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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Mass protest demanding end of “dictatorship”
2) Pentagon halts effort to take back signing bonuses paid to National Guard members
3) Clapper: Russia probably not behind Dyn attack
4) Philippines, Japanese pols sign military, economic deals
5) Study discounts myth of “Patient Zero” in US AIDS crisis
6) AR: Former judge’s assistant charged with using government credit card to buy dog tuxedo
7) FBI and Justice Department move to exploit cyber breaches for election power grab
8) Russians conduct nuclear survival drills as Cold War heats up
9) TN: Comcast sues Nashville over Google Fiber law
10) NY: Woman sues KFC because ad showed too much chicken
11) Aides: Republicans may be on verge of losing Senate majority
12) NH: Girl, 7, inserts coin into toy dispenser, gets pills instead
13) Russia unveils super-heavy thermonuclear-armed RS-28 Sarmat in show of nuclear might
14) Israel: Regime charges wedding party for expressing opinions, bearing arms
15) South Africa: Police use stun grenades on student protesters
16) Afghanistan: Regime claims it thwarted attack on Indian consulate
17) Philippines: Duterte wants US troops out “in two years”
18) UK: May warned bankers of Brexit risks before vote
19) AZ: El Caudillo de Maricopa charged with contempt
20) Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) No reason to fear liberty
22) ObamaCare continues its predicted slide
23) Flag follies: Kaepernick, patriotism and the Patriot Act
24) A leaner bear
25) The Senate should refuse to confirm all of Hillary Clinton’s judicial nominees
26) In the battle for Mosul, Syria could be the real loser
27) The Philippines and the US turn to empire
28) Right message, horribly wrong messenger
29) Know how to refuse
30) Backing bunk
31) Why we’re against gender parity
32) After Trump, the deluge
33) Russia-bashing is making the west blind
34) Why blockchain will render gold worthless
35) “McCarthyism,” then and now
36) Trump’s energy adviser doesn’t know how electricity works
37) Military veneration in America
38) The utility of the big “fuck you”
39) United States — reformation or fracture?
40) The triumph of the will
41) The price is right (even when it isn’t agreeable)
42) All of life is a beautiful exchange
43) Election 2016: A plea for understanding
44) How and why politicians exploit Veterans Day
45) Dear liberals: Trump is right
46) When a “tax bonanza” is actually a huge corporate tax break
47) Why the right to free speech needs the right to defense
48) The war against payday lending
49) Was Hillary’s secret plan to attack climate skeptics exposed by Wikileaks?
50) Some truth about Hillary and the hackers
51) Conservatism, free markets, and America’s post Obama economy
52) Naive or just making a point?
53) The Libertarian Angle, 10/26/16
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/26/16
55) Free Talk Live, 10/25/16

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

1) Venezuela: Mass protest demanding end of “dictatorship”
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Anti-government protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela’s capital on Wednesday on the heels of a decision by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election. Tens of thousands of demonstrators shut down Caracas’ main highway, and schools and shops were closed as protesters occupied other key points around the city to demand the ouster of Maduro, who many Venezuelans blame for triple-digit inflation and shortages of food, medicines and other basic goods.” (10/26/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_VENEZUELA_POLITICAL_CRISIS?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-10-26-17-14-46

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2) Pentagon halts effort to take back signing bonuses paid to National Guard members
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The Pentagon is suspending the debt collection program it’s been using to claw back bonuses that were paid to thousands of California National Guard veterans for re-enlisting in the war effort, with Defense Secretary Ash Carter calling the current situation ‘unacceptable.’ Citing his duty to keep promises to service members, Carter said he’s ordering the Pentagon’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service to ‘suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from affected California National Guard members’ until he’s satisfied that the process has become more efficient and fair.” [editor’s note: In other words, until the political storm blows over. If this was for real, he would order it stopped permanently and all received payments refunded within 30 days – TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/26/499443646/pentagon-suspends-effort-to-take-back-bonus-money-paid-to-national-guard-members

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3) Clapper: Russia probably not behind Dyn attack
Source: DoD Buzz

“A non-nation state actor — not the Russian government — may have been behind the recent internet attack that crippled many popular sites across U.S., according to the man who oversees U.S. intelligence agencies. ‘The investigation is still going on; there is a lot of data that we have gathered here, but that appears to be preliminarily the case,’ Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday during a live-streamed discussion organized by the Council on Foreign Relations. The Oct. 21 attack hit the company known as Dyn, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic.” (10/25/16)

http://www.dodbuzz.com/2016/10/25/russia-not-behind-internet-attack/

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4) Philippines, Japanese pols sign military, economic deals
Source: Danbury News Times

