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Friday, October 13th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump signs executive order on healthcare
2) CNN drafts Pokemon Go into Red Scare efforts
3) Neurologists: Mass hysteria may explain “sonic attacks” in Cuba
4) Menendez bribery trial: Prosecution rests, judge to rule on motion to dismiss
5) Waymo sought $1 billion from Uber to make frivolous lawsuit go away
6) CA: Air quality in Bay Area right now as bad as Beijing
7) Israel to join US in quitting Unesco
8) Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after she bashes Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassers
9) Egypt: Palestinian rivals reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza
10) SC: White restaurant manager accused of enslaving black worker
11) Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan
12) Afghanistan: Taliban frees family after nearly five years in captivity
13) Arby’s tests elk sandwiches and releases venison sandwiches nationwide
14) Report: Pentagon has no plans to boost size of nuclear arsenal
15) Report: Many ex-opioid addicts credit ibogaine as cure
16) Judge limits US DoJ’s warrant for records from anti-Trump site
17) Equifax website hacked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update
18) Bitcoin price soars above $5,000 to record high-
19) Vegas shooting survivor sues multiple defendants (most of them frivolously)
20) Kenya: Regime bans protests in cities amid election fallout

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Three libertarian arguments against war
22) Trump should not play the Art of the Deal with “Dreamers” on immigration
23) Two faces of sexism: Exclusion and exploitation
24) The Never Trump establishment still hasn’t reckoned with its policy mistakes
25) A world without hate speech
26) Behold our betters
27) Is taking a knee protected speech?
28) Trump’s $33 billion tax cut you didn’t know you just got
29) The invisible hand of the state
30) The CDC, like the FBI, dramatically undercounts deaths at the hands of police
31) Betsy DeVos’s attack on public education is just beginning
32) Pareto relevance is more relevant at the level of policy choices than at the level of particular policy outcomes
33) Can a modern central bank still be a “banker’s bank?”
34) Birmingham’s new mayor on how to win the political revolution down South
35) Abandoning the Iran deal is just one example of irrational US diplomacy
36) Why it’s so difficult to reform entitlement programs: Friedrich Hayek and the libertarian perspective
37) Team Trump’s travel travails
38) The numbers are in: Social Security robs the working poor
39) No exit: A grim vision of the post-Trump future
40) How Elizabeth Warren became the soul of the Democratic Party
41) How many lives did gun control laws save in Las Vegas?
42) The rifle on the wall: A left argument for gun rights
43) Quantum Vibe, 10/12/17
44) Jolie, Paltrow and Harvey Weinstein: Shock, regrets and nothing changes
45) The hysteria in the Harvey Weinstein scandal
46) Choice corruption
47) Mark Skousen’s contributions to economics
48) Import the products, or the producers
49) The “nudge” that separated families
50) Cutting off consumers
51) Faith and the Las Vegas massacre
52) The case against historical anachronism
53) Moderation as an antidote to hyper-partisan politics
54) Mario Vargas Llosa is the perfect poster boy for Spanish unionism
55) The airport bomber from last week you never heard about

The Sound and the Fury:

56) MilLiberty, episode 52
57) “Administrative state is THE leading threat to civil liberties of our era.”
58) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 83
59) PanAm Podcast, 10/12/17
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/11/17
61) Free Talk Live, 10/11/17
62) Foreign Policy Focus
63) We Are Libertarians, episode 236

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

1) Trump signs executive order on healthcare
Source: Chicago Sun-Times

“Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine ‘Obamacare,’ the program he’s promised to kill. ‘With these actions, we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market,’ Trump said before signing his directive in the Oval Office. Trump said he will continue to pressure Congress to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Some experts said the White House plan could undermine coverage on the ACA’s insurance marketplaces, particularly for people with health problems. That would happen if healthy people flock to lower-cost plans with limited benefits.” (10/12/17)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/trump-signs-order-on-health-insurance-says-millions-will-be-helped/

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2) CNN drafts Pokemon Go into Red Scare efforts
Source: Raw Story

“Russia-back efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election extended to Pokemon Go, CNN reports. Not only did the Kremlin’s campaign to impact the election target Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even Pinterest, but a new report links a campaign titled ‘Don’t Shoot Me’ to a Kremlin-backed firm called Internet Research Agency. That campaign, disseminated on multiple social media platforms, linked to a donotshoot.us Tumblr account encouraging users to enter a contest involving Pokemon Go. That campaign asked users to find Pokemon near locations of police brutality incidents. ‘It’s clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission,’ Pokemon Go’s parent company Niantic told CNN.” [editor’s note: “CNN reports;” well, that sure makes me believe it’s true – SAT] (10/12/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/russian-hackers-even-used-pokemon-go-to-manipulate-americans-report

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3) Neurologists: Mass hysteria may explain “sonic attacks” in Cuba
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba — which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries — could have been caused by a form of ‘mass hysteria’ rather than sonic attacks. The unexplained incidents have prompted the US to withdraw most of its embassy staff from Havana and expel the majority of Cuban diplomats from Washington. … US and Cuban investigations have produced no evidence of any weapon, and the neurologists argue that the possibility of ‘functional disorder’ due to a problem in the functioning of nervous system — rather than a disease — should be considered.” [editor’s note: There’s also the obviously possibility that the whole thing was made up from whole cloth as cover/justification for policy changes toward Cuba that the Trump regime planned on doing anyway – TLK] (10/12/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/cuba-mass-hysteria-sonic-attacks-neurologists

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4) Menendez bribery trial: Prosecution rests, judge to rule on motion to dismiss
Source: NBC 10 News

