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In the News:

1) Spain: Rajoy threatens to impose dictatorship on Catalonia
2) Trump threatens networks: “Disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want”
3) Delta vows not to pay US import duties on Bombardier jetliner
4) Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity
5) Green introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
6) Ring discovered around egg-shaped dwarf planet Haumea
7) Boy Scouts to admit girls into Cub Scouts
8) Australia: Unsent text accepted as dead man’s will by court
9) LA: Police arrest ten in drinking death of LSU fraternity pledge
10) Trump to name White House aide to Heimatsicherheitsdienst post
11) Conservative groups demand McConnell step down as Senate GOP leader
12) Matt Damon denies “killing” 2004 story on Harvey Weinstein
13) NY: School locked down after students fight, then parents brawl
14) Switzerland: Scientists find gold worth $2 million in sewage
15) Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica
16) USS McCain CO, XO relieved of duties
17) Yellowstone supervolcano could produce cataclysmic eruption much faster than we thought
18) UT: Cop caught on video assaulting nurse is fired
19) Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
20) UK: Hammond rejects call to fund plans for “no deal” Brexit

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A protectionist utopia?
22) Power corrupts: A culture of compliance breeds despots and predators
23) Whose money is it?
24) Try to make the world a better place
25) Our halting progress toward maximum economic freedom
26) How the “fake news” scare is marginalizing the left
27) Libertarians can solve the abortion issue with evictionism
28) Media should show more responsibility in covering mass murders
29) How to attain outer excellence and inner peace
30) GOP now the White Nationalist Party, not changing anytime soon
31) Why not an IQ test?
32) How much do central banks cost us?
33) Clintonian Democrats peddling myths to cling to power
34) How to resolve the culture war over “gay cakes”
35) Just repeal the Jones Act, already!
36) NRA delenda est
37) Don’t fall for the Con-Con con
38) What the New York Times gets right about the Second Amendment — it exists
39) Vegas lesson: Country music is not gun culture music
40) Ten reasons the US should stick with the Iran nuclear deal
41) I just don’t get it
42) A new “Grand Bargain” for Americans to reduce US debt
43) Forget about antitrust: Wal-Mart is punching back at Amazon
44) Will Trump make a deal with the CIA on JFK records?
45) Shooting war in North Korea? History says yes.
46) Throwing in (and out) the towel(s)
47) My suggestion for a national “dashboard” for tracking progress
48) Gun control: The new moral crusade
49) Does reproductive freedom mean forcing people to sin?
50) Quantum Vibe, 10/11/17
51) Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s “responsible encryption” demand is bad and he should feel bad
52) Robots will not create a workless world
53) NRA considering supporting bump stock ban takes gun control in a new direction
54) What happens when you don’t own something
55) The Republican plan to rob America

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 8
57) Electric Libertyland, episode 41
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/11/17
59) Words & Numbers, episode 35
60) Intercepted Podcast, 10/11/17
61) Fresh Air: “Rex Tillerson at the breaking point”
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/10/17
63) Free Talk Live, 10/10/17
64) PanAm Podcast, 10/10/17
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1000

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1) Spain: Rajoy threatens to impose dictatorship on Catalonia
Source: SBS [Australian state media]

“Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has taken the first step towards activating article 155 of the Spanish constitution, a so-called nuclear option that would allow him to suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and take over the region. In a televised address Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leaders to confirm if they had declared independence, ‘which is a requirement for any measure the government can adopt under Article 155 of the constitution.'” (10/11/17)

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/11/spanish-prime-minister-threatens-suspend-catalonias-autonomy

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2) Trump threatens networks: “Disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want”
Source: Los Angeles Times

“President Trump has threatened press freedoms before, but on Wednesday, he went a step further: suggesting that television networks lose their federal broadcast licenses for what he considers ‘fake news.’ The president, who made his statement in a morning post on Twitter, was provoked by an NBC report that he had called for a ‘tenfold’ increase in nuclear arms during a July meeting with national security advisors. … Trump’s latest tirade against NBC was triggered when it reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately called Trump a ‘moron’ and nearly quit the administration out of concern about the president’s behavior and policies. Tillerson denied he said that, after initially declining a chance to deny it. The network followed up Wednesday with a report on what Trump had said to prompt Tillerson to make the comment.” (10/11/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-press-20171011-story.html

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3) Delta vows not to pay US import duties on Bombardier jetliner
Source: Bloomberg

“Delta Air Lines Inc. said it wouldn’t pay import duties on Bombardier Inc.’s marquee jetliner, which was socked in the last two weeks with 300 percent tariffs by the U.S. Commerce Department. It’s possible Delta will delay deliveries of the C Series planes, which are scheduled to begin next year, Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said Wednesday. The airline is also contemplating ‘various other plans’ if the preliminary duties are finalized, he said without elaborating. Delta last year agreed to buy at least 75 of the jets at a list price of more than $5 billion. ‘We will not pay those tariffs, and that is very clear,’ Bastian said on a conference call with investors and analysts after reporting third-quarter results. ‘We intend to take the aircraft.'” [editor’s note: Huzzah. The next step is to let Boeing know that Delta won’t be purchasing any of ITS aircraft as long as the extortion/corporate welfare scheme remains in place – TLK] (10/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-11/delta-vows-not-to-pay-u-s-import-duties-on-bombardier-jetliner

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4) Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity
Source: Washington Post

“Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a ‘regular salary’ from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years. … A Washington Post review of public and internal charity documents found that errors and gaps in the group’s federal tax filings obscured until now the compensation paid to Moore, whose defeat last month of President Trump’s choice for Republican nominee in the Senate race will likely embolden far-right challengers to the party’s mainstream incumbents.” (10/11/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/undisclosed-deal-guaranteed-roy-moore-180000-a-year-for-part-time-work-at-charity/2017/10/11/5f56679e-a9de-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html

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5) Green introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
Source: Fox News

