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Monday, October 9th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Iran: Revolutionary Guard Corps commander reminds Trump that sanctions can run in both directions
2) IN: Pence stomps on his own crank in public with moronic propaganda stunt at NFL game
3) VA: Spencer brings part of his army of petulant, butthurt, tiki-torch-bearing snowflakes back to Charlottesville
4) Corker: White House is an “adult daycare center”
5) Trump hints that fate of “Dreamers” is hostage to funding for Berlin … er, border … wall
6) CA: “Targeted attack” injures Uber driver, two men
7) Catalonia: Hundreds of thousands rally against independence
8) Gaza: Israeli forces destroy Hamas post after rocket attack that didn’t happen after all
9) Report: Terror kingpin Prince considering Wyoming Senate bid
10) Syria: Rebels enter Idlib as Turks gear up for “risky” mission
11) North Korea: Kim reportedly promotes sister to politburo
12) Madagascar: WHO brings in antibiotics to fight plague outbreak
13) ICE to California: “No choice” but to abduct immigrants
14) World Anti-Doping Agency will allow athletes to use CBD
15) Staff shortages [sic] under Trump slow policy changes
16) Poland: Catholics hold controversial prayer day on borders
17) Russia: Rallies in 80 cities protest President Vladimir Putin on his 65th birthday
18) Nevada: Trial of Cliven Bundy postponed after Las Vegas massacre
19) PA: Racially charged letter targeting staffer sent to day care center
20) Democrats giving money donated by Harvey Weinstein to charities

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Yes, the Bubbas can beat Uncle Sam
22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 1 (part 2)
23) Take a knee. Take a seat. Take a chill pill.
24) Charlottesville and the perils of collectivism
25) Before agreeing to gun control, remember Chile
26) Please stop with the conspiracy theories surrounding the Las Vegas shooting
27) Battle of the plutocrats
28) Exposing a shoddy sarin attack narrative
29) How hate speech can harm your brain
30) Almost everyone misunderstands rational choice theory
31) The surge in optimism nobody wants to talk about
32) Revisiting Star Trek’s most political episode
33) More thoughts on the Las Vegas massacre, part 3
34) Courts spank climate alarmists twice
35) Steve Bannon, unleashed
36) Come, you masters of war
37) Criminalizing “lying” will only lead to censorship
38) Does action on behalf of another tend toward abuse?
39) On the Difference between Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and Increasing Central Planning
40) Interview: The art of disobedience
41) Overcoming confirmation bias on guns
42) Taking out the trash
43) Religious liberty in employment marches forward across the Atlantic
44) The worst gun control arguments
45) The core of the classical liberal tradition: Adam Smith’s concept of justice

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Free Talk Live, 10/07/17
47) The LAVA Spurt, episode 51
48) The Anarchist Experience, episode 133
49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 102
50) Anarcho Agenda, episode 39
51) Felony Friday, episode 92
52) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 208
53) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 19

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

1) Iran: Revolutionary Guard Corps commander reminds Trump that sanctions can run in both directions
Source: Siasat Daily [India]

“Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has warned the United States against blacklisting their force, saying that Tehran would treat US troops like Daesh terrorists. Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari’s warning came after the White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new measures against Iran, including the prospect of additional targeted sanctions, support for terrorism, cyber operations and the designation of the IRGC as a ‘terrorist organization.’ ‘If America’s new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move its regional bases outside the 2,000 km radius of the Iranian missiles’ range,’ Press TV quoted Jafari as saying.” (10/08/17)

https://www.siasat.com/news/will-treat-us-troops-daesh-blacklisted-irans-irgc-1240335/

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2) IN: Pence stomps on his own crank in public with moronic propaganda stunt at NFL game
Source: CNN

“Vice President Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to ‘dignify’ the event. ‘I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,’ Pence wrote on Twitter. The vice president went on to issue a full statement opposing the protest.” [editor’s note: As if he didn’t know that there were going to be kneeling players when he bought the tickets – TLK] (10/08/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/08/politics/vice-president-mike-pence-nfl-protest/index.html

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3) VA: Spencer brings part of his army of petulant, butthurt, tiki-torch-bearing snowflakes back to Charlottesville
Source: Newsweek

“Less than two months have passed since a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, collapsed into violence, leading to the death of activist Heather Heyer. But Richard Spencer — one of the key promoters of the doomed event, wasn’t prepared to live it down. According to local news reports, and social media posts, Spencer assembled a group of white nationalist protesters at Emancipation Park, the home of the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee Saturday night. Once again, the men held tiki torches up in the college town, protesting the city’s planned removal of the Lee statue — scheduled for the better part of a year now. Once again, the men chanted, ‘You — will not — replace us.’ (It was clear from footage of the August rally that many of the protesters were also chanting ‘Jews — will not — replace us’ but it is unclear from these reports whether or not those words were used again.)” (10/08/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/neo-nazi-cowards-return-charlottesville-torches-stage-white-nationalist-680196

