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In the News:

1) Iraq: “Heavy losses” for Islamic State in battle for Mosul, regime forces say
2) FBI denies “quid pro quo” with State Department in Clinton email probe
3) Syria: Russia, regime forces set brief cease-fire for Aleppo as strikes kill 36
4) Retired US Marine Corps general pleads guilty in false leak probe
5) Wikileaks: Julian Assange’s internet access “cut”
6) US police chiefs’ group apologizes for “historical mistreatment” of minorities
7) Chomsky reveals political mechanics behind his gradual expulsion from mainstream media
8) FBI investigating theft of $1.3 million in Bitcoin from a Massachusetts man
9) Judge ends attempt to ban Indians name, logo before ALCS game
10) Trump says he might meet with Putin
11) ND: Judge rejects “riot” charges against Amy Goodman
12) Iran: Top judge laments lack of US commitment to JCPOA
13) Venezuela: Regime to revoke food plan from those criticizing government
14) Ringling Brothers: Stop calling this election “a circus”
15) UK certifies marijuana molecule CBD as medicine
16) Cuba: Artist launches 2018 presidential bid to defeat communist regime
17) Iowa sheriff: Dakota Access construction equipment set ablaze
18) Utah Poll: Independent Evan McMullin ties Trump
19) FL: Man who fired at George Zimmerman sentenced to 20 years
20) Android banking Trojan tricks victims into submitting selfie holding their ID Card
21) Trump blames firebombed Republican office on “animals representing Hillary Clinton”
22) Bowing to idiotic clown hysteria, Target pulls masks from shelves
23) Clegg: “Hard Brexit” will lead to price hikes for many of UK’s favourite foods
24) US DoJ tries to reopen case in which its risible claim of worldwide jurisdiction was dismissed
25) FL: Citing “obscene” disenfranchisement, federal judge hands Democrats another court victory

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Golly gee, thank you, Mr. Snowden!
27) Democracy depends on the consent of the losers
28) Do Millennials really support libertarians and the Libertarian Party?
29) Presidential politics: A failed strategy for liberty
30) Real ID decisions
31) The rich can’t be trusted with money
32) Who brought the world to the brink of World War III?
33) A victory against drug prohibition, chance for another
34) What’s next for Mosul?
35) The horror of endless interventionism
36) Frog-faced fascism: How memes mask odious ideology
37) Koch Brothers’ latest target: Pope Francis
38) What me vote?
39) The crony economy
40) The police killings nobody talks about
41) Instead of erecting new barriers for ridesharing, cities should deregulate taxis
42) Iceland today, the US tomorrow?
43) Democrats need to get ready to run Washington
44) Want to know why politics sucks? Thank the parties
45) Hillary’s hide-and-seek
46) Her first 100 days: A pledge to take on Wells Fargo and Wall Street
47) Seeds of liberty podcast, episode 79
48) A rigged system
49) Sorry Bloomberg, we are just getting started
50) Through a glass darkly
51) Pound sterling troubles would have been irrelevant with free banking
52) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 8
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/17/16
54) Free Talk Live, 10/16/16
55) Ignorance is more costly in politics than in markets

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

1) Iraq: “Heavy losses” for Islamic State in battle for Mosul, regime forces say
Source: United Press International

“Iraqi security forces on Monday said the Islamic State has had ‘heavy’ losses of militants and equipment as the long-awaited battle for Mosul wages. … Mosul is considered one of the most important battles in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, as it is considered the militant Islamist group’s last major stronghold in the country.” (10/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/17/Heavy-losses-for-Islamic-State-in-battle-for-Mosul-Iraqi-forces-say/1871476706804/

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2) FBI denies “quid pro quo” with State Department in Clinton email probe
Source: USA Today

“A State Department official allegedly urged the FBI to alter the classification of a secret document found on Hillary Clinton’s private server as part of a ‘quid pro quo’ that would allow the FBI to place additional agents abroad, according to newly released documents from the bureau’s now-closed investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information while serving as secretary of State. The FBI and State Department each denied Monday that such an arrangement occurred. The scenario was outlined during the FBI’s interview last year of an unidentified records management official at the bureau.” (10/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/17/hillary-clinton-fbi-state-department-documents/92294858/

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3) Syria: Russia, regime forces set brief cease-fire for Aleppo as strikes kill 36
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Russian and Syrian forces will halt hostilities for eight hours in the eastern districts of Aleppo, Russia’s military announced on Monday, a day on which opposition activists said their airstrikes killed at least 36 people, including several children, in and around the divided city. The two militaries will observe a ‘humanitarian pause’ between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 to allow civilians and militants safe passage out of the city, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of Russia’s general staff said in Moscow. Militants, the wounded and sick would be allowed to evacuate to the neighboring rebel-held province of Idlib.” (10/17/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_SYRIA?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-10-17-14-00-21

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4) Retired US Marine Corps general pleads guilty in false leak probe
Source: Fox News

