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In the News:

1) Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State
2) US, British regimes call for immediate ceasefire in Yemen after Saudi allies’ latest atrocity
3) China’s longest space mission launches
4) Putin dismisses hacking allegations as campaign rhetoric
5) Montenegro election: Ruling party ahead but lacks majority
6) South Sudan starves as aid blocked, money spent on fighting
7) US, UK regimes say support is weak for military action against Syria
8) NC: County GOP headquarters firebombed
9) Pence: “Not sure” if Hillary is taking performance enhancing debate drugs
10) American support for marijuana legalization hits a new high
11) “Rolling Stone” on trial over discredited campus rape story
12) CIA reportedly plans to launch a cyberattack against Russia
13) Venezuela: Government calls dibs on half of producers’ output
14) US Army to deploy 1st Infantry Division troops to Iraq
15) Plans for “Asgardia,” first space nation, revealed
16) International Criminal Court warns Philippines on killings
17) Kuwait: Emir dissolves parliament
18) Syria: ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq
19) FL: Federal judge assails election official’s action as an “undeclared war” on right to vote
20) US Navy pushes more “Houthis are shooting missiles at us” stories
21) Warren wants Obama to fire SEC chief for not doing whatever Warren says to do
22) Iran: Regime kicks off oil development tender to woo foreign investors
23) WikiLeaks releases transcripts of Clinton Goldman Sachs speeches
24) Cuba: Journalists arrested for “illegal” reporting of Hurricane Matthew
25) Failure to launch: North Korean missile allegedly bombs

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Voting: An unspiritual act
27) Ares: A sneak peek
28) Prey to it
29) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 100
30) Libertarians and term limits: A contradiction in principle
31) Trump learns a kiss is not just a kiss
32) Report shows more arrests for cannabis than violent crime
33) A “don’t rock the boat” theory of political change
34) Against Democracy: A review
35) The LAVA Spurt, episode 17
36) When following the law gets you nowhere
37) Interest rates and the Marshmallow Test
38) Leaks aren’t always good for politics, or journalism
39) spiked podcast, 10/15/16
40) Theresa May’s anti-libertarian turn
41) Donald Trump’s campaign has become a cult
42) Obstructions of trade and migration: Who is hurt?
43) “Fuck you, that’s why”: A new American chapter
44) Could Clinton tame Congress?
45) War presidents to the left; war presidents to the right.
46) Donald Trump, hawk
47) FBI and DOJ rank and file to Hillary: We know you’re a felon
48) The real presidential election
49) I come not to praise democracy …
50) Is Whole Foods channeling Tony Soprano?
51) Sandy Hook suit victimized families yet again for political gain
52) Climate change
53) Is it okay for a porn star to condemn rape? And why do I have to ask?
54) Why I favor limited government, part 4
55) Free Talk Live, 10/15/16

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

1) Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State
Source: Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]

“Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants’ last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages, a Reuters correspondent said. The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer ‘a lasting defeat’ as Iraqi forces mounted their biggest operation since the US withdrew its own troops in 2011. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people.” (10/16/16)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/10/17/iraq-launches-mosul-offensive-drive-islamic-state/

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2) US, British regimes call for immediate ceasefire in Yemen after Saudi allies’ latest atrocity
Source: Reuters

“The United States and Britain called on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to end violence between Iran-backed Houthis and the [puppet invader quisling] government, which is supported by Gulf states. A Saudi-led campaign in Yemen has come under heavy criticism since an air strike on a funeral gathering in the Yemeni capital Sanaa that killed 140 people according to a United Nations’ estimate and 82 according to the Houthis. On Saturday, a U.S. admiral said a destroyer had again been targeted in the Red Sea in an apparent failed missile attack launched from the coast of Yemen. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said if Yemen’s opposing sides accepted the ceasefire then the special envoy to the U.N., Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, would work through the details and announce when and how it would take effect. ” (10/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-britain-usa-idUSKBN12G0MX

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3) China’s longest space mission launches
Source: CNN

“China’s Shenzhou 11 ‘heavenly vessel’ launched Monday (7:30 p.m. Sunday ET) from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. The launch was shown on state broadcaster CCTV. This is China’a longest-ever crewed space mission. On board are two astronauts — Jing Haipeng and Chen Dong. They will dock with the Tiangong-2 space lab, which was launched last month. Jing and Chen will remain in space for a total of 33 days, with 30 of those spent conducting experiments related to medicine, physics and biology in the space lab.” (10/16/16)

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/16/asia/china-longest-space-mission/

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4) Putin dismisses hacking allegations as campaign rhetoric
Source: Reuters

