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Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Gorbachev warns of “dangerous point” as US-Russia ties sour
2) Legal counsel, advocates concerned about whereabouts of US political prisoner Chelsea Manning
3) France: Regime seeks war crimes probe of Russian, but not French actions, in Syria
4) Economists win Nobel for contract theory
5) Yemen: Missiles target US warship, Pentagon says
6) Federal agencies ask for another Dakota pipeline construction pause
7) Turkey: Regime blocks GitHub, Google Drive and Dropbox to censor RedHack leaks
8) WA: Families reach $60 million in landslide settlements
9) Germany: Bundesrat votes to ban internal combustion engine
10) Lawsuit: Wisconsin strip club’s pay scheme unlawful, cheats dancers
11) New Smithsonian museum ignores Thomas legacy, despite focus on Anita Hill
12) UK: May rules out allowing MPs to vote on Brexit plans
13) DEA Kratom ban delayed indefinitely
14) NJ: Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino closes
15) Violent J of Insane Clown Posse writes impassioned op-ed about national creepy clown sightings

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Five mistakes: A socialist lectures a libertarian on libertarianism
17) Hillary Clinton, closet libertarian? Not likely.
18) A meaningless debate
19) “Take this job and shove it” is a terrible mistake
20) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/10/16
21) GOP deserves to go down with Trump
22) Trump’s sex scandal means black lives don’t matter
23) Bill Clinton is right: ObamaCare is crazy. Here’s a sane reform
24) Kevin Carson and the Freed Market: Is His Left-Libertarian Vision Plausible?
25) Trump is (mostly) wrong on Mosul
26) Trump’s indifference to the Constitution
27) Subpoena to encrypted app provider highlights overbroad FBI requests for information
28) Fifteen years into the Afghan war, do Americans know the truth?
29) With Clinton we’ll be under occupation in our own country
30) How medical licensing laws can shield incompetent doctors
31) Rethinking Columbus Day
32) There are no puritans, just politicos
33) If the 2016 campaign were a satirical novel
34) No, don’t let MPs have a vote on Brexit
35) “ENDS” don’t justify the means with e-cigarettes
36) The campus rape panic demeans women
37) Trump will lose election, but may still win the war
38) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 64
39) Energy: Science vs. hysteria
40) Clinton shows how she manages to be less trusted than Trump
41) Mike Pence isn’t qualified to be president, either
42) The new slave revolt
43) Why the new Silk Roads terrify Washington
44) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/10/16
45) Really, GOP?! Falling for an Alinsky tactic … again?
46) We take the bullet
47) Donald Trump’s fall and rise
48) Yes, Obama, the next president will drone people
49) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 7
50) Kerry’s anger as Assad poised to win; the US still serves Israel and Saudi Arabia

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

1) Gorbachev warns of “dangerous point” as US-Russia ties sour
Source: Raw Story

“Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned on Monday that the world has reached a ‘dangerous point’ as tensions between Russia and the United States spike over the Syria conflict. Relations between Moscow and Washington — already at their lowest since the Cold War over the Ukraine conflict — have soured further in recent days as the United States pulled the plug on Syria talks and accused Russia of hacking attacks. The Kremlin has suspended a series of nuclear pacts, including a symbolic cooperation deal to cut stocks of weapons-grade plutonium. ‘I think the world has reached a dangerous point,’ Gorbachev, 85, told state news agency RIA Novosti.” (10/10/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/gorbachev-warns-of-dangerous-point-as-us-russia-ties-sour

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2) Legal counsel, advocates concerned about whereabouts of US political prisoner Source: Mic

“According to a tweet from Chelsea Manning’s attorney Chase Strangio on Sunday, Manning, a trans woman serving 35 years’ time in a men’s prison for leaking millions of military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks, hasn’t had contact with friends, family or supporters for the last five days. … On Sept. 23, Manning was sentenced to 14 days of solitary confinement for attempting suicide in July. Manning said the punishment is known as ‘disciplinary segregation,’ in a statement reported on by the Guardian. She said there was ‘no set date set’ for her confinement to start, and that she would be given an opportunity to appeal the decision.” (10/10/16)

https://mic.com/articles/156444/chelsea-manning-s-legal-counsel-and-advocates-are-concerned-about-her-whereabouts

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3) France: Regime seeks war crimes probe of Russian, but not French actions, in Syria
Source: Seattle Times

