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Volume XV, Issue #3,818
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Puigdemont seeks independence talks instead of declaring secession
2) Kenya: Odinga withdraws from fresh election
3) SCOTUS dismisses one of two Muslim ban cases
4) North Korean hackers believed to have stolen US-South Korean plans to kill Kim Jong Un
5) SCOTUS leaves Guantanamo abductee’s kangaroo court “conviction” intact
6) Vampire scare prompts UN to pull staff out of southern Malawi amid mob violence
7) AL: GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore calls son’s ninth arrest “cheap political trick”
8) Hillary Clinton “appalled” by allegations against Weinstein
9) Trump says he’s likely to sign healthcare order this week
10) CIA staged sham academic conferences to thwart Iran’s nuclear program
11) NFL owners considering ordering players to stand during national anthem
12) PA: No charges for man who tried to make pol feel like undocumented immigrant
13) India: Supreme Court bans firecrackers during Diwali
14) Austria: Shark mascot arrested for violating burka ban
15) MO: Republican Hawley announces run for US Senate
16) Russian military says US “pretending” to fight Islamic State in Iraq, letting jihadis flow into Syria
17) Trump proposes “IQ tests” face-off after Tillerson calls him a “moron”
18) Japan: Court orders utility, government to pay damages to Fukushima victims
19) TX: Student shoots and kills burglar/kidnapper; re-captured by accomplices
20) Vanuatu: Regime becomes first to accept Bitcoin in exchange for citizenship

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The costs of reneging on the nuclear deal
22) Excessive: Bail isn’t meant to enable the holding of political prisoners
23) Trump owes Orwell; Big Brother is his role model
24) Repealing the Second Amendment won’t make gun bans any easier
25) Patriotic kitsch
26) Trump’s grand immigration bargain: Take border security seriously, or no deal on “Dreamers”
27) True irrationality
28) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 11
29) With Facebook, Twitter in the crosshairs of investigators probing Russian interference, let’s consider the risks of applying election ad rules to the online world
30) How private equity killed Toys “R” Us
31) School choice for me, but not for thee, part 3
32) Why cheating has become the norm
33) White nationalism and economic nationalism
34) ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize is humanity’s Rx for survival
35) Quantum Vibe, 10/10/17
36) Trump’s EPA can’t even cook the books right
37) When and why did Republicans turn against business?
38) Time for action
39) A former Iranian diplomat on what Trump needs to know about Iran
40) The world will come to an end
41) Supreme Court takes on public sector unions
42) Mia Love on Michelle Obama’s “identity politics” hypocrisy
43) Did the Indians understand the concept of private property?
44) How fast does populism destroy economic freedom in Latin America?
45) The face of surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s recognition database
46) Why you should crypto
47) Trump budget director: What, me worry (about the national debt)?
48) Nuclear weapons ban won’t work for the same reason gun control won’t work
49) Che Guevara and the destruction of America’s values
50) White House wrongly calls for investigation into UNLV professor’s comments

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Fresh Air: Stalin’s war on Ukraine
52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 25
53) The Libertarian Angle, 10/10/17
54) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 72
55) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/10/17
56) Free Talk Live, 10/09/17
57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1019

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

1) Catalonia: Puigdemont seeks independence talks instead of declaring secession
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said his people voted for independence from Spain — but that he wants a negotiated solution with Madrid. He asked the regional parliament in Barcelona to suspend the effect of the vote so talks could begin — rather than breaking away immediately. A vote on 1 October resulted in almost 90% of voters backing independence, Catalan officials say. Madrid said it was illegal and Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended it. Anti-independence voters largely boycotted the referendum ballot (which had a reported turnout of 43%) and there were several reports of irregularities. National police were involved in violent scenes as they manhandled voters.” (10/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41574172

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2) Kenya: Odinga withdraws from fresh election
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not made changes to avoid the ‘irregularities and illegalities’ cited in the nullified August vote. It was Odinga’s legal challenge that led the court to nullify the election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa. The court ordered a new election, set for Oct. 26. Kenyatta said the election will go ahead despite Odinga’s withdrawal, telling supporters that ‘there is nowhere the constitution says Raila Amollo Odinga has to be on the ballot.'” (10/10/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-kenya-election-20171010-story.html

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3) SCOTUS dismisses one of two Muslim ban cases
Source: Seattle Times

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed one of two cases over President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from mostly Muslim countries, suggesting it will step away from the controversy for now. The court got rid of a case that originated in Maryland and involves a ban that has now expired and been replaced by a new version. But the justices took no action on a separate case from Hawaii. That dispute concerns both the travel ban and a separate ban on refugees, which does not expire until Oct. 24.” (10/10/17)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/supreme-court-dismisses-1-of-2-travel-ban-cases/

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4) North Korean hackers believed to have stolen US-South Korean plans to kill Kim Jong Un
Source: CNBC

