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In the News:

1) Source: FBI discovered Clinton-related emails weeks ago
2) Iceland election: Pirate Party triples seats
3) EU, Canadian regimes sign trade pact
4) SpaceX says helium loading issue caused accident, seeks 2016 return to flight
5) AK: State’s first legal pot shop opens to a long line of customers
6) North Korean: Kim Jong Un has launched a spy-hunting operation after seven out of eight missile tests failed
7) If elected, Clinton faces awkward coexistence with Comey
8) Nigeria: Nine dead in two suicide bombings
9) Iran-trained militias join US-backed campaign on Mosul
10) OR: Law providing immunity to frivolous litigation to gun dealers could fail
11) Report: Salmonella may hold the key to targeting cancer cells
12) Lynch asked Comey not to inconvenience Hillary Clinton by doing his job
13) Switzerland: Railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin
14) OH: Load of manure dumped at Democratic headquarters
15) Spain: Rajoy back as PM; anti-austerity protesters march in Madrid
16) Kazakhstan: Soyuz capsule lands safely with crew of three
17) Turkey: Regime shuts news outlets, escalates police statism in name of fighting “terror”
18) LA: New Orleans officers charged with child porn, rape still working as cops
19) “Celebgate” hacker sentenced to18 months in prison for hacking celebrity nude photos
20) Argentinian, US officials meet to discuss trade agreement

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The case for Gary Johnson
22) So this is the future, hunh?
23) Sneaky new tax is in the air
24) Clueless presidential candidates
25) Free Talk Live, 10/30/16
26) Gary Johnson’s big sin?
27) Why did we have to wait a year to fix our cars?
28) Donald Trump’s brain-worms finally reveal themselves
29) Were early US wars good or bad?
30) The LAVA Spurt, episode 19
31) What Obama never got about education
32) The Streisand effect and Cody Wilson’s 3-D printed gun
33) The weasel finds his conscience
34) Is Wall Street taking over charity?
35) Pigs in pokes
36) Innovation is the solution to the carbon crisis
37) Polls aside, the US presidential election is far from a blowout
38) spiked podcast, 10/29/16
39) How Neera Tanden works
40) The rise of delegation
41) The never-ending contest in politico-economic life
42) Supreme Court compromise: The case for a temporary justice
43) Dakota Access versus the American way
44) As darkness falls, a silver lining
45) Natural gas use, not climate regulations, reducing carbon emissions
46) Halloween is for Irish people only; for anyone else, it’s racist cultural appropriation
47) We are ungovernable
48) “I couldn’t push the button myself.”
49) Mainstream blindness over Duterte
50) It’s not so hard

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

1) Source: FBI discovered Clinton-related emails weeks ago
Source: CNN

“The FBI stumbled upon a trove of emails from one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides weeks ago, law enforcement officials told CNN Sunday. But FBI Director James Comey didn’t disclose the discovery until Friday, raising questions about why the information was kept under wraps and then released only days before the election. Meanwhile, the Justice Department has obtained a warrant that will allow it to begin searching the computer that is believed to contain thousands of newly found emails of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, two law enforcement sources confirmed to CNN. … Senior Justice Department officials were briefed on the situation about a week ago and Comey was given a full briefing Thursday, the officials said, triggering his decision to notify members of Congress Friday that the FBI was reviewing emails potentially related to Clinton’s server.” (10/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/30/politics/clinton-emails-fbi-abedin/index.htm

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2) Iceland election: Pirate Party triples seats
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Iceland’s Pirate Party has tripled its seats in the 63-seat parliament, election results show. It is in joint second place with the Left-Greens, with 10 seats each. But their centre-left coalition fell short of a majority to form a government. The governing Progressive Party lost more than half of its seats in the poll triggered by the resignation of Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson. Its junior partner, the Independence Party, has come top with 21 seats. Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson stepped down in April in the wake of the leaked Panama Papers which revealed the offshore assets of high-profile figures. Current Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson resigned on Sunday.” (10/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37813564

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3) EU, Canadian regimes sign trade pact
Source: Nasdaq