“France’s foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. Jean-Marc Ayrault told France-Inter radio Monday that ‘France intends to get in touch with the prosecutor to find out how the probe can be launched.’ Ayrault says France disagrees with Russia’s ‘bombarding’ of Aleppo and ‘is committed as never before to saving the population.'” (10/10/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/france-seeks-war-crimes-probe-of-russian-actions-in-syria/

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4) Economists win Nobel for contract theory
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland have won the Nobel economics prize for work on contract theory. Judges said their work laid ‘an intellectual foundation’ for policies in areas such as bankruptcy legislation and political constitutions. The pair will receive 8 million Swedish krona (£744,652) from the committee. Mr Hart, who was woken with the news at 4.40am, said his first reaction had been to hug his wife and wake his younger son. … The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that Mr Hart and Mr Holmstrom’s work was ‘valuable to the understanding of real-life contracts and institutions.’ It also said it could identify ‘potential pitfalls in contract design.’ Working separately, the two created tools to help determine whether public sector workers should receive fixed salaries or performance-based pay, and whether providers of public services should be publicly or privately owned.” (10/10/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37605685

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5) Yemen: Missiles target US warship, Pentagon says
Source: CNN

“Two missiles targeted a US warship off the coast of Yemen on Sunday but missed the vessel and hit the water instead, a Pentagon spokesman said. The missiles were fired at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war-torn Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said, adding that the guided-missile destroyer deployed ‘onboard defensive measures’ and was undamaged. But the Houthis — a minority Shia group that has taken control of much of Yemen, including the capital — denied Monday that its forces had targeted the warship.” (10/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/politics/yemen-us-navy-targeted/

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6) Federal agencies ask for another Dakota pipeline construction pause
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Army and Departments of Interior and Justice on Monday asked the company building the Dakota Access pipeline to voluntarily halt construction within 20 miles of a contested section of the proposed route. The joint statement comes a day after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction and allowed construction of the controversial oil pipeline. The Army is still reviewing concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other tribal nations about the pipeline’s path, the joint statement said.” (10/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pipeline-nativeamerican-idUSKCN12A27N

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7) Turkey: Regime blocks GitHub, Google Drive and Dropbox to censor RedHack leaks
Source: The Hacker News

“Turkey is again in the news for banning online services, and this time, it’s a bunch of sites and services offered by big technology giants. Turkey government has reportedly blocked access to cloud storage services including Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Google Drive, as well as the code hosting service GitHub, reports censorship monitoring group Turkey Blocks.” (10/09/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/turkey-redhack.html

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8) WA: Families reach $60 million in landslide settlements
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Survivors and family members of people killed in the nation’s deadliest landslide have reached $60 million in settlements with the state of Washington and a timber company that logged an area above the site of the collapse. Just as opening statements were due to begin in a Seattle courtroom Monday, Grandy Lake Forest Associates agreed to settle liability claims for $10 million. The announcement came just after the state on Sunday reached a $50 million deal with the plaintiffs. The slide on March 22, 2014, killed 43 people when it wiped out a rural neighborhood in Oso, northeast of Seattle. Survivors and relatives of the victims alleged that logging above the slide and construction of a retaining wall along a bank where the Stillaguamish River undercut the hill increased the danger, and residents were never warned about it.” (10/10/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Lawyer-Families-reach-deal-with-timber-company-9960240.php

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9) Germany: Bundesrat votes to ban internal combustion engine
Source: Gizmodo

“The modern internal combustion engine first came from Germany and now Germany wants to put a nail in its coffin. The Bundesrat has passed a resolution to ban the ICE beginning in 2030. … Germany’s Spiegel Magazin reported this morning that the country’s top legislative body was able to reach a bi-partisan agreement that hopes to allow only zero-emission vehicles on EU roads in 14 years.” (10/08/16)

http://gizmodo.com/german-lawmakers-vote-to-ban-the-internal-combustion-en-1787574000

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10) Lawsuit: Wisconsin strip club’s pay scheme unlawful, cheats dancers
Source: USA Today