“North Korean hackers are believed to have stolen a large amount of classified military documents, including a South Korean and U.S. plan to ‘decapitate’ North Korea’s leadership, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap Tuesday who cited a statement by a ruling party lawmaker. The news agency said that Democratic Party Representative Lee Cheol-hee said that the hackers broke into South Korea’s Defense Integrated Data Center (a center responsible for storing digital military data) in September last year to steal the secret files, with Operational Plans 5015 and 3100 mentioned in the article. Operational Plan 5015 relates to ‘the latest Seoul-Washington scheme to handle an all-out war with Pyongyang, which reportedly contains detailed procedures to ‘decapitate’ the North Korean leadership,’ Yonhap said.” (10/10/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/10/north-korea-hackers-stole-us-south-korea-plans-to-kill-kim-jong-un.html

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5) SCOTUS leaves Guantanamo abductee’s kangaroo court “conviction” intact
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place the last remaining conviction of a Yemeni man who was put on trial before a special military tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base in Cuba for his role as an al Qaeda publicist. The justices declined to hear Ali Hamza al Bahlul’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling rejecting his claim that the military commission set up to deal with war crimes that convicted him in 2008 lacked the authority to prosecute him for the crime of conspiracy. Under international law, conspiracy is not considered a war crime, his lawyers had argued. Bahlul, who made videos as part of his work for late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s organization, was captured in Pakistan three months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and was transferred to Guantanamo Bay. A military commission convicted him of three crimes (conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and solicitation of others to commit war crimes) and sentenced him to life in prison. A federal appeals court in 2014 threw out his convictions on all but the conspiracy charge.” (10/10/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/supreme-court-leaves-guantanamo-detainees-conviction-intact

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6) Vampire scare prompts UN to pull staff out of southern Malawi amid mob violence
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“The United Nations said on Monday it has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in which at least five people have been killed. Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, where many aid agencies and NGOs work. A spate of vigilante violence linked to a vampire rumours also erupted in Malawi in 2002. … The UNDSS report said at least five people had been killed in the area since mid-September by lynch mobs accusing them of vampirism. It said mobs searching for vampires have been mounting road blocks in the district, raising security concerns.” (10/10/17)

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/2114630/vampire-scare-prompts-un-pull-staff-out-southern-malawi-amid-mob

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7) AL: GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore calls son’s ninth arrest “cheap political trick”
Source: Raw Story

“Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who won a hotly-contested Republican Senate primary against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) last month, is calling his son Caleb’s ninth arrest a ‘cheap political trick.’ According to AL.com, Caleb Moore was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor related to another misdemeanor charge from November 2016 for hunting without a permit. In a statement, Judge Moore’s campaign chairman Bill Armistead said the ‘personal matter’ is a ‘cheap political trick to detract from the real issues facing our country.’ The statement echoes Caleb’s claims in 2015, when he took to social media after a marijuana and Xanax possession charge to blame his arrest on people opposed to his staunchly anti-LGBT father.” [editor’s note: The real cheap political trick is this troglodyte being so close to making federal law soon – SAT] (10/10/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/alabama-gop-senate-hopeful-roy-moore-calls-sons-ninth-arrest-a-cheap-political-trick

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8) Hillary Clinton “appalled” by allegations against Weinstein
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hillary Clinton says she was ‘shocked and appalled’ by the revelations about disgraced movie titan Harvey Weinstein, who faces multiple allegations of sexual abuse and harassment from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Weinstein has been a major Democratic Party donor as he and his family has given more than $1.4 million in political contributions since the 1992 election cycle. The explosive report by The New York Times last week and subsequent stories have forced congressional Democrats to give thousands of dollars in donations they received from Weinstein to charities. The pressure was also on Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, and former President Barack Obama to respond to the reports.” (10/10/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Hillary-Clinton-appalled-by-harvey-weinstein-12267128.php

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9) Trump says he’s likely to sign healthcare order this week
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he likely will sign an order this week that is expected to allow Americans to buy stripped-down health insurance policies, a step some experts say would further undermine the Obamacare law that Trump opposes. Unable to win passage of legislation to dismantle the 2010 law in a Congress led by his own party, Trump indicated he would take unilateral action. He offered few specifics beyond saying his action would let people cross state lines to obtain ‘great, competitive healthcare’ costing the United States ‘nothing.’ The expected order would allow small businesses and individuals to band together as associations to buy health insurance plans that would be exempt from some Obamacare requirements. These include mandatory coverage for 10 essential health benefits such as maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs and mental health treatment.” (10/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare/trump-says-hes-likely-to-sign-healthcare-order-this-week-idUSKBN1CF2CK

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10) CIA staged sham academic conferences to thwart Iran’s nuclear program
Source: Raw Story

“The CIA agent tapped softly on the hotel room door. After the keynote speeches, panel discussions and dinner, the conference attendees had retired for the night. Audio and visual surveillance of the room showed that the nuclear scientist’s minders from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were sleeping but he was still awake. Sure enough, he opened the door, alone. According to a person familiar with this encounter, which took place about a decade ago, the agency had been preparing it for months. Through a business front, it had funded and staged the conference at an unsuspecting foreign institution of scientific research, invited speakers and guests, and planted operatives among the kitchen workers and other staff, just so it could entice the nuclear expert out of Iran, separate him for a few minutes from his guards, and pitch him one-on-one. A last-minute snag had almost derailed the plans: The target switched hotels because the conference’s preferred hotel cost $75 more than his superiors in Iran were willing to spend.” (10/10/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/how-the-cia-staged-sham-academic-conferences-to-thwart-irans-nuclear-program