“Liberal Democratic Rep. Al Green on Wednesday followed through on threats to compel an impeachment vote against President Trump, filing four articles of impeachment in the House while delivering an anti-Trump tirade on the floor. The Texas congressman’s maneuver is expected to force a vote either Thursday or Friday, putting fellow Democrats in an awkward spot. ‘Today, I rise to use the constitutionally prescribed political process of impeachment to speak truth to the most powerful man on earth, the president of the United States of America,’ Green said in a speech on the House floor. Accusing Trump of betraying ‘his trust as president’ by embracing racism, Green referenced Adolf Hitler and made the point that Trump can still be removed from office even if he didn’t commit a crime.” (10/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/11/dem-rep-al-green-introduces-articles-impeachment-against-trump-forcing-vote.html

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6) Ring discovered around egg-shaped dwarf planet Haumea
Source: USA Today

“As kids, we all knew Saturn was the one planet in our solar system with rings. Then, rings were also discovered around Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. And now a new study reports that a ring has been spotted around another object in our solar system: Haumea, a weird, egg-shaped, distant dwarf planet located beyond Neptune. This is the first time that a ring has been discovered around such a distant body in the solar system, according to the study, which appeared in the peer-reviewed British journal Nature. In 2014 we discovered that a very small body in the Centaurs region (an area of small celestial bodies between the asteroid belt and Neptune) had a ring and at that time it seemed to be a very weird thing,’ study lead author José Ortiz told The Guardian. ‘We didn’t expect to find a ring around Haumea, but we were not too surprised either.'” (10/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2017/10/11/ring-discovered-around-egg-shaped-dwarf-planet-haumea/753805001

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7) Boy Scouts to admit girls into Cub Scouts
Source: Fox News

“The Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday its plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts and create a new program for older girls to allow them to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout, a historic change after years of requests from families and girls. The change is expected go into effect in 2019. Cub Scout dens, the smallest unit, will become single-gender, either containing all boys or all girls. The larger Cub Scout packs will have the option to welcome both genders if they choose. ‘We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,’ the Boy Scouts said in a news release. ‘We strive to bring what our organization does best (developing character and leadership for young people) to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders,’ the release stated.” (10/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/11/boy-scouts-to-admit-girls-to-cub-scouts.html

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8) Australia: Unsent text accepted as dead man’s will by court
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A court in Australia has accepted an unsent, draft text message on a dead man’s mobile phone as an official will. The 55-year-old man had composed a text message addressed to his brother, in which he gave ‘all that I have’ to his brother and nephew. The message was found in the drafts folder on the man’s phone after he took his own life last year. Brisbane Supreme Court ruled that the wording of the text indicated that the man intended it to act as his will. In the message, the man gave details of how to access his bank account and where he had hidden money in his house. ‘Put my ashes in the back garden,’ he wrote. ‘A bit of cash behind TV and a bit in the bank.’ According to ABC News, the man’s wife applied to manage his assets and argued that the text message was not valid as a will because it was never sent.” (10/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-41580970

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9) LA: Police arrest ten in drinking death of LSU fraternity pledge
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Ten people were arrested Wednesday on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood-alcohol content level was more than six times the legal limit for driving, officials said. One of the 10 suspects (Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas) also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement. An autopsy showed Gruver’s blood-alcohol content level at the time of his death was 0.495, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said Wednesday. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving in Louisiana is 0.08 percent.” [editor’s note: Didn’t I just see this plot played out on TV last night? He just didn’t drown this time – SAT] (10/11/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Police-to-arrest-10-people-in-LSU-fraternity-12269406.php

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10) Trump to name White House aide to Heimatsicherheitsdienst post
Source: Reuters

“President Donald Trump was expected to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, who as top aide to his White House chief of staff has sought to instill order in Trump’s team, to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Wednesday. If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen would take the reins at a sprawling department with more than 240,000 employees that is responsible for U.S. border and airport security, immigration policy, disaster response, refugee admissions and other matters. Nielsen, 45, is a cyber security expert with a considerable resume in homeland security that includes work at the department’s Transportation Security Administration and on Republican former President George W. Bush’s White House Homeland Security Council.” (10/11/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-dhs/trump-to-name-white-house-aide-to-homeland-security-post-official-idUSKBN1CG2EH

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11) Conservative groups demand McConnell step down as Senate GOP leader
Source: Fox News

“The leaders of several conservative groups called Wednesday for Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate majority leader, arguing the Kentucky Republican and the rest of his team should be ousted from their posts because they have not implemented the conservative agenda they promised. ‘We call on all five members of the GOP Senate leadership to step down, or for their caucus to remove them as soon as possible,’ Ken Cuccinelli, the former attorney general of Virginia who now leads the Senate Conservatives Fund, said at a Wednesday press conference on Capitol Hill. All the leaders come from anti-Republican establishment organizations with ties to the Tea Party movement. They have long been thorns in McConnell’s side and have backed conservative challengers to Republican incumbents in Senate races. They include representatives from FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Patriots and For America. ‘If this was a football team, and you’d lost this many times, you’d start seriously considering firing the coaches,’ said David Bozell, the president of For America.” (10/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/11/conservative-groups-demand-mcconnell-step-down-as-senate-gop-leader.html

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12) Matt Damon denies “killing” 2004 story on Harvey Weinstein
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Actor Matt Damon has denied trying to ‘kill’ a story about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour when it was investigated by a reporter 13 years ago. Sharon Waxman has said she looked into rumours that an employee of Weinstein in Italy was procuring women for him. She said Damon and Russell Crowe called her to vouch for the employee. But Damon has said he did not know the detail of the allegations. ‘I would never, ever, ever try to kill a story like that,’ he told Deadline. ‘I just wouldn’t do that. It’s not something I would do, for anybody.’ Waxman, who then worked for the New York Times, was ultimately unable to publish any allegations relating to Weinstein’s sexual behaviour.” (10/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41581564

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13) NY: School locked down after students fight, then parents brawl
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Authorities say a New York high school had to be placed on lockdown after a fight broke out among students and another brawl erupted when their parents arrived. Police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal that at least 10 officers were sent to Poughkeepsie High School just before noon Tuesday after a fight broke out among students. Police say the students’ parents later arrived and got into a fight as well. School district officials say an external threat required administrators to put the high school under a shelter-in-place warning until the threat was contained.” (10/11/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/NY-school-locked-down-after-students-fight-12269326.php

