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In the News:

1) Regime source admits US pressured Ecuador to silence Assange in bid to aid Clinton
2) Clinton, Trump put on third and final live joint campaign commercial
3) Afghanistan: Occupation troop, civilian contractor killed in attack on base
4) Report: Tax dollars used to fund opposition to cannabis legalization
5) Saudi Arabia: Regime kills prince convicted of murder
6) Police scan 117 million driving license photos for face recognition database
7) Croatia: New conservative government voted into office
8) US vows all-out defense against “grave” North Korean threat
9) Larry Flynt puts $1 million bounty on “scandalous” Trump tapes
10) European spacecraft goes silent right before difficult Mars landing
11) Report: Teachers ceding too much discipline to in-school police officers
12) Honduras: Hernandez to seek reelection despite constitutional ban
13) Fed Beige Book shows “mostly positive” outlook for US economy
14) WA: 2,000 Seattle teachers wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to class
15) FBI: Czech police arrest suspected Russian hacker
16) Chinese astronauts arrive at Tiangong 2 space station
17) MI: Arabic billboard mocks Trump
18) Mexico: Official issues arrest warrant for Veracruz governor over organized crime ties
19) NY: Brawl as vandal tries to destroy naked Hillary Clinton statute in Manhattan
20) Rubio to Republicans: Screw the truth if it comes from Wikileaks … let’s pretend the problem is !THEM RUSSIANS!
21) Malaysia: Aziz blames “ignoramuses” for halal wiener row
22) Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket launches US-Russian space station crew into orbit
23) NYC: Officials want answers after cop fatally shoots bat-wielding naked woman
24) PA: Faculty at 14 state universities hit picket line
25) Philippines: Police vehicle rams protesters at anti-US rally

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) A better choice: Gary Johnson
27) Government clubs could work
28) I don’t recall
29) A “Hillbilly Elegy” for family and civil society
30) Is disclosure of Podesta’s emails a step too far?
31) Silicon Valley gets government favors — while boosting leftists and blocking conservatives
32) Colorado — is cannabis REALLY legal?
33) Warming is mild and manageable
34) Both candidates wrong on Syria
35) The special interests behind marijuana prohibition
36) Getting beyond the “Buffett rule”
37) Top five things to consider before Libertarian Party accepts public funding
38) Toward liberty or imperium?
39) No, Arizona and Georgia are not “swing states”
40) Criminalizing the struggle: Incarceration and the rise of the neoliberal state
41) Why Obama’s presidency failed
42) Monetary pollution
43) Socialism kills more babies than war
44) When an election damages democracy
45) Assange’s fate
46) Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?
47) Three reasons to worried about the Blackstone Group, and their friend, Hillary Clinton
48) Gary Johnson’s refreshing foreign policy skepticism
49) Successful strategy fails
50) “Black Lives Matter has a plantation mentality”
51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 761
52) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/19/16
53) ObamaCare is unraveling ahead of schedule
54) Once more into the breach on Brexit and trade
55) The cost of downgrading
56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/18/16
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/19/16
58) Free Talk Live, 10/18/16
59) The Libertarian Angle, 10/19/16
60) The problem with Johnson

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

1) Regime source admits US pressured Ecuador to silence Assange in bid to aid Clinton
Source: NBC News

“Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador’s decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador’s London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News. ‘It was a bit of an eviction notice,’ said a senior intelligence official. Ecuador’s government said Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country’s London embassy for more than four years. The action came after U.S. officials conveyed their [evidenceless propaganda claim] that Assange is a willing participant in a Russian intelligence operation to undermine the U.S. presidential election, NBC News has learned. U.S. intelligence officials [pretend to] believe Assange knows he is getting the information from Russian intelligence, though they do not believe he is involved in helping plan the hacking, officials told NBC.” (10/19/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-urged-ecuador-act-against-assange-n669271

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2) Clinton, Trump put on third and final live joint campaign commercial
Source: Washington Post

[editor’s note: Instead of a story about it, here’s the actual transcript of the third and final “debate” between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (only the candidates of the two largest factions of the ruling party were allowed to participate) – TLK] (10/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/19/the-final-trump-clinton-debate-transcript-annotated/

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3) Afghanistan: Occupation troop, civilian contractor killed in attack on base
Source: Washington Post

“Two Americans were killed and another three were injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan officials said. A gunman fired on international advisers at an ammunition depot near Camp Morehead, a training site for Afghan commandos, about six miles south of Kabul. The attack, which took place near the entrance of the base, killed one U.S. service member and injured another. One U.S. civilian was also killed, and two more were wounded in the assault, a statement from the NATO-led coalition said.” (10/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/two-americans-killed-in-attack-on-base-in-afghanistan/2016/10/19/bcb4680c-9605-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html

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4) Report: Tax dollars used to fund opposition to cannabis legalization
Source: Raw Story