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11) NFL owners considering ordering players to stand during national anthem
Source: Fox News

“The NFL could vote as soon as next week on a rule change that would require players to stand for the national anthem — effectively putting an end to the contentious protests that have broken out during the playing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Fox News obtained a letter on Tuesday sent by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to the league’s owners confirming the rule change would be discussed. ‘We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports, and especially the NFL, brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,’ Goodell wrote. Goodell wrote he and the NFL believed players should stand for the national anthem.” (10/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/10/10/nfl-owners-considering-ordering-players-to-stand-during-national-anthem.html

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12) PA: No charges for man who tried to make pol feel like undocumented immigrant
Source: PennLive

“A man who was kicked out of a televised town hall for seeming to suggest that Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s daughter had been kidnapped won’t face charges. Simon Radecki’s question was inappropriate and offensive but was within the bounds of free speech, District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday, overruling police who initially planned to charge him. Radecki, a 28-year-old activist, was picked ahead of time to be one of Toomey’s questioners at the Aug. 31 event at a PBS station in Bethlehem. When it was his turn, he thanked Toomey for taking questions but then veered off-script and said: ‘I know we’ve been here a while. You probably haven’t seen the news. Can you confirm whether or not your daughter Bridget has been kidnapped?’ Police yanked Radecki off stage as he continued, ‘The reason I ask is because that’s the reality of families that suffer deportation …'” [editor’s note: It’s insane that whether or not the guy would be charged with a crime even seems to be a question; the only ones facing charges should be the cops who abducted him – TLK] (10/09/17)

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2017/10/no_charges_for_man_who_asked_i.html

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13) India: Supreme Court bans firecrackers during Diwali
Source: The Indian Express [India]

“In an effort to check alarming pollution level, the Supreme Court on Monday slapped a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region during Diwali this year, dealing a blow to the traders and businessmen dealing in them. … The court stated that adverse effects of firecrackers during Diwali had led to the closing of schools in Delhi last year and the authorities were compelled to take various measures on emergent basis when faced with ‘health emergency’ situation. A dense blanket of smog had engulfed the city after the night of fireworks on October 30 last year.” (10/10/17)

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/firecrackers-sale-banned-delhi-ncr-diwali-shopkeepers-supreme-court-pollution-4882282/

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14) Austria: Shark mascot arrested for violating burka ban
Source: Bangor Daily News

“Less than two weeks after a controversial law banning face coverings went into effect in Austria, a man was arrested for wearing a shark costume, the British Sky News and other media outlets have reported. The law has been widely referred to as a ‘burka ban’ and is seen by many as targeting the full face coverings worn by conservative Muslim women. But one of the first people to allegedly violate the law was not a Muslim woman, but rather a man wearing a face-covering shark outfit to promote a McShark computer store in Vienna.” (10/09/17)

https://bangordailynews.com/2017/10/09/news/shark-mascot-gets-arrested-for-violating-burka-ban/

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15) MO: Republican Hawley announces run for US Senate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has made it official: He’s running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018. Hawley, a 37-year-old in his first year of elected office, released a video Tuesday morning announcing his candidacy against McCaskill, who is among 10 Senate Democrats running in states won by President Donald Trump, and whose seat is considered among the most vulnerable. He said he wasn’t planning to run for Senate. “But we believe we have to do all we can to win a better future for our country,” Hawley said on the video. ‘It’s time to do something new,’ Hawley said. ‘America is an exceptional place, and it’s still a young country. Its future is worth fighting for. So let’s get ready and do our part.’ McCaskill and Missouri Democrats have anticipated the announcement for months. The Missouri Democratic Party in July launched a digital ad accusing Hawley of using the attorney general’s office as a stepping stone to higher office.” [editor’s note: More not-good news for Mr. Petersen – SAT] (10/10/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Missouri-Republican-Hawley-announces-run-for-US-12265492.php

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16) Russian military says US “pretending” to fight Islamic State in Iraq, letting jihadis flow into Syria
Source: Newsweek

“Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of ‘pretending’ to fight the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and of deliberately reducing its air strikes in Iraq to allow the group’s militants to stream into Syria to slow the Russian-backed advance of the Syrian army. In the latest sign of rising tensions between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement that the U.S.-led coalition had sharply reduced its air strikes in Iraq in September when Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, had started to retake Deir Ezzor Province.” (10/10/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-military-says-us-pretending-fight-isis-iraq-letting-jihadis-flow-syria-681331

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17) Trump proposes “IQ tests” face-off after Tillerson calls him a “moron”
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump proposed an ‘IQ tests’ face-off with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the nation’s top diplomat reportedly called the president a ‘moron’ and disparaged his grasp on foreign policy. In an interview with Forbes magazine published Tuesday, Trump fired a shot at Tillerson over the ‘moron’ revelation, first reported by NBC News and confirmed by several other news organizations, including The Washington Post. ‘I think it’s fake news,’ Trump said, ‘but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win.’ Trump’s dare is the latest evidence of what White House officials have described as a breach of trust between the president and secretary of state.” (10/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/10/trump-proposes-iq-tests-face-off-with-tillerson-after-secretary-of-state-calls-him-a-moron/

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18) Japan: Court orders utility, government to pay damages to Fukushima victims
Source: US News & World Report

