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In the News:

0) Updated: One lucky (or maybe just attentive!) RRND/FND reader wins a prize …
1) Chinese firm issues US recall after massive cyberattack
2) Carter promises to resolve cases for National Guard soldiers ordered to repay bonuses
3) Report: US DoJ to charge cop who murdered Eric Garner
4) Afghanistan: Taliban use drone to film suicide attack
5) Iceland: Political party of anarchists, libertarians, hackers, and computer geeks to take power
6) Report: AT&T has been spying on Americans with secret Project Hemisphere
7) Clapper: Getting North Korea to give up nukes “probably a lost cause”
8) Report: Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal
9) TN: Timberlake’s voting selfie may have broken the law
10) Study: Medical cannabis has no appeal to kids
11) ND: Dakota Access pipeline protesters set up camp in project’s path for first time
12) Norway: Radioactive leak reported
13) Judge approves $15 billion penalty on Volkswagen for fooling bureaucrats
14) Warning: Your iPhone can get hacked just by opening a JPEG image, PDF or font file
15) ME: Artist dressed as tree arrested for traffic-blocking performance
16) A “jester” outpaces US government at retaliatory hack on Russia
17) France: Demolition of Calais “Jungle” camp begins
18) Elon Musk just shared his ambitious four-step plan for colonizing Mars with a million people
19) Somalia: Al Shabab claims attack on African Union base
20) South Korea: Park apologizes over speech scandal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The role of the Outlaw in the betterment of society
22) Whether you know it or not, you are a tax slave
23) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 48
24) ABA rejects report on Trump’s frivolous lawsuits, fearing a frivolous lawsuit
25) Silent coup
26) Is the US at war? Sorry, that’s classified
27) ObamaCare: Things fall apart
28) Is banning gambling ads censorship? You bet
29) The right is giving up on democracy
30) Feds once again threatening states over REAL ID; states need to stand their ground
31) Hillary Clinton’s abuse of women
32) Stop vote shaming: Going for third parties is not a “white privilege”
33) What went wrong with democracy?
34) Get your priorities straight, Trump fans
35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/25/16
36) Precedents for Hillary
37) The luxury of opting out of this election
38) Open data projects are fueling the fight against police misconduct
39) The state giveth and the state taketh away
40) Libertarians shouldn’t dream of Hillary’s common market
41) Tom Hayden always rocked the boat
42) How federal regulations hiked EpiPen prices
43) Who’s responsible when your DVR launches a cyberattack?
44) Rise of the American mercenary
45) Silicon Valley’s nasty war on voters
46) Fear laundering: An elaborate psychological diversion and bid for power
47) Bitcoin and its blockchain are driving the solar energy boom
48) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 80
49) The bad economics behind Monopoly
50) Union workers stand against corporatist AFL-CIO & LIUNA
51) Voting for the lesser of two evils is absurd on its own terms
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/25/16
53) Free Talk Live, 10/24/16
54) The latest excuse for the drug war
55) The left blatantly violates election law, and will get away with it

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0) Updated: One lucky (or maybe just attentive!) RRND/FND reader wins a prize …
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1) Chinese firm issues US recall after massive cyberattack
Source: USA Today

“A Chinese electronics maker has issued a recall for millions of products sold in the U.S. following a massive cyberattack that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix for many U.S. users, but has lashed out at critics who blamed its devices. Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology said in a statement that customers failing to change their default passwords resulted in millions of web-connected cameras and digital recorders becoming compromised.” (10/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/10/25/chinese-firm-issues-us-recall-after-massive-cyberattack/92712642/

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2) Carter promises to resolve cases for National Guard soldiers ordered to repay bonuses
Source: Washington Post

“Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter promised Tuesday to resolve the cases of thousands of Army National Guard soldiers who were ordered by the Defense Department to repay bonuses they received to enlist in the military. … An estimated 10,000 soldiers with the California Army National Guard were told they had to pay back enlistment bonuses of at least $10,000 to $15,000 each because they were improperly issued during the height of the Pentagon’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the issue probably extends to other states, defense officials acknowledged Monday. The California cases, first reported Saturday by the Los Angeles Times, are tied to a criminal investigation in which soldiers unknowingly accepted bonuses from recruiters that were not authorized.” (10/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/10/25/pentagon-chief-promises-to-resolve-cases-for-national-guard-soldiers-ordered-to-repay-bonuses/

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3) Report: US DoJ to charge cop who murdered Eric Garner
Source: New York Post

“Washington-based federal prosecutors are planning to charge NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo with civil rights violations in the 2014 death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a law enforcement source told The Post on Tuesday. ‘It’s going to happen sooner than later,’ the source said. ‘Washington wants to indict [Pantaleo],’ who was accused of putting Garner in a fatal chokehold banned by the police department. Attorney General Loretta Lynch approved the plan after federal investigators in Brooklyn were replaced by their D.C. counterparts because they didn’t want to bring charges in the case, the source said.” (10/25/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/10/25/justice-department-to-charge-cop-in-death-of-eric-garner/