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4) Corker: White House is an “adult daycare center”
Source: Bloomberg

“Senator Bob Corker called the White House an ‘adult day care center’ after President Donald Trump called his fellow Republican a coward for not seeking a third term. Trump lit up the Tennessee lawmaker in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying Corker had ‘begged’ him for an endorsement before deciding to retire from the Senate. The attack followed a few days after Corker noted ‘chaos’ in Trump’s White House.” (10/08/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-08/trump-says-tennessee-s-corker-didn-t-have-the-guts-to-run

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5) Trump hints that fate of “Dreamers” is hostage to funding for Berlin … er, border … wall
Source: The Hill

“President Trump is seeking more funds from Congress to finance building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as more resources to hire thousands more immigration officers, according to a document obtained by The Hill. … The administration hopes that the proposed deal will guide discussions with Congress to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program that protected nearly 800,000 ‘Dreamers’ from deportation and also allowed them to secure work permits.” [editor’s note: The idea of “work permits” in America is obscene in and of itself – TLK] (10/09/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/354481-trump-sends-congress-hardline-immigration-plan

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6) CA: “Targeted attack” injures Uber driver, two men
Source: NBC 4 News

“An Uber driver and two men were injured early Sunday in a ‘targeted’ freeway shooting that temporarily blocked all southbound lanes of Interstate 880 in Oakland, according to the CHP. … Before the shooting, a group of partygoers hopped into an Uber and started traveling southbound along Interstate 880, according to the CHP. As the group approached the area of 23rd Avenue, someone from another vehicle opened fire in what CHP officials said was a ‘targeted attack.'” (10/09/17)

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Police-Activity-Blocks-Lanes-Interstate-880-Oakland-CHP-449975063.html

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7) Catalonia: Hundreds of thousands rally against independence
Source: New York Daily News

“Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to call for Spain’s unity and protest the results of a vote endorsing independence for the wealthy Catalonia region. Marchers, including some of the country’s most acclaimed artists and writers, waved Spanish and Catalan flags while carrying anti-secessionist banners that said ‘Together we are stronger.'” (10/09/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/thousands-rally-barcelona-bid-catalan-independence-article-1.3549821

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8) Gaza: Israeli forces destroy Hamas post after rocket attack that didn’t happen after all
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip failed to reach Israeli territory, the IDF said Sunday night, upending its earlier statement on the incident and confirming retaliatory Israeli artillery fire on a border post. According to the IDF, Israeli tanks destroyed a Hamas lookout post in the central Strip, near the border fence, some two hours after alert sirens blared in the Israeli communities adjacent to the Strip, warning of an impending rocket. Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, said in a statement that contrary to earlier reports, the projectile did not land in Israel.” (10/09/17)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/backtracking-idf-says-rocket-from-gaza-failed-to-hit-israel/

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9) Report: Terror kingpin Prince considering Wyoming Senate bid
Source: Washington Post

“Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL and founder of the Blackwater security contractor, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming after being encouraged to enter politics by Stephen K. Bannon, president Trump’s former chief strategist, according to a report in the New York Times. Prince’s candidacy would continue an insurgency bubbling up in the GOP in the wake of Trump’s election. The Times reported that Prince traveled to Wyoming over the weekend to explore how to establish residency there and that he is interested in taking on Sen. John Barrasso, who has held the seat for a decade, in the Republican primary. … Prince is best known as the founder of Blackwater, the contractor that won tens of millions of dollars in contracts after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. In an incident in 2007, the company’s guards were accused and later convicted of killing civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.” (10/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/08/erik-prince-the-blackwater-founder-is-considering-a-senate-run-in-wyoming-according-to-a-media-report/

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10) Syria: Rebels enter Idlib as Turks gear up for “risky” mission
Source: Yahoo! News

“Syrian rebels backed by Turkey are engaged in a ‘serious operation’ in the country’s Idlib province, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, part of a joint mission with Russia and Iran to monitor a ceasefire agreement and pacify a rebel stronghold in northwest Syria. … On Saturday, Free Syrian Army rebels, riding on the back of trucks with automatic weapons, crossed into Idlib via Turkey as troops received orders about where they will be deployed in Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported. Erdogan said Turkish troops haven’t yet crossed the border and the operation was carried out by the FSA rebels.” (10/08/17)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/syrian-rebels-enter-idlib-turkey-060006649.html

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11) North Korea: Kim reportedly promotes sister to politburo
Source: Fox News