“A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in the 2011 nuclear crisis. The Fukushima District Court said the government had failed to order Tokyo Electric Power Co. to improve safety measures despite knowing as early as 2002 of a risk of a massive tsunami in the region. The 3,800 plaintiffs, who sued in 2015, form the largest group among about 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 people pending across Japan. Closely monitored as a measure of government responsibility, Tuesday’s ruling was the second verdict that held the government accountable in the Fukushima meltdowns, increasing hopes for other pending cases.” (10/10/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-10-10/japan-court-govt-utility-accountable-in-fukushima-accident

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19) TX: Student shoots and kills burglar/kidnapper; re-captured by accomplices
Source: New York Daily News

“A student at Texas Tech University is accused of shooting dead a campus police officer on Monday night after drugs were found in his room, a school official said. The suspect, 19-year-old Hollis Daniels, escaped after the shooting, sending the school in lockdown as police launched a manhunt in Lubbock, Texas, authorities said. Nearly two hours later, Daniels was tackled by a campus officer and arrested near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum around 9:30 p.m. Campus police were conducting a student welfare check earlier Monday when they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room, according to the school’s spokesperson Chris Cook. After Daniels was transported to the Texas Tech University Police headquarters at 413 Flint Ave, he pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the head before fleeing on foot, Cook said.” (10/10/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-tech-police-officer-reportedly-shot-dead-article-1.3552537

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20) Vanuatu: Regime becomes first to accept Bitcoin in exchange for citizenship
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has become host to the world’s first government to accept bitcoin in exchange for citizenship. Vanuatu’s citizenship program costs $200,000 USD, meaning that at current prices the residency program costs less than 41.5 bitcoins. As Vanuatu is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the citizenship program grants visa-free travel to over 100 countries, including much of Europe.” (10/10/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/vanuatu-becomes-first-nation-to-accept-bitcoin-as-citizenship-payment/

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

21) The costs of reneging on the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The consequences for reneging on the deal will be uniformly negative for the U.S. Even if those consequences aren’t quite as bad as some experts are predicting, they will include damage to our government’s reputation, a loss of trust with close allies, and much greater skepticism if the U.S. asks for international cooperation on another difficult negotiation later on. The U.S. under a different administration may be able to repair the damage and regain the trust that Trump is about to squander, but it would be far better if one of Trump’s successors didn’t have to clean up his mess. Trump’s intention to blow up the deal is all the more alarming to other governments, especially our allies, because it is so clearly unnecessary and irrational.” (10/10/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-costs-of-reneging-on-the-nuclear-deal/

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22) Excessive: Bail isn’t meant to enable the holding of political prisoners
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The US Constitution”s Eighth Amendment forbids ‘excessive bail’ in criminal prosecutions. That prohibition seems somewhat vague. I guess we’re just expected to know excessive bail when we see it. Two current cases demonstrate not just excessive bail, but abuse of the whole idea of bail for the purpose of holding un-convicted defendants as political prisoners.” (10/10/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11636

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23) Trump owes Orwell; Big Brother is his role model
Source: USA Today
by Brian Klaas

“In George Orwell’s prophetically dystopian novel, 1984, Big Brother’s regime uses a ‘memory hole’ to destroy any facts or documents that become inconvenient to the regime’s preferred narrative. Citizens are then taught alternative facts — and they must forget what they previously knew. Big Brother, they learn, is never wrong. He can do no wrong. Trust the government, not your own eyes or ears. In the end, only ‘facts’ that show Big Brother in a positive light are allowed to exist. President Trump has brought the memory hole to the United States. Last week, Trump called on the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate news media outlets for their critical reporting of him. Their crime? Producing well-sourced, credible reporting that paints him in a negative light and is therefore ‘fake news.'” [editor’s note: To claim that Trump is the first to manufacture “truth” from the Oval Office is to show complete ignorance of history – SAT] (10/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/09/donald-trump-owes-george-orwell-for-1984-memory-hole-brian-klaas-column/746119001

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24) Repealing the Second Amendment won’t make gun bans any easier
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“It’s always been true, as gun restrictionists have repeatedly promised, that ‘nobody’s going to take your guns away.’ But few gun owners have ever believed that was from lack of intent; it was always from the absence of any practical way of implementing such a taking. That’s become increasingly clear in the wake of the truly horrific Mandalay Bay massacre as open calls for repealing the Second Amendment’s protection for self-defense, and even for banning privately owned guns, get louder. And still, the increasingly open prohibitionists haven’t come up with a proposal to make their plans stick.” (10/10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/10/repealing-the-2nd-amendment-wont-make-gu

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25) Patriotic kitsch
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Colin Kaepernick, arguably one of the ten best quarterbacks in the NFL today, is trapped in the veritable Purgatory of free agency because he dared to take a knee during the National Anthem in protest of this countries trigger happy police state. They blame it on the fans in flyover country but the reality is that the One Percenters who own these teams are scared shitless of an inner city black kid with something to say and the brains to back it up. The last thing those Scrooge-y cunts want is another Mohammed Ali on their hands. Their attempts to silence Kaepernick backfired badly as his stand inspired the better part of the League to take a knee. The spectacle was so great that our Moron In Chief, Donald Trump couldn’t help but to pour gasoline on the fire …” (10/10/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/10/patriotic-kitsch.html