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4) Afghanistan: Taliban use drone to film suicide attack
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack. The 23-minute video shows a suicide bomber ramming a Humvee into a military base in volatile Nawa district, triggering a mushroom cloud of flames and smoke and razing the entire compound. With pro-Taliban poems playing in the background, the video reported Tuesday by the US-based SITE Intelligence group shows a turban-clad bomber in front of a Humvee, hugging fellow fighters before he departs.” (10/25/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/afghan-taliban-drone-film-suicide-attack-105846912.html

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5) Iceland: Political party of anarchists, libertarians, hackers, and computer geeks to take power
Source: The Free Thought Project

“In a country continuing to shirk the ordinary, Iceland’s Pirate Party — an amalgamation of anarchists, libertarians, and hackers, who want to ban digital surveillance — is predicted to win the country’s national elections this Saturday. This collection of free-thinkers have upturned the traditional Western political paradigm and hopes to use online public polls to shape governmental policy and end all Internet spying. Although the Pirate Party formed just four years ago, its popularity has skyrocketed — most likely for unconventional tactics aligning loosely with libertarianism — the promotion of privacy rights and personal freedoms, and simultaneous shrinking of Big Government.” (10/25/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/iceland-pirate-party-win-elections/

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6) Report: AT&T has been spying on Americans with secret Project Hemisphere
Source: Raw Story

“The Daily Beast has released a report that details extensive surveillance administered by AT&T. The program, called Project Hemisphere is reportedly able to search through trillions of phone call records and can also analyze users’ metadata. AT&T used the program to help the US government keep tabs on American citizens and the news comes just days after the company announced that it was merging with Time Warner. Project Hemisphere was first detailed in 2013 by the New York Times as a “partnership” between the communication company and the government. Its purpose was allegedly a tool in the war on drugs — to keep tabs on narcotics, Salon reports.” (10/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/shocking-new-report-reveals-att-has-been-spying-on-americans-with-secret-project-hemisphere

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7) Clapper: Getting North Korea to give up nukes “probably a lost cause”
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. policy of trying to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons ‘is probably a lost cause’ and the best that could be hoped for is a cap on the country’s nuclear capability, the Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday. However, underscoring conflicting views in the Obama administration, the State Department said U.S. policy was unchanged and continued to be to seek the ‘verifiable denuclearization’ of the Korean peninsula. President Barack Obama has repeatedly stated that the United States will never accept North Korean as a nuclear-armed state. Clapper made clear at an event at the Council on Foreign Relations think tank in New York he did not think that the policy the administration has stuck to, in spite of repeated North Korean nuclear tests, was realistic.” (10/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-clapper-idUSKCN12P2L7

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8) Report: Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The International Energy Agency says that the world’s capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal. The IEA says in a new report that last year, renewables accounted for more than half of the increase in power capacity. The report says half a million solar panels were installed every day last year around the world. In China, it says, there were two wind turbines set up every hour. Renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydro are seen as a key element in international efforts to combat climate change. At this stage, it is the capacity to generate power that has overtaken coal, rather than the amount of electricity actually produced.” (10/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37767250

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9) TN: Timberlake’s voting selfie may have broken the law
Source: USA Today

“He had the best of intentions. But when Justin Timberlake took a selfie inside a voting booth in Memphis, Tenn., encouraging young people to vote early, he actually may have broken a law. Timberlake, who owns property in Nashville, was promoting early voting, and posted his Instagram photo with the following message: ‘Hey! You! Yeah, YOU! I just flew from LA to Memphis to #rockthevote !!! No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too. If not, November 8th! Choose to have a voice! If you don’t, then we can’t HEAR YOU! Get out and VOTE!’ What’s wrong with that? Well, taking photos inside voting booths is prohibited in the state, where a new law, which took effect in January, forbids Tennesseans ‘from using the device for telephone conversations, recording, or taking photographs or videos while inside the polling place.’ The crime is a misdemeanor, with a penalty that could include up to 30 days in jail and $50 fine.” [editor’s note: Now I am REALLY wishing I’d been able to locate my phone in pocket the other day – SAT] (10/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2016/10/25/justin-timberlakes-voting-selfie-may-have-broken-law/92728472

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10) Study: Medical cannabis has no appeal to kids
Source: Smell the Truth

“Legalization opponents may have lost their strongest argument against medical marijuana. A recent study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that kids living in states with legal medical marijuana are not more likely to use pot, reports WebMD.com. ‘The laws seem to be working as expected with little unintended consequences for youth and young adults to date,’ said study lead author Dr. Silvia Martins, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The study reviewed the results of annual national surveys gathered between 2004 to 2013, which included 53,800 people over the age of 12. Study authors found no change in the marijuana use of people age 26 and under in states that have passed medical marijuana laws, including Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island.” (10/25/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/10/25/medical-marijuana-has-no-appeal-to-kids-study-finds