“North Korean state media reported Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had promoted his sister, Kim Yo Jong, making her an alternate member of the country’s top decision-making body, the politburo. Kim’s appointment of his 28-year-old sibling was viewed as a move to further consolidate his power. … In other appointments Saturday, Kim promoted Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol — two of the three men behind Kim’s banned rocket program, Reuters reported. And North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho was named a full member of the politburo, Reuters reported.” (10/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/08/kim-jong-un-promotes-sister-to-north-koreas-ruling-politburo-reports-say.html

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12) Madagascar: WHO brings in antibiotics to fight plague outbreak
Source: United Press International

“The World Health Organization issued a warning about a worrisome outbreak of plague on the African island of Madagascar that has caused 200 infections and 33 deaths since September. The outbreak of plague is an annual occurrence in Madagascar, which normally reports about 400 cases per year, usually in the remote island highlands. What makes this outbreak different, according to the WHO, is that many of the infected live in more densely populated towns and the capital Antananarivo. Also, the infections reported are pneumatic [sic] plague, which is transmitted by air, making it much more difficult to control. … The WHO said it sent 1.2 million doses of antibiotics to the island to help treat the sick and contain the outbreak. The organization said there are enough antibiotics to treat 5,000 infected patients and 100,000 people who have been exposed.” [editor’s note: So far as I can tell, there’s no such thing as “pneumatic” plague. Presumably the disease in question is “pneumonic” plague – TLK] (10/07/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/07/WHO-acting-to-contain-Madagascar-plague-outbreak/9891507406347/

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13) ICE to California: “No choice” but to abduct immigrants
Source: Fox News

“The nation’s top Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official said Friday that his agency had ‘no choice’ but to [abduct] illegal immigrants [sic] in California’s neighborhoods and worksites despite newly signed sanctuary city legislation. Those [abducted] would also likely placed in out-of-state detention centers, ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement. Homan’s comments came a day after Gov. Jerry Brown D-Calif. signed bill SB54, or sanctuary state legislation.” (10/07/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/07/ice-to-california-no-choice-but-to-arrest-illegal-immigrants-despite-sanctuary-state-legislation.html

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14) World Anti-Doping Agency will allow athletes to use CBD
Source: Smell the Truth

“Athletes required to submit drug tests to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will soon be allowed to medicate with a specific type of cannabis. WADA recently announced the removal of cannabidiol (CBD) from its upcoming list of substances banned from competitive use, reports the Washington Post. ‘Cannabidiol is no longer prohibited,’ WADA said in a Sept. 29 statement, but also warning that ‘cannabidiol extracted from cannabis plants may also contain varying concentrations of THC, which remains a prohibited substance.’ CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in certain strains of marijuana, and can be used for several medical conditions. A group of former NFL players have called for the league to study CBD as an anti-inflammatory that could possibly heal and prevent brain injuries. UFC fighters Nate and Nick Diaz have also been outspoken supporters of CBD treatment.” (10/05/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/10/05/world-anti-doping-agency-will-allow-athletes-to-use-cbd

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15) Staff shortages [sic] under Trump slow policy changes
Source: Reuters

“Hundreds of government employees file in and out of the U.S. agency for auto safety in Washington every working day, investigating potentially dangerous vehicles and managing a $900 million annual budget. But an administrator is not among them; nobody has been nominated to the top job since President Donald Trump took office. Also missing from the roughly 550 people on the payroll of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, are a permanent chief counsel, director for government affairs, chief financial officer and enforcement chief. While a deputy administrator was appointed last week, slow progress in bringing in senior politically appointed officials has nearly frozen key decision-making at the agency, according to five former NHTSA officials, consumer groups, lawmakers and some business leaders.” [editor’s note: Pruning down the inflated bureaucracy might delay some deregulation, for how long is the question – SAT] (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-staff/help-wanted-staff-shortages-under-trump-slow-policy-changes-idUSKBN1CB1AL

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16) Poland: Catholics hold controversial prayer day on borders
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Tens of thousands have taken part in a controversial prayer day in Poland. Catholics were encouraged to go to designated points along the country’s borders for a mass rosary prayer for the salvation of Poland and the world. Church leaders say the event is purely religious, but there are concerns it could be seen as endorsing the state’s refusal to let in Muslim migrants. The feast day marks the anniversary of a Christian victory over Ottoman Turks at the sea battle of Lepanto in 1571. People were bussed in from more than 300 churches to points all along the border. They stood in lines, some on beaches on the Baltic Sea, some in fields and some in towns.” (10/07/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41538260

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17) Russia: Rallies in 80 cities protest President Vladimir Putin on his 65th birthday
Source: USA Today