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26) Trump’s grand immigration bargain: Take border security seriously, or no deal on “Dreamers”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Another promise fulfilled? As part of a deal that would give so-called ‘dreamers’ a path to permanent residency or citizenship in the U.S., President Trump unveiled a 70-point immigration plan that leans heavily toward reinforcing the U.S. border against illegal crossings. It’s long overdue. Trump’s plan, submitted on Sunday to Congress, is part of a quid pro quo to toughen our border security while giving those who are the children of illegal immigrants a shot at staying here permanently. It goes a long way toward doing what Trump promised during his campaign in 2016: get tough on America’s border security, which, under President Obama, had become an open joke. Among other things, the plans would give federal agents more power to nab illegals as they cross and to detain, hold and deport them more quickly if they’re caught on U.S. soil. He also calls for a border wall and more agents to police the border with Mexico.” [editor’s note: “Border security” will ALWAYS be a joke. The US has always had open borders, has open borders now, and short of imposition of a complete totalitarian police state internally, will always have open borders – TLK] (10/09/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-grand-immigration-bargain-either-take-border-security-seriously-or-no-deal-on-dreamers

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27) True irrationality
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Encountering daily Trump’s (and many non-Trumpians’) hostility to immigration, as well as Trump’s (and many non-Trumpians’) hostility to free trade, reinforces the sad truth that large numbers of my fellow human beings believe that prosperity springs from scarcity. The fewer are the workers in our economy, and the fewer are the goods and services in our economy, the richer we all will be! Of course, those whose minds are enfeebled by such economic ignorance cannot be expected to be consistent.” (10/10/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/true-irrationality.html

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28) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 11
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Last time I left off as we sat in a full dining room at the sanitarium, where, hopefully, we had broken through the hurtful theology of our time, giving these people a chance to heal on the inside. And while the moment lasted a useful amount of time, it was soon enough broken by Dora, who excused herself for a doctor’s appointment. Esther excused herself as well and drove her mom. Again we sat silently, thinking now about Dora, and how little time she had left. She’d probably be hospitalized within a week or two. Then one of them turned to me and asked, ‘What are we going to do without Dora?'” (10/10/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-11-stone-stumbling/

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29) With Facebook, Twitter in the crosshairs of investigators probing Russian interference, let’s consider the risks of applying election ad rules to the online world
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cindy Cohn

“The risk in not understanding the Internet landscape is serious. Extending the TV and radio election rules to small speakers and free and low-cost Internet speech will discourage these smaller entities from allowing or engaging in political expression at all. If regulation is not done carefully, it could undermine one of the great gifts of the Internet — allowing those without great financial resources to make their voices heard about the candidates and issues they’re passionate about. This could also end up entrenching both large Internet companies and large broadcasters (most of whom operate online, too) even more than they already are.” [editor’s note: Interesting piece, but they need to hire a title shortener – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/facebook-twitter-crosshairs-investigators-probing-russian-interference-lets

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30) How private equity killed Toys “R” Us
Source: In These Times
by Mark Dunbar

“Since Toys ‘R’ Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late September there has been much speculation as to what, or who, is to blame for the iconic toy company’s collapse. Some commentators have pointed to a general decline in the toy industry, with kids increasingly preferring app-based digital games to physical ones. Others have cited the company’s poorly constructed website and overpriced products, as compared to competitors like Walmart and Amazon. As the story goes, Toys ‘R’ Us was selling increasingly unpopular products inefficiently and at prices that didn’t reflect the current economic landscape. So is it really a surprise that the company was finally forced to file for bankruptcy, potentially closing its 1,600 stores in 38 countries for good? Yes, genuine market forces such as bad pricing models or changing consumer preferences could be to blame. Goods cost more to produce. Tastes change. Mistakes are made.” [editor’s note: Funny howe all these issues represent free market forces at play, yet “private equity” is somehow to blame? – SAT] (10/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20600/how-private-equity-killed-toys-r-us

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31) School choice for me, but not for thee, part 3
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Local control of public schools is as American as apple pie and baseball. In the vast majority of U.S. school districts, governance is of the people. Citizens in the local school district elect school board members. The citizens control the school system. Some worry that school choice would strip local taxpayers of this ability. Is this true? Just as is the case in considering finances, the simple answer is yes. In most school choice systems, whether public charter schools or private school choice programs, citizens do not have the ability to elect school board members. Here again, we must consider what this means.” (10/10/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/school-choice-me-not-thee-part-3

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32) Why cheating has become the norm
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Here we go again. The UK government has once more discovered that cheating is flourishing in the university system. Earlier this year, the Department for Education warned that it was considering implementing a crackdown on students buying essays online. Not only would it fine students who submitted commercially produced essays as their own work — it was also considering giving them criminal records, too. Nothing happened. Now, this week, universities minister Jo Johnson is demanding new guidelines to prevent ‘unacceptable and pernicious’ cheating. As usual, Johnson and other policymakers are focusing their energy on the most trivial dimension of the problem of cheating in universities. In this case, the professional essay mills.” (10/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-cheating-has-become-the-norm/