“The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Wednesday to cooperate in promoting regional peace and stability, and acknowledged the importance of their alliances with the U.S., although a joint statement focused largely on Japan’s contribution to Philippine maritime security and other projects totaling a 21 billion yen ($210 million) loan. In a news conference, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, after his first round of talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said he expected Japan to continue being an important part of maritime security in the region, including the South China Sea, where Manila and Beijing have overlapping claims.” (10/26/16)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/world/article/Philippine-leader-Duterte-says-he-wants-foreign-10383673.php

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5) Study discounts myth of “Patient Zero” in US AIDS crisis
Source: United Press International

“Using genetic analyses of 40-year-old blood samples, scientists have arrived at a clearer understanding of the introduction and spread in North America of the virus that causes AIDS. One myth already debunked by the research: That there was a ‘Patient Zero’ who somehow caused the epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States. …The new genetic research was published Oct. 26 in the journal Nature and was led by Dr. Michael Worobey, of the University of Arizona. In their study, scientists used high-tech methods to compare the genetic blueprints (genomes) of HIV derived from blood samples dating from the late 1970s. … [Gaetan] Dugas was a French-Canadian who died of AIDS in 1984 and was posthumously blamed as being the HIV epidemic’s so-called ‘Patient Zero’ in later media reports. Based on Worobey’s new work, the truth of the virus'[s] spread in North America appears to differ greatly from the notion that it originated with one infected man.” (10/26/16)

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/10/26/Study-discounts-myth-of-Patient-Zero-in-US-AIDS-crisis/6101477506008/

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6) AR: Former judge’s assistant charged with using government credit card to buy dog tuxedo
Source: Hot Springs Sentinel Record

“The former administrative assistant for the county judge was arrested Tuesday morning on six felony counts alleging fraudulent use of the county’s credit card, including personal purchases for items ranging from Arkansas Razorback tickets to a tuxedo for her dog. Kristi Lyn Goss, 43 …. turned herself in on the charges shortly after 9 a.m. and was later released on $50,000 bond. Four of the counts involve amounts more than $25,000, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and two counts involve amounts more than $5,000, each punishable by up to 10 years, for a total of 100 years if run consecutively.” (10/26/16)

http://www.hotsr.com/news/2016/oct/26/former-assistant-arrested-for-fraud-201/

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7) FBI and Justice Department move to exploit cyber breaches for election power grab
Source: St. Louis Star

“Amongst the many scandals that hit the current U.S. Presidential Elections, the most dramatic and potentially scary one has been the number of cyber security breaches that have come to light over the last six months. With increasing hack attempts in the virtual space and the threat of on ground attacks increasing — the country’s premium security and law enforcement agencies have strategised for months to ensure both, online and offline security on the crucial election day is handled with care.” (10/26/16)

http://www.stlouisstar.com/index.php/sid/248874487

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8) Russians conduct nuclear survival drills as Cold War heats up
Source: Fox News

“Russian authorities have stepped up nuclear-war survival measures amid a showdown with Washington, dusting off Soviet-era civil-defense plans and upgrading bomb shelters in the biggest cities. At the Kremlin’s Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Cold War is back. The country recently held its biggest civil defense drills since the collapse of the U.S.S.R., with what officials said were 40 million people rehearsing a response to chemical and nuclear threats. Videos of emergency workers deployed in hazmat suits or checking the ventilation in bomb shelters were prominently aired on television when the four days of drills were held across the country. Students tried on gas masks and placed dummies on stretchers in school auditoriums.” (10/26/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/26/russians-conduct-nuclear-bomb-survival-drills-as-cold-war-heats-up.html

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9) TN: Comcast sues Nashville over Google Fiber law
Source: CNet News

“Comcast has filed a lawsuit against the mayor and metro government of Nashville, Tennessee, to stop a new ordinance that gives Google Fiber faster access to utility poles. The poles are mostly owned by Nashville Electric Service or AT&T, but Comcast has wires on many poles and has control over how these wires are handled. When Google Fiber wants to attach new wires to a pole, it needs to wait for Comcast to move its wire to make room, and this is where the new ordinance becomes controversial. According to Comcast’s complaint, the ordinance, called Nashville One Touch Make Ready, permits third parties to move, alter or rearrange Comcast’s components without Comcast’s consent and with far less notice than is required by federal laws. For this reason, Comcast asked the court to declare the ordinance invalid and ban Nashville from enforcing it.” (10/26/16)

https://www.cnet.com/news/comcast-sues-nashville-over-google-fiber-law

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10) NY: Woman sues KFC because ad showed too much chicken
Source: Newser