“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday shrugged off new U.S. threats to retaliate against alleged Russian hackers, saying such statements only confirmed that Washington used cyber attacks for political ends. Speaking after a summit of developing economies in India Putin also said he believed that the hacking allegations were mainly election campaign rhetoric by the White House, and that he hoped bilateral ties could improve after the U.S. elections.” (10/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-cybercrime-idUSKBN12G0H1

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5) Montenegro election: Ruling party ahead but lacks majority
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Partial results in the Montenegrin election suggest the prime minister’s party will win the most seats but fall short of a majority. The pro-Western party is set to win about 40% of the votes and will have to form a coalition. Milo Djukanovic had presented the vote as a choice between becoming an EU and Nato member or a ‘Russian colony.’ The interior minister has urged supporters of whoever wins to celebrate indoors rather than on the streets. The warning follows the arrest of 20 Serb paramilitaries suspected of planning attacks.” (10/16/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37672752

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6) South Sudan starves as aid blocked, money spent on fighting
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“The food crisis is evidence of how the conflict has devastated South Sudan’s ability to function. Since December 2013, tens of thousands of people have been killed. More than one million refugees have fled. The U.N. calls South Sudan one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Even as President Salva Kiir and his government have repeatedly promised full humanitarian access to this and other areas, South Sudanese officials have restricted aid amid hostility at the international community over its attempts to calm the fighting and protect civilians.” (10/14/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/south-sudan-starves-as-aid-blocked-money-spent-on-fighting-1.719475

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7) US, UK regimes say support is weak for military action against Syria
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“The United States and Britain on Sunday acknowledged the Western world’s weak support for any military action against Syria’s government as they sought ways to pressure President Bashar Assad and his chief backer, Russia, to halt a deadly offensive in Aleppo. They tried to present it as a possibility, nevertheless. After a meeting of 11 governments opposing Assad’s rule, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson each insisted all options were on the table. But their stark explanations about the danger of resorting to military force appeared to rule out such a move.” (10/16/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/us-uk-say-support-is-weak-for-military-action-against/article_4881cf6b-a15e-5921-9cfe-6bfbeec7a944.html

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8) NC: County GOP headquarters firebombed
Source: Fox News

“A Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed and a nearby building was vandalized on Saturday night and police were hunting for those responsible on Sunday. The inside of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough was severely damaged and an adjacent building was marked with spray painted graffiti reading ‘Nazi Republicans get out of town or else,’ The Charlotte Observer reported. ‘The office itself is a total loss,’ state GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said. ‘The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.’ A bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office, burning furniture and charring some political signs before going out, police told WNCN.” [editor’s note: No details yet on how they’ll blame this one on “Trumpers” – SAT] (10/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/16/north-carolina-gop-headquarters-firebombed.html

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9) Pence: “Not sure” if Hillary is taking performance enhancing debate drugs
Source: Raw Story

“Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence suggested on Sunday that he was not “sure” if Hillary Clinton was taking performance enhancing drugs to defeat Donald Trump in the general election debates. At a rally on Saturday, Trump accused Clinton of ‘getting pumped up’ with drugs to enhance her debate performance. ‘I think we should take a drug test prior to the debate,’ the GOP nominee told the crowd. ‘Because I don’t know what’s going on with her, but at the beginning of her last debate, she was all pumped up at the beginning, and at the end it was like, huff, take me down. She could barely reach her car.’ On Sunday, Fox News host Bret Baier asked Pence if agreed with his running mate’s charge that the Democratic nominee might be on performance enhancing drugs. ” (10/16/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/mike-pence-im-not-sure-if-hillary-clinton-is-taking-performance-enhancing-debate-drugs

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10) American support for marijuana legalization hits a new high
Source: Smell the Truth

“Well over half of the U.S. believe it’s time to legalize cannabis, a new poll shows. According to new survey data provided by the Pew Research Center, 57 percent of adult Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, which is the highest percentage of support the Pew Poll has seen regarding the matter. The overwhelming amount of support marks a major change in attitude towards cannabis in just 10 years. … One demographic that has only amplified its support for legalization are the youth, as an astounding 71 percent of millennials support marijuana law reform.” (10/13/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/10/13/american-support-for-marijuana-legalization-hits-a-new-high

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11) “Rolling Stone” on trial over discredited campus rape story
Source: USA Today

“A defamation lawsuit filed by a former University of Virginia dean against Rolling Stone magazine for its botched article about an alleged gang rape at the Charlottesville school is set for trial starting Monday. Nicole Eramo was the associate dean of students who counseled ‘Jackie,’ an otherwise unidentified student whose tale of sexual brutality in a fraternity house set off a nationwide firestorm when the magazine published the article in November 2014. Eramo is suing the magazine for almost $8 million, saying A Rape on Campus cast her as the ‘chief villain.’ Lawyers for Eramo have included Jackie on their witness list.” [editor’s note: after some of what passes for “journalism” in their recent issues, I just have to chuckle at this – SAT] (10/16/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/10/16/rolling-stone-trial-over-discredited-campus-rape-story/92197484