“A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has pleaded guilty to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright entered the plea at a hearing Monday before U.S. District Judge Richard Leon. … The offense carries a maximum of five years in prison, but Cartwright’s attorney told the judge that the government and defense counsel had agreed on a recommended sentence of no more than six months. … Cartwright told investigators that he was not the source of classified information contained in a book by New York Times journalist David Sanger, according to charging documents unsealed by prosecutors. … The charging documents also say Cartwright misled prosecutors about classified information shared with another journalist, Daniel Klaidman.” [editor’s note: Poor Cartwright. He should have changed his name to “Clinton” before handling classified information – TLK] (10/17/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/17/former-general-charged-with-false-statements-in-leak-probe.html

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5) Wikileaks: Julian Assange’s internet access “cut”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Wikileaks says that Ecuador has shut down internet access for its founder Julian Assange. The transparency activist has been claiming asylum at London’s Ecuadorean embassy since 2012 to avoid extradition over sex assault allegations. There was no way to immediately verify if he had been knocked offline, and if so, what was Ecuador’s motivation. Wikileaks has recently been releasing emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The anti-secrecy organisation did not return calls and emails on Monday, though it said in a tweet: ‘We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.’ A woman who picked up the phone at the Ecuadorean embassy said: ‘I cannot disclose any information.'” (10/17/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37680411

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6) US police chiefs’ group apologizes for “historical mistreatment” of minorities
Source: Washington Post

“The president of America’s largest police organization on Monday issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population ‘for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.’ Terrence M. Cunningham, the chief of police in Wellesley, Mass., delivered his remarks at the convention in San Diego of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, whose membership includes 23,000 police officials in the United States.” (10/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/10/17/head-of-u-s-police-chiefs-apologizes-for-historic-mistreatment-of-minorities/

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7) Chomsky reveals political mechanics behind his gradual expulsion from mainstream media
Source: Raw Story

“Ralph Nader and leading linguist Noam Chomsky engaged in a much anticipated discussion in early October on Ralph Nader Radio Hour. The two raised questions about changing the media narrative in a totalitarian-like state, and how Chomsky got dismissed from the mainstream altogether. ‘How often have you been on the op-ed pages of the New York Times?’ Nader asked Chomsky. For Chomsky, the last time was over a decade ago. ‘[I was asked] to write about the Israeli separation wall, actually an annexation wall that runs through the West Bank and breaking apart the Palestinian communities‚Ķ condemned as illegal by the World Court,’ Chomsky told Nader. Chomsky would later pen a similar piece for CNN on the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. But Chomsky has never been interviewed on the network; nor has he appeared on NBC, ABC or CBS.” (10/17/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/noam-chomsky-reveals-the-political-mechanics-behind-his-gradual-expulsion-from-mainstream-media

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8) FBI investigating theft of $1.3 million in Bitcoin from a Massachusetts man
Source: The Hacker News

“Over two months ago, the world’s third largest Bitcoin Exchange Bitfinex lost around $72 Million worth of Bitcoins in a major hack. Shortly after the company encountered a $72,000,000 Bitcoin theft, an unnamed Bitfinex user from Cambridge, Massachusetts, filed a police report in September, alleging that $1.3 Million of funds were stolen from his account. Since then the Cambridge police have handed the case over to the FBI, which is working with the Bitcoin exchange as well as European authorities to recover funds stolen from the Bitfinex user, Coindesk reports.” [editor’s note: Chump change compared to the Bitcoin the feds themselves have stolen and openly fenced! – TLK] (10/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/bitcoin-hacked.html

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9) Judge ends attempt to ban Indians name, logo before ALCS game
Source: ESPN

“An Ontario judge quashed a last-minute effort to attempt to bar the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo during Monday’s night playoff game in Toronto. The legal challenge by indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal came hours before the team played the Blue Jays in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series. The long-standing logo, which appears on some team caps and jerseys, depicts a grinning, red-faced cartoon with a feather headband. Ontario Superior Court Justice Tom McEwen dismissed Cardinal’s application on Monday and said he would give his reasons at a later date. Monique Jilesen, the lawyer for Cardinal, earlier told McEwen that the game could be played with spring training uniforms that don’t carry the name or ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo.” (10/17/16)

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17817177/ontario-judge-dismisses-attempt-ban-cleveland-indians-name-logo

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10) Trump says he might meet with Putin
Source: Miami Herald

“Donald Trump says if he wins the White House, he might meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before his inauguration. Trump says in a Monday interview with talk radio host Michael Savage that if he defeats Democrat Hillary Clinton, he could see himself ‘meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.’ Trump has been criticized repeatedly for his seemingly cozy relationship with Russia. But he says the tension between Putin and President Barack Obama is ‘a potentially catastrophic situation.'” (10/17/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article108712447.html

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11) ND: Judge rejects “riot” charges against Amy Goodman
Source: Democracy Now!