‘A 64-year-old New York widow just wanted some fried chicken; now she’s hoping for a family-size bucket of extra-crispy justice with a side of mashed vindication. The New York Post reports Anna Wurtzburger is suing KFC for false advertising after she bought a $20 bucket of chicken last summer only to find it half full. Her lawsuit states that the commercial for the $20 Fill-Up shows ‘an overflowing bucket of chicken,’ according to Fortune. ‘I came home and said, ‘Where’s the chicken?’ I thought I was going to have a couple of meals,’ Wurtzburger tells the Post. … KFC says its menu clearly states the $20 Fill-Up comes with eight pieces, and that’s exactly what Wurtzburger got. It explained to her that it has to show the bucket overflowing so viewers can see the chicken.’ (10/26/16)

http://www.newser.com/story/233064/disappointed-chicken-lover-wants-20m-from-kfc.html

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11) Aides: Republicans may be on verge of losing Senate majority
Source: Reuters

“The Republican Party’s two-year run in the majority of the U.S. Senate is at serious risk and may well end on Nov. 8, senior congressional aides said on Wednesday, blaming Donald Trump as a drag on down-ballot Republican candidates. With 13 days to go before elections, several Senate aides from both parties privately warned of trouble for Republicans. ‘Things are not good … the Senate is gone,’ said one Republican aide who asked not to be identified in order to candidly discuss the turbulent outlook for the 2016 campaign. Citing polling, the aide said Republicans could lose Senate seats in six battleground states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Missouri.” (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-senate-idUSKCN12Q2D3

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12) NH: Girl, 7, inserts coin into toy dispenser, gets pills instead
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A 7-year-old girl who inserted coins into a toy dispenser at a pizzeria received a plastic capsule filled with medications for blood pressure and kidney stones instead, police said. Rochester police Capt. Jason Thomas said Tuesday that the girl put a quarter into the machine for the third time Friday when it spit out a container that had at least three pills where the toy should have been. ‘I thought it was a sick joke with the drug epidemic going on,’ the girl’s mother, Courtney Jones, told Foster’s Daily Democrat. ‘I thought it was candy made to look like medication.’ But they looked real, and she said she quietly spoke to the manager about it and took the pills to police. Thomas says two of the pills were blood pressure medication; the third was a capsule of medication to treat kidney stones.” (10/26/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Police-7-year-old-girl-gets-pills-not-toy-from-10412990.php

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13) Russia unveils super-heavy thermonuclear-armed RS-28 Sarmat in show of nuclear might
Source: Tucson Post

“Russia declassified its latest missile RS-28 Sarmat aka Satan II, a gigantic thermonuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), marking the country’s preparation to face the western blocks as conflict linked to Syria mounts. The Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau (MRDB) unveiled the image of the new missile that would be available for service by end of 2018.” (10/26/16)

http://www.tucsonpost.com/index.php/sid/248875295

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14) Israel: Regime charges wedding party for expressing opinions, bearing arms
Source: Ynetnews [Israel]

“Thirteen suspects were indicted on Wednesday for incitement and possession of firearms during what has been dubbed as the ‘wedding of hate,’ which saw guests mocking the murder of Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh. Among the defendants are five minors aged 14-17, as well as groom Yakir Ashbal from Yad Binyamin. Another defendant is the wedding singer, Sinai Tor from Ramat HaSharon, who sang a song about building the Third Temple, adding lyrics like ‘The mosque will burn, burn’ and ‘The mosque will explode, explode’ and is accused of inciting and spurring the guests on with his songs. According to the indictment, right-wing activist Daniel Tzvi Moshe Pinner from Kfar Tapuach danced at the wedding with a rifle, while wearing a shirt of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s Kach party that says ‘No Arabs, no terror attacks.’ Pinner is also facing charges of incitement to racism and support of a terror organization.” (10/26/16)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4870466,00.html

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15) South Africa: Police use stun grenades on student protesters
Source: Decatur Herald & Review

“South African police have used stun grenades to disperse student protesters outside parliament, where the finance minister was giving a budget speech. Hundreds of protesters had marched to the parliament building in Cape Town on Wednesday to call for free university education. They burned what they said was a mock wooden coffin for the education minister to show dissatisfaction with the government’s response to their demands.” (10/26/16)

http://herald-review.com/news/world/south-african-police-use-stun-grenades-on-student-protesters/article_04e1c896-5fd2-539b-8613-71f1aae02580.html

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16) Afghanistan: Regime claims it thwarted attack on Indian consulate
Source: Reuters

“Afghan authorities have arrested two men who were planning to attack the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad and seized bomb-making equipment, the National Directorate for Security said on Wednesday. The arrests come at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and after an attack on a police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta this week in which around 60 people were killed.” (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-india-attack-idUSKCN12Q1X7

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17) Philippines: Duterte wants US troops out “in two years”
Source: Washington Post

“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he wanted American troops of his country, perhaps in the next two years, underlining his intention to press ahead with a major realignment of his country’s foreign and security policies. It is not the first time Duterte has made this kind of threat, but his two-year timetable for a U.S. military exit appeared designed to reinforce his break-the-mold message to Washington and neighbors in Asia, particularly powerhouse China. So far, however, his administration has failed to follow through on previous pledges to remove a small contingent of U.S. counterterrorism troops from the southern island of Mindanao or to notify Washington of an end to military exercises.” (10/26/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/philippines-duterte-now-wants-us-troops-out-in-two-years/2016/10/26/32bec8a5-8584-4d95-8e9d-4d7762865055_story.html