“The government rested its bribery case against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a wealthy friend on Wednesday, leaving it up to a judge to decide whether a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that already has helped reverse several politicians’ corruption convictions is enough to dismiss the charges here. The New Jersey Democrat is charged with accepting free flights on a private jet and other gifts from Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend, in exchange for pressuring government officials to take actions favorable to Melgen’s business interests. The defendants argued in court filings over the summer that the charges should be dropped because they didn’t meet a narrower definition of bribery under a 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reversed the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican. U.S. District Judge William Walls said at the time he would wait until the government presented its case before ruling.” (10/12/17)

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Menendez-Bribery-Trial–450446743.html

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5) Waymo sought $1 billion from Uber to make frivolous lawsuit go away
Source: The Street

“New details were brought to light in the contentious legal battle pitting ride-hailing giant Uber against Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo. Waymo sought a minimum of $1 billion in damages and for Uber to issue a public apology as the conditions to settle the tumultuous legal battle in which Waymo sued the rideshare company over allegedly trying to poach staff and steal [sic] data, according to Reuters. Waymo has also reportedly asked that an independent monitor be appointed to carefully watch over Uber’s productions to ensure it is not stealing [sic] its technology. Uber has rejected those terms as ‘non-starters,’ the report said.” (10/12/17)

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14340481/1/waymo-said-to-have-wanted-1-billion-from-uber-public-apology-to-settle-dispute.html

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6) CA: Air quality in Bay Area right now as bad as Beijing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“San Franciscans woke up Thursday morning breathing air as polluted as that in Beijing, a city known for its suffocating gray haze. Some people wore masks as they walked or rode their bikes to work, an uncommon sight in the Bay Area. ‘These fires are bringing Beijing to the Bay Area and are allowing us to see what they experience around the clock,’ says Richard Muller, a UC Berkeley professor of physics who co-founded the site Berkeley Earth, which tracks air quality around the globe with an interactive map. On the morning of Oct. 12, the amount of particulate matter in the area in some parts of San Francisco were in the 151-200 range on the air quality index, matching that in Beijing The Bay Area has been choking on wood smoke since Sunday night after wind-stoked fires broke in Napa and Sonoma counties. On Thursday morning, most of the Bay Area reached an ‘unhealthy level,’ prompting schools to keep students inside at recess and forcing some to close entirely.” (10/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/air-quality-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Beijing-12272792.php

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7) Israel to join US in quitting Unesco
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organisation Unesco, after US officials cited ‘anti-Israel bias.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as ‘brave and moral,’ a statement said. The agency is known for designating world heritage sites such as Syria’s Palmyra and the US Grand Canyon. Unesco head Irina Bokova earlier called the US withdrawal a matter of ‘profound regret.’ The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018 – until then, the US will remain a full member. The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organisation to replace its representation, the state department said. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to ‘prepare Israel’s withdrawal … in parallel with the United States.'” (10/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41598991

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8) Twitter suspends Rose McGowan after she bashes Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassers
Source: Raw Story

“Rose McGowan was suspended from Twitter Wednesday night after the actress hit out against producer Harvey Weinstein, his brother Bob Weinstein and Ben Affleck among others, over sexual harassment allegations leveled against Harvey. However, some users on the social networking site were clearly not happy with the news. McGowan took to Instagram to report that her Twitter account was suspended for violating the social media sites’ rules and shared a screenshot showing a message from Twitter that stated she would need to delete certain tweets for a 12-hour suspension to commence after which her account would be restored to full functionality. It’s not clear which tweets violated the company’s terms of service.” (10/12/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/twitter-suspends-rose-mcgowan-after-she-bashes-harvey-weinstein-and-sexual-harassers

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9) Egypt: Palestinian rivals reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza
Source: Omaha World-Herald

“Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement Thursday that could return the Gaza Strip to President Mahmoud Abbas'[s] control and ease a decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory, but past attempts at unity have foundered on key issues that remain unresolved. The deal was announced at a news conference in Cairo, where negotiators have been meeting, and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said it was reached under ‘generous Egyptian auspices,’ without elaborating. Egypt has been eager to show progress in unity talks, and both Palestinian factions face pressure to resolve their differences.” (10/12/17)

http://www.omaha.com/news/world/rivals-hamas-fatah-reach-preliminary-deal-on-governing-gaza/article_8e24f886-00e5-59fd-b86c-cb6236e31593.html

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10) SC: White restaurant manager accused of enslaving black worker
Source: Fox News

“A white restaurant manager in South Carolina has been indicted for allegedly enslaving a black worker with development delays for five years and using physical abuse to force him to work as a buffet cook. The indictment unsealed Wednesday charged Bobby Paul Edwards, a 52-year-old manager at J&J Cafeteria in Conway, S.C., with one count of forced labor. Federal authorities accused Edwards of using force, threats and physical restraints to compel Christopher Smith, 39, to work at the restaurant from September 2009 to October 2014, the New York Post reported. An attorney for Smith filed a federal lawsuit in 2015 against Edwards, the restaurant and its owner, Ernest Edwards, who is the accused’s brother.” (10/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/12/white-restaurant-manager-accused-enslaving-black-worker.html

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11) Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, arguing the rest of the country is ‘propping up profligate, big-government states’ even as they pay billions more in taxes than they receive in return from the federal government. Ryan’s attack came as he defended the Republican tax proposal that would repeal the federal deduction for state and local taxes, saying it has forced the rest of the country to support those states’ high taxes and reckless spending. House Republicans from those states are bucking President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul package and GOP leadership over the popular tax deduction. The move to end the state-local deduction has angered GOP lawmakers and caused them to balk at supporting the nearly $6 trillion tax overhaul plan. The deduction is claimed by around 44 million people and costs the government an estimated $1.3 trillion in lost revenue over 10 years.” (10/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Plan-to-scrap-state-and-local-tax-deduction-hits-12271249.php

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12) Afghanistan: Taliban frees family after nearly five years in captivity
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