“Some strip club owners like to perpetuate the idea that dancers make really good money, enough to pay their way through college. But a federal lawsuit suggests that, at least at one Northwoods dance club, many dancers barely get by, paying upfront fees to dance and being denied a week’s share of tips if they don’t do at least four lap dances a night or if they break a long list of the club’s rules. The issue, being raised more and more often in the modern ‘gig economy,’ is whether the dancers are truly independent contractors or should be considered employees of the clubs. Krista Pecor’s suit says she would represent a whole class of dancers at Northpointe Exotic Dance Club in Peshtigo, where, according to the claims, dancers can easily end up losing money after a week working the stage. Her attorneys at a La Crosse law firm did not return messages.” (10/10/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2016/10/10/lawsuit-wisconsin-strip-clubs-pay-scheme-unlawful-cheats-dancers/91861918

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11) New Smithsonian museum ignores Thomas legacy, despite focus on Anita Hill
Source: Fox News

“Justice Clarence Thomas marks his 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court this month, and befitting the man, it likely will be a low-key affair. But while Thomas has broken barriers his entire professional life without seeking the limelight, the 68-year-old justice is being conspicuously ignored by a powerful new showplace for black heritage. The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened last month in Washington — and missing from the four floors of exhibits is any reference to Thomas’ personal and judicial legacy. … What the museum does have is a prominent display of Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of creating a hostile work environment while her supervisor at a federal agency. She outlined her allegations during Thomas’ 1991 confirmation hearings, and the candid discussion rocked the nation.” (10/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/10/new-smithsonian-museum-ignores-justice-thomas-legacy-despite-focus-on-anita-hill.html

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12) UK: May rules out allowing MPs to vote on Brexit plans
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Theresa May has said MPs will not be given a vote on Brexit because it would be ‘unacceptable’ to ‘second guess’ the British people. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said it was ‘absolutely necessary’ for MPs to scrutinise the ‘process’ of leaving the EU but that MPs should not be given a vote.” (10/10/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/10/theresa-may-brexit-talks-denmark-netherlands-live/

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13) DEA Kratom ban delayed indefinitely
Source: Inquisitr

“In late August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced a ban on the herbal supplement kratom. Now, after much public outcry and demands made by lawmakers, the agency is reconsidering its decision. … While the agency did not commit to a firm date, the DEA’s kratom ban could have taken effect on September 30, yet the order has not been signed. According to a source familiar with the DEA’s ban decision, the prohibition may not take effect until after a period of public comment and consultations with the Food and Drug Administration. Should the order be signed and kratom become illegal, it will remain prohibited for a period of up to three years, unless the agency decides to make the ban permanent.” (10/08/16)

http://www.inquisitr.com/3571625/dea-kratom-ban-delayed-indefinitely/

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14) NJ: Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal casino closes
Source: Ocean City Patch

“Trump Taj Mahal, one of three Atlantic City casinos Donald Trump owned when his company suffered huge losses and filed for bankruptcy, has officially closed. The casino closed Monday after its workers, including housekeepers, bartenders and bellmen, went on strike beginning July 1, demanding health insurance and pension benefits. … Trump’s company, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, bought the Taj Mahal in 1988 while it was under construction, largely with junk bonds that carried an incredibly high interest rate. … As the financial losses piled up, Trump was forced to take his hotels and casino company public. Then, in 2004, the company filed for its third bankruptcy, the terms of which mandated that Trump step away from operating the business and the company be renamed to Trump Entertainment Resorts.” (10/10/16)

http://patch.com/new-jersey/oceancity/trump-taj-mahal-new-jersey-closes

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15) Violent J of Insane Clown Posse writes impassioned op-ed about national creepy clown sightings
Source: New York Daily News

“Insane Clown Posse is jumping behind the #ClownLivesMatter cause. One half of the carnival-ready rap duo penned a pensive op-ed for Time about the nationwide epidemic of clown sightings — arguing that the real killer clowns are the ones with political power. ‘There’s a whole army of scary, terrifying and dangerous clowns out there in this country trying to suppress the rights of thousands of people to exercise the most basic part of the Declaration of Independence, which evokes the freedom to ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Violent J wrote in his op-ed, published Friday. ‘The only difference is these clowns don’t wear greasepaint.'” (10/09/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/insane-clown-posse-violent-writes-op-ed-creepy-clowns-article-1.2823881

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

16) Five mistakes: A socialist lectures a libertarian on libertarianism
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“How many libertarians have encountered a socialist online who disdainfully presumes to know more about libertarianism than libertarians know about libertarianism? The author of these ‘Five Mistakes’ is not just a socialist but a self-identified Marxist with a Facebook page that proudly displays Vladimir Lenin, thereby presumably making him a Marxist-Leninist socialist. First note that according to Wikipedia ‘Marxism has since developed into different branches and schools of thought, and there is now no single definitive Marxist theory.’ (Much like libertarianism.)” (10/09/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Five-Mistakes-A-Socialist-Lectures-a-Libertarian-on-Libertarianism