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18) UK: May warned bankers of Brexit risks before vote
Source: RTE [Irish state media]

“Theresa May has been accused of ignoring her own ‘dire warnings’ about the consequences of a so-called hard Brexit after a recording emerged of her setting out fears for the economy. The British Prime Minister told investment bankers at an event at Goldman Sachs before the 23 June referendum she was concerned businesses would leave if Britain quit the bloc. She has since said that Britain should have maximum freedom to trade in the single market but not at the expense of immigration controls.” (10/26/16)

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2016/1026/826969-brexit/

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19) AZ: El Caudillo de Maricopa charged with contempt
Source: Mohave Valley Daily News

“The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was charged Tuesday with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge’s order in a racial-profiling case, leaving the 84-year-old lawman in a tough spot two weeks before Election Day as he seeks a seventh term. The U.S. Department of Justice promised two weeks ago that it would prosecute Sheriff Joe Arpaio, but the misdemeanor count wasn’t officially filed against him until U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed it. Arpaio could face up to six months in jail if convicted. A misdemeanor conviction would not bar Arpaio from serving as sheriff.” (10/26/16)

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/news/arpaio-charged-with-contempt/article_c1a32bbe-9b50-11e6-a76e-e71431b54aa5.html

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20) Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships
Source: Daily Star Lebanon

“Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports. Russia’s request to allow its ships to stop on Spanish territory ‘are under review’ while Spain weighs input from its allies and Russian authorities, the foreign ministry said in an e-mail. The ministry said Russian ships have for years made stops in Spanish ports and that permission is granted on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the safety of local residents and the environment. … NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern that the flotilla could take part in Syria air strikes.” [editor’s note: Has anyone called it to Stoltenberg’s attention that HIS ships are taking part in Syria air strikes? – TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-26/378257-spain-under-pressure-to-refuse-refuel-of-russian-warships.ashx

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

21) No reason to fear liberty
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Real liberty can be scary. It feels safer to hand your responsibilities to someone else. Don’t educate your children; hand them over to be schooled instead. Don’t protect yourself and your property; live as a distracted lamb and let the police protect you. Don’t watch yourself and your surroundings as you drive; depend on checkpoints, traffic signs, signals, and laws to catch all the dangerous people so you can drive around in a daze. Don’t think for yourself or observe the world and come to difficult conclusions; let the authorities tell you what they want you to know, and how you should feel about the information you are fed. Feel better yet?” (10/25/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/10/25/mcmanigal-no-reason-to-fear-liberty/

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22) ObamaCare continues its predicted slide
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“All the negatives predicted for Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) are coming to pass. But what would you expect of a program in which the government defines the insurance product that (licensed) companies must offer, sets the terms of coverage, issues strict price rules, subsidizes buyers and sellers — and calls the resulting crazy-quilt scheme marketplace competition? Obviously, when the scheme finally collapses, it is assuredly will not be a market failure. It will yet be another government failure.” (10/26/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/obamacare-continues-its-predicted-slide/

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23) Flag follies: Kaepernick, patriotism and the Patriot Act
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“I could be wrong, but my perception is that the U.S. flag has more militaristic connotations than most. The National Anthem isn’t about the nation, but its flag in a battle. Any ‘insult’ directed at the flag, or political protest involving the flag, is perceived not as an insult to the government, but at servicemen and veterans. And as if the Star-Spangled Banner isn’t enough, children are pressured in public school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to that flag. That’s not my relationship to the flag. I’m American born, but most of my childhood was in Canada. When I saw the flag, I didn’t think about wars that supposedly freed the slaves or ended the Holocaust. I didn’t think about the flag standing for ‘freedom.’ When I saw the flag, I thought of the nation and its people; I thought of home.” (10/26/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/flag-follies-kaepernick-patriotism-and.html

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24) A leaner bear
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Russia is being painted as Enemy No. 1 by Hillary Clinton, despite her predecessor’s mocking of the same notion four years ago, when Republican Mitt Romney said it. Of course, Mrs. Clinton is just using Russia as a distraction from her conspiracies and crimes and inadequacies as revealed by WikiLeaks. What’s more worrying is Russia’s military adventuring, surely. Before we wander into the morass that is foreign policy, maybe we should consider the Russian military itself … and its supporting economy.” (10/26/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/26/a-leaner-bear/