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14) Switzerland: Scientists find gold worth $2 million in sewage
Source: CNN Money

“Scientists have struck gold in an unlikely place: Swiss sewage and waste water treatment plants. An estimated 95 pounds of gold is flushed through Swiss sewage systems each year, according to a study by the aquatic science institute Eawag. The lost gold is worth nearly $2 million at current prices. The researchers believe the tiny flecks of gold flow into the waste water system from the country’s famed watchmaking industry and gold refineries. The study, commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, involved surveys of 64 waste water treatment plants across the country.” (10/11/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/11/news/gold-switzerland-water-sewage-waste/index.html

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15) Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica
Source: Inhabitat

“A giant hole the size of Maine or Lake Superior has suddenly appeared on the surface of Antarctica and scientists are not quite sure how it came into being. ‘It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,’ said atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. The sudden emergence of this hole, for the second year in a row, has confounded scientists, whose access to the site is limited. … Known as a polynia, the observed phenomenon occurs when open ocean water is surrounded by solid sea ice, leading to changes in the surrounding ice and below. This particular polynia has been known to scientists since the 1970s, though they were unable to fully investigate in the past. … This is the second year in a row in which the reported polynia hole has opened in Antarctica, ‘the second year in a row it’s opened after 40 years of not being there,’ according to Moore.” (10/11/17)

https://inhabitat.com/mysterious-giant-hole-cracks-open-in-antarctica/

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16) USS McCain CO, XO relieved of duties
Source: The Hill

“The commanding officer and the executive officer of the USS John S. McCain have been relieved of their duties over a ‘loss of confidence’ after a collision in August claimed the lives of 10 sailors. The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and that both the commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and the executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, had been reassigned to new posts in the Navy.” (10/11/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/354889-top-officers-of-uss-john-s-mccain-relieved-of-duties

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17) Yellowstone supervolcano could produce cataclysmic eruption much faster than we thought
Source: International Business Times

“The supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park could become primed for eruption within tens of years, not the millennia it was previously thought to take. The movements of magma that fuel an eruption of Yellowstone happen much more quickly than previously realised, scientists at Arizona State University have found. The magma chambers can fill just decades before an eruption, not thousands of years, according to research presented at a recent volcanology meeting in Oregon. … Yellowstone last erupted 631,000 years ago, and has the potential to release 1,000 cubic km of magma and ash at once. A supereruption happens on the planet about every 100,000 years, scientists reckon.” (10/11/17)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/yellowstone-supervolcano-could-erupt-much-more-quickly-previously-thought-1642708

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18) UT: Cop caught on video assaulting nurse is fired
Source: New York Daily News

“A Utah police officer who was caught on video dragging a nurse out of the hospital after she refused to let him draw blood has been fired. Salt Lake City Police Det. Jeff Payne was given the boot after the department found he had violated its policies when arresting nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26, a police spokesman said. … The two initially engaged in a heated argument after Wubbels told Payne he either needed a warrant or the patient’s consent to draw blood. Lt. James Tracy, Payne’s supervisor, was demoted. He was at the scene and told Wubbels that she should’ve let Payne draw blood. The nurse was released and never charged.” (10/10/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/utah-caught-video-assaulting-nurse-fired-department-article-1.3554590

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19) Israel hacked Kaspersky, then tipped the NSA that its tools had been breached
Source: Washington Post

“In 2015, Israeli government hackers saw something suspicious in the computers of a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm: hacking tools that could only have come from the National Security Agency. Israel notified the NSA, where alarmed officials immediately began a hunt for the breach, according to people familiar with the matter, who said an investigation by the agency revealed that the tools were in the possession of the Russian government. Israeli spies had found the hacking material on the network of Kaspersky Lab …. Last month, the Department of Homeland Security instructed federal civilian agencies to identify Kaspersky Lab software on their networks and remove it on the grounds that ‘the risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security.'” [editor’s note: Kaspersky offers the obvious explanation — that they detect and remove malware regardless of source, including NSA. To me, the bigger question is why trust the Israelis’ claims as to either truthfulness or motive? – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/israel-hacked-kaspersky-then-tipped-the-nsa-that-its-tools-had-been-breached/2017/10/10/d48ce774-aa95-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html

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20) UK: Hammond rejects call to fund plans for “no deal” Brexit
Source: Reuters

“British finance minister Philip Hammond rejected calls on Wednesday to start spending on plans for a ‘no deal’ Brexit as a way to put pressure on the rest of the European Union. Negotiations on the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU and their future relationship have made slow progress before a March 2019 deadline. That has drawn calls from some British lawmakers to walk away from the talks and start preparing for a clean break with the bloc.” (10/11/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-hammond-spending/uks-hammond-rejects-call-to-fund-plans-for-no-deal-brexit-idUSKBN1CG10Y

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

21) A protectionist utopia?
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“It is impossible for all individuals to simultaneously benefit from price competition as consumers and, as producers, from protection against competition. Price competition requires that firms and workers compete for their markets and their jobs. This competition for the patronage of consumers implies continuous disruption of production. A totally protectionist world cannot enjoy competitive prices because, by definition, people are banned from buying at the lowest prices that can be quoted on the market. If everybody were protected as a producer, nobody would be ‘protected’ as a consumer. What is feasible, however, is for some groups of individuals to be granted special protectionist measures in their interest while they are still allowed to import what they want without protectionist barriers. This is what special interests obtain.” (10/11/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/10/a_protectionist.html

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22) Power corrupts: A culture of compliance breeds despots and predators
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“Power corrupts. Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute power corrupts absolutely. It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an entertainment mogul, a corporate CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will eventually be abused. We’re seeing this dynamic play out every day in communities across America.” (10/11/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/11/96609/