“The European Union and Canada signed a long-delayed trade deal on Sunday, formally ending a contentious approval process that threatened to derail the bloc’s entire trade agenda. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called the pact ‘the most comprehensive, ambitious and progressive trade agreement ever negotiated by either Canada or the European Union.’ The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, which was concluded in February after seven years of negotiations, is the first such agreement the European bloc has negotiated with another major industrialized economy.” (10/31/16)

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/eu-canada-sign-landmark-freetrade-agreement-20161030-00054

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4) SpaceX says helium loading issue caused accident, seeks 2016 return to flight
Source: Ars Technica

“Nearly two months after a September 1 accident on the launch pad, SpaceX says it is nearing the conclusion of its investigation. Although the company has yet to identify the ‘exact root cause’ of the accident that occurred during a static fire test just prior to a planned launch of a communications satellite, the investigation has reached an ‘advanced state.’ … SpaceX intends to continue work to identify the precise cause of the accident and to improve its method of loading helium onto the rocket to prevent a repeat failure. The company also plans to resume testing Falcon 9 rocket stages at its facility in McGregor, Texas, soon. By taking this step in early November, SpaceX maintains that it is on track to resume flight operations of its Falcon 9 rocket before the end of 2016.” (10/28/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/10/spacex-says-it-remains-on-track-to-return-to-flight-by-years-end/

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5) AK: State’s first legal pot shop opens to a long line of customers
Source: Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

“Alaska’s first marijuana retail outlet opened to a throng of customers Saturday, two years after voters approved allowing people 21 and older to recreationally use pot. More than 250 people lined up outside Herbal Outfitters in Valdez, store owner Richard Ballow said. Customers came from as far away as Anchorage and Fairbanks, more than 350 miles to the north. The opening Saturday at ‘high noon’ marks the first time it’s legal to buy pot under a voter initiative approved in November 2014.” (10/29/16)

http://www.sent-trib.com/news/alaska-s-first-pot-shop-opens-to-a-long-line/article_22427f90-9e3c-11e6-8a3d-b7571ce2085c.html

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6) North Korean: Kim Jong Un has launched a spy-hunting operation after seven out of eight missile tests failed
Source: Birmingham Star

“It surely must be difficult being an elusive nation, but remaining one for long, comes at a cost. For North Korea, that is ruled by its supreme leader Kim Jong Un, doubts of suspicion are even higher after it issued an open warning to its neighbour and long-time rival South Korea and also its ally the United States. North Korea has managed to stun the world with his nuclear ambition and its recent progress has caused fears to grow across many Asian nations.” (10/31/16)

http://www.birminghamstar.com/index.php/sid/248985245

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7) If elected, Clinton faces awkward coexistence with Comey
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The relationship between James Comey and Hillary Clinton was never going to be tension-free, not when Comey’s FBI had conducted an election-year criminal investigation into the Democratic presidential candidate’s email practices. But Comey’s sudden announcement to Congress that FBI agents would review new emails that may be connected to that dormant investigation revives questions about how Clinton, if elected, would coexist with the independent-minded FBI director. Comey has shown a willingness to break with the White House and has been critical of her handling of sensitive information as secretary of state.” [editor’s note: JFK vs. Hoover revisited, with roles reversed? – SAT] (10/30/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/If-elected-Clinton-faces-awkward-coexistence-10423445.php

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8) Nigeria: Nine dead in two suicide bombings
Source: Chicago Chronicle

“At least nine people were killed as two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday around 7 am local time. Although nobody has claimed responsibility for the attacks so far, the military suspects Boko Haram group, which has been trying to set up an Islamic state in the region, killing thousands and displacing more than two million residents.” (10/30/16)

http://www.chicagochronicle.com/index.php/sid/248974729

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9) Iran-trained militias join US-backed campaign on Mosul
Source: Reuters

“Gun trucks and humvees streamed north on a highway heading to Mosul on Sunday flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs. The convoys were the first clear sign of a new player on the battlefield in the U.S.-backed offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State: Hashid Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), a coalition of Shi’ite militias. Although it reports officially to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the coalition is mostly made up of groups trained by Iran and loyal to its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They have close ties with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Brigade, the extra-territorial arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He was seen touring the frontlines around Mosul last week.” (10/30/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-iran-idUSKBN12U0UI

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10) OR: Law providing immunity to frivolous litigation to gun dealers could fail
Source: Raw Story