“Protesters turned out Saturday in and around some 80 Russian cities to mark President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday by calling on him to resign and release opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Navalny, a Putin political nemesis who vows to run against him in March elections, was sentenced to 20 days behind bars for organizing unsanctioned rallies ahead of a protest in Nizhny Novgorod last week. The 41-year-old activist’s campaign also organized Saturday’s protests. Police allowed demonstrators in Moscow to rally near the Kremlin in an apparent desire to avoid marring Putin’s big day with a crackdown, the Associated Press reported.” (10/07/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/07/rallies-80-russian-cities-protest-president-vladimir-putin-his-65th-birthday/743050001

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18) Nevada: Trial of Cliven Bundy postponed after Las Vegas massacre
Source: Raw Story

“A federal judge in Nevada postponed the trial of rancher Cliven Bundy for his role in an armed standoff with U.S. government agents, after defense lawyers argued that the Las Vegas mass shooting could influence jurors, his attorney said on Friday. The case against Bundy stems from a 2014 revolt he is alleged to have led against federal authorities at his ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada, about 75 miles northeast of Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas granted the delay for Bundy and several co-defendants, including his sons, who are accused of conspiracy, assault and other charges, Bret Whipple told Reuters. Prosecutors allege Bundy, 71, and his followers blocked agents with the National Park Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in 2014 from carrying out a court order.” (10/07/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/nevada-trial-of-cliven-bundy-postponed-after-las-vegas-massacre

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19) PA: Racially charged letter targeting staffer sent to day care center
Source: Fox News

“Pennsylvania police launched an investigation after a racially charged letter was sent to a day center serving 130 children. The anonymous letter sent Tuesday targeted a black staff member at Bridge 2 Creative Learning Center in Whitehall. Angry staffers posted the letter on social media where it went viral, the Allentown Morning Call reported Friday. ‘It’s disturbing,’ Whitehall Police Chief Michael Marks told the paper. ‘This is not something you want to see in your community. This is something we as a police department are going take very seriously.’ … The letter says ‘some of us are planning to pull our kids’ because the black worker’s skin was ‘too dark.’ That staffer burst into tears after being told about the letter, Bridge 2’s owner Dominique McKelley told the paper.” [editor’s note: When people claim the South is still racist, I point to things like this in the Sacred North – SAT] (10/07/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/07/racially-charged-letter-targeting-staffer-sent-to-pennsylvania-day-care-center-police-say.html

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20) Democrats giving money donated by Harvey Weinstein to charities
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Congressional Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren among them, are starting to give charities thousands of dollars in donations they had received from disgraced Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein and his family have given more than $1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle, virtually all of it to Democratic lawmakers, candidates and their allies, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The party’s effort to separate itself from the 65-year-old film executive came after The New York Times reported that he settled sexual harassment lawsuits with at least eight women.” (10/06/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Dems-give-to-charity-to-distance-themselves-from-12258904.php

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

21) Yes, the Bubbas can beat Uncle Sam
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“Sometimes people put Schermer’s argument more baldly. They ask something like this: ‘Do you really think Bubba in camo gear hiding in the forest is going to take on the U.S. military? The U.S. military has nuclear weapons!’ Who exactly do you think has stymied the U.S. in Afghanistan for 16 years? The Taliban is made up of Afghan Bubbas. The Taliban doesn’t need to defeat nuclear weapons, though they are humiliating a nuclear power for the second time in history. They use a mix of Kalashnikovs and WWII-era bolt-action rifles. Determined insurgencies are really difficult to fight, even if they are only armed with Enfield rifles and you can target them with a TOW missiles system that can spot a cat in the dark from two miles away.” (10/07/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452426/second-amendment-armed-citizenry-vs-government-force-history

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22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 1 (part 2)
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The history of private minting in early America is deep, pervasive and intimately tied to the nation’s economic success. Fraud was certain present but so, too, was meticulous honesty. The mints with high reputations and good business sense not only succeeded but also outperformed their government counterparts, which were reduced to using force in the form of law to gain the upper hand. Government did not act on behalf of the public. If it had, it would not have attacked honest firms that provided desperately need services to miners, merchants and purchasers. Government acts on its own behalf to line its pockets and strengthen its power.” (10/07/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-2-how-and-why-government-outlawed-private-money/

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23) Take a knee. Take a seat. Take a chill pill.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Many seem to agree that professional football games are no place for political statements. Well, at least they agree now. I don’t recall a peep from them for nearly a decade of the US government shelling out millions of dollars to turn professional football games into combination political statements and military recruitment rallies. Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle reports, a Texas high school student has been expelled for sitting through morning prayers to the god called government, also known as ‘the Pledge of Allegiance.’ C’mon, people — relax! Is it truly important that someone you don’t know didn’t assume your preferred bodily posture while a song you like was played? Is it the end of the world that a high school student doesn’t practice the same (secular) religion as you?” (10/08/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11623

