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In the News:

1) Syria: Regime, Russian warplanes stop bombing Aleppo
2) Ecuador: Regime admits it cut off Assange’s Internet to help Clinton
3) Burundi: Nkurunziza signs bill on withdrawal from the ICC
4) UK: Russian embassy in London protests treatment of RT news channel
5) Sweden: Nobel judges can’t get Bob Dylan to call them back
6) Poll: Many young Americans prefer giant meteor
7) India: Four hospital executives charged with criminal negligence after mass casualties in fire
8) Marijuana washing up on Florida beaches
9) NV: State, federal officials say voting will be secure
10) Homeland Security chief: “Walls alone cannot prevent illegal [sic] migration”
11) Scientists accidentally discover efficient process to turn CO2 into ethanol
12) Somalia: Regime troops battle al-Shabab fighters in Afgoye
13) MA: One of the handful of human beings as dumb and irresponsible as Elizabeth Warren announces US Senate challenge to Elizabeth Warren
14) Obama to Trump: Cut out the crybaby crap
15) GA: ACLU sues for voter registration extension in five counties evacuated for Hurricane Matthew
16) Nigeria: Chibok pol says 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram
17) Austria: Interior Minister retreats on demolition of Hitler birthplace
18) Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket returns to flight with gorgeous night cargo launch
19) Silicon Valley torn over what to do about evil authoritarian scumbag Peter Thiel
20) LA: Landry can block LGBT workplace protections, court says

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) “Rigged election” rhetoric: A dangerous two-way street
22) Boy Scouts and the love of freedom
23) You’re not the customer, you’re the product
24) The fear of a rigged election is not new
25) What Epicurus can teach us about freedom and happiness
26) “Hillary standard”: Take the money
27) Why the election isn’t quite locked
28) Bob Dylan, troubadour
29) he Age of Hysteria: Clowns, Russians, Assange, and Americans
30) Citizen Pain
31) Interview: Christopher Ortega
32) Mixed news on generic drug approvals
33) Against thinking independent voters must vote for your candidate
34) GDP a grossly defective product we need to knock off its pedestal
35) How the Bible became an idol
36) Was Trump’s threat to prosecute Hillary a dictatorial impulse?
37) How many wars?
38) CFPB structure invites abuse
39) Mark Carney: Britain’s celebrity central banker
40) USD ready for a second leg higher — then what?
41) Stop the next president from waging the next war
42) Could a socialist plot save the planet?
43) Small donors still aren’t as important as wealthy ones
44) Report from the lab
45) “Mine” vs. “yours”
46) The fractured Ron Paul Revolution
47) Economic growth isn’t going to happen
48) Ched Evans and the fury of the middle class mob
49) The British media as a mouthpiece of the authorities
50) Free Talk Live, 10/17/16

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

1) Syria: Regime, Russian warplanes stop bombing Aleppo
Source: USA Today

“Russian and Syrian warplanes stopped airstrikes on Aleppo on Tuesday in preparation to allow civilians and rebels to leave the besieged city, Russian state media reported. The strikes were halted from 10 a.m. to ‘introduce a humanitarian pause’ on Thursday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. The temporary truce between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. local time Thursday is also aimed at allowing the ill or wounded to be evacuated from rebel-held eastern parts of Aleppo, Russia said.” (10/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/18/state-media-russian-and-syrian-warplanes-stop-bombing-aleppo/92345138/

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2) Ecuador: Regime admits it cut off Assange’s Internet to help Clinton
Source: Ars Technica

“Ecuador, the nation that has granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the country’s London embassy, said late Tuesday it had cut off his Internet access. Ecuador says it did this because of WikiLeaks'[s] recent dumps of hacked e-mails surrounding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. ‘The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate,’ the government said in a statement. ‘Accordingly, Ecuador has exercised its sovereign right to temporarily restrict access to some of its private communications network within its Embassy in the United Kingdom. This temporary restriction does not prevent the WikiLeaks organization from carrying out its journalistic activities.’ Ecuador, however, said it wasn’t revoking the asylum it granted to Assange in 2012.” [editor’s note: In attempting to suppress Assange’s ability to communicate, Ecuador’s regime DID intervene in the electoral process of the US, and it DID do so in favor of one particular candidate – TLK] (10/19/16)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/10/ecuador-says-it-cut-off-assanges-internet-over-clinton-data-dumps/