“A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters. ‘This is a complete vindication of my right as a journalist to cover the attack on the protesters, and of the public’s right to know what is happening with the Dakota Access pipeline,’ said Goodman. ‘We will continue to report on this epic struggle of Native Americans and their non-Native allies taking on the fossil fuel industry and an increasingly militarized police in this time when climate change threatens the planet.’ District Judge John Grinsteiner did not find probable cause to justify the charges filed on Friday October 14 by State’s Attorney Ladd R. Erickson. Those charges were presented after Erickson had withdrawn an earlier charge against Goodman of criminal trespass. Goodman had returned to North Dakota to turn herself in to the trespassing charge.” (10/17/16)

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/10/17/breaking_riot_charges_against_amy_goodman

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12) Iran: Top judge laments lack of US commitment to JCPOA
Source: Florida Statesman

“Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani lashed out at the US government for the failure to honor its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world countries. Addressing a meeting of high-ranking judiciary officials in Tehran on Monday, Ayatollah Amoli Larijani said Washington is abdicating responsibility in honoring the JCPOA commitments on the pretext that it has already fulfilled its undertakings.” (10/18/16)

http://www.floridastatesman.com/index.php/sid/248619133

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13) Venezuela: Regime to revoke food plan from those criticizing government
Source: PanAm Post

“Six months after the creation of the Local Committees of Supply and Production (Clap) that is designed to ‘distribute food directly to the people,’ the government has decided to change its approach by threatening those using the program. The Venezuelan government announced that it will suspend delivery of food packages to those who criticize its policies.” (10/17/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/10/17/venezuela-to-revoke-food-plan-from-those-criticizing-government/

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14) Ringling Brothers: Stop calling this election “a circus”
Source: USA Today

“The circus would like you to stop calling the 2016 election a circus. On Monday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey launched a new campaign titled ‘The Circus Wants The Circus Back.’ The goal: to get rid of the negative association the presidential election has brought to the words ‘circus’ and ‘clowns.’ … ‘Everyone from the media to the public to politicians to even President Barack Obama himself have repeatedly called the 2016 Presidential Election a circus or referred to the candidates as clowns,’ Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson said in a press release. ‘These comparisons need to stop! We want to #TakeBackTheCircus to where it belongs, to the real circus, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.'” (10/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/17/circus-officially-insulted-your-election-comparisons/92301274

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15) UK certifies marijuana molecule CBD as medicine
Source: Smell the Truth

“The British government has acknowledged that marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes. Officials from the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recently announced that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) can be considered medicine, reports the Huffington Post. ‘We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol are a medicine,’ said the MHRA, in a statement to the press. ‘Products for therapeutic use must have a medicines’ license before they can be legally sold, supplied or advertised in the UK. Products will have to meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards to protect public health.’ The review came as a result of discussions with the CBD vaporizer company MediPen, and concluded that CBD has a ‘restoring, correcting or modifying’ effect on ‘physiological functions’ when administered to humans.” (10/17/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/10/17/uk-certifies-marijuana-molecule-cbd-as-medicine

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16) Cuba: Artist launches 2018 presidential bid to defeat communist regime
Source: PanAm Post

“Cuba will have a female candidate on the presidential ticket. Artist Tania Bruguera, who is in charge of the International Institute of Activism, announced this month via Youtube that she will be running for president in 2018. ‘Let us seize the elections of 2018 and change the culture of fear, change the culture of ‘I can not’ — the culture of double standards,’ she said on the video.” (10/17/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/10/17/cuban-artist-launches-2018-presidential-bid-to-defeat-communist-regime/

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17) Iowa sheriff: Dakota Access construction equipment set ablaze
Source: Reuters

“Construction equipment for Dakota Access LLC’s controversial $3.7 billion oil pipeline suffered about $2 million in damage in an intentionally set fire over the weekend in Iowa, authorities said on Monday. The Jasper County Sheriff’s office said the fire occurred late Saturday near the town of Reasnor, Iowa, near where other equipment was set ablaze in August along the pipeline route, which is planned to carry oil from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast. State and federal authorities are investigating. Dakota Access said in an emailed statement it ‘experienced the intentional burning of construction equipment by unknown individuals. These illegal actions have resulted in millions of dollars in damage.’ The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and environmental activists have been protesting construction of the 1,100-mile pipeline in North Dakota for several months because they say it threatens water supply and sacred sites.” (10/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pipeline-dakotaaccess-idUSKBN12H23W

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18) Utah Poll: Independent Evan McMullin ties Trump
Source: Fox News

“The poll of likely voters, conducted Saturday and Sunday by Rasmussen Reports shows a sensational result in Utah, where two points separates the top three candidates. Donald Trump has 30%, conservative Evan McMullin has 29%, and Hillary Clinton has 28%. Gary Johnson has collapsed to 5%, with Stein at 1%. For both Clinton and McMullin, it is their best showing in the state in any major poll thus far. 750 likely voters were polled by telephone. The presidential preference question was as follows: ‘If the 2016 Presidential Election were held today, would you vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton, Independent Conservative Evan McMullin, Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein?'” [editor’s note: This scam would be laughable, were it not so obviously intended – SAT] (10/17/26)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/17/utah-poll-independent-evan-mcmullin-ties-trump.html

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19) FL: Man who fired at George Zimmerman sentenced to 20 years
Source: New York Daily News