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23) Whose money is it?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“The implicit premise that the money belongs to the politicians can be detected in various ways. For example, whenever a tax cut is proposed, critics ask, ‘How are you going to pay for that?’ That’s a peculiar question indeed. If I want a Ferrari, someone might reasonably ask, ‘How are you going to pay for that?’ because I need money to buy it. But a tax cut isn’t a purchase. It’s what happens when government abstains from taking money from taxpayers. It need not be paid for. If I was thinking of grabbing that $20 bill sticking out of your pocket and then decide not to, no one would ask, ‘How are going to pay for that abstention from theft?’ In other words, tax cuts are free. The right question is ‘If taxes are cut, how will the government pay for its programs?’ Now the question has shifted from taxes to spending. That’s progress because it directs our attention to whether any given program should be paid for.” (10/11/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/whose-money-it

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24) Try to make the world a better place
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“People are always wanting to know the meaning of life. There is probably more than one, but a very good one is: Make your world a little better every day. You don’t have to think big. Start where you are, doing what you can. Begin with easy stuff, but push yourself beyond the edge of your comfort zone. If you are hurting an innocent person, stop hurting them. Instead of staying silent while someone else is hurting an innocent person, get up, speak out, and don’t let it continue. If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them. Even if the bully has power, or if the law is on his side. Especially if the bully is the law.” (10/11/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/10/11/voices/try-to-make-the-world-a-better-place/154374.html

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25) Our halting progress toward maximum economic freedom
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Late last month, Canada’s Fraser Institute released the 2017 Economic Freedom of the World report. This year’s report covers the state of economic freedom as of 2015. It rates countries on a variety of policies from the size of government and the tax and regulatory burden to the soundness of the money supply and property rights. … Perennial free-market powerhouses Hong Kong and Singapore once again received the top scores, while Venezuela now holds the dubious title of the world’s least free economy. The United States is now tied with Canada for eleventh place. … this actually represents a big improvement. Last year we were 16th. Still, before we get too excited, we should recall that as recently as 2000, we ranked second in the world when it came to how free we were to buy and sell, to hire and fire, to run our businesses and conduct other economic activities free of government interference.” (10/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/our-halting-progress-toward-maximum-economic-freedom

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26) How the “fake news” scare is marginalizing the left
Source: In These Times
by Julianne Tveten

“Last month, the Russia-Fearmongering-Industrial Complex grew ever greater when reports surfaced that Russian actors had purchased more than $100,000 worth of political ads to display on Facebook. News outlets reported that the ads were designed to criticize Hillary Clinton while bolstering support for Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and to lure right-wing votes via appeals for the rights of gun owners. Even without confirmation of Russia connections, CNN, The Washington Post, Politico, The New York Times and other media sources have been resolute in their attempts to cast the ads as shadowy propaganda designed to prey on U.S. Facebook users. In the process, they’ve postulated noxious canards (namely, the suggestion that racial-justice organizing is a product of Russian machinations) and left the ads’ origins and aims nebulous. In characterizing the ads as menacing mirrors of right and left ideologies, mainstream media’s message remains clear: Only the corporate-sponsored center can be trusted.” (10/11/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20596/fake-news-left-facebook-twitter-tech-companies

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27) Libertarians can solve the abortion issue with evictionism
Source: We Are Libertarians
by Mike Tront

“[Walter] Block says that because the unborn child is an innocent human being, no one has a right to kill it. However, since the Mother owns her body and her womb, she has every right to have the child removed at any time in the gentlest manner possible. In other words, an evictionist couldn’t kill the baby and remove the body like abortionists do today. They would have to keep the child alive and unharmed as much as medically possible. What evictionism means for unborn children in today’s world is that most children evicted in the third trimester will survive. Some evicted in the second trimester will survive. And any child evicted in the first trimester will die. For the babies evicted before they are viable outside the womb this is a tragedy. They are innocent and helpless. This tragedy, however, doesn’t change the fact that no one has the right to the body of another. The woman is the owner of her body and she has the right to choose who can or can’t be inside of it or live off of it.” (10/11/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/libertarians-can-solve-abortion-issue-evictionism/

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28) Media should show more responsibility in covering mass murders
Source: The Jack News
by Jim Gray

“How many of these sick people who wantonly and arbitrarily kill crowds of people with bombs, guns or their cars are acting as copycats of prior similarly demented acts by other people? We may never know. But every time these demented folks have killed people in places like Aurora, San Bernardino, Charlottesville and Las Vegas the media have prominently published their names and even their pictures. Don’t you think that this has an effect? The media can call them losers, shooters, terrorists or the social dropouts that they are, and even publish information about them such as their backgrounds and affiliations. But they shouldn’t ever publish their names or pictures. The media should not glamorize them so that later copycats can have their turn having fame as well.” [editor’s note: I see this idea occasionally. And every time I see it it makes my “dumbest things Tom Knapp has read this week” list – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://www.thejacknews.com/commentary/jim-gray-media-show-responsibility-coverage-mass-murders

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29) How to attain outer excellence and inner peace
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“When we are young children, we are dependent on adult support for survival. We are also hardwired to crave and seek that support. When we don’t have it, we feel an anxiety that is, at bottom, an instinctive existential dread. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, because without such an instinct, children would not likely survive to adulthood. In a fully healthy development toward adulthood, our craving and need for paternalistic support is gradually replaced by self-reliance. … However, many parents use their children’s physical and emotional reliance on adults as an emotional lever to manipulate them into desired behavior using both praise (including rewards that signify approval) and rebukes (including punishments that signify disapproval). Instead of growing in self-efficacy, their children become permanently addicted to praise as a source of existential emotional security and permanently phobic toward rebukes as a source of existential dread.” (10/11/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-to-attain-outer-excellence-and-inner-peace/

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30) GOP now the White Nationalist Party, not changing anytime soon
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M. Stan

