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In the News:

1) Jury acquits leaders of Malheur wildlife refuge standoff
2) Obama commutes sentences of 98 inmates
3) France: Activists accused of setting fires to stop refugee camp’s breakup
4) US FCC gang claims to have arrogated authority over ISP privacy practices to itself
5) Wikileaks: Released memo reveals how Bill Clinton profited from the Clinton Foundation
6) Hacked emails show Clinton aides surprised at 2015 revelations
7) ND: Using pepper spray and bean bags, police attack pipeline protesters
8) Cruz’s SCOTUS remark draws White House criticism
9) Russia: LinkedIn may be banned for not complying with data localization law
10) US: Regime charges 61 over India-based impersonation scams
11) PA: Sub teacher fired after berating student who protested pledge
12) Julian’s alive: Assange makes live phone appearance at computer conference
13) India: Regime claims Pakistani diplomat arrested at Delhi zoo was spy ring kingpin
14) Jerusalem: Restorers uncover alleged burial slab of Jesus for first time in centuries
15) Chinese hackers win $215,000 for hacking iPhone and Google Nexus at Mobile Pwn2Own
16) Researchers: Amateur hackers probably caused Internet meltdown
17) Images reveal crashed Mars lander
18) Former Islamic State sex slaves awarded Europe’s top human rights prize
19) US to confiscate assets of Venezuelans involved in PDVSA corruption scandal
20) Google puts the brakes on Fiber and plans for layoffs
21) EU-Canada trade deal: Belgians break Ceta deadlock
22) US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time; usual pro-Castro suspects whine
23) FL: Homes with fascist campaign signs vandalized with fascist paint
24) Juror replaced in Oregon standoff trial amid bias concerns
25) Democratic Party takes GOP to court on voter intimidation claims

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Hillary’s anti-transparency bargain
27) The virtue of selfies-ness: Libertarians fight for free speech at the ballot box
28) What happened to the FBI?
29) The best case for Trump isn’t
30) Why the ruling class likes crime
31) FBI: The “Fix Be In”
32) Should America pardon the US national security state?
33) This Maine initiative could shake up the two-party system
34) Dump the Electoral College!
35) “You have no right to” vs “you shouldn’t”
36) Obama’s silence on crypto could set the stage for bad policies to come
37) “Underbanked” report shows need for postal banking
38) Gun grabbers like Hillary are only as big a threat as we allow them to be
39) The bottomless ignorance of Donald Trump
40) Trump’s clear-eyed approach to foreign policy
41) In a post-truth election, clicks trump facts
42) Bitcoin is the blockchain’s killer application
43) When CIA and NSA workers blow the whistle, Congress plays deaf
44) The future of the Dakota Access Pipeline
45) The Great Chain of Contempt
46) The Donald and the turn against democracy
47) Free Kelsey Osborne!
48) Free college is a REALLY stupid idea
49) Oakland’s voters should stop soda tax
50) Learn how to shift blame? I don’t think so …
51) The left’s Fed Up makes a naked power grab for control of the Fed
52) The American election through English eyes
53) Crystal clear agreements: Enduring subordination
54) Populism is not an ideology
55) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/26/16
56) Abolishing the police state can be a point of common interest between Black Lives
57) What is the goal of the progressive movement: To gain power or to give it away?
58) Sex and the presidential city
59) Free Talk Live, 10/26/16
60) Entrepreneurship, the market economy and human betterment

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

1) Jury acquits leaders of Malheur wildlife refuge standoff
Source: Seattle Times

“In a thorough defeat for federal prosecutors, jurors on Thursday acquitted the leaders of a standoff at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon of conspiracy and possession of firearms at a federal facility. Neal Wampler, one of the defendants, called the acquittals a ‘stunning victory for rural America.’ The verdicts followed a five-week trial of the group who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.Standoff leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five others were charged with conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the refuge.” (10/27/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/verdict-near-in-malheur-wildlife-refuge-standoff-trial/

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2) Obama commutes sentences of 98 inmates
Source: The Hill

“President Obama has commuted the sentences of 98 inmates, the White House announced Thursday. It was Obama’s eighth round of commutations this year, bringing him to a total of 872 since taking office — more than the past 11 presidents combined. He’s commuted the sentences of 688 inmates this year alone. Obama has eclipsed Calvin Coolidge, who commuted 773 sentences, but has yet to beat Woodrow Wilson, who holds the record with 1,366 commutations, according to P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist tracking the data.” (10/27/16)

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/303125-obama-commutes-sentences-of-inmates

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3) France: Activists accused of setting fires to stop refugee camp’s breakup
Source: Fox News

“French police are investigating claims that British anarchists [sic] and activists sympathetic to migrants in Calais Jungle lit raging fires there in an effort to prevent the camp’s dismantling. The fires injured several migrants and burned down parts of the camp. Arson attacks began as early as Tuesday evening and intensified overnight, destroying makeshift shops and tents at the entrance of the squalid camp, according to police. Between 150 and 200 migrants including Afghans and Syrian had to be evacuated, among whom a dozen of minors, as the blaze spread.” [editor’s note: The use of “anarchist” here is defamatory of course; no true anarchist would do this – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Anarchists oppose the state and that is their sole defining characteristic. Not only is is possible to do that and be an anarchist, it was almost certainly the case here – TLK] (10/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/27/anarchists-accused-setting-raging-fires-in-french-jungle-to-stop-refugee-camps-breakup.html