“This year the pharmaceutical, alcohol and prison food industries have all weighed in to oppose marijuana legalization initiatives across the country. This comes as little surprise: These industries all have financial interests in keeping marijuana illegal. By funding anti-legalization efforts, they’re simply admitting it. What does surprise is that the public is still largely unaware of how government resources (at federal, state and local levels) are used in the same fashion, in a blatant conflict of interests. The ways in which the criminal justice lobby uses its power to undermine drug policy reform are well-established, but also complex and sometimes hard to untangle. However, given recent donations by law enforcement unions and associations to campaigns against marijuana legalization in California and across the country, it’s important to clarify the unethical way in which taxpayer-funded resources are used in defiance of the proper role of government.” [editor’s note: Given the organized crony-corp opposition to legal weed, this is hardly a surprise – SAT] (10/19/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/how-our-tax-dollars-are-used-to-fund-opposition-to-marijuana-legalization

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5) Saudi Arabia: Regime kills prince convicted of murder
Source: Newsweek

“A Saudi prince was executed in Riyadh on Tuesday after a court found him guilty of shooting dead a fellow Saudi, official media reported, in a rare example of a ruling family member subjected to the death penalty. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir had pleaded guilty to shooting Adel al-Mohaimeed after a brawl, the ministry of interior said in a statement on state news agency SPA. It did not say how the prince was killed. Most people executed in the kingdom are beheaded with a sword. Members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are only rarely known to have been executed. One of the most prominent cases was Faisal bin Musaid al Saud, who assassinated his uncle, King Faisal, in 1975.” (10/19/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-executes-prince-convicted-murder-511432

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6) Police scan 117 million driving license photos for face recognition database
Source: The Hacker News

“Your driver’s license photo could be scarier than it actually looks — Well, here’s why: With the help of state driver’s license data, U.S. law enforcement agencies have created a huge a face-recognition database of more than 117 Million American adults that are regularly scanned in the course of police investigations. What’s even worse? Most of those people who are scanned by police without prior knowledge are law-abiding citizens.” (10/18/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/police-face-recognition.html

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7) Croatia: New conservative government voted into office
Source: Billings Gazette

“Lawmakers in Croatia approved a new government on Wednesday as the prime minister promised to boost economic recovery and overcome political divisions in the European Union’s newest member state. The conservative government of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic was voted into office in a 91-45 vote amid hopes it will end months of political turmoil triggered by the fall of the previous government in June.” (10/19/16)

http://billingsgazette.com/news/world/croatia-s-new-conservative-government-voted-into-office/article_08191d7f-fcd1-5bcb-9638-3ce0c730ee65.html

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8) US vows all-out defense against “grave” North Korean threat
Source: Reuters

“The United States vowed on Wednesday to do ‘whatever is necessary’ to defend itself, South Korea and other allies against the ‘grave’ threat posed by North Korea, which has conducted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches this year. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the start of talks in Washington between the foreign and defense ministers of the United States and South Korea that the U.S. commitment to provide ‘extended deterrence, guaranteed by the full spectrum of U.S. defense capabilities’ was ‘unwavering.’ The term ‘extended deterrence’ refers to the U.S. nuclear umbrella that protects non-nuclear allies South Korea and Japan in East Asia. ‘The recent dramatic increase in North Korean nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches remind us of the grave threat it poses to our collective security,’ Carter told reporters.” (10/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-idUSKCN12J29W

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9) Larry Flynt puts $1 million bounty on “scandalous” Trump tapes
Source: USA Today

“Prominent pornographer Larry Flynt is outraged by Republican nominee Donald Trump’s alleged treatment of women. In fact, the Hustler magazine publisher is so disgusted that he is putting up a $1 million reward for any ‘scandalous’ recordings of Trump. The reward will be paid for ‘verifiable video footage or audio recordings for use prior to the November 8 election clearly showing Donald Trump engaging in illegal activity or acting in a sexually demeaning or derogatory manner,’ according to a statement from the magazine.” (10/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/10/18/larry-flynt-trump-reward/92379706/

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10) European spacecraft goes silent right before difficult Mars landing
Source: USA Today

“The ‘Mars Curse’ may have claimed another victim. Europe’s Schiaparelli lander, scheduled to settle into the Martian dust at 10:48 am ET Wednesday, went silent a minute or so before its expected landing time. Engineers hoped to find out more from Europe’s Mars Express spacecraft, which is now in orbit around Mars and perked up its ears for signals from Schiaparelli. But the recording made by Mars Express was ‘inconclusive,’ according to a tweet from the operations group of the European Space Agency, which operates both Mars Express and Schiaparelli. Now engineers hope that NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also circling the planet, can reveal Schiaparelli’s fate.” (10/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2016/10/19/european-spacecraft-goes-silent-minute-before-mars-often-difficult-landing/92381448

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11) Report: Teachers ceding too much discipline to in-school police officers
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“When a major disciplinary issue flares in their classroom, teachers often face a tough choice: Can I handle this myself, or do I need backup? Over the past two decades, teachers have increasingly asked for reinforcement in the form of a school resource officer (SRO), a police officer specifically assigned to a school or district. Sometimes they respond to emergencies, like the presence of an active shooter. But more frequently, a new American Civil Liberties Union report shows, teachers are turning to police to handle something far more minor, such as a student who is disruptive but not physically threatening. During the 2013-14 school year in California, more than 20,000 students (a majority of them low-income children of color or children with disabilities) were disciplined by school police for minor infractions that teachers would have handled in the past, the ACLU found. More than 9,500 of those interventions resulted in arrests; at their extreme, they involved strip searches, excessive use of force, and pepper spray.” (10/19/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/EqualEd/2016/1019/Are-teachers-ceding-too-much-discipline-to-in-school-police-officers