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12) CIA reportedly plans to launch a cyberattack against Russia
Source: Engadget

“The United States is preparing to launch an unprecedented cyber attack against Russia, according to NBC News. Sources told the publication that the White House asked the CIA to present it with several ‘clandestine’ cyber operation tactics that the administration can choose from. The cyber strike’s purpose? To get back at Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin for allegedly interfering with the country’s elections.” (10/16/16)

https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/15/cia-cyberattack-russia/?sr_source=Facebook

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13) Venezuela: Government calls dibs on half of producers’ output
Source: PanAm Post

“Businesses in Venezuela must now sell up to 50 percent of their goods to state authorities. The Local Committee of Supply and Production (CLAP in Spanish) requires that businesses sell them products to be redistributed to citizens through its ongoing food and goods distribution program, it was announced Thursday, October 13. Food, personal hygiene and household cleaners are specifically subject to the new law.” (10/14/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/10/14/socialist-venezuelan-government-calls-dibs-on-half-of-producers-outpu/

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14) US Army to deploy 1st Infantry Division troops to Iraq
Source: Military.com

“The U.S. Army announced Friday it will deploy about 500 soldiers from the Big Red One to Iraq this fall. The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters troops will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Oct. 14 Army press release. The Fort Riley, Kansas, unit will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), providing command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.” (10/14/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/10/14/army-deploy-1st-infantry-division-soldiers-iraq.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm

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15) Plans for “Asgardia,” first space nation, revealed
Source: Rockland County Times

“Scientists have unveiled their plans for the first space nation called ‘Asgardia.’ The application to live in the heavens has opened up, as the first 100,000 qualifying people will be accepted as citizens, although the completion date of the project is unknown. Should it come to reality, Asgardia will be a floating nation in space that’s goal will be to protect earth from debris, asteroids, and coronal mass ejections from the sun, as well as offer a far-out lifestyle for those interested in ‘going where no man has gone before.'” (10/13/16)

http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2016/10/13/plans-for-asgardia-the-first-space-nation-revealed/

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16) International Criminal Court warns Philippines on killings
Source: Jakarta Post [Indonesia]

“The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday said her office would begin to closely follow developments in the Philippines, raising concern over alleged extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on illegal drugs. More than 3,700 people have been killed by the police and suspected vigilantes since Duterte launched the campaign upon taking office on June 30. … Duterte has insisted that he and his police forces have done nothing illegal, and that law enforcers have been forced to shoot and kill after suspects put up a fight. On Thursday night, Duterte again defended his scorched-earth policy on drugs in a speech to businessmen in Pasay City, saying ‘it is not a crime to threaten criminals with death.'” (10/16/16)

http://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2016/10/16/international-court-warns-philippines-on-killings.html

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17) Kuwait: Emir dissolves parliament
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has issued a decree to dissolve the country’s parliament, setting the stage for an early election. The official KUNA state news agency made the announcement on Sunday after an emergency government meeting. The emir said ‘given the circumstances in the region … and the security challenges’ he had ordered the 50-member legislative body dissolved. The statement did not elaborate. The move came less than 24 hours after parliament speaker Marzouk al-Ghanem called for snap elections in the face of security and economic challenges.” (10/16/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/emir-kuwait-dissolves-parliament-161016123643962.html

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18) Syria: ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The Islamic State has been dealt a major symbolic blow in the battle for its existence. Turkish-backed rebels, reportedly supported by United States special forces, seized the Syrian town of Dabiq Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to Islamic prophecies central to the Islamic State’s radical message, Dabiq is the site of an end-of-days battle that ushers in the apocalypse. Now, having lost control of the town, the Islamic State must scramble to change a narrative that has been a core part of its appeal.” (10/16/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1016/ISIS-suffers-major-symbolic-defeat-with-loss-of-Dabiq

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19) FL: Federal judge assails election official’s action as an “undeclared war” on right to vote
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A federal judge on Saturday issued a scathing rebuke to Florida’s top election official in an order canceling a hearing on a lawsuit over vote-by-mail ballots. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker accused Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner of delaying a hearing on the lawsuit ‘so that he could use every second available to run out the clock’ so there wouldn’t be enough time to address problems raised in the lawsuit. The judge also said Detzner’s actions amounted to an ‘undeclared war’ on the right to vote in Florida, the largest swing state in the presidential election. The judge in Tallahassee, Fla., said he would make a decision on the lawsuit without a hearing that had been set for Monday.” (10/15/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-florida-mail-in-ballots-20161015-snap-story.html