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4) US FCC gang claims to have arrogated authority over ISP privacy practices to itself
Source: CNet News

“There’s a new cop on the internet privacy beat. In a 3-2 vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission passed new rules that for the first time gives the agency the authority to police internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, who share customers’ sensitive personal information with third parties, like advertisers. In what many consider to be the strictest set of online privacy rules, the FCC’s new rules will require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before they can use or share ‘sensitive’ personal information.” (10/27/16)

https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-adopts-controversial-online-privacy-rules/

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5) Wikileaks: Released memo reveals how Bill Clinton profited from the Clinton Foundation
Source: Vanity Fair

“A new cache of hacked e-mails, released Wednesday by WikiLeaks, is shedding new light on how Bill Clinton made millions of dollars while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state, and raising questions about whether there may have been conflicts of interest between foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and the former president’s personal business. In one 2011 memo written by Doug Band, a longtime aide to Bill Clinton, Band explains how he worked for years to raise $46 million for the Foundation through the Clinton Global Initiative, while also leveraging his relationships with corporate sponsors to secure lucrative speaking arrangements and consulting gigs for the former president.” (10/27/16)

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/10/bill-clinton-foundation-wikileaks-emails

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6) Hacked emails show Clinton aides surprised at 2015 revelations
Source: Reuters

“Two aides in charge of running Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were taken aback as news broke in March 2015 of Clinton’s use of private email for her work as U.S. secretary of state, according to stolen emails published on Thursday by WikiLeaks. The late-night exchange between Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, and John Podesta, the campaign chairman, happened within hours of the New York Times breaking the news that Clinton exclusively used a private email account in a way that may have broken records rules. ‘Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?’ Podesta wrote to Mook at 10:27 p.m. on the night the Times story appeared online, according to an exchange published by WikiLeaks. A few hours later, at 1:32 a.m., Mook wrote back: ‘Nope. We brought up the existence of emails in research this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.'” (10/27/26)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-emails-idUSKCN12R2LY

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7) ND: Using pepper spray and bean bags, police attack pipeline protesters
Source: Boston Globe

“Law enforcement officers wearing riot gear and firing bean bags and pepper spray on Thursday ousted protesters from a camp on private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Hundreds of armed state and local police and National Guard — some on foot and others driving trucks, military Humvees and buses — began the operation at midday and slowly enveloped the camp, arresting more than a dozen protesters who refused to leave.” [editor’s note: I’ve read several versions of this story, all of which say the camp was on “private land” without identifying an owner or specifying that the owner had complained. I won’t be surprised if the pipeline company stole this land using eminent domain and is now pretending to “own” it – TLK] (10/27/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/10/27/police-begin-arresting-pipeline-protesters-north-dakota/CLdX6lS1Ae4Wtssuji6vKO/story.html

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8) Cruz’s SCOTUS remark draws White House criticism
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sen. Ted Cruz’s suggestion of an indefinite Supreme Court vacancy under a President Hillary Clinton raises questions about the credibility and integrity of Republicans who have said the next president should get to the choose who fills the vacancy, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest was asked during Thursday’s White House press briefing about the Texas Republican’s statement that there is a long historical precedent for a Supreme Court operating with fewer justices. Earnest replied that the notion of opposing any nomination put forward by a Democratic president would be inconsistent with longstanding Senate tradition. He said historically that the Senate has evaluated candidates based on their merits.” (10/27/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Ted-Cruz-s-Supreme-Court-remark-draws-White-House-10418166.php

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9) Russia: LinkedIn may be banned for not complying with data localization law
Source: The Hacker News

“The world’s largest online professional network LinkedIn could face a ban in Russia after the company has failed to comply with a Russian data localization law that compels companies to keep data on Russian users in their country. If you are not aware, LinkedIn is the only major social network which is not banned in China, because the company agreed to cooperate with the Chinese government and remove controversial content. However, LinkedIn could be the first social network in Russia to be blocked by the Russian state’s federal media regulator, called Roskomnadzor, for not complying with the rules.” (10/26/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/russia-linkedin-ban.html

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10) US: Regime charges 61 over India-based impersonation scams
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Justice Department charged 61 people and entities on Thursday with taking part in a scam involving India-based call centers where agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration and other federal officials and demanded payments for nonexistent debts. The scam, which had operated since 2013, targeted at least 15,000 people who lost more than $300 million. Twenty people were arrested in the United States on Thursday, while 32 individuals and five call centers in India have been charged, the department said in a statement. The defendants, including 24 people across nine U.S. states, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.” (10/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-fraud-idUSKCN12R1TI

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11) PA: Sub teacher fired after berating student who protested pledge
Source: Raw Story

“A substitute teacher has been dismissed after she angrily berated a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at his Pennsylvania high school. Via Patheos, local news station ABC 27 reports that an American student of Bosnian descent last week refused to stand during the Pledge at the Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Admir, the student in question, regularly sits during the Pledge in protest of America’s foreign policy in the Middle East. However, this did not sit well with a substitute teacher who presided over his class on Friday, as she reprimanded him for refusing to stand and told him that ‘maybe you would just like to leave the country’ if he continued to refuse. … The school district has now announced that the substitute teacher has been removed from the classroom and won’t be coming back.” (10/27/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/teacher-gets-her-comeuppance-after-berating-student-who-exercised-right-to-protest-the-pledge