“The U.S. and Pakistani governments have secured the release of Taliban hostages Caitlan Coleman, a York County [Pennsylvania] native, her husband, Joshua Boyle and their three children born in captivity. Details on the operation were scant, but Coleman, of Stewartstown, and Boyle, the son of a Canadian judge, and their children were reportedly at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan on Thursday.” (10/12/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/taliban-hostage-rescued-caitlan-coleman-family-20171012.html

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13) Arby’s tests elk sandwiches and releases venison sandwiches nationwide
Source: USA Today

“The fast-food chain known for having ‘the meats,’ is putting its money where its mouth is this year with the release of venison sandwiches nationwide, and elk sandwiches in select markets. Arby’s venison sandwiches will be available on Saturday, Oct. 21 in all 3,300 restaurants across the country, and a limited-edition Elk Sandwich will be available in three restaurants in the states of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. … The venison sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak and crispy onions with a berry sauce on a toasted roll, according to the company.” (10/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/10/11/hunting-season-here-arbys-tests-elk-sandwiches-and-releases-venison-sandwiches-nationwide/749097001/

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14) Report: Pentagon has no plans to boost size of nuclear arsenal
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Pentagon has no current plans to increase the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In fact, it can barely sustain the existing force, which is decades old and is in some respects almost decrepit. The arsenal is far from being in the ‘perfect shape’ that President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants to see under his watch. That is why the government is planning to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on a top-to-bottom ‘modernization,’ or replacement of the three major categories of nuclear weapons (as well as their command and control systems) in coming decades. Those new weapons would replace, not add to, currently deployed forces such as the 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles that stand ready for short-notice launch in underground silos in North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Trump was asked during an Oval Office photo shoot whether he sought a big increase in the size of the nuclear force, as NBC News reported.” (10/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Pentagon-has-no-plans-to-boost-size-of-nuclear-12271937.php

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15) Report: Many ex-opioid addicts credit ibogaine as cure
Source: Fox News

“America’s worsening opioid epidemic is prompting calls for a serious look at a form of therapy some people say helped them overcome their addiction when all else failed. The treatment revolves around ibogaine, a plant-derived substance that long has been used in African shamanistic rituals but which is not recognized as bona fide medicine in most of the world. With ibogaine illegal in the U.S., a number of Americans with opioid addictions travel to other countries, often Canada or Mexico, where it is legal and unregulated, for ibogaine. Many who have received ibogaine treatment say they stopped feeling a desire for opioids and, in some cases, even drinking or smoking. Also noticeably different from other anti-addiction treatments is the fact that ibogaine usually causes an intense psychedelic experience that can last from a few hours to a couple of days.” (10/11/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/11/many-ex-opioid-addicts-credit-ibogaine-with-cure-but-its-illegal-in-us.html

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16) Judge limits US DoJ’s warrant for records from anti-Trump site
Source: WGCU NPR News [US state media]

“A Washington, D.C., judge has significantly narrowed the Justice Department’s warrant related to a website used to plan anti-Trump protests during the Inauguration. The government had sought a sweeping warrant for records from web hosting company DreamHost of all visitors to its customer’s website, DisruptJ20.org — even those not suspected of committing a crime. As NPR previously reported, DreamHost resisted complying with that warrant, considering it overly broad, and endangering privacy and free speech. … The judge’s new order instructs DreamHost to redact identifying information of ‘innocent persons’ who visited the website before providing the records to the government. It also dictates a protocol for incorporating procedural safeguards to comply with ‘First Amendment and Fourth Amendment considerations.’ Among other stipulations, the government must submit to the court its plan for permanently deleting from its possession all information not within the scope of the warrant.” (10/12/17)

http://news.wgcu.org/post/judge-limits-dojs-warrant-records-anti-trump-site

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17) Equifax website hacked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update
Source: Ars Technica

“In May credit reporting service Equifax’s website was breached by attackers who eventually made off with Social Security numbers, names, and a dizzying amount of other details for some 145.5 million US consumers. For several hours on Wednesday the site was compromised again, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors’ computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers.” (10/12/17)

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/equifax-website-hacked-again-this-time-to-redirect-to-fake-flash-update/

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18) Bitcoin price soars above $5,000 to record high
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The price of bitcoin, the world’s best-known cryptocurrency, has smashed through $5,000 to a new all-time high. Bitcoin is now trading at $5,186 compared with $966 at the start of the year. The digital currency has soared 750% in the past year, and is now worth four times as much as an ounce of gold. But the price has been volatile.” (10/12/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/12/bitcoin-price-5000-cryptocurrency-gold-bubble

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19) Vegas shooting survivor sues multiple defendants (most of them frivolously)
Source: ABC News

“Paige Gasper came close to becoming one of gunman Stephen Paddock’s victims when he shot into a crowd of 22,000 at a Las Vegas country music festival headlined by Jason Aldean last week. Fifty-eight people were killed in the massacre, and hundreds, like Gasper, were wounded. Luckily, the 21-year-old Sonoma State University student beat death in the nation’s worst mass shooting in modern history with the aid of Good Samaritans who pulled her incapacitated body into a pickup truck and transported her to a hospital. Now, Gasper, of Wheatland, California, is suing the hotel, the concert organizers, bump stock manufacturers and retailers as well as the ‘Estate of Stephen Paddock’ for ‘negligence’ in failing to prevent Paddock’s 11-minute terrorizing rampage. She filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Clark County, Nevada.” [editor’s note: Apart from Paddock’s estate, the whole list of defendants is illegitimate; they should immediately move for dismissal, and for restitution of their legal fees from any damages Gasper collects from the state – TLK] (10/11/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/vegas-shooting-survivor-sues-hotel-festival-organizer-bump/story?id=50418365