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17) Hillary Clinton, closet libertarian? Not likely.
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘My dream,’ Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is alleged to have said in a 2013 speech to an audience in the banking industry, ‘is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.’ The quote comes from an email addressed to (among others) Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, released late last week by Wikileaks. The speech excerpts were — probably not coincidentally — overshadowed by the release of an 11-year-old recording of Republican nominee Donald Trump making lewd and demeaning remarks about using his star power to bully women into sexual liaisons. But in my opinion they’re at least as important. Everyone already knew that Trump was a slimy misogynist. Nobody, at least outside Wall Street and Clinton’s inner circle, knew what she got paid millions of dollars to say behind closed doors.” (10/10/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7995

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18) A meaningless debate
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Needless to say, the mainstream press is going gaga over the presidential debate last night, mostly because sexual issues have entered the presidential race. Sex sells, which is no doubt why the CNN debate commentators decided to spend the first half-hour of the debate on sex-related issues, before finally delving into substantive issues. Why have sexual issues become a defining point in the campaign? For the reason I have been pointing out from the beginning: When it comes to substantive issues, there isn’t any difference between Trump and Clinton and, for that matter, between Republicans and Democrats.” (10/10/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/10/a-meaningless-debate/

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19) “Take this job and shove it” is a terrible mistake
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In reality, saying ‘take this job and shove it,’ is a terrible way to leave a job, and not mainly because it harms the employer. It is harmful to you, the employee. It means that you have to scrub that job from your resume, leaving a suspicious hole that could vex you for a decade. It sends a terrible signal to any future employer that you are not really a professional.” (10/10/16)

https://fee.org/articles/take-this-job-and-shove-it-is-a-terrible-mistake/

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20) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/10/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Last night Donald Trump was back to his old self. Starting out reserved he quickly went after Clinton on a variety of personal and professional failures. Clinton didn’t take it lying down. She hit back at Trump, and it became apparent both of these candidates have some much dirt on the other they could spend the entire night focused exclusively on how terrible the other is. What’s unfortunate is neither of them needs to lie or inflate the truth. It, the truth that is, is far ugly enough without embellishment.” [various formats] (10/10/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-2nd-debate-lies-fights-and-fireworks/

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21) GOP deserves to go down with Trump
Source: USA Today
by Gabriel Schoenfeld

“Many Republican politicians are suddenly pressuring Donald Trump to step aside and cede the presidential nomination to his running mate, Mike Pence. … As a #NeverTrumper from the beginning, I disagree. Hypocrisy has to be punished. It is my hope that the real estate magnate sticks it out to the bitter end and brings the GOP with him to the most humiliating defeat in U.S. history. Moved by the revolting video of Trump making explicit comments about groping women, Republicans who endorsed him after the primaries are now rushing to withdraw their endorsements. … Trump’s ignorant whining and angry sputtering on the stage were just a prolongation of its death rattle. Every one of the late-breaking Republican jumpers from the Trump train knew full well what kind of ticket they had bought. Their eyes were open when they got on board.” (10/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/09/donald-trump-video-leak-nevertrump-gabriel-schoenfeld/91827538

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22) Trump’s sex scandal means black lives don’t matter
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Contemporary anger at police killing of black men by cops began in the winter of 2012 with the death of Trayvon Martin — although that shooting was not by a cop but by a neighborhood watch coordinator. It escalated in the summer of 2014 with the death of Michael Brown. And subsequent deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement seemed more brazen and inexcusable than those first two in which the facts are foggy. It got so bad that there were several protests this summer along with revenge killing of cops. Starting with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, athletes, marching band members, and students across the nation would take a knee in protest instead of standing at attention while the national anthem was played. I thought the controversy of the relationship between “The Law” and people of color hit Ground Zero on Friday, when Donald Trump insisted that the Central Park Five were guilty.” (10/10/16)

https://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/trumps-sex-scandal-means-black-lives.html