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25) The Senate should refuse to confirm all of Hillary Clinton’s judicial nominees
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the #NoHearingNoVote position, he argued that, given the nation’s polarization and that the next justice could swing the balance of the Supreme Court, this election-year vacancy should be filled by the people’s choice. It was a principled position, but a controversial and risky one. Yet McConnell’s calculus has been borne out. … But the McCain volley, launched while campaigning for embattled Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, is something new: are Republicans really planning to keep that seat empty for four (even eight) years if Clinton wins? (Presumably this would be in a scenario where they keep the Senate; Democrats would surely get rid of the filibuster if it came to that.) Doesn’t that expose their motivations as purely partisan regardless of their high-minded rhetoric?” (10/26/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/the-senate-should-refuse-confirm-all-of-hillary-clintons-judicial-nominees

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26) In the battle for Mosul, Syria could be the real loser
Source: Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi

“Four days after Iraqi government forces and allied Kurdish troops began advancing on the city of Mosul, Islamic State militants launched a surprising counterattack nearly 100 miles away. Dozens of fighters besieged the oil-rich city of Kirkuk before dawn on Oct. 21, setting off gun battles, suicide bombings and sniper attacks. After two days of fighting, most of the assailants were killed, captured or had blown themselves up. Nearly 100 others were also killed, most of them members of the Kurdish security forces. … The surprise attack by Islamic State showed that even while under siege in Mosul, the group could still sow chaos in parts of Iraq far from its strongholds. The offensive also demonstrated that even if it loses Mosul, Islamic State would go back to its roots as an insurgency entrenched in the rural Sunni Arab regions of Iraq — as its predecessor, al Qaeda in Iraq, did after losing several urban areas under its control.” (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mosul-syria-commentary-idUSKCN12Q2AW

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27) The Philippines and the US turn to empire
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to separate from the U.S. Empire provides a good opportunity to review a bit of U.S. history to remind ourselves how it is that the United States abandoned its heritage of limited government and ended up embracing imperialism and interventionism.” (10/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/26/philippines-u-s-turn-empire/

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28) Right message, horribly wrong messenger
Source: USA Today
by Linda Killian

“Donald Trump’s assertions that the election might be rigged and that he will only accept the result if he wins (a supposedly facetious remark) have roiled the news media and political waters. But his overall campaign message that the entire political system is rigged against average Americans is the reason he is still in this race despite his horrible personal behavior and outrageous statements. Even though he is a deeply flawed messenger and not up to the job of being president, his message has resonated with millions of Americans who will still be angry and seeking change after Election Day. For years, I and many others have been warning that American democracy is under threat because our political institutions have become so dysfunctional and our nation so polarized, and because so many millions of independent voters are shut out of the system. This election has revealed it is actually far worse than we believed.” [editor’s note: This speaks to everyone who’s fed up with the Beltway – SAT] (10/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/26/trump-rigged-right-message-wrong-messenger-linda-killian/92642932

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29) Know how to refuse
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“I continue to explore how to live the second half of my life in such a manner as to become the hero of my own existence. One of the secrets is to move far outside my comfort zone in order to test my fears and find new limits on what I am capable of achieving. I’ve been doing this for the last week or so by accepting radio interviews; I’ve done eleven of them in the last 9 days and I have two scheduled for today. Given how retiring my personality and lifestyle are, this is a task to which I must press myself and I almost literally need to screw up my courage each time.” (10/26/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7452

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30) Backing bunk
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“A monetary system that has replaced money with non-redeemable notes that can only enter circulation as a loan is doomed to collapse, and many have warned of that fate regarding our own system of ever-growing debt. Our situation is not unique, however. Governments all over the world have realized the advantage — temporary, of course, of issuing IOUs — never to be paid — and making them, by fiat, a substitute for money. The recent announcements by Russia and China that their currencies were going to be backed by gold might be interpreted as good news, at least for Russians and Chinese. American bankers could hardly rejoice, however, that the ‘dollar,’ backed by nothing, would be competing in world markets with gold-backed bills. There is no advantage in being able to print ‘dollars’ if no one accepts them!” (10/26/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/backing-bunk

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31) Why we’re against gender parity
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The World Economic Forum tells us that true gender parity is going to be some century and a half away. Something we think we’re rather grateful for to be honest. For we strongly disagree with the definitions of parity being used here. The WEF is using definitions which depend upon equality of outcome — and we insist that it is equality of opportunity that matters. No, this is not just some trivial or even philosophic difference, it goes right to the heart of what we want our socio-economic system to offer.” (10/26/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/why-were-against-gender-parity

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32) After Trump, the deluge
Source: The New Republic
by “Primary Concerns”