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20) Kenya: Regime bans protests in cities amid election fallout
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Kenya has banned protests in three major city centres following weeks of demonstrations by opposition supporters. Fred Matiangi, acting internal security minister, said rallies are banned in the central business districts of the capital, Nairobi, the country’s second city — Mombasa and the opposition stronghold of Kisumu. … The East African country has been gripped by protests after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the August 8 election. Last month, the country’s Supreme Court annuled the vote and called for re-run of the poll. But opposition leader Raila Odinga, Kenyatta’s main challenger, pulled out of the race this week after claiming his demands were not met. Announcing his withdrawal on Tuesday, Odinga said: ‘All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one.'” (10/12/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/kenya-bans-protests-cities-election-fallout-171012095112596.html

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

21) Three libertarian arguments against war
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jason Kuznicki

“I show a lot of interest in vice issues. I belong to a population that has been–fairly or unfairly —
associated with vice. But in a sense, vice legislation is small potatoes. The biggest thing separating conservatives from libertarians is the question of war. As I see it, there are three distinctively libertarian arguments against war. These are over and above the obvious objection to war, which is in no way particular to libertarians: war is intrinsically a calamity and an evil.” (10/12/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/three-libertarian-arguments-war/

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22) Trump should not play the Art of the Deal with “Dreamers” on immigration
Source: The Jack News
by Gary Johnson

“Eight hundred thousand young immigrants, known as ‘dreamers,’ are today hoping against hope that the president of the United States is engaging in some tactic from his book, The Art of the Deal. Otherwise, they just got the rug pulled out from under them. Inexplicably, last Sunday, the White House issued a set of ‘principles’ (more accurately, demands) for any legislation to remove the cloud of uncertainty hanging over young people brought or sent here as children and who are undocumented. President Obama had, via a legally questionable administrative order, instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to prevent the deportation of these young immigrants and grant them a temporary legal status. President Trump recently cancelled that program, but gave Congress six months to come up with a legislative solution.” (10/11/17)

https://www.thejacknews.com/commentary/gary-johnson-dont-hold-dreamers-hostage-trumps-poisonous-immigration-policies

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23) Two faces of sexism: Exclusion and exploitation
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Sarah Skwire

“Vice President Mike Pence won’t meet alone with women. Meanwhile, guys like Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein won’t keep their hands off them. 2017 is the year of the strict binary. Women’s roles are no exception. Pence’s camp would have women kept in some sort of professional purdah, where important avenues to public influence and power are cut off because it is just too morally dangerous to interact with women on equal terms. Trump and Weinstein would have women brought front and center — as long as they’re showing off a lot of cleavage and getting groped–but only as signals of their masculine power and success. Which role do you want, women of 2017? You get to pick one. No. You have to pick one. That’s how 2017 works.” (10/12/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/two-faces-sexism-exclusion-exploitation

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24) The Never Trump establishment still hasn’t reckoned with its policy mistakes
Source: Los Angeles Times

“When Sen. Bob Corker first proposed sending lethal U.S. weaponry to Kiev so that Ukrainians could fight off their nuclear-armed Russian neighbors, no one then warned that the Tennessee Republican’s ideas could hurtle us ‘toward World War III.’ When Corker came within an eyelash of persuading then-President Obama in August 2013 to bomb Syria, ‘get Assad’ and provide aid to ‘the moderate, vetted opposition,’ nobody said that the future Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair should ‘concern anyone who cares about our nation.’ Now Corker’s enjoying Strange New Respect from the media after plausibly calling President Trump a reckless, lying manchild. Everyone’s cheering on the brave if late-breaking Trump-apostasy from a yet another high-profile Republican — whose own interventionist policies will go safely ignored.” (10/12/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-welch-corker-interventionist-20171012-story.html

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25) A world without hate speech
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Zach Greenberg

“It takes as little as a flyer, a speech, a newspaper article, or a comedian to trigger calls for ‘hate speech’ bans on college campuses. Considering that many college students support the prohibition of hate speech, let’s imagine if the would-be censors got their way — what would our society look like? First, we must acknowledge that, in the United States, hateful speech is fully protected by the First Amendment. There’s no ‘hate speech versus free speech’ debate raging in our nation’s judiciary. Nor is there a balancing test, an exemption, or a special constitutional provision allowing the government to prohibit it — hateful speech is categorically protected in our nation, including at public colleges and universities, and that’s not changing anytime soon. Getting back to our hate speech-less utopia, we have the luxury of looking to an actual world full of hate speech prosecutions in the many nations that do not enjoy our broad free speech protections.” (10/12/17)

https://www.thefire.org/a-world-without-hate-speech/

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26) Behold our betters
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“To be a normal American is to constantly be scolded, to be lectured, to be treated as a morally bankrupt simpleton in need of the guidance and direction provided by an urban elite ruling class notable for its empty academic credentials, its track record of incompetence, and its idolization of people who erotically abuse the foliage. If we are to have betters, is it so wrong for us to demand that they actually be better? Superiors should be distinguished by their superiority — if you presume to take charge shouldn’t you demonstrate tactical, technical, and moral mastery? So what has our ruling class mastered lately? What is the skill set that sets the smart set apart?” (10/12/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/10/12/behold-our-betters-n2393375

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27) Is taking a knee protected speech?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“Sometimes the public expression of unwanted ideas reaches directly into our living rooms. When President Donald Trump attacked a half-dozen or so professional football players who, instead of standing during the traditional playing of the national anthem prior to football games, ‘took a knee’ by kneeling on one or both of their knees during the anthem, hundreds more players on national television took a knee in defiance of the president. Here is the back story.” (10/12/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/10/andrew-p-napolitano/is-taking-a-knee-protected-speech/