“The Florida man who fired a gunshot at perpetual menace George Zimmerman was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday for attempted murder. Matthew Apperson, 37, had testified that he shot in self-defense during a road rage incident with Zimmerman last year. He said Zimmerman’s intimidating reputation — especially for his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin — made him fear for his life. But a Seminole County jury convicted Apperson last month of attempted second-degree murder, as well as shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault. Twenty years is Florida’s mandatory minimum sentence for shooting at another person with a gun. Speaking to the Daily News, Apperson’s wife said Zimmerman got ‘a hall pass to go out there and continue to be reckless.'” (10/17/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-shot-george-zimmerman-sentenced-20-years-article-1.2833615

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20) Android banking Trojan tricks victims into submitting selfie holding their ID Card
Source: The Hacker News

“While some payment card companies like Mastercard have switched to selfies as an alternative to passwords when verifying IDs for online payments, hackers have already started taking advantage of this new security verification methods. Researchers have discovered a new Android banking Trojan that masquerades primarily as a video plugin, like Adobe Flash Player, pornographic app, or video codec, and asks victims to send a selfie holding their ID card, according to a blog post published by McAfee.” (10/14/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/android-banking-trojan.html

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21) Trump blames firebombed Republican office on “animals representing Hillary Clinton”
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pinning the damaging and vandalizing of a local Republican Party office in North Carolina on the supporters of his presidential rival Hillary Clinton and her Democratic Party. A news release from the town of Hillsborough, N.C., said someone threw a bottle filled with flammable liquid through the window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters overnight. The substance ignited and damaged furniture and the interior before burning out. … Trump tweeted on Sunday, blaming the incident on ‘animals representing Hillary Clinton and [Democrats] in North Carolina.’ He also encouraged local Republicans, saying: ‘With you all the way, will never forget. Now we have to win. Proud of you all!’ Also on Twitter, Clinton called the attack ‘horrific and unacceptable’ and said she was ‘very grateful that everyone is safe.'” (10/16/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-clinton-republican-party-office-damage-fire-1.3807783

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22) Bowing to idiotic clown hysteria, Target pulls masks from shelves
Source: ABC News

“The scary clown craze is now affecting big businesses like Target, which is removing clown masks from its shelves just weeks before Halloween. The retailer’s decision comes after multiple [so far as anyone can tell, falsely] reported incidents of clowns attempting to lure children into the woods in recent months. … This decision was made out of ‘sensitivity to the issue [sic] at hand,’ the rep said.” (10/17/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/clown-sightings-prompt-target-pull-masks-shelves-weeks/story?id=42847516

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23) Clegg: “Hard Brexit” will lead to price hikes for many of UK’s favourite foods
Source: Independent [UK]

“Britain could see sharp rises in the price of some of the nation’s favourite foods if Theresa May persists with a ‘hard Brexit’ strategy, Nick Clegg has warned. The former Liberal Democrat leader has been criticised in some sections of the media after he admitted he was willing to delay Britain’s exit from the EU if it meant keeping access to some benefits like access to the single market, describing a slowdown as ‘a good thing.’ And in a new report, his party suggested the recent furore over the price of marmite could be just the start of a ‘triple whammy’ of economic fallout from May’s Brexit plan.” [editor’s note: Price? Marmite? After trying it, I kind of assumed I’d been duped and that in the normal course of things people are paid to eat it! – TLK] (10/17/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-nick-clegg-lib-dems-food-price-increases-chocolate-cheese-wine-a7364981.html

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24) US DoJ tries to reopen case in which its risible claim of worldwide jurisdiction was dismissed
Source: ZDNet

“The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed a petition to reopen a case in judges ruled Microsoft could not be forced to hand over user data to the US government when stored overseas. In July, it appeared that Microsoft had won the landmark case. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York overturned an earlier ruling which would have forced the tech giant to hand over email account data belonging to an individual being investigated by US law enforcement. … However, the judges in the appeals court disagreed that the legislation was intended for use abroad — and such requests should relate to local laws rather than those held in the United States.” (10/17/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-strikes-back-in-microsoft-email-warrant-case/

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25) FL: Citing “obscene” disenfranchisement, federal judge hands Democrats another court victory
Source: Bradenton Herald

“Calling existing rules ‘obscene’ disenfranchisement, a federal judge in Tallahassee declared late Sunday that Florida must provide a method for voters to fix signature problems that might arise when they vote by mail in the presidential election. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling was a victory for the Florida Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee, which sued the state Oct. 3 arguing Florida canvassing boards shouldn’t immediately reject a ballot if a voter’s signature doesn’t match the one on file. … He ordered the defendant, Secretary of State Ken Detzner, to direct election supervisors in Florida’s 67 counties to notify voters with mismatched signatures about the problem and allow them to submit a signed affidavit to their county elections office identifying themselves and attesting that they were the ones who voted. The same mechanism is already in place for voters who don’t sign their ballots.” (10/17/16)

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article108704487.html

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

26) Golly gee, thank you, Mr. Snowden!
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“How ever can we thank him properly for sharing with us — but only in bits and pieces, strung out over an extended period of time, carefully selected and redacted by equally radiant and responsible journalists — information that the State would prefer we not possess? In fact, we now cannot say even that much: one of the lessons of the Snowden charade is that leaks of this kind, which become non-leaks directly as the result of their method of publication, are no threat to the State. Their worst effect might be to cause some temporary, minor discomfort to a few individuals. More significantly, the State is not deterred in the slightest degree from pursuing its chosen goals.” (10/17/16)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2016/10/golly-gee-thank-you-mr-snowden.html