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24) Charlottesville and the perils of collectivism
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“If the pseudoscience underpinning white nationalism were true, suffice it to say, there would be no need for for torch-lit parades, no need for limiting immigration, and no need for the state to curtail the rights of other people in order to elevate whites above their competition for jobs, girlfriends, and social stature. If one race is really superior, why do the blessed need government to enforce their vision of the natural world order? A foreigner who can barely speak or write English isn’t stealing your job unless you’re really quite bad at doing it. White nationalism is a blight. Thankfully, its internal contradictions render it mostly powerless in the political culture beyond internet chat boards like 4chan. The real enemy, in Charlottesville and in other places where politically motivated violence has occurred in the past year, is collectivism — one cleverly disguised but nurtured by a group of people who profess to hate the idea.” (for publication 11/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/08/charlottesville-and-the-perils

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25) Before agreeing to gun control, remember Chile
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Calls for gun control after a mass shooting in America has, of course, become standard fare. But before Americans permit themselves to be stampeded into surrendering their right to own guns, it would be wise to keep Chile in mind. In 1973, the Chilean national-security establishment, after winning a quick military battle against the president of the country, took power. The new ruler, a military general named Augusto Pinochet, established one of the most brutal dictatorships in modern history.” (10/06/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/06/agreeing-gun-control-remember-chile/

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26) Please stop with the conspiracy theories surrounding the Las Vegas shooting
Source: Town Hall
by Steve Sheldon

“Too many rumors are swirling around regarding the tragedy in Vegas from Sunday night. Let me start by dispelling with some of the questions floating around on the internet: 1. How did he get that many weapons into his room without being noticed? A: With a luggage cart and ten suitcases over 3 days. 2. How did he fire off that many rounds without training? A: A monkey can pull a trigger; and, who says he didn’t have practice? 3. How was he able to kill that many people in such a short time? A: He had 11 minutes firing on near full-auto (using a bump-fire device) into a crowd of people that had no idea where the fire was coming from.” (10/05/17)

https://townhall.com/notebook/stevesheldon/2017/10/05/please-stop-with-the-conspiracy-theories-regarding-the-las-vegas-shooting-n2390700

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27) Battle of the plutocrats
Source: The New Republic
by Justin Miller

“For Democrats, one of the most important races for governor next year is taking shape in Illinois. Bruce Rauner, the state’s venture-capitalist-turned-governor, is a union-busting, Scott Walker wannabe whose approval ratings have been wrecked by his obsession with spending cuts and his failure to pass a budget for more than two years. Rauner is perhaps the most vulnerable Republican governor running for reelection in 2018 — in one of the biggest and bluest states. If Democrats can win the governorship in Illinois and maintain control in the state legislature, they could create a truly liberal stronghold in the Midwest.” (10/06/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145003/battle-plutocrats-democrats-backing-billionaire-venture-capitalist-critical-races

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28) Exposing a shoddy sarin attack narrative
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“Eliot Higgins is a ‘nonresident senior fellow’ with the Atlantic Council whose functions appear to include seeking to discredit any reporting or analysis and documentation that conflicts with the DC-based think tank’s interventionist agenda. Higgins'[s] agenda dovetails closely with his employer’s funders in NATO as well as Atlantic Council backers like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey — the states that have also bankrolled Syrian Salafi insurgents. Higgins flew into an online rage as soon as I published my article at AlterNet on the allegations of a sarin attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Although the article shows that a conventional airstrike in Khan Sheikhoun did cause large numbers of dead and injured, I also exposed evidence of a deception mounted by al Qaeda’s local Syrian affiliate to convince the world that the regime had carried out a sarin attack from the air in Khan Sheikhoun.” (10/07/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/porter/2017/10/06/exposing-shoddy-sarin-attack-narrative/

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29) How hate speech can harm your brain
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“In a flurry of confident pronouncements within an hour of the massacre at a Las Vegas country music festival, conservative commentators and activists linked the perpetrator, Stephen Paddock, to liberal or Islamist influences. Rush Limbaugh, still the doyen of right-wing talk radio, credited Islamic State with being Paddock’s ideological home, arguing that it was disguised by the liberal media because ‘for the American left, there is no such thing as militant Islamic terrorism.’ … On the other side of the American culture war, a CBS vice president and legal counsel, Hayley Geftman-Gold, posted a Facebook comment that she was ‘not even sympathetic’ to the victims because ‘country music fans often are Republican gun toters.’ Unlike her right wing opposites, she suffered for her opinion: she was fired from what must have been a lawyer’s dream job.” (10/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-speech-commentary/commentary-how-hate-speech-can-harm-your-brain-idUSKBN1CB1XD

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30) Almost everyone misunderstands rational choice theory
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Isaac Morehouse