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20) US Navy pushes more “Houthis are shooting missiles at us” stories
Source: Chicago Tribune

“The U.S. Navy on Sunday began investigating a possible overnight missile attack from Yemen on a group of American warships in the Red Sea amid uncertainty about what transpired. The Red Sea and the nearby strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial chokepoint for international shipping and crude oil, has been the scene of what the U.S. describes as at least two missile attacks from rebel [sic]-held territory in Yemen. American forces have fired back once with Tomahawk missiles, destroying mobile radar positions in the first shots fired by the U.S. in anger in the stalemated conflict.” [editor’s note: Probably didn’t happen; if it did happen it probably wasn’t Houthi forces – TLK] (10/16/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-yemen-missiles-united-states-warship-20161016-story.html

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21) Warren wants Obama to fire SEC chief for not doing whatever Warren says to do
Source: Bangor Daily News

“U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a proponent of strong financial regulation, turned up the heat on the country’s top securities regulator on Friday, urging President Barack Obama to fire Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White. Warren, a Democrat, has often criticized White in the past, but this was the first time she has called for her ouster. She made the call in a 12-page letter to Obama, saying she was exasperated with the SEC’s stalled work on a rule to require corporations to disclose money they contribute to political campaigns.” (10/15/16)

https://bangordailynews.com/2016/10/15/news/nation/elizabeth-warren-urges-obama-to-fire-head-of-sec/?ref=latest

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22) Iran: Regime kicks off oil development tender to woo foreign investors
Source: Bloomberg

“Iran is ramping up efforts to woo foreign investment in an energy industry stunted by years of sanctions, with a request for companies to submit documents to pre-qualify as bidders to develop the country’s oil and natural gas fields. State-run National Iranian Oil Co. will solicit documents from international companies starting Monday, according to an announcement posted on the website of Shana, the oil ministry’s news service. Interested companies will have until Nov. 19 to submit their qualifications, and the government will publish a list of eligible bidders on Dec. 7, according to Shana.” (10/16/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-16/iran-kicks-off-oil-development-tender-to-woo-foreign-investors

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23) WikiLeaks releases transcripts of Clinton Goldman Sachs speeches
Source: CNN

“WikiLeaks released Saturday what appear to be transcripts of Hillary Clinton’s three paid speeches to financial heavyweight Goldman Sachs. The remarks, which were hacked as part of an extensive breach of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email account, show Clinton commenting on Wall Street’s role in financial regulations, relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the damage done to US foreign policy by past WikiLeaks releases. The Clinton campaign declined to confirm the authenticity of any of the transcripts and CNN cannot independently confirm their authenticity. But the campaign has not challenged any emails in other WikiLeaks releases and this is the second time transcripts from Clinton’s paid speeches have been made public by the group.” (10/15/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/15/politics/wikileaks-hillary-clinton-goldman-sachs-speeches/

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24) Cuba: Journalists arrested for “illegal” reporting of Hurricane Matthew
Source: PanAm Post

“After covering the island’s aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, more than six independent journalists in Cuba have been arrested. Cuban officials reportedly accused them of undertaking ‘illicit economic activity.’ Founder of Periodismo de Barrio Elaine Diaz as well as colleagues Monica Baro, Julio Batista Rodriguez, Thomas E. Perez and Geysi Guide were arrested for reporting ‘without permission’ from the municipality of Baracoa in the province of Eastern Guantanamo.” (10/14/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/10/14/journalists-arrested-in-cuba-for-illegal-reporting-of-hurricane-matthew/

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25) Failure to launch: North Korean missile allegedly bombs
Source: USA Today

“North Korea has failed to launch an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Pentagon said Saturday. U.S. Strategic Command detected the failure at 11:33 p.m. EDT Friday near a city in northwestern North Korea. It was believed to be a Musadan ballistic missile and did not pose a threat to North America, the North American Aerospace Defense Command determined. North Korea routinely conducts missile tests despite violating resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.” (10/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/15/failure-launch-north-korean-missile-bombs/92156480/

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

26) Voting: An unspiritual act
Source: Christine Smith’s Blog
by Christine Smith

“There is no choosing a right person when the entire structure is wrong. The country is not a private organization to which all willingly consent (like a club); it is a region where diversity reigns, and as such no majority has the ethical/moral/spiritual precept to force all to conform to its will. It is a spiritually unsound premise. I have no illusion or imagination that it will through awareness change (though it may likely collapse), however I do know firsthand the benefit to the individual’s life who chooses to extricate himself from the insanity. Most people seek to have others make decisions for them, they may complain about it, however deep inside they fear freedom. Thus, the majority will always seek to organize a gang to give structure to their lives and simultaneously impose it upon people who do not seek to have others decide how they should live. Its existence, however, does not receive my support, on the contrary, life is good when apart from the spiritually insane herd.” (10/16/16)

http://christinesmith.us/wordpress/2016/10/16/voting-an-unspiritual-act/

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27) Ares: A sneak peek
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