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12) Honduras: Hernandez to seek reelection despite constitutional ban
Source: PanAm Post

“Some Honduran citizens are concerned about a possible re-election of President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras ruled that the country will abide by the decision of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Honduras, which recently allowed for presidential reelection. The group ‘Outraged Hondurans’ expressed its concern at the possibility of Hernandez announcing his candidacy. Recently, a video of Hernandez considering the idea has been circling around social media.” (10/19/16)

https://panampost.com/adriana-peralta/2016/10/19/president-of-honduras-to-seek-reelection-despite-constitutional-ban/

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13) Fed Beige Book shows “mostly positive” outlook for US economy
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. economy maintained a steady growth pace between late August and early October, as a tight labor market with nascent wage pressures contributed to a ‘mostly positive’ outlook, a report from the 12 Federal Reserve districts showed. ‘Most districts indicated a modest or moderate pace of expansion,’ according to the Fed’s latest Beige Book, an economic survey by reserve banks. ‘Outlooks were mostly positive, with growth expected to continue at a slight to moderate pace in several districts.’ The job market ‘remained tight’ with modest employment and wage growth, according to the report released Wednesday in Washington.” (10/19/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-19/fed-beige-book-shows-mostly-positive-outlook-for-u-s-economy

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14) WA: 2,000 Seattle teachers wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to class
Source: Seattle Times

“About 2,000 Seattle educators wore Black Lives Matter shirts at their schools Wednesday to call for racial equity in education. Schools across the district held ‘Black Lives Matter at School’ rallies before classes began for the day. Students, parents and teachers also wore stickers and buttons emblazoned with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan. At Chief Sealth International High School, about 60 educators had ordered the shirts. Some of them gathered outside the building and held up banners and signs.” (10/19/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/2000-seattle-teachers-wear-black-lives-matter-shirts-to-class/

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15) FBI: Czech police arrest suspected Russian hacker
Source: USA Today

“Czech police in cooperation with the FBI said Wednesday they arrested a Russian national suspected of participating in hacking attacks directed at the United States, officials said. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, is not linked to recent breaches of the Democratic National Committee, the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or recent cyber incursions of state voter databases that have prompted U.S. authorities to tighten computer defenses across the country, two federal law enforcement officials said.” (10/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/19/reports-czech-police-arrest-suspected-russian-hacker/92399120/

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16) Chinese astronauts arrive at Tiangong 2 space station
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“China’s Shenzhou 11 manned spacecraft has successfully docked with China’s Tiangong 2 space lab and two astronauts have entered, according to China’s official news agency Xinhua. China is the third country after the United States and Russia to complete space rendezvous and docking procedures, Xinhua said.” (10/18/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/19/chinese-astronauts-arrive-at-tiangong-2-space-station

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17) MI: Arabic billboard mocks Trump
Source: Detroit News

“A group that taps humor and risque comments in a popular card game is reaching out to Metro Detroiters with a serious message via old-school advertising. The Nuisance Committee, based in Chicago, recently placed an anti-Donald Trump billboard along westbound Interstate 94 near Dearborn. It’s expected to stay up through Election Day. Written mostly in Arabic, the sign reads: ‘”Donald Trump, he can’t read this, but he is scared of it anyway,’ according to Kitty Kurth, spokeswoman for the Nuisance Committee, which was started by founders of the game Cards Against Humanity.” (10/18/16)

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/10/17/donald-trump-dearborn-billboard/92333962/

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18) Mexico: Official issues arrest warrant for Veracruz governor over organized crime ties
Source: PanAm Post

“Less than a week after Governor of Veracruz, Mexico Javier Duarte asked for time off to defend against accusations of corruption, the authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest. His is reportedly being investigated for involvement in organized crime, and illegally acquiring funds. The arrest warrant was also issued for other officials of his Veracruz administration after a complaint was filed with the Office of Mexico by the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit.” (10/18/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/10/18/mexico-issues-arrest-warrant-for-veracruz-governor-over-organized-crime-ties/

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19) NY: Brawl as vandal tries to destroy naked Hillary Clinton statute in Manhattan
Source: New York Daily News

An artist erected an obscene [sic] statue of Hillary Clinton in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning causing a heated fight between defenders of the profane piece of protest art and women trying to tear it down. The grotesque caricature of the Democratic candidate appeared outside the Bowling Green station during morning rush hour on Tuesday and shows Clinton with hoofed feet and a Wall Street banker resting his head on her bare breasts. … Video of the dispute shows the museum worker struggling with the artist who erected the statue, who identified himself as 27-year-old Anthony Scioli, as he tried to prop the structure back up. At one point during the tussle, the woman sits down on the statue to prevent Scioli from picking it back up.” [editor’s note: A whiff of pepper mace might have demonstrated the evil of her ways to her – TLK] (10/18/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/naked-statue-hillary-clinton-sparks-fight-manhattan-article-1.2834970