“Pete Leeson’s wonderful new book, WTF?! (review coming soon) is cathartic reading. Especially after reading some papers and comments by behavioral economists and their ilk recently. Everyone loves to throw around examples of humans being ‘irrational’ to prove that the economic method, or rational choice theory, is of limited application and doesn’t apply to real humans who aren’t calculating machines. This is an elementary error in understanding what ‘rational’ means to a (good) economist.” (10/08/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/almost-everyone-misunderstands-rational-choice-theory

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31) The surge in optimism nobody wants to talk about
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Just before Friday’s mixed-bag jobs report came out, a survey showed that manufacturers’ optimism is at its highest level in decades. This is part of a broad and sustained trend that has gone largely unremarked. The National Association of Manufacturers reports that for the first three quarters of this year, an average of 90.9% of manufacturers said they were positive about their own company’s outlook, the highest three-quarter reading in the survey’s 20-year history, according to NAM. By contrast, just 59.8% of manufacturers had a positive outlook in the first three quarters of last year. This is a stunning turnaround in optimism. But it’s hardly the only example.” (10/06/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/manufacturing-optimism-is-at-record-highs-as-are-other-optimism-indexes-under-trump

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32) Revisiting Star Trek’s most political episode
Source: The Atlantic
by Robert Greene II

“In science fiction, it’s common for the problems of the human condition to be addressed through allegory. Star Trek did this regularly. Throughout in the series, aliens would stand in for different elements of an all-too-familiar debate about race, class, or gender. For example, the 1969 Trek episode ‘Let That Be Your Last Battlefield’ tries to make a point about the absurdity of racism — via a ham-fisted story about an alien population that’s divided between individuals whose faces are half-white and half-black, and those who have the color scheme reversed. The allegory was obvious, but it elided the complexity of how racist societies operate. ‘Past Tense’ aired 26 years later, in the third season of Deep Space Nine. Combining a searing look at homelessness with an indictment of America’s refusal to tackle the crisis head-on, it was arguably the most straightforwardly political story Star Trek ever told.” (10/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/10/star-trek-deep-space-nine-past-tense/542280/

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33) More thoughts on the Las Vegas massacre, part 3
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“This week, I’ve lost track of the times I’ve heard politicians say the most disgusting things. First, of course, we have the liberals demanding ‘reasonable’ gun laws. Then we have the conservatives whining about how this isn’t a time to talk about it, that it is a time for mourning. This is their response to the liberal demand. Their supposed ‘response.’ It should come as no surprise that the NRA and leading GOP figures have almost immediately agreed that the newly-evil ‘bump stocks’ and other ways of simulating fully-automatic firearms should be banned. If, of course, the conservatives and so-called defenders of our God-given right to defend ourselves were honest and sincere, they would have made a clear and immediate response. What should that answer have been? That ‘It is always appropriate to answer calls for disarmament by making it clear that our right to keep and bear arms is never on the table.'” (10/08/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/10/08/more-thoughts-on-the-las-vegas-massacre-3/

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34) Courts spank climate alarmists twice
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“When the fact that countries like Australia are backing away from renewable energy goals and this their climate commitments, and new research by climate alarmists themselves prove what realists have been arguing for 20 years, that climate models overstate the impact of carbon dioxide on global temperatures, are combined with mounting court losses for climate alarmists, could it be the climate boogeyman will soon be in full retreat?” (10/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/courts-spank-climate-alarmists-twice/

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35) Steve Bannon, unleashed
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Is Steve Bannon more dangerous outside the White House than in? And dangerous to whom? As long as he was in the White House, no matter how much Bannon’s freelancing annoyed President Trump and senior staffers, he was part of the Trump machinery and subject to a modicum of discipline. Now, Bannon is out. He’s organizing an electoral machine to Trump’s right, and certainly to the right of the Republican Senate leadership — and he hopes to bring that leadership down. For Bannon, the victory in the Alabama Senate primary of former Judge Roy Moore over Mitch McConnell’s favorite, incumbent Luther Strange, was just the beginning.” (10/06/17)

http://prospect.org/article/steve-bannon-unleashed

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36) Come, you masters of war
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew Harwood

Review of Americas War for the Greater Middle East, by Andrew J. Bacevich: “According to Bacevich, U.S. military leaders have a tendency to engage in fantastical thinking rife with hubris. Too many believe the United States is a global force for good that has the messianic duty to usher in secular modernity, a force that no one should ever interfere with, either militarily or ideologically. As Bacevich makes plain again and again, history does not back up that mindset. For instance, after the Soviet Union’s crippling defeat in Afghanistan, the Washington elite saw it as an American victory, the inauguration of the ‘end of history’ and the inevitable march of ‘democratic capitalism.’ They didn’t see that the U.S.-armed Afghan mujahideen also believed they were the victors and that they had every intention of resisting America’s version of modernity as much as they had resisted the Soviet Union’s.” (10/07/17)

https://mises.org/blog/come-you-masters-war

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37) Criminalizing “lying” will only lead to censorship
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeff Jacoby