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11) ND: Dakota Access pipeline protesters set up camp in project’s path for first time
Source: Fox News

“American Indians and others who oppose the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline have set up a new camp on private land in North Dakota, moving their long-running protest directly in the project’s path for the first time. Many of those gathered at the encampment Monday vowed they would stay put until the four-state pipeline is scrapped. The group erected tents and teepees over the weekend, arguing that the land, which was recently purchased by the pipeline development company, rightfully belongs to Native Americans under a more than century-old treaty. ‘We never ceded this land,’ Joye Braun, a protest organizer, said. But the local sheriff’s office called it trespassing.” [editor’s note: Headline could also read, “Fox News breaks mainstream media blackout of coverage of event” – SAT] (10/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/10/25/dakota-access-pipeline-protesters-set-up-camp-in-projects-path-for-first-time.html

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12) Norway: Radioactive leak reported
Source: USA Today

“A small amount of radioactive iodine leaked from a nuclear reactor in Norway before it was contained, authorities said Tuesday. The leak at a reactor at the Institute for Energy Technology about 70 miles from Norway’s capital Oslo was caused by a technical problem that occurred when its fuel was being treated, Norway’s Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) said in a statement. The leak started Monday at 1:45 p.m. local time (7:45 a.m. ET) but was only revealed Tuesday.” (10/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/25/radioactive-leak-reported-norway/92713466/

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13) Judge approves $15 billion penalty on Volkswagen for fooling bureaucrats
Source: Houston Chronicle

“A federal judge in San Francisco has approved a nearly $15 billion court settlement of most claims against Volkswagen for its emissions-cheating [sic] scandal. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer signed the order Tuesday approving the largest auto-scandal [sic] settlement in the nation’s history. Volkswagen admitted last year that about 475,000 VWs and Audis with 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines were programmed to cheat [sic] on emissions tests. Under the settlement, owners of the affected cars have until Sept. 1, 2018, to decide whether to have the car fixed or repurchased. Volkswagen could start buying back the cars as early as next month if the owner submits a claim.” (10/25/16)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Judge-approves-Volkswagen-emissions-settlement-10283809.php

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14) Warning: Your iPhone can get hacked just by opening a JPEG image, PDF or font file
Source: The Hacker News

“What’s worse than knowing that innocent looking JPEGs, PDFs and font files can hijack your iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Yes, attackers can take over your vulnerable Apple’s iOS device remotely — all they have to do is trick you to view a maliciously-crafted JPEG graphic or PDF file through a website or an email, which could allow them to execute malicious code on your system.” (10/24/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/how-to-hack-iphone.html

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15) ME: Artist dressed as tree arrested for traffic-blocking performance
Source: New York Daily News

“Maine police couldn’t see the art for the trees. A Portland artist was arrested Monday after he covered himself in evergreen boughs and walked in the middle of a busy downtown intersection. Asher Woodworth, 30, described the stunt was a work of performance art meant to highlight the ways people move by showing an unexpected roadblock. ‘It’s bringing attention to the everyday dances that we’re doing,’ he told the Daily News Tuesday. ‘We’re executing certain socially construed choreographies that we often take for granted.’ … The dancer and choreographer was charged with obstructing a public way. He was released from a Portland jail after posting $60 bail.” (10/25/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/maine-artist-dressed-tree-arrested-blocking-traffic-article-1.2844310

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16) A “jester” outpaces US government at retaliatory hack on Russia
Source: Idaho Statesman

“A self-described ‘guy in a jingly hat’ claims to have beaten the U.S. government to the punch and retaliated against Russia for a series of recent hacks. The American hacker, known as @th3j35t3r, or The Jester, hacked the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday night and posted a rambling message addressed in English to: ‘Comrades! We interrupt regular scheduled Russian Foreign Affairs Website programming to bring you the following important message.'” (10/24/16)

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/nation-world/world/article110138757.html

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17) France: Demolition of Calais “Jungle” camp begins
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The dismantling of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais has begun as its inhabitants leave by coach for other parts of France. A group of workers started to demolish unoccupied tents and shacks by hand, according to reporters at the scene. About 2,000 migrants left voluntarily on Monday, and hundreds more have followed on day two of the clearance. The Jungle has become a key symbol of Europe’s migration crisis, housing some 7,000 residents in squalid conditions.” (10/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37759032

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18) Elon Musk just shared his ambitious four-step plan for colonizing Mars with a million people
Source: Business Insider

“[T]he SpaceX CEO outlined his plan to colonize Mars on September 27, including how his Interplanetary Transport System of rockets, spaceships, fuel pods, and other crucial components would get the job done. Still, the full presentation at the International Astronomical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, barely scratched the surface. On Sunday, Musk logged onto Reddit to let his most discerning fans squeeze more details about the plan from him during an ‘Ask Me Anything’ Q&A session.” (10/25/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-mars-colony-details-reddit-2016-10