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3) Burundi: Nkurunziza signs bill on withdrawal from the ICC
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Burundi’s president on Tuesday signed legislation to make his country the first to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, which had said it would investigate recent political violence there. No country has ever withdrawn from the ICC, which prosecutes cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. President Pierre Nkurunziza approved the law after it won lawmakers’ overwhelming support last week, the presidency said on Twitter.” (10/18/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1729866/Burundi-s-president-signs-bill-on-withdrawal-from-the-ICC.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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4) UK: Russian embassy in London protests treatment of RT news channel
Source: Tucson Post

“Hindrances to the operation of Russian mass media in Britain are a violation of the international law, the Russian embassy in London said in a commentary in response to the NatWest bank’s decision to close all accounts of the Russian television news channel RT. NatWest is an affiliate of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. ‘We are deeply worried over the statement by the British government-controlled NatWest bank about its intention to close the accounts of the RT news channel.” (10/19/18)

http://www.tucsonpost.com/index.php/sid/248649869

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5) Sweden: Nobel judges can’t get Bob Dylan to call them back
Source: Fox News

“It’s been five days since Bob Dylan was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in literature, making history as the first musician ever to take home the award. Yet the rock star hasn’t said a word about the win, not even when he took the stage at Desert Trip in Indio, Calif., over the weekend. No one knows how he feels about the prestigious award, not even the Nobel judges. The Swedish Academy, which bestows the annual honor, says it hasn’t been able to reach Dylan since the award was announced last Thursday. Permanent Secretary Sara Danius told Swedish Radio she’s been in contact with a close associate of Dylan, but not the laureate himself. ‘I am not worried at all. I have a feeling that he will get in touch,’ she said.” [editor’s note: Mr. Zimmerman might not consider it such a big honor, given some previous “winners” in other categories (like Peace?) – SAT] (10/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/10/18/bob-dylan-remains-silent-on-nobel-prize-win.html

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6) Poll: Many young Americans prefer giant meteor
Source: Reuters

“Young Americans are so dissatisfied with their choices in this presidential election that nearly one in four told an opinion poll they would rather have a giant meteor destroy the Earth than see Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House. … The choice alluded to the Twitter hashtag, #GiantMeteor2016, a reference to an imaginary presidential candidate used to express frustration about this year’s election choices. About 53 percent of the 1,247 people aged 18 to 35 said they would prefer to see a meteor destroy the world than have Republican New York real estate developer Trump in the Oval Office, with some 34 percent preferring planetary annihilation to seeing the Democratic former Secretary of State win. 39 percent would prefer that U.S. President Barack Obama declare himself president for life than hand over power to Clinton or Trump, with 26 percent saying the nation would do better to select its next leader in a random lottery. 23 percent, nearly one in four, preferred the giant meteor outcome to either Trump or Clinton.” (10/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-meteor-idUSKCN12I20S

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7) India: Four hospital executives charged with criminal negligence after mass casualties in fire
Source: Tuscaloosa Times

“Medical Superintendent Pusparaj Samantasinghar was among the four officials of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital who were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the fire tragedy that claimed 20 lives. The Commissionerate Police also arrested ex-Executive Engineer Amulya Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance), Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and retired Junior Engineer Malay Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance).” (10/19/16)

http://www.tuscaloosatimes.com/index.php/sid/248650123

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8) Marijuana washing up on Florida beaches
Source: Washington Examiner

“Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana is floating off Florida’s coast and are being washed up onto its beaches, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ‘There has been a significant spike in drugs washing up on shore,’ said Todd Bryant, the division chief for CBP in Miami. He said the increase might reflect a ‘shift in smuggling methods’ by those who traffic in illegal drugs. CBP said between Sept. 15-Oct. 12, almost 400 pounds of marijuana worth more than $300,000 were found in several places on Florida’s coast.” (10/17/16)

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/marijuana-washing-up-on-florida-beaches/article/2604719

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9) NV: State, federal officials say voting will be secure
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“With allegations flying three weeks before Election Day, top state election officials and federal authorities in Nevada said Tuesday they’re watching, listening and committed to ensuring a fraud-free vote on Nov. 8. Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske told reporters she’s heard fears about voting insecurity in the presidential battleground state, but the Republican state official in charge of elections and the FBI chief and federal prosecutor in Las Vegas declared the voting system secure. ‘The bottom line that all Nevadans should know on election day? Your vote is safe,’ said Aaron Rouse, the FBI special agent in charge in Nevada. Cegavske called voting one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy, and said a broad group dubbed the 2016 Election Task Force has been meeting for 15 months to ensure that voting would be ‘transparent, accessible and secure for all Nevadans.’ She acknowledged Republican candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments about rigged elections and voter irregularities nationwide, but insisted that her news conference wasn’t timed as a direct response.” (10/18/26)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/State-federal-officials-say-Nevada-voting-will-9980993.php