“At several events at this year’s New Yorker Festival, a sense of wooziness predominated among audience members, who appeared to be grasping for a wisp of hope that the nightmare known as President Trump would soon be over. Alas, experts who graced the stages at three separate events had a common message: Expect Trump to serve out his first term, and perhaps even his second. The liberals of New York City struggled to comprehend how this could be possible. These are the same people who were certain that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential race. These are people who knew Donald Trump as the tabloid clown who had plagued them for decades, his smug mug sneering from the newsstand. They never dreamed that America would go for putting the clown prince from Queens in the White House. Having failed to consider the lessons of Reconstruction, they couldn’t believe that America would follow the presidency of Barack Obama with that of a white supremacist, a rank misogynist, a hater. They couldn’t believe that such a thing, with its threatening overtones and echoes of the fascist movements that rose in 1930s Europe, could happen here.” (10/11/17)

http://prospect.org/article/gop-now-white-nationalist-party-and-isn%E2%80%99t-changing-anytime-soon

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31) Why not an IQ test?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Trump, who cannot spell ‘honored’ or ‘principles’ — or ‘tap,’ ‘counsel,’ ‘coverage,’ ‘hereby,’ ‘unprecedented,’ ‘ridiculous,’ ‘waste,’ ‘judgment,’ ‘paid,’ and much else — likes to talk about his IQ. He assures us it is very high. How high? ‘One of the highest.’ He has challenged Mark Cuban, an actual billionaire, to an IQ contest. He has blasted Chris Matthews as having a low IQ, and has claimed, on separate occasions, that his IQ is higher than those of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Jon Stewart, Jeb Bush, and others. He suggested that Rick Wilson should be given an IQ test before he is allowed to appear on television again. Now, he wants to challenge Rex Tillerson to an IQ-off. … maybe he would be open to a wager: If he actually scores 132 or better on a properly proctored IQ test, which would make him a MENSA candidate, I’ll vote for him in 2020 — and if he fails to score 132, he’s off the ballot. That’s a fair bet, I think.” (10/11/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/452537/donald-trump-iq-test-rex-tillerson

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32) How much do central banks cost us?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Karl-Friedrich Israel

“A classic argument for central bank controlled fiat money goes like this: a commodity such as gold is very costly to produce. All the resources, capital, and labor devoted to mining gold for monetary purposes could be employed elsewhere in the economy, to the benefit of society, if only we had a fiat standard. This argument is by no means conclusive. We would not stop producing Champagne either, just because sparkling water is cheaper. However, there is an undeniable grain of truth in it. At first glance it seems we could save a lot of resources under a fiat standard. But do we really?” (10/11/17)

https://mises.org/blog/how-much-do-central-banks-cost-us

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33) Clintonian Democrats peddling myths to cling to power
Source: The New Republic
by Bob Moser

“It was as every bit as predictable as death, taxes, and alarming tweets from @realDonaldTrump. In August, the small-but-powerful remnant of big-money moderation in the Democratic Party, shaken but not stirred by Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, officially declared war on the party’s left-leaning rank-and-file. Rising from the ashes of the defunct Democratic Leadership Council, the ‘centrist’ movement that took over the Democratic Party after its three straight presidential defeats in the 1980s … came a ‘new’ effort called New Democracy, touted as a vehicle for ‘rethinking’ the party’s message after its history-making loss to Donald Trump. But this grand reassessment, led by DLC co-founder Will Marshall and his K Street band of brothers, was merely a reassertion of the wealth-first economics, go-slow social progressivism, and hawkish foreign policy peddled by white Democratic power-brokers and Clintonian neoliberals for three decades now.” [editor’s note: Solid analysis, worthy of reading – SAT ] (10/11/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145241/clintonian-democrats-peddling-myths-cling-power

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34) How to resolve the culture war over “gay cakes”
Source: spiked
by Wendy Kaminer

“‘Jack Phillips is an artist. He has created elaborate custom cakes for over two decades,’ his attorneys explain, in the pending Supreme Court case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Like paintings or sculptures, ‘cake design’ is an ‘artform and mode of expression.’ Jack Phillips is also a Christian who feels compelled ‘to use his artistic talents’ in the service of his faith. Does the state violate his rights when it orders him to create cakes celebrating same-sex marriages, forcing him to engage in expressive acts that violate his faith? Or does he violate the civil rights of gay couples, when he refuses to service their weddings? The Supreme Court should answer ‘yes’ to both questions. This is a hard case. (I can argue either side.) It demands compromise.” [editor’s note: The answer to the former question is yes, the answer to the latter question is no, and any “compromise” on the subject is acquiescence to enslavement – TLK] (10/11/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-to-resolve-the-culture-war-over-gay-cakes/

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35) Just repeal the Jones Act, already!
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by James C Wilson

“The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, better known as the Jones Act, is a classic example of a law that has remained on the books for decades, only attracting attention when it creates problems too big to ignore. This clearly happened this August, when it delayed shipments of aid to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. … The Jones Act requires goods moved from one US port to another be transported on an American made ship with American owners and crew members. This competition-killing requirement has created a US shipping industry that is among the world’s most expensive and least competitive. Restricting aid transport to this highly inefficient shipping industry essentially strangled Puerto Rico as foreign ships could have delivered more supplies, more quickly. The harm done by the Jones Act is not, however, merely restricted to times of crisis.” (10/11/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50086

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36) NRA delenda est
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“I quit back in the ’90s when I realized that the NRA just used the fear of gun control as a money-making tool. The NRA needs gun control to ‘fight.’ They need it so much that they helped write an ‘assault weapons’ ban for a city in which I lived; my ten-round-fixed-magazine SKS was illegal. The NRA said they had to do that or someone else would have written a worse law. As was, that law was so bad the state supreme court tossed it in its entirety. When I lived in New Hampshire, RKBA activists spent years working for Constitutional carry. We finally lined up enough — too often reluctant — votes to pass it and a governor who said he’d sign it. Lo and behold, the NRA sent in a lobbyist for the first time in a decade who told the reluctant Republicans that the NRA did not support the bill.” (10/11/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4493