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19) Somalia: Al Shabab claims attack on African Union base
Source: ABC News

“A suicide truck bomber struck an African Union base in central Somalia on Tuesday, and extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber detonated the explosives-laden vehicle at the gates of the base in Beledweyne town where soldiers from Djibouti are stationed, said Somali police officer Ahmed Ali. Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu-Musab, the al-Shabab military spokesman, said the attack targeted the Djiboutian base in retaliation for ‘immorality and massacres’ he said were committed by the troops, which are part of the African Union force fighting the extremists in Somalia.” (10/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suspected-extremists-attack-african-union-base-somalia-43036855

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20) South Korea: Park apologizes over speech scandal
Source: USA Today

“South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye publicly apologized Tuesday after local media reported that some of her key speeches were informally edited by her former assistant. The apology came a day after the JTBC TV network said that Choi Soon-sil received dozens of speeches before Park delivered them. Choi, the daughter of Park’s mentor Choi Tae-min and the former wife of Park’s former secretary Chung Yun-hoi, has no government job and might have meddled in state affairs, local media reported.” (10/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/25/south-koreas-president-apologizes-over-speech-scandal/92712724/

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

21) The role of the Outlaw in the betterment of society
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Both jokers (e.g. modern political comedians) and Outlaws puncture the pomposity of power. But the joker (think modern political comedian) is an insider, a member of the team. If he goes ‘too far,’ the powers within the walls can silence him. And what do you know? These days the jokers tend to skewer the loyal opposition more than the kings and queens themselves; guess they know who signs their meal tickets. Not so the Free Outlaw. The Outlaw’s ability to threaten the comfort of the princes goes beyond merely making them objects of derision. It reaches, ultimately, to the ability to topple them and their watchtowers. And although Outlaws can be arrested (think Manning) or isolated (think Assange), discredited (think those who tried to show what really happened at Waco) or scorned, we can’t easily be controlled. And unlike the paid joker, there are millions of us. More every day.” (10/25/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/10/25/the-role-of-the-outlaw-in-the-betterment-of-society/

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22) Whether you know it or not, you are a tax slave
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“[Frederick Douglass’s] owner gave him leave to go out on his own, to find employment where he could, and to pocket the pay he received for such work, except that each month he had to pay his master a fixed sum for his freedom. Douglass worked in the shipyards of Baltimore, caulking ships. Aside from his rental payment for his own body, he lived as he wished, subject to his income constraint. He found his own housing, acquired his own food and clothing, and so forth, just as a free wage worker would have done. It strikes me that this practice has much in common with the situation in which an ordinary private person finds himself in any modern country today. The person is in general at liberty to arrange his own employment, spend his earnings as he pleases, acquire his own food and housing, and so on, except that he must pay a rental for this personal liberty, which takes the form of a portion of his earnings that must be paid to the various governments that collect income and employment taxes in the jurisdiction.” (10/25/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/10/25/whether-you-know-it-or-not-you-are-a-tax-slave/

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23) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 48
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“To vote or not to vote, that is the question. What’s the answer? What’s in the News with stories on the Backpage CEO being arrested, marijuana vs. violent crimes, government secrecy patents, and Julian Assange, and an Ancap App segment on updates to Cell411 and a cool new product that works with it. And be sure to hang out through the end of the show to hear about my November contest that everybody can enter to win a prize pack!” (10/25/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/vote-not-vote-edition-tlf048/

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24) ABA rejects report on Trump’s frivolous lawsuits, fearing a frivolous lawsuit
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Troubled by Donald Trump’s use of litigation to suppress criticism, the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law commissioned a report on the Republican presidential nominee’s speech-related lawsuits. The author of the article, First Amendment lawyer Susan Seager, concluded that Trump’s abuse of the legal system ‘provides a powerful illustration of why more states need to enact anti-SLAPP laws to discourage libel bullies like Trump from filing frivolous lawsuits to chill speech about matters of public concern and run up legal tabs for journalists and critics.’ Underlining Seager’s point, the ABA declined to publish her report because officials there worried that Trump might respond with a frivolous lawsuit.” (10/25/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/10/25/aba-rejects-report-on-trumps-frivolous-l

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25) Silent coup
Source: LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead

“Unaffected by-elections. Unaltered by populist movements. Beyond the reach of the law. Say hello to America’s shadow government. A corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country, this shadow government represents the hidden face of a government that has no respect for the freedom of its citizenry. No matter which candidate wins the presidential election, this shadow government is here to stay.” (10/25/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/10/john-w-whitehead/silent-coup/

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26) Is the US at war? Sorry, that’s classified
Source: Reuters
by Jason Fields