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23) Bill Clinton is right: ObamaCare is crazy. Here’s a sane reform
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“Clinton is referring to high marginal income tax rates that Obamacare imposes on people through the design of its tax credits, which get clawed back in a very unfair way. … This perverse effect riddles Obamacare’s tax credits all the way up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. It may be the most important reason for the stagnation of work among hourly employees. The best solution to this problem would be a universal tax credit to finance medical spending.” (10/10/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/10/10/bill-clinton-is-right-obamacare-is-crazy-heres-a-sane-reform/

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24) Kevin Carson and the Freed Market: Is His Left-Libertarian Vision Plausible?
Source: Libertarian Papers
by Tate Fegley

“This paper evaluates Carson’s narrative in order to determine whether his vision of the freed market is credible. I find that Carson fails to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate that, but for government intervention, national markets would only exist for a few goods. Furthermore, many of the features he believes freed markets would possess are based on fallacious views of competition, knowledge, capital, and entrepreneurship.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (10/10/16)

http://libertarianpapers.org/article/17-kevin-carson-left-libertarian/

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25) Trump is (mostly) wrong on Mosul
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“In Sunday’s presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump questioned why U.S. officials and their Iraqi counterparts had been so explicit in forewarning the Islamist group an assault was in the works. ‘Why can’t they do it quietly?’ he said. ‘Why can’t they make it a sneak attack?’ In fact, the United States and its regional allies haven’t been above deception when it comes to indicating where they aim to attack next. Earlier this year, they signaled extensively that an assault on the IS capital of Raqqa, Syria was imminent. The group responded accordingly — only to find the true target was Manbij, which ultimately fell to U.S.-backed mainly Kurdish forces in August after three months of hard fighting. It’s possible something similar may be going on now. Sooner or later, however, a push will be made on Mosul.” (10/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-commentary-idUSKCN12A29D

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26) Trump’s indifference to the Constitution
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“If he becomes president, Trump declared, Clinton will ‘be in jail.’ Under the Constitution, presidents don’t decide who goes to jail. (Except insofar as they have the power to pardon). Courts decide who goes to jail based on their assessment of whether someone broke the law. But Trump’s indifference to the limits on presidential power last night wasn’t surprising. He’s been advertising it since he entered the race.” (10/10/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/trump-constitution/503540/

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27) Subpoena to encrypted app provider highlights overbroad FBI requests for information
Source: The Intercept
by Jenna McLaughlin

“The FBI has an established history during national security investigations of demanding from tech companies more information about their customers than they were legally obliged to turn over. For many years, FBI issued requests asking for ‘electronic communication transactional records’ — email metadata, browser history, and more. The FBI requested this data using national security letters, secret administrative subpoenas that don’t require a court order, and almost always come attached with lengthy gag orders. The bureau has issued an overbroad request as recently as 2013, as revealed by a national security letter published by Yahoo. But there’s also evidence that companies like Yahoo, and other tech giants like Facebook, have fought back against these requests.” (10/10/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/10/subpoena-to-encrypted-app-provider-highlights-overbroad-fbi-requests-for-information/

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28) Fifteen years into the Afghan war, do Americans know the truth?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban. What President Obama called ‘the good war’ before took office in 2008, has become the ‘forgotten war’ some eight years later. How many Americans know that we still have nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan? Do any Americans know that the Taliban was never defeated, but now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001?” (10/10/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/fifteen-years-afghan-war-americans-know-truth

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29) With Clinton we’ll be under occupation in our own country
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“These are the people who will probably be ruling us for the next four years. And they are both too stupid and to hateful to understand the risk. They think they can create two sets of laws, one for them and one for us, and that no one will object. They think they can try to shut us up, and that we will just shrug and give in. They think they will be able to strip us of our liberty and our livelihoods and our dignity and that we will just go along and accept their tyranny. They are playing with fire. And it’s not hard to imagine the terrible consequences of their folly.” (10/10/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/10/10/with-clinton-we-will-be-under-occupation-in-our-own-country-n2230044

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30) How medical licensing laws can shield incompetent doctors
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Michel Accad

“A study published a couple of months ago in the BMJ (British Journal of Medicine) made headlines for claiming that medical errors are the third leading cause of death. As expected, the reactions were swift and polarized. For some, the study confirmed that the self-serving healthcare system is utterly careless about the welfare of patients. For others, the claim was complete hogwash, based on faulty methodology designed to justify further regulatory oversight. The two positions are not necessarily mutually exclusive.” (10/10/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-medical-licensing-laws-can-shield-incompetent-doctors