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10) Homeland Security chief: “Walls alone cannot prevent illegal [sic] migration”
Source: USA Today

“Border security and a wall are not enough to stop the growing number of people coming into the United States from the southern border, the secretary of agency responsible for stopping illegal [sic] immigration said. On Monday, Secretary Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security urged Congress and the next administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform and address the root causes of migration after releasing statistics showing that 77,000 more immigrants were apprehended at the border this fiscal year than the previous one.” (10/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/10/18/illegal-immigration-numbers-2016/92365110

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11) Scientists accidentally discover efficient process to turn CO2 into ethanol
Source: Popular Mechanics

“Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect. The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles. The tech involves a new combination of copper and carbon arranged into nanospikes on a silicon surface. The nanotechnology allows the reactions to be very precise, with very few contaminants. ‘By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want,’ said Dr. Adam Rondinone.” [editor’s note: My favorite part is the “accidentally;” another Post-It Notes? – SAT] (10/17/16)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/green-tech/a23417/convert-co2-into-ethanol

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12) Somalia: Regime troops battle al-Shabab fighters in Afgoye
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Intense battles between Somali troops and al-Shabab fighters have broken out in Afgoye, a city about 30km northwest of the capital Mogadishu, according to security sources and witnesses. Local authorities told Reuters news agency that at least four police officers were killed on Tuesday when a suicide attacker rammed a bomb-laden car into a police station, and then fighters stormed the area. … Al-Shabab, which has been carrying out a series of deadly bombings throughout Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the armed group said it had recaptured the town, which it evacuated in May 2012 after coming under attack from the Somali army and African Union peacekeepers.” (10/18/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/somalia-fierce-fighting-erupts-afgoye-161018150717137.html

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13) MA: One of the handful of human beings as dumb and irresponsible as Elizabeth Warren announces US Senate challenge to Elizabeth Warren
Source: ESPN

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling announced plans Tuesday to run against Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate if his wife agrees, and said that he’s ultimately responsible for the collapse of his video game company in Rhode Island, though he didn’t apologize to taxpayers left on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. … Earlier this year Schilling was fired from his job as an ESPN baseball analyst after comments on Facebook critical of transgender rights. He now has an online radio show.” (10/18/16)

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17825318/curt-schilling-eyes-us-senate-run-elizabeth-warren-says-responsible-failed-video-game-company

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14) Obama to Trump: Cut out the crybaby crap
Source: The Hill

“President Obama on Tuesday offered a blunt rebuke to Donald Trump’s claim the presidential election will be rigged against him: Stop whining. ‘I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes,’ Obama said during a Rose Garden press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. … ‘You start whining before the game is even over?’ he continued. ‘If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming someone else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job.'” (10/18/16)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/barack-obama-donald-trump-stop-whining

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15) GA: ACLU sues for voter registration extension in five counties evacuated for Hurricane Matthew
Source: Florida Times-Union

“The American Civil Liberties Union sued Georgia to compel the state to extend the voter registration deadline by six days past Oct. 11 in five coastal counties because offices were closed during and after Hurricane Matthew. ‘The state’s failure to extend the voter registration deadline, despite the massive disruptions caused by Hurricane Matthew, means that thousands of Georgians will be prevented from participating in the November election. This is unethical and illegal,’ Kathleen Burch, interim counsel for the ACLU of Georgia, said in a release.” (10/18/16)

http://jacksonville.com/news/2016-10-18/aclu-sues-voter-registration-extension-5-georgia-counties-evacuated-hurricane

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16) Nigeria: Chibok pol says 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram
Source: Boston Herald

“Nigeria’s government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago, but more than 100 others appear unwilling to leave their Boko Haram Islamic extremist captors, a community leader said Tuesday. The unwilling girls may have been radicalized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists and have babies, chairman Pogu Bitrus of the Chibok Development Association told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.” (10/18/16)

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/international/2016/10/chibok_leader_100_plus_girls_unwilling_to_leave_boko_haram

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17) Austria: Interior Minister retreats on demolition of Hitler birthplace
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has rowed back on comments about plans to tear down the house in which Adolf Hitler was born in 1889. He had claimed a committee of experts had decided the house should be demolished. But the committee insists not, saying a demolition would ‘come close to a denial of the Nazi history in Austria.'” (10/18/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37690981