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27) Democracy depends on the consent of the losers
Source: The Atlantic
by Uri Friedman

“Donald Trump likes to sort the world into winners and losers, which isn’t a bad way of thinking about democracy. Winners and losers of elections have essential responsibilities in functioning democracies. Winners do not exact revenge on their opponent by, say, abusing the powers of their office and jailing that opponent, as the Republican candidate threatened to do at the second presidential debate. Losers do not refuse to accept the results of a vote judged free and fair by a country’s governing institutions. Yet the Republican candidate has spent the past week — really, much of the general election — strongly suggesting that he will not accept a loss to Hillary Clinton.” (10/17/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/10/trump-election-rigged-democracy/504338/

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28) Do Millennials really support libertarians and the Libertarian Party?
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Are Millennials really the most libertarian generation in modern American history? Are they really supporting Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson and other LP candidates in local, statewide and national elections? And are they philosophically supporting the Modern American Libertarian Movement in general? … Progressives love to claim Millennials as their own. So did self-identified socialist Bernie Sanders. Conservatives want them too but don’t seem likely to get many. Unfortunately, poll after poll and survey after survey, depending on how and where and why and by whom they’re conducted, always seem to muddy rather than clarify the picture.” (10/17/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Do-Millennials-Really-Support-Libertarians-and-the-Libertarian-Party

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29) Presidential politics: A failed strategy for liberty
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“‘This is the most important election of our lifetime!’ ‘If [insert candidate’s name here] wins the presidency, it could mean the end of the Republic!’ ‘[Insert candidate’s name here] will shred the Constitution and trample our rights!’ I’ve heard these kinds of statements over and over again since the beginning of this election cycle. And in 2012. And in 2008. And in 2004. And in 2000. You get the idea. Every presidential election ranks as the most important in our lifetime. Every candidate will finally drive the death-nail in the Constitution. Every candidate will save us. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. The emphasis Americans put on the presidency reveals just how far the country has drifted from its constitutional moorings.” (10/17/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/17/presidential-politics-a-failed-strategy-for-liberty/

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30) Real ID decisions
Source: Cato Institute
by Jim Harper

“Do presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton support having a U.S. national ID card? By quirk of fate, that question may be one of the first issues to land on the new president’s desk after inauguration day, when U.S. Department of Homeland Security efforts to implement a national ID kick into high gear. DHS announced recently that it will refuse Americans’ access to federal facilities beginning on Jan. 30, 2017, if they carry drivers’ licenses or IDs from states that don’t comply with the Real ID Act. This hardball tactic will be carried out in the new president’s name.” (10/17/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/real-id-decisions

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31) The rich can’t be trusted with money
Source: Raw Story
by Larry Beinhart

“The American presidential campaign is about sleazy sex. About name-calling. About fact checking. Tabulating who told the most lies. About demographics: white, educated, under-educated, women, suburban women, blacks, Latinos. It’s a horse race! Who’s leading, who’s falling behind! What about issues? Are there any actual issues? Yes, there are. One of the most important is that perennial: taxes. Cut them or raise them. Who is going to pay more or pay less? The two candidates have actually taken the perennial party positions. Hillary Clinton is for raising taxes on the rich (moderately) and cutting them for the middle class (infinitesimally). Donald Trump is for cutting them. Especially for the wealthy. And, it’s worth noting, especially for himself and his family. He wants to cut the inheritance tax down to zero. That wraps the lobbyist for the policy, the politician who wants to implement it, and its beneficiary, neatly into a single person.” [editor’s note: The analysis is good; everyone who is “rich” may not have gotten there this way, but … – SAT] (10/16/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/taxes-and-the-us-election-the-rich-cant-be-trusted-with-money

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32) Who brought the world to the brink of World War III?
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“Who has the major responsibility for creating the confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in Syria? How have these two major nuclear powers moved closer and closer to the brink of World War III? At the moment, one clear way to resolve this clash is for Syria’s armed forces to win an unambiguous victory over the forces seeking to overturn the existing government. Bloody as it may be, the defeat of the rebel forces will defuse the military portion of the conflict between the U.S. and Russia, at least within Syria. Russia, invited by Assad to aid him militarily, has been following that path. Obama has haltingly and unevenly been following a different but also effective path, which is that the U.S. pull back from the brink, that it stop calling for Assad’s resignation, and that it not directly become involved in attacking Syrian forces. However, loud and aggressive voices within his administration and within the U.S. government urge greater U.S. military involvement.” (10/17/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/10/michael-s-rozeff/brink-world-war-iii/

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33) A victory against drug prohibition, chance for another
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Good news! The DEA has backed off its effort to ban kratom. Remember, kratom is a supplement that could alleviate pain better than opiates, with less risk. The DEA was proposing to ban it, but … Massive public backlash, including from DC Downsizers, has stopped the DEA dead in its tracks. Some in Congress are also responding to public opinion on a similar issue — marijuana.” (10/17/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/a-victory-against-drug-prohibition-chance-for-another