“This election ends, mercifully, on November 8. The question of what awaits us on November 9 is, at this point, the most important one in politics. It has begun to dawn on Donald Trump and members of his inner circle that he is headed toward defeat — a fact his enablers in the Republican Party have been aware of for a long time. What remains to be seen is how badly Trump will lose, how he’ll cope with defeat, and how Republicans will cope with the repudiation of their party. Will they finally accept the need to reform? Or will they give way even more fully to the extremism, and backlash politics that gave rise to Trump in the first place? Norm Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, co-wrote the book on the Republicans’ dysfunction. He explains why this happened to their party, and what the outlook for their future is.” [editor’s note: I have no idea who wrote this, but the analysis is pretty good – SAT] (10/26/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138157/primary-concerns-episode-34-trump-deluge

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33) Russia-bashing is making the west blind
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“You don’t have to be in love with the bear-riding, shirt-off machismo of Vladimir Putin, let alone the Russian state’s blissful intolerance of its own citizens’ freedoms, to think that there’s something deeply troubling about the incessant Russia-bashing and blaming that now falls too easily from the lips of Western politicians and pundits. Not only does it cloud issues, preventing problems and crises from being seen for what they are, it also inflames tensions, and creates a dynamic in world affairs that is irrational, unpredictable, dangerous even. What’s more, too many seem perfectly comfortable with this animus towards Russia. It has made politicians and commentators almost absurdly one-eyed, which makes sense given the plank in their other eye.” (10/26/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/russia-bashing-is-making-the-west-blind/

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34) Why blockchain will render gold worthless
Source: The Daily Bell
by staff

“More nonsense about gold. It never ceases. Now we are being told that the blockchain itself will erase the value of gold, which has probably existed for 10,000 years or more. The idea here is that the blockchain provides such security that something like gold, with millennia of perceived value is going to be deemed unnecessary.” (10/25/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/why-blockchain-will-render-gold-worthless/

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35) “McCarthyism,” then and now
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The average American, while hardly a Putin groupie, is not lying awake at night worrying about the ‘Russian threat.’ The fate of Ukraine, not to mention Crimea, is so far from his concerns that the distance can only be measured in light-years. And when some new scandal breaks as a result of WikiLeaks releasing the emails of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle, Joe Sixpack doesn’t think ‘Oh, that just proves Julian Assange is a Kremlin toady!’ WikiLeaks is merely confirming what Joe already knew: that Washington is a cornucopia of corruption. The Acela corridor elite, on the other hand, does lie awake at night wondering how they can pull off a regime change operation that will eliminate the ‘threat’ represented by Putin once and for all.” (10/26/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/25/mccarthyism-then-and-now/

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36) Trump’s energy adviser doesn’t know how electricity works
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Yesterday afternoon, the 2016 presidential campaign saw its first substantive debate on questions of climate and energy policy. The candidates themselves were nowhere to be found, but their surrogates (energy advisers Trevor Houser and Congressman Kevin Cramer [R-ND] of the Clinton and Trump campaigns, respectively) were pitted head-to-head in the University of Richmond law school’s Moot Courtroom. In the audience were conscientious law students and (optimistically) dozens of people following along via a sub-C-SPAN-quality livestream. The YouTube video of the debate has fewer than 400 views as of publishing time, including In These Times’ fact-checker.” (10/26/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19578/donald-trumps-energy-adviser-doesnt-know-how-electricity-works

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37) Military veneration in America
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“The veneration of military forces in American culture can be explained in part as appreciation for the forces of coercion that enabled settlers to homestead disputed territories and lands. The military has been a necessary means of expansion and Manifest Destiny, and its veneration became a tradition. This approval was widespread geographically because in many cases the military drew upon militia and upon volunteers. The local support was not for a distant professional armed force but for local people. A dead soldier was not a number but a known and real person; and coming to terms with such deaths included seeing them as heroic. Later on, the draft boards were likewise local.” (10/26/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/10/michael-s-rozeff/military-veneration-america/

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38) The utility of the big “fuck you”
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Paul Bonneau

“One meme that has come out lately is that the Trump voters are sending a big ‘Fuck You’ to Washington DC. There is a lot to this idea; the more the Old Media aka Ministry of Propaganda dump on Trump, the more persistent the Trump voters become. The latest explication of this meme I have seen is here. One has to ask though, what utility such a vote has, in the big picture. For one thing, some folks believe that Trump is really a stealth ‘business as usual’ candidate, and the media attacks are just a ploy to fool the voters again. Listening to his positions on most issues, it’s hard really to argue against that perception. For another, it’s clear that far too many Trump supporters really do believe that Trump can fix America.” (10/23/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle895-20161023-03.html

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39) United States — reformation or fracture?
Source: Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan

“I have no doubt that Mrs. Clinton will be the next President of the United States, or that if Mr. Trump were to be elected, he would be rapidly eliminated. But over the last few months, we have witnessed a large electoral redistribution within an irreversible demographic evolution. The Puritan-based churches now account for only a quarter of the population, and are swinging towards the Democrat camp. Their model looks like a historical accident. It disappeared in South Africa, and will not be able to survive much longer, either in the United States or in Israel. Beyond the Presidential election, US society will have to evolve rapidly or split once again.” (10/26/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193847.html