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12) Julian’s alive: Assange makes live phone appearance at computer conference
Source: The Daily Express [UK]

“Julian Assange has killed off rumours he is dead with a live telephone appearance at a computer conference yesterday. Conspiracy theories had flooded the internet over whether he had died or been taken into custody since Mr Assange went quiet after being stripped of his internet access in the Ecuadorian embassy around two weeks ago. … a video showing Mr Assange making a lengthy telephone call in to the Conferencia Internacional de Software Libre in Argentina yesterday, has emerged online. Just a photograph of Mr Assange was shown as he spoke about Wikileaks'[s] recent publication of around 50,000 leaked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta. He accused Mrs Clinton’s team of being responsible for his internet being cut off.” (10/27/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/725803/Julian-Assange-alive-Wikileaks-Argentina-computer-conference

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13) India: Regime claims Pakistani diplomat arrested at Delhi zoo was spy ring kingpin
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“India says it will expel a Pakistani diplomat it accuses of being the “kingpin” of a spy ring, after his arrest on Wednesday outside the gates of the Delhi zoo, where police allege he was planning to meet Indian contacts he had recruited. … Police said the official, named as Mehmood Akhtar, and two Indians also arrested were carrying forged documents, lists of army officers stationed at the India-Pakistan border and maps showing Indian troop deployments. Akhtar, who reportedly worked in the visa section of Pakistan’s high commission, has been released by police in line with agreements on diplomatic immunity, but has been declared persona non grata.” (10/27/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/27/india-to-expel-pakistani-diplomat-arrested-outside-delhi-zoo

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14) Jerusalem: Restorers uncover alleged burial slab of Jesus for first time in centuries
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“The burial slab that many Christians believe once held the body of Jesus Christ has been uncovered by scientists for the first time in centuries. The original surface was exposed during the restoration work being done at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, according to the National Geographic. Until then, marble had encased the slab since at least 1555 AD. … Christian tradition says Christ’s body was laid on a slab cut from a limestone cave after his crucifixion by the Romans more than two thousand years ago.” (10/27/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3877188/Burial-slab-Jesus-uncovered-time-centuries.html?ITO=1490

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15) Chinese hackers win $215,000 for hacking iPhone and Google Nexus at Mobile Pwn2Own
Source: The Hacker News

“The Tencent Keen Security Lab Team from China has won a total prize money of $215,000 in the 2016 Mobile Pwn2Own contest run by Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) in Tokyo, Japan. Despite the implementation of high-security measures in current devices, the famous Chinese hackers crew has successfully hacked both Apple’s iPhone 6S as well as Google’s Nexus 6P phones.” (10/27/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/hacking-team-pwn2own.html

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16) Researchers: Amateur hackers probably caused Internet meltdown
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Some have worried that the massive cyberattack that disrupted the Internet on Friday was the work of Russian government-backed hackers, politically motivated hacktivists or sophisticated cybercriminals. But researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been carried out by amateurs who haunt a popular hacking forum. … Other experts agree with Flashpoint’s assessment. ‘I think they are right. I don’t believe the Friday attackers were financially or politically motivated,’ said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at cybersecurity firm F-Secure. ‘It was such an untargeted attack, it’s hard to find a good motive for it. So, kids.'” (10/27/16)

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-tn-cyberattack-hackers-20161026-story.html

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17) Images reveal crashed Mars lander
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The European Space Agency has tried hard to avoid using the words ‘crash’ or ‘failure’ about its attempted Mars landing but the fate of the spacecraft is cruelly exposed in new pictures. The Schiaparelli lander is seen in greater detail than ever before, lying on the Martian surface. It is well within its intended landing zone but obviously unable to function. The images, gathered by Nasa, could provide important new clues about what went wrong. They show a dark patch around the capsule — a possible hint that a fuel tank exploded — and the indication is that the impact gouged out a crater 50 cm deep.” (10/27/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37788444

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18) Former Islamic State sex slaves awarded Europe’s top human rights prize
Source: United Press International

“The European Parliament has awarded the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Lamiya Aji Bashar, Yazidi survivors of sexual slavery by the Islamic State. … The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought recognizes individuals who fight intolerance, fanaticism and oppression to defend human rights and freedom of expression. It is named in honor of Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, and has been awarded annually since 1988.” (10/2/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/27/Former-Islamic-State-sex-slaves-awarded-Europes-top-human-rights-prize/7811477570304/

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19) US to confiscate assets of Venezuelans involved in PDVSA corruption scandal
Source: PanAm Post

“US federal prosecutors are prepared to bring charges against Venezuelans involved in corruption in state oil company PDVSA, and to seize property that would offset the money lost by the US in the scandal. Three anonymous sources close to the case told Bloomberg that the US government has been investigating at least a dozen Venezuelans.” (10/26/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/10/26/us-will-confiscate-assets-of-venezuelans-involved-in-pdvsa-corruption/

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20) Google puts the brakes on Fiber and plans for layoffs
Source: CNN Money

“If you’ve been waiting for Google to bring high-speed Internet to your city, don’t hold your breath. Google Fiber is pausing its expansion into new markets, losing its top executive and planning a round of layoffs. It is the clearest signal yet that the ambitious effort may be on life support. Craig Barratt, the CEO of Access, the division that includes Fiber, announced the changes along with his decision to step down in a blog post late Tuesday. ‘In the cities where we’ve launched or are under construction, our work will continue,’ Barratt said. But for additional cities that were in talks to receive Google Fiber, ‘we’re going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches.'” (10/26/16)

http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/26/technology/google-fiber-cuts/