“U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are engaged in ‘kinetic warfare’ (military jargon that means that bullets are flying) all over the world. So, the United States is at war, right? Legally, no. And no in a lot of other ways, too. There’s no draft; only 1 percent of the population is in the military. The government isn’t levying special taxes or issuing bonds to pay for the fighting. And all of this ‘war’ — drone strikes, Special Forces deployments, air strikes and aircraft carrier deployments — is happening with very little public scrutiny, critics charge. Rosa Brooks, a former Pentagon staffer and author of ‘How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon,’ argues that U.S. citizens and lawmakers should shake off fears of appearing unpatriotic to challenge the U.S.’s unchecked, unilateral and covert military activities abroad. If that doesn’t happen soon, the United States may have to pay for the dangerous example it’s setting for powers like Russia and China, she says.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-war-college-brooks-podcast-idUSKCN12P2EH

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27) ObamaCare: Things fall apart
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“In 2009, I described (the then notional, yet to be passed into law) ObamaCare as ‘[g]overnment feeds you to the insurance companies, while simultaneously feeding the insurance companies to you. The state takes home a doggie bag.’ Which is about the size of it, and I was far from the only person who noticed and warned that the plan not only wouldn’t work, but COULDN’T work, if the goal was reducing costs and increasing access to health care. Artificially increasing demand relative to supply can only have the opposite effects.” (10/25/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8114

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28) Is banning gambling ads censorship? You bet
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“Companies should be free to advertise their products unless there is a seriously good reason not to — and no such problem has been demonstrated. Most of those who gamble do so at a level that amounts to harmless entertainment. Given the pitifully low levels of excitement in England football matches recently, anything that can add a bit of spice to proceedings is to be welcomed. But most of us recognise that, in the long run, gambling is a mug’s game: the house (almost) always wins. Meanwhile, something much more important is being lost: the right to free speech. By banning adverts, the government is deciding for us what we can and cannot see.” (10/25/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/is-banning-gambling-ads-censorship-you-bet/

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29) The right is giving up on democracy
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The single most ominous thing that Donald Trump said in all three presidential debates was a misguided attempt at a quip: ‘I’ll keep you in suspense, okay?’ Moderator Chris Wallace, of course, had posed what would normally be the ultimate softball question for any presidential candidate: Would he accept the results of the election? And even after all his rhetoric about the ‘rigged’ election, even with his increasingly urgent warnings about voter fraud, Trump’s answer came as a jolt. Because it happened in a debate, not during one of his rabble-rousing rallies, it felt like an official declaration that the GOP presidential nominee was prepared to incite a legitimacy crisis rather than accept that he’s lost to a woman. As always with Trump, the temptation is to interpret this apostasy through the lens of individual psychology. The diagnosis is easy enough: By discounting the election results beforehand, Trump was preemptively assuming the role of a sore loser, exhibiting an irresponsible peevishness all too characteristic of his runaway narcissism and his sexism — and bringing the yahoos of the Republican base along with him.” (10/24/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138019/right-giving-democracy

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30) Feds once again threatening states over REAL ID; states need to stand their ground
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security once again ramped up its sabre-rattling routine, threatening that residents in states that have not complied with REAL ID will not be able to use their driver’s licenses to board aircraft beginning in 2018. States should ignore the DHS bluster, stand their ground and continue their refusal to implement this unconstitutional national ID program.” (10/25/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/25/feds-once-again-threatening-states-over-real-id-states-need-to-stand-their-ground/

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31) Hillary Clinton’s abuse of women
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Liberals are shocked — shocked! — over Trump’s supposed sexual assaults on women and his braggadocio about his sexual exploits with women. Liberals and the mainstream press are voting for Hillary Clinton because, they say, no man who mistreats women in that way is qualified to be president of the United States. Well, except for one big thing that seems to escape the liberal eye, including all those mainstream press pundits who, week after week, publish their editorials and op-eds denouncing Trump for his abuse of women. What is that one big thing? All the women that Clinton has abused in the Middle East with the undeclared wars of aggression that she, President Obama, President Bush, and other liberals and conservatives have waged in the Middle East for the past 25 years.” (10/25/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/25/hillary-clintons-abuse-women/

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32) Stop vote shaming: Going for third parties is not a “white privilege”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jay Stooksberry

“Understandably, a Trump presidency should raise eyebrows for those who value civil liberties — such as those who ponder the logistics of deporting 11 million immigrants or how one goes about banning an entire religious group. Trump’s casual embrace of some rather troubling policy positions should give any sensible person pause. However, by applying the same logic used when leveraging the ‘white privilege’ article, it is apparent that those who are voting for Clinton are actually enabling some of the most damning examples of white privilege. Furthermore, only third party candidates, such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, offered principled stances on a number of these very same issues — ones that would theoretically reverse the effects of white privilege.” (10/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/stop-vote-shaming-third-parties-are-not-a-white-privilege/