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40) The triumph of the will
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“For years Republican politicians told us that the People resent government. The voters’ fondest desire, they said, was to loosen the state’s grip on private pocketbooks. Right-wing representatives therefore voted to choke off the flow of revenue in order to starve the beast, curtail state power, and strip away burdensome regulations, thus emancipating the creative genius of the individual. Then came the candidacy of Donald Trump, and suddenly the state was rehabilitated. It would build a wall to shut out immigrants. It would outsmart wily enemies and with sheer business acumen claw back foolish concessions from trading partners. Growth would soon come roaring back, reversing a decade of stagnation. Hostile elements abroad would be dispatched forthwith, yet at the same time the country would somehow be delivered from unwanted foreign entanglements. All wrongs would quickly be righted. America would be great again.” (10/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/triumph-will-0

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41) The price is right (even when it isn’t agreeable)
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Michael Hiltzik ridicules economist Greg Mankiw for defending market prices driven high whenever the supplies of products fall relative to the demands for those products …. Arguing for government prohibitions on significant hikes in the prices of goods and services following natural disasters, Hiltzik acknowledges that such prohibitions cause shortages of staple goods and services and, thus, result in queueing. But Hiltzik is willing to live with this consequence because, in his view, while poor people can’t outbid rich people for higher-priced goods, they at least have as good a chance of getting near the front of the queues as do rich people.” (10/25/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/10/41571.html

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42) All of life is a beautiful exchange
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Marc Guttman

“Though the structures and rigors of school can squelch enthusiasm for learning and creativity, I remember, while cramming for biochemistry tests towards my undergraduate degree in Biology, still marveling at the intricate dramatic events happening within living cells and on their surface membranes and through their ion channels that continuously respond to shifting electrical and osmotic gradients creating the performance of cells’ functions. It was later, during my medical training, that I learned how calcium, sodium, and potassium flowing through their channels in the heart’s nerve and muscle cells rhythmically create cycles of electrical impulses, action potentials, depolarizations, contractions, and repolarizations, that keep our hearts beating and beating in time.” (10/26/16)

https://fee.org/articles/all-of-life-is-a-beautiful-exchange/

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43) Election 2016: A plea for understanding
Source: Jacob ex Machina
by Jacob Lyles

“At the root of political correctness is a desire to care. Caring is noble. Caring makes it nice to be human. This becomes problematic when it gets hijacked by politics. Partisans have a huge incentive to argue that the ideas of the other side aren’t merely wrong, but actively harmful. The American Left has been incredibly successful at making this case against Trump this year, who has done his best to make it easy for them. Politics further corrupts care by limiting it to people on your side. Like the kind peacenik at the coffee shop who told me he would gladly shoot Trump in the head. If you care about political correctness because you care about people, I want you to keep your caring. But I challenge you to expand it.” (10/25/16)

https://jacobexmachina.blogspot.com/2016/10/election-2016.html

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44) How and why politicians exploit Veterans Day
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

“Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. It used to be called Armistice Day. It was a day that remembered the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Armistice Day was a valuable holiday. It constantly reminded people of the biggest mistake that politicians ever made … A world war fought over absolutely nothing! Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly, and so Armistice Day was eventually changed to something the politicians could exploit — Veterans Day.” (10/26/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/how-and-why-politicians-exploit-veterans-day

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45) Dear liberals: Trump is right
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser

“[F]or most liberals, Trump could argue in favor of puppies and kittens, and they’d proclaim that puppies and kittens are out of control and must be exterminated. Because anything Trump says or does is automatically offensive, paranoid, or just plain wrong. Trump said it, ipso facto it is wrong and crazy. However, beyond the superficiality of liberal talking points there lies a dirty secret, a specter haunting the dreams of the corporate liberal collective mind: sometimes Trump is right.” (10/26/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/26/dear-liberals-trump-is-right/

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46) When a “tax bonanza” is actually a huge corporate tax break
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“There is a push underway for a huge corporate tax break from the next administration. Multinational corporations owe more than $720 billion in taxes on profits stashed in tax havens. They are proposing to bring those profits back if the government lets them pay only a fraction of what’s owed. This is being sold as a ‘tax bonanza’ to pay for infrastructure. Actually it’s a ‘tax-break bonanza’ for corporations. Don’t be bamboozled.” [editor’s note: I’m not sure who Dave Johnson thinks does the rebuilding of infrastructure; normally, it would be one of those evil corporations getting the “tax breaks” – SAT] (10/25/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161025/when-a-tax-bonanza-is-actually-a-huge-corporate-tax-break

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47) Why the right to free speech needs the right to defense
Source: Students For Liberty
by Zoe Callaway