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21) EU-Canada trade deal: Belgians break Ceta deadlock
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Belgian political leaders have reached a consensus in support of the Ceta trade deal between the EU and Canada, Prime Minister Charles Michel has said. He said ‘an agreement’ was found after the latest round of negotiations with Belgium’s French-speaking communities who had been holding up the deal. A signing ceremony on Thursday was cancelled after the region of Wallonia vetoed the agreement. … French-speaking Wallonia, a staunchly socialist region of 3.6 million people, had been leading objections to the deal, demanding stronger safeguards on labour, environmental and consumer standards. But after the latest round of marathon talks, Mr Michel tweeted: ‘All parliaments are now able to approve by tomorrow at midnight. Important step for EU and Canada.'” (10/27/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37788882

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22) US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time; usual pro-Castro suspects whine
Source: Washington Post

“The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America’s economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed. The U.S. was joined in abstaining by Israel, the only other country to vote against the embargo resolution in the General Assembly last year. … Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez from New Jersey, the son of Cuban immigrants, tweeted that the U.S. decision not to defend the ‘long-standing, bipartisan, human rights-based US law … is shameful.’ Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted that the act that imposed sanctions on Cuba ‘isn’t a ‘failed policy’ … (and) is the law of the United States, which should always be defended and upheld.'” [editor’s note: It’s not complicated: If you support the embargo, you support the Castro regime. Period. – TLK] (10/26/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/us-abstains-in-un-vote-on-cuba-embargo-for-the-first-time/2016/10/26/0bcf3cbc-9bf3-11e6-b552-b1f85e484086_story.html

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23) FL: Homes with fascist campaign signs vandalized with fascist paint
Source: Gainesville Sun

“Nazi swastikas were painted on campaign signs, a garage door and walkway, and a vehicle at two homes near Westside Park sometime Tuesday night. Ronnie Sartain was surprised to see Gainesville police cars outside his home when he woke up Wednesday. Outside he found a purple swastika about five feet tall painted on his garage door, another on the walkway from the street to his front door, and another on a Trump yard sign. GPD had been on the look out for vandalism after responding to another complaint nearby from a man who found his truck and Trump yard sign had been painted with swastikas.” (10/26/16)

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20161026/homes-with-trump-signs-vandalized-with-swastikas

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24) Juror replaced in Oregon standoff trial amid bias concerns
Source: Idaho Statesman

“A judge overseeing the trial of Ammon Bundy and six others accused in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge dismissed a juror Wednesday after his impartiality was questioned by a fellow juror. U.S. District Judge Anna Brown replaced the juror with an alternate, and deliberations were placed on hold until Thursday so the woman could travel from central Oregon. Jurors who had been deliberating for days must start over, setting aside any conclusions they may have already drawn.” [editor’s note: That juror should never have been seated in the first place — he or she was a former employee of the Bureau of Land Management, an agency directly involved in the case – TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.idahostatesman.com/latest-news/article110576127.html

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25) Democratic Party takes GOP to court on voter intimidation claims
Source: Bloomberg

“The Democratic National Committee asked a judge to block the Republican Party from supporting efforts to discourage minorities from voting based on Donald Trump’s claims that the presidential election is ‘rigged.’ In a preemptive strike against what it called a coordinated effort to intimidate voters, the Democratic Party’s governing body alleged Wednesday that the Republican National Committee is violating a court order in a case that started 35 years ago. The RNC is supporting Trump’s recruitment of so-called watchers at polling places, which is in breach of consent decrees going back to 1982 that forbid the group from engaging in ballot-security measures, according to a filing in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. The DNC said the watchers are really intended to deter registered voters from casting ballots.” (10/27/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-10-27/democratic-party-sues-gop-over-trump-s-election-rigging-claims

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

26) Hillary’s anti-transparency bargain
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“President Obama recently condemned the Republican Party, claiming that its ‘central principle’ is to suppress voting. But, while his administration piously pledges to protect voting rights, it has almost guaranteed that Americans will be blindfolded on Election Day. While the Justice Department will deploy election monitors at polls in 25 states, no one watched Uncle Sam.” (10/27/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/10/26/wash-times-hillarys-anti-transparency-bargain/

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27) The virtue of selfies-ness: Libertarians fight for free speech at the ballot box
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Colorado Revised Statute §1-13-712, section 3: ‘No election official, watcher, or person shall reveal to any other person the name of any candidate for whom a voter has voted or communicate to another his opinion, belief, or impression as to how or for whom a voter has voted.’ Caryn Ann Harlos objects. Strenuously. She’s the communications director of the Libertarian Party of Colorado and sits on the party’s national committee, so you can probably guess how she’s voting. But she’s not allowed to tell you, even though ‘communications’ is right there in her job title. Oh, and according to section 2 of the same law, you can’t ask her, either: ‘No person shall endeavor to induce any voter to show how he marked his ballot.'” (10/27/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8139

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28) What happened to the FBI?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“When FBI Director James Comey announced on July 5 that the Department of Justice would not seek the indictment of Hillary Clinton for failure to safeguard state secrets related to her email use while she was secretary of state, he both jumped the gun and set in motion a series of events that surely he did not intend. Was his hand forced by the behavior of FBI agents who wouldn’t take no for an answer? Did he let the FBI become a political tool? Here is the back story.” (10/27/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2016/10/26/what-happened-to-the-fbi/