“A gun-violence victim’s family is hoping the mother of the man who fatally shot their relative will strengthen their case against two firearms dealers in an Oregon court. Kirsten Englund, a 57-year-old California woman, was fatally shot in April 2013 at a scenic overlook in Oregon while on her way to visit relatives. After 30-year-old Jeffrey Boyce killed Englund, he drove to northern California and carjacked two different drivers before police arrested him. Two months later, while awaiting his arraignment, Boyce killed himself in jail. On Thursday, the gunman’s mother, Diane Boyce, agreed to help the family with its wrongful death lawsuit against two retailers that sold her guns, despite originally being named in the lawsuit.” (10/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/how-a-law-providing-immunity-to-gun-dealers-could-fail

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11) Report: Salmonella may hold the key to targeting cancer cells
Source: Aol News

“Salmonella has a reputation for being a particularly aggressive illness-causing bacteria, but it turns out it may not be all bad. Scientists from the Cancer Research Center and the University of Missouri believe it could hold the key to targeting cancer cells while leaving the healthy ones alone. Among Salmonella’s unique attributes is the ability to crash through barriers around cells and multiply. The team used this to its advantage by using a 50-year-old salmonella sample to create a non-toxic strain with enhanced skills in locating and obliterating cancer. The modified version was then injected into the circulatory systems of mice suffering from prostate cancer.” (10/29/16)

http://www.aol.com/article/news/2016/10/29/salmonella-may-hold-the-key-to-targeting-cancer-cells/21594565

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12) Lynch asked Comey not to inconvenience Hillary Clinton by doing his job
Source: United Press International

“FBI Director Jim Comey’s decision to alert congressional Republicans to the existence of new emails pertinent to the Hillary Clinton email investigation was opposed by his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and went against longstanding Justice Department policy not to comment publicly on the status of an ongoing investigation, according to media reports. Comey said he made the decision to go public with the revelation there are more emails that need to be reviewed because he told Congress under oath that the Clinton private email server investigation was completed, a fact that was no longer true when the new emails came to light.” (10/29/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/10/29/Justice-Dept-officials-opposed-Comeys-release-of-new-info-on-Clinton-email-probe/6091477762545/

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13) Switzerland: Railway ticket machines to sell Bitcoin
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Switzerland’s national rail service (SBB) plans to start selling the digital currency Bitcoin at stations next month. From 11 November, customers will be able to trade Swiss francs for Bitcoins using ticket machines. They will not be able to buy tickets with the web-based currency, though. The SBB said it had been testing customer demand for Bitcoin across the country, and had decided to launch a two-year pilot project.” (10/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37810438

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14) OH: Load of manure dumped at Democratic headquarters
Source: Fox News

“Workers at Democratic Party headquarters in Warren County, Ohio had to deal with a stinky situation Saturday after a load of manure was dumped outside the building. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the Warren County Sheriff’s Office informed party officials of the dump at around 7:45 a.m. Deputies met with party officials later in the day to review security video. … Warren County Republican Party chair Jeff Monroe told the paper his organization had nothing to do with the dung drop and offered to help with the clean-up.” (10/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/30/load-manure-dumped-at-democratic-headquarters-in-ohio-county.html

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15) Spain: Rajoy back as PM; anti-austerity protesters march in Madrid
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s acting prime minister and leader of its conservative Popular Party (PP), was re-elected on Saturday after winning a parliamentary vote. The news means Spain has its first fully functioning government since December, when a general election left no party with a majority. … Near parliament, several thousand protesters took to the streets amid a heavy police presence, unhappy about corruption and sweeping spending cuts during Rajoy’s first term, shouting: ‘They don’t represent us.'” (10/30/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/30/mariano-rajoy-re-elected-as-spains-prime-minister-as-thousands-o/

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16) Kazakhstan: Soyuz capsule lands safely with crew of three
Source: Space.com

“Three space travelers are safely back on Earth after a 115-day stay on the International Space Station. Returning on a Russian Soyuz space capsule, U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins of NASA, Russian cosmonaut and Expedition 49 Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi landed near Kazakhstan at 9:58 a.m. local time on Sunday (Oct. 30), or 11:58 p.m. EDT (0358 GMT).” (10/30/16)

http://www.space.com/34548-space-station-crew-returns-expedition-49.html

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17) Turkey: Regime shuts news outlets, escalates police statism in name of fighting “terror”
Source: Bloomberg