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37) Don’t fall for the Con-Con con
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“In the ten years since our r3VOLution was sparked, you and I have fought together to beat back Big Government forces and to advance liberty at all levels of government. And while there is still much work to do, we’ve won some very important victories. But now, an idea with the potential to destroy all we’ve worked for has taken root, and I am personally asking for your help to stop it before it’s too late. In recent years, the idea of holding what supporters are calling an ‘Article V Convention’ has caught fire, and many well-meaning individuals are supporting it. These well-meaning individuals are rightly fed up with the federal government, and they have become convinced that amending the U.S. Constitution at a convention would force restraints on the feds and restore lost freedoms. But the U.S. Constitution is not the problem, and an ‘Article V Convention’ is not the solution.” (10/11/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/dont-fall-con-con-con

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38) What the New York Times gets right about the Second Amendment — it exists
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, Bret Stephens argues that America should repeal the Second Amendment. The case is not a persuasive one; indeed, the article borders on self-refuting. Even so, Stephens deserves credit for getting the constitutional issues basically correct. In short, the Second Amendment exists. Thus, the only constitutional way to implement gun control legislation would be to repeal the Second Amendment first. This line of reasoning seems like it should be the default. … And yet, this understanding is rare among gun control proponents. To get around the constitutional question, they rely on a mix of creative interpretations. Unfortunately, these interpretations do not stand up to scrutiny.” (10/11/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/politics/new-york-times-gets-right-second-amendment-exists/

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39) Vegas lesson: Country music is not gun culture music
Source: USA Today
by Kurt Bardella

“A lot of conversations I’ve had with reporters lately have revolved around the so-called ‘gun culture’ of country music. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, the country music genre has come under a new level of scrutiny. To those unfamiliar with country music, it may be easy to label it as music for gun-toting rednecks from ‘The South,’ but settling for this stereotype demonstrates willful ignorance. The country music community is not as monolithic as outsiders might think, a fact that’s been increasingly visible since the Las Vegas attack as musicians speak out and in some cases change their minds. ‘I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life … I cannot express how wrong I was,’ wrote Caleb Keter of the Josh Abbott Band, which performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.” (10/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/11/dont-stereotype-country-music-as-redneck-gun-culture-las-vegas-lesson-kurt-bardella-column/749504001

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40) Ten reasons the US should stick with the Iran nuclear deal
Source: OpEdNews
by Medea Benjamin

“President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal. He will argue, falsely, that the agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States. The president’s announcement will not end the deal but will pass the buck to Congress. In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact. Here are 10 good reasons why the US should uphold the deal.” (10/11/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/10-Reasons-the-US-Should-S-by-Medea-Benjamin-Iran_Iran-Nuclear-Talks_Nuclear-Talks_Sanctions-171011-294.html

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41) I just don’t get it
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“This morning I was interviewed by my friend Ross Kaminsky on his radio show in Colorado. The subject was behavioral economics. (Richard Thaler, a renowned and respected behavioral economist, is the 2017 Nobel laureate in Economics.) I find much of Thaler’s work — and behavioral economics more generally — to be interesting. I confess, however, that behavioral economics does not ‘grab’ me in the way that it grabs many other economists and social scientists. I could here list the specific objections and reservations I have about behavioral economics, none having to do with the veracity of its particular findings. But I’ll not do so. I want here simply to note that the foundational motivation that seems to me to drive behavioral economists — and to drive those who are most enthusiastic about the findings of behavioral economics — is a motivation that is completely foreign to me. That motivation, as I sense it, is the desire to interfere in the lives of strangers in order to improve the lives of strangers.” (10/11/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/just-dont-get.html

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42) A new “Grand Bargain” for Americans to reduce US debt
Source: Heartland Institute
by Barry Poulson & John Merrifield

“The term ‘Grand Bargain’ is now infamously associated with failed budget negotiations between the executive branch and Congress, most notably negotiations between former Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and President Barack Obama. The outcome of this failure to agree on a budget has led the federal debt to climb to $20 trillion, and unconstrained growth in deficits and debt is projected to continue in the coming decades. … In our forthcoming book, ‘Restoring America’s Fiscal Constitution,’ we show how fiscal rules could be designed to balance the budget and reduce debt to tolerable levels over a two-decade period. Of course, fiscal discipline will not be easy.” [editor’s note: Any proposed “bargain” with politicians over spending/debt founders on the fact that they’re lying sacks of shit who can’t be trusted to keep their word – TLK] (10/11/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/a-new-grand-bargain-for-americans-to-reduce-u-s-debt/

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43) Forget about antitrust: Wal-Mart is punching back at Amazon
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Wasn’t it just months ago that some were lamenting the impending demise of Wal-Mart in its battle-to-the-death with Amazon.com? Maybe those obituaries were written a bit too prematurely. Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world, is showing that an elephant can dance. Besieged by Amazon’s online dominance and ability to deliver goods at super-low prices overnight, has responded to the challenge. Unlike other brick-and-mortar retailers like JCPenney (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and other former stalwarts that themselves were never able to respond to Wal-Mart’s challenge 30 years ago, the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounting giant has moved aggressively into e-tailing. Walmart said its e-commerce business is set to expand by 40% next year as it goes toe-to-toe with Amazon.” (10/10/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/forget-about-antitrust-wal-mart-is-punching-back-at-amazon

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44) Will Trump make a deal with the CIA on JFK records?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The JFK Records Act, enacted in 1992 in response to public outrage over continued official secrecy in the JFK assassination, required the CIA and other federal agencies to release all their records relating to the JFK assassination. Someone, however, slipped a provision into the law entitling the CIA (and other federal agencies) to wait another 25 years to release their records. … An October 4 article on PR News Channel quotes bestselling author Roger Stone saying, ‘I know CIA Director Pompeo is urging the President to delay release of these records for another 25 years.’ … Really? Another extension? On grounds of ‘national security?’ Ever since the assassination, there sure have been many ‘national security’ concerns arising from what was supposedly a lone-nut murder. There’s another possibility: the need for continued secrecy to cover up a crime, the crime being a U.S. national-security state Cold War regime-change operation, one based on ‘national security’ — one no different in principle from the Cold War regime-change operations in Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Chile, Congo, Brazil, and elsewhere.” (10/11/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/11/will-trump-make-deal-cia-jfk-records-release/

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45) Shooting war in North Korea? History says yes.
Source: Mises Canada