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20) Rubio to Republicans: Screw the truth if it comes from Wikileaks … let’s pretend the problem is !THEM RUSSIANS!
Source: NBC News

“Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is warning his fellow Republicans not to talk about the Wikileaks dump of emails stolen [sic] from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, breaking with the example set by Donald Trump. ‘I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of Wikileaks,’ said Rubio in a statement to NBC News. ‘As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it.'”

http://www.nbcnews.com/card/marco-rubio-warns-republicans-dont-talk-about-wikileaks-n668746

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21) Malaysia: Aziz blames “ignoramuses” for halal wiener row
Source: Free Malaysia Today [Malaysia]

“An Umno minister today blamed ‘ignoramuses’ in authority for the controversy over the use of the word ‘hotdog,’ adding that these people were not living in the real world. Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz added that there was no way that his Muslim faith would be affected by consuming a hotdog. ‘In fact, I think I want to eat a hotdog now,’ he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, adding that as a Muslim he was not offended by the name. The Padang Rengas MP was responding to news reports that popular pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s was denied halal certification by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for several reasons, including having the name ‘Pretzel Dog’ as one of its food items.” (10/19/16)

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/10/19/stop-making-us-look-stupid-says-nazri-on-hotdog-issue/

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22) Kazakhstan: Soyuz rocket launches US-Russian space station crew into orbit
Source: Space.com

“A Russian Soyuz rocket launched an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts into orbit this morning, beginning a two-day journey to the International Space Station. At 4:05 a.m. EDT (0805 GMT) today (Oct. 19), the trio lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, riding on a Russian Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft — the second upgraded Soyuz spacecraft to carry new crewmembers to the space station (the first launched in July).” (10/19/16)

http://www.space.com/34433-soyuz-rocket-launches-us-russian-space-crew.html

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23) NYC: Officials want answers after cop fatally shoots bat-wielding naked woman
Source: New York Post

“An NYPD sergeant fatally shot a troubled 66-year-old woman who charged at him with a baseball bat in her Bronx apartment Tuesday evening, leading the officer to be placed on modified duty — and local officials calling for a full investigation. … Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Assocation, however, was furious that the sergeant was placed on modified duty. ‘This is a totally legal shooting,’ he said. ‘Chief [of Patrol Terence] Monahan is politically pandering, sending the wrong message to officers by throwing this sergeant … under the bus.’ Mullins said the department was second-guessing Barry for not using a Taser and that the woman was a threat.” (10/19/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/10/18/cops-shoot-bat-wielding-woman-in-the-bronx/

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24) PA: Faculty at 14 state universities hit picket line
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Faculty at the 14 state-owned universities went on strike today and began taking up picket lines on campuses statewide and at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg after bargaining to prevent the first classroom walkout in the system’s 34 years collapsed. The strike against the State System of Higher Education by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties affects 105,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty. Both sides had negotiated for five days but the talks broke apart over issues including health care costs shortly before 9 p.m.” (10/19/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2016/10/19/Faculty-at-14-Pa-state-owned-colleges-are-on-strike-pennsylvania/stories/201610190147

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25) Philippines: Police vehicle rams protesters at anti-US rally
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were ran over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader Renato Reyes said. Associated Press TV footage showed the van repeatedly ramming the protesters as it drove wildly back and forth after activists surrounded and started hitting the vehicle with wooden batons they seized from police.” (10/19/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-philippine-protest-20161018-snap-story.html

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

26) A better choice: Gary Johnson
Source: Stossel’s Take
by John Stossel

“Hillary Clinton is a manipulative, power-mad liar. Donald Trump is a selfish, sexist, narcissistic bully. These are our choices Nov. 8? The leading candidates’ avarice is bad enough. Their ideas are worse. Clinton wants to micro-regulate America into poverty and stagnation. Trump would start a trade war, if not an actual war. While America is going bankrupt, both candidates brag that they will spend more — Trump on the military and his pointless wall, Clinton mostly on social programs. … I’d think Fortune writers and Democratic and Republican presidential candidates would understand that ‘free’ benefits come with nasty costs. But they don’t understand. Or if they do, they just ignore it. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson doesn’t ignore these problems. He promises to avert America’s bankruptcy by cutting spending 43 percent.” (10/19/16)

https://www.creators.com/read/john-stossel/10/16/a-better-choice-9f607

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27) Government clubs could work
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“While it’s up to you to make it happen, liberty offers everything you ever wanted. Unless you want to push people around and take their stuff. In that case you are out of luck. However, I can see a way even those people could become productive members of society. It would just take a little creativity, and presents exciting market opportunities. There are fantasy football leagues, and mixed martial arts matches, so how about fantasy governing and ‘government clubs’ for those who can’t break the addiction? With fantasy governing leagues, the lust to govern could be satisfied, but for the first time in history, no innocents would be harmed.” (10/18/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/10/18/mcmanigal-government-clubs-could-work/