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28) Trump’s $33 billion tax cut you didn’t know you just got
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In a recent editorial, we noted that President Trump’s decision to get rid of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan would be a major money-saver for companies and a deregulatory boost for the economy. Now, new data actually put a dollar figure on it. Senior Trump officials now estimate that the president’s decision will save consumers some $33 billion. No, they won’t get a big notice on their monthly bill saying: ‘You saved $X amount this month, thanks to repeal of the Clean Power Act.’ But the money will go into their pocket nonetheless, since they will avoid paying the much-higher costs that Obama had baked into the energy cake through his plan to cut CO2 emissions by 35% over the next 14 years. As we’ve said, this marks a major promise kept by President Trump. He showed himself on the stump to be one of the most energy-savvy presidents ever, and smartly campaigned heavily in coal and mining country, in places like Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while Hillary Clinton avoided them and even ridiculed them.” (10/11/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-33-billion-tax-cut-you-didnt-know-you-just-got

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29) The invisible hand of the state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Will Tippens

“As Adam Smith observed in 1776, when people seek to benefit themselves through voluntary trade, they unwittingly benefit society at large. This phenomenon is often referred to by the metaphor of the ‘invisible hand,’ as if a there were a mystical force guiding ordinary, self-interested persons towards order and productive behavior in the marketplace. Indeed, the explosion of trade occurring on a global scale over the past three centuries has ushered in an age of previously unimaginable interconnectedness, innovation, and standard of living for the whole of humanity. Persons acting through the modern nation-state — whether well-intentioned or not — have a similarly predictable track record. No single person can be said to have directed every action of government over the same span. And yet, as if guided by a similarly supernatural force, those who act through the means of state power tend towards predictable outcomes of their own.” (10/12/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/invisible-hand-state/

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30) The CDC, like the FBI, dramatically undercounts deaths at the hands of police
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“The media do a better job at keeping track of who the government kills than the government does. Go figure. By ‘who the government kills,’ I specifically mean who the police kill. A new study released this week shows that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which tracks stats on causes of death in the National Vital Statistics System, seriously undercounts how many people in the United States are killed during encounters with police. The report was put together by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who compared the CDC’s numbers for 2015 to The Guardian’s database of people killed in police encounters in the United States. Not only did the CDC undercount the deaths, but it did so dramatically, catching only half of them. The researchers counted 1,166 fatalities that year. The Guardian’s database caught 1,086 of them. The CDC registered only 643.” (10/12/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/10/12/the-cdc-like-the-fbi-dramatically-underc

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31) Betsy DeVos’s attack on public education is just beginning
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“With less than a year in office, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is already having the narrative of her impact on the nation’s public schools recast from someone with the power to “single-handedly decimate our public education system” to someone who is capable of only incremental change or who is completely ineffectual altogether. Don’t believe this shift in the storyline. First, consider how many times media reports trumpeting efforts by the President Trump administration to act more responsibly have quickly changed, within days or even hours, to news reports of the continued fecklessness of the White House. Similarly, news stories about Trump being completely ineffectual at accomplishing his agenda are constantly counterbalanced with stories of his continued success at radically altering the nation.” (10/11/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171011/betsy-devoss-attack-on-public-education-is-just-beginning

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32) Pareto relevance is more relevant at the level of policy choices than at the level of particular policy outcomes
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Pierre’s statement that free trade is not Pareto optimal is, I think, meant to be a claim that free trade is not Pareto superior. That is, what Pierre is here saying is that, by changing the pattern of consumer expenditures today, free trade makes consumers and some producers better off but it also makes other people — most notably, some business owners and workers — worse off. This standard economic justification for free trade is that, while some owners and workers do suffer today, the total size of the gains to others — most notably, consumers, but also other business owners and other workers — is larger than the size of the total losses and, therefore, trade is economically ‘efficient’ and, hence, economically and ethically justified.” (10/12/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/10/pareto-relevance-relevant-level-policy-choices-level-particular-policy-outcomes.html

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33) Can a modern central bank still be a “banker’s bank?”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Marcia Christoff-Kurapovna

“Answer: No. And not for reasons of policy or politics, but of national character — that is, what remains of such.” (10/12/17)

https://mises.org/blog/can-modern-central-bank-still-be-bankers-bank

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34) Birmingham’s new mayor on how to win the political revolution down South
Source: In These Times
by Katherine Webb-Hehn

“On Oct. 3, Randall Woodfin beat two-term incumbent William Bell in a combative runoff election to become the next mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. Woodfin’s platform includes sweeping progressive policies such as debt-free college for high school graduates, a summer jobs program for city teens and a $15 minimum wage. Woodfin beat Bell by a staggering 17 points, even winning Bell’s own neighborhood precinct. The 36-year-old challenger ran a year-long campaign that combined tech-savvy communication and data techniques with an old-fashioned grassroots ground game. His campaign team claims it knocked on 50,000 doors and made direct contact with 19,000 people. AL.compolitical reporter Kyle Whitmire said Woodfin’s campaign was the smartest he’d ever seen in Birmingham politics.” (10/12/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20604/birmingham-new-mayor-randall-woodfin-bernie-sanders-south

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35) Abandoning the Iran deal is just one example of irrational US diplomacy
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The hostility to the JCPOA is merely the latest manifestation of an unhealthylack of prudence and realism in U.S. foreign policy on so many issues. Washington’s approach is characterized too often by impossible objectives, boorish, ham-handed diplomacy, and an unwillingness to make even the most imperative concessions to achieve success. The reality is that the JCPOA was probably the best deal that the United States and the other signatories could hope to get from any Iranian government. Indeed, it is surprising that Tehran was willing to accept even those restrictions. And despite allegations from opponents that Iran is violating the terms of the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency continues to certify that Tehran is in compliance.” (10/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/abandoning-iran-deal-just-one-example-irrational-us-diplomacy

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36) Why it’s so difficult to reform entitlement programs: Friedrich Hayek and the libertarian perspective
Source: Heartland Institute
by Barry Poulson & John Merrifield