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18) Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket returns to flight with gorgeous night cargo launch
Source: Space.com

“For the first time in two years, an Orbital ATK Antares rocket has successfully launched into space, departing NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility here this evening (Oct. 17) on a mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). The upgraded Antares rocket soared into the night sky at 7:45 p.m. EDT (2345 GMT) today, topped with Orbital ATK’s uncrewed Cygnus cargo capsule. … This is a high-stakes mission for the Virginia-based commercial spaceflight company Orbital ATK. Its last attempt at launching an Antares rocket, nearly two years ago, ended in a catastrophic explosion just a few seconds after liftoff from Pad-0A here at Wallops. The current mission, titled OA-5, is Orbital ATK’s sixth official cargo resupply mission for NASA, and the fourth using an Antares rocket.” (10/17/16)

http://www.space.com/34416-stunning-antares-rocket-return-to-flight-launch.html

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19) Silicon Valley torn over what to do about evil authoritarian scumbag Peter Thiel
Source: Tech Times

“Silicon Valley is in turmoil after rumors surfaced that Peter Thiel will fund Donald Trump’s campaign. The venture capitalist took the floor at the Republican National Convention in July when it endorsed Trump for President of the United States. Insider information shows that Thiel is preparing to donate $1.25 million, divided between the campaign and a pro-Trump Super PAC. A direct result of the rumor was that Project Include, an important diversity initiative from the Valley, has axed cooperation with the Y Combinator venture incubator, as Thiel is a prominent part-time partner of the startup accelerator. Project Include cofounder Ellen Pao labeled Thiel’s donation as a way to create hate and instill fear.” (10/18/16)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/182708/20161018/silicon-valley-torn-over-what-to-do-about-peter-thiel.htm

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20) LA: Landry can block LGBT workplace protections, court says
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Attorney General Jeff Landry can reject dozens of state legal contracts because they include language preventing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people — among other reasons, according to a Baton Rouge state court ruling Monday (Oct. 17). Judge Donald Johnson, of the 19th Judicial District Court, determined Gov. John Bel Edwards does not have the right to sue Landry and force the attorney general to approve legal contracts with a LGBT nondiscrimination provision Landry finds objectionable. The judge said state law is hazy about whether Landry or Edwards has the final word over legal contracts, which made granting the governor’s wishes for forcing the Landry’s hand on the contracts difficult. … Landry has blocked between 40 and 50 state contracts with private law firms from moving forward mostly because they include language that prevents the attorneys from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their offices — though his office says he has other concerns with the contracts as well.” (10/18/16)

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/10/louisiana_lgbt_discrimination_1.html

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

21) “Rigged election” rhetoric: A dangerous two-way street
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Trump is preemptively positioning himself to claim that a victorious Clinton and her party rigged the election. That could lead to fireworks. Clinton is preemptively positioning herself to accuse a foreign power of rigging — or at least unduly influencing — the outcome to her loss. That could lead to fireworks of a nuclear variety.” (10/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8090

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22) Boy Scouts and the love of freedom
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Troop 52 often hiked along the nearby Appalachian Trail. On one jaunt, we camped overnight on a mountain ridge about 20 miles south of Front Royal. Along with two other boys, I was roaming after dinner when we spotted a big black bear foraging the outskirts of the campground. I have forgotten who threw the first rock at the bear, but strong circumstantial evidence suggests it was I. The one certainty was that, once that bear charged at us, I was the fastest runner.” (10/18/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/boy-scouts-love-freedom/

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23) You’re not the customer, you’re the product
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch (TANSTAAFL). Whenever somebody appears to be giving you something for free it likely means you’re the product, not the customer. Social media is a prime example of this. A lot of people claim that social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) products meant to surveil the populace. I personally don’t believe any government agency is clever enough to come up with a successful product like Facebook. But I also know they don’t care because they understand that Facebook exists to mine and sell information so they can forego the expenses of starting a service and just buy the data.” (10/18/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/10/18/youre-not-the-customer-youre-the-product/

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24) The fear of a rigged election is not new
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“It’s getting harder to maintain any serious suspense about who will win the presidential election, so the focus has started shifting to the day after Election Day. Trump, trailing badly, has taken to preemptively declaring that if he loses, it will be because the game was rigged against him. A new Politico poll shows 41 percent of the voters, and 73 percent of Republicans, saying he may be right. So now the airwaves are full of fears about what could happen if Americans take those charges to heart. Here’s CNN, for instance: ‘His accusations alone, experts say, could inflict long-standing damage on the US political system itself by eroding trust in the probity of the electoral process.’ The biggest problem with this argument is that we already live in a country where a lot of people don’t trust the electoral process.” (10/18/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/18/trump-stolen-election