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28) I don’t recall
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I can’t count the number of times I have questioned lying witnesses under oath by deposition or written interrogatories and encountered this common dodge. The liar knows that her recollection at any given moment cannot be challenged. You can’t get inside someone’s head. So she doesn’t answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or respond truthfully to the question. She just answers ‘I don’t recall.’ Questioning this type of lying witness is like pulling teeth. That’s how liars get away with lying. And one of the biggest liars I know is Hillary Rodham Clinton. The lady perjures herself every time she opens her mouth and when she’s not committing outright perjury she’s declaring ‘I don’t know,’ which we all know is just another lie.” (10/19/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/10/i-dont-recall.html

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29) A “Hillbilly Elegy” for family and civil society
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Ray Nothstine

“A sad irony is that, since the rise of the federal government’s aggressive war on poverty launched in the 1960s, many of the underlying causes of economic distress have been neglected or ignored. While government achieved some progress towards meeting basic material needs, it has no answers to the deeper dilemma of dependency and hopelessness faced by many Americans. One book that highlights the problem and that is receiving considerable attention this year is J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’ Vance uses his own story to depict a crisis of culture among the white working class, especially in Appalachia. When President Lyndon Johnson launched his Great Society programs over 50 years ago with an iconic visit to Eastern Kentucky, it produced forlorn images of families in dilapidated shacks. The region remains under siege by poverty. The problem, in large part, as Vance explains, is wrapped up in cultural and family decay.” (10/19/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/10/19/hillbilly-elegy-family-civil-society

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30) Is disclosure of Podesta’s emails a step too far?
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein

“Some news organizations, including The Intercept, have devoted substantial resources to reporting on the newsworthy aspects of the archive of emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that was published last week by WikiLeaks. … While the significance of particular stories has been debated, there is no denying that many of those disclosures offer a valuable glimpse into campaign operatives who currently exercise great political power and who, as of January of next year, are likely to be among the most powerful officials on the planet. Despite her agreement with those propositions, the author and activist Naomi Klein believes there are serious threats to personal privacy and other critical political values posed by hacks of this sort, particularly when accompanied by the indiscriminate publication of someone’s personal emails. … Earlier this week, Klein and I discussed her views and concerns about these issues.” [editor’s note: I really need to get to work on the full argument as to why “privacy” is not an ethical value per se – TLK] [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/19/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/19/is-disclosure-of-podestas-emails-a-step-too-far-a-conversation-with-naomi-klein/

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31) Silicon Valley gets government favors — while boosting leftists and blocking conservatives
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“We all know most of the modern Tech World is very, very Leftist. And has been from its mid-1990s inception. Which is ok. But all the while, the relationship between the Tech World and our $4-trillion-per-year Leftist government has grown exponentially. Which ain’t nearly so ok. The harmonic convergence has been the Barack Obama Administration. Which has actually been the Silicon Valley Administration — issuing Tech-favoring crony regulations like a Pez dispenser. Google has been a particular insider favorite. Social media monster Facebook has also all along been deep in the tank for senator-cum-president Obama. Etc, etc, etc. The Silicon Valley is nigh totally a Leftist ideological tar pit.” [editor’s note: There seems to be quite a bit of logic fail going on here to the extent that Motley treats Donald Trump, Milos Yiannopoulos and Mitt Romney as “conservatives” – TLK] (10/19/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/silicon-valley-gets-government-favors-while-boosting-leftists-and-blocking-conservatives/

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32) Colorado — is cannabis REALLY legal?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“My oh my. What’s a cop to do? CBS Chanel 4 in Denver reports that despite marijuana being legal now in Colorado (even for — gasp! Recreational use), the Denver Police are seizing greater and greater quantities of cannabis, and are running out of room to store the evidence. And even worse, the stuff is molding! Obviously, MJ is not really legal in Colorado — not based on this. Only SOME MJ is legal: small amounts. It is as if you were told that ‘you can only have a case or a small keg of beer, only a couple of cartons or cans of tobacco, or only a single weapon.’ And if you have any more, they will (a) steal it from you, (b) arrest you and try you and seek to punish you for this awful crime. Some freedom, eh?” (10/19/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9867

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33) Warming is mild and manageable
Source: USA Today
by Alex Epstein

“Should Chris Wallace ask our presidential candidates about climate change? Absolutely, but only as part of a broader discussion of the role of fossil fuels in America’s energy future. ‘Climate change’ (more precisely, man-made warming) is a side effect of using fossil fuels for cheap, plentiful, reliable energy. To ask candidates to address climate change without addressing the unique benefits of fossil fuels is like asking the candidates to address vaccine side effects without addressing the unique benefits of vaccines. The question Wallace should ask is: ‘Given your assessment of the benefits and risks of fossil fuels, including the effects of warming, what is the right energy policy for America?’ Energy is the industry that powers every other industry. Cheap, plentiful, reliable energy makes possible cheap, plentiful, reliable food, drinking water, sanitation, transportation and housing.” (10/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/19/climate-change-presidential-debate-fossil-fuels-editorials-debates/92386846