“Republicans in Congress appear to be at an impasse in their efforts to reform health care programs. After a concerted effort to reform Social Security during the George W. Bush presidency, the GOP has virtually abandoned its efforts to reform the entitlement program. Republicans are now in a prisoner’s dilemma, in which there is agreement that these entitlement programs are not sustainable, yet they cannot find a pathway to reform. … More than half a century ago, the great Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek predicted Americans would find themselves in this situation, and his views on social insurance have been the focus of a heated controversy. Liberal Keynesian economists cite Hayek in support of their efforts to expand entitlement spending.” (10/12/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/why-its-so-difficult-to-reform-entitlement-programs-friedrich-hayek-and-the-libertarian-perspective/

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37) Team Trump’s travel travails
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“The White House is struggling to contain a potentially explosive ethics scandal, and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump’s business conflicts, the Russia inquiry or the many lobbyists writing policy in his administration. No, the real ethics nightmare that could finally rile Trump’s base voters involves the taxpayer money that super-rich cabinet officials have spent on private and military planes to questionable destinations. Unlike such obscure ethics questions as whether Trump violated the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, the travel scandal is simple. When billionaire cabinet heads jet around on taxpayer-funded charter flights to ski resorts and sporting events, voters grasp instinctively that Beltway elites are following rules that don’t apply to average Americans.” (10/12/17)

http://prospect.org/article/team-trump%E2%80%99s-travel-travails

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38) The numbers are in: Social Security robs the working poor
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Tom Eddlem

“While it has long been known that middle class and wealthy people do not profit by “investing” their money in Social Security compared with a private retirement fund, the impact of Social Security upon a worker trapped in a minimum wage job throughout his career has been left uncalculated – until now. Thus, the following question can be answered authoritatively: Is it possible for a minimum wage worker to do better putting his money into Social Security than if he were allowed to invest his money in a private fund earning interest at the same rate as the S&P 500? And the answer is this: No, it’s not possible. In every conceivable scenario, the private fund pays more than Social Security to the minimum wage worker.” [editor’s note: The purpose of Social Security seems to be to force poor black males to subsidize the retirements of middle class white women; but there is a flaw in this particular analysis in that it assumes the hypothetical minimum wage worker would in fact voluntarily invest the same amount he is currently compelled to “pay into the system” – TLK] (10/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-numbers-are-in-social-security-robs-the-working-poor/

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39) No exit: A grim vision of the post-Trump future
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“The best solution for Trump personally would be to resign now (citing ‘deep state, fake news’ persecution). He would immediately be hired by NBC (yes, the one he’s threatening now) in a revival of ‘The Apprentice.’ He would go on being a big media noise, investigations of his manifest criminality would stop, his ‘brand’ would be more potent than ever. He’d play the martyr to right-wing crowds, while going on Kimmel, Colbert, even SNL to josh & joke with his fellow celebs, now treating him as a lovable rogue once again. This is exactly what will happen if he leaves early enough, by his own choice. It’s a win-win situation for him; he will probably figure this out soon enough.” (10/12/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/no-exit-a-grim-vision-of-the-post-trump-future-12102017.html

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40) How Elizabeth Warren became the soul of the Democratic Party
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“The Democratic establishment was shocked–and in some cases appalled–by Bernie Sanders’s insurgent bid for president last year. How could 12 million primary voters cast ballots not for market-friendly progressivism or New Deal liberalism, but democratic socialism? And against a Clinton, no less? But astonishment eventually gave way to acceptance, even implicitly from the nominee herself: the success of Sanders’s campaign was no fluke, proving that the Democratic Party had moved decisively to the left. But 2016 was not the year the party became more progressive. It was merely when the establishment Democrats realized it had moved. Many observers recognized a shift underway years earlier.” (10/12/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145136/elizabeth-warren-became-soul-democratic-party

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41) How many lives did gun control laws save in Las Vegas?
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“I’m pro-gun. I say that up front because your beliefs about my intentions will color how you see this post. My intention is to be objective. You can be the judge. The Vegas gunman used bump stocks on semi-automatic rifles. Those were totally legal. They are also a poor choice of weapons, or so I am told by gun experts. In fact, they are so inaccurate at the distance involved in the Vegas incident that professional snipers say Paddock could have done more damage with a single-shot weapon and some aiming. The gun experts I talked to (informally) also agree that the shooter would have killed more than a hundred additional people had he used a fully-automatic weapon. You can legally buy an automatic weapon that was made prior to 1986, for about $15-20K. The shooter was a millionaire, and he seemed to know a lot about guns. He would have known a fully-automatic rifle is designed to not jam the way his bump stock rifles did. He would have known they fire more bullets per second and more accurately. The death toll would have been much higher had the Vegas gunman used the right weapon.” (10/11/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/166304261991/how-many-lives-did-gun-control-laws-save-in-las

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42) The rifle on the wall: A left argument for gun rights
Source: CounterPunch
by Jim Kavanagh

“As can be expected, in the aftermath of the horrific mass murder committed in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, the issue of ‘gun control’ and ‘gun violence’ comes to the fore again. Reprising some of the points I made in an essay on the subject after the Sandy Hook shooting, I want to argue against the impulse to use this event to eliminate what the marxist and socialist left has historically recognized as an important right. Let’s start with the basic difference in principle: Some people consider the citizen’s right to possess firearms a fundamental political right. The political principle at stake is simple: to deny the state the monopoly of armed force, and, obversely, to empower the citizenry, to distribute the power of armed force among the people.” (10/12/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/12/the-rifle-on-the-wall-a-left-argument-for-gun-rights/

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43) Quantum Vibe, 10/12/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (10/12/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1706

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44) Jolie, Paltrow and Harvey Weinstein: Shock, regrets and nothing changes
Source: USA Today
by Melinda Henneberger