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29) The best case for Trump isn’t
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I support neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump for the presidency. Still, I do understand several reasons to vote for Trump, including, most obviously, ‘he’s not a Clinton.’ The most persuasive strategic reason given for voting for the man, however, and the one that has most purchase with me, is that he would appoint better Supreme Court justices than would Mrs. Clinton.” (10/27/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/27/the-best-case-for-trump-isnt/

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30) Why the ruling class likes crime
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“Back during the American Revolution there were a lot of radical ideas floating around, one of which was ‘no standing army.’ In those days before police existed, the army was what the rulers used to plunder the productive and keep the people under the rulers’ thumbs: ‘the sharp point of the spear.’ The Crown used it that way in Boston. So naturally, the people were having none of that. Of course one of the first things the new American ruling class did, after the 1787 counter-revolution, was to get up a standing army. And as in Boston, when the Whiskey Rebellion rolled around, it was used to plunder and suppress.” (10/27/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/why-ruling-class-likes-crime

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31) FBI: The “Fix Be In”
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“The FBI’s reputation has sunk so low under the Obama administration that its initials seem to stand for: The Fix Be In. The bureau’s no-hurry investigation into Hillary Clinton’s deleted State Department emails seemed engineered to see no evil. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch is replacing FBI agents and prosecutors who oppose charging New York police in the chokehold death of Eric Garner (because they aren’t sure the police committed a crime and don’t think they can get a conviction) with staff who want to throw the book at NYPD.” (10/27/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/10/27/the-fbi-the-fix-be-in-n2237627

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32) Should America pardon the US national security state?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Not surprisingly, the U.S. national-security establishment and its assets within the mainstream press oppose a pardon for [Edward] Snowden because, they say, he endangered ‘national security’ with his disclosure of the NSA’s top-secret illegal surveillance programs. But notice something important: Every time someone discloses ‘national security’ state secrets, the east coast doesn’t fall into the ocean, California isn’t hit by earthquakes, and the federal government isn’t taken over by communists, terrorists, Muslims, illegal immigrants, or drug dealers. Nothing ever happens! That’s because, as I point out in my ebook ‘The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State,’ ever since the federal government was converted into a national security state in the 1940s, the term ‘national security’ has been nothing more than a way to shield criminal wrongdoing on the part of the national-security establishment.” (10/27/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/27/america-pardon-u-s-national-security-state/

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33) This Maine initiative could shake up the two-party system
Source: The Nation
by Hendrik Hertzberg

“Say this for the two-party system: At least it’s better than the one-party system. Apart from that, though, the two-party system doesn’t get much love. … In its unvarying Democrats-vs.-Republicans iteration, it’s been around since the Lincoln administration. … News flash: That may be about to change, starting on November 8, in Maine. … Up in the easternmost state of the Union, an initiative on the November ballot, Question 5, would establish something called ranked-choice voting (RCV) for governor and both houses of the State Legislature. That’s important. It would do the same for primaries as well as for general elections. That’s important, too. But what makes Question 5 of truly national significance is that it would also apply to Maine’s United States senators and its two members of the House of Representatives in Washington.” (10/27/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/this-maine-initiative-could-break-up-the-two-party-system

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34) Dump the Electoral College!
Source: The American Prospect
by Roy Ulrich

“For many years, progressives and the Democratic left have been clamoring for a constitutional amendment that would replace the antiquated Electoral College with a popular vote for president. Their argument is simple and persuasive — chiefly, that the institution is undemocratic and, as the 2000 election made clear, not necessarily a reflection of the popular vote. Ironically, Democrats are making this argument at a time when their presidential candidates have fared well in the Electoral College in recent contests. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have voted for a Democrat in the last six presidential contests. These account for 242 of the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. In contrast, the 13 states that voted Republican in the last six presidential election cycles have just 102 electoral votes.” [editor’s note: No, decentralize it to one EV per Congressional district; ending it just means 5-8 big cities control the entire election (as they almost do now) – SAT] (10/27/16)

http://prospect.org/article/dump-electoral-college

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35) “You have no right to” vs “you shouldn’t”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Saying ‘you shouldn’t’ is an expression of opinion. Saying ‘you have no right to’ can be an expression of fact. Don’t get the two mixed up.” [text or Flash video] (10/27/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/10/you-have-no-right-to-vs-you-shouldnt.html

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36) Obama’s silence on crypto could set the stage for bad policies to come
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Rainey Reitman

“One year ago today, the 100,000th person added their name to a public petition calling on President Obama to categorically reject any attempt to add backdoors to our devices or otherwise undermine encryption. Since then, crickets. Obama has promised to reply to petitions on his We the People platform that receive over 100,000 signatures. But the only response our hugely popular petition received was a nonresponse asking for more input. Since then, the issue has become even more pressing. While the urgency of the Apple encryption battle may have abated, the conversation around forcing tech companies to assist the government in obtaining access to unencrypted data has continued.” (10/27/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/obamas-silence-crypto-could-set-stage-bad-policies-come