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33) What went wrong with democracy?
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Can Donald Trump and the populist leaders of Europe do us some good? They do what populists have always done: play on fears, especially of those not defined as ‘our’ people; exaggerate social breakdown; identify centrist and liberal governments as out of touch and corrupt, and point to a cosmopolitan, snobbish and self-interested elite with no respect for ‘the people.’ This is their time. But could they also help, even unwittingly, the societies they aspire to govern? Most of the research suggests not. A recent study from Harvard (not an institution loved by populists) contends that in both the United States and Europe, the 1970s shift away from class politics in rich countries to ‘post-material values’ sparked a cultural backlash, especially among white, older, less-educated men (call them the ‘WOLEMs’) who ‘actively reject the rising tide of progressive values, resent the displacement of familiar traditional norms, and provide a pool of supporters potentially vulnerable to populist appeals.'” (10/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-populists-idUSKCN12L0A9

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34) Get your priorities straight, Trump fans
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jonathan Bain

“We all saw the anger and outrage displayed over [Colin] Kaepernick. But curiously enough, the political right, with the exception of a few Congressmen and Senators, has shown little to no outrage over Trump’s scandals. These are the same people that were protesting Target a year ago for their policy regarding transgender individuals and their bathroom usage, and also have been hammering away at Hillary Clinton for the many sexual scandals that her husband has been involved in. The party of morals, ethics and, traditional family values is now making excuses for a man who said of a ten-year-old girl, ‘I’m gonna be dating her in 10 years.'” (10/25/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/25/get-priorities-straight-trump-fans/

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35) The Jason Stapleton Program, 10/25/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’m seeing stories and social media posts coming out of Texas talking about voter machines changing votes from Trump to Hillary. My initial reaction was, ‘Of course they are!’ but the skeptic in me says to be wary of these types of stories. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Trump started talking about the idea of voter fraud last week and now we see stories of people on social media claiming it happened to them. I’m not saying it’s a lie; I’m just saying I’m suspect. We’re also going to discuss the recent article that exposed AT&T’s spying program. It turns out AT&T has been selling information to the government. No warrant, no oversight, just a company collecting information on its customers and then giving it to anyone who wants to pay for it. That and so much more today on the show.” [various formats] (10/25/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/are-the-polls-really-rigged/

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36) Precedents for Hillary
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“While there is much to be said against Donald Trump, and I’ve said some of it, the sheer unlikability and … distastefulness … of Hillary Clinton is … precedented. Historically, she reminds me of two past Republican presidential candidates: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994) and James G. Blaine (1830-1893).” (10/25/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/25/precedents-for-hillary/

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37) The luxury of opting out of this election
Source: In These Times
by James Thindwa

“In the 40 years that ‘In These Times’ has spoken truth to power, few topics have generated more spirited discussion among its readers and writers than how the Left should relate to the Democratic Party: whether to challenge the neoliberal establishment from within or to build a competing political structure from without. This is an old debate, but carries more relevance and urgency today than ever, given the rise of a neofascist Republican presidential nominee. A core mission of left movements is to promote the interests of working-class and marginalized communities. Yet for many such communities, this debate is far removed from everyday realities. People whose livelihoods can turn with an election don’t have the luxury to wait for a messianic third party (or a political revolution, for that matter) to rescue them.” (10/25/16)

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

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38) Open data projects are fueling the fight against police misconduct
Source: The Intercept
by Alice Speri

“Most police misconduct goes unreported, particularly in less extreme cases and in more disenfranchised communities, but complaints filed with police departments and civilian review boards, as well as lawsuits, can point to significant histories of abuse tied to specific officers and precincts. In most cases, however, a citizen who becomes the victim of police abuse has next to no way of knowing if that officer is a repeat offender or has a history of targeting certain people, say, or sexual harassment. … Even though cities spend millions in public funds to settle lawsuits filed against officers, the public has little access to what the settlements reveal about problematic officers and precincts. Meanwhile, the officers themselves rarely face consequences and often return to the streets quickly, their histories shielded in anonymity. But that situation is beginning to change — as a growing number of police accountability groups are starting to bypass the departments by aggregating and distributing misconduct history databases on their own.” (10/25/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/10/25/open-data-projects-are-fueling-the-fight-against-police-misconduct/

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39) The state giveth and the state taketh away
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Do you trust the United States government? Believe it or not, there are fools out there that still do. Unfortunately, many of these fools get suckered into military enslavement (I call it enslavement as opposed to service or employment because an individual who enters the military voluntarily cannot later leave voluntarily and the contract they sign is entirely one sided). Why? For some it’s because they believe the military allows them to serve their country (and that serving a country is noble). For others it’s because they’re out of employment options and need the cash, which is why the State often offers enlistment bonuses. But there is no honor amongst thieves.” (10/25/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/10/25/the-state-giveth-and-the-state-taketh-away/

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40) Libertarians shouldn’t dream of Hillary’s common market
Source: Mises Canada
by Tho Bishop