Excerpt (chapter 15) from L. Neil Smith’s forthcoming novel Ares. (10/16/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle894-20161016-02.html

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28) Prey to it
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“There’s been a trend of late, among both more and less visible ‘voluntaryists’ in social media, the blogosphere, and elsewhere, to simply backpedal: To retreat to the conclusion that, since a voluntary society isn’t happening any time soon, it’s best — in the name of what ‘progress’ can ‘realistically’ be made given ‘what we have to work with’ — to reengage the political system and process. To resume voting — even for such as Donald Trump. To writing letters and sending e-mails to various politicians and bureaucrats in the hope of at least holding Statism in check, or slowing down its insatiable growth, rather than simply pontificating on libertarian anarchist ideology from the sidelines while maybe 0.00001% of the population takes notice in any meaningful way. In other words, to ‘do something’ … even if in that doing, voluntaryism is effectively scuttled altogether.” (10/14/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/damage-control-panacea-of-politics-and-how-voluntaryists-are-falling-prey-to-it

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29) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 100
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Door prizes (to find out what they are and how to win them, you have to listen to the episode); Thanks For Asking! (Robert Milnes doesn’t think; thoughts on the Electoral College; favorites; McAfee and cable packages); Two takes on waste.” [editor’s note: As of 6am Eastern on Monday, there are still “door prizes” available – TLK] [Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-100-just.html

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30) Libertarians and term limits: A contradiction in principle
Source: Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I’m still shocked every time I see a libertarian preaching the value of arbitrary term limit. Someone just posted this to a Voluntaryist / Anarchist group I’m in, along with a Gary Johnson video — ugh: Want to do one thing that will help end tyranny? Force incumbents to have term limits. Vote them OUT! Okay, well … See? This is self-contradictory. For one, if you’re forcing incumbents out, then you’re hardly moving away from tyranny. In fact, you’re moving toward tyranny, by purposely creating legislation that is specifically designed to limit voters’ choices and, in some cases, to override their expressed wishes. This is the libertarian position? I honestly don’t see how.” (10/14/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/10/14/libertarians-term-limits-a-contradiction-in-principle/

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31) Trump learns a kiss is not just a kiss
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Yes, it has come to this. The New York Times reported on its front page Thursday that Donald Trump fondled a woman on an airplane more than 30 years ago and kissed another woman on the mouth against her wishes in 2005. I don’t think I’ve ever been this ashamed of my profession. Let me stipulate: I assume that the two women’s accusations are true, because they fit with what I’ve seen of how Trump treats women. But in this age, proof is no longer a requirement — all we know is that they told other people. The women’s stories fit into a niche; the incidents aren’t so serious that a woman would have made an official complaint about them at the time they occurred. I am not defending such behavior. … I don’t like Trump. I’m not voting for Trump. But there are so many better reasons not to vote for Trump than because of this pile-on. ” (06/16/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/10/16/in-2016-trump-learns-a-kiss-is-not-just-a-kiss-n2232638

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32) Report shows more arrests for cannabis than violent crime
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Of the 1.25 million people arrested in 2015 in the War on Drugs, more than 574,000 were for cannabis. These arrests are often easier for police to obtain than for other offenses, especially if police target certain neighborhoods. By comparison in 2015 ‘there were 505,681 arrests for violent crimes (which the FBI defines as murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault).’ That means police made almost 14 percent more arrests for cannabis possession than for all violent crimes combined, with approximately one arrest for cannabis possession every 55 seconds, accounting for or over $1,000 spent every minute just on enforcing prohibition of a plant, or over $524 million per year.” [editor’s note: So about the same amount as the feds spend on corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood … – TLK] [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/16)

http://fpp.cc/report-shows-more-arrests-for-cannabis-than-violent-crime/

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33) A “don’t rock the boat” theory of political change
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“You’d think that as long as we’ve known Trump and Clinton it would be more obvious which is better (okay, least bad). But here we are. That said, I largely agree with Brandon’s thoughts: Hil[l]ary is the better of the two. If we’re thinking about the trajectory of freedom in this country, it’s like we had been climbing an upward path till 9/11 gave military-industrial complex a new project. Clinton is offering to keep leading us down a gentle incline and Trump is saying ‘let’s go through that thicket of poison oak!’ I stand by my old advice that a vote for the big two parties is a wasted vote.” (10/15/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/10/15/a-dont-rock-the-boat-theory-of-political-change/