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33) White nationalism and economic nationalism
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“In August, when Stephen Bannon called me out of the blue, I came away from that bizarre conversation impressed with the coherence of his grand strategy, and relieved that Donald Trump has embraced only part of it. As Bannon explained with surprising candor driven by braggadocio, the idea is first to racialize politics — to remind white people, especially those who feel beleaguered, of their whiteness. If race becomes a prime identity for downwardly mobile white people, well, there still are a lot more whites than other colors in the rainbow. And if Democrats can get baited into defining their prime mission and identity as defending the rainbow, the right wins.” (10/10/17)

http://prospect.org/article/white-nationalism-and-economic-nationalism-0

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34) ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize is humanity’s Rx for survival
Source: Antiwar.com
by Robert Dodge

“Friday’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017 to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) draws attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and the global movement to abolish these weapons as the only reliable way to guarantee that they will never be used again. The award brings the reality of these consequences front and center to the world stage. The nuclear armed states with their addiction to nuclear weapons due to their misguided false sense of security in having these weapons and their refusal to proceed further with the disarmament process will now be legally bound to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This award stigmatizes the nuclear armed states with their nuclear stockpiles and empowers the non-nuclear nations who have spoken out in the adoption of this summer’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.” (10/10/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/robert_dodge/2017/10/09/icans-nobel-peace-prize-humanitys-rx-survival/

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35) Quantum Vibe, 10/10/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/10/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1704

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36) Trump’s EPA can’t even cook the books right
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“‘The EPA’s mission is to ‘protect and enhance the quality of the Nation’s air resources,’ but …’ That’s the most telling half a sentence in the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature climate change regulation, the Clean Power Plan. Expected to be announced officially on Tuesday, the plan will allow coal-fired power plants to emit unlimited amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere — and along with those greenhouse gases, harmful air pollutants like particulate matter, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. So after the ominous ‘but’ that disrupts the EPA’s boilerplate explanation of its mission, the document lowers the boom: ‘the Agency must do so within the authority delegated to it by Congress.’ And Congress apparently never gave the EPA the authority to put climate regulations on the dirtiest source of electricity in the country.” [editor’s note: Correct, and until Congress does so, neither the EPA, nor any other Federal agency, has ANY Constitutional authority to make regulatory law! – SAT] (10/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145232/trumps-epa-cant-even-cook-books-right

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37) When and why did Republicans turn against business?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In the old days, it was the Democrats. They were constantly badgering business with mandates, taxes and regulations. The Republicans, on the other hand, favored leaving the merchant class alone. Except, of course when they wanted to subsidize business with free loans, direct grants and government contracts. Everyone took this arrangement for granted, more or less. But times are changing. The rise of the Trump movement kicked in gear a new outlook on business. Indeed, there were odd moments in his campaign when he directly targeted business. He blasted Amazon for killing local business and threatened antitrust regulation against America’s most innovative company. (It is creating 50,000 new jobs at its new second headquarters). He called for a boycott of Apple because the company wouldn’t unlock its phones for the government to snoop on. He blasted American companies for outsourcing jobs.” [editor’s note: Tucker seems to have not noticed Theodore Roosevelt and the “progressive” Republican attitude toward “trusts” circa the turn of the 20th century – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/when-and-why-did-republicans-turn-against-business/

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38) Time for action
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“More protests during the national anthem; more opposition to those protests by the Trump administration; more recriminations about the administration’s opposition to the protests. Ah, modern times. Let’s review …” (10/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/10/time-for-action/

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39) A former Iranian diplomat on what Trump needs to know about Iran
Source: Reuters
by Seyed Hossein Mousavian

“With the fate of the Iran nuclear deal at stake, Donald Trump has until October 15 to tell Congress if he believes Tehran is complying with the seven-nation agreement. Many expect that the U.S. president will decertify Iranian compliance with the deal — returning U.S.-Iran relations to a state of overt hostility. Not all in the administration seem to agree with Trump’s harder-line approach on Iran. Defense Secretary James Mattis has publicly stated that Trump ‘should consider staying’ in the deal, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reportedly argued against decertification. Speaking after his first meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Tillerson also seemed to indicate a willingness to take a longer-term view when he told a media conference that the Washington-Tehran relationship had ‘never had a stable, happy moment in it.’ … ‘Is this going to be the way it is for the rest of our lives and our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives?’ he asked.” (10/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mousavian-iran-commentary/commentary-a-former-iranian-diplomat-on-what-trump-needs-to-know-about-iran-idUSKBN1CE22K

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40) The world will come to an end
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“Obviously, the world did not come to an end last month on September 23 as some false prophets predicted. It is not even worth the time to discuss who made the predictions and why they made them. Here are eight other times the world didn’t end when it was supposed to either. But claiming that the sky will fall or the world will come to an end is nothing new. Many people believe that if a certain thing happens then the world will come to an end. They may not say so outright, but judging from their reaction to certain proposals, that is their reaction. Liberals and Democrats are the worst, but conservatives and Republicans are sometimes just as bad, depending on the issue. Here are fifty things, the mention of which causes one or all of these groups to think the world will come to an end.” (10/10/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/laurence-m-vance/the-world-will-come-to-an-end/

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41) Supreme Court takes on public sector unions
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro & Frank Garrison