“Washington insider Jim Rickards says a shooting war with North Korea is inevitable within the next six months. ‘Nobody wants the war. Nobody is rooting for the war, but it’s coming.’ Rickards believes Kim Jong Un will launch another missile any day. The following explains why. ‘In the case of the bombing of North Korea,’ Blaine Harden wrote in 2015, ‘[the American] people never really became conscious of a major war crime committed in their name.’ To most Americans, the North Korean leader is some nutty kid who will only speak to one American, Dennis Rodman, and can’t seem to find a decent barber. To threaten the U.S. of A for no good reason proves he’s a psychopath. North Korea must be a nut-case state. … A little history provides a clue as to why Un and the North Koreans are steadfast in their wariness of Uncle Sam.” (10/11/17)

https://www.mises.ca/shooting-war-in-north-korea-history-says-yes/

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46) Throwing in (and out) the towel(s)
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“There is a time and a place for everything. Including the truth. You do not proclaim that Uncle Eben was a skinflint miser and a sour old puss at his funeral. (You wait for the reading of the Will.) Immediately upon Puerto Ricans coming up for air, after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, President Trump went for a visit. At one point, he threw paper towels out at a crowd, as if he were a sports star throwing … cloth towels. And he noted, after a pro forma expression of regret at loss of life, how shockingly low was the number of deaths. For these and other such ‘gaffes’ Trump has been roundly, hysterically criticized.” (10/11/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/11/throwing-in-and-out-the-towels/

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47) My suggestion for a national “dashboard” for tracking progress
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“After years of trying, I think I came up with an idea that nearly 100% of people would agree is a good one. Rare! The idea is to create a national ‘dashboard’ for citizens to track the progress of government. Imagine a website with a bunch of small graphs on it for each element of national interest, from gun deaths, to national debt, to stock market performance, to the number of people covered by health insurance, and more. Click any graph to see more information, including the legislation in the pipeline to address that area. I’m imagining some semi-independent group managing the site, but the figures would mostly be generated by the government. If you want to make something better, you have to measure where you are and how you are trending. Measurement is a base idea behind all management theory. The government already measures lots of stuff, but citizens don’t see it gathered in one place for an overall picture.” [editor’s note: Dumb idea. For one thing even as an embryonic idea it classifies things as “progress of government” that don’t — or at least shouldn’t — have anything whatsoever to do with government – TLK] (10/11/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166291509081/my-suggestion-for-a-national-dashboard-for

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48) Gun control: The new moral crusade
Source: The American Conservative
by Matt Purple

“Certainly conservatism, which seeks to limit concentrations of power and takes a clear-eyed view of human nature, doesn’t necessarily point towards ever-more privately owned arms, especially if that means one can stockpile arsenals of highly lethal rifles as did Stephen Paddock. Should unreliable man be able to end dozens of lives in a matter of minutes? That’s a question worth pondering. What’s beyond dispute is that shaking America out of its gun hobby would be a radical project indeed, requiring punitive new laws to be enacted, the mass confiscation of weapons, the upturning of tradition — none of which can be accomplished short of a police state without first changing tens of millions of minds. Now, at last, some prominent anti-gun figures are waking up to the magnitude of what they seek; it’s a bucket of cold water to the face, surely.” (10/11/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/gun-control-the-new-moral-crusade/

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49) Does reproductive freedom mean forcing people to sin?
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Last Friday the Trump administration unveiled regulations that let a wider range of employers claim a religious exemption from the Obamacare mandate requiring health plans to cover birth control. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) responded by invoking The Handmaid’s Tale, the Margaret Atwood novel, now a Hulu series, set in a patriarchal dystopia where the government controls women’s bodies and forbids them to read, write, or work outside the home. Lowey is not the only critic of the new regulations who conflates freedom from coercion with a right to forcibly extracted subsidies. Such overwrought reactions obscure the real issue raised by religious exceptions to the contraceptive mandate: When does respect for religious freedom require relieving some people of the obligation to obey rules that everyone else has to follow?” (10/11/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/11/does-reproductive-freedom-require-forcin

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50) Quantum Vibe, 10/11/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/11/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1705

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51) Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s “responsible encryption” demand is bad and he should feel bad
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kurt Opsahl

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered a speech on Tuesday about what he calls ‘responsible encryption’ today. It misses the mark, by far. Rosenstein starts with a fallacy, attempting to convince you that encryption is unprecedented: ‘Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to detection, especially when officers obtain a court-authorized warrant. But that is the world that technology companies are creating.’ In fact, we’ve always had (and will always have) a perfectly reliable system whereby criminals can hide their communications with strong security: in-person conversations. Moreover, Rosenstein’s history lesson forgets that, for about 70 years, there was an unpickable lock. … The Department of Justice has said that they want to have an ‘adult conversation’ about encryption. This is not it.” (10/10/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/deputy-attorney-general-rosensteins-responsible-encryption-demand-bad-and-he

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52) Robots will not create a workless world
Source: Acton Institute
by Peter Smith

“The latest industrial revolution is afoot. Artificial intelligence (AI) is its defining ingredient. Some think it will bring superabundance. Some think it will bring lasting job losses and lower pay. Some think it will bring both. Neither outcome is plausible. … This latest industrial revolution might possibly turn out to be more profound and fast-moving than earlier revolutions. Accordingly, it might turn out to be more disruptive and cause more transitory unemployment. However, there is no basis for believing that it will result in permanently higher levels of unemployment, nor in enduringly depressed incomes. Free-market capitalism will see to that. Nor is it remotely likely to produce an oversupply of material riches. An unholy appetite for worldly goods will see to that.” [editor’s note: There are two very different ways to read those last four sentences … – TLK] (10/10/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/10/10/robots-will-not-create-workless-world

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53) NRA considering supporting bump stock ban takes gun control in a new direction
Source: The Jack News
by staff