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25) What Epicurus can teach us about freedom and happiness
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joey Clark

“I imagine Lucretius himself felt he was carrying on with a long lost friend when he wrote On the Nature of Things as an ode to the Greek philosopher Epicurus. Though only fragments of Epicurus'[s] philosophy have survived from antiquity — biographer of the Greek philosophers, Diogenes Laertius, claims he was ‘a most prolific author and eclipsed all before him in the number of his writings: for they amount to about three hundred rolls, and contain not a single citation from other authors’ — his influence has proved to be monumental for those willing to carry on the dialogue he started.” (10/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/what-epicurus-can-teach-us-about-freedom-and-happiness/

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26) “Hillary standard”: Take the money
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“In HillaryLand there are no walls. When she was secretary of state, Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, also was on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation, which raised money from global interests, and the private consulting firm Teneo. The American people should have been Abedin’s only consideration, but with multiple paychecks, she had to answer to more than one master, and she held the keys to Clinton’s calendar. Last week, WikiLeaks revealed that Clinton State Department senior aide Caitlin Klevorick gave special access to big Clinton Foundation donors eager to get in on the lucrative rebuilding after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. ‘Need you to flag when people are friends of WJC,’ Klevorick wrote to the Foundation’s director of foreign policy. Foundation donors might expect concierge service, while those who didn’t give to the Clinton charity could be shunted to a large government website. Was this arrangement best for the desperate people of Haiti? I truly doubt it.” (10/18/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/10/18/hillary-standard-take-the-money-n2233689

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27) Why the election isn’t quite locked
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Three weeks to go. Does Donald Trump’s escalating weirdness give Hillary Clinton a lock on the race? Not quite yet. Large numbers of voters still don’t like either candidate. The polls do show a small, steady movement to Clinton. But depending on which poll you believe, the campaign seems to be about a six or seven point race. And in some key states like Ohio and New Hampshire, it’s a lot closer. Nate Silver, noticing that the race has actually tightened a bit in New Hampshire since the disclosures of the Trump tapes, pointed out that New Hampshire has lots of swing voters, who haven’t made their minds up yet. The New York Times found the same thing interviewing voters in a Columbus, Ohio, diner. Kathy Pappas, who owns the diner with her husband, told reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to [vote] this year. I just don’t care for either one, and I don’t trust either one.'” [editor’s note: All the more reason to consider Johnson, or Stein … or just stay home – SAT] (10/18/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-election-isn%E2%80%99t-quite-locked

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28) Bob Dylan, troubadour
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Beauchamp

“People continue to struggle to label Dylan. It’s almost as if there’s some gnostic quality whereby if you call him exactly what he is, you’ll understand the true nature of his powers. He’s a celebrity, sure, but he also has more cultural and spiritual heft than merely a celebrity. He’s a songwriter, but so is Kevin Federline. He’s a poet, but most of his words live on the radio, not the page. We struggle to define him, not quite understanding why we call him the things we do, why our vocabulary fails, or why, as Leonard Cohen put it, awarding him the Nobel Prize seems like ‘pinning a medal on Mt. Everest for being the highest mountain.’ It’s a testament to our impoverished relationship with tradition — as Eliot and Pound understood it — that we can’t really say what Dylan is. That’s because of what Dylan does.” (10/18/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/bob-dylan-troubadour/

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29) he Age of Hysteria: Clowns, Russians, Assange, and Americans
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“As myself and so many others pointed out, this whole mess with blaming the Russians was started by the Democrats, clearly as a way of distracting from the contents of the leaks. … the allegation has memetically made its way throughout the United States, and we now have a liberal army of people convinced that the Russians are out to get them, because Hillary told them so, and then Obama told them so. It is irrelevant that the Democrats merely pointed at the Russians and shouted, ‘They did it!’ and have never presented a shred of evidence that Russians are responsible — in fact, I lean toward the hypothesis that Sanders supporters are responsible, and that the leaks actually come from within the Democrat Party.” (10/18/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/10/18/the-age-of-hysteria-clowns-russians-assange-and-americans/