“College students are waging a war against the First Amendment, but, while this is frightening, it may be of more concern that Washington is waging a war against the Second Amendment. If you care about the former, you must care about the latter. The elimination of Second Amendment rights will not protect citizens from gun violence, but it will act as a first step in restricting or eliminating First Amendment rights.” [editor’s note: Unfortunately, Callaway gives away free speech in her second paragraph when she asserts that it doesn’t extend to “obscene” speech, also known as “speech that some people don’t like and are looking for an excuse to suppress” – TLK] (10/26/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/26/right-free-speech-needs-right-defense/

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48) The war against payday lending
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Lee

“In June of 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) put forward a proposal to regulate the short-term loan industry. The Small Dollar Lending Rule seeks to ‘alleviate and solve’ for the ‘apparent weaknesses’ of the current rates and short-term lenders by requiring ‘lenders to assess and verify a borrower’s income, housing costs, and credit and legal obligations.’ The intention of the proposal is to protect low-income families from being caught in an endless cycle where many are ‘forced to take out another loan to make ends meet.’ At first glance, it seems that the rule would solve problems in an industry known for its ‘dirtiness.’ Except policymakers are thinking with their hearts while sitting in their air-conditioned offices, away from the facts and any form of interaction with the real world of short-term loans.” (10/26/16)

https://mises.org/blog/war-against-payday-lending

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49) Was Hillary’s secret plan to attack climate skeptics exposed by Wikileaks?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Ron Arnold

“On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wikileaks released a series of emails sent between Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, and the infamous ‘social change’ media activist, David Fenton. The emails revealed a $3 million plan to attack the Wall Street Journal and Fox News Channel to put them ‘on the defensive’ about their realistic climate stand. The goal was to scare conservative politicians into supporting new government global warming rules and bans. The series of emails WikiLeaks hacked from Podesta’s account shows that David Fenton thanked Podesta for a meeting on February 19, 2015. Fenton and sent him two emails documenting their conversation.” (10/26/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/was-hillarys-secret-plan-to-attack-climate-skeptics-exposed-by-wikileaks/

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50) Some truth about Hillary and the hackers
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“People ask me, ‘Do you think it was the Russians who hacked Hillary?’ I tell them that I have no idea who did it, but, ‘Yeah, sure, it could have been the Russians. Given the lack of security on her server, however, it could also have been the teenager down the street.’ Hillary’s server was more or less wide open. Given enough motivation and a bit of time, any reasonably technical person could have stolen those emails. In the words of one specialist, Hillary’s server was ‘total amateur hour.’ How that happens for a Secretary of State (or a President) is a rather serious question.” (10/25/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/truth-hillary-hackers/

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51) Conservatism, free markets, and America’s post Obama economy
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

“Regardless of who becomes America’s forty-fifth president in January 2017, the new chief executive and Congress will face considerable social, foreign policy, and economic challenges. That’s true of any president and legislature. The economic problems, however, will especially be formidable: not, we hope, because of something akin to the financial crisis that confronted President Obama upon assuming office, but because of long-term difficulties for which minor policy tweaks won’t be a sufficient response.” (10/26/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/10/26/conservatism-free-markets-america%E2%80%99s-post-obama-eco

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52) Naive or just making a point?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I call it naive, but we know that there are many people who DO believe that such human miracles can happen: that if they just say the right ‘magic words’ that the federal income tax will vanish in a puff of Nazgul-generated smoke. That if they can just submit the precisely-worded petition at the right time to the right people, that the politicos will repent and the laws and the bureaucracy will reform and the thugs will back off. And that if enough people wave Occupy or Black Lives Matter signs, that the criminals will stop all the nasty things that they are doing. Right. History shows that is virtually never going to happen.” (10/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9930

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 10/26/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the recent actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in denouncing the role of the U.S. in Philippines’ history and severing ties with the U.S. military.” [various formats] (10/26/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-philippines-divorces-u-s/

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/26/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Chandler St. Pierre, Randy England, Jeremy Henggeler, and Michael W. Dean yak about the conservative plan to elect and impeach Trump, a ‘MWD Was Wrong!’ segment about him forgetting to follow through on a buried lead (while burying a lead), how Sammytown is better than G.G. Allin, Black Sabbath/Black Sabbath/Black Sabbath, the Freedom Feens iPhone app, Chandler sees Steve Albini’s band Shellac, MWD leaves to do Bip things, and Chandler introduces Jeremy and Randy to LibertarianInstitute.com.” [various formats] (10/26/16)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12941

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55) Free Talk Live, 10/25/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Psychopaths :: Lack of Empathy :: Malheur Occupation Trial Update :: SubClinical Psychopaths :: Ricky Breaks Up Heroin Ring? :: Drinking and Driving :: How Psychopaths Work :: Identifying Psychopaths :: TJ :: Dealing With Psychopaths :: Cody Meets a Psychopath :: Speed Dips :: Libertarians and Psychopaths.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/25/16)

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