“Turkey shut more than a dozen news outlets and tightened its anti-terrorism laws in an expansion of its crackdown following the botched July 15 coup. … A total of 10 newspapers, two news agencies and three magazines were closed, most centered in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, according to a decree published Saturday in the Official Gazette. Turkish prosecutors will now be able to record conversations between people convicted of terrorism and their lawyers, seize the audio tapes and limit attorney-client communication in terrorism cases, according to a separate decree.” (10/30/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-30/turkey-shuts-news-outlets-tightens-anti-terrorism-law

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18) LA: New Orleans officers charged with child porn, rape still working as cops
Source: Counter Current News

“What happens to a citizen when hundreds of images of child pornography are found on their computer and phone? Well, if you are a law enforcement officer, the answer is, nothing. An investigation into the New Orleans Police Department has revealed a disturbing lack of discipline for individuals who’ve been caught and accused of despicable acts. The residents of a Mandeville neighborhood felt safe knowing that a 16-year veteran of the NOPD, Sgt Bradley Wax lived down their street. However, that would quickly change after Wax was arrested and charged with 38 counts of possessing child pornography.” (10/29/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/10/more-than-half-dozen-new-orleans-officers-charged/

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19) “Celebgate” hacker sentenced to18 months in prison for hacking celebrity nude photos
Source: The Hacker News

“The hacker who stole [sic] nude photographs of female celebrities two years ago in a massive data breach — famous as ‘The Fappening’ or ‘Celebgate’ scandal — has finally been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, authorities said on Thursday. 36-year-old Lancaster, Pennsylvania man Ryan Collins was arrested in March and charged with hacking into ‘at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts,’ most of which owned by Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, and Kate Upton.” (10/27/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/10/celebrity-hacked-photos.html

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20) Argentinian, US officials meet to discuss trade agreement
Source: PanAm Post

“Argentina’s Minister of Production Francisco Cabrera said this Thursday that the country wants the United States to be its principal investor and that for this to happen it is important to work on a free trade agreement between the two nations. Cabrera, who had a meeting in Washington with his US counterpart Penny Pritzker, said that the agreement would be made through Mercosur, though the other member countries would have to negotiate their own bilateral agreements with the US.” (10/28/16)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2016/10/28/argentina-and-us-officials-meet-to-discuss-free-trade-agreement/

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

21) The case for Gary Johnson
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Gary keeps telling us that we can vote for whomever we want — and that if enough of us do that, we can foil the plans of our would-be rulers. In 21st-century America, that in itself is a revolutionary message. The growing support for Gary Johnson’s candidacy is a sign that we’re flexing our muscles. That we recognize — however flabby we’ve gotten — that we haven’t lost them. And that if we fail to use those muscles, we will lose everything that matters to us. In an unprecedentedly blatant way, our self-appointed betters are telling us simply to like it or lump it. We are coming to the realization that we want to do neither, that a choice between them is no real choice at all.” (10/29/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1619

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22) So this is the future, hunh?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“On Friday, October 28th, the Libertarian Futurist Society kindly conferred upon me their Award for Lifetime Achievement. This is the speech I gave them in response …” (10/30/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle896-20161030-02.html

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23) Sneaky new tax is in the air
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“You just want to watch movies and TV shows where and when you want to, so you probably think a column about utility taxes has nothing to do with how you get your entertainment. Wrong. The city of Alameda, California, has put a measure, Measure K1, before its voters that would allow Alameda to tax pay-per-view and video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as if they were public utilities. Watsonville has a similar measure. Other California municipalities have passed similar language. They haven’t begun to levy utility taxes on these platforms, but figure as soon as one city decides to levy this tax, there will be a stampede across California.” (10/29/16)

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24) Clueless presidential candidates
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Clinton and Trump justify their restrictions on Americans’ and other people’s freedom by invoking the national interest. Trump says without such restrictions, we have no country. But even if one could define national interest, why should they get to define it and impose their views on the rest of us? Why can’t each of us define it through our peaceful voluntary interactions with others? That would leave little to do for those who lust after power, but so what? I’m sure if they try, Hillary and Donald could find people to voluntarily submit to their megalomaniacal schemes. They should leave the rest of us alone.” (10/30/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-clueless-presidential-candidates/