“At the start of this ‘momentous’ Supreme Court term — as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called it — most people are focused on partisan gerrymandering. But it’s not clear that there are five votes for inserting courts into every redistricting decision, thereby creating an election-lawyer full-employment act. Instead, as far as politics are concerned, what the term may become known for is blunting the power and influence of public-sector unions. Two cases now before the Court pit the First Amendment rights of millions of workers against a sort of government-union cartel that makes the most feverish theories of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign look like child’s play. Both revolve around one fundamental question: whether state legislatures can force workers into unwanted relationships with unions.” [editor’s note: No, it doesn’t revolve around that question, since the next time a state legislature forces a worker into an unwanted relationship with a union will be the first time – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-court-takes-public-sector-unions

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42) Mia Love on Michelle Obama’s “identity politics” hypocrisy
Source: Town Hall
by Cortney O’Brien

“Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been speaking out quite a lot lately about her disappointment in women who voted for Donald Trump (‘they voted against their own voice’), and the supposed homogenous state of the GOP. She came to that conclusion following her observations at the State of the Union. … Rep. Mia Love, a proud black Republican woman from Utah, rejected Mrs. Obama’s notions over the weekend. ‘Sadly, this is identity politics,’ she said. ‘I don’t know if she noticed, but I am not white and I am not a male.’ Mrs. Obama’s divisive remarks are typical tactics employed by Democrats to win elections, Love insisted. They could care less about policy.” [editor’s note: The empress wanna-be continues to show why she should never be allwoed near an elected office – SAT] (10/09/17)

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/10/09/mia-love-on-michelle-obamas-hypocrisy-n2392576

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43) Did the Indians understand the concept of private property?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“One of Ayn Rand’s most notorious claims is that Europeans and their descendants were justified in driving Indian tribes off their lands because aboriginal Americans ‘did not have the concept of property or property rights,’ and because they ‘wish[ed] to continue a primitive existence.’ Rand also claims the Indian tribes had no right to the land they lived on because ‘they didn’t have a settled society,’ and ‘had predominantly nomadic tribal ‘cultures.” Rand even uses scare quotes around ‘cultures’ to perhaps imply that Indian culture was not any type of culture at all. Today, many critics of laissez-faire liberalism (i.e., libertarianism) continue to quote these lines in order to indict all defenders of private property, whom critics like to associate with Rand’s peculiar ideology. As with so many accusations that conflate Rand’s beliefs with libertarians, this is misplaced.” (10/09/17)

https://mises.org/blog/did-indians-understand-concept-private-property

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44) How fast does populism destroy economic freedom in Latin America?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Nicolas Cachanosky

“The turn of the twentieth century has seen an increase in populist government in Latin America. That populism is no friend of free markets is well known. And even if their movement against free markets if fairly quick, it is common for individuals to loose track of how fast they are loosing their economic freedoms. There are five cases of populist governments in Latin America that can work as benchmarks for the region. In particular, we can look at the behavior of governments in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela for the time frames depicted in the following table.” (10/09/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/10/09/how-fast-does-populism-destroy-economic-freedom-in-latin-america/

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45) The face of surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s recognition database
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“Never miss an opportunity in the security business. A massacre in Las Vegas has sent its tremors through the establishments, and made its way across the Pacific into the corridors of Canberra and the Prime Minister’s office. Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull is very keen to make hay out of blood, and has suggested another broadening of the security state: the creation of a national facial recognition data base. … Turnbull, a figure who, when in the law, stressed the importance of various liberties, is attempting to convince all the governments of Australia that terrorism suspects can be detained for periods of up to 14 days without charge. Lazy law enforcement officials, rejoice. Tagged to that agenda, one he wishes to run by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in Canberra, is the fanciful need for a national facial recognition database. This dystopian fantasy of an information heavy, centralised database is one Australians have historically have opposed with admirable scepticism.” (10/10/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/10/the-face-of-surveillance-malcolm-turnbulls-recognition-database/

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46) Why you should crypto
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“It didn’t take much thought for me to realize what changed between my initial crypto purchases and the more recent ones that turned me into a Cryptocurrency evangelist: Porcfest. By sheer coincidence, I happened to have my laptop with me, which gave me access to my meager amounts of crypto, but the drive had also been damaged in the drive, so I wasn’t actually able to use them (and will never be able to recover them). But I saw there something I didn’t expect: cryptos in use as currencies. Since, I’ve been paying more attention to that, and I’ve noticed that we are not far from the threshold of widespread crypto acceptance. In Keene (to where I’m soon moving), many brick-and-mortar businesses accept it, for example. This all caused me to really consider them as viable currencies–ones that will ultimately shatter state power over us. So why should you begin moving money into Cryptocurrency? There are many reasons, but let’s start with the obvious.” (10/09/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/09/why-you-should-crypto/

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47) Trump budget director: What, me worry (about the national debt)?
Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“It’s fun to debate whether Mulvaney has betrayed deeply held free market principles, in exchange for a belief that spending can stimulate the economy. But as Morrissey and Weissman suggest, the big story here seems to be the situational ethics. Just as homelessness seems to cease being a problem worthy of coverage when Democrats are in office, hand-wringing about spending our children’s inheritance seems to go out the window once a Republican is in the White House. How many times did Paul Ryan say ‘we’ve got to tackle this debt crisis before it tackles us’ during the Obama era? Mulvaney was instrumental in making the point that this was an existential moral issue. ‘Anybody who is up to speed on budget issues should be scared to death by what’s happening with the debt and the deficit in this country,’ he said in 2011. ‘If you’re not losing sleep over it, then you’re simply not paying attention.'” (10/09/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-budget-director-what-me-worry-about-the-national-debt