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34) Both candidates wrong on Syria
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“The second presidential debate showed the poor choice American voters face in November’s election, at least on foreign policy. That was no clearer than on an issue that has vexed the Obama administration, and which has exposed the shortcomings of the foreign policy establishment’s thinking: Syria. Sadly, for Americans, both candidates’ views on US policy to Syria are misguided and even dangerous.” (10/19/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8901

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35) The special interests behind marijuana prohibition
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mark Thornton

“Prohibition kills a massive number of people in the United States every year. It does help make a few people extremely wealthy, but at the same time, it impoverishes the rest of us. This dire situation is mostly unknown, but it is not due to a simple misunderstanding or lack of knowledge about prohibition. It is because prohibition is nothing but a scam.” (10/19/16)

https://mises.org/blog/special-interests-behind-marijuana-prohibition

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36) Getting beyond the “Buffett rule”
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in America, has always been a bit of a traitor to his class. The super rich, Buffett holds, ought to pay income taxes at a higher rate than average Americans because they have the capacity (and good fortune) to contribute significantly more to our national well-being. Current tax law, Buffett goes on to explain, lets the really rich routinely avoid that responsibility. In fact, as Buffett has famously declared, his secretary pays taxes at a higher rate than he does. Buffett believes in tax fairness. Donald Trump, on the other hand, most certainly does not. .. White House hopeful Trump doesn’t just pay taxes at a lower rate than his secretary. At his debate last week with Hillary Clinton in St. Louis, he essentially acknowledged he regularly pays no federal income taxes at all.” (10/19/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161019/getting-beyond-the-buffett-rule

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37) Top five things to consider before Libertarian Party accepts public funding
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Brett Chanrasekhar

“Though Gary Johnson was unable to reach the 15% cutoff to make the debates this year, there is another important number his supporters are hoping he’ll achieve. By hitting 5%, Johnson will make the Libertarian Party (LP) eligible for public funding for the presidential campaign in 2020. Many principled libertarians, however, are objecting to this, arguing that it would be hypocritical and un-libertarian for the party to accept a welfare check from the government. Prima facie they seem to be correct. Upon deeper examination, however, the issue turns out to be much more complicated: there is justification for accepting the money under limited circumstances. Let’s dive in.” [editor’s note: As Chanrasekhar notes in the second page of this “listicle,” the party isn’t eligible for the welfare check. Its presidential nominees are. Big difference (Chanrasekhar goes right back to pretending it’s the party that gets the money, though) – TLK] (10/19/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/libertarian-party-public-funding/

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38) Toward liberty or imperium?
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Jared Labell

“The belligerence espoused by the Party of Lincoln is frightening, certainly, and nominee Donald J. Trump is a ridiculous parody of the most cartoonish version of the modern GOP. You won’t find any excuses for them here. We should, however, exercise caution before congratulating one another for recognizing a monster in a suit who is vying for power over the lives of others. To a large and growing segment of the electorate, Trump’s buffoonery has managed to persuade them that the prospect of President Hillary Clinton in January 2017 is a sane, rational choice by comparison. But in reality, President Clinton would be the epitome of everything that’s wrong with government, as demonstrated by The New York Times'[s] David Sanger and his inability to comprehend his own reporting.” (10/19/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/toward-liberty-or-imperium/

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39) No, Arizona and Georgia are not “swing states”
Source: The New Republic
by Nathaniel Rakich

“With the Trumperdämmerung upon us, Hillary Clinton is looking to expand the map. Ahead nationally by double digits in some polls, her campaign (and many a political pundit) now believes it can flip a few traditionally red states into her column. On Monday, the campaign announced it would pump $2 million into its Arizona operation and send top surrogates, from Michelle Obama to Bernie Sanders, to the desert. Meanwhile, the YouGov polling model has Clinton pulling into a narrow lead in Georgia, one of only three states it brands a tossup. It’s easy to see why Democrats think they have a shot in these two states in particular. Arizona and Georgia have long hovered tantalizingly just out of Democrats’ reach.” (10/18/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/137865/no-arizona-georgia-not-swing-states

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40) Criminalizing the struggle: Incarceration and the rise of the neoliberal state
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Buhle

“In a memorable documentary film about his life and work, an aging but feisty Harry Belafonte expressed something near exhaustion on one issue: incarceration. The realities of what had happened — under the political leadership of liberals as well as conservatives, although he did not say so — had obviously set back some of the grandest achievements of the civil rights movement, achievements that scarcely anyone had done more, in the world of entertainment or beyond, to make real. What was incarceration? Belafonte (a hero of mine since my childhood) explained: ‘The New Slavery.'” (10/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/19/criminalizing-the-struggle-incarceration-and-the-rise-of-the-neoliberal-state/

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41) Why Obama’s presidency failed
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Remember ‘hope and change?’ That was the slogan that President Obama used to get elected president. Today, eight years later, the slogan only serves as a sad reminder that Americans ended up with no hope or change but instead with nothing more than a failed presidency. On the domestic level, liberals hoped that Obama would finally make the welfare state work — that he would successfully manage the economy by balancing the budget, restoring jobs, growing the economy, and even expanding Social Security, Medicare, education grants, and other welfare-state programs. Alas, those hopes were dashed.” (10/19/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/19/obamas-presidency-failed/

