley’s Mini-Cassia Jail, Swogger told Rodriguez and Bonneville County Prosecutor Tom Moss that in exchange for ‘considerations,’ he was willing to testify that Lanny Smith had confessed to the murders, thereby supplying the prosecution with a piece of evidence it otherwise couldn’t find.” (10/05/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/10/lets-convict-him-and-get-it-over-with.html

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35) Let’s help the south, but not the slaveowners!
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“British Imperial policy was often foolish and counterproductive, but the government was even then somewhat democratic and accountable to the people, They would have seen through the lies and recognized the obvious: the British, by supporting Southern independence, would be supporting slavery. And because of that, no matter how ruthless and unconscionable Lincoln’s butchery may be, it was against British interests to intervene. Compare Britain’s non-action in the Civil War to U.S. actions in Syria. Our ‘leaders’ say ‘Assad must go’ because he’s a ruthless dictator who kills his own people (even though that’s what happens in all civil wars). They say they want no-fly zones to give aid to the innocent victims. They say they arm and train Syrian moderates in Syria to overthrow Assad,even though the bulk of rebel strength comes from ISIS and forces associated with Al Qaeda. That is, our leaders claim there are moderates suicidal enough to commit ‘treason’ against both Assad and ISIS! What they don’t say is that those moderates don’t actually exist.” (10/06/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/lets-help-south-but-not-slaveowners.html

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36) Democratic Party will never have a “Trumpism of the Left”
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Everyone laughed when Kim Kardashian announced her presidential campaign. It was the summer of 2019 and President Hillary Clinton was in trouble. The economy was in a tailspin. The Syrian invasion had turned into a quagmire, with 200,000 troops caught in the middle of a civil war with no exit strategy. And the Republican-dominated Congress was holding around-the-clock hearings, largely made up of live readings of Clinton’s voluminous email correspondence with Sidney Blumenthal, in the hopes of hitting some scandal that could plausibly justify impeachment. Given these problems, Clinton had been expecting a primary challenge in her re-election bid, but was shocked when it came from the reality-TV celebrity rather than senators Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. But with her bevy of famous pals and an ability to dominate free media, Kardashian quickly won over the Democratic Party with a radical populist message of nationalizing all social media companies and redistributing their profits as citizen bonuses.” (10/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137515/democratic-party-will-never-trumpism-left

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37) A scandal that reveals more than it says: Yahoo scanned all users’ mail for the government
Source: CounterPunch
by Alfredo Lopez

“If you are one of the approximately 280 million people with Yahoo email accounts, your email was scanned for content and possibly turned over to the U.S. government. Yahoo, on Tuesday, admitted that fact. … As shocking as this revelation is, the reaction of other Internet companies has been gallingly disengenuous.” (10/06/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/06/87357/

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38) Brainstorm: Isn’t it time we designed an election for the 21st century?
Source: OpEdNews
by Marta Steele

“The audience in the nearly full auditorium at Present Tense, a division of the downtown DC think tank New America (not PNAC, don’t worry!) didn’t have to wait long to receive an answer to the question posed by the title of this event. No sooner had every attendee ‘voted’ during the brief ‘happy fifteen minutes’ than some antique newsreels entertained us and Andre’s Martinez, director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Fellows Program at the New America Foundation, took the stage to comment on how old our ways of voting are. This is no surprise. An ad hoc commission formed by President Obama warned of the antiquated systems to which we would once again entrust our future this November. But they were talking about the actual machinery, not the methods. Do we need more sameoldsameolds but in better shape?” (10/06/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Brainstorm-Isn-t-It-Time-by-Marta-Steele-Election-Integrity_Election-Reform_Election-Rigging_Election-Technology-Reports-161006-11.html

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39) Trump denial is GOP path forward
Source: USA Today
by Jason Sattler

“Donald Trump Denial has become as common in the Republican Party as its more famous and slightly sweatier cousin, Climate Change Denial. We’ve now seen some of the hottest denial on record from Mike Pence. Pence has spent the last few decades proving that he will almost literally defend anything. Up until 2000, he said ‘smoking doesn’t kill.’ In 2002, he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that condoms are ‘very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases.’ In 2004, he went to the floor of the House of Representatives to declare that despite the media’s attempt to ‘minimize’ the news, ‘weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.’ But he was referring to two old munitions containing sarin and mustard gas and dating from before 1991. Stockpiles of weapons suggesting that Iraq had restarted its WMD program, the reason the Bush Administration said we went to war, were never found.” [editor’s note: And of course we must all keep in mind that while Pence’s “liar quotient” is two out of three, Tim Kaine only lied every third time he opened his mouth – SAT] (10/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/05/mike-pence-donald-trump-denial-debate-jason-sattler/91607560