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48) Nuclear weapons ban won’t work for the same reason gun control won’t work
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“Just imagine for a moment, a world in which the current 9 nuclear super-powers destroy their nuclear weapons. Is it really necessary to state the obvious here? Kim Jong-Un can not be trusted in the least. He is a totalitarian dictator, a megalomaniac, and a bald-faced liar. Does anyone, outside the ICAN organization, actually believe that Kim Jong-Un could be trusted to give up his nuclear weapons? It is a complete and total farce. Yes, a world with no nuclear weapons sounds wonderfully idyllic. It sounds just about as practical as realizing a world without artillery or guns or tanks or knives. Upright, law-abiding, moral people will observe such rules and regulations, leaving the degenerate, lawbreaking, immoral people and organizations to terrorize the rest of us.” (10/09/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/10/09/nuclear-weapons-ban-wont-work/

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49) Che Guevara and the destruction of America’s values
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Prior to his execution, Guevara had been organizing and leading an insurgency against the Bolivian government. His aim was the same as Castro’s in Cuba — to oust a brutal U.S.-supported right-wing dictatorial regime and replace it with a left-wing communist regime. In the course of the insurgency, Guevara and his small force had ambushed and killed Bolivian soldiers. Such being the case, the natural question arises: What was wrong with killing him? The answer is: Bolivian military forces had captured Guevara. They had him in custody. And then they shot him. No trial. No military tribunal. No judicial process at all. Just a summary execution. That’s murder, pure and simple. No matter what one may think about communists, no matter what atrocities that communists had committed around the world, no matter how despicable one might view communist ideology, no matter what Guevara had done, the fact is that once he was taken into custody, it was a criminal offense to summarily kill him.” (10/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/10/che-guevara-destruction-americas-values/

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50) White House wrongly calls for investigation into UNLV professor’s comments
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Joe Cohn

“Video of UNLV history professor Tessa Winkelmann’s in-class comments last Thursday, in which she said that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was at least partially to blame for the Oct. 1 massacre of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, has drawn the ire of the White House. … Troublingly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the [Las Vegas Review-Journal] in a subsequent interview that she agreed with the student, calling for an investigation into the professor’s comments. … Although the White House has the right to respond to criticisms, the professor’s comments clearly constituted protected speech and should never be subjected to investigation. Investigations into protected classroom speech are incompatible with academic freedom.” (10/09/17)

https://www.thefire.org/white-house-wrongly-calls-for-investigation-into-unlv-professors-comments/

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51) Fresh Air: Stalin’s war on Ukraine
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“In the early 1930s Stalin orchestrated a famine to suppress the nationalist movement in Ukraine, and strengthen Russian influence. Millions of people died. Anne Applebaum says, ‘so much of why the Ukrainian famine was possible was because of the way in which the Soviet Union used disinformation, propaganda, and what we would now call hate speech to encourage people to do terrible things.’ Her book is The Red Famine. Applebaum also discusses Russian interference in recent elections.” [Podcast] [editor’s note: Nice to see NPR reminding some of their listeners of what some “anti-fascists” have done down through history – SAT] (10/09/17)

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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52) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 25
Source: Libertarianism.org

“We’re inclined to look at 18th-century America and see the grand legacy of freedoms won, but what about the freedoms we lost?” [various formats] (10/10/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/court-county-first-british-empire

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 10/10/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss how monopolies are government-created entities and that freeing the market is the only way to liberty and prosperity.” [various formats] (10/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-monopolies-big-business-free-market-video/

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54) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 72
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Secession is in the news again, and more than just Catalonia. Why is this good news? What’s in the News with stories on a new libertarian country idea, police union outrage, Free Ross news, Equifax gets a government contract, Bill Weld shows his true colors, and body camera footage kept in the dark. Also, a Statists Gonna State segment on guns in America and a Herding Cats segment on two upcoming libertarian events.” [various formats] (10/10/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/secede-to-succeed-tlf072/

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55) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/10/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Join Lou and Darrell as they explore: Che Guevara died, does it matter? Who are these ‘great men,’ and why are they on T-shirts? We discuss the Great Man Fallacy, and the Great Bad Boogieman Fallacy that complements the Great Man notion.” [various formats] (10/10/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15130

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56) Free Talk Live, 10/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“California Becomes First Sanctuary State :: Naturalization vs Immigration :: Welfare and Accessory to Violent Crimes :: Ricky’s Contract Slavery :: Collateral Arrests :: Columbus Day :: Vegas Shooting Theories :: Govt Trying to Evict Farmers :: Shocking Statistics About Teens, Smartphone Use, and Depression :: Flip Phone :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-09

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1019
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Haven’t labor unions improved the standard of living of American workers? Why, wouldn’t we not even have the weekend without them? My father belonged to the Teamsters, so I have a natural inclination to side with unions, but the facts won’t let me, and in this episode I explain why.” [various formats] (10/09/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1019-labor-unions-myths-and-facts/

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