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42) Monetary pollution
Source: Mises Canada
by Bryce McBride

“Some climate scientists, concerned with the warming impact of rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, have proposed that to keep temperatures cool what is needed is more pollution. More specifically, they suggest that more particulate pollution in the upper reaches of the atmosphere would reflect the sun’s radiation back into space and thereby have a cooling effect, as has been demonstrated in the past when large volcanic eruptions have led to years without summers. In a similar way, policymakers across much of the developed world, concerned about rising inequality, are recommending the introduction of a guaranteed minimum income. However, just as it appears senseless to send soot into the air to correct the atmospheric damage wrought by over a hundred years of fossil fuel burning, so too is it senseless to expect easy money for the poor to correct the damage caused by over 30 years of easy money for the banking system and the rich.” (10/19/16)

https://www.mises.ca/monetary-pollution/

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43) Socialism kills more babies than war
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Chelsea Follett

“Recent reports that infants now die at a higher rate in Venezuela than in war-torn Syria were, sadly, unsurprising — the results of socialist economics are predictable. Venezuela’s infant mortality rate has actually been above Syria’s since 2008.” (10/19/16)

https://fee.org/articles/socialism-kills-more-babies-than-war/

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44) When an election damages democracy
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Starr

“One of the great advantages of liberal democracy is the potential for self-correction. If an election works out badly, the next one offers an opportunity to make a better choice, and in the meantime constitutional guarantees keep the winners from abusing their power. But sometimes elections fail so disastrously as to threaten irremediable damage to a society’s foundations. The United States faces that risk this year. Systemically damaging election failure can happen in several ways. Elections may be rigged or manipulated and, even when they haven’t been, the suspicion that they have may impair a new government’s legitimacy and create a constitutional crisis. Elections can fail when they put strongmen in power who have no respect for constitutional norms and threaten democratic institutions. They can fail when the outcome is so dispiriting that people give up on democracy and believe that only an authoritarian government can solve their problems.” (10/18/16)

http://prospect.org/article/when-election-damages-democracy

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45) Assange’s fate
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax — one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals — until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and — most pointedly — the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and — yes! — Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he’s a ‘pawn of the Kremlin’ and a ‘rapist.'” (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/

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46) Why isn’t Donald Trump losing like Barry Goldwater?
Source: The American Conservative
by David Franke

“Goldwater’s problem was an excess of honesty, not recommended for a political candidate. Trump’s problem is his own narcissistic and buffoonish behavior, which plays into the hands of the Democrats and the establishment media (I know, that’s a redundancy). He refuses to take coaching advice, apparently believes in his own invincibility, seems to be as fixated on sex as the media are, and overreacts to every taunt by his opponents rather than sticking to attacking Clinton’s very clear vulnerabilities. Goldwater was a sophisticated political operative by comparison (not to mention a much better man). Yet by this time in 1964, it was apparent that the election results would be disastrous for the candidate and his conservative supporters. And indeed, Goldwater lost the popular vote by 61.1 percent to 38.5 percent, and the Electoral College by a margin of 486 to 52. In contrast, the polls this year show a relatively tight race, one within the normal historic range for a presidential campaign. What gives?” (10/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/why-isnt-donald-trump-losing-like-barry-goldwater/

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47) Three reasons to worried about the Blackstone Group, and their friend, Hillary Clinton
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“Buried among the thousands of John Podesta’s emails released over the last week, you’ll find a short, revealing exchange between Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress and Clinton advisor-in-waiting. ‘I saw Jon Grey [sic] today,’ writes Podesta. ‘We both sang your praises.’ ‘He’s a really good guy,’ she replies. ‘And given he will take over Blackstone, one to develop a real relationship with.’ Podesta and Tanden were talking about Jonathan Gray, the global head of real estate and member of the board of directors of the Blackstone Group, a Wall Street private equity firm that is now the largest single owner of real estate in the entire world.” (10/19/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19564/3-reasons-to-be-worried-about-the-blackstone-groupand-their-friend-hillary

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48) Gary Johnson’s refreshing foreign policy skepticism
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“One of the few appealing aspects of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been his criticism of Hillary Clinton’s reckless interventionism. But the bellicose billionaire combines that criticism with promises of a gratuitous military buildup, a casual attitude toward the use of American weapons, and a disturbing tendency to view trade and immigration as acts of war. To get a sense of what a more disciplined, consistent, and thoughtful critique of Clintonian warmongering sounds like, listen to Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president. Notwithstanding the popular portrayal of Johnson as a foreign policy ignoramus based on his embarrassing ‘Aleppo moments,’ the former New Mexico governor offers a bracing alternative to Clinton’s supposedly sophisticated yet consistently careless embrace of violence as a tool for reshaping the world.” (10/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/19/gary-johnsons-refreshing-foreign-policy

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49) Successful strategy fails
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A dark cloud hangs over tonight’s debate. Not the sex assault scandals. Not the WikiLeaks email apocalypse. Not even the banning of Gov. Gary Johnson from the debate stage. I refer, instead, to the obvious failure of American foreign policy.” (10/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/19/successful-strategy-fails/