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34) Against Democracy: A review
Source: Students For Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“Most people think that democracy is not only the best government around, but is also the best government conceivable. Many political philosophers and nearly all lay political voters think that democracy is somehow uniquely just, and any deviations from democratic political processes are inherently unjust. However, recent experience with democracies has caused unease for many proponents of democracies; it seems voters are regularly choosing bad policies, such as Brexit, and bad leaders, such as Trump or Clinton. These trends in the West have challenged the blind faith in the premise that democracy is the ideal form of government. It is in an intensely dogmatic pro-democratic discourse that Georgetown University philosopher Jason Brennan’s new book Against Democracy comes to the scene.” (10/14/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/14/against-democracy-a-review/

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35) The LAVA Spurt, episode 17
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Are we facing a new Cold War or worse? Thank you for joining me on the seventeenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The World War III Edition.” [various formats] (10/13/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/world-war-iii-edition-tls017/

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36) When following the law gets you nowhere
Source: USA Today
by Josh Rivera

“If you don’t want to vote, do it for those who can’t. A wall doesn’t mean much to a mother trying to protect her child. We’ve heard Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump say he loves Mexicans (and by that I assume he means all Latinos) and he welcomes anyone who comes here legally. But here’s the problem, the system is broken, and the line between legal and illegal can be awfully fuzzy. That’s why Silvana Quiroz, a law-abiding U.S. resident, had to send her son back to Bolivia so he would have a better shot at legal status. As a result, she hasn’t seen him in five years. And she’s not the only one. Back when she lived in Bolivia, Quiroz felt that the way she could help her community was by helping keep them informed. Unfortunately, Cochabamba was not a city where anyone could feel safe raising a child while working as a journalist.” (10/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/14/when-following-law-gets-you-nowhere-column/90945646

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37) Interest rates and the Marshmallow Test
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ronald-Peter Stoferle

“The Marshmallow Test is probably the most famous experiment testing people’s patience, which is reflected in the concept of time preference in economics. Psychologist Walter Mischel tested the ‘delay of gratification’ by offering a desired object — such as a Marshmallow — to a child. The examiner told the child that he was about to leave, and that the child would receive a second Marshmallow if it did not eat the first one before the examiner returned. The examiner returned after 15 minutes, but in most cases the temptation had proved too strong. In a variety of versions of the experiment, children’s waiting time amounted to approximately six to ten minutes (with wide dispersion in evidence). Why is this experiment relevant to us? We obtain economic gratification if we rein in our impatience with respect to consumption. Interest is the most important gauge for this — it is essentially equivalent to the second marshmallow in the experiment.” (10/14/16)

https://mises.org/blog/interest-rates-and-marshmallow-test

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38) Leaks aren’t always good for politics, or journalism
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Both journalism and politics now live in the leak culture, and both professions will be forever changed by it. Both have always benefitted from leaks of some kind, from the officially authorized to the criminally filched. But today’s ability to download and disseminate vast banks of information constitutes a new chapter in journalistic and political practice. Wikileaks has put U.S. diplomatic cables in the public domain, followed by the much riskier leaking of sensitive files from the National Security Agency and that followed by the leaking of the Panama Papers, which showed how the rich secretly contrive to get richer. The leak to the Washington Post of a video, made in 2005, of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claiming, among much else, that ‘when you’re a star, you can do anything’ to women differs in principle from the previous leaks. They were unambiguously about issues of public concern. The Trump leak reaches into his private life.” [editor’s note: This pundit is amusing at best; if not for Wikileaks, “journalism” as he calls it would be no more than TMZ (and its weak sister, ESPN) – SAT] (10/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-leaks-commentary-idUSKCN12E076

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39) spiked podcast, 10/15/16
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Frank Furedi discusses his new book What’s Happened To The University?; Matthew Lesh talks about Australia’s reaction to Brexit; and Sean Collins looks at the aftermath of the latest US presidential debate.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/8216students-should-be-challenged-not-comforted

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40) Theresa May’s anti-libertarian turn
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“Theresa May’s speech at the Tory national conference has generated little enthusiasm among British conservatives of a libertarian bent. On the other hand, it cautioned some people on the left, who found Mrs May is perhaps ready to steal the very vocabulary of the labour party. May understands Brexit not just as a vote ‘to change Britain’s relationship with the European Union,’ but also as a call for ‘a change in the way our country works — and the people for whom it works — forever.'” (10/15/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/10/theresa_mays_an.html

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41) Donald Trump’s campaign has become a cult
Source: The New Republic
by Jared Yates Sexton