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40) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 77
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we had Dianna Keiler, of the Freedom Feens, and Jonathan Alexander, of the RadicaLogic Podcast, sitting in the vacant Danilo chair. Herein we discuss Operation Tubman Redux, ways to make yourself freer now, Edward Snowden, angry anarchists, how Dave almost saw a movie, Ben Stone’s book, the difference between civil disobedience and non-compliance, avoiding extortion, how you can’t be an agorist with agoraphobia, and more!” [various formats] (10/06/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-77-daves-not-here-man-even-when-he-is/

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41) The Bank of England abandons cryptocurrencies — for now
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Pickering

“The Bank of England recently announced that it will not be pursuing plans to introduce its own Bitcoin-style cryptocurrency in the near future. Speaking at the CREST Twentieth Anniversary Conference on 20th September, the BoE’s executive director for banking, payments, and financial resilience, Andrew Hauser, confirmed that ‘there is no likelihood of such an extreme revolution occurring any time soon.’ The announcement was prompted by speculation following a recent consultation paper published by the Bank, which suggested that Bank stakeholders had agreed that the creation of such a cryptocurrency would be the ‘blueprint for the next generation of real time gross settlement systems (RTGS).'” (10/06/16)

https://mises.org/blog/bank-england-abandons-cryptocurrencies-%E2%80%94-now

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42) How insidious the plot?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The story of the Wisconsin John Doe raids against conservatives, covered yesterday and the day before, is a big one. Huge. So I now continue. The rest of the story? Recently, materials that police seized from the subjects of those dawn raids were leaked, illegally, to the Guardian newspaper — in direct violation of a court order. Yet more lawlessness. Who leaked this information? Well, it was in the possession of the Milwaukee County prosecutors, and they haven’t alleged a Russian hack.” (10/06/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/06/how-insidious-the-plot/

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43) Federal government feeds charter school beast despite auditor’s warnings
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Politicians always promise they will rid government of ‘waste, fraud, and abuse,’ so let’s hope at least one political leader or policymaker will denounce our federal government’s new gift of nearly a quarter-billion dollars to charter schools. The cash dump to charters, courtesy of taxpayers, is from the U.S. Department of Education. As Education Week reports, the money is going to eight states and 15 charter school networks from the Charter Schools Program, a federal government operation that doles out millions every year to start new charter schools. This money is the latest installment of an over $3 billion gravy train the federal government has funded to help launch over 2,500 charter schools across the nation. Regardless of how you feel about these schools, you should be concerned about how this new government outlay to charters will be used, based on the extensive track record of financial malfeasance in these schools.” (10/06/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161006/federal-government-feeds-charter-school-beast-despite-auditors-warnings

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44) The humanitarian excuse for intervention
Source: Antiwar.com
by Conn Hallinan

“While the mainstream media focuses on losers and winners in the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a largely unreported debate is going on over the future course of U.S. diplomacy. Its outcome will have a profound effect on how Washington projects power — both diplomatic and military — in the coming decade. The United States is currently engaged in active wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. It has deployed troops on the Russian border, played push–and-shove with China in Asia, and greatly extended its military footprint on the African continent. It would not be an exaggeration to say — as former US Secretary of Defense William Perry has recently done — that the world is a more dangerous place today than it was during darkest times of the Cold War.” (10/06/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/hallinan/2016/10/05/humanitarian-excuse-intervention/

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45) The left-libertarian balancing act
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Tommy Raskin

“The non-aggression principle forbids assaults on the bodies and property of nonviolent people. Along with the Lockean theory of homesteading, this principle lies at the heart of contemporary libertarian doctrine. Although they promote the non-aggression principle, left-libertarians argue that interpersonal aggression is not the only impediment to liberty.” (10/06/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46498

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46) US jobless claims near four-decade low ahead of payrolls data
Source: Bloomberg

“Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to the second-lowest level since 1973, as employers show scant willingness to fire workers amid a tightening labor market. Jobless claims dropped by 5,000 to 249,000 in the week ended Oct. 1, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 256,000. Continuing claims declined to the lowest level since 2000. Filings were just a hair above the four-decade low of 248,000 from April, a sign of minimal layoffs ahead of Friday’s monthly employment report.” (10/06/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-06/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decline-to-near-lowest-level-since-1973

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47) Weld’s high-minded politics
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“A couple of weeks ago I saw Bob Woodward on TV, all a-twitter about how the Libertarian ticket should drop out of the race immediately and back Clinton for the presidency. I thought this was one of the most ridiculous displays of establishmentarianism I’d ever seen. It was as if one of the elite parties were a magnet to which all worthless metal filings must be drawn. But now, if reports are true, LP vice-presidential candidate William Weld is following Woodward’s advice. Although the former Republican governor of Massachusetts swore to be a Libertarian for life, he’s now saying that, uh, er, he guesses he won’t ‘drop them’ (emphasis added) until the campaign is over, while suggesting that as far as he’s concerned it’s over now.” (10/05/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1612