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25) Free Talk Live, 10/30/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Pirate Party Iceland :: Right to Water? :: Collecting Rainwater :: Corruption, Government, and Corporations :: Observing Political Signs :: Absentee Ballots :: Spritely the Continental :: Duplicate the Court Theory :: Mandatory Arbitration? :: Corporate Persons :: Cell 411 :: Jonny Ray’s Game of the Week — DOOM RL.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/30/16)

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26) Gary Johnson’s big sin?
Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

“Johnson often comes off as if he wants everybody to like him. That might be a good quality in your neighbor, but it’s a dangerous vulnerability in a political candidate sparring with those journalists who are just doing their jobs — let alone hostile interviewers. If you view the people with microphones as the adversaries they are rather than buddies, you’re going to be better prepared for gotcha questions and out-of-context presentation of your comments. Well, if you’re quick on your feet you will. But Gary Johnson ran into another very serious ‘problem’ not of his making: He started gathering up voters that Democrats and political forecasters expected to go to Hillary Clinton. … Since then, Johnson’s portrayal in the national media has been almost exclusively as a dummy, rather than an ‘endearing’ former two-term governor with very different policy proposals from his Republican and Democratic rivals.” (10/27/16)

http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2016/10/27/journalists-really-dislike-libertarians-who-pose-a-threat-to-democrats/

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27) Why did we have to wait a year to fix our cars?
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“Long-overdue rules protecting security research and vehicle repair have finally taken effect, as they should have done last year. Though the Copyright Office and the Librarian of Congress unlawfully and pointlessly delayed their implementation, for the next two years the public can take advantage of the freedom they offer. Despite their flaws, the exemptions will promote security, innovation, and competition — and also help the next generation of engineers continue to learn by taking their devices apart to see how they work.” (10/28/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/10/why-did-we-have-wait-year-fix-our-cars

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28) Donald Trump’s brain-worms finally reveal themselves
Source: Cracked
by Lorelai Ramnitez

“After all three presidential debates were said and done, it was evident to the public that Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is being controlled by giant brain-eating parasites that live inside of his body, laying eggs day and night, making a warm and beautiful nesting ground for their parasite babies. At a recent press conference, held at a Trump resort decorated in the style of a garish African warlord, the giant brain-eating parasites publicly apologized (through frequencies that could only be captured by that machine used to translate the aliens from Mars Attacks) while peeking out of the lifeless body of Mr. Trump. We here at Cracked are now publicly releasing the transcript of their address to America.” [editor’s note: This is funny, I don’t care who you support, or don’t – SAT] (10/30/16)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/an-apology-from-donald-trumps-parasitic-brain-worms

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29) Were early US wars good or bad?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

“Randolph Bourne claimed that ‘War is the health of the state.’ If true, then state schools have a natural incentive to teach historical myths that promote war. This article is the start of a series designed to debunk those myths.” (10/28/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/were-early-us-wars-good-or-bad

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30) The LAVA Spurt, episode 19
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Healthcare prices have been rising for a while, but nothing like what Obamacare is seeing. So much for the ‘Affordable’ Care Act. Thank you for joining me on the nineteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Not-Affordable Care Act Edition.” [various formats] (10/29/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/not-affordable-care-act-edition-tls019/

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31) What Obama never got about education
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Education may have been mostly left out of this year’s heated presidential election, but that hasn’t stopped the current, outgoing president from shining a spotlight on his education record. ‘We’ve made a lot of progress’ on education, President Obama recently announced and pointed to record high school graduation rates of 83 percent as proof. Left-leaning operatives inside the Beltway were quick to capitalize on this announcement in order to start the campaign hailing Obama’s education legacy. Is this a narrative Democrats should hang their hats on as they approach the post-election period, which, with every passing day, looks like will usher in another Democratic party administration?” (10/28/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161028/what-obama-never-got-about-education

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32) The Streisand effect and Cody Wilson’s 3-D printed gun
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by C Edward Kelso