“The Trump campaign has has turned into something new: a cult. The fact hit me a few minutes after I entered the Charlotte Convention Center on Friday night and heard supporters openly blaming the women who’ve recently come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them. The Trump faithful were more than ready to cut down anyone standing in their leader’s way. ‘They’re gold diggers,’ I heard an old woman say. ‘Let’s call them what they are,’ said a woman in a ‘Proud Deplorable’ shirt. ‘They’re whores.’ Throughout the night there were similar strains of the same conversation. Everyone was in agreement that there was no veracity to the women’s claims, that it was just another dirty trick by ‘Crooked Hillary’ to defeat Trump, a man so good, another woman explained, holding out her quaking hand, ‘It makes me shake to think they’d hurt a man like that.'” [editor’s note: As I continue to be accused of “backing Trump” (for the Johnson shit I wear everywhere), I LMAO at this crap, seeing the “cultist” worship of the Empress wanna-be! – SAT] (10/15/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137822/donald-trumps-campaign-become-cult

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42) Obstructions of trade and migration: Who is hurt?
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The natural answer, the one most people would give, is that trade restrictions hurt foreigners who want to sell their goods and services to Americans. After all, politicians, including the two major-party candidates now seeking election to the presidency, tell us every day that they will demand various sorts of concessions from or impose various sorts of penalties on — that is, hurt — the foreigners, especially the Chinese exporters, who wish to bring their goods into the USA for sale. … But this hurt would be far from the only kind. Also harmed would be Americans of many sorts. Most important are American consumers, who will gladly purchase products made abroad if those products can make it across the hurdles thrown up by the U.S. government.” (10/14/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/10/14/obstructions-of-trade-and-migration-who-is-hurt/

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43) “Fuck you, that’s why”: A new American chapter
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“My interest in politics is always a matter of self-defense. Politics is nothing more than a sophisticated way to describe a violence system that uses coercion through threat and force to steal from its geographical inhabitants and regulate every aspect of their lives. It molds society through sheer naked aggression and blood lust; a willingness to kill a subject for violating a seatbelt law or not obeying a badged Praetorian in the pay of the state. And politicians are violence brokers and nothing more.” (10/14/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4888

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44) Could Clinton tame Congress?
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“When the market research firm YouGov asked Donald Trump supporters in August what they thought of Hillary Clinton, 93 percent said she was ‘corrupt,’ 92 percent called her ‘dangerous,’ and a striking 84 percent branded her ‘downright evil.’ Such visceral GOP hostility spells gridlock on Capitol Hill should Clinton win the White House. Republicans are almost certain to retain control of the House (which may well tilt even further right, as moderate Republicans retire or struggle to retain their seats). Predicts David Wasserman, House editor of The Cook Political Report: ‘Calls to impeach Hillary Clinton will begin well before she takes office.’ This gloomy scenario bodes poorly for the ambitious policy agenda Clinton has pledged to enact with Republican help, including infrastructure investments, immigration changes, and an overhaul of criminal sentencing laws. These are areas where some Republicans, at least in principle, say they want action, unless their goal is to deny Clinton any legislative wins. One factor could improve Clinton’s odds, however: a Democratic Senate.” [editor’s note: Gawd, let’s hope not; the only hope we have left is that gridlock prevails – SAT] (10/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/could-clinton-tame-congress

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45) War presidents to the left; war presidents to the right.
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by PA Deacon

“Who was the last American Presidential candidate to campaign on a pro-war platform? No major party candidate, in my lifetime, explicitly campaigned to lead the military into an offensive war. Interventionists from the left and right always argue that the wars of the United States were reactions to threatening advances by foreign powers. However, the objective observer of America’s history of war can identify that presidents are not merely reactors to circumstances; they are agitators for war.” (10/15/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/15/war-presidents-to-the-left-war-presidents-to-the-right/

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46) Donald Trump, hawk
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Sheldon Richman

“Donald Trump is no peacenik. Leave aside Trump’s proclamation that he ‘love[s] war’ and unpredictability, and that he is more ‘militaristic’ than anyone. Forget that he wants to enlarge the military and that he refuses to forswear first use of nuclear weapons. Ignore his bellicosity toward Iran and China or his promise to support Israel unconditionally. Pay no attention to Trump’s 2002 endorsement of the invasion of Iraq and his imploring Obama to invade Libya and overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. All we have to do to see the real Trump is examine his allegedly dovish statements.” (10/14/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46619

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47) FBI and DOJ rank and file to Hillary: We know you’re a felon
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Morale and esprit de corps among the rank and file gumshoes at the FBI and DOJ are at abysmally low levels these days ever since FBI director James Comey recommended that Hillary Clinton not be charged with multiple felonies arising from her thoroughly documented mishandling of classified communications while she was Secretary of State. That’s because they collected the mountain of damning evidence against her and know to a moral certainty that she’s a felon.” (10/15/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/10/fbi-and-doj-rank-and-file-to-hillary-we.html