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30) Citizen Pain
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidential election are vanishingly small, and he knows it. In a desperate attempt to salvage his disastrous campaign, he has intensified his exaggerations about voter fraud and invented conspiracies about the election being ‘rigged’ by ‘Crooked Hillary’ and ‘the dishonest and distorted media.’ He’s even called Republican leaders ‘naive’ for not defending his unhinged rhetoric. Meanwhile, reports on Monday revealed that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, had spoken with an investor about the possibility of a Trump-branded cable news network, presumably to monetize the fan base that the nominee has amassed in his 2016 run. These two moves are connected; they’re intertwined fantasies that offer Trump an emotional lifeline. Trump’s claims of betrayal by a corrupt system allows him to sustain the myth that he’s winning, and that if he somehow doesn’t emerge victorious on November 8, it’s because the election was stolen from him. Such rhetoric also strengthens his bond with his followers, making them likely loyal viewers of a future Trump TV network.” (10/18/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137864/donald-trump-citizen-pain

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31) Interview: Christopher Ortega
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Christopher Ortega, guitarist and vocalist of Aztec Death. Herein we discussed his journey to Voluntaryism, Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State, Albert Jay Nock, Atlas Shrugged, Stefan Molyneux, Larken Rose, Ron Paul, my journey, peaceful parenting, Passengers One lyrics, Abolitionist dinner conversations in the 19th century, peaceful exchange of ideas, how was the US ‘government’ formed, the Constitution, Lysander Spooner, Adam Kokesh, the State is a state of mind, Dale Brown, Detroit Threat Management Center, private security agency incentives, Helpful Hands lyrics, military, order followers, the State is the real terrorist threat, being an auto-didact, government school, opportunity cost, implied government school lessons, truancy laws, diffusion of responsibility, raising kids and natural consequences, Non Aggressive Parenting podcast, Aztec Death whistle, Hegelian Dialectic and more!” [MP3] (10/18/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/christopher-ortega-voluntaryist-and-guitaristvocalist-of-aztec-death/

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32) Mixed news on generic drug approvals
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R. Graham

“A response to expensive patented medicines is generic competitors. The U.S. has struck a pretty good balance between innovation and low prices through the Hatch-Waxman (1984) Act, which specified patent terms for newly invented medicines, and a pathway for generic competitors to enter the market after a period. One obstacle to generic entry in recent years was a very slow approval process at the Food and Drug Administration. This led to a backlog, which was unexpected because one important benefit of Hatch-Waxman was that generic competitors did not have to replicate the expensive clinical trials innovative drug-makers had to carry out to receive the FDA’s approval.” (10/18/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26636

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33) Against thinking independent voters must vote for your candidate
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Andrew Cohen

“Insisting that people not vote for the candidate they prefer because you think it will hurt your candidate’s chance is basically saying democratic elections in the US are a bad idea. Maybe you believe that. In fact, I do — not because democracy is inherently bad, but because our version of it, at least in national elections, is awful. The electoral college, gerrymandering of voting districts, and the idiotic Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), are all part of the problem, but I can’t here delve into any of them. Here’s the thing: if you believe our quasi-democratic system is bad, you should come clean about it. Either tell the world you prefer that your party just pick the next president rather than bother with what masquerades here as a popular democratic election or encourage a change in the system.” (10/18/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/10/thinking-independent-voters-must-vote-candidate/

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34) GDP a grossly defective product we need to knock off its pedestal
Source: Reuters
by Paul Wallace

“It is the economic ring of rings, the number that rules all. Gross domestic product is the measure that preoccupies policymakers and obsesses markets. Traders fine-tune their predictions of Federal Reserve policy based on expectations about GDP’s performance. Nowcasters seek to provide real-time estimates. And yet, more than ever, it is apparent that this economic lodestar is a treacherous guide. Consider the controversy over how the Japanese economy performed in 2014. According to official figures, GDP declined by 0.9 percent. But a recent Bank of Japan study, which drew on alternative sources of data, found that it had expanded by 2.4 percent. Another case in point: The recession in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s appeared grave at the time, with GDP slipping from its peak to trough by 4.3 percent. The figures now reveal a decline of only 2 percent. Which was the truer picture: The reverse experienced and countered by policymakers using definitions and data available at the time, or the milder one airbrushed by subsequent revisions?” (10/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wallace-gdp-idUSKCN12I2H2

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35) How the Bible became an idol
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Again I am raising a difficult subject, but again, it’s something that needs to be said. And my title is true. The Bible — the holy book of more or less all Christians — has become an idol. And yes, I do mean idol as in ‘false god.'” (10/18/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/bible-became-idol/