“In a unanimous decision two years ago, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court struck down a state law that had criminalized the making of ‘any false statement’ in a political campaign. Such a law was plainly incompatible with fundamental free speech rights under the US Constitution and the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, and the SJC said so. The proper response to a political falsehood isn’t to prosecute, but to counter the lie with the truth, the court held. In a democracy, it is up to voters to decide what is true and false in political rhetoric: ‘Citizenry, not government, should be the monitor of falseness in the political arena.’ That case was styled Commonwealth v. Melissa Lucas. Colleen Garry ought to read it. Garry, a Democrat, is a longtime state representative from Dracut who has come up with a brainstorm: She wants the Legislature to pass a law punishing anyone who spreads ‘any false information’ in a political ad. How’s that for original thinking?” (10/07/17)

https://fee.org/articles/criminalizing-lying-will-only-lead-to-censorship/

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38) Does action on behalf of another tend toward abuse?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“There are many types of requests given to others that are not primarily internally motivated by the requestor. Managers giving orders on behalf of department heads. Coaches giving orders on behalf of upper management. Law enforcement giving orders on behalf of superiors and legislators. Each of these are more or less likely to meet resistance, and when they do, how are the instincts telling the requestor to behave? When a manager is on the hot seat for his job because of team performance, will his orders downward tend toward coercion? Same for a coach whose team is not performing as upper management would like it to perform to sell tickets. And where this sort of analysis really matters, when law enforcement officers are trying to enforce laws that they don’t really believe in, but don’t want to lose their jobs, how do their instincts tell them to behave?” (10/07/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/action-behalf-another-tend-toward-abuse

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39) On the Difference between Hayek’s Road to Serfdom and Increasing Central Planning
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Federico GM Sosa Valle

“Once, in another place, I had pointed out the misunderstandings of the common interpretation of Hayek’s road to serfdom thesis. This was not an unintended process by which government intervention on markets inevitably leads to further and increasing interventions. That might be Ludwig v. Mises'[s] thesis, but not Hayek’s. What Hayek stated in The Road to Serfdom was that the checks-and-balances system of modern constitutionalism appears as an obstacle to the quick achievement of the concrete ends that an interventionist policy aims for. Thus, the road to serfdom is an unintended process by which legal constitutional processes are eroded by decisions based on expediency.” (10/07/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/10/07/on-the-difference-between-hayeks-road-to-serfdom-and-increasing-central-planning/

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40) Interview: The art of disobedience
Source: In These Times
by Abby Lynn Klinkenberg

“The List Visual Arts Center at MIT is currently home to List Projects: Civil Disobedience, a program of documentary footage of social movements from 1931 to the present. In These Times spoke with curator Henriette Huldisch about the exhibition. What inspired this exhibition? My re-encounter in early 2017 with America, a black-and-white newsreel from 1969: footage from anti-war movements, Black Panthers, Vietnam veterans against the war. It’s basically a portrait of the incredibly fractured and conflicted times. I thought, oh my god, this just feels like 2017, a moment that was a watershed but also in which America was incredibly polarized and divided, and at the same time there were a lot of powerful social protest movements. Hard-fought social progress, backlash, controversial war, controversial president.” (10/06/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20535/the-art-of-civil-disobedience-list-mit

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41) Overcoming confirmation bias on guns
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Confirmation bias is one of the great obstacles to making the practical case for liberty. People see in events what they want to see. I think of the joke about the person who planned to take his hyperactive dog on a train trip and asked his veterinarian for a tranquilizer. The vet mistakenly handed the person a stimulant. On the train he gave the dog the pill, prompting it to run madly up and down the aisle the entire trip. The embarrassed owner said to his seatmate, ‘Gosh, think what would have happened if I hadn’t given the dog the tranquilizer!’ We are all subject to this bias. The best we can do is be aware of it and fight to overcome it.” (10/06/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-overcoming-confirmation-bias-guns/

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42) Taking out the trash
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“So all the neofeminists, crypto-moralists and consent-culture fanatics are upset because Hugh Hefner bought the mausoleum drawer next to the one holding Marilyn Monroe’s skeletal remains; most of these articles by folks without actual problems to worry about use phrases like ‘without her consent,’ as though a carcass could consent to anything even before it completely rotted away. Yes, actual adult humans are up in arms over the fact that a hunk of rotting meat is going to be sealed up in a box next to another one containing a half-century mouldered set of bones. Really, people. I know y’all have cherished mumbo-jumbo sympathetic magic beliefs about corpses, but the truth is that they’re hunks of dead meat, bones and viscera that quickly decompose into fertilizer.” (10/06/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/taking-out-the-trash/