“That women as successful as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie stayed quiet for decades before finally daring to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing them underlines why so few women with no Oscars and far less power and prestige ever come forward. (And also with less Brad Pitt. Long before he married Jolie, he was seeing 22-year-old Paltrow when the producer allegedly groped her during a meeting in his hotel room. Pitt warned Weinstein never to go near her again, and Weinstein warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else.) Going public about the abuse of power is always difficult and often diminishing. And that, of course, is what abusers count on and love about it.” (10/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/10/12/harvey-weinstein-like-behavior-doesnt-only-happen-hollywood-melinda-henneberger-column/755170001

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45) The hysteria in the Harvey Weinstein scandal
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Across the media and Twittersphere, on TV talk shows and in newspaper gossip circles, the allegations against Weinstein are treated as truths. Almost as final judgements. He’s guilty as sin — that’s how you feel, right? Admit it. It’s how I feel. I’m just not sure I should. That Weinstein denies the allegations is treated as immaterial, as if the right of individuals to deny accusations against them, and to be presumed innocent of those accusations until found guilty of them, were insignificant. As if this right were not the building block of justice and the thing that separates our fair societies from the finger-pointing hysteria of pre-modern or tyrannical regimes. This is not to say the actresses are lying. That would be an outrageous thing to imply, as some foul trolls have. Every person who makes an accusation of an offence must be listened to and respected. Otherwise justice doesn’t work. But it is to ask: don’t we need more than accusation to destroy a person?” (10/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-hysteria-in-the-harvey-weinstein-scandal/

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46) Choice corruption
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“What is corruption? said no jesting Pilate ever. But please, stay for an answer.” (10/12/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/12/choice-corruption/

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47) Mark Skousen’s contributions to economics
Source: Cobden Centre
by Ken Schoolland

“Adam Smith, Jean-Baptiste Say, Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, and many others have laid the foundation for sound free-market economics. One more deserves acknowledgement. Mark Skousen’s scholarship has been highly innovative and ambitious in dethroning and supplanting three principle forces in modern economics: (1) the Keynesian macro model of big government; (2) Paul Samuelson’s popular Economics textbook, which promoted the welfare state, progressive taxation, and an anti-saving mentality; and (3) Robert Heilbroner’s Worldly Philosophers, whose favorite economists are Marx, Veblen, and Keynes.” (10/12/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/10/mark-skousens-contributions-to-economics-by-ken-schoolland-hawaii-pacific-university/

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48) Import the products, or the producers
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Robert Higgs

“A country’s people can foster their prosperity by participating in the extended, or international, system of specialization and exchange according to comparative advantage. If the people of country A want what the workers of country B can produce at comparatively low opportunity cost, they can get those products in two distinct ways. The first is to import freely (that is, without tariffs, quotas, or other costly obstructions) the products made by workers in country B. The second is, for some types of production, to import the workers from country B (that is, to permit unobstructed immigration) and set the migrant workers to work in domestic, country A firms. The two ways are broadly substitutes.” (10/11/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/import-products-producers

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49) The “nudge” that separated families
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Richard Thaler, the co-author of Nudge, has won the Nobel Prize for his contributions to behavioral economics. While he decides how best to spend his $1.1 million in prize money, less prosperous families are paying the price for government policies advancing economic paternalism. Thaler suggested in a 2012 New York Times op-ed that the United States follow Europe’s lead in raising the price of gasoline in order to preserve the environment. … The UK government, which Thaler has sometimes served as an adviser, self-consciously crafted tax policy to change consumer behavior on the use of gasoline (or ‘petrol,’ as the Brits say). … Nudging UK consumers away from gasoline to diesel came at a significant human cost.” (10/11/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/10/11/nudge-separated-families

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50) Cutting off consumers
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Daniel Press

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just released a new rule against payday loans, but instead of helping consumers avoid some pitfalls of borrowing, it will create serious problems for them. For starters, in the wake of the Equifax scandal that exposed millions of Americans’ personal data to hackers, the regulation plans to put millions more at risk. The new rule mandates that lenders collect and share sensitive customer data with credit reporting agencies, including Equifax. This unnecessarily puts an enormous amount of customer data at risk, but the CFPB doesn’t see it this way.” (10/11/17)

https://cei.org/content/cutting-consumers

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51) Faith and the Las Vegas massacre
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is the solution to today’s ongoing, never-ending healthcare crisis? The solution is: Repeal Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. End all governmental involvement in healthcare. Separate healthcare and the state. Establish a total free-market healthcare system, one based on economic liberty and voluntary charity. If America were to do that, healthcare costs would stop skyrocketing and instead would return to reasonable or ordinary levels. … How do I know that? It’s called faith in the free market and in voluntary charity. I can’t prove that everyone would do it. I simply have no doubts that enough doctors and hospitals would do it. The reaction to the Las Vegas massacre confirms my faith in freedom and free markets.” (10/12/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/10/12/medical-charity-las-vegas-massacre/

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52) The case against historical anachronism
Source: Cato Unbound
by Berny Sebe

“The postwar wave of decolonization brought European colonial rule around the world to its knees: not only because the European colonial powers, having indulged in the collective suicide of the Second World War, were unwilling or unable to repress nationalist anti-colonial movements, but also because the very principles that had justified imperial expansion had become invalidated by the mass slaughter inflicted upon mankind by this second global conflict in just three decades. The ‘civilizing mission’ had been badly undermined by the spectacle of the trenches of the Great War; it was fatally smitten by the Second World War.” (10/11/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/10/11/berny-sebe/case-against-historical-anachronism

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53) Moderation as an antidote to hyper-partisan politics
Source: Niskanen Center
by Aurelian Craiutu