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31) Rethinking Columbus Day
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Some people may argue that changing the holiday, that is mostly good for promotional sales and possibly a paid day off, is trying to remove or rewrite history. I take a different approach, in that I think holidays, for the most part, are excuses to get drunk and buy things at a discount. After a certain amount of time, holiday traditions change and people forget the original reason for the holiday. Also, any holiday designed to celebrate another human being will eventually cause people to question the details of that person’s life. In the case of Columbus, we know he did not actually discover anything, and he violated the rights of the people he encountered.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/10/16)

http://fpp.cc/rethinking-columbus-day/

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32) There are no puritans, just politicos
Source: National Review
by David L Bahnsen

“[A]s we absorb a weekend of response to the bombshell video release of Donald Trump’s horrific and candid expressions of vulgarity, sexual braggadocio, adultery aspirations, adultery realizations, and not to mention bizarre sexual grammar, the reality is that we should have learned a much more important lesson than the one about Trump being a disgusting pervert (if, indeed, we didn’t already know that one, it says much more about our intellect than our moral compass). The takeaway from this weekend cuts through both parties and both sides of the ideological divide like a knife, and it is, put simply: One’s moral outrage at sexual deviancy is directly correlated to their partisan loyalties, no more, and no less.” (10/09/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/440885/donald-trump-sexual-ethics-outrage-politics-partisanship

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33) If the 2016 campaign were a satirical novel
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“‘Call me Donald’ might be the opening line if the 2016 presidential campaign were a novel. Or perhaps, ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — no, actually it was just the worst of times.’ Either way, that’s what this campaign has most come to resemble: a sprawling, outrageous, seriocomic novel aiming its satirical blade a the heart of contemporary American politics and society, focused on a protagonist occupying a space somewhere between antihero and outright villain. Think about what the plot of this campaign has involved.” [editor’s note: It still could be: The question is whether it more resembles Sinclair Lewis (“It Can’t Happen Here”) or L Neil Smith (“Hope”) – SAT] (10/10/16)

http://prospect.org/article/if-2016-campaign-were-satirical-novel

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34) No, don’t let MPs have a vote on Brexit
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“An interesting little political manouevre here, insisting that MPs should be able to vote on the trade arrangements post Brexit. Specifically, the claim is that membership or not of the Single Market is not the same as Brexit and thus MPs should vote on that single market membership or not. To which the correct answer is no, go away …” (10/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/no-dont-let-mps-have-a-vote-on-brexit

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35) “ENDS” don’t justify the means with e-cigarettes
Source: Heartland Institute
by Brad Rodu

“E-cigarettes and vaping are transforming tobacco use in the U.S. and worldwide. The innovative products are being used almost exclusively by smokers looking for substitutes for more harmful conventional combustible tobacco. This revolution is progressing despite widespread opposition from public health officials and tobacco prohibitionists, some of whom are combating the products with linguistics. They’re trying to label e-cigs ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems,’ or ENDS …” (10/10/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/ends-dont-justify-the-means-with-e-cigarettes/

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36) The campus rape panic demeans women
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“The new academic year heralds the start of the annual ‘rape culture’ panic, with glossy magazine reports about ‘sex crimes on campus’ highlighting the ‘alarming rise’ in the number of female students who will ‘become the victims of sexual assault and harassment.’ Illustrated by badly lit corridors and unmade beds, such stories combine dodgy statistics with anonymous tales of naive young women cruelly having their innocence taken from them by rapacious men. Designed to scare and titillate in equal measure, the message is always the same: university is a dangerous place and women are at risk from their male classmates. This blatant scaremongering does a far better job of keeping women in their rooms after dark than yesteryear’s paternalistic curfews ever did.” (10/10/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-campus-rape-panic-demeans-women

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37) Trump will lose election, but may still win the war
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“At the second presidential debate Sunday night, Donald Trump stalked the stage and waved the rhetorical equivalent of the ‘Stars and Bars’ in everyone’s face. It was less a debate performance than a piece of theater. ‘You’d be in jail,’ he snarled at one point, after Hillary Clinton said that it’s a good thing people like Trump aren’t in charge of making law. The nice thing about Abraham Lincoln, he said later, was that he didn’t lie, unlike her. And in a flip-the-script move that was a little too forced, he glared at her and chided: ‘You should be ashamed of yourself.’ Short of divine intervention or some such equivalent, Trump won’t be president of the United States. Not after that miserable debate, and not after the revelations of the last week. But this race isn’t really about who wins anymore. Trump is laying groundwork for the long game. It isn’t clear Clinton has one.” (10/10/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19526/trump-will-lose-the-election.-but-he-may-still-win-the-war