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34) What’s next for Mosul?
Source: Reuters
by Helen Coster

“The fight for Mosul is fraught with risks. The long-awaited battle began Monday morning, when U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to drive Islamic State from Iraq’s second-largest city and the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. It is the biggest operation in Iraq since the 2003 American-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Islamic State seized Mosul, a Sunni-majority city that once included many Shi’ites and Christians, more than two years ago. Yet as fighters prepared for an operation that the commander of the allied coalition said would likely continue for weeks or longer, analysts were assessing both the military strategy and its ‘day after’ effect on the beleaguered city. The launch of the assault was no surprise: U.S. officials and their Iraqi counterparts have been warning Islamic State that an attack was in the works — a strategy that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump challenged in the Oct. 9 presidential debate. ‘Why can’t they do it quietly?’ Trump said. ‘Why can’t they make it a sneak attack?'” (10/17/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mosul-iraq-commentary-idUSKBN12H1YF

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35) The horror of endless interventionism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 2003, I wonder how many U.S. officials contemplated the possibility that the cycle of death and destruction that they were initiating would be continuing 13 years later. And yet, here we are — more than a decade after Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched — and U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are, once again, battling over control of Mosul. The battle for Mosul is being met with considerable indifference or nonchalance among many Americans. After all, there are so many more important things to talk about, such as sex scandals. But the fact that U.S. troops are still fighting, killing, and dying in Iraq 13 years after the U.S. invasion of the country (and 26 years after the U.S. government’s Persian Gulf intervention) is truly remarkable.” (10/17/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/17/horror-endless-interventionism/

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36) Frog-faced fascism: How memes mask odious ideology
Source: Students For Liberty
by Daniel Pryor

“Pepe the Frog has been officially designated a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League, to howls of derision by various corners of the online world. The ADL’s justification for viewing Pepe as a hate symbol rests upon the meme’s (fairly recent) association with the Alt-Right. Although the Alt-Right’s influence on American politics is often vastly overstated, and ‘normie’ Twitter often misidentifies apolitical trolls from the dark recesses of the internet as sincere, committed racists, there’s more to this movement than bored shock-jocks. Using the surreal aesthetic of memes and chan culture, genuine fascists, white nationalists, and adherents to related ideologies are rehabilitating and re-branding ideas that belong in the dustbin of history.” (10/17/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/17/frog-faced-fascism-memes-mask-odious-ideology/

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37) Koch Brothers’ latest target: Pope Francis
Source: The American Prospect
by John Gehring

On a spring night in downtown Washington earlier this year, hedge fund managers and CEOs mingled with religious scholars and priests at a cigar reception on the 11th floor of the Renaissance Hotel. The occasion was a $1,700-a-person conference, hosted by The Catholic University of America, focused on integrating Catholic social teaching and business. Among the well-heeled guests was a lobbyist from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a $130 million trade group aligned with the powerful industrialists Charles and David Koch. As the cocktail chatter turned to complaints about government regulations and the power of markets to help the poor, the scene felt more fitting to a conservative political fundraiser than a conference at the nation’s only Vatican-chartered university. But free market orthodoxy is becoming a familiar staple at Catholic University’s business school, which has accepted nearly $13 million from the Charles Koch Foundation over the last three years.” [editor’s note: Spit-take warning is appropriate here; avoid drinking a beverage while reading – SAT] (10/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/koch-brothers%E2%80%99-latest-target-pope-francis

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38) What me vote?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The people, without permission, The New York Times recently explained, in *Colombia, rejected a peace deal deemed too soft on the communist FARC guerrillas; in *Britain, decided to leave the European Union; in *Thailand, ratified a new constitution; and in *Hungary, rejected the European Union refugee resettlement plan. I’ve not perused the Colombian accord. I’m actually not permitted to vote there — though I once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express in Bogota. In lieu of moi, who better to decide than the Colombian people?” (10/17/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/17/what-me-vote/

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39) The crony economy
Source: The American Conservative
by Robert VerBruggen

“Crony capitalism isn’t just a collection of individual restrictions: it is a cancer that is slowly eating the economy. Signs of it can be found in even the broadest, most fundamental economic data, and the nation’s biggest industries have fallen victim to it. And rooting it out would require a complete rethinking of how businesses and the government interact. To an extent, fighting cronyism is a bipartisan issue. Neither class-warfare liberals nor free-market conservatives wish to see the government team up with well-connected businesses to drain money from everyone else. But the obstacles to reform are immense. The obvious one is that powerful lobbies fight to maintain the favorable treatment their industries have accumulated. Less well appreciated is that for both liberals and conservatives, anti-cronyism measures often conflict with other instincts, values, and priorities.” (10/17/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-crony-economy/

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40) The police killings nobody talks about
Source: In These Times
by Stephanie Woodard