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37) “Underbanked” report shows need for postal banking
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Millions of Americans can’t get bank accounts, so they can’t even cash a check. Many millions more might have an account but can’t get even a small loan. The numbers are just outrageous. These millions are forced to turn to predators like the payday loan and check cashing industry. Even those who can get full-service accounts are scammed by the likes of Wells Fargo. Meanwhile We the people are prevented by our captured-by-Wall-Street Congress from setting up the obvious solution that would solve so many problems: Postal Banking. The Atlantic reports on a new report and spells it out, in The Millions of Americans Without Bank Accounts.” [editor’s note: As usual, Mr. Johnson has as piece of the puzzle, then goes off the page for more bureaucracy – SAT] (10/27/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161027/underbanked-report-shows-need-for-postal-banking

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38) Gun grabbers like Hillary are only as big a threat as we allow them to be
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“If Clinton or a Supreme Court molded in her image endangers our gun rights it is only because Americans are unwilling to utilize every tool at their disposal, especially those recommended by the Founders. Gun grabbers like her are only as big a threat as we allow them to be. We need only look at marijuana to see how this plays out in the real world. The feds decided years ago to make weed illegal. Finally, states such as Washington and Colorado decided to ignore the feds and legalize it. And what did the feds do in response? Nothing. To paraphrase Eamon de Valera from the film Michael Collins, we defeat the federal government’s gun control laws by ignoring them.” (10/27/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/gun-grabbers-like-hillary-are-only-as-big-a-threat-as-we-allow-them-to-be/

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39) The bottomless ignorance of Donald Trump
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Lapses and blunders that would have torpedoed other candidates have done no harm to Trump. … He thinks Supreme Court justices sign bills. He doesn’t understand why we have nuclear weapons if we don’t use them. He favors ‘closing parts of the internet’ to stop the Islamic State. He claimed he got the endorsement of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency that doesn’t endorse candidates. He promised to close down the ‘Department of Environmental,’ which doesn’t exist. He claimed his skill in using the tax laws ‘brilliantly’ allowed him to avoid paying taxes. His accountant disagreed: ‘I did all the tax preparation. He never saw the product until it was presented to him for signature.’ No presidential candidate can know everything about all the issues that will come before him or her. Trump is unusual in lacking the most basic knowledge about any of them. Nor can we expect him to make any effort to acquire it.” (10/27/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/10/27/the-bottomless-ignorance-of-donald-trump

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40) Trump’s clear-eyed approach to foreign policy
Source: USA Today
by Bert Mizusawa

“One of the principal critiques of Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy and national defense is that it lacks coherence. But in fact, Trump has a vision that is both coherent and overdue. The overarching goal is to provide American citizens with the best return on the tax dollars they pay into the U.S. Treasury, which should be used by our federal government to carry out its constitutional obligations. … Ensuring a positive return on taxpayer dollars is more than just an obligation of government; it is the quintessential purpose of government, whether those dollars are spent in the areas of security, prosperity, justice or general welfare. Why else have our social compact, where taxpayers are essentially investors in our government and way of life? It doesn’t matter whether these dollars are spent on international or domestic programs.” [editor’s note: Oversimplified and distorted statements (the proper “purpose of government” is to defend the rights of its citizens, not spend stolen money wisely), but of some value anyway – SAT] (10/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/25/trump-doctrine-foreign-policy-column/92718072

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41) In a post-truth election, clicks trump facts
Source: The New Republic
by Matthew Jordan

“One thing about the 2016 presidential race is undeniable: Donald Trump has lied or misled at an unprecedented level. Over 70 percent of his statements, according to Politifact, are ‘mostly false,’ ‘false’ or ‘pants on fire false.’ (Hillary Clinton is at 26 percent.) His latest whopper, that the election is being rigged by a dishonest media and through ballot fraud, fed the news cycle for an entire week. But while Trump scapegoats the media, he has served them well — at least, financially. Cable news organizations are expected to break records with US$2.5 billion in profits this election and spending on digital ads will reach $1 billion for the first time in a presidential campaign. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik recently reported that CNN has earned roughly $100 million more than they’d anticipated during this election cycle — largely due to Trump.” [editor’s note: We libertarians see this every day as MSM distorts everything Gary Johnson does or says, then writes clickbait headlines unworthy of the Enquirer – SAT] (10/27/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138201/post-truth-election-clicks-trump-facts

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42) Bitcoin is the blockchain’s killer application
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Elizabeth McCauley

“Bitcoin is the blockchain’s killer application. As banks and larger financial institutions catch onto ‘the blockchain,’ let’s not forget the application that made the blockchain become more of a household name. For those who caught onto the Bitcoin movement in the earlier days, Bitcoin was a greater topic of conversation than its platform, the blockchain. It’s easy to run after the next flashy concept, but Bitcoin as a currency is just taking off in many regions of the world. For those naysayers, the bitcoin price is on an incline.” (10/27/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-blockchains-killer-application/

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43) When CIA and NSA workers blow the whistle, Congress plays deaf
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Do the committees that oversee the vast U.S. spying apparatus take intelligence community whistleblowers seriously? Do they earnestly investigate reports of waste, fraud, abuse, professional negligence, or crimes against the Constitution reported by employees or contractors working for agencies like the CIA or NSA? For the last 20 years, the answer has been a resounding ‘no.'” (10/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/when-cia-nsa-workers-blow-whistle-congress-plays-deaf

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44) The future of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The Dakota Access Pipeline project has been most morally vulnerable at Standing Rock. But its physical vulnerability is a different matter altogether. The pipeline project is physically most vulnerable, not where the opposition to continuing its construction is most visible, but where it has already been completed. The Standing Rock protests have held up completion of the pipeline itself. But whether or not it’s completed, a completed pipeline that doesn’t transport oil is as good as no pipeline at all. Better, in fact, because it’s a sunk cost on the balance sheet and a lesson for those considering similar projects in the future.” (10/26/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46708