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48) Consumer-driven health plans reduce health spending one-eighth
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“The Health Care Cost Institute has released its analysis of claims data for the years 2010 through 2014, comparing consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs, which HCCI defines as High-Deductible Health Plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts or Health Reimbursement Arrangements). HCCI examines a database of claims submitted by Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealthcare for their employer-sponsored group plans. CDHPs shift payment from third-party bureaucracies (that is, insurers) back to patients directly. The results continue to impress …” (10/05/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/10/05/consumer-driven-health-plans-reduce-health-spending-one-eighth/

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49) Heartland Daily Podcast, 10/05/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, research fellow and managing editor Jesse Hathaway talks with Sheila Weinberg, the founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting (TIA), about a new annual report published by the watchdog group tracking and ranking the financial outlook of all 50 states.” [various formats] (10/05/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/heartland-daily-podcast-sheila-weinberg-tracking-and-ranking-the-financial-outlook-of-all-50-states/

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50) Immigration authoritarianism
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“The day after one of Donald Trump’s campaign speeches about cracking down on illegal immigration, National Review columnist Jay Nordlinger, a lifelong conservative who ‘ceased being a Republican’ the moment Trump sewed up the GOP nomination, lamented via Twitter that ‘people you could never have guessed would be gullible — are. Falling for cons. Re immigration, for example.’ But many of the #NeverTrump conservatives currently agonizing over the future of their party are deluding themselves over its past: Republicans have been falling for immigration cons — and perpetrating many of their own — since long before the real estate outsider vaulted to the front of the GOP presidential field by accusing Mexico of ‘sending’ to the U.S. ‘people that have lots of problems,’ including the problem of being ‘rapists.’ Years after Trump exits the political stage, conservatism’s leading lights will need to take a long, hard look at how they deliberately embraced a fact-untethered anti-immigration populism, thereby enabling some of the most authoritarian central planning this side of, well, Hillary Clinton.” (for publication 11/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/06/immigration-authoritarianism

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51) The Atlantic’s Keynesian attack on Gary Johnson
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If you want to get a good idea of the damage that is done to students who take economics courses in most colleges and universities, just take a look at a The Atlantic’s October 3 attack on Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, entitled, ‘No, Not Gary Johnson: The Libertarian Candidate Puts a Likable Face on a Deeply Troubling Economic Policy’ by Derek Thomas, a young man who graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism, political science, and legal studies. Lamenting the fact that so many of his fellow millennials are supporting Johnson, Thomas provides a perfect summation of the Keynesian economic nonsense that students, including those who don’t major in economics, are taught in college.” (10/06/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/06/atlantics-keynesian-attack-gary-johnson/

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52) Nice work, millennials: Your word is garbage
Source: Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“If Facebook news feeds are to be believed — and they’re generally not — President Obama has done ‘something’ that offers people with student loans three years of payment deferment, although the loan can also be forgiven entirely. I don’t know the details, and I’m not going to pretend to. Recently, I wrote about how students who attended ITT Tech were organizing a campaign to refuse to pay their student loans, because they claimed that their degrees were suddenly worthless and that this, presumably, was the fault of the loaner.” (10/06/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/10/06/nice-work-millennials-your-word-is-garbage/

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53) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/05/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“It’s a felony for anyone (including government officials) to sell or facilitate the sale of arms to groups classified as terrorist organizations. In short, the State Department and Hillary Clinton specifically sold guns to Qatar through Mr. Turi with the intention of sending those weapons to terrorist groups fighting Gadaffi in Libya. Once word got out about what Hillary and the State Department had done, they immediately went after Mr. Turi, charging him with four felonies. Turi fought the charges and yesterday the Department of Justice dropped all charges against Mr. Turi rather than take him to court and expose what he knows about the scandal. It’s another case of Hillary avoiding the day of reckoning we all hope she’ll see.” [various formats] (10/05/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/hillary-clinton-avoids-another-major-scandal/

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/06/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Randy, and Michael discuss Tom Clancy books and TV shows; how price gouging is not a bad thing, but a public service; Spain goes 2/3 of a year without a national government, and The Onion nails perceptions of the Constitution.” [various formats] (10/06/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12814

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/05/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Captain Edge? :: Redskins Lose Trademark :: World So-Called Leaders :: Magnificent Seven Libertarian? :: Violence and Business :: Google Aggressive? :: Ricky Obsessed with Ralph :: So-Called Libertarian Bill Weld :: Watered Down Libertarians :: Building Coalitions :: Trump and Taxes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/05/16)

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