“Patchy government data collection makes it hard to know the complete tally. The Washington Post and the Guardian (U.K.) have both developed databases to fill in the gaps, but even these sometimes misidentify or omit Native American victims. To get a clearer picture, Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, looked at data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected from medical examiners in 47 states between 1999 and 2011. When compared to their percentage of the U.S. population, Natives were more likely to be killed by police than any other group, including African Americans.” (10/17/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/native_american_police_killings_native_lives_matter.html

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41) Instead of erecting new barriers for ridesharing, cities should deregulate taxis
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“Right now, many cities and states are trying to find ways to jam ride-sharing services into old regulatory structures that have been around since the Great Depression. Often, they are doing so at the behest of taxi companies, taxi driver unions and other incumbent interests. ‘It gives the established taxi companies almost a veto power over new taxi companies,’ says Michael Farron, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center. ‘We’re kind of at a point where the old horse-and-buggy whip manufacturers are complaining about the new automobiles, except now it’s the taxi drivers complaining about ride-sharing.’ Is there a better way for public officials to deal with this conflict between taxis and Uber?” (10/17/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/17/instead-of-erecting-new-barrier-for-ride

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42) Iceland today, the US tomorrow?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Iceland’s freezing of offshore krona accounts was part of a ‘stabilization and recovery’ program implemented under the guidance of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which also provided Iceland with a $1 billion loan. So US taxpayers not only helped the IMF bail out Iceland’s government, they may have helped the IMF advise Iceland on how best to steal property from American investors! The IMF’s role in Iceland’s seizure of the property of foreign investors shows the hypocrisy of IMF officials, who recently expressed concerns about the increasing support for protectionism supposedly exemplified by the Brexit vote. However, freezing of assets held by foreign investors is a particularly harmful form of protectionism, while Brexit was more about rejecting the European Union’s bureaucracy than rejecting free trade.” (10/17/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/iceland-today-us-tomorrow

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43) Democrats need to get ready to run Washington
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The bottoming-out of Donald Trump’s campaign, and the obvious difficulties he will have rehabilitating it, have made the unthinkable thinkable. Until this past week, political observers commonly assumed partisan GOP gerrymandering after the 2010 midterm, and the geographic clustering of liberal voters in urban enclaves, had placed the House of Representatives out of Democratic reach until at least 2022. These structural factors serve as a massive buffer for Republicans who can lose the popular vote in the landslide and still maintain control of the House. In 2012, Democratic House candidates garnered a million more votes than Republicans, but Republicans retained a 234-201 majority. Most election analysts believe Democrats would have to win the overall House vote by seven or eight percent in order to gain a bare majority.” [editor’s note: NOOOO! Gridlock is our friend – SAT] (10/17/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137827/democrats-need-get-ready-run-washington

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44) Want to know why politics sucks? Thank the parties
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Jacob Nestle

“Think what you want about voters on the other side of the fence, if you’ve actively chosen a side of the fence this election. You can think that Trump voters are angry (they are), uneducated, or outright stupid. You can think that Hillary voters are duped, willfully ignorant, or paid off (probably not). It really doesn’t matter what you think about the ‘other side,’ because the main hole America has dug itself is that there are even sides at all. As James Madison said, ‘Liberty is to faction what air is to fire’ and yeah, he’s right. Given freedom of association, people will freely associate. That’s not a problem if the freedom of association is genuinely free. It becomes a problem if two parties start making quid pro quo agreements about the important stuff and pretending to care about little things to divide us.” (10/17/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/politics-sucks-thank-parties/

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45) Hillary’s hide-and-seek
Source: OpEdNews
by Jim Kavanagh

“This Sunday’s New York Times (NYT) article by Amy Chozic ko, headlined ‘Issues in Hillary Clinton’s Past Leave Her Muted in Furor Over Donald Trump’ (‘Clinton Treads Lightly Amid Furor Over Trump’ in the print edition) provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton’s problems, even when they claim to be reporting on them. The article introduces itself as explaining Hillary’s ‘virtual silence’ regarding the issues of Donald Trump’s piggish treatment of women — issues that she herself raised in this campaign. The article mentions, in the most non-specific way possible, that she’s an ‘imperfect messenger’ for these issues because of her ‘missteps’ in dealing with her own ‘husband’s history’ of piggish behavior.” (10/17/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Hillary-s-Hide-and-Seek-by-Jim-Kavanagh-2016-Presidential-Election_Donald-Trump_Hillary-2016_Hillary-Clinton-161017-882.html

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46) Her first 100 days: A pledge to take on Wells Fargo and Wall Street
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The Wells Fargo phony-account scandal may be worse that we’ve led to believe, even after a $185 million fine and the CEO’s resignation. And this isn’t Wells Fargo’s first scandal. Its past exploits include discriminatory lending, exploitative payday loans, and a lucrative sideline in for-profit prisons. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street speeches are casting a pall over her potential victory and weakening her political capital before she even assumes office. She should make a pledge now: to take immediate action in her first 100 days that will address Wells Fargo’s scandals and the systemic problems behind them. We have nine suggested actions, and there will undoubtedly be others. But first, some background.” [editor’s note: If this pundit truly thinks Hillary is going to “rein in Wall Street” he is even more clueless than usual – SAT] (10/17/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161017/her-first-100-days-a-pledge-to-take-on-wells-fargo-and-wall-street