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50) “Black Lives Matter has a plantation mentality”
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“There is no comparison,’ [former Black Panther Party Chair Elaine Brown] says. ‘The next wave of young people running out here, who are complaining and protesting about the murders of young black men and women by the police all over the country, they will protest but they will not rise up in an organised fashion, with an agenda, to create revolutionary change … We advocated community self-defence organisations to be formed, so that we would not be assaulted by the police, so that we would bear arms and assume our human rights.’ When it first formed, armed BPP members patrolled Oakland neighbourhoods — in their iconic blue-shirt, leather jacket, black beret combo — to keep an eye on the police. They were caricatured as violent militants, but they were standing up for rights as old as the Constitution itself.” (10/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/black-lives-matter-has-a-plantation-mentality-elaine-brown-black-panthers/

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51) The Tom Woods Show, episode 761
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Some say libertarian views aren’t heard in politics because libertarians don’t vote, so there’s no point in courting them. The real reason tells us much more about politics, voting, and the state.” [various formats] (10/18/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-761-the-real-reason-libertarians-dont-matter-in-politics/

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52) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/19/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Someone hit me on twitter yesterday with the link to an article talking about the current glut of Milk we have here in the U.S. Apparently this listener has been getting emails suggesting this is an example of a market failure. I chuckle at the notion. Certainly, we can point to examples in Russia and Germany where central authority produced far too much of a good and failed to provide enough of another. How does this example in Milk differ from those?” (10/19/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/is-the-milk-glut-an-example-of-a-market-failure/

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53) ObamaCare is unraveling ahead of schedule
Source: Cato Institute
by Josh Blackman

“The Affordable Care Act was never designed to be a permanent solution. Obamacare’s architects predicted that the law’s success would prove the government could be trusted to federalize health care, paving the way for a single-payer system. Reality has not been kind to their best-laid plans: Faced with failing exchanges and fleeing insurers, President Obama has urged Congress to ‘revisit a public plan to compete alongside private insurers.’ Make no mistake: This is not a ‘tweak’ or ‘reform,’ but a grudging admission that Obamacare has unraveled way ahead of schedule.” (10/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/obamacare-unraveling-ahead-schedule

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54) Once more into the breach on Brexit and trade
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The Cabinet has been told that Brexit will be bad for trade, very bad. The problem here is that the sources of this information are the same scaremongering reports that were passed around before the referendum, those reports that were part of Project Fear. And the current precis of them doesn’t include the most important part of the Treasury report, which is the mechanism by which trade makes us richer in the medium to long term. The Cabinet is thus being feed information that is not entirely and wholly true …” (10/19/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/once-more-into-the-breach-on-brexit-and-trade

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55) The cost of downgrading
Source: Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan

“Washington is attempting to hold to its positions without having to start a Third World War, but it looks like an impossible task. Moscow is offering the United States a safe exit in Syria and Yemen. But if they should choose this option, they would be obliged to abandon some of their allies.” (10/19/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193788.html

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/18/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I tried to find a good way to title this episode without it seeming like click bait. Russia is, in fact, moving a fleet of some 14 ships including a nuclear submarine from a port in Severomorsk to its Mediterranean base in Tartus, Syria. While in transit the ships will pass through the English Channel. The move has got the Royal Navy on Alert. It doesn’t look like anyone is worried about a standoff, but it is the latest in a growing list of powerplays all sides are engaged in.” (10/18/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/nuclear-warships-leave-russia-uk-on-alert/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/19/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“M.K. Lords, Michael W. Dean, and Jeremy Henggeler welcome MK back to the show (yet again), MWD announces that BipCoin is alive and well (yet again, again), they play worser and worser with Trump and Hillary, MK brings up the story of Florida Man getting 20 years for shooting at George Zimmerman, MWD bows out for the night to mine BipCoins, and then MK tells of her escape from crazy Florida Woman.” [various formats] (10/19/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12886

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58) Free Talk Live, 10/18/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bill Clinton is a Rapist :: Alex Jones :: Trump a Sociopath? :: Two-Party System :: Forcing Pills on Pets :: Forced Treatment of Humans :: Support Hillary or Get Rounded Up? :: James Cleaveland Acquitted and Annulled :: Coerced Suicide Bombing :: Judge Retention :: Naked Hillary Statue Ruckus in NYC :: Trump :: Idea Men.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/18/16)

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 10/19/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss how a firm understanding of Austrian Economics helps one to understand the folly of current public policy.” [various formats] (10/19/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-importance-austrian-economics/

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60) The problem with Johnson
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

“In my ‘Election Day’ article, I mostly discussed the prospect of a Trump presidency because I didn’t think a Hillary Clinton presidency was even worth mentioning. Even more so with Gary Johnson because he has a better chance of winning a gold medal in women’s figure skating th[a]n becoming president. Still there are many issues that I take with Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party itself. Even if the Libertarian Party doesn’t have a shot in hell of winning the presidency, they should at least make sure that they have the right guy representing their party.” (10/16/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle894-20161016-05.html

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