“For Mr. Wilson, the means of production, not quite in the Marxian sense, but close, were slowly moving to Everyman. The perfect political mischief, he discussed with his pal during those increasingly eccentric talks, would be to offer up to progressives, prohibitionists, establishment types a taste of radical equality. What if, just what if, something like a gun could be printed using simply a home computer, 3D printer, and available materials? Further, what if the hard part, the engineering and metallurgy, was done way ahead of time, encapsulated in an executable file for download? For free? Wikipedia for weapons. A Wiki Weapon! Barbra Streisand’s ghost burst into action as Mr. Wilson used online crowdsourcing to attempt raising the twenty grand his back of the envelope calculation assumed it’d take for a Wiki Weapon to see quickening, life. The plea alone generated media hysteria.” (10/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-streisand-effect-and-cody-wilsons-3-d-printed-gun/

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33) The weasel finds his conscience
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Comey knows that he has singlehandedly destroyed the sterling reputation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He knows that the vast majority of Americans believe that he is a corrupt government hack. The pressure of truth upon his conscience has been enormous. He knows his conduct was a disgrace. He hates that. He doesn’t want to be remembered in history as a dishonest weasel. He hates the thought that he is a weasel. So when his underlings recently presented him with some new evidence pointing directly to Hillary Clinton’s criminal guilt, he suddenly realized that perhaps he could redeem his guilty conscience by reopening the investigation against her.” (10/29/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-weasel-finds-his-conscience.html

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34) Is Wall Street taking over charity?
Source: The American Prospect
by Caroline Preston

“Americans might be forgiven for taking a dim view of our nation’s charitable practices this election cycle. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump stands accused of diverting business income to his private foundation, using charity money to buy auction items like a six-foot-tall portrait of himself, and deploying philanthropic funds to bankroll an attorney general who was considering whether to investigate Trump University. Hillary Clinton’s family philanthropy, for its part, has drawn scrutiny for pocketing big checks from foreign donors with business before the State Department. Now The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s newly released annual list of the nation’s top-grossing charities threatens to give the sector yet another black eye.” [editor’s note: The nature of the tax system, and taxation as a concept, has made this inevitable … and a good thing – SAT] (10/28/16)

http://prospect.org/article/wall-street-taking-over-charity

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35) Pigs in pokes
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“On Tuesday, Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld exhorted Americans to stop Donald Trump at all cost. … Both progressive and conservative outlets interpreted this as a de facto endorsement of voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton — an uncomfortable conclusion, considering that Weld is Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson’s VP running mate. Looking at the statement itself, it is apparent that Gov. Weld prefers The Devil We Know to The Devil He Fears. Which is where he loses me.” (10/28/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/10/28/pigs-in-pokes/

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36) Innovation is the solution to the carbon crisis
Source: Students For Liberty
by Aaron White

“Carbon intensive energy consumption is gradually being phased out. Environmentalists may argue that it’s not fast enough but regulation and cronyism are further slowing that transition. Alternative energy sources like wind and water do exist and are continuing to grow their market share as technological advances make greater energy production viable. Substitution is already in process in many countries as a means to reduce our carbon footprint. The next step is to look toward innovation, not just in reducing our footprint, but in cutting existing pollution levels. Enter a multitude of private firms whose futuristic technologies read like a page out of an old science fiction novel.” (10/29/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/10/29/innovation-solution-carbon-crisis/

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37) Polls aside, the US presidential election is far from a blowout
Source: Reuters
by Chris Jackson & Julia Clark

“Two weeks out from Election Day and it looks like the race for the White House is all but over. However, if it looks like pollsters are increasingly on the wrong side of history (Colombia’s referendum, Brexit, the 2015 British election and the Scottish referendum) it could be because they need to triple and quadruple check their assumptions before making blithe pronouncements. This is that type of thought exercise. Regardless of who won the nomination, Campaign 2016 was always going to be close. After eight years of a Democratic administration, any successor candidate to Barack Obama (in this case, Hillary Clinton) would have been at a disadvantage with a public ready for change. However, Obama’s more than 50 percent approval rating gives Republicans only a narrow, but not insurmountable, advantage.” [editor’s note: Two more pundits with the “either/or” mentaliyt of choosing solely between war-party wings, demeaning other choices; they could get a real surprise – SAT] (10/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-commentary-polls-column-idUSKCN12S2OI