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38) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 64
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“During the last presidential debate, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump talked extensively about what they plan to ‘do’ if elected president. As I watched, it occurred to me that the Constitution authorizes virtually nothing either one of these candidates want to do. In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I talk about the authority the president was actually intended to wield and why the founding generation was adamant about keeping those powers extremely limited.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/10/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/podcast-powers-of-the-president-under-the-constitution/

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39) Energy: Science vs. hysteria
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington

“So: This intellectual rubbish, this ‘climate change’ mythology, would be comical, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s putting thousands of people out of work and costing Wyoming hundreds of millions of dollars. So: Who says ideas don’t have any effect on our lives? Where are you ‘do what works’ pragmatists now? Out of work, mostly.” (10/10/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9885

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40) Clinton shows how she manages to be less trusted than Trump
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“During last night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton bragged about her record during three decades in public life, but she neglected to mention what may be her most impressive accomplishment: She is mistrusted by more Americans than the legendary liar Donald Trump. Last night Clinton’s handling of questions about her private email server and her private speeches showed how she managed that feat. … The email scandal illustrates Clinton’s tendency to pile lie upon lie instead of coming clean. She seems to be starting down that road with the excerpts from her closed-door speeches that Wikileaks revealed on Friday.” (10/10/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/10/clinton-shows-how-she-manages-to-be-less

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41) Mike Pence isn’t qualified to be president, either
Source: The New Republic
by Clio Chang

“At the very beginning of his campaign, Trump called Mexicans ‘rapists.’ He followed that up by calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country. He has been revealed to be a chronic liar, a bully, a likely tax dodger, and a misogynist. Some argue that the now infamous ‘grab them by the pussy’ video is different in that it gives Republicans no plausible deniability. But no one could seriously deny that Trump was unfit to be president for a whole host of reasons — any of which could have been reason for Republicans to have dropped their candidate a long time ago. Now, many Republicans are calling for Trump to step down and be replaced by a party conservative. .. But perhaps even more egregious is the fact that Republicans like Senators John Thune and Kelly Ayotte are depicting Mike Pence as the stalwart, GOP alternative.” [editor’s note: Wake me when they admit Killary isn’t, either – SAT] (10/09/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137600/mike-pence-isnt-qualified-president-either

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42) The new slave revolt
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“A nationwide prison work stoppage and hunger strike, begun on Sept. 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, have seen over 20,000 prisoners in about 30 prisons do what we on the outside should do — refuse to cooperate. … This round of prison strikes — there will be more — has had little outside support and press coverage. There have been few protests outside prison walls. Prison authorities — unlike during the 1971 Attica uprising when the press was allowed into the yard to interview the rebellious prisoners — have shut out a compliant media. They have identified strike leaders and placed them in isolation. Whole prisons in states such as Texas were put on lock-down on the eve of the strike. It is hard to know how many prisoners are still on strike, just as it is hard to know how many stopped work or started to fast on Sept. 9.” (10/09/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-New-Slave-Revolt-by-Chris-Hedges-Prisoners_Revolt_Slavery-Forced-Labor-161009-716.html

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43) Why the new Silk Roads terrify Washington
Source: CounterPunch
by Pepe Escobar

“Almost six years ago, President Putin proposed to Germany ‘the creation of a harmonious economic community stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok.’ This idea represented an immense trade emporium uniting Russia and the EU, or, in Putin’s words, ‘a unified continental market with a capacity worth trillions of dollars.’ In a nutshell: Eurasia integration. Washington panicked. The record shows how Putin’s vision — although extremely seductive to German industrialists — was eventually derailed by Washington’s controlled demolition of Ukraine.” (10/10/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/10/why-the-new-silk-roads-terrify-washington/

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44) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/10/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Weird friends Dianna Keiler, Jeremy HizenNword and Michael W. Dean talk about MWD’s weirder friends and acquaintances from back in the day. This includes MWD’s labelmate (Boner Records and Wingnut Records) Sammytown from Fang. Sammytown is a nice guy and a murderer who outdoes GG Allin in everything. And unlike GG Allin, Sammy lived to tell the tale.” [various formats] (10/10/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12823