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45) The Great Chain of Contempt
Source: The American Conservative
by FH Buckley

“When people looked to theologians rather than scientists to give meaning to a confused world, the Great Chain of Being offered the consolation of a unified explanation of everything. From God himself at the apex down to mere earth below, all that is or could be has its established and immovable place. … the Great Chain of Being served the double purpose of insulating those on top from peasants with pitchforks below while reassuring those below that their natural desire to move up was nothing more than a snare. As all this was God’s invention, rebellion was both foolish and impious. We had thought the Great Chain of Being washed away by the rise of science, by 18th-century philosophes such as Voltaire, by Jefferson and the Founders. But we were wrong. As long as there are elites, there will be people who think they deserve their place atop the greasy pole, that resistance is futile, that the underclass must learn where they naturally belong. And that’s what many of our left- and right-wing elites have come to believe.” (10/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/great-chain-of-contempt/

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46) The Donald and the turn against democracy
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“The mistake commentators make is to present Trump as a lone agent of chaos, an opportunist who has hoodwinked half a nation and singlehandedly sent public trust in politics plummeting. In truth, the new political cynicism is not the fault of Trump, or his blue-collar base; it’s the fault of the political elite. The Republican establishment has courted white working-class voters only to ignore them, appealing to culture-war issues while brushing over economic, material concerns. And while the conservative elite is embarrassed by its base, liberals are disgusted by it. Trump’s candidacy might have revealed some of the electorate’s cynicism for democratic institutions, but it has more importantly revealed the liberal elite’s disdain for the demos.” (10/27/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-donald-and-the-turn-against-democracy/

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47) Free Kelsey Osborne!
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Madyson Osborne, Kelsey’s young daughter, has suffered from seizure-like symptoms since she was 18 months old. Doctors prescribed Risperidone for the child’s condition, despite its serious potential side effects. On October 4, Madyson suffered an unusually severe fit that involved vomiting and disruptive behavior her mother had not previously seen. Desperate to obtain relief for her child, and understandably concerned about the cumulative effect of the dangerous antipsychotic drug she had been taking, Kelsey made the girl a smoothie with marijuana butter — which immediately calmed her down and helped her get to sleep. During a medical appointment the following day, Madyson tested positive for marijuana. At this point, the doctor — acting as an agent of the state, rather than a physician bound by Hippocratic ethics to protect his patients — contacted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, which seized Kelsey’s children.” [editor’s note: Why on earth would a doctor be testing patients for marijuana? Did the doctor ask the mother’s permission to do so? – TLK] (10/26/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/10/free-kelsey-osborne.html

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48) Free college is a REALLY stupid idea
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“No, it’s not really stupid because it’s socialist in nature. It is socialist in nature, and that is, itself, pretty stupid. However, even if we accepted the idea of socialism, the notion of free higher education is nothing short of stupid. It is also backward and is a great example of how the state and its many institutions and institutionalized practices keep society from properly evolving. If the state hadn’t morphed into a nanny government, the solution I’m about to propose would already have manifested, because it’s both obvious and logical; it’s literally the next step in social evolution, but instead everyone is looking to the government to solve a problem that the government honestly can’t solve.” (10/27/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/10/27/free-college-is-a-really-stupid-idea/

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49) Oakland’s voters should stop soda tax
Source: Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II, Josh T Smith

“No one needs the government or special interests playing nanny and telling them they shouldn’t have a soda — especially when the justification is supported by strained extrapolations from flawed research. Ultimately, a soda tax will succeed only in further extending the power of the state into the personal choices of individuals and placing another regressive tax on consumers, raising revenue on the backs of low-income households.” (10/26/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8907

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50) Learn how to shift blame? I don’t think so …
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“One of the most powerful tools in changing myself has been the phrase ‘it is what it is.’ First and foremost, accept the reality of what happens without wasting time bemoaning the injustice or folly of it all. This is not a statement of accepting defeat in the face of adversity. Quite the opposite. In order to assert whatever control you have over a situation, you need to grasp the hard cold edges of it without flinching. It is what it is.” (10/27/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7456

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51) The left’s Fed Up makes a naked power grab for control of the Fed
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Ralph Benko

“The left is undertaking an amazing back door plan to dramatically increase its influence over the Fed’s interest-rate-setting Open Market Committee. The key activist group, a division of the Center for Popular Democracy, is working to kick the bankers off the boards of directors of the district Federal Reserve banks. Those boards choose the presidents who serve, in rotation, as voting members on the FOMC. Brilliant. In scope, the left’s plan makes trivial by comparison Auric Goldfinger’s ‘Operation Grand Slam’ to contaminate America’s gold holdings at the US Treasury Depository at Fort Knox. Goldfinger planned to turn them radioactive. Those holdings amounted, in 1964, to about $14 billion. They are now valued at close to $200 billion. Either way, a tidy sum. Yet it’s just a nickel compared to the Fed’s more than $4 trillion holdings.” (10/27/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/10/the-lefts-fed-up-makes-a-naked-power-grab-for-control-of-the-fed/

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52) The American election through English eyes
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“I hope, though do not believe, that Donald Trump will win the election next month. I do not suppose that he would keep many of his promises. Some of them do not seem capable of being kept. But the fact alone of his victory would be a blow against a New World Order that is underwritten by American military power and cultural influence.” (10/26/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/10/26/the-american-election-through-english-eyes/