“Unfortunately we have seen a long history of libertarians praising the EU, largely based on the grounds of ‘open trade.’ While the idea of ‘open trade’ is praiseworthy in theory, the phrase isn’t synonymous with ‘free trade’ in reality — just as the label of ‘fair trade’ isn’t the same as ‘free trade,’ even though free trade is itself fair. Instead, open trade is actually managed trade, with government’s coming together agreeing on shared rules in regards to subsidizes, regulation, taxes, and other forms of government intervention. This is why Murray Rothbard was an outspoken critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement, noting that ‘genuine free trade doesn’t require a treaty.'” (10/25/16)

https://www.mises.ca/libertarians-shouldnt-dream-of-hillarys-common-market/

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41) Tom Hayden always rocked the boat
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“In 2013, Tom Hayden (who died on Sunday at 76 from complications related to a stroke he suffered a year-and-a-half ago while investigating fracking and oil drilling in California) donated his archives to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. The 120 boxes of material include more than 22,000 pages of his FBI files, the result of the agency’s 15-year surveillance of Hayden. … Throughout his remarkable career, Hayden was both a prophetic voice and a political strategist, a rare combination. No single figure embodied the spirit of the generation that came of age in the 1960s more than Hayden. As the author of The Port Huron Statement (the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which called for a new grassroots movement against segregation, poverty, and war), Hayden is often described as a ’60s radical. But while Hayden was a legendary and historic figure of that era, he continued his activism throughout his life.” [editor’s note: This may be a bit too worshipful for some readers, but it does outline Hayden’s efforts pretty well – SAT] (10/24/16)

http://prospect.org/article/tom-hayden-always-rocked-boat

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42) How federal regulations hiked EpiPen prices
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“Mechanical engineers have been working on auto-injectors for 50 years and the technology is not particularly complicated. The devices should be sold for less than $20 apiece, based on production costs. That is probably about how much they would cost if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an over-the-counter version or a ‘behind the counter’ version pharmacists could dispense without a doctor’s prescription. The price of a generic drug is much lower than the original when there are several competitors. Moreover, over-the-counter drugs often cost 95 percent less than when sold only by prescription. Greater access could save lives by making epinephrine more easily accessible.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (10/25/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26641

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43) Who’s responsible when your DVR launches a cyberattack?
Source: The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell

“There might be an alternative to government action: Perhaps an individual or a company could sue manufacturers of faulty devices directly for their negligence. Steve Rubin, a cybersecurity lawyer at Moritt Hock & Hamroff, says the legal framework for such a suit may already exist in tort and contract law. A manufacturer would be in breach of contract, for example, if it sold a product it claimed was safe but that wasn’t. A civil suit against a manufacturer for leaving its products vulnerable to botnets would take a ‘smart and creative lawyer,’ said McAndrews. ‘They would be in uncharted territory.’ Without some sort of legal risk for device manufacturers that put out faulty and dangerous machines, the lawyers agreed, it could be very hard to raise the standard of internet-of-things security. (Of course, for attorneys who specialize in cybersecurity, more internet-security regulations usually means more work.)” (10/25/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/10/whos-responsible-when-your-dvr-launches-a-cyberattack/505322/

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44) Rise of the American mercenary
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has asserted several times, and quite vociferously, that there will be ‘no American ground troops in Syria’ if she is elected president in November. While the definition of ‘ground troops’ is flexible, there is a second reality that very few people are talking about in Washington today. Not unlike the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — where private military contractors fed, trained, equipped, and protected U.S. military forces ‘on the ground’ in unprecedented numbers — an escalation of hired security forces in a hot spot like Syria would likely boost the presence of U.S. ‘boots’ without causing the political heartburn of putting more actual soldiers and Marines in harm’s way. In fact, it may already be happening.” (10/25/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rise-of-the-american-mercenary/

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45) Silicon Valley’s nasty war on voters
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Two years ago, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to resign because it had been reported that he had given $1,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure approved by California voters that prohibited same-sex marriage. (Later the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality.) Now Silicon Valley activists are targeting Peter Thiel, because the controversial venture capitalist and a board member for Facebook donated $1.25 million to a super PAC that supports Donald Trump. Those of you who wonder why there is so much division in American politics need look no further than Silicon Valley. … Ellen Pao, a co-founder of Project Include, which is supposed to promote diversity in the tech world, said Thiel’s big donation prodded her group to sever ties with tech incubator Y Combinator, where Thiel is a part-time partner.” (10/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/10/25/silicon-valleys-nasty-war-on-voters-n2236619

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46) Fear laundering: An elaborate psychological diversion and bid for power
Source: CounterPunch
by Hiroyuki Hamada

“Fear is the key word for this presidential election. There is the fear of the Republican candidate Donald Trump as we all know. But I also think there is another fear. It’s the fear of accepting what this country has become. Martin Luther King Jr. accurately described the US government as ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.’ As a result, he wasn’t only killed physically, but his legacy as an anti-imperial revolutionary was also put to death. He was systematically demonized before the killing and his determination to confront the imperial war machine was subsumed (in effect whitewashed) by his image as a great civil rights leader. … A half century later, the US wields over 1000 military bases across the globe while over half of the federal tax goes for military spending. Currently it engages in eight wars.” (10/25/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/25/fear-laundering-an-elaborate-psychological-diversion-and-bid-for-power/