“I recently took a quiz on the PBS Newshour website meant to test the thickness of the bubble in which I live. The test, conceived by the controversial libertarian thinker Charles Murray, consists of 25 simple questions covering a wide array of topics, from domestic beer and smoking cigarettes to vacationing in Branson, Missouri and identifying military insignia. The lower the score, the thicker the bubble is (the highest score is 100, the lowest 0, the average around 42). Although I like to consider myself open-minded, my score was alarmingly low: 12. That means that my bubble is very thick and I live in an echo chamber. This should not have come as a surprise, since my life revolves entirely around a liberal college town in south-central Indiana surrounded by conservative counties which I rarely get to visit.” [editor’s note: Interesting test. I scored 88, indicating a very thin “bubble” – TLK] (10/11/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/moderation-antidote-hyper-partisan-politics/

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54) Mario Vargas Llosa is the perfect poster boy for Spanish unionism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Thomas Harrington

“Among the many unionists to arrive in Barcelona from the other parts of the state on Sunday was the Nobel-Prize winning Peruvian-Spanish novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, who stood before the crowd and issued yet another iteration of the critique of Basque and Catalan nationalism that he has been monotonously issuing over the past 25 years. The stock script goes something like this. Nationalism is a malign disease that appeals to our most primitive and basic instincts and that is akin, in many ways, to the worst and most oppressive forms of religion. It divides people and leads inexorably to violence. It therefore has no place in modern and developed society like Spain.” [editor’s note: Well, the “stock script” is certainly true as far as it goes … – TLK] (10/11/17)

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2017/10/11/mario-vargas-llosa-is-the-perfect-poster-boy-for-spanish-unionism/

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55) The airport bomber from last week you never heard about
Source: The Intercept
by Shaun King

“Friday morning, at 12:39 a.m., security footage from the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina showed a man walking through the front doors wearing black clothing and a black cap, while carrying a bag. ‘Based on a review of the video, the individual walked near the entrance to the terminal, went out of sight momentarily, and was then seen departing the area without the bag,’ according to the criminal complaint. … What investigators eventually found in the bag was AN/FO (Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil) explosives …. sharp nails and bullets were found in this improvised explosive device. Whoever built it designed the bomb to cause horrific bodily harm. … The man who planted it, it turns out, openly admitted to authorities that he was ‘preparing to fight a war on U.S. soil’ and that this bomb was but one part of that war. … The story didn’t go viral and Trump didn’t tweet about it because the bomb was not placed by an immigrant, or a Muslim, or a Mexican.” (10/11/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/11/terrorist-donald-trump-airport-bomber-estes-asheville/

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56) MilLiberty, episode 52
Source: Outset Magazine

“This week’s episode of MilLiberty is the first episode in an annual series for the month of October: The Horrors of Collectivism. With this October being the 100th anniversary of communism, Caleb reviews the most recent casualty of socialism, Venezuela. He tells the story how the socialist state rose to wealth and how they lost it all, how their current crisis gave way to a dictator, their situation today, and how this happens in every case.” [Flash audio] (10/12/17)

http://outsetmagazine.com/2017/10/12/milliberty-episode/

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57) “Administrative state is THE leading threat to civil liberties of our era.”
Source: Reason

“Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with [Philip] Hamburger to discuss why the administrative state is unconstitutional, and what, if anything, can be done reduce its power.” [Flash video] (10/12/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/10/12/philip-hamburger-administrative-state

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58) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 83
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 083 welcomes Thomas Bogle back to the podcast to talk about his new organization, ‘The Association for Teaching Kids Economics.’ Topics include: The Tuttle Twins by Connor Boyack, illustrated by Elijah Stanfield, teaching economics, liberty, and free markets to kids, why teachers fear teaching economics in primary school, ‘mainline’ economics, Leonard Read’s ‘I, Pencil’ and The Lego Movie, Tom’s search for sponsors and personnel in each state to aid introduction and expansion, Socratic method based curriculum, CinemaSins, and the classroom ambassadors program.” [various formats] (10/12/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/association-teaching-kids-economics-35m-episode-083

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59) PanAm Podcast, 10/12/17
Source: PanAm Post

“San Francisco-based hedge fund honcho Tom Steyer has emerged as the single largest political donor in the last two election cycles. Making environmental and climate change issues paramount, he has heavily invested in Congressional and gubernatorial races through direct donations and PACs, and has often been portrayed by the media as a liberal counter-weight to the billionaire Koch brothers who heavily fund the Republican party and candidates. Now, in a recent letter, he has upped the stakes for potential beneficiaries of his largesse: mandating that they officially support the impeachment of Donald Trump as a ‘litmus test’ for his support.” [Flash video] (10/12/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/10/12/tom-steyer-impeach-trump-backfire/

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/11/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Why is the FBI involved in investigating college sports recruiting scandals? Ilya Shapiro comments.” [various formats] (10/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/why-make-federal-case-out-college-sports

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61) Free Talk Live, 10/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Second Life vs Open Simulation :: In-Game Currencies :: Second Life Crackdown :: Another Bitcoin Fork Upcoming :: Confusion in the Marketplace :: Harvery Weinstein :: Ricky vs Credit Union :: Roger Ver Joins Us to Discuss Starting a Free Society :: AFTERSHOW — More with Roger Ver :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Mike Lorrey.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-10-11

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62) Foreign Policy Focus
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #103, I discuss how we can prevent some disasters. I base my discussion on Jason Ditz’s article The Hurricanes You Control Vs. The Hurricanes You Don’t. In this article, Jason explains how some disasters, like hurricanes, are uncontrollable. While some disasters, like Yemen, are very controllable. I also discuss burn pits, Iraq, Syria, and North Korea.” [various formats] (10/11/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-103-preventable-disasters

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63) We Are Libertarians, episode 236
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Libertarian filmmaker and comedian Travis Irvine discusses his documentary ‘American Mayor’ on Amazon Prime. Irvine also explains how the GOP killed the Libertarian Party of Ohio, and what it’s like to work with Roger Stone. Spangle also explains why he hates the Facebook audience.” [various formats] (10/11/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/236-libertarian-documentarian-travis-irvine-running-mayor/

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