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36) Was Trump’s threat to prosecute Hillary a dictatorial impulse?
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Donald Trump stirred controversy yet again in the second presidential debate when he threatened, if elected, to send his opponent to prison. Hillary Clinton’s defenders immediately fumed that this was another piece of evidence that Trump’s temperament was unsuited for the vast powers of the presidency. What he was advocating, they charged, was typical of the politics of third-world dictatorships. America should not be a banana republic where the loser of an election has to fear such vengeance from political opponents. It is a valid worry, although in fairness Trump only pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s alleged crimes.” (10/18/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/was-trumps-threat-prosecute-hillary-dictatorial-impulse

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37) How many wars?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“After what several people have referred to as ‘another Gulf of Tonkin Incident’ (referring to the supposed attack that let LBJ let loose the dogs of war in Vietnam more than two generations ago), in which supposedly Houthi missiles were fired at (and missed) a US Navy warship off the coast of Yemen, US forces launched attacked on radar sites and other targets (and probably more we don’t know about) in Yemen. Not that the FedGov hasn’t been attacking targets in Yemen for years, with drones and special forces. But not so openly, and not so blatantly in obvious lead-up to more massive military actions. So we add another land to the theatres of war in which American troops are engaged.” (10/18/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9898

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38) CFPB structure invites abuse
Source: USA Today
by Richard Hunt

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is headed by a director who single-handedly has jurisdiction over 15,000 institutions and whose decisions impact millions of consumers every day. This person is judge and jury when it comes to imposing fines, rulemaking activity and supervisory opinions. The structure makes the CFPB director the most powerful person outside of the president of the United States. Recently, a federal court decided a sitting president could immediately remove a CFPB director. Not only does this make the CFPB akin to an executive agency (it was intended to be an independent bureau like the Federal Trade Commission) but the direction of the bureau is at risk of being shifted by political winds every four years. If the CFPB is to deliver stable, effective oversight on behalf of taxpayers, it must be transparent, fair and impartial when issuing judgment, not driven by the views of any one person.” (10/17/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/17/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-consumer-banks-association-editorials-debates/92317284

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39) Mark Carney: Britain’s celebrity central banker
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Pickering

“An awed hush descended over the crowd, as the most powerful man in the British economy prepared to give his response. Sitting at the front of the room, Bank of England governor Mark Carney surveyed his audience, paused to consider the question for a moment, and then finally decided on his answer: ‘Pizza.’ The event in question took place last month, when Mr. Carney visited Whitley Academy in Coventry, a small provincial city in the English midlands, where he was questioned by a group of 12–18 year old pupils on everything from his favourite kinds of food (pizza, for the record) and chocolate, to his favourite television programmes, to whether he preferred dogs or cats.” (10/18/16)

https://mises.org/blog/mark-carney-britains-celebrity-central-banker

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40) USD ready for a second leg higher — then what?
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk

“One year ago we showed the following chart to explain the relative strong dollar that was on everyone’s mind at the time. With a second leg higher in the US dollar imminent, this particular chart will be more important than ever. Claims to dollars, such as demand and time deposits, or even more opaque money-like products created by the shadow banking system is just that, a claim or derivative on the final mean of payment, namely base money. When trust breaks down and owners of dollar claims rush to exchange them for actual dollars, the price of dollars goes up in relation to goods and services because there are not enough dollars to satisfy all the claims outstanding. In monetary terms deflation takes hold and there are no market mechanism that can clear this anomaly (because it was never a proper market to begin with) as the price of the underlying and the derivative will move in perfect proportion to each other.” (10/18/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/10/usd-ready-for-a-second-leg-higher-then-what/

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41) Stop the next president from waging the next war
Source: CounterPunch
by Zoltan Grossman

“Hillary Clinton now says her ‘number one priority’ in Syria is the removal of Bashar al-Assad, putting us on the path of war with Syria and Russia next year. Whether or not you are voting for her, you should commit yourself to stopping her from this insanity, which President Obama wisely averted in 2013. Syria and Russia are indeed committing war crimes in Aleppo, but if you’re tempted to buy in to a ‘no-fly zone’ or ‘humanitarian intervention’ against Syrian, Russian, and Iranian forces, consider these ten facts and observations …” (10/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/18/stop-the-next-president-from-waging-the-next-war/