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43) Religious liberty in employment marches forward across the Atlantic
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued two interim rules rolling back the HHS mandate, which requires employers to furnish female employees with contraception, sterilization, and potentially abortifacient drugs for ‘free.’ The two rules, which take effect immediately, do not repeal the HHS mandate. One rule grants an exemption to nonprofits, closely held businesses, and some publicly traded corporations that have sincerely held religious objections to its terms. The other allows all but publicly traded corporations to refuse to comply due to moral, but not religiously based, objections.” [editor’s note: Johnson gets this one backward, claiming that treating religious organizations just like every other organization is “punishing businesses on the basis of their adherence to their religious teaching.” In fact, no one should be forced to pay for other people’s health care. It’s not about “religious liberty,” it’s about liberty – TLK] (10/06/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/10/06/religious-liberty-employment-marches-forward-across-atlantic

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44) The worst gun control arguments
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“I’m pro-gun, but mostly for selfish reasons. Some people (such as celebrities) are probably safer with defensive weapons nearby. But I acknowledge the reality that guns make people less safe in other situations. No two situations are alike. That’s partly why the issue can never be fully resolved. … That said, I want to call out the worst arguments I have seen on the issue of banning bump stocks. … Many pro-gun people in the debate seem to be confused about the purpose of laws in general. Laws are not designed to eliminate crime. Laws are designed to reduce crime. The most motivated criminals will always find a way, and law-abiding citizens will avoid causing trouble in the first place. Laws are only for the people in the middle who might (under certain situations) commit a crime. Any friction you introduce to that crowd has a statistical chance of making a difference.” (10/06/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166112920486/the-worst-gun-control-arguments

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45) The core of the classical liberal tradition: Adam Smith’s concept of justice
Source: Independent Institute
by Vernon Smith

“One of the best-known quotations from Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations (1776) defines natural liberty: ‘Every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left perfectly free to pursue his own interest his own way, and to bring both his industry and capital into competition with those of any other man.’ Smith inserted the condition ‘so long as he does not violate the laws of justice’ ahead of the directive because it was central to his conception of liberty. What everyone remembers is ‘free to pursue his own interest,’ with the last often turned into ‘self-interest.’ But Smith’s conception of human sociality and economy — I like the word ‘humanomics’ — was far deeper than modern utilitarianism. What did Smith mean by justice, and why is it so important for understanding his message?” (10/06/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/10/06/the-core-of-the-classical-liberal-tradition-adam-smiths-concept-of-justice/

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46) Free Talk Live, 10/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ross Ulbricht’s Bitcoins :: Silk Road Harm Reduction :: NAZI Conspiracy Theory :: NAZIs in Argentina? :: Monument Defacing :: Cameroon’s Anglophones Declare Independence :: Slimy Attorney :: Borderline Personality Disorder :: Frustration of Politics :: Running Your Own Business :: California Secession :: Crazy Callers :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-07

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47) The LAVA Spurt, episode 51
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Marc Clair from Lions of Liberty, Chris Spangle from We are Libertarians, and Johnny Adams from Johnny Rocket Launch Pad joined me to form the League of Liberty, a new monthly podcast exclusively for our supporters. Here is a little taste of that awesomeness!” [various formats] (10/07/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/league-of-liberty-full-preview-tls051/

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48) The Anarchist Experience, episode 133
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Government Panics: ‘Ghost Gun’ Can Be 3D-Printed In An Hour; Are They Really Out to Get Me?” [Flash audio] (10/07/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/the-anarchist-experience-133/

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49) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 102
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On Foreign Policy Focus #102, I discuss the Yemeni Civil War. I review the history of the war and the destruction of Yemen. Americans remain apathetic about Yemen as it is destroyed with American weapons. Saudi Arabia was blacklisted for a second year for killing Yemeni children.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-102-the-destruction-of-yemen

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50) Anarcho Agenda, episode 39
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“On this episode of Anarcho Agenda, I’ll be discussing the Las Vegas Shooting, gun rights, and much more.” [various formats]

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-39-2017-10-06

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51) Felony Friday, episode 92
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by Lions of Liberty legal counsel ‘Rico.’ After exchanging some pleasantries discussing the MLB playoffs, John and Rico dive into the serious topic of the recent Las Vegas shooting.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/06/ff-092-make-automatic-weapons-100-percent-legal/

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52) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 208
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Richard E. Wagner joins us for a discussion on life and thought of James M. Buchanan, who was one of the founders of public choice theory.” [various formats] (10/06/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/real-james-buchanan

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53) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 19
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Being a control freak can be detrimental to your activism efforts. I know this from experience. I have a tendency to want to try to handle everything on my own. This is not an effective leadership strategy. In this installment of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about the importance of delegating tasks and responsibilities to other people, and explain how my own unwillingness to let some things go has hindered our work.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/06/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/10/activism-101-podcast-19-let-people-help/

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