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45) Really, GOP?! Falling for an Alinsky tactic … again?
Source: Hawaii Reporter
by Frank Salvato

“After all of the time spent by many people, including myself, explaining the tactics of Saul Alinsky and how today’s Progressive-Left has turbo-charged them, it is stunning — in fact, incredulous — that Conservatives and Republicans are falling for the Clinton deflection con. The complete acquiescence to this tactic is, sadly, proving the Progressives right. Maybe the Right isn’t that smart at all.” [editor’s note: Finally, at least, a conservative who has actually READ Rules For Radicals instead of just yelling “Alinsky! ALINSKY!” every time a Democrat says or does anything. Reasonably good analysis except for one thing: It doesn’t matter whether conservatives “fall for” them or not. The ones that are aimed directly at the opponent put that opponent in a corner whether he “falls for” them or not; and others are aimed at onlookers who don’t care how the target reacts – TLK] (10/09/16)

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/really-gop-falling-for-an-alinsky-tactic-again/123

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46) We take the bullet
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘[I]f someone puts a gun to your head,’ argues David Boaz of the Cato Institute, ‘and says you have to choose between Clinton and Trump, the correct answer is, take the bullet.’ Then, proving the axiom ‘it can always get worse,’ came Friday’s twin revelations: the Washington Post broke the story of Donald Trump caught on a hot microphone bragging about groping women, and WikiLeaks released hacked emails with unflattering revelations about Hillary Clinton ‘principled’ duplicity.” (10/10/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/10/we-take-the-bullet/

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47) Donald Trump’s fall and rise
Source: The American Conservative
by David Franke

“Presidents like Kennedy and Clinton did more than talk about groping women, they practiced it — and worse. But now people who voted for, or defended, these Presidents — and other politicians like the woman-killing Ted Kennedy — can strike poses of shock and horror at Trump’s words. Politically correct philanderers and models of progressive sexual attitudes like Arnold Schwarzenneger can refuse to endorse the scoundrel. Politics is indeed a hothouse of fertilizer for hypocrisy. The question is whether the mainstream media can have its way in this most exceptional electoral cycle. A Politico-Morning Consult poll, the first scientific survey to gauge voters’ immediate reactions to Trump’s comments, and taken on the Saturday after the revelation of Trump’s conversation, shows that even under the nonstop media barrage, just 12 percent of Republicans — and 13 percent of female Republicans — think that Trump should end his campaign, as urged by the never-Trumpers.” (10/10/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/donald-trumps-fall-and-rise/

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48) Yes, Obama, the next president will drone people
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“It seems like an easy thing to remember, but then, so does don’t kill people. In America, the two party system dominates. And on nearly every issue, the number two is a bit generous. Usually, one party pushes hard for an excess of privilege, and other side (and its supporters) either yields, or fights against it tepidly, only to justify it the next time they are in power. Drone warfare is a perfect example of this. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (the term the industry preferred, in vain, over the more sinister-sounding ‘drones’) were not invented during the Obama presidency.” (10/10/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/10/09/yes-obama-next-president-will-drone-people/

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49) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 7
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Austrian Economics is the most powerful explanation of why governments, no matter how well-intentioned, lack the knowledge, wisdom and ability to direct the lives of multitudes of people better than those people can do for themselves. In this series of easy-to-understand lectures, economist Richard Ebeling introduces you to the central ideas in Austrian Economics, as well as their importance for us today.” [Flash video] (10/10/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/introduction-austrian-economics-part-7/

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50) Kerry’s anger as Assad poised to win; the US still serves Israel and Saudi Arabia
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“Kerry attacks Russia with phony charges because his other options are so unpalatable. He acts as if attacking a city to win a war has suddenly become a war crime, today, in 2016, in Aleppo. He acts as if it was not a crime for Saudi Arabia to attack Yemen, for NATO to attack Libya and for the U.S. to attack Iraq and Afghanistan. He acts as if the moral designation of acts of war has changed drastically from the time that the U.S. mercilessly bombed Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. This was a mere 45 years ago. Does the turning of a calendar page into the 21st century mean that an act of war that was always in mankind’s arsenal of killing suddenly has become a war crime? If so, then the U.S. stands in the docket too.” (10/10/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/10/michael-s-rozeff/kerrys-anger-assad-poised-win/

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