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42) Could a socialist plot save the planet?
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“For those concerned about the future of earth and the people living on it, there are plenty of things to be worried about in the latest round of email leaks about Hillary Clinton: her hawking natural gas as a ‘bridge fuel,’ praising oil and gas exports and admiring Canada’s pipeline and extraction-heavy energy agenda. … So what do the latest round of WikiLeaks emails tell us that we didn’t already know? They reveal some of the Clinton campaign’s strategy for defeating Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries. With that, the emails offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how her administration might approach the climate crisis — and what policy measures could get left off the table. In demonizing Sanders'[s] proposals as spendthrift socialism, Clinton may be foreclosing on a potentially key tool for capping emissions: Nationalizing the fossil fuel industry.” [editor’s note: Hard to know where to start attacking this one; maybe start with the term “fossil fuels?” – SAT] (10/18/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19560/could-a-socialist-plot-save-the-planet

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43) Small donors still aren’t as important as wealthy ones
Source: The Atlantic
by Ian Vandewalker and Lawrence Norden

“Pundits have argued that the possibility of using the internet to rely on millions of small donors means that campaign donation limits are irrelevant — that candidates’ ability to depend on readily available small-donor money means we don’t need to cap the biggest donations to restore balance to our political system. But a historical review of data describing all the money individuals have put into the campaign-finance system — whether to candidates, parties, or other political committees like super PACs — suggests this analysis is wrong. Despite growth in the number of small donors over time, the money they give has made up a smaller and smaller share of total individual contributions over the last two decades. The power of the internet is no match for the unlimited giving allowed by today’s lax campaign-finance rules.” [editor’s note: And the power of campaign finance laws is no match for the drive to buy elections so long as the political process dispenses power – TLK] (10/18/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/campaign-finance-fundraising-citizens-united/504425/

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44) Report from the lab
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The State of Idaho does something the federal government should emulate. The only state I can think of that has a popular candy bar named after it has a legislature that regularly nixes regulations made by the state’s executive branch. Think of it as a line-item veto for the legislature.” (10/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/18/report-from-the-lab/

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45) “Mine” vs. “yours”
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Mike Blessing

“From what I’ve seen in thirty years of being involved on the public scene, there seem to be two basic mindsets towards life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness, money, time, effort, you name it, where politics is concerned. First is the ‘what’s mine is mine, what’s yours is yours’ way of thinking. This is the dominant mindset amongst libertarians. Some conservatives subscribe to it, as well. But not the neo-conservatives and social conservatives, who seem to be perfectly OK with government at every level getting bigger, more intrusive, more expensive, just so long as they approve of the ways it gets bigger, more intrusive, and more expensive. The issues of abortion, same-sex relations, gambling, drugs and prostitution are examples of this.” (10/16/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle894-20161016-04.html

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46) The fractured Ron Paul Revolution
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“I got connected to most of my friends and followers on social networks through our mutual admiration of Ron Paul. Many of them, however, are now vociferous supporters (and defenders) of Donald Trump. The following is my attempt to understand why that is.” (10/17/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/after-ron-paul-revolution.html

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47) Economic growth isn’t going to happen
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Among the most popular questions that the mainstream press asks Democratic and Republican presidential candidates every election cycle is, ‘What are you going to do restore growth to the economy?’ Each time, the candidates dutifully respond with some sort of nonsensical tripe, such as ‘I’m going to restore growth to America by bringing jobs to people,’ which always seems to satisfies the press. It’s not going to happen. There isn’t going to be any major economic ‘growth’ for the foreseeable future. That’s because the conditions for major increases in the standard of living in the near term are nonexistent.” (10/18/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/18/economic-growth-isnt-going-happen/

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48) Ched Evans and the fury of the middle class mob
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“When snobs talk about mobs, they usually mean poor people who say things they disagree with. Brexit voters, or Trump’s angry white army. To a certain kind of sniffy commentator, these people are basically a pitchfork-wielding crowd, clueless and toothless. But if you want to see a real mob — in the classic sense of a gang with nasty extrajudicial instincts — forget the poor and take a look at the middle-class media set. Take a look at the very people who bandy about the word ‘mob’ to describe anyone they don’t like. For it is they, ironically, who are most mob-like, and nothing demonstrates this better than their ugly commentary on the Ched Evans case.” (10/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/ched-evans-and-the-fury-of-the-middle-class-mob/

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49) The British media as a mouthpiece of the authorities
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

Sean Gabb holds forth. [Flash video] (10/18/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/10/18/the-british-media-as-a-mouthpiece-of-the-authorities/

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50) Free Talk Live, 10/17/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Assange’s Internet Connection Severed :: Government Secrets :: Outing an Undercover :: Free the Nipple Court Hearing :: Home Rule :: Median and Average :: TJ The Spy :: Ridiculous Nipple Hearing :: We and Taxpayer Funds.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/17/16)

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Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
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