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38) spiked podcast, 10/29/16
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Peter Tatchell discusses religious freedom after the Ashers Bakery case; Naomi Firsht talks about the rise of transgenderism; and Pauline Hadaway looks at the reaction to Brexit in Northern Ireland.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-gay-cake-ruling-is-an-affront-to-free-speech/

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39) How Neera Tanden works
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard & Clio Chang

“In 2012, when asked about the Center for American Progress’s role in that year’s election, Neera Tanden, the think tank’s president, told The Washington Post, ‘Our most fundamental goal is to provide positive ideas and to make those ideas part of a governing agenda.’ … This is a conventional depiction of how think tanks work. They generate good ideas (based on grounded, well-researched policy), then go to bat for those ideas in the halls of the federal government and on Capitol Hill. CAP’s own website echoes this idyllic notion, calling itself an ‘independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans.’ However, it is widely known that the CAP is a Democratic operation, stuffed to the gills with staffers who have either worked in previous Democratic administrations or will go on to work in future ones. Furthermore, it currently identifies with one wing of the Democratic Party in particular (the Clinton wing), to the extent that it has commonly been referred to as Hillary Clinton’s government-in-waiting.” (10/28/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138212/neera-tanden-works

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40) The rise of delegation
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Rappaport

“We now live in a world of delegation. It is often said that most of the rules that are enforced at the federal level have not been enacted by Congress, but by administrative agencies. It was not always that way. The binding rules in the United States used to be enacted or recognized by other entities. The statutory rules would be enacted by Congress and they would be interpreted by the courts. Common law rules would be recognized by the federal courts. And, of course, more areas were addressed solely at the state level. It is true that agencies sometimes exercised delegated authority, but it was a much more limited affair. This transformation to a world of delegation — to the Administrative State — has been quite astounding. It is worthwhile pausing to consider some of the ways it happened.” (10/29/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/10/29/the-rise-of-delegation/

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41) The never-ending contest in politico-economic life
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Although the world at large has been gaining recently as more economic liberty has been gained by people previously oppressed by pervasive states (most notably in China and India), the process in some of the leading countries, such as the USA, has been faltering. Government intervention in monetary and financial institutions, health-care-related areas, environmental management, labor relations, taxation, and regulations in practically every sphere of life have caused investors to hunker down, especially in regard to their long-term investments, and led many millions of workers to abandon the labor force. Regime uncertainty and regime worsening have thus taken the steam out of the process of economic growth and general improvement. Some analysts believe that the positive forces retain the edge; others are skeptical and expect a tendency toward secular stagnation or even economic retrogression.” (10/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/10/28/the-never-ending-contest-in-politico-economic-life/

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42) Supreme Court compromise: The case for a temporary justice
Source: Cato Institute
by Thomas Berry

“Senate Republicans seem to face an almost apocalyptic choice: either confirm a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court that could shift its ideological balance indefinitely, or continue to be labeled as an obstructionist party keeping a ninth vote off the Court. This is a false dilemma. Congress can give the president his choice of a Supreme Court justice without allowing that justice to remain on the Court indefinitely. Such a short-term justice would be the best compromise available to both sides of a dispute that currently seems intractable.” (10/28/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-court-compromise-case-temporary-justice

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43) Dakota Access versus the American way
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“For more than a century and a half the US government has selectively ignored its treaties with the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes whenever those treaties threaten to stymie the plans of corporations with friends in government. Successfully holding Washington to its word this time might give the politicians and their cronies pause next time. And even if letting the US government use treaties as toilet paper just because it can wasn’t an incredibly corrosive idea, keep in mind that it’s not just the Sioux who are getting mugged. Private land owners all along the pipeline’s 1,100 mile route are feeling the pain, too.” (10/29/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8151

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44) As darkness falls, a silver lining
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Furthermore, the presidential election is hardly encouraging. The prospect of Hillary Clinton in the White House must surely cause even the most optimistic among us to consider building one of those backyard bomb shelters so popular during the cold war era and stocking it with a couple of years supply of emergency rations. She has all but threatened to go to war with nuclear-armed Russia, intervene massively in Syria, and ratchet up NATO’s encirclement of the Russian bear. Yet these are all short-term concerns: in the long term, we anti-interventionists have every reason to be optimistic.” (10/28/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/27/darkness-falls-silver-lining/