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47) Seeds of liberty podcast, episode 79
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Lou Feen of the Freedom Feens Radio Show. Herein we discussed how Danilo’s departure was like a slow moving break up, Lou’s food service, the wonders of bacon, quitting smoking, the inexplicable turn of Ron Paul supporters shifting towards Trump, why it doesn’t matter who is selected, PTSD, the infeasibility of an invasion of the USSA mainland, and more!” [various formats] (10/17/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-79-pull-the-plug-its-dead/

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48) A rigged system
Source: CounterPunch
by Fran Shor

“At the risk of validating anything uttered by the misogynistic, xenophobic, racist demagogue, Donald Trump, anyone with a critical perspective on the electoral racket run by the duopoly would have to acknowledge that the system is rigged, albeit not in the constricted and partisan way advanced by Trump. Unpacking the political matrix within which electoral delusions are perpetrated and consumed is essential if we wish to provide a more inclusive and radical analysis of that rigged system.” (10/17/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/17/a-rigged-system/

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49) Sorry Bloomberg, we are just getting started
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Max Hill

“Modern libertarianism is the latest chapter in a centuries long struggle for human freedom. Prior to the 20th century, we were called liberals. Before that we were simply called rebels and traitors. Whatever names we’ve gone by, we’ve always been around and we always will be. The modern libertarian movement is also much more ideologically diverse than the author realizes. In fact, many newcomers to libertarian ideas are shocked to discover how much libertarians fight with each other. We draw our ideas not only from Friedman and Nozick, but also from Bastiat, Proudhon, Molinari, Rothbard, Stirner, Mises, Hayek, and hundreds of other thinkers. In fact, the ‘night-watchman state’ libertarians the author derides as idealistic and extreme are increasingly viewed as the tame moderates in the libertarian movement.” (10/17/16)

https://fee.org/articles/sorry-bloomberg-we-are-just-getting-started/

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50) Through a glass darkly
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Authoritarians always have some high-sounding excuse to justify why they have the ‘right’ to meddle in others’ lives, up to and including rationalizations for inflicting violence (or recruiting proxies to do so). Very often, those excuses involve imaginary villains (or real people cast as villains) upon which the authoritarians can project their own sick need to control others; they can then pretend that their own actions are intended to ‘protect’ (and sometimes ‘serve’) those they wish to dominate. It is the traditional duty of journalists to shine light upon claims publicly made by those in power or seeking it, but at some point in the past few decades most of the profession abdicated that responsibility in favor of becoming the handmaidens of the powerful and mindlessly parroting whatever narrative will increase their power.” (10/17/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/through-a-glass-darkly/

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51) Pound sterling troubles would have been irrelevant with free banking
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“The violent exchange-rate fluctuations in pound sterling raise a host of issues that are causes for concern. Increased inflation is one of the primary concerns since this will eat away into the peoples’ real purchasing power and the real value of debt (personal, corporate and sovereign); the Bank of England reacted in a way that signaled their anxiety (through expanding QE and cutting the interest rate further) and, though these measures are well-intentioned, they will likely work to inadvertently further exacerbate the fallout from a catastrophic financial crisis (which many have argued is long overdue). This stark concern regarding inflation for institutions is further exemplified most obviously by pension funds’ demands for inflation-linked bonds. However, one can wonder whether the situation would have been significantly different had we lived in a truly free market with Free Banking (where agents of all varieties have a genuine choice of trading in multiple monies and where imposed institutional factors do not de facto privilege certain monies over others for various purposes)?” (10/17/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/10/pound-sterling-troubles-would-have-been-irrelevant-with-free-banking/

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52) An introduction to Austrian economics, part 8
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Austrian Economics is the most powerful explanation of why governments, no matter how well-intentioned, lack the knowledge, wisdom and ability to direct the lives of multitudes of people better than those people can do for themselves. In this series of easy-to-understand lectures, economist Richard Ebeling introduces you to the central ideas in Austrian Economics, as well as their importance for us today.” [Flash video] (10/17/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/an-introduction-to-austrian-economics-part-8/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/17/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna Keiler, Michael W. Dean, and Jeremy Hizenkitten talk about Trump and Hillary making sweet sweet love behind the scenes, and VCU professor discusses ‘The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism’ by VCU David Golumbia. Note that Golumbia has a PhD in sadness.” [various formats] (10/17/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12869

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54) Free Talk Live, 10/16/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“War with Russia :: Mutual Assured Destruction :: Violent Revolution :: Trump vs Clinton :: Black Lives Matter :: Thomas Jefferson :: Economics in One Lesson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/16)

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55) Ignorance is more costly in politics than in markets
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary M Galles

“For months, I have seen articles about the massive economic ignorance infesting candidates’ views and how they would ‘fix’ what they think are the nation’s problems. They essentially say that neither candidate knows enough to pass an economics principles course, much less enough to advance Americans’ general welfare. I cannot disagree.” (10/17/16)

https://mises.org/blog/ignorance-more-costly-politics-markets

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