“In the aftermath of the slaughter in Las Vegas, national attention has turned to ‘bump-stock’ or ‘bump-fire’ kits, which modify semi-automatic weapons by allowing them to use the recoil of a shot to activate the trigger. This simulates automatic weapons fire by allowing rapid bursts of ammunition without multiple trigger pulls. Twelve such bump stocks were found at the scene of the Vegas massacre, and that may explain how the shooter was able to fire off multiple rounds at a much greater speed than that afforded by a typical semi-automatic rifle. ‘I own a lot of guns, and as a hunter and sportsman, I think that’s our right as Americans, but I don’t understand the use of this bump stock,’ Senator John Cornyn of Texas told the New York Times. Congressional Republicans are now willing to consider banning bump stocks. Perhaps more surprisingly, the National Rifle Association has signaled that it might not oppose such a ban.” (10/10/17)

http://www.thejacknews.com/law/gun-rights/nra-support-bump-stock-ban-gun-control-new-direction

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54) What happens when you don’t own something
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The cloud is good. The cloud is holy. The cloud is our savior. If you listen to the marketing departments of online service providers and Internet of Things manufacturers, you’d be lead to believe that the cloud will soon cure cancer. While there can be advantages to moving services online there are also major disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage, in my opinion, is the fact that you don’t own anything that is dependent on an online service. People who bought the Canary security camera are learning this lesson the hard way …” (10/10/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/10/10/what-happens-when-you-dont-own-something/

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55) The Republican plan to rob America
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“The Republican tax plan is a lie. It’s being sold with the promise that the tax cut will create jobs and growth. In fact, the Republican tax cuts, if passed, will become the major obstacle to the very investments vital to generating good jobs and future economic growth. Contrary to Donald Trump’s claims, the rich and big corporations will pocket the vast bulk of the tax cuts, not working people. The tax cuts won’t pay for themselves. They will increase the deficit. By 2027, one in four taxpayers will end up paying more. And for 80 percent of Americans, the tax cut they do get would be so small that it will go virtually unnoticed in most households. For example, the Tax Policy Center estimatesthat in 2027, the 27 million households with children and incomes under $75,000 will receive an average tax cut of all of $20 when the provisions are in full effect.” (10/11/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171011/the-republican-plan-to-rob-america

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 8
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

Why I Write and Publish the Voluntaryist, by Carl Watner. [various formats] (10/11/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/10/11/why-i-write-and-publish-the-voluntaryist-el008/

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57) Electric Libertyland, episode 41
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian observes the days-long silence from top Democrats on Harvey Weinstein’s grope-gate scandal, talks about the United States embarrassing itself at the U.N. discussing death sentences for gays, looks at a Miami Dolphins coach Christopher Foerster being outed on social media as a drug user because ‘social justice,’ and examines the insane amount of corruption in Latin American and Caribbean countries’ public services. And to wrap it up: will Rand Paul cave on Trump’s tax plan in exchange for some love on health insurance?” [various formats] (10/11/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/10/11/electric-libertyland-41-harvey-weinstein-knew-ye/

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/11/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy Heisenberg and Michael W. Dean yak about having awards made especially for you, Value Added (to government) Taxes, beefing with Bernish, princesses with tool belts, scary ass music, and a dine and dash governor.” [various formats] (10/11/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15139

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59) Words & Numbers, episode 35
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“State representatives who support anti-gun legislation arrested for running guns. Pro-life representatives encouraging their mistresses to get abortions. Anti-gay senators outed for propositioning other men. The list of people in power getting caught up in their own hypocrisy is long, but they’re not the only ones. We the people are guilty of it as well. The evidence is overwhelming. The bad behavior we were so vocal about before suddenly becomes okay as soon as our preferred party is in power. Why is that?” [various formats] (10/11/17)

https://fee.org/articles/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do/

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60) Intercepted Podcast, 10/11/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, acclaimed author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about Trump, Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and much more. ‘The Color of Money’ author Mehrsa Baradaran breaks down the roots of economic apartheid in the U.S., the ongoing impact of slavery on black communities, and offers a provocative history of black banks. The Egyptian government has launched a targeted assault on LGBTQ people, following a Cairo concert of the popular band Mashrou’ Leila where rainbow flags were waved by the crowd and gender conformity challenged from the stage. We speak with the band’s lead singer Hamed Sinno about being queer and Arab in the Middle East and Trump’s America.” [various formats] (10/11/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/11/intercepted-podcast-the-white-stuff/

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61) Fresh Air: “Rex Tillerson at the breaking point”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“‘New Yorker’ writer Dexter Filkins says Sec. of State Rex Tillerson is a diplomat in an administration that doesn’t value diplomacy: ‘Rex is a sober, steady guy, and the president is anything but that.’ Filkins also talks about the possibility of war with North Korea, and the consequences of having an understaffed State Department.” [Flash audio] (10/10/17)

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

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/10/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The last major tax reform was 30 years ago. How did it happen? Cato Institute Vice President John Samples comments.” [various formats] (10/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/what-made-1986-tax-reform-happen

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63) Free Talk Live, 10/10/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Woman Questioning Everything After Rejection by Men? :: Dating Today :: Tinder :: Dating Planning :: Crazy? :: Attractive Women and Turning the Tables :: MGTOW :: YouTube Demonitization :: The Satanic Temple Challenging :: Feminism :: Dealing With Rejection :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/10/17)

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

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64) PanAm Podcast, 10/10/17
Source: PanAm Post

“Montenegrin economist Slobodan Franeta has a vision for a prosperous future for the Balkans; one that is in fact based upon many of the principles that inspired a new generation of political and economic thinkers as Communism collapsed throughout Eastern Europe. To that end, he founded the Montenegrin chapter of Students for Liberty, and started the Lucha Institute, which seeks to promote libertarian and classical liberal principles in Montenegro, and throughout the region in general.” [Flash video] (10/10/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/10/10/slobodan-franeta-economic-freedom-balkans/

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1000
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“We recorded this episode live in Orlando on September 30, 2017. It features Eric July, Michael Malice, Dave Smith, Michael Boldin, and Tom DiLorenzo, along with some surprise guests (Dave Smith and Michael Boldin were also surprises, not being on the official bill).” [various formats] (10/10/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1000-roast-of-tom-woods-plus-a-lot-more-episode-1000-live-from-orlando/

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