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45) Natural gas use, not climate regulations, reducing carbon emissions
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“The Associated Press reports the United States'[s] carbon dioxide emissions have fallen substantially, with 2016’s emissions expected to be the lowest in 25 years. President Barack Obama’s signature effort to reduce emissions, the Clean Power Plan, has been stayed by the courts. So what’s behind the decline? A dramatic increase in our use of cleaner-burning natural gas.” (10/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/10/37204/

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46) Halloween is for Irish people only; for anyone else, it’s racist cultural appropriation
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarian
by Jason Brennan

“Samhain is a rich holiday with a noble and storied tradition. It’s a holiday that belongs to a formerly (and to some degree, currently) oppressed ethnic group. Yet most people in the US and Canada, and many in Europe, Mexico, South America, and elsewhere, feel free to appropriate this sacred festival for their own purposes. They mock it by wearing inauthentic costumes, drinking too much (itself a racist mockery of the drunken Irish stereotype), and exchanging inauthentic store-bought candies instead of the traditional treat. Again, for non-Irish person to participate in Halloween at all is equivalent to a white person donning a traditional Native American headdress or wearing blackface. The American Halloween tradition, which encourages everyone to mock and insult the sacred Irish festival of Samhain, is at least as insulting as Chief Wahoo, the ‘Redskins’ name, or the Blackhawks’ logo.” (10/29/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/10/halloween-irish-people-anyone-else-racist-cultural-appropriation/

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47) We are ungovernable
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner

“I’m genuinely afraid of a Trump presidency, and I’m really not looking forward to a Clinton presidency either. Do I think one is more-or-less ‘preferable’ to the other? Yeah I do. Ultimately, though: the next president will have just as much blood on their hands as, if not more than, the last 44 have. But on late nights, when I feel destructive nihilism creep up on me, I remind myself that anarchism has no time for despair. Anarchism is about getting shit done, not stewing in misery over electoral politics and its dis- and malcontents.” (10/29/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46755

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48) “I couldn’t push the button myself.”
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Just as it’s fair to ask death penalty supporters if they’d push the button themselves, I think it’s fair to demand anyone who says ‘there ought to be a law’ to affirm that they’d be willing to personally enforce it. That includes the threat of violence, and the use of violence, up to and including lethal force. Is your neighbor selling jars of jam from her house without a health inspection? Is she charging for haircuts without ever having gone to cosmetology school? Is the street vendor selling in the wrong zone? Does a freelance repairman accept cash only for his work, which you suspect he doesn’t report in his tax filings? Would you be the one who would, at minimum, ruin their day with an investigation? Would you be willing to kill them if they resist arrest?” (10/28/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/10/i-couldnt-push-button-myself.html

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49) Mainstream blindness over Duterte
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most fascinating and revealing aspects of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of a ‘separation’ from the United States has been the common reaction of the mainstream press. Practically all of the editorials and op-eds are condemning Duterte’s ‘anti-American’ action and saying that it runs contrary to the pro-American sentiments of the Filipino people. Why is that phenomenon both fascinating and revealing? Because it shows that in the minds of the mainstream press, America and the U.S. national-security state are one and the same thing. That is, their minds do not permit them to distinguish between the U.S. government and its vast overseas military-intelligence empire, on the one hand, and the enormous private sector of American people on the other. In their minds, it’s all one and the same thing.” (10/28/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/28/mainstream-blindness-duterte/

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50) It’s not so hard
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy

“‘It’s not hard to get some of these assholes to pop off,’ said Scott Foval, national field director for the Democrat organization Americans United for Change. Foval was referring to Trump supporters who, he believes, will ‘pop off’ in front of TV cameras if sufficiently provoked. The provokers are members of labor unions and homeless communities, including mentally ill individuals, whom Foval has recruited, trained, and paid to make trouble at Donald Trump campaign rallies — every instance of which has been incessantly covered and condemned by the mainstream media as trouble made by Trump himself.” (10/27/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1618

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