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53) Crystal clear agreements: Enduring subordination
Source: Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci

“First, President Obama called upon the Italians to vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, thus interfering in our national politics with the silent complicity of the parliamentary opposition. Then he went on to confirm to his ‘good friend Matteo’ that the US has ‘clear agreements, long friendship’ with Italy. Noone would question that these agreements were crystal clear, especially the Atlantic Treaty that places Italy in a position of subordination to the U.S.A.” (10/27/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193869.html

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54) Populism is not an ideology
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Joseph T Salerno

“According to Brooks, populist policies thus ‘involve some combination of increased redistribution, protectionism and restrictionism.’ In other words, on economic issues at least, populism is the polar opposite of classical liberalism and libertarianism. But nothing could be further from the truth. For populism is not a right-wing ideology but a strategy that may be used by any ideological group whose political agenda differs radically from that of the ruling class.” [editor’s note: The only ideological group whose political agenda differs radically from that of the ruling class is libertarianism — the real thing, not its parasitical right-opportunist “paleo” splinter – TLK] (10/27/16)

https://mises.org/blog/populism-not-ideology

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55) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/26/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“In an election year where rhetoric is at an all-time high, the Washington Post just blew the roof off. The article by Matthew Sheffield asserts that ‘paleolibertarianism’ is responsible for Trump’s racist, truther driven rise. Why, because that’s what libertarians are, a bunch of racist, anti-government, 9-11 conspiracy’s theory loons. According to Sheffield, the Ron Paul fans have shifted to Trump in the absence of a more Paulinian candidate.” [various formats] (10/26/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/washington-post-claims-libertarians-responsible-for-trump/

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56) Abolishing the police state can be a point of common interest between Black Lives Matter activists and libertarians
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Christopher Machold

“In the wake of the questionable shootings of Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina and Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma, activists are renewing calls for police reform. Some writers (including a contributor to the Nation) are calling for the complete abolition of police forces in the United States. Calls for abolition may seem extreme to the outside listener. This makes sense, given the word’s use to denote the complete and total elimination of the institution in question, and the worry of having a lack of protection. But the call for this radical form of justice makes sense as a way to dismantle an inherently unjust system and replace it with a new set of institutions designed to serve communities fairly and in a way that allows liberty to thrive: decentralized, community-controlled police departments. This is an area where Black Lives Matter activists and libertarians can work together toward a common goal.” (10/26/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/abolishing-the-police-state-can-be-a-point-of-common-interest-between-black-lives-matter-activists-and-libertarians/

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57) What is the goal of the progressive movement: To gain power or to give it away?
Source: OpEdNews
by Dale Ruff

“Progressives are commonly accused by the right of being for Big Government, for thinking that government power is the solution to all problems. This Pirate formulation disrupts that claim, by showing a way to use the consolidation of power in order not to create a stronger state but to redistribute power and thus lessen the power of the state and powerful corporations and other institutions, public and private. This formulation comes out of the anarchist tradition of decentralized power. The Pirate party has allied libertarians of both the right and left to take power, in order to distribute it from the banks and their servants back to the people themselves. Anarchism, we understand, is self-government, which means decentralized power.” (10/26/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-is-the-goal-of-the-Pr-by-dale-ruff-Anarchism_Bankers_Bankers_Capitalism-161026-204.html

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58) Sex and the presidential city
Source: CounterPunch
by Matthew Stevenson

“Why does everyone think that presidential campaigns are about ‘issues,’ when anyone over the age of consent knows they are all about sex? But it says a lot about the lasting power of Viagra that this is still the case when we have a couple of seventy-year-olds on the ballot. (‘For an election lasting more than four years, please call your doctor.’) … Look, I have no doubt that Trump is a pig who routinely gropes and propositions women, but since when does the press in a presidential election have to source its stories in the ‘adult’ industry? Sadly, the answer to this question dates to winter 1992 when Bill and Hillary Clinton figured out that unless a presidential candidate has a sexual storyline, few of the voters will pay much attention to their positions on nuclear disarmament or welfare reform.” (10/27/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/10/27/sex-and-the-presidential-city/

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59) Free Talk Live, 10/26/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“PCP Crazy Man Attacks Cop :: Cell 411 Adds Ridesharing! :: Economics in One Lesson :: Broken Window Fallacy :: Female Cops :: Protecting the Accused :: AT&T Disclosing Customer Info for Cash from Police Departments :: Cell Phone Security :: Refugees :: Ricky’s Nonsensical Plan :: Small States :: Ex Parte Orders :: Jonny Ray’s Game of the Week is Rimworld.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/26/16)

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60) Entrepreneurship, the market economy and human betterment
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Through almost all mankind’s history, the human condition was one of abject poverty and hardship. Yes, there were kings and princes and religious orders that lived better than the mass of humanity. But when looking back at their standards of living, even the most privileged and powerful political leader or tribal chieftain spent his life in a material condition that most of us, today, would consider not much better than bare subsistence. For thousands of years, this was the circumstance of the human race. Starting less than three hundred years ago, the human condition began to change — slowly, unevenly, and localized at first in just a few areas of Western and Central Europe, and then North America. Since then, this improvement has been spreading around the globe.” (10/27/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/entrepreneurship-market-economy-human-betterment/

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