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47) Bitcoin and its blockchain are driving the solar energy boom
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Julio Gil-Pulgar

“Thanks to Bitcoin and blockchain technology, peer-to-peer (P2P) trading of solar energy is now possible. For example, EcoCoin designed a blockchain-based platform to allow P2P trading of solar and other renewable assets. As a result, the EcoCoin team won the 2016 International Energy Hackathon.” (10/24/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-blockchain-solar-energy-boom/

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48) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 80
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by Shane Buell. Herein we discussed the Medicine Tribe Festival, reaching to the supporters of election losers, cancelling Sirius/XM, roving festivals, plans for SeedsFest 2017, Trump’s claim of accepting the election results only if he wins, the timing of planting freedom seeds, and more!” [various formats] (10/24/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-80-carnival-of-freedom/

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49) The bad economics behind Monopoly
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“Among [Henry George’s] followers was a woman named Elizabeth Magie. She believed that George’s land value tax plan was the solution to economic woes, and she wanted to bring this idea to as many people as she could. To do this, she developed The Landlord’s Game. This board game intended to demonstrate the horrors of land accumulation and rent, and to illustrate the benefit of George’s Single Tax Plan. The original game, patented in 1904, closely resembles the modern game of Monopoly, that would later evolve out of it. Players started in a square that said ‘Labor Upon Mother Earth Produces Wages.'” (10/25/16)

https://mises.org/blog/bad-economics-behind-monopoly

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50) Union workers stand against corporatist AFL-CIO & LIUNA
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Glitterbomb

“Turtle Island (or as the illegal immigrants renamed it, North America) has a long and storied history of labor activism. After the Civil War, the nation saw a rise in union activity. With the fight for the eight hour workday, libertarians, socialists, communists, and anarchists alike joined together to fight for working class liberation. Eventually the state and their corporate backers decided to shut them down by passing legislation to limit union activity, the biggest example of which was the Wagner Act. Signed into law by Franklin Roosevelt, it helped create the National Labor Relations Board and with it, a formalized bureaucratic complaint system. It also gave some minor perks to compliant union leadership while outlawing the labor movement’s best tactics such as secondary strikes.” (10/25/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46702

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51) Voting for the lesser of two evils is absurd on its own terms
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“Voting in the presidential election is irrational, but voting for the lesser of two evils is the most irrational. This reality is easy to discover. However, a quick look at the polls proves that most Americans have not figured it out. Thus, the current presidential election features two candidates with historically low favorability ratings, and one of them is all but certain to win on November 8 anyway. While the #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary movements are quite robust, the #NeverEither movement has to yet to take hold. Why is that? The answer, of course, is that we are all supposed to vote for the lesser of two evils, or LOSE (lesser of some evils).” (10/24/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/voting-for-the-lesser-of-two-evils-is-absurd-on-its-own-terms/

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/25/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean, Jim Jesus and Angela Keaton wash the government of their hands by talking about redemption, Amanda Knox, Sammy, Mark, Demolition Man, virtue signaling, people who boycott the Freedom Feens, how it’s hella punk rock to do your sound check during the first song, how Steve Jobs is still making Michael’s life hard from beyond the grave, and the Freedom Feens’ guide to bringing joy-joy feelings to everyone you meet.” [various formats] (10/25/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12918

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53) Free Talk Live, 10/24/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Venezuela Coup? :: Bipcoin and Ross Ulbricht :: Monero vs Bipcoin :: Hotel Regulations and AirBNB :: Obama and Native Americans :: More on Venezuela :: Beneficent Dictatorships and Monarchy vs Democracy :: Manwich for King :: Accurate Words :: Secession :: Right.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/24/16)

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54) The latest excuse for the drug war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“I have maintained for years now in all of my articles on the drug war that it is a monstrous evil that has ruined more lives than drugs themselves and that the costs of drug prohibition far outweigh any possible benefits. The latest excuse for the drug war has not changed my mind. The latest excuse for the drug war is the scourge of fentanyl.” (10/25/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/latest-excuse-drug-war/

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55) The left blatantly violates election law, and will get away with it
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jim Lakely

“Heartland friend James O’Keefe dropped his third video today (and he promises more) exposing corruption in the election process. It contains a confession from long-time Democratic operative Bob Creamer — husband of sitting Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) — that he and others at lefty political action committees (PACs) are communicating directly with Hillary Clinton and the DNC to coordinate their activities against Donald Trump. You may think this is no big deal, that it happens all the time, but it’s actually against the law.” [editor’s note: I’m sure it’s only “the left” which breaks election laws. “The right” would never dream of it. Derp – TLK] (10/24/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/the-left-blatantly-violates-election-law-and-will-obviously-get-away-with-it/

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