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48) The real presidential election
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“My fellow Americans. No, wait. This is written also for the unAmerican. What happens at the polls on November 8, 2016 in the U.S. presidential election simply does not matter. It’s not unimportant because balloting itself will be tampered with, which is how the media spin it when Donald Trump says the election is rigged. Uh-uh. The fix is in for the popular voting because both the major political parties and the free press necessary for anything approaching ‘honest’ elections have been corrupted, not allowing for a fair process — for example, not including Libertarian Gary Johnson, a candidate on all 50 state ballots, in the crucial televised debates. Additionally, none of the cultural traditions that kept debates focused on policy issues exist anymore.” (10/15/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/10/the-real-presidential-election/

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49) I come not to praise democracy …
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Democracy isn’t something to strengthen or promote. There is no good in it. It is mob rule. (As is a republic, which will always evolve into a democracy anyway. Before someone gets their constitutional panties in a wad. Both are just mob rule — ‘majority makes right’ is wrong.) Governing yourself is a good idea. Even necessary. Governing your neighbor? Well, that just makes you a thug — whether you do it personally, or v*te to have someone do it on your behalf.” (10/14/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/10/i-come-not-to-praise-democracy.html

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50) Is Whole Foods channeling Tony Soprano?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier

“In various episodes of ‘The Sopranos,’ the head of the mob family, Tony Soprano, and his capos met for brainstorming sessions to air ideas for new scams and heists. The more inventive rackets included stealing the valet-parked cars from an upscale New Jersey Bar Mitzvah and defrauding the U.S. Department of Housing of Urban Development by leaving the feds holding the bag on guaranteed loans intended for housing redevelopment in Newark. Like criminals who constantly expand their repertoire, Whole Foods’ violations of state and federal law have been escalating. They’ve gone from defrauding their customers in various ways to adopting food preparation practices that actually endanger them.” (10/15/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/is-whole-foods-channeling-tony-soprano/

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51) Sandy Hook suit victimized families yet again for political gain
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“The ghouls have marked time since the [Sandy Hook] massacre with chest-beating ritual designed to keep the victims traumatized and periodically reopen their wounds. Newtown made a spectacle of acquiring [Adam] Lanza’s home and demolishing it. The school district spent more than $50 million closing, demolishing, and rebuilding Sandy Hook Elementary. And of course the victim disarmament lobby deployed one of the perennial favorites in its propaganda arsenal (pun intended): Malicious litigation in the form of ‘lawfare’ (‘the abuse of Western laws and judicial systems to achieve strategic military or political ends’).” (10/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8037

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52) Climate change
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“This week brought the first hard freeze and a nice dusting of snow to the NE corner of Wyoming. It’s earlier than usual, I think, but nothing surprising. The last few days have been windy and darn near warm, however. Yesterday’s high temperature outside was 75 degrees. Most call that ‘Indian Summer,’ but we don’t get too comfortable with it … might freeze hard again tomorrow night. The point is, of course, that the weather (and ‘climate’ is merely an aggregation of local weather) changes constantly. Sometimes it is more or less predictable, but usually subject to at least some changes as the predicted time frame gets closer.” (10/15/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9894

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53) Is it okay for a porn star to condemn rape? And why do I have to ask?
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Would anyone say to a porn star: ‘Wait, how can you condemn Bill Cosby? You have sex for a living!’ That question doesn’t make sense. The voluntary nature of the porn star’s work is different from someone violating her body without her consent. That she consents to men having sex with her doesn’t mean she believes any man can have sex with any woman whether she consents or not. Common sense, right? But the funny thing is, I’ve seen several Internet memes that excuse Donald Trump’s unwitting admission of sexual assault.” (10/15/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/is-it-okay-for-porn-star-condemn-rape.html

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54) Why I favor limited government, part 4
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“On June 27, 1986, the International Court of Justice entered a money judgment in favor of the Republic of Nicaragua and against the United States of America. Nicaragua had sued the United States for having illegally mined Nicaraguan waters as part of the U.S.-supported Contra rebellion against Nicaragua’s Sandinista regime. The court ruled that the U.S. government had violated international law and ordered the United States to pay reparations to Nicaragua, which were later said to be in the neighborhood of $12 billion. There was one big problem insofar as Nicaragua was concerned, one that has bearing on the paradigm of anarchy: the U.S. government refused to comply with the court’s judgment.” (10/14/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/favor-limited-government-part-4/

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/15/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Fears of Americans :: Clowns :: Corruption of Government :: Terrorism :: Constitution :: Selling Fear :: Islamophobia and Conspiracy Theory :: Sharia :: Fearing Cops vs Criminals :: Looting :: Govt Losing Control :: Not Respecting Police :: Russia.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/16)

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